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LGBT ally Chris Kluwe cut from Oakland Raiders

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So sorry to hear that Chris Kluwe has been cut from the NFL’s Oakland Raiders ahead of the upcoming season.

He’s one of the good guys and a staunch LGBT ally with a remarkable way with words.

Chris has tweeted: ‘Thanks to everyone at the Raiders for the opportunity this preseason. It was a blast.’

The classy Kluwe congratulated fellow punter Marquette King for making the team: ‘Feel like we both had a pretty strong preseason. No regrets.’

The NFL season officially starts on Thursday and Chris remains hopeful that he will get to play somewhere: ‘Thank you to everyone for the well wishes. We’ll see what the next couple of days bring. Other than more dead PoE characters.

The avid gamer was, of course, referring to the online video game Path of Exile.

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Diana Nyad finally makes it from Cuba to Florida!

Awesome news to report!

At the age of 64, long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad made history today by becoming the first person to swim the 110 miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

She completed the treacherous journey on her fifth attempt and officially spent 52 hours, 54 minutes, and 18.6 seconds swimming, according to her Twitter account.

Congratulati0ns quickly flooded Nyad’s Twitter page including a message from President Barack Obama’s account which stated: ‘Congratulations to @DianaNyad. Never give up on your dreams.’Her previous feats include swimming around the island of Manhattan in 1975 and a from the Bahamas to Florida in 1979.

She was greeted today on the shore of Key West by a crowd of cheering fans. See what she had to say to them:

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Happy Birthday to Tuc Watkins!

A few weeks ago, I was driving along Melrose Avenue and about to turn right onto Robertson when I saw this handsome guy pushing a baby carriage.

I thought: “Who is that hot daddy?”

Well, it was Tuc Watkins!

He was pushing one of his twins to West Hollywood Park and with him was another man (I assume it was his cousin who I think works as his manny) who was pushing the other twin.

It was just a wonderful sight.

Anyway, today is Tuc’s birthday and I want to wish TV’s David Vickers on One Life to Live a very happy day. I also want to thank Tuc for being a famous actor who this year decided to share his experience as an openly gay man raising his babies.

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Morning Man Encore: Charlie Hunnam!


Happy Labor Day everyone!

I had a few days away from the blog but am back now with all kinds of posts coming your way!

First off, thought this was the perfect day to re-post Charlie Hunnam’s Morning Man feature because it’s just been announced that this blond bombshell has been cast as Christian Grey in the film version of 50 Shades of Grey. You can read about that in a story I’ve posted over at Gay Star News.

Charlie Hunnam is so identified now with playing scruffy biker Jax Teller on FX’s Sons of Anarchy that it’s hard to believe this is the same actor who we fell in love with as fresh-faced Nathan Maloney on the original UK version of Queer as Folk.

Now 33 (today is his birthday!), Charlie moved to LA after the success of Queer as Folk and and was cast in the WB Television Network series Young Americans which also starred Ian Somerhalder.

He then appeared in the short-lived Fox series Undeclared as an English drama student called Lloyd Haythe. It lasted one season but remains a cult fave.

Charlie landed the lead in the feature film Nicholas Nickleby then headed back to the UK to star in Green Street Hooligans.

He’s been in Anarchy since 2008. But he’s keeping busy in other ways including writing the screenplay for the film Vlad which focuses on Dracula as a young prince. Charlie has also done several recent films including 3,2,1… Frankie Go Boom, Deadfall, Pacific Rim and an intense 2011 drama that I saw called The Ledge.




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Flashback Videos: See 1970s variety show Cher with Lily Tomlin (as Ernestine) and Carol Burnett!



If it seems like Cher has been around forever, it’s because she has! From 60s pop star to 70s TV icon to 80s Oscar winner to forever legend.

Here are a few fun videos from her 70s variety show period after splitting with Sonny Bono and getting her own solo hour. Lily Tomlin guested in one episode as nosy telephone operator Ernestine and Carol Burnett dropped by for a fun duet with her fellow variety show star.

Enjoy!

