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Straight ally Kristen Bell reveals why she and fiancee Dax Shepard have not yet gotten married

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Actress Kristen Bell is often asked why she and boyfriend, Dax Shepard, have not yet gotten married even though they have been engaged for more than two years.

The star of Showtime’s House of Lies says the delay has everything to do with her solidarity to marriage equality for gays and lesbians.

‘I get a ton of questions about when Dax and I are getting married,’ she tells The Advocate. ‘I usually blow them off because it’s nobody’s business. To be honest with you — and this is the first time I’ve ever said this to a journalist, but it feels like the perfect time and place — the reason we’re not rushing to get married is because I don’t feel appropriate taking advantage of a right that’s denied to my best friends. That’s why we’ve been so hesitant.’

‘Dax and I have talked about it a lot, and this issue is very important to both of us,’ she added. ‘We’re just standing up for what we believe in. Period.’

Read more at Gay Star News.

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Morning Man Encore: Ben Cohen!

Ben Cohen in Compete MagOriginally posted July 16, 2010

One of the world’s great mysteries has got to be why Ben Cohen has not been featured as a Morning Man until today!

Just to make up for the oversight, I’ve included a massive amount of photos of this English rugby star with the massive gay following. Gays love a man who likes to take off his clothes and who isn’t afraid to be a sex symbol for men and women alike!

Ben, who is married with two children, says he may not be quite as fast as I was 10 years ago, but he works hard and is as fit as he’s ever have been.

I’ll say!

After 11 years of playing with the Northhampton Saints, Ben spent 18 months playing for CA Brive in France before returning to the UK this year to play with Sale Sharks.

The 31-year-old stud talked to Compete Magazine recently about his status as a gay icon: “I have never really thought about whether I court a gay fanbase. I actually find it quite amazing that people are so interested in me in that way. I don’t see it myself. But it seems that my acceptance of those who like me makes a big difference to a lot of gay men. I have had numerous e-mails, mainly from young men who have been inspired by me in some way, and so have had the courage to come out to their friends and families and so live fulfilled lives. I have also been told that I have helped parents come around to the fact that their son is gay. I have no idea how I have managed to do that, I have to confess – but if my openness has done that then it seems that it is the right way to be.”

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Maryland is headed toward marriage equality on a day that New Jersey stopped by governor’s swift veto

http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/08conoff/images/1198-1-1668b.jpgYou have to wonder who will sleep better tonight: Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who fought to have his state’s House of Delegates narrowly pass a gay marriage bill today, or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who today vetoed a gay marriage bill that had been passed by both houses of his state’s legislature.

Said O’Malley: ‘The common thread running through our efforts together in Maryland is the thread of human dignity; the dignity of work, the dignity of faith, the dignity of family, the dignity of every individual. Love is an unalienable right.’ See full story HERE.

Said Christie: ‘I continue to encourage the Legislature to trust the people of New Jersey and seek their input by allowing our citizens to vote on a question that represents a profoundly significant societal change. I have been just as adamant that same-sex couples in a civil union deserve the very same rights and benefits enjoyed by married couples, as well as the strict enforcement of those rights and benefits.’ See full story HERE.

What a week in history on the gay marriage front – what a month! Let’s not forget that it was just on Monday that Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire signed gay marriage into law in that state and just two weeks ago that the 9th District Court of Appeals ruled that California’s Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

These are historic times we are living in!

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My interview with a true hero: Patrick Murphy!

Let’s face it, it’s tough for gay people and their straight allies to hear some of the anti-gay things that have come out of the mouths of Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and especially Rick Santorum during the Republican primary season.

It makes you feel kind of down about American politics in general.

Then there are people like Patrick Murphy who restores your faith in the process.

He served in the US House of Representatives from 2007-2011 and rather than worrying about being reelected umpteenth times, he decided to stand for something.

The fact that he decided to stand for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – despite the risk to his own political future – makes him a true American hero in my book.

He is someone who has actually served in the military – he fought in the first Iraq war – and who formed the opinion that it was detrimental to the military to not allow qualified and patriotic gays and lesbians serve openly.

I had the pleasure of interviewing this man last weekend at the Family Equality Council dinner and found him to be very sincere and committed to LGBT equality.

He told me: ‘A lot of folks said ‘Why did you care so deeply about Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ in the military then in the Congress?’ It’s pretty simple: I have two little kids who are five and two and I want them to be proud of what their daddy fought for when he had the chance to serve his country.’

To read the rest of my interview with Mr. Murphy, go to Gay Star News.

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Adam Lambert’s album delayed!

Adam Lambert’s second album Trespassing, which had been scheduled to be released on March 20, has been delayed.

No new date has been announced.

