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Lunch Break Videos: Some Barbra Streisand classics in honor of the icon’s 70 birthday which is today!

Hard to believe, but Barbra Streisand turns 70 today!

The great star is still like buttah!

Despite some people’s skepticism (bitches!), I’m thrilled that Miss Streisand is going to play Mama Rose in a new feature film version of Gypsy.

To have her in another big-screen musical is a dream come true.

She has taken care of her voice and her looks so what’s the problem people?

Anyway, happy birthday to this national treasure whose albums got me through some rough times as a gay kid growing up in Orange County.

I loved getting lost in that magnificent voice then, and I love getting lost in it now.

Let’s enjoy some of Barbra’s classics:





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Tuesday Morning Man: Nick Wechsler!

ABC’s Revenge has not held much interest for me since they killed off a very appealing (and very psycho) gay character.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the beauty and talent of today’s Morning Man: Nick Wechsler.

Nick plays Jack Porter, the nice guy proprietor of the Hamptons Stowaway bar.

TV Guide reports that the May 9 episode will be all flashbacks and we will get to see Nick sporting shaggy hair extensions.

My guess is he will still be hot!

Fans of the 33-year-old actor already know him from his role as Kyle Valenti on the old WB teen drama Roswell.

Between the two series gigs, he was in demand as a television guest star appearing in such series as Malcolm in the Middle, North Shore, Cold Case, Crossing Jordan, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, among others.

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Jennifer Tyrell: From Scouts mom to activist!

Unless they have ice water in their veins, anyone who was at Saturday night’s GLAAD Media Awards had to have been deeply moved by Jennifer Tyrell.

She’s a mom who was den leader of her son’s scouting troop.

After about a year, the Boy Scouts of America decides she has to resign as troop leader because she is a lesbian.

Jennifer is devastated but she’s also determined. She has launched a petition on Change.org calling the scouts to end its pattern of discrimination against both gay youth and LGBT families.

‘I’ve never done anything like this,’ she told me during a nice chat we had before the show. ‘When we did the local protest and were covered by the local news, we were really excited that we had like 25 signatures. It’s over 100,000 now.’

It wasn’t as if Tyrell ever tried to hide her sexuality.

‘I actually addressed it the first day and I was told, at the local level, it wouldn’t be a problem, that nobody would question it and it would be fine,’ she said. ‘It had always been fine, never been an issue.’

Would she go back to being a den mom?

‘Only if we could get the [anti-gay policy] changed,’ she said. ‘We won’t go back the way it is.’

To read more about Jennifer and her appearance at the GLAAD Awards, see my story over at Gay Star News!

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Snapped! Ricky Martin, boyfriend Carlos and sons!

Just love this modern family! It’s Ricky Martin, currently a smash on Broadway in Evita, takes a stroll in NYC with boyfriend Carlos Gonzalez and sons Valentino and Matteo. These were snapped last week but I just spotted them. To see several more, go to Socialite Life!

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GLAAD’s new president Herndon Graddick: ‘I think that it’s time for our community to go on the offensive’

The GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday night were about a lot more than Cher’s big afro wig!

It was such an emotional night as we heard from Jennifer Tyrell who got kicked out as den mom to her son’s scout troop because she is a lesbian.

We also heard from the family of Jamey Rodemayer who killed himself at the age of 14 but not before establishing a moving connection with Lady Gaga.

There was just a very real quality to the evening and GLAAD’s new president, Herndon Graddick, set the tone with his very personal remarks, outspokenness and determination to be more proactive than ever in the battle for LGBT equality.

‘I think that it’s time for our community to go on the offensive,’ Graddick told me before the start of the dinner. ‘We’re not going to be the punching bags any more. … That we’re no longer the silent sort of invisible presence in our community.’

‘My ambition is for gay people and transgender people to be treated fairly in the media just like anybody else,’ he added. ‘I think it’s finally time for us to grab our power and really use it and make sure that we’re not sort of treated as second-class citizens anymore. I intend to do that in this role at GLAAD.’

