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Serena Williams at center of tennis controversy after clashing with umpire during loss in US Open final

A lot of people are still talking about the US Open women’s final between eventual winner Naomi Osaka and runner-up Serena Williams.

I think Osaka is a bright new star who handled herself with a lot of dignity and class throughout the chaos surrounding her first grand slam title. Chair umpire Carlos Ramos decided to penalize Serena because of coaching he saw coming from her box. Serena didn’t see it and was upset because she took it as Ramos accusing her of cheating.

Things escalated from there. Serena broke a racket and got penalized a point then called Ramos a “thief” which led to a verbal abuse call and the loss of a game. This is all during a grand slam final with history on the line.

Men’s champion Novak Djokovic made a comment in his post-match press conference that sums up my feelings pretty well: “I have my personal opinion that maybe the chair umpire should not have pushed Serena to the limit, especially in a Grand Slam final. He did change the course of the match. It was, in my opinion, maybe unnecessary. We all go through our emotions, especially when you’re fighting for a Grand Slam trophy.”

Former US Open champions Billie Jean King (in Washington Post) and Martina Navratilova (in The New York Times) have written Op-Eds about the controversy. Both make excellent points but I think BJK makes the best points.

As a longtime tennis fan, I was deeply upset that this umpire ruined the final for the winner, the loser, and the crowd. But if discussions about sexism and the stupid coaching rule (good grief, just drop the damned rule) can come out of this, great.

There are those who will say there is no excuse for Serena’s behavior. I understand it and hope she can come back and at least tie the record of 24 grand slam singles titles currently held by homophobic bigot Margaret Court (Serena has 23).


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Morning Round-Up: Alexandra Billings; Chris Pine; Milan Christopher; Cynthia Nixon; Caitlyn Jenner; Jonathan Van Ness

Broadway-Bound Alexandra Billings: “Transparent” Opened a Portal, “Pose” Pushed Through It NewNowNext

Chris Pine addresses public’s interest in his penis: ‘It’s pretty cool’ Gay Star News

Milan Christopher says he’s doing much better after nearly suffering a “mental breakdown” last week Queerty

Andrew Cuomo Increases Lead Over Cynthia Nixon to 41 Points in NY Governior’s Race Siena College Research Institute

Emcee at LGBTQ Journalists Convention Addresses Attendees as ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, Things and Its’ Towleroad

Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Candidate In Hot Water After Transphobic Caitlyn Jenner Meme Is Shared With Reporter Instinct

Jonathan Van Ness slams ‘transphobic’ critic of sheer top/skirt Emmys date night look Gay Star News

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Monday Morning Man: Alvaro Morata!

Today’s Morning Man is the dreamy Álvaro Morata.

He’s a 25-year-old Spanish professional footballer who plays for Chelsea and the Spain national team as a striker. He formerly played for real Madrid.

This talented athlete clearly has a big heart. In March 2014, he shaved off all of his hair in solidarity with sick children, saying “kids with cancer wanted to have my haircut but they couldn’t, so I gave myself theirs.”

Good in the air and at holding up the ball, with clinical finishing ability, quick feet and excellent movement, in his youth Morata drew comparisons to Real Madrid and Spain’s Fernando Morientes due to his playing style.



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‘Queer Eye’ reboot wins Emmy for Best Reality Series – 14 years after original version won prize

This is great!

Season one of Netfix’s Queer Eye reboot won the Emmy tonight for Outstanding (Structured) Reality Series beating out, among others, ABC’s Shark Tank which had won every year since 2014..

Congrats to Queer Eye stars Antoni Porowski (Food & Wine), Bobby Berk (Interior Design), Karamo Brown (Culture), Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming) and Tan France (Fashion).

Deadline reports that co-creator David Collins gave an exuberant acceptance speech that, unfortunately was so long on people-thanking, that by the time he began to speak about the series’ importance to the LGBTQ community he was being drowned out by the drown-out music.

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We Won! #emmys2018

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With tears in my eyes, I present to you OUR FIRST EMMY! So proud of my boys and the ENTIRE production!!

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RuPaul wins third Emmy as ‘Drag Race’ host

RuPaul Charles won his third Emmy tonight for Outstanding Host for RuPaul’s Drag Race.

