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Kathy Griffin shares memories of Gloria Vanderbilt: “I loved her so much. She let me call her ‘Glo Vandi’”

It was so sad that the friendship between Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper ended and one of the reasons was because the comic had been so close to his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.

I’m not sure if the two women remained in touch after the former CNN New Year’s Eve hosts fell out but upon Vanderbilt’s death at 95, Griffin reflected on their friendship:

I lost a friend today. The one and only Gloria Vanderbilt. I loved her so much. She let me call her “Glo Vandi” and I would be so flattered when she would refer to me as her daughter. When we would have our alone time, we would sit on this sofa and talk for hours. No topic was ever off-limits and believe it or not I would even shut up for a while because, oh the life that woman lived. I’d always plan on wearing something ridiculous to get her to laugh from the moment she opened the door. She would invite me to a book event, where I know I would be surrounded with so many intellectuals, I would always get overdressed and try to learn a new big word for the occasion! The dinner parties! I was so thrilled to be invited and spend more time with her. Often at these events I would be quite intimidated and Glo knew what to do. She would stop the conversation and say “Kaaaathy, WHAT is going on with the Lohans?” She would open up about her early life. The trauma she went through as a little girl & a grown woman. The ups, downs of her life. Her candor was extraordinary. I have no photos of those private conversations. “Kathy, there’s always more and we’re never done”. I love you Glo

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Andy Cohen on death of Gloria Vanderbilt: ” Anderson’s iconic and infectious giggle comes from his mom”

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Gloria Vanderbilt was an amazing woman who lived a life filled with incredible peaks and impossible obstacles. Through it all she remained eternally optimistic with a wicked sense of humor. In fact, Anderson’s iconic and infectious giggle comes from his mom. Sending Anderson all my love, and may she Rest In Peace.

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The death of Gloria Vanderbilt at age 95 is announced on CNN by her son, Anderson Cooper

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Morning Round-Up: Eugene Lee Yang; Prince Harry; Billy Porter; Richard E. Grant; Aaron Schock

YouTuber Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys comes out: “I’m gay” Gay Star News

Prince Harry Follows in Mom Princess Diana’s Footsteps by Advocating for Clearing Landmines

Billy Porter Empowers With LGBTQ Pride Anthem “Love Yourself” NewNowNext

Aaron Schock: I’m Not Running for Congress Right Now Towleroad

Richard E. Grant to Play Drag Mom in “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” Film NewNowNext

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Monday Morning Man: Matteo Berrettini!

Italian tennis pro Matteo Berrettini edged past Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Stuttgart Open final on Sunday, lifting his third career singles trophy after a narrow 6-4, 7-6 (11) victory.

Berrettini, 23, was competing in his third singles final of the season, following victory in Budapest in April and defeat in Munich last month, on clay on both occasions. The narrow win marked his first tournament victory on grass.

The victory lifts the sexy pro’s world ranking to a career high number 22.

He will next try and make an impression at Wimbledon where he will be seeded. The furthest he’s ever gone in a grand slam tournament was the third round of the French Open last year.

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Pete Buttigieg: “It’s very difficult to take the President at his word anytime he says anything”

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg had a busy morning appearing on two of the Sunday morning news show. On NBC’s Meet the Press he talked about his presidential campaign, saber rattling with Iran and foreign interference in elections. On CBS’s Face the Nation, Buttigieg joined moderator Margaret Brennan for a wide-ranging interview about his 2020 campaign for president, foreign policy and more.

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Celeb Instagram: Father’s Day Edition!

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Father’s Day heaven. ❤️

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Father’s Day dinner. Caleb and Mia both sleeping.

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Happy Father’s Day, Dad! Thanks for the brows and the laughs! ???? @georgepimentel1

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Pete Buttigieg: “One year ago I married the love of my life. I’m so thankful I found you, Chasten”

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WATCH: Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black celebrate their first Father’s Day

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Our first Father’s Day as Daddy and Papa! Being a Dad has changed so many of my perspectives of life and I wake up every day so excited to see our little man I love our little family so much! We made a YouTube video telling terrible dad jokes too! Head to my story to check it out! : @tomcockram @britishgq

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Weekend Round-Up: Matt Bomer; Taylor Swift; Bryce Dallas Howard; Neil Patrick Harris; Mr. Dan

Matt Bomer Says His New Role Is About Breaking Down Walls Advocate

Taylor Swift does surprise show at Stonewall Inn and reactions are mixed Gay Star News

Bryce Dallas Howard says it would be a ‘privilege’ to parent an LGBTI child Gay Star News

How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris says he’s no gay icon Pink News

Long Before ‘Drag Race,’ There Was Mr. Dan The New York Times

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Andy Cohen talks Stanley Cup, fatherhood, and 10th anniversary of “Watch What Happens Live”

Andy Cohen talks with Seth Meyers on NBC’s Late Night about watching the St. Louis Blues win the Stanley Cup in an arena full of Boston Bruins fans, the upcoming tenth anniversary of Watch What Happens Live and how becoming a father has changed his life.

