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Let Us Entertain You

America invented showbiz. So what better way to change the hearts and minds of Americans than the power of cele.brity endorsement?
PRESIDENTIAL SEAL OF APPROVAL: BARACK OBAMA WITH ELLEN DEGENERES
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In a country that pioneered the media revolution, it’s little wonder that much of the acceptance of LGBT people in the USA has come from positive representations in film, television, and music. From talk shows to comedy series, America’s entertainment history features some truly memorable moments that broke down many barriers for our broad community.

There was the moment Ellen came out on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1997. (Winfrey would later go on to play the therapist to whom Ellen comes out to in her sitcom.) And Will & Grace was one of the most successful shows to feature an openly gay character in a lead role — lawyer Will Truman, played by Eric McCormack.

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Out gay NFL player Michael Sam leads our All American issue. Inside, there’s an exclusive extract from the book everyone’s talking about What Belongs To You, gay singer Parson James on growing up in the homophobic and racist Deep South, and an interview with the guys behind the excellent new Robert Mapplethorpe documentary. Elsewhere, there’s our Gay Guide to America, we look at Hollywood’s history of closeted movie stars, and celebrating the icons that made queer USA great. Plus, FREE with this issue our guide to best of Thailand.
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