So let’s make a bit of a fuss over Anderson Cooper who seems to have been achieving more work-life balance in recent years as he juggles fatherhood with his jobs at CNN and CBS News.
He certainly knows how to keep a gig as he has been host of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 since 2003 and a correspondent for 60 Minutes since 2007. Anderson has won 18 Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards, as well as an Edward Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club in 2011.
He came out as gay in 2012 and became the father of Wyatt Morgan Cooper in 2020 and Sebastian Luke Maisani-Cooper earlier this year. He is raising the children with former long-term partner Benjamin Maisani.
Elliot Page is ready to talk about his life story, which he’s just put down on paper in his much-anticipated new memoir, Pageboy.
His is a remarkable one: how a Canadian child star overcame his fears to become an Oscar nominee (for 2007’s Juno), superhero (the X-Men franchise and he’s starring in the final season of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy), and, now, perhaps the most famous trans person on the planet, since coming out in 2020.
“When I’m walking down the street, and young people come up to me, it means the world to me,” Page, 36, who graces the cover of this week’s PEOPLE, says. “Them being themselves, having the courage to say, ‘This is who I am, and I’m gonna live authentically.’”
“The privilege I have, does not represent the reality of most trans lives,” adds Page. “The reality is trans people disproportionately are unemployed, disproportionately experience homelessness. Trans women of color are being murdered. People are losing their healthcare.”
Not that his journey has been without difficulty. “I do feel like I barely made it in many ways,” Page says.
He opens up about those challenges — and the joy he’s found on the other side.
SHOWTIME has released the first teaser for its new limited series Fellow Travelers. The eight-episode drama is created by Oscar nominee Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia, HOMELAND) and stars Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart, The Boys in the Band), Jonathan Bailey(Bridgerton), Jelani Alladin (The Walking Dead World Beyond), Allison Williams (Get Out, Girls) and Noah J. Ricketts (American Gods). Bomer and Nyswaner will executive produce with Robbie Rogers(All American, My Policeman) and Dee Johnson. Daniel Minahan (Halston, American Crime Story: Versace) will executive produce and direct the first two episodes. Fellow Travelers will premiere on Paramount+ With SHOWTIME later this fall.
Based on the novel by Thomas Mallon, Fellow Travelers is an epic love story and political thriller, chronicling the clandestine romance of two very different men who meet in McCarthy-era Washington. Bomer plays charismatic Hawkins Fuller, who maintains a financially rewarding, behind-the scenes career in politics. Hawkins avoids emotional entanglements – until he meets Tim Laughlin (Bailey), a young man brimming with idealism and religious faith. They begin a romance just as Joseph McCarthy and Roy Cohn declare war on “subversives and sexual deviants,” initiating one of the darkest periods in 20th-century American history. Over the course of four decades, we follow our five main characters – Hawk, Tim, Marcus (Alladin), Lucy (Williams), and Frankie (Ricketts) – as they cross paths through the Vietnam War protests of the 1960s, the drug-fueled disco hedonism of the 1970s and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, while facing obstacles in the world and in themselves.
Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek catches up with Shucked Tony nominee Alex Newell at Glass House Tavern on a recent episode of The Broadway Show. Very exciting to see the Glee and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist alum having such success on the Broadway stage. Newell also starred as Asaka in the Broadway revival of Once on This Island at the Circle in the Square Theater in 2018.
In June 1969, a courageous group of Americans rose up to protest the violence and marginalization they faced in what became known as the Stonewall Uprising. Police had raided the Stonewall Inn — a gay bar located in New York City — and for the next six days they clashed with LGBTQI+ protestors, who bravely stood their ground. Their courage sparked a civil rights movement for the liberation of the LGBTQI+ community and changed our Nation forever.
During Pride Month, we honor a movement that has grown stronger, more vibrant, and more inclusive with every passing year. Pride is a celebration of generations of LGBTQI+ people, who have fought bravely to live openly and authentically. And it is a reminder that we still have generational work to do to ensure that everyone enjoys the full promise of equity, dignity, protection, and freedom.
Today, our Nation faces another inflection point. In 2023 alone, State and local legislatures have already introduced over 600 hateful laws targeting the LGBTQI+ community. Books about LGBTQI+ people are being banned from libraries. Transgender youth in over a dozen States have had their medically necessary health care banned. Homophobic and transphobic vitriol spewed online has spilled over into real life, as armed hate groups intimidate people at Pride marches and drag performances, and threaten doctors’ offices and children’s hospitals that offer care to the LGBTQI+ community. Our hearts are heavy with grief for the loved ones we have lost to anti-LGBTQI+ violence.
Despite these attacks, the LGBTQI+ community remains resilient. LGBTQI+ Americans are defiantly and unapologetically proud. Youth leaders are organizing walkouts at high schools and colleges across the country to protest discriminatory laws. LGBTQI+ young people and their parents are demonstrating unimaginable courage by testifying in State capitols in defense of their basic rights.
