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Del Shores, Leslie Jordan and others talk about why they are making “Southern Baptist Sissies” film

Southern Baptist Sissies is the GLAAD Award-winning play by writer/director Del Shores.

It is the story of four boys who grew up in the Southern Baptist Church who are gay and how they each deal with the conflict between the church and their sexuality.

Shores and others have made this very effective video as  the campaign launch to raise the funds to shoot the play live for film.

I’m more than happy to spread the word.

They say that as the rhetoric of churches and religious-based organizations grows stronger and more hateful, it is gay and questioning youths growing up in the church who continue to be caught in the crossfire.

The film stars Emmy Award-winner Leslie Jordan (Will&Grace), Spirit Award-winner Dale Dickey (Winter’s Bone, True Blood), Rosemary Alexander (Sordid Lives), Ann Walker (Sordid Lives), Newell Alexander (August: Osage County), Joe Patrick Ward (Sordid Lives: The Series), Emerson Collins (Sordid Lives: The Series), Matthew Scott Montgomery (So Random, Yellow), Luke Stratte-McClure (Yellow), and Willam Belli (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Nip/Tuck).

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Snapped! Thomas Roberts and Santa Claus!

Hmmm, wonder what Thomas Roberts is wishing for this Christmas.

The hunky MSNBC anchor posted this pic of himself and Santa Claus who paid a visit to The Today Show this morning.

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Days of Our Lives: Will and Gabi head to a clinic but can they go through with ending her pregnancy?

Things are really getting intense on Days of Our Lives for Will Horton and ex-girlfriend Gabi Hernandez who is pregnant with his child.

Gabi is in love with Nick and doesn’t want to have a child right now and Will is finally in a good place with Sonny.

Will has admirably offered to stand by Gabi, no matter what she decides, and she has decided to have an abortion.

She is at the clinic, Will by her side, and has gone in to get the procedure done.

But we don’t know if it will happen. Gabi looks terrified and her brother, Rafe, and Will’s mom, Sami, have just found out what Gabi plans to do.

Will they head to the clinic and try and stop things?


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Morning Man Encore: Jayson Blair!

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Actor Jayson Blair arrives at The African Bazaar presented by PUMA held at the Historic 5410 Wilshire Building on November 11, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
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At a panel last week during the TV Critics Assn. press tour, I spotted the handsome Jayson Blair. He was part of a panel for the upcoming MTV series The Hard Times of RJ Berger about a desperately unpopular 15 year old high school student.
No, that’s not the part played by Jayson!
He plays Max Owen on the series, the big man on campus who repeatedly pummels our dorky hero RJ for daring to talk to his girlfriend.
The young actor seems t0 be making quite a splash lately. He did a guest spot on Glee and completed roles in the films Public Relations and The Steam Ro0m. He’s also been a guest star on CSI: NY and Heroes and had roles in the film Succubus: Hell Bent and Big Game.
Jayson’s first role was in a 2006 short film called Convincing Benny and a guy who everyone is convinced is gay – his mom, his dad, his best friends, total strangers. When he finally meets the girl of his dreams, they devise a scheme to set the record straight once and for all. Jayson’s role is listed as “Checking Out Guy.”
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Celeb Tweets: Thanksgiving Day Edition

Official Wanda Sykes Official Wanda Sykes ‏@iamwandasykes Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving! This is my favorite holiday. Gratitude and sharing. Love y’all.

Adam Lambert Adam Lambert ‏@adamlambert Happy Turkey Day from me and members of the Glamily Band here in Hong Kong.
Rosie O'Donnell Rosie O’Donnell ‏@Rosie Saw 5 dolphins today in sunny Miami – one of many things to b thankful for #onlygoodstuff
Alan Cumming Alan Cumming ‏@Alancumming Missed Macy’s parade.. Saw it once when I was IN it on a float with @LanceHorne and M&Ms dressed as Broadway characters #bucketlist

Dustin Lance Black Dustin Lance Black ‏@DLanceBlack 20lb turkey’s in the oven! Guests arrive at 330. That math works… right?

Bette Midler Bette Midler ‏@BetteMidler And the happiest of Thanksgivings to all, especially to the great Americans who helped each other during and after Frankenstorm Sandy.

Kristin Chenoweth Kristin Chenoweth ‏@KChenoweth To everyone: happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the day. Be grateful! God Bless.
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

So I’m in Orange County for the holiday weekend and since my mom only has about five cable channels, I watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving last night.

Peppermint Patty is such a bitch!

Thankfully, she won’t be at our Thanksgiving table today!

Anyway, I’m looking forward to a wonderful meal with family and friends – all of whom I am very thankful to have in my life.

I’m also very thankful to all of you who come to this site every day and make all of my efforts worthwhile.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

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Hear “Woman’s World,” new single from Cher!

Ecstatic that Cher has, at last, recorded a new album – her first in more than a decade!

