Pat Robertson spews anti-gay hate in talking about Boy Scouts and gays: “They are willing to destroy it”
Is he really this clueless? This hateful?
I’ve written about him over at Gay Star News. Watch and share.
Is he really this clueless? This hateful?
I’ve written about him over at Gay Star News. Watch and share.
Just for the record, I do not think Downton Abbey is boring at all – I love every minute of it.
But I also love this Funny of Die musical parody that makes a lot of fun of the show’s pacing.
It has a great cast that includes such Greg In Hollywood faves as Stephen Guarino, Drew Droege and David Burtka as well as Willam, Vicky Vox, Michelle Visage, Jimmy Ray Bennett, Jeff Hiller, Courtney Act, Jonny McGovern, and Sebastian LaCause.
Even though he isn’t playing for a team anymore, it is baseball season and that’s as good a reason as any to feature Gabe Kapler who has got to be the most buff guy to ever play in the major leagues!
The 37-year-old outfielder is 6 feet 2 inches tall, and weighs 205 lbs and been on the cover of several fitness magazines.
Gabe the Babe got around. He played portions of 13 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Tampa Bay Rays.
He had announced his retirement from professional baseball on in 2006 and managed a Single-A team for the Boston Red Sox. A year later he returned saying: “I miss the battle. I still need to be on the field as a player.”
Gabe had signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and received an invitation to spring training. But he was released by the team on March 31, 2011.
Behind the Candelabra, the critically-acclaimed and highly-rated HBO film about Liberace, won the Critics Choice Television Award on Monday for best movie or miniseries.
The film’s leading man, Michael Douglas, also won the award for best actor in a movie or miniseries over the field that included his co-star Matt Damon who played Liberace’s lover Scott Thorson in the film.
The awards were presented at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and are voted on by the 86 members of the Broadcast Television Journalist Association.
Two openly gay performers won in the supporting categories for miniseries and movies: Zachary Quinto and Sarah Paulson who both appeared in American Horror Story: Asylum.
Actor Michael Cudlitz, who plays a gay police officer in the series Southland, won best supporting actor in a TV drama category. The series was recently canceled by TNT after five seasons.
Not taking home awards this year were LGBT nominees Ellen DeGeneres, Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance), and RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race).
Here is a LINK to the full list of winners.
George Takei appeared on Conan last night to defend Conan O’Brien against a viewer who accused Conan of making an error during an opening monologue when he did a paddling motion.
It’s completely silly but funny and it’s always nice to see Mr. Takei anywhere, any time.
Roger Federer sure doesn’t looked very bothered that he is having his worst season in more than a decade with not a single tournament victory so far in 2013.
But then, if I were playing doubles with a hottie like Tommy Haas in Halle, Germany, this week, I’d be a happy little camper too!
Roger has won the grass court Wimbledon warm-up tournament five times but last year, Tommy upset him in the final. Maybe that’s why Roger has moved to his side of the court!
”To win here (in Halle) would be a good buildup for Wimbledon,” Roger told reporters this week. “I’ve seldom played doubles on the tour. There is always that threat of injury; it just wasn’t as much fun. But now I am in the mood to play some doubles, change it up a little. Hopefully, it may even help me in the singles.”
Yeah, still writing about The Tony Awards!
Was going through all the red carpet shots on Broadway.com and was struck by how many openly gay folks are in them (but should I be? This is the Tonys!). So I decided to post some of them here!
1. Annie star Jane Lynch and Kinky Boots nominee Harvey Fierstein 2. Tony host Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burtka 3. Five-time Tony winner and staunch LGBT ally Audra McDonald with Alan Cumming and Zachary Quinto 4. Kinky Boots winner Billy Porter and his mentee, Pippin winner Patina Miller 5. Past Tony winner and 2013 nominee David Hyde Pierce (not sure who he is with, sorry!) 6. Sally Field with her adorable gay son Sam Greisman 7. Jesse Tyler Ferguson and fiance Justin Mikita 8. Andrew Rannells.
