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Happy 40th Birthday to MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts!

When someone turns 40, it’s typically a time to take stock.

Well, Thomas Roberts reaches that milestone today and if he’s taking stock, he must be feeling pretty good.

First and foremost, Thomas got married last weekend to the handsome Patrick Abner at a star-studded rooftop wedding in NYC.

And he’s riding high anchoring MSNBC Live With Thomas Roberts at 11 am weekdays (8 am PST).

He does an outstanding job day in and day out and the ratings reflect it.

According to third quarter ratings, the show just had ts best 25-54 and total viewer numbers since the first quarter of 2009!

Congratulations on all your good fortune Thomas. It’s well deserved!

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NFL’s Chris Kluwe does some beefcake for “Out”

When it comes to achieving LGBT equality, it is crucial to have straight allies willing to step up and speak out.

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is one of those people – spectacularly so.

“I’ve always relished breaking that stereotype of the dumb jock athlete because while I enjoyed athletics growing up, I also enjoyed reading and video games, and athletic sport is not what defines me as a person,” Kluwe says in the new issue of OUT Magazine for whom he did a beautiful photo shoot.

For Kluwe, taking a stand on gay rights is as instinctual as planting his foot into a ball.

“It’s all about the Golden Rule,” he says. “Treat other people as you want to be treated. It’s that simple. It’s something that needs to be spoken about, and it’s something I can do while fulfilling my job as a football player.”

Just as a reminder why we love Kluwe so much, here is his excoriating letter to Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. who had the gall to tell the Baltimore Ravens to “order” linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo to stop advocating for same-sex marriage:

“I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland’s state government,” Kluwe’s letter started, reasonably enough. “Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level.” Kluwe then went on to dismantle Burns’s position, point by point, culminating in a crescendo of wit and impishness — and that now-fabled coinage. It’s worth running the penultimate paragraph in full, if only because it does such a good job of clarifying the issues:

“I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won’t come into your house and steal your children. They won’t magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster. They won’t even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population — rights like Social Security benefits, child care tax credits, Family and Medical Leave to take care of loved ones, and COBRA healthcare for spouses and children. You know what having these rights will make gays? Full-fledged American citizens just like everyone else, with the freedom to pursue happiness and all that entails. Do the civil-rights struggles of the past 200 years mean absolutely nothing to you?”

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Morning Man Encore: James Scott!

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So many great looking guys at yesterday’s Daytime Emmy Awards and one of them was best actor nominee James Scott.

In the world of soaps, actors are often not the first to play a specific role but James has originated both of his parts: he was Ethan Cambias on All My Children before joining Days of Our Lives as EJ Wells in May 2006.

James, who is 31, began his career working in the music industry, and later started acting in community theatre. Shortly after this, he made the move to London where he studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

He later began to modeling and during a modeling trip to Los Angeles, he went to an acting class and was so inspired that he decided to save money and make the move to Los Angeles for good. Two years later, he was cast on All My Children.

Sounds like he made a good decision!

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Dying Canadian man described as a ‘fag’ in his 1970 yearbook seeks an apology – and closure

This story deeply upsets me because I was a closeted gay kid in high school and being editor of the yearbook during my junior and senior years gave me a sense of purpose that prevented me from feeling real despair over having to hide who I really was.

I was diligent about my work on the yearbook and took great care with each and every page.

Unfortunately for Robin Tomlin, the yearbook staff at Argyle Secondary School in North Vancouver did not take the same care and singled him out for a very cruel act that still haunts him 42 years later.

Tomlin, who is now dying of liver cancer, received his yearbook back in 1970 and when he opened it to the page with his picture on it, there was one word printed under his name: ‘Fag.’

Can you imagine?

For some reason, this story just strikes me to the core.

Tomlin, who is not gay, has gone public about the long ago incident because he wants an official apology from the school and wants it to delete the anti-gay slur from any remaining copies of the yearbook they may still have on hand.

‘I want to show the young people today that you can’t let them get away with it,’ he tells the Toronto Star.

To read the full story, go over to Gay Star News.

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Lunch Break Video: Ellen and Rebel Wilson rap!

It’s not just her performance in Pitch Perfect that is making Rebel Wilson a star – it’s her series of memorable performances on talk shows to promote the film.

