Some news items you might have missed:
• InstaHunks: Hump Day inspiration from fitness guy Jeff Ferreira (above) who looks like he’s auditioning for the next poolside X-Men movie.
• Human Rights Campaign: International pop star and actor Ricky Martin will be honored with the HRC National Visibility Award at HRC’s 23rd Annual National Dinner in Washington, D.C. on September 28, 2019.
• BBC: Rugby legend Gareth Thomas recently made headlines as he came out as HIV positive. Taking part in a new documentary for the BBC, watch the UK athlete become emotional as HIV expert Chloe Orkin explains that an undetectable viral load means the virus cannot be transmitted to others and can expect to live as long as those without HIV:
‘People in the UK who are diagnosed early, have the same life expectancy as people who don’t have it.’
Gareth Thomas: HIV and Me
Watch now on @BBCiPlayer
— BBC Wales 🏴 (@BBCWales) September 18, 2019
• Variety: According to reports, SNL hired now-fired comedian Shane Gillis in an attempt to attract more conservative viewers. His stand-up act jokes were fine, but then producers became aware of hours and hours of off-the-cuff, off-color comments on his podcast. And that was that.
• Instinct Magazine: My colleague Mickey Keating over at IM has been reporting on prominent West Hollywood resident, Ed Buck, who was arrested from his residence and charged with operating a drug house. Buck is now being called a violent, sexual predator who seeks men struggling with addictions and who are homeless.
• New Music: Céline Dion dropped three new singles – “Lying Down,” “Imperfections,” and “Courage” – in advance of her upcoming album set for release on November 15.
“Lying Down,” penned by David Guetta, Giorgio Tuinfort, and Sia (who you can easily imagine recording the song) plays right into Dion’s sonic super powers.