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Roger and Rafa kick off 2011!

Spain's World Number One Rafael Nadal Returns

Roger Federer From Switzerland ReturnsThe off-season in professional tennis is so ridiculously short that it’s no wonder players are often injured!

It’s Jan. 1 and already the players are playing warm-up tournaments for the sport’s first major tournament: The 2011 Australian Open which begins in two weeks in Melbourne.

Anyway, an elite group of players competed in an exhibition tournament this weekend in Abu Dhabi (the results don’t impact the rankings) and top-ranked Rafael Nadal won by beating archrival Roger Federer 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) in the final.

“For both of us, these are the first matches of the season. So it is special for us,” Nadal said after the match. “This is the perfect place to start the season here in Abu Dhabi.”

Said Federer: “I never lost my serve, but I still lost the tournament, it’s kind of tough. Rafael and myself must have played so many times and so many times it has come down to a few shots here and there. He is an amazing shot-maker. Me as well, but today he got the better of me.”

Last month, the two split charity matches with Nadal winning in Spain and Federer prevailing in Switzerland. In tournament play, Nadal has a 14-8 record against Federer. The Swiss won their most recent meeting in the final the ATP World Tour Finals in London and is the defending Australian Open champion.

Rafael Nadal From Spain, Left, Comforts

Rafael Nadal From Spain Poses

Switzerland's Roger Federer Poses

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Video: See Kathy Griffin try and behave herself with Anderson Cooper on CNN’s NY’s Eve coverage

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As far as I know, Kathy Griffin didn’t utter any profanities on CNN’s coverage of New Year’s Eve in Times Square.

And you know what? She was still really funny and the interplay between her and Anderson Cooper was as fun and silly as ever. After four years together, Anderson gives as good as he gets.

“I’m really happy to be here with you again,” he said to Kathy at one point. “I didn’t think they’d invite you back.”

He also teases Kathy about being invited to Cher’s house for Christmas and at one point, Anderson’s mom, Gloria Vanderbilt, calls in to chat with the pair. Apparently Kathy is not only chummy with Cher, she’s also pals with Miss Vanderbilt!

She is a D-listed no more!

This is a full hour of coverage.  I just love Anderson’s laugh. Enjoy!

Yeah, I know, it’s the start of a new year and you don’t have all day to sit around watching videos on Youtube. Here are a few highlights:


Kathy has Tweeted this photo of her and the Silver Fox after their New Year’s Eve gig was over. She teases that we will have to watch her on tour to find out the story! So we’ll play along and pretend like something possibly could have happened!

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Counting down to 2011…

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Be safe out there tonight or enjoy being home with your loved ones as we usher out 2010. I’m planning to watch Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin on CNN and sip champagne with friends at a cozy house party then will be ready to tackle 2011!

Thanks for being part of another great year for Greg In Hollywood!

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Neil Patrick Harris shares NY resolutions

http://humordistrict.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Neil-Patrick-Harris-as-Dr.-Horrible.jpgPersonally, I’m not making any New Year’s Resolutions but I’m glad Neil Patrick Harris has decided to make some via Twitter!

Here they are:

Neil’s New Years Resolutions, Part 1: return emails and texts in a timely manner. 43 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone

Neil’s New Year Resolutions, Part 2: Much more yoga. Long, lean muscles. Calm, clear mind. 29 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone

Neil’s New Year Resolutions, Part 3: Try not to insult aged soap stars, especially when you’re on the same network. 5 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone

Neil’s New Year Resolutions, Part 4: Send more thank you notes. It only takes a few minutes, and is a very nice gesture. 12 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone

Neil’s New Year Resolutions, Part 5: Learn to speak baby. 1 minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

Neil’s New Year Resolutions, Part 6: Host less, sleep more. 17 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone
Neil’s New Year Resolutions, Part 7: Spend a small part of every day reading. Not surfing, not searching – just reading. 14 minutes ago via web
Neil’s New Year Resolutions, Part 8: More nachos. 4 minutes ago via web

Note: Part 3 referred to, of course, the fantastic little public spat Neil had with Eric Braeden of The Young and the Restless after Braeden backed out of a guest spot on Neil’s popular CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

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Jane Lynch promises Sue Sylvester will have “a hissy fit the likes of which no one has seen before” on “Glee”

http://static.technorati.com/10/08/04/15781/sue.jpgSuper Bowl Sunday is on Feb. 6 but really, who cares about the game?

