The Daytime Emmy Nominations, Plus Parker Young, RIP Garry Shandling: BRIEFS

Plus more on the North Carolina debacle.
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Birthday shoutouts! Val Chmerkovskiy (above) is 30, Jessica Chastain is 39, Alyson Hannigan is 42, Jim Parsons is 43, Jeff Lewis is 46, Louie Anderson is 63, Nena is 56, and Bob Mackie is 76.

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7 LGBT superheroes we want to see in the DC extended universe.

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NC Governor Pat McCrory signs bill banning LGBT rights ordinances into law.


Joe Manganiello is ready for Pee Wee Herman slash fic: “The weirder, the better.”


Country singer Will Lexington gets gay-bashed on ABC’s Nashville

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IN OTHER NEWS

The Daytime Emmy nominations were announced this afternoon, and Christopher Sean, Guy Wilson and Freddie Smith were left off the list for Days of Our Lives, meaning there will be no gay soap characters represented for the first time in years.

On the plus side, Justin Hartley received a Best Actor nod for The Young & The Restless.

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Why did a major gay rights group endorse a Republican Senator over a pro-LGBTQ Democrat?
“HRC recently committed an unforced error of astonishing ineptitude that necessitates a re-evaluation of the group’s core mission: It endorsed Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois for re-election over his challenger, Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth.”


We’ve been hearing tracks from Pet Shop Boys’ new album Super over the last few weeks, and here’s the opening track from the album, “Happiness.”
 


How North Carolina just passed a blood-curdling anti-LGBT law right before our eyes.

“HB2 is the most heinous, homophobic, transphobic law we have ever seen — just read it. McCrory, running for re-election in November, put out a statement that used transgender “bathroom panic,“ which LGBT leaders still have not figured out how to battle since the stunning defeat in Houston, to justify rescinding protections for thousands across the state. The new law basically rewrites the state’s civil rights laws to protect on the basis of race, color, country of origin, religion, age and “biological sex,” creating a new category meant to exclude transgender people.”


Garry Shandling, star of The Garry Shandling Show and the classic The Larry Sanders Show, has passed away at the age of 66.


Contrary to the below Instagram, Parker Young has already booked his next gig. He’ll star in the Bravo scripted pilot My So-Called Wife, which “follows Maddie (Inbar Lavi), a master-of-disguise con-artist who gets men and women to fall in love with her, marries them and then disappears with their money and just enough dirty inside information to guarantee they will never go to the police. But things get complicated when her latest victims, Ezra (Rob Heaps) and Richard (Parker Young) track her down just as she eyes her next mark, Patrick (Stephen Bishop).”

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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 158th ShoutOUT™ is to … Evan Adams

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In 2002, while still maintaining a successful acting career, Evan completed a medical degree at the University of Calgary. He completed his residency at St. Paul’s Hospital/UBC (as Chief Resident), a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and served as the Deputy Provincial Health Officer with the British Columbia Ministry of health. In April 2007, he was appointed the first-ever Aboriginal Health Physician Advisor for the province of British Columbia. While still maintaining a successful acting career.
 


Over the next few weeks we’ll have a lot of fun looking at 20 Songs Everyone Knows That Didn’t Hit The Top 40! These are all songs that have become a part of pop culture history, but failed on the chart when they were originally released. Songs that, through inclusion in films, TV, or other medium have managed to withstand the test of time.

Note – We’ll also include a couple of songs that were never actually released a singles, but have also become classics.

At #2 is “It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls

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Paul Jabara and Paul Shaffer wrote “It’s Raining Men” in 1979, and after being rejected by Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Cher, and Barbra Streisand, it was recorded by Martha Wash and Izora Armstead, who took it #46 in March 1983.

Of course, it went on to become one of the great dance and gay anthems of all time. God bless Mother Nature!
 


Congrats to Mr. Mercutio, who guessed that yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Batman: The Animated Adventures.

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

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And today’s Briefs are brought to you by … Alain Rodriguez from DNA Magazine.

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