The single, Woman’s World, will be released on Monday but you can listen to it NOW because a preview has been posted online.

Cher has been upset in recent weeks because the song had been leaked but it’s a real winner so no need to fret!

On Twitter last night she wrote of the song: ‘When I started singing it I thought about strong Famous Women….Then I Thought “fk That””THIS IS A WOMAN’S WORLD” We’re All Strong ! MEN 2.’

Here is a link to the preview: http://cher.warnerreprise.com/

(You will have to sign up and leave your email address to hear it. It’s easy a (pumpkin) pie to do it!)

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See extensive preview of season 2 of “Smash”

I shared the poster with you last week but that was only the beginning.

This extensive preview of season 2 of NBC’s Smash is just terrific with the whole thing absolutely elevated with the addition of Jennifer Hudson.

The second season begins on February 5, 2013 which just seems so far away.

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The “Skyfall” poster we wish was real!


In Skyfall, the latest James Bond flick, the villainous character of Raoul Silva (played by Oscar winner Javier Bardem) manages to share a very flirtatious scene with 007 (Daniel Craig).

Bond doesn’t blow smoke rings into Silva’s face in that scene but a faux poster created by an imaginative fan shows 007 doing just that.

Now the sexy fake poster has gone viral.

In the film, Bond shares an erotically-charged scene with Silva who certainly seems to be gay – at least in that scene. Silva has had 007 tied up and as he confronts the sexy agent, he caresses Bond’s chest.

When he suggests this is the first time Bond has been handled in such a way by another man, Bond replies: ‘What makes you think this is my first time?’

At a press conference last month, Craig described the scene as ‘a great flirt.’

‘It the right thing to say, and that way that Javier plays it is so great. He plays it for real, and he plays it to the limit. He never forgets that he’s playing a Bond villain. I love that scene. It makes me laugh. I hope it makes you laugh.’

Bardem was asked at a separate press conference how Silva’s sexuality informed his portrayal.

‘It was part of the game, but it’s not entirely the game,’ he said. ‘You can read anything that you want or wish. But it was more about putting the other person in a very uncomfortable situation where even James Bond doesn’t know how to get out of it.’

Skyfall has been a blockbuster success at the box office earning $678 million worldwide so far. It is Craig’s third outing as Bond.

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Will and Gabi make a decision about the unplanned pregnancy on “Days of Our Lives”

There are some really rich scenes here between Will and Gabi. They discuss what to do about the pregnancy and we really learn a lot about Will – the child himself of teen parents – and how it informs his reaction to Gabi being pregnant.

Will makes clear he is supporting Gabi no matter what and it’s clear he means it.

Meanwhile, Sonny and Will’s dad bury the hatchet and Sonny lets Lucas know that he does love his son.

Then there is Sami who doesn’t know her son is the baby’s daddy and does know that Gabi is pregnant and feels compelled to tell Rafe even though she promised to protect Gabi’s secret.

Then she tells someone else!

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Rosie O’Donnell talks about why she thinks Kelly Ripa was chilly to her at Madonna’s recent concert in NYC

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson pays a visit to Ellen DeGeneres show and talks about his engagement

This is a cute little clip from Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week.

But what I think is so remarkable about it is how casually he and Ellen – to openly gay performers – talked about the anniversary party Ellen had with wife Portia de Rossi that Jesse and fiance Justin Mikita were invited to.

Then Jesse shares with the audience a funny story of how he and Justin became engaged while in Mexico for the birthday party of his co-star Sofia Vergara and got upstaged when she herself announced her engagement.

I just have to believe there are a lot of people watching Ellen who maybe aren’t gay friendly in their rhetoric etc. but are being exposed to happy healthy people who are in love and happen to be gay.

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Anderson Cooper not too busy to bitchslap someone on Twitter – even while reporting from Gaza

Donald Trump could use some lessons from Anderson Cooper on how to do battle effectively on Twitter.

While The Donald usually comes off like a third-grader, The Silver Fox is a terrific little bitch when someone ticks him off.

While The Donald is sitting inside Trump Tower stewing over how mean Cher and Brian Williams have been to him and plotting comebacks in 140 characters or less, Anderson can cover the showdown in Gaza and find time to bitchslap a tweeter who annoyed him.

@RetireLeo sent this hateful message to Cooper: “Didn’t Cooper admit he was gay, if so let’s let the Palestians know and see what happens.”

Anderson responded: “Wow, tough words from an anon Internet troll. why not use your name and photo, coward? Have some more fritos and keep typing.”

Ouch!

(Here is a LINK to yesterday’s war of words)

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Neil Patrick Harris supports “Hey Mr.” magazine

It’s got to be pretty cool to be trying to raise money to start a magazine about men dating men and to get a nice shout out on Twitter from Neil Patrick Harris.

