Today is the first anniversary of Greg In Hollywood!
Break out the champagne and have a toast for Greg In Hollywood which celebrates its first anniversary TODAY! That’s more than 2,500 posts and I’m just getting started.
I launched this site seven days after I lost my job as a columnist and blogger at the Los Angeles Daily News.
I had never been laid off from any job during my previous 22 years in newspapers which included 11 years at the Los Angeles Times and more than seven years at the Daily News.
But the newspaper industry has been struggling and I’m one of many people who have had their careers take an unexpected turn in recent years. I felt at the top of my game and my overwhelming feeling after getting that pink slip was that I wanted to keep writing – to not even miss a single day – and I wanted to do it on my own terms.
That’s how Greg In Hollywood was born.
It’s been a fast 12 months that has included coverage of the memorable HRC dinner in LA, LA Gay Pride, the GLAAD Media Awards, the Outfest Film Festival and Outfest Fusion, AIDS Walk LA, the Outfest Legacy Awards, the Emmy Awards, the Creative Arts Emmys, the Daytime Emmy Awards, the American Music Awards, the LA Gay & Lesbian Center Gala, and many other events.
I’ve also had interviews with a lot of Greg In Hollywood faves including Wanda Sykes, Lily Tomlin, Chelsea Handler, Chita Rivera, Tuc Watkins, Chris Colfer, Wilson Cruz, Candis Cayne, Dustin Lance Black (pictured above), Chad Allen, Brandon Beemer, Elaine Stritch, Mitzi Gaynor, Robert Gant, Grant Show, Matthew Modine, Jason Ritter, Eric McCormack, Alex O’Loughlin, Jon Foster, David Moretti, Tom Lowe, and Laura Linney.
Greg In Hollywood is the successor to Out In Hollywood, the blog I founded at the Daily News in June 2006 and authored until February 2009. I felt it was important to not only cover the entertainment industry, but to focus on the LGBT aspects of it all.
It’s been such fertile ground with the gay marriage debate continuing to rage, with the launch of the gay television channels Logo and Here! TV, with shows like The L Word and Queer as Folk, and with a growing number of significant gay characters on such prime-time shows as Brothers & Sisters, Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family and Ugly Betty (all on ABC) and the daytime dramas One Life to Live and As the World Turns.
Then there is American Idol which after so many years of being seemingly terrified of having any finalists be openly gay, had that barrier broken down with the arrival of Adam Lambert.
Best of all, more famous folks are coming out since 2006 starting with Neil Patrick Harris, T.R. Knight and Lance Bass joining the previously out Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O’Donnell, Wilson Cruz, Robert Gant, Elton John, Boy George, Peter Paige, Portia de Rossi, Jason Stuart, Ian McKellen, Anthony Rapp, KD Lang, George Takei, Amanda Beardse, Michael Feinstein, Leslie Jordan, Doug Spearman, Christopher Seiber, and Alec Mapa.
Others out include Lily Tomlin, Cheyenne Jackson, Luke Macfarlane, Richard Chamberlain, Wanda Sykes, Cherry Jones, Jane Lynch, Bryan Batt, Jesse Tyler Fergeson, Cynthia Nixon, Heather Matorazzo, Tab Hunter, Rex Lee, Sarah Paulsen, David Hyde Pierce, Rupert Everett, Nathan Lane, BD Wong, Mellissa Etheridge, Tammy Lynn Michaels, Alan Cumming, Suze Orman, Gavin Creel and Tim Gunn.
Since the launch of this blog 12 months ago, Meredith Baxter, Adam Lambert, Chris Colfer, Michael Urie, Scott Evans, and Clay Aiken have also gone public about their sexuality.
So there is a lot to write about these days, a lot to cover. Plus there is the pleasure of choosing a Morning Man every single day of the year and all the Lunch Break Videos – especially the I Love Lucy clips and Sunday Showtunes!
I’m so thankful for the thousands of loyal daily readers (and growing!) who really make my efforts worthwhile. I’ve enjoyed it so much and can promise you that the second year will be even better.
The best way I can celebrate this one-year milestone is to grab myself a cup of coffee and get back to work – I’ll have that champagne later!
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