PFLAG Honors Kristin Chenoweth, Plus “King Cobra”: BRIEFS

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Birthday shoutouts! Rick Cosnett (above) is 33, Charlie McDermott is 26, Zach Braff is 41, Paul Rudd is 47, and Marilu Henner is 64.
 

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Aaron Tveit and Gavin Creel burn up the stage with sexy version of Rent’s “Take Me Or Leave Me.”

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Janet Jackson halts tour to start a family.


“Show your ID to pee” video perfectly destroys transphobic bathroom bill.


Sexy Italian guys strip for Kevin Spacey to Britney Spears’ “Get naked.”

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IN OTHER NEWS

Big congratulations to out author James Hannaham, who has won the prestigious 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his novel Delicious Foods.

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Visit Mississippi: “We’re even worse than North Carolina.”


Cyndi Lauper: We need to end LGBT youth homelessness.

“It’s an election year and there’s a lot of talk about what our nation’s priorities need to be for the next four to eight years. What we have to make sure is not forgotten is the epidemic of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth homelessness. Up to 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT, yet fewer than 7 percent of kids nationwide are LGBT. That discrepancy is outrageous, and it’s something we can’t ignore. That’s why, on April 27, 2016, we will raise our voices for #40toNoneDay: a national day organized by the True Colors Fund to raise public awareness about LGBT youth homelessness.”


Kristin Chenoweth was honored by PFLAG with their Straight for Equality in Entertainment award on Monday.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04:  Actress Kristin Chenoweth speaks onstage at PFLAG National's eighth annual Straight for Equality awards gala at Marriot Marquis on April 4, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for PFLAG National )
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Melissa Harris-Perry received the Straight for Equality in Media award.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04:  Writer Melissa Harris-Perry speaks onstage at PFLAG National's eighth annual Straight for Equality awards gala at Marriot Marquis on April 4, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for PFLAG National )
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Wisconsin elects a Supreme Court Justice who once mocked “Queers” with AIDS. But hey, she apologized 25 years later, so it’s okay.


Another music legend has passed away. Country icon Merle Haggard has died at the age of 79.


A long way from Disney.


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 160th ShoutOUT™ is to … Jay Armstrong Johnson

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Jay starred Off-Broadway in Wild Animals You Should Know (above), and made his debut on Broadway in a starring role in the short-lived Hands On A Hardbody. Here he is being all adorable.
 

 


Most Briefs lists involve the “best” or “greatest” of something, so for a change let’s switch it up, as Evil Snicks brings you The 30 Worst Music Videos Of All Time.

You’ll see debacles from major musical artists, as well as a few Youtube “stars.” Sure, it’s really easy to pick on desperate wannabes. It’s fun, too. But it proves that terrible can run the gamut from multi-million dollar productions to, well, a certain video named after a day of the week. You know the one.

At #23 is “Tonight’s The Night” by Rod Stewart.

“Tonight’s The Night” was Rod’s 2nd #1 smash in the U.S., and was named Billboard’s #1 single of 1977. But the video (to be fair, this was before MTV, so it was still a … learning process) is wall-to-wall creepiness, with Rod winking at the camera while seducing a faceless blonde. Britt Ekland was Rod’s girlfriend at the time, and performs on the song, but I can’t tell if that’s her in the video, because again, faceless.

 


Congrats to Michael, who guessed that yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Josie & The Pussycats.

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

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And today’s Briefs are brought to you by … Nick Sparado from Charlie by MZ

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