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“90210″ Spoiler Alert regarding Teddy’s love life

http://sdgln.com/files/ian_90210-300x199-7129.jpgOkay folks, I am giving you plenty of fair warning to STOP reading this post if you do not want to know anything about what is going to happen with the Teddy and Ian storyline on 90210.

You have been warned so I don’t want to get any of those “Greg! You ruin everything!” messages that inevitably get sent.

So, hasn’t it just been the sweetest thing to see Teddy (Trevor Donovan) admit that he is gay and to no longer be pushing Ian (Kyle Riabko) away. On Monday’s show, he told Ian that while he is not yet ready to go public, he does want to be with him. [See clip HERE].

While the two characters are moving forward in their relationship, we got an inkling that it might not last when Michael Ausiello reported that this casting call went out in November: Casting is underway for the role of Marco, a “hot, super-athletic, openly gay love interest” for Trevor Donovan’s same-sex-lovin’ alter ego. Interested actors MUST be comfortable making out with another dude.

Now Ausiello reports that the role of Marco has been cast with newcomer Freddie Smith who is slated to debut in February.

So what happens to Riabko, the Broadway star of the musicals Spring Awakening and Hair? He is reportedly leaving of his own accord because he wants to make himself available for the looming pilot season.

Maybe the talented Riabko would have wanted to stay on the show longer if he and Donovan had been given more screen time.

He will be missed.

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Ed Begley Jr. talks to Greg In Hollywood about DADT: “To have to serve in secrecy is ridiculous.”

http://img.timeinc.net/time/daily/2007/0711/begley_podcast_1129.jpgI’ve talked to Ed Begley Jr. in the past about his decades of work as an environmentalist. But it was not until we chatted recently at the GLAAD at 25 event in Hollywood that I knew how passionate the actor is about LGBT equality.

Ed, best known for his role as Dr. Victor Ehrlich on St. Elsewhere, currently has a show about green living called Living With Ed with his wife, actress Rachelle Carson, on the Planet Green network.

As the congress decides on whether or not to repeal the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy which prevents gay and lesbians from serving openly, Begley had some things to say about Sen. John McCain who has led the effort to retain the policy.

“He’s on the wring side of this issue in my opinion,” Begley said. “He’s a man who served his country with honor, he’s a war hero. Sadly, he is getting pressure I think from other groups of people and he’s bending to that pressure … I think it’s time to have that kind of change.”

He compares the current battle for LGBT equality to the civil rights movement of the 60s.

“We saw that kind of change in my lifetime in Selma, Alabama, Montgomery, Alabama and parts of the South people had to drink from different drinking fountains and go to different schools,” he said. “It was wrong and a lot of people knew it. And fortunately people stepped up to the plate, Dr. [Martin Luther] King [Jr.] and others stepped up to the plate and they became engaged and change occurred. We’re at that point now too with regards to marriage and serving in the military.”

“You certainly don’t have to be straight to shoot straight,” he added. “People have served in every war in the course of history I would hazard to guess who are gay. To have to serve in secrecy is ridiculous [because] one of the great things about our military is what transparency and openness there is supposed to be. They”re built on ethical behavior and to now have to lie about things. Say what is and continue to serve and I think the majority of the military wants it. The leadership wants it. It’s time.”

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Today’s Holiday Tune: See Mariah Carey performing the lively and fun “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Bn6DUpqaOHc/SxWGDNDp91I/AAAAAAAAAEI/mwXItfgo4hw/s1600/countdown+to+christmas.jpgA very pregnant Mariah Carey has been out promoting her second album of holiday tunes Merry Christmas II.

Back in 1994, Mariah released her first holiday album Merry Christmas and it featured a song she co-wrote with Beach Boys-style harmonies, jangling bells, and a sleigh-ride pace.

Here is a live version of her singing All I Want For Christmas Is You.

Enjoy!

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Sheryl Lee Ralph and LeAnn Rhimes to perform with LA Gay Men’s Chorus in “Comfort and Joy”

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http://www.dixiestreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/leann-rimes-swingin.jpgThis is one event I don’t mind driving out to Glendale to see.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) will be performing their holiday concert Comfort and Joy. on Saturday, Dec. 18 and Sunday, Dec. 19 at the Alex Theatre.

