Love it when professional athletes come out publicly. Because, let’s face it, so few have.
This week, Andy Brennan became Australia’s first openly gay male soccer pro. Brennan signed with the A-league’s Newcastle Jets for two seasons in 2015. He now plays for lower league Melbourne club Green Gully Cavaliers.
I am not doing this for anyone but myself. It is what’s right for me. However, I’m also certain that there’s people out there who are living with what I have lived with.
If they are playing sport and can’t be who they are, whether they are playing in a professional or amateur environment, then that’s just so challenging.
I think it’s really important that they see that there’s someone else who has come out, that there are many other people who are the same, and that it is OK. It is fine to be in a sporting environment and play, and people will accept you.
Thrilled for Jazz Jennings! I love that this highly-visible transgender teen is being able to live to her fullest potential. She’s had parents who respected her gender identity since she was a small child. My heart breaks for most transgender people who do not have that support and are faced with hatred, bigotry and violence. Jazz is making a difference by educating people who watch her TV show and I wish her the very best moving forward.
I present to you tennis pro Cameron Norrie who is the number two ranked player for Great Britain and currently has a career-high world ranking of 45.
He’s just 23 and was born in South Africa to a Scottish father, David, and a Welsh mother, Helen. Norrie studied sociology on a scholarship at Texas Christian University (TCU) and joined the Horned Frogs university team, where he became the top-ranked male college tennis player in the US.
In the 2016–17 season, Norrie was the only player to win every Big 12 match he participated in, with a 10-0 record in singles and doubles.
He then turned pro.
He’s won six tournaments in the lower level of the tour and in January reached his first ATP Tour final in Aukland.
Jimmy Fallon and Mayor Pete Buttigieg slow jam the news, discussing Buttigieg’s candidacy and platform for the 2020 presidential race.
Buttigieg also explains how he tracked down Jerry Seinfeld to make him accept a key to the city, reacts to Trump’s nickname for him, breaks down his 2020 campaign platform and shares his analysis about who will claim Game of Thrones’ Iron Throne.
During the After Show of Watch What Happens Live tonight, RuPaul tells Andy Cohen and Anjelica Huston about his upcoming talk show, including which U.S. president won’t be welcome as a guest.
But what I’m most excited about is Frank DeCaro as bartender! Frank is promoting his terrific new book Drag: Combing Through the Big Wigs of Show Business which Andy described as “the definitive history of drag. I’m really excited to read this!”
The top photo is Doris Day on her 97th birthday less than six weeks ago.
We found out this morning that the beloved singer, actress, and animal lover has died. She had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia, resulting in her death.
It had been a nice, long life for one of the biggest movie stars of the 1940s, 50s and 60s (Calamity Jane, Pillow Talk, The Pajama Game, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Lullaby of Broadway), a huge TV star in the 70s (The Doris Day Show) and a huge recording star (Secret Love, Que Sera, Sera).
She all but retired from showbiz in the mid-70s but did re-emerge in the 80s to host the show Doris Day and Friends and in 1989 was presented with the Cecil B. Demille Award at the Golden Globe Awards. Miss Day also received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement in 2006. No doubt she would’ve receive an honorary Academy Award for her film career if she had agreed to attend the ceremony.
We didn’t often see Miss Day in public anymore but she seemed to be having a happy life in Carmel where she had lived for many years.
Season 4 of Lucifer recently started streaming on Netflix and everyone is crazy about its star Tom Ellis.
In the video below, Tom reads some really thirsty tweets from folks who want the Welsh actor to do all kinds of things to him.
Well, who can blame them?
Before taking on the title role in Lucifer in 2016, Tom was best-known for playing Gary Preston in the sitcom Miranda and he also had the title role in the short-lived USA Network series Rush, among many other television and film roles.
The first time I saw Bruce Boxleitner was sitting in the living room of Zura Hall at San Diego State University all excited to see Kate Jackson in her first TV series since leaving Charlie’s Angels.
I came to watch Kate but could not take my eyes off of the handsome Bruce who had previously starred in the series How the West Was Won and Bring ‘Em Back Alive.
The show ran for four seasons and Bruce went on to have another hit series with Babylon 5 as Captain John J. Sheridan as well as several Babylon 5 TV movies.
Bruce is also known for his dual role as the characters Alan Bradley and Tron in the 1982 film Tron, a role which he reprised in the 2010 sequel, Tron: Legacy and the animated series Tron: Uprising which takes place between the two films.
Bruce, who turns 69 today, currently had a recurring role in the TV series Cedar Cove for three seasons and currently appears on Supergirl.