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Chad Allen Says Goodbye to Acting, Public Life, and His Fansite in Reflective Video: WATCH


Actor Chad Allen, a former teen actor with more than three decades in the profession who rose to fame on Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman and went on to appear in dozens of shows including St. Elsewhere, Highway to Heaven, Star Trek, the Next Generation, and Dexter, published a video this week in which he bid good-bye to his fansite and said he's leaving the profession of acting for a more private life.

As many will recall, Allen was forced out of the closet in 1996 during Dr. Quinn when a tabloid published photos of him kissing another man. After coming out, Allen made it a point to get involved in LGBT activism, and said he plans to continue to do so. He also fully embraced his sexual orientation on screen, portraying Donald Strachey, a gay detective in a series of TV movies, and played a young gay addict who is placed into an "ex-gay" Christian retreat to be "cured" of his homosexuality in the drama Save Me.

"I've been focusing on my education and working as a clinical psychologist, which is something that I'm super excited about and I feel like it will give me an opportunity to take my life experiences and my passion for well-being and human growth and particularly my passion for helping young gay people grow in a healthy, confident way and I'll be able to effect the world in a slightly different way. I like to think of my work as an actor and my work in psychology as being kind of similar. They're both human behavior. One's an artistic perspective and this one a scientific."

Added Allen: "I plan on being much less public, finishing my doctorate in clinical psychology, writing, working in private practice and maybe teaching some. And getting to finally try living somewhere besides New York and LA! obviously I’ve been tied to those because of the business."

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

We wish Chad well in his future endeavors!

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Actor Chad Allen Was at Scene of Santa Monica Shooting: VIDEO


Actor Chad Allen, best known for his role in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, was at the scene of today's horrific shooting at Santa Monica College. Allen said he was studying the library when he heard gunshots, OTRC reports:

"I was studying for my biology final and as I looked out the window, I could see kids looking backwards and running," he said. "So I knew something was going on. I got up and started heading towards the front of the library and that's when we heard a long 'bang' that sounded like a shotgun or a small bomb and then a few repetitive gunshots after that."

"I headed back towards the rear exits and helped funnel people out as best as possible and stay calm," he added. "And I was just on campus right now and as I came out, helped what seemed like a SWAT team figure out how to get to the other side of the field, the football field."

"It got pretty scary," he said. "As soon as people realized there was gunshots and it was real, there was immediately like, a lot of panic. One of the doors wouldn't open, so a lot of kids were panicking against a locked door and funneled around to the other side. Just kept saying, 'Everybody stay calm, we're OK,' headed to the exit."

Watch Allen describe the chaotic scene, AFTER THE JUMP...

Six people were killed in the shooting, including two men believed to be the gunman's brother and father. The gunman, who was 25 to 30 years old, was killed at Santa Monica College, the L.A. Times reports:

Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks described a violent shooting rampage that appears to have begun in the 2000 block of Yorkshire Avenue just before noon. The gunman then moved west along Pico Boulevard, firing at cars and other targets. One person died at Cloverfield and Pico boulevards; two died at 19th Street and Pico Boulevard. Another woman died at a hospital. Seabrooks said the gunman may not have acted alone.  A second "person of interest" is in custody.

"We are not convinced 100% that the suspect who was killed operated in solo or a lone capacity," Seabrooks said. The suspect fled into Santa Monica College, where he was pursued by police. He shot a woman on campus and ran into the library, where he continued to fire rounds from an assault rifle.

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Our thoughts go out to those affected by this tragic incident.

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AIDS/LifeCycle Stories: Ride Brings Actor Chad Allen and Father Closer Than Ever


GuestbloggerThe crew is in California for the 10th annual AIDS/LifeCycle, a bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles raising money for HIV/AIDS. IFD founder Nathan Manske and guest videographer and editor Jesse James Rice will be sending us exclusive daily Video Stories from some of the 2350 riders who are embarking on the 7-day, 545 mile trek. You can also follow their daily adventures on Facebook and Twitter.

Driftwood Chad arrived in the small town of Bradley, CA, early in the morning to wrap red ribbons and bows on the fences, bridges and light posts for the riders to see when they arrived for lunch. After lunch we found a field nearby and he assured me he already had a story in mind that he wanted to share. Just before we started filming, though, we were chatting about LifeCycle and a lightbulb went off in his head. He suddenly had a different story he wanted to share and I'm sure glad he did.


From Mocking LGBT People to Cycling 545 Miles By Their Side [tr]
After Decades of Stigma, Man Feels Comfortable in Being Open About HIV Status [tr]

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Trailblazer: Chad Allen Records Video About Coming Out, Urges Other Actors to Do So


In a new video for James Duke Mason's 'Trailblazer' campaign, actor Chad Allen talks about being forced out of the closet as a young actor, the fear he experienced when his relationship was spread across the tabloids, and the plots that were hatched behind-the-scenes to hide it.

Allen ultimately decided to just come out. Now he's challenging other actors to do so as well.


