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Video: See man who bid $5,000 lock lips with John Stamos at GLAAD Media Awards in NYC!

Not even for sweet charity am I going to shell out $5,000 to anybody!

But, if I had that kind of money to party with, John Stamos would certainly be near the top of my list!

At last night’s GLAAD Media Awards in New York City, a man bid $5,000 to smooch sexy Stamos.

“Come to daddy over here baby, come to Uncle Jesse!” Stamos said to the man as he took the stage.

People com reports: It all started when Naya Rivera, who was co-hosting the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York along with Cory Monteith, announced she would sell her “sweet lady kisses to the highest bidder” to help raise funds.

Monteith wasn’t going to let the offer go unchallenged, offering his own smooching services – complete with freshly applied ChapStick – to interested bidders.

A sporting Monteith told the audience, which was in attendance to support gay and lesbian issues, “I have kissed Naya and it is fricken’ awesome,” but Rivera had fighting words: “It’s officially a kiss-off,” she announced, between “my juicy lips and his thin ones.”

As the auction heated up and went into the thousands of dollars, a surprise suitor popped up: Stamos, bid for Monteith’s services. As the crowd whooped and cheered, the bidding for a kiss with Monteith went higher, until Stamos had an even better idea: He decided to jump on stage and offer himself up for bidding. All three stars quickly drew a price of $5,000 each.

Damn! I would’ve loved to see a Stamos-Monteith kiss!

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A recap of last night’s GLAAD Media Awards in New York City: Photos, the winners and the speeches


Glee’s Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith hosted as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) honored producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago, Hairspray, Smash) and the best in television, film and journalism last night at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York.

Bernadette Peters, Dakota Fanning, John Stamos, Harvey Weinstein, Megan Hilty, Russell Simmons, Kim Wayans, Carson Kressley, Padma Lakshmi, Vinny Guadagnino, and Tracey Gold were among the special guests.

At the ceremony, Broadway legend Bernadette Peters and actor John Stamos presented the Vito Russo Award to producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

The Vito Russo Award is presented to openly LGBT media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community.

“I want to thank GLAAD for selecting us to be honored, and for their extraordinary work every single day,” Zadan said in his acceptance speech. “When we did The Reagans, we had death threats for telling the truth about that President’s outright refusal to acknowledge the growing AIDS crisis in America. We would not have survived that ordeal, I must point out, without the help of GLAAD. They got us through the political firestorm leveled against us by the Republican National Committee. So we got to see first hand what GLAAD’s capable of accomplishing when they mobilize the troops, and thank God for them.”

Zadan finished his acceptance by thanking his late friend and GLAAD’s founder, Vito Russo, “Some people become your heroes and they don’t even know it. [Vito Russo] was mine. And the lucky thing for me was I got to tell him while he was here. I want to thank…my guru and inspirational life-force Vito Russo, who is responsible for every aspect of my social consciousness that brought me to this stage tonight to get this award that bears his glorious name. Thank you so much.”

Meron accepted the award by saying, “I just love being gay. [It's] part of who I am, so it impacts the work that we do, and I love the work that we do. So it’s great.” Pointing to the youth in the balcony, Meron continued, “It’s great for you guys to understand that it’s really great to be gay. I really thank GLAAD for this wonderful honor and it’s very, very meaningful to me.”

Also at the event, The Weinstein Company Co-Chairman and outspoken anti-bullying advocate Harvey Weinstein presented a Special Recognition award to openly gay high school student Katy Butler.

Butler launched a Change.org campaign last month to advocate that the ‘R’ rating of the upcoming documentary Bully be changed to ‘PG-13.’ Her Change.org petition has nearly 500,000 signatures.