I’ll be counting down to the special episode of Glee that will follow the game on Fox!

Jane Lynch (aka Sue Sylvester) tells the Associated Press that there is much to look forward to including guest appearances by Gwyneth Paltrow and Katie Couric as well as the students offering their version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

“It’s got so much firepower,” the Emmy-winning actress said. “There is so much going on in the show that is crazy and funny and wild.

That all sounds real good. But what sounds even better is what is going to occur with Sue Sylvester: “I have a hissy fit the likes of which no one has seen before, where I try to destroy the locker room and principal’s office. I try to shoot one of my cheerleaders from a cannon.”

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Happy 62nd Birthday to Donna Summer!

http://www.donnasummer.it/Resources/DonnaGoldenSmile.jpgDonna Summer’s career might have cooled off after her stupendous run in the 70s and 80s, but what a mighty run it was.

She accumulated a stellar string of hits including Bad Girls, Hot Stuff, MacArthur Park, Love to Love You Baby, Heaven Knows, Enough is Enough, On the Radio, She Works Hard for the Money, Dim All the Lights, This Time I Know It’s For Real and Last Dance, among others.

Donna turns 62 today and she not only has kept working, she’s still in magnificent form as I discovered last summer when she performed at The Hollywood Bowl.

She brought her best to that night’s show and her best is still superb. She looked dazzling and her voice was as strong and clear as ever as she performed MacArthur Park, Enough is Enough, On the Radio, Last Dance and other hits for us.

What I really loved about Donna was that, unlike a remote Diana Ross a few weeks earlier at the Nokia, Miss Summer was completely engaging and connected to the audience mentioning how her daughter was playing at the Roxy last night, what each song meant to her and saying lovely things about the music of The Carpenters (Richard Carpenter was also on the bill at The Bowl that night).
Donna first sold out The Bowl back in 1979 and has continued to do so as recently as 2008. Here she is from an earlier concert (on MTV I believe) performing Last Dance.

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See Darren Criss sing for his fans in Manila!

Let’s usher out 2010 with some last great posts!

What could be more sweet than watching the talented Darren Criss of Glee perform in front thousands of screaming fans in Manila earlier this week.
Darrin is half Filipino and Half Irish and told the crowd: “It’s good to be back in Manila among family and friends. For those of you who don’t know me I am Darren Criss, I play music a lot.

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“I Love Lucy” Friday: How do Lucy and Ethel end up in a man’s hotel room wearing negligees?

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Lucy tries to fix up eligible bachelor Eddie Grant – negligee salesman – a with a young glamour girl but he thinks it’s the married redhead who wants him. Lucy shows up at Eddie’s hotel with Ethel in tow and just as they get things straightened out, Ricky and Fred show up at Eddie’s hotel room where Lucy and Ethel are trying on negligees that he is selling them for wholesale.

Lucy answers the door still in her negligee:

Ricky: “Lucy. You here, dressed in that! You must be out of your mind!”

Then Ethel strolls out in a negligee and Fred says: “Ethel. You here, dressed in that. HE must be out of his mind!”

What’s really funny is that Ethel is delighted that Fred thinks Eddie would consider her for a rendezvous.

Enjoy!

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2010 Greggys: Male Star of the Year is Chris Colfer!

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http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Fox+Presents+Gleek+Tour+Virginia+2o0RbauOKjbl.jpgIt’s not been easy deciding on a Male Star of the Year because there are so many openly gay performers out there now who are deserving.

Do you give the 2010 Greggy to Ricky Martin for coming out so beautifully through his memoir and a series of wonderful interviews? What about to the oh-so-talented and funny Jesse Tyler Ferguson who is a bright shining light on Modern Family, TV’s Emmy winning comedy? Or Adam Lambert, a worldwide singing sensation who earned his first Grammy nod? Or the busy-as-ever Neil Patrick Harris who had another banner year on television and film, won two Emmys and became a dad?

All would be good choices but the 2010 Greggy for Male Star of the Year goes to … Chris Colfer!

Chris is just an utter breath of fresh air.

As a 20 year old openly gay star of one of TV’s hottest shows, the world is his oyster. He’s an inspiration to young kids everywhere – and to those of us who are not so young anymore.