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Harry Connick Jr. to be judge on “American Idol”

Regular readers of this blog know that I am on the moon over this news: Harry Connick Jr. will join Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban as a judge in the upcoming season of American Idol.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news tonight.

This is a huge improvement over last season’s disastrous Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj fiasco.

Randy Jackson moves over from judge to mentor for the 13th season.

With Harry aboard, I will give the show another chance. He’s my dream man for all kinds of reasons including tremendous talent, an easy charm, intelligence and then there are those blue eyes.

He just has a way about him and Idol will be a better show with him aboard.

For the record, after seeing Harry as a guest mentor several seasons back, I championed him as a judge – this is way back when Simon Cowell departed.

Glad somebody finally listened to me!

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Weekend Video: Bill Murray channels Liberace for appearance on Letterman 20th anniversary show

Liberace continues to make something of a comeback.

First HBO’s Behind the Candelabra gets huge ratings followed by a bunch of Emmy nods and now this: Bill Murray channels the late showman during this week’s The Late Show with David Letterman’s 20th anniversary.

You gotta love the grand entrance complete with Scott Thorson chauffeur!



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Brenden Ayanbadejo’s revealing new NOH8 portrait

Staunch LGBT ally Brendan Ayanbadejo, who was a member of the Baltimore Ravens when they won the Super Bowl this year, takes it all off in a new portrait for Adam Bouska’s NOH8 photo campaign.

Brendan is wearing nothing but a piece of duct tape and a strategically-placed football!

It was tweeted out earlierv today with this message: read: ”A real man supports equality.”

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Thom Bierdz on Jeanne Cooper: “I may never be that close to such a famous and globally-cherished person again”

Next week on The Young and the Restless, residents of Genoa City will deal with the death of Katherine Chancellor who was portrayed, of course, by the late, great Jeanne Cooper.

Cooper’s death had a huge impact on out actor Thom Bierdz who played her grandson Phillip Chancellor III in the 80s then again in more recent years.

“After she died, I realized I may never be that close to such a famous and globally-cherished person again,” Bierdz tells Soap Opera Digest. “A few years back, she told me she could not love me more if I were her own son. I looked confused because I was trying to figure out the wording and she repeated it slowly. We go back to 1986 and shared many hours in her dressing room talking about personal stuff. She knew I was gay back then and totally supported me and my boyfriends. Of course, Jeanne supported and loved every kind of person. She loved being Mrs. Chancellor and she loved working. I will miss looking into her sparkling blue eyes, knowing she understood my innermost joys and fears better than most. I think Jeanne felt a duty to nurture and provide. That was one of the things she had in common with Mrs. Chancellor. They both opened their arms and heart to everyone who entered their doors, and once we came in, we never wanted to leave.”

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Friday Morning Man: Jeffrey Vincent Parise!

Fans of General Hospital will be happy to know that today’s handsome Morning Man, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, has joined the cast of the popular daytime soap.

He will play the role of Carlos, a man from Sabrina’s (Teresa Castillo) past, who shows up in town just as things are going so well for the nurse and her boyfriend, Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson).

Jeffrey, who is also an accomplished painter, will begin appearing in mid-September.

He has previously done guest spots on such shows as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: New York, Burn Notice, Castle, Veronica Mars, Monk, NYPD Blue, was a cast member on Cupid and had a recurring roles on Days of Our Lives and The District.

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On cover of Cher’s new album, she’s blonde again!

Okay, we know Cher is not really a blonde but for some reason one of the world’s most famous brunettes has decided to go blonde on yet another album cover.

Here is the cover of Closer to the Truth which comes out Sept. 24.

Her last full album of new material was 2001′s Living Proof and she was blonde on that one and blonde again on the covers of 2003′s The Very Best of Cher and Live: The Farewell Tour Album.

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Days of Our Lives: Will has screaming match with Gabi and asks her: “How can you be so stupid?”

Boy, this is a doozy.

Will’s reaction to seeing Nick holding his baby has him in a fury and he reminds Gabi of all of Nick’s homophobic sins.

Gabi feels like “odd man out” as Will and Sonny come down on her. She reminds them that her life, the one she had planned with Nick, was taken away from her.

