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Top 10 Actors and Entertainers, You Didn’t Know Were Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender; – No. 4 Will Shock you.

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LGBT , or GLBT , is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB , which began to replace the term gay in reference to the broader LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s.

A brief history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender social movements
Bonnie J. Morris, PhD

Social movements, organizing around the acceptance and rights of persons who might today identify as LGBT or queer, began as responses to centuries of persecution by church, state and medical authorities. Where homosexual activity or deviance from established gender roles/dress was banned by law or traditional custom, such condemnation might be communicated through sensational public trials, exile, medical warnings and language from the pulpit. These paths of persecution entrenched homophobia for centuries—but also alerted entire populations to the existence of difference. Whether an individual recognized they, too, shared this identity and were at risk, or dared to speak out for tolerance and change, there were few organizations or resources before the scientific and political revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries. Gradually, the growth of a public media and ideals of human rights drew together activists from all walks of life, who drew courage from sympathetic medical studies, banned literature, emerging sex research and a climate of greater democracy. By the 20th century, a movement in recognition of gays and lesbians was underway, abetted by the social climate of feminism and new anthropologies of difference. However, throughout 150 years of homosexual social movements (roughly from the 1870s to today), leaders and organizers struggled to address the very different concerns and identity issues of gay men, women identifying as lesbians, and others identifying as gender variant or nonbinary. White, male and Western activists whose groups and theories gained leverage against homophobia did not necessarily represent the range of racial, class and national identities complicating a broader LGBT agenda. Women were often left out altogether

On June 12, 2016, the popular gay dance club Pulse in Orlando was the site of a mass shooting by one assailant. With at least 49 dead and another 50 injured, this hate crime is being called the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. It occurred during what was LGBT Pride weekend for towns and cities in and beyond the United States. The immediate, caring response from mayors, police and FBI authorities, local and national politicians, and the President of the United States, who reached out to express outrage and concern, demonstrates the enormous shift toward acceptance and public support for the LGBT community. Although the LGBT community and individuals remain targets for hate violence and backlash throughout the world, the hard work of activists and allies made it possible to reach this era, where the perpetrators of violence, not the victims, are condemned as sick.

Love in Hollywood is always so intriguing! While many celebrities find it difficult to maintain long-term relationships, we can understand why it might be a little more difficult for them. Despite this, there are some stars that know a thing or two about true love. Anderson Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris, Ellen DeGeneres are just a few who have seemed to it figure out. We decided to choose the top LGBTQ power couples in Hollywood for this collection of absolute love power! Enjoy!

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Ellen DeGeneres & Portia De Rossi
Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most popular hosts in the world! Her daytime show changed television. She encourages her guests and viewers to be themselves and own it! She also tries to help all she can along the way. She’s been in a very public relationship with the beautiful actress Portia De ROssi since 2004. They were married in 2008.

Ellen DeGeneres & Portia De Rossi

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Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka
I don’t know how they did it but Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka managed to keep their engagement a secret for 5 years! Pretty crazy! Both of these men are awesome and insanely talented on and off the screen. They became fathers in 2010 via a surrogate and were officially wed in 2014. We’re jealous!

Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka

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Jodie Foster & Alexandra Hedison
Jodie Foster is a very talented actress but has never been very public about her personal life. She preferred to be discreet about her relationship with Alexandra Hedison most of her career. Hedison herself is a talented artist, director, and actress. The two tied the knot in 2014 and have been making more public appearances recently.

Jodie Foster & Alexandra Hedison

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Elton John & David Furnish
Elton John and Davis Furnish met in 1993 at a dinner party in Windsor. They were attracted to each other immediately. Twelve years later Elton proposed at a dinner party and David accepted. In 2005 they becamse one of the first UK couples to form a civil partnership. They were married nine years later once it became legal in the UK.

Elton John & David Furnish
  1. Ricky Martin & Jwan Yosef
    Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef fell in love with each other at first sight, and their love is still going strong! In a recent interview, Ricky Martin said they are still in the honeymoon phase and he hopes it lasts forever! He also said he was incredibly scared to propose, but it was worth it. They two announced they were married January of this year.
Ricky Martin & Jwan Yosef

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Lance Bass & Michael Turchin
In 2011, Lance Bass and famous painter Michael Turchin began dating. They fell in love and were the first same-sex couple in history to get married on cable TV. Their wedding was broadcast on Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding. It seems like they are still going strong and we couldn’t be happier for them!

