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It’s my blogoversary! Greg in Hollywood turns 12 today and it is finally time to take a little break!



It was 12 years ago today that I launched the Greg in Hollywood blog after finding myself suddenly unemployed.

After creating the Out in Hollywood blog for the LA Daily News in 2006, I was addicted to blogging and did not want to stop after being a casualty of mass layoffs at the newspaper in 2009.

Greg in Hollywood has been my reliable companion through the pandemic, unemployment, underemployment, and, thankfully, full-time employment. It’s been a constant in my life and I have never taken more than a day or two away from posting fresh content.

Finally, I have decided to take a little break. It will likely be a period of 3-4 weeks as I think long and hard about what I want to do with my time. My day job as a writer-editor for the Los Angeles LGBT Center keeps me plenty busy!

But Greg in Hollywood isn’t going away for good. When I return, I will be looking to do fewer posts but those I do – recaps, reviews, interviews – will be more meaningful and satisfying to me. And hopefully to you too!

I am so grateful to you loyal readers who have appreciated my efforts over the years. I have never taken you for granted and never will!

Stay in touch via Instagram (greginhollywood) in the meantime!

Previous posts: Here is MetroSource “People We Love” article on Greg in Hollywood and Greg In Hollywood’s 5th Anniversary Party and From layoff to kick-off in seven days

Golden Globe winner Dan Levy behind the scenes

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“Call Me Kat” star Leslie Jordan gabs with guest host Howie Mandel on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”


Leslie Jordan told The Ellen DeGeneres Show guest host Howie Mandel about the time he ended up in jail at the same time as Robert Downey Jr. Plus, the Emmy-winning actor chatted about his Instagram videos going viral during the pandemic, and his new show, “Call Me Kat”!

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“All-American Boy” Steve Grand turned 31 yesterday! Let’s celebrate with some of his music videos



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WATCH; Robert Farah works on his forehand!

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Morning Round-Up: Golden Globes; Jane Fonda; Jodie Foster; Andy Towle; Harry & Meghan & more!

Jane Fonda says Hollywood is “afraid” to discuss its diversity issues in powerful Golden Globes speech CBS News

Golden Globes 2021: See the full winners list EW.com

The most memorable moments from the 2021 Golden Globes EW.com

Jokes, Jabs & Emotional Speeches: The Best Quotes of the 2021 Golden Globes People.com

Jodie Foster kisses her wife when accepting her Golden Globe award Queerty

Chadwick Boseman’s Wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, Tearfully Accepts His Posthumous Golden Globe Variety

Meryl Streep to Star in New Film, “Places, Please” – A “Love Letter to Broadway” The WOW Report

Alfie Alcuri, Out Winner of ‘The Voice Australia’ and Cam Nacson Release a Romantic Ballad Dedicated to Your Own ‘Handsome Man’ Towleroad

Andy Towle stepping down from Towleroad after 18 years Towleroad

CBS Reveals First Look at ‘Oprah With Meghan and Harry’ Special The Hollywood Reporter

Weekend Tennis Diary Kenneth in the 212

Norman Lear Thanks TV Icon Carol Burnett While Being Honored with Her Eponymous Award at Golden Globes 2021 Just Jared

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CBS Sunday Morning catches up with 5th Dimension founding members Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.


Correspondent Nancy Giles goes up, up and away with two of The 5th Dimension’s founding members, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., whose music brought joyful harmonies to the tumultuous ‘60s and ‘70s, and who will soon release their first studio album in nearly three decades, “Blackbird: Lennon-McCartney Icons,” featuring classic Beatles love songs.

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Pro golfer Tadd Fujikawa as gay as he can be!

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Snapped! Garrett Clayton masked and ready!

