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WATCH: Laverne Cox has on-screen kiss on ‘Doubt’

This reaction from @wizi_ruiz to Cameron and Peter's first "intentional" kiss just gave me my whole entire life. In case you missed it things are heating up on @doubtcbs . Check out the link in my bio to get caught up. #Doubt @Regrann from @wizi_ruiz.11.02 – @lavernecox my mom thought i saw a rat or something when i screeched but mainly ive been shookkk yaass momma get that man #doubt #lavernecox @doubtcbs – #regrann

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Morning Round-Up: Teen Wolf’s Ryan Kelley gets naked; Andrew Garfield speaks out; Affleck on gay kiss

Teen Wolf Actor Ryan Kelley Lights up Instagram with Naked Boat Pic Towleroad

Andrew Garfield Responds To Backlash Over Gay Comments HuffPost

Actor Brian Michael comes out as transgender Washington Blade

Florist Who Refused to Serve Gay Wedding Appeals to U.S. Supreme Court Advocate

Texas Tech Coach Kliff Kingsbury applauds Kansas State player coming out as gay Outsports

Ben Affleck felt like ‘serious actor’ after kissing a man in 1997′s Chasing Amy movie Gay Star News

Last Night: Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert further ridicule Donald Trump Jr. scandal:

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Tuesday Morning Man: Michiel Huisman!

The very handsome dutch actor and musician Michiel Huisman turns 36 today.

I first became smitten with him last year when he was one of the stars of the superb thriller The Invitation. He acts in both Dutch and English-language TV series and films.

Michiel’s roles include Ellis Jones in the fantasy romance film The Age of Adaline, Sonny on the television series Treme and Daario Naharis on Game of Thrones.

He also had recurring roles on television as Liam McGuinnis on Nashville and as Cal Morrison on Orphan Black.

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Happy Birthday to showbiz royalty Lucie Arnaz!

When I was a kid, I watched Lucie Arnaz co-star with her mother on Here’s Lucy every Monday then usually fall asleep during The Doris Day Show which aired after.

There was no way I’d fall asleep during the antics of Kim Carter, her uncle Harry (Gale Gordon), her brother Craig (Desi Arnaz Jr.) and her mom, Lucy Carter, who, of course, was played by the legendary Lucille Ball.

This was a clear case of nepotism being warranted because her six seasons on the sitcom launched Lucie’s career that has included Broadway (They’re Playing Our Song), the London stage (Witches of Eastwick), movies (The Jazz Singer) and her own television sitcom (The Lucie Arnaz Show).

Like her mom, Lucie is widely known to be a total professional and in addition to her own performing career, she has maintained the legacy of her parents classic TV show I Love Lucy.

Here are some clips of Lucie performing and I hope she is having a wonderful birthday.

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My interview with Lesley Ann Warren about her role as Miss Scarlet in the cult classic ‘Clue’

Nearly three weeks ago, I ended my 5.5 year run as US correspondent for Gay Star News.

A day later I began my new job as Communications Manager for the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

It’s a thrill and an honor to be a part of a world class organization that does so much for so many.

Part of my job is writing for the Center’s Vanguard Blog.

Here is a LINK to an interview I did with the great Lesley Ann Warren about her role in the movie Clue.

The film is screening at Hollywood Forever Cemetery as part of the Center’s Out Under the Stars summer film series.

Late Night Videos: Roger Federer makes the media rounds a day after historic Wimbledon win


WATCH: Stefan Edberg proclaims Roger Federer as the greatest male tennis player of all time

Nice to watch Stefan Edberg – still so handsome – chat with the BBC about Roger Federer’s victory at Wimbledon and his place in history. Always a class act was Stefan, a former number one who won Wimbledon and the US Open twice each in his career as well as two Australian Opens.


Celeb Instagram: Colton Haynes at Billie Lourd’s b-day party! Margeret Cho’s new tour! Elton in Austria!

Too much fun celebrating @praisethelourd 's Bday :) Rainbows, water slides, & food trucks…the best :) Happy Bday boo!!!

