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Candis Cayne tells her story of how ‘It Got Better’ and reveals the cruelty of a high school teacher

I’m more impressed with Candis Cayne after watching her new It Got Better than I already was. Her resilience and her spirit are inspiring and her parents sound like the dream parents for an LGBT kid.

Candis, the transgender actress and regular on the reality series I Am Cait was living on the Hawaiian island of Maui and was being bullied by high school classmates.

‘I really was lost my freshman year of high school,’ she recalls. ‘I remember one time coming home on the bus and the kids were throwing gum at my hair and I was sitting there and I just wanted to get home and they were trying to cut my hair with scissors. And so I got off the bus (three miles from home) and I cried walking home. It just wasn’t bearable.’

To help ease the situation, her parents decided to send her to Los Angeles for her junior year in high school.

For about three months, it seemed like a dream come true. She was part of a dance troop, was in the school play and was looking forward to a U2 concert when it all changed in a day.

‘I get called into the office and they say, “You’re leaving tomorrow.”

‘ I was devastated and I went back to one of the teacher’s house where I was living and she looked at me and said, “You know you’re getting kicked out because you’re gay. And what you are is dirty and what you are is evil.”‘

At that point in her life, Candis had never uttered the words, ‘I’m gay’ so it all came as a total shock.

‘That was (a) big moment in my life where I saw first-hand the devastation of true homophobia,’ she says.

‘That time in my life is that time where you really feel like it can’t get better because there’s no way at that age to ever think that in three or four or five years you’re getting on a plane, moving where you want to be, and living your dream.’

For Candis that dream involved moving to New York City, getting work as a dancer and drag performer and coming to the realization that she is transgender.

‘I think the reason why I kind of got through it was my parents were there for me – they have always taught me to be who you are and always be true to yourself.’

Boy George comes clean about Prince

Boy George was asked point-blank by talk show host Wendy Williams yesterday if he had ever been involved with Prince.

Williams said she had ‘heard something: you said you slept with him.’

George quickly cleared the air about his fellow pop star with whom he rose to gender-bending fame at around the same time in the 1980s.

‘I was doing The Voice last year and we were competing to get these kids on our team and one of the other judges said, “Oh, I’ve sung with Prince.” I said, as a joke, “Oh, I’ve slept with him.”

‘Of course that’s not true at all. And then I changed it and said, “I slept with a poster of him under me.”‘

George said he had been told by Prince’s Purple Rain leading lady Apollonia Kotero that the late singer, who died unexpectedly last month, was a fan of the Culture Club hit Karma Chameleon.

‘I did meet Prince once I’m a massive Prince fan – I was very, very, very heartbroken,’ George said.

‘I met him once in Italy and he was suitably eccentric that’s all I can say. He was exactly what you’d expect him to be – he was Prince!’

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Celeb Instagram: Ricky Martin’s #TBT; Colton Haynes presents; Charlie Carver ready for weekend; Jane Lynch has red nose!

A #oneworldtour dressing room moment. #argentina #rosario #makeup #showtime #tbt

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Had fun presenting at the College Television Awards tonight! Met so many talented ppl :)

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let the weekend begin!

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@missmayim and moi LIVE tonight at 9/8c on @NBCtv for The #RedNoseDay Special. Donate now!

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Brad Paisley sings about the bathroom gender issue on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ – see the video!

Been writing a lot in recent weeks about bathroom bills in states like North Carolina. It all comes down to some politicians deciding to take a stand against transgender people using the bathroom of the gender which they identify. If you don’t know any trans people personally, just try and picture Laverne Cox being forced to use a men’s room or Chaz Bono a women’s restroom.

Anyway, country music singer Brad Paisley appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live the other night and shared a song he wrote about the situation which he sung to the tune of Tammy Wynette’s classic Stand By Your Man.

Here are the lyrics so you can sing along – but only if you’re not at work!

Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman
Especially when you were born a man.
In North Carolina, they’re checking for vaginas…
…if you want to use the can.
(And I say) Sit by your man,
we’re all just human beings.
He’s just a human peeing…
in the stall right next to you.
Sit by your man
Why is this such a big deal?
Hike up your dress…and take a stand…
and sit by your man!