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Sunday Round-Up: TJ Osborne; Sir Ian McKellen; Billie Holiday; Nathan Lane; Ryan O’Connell

TJ Osborne Says the Response to Him Coming Out as Gay ‘Has Been a Tsunami of Love’ People

Sir Ian McKellen has a wish for the gay community: stand with transpeople Queerty

Bisexual Blues Icon Billie Holiday Rises Up in New Lee Daniels’s Film Queerty

Nathan Lane Talks Bird Cage Sequel, He’s Excited, & MGM Looking At Options Instinct

Ryan O’Connell’s Mission to Tell Queer Disabled Stories Has Only Begun Out

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Showtune Sunday: Wishing a happy 73rd birthday to Broadway legend Bernadette Peters!

It’s hard to believe that ageless Broadway legend Bernadette Peters turns 73 years young today.

She is so sexy and talented and she has a Broadway resume that is beyond compare including revivals of Hello, Dolly!, Follies and A Little Night Music for which she got raves. Her other stage triumphs includes Sunday in the Park With George (Tony nomination), Annie Get Your Gun (Tony win), Gypsy (Tony nod), Song and Dance (Tony win), and Into the Woods(Drama Desk nomination). She was also Tony nominated for The Goodbye Girl, On the Town, and Mack & Mabel.

She’s also a beloved gay icon who I had the thrill of interviewing in the fall of 2008. I asked her why the gays have loved her for so much for so long.

“I always say they have great taste,” she joked. “They just recognize when something is going on, they recognize truth. Growing up feeling like an outsider, their souls and emotions are more developed. They have an ultra-sensitivity and that’s why they love show business.”

Here are some of my favorite Bernadette performances ever:




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In later years, two-time Academy Award winner Elizabeth Taylor occasionally dabbled in acting

Elizabeth Taylor became a movie star as a child in National Velvet and went on to star in such classics as A Place in the Sun, Father of the Bride, Little Women, Giant, Raintree County, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Suddenly Last Summer, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? along with Cleopatra, Butterfield 8, The Taming of the Shrew, The Sandpiper, Reflections of a Golden Eye, A Little Night Music, The Mirror Crack’d, and many more films.

Once she reached her 50s, she turned to TV films and starred in Malice in Wonderland, Between Friends, North & South, Poker Alice, There Must Be a Pony, and a remake of Sweet Bird of Youth.

But by the mid-1980s, her focus shifted to AIDS activism and acting took a back seat, So by the time she was in her 60s, Miss Taylor’s greatest onscreen showcases were her perfume commercials. But she did the occasional fun role and I’ve posted them for you here to celebrate the 89th anniversary of her birth.

Enjoy!



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Jon Lovett and Ronan Farrow are all kinds of fun as guests on “The Endless Honeymoon Podcast”


This week, The Endless Honeymoon Podcast hosts Moshe and Natasha are joined by Jon Lovett and Ronan Farrow! They discuss Jon and Ronan’s bookish proposal story, their understanding that work comes first, and Ted Cruz’s trip to Mexico. They give advice to one caller trying to make long distance work and another whose husband trolls her with right wing conspiracy theories.

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Saturday Round-Up: Pete Buttigieg; Juan Pablo di Pace; Andrea Jenkins; Halle Berry; Alexandra Grey

Pete Buttigieg biking home from work has the internet in a frenzy LGBTQ Nation

Juan Pablo di Pace talks his new single and his hopes for a “Dashing in December” sequel NewNowNext

Congress Honors Trans Politician Andrea Jenkins, Other Black Leaders Advocate

Halle Berry’s first French kiss was with a girl and lasted half an hour Queerty

Alexandra Grey to Play Recurring Role on CBS’s ‘MacGyver’ Out.com

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Remembering Hollywood legend and AIDS activist Elizabeth Taylor who would have been 89 today

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JXp60RhxmBo/TW_Fu7ryGTI/AAAAAAAAEB8/UY5B9UTtGNY/s1600/elizabeth-taylor.jpgElizabeth Taylor, a star for the ages, was born 89 years ago today.

I’ll never forget flipping on the television to MSNBC in April 2011 and hearing anchor Thomas Roberts share the news that she had died. I felt suddenly so sad.

