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Gay Couple Behind Viral Dodger Stadium 'Kiss Cam' Reveal Their Identity: VIDEO

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The gay couple who shared a kiss on Dodger Stadium's Kiss Cam that garnered vocal support from the crowd and later quickly spread throughout the Internet have finally revealed their identity. Couple Steven and Rick Simone-Friedland, who committed to each other in 1999 and later legally wed in a Van Nuys courthouse in 2013, were asked by a camerawoman at the Los Angeles Dodgers game on Saturday if they wanted to appear on the Kiss Cam; Rick agreed, but Steven expressed some trepidation about the crowd's possible reaction:

Dodger"I turned to my husband, I turned to Rick, and I said 'You know, this could go badly. This could not go well,' but then we did it, because we thought it would be just so fun to do, and then we heard the crowd — and that was really unexpected, and beautiful, and affirming.

"All we did was kiss. What made everyone's day was the crowd reaction … I don't think anybody was expecting that reaction … I kiss my husband every single day. That's not the big deal. The big deal is what happened immediately after. That's just the most amazing thing."

Video of the lovely couple's smooch went viral, with the two receiving national recognition including a special mention on Conan and appearing in an interview last night on Lawrence O'Donnell's program The Last Word. 

Watch the two discuss their experience before and after the smooch occurred with Lawrence O'Donnell, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Mad Men' Actor and 'Eastsiders' Creator Kit Williamson Engaged to Partner John Halbach

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Kit Williamson, who plays Ed on Mad Men and created the web series Eastsiders, is engaged to his partner of eight years John Halbach, People reports. Congrats to the happy couple.

 


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

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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.


Sam Smith Announces Split from Boyfriend Jonathan Zeizel: VIDEO

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Sam Smith has apparently split with his boyfriend Jonathan Zeizel.

Ziezel_smithSmith made the announcement, which was documented by Vine user Merna, during a concert last night in Toronto, before launching into his break-up track "Like I Can".

Zeizel and Smith met on the set of the music video for "Like I Can". The clip was released in December. Soon after, Smith revealed the two were dating, and documented the lovers' New Years Eve holiday in Australia on Instagram.

Said Smith before the song, "This song is very special for me today, as I’ve actually had to do a very similar thing with someone I’ve been seeing.”

Smith told reporters backstage after the show:

"Hopefully I will find someone soon and when I do I think it will be a bit more difficult to sing songs because I will want to sing happy songs. Right now when I’m on stage I feel like it is good for me, it is like therapy every night. The music comforts me.”

Smith later sulked on Instagram, writing: "Sometimes you just need to lay in bed with a glass of red wine and a football T shirt and listen to Joni Mitchell. It's been a sad day. Beautiful show, but sad day x"

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Aussie Celebs Anthony Callea and Tim Campbell Marry: VIDEO

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Longtime readers of Towleroad may recall that back in 2007 an Australian Idol contestant named Anthony Callea made a splash when he came out of the closet. Callea's disclosure was followed soon after with an identical one from Australian actor and singer Tim Campbell.

Campbell and Callea met during an Australian  production of Rent, and shortly thereafter announced that they were together.

Yesterday Callea said that after seven years he and Campbell have married.

Wrote Callea on Instagram:

It's extra special today as @timcampbelltwit and I get to share the news we are married! There's a whole bunch of photos and what went on over 2 days of celebrations in this weeks Woman's Day! Yep....he liked it and definitely put a ring on it! Tune in to both Kyle & Jackie O and Jonesy & Amanda as Tim and I will be joining them on air shortly!

Woman's Day reports:

The loved-up couple, who surprised everyone when they announced they were getting married, travelled to New Zealand, where same-sex marriage is recognised, and vowed to spend the rest of their lives together in front of their parents (Cosmo and Santina Callea and Graham and Heather Campbell) and best friends – Rob and Annie Cipressi.

Following on from the intimate and simple affair, the newlyweds flew back home to Melbourne to host a dinner party for their nearest and dearest.

Australia, of course, does not yet have marriage equality.

Congrats.

Watch them performing in Rent together back in 2007, AFTER THE JUMP...

Callea and Campbell in 2007:

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Meet Dan and Miki, the Gay Cowboy Couple Who are Living Their Dream: VIDEO

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Dan and Miki are a gay cowboy couple living in ranching in North Queensland, Australia recently profiled by that country's SBS2 network.

3_cowboysDan lived in the city for a while trying to conform to the stereotype of what he thought a gay person was. Miki met Dan on a trip to see the country, and after getting to know one another, settled down on their farm.

The couple wakes up before sunrise to roosters, kookaburras, and curtains of mist. They feed the chickens, cows, and horses,  protect their animals from heavy storms that come over the mountains, and often find themselves covered in animal sh-t at the end of the day. And like every other couple, they bicker, fight, and make up.

It's pretty much everything that Jack Twist wanted with Ennis del Mar, but this time nobody had to quit anyone.

Check out their beautiful, bucolic story, AFTER THE JUMP...

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