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Shane Bitney Crone wishes boyfriend Rayvon Owen happy birthday: ‘I can’t imagine life without you’

Happy Birthday to this guy! So grateful you were born @RayvonOwen–I can't imagine life without you.

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Dory vs. Donald: DeGeneres calls Trump ‘a bully’

Ellen DeGeneres isn’t banning Donald Trump from her daytime talk show even if she considers him to be a ‘bully.’

‘Sure, I’d have him on the show,’ she tells ABC News while promoting her blockbuster animated film Finding Dory.

‘I don’t think he’d do the show but I would have him on.’

Asked what Trump represents to her DeGeneres was calm but did not mince words: ‘He’s a bully. He represents a bully.

‘He can deny that but I think anybody that looks up the definition of a bully (will see that). He says, “Oh, I just attack back. If someone attacks me I’m gonna attack back.”‘

DeGeneres has recently welcomed Hillary Clinton onto the show and President Barack Obama several times but she insists her opinion of Trump is not based on partisan politics.

‘I’m not saying anything about Republicans – I’m not anti-Republican, I’m not anti anything. I’m pro human being. I just don’t like bullies.’

Back in 2008 DeGeneres welcomed then-Republican presidential nominee John McCain as a guest on her show and gently confronted him on gay marriage.

But 2012 Republican hopeful Mitt Romney never appeared and DeGeneres had said publicly she thought it would be ‘very scary’ if Romney were to win.

Both men lost to Obama.

Trump is now the presumptive Republican nominee expected to face off against Clinton in November.

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See Greg Louganis do a syncro dive!

Four-time gold medalist Greg Louganis wasn’t at the Olympic Trials in Indianapolis over the weekend to compete but he ended up doing some diving anyway.

He joined 2000 Olympic gold medalist Laura Wilkinson for something he had never done in competition: a synchro dive.

‘Oh God, I think I’m in trouble,’ he said, laughing, after agreeing to do the dive with Wilkinson who had just interviewed him for NBC Sports.

But never one to back away from a challenge, Louganis put on a pair of yellow Speedos and Wilkinson a red bathing suit and they headed to the platform where they performed a dive in tandem.

Commentators pronounced the dive ‘impeccable.’

Now 56, Louganis has been involved again in USA Diving in recent years as a mentor to young divers.

He’s got an unmatched record of four gold medals and one silver medal over three different Olympics and is widely considered to be the greatest male diver of all time.

Still in terrific shape, Louganis has posed nude for the current ESPN Magazine ‘Body Issue’ and boxes of Wheaties cereal featuring a younger Louganis are also in stores.

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Celeb Instagram: A ‘Looking’ reunion!

#Repost @whatsupdanny with @repostapp ・・・ This fine fine humans. @lookinghbo @castrotheatre @framelinefest @hbo

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As @russelltovey would say, LEGENDS… #russelltovey #jonathangroff #teamkevin #teamrichie #lookinghbo #frameline40 #escapularios (@tanyasaracho check out the escapulario action)

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Great that @russelltovey was there at the premiere to talk flying in for one quick day to shoot all his scenes. @lookinghbo

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Catching up with ‘Go Go Boy Interrupted’

Here are the most recent two episodes of Go Go Boy Interrupted. A new one should be out tomorrow. I’m posting because I have featured the previous ones even if post-Orlando these characters are even more annoying to me. But Drew Droege has a funny moment and I can never get tired of looking at Nick Adams.

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AbFab team Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders confess they had really awkward chemistry at first

It’s hard to believe but all those years ago – 1990 to be exact – when Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders first read the pilot script together for Absolutely Fabulous, they did not immediately click. With the new AbFab movie coming out next month, they talk about how it all began on The Graham Norton Show.

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Van Hansis shares post-Orlando thoughts: ‘You’ve got to stay angry, and you’ve got to stay vigilant’

Four-time Emmy nominee Van Hansis (The Eastsiders, As the World Turns) and his partner, actor Tyler Hanes (one of the stars of the Broadway revival of Cats) have done a joint interview for Playbill and I was struck by what Van said when asked what the couple’s plans were for NYC Pride this year which comes two weeks after the massacre inside of a gay nightclub in Orlando. ‘I think it’s really important to stay out there and keep fighting and to not let something like this terrible tragedy stop the celebration and the ownership of how far we’ve all come,’ he says. ‘It’s very telling that even though gay marriage passed across the country and things have changed so much for the positive, there’s still this underlying homophobia. You’ve got to stay angry, and you’ve got to stay vigilant. You have to ask for more than just moments of silence and prayers at times like this.’

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Hillary Clinton walked in NYC Pride parade today

Presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton marched in today’s New York City Pride parade with Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the Reverend Al Sharpton.

‘Happy #NYCPride,’ the former secretary of state tweeted.

The former US senator from New York and former Secretary of State was not listed as one of the political figures scheduled to attend.