Accepting the award from Weinstein, Butler said, “This award belongs to every student like me, who has been bullied and beaten just for being who they are. Please know that we’re working hard to make it better. And judging from what we’ve already seen tonight, I’m thankful that we have groups like GLAAD on our side. Stay strong.” She continued, “A few weeks ago, I started a petition on Change.org urging the Motion Picture Association of America to change the rating of Bully from R to PG-13 – so students across America can see this life-changing film. I want to personally thank each and every one of the nearly half a million people who have signed my petition on Change.org. Your signatures, stories, and ongoing support have inspired a national dialogue on our nation’s bullying epidemic and have given hope to struggling students everywhere.”

Zach Wahls, who appeared in a GLAAD Media Award-nominated episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show this year, received a standing ovation as he spoke to the crowd about the impact of his 2011 speech to the Iowa senate in which he spoke about his lesbian moms. The viral video has received over 18 million views on YouTube.

Pariah stars Adepero Oduye and Kim Wayans with the film’s producer Nekisa Cooper accepted the award for Outstanding Film – Limited Release.

Carson Kressley, who with Chaz Bono appeared on the GLAAD Media Award-nominated season of Dancing with the Stars, picked up the statuette on behalf of the show which receive the award for Outstanding Reality Program.

The award for Outstanding TV Journalism Segment was accepted by ABC News Correspondent Josh Elliott for his report “Battle Against Bullying,” which aired on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. In his acceptance speech, Elliott thanked his father, who came out as a gay man when Elliott was 13 years old.

Openly gay journalists Carolyn M. Brown and Chris Geidner shared the award for Outstanding Magazine Article for their stories in Black Enterprise and Metro Weekly respectively. Brown’s article “Black & Gay in Corporate America,” explored the increasing presence of openly gay African American employees in the workplace. Geidner received the award for his four-part series looking back at the passage of the Defense of Marrage Act (DOMA) during the Clinton administration.

Other guests and presenters at the event included: Dakota Fanning (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn); hip hop icon Russell Simmons; Megan Hilty (Smash); Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef); MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts; Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock); La La Anthony (La La’s Full Court Life); Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir and his husband Victor Voronov; Vinny Guadagnino (Jersey Shore); Ted Allen (Chopped); Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Becoming Chaz, Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys); Alex Newell, Emily Vasquez, Marissa Von Bleicken (The Glee Project); Tracey Gold (Starving Secrets with Tracey Gold); Wendy Williams (The Wendy Williams Show); Laverne Cox (Musical Chairs); Jay Manuel, Isis King (America’s Next Top Model); the cast of Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys; Janet Mock (People.com); Emil Wilbekin (Essence); Jamie Clayton (Hung); Stephen Karam, Charles Socarides (Sons of the Prophet); Robin Skye (Southern Comfort); Mega TV’s Javier Ceriani (Paparazzi Magazine); and GLAAD Acting President Mike Thompson. Attendees enjoyed performances by recording artist Todd Alsup and The Rockettes.

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Showtune Sunday: Shining a spotlight on the Broadway music of Sir Elton John on his 65th birthday

Seems like only yesterday that he was the Pinball Wizard.

Well, not really! It’s been a long time since 1975!

But Elton John is still going strong, still making music, still making headlines and, thankfully, still raising money to fight HIV/AIDS.

Elton turns 65 today!

To celebrate, I’ve decided to dedicate Showtune Sunday to this Tony Award winner.

Here are some of Elton’s songs that have been part of the Broadway hits The Lion King and Aida.

Enjoy!


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Morning Man Classic: John Ritter!

John Ritter left us far too soon.

But thanks to reruns, we get to see him all the time at the peak of his career – and his physical beauty – on Three’s Company.

What a handsome guy!

John died in September 2003 less than a week before what would have been his 55th birthday.

I had interviewed him the previous month for a cover profile for Orange Coast Magazine that was on the stands when his shocking death occurred.

John is best known, of course, for his eight seasons as Jack Tripper on Three’s Company and played the role for one season on the spinoff Three’s a Crowd.

He won an Emmy for his performance as Tripper and was nominated for one for his follow-up series Hooperman. He went on to star for three seasons of the sitcom Hearts Afire and had found success again with the ABC hit Eight Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter. The show was inn its second season when he died.

