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No decision on Prop 8/DOMA today but Supreme Court will issue its rulings sometime this week

Well, we’re all in this together and I know you all are anxiously awaiting the Supreme Court decision on the challenges to Proposition 8 and DOMA.

My wait mode has become calm after feeling excited and anxious last week. It could have happened today, it might happen tomorrow – or later this week.

Whenever it does happen, it will be historic and chances are excellent that it will at least mean marriages can resume in California.

The video below is from the American Foundation of Equal Rights (AFER) which drove the lawsuit against Prop. 8. It is an excellent update and primer on all you need to know about what is happening this week in regards to the Prop. 8 case:

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Rafael Nadal suffers shocking Wimbledon loss

I promise there will be some non-tennis related posts today but this is a big story: Rafael Nadal has lost in the first round of Wimbledon.

Wow.

He won a record 8th French Open two weeks ago and has been the most dominant player all year making the final of every tournament he played in 2013.

But he suffered a shocking first-round loss to Belgian Steve Darcis who was unseeded and ranked 135 in men’s singles.

Nadal lost in straight sets 7-6, 7-6, 6-4.

Nadal, a 12-time Grand Slam winner, had never lost in the first round of a Grand Slam event and won Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010. He was also a finalist in 2006, 2007 and 2011.

As Nadal battled in the third set, it became increasingly obvious that his left knee, which forced Nadal into a seven-month hiatus last year, was giving him increased pain.

After the match, Nadal was dismissive of any lingering injury.

“It’s not the day to talk about these kinds of things. I am confident that I will have a good recovery and be ready for the next tournaments,” he said.

It’s a huge break for defending champ Roger Federer who was seeded to meet Nadal in the quarterfinals.

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Monday Morning Man: Roger Federer!

The 2013 Wimbledon Championships begin today at the All England Club and the first match on the famed Center Court will be played by today’s very regal Morning Man: Roger Federer.

Federer, who will be 32 later this summer, is the defending champion and will be trying to win a record eighth title overall. If he succeeds, he will break a tie with Pete Sampras for most singles titles won by a male.

“I know the road is hard, but it is possible,” Federer told reporters over the weekend. “I’m looking forward to the challenge really.”

He described the feeling of opening play as “very, very special for a tennis player.”

“You really feel very unique, clearly, because you are the one opening the court,” he said. “It’s something you look back on…That I was able to do it that many times is fantastic. I feel very proud.”


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Showtune Sunday: All About Liz Callaway!

After seeing her in last night’s Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles production of Not Entirely Wicked, I am now a huge fan of Liz Callaway!

I was in the front row of The Saban Theater in Beverly Hills and when she belted out Meadowlark, I was transported.

OMG.

The Tony Ward-nominated Broadway vet will appear today at 3pm with GMCLA so try and get a ticket if you can! More INFO HERE.


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Morning Man Classic Encore: Perry King!

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I’ve been getting several requests to make Perry King a Morning Man Classic and your wish is my command.

This dreamboat television and film actor is still looking terrific at 62 but he was a real heartthrob in the 80s when he was one of the stars of NBC’s Riptipe. The mustache was not seen as cheesy back then!

Perry made his film debut in the 1972 feature Slaughterhouse Five but lost out on the role of Hans Solo in Star Wars three years later to Harrison Ford.

His other feature credits included The Lords of Flatbush with Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler, Lipstick with Margaux Hemingway and a very controversial movie for its time: A Different Story which cast him as a gay man best friends with a lesbian played by Meg Foster.

He made scores of TV movies including Inmates: A Love Story opposite Kate Jackson; The Hasty Heart for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and the highly-rated miniseries I’ll Take Manhattan.

Post-Riptide, he had a recurring role on Melrose Place and played a patriarch of a very rich and very dysfunctional family in the NBC primetime soap Titans which also starred Victoria Principal, John Barrowman and Yasmine Bleeth, among others.

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Congratulations to Paris Barclay who has been elected president of the Directors Guild of America

Paris Barclay, one of the busiest and most respected directors and producers in television today, has just been elected president of the Directors Guild Association of America.

I’m not sure if he is the first gay president of the guild but I do believe he is the first openly gay one from what I can see in the records – someone correct me if I am wrong. The two-time Emmy winner had already been the first African-American board member in guild history.

He said in a statement after the vote: “I am profoundly honored to be elected President of the DGA. The DGA has worked for more than three-quarters of a century to advance the creative and economic rights of directors and their teams and I look forward to continuing this strong tradition of service. As the son of a glass blower and a tile maker from Chicago, I am extremely humbled to have the honor to serve in the footsteps of the legendary leaders of the DGA like Frank Capra, Robert Wise and Gil Cates.”

