Breakfast w/Greg: Chaz Bono in OUT 100; Lesbian storyline on 90210; Neil Patrick Harris gets engaged to a woman – on TV!
This has been a most superb and news-filled week and I’m looking forward to a really fun weekend too.
Remember several years back when Out Magazine caused such a stir with its “Glass Closet” Out 100 cover featuring Anderson Cooper and Jodie Foster? Well, I don’t know if there will be any reluctant gay folks on the list this year (it doesn’t seem so) but I do kn0w at least one person who is: Chaz Bono.
Chaz, now 40, is the only child of Cher and Sonny Bono and is transitioning into life as a man.
He is the first name to be released of a list that includes 100 gay men, women, and trans people who have made 2009 a year to remember. Chaz was photographed by Jason Bell and the shot inside a men’s room has the title “Most Likely To Reinvent.”
Out writes: Chaz has a long history in queer activism. After coming out in the April 1995 issue of The Advocate, he went on to write for the magazine, serve as a high-profile spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, became entertainment media director for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and penned two books centered on LGBT issues. After several years under the radar, Bono broke news in June that he had begun FTM gender reassignment surgery.
In the coming days, Out will reveal the rest of the honorees, including the directors, writers, Broadway producers, musicians and stars who have shaped popular art and culture; the bravest young voices, the dedicated campaigners, the openly gay politicians and lobbyists who’ve brought us this far; and the ordinary LGBT people who have inspired with their extraordinary actions.
RUMER HAS IT: I want to like Rumer Willis.
For some reason, just the sight of her just makes me want to slam my magazine shut or turn my laptop off. It’s not rational, I’m sure she’s quite nice. She has just had that “famous for being famous” quality as the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore and never seemed to really be doing anything to justify the attention.
That could be about to change as Rumer is about to embark on what could be a very exciting lesbian storyline on 90210.
Rumer is a recurring guest star playing the lesbian character of Gia and she will become involved with Jessica Lowndes’ character of Adrianna. We will begin to see the unfolding of this relationship in January.
Executive Producer Rebecca Sinclair tells Entertainment Weekly: “This isn’t a fling. We’re coming at this from a genuine place and not going, ‘Let’s do a titillating story that will grab some promotion.’ This is a real aspect of teenager life that’s interesting … And there’s been a real void in the 90210 universe in terms of gay and bisexual characters.”
WEDDING BELLS FOR BARNEY? Who would’ve thought that the womanizing Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother would ever even think about settling down?
Well, everyone has to grow up sometime, even the wildman Barney who is played with such delicious gusto by three-time Emmy nominee Neil Patrick Harris.
Barney has been dating Robin (Cobie Smulders) and things are going to become a lot more serious – quickly – as they get engaged!
According to the show’s co-creator Carter Bays: “It happens spontaneously. It’s a pretty snap decision, but it has consequences for them and for the rest of the group.”
Bays also tells TV Guide: “We’re seeing what basically boils down to a new Barney and a new Robin. This is the culmination….Everything they feared about relationships changing them is going to come to fruition in a much bigger way than they could have imagined.”
Oh, this sounds good!