George Michael returns, Shawn Pyfrom’s battle with addiction, what if you’re Not Looking?
Dylan Sprayberry (god, I can think of a porn parody for that name) of Man of Steel, Glee, and a dozen other things requiring ridiculously good looking brunettes has been cast on season four of Teen Wolf as Liam, “an arrogant but big-hearted high-school freshman. With an enviable athletic prowess, he’s got perfect grades, perfect charm and is utterly unprepared to face the supernatural adversity of Beacon Hills.”
While HBO may have walked away from Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Freemantle Media is now looking to adapt the insanely rich world into a series.
Glenn Beck had a good run. He spoke out for gay rights, forcefully. He condemned Putin’s oppression of gays forcefully. And now he’s been undone by a soft drink company. “So somebody tweeted last night and said, ‘Glenn, what did you think of the Coke ad?’ And I said, ‘Why did you need that to divide us politically?’ Because that’s all this ad is. It’s in your face, and if you don’t like it, if you’re offended by it, you’re a racist. If you do like it, you’re for immigration. You’re for progress. That’s all this is: to divide people. Remember when Coke used to do the thing on the top and they would all hold hands? Now it’s ‘Have a Coke and we’ll divide you.’” Seriously, you saw a (cynical) plea for unity and saw division? Are you off your meds? Do you still like the gays, but not people with a little color to their skin?
Desperate Housewives’ Shawn Pyfrom couldn’t stay silent in the wake of Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s death. He’s an addict and an alcoholic, five months sober. And you should read his story, because it’s the story of many of us, and the struggle to be sober, to be alive, and to be in control.
Jonathan Groff is aware a lot of people are bored with Looking. But he’s just happy you’re so bored with it you can’t stop talking about it. “But now that it’s come out and people are seeing it and reviewing it and starting to have opinions about it, it’s sort of become this conversation piece, which at the end of the day is, for us working on the show, really exciting, that people are engaging with it, whether they like it or not. I think for me, personally, I believe in this more than anything I’ve worked on. So to hear people saying negative things about it, it’s a little hard because it feels like your baby is out there in the world. But I sort of have to put those feelings aside and enjoy the fact that it is a conversation, and it is engaging people and making people talk.”
44 equality activists in Idaho blocked the entrance to the state senate wearing shirts that said “Add the Words,” meaning add GLBT to the nondiscrimination laws. The police arrested all the activists, including former state Sen. Nicole LeFavour, who as a former senator had privileges to be there, until the senate voted to suspend those privileges just so she could be arrested.
The first lawsuit for marriage equality has been filed in Wisconsin. The state does have a domestic partner registry, but not only outlaws marriage, it also has a law that makes “marriage evasion” a crime, so in theory if you marry in another state in contradiction of the state’s marriage law, you could face prison or fines.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will deliver a keynote to the IOC about Russia’s anti-gay laws prior to the Games starting in Sochi. Since this happens before the Olympics, it’s unlikely to get nearly the press it would if the speech happened during the games.
Last week, we told you about college football player Conner Mertens coming out to his Willamette University football team, and receiving universal support. Now his boyfriend Chandler Whitney has come out to his baseball team at Walla Walla Community College, to a standing ovation. After the applause died down, he said “You know that college football player at Willamette who came out? I’m dating that guy.” Stop bragging!
Should JK Rowling regret that Luna and Hermione never hooked up at Hogwarts?
Steroid use is six times higher among gay and bisexual teens than it is among straight teens. If you’re wondering just how many teens that is, it’s 21% of gay/bi teens using steroids. Why? Too seem more manly? Body image issues?
You may remember a teaser for Geek & Sundry’s new webseries Caper, about a group of superheroes who just can’t make their rent, all while fighting villains that are beyond rich. It stars Harry Shum, Jr., among others. Basically they decided to be bad for one night, and commit a robbery to pay their bills, but add rules – nobody gets hurt and they can’t use their powers. To keep the special effects budget in check, they use motion comics for the superhero parts. The trailer makes it seem fun.
This is the teaser for George Michael’s new single “Let Her Down Easy.” For all his ups and downs, there really isn’t another voice quite like George Michael’s voice. Smooth, soulful, full of power and emotion. I was fortunate to have seen him live nearly 15 years ago, and he was funny and self-deprecating. It’s about time he put out some fresh music.
I know that Alan Partridge has been out for a while in the UK, but the first trailer just dropped for the U.S., and I have to admit, this looks hilarious. There’s a certain classic British comedy feel to it, almost like some secret show we eventually got on PBS long after it was a hit across the pond.
People have been raving about Panti Bliss incredible speech on homophobia and the movement by the right to try and call speaking out against hate a form of hate. It’s an incredibly powerful and fun speech, and hits directly at one of our next big fights for equality. I strongly recommend you sit back and give this your full attention.
While in the U.S. we were making due with crumbs from Coca-Cola for representation during the Super Bowl, up in American’s Hat, Bell ran this exciting commercial about watching the Olympics, and it included a moment with a gay couple kissing. Fair warning – the audio on this is a bit intense, so you may want to check the volume on your speakers.
How are we feeling about Looking? This upcoming week will bring us to Folsom, so there’s that to look forward to. But until then, for the rest of us, there’s Not Looking. If looking is a view on gay male life in San Francisco in 2014, Not Looking is billed as the same thing, but for Los Angeles. Two cities, same state, different worlds.