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Lunch Break Videos: Some memorable moments from the great Sally Field who turns 66 today!

Even before she played the mother of a gay son on Brothers & Sisters and went public as the mother of a gay son in real life, we have long loved Sally Field.

She’s a gay icon because she’s a wonderful actress who plays strong characters but she also has fought for respect – and earned it!

Miss Field may have started out as Gidget and The Flying Nun but she went on to become Sybil, Norma Rae, Edna in Places in the Heart, Celeste in Soapdish, Abby’s mentally ill mom on ER, Nora on Brothers & Sisters and, most wonderfully, M’Linn in Steel Magnolias.

Along the way, she won two Academy Awards for best actress and three Emmys and will likely be nominated again this year for her stellar performance as Mary Todd Lincoln in Lincoln (I saw it last week, it’s her best big screen role since Two Weeks in 2006).

It’s been nearly a 50-year career and she’s still going strong.

Enjoy some Sally scenes on the great actresses 66th birthday.

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Celeb Tweets/Facebook: Election Day Edition

Billie Jean King: Every generation stands on the shoulders of the generations before—just like I do. And I’m very thankful to all those people that suffered so that I could have a better life. When I was going through all my suffering I use to always imagine what I’d like the world to look like and we are certainly much closer to it than ever—and I know that President Barack Obama is very responsible for this happening because he stood up for us. Please Vote Today!

Ellen DeGeneres Ellen DeGeneres: If you want to see change… vote. If you want equal rights… vote. If you want good deals on holiday sweaters, go to jcp. Then vote.
Adam Lambert Adam Lambert ‏@adamlambert Vote!!!!!

Carson Kressley Carson Kressley ‏@CarsonKressley Voting is chic and sexy. Do it.

Gavin Creel Gavin Creel ‏@gavincreel today is the day. Obama is the way. #voteObama2012

Chaz Bono Chaz Bono ‏@ChazBono YOU have a role in this election. If you haven’t voted yet, it’s time to do your part:

Alan Cumming Alan Cumming ‏@Alancumming I just voted!! I beamed with pride as I did so too! And nice to see @markjgreen and @ChelseaClinton doing the same. #Obama2012

Joy Behar Joy Behar ‏@JoyVBehar How long was this campaign? When it began, my show was on another network, I wasn’t married & Romney had only 1 binder filled w/ 1 woman.

If Camp Romney rigs this election, I hope they remember what happened in “Carrie.” I do, and it was not pretty. #ICanSeeYourDirtypillows

Christopher Rice Christopher Rice ‏@chrisricewriter Once this election is over, let us all wait another 4 years before beginning a Facebook post with the words, “People like you…”

Harvey Fierstein Harvey Fierstein ‏@HarveyFierstein Just got back from voting. No line. No delay. Just a wonderful feeling that I’ve earned my right to shoot off my mouth!

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Tuesday Morning Men: Gary and Larry Lane!

Okay, it doesn’t hurt that twins Gary Lane and Larry Lane are gorgeous guys.

But anyone who has seen their documentary, Hollywood to Dollywood, knows they are also sweet souls.

I decided to feature these guys as Morning Men because their wonderful movie is having a big DVD release today – just in time for the holidays!

After playing at over 50 film festivals, sweeping over 20 awards and playing theatrically in major US markets, you can own the film for yourself or buy it for friends – I highly recommend.

Here’s the premise: Gary and Larry have written a script with a plum role for one of their idols, Dolly Parton. Having had no luck getting the screenplay into her hands, they embark on a cross-country journey to personally deliver it to her.

They set off from Dolly’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame heading east for Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in an RV named Jolene. Along Interstate 40 at rest stops, RV parks, bars, and hair salons, our intrepid band of travelers meet everyday Americans as they encounter everything from floods in Nashville to an Oklahoma tornado.

As they travel, the movie becomes about much more than just getting a script into Dolly’s hands. The journey is also one of discovery for the brothers, as well: their relationship with their parents; their hopes, fears and ambitions; the bigotry they’ve encountered; as they search for tolerance and acceptance.

The movie has gained momentum over the past year with such stars as Rosie O’Donnell, Pauley Perrette and Kristin Chenoweth singing its praises and Dolly herself giving it her support.

The film features appearances by Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace), Chad Allen (Donald Strachey Mysteries), Beth Grant (Donnie Darko), Dustin Lance Black (Milk), Ann Walker (Sordid Lives), and maybe even Dolly herself.

The movie also features 15 Dolly Parton classics and the DVD comes packed with extras including deleted scenes, new Dolly music, extended interviews, and outtakes. Also, 10 percent of every sale will go to Dolly’s Imagination Library, a literacy charity for children.

