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Coco Peru speaks out about gay suicides: “I remember all too well the years of bullying that I silently endured.”

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But this brilliant gay male American actor and drag performer, whose real name is Clinton Leupp, can also be quite serious and I had to share this entry from Coco’s blog posted in its entirety:
Thursday, September 30th, 2010 6:31 PM
Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh, Asher Brown, Billy Lucas, their names and faces have been swirling in my mind with a mix of both grief and anger. All four committed suicide within a month’s time due to bullying because they were gay or alleged to be gay.  What kind of world are we creating? I feel powerless.

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Rest in peace, Seth Walsh
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I look at their photos, at those beautiful sweet faces, and I want to go back in time. I want to reach through those photos and pull each of them into my world so I can sit with them and tell them that there is life after their teens, that there are people out there who will love and support you and raise you up and celebrate you. People who want to make this world a better place for you so that you can in turn use your talents to make it a better world for others.

http://www.toimg.net/managed/images/10034501/w310/image.jpgThis may sound corny, but I have said it for years that one of the reasons I wanted to create Coco was so that I could celebrate the very things I was taught to hate about myself so that future generations of gay kids wouldn’t have to go through what I went through.

In fact, my heart has soared more than a few times when I’ve gotten emails from teenagers, and one eleven-year-old boy, who have thanked me for being “out” and inspiring them to be themselves. However, today my heart sinks that these four young people fell through the cracks.

I remember all too well the years of bullying that I silently endured. I never told my parents, not once, that I was being called names like fag, homo, and gay. I was so afraid they would ask me if what the other kids were calling me was true.

I can remember trying to navigate new ways to walk to school so that I could avoid the kids that made fun of me. I remember praying incessantly to be spared going to hell for being gay as I was being taught at Catholic school.
Everyday was filled with anxiety and waiting for the next attack. This occurred daily from second grade on. It is for this reason I shut down, I was unable to learn, and basically was robbed of my education.
I can only remember twice in all those years, once in fourth grade and again in High School, where a teacher actually stood up for me.
I lived for summers as they offered a bit of a break from the daily abuse. I can remember lying in my bed, frozen with fear that I would always be alone, having to hide who I truly was, having to continue to make excuses as to why I didn’t want to date girls, that I would forever be made fun of because of my effeminate ways, my hard S’s, and big hips! I cried one night when I realized that the only one that I knew of that loved me unconditionally was my dog. And like a good friend she stood by my side as I wept.
Here is a LINK to the rest of this moving essay.
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“I Love Lucy” Friday: Ricky goes temporarily insane when Lucy gets him fired from his movie studio

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The zany redhead, frustrated that MGM had not yet cast Ricky in a role after his movie was shelved, takes matters into her own hands by pretending to be his agent and setting up a meeting with a studio executive.

She makes us some bogus offers as leverage but the studio ends up not wanting to stand in Ricky’s way and releases him from his contract.

This clip picks up as Ricky finds out this horrible news!

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Happy 75th Birthday to Julie Andrews!

Julie Andrews Dame Julie  Andrews attends the 2008 National Arts Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street on  October 6, 2008 in New York City.

There are stars and there are stars.

Julie Andrews has been one of the brightest for more than 50 years. She made her name on Broadway in the original productions of My Fair Lady and Camelot then segued over to movies where she won the Oscar for Mary Poppins and headlined the all-time classic The Sound of Music.

Then came Thoroughly Modern Millie, Darling Lili, Victor/Victoria, The Princess Diaries and its sequel and the blockbuster Shrek franchise.

Although a botched throat operation robbed Miss Andrews of her operatic singing voice, she’s still going strong writing books and making movies. She co-starred with Dwayne Johnson in last year’s The Tooth Fairy and she was one of the voices in the summer animated hit Despicable Me.

It’s an amazing career that has seen her win the Oscar, the Emmy, five Golden Globes, the Kennedy Center Honors and be named a Dame of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

Happy birthday to a legend!

