There’s a lot of media attention right now on LGBT youth due to an unfortunate string of suicides. Some of the Homorazzi cast participated in the “It Gets Better” campaign, and recorded a video message to youth out there that things get better after high school. I didn’t do a segment for that video. Not that I don’t agree that life gets way better after high school, but to be frank, I wasn’t bullied in high school. I wasn’t out, and I wasn’t too flamboyent. If anything I was picked on for being a nerd, but that’s being a bit dramatic. High school was a weird and confusing time for me, but it wasn’t life threatening.
Still, I feel saddened by the trend in gay teen suicides and I tried to think about back to when I was in high school, what would have made life easier for me; what would have cleared up some of my confusion? A corollary of me not being that flamboyant is that I can’t really remember having too many (if any) gay role models that I could relate to when I was a kid. Hell, I’m having trouble even thinking of one gay celebrity right now. KD Lang comes closest I guess. Liberace and Elton John didn’t really hold my attention the way hockey players or grunge rock stars did, and there weren’t any high profile out people in those professions.
Since I didn’t take part in the “It Gets Better” video, I still wanted to use this venue to perhaps give some support to some questioning youth out there. This isn’t to out ‘supposed’ homosexuals, but to highlight people who have publicly stated that they are queer, but aren’t necessarily obviously defined by their sexuality.
Many actors who are straight have kissed their hetero ways goodbye to play gay for their starring roles. Jake Gyllenhaal did it for Brokeback Mountain along with the late Heath Ledger bringing us some of the hottest gay sex we’ve seen on a mainstream movie screen. Eric McCormack played gay for six years on the hit show Will & Grace and Sean Penn was the leader of the gays in the film Milk.
But, nothing compares to hottie James Franco teasing all of our straight-gone-gay desires and fantasies by puckering up and kissing boys on more than one occasion. From playing Sean Penn’s leading lover in Milk, Allen Ginsberg in Howl, and now poet Hart Crane in the just wrapped The Broken Tower, this star sure plays a convincing homo. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Franco explains why these gay characters intrigue him so much and push him as an actor. It goes way beyond ‘gay and straight’.
Glee just got a little gayer. Openly gay Broadway singer Cheyenne Jackson has signed on to appear in the second season of the Fox hit show, Glee. Jackson will play rival Vocal Adrenaline’s new coach. His character fills the vacancy left by Shelby Corcoran (Idina Menzel), who left the world of competitive glee clubs to raise Quinn and Puck’s baby during the season finale.
You might recognize the 35-year-old from his most recent role of Danny Baker on last season’s 30 Rock, but is better known for his roles on Broadway. Once dubbed the sexiest man on Broadway, Cheyenne appeared in musicals such as Xanadu and Finian’s Rainbow.. In addition to appearing on Glee’s second season, he’s also set to appear in a large recurring role on Curb Your Enthusiasm next season and continue his role on 30 Rock.
“To be gay, or not to be gay, that is the question.” - Shakesqueer.
A guy I used to be friends with- and who was my boss at one time- used to work in the film industry, and when I told him I was going back to school to study acting for film & television, he told me that I better stay in the closet. Whaaaa? After more than 20 years of hiding in the closet, I was supposed to go back in? And this guy was gay too! An openly gay guy telling me to open the door, slide the coat hangers to the side, and step back inside the dark, lonely room… Read the rest of this entry »