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WATCH: Ian McKellen talks about his epic surprise 80th birthday party on “The Graham Norton Show”

Ian McKellen recently turned 80 and the celebrations included a surprise birthday party during which Hugh Jackman got 30,000 people to sing Happy Birthday to the great star. He talks about it in this clip from his recent visit to The Graham Norton Show.


Morning Round-Up: “Pose” renewed; Pete Buttigieg; Rachel Dolezal; Laura Ingraham; “Serving in Silence”

Pose renewed for a third season at FX Gay Star News

Pete Buttigieg raised staggering $7 million in April alone Politico

Bisexuals respond to Rachel Dolezal’s Pride shout out with a collective “Girl, bye!” Queerty

Looking back at Serving in Silence, Glenn Close’s TV movie about LGBTQ exclusion in the military

Fox News: Laura Ingraham’s ‘The Ingraham Angle’ Draws Scrutiny For Anti-Gay Guests Deadline

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Tuesday Morning Man: Billy Slater!

It’s been awhile since I’ve featured a rugby hunk so let’s make up for lost time!

I present to you Australian footy player Billy Slater who is celebrating his 36th birthday today.

He’s a longtime member of Australia’s rugby team and scored over 570 points during his first 10 seasons with the Melbourne Storm. He was named Australia’s Greatest Athlete in 2009 and 2010.

And here’s an interesting little tidbit: Billy worked as a racehorse trainer assistant prior to starting his professional rugby career in 2003.

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“Schitt’s Creek” star Dan Levy wins MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance

Openly gay actor Dan Levy won the MTV Movie Award tonight for Best Comedic Performance. Here is a link to the Full List of Winners.

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I WON A F*CKING POPCORN! Biggest of all the thank yous go out to everyone who voted for me. We have the BEST fans! Thanks again, @mtv!

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Happy 76th birthday to Barry Manilow!

Looks like he made it!

Barry Manilow turns 76 today and so I thought I’d share with one of his classic songs. There are so many so sometimes you just gotta make those hard choices.

I feel so much better celebrating Barry as an openly gay man which he has been run recent years. He has said that if he had come out during the height of his popularity in the 1970s and 80s, it would have killed his career.

Probably true.

I suppose better late than never!

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Days of Our Lives: Will and Sonny get married again under life and death circumstances

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WATCH: A sweet 2016 interview with Gloria Vanderbilt and son Anderson Cooper on “CBS Sunday Morning”

Gloria Vanderbilt, who has died at the age of 95, had been in the public eye since she was born. According to her son, CNN anchor and “60 Minutes” correspondent Anderson Cooper, the world had never gotten to see the side she shared with him. In their book, The Rainbow Comes and Goes, and an HBO documentary, Nothing Left Unsaid, both explored the loving and occasionally bickering relationship between mother and son. Rita Braver reports in this piece originally broadcast April 3, 2016.

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Kathy Griffin shares memories of Gloria Vanderbilt: “I loved her so much. She let me call her ‘Glo Vandi’”

It was so sad that the friendship between Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper ended and one of the reasons was because the comic had been so close to his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.

I’m not sure if the two women remained in touch after the former CNN New Year’s Eve hosts fell out but upon Vanderbilt’s death at 95, Griffin reflected on their friendship:

I lost a friend today. The one and only Gloria Vanderbilt. I loved her so much. She let me call her “Glo Vandi” and I would be so flattered when she would refer to me as her daughter. When we would have our alone time, we would sit on this sofa and talk for hours. No topic was ever off-limits and believe it or not I would even shut up for a while because, oh the life that woman lived. I’d always plan on wearing something ridiculous to get her to laugh from the moment she opened the door. She would invite me to a book event, where I know I would be surrounded with so many intellectuals, I would always get overdressed and try to learn a new big word for the occasion! The dinner parties! I was so thrilled to be invited and spend more time with her. Often at these events I would be quite intimidated and Glo knew what to do. She would stop the conversation and say “Kaaaathy, WHAT is going on with the Lohans?” She would open up about her early life. The trauma she went through as a little girl & a grown woman. The ups, downs of her life. Her candor was extraordinary. I have no photos of those private conversations. “Kathy, there’s always more and we’re never done”. I love you Glo

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Andy Cohen on death of Gloria Vanderbilt: ” Anderson’s iconic and infectious giggle comes from his mom”

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Gloria Vanderbilt was an amazing woman who lived a life filled with incredible peaks and impossible obstacles. Through it all she remained eternally optimistic with a wicked sense of humor. In fact, Anderson’s iconic and infectious giggle comes from his mom. Sending Anderson all my love, and may she Rest In Peace.