Here she is performing Salt-N-Pepa’s Shoop with Ellen DeGeneres.

Enjoy!

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See a preview of tonight’s “Glee”

I have not really been keeping up with Glee this season but plan to catch tonight’s episode.

Blaine (Darren Criss) goes to NYC to visit boyfriend Kurt (Chris Colfer) and sings a beautiful ballad version of Teenage Dream.

But things don’t seem so rosy between the two.

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The Advocate Interview: Pink

The new issue of The Advocate features staunch LGBT ally Pink who talks about her queer fans and the misconception that she is bisexual.

Here are some excerpts:

“I loved my little girlfriends and we kissed and we had a great time and we held hands,” she says. “When I first moved to Los Angeles, I was an honorary lesbian of Los Angeles. I wasn’t gay, but all my girlfriends were. So no, it wasn’t a big deal for me, but when [a tabloid] comes out and says, I just said I was bisexual, it’s like what? That wasn’t my truth, and I like truth. I like absolute truth.”

Pink still hopes for a time when sexual orientation is irrelevant to the media, when people stop caring whether a woman is bisexual and start talking about whether a woman’s a CEO. But she admits that visibility, especially for LGBT youth, is critical. “I think it’s totally important. I don’t think every celebrity needs to have [a cause], I just think it’s great when they do.” Pink has supported the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, and YouthAIDS, among many other LGBT and non-LGBT charitable organizations.

She says she’s gotten as much from her fans as she’s given. When fans tell her they’ve experienced the same feelings she did, she’s often stunned. “I’m like, Really? You went through the exact same thing I went through? I’ve become less lonely, and through it, they’ve become less lonely, and I think it’s absolutely important that we’re all sharing our experiences, because in [many places] it’s hard to be gay. In a lot of places it’s hard to be black, and in a lot of places it’s hard to be female. I’m in California now, it’s hard to be Mexican.”

She says lesbian and bisexual women in particular have always been there for her.

“They’ve been the most loyal part of what I do. They’ve been my most loyal friends, to be honest. I’ve had a lot of my gay boys around, but my gay girls are my rootstalk. They’re my honesty in an ocean of bullshit. I should be gay by the way that I look and the way that I am. I just happen to not be. But it just makes perfect and complete sense.”

Gay people constitute her core fan base, she says, appearing at every show. “But then over the years you kind of bring in [new] people that have never really embraced gay culture, and it’s just this clusterfuck of people,” she says. There are the “adorable little gay girl couples and gay boys, and then there’s the older straight couple together” who enjoy the music and learn a bit of tolerance while they’re at it. “I just feel like it’s bringing people together and it’s rad.”

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Anderson Cooper is not happy with Star Jones


It’s on!

It used to be Star Jones versus Rosie O’Donnell or versus Barbara Walters but now it’s Star “I’m a lawyer” Jones versus the Silver Fox himself, Anderson Cooper.

Star has angered Anderson with her allegation that he came out publicly as a gay man as a way to get ratings for his syndicated talk show Anderson Live.

Anderson shares with his daytime audience in a segment airing today that Jones is far off the mark.

‘I will say and I actually haven’t mentioned this, the only thing that did kind of annoy me and actually it annoyed my mom who brought it up to me, Star Jones of all people,’ he says to guest Andy Cohen who is also openly gay.

Cooper’s mom, of course, is Gloria Vanderbilt.

‘I haven’t thought about Star Jones in I don’t know how long,’ he added. ‘I was unaware she was even on TV still. But she apparently shows up on a morning show. Out of the blue Star Jones said this was a ratings ploy by me to boost ratings.’

If he had wanted to exploit his personal revelation for ratings, Cooper said he would have been much more savvy about it.

‘If I was wanting to boost ratings, I would have waited to announce it on ‘A Very Special Episode’ that would have been [promoted] for weeks and weeks and there would have been commercials: ‘Anderson’s Huge Announcement.’ and you would have a cut away of the audience but instead I was in Africa on assignment for 60 Minutes, I sent an email to a friend of mine who put it on a website. I gave no interviews about it, I never talked about it. I wasn’t even on the air for days afterward and so suddenly Star Jones, who as memory serves, in terms of boosting ratings, I seem to recall her hocking her wedding every single day to get free products when she was on The View and I seem to recall her lying about her gastric bypass surgery and making everybody else lie about it as well. So for her to suddenly emerge out of the shadows and suddenly attack me for this, I couldn’t believe it.”

