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Tom Daley on first boyfriend: “It really was love at first sight. I’d never felt like anything like it before”

Tom Daley isn’t publicly confirming that Dustin Lance Black is the man in his life but he’s not denying it either.

In an interview to air this weekend with ITV’s Jonathan Ross, the 19-year-old Olympic swimmer opens up about what he says is his first romantic relationship with another man.

“It really was love at first sight, I’d never felt like anything like it before. We were at a party and I hadn’t even spoken to him all night.

“I didn’t know what to do or if he was gay at first. I made the first move, I typed ‘call me’ in his notes with a smiley face on this phone and the next day he texted.

“He makes me feel safe and happy, right now I couldn’t be happier.

“I’d never felt the feeling of love, it happened so quickly, I was completely overwhelmed by it to the point I can’t get him out of my head all the time. I’ve never had it before where I love someone and they love me just as much.”

There have been a lot of bitches out there harping on  the age difference between Daley and Black (he’s 39) and it seems like bitter grapes to me. I mean, so WHAT? Just think about the first time you ever really fell in love and how magical and special that initial period of time was.

Tom is in that now and I for one am happy for him!

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Happy 45th birthday to Margaret Cho!

Margaret Cho turns 45 today and just keeps getting better all the time.

She’s funny and smart and has more tattoos than anyone in showbiz.

Here is Margaret’s appearance a few months ago on The Arsenio Hall Show. She does a little bit of her mother which, of course, we love!

She talks about how her mom had trouble with her being bisexual – she was confused and just didn’t get it.

Margaret also chats a bit about her open marriage!

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Today’s Holiday Tune: See odd couple David Bowie and Bing Crosby perform “Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy”

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http://punkrockbeth.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/c4cbc42f57422ae7e5e2f5c482b.jpgBing Crosby and David Bowie teamed up for a most unlikely of duets for Bing’s 1977 holiday special.

Bowie reportedly thought The Little Drummer Boy was all wrong for him and initially refused to sing it with Bing.  Then a team of composers and writers frantically retooled the song and added another melody and new lyrics as a counterpoint to all those pah-rumpa-pum-pums. They called it Peace on Earth.

Bowie liked it. More important, Bowie sang it.

The duet has gone from oddity to a holiday chestnut in the years since and was even released as a single in 1982.

Bowie was 30 at the time and Crosby 73. They recorded the duet on Sept. 11, 1977 and a month later, Crosby was dead of a heart attack. The special was broadcast on CBS about a month after his death.

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Thursday Morning Man: Dean Sheremet!

I must confess to not being very familiar with Dean Sheremet until last week’s Twitter incident with his ex-wife LeAnn Rimes.

If I had been more familiar with this guy, I assure you he would have been a Morning Man long ago – What. A. Hottie.

Dean is a former dancer and actor who has become something of a celebrity chef who is in demand for television appearances like his recent visit to the ladies of The Talk.

Rimes famously cheated on him after many years of marriage and has talked about it and written an album about it. You never really heard much from Dean but he recently appeared on Access Hollywood and told Billy Bush: “I never saw it coming.”

Rimes called and told him a magazine “may or may not have a picture” of she and her Northern Lights co-star Eddie Cibrian kissing.

Dean recalled asking: “What do you mean, ‘May or may not have a picture? What does that mean?’”

It all unfolded from there.

But he’s moved on and is now married to photographer Sarah Silver known for her work on America’s Top Model.

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Sara Gilbert speaks out about the pressure on celebrities to come out – and not as bisexual

It’s been quite a week for celebrities coming out as bisexual.

Both Tom Daley and Maria Bello went public with the fact that they are in relationships with people of the same sex but did not label themselves as gay.

Sara Gilbert discussed these announcements with fellow panelists on The Talk and makes the point that people just don’t like or seem to believe someone can be bisexual.

‘There’s a pressure for people to label themselves as gay or straight. Whenever someone says they are bisexual – (Tom Daley) says he still fancies girls and in Maria Bello’s (New York Times) article, she’s talking about how she could still kind of like both it sounded like. People don’t like that and go, “Oh no, they’re probably one or the other.”‘

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Perez Hilton to headline reality show about gay dads and promises it won’t be ‘trashy or boring’

So news broke today that Perez Hilton is going to star in and co-produce a new reality show called Gay Dads of New York.

