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Morning Man Encore: Dean Sheremet!

Sorry for the delay with your daily MM – I’m buried with work today!

So much so that I’m posting a rerun that was originally posted on December 5, 2013 but is certainly worth another look.

I was not very familiar with Dean Sheremet until a Twitter incident with his ex-wife LeAnn Rimes.

If I had been more familiar with this guy, I assure you he would have been a Morning Man long ago – What. A. Hottie.

Dean is a former dancer and actor who has become something of a celebrity chef who is in demand for television appearances like his recent visit to the ladies of The Talk.

Rimes famously cheated on him after many years of marriage and has talked about it and written an album about it. You never really heard much from Dean but he recently appeared on Access Hollywood and told Billy Bush: “I never saw it coming.”

Rimes called and told him a magazine “may or may not have a picture” of she and her Northern Lights co-star Eddie Cibrian kissing.

Dean recalled asking: “What do you mean, ‘May or may not have a picture? What does that mean?’”

It all unfolded from there.

But he’s moved on and is now married to photographer Sarah Silver known for her work on America’s Top Model.

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Days of Our Lives: The return of Derrick – shirtless!

It continues to be painful to watch a once so appealing character become a desperate liar. And now Will Horton is a serial cheater! The truth comes out in a confrontation with Sonny and I don’t know how these two will ever find their way back to each other.

Meanwhile, remember the cute hotel bellboy Derrick? He got fired! But he’s re-emerged by the lake shirtless and he runs into Paul!

Word has it we’re going to see more of this guy and he’s going to be shirtless in many of his scenes.

I. Can’t. Wait.

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Memories of Decision Day rally in West Hollywood!

I don’t know about you, but I’m still processing all that happened last Friday at the US Supreme Court.

I had to immediately get to work and file stories as soon as the same-sex marriage ruling came down and didn’t stop until it was time to leave for the big rally at West Hollywood Park.

On the drive over, I was listening to NPR and they played some of President Obama’s speech outside The White House and shed some tears for the first time that day.

What a great president we have – a truly great man who, I think, history will rate quite highly.

I was only able to attend about half the rally but there looked to be at least 2,000 people there and more still arriving as I headed out.

Was disappointed that LA Mayor Eric Garcetti canceled as did County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl but Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean was dynamite (see video below).

Said Jean: ‘We have gathered this evening in great relief and joy and celebration because today was a victory for love! After literally decades of blood, sweat and tears, the freedom to marry is now the law of the land. AND, for the first time in history, our nation’s highest court has said that we deserve the same rights and privileges as every other American!’

‘Many of us spent much of our lives believing we would never live to see this day,’ she added. ‘But here we are. Just as the confederate flag is coming down the rainbow flag is rising and it’s about damn time!’

Jean said the Supreme Court victory is a “crushing blow to the anti-LGBT movement that has built its might at the expense of our very lives—often and shamefully in the name of God. … It looks to me like if God is with anyone, she’s with us!’

‘Today’s decision is proof that we can change the world,” Jean also said. ‘Today, at long last, justice has prevailed. The freedom to marry is ours!’

I love how the next speaker, Jon Davidson of Lambda began his remarks: ‘Today love won! Today equality won! Today liberty won! Today dignity won! Today the Constitution won! Today—we all won!’

Other speakers included Matthew Mansell and Johno Espejo who were among the couples whose cases were consolidated into the case that ended the marriage ban, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo who were co-plaintiffs in the case that overturned California’s Proposition 8, National Center for Lesbian Rights Board Co-Chair Tamika Butler, actress Pauley Perrette on NCIS fame, Equality California’s Tony Hoang, and West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath.

There were also musical performances by Jenifer Lewis and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.

Why Darren Criss apologized to Caitlyn Jenner

Darren Criss has proven that even the staunchest of LGBT allies can make a misstep.
During a performance last week in the Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the current star of the show ad-lib the following line: ‘Man, woman, moman, wan, Bruce Jenner, whatever you are.’

Criss is playing the title role in the show about an East German transgender punk rocker and make the remark about Jenner while in character.

Earlier this month, the former Bruce Jenner re-introduced herself to the world as the female Caitlyn Jenner.

After an audience member tweeted the ad-lib, Criss took to Facebook to post an apology.

‘I want to sincerely apologize to Caitlyn Jenner, all transgender people, and anyone who was offended for my words on stage,’ Criss wrote. ‘In no way do the remarks reflect my personal belief system or my support for transgender people. However, I do realize the severity of the comment and the weight that words can carry and for that, I take full responsibility.’

The former Glee star added: ‘I commend Caitlyn on her strength and for spreading acceptance around the globe. I have been and remain a proud and unwavering ally of the LGBTQIA community, and will continue to walk alongside my friends on the road to full equality and acceptance.’

