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See “Red Dress Day” video from AIDS LifeCycle


This is an amazingly cool video that my pal Jim Key just sent me. Jim is on the road doing media for AIDS/LifeCycle and yesterday was the annual Red Dress Day.

Some were dressed as Catholic Cardinals (to “pray the gay way” ha!), some as Little Orphan Annie and there was an assortment of Little Red Riding Hoods.

The red wardrobe was brought out on the fifth day of this week’s 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

The riders pedaled their way through small towns in the central part of California in eye-catching red dresses and outfits.

Some even pedaled the 100 miles in pumps! (Whoever did that should get some extra money from their sponsors!)

The idea is for the cyclists to create a human AIDS ribbon in motion as they pedal a winding route.

This year, the more than 2,700 cyclists raised a record $14.2 million for the LA Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. They finish their ride when they arrive in Los Angeles on Saturday.

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Rafael Nadal reaches eighth French Open final

Ho hum, what else is new?

But no one can say he did not earn it. Here is the AP story of Rafael Nadal’s epic win over Novak Djokovic in the French Open semifinals today. Sunday’s final, no doubt, will be anti-climactic.

PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal won an epic semifinal against Novak Djokovic at the French Open to remain the King of Clay – for another couple of days, at least.

The seven-time champion twice let a lead slip away in the fourth set Friday, then came from behind in the fifth to beat the No. 1-ranked Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3), 9-7.

Djokovic blew an easy overhead on the opening point on the final game and went on to lose serve at love, sending his final forehand long.

“I was ready for the fight,” Nadal said. “I really fought a lot.”

He improved to 58-1 at Roland Garros, including five wins over Djokovic. The French Open remains the only major title Djokovic has yet to win.

“It has been an unbelievable match to be part of, but all I can feel now is disappointment,” Djokovic said. “I wanted this title so much.”

Instead, Nadal needs one more win to become the first man to win eight titles at the same Grand Slam event. On Sunday, he’ll play Spaniard David Ferrer.

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Lunch Break Video: Cyndi Lauper and Patti LaBelle team up for a memorable duet of “Time After Time”


Happy Friday all. Posts are a littler erratic today as I’m slammed with Gay Star News duties. But will try and have some items up throughout the afternoon.

In the meantime, here is a wonderful duet from 1985 of Patti LaBelle and Cyndi Lauper performing Time After Time. Patti really soars on this one – as always!

Friday Morning Man: Fredrik Ljungberg!

Fredrick Ljungberg is a retired Swedish footballer who certainly gives David Beckham a run for his money in th model good looks department.

Fredrick is 38 and retired from the sport last August.

During his career, he was captain of the Swedish national team and came to fame as a member of the English pro team Arsenal. He left after nine years to join West Ham United.

He took a four-month break from the sport in 2008 then re-emerged as a member of the Seattle Sounders, a Major League Soccer franchise. Two seasons later he was traded to Chicago where he played the 2010 season.

Ljungberg’s efforts as a male model have garnered media attention rivaling that of his football career. In 2003, he was contracted as a Calvin Klein underwear model, fronting a worldwide campaign which became one of Calvin Klein’s most successful ever.


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A tribute to Esther Williams who has died at age 91

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Esther Williams hadn’t made a movie since 1963 but the star of such classics as Million Dollar Mermaid and Dangerous When Wet was remembered warmly today after it was announced that she had died at the age of 91.

Miss Williams had remained in the public eye with lines of swimwear, occasional TV interviews and her recent autobiography.

Her longtime friend and publicist, Harlan Boll, shared this funny anecdote earlier today on Facebook: She swam every day and usually in the nude. When I mentioned that her neighbor could see her pool from their upstairs window, she said “If Brendan Fraser gets a thrill out of watching me swim, then let him.”

Here is a wonderful interview she did with Diane Sawyer in 2007.

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Are you ready for LA Pride this weekend?

I know LA Pride weekend doesn’t officially kick off until tomorrow night but the party has already begun for Greg In Hollywood.

Just got home from Sur Lounge in West Hollywood where Vancouver tourism organizations sponsored a media party. It was tons of fun and there was a drag queen named Carlotta Gurl who dazzled us as Marilyn Monroe then Celene Dion then Katy Perry.

She really gave it all that she had and we were all very appreciative. There was an open bar and all kinds of goodies served like crab cakes and fresh shrimp and a goodie bag that included a bottle of vodka and a red velvet cupcake from Sprinkles!

On Wednesday night, attended the West Hollywood Mayor’s Reception kicking off LA Pride. It was held by the pool at the Mondrian Hotel on the Sunset Strip. Every time I go to a boozy event there, I’m always surprised that no one has ever fallen in the pool.

I always expect it – always!

