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A tribute to the great Dusty Springfield who was born 77 years ago today but left us far too soon

The wonderfully talented Dusty Springfield would have turned 77 today had she not left us far too soon.

I just love the work of this legendary singer who died in 1999 just shy of her 60th birthday.

She left behind a beautiful body of work.

I especially love her big hair TV appearances in the 60s and have several of them here for you to enjoy. And then, of course, there is Son of a Preacher Man.

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Rosie O’Donnall blasts Donald Trump as an ‘uneducated bully, serial liar and a misogynist’

Rosie O’Donnell is blasting Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump as ‘the worst representation of what the United States is or could be.’

‘He is everything we should reject as a nation,’ the out actress and comic says in an interview with WABC Radio’s Election Central with Rita Cosby. ‘He’s not even qualified to run a game show.’

O’Donnell, who has had a public feud with Trump dating back nearly a decade, also described the mogul as an ‘uneducated bully, serial liar and a misogynist’ and ‘notoriously an unethical businessman.’

She described his surprisingly successful presidential run this way: ‘I think it’s an epic battle worthy of a new Star Wars movie. You have to decide. Are you going to be with the force or are you going to be on the dark side? It’s your choice. Just like Harry Potter, he’s like Lord Voldemort. You know stay away from the dementor.’

During the first Republican presidential debate in August, moderator Megyn Kelly asked Trump about his various insults aimed at women over the years.

‘You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals,’ Kelly began before being interrupted by Trump who said: ‘Only Rosie O’Donnell.’

O’Donnell says she was ‘surprised’ he brought her up in the election ‘as a punchline with impunity.’

‘He’s like a bully for the mafia, like he thinks that he can shut you up, like he’s Tony Soprano,’ she says.

But she has no regrets for taking him on over the years despite the personal insults Trump has hurled her way.

‘I don’t regret everything that’s happened since because if anything, it’s a great way to show the moral character of this human being who’s running for president.’


OUT Power 50: Tim Cook, Ellen and Maddow are top 3 again – Caitlyn Jenner ranks #8

Apple CEO Tim Cook and daytime talk show queen Ellen DeGeneres remained the two most powerful LGBT people as they topped Out magazine’s ‘Power 50′ list for the second year in a row.

The magazine for the 10th year has ranked the most influential LGBT people in American culture.

Rounding out the top five are MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow in third place in a repeat of last year, CNN host Anderson Cooper in fourth and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy in fifth.

Cooper gets bragging rights over his best friend, Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen, who was ranked seventh.

Caitlyn Jenner, who came out as transgender a year ago, makes the list for the first time behind Cohen at number eight.

Also new to the list is Sense8 and Matrix franchise director Lilly Wachowski who came out as transgender just last month.

She is ranked 22nd along with sister Lana Wachowski who is also transgender.

The annual list has never shied away from including people who have never publicly declared that they are gay or bisexual.

This year, that list includes entertainment executive Barry Diller (12th) and Fox News anchor Shepard Smith (24th).

The magazine featured both Cooper and Jodie Foster on the cover of its 2008 Power 50 cover years before either of them came out publicly.

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Celeb Instagram: Chris Marchant! Dustin Lance Black! Bass & Fatone! Johnny Weir! Jack Fallahee!

Florida is pretty

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DAY 31: a healthy dose of deja vu in #CastroCamera this morning #WhenWeRise

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And just like that… #DirtyPopAtSea just got a little crazier! We just picked up @realjoeyfatone ! @DirtyPopLive #NSYNC

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Open Windows 1 : Coif 0

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Wishing these were pints not plates. Deeply appreciate everyone's concern about my shoes being untied. I'm SOOOOOO sorry. Truly very sorry. #benandjerrys #gainz #GTL

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Elizabeth Montgomery would have been 83 today – a tribute to this beloved television icon

One of my all-time favorite stars was Elizabeth Montgomery who was born 83 years ago today.

Of course I grew up watching Bewitched which ran for eight seasons on ABC and loved her as Samantha (and sometimes as Serena) and her interactions with mother Endora, nosy neighbor Mrs. Kravitz, daffy Aunt Clara, nervous Esmeralda, naughty Uncle Arthur, Doctor Bombay and Darrins one and two.

