It was 1994 and I remember being so excited to go to Sunset 5 and see Boys Life, a compilation of three 30-minute short subject films about being gay in America.
There were several editions of Boys Life films that followed but there was nothing as special as the first three.
A high school student in Pool Days finds excitement in his health club job. In A Friend of Dorothy, a college freshman hopes his handsome roommate is also gay. And in The Disco Years, Tom is crushed when the tennis player with whom he had a fling leaves him for a girl and joins an openly homophobic crowd.
This is a fan video of The Disco Years that came across my YouTube feed. Thought you might enjoy it as much as I did.
The one, the only Coco Peru is returning to the Renberg Theatre this month for two weekends.
It’s called A Gentle Reminder: Miss Coco Peru’s Guide to a Somewhat Happy Life and since Coco has never, not once, not been pee your pants funny so I can highly recommend even though I haven’t seen it.
But I will. And so should you.
Coco shared on Facebook last night that the May 13 and 14 shows are already SOLD OUT but there should be some tickets for the May 20 and 21 shows but those are going quick!
Wrote about Colton Haynes officially coming out publicly yesterday. Here’s another quote from his EW interview: “It took me so long to get to this point, but I’m doing so good. I’m happier than I’ve ever been, and healthier than I’ve ever been, and that’s what I care about.”
Today’s dreamy Morning Man is best known for his roles as Nate Moretta in the crime drama Southland , as Jesus Velasquez in the supernatural thriller True Blood, as Dan Espinoza in Lucifer and as Tommy Solano in The Returned.
He’s 40-year-old Kevin Alejandro and I first noticed him on Ugly Betty as the father of gay teen Justin. He came to fully accept his son but, sadly, was killed in a liquor store robbery.
Alejandro also had a recurring role on Weeds for a few seasons and has appeared on many other shows including Drop Dead Diva, Sons of Anarchy, Sleeper Cell, Big Love, and 24.
I’m thrilled for this handsome young actor and I hope you are too. Let’s try and refrain from ‘it’s about time,’ ‘I already knew,’ ‘Didn’t he already come out?’ comments because I’m in the mood to celebrate. Colton Haynes officially came out as a gay man today.
‘I felt like I was letting people down by not coming forward,’ the former Teen Wolf and Arrow star tells Entertainment Weekly.
Haynes, 27, had seemed to coyly come out in January when asked on Tumblr about a ‘secret gay past.’ He replied: ‘Was it a secret? Let’s all just enjoy life & have no regrets ’
He tells EW the onslaught of media coverage took him by surprise and he offered no follow-up at that time although he remained active on Instagram - particularly during New York Fashion Week.
‘It was a complete shock. I wasn’t ready to be back in the headlines,’ he said of the Tumblr incident.
‘I should have made a comment or a statement, but I just wasn’t ready. I didn’t feel like I owed anyone anything. I think in due time, everyone has to make those decisions when they’re ready, and I wasn’t yet.’
Haynes spoke of the stress of the life of a gay closeted actor. ‘People want you to be that GQ image that you put out, but people don’t realize what it’s like to act 24 hours a day,’ he says. ‘I’d go home and I was still acting…People who are so judgmental about those who are gay or different don’t realize that acting 24 hours a day is the most exhausting thing in the world.’
While Haynes had remained private about his own personal life, he has been publicly supportive and often posts photos of his brother and his husband, and their daughter.
In 2011, legal representatives for the former Abercrombie & Fitch model sent cease and desist letters to bloggers who posted photos from the now defunct gay teenage magazine XY that featuring Haynes kissing another male model in a March 2006 issue.
I’ll forever have a soft spot for the fabulous five guys who brightened up my life on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy for five years. Believe me, I needed those tips! Today, one of those fab guys, Kyan Douglas the grooming expert, turns 47! I’d say he’s aging like fine wine. Kyan has been appearing on The Rachael Ray Show forever and also recently hosted the online series The American Barber. Happy birthday to this most handsome fellow.
Sorry for the light posting. I’ve had to prepare for a Writers Guild of America panel that I’m moderating tonight. One of the panelists is a writer from ABC’s The Real O’Neals which is such a good show. It’s about a Catholic with all kinds of secrets and dramas and that includes teen son Kenny coming out as gay. The mother isn’t thrilled but she’s trying to deal. But my favorite part is how close Kenny and his older brother are – how much it’s a non-issue between them and how real things are.
In this week’s episode, Matt and Blue video the garden is prepped, go western in Cave Creek and get a little sentimental about their moms prior to Mother’s Day. Love when their son Crow says goodbye when Matt is going to yoga class and the little tyke says: ‘I do yoga and pilates.’ Enjoy!
Originally posted Sept 17, 2013 – not updated Heath Hutchins was a college football star who has had the good sense to share his stunning good looks with the rest of the world and become a model.
But it wasn’t like he just walked off the field and slipped into some designer clothes. He had to transform his body and managed to lose 50 pounds of muscle mass.
“You can’t drink and party every night and have a nice body,” he tells the website ModelsDoEat. “You have to be really dedicated and strict about what you put in your body. I am to the point where I can eat a few slices of bread and see my body change from the carbs. DIET is more important than any pill you can buy. People go out and spend $200 on supplements when really they just need to change what they eat.”
Beyoncé went on with her concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Tuesday but wants people to know she’s firmly against the state’s new anti-LGBT law.
Artists including Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam, Boston, Blue Man Group, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas have canceled concerts in the state in protest of the law known as HB2.