While Will does not trust Nick, Sonny points out that they have to see Gabi’s side of things. Still, Will is beginning to wonder “how long this weird set-up with Gabi” can possibly last.

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In final press conference as a player, tennis star James Blake blasts Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law

James Blake called it a career last night after losing a five-set heartbreaker in the first round of the US Open.

Once ranked as high as number four in the world and number one in the US, Blake is now 33 and his ranking hovers around 100.

But he’s one of the bigger US stars, along with the now-retired Andy Roddick, of the past decade or so and is now working with Athlete Ally, an organization working to end homophobia in sports.

He laments an athletic culture ‘where you’re too often seeing a lot of macho sort of showboating when everyone should feel comfortable.’

‘Sports is a great equalizer,’ he said.

‘I think everyone at this point, when you look at numbers, someone in your circle, whether it’s a family member or a friend, is gay, transgender, or bisexual.’ Blake said.

‘You should appreciate that those people are valued members of society, people that are doing something good in the world. They should feel comfortable to live their lives.’

Of Russia’s controversial anti-gay propaganda law, Blake said: ‘I think any sort of policy that discriminates against them, that excludes them, is completely unfair in today’s day and age. That’s why I say we’re 50 years out and there are still things going on that are discriminatory.’

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Snapped! Adam Levine looking like 70s porn star


We know Adam Levine, Maroon 5 frontman and mentor on NBC’s The Voice, is one good looking dude.

But we don’t usually get to see this much of him!

We can thank his girlfriend, model Behati Prinsloo, who posted this shot of Adam on Instagram, along with this caption: ”70′s porn called. It wants it’s vibe back. Immediately.”

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Valerie Harper’s cancer almost in remission


When she announced her terminal brain cancer diagnosis to the world in March, Valerie Harper thought she had as little as three months left to live.

But now her doctors are saying her cancer is close to being in remission.

“The problem is that any minute this can change … ,” her doctor said in an interview that aired on The Today Show this morning. “[Patients] develop resistance to the therapy and it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.”

So the television icon, who has inspired us all with her upbeat attitude, is making the most of her extra time. She did an episode of Hot in Cleveland, filmed a TV movie and is reportedly set to appear in the new season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.

Last week she celebrated her 74th birthday.

On Sept. 19, NBC will air Valerie’s Story — A Meredith Vieira Special.

The cameras travel into Harper’s home and even accompany her to chemotherapy.

She tells Vieria: “Spontaneous remission lives as a possibility, do you know what I mean, girlfriend? … It’s there. … I think infinite possibility is beautiful in every area.”

Her husband, Tony Cacciotti, said: “Going from having three months to live or less. we’re into our sixth month and now there’s even hope beyond that, right now we’re looking at …

“We’re looking at Christmas,” said Harper.

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Video: Pat Robertson earns a well-deserved place on Anderson Cooper’s “The RidicuList”

Pat Robertson has been saying awful, untrue things about gays for years but he seems to have finally perhaps gone to far – even in the eyes of the people he works for.

Robertson, as I wrote about in a post earlier this week, made the outrageous claim in his The 700 Club show that gay men in San Francisco purposely try and spread the AIDS virus (or “the stuff” as Robertson called it) by wearing a special ring to cut people with when they shake hands.

The Christian Broadcasting Network left that part of the broadcast out of the online version of the show and made repeated efforts to have the clip removed from YouTube.

But it’s too late.

Robertson is now the subject of ridicule including from CNN’s Anderson Cooper who put him on The Ridiculist last night.

‘Really? A ring that somehow gives you AIDS? I’ve never seen that particular section at Zales,’ an incredulous Cooper said. ‘Now I totally get why Pat Robertson is against same-sex marriage. He just doesn’t want to give gay men an excuse to wear rings.’

Cooper showed clips of several of Robertson’s previous anti-gay comments and other instances where he has given outrageous advice to heterosexual couples as well.

