New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who made same-sex marriage part of his campaign and led the fight for its approval in the Republican-led Senate, was the the most popular man at Saturday’s 42nd annual gay pride parade.
For his part, the governor humbly said, “New York is the progressive capital of the nation. It’s that once again, and it’s a pleasure to be part of it today.”
The law signed by Cuomo takes effect in 30 days. The bill received final legislative approval Friday when four Republicans joined 29 Democrats to push the measure through the by a 33-29 vote. It was passed despite opposition from influential religious groups in the state.
It’s no surprise that one of the nicknames tennis pro Feliciano Lopez has is “deliciano,” I mean, this dude is deliciously handsome.
But he’s apparently also a little thin-skinned. During his recent upset victory over Andy Roddick at Wimbledon, tennis announcer Justin Gimelstob said: “I think Feliciano is a great player, but he certainly loves to look in the mirror. And it’s okay to do it, he’s a very attractive man. People always talk about women, but he is tall, handsome, with a good body. Very metrosexual, yes. But not only him, his style of tennis is also attractive.”
Lopez replied via Twitter:
UPDATE: Gimelstob has responded with his own tweets to Feliciano: “I’m very sorry, my comments were taken completely out of context, I have complete respect for you, on and off the court … CONGRATS on a GREAT match today, you played amazing, good luck in the 4rth round”
Hey, I miss Kenny Rogers’ old face too but what are ya gonna do?
The man has sung some fine songs and among the finest is Islands in the Stream, his duet with the great Dolly Parton.
Here are some of my favorite duets from throughout the years including regular partners Sonny Bono and Cher and some classic one-offs: Elton John and Kiki Dee (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart) and Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb (Guilty).
We first noticed Sean Hayes in his cult classic film Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss then, of course, came Will & Grace and the delicious comedy creation that was Jack Macfarland.
The more famous he became, the less Sean wanted to talk about being gay. But since opening up about his sexuality in an Advocate interview a few years back, he become more relaxed and much more appealing!
His career is also thriving. Sean was a smash in the Broadway musical Promises, Promises opposite Kristin Chenoweth and is currently filming the feature film The Three Stooges. He plays Larry.
Happy birthday to this great out-and-proud talent!
Bill Pullman, currently starring in the new season of Torchwood: Miracle Day on Starz, has one of the best heads of hair in all of showbiz!
He’s also a really handsome guy and has been one of the busiest actors in Hollywood for decades with a variety of roles in films, television and on stage.
Although he’s played such roles as the President of the United States in Independence Day and starred opposite Sandra Bullock in the big hit While You Were Sleeping, he made his film debut in 1986 playing an absolute moron blackmailer in the comedy Ruthless People.
Despite his leading man looks, he has appeared in a variety of roles in all genres of films including Sleepless in Seattle, Scary Movie 4, Wyatt Earp, Casper, Lost Highway, The Grudge, Malice, and Mr. Wrong, a dreadful comedy opposite Ellen DeGeneres.
Bill’s stage career is just as impressive with Drama Desk Award nominations for his performances in plays The Goat or Who is Sylvia? and Peter and Jerry. He is set to return to Broadway in the play Oleanna.
A day after the New York Senate passed a marriage equality bill, we have learned that Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka are getting hitched!
They have been together since 2004 and became the parents of twins last October.
Neil said via Twitter a few hours ago: “David and I did propose to each other, but over five years ago! We’ve been wearing engagement rings for ages, waiting for an available date.”
Tweeted David last night: I’ve already purposed, he said yes! Thank god! … he proposed to me as well. I said yes! Thank god! … Neil and I have been wearing rings for years. We have been engaged for a while. It did not just happen.”
Well, it’s happening now. Thank God!
Davidburtka David Burtka: To everyone who reads. Thank you for being so supportive and kind. It’s people like you who are making a diffence.
Since Andy Roddick is one of the best grasscourt players in men’s tennis and a three-time finalist at Wimbledon, I thought we’d be seeing plenty of this cutie pie – and his tummy – at least through next week’s quarterfinals.
But Andy lost yesterday in the third round to Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in straight sets. I watched the match and while Lopez is a fine player once ranked in the top 1o, Andy seemed to go down rather listlessly. It’s a pity because the 2003 US Open champion is one of the more exciting and interesting players in the game.
Since his five-year stint as one of the fab five on Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Carson Kressley has been busy hosting various show including True Beauty, Crowned: The Mother of All Beauty Pageants and How to Look Good Naked.
His latest show is his most ambitious and since it’s on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), my hunch is it’s of better quality! In Carson Nation, he travels to small towns throughout the U.S., making viewers’ lives better one person at a time. During these travels, Carson transforms lives with humor and style.
Carson tells the NY Post of his new show: “First of all, your show needs to be entertaining, second of all, it needs to be different and there are so many makeover shows that are truly superficial. It’s “we’ve changed your clothes, hair and make-up, so go conquer the world.” In this show, we’re really taking time to get to know people and hear their stories. You have to get to know someone to learn what’s going to work for them and what they can maintain. What I always try to do is do a version of the person, that is them – only better!”
“It boils down to me caring – I want to hear their story, I want to hear how I can make it better. That’s something Oprah has professed many times: people need someone in their life who cares. Who listens. Even though a makeover is an inherently superficial process, making sure they believe they are worth investing in through that process is an important message. By the time we’re done, not only do they look cuter, but they also feel better about themselves. I can literally hold that mirror up to them and say, “look at your potential! You didn’t think you could look like this, so there’s probably a lot of other things you can conquer that are way more important than having cute shoes.” Although cute shoes are very important [laughs].”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo led in a way that President Barack Obama did not dare and for that, he will forever be a hero in the gay rights movement.