Barclay is currently executive producer and principal director of the FX drama Sons of Anarchy. He has also directed The Mentalist, Weeds, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Good Wife, In Treatment, Glee, and Smash in recent years.

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Lunch Break Video: All about Meryl Streep’s accents


Today is the great star’s 64th birthday and to celebrate, let’s take a look back at the many accents she has perfected over the years from Polish to Danish to Italian to Aussie to British to The Bronx. And let’s not forget Julia Child and whatever accent that is!

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Chandler Massey rides in Gay Pride Parade in Columbus Ohio: “It was unreal!”

I’m off to another day at the LA Film Festival soon but just had the chance to quickly chat with Chandler Massey – our Will Horton – who has just rode in the Gay Pride Parade in Columbus, Ohio – his first Pride event!

The Days of Our Lives star – now a two-time Emmy winner – tells Greg In Hollywood he has been deeply touched by the reaction along the parade route and from fans he has chatted with since arriving in Ohio on Friday.

‘It was unreal,’ he said of the parade. ‘I can’t believe how many people were here. I’m so glad I’ve been able to do this.’

He added: ‘What’s been overwhelming is how many people have told me how much the Will and Sonny storyline has helped them in some way. They are saying some amazing things and it is a reminder to me that Days is really doing something special.’

Chandler was invited to the event by the Polaris Financial Group and part of the proceeds from his appearance go to The Trevor Project.

He made the stop on his way back to Atlanta where he will reconnect with his family then travel with them to Machu Picchu in Peru.

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Days of Our Lives: Will is through with cover-ups!

Will may be ready to check out of the hospital and begin raising his daughter but there is the little matter of his mom, Sami, facing murder charges.

There’s footage of her beating up the dirty cop she later killed but she can’t reveal why because then the police will know she was trying to get evidence that incriminates Will in shooting EJ a few years back.

OMG!

Will is tired of his parents making sacrifices for him for what he did (his dad Lucas went to prison for the shooting) so he wants to just come clean.

Of course no one thinks THAT’S a good idea!

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Happy 60th Birthday to Cyndi Lauper!

The wonderful, beautiful, talented and generous Cyndi Lauper is celebrating her 60th birthday today.

So let’s celebrate her for all she has brought to the world with her music and what she has done for the LGBT community through her True Colors Fund.

She really is an angel – a Tony, Grammy, Emmy winning angel!

Here is Cyndi singing True Colors, a song that should inspire all of us to try and be our true selves:

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Morning Man Encore: John Brotherton!

http://www.daytimestarsandstrikes.com/JB-AUCTION.jpgI’m still recovering from last night’s US premiere of The Conjuring at last night’s LA Film Festival.

Scared the heck outa me!

But between screams and covering my eyes and almost saying, “Don’t go down there!” out loud, I noticed that the hunky John Brotherton was in the movie as a local cop who is called upon to help protect a family from some evil spirits – very evil.

I first spotted John at a pre-Emmy party in 2008 when he was still appearing on One Life to Live. I didn’t immediately know what role he played on which soap he was on when I first spotted him but I did know he was the best looking guy in a sea of good looking soap studs.

My cluelessness about his role of Jared Banks on the soap gave me plenty of reason to ask him a buncha questions about his character and he was happy to walk me through it!

John, who is 32, left the show soon after and went on to do a series of guest shots on such shows as Drop Dead Diva, CSI, Fairly Legal, Jane By Design, Friends With Benefits, and Dexter.

Whatever John does next, I want to see it!



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Happy Birthday to Meredith Baxter!

What a journey Meredith Baxter has been on in recent years.

As she turns 66 today, the actress we know best as Elise on Family Ties and Nancy on Family is in a happy relationship with Nancy Locke after surviving three marriages to men and raising five children.

Her memoir, Untied, is one of the better celebrities autobiographies that’s been done and I highly recommend.

I’ve long been a fan of Meredith’s work with my two favorite movies of hers being The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green in which she plays the totally and hilariously insensitive mother of the title character (it’s on DVD, check it out!) and her Emmy-nominated performance in A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story.

Happy birthday to a great star and fantastic woman.


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Margaret Cho’s thoughts on the closeted Liberace

In a HuffPost Live interview today, Drop Dead Diva star Margaret Cho was talking about closeted celebrities and said this about the late Liberace whose relationship with the much-younger Scott Thorson was the basis of the recent HBO film Behind the Candelabra.

‘I’m just disappointed … that Liberace never came out of the closet – that he always tried to maintain this position that he was attracted to older women when I know that glitter blind, semen-reddened eye had never come close to resting on a vagina in his entire piano life.’

To read what Margaret has to say about John Travolta, see my article over at Gay Star News.

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See Novak Djokovic do courtside striptease!

