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Friday Morning Man: Dov Davidoff!

Not a regular viewer of Chelsea Lately but caught it the other night and instantly developed a crush on Dov Davidoff who is one of the frequent panelists.

He’s funny, smart and HOT!

Dov has had a special on Comedy Central, appeared on Leno, Kimmel and Last Call With Carson Daly and performs regularly in clubs and colleges throughout the country.

He’s also an actor and starred with Mark Wahlberg in the film Invincible and with Jeff Goldblum in the NBC drama Raines.

FILE UNDER: Morning Men (2012)

How Andy Cohen was traumatized by Eddie Murphy

I’m just beginning to read Andy Cohen new book, Most Talkative.

I was just stunned by a chapter in the book that relives his experience as a closeted high school student who went to an Eddie Murphy concert in the 80s and had to suffer through anti-gay material that his straight friends found hilarious.

I ran out of the arena and into the bathroom where I spent most of the concert in a stall, rocking back and forth wishing and praying that I could somehow unzip my skin and throw it away,’ he writes. ‘I wanted to walk out of that bathroom a completely different person and yet I knew I couldn’t.’

Read more about this traumatic incident detailed in my story posted at Gay Star News.

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Days of Our Lives: Will uses Sonny to test Sami’s acceptance then he is questioned in Stefano’s murder

Will Horton should be in college and planning his future instead of being involved in a murder mystery!

But that is what is playing out right now on Days of Our Lives with the murder of the loathsome Stefano DeMira.

Before the murder plot takes center stage in this episode, Will and Sonny have their first face-to-face meeting in far too long. Sonny is upset when he finds out Will used him to spill the beans about Sami sleeping with EJ.

Will promises, in kind of flirty way, to make it up to Sonny somehow. Hmmmm.

When Sami comes into the coffeehouse, Will turns into a brat and pretends he’s dating Sonny to see if Sami will freak out.

Sonny puts him in his place and you sense that if Will and Sonny do become a couple, Sami will wholeheartedly approve!

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Maria Sharapova makes French Open final for the first time in her career and reclaims #1 ranking

Maria Sharapova is number one in the world again!

It’s been a long road back for the sport’s glamour girl who was ranked number one back in 2008 then suffered serious shoulder injuries that required surgery.

Now 25, Sharapova has been coming on strong for the past 12 months and in today’s semifinals of the French Open, she beat reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in straight sets to advance to the finals against 21st ranked Sara Errani who has been the hottest player on clay this season with three tournament victories.

If she were to win the title, she would become one of six women during the open era (post-1968) to have completed a career grand slam by winning all four major titles. The others are Serena Williams, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Billie Jean King and Margaret Court.

Sharapova was the 2004 Wimbledon champion, the 2006 US Open champion and won the Australian Open in 2008. She was runner-up at Wimbledon last year and at the Australian Open in January.

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Cher takes her ageless mom Georgia Holt and son Chaz Bono to meet the president! See her private pics!


It was a family affair last night for Cher as she was accompanied by her ageless mom Georgia Holt – who turns 85 this week! – and son Chaz Bono to the gala fundraiser at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for President Obama.

Cher shared these pics via Twitter this morning and wrote: ‘I LOVED MEETING PRES! He was Warm,Funny SO SWEET 2 MOM’

She also tweeted about the scene getting ready: ‘B4 these pics,Clothes,Makeup, Flying Everywhere!WE Laughed SO Hard were Falling down!Chaz combing beard in Middle of 5CRAZY Women’

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AIDS LifeCycle 2012: Riders reach half-way point!

Congratulations to the participants in this year’s AIDS LifeCycle who are now past the half-way point of their 545-mile cycling experience from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

They began Sunday in SF and will conclude on Saturday in Westwood.

And by completing this grueling ride, they will have raised over $12.6 million for a very worthy cause.

To see more photos from the road, click HERE.

Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of posts this week about AIDS LifeCycle which will conclude Saturday in Westwood.

If you want to ride in next year’s event, you can save $40 on registration by using codes GayStarNews or GIH by Monday, June 11. To register, click HERE.

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LA fundraiser for President Obama draws Ellen, Cher, Chaz, Jane Lynch, George Takei and more!

LGBT stars and allies feted President Barack Obama in Los Angeles last night at a gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel followed by an exclusive after-party at the home of Glee creator Ryan Murphy.

Obama’s public support of gay marriage last month set the stage for the president to receive a hero’s welcome as he raises money for his election battle against presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

“I could not be prouder of the work that we’ve done on behalf of the LGBT community,” Obama told the sold out crowd of 600 at The Beverly Wilshire.

Among the Hollywood attendees were Cher and son Chaz Bono, performers Ellen DeGeneres and Darren Criss, Glee star Jane Lynch, Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, singer Lance Bass, Will & Grace creator Max Mutchnick, Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Star Trek icon George Takei, Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin, director Paris Barclay, actresses Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, some of the guests donated up to $25,000 each to Obama’s reelection effort for a chance to mingle — and have their picture taken — with the president.

Daily Variety’s Wilshire & Washington blog reports that $3 million was raised at the events.

Black, the Milk and J. Edgar screenwriter who had been critical of Obama before he came out for gay marriage, told Variety: “It is important that we get gay and lesbian people motivated. I think he did it.”

“He stepped on stage and said, ‘Here I am,’ and we said, ‘We heard you.’”

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Neil Patrick Harris talks about hosting the Tonys

Neil Patrick Harris returns as host of The Tony Awards on Sunday and The Hollywood Reporter has a terrific interview with him about it.

Here are a few excerpts:

The Hollywood Reporter: This being your third time hosting the Tonys, does that make it a breeze or even more of a challenge? Neil Patrick Harris: I think in many ways it’s more challenging because I don’t want to just rest on what I’ve done before. So I’m trying to come up with new ways to do things. Thankfully, the meat of the Tony telecast is the performances from the shows, so the awards show kind of creates itself around the season, and then I fill in based on the vibe of the season in general. I’m happy that there’ll be so many legitimately good performances on the show. That was my big worry.

THR: Do you have a favorite moment of the previous two Tony gigs you’ve done?

Harris: I must say I like those closing numbers where we create the song during the show. That rap that I got to do about the winners was both terrifying and kind of exhilarating. I’m still trying to wrap my head around how to do something similar this year without wanting to repeat myself.

THR: So did that taste of being on a New York stage again whet your appetite to come back and perform in another show any time soon?

Harris: I’m chomping at the bit, but I wouldn’t want to replace someone in an existing show. I’d want to do a new show, and the time involvement and commitment in that is at least half a year, if not more. Right now How I Met Your Mother runs longer than the other half of the year, so as soon as we know who the mother is, we’ll probably head East and both David (Harris’ partner David Burtka) and I can try and get back on stage.

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Thursday Morning Man: Sean Lowe!

For someone who thinks ABC’s The Bachelorette is such a silly show, I sure seem to be into it this season.

I’ve seen the last two episodes and Emily Maynard is the best bachelorette ever and she’s got some really hunky men competing for her affection – including today’s blond and buff Morning Man Sean Lowe.

Sean is 28 and has duel careers as an insurance agent and a fitness model.

He was born and raised in Irving, Texas, and attended Kansas State University on a full scholarship. He was a linebacker for the football team and graduated in 2006.

A few weeks ago, Maynard’s friends interviewed a few of the bachelors for her to give their input and they seemed to be mighty impressed with Sean (see video below). They aren’t the only ones!

FILE UNDER: Morning Men (2012)

Will Horton among the many suspects in the murder of evil Stefano DiMera on “Days of Our Lives”

I choose to believe that there is no way in hell that our Will Horton could possibly be a murderer. Sure, he shot EJ a few years ago but he was young and reckless then!

