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Excerpts from Don Lemon’s talk with The Six Pack!

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The Six Pack recently spoke to CNN anchor Don Lemon in Joy Behar’s office while he was guest hosting on HLN. Among other topics including how he was shoved by Marcus Bachmann, he opened up about his experience coming out and the affect it has had on his personal life and career. Don also spoke about The Daily Show bit that talked about his disdain for fluff news and his newfound pressure to get married and have kids.

Some highlights/quotes are below, but the whole interview can be found here: http://sixpackage.com/post/9940640743/76-space-vacation (Interview begins at 25:40)


  • On being shoved by Marcus Bachmann & Marcus Bachmann’s sexuality
“I’m fine. But in those situations you cannot push back so you just let it happen.”
When asked if that could be considered a “gay on gay crime” he laughs with “no comment.”
  • On coming out of the closet
“People say ‘you came out’, I guess I did, I just said the words I never said before in public. But I’m sure if you follow me on twitter or had any knowledge of Don Lemon, you knew.”
“It’s been better for me, I don’t know if it’s increased my platform, it’s just made me a more open, freer, happier person. It’s like hey, whatever, this is who I am.. and I think people see that.”
  • On pressure to get married and have kids
“I’ve been in a 4 year relationship. I havent thought about this question in probably 25 years or more when I came to terms with who I was.”
“I think I will adopt a kid, but a nanny has to come with a kid.”

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  • About media dissecting media and The Daily Show bit
“It was shocking and frightening, I couldn’t watch it for a long time, but you know it’s satire. If I didn’t care for CNN I wouldn’t work here.”
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Bravo! Mary Tyler Moore to receive the Screen Actors Guild’s 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award

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http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RnlFOOpc8ls/SmVJqDRVDFI/AAAAAAAABeQ/JH2YWyBeUog/s400/Mary+Tyler+Moore5.jpgThis is wonderful news indeed.

The great Mary Tyler Moore, the actress who turned the world on with her smile for five sensational seasons as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show and for seven even more glorious years as Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, has been named the recipient of the Screen Actors Guild’s 2011 Life Achievement Award.

In addition to her two iconic TV roles, Miss Moore was also nominated for an Academy Award and won the Golden Globe for her performance in Ordinary People, received a special Tony Award for her performance in the play Whose Life is It Anyway, won the Emmy for the TV film Stolen Babies and was nominated for memorable performances in the TV films Heartsounds, Lincoln and First You Cry.

The honor will be handed out to the seven-time Emmy winner the during 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 29 airing on TBS and TNT. Previous recipients of the Life Achievement Award include Charles Durning, Ernest Borgnine and Betty White.

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Congressman Barney Frank says “It Gets Better”

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I’ve never had more respect for Congressman Barney Frank than I do after watching his very moving video for the It Gets Better project.

He’s one of I believe only three openly gay members of Congress and in this video, he speaks from the heart.

“I used to be 15 and I know what it was like to be so frightened back then that anybody, event the people who loved me like my parents would find out who I was. It’s gotten better … but it’s still not perfect.”

He also talks about how it gets better as you get older because you are around people who are more mature and don’t inflict the kind of abuse teenagers often do on each other.

“But it’s also getting better because of projects like this, because of the courage of the people of your generation. … LGBT youth all over America no longer hide the way my generation did. By being honest about yourself, you’re liberating people of their prejudices.”

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Rosie O’Donnell tells Oprah’s O Magazine: “The rage has gone away. … There’s been a healing”

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ROSIE O'DONNELL OPRAH WINFREY 390x (SOURCED) ADVOCATE.COMI don’t know about you, but I found the sometimes angry Rosie O’Donnell of The View a lot more interesting – and far more authentic – than the Queen of Nice persona from The Rosie O’Donnell Show.
But now Rosie, set to return with a nightly show on OWN, tells her new boss Oprah Winfrey that she’s not so angry anymore.

“You know, I think I had a lot more rage than I was aware of,” O’Donnell says. “But I’ve gotten back access to my other feelings. I’m not cut off from my emotions anymore … The rage has gone away … There’s been a healing.”

