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Elliot Page tweets; Trans bb’s first swim trunks #transjoy #transisbeautiful

The actor celebrates his new look in an Instagram Post expressing his joy with his first guy’s swim trunks

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Rocco’s owner Lance Bass & husband Michael Turchin welcome twins

Singer, husband, and popular West Hollywood nightclub owner, now adds the job of ‘Dad’ to his resume

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Lance Bass and Michael Turchin via Instagram

WEST HOLLYWOOD – Former boy-band NSYNC star and co-owner of the popular LGBTQ+ nightspot Rocco’s, Lance Bass, announced that he and husband Michael Turchin are the proud parents of twins, Violet Betty and Alexander James.

In his announcement on Instagram, Bass wrote; ‘The baby dragons have arrived!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I can not express how much love I feel right now. Thank you for all the kind wishes. It meant a lot. Now, how do you change a diaper??! Ahhhhhhhh!”

The babies were carried via surrogate, the singer noted saying that Alexander, born one minute before his sister on Wednesday, weighed 4 lbs., 14 oz. Violet weighed 4 lbs., 11 oz. Bass said in his Instagram post.

His husband also announced the news on his Instagram account. “Introducing the newest members of the Turchin-Bass household: Violet Betty and Alexander James!!!! They’re pure perfection and yes that includes the dozens of poops we’ve already dealt with. Our hearts our full!!! Thank you everyone for the well wishes 🥰🥰🥰”

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Disney alumnus Tommy Kirk passes at 79- was forced to hide being gay

“I consider my teenage years as being desperately unhappy” stated Kirk. “I knew I was gay, but I had no outlet for my feelings”

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Thomas 'Tommy' Kirk as Travis Coates in Savage Sam (1963 publicity photo via The Walt Disney Studios)

LAS VEGAS – A former child actor who was a rising star in films distributed by the Walt Disney Studios in the late 1950’s and into the mid 1960’s passed away Tuesday at his home in Las Vegas. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Kirk was best known for his starring role as Travis Coates in the classic 1957 Disney film Old Yeller and its sequel, Savage Sam.

Kirk was part of the stable of young people mentored by Walt Disney himself and studio producers who were extremely popular and included other actors such as Kirk Russell, Hayley Mills, and his co-star in the 1959 Disney film, ‘The Shaggy Professor,’ Annette Funicello.

Throughout his career as an actor Kirk struggled with hiding his sexual orientation. In a 1993 interview with Starke, Florida-based film and theatre journalist Kevin Minton, titled “Sex, Lies, and Disney Tape: Walt’s Fallen Star,” Kirk said that he knew his sexuality would create problems with his career as well as with his “strict Baptist parents.”

I consider my teenage years as being desperately unhappy” stated Kirk. “I knew I was gay, but I had no outlet for my feelings. It was very hard to meet people and, at that time, there was no place to go to socialize. It wasn’t until the early ‘60s that I began to hear of places where gays congregated.”

Minton wrote that Kirk describes his early sexual exploration as “desperate and miserable”. Mostly brief encounters and teenage affairs, very “back alley kind of things.” According to Kirk,

When I was about 17 or 18 years old, I finally admitted to myself that I wasn’t going to change. I didn’t know what the consequences would be, but I had the definite feeling that is was going to wreck my Disney career and maybe my whole acting career. Eventually, I became involved with somebody and I was fired.”

Disney was a family film studio and I was supposed to be their young, leading man. After they found out I was involved with someone, that was the end of Disney.”

It was 1964 and Kirk was twenty-three and found himself “box office poison.” His movies now would range from cute, campy fluff such as Pajama Party in 1964 to horrible movies like Mars Needs Women. Kirk explains,

After I was fired from Disney, I did some of the worst movies ever made and I got involved with a manager who said it didn’t matter what you did as long as you kept working.” Tommy’s personal life also took a downward spiral, getting mixed up with drugs. “I wound up completely broke. I had no self-discipline and I almost died of a drug overdose a couple of times. It’s a miracle that I’m still around.”

Tommy Kirk in the mid 1990’s (Screenshot via Youtube)

His death was announced on Facebook on Wednesday by friend and fellow child star Paul Petersen, who wrote, “My friend of many decades, Tommy Kirk, was found dead last night. Tommy was intensely private. He lived alone in Las Vegas, close to his friend and Ol Yeller co-star, Bev Washburn and it was she who called me this morning.”

“Tommy was gay and estranged from what remains of his blood-family,” Petersen added.

Kirk eventually discovered there is life outside of show business Minton wrote in his interview;

Finally, I said, to hell with the whole thing, to hell with show business. I’m gonna make a new life for myself, and I got off drugs, completely kicked all that stuff.

Kirk started a carpet and upholstery cleaning business and has it for over twenty years now. He told Minton that he wanted to be remembered for the Disney work, especially Swiss Family Robinson, his favorite.

In a bit of irony, the Disney company which is now know for its pro-active LGBTQ+ stance including its LGBTQ+ policies to support and affirm its employees, paid tribute via a tweet to Kirk marking his passage.

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“Sex and The City” star Willie Garson has died at age 57

Garson found professional success on shows including “Sex and the City” but his favorite job happened when the cameras stopped rolling

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Willie Garson image via Titus Welliver Twitter

NEW YORK – In a tweet on Tuesday, actor Titus Welliver broke the news of the death from pancreatic cancer of his friend and fellow actor Willie Garson. Garson’s 20 year-old son Nathan, a student at The College of Wooster, a private liberal arts college in Wooster, Ohio, added his own heartbreaking tribute to his father in an Instagram post.

The actor was in New York City reprising his role of Stanford Blatch in HBO’s Sex and the City‘s revival series,  And Just Like That.

According to an exclusive interview by Page Six in 2020, the actor’s favorite role however was that of ‘Dad.’

Willie Garson found professional success on shows including “Sex and the City” and “White Collar,” but his favorite job happened when the cameras stopped rolling. […] “He’s an adult and soon to be taking care of me which is really why I got him to be honest,” Garson said at the time. “He’s lovely and a really special guy. He’s wonderful and he’s in college in Ohio.”

The New Jersey-born actor also told us that he “always wanted to have a child,” so he decided to pursue adoption as a single parent.

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