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Friday Morning Man: Robbie Arnell!

http://images06.alloy.com/pagesystem/2/105/8607/8607_photo.jpgRobbie Arnell is one of the busiest young actors around and certainly seems to be one of the nicest. I was very impressed by how he treated his young fans and he didn’t seem to mind one bit that I did not know who the heck he was.

But plenty of people do from his roles as Jimmy Madigan in the Nickelodeon series True Jackson VP and as Fred Jackson in the new series of Scooby Doo! movies. Fred was the role Freddie Prinze Jr. famously went blond for but Robbie has not followed suit.

“I get a lot of heat for still having brown hair,” he told me when we chatted at a recent event. “It’s unbelievable. Scooby-Doo is 41 years old now and still as big as when they first started it.”

Scooby Doo: The Mystery Begins came out in September 2009 and Scooby Doo: Curse of the Lake Monster comes out Oct. 16. on Cartoon Network then on DVD.

On True Jackson, Robbie plays the boyfriend of the title character and has shot two seasons and a total of 60 episodes of the show. He said he is very grateful for the solid fan support.

“They are the best fans in the world,” he said. “Most of the time they are more shy than they are aggressive except for the rare occasion when they like swarm you.”

He also had a role in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 with Steve Martin and has starred in Picture This opposite Ashley Tisdale and in American Pie Presents: Beta House.

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Ellen DeGeneres speaks out about Rutgers student and other gay teens who have killed themselves


http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim/2010/09/29/tyler-clementi_370x278.jpgThere has been so much horrible news this week about gay teens killing themselves because of the cruelty of their peers.

One of them was 18-year-old Tyler Clementi (pictured, left) a freshman at Rutgers University who jumped off of the George Washington Bridge after his roommate, Dharun Ravi, broadcast video of Clementi having a sex encounter on the internet.

Ellen DeGeneres is speaking out about this and other recent tragedies and God bless her for doing so at this time. It means a lot.

“I am devastated over the death of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi,” Ellen says in the video above. “He was outed as being gay on the Internet and he killed himself. … One life lost in this senseless way is tragic.”

Noting the three other deaths that have been reported with gay teens this month, Ellen added, “Something must be done. … This needs to be a wake up call to everyone that teenage bullying and teasing is an epidemic in this country, and the death rate is climbing. We have an obligation to change this.”

Actor Brett Claywell, who played Kyle Lewis on ABC’s One Life to Live until his gay storyline was dropped, was also shook by the news and wrote on Facebook: “Sad and unnecessary. I wish I knew answers, but for now, all I know is prayers. With every breath, be kind to one another.”

Brett included this LINK to a pretty good CNN story detailing the horrible Rutgers tragedy.

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“Designing Women” Thursday: Suzanne Sugarbaker shares why she has problems with bisexuals

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In this first clip, which I am guessing is from season three, she talks about a guy named Kyle who she knew in school and how she told his parents that Kyle is a bisexual. Mary Jo cannot believe Suzanne would out someone this way.

But Suzanne has her logic: “I always tell the parents. I don’t believe in bisexuals. I figure the rest of us have to choose why shouldn’t they?”

The second clip is funny because Suzanne thinks Charlene’s husband, Bill, might be gay.


Greg In Hollywood chats up the busy Ross Mathews of “The Tonight Show” and “Chelsea Lately”

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It’s always great to bump into Ross Mathews, the funny TV personality who made a name for himself as “Ross the Intern” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Well, Ross is an intern no more as he is billed as Ross Mathews when he appears on Leno and when he makes his frequent appearances on Chelsea Lately on E!
Ross and I first gabbed around three years ago when he took a stand against the Koo Koo Roo chain because they had removed his favorite squash side dish from their menu. He not only got it restored, but it was then named Ross’s Squash.
Here is our recent conversation:
Greg: Do they still have the squash?

Ross Mathews: “There is still squash. I don’t get any money from it but it wasn’t about the money. It was about bringing the squash back to Koo Koo Roo. It should have been against the law to remove it and it’s one of the most prideful things in my life that I was able to start the campaign to successfully bring the squash back to Koo Koo Roo.”