But Will is one of the many suspects in the mystery surrounding the murder of the villainous Stefano DiMera. Seems like half the town’s fingerprints are on the gun that killed Stefano.

But Will did go to the DiMera mansion that night to confront Stefano and he certainly has motive to knock off the old bastard.

Stay tuned!

FILE UNDER: Daytime Soap Clip

AIDS LifeCycle: Gay Airman Randy Phillips wants young people to talk about AIDS

Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of posts this week about AIDS LifeCycle which will conclude Saturday in Westwood.

If you want to ride in next year’s event, you can save $40 on registration by using codes GayStarNews or GIH by Monday, June 11.

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On the day that the military’s anti-gay Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy officially ended last September, Airman Randy Phillips decided to come out to his father – live on YouTube.

Their conversation went viral and has been viewed by nearly 6 million people. Phillip’s father took it well and assured his nervous son that he would always love him and that he was ‘very proud’ of him. (See second video below).

Phillips is using his newfound internet fame for a good cause: He is one of 2,225 riders participating in this week’s AIDS/Lifecycle, a 545-mile bike ride that is the world’s most successful HIV/AIDS fundraiser.

‘I kind of wanted to parlay what little attention I got from YouTube into something that I think is taboo for our generation,’ he says in a video taken during a break from riding. ‘Not very many people [in their] early 20s like to think about AIDS. It’s such our parent’s generation. We kind of like to think we have it under control. But we don’t. It’s still very big and it shouldn’t be taboo. It should be something we talk about and discuss and fund raise for and try to fight.’

While on the ride, Phillips met a 24-year-old fellow rider who is HIV-positive.

‘AIDS doesn’t have a face,’ he says. ‘It doesn’t have an age, it doesn’t have a demographic. It can happen to anybody.’

By the way, Randy’s mother didn’t take the news of him being gay nearly as well as his dad: “She couldn’t think of any, couldn’t relate to another gay person who had had a normal life, who grew up healthy and had a successful life and a career and lived a long life and maybe got married and found somebody and possibly had some kids. She didn’t think that’s what my life would be like. She thought it would be absolutely a horror story and that I’d die 10 years later alone, a drug addict, from HIV.”


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Lunch Break Video: Reliving some random Harvey Fierstein moments on the great star’s 60th birthday!

Harvey Fierstein wrote and starred in Torch Song Trilogy off-Broadway, on Broadway and the big screen, wrote the book for La Cage aux Folles, wrote and starred in A Catered Affair on Broadway, starred in Hairspray on Broadway, and most recently adapted the film Newsies into a Broadway musical and is up for a Tony Award for it on Sunday.

And that’s just highlighting his stage work! He’s done many films and television shows, is a busy voice actor and is a champion for gay rights.

Harvey has been out and proud for most of his career, at a time when there weren’t many other out stars.

Here is are three random videos to celebrate Harvey with on his milestone birthday:



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Gale Harold’s official statement about missing this week’s “Queer as Folk” reunion in Germany

When I posted earlier about Gale Harold missing out on this weekend’s Queer as Folk reunion in Germany, I didn’t realize that he had released a statement explaining his absence last week.

Here it is:

The first thing I’d like to say is that I truly regret not being a part of Rise’n Shine 2012. I am very proud of the American adaptation of Queer as Folk that I had the good grace to be a part of. I have to thank Dan Lipman and Ron Cowen for giving me that chance.

I’d love to be there to celebrate with you. Obviously QAF changed all of our lives. And that fact is more than just the echo of a well-worn phrase. In the years since the series completed, one thing has become very clear to me; there were many lifelong transformations that I, and I think my cast-mates went through while living through our characters.

I had been greatly looking forward to attending the convention, reuniting with all my old cast-mates and meeting all of you. A wonderful work opportunity has only recently come my way and unfortunately the scheduling of that project does not allow me the time to come to Cologne and join you. This disappoints me just as much as I fear it will disappoint many of you. I hope you will all understand and forgive my absence.

