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Barry Manilow Married His Manager Garry Kief in Private Ceremony Last Year


In the wake of a National Enquirer story published earlier today reporting that Barry Manilow married his longtime partner and manager Garry Kief in a private ceremony last year, People magazine is reporting that they have confirmed the wedding from multiple sources.

"It was a surprise," a friend of the couple says of the wedding, which was held at Manilow's Palm Springs home and attended by "20 to 30 guests" who had been told they were attending a "lunch."

Though the couple chose to keep the wedding completely private and did not sign any official paperwork, Manilow and Kief both wear wedding bands and "are committed to one another and have been for a very long time," a Manilow source says. "They have a great relationship. Garry has always been there for Barry."

The Enquirer adds:

 ...the happy duo did not file the paperwork to formalize their union out of fear the big news would leak, sources said.

“Barry is paranoid that his fans would not approve of him being gay, when in reality, many have suspected it for years – and most wouldn’t care,” the source said. “They would be happy for him!”

According to People, Manilow's rep is refusing to comment on the reports.

Drunk Drivers and Barry Manilow for Ron Paul 2012: VIDEO


Introducing Ron Paul's latest presidential campaign endorsers: a drunk windbag under arrest on the National Geographic channel, and Barry Manilow.

Said Manilow: “I like him. I like what he says, I do. I like what he says. I think he’s solid. I agree with just about everything he says. What can I tell you?”


(via jmg)


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News: Natchez, Barbara Walters, Stem Cells, Gay Panic, Pete Wentz

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Natchez  roadLife in the Castro of Natchez, Mississippi: "Though it’s seen, and not often discussed in proper company, there’s a grand gay scene in Natchez. Thom Miller and Shawyn Mars have been together nearly 18 years and have had Natchez as part of their dual residency since the 1990s. Miller said he and Mars make up one of just many gay couples that call Franklin Street home." (via box turtle bulletin)

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Wentz  roadOnly Pete Wentz's hairdresser knows for sure.

 roadMatthew Mitcham takes four diving titles at weekend's Australian Diving Championships.

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 roadTahoe board rescinds domestic partner benefits: "The Incline Village General Improvement District board has decided to rescind health care insurance benefits to domestic partners of district employees. Board Chairman Ted Fuller says he voted to rescind the benefits because of the need to cut costs and the potential for abuse. Board member John Bohn says he again voted against the benefits because he doesn't think the north Lake Tahoe community supports them."

 roadGay panic defense emerges in eight year old Fresno murder.

 roadOutrage: Jury buys gay panic defense in trial of gay couple's killer in Spain.

Greek roadGreek teen gets love interest in the form of Gregory Michael from Dante's Cove.

 roadThe reviews are in for Jimmy Fallon's first night as host of Late Night.

 roadA very trippy ad for MAC cosmetics.

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News: West Side Story, Matt Dillon, Bush Golf, Ryan O'Meara

road.jpg Former Olympic skater Ryan O'Meara: I'm gay.

Stickyroad.jpg Madonna in bid to reunited Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake for her Sticky & Sweet tour. If that doesn't work, maybe Justin could just play both of them.

road.jpg Bush to attend McCain golf fundraiser. FLASHBACK: "Playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal."

road.jpg Sarah Jessica Parker whacked her mole.

road.jpg Brisbane, Australia's gay, Aboriginal, and civil libertarian communities to march against Pope Benedict tomorrow: "We are protesting against the Pope's anti-queer, anti-abortion, anti-condom stance. The Pope is an extremely powerful and influential figure, who has called homosexuality 'an intrinsic moral evil', has said that abortion rights are a 'new holocaust', and who tells those in the midst of the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa that contraception and sex education support a 'culture of death'."

road.jpg Scores of Methodist ministers in California putting careers on the line to officiate same-sex weddings: "The pastors could lose their jobs and clerical credentials in the church, the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination. Ministers in Santa Monica, Claremont, Walnut Creek and other cities have already performed ceremonies for gays and lesbians or are planning to do so. In addition, 82 retired pastors in Northern California signed a resolution in June offering to perform such weddings on behalf of ministers who feel they can't do so themselves."

Wssroad.jpg West Side Story revival to begin Broadway previews in 2009...