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David Burtka’s birthday wish to husband Neil Patrick Harris: “I love my life with you”

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Happy Birthday to this extraordinary man. He is beyond kind, sexy, fun, adventurous, so smart, the best husband/father, and makes me laugh more than anyone else I know. @nph I love my life with you. Every year I spend with you gets deeper, happier and more satisfied. I hope your birthday is everything you want. I love you.

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Billy Porter talks about wearing dresses during visit with Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show”

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About Last Night: Greg In Hollywood attends packed 20th anniversary screening of the cult classic “Trick”

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Lead actors Christian Campbell and John Paul Pitoc were both on hand tonight for the 20th anniversary screening of the indie gem “Trick.” #indiefilm #lgbtfilm #outfest

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It was quite the reunion at last night’s 20th anniversary screening of “Trick.” Here are cast and writer, director, producer and more. Cast members @torispelling and @misscocoperu made video greetings at this fun event presented by @outfest

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WATCH: Talk show host RuPaul sits down with Sen. Cory Booker, and Jack Osbourne

On an episode of RuPaul’s talk show this week, Senator Cory Booker discusses his current campaign for president, and he has a special surprise! Jack Osbourne talks about life as an Osbourne and how he has dealt with hisMS diagnosis.

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Morning Round-Up: Ricky Martin; Billy Porter; Pete Buttigieg; Taylor Swift; Emma Thompson

Ricky Martin helps get Puerto Rico ‘religious freedom’ bill axed Gay Star News

Billy Porter: “I Have PTSD” From Living Through the AIDS Epidemic NewNowNext

Pete Buttigieg Will Be First Gay Candidate in Presidential Debates Advocate

New poll finds Mayor Pete walloping Trump in head-to-head election matchup Queerty

Emma Thompson Wants to See a Nanny McPhee Drag Queen NewNowNext

Taylor Swift Takes Aim at Anti-Gay Haters in ‘You Need To Calm Down’ Towleroad

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Friday Morning Man: Quinn Tivey!

Those eyes!

They belong to Elizabeth Taylor’s very handsome grandson, Quinn Tivey.

The 33 year old is a New York-based artist with an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. He has worked as an ambassador for The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation for several years. As an ETAF Ambassador, he captures the perspectives of people living with HIV across the U.S. He initiated a photo-essay project in which he photographed and spoke to people assisted by ETAF grants and shared their personal stories with the world.

His mother, Liza, was born during Miss Taylor’s marriage to Oscar-winning producer Mike Todd.

Of his famous grandmother he said: ‘She demonstrated immeasurable courage and compassion throughout her life and her activism, and to be a part of continuing that legacy, and to actually help other people in small or big ways, is an honor.’

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Scott Evans posts sweet birthday wish to brother Chris Evans: “You were my hero first and you still are”

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Time progression of a best friendship through pictures. You were my hero first and you still are. Happy birthday old man! Love you!!

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A salute to Steffi Graf on her 50th birthday!

There are those who believe Serena Williams is the greatest female tennis player of all time.

I still give that honor to Steffi Graf who turns 50 today.

While Serena has won 23 grand slam singles titles over 18 years, Steffi won 22 over 12 years and in 1988 won all four slams plus the Olympic gold medal to record the only “Golden Slam” in history. Steffi also won more than 100 singles titles and three Grand Slam tournaments in a calendar year five times (1988, 1989, 1993, 1995 and 1996).

Steffi was simply splendid to watch and one of my all-time favorite players – male or female.

She retired in 1999 shortly after winning the French Open for the sixth time and making it to the finals of Wimbledon. She was ranked third in the world at the time but had spent more weeks ranked number one than any woman or any man who has ever played. She married Andre Agassi and for several years traveled the tour with him while raising their two children. For the past two decades, she has since devoted her time to “Children for Tomorrow”, a non-profit foundation established in 1998 for implementing and developing projects to support children who have been traumatized by war or other crises.

Here are some videos that capture the essence of the spectacular Steffi.

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