Today’s Morning Man, Billy Magnussen, sure looked dapper at The Tony Awards on Sunday.
He was nominated for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role as Spike in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
Billy, 28, made his Broadway stage debut in The Ritz starring Rosie Perez in 2007 and, like his Tony-nominated role, he wore very little on stage much of the time.
“It’s funny, I made my Broadway debut in The Ritz, and all I did was run around in underwear on stage,” he told Playbill.com recently. “And now all I do is the same thing!”
“I train a lot to get in shape, so I don’t have to worry about [stripping down],” said Magnussen, who plays the twentysomething boyfriend to Sigourney Weaver’s Masha. “Running and weights and diet… Diet is the biggest thing.”
I remember him best from his role as Casey Hughes on As the World Turns. While his character was involved in all kinds of drama of his own, he was also friends with the town’s gay couple Luke and Noah.
He guest starred on Boardwalk Empire recently and done several TV movies and feature films including Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet, Happy Tears, The Last Valentine, Twelve, and Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress.
When he’s not busy acting, Billy plays guitar in the NYC-based band Reserved for Rondee.
When viewers watched Jane Lynch perform this musical number from Annie last night on The Tony Awards, the world did not know that she and wife, Dr. Lara Embry, were about to announce that they had split after three years of marriage.
So it’s got to be an interesting time for Jane as she weathers the personal situation with being a smash on Broadway as Miss Hannigan. Her presence has helped the box office and gave the Glee star the chance to perform live on The Tonys.
Meanwhile, two other of our favorite out TV stars teamed up for a musical number last night. Host Neil Patrick Harris called up Andrew Rannells of the cancelled The New Normal and the not-cancelled HBO’s Girls who launched into a funny number about being a Broadway star in a TV series.
They are soon joined by Megan Hilty of the sadly cancelled Smash and Laura Benanti of the late comedy Go On.
Rannells, Hilty and Benanti were all cancelled by NBC!
Just love when we are having a year when Cher decides to be Cher in all her glory.
Let’s face it, several years can go by sometimes without new music or movies from our favorite icon in the past decade. Her output in the 60s, 70s and 80s was constant and even the 90s was pretty busy despite an extended break in the early part of the decade.
Today comes word that Cher will make a live appearance on the June 18 season finale of NBC’s The Voice.
She will perform Woman’s World, the first single off her long, long-awaited upcoming album of the same name finally due out Sept. 24.
Woman’s World marks the first full album of new material in 12 years for Cher who did release a few songs from her movie Burlesque a few years back.
Cher, of course, is the only artist to have a No. 1 single on the Billboard pop charts in each of the past six decades.
Long live Cher!
My weekend was pretty booked with LA Pride duties but I took some time out on Saturday to head over to the VA Center for the AIDS/LifeCycle Finish Line Festival and I’m so glad that I did.
It was so inspiring, so moving.
I almost went out and bought a bike!
The first guys I ran into were Devin Campbell, Tom Cox and Milos Ivancik, three buddies who ride bikes together but had not done the LifeCycle event before.
Milos said the three were on a cycling trip in Solvang last year when ‘we said, “Let’s get crazy! Let’s do it!”‘
Tom, who has lost people to AIDS, said: ‘It was an amazing experience. Nobody was snippy even though we were all riding and living and camping together. Just everyone was so nice.’
I finally found my way to the part of the grounds where the closing ceremony was going to start soon and realized there were still riders coming in.
Found myself standing next to a nice guy wearing an orange bandana named Sean Mamola who came from New York to do the ride and had finished a few hours earlier. He was cheering on the final riders and waiting for ‘the caboose,’ the last rider to on the course.
‘It was just a sea of love, humankind working together – it’s amazing,’ he said. ‘Everybody rides together, people of all different shapes and sizes and capabilities. It’s the power of people together for a common interest and knowing that we can do anything.’