His character of Kurt Hummel has become the heart and soul of Glee and the entertainment industry has noticed nominating Chris for a supporting actor Emmy and Golden Globe. I’m most impressed with his recent Screen Actors Guild nod because there is no separation between lead and supporting performances – just five slots and Chris got one of them!

Chris is not only getting major kudos for his acting on Glee, he’s also proven to be a charming guest on such shows as Conan, Chelsea Lately and Jimmy Kimmel. In addition, Chris has been featured this year in Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and scores of other magazines, newspapers and website.

On opening night at the Outfest Film Festival last summer, Chris presented Glee co-star Jane Lynch with the Lifetime Achievement Award and it is she who ended up paying tribute to him in her acceptance speech: “You are grace and dignity personified and the entire world has just embraced you and who you are but no more than the courageous kids who now have a fashion-forward role model. … You’re just a bright light and it’s a lot to put on your young shoulders but I don’t worry about you because you have a wise old grandma that lives inside of you keeping your feet on the ground and making sure everyone has enough to eat.”

Other 2010 Greggy winners: TV Show of the Year: Glee; Movie of The Year: The Kids Are All Right; Female Star of the Year: Jane Lynch; New Star of the Year Darren Criss; Music Star of the Year Adam Lambert; Soap Star of the Year: Eric Sheffer Stevens; Book of the Year: Patti LuPone’s a Memoir; Couple of the Year: Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka; Icon of the Year: Lily Tomlin; Coming Out Story of the Year: Chely Wright; Straight Ally of the Year: Kathy Griffin and Morning Men of The Year.

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2010 Greggys: The Female Star of the Year is newlywed and Emmy winning star of “Glee” Jane Lynch!

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http://www.blogcdn.com/www.popeater.com/media/2010/04/jane.jpgIt’s not like Jane Lynch suddenly became more talented this year – 2010 just happened to be the year when the world decided to really take notice.

The gifted actress who we had long loved from Christopher Guest movies including Best in Show and For Your Consideration, had been delivering stand-out performances in increasingly high-profile movies (40 Year Old Virgin, Talladega Nights) and TV shows (Boston Legal, Two and a Half Men) when along came the role of a lifetime: Sue Sylvester in Glee.

In 2010, Jane turned 50 and found herself a superstar. She landed on the cover of magazines, won the Emmy Award for Glee and had her talents on full display during last spring’s Madonna episode when she eplicated The Material Girl’s performance in the famous video for Vogue.

Through all of this mainstream success, Jane has not for a second turned her back on the LGBT causes she has been active in for so long. She was honored with the LA Gay and Lesbian Center’s Distinguished Achievement Award in November – the center’s highest honor.

She was also honored with the Outfest Lifetime Achievement Award in July and when she appeared during the festival for a Q&A, the large DGA Theatre was filled to capacity.

Jane has also been true to herself as an out actress and got a lot of coverage in May when she married psychologist Lara Embry in Massachusetts on Memorial Day.

“I really started to be known when I was 40 and I was a big les by then, I wasn’t turning back. There were stories to be told if I denied it. I didn’t have a moment’s worry about it at all.”

But that was not always the case: “I will say that when I was in my 30s and had no reason to be thinking about fame and fortune at that time, I would lay in  bed and night and think, ‘How would I do this? How would I come out? How would I hide it?” I had restless nights about that. But when it came and people started to care – and kind of not care too – I’m a character actor and you’re allowed to be gay. When you’re an ingenue or a leading man it’s apparently still too hard for America to deal with. And it might not even be America, it might just be studio executives.”

She had plenty of lesbian role models by the time she got famous: “People like Ellen DeGeneres, Melissa Etheridge, KD Lang, Rosie O’Donnell, they were these hip kind of happening personalities who went, ‘Oh by the way I’m gay’ and American went, ‘Okay.’ Then Jane Lynch comes along and it was, ‘I’ll take that path. I feel a little bit of a responsibility – in a good way not like it’s a bother – to do things like this and be very open about who I am and be very open about that fact that I just got married and I’m very happy. … I think the most powerful political statement I can make is to not make one and just talk about it everywhere I go. Everywhere I go they bring it up.”

Congratulations to Jane Lynch, the winner of the 2010 Greggy for Female Star of the Year.

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Do you like Anderson Cooper’s new look?

What do you think of Anderson Cooper and his new glasses?
I think they make this Silver Fox even foxier!
Anderson is co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage from Times Square tomorrow night with Kathy Griffin and he worse the glasses last night in a segment previewing their gig.
Kathy makes all kinds of fun of the glasses but she knows, as we all do, that they are damned sexy!