Lance Bass & Michael Turchin

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Kendrell Bowman And Anthony Wayne
Kendrell and Anthony are some of the most creative men in Hollywood. Together they make an extraordinary couple. Both are involved with Broadway and off Broadway musicals. They have been in business and romatically involved with each other since 2014

Kendrell Bowman And Anthony Wayne

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Cynthia Nixon & Christine Marinoni
Cynthia Nixon is one of the biggest marriage equality advocates in Hollywood. She and Christine Marinoni started dating in 2004 and were married in 2012. They have one son together, Max Ellington.

Cynthia Nixon & Christine Marinoni

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Tom Ford & Richard Buckley
Tom Ford and Richard Buckley experienced love at first sight and we think they will be together forever. They are celebrating their 30 year anniversary this year! They’ve been a couple since 1986.

Tom Ford & Richard Buckley

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Wanda Sykes & Alex Sykes
Wanda and Alex met in 2008 and were quick to tie the knot. They were married in 2009 and have twins named Olivia and Lucas.

Wanda Sykes & Alex Sykes

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Michael Kors & Lance Lepere
One of the world’s most fashionable couples has to be Michael Kors and Lance Lepere. They were wed in 2011 and have been happily together ever since!

Michael Kors & Lance Lepere

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Jillian Michaels & Heidi Rhoades
The love of this famous duo is featured on the reality show Just Jillian. They were married in 2016 and are still going strong!

Jillian Michaels & Heidi Rhoades

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RuPaul & Georges LeBar
RuPaul is as popular as ever and still in love! Not only is his show RuPaul’s Drag Race still successful, but he’s been appearing in more TV shows and movies than ever. He usually doesn’t speak much about his relationship but he has been with his partner for over 23 years now. Not bad at all!

RuPaul & Georges LeBar

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Cheyenne Jackson & Jason Landau
Cheyenne Jackson married Jason Landau in 2014. In 2016 they added adorable twins to their family. Their names are Willow and Ethan.

Cheyenne Jackson & Jason Landau

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Ryan Murphy & David Miller
TV genius and creator of Glee, Ryan Murphy, married his love of over 15 years in 2011. While he is very busy with his work, they are still going strong!

Ryan Murphy & David Miller

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Kate McKinnon and Jackie Abbott
Kate McKinnon is currently dating Jackie Abbott. Their first public 18appearance together was at the Emmys. They are still enjoying each other and going strong!

Kate McKinnon and Jackie Abbott

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Luke Evans & Jon Kortajarena
Luke Evans and Jon Kortajarena are one of the best looking couples in the universe in our opinion! They have had an on-again-off-again relationship for years and don’t often discuss their romance publicly.

Luke Evans & Jon Kortajarena

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Raven-Symoné and AzMarie Livingston
Raven-Symoné and actress and singer AzMarie Livingston had a hot romance from 2012-2015. They split, and both have been dating other people publicly.

Raven-Symoné and AzMarie Livingston

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Johnny Weir and Victor Voronov
Former Olympic ice skater Johnny Weir was married to Victor Voronov for four years before they split in 2015. They had a very public and contr20.oversial divorce.

Johnny Weir and Victor Voronov

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Rufus Wainwright and Jorn Weisbrodt
After five years together, German arts administrator Jorn Weisbrodt married his partner, the singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright in 2012. They were wed by friend and transgender artist Justin Vivian Bond. They have a “parenting partnership” with Lorca Cohen (daughter of Leonard Cohen). The three parent Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen.

Rufus Wainwright and Jorn Weisbrodt

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Jane Lynch and Lara Embry
Hollywood icon Jane Lynch married Lara Embry in 2010. Lara is a clinical psychologist in Sederland, Massachusetts. Their marriage was short lived and the two were divorced in 2014.

Jane Lynch and Lara Embry

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Cat Cora and Jennifer Cora
After 17 years of a relationship and two years of marriage, Cat and Jennifer Cora’s sadly divorced. They have four children together and unfortunately are still not on good terms.

Cat Cora and Jennifer Cora

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Kristen Stewart and Stella Maxwell
Kristen and Stella have been together since 2016 and are still going strong! Stella is a Victoria’s Secret model and Kristen is a well-known actress. They seem to be going strong and were recently spotted together on a romantic date in Paris. Ohh-la-la!