Broadway legend – and original Dreamgirls star - Sheryl Lee Ralph will grace the stage with the guys on Saturday, December 18th. On Sunday, December 19th, they will be joined by country diva LeAnn Rimes, a two-time Grammy winner.
The chorus pulls out all the stops in its annual holiday musical extravaganza led by guest conductor Tim Seelig in his GMCLA debut. Some 150 choristers, resplendent in holiday finery, do Santa proud with a bundle of beloved seasonal works and the dazzling Twelve Days of Christmas ‘Black-Light Puppet Spectacular.’

Musical highlights range over a broad spectrum of classical and pop selections and include:
Handel’s Comfort Ye, Bruckner’s Ave Maria, the Kenny Loggins anthem Celebrate Me Home, Silver Bells by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, Mariah Carey’s playful All I Want for Christmas Is You, Mark Riese’s God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, Mary Sat A-Rockin’ by Greg Gilpin, Pat Ballard’s classic Mr. Santa, the lush Merry Christmas/Christmas Carol by John Williams and Leslie Bricusse, Elves Broadway Christmas complete with dancing elves, and the magical Twelve Days of Christmas.

To get in the GMCLA Holiday mood, you can see  them perform on KCET at 10pm or in the Hollywood Christmas Parade on Friday December 17th from 8 – 10pm on KTLA, Channel 5.
Click here for tickets!

Running time is approximately 2 hours with one intermission, and the performance is suitable for all ages. Photo/Video recording by patrons is not allowed. For handicapped seating in an area requiring no stairs to access, please call the Alex Theatre Box Office for information and purchase.

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Oprah tells Barbara Walters she’s not a lesbian and calls best friend Gayle King “the mother I never had.”

http://static.tvguide.com/MediaBin/Content/101011/News/Todays_News_Our_Take/4_thurs/101014oprah-winfrey-barbara-walters1.jpgBarbara Walters is famous for making her interview subjects cry and Oprah Winfrey is no exception.

Tomorrow night on ABC, Walters interviews Oprah who is the entire focus of a one-hour special the precedes Barbara’s annual “10 Most Fascinating People” special at 10 p.m.

Oprah sheds tears when talking about her best friend Gayle King.

“She is the mother I never had. She is the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don’t know a better person. I don’t know a better person,” says Oprah.

As tears ran down her face the talk show queen says: “Shoot. I wasn’t going to cry.”

“Why is it making you cry?” asks Walters.

“It’s making me cry because I’m thinking about how much I probably never told her that. Tissue please! I’ve never told her that.”

Barbara then brings up those persistent rumors that the two women are really more than friends.

Oprah, no longer crying, says: “I have said we are not gay enough times. I’m not lesbian. I’m not even kind of lesbian. The reason why it irritates me is because it means somebody must think I’m lying. Why would you hide it? That’s not the way I run my life.”

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Chaz Bono is glad mom Cher made a new movie; He’s also excited about his new movie “Becoming Chaz”

http://www.exposay.com/celebrity-photos/cher-and-chaz-bono-cher-hand-footprint-gOhdaC.jpgChaz Bono is no different from all those Cher fans out there who have missed her on the big screen.

Cher’s new film Burlesque opened two weeks ago and was her first movie since 2003′s Stuck On You, a comedy in which she appeared as a fictionalized version of herself.

Burlesque is a far bigger showcase for the Oscar winning actress and as of Monday, had grossed $27.5 million at the domestic box office.

“I’m really happy that she did another movie,”  Chaz told Greg In Hollywood at last week’s GLAAD at 25 event.

Chaz, formerly the female Chastity Bono, made his first public appearances with his mom since transitioning to a male at the film’s premiere and a few days earlier when Cher got her footprints in the cement in front of Hollywood’s famed Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

Said Chaz: “Getting the footprints at Grauman’s was a huge big deal and an honor and I was happy to be there with the rest of the family to share it.”

But Cher is not the only member of the family with a new film.

