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Amber Heard Wants Every Closeted Gay Man In Hollywood To Come Out





Amber Heard has no time for closeted gay celebrities. 


Speaking at the The Economist’s Pride and Prejudice Summit March 23, the “Magic Mike XXL” and “The Danish Girl” star recalled the media firestorm that she faced after coming out as bisexual in 2010. In the end, the 30-year-old actress said that opening up about her sexuality was worth it ― and she encouraged other LGBTQ stars and public figures to follow her lead. 


“Even though everyone around me strongly advised me against it, it was just wrong. I would’ve rather go down for being who I am than to have risen for being something I’m not,” Heard told The Economist’s Deputy Editor Tom Standage.


She finally confirmed her sexuality, she said, when an After Ellen reporter asked her about the status of her relationship with then-girlfriend Tasya van Ree at the 2010 GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. “I refused to not bring my partner at the time, but no one ever asked me about it,” Heard said. “An outlet specifically asked me who I was there with that night and who that person was to me and I just answered honestly.”




It didn’t take long for Heard to, as she put it, “realize the gravity” of what coming out would do. She acknowledged having some initial setbacks, including Hollywood execs who suddenly doubted her credibility as a romantic leading lady. Still, she noted, “While my private life is valuable to me, I knew that, being in Hollywood, I had a particular responsibility... I saw myself as being in this unique position with this unique gift. Any unique gift comes with unique responsibility.” 


When Standage noted that many of the best-known LGBTQ celebrities to come out in recent years were women, Heard agreed. “Women are almost entirely doing this on our own,” she said. “While it is apparently harder for men, I would argue, also, that is harder because there are no men challenging that. If women can do it and we can change the way that this conversation is had in a large scale, then men should be able to do it.”


Heard, who said she’d like to play an LGBTQ character in a movie moving forward, then added, “If every gay man that I know personally came out in Hollywood tomorrow... then this would be a non-issue in a month. We’d be hard-pressed to point the finger at anyone.” 


Watch Standage’s full interview with Heard below. 





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Selena Gomez Debuts Emotional New Song For ‘13 Reasons Why’





Selena Gomez is a co-producer on the new Netflix original drama series “13 Reasons Why.” While she will not be acting in the show, she will be a part of the show’s soundtrack.


On Wednesday, Gomez tweeted a teaser video which features a cover of the ‘80s hit “Only You.” 






Gomez says the song choice is inspired by the relationship between two characters on the show, Hannah and Clay. 


“13 Reasons Why” revolves around 13 tapes left behind a student who died by suicide, each targeted at a different classmate who contributed to her decision to end her life. While this dark tale sounds like a departure from Gomez’s previous projects, it turns out her personal experiences with bullying are what inspired her to take on this new show.


Subscribe here to read our exclusive interview with “13 Reasons Why” star Justin Prentice to learn even more about the series and what it’s like to work with Gomez. 



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Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Tracy Morgan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Moore, Padma Lakshmi and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Donate now and join us at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, March 31, on Facebook Live. #standforrights2017 


You can support the ACLU right away. Text POWER to 20222 to give $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call you to explain other actions you can take to help. Visit www.hmgf.org/t for terms. #StandForRights2017

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This Comparison Of Donald Trump And 'Sesame Street' Is Wonderful

As you may have heard, Donald Trump wants to cut funding to the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation For Public Broadcasting. While “Sesame Street” is not directly funded by these organizations, the cuts could eliminate the local PBS stations that air the beloved children’s show.


But why would Donald Trump want to get rid of “Sesame Street”? The answer: because it’s his complete opposite.


Dylan Marron from Seriously TV gives us a fantastic side-by-side comparison of Donald Trump and “Sesame Street,” which shows just how diametrically opposed the two are, and, really, have always been.







Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Mahershala Ali, Amy Poehler and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31, on Facebook Live


You can support the ACLU right away. Text POWER to 20222 to give $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call you to explain other actions you can take to help. Visit www.hmgf.org/t for terms. #StandForRights2017

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Watch Billy Eichner Ambush Muppets In 'Billy On The Sesame Street'



No street is safe from Billy Eichner’s game show antics, not even “Sesame Street.”


The comedian brought “Billy on the Street,” the game show in which he surprises pedestrians and asks them questions (usually with help from a fellow celebrity), to “Sesame Street” to promote kindness and compassion. As he and Cookie Monster questioned the residents about the show’s theme song and their favorite numbers, Eichner kept his signature energy and yelling, but ditched the swearing (it is “Sesame Street,” after all).


After the show posted the segment on its YouTube channel, the comedian tweeted that being a part of it was the “best day” of his life. 






Oh, and he took a pretty epic selfie.






Eichner clearly had quite the day on “Sesame Street.” 


The HuffPost Parents newsletter, So You Want To Raise A Feminist, offers the latest stories and news in progressive parenting. 

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'Just Erectile Dysfunction' Insurance Is Probably Right Up The GOP's Alley

Are you a woman? Of course you’re not! What even are those??


So why should you fund programs that take care of women and their health? Focus on “Just Erectile Dysfunction” insurance. Because your penis is worth it!







Video by Seriously TV.


 


Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Mahershala Ali, Amy Poehler and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31, on Facebook Live


You can support the ACLU right away. Text POWER to 20222 to give $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call you to explain other actions you can take to help. Visit www.hmgf.org/t for terms. #StandForRights2017

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Colton Dixon On What It Was Like To Be An Extra In 'Hannah Montana: The Movie'





Colton Dixon competed on Season 11 of “American Idol,” has toured the country and most recently released his third studio album, “Identity.” 


But before all of that, the singer had another type of role ― as an extra in 2009’s “Hannah Montana: The Movie.” It was small part. Small enough that if you blink, you could miss it. But for Dixon, the on-set experience was quite memorable.


“It’s one of those things that you really have to pause … not that I’ve done this,” he said, laughing, during an interview with The Huffington Post at Build Series. “We got paid to eat cotton candy and ride the ferris wheel all week. It was pretty awesome, actually. I would do it again in a heartbeat, I would. My sister and I did it and I don’t know, we were 15 or 16 … What a cool experience. I had never seen anything like that.”



Although Dixon didn’t get the chance to meet Miley Cyrus on the set (he did meet her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus), he vividly remembers watching Miley in action. 


“It was interesting observing her just because she was so young at the time and she had all these decisions,” Dixon said. “I remember that being very interesting just seeing all the stress and all the things on her plate and thinking, ‘Man, I’m glad I’ll never have to deal with that.’” 



It was only a few years later that Dixon got a taste of his own version of fame, finishing in seventh place on “Idol” in 2012. 


For more from our interview with Dixon, check out the video below. 


Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Mahershala Ali, Amy Poehler and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31, on Facebook Live


You can support the ACLU right away. Text POWER to 20222 to give $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call you to explain other actions you can take to help. Visit www.hmgf.org/t for terms. #StandForRights2017

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Zosia Mamet Has One Question When Offered Roles: 'How Are They Depicting Women?’





In the wake of November’s surprising presidential election, Zosia Mamet is “absolutely” thinking more critically about how her on-screen roles depict women. 


“I’m a big believer that, in times of struggle, movies and television and art in general that makes a statement is incredibly important, but I think people need a place to escape, as well,” Mamet told The Huffington Post by phone Tuesday. “I don’t discount pure entertainment whatsoever, but I think it just added to a sense of — particularly as a woman — ‘What are these roles saying? How are they depicting women?’ There’s still a really big gap in terms of well-rounded roles for women in our industry. A lot of the time, I find a female role will kind of just be part of the furniture in many ways. She serves as exposition and that’s it. Even though that was always something I factored into my decision-making for jobs in the past, I think now more than ever it’s something that’s non-negotiable to me.”