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Snapped! See new daddies Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka in People magazine at home with their twins!

Yesterday I posted an excerpt from an interview Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka gave to People Magazine about their baby twins.

Now AfterElton.com has posted a few pics from the article which hits newsstands tomorrow!

All are just so adorable!

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2010 Greggys: Top five Morning Men of the Year!

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_8WOsxtovhKc/SvzaHmCyLEI/AAAAAAAABVA/A4Eh2Y-ofN4/s400/sebastian-rulli_P.jpgIt was just too tough to pick just one Morning Man of the Year so I’ve narrowed it down to five guys who stand out among more than 350 standouts!

Pictured above and left is Mexican-Argentine actor Sebastian Rulli who has got to be one of the sexiest men on television. I hadn’t heard of him until I saw him on another site and, just like that, I think he’s become the love of my life.

Rulli made his first appearance on Mexican television in the soap opera Primer amor… a mil por hora in 2000. He has appeared in many other telenovelas, including Clase 406 (2002) and Rubi (2004), where he played “Héctor Ferrer.” His most recent role was in Televisa’s Un gancho al corazon.

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It was kind of tough to find photos of U.S. soccer star Oguchi Onyewu with his shirt on but I did manage to locate a few just to keep things balanced when he was featured back in July as part of Greg In Hollywood’s World Cup Week.

Oh my God, is this guy gorgeous or WHAT? The face, the body. Wow. He is often referred to by the nickname “Gucci Mane” but I’ll just call him Perfection.

The 28-year-old defender is from Washington DC and plays for Milan in addition to the United States national team currently competing in World Cup. He was voted U.S. Soccer Player of the Year in 2006.

He played soccer for Clemson University for two years before moving to Europe. He signed with Metz of Ligue 1 in France. In 2003, he was loaned out to La Louviere in Belgium, and to Standard Liege a year later. In 2009, he signed a three year contract with Milan.

http://sheifunmi.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/dave.jpgWhen I saw Animal Planet’s Dave Salmoni make an appearance on Jay Leno’s show one night, my first thought was: Morning Man!

And this was before I saw any photos of him with his shirt off!

Dave got some press for dating Chelsea Handler this year but he was already well-known to viewers of such shows as Animal Face-Off and Rogue Nature on Discovery Channel as well as After the Attack and Into the Pride on Animal Planet.

It’s no surprise that Dave (and his animals, of course) has become such a popular guests on the various talk shows. He’s engaging and just great to look at. He’s also outspoken about conserving water saying in an interview this year: “When people start to realize that fresh water is going to be out most important asset over the next 50 years, you’re really going to see people say, ‘Why don’t we have any clean, fresh water? Oh, we didn’t conserve.”

I wrote about this handsome actor back in July and described him as, quite simply, the sexiest man alive.

At least that was my feeling after discovering Gerald McCullouch in the terrific gay comedy BearCity which was a big hit at Outfest and other film festivals.

Gerald plays the sexy and single Roger in BearCity who surprises himself and everyone else in his crowd when he falls in love with a young 20-something “twink” in this movie set in the gay “bear” scene in New York City.

Gerald, who is 43 and openly gay (hooray!) was the writer-director-star of the award-winning short film The Moment After, also has many stage credits including playing Jesus in the European tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. He is currently in LA preparing for a run in the play Daddy at the Hudson Theatre. (More info HERE.)

While he is best known for his recurring role Bobby Dawson on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the actor has been doing guest spots and multi-episode arcs on various television series for 20 years now with credits that include the original Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place, In the Heat of the Night, NCIS, 7th Heaven, Chicago Hope and episodes of both Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

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http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_apuuyw-wGsE/SEhEkP4ijGI/AAAAAAAABIQ/Dwka_6s1hFE/s400/robmarciano.jpgThere are not many guys who are able to divert my attention away from that silver fox Anderson Cooper but CNN news and weather anchor Rob Marciano certainly is one of them.

This movie star handsome man, a correspondent for Anderson Cooper 360, has worked for CNN since 2003 and gained attention for his contributions to the network’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina. By that time, heserved as chief meteorologist for radio and TV stations in Portland, Oregon, Lake Charles, Louisiana and in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Before embarking on a career in television Rob spent three years living and working in New York City as an Equity Sales Trader.

