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May 09 2017
Shep Smith Opens Up On His Sexual Orientation, Acknowledges He Is Taken Comments (0)

At a speech given at his alma mater, the University of Mississippi, on April 21, Fox Shep-SmithNews host Shepard Smith opened up about being gay, something he didn't acknowledged until quite recently.

He said that he didn't think he was hiding anything by not stating on the record that he is gay, in part because he was apparently struggling with that fact when he was young:

I wasn't hiding anything from anybody — I never hid anything from anybody. I was always as true to me as I knew how to be. If I was fibbing to you, it's because I was fibbing to me.

I didn’t want to ask myself that question or figure that out or learn how to deal with that, because to me it was antithetical to all that is okay. A. You’re going to Hell for it. B. You’ll never have any friends again. C. What are you going to tell your family? And by the way, you’re on television on the craziest conservative network on earth. They’ll probably put you in front of a brick wall and mow you down. Of course none of that was true … that’s not how it was, but that’s how it felt.

He says he didn't start living his truth as a gay men until seven to nine years ago.

He also acknowledged that he is currently taken:

I don’t think about [my sexual orientation]. It’s not a thing. I go to work. I manage a lot of people. I cover the news. I deal with holy hell around me. I go home to the man I’m in love with.

Watch the whole speech after the jump ...

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May 04 2017
Matt Bomer On Coming Out: IT WAS A STRUGGLE Comments (0)

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Matt Bomer — now a father himself — talks with Andrew Rannells for Out, recalling coming out to his family:

Telling your family is a huge, huge deal. I really view my life as divided between the time before I told my parents, and the time after. And the decisions I made, and the life I lived, before and after, are vastly different. It’s night and day.

He came out via letter — and received at least six months' silence in return. Then:

And then I came home and we had the blowup that I’d always feared. But we got that out of the way, and we got down to the business of figuring out how to love each other. I would say within a matter of years we started to figure it out. It was a struggle. It’s a struggle for anybody to take their paradigms and set of beliefs and understandings and completely flip the script. So I’m empathetic toward everyone. And my family is so loving. My mom just asked me, [my husband] Simon, and the boys to go down and speak to her women’s group in Houston so, you know, I’m here to tell people it can get better. Because I had so many people in my life saying, “You need to get rid of all expectations — you need to cut them out.” But I was like, “They’re my family.” 

More here. His cute butt is also shown off to great advantage in the photos.

 
Apr 25 2017
6-PACK — Vaulting Out Of The Closet + GUARDIANS OF THE GAY-LAXY + Olivia's Shady Memory + RIP To A Gay Activist + Abs? Fab! + Gay Texan Rower Accomplishes Mission, Proposes! Comments (0)

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WIDGETOMG Blog: World's hottest world-champion pole-vaulter, Shawn Barber, comes out.

WIDGETSlash Film: Director James Gunn hints there may be a gay Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 character.

WIDGETYahoo! Celebrity: Ryan Murphy treasures that shady-as-hell email Olivia de Havilland, 100, sent regarding his series Feud. (P.S. She's against any movie about dead people?)

Screen Shot 2017-04-25 at 12.19.23 PMBruce Garnett (Image via Facebook)

WIDGETWWBT: Bruce Garnett, Virgina gay-rights advocate, found stabbed to death in his apartment.

WIDGETBosGuy: Bulging abs, bulging underwear.

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Gay Texan almost dies setting rowing record, proposes to future hubby upon surviving hell trip!

 
Apr 24 2017
Aaron Hernandez's Alleged Prison Boyfriend Revealed Comments (0)

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Armed robber Kyle Kennedy, 22, has been named as the man alleged to have been the late Aaron Hernandez's prison boyfriend.

Via DailyMaily.com:

The mystery prisoner who  Aaron Hernandez wrote to before his shocking suicide is a 22-year-old man jailed for a knife point robbery at a gas station near his home, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.

Kyle Kennedy was the last person to see the former New England Patriot alive and is now on suicide watch inside the maximum security Souza-Baranowski Corrections Center, sources say.

He is the man to whom Hernandez gave a $50,000 watch and other property shortly before he took his life.

In an online profile for people looking to write to prisoners (this is not a good idea), Kennedy describes himself as straight.

Hernandez committed suicide in his cell a week ago while serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Odin Lloyd.

 
Apr 22 2017
6-PACK — Mel B's Nanny: Drag Queens You'd Do + We Had 7-Year Sexual Relationship + Not-So-Weird Science + RIP Robert Halfhill + Dominic Thiem's Booty Called Out + The Nightmare Of Chechnya Explained Comments (0)

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WIDGETGay Fleshbot (Work Unfriendly): Check out the Top 10 sexiest drag queens — out of drag.

