News Round-Up: May 21, 2021

Brody became fascinated with seeing himself on TV
Brody became fascinated with seeing himself on TV
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Some news items you might have missed:

TheOUTfront: My pup Brody (above) is famous! The Brody-o makes an appearance in TOF’s post on the upcoming Broadway Barks event this Sunday! #AdoptDontShop #RescueDogs

Pink News: Andy Cohen says there have been ‘talks’ about a gay Real Housewives franchise for Bravo.

Right Wing Watch: Right-wing pastor Andrew Wommack recently announced that homosexuality is “three times worse than smoking.” In his view, gays should have a label across their forehead, ‘This can be hazardous to your health.’ #Assholery #homophobes

LGBTQ Nation: Out Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg reversed a Trump administration policy this week, allowing for more federal dollars spent on public works projects to go to minority and disadvantaged workers. “As we invest in world-class infrastructure for Americans, we want to make sure that our investments create jobs for people in the communities where the projects are located.”

The Daily Beast: Former New York City police officer and current Queens GOP district leader Philip Grillo admitted to the FBI that he breached the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection pro-Trump—but said he “was drunk at the time.” The FBI says he was turned in by two childhood friends.

JoeMyGod: The hate group that hired accused sexual molester Josh Duggar now wants Lego cancelled for celebrating Pride Month with its first rainbow Lego set. “The Left is tearing down mainstream values — brick by brick! Lego, the latest company to pander to the woke, just decided to test the waters with a rainbow set of “LGBTQIA+” figures.”

Andy Cohen & GLAAD Call For End To Gay Blood Ban

Andy Cohen on ‘Watch What Happens Next Live’

This morning, Good Morning America ran an in-depth piece about Lukus Estok, a young gay man who had recovered from COVID-19, but was turned away from donating his plasma at the New York Blood Center because he is gay.

In a new statement to Good Morning America, an FDA spokesperson stated that “the FDA is committed to considering alternatives to the time-based deferral for men who have sex with men by generating the scientific evidence that will support an effective individual risk assessment-based blood donor questionnaire.”

The FDA also revealed to Good Morning America that it is “working to commence a pilot study that will enroll about 2000 men who have sex with men and who would be willing to donate blood.”

“The FDA is placing American lives on the line as they debate stigma, not science,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “During the current crisis, the FDA is wasting time and money on a pilot study when all the scientific research and medical authorities plainly state that gay and bi man should not be restricted from donating blood.”

“All blood donations, regardless of sexual orientation, are screened to ensure healthy samples and now the American Medical Association, leading elected officials, and more than 600 medical professionals have all done the work for the FDA and unequivocally state that this ban needs to end,” added Ellis.

On his Thursday evening broadcast of Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen revealed he was denied from giving plasma after surviving COVID-19.

He called out the FDA’s restrictions for being based on “stigma rather than science,” which is ultimately impeding on the urgent need for blood donations from Americans, as well as plasma donations from COVID-19 survivors.

Watch Andy Cohen’s impassioned speech here.

GLAAD thanked Andy on Twitter for speaking out against the ban:

Earlier this week, attorney generals from 19 states and D.C. issued a letter to the Assistant Health Secretary, requesting that the FDA further loosen its ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

(via press release)

News Round-Up: March 30, 2020

Ryan Worley of the Chippendales (photo: Noel Photo Studios)

Some news items you might have missed:

InstaHunks: Ryan Worley of the Chippendales (above) says he’s missing performing in the long-running Las Vegas production asking, “Who wants to save a horse?” #RideACowboy

The Advocate: According to a recent report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of anti-LGBTQ hate groups is continuing to rise. In 2018, there were 49 groups classified as an LGBTQ hate group. In 2019, that number increased 43 percent to 70 anti-LBTQ hate groups.

Entertainment Weekly: Andy Cohen will continue to host Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, coronavirus be damned. Bravo announced Monday that new episodes of the late-night talk show will begin airing Monday at 11 p.m. ET direct from Cohen’s New York City apartment via video chats with his guests.

NowThis: Watch the hilarious way sportscasters are passing the time while they’re out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic by calling play-by-play of daily tasks.

NewNowNext: Singapore’s High Court has ruled against a challenge to the country’s law criminalizing gay sex, which punishes the act with up to two years in prison. Justice See Kee Oon rejected arguments against Section 377A of the penal code, which not only punishes men who have sex with other men, but also anyone who aids in or attempts to participate in, such an act.  Justice See argued the law “serves the purpose of safeguarding public morality by showing societal moral disapproval of male homosexual acts.”