As I arrived, I ran into a friend who said happily: “The drinks are free!” So I walk up to the bar and I see some dude pulling a wad of cash out of his pocket. I say to him, ‘Aren’t the drinks free?’ He says, ‘Only some drinks.’

So when it was my turn to order, just so there was no confusion, I asked the bartender for the ‘free vodka.’ He cracked up! I didn’t even mean to make a funny.

It was a lovely party with all kinds of cool people.

West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land addressed the crowd and she was funny: “I want to thank you in advance for all the fun you will have and all the money you will spend.”

“It’s so exciting to feel the energy that started a week ago and goes through Sunday,” she added.

I chatted with West Hollywood City Councilman John D’Amico and we laughed because I didn’t think he remembered sticking his tongue in my ear when we took a photo together at the Frontiers 30th anniversary party last year.

“How drunk did you think I was?” he said.

Well, hard to say. it was my birthday and I was rather sauced myself!

Also chatted up Billy Masters whose twice-monthly column is always the first thing I go to in each issue of Frontiers and gabbed a bit with Wilson Cruz who the next day was heading to the ATX TV Festival for My So-Called Life and Party of Five reunions. But he told me he’d be returning in time for Sunday’s parade.

It’s going to be a busy weekend for me – but happily so. Gay Star News, for which I am the LA correspondent, is a global media sponsor of LA Pride this year so I’ll be filing stories each day about the goings on!

To read my Pride Preview, go over to Gay Star News.

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Outfest 2013: Beginning with “C.O.G.” and ending with “G.B.F.” – Complete line-up of films revealed!



It’s just five weeks away!

I. Can’t. Wait.

The complete programming lineup for the 31st Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, to be held July 11 to 21, has just been revealed.

As previously announced, Outfest 2013 will open with Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s C.O.G., based on the short story by David Sedaris, on Thursday, July 11. Prior to the opening night screening, the organization will honor writer-director Kimberly Peirce with its 17th annual Achievement Award.

The festival closes on Sunday, July 21, with Darren Stein’s comedy G.B.F. written by Outfest Screenwriting Lab Fellow George Northy and starring Megan Mullally, Natasha Lyonne and Andrea Bowen.

Other gala screenings include: Pit Stop (U.S. Dramatic Centerpiece), Yen Tan’s quietly powerful Sundance darling, in which the Outfest alum provides an evocative glimpse into the lives of two Southern gay men; veteran Brazilian filmmaker Bruno Barreto returns with Reaching for the Moon (International Dramatic Centerpiece), a steamy tale of an unlikely romance between two extraordinary lesbian artists, set against the backdrop of political upheaval and a clash of cultures; God Loves Uganda (Documentary Centerpiece), in which Academy Award–winner Roger Ross Williams provides powerful insight into the ignorance (cloaked in religion) exported by the United States to the rest of the world; and Pratibha Parmar‘s Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth (Fusion Centerpiece), a compelling and inspirational documentary about Alice Walker’s extraordinary journey from sharecropper’s daughter to activist, journalist, poet and Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist of The Color Purple.

Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Outfest, says: “Our line-up celebrates a powerful new generation of storytellers, as well as Outfest alumni and veteran filmmakers, who pave the way to an even brighter future for the LGBT community. This year’s program confirms Outfest as a leader in LGBT rights and cultural expression, ensuring that our stories are created, shared and protected.”

Other highly anticipated titles in this year’s festival include Travis Mathews and James Franco’s Interior. Leather Bar., a provocative re-imagining of the lost 40 minutes of Cruising; the James Franco-produced documentary Kink, in which director Christina Voros takes us into the painful but oh-so-pleasurable world of five San Francisco–based BDSM workers; Linda Bloodworth Thomason’s award-winning Bridegroom, a powerful and poignant feature about love, loss and the courage of one young man to stand up for same-sex equality; Jeffrey Schwarz’s I Am Divine, a documentary about the legendary drag performer Divine; The Battle of amFAR, a triumphant short film by Outfest Achievement Award winners Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, which focuses on the landmark AIDS advocacy group; and world premieres of Igloo, the feature film directorial debut by Chilean actor Diego Ruiz, and Del Shores‘ hilarious and heartbreaking screen adaptation of his hit play Southern Baptist Sissies.

The Ford Amphitheatre will once again host the Under the Stars series which is so fun because you can pack a picnic and have some wine beforehand. It will kick off with the annual sing-along, featuring the hit musical comedy Pitch Perfect starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. Other screenings include the sexy and provocative Test; Hot Guys with Guns, a hilarious thriller that marks the debut of actor Doug Spearman (Noah’s Arc) as writer-director; the Hitchcock-inspired thriller Breaking the Girls directed by Outfest alum Jamie Babbit and written by Guinevere Turner (American Psycho); as well as the Closing Night Gala G.B.F. directed by Darren Stein (Jawbreaker).