WIDGETExtraTV: Mel B said her husband cheated with her nanny (getting her pregnant) & coerced Mel into 3-ways. Nanny's suing for libel — says their sex was consensual.

WIDGETHuff Post: We now actually need a march for science. Let that sink in.

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WIDGETMinneapolis Star Tribune: Robert Halfhill, gay activist & archivist, dies @ 76. I salute his dedication to fighting the good fight against anti-gays & against throwing stuff away!

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): A fellow tennis pro has taken notice of Dominic Thiem's awe-inspiring ass cheeks.

WIDGETThe Guardian: Try being gay in Chechnya, where you can't hold hands and where women aren't supposed to talk about pregnancy in front of men. (Actually, dont.)

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Apr 21 2017
Was Aaron Hernandez Gay Or Bi? Did That Secret Motivate Him To Kill? Comments (0)

Following his shocking suicide in prison this week, Aaron Hernandez is now the Aaron-Hernandez-Guilty-Reaction-e1439561221980subject of a major Newsweek investigation, which seems to suggest the reason he committed murder was to protect the secret that he slept with men.

Newsweek reports:

He was convicted in April 2015 for shooting and killing his friend, Odin Lloyd, seemingly without motive. But interviews with multiple law enforcement officials directly involved in the case say Lloyd — a semipro football player who was dating Hernandez’s fiance’s sister at the time — had information the football star did not want out: that he was bisexual.

One of the notes left by Hernandez was to his prison boyfriend, who is now on 24/7 suicide watch, multiple law enforcement sources confirm. Hernandez’s sexuality would, of course, not be relevant save for the fact that an intimate relationship he allegedly had with a male former high school classmate was at the center of the investigation into Lloyd’s murder.

Newsweek is jumping through hoops to justify reporting that Hernandez was gay or bisexual, but it's very relevant to this story, and possibly to the murder with which he ruined his life.

The story is fascinating — and sad.

It's also sad that the media is still so worried about reporting on people who are gay or bi before the person explicitly grants permission. That type of permission is not sought for any other aspect of a public (or criminal) figure's personality, and I think it is not helping, but is actively hurting, gay people overall.

 
Apr 07 2017
6-PACK — Ride A Cowboy + Chicago's Chuck Hyde Dies + Oh, Good Lourd + Why Filibustering Gorsuch Was Worth It + Dustin McNeer's McButt + Ian McKellen's Early Gay Life! Comments (0)

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WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Kenneth takes you to where the boys are. And the men.

WIDGETChicago Pride: Longtime (30+ years) Sidetrack GM and staple of the Chicago gay scene, Chuck Hyde, dies @ 55.

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WIDGETTMZ: Billie Lourd is talented and I'm sad for her losses, but three generations of women involved with gay men? Wake up, already. Or stop treating us like idiots.

WIDGETMTV: Why Gorsuch was worth the filibuster — even if the Republicans ultimately got their way.

Screen Shot 2017-04-07 at 1.19.57 PMDustin McNeer (Image via Instagram @d_mcneer)

WIDGETOMG Blog: America's Next Top Model stud Dustin McNeer drops his pants, shakes his cheeks. (Work Unfrienly)

WIDGETRandom Acts: Ian McKellen's early gay life revealed in somber new short film:

 
Apr 05 2017
Barry Manilow FINALLY Comes Out Comments (0)

On my list of jaw-dropping names who people refused to believe have never actually BarryManilow1come out — including Richard Simmons and Rip Taylor — was Barry Manilow.

Until today.

Manilow, 73, has not been hiding too deeply in the closet, but even though he started his career accompanying Bette Midler at NYC's gay baths, he had never, ever come out professionally, publicly.

In a new People Magazine profile, Manilow — who writes the songs that make the whole world sing, including the gays — says that when news leaked (thanks to fellow Republican Suzanne Somers!) that he had married his partner Garry Kief, it catalyzed his coming-out:

“I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything,” says Manilow. Turns out, “When they found out that Garry and I were together, they were so happy. The reaction was so beautiful — strangers commenting, ‘Great for you!’ I’m just so grateful for it.”

Manilow's explanation for never having come out before is rooted in his fierce desire for privacy. I'm glad he got over that enough to make it official. He's no Harvey Milk, God knows so few public figures are, but it's always a positive thing when a famous person comes out.

 


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