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Budding gay romance on ‘Survivor’?

imageThere seemed to be a little romance in the air for Charlie Herschel, the gay cast member on "Survivor: Gabon." The show kicked off its new season last night and Herschel (bottom photo) seemed to fancy fellow cutie Marcus Lehman (top photo), an Emory trained physician who now lives in Atlanta. Watch the video after the jump.

Tim Gunn is a New York sort of gay

Tim Gunn did a Q&A with Time Out New York for its 40th anniversary issue.

Gay marathoner hopes to make mark on ‘Survivor’

imageGay attorney and marathon runner Charlie Herschel is one of 18 participants in the newest edition of "Survivor: Gabon" that premiered Thursday. He's also the latest edition to the show's list of openly gay competitors. It's an experience the 29-year-old New Yorker has relished since the CBS show premiered 17 seasons ago. Watch a video interview after the jump.

Gay ‘Survivor’ makes debut tonight

imageGay attorney and marathon runner Charlie Herschel is one of 18 participants in the newest edition of "Survivor: Gabon" that premieres tonight and the latest edition to the show's list of openly gay competitors. It's an experience the 29-year-old New Yorker has relished since the CBS show premiered 17 seasons ago. Watch a video interview after the jump.

Claymate Watch Day II: Support rings out

Although Clay Aiken says his decision to come out might lose him a few fans, three of his former "American Idol" competitors have his back. "This news does not change my opinion of him or my friendship with him," says Carmen Rasmusen, 23, who competed alongside Aiken during the show's second season. But she admits she was somewhat shocked by the news. "I'm surprised, I guess because he kept it quiet for so long!"

Claymates come out with support

imageReaction continues to dribble in to Clay Aiken's surprising coming out in People. Well, surprising only in that he finally stated the obvious. But nonetheless, Aiken's getting lots of support, including from some locals who are fans or fellow "American Idol" competitors. See what they have to say after the jump.

Clay Aiken (finally) comes out

"It was the first decision I made as a father," Clay Aiken told People magazine of his decision to stop dodging questions about his sexuality. The article's headline said it all: "Yes, I'm Gay." "I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things," the singer said. "I wasn't raised that way, and I'm not going to raise a child to do that."

Gay fans flock to stage premiere of ‘9 to 5’

It’s the opening night of 9 to 5 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and all the gays are out. I run into producer Dan Jinks, whose film Milk will be released in November; the handsome as always Robert Gant; producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan (Hairspray); and even the young actor Mitch Morris (Another Gay Movie).

‘Shirts & Skins’ continues Logo run

imageLogo's "Shirts & Skins" continues its run tonight at 10 p.m. The six-part series follows the Rock Dogs, a gay basketball team founded in San Francisco, as they prepare for the National Gay Basketball Association championships. It's reality television -- six members of the team live together in a loft for three weeks with cameras rolling -- but it also provides a candid look at an amateur basketball team that can dribble and dunk with skill yet also happens to have a roster full of gay men. To catch up, read the recent interview with Rory Ray (photo), one of the members of the Rock Dog. Then tune in tonight or catch the episode online.

George Michael says sorry after latest bust

British pop star George Michael apologised to his fans Sunday for "screwing up again" after being cautioned for possession of drugs in London. "I want to apologise to my fans for screwing up again, and to promise them I'll sort myself out. And to say sorry to everybody else, just for boring them," he said in a statement.

Author laments rewrites of ‘Brokeback’

imageAnnie Proulx's novel "The Shipping News" won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, and her stories include "Brokeback Mountain," the basis for the Academy Award-winning film. Her latest story collection, "Fine Just the Way It Is," is her third set in Wyoming. In nine pieces, she explores the hard lives of aging cowboys, ranch hands and pioneers, and especially the lot of women. She recently responded to questions from the Wall Street Journal, including a discussion of how "Brokeback" has been "the source of constant irritation in my private life."

