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Showtune Sunday: “The Rose” performed by Lea Michele, LeAnn Rimes and, of course, Bette Midler

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Wishing a Happy 35th Birthday to Lance Bass!

Last night was the third annual Voice Awards, a star-studded fundraiser for the Gay Men’ Chorus of Los Angeles.

At the end of the evening, the entire room which included such stars as Melissa Etheridge, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, and NFL great Steve Young all sang happy birthday to Lance Bass who co-hosted the event with NCIS star Pauley Perrette.

It was about an hour before midnight so Lance began celebrating his 35th birthday just a little early.

I snapped some pics of Lance on the red carpet and also did an interview with him that I plan to post tomorrow.

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Days of Our Lives: Nick keeps pushing a conflicted Gabi towards a custody battle with Will over Ari

These are scenes from Friday’s show, sorry for the delay.

So Nick is back at his worst, manipulating Gabi and trying to force a custody deal over Ari that gives Will very little access to Ari.

What his motivation is, we do not know. Gabi seems to feel she has to go along.

Meanwhile, Sami is getting Rafe involved and EJ is confronting Nick over other matters after sending Mr. Greetings packing.

Oh, and Ben, boring Jordan’s bro, is sooooooo sexy.

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Totally loved Drew Droege & company in musical mash-up parody “I Totally Know What You Did Last Donna Summer”

Love seeing shows at The Cavern Club Celebrity Theatre (also known as the basement of the Casita Del Campo restaurant in Silver Lake) and have seen some really good ones over the years from all of the Chico’s Angels installments to PRAIRIE-OKE to Julie Brown’s Homecoming Queen Got a Musical.

Now I can add a new all-time fave to my experiences there: I Totally Know What You Did Last Donna Summer directed by Dane Whitlock who also wrote the show with Amy Procacci who is in the cast – and very funny.

This is a new musical mash-up parody slasher musical tied together by the music of the late, great Donna Summer. It involves a group of teens, a murder, a cover-up, and lots of surprises.

It is such a hoot!

I’ve seen star Drew Droege in many live shows but this is one of my absolute favorites (I’ll probably say that after his next show too). He’s just brilliantly funny and has such great timing and confidence and enthusiasm.

As a local TV reporter covering the escape of a serial killer, Drew can even turn a flubbed line into a whole new hilarious moment and his quick-witted reactions to what is going on around him is pure genius.

The rest of the cast includes Libby Baker, Matt Herrman, Sydney Blair, Joe Donohoe, Frances Chewning, Erik Scott Romney and Mark Rowe.

They are all first-rate from their purposely over-the-top reactions to all that is going on around them to their singing and dancing of such Summer hits as MacArthur Park, Bad Girls, She Works Hard for the Money, Heaven Knows, On the Radio and Love to Love You Baby, among others.

Congrats to all involved. And congrats to you if you can get a ticket to this show during its one month run! I’m told the show is sold out this weekend and almost sold out next weekend too. But there’s about 10 or so tickets available for walk ups before each performance.

You can order tickets HERE.


Dustin Lance Black is “very happy” with Tom Daley

I never really understood the bitchy comments from many of my fellow gays when it became public that Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley were a couple.

I can be a bitch at times about certain things but I was nothing but happy for the both of them from day one.

Why not be?

Anyway, the Oscar winner and the Olympic medalist made their first official public appearance together this week in London at the Inaugural Battersea Power Station.

They did not shy away from questions about their relationship.

‘It’s been crazy since the whole shebang. But it has been fun and everyone’s been really supportive – so it’s all good really,’ Daley, 19, told The Sun.

The British Olympic diver came out publicly in a video last December and told the world he was in love. He did not reveal Black as the man he was in love with but photos of the two together soon surfaced.

‘I couldn’t have written it better,’ Black said of Daley’s coming out comments. ‘He can do whatever he sets his mind to.’

Black added: ‘He’s the best. I’m very proud. Everything Tom has said about being in love I feel and echo probably more. I’m very happy.’

The 39-year-old Black is now living in London part of the time.

‘I still split my time between here and Los Angeles,’ he told Digital Spy. ‘I really only have to show my face in LA so they don’t think that I’ve died.’


Larry Kramer speaks out about why he wrote The Normal Heart: “I’m telling my story as a political document”

The premiere of HBO’s movie version of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart on May 25 will come nearly 3o years after the play was first staged at the Public Theatre in New York City.

Kramer, now 78 and in frail health, says of the landmark 1985 play: ‘Writers are given one great story to tell: their story. I’m telling my story as a political document.’

