‘I’ve always felt a calling within myself to help people, especially those who can’t necessarily help themselves,’ More says in a video in which he made the announcement.
He said over the years his calling to help others has only grown stronger. This has impacted his recent decisions to retire then un-retire.
‘I thought that I had to subtract myself from the adult industry to make this happen,’ he explained.
‘So I took some time to reflect and I realized that this is the very industry that changed my life in so many ways for the better. Being more confident, comfortable with who I am, comfortable with my sexuality.’
The GSA network’s website states it’s a ‘next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities.’
Said More: ‘I believe we just need to love each other. Just be kind.’
Chris Colfer was just 18 and fresh out of high school when he decided to take a trip – alone – to New York City.
He had just finished filming the pilot for Glee in Los Angeles and managed to invite himself to the Upper West Side apartment shared by his future castmates Lea Michele and Jenna Ushkowitz.
So the small town boy from Clovis, California, flew across the country for the adventure of a lifetime.
‘I fully expected Lea or Jenna would greet me when I arrived at Kennedy International Airport — but I quickly learned that’s not how it worked in a big city in 2008,’ Colfer writes in a New York Times essay.
‘Getting into the taxi of a complete stranger was the most terrifying experience of my life up to that point. I was convinced that I would be whisked away and murdered like one of the victims in The Bone Collector.
‘I was too afraid to look my driver in the eye or try pronouncing his foreign name (it was Gerald, by the way). The taxi’s door locks were broken and clicked loudly whenever the vehicle accelerated, so naturally, I thought gangsters were shooting at us.’
He didn’t exactly feel settled even after he arrived at his friends’ place.
‘At 3 in the morning on my first night, a garbage truck rumbled down the narrow street outside and rattled the whole building. I leapt from a deep slumber on the couch and ran into the kitchen. After some reassurance, the girls tucked me back in, but I couldn’t sleep another wink.’
There were other misadventures like trying to hail a cab but overall, Colfer had a trip he would never forget by seeing as many Broadway shows as possible.
‘My first New York theater experience was a preview of Shrek the Musical, and boy, did all the families from the Midwest and I love it!’ he recalls.
‘I also saw Gypsy, with Patti LuPone; Hairspray, with Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur;Mary Poppins; Avenue Q; and Spring Awakening three times. But nothing compared with the musical number in Shrek when Sutton Foster tap danced with the rats. It just tickled me.’
And he will never forget the way he felt the first time the Manhattan skyline came into view during that first scary cab ride.
‘I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t think, I couldn’t feel — all I could do was stare in bewilderment at the towering buildings in the distance. I had seen The Wizard of Oz a million times, but until that moment on the bridge, I never knew how Dorothy felt when seeing the Emerald City.
‘It was as bittersweet as it was magical, because I knew I’d never see New York for the first time again.’
Jack Falahee now admits that when he was cast as gay law student Connor Walsh on ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder four years ago, he had no idea how much he didn’t know.
‘It’s emblematic of my straight privilege, but I never thought his character would be so important to the LGBTQ community,’ the actor tells Fault.
‘I’m still not over how much of an impact the show has made and a lot of that is Connor’s character and his importance to fans. … Seeing the Twitter reaction was so overwhelming and I was just overjoyed at how meaningful the character is to people.’
Connor made an immediate impact at the start when he seduced a cute male information systems specialist to get information on a case.
It was Falahee’s first indication of his character’s sexuality.
‘Going into this, it was never written on the page that “Connor Walsh is a homosexual,” so when it came to the first love scene I just thought, “Wow, this guy is willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead” and now I know that was the heteronormativity in my mind back then that was rationalizing this whole aspect of his character.
‘It wasn’t until [series creator] Pete Nowalk was like “Oh no, Connor is gay” that I’ve been really trying to become a student of the history of LGBTQ rights and learning more about the struggle of those in the past and in the present day.
‘I asked Pete and my friends for a reading list on LGBTQ history because one of my favorite aspects about being an actor is that I’m continually having to learn about things I’ve been very uneducated on in the past.’
The IT specialist who Connor seduced has turned out to be much more than a one-night fling.
The character of Oliver Hampton (played by out actor Conrad Ricamora) is the love of Connor’s life and the on-again, off-again couple have struggled through a series of dramatic ups and downs.
‘The outpouring of love from the fans was so gratifying and humbling for me,’ Falahee says. ‘Receiving messages from fans saying “Connor & Oliver helped me come out to my parents” is deeply rewarding and to be any small part of the courage needed to come out will forever be a blessing to me.’
Falahee had not been open about his own sexuality until after the 2016 presidential election. He then felt compelled to to publicly come out as heterosexual.
US Congressman Eric Swalwell is a Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. The committee is in the news right now because of the controversial actions of its chairman Republican Devin Nunes. Swalwell is just 36 and has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2013. He defeated a Democratic incumbent who had held his California seat since 1973. I especially like Swalwell because he is an LGBT ally whose views can be seen in the video below. And he posed for the NOH8campaign!
The Abbey, long the most popular gay nightspot in West Hollywood, is now the setting of a new reality show.
What Happens At the Abbey premieres on E! Entertainment on May 14. Judging from the trailer, it’s going to be a big hit with the Vanderpump Rules crowd and others will absolutely hate it and everyone on it.
I think it will be interesting to give it a look. The Abbey has been a place I have frequented pretty regularly for about 17 years and where I’ve celebrated my birthday and most New Year’s Eves for the past decade. So many memories and most of them great ones. It’s certainly changed and become more mainstream in recent years but I still enjoy the energy most times I’m there.
