This Roger Federer comeback is just a glorious thing. At 35 years, 7 months he became the oldest champion ever at the Indian Wells tournament today. It was a record-tying fifth title in the desert and the 90th tournament of his career. The reigning Australian Open champion trails only Ivan Lendl (94) and Jimmy Connors (109) on the all-time list. He beat Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5. ‘What can I say? This has been a fairytale week once again,’ Federer said after the match. ‘I came here for the first time 17 years ago. To be the champion again, I can’t tell you what it means to me.’ This was Federer’s 22nd title after turning 30. For context, Lendl has the next most with eight. And for what it’s worth, John McEnroe had five and Pete Sampras one.
A post shared by Human Rights Campaign (@humanrightscampaign) on
Last night was one of the best Human Rights Campaign galas that I’ve ever been to – and I’ve been to a lot of them. I’m going to be posting a lot of photos later today and my interview with US Senator and 2016 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine who was keynote speaker. But first here are some clips from the truly oustanding speeches given by honorees Katy Perry and America Ferrera (pictured below with Lena Dunham).
They do so much wonderful work and never has their commitment to the needs of the LGBT community both young and old and everyone in between been more critical.
Earlier today, Center CEO Lorri L. Jean and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti were among those on hand for the official groundbreaking ceremony for The Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus.
This first-of-its-kind complex in Hollywood will offer comprehensive multi-generational services and housing.
It will include 135 units of affordable housing for seniors and youth, 100 beds for homeless youth, new youth and senior centers, and much more.
The Center will be able to expand its health and mental health services at its nearby McDonald/Wright Building by relocating staff and programs currently there t=to the new campus.
The complex will span more than a city block and its campus will connect with the Center’s arts, cultural and educational facility – The Village at Ed Gould Plaza – which is located directly across the street.
It’s not cheap to build all of this but a record $35 million toward the $40 million goal has been pledged so far.
This includes $7 million – the largest gift by a living person to an LGBT organization – from philanthropist Anita May Rosenstein.
The Center has secured federal New Markets Tax Credit financing that will result in over $9 million of subsidy for the campus. Click HERE to see images of what the campus will look like.
‘Nearly a decade ago, we began to dream of a project unlike any other: a beautiful multi-generational campus with new and expanded social services, together with affordable housing for seniors and youth,’ CEO Jean said at the groundbreaking.
‘More than that, we dreamed of uniting it with The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, our arts, cultural and educational facility. Combined, the two locations will offer more integrated services for LGBT people than any other place in the world.
‘ I’m enormously grateful to the many donors, community and elected leaders, and financing partners who are making the dream a reality.’
Tony Award winner Alan Cumming is joining Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles for its spring concert He Had It Coming on April 1 and 2.
If you haven’t ever been to one of GMCLA’s shows, I cannot stress enough how terrific they are. Highly professional, thoroughly entertaining and filled with eye candy both on the stage and in the audience.
This year, the 250-plus chorus will bring to life all the show-stopping gems of Broadway during its three-show run at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. The concert will showcase the talent of many of Broadway’s leading composers with hidden gems and extraordinary showtunes from the Golden Age. They will include Kander and Ebb’s razzling, dazzling Cabaret and several selections from current Tony-winning Broadway musicals including Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper’s high-heeled hit Kinky Boots to historical masterpieces like Lin-Manuel Miranda’sHamilton.
There will also be renditions from The Book of Mormon, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Producers, Avenue Q, Billy Elliot, Side Show Pippin, and a Light in the Piazza, among others.
‘Where else can you bring together 250 gay men, Mormons, Drag Queens, Transgender Rock Stars, Shakespeare, conjoined twins in a carnival, British aristocracy, and cabaret singers in Nazi Germany and have it all make sense?’ says Dr. Joe Nadeau, Artistic Director and Conductor for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. ‘This showcases GMCLA’s rich, stunning choral sound, spectacular production numbers, dazzling costumes, and a message that we can all make this world a better place where all of us can be our true authentic selves.’