He said riding the 570 miles ‘was life changing. I could ride for four more days.’
‘I’m turning 40 and I wanted to celebrate the fact that I’m still alive even though I’m not HIV-positive,’ he said. ‘Life has just begun.’
Said goodbye to Sean then made my way to the front of the stage area for the closing ceremony.
Since I don’t watch So You Think You Can Dance, I didn’t realize that the pretty lady standing just a few feet away was Mary Murphy, one of the show’s judges.
She had on these amazing yellow pumps that kept sinking into the dirt and she’d lose her balance a little bit.
I was worried about her falling but she was soon on the stage on standing on more solid ground.
‘I couldn’t be more proud of you right this second!’ she said to the crowd. ‘This is such an amazing thing that you’re doing. We know that the fight isn’t over. A lot of people think that it is. We have to yell and scream and say, “The fight is not over!”‘
The 2,200 cyclists participating in this year’s AIDS/LifeCycle crossed the 20 million mile mark (collectively since 1993) while en route from King City to Paso Robles. They raised a record-breaking $14.2 million this year.
‘We have arrived at our destination,’ LA Gay & Lesbian Center CEO Lorri L. Jean told the crowd as the official closing ceremony began. ‘(But) it was never really about the destination – it was all about the journey. … All along the journey, you touched people’s lives.’
She added: ‘What I will remember about this journey is how we treated each other. We were caring and giving and tender and, of course, hilarious. … Over the past seven days, we created a unique and powerful community.’
Jean led a moving tribute to the event’s ‘roadies’ whose behind the scenes work made it possible for the event – the world’s largest annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser – to run smoothly.
Tears flowed a bit later when a group known as ‘Positive Pedalers,’ HIV-positive riders who marched to the stage in a line carrying signs with the names of some of those lost to the disease.
US Congressman Adam Schiff was on hand to read movingly of the tradition of the ‘Riderless Bicycle’ which symbolizes those who are no longer alive.
Neil Giuliano, CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation, rode in the seven-day journey and told the crowd: ‘We are connected in community now for life … it’s nothing short of heroic. Hold on to this feeling, this feeling of purpose and passion.’
He may be a United States congressman but Mark Takano is still new to the national political scene and therefore was not instantly recognizable to a lot of the people at LA Pride on Sunday.
But since I’ve written so much about his historic election as the first openly gay person of color to congress, I made a beeline over to him before the parade started.
He was eating a donut and drinking some coffee and before we took a photo together, I had to tell him: “You’ve got some crumbs on the corner of your lip!’
I would hope he would do the same for me!
I wanted to grab the photo first because I knew the parade was about to start but it turns out we had a few moments to chat so I took out my notepad (yep, still use them!) and we gabbed.
‘I’m thrilled to be here,’ he told me.
In addition to being the first openly gay person of color to be elected to the US Congress, he’s also the first openly gay person from California in Congress.
‘Those are my two monikers,’ he said with a chuckle.
A public school teacher for 23 years, the Japanese-American had twice before run unsuccessfully for congress in 1992 and 1994. He beat Republican candidate John Tavaglione last November in the race to represent California’s newly created 41st congressional district which covers Riverside, Moreno Valley, Perris and Jurupa Valley.
Takano noted that he was elected ‘not from San Francisco, not from West Hollywood’ but from historically Republican-leaning Riverside County which has become a bit left of center but still is a potential swing district.
‘That’s something for all communities to celebrate,’ Takano said of his unlikely success at the polls. ‘That’s a profound moment.’
The school teacher in Takano emerged when I asked what LA Pride meant to him: ‘In the wake of (the Stonewall) riots, instead of protests, (organizers) wanted a celebration. They wanted to celebrate the courage to be out and to be bold and to wake up and have the presence of self to say, ‘I’m not bad, I’m not evil. I’m a human being with the right to be very proud of who I am.’
Takano said that confidence is increasingly gaining respect as ‘straight people recognize us for who we are. We’ve done a remarkable job of transforming how people feel about us.’
