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Friday Morning Man: Diego Dominguez!

This smolderingly sexy guy is Spanish actor and singer Diego Dominguez. I’m featuring him today because it is his 25th birthday and what better present than to be chosen as Morning Man?! Diego is best known for playing the character of Diego in the Latin America Disney Channel telenovela Violetta. He has also appeared on such TV shows as La Pecera de Eva, El Secreto de Puente Viejo and Aida.

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WATCH: Miley Cyrus does Carpool Karaoke with James Corden on ‘The Late Late Show’

Well this sure is a lot of fun. James Corden and Miley Cyrus drive to work while singing her biggest hits, playing High or Not High, and trying to make themselves cry.

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Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka reflect on seventh birthday of their twins Harper and Gideon

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Gideon and Harper you are the coolest twins I know. 7 is an awesome number. I can't believe how fast this is all going!

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Gideon and Harper turn seven today! I’m so grateful to have these two in my life, so fortunate to watch them grow. They have increased my happiness by a factor of twin! #grateful #happybirthday @dbelicious

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Late Night Round-Up: Prince Harry; James Van Der Beek; Caitlyn Jenner; Sean Hannity; Harvey Fierstein

Prince Harry On Princess Diana’s Trailblazing AIDS Activism: NewNextNow

James Van Der Beek had his ‘ass grabbed by older, powerful men’ Gay Star News

Caitlyn Jenner fights back against Trump: ‘I was hoping for a lot better’ ABC 7

Sean Hannity’s Jaw-Dropping Remarks About Gay People Have Been Unearthed and They’re Revolting Towleroad

Harvey Fierstein is getting a ton of abuse from people who have the wrong Harvey Pink News

Parents of Matthew Shepard: ‘We can’t count the number of people who have broken into tears upon meeting us’

Nineteen years.

When people stop to think about how long it’s been since the horrific hate crime that took our son’s life, they tell us they can’t believe it. They look at us with tears in their eyes. We can’t count the number of people who have broken into tears upon meeting us. To them, we say: Thank you, but please don’t overlook those who are being discriminated against now. There is nothing more we can do for Matt, but we can continue to do good work in his memory and try to prevent the same thing from happening to other people’s children.

Nineteen years ago, our family suffered a tremendous loss, one that the entire world shared with us through the media. It was the first of many somber Octobers to come. It was a senseless act of violence that changed the course of our lives forever. But friends and strangers alike stood with us and have continued to stand with us for almost two decades, now.

A collective grief and outrage has awakened among the LGBTQ+ community and its allies after endless decades of cruelty and exclusion. We are now witness to that collective outrage surfacing in the mainstream today. Between the rolling back of Title IX obligations for transgender youth to be able to use the bathroom of their choice in school, to this administration’s heavy-handed (or in this case, heavy-thumbed) transgender military ban tweets and many other similar attacks, it feels pretty obvious that this community is being targeted again. How can this be? How can it be 2017, and still we don’t have full equality? Or at least a government that believes in the basic human rights of all of its citizens? These are the things we are forced to reflect on every October.

During this time, we also think of Matt. He came to represent all those who were discriminated against or whose lives were stolen from us too soon. We know all too well the policies the current administration is trying to impose on the country are a direct assault on our community and nothing more than shameful discrimination.

But because of our supporters, and our work that they have supported to “Erase Hate,” we have an even stronger sense of urgency. Our foundation exists because strangers sent gifts they hoped we could use to make a difference. Because of their love, their determination and their thundering cries for justice, we knew we had an opportunity and an obligation to devote our lives to demanding full equality. So we continue traveling the country, speaking where we are needed. Sometimes when we are not invited. Or worse, disinvited. Despite the current climate in our country, we are still being welcomed by schools and community theaters performing “The Laramie Project.” In fact, one teen – whom we are honoring at our 2017 gala – took it upon herself to reach out to 49 schools or theaters to have them sign on to her initiative: “The Laramie Project” Project. Each of these performances honored a victim of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

Our youth are our future. And these engaged idealists who know how to love and how to spread that love will help us change the world.