Here is an excerpt from Rosie’s O Magazine interview:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eat-the-press/rosie%20v%20%20elisselbeck-thumb.JPGO: The last time we saw you on TV, you were sparring with Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View. How does it feel to be commanding your own stage again?

Rosie O’Donnell: Exciting, scary—and right. I feel like everything’s sort of aligned now. I’ve been offered other shows over the years, but it never felt like the right time. There was something about getting to do it for OWN, with Oprah’s sensibility, her touch, her world presence—what she stands for and who she is—that felt like a gift. To be on the field wearing an OWN jersey is the way to go.

O: Aside from a radio show on Sirius, you’ve been a pretty full-time parent for several years. Did you ever think you’d return to the daily grind?

RO: I’ve been off TV for so long that sometimes my kids forget I’m famous. We’ll go out and they’ll be like, “Why does everyone talk to you?” and I’ll say, “Before you were born, I had a TV show.” When you’re at home being a mom, you’re isolated. To go back to having a staff and working relationships—you have to open yourself up again. I had a plan until I was 40: Be as successful as possible and then retire. My mom died at 39, so I never thought beyond that. It didn’t occur to me that my life would have a part two.

O: You were 40 when you left the previous Rosie O’Donnell Show. Now you’re nearly 49. You’ve been very open about the changes in your life since then.

RO: I got divorced, which I never imagined would happen to me. It’s a humbling experience. Raising teens is a big challenge, and that came as a surprise—when I had children, I never thought, ‘What happens when they’re teenagers?’ I just thought, ‘Look how adorable and cute they are!’ And I went through menopause at 41, so I’m learning to take control of my health—or trying to, at least.


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Friday Morning Man: Ramon Rodriguez!

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AfterElton.com recently featured this handsome actor as one of the hot men of fall TV and I wholeheartedly agree!

He’s Ramon Rodriguez and he’s one of the stars of ABC’s reboot of Charlie’s Angels … as the new John Bosley!

Nothing against David Doyle who played the role in the original series or Bill Murray and Bernie Mac who took over in the feature films, but this hunky new direction is a terrific idea!

The Puerto Rican-born actor is previously best-known for his role as Omar’s boyfriend Renaldo in the critically-acclaimed HBO series The Wire.

The 31-year-old Ramon has also appeared in the feature films Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Battle: Los Angeles, Ira and Abby, Surfer Dude, and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.

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US Open: Revenge is sweet for Federer!

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Roger Federer Of Switzerland ReactsCHAMPIONSHIP FORM: In what had to be one of his sweetest victories during a very trying year, Roger Federer beat his Wimbledon conqueror Jo-Wilfried Tsonga tonight to advance to the semifinals of the US Open for the eighth straight year.

Federer, a five-time US Open champion, had lost to Tsonga in five-sets in the Wimbledon quarterfinals in July. After Federer reached the French Open final in June, it looked as if he would be one of the favorites to win Wimbledon, a tournament he has won six times.

This time, the 30-year-old champ methodically took down the Frenchman 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.

He will next face top-seed Novak Djokovic in Saturday’s semifinals. The Serbian star has amassed a staggering 63-2  record this year but one of those two losses was to Federer in the French semis. The other was earlier this summer when he retired in a final against Andy Murray.

I think this semi-final will be epic! Federer is so motivated and this is his last chance to extend his streak of winning at least one grand slam title a year since 2003.

Whatever happens, I’m looking forward to some great tennis.

Go Roger!!!

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Olympic Athletes Gary Hall Jr. and Dan Veatch set for 2011 Equality California Swim for Equality

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http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_noANdhZhBAE/S3Vw9gQvJcI/AAAAAAAABaw/1kPDsLB3cGo/s400/vreach.jpgIt’s obvious why I loved to watch swimming champion Gary Hall Jr. compete in several Summer Olympics – the guy has such a great head of hair and a big toothy smile.

What I did not know, and am so happy to know now, is that Gary is an LGBT ally!

The winner of ten Olympic medals (5 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze), Gary will be among the up to 50 swimmers who will join Equality California on Sept. 24 for the Second Annual Swim for Equality off the coast of Malibu to raise funds for and awareness about the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in the state of California.

“Issues of LGBT equality hit particularly close to home, as I have friends who are LGBT, some of whom have been afraid to come out of the closet,” Gary said in a statement. “I see the work that Equality California is doing as so important to the welfare of my friends and all LGBT people.”

