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The Significant Others of LGBTQ Entertainers

Mackenzie Freeman

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Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka

Neil Patrick Harris has been a TV staple from a young age, and actor and chef David Burtka has been by his side for much of it.

The couple met in early 2004, and by early 2005 they were together constantly. In 2010, the pair welcomed fraternal twins, Harper Grace and Gideon Scott. They were born via surrogate, with both contributing to the sperm and egg process. They married in 2014 in Italy. 

Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli

Samira Wiley, who played Poussey Washington on the hit Netflix series Orange Is The New Back, and Lauren Morelli, a writer for the hit series, met on-set in 2012. 

Samira’s character was killed off of OITNB, she now stars in The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu. 

In 2017 they were married in Palm Springs, and have been inseparable all over social media and public appearances, even if they don’t work on the same show anymore. 

Jodie Foster and Alexandra Hedison

Internationally award-winning actress Jodie Foster married her longtime girlfriend in 2014. 

Foster was very reserved about her sexuality for most of her career, but came out in a 2013 Golden Globes Lifetime Achievement acceptance speech. Foster met Alexandra Hedison, a well known and prestigious photographer, in 2013. Foster raised two children with her former partner, Cydney Bernard, who she was together with for 20 years. 

Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson

British model and actor Cara Delevingne and Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson have been dating and seem very much in love. 

Rumors began to swirl in March of 2018 that the two were dating when pictures of them began to pop up. In June of 2019 Cara publicly acknowledged they were together, and rumors of an engagement began to surface later that month. The two got matching tattoos in July of 2019. 

Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor

Actors Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story”) and Holland Taylor may have a 32-year age gap, but that doesn’t stop their love. 

The two met in 2014, and by 2015 were rumored to be dating. Taylor acknowledged she was dating a woman in 2015, and in 2016 Paulson declared her love for Taylor in a profile from the New York Times.

Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef

Prolific early 2000’s Latin singer Ricky Martin met his now-husband, artist Jwan Yosef on Instagram, and the two began dating after about six months of casual messaging about art. 

The pair got engaged in 2017, and revealed they had been dating for over a year at that time. 

Jillian Michaels and Heidi Rhoades

While the couple split in June of 2018, the celebrity trainer and her longtime partner have two children. 

The Biggest Loser star Michaels announced their split on Instagram, saying the pair was working on focusing on their two children. Michaels and Rhoades met in 2009, on got engaged on the season finale of Just Jillian in 2016. 

Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner

Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner have perhaps one of the longest Hollywood relationships that has remained under the radar for most of it. 

The pair met in 1971 after Tomlin invited Wagner to collab on her comedy album “And That’s The Truth.” The pair finally tied the knot on New Year’s Eve of 2013, officially starting the new year as a married couple after 42 years together. 

RuPaul and Georges LeBar

The famous dragstar RuPaul met his Wyoming rancher husband Georges LeBar in 1973. 

RuPaul is 13 years older than LeBar. The two enjoy traveling together and visiting places like New York City, Miami, and Maui. They do not currently have children, as RuPaul is not interested in raising them. 

Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham

Teen Wolf heartthrob Colton Hayes married his now ex-boyfriend Jeff Leatham in late 2017. 

The florist and actor had been dating for a while before they got married. Hayes filed for divorce in 2018 after six months of dating, but the two attempted to work it out while Hayes was filming on the set of Arrow in Canada. 

Barry Manilow and Garry Kief

Worldwide award-winning singer Barry Manilow married his longtime manager Garry Kief in 2014, but they’ve considered themselves married for a long time. 

The pair met in 1978, and began dating shortly thereafter. Kief has been Manilow’s manager for 40 years. 

Matt Bomer and Simon Halls

Hollywood heartthrob Matt Bomer came out in 2012, and then dropped the news that he married his publicist significant other Simon Halls in 2011. 

The pair share three children, Henry, Kit, and Walker. They are rumored to have met in 2014, and their first child was born in 2015. 

Matt Dallas and Blue Hamilton

Matthew Dallas is an actor best known for his leading role in Kyle XY. Blue Hamilton is a musician. The pair had been together for five years before tying the knot. 

Dallas married Hamilton in July of 2015, and the pair adopted their son Crow in December of the same year. 

Daniel Franzese and Joseph Bradley Phillips

Daniel Franzese, who played Damien in the hit movie “Mean Girls,” proposed to his longtime boyfriend Joseph Bradley Phillips, in the Starbucks that they first met in 2016. 

The pair parted ways in June of 2018 after a two-year engagement, but remain friends and hope to continue that friendship as they move forward. 

Jonathan Knight and Harley Rodriguez

New Kids On The Block singer Jonathan Knight revealed in November of 2016 that he had become engaged to his longtime boyfriend, Harley Rodriguez. 

The pair met in 2008, and set their wedding date for 2018, but have not publicly announced when, or if, they tied the knot.

