Briefs: Ian McKellen Is Sherlock Holmes, Matt Bomer On the “Shades Of Grey” Petition, and John Barrowman Talks Marriage

Birthday shoutouts go to tennis player Filippo Volandri (above, giving me another chance to post this pic), who is 32, Raquel Welch is 73, and Freddie Mercury would have been 67.

Matt Bomer responds to Fifty Shades of Grey petition

Towleroad has video of John Barrowman at last week’s DragonCon talking about marriage … in his own special way.

DC Won’t Let Lesbian Batwoman Get Married, Say Writers.

San Antonio, Texas Passed LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance in 8-3 Vote! Elisa Chan is cursing … in private.

Sir Ian McKellen will re-team with his Gods & Monsters director Bill Condon for A Slight Trick Of The Mind, in which he’ll play a retired Sherlock Holmes.

Cinemax will air the original first season of Strike Back (which starred Richard Armitage and Andrew Lincoln) in October, after the current season ends. Strike Back: Origins was the inspiration for the new incarnation, and it’ll be interesting to see the differences. I guess what I’m asking is “How much booty is in the first version?”

Katy Pery moves to #1 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 with “Roar,” ending the 12-week reign of “Blurred Lines.” Here’s the just-released music video, which features a jungle motif. I think Baltimora did it better.

Carson Kressley shares his personal bullying story.

Zachary Quinto, The Jonas Brothers and Colton Haynes attend Fashion Week.

And here’s The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we’re going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline. We’ll be showcasing the big names, but also the lesser-known gay celebs who deserve more recognition. This week we give a ShoutOUT to … John Benjamin Hickey. In 2011, John experienced his greatest career triumph to date, winning a Tony Award for The Normal Heart. You can see his acceptance speech below.

And now we have the 50 GREATEST LOST HITS OF THE 90′S! I’ve often ragged on the pop music of the 90′s for being an arid desert devoid of fun, but there were bright spots, including these 50 songs, which should have performed better on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Like The 100 Greatest Lost Hits Of The 80′s countdown, this list is very female-centric (what can I say, I like rock chicks), but hopefully, some of these pop gems may trigger a long dormant memory.

At #48 is … “Jessie” by Joshua Kadison. See, this is what annoyed me about 90′s pop music. Too many gorgeous singer/songwriters with wild hair singing songs about cats and moving to Mexico. But “Jessie” was one of the better examples, and was a minor hit, peaking at #26 in February, 1994. (Contrary to the rumor that persisted for years, this song was not about Sarah Jessica Parker, who Joshua was seeing at the time.)

Congrats to CholeSmile, who was the first to correctly guess that yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Punky Brewster.

Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Here are characters from a famous TV show. Can you name it?

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