‘And my mom was like, ‘Who is Star Jones?’ Anyway, so I can’t even believe I am bringing this up because I don’t even want to give Star Jones the attention.’

But he must’ve wanted to give her a little attention – and maybe get some ratings out of the fight because Anderson invited Jones, a former co-host of ABC’s The View, to appear on his show to discuss her comments but she declined.

‘I would think she would want as much publicity as possible given her penchant for wanting publicity,’ he tells Cohen.

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Snapped: The “Melrose Place” cast reunion!

Wow, time really does stand still – at least in Hollywood!

The cast of Melrose Place, who worked together from 1992-99, sure look terrific in this photo for Entertainment Weekly’s annual reunions issue.

The guys, Andrew Shue, Doug Savant and especially Grant Show are as cute as ever.

But it’s the women who really dazzle in this shot: Marcia Cross, coming off an eight season run on Desperate Housewives, has definitely improved with age while Courtney Thorne-Smith appears untouched by the passing years. She followed her 2001-09 run on the sitcom According to Jim with a recurring role on Two and a Half Men.

Heather Locklear may have had her personal troubles in recent years but she is looking as gorgeous as ever as are Josie Bissett, Daphne Zuniga and Laura Leighton.

Of course not all of the show’s famous alums made the cover starting with Locklear’s very recent ex-fiancee Jack Wagner, Bissett’s ex-husband Rob Estes, Kristen Davis of Sex and the City fame, Kelly Rutherford of Gossip Girl, Lisa Rinna and Thomas Calabro who appeared in the short-lived Melrose Place reboot a few years back along with Locklear and Leighton.

Also missing are first season regulars Vanessa Williams (not the former Miss America) and Amy Locane.

I don’t think I’ve ever shared this publicly but I was so into the show in the mid-1990s that I called my tropical fish tank ‘Melrose Tank’ and named each of the fish after a Melrose character according to the behavior they exhibited in the tank.

It’s ridiculous now but I used to get a kick out of pointing out each “character” to friends.

OMG.

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Morning Man Encore: John Williams!



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Rugby star John Williams, as you can see in these photos, is quite a beautiful man.

But he’s been somewhat overshadowed in the beefcake department by his brother, fellow rugby star David Williams.

Both brothers appeared in the 2009 “Gods of Football” calendar and DVD featuring hot Aussie jocks baring all to raise money for breast-cancer awareness.

But it was David, who graces the cover of the making-of DVD, who got most of the attention and is one of the few two-time Morning Men in Greg In Hollywood’s one-year history (May 27, 2009 and April 26, 2009).

Now we turn out attention to the sexy-in-his-own right John.

He is 25 years old and is currently playing for the North Queensland Cowboys in Australia’s National Rugby League. John was the highest point scorer for the Cowboys’ in 2008 with 96 points.

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LGBT History Month Hero: Martina Navratilova



Here we are in 2012 and no male tennis professional – active or retired – has ever come out publicly as gay.

Way back in 1981, Martina Navratilova told the world that she is a lesbian and paved the way for other female athletes in tennis and other sports to do the same.

Navratilova had already displayed tremendous courage six years earlier when she defected from her native Czechoslovakia after losing to Chris Evert in the semifinals of the 1975 US Open.

After coming out publicly, Martina’s play went from good to great with a win-loss singles record of 448-14 from 1982-86. She withstood jeers from crowds who didn’t like her dominance of the popular Evert and from some who simply didn’t like gay people.

“I don’t know one person who’s come out who wants to go back in,” Martina told me in a 2007 interview. “It was rough back then. It was rough when I walked on court, people would be clapping when Chris [Evert] or Steffi [Graf] were announced. I’d come out and some people wouldn’t clap. Imagine if they didn’t clap for Roger Federer if he was gay. He’s the best tennis player in the world. So that hurt. To me, my sexuality should be irrelevant, it’s not anything to be ashamed of. I was upset that people would think it was a negative and judge me just on that.”