Perez is, of course, a gay dad and he recently moved to New York.

The rest of the dads have not been selected yet but Perez promises the new show will not be ‘trashy or boring.’

‘I am honored and excited to bring to television a show that will be filled with love, humor and drama,’ he tells The Hollywood Reporter. ‘Up until now people know me more for my opinions than who I am. This show will give viewers the opportunity to get to know the “real” Perez Hilton and my family, as well as some other really dynamic gay dads, and the women that make up their support system.’

He is teaming up with the production company behind The Real World franchise and Keeping Up With the Kardashians on the project.

Perez, 35, has tried to re-introduce himself as a kinder, gentler personality than the snarky blogger determined to out people and draw inappropriate doodles on photos of celebs.

But plenty of people – on my Facebook page anyway – seem turned off for good.

I asked if people would watch a reality show with Perez. Among the comments: “Never.” “Absolutely not.” “Ugh.” “Barf.” “Hell no.” “I’d rather chew rusty razor blades!” and “Like Jack Nicholson said in Terms of Endearment: “I’d rather stick needles in my eyes.”

Don’t hold back folks, tell us how you really feel!

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Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles parodies Joe Boxer Kmart commercial – check out both videos!

This is very clever!

Members of Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) produced a short video with a nod to the viral success of retailer Kmart’s Joe Boxer holiday ad.

The original ad, which amassed over 15 million views in under three weeks, features six male models ringing in the holidays. It sent the anti-gay group One Million Moms into one of their tizzys which made it all the more enjoyable.

GMCLA member and Marketing Consultant Rich Meyers says: “Kmart brilliantly captured a fresh holiday spirit that readily appeals to a younger generation of Americans: a little naughty; a little nice. GMCLA’s concert programming embodies that same spirit, so our parody was simply an entertaining way of paying homage to an innovative marketing campaign.”

GMCLA video crew included Rich Meyers (producer/director), Kevin Bolling (producer), Tegr Powell (choreographer), Bernie Espinosa (videographer/editor) and Kevin DeKimpe (music/sound). The cast included dancers Fred Arens, Chris Etscheid, John Halbach, Richard Durazo, Jason Duguay, Jason Frazier, and announcers Ivan Estrada and Nico Decastro.

This is all to promote GMCLA’s annual musical extravaganza, “Holiday Spectacular: Festival of Carols” at the Alex Theatre (216 N. Brand Boulevard) in Glendale, CA on December 14th and 15th, 2013.

For more information about GMCLA, or to become a subscriber, or to purchase tickets to “Holiday Spectacular: A Festival of Carols,” which range from $20 to $75, please visit www.gmcla.org.


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See Leslie Jordan’s hilarious new Doritos commercial – with a cameo from the Lane twins!

This is so much fun!

Emmy winner Leslie Jordan is his outrageous self in this new commercial for Doritos that also features plenty of hot young men – including my favorite twins Gary Lane and Larry Lane of Hollywood to Dollywood fame.

Leslie, who appears in several episodes of this season’s American Horror Story, will perform his new one-man show, Show Pony, at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s Renberg Theatre Dec. 12-15. More info HERE.

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Days of Our Lives: Gabi is having trouble living with the secret of what happened to Nick Fallon

Gabi is walking around Salem with a face that says: “I killed Nick Fallon.”

Everyone notices that she’s tense and she asks to meet Rafe. It looks like she wants to spill the beans but Kate is trying to thwart that.

While Will and Sonny remain clueless, EJ has grown suspicious of what Sami is hiding from him.

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Elton John and Billie Jean King reflect on their careers, coming out and 40 years of friendship

Oh man, I loved watching this entire interview last night.

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour sat down with a pair of old friends – both icons – and had a wide-ranging chat about their remarkable lives.

They are Billie Jean King and Elton John who met at the height of their fame  and have been genuinely close for 40 years.

Here are some of the quotes if you don’t have time to watch now:

BJK on being outed: “In the beginning, it wasn’t a relief. I thought, well, if I’m really going to be true to myself, then I need to do this. But I was outed. I wasn’t ready. I think you know when you’re ready. That’s why I wouldn’t out somebody.”

Elton on realizing he is gay: “I didn’t know anyone who was gay. I didn’t really do anything about it until 23 when I first had sex.”