While Gary is straight, an openly gay former Olympian is also participating: Dan Veatch!

The oh-so-handsome Dan was a member of the United States team at the 1988 Olympics  in Seoul and finished seventh in the 200-meter backstroke, his specialist event. He won the 200 m backstroke at the Pan Pacific Games in Brisbane in 1987 and again in Tokyo in 1989. He pulled his hamstring just before the 200 m US Trials for the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Participants may register for the swim as individuals or as part of a team and commit to raising a minimum of $2000 per person to benefit Equality California. The Swim will be immediately followed by a Finish Line Pool Party Celebration at the home of Nathan Barr, True Blood music composer and OUT 100 recipient.

The swim will start at 7200 Westward Beach/Point Dume, Tower 1, Malibu. Finish at Zuma Lifeguard Headquarters, 30050 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. To be eligible, participants must be able to swim one mile comfortably in open water in 50 minutes or less and must have completed at least two open water swims. To register or for more information visit www.eqca.org/swim


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Chris Colfer talks to “EW” about new “Glee” season

Obviously, I cannot get enough of Glee news as the phenomenal show is about to begin airing its third season.
One of the main reasons to watch is, as always, the performance of Emmy nominee Chris Colfer as gay high school student Kurt Hummel. He’s the heart of the show and Colfer always delivers.
Here are some excerpts from a new interview the young actor has done with Entertainment Weekly:
So what will Kurt’s arc be this season?
One thing with Kurt that they’re tapping into — which I’ve never seen done on TV — they’re really having Kurt having go through the levels of acceptance. He learned to accept himself in the first and second season and now I think he’s really still struggling to still find acceptance from others, unfortunately.

Are Blaine and Kurt still together?
Oh absolutely. They really don’t have [many] other options do they?

It felt like Kurt and Rachel really bonded in the New York season finale. Are they still on good terms as this season starts?
Yeah. I’d say they’ve definitely graduated into best friends. I think they’re really, really close.

Obviously there’s been all this talk of you being a senior and it maybe being your last season. How does that feel?
Well, I think being on television, you always have that fear no matter what, because you never know if it’s going to be the end. So it only heightens that. It only intensifies that feeling. But I don’t think there’s such a thing as an actor with total job security.

Can you say anything about the premiere? Where are New Directions now that they’ve lost Nationals?
They’re definitely still disappointed that they had that loss. But they’re still ready to start again. I think the first episode really sets the rest of the season up. I think it gives a very good game plan of where we’re going with each of the characters this season.

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Snapped! Chris Evans on set of “The Avengers”

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The Clint Eastwood-directed “J Edgar,” written by Dustin Lance Black, will open AFI Fest on Nov. 3

The American Film Institute has announced that J. EDGAR, directed by AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood, will have its world premiere as the Opening Night Gala of AFI FEST 2011.

The film stars Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, along with Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer and Oscar winner Judi Dench.

It is produced by Academy Award winners Eastwood and Brian Grazer, and Oscar nominee Robert Lorenz.

From an original screenplay by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black, the film explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century, J. Edgar Hoover, founding director of the FBI.

“Clint Eastwood is an American icon – one whose work as a director, actor, producer and composer not only stands the test of time, but also continues to add new, rich chapters with each passing year,” said Bob Gazzale, President and CEO of the American Film Institute. “What a gift it is to be going to the movies when Clint Eastwood is making them, and what an honor it is for the American Film Institute to premiere his latest contribution to America’s cultural legacy.”

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Busy John Barrowman has new album out next week and new line of male grooming products!

Tonight's the Night: Very Best ofOh to be John Barrowman.

So multi-talented, so handsome, so charismatic. I’ve loved and adored him ever since Central Park West a decade ago and he was the only reason I watched the God-awful Titans.

Now the popular star of Torchwood,  John has the luxury and the chops to do stage, television, albums and books and now he’s expanding into male grooming products!

On Sept. 12, John will launch HIM, his new range of male grooming products on QVC UK.

The very next day, his latest album, The Very Best Of John Barrowman, is on sale. It features 14 of the very best tracks from his previous three albums, and two newly-recorded songs, including the single I Owe It All To You.

