West Hollywood celebrates high court’s rulings on gay marriage

We can get back in the business of marriage.” West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land, who is straight, called the day “a wonderful day of true celebration.” She said that in the summer of 2008, when hundreds of lesbian and gay couples married in West Hollywood, it was “one of our most joyous times as elected officials.” West Hollywood Mayor Pro-Tem John D’Amico, who married his husband, Keith Rand, on Aug. 1, 2008, was emotional, speaking slowly to the assembled crowd. “Keith and I met 21 years ago and were married five years ago,'” he said. “Three hours ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that we belong in America like everyone else.” Heidi Shink, a member of the West Hollywood Human Services Commission, also married in the summer of 2008. She and her wife have been together for 18 years, she said.
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Hollywood: Gay marriage’s best man

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So the exposure of gay people no matter what they are it shows them as the norm, as a normal part of life. All of those things really do add up.” Fierstein says the Tony-winning Broadway musical Kinky Boots, about a drag queen who helps a struggling shoe-factory owner, for which he wrote the book, is drawing straight, gay and transgender audiences. “Whether it’s La Cage aux Folles or people watching Michael Douglas kiss Matt Damon (in Candelabra, HBO’s Liberace tale), it’s the familiarity, it’s there in front of you. All this stuff just added up. Visibility, visibility. Let them see who we are.” It is saying something when gay and lesbian characters are glimpsed not just on screens large and small and on the stage, but also in comic books, perhaps the original form of populist entertainment.
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Jackie Chan leaves imprints in Hollywood for the second time

Representatives at the newly named TCL Chinese Theatre confirmed that Chan was the first two-time inductee. They said they did not know when the prints vanished but were sure that the slab was not stolen from the forecourt. On Thursday Chan left imprints of his hands, feet and nose in cement, accompanied by his “Rush Hour” co-star Chris Tucker and “The Karate Kid” co-star Jaden Smith. Chan, 59, told a crowd gathered for the occasion that he had always dreamed of having his prints in cement at the theater. “My first time in the Chinese Theatre, I walked on the red carpet … and I see that there are so many stars doing the interviews.
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Hollywood confidential? Marilyn Monroe romps, Rock Hudson gay confessional reportedly taped

(Baron/Getty Images) View/Post Comments The secret files of ’50s and ’60s Hollywood private eye Fred Otash, given to the Hollywood Reporter by his daughter, includes a transcript of a recorded conversation in which Rock Hudson’s wife confronts him about his homosexuality, as well as notes about listening in on Marilyn Monroe having sex with John F. Kennedy and conducting surveillance on Monroe’s house the day she died . In the notes — released to counteract a recent ebook about Otash by modern noir writer James Ellroy — Otash claimed he had a taped conversation of Monroe arguing with Robert Kennedy and Peter Lawford hours before her death: “She said she was passed around like a piece of meat. It was a violent argument about their relationship and the commitment and promises he made to her. She was really screaming and they were trying to quiet her down. She’s in the bedroom and Bobby gets the pillow and he muffles her on the bed to keep the neighbors from hearing.
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