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Thursday Morning Man: Michael Dean Johnson!

This handsome guy clearly spends a lot of time working on his body so don’t you think the least we could do is gawk at it a bit on this fine Thursday morning?

He’s cover fitness model Michael Dean Johnson.

I can’t find much biographical info on him except that he’s from Tennessee and wrote on the caption for the photo above: ‘Life is like a beach and I’m just playing in the sand.’

We’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story!

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Video: Hillary Clinton answers Facebook questions after appearing on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’

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Celeb Instagram: Ellen & Hillary; Colton Haynes and mom; Alan Cumming’s bad day; Wine for Maggie Griffin!

I spoke with @HillaryClinton about the state of the country, foreign affairs & international diplomacy. Just kidding. We talked about Queen Bey.

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Mom…I love you so much. I am so happy for you & am excited for our new journey together :) You are the funniest person I've ever met in my entire life haha! Looking forward to more of your stand up routines

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I've got food poisoning and my tummy really hurts and I'm in bed in a hotel room watching 'Fatal Attraction' on TV. Oh yes and my phone won't work and @verizon customer service talk too much and if one more person tells me to turn my phone off and on again, or pull out my SIM card, I will be even more sick than I am now

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I gave this little lady @tipitmaggiegriffin a nice healthy pour of Pinot Grigio for #NationalWineDay! No boxed wine today!

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Wanda Sykes grateful to Ellen for paving way

It was in April 1997 that 42 million viewers watched Ellen DeGeneres’ character come out as a lesbian in the ABC sitcom Ellen.

At the same time, DeGeneres was coming out in real life on the cover of Time Magazine with the headline ‘Yep, I’m gay.’

Wanda Sykes had just joined the writing staff of The Chris Rock Show that year was watching the backlash against DeGeneres from afar.

She was glad it wasn’t her.

‘After I saw what Ellen went through, that made everyone (pause) and go, “Put an extra lock on this (closet) door,”‘ she says in a new It Got Better video.

‘I remember conversations about “Yep, I’m Gay” and what’s she celeb rating that for? Why is she on the cover of a magazine? It was awful.’

Although DeGeneres’ sitcom was canceled soon after and she had a few lean years professionally, she has since become a beloved daytime talk show host whose wedding to actress Portia de Rossi was featured on the cover on People Magazine.

‘She want through that and look at her now,’ says Sykes who came out publicly in 2008 at a rally to defeat California’s Proposition 8 which, for a time, banned same-sex marriage in that state.

‘What she did definitely helped me to come out,’ she says of DeGeneres. ‘Not just coming out but just coming to grips with it myself like, “Wow, I’m a lesbian.” That was incredibly hard.’

In the video, Sykes says it was other people who filled in the holes when her coming out caused her to be shunned by her family for years.

‘It’s having good people around you who fill in… you’ll have another family and they will help you get through it.’

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US Naval Academy male plebes – shirtless and slippery – conquer Herndon Monument Climb

It’s the final challenge of their freshman year and the plebes of the US Naval Academy Class of 2019 formed a human pyramid to meet it.

As has been tradition since 1959, a group of 1,000 plebes took on the challenge of conquering the 21-foot-tall Herndon Monument at the military academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

It’s not made easy as the granite obelisk monument is greased before the plebes (the males are shirtless while the females stay more covered up) attempt the climb with the goal replacing the plebe cover at the top with a midshipman cover.

The monument was ultimately capped by Midshipman 4th Class Chris Bianchi in 1:12:34.

Bianchi (pictured above with his mother post-climb) told Navy News Service: ‘People just kept pushing me back up; it’s good to be a little guy. It felt amazing to be the one who actually capped it, but it’s really the people at the base that I owe it all to.’

Bianchi comes from a proud family legacy of naval service.

But it’s also a tragic one.

His father, Cmdr. Kevin Bianchi, graduated from the academy in 1985 and served as a helicopter pilot. He was killed in 2003 in an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter crash near Naval Air Station Sigonella.

