Russell Brand Interviewed Members of the Westboro Baptist Church

Two members of the Westboro Baptist Church - aka, the people who like to show up at military funerals with "God Hates Fags" signs - appeared on Russell Brand's new talk show. Brand (who was wearing a necklace with a bunch of small crosses on it) was exceedingly fair, giving the guys a chance to talk about their views and their faith even though the audience clearly wanted nothing to do with them. I go back and forth on whether I think Brand is funny and I'm really glad that he and Katy Perry … [Read more...]

Baptist Minister and Celebrity Dad Joe Simpson Is Reportedly Coming Out as Gay

Joe Simpson, dad of Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, has earned a "stage dad" reputation almost on par with Joe Jackson. But he's now getting tabloid ink all by himself. The former Baptist minister/youth pastor and his wife Tina are divorcing after almost 35 years of marriage. Reportedly, the reason for the split is that Joe is tired of living as a deeply closeted gay man and has decided to come out in the open about his sexuality. According to Radar Online, Joe already has a "20-some­thing boy toy." … [Read more...]

Benji Schwimmer Announces He Is a Gay Mormon

Benji Schwimmer, the dancer and choreographer best known for winning the second season of So You Think You Can Dance and for being the brother of Dancing with the Stars pro Lacey Schwimmer, has come out. He also says that he remains deeply committed to his Mormon faith and does not consider the two things contradictory. The news came via a five and a half hour long interview for the "Mormon Stories" web series (the same one Brandon Flowers was involved with earlier). The full interview is below. … [Read more...]