Becoming Chaz, a documentary about his life, has been chosen for the Sundance Film Festival. Chaz is not only the subject of the film, but also a producer.

“We’re editing it now,” he said. “I’m very excited about it. I think it’s going to hopefully open up people’s heart and minds to what it means to be transgender and I’m really psyched about going to Sundance.”

Here is a LINK to my earlier post talking to Chaz about his mother’s persistent pronoun problem, still referring to Chaz as “she” in interviews.

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Wednesday Morning Man: Jason Winston George!

jason-george.jpg Jason Winston GeorgeThe handsome Jason Winston George is one of the stars of the new ABC series Off The Map which premieres next month.

Filmed in Hawaii, the series is set in a remote South American village where six doctors search for reasons that brought each of them to medicine.

Jason, who plays Otis Cole on the show, is now stranger to series television with regular roles on the ABC dramas Eli Stone and What About Brian, the sitcom Eve and played a lifeguard named Michael Bourne during the entire three-year run of the now-defunct daytime soap Sunset Beach.

The 38-year-old actor has also appeared in many films including Barbershop, Bewitched and and done guest spots on dozens of prime time shows including Clockstoppers, Grey’s Anatomy, Friends, Without a Trace, Roswell, House and Stargate SG-1.

Jason is also a hunk with brains graduating from the University of Virgina with a double major in Rhetoric and Communication Studies and Drama.

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90210: Teddy tells Ian he likes him and wants to keep seeing him – but on the downlow for now

http://sdgln.com/files/ian_90210-300x199-7129.jpgOn this week’s episode of 90210, Teddy lights up when he sees Ian at school but as they begin to talk, he gets a little uncomfortable and it’s clear he is not ready to be openly gay.

But at least he is honest with Ian and tells him that he does like him and wants to keep seeing him but secretly. Ian is not happy about it saying he does not want to go back into the closet.

Teddy clearly has feelings for Ian and actor Trevor Donovan is doing a terrific job conveying that. It feels very real when he later tells Ian: “Look, I know I’m gay. I just need some time to process that.”

He asks Ian for more time and tells Ian: “I want to be with you.”

They kiss and kiss some more.

And someone sees!

Check it out:

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Fabulous Beekman Boys holiday special to air this week; See their new “It Gets Better” message

http://www.tvtango.com/uploads/blogImages/217/beekman_boys_josh_and_brent_4.jpgJosh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge (aka The Fabulous Beekman Boys) have become quite a hit with their “gay Green Acres” reality show which will return for a second season next year.

The initial season followed Josh, a best-selling author and advertising executive, and his partner, Brent, a physician and former vice president at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, as they left Manhattan behind for the country life at the Beekman 1802 farm.

Season two will follow them–along with viewer favorites Farmer John and Polka Spot the llama—as they juggle their relationship, along with a burgeoning home business and a rapidly expanding working farm.

In the meantime, Josh and Brent headline a holiday special this Wednesday December 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Planet Green.

The boys are set to make festive, fabulous with their special which will feature bloopers; answers to fan questions; crafts, cooking and caroling; an appearance from Farmer John; favorite moments from Season 1 and a special sneak peek at Season 2.

Here is a preview:



Josh and Brent also have a new “It Gets Better” video for The Trevor Project and they talk about one day finding someone to love who loves you right back. It’s very sweet.

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Video: See Public Service Announcement by cast of “The Closer” for GLSEN Safe Space Campaign

http://sbvportal.thechip.com/Portals/0/SunBlogNuke/1/WindowsLiveWriter/BlakeRobbinsappearingonTheCloserDispatch_C7A4/the-closer-s5-cast_2.jpgTNT’s The Closer returned to the air with five new episodes on Monday and star Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick as an LAPD deputy chief in charge of high-profile homicides.

The show, now in its sixth season, features a very large cast including Jonathan Del Arco who plays a gay medical examiner and openly gay actor Phillip P. Keene whom plays technology expert Buzz Watson.

Sedgwick, Del Arco, Keene and the other cast members all recently made this Public Service Announcement for the GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) Safe Space Campaign which aims to place a GLSEN Safe Space Kit in every middle and high school in the country.