For more information and for a complete listing of films in the Festival, log on to www.outfest.org/fest2013 or call 213-480-7065.

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Rock Hudson’s wife secretly taped him talking about why sex with men was faster than sex with her

There are those who believe that Phyllis Gates knew what she was getting into when she married closeted gay movie star Rock Hudson in 1954.

But is would appear that she did not according to transcripts of a secret tape recording made between the couple by a private investigator.

Gates confronted her Hudson about the way he answered questions on a Rorschach test used to examine a person’s personality characteristics and emotional functioning, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Said Gates: ‘You told me you saw thousands of butterflies and also snakes. [A therapist] told me in my analysis that butterflies mean femininity and snakes represent that male penis. I’m not condemning you, but it seems that as long as you recognize your problem, you would want to do something about it.’

She also complained to Hudson about ‘your great speed with me, sexually’ and asked: ‘Are you that fast with boys?’

Hudson replied: ‘Boys don’t fit. So, this is why it lasts longer.’

Gates then said: Everyone knows that you were picking up boys off the street shortly after we were married and have continued to do so, thinking that being married would cover up for you.’

Hudson replied: ‘I have never picked up any boys on the street. I have never picked up any boys in a bar, never. I have never picked up any boys, other than to give them a ride.’

The dialogue between the couple was secretly being recorded by private eye Fred Otash who had been hired by Gates to follow Hudson. Transcripts of the tape and other items were share with The Hollywood Reporter by Otash’s daughter.

The couple was divorced later that year and neither ever married again. Hudson died from complications from the AIDS virus in 1985 while Gates died from lung cancer in 2006.

Sad story.

Hopefully there are no closeted gay male movie stars still subjecting women to this 55 years later!

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Days of Our Lives: Nick tells Gabi he is not gay but prison rape did factor into his marrying her

Gabi and Nick appear ready to be going their separate ways after Nick reveals he married into an instant family to deal with his prison rape.

Nick tells Gabi he’s not gay and did not marry her as a way to not be gay but that his experience did factor into his decision making.

Meanwhile, Will signs the birth certificate for his daughter and Nick apologizes to him saying he thinks Will and Gabi will be good parents.

Gabi says she and the baby won’t be going home with Nick and she vows to be wiser about men and about life now that she is a mother.

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See recap of first four days of AIDS/LifeCycle!

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MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts treats Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein to a cake on his 61st birthday

Harvey Fierstein turns 61 today and he is still going strong.

He is up for a Tony Award for Kinky Boots this Sunday so we will find out if he will add to the four Tonys he already has at home.

Harvey guested on MSNBC this morning and Thomas Roberts presented him with a birthday cake and reminded the audience that it was 20 years ago that Harvey charmed us as Robin Williams’ brother in Mrs. Doubtfire and 30 years ago that he win his first two Tonys for Torch Song Trilogy.

Of Kinky Boots Harvey said: “The audience is really driving the show. The word of mouth is just unbelievable. People walk out of that theater flying. … You just walk out of that theater on a cloud.”

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Thursday Morning Man: Lincoln Lewis!


This Aussie hunk is currently in theaters in the box office misfire After Earth starring Will and Jaden Smith.

Even though the movie has underperformed, it’s provided wide exposure for 25-year-old Lincoln Lewis who has starred in such Australian series as Home and Away, Neighbours, Underbelly: Razor, SLiDE and Tricky Business.

Prior to After Earth, Lincoln appeared in the films 33 Postcards, Tomorrow, When the World Began and Bait 3D.


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Listen to Greg In Hollywood on Equality Radio!


It was great to chat with Randol White this afternoon on his Equality Radio show. I began the first of what are now weekly segments every Wednesday at 3:30 pm. But since you probably didn’t listen to it live, here is a YouTube version of it. Randol can be seen but I’m just a photo – but it’s a photo I rather like!

We chat about a lot of the stuff that’s been on the blog the past few days.

My chat with Perez Hilton about being a dad

I had a chat with Perez Hilton recently about how his life has changed since becoming a dad in February.

I wondered, first of all, if he was getting any sleep.

‘I’m lucky, my baby sleeps a long time already,’ he says. ‘I believe in the universe and I believe the universe gave me the baby I was meant to have.’

‘As a single parent and as a first-time parent, I guess I needed to have an easy baby. I’ve been blessed with an easy baby and I want to have more. Maybe the next one won’t be as easy but now I know what it’s like, what to expect, what to do.’

So how is it juggling fatherhood with doing his popular blog.

‘I’m not juggling, I’m not trying to balance,’ he says. ‘My baby’s the priority. He comes first and then everything else tries to fit into my life and schedule. I’m with him all the time. I work from home and I couldn’t be happier. I give him his bath, I read his book, I give him all his bottles. I’m a fricking good dad!’

