For those of you in Portland, I highly recommend heading out to Mississippi Pizza tonight to see Eric Himan perform at 9pm.
Eric's an amazing talent and queer to boot. Mississippi Pizza is a very intimate venue, perfect to watch him up close and personal.
Here's a video of Eric:
Come tonight! Mississippi is located at:
3552 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
After all the speculation including the possibility he was dating T.R. Knight, 28 year-old Luke Macfarlane has come out of the closet. The Brothers and Sisters star's interview is below.
Though no secret to his family and close friends, Macfarlane has, until now, been guarded about his personal life as a gay man. Over lunch in Los Angeles, where he lives, he initially insists that he has no concerns about his public revelation - but a few seconds later he is shifting nervously in his chair, and concedes that he is "terrified."
"I don't know what will happen professionally... that is the fear, but I guess I can't really be concerned about what will happen, because it's my truth.
"There is this desire in L.A. to wonder who you are and what's been blaring for me for the last three years is how can I be most authentic to myself - so this is the first time I am speaking about it in this way."
Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday at a downtown Manhattan residence, and police said drugs may have been a factor. He was 28.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Ledger had an appointment for a massage at the Manhattan apartment believed to be his home. The housekeeper who went to let him know the masseuse had arrived found him dead at 3:26 p.m.
The Australian-born actor was nominated for an Oscar for "Brokeback Mountain," where he met his wife, actress Michelle Williams, in 2005. Ledger and Williams had lived in Brooklyn and had a daughter, Matilda, until they split up last year.
Ledger was to appear as the Joker this year in "The Dark Night," a sequel to 2005's "Batman Begins." He's had starring roles in "A Knight's Tale" and "The Patriot," and played the suicidal son of Billy Bob Thornton in "Monster's Ball."
Ledger grew up in Perth, and began doing amateur theater at age 10. At 16, he moved to Sydney to pursue an acting career, quickly landing TV movie roles and guest spots on Australian television.
After several independent films and a starring role in the short-lived Fox TV series "Roar," Ledger moved to Los Angeles and costarred in "10 Things I Hate About You," a teen comedy reworking of "The Taming of the Shrew."
Offers for other teen flicks came his way, but Ledger turned them down, preferring to remain idle than sign on for projects he didn't like.
"It wasn't a hard decision for me," Ledger told the Associated Press in 2001. "It was hard for everyone else around me to understand. Agents were like, `You're crazy,' my parents were like, `Come on, you have to eat.'"
His latest role was in "I'm Not There," in which he played one of the many incarnations of Bob Dylan - as did Cate Blanchett, whose performance in that film earned an Oscar nomination Tuesday for best supporting actress.
To the untrained eye, the January/February issue of Details might appear to be gay-free. No mention of dudes who enjoy watching their wives enjoy a Mandingo. Nothing about all gay men being stylish. And you already know the back page no longer features "Gay or...?"
Except then you spot Zac Efron, who's not "gay or ___" anything. He just is.
Across the Universe which opens in theaters next weekend looks absolutely amazing. They took 33 Beatles songs and make a musical/movie out of it. From the creative genius who brought The Lion King on Broadway, I predict this movie will become a favorite with the queer community. Check out the trailer (which doesn't quite do it justice). More to come this week.
Very unfortunate story.
Former 'Top Chef' constant Josie Smith-Malave is accusing police on Long Island of doing little to arrest the men she says beat her and two other women outside a bar in Sea Cliff.
Smith-Malave, who is openly lesbian and was featured on season 2 of the Bravo network show, said through her attorney that she and the other women had been asked to leave the bar on Sept 1 after a patron objected that two of the women were dancing together.
Attorney Yetta Kurland says that about 10 or 12 patrons, mostly young and some under age, followed the three women out of the club where the assault occurred.
Kurland says that the crowd began yelling anti-gay epithets, then spat on the women and threw debris on them.
At that point several in the crowd began beating the women. The three suffered bruises. One woman had a head injury, and Kurland says that a video recorder that one of the woman had was stolen from her.
When police arrived at the scene several of the attackers were still there but Kurland says there were no arrests, and police still have not laid any charges.
Jerry Lewis has apologized for calling an audience member at the Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon a "faggot." The incident only happened last night, live on television, but found its way online this morning and on cable news this afternoon. Lewis' apology comes after comments from GLAAD president Neil G. Giuliano in a press release issued this morning.
Lewis issued a statement later in the day through organisers of the telethon saying he was sorry "to anyone who was offended."
"I obviously made a bad choice of words. Everyone who knows me understands that I hold no prejudices in this regard," he said.