Check it out:

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Today’s Holiday Tune: Karen Carpenter sings the gorgeous “Merry Christmas Darling”

http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/13242/2009/12/340x_karencarpenterxmas.jpgThis 1970 song written by Richard Carpenter and Frank Pooler was made a classic by the gorgeous delivery of the late, great Karen Carpenter who died in 1983.

The single of Merry Christmas Darling went to number one on Billboard’s Christmas singles chart in 1970, and did again in 1971 and 1973. It was then included in The Carpenters 1978 Christmas Portrait album and Karen performed it on their ABC Christmas special that year.

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Thom Beirdz undergoes liposuction, is ready for male love interest on “Young and the Restless”

RESTLESS: Thom Bierdz talks candidly about cosmetic surgery he recently had and what he’s had done in the past in the new issue of Soap Opera Weekly.

The actor, who plays Phillip Chancellor III on The Young and the Restless, recently underwent liposuction to remove fat from the neck and upper stomach area.

Here’s what led to the lipo: “On the Sept. 13, 2010 episode of Y&R, my character, Phillip, consoled Nina in their diseased son’s bedroom. I remember the assistant director telling me not to look down and I almost rolled my eyes to Tricia Cast (Nina) about it. I had no idea how bad I looked in that position because I was not able to see myself at this angle. … When I saw myself on TV, I was quite horrified and amused to see that my angular face was a complete round, fat mass that hung like Play-Doh when I looked downward. … My shirt also creased between my chest and my upper stomach because of a peculiar fat bump that made me look like I had a belly. So I wanted to remove that upper stomach fat.”

Why did he go through the trouble of surgery?

“I so want Y&R to give my character a love interest. I want to be a fit actor if that happens, but I have no idea if they will come through with a gay romance for Phillip.”

Thom was a closeted actor when he first played Phillip on the soap from 1986 to 1989. His mother was murdered by his mentally ill brother soon after that and Thom left acting for many years. He re-emerged in the public eye as an acclaimed artist and author and last year returned to Y&R only this time, as an openly gay actor. Phillip was also written to be gay and hiding his sexuality was explained as the reason why he faked his own death and fled Genoa City.

Thom had silicone injected into his jawline and had his ear pinned back years ago to make his triangular face look more square. Last year, he added additional silicone to his jaw but it ended up making him appear wider on TV.

The handsome Thom looked pretty good to me before. What do you think of how he looks now?

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Emmy winner Archie Panjabi of “The Good Wife” talks about her mysterious character of Kalinda

http://www.nypost.com/rw/nypost/2010/02/14/entertainment/photos_stories/cropped/tvw_archie_panjabi--300x300.jpgShe plays one of the most intriguing female characters on television and Archie Panjabi plays her so well that she won an Emmy last fall.

The character is that of the tightly-wound Kalinda on CBS’s superb drama The Good Wife. The actress recently talked to The Los Angeles Times’s The Envelope about her TV alter-ego.

“You feel very safe with Kalinda; she’s there to protect,” she says. “If I’m stuck in a spot of bother I try to think, ‘What would Kalinda do?’ She’s very detached, and she can make a decision and think five steps ahead without emotion. That’s not something most of us can do.”

Panjabi said not much has been made of Kalinda’s ethnicity: “She’s being introduced as a person and a woman first. There are questions about her sexuality but not that many about her ethnic background which is a great way forward for television. It doesn’t have to be a driving force in her character.”

We were given hints that Kalinda was a lesbian – or at least bisexual – at the end of last season and so far this year, we learned that she had been involved with an attorney portrayed by Lili Taylor.

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Tuesday Morning Man: Bobby Cannavale!

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http://www.blogcdn.com/www.queersighted.com/media/2007/10/wg_cropped.jpgWhen Will Truman finally got a long-term boyfriend on Will & Grace, we knew it had to be somebody special.

Enter Bobby Cannavale as police officer Vince D’Angelo.

He and Eric McCormack, who played Will on the long-running sitcom, had terrific chemistry and enjoyed some of the finest moments of the show’s eight-year history.

