Mila Kunis & Kristen Bell

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Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell talk gay bar shenanigans, ‘Frozen’ drag and how they waited for marriage equality to marry their husbands

To talk about their raunchy new romp - more specifically, that hot taint-waxing scene featuring "This Is Us" actor Justin Hartley in, to many gay men, a very familiar position - LGBT allies Kunis and Bell met with me on a recent afternoon, looking more like glam moms than bad moms. But when the conversation turned to a diverse range of other topics - how Kunis wouldn't be married to husband Ashton Kutcher if it weren't for the legalization of same-sex marriage, and, for Bell, the satisfaction of knowing that queer Disney diehards dress up as Anna at gay parades - the bad-mom duo demonstrated what it means to be a good mom too.

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Demi Lovato

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Demi Lovato talks gay icons, not pandering to the LGBT community and opening up about her sexuality in new doc

Whether it's knowing the already-established history of her sexuality or recalling that time a man had a very visible erection on stage as she performed, Demi Lovato appreciates Demi-schooled journalists. "Thanks for doing your research," the 25-year-old singer-actress tells me. "I really appreciate and respect that."

Her warm send-off caps our frank exploration of queer topics, including the Disney alum's desire to maintain an air of mystery regarding her own sexual orientation. While promoting her sixth studio album, "Tell Me You Love Me" (out Sept. 29), Lovato talked artists who pander to the LGBT community, daddy issues and Mariah Carey, meanwhile thoroughly explaining her mindful decision to remain tight-lipped to the press about the gender of the person she's dating.

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Shania Twain

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Shania Twain on being ‘inspired by the spirit’ of the LGBTQ community, equality (it’s a ‘no-brainer’) and her unifying hit songs

Contrary to popular belief, some things do impress Shania Twain. The country-pop icon and paragon of leopard print has great admiration for her LGBTQ fans, who she says have become guiding lights in her own life.

Twain's inspiring story is one of survival, from her childhood hardships while growing up in the small town of Timmins, Ontario, where she raised her three younger siblings after her parents died in a car accident in 1987, to her 2009 divorce from Robert "Mutt" Lange, producer of Twain's 1997 crossover behemoth "Come on Over." The best-selling country album of all time was a game-changer with an impressive track record - 40 million copies sold globally, 50 weeks atop the Billboard country charts over three years, 11 singles released - that Twain still champions in the female-artist arena.

 

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Alan Cumming, Emma Stone

(From L-R): Emma Stone, Alan Cumming, Martha MacIsaac and Natalie Morales in the film BATTLE OF THE SEXES. Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Justice Served: Billie Jean King, Alan Cumming, Emma Stone and Andrea Riseborough on King’s landmark tennis win for women and LGBT rights

Lesbian sports pioneer Billie Jean King would, in due course, take her victory beyond the tennis court, to the front lines of equality for women and LGBT people alike. But first, there was her legendary face-off with her much older, goonish opponent, Bobby Riggs.

Famously coined “Battle of the Sexes,” the game transcended the court, marking a milestone in the fight for equality as it blazed an important trail for minorities in sports, after King crushed her sexist rival during the nationally televised match in 1973 at the Houston Astrodome.

If it sounds like the stuff of big-screen moviemaking magic, well, now it is. After 2001’s Goldie Hawn-produced TV movie starring Holly Hunter as King, named _When Billie Beat Bobby_, Oscar winner Emma Stone steps into the tennis champ’s sneakers to remind chauvinist pigs like Riggs to kindly take a seat. _Battle of the Sexes_, starring a perfectly-cast Steve Carell as Riggs, is as much a time capsule as it is a timely gender-equity statement, a sentiment not lost on Stone.

“Billie Jean is a social activist and she was always wired for social change, and she knew that from a young age,” Stone, seated next to King, recently told a group of journalists at the W Hotel in Westwood, California. “She was also great at tennis, and this was gonna be an amazing platform, if she could be the best, to change the world.”

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