I mentioned to Martina that I thought a real breakthrough for her with the public was after the 1991 U.S. Open final which she lost to Monica Seles. The crowd just wouldn’t stop clapping, finally bringing Martina to tears. It was a wonderful moment for me as a tennis fan watching on TV at home and I loved how she was being showered with affection for being a champion but for also being an honest and brave human being.

“They got me,” she says. “First they liked me, then I was the big brute beating our Chrissie. Then in 1991, they just respected me and they got me. They realized I was real and said what I thought and tried to do it in the best way possible.”

I commented to Martina that she has had an enormous impact on untold numbers of gay and lesbian people who felt they would never be embraced if they did not remain in the closet or be able to make their dreams come true as an openly gay person.

I am one of them.

She seemed to understand this and said: “Probably my biggest accomplishment is changing those people on the fence. The thing I’m happiest about is the kids that didn’t feel alone, who wrote me letters and said I helped give them the strength to be who they are.”

Martina has also always been very outspoken about LGBT equality and remains so. In 1993, she marched in the front line and spoke at the 1993 March on Washington. In 2000, she was the recipient of National Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign, the same year she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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Celeb Tweets: Presidential Debates Edition

Andy Cohen Andy Cohen ‏@BravoAndy I feel your pain Jim Lehrer!!!!! #TeresaAndJacqueline #BarackAndMitt
Official Wanda Sykes Official Wanda Sykes ‏@iamwandasykes Sweet Jesus! Good Lord! Somebody give Jim some milk and cookies and send him to bed. Bless his heart.
Alec Mapa Alec Mapa ‏@AlecMapa Mitt really needs to stop interrupting Jessica Tandy. It’s just bad form. #debates
John Barrowman News John Barrowman News ‏@Team_Barrowman That moderator for tonights debate had #noballs and did not control it. He was Crap! Romney just over powered him. Jb
Bill Maher Bill Maher ‏@billmaher Hey Lehrer, you’re the fucking ref, stop letting the Mittbot bully you – he can’t fire YOU
Christopher Rice Christopher Rice ‏@chrisricewriter It is abundantly clear from my Twitter feed that Jim Lehrer will not be elected President of the United States.
Eric Stonestreet Eric Stonestreet ‏@ericstonestreet Unless you’re gay and your dream is to marry your partner. Then, the federal government should step in Mr Romney?
Joy Behar Joy Behar ‏@JoyVBehar Romney is hyperventilating

Official Wanda Sykes Official Wanda Sykes ‏@iamwandasykes This dude is out of control! #Mittens

Ross Mathews Ross Mathews ‏@helloross Did Romney just threaten to kill Big Bird? #debates

Big Bird Big Bird ‏@BlGBlRD WTF Mitt Romney… :(

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“Modern Family” star Ty Burrell credits the relationship of Cam and Mitch with helping gay rights

Ty Burrell, one of the Emmy-winning stars of ABC’s Modern Family, has some interesting things to say about how the TV couple of Mitch and Cam (Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet) have helped advance the fight for LGBT equality.

‘I have family members that I don’t necessarily need to name, that felt one way [about gay rights] five years ago and feel a different way now,’ Burr tells The Hollywood Reporter. ‘And I do really think that has something to do [with seeing] gay people living the same lives as everybody else. And I think that, sort of weirdly enough, that banality, is revolutionary.’

‘Just seeing Mitch and Cam dealing with the kid trying to sleep, trying to figure out how to dress them for Halloween, fighting about who’s the breadwinner,’ he adds. ‘Everything is, other than a few small things, is essentially the same.’

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Jason Gould, son of Barbra Streisand, can sing!

During her recent appearance on Katie Couric’s terrific new daytime show, Barbra Streisand was going on about what a wonderful singer her son is.

You kind of figured, ‘Of course she would say that, she’s his mom!’

But she is so right. Jason Gould is a terrific singer as this preview of his new EP which comes out next week.

Take a listen:

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John Barrowman on Stephen Amell: ‘It’s in my contract that every scene we do together, he is nude’


Jim Halterman of AfterElton.com has such a delicious interview with John Barrowman that was posted this week.

