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Snapped! Steve Grand is on cover of “Attitude”

Gay singer-songwriter Steve Grand opens up about his alcohol abuse struggles & sobriety in the new issue of Attitude. Available now. _____________________ Interview: @cliffjoannou Photography: @danieljaems Fashion: @josephkocharian _____________________ #stevengrand #country #countrymusic #music #lgbt #lgbtpride #gay #instagay #gay #gaylove

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Morning Round-Up: Seth Meyers unleashes on Trump; Trans murder; Tarell Alvin McCraney; Aaron Carter

Seth Meyers Unleashes ‘Fire and Fury’ on the Unmasked President: Trump is a ‘Lying Racist’ Towleroad

Gwynevere Song Becomes 17th Transgender Person Murdered In America This Year NewNowNext

“Moonlight” Co-Creator Tarell Alvin McCraney And Michael B. Jordan To Produce Drama Series For OWN NewNowNext

Aaron Carter’s ex insists she’s not homophobic: “Some of my closest friends are LGBTQ!” Queerty

Disgraced homophobic judge tops Republican ballot in US Senate race in Alabama Pink News

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Olympic legend Greg Louganis reveals how he found his birth father after decades of feeling abandoned

This is a beautiful story and I’m so happy for Greg Louganis who I think the world of. The Olympic legend is sharing with the world the story of getting to know his biological father.

“I needed to know I wasn’t a throw-away child,” Louganis — who is the subject of a new documentary streaming on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network and is featured in the current issue of PEOPLE — says of being adopted and being filled with questions about his birth parents.

Louganis’s birth parents met in Hawaii, but his biological mother moved to San Diego while pregnant and Louganis entered the foster care system at birth. At 9 months, he was adopted by Southern California-based Frances and Peter Louganis, who were unable to have biological children.

“I’d always felt like if my natural parents couldn’t love me, then nobody could. I internalized that and went through a horrible rebellion,” Greg tells People Magazine. “I was out of control, and I wouldn’t let anyone in.”

It wasn’t until 1984 that Greg met his biological father during an appearance in Hawaii.

“Like me, he’s a man of few words. But he told me he’d wanted to raise me,” he said.

Greg continued to meet with Lutu, who appeared whenever Louganis visited Hawaii: “He never asked for anything. He’s a very gentle and shy man. He just wanted to know if I was okay and that I was happy. That helped ease the question of whether I was loved,” he says.

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‘Celebrity Apprentice’ alum Clay Aiken now calls himself a ‘f—ing dumbass’ for ever defending Donald Trump

Clay Aiken regrets ever defending Donald Trump.

The former American Idol contestant, who developed a close relationship with Trump during his time on Celebrity Apprentice, took to Twitter on Tuesday night to apologize for supporting the president. “Remember all those times I defended @realDonaldTrump and believed he was not actually racist?” he wrote. “Well… I am a f*****g dumbass. #imsorry”

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Thursday Morning Man: Sean Penn!

Today is Sean Penn’s 57th birthday so let’s shine a spotlight on the two-time Academy Award winner who is one of the finest actors of his generation. He won best actor Oscars for Mystic River (2003) and Milk (2008) and could easily have won for Dead Man Walking or 21 Grams which came out the same year as Mystic River.. So many other memorable films along the way starting with Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Taps, The Falcon and the Snowman, At Close Range, Colors, Casualties of War, State of Grace, I Am Sam, Sweet and Lowdown, State of Grace, and Carlito’s Way, among others.

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Snapped! “Will & Grace” cast are in step!

Some fun behind-the-scenes pics from the @nbcwillandgrace stage.

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Happy 9th anniversary to Ellen & Portia!

I love my wife. #Repost @portiaderossi ・・・ We've been together so long that not only do we look like kids in this picture, but it was taken with a camera! Happy 9th, Thing.

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Don Lemon suggests ‘ignorant’ Donald Trump go back to elementary school to learn US history

Following Donald Trump’s shocking press conference where he doubled down on his claims that “there’s blame on both sides” at the Charlottesville white supremacist rally over the weekend, CNN host Don Lemon, teleconferenced in during a segment hosted by Wolf Blitzer, appearing resigned.

“I’m saddened, Wolf,” Lemon said. “This is a sad moment for the country, and I think it was an awful moment for the person who’s supposed to represent the highest office of the land.”

Many claim Trump’s comments, which place blame on both the white supremacists at the rally and the leftist counter=protesters targeted in the weekend’s violent attacks, are tantamount to an expression of approval for the neo-Nazis at the “Unite the Right” rally. Lemon is among those who believe Trump showed his true allegiances.

“Today you saw the real Donald Trump, proving all of his critics right in that moment,” he continued. “His true colors are coming out.”

“The president is ignorant of history,” Lemon continued. “He does not know context. He should be ashamed of himself. He should go back to school and get an elementary education on how this country started and about protest groups and how this country works and who he represents and who he should represent.”

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Morning Round-Up: Daniel Craig to be Bond again; Anthony Scaramucci pro gay? Plus Josh Flagg and Perez Hilton

Daniel Craig confirms he’ll be back as James Bond Entertainment Weekly

Former Trump Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci: ‘I’m a Very Active Gay Rights Supporter’ Towleroad

LGBT groups celebrate as anti-trans bathroom bill is killed off in Texas Pink News

‘Million Dollar Listing L.A.’ Star Josh Flagg Dishes on Wedding Details and Star-Studded Guest List ETOnline

Perez Hilton breaks down in tears after being fired: “I’m sorry to my kids!” Queerty

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Wednesday Morning Man: Josh Barro!

