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People are buzzing about NHL player Brooks Laich and what he means about exploring his sexuality

I don’t want to get too tabloidy about this but, well, what the heck is going on with NHL player Brooks Laich?

He’s married to the not straight Julianne Hough and the couple has reportedly hit a rough patch in their two year marriage.

People magazine reports: Opening up on the podcast How Men Think with Gavin DeGraw on Monday, Laich confessed that he doesn’t feel “100 percent fully expressed” in his true sexuality and that he is now taking a “pleasure first” approach to his life.

“One of my goals this year is to really explore like, learning about sexuality,” said Laich. “People think that sexuality is just the act of sex, of just having sex and there’s so much more to it. Here’s a question. This is an honest question for everybody in this room, and every single person listening: Are you fully 100 percent fully expressed in your true sexuality? With your partner? With everything? You could not imagine having a better sex life? Are you truly there?” he asked. “I’m not either. So that’s what one of my goals this year is to really dive into. So then we’re all essentially, that’s a state of suffering.”

He continued: “We’re not 10s of 10s. It doesn’t mean you’re the best performer. It just means, ‘Are you fully expressed?’ Do you even know who you are sexually? And I truly, to my core, do not. But I’m super excited about that journey to really learn about sexuality and also get better at the performance of it, but also just the understanding of who I am, who my wife is, that sort of dance.”

Hmmmm. I hope he provides us with some updates as time goes by!

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How I stay motivated / the spiritual side of athletics. Give it a read. When I train every day, it’s not just working out and getting a sweat in, it’s so much deeper than that. It’s a journey of personal growth and discovery of Self. When lifting a weight like the one in this video, the challenge is not “me vs. the weight” – it’s purely “me vs. me” Let me unpack that for you. What I mean by this, is I am not seeking to move that weight, but rather I am seeking the version of myself capable of moving that weight. The weight is just the obstacle necessary to drive me to a new depth of Self discovery. At it’s root, the weight is just a catalyst. The journey is to find the version of myself capable of conquering the obstacle I am confronted with, in this case the weight. Can I find and/or develop the conviction necessary to overcome the obstacle – that is the challenge I am presented with. So you see, it’s not the weight, it’s me. If I am unable to move a weight, the weight did not beat me. Rather, I was unable to discover and express the version of me capable of conquering that obstacle at this moment. That’s not a loss, that’s feedback. It means I must find and/or develop a more capable Self to overcome it. So that’s how I stay motivated, day in and day out. For me, training is not about moving weights every day, that kind of resistance would be exhausting. Training is about personal growth and discovery of Self, and that is a tireless engine. Reframe the motive, and you reframe the result. I hope this helps you find the better version of you that you are seeking! Much love team!

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Morning Man Encore: Dr. Evan Antin!


Editor’s note: Was running short on time this morning so am re-running this post from about a year ago. I didn’t think anyone would mind – God knows I don’t!

Dr. Evan Antin is known as the world’s sexiest vet which I think sounds about right. If my vet looked like this, my dog would have to endure my sudden onset of Munchausen syndrome by proxy!

Antin is the host of the Animal Planet show Evan Goes Wild.

During the recent TV Critics Association Winter Tour he was asked by a journalist: “You are ridiculously handsome. Were you forced into this career because modeling said ‘No! We just can’t handle it?’”

Deadline Hollywood reports that Antin – named Sexiest Veterinarian Alive by People magazine – dodged the modeling issue, and said animals have always been his passion, his first pet being a bunny named Paco.

Animal Planet SVP Erin Wanner, however, who knew a good thing when she heard it, was not going to let the whole “hot vet” thing pass.

“We thought the same thing,“ she confessed of their first Antin sighting on Instagram (he has 1.1 million followers).

Upon further inspection, she reported happily, they learned he was “the real deal.”

