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Discovering Drew Droege as Chloe Segivny

Okay, I don’t know how this happened but I was not really familiar with Drew Droege’s parody of Chloe Segivny until this year’s Outfest.

Before some of the films, they showed a hilarious video of Drew, as Chloe, telling us to turn off our cell phones etc and to enjoy the ‘fil-ims.’

Anyway, Drew was a superb host of the Awards Brunch earlier today and even made a brief appearance as Chloe.

Here are some videos of the brilliant Drew as Chloe.

Enjoy America!


Andy Roddick is back in winner’s circle

Love this.

Andy Roddick, once ranked number one one in the world and for many years the best American male on the pro tennis tour, has been increasingly written off as a has-been as his ranking has dropped into the 30s.

But Roddick, the 2003 US Open champion and three-time Wimbledon finalist, has been staging something of a comeback this summer and earlier today, won the Atlanta Open – the 32nd singles titles of his career.

”I’ve won 32 times and in every one of them I’ve never assumed I was going to win again,” he said. ”I just kind of go about the process of playing, work hard and hope I can put myself in position enough times where you kind of create some success for yourself.”

Roddick, 29, ranks third among active players in career titles behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Although Roddick lost in the third round at Wimbledon to seventh-ranked David Ferrer, he won the title at Eastbourne the week before and is now ranked 22nd. He will play singles and doubles for the US at the Olympics which start this week.

‘I was able to kind of turn the corner at Eastbourne,” he said. ”I thought I played pretty well at Wimbledon. I had a real good look at making a run there and obviously played well here. Things are back on track, and I feel relatively healthy. Hopefully it was a blip on radar as opposed to that’s just the way things are.”


Morning Man Classic: Karch Kiraly!

With the Summer Olympics about to start in London, who better to spotlight than three-time gold medalist Karch Kiraly who really helped to put US volleyball on the map.

Karch is the only person to have won gold medals in both indoor and beach volleyball.

He’s a fellow Orange County native who grew up in San Clemente then went on to lead UCLA to three NCAA championships. A year after graduation, we was a member of the US team that won the Olympic gold medal in indoor team volleyball. Four years later, he was captain and the team won gold again.

Karch then hit the men’s beach volleyball tour (I just loved his pink cap) and by the time he retired in 2007, he had won 148 titles, more than any other player in history. In 1996, he returned to the Olympics and won the beach volleyball gold medal with Kent Steffes.

Now 51, Karch works as a volleyball commentator for ESPN and is back at the Olympics as assistant coach for the women’s indoor volleyball team.

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Will confronts his dad for stealing letter about EJ from his backpack on “Days of Our Lives”

One of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen on Days of Our Lives in awhile is having Will’s dad, Lucas, go through his son’s backpack where Will just happens to have stuffed the letter that proves EJ is not Stefano’s son.

It’s such lazy writing!


Anyway, at least this led to a really good scene where Will has it out with Lucas over his betrayal.



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Snapped! Thomas Roberts & President Obama!

Thomas Roberts of NBC News is currently among the many journalists who have descended upon Aurora, Colorado, to cover the horrific shooting at a movie theater that left 12 dead and 58 injured.

But before he began that assignment, Thomas and his fiancee Patrick Abner attended the White House LGBT reception this week. Here they are pictured with President Barack Obama.

Thomas, who anchors his own newscast each weekday on MSNBC, is top-notch at what he does and makes us all proud.

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Parody: 11 other fast food chains on gay marriage

Humor is much welcomed today with the horror that is going on in Colorado. Found this on Facebook, a parody that goofs on Chick-fil-A’s position against gay marriage.

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Getting to know Stephen Ira, the transgender son of Warren Beatty and Annette Bening

Stephen Ira comes from showbiz royalty.

His father is Warren Beatty. His mother is Annette Bening. His aunt is Shirley MacLaine.

But the fast-talking transgender man does not mention any of his famous relatives in this seven-minute video about his life.

He began his transition at the age of 14 and it is clear from this video, has quite bright!

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Matthew McConaughey to lose 30 pounds to play homophobic cowboy who contracts AIDS

If you saw Magic Mike then you already know that Matthew McConaughey is still in mighty fine form at the age of 45.

Mighty fine.

But the actor is changing his muscular body dramatically for his next role as an AIDS patient in The Dallas Buyers Club.

To read more about the movie and Matthew’s role as a homophobic cowboy, see my story over at Gay Star News.

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The anti-gay group One Million Moms is already protesting NBC’s “The New Normal”

The anti-gay group One Million Moms is at it again.

They protested Ellen being the JC Penney spokeswoman then gay characters in Archie and X-Men comic books as well as such gay-friendly retailers at Urban Outfitters.

Now they have set their sights on NBC’s The New Normal which is about a gay couple having a child via surrogate mother.