Jim asks John all the things we’d want to ask!

You’ll have to go check it out HERE but here is my favorite part – it’s about Stephen Amell of The CW’s The Arrow on which Barrowman will appear this season.

‘It’s in my contract that every scene we do together, he is nude,’ Barrowman jokes.

The Torchwood star says he’s only seen the 31-year-old Amell ‘in his clothes’ on the set but it was enough for him to be able to tell what phenomenal shape the actor is in.

‘Oh my God, yeah. I’m 46, right? And I think I still look good for my age,’ Barrowman says. ‘But I’ve got a little bit of love handles going on which I’m desperately trying to get rid of, and at work I stood next to him and I was in a trendy looking suit and he had the pants, the low-cut ones and a shirt but it was like his pants kind of sat off his hips and there was a gap. And I’m going, ‘Oh.’’

‘But you know what? I looked like that when I was in my twenties,’ he adds. ‘We all had our moments, and he’s got his moment. At one point I said, ‘You know what? Enjoy it now because when you hit 30, it’s a hell of lot harder to keep that.’ It all changes. It certainly does. I like to eat. I like my dinner.’

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Lunch Break Video: The new video for Barbra Streisand’s “I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today”

This is the first official video from Barbra Streisand’s “new” album of previously unreleased recordings.

The album, Release Me, goes on sale Oct. 9 and it features the beautiful song I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today which Streisand recorded in 1970 for her Stoney End album. The song didn’t make the cut then but better late than never.

Fans of the movie Beaches will remember that the song was sung by Bette Midler in the scene where Barbara Hershey’s character realizes she is terminally ill.

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Wednesday Morning Man: Clint Brink!


Hard to believe that it’s taken until 2012 for The Price is Right to finally get around to adding a hunky guy to their roster of models – at least for one week.

They’ve been making a contest out of it and have narrowed it down to three contestants. As far as I’m concerned, they might as well just hire Clint Brink right now!

After an online vote, one of the three guys will win a five-day run on the daytime game show, with the winner revealed on the Oct. 5 episode.

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LGBT History Month Hero: Vito Russo!

In the aftermath of Stonewall, a newly politicized Vito Russo found his voice as a gay activist and critic of LGBT representation in the media. He went on to write The Celluloid Closet, the first book to critique Hollywood’s portrayals of gays on screen. During the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, Vito became a passionate advocate for justice via the newly formed ACT UP, before his death in 1990.

Jeffrey Schwarz directed a superb documentary on the life of Russo, simply called Vito, which aired on HBO in the summer and was the opening night film of Outfest.

“I started thinking about Vito and how fewer and fewer people knew who he was,” Schwarz said during Outfest. “I felt like his memory was starting to fade.”

He describes Russo’s life as an “epic saga” which is “a way to tell the story of [the LGBT] community” because for a 20 year period, Russo was at the forefront of every significant aspect of the gay civil rights movement.

“I just became more and more impressed with him as time went on,” Schwarz said. “This movie needed to be made.”

Below is the movie’s trailer:

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NBC gives “The New Normal” a full season

I don’t know about you, but NBC’s The New Normal has just gotten better and better each week.

Love leads Andrew Rannels and Justin Bartha and Ellen Barkin is simply a sensation in what will be an Emmy winning role.

So great news: NBC announced today that it has ordered a full season of the show from Glee’s Ryan Murphy who posted this photo of Rannels and Bartha on Twitter today. So we don’t have to worry about the show disappearing just as we get hooked on it!

‘Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler have created a truly unique family in ‘The New Normal’ that is reflective of the changing dynamics of the world we live in,’ NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a statement.

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Snapped! Two of “Charlie’s Angels” reunited!

Seriously, Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd don’t seem to ever age!

They are just as lovely as they were when they starred on ABC’s Charlie’s Angels more than 30 years ago. Jaclyn was on the show all five seasons while Cheryl was on for four – she took Farrah Fawcett’s place after season one.

The two taped an episode of The Talk which will air on Thursday and are pictured here with co-hosts Julie Chen and Sharon Osbourne. Thanks to Mike Pingel, author of Channel Surfing: Charlie’s Angels for putting this pic up on Facebook!

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