The singer announced the news himself to fans via Twitter: ‘Yes, the album release date has been pushed back. Working on some new songs, making the album even better! Thank you all for understanding.’

Read more at Gay Star News!

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See Rafael Nadal, Sports Illustrated model!

Even though he has lost three consecutive grand slam finals to Novak Djokovic, it’s hard to feel sorry for Rafael Nadal.

The Spanish superstar is still ranked number two in the world, has 10 grand slam titles under his belt, and at 25, still has plenty of time to bag some more big titles before calling it a career.

All that, plus he’s GORGEOUS!

Nadal did a shoot with model Bar Refaeli for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

All I can say is, ‘Hot! Hot! Hot!”

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Fired manager dishes dirt on Joan Rivers and Cher

http://theavant-gardist.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/joanMel_fired-7634961.jpgMy friend Ken sent me a link to a Daily Beast interview Kevin Sessums did with Billy Sammeth who once managed Cher and Joan Rivers and ended up being fired by both.

I read the piece and had mixed feelings about sharing it because I have a lot of admiration for both women who are true showbiz survivors. But, it’s out there so I’ll share some bits from someone who is obviously a very bitter man.

On Joan and Melissa’s reality show on WE: “I read an article the other day about how low was she willing to lower herself now to get ratings. That’s just another example of it. In my mind, Edgar [Rosenberg, Joan’s late husband] killed himself 20 years too early. It would have been a great reality show they all could have starred in. He could kill himself. Then Joan could go to his funeral. She could then mourn on camera. You want to talk about ratings. I tell you, the world has gone off its rocker on what is right and wrong.”

[Melissa Rivers] is not my favorite girl for a lot of reasons. Mainly because I respect people with talent. I’m not so sure if you’re talented yourself you take on your mother’s stage name. It’s not Liza Garland, for God’s sake. But Joan has gotten away during this phase of her career with bringing Melissa along with her. “It’s you and me, kid,” she seems to be saying.

http://xfinity.comcast.net/blogs/tv/files/2011/10/cher-chaz1.jpgOn Cher and son Chaz Bono: I’m sure Cher is more upset that Chaz is fat. Knowing Cher and how she feels about thin people and fat people, I can tell you this: she has no time for fat people. None. So Chaz—whether when he was a lesbian as Chastity or a man as Chaz—is fat. That probably bothers her a lot more. Oh, doll face, this book is going to be sort of scary to write. But let me keep going. I’m all in now. You know how you can tell Cher is a great fucking actress and deserved the Academy Award?  Because of her eulogy at Sonny’s funeral. This was someone she hated. Cher gave a brilliant performance when she delivered that eulogy because I knew how she really felt. I can tell you what I do think she cried so about. She cried that she never settled her differences with him, that they never had that resolution. That would be upsetting to her. But that he died? Please. She thought he was nothing but a used-car salesman.

Sammeth is obviously no longer in contact with either star who both continue to burn bright. Cher is at work on a new album and Joan appeared on both The Late Show With David Letterman and Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live last night to promote her WE reality show and her E! series Fashion Police.

“It hurts me that I’ve been left on the tracks,” he says. “And after all I’ve said in this interview, I’ll probably be killed. I’m sure some people would suggest I name this book I’m planning to write Kill Bill.

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Friday Morning Man: Arne Duncan!

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http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2011/08/arne-duncan.jpgSo, I was watching The Daily Show With Jon Stewart last night and one of his guests was U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

As I watched this tall, handsome and smart man talk about education, I decided he’d be a nice change-of-pace Morning Man for us.

Duncan is 47 and was previously CEO of Chicago Public Schools. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987 where he was co-captain of the varsity basketball team. He then played professional basketball in Australia for four years.

He began his career in education in 1992 when he was appointed director of the Ariel Education Initiative, a program mentoring children at one of the Chicago’s worst-performing elementary schools and then assisting them as they proceeded further in the education system.

Duncan comes from a family of educators. His father was a psychology professor at the University of Chicago while his mother runs the Sue Duncan Children’s Center, an after-school program primarily serving African-American youth in the Kenwood neighborhood. While growing up, Duncan spent much of his free time at his mother’s center tutoring or playing with students there.

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Matt Bomer’s costars show their support

Just last month at the TV Critics Assn. Winter Press Tour, I was among a small group of journalists who sat at lunch with White Collar stars Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay.

There’s an easy chemistry between them and the mutual affection is evident.

So it is no surprise that DeKay would be very supportive of Bomer’s decision last weekend to publicly acknowledge that he is gay.

‘I love him, love him, love him, and I am so proud of him,’ DeKay told EOnline.com this week. ‘He’s just a fantastic individual and I thought he did it in a very classy, elegant and eloquent way.’

