Anderson Cooper had a special surprise for the New Jersey teen whose impassioned coming out speech at a high school ceremony made him a viral video superstar.
Eighteen-year-old Jacob Rudolph, who identified himself as LGBT while accepting an award for class actor in front of his graduating class, told Cooper that "Star Trek" actor George Takei was his idol.
Fortunately for Rudolph, Takei was waiting backstage. Watch the clip to see what happened!
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Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends
Don't support marriage equality? Well, the hilarious folks at <a href="http://www.collegehumor.com">CollegeHumor </a> made an original video that got everyone's attention, especially the straight men who disagree with two guys getting hitched. The gay guys' argument? They'll make quiches with a side of hummus for breakfast and take her to a Broadway show. What gal wouldn't want that?
"Call Me Maybe" Meets West Hollywood
It was the song that had everyone going crazy this summer. It's no surprise, then, that the danceable hit quickly got the West Hollywood treatment. This hilarious version stars Jennifer Lopez's backup dancer Matt McCall, drag queen Rhea Litre and gay porn star Nicco Sky.
Woman Proposes To Girlfriend At Hockey Game
It Could Happen To You
This heart-wrenching video made by Shane Bitney Crone was made to commemorate and honor his longtime boyfriend's death. But Crone's video was more than just their love story, it was a poignant opportunity to show the inequalities same-sex couples face under current laws.
Produced by the Coalition for Equal Marriage, a British marriage equality advocacy group, "Homecoming" depicts a soldier embracing his boyfriend on a military tarmac before a romantic proposal and passionate kiss. "All men can be heroes," a tagline reads. "All men can be husbands. End marriage discrimination."
Chow Down (at Chick-fil-A)
What bigger LGBT story was there this year than Chick-fil-A? Amid all the anti-gay controversy the fast food chain stirred up, we could at least count on some of our favorite drag queens to lighten the mood.
Sandy Hook Victims Honored By Gay Men's Chorus
A group of young students joined the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles for a poignant holiday tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedies in Newtown, Conn. On Dec. 15, 46 students from the Creative Planet School of the Arts joined the men for an arrangement of "Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy," made famous by David Bowie and Bing Crosby.
The British "Invisible Parents" ad depicts a young girl hitting an amusement park, taking a plane ride and finally celebrating Christmas with her gay fathers. "Look back and then, look forward," the narrator proclaims in voiceover. The clip was produced as part of the "Invisible Parents" campaign by the LGBT advocacy group AllOut, which is pushing for the recognition of same-sex parents in the European Union.
French Soccer Players Smooch After German Victory
Mathieu Debuchy, a midfielder with Lille, passed the ball to Montpellier player Olivier Giroud, who scored. After their ultimate 2-1 victory over Germany, the two French national team players embraced in a passionate lip-lock that has gotten tongues wagging in the blogosphere. Whether or not there was any tongue involved in the kiss itself remains a mystery.
The Gay Rights Movement
One of the most touching and thought-provoking videos of the year, "The Gay Rights Movement" by <a href="http://ryanjamesyezak.com">Ryan James Yezak</a>, had us contemplating where the LGBT movement has been and where it's going. This seven-minute clip includes historical political and cultural moments from the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell to a slew of gay hate crimes.
Shit Girls Say To Gay Guys
"Hey, beeetch! Did you see this video?" The list goes on and on. From "I've always wanted a gay best friend" to the excessive uses of "fierce" and "bitch," "Shit Girls Say To Gay Guys" jumped onto the "shit so-and-so says" cultural meme bandwagon and became an instant hit.
'Dawn of a New Day for Marriage Equality'
After marriage equality wins in this year's general election, there's still more work -- and urging -- to be done. Morgan Freeman lent his inimitable voice to the Human Rights Campaign, proclaiming that, "freedom, justice and human dignity have always guided our journey toward a more perfect union" and that the road to full marriage equality has just begun.
Barack Obama Sings 'Born This Way' By Lady Gaga
Forget President Obama's historic declaration in May that he supports full marriage equality. His "performance" of Lady Gaga's gay anthem, "Born This Way," might as well have been Obama's official coming out. The dubbed and edited video had us gagging. We can't wait to see the duet with Mother Monster herself!
What gay boy hasn't dreamed of his own Disney fairytale complete with his own Prince Charming? American Idol alum Todrick Hall brings that fantasy to life in "CinderFella," mixing pop hits and Disney classics in this gay-friendly music parody, which went viral when it was released in July.