Mamet is part of a celebrity assembly that has teamed up for a star-studded event for the American Civil Liberties Union. Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU will air March 31 at 7 p.m. ET on Facebook Live. Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Steve Buscemi, Tracy Morgan, Ellie Kemper, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Jon Hamm, Amy Poehler, Michael Moore, Mahershala Ali and more are slated to participate, as will Funny or Die.


Mamet got involved with Friday’s benefit through her husband, actor Evan Jonigkeit, who developed a “bromance” with Fey’s producing partner, Eric Gurian, on the set of last year’s “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.” Mamet will help to raise awareness for the ACLU’s causes, which include immigration, LGBTQ equality and women’s reproductive rights.



Mamet was filming the thriller “Under the Silver Lake” in Los Angeles on the day of Donald Trump’s unexpected victory. Left with downtime in her trailer and feeling stuck in her movie-set bubble, the “Girls” actress wondered what she could do to help the people and organizations Trump had spoken out against during his campaign. Mamet contacted her designer pals and, within a week, organized a holiday pop-up in Brooklyn. Twenty percent of the proceeds ― about $5,000, she said ― went to Planned Parenthood. 


It was a small thing in the grand scale, but it helped me and everyone involved feel like we were doing whatever we could in that moment to move the dial forward,” Mamet said. “Even though we didn’t change the world that day, we all did something, and it was something positive that was successful. I think that makes everybody feel like, ‘OK, I can go back out and fight tomorrow.’”


By February, she’d designed a pro-immigration Lady Liberty T-shirt for Y7, a New York yoga studio she frequents. All of the profits went to the ACLU.


”Honestly, I have found that being active in any way that I can is what helps me the most,” Mamet said.





Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Mahershala Ali, Amy Poehler and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31, on Facebook Live


You can support the ACLU right away. Text POWER to 20222 to give $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call you to explain other actions you can take to help. Visit www.hmgf.org/t for terms. #StandForRights2017


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Trump's Caddies Appear On 'Colbert' To Dish On All The President's Secrets

Stephen Colbert gets some amazing exclusive interviews. With President Trump fixing America’s problems from his bunkers in Mar-a-Lago, there must be some be some sweet gossip around the clubhouse. 


So who better to talk to than his caddies?





 

Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Mahershala Ali, Amy Poehler and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31 on Facebook Live


You can support the ACLU right away. Text POWER to 20222 to give $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call you to explain other actions you can take to help. Visit www.hmgf.org/t for terms. #StandForRights2017

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Why Kristen Bell Thinks White Parents Should Talk To Their Kids About Race

Kristen Bell wants her daughters to celebrate peoples’ differences.


The actress is mom to 4-year-old Lincoln and 2-year-old Delta. During a recent Facebook Live interview with Parents magazine, she shared her thoughts on raising her children to be “global citizens.” Hear what she had to say starting at the 9:30 mark in the video below. 





Bell referenced a chapter in the book Nurture Shock, titled, “Why White Parents Don’t Talk About Race.”


“You think, ‘Oh they’re going to see that I have a black friend, and they’ll know it’s OK.’ That’s not the way humans work,” she explained, adding that people tend to have a natural instinct to recognize someone different as “the other.”


“Kids will notice differences,” Bell explained. “So we talk to them about it ― like, our best friend is Indian, and we’re always like, ‘Look at this, isn’t this cool? The difference between Monica’s skin and Mommy’s skin? And they’re different colors. Did you know everybody is a different color?’”


She added, “You talk to them about it, so the idea of ‘the other’ is never left alone in their brain.” Bell believes that if parents don’t acknowledge other cultures or the differences between individual human beings, kids may draw their own conclusions based on fear.  


“Differences are also important, cultures are important, and it’s important to acknowledge those because if you ignore them, your kids are seeing them, [and] they’re coming to their own conclusions. The topic needs to be open,” she said.


Watch the full interview to learn more about the actress’ approach to parenting, including her thoughts on sleep and work-life balance.

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