DeKay plays FBI Special Agent Peter Burke on the highly-rated USA Network series oppsite Bomer as con-man Neal Caffrey. The actor believes that his co-star’s public step will be of help to others coming out.

‘I can’t imagine how many guys or gals were out there going, ‘If he could do it, I could do it,’  Dekay said.

Read more over at Gay Star News.

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Matt Bomer and Greg: Then and now!

White Collar star Matt Bomer, who made news this week when he publicly acknowledged his male partner at an awards gala, was already a hunk in progress in high school.

The black and white  photo below of the handsome star, as a sophomore in high school, has been making the rounds this week and he is just cute as can be.

He would have been a real distraction had he been at my high school – you know, if we were around the same age!

Thought it would be fun to share with you all a photo of ME during my sophomore year in high school!

I had not seen that photo in decades but at a recent birthday party for one of the girls who is also in it, it was on display in a collage so I snapped a photo of it and  now I have it too.

God, I miss my hair.

I was firmly in the closet in high school and was coping by going into high achiever mode.

By the time this photo was taken, I had taken over as editor of the high school yearbook at 15 and kept the job through my senior year. Also worked on the school newspaper, played on the tennis team and was in student government.

Looking back, I’m so lucky to have managed to have a great time despite my painful secret.

I have a lot of admiration for kids who come out so young today – they are so brave and so beautiful and deserve our absolute love and support.

Anyway, didn’t mean for this post to get so deeply personal. It began as a pic of Mr. Bomer way back when then led to all the rest.

Hope you enjoy!

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Ricky Martin once canceled a concert for love

There is a nice Q&A with Ricky Martin in the March issue of Details.

I wanted to share a few parts that I found interesting and sweet.

Ricky was asked what the most spontaneous thing he’s ever done for a man is.

I canceled a show once to be with someone that I love,’ he said. ‘I had one day. I thought, “You live in another country. I live in another country. This is incredible and I feel amazing.” My manager came up with some excuse. It was the most expensive date I’ve ever been on. But hey, that was a very beautiful day.’

Let’s hope the man really appreciated it!

Ricky was also asked how he keeps in such great shape.

He said: “I’m in a really cool place in my life. I feel great. I go to the gym. I do yoga. I’m a father to two toddlers, and lifting them is a workout—this is biceps, this is triceps. I also try to make love. That helps.”

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Must-see videos from Ryan James Yezak: “What Homosexuality is Not” and “It’s Time to Think Differently”


http://a3.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/71/375d262f284340bf9abf4e63d5b2800b/l.jpgI’m just blown away by the work of independent filmmaker Ryan James Yezak whose trailer for Second Class Citizens, a planned documentary about the gay rights movement, went viral almost instantaneously upon its release last month.

Here are his latest videos in support of LGBT equality. I especially love the second one.

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Bill Maher talks with Leno about gay marriage

Bill Maher paid a visit to The Tonight Show last night and had a few zingers aimed right at Rick Santorum who currently has the momentum in the see-saw race for the Republican party nomination for president.

‘He’s a little conservative for me,’ Maher told Jay Leno. ‘Thinks life begins at erection.’

Maher also pointed out that Republicans seem to be making their race more about social issues like gay marriage than about the economy.

‘This election, up until recently, was going to be all about money – deficits, jobs and spending too much – this is what the Tea Party was so upset about,’ Maher said. ‘Then somebody shoves a big, gay penis in their face and they jump at it.’

He added: ‘Rick Santorum is certainly perceived as anti-gay and I guess the Republicans haven’t gotten the memo that this country has changed since 2004.’

To read more and to see video from his appearance, see my piece at Gay Star News!

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Fishbowl LA profiles Greg!

Fishbowl LA did a cool little feature on your faithful blogger a few days ago that I thought I’d share with you. The site’s Richard Horgan did a piece about my job as LA correspondent for Gay Star News.

Here’s a few snippets:

Although Greg Hernandez (pictured) has logged many years as a reporter for the Daily News and LA Times, it was actually his personal blog Greg in Hollywood that led to his latest full-time gig. Since early December, he has been working out of his home office in Silver Lake as the LA correspondent for London-based website gaystarnews.com.

After many years in LA newsrooms, including a brief stint last year with the Los Angeles Business Journal, working from home is a big professional change for Hernandez. But he says he’s enjoying it so far.

“I was at The Daily News more than eight years and the LA Times for 11 years, so you miss being around all those bright minds and that energy all day. But I’ve got big windows and a nice view at home, and it’s quiet. The day goes by fast. If I get cabin fever, I’ll just walk over to Café Tropical on Sunset and spend a few hours there. The WiFi is free, the coffee strong, and the guava empanadas superb.”

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Thursday Morning Man: John Mulaney!

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lju9g1ZZav1qg0fkjo1_400.jpgSorry for the late start today everyone!