Beyoncé, who launched her The Formation World Tour last Friday, posted a statement on her website acknowledging that the concert in the Tar Heel state comes at ‘such a controversial time.’
‘… We think it is important for us to bring attention to those who are committed to being good and carrying on the message of equality in this core of controversy,’ she stated.
‘Among the many organizations doing the good work to get this bill overturned.’ She singled out Equality NC which is dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for LGBT North Carolinians.
Beyoncé praised Equality NC for ‘tirelessly’ lobbying the North Carolina General Assembly, executive branch, local governments and media and mobilizing communities on issues including marriage equality, parental rights, inclusive anti-bullying policies, employment discrimination, hate violence, privacy rights, sexuality education, adoption, domestic partnerships, and HIV/AIDS.
HB2 bans all local LGBT rights ordinances in the state.
It was pushed forward to override an ordinance in Charlotte that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of their gender identification.
The hunky Gayby star and boyfriend to Gus Kenworthy took to social media yesterday to tout this book. He writes: Are you gay? Are you a teenager? Do you like drag? Do you like my t-shirt? If you answered yes to one or more of the questions above then you should definitely read “Drag Teen” by the insanely funny talented @jefferyself
Lance Bass may have come to fame as a teenage pop idol but since then he has mastered the art of re-invention. Since last fall, Lance has been a panelist on The Meredith Vieira Show. He and three other regulars join the host for a ‘Hot Topics’ portion on the first part of the show. Lance also hosts Dirty Pop with Lance Bass on SiriusXM RadioAndy each weekday. This summer will mark 10 years since Lanve came out publicly as a gay man. Happy 37th birthday to him!
So on Thursday night I’m moderating a Writers Guild of America called The State of LGBT Characters on TV: What’s New? and have been busy doing research.
Among the panelists is a writer on ABC’s American Crime which has a tortured high school jock gay character named Eric Tanner.
He’s played by 22-year-old actor Joey Pollari who tells Vanity Fair of the storyline: “From moment one, it seemed like it was about something so much bigger than his sexuality. It was about shame, and male aggression, and that conversation within sports. I couldn’t wait to be part of that tapestry.”
He previously appeared in the series The Inbetweeners and Saint George, done gust spots on Major Crimes and Cold Case and been in the films Eden and Profile of a Killer.
Michael Arden was standing underneath an awning on 40th Avenue and 3rd Street this morning as it rained in New York City.
It was there he found out he’d been nominated for his first Tony Award for directing the Broadway musical Spring Awakening.
‘it’s been a wild day,’ he told me today during a chat on the phone.
‘I was trying to watch the livestream (of the nominations announcement) and the phone died just as the musical revival category came on. It died right then. I got it going again and just before best director, it stopped again. But then I started getting texts so I was told by friends and loved ones and cast members what happened.’
What happened was Spring Awakening, which ran on Broadway from September 2015 through late January, was nominated for Best Revival of a Musical and Arden nominated for best direction of a musical.
Also nominated was Ben Stanton for best lighting design.
‘I was just over the moon,’ Arden says.
‘It’s so rare that a show is nominated after it’s closed. I think there was a secret part of me hoping we’d be remembered but it’s not the freshest in people’s minds. But the show was nominated and Ben for lighting design and it is really, really exciting. It’s a testament to the work everyone did.’
The show had very humble beginnings in a 99-seat theater in downtown Los Angeles with Arden using some of his won furniture for the set.
It then transferred to the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills then went on to Broadway. It begins a national tour this fall.
The musical about lost innocence and the struggles of youth is performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English by a cast of 27.
‘I’m just so proud of this company who against all odds made this piece of theater that made a lasting impact on people. I could not be more proud,’ Arden says.
The director and actor is engaged to Broadway and television performer Andy Mientus and has been to the Tonys before – but never as a nominee.
‘My first time I was Lea Michele’s date when Spring Awakening won the first time. This time I won’t be a plus one.’
So what was Arden doing underneath an awning this morning anyway?
‘I was waiting for the Jitney (bus to Hamptons) to check out the wing space at Baystreet Theatre for a show (My Fair Lady) I’m directing there this summer.’
Always on the the next project but he does promise to celebrate later.
With Michael Stratham leaving his co-hosting job on Live! With Kelly and Michael in less than two weeks, speculation over who will replace the former NFL star on the popular talk show is in full force.
Among the most mentioned: CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.
Cooper and Ripa are real-life pals and Cooper has co-hosted Live! many times in the past.
During a recent appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, a caller asked Cooper if he’s interested in the gig.
‘I love Kelly and I think Kelly’s the heart and soul of that show and it’s going to go on and continue to be great and I wish Michael the best in his new endeavor,’ Cooper said in what looked like an effort to not answer the question directly.
So host Andy Cohen, another of Cooper’s besties, asked more directly: Would he take the job if offered?
Replied Cooper: ‘Look, I’m very happy at CNN. It would be a dream to work with Kelly but no one’s offering me anything.’
Cooper has been especially high-profile lately as he has been the main anchor of CNN coverage of the US presidential campaign and moderated several debates and town hall meetings.
Also a correspondent for 60 Minutes, he has been juggling his regular duties with promoting a documentary and memoir he did with his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.
Cohen offered encouragement pointing to the always busy Ryan Seacrest who hosted American Idol along with hosting a morning radio show and a production company.
‘You can do it all sweetie,’ Cohen told Cooper. ‘It’s the age of Seacrest – look at Seacrest.’
Cooper has done the talk show/CNN juggle before when he had a daily syndicated talk Anderson Live. The show was canceled in 2013 after two seasons.