Elton on fame: “I hate the celebrity that is around now. The vacuous, talentless, horror show that they get paid millions of dollars for, when there are people who are teaching kids every day that are trying to scrape by and earn a living. It’s a joke.”

BJK on life today: “We’re out there every single day with our energy and we’re going to make this world a better place, no matter if it’s through tennis, through music, whatever, to try to help the LGBT community, just help humanity,”

BJK on the Bobby Riggs match: “For me, tennis was my platform, and what the King-Riggs match allowed was a platform for me to fight for equal rights and opportunities for boys and girls and women. So this match, I knew, was a seminal moment.”

Elton on Riggs match: “I honestly knew that all men I knew in my life wanted her to win, because Bobby was so cocky and so arrogant.”



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Today’s Holiday Tune: Karen Carpenter sings the gorgeous “Merry Christmas Darling”

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Merry Christmas Darling was written by Richard Carpenter and Frank Pooler was made a classic by the gorgeous delivery of the late, great Karen Carpenter who died in 1983.

The single of Merry Christmas Darling went to number one on Billboard’s Christmas singles chart in 1970, and did again in 1971 and 1973. It was then included in The Carpenters 1978 Christmas Portrait album and Karen performed it on their ABC Christmas special that year.

It just doesn’t get any better than this.

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Morning Man Encore: Christian Bale!

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For a man who is so good looking Christian Bale has taken more than his share of character parts that require him to look far from his matinee idol best.

One of those roles, as Mark Wahlberg’s brother in The Fighter, earned Bale his first Academy Award nomination – and a win! He is getting Oscar buzz again for two films: Out of the Furnace and American Hustle.

Nice to see the 39-year-old actor now getting recognition after being ignored by the Academy for performances in such films as American Psycho and The Machinist.

He’s willing to become emaciated for a role or to become a buffed-out superhero and transform into Batman in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises.

Christian has been acting in major films since he was a teenager. He was just 13 when he starred in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun then went on to star as a teen in the Disney musical Newsies followed by Swing Kids.

He first got my attention in the 1994 film Little Women because by then he had grown into a very handsome young man. Before breaking through as a star, Christian played gay in the glam rock film Velvet Goldmine then two years later, in 1999, starred as a sexy and creepy serial killer in American Psycho.

Of Christian’s performance in that breakthrough film, critic Roger Ebert wrote: Of Bale’s performance, he wrote, “Christian Bale is heroic in the way he allows the character to leap joyfully into despicability; there is no instinct for self-preservation here, and that is one mark of a good actor.”

So much has followed since including Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Rescue Dawn, The Prestige, 3:10 to Yuma, Public Enemies and Terminator Salvation among others.

He’s now filming Exodus. He plays Moses.

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Perfect Tweet of the day from Dustin Lance Black

Dustin Lance Black ‏@DLanceBlack Slept all day today after my trip to Russia. Did I miss anything?

Related post: Tom Daley dating Dustin Lance Black

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Oscar hopes for “Bridegroom” end

I’m sad that my favorite documentary this year – and one of my favorite films overall – will not be nominated for an Oscar.

That film is Bridegroom.

I’ve written a lot about it since the summer and interviewed its subject, Shane Bitney Crone, a few times.

The film has won numerous audience awards at film festivals and received high-profile endorsements from the likes of former President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey.

It tells the story of Shane’s relationship with his late partner, Tom Bridegroom who was killed in an accidental fall from a rooftop. Shane’s grief was compounded when Tom’s family banned him from the funeral and tried to erase all evidence of their happy life together.

Bridegroom was one of 151 films vying for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar this year but has not made the shortlist of 15 finalists from which the final five nominees will be selected.

Publicist Guido Gotz broke the news on Facebook and thanked Shane for “sharing your incredible story with me and thousands of people around the world. You have touched so many lives, and in some instances even saved them.”

“The movie has opened hearts and minds where thought impossible, and the fact that we’re not considered for an Oscar will not overshadow all the wonderful things that have taken place over the last few months,” he added.

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Helen Reddy on her gay fans and classic response when asked if she is a lesbian

There a nice new interview with the great Helen Reddy in the new issue of Frontiers by my pal James F. Mills in advance of the singer’s holiday concert in Palm Springs on Dec. 14.

