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Idina Menzel, Audra MacDonald, Nathan Lane, Sean Hayes, Bernadette Peters and others record song for Orlando

This is really something. I see Idina Menzel, Audra MacDonald, Carole King, Sean Hayes, Nathan Lane, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gloria Estefan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mathew Broderick, Rosie Perez, Bernadette Peters and many others as the Broadway community has come together to record a version of What the World Needs Now is Love to benefit the victims of the Orlando, Florida shooting at gay nightclub Pulse on June 12. Proceeds from the sale of the classic Burt Bacharach-Hal David song will benefit the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida.

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Matt Bomer visits James Corden on ‘The Late Late Show’ and does a sexy body roll

Just catching up on stuff and did not realize Matt Bomer had been on The Late Late Show on Friday.

He was there to chat up his new Amazon pilot The Last Tycoon which I watched this morning and really like. I would watch every episode if this were a series.

Anyway, while Matt was visiting with host James Corden, Reggie Watts and Guillermo Brown of The Late Late Show band showcase their body rolls, James asks Matt to demonstrate his for the audience. Watch Matt in The Last Tycoon pilot here: http://bit.ly/TheLastTycoon

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Late Night Video: A recap of Will and Kevin’s relationship on ‘Nashville’ – what’s ahead next season?

If Nashville had ended after being canceled by ABC last month, then the gay characters of Will and Kevin would have had a happy ending.

They found their way back to each other after splitting up as you can see in this video compilation of their romance. Now that CMT has picked up the series for a fifth season, it will be interesting to see what happens now between these two very appealing characters played by Chris Carmack (Will) and Kyle Dean Massey (Kevin).

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Newlyweds Kit Williamson and John Halbach of ‘The Eastsiders’ launch YouTube channel

If you watch the fabulous series The Eastsiders then you are familiar with Kit Williamson and John Halbach. They are a newlywed gay couple living in New York City and and a little bit in LA. They write: ‘We decided to start this vlog to give everyone a behind the scenes look at our work as actors, activists and indie filmmakers. We just got gay married this year but we’ve been a gay couple for nine gay years. We love to gay travel and are excited to gay vlog about that too! So hit subscribe and come along for the crazy gay ride!’ I’ll be posting their adventure regularly on tuis site.

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A sweet birthday message to Peter Paige from fellow ‘Queer As Folk’ alum Robert Gant

Wishing the Happiest of Birthdays to this amazing man. They don't make them any better. Happy Birthday, my dear friend! May this be the beginning of your best year ever!! #LoveMeSomePeterPaige

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Watch Paul McCartney’s tribute to Orlando

This was last week but I just saw it so want to share with you now: While on his One on One concert tour in Europe, Sir Paul McCartney paid a moving tribute to the victims of the Orlando mass shooting.

On stage in Berlin, the former Beatles member displayed a rainbow flag and shouted in German, ‘We stand together with Orlando.’

McCartney, 73, then proudly draped the flag over his shoulders to the roar of the crowd.

He went on to give an emotional performance of the famous 1965 Beatles song, Yesterday which he wrote.

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See the trailer for HBO’s finale of ‘Looking’

Apologies for the lack of fresh posts so far today. Had some wifi issues but they are resolved and I have plenty of posts coming up so check back! To kick things off, here is the trailer for the finale of Looking which premieres next month on HBO.

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Celeb Instagram: Father’s Day Edition Part 2

Happy Father's Day!!! The greatest gift #Family @gberlanti

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Happy Father's Day! I'm so grateful for David being an amazing person, and for his selfless and constant work raising these two 'lil nuggets.

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Happy Father's Day, to all the fathers out there, and a special wish to the best one I know @jeremiahbrent

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Happy Father's Day, Dad. Thank you for being such a wonderful man and father. I'm truly fortunate to have the blessing of you and your never-ending caring, guidance, and love. I love you always and forever.

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You guys know I love Dads. Dads are awesome. But today I'm going to talk about mine! We give Papa Bear a lot of shit, but truly, my dad is a good man. He talks A LOT (and sometimes doesn't stop), and some of the things that come out of his mouth are… questionable… And intense… And just "what-were-you-thinking-dude?" awkward (if you guys were wondering where I get it from ;p), but if actions are the true indicator of where a man's heart lies, my dad's heart is, and has always been, unwaveringly with his family. He has always put our comfort, safety, happiness, well being, etc, ahead of his own. Dad, I love you, dude. Your commitment to your family has been the greatest model of sacrifice and commitment I've experienced in my life. It has been truly noble. Thank you for being the living example of what it means to be a good dad who puts his family first. I hope I can do that half as well as you one day. I mean, obviously I already do a lot of stuff better, but this is one area I'm really going to have to work at ;) Alright, old man, have a good day! I realize I'm more like you each day… And it scares the shit out of me. ;p Don't take too many naps today, you new retiree. Bunny needs her exercise. Love, your proud son, – Steve #fathersday

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Wilson Cruz’s message on Orlando victims: ‘Let’s not whitewash their experience, it’s multi-faceted”

#somosorlando

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Late Night Video: The Tampa Bay Rays and Major League Baseball honor the Orlando victims

The Tampa Bay Blue Rays and San Fransisco Giants players and coaches delivered messages to Orlando prior to their game at Tropicana Field this weekend. It’s been a week since a gunman shot 49 people to death inside the gay nightclub Pulse.