Evan Goes Wild premieres Sunday, February 24. It has him chasing his wildlife bucket list including swimming alongside humpback whales in Tahiti, exploring caves with bats and snakes in the Philippines, and tangling with crocs in the Yucatan.

“People have this irrational fear” of wildlife, Antin said, adding, “I’d rather be bit by an 18-foot python than a hamster.”


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Longtime LGBTQ ally Judith Light will be honored at GLAAD Media Awards in NYC on March 19

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Judith Light will be honored at the #GLAADawards in NYC. From standing with LGBTQ people during the AIDS crisis to uplifting trans people and issues, Judith advocates with a unique passion and an unending dedication that uplifts others.

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Billy Eichner lands new TV role – will portray Matt Drudge in “American Crime Story: Impeachment”

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Can finally share this with the world. Truly an honor to join @mssarahcatharinepaulson, @beaniefeldstein, Clive Owen, Annaleigh Ashford and more in American Crime Story: Impeachment, from the great @mrrpmurphy.

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WATCH: A shirtless Trevor Donovan treats his bulldog like a bull!

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After bath Shenanigans. You bath pet yourself or use groomer? #bulldogsofinstagram

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Morning Round-Up: Hillary Clinton; RuPaul; Harry Hamlin; Halsey; Bayard Rustin; Aaron Hernandez

Hillary Clinton in Full: A Fiery New Documentary, Trump Regrets and Harsh Words for Bernie: “Nobody Likes Him” The Hollywood Reporter

RuPaul Has Been Tapped To Host Saturday Night Live Instinct

Harry Hamlin: Playing Gay in 1982′s ‘Making Love’ Ended My Film Career The Hollywood Reporter

Halsey, the ‘Poet’ of Pop Music, Gender Bends Into David Bowie and Bob Dylan Advocate

California Lawmakers Ask Gov. Newsom to Posthumously Pardon Bayard Rustin NewNowNext

Aaron Hernandez’s Relationship with Fiancée Was ‘Genuine’ Despite Alleged Affairs with Men: Source People.com

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Mary Lou Fulton’s anthem “Not Going Back (I Don’t Think So)” wins RAWA’s Songs for Social Change Contest

This is so exciting – and well-deserved.

Back in November, I shared with you a new song that I fell in love with. It’s called Not Going Back (I Don’t Think So) and it is a powerful social justice anthem performed by Mary Lou Fulton.

That wonderful and inspiring song has been chosen as the winner of Renaissance Artists and Writers Association’s (RAWA) Songs for Social Change Contest of 2019. Not Going Back challenges the idea that the nation’s problems would be solved by going back to the “good old days” that weren’t so good for women, immigrants like Fulton’s mother and many others whose lives are better today because of social progress.

The song will be part of a forthcoming compilation CD of new social change music from across the nation.

Mary Lou was one of my first editors at the Los Angeles Times back in the 90s and became a tremendous mentor and friend. Most of my best early stories were done under her guidance.

She’s gone on to do so many great things after a 20-year career as a reporter, writer and editor at The Times, The Washington Post and several digital media companies. Mary Lou now focuses on uplifting the stories of people most affected by social and racial injustice as a program director at The California Endowment health foundation.

A few years ago, she decided to put her musical and storytelling skills together and began writing songs.

“The idea for Not Going Back came to me as I was driving through the desert after a visit to my hometown of Yuma, Arizona, which borders both Mexico and California,” Mary Lou wrote when the song was released. “I heard a story on the radio about people at a rally saying we should return to the ‘good old days’ and began thinking about what that really meant. I thought of what life used to be like for women, for immigrants like my mom and many others who have struggled for their rights. So I started writing down ideas that became verses that eventually turned into a song.

“There is so much fear in the world, and nostalgia for a so-called simpler time is being used to tap into our fears and divide us. Not Going Back is about calling out that strategy and rising above it, as so many have before us. Music has always played an important role in bringing people together for social change. My hope is that Not Going Back will be sung at rallies, in churches and whereever people come together to fight for a more just world.”

