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Anderson Cooper remembers his brother Carter: ‘The shock of his death is as painful today as it was thirty years ago’

30 years ago today, my brother, Carter Cooper, died by suicide. He was 23 years old. I miss him, and think about him every day. The shock of his death is as painful today as it was thirty years ago.

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Weekend Round-Up: Chaz Bono; Wilson Cruz; George Michael; Alexander McQueen; Billy Bean

Chaz Bono’s Second Act: The Advocate

Wilson Cruz confirms he’ll be back for Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Gay Star News

Former Lover Claims George Michael Committed Suicide Towleroad

‘McQueen’ filmmaker Ian Bonhôte: “There were dark elements in Alexander’s life” Queerty

Josh Hader meets with Billy Bean, gives tearful apology for anti-gay tweets Outsports

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Morning Man Classic: Gregory Harrison!
He’s one of my all-time crushes and remains so.

He’s Gregory Harrison who I fell in love with as Gonzo Gates on Trapper John MD to me, the young and hunky doc who lived in a mobile home parked on hospital grounds.

That role and the sexy stripper part in 1981′s For Ladies Only made him a favorite with women and gay men in the 1980s. He spoofed that role in the 1986 miniseries Fresno where his character appeared shirtless at every opportunity.

Gregory is also best known for the cult fave film North Shore which was released in 1987.

He was also regular in the final season Falcon Crest and in 1996, he starred opposite Eric Roberts in It’s My Party, a film based on the true events of a man diagnosed with AIDS who planned a two-day party to say goodbye to his friends and family and then took his own life with pills.

Gregory had a few short-lived post-Trapper series – Family Man, New York News and Safe Harbor - but had his greatest success on the Broadway stage in revivals of Follies and Chicago and starred in the original Tony nominated musical Steel Pier.

Now 68, Gregory is still busy in television doing a recurring role on the CW’s One Tree Hill and guest appearances on Touched by an Angel, Judging Amy, Reunion, Joey, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Drop Dead Diva and Hot In Cleveland.

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During LA show, Kathy Griffin shares details of fight she had with Ellen DeGeneres after the death of Joan Rivers

I loved Joan Rivers and I’m a big fan of both Kathy Griffin and Ellen DeGeneres. But I have to say I don’t think Kathy was being fair to Ellen in her most recent LA show because DeGeneres was not a fan of Joan’s very different kind of humor.

Variety reports that Kathy got into a fight with Ellen after Joan died.

“One of the things that really hurt Joan, and we talked about it at our last meal together, was that Ellen always shunned her and Ellen thought she was vulgar and not funny,” Griffin said, noting that DeGeneres thinks she’s also too vulgar. But when Rivers died, Griffin wanted to reach out.

“I just called her and I just said, ‘Look, woman to woman, comic to comic, I think you need to let go of your hatred for Joan Rivers. She’s passed away, just do a f—ing tribute, be cool,’” Griffin said.

But according to Griffin, DeGeneres wasn’t having it and responded that “there’s a difference between mean and funny” and Rivers was mean.

“That f—ing set me off,” Griffin admitted. “So we had a fight in which I used inflammatory words like, ‘Look you f—ing untalented hack.’ … You know when you’re fighting with someone and you can kind of laugh at a point? Yeah, not that day.”

A couple of days later, Griffin said she texted DeGeneres to say she couldn’t stop thinking about the fight they had. “It was so ‘Dynasty’ that I demand to be Alexis as long as you’re Krystle,” she recalled writing. “I think we should do a scene in the pool, I think there should be big hats [and] that bitch didn’t even respond! But that was a good idea!”


WATCH: Janelle Monáe Tells Stephen Colbert No One Throws A Party Like The Obamas

Janelle Monáe and Stephen Colbert’s first meeting took place inside a dance circle at the Obama White House. Also out actress-singer-songwriter Monáe, for the first time on TV, performs ‘Americans’ from her album ‘Dirty Computer.’