Sad to report that Glee star Jane Lynch and her wife, Dr. Lara Embry, are getting a divorce.
The couple had been married for three years.
‘Lara and I have decided to end our marriage,’ Jane said in a just-released statement. ‘This has been a difficult decision for us as we care very deeply about one another. We ask for privacy as we deal with this family matter.’
Their wedding on Memorial Day 2010 in Massachusetts was featured in The New York Times.
In that article, Jane said their personality differences had served to bring about adjustments for each of them.
‘Lara’s very patient,’ she said. ‘I move fast. I’m very impulsive, and we kind of process things at a different pace, so we’ve both had to step up in that area. I’ve had to slow down, and she had to get a move on.’
The couple had met in 2009 at a San Francisco fund-raiser at which Lynch was a presenter and Dr. Embry, who was among those being honored, instigated their introduction.
Lynch is currently starring on Broadway in the musical Annie and performed on last night’s Tony Awards.
I’ve interviewed the couple on red carpets a couple of times including in November 2011. Here is an excerpt from that chat:
Jane looked so happy and relaxed that I wondered if life as a superstar – after decades as a busy and successful character actress – had become more manageable.
“No!” Jane said.
But Lara, who she was married to last year, thinks they have because they are now in a new home they had built that she describes as “calming.”
“Ever since we’ve known each other we’ve been building this house,” said Jane. “So yes, things have started to level out – especially now that we live in this house. It feels so good. I sometimes still feel a little overwhelmed but its all good.”
Hey, I didn’t get any of their names but I did get their faces – and their bodies!
Lots of drop-dead gorgeous guys walking around LA Pride this weekend – so many that you almost become immune to them.
Here are some photos I snapped of some that caught my eye.
Last year I did this and got complaints because none of the men had any fur. Well, I’ve got a furry one in here just for you fur lovers!
Neil Patrick Harris should win an Emmy for his performance as Tony Awards show host last night – it was brilliant in so many ways.
When he teased us that there would be no closing number since the show had run into overtime, we held our breath and hoped he was kidding.
The beat to Empire State of Mind came on and NPH delivered another impressive closing wrap-up rap as he did two years ago, this time with an operatic assist by five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald.
Harvey Fierstein, nominated for writing the book for the musical Kinky Boots, took to Facebook last night to express his joy over the show winning six Tonys, including best musical.
“To all of my friends and folk who stay tuned to my life via this page – What a great freakin’ night!@!!! So exciting. A terrific telecast. Wonderful performances. Truthfully, I will never be completely comfortable with competition among artists. But I’m very proud to see KINKY BOOTS take home the gold tonight because it guarantees that this act of love we have created will be seen by audiences far and wide for years to come. I couldn’t be happier. And thank YOU all for your good wishes.”
Here is a complete list of winners from last night’s Tony Awards:
Best Musical: “Kinky Boots.”
Best Play: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”
Best Book of a Musical: “Matilda the Musical.”
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: “Kinky Boots.”
Best Revival of a Play: “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Best Revival of a Musical: “Pippin.”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Tracy Letts, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Best Performance by an Actress in Leading Role in a Play: Cicely Tyson, “The Trip to Bountiful.”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Billy Porter, “Kinky Boots.”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Patina Miller, “Pippin.”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Courtney B. Vance, “Lucky Guy.”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Judith Light, “The Assembled Parties.”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Gabriel Ebert, “Matilda the Musical.”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Andrea Martin, “Pippin.”