We knew she had been so ill but it still came as a shock much like when Lucille Ball died in 1989. Both women were in their late 70s and somehow we thought they would live forever.

And just as Lucy has, so has Elizabeth.

As a movie star crazy kid growing up in the 70s, I would devour every issue of People Magazine and Rona Barrett’s various magazines and was particularly fascinated with Miss Taylor.

My mom had always been a big fan of the actress so whenever her movies were on television, I’d watch them with her. I didn’t really understand Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Suddenly Last Summer or Butterfield 8 when I first saw them but I was mesmerized by Miss Taylor’s beauty and her talent.

Elizabeth Taylor The following are classic (stock) images of Elizabeth Taylor.Image Circa: 1987.

But my real admiration for her came in the mid-80s when she decided to use to great fame to raise money and awareness in the fight against AIDS. She fought passionately, worked tirelessly and became one of the greatest humanitarians of our time. She began her work well before AIDS activism became fashionable and it became clear that her work as an activist had become far more important to her than her work as an actress.

Still, in addition to her earlier films, it was nice to see her do an occasional later movie like 1985′s Malice in Wonderland, 1987′s Poker Alice and a television version of Sweet Bird of Youth opposite Mark Harmon in 1989. Then there was her hilarious performance as Wilma’s mother Pearl Slaghoople in the 1994 feature film The Flintstones.

[My top five favorite Taylor films: 1. A Place in the Sun 2. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 3. Who's Afraid if Virginia Woolf? 4. Suddenly Last Summer 5. Giant.]

I began covering Hollywood events in 2000 and since then, I’ve met just about every star I’ve ever wanted to meet. But never Elizabeth Taylor. I did get a pretty good look at her from my table at the Beverly Hilton when she took the stage to pay tribute to Barbra Streisand at the AFI Tribute in 2001.

My last chance came in 2008 at the Macy’s Passport benefit in Santa Monica. Miss Taylor was not doing interviews but she was slowly wheeled down the red carpet. Dripping with diamonds and wearing red lipstick, she smiled at us as she went by.

I was, as always, spellbound.

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Happy birthday to Emmy winner Greg Rikaart!

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WATCH: James Corden takes Prince Harry on a bus tour of Los Angeles on “The Late Late Show”


Now that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are settled into Southern California, James Corden thought it was time to show his friend Prince Harry the sights. From tea on an open top bus to visiting the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” mansion, Prince Harry gets the tour he never dreamed of.

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Morning Round-Up: Blake McCoy suspended; Rosamund Pike; Russell Tovey; “Love, Victor” & more!

Gay D.C. Newscaster Blake McCoy Suspended Over Fat-Shaming Vaccine Tweet Advocate

Rosamund Pike Portrays A Lesbian Who Will Do Anything For Wealth In I Care A Lot Instinct

“Love, Victor” Season 2 Sets June Premiere Date NewNowNext

Russell Tovey, Alfred Enoch, & Stephen Fry Star In New ‘Dorian Gray’ Adaption Instinct

Hasbro rebrands Potato Head toys with gender-neutral name EW.com

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Why we need the Equality Act

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, federal legislation that would expressly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity under existing civil rights laws.

LGBT people face discrimination in all areas of their lives. Recent Williams Institute research has documented discrimination against LGBT people in employmenthousingpublic accommodationshealth care, and other settings.

“The Equality Act would provide clear federal civil rights protections to all LGBT people in the country,” said Christy Mallory, Legal Director at the Williams Institute. “It would be especially beneficial to those living in places without state-level protections and to LGBT people of color, who are particularly vulnerable to poverty, food insecurity, and homelessness.”

Key findings from the Williams Institute include

Demographics and Socioeconomic Characteristics

LGBTQ people of color are more likely to experience economic hardships.

Employment

Housing

Education

Public Accommodations

LGBT people would also gain express protections under the Equality Act from sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in credit, jury service, and federally funded programs.

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Cheyenne Jackson featured in some “totally necessary and not at all gratuitous beefcake”

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