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More than two thirds of LGBT people feel optimistic about the nation's
progress, while less than half of their straight counterparts share
their positive outlook, according to a new poll.

A national
survey conducted online shows that 67% of LGBT adults say that the
country is going in the right direction, compared to 45% of straight
adults. The poll shows an 11-point increase in approval among LGBT
respondents from June to August.

September 08 2009 3:10 PM

John Waters says the end of his filmmaking career is quickly approaching.

"I want to do two more movies -- that’s enough," the gay writer/director/actor/artist said to Modern Painters magazine. "I hope I can make two more."

Waters said he will continue to focus on writing, art, and his one-man show that he performs across the country about 25 times each year.

September 08 2009 2:00 PM

Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, whose portraiture has graced the covers of Vanity Fair and Vogue, may lose the copyrights to her photographs if she fails to repay a $24 million loan by the end of Tuesday.

September 08 2009 1:00 PM

A South Carolina lawmaker says Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer can't be gay because he's such a "good boy."

"I have known Andre since he was 8 years old," Republican state senator Jake Knotts told CNN. "Ain't a homosexual bone in his body. That boy is a good boy. It's just an attempt to prevent Andre from becoming governor."

September 08 2009 12:55 PM

George Clooney got a bit of a surprise while attending the Venice Film Festival when a fan, announcing himself as a gay man, peeled off his shirt and pants while declaring his love for the actor.

Clooney was speaking at a press conference with costar Ewan McGregor to promote the film The Men Who Stare at Goats when the man stripped down. The man was a journalist…and he hadn’t even seen the film.

Clooney kept his cool, telling the room full of reporters, “There’s a little ambulance on its way.”

September 08 2009 12:50 PM

Gay ally Albert L. Gordon dies: The Los Angeles attorney and father of twin gay sons who fought to revoke laws against consensual gay sex passed away at age 94.

September 08 2009 12:25 PM

Campillo de Ranas, a once-struggling rural town in the hills north of Madrid, has returned to prosperity and become the “unofficial gay wedding capital” of Spain, thanks to the commitment of fair-minded locals and an openly gay mayor.

September 08 2009 11:30 AM