Also on Twitter today, Clinton hailed the year-old Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states writing: ‘One year ago, love triumphed in our highest court. Yet LGBT Americans still face too many barriers. Let’s keep marching until they don’t.’

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One of Hillary Clinton’s favorite maps!

One year later (still one of our favorite maps).

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Celeb Instagram: Ladies man Cheyenne Jackson, Adam Lambert plays, Steve Grand waves with Pride

Happy to be with my AHS family supporting our beloved Kathy for today's California Walk to Fight Lymphedema. #LymphWalk

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Final Queen tour stop in Padua, Italy.

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Orange County, Ca Pride! About to go on stage at the Yost theatre. #ocpride2016 #ocpride Shows coming up… ProvinceTown July 6,7,8 at Art House Tickets at bandsintown.com/SteveGrand

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Happy 46th birthday to Sean Hayes!

It’s been a long time since he’s been ‘Just Jack!’

Ten years to be exact.

But Sean Hayes, who turns 46 today, has kept plenty busy since the days of Will & Grace.

He’s currently starring on Broadway in An Act of God and had previously triumphed there in Promises, Promises for which he earned a Tony nomination.

Sean is a successful and prolific television producer of such hits shows as Hot In Cleveland, Gimm, and Hollywood Game Night.

But attempts at sitcom success have so far been elusive with Sean Saves the World lasting just one season as did his stint on The Millers.

Still, when you are as talented and creative as Sean you just move on to what’s next or you create an opportunity for yourself.

Below are some of the terrific YouTube videos Sean and husband Scott Icenogle have done.

Enjoy!

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President Obama’s weekly address focuses on LGBT progress and Stonewall National Monument

President Barack Obama’s weekly address focuses on the LGBT equal tights movement and the designation of the Stonewall National Monument.

Below is the full video but here is an excerpt:

Over the past seven years, we’ve seen achievements that would have been unimaginable to the folks who, knowingly or not, started the modern LGBT movement at Stonewall. Today, all Americans are protected by a hate crimes law that includes sexual orientation and gender identity. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is history. Insurance companies can no longer turn you away because of who you are. Transgender Americans are more visible than ever, helping to make our nation more inclusive and welcoming for all. And one year ago this weekend, we lit the White House in every color – because in every state in America, you’re now free to marry the person you love.

There’s still work to do. As we saw two weeks ago in Orlando, the LGBT community still faces real discrimination, real violence, real hate. So we can’t rest. We’ve got to keep pushing for equality and acceptance and tolerance.

But the arc of our history is clear – it’s an arc of progress. And a lot of that progress can be traced back to Stonewall.

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An injured LA Galaxy star Robbie Rogers has more time to spend with Caleb Gene Berlanti

My pal Jim Halterman has interviewed Robbie Rogers for OUT Magazine. Robbie has had knee surgery which will keep him out of action for a few months. But the bright spot is getting to spend more time with boyfriend Greg Berlanti whose son Caleb Gene was born earlier this year.

‘It’s just really such a gift and he brings so much to our lives,’ Robbie says. ‘You hear that things change and you have to give up this and that, but I don’t feel like I’m giving up anything. I feel like I’m learning so much from him, like spending Sundays and family days and doing stuff with just the three of us has been so amazing. He’s been teaching us lessons and we’re excited since every week it’s something new. It’s really just one of the most amazing things for a couple or a person to go through. I feel really blessed and lucky, and the surgery gives me more time to spend with him.’

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Snapped! Dustin Lance Black gets a smooch from Guy Pearce on set of ‘When We Rise’

Having a terrible time accepting that this beautiful experience has come to a close. Missing the extraordinary @TheGuyPearce & our entire #WhenWeRise family.

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Obama on Stonewall National Monument: ‘I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country’

President Barack Obama announced that that the Stonewall Inn – the birthplace of the modern LGBTI rights movement – has been declared a national monument.

The announcement comes just days before the first anniversary of the US Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

‘I’m designating the Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to America’s national parks system,’ Obama said in a video.

‘Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights. I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country – the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us. That we are stronger together. That out of many, we are one.’

The White House states that new Stonewall National Monument will permanently protect Christopher Park, a historic community park at the intersection of Christopher Street, West 4th Street and Grove Street directly across from the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.

The monument’s boundary encompasses approximately 7.7 acres of land, including Christopher Park, the Stonewall Inn, and the surrounding streets and sidewalks that were the site of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising.

The announcement brought widespread praise from lawmakers and LGBT leaders.

‘Stonewall is finally taking its rightful place in American history, and I am proud to have championed this effort,’ said Congressman Jerrold Nadler.

‘President Obama’s designation of the Stonewall National Monument recognizes that the events of Stonewall launched the modern LGBT civil rights movement here and around the world —like Selma did for racial justice and Seneca Falls did for women’s rights. We are faced with painful reminders daily of how much further we must go to achieve true equality and tolerance for the LGBT community, but honoring and preserving the stories of all of the diverse participants in Stonewall in our National Park System is a clear symbol of how far we have come.’

