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Snapped! An adorable moment from Anderson Cooper’s childhood: “Tham, is dis all a dweam?”

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The day i got a pet snake. His name was Sam, but i couldn’t pronounce certain letters, so when i talked to him, i called him “Tham.” I was so excited when i got him, and my dad overheard me whispering to the snake, “Tham, is dis all a dweam?”

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Morning Round-Up: Rob McElhenney; Billy Porter & Jonathan Van Ness; Karamo Brown; Gwyneth Paltrow

Rob McElhenney Opens Up About Decision to Make His ‘Always Sunny’ Character Mac Come Out as Gay Towleroad

Billy Porter Applauds Jonathan Van Ness for Revealing HIV Status NewNowNext

Homophobe Israel Folau set to resume international rugby career Queerty

Amid Spicer Furor, Karamo Brown Slams Trump at The Advocate’s LGBTQ Forum Advocate

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Slow Walk onto the Emmys Stage Has the Internet Buzzing

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Wouldn’t Laver Cup teammates Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem make a sweet couple?

As far as I know, neither of these fine (and fine looking!) tennis stars is gay but there’s no denying that if they were, they would make a stunning couple!

Two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem and former world number three Alexander Zverev were photographed being tender with each other during Laver Cup weekend. They were part of Team Europe in the competition and played alongside legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

The competition is an annual exhibition but draws the biggest names in the men’s game.

The twitter account ATP Thirst posted the photos of Thiem and Zverev and seems to find the most homoerotic pics of our favorite tennis stars. Here are some of Nadal and Federer that were pretty sexy.

Also check out Kenneth in the 212 Weekend tennis Round-Up for more ATP hunkiness!

BONUS: Roger Federer’s memories from Laver Cup:

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It was a dream of mine to play the Laver Cup in Switzerland. The fans, the city, and the atmosphere was electric. It’s moments like these that continue to make the game so enjoyable for me. It was a magical moment in my career. @domithiem @rafaelnadal @stefanostsitsipas98 @fabiofogna @alexzverev123 @robertobautistaagut Shoutout to Team World and looking forward to Boston 2020!#lavercup

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Monday Morning Man: Jharrel Jerome!

One of the biggest and best surprises of Emmy night came when 21-year-old Bronx native Jharrel Jerome won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series for his work in When They See Us, Ava DuVernay’s Netflix limited series about the Central Park Five.

Jerome paid his respects to the “Exonerated Five,” who were in attendance, during his speech.

His first professional acting role in the 2016 independent film Moonlight, as young Kevin. He and his Moonlight co-star, Ashton Sanders, won the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Kiss.

Congratulations to this bright, young star!

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Celeb Instagram: Emmys Edition!

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We might have lost but damn did we feel like winners. So freaking proud of our team. via @nymag @gettyimages (Thank you @ecduzit @luckymakeup @ana_sorys for making me feel like a million bucks.)

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OMG!!! This is so surreal. Last year was a dream. This year it’s like we’ve never woken up. I am so proud and grateful that our show has been recognized again. I wish I had a time machine to show this to myself at 9 years old. He would’ve just said, “WOW!” @rupaulsdragrace #Emmy

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The moment when two of the most talented actresses in hollywood, black royalty run up to you and say they love you!!!! Mind blown! #AngelaBasset #ViolaDavis #Emmys2019

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Emmy Award winning actress Sarah Paulson breaks down her most iconic characters for GQ

Sarah Paulson breaks down her most iconic characters, including her roles in ‘American Horror Story,’ ’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘American Crime Story,’ ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,’ ‘Ocean’s Eight,’ ‘Game Change’ and ‘The Goldfinch.’

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WATCH: Renee Zellweger talks to “CBS Sunday Morning” about Judy Garland

Lee Cowan interviews Oscar-winning actress Renée Zellweger, who after years off-screen is back, starring as Judy Garland struggling to make a career comeback in London as she battled addiction, in the new biopic “Judy.”