‘You cannot recreate the biological wheel,’ the group states on its website.

They want NBC to cancel plans to premiere the show and are gearing up to write to all the advertisers.

To read more, see my story at Gay Star News.

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“BearCity 2: The Proposal” star Gerald McCullouch: “I’m an actor. I happen to be gay. And am proud of it”

I am very much looking forward to heading over to the Ford Ampitheater with my pal Mark tonight for the Outfest screening of BearCity 2: The Proposal.

A few days ago, I posted an interview with star Gerald McCullouch who is also one of the film’s executive producers.

Gerald, who I have on more than one occasion proclaimed is the sexiest man on Earth, is an out actor who has excelled on television (CSI, Pirates of Silicon Valley), on stage (Daddy, Jesus Christ Superstar) and in film (The Mikado Project, Locked).

I asked him about how being an out actor affects his career choices.

“Well, I’m an actor. I happen to be gay. And am proud of it. So if that makes me an ‘out actor’ – I’ll take it,” he began.

Then he added: “But that question kinda’ assumes all gay men are the same and all straight men are the same. I’m sure there are quite a few ‘straight’ roles that I have much more in common with than some ‘gay’ roles. It depends on the story and the person I’m asked to portray in the story.”

Gerald also touched on the debate over gay actors playing straight roles and whether being openly gay destroys the illusion for audiences.

“It’s my job as an actor to pretend to be different people,” Gerald said. “I see no reason why my hazel eyes, or my shoe size, or my sexual orientation has any bearing on my imaginative capacity to pretend to be someone who doesn’t have those characteristics. Some people disagree. To whom I say ‘sucks to be you.’”

BearCity 2: the Proposal screens at Ford Ampitheatre at 8:30 p.m. tonight. Click HERE for tickets and more information.


Friday Morning Man: Andreas Thorkildsen!

For those of you who are into handsome blond athletes with amazing bodies, today’s Morning Man Andreas Thorkildsen is for you.

He’s not only a Norwegian javelin thrower, he’s the two time defending Olympic Gold Medalist! He was Olympic champion in 2004 and 2008 and World Champion in 2009.

The 30 year old was born to be an athlete: his father is a former javelin thrower and his mother was national champion in the 100 meter hurdles in 1972.

Not surprisingly, Andreas has also done some work as a fashion model!

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Outfest 2012: Compelling “How to Survive a Plague” tells story of how ACT UP led fight for AIDS drugs

This year’s Outfest has been made more special and memorable because of three very well-done documentaries that look back at some of the heroes of the AIDS epidemic: Vito, United in Anger: A History of ACT UP, and How to Survive a Plague which screened last night at the DGA Theater.

While United in Anger has some of the same footage as Plague and focuses on the heroic work of ACT UP, they are two very different films that compliment each other well.

Plague gives us a front-row seat to the epic day-to-day battles that ultimately resulted in AIDS no longer being a death sentence. But the drug treatments that became available in the mid-90s would not have happened if not for the work of ACT UP members who elevated themselves with their own self-education.

They interacted with scientists, researchers and regulators and eventually spun-off into the Treatment Action Group (TAG) founded by Peter Staley who was at Thursday’s screening.

Thanks to the development of Protese Inhibitors (the film does an amazingly effective job of explaining the science behind the disease and the drugs without losing momentum) which became available in 1996, AIDS deaths in New York City declined by 50 percent that first year.

Since then, close to 8,000,000 lives have been saved by the drugs.

“All of us are still alive,” Staley told the crowd at Outfest. “It’s pretty remarkable. … Unlike the five times in this film where I said I was going to die, I might actually might live long enough to see a cure.”

The film’s director, David France (pictured above with Staley on Thursday), is a journalist who covered most of the events that take place in the film and lost his lover to the disease in 1992.

“For a long time, I’ve wanted to tell the story of how those dark days ended – the combined brilliance that worked together to tame a virus.”

France went through 700 hours of footage for the film which was originally 13 hours long.

“It took us two days to watch it and we loved every bit,” he said. “We didn’t want to take any of it out. We told the stories of people whose lives were lived brilliantly. To take any of it out seemed like an act of cruelty. But we had to make the film digestible.”

Staley was a rising star as a bond trader and deeply closeted before HIV struck him down. He became one of the most visible member of ACT UP and memorably went toe-to-toe with Pat Buchanan about safe sex on CNN’s Crossfire.

He said it was “disheartening” that the LGBT community – even the AIDS activists themselves – seemed to move on so quickly to such issues as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and gay marriage once effective drug treatments were made available.

“We never processed the worst years of it,” Staley said. “A lot of us put it on a shelf emotionally. It took awhile before we could look back and remember what we all went through.”

“It’s time now,” he added. “We need to remember these people. … Tell some friends about these incredible lives.”

