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Morning Round-Up: Madonna; Meagan Fitzgerald; Kevin Spacey; Ruby Rose; Cloris Leachman

It’s Official! Madonna to Appear at NYC Pride NewNowNext

In special Pride message, NBC anchor Meagan Fitzgerald announces her engagement to a woman NBC News

Kevin Spacey Showed Up For A Pre-Trial Hearing Even Though He Didn’t Have To DListed

Ruby Rose says Batwoman’s gay relationship will be ‘like anybody else’ Pink News

Cloris Leachman To Star In LGBTQ Family Drama ‘Jump, Darling’ Deadline

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Tuesday Morning Man: Lukas Podolski!

German footballer Lukas Podolski is celebrating his 34th birthday today and I think we should mark the occasion by having this dreamboat as our Morning Man.

He’s a forward for Arsenal FC and the Germany national team.

Lukas joined Arsenal in 2012 after playing for Bayern Munich and FC Koln. He was named FIFA World Cup Best Young Player in 2006 and helped Germany capture a World Cup title in 2014.

Growing up, he was eligible to play for both Poland and Germany and had expressed interest in playing for Poland. However, by the time he made his international debut in 2004, he decided to play for Germany.

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Laverne Cox pays tribute to high school valedictorian Jazz Jennings: “I’m so proud of you!”

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Congratulations @jazzjennings_ on not just graduating from high school but on being the valedictorian of your class and accepted into Harvard. Just amazing!. I'm so proud of you! When I think about what you have accomplished while being a very public figure your entire life, I know it wouldn't have been possible without the unconditional love and support of your family. With the love and support of parents and family being trans need not be an obstacle to success. I hope this accomplishment will inspire LGBTQ + kids everywhere to value their educations and healthy striving for excellent. Congratulations again Jazz and congrats to your entire family. #TransIsBeautiful

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Adam Rippon shares his coming out story: “It wasn’t a burden that I needed to live with anymore”

This is my favorite video that Adam Rippon has done to date.

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Celeb Instagram: Happy LGBT Pride Edition!

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. HAPPY GAY PRIDE ????️‍????

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Yay we’re gay all the way it’s June not May we will have our say keeping the pedestrian at bay oh wait I’ll serve you a cocktail on a silver tray! Happy Pride kids love you tons

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Happy #Pride Hair by @cynthialumzy Shot by @kinggmalik

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Happy Pride Month! Gay rights are human rights, now and forever. This administration's attacks on the LGBTQ+ community can never change that, and I'm proud to stand and fight with you to make sure those rights are recognized as they should be.

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HAPPY PRIDE MONTH! ????️‍????As we go into this month, I'd like to encourage every one of you to do your part in spreading love, inclusion, and equality. Let's all try our best to be the truest version of ourself and to share that gift of love with one another. Being seen for who we are can be a light for so many people. It can give others hope that they too can live a life of authenticity. Pride, to me, is so much more than just celebrating ourselves. It's where people of all different backgrounds, gender, color, race, sexual orientation, etc., can come together as a community to love and support each other. It's a time when we can carry on a legacy for our children. We need to continue creating opportunities and a safer space for our current generation and future generations; just as our allies, activists, brothers, and sisters have fought for us. They are the reason the life we are able to live is possible today. #smile #professional #golfer #athlete #asian #life #love #selfie #cute #lovewins #home #beautiful #hawaii #oahu #pride #pridemonth #travel #adventure #inspiration #gay #instagay #gayguy #gayboy #inclusion #lgbtq #advocate #activist #instagram #influencer #picoftheday

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Pete Buttigieg answers 20 questions

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WATCH: Matt Bomer opens up about breaking his leg on the ski slopes but refusing to take the red toboggan down the hill

Matt Bomer sat down with Ellen DeGeneres to talk about his recent accident that had him skiing down a mountain with a broken leg. The actor also discussed his new movie “Papi Chulo” and his odd audition process for the “Tarzan” musical. I love how much he talks about his husband. This is called LGBT visibility!


Sam Champion starts new job in NYC!

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Morning! My first day!! @abc7ny #firstawake #puffyface #bringcoffee

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Wishing a happy birthday to Anderson Cooper!

Anderson Cooper turns 51 today!

The tireless CNN anchor remains at the top of his game as he continues to host his nightly show and remain on even keel during a time of crisis for our country.

But my very favorite thing that he does his Ridiculist segment because sometimes he gets the giggles (see his most recent giggle-fest below).

