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President Obama’s World AIDS Day address: “We are going to win this fight. But the fight is not over.”

ap aids event president obama thg 111201 wblog On World AIDS Day, Obama Declares We are Going To Win This Fight

Over the last three decades, the global pandemic of AIDS has claimed 30 million lives. While the rate of new infections is going down elsewhere, President Barack Obama noted during his World AIDS Day address that the rate is not declining in America.

“The infection rate here has been holding steady for over a decade. There are communities in this country being devastated still by this disease. When new infections among young, black, gay men increase by nearly fifty percent in three years, we need to do more to show them that their lives matter. When Latinos are dying sooner than other groups; when black women feel forgotten even though they account for most of the new cases among women, we need to do more,” he said.

“This fight isn’t over,” the president added. “Not for the 1.2 million Americans who are living with HIV right now. Not for the Americans who are infected every day. This fight isn’t over for them. It isn’t over for their families. It isn’t over for anyone in this room. And it certainly isn’t over for your President.”

Here is a LINK to full text of his address.

This is the only video I can find so far. If there’s one of better quality, I’ll swap it out:

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Happy 66th Birthday to the divine Bette Midler! showgirl just goes on and on and thank God for it!

Bette Midler, the great star of stage and screen who got her start performing in gay bathhouses, turns 66 today and she is still going strong!

Whether she’s taking Vegas by storm, winning Grammys, Golden Globes and Emmys, or starring in memorable films like The Rose, For the Boys, The First Wives Club, and the television version of Gypsy, Bette Midler has never failed to entertain us.

She’s has remained vibrant and interesting and outspoken through more than four decades of stardom and has used her fame for various LGBT and environmental causes including doing her best to rid New York of all its trash!

Happy birthday to the greatest showgirl of them all!

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Actor Michael Kearns on living with HIV/AIDS: “I still have a difficult time believing I’m going to live. “

I came across a very compelling interview with actor Michael Kearns the other day and feel that World AIDS Day is an excellent time to share parts of it with you.

Michael, whose film and television credits include And the Band Played On, Nine Lives, It’s My Party and a recurring role on Beverly Hills 90210, came out publicly in the mid-70s and in 1991, made public that he was HIV-positive.

The actor also has extensive stage credits and talked to the website about his life and career.

Here are some excerpts:

On testing positive in 1989: “I had a torrid, and I mean torrid, affair with an actor who died fairly early on.  ….  He died in 1983 or 1984 and I chose to believe that I got it from him.  Looking back, that may or may not have been true, but it made it easier to accept and less shameful.  I don’t regret one orgasm of lovemaking with him, not one.   I don’t regret one minute of any of my sexual exploits—even the one that resulted in the virus entering my body. “ and life imitating art: “I lost one of my closest friends and I went to console his lover.  I believe the body had not yet been removed from the apartment.  When we hugged, the lover’s knees buckled and he fell to the floor in grief.  I’ve never seen that before or since.  I had only moments before I had to go onstage, a few blocks away, playing a character with AIDS in a tumultuous play.  I sometimes thought it was too much—the merging of life and art—but also felt it was my only choice; the only way I could thrive as an artist, an activist, and a person.”

On being a long-term survivor and a parent: “I still have a difficult time believing I’m going to live.  Now it concerns things other than HIV/AIDS that are potentially life-threatening.  I remember, seriously, when I’d order only x number of pieces of stationary, thinking I wouldn’t live long enough to use all of them.  Now we don’t use stationary—except under extreme circumstances.  So I’ve lived.  But the fear has never diminished.  In fact, after becoming a parent—the single best thing I’ve ever done in my life—the fear has increased.  Or let’s say the anxiety.  I have a child.  I will leave her.  That is the most difficult thing in my life to imagine.  THE MOST DIFFICULT.”


Thursday Morning Man: Sacha Harding!
Sacha Harding GAY TIMES X390 | ADVOCATE.COMOn World AIDS Day, rugby star Sacha Harding is the ideal Morning Man because of his willingness to support Elton John’s AIDS foundation by baring all for a photo shoot for the U.K. magazine Gay Times.

Harding plays for the UK’s Bedford Blues team and last year, was voted “Britain’s manliest man” after winning a nationwide competition organized by men’s grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge.

“AIDS is such a devastating disease for so many people around the world and I was honored to get this opportunity to try and do my part to help raise awareness of the disease and ultimately save lives,” Harding tells The Advocate. “I know I’m going to get some stick from the lads at Bedford but it’s all good fun and the whole campaign has a very serious message which needs promoting,”

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Sara Gilbert confirms she’s dating Linda Perry! she became one of the co-hosts of The Talk, Sara Gilbert had been very private about her personal life.