So why the switch to weather? Rob explained it all in an interview with VMan: “I’ve been a lifelong weather geek. I would drive my parents crazy. I knew exactly when every weather guy was on every channel, and I would switch back and forth trying to get them all. I learned early on that meteorology isn’t an exact science—telling your teacher you didn’t do your homework because the weatherman said it was going to snow doesn’t really work.”

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Rupert Everett continues to be bitter, party of one; Insults Jennifer Aniston and Colin Firth in interview

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Born with handsome looks and great talent, Rupert Everett seems determined to blame everyone but himself that he is not the biggest star on the planet.

The man who we first fell in love with in Another Country and who became an even bigger star opposite Julia Roberts in My Best Friend’s Wedding and also starred in An Ideal Husband and The Next Best Thing, continues to complain about the discrimination he says he faces in the film industry.

He compares his acting abilities to those of Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, and complains to the UK’s BBC’s Radio 4 that producers would say they couldn’t find a role that fit him. He says that is because he has been openly gay for most of his career.

“I never got a job there, and I never got a job here, after [coming out],” he said. “I did a couple of films, I was very lucky at the beginning of my career… and then, I never had another job here for ten years, probably, and I moved to Europe.”

“The audience has a completely perception of the performers than the business,” he adds. “But the business is what makes the stars, really. There are lots of women and lots of men in the business that the powers that be decide are the right people and they’ll stand with them for quite a long time. … Like Jennifer Aniston will just have one too many total flops. But she’s still a member of that club. And she will still manage to — like a star forming in the universe — a whole lot of things swirling around and suddenly solidifying into yet another vital tasteless romcom: a little glitter next to the Crab Nebula.”

He also disses Oscar front-runner Firth, star of The King’s Speech, for performance in the 2008 smash Mamma Mia! “Colin Firth I don’t think was at all good in Mamma Mia!.

http://s11.allstarpics.net/images/orig/2/v/2vhuw1ivqfbbuh1b.jpgYou know, I would have thought it was almost a careericide. … On the other hand, I think (Firth’s) performance in A Single Man was the best performance of his life.”

Rupert does not have a problem with gay actors staying in the closet if they want to: “There are many of them, and I don’t blame them, it’s very sensible. If I hadn’t been someone who liked and if I hadn’t been a kind of sex maniac and all those kind of things and wanted to go to raves and circuit parties, I don’t think there’s anything to wrong with it. It would have been too complicated for me to tell the lie.”

Okay, I have no doubt that Everett has been discriminated against and could have and should have been a bigger star after 1997′s My Best Friend’s Wedding. But he does need to get on with it as so many other talented out stars like John Barrowman, Ian McKellen, Neil Patrick Harris, TR Knight, Luke Macfarlane and others have.

BFFs Cher and Kathy Griffin hit the beach in Hawaii!

Cher, an A-lister since the 60s, has become quite good friends with My Life on the D-List star Kathy Griffin!
This very talented pair of gay icons were spotted making waves in the surf in Hawaii this week, according to RadarOnline.
I like that these two great gals are hanging out and wish I could be a fly on the wall when they start to dish.
While Cher is the winner of an Oscar and a Grammy, Kathy actually has more Emmys than the great diva. Kathy won two for her Bravo reality series while Cher, who never won for her variety shows with or without Sonny, won an Emmy for the TV special Cher: The Farewell Tour.
Of course Cher never really goes away – thank God!
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Neil Patrick Harris, partner David Burtka, are each biological father of one of their twins

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So as you well know, the 2010 Greggy winners for Couple of the Year Neil Patrick Harris and David Burkta became parents of twins in October.

In case you were wondering whose sperm was used to inseminate the surrogate mother, here is your answer: “We inserted two eggs, one with my sperm, one with David’s sperm and they both took,” he tells People Magazine.

David said holding their children in the delivery room shortly after their birth was “just absolute joy,” says Burtka. “We had two babies that we made. With help.”

“Everyone says that it’s such a blur after it happens,” says Neil says of becoming parents to fraternal twins Harper Grace and Gideon Scott, born Oct. 12 via surrogate. “I find myself constantly just trying to wrap my mind around it.”

The family just moved into a “more kid-friendly” home in the Hollywood Hills and the twins have a new nursery with an old-school Disney theme park décor.

