Cheyenne Jackson’s “Secret Garden,” Rebooting Another Disney Classic: BRIEFS

Plus the greatest lost hit of the 80's, version two!
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Birthday shoutouts! Thomas Jane (above) is 47, Jeri Ryan is 48, Clinton Kelly is 47, Nina Flowers is 46, and Drew Barrymore is 41.


Gay Jesus arrives on The Walking Dead. He has risen – and he’s badass. Don’t blow this, show.

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An Ed Kennedy post! Out Broadway star Matt Doyle has a “Moment” in new music video.

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Flash creator Greg Berlanti welcomes newborn son, thanks boyfriend Robbie Rogers.

Magic Johnson, Mickey Rourke slam Manny Pacquiao for attacks on gay people.

What does the “perfect man” look like in 19 different countries?



Here’s the first teaser for Disney’s re-imagining of Pete’s Dragon. If it doesn’t have Helen Reddy singing “Candle On The Water,” I don’t wanna see it.

It’s time for an LGBT Supreme Court Justice.

“I believe it’s now time for President Obama to build on this progress and make history by nominating a highly qualified, openly LGBT Supreme Court justice. To have a representative on our nation’s highest court would send a powerful message to the millions of LGBT people who have struggled for recognition — and respect — for many decades.”

Donnie Wahlberg, who stars on something called Blue Bloods, has officially endorsed Marco Roboto. I guess it doesn’t matter that Marco would choose to deny Donnie’s NKOTB bandmate Jonathan Knight his right to marry.

Professionally ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic and his brother Marko having fun.

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Why “Triumph The Insult Dog” won’t be making any anti-gay jokes.

Cheyenne Jackson in a sneak peek at The Secret Garden, which ends its special two-night 25th anniversary presentation tonight at Lincoln Center.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 18:  Cheyenne Jackson during 'The Secret Garden'  25th Anniversary Concert press presentation at Opera America Rehearsal Hall on February 18, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 18:  Cheyenne Jackson during 'The Secret Garden'  25th Anniversary Concert press presentation at Opera America Rehearsal Hall on February 18, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
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And here’s The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we’re going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline. We’ll be showcasing the big names, but also the lesser-known gay and bisexual celebs who deserve more recognition.

This week our 154th ShoutOUT™ is to … Dan Butler

Dan Butler at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
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61-year-old Dan made his TV debut on an episode of Remington Steele in 1982, and over the next decade built a career on guest star roles and supporting performances in films, including Longtime Companion and The Silence Of The Lambs, and in 1991-1992 made three memorable appearances as hapless accountant Art on Roseanne.



Three years ago I presented my personal favorite Briefs list, The 100 Greatest Lost Hits of The 80’s, and because if there’s one thing Hollywood has taught us, it’s that sequels and reboots and remakes are ALWAYS better then the original, we’re going to the well again with The 100 Greatest Lost Hits of The 80’s Part 2: The Even More Forgotten

We’ll be spotlighting 100 more of the greatest minor hits of the decade, the songs you don’t hear on any 80’s nostalgia show. Songs that missed the top ten, or top twenty … or top forty. Hopefully these forgotten gems may ring a long dormant bell, or for younger readers, provide a pop music history lesson.

And here, at long last, is THE #1 LOST HIT OF THE 80’S (VERSION TWO). “Coming Out Of Hiding” by Pamala Stanley.

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Was there a gayer song in the 80’s than “Coming Out Of Hiding?” Not according to my mother.

PICTURE IT: A small town in 1984. A young boy sneaks downstairs one Friday night to watch Night Tracks on TBS, because they featured music videos that were ignored by MTV. He instantly became entranced by a vibrant if confusing video called “Coming Out Of Hiding,” and barely managed to record half of it (the way every kid recorded music on tv and radio in those days, by shoving a tape recorder directly against the speaker).

He knows he must have this song, and begs his mother to take him to Camelot Music at the mall. They don’t have the single for “Coming Out Of Hiding,” but they have something even better, and he ends up purchasing his very first 12 inch record.

Over the next few weeks, he plays it nonstop, even when his sister tells him to “turn that retarded song off,” and oblivious to the signals he was ending his mother by singing “boy i’ve been watching you, now you’re gonna watch me too” around the house.

Years later, his mother would tell him that one of the clues she had to his eventual coming out was that “damn gay song” he would play over and over.

“Coming Out Of Hiding” is the only song on this countdown that didn’t actually hit the Hot 100, but it spent weeks on the “Bubbling Under” chart, peaking at #104 (and reached #4 on the dance chart).



Here’s the 12 inch version that outed a boy to his mother.


Pamala Stanley had other killer dance songs, including a HI-NRG version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon,” “If Looks Could Kill” (later covered by Heart), and “I Don’t Wanna Talk About It.” Here’s the glorious “This Is Hot.”



Pamala continues to perform. Here she is with “Is There A Straight Man In The House?”

Congrats to tinkertanner, who guessed that Friday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Scooby Doo, Where Are You?.


Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Here is a character from a FAMOUS TV SHOW. Can you name it?

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And today’s Briefs are brought to you by … World’s Hottest Math Teacher Pietro Boselli.

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And now something special in the Briefs. I’m happy to present a new undertaking by reader Lion King. Because our comments system is notoriously unreliable, his new list will appear at the end of the Briefs. Take it away LK!

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In 1965, Michael Brown formed The Left Banke, an eclectic Baroque Pop band that gave us two Pop masterpieces (“Pretty Ballerina” & “Walk Away Renee”) and many other great songs. They disbanded in 1969. Soon after, his father introduced him to a friend’s son named Ian Lloyd. They hit it off, both being enthusiastic Beatles’ fans and soon, along with Steve Love and Bryan Madey, they formed The Stories.

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Their first album from 1972 included the single “I’m Coming Home,” which almost made the US Top 40 (#42). Their 5th single was not originally included in their 2nd album from 1973: it was a cover of British band’s Hot Chocolate “Brother Louie”, concerning an interracial affair. Quite amazingly, it shot to number one, both in the US and in Canada. It would be their only Top 40 hit. After its huge success, “Brother Louie” was included in later pressings of the album. In 2007, the first and second album were released on a single CD. Included as a bonus track was their last, non-album single called “Another Love.” I purchased the CD a few weeks after it was released and on first listen, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that “Another Love” was a portrait of a bisexual man.

The lyrics go: “Baby try to understand, I know you do the best you can, but girl I think it’s time you knew where I go when I leave you. Now I ain’t looking to hurt your pride, it’s something down deep inside, I know just where my feelings lead and you don’t satisfy my needs.” Included in the chorus is the phrase “I’ve got another love for the the other me” and finally, to clear any misunderstanding, the 2nd verse includes the line: “You’re the only woman for me”. So he’s cheating on her and it’s not with a woman. It’s like something out of the soundtrack of the 80s movie Making Love.

Enjoy this rare and beautiful song:

80's Pop Culture Expert, Shooting At The Walls Of Heartache.