Daily Beast: A new survey conducted by Ipsos provides some of the clearest evidence to date that the president’s attempts to paint a rosy picture about the coronavirus’ spread throughout the country are not resonating beyond a small segment of the populace with a small exception for those who say they’re getting their information from Fox News.

Buzzfeed: Click over for a collection of some of the best of gay Twitter including…

‘Walking Dead’s’ Daniel Newman Goes To ER For COVID-19, Can’t Get Tested

Daniel Newman (image via Instagram)

Walking Dead actor Daniel Newman shared via Instagram he is currently self-quarantining after being told he’d been exposed to the coronavirus and has now developed symptoms.

“I was just in Australia with Sam Smith, Dua Lipa, and thousands of people from around the world for Mardi Gras Pride,” writes the openly gay actor. “I was exposed to some sick people and I started developing symptoms and then back in the states I was notified someone in our group tested positive for #Covid19.”

Upon hearing the news, Newman set out to get properly tested, But that turned out to be more difficult than he imagined.

Even though he “spent all day calling every urgent care and hospital,” Newman was told repeatedly facility after facility didn’t have tests. “Finally I found one emergency room that told me my symptoms match and to come in immediately. I did all the tests and they told me because I have ‘mild symptoms’ the government won’t allow them to process my tests!”

Newman was informed that the only tests being processed were for those with “severe symptoms,” the elderly, or individuals who had recently traveled to Italy or China.

And just to make things a bit worse, the ER visit cost him $9,116 but provided no results.

“They sent me home and tons of other ill people that could potentially infect their communities, just telling us to ‘self quarantine,’” wrote Newman.

He went on to express frustrations many have voiced about the government’s lack of planning despite watching China’s epidemic for months.

“Why after almost 3 months since China is our country not prepared with tests, masks, hand sanitizer, toilet paper! Why after one day of shaky stock markets did they invest $1.5 trillion into the markets, but not the healthcare system after three months! This was not a surprise, this was not being prepared.”

Noting the H1N1 and SARS health threats in the recent past, Newman added, “Why didn’t we have a pandemic unit ready when this happens every few years?”

As has been reported, the Trump administration chose to dismantle a National Security Council directorate at the White House in 2018 which would have been prepared for when another pandemic would hit the nation.

Newman also reminded folks to wash hands, practice social distancing and to remember that “young people are not immune.”

You can read Newman’s full post on Instagram below.

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Thanks for all the concern! I guess a lot of #WalkingDead fans saw me in the emergency room regarding #CoronaVirus. Sorry I didn’t reply I needed time to process. So here’s what happened. Yes I was just in Australia with Sam Smith, Dua Lipa, and thousands of people from around the world for Mardi Gras Pride. I was exposed to some sick people and I started developing symptoms and then back in the states I was notified someone in our group tested positive for #Covid19. I spent all day calling every urgent care and hospital no one had tests! Finally I found one emergency room that told me my symptoms match and to come in immediately. I did all the tests and they told me because I have “mild symptoms“ the government won’t allow them to process my tests! They don’t have enough they’re not prepared, even though all my symptoms match. They’re only allowed to process “severe symptoms, elderly, or people recently in Italy and China”. It cost me $9,116!! and they didn’t even give me results. They sent me home and tons of other ill people that could potentially infect their communities, just telling us to “self Quarantine“. Why after almost 3 months since China is our country not prepared with tests, masks, hand sanitizer, toilet paper! Why after one day of shaky stock markets did they invest 1.5 trillion into the markets, but not the Healthcare system after three months! This was not a surprise, this was not being prepared. We’ve already gone through #H1N1 #SARS why didn’t we have a pandemic unit ready when this happens every few years!? Everyone please treat each other with kindness and Love ❤️! We are all going through this together. Young people are not immune, thousands of people are dying around the world. Please be safe, wash your hands, stay 6 feet or more away from people and stay home. I love you guys so much you can get a hold of me on here or Twitter if you need to talk I’m here for you. Love – D

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Several famous folks have been diagnosed with the coronavirus including Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Andy Cohen, Idris Elba, and the Bachelor’s Colton Underwood.

Must-See TV: Powerful New DocuSeries ‘Visible: Out On Television’

Ellen DeGeneres (screen capture)

Apple TV+ will debut a powerful, new five-part documentary-series titled Visible: Out On Television on February 14 that will explore how the LGBTQ movement made its way onto the television landscape.