Happy birthday to the Silver Fox!

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Morning Round-Up: Emma Thompson & Mindy Kaling; Mayor Pete; Joe Biden; Richard Madden; “Rocketman” fact checking

Late Night’s Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling talk LGBTI inclusivity in movies Gay Star News

Mayor Pete gets emotional talking to second grader about gun control Queerty

Joe Biden Lays Out His Case to LGBTQ Voters at HRC Dinner Advocate

Fact-checking Rocketman: Elton John’s real life versus movie fiction

NYT Asks Richard Madden if He and Brandon Flynn are an Item Towleroad

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Monday Morning Man: Rafael Nadal!

Today is sexy Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal’s 33rd birthday.

It’s fitting that Nadal’s birthday always falls during the French Open since it is that grand slam tournament that he has dominated like no one else ever has.

Currently ranked number two in the world, Nadal is in the quarterfinals of this year’s tournament and is competing for a record-extending 12th title.

He looks as fit as ever and is clearly as eager as he’s ever been.

Clearly I’m a Roger Federer fanatic and will always root for him against Nadal or anyone. But I have deep respect for what Rafa has accomplished. In addition to his 11 French Opens, he’s won three US Open, two Wimbledons and an Australian Open.

And he’s looked pretty damned sexy doing it!

Jesse Tyler Ferguson wishes “wonderful guy” Zachary Quinto a happy birthday

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I have no idea when or where this photo was taken but that just serves as proof for how long I have know this wonderful guy. Plus…we look cute and young here. Happy birthday @zacharyquinto. I you!

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WATCH: Adorable Olympian Tom Daley takes us behind the scenes of the World Series of Diving

Tom Daley: The World Series this year was so much fun! 9 medals total! 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 5 Bronze!


Nico Tortorella honored as LGBT Heritage Month Ambassador by Los Angeles City Council

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As I approached the podium yesterday at LA City Hall, alongside Councilmember @mitchofarrell and LAPD Commander Gerald Woodyard, I cleared my throat, said a prayer, and began to speak… “This is utterly surreal and I am so honored, and humbled, and proud, and honestly there will never be the right words to describe this moment. LGBT Heritage Month Ambassador? Nico Tortorella Day? Like what? Thank you Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, City Controller Ron Galperin, Councilmember Mike Bonin, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and esteemed councilmembers. Thank you all for showing up and doing the work. Thank you Los Angeles. Truly a city of angels. I lived here for years, my career was born on this dirt, and this is the ultimate validation that I am indeed on the right path. But this isn’t just for me. This is for the people I am standing here today for. For anyone that has ever questioned their place, their worth, their identity, sexuality, gender, expression, or faith. For the marginalized and the disenfranchised. For anyone who has ever been made to feel other. For the people that are more deserving to be standing in front of you but will never have the opportunity. For our elders and ancestors who made this world possible even in its flaws. For all of them. For them. For they/them. For me and them. When asked if my pronouns are plural, I say yes: I am a multidimensional dynamic human being who contains multitudes. And that is a responsibility we all are capable of carrying. My queer journey has shown me that gender, that humanity is multivalent and continuous—not two opposing poles, but a nuanced spectrum along which we have the freedom to explore the space between. And my own queerness came into being not just from meeting other queer people, but because everyone in this world has been a queer figure to some degree. There is always something off-kilter about people. No one perfectly fits these tropes and archetypes we put on pedestals. And because of this, what I am most interested in is leveraging it all for the greater good. Be every human. (Continued in comments)

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Birthday wishes for Andy Cohen!

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I got the best birthday present of all…

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! @bravoandy. So proud of all you’ve done, and for you and Baby Benjamin, it’s just the beginning!

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Happy birthday to these two cats Gemini brothers June 2 @bravoandy daddy one of my favorite employers @radioandysxm and @andersonCooper on the front lines June 3 here’s to keeping it moving and grooving xo sandy

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Sunday Round-Up: Melissa Etheridge; Prince Harry and Meghan Markle; Aaron Schock; Gus Kenworthy

Melissa Etheridge on Weed, Women, and the End of Trump Advocate

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle honor murdered trans woman for Pride month Gay Star News

Aaron Schock and the Politics of Outing The Daily Beast

Gus Kenworthy leaves little to the imagination… for a good cause Queerty

Trump Issues Laughable Tweet Recognizing ‘Pride Month’ as His Administration Continues to Attack LGBTQ People Towleroad

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Australian Olympic gold medal-winning diver Matthew Mitcham announces that he’s engaged!