Kristen Stewart and Stella Maxwell

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Sam Smith and Brandon Flynn
Extremely handsome English singer Sam Smith has been dating the 13 Reasons Why star Brandon Flynn since October 2017. They are still going strong and recently shared on social media a romantic trip they took together to Niagra Falls.

Sam Smith and Brandon Flynn

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Queen Latifah And Jeanette Jenkins
Queen Latifah’s relationship with personal trainer, Jeanette Jenkins is no longer happening, unfortunately. They started dating in 2002, were engaged in 2008, but broke things off for good in 2014. Jennings very publicly recently became engaged to a man, causing some drama in the media.

Queen Latifah And Jeanette Jenkins

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Anderson Cooper & Benjamin Maisani
Well respected news anchor, and pride activist, Anderson Cooper was with bar owner Benjamin Maisani for over 9 years. Very recently they announced they are separated but are still on good terms. We are a little bummed but if they are happy we support them

Anderson Cooper & Benjamin Maisani

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Robin Roberts & Amber Laign
Good Morning America host, Robin Robert, was battling breast cancer when girlfriend Amber Laign stepped it up to support her. They have been together for 15 years now!

Robin Roberts & Amber Laign

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Samira Wiley & Lauren Morelli
Samira Wiley of Orange is the New Black met girlfriend Lauren Morelli on the set. Samira plays Poussey Washington and Lauren is a writer for the show. They were wed in Palm Springs, Florida.

Samira Wiley & Lauren Morelli

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Chely Wright & Lauren Blitzer
Country singer Chely Wright married author Lauren in Connecticut in August 2011. In 2013 they welcomed two adorable twin boys. We are so happy for them!

Chely Wright & Lauren Blitzer

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Sara Gilbert & Linda Perry
Linda Perry and Sara Gilbert wed in 2014. They welcomed a very cute son named Rhondes in 2015. They are very much enjoying being a family.

Sara Gilbert & Linda Perry

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Barry Manilow & Garry Kief
Legendary singer Berry Manilow had a little secret behind his success: his husband is his manager! They were wed in a secret ceremony in 2014. Manilow wanted to keep the relationship and wedding under wraps to not dissapoint fans.

Barry Manilow & Garry Kief

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Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent
These two famous designers look amazing together and their family just keeps growing! They have a three year old daughter and recently announced a new son joined the family. His name is Oskar Brent-Berkus.

Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent

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David Hyde Pierce & Brian Hargrove
Most well known from Frasier, David Hyde Pierce married writer and producer of the show Brian Hargrove in 2008. They wed in California just days before Proposition 8 was adopted into law which banned same-sex marriage

David Hyde Pierce & Brian Hargrove

Despite social and legal gains, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) populations in the USA continue to experience discrimination, violence, and new, emerging threats to their human rights. Decades of research have shown that LGBT populations disproportionately experience adverse childhood experiences and adulthood victimization, which have been associated with adverse health outcomes. This chapter discusses human rights violations against LGBTQ people in the USA, primarily, and reviews research on traumatic events, adverse childhood experiences, and chronic stressors affecting LGBTQ adults and youth. The chapter highlights advances in LGBTQ inclusion on the UN human rights agenda. An integration of LGBTQ-affirmative practice with trauma-informed service delivery principles provides guidance for professional practice with LGBTQ populations.

Factors associated with the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth were qualitatively examined to better understand how these factors are experienced from the youths’ perspectives. Largely recruited from LGBTQ youth groups, 68 youth participated in focus groups (n = 63) or individual interviews (n = 5). The sample included 50% male, 47% female, and 3% transgender participants. Researchers used a consensual methods approach to identify negative and positive factors across 8 domains. Negative factors were associated with families, schools, religious institutions, and community or neighborhood; positive factors were associated with the youth’s own identity development, peer networks, and involvement in the LGBTQ community. These findings suggest a pervasiveness of negative experiences in multiple contexts, and the importance of fostering a positive LGBTQ identity and supportive peer/community networks. Efforts should work towards reducing and eliminating the prejudicial sentiments often present in the institutions and situations that LGBTQ youth encounter

Recently, state legislatures have passed or considered a range of laws with the stated purpose of protecting religious freedom. Whatever their intent, these laws have the foreseeable effect of codifying discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people into law. 1 Our focus here is on the impact of these laws on children and adolescents.

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