He Had It Coming has two performances on Saturday, April 1 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and on the following day, Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m.
To purchase tickets to the show visit www.gmcla.org, or call (818)-243-2539. For more information on the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and its Season 38 programming schedule, please call (424) 239-6514.
It’s sad that the main host of Turner Classic Movies, Robert Osborne, is no longer with us. But what an extraordinary life he had. Robert passed away in his sleep on March 6 at home in New York City of natural causes. He was 84 and is survived by theater director and producer David Staller who was his partner of 20 years. I came across these videos this morning and watched all of them and just had to share them with you. This man has some stories to tell! Enjoy!
People Magazine Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle delivered a marriage proposal scoop via Facebook this week.
It was his own.
Cagle is on vacation in Hawaii with boyfriend Matt Whitney and was served dessert at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort.
The spoon had four very important words on it it: ‘Will you marry me?’
Writes Cagle: ‘Matt brought me dessert. This spoon was in it. The dessert was amazing!! Also I said YES.’
Cagle has in recent years been one of the red carpet interviewers before the Academy Awards telecast and is a frequent television presence on various shows.
He is also editorial director of Entertainment Weekly and hosts a show on Sirius XM.
Cagle was honored last fall by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) for his contributions to the LGBTI community.
Cagle was cited for such things as a special report about the ‘Gay ’90s’ in Entertainment Weekly and his plea for gun control in the pages of People after 49 men and women were killed in the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando in June.
Wow – this is something. It’s Tom Selleck’s first-ever TV commercial from the early 1970s. He has age quite well but boy, the Magnum PI and Blue Bloods star was one heckuva young stud. Appearing with him are a very young and unknown Patti Deutsch, Teri Garr and Penny Marshall. Enjoy!
Kudos to Todd Fisher for being devoted to the legacy of his mother Debbie Reynolds and sister Carrie Fisher who died one day apart from each other last December. He has shared with E! News details of the public tribute planned for the two icons next week. The tribute has been planned with their many fans in mind. “Because of Debbie and her connection to her fans and Carrie and her connection to her fans, we thought it was very important to create an event that would be able to give them all an outlet and a place to express,” Todd said. “I know that’s what my mother would want and I know that’s what Carrie would want.”
“We created this forum so that everybody could participate, say their goodbyes and have some closure,” he added.
According to a family source, guests will have the opportunity to see never-before-seen footage and photos of the Hollywood stars. Fans who receive a program will be able to read an interview featuring Debbie that was done just two weeks before her death.
E! News has also learned that close family friend James Blunt wrote a song about Carrie that will be played during a montage for the very first time.
“It’s going to just be a very meaningful tribute to them and I think it’s going to be more positive than anything else,” Todd said. “I think everybody will be on a major rollercoaster ride.”
Ross Mathews isn’t one to shy away from the spotlight.
But he found himself the focus of unwanted attention last month when disgraced gay right wing journalist Milo Yiannopoulos tried to publicly shame him for being flamboyant.
Yiannopoulos had said: ‘I get emails from mothers sometimes and they say “My son is gay and I was terrified that he was going to turn into Ross Mathews.”‘
Mathews knew he had to respond publicly.
‘I thought about how proud I was that he chose me as the antithesis of him,’ Ross told me at last weekend’s Family Equality Council Impact Awards.
‘Then I thought, “I need the kids to hear my message and not his message.” So I went into my backyard. I didn’t talk to a publicist, I didn’t talk to anybody and I just kind of like said, “Ok, go!” I pushed record and I did one take and I thought I’ll put this out into the ether and hopefully the kids hear this and they did.’
Mathews had made this observation of Yiannopoulos in his video: ‘I guess he means that if you’re a bit flamboyant or different, you’re considered “less than.”’
Mathews, 37, gained fame more than 15 years ago as ‘Ross the Intern’ on NBC’s The Tonight Show.