He took the stage and said: “Everbody say ‘love!’” “Now drive that down to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!”

Ru went on to say: “Our show is about love and the tenacity of the human spirit. We are so happy to present all these queens to the world.”

Backstage Ru was asked about the positivity of the show and how it affects today’s politically charged social climate.

“The divisiveness is new to you, to the white folks. But for outsiders, for us, the gay, black — we have survived and thrived in this kind of atmosphere all of our lives. At Drag Race we’ve always done what we do, and we will continue to do what we do. It’s really about looking at life as a big choice and you can see the glass as half-full, or half-empty — one choice is correct and the other choice will be painful.

“I choose joy,” he added. “That’s why our show is so successful.”

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Novak Djokovic wins 3rd US Open title – ties Pete Sampras for third place on all-time slam list

In a battle between two former US Open champions Novak Djokovic beat Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

The win tied Djokovic in third place with Pete Sampras for most major trophies earned in the men’s game. Roger Federer leads with 20 Grand Slam titles, and Rafael Nadal is in second place with 17.

“I’m a student of the sport, of course, as everybody else,” Djokovic said. “I respect history, everyone that has paved the path for me and all of us to be doing what we’re doing, to be part of this wonderful sport.

“Pete Sampras is one of the biggest legends ever to play the game. “He was my childhood idol. He was someone I was looking up to. The first thing I saw related to tennis on the TV was his first or second Wimbledon championship. That inspired me to start playing tennis.”

“There is a lot of significance of me being now shoulder to shoulder in terms of Grand Slam wins with him,” Djokovic added. “It’s truly incredible when you think about it.”



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WATCH: “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen pays his first-ever visit to “Jimmy Kimmel Live”



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Armie Hammer on “Call Me By Your Name” sequel: “I want to see it happen. I want to do it again”

Variety’s Marc Malkin talked to Armie Hammer at the Toronto International Film Festival a planned sequel to the superb Call Me By Your Name which he starred in with Timothee Chalamet.

Says Hammer: “The only thing I want to see is I want to see it happen. I want to do it again. I miss the whole crew. It was such a special time. It was such a collaborative, unique, and totally immersive filming experience that I never really had, nor since. If we get to do another one, I’ll feel really lucky.”

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Garrett Clayton is having a ‘lazy Sunday’

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Showtune Sunday: Garland, Staunton, Lavin, Moreno and more perform “Some People” from “Gypsy”

I wen down a YouTube worm hole this morning watching as many different versions of the big Some People number from Gypsy.

It’s been fabulous.

We all know Merman, Lansbury, Daly, Peters and LuPone played the role on Broadway and Russell and Midler did the movies. Some of them are included here. But I loved finding Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Linda Lavin, Imelda Staunton, Lena Horne, Rita Moreno and others doing their takes.

Enjoy and let me know which ones you like best.

I think Rita Moreno was born for the role!









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Morning Man Classic: Patrick Rafter!


The US Open men’s final is today so this is a perfect time to feature the most gorgeous men’s champion in the history of the tournament.

He’s Patrick Rafter and he electrified the tennis world when he served and volleyed his way to the title in 1997 then defended his crown with another title in 1998.

What makes this one-time GQ cover boy even more attractive is his smile, the twinkle in his eye, the feeling that he’s having a good time.

In addition to his US Opens wins, Rafter was briefly ranked number one in the world during the summer of 1999, twice making it to the finals of Wimbledon and winning the Australian Open doubles crown.

He managed to beat Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi several times when both were at the peak of their powers.

Injury cut his career a bit short and caused him to retire in 2002. He was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006.





Cher performs “SOS” and I kinda love it!

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Weekend Round-Up: Russell Tovey; Chris Pine; Burt Reynolds; Aaron Philip; Farrah & Ryan’s son

Russell Tovey talks modern dating on the gay scene: “I’m a one-man guy” Gay Times

Chris Pine’s Penis Stole the Show at Opening Night of Toronto Film Festival NewNowNext

The internet remembers Burt Reynolds with thirsty memes Queerty

Aaron Philip becomes the first trans and disabled model to sign with Elite Gay Star News

Gay Man Sues Farrah Fawcett’s Son, Says Redmond O’Neal Beat Him in Brutal, Homophobic Attack Towleroad

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Andy & Anderson celebrate Ralph Lauren!