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Kelly McGillis on terrifying home invasion: ‘I’m still a bit shook up and struggling with some residual fear’

Kelly McGillis is sharing the details of a terrifying recent home invasion that left her injured and resulted in her getting a permit to carry a gun.

‘I’m still a bit shook up and struggling with some residual fear,’ McGillis wrote in one of several Facebook posts.

Best known for her leading roles in the films The Accused, Top Gun and Witness, McGillis posted a photo of herself on Facebook with an oxygen tube which she said is due to her high anxiety levels.

McGillis had left her mountain home in North Carolina without setting her alarm.

A woman, accompanied by a young daughter, broke in through a garage window and threw dog food all over the kitchen floor to distract her three dogs.

When McGillis arrived back home, she discovered the intruders.

The actress writes: ‘… A woman came barreling down the hallway and began yelling at me. I asked her who she is and why she was in my house and she said “You know why you’ve been stalking me in Twitter.” Not true.

‘At that moment I got worried that there may be someone else in the house with house with her. We have quite a few guns and lots of ammo and that’s when I started to panic. Thinking that if they have one of them I could be shot. I ran out the front door and called 911.’

The intuder ran out after McGillis and began punching and scratching her while trying to grab the phone out of her hand.

‘I began screaming as loud as I could hoping someone somewhere might hear me. I still had my car keys in my hand so I set off the car alarm. That distracted her enough to throw the cell and try to deal with the keys. More fighting ensued. I got the cell phone back and dialed 911 again. More fighting. And she once again had the cell phone.’

McGillis was finally able to break away, get in the truck and drive off in search of a neighbor to call 911.

‘There was no one around since it was Friday night, so I chased someone in a car, kept flashing my lights and honking the horn. They finally pulled over and she made the 911 call for me. A truly good Samaritan. Dispatch told me to wait there for there for someone to arrive.’

The intruder was caught by police.

‘I’m alright. Scratched and bruised,’ McGillis writes. ‘I feel very thankful it turned out well. But who I feel heartache for is the little girl that was with her. Mental illness takes many hostages. I don’t know her name…but I would like to asked that you pray for her and her mother.’

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See Jim Parsons on Tonight Show w/Jimmy Fallon

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RuPaul pays a visit to ‘The Late Show’ and we see what Stephen Colbert looks like in drag – not bad!

Love this appearance by RuPaul on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Colbert asks Ru if it is okay to call him a drag queen and I love his answer: ‘You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee – I don’t care!’ Then he added: ‘You said drag queen.I am not just a drag queen. I am THE drag queen. Number one! It’s true!’ Colbert then said: ‘Thank you for being here your Majesty.’ Colbert then asked RuPaul to share his coming out story with the audience since it is Gay Pride weekend in NYC. Apparently he doesn’t have one:L ‘I never had to come out – I was never in. There was no way for me to be in. I was always just Ru.’ Then the highlight: Colbert shows a photo of when he transformed into a drag queen named Raven. He actually looked pretty good – a very, very nice booty!

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Check out the ‘Old Dogs & New Tricks’ special: ‘Where Were YOU When the Rights Went ON?’

Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of nationwide marriage equality.

Where were you when the Supreme Court decision came down?

Long-running gay digital series Old Dogs & New Tricks returns with a 26-minute “mini-movie special” celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court marriage-equality ruling.

On the morning of Friday, June 26, 2015, the boys are surprised by President Obama’s announcement of the ruling–but the surprises are just beginning!

Starring Leon Acord, Curt Bonnem, Jeffrey Patrick Olson and David Pevsner with Amanda Gari, Parnell Damone Marcano, Brian Nolan, Jeremy Bright. Special Guest Stars Rutanya Alda, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Bruce L. Hart, J. Teddy Garces Special Flashback Appearances by Thom Bierdz, Greg Louganis, Dan Oliverio & Dexter Mayfield

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Olympian Gus Kenworthy reflects on ‘remarkable’ but ‘emotionally draining’ week in Africa

Just getting back from a truly remarkable week in Africa. As I mentioned before I left, the upcoming Olympic Games will be featuring a team made up entirely of refugees. Because of that, the Olympics brought me on as an athlete host for a documentary series that journeys into various camps and talks to refugees about their daily lives, their pasts and how sport helps them to find relief from their current situations. Although it ended up being a much more emotionally draining experience than I anticipated, I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to meet so many amazing, kind, inspiring people and to hear their stories. While I was in the Nakivale refugee camp in Uganda I got to play with the kids and partake in various sports with the refugees. The one resounding thing I heard them say, was that playing sports is their saving grace. They spoke of how free they felt when they were engaged in whichever sport was their sport and how they could channel their pain and frustration into their performance and use it to push themselves further. I can't wait to watch, and root for, the refugee team (in addition to the US team) at the upcoming games in Rio.

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