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Happy Birthday to Bob Mackie! Here is a repost of my 2008 interview w/him about Carol Burnett, Cher etc.

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Remember the days when a star like Cher would dare to wear an outrageous outfit to the Academy Awards?

In this era of celebrity designers and stylists, this kind of individuality has all but vanished and this troubles Bob Mackie, the man who is behind most of Cher’s most memorable red carpet ensembles.

“The stylists make everybody look alike sometimes,” Bob told me when we chatted at the 10th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards.

He’s also appalled that many actresses have become walking advertisements for everything from gowns to jewelry to shoes.

“I hate it,” he said. “I think it’s very low class for an actress who makes that much money, who’s a serious actress, to come on and start giving all these people plugs. There’s something very kinda tacky about the whole thing.”

It was so much simpler back in 1988 when he designed the very risque outfit Cher wore the night she won the best actress Oscar for “Moonstruck.”

“She’s Cher!” he said. “I’ve known her over 40 years and we worked together over and over and over again so it’s kind of like family.

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“I used to run through the men’s room to get from one studio to the other,” he remembered. “It was really fun at the time. When I think about it now, I wonder how we ever did it, the amount of shows we would do in one week.”

Bob seems to have mixed feelings about the memorable gown he designed for Burnett for a classic “Gone With the Wind” spoof. Burnett, as Scarlett O’Hara, comes down the stairs in a gown made from the drapes – complete with curtain rod still in place.

“The curtain rod dress is the one everybody talks about,” he said. “Either that or a crazy get-up Cher wears. But, you know, I’ve done a lot of other things too.”

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Preview of Monday’s episode of “Days of Our Lives” with Will chatting with his grandma Kate

I don’t trust Will’s paternal grandmother Kate but I want to when it comes to some of the things she says to Will on Monday’s episode of Days of Our Lives.

Will clearly does not have the same closeness with Kate as with grandmother Marlena but she seems to mean it when she says to her grandson: “I love you no matter what and I don’t give a damn what your sexual orientation is.”

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Morning Man Encore: Galen Gering!

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Galen Gering currently plays Raphael Hernandez on Days of Our Lives, a role he landed in 2008 after the cancellation of Passions on which her portrayed the character of Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald for nearly a decade.

The 39-year-old actor was born in Los Angeles and moved to New York at just 18 to start a modeling career which led to travel in Europe as a model before attending New York University for a year. Gering finished college at the University of Miami where he studied creative writing and film.

Not surprisingly, Gering was named one of People’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 2000. He has also appeared in over 50 national commercials.

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Lunch Break Video: Kathy Griffin, Roseanne and other celebs read mean tweets about themselves

This aired this week on Jimmy Kimmel Live and is pretty damned funny.

It’s an inspired idea to have celebrities read really insulting tweets about themselves – really insulting.

Among the good sports are Kathy Griffin, Roseanne, Will Ferrell, Busy Phillips, Anna Faris, Will Arnett and more.

But the best sport is Andy Dick who really reads a doozy! That one comes at the end.

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“Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss talks to The Advocate about her character’s sexuality and more!

Mad Men returns for its latest season on Sunday night which means we are seeing its stars do lots of press.

There is the current retro cover of Newsweek for starters.

But the interview I think is really cool is the one Emmy nominee Elisabeth Moss, who plays Peggy Olson on the show, had a chat with The Advocate.

Here are some highlights:

On Peggy Olsen’s sexuality and flirtation with lesbian Joyce last season: “Of course Peggy would have a really good lesbian friend, and it was fun to toy with that flirtation. I loved all the respect and kudos I got from the gay community about that storyline. People were so excited that Peggy might be a lesbian. … Peggy is open to a lot of new experiences, and I loved that Peggy wasn’t put off by Joyce’s flirtation. The attention and the whole idea of it was titillating for her. I don’t think Peggy’s gay, but who knows? I mean, if anyone’s going to be gay, it’s Peggy.”

