Today In Gay: “Young & Restless” Soap Star Comes Out, A Gay In “Independence Day 2”

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Known to many as The Young and the Restless’ Kevin Fisher, Greg Rikaart made official what many followers already knew: He’s a big ol’ gay. The Emmy winner tweeted a photo of himself and actor/writer boyfriend Robert Sudduth, with the message:  “Not getting married anytime soon, but celebrating #equality tonight nonetheless.”

While Rikaart never disclosed his sexuality in the press, he did shit-kick Y&R co-star Melissa Reeves for praising Chick-fil-A’s anti-gay policies. At the time, he told TV Guide, “People wonder why there is an epidemic of bullying in this country. Well, it’s because kids are learning it from the grownups, from people like Melissa Reeves who is a grown-up bully.”

If Greg looks familiar to non-soapers among you, that’s because he played Jack’s boyfriend a million years ago on Dawson’s CreekAnd if you’re too young to know what that is, just substitute Gossip Girl. If you’re too young to know what that is, I can’t help  you.

Evangelical nutbags in thechaz bono Dominican Republic are all in a bunch over President Obama nominating a gay man, Wally Brester, as the country’s ambassador. Rev. Cristobal Cardozo called the appointment “an insult to good Dominican customs.” While Vicar Pablo Cedano suggested, “If he arrives, he’ll suffer and will be forced to leave.”   Guess all that legendary Caribbean hospitality and friendliness is just for the brochures.

Roland Emmerich, the out action director of The Day After Tomorrow and White House Down told Huffington Post’s Ricky Camilleri he’s planning on putting a gay character in Independence Day 2. (Did we know they were making an Independence Day   2?) Well, whoever it is we hope they don’t go the way of Harvey Fierstein

And speaking of Independence Day, there’s a musical of the 1996 blockbuster in the works—and it’s going to star Chaz Bono. Appearing on Good Day L.A., Bono looked much fitter than we’re used to seeing him. “It’s very fast paced, very funny,” he said of the 30-minute comedic adaptation. “You are in and out of there and it’s amazing that [co-star/creator] Brooke [Seguin] is able to get everything that is important in the movie in there in such a short period of time.”

On Friday, Rachel Maddow devoted her talk show to the return of same-sex marriages in California, and aired the Golden State nuptials of Prop 8 co-plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier and Paul Katami And Jeff Zarrillo. The usually composed commentator later tweeted “For a person who cries at the drop of a hat, this is really too much for a TV host to bear.” Aw, boo!


Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.