What Eddie Redmayne Learned Playing Lili Elbe, “Jem and the Holograms” Insulted Synergy, Britney Spears Returns To Acting: MEME

Lance Bass and Michael Turchin Get "Wet," Brian Dunkleman is a serial killer, Donald Trump plans to whine at world leaders

The Danish Girl
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Eddie Redmayne says that he’s learned a lot playing transgender icon Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl. “It’s a civil rights moment. My greatest ignorance when I started was that gender and sexuality were related. And that’s one of the key things I want to hammer home to the world: You can be gay or straight, trans man or woman, and those two things are not necessarily aligned.”

Donald Trump
Donald Trump has a master plan for negotiating with other nations. “I do whine because I want to win and I’m not happy about not winning and I am a whiner and I keep whining and whining until I win.” Very mature. Besides, when you whine at Putin, he gets an erection. It’s more effective than Viagra.

Brian Dunkleman
E! is developing a half hour mockumentary series based on the serial killer story of Robert Durst, and it will star American Idol’s Brian Dunkleman. Quest 4 Truth: Dunkleman will star an alternate version of Dunkleman, who after being depressed about walking away from Idol becomes a suspected serial killer. Honestly, we’re always complaining that TV doesn’t take enough chances with out there concepts, so I think we all have to watch this or be hypocrites.

The Mexican Supreme Court ruled that a law in Campeche that banned same-sex couples from adopting children is unconstitutional. If I understand the way that the law works in Mexico, this doesn’t give a blanket right to adopt, but gives precedent for couples to sue individually for that right, which is an awkward system.

Britney Spears
Britney Spears is going back to acting! She’ll be guest starring on Jane the Virgin. According to executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman, “We are so thrilled that Rogelio’s ‘nemesis’ — Britney Spears — has agreed to appear on ‘Jane The Virgin’ in episode 205. Personally, after hearing about their long standing feud (from Rogelio’s point of view), we are eager to hear Ms. Spears’ side of the story, which we assume is quite different.”

Australia’s anti-gay Marriage Alliance commissioned a poll about marriage equality, hoping to prove that Australians opposed it, but the results came back with a solid 59% not only supportting it, but see it as a priority. Oops.

But they ended up winners anyway, because Prime Minister Tony Abbott called a surprise meeting of the Coalition to debate having a free vote on marriage equality, and manged to get them to hold the line, effectively killing the cross party bill that is set to come up for a vote later this month. Abbott may move to a referendum vote on the issue after the next election, around 2017. The vote would be nonbinding, and still require parliament to vote to change the law.

Matt Cohen
Matt Cohen has signed up for a recurring role on How To Get Away with Murder, playing a sexy working class guy named Levi. Here’s hoping Connor bones him, because that’s Must See TV.

One year ago today, our hearts broke when video emerged of gay teen Daniel Ashley Pierce being thrown out of his home by his family. Lost N Found stepped in with some help and a successful Go Fund Me campaign helped get him on his feet, and now he’s happy with his partner David. “Almost a year later, life is great. I have a wonderful partner David who stood by me through it all and I have such a beautiful group of friends and chosen family who love me for being myself. I couldn’t ask for anything better than that.”

The Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Conduct issued an order that judges may not refuse to conduct same-sex marriages that conflict with their religious views. If the judges cease performing all marriages for that reason, they have to recuse themselves from any cases involving sexual orientation as well.

If you get messaged by a likely bro-ish, incredibly good looking guy on Grindr who is less than 3′ tall in his profile, he’s likely a bot trying to get you to click on a cam show link that will install a virus on your device. Playing safe happens before you even hookup.

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Michael Vartan
Micahel Vartan has been cast as the lead in The Arrangement, about an actress who has a great audition with the hottest leading man, only to be presented with a detailed contract to act as his girlfriend. If it turns out that Vartan’s character isn’t gay and is just some control freak actor, I’m going to be very disappointed with E!.

I’m not familiar with Sean Van Der Wilt, but I can tell he’s a sexy twink, and his music video for “Wet” has a hot hook, and Lance Bass and Michael Turchin, and I found it via Harley Rodriguez, so I’m guessing that he has some cred with the gays. On the surface, you think this is just another sexist music video, but there are some twists, like the gay wedding photos for Lance and Michael. And not all the women look like they came from a modelling agency, and they’re treated as just as sexy, which is something you don’t see that often.

I don’t play a lot of video games, but from this video, I’m given to understand that modern games have characters who change clothes and get undressed and dressed a lot (you used to have to play Leisure Suit Larry for that), but never onscreen, because it’s labor intensive to animate that by hand. So the Georgia Institute of Technology is finding a way to create a relationship between clothing and the characters so that it’s just another object they interact with, and they understand a shirt has arm holes, and shorts have legs they can aim for. The goal is actually to make robots that are more aware of their surroundings, but until then, we may get video game characters that you can treat like Barbie Dolls. And yes, it does appear they animated a dickprint into those shorts.

Buzzfeed had some of their LGBT staffers watch the trailer for Stonewall and react to what they saw. As you can see, the reactions are kind of all over the map, from excited to highly critical, which is what the broader community seems to be experiencing.

Because snicks was likely too heartbroken after seeing Synergy for the first time, I’m giving you the abomination (seriously, it’s in Leviticus) that is the new Jem and the Holograms trailer. It’s still a teen coming of age movie about friendship and evil record company executives, but it’s reduced Synergy to a tiny broken robot that projects memory crystals. The whole thing is just sad.

Honestly, telling someone you have HIV can be harder than coming out as gay. It is for me. And frequently you get asked the same rough questions, so here’s a handy guide for handling that.

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