The Advocate has just published a list of the 50 Most Influential LGBTs in Media. Of course such names as Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow, Robert Roberts and Shepard Smith lead the list but I had not been familiar with Josh Barro who I’ve selected as today’s Morning Man. The Harvard grad is senior editor of Business Insider and is currently the host and moderator of KCRW’s Left, Right & Center. He also appears regularly on Bloomberg Television and MSNBC and has appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO and on All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC.

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Lesley Ann Warren was big hit at LA LGBT Center’s screening of ‘Clue’ at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Some people came dressed as Mrs. Peacock and Mrs. White but the real Miss Scarlett—Lesley Ann Warren—was actually in attendance.

These fictional murder suspects were among the more than 2,000 people who filled the Fairbanks Lawn, an open grassy field inside the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery, on Friday, August 11, for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s fun-filled outdoor screening of the 1985 cult classic Clue.

Before the screening of the murder comedy began, the crowd was treated to an appearance by Warren who shared some of her memories from the making of the movie which co-starred Tim Curry, Martin Mull, Eileen Brennan, Madeline Kahn, and Christopher Lloyd.

“When the film first came out people didn’t know what to make of it. But since then there’s been a wave of adoration for these characters. It’s amazing. I can go to a restaurant anywhere in the country and some young person will walk up to me and start reciting lines from the movie.”

See photos from the event and my recp of the evening over at the Center’s Vanguard blog!

Dolly Parton announces first children’s album!

My first album was released 50 years ago and it's been an amazing 50 years since then. I am very excited that now I'm coming out with my first children's album! I'm so proud to say that all of the proceeds from this CD will go to the Imagination Library!

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Read the entire suggested apology that Kathy Griffin isn’t even tempted to send to Donald Trump

Holy sh*tballs! Please read entire letter. Not a joke. It's from a current member of the Board of Directors at CBS. NOT saying this is CBS's view, in fact they may not be aware that their board member has these leanings. It's NUTS

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Jimmy Kimmel: Trump “is completely unhinged” – see what Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers have to say

Just in a bit of shock and actually feeling sick over Donald Trump’s press conference today. Just feel such frustration over all of it and really don’t have the words to express myself very well. I think anyone who is not a racist understands. Jimmy Kimmel opened his ABC late night show today talking about Trump’s astonishing news conference at which “he opened his mouth and all matter of stupid came out. I wouldn’t be lying if i said I would feel more comfortable if Cersei Lannister was running this country.”

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper: Donald Trump went ‘out of his way to whitewash’ a white power rally

Anderson Cooper earlier tonight delivered a withering rebuke of Donald Trump’s widely criticized remarks blaming “both sides” for the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia — saying the president “revealed so clearly who and what he really is” and “seemed to go out of his way to whitewash the nature of what was, after all, an explicitly white power rally.”

Cooper opened up his show by saying: “We normally start off the broadcast saying ‘good evening,’ but tonight there doesn’t seem to be much that is good about this evening, because a few hours ago the President of the United States revealed so clearly who and what he really is. Today the President of the United States ripped open wounds that have barely begun healing in Charlottesville on a subject, race, that has tormented this country from the very beginning and nearly torn it apart more than once.”

Cooper said Trump revealed “whether he can ever be a president for all people or just for white ones, a president for people of all beliefs or just the alt-right. Today President Trump showed the world exactly how little he knows or cares about U.S. history. He showed the world about how much a mother’s loss matters to him when weighed against whether or not she praised him. He showed the world how far he’ll go to avoid admitting he’s ever made a mistake.”

Cooper’s takedown came after Trump’s combative press conference Tuesday in which he defended his initial response to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville that left one counter-protestor dead. Equating white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and KKK members with the so-called alt-left, Trump said, “You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. But I’ll say it right now. You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit and they were very, very violent.”

Cooper slammed Trump for downplaying the actions of hate groups: “‘Both sides had some bad apples’ is what the president is saying. ‘Both sides were violent.’ But today the president seemed to go out of his way to whitewash the nature of what was, after all, an explicitly white power rally.”

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DWTS champ Nyle DiMarco: “Impeach Trump!

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Watch Billy Eichner and John Cho kiss!

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On 30th birthday, celeb hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons launches make-up program for trans women

Last night I hung out with all kinds of beautiful people.

You know, just another day at the office. Ha!

I covered the kickoff event for Andrew Fitzsimons’ new passion project: the Trans Cosmetic Donation Program.

Kourtney Kardashian’s personal hairstylist (he’s also worked for Adele, Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, among others) is teaming with the Los Angeles LGBT Center to give brands, stylists, influencers and celebrities the opportunity to donate unused personal hygiene and cosmetic products to transgender and gender non-conforming people.

Just love the whole concept of this and love that the Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project will receive the products and manage the distribution of them to its clients and to clients of various organizations that also serve the trans community.

You can read all about it in a story I’ve just posted on the Center’s blog Vanguard.

Billy Eichner spills on spending the day with Metallica and on his pursuit of a happy ending

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Zachary Quinto wishes for ‘expansiveness to the narrow-minded, floods of love to those with hate in their hearts’

expansiveness to the narrow-minded. floods of love to those with hate in their hearts. peace to those who march in fear. may the brightest light shine into their darkness.

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