But once the show was on, she would occasionally speak about her then-partner Allison Adler and their kids. On Wednesday’s show, as the ladies held a discussion about celebrity privacy, Sara acknowledged what had been buzzed about over the weekend: she is dating musician Linda Perry.

“All these articles are out that I’m in a new relationship,” Gilbert told the audience, prompting applause. “I go online, and it’s on CNN … it’s weird.”

“I can’t believe anyone cares,” she said. “I do want to share stuff with you guys but I guess I’d rather do it on my own terms – in full hair and makeup.”

According to the New York Daily News, the pair were spotted holding hands in West Hollywood over the weekend.

The two were also seen together at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center gala earlier this month and the day before Thanksgiving Perry had tweeted: “Grocery shopping with @THEsaragilbert. Her contribution: breaking the balsamic vinegar trying to figure out if she had spotted Bill Cosby.”

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Video: See Rachel Maddow’s salute to Barney Frank will not be the same once colorful Congressman Barney Frank finishes his 16th and final term in the US House of Representatives next year.

The openly gay politician appeared on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC’s show last night. My friend Ted Johnson, on his terrific Wilshire & Washington blog, notes that the highlight may have been Maddow’s reel of some of the more memorable moments from his career. Included is an infamous clip in which he confronts a questioner at a health care forum with the answer, “What planet are you from?” Asked which of his achievements he is most proud, Frank put coming out in the mid-1980s atop the list, the first congressman to do so.

Here’s video of his appearance:

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Sexy superstar Novak Djokovic profiled in GQ!

Just because I’m nuts about Roger Federer and crazy about Rafael Nadal does not mean there is not room in my heart for Novak Djokovic!
Here is an excerpt from GQ’s profile on the sexy Serbian superstar, currently the number one tennis player in the world:

Tennis was not expecting this, a year ago. Tennis did not see the need. Tennis already had written the script, and it was a perfectly satisfactory one, if you liked tennis. There, in the near court, was Roger Federer, the most wonderful and successful player anyone had ever seen, slowly beginning his natural decline as he entered his 30s. Across the net was Rafael Nadal, possibly—debatably!—superior even to Federer. Certainly younger, in his mid-20s; sleek and powerful like a Grecian statue, or a tawny replica of a Grecian statue made of expensive Iberian ham.

They would play each other, Roger and Rafa, age trying to fend off youth with grace and guts. Their rivalry would be beautiful and moving; fans would choose sides, pull for Federer to bravely turn back the clock, tell themselves they were seeing the greatest tennis in history.

Novak Djokovic? Somebody had to lose to Federer or Nadal in the semis. So bring on the rawboned Serb: a nifty returner, a locker-room cutup, a guy one ineffable degree shy of championship material. He’d won the 2008 Australian Open, OK, and he’d beaten Federer in a wild match at the U.S. Open in 2010, but he seemed to have bobbed up to his natural level. Nadal was 16-7 against him, and 5-0 in tournament finals; Federer was 13-6. To wrap up their 2010 season, both of them beat him at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. He was 23 and ranked No. 3, and after helping pull off a Serbian victory in the Davis Cup final, he was able to close out the year on a two-match winning streak.

Then the calendar turned over, and so did the sport. Djokovic beat Nadal on grass, on clay, and on hard court, in California, Miami, Madrid, Rome, London, and New York. He beat Federer in Australia, Dubai, California—three consecutive tournaments—lost an epic match to him at the French Open, then beat him again in Flushing. Roger and Rafa seemed as excellent as ever. But Djokovic had crossed over into the world of the ’85 Bears, Pedro Martinez, Usain Bolt. It didn’t matter how good anyone else was.

“I’ve matured as a player,” he says. “I’ve matured as a person. I know what to do. I know how to handle my life, my career.”