Q. How are there enough hours in the day for you to do all the things that you do?

A. One thing that works is that I’m always just really happy and grateful. It is really hard to get a job in this town so I’m really happy. I get to do Chelsea Lately I get to do Leno.

Q. How is it to be back with Jay on late night? Is everything like it was before?
A. It feels good to still be on Jay nine years later. I’m creative consulting and sort of producing my segments now so my voice is stronger than ever. I got rid of the intern title which I embrace but you have to move on because I’m 30!

Q. How did you and Chelsea hook up? You have such great chemistry.
A. Chelsea and I met years ago before she got her show when we were both, you know, struggling. Trying, trying, trying. And then I hitched myself to the right train or something because she just took off like I always knew she would. She’s so talented and she’s so funny but what people don’t know about her is that she’s so loyal and family oriented and she has treated me like a family member.

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Q. How’s your love life?
A. Incredible. I am absolutely fantastically in love and in a wonderful relationship [with Salvador Camarena] that is so normal and boring it makes my heart sing. We have two dogs and a little house. It’s been two years and we’re going to do the whole [wedding] thing.”

Q. How did you meet?
A. I was on a date with somebody else [laughs] and he walked out and it was like somebody put a highlighter on him. I was like, ‘Oh, there he is.’ And so I excused myself from my date.”

Way to go Ross!

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Austin Armacost talks being on Logo’s “The A List”

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_MS6ovre7AhU/ShQXlxTNG-I/AAAAAAAAGaw/yauyOVgTstk/s400/Austin+Armacost.jpgLogo Television’s reality show, The A List, debuts next week and has been compared to Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise.

The difference is that all the main “characters” on the show are gay men!

One of those men is model Austin Armacost whose biggest claim to fame so far is that he once dated designer Marc Jacobs.

He talked to Socialite Life about the new show and here is an excerpt from that interview:

SL: Are you looking forward to the premiere?
Austin: Yes, very much so! You know, a lot of people have misconceptions that aren’t in the business and don’t realize that we actually see (the episode) the same time it’s released on national television. So, I’m a bit anxious, but I know we made a really good TV show so I’m excited for it to get started and for the season to kick off.

SL: As a model, I know you’re no stranger to having a camera in your face, but what was it like for you to have a camera crew following your every move for the show?
Austin: You’re always aware that they are there, but once…I mean, they couldn’t have put together a better group of six guys – at the same time we’re so cohesive but yet going against the grain with one another. I mean, everything you see is real – nothing’s set up, the emotions are real. You’ll see the whole gamut – we laugh together, we cry together, we fight – it’s a whole range of emotions. The first couple of minutes we sit down to shoot a scene, you’re aware of it, but after you get into it…we’re all friends – kind of at this point – and once you get into a normal conversation, and you’re so involved in the conversation that the cameras kind of fade away. Now, the first five, six, seven days we were shooting, I was so on edge, I was sweating like a whore in church because I thought “Oh, what if I say something wrong? What if I do this and it’s embarrassing?” But the crew was fantastic, from the producers to the assistant producers to the sound girls and camera guys – it was so comfortable. And everybody was on their game. We knew we were out to make a television show – and we did it – and it ran so smoothly. I’ve never worked in this aspect of television – I’ve done some commercials in the past – but never a reality-type setting, so I have no basis for comparison. But I think they did a fantastic job from start to finish. It ran so smoothly, there were very few hiccups I think the fact that we had a great crew and a great cast. It was very natural, everything was real and, yeah, after first few seconds the cameras just fade away and you’re having a cocktail with your buddies, talking about whatever we’re talking about.

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“The Kiss” was handled well on “Modern Family”

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No big drum roll, just a casual peck on the lips between Cameron and Mitchell towards the end of last night’s sweet episode of ABC’s Modern Family.

This show is so good and they handled the controversy over Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) not kissing in public beautifully and, at times, hysterically. My favorite moment came when Cam tries to kiss Mitchell at a family gathering and ends up tumbling off of the sofa and knocking over a bowl of chips.

I’ve been reading various blogs and there has been all kinds of comments like “That’s it?” Well, it’s good enough for me. We didn’t need tongue action or anything and I trust the show to continue to handle the gay characters as well as they handle all of their characters.

