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Nick Jonas on posing in his underwear and courting his gay fans: “That’s a really good feeling”

I’m always looking for a reason to post a few pics of Nick Jonas in his underwear.

He recently had a chat with Rolling Stone and talked a bit about posing in his underwear and courting gay fans. Nothing really new but let’s go with it and enjoy the pretty pictures.

Some excerpts:
The photo shoot you did last year where you were in your underwear, grabbing your crotch, pretty much single-handedly jump-started your solo career. Did you know it was going to be such a big deal when you took the photos?
I had no idea. It just kind of happened, and now I have a lot of unexpected new fans. It was pretty interesting to watch it all unfold and travel in the way it did. It’s resurfacing at the moment, as another male artist [Justin Bieber] has done a photo shoot similar to it. It’s one of those things where I’m getting sick of looking at myself like that.

Between those photos, your role as a gay martial artist on the TV show Kingdom and your performances at gay clubs, you’ve become a new gay icon. How do you feel about that?
I don’t know if I’d necessarily call myself a gay icon. But my goal in the last year was to expand and grow as a person and an artist, and embracing my gay fans was a priority. Some of my gay friends have thanked me for that, and that’s a really good feeling.

Were you worried about backlash from your old fans?
Of course. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little fearful. But you have to be willing to say, “I know I’m pushing myself, and if not everybody comes with me, that’s OK.” I’m just thankful that a lot of them did.

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Joel Grey comes out publicly at 82!

Love that he’s done this.

Joel Grey, who won the Academy Award for his performance in Cabaret FORTY TWO years ago, has come out publicly as a gay man.

‘I don’t like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I’m a gay man,’ Grey tells People Magazine.

‘All the people close to me have known for years who I am,’ he adds. ‘[Yet] it took time to embrace that other part of who I always was.’

Grey, 82, has the staunch support of his daughter, actress Jennifer Grey of Dirty Dancing fame.

‘I feel very happy for my dad that he has come to a point in his life where he feels safe and comfortable enough to declare himself in a public way as a gay man,’ Jennifer Grey tells the magazine.

‘Mostly because the more people are free to own their true nature and can hopefully come closer to love and accept themselves as they really are, no matter what age, no matter how long it takes, to finally be free of the lies or half truths, it is freedom.’

Grey is also the father of a son, James Grey, who is a chef. They are the children from his 24-year marriage to Jo Wilder which ended in divorce in 1982.

He recalls as a kid ‘hearing the grownups talk in the next room, my mother included, talking derisively about ‘fairies’ and men being dragged off to jail and even worse for being who they were.’

It was at this time ‘I came to realize, along with being attracted to girls, I had similar feelings for boys.’

Grey is best known for portraying the Master of Ceremonies in both the stage and film versions of the musical Cabaret. He has won the Academy Award, Tony Award, and Golden Globe Award for the role.

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Wednesday Morning Man: Jimmy Garoppolo!

For now, he’s in the considerable shadow of all-time great Tom Brady.

But back-up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is just 23 and no doubt will have his own time to shine.

Jimmy was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft after playing college football at Eastern Illinois.

As a senior in 2013, he broke Tony Romo’s school records for career passing touchdowns, yards and passing touchdowns in a season. He also won the Walter Payton Award that season, which goes to the best offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.

All that and he’s movie star handsome!

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Snapped! Warwick Rowers take it off for Paper Mag!

Those hunky Warwick Rowers are still taking their clothes off to battle homophobia in sports and all I can say is God bless ‘em for it!

The group that every camera loves took it off again for Paper Magazine for a new photo spread.

Thought I’d share them with you.

You’re welcome!


Out country singer Billy Gilman to be honored at new Flaming Saddles bar in West Hollywood

Flaming Saddles has quickly become one of my favorite places to visit in West Hollywood.

Where else can you see the hunky bartender who just made you a drink just moments later jump on a stage and do a sexy country-western dance?