Whatever I gave to others through QAF, I received vastly more in return. I can remember when we started to hear the stories from those first watching the show. I will never forget being told by some of my brothers and sisters in the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender community that they were hearing their own voices and seeing themselves, some for the first time, on screen. Not everyone in the community saw, or even liked the work we did. But there were many who found hope and solidarity in the stories we tried to tell. I’ve heard that directly from many of those who did. That is undoubtedly what I treasure most. The best we can do as story tellers is tell the truth and find someone to listen to us and respond; however it affects them and however we get there. We told the truth.

I had looked forward to being in Cologne with all of you and hearing some new stories.
I will deeply miss hearing them.
It would have been great after the years that have passed to be with the boys and girls from Pittsburgh together in a new city far,far away…

Sincerely,
Gale Harold

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Former NFL player Wade Davis comes out!

No one who has played in the National Football League has ever come out publicly during their playing days.

But Wade Davis, who was a cornerback with the Tennessee Titans, the Washington Redskins, and the Seattle Seahawks, has just joined a select group of former NFL players to declare to the world that they are gay.

‘You just want to be one of the guys, and you don’t want to lose that sense of family,’ Davis tells Outsports.com in an exclusive interview. ‘Your biggest fear is that you’ll lose that camaraderie and family.’

By talking about his sexuality publicly, David goes down a path only David Kopay and Esera Tuaolo and Roy Simmons have taken before.

During his 2000-03 NFL career, Davis struggled with injuries and did not go on to enjoy the successful careers those other then-closeted gay players had. He suffered a series of injuries during three different training camps and never got to play a regular season game. The most action he saw was during a season with NFL Europe’s Berlin Thunder and another with the Barcelona Dragons.

‘There was a part of me that was a little relieved because, when I knew football was over, my life would begin,’ Davis said. ‘I had this football life, but I didn’t have another life away from that. Most of the guys had a family and a wife, but I had football and nothing else.’

With the NFL long behind him, Davis works at the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York City which serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning youth. His job is preparing the youth there for the workplace.

‘How many people get to live out their two dreams?’ he says. ‘I got to play in the NFL, and now I get to change the world.’

While in the NFL, Davis never uttered a word about his sexuality and was popular with teammates due to the likable persona he projected.

But the cloud was always there. Davis said there was a guy on the team who players suspected of being bisexual and one teammate suggested he stay clear of the guy or it would hurt his chances of making the line-up.

‘They’d say, ‘You know what Wade? You have a chance to make this team. You probably shouldn’t associate with that guy,” Davis remembered. ‘It wasn’t said as though [his bisexuality] was a bad thing, it was just that I should not let this perception be on my shoulders too.’

While football was a major passion, so is his current job.

‘It’s the first job since football that I wake up excited for work,’ he said. ‘For these kids, the question isn’t whether they are shooting a basketball well, it’s whether they have a place to sleep tonight, whether they’ve eaten today. Sports is less significant than what I see these youth go through every day.’

FILE UNDER: Coming Out, Sports

“Queer as Folk” cast reunites in Germany!

Most of the cast of Showtime’s Queer as Folk are gathering this week in Cologne, Germany, for their first official reunion in seven years.

‘Can’t believe I am about to get on my flight to Germany for the first ever QAF Convention,’ Peter Paige, who spent five seasons playing Emmett Honeycutt posted on Twitter Tuesday  ‘Can’t wait to meet the fans.’

The event, called Rise n’ Shine 2012,  will begin Friday and run through Sunday.

Paige will be joined by Randy Harrison (Justin Taylor), Hal Sparks (Michael Novotny), Michelle Clunie (Melanie Marcus), Thea Gill (Lindsay Peterson), Scott Lowell (Ted Schmidt), Sharon Gless (Debbie Novotny), Harris Allan (Hunter Montgomery) and Robert Gant (Ben Bruckner).