Here is the episode in its entirety:

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Anderson Cooper to launch daily daytime show!

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The host of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and part-time 60 Minutes correspondent has signed a deal to host a syndicated daytime TV talk show in the fall of 2011.

He will remain as host of his CNN show.

Warner Bros. domestic television distribution and Telepictures Productions announced the deal Thursday, and said the daytime show would cover social issues, pop culture, and human interest stories.

Cooper, 43, will also conduct undercover investigations using hidden cameras, and hold town hall meetings on topics like race, infidelity and Internet predators, Warner Bros. and Telepictures said.

Anderson said in a statement: “The format is unique and you can really go in-depth on a wide range of fascinating and compelling stories. With this new program I hope to relay important information and relate to people and the audience in a completely different way.”

With Oprah Winfrey leaving her daytime show after this year, there is going to be a big grab for her audience. Anderson is mainly a hard news man in CNN but anyone who has seen him co-host Live with Regis and Kelly or the CNN New Year’s Eve show with Kathy Griffin knows how appealing his lighter side can be.

Of course it will also be interesting to see how open he will be about his personal life now that Rosie O’Donnell and Ellen DeGeneres have been openly gay on daytime (Rosie on The View) and openly gay Nate Berkus has joined the field with Sara Gilbert set to debut as part of The Talk next month.

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Ryan Murphy sheds light on who Kurt’s boyfriend might be on “Glee” and who he definitely will not be

http://www.advocate.com/uploadedImages/ADVOCATE/NEWS/2009/200910/2009-10-06/KurtHummelGlee_XL.jpgGlee creator Ryan Murphy is always being bombarded with questions about what is happening next on Glee. The Emmy winner has become expert at letting us know just enough to keep us interested but not too much so that it spoils things.

There’s a lot of curiosity over the gay character of Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) and who his boyfriend is going to be this season. It was first thought that it would be the new football player played by Chord Overstreet but then word came this week that Darren Criss had joined the cast as a gay student.

Ryan cleared things up in a chat with E! Online’s Kristin Dos Santos:

“It’s definitely not Chord,” Ryan says of Kurt’s love interest. “It’s not Chord. And the new character [Darren Criss] is certainly an option. I’m not sure how soon I want to [reveal] that information because it’s such a big storyline of the year—I want there to be some surprises. But Darren has a major, major arc. He sort of becomes Kurt’s mentor and then maybe love—he had to leave his own school because of bullying and goes to an all-boys academy and finds acceptance because that school has a no-bullying, zero-tolerance policy. So Kurt really admires him and respects him. He plays someone who’s one year older than Chris’ character, so he’s the old pro.”
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Thursday Morning Man: Jesse Metcalf!

http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Call+Duty+Modern+Warfare+2+Launch+Arrivals+SyjVvoZGcHHl.jpgWhen Jesse Metcalf appeared before journalists during the TV Critics Association Summer Press Tour in August, he was all business as he chatted up the new NBC action series Chase on which he has a role.

The show follows a U.S. Marshals fugitive apprehension team based out of Houston.

He described his character of Luke Watson this way: “To get out of the shadow of his overbearing father, he decides to join the [police] academy to prove himself to his father and also to find himself. He’s intelligent, he’s very driven, he’s very capable and very logical. He learns from all his US Marshall teammates.”

The actor seemed a world away from the guy who made tabloid headlines for his partying which included a well-publicized fistfight and also falling more then 30 feet to the ground during a party in Monaco after he had hosted the World Music Awards.

The 31-year-old actor, who gained prime-time fame as the sexy gardener John on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, had spent five years on the daytime soap Passions in the role of Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald.

He played played a wealthy and insincere teenage playboy in his feature film debut John Tucker Must Die and most recently starred with Michael Douglas and Amber Tamblyn in Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.

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Britney Spears episode of “Glee” sets record ratings

http://bumpshack.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Britney-Spears-Brittany-Glee-Set-PHOTOS.jpgEnjoyed the heck out of last night’s Glee episode. It was really fun and genius the way the Britney Spears numbers were weaved in as the kids were at the dentist’s office.