Tomorrow night is a big party that will feature the first public appearance by country music singer Billy Gilman (pictured above, left) since he came out publicly last fall.

Billy and the owners of Flaming Saddles will both be presented with proclamations from the City of West Hollywood.

The owners are Chris Barnes and Jacqui Squatriglia whose New York location of Flaming Saddles is wildly popular, They have made it their mission to break down the cultural barriers of one of the last bastions of homophobia: the country music genre.

“We are passionate about being vocal allies for the LGBT community,’ the couple said in a joint statement. ‘We love country-western music and if we can be a small part in the fight against homophobia, then we will.”

Looks like they are on their way!

To learn more about the remarkable owners, see a column they penned for The Advocate.

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Days of Our Lives: A guilty Will confesses to grandma Kate that he cheated on Sonny with Paul

Will tells all to grandma Kate, the one person in his family who isn’t going to judge him on something like that.

Then he goes to finish interview with Paul and Paul laments how he drove away the love of his life – of course he does not mention the guy’s name is Sonny!

Meanwhile, Sonny has arrived at Will’s office and is about to knock on the door.

Will this love triangle finally, please God, finally find each other out?

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Louis CK solves the reason why babies cry on airplanes: They are pissed off over gay marriage!

Everyone know babies cry on planes.

Are they wet? Hungry? Colicky?

Apparently none of the above, according to comic Louis CK.

He says these crying babies are simply ‘inconsolably upset’ over the fact that gay people can get married – at least in 36 states and counting.’

But CK does not support the views of these baby bigots: ‘I don’t agree with them. I think if people are in love, they should accept that. But they’re just being babies. They’re selfish.’

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Today is Alan Cumming’s 50th birthday!

Yesterday, Alan Cumming tweeted: Today is the last performance of @Cabaret_Musical I will do in my forties! #holyshit

Yep, he’s 50 – and fabulous.

And he reaches the half-century mark at a busy time in his life.

In addition to starring on Broadway in Cabaret, he’s a regular on the CBS drama The Good Wife and in October released his memoir Not My Father’s Son.

Happy birthday to a one-of-a-kind star.

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“The Imitation Game” crosses $100 million at worldwide box office – is highest grossing indie of the year

Judging from the results from other award shows, it doesn’t look like the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game is going to win any major Academy Awards next month.

But the film, up for eight Oscars, is winning at the box office.

Over the weekend, the film starring Benedict Cumberbatch crossed the $100 million mark in worldwide box office grosses.

In the process, it became the highest grossing independent film released in 2014.

Turing was a key figure in cracking Nazi Germany’s naval Enigma code which helped the Allies win the Second World War, only to later be criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality.

There is now a petition calling on the British government to pardon all 49,000 men, who like Turing, were persecuted and criminalized under British law for “gross indecency” (section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885, which was overturned in 1967), which prosecuted them for being gay.

Turing was pardoned last year.

The petition states: “While these 49,000 men have all since passed away, they deserve the justice and acknowledgment from the British government that this intolerant law brought not only unwarranted shame, but horrific physical and mental damage and lost years of wrongful imprisonment to these men.”

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Tuesday Morning Man: Tomas Berdych!

Nobody beats Tomas Berdych 18 times in a row!

The tennis star proved that at the Australian Open earlier today when he ended his 17-match losing streak against Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.

Berdych has played his career in the shadow of the game’s perennial “big 3′ Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. But he reached the finals of Wimbledon in 2010 beating Federer in the quarterfinals and Djokovic in the semifinals before losing to Nadal.

Now 29, Berdych has been ranked as high as fifth in the world (he is currently #7) and has won 10 tournaments overall. He has reached at least the semifinals of the sports four Grand Slam tournaments.

The Czech pro has been a part of two Davis Cup championship teams.

King Felipe VI of Spain becomes first monarch to appear on the cover of an LGBT magazine

Sorry Queen Elizabeth II. You missed your chance Emperor Akihito. Maybe next time Prince Albert II.