Go over to Gay Star News to read about Graddick’s outstanding speech at the dinner and more!

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It’s now official: Lindsay Lohan will portray Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime TV movie about the legendary star

I’m glad to see that Lindsay Lohan is going to try and get her once very successful acting career back on track because no one has the patience for any more of her antics partying or shoplifting and God knows what else.

But playing Elizabeth Taylor? Really?

She seems to be an odd choice.

But anyway, it is now official: Lohan has officially signed on to play Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime biopic Liz & Dick, the network said Monday.

Production on the film begins in early June in LA.

It will focus on Miss Taylor’s relationship with Richard Burton to whom she was married to twice and starred opposite in such films as Cleopatra, Taming of the Shrew, The Sandpiper, The VIPs, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

“I have always admired and had enormous respect for Elizabeth Taylor,” Lohan said in a statement. “She was not only an incredible actress but an amazing woman as well. I am very honored to have been asked to play this role.”

Rob Sharenow, executive vice president, programming, of Lifetime Networks, added that Lohan “is one of the rare actresses who possesses the talent, beauty and intrigue to capture the spirit of such a provocative icon.”

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Lunch Break Video: See Cher present to Chaz!

You seen the photos, now you can see the moment for yourself when Cher showed up at the GLAAD Awards on Saturday night to present her son Chaz Bono with an award.

Cher slipped up on the “he” and “she” pronouns – especially when talking about Chaz as a child, when he was the female Chastity.

Like her son, Cher spoke off-the-cuff and from heart:

“The other day I was having a big meltdown and Chaz said, ‘Are you going to come to the [GLAAD Media Awards],’ and I went ‘Chaz, you know, I’m not doing well right now.’ And… he texted me and said ‘I turned into a very understanding, smart man and you can call on me.’  And it made me feel so good, like I could lean on someone.  It touched my heart.”

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Monday Morning Man: Josh Hutcherson!

I’m so impressed with this kid!
Josh Hutcherson may be on a professional high as one of the stars of the box office phenomenon The Hunger Games, but he’s an even bigger winner for what he has decided to do with his fame: help combat homophobia.

At 19, Josh became the youngest recipient ever of GLAAD’s Vanguard Award for for being one of the founders of the LGBT ally organization Straight But Not Narrow, a campaign working to positively impact the way teens view and treat their LGBT peers.

I asked him how he felt about being chosen to receive an award that in the past has gone to such icons as Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Whoopi Goldberg, Shirley MacLaine and Cher.

‘I don’t belong on that list I know that much,’ he said. ‘It’s incredible to be honored at all. But to be honored at this young age, I think is awesome. I think it’s so important that young people are getting involved in organizations and trying to step up and make a change. It means a lot to me to honored with this.’

When accepting his award, he said: “I’m so sick of saying the words gay and lesbian. Can we just — people. I’m so tired of that. One day I want my son to come home from school and be like, I found this guy and I love him. And I’m gonna be like yes, you do, and that’s okay.”

Below is video of Josh accepting his GLAAD Award!



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From Cher to Charo, a weekend to remember!

Good morning everyone!

I’m a sleepy mess right now – let’s just get that out on the table.

But I’ve made the coffee and am ready to start posting about some of the great stuff that went on this past weekend.

How nice it was for the organizers of the GLAAD Media Awards and of Frontiers 30 Anniversary party to hold their events on my birthday weekend.

And what are the odds that I would turn 30 the same time as Frontiers?

Anyway, it was all a blast and I was so happy to be invited to the party. It was technically working but hard to call it work when you get to see Cher walk onto the stage in a big afro wig at the GLAAD event then less than 24 hours, get to boogie with Charo at the Frontiers party.

Cher and Charo, Charo and Cher.

I can’t get over it.

Okay, time to start writing. Keep checking in throughout the day – lots of goodies in store!

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Morning Man Classic: Greg before Hollywood!

Before heading to Tinseltown, I was in the rodeo!