"The success of the (telethon) and all the good that will come from it shouldn't be lost because of one unfortunate word. I accept responsibility for what I said. There are no excuses. I am sorry."
Just earlier today: Jerry Lewis Calls Audience Member "Faggot"
Last night during a telethon benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association, comedian and actor Jerry Lewis referred to a cameraman's family member as an "illiterate faggot."
GLAAD's president Neil G. Giuliano condemned the on-air remark in a press release this morning.
"Jerry Lewis' on-air use of this kind of anti-gay slur is simply unacceptable," said Giuliano. "It also feeds a climate of hatred and intolerance that contributes to putting our community in harm's way. Our nation's media have done an admirable job this year holding public figures accountable for their use of anti-gay slurs, and I hope they continue to do so with Mr. Lewis."
Giuliano said that GLAAD is contacting Lewis' representatives today to request a meeting with him. "We want to sit down with him, help him understand why these words are so hurtful, and give him an opportunity to raise public awareness about the destructive impact of these kinds of anti-gay slurs, even more so in attempted humor."
Below is a video of the incident. It should be noted that it is possible that Lewis said "fatty" as opposed to "faggot." Lewis has not released any comment.
After a blogosphere outrage last night and today(here, here, here and here, Ira Glass made the decision to tell OPB that he want to change the venue of his Portland visit. Why you ask? the venue OPB chose was New Hope Community Church in Clakamas. What's wrong with a church you ask? Well nothing, but this one? Something.
According to C&E documents, New Hope Community Church gave 7k to the anti-gay Measure 36 in 2004 and their pastor also gave an additional 1k.
Not enough? During the 2007 legislative session New Hope actively lobbied against Oregon's Domestic Partnership and Anti-Discrimination laws.
Not enough? New Hope is currently collecting signatures to overturn these two laws.
OPB is also paying them a reported $1500 for rental of the space. That my friends is enough. After Ira requested that the venue change, OPB declares that it will stand by its decision to have the event at New Hope - despite more than 8 other locations being offered to them.
CALL. EMAIL. Info below:
John Bell, who booked the venue: firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking agent: email@example.com
Also, you can reach the whole OPB board at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oregon Public Broadcasting:
Take action now.
Queerty is reporting (via AfterElton) that Desperate Housewives will be having a gay couple move into the neighborhood this fall.
The ABC series' gay creator, Marc Cherry, confirms a queer couple will be moving into the struggling soap. While the actors have yet to be named, Cherry says the gays, who are moving into Alfre Woodard's old digs, will butt heads with Teri Hatcher's character, Susan. Cherry said:
We're going to have the first male desperate housewives. They will move into the old Applewhite house and one of the gay men will just have a fractious, hateful relationship with Teri Hatcher.
I just decided to have them move onto the street and have as many issues as any other couple. And Susan wants to be so politically correct and show how open-minded she is and she puts her foot in her mouth instantly and it goes downhill from there. I'm basing it a little bit on my relationship with my neighbors.
Cherry again promised things will be different this season for the reformed troublemaker who may not be so reformed. "We're not doing much with him at the beginning of the year but in the third episode, we have a fun thing that happens," Cherry explained. Andrew will somehow become involved in Lynette's (Felicity Huffman) cancer storyline and revert to his former evil ways.
Cherry said Andrew's sexuality will not be prominently dealt with in early episodes, especially with the new gay neighbors shaking things up.
Oh Hairspray! I cannot wait to see this movie. In fact I already bought my tickets. Not only do you have John Travolta in full body makeup as a woman--but you have the hot as hell Zac Efron playing Link Larkin. Zac is best known for his performance in High School Musicial.
The film features new and original material based on John Waters' 1988 cult classic (turned Broadway show) about star-struck teenagers on a local Baltimore dance show. Here is the trailer...
Nick Swardson ("Terry the gay rollerskating prostitute" on Reno 911) is pitching a show called GAY ROBOT, the story of a robot that was built by a professor, had a wine cooler spilled on him while being built, and came out gay. It's a bit ridiculous, but I am a huge fan of Nick Swardson. Enjoy.
The wingnuts are all up-in-arms about the kiss between the two boys last night on Desperate Housewives. They're all over the ABC message boards spreading filth and hypocrisy. It's so funny how they all love the show when it has infidelity, murder, suicide, scantily clad women and blackmail... but WHOA!!! A gay kiss? No way!
One post from the message board with the title "Disgusting homosexuals" reads:
How come ABC and other mainstream media organizations continue to force homosexuality of 2% of the country down our throats? Maybe it represents the majority of the entertainment companies. It is easy to turn channels and we will if that storyline continues.