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Arnold Schwarzenegger shuts down anti-gay Twitter follower with a signature line: ‘Hasta la vista’

Arnold Schwarzenegger had a short but sweet response to one of his 3.38 million Twitter followers who took issue with The Terminator star altering his profile pic to reflect LGBTI pride.

‘What’s wrong with you Arnie?’ the follower asked. ‘I have to unlike.’

Schwarzenegger replied with one of his signature movie lines: ‘Hasta la vista.’

The actor and former California governor was one of 26 million people who used a rainbow filter to his profile image after the US Supreme Court voted 5-4 to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

But Schwarzenegger was not always so supportive of marriage equality.

During his terms as governor of California from 2003-11, Schwarzenegger twice vetoed bills that had passed both houses of the state legislature and would have made same-sex marriage legal.

Instead, the battle was fought in the courts with marriages becoming legal for a brief legal window until voters passed the Proposition 8 ban. In 2013, the US Supreme Court upheld the overturning of the ban and same-sex marriages resumed.

Schwarzenegger is now acting again full-time with his latest film, Terminator Genisys, out next month.


Jeremy Renner on gay rumors: “Don’t you wish we were in a world where we’re not shaming, judging and boxing people in?”

Jeremy Renner knows all about the gay rumors and he’s not going to lose any sleep over it.

‘I’m not going to try to prove what I am or am not. It’s silly, right?’ the two-time Oscar nominee tells Playboy.

‘When you google yourself and the first thing that comes up is “Jeremy Renner gay,” it’s like, “Oh, now you’ve arrived. You’re now a giant movie star.”‘

The movie star part is certainly true.

Since breaking through in the 2008 film The Hurt Locker, Renner has become one of the stars of the Avengers franchise, the Mission Impossible franchise, the Bourne franchise as well as American Hustle and The Town.

Renner, 44, has one child with estranged wife Sonni Pacheco from whom he filed divorce.

The brief marriage of less than a year has done little to quiet the gay talk.

Says Renner: ‘I don’t care, ultimately, if that’s what people want to think, read and care about. F**king say whatever the hell you want about me.

‘Look at where we’re at socially – leaps and bounds ahead of where we started. That’s an amazing thing. To suggest that it’s negative, that being gay is a terrible thing, a perversion or whatever – I just don’t get it. Don’t you wish we were in a world where we’re not shaming, judging and boxing people in?’

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Monday Morning Men: Wimbledon Big 4!

Wimbledon began today so I will be watching as much as I can and rooting hard for my Roger Federer to turn back the clock and win his eighth title at the All England Club.

If Roger, who turns 34 this summer, doesn’t manage to win, my money is on world number one Novak Djokovic to win his third Wimbledon title but I also would be very happy to see Andy Murray win for the second time.

Then there is Rafael Nadal who has technically fallen out of the ‘Big 4′ club but still has to be considered a threat to win the title since he has won Wimbledon twice and won one of the warm-up grass court tournaments this summer.

Whoever wins and whoever loses, I think we can all agree that all in this gorgeous quartet will look great doing it!

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Matt Bomer on blushing over Channing Tatum’s flattery, celebs being gay activists and raising kids

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock and don’t know, Magic Mike XXL hits theaters on Wednesday. Cast members – especially Channing Tatum and Matt Bomer – have been doing loads of press.

One of the better interviews with Bomer was done by Chris Azzopardi for PrideSource.

Here are some excerpts:

Bomer’s reaction to Channing Tatum recently saying he “absofuckinglutely” gets lost in Bomer’s stunning eyes, and that “I don’t know what they are made of outside of dreams and rainbows and amazingness.”
‘I mean, obviously, I blushed. Knowing Channing, and what a kind soul he is, I guess when you’re the most handsome man on the planet – and probably the most desired man on the planet – you have the security to give those kinds of compliments. And so, it was great. It made my day, of course! I and the rest of the world feel the same way about him.’

Have his eyes always stopped traffic? ‘I don’t think they do! I think that’s sheer fallacy and kindness on the part of others. (Laughs) No – I’m still just trying to wake up in the morning with the kids, so I don’t really have time to think about that. More like, “Do I look like I got five hours of sleep last night?!”‘

The role of Hollywood figures in advancing the gay rights movement: ‘It’s not my business to get up on a soapbox and tell people what they should and shouldn’t do. I think one thing that people don’t always take into consideration is a holistic aspect of what may or may not be going on in that individual’s life – you know, what kind of relationship they have with their family, how the people around them feel about it. But for me, having kids and being married, it was important to maintain the integrity of those relationships and not teach my kids that this is a shameful secret and that my husband (Simon Halls) has to be waiting in the wings all the time. So that’s why it was important to me personally. By the same token, I don’t hold anyone else accountable. It’s their choice.’

