The Los Angeles gossip hound (real name: Mario Lavandeira) hit the big time this year, posting People magazine’s Brangelina baby photos before the actual issue arrived. Then he laid claim to forcing Lance Bass out of the closet with his relentless coverage of the pop star’s public romance with Amazing Race winner Reichen Lehmkuhl.
Michelangelo Signorile examines the case of Andrew Marin, a lay minister who exploited his lesbian friends to promote himself as a “bridge” between gays and evangelicals. After HRC and others bought into his pitch, his true antigay colors began to shine through.
As Beltway insiders and the media elite obsess over the Mark Foley scandal, no one's talking about the story's blatant gay overtones—just as no one ever talked about Foley's sexuality in the first place. The silence speaks volumes about the continuing power of the public closet.
One of the few out politicians on Capitol Hill, Democratic congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts (who survived his own scandal involving a male prostitute in 1989) gives us his take on Foley and on being a gay politician in Washington.