That fateful October, 19 years ago, we were surrounded by love. And we turned that into work – good work that is helping people every day. We have embraced diversity and continue to tell our stories, which is something that helps many more people than you might imagine.

What started as a single family experiencing and trying to heal from tragedy has grown into a proud and dignified tribute to all who have experienced discrimination, harm and loss at the hands of bigotry and bias. With the American people’s support and strength, we will continue this work as long as this message is needed. We see every day how, despite amazing advances, the civil rights and dignity of all who differ from society’s expectations still are threatened by ignorance and hatred.

The Matthew Shepard Foundation stands strong in 2017 because of those who stand with us as we continue to persuade people to make a difference every day. Please, be one of those people. Erase hate in your corner of the country or the world. If you and all those around you do that, with heart, every day, we will finally live in the hate-free world we seek and deserve.

With love,

Judy and Dennis Shepard

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WATCH: Seth Meyers takes a closer look at Harvey Weinstein, Donald Trump and systemic sexism

NBC’s Late Night host Seth Meyers takes a closer look at how powerful men in entertainment and politics – from Harvey Weinstein to Donald Trump – abuse their power to silence, bully or coerce. Seth is brilliant and on point, as always.

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We will never forget Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard who died 19 years ago today

It was 19 years ago today that Matthew Shepard died from severe head injuries after being abducted and tortured by two men who left him to die – tied to a fence – near the town of Laramie, Wyoming.

The college student was just 21.

The attackers were arrested and eventually sentenced to two-consecutive life sentences each for one of the most notorious hate crimes in U.S. history.

‘October is always a very difficult month because it’s the anniversary,’ Shepard’s high school friend, Michele Josue, said last year after a screening I was at on the Paramount Studios lot of her outstanding documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine.

‘He was a wonderful human being and we miss him terribly.’

His parents, who created The Matthew Shepard Foundation shortly after their son’s death, gave their blessing and cooperation to Josue as she began work on the film in 2010.

It debuted on the film festival circuit in 2014, won numerous audience and jury awards and earlier this year received the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Special.

At the screening for Paramount’s LGBT employee group, Josue fought back tears as she talked about her friend.

‘(His death) devastated me. I was not only traumatized but so angry. I’ve learned that it’s okay that I’m not over it and I’m still so angry and still so tearful every time I see the film – and I’ve seen it a thousand times.’

The film tells how Shepard had only recently returned to his hometown in Wyoming to go to college after a post-high school spiral during which he dropped out of college in North Carolina then spent a year living in deep depression in Colorado.

Once outgoing and upbeat, Shepard had struggled after being raped by a group of men in Morocco during a trip there with friends from high school.

‘He battled depression, he wasn’t perfect,’ Josue said. ‘He had a lot of joys but a lot of struggles.’

But by the time of his death, several friends interviewed in the film say he had regained his footing.

‘I felt like it was my obligation to share with the world who he really was as a human being besides this horrific, violent act that happened to him,’ said Josue.

The film aired on Logo TV in 2016 and is available on Netflix.

Meanwhile, parents Dennis and Judy Shepard have worked tirelessly – and successfully – to get federal hate crimes legislation passed in the U.S.

Married for 43 years, they have also traveled to 18 counties in recent years for the US State Department to talk about equal rights and bullying and discrimination.

In an emotional interview with me in 2015, Dennis Shepard spoke of living with such a tremendous loss.

‘You feel the guilt that you weren’t there when he was out there in that field by himself, that’s the thing that really bothers me,’ he said. ‘Was he asking for dad to come take care of him like he used to?’

It’s clear that no matter how many years pass, the loss is ever present.

‘You never make progress, you’re always mourning,’ the father said. ‘You always have that hole. You don’t have the same joy when it comes to mother’s Day and Father’s Day and birthdays and Christmas. You always have that little bit of mourning that you’re doing and grieving. But you have to go on with your life. You can’t just shelter up in the corner. Matt wouldn’t have wanted that and I refuse to do it because then the bad guys win.

‘We were forced into (activism),’ he added. ‘We didn’t know anything about the gay issues. Matt was our son, that’s all we knew. We didn’t know that he’d have to fear for his life, that he couldn’t get a job if he was gay, we didn’t know any of these issues. It just really upset us to find this out – all these kids with no chance to succeed because they are considered different. That is just not right.’

