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The Next America Culture 2012 / Politics

Obama Gaily Courts Hollywood's LGBT Crowd -- PICTURES

June 7, 2012

When President Obama jets into Hollywood for fundraisers particularly courting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender crowd, you can guess the likely stars who'll leave the set or beach to be on hand. Associated Press photographers didn't capture everyone in attendance, but with file photos, we've got shots of many of the stars who donated upward of $25,000 each to the "first gay president's" reelection coffers. Are you surprised by anyone who showed up?

ELLEN DEGENERES: The funny lady married to actress Portia de Rossi delivered opening barbs at the LGBT Leadership Council event prior to Obama's 30 minutes of remarks (which included a rejoinder about pushups and positions). Read more on Deadline Hollywood.(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

President Obama speaks at a campaign fundraiser sponsored by the LGBT community at the grand Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The sold-out crowd of 600 each paid $1,250.(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

DARREN CRISS: The Glee star, who play openly gay student Blaine Anderson, was on hand to pinch-sing for an ailing Pink at the event. Criss is a Rock the Vote spokesman and supports the Trevor Project, which focuses on suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth.(AP Photo/Charles Sykes)


CHER: Chaz Bono's mom listens intently to Obama's 30-minute speech at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

CHAZ BONO: Cher's transgender son, who was among the cast last year on Dancing With the Stars, listens to the president.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

RYAN MURPHY: The co-creator of a series of TV series — Glee, Popular, Nip/Tuck and American Horror Story — and his fiance David Miller hosted a $25,000-a-plate dinner for an intimate crowd of 70 at their Beverly Hills home following the hotel event. The price for couples was a bargain at only 40 grand.(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)


JULIA ROBERTS: The star of Pretty Woman — which was largely set at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, come to think of it — attended the Beverly Hills dinner along with other noted actors.(AP Photo/Katy Winn)

LANCE BASS: The singer who gained fame in the boy band  'N Sync famously came out in a People cover story in 2006.(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

REESE WITHERSPOON: The actress, expecting her third child (this one with current husband talent agent Jim Toth) attended both events.(AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)


JANE LYNCH: The Glee star is married to clinical psychologist Lara Embry.(AP/Invision/Jordan Strauss)

JESSE TYLER FERGUSON: The actor, who is openly gay, stars on ABC's Modern Familyas half of a gay couple.(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

MAX ADLER: The actor plays the once-closeted bully Dave Karofsky on Glee. The character attempted suicide after being outed.(AP Photo/Katy Winn)


PAULEY PERRETTE: The noted civil-rights activist who plays Abbey on CBS's NCIS advocates for animals, the Red Cross, and gay rights.(AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

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