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Morning Round-Up: Queer Eye guys lip sync; “Ratched” cast; Valentina; Teddy Geiger

Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown and Jonathan Van Ness Werk it Out on ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Instinct

Ryan Murphy’s Ratched: Sarah Paulsen, Cynthia Nixon, Charlie Carver cast in Netflix series The Hollywood Reporter

Valentina Comes Out as Non-Binary NewNowNext

Songwriter Teddy Geiger Says Overcoming Shame Helped Her Transition

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Trump’s latest Russia denial: I’m not usually at a loss for words

CNN’s Anderson Cooper discussed President Donald Trump’s denial that he was ever working as an agent of the Russian government. Watch the clip. Trump seems a bit unglued. This is all so heinous. You wonder how much longer it can all go on.

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See a shirtless 2009 Matt Wilkas in cargo shorts!

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2009! When cargo shorts were still allowed…

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What will happen after Leo floats idea of hunky Xander going “gay for pay” for him on “Days of Our Lives”

I must say, Leo Stark (played deliciously by Greg Rikaart) is the most devious gay character ever to hit Salem!

The current Days of Our Lives storyline has the man who blackmailed Sonny Kiriakis into marrying him pushing hunky but evil Xander (Paul Telfer) into bed. Leo ran his hands on Xander’s furry chest last week and Xander said he doesn’t swing that way. But that did not deter Leo who offered Xander an indecent proposal: he will give Xander information about how he got Sonny (Freddie Smith) to marry him after suing him for sexual harassment in exchange for a romp in the sack.

I do not know if this is going to happen but if it does, it better not happen off camera!

Meanwhile, Will (Chandler Massey) isn’t willing to sit by and wait to see if Leo’s infatuation with Xander will end up solving all of his problems. He wants the grifter away from the man he loves and is digging for dirt on Leo and trying to locate his mom who may be the key to Leo’s secrets.

Will and Sonny are sneaking kisses in the park. It’s sweet but frankly, I’d rather see Xander and Leo kissing.

Stay tuned!

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Randy Rainbow video “There is Nothin’ Like a Wall” skewers Trump and shutdown of federal government

Randy Rainbow unveiled his latest mini-musical skewering Donald Trump. This time the focus is on Trump’s determination to convince the American public that there is a crisis at the Southern border that can only be solved by a multi-billion wall.

As usual, Rainbow makes his point creatively and brilliantly.

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Morning Round-Up: Critics Choice Awards; Kevin Hart still talking; Jake Gyllenhaal plays gay again

Critics’ Choice Awards 2019: See the full winners list

Lady Gaga & Glenn Close Get Emotional as They Tie for Best Actress at Critics’ Choice Awards

See the stars on the Critics’ Choice Awards red carpet

Kevin Hart still talking: “if people choose to take offense to something, then that’s a choice” Advocate

Jake Gyllenhaal goes gay again in ‘Velvet’ and 7 other queer Sundance flicks 2019 Queerty

HRC Honoring Out Actor Amandla Stenberg With Visibility Award NewNowNext

Ellen DeGeneres hilariously responds to Eric Trump’s Deep State claim Gay Star News

Celebrity Big Brother 2 Cast Has Several Gay Faves Instinct

Netflix ‘moves $60m show OBX from North Carolina over anti-LGBT law’ Pink News

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WATCH: Diver Tom Daley returns to Rio for the first time since competing in 2016 Summer Olympics

British diver Tom Daley won the bronze medal as part of a team but failed to medal individually in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. This week, Tom left hubby Dustin Lance Black and their baby son behind for a training camp in Rio. Here is part 1 of his adventures.

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Snapped! Out actors Alan Cumming, Denis O’Hare and John Benjamin Hickey together in London!

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Cabaret reunion in London…

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Monday Morning Man: Victor Valdes!

Today is the 37th birthday of retired Spanish soccer star Victor Valdes so as a present, I am making him the Morning Man.

He can thank me later.

Victor was considered one of the best goalkeepers in FC Barcelona history, won the Zamora Trophy a record fifth time in 2012 and led Barcelona to 6 La Liga titles between 2004 and 2013. He was also part of the Spain squads which won the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

All of that and super handsome too!

