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ATP stud alert! Dominic Thiem & Karen Khachanov!

Great practice as always with @karenkhachanov :) #vienna #dienstagistthiemstag #mygame #TenSixSeventeen

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Celeb Instagram: Russell Tovey & his dog! Ruby Rose! Adam Lambert! Diana Ross & Andy Warhol!

Saturday

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Diana and Andy with his portrait that became the cover of #SilkElectric. I'd happily spend my savings on that one….

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#bigbash2017 thanks @jovancarrington !!!

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On what would have been her 61st birthday, let’s rewatch one of funnier interviews Carrie Fisher gave

It was 2015 and Carrie Fisher was promoting Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

She stopped by Good Morning America with her constant companion, the French Bulldog named Gary, and cracked up her interviewer repeatedly – and the viewers.

I love how she’s this wonderful, delicious combination of sort of over everything and yet fully engaged. No one had a life like Carrie Fisher or was able to comment on it so brilliantly. She is deeply missed by her fans but, thankfully, her brilliant wit lives on.

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Happy 35th birthday to Matt Dallas!

Matt Dallas has grown up before out eyes and today he turns 35!

He’s gone starring on Kyle XY to becoming a married man (husband is Blue Hamilton) and father (their adorable son is named Crow).

I so enjoy seeing Matt and his family on their YouTube videos and am so glad he has become such a wonderful example of how you can be a famous actor and be openly gay.

A number of years ago when Matt was still starring on Kyle XY, he was a guest on The Howard Stern Show and I remember cringing when Matt said indicated he wasn’t gay and Howard just wasn’t buying it. I felt so bad for Matt because I knew exactly why he wasn’t being truthful: he was starring in a series.

But things are changing because since then, Neil Patrick Harris, Matt Bomer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jussie Smollett, Chris Colfer and a growing list of actors have come out publicly while starring in a TV series.

Matt has navigated the journey well and I wish him all kinds of success in the future.

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Is LGBT conversion therapy ever really funny? “Will & Grace” took it on in last night’s episode

This week’s episode of NBC’s Will & Grace got big laughs by having the grandson of Jack (Sean Hayes) attend a gay conversion camp run by guest stars Jane Lynch and Andrew Rannells.

But leaders of a campaign to regulate these camps want people to know that smiling “counselors” leading kids to sing silly religious camp tunes, where parents are welcome to visit, is a far cry from the reality.

I write about these horrible “camps” in a story on the LA LGBT Center’s Vanguard Blog. Check it out!

Snapped! Dustin Lance in Black & White

Back in London & dreaming of SoCal sunshine. Come home @tomdaley1994 & bring some Florida sunshine with you.

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Celeb Instagram: Adam Lambert & Courtney Love! Michael Sam! Barbra Streisand & Alec Baldwin! Sam Smith!

LOVE @courtneylove @glaad #spiritday

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“Be ashamed to die, until you have won some victory for humanity.” – Horace Mann :source @richardphibbs

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It was a pleasure to sit down with @iamabfalecbaldwin and talk. Now where’s the coffee ice cream? http://www.wnyc.org/story/visit-barbras-place/

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TWO WEEKS till the birth of my second album x

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WATCH: Ellen DeGeneres celebrates 10 billion video views on YouTube with a look back at memorable moments

Ellen recently became the first talk show host to hit 10 billion views on YouTube, so she celebrated by looking back at the most popular clips from the past 15 seasons.

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Morning Round-Up: College swim captain comes out; Frank Ocean vs. dad; Celine Dion’s Spirit Day song

Captain of Virginia Military Institute swim team comes out as gay Outsports

Frank Ocean beats his dad’s $14.5 million gay slur lawsuit Gay Star News

New Zealand’s New Prime Minister Left The Mormon Church Because It Was Anti-Gay NewNowNext

Céline Dion Covers ‘Purple Rain’ to Celebrate Spirit Day & LGBTQ Youth Out.com

Paraguay passes Russia-style ban on ‘gay propaganda’ in schools Gay Star News

Gay Missouri Teen Attacked By Gang of 20-30 Boys Because She is Gay Towleroad

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Morning Man Encore: Trevante Rhodes!