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NEW TOUR ALERTKicking , AZNon & non-AZNs who play them,SexSurvivalTrumpink in bio | #FOTBloat

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A view I certainly won’t forget. What a beautiful locale for my show in Austria last night. #ClamBurg #EltonTour #Europe

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Morning Round-Up: Caitlyn Jenner for US Senate? Colbert rips Sessions; George Michael to be honored

Caitlyn Jenner Considering a Bid for US Senate in California Towleroad

Stephen Colbert rips apart Jeff Sessions for meeting with anti-gay group Gay Star News

George Michael To Receive Elizabeth Taylor Humanitarian Award Posthumously NewNowNext

Shepard Smith Is Fed Up With Trump Camp’s ‘Lies’ And ‘Deception’ On Russia HuffPost

College football player Scott Frantz cherishes acceptance after informing teammates he’s gay ESPN

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Monday Morning Man: David Williams!

It’s time to revisit one of the earliest – and certainly hottest – Morning Men to ever grace this site. He’s now-retired Australian professional rugby league footballer star David Williams who was featured on the cover of the Gods of Football calendar almost a decade ago. He played his entire professional career with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles of the National Rugby League, winning the 2008 NRL Premiership with them. The 30-year-old made his acting debut in 2013 in Tropfest short film finalist Darkness Comes in which he played a wolf man. He has also done modeling for Calvin Klein.

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WATCH: A recap of Roger Federer’s magical day becoming the champion of Wimbledon once more

I’m just going to be in a good mood all damned day over my beloved Roger Federer winning Wimbledon again today. Watching these videos is just a joy with my favorite being when he is congratulated by his wife, parents, William and Kate, past champions and members of the All England Club. So many special moments but my favorite is the time he spends with Stefan Edberg who was Federer’s coach during two trips to the final. Fed lets Edberg, a two-time Wimbledon champion, hold the trophy once more.


Snapped! Federer’s 19 Grand Slam titles!

#GrandSlam for @rogerfederer! #ATP #tennis #Federer @gettyimages

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Roger Federer takes record eighth Wimbledon title!

What a happy morning! My favorite player of all time, Roger Federer, is the 2017 Wimbledon champion. At 35, Fed won the tournament for a record eighth time – no man has ever won more. He beat Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to win the tournament in straight sets – amazing! He now has 19 grand slam titles overall – four more than Rafael Nadal who is in second place. Fed is now the reigning Wimbledon and Australian champion and has got to be the favorite heading into the US Open where he will be vying for a sixth title. Fed is, without a doubt, the Greatest Of All Time. And he vows to return to Wimbledon next year to defend his title.
After losing the finals in 2014 and 2015 and in the semis last year, today’s victory is all the more sweet.

A moment so great, for @rogerfederer – it's 8! @wimbledon #ATP #tennis #wimbledon #Federer @gettyimages

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@marincilic_official "I gave my best today and that’s all I could do. I have had an amazing journey here and have played the best tennis of my life… I hope to come back here and go one better next time.” #ATP #tennis #wimbledon #Cilic #Federer: @gettyimages

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Showtune Sunday: “With One Look” from “Sunset Boulevard” by all the great Norma Desmonds

Glenn Close triumphantly returned to Broadway this year in a new production of Sunset Boulevard. This came more than 20 years after she won the Tony Award for her portrayal of Norma Desmond – a Broadway gig that came at the expense of Patti LuPone who was contracted to take it to New York after a year in London. Close had opened in Los Angeles while LuPone was in London and Andrew Lloyd Webber chose her instead.

Things were hurled onto the street from Patti’s London dressing room, by Patti, she sued and won and later returned to Broadway in revivals of Sweeney Todd and Gypsy, the latter earned her a Tony.

What’s interesting to know is that the great Betty Buckley replaced LuPone in the London production then later replaced Close on Broadway.

Others played the role on stage including Elaine Paige and Petula Clark and in an acclaimed Toronto production, the great Diahann Carroll.

Here are all of their versions of With One Look. Vote for your favorite in the comments section.

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Morning Man Classic: Don Murray!

I remember handsome Don Murray from the first few seasons of Knots Landing when he played Sid Fairgate.

Sid was married to Karen (Michelle Lee) and they lived next door to Gary and Val (Ted Shackleford and Joan Van Ark) and across the street from his sister Abby (Donna Mills).

But Sid died during surgery that was supposed to make him walk again and he became paralyzed in a car “accident” that occurred after some bad guy involved with Gary cut his brakes.