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Coming Out Day posts from Ellen, Dan Amboyer, Nate Berkus & family, Matt Dallas, Fortune Feimster, Brad Goreski

It’s 9pm…you only have 3 hours left! But seriously, living without secrets is unimaginable. And whenever you choose to come out, it's a great day. #nationalcomingoutday

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It’s been a big week. And I just want to say.. happy #nationalcomingoutday! My journey is too complicated to give it its full due in this medium, but I want to thank you all for all the messages of support I’ve received over the past few days. Truly appreciative. And hi from Thailand!

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Proud, vulnerable, open, unapologetic, real, grateful, thankful and OUT. We are humbled everyday by our family and the gift we have in one another. We have a long way to go in our journey to strengthen the rights of our community, but today we celebrate #nationalcomingoutday because life is better when you believe you deserve better. You’re not alone guys.

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I am so very grateful for the opportunity to live freely and openly. There is still a long road ahead and many fights still yet to be fought but we live in an exciting time where we can bring major change if we continue to make ourselves heard. Happy #comingout Day

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I've been gay since the day I was born, even though my mom always dressed me in bonnets. Today I'm proud to be an out gay woman, but sometimes I miss the bonnets. #nationalcomingoutday #olanmills

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It's the scariest thing I ever did, but also the best thing I ever did. #happynationalcomingoutday

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Randy Rainbow’s latest song parody ‘Desperate Cheeto’ ridicules Trump’s many missteps

Randy Rainbow has been doing especially brilliant videos since Donald Trump took office. Let’s face it, he’s being given fresh material literally every single day.

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Colton Haynes opens up about depression struggle: “I can’t stress enough how important it is to seek help”

As if I didn’t already adore Colton Haynes.

The openly gay actor opened up this week about his continuing struggle with depression and I hope he knows how much his honesty is appreciated.

Here is what he’s written on Instagram: Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay. This is a photo I took of myself about a month ago when I had reached a point where I had no idea what to do. I had been in bed crying/paralyzed for 3 wks with no explanation. My personal life & career were at an all time high. I’ve talked about this before but I can’t stress enough how important it is to seek help when your feeling down or in your darkest moments. I’ve struggled with Anxiety & Depression since I was in the 5th grade & it’s not something that should go untreated or uncared for. I know a lot of people don’t understand mental illness & pass it off as ppl being dramatic…but it’s a chemical Imbalance that no one wants to struggle through. It’s not easy. So let’s all take a second to reach out to those in need of help & those who just need someone to talk to or some encouragement. A little love goes a long way. My heart is with my fellow survivors & ppl struggling through this disease…you aren’t alone.

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Evening Round-Up: Another LGBT low for Trump; Morgan Freeman; Kim Davis; Weinstein Co; Gay basketball coach

Donald Trump to Deliver Keynote Address at Hate Group’s Anti-LGBTQ Values Voter Summit on Friday Towleroad

Morgan Freeman Meets With Transgender Woman in Afghanistan The Advocate

Kim Davis fights same-sex marriage in Romania Gay Star News

Amid Growing Scandal, The Weinstein Company Withdraws From LGBT Film Awards NewNextNow

College basketball coach in Texas was nervous coming out as gay to his head coach Outsports

More celebrity Coming Out Day Instagram posts!

“I always danced to the beat of a different drummer.” – @rupaulofficial #NationalComingOutDay #OutIn60

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What an honor to spend the day with this WARRIOR, @lavernecox, to talk about coming out for #nationalcomingoutday in this video brought to you by @outmagazine and @barefootwine! Thank you! Here’s the link for the entire video –

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Happy #nationalcomingoutday from@#PapaAndDaddy. This was us on our wedding day. Everything changed for the better when we started living authentically. And that’s the truth.

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Happy #NationalComingOutDay from us to all of my LGBTQ family across the world! Justin & I promise to keep fighting for fairness, inclusion & #equality until the end of our days. #tietheknotorg

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Check out my #LetterToMyself about finding happiness and peace (link in bio) #NationalComingOutDay @NewNowNext

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Celeb Instagram: Coming Out Day Edition!