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“Grey’s Anatomy” star Jake Borelli on what the Los Angeles LGBT Center means to him

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The @lalgbtcenter has been around for 50 years and it is impossible to know how many lives this place has changed or in many cases, saved. There is nothing I can do to thank the generations that have come before us for getting us HERE, but this center is a testament to the home they have created for us and the family we have all chosen. I love you guys to pieces If you don’t know about the center, take a closer look. There is something for EVERYONE. And if you can volunteer or donate to this center or any center near you, please please do. Happy 50th @lalgbtcenter

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Emmy’s recap: Billy Porter wins; Patricia Arquette calls for more jobs for trans people; RuPaul’s Drag Race wins

Thanks to all those years working for Gay Star News, I watch major events looking for the LGBT story angles. Thankfully, this year’s prime-time Emmys had some doozies.

You’ve got to start with Billy Porter’s historic win for best lead actor in a drama series for his performance in the FX series Pose.

It was a big enough story that an openly gay black man was nominated in the category. To win against such stiff competition (Jason Bateman, Sterling K. Brown, Kit Harington, Bob Odenkirk and Milo Ventimiglia), it’s so absolutely magnificent.

He said in his speech: “I am so overwhelmed and I am so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day,” Porter began. In one of the most powerful lines of the night, he quoted James Baldwin: “It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught about myself and halfway believed before I could walk around this Earth like I had a right to be here.”

“I have the right,” Porter continued. “You have the right. We all have the right.”

Porter said backstage: “It’s been a long. It’s been a lot of work. It’s been a long time,” he continued. “And I am just so grateful that I live long enough to see the day where I could stand up in front of the world as my true authentic self. My true authentic self, I was told that who I am was never going to work. I was told that who and what I am would never be successful. Period. That’s what I was told. I did not believe that. I did not believe that. This is proof positive that believe in yourself, invest in yourself, Love yourself, and then teach other people how to do it.”

On Pose, Porter plays Pray Tell, the outspoken and outrageous emcee of the New York City house balls the ’80s-set show centers on. The series features the largest cast of transgender actors and LGBTQ actors in television history.

Another extraordinary LGBTQ moment was when Patricia Arquette accepted the supporting actress in a limited series Emmy for Hulu’s The Act. The actress remember her transgender sister Alexis Arquette who died in 2016.

“In my heart, I’m so sad. I lost my sister Alexis. Trans people are still being persecuted. And I’m in mourning every day of my life, Alexis, for you, until we change the world so that trans people are not persecuted. And give them jobs, They’re human beings, let’s give them jobs, let’s get rid of this bias that we have everywhere.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race won its second consecutive win for Outstanding Competition Program, and host RuPaul Charles.

The VH1 reality competition series beat The Amazing Race, The Voice, Top Chef, Nailed It! and American Ninja Warrior. It already had made history for VH1, picking up the most noms in the Viacom network’s history, and last weekend at the Creative Arts Emmys, Charles picked up his fourth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program to tie Survivor‘s Jeff Probst for most wins in the category.

After thanking the Academy voters, he also urged viewers to get involved in the 2020 presidential election. “Speaking of voting for love, go and register to vote.”

Also, nominee Laverne Cox seized her moment on the red carpet to talk about an upcoming US Supreme Court case impacting LGBTQ people. The case is about whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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#riseupOct8 #TransIsBeautiful @aclu_nationwide #AimeeStephens

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My night at Los Angeles LGBT Center’s epic 50th anniversary Hearts of Gold celebration

This was truly a night to remember.

In case I don’t make it clear enough, I am so honored to be one of the nearly 800 employees at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. To be the writer-reporter for the Center’s Marketing & Communications department is such a privilege and a joy.

Last night my assignment was to conduct the rainbow carpet interviews at the Center’s absolutely epic, star-studded 50th anniversary celebration at the Greek Theatre. A gala dinner featuring US Congressman Adam Schiff and Center CEO Lorri L. Jean was followed by a concert and multi-media extravaganza starring Sia, Melissa Etheridge, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rufus Wainwright, Kathy Griffin, Jenifer Lewis, Bruce Vilanch, Ty Herndon, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Frankie Grande, Thelma Houston, Nico Santos, Hayley Kiyoko, and the cast of the TV hit Good Trouble.

Margaret Cho narrated huge chunks of the program and the appearances of founding Center Board Member John Platania and early volunteer staffer and board member Lillene Fifield were emotional highlights.

I’ll be posting more about this extraordinary night in the coming days but for now, I share with you some of the photos I managed to snap on the carpet between interviews.

