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Snapped! Gay news stars Gio Benitez and Sam Champion step out with their husbands

Honored to join our great friends @samchampion and @rubemrobierbart last night as Sam received the @skincancerorg’s Champions For Change Award. The life-saving message from every doctor there: wear sunscreen every day. @startraksphoto

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Wednesday Morning Man: Ronan Farrow!

Ronan Farrow’s detailed investigative report into the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct allegations has drawn worldwide attention in recent weeks. The 29-year-old was a boy-genius who graduated from Yale Law School at the age of 21, won a Rhodes scholarship, served as a diplomat for the Obama administration, and for a time hosted a weekday show for MSNBC. He is currently a free agent with several networks reportedly courting him post-Weinstein scoop. Ronan is the son of Mia Farrow. His father is officially Woody Allen but he’s a ringer for his mom’s first ex-husband Frank Sinatra. It’s been reported hat he is gay but it’s not something he has talked about publicly. Hopefully he will someday soon.

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Movie icon Montgomery Clift was born 97 years ago today – An Appreciation

So beautiful, so talented, so gay.

Movie icon Montgomery Clift, whose movie credits included From Here to Eternity, The Heiress, Judgement at Nuremberg and A Place in the Sun, was born 97 years ago today.

The four-time Academy Award nominee was close friends with Elizabeth Taylor with whom he starred in A Place in the Sun with and also in Raintree County and Suddenly Last Summer.

His beautiful face was badly damaged during the filming of Raintree when he crashed his car on a canyon road in Los Angeles while leaving a dinner party at Taylor’s home.

His looks deteriorated after years of alcohol and prescription drug abuse to deal with the pain from the accident and he also struggled with the fact that he was gay.

Clift died in 1966 when he was just 45 years old. The official cause of death was occlusive coronary arteriosclerosis with pulmonary edema.

You wonder how life might have been for him had he been born 50 years later.

He left us far too young but he lives on forever in his movies.

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WATCH: Andy Cohen gushes about his dog

We are in love! #WWHL

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Morning Round-Up: Cher & Meryl Streep reunite; Patti LuPone needs new hip; Trump’s anti-gay ‘joke’

Cher And Meryl Streep Are Reuniting For “Mamma Mia 2” NewNowNext

War Paint Will Close Earlier Than Expected; Patti LuPone to Undergo Surgery Broadway.com

Still Think He’s an Ally? Trump Joked About Gays Being Hanged From Nooses Advocate

Celebs, Rights Groups Appalled By Trump’s Reported Quip That Pence Wants To Hang Gays HuffPost

Chechnya ‘Gay Purge’ Victim Comes Forward with Horrific Tale of Beating in Bloody Cellar Towleroad

California has legally recognized non-binary people for the first time Pink News

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WATCH: In preview of this week’s episode of ‘Will & Grace,’ Jack demonstrates the pajama party position

Over the party over the weekend attended by mostly gay men, one of the guests said he doesn’t think Will & Grace should’ve come back. Well, I totally disagree! Love having them back. Love it, love it, love it. Above is a funny scene from this week’s episode where Jack (Sean Hayes) demonstrates the pajama party position. Then below, there’s a scene in which Jack gets a very big surprise. Enjoy!

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Ellen debuts ‘Oh Straight People!’ segment

Despite an anti-LGBT administration in The White House right now, I’m glad I live in a country where a lesbian talk show host can have a segment like this. Love Ellen DeGeneres who every day she in on the air makes the world a better place.

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Tuesday Morning Man: Manish Dayal!

If you have not yet seen The Hundred-Foot Journey, I highly suggest you do.

It’s a beautiful film that was one of my my favorites in all of 2014 and the biggest reason why was the very soulful and utterly appealing leading man Manish Dayal.

The young actor held his own as a brilliant young chef opposite the great Helen Mirren. This may be a surprise if you only know him from his recurring roles on TV’s 90210, Rubicon and Outsourced.

His other recent film clips include Viceroy’s House, I’m Obsessed with You (But You’ve Got to Leave Me Alone), The Domino Effect, The Whirling Dervish, and White Frog.

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Shane Bitney Crone visits Tom Bridegroom’s grave in Indiana: “I would give anything to give him one more hug”


Thanks to Shane Bitney Crone for sharing his experience with us. I’m always so deeply moved by him. Here is a LINK to an interview I did with Shane back in 2013 for Gay Star News.