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WATCH: ‘Pop Quiz’ with a surpisingly relaxed Anderson Cooper and his energetic pal Andy Cohen

Dynamic duo Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen sit down for a game of ‘Pop Quiz’ to find out just how well they know each other.

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News Round-Up: Cher; Jason Mraz; Adam Rippon; Dame Edna; Ross Mathews; Troye Sivan and Ariana Grande

Cher Remembers Her First Encounter with Gay Men Towleroad

Jason Mraz Talks About His Sexuality & Experiences with Men Just Jared

Adam Rippon leads loving tributes to Olympic skater stabbed to death in Kazakhstan Pink News

Dame Edna Everage comes out as a raging transphobic Trump supporter in new interview Queerty

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” Judge Ross Mathews to Be Honored at 2018 GLAAD Gala NewNowNext

WATCH: Troye Sivan and Ariana Grande Dance The Night Away In The MV For “Dance To This” Instinct

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Friday Flashback Video: Bette Davis tells why she really did not like working with Faye Dunaway

In several interviews from 1988, Bette Davis throws serious shade at Faye Dunaway, with whom she costarred in the 1976 TV movie The Disappearance of Aimee. This is five years after her stroke and a year before her death and Miss Davis clearly had zero sh*ts to give at this point.

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Celeb Instagram: Boys of Summer Edition!

#SummerLoven had me a blast…

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Pool day!! #friends #beachlife #poollife #happy!! @tommydidario @giobenitez ! Missing @rubemrobierbart

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Friday Morning Man: Alfonso Herrera!

Mexican singer and actor Alfonso Herrera was most recently one of the stars of the TV drama The Exorcist and also a series regular on Sense8. On Sense 8 he plays Hernando Fuentes the boyfriend of Lito Rodriguez. They are a gay couple who are not opened about their relationship due to the fact that Lito is a big Mexican movie star. Once his secret is out Hernando & Lito will struggle to persevere through it.

The 34 year old gained international fame as a member of the Latin Grammy nominated pop group RBD.

He’s also been the lead in various telenovelas including Rebelde, Terminales, Camaleones and Clase 406, among others.

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News Round-Up: Tab Hunbter; Drew Droege and Michael Urie; Anne Heche; Gary Beach; Josh Hader

“Grease 2” Director Patricia Birch Reflects on Working With Tab Hunter NewNowNext

Anne Heche says 20th Century Fox ‘fired her’ over relationship with Ellen DeGeneres Pink News

Michael Urie & Drew Droege on their new film and “coke-fueled wedding parties in Palm Springs” Queerty

The Producers and Beauty and the Beast star Gary Beach dies at 70 Gay Star News

Brewers Pitcher Josh Hader to Undergo Sensitivity Training, Participate in Diversity Initiatives After Anti-Gay Tweets Surface Towleroad

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WATCH: CNN anchor Anderson Cooper details Trump’s latest attempts at gaslighting

This is all beyond bizarre. CNN’s Anderson Cooper breaks down President Trump’s claims following his summit behind closed doors with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

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Celeb Instagram: Tennis Stars Edition!

Summer naps

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Soon I need my second arm for the @4ocean bracelets #heretocreate #4ocean

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Thank you @ikono_moebelmanufaktur for making it more comfortable for us. #outdoorfurniture #josie

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Thursday Morning Man: Trai Byers!

Since today is Trai Byers’ 35th birthday, he seemed like the perfect choice for Morning Man.

He is of course best known for playing Andre Lyon in the music-industry primetime soap opera Empire.

Train made his television debut with the recurring role on the ABC daytime soap opera, All My Children, and the following year had role in The CW teen soap, 90210. He played civil rights activist James Forman in the 2014 historical epic film, Selma directed by Ava DuVernay.

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Late Night Video: Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen talk up their live tour with Stephen Colbert

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Cheryl Ladd reveals she battled depression early in her career: ‘I was going through something really dark’

The ageless Cheryl Ladd was guest host today on The Talk where the topic was Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams checking into a mental health facility for depression.