‘Project Runway finalists unveiled

imageThere's a little less drama surrounding Bravo's "Project Runway." Though there's still a handful of designers left on the show--episode nine airs on Wednesday--two finalists were revealed in photos that surfaced from Fashion Week in New York on Friday. So if you don't want to know who strutted their fashion stuff during the taping of the show's finale, stop here. Otherwise, your answer (and photos) is after the jump.

Logo gets unbuttoned with Levi’s

Logo zipped up a deal with Levi's as part of the company's global "Unbuttoned Live" campaign. The $1 million "Logo Unbuttoned" campaign kicks off on the gay and lesbian cable channel Tuesday with Levi's becoming a sole sponsor of a programming block in October. There's more, including a link to the video clips for Levi's "Logo Unbuttoned" campaign, after the jump.

Logo’s got game with new show

imageLogo steps into the realm of gay jocks and basketball with the premiere tonight of "Shirts & Skins." The six-episode series follows the Rock Dogs, a gay amateur basketball team, as they prepared for the National Gay Basketball Association championships earlier this year. The show is set in a loft in San Francisco's Mission District as six of the team's 12 players live together for more than three weeks as they practice and play. "Shirts & Skins" doesn't shy away from skin or drama, but digs a little deeper than most reality television shows and includes a healthy dose of on-the-court action that helps it stand out from other reality TV. These guys can hoop, after all. One of the six teammates living in the loft is Rory Ray, a web developer who joined the Rock Dogs in 2002 and now lives in New York City. There's more after the jump.

Logo’s got game with new show

imageGrowing up in a Mormon house with five athletic brothers and a football coach father taught Rory Ray lessons about himself, sports and family. It also unwittingly helped prepare him for his latest gig as a member of an ensemble cast on the newest entrant into reality television. This offering, though, provides a new twist. Logo’s “Shirts & Skins” ventures into the locker-room with a candid look at an amateur basketball team that can dribble and dunk with skill yet also happens to have a roster full of gay men.

‘Boys in the Band’ no more

image"The Boys in the Band" are about to break up. The show, about gay life in the 1960s and 1970s, hits the stage at Whole World Theater for the last few times beginning tonight. It's five-week run ends with an 8 p.m. show on Saturday. Read a recent preview of the show in Southern Voice.

Ellen flirts with Michelle Obama?

Oh, that silly Ellen DeGeneres. Apparently new wife Portia de Rossi isn't enough to keep Ellen in check. Michelle Obama joined DeGeneres' show on Monday and as the two danced before their chat, it appears as if DeGeneres givers her a look. You know, the look. Watch the video clip after the jump.

Kathy Griffin sees her Atlanta gays

imageThat D-list diva Kathy Griffin swept into town on Friday to deliver her stand up routine to two sold out crowds at the Fox. Leading up to the show, she did a Q&A in which she didn't hold back.
Between shows, I eat peanut butter for energy. … I have a rider that says I have to have peanut butter backstage. I know that I should probably have cocaine and hookers. But it’s just peanut butter and a plastic spoon. As a double Emmy nominee, I think I should start demanding a silver spoon, or at least some kind of metal.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution includes a photo album from the event. Photo: Robb D. Cohen, robbsphotos.com

‘Rent’ take final curtain call

After 5,140 performances over the course of 12 years, the groundbreaking Broadway rock-musical "Rent" took its final curtain call on Sunday. In 1996, "Rent" quickly went from a small off-Broadway theater to the Great White Way, where today it's the seventh longest-running show in Broadway history. From its humble roots, there was little to suggest the worldwide smash it would become. Loosely based on Puccini's opera, "La Bohème," "Rent" is about young artists struggling to get by, living in New York City's once-grungy East Village in the mid-1980s. Its characters are gay, straight, cross-dressers and strippers who are facing hardships like AIDS, drug addiction and homelessness. "We all love, we all lose people, we all struggle with identity," said Gwen Stewart, an original "Rent" Broadway cast member who has returned to the cast for the show's closing. Read the full story from ABC News.

Lifetime stalls new ‘Project Runway’

"Project Ruwnay" just got bounced. As the fifth season airs now on Bravo, plans for its move to Lifetime and a sixth season beginning this fall are being put on hold.
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