On balancing career with family life (he and husband Simon Halls have three sons): ‘The interesting thing about kids is, they don’t care what you do so much or what other people think about you; they’re more interested in what your relationship with them is like and how you prioritize them in your life. I try to make a strong effort to make them know they’re always number one for me.’


Snapped! Caitlyn Jenner at NYC Pride!

Caitlyn Jenner’s new life continues to unfold.

The star of this summer’s I Am Cait docu-series traveled from Malibu to New York City over the weekend for LGBT Pride.

Earlier today, Jenner turned up at a pride celebration at Manhattan’s Dream Hotel and was seen with actress Candis Cayne of Sexy Dirty Money fame.

I Am Cait premieres on July 28 on E! I have no doubt some of this visit to NYC will be a part of one of the episodes.

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Days of Our Lives: Will Horton continues to lamely scheme to keep his husband Sonny Kiriakis

This writing is on the wall as Will just sinks further and further into desperation to keep Sonny from going back to his ex Paul.

The further he sinks, the better Paul looks!

Even Will’s scheming grandmother Kate is incredulous that Will wants to bribe their marriage counselor with a favorable magazine profile so that the dude will side with Will in counseling sessions and convince Sonny to stay in marriage.

I hope after Sonny leaves Will – and he most certainly will – that the writers can give Will back some of his former dignity and appeal.

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Sunday Showtune: Jenifer Lewis belts out “I Know Where I’ve Been” at WeHo Decision Day Rally

Since I had to get over to Hollywood Bowl for The Sound of Music, I was only able to stay for the first half of the massive Decision Day Rally at West Hollywood Park on Friday. I had to leave before Jenifer Lewis belted out the anthem I Know Where I’ve Been from Hairspray but was there early enough to watch her sing it during soundcheck – so it all worked out!

Here is video of her performance.

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Morning Man Classic: Christopher Plummer!

Went to the annual The Sound of Music sing-along at Hollywood Bowl on Friday night and it was the first time I’d ever seen the film on the big screen.

In fact, I realized that night, it was the first time I remember seeing it in its entirety! I was familiar with the musical numbers and some scenes but, somehow, had never seen it from start to finish. (Before you revoke my gay card, I’ve seen Beaches at least 25 times!).

Anyway, seeing it for the first time and on the big screen, I was struck by how damned handsome Christopher Plummer is. Just breathtaking as Captain Georg Johannes von Trapp. I’d have left the convent for him in five seconds flat!

Now 85, he’s still pretty damned handsome and won the Oscar three years ago for his performance as a gay man in Beginners.

During his stellar career, Plummer also has won two Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award, and a BAFTA Award.

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See Matt Bomer’s appearance on “Live With Kelly & Michael” talking “Magic Mike XXL” and “The Normal Heart”

Had missed this appearance last week and I absolutely love it. Matt Bomer guested on Live With Kelly and Michael to promote Magic Mike XXL. But what I love is how relaxed he is and how funny and charming. He talks about how the night after winning the Golden Globe for The Normal Heart, he and husband Simon Halls had to be up at 6 am making peanut and butter sandwiches for their three sons.

Love this interview.

BONUS VIDEO: Also here is Matt’s interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. We find out that Matt’s go to karaoke song is Blaze of Glory from the Young Guns 2 soundtrack.


At curtain call, Tyne Daly shares her story and celebrates historic decision by SCOTUS

Tyne Daly is currently on Broadway starring in a musical about a wedding. The wedding in It Shoulda Been You is that of a straight couple but the leading man, David Burtka, is gay, the show is directed by David Hyde Pierce and was written by Pierce’s husband, Brian Hargrove.

But last night, on a historic day for marriage equality in the US, it was leading lady Tyne Daly who spoke of the SCOTUS decision during the curtain call.

“Oh my God, I haven’t made a curtain speech since Gypsy,” said the Tony and six-time Emmy winner. “Our director, David Hyde Pearce called me today and asked me to say something tonight. You know, I married a man with black skin (actor-director George Stanford Brown) forty years ago, tonight, in a country where it was illegal in most states and I can’t tell you how proud I am of my country this day.”

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Facebook profile pics have gotten real colorful!

Changed my Facebook profile photo today to reflect LGBT Pride and yesterday’s landmark Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality.

A lot of joy on my Facebook feed today and I wanted to shared some of the rainbow profile pics of some of my friends.