Executive produced by out actors Wanda Sykes and Wilson Cruz, the docu-series will feature archival footage as well as interviews with prominent players from the screen and LGBTQ movement.

Each hour-long episode will focus on a specific theme such as coming out in Hollywood, homophobia, invisibility and the evolution of LGBTQ characters on TV.

Wilson Cruz, Neil Patrick Harris, Andy Cohen

Narrated by Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Waithe, Janet Mock, Margaret Cho, and Asia Kate Dillon, Visible: Out On Television will also feature interviews with out actors and television personalities including Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Billy Porter, Rachel Maddow, Don Lemon, Andy Cohen and more.

The trailer opens with DeGeneres explaining how she wanted to come out on her 1990s sitcom and the effect that had on so many lives: “It became bigger than any of us ever anticipated.”

“The earliest representations were always people to be mocked,” recalls Cooper.

Andy Cohen adds, “The truth is there was no LGBT presence on TV that I can remember.”

On the importance of seeing LGBTQ people on TV, iconic talk show queen Oprah Winfrey drops, “When you see images that are reflective of your own life, it is a reminder that your own life matters.”

And Lena Waithe shares this compelling epiphany, “I didn’t realize that I was the revolution that I was waiting for.”

Boom.

Visible: Out On Television premieres February 14 on Apple TV+.

Cheri Oteri’s ‘Barbara Walters’ Leaves Anderson Cooper In Tears

SNL alum Cheri Oteri as ‘Barbrsa Walters’ on NYE

While it was fun to see SNL alum Cheri Oteri revive to her ‘Barbara Walters’ persona for New Year’s Eve, it was even more hysterical watching Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper laugh uncontrollably during the clip.

Instagram Round-Up: Weekend Edition

Checking in on some of my favorite Instagram accounts this weekend starting with totally woofy Jeff Ferreira (above) who clearly finds the weather in Hollywood totes comfortable.

Jim Newman is giving you all kinds of onesie goodness while trying to swindle folks out of Santa’s milk and cookies:

Jason Derulo is serving the thirsty in his tiny black shorts:

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Good Mornin’ 💦

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Andy Cohen shows off some pretty thicc muscle thighs as he’s totally dressed to get physical:

Marco, accountant/InstaHunk, was just happy to get to the end of the week:

The folks in Hamburg, Germany, might have had the best time of all this weekend with the Chippendales:

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Having the time of our lives in #Germany! 😘🇩🇪 Thank you so much for all the love! ⠀ 🇺🇸 U.S. TOUR ON SALE NOW! Get ready to GET NAUGHTY! Voted Vegas’ #1 male revue and best bachelorette party destination, the world-famous #Chippendales are bringing their sexy from #LasVegas to YOUR hometown in 2020! ⠀ ⠀ 💋 #GetNaughtyTour 💋 2.07 • Reno, NV • @harrahsreno 2.08 • Reno, NV • @harrahsreno 2.12 • Houston, TX • @hobhouston 2.13 • NOLA • @hobnola 2.15 • Dallas, TX • @hobdallas 2.16 • San Antonio, TX • @theaztectheatre 2.19 • Atlanta, GA • @buckheadtheatre 2.20 • Charleston, SC • @music_farm 2.21 • Raleigh, NC • @ritzraleigh 2.22 • Myrtle Beach, SC • @hobmyrtlebeach 2.23 • Charlotte, NC • @fillmorenc 2.26 • Pittsburgh, PA • @roxiantheatrepgh 2.27 • Philadelphia, PA • @tlaphilly 2.28 • Wilmington, DE • @queenwilmington 2.29 • Silver Spring, MD • @fillmoresilverspring 3.05 • Huntington, NY • @theparamountny 3.06 • Montclair, NJ • @thewellmonttheater 3.07 • New York, NY • @gramercytheatre 3.08 • Boston, MA • @hobboston 3.11 • Cleveland, OH • @hobcleveland 3.12 • Indianapolis, IN • @oldnationalcentre 3.13 • Cincinnati, OH • @bogartsshows 3.14 • Louisville, KY • @mercuryballroom 3.15 • Huntsville, AL • @vonbrauncenter 3.18 • Milwaukee, WI • @pabsttheater 3.19 • Minneapolis, MN • @varsitytheater 3.20 • Chicago, IL • @hobchicago 3.21 • Detroit, MI • @fillmoredetroit 3.22 • Grand Rapids, MI • @20monroelive 3.26 • Riverside, CA • @riversidelive 3.27 • Phoenix, AZ • @thevanburenphx 3.28 • San Diego, CA • @hobsandiego 3.29 • Anaheim, CA • @hobanaheim . . 🎟 Chippendales.com (link in bio: @chippendales)

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Grease 2 star Maxwell Caulfield:

Over in Paris, Antoine Morieult is giving fairy tale prince vibes as he begins, “Once upon a time…”

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Once upon a time

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Rick and the Griffopotamus were – surprise! – shirtless showing off their buff stuff in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park:

Spanish actor/model Mario Hervas wonders if people would stop to talk with him in the subway…? I’d stop to talk with him anywhere!