So hey, this is my last post for today – probably – because it’s my birthday and my 13-year-old niece has baked this delicious cake and I’ve gotta go blow out the candles.

I’ll be attending Frontiers IN LA’s 30th Anniversary party this afternoon so you can look forward to coverage from that late tonight or tomorrow and well as much, much more from last night’s GLAAD Media Awards!

Stay tuned!

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Recap of GLAAD Media Awards in LA: Cher, Josh Hutcherson, Betty White, Ellen DeGeneres and more!

Good morning all!

I’m going to have all kinds of coverage from last night’s GLAAD Media Awards in the coming days from red carpet interviews to speeches to photos I took to videos etc.

But I won’t get the chance to post most of it today except for this recap of the night’s main winners and their speeches. Stay tuned for more though!

The 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles were a star-studded affair on Saturday night with appearances by Ellen DeGeneres, Betty White, Milla Jovoich, Benicio del Toro, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Josh Hutcherson.

But no star shined brighter than Cher who shocked the audience when she walked onto the stage at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel to present her son, Chaz Bono, with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award.

The night’s other big award recipient was 19-year-old Josh Hutcherson, one of the stars of the box office phenomenon The Hunger Games. Hutcherson received GLAAD’s Vanguard Award for being one of the founders of the LGBT ally organization Straight But Not Narrow, a campaign working to positively impact the way teens view and treat their LGBT peers.

In accepting his award from Del Toro, Hutcherson spoke movingly of the influence his mother has had on his activism and of the two gay uncles he never knew who both died at the height of the AIDS epidemic.

‘They are very much a part of me and everything that I believe in,’ he said. ‘Being honored with this award goes to them 100 percent and it goes to my family and everything they raised me to believe in.’

Prior to the start of the show, Hutcherson spoke with me about being chosen to receive an award that in the past has gone to such icons as Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Whoopi Goldberg, Shirley MacLaine and Cher.

‘I don’t belong on that list I know that much,’ he said modestly. ‘It’s incredible to be honored at all. But to be honored at this young age, I think is awesome. I think it’s so important that young people are getting involved in organizations and trying to step up and make a change. It means a lot to me to honored with this.’

Bono returned to the stage later in the show with Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato to accept the outstanding documentary award for Becoming Chaz which chronicled his transition from female to male.

The film Beginners, which won Christopher Plummer the Academy Award for his performance as a gay man coming out late in life, won the award for outstanding wide release film.

In the television categories presented Saturday, Modern Family took home the GLAAD Award for the second year in a row. The Emmy winning show features gay couple Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) as two of its core characters.

‘We’re always being called revolutionary and groundbreaking and I really look forward to the day when that won’t be the case and we’ll actually just be kind of mundane and normal,’ Ferguson said as he accepted the award.

The Lifetime network series Drop Dead Diva and the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland tied in the category of outstanding individual episode of a TV series without a regular LGBT character.

Hot In Cleveland star Betty White, 90, said while accepting the award with co-stars Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves: ‘When you see the four of us together, Valerie [Bertinelli], and Wendie and Jane and Betty, you’d swear we were all gay because we adore each other!’

DeGeneres opened the show with a comedy monologue and joked: ‘Betty White is here! I didn’t know you were gay. Welcome sister!’

She added on a serious note: ‘I wanted to be here because I’m so proud of the work that GLAAD does, it does amazing work. With their help, we’ve made a lot of progress this year. Gay marriage is now legal in six states. … We’re on TV more than ever, we’re on commercials, we’re in magazines, we’re all over the media – and that’s just my JC Penney campaign.’

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Cher makes surprise appearance at GLAAD Media Awards to present son Chaz Bono with Stephen F. Kolzak Award

US Congresswoman Mary Bono had already given a very moving tribute to stepson Chaz Bono at tonight’s GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.

She talked about how Chaz “meant the world” to his dad, the late Sonny Bono.

Then after a video presentation about Chaz, a woman with a wig Diana Ross might wear came onto the stage unannounced.