Staley hopes young activists like those involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement will watch films like How to Survive a Plague, United in Anger and Vito.

“Learn this history,” he advised. “When I joined ACT UP, I didn’t know anything about gay history. I didn’t even know who Harvey Milk was.”

Then Staley watched the documentary The Life and Times of Harvey Milk and said “it centered me as an activist and it informed me going forward.”

How to Survive a Plague, which had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, will be released theatrically in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco on Sept. 21.


Lunch Break Video: The Legalize Love campaign!

I watched Ronnie Kerr’s new movie Saltwater last week (he wrote and stars in it) and will post a review next week once Outfest is over with.

In the meantime, here is a video that just came out featuring Ronnie (the groom pictured on the right) by a new independent group called Legalize Love which has just launched a bumper sticker campaign.

The group states on its website: “Together we will show voters across the country that 2012 is the time to “Legalize Love.” The presidential election is our best, most visible chance to build support for equal marriage rights in the United States. Having a president who believes in equal rights is an opportunity to change laws – and hearts – all across the nation. Let’s seize this moment. Let’s make history.”

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Rafael Nadal drops out of the Olympic Games, says it’s “one of the saddest moments of my career”

Rafael Nadal, the 2008 Olympic champion, said Thursday that he will not be able to play in this year’s Games which begin next week in London.

“Today is one of the saddest days of my career,” Nadal said. “You can imagine how difficult it was to take this decision.”

The Spanish superstar was scheduled to carry Spain’s flag during opening ceremonies.

“I am not in condition to compete in the London Olympics and therefore will not travel as planned with the Spanish delegation to take part in the games,” he said in a statement. “I have to think about my companions, I can’t be selfish and I have to think of what’s best for Spanish sport, especially tennis and Spanish players, and give fellow sportsmen with better preparation the chance to compete. I tried to hurry my preparations and training to the very last minute, but it was not to be.”

Nadal did not say what ails him but it is believed to be knee problems which have also plagued him in the past.

Now ranked third in the world, Nadal lost in the second round at Wimbledon last month. This year’s Olympic tournament will also be held on the grass courts of Wimbledon with Roger Federer, now the number one player in the world, favored to take the title.


Emmys: Jim Parsons gets another nomination and Jesse Tyler Ferguson gets nod for “Modern Family”

The Emmy nominations came out this morning and they aren’t nearly as gay as I had hoped.

No Chris Colfer or Jane Lynch nods for Glee nor one for Neil Patrick Harris for How I Met Your Mother. And Matt Bomer also didn’t get a nomination for his guest spot on Glee and the entire cast of Smash was snubbed except for guest star Uma Thurman.

But let’s focus on the positive.

Newly out Jim Parsons, already a two-time Emmy winner for his role on The Big Bang Theory, is nominated once again for lead actor in a comedy series.

He told this morning that he was even more excited about co-star Mayim Bialik being nominated than his own nod. “I was jumping up and down — I kid you not,” he told TVLine from New York, where he’s currently appearing on Broadway in Harvey. “I love her so much… I went to call her immediately but I didn’t have her number — isn’t that weird that I don’t have her number yet? I don’t think she wants me to have her number, which is OK. I still love her.”

Out actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitchell on ABC’s Modern Family, was nominated in the supporting actor in a comedy category along with Eric Stonestreet who plays his husband on the show. Stonestreet is a past winner. Could this be Ferguson’s year?

“I’m thrilled to be included amongst one of Modern Family‘s 14 Emmy nominations!” Ferguson told TV/Line. “I am celebrating with 10 gorgeous, tall, leggy showgirls. Not because that’s how I roll but because I’m in rehearsal for The Producers at The Hollywood Bowl. Also, because I like to make Eric Stonestreet jealous.”

Lesbian actress Sarah Paulson (pictured, right) was nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries for her performance as Nicole Wallace in HBO’s Game Change while bisexual actress Margaret Cho was nominated in the best guest actress in a comedy category for 30 Rock.

The Tony Awards telecast received a nomination in the outstanding special class program category. It’s not clear if host Neil Patrick Harris would be among those receiving an Emmy should the show win. Another nomination of gay interest is two-time Emmy winner Kathy Griffin being in the outstanding variety special category for her Bravo stand-up special Tired Hooker.

Also: Out actor-writer-producer Dan Bucatinsky was nominated as one of the producers of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are which is up for outstanding reality program and writer and LGBT activist Dan Savage was nominated in the outstanding children’s program category for MTV’s It Gets Better special.

Here is a LINK to the full list of nominations.


LA Gay & Lesbian Center has begun construction that will expand its medical facilities in Hollywood

In order to meet the demand for its medical services, the LA Gay & Lesbian Center has begin work on the expansion of the third floor of its McDonald/Wright headquarters building in Hollywood which includes the Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic.