That’s what happened Tuesday night when the two-time Emmy winner sent out this tweet to his 4.7 million Twitter followers: Hey gay gang: this magazine looks cool. Three days left to support on Kickstarter. I did.

Within a few hours, the magazine had zoomed passed its $20,000 fundraising goal.
It’s a project of Ryan Fitzgibbon of Melbourne, Australia.

Here’s a little bit about it: Hello Mr. is a magazine about men who date men. It’s the overdue response to the unending clichés that surround current gay lifestyle publications. Rather than pushing agendas or perfecting appearances, it’s about relevant material for a misrepresented generation with an evolved range of interests. A chronicle of everyday life, and the narratives which define it.

It’s the start of a conversation that extends beyond the images that come to mind when you think of the way gay men are portrayed in media today. It’s a chance to expose our vulnerabilities and redefine our identities.

Here is a LINK to the Kickstarter page which includes a really cool video.

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Morning Man Encore: Matt Czuchry!

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If you’re a fan of CBS’s The Good Wife – and if you’re not, you should be! – then you are familiar with actor Matt Czuchry who plays attorney Cary Agos on the show.

It seemed like the character was history at the end of last season because he was competing with Alica (played by series lead Julianna Margulies) for a spot at the law firm.

Cary lost.

But writers immediately had him be snatched up by the state’s attorney’s office in a move that has made the character a frequent adversary of his old firm – and a lot more interesting!

He has come to the aid of former colleague Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) but you do wonder why.

Matt, 33, says in the current issues of Entertainment Weekly: “It’s very unexpected what his motives are, whether they’re honest or manipulative. Walking that line has been fun.”

Prior to The Good Wife, now in its second season, Matt was best known for having portrayed Logan Huntzberger on Gilmore Girls and was part of the short-lived WB series Young Americans.

While Matt’s character on Wife is Harvard-educated, in real life the actor is a graduate of the College of Charleston where he graduated with a degree in political science and history. He was also captain of the tennis team and an NCAA ranked player in the Southern Conference.

Sounds like he’s aces!

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Liza Minnelli visits “Joy Behar: Say Anything!”

On tonight’s edition of Joy Behar: Say Anything! on Current TV, the magnificent Liza Minnelli tells Joy about her experience growing up as the child of Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli.

In this clip, she recounts the advice her mother gave her on how to silence an elementary school bully. It’s a hoot!

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Snapped! Matthew Wilkas in action as Spider-Man!

Hunky Gayby star Matthew Wilkas posted this cool photo on his Facebook page of him on the Broadway stage in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

It’s so cool I just had to share!

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GLAAD studies 10 years of transgender portrayals on television and finds them lacking

The CBS drama CSI once featured a transgender serial killer who murdered his own mother. Fox’s The Cleveland Show showed a man vomiting for a lengthy period of time after discovering he had slept with a transgender person. FX’s Nip/Tick had an entire season of a psychopathic trans woman depicted as a baby-stealing sexual predator who sleeps with her own son.

It’s examples like these that illustrate why US television has done such a poor job overall in its portrayals of transgender characters in the past decade, according to a study released today by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

GLAAD went through 10 years of episodes of transgender-inclusive television episodes (102 in all) and found that more than half (54 percent) were negative representations of transgender people.

Read my complete my story over at Gay Star News.

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See “Transgender Day of Remembrance” video of people who lost their lives for being different

Being gay is not always easy – especially when you’re young.

But I imagine it is a walk in the park compared to being a transgender person.

To show you how ignorant I used to be, back in the mid-90s I was attending a Coming Out group at The Center in Long Beach and one night, the trans group was still in the room when I arrived – and I was a little scared.

Thank God I know plenty of trans people now and don’t find them the least bit scary. I find them courageous and awesome for the most part.

But I only know the survivors, the people who have managed to make it through and thrive. Sadly, at least 12 transgender people have been murdered in the US so far this year simply for being who they are and 256 people worldwide.

Their deaths have been horrendous. Burned or shot or stabbed repeatedly. Dragged, maimed, thrown in a ditch.

So many young transgender people lose their lives each year because they are often forced to leave their fates up to the streets. Forty percent of homeless youth are transgender and one-third of transgender youth have attempted suicide.

They haven’t done anything wrong and they need our love and understanding.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has released this video today as part of its extensive efforts to draw attention to Transgender Day of Remembrance which is held on Nov. 20 each year.

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Will and pregnant Gabi try and figure out what to do on “Days of Our Lives” as Sonny & Nick remain in dark

Will Horton is a stand-up guy in this situation and I’m glad.

The writers on Days of Our Lives didn’t even let him get dressed after going to bed with Sonny for the first time before Gabi showed up to tell him she’s pregnant with their child.

But Will absorbs the news and rather than want to run or focus on how this might doom his relationship with Sonny, he’s concerned with Gabi and he’s ready to marry her.

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