Dolly said earlier this year that she was happy to learn that she has been “an inspiration (to the Lanes) and someone they kind of leaned on.” She said she was “proud” to be a part of their documentary, and described them as “sweet precious boys”.

Gary and Larry made a chunk of money to finance the film by competing on and winning on ABC’s Winter Wipeout. They were also previous winners on NBC’s Fear Factor.

The twins appeared on an episode of The Jeff Probst Show a few weeks ago and will also be appearing on Marie Osmond’s new talk show on the Hallmark channel.

I’m always rooting for Larry and Gary because of their infectious can-do enthusiasm.

They are wonderfulness – x 2!

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My night at the Power Up Awards

Thanks to Power Up Films for throwing one heckuva party last night at Eden nightclub in Hollywood for its “Amazing Men/Women in Showbiz” honorees.

It was certainly a switch for me to be on a red carpet getting my photo taken since I am usually on the other end of the red velvet rope trying to get a shot or ask a question.

Posed for some photos with Power Up President of Film Production and Distribution Lisa Thrasher then headed for the bar.

I was so flattered to be one of the honorees and so excited to meet the others who were also being honored. I already knew writer Gary Goldstein and it was so nice to be able to chat with him at the VIP reception. Also knew publicist Jim Dobson and director Guy Shalem and gabbed with both a bit.

How cool to also talk to the talented Sophie B. Hawkins, another honoree, about her Janis Joplin show and I was so glad to have met and talked to director Dan Ireland (also being honored) because he has directed several films I really love including The Velocity of Gary (featuring a red-hot makeout scene between Thomas Jane and Vincent D’Onofrio).

In addition to me, Gary, Dan, Sophie, Guy and Jim, also being honored were Michele Abbott, Kacy Boccamini, Miriam Cutler, Sheila Di Marco, Tristan Higgins, Aynee Osborn, Lynn McCracken, Lucy Mukerjee, Coley Sohn, Howard Cohen, Eric d’Arbeloff, Larry Kennar, Jamie Mandelbaum, and Christopher Racster.

My pal Hope Hamashige, who I’ve known since my days as a young reporter, was my guest and could not have been a better partner in crime. We arrived hungry and kept our eyes peeled for the appetizer trays!

Hope picked me up at my home in Silver Lake and I jokingly went right into diva mode saying things like “I’m an honoree, must we park across the street?” and “I’m an honoree, is there anyone to carry me from the car to the venue?”

Hope (pictured with me in the bottom two photos) has the most contagious cackle so by the time we got to the club, we were in tears from laughter.

Once the ceremony began, Hope seemed to be concerned that others had prepared speeches and she knew my plan was to completely wing it. But after hearing such wonderful speeches from some of the others, I did formulate some thoughts to share. Public speaking doesn’t faze me so it was more a matter of wanting to be a little bit funny and say something meaningful.

I shared with the crowd how when I was a closeted reporter at the LA Times, I was petrified once when having to cover a gay pride festival. But years later, as an openly gay reporter at the Daily News, I delighted in including in several stories the title of the lesbian-themed film Itty Bitty Titty Committee (produced by Power Up Films by the way!).

I’ve made a lot of progress along the way and learned to embrace who I am in a very public way. It feels right and it’s so gratifying to be recognized for doing what you love doing.

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Obama writes to 10 year old girl with two dads

Here is the letter Sophia Bailey Klugh, 10, wrote to President Obama and his reply. Can you imagine what Mitt Romney would do with such a letter?

To read more, see my story over at Gay Star News.

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Lunch Break Video: Birthday girl and original “Annie” Andrea McArdle singing “Tomorrow” then and now

Cheyenne Jackson, undressed!

Well mostly anyway.

Thanks to my pal Kenneth in the 212 for posting this pic of the stunning star of Broadway, television and films.

Cheyenne Jackson is back on Broadway these days in the play The Performers which also stars Henry Winkler, Alicia Silverstone and Ari Graynor.

Don’t know if the play is any good but I love his wardrobe!

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Cher and Kathy Griffin show support for Obama

Cher and Kathy Griffin have released a YouTube video called don’t Let Mitt Turn Back Time On Women.

The two gay icons (Griffin maintains she is a “regional icon”) take on Republican candidates Richard Mourdock and Todd Adkin.

Griffin, who celebrated her 52nd birthday on Sunday, writes: “What are Cher and I up to? VOTE November 6th and VOTE Barack Obama! Ladies! LGBT! Don’t let Mitt TURN BACK TIME on us!”

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson stunned by “the amount of vitriol” he’s endured because of his support of gay marriage

The election is tomorrow and it’s not a moment too soon.

Four states have marriage equality measures on the ballot Tuesday and Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson has been vocal in his support of same-sex marriage.

