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June 6, 2013

Transcript of 1950s recording recently unearthed in files of private investigator

Famously closeted movie star Rock Hudson married Phyllis Gates in October 1954 - a move that no doubt quieted the gay rumors and helped his movie image.

But, it seems, Gates was not in on the deception and did not go into the the three-year marriage knowing Hudson was gay.

But she had her suspicions soon enough according to transcripts of a secret tape recording made between the couple by a private investigator whose secret records were recently discovered inside a storage unit in the San Fernando Valley.

April 4, 2013

But Patti Davis acknowledges he was late on acknowledging AIDS epidemic

The daughter of former US President Ronald Reagan says she does not think her conservative icon father would have been opposed to gay marriage.

'I think because he wanted government out of people's lives, he would not understand the intrusion of government banning such a thing,' Patti Davis tells Gwissues. 'This is not what he would have thought government should be doing.'

Davis was asked if she was saying that posthumously, Ronald Reagan was pro-gay marriage.

January 30, 2013

Now 82, actor says: 'I’m not ashamed of people knowing'

Jim Nabors, best known as the bungling, naive television character of Gomer Pyle throughout the 1960s, has married his longtime partner Stan Cadwallader.

Nabors, 82, had never come out publicly as a gay man but confirmed the marriage to Hawaii News Now.

November 30, 2012

'Rock and Doris and Elizabeth' will raise money for Terrence Higgins Trust

A stage reading of a play about the life of Rock Hudson will be performed to raise money to fight HIV.

The play, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 earlier in the year, was written by Tracy-Ann Oberman, with all proceeds from the night going to the Terrence Higgins Trust.

The play, ‘Rock and Doris and Elizabeth’, explores the friendship between Hollywood star Hudson and friends Doris Day and Elizabeth Taylor, and the media frenzy surrounding speculation of Hudson’s health - which was later confirmed to be AIDS-related.

June 14, 2012

'What you’re doing is so important, both to remember those gone and also to ensure those alive keep living much longer than Rock was able to'

Screen legend Doris Day, now 88, surprised the nearly 3,000 AIDS LifeCycle riders and volunteers over the weekend when she sent a personal message that was read to the group during a candlelight vigil on the last night of their ride.

Day, star of such film classics as Pillow Talk, Calamity Jane and The Man Who Knew Too Much, had a friend who was riding in the 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.