When renovations of the Goodman Clinic and medical facilities are finished, the Center will have added four exam rooms, enlarged the waiting room and added space for additional staff, allowing for thousands of additional medical visits each year.

“More people than ever before are turning to us in need—and we don’t want to turn away a single person in need,” says Christopher Brown, Director of Health and Mental Health Services at the Center. “There will be some short-term inconveniences now, but we’ll be providing the same high-quality care as always. And in the long run, these changes will mean we can do even more to care for the health and well-being of the community.”

While construction is taking place, the reception area for the Goodman Clinic and medical services, including HIV/STD testing, will be temporarily relocated from the third to the first floor.

This means HIV/STD testing capacity will be reduced, so the Center is encouraging people to schedule a free appointment or make a walk-in visit to The Spot in West Hollywood which is near the public library. The Spot has extended its hours and has additional staff to meet the demand.

The Center is one of the few organizations that offers a free advanced test for HIV that can detect infection as early as seven days after infection. Both Center facilities also offer free screenings for the most common STDs, including gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis. Those who test positive for any of the infections can be quickly referred to a Center medical provider for treatment.

The Center’s growing health, medical and mental health services has a team of more than 125 doctors, nurses, therapists, administrators and others. The Center offers leading-edge free and low-cost medical care, including HIV specialty care, transgender specialty care, and primary care for the entire LGBT community, regardless of HIV status.

For more information about getting tested at the Center, visit or call 323-860-5855.

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George Takei blasts Boy Scouts of America

George Takei is not only a television icon (Sulu on Star Trek) and one of the most famous gay men in America, he’s also a former Eagle Scout.

Takei, who appeared on Celebrity Apprentice earlier this year, is blasting the Boy Scouts of America for its announcement this week that it will continue to ban gays from being members.

‘These policies by the BSA reinforce that gay people are unfit to be part of this national organization because of who they are,’ he writes a column posted on the website for his new musical Allegiance. ‘They perpetuate the irresponsible and unsupportable stereotype that gay people prey upon children. And they must be met with staunch resistance until they fall.’

‘It sends the wrong message to our youth, many of whom already are struggling with their own sexual identity – an identity which has nothing whatsoever to do with their ‘morality,’ but everything to do with their self-esteem and happiness,’ he adds.

To read more about this, see my story over at Gay Star News.

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Dustin Lance Black’s “8″ books its 200th reading

Congratulations to Dustin Lance Black whose play 8 has just booked its 200th reading.

The Oscar winning screenwriter (Milk) offers the play to schools and non-profits without charging a royalty fee.

‘Yes, we needed to raise funds to keep the case against Prop 8 healthy, but outreach and education are two of the most critical components of any civil rights fight,’ Lance wrote on his blog this week.

This is the same play that was performed by star-studded casts in New York and Los Angeles to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

It is based on the actual words of the trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.

‘For the first time, opponents of marriage equality were made to step up to the witness stand and share their prejudices under penalty of perjury,’ he writes. ‘Under such scrutiny, their fake science and discriminatory opinions fell apart. It became clearer than ever that what our opponents fear most is the truth, so much so that they successfully fought to ban the video tapes of this historic trial. Knowing now that so many people have and will be able to hear the actual words from this case is a testament to the truth’s ability to always find the light.’


Thursday Morning Man: David W. Ross!

I just wrote yesterday about I Do, the movie David W. Ross wrote, produced and stars in which had its world premiere last night at Outfest.

So today, let’s find out more about Mr. Ross who I just realized was in the cast of the memorable indie flick Quinceanera back in 2006 and had a very sexy scene with leading man Jesse Garcia. He also had a role in the award winning short film The Receipt.

But there’s a whole other part of David’s past that I did not know about: he was a member of the popular UK boy band Bad Boys, Inc. in the early to mid-90s.

The group released one self-titled album, which spawned five hit singles, including the Top 10 smash, More to this World. They did hundreds of live shows during tours of Europe and Asia and were featured in magazine articles and on such television shows as Top of the Pops, The Big Breakfast and The O-Zone.

David was born in rural England and moved to London at the age of 17. He now lives in Los Angeles and, in case you were wondering, is openly gay!

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Lots of “buzz” about Don Lemon’s hair on CNN

I follow CNN weekend anchor Don Lemon on Twitter and noticed he was going to be filling in this afternoon for one of his colleagues.

So I switched on the TV to watch awhile and noticed that Don had shaved his head!

Fired off a quick tweet to him to let him know how much I liked it.

He replied after he got off the air: “Thanks sir. Buzzed it myself on vacay then had barber clean it up. Too HOT lately.”

Don mentioned in another tweet that he was astonished to see that his hair made news in the Media section of Huffington Post.

Now it’s also made news on Greg In Hollywood!

It’s a cool look for a cool man.

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