HBO considers a Real Sex reboot with a gay man, Linda Harvey calls President Obama racist against African-Americans, and who’s returning for Glee’s 100th?
Rory O’Malley says he doesn’t worry about being typecast in gay roles. “I definitely don’t get leery about being typecast. I just love being cast… I love playing gay characters. I think it’s fantastic that there have been these rich gay characters for me to do… They’re fully-formed people, with points of view, and something different to bring to the story.”
HBO is developing a series on the club scene in South Beach called Club Life: Miami from producers John Singleton and Russell Simmons. Based on the locale and the involvement of Simmons, I think it’s safe to say we can expect some gay content if it goes to series.
Peyton Reed, who helmed Bring It On and The Break Up is set to direct The Fifth Beatle, based on the life of closeted Beatles manager Brian Epstein. The film has huge support with access to the John Lennon/Paul McCartney song catalog, a first.
You need to set aside some time to read Sex, Lies and HIV: What You Don’t Tell Your Partner Is a Crime, because it’s must have information about the shameful criminalization of HIV and the people who have suffered under these laws, some with decades long jail sentences when there was no transmission of the virus.
Ryan Murphy tweeted that he had invited back all the original cast members for the 100th episode of Glee, and now we know that Heather Morris, Mark Salling, Harry Shum, Jr. and Amber Riley have all accepted the invitation. The episode is set to air March 18, and will have the cast discussing graduation, which means the show will remain stuck in their time warp for the foreseeable future.
Antigay crackpot Linda Harvey is calling President Obama racist for his support of GLBT rights and a woman’s right to choose, and names Oprah as an enabler. “The slaughter of unborn African American babies, even those who could live outside the womb, the president is apparently okay with that. Young African American males disproportionately contract HIV. Obama’s policies have produced more youth homosexual behavior, not less. If the definition of racism is to support policies that harm people of color, then Barack Obama is the most racist president in U.S. history and Oprah Winfrey is his cheerleader.”
One Direction has nabbed the top spot on the album charts with Midnight Memories, selling 526,000 copies in the first week.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers, five Democrats and five Republicans have sent a letter to Speaker Boehner asking him to bring ENDA up for a simple floor vote. I don’t expect Boehner to actually consider it, but it’s nice to have support from both sides of the aisle.
In a bit of a surprising move, the Texas School Board has approved an order of science textbooks that teach evolution and don’t require creationism to be taught alongside it. The order is currently on hold as one passage from a book is being protested on a whim by conservatives. The right wing has been waging a war on science in schools for years in Texas, and as a larger state with a huge textbook buy, their requirements tend to drive the content nationally.
HBO is considering a reboot of Real Sex, their landmark program that brought a variety of sexuality into people’s homes and provided masturbation material for hundreds of thousands of teenagers. What’s interesting here is that the new version, Sex/Now, would be helmed by Chris Moukarbel, who is partnered with Jake Shears, and would likely bring more GLBT content to the show.
But I’m a Cheerleader: The Musical is set to have its first reading December 6, under the direction of Jerry Mitchell. Breathe!
It’s official – Luxembourg has sworn in Xavier Bettel as their first openly gay prime minister. His deputy is also gay, and they are expected to introduce changes to the small wealthy country including marriage equality, as well as financial reforms to protect their triple-A credit rating.
Boyhood is an extraordinary sounding film from Richard Linklater starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, who play parents to newcomer Ellar Coltrane. What makes this film so special is that they’ve been shooting it for twelve years, so we literally watch Ellar Coltrane grow up onscreen, one actor playing the child from age 7 to 18.
Russia’s highest court has ruled the ban on gay propaganda is constitutional, all but ending any hope of striking down the law.
Could radioimmunotherapy cure HIV? It can knock out the bulk of the virus from the body, but scientists worry that reservoirs of the virus might remain in places like lymph nodes and become active again.
Dick Cheney is upset that Mary Cheney spoke out against her sister Liz on the issue of marriage equality. “We were surprised that there was an attack launched against Liz on Facebook, and wished it hadn’t happened. It’s always been dealt with within the context of the family and frankly that’s our preference.” Didn’t Liz start this fight when she spoke out against her own sister’s marriage to try and win a Senate seat? Why does Mary get the blame for taking the fight public?