It was a year ago this week since I first saw Moonlight and have since seen it three times more and can honestly say I got something new out of it each time.

There was a lot of buzz surrounding this film at the time and one of the biggest reasons is the heartfelt performance of Trevante Rhodes as a young gay man trying to find his way.

Trevante was discovered by a casting agent while attending The University of Texas where he was an all-American in Football and track. His other acting credits include Westworld and If Loving You Is Wrong.

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Celeb Instagram: Spirit Day Edition

#SpiritDay is Oct. 19 – Go purple now to take a stand against bullying and support LGBTQ youth! http://glaad.org/spiritday #TransIsBeautiful

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It’s #SpiritDay! Show your support for LGBTQ youth today by standing against bullying. @glaad @glsenofficial

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Today we're celebrating #SpiritDay with @glaad and taking a stand against bullying in support of LGBTQ youth! — Wear purple today!

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I’m taking a stand today AND EVERY DAY against bullying. Support LGBTQ Youth for #spiritday by wearing your PURPLE. #lgbtq

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I’ve got spirit. How ‘bout you? #spiritday

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2 years at #NBCNews!!!

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Morning Round-Up: Caitlyn Jenner ‘declines’ award; Fashion Police; Lee Pace; Rainbow lifeguard power

After Controversy, Caitlyn Jenner ‘Declines’ Award From Trans Film Fest Advocate

Lee Pace Joining Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane in ‘Angels in America’ Broadway Revival Towleroad

E! Is Canceling “Fashion Police” After 22 Years NewNowNext

Jeff Sessions Grilled on LGBT Rights, Religious Freedom at Senate Oversight Hearing Towleroad

Rainbow Lifeguard Tower in Venice, California is Saved, Will Be ‘Monument to Acceptance’ Towleroad

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WATCH: Ellen Says #MeToo

Ellen DeGeneres joins the millions of people who have come forward as part of the #MeToo movement, and applauded their courage for speaking out.

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Motown legend Diana Ross to be honored with the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement

Miss Diana Ross will be honored at the “2017 American Music Awards” with the “American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement,” in recognition of her remarkable career and her outstanding artistic contributions to the entertainment industry and popular culture.

I like this because Miss Ross is not always given her due.

She had never won Grammy Award, for example, before getting a Grammy Legend award and even that wasn’t presented on the Grammy telecast.

But the American Music Awards is going to do right by Miss Ross who has won seven AMAs and hosted the show several times in the 80s.

This year, the legendary singer will take the stage for a rare performance during the live broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 8:00pm ET on ABC.

“I have endless memories of all the years that I have appeared on the American Music Awards,” says Ms. Ross. “It started with Dick Clark and The Caravan of Stars and American Bandstand. It was Dick Clark who said, ‘Music is the soundtrack of our lives.’ So true. I am so excited to be receiving this honorable award.”

The “American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement,” formerly the “American Music Award of Merit”, is only given to artists who have made truly exceptional contributions to the music industry. The award was last given in 2016 to Sting. Additional previous honorees include Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Gloria Estefan, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Annie Lennox, Loretta Lynn, Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Prince, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and Tammy Wynette.

Another icon who is rarely given her due by the industry is Cher. I nominate Cher for next year’s award, a Grammy Legend award and the Kennedy Center Honors. And, for God’s sake, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Thursday Morning Man: Zac Efron!

Zac Efron turned 30 yesterday and we are celebrating him today. We first got to know this handsome, hunky star in the High School Musical movies and since then he has gone on to a thriving film career. He’s mixed comedies like Baywatch, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Dirty Grandpa and the Neighbors franchise with dramas including The Paperboy, We Are Your Friends, The Lucky One and Charlie St. Cloud. Coming up next for Zac are the musical biopic The Greatest Showman with Hugh Jackman and Zendaya and the drama Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile in which he plays serial killer Ted Bundy. Quite a body of work – and quite a body!