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Celeb Instagram: Father’s Day Edition

Grateful for this beautiful man. Thank you Dad for your kindness, your sensitivity, for all your love and for all the canoe rides down the river that still mean so much to me.

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Happy Father's Day to my very handsome Dad, Mister Lou!

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Happy Father's Day Dad!

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Happy Father's Day to the Col. #usmc #whenyoubecomeyourparents

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Even though he's now watching over me from above..I'll always be Col. Roberts baby girl. Bless you daddy & all fathers today and every day. #HappyFathersDay

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President Obama’s Father’s Day address in aftermath of Orlando: ‘In the days ahead, let’s be there for each other’

President Barack Obama made such a meaningful Father’s Day address today. Below is the complete text and video. I hope you take the time to read/watch and pass it on. Transcript:

It’s been less than a week since the deadliest mass shooting in American history. And foremost in all of our minds has been the loss and the grief felt by the people of Orlando, especially our friends who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. I visited with the families of many of the victims on Thursday. And one thing I told them is that they’re not alone. The American people, and people all over the world, are standing with them – and we always will.

The investigation is ongoing, but we know that the killer was an angry and disturbed individual who took in extremist information and propaganda over the internet, and became radicalized. During his killing spree, he pledged allegiance to ISIL, a group that’s called on people around the world to attack innocent civilians.

We are and we will keep doing everything in our power to stop these kinds of attacks, and to ultimately destroy ISIL. The extraordinary people in our intelligence, military, homeland security, and law enforcement communities have already prevented many attacks, saved many lives, and we won’t let up.

Alongside the stories of bravery and healing and coming together over the past week, we’ve also seen a renewed focus on reducing gun violence. As I said a few days ago, being tough on terrorism requires more than talk. Being tough on terrorism, particularly the sorts of homegrown terrorism that we’ve seen now in Orlando and San Bernardino, means making it harder for people who want to kill Americans to get their hands on assault weapons that are capable of killing dozens of innocents as quickly as possible. That’s something I’ll continue to talk about in the weeks ahead.

It’s also part of something that I’ve been thinking a lot about this week – and that’s the responsibilities we have to each other. That’s certainly true with Father’s Day upon us.

I grew up without my father around. While I wonder what my life would have been like if he had been a greater presence, I’ve also tried extra hard to be a good dad for my own daughters. Like all dads, I worry about my girls’ safety all the time. Especially when we see preventable violence in places our sons and daughters go every day – their schools and houses of worship, movie theaters, nightclubs, as they get older. It’s unconscionable that we allow easy access to weapons of war in these places – and then, even after we see parents grieve for their children, the fact that we as a country do nothing to prevent the next heartbreak makes no sense.

So this past week, I’ve also thought a lot about dads and moms around the country who’ve had to explain to their children what happened in Orlando. Time and again, we’ve observed moments of silence for victims of terror and gun violence. Too often, those moments have been followed by months of silence. By inaction that is simply inexcusable. If we’re going to raise our kids in a safer, more loving world, we need to speak up for it. We need our kids to hear us speak up about the risks guns pose to our communities, and against a status quo that doesn’t make sense. They need to hear us say these things even when those who disagree are loud and are powerful. We need our kids to hear from us why tolerance and equality matter – about the times their absence has scarred our history and how greater understanding will better the future they will inherit. We need our kids to hear our words – and also see us live our own lives with love.

And we can’t forget our responsibility to remind our kids of the role models whose light shines through in times of darkness. The police and first responders, the lifesaving bystanders and blood donors. Those who comfort mourners and visit the wounded. The victims whose last acts on this earth helped others to safety. They’re not just role models for our kids – their actions are examples for all of us.

To be a parent is to come to realize not everything is in our control. But as parents, we should remember there’s one responsibility that’s always in our power to fulfill: our obligation to give our children unconditional love and support; to show them the difference between right and wrong; to teach them to love, not to hate; and to appreciate our differences not as something to fear, but as a great gift to cherish.

