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Greg Louganis launching a podcast!

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Friday Round-Up: The L Word; Anderson Cooper; Lil Nas X; Michelle Rodriguez; JoJo Siwa & more!

The L Word: Generation Q Cancelled After 3 Seasons — But There’s a Twist TV Line

Anderson Cooper to Host New CNN Show The Whole Story Advocate

Lil Nas X posts astonishing body transformation and drives fans wild Queerty

Michelle Rodriguez Reveals How Much Muscle She Put on for ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Just Jared

JoJo Siwa Says Former Company Reacted ‘Negatively’ to Her Coming Out People

Anne Hathaway & Michaela Coel to Play Lovers in New Pop Music Film

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Chris Appleton does Instagram photo dump featuring him with “apple to my eye” Lukas Gage

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Today’s Insta Hunk: Miguel Angel Silvestre!

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Thursday Round-Up: Matt Dallas; Ari Shapiro; Karine Jean-Pierre; Jane Fonda & Drew Barrymore and more!

See trailer for Shoulder Dance, a romance starring Matt Dallas that explores what happens when a gay man and his straight childhood crush reconnect Queerty

NPR’s Ari Shapiro Learned a Lot From Radical Faeries

Karine Jean-Pierre Condemns Anti-LGBTQ+ Moves in Florida and Uganda Advocate

Jane Fonda
surprises Drew Barrymore with a vibrator on air: ‘Specially for you’

Frankie Grande
Talks About Hopes for Possible ‘Big Brother: All-Stars’ Instinct

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Morning Man Classic: Steve McQueen!

Steve McQueen, the ruggedly handsome and very sexy star of The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, Papillon, The Sand Pebbles,  Bullitt, The Getaway, The Thomas Crown Affair and many other films, died far too young.

McQueen was born 93 years ago today.

Sadly, he was just 50 when he died in 1980 after developing several large abdominal tumors.

Thank God for the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival which is where in recent years I’ve seen so many McQueen films on the big screen which is how they should be seen to be fully enjoyed and appreciated. This is an actor who really was one of a kind.


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See Martina Navratilova’s emotional interview with Piers Morgan on her fight against double cancer

Piers Morgan Uncensored is joined by winner of 59 Grand Slam tennis titles, and widely regarded as one of the best tennis players of all time, Martina Navratilova, for an exclusive interview after recently announcing she had beaten both throat and breast cancer.

Martina opens up about the struggle of being diagnosed with cancer and how she felt after being diagnosed with a second cancer whilst still treating the first. She goes on to explain that not knowing the severity of her condition and how long she had left, changed plans with her wife Julia, as they had intended to adopt a child but decided against it.

Piers asks Martina about the moment she had beat cancer and rang the bell to signify the end of cancer treatment and goes on to explain that it has changed her whole perspective on life.

The tennis legend also revealed that she smuggled her dog Lulu into hospital during cancer treatments to keep her company.

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When Dustin Lance Black met Tom Daley

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When Paul Lynde – with sort of a straight face – played a heterosexual husband and father in his own 1970s sitcom

I just love the unexpected things that YouTube can bring into your life. I’ve been binge-watching the old Marlo Thomas sitcom That Girl! which has aged shockingly well so that must be why episodes of The Paul Lynde Show popped up as a suggestion.

The television sitcom aired on ABC from September 13, 1972 to March 14, 1973 and it’s no wonder it didn’t last longer. It’s bloody awful and yet I watched with interest how a clearly homosexual actor fared playing the head of a “traditional” family with wife and kids. Paul Lynde, best known for Bewitched, The Hollywood Squares and Bye Bye Birdie, doesn’t try to butch it up one bit which makes this kind of fascinating.

The series starred Lynde as Paul Simms, a general-practice attorney and the father of a family that consisted of his wife Martha (Elizabeth Allen) and daughters Barbara (Jane Actman) and Sally (Pamelyn Ferdin). The Simms family lived in the fictional city of Ocean Grove, California.

It also starred John Calvin as Barbara’s husband, Howie Dickerson, an eccentric university student who was of genius intelligence (IQ 185) and was a whiz with everything and full of advice, but inexplicably, he could not manage to hold down a job. In other episodes, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara appeared as Howie’s divorced parents, Barney and Grace Dickerson. Howie’s misadventures around the house and his lack of steady employment brought his father-in-law to a state of slow-burn anger and drove him to distraction.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

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Wednesday Round-Up: “Smash” on Broadway; Neil Patrick Harris; Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke; Gus Kenworthy

‘Smash’ Musical Headed to Broadway From Producers Steven Spielberg, Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron Variety

Neil Patrick Harris to Star in ‘How I Met Your Father’ Season 2 Mid-Season Finale – First Look & Release Date Revealed Just Jared

A Queer Western with Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke? Instinct

Gus Kenworthy’s latest fashion shoot is fabulously thirsty Queerty

Diplo Runs the L.A. Marathon in Under 4 Hours: ‘All That Matters Is That I Can Beat Oprah’ People

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After all these years, Elton John learns something new about the origins of “Rocket Man”

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Today’s Insta Hunk: Handsome “Major Crimes” and “The Closer” cast member Phillip Keene!