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WATCH: Roger Federer on going for record 7th Australian Open crown and career 100th title

It’s not only his elegant game, good looks and impeccable sportsmanship that makes me such a rabid Roger Federer fan. It’s also about how passionate he is about his sport and committed to competing for titles. He is the two-time defending champion at the Australian Open which begins on Monday. He will be gunning for his seventh Aussie title, 21st major and 100th tournament win overall.


Nico Tortorella on four years of sobriety: “I used to numb the pain before i knew to heal”

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1-13-19. thinking. philosophizing. four years free from alcohol, today. i used to numb the pain before i knew to heal. when i look back on it now, i can honestly say that sobriety is what birthed my queerness, as i understand it today. life was too short, and suddenly, i had no fucks left to give. i needed to be myself. and, more important, i needed to find myself, figure out who that person was, because the ways i’d been halfway hiding had almost killed me. if i wasn’t taught to hate this part of my identity and expression by the world, would i have really tried to kill it? would i really have ever tried to drown myself, escape from it all? would i ever have allowed the spirits to take over? i’m not blaming anyone but myself, but imagine for a second what this world would look like if we didn’t teach our children to hate themselves for being different? that’s where hating other people comes into play. if you can’t hate yourself, how the hell are you going to hate anyone else? today i choose love in all forms. if you or anyone you know is struggling with addiction, seek the help it deserves. it doesn’t just get better. you get better. you get stronger. you get braver. the world can feel like a dark place sometimes. it may not always seem like life can get better, but you get better, if you want it. happy birthday baby, i love you so much. and i love y’all. #allofitisyou

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Showtune Sunday: All about Bea Arthur!

You might be wondering why I’ve decided to do an entire Showtune Sunday posting about the late, great Bea Arthur.

Okay, I’ll tell you – but just because you dragged it out of me.

On Friday night, I went to opening night of the brilliant Golden Girlz Live, a drag version of The Golden Girls starring Drew Droege, Sam Pancake, Sherry Vine, and Jackie Beat in Miss Arthur’s role of Dorothy. The fabulous Alec Mapa guest starred.

So got home and went into a Golden Girls wormhole on YouTube and it led to all these great musical performances by Miss Arthur who won a Tony Award for her performance as Vera Charles in Mame.

She may be best known as Maude and Dorothy on TV but Bea Arthur could sing one helluva number.


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Morning Man Classic: Robert Wagner! 88, Robert Wagner is still a very handsome man.

But the young RJ was just positively dreamy!

He began starring in films as far back as the early 50s including Prince Valiant, Beneath the 12-Mile Reef, Stars and Stripes Forever, Titanic, The War Lover and The Longest Day.

But it is in television where he’s had his greatest success starting in 1967 with the ABC series It Takes a Thief which co-starred Fred Astaire. He followed that up with the hit show Switch with Eddie Albert. That was followed by his most successful series to date: Hart to Hart which had a five-year run on ABC.

In more recent years, he appeared in three Austin Power movies as Dr. Evil’s henchman Number 2. He also had a recurring role as Holland Taylor’s boyfriend on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men and for the past  four years, he’s had a recurring role on NCIS.

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Late Night Round-Up: Frank Ocean; Alec Mapa; Kevin Hart; Logan Paul; Troye Sivan; Abbi Jacobson; NFL allies

Frank Ocean Is GQ’s Cover Star For First Issue Under New Editor HuffPost

Alec Mapa Spills Some Lindsay Lohan Tea on The WOW Report for Radio Andy! World of Wonder

Kevin Hart should ‘acknowledge the pain of other people’, says Terry Crews Gay Star News

Logan Paul Admits Resolution to ‘Go Gay’ Was ‘Poor Choice of Words’ Advocate

Troye Sivan Lusts After Hot Bartender In ‘Lucky Strike’ Music Video Homorazzi

Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson reveals character will explore sexuality in final season Pink News

All teams in NFL playoffs have gay-supportive players or coaches Outsports

Novak Djokovic’s sweet message to ailing tennis rival Andy Murray: “Big hug … stay strong”