He won the Emmy for outstanding guest actor for his performance as Vince. But this was not the 39-year-old Cannavale’s first memorable role and it has not been the last.

By the time he landed on Will & Grace, the actor had already starred for two seasons on the NBC series Third Watch in the lead role of Bobby Caffey. He had also starred in 100 Centre Street, a show written by his then father-in-law Sidney Lumet.

He has also appeared in many films, most notably The Station Agent. Other film roles include Shall We Dance, Romance & Cigarettes, Happy Endings, The Bone Collector, The Take, Snakes on a Plane, Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Fast Food Nation.

Cannavale also showed his stage chops in the 2008 Broadway play Mauritius for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.

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Seriously? Ed O’Neill of “Modern Family” says Jane Lynch did not deserve to win Emmy for “Glee”

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http://images.buddytv.com/articles/john-from-cincinnati/image/ed-oneill.jpgGlee’s deliciously snarky Sue Sylvester is already one of television’s most classic characters and only an actress with the comedic skills and timing of Jane Lynch would be able to pull her off each week.

Lynch deservedly won the Emmy for the role this year.

Now, inexplicably, Modern Family star Ed O’Neil has publicly stated in an interview with TV Guide Canada that Lynch did not deserve to win the prize.

“I love Jane, honestly I do,” he said. “I’m dying to star in one of Christopher Guest’s movies alongside her, but I don’t think she should have gotten the Emmy for that part. (Sue Sylvester) is just a one-note character.”

What is this? Another Kanye West vs. Taylor Swift?

Not only is it not true (we see more and more sides to Sue each week), but it is such a tacky thing to say.

Of course O’Neill thinks the Emmy should have gone to co-star Sofia Vergara who plays his on-screen wife: “Sofia is just so, so funny. I don’t think people realize how hilarious she is. She’s so sharp with her wit, it’s amazing.”

Vergara is terrific and was nominated along with another Modern Family co-star Julie Bowen. But my hunch is she might wish Ed had just kept his mouth shut!

No comment from Jane Lynch yet but Sue Sylvester would make minced meat out of the former Al Bundy!

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Olympic Gold Medalist Matthew Mitcham talks to GQ Australia about being gay and his post-Olympic life

Matthew MitchamThe magnificent Matthew Mitcham is profiled in the new issue of CQ Australia as he prepares for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Matthew was the only openly gay athlete competing in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing – the only one – and his dramatic win from the 10-meter board  gave him the highest score in Olympic diving history.

“Before the Games, people advised me not to come out to the media because it might hinder sponsors’ interest,” he said. “But while they didn’t come very quickly, I don’t know if that was because I came out or because of the GFC. Either way, I’ve got all these sponsors now so it doesn’t seem to be an issue. … The way I deal with life is to be honest and to deal with the consequences of that afterwards, should there be any. It’s much harder for me to lie or deceive or be in denial. Before the Olympics, I wanted Australia to know exactly who they were supporting.

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GQ: How do you cope with the level of interest that comes from being an Olympic champion?

MM: It’s flattering, actually. Every kid grows up wanting to be special in their own way, and for me that’s happened through diving.

GQ: When you’re not at the pool, how do you spend your time?

MM: I’m really boring. The most interesting thing I do is dance around the living room in my underwear to Operator Please every now and then. If I had the choice I’d be a night owl, but I leave the house for training at 5.40am and I don’t get back until 6.30pm. Then it’s dinner, a bit of TV, some uni work and off to bed.

GQ: What’s home life like for you?

MM: It’s just me, my partner Lachlan and my puppy Louis — he’s a Maltese-cross and I’ve had him for two years. He can do a couple of tricks now. And I’ve had Lachlan four years. He’s very obedient, too.

GQ: And what do you think it is that makes the relationship work so well?

MM: It’s all about understanding. He understands that I have to train a lot and spend time overseas. He doesn’t like it, but he’s really supportive and he knows that’s my job, to compete. You’ve got to be supportive of each other.

GQ: Could you see yourselves getting married one day?