Ladd talked candidly for the first time about a similar experience.

“I’m just so proud that someone is speaking out like that, because when I was on “Charlie’s Angels” early in my career, I had all this success but I was going through something really dark,” said Ladd. “Nobody really knows about it, as a matter of fact I’m finally doing my memoirs and excited about telling all the parts of the story. Because if in your life, you don’t have the light and the dark you don’t have a picture. And you have to remember that. And I went for help and I needed help.”

Host Julie Chen asked her, “Was it hard for you to get help?” Ladd responded: “It was…it was so private and because I was always this very positive person when it started to come toward me, I really struggled so I was really happy I got help.”

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Cher’s next album is all ABBA covers!

A new Cher album is a rare thing bit it looks like we will have one soon.

The Grammy winner, whose last album was Closer to the Truth in 2014, rarely releases new recordings anymore but has still managed to release a number one hit in each of the last six decades.

While making the press rounds for her role in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, Cher revealed that her next album will be ABBA songs and will be out in September.

“After I did ’Fernando’ I thought it would really be fun to do an album of ABBA songs,” the legendary pop icon told Kathie Lee Gifford on the Today show. “So I did. it’s not what you think of when you think of ABBA because I did it in a different way.”

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Tuc Watkins shares his thought about being one of the stars of Broadway’s “The Boys in the Band”

In February 2017 Joe Mantello approached me to do a reading of @boysbandbway I thought, “Why do you want to open the door to the attic? I want to live out and proud and progress forward.“ My knee-jerk reaction was uninformed and shortsighted. Workshopping, rehearsing, and performing this play has been inspiring, invigorating, and important to me. It has reminded me that the freedoms, rights, and responsibilities that I have as a gay man came at a price. I am standing on the shoulders of giants: the gay men and women who stood up before me so that I have the privilege to live out and proud and progress forward. We study our past to brighten our future. I’m so pleased that this week our investors reached the break even point with a month of performances still to come. I’m impressed by @mrrpmurphy David Stone, and Joe Mantello who saw that it was time to revive Mart Crowley’s seminal work. I’m further impressed by my pal @zacharyquinto and his remarks on social media about this theatrical milestone. I am indebted to him and the seven other men with whom I lock arms every night at the lip of the stage of the Booth Theatre 1h51m after the curtain rises. We have four weeks to go before closing, but it doesn’t end there. Collectively and individually we will continue to live out and proud and progress forward elsewhere. @therealjimparsons @andrewrannells @mattbomer @michaelbwashington @charliecarver @brianhutchison3 @robinofjesus

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Snapped! Bette Midler back as Dolly!

Last night, at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre, Bette Midler returned to the title role in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival of Hello, Dolly!

Bette returns to Hello, Dolly! for 42 performances only. David Hyde Pierce also returns to his role of Horace Vandergelder. The production will end its historic Broadway run on Saturday, August 25, 2018.

At Outfest over the weekend, the subject of Hello, Dolly! came up and some people were wondering why producers didn’t try and have the show run longer with different stars. Bernadette Peters took over for Midler earlier this year so why not others?

After Carol Channing left the original Broadway show, Pearl Bailey was a smash in the role and Ethel Merman came in for the final year. A number of other famous actresses played the role during that run as well.

Who of our current stars do you think would have been good choice to step in and keep the show running? Thankfully Betty Buckley is starring in a national tour.

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News Round-Up: Cher and Meryl Streep share a smooch! Josh Hader tweets; Jude Law; Andy Cohen

Cher and Meryl Streep Kissed—and Promptly Broke the Internet NewNowNext

‘I Hate Gay People’ – Tweets Written by Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher Josh Hader Surface During All-Star Game Towleroad

Jude Law addresses Dumbledore’s sexuality: ‘We’re not going to reveal everything all at once’ Gay Star News

Andy Cohen Gets Asked Just How BIG it Is Instinct

Artist creates portrait of Princess Diana using HIV-positive blood Pink News

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