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Got to interview a pair of national treasures tonight at the Greek Theatre. Was very moved by the commitment to the @lalgbtcenter shown by Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda who both took part in the Hearts of Gold 50th anniversary extravaganza. #lilytomlin #janefonda #lalgbtcenter #graceandfrankie

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Was interviewing Kathy Griffin tonight on the rainbow carpet when Jenifer Lewis popped by. It was that kind of night at the @lalgbtcenter Hearts of Gold 50th anniversary show at the @greek_theatre @kathygriffin @jeniferlewisforreal #kathygriffin

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@queereye stars @bobbyberk and @karamo at last night’s @lalgbtcenter Hearts of Gold 50th anniversary event. Karamo worked for the Center’s LifeWorks youth mentoring program for five years. #queereye #karamobrown #bobbyberk

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Brigitte Nielsen made quite an impression last night on the rainbow carpet of the @lalgbtcenter 50th anniversary Hearts of Gold extravaganza at @greek_theatre

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Some of my rainbow carpet shots from the @lalgbtcenter Hearts of Gold 50th anniversary celebration. I chatted with @hayleykiyoko @janefonda Lily Tomlin, @kathygriffin @jake.borelli @nicosantos @zekerchief @karamo @bobbyberk @Rufus wainwright and more and snapped some photos when I could. #lalgbtcenter

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Snapped! Laverne Cox’s pre-Emmy looks!

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1 night, 4 parties, 3 red carpets, 3 looks. It was exhausting but fun. My team is amazing. Look 1: Dress: Maria Lucia Hohan @marialuciahohan24 Shoes: Ruthie Davis @ruthie_davis Broach: Annabela Chan @anabelachan Ring: Mio Harutaka @mioharutaka Earrings: Kavant Sharat @kavantsharat Look 2: Shoes: Kenneth Cole @kennethcole Dress: nedret taciroglu @nedrettaciroglu Jewelry: rings @kavantsharat Earrings: @maxiorjoias Look 3: dress: Nedret Taciroglu @nedrettaciroglu Jewelry: ring: Mioharutaka @mioharutaka Earrings: Yvan Tufenkijan @tyvantufenkijan Hair @kiyahwright Makeup @theladydeja Photos @tyrenredd Styled by @christinajpacelli with @misskellyjohnson86 … #TransIsBeautiful

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Billy Porter: It took me 30 years to have a seat at the table. But Sofia home now. And she ain’t going anywhere

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Stopped by the @vanityfair / @fxnetworks Emmy Celebration last night wearing @gilesdeacon_ Couture and @alexisbittar jewels. It took me 30 years to have a seat at the table. But Sofia home now. And she ain’t going anywhere. #emmys2019 @televisionacad ???? by @yopeteryang Style by @sammyratelle for @rrrcreative Agency Grooming by @heyannabee Dress by @gilesdeacon_ Couture Jewels by @alexisbittar

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Thrilled to be in #LA for the #emmys2019. I had the most magnificent time this weekend at the @entertainmentweekly @loreal #emmy pre-party. Thank you for having me. Can’t wait to ya’ll tonight! Style by @sammyratelle for @rrrcreative Agency Jacket by @julienmacdonald Dress by @michaelcostello Leggings and Shoes by @rickowensonline

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Weekend Round-Up: Renee Zellweger; Billie Lourd; Pete Buttigieg; LGBTQ Democratic Forum

Director Rupert Goold & star Renee Zellweger on gay iconhood, star pressure, and tackling a legend in ‘Judy’ Queerty

Billie Lourd Cast as Bobbi Adler’s Granddaughter on “Will & Grace” Queerty

Pete Buttigieg on His Gay Identity and Being Banned From Donating Blood Advocate

The Highlights of The Advocate’s Historic LGBTQ Presidential Forum Advocate

Female Moderator Calls Joe Biden ‘Condescending’ After Questioning at LGBTQ Forum in Iowa Towleroad

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Showtune Sunday: When Streisand sang a stupendous ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ at Emmys 18 years ago Streisand won an Emmy in 2001 but did not take the stage to accept it in person.

It was assumed that she had simply skipped the ceremony which had twice been delayed because of the 9/11 attacks.