Celeb Tweets: NHP and David Burtka love Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos; Cher won’t change

Neil Patrick Harris
ActuallyNPH Neil Patrick Harris
Having such fun spending my mornings with @KellyRipa. I’m kinda sorta falling in love with her. What do I say to David?
David BurtkaDavidburtka David Burtka
@ActuallyNPH what’s wrong with a 4 way relationship? God I love @KellyRipa and @MarkConsuelos too!!
David Burtka
Davidburtka David Burtka
@ActuallyNPH of course that was a joke.
cher Cher
Many have tried none have succeeded! Its dangerous!!RT @JustinDontez:you’re so open & honest, has anyone in the industry tried 2change that?
Alec Mapa
AlecMapa Alec Mapa
Every time another woman steps forward to accuse Herman Cain of sexual harassment I think Yay! I DO still have a gag reflex!
Kathy Griffin
kathygriffin Kathy Griffin
The prime minister here is a LADY, who looks like Tilda Swinton w red hair & her boyfriend is a hairdresser. G’day indeed!
Nick Adams
TheNickAdams Nick Adams
10 shows, a holiday, a parade, & a photo shoot…. complete. Day off!
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Happy 33rd Birthday to Clay Aiken! to believe, but it’s been nearly TEN years since Clay Aiken came onto the scene on American Idol where he was the runner-up to Ruben Studdard.

But Clay has gone in to become a much bigger star than Ruben and was the first to prove that you don’t have to win the competition to have a huge career as Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry, and Jennifer Hudson have also proved.

Since then, Clay has released six albums, headlined nine concert tours, and starred on Broadway in Spamalot. He’s also come out publicly, become a father, spoken out against bullying and in favor of LGBT equality.

Happy birthday to Clay!

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Chandler Massey says closeted Will Horton to be “polar opposite” of out and proud Sonny on “Days”

Chandler Massey chatted with TV Guide about his storyline on Days of Our Lives and reveals that Will Horton’s coming out process is going to be quite tumultuous filled with guilt, rage, violence, drinking and blackmail.

Says Chandler: “Will sees how comfortable Sonny is and he wants to be that way, too — he really envies Sonny — but he doesn’t feel he’d have the same support. Will grew up wanting a wife and kids and now he realizes maybe that’s going to be impossible. He hasn’t yet accepted the fact he’s gay so it’s impossible to even think about other people accepting him. Seeing Sonny with his gay friends doesn’t help. It makes Will even less comfortable. He sees all these people who are out and not shy about it and he’s thinking, “What’s wrong with me that I can’t be that way?” And so he feels like a coward. He wants to be like them. He wants to be happy. But he’s afraid. I love the way they’re writing Sonny so there’s some real balance here. He’s the polar opposite of my character — completely confident in his sexuality and totally together. But Will finds that threatening and it makes him loathe himself even more. He is really acting out.”

In an upcoming episode, Gabi will break up with Will who has not wanted to sleep with her. Chandler explains why, in reaction, Will trashes his aunt Maggie’s kitchen.

“Will obviously is gay and doesn’t lust after Gabi but the reason he wants to move in with her and needs her so badly is that he’s trying to hide something he doesn’t want the world to know. She’s known for a while that something’s really, really wrong. He doesn’t want to have sex with her, so that raises a flag. In their conversation that leads up to Will’s tantrum, Gabi hints that there’s something wrong with him, that he’s in denial about something and that is the catalyst. It’s the last straw and he loses it. Once she’s out of the picture, he has nothing to hide behind.”

On Monday’s episode, Will is going to get very drunk: “Will decides he’s been through so much s–t that he deserves a drink,” Chandler says. “He drinks too much and gets rowdy, telling everybody exactly how he feels, which for an actor is always fun! Those are some of my favorite scenes I’ve ever shot and a great opportunity to show a wider range and a different side of Will. He’s lashing out at his mom, mostly. He’s calling her out on everything she’s done to everyone present in the room.”

We learn much more in the TV Guide interview including how Sonny will find out Will is also gay: he sees him kissing another guy during a drinking game in Horton Town Square – but we will have to wait until the end of February to see that!

In the dreary clip below, Will and Sonny are still involved in the ill-advised website hacking storyline which has not been the least bit interesting. The only thing that makes is bearable is knowing that there is far more interesting things ahead for them.


Out rugby star Gareth Thomas talks about Mickey Rourke’s preparation to play him in film Rourke seems a little long in the tooth to play the much-younger Gareth Thomas in a film but hey, I’ll buy a ticket.

Gareth, the openly gay Welsh rugby star who recently retired, tells UK’s The Mirror that he recently spent time in LA with Rourke who was nominated for an Oscar for The Wrestler.

“If he cares about something, he will do whatever it takes to master something,” Thomas said.

While professional rugby is the backdrop, the heart of the story is Gareth’s coming out process.

“The battle I had with myself and coming out the other end and that’s what [Rourke] sees the story as.”