On whether the tension between Peggy and her adversarial officemate Joan might actually be sexual tension: “That would be really awesome, wouldn’t it? If they just totally attacked each other on top of a desk one day?”

On Peggy Olsen getting hit on by Jane Lynch in the opening skit of the 2011 Emmy Awards: “That was so cool for me, because I love Jane Lynch. Honestly, I’m such a huge fan of hers that I couldn’t even speak around her that day when she was on set. When I got that script and found out that I was going to be hit on by Jane Lynch, I could not have felt prouder or more honored.”

On her celebrity girl-crush: “Oh, that’s so easy! I don’t even know why I paused. Marion Cotillard. To me, she’s just a perfect, lovely, French little fey, but she doesn’t lose her animal sexuality, and she’s still very much a woman.”

On her stance on gay people as a Scientologist: “One of the most important things I take from my church is the idea of personal freedom and our rights as human beings, and that includes the right to date a man or a woman. Personal freedom is a very important concept in my religion, and I translate that to sexual orientation. If we’re all supposed to have the right to the life that we want to lead, then that should apply to the gay community. There isn’t really any dogma or scripture, yes or no, right or wrong on that particular subject in my church. It’s more open to personal interpretation, and that’s my interpretation. … Many of my church’s stances and concepts are grossly misunderstood by the media. It’s a long list.”

On making her Broadway debut in the 2008 revival of Speed-the-Plow as Karen, a role previous played on Broadway by Madonna: “When I got that part, I never thought I’d be following in the footsteps of Madonna in any way, shape, or form. Just to occasionally be in the same sentence as her is an honor, so I will gladly mooch off of her gay icon status.”

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Will and Sonny have a moment in the coffee house that raises eyebrows on “Days of Our Lives”

Will is back after being away from the show for about a week.

He had missed the opening of Sonny’s new coffee house which was odd and tells his pal that his car battery had died.

I think it was probably a matter of Chandler Massey being on vacation.

Anyway, Sonny gives Will a ‘free coffee for life’ card but teasingly pulls it away from him.

This leads to a playful little moment that includes a moment where the two young gay men, just friends up to now, lock eyes. It signals an attraction that would be awfully cool to see explored!

Will’s dad, Lucas, walks in just as the moment was happening (of course, everyone is always walking in on everyone at just the right/wrong moment on DOOL in order to move things along very quickly).

Lucas says to Will when they sit down: ‘If someone else saw what I saw, they might get the wrong idea. I just need you to know there are people out there who might jump to the wrong conclusions. I know you’re straight, there’s just something about the way Sonny was looking at you.’

Sonny laughs and tells his dad: ‘I think you’re over-reacting. Sonny’s not an ax murderer dad, he’s just gay and he’s a great guy.’

Lucas says: ‘I have no problem with Sonny or anyone else who’s gay. I’m just saying if you choose to make it public, you’re going to run the risk of being treated like a second-class citizen by a lot of people. … It’s 2012, we probably shouldn’t be having this conversation anyway, it’s just I care about you and I don’t want to see you get hurt.’

Of course, Will’s other grandmother – the evil Kate who is Lucas’s mom – overhears the entire conversation – of course.

After Lucas leaves, she joins her grandson and says: ‘He was talking about Sonny, right? The fact is he could have easily been talking about you. Am I wrong here? And that’s what made you uncomfortable. Will, don’t worry. Your secret is safe with me.’

Somehow, I doubt that!

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Diana Ross sings most of her many hits at Nokia Theater concert for Herbalife Foundation

We had pretty damned good seats for last night’s Diana Ross concert at the Nokia Theatre but I clearly don’t have a damned good camera.

I need to upgrade soon!

Well, who had time for pictures anyway – I was too busy dancing!

The concert was a private event for the Herbalife Foundation so it was not your usual Diana Ross crowd. My friends and I talked after the show about not only the difference in the crowd (many people loved it, others looked bewildered) but also in the performance of Miss Ross.

