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News Round-Up: Barry Manilow; Pete Buttigieg; Doris Day & Rock Hudson; Miley Cyrus; Eurovision

Barry Manilow: Coming Out Sooner ‘Would Have Killed My Career’ Advocate

Doris Day, Rock Hudson, and the Queering of the Romantic Comedy NewNowNext

Mayor Pete Buttigieg launches #PrideForPete store just in time for Stonewall 50 Queerty

Black Mirror season 5 trailer revealed: See Miley Cyrus in Netflix role

Eurovision Song Contest Viewers Swoon for Gay ‘Kiss Cam’ Moments Towleroad

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Wednesday Morning Man: Andy Brennan!

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.

The 26 year old writes in part on the website Professional Footballers Australia:

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.

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Jazz Jennings is going to Harvard!

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.

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#Harvard2023 — I am so stoked for this next chapter of my life! Feeling so blessed and grateful right now Thank you so much to my incredible family for your unconditional love and support; none of this would be possible without all of you. I can't wait for what's to come!

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A look behind Lady Gaga’s Met Gala looks

Through teamwork, planning, and an intrinsic understanding of camp, Lady Gaga gave the Met Gala its defining moment.

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Tuesday Round-Up: Richard Madden; Doris Day; Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom; Tiffany Haddish

Richard Madden loves the “rawness” of gay sex scenes, says “It’s electric! It’s exciting!” Queerty

Doris Day helped America look at AIDS with empathy and love for Rock Hudson Los Angeles Times

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom to ‘co-host’ Pete Buttigeig event Gay Star News

Trump Blasted by HRC, GLAAD After White House Official Says LGBTQ ‘Equality Act’ is ‘Filled With Poison Pills’ Towleroad

WATCH: Tiffany Haddish Joins Jonathan Van Ness for Gay of Thrones: ‘Did That Queen Lose Her Damn Mind or What?’ Towleroad

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Vicki Lawrence pays tribute to Tim Conway

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Hysterical, crazy, bold, fearless, humble, kind, adorable…all synonyms for Tim Conway. I am so lucky to ever have shared a stage with him. Harvey and Tim are together again. The angels are laughing out loud tonight. #rip Tim

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Tuesday Morning Man: Cameron Norrie!

Sorry for the lateness of your Morning Man!

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.

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Australian soccer star Andy Brennan comes out publicly as a gay man: “It’s taken me years to get comfortable”

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It’s taken me years to get comfortable saying this – I’m gay. I was scared it would affect my friendships, my teammates, and my family. But the support of the people around me has been so great and helped me get to the final step; being completely open. Being open is the best way for me to feel most comfortable and be myself. So… carry on! #owlyagoing

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It’s been tough to talk about this, but I couldn’t be happier with how people have reacted to the news. I always wanted it to be on my terms and in my words and I can’t thank everyone enough for the support. If you have a min, please give a listen and check out the PFA Players Voice. Link in bio!

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Late Night Video: Mayor Pete Buttigieg pays a visit to Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show”

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.

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Frank DeCaro is bartender on “Watch What Happens Live” – gets terrific shout out for his new book!

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!”

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See 2008 profile of the elusive Doris Day that aired on “CBS Sunday Morning” in 2008

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Celeb Instagram: Doris Day Edition

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When I was a kid, my mom showed me Pillow Talk starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson. It was immediately one of my favorite movies and I completely fell in love with both of them. Since then, I’ve always admired Doris Day’s talent and her activism. Rest In Peace, Ms. Day.

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whatever will be will be … #ripDORISDAY

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When I was 6 years old, my Mum agreed to buy me a record in exchange for having my tooth pulled at the dentist in Northwood Hills. I chose Doris Day’s recording of Secret Love/The Deadwood Stage. I loved her music, and I still do today. Farewell to a Hollywood legend. #DorisDay #RIP

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#RIP #DorisDay one of the truly great musical stars we’ve ever had

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Monday Round-Up: “90210″ photo shoot; “Empire” will have one more season; Jerrod Carmichael; Doris Day

The Peach Pit Crew Reunites For ‘BH90210’ Promo Homorazzi

FOX’s ‘Empire’ is Ending After Next Season, and Still Has No Plans to Bring Back Jussie Smollett Towleroad

Did comedian Jerrod Carmichael just came out in his new HBO special? Queerty

12 of Doris Day’s Campiest Films Advocate

Why Doris Day should be remembered as a gay icon Pink News

Adam Rippon shares adorable throwback photos to his childhood Gay Star News

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Tribute: A trio of songs sung by Doris Day

Doris Day sure could sing. She died today at the age of 97 but her recordings and her movies and TV show will like on forever. Here are a trio of her musical performances.

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Screen legend Doris Day has died at 97

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.


Flashback Video: When Bea Arthur was Carrie Bradshaw in a parody of “Sex and the City”

The late, great Bea Arthur was born 97 years ago today.

A Tony winner (Mame) and two-time Emmy winner (Maude, The Golden Girls), Miss Arthur was a television and Broadway star whose characters of Maude, Dorothy and Vera live on forever.

One character she is not as well known for was that of Carrie Bradshaw who she memorably portrayed in a TV Land parody.

The other members of the SATC quartet were played by Sally Struthers, Katherine Helmond and Charlotte Rae.

This is a lot of fun and something I thought you all would enjoy!

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Monday Morning Man: Tom Ellis!

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.

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Celeb Instagram: More Mother’s Day pics!

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Happy Mothers Day Mom!!!!

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My wonderful son Jason.

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“Cuz Mom you always were…the perfect fan.” – @backstreetboys . April 18, 2004 in LA the day before the Mean Girls premier I took my mom to Santa Monica to see where I was folding sweaters at Abercrombie & Fitch when I booked the movie. I took her to the premiere as my date, because with out her, I would not have gotten where I was. She believed in me 10000% of the time. Every play in high school, she was there to back me up. When I decided to quit college to move to NYC and try acting, she said YES I believe in you. I wish you were here now mom to see all the amazing things going on in my life now. Let’s this be a teachable moment to everyone. Life is short, don’t leave anything unsaid or unfinished with the people you love. Reach out make the call… #happymothersday

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Throwback pic. I love you, Mom. #mothersday

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Celeb Instagram: Mother’s Day Edition!

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Here’s to the women who gave us life. Just grateful. #mymother #happymothersday #cherished #loveyourmother #familyhug #lucilleball #luciearnaz #motherslove

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On a more serious note, this lady, @irisdce, my mama is the reason I am who I am today and the only reason I enjoy whatever success I enjoy. She had me when she was 19 years old! As a child, I hounded her about the fact that I wanted to be an artist – a singer, a dancer and actor. She didn’t laugh at me. She didn’t dissuade me. She found a way to make my dreams come true. We found a commercial acting class and she charged her credit cards, drove me an hour and a half away, sat in the car and busied herself on weekend days and then drove me home and did it every week for months. She wasn’t a stage mom. She was just a mom who supported her child in every way possible. She has cheered me in every way you can imagine and now that I’m seeing some fruits of that success I have the great fortune of sharing it with her and my family. I am forever indebted to this woman and her selflessness and determination. Thank you mom, for this and for EVERY SINGLE THING; for life, for breath, for LOVE. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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20 years and look how we’re holding up. Happy mother’s day to boss lady @realmiafarrow.

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‪I would call my mother, “The Saint.” Betty Moffitt was the backbone of our family, and supported Randy and me in immeasurable ways. Moms are the unsung heroes of their families. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. #happymothersday #mothersday #moms #missyou ‬

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Morning Man Classic: Bruce Boxleitner!

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.

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