Take it off Nole!

World number one Novak Djokovic was playing a Wimbledon warm-up match in Buckinghamshire UK against Grigor Dimitrov when he decided to take it off!

The sexy superstar has been known to rip his shirt off after a big victory but I’m not sure he’ ever done it mid-match in such a provocative way.

He also convinced a reluctant Dimitrov to so the same!

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Friday Morning Man: Casey Deidrick!

I was sad to read yesterday that Casey Deidrick is leaving his role of Chad on Days of Our Lives and filmed his last scenes this week.

While the Will Horton storyline is what got me hooked on the show and is my main reason for watching, Casey was always very appealing as Chad – even when he ruined Gabi and Nick’s wedding!

I liked that Chad always had a sense of humor and was a good friend to Will and Sonny.

Then there is Casey’s fabulous hair.

I’m obsessed with it!

In addition to his role as Chad, Casey has been popping up on various prime-time shows in recent years including Body of Proof, Glee, and Revolution.

Best of luck to Casey in all that is ahead!



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Happy birthday to Peter Paige!

Don’t want to let the day go by completely without wishing a happy birthday to Peter Paige, the Queer as Folk alum who has become a successful showbiz multi-hyphenate.

He is co-creator, executive producer and a writer on the new ABC Family series The Fosters which premiered this month. He also wrote, directed and starred in the feature film Say Uncle, directed and appeared in the film Leaving Barstow, and co-wrote and co-executive produced the TV series Fly Girls.

But Peter remains a busy actor doing TV guest spots (The Closer, Grey’s Anatomy and Bones) as well as scores of off-Broadway and regional theater productions.

Peter is a guy who makes things happen and he also gives back. He’s a board member of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center and who, at 44, seems to just be getting started!

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Snapped! John Barrowman gets a haircut!


In case you are wondering how gorgeous John Barrowman keeps that head of hair of his looking so good, he has just shared the secret with this photo on Twitter: ‘Getting my hair cut with my man Vito at Vito Esposito in Beverly Hills. He gives me the perfect hair:) jb ‘

Perfect hair, perfect smile, perfect face.

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Lunch Break Video: In celebration of Nicole Kidman’s 46th birthday, the train station scene from “The Hours”

Nicole Kidman won a well-deserved Oscar for her performance as Virginia Woolf in The Hours.

I think it’s this train scene alone that won her the prize and that’s because it is so well done, so powerful.

“It is miiiiiiiine!”

Kudos to Nicole for continuing to make interesting choices with roles in such films as Rabbit Hole, Margot at the Wedding, The Paperboy and Dogville.

Sorry Nicole, even I could only sit through Australia once!

Happy birthday to this outstanding actress with one of the cutest husbands (Kieth Urban) on the planet!

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Days of Our Lives: Will stands firm when Sonny’s mom asks him to break up with her son

Wow, Sonny’s mom is suddenly turning into Mommie Dearest!

She says some unforgivable things to our Will Horton who she is certain will break her son’s heart.

Will tells Adrienne she is dead wrong and will be the one on the outs with her son if she continues to be so anti Will & Sonny.

I like that the show has Adrienne taking this stand because it’s similar to what a mom might do with a straight couple.

Chandler Massey, the two-time Emmy winner, continues to impress as Will. Get ready for that third Emmy!

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A beautiful story about how a pair of “tough” 8th graders left their gay teacher shedding proud tears

I wrote about this on Gay Star News yesterday but in case you didn’t see it there, I will share it again here.

It’s such a beautiful story.

A gay eighth-grade teacher in Ontario, Canada, didn’t know what to expect when two of the ‘tough’ kids in his class wanted to bend the rules for the ‘YouTube of the Day’ part of class.

The kids, who he calls Harry and Mark, wanted to show the video to the class without letting the teacher screen it first for appropriateness. The teacher decided to take a deep breath and take a chance.

He’s awfully glad he did.

The teacher, whose class had found out only a month ago that he is gay, writes on Reddit: ‘So he goes on over and pulls it on up, and on comes a song I have never heard before. The artist is rapping about growing up gay, about the struggles of being gay, and about standing up in the face of hatred and homophobia.’

The song is called Same Love and is performed by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and featuring beautiful vocals by Mary Lambert.

‘The video was beautiful,’ the teacher writes.

He then describes what happened after the video finished playing: ‘The kids applaud, and I thank Harry and he says to me, “I told you you’d like it.’”

‘And then his loud, rude friend Mark says: “That was for you, Mr K.”

‘The whole class applauded again – for me this time – and then I cried. I cried the proudest tears I have ever shed. Harry and Mark… they might tick off every teacher they ever have, but today they gave this teacher a moment he’ll never forget.’

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