“Harper has been fussy but Gideon is the easiest baby in the world,” says David. “They’re just now starting to recognize us and smile.”

Adds Neil: “I just love the way they smell. And we can use them as an excuse to get out of almost anything. That’s cleared the calendar in a good way.”

For more of Harris and Burtka’s interview, including exclusive photos of their twins, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE on newsstands Friday.

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Nate Berkus honors teen Seth Walsh’s life by designing room in honor of his life at LGBT Community Center in NYC

http://celebritydiagnosis.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Nate-Berkes.jpghttp://adamleben.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/seth-walsh-250x315.png?w=250&h=315Today’s episode of The Nate Berkus Show will feature Wendy Walsh whose son, Seth, hung himself in his own backyard to get away from anti-gay bullying.

The show will honor her son Seth in a pretty powerful way. Nate teamed up with the New York City LGBT Community Center, and styled a room at the organization in honor of Seth’s life. He surprised Wendy Walsh and the rest of Seth’s family by unveiling the room on the show during a segment where Wendy speaks about “rebuilding a home after tragedy.”

Seth was just 13 when he killed himself earlier this year. From fifth grade on, he experienced taunts and violence from his classmates, all because he was gay. He was called “queer” and “faggot,” tripped, and pushed in the halls.

When Wendy went to school administrators to alert them they were not helpful. She released a video last week, in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), talking about her son’s death, and why his death (and the deaths of many other LGBT youth) should be a wake up call for all Americans.

“Seth’s school did not care. If they did care about Seth, they would have addressed the problem,” She says in the video. “Seth told me he was gay when he was in the sixth grade. He was a wonderful, loving child, and I loved him for who he was. I can’t bring my son back. But schools can make a difference today to keep this from happening to any more young people.”

Here is the video:

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Cyndi Lauper named one of the “Heroes Among Us” by People magazine for being a voice of acceptance

15Yes, I did name Kathy Griffin as the winner of the 2010 Greggy for Straight Ally of the Year.

It was an honor well deserved.

But the beautiful soul that is Cyndi Lauper could win that honor in this and any other other year for all she does for the LGBT community.

In a recent issue of People magazine, Cyndi was cited as one of the “Heroes Among Us” for her efforts to speak up for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths and keep them in their homes and off the streets.

“I know if I can make a big stink, I can inspire other people,” she told members of LGBT Community Center in New York City’s Youth Enrichment Services Program.

Next summer, a permanent housing facility for LGBT youths ages 18-24 – called the True Colors Residence in honor or Lauper and her anthem of acceptance – is expected to open in central Harlem.

“Without her, the residence definitely would not be built,” said Colleen Jackson, executive director of the West End Intergenerational Residence.

The residence came about after a conversation Lauper had with Jackson after she spotted homeless LGBT kids at one of the city’s piers a few years ago.

“It really broke my heart,” said Cyndi. “I couldn’t stand by as kids get thrown out and discriminated against.

Lauper’s True Colors Fund is providing financial support for the city-funded residence.

God bless you Cindu Lauper!

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Wednesday Morning Man: Jim Castillo!

With his outgoing personality,  infectious smile and those darkly handsome good looks, I’m glad to see meteorologist (okay, weatherman!) Jim Castillo back on the LA scene working for KTLA.

I remember him from earlier in the decade as a weatherman for KCBS and he was just so much fun and way easy on the eyes.

In between the LA gigs, Jim went to New York to work for the Fox affiliate WNYW Channel 5.

Jim’s first gig as a meteorologist was in Columbia, Mo. Besides doing the weather, he hosted an exercise segment and once told a reporter. “They called me ‘beefcake’ at the station. They made me do an exercise segment after the weather. I loved it.”



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Video: See a preview of “Modern Family” guest star James Marsden in a hot tub with Cam and Mitchell!

James MarsdenJust what any gay couple needs: an incredibly gorgeous guy moving in nearby, stripping down, and climbing into your hot tub without asking permission.

This is how Cam and Mitchell (Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson) first encounter their new neighbor in next week’s episode of Modern Family.

The neighbor is played by the smokin’ hot James Marsden of Enchanted, 27 Dresses and Hairspray fame. I just saw the dreadful Death at a Funeral the other night on DVD and the real comic highlight was Marsden as a guy who is accidentally given acid by his girlfriend before her uncle’s funeral (she thought it was Valium).

Anyway, here’s a funny preview of what is to come on Modern Family!

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