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Celebrating 50 years of @RalphLauren last night with Zaddy. It was a beautiful, only in New York kinda evening. Road trip to Vegas on 10/26 & we’ll tell you all about it! (Sorry for turning this into a shill for AC2 but I’m excited we’re playing Caesars!) photo: @gnpace

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Watch this game of “Musical Cher’s” on “The Late Late Show with James Corden”


Host James Corden, dressed as Cher, invites Cher, William H. Macy also dressed as Cher, and Late Late Show staffers also dressed as Cher to compete against him in a game of Musical Chers. It’s like Musical Chairs, but with a lot of Chers and the music is Cher’s.
BONUS VIDEO: Cher and Macy on Corden’s couch talking about ABBA and what they need in the recording studio.

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Watch sexy Rafael Nadal warm up!


What a physical specimen! Rafael Nadal faces Juan Martin Del Potro in the semifinals of the US Open today. Del Potro was the tournament in 2009 while Nadal is a three-time champion. Love Nadal’s warm-up clothes, the baseball cap, the whole thing!

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Days of Our Lives: Will Horton gets his full memory back and remembers his deep love for Sonny

Lots going on right now with the Will/Sonny/Paul triangle on Days of Our Lives.

Will Horton, in love with boyfriend Paul Narita, gets his memory back at his grandmother’s wedding and remembers – and feels – the intensity of his love for ex-husband Sonny Kiriakis.

As he tries to sort out all these emotions, the drama abounds. People are shot, people fall out of three-story windows. All in the same day!

Through it all, Chandler Massey, as Will, makes us care.

He’s been nominated for five Emmys and won three because he so beautifully and naturally conveys what Will is feeling. Those eyes say so much.

I’ve compiled all the scenes from recent weeks that I could find but they are not all here. I watch full episodes over on NBC.com and you can see them there.




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Cher announces dates for “Here We Go Again” tour

Cher is everywhere right now.

Hooray!

The legend appeared on today’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show and announced her first U.S. tour in five years. She hits the road starting January 17 in Fort Myers, FL and will be crossing the U.S. with stops in Atlanta, Chicago, Brooklyn, and more before wrapping up in St. Paul, MN on May 18.

I don’t see any LA dates so I’m sure that is to come because as much as I love my Cher, I’m not adding the price of an airline ticket to the cost of a concert ticket!

She is expected to perform her biggest hits along with some new songs from her ABBA tribute album Dancing Queen, which will be released on September 28.

Fans can begin buying general public tickets Friday, September 14 at 10 am on Live Nation’s website, while Citi card members will have access to an exclusive presale on Wednesday September 12 at 10 am local time.


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“Flipping Out” star Jeff Lewis says Jenni Pulos reported him for abuse: ‘It put my entire career in jeopardy’

Wow.

Jeff Lewis and Jenni Pulos have had plenty of fights during the many years they have appeared on the Bravo series Flipping Out together.

Pulos allegedly reported Lewis to Bravo and the show’s production company, Authentic Entertainment, for “abuse and victimization.” When Lewis was cleared after an investigation, People.com reports that Pulos reported him “for wrongfully terminating her off her own show” while making “allegations of a hostile working environment.”

“Her making this claim, it put my entire career in jeopardy. My family, my livelihood, everything,” Lewis said, speculating that his Bravo show would likely be cancelled. “I just lost my job. I’m pretty sure of that. But I need to get in front of the story and I have to tell my side of the story. I’m a dead man walking, but I have to tell my story.”

“I would never do that to a friend of 15, 16 years,” he added. “I would never put someone – I love her family, I love her kids, she’s a godmother to my child, I would never do that to her.”

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News Round-Up: “Frozen” actor Timothy R. Hughes; Troye Sivan; Lady Gaga; Brett Kavanaugh; NFL

Frozen actor Timothy R. Hughes snatches Trump banner from audience member during bows on Broadway Gay Star News

These 46 NFL players would support an openly gay teammate Outsports

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Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh refuses to give his opinion on gay marriage Pink News

Lady Gaga Releases New A Star Is Born clips Out.com

On the Rag: Kenneth in the 212′s weekly look at what’s making news in the gay mags Kenneth in the 212

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