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Morning Round-Up: Pete Buttigieg; Kathy Griffin; Tonys; Kate McKinnon; Colton Underwood; AIDS/LifeCycle

Pete Buttigieg Grows Beard During Indiana’s Stay-at-Home Order Advocate

Kathy Griffin Says She’s in a Coronavirus Isolation Ward After Showing ‘Unbearably Painful’ Symptoms

Tony Awards Postponed Amid Pandemic TV Line

Hey, Kitty Girl: Kate McKinnon to Play “Tiger King” Queen Carole Baskin NewNowNext

Reality star Colton Underwood opens up about his struggles with his sexuality Queerty

Go Virtual: Help AIDS/LifeCycle Raise $13 Million for Critical HIV and AIDS Services LGBT News Now

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Morning Man Classic: Paul Michael Glaser!

Yesterday was Paul Michael Glaser’s 77th birthday so I want to pay tribute to one of my early crushes in life.

My oldest brother had a color TV in his room and would let me watch shows with him like Starsky & Hutch, Baretta and Charlie’s Angels. The rest of the time I’d have to share the black and white TV with the rest of the kids in the living room.


With his curly black hair, beautiful blue eyes, hairy chest and tight jeans, I could not keep my eyes off Det. Dave Starsky. He and Det. Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson (David Soul) were two streetwise cops who busted criminals in their red-and-white Ford Torino with the help of police snitch called Huggy Bear.

Paul once said in an interview: “I think between David’s and my chemistry and the notion of a buddy show, which I think, if I’m not mistaken, was the first of its kind on television…we had “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” as a feature, but we hadn’t seen that kind of pairing,… male bonding,.. whatever you want to call it in television. So this was kind of a first.”

Pre-TV fame, he appeared on Broadway in Butterflies Are Free then made his film debut playing Perchik in 1971′s movie version of Fiddler on the Roof.

After Starsky & Hutch, he directed such films as The Running Man starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Cutting Edge, and The Air Up There starring Kevin Bacon. He also directed episodes of several well-known TV series, including Miami Vice, Robbery Homicide Division and Judging Amy.

These days, Paul mostly writes and directs and continues his activism in the fight against Pediatric AIDS after losing his wife Elizabeth and their daughter to the disease. David still acts including a guest spot a few seasons back on Grace & Frankie and a recurring role on Ray Donovan.

Some much-needed perspective from Erich Bergin when it comes to having to stay at home

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To put it in perspective, this is how Mandela spent 18 years.

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Jussie Smollett resurfaces on Instagram: “Spread love and kindness… not Rona”

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Hope y’all are staying safe. Spread love and kindness… not Rona. Bro @davidmichaelott on (I swear imma learn this before I walk outside)

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Dan Levy on EW covers celebrating “Schitt’s Creek” marriage: “I would have been very comforted by these images as a kid”

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Thank you @entertainmentweekly for choosing to celebrate this relationship over three different covers. I would have been very comforted by these images as a kid. Surreal that I got to be a part of it.

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Totally Random Video: Bette Davis sings the theme song to ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane’ to promote movie

Back in 2017, I was obsessed with Feud: Bette and Joan. In one of the episodes, Susan Sarandon, as Bette Davis, sings this song to promote her movie with Joan Crawford. I had no idea this really happened so looked it up and sure enough here is Miss Davis singing the title tune. I give her all kinds of credit for being such a pro and being game to do whatever she had to do to promote the movie.

Thought it would make for a fun distraction for a few minutes today!

Feminist icon Billie Jean King wishes a happy 86th birthday to ultimate feminist icon Gloria Steinem

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Happy birthday to the tireless equality crusader, @gloriasteinem! #gloriasteinem #happybirthday

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Morning Round-Up: Todrick Hall; Terrence McNally; Andy Cohen; Hayley Kiyoko; Lady Gaga; Milo Ventimiglia

Todrick Hall calls Kim Kardashian a ‘stubborn little queef’ in sprawling rant Queerty

Lin-Manuel Miranda, George Takei and More Remember “Virtuosic” Terrence McNally The Hollywood Reporter

Andy Cohen Says Being Separated from Son Benjamin Is ‘Very Worst Part’ of Coronavirus Quarantine

Hayley Kiyoko Has Some Therapeutic Advice Amid Coronavirus: ‘We Will Triumph’ Billboard

Lady Gaga Postpones “Chromatica” Album Release Due to Coronavirus NewNowNext

Watch a nearly naked Milo Ventimiglia recreate Jack’s ‘birthday suit’ scene in This Is Us finale

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Wishing a happy birthday to Elton John!