It turns out that The Hobbit works perfectly well as Mean Girls. Those poor elves just fit so well.
I had completely forgotten that 300: Rise of an Empire was a thing. But this new trailer promises blood, fights, abs and sailing ships, along with some female protagonists that I wasn’t expecting to be so central from the earlier trailer. The marketing is obviously trying to move into multiple quadrants.
During an event for children at the White House, a young girl either fell or was knocked over by Sunny, the junior pup of the nation. Michelle Obama snapped fully into mommy mode with the little tyke, and judging by the affection between her and Sunny at the end, she won’t grow up fearing fluffy puppies.
Pat Robertson sometimes starts out so well when talking about gay issues, only to devolve into outdated views, which I suppose is to be expected of someone of his age. Here he answers a letter from an aunt whose nephew came out and wants to know if her praying for him is enough or if he needs to pray for himself. Robertson starts out with love before dropping into the Bible, then taking a detour through transgender issues which goes pretty well. Then he wraps up by assuming all gay boys were molested, which negates everything good he said. Personally, I do think the young man needs to pray. He should pray that the rest of his family doesn’t take their advice from a doddering old fool.
The New Zealand Defence Force has put out an It Gets Better video. It’s on the dry side as these things go, but there is value in organizations like the military putting out these messages, as they’re often seen as bastions of macho culture and war. Knowing that these institutions are welcoming helps break down the barriers in society for people who are questioning their place in the world.
On The Mindy Project, I have no idea how this came up, but it’s incredibly fun to watch Chris Messina dance to Aaliyah’s “Try Again” with all the choreography. It’s also pretty damn sexy if you ask me. If a man did that for me, I guarantee we’d both be naked by the time the song was over.
I really have no patience for Justin Bieber painting graffiti wherever he goes. It’s just chaos that he brings. If he’s feeling artistic I’m sure he can afford giant canvases to work on, or to buy a huge plot of land and have concrete walls put up. But I also have a real problem with Mayor Tom Tate demanding that the “princess” return to clean up his mess. Use of that word is derogatory in this context and public officials should be better than that.
Vlogger John Scholl has put together a NSFW rant about the media (hello there) needing to label Tom Daley and other celebrities as gay, bisexual or whatever. I’m not saying he’s wrong, but there have been decades of what it means to come out and say “I’m attracted to guys” and “I’m attracted to girls” and how that gets expressed. This idea that I don’t have a label is fairly new, especially in the public square. I haven’t checked the GLAAD style guide in about a year, but I’m fairly certain it doesn’t have a section for such things. Do we need to be respectful for how people self-identify or don’t? Absolutely, and I myself need to be better at it. I won’t argue that. But expecting decades of standards (not to mention how the media generations were raised) to turn on a dime in less than a year and never say the wrong thing is probably unrealistic. But yes, we can do better. I’m still processing certain phrases I’ve heard this year like “Straight with exceptions” and “mostly straight” for example, and those have definitive terms in them I can work with.
Activist Peter Tatchell spoke on the subject quite a bit with the BBC and nailed the bravery and complexity of Tom coming out, then used it to pivot nicely to the plight of GLBT athletes going to Sochi, and if a country like Russia would even pick a gay athlete to be on their squad.
After all that heavy thought on the bold new world of labels we’re exploring, how about this incredibly cute video about the first year of Baby Lily, an elephant at the Oregon Zoo. We’ve actually had Lily in this column before, playing in sawdust. My how she’s grown up.
Björn Borg! invites you to celebrate Voyeuristmas with this fun video about hotties breaking into their stores and trying on underwear while the security guard sleeps and misses the show. As an added bonus, they’ve put cameras in two dressing rooms in their stores, and invite patrons to make their own mini videos, which sadly are more goofy than sexy at this point.
I had honestly forgotten about Elisabeth Hasselbeck after she moved to Fox and Friends, but leave it to Jon Stewart to notice when she decides that Sharia Law is being imposed in the United States. I guess she’s finally found a place to let her crazy flag fly free, because this is nuts on her part.