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Thursday Morning Man: Landon Liboiron!

The new Fox sci-fi series Terra Nova debuts on Sept. 26 and one its stars is this handsome young man Landon Liboiron.

He plays the character of  Josh Shannon, son of the lead character, played by Jason O’Mara, and his wife, played by Shelley Conn.

The Canadian actor is previously best known for his role of Declan on the series Degrassi: The Next Generation. He also played the role of Sam Bradshaw in the short-lived series Life Unexpected on The CW.

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I have NO IDEA what the heck is going on here between Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin!
But CNN’s Silver Fox has a new daytime talk show debuting next week so he’s wise to be associating with a shameless publicity whore like our favorite D-Lister!

We know there’s no romance here but these two do share an undeniable chemistry!

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All Chaz Bono wants to do is dance

Schwimmer_bonoAll of the hoopla over Chaz Bono participating in the new season of Dancing With the Stars illustrates how much opposition transgender people must face in their everyday life.

Honestly, it makes being gay seem like a piece of cake.

But by being front-and-center and refusing to back down, the only child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono is showing the world so much and I wholeheartedly applaud him.

“I’m going to be dancing,” Chaz told George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America this week. “I’m not up on there talking about anything other than dancing. People who don’t have gender dysphoria aren’t going to catch it by watching me dance on television.”

Stephanopoulos asked a strange question regarding Cher’s efforts on Twitter to drum up support for her son.

He asked: “Where’s this coming from?”

HUH? Stupid question hall of fame.

Answered Chaz: “From being a mom! Nothing to get a mom on board than talking badly about their kid.”


Evening Video: See Birthday Girl Gloria Gaynor belt out every gay man’s break-up anthem: “I Will Survive”

http://forgottenjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/gloria-gaynor.jpgGloria Gaynor’s first big hit was 1974′s Never Can Say Goodbye in 1974.

But that was just a warm-up for what was to be not only her anthem, but an anthem for every gay man who’s ever had a broken heart. The song is I Will Survive and it reached number one in 1979.

More than thirty years later, the song is still going strong with Gloria belting it out during this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Timeless!

Today, Miss Gaynor turned 62 years old. To celebrate, play the song and sing along!

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The legendary Meryl Streep is among five those selected to be a 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree

http://www.topnews.in/files/Meryl-Streep15.jpgAs we wait impatiently for Meryl Streep to win that elusive third Oscar (will the Margaret Thatcher movie finally do it?), the acting goddess will have to make do with another one of the most prestigious awards a performer can receive.

It was announced earlier today that Miss Streep will be one of the five 2011 Kennedy Center Honorees. Also selected: Sonny Rollins, Barbara Cook, Yo-Yo Ma and Neil Diamond.

These are all very deserving honorees but I have to say that I’m very disappointed that, once again, Broadway legend Carol Channing was overlooked. She is 90 years old and beyond deserving. Not only is her career an inspiration, but her work in recent years on behalf of the arts in schools is extraordinary.

The honors are given the first weekend of December in ceremonies at the State Department and the White House, with a televised evening of all-star salutes to the honorees at the Kennedy Center, introduced by Caroline Kennedy.

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http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/04/23/article-1268094-0935A8EB000005DC-666_306x302.jpgThe presentations are always star-studded and musical and I cannot wait to see which of Miss Streep’s many famous co-stars will participate. Robert Redford (Out of Africa)? Shirley MacLaine (Postcards From the Edge)? Cher (Silkwood)? Kevin Kline (Sophie’s Choice)? Dustin Hoffman (Kramer Vs. Kramer)? Jack Nicholson (Heartburn and Ironweed)? Goldie Hawn (Death Becomes Her)? Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada and Julie & Julia)? Glenn Close (House of Spirits)? Vanessa Redgrave (Evening)? Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin (It’s Complicated)? Tom Cruise (Lions for Lambs)? Nicolas Cage (Adaptation)? and on and on and on.

She has worked with just about every star in Hollywood in just about every genre. It seems like there is nothing she can’t do and I love watching her do all of it.

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Happy 42nd birthday to Olympian Rudy Galindo!

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There are so few openly gay professional athletes to celebrate that when we have one like Rudy Gilando, we really should make a fuss over them – especially on their birthday!