MM: I’ve never really been that into marriage for myself. I don’t think I need marriage to feel safe and secure in my relationship, or to validate it. But I certainly do want marriage for all the gay people in Australia who want it. I wish they could have the option.

GQ: Having the kick-arse body of an elite athlete should make you smile.

MM: I sometimes like to avoid the mirror, actually. I pick myself to pieces. There’s always something you want to change, right? I don’t have great skin — I’ve got pimples everywhere. And I need to lose a couple of kilos to get to my optimum weight for Delhi.

GQ: Been packing on the pounds?

MM: Yeah, too much banana bread. I’m addicted. I have it every day.

GQ: So it’s not a beer gut?

MM: Ha! No. In the lead-up to Beijing I got on the straight and narrow and totally stopped drinking. Since then I’ve maintained a relatively well-behaved lifestyle. I go out every now and then but not often compared to a normal person. I probably drink a glass of wine once a month. It’s just my way of life. And because I haven’t drunk much for so long my body doesn’t handle it well. I don’t get the nice tipsy phase; I just get sick.

GQ: Looking back, has being gay ever made life harder for you?

MM: Only when I wasn’t totally honest and open about it to myself or to other people. When you hide that kind of thing, other people can sense you’re uncomfortable. They can see that as a weakness and use it as a target to bully you. That was the case when I was quite young and only just realising I was gay. Society teaches you that gay is not as good as straight, you grow up with those ideas in your head, and you punish yourself. You
try and deny it, or wait it out, or change it. But it wasn’t until I was totally honest about it all that it wasn’t a problem. I wish I could tell everyone that and that they could just do it, to get rid of this shit, this anguish that comes with it. But that would be irresponsible of me because there are external factors for people — their family, their religion, the laws of their country.

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Seen and Heard at GLAAD at 25 event

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Steven Weber, Jean Smart, Wilson Cruz, Doris Roberts, Chaz Bono, Amanda Heard, Michael Kearns, Holly Robinson Peete, Michelle Clunie, and Jai Rodruguez were among the stars who turned up art Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood on Friday night to celebrate the 25th anniversary of GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).

GLAAD was first formed in 1985 in New York to protest the New York Post’s coverage of AIDS. In the decades since, the organization went on to push for several changes throughout the media by working with newsrooms and television and film studios.

Presenter Holly Robinson Peete talked about GLAAD’s meeting with Mel Gibson over homophobic scenes in Braveheart (the actor-director’s name drew hisses from the crowd as did Anita Bryant’s).

“After Bird on a Wire, Man Without a Face and Braveheart, Gibson finally agreed to meet with GLAAD and nine young LGBT filmmakers,” Robinson Peete said. “A lot of good that did. … Braveheart won the Academy Award for best picture of the year , GLAAD protested it. … Mel Gibson finally proves the world right [about' what we were talking about years ago."

Wilson Cruz

Presenter Wilson Cruz, whose character of Ricky Vasquez on ABC's My So-Called Life was the first gay teen on network prime time TV, reflected on the early days of GLAAD: "It was astonishing how much education about LGBT issues they had to do. Once at a meeting when mentioning that Michaelangelo and Da Vinci were gay, one executive thought that we were referring to the teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

Cruz added that there was "massive misinformation, stereotyping and just plain defamation. ...  Even well-meaning executives needed to have it explained that there was no one gay lifestyle or that it was a sexual preference and that the only choice we were making was whether to be closeted or out."

Presenter Michael Kearns, who has been an out actor for 35 years, told the audience:  "It was lonely at the beginning. But you have to understand that people were scared to come out, they felt that they would be ending their careers by being stigmatized and never cast. But for many actors, it was hard to speak up. Then all of a sudden, there was a movement speaking up on their behalf.."

Kearns talked about GLAAD's work going into workplaces and having meetings with development people about homophobia and gay and lesbian stereotypes and images. Talking about the richness of the community. Working on educating media, newsrooms, the production houses, TV and radio stations.

http://www.insidesocal.com/outinhollywood/jeansmart.jpgActress Jean Smart, a three-time Emmy winner, told the crowd inside Harmony Gold:  I was a lesbian since before GLAAD was born. At least on the stage. [In the LA and New York productions of Last Summer At Bluefish Cove in 1980 and 1981] When there was almost no, no positive gay images of any kind in the media so the play really struck a nerve with the audiences, you could see a real hunger for people to see themselves and their lives being reflected. It was an exhilarating run and I still consider it one of the highlights of my career.”