The Silver Fox says he usually avoids mentioning Robertson because ‘he’s sort of like that elderly relative who you only see at Thanksgiving – he doesn’t get out of bed much and he’s sitting around the table and suddenly blurts out nonsensical sentences in between chewing on soft foods.’

With Robertson making controversial comments with such frequency, Anderson joked that he is considering changing the name of his nightly Ridiculist segment to The Pat Robertson List.

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Thursday Morning Man: Chase Rice!

Was scrolling through Homorazzi’s feature on the 15 Hottest Survivor Guys Ever and just assumed Colby Donaldson would be #1.

But no.

Colby was relegated to the number two spot in favor of today’ Morning Man: Chase Rice.

Chase was the runner-up in Survivor Nicaragua (Season 21).

He’s a 26-year-old country music singer and songwriter and has released two albums: Country as Me and Dirt Road Communion.

After the season on Survivor, Rice played his single Buzz Back on the nationally televised reunion show.

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Gay-themed series “Eastsiders” wins Best Drama prize at tonight’s LA Weekly Web Awards

I just saw this tweet and I’m thrilled: “It’s official! #EastSiders on @LogoTV won Best Drama at the @LAWeekly Web Awards!”

Eastsiders is a web series that I followed faithfully earlier this year. It explores the aftermath of infidelity on a gay couple in Silverlake. When Cal (Kit Williamson) finds out Thom (Van Hansis) has been cheating on him with Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon), their relationship is turned upside down.

Cal’s best friend Kathy (Constance Wu) is always there for him with a bottle of whiskey in her purse, but she has her own problems with her nice guy boyfriend Ian (John Halbach), even if they’re all in her head.

Among the guest stars on the series were Sean Maher (Firefly) Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings) and David Blue (Ugly Betty).

These photos are not from the awards presentation I must confess but are instead from a special screening of the series that I went to a few weeks ago and forgot to post. This gives me a great excuse to post now.

The screening took place at El Cid restaurant in Silver Lake so I was able to walk to it and enjoy a few margaritas before the show began.

It was such a different experience watching the show like a two-hour movie on a large screen instead of in 15 minutes episodes online. I understood the characters better seeing the story unfold without interruption. It would be great if it could get a DVD release.

The best known actor in the show is three-time Daytime Emmy nominee Van Hansis of As the World Turns fame but the real creative force is Kit Williamson who created the show, writes, directs and stars. He’s a wonderful actor who had a recurring role on Mad Men this season and should be so proud of what he has accomplished with Eastsiders.

Kit told me at the cocktail party that he has already begun writing a second season of the show with the hopes that a deal can be made to continue with it. The first few episodes were funded via Kickstarter and LogoTV.com later picked it up for airing.

Kit’s real-life partner is John Halbach who is a producer on the show as well as playing the role of Ian.

Captions: 1. Kit Williamson welcomes the crowd at El Cid for special screening. 2. Producers John Halbach and Kit Williamson 3. Cast member Constance Wu (Kathy). 4. Cast member Matthew McKelligon (Jeremy).

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Watch Greg In Hollywood on Equality Radio talking about Pat Robertson, Chandler Massey and more

I really enjoy my weekly segments on Equality Radio with host Randol White who is great to chat with about some of the latest LGBT stories.

Earlier today, we talked a bit about Wentworth Miller, about Pat Robertson’s latest outrageous comments, about Chandler Massey’s earlier-than-expected departure from Days of Our Lives, about the frustrating cancellation of Happily Divorcedand a little bit about Ricky Martin.

Days of Our Lives: Tensions rise between Sonny and Will and Gabi over childcare issues

Poor Gabi.

First she has to miss the big opening of Chad and Sonny’s club because they don’t have a babysitter. Now, she has to miss a class because Sonny and Will have to meet with Sonny’s dad to talk about Sami’s murder trial.

I suppose this is more realistic than everyone getting along swimmingly all the time!

So, it seemed that Will and Nick had mended fences over all that blackmail stuff once Will save his life and got shot in the process. But it seems Will and Sonny still hold a major grudge and do not want Nick around.

So, of course, the tension with Gabi is even worse since she slept with Nick and seems to be on her way to getting back together with him.

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