Britney herself popped up in a few cameos. It also marked the debut of the delicious John Stamos whose dentist character did go on and on about how good looking Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) is. What a charismatic flirt!

Also loved how Sue Sylvester made fun of Will’s many vests.

Anyway, the episode averaged a whopping 13.2 million viewers last night and posted its best-ever rating among adults 18-49. According to Entertainment Weekly, this is the first time in 17 years that the highest-rated entertainment program of premiere week actually grew in week two among adults 18-49 and total viewers (since the Fall of 1993 with Seinfeld).

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Brad Goreski quits “The Rachel Zoe Project”

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http://towleroad.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c730253ef013481d082f3970c-piFREE AT LAST! For two seasons, Brad Goreski has been the bow-tie clad assistant to celeb stylist Rachel Zoe on Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project.

But no more. Brad tells PEOPLE that the two have gone their separate ways: “I love Rachel and she’s taught me everything I know. But there’s a point where either I do it now or I’ll never know what it’s like to spread my wings and soar.”

Says Zoe: “We couldn’t stop hugging and we couldn’t stop crying. He did this with such class and elegance. And I get it. I just told him, ‘I’m here for you always. … “We have a relationship that’s not normal. I jump into bed with him and wake him up and we have these pow wows and he’s like, ‘Wow, I haven’t brushed my teeth,’” Zoe says. “I don’t want to hire somebody for the purpose of the show, we just got lucky. No one’s ever going to be Brad to me.”

Goreski is counting on that. “I hope she’ll continue to teach me more and more,” he says. And while the dynamic duo’s frenzied pace has been constant fodder for Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project, filling Goreski’s designer shoes will be no easy feat.  For more of Zoe and Goreski’s exclusive interview, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE on newsstands Oct. 1.

I met Brad at the GLAAD Media Awards last spring right around the time he was creating a bit of a buzz in  for some photos of him looking sexy in jeans and just suspenders shot by photographer Terry Richardson.

I wondered if it was easier now to be an out gay man in LA, where he lives, than at any other time previously.

“We all have to realize what’s been down before us, all of the walls that have been broken down by the previous generation,” he said thoughtfully. “I have an amazing family too that never made it an issue that I was gay or played with Barbies. I’m very, very lucky. I think with each generation, the communities get more integrated, the LGBT community and the straight community. I think that’s really powerful.”

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Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays [PFLAG] to honor “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy

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I’m looking forward to covering the red carpet for this event on Friday night!

PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) National will join with entertainment industry leaders on Friday night to honor and celebrate the work of Ryan Murphy and Lisa Cholodenko, the writer/director of the recent indie hit The Kids Are All Right.

Ryan recently won his first Emmy for directing the pilot episode of Glee.

The evening will be emceed by Modern Family’s Mitchell and Cam! Well, make that Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet. It will also feature appearances by fellow Glee Emmy winner Jane Lynch, staunch straight ally Pauley Perrette of NCIS, Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk) and a live performance from Grammy-winning musical artist Nelly Furtado.

PFLAG is the nationwide, non-profit support group for parents and friends of gay men and lesbians.


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LGBT characters up to 3.9 percent on broadcast networks according to just-released GLAAD report

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This network continues to lead the way among the broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS,. Fox and The CW) as far as LGBT visibility with gay and lesbian characters.

Scotty and Kevin (and uncle Saul) remain in the mix on Brothers & Sisters, ditto Cameron and Mitchell on Modern Family and Callie and Arizona are downright steamy on Grey’s Anatomy.

That’s why ABC fared best among the networks in the the 15th annual “Where We Are On TV” study released today by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). ABC continues to lead the other broadcast networks in LGBT representation, with 11 LGBT characters out of 152 total series regular characters (7.2%), the highest number and percentage of LGBT characters of any network for the 2010-2011 season.

The GLAAD report is a comprehensive review of scripted LGBT primetime characters in the 2010-2011 television season. After more than doubling last year, the overall number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters on broadcast networks continues a steady rise, though broadcast networks still report no transgender or black LGBT characters.