The Normal Heart is set in New York City in the early 1980s and tells the story of the American government’s indifference to the growing AIDS plague and the denial of the gay community itself.

Kramer says in a new promo video released by HBO: ‘How do you get attention when the mayor (Ed Koch) doesn’t care? When the president (Ronald Reagan) doesn’t care? When the commissioner of health doesn’t care? When the gay world doesn’t care? The gay world did not want to know about this illness.’

Julia Roberts, who plays Dr. Emma Brookner in the film, observes in the promo video: ‘ It’s kind of incredible to turn your back on a while group of people who were suffering – and were terrified.’

Mark Ruffalo plays a fictionalized version of Kramer who realized that in this desperate situation, ‘anger is really the only way that you get anything done.’

The Normal Heart has been produced over 600 times in the US., Europe, Israel, and South Africa including runs of Broadway and London’s West End.

But the road to making it into a film was a long and frustrating one for Kramer who publicly feuded with Barbra Streisand who held the movie rights for a decade.

But now that the movie has finally been made, Kramer seems happy with the finished result – and the casting.

‘Mark Ruffalo playing me is embarrassing,’ he says with a chuckle. ‘This hunk playing me. I just can’t believe it.’


Lunch Break Video: See Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy dance!

Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy appeared on The Graham Norton Show together and demonstrated how they used to get Fassbender onto the set with Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke.

This is just delicious and I have to note that in that suit, Hugh’s rear end looks mighty nice!

Thanks to my pal Lorna Harris for the tip!

Snapped! Ex-GMA anchors Sam Champion and Josh Elliott together again at Kentucky Derby

So nice to see former Good Morning America colleagues – and still great pals – Sam Champion and Josh Elliott together again at the Kentucky Derby.

Even though both were key members of network television’s number one show, both departed in recent months to undertake new challenges.

Champion is anchor and managing editor of The Weather Channel’s flagship morning show AMHQ With Sam Champion.

Below is video of their appearance together this morning:

Elliott has joined NBC Sports.

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Happy 68th Birthday to Lesley Gore!

Lesley Gore was just 16 when she recorded her very first record – a major hit called It’s My Party.

The song reached number 1, was nominated for a Grammy and sold more than 1 million copies.

More hits followed including You Don’t Own Me which spent three weeks at number 2 but was unable to dislodge the song in the top spot: The Beatles’ I Want to Hold Your Hand.

Lesley, who turns 68 today, had many other hits during the 60s including She’s A Fool, Judy’s Turn to Cry, Maybe I Know, Look of Love, That’s the Way Boys Are and the Grammy-nominated Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows.

While Lesley’s recording career stalled at the end of the 1960s, she kept performing and was nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing the song Out Her On My Own with her brother, Michael Gore, for the movie Fame. The song lost to the theme song from the film which was also written by Michael.

It wasn’t until 2005 that Lesley publicly stated that she is a lesbian and has been with the same partner for more than two decades.

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Lunch Break Video: Audra McDonald channels Billie Holiday in this rendition of “God Bless the Child”

The great Audra McDonald has a chance to make Tony Award history next month should she win the best lead actress in a play award for her performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.

It would be Audra’s sixth Tony win breaking a tie with Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury and would make her the only performer to win Tonys in four different acting categories – lead actress in play/musical and featured actress in play/musical.

She will have some stiff competition that includes past Tony winners Tyne Daly and Cherry Jones but Audra is getting raves for her performance Lanie Robertson’s play about a drug-ravaged nightclub show near the end of Holiday’s tortured life.

Audra performed God Bless the Child this week on The Colbert Report.

See for yourself.

, Lanie Robertson’s play about a drug-ravaged nightclub show near the end of Holiday’s tortured life.

Pasadena City College re-invites Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black to speak at commencement

In just a matter of weeks, Dustin Lance Black has gone from someone who could give Pasadena City College ‘a bad name’ to someone college officials ‘deeply respect.’

An embarrassing saga involving inviting then un-inviting Black to be the Southern California college’s commencement speaker came full circle on Wednesday when school officials decided to re-invite the Oscar winner to be their speaker eight days from now.

Black, who was busy making his first official public appearance with boyfriend Tom Daley in London, has not yet responded publicly to the district’s latest invitation.

College President Mark Rocha said at a board meeting that Black ‘has distinguished himself as a film producer and a champion of equal rights and protections for all regardless of sexual orientation.’

He added: ‘The Board of Trustees and college administration deeply respect Mr. Black, his work and his causes. The Board also sincerely apologizes to Mr. Black for any actions that may have caused hurt.’