It is King Felipe VI of Spain who gets the distinction of being the world’s first monarch to agree to appear on the cover of an LGBT magazine.

The monarch is featured in a special edition of the bilingual Ragap magazine which was published Friday and will be given away at the International Tourism Fair in Madrid.

The publication states: ‘The royal household is aware and approves the monarch to appear on the cover of this magazine, specialized on homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual topics. This progress in La Zarzuela palace is extensively covered inside.’

Felipe became king when his father abdicated in June 2014. During his first week in office, the monarch became the first Spanish head of state to met with LGBT groups.

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Michael Urie has some advice about gay sex on TV that Billy Crystal should follow: “Change the channel”

Michael Urie didn’t get to do any steamy sex scenes with Brandon Routh when they played boyfriends on the CBS sitcom Partners.

But if they had, no doubt Billy Crystal would’ve been home having a fit saying: “Don’t shove this in my face!’

Billy complained last week that gay sex on TV sometimes goes too far. He did not have anything to say about all that straight sex.

Urie was asked about the topic by NewNowNext and said: ‘I don’t think it’s overexposed. If gay sex on TV is too much for you, change the channel and don’t watch it, it’s not for you.’

He added: ‘I think there is far too much football on TV. But I’m not going around saying they should take football off the air; I’m changing the channel.’

Well said!

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Beautiful Montgomery Clift, circa 1935

Spirit Awards nominee Ira Sachs, writer and director of Love is Strange, is working on the screenplay for the upcoming Montgomery Clift film for HBO starring Matt Bomer.

He’s just shared this 1935 photo of a very young Clift and it’s so beautiful I could weep!


Melissa Rivers files lawsuit against clinic alleging ‘medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior’

Melissa Rivers has filed a lawsuit against the New York City endoscopy clinic where her mother, legendary comic Joan Rivers, stopped breathing during a routine medical procedure.

Rivers, 81, never regained consciousness and died last September 4. She had been in good health and performed a comedy show the night before she went in for the procedure.

The daughter made some scathing remarks about Yorkville Endoscopy in a statement about the lawsuit.

‘The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible,’ Rivers said in a statement to the Associated Press.

She also said: ‘What ultimately guided me (in filing suit) was my unwavering belief that no family should ever have to go through what my mother, (son) Cooper and I have been through.’

The lawsuit accuses doctors of mishandling the endoscopy Rivers had gone in for and did not have permission to perform a laryngoscopy on her vocal cords. It accuses the doctor of leaving the operating room to avoid being caught.

Melissa’s attorneys Jeffrey Bloom and Ben Rubinowitz said in a statement: ‘To put it mildly, we are not just disappointed by the acts and omissions leading to the death of Joan Rivers, but we are outraged by the lack of care and concern for Ms. Rivers on the part of her treating physicians and the endoscopy center where the treatment was rendered.’

At the time of her death, Rivers had been on a career high as host of the weekly hit show Fashion Police, host of the online show In Bed With Joan, author of the best seller Diary of a Mad Diva and co-star, with her daughter, of the reality series Joan Knows Best.

She also was still selling her hugely successful collection of jewelry and clothing on QVC and was working with Andy Cohen on a comedy pilot.

Even at 81, it seemed she was gone too soon.


“Orange is the New Black” takes comedy ensemble prize at SAG Awards – Uzo Aduba also wins!

It sure was a big night for the Netflix women’s prison comedy Orange is the New Black at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The 40-person cast took home the coveted prize of comedy ensemble over the casts of The Big Bang Theory, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Modern Family and Veep.

In addition, Uzo Aduba beat out of veterans to win in the comedy actress category for her performance as Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren, an emotionally unstable lesbian female inmate with a violent past.

Aduba, had won an Emmy in the guest actress category in September, choked back tears at the beginning of her speech.