Smart, currently a regular on CBS’s Hawaii Five-O, had her first experience with GLAAD while playing the role of Charlene on the classic sitcom Designing Women.

Designing Women got a GLAAD Media Award for best comedy episode called “Suzanne Goes Looking For a Friend,” Smart recalled. “Suzanne Sugarbaker, played by the imitable Delta Burke, mistakes her friend’s coming out as her emergence into society at a debutant ball. It was a very funny episode and it used humor to spotlight what it meant to be a lesbian in this country at that time. There were not that many LGBT images in television or film. So any positive or balanced character was cause for celebration.”

It was given during the very first GLAAD Media Awards ceremony in Los Angeles: “I’m very happy to have been part of something historic at this event,” Smart said.

Jarret Barrios

GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios talked about “25 years of watchdog work against homophobic images in the media from Bob Hope and Andy Rooney to Ann Coulter and Bill O’Reilly. From Andrew Dice Clay to 50 Cent. … We believe that a world that respects LGBT people, doesn’t have room for stereotyped images and insulting humor that degrades us.”

He added: “Who would have imagined so many people would go online for their news, that television would include hundreds of stations and blogs and Facebook would have so much power. Who would have imagined this technological evolution would leave GLAAD to give up its phone trees and the fax machines in favor of email and Twitter to call our members to action.”

Steven Weber had one of the funnier lines of the night when talking about the annual GLAAD Media Awards when positive LGBT portrayals and coverage in the media are honored. He referred to the event as “the gayer Oscars.”

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The first Executive Director of GLAAD’s LA chapter, Richard Jennings, was presented with the GLAAD Founders Award. He had left his job at Paramount in the mid-80s and lived off his savings to help form GLAAD.

He called Friday night’s event “really like the greatest high school reunion ever” as it was attended by many former board members and featured video montages of moments from the organization’s first quarter-century.

Jennings said: “The steady stream of negative portrayals and censorship of gay and lesbian lives on film and in television has given way to much more realistic and life-affirming depictions, such as this year’s The Kids Are All Right and TV’s Glee.”

Jonathan Murray, co-creator of MTV’s The Real World, received the Pioneer Award. From the first of what is now 25 seasons of the show, he made sure it regularly included gay and lesbian cast members.

“I think it’s because it was real,” he said on stage. “How can you argue with something that’s real?”

Coming this week: Interviews with Steven Weber, Doris Roberts, Wilson Cruz, Jonathan Murray, Jai Rodriguez and Michelle Clunie!

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GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios talks to Greg In Hollywood about his organizaton’s work and their problem with “The Dilemma”

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_YGeU2nHmk9U/S9kiLyidXBI/AAAAAAAAEIU/SSbcBItR6uw/s1600/jarrett+barrios.jpgMy full report on the GLAAD at 25 event from over the weekend will be posted shortly.

But first I want to share this conversation I had with GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios on the red carpet.

I asked him to reflect on what this quarter-century milestone means: “GLAAD at 25 is about not just recognizing at how far we’ve come and in particular how far the media has come, but to also recognize how far we have to go. In 29 states we can still be fired from our job, in 44 states we’re denied the basic right of marriage. Things so many other people take for granted. We also have a lot of change to go not in the legal world, but in our culture.”

One of GLAAD’s more well-publicized fights in recent months was over a “That’s so gay” joke in the upcoming comedy The Dilemma directed by Ron Howard and starring Vince Vaughn.

In a scene in the trailer, Vaughn’s character says in a workplace scene: “Electric cars are gay.” He goes on to make clear that he doesn’t mean “homosexual, gay, but, you know, my parents are chaperoning the dance, gay.”

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GLAAD wanted the joke removed from the movie entirely but Howard refused and was backed by the studio Sony Pictures.

