Darren Criss Is Not On “Game Of Thrones,” Kids React To Adele: BRIEFS

Plus meet the new gay face of evangelical land

Birthday shoutouts! Josh Randall (above) is 44, Patton Oswalt is 47, Alan Cumming is 51, Keith Olbermann is 57, Mikhail Baryshnikov is 68, and James Cromwell is 76.


Who Is Fancy is the big gay pop star we need: “I’ve never been one to be ambiguous”

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 14:  Musician Who Is Fancy performs onstage at LA Pride 2015 by Christopher Street West on June 14, 2015 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
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Ellen Page says Hollywood is discriminating against her for being openly gay.

Sh*t gay guys say about PrEP

27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards announced. What, no Days Of Our Lives?

Edmonton Oilers become first NHL team to use pride tape in support of LGBT youth.

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Kids react to Adele.


The Hollywood diversity problem is not black and white, it’s also queer.

“In 88 years, only one person who has been openly part of the LGBT community has won an acting Oscar (props to you Linda Hunt). Other gay and lesbian people have won awards, but they have been coy, or closeted or silent on the matter at the time of winning.”

Good news in Indiana.

A fresh gay face is shaking things up in evangelical land. Meet Matthew Vines:

“I start off in a privileged position as a white, cisgender, upper-middle class, Christian male,” Vines said. “If you were to change any one of those things, the obstacles I would have to overcome would only grow larger. I think the time is also increasingly right for conversations like this, in large part because the secular culture isn’t debating this anymore. If I had entered this conversation 15 years ago I don’t think I would’ve had the same success.”


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 150th ShoutOUT™ is to … Jon Polito


Jon starred on the first two seasons of Homicide: Life On The Street as Detective Steve Crosetti. He was written off because NBC “didn’t like his looks” and they wanted to bring in a female character. That led to a war of words with Jon and the producers, which led to his character being killed off in Season Three. He would later reconcile with producer Tom Fontana, and Crosetti would appear as a ghost in the Homicide movie.

Here Jon talks about that controversy.



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.

At #19 is “How Do I Survive” by Amy Holland


Amy hit the Top 40 just once, but it was enough to earn her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist (she would lose to Christopher Cross). The pop/rock gem “How Do I Survive” would peak at #22 in October 1980. TRIVIA: Her debut album was produced by Michael McDonald, which led to a more personal collaboration. They’ve been married since 1983 and have two kids.



For me, Amy’s greatest moment will always be her contribution to one of my all-time favorite soundtracks, for Night Of The Comet. Her duet with Chris Farren, “Learn To Love Again” is one of the most fabulously 80’s time capsules of the sound of that era.


Congrats to vasilus, who guessed that yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Jeopardy.


Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Since it’s a new year, let’s switch things up again. Here is a scene from a FAMOUS TV SHOW. Can you name it?


And today’s Briefs are brought to you by … Nicholas Czapinski

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