“Gay” really does mean “happy”! The University of Montreal published the findings of a study they did in the current issue of Psychosomatic Medicine that addresses some differences between gays and straights when it comes to happiness and stress management. They studied 87 of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual Canadians and found that the queer members of their study that had come out of the closet to family and friends “have less anxiety, depression, and burnout” than those who hadn’t. To add to that, the study’s leader (Robert-Paul Juster) said that as a group, out gay and bisexual males “were less likely to be depressed than heterosexual men and had less physiological problems than heterosexual men.” These findings were also published on U.S. News.
Juster concludes from their findings that coming out is good for many reasons. “Our research suggests coming out of the closet has some health benefits,” says Robert-Paul Juster, the study’s lead author. “Coming out is no longer a matter of popular debate, but a matter of public health.”
Is Dianna Agron of Glee coming out as bisexual? I highly doubt it but her recent wardrobe choice in Toronto for the 2011 Glee Summer Tour sure has a lot of gleeks (and many others) raising their eyebrows in wonder.
During this season of Glee, the kids of New Directions created t-shirts to share something about them they were made fun of but were willing to own as something they were born with, then jumping into song and dance with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way. Certain examples were Overstreet’s Trouty Mouth or Monteith’s Can’t Dance (this shirt couldn’t be more in true on the show or in real life). Colfer’s character created the shirt Likes Boys. Well now, it looks like Agron wants to jump on the LGBT bandwagon.
Even though her cast mate Naya Rivera holds the female gay character, Dianna took to the stage in a Likes Girls t-shirt at their recent tour stop in Toronto. Fans snapped pictures and posts spread like wildfire on the internet. So is Dianna trying to make a profound personal statement about her own sexuality or is she just showing a little support for gays everywhere?
The Williams Institute, a think-tank devoted to LGBT research at UCLA did a recent study that found that an estimated 9 million Americans identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. That’s 4% of the entire American population. 1.8% of that 4 make up the bisexual chunk. It was also found that the bisexual identification is classified more in women than in men. This is the most up-to-date report of the population which actually test lower than than a percentage that is mostly commonly used by many LGBT groups done in 1948. That study found that 10% of the American population identified as LGBT.
What’s really interesting is that this study comes on the heels of another report published by the Institute of Medicine that emphasizes the need for more federal funding to research LGBT health problems. “Sexual orientation is complex, but measurable,” said Gary J. Gates, chief researcher and a Williams Distinguished Scholar. “Hopefully, this will begin to prompt some dialogue on what it means when we say LGBT.”
Did you know that 19 million Americans (8.2 percent of the population) said they had engaged in same-sex behavior, and 25.6 million (11%) acknowledged same-sex attraction. Many gay advocacy groups are saying the report is a critical first step to inform public policy, research and federal funding, crucial in identifying health and economic disparities, discrimination, domestic partnership benefits and the impact of same-sex marriage.
SPOILER ALERT! Glee has played a pivotal role in shaping a gay character with Kurt Hummel and has really helped create a good role model for teens struggling with their sexuality and helping with gay acceptance in its story lines. That role was then assisted with the addition of Kurt’s first real love interest in Blaine played by Darren Criss. However, the newest Glee spoiler is causing all of us to turn our head and get a little confused, and we’re not the only ones.
According to a Glee source, the character of Blaine is about to have an intimate encounter with someone of the opposite sex. This interaction causes Blaine to have second thoughts about his sexuality and begins to wonder if he swings both ways. I am going to go on the record in saying WTF!?!?
After weeks of selecting fitness models, movie stars, and even an animal trainer as recent weekly crushes. I thought this week, I’d take it a bit high brow and pick someone from Broadway. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of shirtless sexy pics to satisfy your animal urges.
Charlie Williams is a 22-year-old Southern boy who loves musical theater. With his awww shucks smile, sexy bod, and love for dance, this boy is a triple threat in my books. He was born in Texas but honed his love of the arts in North Carolina where he grew up. After high school graduation, he picked up his things and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Upon arriving in LA, he received a scholarship to attend the EDGE dance studio in Hollywood. During his time on the west coast he scored a few gigs, most notably a part in a Wayans movie and commercial work.
While visiting New York in 2008, he was cast in a little known musical called “Memphis“. Two years later, that role would lead to his Broadway debut at the Shubert Theatre and prove to be his big break. Since then he’s garnered major attention in the Big Apple and even earned the title of Broadway Hottie of the month and won the Broadway Beauty Pageant crown. A few months ago, he dropped trou for the Broadway Bares benefit for The Ali Forney Center. What I would’ve given to get front row tickets to that. Commit this stud’s name to memory. I have no doubt, he’ll become a household name (at least in gay homes) in the near future.
If you watched Inception and thought you were hallucinating when you saw this sexy dreamboat appear on screen, you weren’t. English actor, Tom Hardy, is the real deal. Born in the town of Hammersmith (I’d hammer his smith), Hardy was an only child to artistic parents.
The 32-year-old thespian made his film debut in Ridley Scott’s “Black Hawk Down” and has been working ever since on TV and the silver screen. Some of his TV acting credits include “Band of Brothers“, “A For Andromeda”, “Gideon’s Daughter”, “Wuthering Heights“, while his film roles include “Bronson”, “Inception“, and “Warrior“.
With the success of Inception, Hardy’s star is rising fast. The voluptuous-lipped stud recently signed on to co-star with Charlize Theron as the title role in the reboot Mad Max: Fury Road. He’s also attached to star in “This Means War“, where he battles Chris Pine (Star Trek) for Reese Witherspoon’s affection. Commit Tom Hardy to memory, because he’ll be around for awhile.
On not such An Ordinary Day yesterday, Vanessa Carlton, 29 years old, announced her sexuality in front of the 18,000 spectators at At Nashville Pride:
“I’ve never said this before, but I am a proud bisexual woman.”
At the pride festival, she also dedicated a song off her second album called “Who’s to Say?” to her gay fans. The lyrics read, “And who’s to say that we’re not good enough? / And who’s to say that this is not our love?”
She used to date Third Eye Blind singer Stephan Jenkins (who himself used to date Charlize Theron), but they broke up a few years back. Her biggest hits are “A Thousand Miles” and “Ordinary Day.” She also has her fourth album coming out called Rabbit on the Run, where one of the songs is called, “I Don’t Want To Be A Bride.”
Way to go, Vanessa!
I give a damn. Do you? No idea what I’m talking about? Well it’s a wave that’s sweeping across the United States and picking up motion around the world. It’s a simple concept, a movement if you will, to drive awareness and provide support for equality for the GLBT community, focusing on the basic rights they are currently denied in many countries.
In a conversation I was having with my sister, Michelle, she asked if I had heard of the latest celebrity-endorsed equal rights campaign that has recently been cropping up in different news and media outlets. I have to admit that I was pretty stoked that my sister had signed up on the website to show her support of my lifestyle and her belief that gays and lesbians around the world should have the equal rights as any straight counterpart. Thankfully I live in a country that has already produced equal rights for the GLBT community, but there are still several countries around the world including our neighbors to the south who haven’t woken up to what’s right.
The campaign is simply, www.wegiveadamn.org