Sir Ian McKellen came out of the closet in 1988, in his 40s. But he says while it’s wonderful to be liberated, being in the closet helped make him a better actor. “There was no Graham Norton on the television at that time, no gay MPs, no-one talking about gay rights on the radio. So I dealt with it my trying to cut that part of myself off, to hide myself, to choke a part of me. When you are made to feel you are so wrong for being who you are, that’s what you do. I think that’s why so many great British actors are gay – we spent so long pretending to be straight, to be someone else, that eventually we became very good at it.”
The Washington Blade was turned away from an anti-marriage rally being attended by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
I hope that was on a scale of 1 to 10.
Musician Shelby Lynne is riding high on the success of her album Revolution Road, but don’t ask her if she’s gay. “Let me put it to you this way. I’ve been around the world and back so many times, I think everybody’s gay. Everybody’s a little gay. As far as my personal life, I don’t go into details because that’s all I’ve got. With the person that I allow out in the music, that’s plenty. But I am secure enough to say that of all of my relationships, I’ve covered the boundaries. [laughs] I don’t think there’s any need anymore in our time and era for titles or brands … because either way you try to sensitize it, somebody’s going to be offended. So the best thing to do is just be who you are and be proud of it and hopefully everybody can love who they want to love. I certainly wouldn’t want to offend anybody who is gay and out and all that kind of stuff. It’s not my concern what other people do. It’s only my concern about how I conduct myself. I believe in a person’s privacy. Not everything has to be announced. Why state the obvious? There’s a curiosity about a lot of people’s sexuality but you also have to respect that not everybody wants to sit around and talk about it.”
Pointer Pointer. You may lose an inordinate amount of time playing with this.
Roseanne Barr has never been known for censoring herself, but she offended the transgender community with a series of tweets about bathroom access that have to be seen to be believed. In theory, she’s always been on our side, but with this, you have to wonder.
A redditor is going to perform a scientific experiment on factors that affect the taste of his semen with the help of what I have to assume is a very liberated girlfriend.
With the recent ruling of DOMA being unconstitutional in the Windsor case, the Obama administration has filed a brief with the Supreme Court to use the case as the benchmark in overturning the law. Windsor became a perfect test case when the Second Circuit ruled that the case should be evaluated using heightened scrutiny.
Seth Green is set to guest on How I Met Your Mother, reuniting him with Alyson Hannigan. He’ll play a college friend of Lily and Marshall’s that is convinced they were very close in university, while the duo barely remembers him.
Do take the time to read the interview with out own Ulysses Grant Dietz about his new book, Vampire In Suburbia, being the great-great grandson of Ulysses S. Grant, his family and his work at the Newark Museum.
Debbie Harry has a theory as to why the level of political discourse has dropped to such inane levels. “I am thinking we have been invaded by aliens who have reduced the intelligence level of the entire fu*king country to cement.”
Note: Applying hot sauce to your anus will probably not result in long lasting erections.
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, at least as famous for his naked sex parties as he is for running the country has been sentenced to four years (reduced to one) for tax evasion. He will appeal and probably never serve a minute.
David Marshall Grant has set up pilots at several networks, but the one that caught my eye was at HBO. “It revolves around three friends in San Francisco who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men.”
Darren Criss, Amber Riley, and Lea Michele team up for Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Accurate. Disturbingly accurate
It is possible that Russell Brand is terribly confused at this point
James Van Der Beek took his mom to his Jimmy Fallon taping. How cool is that?
On Comedy Central’s Stand Up Revolution, they have a series of cartoons with Fluffy. This one is about whether Fluffy’s dog is gay. I can’t decide if it’s pro-gay, anti-gay, racist, or just a bad joke. Does anyone else have an opinion?
President Obama sat down with MTV and answered a series of questions, including his views on same-sex marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act. It’s heartwarming to hear him talk about how his daughters changed his mind, and his belief that DOMA will soon be history, though some will nitpick that he still thinks that this should be handled by the states.
When Glee returns, it will have Amber Riley and Harry Shum, Jr. back to help with the school musical, as well as shine a spotlight on the new guys. It’s definitely a gay free video, but fortunately it makes up for that with plenty of Unique.
This is a first look at Comedy Central’s Gajillionaires, which is definitely not based on the Koch brothers. I’m not quite sure how you make this into a series, but depending on how the election goes, it could be out of date on arrival, or ready to take South Park’s place in political commentary.
On The New Normal, Bryan takes a trip to the paparazzi patch with his BFF Nicole Ritchie, and can’t help but shine some of the spotlight on himself.
Just when I was ready to give up on This Week In Unnecessary Censorship, they have a bit of beefcake to keep my interest thanks to Survivor and Dancing With the Stars. But then they had to go and scar my childhood again.
Ne-Yo, Herbie Hancock, Johnny Rzeznik, Delta Rae, Natasha Bedingfield have joined forces for President Obama with the music video “Forward” which wasn’t made with the campaign, but probably should be embraced by it.
Tha Carrie Diaries has a new trailer out, and you can spend the entire this guessing which of the young actors is going to turn out to be one of Carrie Bradshaw’s gay accessories. My favorite part was the appearance of Freema Agyeman from Doctor Who. Martha was my favorite new-Who companion.
For Sufjan Stevens latest song, “Mr. Frosty Man” he commissioned a claymation video that is very much not for kiddies. It does fit the weekend though, with zombies and a snowman, what with Frankenstorm approaching.