Mary Lou wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the music with Rob Seals. The video is directed and produced by Joe Rubalcaba.

Go to notgoingback.org for free sheet music and to learn more about Mary Lou!

If you love the song, share it. Let’s make this a really big deal! I can’t think of a better time than the present given the direction our country has been going in the past three years.

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Snapped! J-Lo wears Streisand’s face!

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Love this! Hi @jlo — nice to see you wearing my face! @coach @stuartvevers

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Juan Pablo Di Pace – then and now!

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#35YearChallenge is there such a thing?… who cares. How cute was the guy on the left!? #juampi #blink #1984 show me yours! Aaaaaaand GO

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Morning Round-Up: Idina Menzel; Pedro Almodóvar; Justin Tranter; Taylor Swift; Margaret Court; Steven Canals

Will Adele Dazeem (Um, Idina Menzel!) Be the New Streisand in Broadway’s “Funny Girl” Revival? The WOW Report

Pedro Almodóvar on Why He’s Always Put Queer Characters in His Movies NewNowNext

Songwriter Justin Tranter: “My Femininity Is So Important To Me” Advocate

Trump said he fumigated Mar-A-Lago after visit from friend with AIDS, new book claims Queerty

Taylor Swift Has ‘No Complaints’ About Starring in Cats: ‘I Had a Really Great Time’ People

Mixed reactions to Australian Open’s muted celebration of Margaret Court Outsports

‘Pose’ Co-Creator Steven Canals Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV Deadline

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Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin pay a visit to Jimmy Kimmel – talk arrests and new season of “Grace and Frankie”


Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin talk with Jimmy Kimmel about being arrested for non-violent disobedience as a part of Fire Drill Fridays to bring awareness to the climate crisis, what it was like in jail, Jane’s famous mugshot from her 1970 arrest, other things they should have been arrested for, and the new season of “Grace and Frankie” on Netflix.

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Tuesday Morning Man: Robby Benson!


Sorry Shaun Cassidy. Move over Rick Springfield. You too Donny Osmond.

The absolute cutest teen idol from the 70s and early 80s was Robby Benson!

Today is his 64th birthday and as you can see, he’s still quite a dreamboat – and a grandfather of two!

You remember Robby, right? Ice Castles, Ode to Billy Joe, One on One, The Death of Richie and Harry and Son are the movies I remember most and they left quite an impression.

Robby was not only adorable with blue eyes to die for, but he was such a fine actor with a lot of heart and soul.

It’s not like has ever stopped working since the peak of his popularity as an actor. He’s a versatile talent who writes songs, does voice acting (he was the Beast in Beauty and the Beast and in several sequels) and directs movies (Billy: The Early Years, Modern Love) and television (Ellen, Friends, 8 Simple Rules). And he’s still acting including a recurring role in the NBC series American Dreams, a role in the 2011 TV movie Brave New World and last year appeared in the Hallmark movie A Feeling of Home and in the film Apple Seed.

Robby also wrote We Are Not Alone, the song that plays during the key dancing-in-the-library scene in The Breakfast Club. The woman who sang that track, Karla DeVito, happens to be Benson’s wife. They have two children. He has also taught film and theater at several universities including NYU and Indiana University.

Robby was born with a heart defect, necessitating four open heart surgeries. He is an activist and fundraiser for heart research, and wrote the book, lyrics, and music for a play called Open Heart, starring Benson, which opened and closed off-Broadway in 2004. He also wrote the medical memoir, I’m Not Dead… Yet! which was released in June 2012.



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Celeb Instagram: Martin Luther King Day Edition

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You said you wouldn’t make it to the mountain top with us. We haven’t made it there yet either. We’re still climbing. And you’ve been with us every step of the way. #MLK

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He was such a wise and compassionate man. Spread love to the people around you that need it the most.