Oh the drama!

Anyway, Don was around long before Knots Landing. He made his Broadway debut in 1951 in The Rose Tattoo then got his big break in movies starring opposite Marilyn Monroe in 1956′s Bus Stop for which he was nominated for an Oscar.

He married Hope Lange, with whom he also starred with in the film, and they had two children before divorcing.

He then went on to star in such films as The Bachelor Party, A Hatful of Rain, Advise and Consent, Baby the Rain Must Fall, and Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.

Knots Landing went on to run more than a decade after Don left the show. He spent his time appearing in an assortment of TV movies, doing guest spots on various series and doing some feature roles including the 1986 film Peggy Sue Got Married.

Now 86, he still acts with his most recent credit being the 2011 film The Hard Ride.

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Spain’s Garbi Muguruza beats five-time champ Venus Williams to win her first Wimbledon title

Your 2017 #Wimbledon Champion, @GarbiMuguruza! Second Grand Slam title!

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Respect #Wimbledon

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Celeb Instagram: Shirtless Edition!

Pre-planned Saturday off @msnbc so no need to set alarm clock. But Roxy won't abide a lazy Dad not making breakfast!!! Photo credit @patrickdabner

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This thirsty betch.

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day off post run poolside.

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…because I can't resist good lighting and a wood paneled wall, what can I tell you and I'm obsessed with these @kitandace joggers. Happy Friday!

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Dirty dancing. …This took more attempts than I would like to admit. @grandvelascabos @kimhidalgo

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Flashback Friday: It was like buttah when SNL’s Linda Richman joined Barbra Streisand on stage

Can’t believe that not only had I never seen this video before now but I did not even know it existed! So it’s been a real treat to go back in time to when a Clinton was president, Mike Meyers was still on SNL and Barbra was just like buttah (she still is!)

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‘Heroes’ alum Thomas Dekker officially comes out as gay – and newly married – in Instagram post

I was in the audience at Outfest last week when honoree Bryan Fuller mentioned an actor on NBC’s Heroes who didn’t want to play gay then ended up being gay. It turns out that actor, Thomas Dekker, had never come out publicly. Well, now he has in an Instagram post. Congratulations to him.
You can read the post below.

My sexual orientation once again came into question this week when a prominent gay man used an awards acceptance speech to "out" me. While he did not mention me by name, the explicit details of his reference made it easy for the public and media to connect the dots. While it is an odd situation, I thank him because it presents a prime opportunity for me to publicly say that I am indeed a man who proudly loves other men. In fact, this April, I married my husband and I could not be happier. I have never lied to the press about the fluidity of my sexuality but this man claiming that I came out is not true. Because I have not "officially" until this moment. I simply refuse to be robbed of the glorious joy that belongs to me. To say the words myself. "I'm gay". Those words are a badge of honor that no one can steal. Sexuality and who you love is a deeply personal and complicated thing. For some of us, it takes time to cultivate, discover and conclude. It is not something anyone should ever be ashamed of and certainly not something anyone should be rushed into. I agree with many who believe it is an important responsibility for LGBTQ persons with a platform to come out. It has the power to change minds, challenge beliefs and make others feel understood and supported. It can strengthen the progression of our community and help disarm those who discriminate against us. It is a brave, powerful and important thing to do but it is also a deeply personal decision. One that should only be made when you are ready. If we are to stand strong in the gay community, our mission should be support, not exclusion; love, not shame. I choose not to look back on the past with a regretful heart but rather focus on the future with a hopeful one. A future where myself and all others can feel free to express their true selves with honor and dignity. I embrace you, any of you, with open arms, kindness, faith and patience. For all of you who have supported me, before and now, I thank you from the bottom of my fledgling heart. Be proud of who you are. No matter how long it takes.

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Morning Round-Up: Parents speak out over James Woods Twitter attack; Anderson Cooper gets fed up

Parents of ‘gender creative’ son speak out about James Woods’ tweets Gay Star News

Members of Congress urge Trump to condemn gay Chechnya crackdown Washington Blade

Congress Narrowly Rejects Anti-Trans Military Amendment Advocate

Anderson Cooper Gets Fed Up With Trump Official Dodging His Questions HuffPost

Lana Del Rey confirms July 21 release date for new album Lust For Life Gay Times

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