I wrote yesterday about Filipino singing star Charice Pempengco coming out publicly as a lesbian and today I share with you the reaction of Matthew Morrison with whom she appeared with in Glee a few seasons back.
He was surprised – to say the least! And his surprise was captured by the camera of NewNowNext.
But once Matthew, who has a new album out today, was able to collect his thoughts, he said: ‘Good for her. She’s someone who was always very grounded and I always felt like she knew who she was.’
He then said to Charice directly: ‘Good for you for knowing who you are and for knowing who you are publicly.’
I have to say, it is thrilling to see soccer pro Robbie Rogers blossom before out very eyes. As the first openly gay player in the MLS league, he is a historic figure – and an inspiring one.
He appeared on CBS This Morning yesterday where he was interviewed by all three anchors – Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Nora Roberts – in a roundtable set-up and he did just great.
He did great because he’s being honest and open and he knows who he is. The best part about it is that Robbie was willing to retire from the sport rather than live a lie.
‘It was just so unhealthy,’ he says of being in the closet. ‘I can’t believe I actually thought I could live that way.’
But he thought if someone learned he was gay, it could mean the end of his pro career: ‘I wouldn’t even write it down … I had so much fear someone would find out.’
But once he came out, he got so much encouragement and support that he decided to un-retire and return to the game he loves.
Now he’s ‘eager to kind of change things a bit.’
Asked if he believe that his going public and the coming out of NBA player Jason Collins will change things for the better for closeted gay athletes, Robbie said: ‘I know things will change … once athletes realize they won’t be treated any differently and they will be judged by their performance.’
Thank God my friend Lorna keeps her eyes open for possible Morning Men because it can get tough trying to come up with roughly 300 a year!
And I love when she comes up with someone who I have never heard of but who is awfully cute like today’s MM: He’s John Weselcouch, a young actor just getting started who has a role in the sci-fi thriller The Purge which opens on Friday.
Weselcouch has appeared in several short films and had a role in the TV series Motherlover with Jonathan Lipinski and Carolyn Hennesey.
We will have to keep our eyes open for what this handsome young talent does next!
She got her big break on The Oprah Winfrey Show then had a role on Glee.
Now Filipino singing star Charice Pempengco, 21, is sharing with the world that she is a lesbian.
Charice has performed with Celine Dion, Andrea Bochelli and others and was a judge on The X Factor Philippines.
She asked during an interview with Filipino talk show host Boy Abunda on The Buzz if she is a lesbian, she responded by saying: “Yes, I am.”
“I have deep gratitude for the Filipinos because they are the ones who know who I really am,” she added. “I don’t know what the problem is because for me, there is no problem with that. So now I ask for forgiveness from those who don’t understand. And those who cannot accept. I apologize, I understand you.”
“To those who could accept, and who could accept me, thank you very, very much,” Charice also said. “I just want to say to all of you that I feel very light — that I can leave the house knowing I am not hiding anything. … I love myself, that’s why I’m able to do this.”
Spanish tennis stud Rafael Nadal’s birthday always falls during the two weeks that the French Open is held. So it’s a safe bet that what he’s wishing for is an eighth title in Paris where he has been more dominant than any other man in the modern era.
Although arch-rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer remain in the tournament, neither has ever managed to beat Nadal in Paris.
Earlier today, he reached his ninth consecutive quarterfinal with an easy 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Kei Nishikori.
The Twitter terror referred to the staff of People magazine as ‘faggots’ in a tweet over the weekend.
It’s the latest in an increasingly combative series of tweets in recent weeks.
In a tweet that was eventually deleted, Bynes wrote: “Um, @Peoplemag Hello? I’m not lost and alone! W H A T T H E F U C K A R E Y O U T A L K I N G A B O U T ? Follow me on twitter you faggots!’
The troubled actress’s anti-gay slur caught the attention of drag superstar RuPaul who scolded in a tweet of his own: ‘Derogatory slurs are ALWAYS an outward projection of a person’s own poisonous self-loathing @AmandaBynes.’
Bynes responded by posting on Twitter: ‘My dad is as ugly as RuPaul! So thankful I look nothing like you both! I had nose surgery after my mug shots so my nose and I are gorgeous!’