But here to welcome you is this cutie pie: John Mulaney who you may have seen on Saturday Night Live where he’s made some funny appearances on Weekend Update.

Cute is one thing, but smart and funny is what really makes the complete package so irresistable!

John, who is also a writer for SNL, had a recent Comedy Central special John Mulaney: New In Town where he proved himself to be one of the best stand-up comics around.
He’s a very boyish 30 and his material includes reminiscences about his crush on his baby-sitter; explanations about why he doesn’t drink anymore; vivid scene-setters about going to the doctor and receiving a prostate exam when all he really went for was a Xanax prescription.
What’s especially great is that he speaks in full sentences with grammatical precision! What a concept!
Here is some of John on stage:


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John Mulaney Actor John Mulaney attends the off-Broadway opening night of "Mike Birbiglia's My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" at the Barrow Street Theatre on March 31, 2011 in New York City.
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My chat with Jesse Tyler Ferguson!

It was great to see Jesse Tyler Ferguson at the Family Equality Council Awards dinner over the weekend where he performed a wonderful song for the audience.

We chatted in the arrivals line and I have posted that interview over at Gay Star News and hope you will check it out!

Here is a little snippet. I asked Jesse for his thoughts on the court decision last week that found that California’s Proposition 8 in unconstitutional: ‘It’s interesting because it’s something we had before and it was taken away. There’s something that’s sort of bittersweet about that just because we had to fight for something that we shouldn’t have had to fight for. It is, I think, the beginning of a very important movement. Hopefully it’s going to be something that’s not just legal in California but everywhere.’

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Brett Ratner and GLAAD announce joint project

Brett Ratner, director of the recent film Tower Heist, was supposed to be in the final stages of preparing for this year’s Academy Awards which he had been hired to produce.

But Ratner resigned, under pressure, from the Oscars gig last November due to the fallout from a gay slur he made during a film screening in Hollywood. He had been asked whether he rehearses with his actors before shooting a scene and replied, ‘Rehearsing is for faggots.’

Ratner apologized and began working with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

On Wednesday , Ratner and GLAAD announced a video series called “Come Out for Equality.’ It will feature a diverse group of Hollywood celebrities, athletes, musicians and politicians ‘coming out of the closet’ as supporters of equality.

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

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Clay Aiken speaks out: ‘No matter what we might want a family to look like, we can’t put into a constitution one narrow definition.’

Clay Aiken says he used to want to be governor of his home state of North Carolina.

But instead of going into politics, he became a star on American Idol and parlayed that success into a recording and stage career.

The openly gay singer, who is a single father, is using his fame to speak out against a ballot measure called Amendment One which will go before North Carolina’s voters on May 8. It would ban domestic partnerships and non-marriage partner benefits for couples – gay or straight.

‘Families look different, they always have looked different,’ Aiken says in a video for Protect All NC Families. ‘No matter what we might want a family to look like, we can’t put into a constitution – a document that’s supposed to protect our rights – one narrow definition.’

To read more and to see Aiken’s video, go to Gay Star News!

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Neil Patrick Harris will team with pal Kelly Ripa to host the “Live With Kelly” post-Oscars show!

http://handson.provocateuse.com/images/photos/neil_patrick_harris_08.jpgI thought Neil Patrick Harris would have been the perfect choice to replace Eddie Murphy as host of this year’s Academy Awards.

Billy Crystal? Puleeeze. What has he ever done?

Kidding, of course.

Hopefully NPH, splendid at hosting the Tonys, the Emmys and just about anything else he does, will get his shot at the Oscars sooner than later.

But Neil will be having some fun on television after the Oscars. It’s just been announced that he will join his very good friend Kelly Ripa for a special Live With Kelly post-Oscars show.

It’s the morning show’s first-ever post-Oscars show and it will be broadcast live on location from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood where the Academy Awards will have taken place just the night before.

In addition to interviews with winners and presenters, there will, of course, be a special fashion panel will recap the legendary Oscar red carpet. Those fashion panels bore me and c’mon, how many “experts” are there really?

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Days of Our Lives: Will Horton gets caught in the drama of his mom and current and former stepdads

Here are Will’s scenes from Monday and Tuesday’s episodes of Days of Our Lives.

These are not episodes where Will is getting any closer to dealing with his sexuality because he is smack-dab in the middle of drama involving his mom Sami, current stepdad Rafe and former stepdad EJ.

In the first batch of scenes, Will and his grandpa have a talk about Sonny’s coffee house business and Will’s grandpa is afraid there might be trouble because Sonny is gay and will have some gay clientele.

This being a soap, I think we can see this as some obvious foreshadowing of some anti-gay folks causing trouble at Sonny’s new business.

You didn’t expect it to go all smoothly did ya?


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