Black’s invitation was rescinded last month because of long ago illegally leaked sex photos that surfaced shortly after he won the Academy Award for his screenplay for the the film Milk.

Board President Anthony Fellow had said old photos could ‘give PCC a bad name.’

Black blasted the school in an open letter noting that he had spoken at over 40 major universities including Harvard’s Kennedy School, Penn, UCLA, and USC and ‘never once, at any of these events has this issue ever come up. Not once.’

‘I did nothing wrong and I refuse to be shamed for this any longer,’ he wrote.

Black’s replacement was Pasadena’s director of public health Dr. Eric Walsh. But it was learned this week that he too was out due to an ‘unforeseen scheduling conflict.’

The college did not mention that Walsh’s workshops and sermons are filled with controversial statements about everything from the theory of evolution to Disney which he calls ‘a dark empire.’ He also once referred to a transgender person as ‘shim.’ according to the Los Angeles Times.

Black attended the college before transferring to UCLA then going on to become a respected filmmaker and LGBT equality activist. He is one of the founding members of the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

College spokeswoman Valerie Wardlaw says the school has already reached out to Black’s representatives and said there are seven other candidates on the speaker short list should he decline, according to the Pasadena Star News.

‘If he can’t, for any reason, then we will move forward, consult with our colleagues and students and conduct commencement exercise that will be friendly to the graduates,’ Wardlaw says.

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Friday Morning Man: Pablo Hernandez!

Came across this guy’s NOH8 pic and thought, TGIF Morning Man!

He’s the ridiculously sexy actor and model Pablo Hernandez. And no, we’re not related to Pablo, call me!

Pablo, who grew up in Miami, was an Instinct Magazine cover man in 2012.

His acting credits include the web series Steam Room Stories and playing a a U.S. soldier returning from the war in Afghanistan in the short film Tunnel Vision which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Ellen DeGeneres welcomes Ellen Page onto her show – congratulates her for coming out publicly

For the second time this week, Ellen DeGeneres welcomed a newly out famous lesbian onto her daytime talk show and offered them public congratulations for coming out.

Just a few days after an appearance by Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page dropped by to talk about her Valentine’s Day revelation.

‘I am so proud of you for coming out and I’m happy for you,’ Ellen D. told Ellen P. ‘I know what a scary thing that is. … It’s a scary thing to verbalize, to say it out loud.’

Page had verbalized her thoughts during what DeGeneres called an ‘incredible’ coming out speech at a Human Rights Campaign event in Las Vegas.

‘I think my biggest fear in doing it was having a panic attack, quite frankly,’ Page said of the speech. ‘I was just so ready to do it, and so excited to do it. So it was a combination of such thrill to be at a place in my life where I was able to do that, and grateful to have that moment, and grateful to you (Ellen), because you did it at a time when it was much harder and much scarier.’

DeGeneres came out in a Time Magazine cover story in 1997 at the same time that her character on her self-titled ABC sitcom came out. The show was canceled soon after.

Page grew a bit emotional when DeGeneres played a portion of her HRC speech and talked about the damaging effect of keeping your sexuality a secret.

‘It’s toxic. You think you’re at a place where you’re like, “Oh, I’m happy to be gay, I’m so comfortable being gay, I love being gay.” Honestly, it wasn’t until making that choice and doing that (speech) when I realized that, no, I was carrying a tremendous amount of shame and guilt for not being out, and felt isolated from the LGBT community.’


Debra Messing recalls the delicate way gay Will was introduced in pilot for “Will & Grace”

Will & Grace didn’t want to be in your face when it premiered back in 1998 – a year after Ellen DeGeneres came out and more than a decade before the premiere of Modern Family.

As the Wicked Witch of the West says in The Wizard of Oz, “these things must be handled deeeelicately.’

Debra Messing remembers that the subject of Will’s sexuality had to be introduced delicately.

‘I remember that the opening scene of the pilot where Will and I are on the phone talking about George Clooney on ER and how we both found him handsome. The way it was written was so subtle that they did testing afterwards and half the audience didn’t realize at the end of the pilot that Will was gay,’ Messing tells HuffPost Live.

She adds: ‘And that was considered a good thing for the show.’

Messing goes on to explain: ‘They wanted the show to have legs and they knew they would have to capture the audience’s heart through the laughter first.’

Will’s sexuality was soon apparent as was that of his far more flamboyant gay pal Jack (Sean Hayes).

At first, Messing says, ‘we got just as many letters of hate as we did of love. But the beautiful thing is that the scales tipped very quickly.’