Bynes has also recently been involved in nasty Twitter wars with Lance Bass, Perez Hilton, Jenny McCarthy, Rihanna, Courtney Love, and Jay-Z, among others.
She has not appeared in a film since 2010′s Easy A and was arrested last month in New York City for reckless endangerment after allegedly throwing a bong out of a window.
Chris Kluwe has done so much in the fight for LGBT equality in the past year that it is not surprise to see him invited to the annual Pride Reception at The White House to be held on June 15.
But Kluwe, who was cut from the Minnesota Vikings recently, is putting his job as a punter for the Oakland Raiders first.
In an email addressed to President Barack Obama (as well as ‘whomever reads these things’). Kluwe wrote that he would ‘really, really, REALLY like to be there but unfortunately, not even the President of the United States is allowed to supersede an NFL mandatory mini-camp practice.’
Kluwe wrote that he owes it to his teammates and coaches to by fully prepared for the upcoming NFL season but he’d like to be kept in mind for future invites ‘unless we have a game. Or practice. Or mandatory hot yoga classes.’
Then he added this PS: ‘If you really wanted to, I’m sure I could make a late supper if an F35 were to pick me up at the field right after practice. Just saying….’
And a PPS: ‘Please don’t do that. Then I’d be “that guy” on the team. You know. “That guy”. (Plus it also seems like an extremely unnecessary waste of taxpayer dollars.”
When Kluwe was cut from The Vikings after more than seven years, there was speculation that his activism had begun to overshadow his play.
In making his White House letter public via Twitter, Kluwe used humor to dispell that notion and wrote: Lest anyone EVER question my commitment to a team that employs me, I present exhibit A. #focus, #SOFOCUSEDpic.twitter.com/1DDaokN11E
He also tweeted: ‘And no, I did not ask if I could skip practice. Mandatory minicamps are mandatory, and I’m here to help the team win. So it goes.’
Cyndi Lauper, beloved by the LGBT community for her tireless activism, came on to the scene in a big way 30 years ago with her joyful anthem Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.
To mark the occasion, some of her famous fans grabbed some Kinky Boots from her current hit Broadway musical (Cyndi is Tony Award nominated for writing the songs!) and did some serious lip syncing.
Fun to see girls like Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Katie Couric, Kelly Ripa, Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb having so much fun.
Lauper has seen it and she told People.com on Monday: “It’s so sweet, I’m crying.”
in addition to Kinky Boots, also participating were members of the casts from such current Broadway shows as Annie, The Lion King, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Phantom of the Opera, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and Chicago.
“The Kinky Boots cast is so funny, and all the other shows participating is the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen,” Cyndi said.
Until late last summer, Anderson Cooper’s sexuality – at least publicly – was kind of like his hair: in a gray area.
But the CNN anchor, 60 Minutes correspondent, daytime talk show host and son of Gloria Vanderbilt cleared it all up for everyone in a very detailed email to friend and the Daily Beast columnist Andrew Sullivan that explained why he had waited so long to go public.
He wrote in part:
“It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something – something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.
I’ve also been reminded recently that while as a society we are moving toward greater inclusion and equality for all people, the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand.
The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”
Anderson, who turns 46 today, has gone on to prove that his being out publicly changes nothing in his reporting for CNN or CBS and it only made him more relaxed on his daytime talk show which unfortunately, was not renewed for as third season.
As part of his birthday post, I’ve included photos of the Silver Fox with some of his BFF’s: Kathy Griffin, Andy Cohen, and ME (I wish!).
Chris Carmack has certainly gotten my attention on ABC’s Nashville as a country singer who we didn’t know was gay until he leaned in and kissed his friend!
The kiss didn’t go so well but we will get to find out where Carmack’s character of Will goes from here since the show has – thankfully – been renewed for a second season.
The hunky Carmack, who we know from The OC and such films as The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations and Into the Blue 2: The Reef, talked to TV Fanatic recently about his role on Nashville.
On playing a gay role: It was something I found out about after the audition when they called to gauge my interest in the role. They floated that out there and it seemed, to me, a storyline that was really ripe for some great material. I said ‘Let’s go for it!’
