Saturday, June 5, 2010

Saturday Birthdays & Out Of The Closet



In the terrific & engaging 1980s TV series- St Elsewhere, one of the main characters has a young son who was autistic. In the series finale- The Last One, it is revealed that all the storylines occurred inside the head of the young autistic boy. That boy was played by Chad Allen Lazarri. As a child actor, Allen went on to work on TV series- Our House, My Two Dads, & Dr. Quinn- Medicine Woman, none of which I have ever seen, although My Two Dads is a title that might work well for my porn debut.


In 1996, at age 21, Allen was outed in The Globe which published photos (sold to the paper by his then boyfriend) of him kissing another man, in a hot tub at a party . Since that time he has been a leading & outspoken advocate of gay rights.



I was especially taken with his strong work in Save Me opposite Stephen Lange, Judith Light & Robert Gant. Developed & produced by Allen himself, Save Me explores the life of a young gay sex & drug addicted man who is forced into a Christian-run ministry in an attempt to cure him of his "gay affliction", where instead he is faced with the truth in his heart & spirit. The film does not take the easy way out & avoids clich├ęs. Stephen Lang was excellent, & Judith Light gives an astonishing performance of understated depth & nuance. Gant & Allen play very moving & complicated characters & they have their shirts off in several scenes.


Since 2005's Third Man Out, Allen portrays lead character Donald Strachey, a gay private detective in a partnered relationship, in a series of TV movies for based on novels by Richard Stevenson.

Chad Allen is in a 4 year relationship with actor Jeremy Glazer, who he met on the set of Save Me. He turns 36 years old today.

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Susan Lynn Orman is financial advisor, author, motivational speaker, television host, & the anti-Stephen. I have a feeling that she just wouldn’t be that fun to shop with. What, with all that saving money philosophy.


Suze Orman is the host of The Suze Orman Show on CNBC. She has written 7 consecutive NY Times Best Sellers; has written, co-produced, & hosted 6 PBS specials, & is the most successful fundraiser in the history of public television.


In 2004 & 2006, Orman won 2 daytime Emmy Awards for her PBS specials. Over her television career, she has won 6 Gracie Allen Awards (rewarding the achievements of women in radio & television), more than anyone in the 34-year history of the awards.


In July 2009 Forbes named Orman 18th on their list of The Most Influential Women In Media. She was selected by Time magazine as one of the TIME 100: The World's Most Influential People. In 2009 she was honored by Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation with the Vito Russo Media Award. In April 2008 Orman was presented with the Amelia Earhart Award for her message of financial empowerment for women. She is regularly spoofed on Saturday Night Live.


In 2007, Suze Orman revealed to the NY Times, that she is a lesbian & has been with her partner, Kathy Travis, for 7 years. During the interview, she was asked if she is married. Orman : "K.T. is my life partner. K.T. stands for Kathy Travis. We're going on 7 years. I have never been with a man in my whole life. I'm still a 55-year-old virgin. Both of us have millions of dollars in our name; it’s killing me that upon my death, K.T. is going to lose 50 percent of everything I have to estate taxes. Or vice versa."


Orman has a net worth of approximately $25 million (with $7 million more in real estate), she didn't start out wealthy. Orman grew up in Chicago 's South Side & worked part-time at her father's take-out store. After completing her B.A. in social work, she moved to Berkeley, Calif., & worked at the Buttercup Bakery for 7 years. Orman started working as an account executive at Merrill Lynch, where she remained for 3 years before becoming vice president of investments at Prudential Bache Securities. In 1987, Orman had founded her own business- the Suze Orman Financial Group.


To me, it is interesting is that since her announcement that she was gay, there has been little focus on Orman's sexual orientation. The focus is on why it makes good financial sense to get married, & her inability to do so because she is in a same-sex relationship. Suzy turns 59 today.

10 comments:

  1. I love Suze Orman. I only wish I was still making the kind of money necessary to follow her best financial advice. I still watch her show, though.

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  2. It is written Satan has deceived the whole world until the heel of time when a woman shall bruise him by exposing his lies Gen 3:15 check out the bruising of Satan and the true love of God for all at
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  3. Stephen thanks so much for this, Chad has been my best friend for 12 years now and this was a lovely birthday greeting for him.

    He is truly an amazing, loving, thoughtful man, in addition to being way talented.

    He's given me permission to do a post on him anytime I want, but I've shied of it, afraid it would somehow be too 'showy'.

    Now, after seeing this, I may sometime.

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  4. Stephen, that was a funny and moving post. I like when you mix the serious stuff with some less serious personal commentary.
    Inquiring minds want to know when you will next wash up on British shores...
    (The wv is 'shirl.' Schlemiel! Schlimazel)

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  5. I can not keep up with all your posting. Work, work, where do you find the time to research and write all that you do. We, your audience are ignorant and some of us stupid so we soooooooo appreciate the info. Don't stop! Your, Ignorant and stupid fan and follower in Hollywood.

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  6. I love me just a bit of Chad Allen! He has gone on to do all kind of terrific works and tons of gay themed movies. His Donald Strachey series of gay detective was wonderful...along witht the nude scenes! And for a while I though him and the hot actor Robert Gant were a couple(that would be one hot couple I might add)but I found out they have a production company together and are very good friends. I think he is way under used.

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  7. I remember St Elsewhere well - that where Denzel got started as well. "Save Me" sounds like a good pic - I'd like to see it! Anti-Stephen? - love it!

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  8. I love me some Suze. I also was a big St. Elsewhere fan... back when Howie had hair.

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  9. You never here about her (Suzy) coming out. In fact, until you posted I was beginning to think I miss heard it. I guess it's a good thing when one's sexuality becomes a non-event. For it is.

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