They are not alone: My entire Administration stands proudly with the LGBTQI+ community in the enduring struggle for freedom, justice, and equality. And we are making strides. On my first day in office, I signed a historic Executive Order charging the entire Federal Government with protecting LGBTQI+ people from discrimination — from health care to housing, education, employment, banking, and the criminal justice system. Last December, surrounded by dozens of couples who have fought for marriage equality in the courts for decades, I had the great honor of signing into law the landmark Respect for Marriage Act. This bipartisan law protects the rights of same-sex and interracial couples — like caring for one’s sick partner and receiving spousal benefits. Deciding who to marry is one of life’s most profound decisions, so we etched a simple truth into law: Love is love.
Meanwhile, I have taken unprecedented steps to support LGBTQI+ youth. During Pride Month last year, I signed an Executive Order charging Federal agencies with combating the dangerous and discredited practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” I also directed agencies to help end the crisis of homelessness among LGBTQI+ youth and adults and to address discrimination that LGBTQI+ kids face in foster care. The Department of Justice is combating laws that target transgender children, and the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services have proposed new rules to protect LGBTQI+ Americans from discrimination in health care, at school, and in sports. I also established the White House Task Force to Address Online Harassment and Abuse to develop concrete actions to prevent and respond to online harassment and abuse, which disproportionately target LGBTQI+ people. Additionally, my Administration made it easier for LGBTQI+ youth to access vital mental health support. Now, by calling the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline and dialing the number 3, LGBTQI+ youth can speak to counselors who have been specifically trained to support them.
This country is stronger and more just when America’s leaders reflect the full diversity of our Nation, so I have appointed a historic number of highly qualified openly LGBTQI+ judges and public servants at all levels of the Federal Government. Our Armed Forces are most capable when all patriots can serve their country, so I protected the right of transgender people to once again serve openly in the military.
But there is more to do, like passing the bipartisan Equality Act, which would strengthen civil rights protections for LGBTQI+ people and families across America. We must also address the disproportionate levels of homelessness, poverty, and unemployment in the LGBTQI+ community and end the crisis of violence against transgender women and girls of color. We must support LGBTQI+ activists around the globe who are standing up for basic human rights and LGBTQI+ survivors of gender-based violence. And we must end the HIV/AIDS epidemic once and for all. Our collective freedoms are inextricably linked: when one group’s dignity and equality are threatened, we all suffer. This month and every month, let us celebrate the pride that powers the movement for LGBTQI+ rights and commit to doing our part to help realize the promise of America, for all Americans.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2023 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the achievements of the LGBTQI+ community, to celebrate the great diversity of the American people, and to wave their flags of pride high.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-seventh.
Variety reports that Kim Cattrall will reprise her Sex and the City role of Samantha Jones in the season two finale of And Just Like That.
But don’t expect an actual on-screen reunion with former co-star Sarah Jessica Parker or any other members of the cast. Samantha will be calling Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw from London and the scene has already been filmed. The characters had been texting each other during the show’s first season which reunited Parker with SATC co-stars Cynthia Nixon and Kristen Davis.
The second season of “And Just Like That” also premieres on June 22, but Cattrall’s scene as Samantha won’t air until August.
Cattrall starred in six seasons of SATC and in two follow-up feature films. But she passed on appearing in a third film and bad blood emerged publicly between her and Parker, an executive producer of the two series and the films. She has been busy with other series including the one-season, reboot of Queer as Folk, the sitcom How I Met Your Father and the short-lived Fox series Filthy Rich. She currently co-stars with Robert De Niro in the feature film comedy About My Father.
I’ve seen a lot of her recent work and she’s always good but none of her roles have come close to the brilliance of Samantha. Any true SATC fan would love to have the character back so maybe it will be just the beginning. If there is a season three, maybe a three-episode arc with Samantha back in town!
He’s Gregory Harrison who I fell in love with as Gonzo Gates on Trapper John MD, 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 a 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.
He’s still busy in television including his role as Professor Gregory Chase in the ABC daytime soap General Hospital and recurred for five years on Chesapeake Shores. He also played Joe O’Toole in the Hallmark Channel series of Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be Told films – six in all so far. In recent years he has recurred on Rizzoli & Isles, Reckless, 9-1-1, and Ringer. He also had a recurring role on the CW’s One Tree Hill and guest appearances on Touched by an Angel, Judging Amy, Reunion, The Middle, Castle, NCIS, American Housewife, Body of Proof, Psych, Joey, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Drop Dead Diva and Hot In Cleveland.
Comedian Hannah Gadsby joins “CBS Mornings” live in studio to discuss their third Netflix comedy special, “Hannah Gadsby: Something Special.” They discuss why they call it a feel-good show, working with their spouse, and why diversity and visibility is important to them. The interview itself is a little off at times but the intro segment in which she talks about her mother’s false teeth caused me to laugh out LOUD!