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Billy Eichner’s birthday thoughts: “Still a lot left I want to accomplish but very grateful for where I’m at”

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Well, today is my birthday. Still a lot left I want to accomplish but very grateful for where I’m at. I mean, really though. What a dreamy life. I’m very lucky. Thanks for all the love and support. Now get out of my fucking way, I have work to do.

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WATCH: The cast of “Queer Eye” presents Matthew Rhys with his first Emmy for “The Americans

I’ve been a tremendous fan of Matthew Rhys from his years playing Kevin on the late, great TV series Brothers & Sisters. He played a gay attorney and his character was my favorite of the ensemble family drama headed by Sally Field. He moved on from that show to a very different role – a Russian spy – on the FX series The Americans and this week won an Emmy for it! The award was presented by the Fab Five, the Queer Eye guys, in their own unique way.


See the terrific debut episode of “Tube Talk With Michael Ausiello” with Kristen Schaal as inaugural guest

Congratulations to my friend Michael Ausiello, president and editorial director of TV Line, on the premiere episode of his new interview series Tube Talk!

The six-episode series is set in a subway in the Big Apple. In the debut show, Michael finds himself taking a wild ride with Bob’s Burgers funny lady Kristen Schaal. Michael initially tries to hide from her but then begins to pump the actress for information about everything from Season 9 of her animated Fox comedy Bob’s Burgers to the network’s cancellation of her other series, Last Man on Earth.

“I lost my family,” she laments before adding that, ironically, “after it got cancelled, more people than ever came up to me saying they liked the show. Where were they?!?”

Note: I’m a subway extra in this episode. We were given instruction to act like jaded subway riders who have seen it all. It was kind of hard because I found Kristen to be hilarious. I stayed in character by chewing gum and looking at my iPhone. Didn’t realize how vigorously I chew my gum! Yikes! Anyway, it was a lot of fun.

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At 92, Angela Lansbury Is Not Slowing Down

From the movies Gaslight, The Manchurian Candidate, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks to her long-running TV series Murder, She Wrote, Angela Lansbury is a true Hollywood legend. At 92, she’s still going strong with a role in there upcoming Mary Poppins Returns. Craig Bennett sits down with the stage and screen queen in this Australian television exclusive. I love how much Miss Lansbury talks about her late friend Elizabeth Taylor.


Morning Round-Up: Hillary Clinton; Will & Grace; Gus Kenworthy; Frank Ocean; Ellen; Julie Chen

Hillary Clinton Essay: American Democracy Is in Crisis The Atlantic

New “Will & Grace” Preview Is Raining Guest Stars and Plotlines NewNowNext

Gus Kenworthy’s Tribute to His Late Pup Beemo is Absolutely Heart-Wrenching Instinct

Frank Ocean’s Astroworld Cease & Desist Was About Pride, Not the Music

Ellen DeGeneres Meets School Counselor Who May Be Fired For Her Same-Sex Marriage HuffPost

Julie Chen Officially Exits The Talk TV Line

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Tuesday Morning Man: Serge Ibaka!

Happy birthday to gorgeous NBA player Serge Ibaka who turns 29 today!

He began his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2009 and helped lead the team to the NBA Finals in 2012. He spent the first half of the 2016-17 season with the Orlando Magic before a trade sent him to the Toronto Raptors.

baka was born in the Republic of the Congo but officially represents Spain in international competition. He moved to Spain as a teenager before joining the NBA in 2008 and was part of the county’s silver medal winning teams at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Anderson Cooper shuts down Trump Jr.’s lie

Anderson Cooper debunks Donald Trump Jr.’s false tweet about the CNN anchor, which was an attempt to slam CNN’s coverage of Hurricane Florence by posting a photo from 2008.

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Snapped! Tennis champs Roger Federer and Andy Roddick together again!

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I got a lot of time for this guy! #TennisCreatesFriendships @thearfoundation #andyroddick

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2018 Emmy Awards: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” wins Reality-Competition prize for the first time

ConDRAGulations to RuPaul’s Drag Race which, for the first time, won the Emmy for outstanding reality-competition program.

“Thank you so much. This is so lovely,” RuPaul said as he accepted the award. “Thank you to the Academy. This is so lovely. We are so happy to present this show.”

The host mentioned “the 140 drag queens we have released into the wild” before ending his speech on an empowering note to “all of the dreamers out there.” He said: “Listen, if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an amen up in here? Now let the music play!”


“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” wins 3 Emmys including one for Darren Criss

Darren Criss is an Emmy winner!

The Glee alum took home the award for outstanding lead actor in a TV miniseries or movie for his portrayal of gay serial killer Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story which won the Outstanding Limited Series honor.

“Oh, my God, you guys are witnessing the most extraordinary moment of my life thus far. I’m very privileged to be in this room among so many people who inspire the crap out of me, and I’m so honored to be nominated,” Criss said in his acceptance speech. “A lot of you guys, I’ve been a fan of for such a long time. Actors are really only as good as the moments they are given and the moments they are granted. So I am profoundly indebted to my friend Ryan Murphy for entrusting me with this opportunity of a lifetime and for believing in me.”

Criss also thanked his mom and dad, adding: “Unlike the character I played, I was lucky enough to be raised in a home that was very loving and emphasized the value of hard work, compassion and not taking yourself too seriously.”

Murphy won an Emmy of his for directing an episode of the show.