Thankfully, Johnny Weir has emerged in the past year and he has been terrific. But Rudy, who turns 42 today, was the first and I’ll always admire him for that.

Rudy excelled as both a singles and pairs skater. He was the junior world champion in 1987 and the US national champion in 1996. When he won that national title, he became the oldest male to win it in almost 50 years. He followed this win with a bronze medal at the 1996 World Championships.

As a pairs skater, he competed with Kristi Yamaguchi and was the 1988 World Junior Champion and the 1989 and 1990 U.S. National Champion.

Rudy had some health setbacks after retiring from competition in 1996: he was diagnosed as HIV positive and he underwent hip replacement surgery. But he continued to skate with the Tom Collins’ Champions on Ice show until it closed down after the 2007 season.

Today, you can find Rudy back home in San Jose, Calif. teaching full-time at the same rink, Logitech Ice Arena, where he practiced en route to his memorable performances at the 1996 U.S. Championships.

Happy birthday to a terrific hero and role model.

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Video: See the latest “Glee” promo!

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LGBT ally Kristin Chenoweth talks to The Advocate about standing up for what she believes is right

KRISTIN CHENOWETH ALBUM COVER 390x (COURTESY) ADVOCATE.COMThe lovely and oh-so talented Kristin Chenoweth has a new album out called Some Lessons Learned and I hope it’s a huge seller.

The Tony and Emmy award winning star is a staunch Christian who is also beloved in the gay community for her unwavering support.

She talks to The Advocate about that and more in a new interview. Here are some excerpts:

You have said, “Just because I’m Christian doesn’t mean I don’t question things — God gave us a brain for a reason.” What would you ask people who cite Christianity as their justification for passing laws that discriminate against people?
I would ask, “What would Jesus do?” [Laughs] It sounds so cliché and Pollyanna-ish, but I have a feeling if he were on the earth today, he wouldn’t be walking around saying, “You’re going to hell” and “You’re wrong, you’re wrong, you’re wrong.” I think he’d be accepting and loving. I always use this as an example: What would I do if it was a sin to be short? That’s the way God made me, so what could I do? Let’s see, I could wear heels, I could tease my hair, and maybe on a good day I could be 5’1″. But the bottom line is, I’m 4’11″ and that’s the way I was put together. And that’s what I believe about homosexuals. And I love, love that this has become a purpose in my life. It’s one that I didn’t ever expect. “What would Jesus do?” That’s my answer.

How do you respond to people who think your pro-gay attitude is a contradiction to your faith?
I say, “I don’t judge you for your opinions, so please don’t judge me for mine.” I’m not out to tell people they’re wrong. I’m just here to say what I believe.

A lot of people cheered last year when you responded to that Newsweek rant about Sean Hayes and openly gay actors. What kind of backlash resulted from your comments?
Most of the feedback was positive, to be honest with you. But I did read online that some people were disappointed to hear that I felt that way. And that makes me sad. But what can I tell you? I’m sorry if somebody is offended by what I say, but it’s the truth of how I feel.

What sort of gay deliciousness can we look forward to on Good Christian Belles?

[Laughs] Well, you know there are always people of faith that battle this and think that it’s wrong. I’ve struggled with that. You might see that on the show. And I love that [the show’s creator] Bobby Harling is dealing with it. It makes me happy.

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Wednesday Morning Man: Gabriel Mann!

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He’s 39-year-old Gabriel Mann who is one of the stars of the new ABC drama Revenge which looks to have all kinds of delicious potential. (Gabriel is pictured below with Emily Van de Kamp who we remember from Brothers & Sisters).

He’s no newcomer to television with a recurring role on AMC’s Mad Men and guests spots on such shows as Carnivale, Jeremiah, Wasteland, Time of Your Life and ER.

But most of his roles have been in film.

Gabriel has appeared in The Bourne Supremacy, The Life of David Gale, Psych: 9, Dark Streets, The Cover-Up, Born Killers, A Lot Like Love, Summer Catch and Josie and the Pussycats.

Gabriel Mann Actors Gabriel Mann and Emily VanCamp of the television show "Revenge" speak during the Disney ABC Television Group portion of the 2011 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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