And finally, Tony Award winner and Broadway icon Betty Buckley took in some department store Christmas displays (a favorite pass time of mine during the holidays) in between rehearsals for her upcoming concerts with composer Jason Robert Brown:

Andy Cohen Gets Sassy With Online Trolls After NYE Critiques

Bravo TV host Andy Cohen received some serious flack for his co-hosting appearance on CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage with Anderson Cooper.
Andy Cohen slapped back at his Twitter trolls



Bravo TV host Andy Cohen received some serious flack for his co-hosting appearance on CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage with Anderson Cooper.

Here’s just a sample:

Meow!

Now, I’ll admit Cohen isn’t my cup of tea, either. I find him to be a bit self-serving, self-satisfied and smug most of the time. Pretty much the opposite of BDE.

But, I will say I love a good come-back on social media. And it turns out Mr. Cohen isn’t shy about firing off some sassy slap backs.

So just to add a little balance here on Instinct, here’s a few of Andy Cohen’s more tasty retorts.

First up, actor and right-wing loon James Woods (who has his own rather troublesome dating issues) criticized Cohen and Cooper for the way they handled some celebratory on-air shots.

Wood tweeted video of the men drinking with a sarcastic “Men in 2019…” caption:

Cohen retweeted with his own caption, “Assholes in 2019…).

Boom!

A few more bon mots from Mr. Cohen:

Cohen is practically patting this Twitter user on the head:

And my favorite comeback by the toothy TV host:

Andy Cohen Serves As Tel Aviv’s “International Ambassador” For Pride 2018

Andy Cohen (photo: Chris Williamson)

Today, a quarter of a million people from around the world gathered in Tel Aviv today to march in the largest ever pride parade in the Middle East where Bravo’s Andy Cohen served as this year’s International Ambassador.

Andy Cohen told the media:

“I live in New York City and this is my first but definitely not my last time in Tel Aviv. I am a proud gay Jewish man and the only gay host in late night TV. I have been struck by how incredible it is, not only to be here, but as a proud gay Jewish man surrounded by my people.”

“It’s also an amazing thing seeing gay pride flags flying everywhere next to the flag of Israel.”

“Celebrating Pride in Tel Aviv is a beautiful celebration of gay rights and visibility in a region where many of the neighbors cannot live as their true selves or be who they were born to be, which makes it all the more special for this massive coming together in support of equality to be taking place in Tel Aviv.”

This year’s parade marked 20 years to the City’s first pride parade and payed tribute to the pioneering activists who played a key-role in promoting LGBT rights and visibility in Israel.

Andy Cohen at the Western Wall in Jerusalem

News Round-Up: January 2, 2018

Some news items you might have missed:

• Fitness trainer Terron Beckham (above) was giving you all kinds of super-hero vibes on New Years Day. #woof

• Two men have been arrested in connection with a Christmas holiday murder that left a lesbian couple and their two of their three children dead in upstate New York.

• Watching CNN’s coverage of New Year’s Eve, I felt like Anderson Cooper and new co-host Andy Cohen lacked the right chemistry for what is normally an upbeat broadcast. It looks like a lot of the Twitterverse agreed with my assessment. But CNN’s Don Lemon kissing his bf on the air was fun 🙂

The Advocate has an excellent article on flexing the power of the LGBT community’s trillion dollar economic clout. First step, support LGBT-owned companies. Second, read the article.

• After filling in for over a month for the departed Matt Lauer (fired for alleged sexual misconduct), Hoda Kotb was named co-anchor of “Today” on this morning. She will headline the 7-9AM segment of the morning show with Savannah Guthrie, as well as continue to host the 10AM hour with Kathie Lee Gifford.

• Platinum-selling recording artist BØRNS releases his latest track, “God Save Our Young Blood feat. Lana Del Rey,” ahead of his sophomore album Blue Madonna which is set for release on January 12, 2018.

If you were to suppose BØRNS and Lana Del Rey seems like a totally logical teaming, you’d be right. Listen below.