While accepting the Limited Series award he said: “The show is about a lot of things, it’s about homophobia internalized and externalized, it’s about a country that allows hatred to grow unfettered and unchecked.”

Murphy added that he wanted to dedicate the award to victims of hate crimes within the LGBTQ community and to “awareness and to stricter hate crime laws.”

Speaking backstage, Murphy expanded on his acceptance speech. “I’m always happy to make a political statement in everything that I do,” he said. “The statistic that I said [that one out of four LGBTQ people will be the victim of a hate crime] … is true and heinous and as a gay man who was told when I started off in the business that I could not even write in 1998 a gay character, the idea that now, 20 years later, I get to tell the story and proselytize for my community is important to me.”



Kate McKinnon, Titus Burgess and Ricky Martin featured in “We Solved it” Emmys number

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“Black-ish” star Jenifer Lewis makes Nike fashion statement at Emmys: “Thank you for leading the resistance”

Bravo to Jenifer Lewis and her #Emmys outfit! She tells Variety: “I am wearing Nike to applaud them for supporting Colin Kaepernick and his protest against racial injustice and police brutality. I’ll wear Nike to say ‘thank you’ … thank you for leading the resistance. We need more of corporate America to stand up also. Thank you, Colin. Thank you for all that you do. Thank you for being brave. Thank you for taking a knee. Thank you.”


Emmy Awards: LGBT stars on the red carpet!

I’ll add to this gallery if I spot anymore LGBT people all dressed up for the Emmys!

So far I have 1. Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor 2. Ricky Martin 3. Kate McKinnon 4. Queer Eye cast Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Karamo Brown. 5. Titus Burguss 6. Brad Goreski 7. RuPaul’s Drag Race cast


Celeb Instagram: Ricky Martin! Matt Wilkas! Kelly Ripa & Andy Cohen! Dustin Lance Black & Tom Daley!

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Did a little photo shoot with the talented @joshuagoingphoto Oooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhkrrrrrrrrrrrrr?

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A @vanityfair moment at FX event #Emmys #photoshoot

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Hey @kellyripa – thanks for having me! It’s always a surreal thrill!!

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#Hollywood #Hotel #Haircut

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Morning Round-Up: Matt Bomer as Superman? Kirstie Alley and John Travolta; Lorna Luft; Terry Crews

Colton Haynes Nominates Matt Bomer to Be the Next Superman NewNowNext

Kirstie Alley: John Travolta is Not Gay, ‘We Fell in Love with Each Other’ Towleroad

NCAA champion swimmer Abrahm DeVine comes out as gay Outsports

Lorna Luft on Her Mother, Judy Garland, in “A Star Is Born”—and Lady Gaga’s Take NewNextNow

Terry Crews releases apology letter from agent who sexually assaulted him Gay Star News

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Monday Morning Man: David Quinn!

I don’t follow hockey much. But I noticed some photos of this handsome guy in recent years and his beautiful blue eyes just have me spellbound.

He’s 52-year-old David Quinn and he’s just started as head coach of the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League. He was formerly head coach of the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, an assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL and head coach of Boston University.

Quinn played for Boston University and after his junior season, he tried out for the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team. But during his tryout he was diagnosed with Haemophilia B (also known as Christmas disease), a rare disorder which prevents blood from clotting properly. Due to the disorder, Quinn was forced to retire from the game.

He was later able to find funding for expensive medication to combat the disease, and he was given a tryout for the 1992 U.S. Olympic team. He didn’t make the team, but he did attract the attention of the New York Rangers, who signed him to his first professional contract in February 1992. Quinn finished the 1991–92 season with the Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Rangers. He then played the entire 1992–93 season with the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League. He retired following that season without ever making the National Hockey League and began his coaching career.

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Former VP Joe Biden at HRC dinner: “We are in a fight for America’s soul. What has become of us?”

Former Vice President Joe Biden told the crowd at last night’s Human Rights Campaign national dinner in Washington D.C. that he wished he had spoken out against Trump sooner: “Barack and I agreed we would be quiet for the first year to let the new administration get up and running. God forgive me.

“Forces of intolerance remain determined to undermine and roll back the progress you have made. This time they — not you — have an ally in the White House. … Instead of using the full might of the executive branch to secure justice, dignity, and safety for all, the president uses the White House as a literal, literal bully pulpit, callously exerting his power over those who have little or none.”

Biden decided to start speaking up against Trump after Charlottesville: “This is deadly earnest, we are in a fight for America’s soul. What has become of us? Our children are listening and our silence is complicit.”

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Ross Mathews honored by GLAAD!

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Ross Mathews received the Davidson/Valentini Award for his work promoting equality and acceptance for the LGBTQ community. #GLAADgala

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Me & my family on the red carpet at the @GLAAD Awards tonight!

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WATCH: Robert Redford opens up about his legendary career on “CBS Sunday Morning”

“You know, I can’t do this forever,” said Robert Redford. At 82 he’s starring in a new film, “The Old Man & the Gun.” It’s based on the true story of Forrest Tucker, a lifelong outlaw who escaped from nearly every prison he was confined to, continuing to rob banks well into his late 70s. Lee Cowan catches up with the Oscar-winning actor-director, who talks about his surprise at being cast as a matinee idol; his classic films like “All the President’s Men;” and his decision to retire from acting – but hardly retire from life.

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Showtune Sunday: Enjoy the classic love ballad “The Way We Were” by Streisand and others

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