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#MLKDay

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Dream big

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WATCH: Diving champ Tom Daley offers his top five tips for sticking with your New Year’s Resolutions


I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions but I’ve been hitting the gym regularly and eating more of a plant-based diet than I ever have. Maybe I should make a video about resolutions! Ha!

No, that won’t be happening. But I do offer you this video posted over the weekend by Olympic diver Tom Daley.

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News Round-Up: “Out on Television” series; Katie Sowers; Colton Haynes; Pete Buttigieg

‘Out on Television’ tracks evolution of LGBTQ portrayals Washington Post

49ers’ Katie Sowers Will Be the First Female, Openly Gay Coach at the Super Bowl People.com

Colton Haynes to Play ‘Famous Instagay’ in New Comedy from ‘Broad City’ Stars Towleroad

The Pete Buttigieg Campaign Says No to a Gay Bar’s Stripper Pole Advocate

Stephen Dunn explores the broke hearts of LGBTQ refugees in ‘Little America’ Queerty

WATCH: Randy Rainbow’s latest: “THAT DON!”


Randy Rainbow is like therapy during this excruciating national nightmare. This is his latest that went live earlier today.

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Happy 33rd birthday to Robert Farah!

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Llegó el 20 de enero! Ya son 33 primaveras! Un cumpleaños especial para mí. Ni malo ni bueno! Especial. Quiero aprovechar esta fecha para agradecerle a todo el mundo el regalo más lindo que me hayan podido dar, un apoyo impresionante e incondicional! #gracias

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Morning Man Classic: Lorenzo Lamas!

Lorenzo Lamas turns 62 today!

I’ve had a crush on him since seeing him for the first time in Grease (he played the jock who Sandy used to make Danny jealous). Lorenzo then settled into a long run on Falcon Crest as Jane Wyman’s grandson Lance Cumson. He was the only actor in the large ensemble cast to have appeared in all of the show’s 227 episodes.

Lorenzo grew his hair long after Falcon Crest to star as an undercover cop in the hit series Renegade which ran for five seasons. He followed that up with the series Air America and The Immortal which each lasted one season.

His resume is filled with TV movies and direct-to-video flicks along with a three-year run on the CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful. He’s also dabbled in reality TV as a judge on Are You Hot? The Search for America’s Sexiest People, competed on the show Gone Country, and appeared with his family on the show Leave it to Lamas.

He started off in showbiz as Hollywood royalty being the son of Fernando Lamas and Arlene Dahland the stepson of Esther Williams. Lorenzo has been busy with a family of his own. He has six children and has been divorced five times!



RuPaul reflects on his three-decade career in CBS interview: “My passion is being creative”


Throughout his nearly three-decade career, RuPaul Charles has left his mark on culture in music, movies and reality television. RuPaul earned his sixth Emmy Award in September for RuPaul’s Drag Race. His new Netflix show AJ and the Queen, premiered on Friday. Vladimir Duthiers spoke to RuPaul for CBS This Morning about doing “it all” and how his childhood impacted his career.

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SAG Awards: Exes Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston steal the show with wins and backstage reunion

There’s always something so classy about the Screen Actors Guild Awards with the focus on the acting profession and the union.

But there’s always plenty of star power and this year the stars who burned brightest were the most famous of exes Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. Pitt won, as expected, for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood while Aniston won, somewhat unexpected, for The Morning Show.

“Let’s be honest, it was a difficult part — a guy who gets high, takes his shirt off and doesn’t get on with his wife. It was a big stretch,” Pitt joked during his speech. The camera immediately turned to his first wife, Aniston, who smiled and applauded.

Both are now single after divorces from Angelina Jolie and Justin Theroux, respectively.

The main movie categories were predictable except for the top prize which went to the cast of Parasite.

Here’s the full list of winners:

MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Parasite

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Renee Zellweger, Judy

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Laura Dern, Marriage Story

TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
The Crown

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon




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