To me, fatherhood means being there. So in the days ahead, let’s be there for each other. Let’s be there for our families, and for those that are hurting. Let’s come together in our communities and as a country. And let’s never forget how much good we can achieve simply by loving one another.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, and have a great weekend.

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A beautiful photo of survival from Orlando

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Christina Aguilera releases ‘Change,’ a song about Orlando: ‘We all have the choice to spread love’

Christina Aguilera releases song about Orlando. She writes:

The horrific tragedy that occurred in Orlando continues to weigh heavily on my mind. I am sending so much love and so many prayers to the victims and their families. Like so many, I want to help be part of the change this world needs to make it a beautiful inclusive place where humanity can love each other freely and passionately.

We live in a time of diversity, in a time of endless possibilities, in a time where expression of oneself is something to be celebrated. And I am left wondering how people filled with so much love could be taken by so much hate.

Though there is such heavy sadness I believe that there is much more love in the world than we know. We need to learn to love again, we need to learn that one person does make a difference; we need to keep love in our hearts. As Nelson Mandela once said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

We all have the choice to spread love, encourage individuality and make a difference to others – we are all in this together, as one, united in love.

Sending all my love, thoughts and prayers,

xo Xtina

“Change” by Christina Aguilera is available now for download on iTunes. All proceeds from the download of “Change” on iTunes between June 17th and September 14th will benefit the National Compassion Fund, which raises funds for the victims and families affected by the Pulse shooting in Orlando.

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For All Those Who Just Wanted to Dance …

#OnePulse

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Human Rights Campaign creates eight-story memorial with images of all 49 victims of Orlando attack

Before dawn on Friday, Human Rights Campaign began installing images of all 49 victims of Sunday’s attack in its front windows, creating an 8-story composite image that carries the message “We Are Orlando.”

Additionally, HRC put together a memorial with a wreath, flowers and a place for passers by to leave their thoughts in front of their Washington DC building.

HRC notes: The average age of the victims’ was 29. Almost every one of them was either Black or Latinx. They were someone’s brother, father, sister, daughter, family and friend. They served in the military, worked at the local coffee shop, and brought joy to children’s lives at theme parks. They were the people HRC fights for every single day.

‘As we continue to mourn around the globe, our hearts, thoughts and prayers remain in Orlando.’

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US Men’s National Soccer Team Captain wears rainbow armband in support of the LGBT community

This is a beautiful thing.

US Men’s National Soccer Team Captain Michael Bradley showed up to a match against Ecuador on Thursday wearing a rainbow armband in support of the LGBT community and the victims of the Orlando massacre.

Written on the rainbow armband were the words, “One Nation.”

“Obviously it’s an incredibly sad week for our country, for the LGBT community,” Bradley said following the game. “You know, we all feel a big sense of responsibility every time we represent our country, and I think wearing that armband was the best way to represent our country tonight.”

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Prince Harry to Orlando survivors, families: ‘You are all in our prayers as you face the days and weeks ahead’

Prince Harry has written to the Mayor of Orlando to express his sympathy and support following the city’s devastating mass shooting on June 12.

Orlando hosted Harry’s Paralympic-style Invictus Games in May. The letter is addressed to Mayor Buddy Dyer:

Dear Mayor Dyer,

I wanted to write and express my most sincere condolences to the people of Orlando after the horrific attack on the Pulse nightclub on Sunday.

Having just spent time in Orlando I know what a warm and welcoming community it is. In spite of this senseless act, I have no doubt that the love and friendship of your city will remain strong.

I would also like to pass on my deepest admiration to the law enforcement officers who attended the nightclub during the attack for their extraordinary bravery and professionalism.

Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones at this most difficult of times. You are all in our prayers as you face the days and weeks ahead.

Best wishes,
Harry

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John Barrowman wears T-shirt for a worthy cause

One heart. One pulse. One love. 100% of shirt proceeds to benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund represent.com/Orlando JB

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Ellen Page calls out hateful rhetoric that leads to violence and bullying against LGBT people

Ellen Page is blaming anti-gay rhetoric for breeding the kind of violence that took place in Orlando over he weekend.

‘The reality is violence towards LGBT people, this is a common thing,’ the Oscar nominated actress said on Chelsea Handler’s Netflix show.

Page, who came out publicly as a lesbian in 2014, was composed but her voice filled with emotion as she discussed the massacre inside of a gay nightclub that left 49 people dead and 53 more injured.

‘Hate crimes towards LGBT people, extremely anti-gay, anti-bi, anti-trans rhetoric – that is constantly creating a poisonous environment which leads towards people hating themselves,’ Page said.

‘It leads to people being violent towards one another, to bullying, to abuse. It really needs to stop because people are really, really struggling.

‘They deserve to live freely and love freely and not be afraid.’

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