(I purposely didn’t mention Larry Tate because I could not stand him!)

After the show ended she made so many terrific TV movies with my favorites being The Legend of Lizzie Borden, Dark Victory, A Case of Rape, Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story and her final two movies in which she played journalist Edna Buchanan in The Corpse Had a Familiar Face and Deadline For Murder.

What made me love her even more was her very public support of her former co-star Dick Sargent after he came out publicly as a gay man in the early 1990s.

She even rode with him in the West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade.

Sadly, she was just 62 when she died in 1995 from cancer. She has certainly not been forgotten.

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Friday Morning Man: Wyatt Russell!

I’ve seen at least two movies that Wyatt Russell has appeared in: 22 Jump Street and Everybody Wants Some!!

Did not know his name but he definitely made an impression on me in both movies – especially Everybody Wants Some!! which is one of my favorite movies so far this year.

What I did not know is this handsome blond dude is the son of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn which makes him the little brother of Kate Hudson and Oliver Hudson.

Wyatt is 29 and played for numerous amateur and one professional hockey teams until his career was cut short by injuries.

Now he’s got a new career that he really is quite good at from what I’ve seen so far.

His other credits include the films Cold in July, Love and Honor and We Are What We Are.

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ABC News reporter Gio Benitez and fiance Tommy Didario have pre-wedding photo shoot

Arrived in Key Largo and had an amazing pre-wedding photoshoot with the brilliant photographers from @studiotwoweddings. Cannot wait to say I Do to this guy in 2 days #TheLoveStoryofTG

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Sean Hayes announces the Broadway dates and venue for his terrific play ‘An Act of God’

My latest #KnowMe video. @ActOfGodBway #TheBoothTheatreNY

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Adam Lambert says music industry ‘gatekeepers’ are afraid of gay men singing about same-sex love

Adam Lambert wants music industry gatekeepers to stop being afraid of gay love.

‘People are becoming less ignorant and the younger generation that’s coming up right now are like, “So what?”‘the openly gay pop star tells Digital Spy.

‘That’s melting into and affecting pop culture in general. There’s not as much of a reason to be scared of it, because people in general aren’t scared of it.’

But for now, the use of male pronouns by gay singers is still mostly being danced around.

‘There’s only so much you can do as an artist,’ Adam says. ‘Luckily we’re in a moment right now with streaming where there’s more power put back into the artist’s and audience’s hands.

‘But the gatekeepers who make a lot of the other big decisions in the music industry, those are the ones hardest to convince on certain things. That’s the reasoning for some of that pronoun stuff.’

Lambert came out publicly shortly after competing on American Idol in 2009 and although he was runner-up that year, he’s one of the most successful stars in the show’s history.

He released his third solo album, The Original High, in 2015. His 2012 album, Trespassing, made him the first openly gay artist to have an album debut at number one on the Billboard charts.


Diana Ross goes on with the show after car crash

Just found out that the Supreme Diana Ross went on with a concert in Pennsylvania Wednesday despite being involved in a car accident on her way to the show.

‘I was involved in a car accident yesterday, but I’m fine,’ the 72-year-old icon tweeted to fans earlier today. ‘I ask you not to worry. I will see you tonight at the show in Providence.’

Thank God!

Police tell USA Today that Ross was slightly injured when an SUV ran a stop sign and crashed into the limousine taking her to the show at the Sands casino complex in Bethlehem.

The 2012 Grammy Lifetime Award recipient complained of head and neck pain after the crash and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

Ross, who has legions of gay fans around the world, has been a star for more than 50 years and is known for her ‘the show just go on’ attitude.

In 1983 she was giving a free charity concert in New York’s Central Park when a torrential rainstorm hit.

She remained on stage, getting drenched, and famously told the crowd: ‘It took me a lifetime to get here and I’m not going anywhere.’

She remained on stage until the crowd had exited the park safely and returned the next day to give a full performance.