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Kathy Griffin: ‘I don’t have one single day of paid work ahead of me in the US for the rest of my life. That’s what blacklisting is’

This is a Facebook post from Kathy Griffin in its entirety: If you’ve ever wondered what blacklisting in any industry looks like, especially if you’re a woman of a certain age, I’ll show you right now.
Last month, I received an invite through my former publicist to deliver the opening remarks at The Hollywood Reporter Power 100 Women In Entertainment breakfast that will be held in December. I’ve attended this event numerous times, including last year when they honored Megyn Kelly (and yeah…I playfully flipped her the bird when she continued to praise Trump). I was honored to FINALLY have my chance to take the mic at an event I admired and to address my peers directly. Unfortunately, they rescinded my offer and I am no longer invited to speak. I do not buy their official reasoning and I believe “the word has been put out” on me. I can’t help but take this as another occasion where Hollywood is blacklisting a woman and silencing her. After decades of hard work in this industry, it’s my opinion that this is not right nor justified. Yeah, I took one photo holding up a children’s Halloween Trump mask with ketchup on it…so what? How’s that feigned outrage working out for you now in light of a possible impending nuclear holocaust?
For decades, I have worked to shine a light in a humorous way on a coterie of topics, controversial and otherwise, in an extremely male-dominated field. I have received no public support that has translated into being able to simply resume my life-long career.
In any way possible, I will of course continue to champion those without voices and those who are disenfranchised, with the hope of being able to do my job. I just want to make you laugh, even though I don’t have one single day of paid work ahead of me in the United States for the rest of my life. That’s what blacklisting is.

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Celeb Instagram: Pietro Boselli! Dustin Lance Black & Gus Van Sant! Chris Colfer! Hugh Jackman & Zac Efron!

To look back at any moment and be proud. This is the way to design the future.

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One last sunny morning in Los Angeles with the legend that is Goose.

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Finally made it to Hogwarts!!! Thanks for having us @universalorlando! #thewizardingworldofharrypotter

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Happy birthday @zacefron . #hbd

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Morning Round-Up: Demi Lovato open to dating women; Kristen Stewart; Ross Lynch; Melissa Etheridge

Demi Lovato Reveals Sexual Orientation in ‘Simply Complicated’ Documentary Towleroad

Kristen Stewart Thanks Women In Hollywood For Sharing Sexual Harassment Stories HuffPost

Ross Lynch on Playing Gay Serial Killer, Jeffrey Dahmer Out.com

Melissa Etheridge arrested for marijuana possession and smiles in mugshot Gay Star News

India Appoints Country’s First Transgender Judge NewNowNext

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Colton Haynes talks about his sex scene with Billy Eichner and his post-Halloween wedding plans

Colton Haynes and Billy Eichner shared a steamy sex scene on last week’s episode of American Horror Story: Cult.

But it wasn’t really very steamy filming it.

Haynes tells Entertainment Weekly: “We had protection on. We had clothes on and it’s just fun. Billy and I laugh the whole time … it was awkward. So awkward, but we got through it.”

But Colton’s personal life is steamy as he and finance Jeff Leatham are getting married in a matter kid weeks.

“I’m getting married in, like, two weeks, so yeah, I’m freaking out!” he admits. “So excited … we just locked in a really great musical guest, which we didn’t have, so I’m taking all the credit for that. I locked him in last night.”

“It’s going to be epic, it’s going to be beautiful,” he continues. “Lots of flowers and a lot of really cool, couture costume changes.”

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Wishing a happy 61st birthday to Martina!

The marvelous Martina Navratilova turns 61 today.

To mark the occasion, I’m re-posting an interview Martina did at the 2015 Australian Open with one of my big crushes, retired Australian tennis star Todd Woodbridge who is still such a cutie patootie.

Todd asked Martina what her most legendary achievement outside of her tennis wins is and I absolutely love her answer: “My being out as a gay woman. I came out as an atlete when I was at the height of my career in 1981 – way before it was an okay thing to do. I (was) criticized for it then, I was an outcast. And now, I’m lauded for it. So it’s kind of funny how things have come full circle.”

She added: ” … By being out, I have helped a lot of people deal with their sexual orientation and I’ve gotten letters over the years from men and women saying I saved their life – literally. They were ready to call it a day because they thought they were the only one out there. Then they saw me on TV or read an article. This is from the days when the word homosexuality was hardly ever mentioned and when it was it was in a negative way.”

“That is something I didn’t think I was doing, I didn’t know I was doing but that’s pretty special.”

Folks, this lady is a hero.

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