His uncle, also a helicopter pilot and 1983 academy graduate, was killed in an HH-46 helicopter crash in the Philippines in 1987, before Bianchi was born.

Said his mother Rita Bianchi: ‘I was praying to his dad up in heaven to just help him get to the top.’

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Nyle DiMarco wins ‘Dancing With the Stars’ – see his stunning freestyle dance to ‘Souns of Silence’

Hunky Dancing With the Stars contestant Nyle DiMarco has become the first deaf and first LGBT person to win the television competition.

The actor/model and his professional partner Peta Murgatroyd were crowned last night and seemed to seal victory a day earlier after performing a stunning freestyle routine to Disturbed’s cover of Sounds of Silence that left judges gobsmacked.

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba called it simply ‘the best dance I have ever seen … in 22 seasons.’

She also said: ‘What was so profound about it is not only do I see a man who wants to prove that he can dance … but I also see a man that is proving he can change the world through dance.”

Her fellow judge Bruno Tonioli said: ‘That was beyond dancing, that was a work of art.bI have chills.’

The third judge, Len Goodman, said it wasn’t just a dance for deaf people.

‘It was a dance for everyone. Nyle, you’re a very special person. And that was a very special dance.’

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Happy 77th birthday to the great Ian McKellen – check out his new ‘It Got Better’ video

Ian McKellen turns 77 today – the same week as his It Got Better video was released by the It Gets Better Project. He talks about being closeted professionally for a big chunk of his career:

‘In the British theater individuality of course was celebrated. There were other gay people – all of them closeted, discreet. Nobody gave an interview and said they were gay. I thought if I were to talk about it in an interview – because there was opportunities – that it might affect my job prospects. If people knew I was gay they wouldn’t want me to play Romeo for example. … Nobody talked about being gay.’ ‘I wasn’t living a lie – I was just avoiding talking about it in certain situations. I thought this is just how one behaved.’

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Morning Man Encore: Brock Harris!

On his Twitter page, Brock Harris describes himself as an ‘Actor, musician, avid outdoorsman, and lover.’

He left out the words ‘totally adorable.’

Brock had a small role in 2013′s terrific indie comedy G.B.F and also appeared in the films Breathe In and Gone Missing.

He’s guested on three episodes of TNT’s Major Crimes and has had roles in the films Gone Missing, Sam, Those Who Wander and Adventures of Sweet Yellow.

Let’s hope for lots of shirtless scenes!

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Late Night Video: Scott Evans shines in this week’s episode of ‘Go-Go Boy Interrupted’

Here is episode 8 of season 2 of Go-Go Boy Interrupted which is titled When You Befriend Mean Gays. I just love Scott Evans in this episode. His character is working on a script in which Captain America has a gay brother. Just in case you don’t know, Chris Evans is Scott’s older brother. Enjoy the episode!

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Celeb Instagram: Liza w.Matt Dillon; JM Gambill’s form; Gio & Tommy visit niece; Jack Fallahee at dentist!

With @mattdillon #mattdillon #liza #minnelli #lizaminnelli #icon #legendary #legend #actor #hollywood #nyc #newyorkcity #newyork #newyorknewyork #thecarlylehotel

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Mom always quick with the camera caught my motion pretty well. So fun to play a couple sets on this great court! The next day however is a tad different than it used to be. So sore lol. Thanks @fedcuptennis for the great court! #tennis #fun #Hawaii #Kona #fitness #getyourtossup

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Today we visited our new beautiful niece Reese. We couldn't be more excited for our friends @janderegg and @goldberg78 and we can't wait to spoil this little slice of heaven

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Wish me luck.

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Adam Lambert on how watching ‘Will & Grace’ with mom and dad made coming out easier

Adam Lambert would watch Will & Grace with his parents and had not yet told them that he was gay.

But he made note of their reactions to the comedy about two gay men and their two straight, female best friends.

‘Will & Grace lightened the whole topic up,’ Lambert says in a video posted today for the It Gets Better Project.