Her hits as lead singer of The Supremes include Stop! In the Name of Love, Where Did Our Love Go, You Can’t Hurry Love and Baby Love. Plus I Hear A Symphony, Love Child, Reflections and Someday We’ll Be Together (I just love seeing how many hits I can think of off the top of my head).

As a solo artist, Ross has reached number one with Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Touch Me in the Morning, Theme From Mohogany, Love Hangover, Upside Down and Endless Love. Other top 10 solo hits include I’m Coming Out, It’s My Turn, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, Missing You, Muscles and Mirror, Mirror.


Celeb Instagram: Gio & Tommy on plane; David Burtka & twins; #TBT Steve Grand; Jesse Tyler on GMA

On our way to #Miami for just a little celebration #TheLoveStoryOfTG

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Look what we made in school today! #stonesoup #sharing

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#TBT Me on my 18th birthday. I think I cut all my hair off the very next day.

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A morning of press for @fullybroadway!

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Ringo Starr cancels North Carolina concert over anti-LGBT law but Cyndi Lauper says hers will go on

Ringo Starr won’t play in North Carolina but for Cyndi Lauper, the show will go on.

The former member of The Beatles followed Bruce Springsteen’s lead in canceling a concert in the state because of the anti-LGBTI law HB2 which was quickly passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory last month.

‘I’m sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred,’ Starr said in a statement.

‘Spread peace and love.’

Springsteen pulled out of a concert last weekend in Greensboro while Starr was slated to perform in Cary on June 18.

Meanwhile Lauper, a staunch LGBT ally and activist, is taking a different approach.

The Grammy winner tells TMZ that her show in Raleigh on June 4 is still on and all profits will be donated to Equality North Carolina, the group fighting to get HB2 overturned.

‘I think the best way I can do my part is to turn my show into an entire day to build public support to repeal HB2,’ Lauper said.

But Lauper has no problems with artists like Springsteen and Starr who prefer to make a statement by staying away.

‘We all have to include ourselves in the effort,’ she says.

HB2 bans all local LGBTI rights ordinances in the state and was rushed into law to override an ordinance in Charlotte that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of their gender identification.

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Morning Man Encore: Juan Pablo Di Pace!

Someone pass the smelling salts.

Today’s Morning Man simply takes my breath away with his devastatingly handsome and smoldering looks.

He’s Juan Pablo Di Pace, a 35-year-old Argentine actor, singer and director who plays Fernando on the Netflix series Fuller House. He’s also known for playing Jesus Christ in the NBC miniseries A.D. The Bible Continues and as billionaire businessman Nicolas Trevino during season 3 of the TNT’sDallas.

He made his big screen debut was in the 2005 film Survival Island and was also featured in Mamma Mia!

** Thanks to my pal Lorna for suggesting Juan Pablo!

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Robert De Niro to be honored by GLAAD in NYC next month for sharing story of his gay father

Robert De Niro will be honored by GLAAD in New York City next month for being ‘a longtime supporter of the LGBT community’ and for sharing with the world the story of his gay father.

The two-time Oscar winner movingly recounted his father’s struggled with self-acceptance in the 2014 HBO documentary Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.

The elder De Niro, who died in 1993, did not live as an openly gay man until the later years of his life.

In the acclaimed documentary, De Niro admitted that he did not have much interest in his dad’s art exhibits when he was younger. He also never spoke to him about being homosexual.

‘Obviously, I realize now that it was hard for him,’ he said on the film. ‘He had a lot of classic conflicts about all of that. … I’m his son, I’m the last person to know.’

Through his father’s paintings and his extensive journals, De Niro has gotten to intimately know his parent posthumously and shared what he had learned in the film.

‘He died on his 71st birthday of prostate cancer. The reason I kept his (art) studio is for my kids, for them to know what their grandfather did. … I realize now how up it is for children to appreciate the things that their parents did if they want to share them with you. Because I regret certain things with my parents that I didn’t follow through on.

‘I feel it’s my obligation to document what he did – to keep it going.’

The GLAAD Media Awards will take place on May 14 at the Waldorf Astoria New York.


