The industry never thought I'd come this far. I was faced with constant rejection because of my sexual orientation and natural flamboyance. I come to remind you, to be here for YOU. So be as gay as you want! Be ALL that you can be! Thank you, @Queerty. https://t.co/ccSv0GCSwD
Entertainment Weekly shares this video today and writes: Our annual LGBTQ issue hits stands June 7, but we’re so excited about celebrating these inspiring artists that we’re letting things slip now. Neil Patrick Harris, Ruby Rose, Janet Mock, Anderson Cooper, Wilson Cruz, and Melissa Etheridge gathered together for a top-secret shoot this spring, and they will reunite at an invite-only event (hosted by Netflix and Cadillac) at the Stonewall Inn in New York City to celebrate the issue’s release. We’re keeping the official cover — and the fascinating interviews — under wraps for now, but check out the teaser video above for a taste of what’s in store in this year’s issue.
Juan Castano plays a gay man in the new Netflix series What/If as well as in the upcoming Tales of the City miniseries. Playing those roles and playing Zachary Quinto’s husband in the 2015 ex-gay drama I Am Michael have helped the actor realize that he is sexually fluid.
He tells NewNowNext: “I would say that for the majority of my life I identified as straight, but as I got older I think my sexual preference has gotten more fluid. I am, as my friends say, on the spectrum. When I first had to kiss another man, it was in a play in New York six or seven years ago, Minotaur. I kissed this guy, and you’re rehearsing over and over, and it didn’t feel that different from kissing a woman. Then on I Am Michael it was the same thing. It feels really nice. I think what’s important is that as long as there is a connection with a human being that feels good it doesn’t make a difference if it’s a man or a woman. I would say playing Marcos (on What/If) solidified that for me simply because spending that much time with a character you fall in love with them and what they’re going through.”
David Letterman’s new Netflix show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction is already making headlines.
During an interview with Letterman, Ellen DeGeneres shared with the host how when she was a teenager, her stepfather used her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis as an excuse to fondle her.
“He told me when she was out of town that he’d felt a lump in her breast and needed to feel my breasts because he didn’t want to upset her, but he needed to feel mine,” DeGeneres said. “Again, because I didn’t know about bodies, I don’t know that breasts are all different. Anyway, he convinced me that he needs to feel my breasts. And then he tries to do it again another time. And then another time.”
Ellen says the abuse escalated over time: “He tries to break my door down, and I kicked the window out and ran ’cause I knew it was going to go more to something. I didn’t want to tell my mother ‘cause I was protecting her and I knew that would ruin her happiness. We just don’t feel like we’re worthy, or we’re scared to have a voice, and we’re scared to say no. That’s the only reason I think it’s important to talk about it because there’s so many young girls and it doesn’t matter how old you are.”
DeGeneres also said that she told her mother, Betty, about the abuse, but Betty didn’t believe her.
“I should have protected myself and I didn’t tell her for a few years and then I told her,” Ellen explained. “And then she didn’t believe me and then she stayed with him for 18 more years. And finally left him because he’d changed the story so many times.”
Her mother has since apologized for not believing her daughter sooner.
I’ve been so dazzled and impressed with Chris Colfer since first seeing him on Glee all those years ago.
He gave the gay character of Kurt Hummel such heart and soul. We rooted for Kurt and we rooted for Chris who went from unknown to Golden Globe winner, three-time People’s Choice Award winner and Emmy nominee.
But even during the show’s run, Chris was always working on other things. He wrote, starred in, produced, and novelized his first film, Struck by Lightning, which debuted at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. He is also a New York Times number-one bestselling author of The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, the first novel in his middle-grade reader series. He has since written five more books in the The Land of Stories and all have been best sellers.
In 2017, Chris also released his second book for Young Adult readers called Stranger Than Fanfiction.
Happy birthday to this talented and busy young man!