The show went on to run for eight seasons and won Emmys for Messing. McCormack, Hayes and two for their co-star Megan Mullally.

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Video: Kathy Griffin tells Jimmy Kimmel about making a fool of herself over Madonna at Grammys

Let’s face it, when two of your best friends are Cher and Gloria Vanderbilt, it’s kind of hard to believe that Kathy Griffin would go all apeshit over seeing Madonna at The Grammys.

But hey, I’ll do a little bit of suspension of disbelief if you will.

The one-time D-lister tells Jimmy Kimmel that after she finally won her Grammy this year (on her sixth nomination), Kathy went to do the red carpet and ‘drunk with excitement’ saw Madonna and her entourage coming down.

‘My inner gay boy took over. I stood there like a fool.’

Kathy had envisioned saying something about one Grammy winner to another meeting etc but instead yelled out: “Fierce! Fierce! Diva! Fierceness!’

As for finally winning a Grammy, the two-time Emmy winner says: I feel awards are more important than people. Anyone can have a family – I like awards.”


See the trailer for “The Case Against 8″ which hits theaters next month then will air on HBO

This is a movie I cannot wait to see.

Directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White, the documentary The Case Against 8, takes an inside look at the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that overturned Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Five years in the making, with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the powerhouse legal team of Ted Olson and David Boies, who previously faced off as opposing counsel in Bush v. Gore, along with the four plaintiffs in the suit, the  film provides a definitive account of the battle that effectively ended marriage discrimination in California.

The film is the winner of the 2014 SXSW Audience Award and Sundance Film Festival Best Directing Award.

Here is the LINK to the trailer.

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Shirtless Selfie of the Day: Frank Ocean!

This growing trend of hot male celebrities posting shirtless selfies of themselves is certainly something I have no problem with!

In fact, I’d like to make it a daily feature if we start to get enough of them.

So today, we have the Grammy winning Frank Ocean showing off an impressive physique.

It’s all very hot, hot, hot!


Chandler Massey gets Daytime Emmy nod – could win for third consecutive year as Will Horton

Chandler Massey has received his fourth consecutive Daytime Emmy Award nomination this morning for his performance of Will Horton on NBC’s Days of Our Lives.

Chandler last appeared as Will in January and has won the Emmy in the category of Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series the past two years.

The nomination means he earned an Emmy nod for every year he was on the show.

Chandler’s competition this time around will be: Bryan Craig as Morgan Corinthos in General Hospital, Chad Duell as Michael Corinthos in General Hospital, Max Ehrich as Fenmore Baldwin in The Young and the Restless and Daniel Polo as Jamie Vernon in The Young and the Restless.


Thursday Morning Man: Ben Hardy!

EastEnders actor Ben Hardy is getting a lot of attention this week – and with good reason.

The 23-year-old actor, who plays Peter Beale on the long-running soap, took off his shirt to pose for a photo shoot for the gay magazine Attitude.

Prior to Eastenders, Ben was best known for performing in the West End stage production of The Judas Kiss as Arthur, alongside Rupert Everett and Freddie Fox, at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London, England.

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Eagle Scout outed on Facebook loses job at Boy Scouts summer camp because he is gay

There will come a time, and not very long from now, where this nonsense about gays and scouts will be over once and for all.

It’s just plain bigotry and discrimination just like DADT and DOMA and all the rest.

But that doesn’t do any good right now for Eagle Scout Garrett Bryant who has been fired from his job by the Boy Scouts after being outed on Facebook.

Under Scouting policy, gay youth are welcome, but gay adults are not. As a 19-year-old college freshman, Bryant knew that his chance to work again at a Boy Scout camp this summer — and hold any other future leadership position — depended on how well he hid his status as a gay man from his friends and colleagues in Scouting.

But with one Facebook post, Bryant was out — out as a gay adult in Scouting and, according to three sources in local Scouting, out of that summer job.

He thought the post was vague enough: In a moment of exuberance last month over meeting his first boyfriend, Bryant changed his Facebook status to “in a relationship,” adding no comment or details. But the status change prompted revealing, congratulatory comments from non-Scouting friends who knew his sexual orientation, such as “Oh, good for you, man, what’s his name?’”

Although Bryant deleted the comments it was over for him and camp leaders told him they would not hire him back to Camp Geronimo, outside of Phoenix, because they had seen the posts.

Bryant did everything he could to keep his sexual orientation private, and thought he wouldn’t fall under the Scouts’ discriminatory policy because of his age, but to no avail.
Here is an interview he’s done with MSNBC. Good luck Bryant and God bless.

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