April 27, 2016 at 11:38 am EDT | by Staff reports
Blade to escort Leakes, Harris-Perry to White House dinner
NeNe Leakes, gay news, Washington Blade

NeNe Leakes will join the Washington Blade’s table at Saturday’s White House Correspondents Dinner. (Photo by iDominick; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

The Washington Blade announced this week plans to escort two prominent LGBT allies to Saturday’s White House Correspondents Dinner: actress and reality TV star NeNe Leakes and professor and former MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry.

Leakes has starred in “Glee” and “The New Normal” and appeared on Broadway in “Cinderella” and “Chicago” in addition to her role on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

Harris-Perry is a professor at Wake Forest University. She hosted the “Melissa Harris-Perry” show on MSNBC from 2012-2016 and recently was named editor at large for Elle.com.

“Both of these women have been allies to the LGBT community in different ways and the Blade is happy to thank them for their visibility by inviting them to join our table at the White House Correspondents Dinner,” said Blade editor Kevin Naff, who will attend along with the Blade’s White House reporter, Chris Johnson.

This year’s dinner marks the final appearance by President Obama, who is scheduled to deliver the traditional monologue. Larry Wilmore of Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show” is the emcee. Red carpet arrivals are televised starting at 6 p.m. on various cable networks; the program begins at 7:30 p.m.

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  • Was it all of the times Nene Leakes has screamed homophobic comments on the #RHOA reunions that you found to be somehow beneficial to the LGBT community? Or perhaps the time she screamed at a gay man who was assisting her to STOP BEING SO DAMN GAY? Or maybe the time she said to her gay boss, “What do you want a big ole gay parade?”
    Because you can’t POSSIBLY be serious.

    • Or maybe it was when she tried to “gay shame” her coworker’s husband saying how “sassy” he is, alluding that he is an undercover homosexual.

      • Wait, maybe it was the time she thought it was cute that a gay male guest at her pajama party was beaten up by a convicted felon and used gay slurs in the retelling of events to the other women on the show.

        • Brenda instigated the fight. In fact he was the aggressor. Nene Leakes had nothing to do with it. Maybe Toxic keny the one who called Kim Fields husband Gay is the one you should spea with.

    • Nene is a fan of the gay community. Gay people love her. Making negative statements about a few gay people does not mean she hates gay people! She has done several charity events in support of the gay community. She did one several years ago with Naomi Campbell and others as well.

      Are you a racist for your disdain for Nene Leakes? Maybe it really pains you to see a black woman succeed, who doesn’t fit neatly into your mold of what an “ideal black” should be.

  • This is a joke, right? How can a completely illiterate person who loves to insult gays be invited by a gay publication to represent them at a journalists’ fete?

    • I wondered the same.

    • Oh stop reading the racist blogger…And I know you read her blog. Nene loves gay people. She has said nothing bad about them! Speaking negatively about ONE gay person does not make you hate gay PEOPLE. Just as speaking negatively about ONE black person does not make you a racist. Get it? Think for yourself and stop relying on fat racist bloggers who happen to hate Nene Leakes.

  • I do look forward to reading some Blade table-talk from Harris-Perry as to how– a month into it– various segments of NC’s communities feel about HB2 and its sponsors, the guv, the boycotts and the wider impact on all civil rights in North Carolina.

    Here’s some background news made by Wake Forest’s president this week…
    CHARLOTTE OBSERVER/ Viewpoint Section
    **Wake Forest president on why HB 2 is hurting his school, and the state**

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article74171157.html

  • Nene Leakes what a compliment. Congrats on the invitation.

  • Nene gets to see President Obama’s last correspondence dinner. This is a big deal. I saw her walking the red carpet and taking pictures. She looks nice in her black gown.

  • What gay couples were present last night. They the gays and lesbians bring their partners? Don Lemon? Johnathan Caphardt? Who else?

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