As you know, Miss Reddy ended a 10 year hiatus from performing and this has made her many fans – many of whom are gay – ludicrously happy.

The singer of such hits as I Am Woman, Angie Baby, Delta Dawn, Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady and Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress), sold out a concert in Palm Springs in March and credits it to her gay fans.

“I have a tremendous gay following,” she says. “In fact, most of my best friends are gay gentlemen. We have a lot of fun.’

Because she wrote the feminist anthem I am Woman and had short hair, some assumed the three-times divorced and mother of two children must be a lesbian.

‘There was a show I did one time back in the days when AIDS was first starting. It was in someone’s back yard. … Someone in the audience called out, “When are you coming out Helen?” I said, “If there is a woman somewhere out there with a hairy chest and a big dick, I’m hers.”

Love it!

Below is Miss Reddy, now 72, performing her most iconic hit. Her voice has held up beautifully.

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“American Idol” alum Crystal Bowersox comes out as bisexual – and has new Christmas single!

It’s getting hard to keep up with all the celebs who are coming out as bisexual!

On Sunday it was Maria Bello followed by Tom Daley on Monday.

Apparently Crystal Bowersox, who I was a big fan of during her runner-up American Idol run in 2010, also came out as bisexual last week!

She did it in a simple Tweet: “Let me set the record straight. I’m Bi. Pun intended.”

How great is THAT?

Okay, can you remember who Crystal lost the Idol finale to?

It was Lee DeWyze.

Whatever happened to HIM?

According to SheWired, Crystal has a new holiday-themed single out called Coming Out For Christmas which is about empowering LGBTQ youth to come out.

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Reports: Tom Daley dating Dustin Lance Black

Could it be true?

The reports are just coming out that British diver Tom Daley, who just came out to the world yesterday, is involved in a romance with … Dustin Lance Black!

It was reported by The Sun in the UK and I was a bit dubious but then it was confirmed by sources by E! Online’s Marc Malkin whose work I respect and trust.

So, I’ve written up a story for Gay Star News for you to check out!

We are waiting for either Tom or Lance to confirm they are a couple.

What do you all think? A pretty interesting pairing!

Although it does not seem like it. Lance at 39 is 20 years older than Tom!

Love it!

Lance just returned from Russia for a presentation of Milk at an LGBT film festival in St. Petersburg.

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Buff Broadway baby Nick Adams in holiday video

I just adore Nick Adams who is as sweet as he is talented.

And, let’s face it, he’s so gorgeous you could cry.

So I just had to share this video in which the singing and dancing star of the recent Broadway production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert does nothing but look sleepy and surprised then mildly amused as he is serenaded by scantily-clad elves.

The fact that he does this all shirtless is the best part, of course.

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Today’s Holiday Tunes: Ricky Nelson’s lovely “A Christmas Song” and upbeat “Jingle Bells”

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_erWj1q_XXs4/TTX9tQwb5dI/AAAAAAAAAoY/ELovtrPJoyY/s1600/ricky-nelson.jpgWell, if there was ever a cuter teen idol than Ricky Nelson, I’ve never seen him.

He grew up on television alongside older brother David on their family’s television show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. And it was on that show that Ricky began performing rock and roll!

Between 1957 and 1973, he placed 56 songs on the Billboard 100 charts including his first number one Poor Little Fool. Subsequent hits included Hello Mary Lou, Travelin’ Man, and Garden Party.

Here are two holiday songs Ricky performed on Ozzie and Harriet. In the first, A Christmas Song, his young daughter can be seen smiling at him. She’s actress Tracy Nelson who went on to star in The Father Dowling Mysteries.

Ricky died far too young. He was just 45 when a private plane carrying him and his band to a New Year’s Eve concert in 1985 crashed.


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Tuesday Morning Man: Carlo Cudicini!

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Sorry for the late start with the Morning Man but is this ridiculously handsome guy not worth waiting for or what?

He’s soccer pro Carlo Cudicini, a 40-year-old Italian goalkeeper who most recently played for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Carlo is the son of the former AC Milan goalkeeper Fabio Cudicini, and the grandson of Circolo Sportivo Ponziana 1912 defender Guglielmo Cudicini.

His career has been interrupted by injury including a serious motorcycle accident in 2009.

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