LGBT ally Sharon Stone stands on ‘Principle’ when it comes to Mississippi’s anti-gay law

Sharon Stone’s short film The Principle will not be shot in Mississippi after all.

The Oscar-nominated star of such films as Casino, Basic Instinct and Total Recall was set to begin production in June on the $300,000 cyber-bullying film.

But the longtime LGBTI ally and AIDS activist said in a statement today: ‘I will not work in any state that holds or is actively creating laws to legally support discrimination against American citizens whether due to their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, nor where those laws are passed or approved by the government of said state.’

The bill, known as the ‘Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,’ passed the State Senate last month by a vote of 31-17 after just over two hours.

Unswayed by the backlash over similar bills in North Carolina and Georgia, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed it into law on April 5.

HB 1523 is considered by LGBTI activists to be the worst of the anti-gay bills currently under consideration by state legislatures in the US.

It legally protects religious institutions should they decide to not recognize the legality of same-sex marriages or refuse to place children with qualified, deserving LGBTI families.

It also protects state employees if they refuse to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and sanctions the use of ‘conversion therapy’ to ‘cure’ LGBTI people.

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Celebrity Instagram: Charlie Carver is going silent plus: Thomas Roberts! Alan Cumming! Chris Marchant w/Chelsea Clinton!

On April 15th, I'll take a vow of silence for @glsenofficial #DayofSilence in support of safe schools and spaces for ALL. 9/10 LGBT youth report physical or verbal harassment in high school. So on April 15th, let's take a day of silence as a reminder to be good to one another and to fight for equality for all. Challenge 3 friends to the #DayofSilence, or have them donate to: Thanks :) )

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Thanks @iamsuekroll @msnbc yesterday #schohariecounty NY today @robertsmsnbc 2pm today #brooklyn

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New hat

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Got to play #chelseasmom for #chelseaclinton herself with @wellstrung. That was cool and weird.

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Video: Jonathan Groff tells tales from backstage of his time as King George in Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’

Jonathan Groff has wrapped up his run as King George in Broadway’s Hamilton. Recently on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon he talked about his nightly attempts to make the cast laugh during the show and the single time he was successfully able to make Lin-Manuel Miranda completely break.

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Wednesday Morning Man: Mantas Armalis!

Everyone is going crazy about the stupendously good looks of Mantas Armalis who has just been signed by the San Jose Sharks to be a goalie with National Hockey Association team.

And with good reason.

This guy with the ridiculously handsome with pouty lips, soulful eyes and a damned fine head of hair is a professional model who walked the runway for Versace at Milan Fashion Week.

Oh yeah, and apparently the 23 year old is a damned good hockey player too.

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Check out episodes 1 and 2 of the new season of the terrific ‘Go-Go Boy Interrupted’

At last, new episodes of Go-Go Boy Interrupted are here and they are just as funny as season one. This is just a non-stop, snarky bitchfest filled with clueless, self-absorbed characters. It’s a scream. Glee alum Heather Morris is in the second episode. In the first episode, the mean gays – including Chris Evans’ brother Scott – pay our main guy a visit and are really mean. Scary thing is while these are parodies, some of it does ring true.


‘American Idol’ finalist La’Porsha Ranae’s opinion on gays: I ‘don’t really agree with that lifestyle’

Well, this is certainly a cringe- worthy way to kick off a post-American Idol career.

Runner-up La’Porsha Ranae was asked how she felt about the LGBT people and she had this to say: ‘They are people just like us. They’re not animals as someone stated before. They’re people with feelings. Although all of us may not agree with that particular lifestyle for religious reasons, whatever the reason is, you still treat each other with respect. Everybody is a human being. We should be able to co-exist with one another.’

Someone her age still using words like ‘lifestyle’?


Then she used it again in a follow-up statement in which she talks about all her gay friends who have clearly not been able to teach her a thing:
‘I am one of the people who don’t really agree with that lifestyle. I wasn’t brought up that way. It wasn’t how I was raised. But I do have a lot of friends and a lot of people that I love dearly who are gay and homosexual and they’re such sweet, nice people. We should just respect each others’ differences and opinions and move on.’

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