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road.jpg Andrew Lloyd Webber reveals details of Phantom sequel at boozy UK bash.

road.jpg Participants at the Anglican Lambeth Conference will be invited to take a walk on the gay side: "Peterson Toscano, who is also booked for the Edinburgh Festival and the Greenbelt Christian arts festival this summer, promises good humour and topicality when he takes to the stage at the Keynes Lecture Theatre at the University of Kent on Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 July 2008, starting at 8pm. The lively theatrical performance activist will share his own spiritual story and experience, liberally sprinkled with excerpts from a play that tells how he survived the 'ex-gay' movement which has been encouraged in some Christian circles - 'Doin' Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House'. The performances will also include a 'question and answer' session."

road.jpg Anti-gay protest at McDonald's goes pathetically.

Dillonroad.jpg Matt Dillon: open wide.

road.jpg Afghanistan, Bid Laden first: The John McCain blunder nobody has discussed yet.

road.jpg Al Gore to make ' moon shot' challenge on environment: "Just as John F. Kennedy set his sights on the moon, Al Gore is challenging the nation to produce every kilowatt of electricity through wind, sun and other Earth-friendly energy sources within 10 years, an audacious goal he hopes the next president will embrace...'I have never seen an opportunity for the country like the one that's emerging now,' Gore told The Associated Press in an interview previewing a speech on global warming he planned to give Thursday in Washington."

road.jpg Dennis Kucinich's impeachment resolution moves forward, ever so slowly...

road.jpg H&R Block offers $100 coupons or free TaxCut software to gay couples their software blocked from filing online: "Connecticut taxpayers Jason Smith and Settimio Pisu and the ACLU sent a demand letter last March to Block asking the tax preparer to stop penalizing gay couples because the software in use then didn’t support Connecticut civil union returns. Filers who encountered that problem were asked to contact a Block tax service office for help, for which higher fees were charged."

Lie Accusations Fly in Barry Manilow View Feud

On Monday, TMZ reported that Barry Manilow pulled out of a scheduled appearance on The View because he disagreed with Elisabeth Hasselbeck's conservative point-of-view.

ManilowManilow posted the following message to fans on his website: "I wanted to let you know that I will no longer be on The View tomorrow as scheduled. I had made a request that I be interviewed by Joy, Barbara or Whoopi, but not Elisabeth Hasselback. Unfortunately, the show was not willing to accommodate this simple request so I bowed out. It’s really too bad because I've always been a big supporter of the show, but I cannot compromise my beliefs. The good news is that I will be on a whole slew of other shows promoting the new album so I hope you can catch me on those."

Whatever happened to agreeing to disagree?

HasselbeckrosieAccess Hollywood is now reporting that sources from The View say Manilow is lying: "Sources told Access the show is the one who cancelled the booking because they would not allow the 'Copacabana' singer to dictate who would interview him. In addition, the appearance has been scheduled since July (which is after Rosie left the show) and that Manilow has appeared twice on the show in the past with Hasselbeck on the panel. The sources suggest Manilow is causing a stir in order to create a buzz as his new album, Greatest Songs of the Seventies, is getting ready to debut."

Coincidentally, Manilow recorded "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with former View host Rosie O'Donnell, but it didn't make the new album.

Manilow told Access: "It was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. She is just inspiring because you know she’s not a singer. She knows that, but she just got behind the microphone and ripped away. She was great and in tune too. The problem was, as I put the album together, it became a very romantic album. And having this thing come crashing in out of nowhere, the tone just didn’t feel right. It’ll probably wind up being a bonus cut somewhere."

News: Boxer Briefs, Barry Manilow's Hip, Moustaches

road.jpg Hundreds took to the streets on Friday night in San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood to rally against the hateful attacks that took place near Balboa Park over Gay Pride weekend.

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road.jpg Hugh Jackman's lucky charm: a pair of ten-year-old boxer briefs.

road.jpg Marvel Comics Editor in Chief says that due to "ridiculous" pressure from "pro-family" groups like Traditional Values Coalition, the company will not be publishing titles with gay and lesbian characters without an "explicit content" label: "The last thing we want to do is have everybody come down on the entire comic book industry."

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Piazzaroad.jpg What your facial hair says about you: “You’ve got some who are hairy and do nothing about it, some who are almost obsessive about being clean-shaven, and some who just keep their facial hair neatly trimmed—and what goes on up top is usually a good indication of what goes on below."

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road.jpg Western Australia National Party passes motion supporting gay and lesbian civil unions: "This move by the National Party shows that there is an increasing level of support within the party to secure fairness and certainty for same-sex couples and their families, especially those in rural and regional Western Australia."


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