Can he really be 73?

The forever-young Elton John is still going strong. He’s been a star for 50 years! My oldest brother used to play Elton’s albums every day in the mid-to-late 70s. He had them ALL.

I would look at the covers and just wonder how anybody could have the guts to wear some of those get-ups.

Then in high school for a spring concert, I performed Your Song. I knew exactly how because I had heard all those hundreds of times. I still do it at karaoke every now and then.

I interviewed Elton once, by telephone, for a magazine piece. I was told he would call on a Monday or a Tuesday but they did not know exactly when so keep my phone with me at all times. So on the Monday afternoon, I’m heading home on the packed 101 freeway and the phone rings: “Hello Greg, it’s Elton!” I ended up pulling off and into a gas station parking lot and scribbling notes on a yellow legal pad.

He made up for it though with wonderful performances at The Billies (an awards show for female athletes named for his close pal Billie Jean King) and at the DVD premiere of The Lion King at the El Capitan Theatre. Also saw he and Billy Joel in concert in the mid-1990s in San Diego. My friend Lorna Harris and I took a chartered buys with a bunch of KEZY listeners who had won tickets.

So many Elton memories. Where do all the years go?

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Wednesday Morning Man: Lee Pace!

The first time I met Lee Pace it was at a cemetery.

It was the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and it was for the premiere screening of the ABC series Pushing Daisies. I was a columnist for the LA Daily News and was excited to interview Lee who I was so impressed with in Soldier’s Girl.

He was tremendously nice that night and a about a year later when we had a phone interview about a movie he did called The Fall. I knew he was not straight but the closest we got to addressing it was his agreeing how hunky his Infamous co-star Daniel Craig had become for his role as James Bond.

The Julliard-trained actor’s movie career has taken off since then.

He starred as Thranduil the Elvenking in The Hobbit trilogy, and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as villain Ronan the Accuser, a role he first appeared as in Guardians of the Galaxy and reprised in Captain Marvel. He has also appeared in other film series including The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 as Garrett. He was also the protagonist Joe MacMillan for four seasons in AMC’s television drama Halt and Catch Fire.

It was just over two years ago that Lee a bit clumsily came out publicly while starring in the Broadway revival of Tony Kushner’s iconic play Angels in America. He told an interviewer he feels it’s important for gay actors to play the gay roles in both plays, but stopped short of labeling himself. He seemed a bit flustered and surprised by the question. “I’ve dated men. I’ve dated women,” he explained. “I don’t know why anyone would care. I’m an actor and I play roles. To be honest, I don’t know what to say—I find your question intrusive.”

But he soon spoke to The New York Times and was more at peace with coming out publicly: “It feels nicer,” he said, “than I ever thought it would be.”

Happy 41st birthday to this talented and oh-so handsome man!

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Special Tuesday Afternoon Video: Please watch this very important address from President Odious!

I can’t count how many times I’ve walked to get coffee with my best work pal Ari DeSano over the past 2.5 years – hundreds. We have the best little talks and a lot of laughs. Ari is a riot but I don’t often get to see their alter-ego, Odious Ari, in action so it was an absolute treat to see this video turn up over the weekend. I think it’s brilliant and I’m so proud of my friend for creating art and sharing it with the world.

I wanted you all to see it too!


Tributes to Terrence McNally from Matt Bomer, Cynthia Nixon, Neil Meron, Aaron Tviet, Seth Rudetsky

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The first theater ticket I ever bought with my own money was to see Lips Together, Teeth Apart by Terence McNally. He was a hero to me and countless others, and an icon in the American Theater. He could do anything. If you want to know more about him, watch the documentary Every Act of Life on PBS American Masters. His talent and example will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and loved ones. Thank you Mr. McNally- May you Rest In Peace.

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#RIP brilliant #TerenceMcNally. A true giant of the theatre. His legacy and voice will live on forever.

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So incredibly saddened at the passing of the great Terrence McNally—virtuosic playwright, fearless LGBT activist, and steadfast friend. There will never be another one like him.