Mario Armando Lavandiera III was born February 16 via surrogate mother who was inseminated with a donor egg. He was exactly one month premature and weighed a healthy 5 pounds, 9 ounces.

‘My favorite part is just watching him become more of a person and not just a little creature that sleeps and eats all the time,’ Perez says.

He made a name for himself for snarky doodled remarks about celebrities written on photos and for outing gay celebrities. But Perez has since announced himself reformed telling me last year that he is ‘trying to be more compassionate and understanding and focusing on the positive.’

Whatever the tone, he still works hard at maintaining a media empire that now includes five different blogs and frequent television appearances.

‘I’m a busy lady,’ he jokes. ‘I’m like Beyonce.’

But he’s a lot more flexible with his schedule now.

‘Babies are awesome for so many different reasons but one of the many is it really takes you out of your comfort zones,’ he says. ‘Before I was definitely a creature of habit and do this and that every day. Now it’s “I’ve got to change this, I’ve got to move that.” I love it. It’s really forced me to be more embracing of change. That’s what life is, change every single day.’

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Days of Our Lives: New parents Gabi and Will bond

Sweet reunion between Will and Gabi in the hospital.

“You’re my best friend and you’re my baby’s father,’ she tells him.

Says Will: “You’re my best friend too.”

They talk about Nick, about what he went through in prison and how he blackmailed Will into giving up his parental rights.

“I think I know you better than I know my husband,” Gabi says.

Also sweet visits from Grandma Kate and hunky Chad.

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Sam Champion to host the Daytime Emmys!

Sam Champion really seemed to be having a good time when he announced the Daytime Emmy Award nominations on Good Morning America a few months back.

So it makes sense that a man so enthusiastic about the show has been asked to host it!

Gay men are simply the hosts with the most this year when you consider Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Tonys on Sunday and the Prime-time Emmys in September.

Champion will be joining forces with HLN network’s A.J. Hammer and Robin Meade.

The awards show airs live June 16 from the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills.

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Snapped! A first look at Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West as Burton and Taylor

Yes, there was a movie about beloved gay icon Elizabeth Taylor and her 5th (and 6th) hubby Richard Burton already. But it was an unintentional comedy starring a horribly miscast Lindsay Lohan.

So, it’s nice to see that BBC America is making a Liz and Dick movie that, judging from first promotional image alone, is already better than the Lifetime flick!

It stars Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Taylor, the two-time Oscar winner and AIDS activist who died in 2011. Burton, a seven-time Oscar nominee who died in 1984, is being played by Dominic West.

The film, to air this fall, will be set against the backdrop of their appearance in the 1983 revival of the play Private Lives. By this time, the famous pair had been married and divorced twice.

Burton got married again (to Sally Hay) during the run of the play and Taylor got engaged (to Victor Luna who she did not marry). Reviews for the play were poor but box office on Broadway and in a national tour was huge.

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Adam Lambert, Darren Criss, Tim Gunn and others “Give Bullying the Bird” in new campaign

Adam Lambert, Darren Criss, Tim Gunn and flipping the bird for a good reason: A new grassroots photo campaign and documentary film called The New F Word.

It aims to encourage the use of the word FRIEND to project inner strength and confidence.

For more information visit www.friendmovement.com.


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Exclusive! See Chandler Massey’s Emmy tux!

Will Chandler Massey achieve back-to-back Emmy wins for his performance as gay teen Will Horton on Days of Our Lives?

We will find out a week from Sunday!

Whatever happens in the category of Outstanding Performance By a Younger Actor, Chandler will be looking quite spiffy in a tuxedo from Klein Epstein & Parker Fashion in Beverly Hills.

He stopped by this week with publicist Jeffrey Ballard for a fitting.

Great to see Chandler looking so healthy. In recent episodes of Days, he’s been in a hospital bed after being shot by a mad man.

Wednesday Morning Man: James Wolk!


Everyone is going gaga over James Wolk who plays the mysterious Bob Benson on the new season of  Mad Men which debuted on Sunday.

All I have to say is, I totally understand what all the fuss is about!

But then, I’ve been aware of James since three years ago when he was the star of the very, very short-lived Fox drama Lone Star in which he played a con man leading a double life.

After Lone Star was canceled, the 28-year-old actor remained in demand playing Adam Pally’s love interest on ABC’s Happy Endings, Sigourney Weaver’s son in the USA Network miniseries Political Animals, and appeared in several episodes of Showtime’s Shameless.

In addition to his role in the current season of Mad Men as the overzealous accounts guy at Sterling Draper Cooper Pryce, James is also working on the CBS comedy The Crazy Ones starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

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