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http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_b9xRnAbZyB0/S7kwEP1jetI/AAAAAAAAATU/8MU68bGsyik/s1600/kurt-hummel-picture.jpgThe report shows that 23 LGBT characters will account for 3.9 percent of scripted series regulars in the 2010-2011 broadcast television schedule, up from 1.1 percent in 2007, 2.6 percent in 2008, and 3 percent in 2009. The number of scripted LGBT series regulars found on mainstream cable networks has rebounded after a two year decline, from 40 in 2007, 32 in 2008, 25 in 2009, to 35 in the upcoming season.

From research and information provided by the five broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and The CW — GLAAD’s “Where We Are On TV” study reviewed 84 scripted television programs scheduled to air this upcoming season, and counted a total of 587 series regular characters, 23 of which are LGBT.

Among the other network findings:

** FOX, which in 2007 featured zero series regular LGBT characters at the launch of the season, now offers five LGBT series regulars out of 100 (5%).

** The CW continues to improve with three LGBT series regular characters out of 67 (4.5%).

** NBC becomes the only network that saw a decline from last year. The network will feature three series regular LGBT characters (2.1%) out of a total of 143.

** CBS remains in last place. Out of 125 series regular characters, only one will be LGBT (0.8%), but the network will include several LGBT recurring characters.

GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios says in a statement: “The increase in lesbian, gay, and bisexual characters on primetime television not only reflects the shift in American culture towards greater awareness and understanding of our community, but also a new industry standard that a growing number of creators and networks are adopting. The recent critical and commercial success of shows like Modern Family and Glee clearly indicate that mainstream audiences embrace gay characters and want to see well-crafted stories about our lives.”

For a complete list of LGBT characters on broadcast television, please see: http://www.glaad.org/publications/tvreport10/broadcast.

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Other findings:

** HBO’s True Blood is the most inclusive program currently on television, featuring six regular and recurring LGBT characters.

** HBO features the greatest number of LGBT characters on cable with 10, six of which are series regulars.

** ABC Family has an edge in the number of series regular LGBT characters with seven.

**  Also making a significant contribution to the count are Showtime (with seven characters), Syfy (with four), TNT, FX, Starz, and Teen Nick (with three each).

For a complete list of LGBT characters on cable, click see: http://www.glaad.org/publications/tvreport10/cable.

This year also marks the very first time GLAAD has included people with disabilities (PWD) in its overall study of diversity on the broadcast networks.  A total of six series regular characters will be PWD, making them just 1% of all series regular characters. This research was conducted in conjunction with the Tri-Union I AM PWD (Inclusion in the Arts & Media of People With Disabilities) campaign of Actors’ Equity Association, AFTRA and SAG (IAMPWD.org).

Of the 23 announced LGBT regular charac­ters in the 2010-2011 primetime broadcast season, six are people of color (26%), and two will be people with disabilities (8.6%). Not one LGBT character announced for the new broadcast season will be black or transgender. For complete analysis of diversity on the broadcast networks, see: http://www.glaad.org/publications/tvreport10/diversity.

http://www.insidesocal.com/outinhollywood/aaaaaaaarifkin.jpg“Unfortunately, while the number of characters is increasing, many members of our community still do not see stories reflecting their lives,” Barrios said. “It is troubling that the broadcast networks will not feature even one black LGBT character or one transgender character in the upcoming primetime lineup. Because what people see in the media has a huge impact on how they understand others and perceive themselves, the media has a responsibility to tell stories that include the diversity of our community.”

This research serves as a benchmark for GLAAD’s advocacy efforts which call for fair, accurate and diverse LGBT representations across media platforms. The storylines and characters in the “Where We Are On TV” report will later be reviewed for GLAAD’s Network Responsibility Index (NRI), released after May 2011 sweeps, which grades networks on overall LGBT impressions.

Complete results of GLAAD’s “Where We Are On TV” report see: http://www.glaad.org/tvreport10.