The first person I ever told. It was summer of 1999. The summer after my sophomore year in undergrad. We were sitting on picnic benches in a park. I said I needed to tell her something. Then for like 5 minutes I sat with my head in my hands paralyzed. I felt like I was gonna throw up, or pass out or both. She said whatever it was, it was going to be okay. Then I just said it – "I'm gay". And she totally supported me and totally accepted me and continued to be my best friend. • • Happy #nationalcomingoutday to all the people who are choosing to live their truth AND all the friends who are supporting them as they make this terrifying, liberating decision. And to all the people who aren't ready yet, and it's not safe for – it's okay. You will be free someday and there is a place for you. Thank you Tanya for being the best most loving supportive friend a guy could ask for. Love you.

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Happy #nationalcomingoutday, you fearless and brave love warriors.

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Today is #nationalcomingoutday You may see & hear some awesome & inspirational stories today from your family, friends & feeds. There is ENORMOUS value when an LGBTQ person decides to own & share their truth. The reality of “coming out” can be scary & overwhelming! Brave people who use today as motivation may not get warm & positive reactions from everyone. But “coming out” is never about them…this moment is about YOU. YOU deserve to be proud of yourself – no matter how anyone reacts – BE PROUD & STAY BRAVE! Unfortunately, Homophobia, Stigma & Anti #lgbt agendas are real issues in homes & in workplaces. That is why #comingout is so important & powerful…no one deserves to feel intimidated by family, friends, organized religion, Federal Government or professional workplaces. You deserve to live as a fully integrated person. Coming out was the best gift I’ve ever given to myself. My name is Thomas Roberts & I officially came out to my Mom on October 5, 1999. cc @patrickdabner

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Happy #nationalcomingoutday ! Live your truth!

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Important: Only come out when you are ready to – in your own time, on your own terms and in an environment where it's safe for you to do so. This video is just meant to be encouragement for when that time does come. #NationalComingOutDay

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Happy #nationalcomingoutday Why blend in when you were born to stand out?

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Andy Cohen will replace Kathy Griffin as Anderson Cooper’s partner for CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage

This makes a lot of sense I guess.

Here are the canned statements:

Anderson Cooper: “Andy is the life of the party wherever he goes, and what bigger party is there than New Year’s Eve? It is going to be a blast!”

Andy Cohen: “I’ve been friends with Anderson for twenty-five years. We’ve traveled the world together and performed in 30 plus cities with “AC2″ and it’s all led to this one huge night!”

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Coming Out Day: Robert Gant looks back at his coming out on cover of The Advocate 15 years ago

Today is National Coming Out Day. This past August marked the fifteenth anniversary of my coming out on the cover of The Advocate. So I thought I'd find and share it. I'm grateful to @theadvocatemag and Bruce Steele for that experience and for the magazine's longstanding commitment to chronicling our collective rights journey, including so many of our early coming out stories. . (And thank you to my friend @britreece for your invaluable help navigating the path over the years. I can't thank you enough.) . Coming out is a broad term. It's common to ask someone when they "came out," though there's rarely one moment in which that happens. Coming out almost invariably occurs in stages, a trajectory that might include telling a friend, then a family member, then one's parents, one's broader personal community, and ultimately one's work community and community at large. . That there are many people in the world still seeking to find their truth, whether to take that first step out or to come out more deeply than before, makes sense. We never know the level of difficulty with being gay that someone experienced, or is experiencing, in her or his family of origin. What is an easier transition for some can be an excruciating one for others who have deeper negative messaging to process. It's an understandable challenge, even today, when we remember that being gay (in practice) wasn't fully legalized in the United States until 2003 when the sodomy laws fell. As a result, while vital outer freedoms, legal and otherwise, continue to be won, the ultimate battleground, from my vantage, is the one for freedom and equality within, the recognition inside each of us that, despite any outer seeming facts to the contrary, our equality and our wholeness are inherent and unarguable. . There is an eastern expression that says that one word of truth resonates for thousands of miles. So also does one decision by one person to speak her or his truth resonate and reverberate beyond what we'll ever know. One by one, and together, we're getting there. . #nationalcomingoutday #theadvocate #freedom

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Wednesday Morning Man: Happy birthday to Golden Globe winner Matt Bomer who turns 40 today!