And there gas been some pushback.

The actor posted this on Facebook on Sunday: As an actor I have learned that I have to develop a thick skin but as a HUMAN I am having a harder time. The amount of vitriol I have received in the past few days over my stance on marriage equality could kill an adult horse! The majority of my fans have been amazing & supportive. But I am in shock and ashamed of many of my “fans” who are standing firm in their stance that I am “less than” them because of my sexual orientation. To those who feel this way: I gladly show you the door and wish you well on your journey.

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Monday Morning Man: Spike Mendelsohn!

Okay, you may as well know: I’m a Food Network junkie.

So last night, I got home from the Power Up Awards and flipped on the TV and there was an Iron Chef competition and today’s Morning Man, Spike Mendelsohn, was on the verge of being eliminated.

But he made some kind of dish with a creative use of pineapple and staved will live to cook another day. Whew!

Spike first came to fame when he participated in Bravo’s Top Chef in 2008 then Top Chef All Stars two years later.

He owns the Capitol Hill restaurants Good Stuff Eatery and We The Pizza.

Growing up in St. Petersburg, FL and Montreal, Canada, where his parents owned and operated a restaurant, Spike knew he wanted a career in the culinary world at an early age and attended the Culinary Institute of America. He went on to train in classic French cuisine in restaurants around the world including Gerard Boyer at Les Crayeres, Thomas Keller at Bouchon, and The Maccioni Family at Le Cirque.

His first cookbook, The Good Stuff Cookbook, features American comfort food classics and favorites that are just right for the home cook.

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Days of Our Lives: Lucas and Nick are anti-Will and Sonny but grandma Kate is rooting them on

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Showtune Sunday: Pre-Election Day patriotic songs from Barbra, Aretha and Celine

Tuesday is is the presidential election.

I wish we had a Republican presidential candidate who didn’t constantly shift his positions for political gain and who wasn’t so blatantly anti-gay equality.

But this is America and no matter who wins on Tuesday, I’m so damned glad to live in this country and always hope for the best.

Here are a trio of songs from three great divas celebrating America.

Enjoy … and don’t forget to vote!

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Morning Man Classic: Maximilian Schell!

Caught a showing of Judgment at Nuremberg the other night (I had never seen it!) and was not only spellbound by Maximilian Schell’s performance, but also by his beauty.

The Austrian-born Swiss actor won the 1962 Academy Award for best actor for Nuremberg, a movie filled with excellent performances from the likes of Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, Spencer Tracy and Marlene Dietrich.

Schell, now 81, first appeared as Hans Rolfe, the defense attorney in Nuremberg in a 1959 television performance then reprised the role two years later in the film. In 2001, he appeared in a Broadway production of Nuremburg in Tracy’s role of the judge.

The actor has appeared in a long list of film, television and stage roles including Oscar-nominated performances in Julia, and The Man in the Glass Booth and an Emmy-nomimated and Golden Globe Award-winning performance in Stalin.

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Get tickets for Sunday’s Power Up Awards honoring “10 Amazing Gay Women/Men in Showbiz” – including Greg In Hollywood

My black suit has been dry cleaned and everything!

I’m going to be taking a break from AFI Fest this weekend to head over to Eden- Hollywood Sunday night for the 12th annual Power Up Awards where 10 gay men/women (20 in all) in showbiz will be honored – including me.

I’m not sure how I made the cut but I figure I’ll show up and accept the award (we can make a one minute speech) before they change their minds!

But it’s not all about me – ha!

Also being honored by Power Up Films on Sunday: Michele Abbott, Kacy Boccamini, Miriam Cutler, Sheila Di Marco, Sophie B. Hawkins, Tristan Higgins, Aynee Osborn, Lynn McCracken, Lucy Mukerjee, Coley Sohn, Howard Cohen, Eric d’Arbeloff, Jim Dobson, Gary Goldstein, Dan Ireland, Larry Kennar, Jamie Mandelbaum, Christopher Racster, Guy Shalem.

I’ll be attending the VIP party and sitting at a table enjoying complimentary drinks and, I’m sure, enjoying every minute of it. If you want to join me and the other honorees, tickets at $500 – tax deductible, of course. If that’s a little steep for you, buy a $125 ticket which doesn’t include the 6-7 p.m. VIP party or a table seat. But you get to hang out and enjoy appetizers, yummy desserts, you get a fancy program and can order drinks from a no-host bar.

Tickets must be purchased by Saturday, Nov. 3, and are not available at the door.

The funds raised from this event will allow POWER UP to continue conducting tremendously successful educational programs through hands-on filmmaking mentorships, classes, workshops and seminars.