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Tonight is “The Kiss” on ABC’s “Modern Family”

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http://images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/20091104/425.modernfamily.Ferguson.StoneStreet.lc.110409.jpgA lot of fans complained last season when Cam and Mitchell didn’t kiss at the airport last season (a Facebook page was even started!) during an episode of Modern Family.

Tonight’s episode of the Emmy-winning comedy addresses what turns out to be Mitchell’s (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) freakish aversion to PDA. And yes, they do lock lips before the half hour is over.

I talked to Jesse about the controversy at a pre-Emmy party in late August:  “If I hear the words kiss or Facebook one more time I’m going to explode!” he joked.

He then added more seriously: “I think we really need to be grateful that there are these great characters on TV right now and try and stop nit-picking. There’s a storyline in the works about my PDA, we have it coming. We hope to be on the air for seven years we need storylines, we gotta store some of this stuff up. Maybe it didn’t come early enough for some people but I do want people to trust us. But I’m also thrilled that the fans were adamant enough to create a Facebook page, so many people joined it. That just goes to show what our fan base is like and I don’t want them to feel bad for doing that and I’m honored that they did.”

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Wednesday Morning Man: Ryan McPartlin!

http://images.buddytv.com/artist-photos/ryan%20mcpartlin-30000133/ryan%20mcpartlin-462736.jpgIf you watch NBC’s Chuck, then you are already familiar with the handsome guy who plays Devon “Captain Awesome” Woodcomb on the show.

He’s 35-year-old actor Ryan McPartlin who I first became aware of when he played Fran Drescher’s young lover on her sitcom Living With Fran.

Ryan was a big man on campus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was a linebacker on the football team and earned a degree in speech communications. He spent six months in Australia and New Zealand before heading to LA to pursue an acting career.

He spent years as a Abercrombie and Fitch model then spent three years playing Hank Bennett on the daytime soap Passions.

Ryan has been married to actress Danielle Kirlin since 2002 (they have two sons) but he’s appreciative of his huge gay fan base. He says in the current issue of Metrosource NY: “I’ve always had a good gay fan base from Passions, the soap opera. Then I was in Living with Fran with Fran Drescher who had a great fan base. Plus I took my shirt off in every show; so that didn’t hurt either.”

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Out actress Clementine Ford leaving CBS soap “The Young and the Restless” on Nov. 5

Clementine Ford  Actress Clementine Ford and actress Cybill Shepherd arrive at the L.A.  Gay and Lesbian Center's "An Evening with Women: Celebrating Art,  Music and Equality event held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 24,  2009 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty  Images) *** Local Caption *** Clementine Ford;Cybill Shepherd
Clementine Ford, the beautiful out actress and daughter of Cybil Shepherd, will be written out of The Young and the Restless in early November, according to Soap Opera Digest.
Her character of Mackenzie Browning had been involved with JT played by Thad Luckinbill (pictured below) who is also leaving the show Nov. 5.
Clementine, who acted with her mother on Showtime’s The L Word, joined the show in March 2009. She told The Advocate shortly after being cast: “I am a lucky bitch! It’s so nerve-wracking. It’s like I felt on The L Word when I went into that core group who has been together forever. I was surprised because you hear horror stories about going in, and the intimidation of the group. I thought, “Well, this will never happen again,” and then I get this job. I am nervous, but my friend, Y&R’ s Greg Rikaart (Kevin), told me wonderful things about everyone on the show. And sure enough, everybody is great.”

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Gay storyline on “90210″ begins to unfold

With As the World Turns now history, I think we all need a soapy gay storyline to get ourselves involved in and 90210 has come to the rescue. Teddy (Trevor Donovan) wakes up, hungover, and an empty bottle of champagne is next to the bed with a sweet love note from Ian.

Teddy takes in the scene and promptly throws up.

Now, I’m just going to believe it was the booze that caused him to upchuck and not the sleeping with another guy part. Even when I was a closet case teenager and felt really guilty about hooking up with a dude, I never, ever threw up!

Anyway, here are the Teddy scenes from last night’s episode on The CW. We see Ian (Kyle Riabko) at the end of them all happy as can be and even as Teddy threatens him, he touches his arm and says: “Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone we hooked up.”

I love it!

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