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The Significant Others of LGBTQ Entertainers

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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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The Life and Times of Don Knotts: Remembering an Entertainment Icon.

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Don Knotts was an American actor, comedian, and entertainer most associated with his role on The Andy Griffith Show. As one of the most well-known television actors of all time, Don Knotts would go on to enjoy a career spanning 50+ years, 5x Emmy Awards, and multiple starring roles in some of the most famous television series of all time. With that being said, you probably knew all about that. Today, we are going to dig a little deeper into one of the largest icons in Hollywood history.

Keep on reading to find out 40 stunning facts about The Andy Griffith Show star, Don Knotts!

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Disciplining A Child And Creating a Program To Discipline Themselves

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When To Consider Raising or Having Children

1. Some people see that their lives would be enhanced if they were a parent and do not want to miss out on having a child,  especially when they hear their friends or associates praising having children in their lives.  Parenthood is glorified and is considered an extraordinary experience. Still, they do not think that there is any downside to having children because parenthood is a given and considered transcendent when a parent has one good experience with its child and the child,  is not interrupted by a Smartphone, headphones or earbuds, which does not qualify as a higher spiritual plane.  Parenting, being a given, must be thoroughly thought through because it is a full-time responsibility, which carves up all of one’s free time.

2. If your motive to be a parent is that people tell you that if you do not, you will regret this decision. This motive is not a good reason to be a parent.  While regretting not having children is a compelling reason to have children.

3.  If your partner wants to have children, should this motivate yourself to do so, even though you are ambivalent?  Being pressured to have a child by a desperate partner can easily backfire, and your partner’s motivation may be that desperate parent has doubts about the success of the marriage.

4. You should not have any genuine concerns about your parenting skills. While having concerns is not atypical, legitimate concerns should not be ignored.  It is essential that you know yourself and trust your feelings that you had doubts about whether you could love and protect your child.

 5.  When you thought about having a child, one factor was that the child could be an insurance policy to care for you as you age, and you feared to be lonely and neglected.

Parents Discipline of Young Children

It is unusual to determine your discipline strategy for your unborn child, but that issues arise in the early years of the child’s life.  Further, in your discussion with your partner concerning discipline, you may realize if there is a significant difference between you and your partner. That issue should be addressed before determining if your parenting styles significantly differ before you commit to having children.   

Discipline Factors

Discipline is directly related to the emotional well being of the parents, the age and developmental status of the child, and
ethnic and racial differences.  One would hope that the emotional well being of the parent would be explored before the parents deciding to have children.  

Stop Doing Tasks For Your Teenagers

A parents goal is to raise competent and capable adults and decide that disciplining their teenagers when they don’t complete essential tasks is not helping them to become well-functioning adults such as:

1. Ensuring that they wake themselves up in the morning when the snooze button on their alarm clock does not effectively wake them up,
2.  Making their breakfast and packing their lunch.
3.  Completing their school-related paperwork.
4. Bringing forgotten items to their school.
5. Do not cover your children’s failure to finish school projects.
6. Doing their laundry.
7.  Contacting their teachers or coaches. 
8. Becoming too involved with their academic responsibilities.
 
Teaching Children Common Sense Life Skills

Parents are concerned that whether they should use common sense to teach a child life’s skills to ensure that their children can function in the real world, which is unrelated to technology or computer knowledge.  Society expects that parents teach their children common sense life skills and will, in some form, punish parents for not doing so.  Parents have to set aside a home-based program to teach these skills.  The common-sense life skills program must be designed to have consequences putting the final responsibility on their children to show that they will suffer from avoiding tasks and must develop self-discipline.

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Canadian IGA Rooftop Gardens Feeds Local Customers

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In 2017, when the bourgh of St. Laurent in Montreal began pushing for rooftop gardens IGA Extra Famille Duchemin wanted to participate. Today it is one of the first supermarkets in Canada to grow produce on the roof. The garden is 25,000 square feet and  grows organic produce that is LEED Certified.The store grows and harvest over 35 different types of vegetables. They have beehives in the garden that produce honey sold to customers.

The store grows organic carrots, kale, spinach, green beans, eggplant, tomatoes, lettuce, basil, radishes, and more. The design of the garden is shaped like the letters IGA. When viewe  from a plane the garden is a striking design to see. IGA Extra Famile Duchemin staff hoped it might serve as an example to other stores.Co-owner Richard Duchemin says that the vegetable sell very well and when they decided to go with a rooftop garden they asked the questioon why don’t supermarkets have rooftop gardens as many restaurant do.

They knew they would be able to sell what they grow and this was a big factor in deciding to have a rooftop garden.The green roof regulates temperatures in the building below and the produce feeds the local customers. The garden is watered by using water from the dehumidification system in the store that is reclaimed. This garden has become a habitat for birds and bees. Growing their own vegetable on the roof saves the store, money because they do not have to transport it. 

The project was managed by a company called Ligne Verte a landscaping company in 2017 and they had a year round staff of two. It is the largest commercial rooftop garden in Canada. During busy times, they have an additional six month contract. Growing seasonal  produce results  in selling  out of produce. They can keep prices reasonable since they have no transportation costs. They planted strawberries recently  because it seemed to be a fruit that would be easy to grow. The gardeners  will eventually try to grow cherries.

The store installed a digal kiosk that allows customers to order produce from the garden on the roof and see how they grow the garden. The digital touch screen shows customers how the produce is grown and harvested. VIF Tele designed the digital touchscreen system that integrated hardware and software for ordering and viewing marketing content. They system updates inventory available continuously.

This kiosk is interactive and customers can view products available in real time grown in the rooftop garden. Orders are sent immediately from the garden to wireless tablets used by the rooftop team and the inventory of vegetables is updated regularly. Customers can see staff picking their order in the garden and  walking down 44 steps to deliver the order to the customer. The interactive technology increased sales by 25 percent. It creates a direct link between their customers and farmers growing the produce on the roof. 

IGA Extra Famile Duchemin uses social media to expand the advertising and marketing of their rooftop garden. In addition to growing their own produce the buy and sell produce from locall organic farms. They have videos of their rooftop garden on YouTube that has increased their customer base. They hope to make rooftop gardens a trend for other supermarkets.

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