On Will’s sexuality: “I think we can all grow our own conclusion as a viewer but from Will’s perspective, I think he’s still very unclear and he’s very conflicted and he’s repressing a lot. He’s shoving a lot down and I don’t think it’s as simple for Will as black and white. It’s going to play out and I want to take that journey with the writers, as well.”
By Roger Federer standards, 2013 has been a lackluster season.
He’s not won a single tournament and missed nearly two months this spring recuperating from a back problem.
And yet, the owner of a record 17 Grand Slam championships continues to reach historic milestones.
Federer, 31, beat Frenchman Gilles Simon today to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open. It was the 900th match win of his legendary career and he now only trails Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Guillermo Vilas on the all-time list.
It was also the 58th victory in his French Open career equaling the mark for most tournament wins held by Vilas and Nicola Pietrangeli.
And just one more little record – an extension of one he already holds: Federer reached the quarterfinals of a grand slam tournament for the 35th consecutive time. The streak began at Wimbledon in 2004.
”I’m very proud of it. When I retire, maybe it’s something I’ll look back on and realize that it wasn’t easy to do,” Federer said after the match, ”because it required many sacrifices and winning matches like this one.”
The uncommonly handsome Jeff Chandler was an American film actor and singer in the 1950s, best remembered for playing Cochise in Broken Arrow , a performance that earned him an Oscar nomination.
His sex appeal, prematurely gray hair, and ruggedly handsome tanned features landed him in Hollywood after serving four years in WWII.
He first became well known for playing the lead in Michael Shayne and bashful biology teacher Phillip Boynton on Our Miss Brooks.
After Broken Arrow, which was just his second film, he went on to star in The Battle at Apache Pass, Flame of Araby, Two Flags West, Female on the Beach, Foxfire, Away All Boats, Toy Tiger, Drango, The Tattered Dress, Man in the Shadow, A Stranger in My Arms, The Jayhawkers!, Thunder in the Sun, and Return to Peyton Place.
He was only 42 when he died from complications from botched spinal surgery.
Jane Lynch is currently appearing in Annie on Broadway (as Miss Hannigan) so she has agreed to host “TrevorLIVE New York” on Monday, June 17 at Chelsea Piers.
Broadway’s Michael Wilson will be the Special Guest Director of the show, which includes Tony® nominated performer Billy Porter, Sara Bareilles, DJ Kiss with more talent to be announced.
The Trevor Project’s signature annual event brings together top entertainers, advocates and corporate leaders to support the organization’s life-saving, life-affirming work for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in crisis. Tickets and tables are currently on sale and may be purchased here.
“Jane has been an avid supporter of The Trevor Project, and we are thrilled that she is bringing her talent to TrevorLIVE New York as this year’s hostess,” said Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project.
Says Jane: “I am so thrilled to be hosting TrevorLIVE New York and proud to be part of such a worthwhile cause! The Trevor Project is a beacon of hope for so many through their tireless advocacy and outreach– it’s an honor to help bring attention to all that they do.”
Cindy McCain will be honored at the event with the Trevor Hero Award, to be presented by her daughter Meghan McCain. Young, openly gay mountaineer Cason Crane will be honored with the Trevor Youth Innovator Award, and Wells Fargo will be honored with the Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award. Learn more about TrevorLIVE New York and purchase a table for your group by visiting TheTrevorProject.org/trevorliveny.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people under 24. Learn more at TheTrevorProject.org.
Joe Namath says he never played with a gay teammate that he knows of, but he loves and supports gay people.
“I have friends that are gay. I’ve worked in theater, I’ve been in art, you know, for some time. We work shoulder to shoulder. There’s a lot of love from me to them too. That’s life, you know. And if you’ve got a hangup about it, I hope you can get over it because it’s real.”
About 5-6 years ago, I met Amanda Bynes in Palm Springs during an outdoor screening of the film Hairspray in which she co-starred.
I remember her being so bright and charming and healthy and thought, ‘It’s too bad Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears aren’t like this girl.’
