Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Rosie’s ‘View’ is ending

Out lesbian television talk show personality Rosie O’Donnell said Wednesday, April 25 that she will be leaving the popular ABC program “The View” in June when her contract ends. O’Donnell made the announcement on the show and said that she and ABC were unable to come to terms for a new contract. Reportedly, ABC wanted a three-year deal, while O’Donnell wanted only a one-year contract.

Barbara Walters, a host and co-owner of “The View,” brought O’Donnell aboard last year after Star Jones was let go. At the time, according to widespread media reports, Walters was aware of O’Donnell’s outspokenness, and O’Donnell has not disappointed. Since joining the program last fall, O’Donnell has publicly sparred with Donald Trump and others. She has also spoken regularly about her partner, Kelli Carpenter, and their children. O’Donnell and Carpenter came to San Francisco in February 2004 and got married during the famous “Winter of Love” when same-sex couples were allowed to wed.


— Cynthia Laird, April 26, 2007 @ 12:55 pm PST
Filed under: media,News

Stanton won’t sue Largo

Former Largo, Florida city manager Steve Stanton said Friday on CNN’s Larry King Live that he would not sue the city. Commissioners voted to fire Stanton last month after he confirmed that he was transitioning to become a woman.

Stanton, 48, appeared on the program with Karen Doering, senior legal counsel at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Doering told King that the legal team reviewed all possible options for Stanton, who said he decided not to pursue a lawsuit. Doering maintained that he had a very strong case for a discrimination suit.

During the 20-minute interview, Stanton also said that he has begun the process of transitioning by undergoing electrolysis and hormone therapy. He plans to begin living full time as Susan by the end of May, and to eventually undergo sex reassignment surgery. He also said that he and his wife would be separating in June.

— Cynthia Laird, April 13, 2007 @ 7:20 pm PST
Filed under: News

Anderson Cooper, Jodie Foster “outed” by Out?

Out Magazine caused quite a media stir with its latest cover feature, about The Glass Closet. The photo of models holding masks of actress Jodie Foster and CNN host Anderson Cooper visualized the “hiding in plain sight” stance the two often-outed but indifferently confirmed celebrities have regarding their sexual orientation.

Radar Magazine charts a timeline of Cooper’s in and out status, while Foster’s alleged lesbianism has been an obsession of fans and media gossip writers for decades.

The Out article gives mainstream celebrity media like Access Hollywood a chance to discuss what they’re always too afraid to mention.

But the fact that Out chose two un-acknowledged celebrities among its “50 Most Powerful” gays and lesbians for obvious sensationalizing purposes –and considers porn directors and fashion designers more powerful than most out lesbian and gay politicians– betrays more about its editorial narrowcast on fame and glamour versus values and political clout.

— Jim Provenzano, April 11, 2007 @ 3:42 pm PST
Filed under: Arts,media,News,Politics

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