The rain was heavy and the wind was strong as I drove through Indiana yesterday. While on my way to the next stop on my fall college speaking tour, I decided to take a detour and visit Winamac Cemetery, where Tom is buried. ———————————————————- Every time a car drove by me while I stood at his grave, I held my breath, worried that it was someone from Tom's family: the family from whom I've been estranged since his death; the family who threatened me with violence if I dared to show up for Tom's funeral. I got angry at every car driving by, projecting my fear and resentment of some of his family onto the unassuming inhabitants. I felt like I was being robbed of my time with Tom, which made me more upset. ———————————————————- It took a long time for me to accept that Tom's body would forever rest in the ground, in a place from which he had felt completely disconnected during the years before his death. But I've finally come to terms with the fact that where his physical remains lie is of no consequence. I know that my connection with him—his spirt and soul—can't be buried, and the memories we shared travel with me wherever I am, transcending time, space, and six feet of dirt. Sometimes I am overwhelmed by my desire to see him again, even just one more time. I would give anything to give him one more hug, to have one more conversation, to share one more laugh. I know it's impossible, but I'll never stop wishing he was still here, for my sake and the world's. Fortunately I know that in a way, he will always be here, making the world a better place, through everyone he ever met and/or inspired. ———————————————————- Tom's grave serves as a potent reminder that life is fragile and tomorrow is never promised. I hope that by sharing this photo and these thoughts with you, you'll be reminded to tell those who are special to you that you love them. Kiss your loved ones. Hug them. Cherish every moment. You can never show too much love to the people who matter because one day, you may not have the chance.

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Celeb Instagram: Boy George! Matthew Wilkas! Melissa Etheridge! Billy Eichner! Russell Tovey!

Press day for Australia and Israel. Love this new hat! Love @christinebatemanmakeup brush work! #millionairelifestyle

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Another pic from the wildly talented @briankaminski

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What a thrill…thank you @chiefs! Watch the full vid at the link in my bio #NationalAnthem #chiefs #chiefskingdom

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Thanks to @menshealthmag for the feature in the new issue! Link in profile! On newsstands now!

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Never been so excited in a bathroom #keithharing @lgbtcenternyc #incredible #1986

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Days of Our Lives: Will Horton hangs out with his father at the cemetery – Sonny wonders if he’s still alive

Okay, it’s happening.

I’m becoming addicted to Days of Our Lives again as the Will-Sonny-Paul storyline heats up.

I’m eager to see the gifted Chandler Massey in more than flashbacks and in scenes where he’s a ghost but you know what? I’ll take it for now.

Massey’s return as Will Horton coming at around the same time as the return of Will & Grace makes it a very nice little situation when you thought these things were gone forever.

Enjoy the latest scenes.

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WATCH: Olympic legend Greg Louganis reads a heartfelt letter to his 16-year-old self

Former Olympic diver Greg Louganis, who bravely came out publicly as gay and HIV-positive in the mid-'90s, reads a heartfelt letter to his 16-year-old self at the @virginholidays #AttitudeAwards powered by @jaguar #attitude #awards #lgbt #lgbtpride #sport #diving #olympics #athlete #comingout #hiv #gay #instagay #hero

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Happy 92nd birthday to Angela Lansbury!


We are so amazed at the longevity at Cher, 71 and Barbra Streisand, 75.

Well, they are just kids compared to amazing Angela Lansbury.

Miss Lansbury, the winner of a record-tying five Tony Awards, has had an A-list career that has spanned seven decades. She turns 92 today and is still going strong.

She was signed on at MGM way back in 1942 and soon after earned Oscar nominations for Gaslight (1944) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945). Her third Oscar nod came for 1962′s The Manchurian Candidate. IN 2014, she received an Honorary Oscar for her career in films which also includes National Velvet, The Harvey Girls, State of the Union, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Death on the Nile and The Mirror Crack’d.

She would later go on to star for 12 seasons as Jessica Fletcher on CBS’s Murder She Wrote and be nominated for a total of 18 Emmy Awards for that and other television work. Where is her Lifetime Achievement Emmy television academy? It’s certainly deserved.

While Lansbury never won a competitive Oscar or the Emmy, she was showered with Tonys winning for her Broadway roles in Gypsy, Mame, Dear World, Sweeney Todd and Blythe Spirit. She was also nominated in recent years for the play Deuce and the musical A Little Night Music.

In 2012, Miss Lansbury starred in the Broadway revival of the Gore Vidal play The Best Man and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. In 2014, she starred with James Earl Jones in an Australian tour of Driving Miss Daisy and more recently appeared in a national tour of Blithe Spirit.

She is one for the ages.

Below is a wonderful interview she did a few years ago with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, four of her five Tony wins, the American Theatre Wing Gala honoring Lansbury, and the Kennedy Center Honors.

Enjoy.


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Snapped! Sam Smith in red high heels!