But Queerty.com reports that there will be one notable exception: Gale Harold who played bad boy Brian Kinney. The site says Harold had been scheduled to appear but cancelled his appearance at the last minute due to ‘a wonderful work opportunity [that] has only recently come my way.’

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Wednesday Morning Man: Arie Luyendyk Jr.!

Even though I am featuring one of the male contestants from the current season of ABC’s The Bachelorette, let me make clear that I think the whole franchise is a joke.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate some of the hot men on the show!

One of them is race car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. who, so far, appears to be one of the favorites to win the heart of Emily Maynard.

Arie is 30 years old and the son of Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, but he’s originally from s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

The the way, the mug shot photo above was taken in October, 2008 after he was arrested twice in one week in his hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. The first arrest was for driving on a suspended license, and then, six days later, he was arrested a second time for not having a valid registration.

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Dynamic Suze Orman is 61 years young today!

I included this photo of me with finance guru Suze Orman because she is a famous person who just completely exceeded my expectations when I met her last year.

It wasn’t an interview, it was just a casual chat at a party thrown by OWN and Suze was so wonderfully warm and lovely. She introduced me to her wife Kathy Travis and we talked about marriage equality – not as reporter and interviewee, but as gay people.

It’s a nice memory for me.

Suze is just the picture of happiness, self-confidence and success and I just love what she said in the It Gets Better video she made last year: “I am proud of my accomplishments. But I am proud that I can stand in my truth and I am not afraid to tell anybody who I am.”

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Happy Birthday to Chad Allen!

After a childhood spent appearing on such shows as Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, Our House and My Two Dads, Chad Allen has had a magnificent second act in showbiz.

He turns 38 today and is living proof that child stars can make the transition to an acting career as an adult.

But Chad’s journey is all the more remarkable because he had the extra burden of being outed by a tabloid when he was when he was just 21.

But he carried on and has thrived.

On television, he has starred in a series of Donald Strachey Mysteries movies, done guest spots on Dexter and CSI: Miami, and had a recurring role on General Hospital: Night Shift.

His feature film credits include Save Me, End of the Spear, Fright Flick and Hollywood je ti aime).

On the stage, Chad has starred  in  The Little Dog Laughed and Looped.

Happy birthday to a great guy and a wonderful actor.

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Chandler Massey on GLAAD Award for “Days”

Had a nice chat with Chandler Massey (aka our Will Horton) just a little while ago about Days of Our Lives winning a GLAAD Media Award over the weekend.

Chandler, up for a Daytime Emmy later this month, traveled to San Francisco to accept the award along with co-star Freddie Smith who plays Sonny.

‘I think it’s great the show won the award and it was my privilege to accept with Freddie on the show’s behalf,’ Chandler tells me. ‘I’m glad everyone involved with the telling of the story was recognized.’

To read the full interview with Chandler, jump on over to Gay Star News.

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My chat with CA Attorney General Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris, California’s attorney general, was a big hit at Sunday’s LGBT garden party thrown by LA Mayor Antonio Villariagosa.

After she addressed the card, her staffer sought me out in the crowd to keep his promise of a quick chat with Miss Harris who is the recipient of the George Moscone Ally Award at this year’s LA Pride.

I asked if she ever looked at standing up for LGBT equality as politically risky.

‘I tend not to think of issues from that perspective,’ she said. ‘If I did, we would not having been fighting for not only the LGBT community’s rights in terms of just equality and civil rights, we wouldn’t have fought for a homeowner bill of rights which we are currently doing in Sacramento. There are a number of issues. The reality of it is it’s simply the right thing to do.  Certainly sometimes it takes courage to take a position that may not have been fully accepted yet because people haven’t evolved, but that can’t be a deterrent.’

To see the full interview, go over to Gay Star News!

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