He went on to become a regular panelist and sometimes guest host on Chelsea Lately and now is host of Hollywood Today Live and a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
His video response to Yiannopoulos went viral and has been viewed more than 2.7 million times since February 22.
‘When I saw those numbers go up like they did, I just felt such pride,’ Mathews says.
‘I’ve heard from a lot of people. I’m used to people knowing who I am and being nice. But now everywhere I go, a Starbucks or a mall, there’s somebody stopping me and thanking me.
‘I’ve read every single email, every single tweet and I’m so grateful. But it is not about me, it’s not why I made the video. I didn’t ask to be in this conversation and I don’t want it to be about me. I’m just glad that that message is getting out to the kids that they’re fine just the way they are.’
Asked how he came up with the words without preparation, Mathews says he just spoke from his heart.
‘The divine came through that day honey. Anyone who’s been there knows exactly what I was talking about.’
Today is this handsome pro footballer’s 31st birthday. He’s Edin Dzeko and he plays as a forward for Italian club Roma. He also plays for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team for which he is captain. Prior to joining Roma, Edin played for Manchester City, but he made a name for himself while playing for German club Wolfsburg. He has played 83 times for his country and scored 49 goals since 2007, becoming the highest Bosnian and Herzegovinian goalscorer of all time on September 7, 2012. Edin is multilingual, speaking four languages fluently: Bosnian, Czech, German and English.
It’s a safe bet Donald Trump won’t be playing Empire star Jussie Smollett’s new song at The White House.
The openly gay singer and actor’s new song F.U.W. (stands for Fucked Up World) blasts all that the controversial US president seems to stand for.
F.U.W. touches on human and LGBT rights, religious and racial prejudice and various injustices.
At one point the song asks: ‘Why we back in the past? It’s the same script, different cast. All these alternative facts.’
He also mentions Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote in the 2016 election. Trump won more electoral votes.
Smollett asks: ‘Why’s it to hard to keep up hope? Who got that popular vote? Was the whole thing just a joke?’
In one scene, a man in a wheelchair runs over a Donald Trump mask.
‘That mask is a representation of this false idea of patriotism,’ Smollett tells the Associated Press.
‘And that mask is a representation of this idea of white male privilege. It’s so much bigger than him. It’s what he represents, and it’s because of that representation, that’s why he’s the president of the United States currently.
‘It’s our opportunity to take those masks off and shatter them, so that’s what I did.’
Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen pretty much knows anytime there’s an article about him on LGBT media, he’s not going to enjoy the comments section.
‘Any time there’s ever been an article about me on any gay sites the comments are always just the meanest you can imagine,’ he tells MIC.com. ‘But that might be par for the course.’
He is proud to be the only openly gay late-night talk show host.
‘I’m now going into my eighth year of this so whether gay people like that or they don’t like it, I do know that there are young gay men across the country who maybe come to my book signings or have dinner with my mom and say “it’s touched me that I’ve been able to see a gay guy in late night.” So ultimately I can’t get too invested in what the comments say or what the gay media says because if there can be kids watching and thinking “Oh wow, look, that guy is gay and he has this show and everything seems okay with him” then that should be the important thing.’
This is heartbreaking. Today’s Morning Man is the late Michael Hance, a NYPD officer who went viral a few years ago during the city’s Pride Parade. He died this week at the age of 44 of brain cancer diagnosed last November. He was a first responder on 9-11 and leaves behind two young daughters. The 13-second video clip that made Hance famous shows him in full uniform and on duty, dancing and twerking with Aaron Santis, a marcher at Pride. When they parted ways, the men hug and his new friend plants a kiss on Hance’s cheek. Paige Ponzeka, who recorded the video, said the moment was ‘really special.’ ‘Aaron had danced in front of a lot of cops, but they were not as responsive. Then we saw this officer get into it,’ she told the New York Daily News. ‘[Hance] understood what the parade was about — about having fun and being yourself.’ And the fact that Hance was straight only made it so much better.