POWER UP provides career, script, television and film counseling to deserving artists who wouldn’t otherwise have access to this guidance. Encouraging these talented artists and producing these groundbreaking projects bolsters our community as well as unifies and validates GLBTQ persons all around the world via its films.

Click on THIS LINK to order tickets. For more information, call: 323.463.3154

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Ian Thorpe on why gay speculation bothers him

A lot of people think Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe. is gay.

He says he’s not so much bothered by this persistent speculation but more that people would think that he’s lying about it.

‘The thing that I find hurtful about it is that people are questioning kind of my integrity and what I say – that’s the only part that I find hurtful,’ he tells Australian Broadcasting Corporation reporter Leigh Sales. ‘Like is that … is something that I would be embarrassed about, that I would hide or whatever else.’

‘I don’t want to offend (people) by… getting angry about it, getting frustrated about it,’ adds thew five-time Olympic medalist. ‘The only part that I’m frustrated with is that people think that I’m lying.’

So to what does he attribute the constant speculation?

Thorpe has this theory: ‘I think it’s because I don’t fit into the typical stereotype of what Australian athletes have been – I guess I behave differently, I like different things. I’m a nerd. I’m just someone who happened to be good at sport as well.’

He also says he has avoided relationships not only due to demanding schedule as a world class athlete but also because of his ‘complicated personality.’

Below is video of the interview:


Streisand touts Obama’s LGBT record in video

It’s no surprise that the famously liberal Barbra Streisand is supporting President Barack Obama for re-election.

In a video for the National Jewish Democratic Council, Streisand talks about Obama’s accomplishments – including on LGBT issues.

“He has done more for the LGBT community than any president before him, repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and signing the Matthew Shepard Hates Crimes Act into law. … In this good man, we have a president we can trust.’

She’s no fan of Mitt Romney: ‘Governor Romney would take us backwards and is as extreme as it gets.’

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Rachel Evan Wood, newly married to Jamie Bell, describes herself as still bisexual – but taken

Rachel Evan Wood tells fans via Twitter that her marriage this week to Jamie Bell doesn’t mean she’s no longer bisexual.

‘It just means i am not single anymore,’ the actress tweeted to a fan.

The actress, whose credits include the feature films The Ides of March, Thirteen and Running With Scissors as well as television’s True Blood, stated publicly last year in an interview with Marie Claire that she is bisexual.

‘That’s a big part of who I am, and it always has been for as long as I can remember,’ she said. ‘I can’t say I’m one way or the other because I’ve honestly fallen in love with a man and I’ve honestly fallen in love with a woman. I don’t know how you label that, it’s just how it is.’

She and Bell began dating in 2005 when they both co-starred in the Green Day video Wake Me Up When September Ends. They broke up a year later before reuniting in summer of 2011. In between, Woods was engaged to rocker Marilyn Manson.

Wood, 25, rose to stardom as a teenager on the ABC drama Once and Again.

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kd Lang is 51 today! Three songs to celebrate …
In honor of her 51st birthday today, I present to you three of my favorite songs that kd lang has helped to make classics over the years: her gorgeous version of Roy Orbison’s Crying, her haunting version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and her first and biggest hit Constant Craving.


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Human Rights Campaign releases video of how Mitt Romney feels about LGBT Americans

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT advocacy group in the US, released a video on Friday highlighting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s comments over the years about LGBT Americans.

It’s not pretty.

Writes’s HRC’s Online Campaigns Manager Dan Rafter: ‘We’re just five days away from an incredibly close presidential election. We’ve been telling you how much is at stake in this election and what the implications would be for LGBT Americans under a President Romney. Check out this video we’ve put together and share it broadly – it serves as a harsh reminder of exactly what Mitt Romney stands for.’

Here it is:

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Happy 35th birthday to Randy Harrison!

Believe it or not, it’s been seven years since Randy Harrison last played gay teen Justin Taylor on the US version of the Queer as Folk series which ran on Showtime from 2000 to 2005.

Today, that young man turns 35 and since the show, has built quite an impressive stage career with off-Broadway credits that include this year’s SILENCE! The Musical, A Letter from Ethel Kennedy, Edward the Second, An Oak Tree, Antony and Cleopatra and The Singing Forest.

He has also appeared in regional productions of The Glass Menagerie, Equus, Amadeus, Waiting for Godot, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Wicked, The Who’s Tommy, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer’s Nights Dream.

But he hasn’t forgotten his most famous role and was part of a Queer as Folk reunion in Germany last summer.

‘I do get spotted as that guy from Queer as Folk, but not too much,’ Harrison told earlier this year. ‘It’s usually a pretty touching experience, because now that people who were in their early teens when the show aired are grown up, I get some beautiful stories about how much the show affected them.’

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