‘Oh my God. I really, truly do not know what to say,’ she said. ‘I just wanna say thank you so much to the Screen Actors Guild for this incredible honor. I want to thank Jenji Kohan for writing a show like this and putting something like this on television, not just for myself but for our incredible team of actors to be seen in such a beautiful way.’

She also said: ‘I got this job was the day I had stopped acting, and to be in a room with all you amazing human beings, amazing talents, for what I love and respect so much, is really, truly the greatest honor.’

Aduba won over Julie Bowen of Modern Family, Edie Falco of Nurse Jackie of Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Veep and Amy Poehler of Parks and Recreation.


Happy 57th Birthday to Ellen!

Ellen DeGeneres just keeps getting better and more popular and, I think, is an inspiration to us all.

As she turns 57 today, her daytime show has never been more buzz-worthy or Ellen more comfortable in her own skin.

Ellen displayed her grace and class recently when Larry Tomczak wrote in a Christian Post column: “Ellen DeGeneres celebrates her lesbianism and ‘marriage’ in between appearances of guests like Taylor Swift to attract young girls.”

Ellen addressed this on her show and described her true agenda: “The only way I’m trying to influence people is to be more kind and compassionate with one another.”

She then jokingly “brainwashed” the audience with her message to the youth of the world. “I want you to live your lives being exactly who you are. Be true to yourself — the most important thing is to be true to yourself.”

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Monday Morning Man: Lachlan Buchanan!

Australian actor Lachlan Buchanan has just joined the CBS soap The Young and the Restless in the coveted role of Jack Abbott’s son, Kyle.

He tells Soap Opera Digest: “Yes, I’ll be doing an American accent which means the Aussie one is going to disappear. It’s going to be a fun challenge and I’m really looking forward to playing Kyle.”

Lachlan starred on the Australian soap Home And Away which he says is ‘like a rite of passage there.’

He’s no stranger to US television though with guest appearances on Pretty Little Liars, NCIS: Los Angeles and Castle.

Lachlin begins work on the show this week and his first episode will first air on February 25.

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Debbie Reynolds talks hair buns at SAG Awards

Adorable Debbie Reynolds ended her SAG Awards speech tonight by talking about her hair bun in Singin’ in the Rain and how she warned her daughter, Carrie Fisher, to beware of strange hairdos when she started in films.

Of course Carrie went on to have the most famous hair buns of them all in Star Wars.

Congrats to Debbie for this well-deserved honor!


Mark Ruffalo wins SAG Award for his powerful performance in HBO’s “The Normal Heart”

My favorite victory of the night!

Mark Ruffalo has finally won a major acting prize for his performance in The Normal Heart.

Ruffalo (pictured in a scene with costar Matt Bomer) had lost the Emmy and Golden Globe but tonight he was the winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.

Ruffalo played writer and AIDS activist Ned Weeks in the film based on the play by Larry Kramer. The character of Weeks is a fictionalized version of Kramer.

The award was accepted on Ruffalo’s behalf by presenters Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong’o since the actor did not attend the ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium.

Julia Roberts, Ruffalo’s co-star and fellow producer on the film, later took the stage to present another award and dispensed with her prepared remarks to praise Ruffalo’s acting abilities and to say ‘I am so absolutely tickled to my toes that he won tonight.’

Ruffalo, who was also nominated for a SAG Award for his performance in Foxcatcher, took to Twitter during the show to explain that he had to be at work in four hours and that his wife and kids woke him up to tell him the news.

In a series of tweets he said: ‘Thank you! Thank you for giving me the incredible part! Thank you Larry Kramer teaching is all a little more about love. Thanks my dear friend and partner in you were an inspiration and friend every day. Thank you and Dante Di Lereto, Dede Gardner and Plan B for Producing such a beautiful movie. You did the impossible. To all the people who lived through the AIDS crisis and lost the ones you loved. This award is yours. You are heros. Thank you , Julia Roberts, Joe Mantello, Jim Parsons, Taylor Kitsch, Sean Meehan, Jonathan Groff, BD Wong, and the rest of cast’