Well, Amanda is displaying even more bizarre behavior than those two and Twitter is allowing the whole world to watch this sad train wreck.
Clearly something is wrong and I hope she can get the help she needs.
Anyway, Lance Bass got slapped down by Bynes on Twitter when he reached out earlier this week to let her know that he misses her, loves her and if she needs him he is he for her.
Bynes took to Twitter to say this about Bass: ‘I ignored Lance Bass on twitter and now he is saying I have mental illness. Sorry you’re an ugly ex boy band member w/ no talent or career.’ Bynes also said in a later tweet that she has not seen Bass in eleven years.
On his SiriusXM show “Dirty Pop with Lance Bass” Thursday night, Bass shared his reaction to this chain of events, set the record straight.
“This makes me think it’s not really her tweeting…the Amanda I know would never say that about me…she [the old Amanda] doesn’t even exist anymore. Whoever this person is tweeting is not even her.”
I reached out, and I got it back in a negative way.…I really don’t know if it’s her [on Twitter] [because] she….responded ‘I haven’t seen Lance in eleven years.’
Unless she’s that crazy, I just saw her less than three years ago at my birthday party. We shot a movie [Love Wrecked] and spent three months together…seven years ago. We lived in the Dominican Republic together for three months within that eleven years. I never met Amanda until Love Wrecked…and that was 2005, so I didn’t even meet her eleven years ago. I didn’t know her [then].For her to not even know that she saw me [during the past] eleven years, there’s something wrong. This is not her normal state. I know Amanda Bynes and she’s just a sweetheart.”
On why he reached out to her on Twitter instead of personally, Bass said: “All the smart people know that I’m trying to get to her because she deleted all of her email addresses and cell phone numbers so none of her friends can get in touch with her. Everything is deleted. She obviously has a cell…she’s tweeting, but none of her friends can get to her. Her family can’t get to her…so the only way into her life is through Twitter.”
“So at least she saw my tweet saying that I’m there for her if she needs it, at least I know she read that. It’s not a fight when I don’t fight back. [If] you say something nice and someone slaps you down that’s not a fight….that’s a one-sided fight. I reached out and she took that the wrong way….[she thinks] I hate her. She’s taken all these lending, helping hands [and overtures people have made publicly] as we’re making fun of her.”
Okay, some of you would rather have Mario Lopez (in a speedo) as grand marshal of the LA Pride Parade but his lovely Extra co-host Maria Menounos should do just fine.
Christopher Street West has just announced that Menounos will be Grand Marshal for her dedication to the LGBT community and her continuing efforts using her platform for equality.
The LA PRIDE Parade takes place Sunday, June 9th at 11 a.m. on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood.
Maria said in a statement: ‘The LGBT Pride Parade represents something truly American. It’s the celebration of community, a celebration of uniqueness, diversity and progress, and it’s the celebration of a new United States where we do more than “tolerate” or “accept” our gay brothers and sisters, but embrace and celebrate them.’
I remarked in an earlier post on how cool it would be to see Adam Lambert as a judge next season on American Idol.
Turns out he thinks it’s a pretty cool idea too.
‘Dude if they called me, “I’d be like yeah. Where do I sign?”’ Lambert tells Hollywood Life. ‘It would be very cool. It would be exciting.’
Adam’s interest comes as both Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj confirmed on Thursday that they will not be returning next season as judges. Longtime judge Randy Jackson had previously announced his departure with only the status of fourth judge Keith Urban unknown.
It was confirmed this week that Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, who placed sixth during season 3, is in negotiations to become a judge next season. This has led to speculation of an all-Idol alum team with possibly season one champion Kelly Clarkson and Lambert or season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken.
Adam thinks a former contestant could bring some valuable insight into the judging process on a show that has had a steady turnover in celebrity judges in recent years and seen its ratings decline.
‘It would be a really cool opportunity to help people coming into the show and to help them keep their vision focused because it does become overwhelming when you get in there and there’s so many people telling you what they think you should do and your family, the producer, the judges, and all the other contestants that might be screwing with your head,’ Lambert said. ‘I think it might be nice as a judge to help people stay focused. It gets crazy and to help them reach their dreams — it would be such a reward.’