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Devastated to hear this. One of the great joys of my professional life was getting to work with Terrence on Catch Me If You Can. I was constantly inspired by his amazing work which included pages of new dialogue on a preview day, flowing as if there was an unending well he was drawing from. One page better than the next. And I was so grateful for his gloriously supportive spirit. And I’m even more grateful to have gotten to know he and his dear husband Tom. We have lost a true legend of the American Theatre. Please watch his Documentary Every Act Of Life Sending condolences and love to his family in this difficult time

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My Broadway debut. THE RITZ by the late, great Terrence McNally. A pioneer. A true man of the theater. All his comedy had pathos. And boy, did he love musicals. He made his mark. And he will be missed.

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Afternoon Round-Up: Terrence McNally dies from coronavirus complications; Rosie O’Donnell; Patti LuPone; Chris Meloni

Terrence McNally, Tony-Winning Scribe of Love! Valour! Compassion!, Ragtime & More, Dies at 81 Broadway Buzz

Christopher Meloni Shows Off His Crazy Six-Pack Abs While Posing in ‘Quarantine Kilt’

Rosie O’Donnell Talks About Relaunching Her Talk Show Full Time After Coronavirus Benefit Variety

Patti LuPone Gives Tour of Her Basement, Plays Pinball, Dances During COVID-19 Quarantine Towleroad

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My favorite ATP tennis heartthrob Robert Farah is working out from home – and letting us watch

The ATP tennis tour is inactive, for now, due to coronavirus pandemic but the world’s top-ranked doubles player is determined to stay fit – and hot.

That booty!

Robert Farah, reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion with partner Juan Sebastián Cabal, is a generous hunk who often posts his workout on social media.

I can’t thank him enough!


Tom Daley reacts to Summer Olympics being postponed to 2021: “I promise to work my tail off”

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Waiting one more year to reach for our dreams is well worth the sacrifice to help keep people safe. Yes, I’ll be another year older, and my body will feel that, but I promise to work my tail off to make TeamGB as proud as I can when the time comes! #Tokyo2020

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Retired NBA player Jason Collins announces in Twitter that he has tested positive for Covid-19:

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Today’s Totally Random Video: When Madonna and Barbara Streisand showed up for some “Coffee Talk” on SNL

The year was 1992, the show was Saturday Night Live, and the sketch was Coffee Talk. Hostess Linda Richman (Mike Myers), her best friend Liz Rosenberg (Madonna) and Liz’s mom (Roseanne Barr) are huge Barbra Streisand fans and discuss Prince of Tides until Barbra herself makes a surprise appearance at the end.

My favorite Line: “I have a shpikus in my genektagazoink. Talk amongst yourselves.”

Morning Round-Up: Miley Cyrus; Denis Finnegan; Michelle Obama; Leonardo Nam; Reggie Greer

Miley Cyrus left her church when she witnessed it harming gay people Queerty

Track and Field star Denis Finnegan, 10-time national Irish champion, comes out as gay Outsports

Michelle Obama Talks to Ellen DeGeneres About How She, Barack, Sasha & Malia Are Hunkered Down at Home People

Leonardo Nam on How “Westworld”—And Gay Fatherhood—Changed Him NewNowNext

COVID-19 panic: 7 tips when you need to calm down LA Blade

LA LGBT Center Friends in Wuhan Overcome Obstacles in Coronavirus Epicenter to Help People Living With HIV and AIDS LGBT News Now

FX’s Pose Donates Medical Supply Props to New York Hospital Advocate

Reggie Greernamed LGBTQ liaison for Biden campaign Washington Blade

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Morning Man Classic: Steve McQueen!

Steve McQueen, the ruggedly handsome and very sexy star of The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, Papillon, The Sand Pebbles,  Bullitt, The Getaway, The Thomas Crown Affair and many other films, died far too young.

McQueen was born 90 years ago today.

Sadly, he was just 50 when he died in 1980 after developing several large abdominal tumors.

Thank God for the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival which is where in recent years I’ve seen so many McQueen films on the big screen which is how they should be seen to be fully enjoyed and appreciated. This is an actor who really was one of a kind.


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Celeb Instagram: Social Distancing Edition

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SPRING CLEANING Taking this opportunity to start fresh and to look within and without. #inthistogether

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Am I alone? I’m normally very active and always working/hustling… but Gurl I need to get my quarantine-life in order. #IllStartTomorrow #IKnowHowToSelfMotivate lol just being real.

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This was my show staff’s planned spring break week. I’ve asked them all to continue to stay home with their loved ones, and disconnect for a week. And I wish I hadn’t. I miss them. But I’ll be posting lots more next week when they’re back. Until then, enjoy today’s Safer-at-Home Spring Break 2020. Day 1.

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Corona beard, day twelve (@kinleyanddawson)

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