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Naomi Campbell Says Without Gay Men She 'Wouldn't Exist'

Naomi Campbell Says Without Gay Men She 'Wouldn't Exist'


... and five other things you need to know today

1. Speaking with GLAAD about her role on an upcoming episode of Lee Daniels's Empire, Naomi Campbell was asked why she supports the LGBT community. Her response: "If it wasn't for gay men, I wouldn't exist." [Towleroad]

2. Out100 honoree Andrew Rannells is no stranger to the gay community, but apparently some people at E! were a bit confused. While chatting with Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet before the Golden Globes, Lena Dunham and Andrew were captioned as "Liza Minnelli and Guest." His tweet sums things up pretty well. [Gay Star News]

3. While Vietnam is no bastion of freedom and human rights, the communist government has just reversed its ban on same-sex marriage. While this doesn't mean that marriages will be officially recognized or that couples will be given the same rights as heterosexuals, it is an important step forward for LGBT rights in Asia. Vietnamese legal expert Luong The Huy says the step is an important symbolic move, "because anything banned in Vietnam is officially seen as harmful to society." [Towleroad]

4. Following up on yesterday's news out of Goa, Chief Minister Lakshmikant Parsekar frantically tried to do damage control. "Homosexuality is a natural gift," Parsekar said, "LGBTs are not suffering from any disease." Trying to quell the controversy completely, he added that "there is no government policy on 'normalizing' them." [NDTV]

5. Last year, marriage equality came to England, Wales and Scotland, this month it became legal in Luxembourg, and things are looking good in the lead-up to the Republic of Ireland's referendum in May. This all means that it's quickly looking like Northern Ireland will be the last hold-out of inequality in Western Europe. But there's now new hope in a lawsuit filed by a couple in Belfast. The past three attempts to introduce bills in Northern Ireland's Parliament have all been defeated, but maybe with the turning tides, this time it'll happen. [PinkNews]

6. Willam's back with a new take on the hit song, "This Boy Is A Bottom." Only this time, she's proving not only that she can do it alone, but that she can do it in Spanish! "Es Una Pasiva" is all we've come to expect and love from the Drag Race favorite, with a Latin flare.

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