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Ellen DeGeneres asks, "Can we see it?" Mario Lopez obliges. In what was probably a planned "impromptu" PR stunt, Lopez strips down to his skivvies (with Ellen's help) to show off his new underwear line. Warning: this video is Rated M (for all audiences).
OUT Magazine unveiled their 4th Annual Power 50 list - a veritable who’s who of prominent gay men and women representing all walks of life. From entertainers to politicians, writers, and cultural icons, the Power 50 honors the influencers affecting the cultural and social landscape for the LGBT community. Taking into account political clout, personal wealth, and an individual’s media profile, the list recognizes men and women living the good fight.
Ellen DeGeneres tops this year’s list, with America getting a double dose of the multi-Emmy winner via her hugely popular talk show and her new gig as American Idol judge. DeGeneres traded spots with Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank, whose outspoken demeanor has made him a rare political figure: a progressive with a visible spine.
Notable figures in this year’s Power 50 include:
Adam Lambert — His Rolling Stone cover was the magazine’s best seller of 2009, but he really caught fire after his American Music Awards performance forced ABC to break out its rule book.
Rachel Maddow — Although her ratings have declined since the end of the presidential campaign, Maddow remains the most compelling voice of liberal dissent on television. And when asked by The Washington Post if she was biased when it came to reporting on issues such as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” she replied, “I can’t do the show as a non-gay person. I don’t have that option.”
Neil Patrick Harris — Today’s go-to awards show host of choice has earned two Golden Globe and three Emmy nominations for his work on How I Met Your Mother. Now the actor has three movies and a guest-starring spot on Glee scheduled for 2010.
Perez Hilton — Whether posing with Lady Gaga or helping launch new bands, Perez Hilton, with his robust website, has remained the “Queen of All Media.” After an ongoing battle with Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean, Hilton has used his power to become one of the community’s most visible activists.
Wanda Sykes — In addition to landing her own late-night talk show, Sykes became both the first African-American woman and first openly LGBT person to host the annual White House Correspondents Dinner. Additionally, in April 2009 she and her wife, Alex, welcomed twins to their family.
Portia de Rossi knew her “quiet life” was over when she fell for Ellen DeGeneres. Now, with a new book and a passionate taste for politics, she’s ready to step forward as the first lady of our fight for marriage equality.
For the first time, de Rossidiscusses her book – expected this fall - and her new role as a political activist.
On her upcoming book and battle with an eating disorder: This is the first time she’s talked to a reporter about it [the book she is writing]. “I wanted to see what kind of book I was writing,” she says. “It will deal with all the secrets that nearly killed me.” Approached by an agent at William Morris to write about eating disorders, De Rossi wasn’t sure she could do it. Nevertheless, she’s writing it from a firsthand perspective without the typical celebrity-assist ghostwriter. “Nobody can really get inside the anorexic’s mind like the anorexic,” she says, referring to her own battles with an eating disorder.
The story starts in 1997 (when her acting career took off) and goes through 2004 (when she began dating DeGeneres), with flashbacks to her childhood. “I abused my body. I had bulimia. I would use fen-phen. I wanted to talk about all that. But obviously I can’t do that without talking about my sexuality. And although you can’t really talk about one without the other, it still felt like two stories. The only thing that linked the two of them was me.”
On the Marriage Equality Fight: “I think it’s up to us to save marriage,” [De Rossi] says. “Up to gay people across the country, seeing as though we’re fighting for it so vehemently.” De Rossi has an impressive ability to marry the personal and political: “This whole thing has been a wave of excitement and hope, and then it gently falls back into despair. And then it picks us up again. Unfortunately, we’re the ones who have to suffer this—this humiliation, really. There’s kind of a dignity that’s been stripped from us. Gay people are the ones who have to suffer through it—but without it, it won’t change.”
On an Arrested Development Movie: Since escaping Ally, she’s played unusually complex women on TV, especially the hilariously dysfunctional sister, Lindsay Bluth Fünke, on Arrested Development. “We all want a movie to happen,” she says of the persistent development rumors. “Just write it already!”
Find the complete cover story, The Great de Rossi, at Advocate.com.
It's been a week since Adam Lambert's controversial performance at the American Music Awards, and everyone is still talking about it. Today he sat down with Ellen to tell his side of the story -- and to clear up the rumors. WATCH.