Below is video of his comments following the historic passage of same-sex marriage by the New York Senate.
“This state, when its at is finest, is a beacon of social justice,” he declared, stating that “the legacy is that we are the progressive capital of this nation,” and that “the other states look to New York for the progressive direction.” With that responsibility, “New York made a powerful statement,” he continued, not just for New Yorkers but for Americans: “We want equality in our love, in our families, we want full recognition and we did it today.”
The New York State Senate has just passed the Marriage Equality Act which extends the right to marry to same-sex couples. The bill, passed in 33-29 vote, was previously approved by the New York State Assembly and now heads to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk. He has led a high-profile campaign in support of marriage equality in New York and is expected to sign the bill.
“New York has finally torn down the barrier that has prevented same-sex couples from exercising the freedom to marry and from receiving the fundamental protections that so many couples and families take for granted,” Cuomo said in a statement. “With the world watching, the Legislature, by a bipartisan vote, has said that all New Yorkers are equal under the law. With this vote, marriage equality will become a reality in our state, delivering long overdue fairness and legal security to thousands of New Yorkers.”
Bloomberg writes that Cuomo met with gay-rights advocates, delivered speeches and held private conferences with legislators in a bid to build momentum for the measure in the face of vocal opposition from Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan and other traditional-marriage supporters. Change of heart last week from three Democrats and two Republicans who helped defeat a similar bill in 2009 seemed to signal a vote was imminent. Cuomo had said that he wouldn’t push for a vote unless he was confident it would pass.
New York will now join Massachusetts, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and the District of Columbia in granting same-sex couples the right to legally marry. The bill will become law 30 days after Cuomo signs it, and when it does, it will double the population of Americans to whom same-sex marriage is legal.
“We are thrilled that thousands of same-sex couples in New York have finally won the freedom to marry and security and respect for their families,” Jim Carroll, Interim Executive Director for Equality California said in a statement. “New York now joins the ever-growing chorus of Americans calling for full equality. We congratulate Empire State Pride Agenda for their tremendous work in making this historic triumph possible. In California, we are working tirelessly to restore that same basic right for all same-sex couples in loving, committed relationships, and we hope this momentous victory ripples across our nation.”
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “It really is a historic triumph for equality and freedom. This really is a great day for New York and America.”
GLAAD’s Senior Director of Programs Herndon Graddick: “At the heart of this vote are loving and committed New Yorkers who simply want the same thing all Americans want: the ability to take care of the people they love and to protect their families. Gay and lesbian New Yorkers are now one step closer to the vital legal protections that marriage affords and which all couples need. GLAAD applauds the work of our partners at the Empire State Pride Agenda, Marriage Equality New York, Freedom to Marry, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Log Cabin Republicans and the couples whose personal stories have moved lawmakers to support this historic legislation.
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center Chief of Staff Darrel Cummings: “All of us at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center applaud the New York legislators who voted for fairness and equality and we celebrate and salute the accomplishment of those who worked so hard to make New York the sixth state, along with Washington, D.C., to allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry. It’s not just the Empire State where we’ve defeated the forces of bigotry; we’re winning across the land. Despite the lies and scare tactics employed by anti-LGBT activists, recent public opinion polls show that a majority of Americans support the right for same-sex couples to marry. So, while the joy of this victory lightens our hearts, let the weight of this moment strengthen our resolve to win the freedom to marry here in California and in all 50 states!”
Congratulations to Julie Emery on another terrific series of her web series Then We Got HELP!
This episode is the finale for season 2 and I cannot wait for season 3!
I find all the characters interesting but have focused on gay couple Dan and Eric in my recaps. In the finale, they are together at a therapy meeting for the first time since they had a huge fight over becoming parents.
They patched things up and went to New Mexico where a surrogate had given birth to a baby they were to adopt. After two weeks spent bonding, she changed her mind.
Surprisingly, it is the reluctant parent Eric (Blake Hammond) who is more heartbroken than Dan (Nicholas Rodriguez).
Says a philosophical Dan: “Anything worth having is worth failing and trying again.”
But Dan is inconsolable: “They took my baby! … tore my heart out and stomped it on the floor. … the dingo ate my baby, bitch!”
President Barack Obama was in New York last night for an LGBT fundraiser and addressed the vote that on same-sex marriage that the state senate keeps delaying. While Obama was careful not to make a strong statement one way or another, Keith Olbermann thinks it’s all very simple and said last night on his Current TV show “This is, as corny as it seems, not about power or politics or lobbying. It is about love … and your acceptance of their love turns out to be your own expression of love to your fellow human being.”
John Barrowman has been doing great work on stage and screen for many years now but it wasn’t until he got the role of Capt. Jack Harkness in Torchwood that he became a huge star.
This series, now named Torchwood: Miracle Day, is returning to television with a larger cast and budget due to BBC Wales partnering with the Starz network on the production.
Barrowman gave Press Association a tantalizing preview: “I’m naked in one episode – I am full-on naked. I am bumping and grinding in this one. I am having man sex. The true die-hard fans know Jack is omnisexual – he likes men and women.”
“People who tune into this series will just think Jack is gay, because he just has full-on man sex. It was really fun. One day, I get to shoot a helicopter and save the world, and a couple of days later, I get to have sex with a 24-year-old. It’s the most perfect job in the world.”