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Son Comes Out To Father In Moving Phone Commercial

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Like Italy, the Philippines is a country made up mostly of people with strict Roman Catholic views. It’s nice to see such a progressive commercial from one of the nation’s major corporations.

The ad features a young man nervous about accepting a Facebook friend request from his father. Reason being, he hasn’t come out to his family. I can totally relate to this, as it also took forever for myself to approve my parents on my timeline. Check out the moving advert below.

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The latest Star Trek installment is boldly going where no other film from the franchise has gone before. For the first time, one of the lead characters will be revealed as gay. John Cho, who plays Hikaru Sulu, broke the news while promoting Star Trek Beyond in Australia.

“I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations,” said Cho to The Herald Sun.

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If this four-minute short film doesn’t warm the cockles of your heart, you’re dead inside 😉 Seriously though, I even got misty and I’m often accused by my friends of being cold-hearted.

The Beginning is a short film featured on Hallmark’s streaming service, Feeln. The clip directed by Melanie McGraw and written by Steven Tagle shows a young man, about to head to his prom, coming out to his father.

I don’t really want to spoil too much, but the end is extremely touching. I hope there’s a follow-up coming soon. I’d love to see how this father-son dynamic is after this momentous step. Watch the heartwarming clip below.

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Not that it’s anyone’s business but his own, but Shawn Mendes took to Snapchat to address persistent rumors about his sexuality. Personally, my gaydar never made a blip whenever I saw the 17-year-old singer. But obviously, plenty of people feel due to his mannerisms and high-pitched voice that he’s a homosexual. #stupidstereotypes

Just to clarify, the “Stitches” singer is mostly frustrated that the people accusing him of being gay make it sound like it’s a bad thing and not because the claims are false. “First of all, I’m not gay. Second of all, it shouldn’t made a difference if I was or if I wasn’t. The focus should be on the music and not my sexuality.”

He adds, “I’m frustrated because in this day and age people have the audacity to write online that I’m gay as if it were a bad thing.” Watch the entire video clip below. For future reference, Mendes might want to avoid reading online comments. There’s no coming back from that rabbit hole.

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Not that most of us had a shot to begin with, but at least now it’s not impossible 😉

Nico Tortorella revealed that he’s sexually fluid at an American Express and the Infatuation blog New York City Pride week event. The 27-year-old Younger actor adds he’s currently dating a woman.

“I’ve never been in any sort of closet…I was never really in the house,” the 27-year-old actor said according to Page Six. “I think it’s one thing to hide… and it’s one thing to come out of the closet in a public statement. But I’ve always done me and never been shy… and have been vocal about it. It’s just a fluidity… We’re all kind of moving into this one situation.”

Tortorella is just the latest celebrity to declare their sexual fluidity. Lily-Rose Depp and Nyle DiMarco are others who recently have as well. I suppose “sexually fluid” is the new “bisexuality.”

I admit that I have a little crush on Tortorella. In fact, it dates back to when he starred in The CW’s short-lived The Beautiful Life and FOX’s The Following. Do you watch Younger? Are you also crushin’ on Nico? Sound off below.

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With swimming, gymnastics and wrestling (wink) dominating most of my allotted Olympic viewing time, water polo doesn’t normally factor in. That might all have to change now.

Spanish water polo player Víctor Gutiérrez has come out as gay, ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio during an interview with Shangay magazine. “My family knows I’m gay, my friends too,” he tells the publication. “And I’m living in such a positive way with my sexuality that I felt a responsibility to share it with others.”

The 25-year-old athlete reveals numerous homophobic attacks in Madrid this year motivated him to take the public step. “It is a reality that we live in. And there are almost no athletes who are out of the closet. But in my experience, people have changed. As an athlete, my experience has been absolutely positive.”

Go for the gold Gutiérrez!!! I’ll definitely be cheering him on. Check out more pics of him below.

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When it comes to boy bands, the ongoing joke is that there’s usually one member that’s gay. One Direction, we’re still waiting 😉

In the case of X Factor UK alum Union J, there’s two. George Shelley (second from left) took to YouTube to put an end to internet speculation about his sexuality.

The 22-year-old singer prefaced his coming out by revealing he’s been on a personal journey and wants to start 2016 with a clean slate. “I’ve been reading a lot of speculation online as to whether I’m, straight, gay or bi.” He adds, “It’s all these labels and it’s a little bit old-fashioned and this is why I’m not going to label it myself. I’ve had girlfriends that I’ve loved, in amazing periods of my life, but I’ve also had boyfriends.”

Shelley joins his bandmate Jaymi Hensley (far right) as another member of the LGBT community. Hensely is engaged to his long-term partner Olly Marmon. Check out Shelley’s coming out vid below, along with a couple of videos from the One Direction-like group.

watch his coming out vid below, along with music videos from the band

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Truthfully, I thought Charlie Carver had already come out. Maybe it was just in one of my dreams that he did, or maybe it was that threesome scene with James Franco and Zachary Quinto in I Am Michael that I’m thinking of. It was quite believable. Just saying 😉 Either, welcome to the familia.

The 27-year-old actor burst onto the scene playing one of the Scavo twins on Desperate Housewives with his real-life twin. Both brothers then went on to appear on Teen Wolf and The Leftovers.

In a lengthy post on Instagram, a five-parter in fact, Charlie comes out as gay. His letter was accompanied by a picture of an inspirational quote, “Be who you needed when you were younger.”

Give the touching post a read below. For those wondering what his twin, Max’s sexual preference is, he’s straight ;(

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