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Wentworth Miller Discusses His Coming Out to ‘Details’

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Wentworth Miller graces the most recent issue of Details and had the following to say about grappling with his sexuality:

On coming out: “I feel more fully expressed. After Prison Break, I came to grips with the fact that my public persona was in misalignment with how I actually felt. I was out to a handful of people in my twenties, and once I hit 30, I was out to family and friends. But professionally, I was feeding a fantasy. I created this air of “We don’t address that thing.”

On if he regrets not coming out earlier: “My face was on billboards, and I thought it was my job to act a certain way. But I think audiences knew to a certain degree.”

I am a huge fan of Wentworth’s so enjoyed reading the article on this little-covered actor. And, he was just cast in ‘The Flash.’

Read the entire scoop at Details.

 

Sadly, 100 AIDS Researchers Perished on Malayasia MH17 #AIDS2014

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While we see more ramifications of the shooting down of Malaysia Flight MH17, one of the losses is noted researcher Dr Joep Lange. Dr. Lange was a clinical researcher who had been working on HIV since the early years of the virus, participating in clinical trials and training in developing countries. Via Australia’s ABC:

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The president of the International AIDS Society says the shooting down of flight MH17 has cost the world a giant in the field of HIV/AIDS research.

About 100 of the 298 people killed on the downed Malaysia Airlines jet were heading to the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, including researchers, health workers, activists and people living with HIV.

IAS president and Nobel laureate Francoise Barre-Sinousi has told the National Press Club in Canberra the loss of life is difficult to comprehend.

“We are all with our phones waiting for confirmation and hoping that it cannot be confirmed,” she said.

Next of kin are still being informed, but Dutch HIV researcher and former IAS president Dr Joep Lange and his wife and collaborator Jacqueline van Tongeren are among those killed.

“It will be a great loss for the HIV/AIDS community,” Professor Barré-Sinousi said.

“It will be a terrible loss for all of us. I have no words really to try to express my sadness. I feel totally devastated if it is confirmed.

“This is really someone special. It’s a giant for us.”

Professor Barré-Sinousi said she worked closely with her predecessor.

“He is the man with the spirit, I used to say the best spirit, which is really he has been trying forever for his life to give for the benefit of mankind.

“A great professional but more than that, a wonderful human being.”

This will likely strike a huge blow to the AIDS/HIV research community and it’s scary to think of the impact on advances in AIDS/HIV research.

And that is something to mourn.

 

Michael Sam Takes Home ESPY Courage Award

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Michael Sam holds hands with his boyfriend Vito Cammisano while walking the red carpet at the 2014 ESPYs held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Wednesday (July 16)

Michael Sam, who is the first openly gay NFL player, received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage during last night’s ESPY Awards. During his speech, Michael thanked his boyfriend Vito Cammisano: “People tell me that I’m their inspiration. Well you are my inspiration.”

And to reinforce why he took home the award, here are his final words in the speech: “To anyone out there, especially young people feeling like they don’t fit in and would never be accepted, please know this. Great things can happen when you have the courage to be yourself.”

Watch the full speech below:

 

Queue right-wing hysteria.

H/T Just Jared

 

Sad Day for Broadway: RIP Elaine Stritch

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Broadway (and gay) icon Elaine Stritch has passed away. Even though she was 89, I have to say that I did not expect this one. Via the NYT:

Elaine Stritch, the brassy, tart-tongued Broadway actress and singer who became a living emblem of show business durability and perhaps the leading interpreter of Stephen Sondheim’s wryly acrid musings on aging, died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. She was 89.

Her death was confirmed by a friend, Julie Keyes. Before Ms. Stritch moved to Birmingham last year, she lived, famously, for many years at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan.

One of my favorite Stritch appearances was on the long-gone “Big Gay Sketch Show.” Watch and take note of a young Kate McKinnon:

 

 

Global LGBT Acceptance: Croatia Passes Civil Partnerships Law

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With some of the bad news we see out of Russia and Uganda, it is always encouraging to see LGBT marriage equality progress in other parts of the world where it would have been unheard of even five years ago:

Their unions will be called ”life partnerships” protected by the Constitution. However, adoption rights for same-sex couples was not included in the bill.

On Tuesday, the Parliament passed the civil union law with 89 votes in favour and 16 against.

The bill was drafted along the lines of its German counterpart, with political support mostly from centre-left and liberal parties in the Coalition Government.

Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic proposed the legislation saying he was determined to establish legal rights for same-sex couples.

Read more: Croatia passes civil partnerships law · PinkNews.co.uk.

 

SNL Just Fired Its Hottest Cast Member

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As SNL always does at the end of a season, it fires cast members. From the 2014 freshman crop, Brooks Wheelan announced via Twitter yesterday that he was fired from the show:

 

While I am not surprised, Brooks had graced his limited screen time with scruffy hotness and a muscular body. I, for one, will miss the fact that 80% of the time he was on camera he was pretty much naked.

Here’s my Brooks Wheelan tribute. Good luck, my friend.

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Tim Howard and His Ink Covers ‘Adweek’

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USA World Cup team goalie Tim Howard (and his full body tats) covers the latest ‘Adweek.’ Via Adweek:

“It’s important that I’m a role model, and that the companies that I associate myself with feel the same way about their own images,” Tim said about companies he’d like to partner with. “Those are companies I’d like to be associated with. I try not to and I don’t think I ever have just jumped at any opportunity because a company wanted me. Just because there was money on the table doesn’t mean that I took it.”

Read the full story here.