It was Cher.

The crowd inside the ballroom at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles went nuts.

“I don’t have anything prepared,” she said. “I am so nervous because my pronouns for my child just jump all over the f*cking place.”

Cher did indeed mix her pronouns up a few times calling the child who was the female Chastity to her for 40 years “she” on a few occasions then quickly catching herself.

“I think everyone knows how freaked out I was to find out he was gay,” Cher told the crowd. “This [transgender] is one step to go past. … And then you go, ‘Oh, those were the good old days.”

Getting serious, Cher said of her child: “I’m here because Chaz has the most courage of almost anyone I know.”

Chaz took the stage to accept the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.

“This truly means so much to me,” Chaz said. “Of every organization out there, and there are a lot of them, I don’t think any of them do more to affect change on a cultural level than GLAAD.”

UPDATE: Cher tweeted after the show: So much fun at Glaad awards!I I really surprised Chaz! HE was adorable,Said wow mom i was so surprised i forgot what i was going 2say!

Look for my full report on the GLAAD Media Awards tomorrow!

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It’s Patti LuPone’s birthday! I’ll drink to that!

My favorite Broadway baby, Patti LuPone, turns 63 today!

A Tony winner for Gypsy and Evita and an Olivier Award winner for Les Miserables in London, the great LuPone originated the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard and had Tony-nominated runs on Broadway in Anything Goes, Sweeney Todd and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

To celebrate her birthday, here is her version of The Ladies Who Lunch from Company. The performance is from a tribute to Stephen Sondheim but she was also one of the stars of a very limited all-star run of Company last year.

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Morning Man Encore: Oguchi Onyewu!

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It’s kind of tough to find photos of U.S. soccer star Oguchi Onyewu with his shirt on but I did manage to locate a few just to keep things balanced.

Ha!

Oh my God, is this guy gorgeous or WHAT? The face, the body. Wow. He is often referred to by the nickname “Gucci Mane” but I’ll just call him Perfection.

The 28-year-old defender is from Washington DC and plays for Milan in addition to the United States national team currently competing in World Cup. He was voted U.S. Soccer Player of the Year in 2006.

He played soccer for Clemson University for two years before moving to Europe. He signed with Metz of Ligue 1 in France. In 2003, he was loaned out to La Louviere in Belgium, and to Standard Liege a year later. In 2009, he signed a three year contract with Milan.

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Hero of the week: Baseball’s Brandon McCarthy!

We have heard way too much lately about professional athletes using gay slurs then only being sorry for it under threat of suspension or a fine – or immense public pressure.

That is what makes this story about Oakland A’s picture Brandon McCarthy so noteworthy.

The 28-year-old took to Twitter this week to express his dismay at the stadium’s ‘kiss cam’ trying to get two presumably straight guys sitting next to each other to smooch – for laughs.

‘They put two guys on the ‘Kiss Cam’ tonight. What hilarity!! (By hilarity I mean offensive homophobia). Enough with this stupid trend.’

When plenty of his nearly 30,000 Twitter followers disagreed with him, McCarthy did not back down explaining: ‘The implication is that two guys kissing is funny. That’s offensive to gay males.’

Homophobia aside, McCarthy had one more point to make about the ‘Kiss Cam’ practice: ‘It’s cheap, sh*tty comedy so it sucks at that level as well.’

Seriously, if more athletes had the courage to speak out like this, there would be far less homophobia in sports.

In his own way, McCarthy is helping to change the world for the better.

Kudos!

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Oh My! George Takei turns 75 today!

George Takei 75?

It does not seem possible for a man with such a youthful spirit.

This Star Trek icon remains utterly hip and relevant in the age of Twitter and YouTube.

But what I really admire about George is his willingness to speak up for LGBT equality and for sharing with the world his happy marriage to Brad Altman.

May they continue to live long and prosper!

VIDEO: The Star Trek band Five Year Mission has done a special birthday song for George who posted it on his Facebook page and wrote: “This may be the best birthday video ever. I’m smiling ear to ear. Thanks, “Five Year Mission.”