Let me say this: Her voice is as good as it ever was, she is a total professional and it was a wonderful show.

But it was a corporate gig so there was something a little rote about it even if there was FIVE costume changes! I’ve been to five previous Diana Ross concerts and I know the difference between when she is playing for the fans who worship her and for an audience for whom this is part of a larger convention.

She kicked off the show with I’m Coming Out then launched into a series of Supremes hits including Baby Love, Stop! In the Name of Love, Love Child, Where Did Our Love Go? You Can’t Hurry Love and My World is Empty Without You.

The bulk of the show were her many, many solo hits including Love Hangover, Touch Me in the Morning, Upside Down, Do You Know Where You’re Going To?, I Will Survive, Why Do Fools Fall In Love?, It’s My House, The Boss, Ease on Down the Road, and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.

Miss Ross did two numbers from Lady Sings the Blues but did not do my favorite, Good Morning Heartache. Also missing from the show were her hits Missing You, Endless Love, It’s My Turn and Chain Reaction.

There was virtually no chatter and no encore but you know what? I had a BLAST!

The next time Miss Ross tours, I will be there!

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Never-before-published photos of achingly beautiful BFF’s Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift

I’ve seen A Place in the Sun probably about a dozen times and am always completely spellbound by the beauty of a young Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift.
The movie the the beginning of a very close friendship between the two stars that would last for the rest of his life. Even though he was gay, the two were soul mates and went on to star in Raintree County and Suddenly Last Summer together.
These are among the photos that were recently published on Time.com and here is part of the copy:
Their unique bond — so evident in the unpublished Peter Stackpole pictures in this gallery, taken on the Paramount lot during filming of A Place in the Sun in January 1950 and posted here on the one-year anniversary of Liz Taylor’s death — was occasionally deepened even further by myriad personal disasters visited upon each of them through the years. For example, in 1956 Taylor probably saved Clift’s life when, after he crashed his car leaving a party at her home, she raced to the wreck and literally pulled broken teeth — on which he had begun to choke — from his shattered mouth.

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Friday Morning Man: Jeff Carter!

The Diana Ross concert I went to last night at the Nokia Theatre was right across the street from Staples Center where an LA Kings game was taking place.

I got home and read about the handsome guy in these photos. His name is Jeff Carter and he scored the game-winning goal in a tie-breaking shootout to defeat the St. Louis Blues.

It’s a win that moves the Kings into first place in the Pacific Division.

Carter is new to The Kings being traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets  at the NHL trade deadline last month.

Carter, who previously played for the Philadelphia Flyers is one of the top goal-scorers in the National Hockey League and has quickly energized The Kings.

“It’s a new chapter of my career,” Carter told the AP last month. “A little bit of pressure on me, too, to come in and help the guys out, but I’m looking forward to it.”

The 27 year old player is from London, Ontario and began his NHL career when  he was drafted by the Flyers in 2003.

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NBC renews “Smash” for second season!

Very excited about this!

NBC has given a early second season renewal to my favorite show, Smash.

It is a delicious series about the making of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. If you haven’t seen it yet, you must! Just watching Angelica Huston sip a martini or throw one in her ex-husband’s face is alone worth the time.

The singing on the show is first-rate, especially by Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty who are jockeying for the role of Marilyn.

There’s several gay characters on the show including the show’s composer played by Christian Borle.

If you follow this LINK over to Gay Star News, you can read my chat with Executive Producer Neil Meron about Borle’s characters and more!

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Whitney Houston’s death caused by accidental drowning with cocaine use and heart disease contributing

I don’t think the report that has just come out of the Los Angeles Coroner’s office is surprising to anyone: Whitney Houston died on the eve of the Grammy Awards last month from accidental drowning and from the effects of heart disease and cocaine use.

So very sad and frustrating.