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black

Dustin Lance Black has won awards for his screenplay for the 2008 film Milk. Tom Daley is an Olympic diver. 

The pair announced they had begun dating in 2013. They tied the knot in 2017, and welcomed their first son, Robert Ray Black-Daley, in 2018. 

Abby Wambach and Glennon Doyle Melton

Abby Wambach is a retired, Olympic pro soccer player, and Glennon Doyle Melton is a Christian mommy blogger and founder of Momastery. The two made headlines in 2016 when Melton divorced her husband so that she could begin a relationship with Wambach. 

Melton and Wambach married in a quiet ceremony in May of 2017. 

Wanda and Alex Sykes

“The New Adventures of Old Christine” actor and standup comedian Wanda Sykes married Frenchwoman Alex Niedbalski in 2008. 

The two met in 2006, and married two years later, and welcomed their twins in 2009. Sykes came out in 2008 during a same-sex marriage rally in Las Vegas. 

Ryan Murphy and David Miller

Photographer David Miller and “Glee” and “American Horror Story” co-creator Ryan Murphy married in 2012 after knowing and seeing each other for 15 years. 

In December of 2012, they welcomed their first child, Logan Phineas, and two years later welcomed their second, Ford, in October of 2014. 

Chely Wright and Lauren Blitzer

Country music star Chely Wright and Sony Music Entertainment Senior Director of Marketing Lauren Blitzer married in August of 2011. 

Wright met Blitzer two weeks have the country music singer announced she was gay, and the two married in 2011. They have twin sons together, George and Everett. 

Wright made headlines in 2010 when she became the first country music star to be openly gay. 

George Takei and Brad Altman

George Takei is best known as playing Mr. Sulu on the wildly popular show “Star Trek.” Takei was an avid runner in the 1980’s, and joined the running club LA Frontrunners, where he met his now-husband, Brad Altman. 

The pair were together quietly for 18 years until Takei came out in 2005. In 2008, the couple finally married after being one of the first gay couples to receive a marriage license in West Hollywood. 

Michael Kors and Lance LePere

Award-winning fashion designer and “Project Runway” judge Michael Kors married his longtime partner Lance LePere in August of 2011.

The pair met in 1990 when LePere was an intern at the Kors company. They married in a barefoot ceremony in the Hamptons, shortly after New York made gay marriage legal. The couple were together for 21 years before deciding to officially tie the knot. 

Rosie O’Donnell and Michelle Rounds

Actor and talk show host Rosie O’Donnell and IT corporate headhunter Michelle Rounds met in 2011 at a Starbucks. 

In December of 2011 the two became engaged, and married in a private ceremony in 2012 in New York. In 2015 O’Donnell and Rounds split, with their divorce and custody agreement finalized in March of 2016. 

Lance Bass and Michael Turchin

*NSYNC boy band member Lance Bass married his longtime partner Michael Turchin in late 2014.

In 2011 they officially started dating, and Bass popped the question the first time (he proposed twice) in New Orleans in 2012. The couple made history when they became the first gay couple to have their wedding televised in 2015’s “Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding.” 

Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni

Actor Cynthia Nixon might be best known as Miranda from “Sex In The City,” but her favorite role is wife and mother. Nixon is now married to Christine Marioni, a gay rights and education activist. 

The pair met in 2004, were engaged in 2009, and welcomed a son of their own in 2011. They married in New York City in 2012. Nixon has two children from her previous relationship with New York photographer David Mozes. 

IN 2018 Nixon announced that she would be running for Governor of New York against Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (one of the stars of the hit TV show “Modern Family”) and his longtime partner lawyer Justin Mikita tied the knot in July of 2013. 

The two are active in the gay rights community, marching to support gay rights. The pair started the Tie The Knot foundation in 2012 to raise funds in the fight for equal gay rights. 

Elton John and David Furnish

Canadian filmmaker David Furnish and English rocker Elton John have been together since October of 1993. 

The pair have worked together closely over the years, including Furnish’s position on the board of the Elton John AIDS foundation. They celebrated their union in England in 2005 in a civil partnership, and officially married in 2014

Tom Ford and Richard Buckley

Fashion icon and designer Tom Ford and former magazine editor Richard Buckley met in 1986, and it was love at first sight. 

The pair share a son, Alexander John Buckley Ford. After 27 years together, the pair married in 2014. 

Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak

“Big Bang” star Jim Parsons and graphic designer Todd Spiewak met in 2002 on a blind date.

Parsons mentioned Spiewak in acceptance speeches for awards in Hollywood and on Broadway, but kept his relationship under the radar. After years of speculation and avoiding the topic, Parsons and Spiewak finally married in May of 2017. 

Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallem

Singer and writer Melissa Etheridge and TV producer Linda Wallem began dating in 2010. 

The pair married in 2014 after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. Etheridge has four children from two previous relationships. 