Said Barrios on Friday: “We are on them and we need to be on them because it isn’t okay to say a joke about somebody because of their religion, it isn’t okay to make that kind of joke because of their race. Why should it be okay to make a joke about somebody because of their sexual orientation? In 2010, that sort of humor doesn’t fly anymore.

“Think of yourself as that 13 or 14 year old boy or girl with all your high school friends, knowing that you’re gay and knowing they don’t know, you’re looking to see if they’re laughing at that joke and when they laugh, you know that you could never tell them who you really are. Because what that joke is telling you is that you’re less than them. That’s why that kind of humor doesn’t fly about race anymore or about gender or religion. It shouldn’t fly with sexual orientation.”

He said there are no protests planned for next month’s release of The Dilemma: “We’ve made our point and it’s our hope that they will consider taking it out.”

But Barrios made clear that GLAAD plans to remain vigilant.

“GLAAD is going to continue to bring it home,” he said. “Not all humor that involves gay people is bad, humor can be elevating, humor can help us in our fight for equality. But humor can also denigrate and take away people’s humanity. What we want is for Hollywood to think twice, to think more carefully about the jokes they tell.”

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Trevor LIVE has stellar star turnout including Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Lynch, Katy Perry & Darrin Criss!

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With the spate of highly-publicized teen suicides this fall, the important work of The Trevor Project has been more front-and-center then ever before.

It also led to a stellar star-studded turnout at the organization’s annual fundraiser Trevor LIVE held at Hollywood Palladium last night including Jane Lynch, Neil Patrick Harris, Kathy Griffin, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Katy Perry, Darren Criss, Rashida Jones, David Arquette, Sarah Silverman, Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel, Kate Walsh, Queen Latifah, Wayne Brady, Justin Long, Joe Manganiello, Kristin Davis, Brittany Snow, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Josh Duhamel, Anna Kendrick, James Marsden and Jessica Alba, among others.

The highlight for most in attendance was a duet of Teenage Dream by Katy Perry and Darren Criss, the most recent addition to the cast of Glee. Here is video of that performance, not the best quality but still nice to watch:

Also dueting were husband and wife Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel on Ebony and Ivory and a song by Neil Patrick Harris and James Marsden which was sealed with a kiss!

See plenty more red carpet photos and images from the show at Socialite Life!

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Trevor Project concert red carpet darren criss katy perry

Trevor Project concert red carpet darren criss katy perry

Trevor Project concert red carpet darren criss katy perry

Trevor Project concert red carpet darren criss katy perry

Trevor Project concert red carpet darren criss katy perry

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Actress Amber Heard now out publicly!

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Amber Heard Comes Out at GLAAD AwardsWhen actress Amber Heard was introduced by Michael Kearns Friday night at the GLAAD at 25 event as an out actress, I was sitting there in the second row of the Harmony Gold Theater applauding as loud as anyone.

I wasn’t familiar with Amber’s work so I did not immediately realize that it was at this event, right in front of my eyes, that she was coming out publicly!

“I am honored to be here,” Amber said as she took the stage to present the GLAAD Founders Award to Richard Jennings.

Amber, who got her start in the TV series Hidden Palms, has starred in such films as Zombieland, The Stepfather, The Joneses, Never Back Down and The Pineapple Express and has the upcoming releases The Rum Diary opposite Johnny Depp and Drive Angry with Nicolas Cage.

Amber was the last celebrity to arrive on the red carpet and she gave an interview to AfterEllen.com: “I think when I became aware of my role in the media, I had to ask myself an important question ‘Am I part of the problem?’ And I think that when millions and millions of hard-working, tax paying Americans are denied their rights and denied their equality you have to ask yourself what are the factors that are an epidemic problem and that’s what this is.”

“Injustice can never be stood for,” she added. “It always must be fought against and I just was sick of it being a problem. I personally think that if you deny something or if you hide something you’re inadvertently admitting it’s wrong. I don’t feel like I’m wrong.”

Amber attended the GLAAD event with with her girlfriend, photographer Tasya van Ree whom she has been dating since 2008.

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