Best Direction of a Play: Pam MacKinnon, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Best Direction of a Musical: Diane Paulus, “Pippin”
Best Choreography: Jerry Mitchell, “Kinky Boots”
Best Orchestrations: Stephen Oremus, “Kinky Boots”
Best Scenic Design of a Play: John Lee Beatty, “The Nance”
Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Rob Howell, “Matilda the Musical”
Best Costume Design of a Play: Ann Roth, “The Nance”
Best Costume Design of a Musical: William Ivey Long, “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”
Best Lighting Design of a Play: Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, “Lucky Guy”
Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Hugh Vanstone, “Matilda the Musical”
Best Sound Design of a Play: Leon Rothenberg, “The Nance”
Best Sound Design of a Musical: John Shivers, “Kinky Boots”
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre: Bernard Gersten, Paul Libin, Ming Cho Lee
Regional Theatre Award: Huntington Theatre Company
Isabelle Stevenson Award: Larry Kramer
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre: Career Transition For Dancers, William Craver, Peter Lawrence, “The Lost Colony” and the four actresses who created the title role of “Matilda The Musical” on Broadway — Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro
There’s a reason why a lot of gays cheered wildly in their living rooms last night when Judith Light’s name was called as the winner of the Tony Award for best featured actress in a play.
For decades this woman has been one of the staunchest of LGBT allies whose work on behalf on HIV-AIDS, The Point Foundation, and countless other LGBT causes. She talks the talk and walks the walk – always has.
So it’s joyous to see her win back-to-back Tonys! (She also won back-to-back Daytime Emmys in the early 1980s).
She won last year for Other Desert Cities and this year for The Assembled Parties. Judith had also been nominated in 2011 for Lombardi.
She already had a Grammy and an Emmy.
Now Cyndi Lauper is a Tony Award winner too and an Oscar win away from becoming an EGOT.
The sensational Cyndi won for best score for the musical Kinky Boots and she was surprised: “OK, … I can’t say I wasn’t practicing in front of the shower curtain for a couple of days for this speech,” she admitted before launching into her thank-yous.
“I gotta thank my mom for sharing all that wonderful music. I wrecked all her Broadway musicals when I was a kid, the cast albums. That’s how I learned how to sing.
“And I want to thank Harvey Fierstein for calling me up. I’m so glad I was done with the dishes. I answered the phone.
“And I want to thank Broadway for welcoming me. This city, … I’ve never been a stranger to hard work, but your hard work inspires me.”
She thanked the cast. And then she got teary as she thanked “my family. My wonderful family. My son and my husband who inspire me. And Declyn, (her teen son), thank you for inspiring me about the sound. …
“And everybody else in my category, I feel honored to be part of this community. … Thank you very, very, very much.”
What a class act!
It’s past midnight and I’m just catching up on the Tony Awards now.
I’m already completely blown away by this opening number by the host with the absolute most Neil Patrick Harris.
Just filled with surprises including a disappearing magic trick and, wait for it, a cameo from Mike Tyson!
If the French Open had been a final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic or if Roger Federer had been involved somehow, I would have had my usual conflict of watching the tennis and trying to get to the LA ride parade on time.
But Nadal and David Ferrer?
Didn’t even bother and could have predicted the straights sets win that resulted in Nadal becoming the first man in history to win eight titles at any grand slam tournament.
It was Nadal’s 12th major title. Only Federer, with 17, owns more Grand Slam titles among active men’s players. Nadal now ranks third on the all-time list of major winners, moving past former greats Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver to tie Roy Emerson. Federer and Pete Sampras, with 14, are the only players ahead of him.
Still just 27, who knows how many more slams Nadal can win?
The biggest obstacle to victory was a protester who manage to enter the court with a fiery flare,
My pal Heny Chu was in Paris covering the final for the LA Times and writes: The only unexpected drama erupted … when a few protesters near the top of the stadium began shouting their opposition, apparently, to France’s recent legalization of same-sex marriage. A masked, shirtless man trying to make the same point then jumped onto Nadal’s side of the court holding a flare spewing pink sparks. Security officials swiftly wrestled him down and hustled him out.
“I felt a little bit scared at the first moment because I didn’t see what’s going on. I just turned there and I watch a guy with some fire, so I got a little bit scared,” Nadal said afterward. “It’s one of those things that nobody can prevent. Just can say thank you very much to all the security guys.”