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Tarbes, France 2001, “Les Petite As” First time we met and played. Something was telling me back then that we’d have an amazing rivalry and experience of playing each other on the biggest stage for many years to come. What you are trying to do is nothing short of brave and inspiring. I met with you the other day and couldn’t really verbalize my compassion for what you’re going through. As an athlete, fellow tennis player and friend, I respect and fully support you every second of this Australian Open and every next attempt to compete at the highest level. Whatever happens, I will always cherish our amazing matches over the years and be grateful for those experiences Big hug Andy, stay strong. @andymurray

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Dreamy Pietro Boselli’s “sunny day in Milan”

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“Sunny day in Milan with @suspiciousantwerp great to be back at fashion week! #suspiciousantwerppartner”

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John Gidding of “Trading Spaces” on growing up gay in Turkey and coming out to his parents

John Gidding did an interview with Metro Weekly that I want to share some with you.

The 42-year-old is one of three new faces rotating with a half-dozen “legacy” designers featured on Trading Spaces, whose next season will air on TLC in “early 2019” — likely in April. You’ve likely seen Gidding if you’ve watched a home-design or how-to reality TV show in the past dozen years or so, from HGTV’s Curb Appeal to Logo’s Secret Guide to Fabulous to Fox’s Home Free. He’s also a regular design guest on Rachael Ray’s syndicated talk show.

He grew up in Turkey until he was 15, and then I went to Switzerland for boarding school. He then came to the states for college and earned degrees from both Yale and Harvard.

On when he realized he was gay: I knew probably early childhood, but I didn’t have words for it per se, especially in Turkey, which does not have the most progressive outlook on this. In middle school it became clear to me, and then in high school even clearer. But I didn’t actually come out of the closet until graduate school. I was a late bloomer in that regard partially because of my cultural background and my family being more conservative, and [me] wanting to play a certain role specifically for them more than myself. I think that a lot of growing up gay in Turkey has to do with trying to reconcile how you’re gonna fit your life in with how your family wants you to live your life. But eventually I was able to break out of that. It took five years of being in the states for me to do it, but I got there.

On coming out: Grad school is when I came out to the world. I think the whole concept of pride had finally sunk in. When it dawned on me that I was gonna come out, I did it to everyone very quickly — within a few weeks everybody knew. We didn’t talk, my mom and I, for about a year afterwards. And then 9/11 happened. Nothing like a traumatic event to make you realize what’s important in life. My mom and I actually started talking on 9/11 because one of the planes had taken off from Boston, and that’s where I had been at the time. “Okay, let’s put this petty stuff aside and reconnect.” I wouldn’t say that my mom has fully come around, but she’s gotten much better…. My dad took it very well. He had already written out a little piece of paper in his pocket. It was waiting. So when I told him I was gay he pulled it out of his pocket and quietly handed it over to me. This was at a time when The Lion King was very popular. And it just said, “Hakuna matata.”

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Hilarious “Golden Girlz Live” opens in LA – Sean Hayes, Ross Mathews were in the audience!

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Opening night of @goldengirlslive at @casitadelcampo starting the brilliant @drew_droege @thesampancake @jackiebeat and @misssherryvine. Such a hoot! #goldengirlsforever #goldengirls #drag #comedy

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@goldengirlslive opened tonight at Casita Del Campo’s Cavern Club Celebrity Theatre in Silver Lake. @seanhayes and @helloross were among those in the audience and @alecmapa was special guest star. @jackiebeat @misssherryvine @thesampancake @drew_droege were a brilliant comedy quartet, as usual. So much fun. #goldengirlz #goldengirlzlive #thegoldengirls #goldengirls

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Don Lemon tells ladies of “The View” why he made such a big deal about Kevin Hart’s Oscars debacle

Don Lemon paid a visit to the ladies of The View today and talked about why he has been so passionate about the Kevin Hart-Oscars debacle. The CNN anchor points out there since there are so few openly gay black men with a platform, he in some ways feels it’s his duty to take a stand.

“I felt like I had t speak for my group, my people, or nobody else was going to speak out.”

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Adam Lambert confirms that he had an uncredited cameo in the Queen film “Bohemian Rhapsody”

This is great! We know that Adam Lambert has been performing with the surviving members of Queen in recent years but we did not know about his uncredited cameo in Bohemian Rhapsody, the film about the band and it’s late lead singer Freddie Mercury.

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Who is he!? #BohemianRhapsodyMovie is available for digital download on 1/22!

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