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Tuesday Round-Up: GLAAD Report; Maren Morris; Luke Prokop; Lynda Carter; Taron Egerton; Zaya Wade

GLAAD Report: LGBTQ+ Characters Down Slightly, Racial Diversity Up Advocate

Maren Morris Says She Introduced Son to Drag Queens at Tennessee LGBTQ+ Benefit Show: ‘Arrest Me’ People

Luke Prokop speaks out about the NHL’s Pride Night jersey snubs Outsports

Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter encouraged a dad to accept his trans daughter LGBTQ Nation

Taron Egerton weighs in on the debate over straight actors playing gay roles Queerty

Zaya Wade Just Landed Her 1st Magazine Cover

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Lukas Gage on filming “The White Lotus,” being in a NXIVM cult group chat & his Botox mishap

Lukas Gage recently paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live talks about filming The White Lotus in Hawaii during COVID, bonding with Molly Shannon over reality TV, starting a group chat with former members of the NXIVM cult and 90 Day Fiancé, watching the second season of The White Lotus, shooting the new season of “You” in London, and thinking his eyebrows were uneven which led to a Botox mishap.

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My fan letter to Rosie O’Donnell on her 61st birthday

Happy birthday to the amazing Rosie O’Donnell who turns 61 today.

I’m thrilled that the outspoken, authentic and candid Rosie will have a new podcast on iHeartMedia, the No. 1 podcast publisher that has launched Outspoken, a new podcast network that will amplify, elevate and reflect the diversity, richness and humanity of the voices throughout the LGBTQ+ community.

There are many reasons why I have loved and respect Rosie. I missed her on Star Search all those years ago but I’ve been a fan since her short-lived Fox series Stand By Your Man with Melissa Gilbert. Soon after was the film career phase with A League of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, The Flintstones, Another Stakeout, and my favorite Rosie film role of all: Beautiful Girls.

Loved, loved, loved The Rosie O’Donnell Show and am still hoping for some kind of a DVD boxed set of the highlights from six seasons the way Oprah Winfrey and Larry King did with their show.

I watched her on The View where she tried to balance out Elisabeth Hasslebeck who would memorize the White House/Fox News talking points each day and loved when she came back years later for another stint on the show. In between there was The Rosie Show on OWN and Rosie Radio on Sirius XM. Rosie was also a prolific blogger and social media presence early on and received an honorary Tony Award in 2014 “for her commitment to arts education for New York City’s public school children.

Rosie has won 11 Daytime Emmy Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, written two memoirs, hosted the Grammys, hosted the Tonys, and done many television acting roles including a recurring role on The Fosters and more recently a co-starring role on the comedy series SMILF. In recent years she also guest starred on the series Run the World and The L Word: Generation Q and starred as Detective Sunday in a series reboot of American Gigolo on Showtime.

I remind people of this because Rosie doesn’t really get the respect she deserves and has earned for being a mom of five, for being talented, for being funny, for being honest, for being generous, for being outspoken, for being smart, for being brave, and for being many other admirable things.

So happy birthday to Rosie, a survivor of losing a mom she loved when she was so young, a survivor of sexual abuse, a survivor of a heart attack, and a survivor of ugly personal attacks by the only US President to be impeached twice.

Thankfully, Rosie is still here and she deserves only the best.

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Monday Round-Up: Martina Navratilova; Kevin Bacon; Kate McKinnon; JoJo Siwa; Will Young & more!

Martina Navratilova Says She Is Cancer-Free: ‘Good to Go’ People

Kate McKinnon Set to Star in Sci-Fi Film In the Blink of an Eye Advocate

Footloose star Kevin Bacon praises Drag Race Rusical Wigloose, slams anti-drag politics: ‘Drag is a right’

JoJo Siwa Fell in Love for First Time, ‘Realized I Was Gay’ and Endured ‘Heartbreak’ — All at Disney World People

‘Love Island’ hottie Will Young finally breaks silence on rumors questioning his sexuality Queerty

Weekend Tennis Round-Up Kenneth in the 212

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Adam Lambert shares his thoughts about anxiety, gender identity and being out publicly

Of all of Adam Lambert’s recent interviews, I think this is my most favorite of all.

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Lucas Hedges and Mike Faist to star in West End stage adaptation of “Brokeback Mountain”

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Happy birthday to Emmy winner Murray Bartlett!

I’ve been a tremendous fan of Murray Bartlett’s since seeing him in the 2011 film August at the Outfest Film Festival and meeting him at a post-screening reception. I thought he was just dynamite and hoped big things would happen for him after that.

He always worked steadily but took a little while before I saw him in another significant role and that was as Dom Basaluzzo in the HBO comedy-drama series Looking (2014–2015) which really deserved to last longer.

But it was enough to launch Murray, who turns 52 today, into a series of wonderful roles in high-profile projects including that of Michael “Mouse” Tolliver in the Netflix revival of Tales of the City, Nick De Noia in the Hulu miniseries Welcome to Chippendales, Vinnie Green in the Apple TV+ series Physical, and, of course Armond in the first season of the HBO dark comedy series The White Lotus for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.

Most recently, he portrayed Frank in the episode “Long, Long Time” of the HBO post-apocalyptic drama series The Last of Us.

Happy birthday to this sensational out and proud actor. Wishing him many more years of success and creative fulfillment!

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NPR’s Ari Shapiro on journalism and cabaret

As a regular listener of NPR. I’ve long been aware of the work of Ari Shapiro, co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered. But I knew nothing about his life including the fact that he is gay and has been married to his college sweetheart since 2004. In his new memoir, The Best Strangers in the World, Shapiro explains how storytelling plays out in his roles as journalist, and as singer with the band Pink Martini. CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Rita Braver talks with Shapiro about his life and career; NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, who “discovered” Shapiro; and actor Alan Cumming, who performs a nightclub act with Shapiro, called “Och & Oy,” also weigh in.

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