‘I think being around the TV with my parents on the couch and us all laughing at the same jokes allowed me to kind of feel comfortable with them and made me realize, “This is probably going to be okay with them.”‘

He finally did come out to them right after he finished high school.

‘That was the year my mother outed me. Apparently I did not have the balls myself. My mom had to do it for me. (laughs).’

She simply asked the question on the car ride home after his brother had appeared in a speech and debate event that had made her emotional.

After answering that he is gay, Lambert says ‘it was as if a ton of bricks had been lifted off my shoulders’ and their already good relationship instantly rose to a new level.

‘We just started laughing about things. I was telling stories, she was telling stories.’

A few hours later he told his dad who said, ‘Yeah, yeah. We know.’

Lambert’s video is part of the It Got Better video series that has also featured Jane Lynch, Ian McKellen and Wanda Sykes, among others.

He offers this advice: ‘For the one kid maybe who’s searching for some sort of answer or some sort of confidence, (who’s fighting) fear of, “What are they gonna say? What are they gonna think?” You gotta let that go. That’s the thing that’s in your way.’

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Classy San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus wants fired man who ruined their performance at Padres game reinstated

The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus is willing to forgive and forget.

The group on Tuesday asked the San Diego Padres to reinstate the man who caused an embarrassing incident by playing the wrong soundtrack – featuring a woman’s voice – during their performance at a baseball game over the weekend.

‘ We … would like to publicly accept the sincere apology of DJ ARTFORM and recognize his support for the LGBT community and equality for all people,’ the group said in a statement.

‘We do not wish to see him lose his job with the San Diego Padres and kindly ask the Padres to reinstate him. Everyone deserves a second chance.’

The group also applauded the San Diego Padres organization and its chief executive Mike Dee for ‘its ongoing efforts to make something good come out of unfortunate recent events.’

‘We have been overwhelmed by the positive support from people around the world.’

The trouble began after members of the chorus had taken to the field at Petco Park on Saturday before the Padres game to sing the Star Spangled Banner.

The crowd soon heard the recorded voice of a woman singing the anthem instead of the chorus.

DJ ARTFORM, whose real name is Art Romero, said it was an honest mistake and there was no homophobia behind the incident.

He said he was emailed the chorus’ pre-recording of the song but when he hit ‘play’ the pre-recording for Friday night’s anthem was broadcast in the stadium by mistake.

The recording was not immediately stopped, nor was there a public statement to explain the mix-up.

‘My stomach was in knots,’ he Mighty 1090’s Scott and BR Show this week.

‘I should have intervened, I should have turned it down. There are a lot of coulda woulda shoulda’s.’

The video below shows members of the chorus leaving the field following the humiliating incident.

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Ellen DeGeneres: Don’t assume anything!

#TruthTuesday

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Rufus Wainwright on Judy Garland: ‘She was just an incredible talent … No one can deny her greatness’

Rufus Waintwright did an AOL Build interview that’s just been posted and talked about Judy Garland: ‘What;s great about her above and beyond everything – her tragic life, her gay iconic status and even her movies and her acting – is she was just an incredible talent and a consummate artist. Nobody can deny her greatness.’

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Tuesday Morning Man: Greg Berlanti!

Today is Greg Berlanti’s birthday so who better to shine a spotlight on than one of the most prolific and handsome producers working in television today?

It’s a good time in Greg’s life and not just because he’s got Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl on the air to be joined by the new series Riverdale.

He’s also a new dad and happens to be in a relationship with LA Galaxy star Robbie Rogers.

I’d say he already has plenty of birthday presents but we will give him another as Morning Man.

Greg has done so many other shows that I have loved over the years including and especially Brothers & Sisters as well as Eli Stone, Political Animals, Everwood and, of course, Dawson’s Creek.

Happy 72nd birthday to Patti LaBelle!

Love, love, love Patti LaBelle.

I’ve never seen this amazing singer live but maybe someday.

She has such amazing energy and is still going strong as she marks her 72md birthday today.

Here are a few Patti tunes to celebrate the day:

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