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Will comes out to Gabi on “Days of Our Lives”

After all of the drama of Will coming to terms with his sexuality, we have a silly little detour with his ex-girlfriend Gabi.

It’s nice that Will comes out to Gabi in this episode, something he handles well and with sensitivity and directness.

But it happens in the context of Gabi plotting to break up hunky Chad and his girlfriend Melanie. Okay, I can see the appeal of Chad who is quite a catch. But Gabi has, in the past, been a very smart and self-aware girl. Why turn her into an idiot?

Well, at least it’s not as bad as the computer hacking storyline!

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Lunch Break Video: Stunning version of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know” on the next “Glee”

The next episode of Glee, which airs on Tuesday, will feature eight Whitney Houston songs.

This is video of one of them: How Will I Know.

It features two of the show’s gay characters, Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Santana (Naya Rivera) singing background to the powerful lead vocals of Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Rachel (Lea Michele) in this slowed-down a capella version of one of Houston’s early hits.

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Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham on being gay: “I don’t mind attention being put on it”

Australian diver Matthew Mitcham was the only openly gay Olympian – in any spot from any country – competing in the 2008 Summer Olympics and he left the games as a gold medalist.

With the 2012 Olympics in London fast approaching, it remains to be seen if anyone else will have the courage to join Mitcham as an openly gay competitor.

‘I certainly don’t see it as a burden,” Mitcham told The Sydney Morning Herald this week. ”I never did, especially with how much attention the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered] cause has been getting lately with marriage equality … and with how few openly gay sports stars there are around at the moment. I don’t mind attention being put on it.”

He added: ”Ideally I would like one day for sexuality to be as unimportant and uninteresting as hair color, or eye color or even just gender in general. One day it will get to that.

”But until it is easy for sports people to come out without fear of persecution or fear of lost sponsorship income and stuff like that, or fear of being comfortable in the team environment, I don’t mind attention being brought to my sexuality in the hope that it might make other people feel more comfortable … in being comfortable enough about who they are in their sporting environment.”

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Lynda Carter is an eclectic wonder in “Body & Soul” concert at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood

It’s hard to believe that more than three decades have passed since Lynda Carter was television’s Wonder Woman.

Hard to believe because at 60, she doesn’t look all that different from her days as the gorgeous superhero and her alter-ego Diana Prince.

The ageless Miss Carter opened a three-night gig at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood last night and I was a part of what looked to be a full house.

I have long known she could sing because, as a kid, I owned her hit single Toto (Don’t It Feel Like Paradise) that I used my allowance money to buy at the JC Penney in Huntington Beach.

Even though I was humming the song all damned day in anticipation of the concert, she did not include in her show! But I didn’t mind one bit because Lynda has a whole bunch of other things to sing in Body & Soul – a show that is an  eclectic mix of songs running the gamut from Motown to country to blues to gospel with lots of pop in between.

My absolute favorite number was a ballad version of the Supremes hit Stop! In the Name of Love which makes you realize there are some really good lyrics in that song! It’s an amazing and completely successful transformation of a pop classic.

I’m a sucker for ballads and Lynda does gorgeous renditions of Bonnie Raitt’s I Can’t Make You Love Me and Elton John’s Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word. Then she reaches an entirely different level on Billie Holliday’s God Bless the Child.

Gorgeous stuff.

There is so much more then the show builds up to this blast of a rock and roll finale with songs including La Bamba.

It must be mentioned that Miss Carter has a first-rate band and trio of back-up singers. They have been together for six years and it shows.

I invited my friend Justino Aguila, a writer for Billboard, to come along with me to the show and we got to meet Miss Carter in her dressing room after the show. She could not have been more gracious and more beautiful.

I highly recommend you catch the show tonight or Saturday at the Catalina – you will have a wonderful time.

To buy tickets and to find out more information about Miss Carter’s music, here is a LINK to her website.

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