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News: Dancing with the Gays, Caffeine Fix & a "Racebook" Scandal

RGant launches Web series Show and Tell, featuring Bruno Tonioli, Robert Gant, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Lady Bunny and Chad Allen in short, instructional dance vignettes that end with same-sex professionals demonstrating proper technique. What would Nigel Lythgoe say? (Oh, right—nobody cares.)

 roadThe marriage-equality flag attracts some stars.

 road Horrors! Is the horror community more accepting of zombies than of its gay roots and gay fans?

 roadFilmmaker Ken Russell's favorite gay-friendly films of all time are his own—The Music Lovers, Women in Love and The Rainbow. His other picks are as diversified as Longtime Companion and Flawless (!).

 roadMight caffeine slow the progress of—or even reverse—Alzheimer's?

 roadPresident Obama is on track to be "the most successful Oval Office occupant in more than half a century when measured by his ability to get Congress to vote his way." How 'bout sprinkling some of that fairy dust on gay issues? Meanwhile, he can't see Russia from his house, but he's seeing eye to eye with President Medvedev.

Colman_Ari_288px  road Get a $10 discount if you mention Towleroad at the box office of Ari Gold's brand-new show The Making of a Gay Pop Star tonight at 7 p.m. at Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie Street, New York City. Offer good in person and with cash only.

 roadAudra Shay, vice chairperson of the Young Republicans and in the running to be its chairman soon, has a Facebook page that attracts racist goons. Perhaps unsurprisingly, she allowed the hate speech to happen unabated and even replied, "You tell em Eric! lol" to one poster who said we "need to take this country back from all these mad coons.......and illegals." Screengrabs and more context at the Daily Beast.

News: Convergence, Mark Spitz, Gaydar, 90210, Barney Frank

road.jpg STUDY: Gaydar is real.

Spitzroad.jpg Mark Spitz says he could take Michael Phelps: "I know everything there is to know about how to beat Michael, and he would know how to beat me. We'd probably tie."

road.jpg 90210's Brenda Walsh: Did you miss her?

road.jpg Barney Frank to review FDIC policy that excludes same-sex couples: "Frank, one of two openly gay members of Congress, is chair of the influential House Financial Services Committee, which oversees legislation and government regulation of the nation’s banks and other financial institutions. 'He will talk to the FDIC to see if they have the authority to do something about this administratively or whether a legislative remedy is needed,' said Steve Adamske, Frank’s press spokesperson."

road.jpg One of the first Native American tribes to legalize same-sex marriage has a wedding on the way: "The Coquille Indian Tribe on the southern Oregon coast recently adopted a law recognizing same-sex marriage, despite an amendment that Oregon voters approved to the Oregon constitution in 2004 to prohibit gay marriage. As a federally recognized sovereign nation, the tribe is not bound by the Oregon Constitution."

road.jpg ENDA co-signs DOMA: "A little-discussed provision of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would allow employers to give health insurance coverage and other benefits to married opposite-sex couples and deny those same benefits to the partners of their gay and lesbian employees who are legally married in Massachusetts and California."

road.jpg T.R. Knight and Mark Cornelsen offer up some PDA.

Chadallenroad.jpg Chad Allen joins General Hospital: Night Shift for three episodes Michelle Obama and Colorado first lady Jeanne Ritter use Denver Post editorial to launch 'Delegate Service Day': "With the help of Volunteers of America, Democrats Work and Metro Volunteers, delegates from across the country will volunteer with dozens of community service projects in and around Denver. Volunteers will tackle projects ranging from building houses for veterans, to assembling care packages for troops overseas, to bringing meals to home-bound seniors and cleaning up public parks."

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road.jpg Florida town of Ponce de Leon sides with school principal who outed student and went on gay 'witch hunt': "When a high school senior told her principal that students were taunting her for being a lesbian, he told her homosexuality is wrong, outed her to her parents and ordered her to stay away from children. He suspended some of her friends who expressed their outrage by wearing gay pride T-shirts and buttons at Ponce de Leon High School, according to court records. And he asked dozens of students whether they were gay or associated with gay students."

Leavesroad.jpg Leaves of grass: Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick have a moment alone.

road.jpg New Amy Winehouse album influenced by The Wizard of Oz: "And according to a report in the Sun newspaper, the singer has sampled the 'Wicked Witch of the West' in a new track. 'She loves the surreal look, sound and score. One of her new songs heavily samples the theme tune,' a source told the newspaper. 'And the soundtrack and score will be a theme running throughout the record.' The unnamed source described the song as 'really interesting, if a little bizarre,' adding: 'I suppose that’s what you would expect from her at the moment.'"

road.jpg John Barrowman working on new album called Music Music Music.

road.jpg Convergence: Intel and Yahoo working to bring the web to television seamlessly with current programming. "TV watchers can access a news story, sports score or weather forecast from the Web by clicking an on-screen icon with the remote control, Intel Senior Vice President Eric Kim said today at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. The software will be given for free to TV-service providers. A drop in the price of computer-processors brought on by increasing competition has sent Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, seeking growth with consumer-electronics devices. For Yahoo, owner of the second most-used Internet search engine, offering content on TV may yield more viewers for its Web ads."


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