But after host Ellen DeGeneres said goodnight to the audience, Streisand emerged and performed one of the most powerful and moving renditions of You’ll Never Walk Alone that I have ever seen. We needed it then, and now.

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Morning Men Classics: Emmy winners!

Since tonight the 2019 Emmys are being presented, it seemed like a good time to revisit some past males Emmy winners who have one thing in common: I’ve had a crush on each them at one time or another!

You gotta start with Jon Hamm who, at last, won the Emmy in 2015 for Mad Men after becoming something of the Susan Lucci of the outstanding lead actor in a drama series category.

Then there’s a pre-Barbra, pre-Hotel, pre-Amityville Horror James Brolin who won in the 1970s for Marcus Welby MD and Tom Selleck at his hunkiest when he won in the 1980s for Magnum PI.

Had to include the late, great John Ritter who I’m so glad won an Emmy for Three’s Company in the 1980s.

Then finally, there’s the gorgeous Guy Pearce the year he won the Emmy for Mildred Pearce.

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“Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness is living with HIV: “I do feel the need to talk about this”

Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness opens up in his new memoir Over the Top and shares that he is living with HIV.

“When ‘Queer Eye’ came out, it was really difficult because I was like, ‘Do I want to talk about my status?,” he said in an interview with the New York Times. “And then I was like, ‘The Trump administration has done everything they can do to have the stigmatization of the L.G.B.T. community thrive around me.’” He paused before adding, “I do feel the need to talk about this.”

When Van Ness was 25 he says that he fainted in a salon while highlighting a client’s hair, the next day he went to Planned Parenthood to diagnose his ‘flu-like’ symptoms when he tested HIV-positive.

“That day was just as devastating as you would think it would be,” he said.

He hopes his being open will help others: “I want people to realize you’re never too broken to be fixed.”

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Karamo Brown meets the presidential candidates!

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What an honor to work w/ @glaad at the #LGBTQFourm discussing the issues that are important to our community w/ all the democratic presidential candidates.

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WATCH: Wanda Sykes visits with Ellen!


Check out the Billie jean King Main Library!

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‪Tomorrow is the Grand Opening of the Billie Jean King Main Library in my hometown, @LongBeachCity. ‬ ‪I am incredibly humbled by this honor, and cannot wait for everyone to see this magnificent building in person. #ThankYouLongBeach ‬#myhometown #longbeach

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Dame Julie Andrews will receive American Film Institute Life Achievement Award next year

An excellent choice!

The American Film Institute (AFI) Board of Trustees announced today that Dame Julie Andrews will be the recipient of the 48th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film.

The award will be presented to Andrews at a Gala Tribute on April 25, in Los Angeles, CA.

“Julie Andrews is practically perfect in every way,” said Kathleen Kennedy, Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. “Her talents across time have inspired a shared sense of joy across generations, and her gifts to our cultural heritage are a testament to the power of this art form to bring us together when we need it most. AFI is proud to sing her praises with its 48th Life Achievement Award.”

A legendary actress of both stage and screen, Andrews has enchanted and delighted audiences around the world with her uplifting and inspiring body of work. She continues to captivate viewers in front of the camera, with her remarkable wit, characteristic grace and an incandescent and unmistakable voice all of her own — while also shining a light on humanitarian issues in her activism and philanthropic work.

A three-time Academy Award nominee, Andrews star turn in Mary Poppins won her both a BAFTA and an Oscar. From her early debut as Polly Browne in The Boyfriend to her critically-acclaimed Eliza Doolittle in the Broadway hit My Fair Lady to her timeless performance as Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music to her groundbreaking dual roles in the gender-bending Victor/Victoria, Andrews as proven herself an accomplished and versatile actress.

Throughout an illustrious career that spans seven decades, she has won five Golden Globes, three Grammys® and two Emmys for projects infused with her incomparable charm and recognized for their ability to enthrall audiences worldwide. The critically lauded Andrews is also a Kennedy Center honoree, a Disney Legend inductee and the recipient of a SAG Life Achievement Award.

Additional acting credits including: Camelot on Broadway and the films The Americanization of Emily, Torn Curtain, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hawaii, Star!, 10, Little Miss Marker, The Man Who Loved Women, Duet For One, The Princess Diaries, and the Shrek and Despicable Me franchises. Her second memoir, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, will be released October 15.