I’m going to see Diana Ross in concert tonight, still going strong in her mid-60s, and I can’t help but think about what might have been  if Houston had never gotten mixed up with drugs.

Such a damned waste.

The toxicology stated that Marijuana, Alprazolam (Xanax), Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) and Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) were also found in her body but did not contribute to the death.

Coroner’s spokesman Craig Harvey said the cocaine metabolites were found in Houston’s system, listed as a contributing factor in her death, indicated she was a chronic cocaine user.

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Simon Cowell doesn’t have much of a sense of humor about someone joking that he is gay

http://arediana.blogfrombed.com/uploads/simon_cowell_small_661.jpgThe one-time bitchy American Idol judge Simon Cowell was not amused about a joke that he is gay.

He and comedian David Walliams were promoting the upcoming season of Britain’s Got Talent on ITV’s Jonathan Ross Show when Wallaims joked: “The main question I get is, Is Simon gay? Even my mum asks. She says, He’s nice. Is he gay?”

Simon did not laugh it off and instead tried to change the subject. He started talking about his sleeping habits which usually consist of staying up until 5 a.m. or so and rising at noon.

Wallaims used this bit of information to crack another gay joke: “At 12 o’clock at night you’re working quite hard – because that’s when the lady boys come round.”

Uh boy.

Simon did recently break up with his latest girlfriend. I think this one was actually a fiancee.

So what do you think? Should Simon have a better sense of humor about it? Was Wallaims way out of line?

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Happy 82nd Birthday to Stephen Sondheim!

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Everybody riiiiiiiise!

It’s American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s 82nd birthday today!!!

What would our lives be without the lyrics to West Side Story and Gypsy? Then there are the music and lyrics from Follies, Company, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park With George, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music and so many more classic shows.

One thing I did not know about this eight-time Tony winner was that he came out as a gay man relatively late in life – at the age of 40. He first lived with a partner when he was 61. It’s never too late!

Happy birthday to this theater legend!!! Let’s celebrate with a few of his songs by some of Broadway’s best:



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Thursday Morning Man: Matt Nolan!

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So, I spotted this handsome man on the red carpet at the Pantages the other night. His name is Matt Nolan and he plays the role of Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages. He was with the cast posing for photos and I asked, ‘Which one of you has the role Tom Cruise plays in the movie?’

Matt raised his hand.

I then asked, ‘Who’s better?’

The tall and handsome Matt said he was then put his hand out to indicate that Cruise was far …. let’s just say…  less tall than him.

Well, Matt was outstanding in the part. Stacee ends up being kind of a creep in the end but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy his singing or his very revealing rock star clothes. Matt has a great body and the part calls for him to really show it off!

He is best known for being a finalist on the NBC reality show Grease: You’re the One That I Want and has had key roles in national tours of Grease (Danny Zucko) and Hairspray (Fender) and  roles in productions of Legally Blonde, Spamalot and Rent.

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Ricky Martin, partner and sons in Vanity Fair!

This is all just so adorable.

It’s so nice to see Ricky Martin sharing his happiness with us on the pages of Spain’s Vanity Fair.

He is pictured on the cover with twin sons Matteo and Valentino.

It’s a beautiful sight.

But it is an inside photo of the family that is getting the most attention because it also includes Martin’s partner of four years, Carlos Gonzalez Abell.

It accompanies an article called ‘The New Life of Ricky Martin’ and marks the first time Martin and Abell have ever posed together in any kind of official portrait.

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Madonna sticks to plans to perform this summer but vows “to speak up for the gay community”

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Madonna has no plans to cancel a concert in St Petersburg this summer because of the “homosexual propaganda law in the city which went into effect last Saturday.

Instead, the superstar plans to use the occasion to sing – and to speak out.

‘I will come to St. Petersburg to speak up for the gay community and to give strength and inspiration to anyone who is or feels oppressed,’  she told Bloomberg News via e-mail ‘I’m a freedom fighter.’

You can read more of the story over at Gay Star News.

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