1. Ryan Berry 2. Peter Paige 3. Wilson Cruz 4. Lucie Arnaz 5. Thomas Roberts 6. Christopher Rice 7. Omar Shariff Jr. 8. Billy Bean 9. Van Hansis 10. Bill Brochtrup


See new promo for “I Am Cait”

This promo gives us a better idea about what we’ll see in the upcoming docu-series I Am Cait. Caitlyn Jenner is going shopping! And dirt biking!

‘We’re going to talk about everything, we’re going to do a lot of things for the first time/ It’s going to be quite a journey – we’re going to do some good,’ Caitlyn says. ‘This is about getting to be who you really are.’

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Ellen and other celebs take to Twitter to celebrate today’s Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage

Plenty of gay, lesbian and bisexual celebrities took to Twitter Friday morning after the US Supreme Court ruled that the constitution of the United States guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry.

Here are some:

Ellen DeGeneres: Love won. #MarriageEquality

Matt Bomer: #LoveWins Today is a huge step forward for our country, and my family. I’m so grateful and happy! #SCOTUSMarriage

Adam Lambert: Equality!

Wanda Sykes: I am overwhelmed with joy! It’s feels good to be an American in all 50 states! There’s still more to do, but I’m celebrating today! #LOVE

Russell Tovey: Today is a great historical day #lovewins #EqualityForAll #All50

Dustin Lance Black: Six years ago I promised LGBT people federal equality from a very big stage. Today a monumental piece of that puzzle is in place. #LoveWins

Tom Daley: OMG such great news! Very proud of my Lance and everyone involved!RT @DLanceBlack:WE HAVE MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

Martina Navratilova: GAY MARRIAGE LEGALIZED NATIONWIDE- well done court, meantime Scalia is even more disgraceful than I thought possible.

Michael Urie: “And so it is ordered.” #lovewins

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Happy 45th birthday to Sean Hayes!

Celebrating all things and people gay on this historic day so how fitting that it is Sean Hayes birthday.

The talented Emmy winner for Will & Grace turns 45 today.

He and husband Scott Icenogle celebrated today’s Supreme Court ruling on Marriage Equality with a joyous new Facebook video to the tune of Fit as a Fiddle.

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See President Obama’s inspiring and moving remarks about Supreme Court gay marriage ruling

President Barack Obama described today’s US Supreme Court marriage equality victory to a ‘slow steady effort … rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.’

‘Today we can say in no uncertain terms that we’ve made our union a little more perfect,’ Obama said as he stood in the Rose Garden outside The White House.

Obama spoke of the historic significance of the high court’s 5-4 ruling which makes same-sex marriage legal across the US.

‘This ruling will strengthen all of our communities,’ Obama said. ‘Real change is possible. Shifts in hearts and minds is possible.’

He added: ‘For all our differences, we are one people – stronger together then we could ever be alone.’

The president noted that when it comes to LGBTI equality, the US has ‘made real progress … in ways that were unimaginable not too long ago.’

Obama acknowledged the long road to equality and recognized ‘countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up, who came out, who came out to parents … who endured bulling and taunts and stayed strong and came to believe in themselves and who they are.

‘Ordinary people can do extraordinary things.’

Obama appeared somewhat somber during his remarks as he was about to depart Washington DC to fly to Charleston, South Carolina, where he was to deliver the eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney who was murdered with eight other people in a racial hate crime.

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Same-sex Marriage now legal across US!

It happened!

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court has made same-sex marriage legal across the United States.

The high court has voted 5-4 in favor of marriage equality with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing the majority opinion.

‘The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality,’ Kennedy wrote. ‘This is true for all persons, whatever their sexual orientation.’

Kennedy also wrote that laws banning same-sex marriage are unfair to gay couples and to their children.

‘No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were,’ he wrote.

‘It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves … They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.’

President Barack Obama tweeted immediately after the ruling: ‘Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins’

The ruling comes in gay marriage cases from four states (Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee) that have been consolidated into Ohio case Obergefell v. Hodges.

In each of those cases, federal judges had struck down marriage bans but those decisions were reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit which resulted in the Supreme Court taking the issue on.

The high court’s decision comes at a time that same-sex marriage is already legal in 37 US states plus the District of Columbia.

It was two years ago today that the court struck down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act which resulted in same-sex marriages being recognized on a feeral level.

It was also on that day in 2013 that the justices allowed same-sex marriages to resume in California by upholding the striking down of Proposition 8.

In order, the other 20 countries where same-sex marriage is already legal: the Netherlands (2001), Belgium (2003), Spain (2005), Canada (2005), South Africa (2006), Norway (2009), Sweden (2009), Portugal (2010), Iceland (2010), Argentina (2010), Denmark (2012), Brazil (2013), France (2013), Uruguay (2013), New Zealand (2013), United Kingdom (2014), Luxembourg (2015), Finland (2015), Greenland (2015), and Ireland (2015).

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