Wednesday Morning Man: Nicolas Robuck! Live to Live fans will be saying goodbye to their favorite soap in January and to characters like James Ford who is played by hunky Nicolas Robuck.

OLTL was the first big break for this young man who has brains to go along with the brawn. Nicolas graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California School of Theatre with a degree in Acting in 2009.

He’s from Indianapolis, Indiana and speaks fluent French!


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Santana comes out to grandmother on “Glee” and suffers this cruel rejection: “I don’t ever want to see you again.” week’s episode of Glee had a lot going on from the election for student body president to a love triangle involving Sue and Coach Beiste (who did her first solo!) to Puck hooking up with the teacher who adopted his and Quinn’s baby.


But it all paled in comparison to Santana’s coming out. The episode was a real showcase for Naya Rivera who was just aces throughout. By the time she closed the episode with a soaring rendition of Constant Craving, you knew that Santana was going to be okay.

Just moments earlier, in the episode’s best and most heart-breaking scene, Santana musters up the courage to come out to her grandmother. She had come out to her parents the night before and all had gone well but she was afraid her grandmother would find out by seeing an anti-Sue Sylvester political commercial that outs Santana.

“I have to tell you a secret, a secret that I’ve kept from you for a very long time,” she tells her grandmother at her kitchen table. “Abuelita, I love girls the way that I’m supposed to feel about boys. … I want you to know me, who I really am. When I’m with Brittany, I finally understand what people are talking about when they talk about love.”

She went on to tell her grandmother that being in the closet makes “every day feel like a war … I don’t want to fight any more. I’m just too tired. I have to just be me.”

It was all beautifully said and you figured anyone who really loved this beautiful girl would give her their love and support.

But no.

“I want you to leave this house,” the grandma says coldly. “I don’t ever want to see you again. You made your choice, now I have made mine.”

Just terrible. But also realistic. It’s reactions like this from parents that results in so many LGBT teens being homeless or being filled with pain and self-loathing. It’s no way to treat someone you profess to love.

But kudos to Glee for not making Santana a victim. Before she launched into that fabulous version of Constant Craving, she tells her supportive classmates: “The struggle continues but at least I know I’m not alone.’


Happy Birthday to Jonathan Knight of NKOTB fame! former boy bander, who publicly confirmed that he is gay last January, turns 43 today!

Jonathan Knight, a member of New Kids on the Block, said then that he had actually been out for 20 years.

“I have lived my life very openly and have never hidden the fact that I am gay!” he said on the NKOTB website. “Apparently the prerequisite to being a gay public figure is to appear on the cover of a magazine with the caption “I am gay”. I apologize for not doing so if this is what was expected!”

Well, these days not everyone even gets a magazine cover which is partly because there are so many out celebs now and it’s also becoming less and less Earth-shattering news. But it’s always welcome news and it’s always a wonderful thing when someone like Knight confirms things publicly and lives out and proud.

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Snapped! A shirtless and bootylicious Rafael Nadal!

Spain's Rafael Nadal GesturesThere really is no need for a caption for this shot! It’s Rafael Nadal looking absolutely bootylicious during a break in practice for this weekend’s Davis Cup final against Argentina.

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Independent Spirit Awards: “Beginners,” “Pariah” get multiple nods; Harmony Santana nominated!

Watched a DVD screener of Pariah last night and found it to be deeply moving, extremely well-acted and written.

So I’m very glad to see that this wonderful film earned lead Adepero Oduye an Independent Spirit Award nomination for best actress. It’s quite a coup seeing as Glenn Close was not nominated for her terrific performance as a transgender man in Albert Nobbs. although her co-star Janet McTeer, who also plays a transgender man, was nominated in the supporting actress category.

Oduye plays Alike, a Brooklyn teenager dealing with conflicting identities who risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.

The Spirit Award nominations were announced this morning and Pariah writer-director Dee Rees has also been nominated for the John Cassavetes Award given to the best feature made for under $500,000.

[I'm hoping Kim Wayans will be getting some recognition this award season for her very realistic performance as the Alike's homophobic mom.]

The LGBT-themed film, Beginners, earned Spirit nods for best picture, best director (Mike Mills) best screenplay (Mills), and best supporting actor (Christopher Plummer). LGBT themed nominees: In the Family which earned a nod for best first feature. I have not yet seen this film about a gay man who must fight his dead partner’s family for custody of their 6-year-old son; Circumstance earned a Cassavetes Award nod for writer-director Maryam Keshavarz. It is the story of two vivacious young Iranian girls — wealthy Atafeh and orphaned Shireen — discovering their burgeoning sexuality; Transgender actress Harmony Santana (pictured, above) was nominated for supporting actress for her role as a transgender teen in the drama Gun Hill Road which opened this year’s Outfest Film Festival.