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The death of Gloria Vanderbilt at age 95 is announced on CNN by her son, Anderson Cooper

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Morning Round-Up: Eugene Lee Yang; Prince Harry; Billy Porter; Richard E. Grant; Aaron Schock

YouTuber Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys comes out: “I’m gay” Gay Star News

Prince Harry Follows in Mom Princess Diana’s Footsteps by Advocating for Clearing Landmines

Billy Porter Empowers With LGBTQ Pride Anthem “Love Yourself” NewNowNext

Aaron Schock: I’m Not Running for Congress Right Now Towleroad

Richard E. Grant to Play Drag Mom in “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” Film NewNowNext

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Monday Morning Man: Matteo Berrettini!

Italian tennis pro Matteo Berrettini edged past Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Stuttgart Open final on Sunday, lifting his third career singles trophy after a narrow 6-4, 7-6 (11) victory.

Berrettini, 23, was competing in his third singles final of the season, following victory in Budapest in April and defeat in Munich last month, on clay on both occasions. The narrow win marked his first tournament victory on grass.

The victory lifts the sexy pro’s world ranking to a career high number 22.

He will next try and make an impression at Wimbledon where he will be seeded. The furthest he’s ever gone in a grand slam tournament was the third round of the French Open last year.

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Pete Buttigieg: “It’s very difficult to take the President at his word anytime he says anything”

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg had a busy morning appearing on two of the Sunday morning news show. On NBC’s Meet the Press he talked about his presidential campaign, saber rattling with Iran and foreign interference in elections. On CBS’s Face the Nation, Buttigieg joined moderator Margaret Brennan for a wide-ranging interview about his 2020 campaign for president, foreign policy and more.

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Celeb Instagram: Father’s Day Edition!

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Father’s Day heaven. ❤️

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Father’s Day dinner. Caleb and Mia both sleeping.

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Happy Father’s Day, Dad! Thanks for the brows and the laughs! ???? @georgepimentel1

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Pete Buttigieg: “One year ago I married the love of my life. I’m so thankful I found you, Chasten”

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WATCH: Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black celebrate their first Father’s Day

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Our first Father’s Day as Daddy and Papa! Being a Dad has changed so many of my perspectives of life and I wake up every day so excited to see our little man I love our little family so much! We made a YouTube video telling terrible dad jokes too! Head to my story to check it out! : @tomcockram @britishgq

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Weekend Round-Up: Matt Bomer; Taylor Swift; Bryce Dallas Howard; Neil Patrick Harris; Mr. Dan

Matt Bomer Says His New Role Is About Breaking Down Walls Advocate

Taylor Swift does surprise show at Stonewall Inn and reactions are mixed Gay Star News

Bryce Dallas Howard says it would be a ‘privilege’ to parent an LGBTI child Gay Star News

How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris says he’s no gay icon Pink News

Long Before ‘Drag Race,’ There Was Mr. Dan The New York Times

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Andy Cohen talks Stanley Cup, fatherhood, and 10th anniversary of “Watch What Happens Live”

Andy Cohen talks with Seth Meyers on NBC’s Late Night about watching the St. Louis Blues win the Stanley Cup in an arena full of Boston Bruins fans, the upcoming tenth anniversary of Watch What Happens Live and how becoming a father has changed his life.

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David Burtka’s birthday wish to husband Neil Patrick Harris: “I love my life with you”

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Happy Birthday to this extraordinary man. He is beyond kind, sexy, fun, adventurous, so smart, the best husband/father, and makes me laugh more than anyone else I know. @nph I love my life with you. Every year I spend with you gets deeper, happier and more satisfied. I hope your birthday is everything you want. I love you.

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Billy Porter talks about wearing dresses during visit with Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show”

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