Today is Matt Bomer’s 40th birthday and it is a pleasure to shine a spotlight on a guy who is as talented and nice as he is handsome. Matt’s career has soared in recent years with White Collar, American Horror Story, Magic Mike, The Nice Guys and The Normal Heart and did not slow down one bit after he came out publicly as a gay man. He and well-known PR man Simon Halls are married with three kids! Matt’s most recent series The Last Tycoon was not renewed for a second season but he’s had a busy year with the films Anything, Walking Out and the recently completed Jonathan. Happy birthday to lovely Matt!

Days of Our Lives: Catching all the way up with Sonny and Paul and gearing up for Will Horton’s return

When the character of Will Horton was killed on Days of Our Lives, I quit watching the show. It felt so wrong. Now the show is not only laying the groundwork to bring Will back to life, he is once again being played by Chandler Massey who is a favorite of mine and so many others. Will’s widower Sonny (Freddie Smith) is seconds away from remarrying when a wedding crasher changes everything. Here are the scenes leading up to that big moments and their aftermath. I will try and start posting about the storyline more regularly now that it is heating up and the return of Massey seems imminent.

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Kathy Griffin speaks out on men who abuse power: ‘My own Harvey Weinstein is named President Donald Trump’

The Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal has emboldened Kathy Griffin to speak out against powerful men who abuse their power. She re-emerged publicly at Sunday’s Best in Drag benefit and told the crowd ‘my own Harvey Weinstein is named President Donald Trump.’ She said she was only left unable to work because Trump ‘put the word out’ against her. ‘I have not had the opportunity to make a living in my profession in my own country for months (and counting). But she is not going away and has sold out dates in Australia and other parts of the world: ‘I was happy to have the opportunity to address 3,000 people and speak out without fear,’ she told The Mail of Sunday’s comeback.

Check out my exclusive with The Daily Mail on my return to the stage: (Link In Bio)

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Don’t miss “Tub Talk with Trey McCurley” today!

I’ve been crazy about actor Trey McCurley ever since discovering him in the film Hot Guys With Guns.

So I’m happy to spread the word about this: On today’s episode of Tuesday Tub Talk Trey will chat with his Crazy Bitches director Jane Clark who is now working on Crazy Bitches Webseries – Season 1. They will talk about Trey’s new movie People You May Know, which is now on Netflix. They will also chat about life, love, yoga, and being a crazy boy bitch.

You can ask questions or just sit back with your favorite cocktail and enjoy the show.

Trey grew up in Oklahoma and attended UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, graduating with an MFA in Acting. He recently headlined as Brad in the LA premiere of Be a Good Little Widow at the NoHo Arts Center. Trey was last seen onstage playing Hamlet with Colonials Theater Co. and in The Goodnight Bird at the NoHo Arts Center.

Trey appeared in the Crazy Bitches and will be reprising his role in the upcoming web series. Other films include Caged, Echoes In An Empty Apartment, Chavez-Cage of Glory and P-51 Dragon Fighter.

Here is a LINK to the the FB lifestream and a link to when Trey was a GIH Morning Man.

To support Crazy Bitches Webseries – Season 1, go to the Indiegogo page - I will do a more extensive post on the fundraising effort later tonight.

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Morning Round-Up: Riverdale action; Nathan Lane on Harvey Weinstein; Seth Meyers eviscerates Trump & Pence

Sounds Like Kevin Keller Is About To Get A Lot More Action In “Riverdale” Season 2 NewNowNext

Lesbian moms say their military training helped them survive Las Vegas shooting Pink News

Bisexual character Constantine to join DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Gay Star News

Nathan Lane Claims Harvey Weinstein Attacked Him At Hillary Clinton’s Birthday HuffPost

Fear Of Trump Caused Former NFL Player Jim Harbaugh’s Son To Come Out As Gay NewNowNext

Seth takes a closer look at how President Trump whips up racial tensions with transparent political stunts, while the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico continues

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