Anyway, the reality series revolving around the hotspot’s employees – straight and gay and The Abbey on the show is described by a lesbian employee in the trailer as ‘the sexiest place that you could ever work.’
There is some same-sex romance and beefcake but the relationships highlighted most in the trailer is between a heterosexual couple and that of a lesbian attracted to a straight female employee.
There is also a storyline that has a gay man and his lesbian best friend deciding to have a child together.
The show’s focus on the drama and the antics of employees both at the workplace and elsewhere closely resembles Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules except with some LGBT cast members – thank God.
Vanderpump Rules, of course, takes place at West Hollywood’s Sur Lounge and Pump Restaurant which are on the same block as The Abbey and the newly opened Chapel at the Abbey next door.
David Cooley, owner of both Abbey establishments, can be seen in the trailer telling employees: ‘If you’re not a team player, bye Felicia.’
Quinn Tivey has got his famous grandmother’s eyes that’s for sure! And he and her other grandchildren continue her fight against HIV-AIDS through the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Quinn is the son of Liza Todd Tivey who is the daughter of Miss Taylor and film producer Mike Todd.
Yesterday I posted video of Bette Davis singing Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Well, who knew there was more! With FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan continuing, it’s the perfect time to share this one with you. The two actresses were to star in Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte as well but Crawford dropped out early in the filming. She was replaced by Olivia De Havilland. Miss Davis and Miss De Havilland guested together on TV legend Steve Allen’s I’ve Got A Secret on March 1, 1965 to promote their soon-to-be-classic new film. In this segment, Mr. Allen asks Miss Davis and Miss de Havilland about the film’s seven Academy Award nominations before Bette makes another one of her rare – and memorable – TV musical performances.
With her 9 to 5 co-star Jane Fonda sitting alongside her on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the comedy icon how admitted she tried to get out of the 1980 workplace comedy early in its filming.
It had taken Fonda – a producer on the film – a year to convince Tomlin to sign on. She had done very few films at that time and been nominated for an Academy Award for her feature film debut in Nashville.
‘I didn’t want to do a cheap comedy,’ Tomlin to Colbert on Monday. ‘I was looking for something more serious. I had to persuade her that I wasn’t the right person for her.’
Even after Tomlin agreed to star with Fonda and Dolly Parton as secretaries who take on their monstrous male boss, Tomlin was still having second thoughts.
Fonda recalled that after a week of filming Tomlin ‘asked my producing partner to let her go and she would give the week’s money back.’
The problem was Tomlin had watched a scene in which the three office workers smoke some particularly strong marijuana and have some hallucinations.
Explained Tomlin: ‘I saw myself on screen in the dailies and I was talking to the birds that weren’t there and I was not doing a good job. I thought, “Oh, I’m going to be horrible this.”‘
But her attitude quickly changed just a day later.
‘I saw the next day’s dailies and I was so good! So I begged her to let me be in it.’
Fonda had been developing the film when she saw Tomlin performing live on stage and was convinced the Laugh-In alum would be perfect to play alongside of her.
Then on the ride home from Tomlin’s show she heard Parton on the radio singing Two Doors Down and the rest, as they say, is history.
Fonda and Tomlin have remained close friends and are now starring in the third season of their hit Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie which premiered this week.
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer turned 31 yesterday.
The 6ft 4in star is a great looking guy who says as long as his love for football remains the same, then he will continue playing.
‘ I love playing football every day. I love working hard, I love training, I love the games, I love the challenge,’ he told the official DFB website last year. ‘As long as that still applies, I don’t see any reason to call time on something that makes me so happy.’
Looks like Steve Grand had the absolute time of his life earlier this month in Australia. He has just unveiled a video which beautifully recaps his experience and writes: ‘My first trip to Australia was a huge success, and I’m excited to share it with you! I performed Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras with a bunch of very talented, sexy male dancers – The first time I ever did a choreographed live show! I also did the BridgeClimb Sydney, swam in the harbor, fed kangaroos, hung out on a yacht with some Aussie boys, and even got a little speedo/pool time in I’m waiting for the green light to release footage from the whole performance. Hopefully that is on it’s way sooner rather than later!
If you’ve been watching Feud: Bette and Joan then you know that Susan Sarandon, as Bette Davis, sings this song to promote her movie with Joan Crawford. I had no idea this really happened so looked it up and sure enough here is Miss Davis singing the title tune. I give her all kinds of credit for being such a pro and being game to do whatever she had to do to promote the movie.
RuPaul’s Drag Race may be getting older but it’s more popular than ever.
The season nine premiere of the show last Friday was the highest-rated episode in franchise history.
Nearly 1 million viewers tuned in – double last season’s premiere episode.
Among the contributing factors: Lady Gaga as a guest judge, the show moving from Logo to VH1, and a massive social media presence.
VH1 reports that the telecast scored the series its highest Twitter volume ever.
Contributing to the buzz leading in to the new season was promotional material featuring Gaga disguised as Ronnie, a contestant from New Jersey.
She said in a mock confessional video: ‘What I’m really excited about is [seeing] how long it takes for these queens to figure out that it’s really me,’ before she pulled off her cap and threw on a pair of sunglasses.
The second episode of the new season airs Friday with guest stars Lisa Kudrow and the B-52s.
Last fall, host RuPaul won his first Emmy as outstanding reality show host.
I’m telling you, at 79 and 77, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are still absolute dynamite. They were on The View this morning and talk a little bit about their show Grace & Frankie but also about a lot more. I just love that Jane uses the phrase ‘fuzzy rat’s ass’ in conversation.