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He got down on both knees, I said yes, and now we’re engaged.

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Saturday Round-Up: Nick Adams; John Waters; Yvie Oddly; Laverne Cox; Betty DeGeneres

‘Falsettos’ star Nick Adams on the power of theater and why he’s happy to ‘play gay’ Metro Weekly

John Waters Tells Bill Maher About Tripping on Acid During Provincetown’s Bear Week Towleroad

Laverne Cox Is “Too Much” in H&M’s New LGBTQ Pride Campaign NewNowNext

Does Hollywood fail gay actors who are out from the start? Queerty

Drag Race champ Yvie Oddly on her ‘hot’ dad and THAT powerful lip-sync that gooped America

Betty DeGeneres on not believing Ellen’s sexual abuse: ‘I live with that regret’ Gay Star News

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Elton John speaks out against scenes from “Rocketman” being censored in Russia

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Garrett Clayton chats with Greg in Hollywood about “10 Things I hate About You” at Rockwell Table & Stage

There’s so much going on in LA right now but I’m going to recommend you try and make time to head over to Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Feliz to catch a performance of The Unauthorized Musical Parody (UMPO) of 10 Things I Hate About You.

Love, love, love the shows in the UMPO series which have also included Clueless, Breakfast Club, and Stranger Things and all featured the mutli-talented Garrett Clayton who is also one of the stars of 10 Things.

In the cheeky, song-filled parody directed by Nathan Moore, Clayton takes on the role played by Heath Ledger in the 1999 teen cult comedy and even adopts an Aussie accent.

‘I keep answering the phone with it,” Garrett told me when we chatted after a recent performance. “Initially we didn’t know if we were going to use it. The original idea for it was that I had absolutely no accent and jokes throughout the whole thing would’ve had people not being able to understand me and they would keep talking about my thick Australian accent that didn’t exist. During our first musical rehearsal, I used it for solo section of the opening number and it just worked. I watched things (Ledger) did in the movie then exaggerated certain words.”

Garrett has managed to juggle his stage work (Cruel Intentions: The Musical, God Looked Away) with roles in feature films (Peel, Reach, King Cobra), TV movies (Hairspray Live! Teen Beach Movie) television shows (The Fosters, The Real O’Neals), music videos (I Put a Spell on You), and his own series of cabaret shows.

Despite the busy schedule, he has found the time to return four times to Rockwell to take part in the UMPO series.

“I think they’ve given me the freedom to explore roles that I would never otherwise took or be asked to do,” the actor explained. “They give me freedom in improvisation, they utilize my vocal range in a different way than I’ve gotten to do in other jobs. I feel a very supportive, creative space here. Everyone has turned into my family now. I feel like I get to be with my friends every weekend.”

Of 10 Things About You, which runs every Friday and Saturday night at 8pm and Sundays at noon, until June 30, Garrett says: “It’s a show for people who just want to have fun and don’t want to have to worry about Ps and Qs. This is the place to go. I always describe it to my friends as it’s as if SNL put on a musical. It feels very free, we interact with people. We are running around having fun and we want you to have fun with us.”

Garrett is also launching a cabaret tour this summer called It Takes Three with his friends Ashley Argota and Desi Dennis-Dylan. The trio earlier this year put out a I Put Spell on You music video together and that inspired them to do the show which will play such venues as Feinstein’s at the Nikko in San Francisco, Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, and Martinis on Fourth in San Diego.

“It feels very innate and fun for us to be together,” he says. “We naturally can do three-part harmony pretty easy. It’s a fun reason to hang out and travel together.”

It’s been nearly a year since Garrett has come out publicly as a gay man. I asked him about how fans have reacted.

“I’ve felt very lucky that a lot of fans have reached out and expressed what it meant them for me to be able to speak my truth and express some of the things I went through personally,” he said. “I guess I tend to be a bit more private than people are nowadays. When I share things, it means a lot to me. I feel very lucky that it’s resonated with people and they responded to it. I’ve been lucky that it’s helped people in ways I never realized it would.”

As for his professional life, he’s “finding out what this new chapter means. I’ve been very fortunate that I’ve been booked ahead of time for awhile so right now I’m just starting to turn the page into that new chapter.”

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Can’t wait to see you all this weekend at #umpo10Things at @la_rockwell tonight!

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