In the documentary category, the thoroughly outstanding We Were Here was nominated which is no surprise. I sat in stunned silence after the first of my three viewings of this movie. Produced and directed by David Weissman, it is the first documentary to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco and explores how the city’s inhabitants were affected by, and how they responded to, that calamitous epidemic.

Here is a LINK to the full list of nominees.

Below are the trailers for Pariah , Beginners and In the Family.

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Ricky Martin to be “Glee” guest star as “the hottest Spanish teacher ever in the history of Ohio.” cool is this?

TV/Line reports that superstar Ricky Martin is in negotiations to guest star on Glee early next year.

I love how an insider is describing his character: “The hottest Spanish teacher ever in the history of Ohio.”

Ricky, who will be on Broadway next year in Evita, will reportedly be spotlighted in two big musical numbers. This, I believe, is his first television acting role since his long ago stint on ABC’s General Hospital.

I. Can’t. Wait.

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Meryl Streep wins NY Film Critics Circle Award for playing Margaret Thatcher in “Iron Lady.” Is Oscar next?

Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady (© Alex Bailey/Pathé)Meryl Streep, who has not won an Academy Award in nearly 30 years, has won the 2011 New York Film Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the film Iron Lady.

Will this finally be the year that Miss Streep wins that long-overdue third Academy Award? Her previous wins were for 1980′s Kramer vs. Kramer and 1982′s Sophie’s Choice. She has been nominated a record total of 16 times but has lost the last 12 times despite superb performances in such films as Doubt, Julie & Julia, The Devil Wears Prada, Adaptation and One True Thing, among many others.

Other NY Film Critics winners are: Brad Pitt who won Best Actor for his work in Moneyball and Tree of Life; Albert Brooks, who has earned the Best Supporting Actor prize for Drive; Jessica Chastain who won the Best Supporting Actress Award for her performances in Tree of Life, The Help and Take Shelter, and Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin who have won the Best Screenplay Award for Moneyball.

The NYFCC Award for Best Feature goes to The Artist and the prize for Best First Feature goes to Margin Call.


Hugh Jackman wife talks about how they deal with those pesky gay rumors about her hunky hubby Jackman, currently wowing audiences on Broadway, has been married to actress Deborra-Lee Furness for 15 years and they are raising two adopted children.

The couple met back in 1995 while co-starring in the Australian television series Correlli and despite that longtime togetherness, rumors have persisted about Hugh’s sexuality.

“Hugh and I don’t pay much heed to that,” Furness told UK’s Daily Mail. “It’s kind of tragic that these people have nothing better to do than to gossip about people they don’t know.”

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Neil Patrick Harris kicks off a week of hosting “Live”

Neil Patrick Harris Gushes About His (Very) Brief Stint in Sleep No More on Live With KellyWas looking forward to watching Neil Patrick Harris again today on Live With Kelly but every station here in LA is carrying the sentencing of Conrad Murray.
I say just let CNN carry it for everyone and let us enjoy some more NPH and their scheduled guest Betty White.
Anyway, I very much enjoyed Neil’s appearance on Monday during which he said of Miss White: “She’s a slam dunk … I’ll MAKE OUT with her.”
If he were not so busy with his CBS sitcom, film roles and all the rest, Neil would be a natural to replace Regis Philbin full-time.
“Neil Patrick Harris always does a great job — but he’s got an enormous hit,” Regis told Extra this week. “They’ve got to find someone who has the time right now to do that. Neil was great and he will probably pinch hit, I’m sure. They have to keep looking around until they find someone that really appeals to Kelly… and then they’ll go for it.”
While NPH won’t be getting the gig on a permanent basis, it’s certainly nice to have him on this week – especially since he and Kelly Ripa enjoy such an easy chemistry and a real friendship.
He and partner David Burtka joined Ripa and her family for Thanksgiving. Said Kelly: “If you have the occasion to have Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka come to your Thanksgiving, do it. [They] are like human party tricks.” did some card tricks that were blowing everyone’s mind, so much so that Kelly’s husband (actor Mark Consuelos) woke up in the middle of the night and said: “I think Neil is a witch.”

Said Neil of Mark: “He hated me for the rest of the night. He kept walking around and asking me questions like he was a detective on law and order. … It’s the drawback because after you’re like a warlock.”