Ellen Page and Emma Portner

Dancer and choreographer Emma Portner and “Juno” and “Inception” actress Ellen Page met in 2017 when Page saw a clip of Portner dancing on Instagram and DMed her. 

The pair are active in the gay rights community, campaigning for equal rights. They married in January of 2018. Page was previously in a relationship with artist Samantha Thomas after coming out in 2014. 

Cheyenne Jackson and Jason Landau

“Glee,” “American Horror Story,” and “30 Rock” star Cheyenne Jackson married entrepreneur Jason Landau in 2014. 

The pair began dating in 2013, and became engaged in February of 2014. By September, they married in an intimate ceremony. The couple has a set of twins. 

Robin Roberts and Amber Laign

“Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts came out in a Facebook post in 2013, and has been with massage therapist Amber Laign since 2005. 

The pair met through friends, and Roberts has credited Laign for being her support through multiple health scares.

Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry

Rocker and 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Linda Perry and actor/talk show host Sara Gilbert began dating in late 2011. 

The couple married in March of 2014, and Gilbert gave birth to their son in February in 2015. Gilbert shares two children with a former partner. 

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and “Arrested Development” actor Portia de Rossi met in 2000, but it took them three years to get back in touch and another to begin dating.  The popular couple married in California in 2008 after the courts made same-sex marriage legal. Their relationship has remained steady, despite rumors that surfaced in 2014 that the pair were breaking up. Rumors have swirled that the pair would have children, but they have publicly stated they have no intention of raising kids.

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Tales From the Road – Strange Photos Captured While Driving!

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J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote, “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door.” Take a drive down the road and you never know what you might come across! Thanks to the prevalence of camera phones, we now have documentation of all the wild and weird stuff humans get up to while they are out and about. 

Keep on reading for 20 tales from the road and the strange images that tell their story!

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Hollywood Stars From Yesteryear: Where Are They Now?

Leslie Tander

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The movie industry is a fast-paced machine that is always bringing in new talent and leaving old talent behind. If you kept a close eye on Hollywood during the 70s and 80s, you probably saw stars rise and fall out of nowhere. Today, we are going to take a trip back in time to see just what happened to our favorite famous faces from the 70s and 80s!

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Movies Create More Pet Problems Than Help

Mackenzie Freeman

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When Disney released the second installment of Nemo storyline with Finding Dory kids flocked to the theaters and the toy stores to see and grab their favorite forgetful fish. Voiced by Ellen Degeneres in both films, Dory endeared herself to kids and their parents so much, many wanted to have their own pet version of Dory, specifically a Blue Tang. However, like so many other movies before, Finding Dory set off a red alert for conservationists who saw the same problem record playing all over again, just with another animal species favorite du jour.

First, Blue Tangs are very inhospitable to captivity and do not breed, which would otherwise produce a farm grown population that could satisfy the pet industry demand for them. Second, that means what Blue Tangs are provided as pets are literally captured from the sea as wild specimens from their natural environment. Third, the same in turn has huge implications because in practice pet-loving humans literally become a collective predator through the pet supply chain, reducing the wild population dramatically and suddenly.

The Dory demand is not the first time a fish or other animal has seen a run on the natural population, affecting eco-systems in the wild. When the first movie, Finding Nemo, was released, the main character’s fish, the Clown Fish, skyrocketed in home aquarium pet demand by 40 percent. As soon as they left the theater, everyone wanted their own Clown Fish. The harvesting from the wild was so bad, the fish just about started to disappear from its natural regions in the waters off of Indonesia and the Philippines. And all of it was driven by a cartoon movie and massive consumerism in the U.S. which practically sends ripple effect across international markets as a result.

And fish are not exclusive in the movie-driven eco-damage. The Harry Potter film franchise has done its damage as well, specifically hunting for pet owls. An unreasonable number of Potter fans insisted on trying to get their own pet owl after the movies became extremely popular. And, like so many non-normal pets, people realized they aren’t soft and cuddly. Owls have razor sharp claws, they smell quite a bit, and they can bite viciously. Most of these owls had been captive-bred so there was no possibility they could be returned to the wild once they became unwanted.

Disney again triggered and earlier run on a specific animal when it re-released the 101 Dalmatians story in a mid-1990s movie. Now most folks would assume dogs should be just fine; they’re man’s best friend. However, the Dalmatian breed is a fussy one, packed with a lot of high-strung energy and needing regular exercise. Add to the mix, they don’t do well with small kids. Soon after the movie’s pet rush, Dalmatians began to spike in dog shelters and dog rescues as many of them were given up as unwanted and their true nature was realized months after previous Christmas.

Whether its mini-turtles due to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movies and related salmonella sickness in kids, or “Dory” Blue Tangs, people need to teach their children and their wallets to refrain from running out and getting the next pet fad. It’s costing needless loss of animal lives and frustration. If you want a pet that will likely love your family, try pet adoption first. Give a lonely animal that can be is ready to be a pet a second chance instead and leave Nemo and Dory in the sea.

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