Ride or Die

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Morning Round-Up: Dolly Parton; Matthew Wilkas & Jenn Harris; Shep Smith; Pink; Wilson Cruz & Anthony Rapp

Dolly Parton Backs Marriage Equality in Australia: ‘Love Is Love’ Advocate

“Gayby” Duo Matthew Wilkas And Jenn Harris Reunite In “New York Is Dead” NewNowNext

Shep Smith Calls Trump Out For Speech At ‘Hate Group’ Value Voters Summit Towleroad

Pink Opens Up About Her Sexuality: ‘I Never Say Never’ HuffPost

Lambda Legal Blasts Jeff Sessions ‘Publicity Stunt’ in Iowa Transgender Hate Crime Case: ‘The Height of Cynicism’ Towleroad

Anthony Rapp And Wilson Cruz Wore Cute Matching Starfleet Pajamas On “Star Trek: Discovery” NewNextNow

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Monday Morning Man: Alex Smith!

Was getting through a three-mile cardio workout at the gym yesterday when this gorgeous guy came on the TV screen. He’s 33-year-old Alex Smith, the quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs. He joined the team in 2013 after seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. In researching Jones, here’s what impresses me the most about him: In 2007, Smith started The Alex Smith Foundation and the Alex Smith Guardian Scholars Program, which helps send foster teens to college. He started the program with $500,000, and continues to personally fund the majority of the charity with his own money. The Boston Globe held up Smith’s foundation as a model charity that properly allocated its funding, noting that it “raised $839,244 between 2008 and 2010 and spent 91 percent of the funds on scholarships and grants”.

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Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal for 5th straight time – wins Shanghai Masters tourney and 94th career title

Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal in straight sets earlier today to win the Shanghai Masters title.

This makes me very happy!
The victory is the sixth title of the year for Federer and 94th of his career which ties him for second on the all-time list behind only Jimmy Connors‘ 109. It was Fed’s a 15th career victory over Rafa and fourth this year. “I played a great match today with hardly any mistakes,” said Federer, who has now secured five consecutive victories against Nadal for the first time in their long-standing rivalry. “It was very clear for me how I had to play and I was able to do it for the one hour and 12 minutes that I was out there.

“I started perfectly and kept the pressure on before creating more opportunities on the return, stayed on the offensive, and then also pull back at the right times to make sure Rafa could make some errors on his own and that is exactly what happened.”

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Celeb Instagram: Pietro Boselli & Nyle DiMarco! Gio Benitez! Trevor Donovan! Colton Haynes!

IN LONDON with @pietroboselli!! Great meeting you! And… Keep an eye out for a collab video! Hint: he's pretty good in Sign language

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@nyledimarco is in London so I took him sightseeing: Around the gym of course Great meeting you buddy, you're great carry on the way you are.

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“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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If someone paid you 1 million dollars to tattoo a song title on your arm, what song would you choose? #picoftheday #music

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Beau hates when I sing & ive been torturing him all day lol #ProudFather

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Showtune Sunday: All About Diahann Carroll!

Just by chance, I went down a YouTube wormhole the other day that resulted in my watching the 1982 movie Sister, Sister in its entirety. Superb. It starred the late Rosalind Cash, Irene Cara and the great Diahann Carroll. This led to some kind of biography of Miss Carroll, now 82, and it gave me a real appreciation of her amazing career.

She’s a showbiz legend who In 1962 won the Tony Award for best actress (a first for a black woman) for the role of Barbara Woodruff in the musical No Strings and she was the first black woman to star in her own network sitcom playing a nurse and single mom in Julia. In 1974, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for Claudine and later played jet-setter Dominique Deveraux on Dynasty.

Miss Carroll has scores of other movie (Carmen Jones, Porgy and Bess), television (A Different World, White Collar) and stage (Sunset Boulevard, Agnes of God) credits and as you can see in these clips, held her own singing with fellow showbiz legends like Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra.



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Morning Man Classic: Allan Kayser!

The year after I graduated from college, I had a job at a magazine in San Diego. I wasn’t yet out and I missed my college friends. My family was two hours away in Orange County. I’d get home from work with some kind of takeout and watch back-to-back episodes of Mama’s Family which aired every weekday around dinnertime. Looking back, it was kind of a depressing, dreadful time.

But there was a bright spot: Bubba Higgins.

Allan Kayser played the heartthrob grandson on Mama’s Family and his signature look was extremely tight-fitting jeans. I not only had a crush on Kayser but loved the character who evolved from frisky, hyperactive, and eccentric teen into a calm, mature, and commonsensical young man. It was he who brought out his grumpy grandma’s softer side.

Kayer, now 53, has aged well and continued to act. His film roles include Shimmer, All Roads Lead Home, Next Caller, House of Forbidden Secrets, and House of the Witch Doctor.