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Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 10:34PM EST
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars will feature a transgender contestant after RuPaul came under fir for anti-trans comments
Source: BuzzFeed News
RuPaul apologized for his comments in The Guardian in March after saying, “you can identify as a woman and say you’re transitioning, but it changes once you start changing your body. It takes on a different thing; it changes the whole concept of what we’re doing.” Season 4 of Drag Race All Stars will feature Gia Gunn, who since appearing on Drag Race has come out as trans and begun transitioning.
Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 10:34PM EST
Viola Davis: My How to Get Away with Murder character is pansexual thanks to Jazz Jennings
Davis says her admiration for Jennings and her TLC reality show I Am Jazz helped influence Annalise Keating.
Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 2:22AM EST
Rob McElhenney: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's stunning and very serious season finale was in the works for 14 years
"Very rarely do we have any kind of a real emotional resonance," says McElhenney of the Season 13 finale. "We’ve been working on this show for 14 years and we want to just try different things, see what works and what doesn’t work. We like to stretch and do things that are a little bit scary." Asked about the epic moment at the end of the Season 13 finale, McElhenney responded: "Well, the impetus was twofold. I wanted to do something with my character in regards to his sexuality, something that wasn’t just played for jokes but that would resonate emotionally, and I wasn’t 100 percent sure what that would be. We didn’t want it to seem pandering or off-tone or off-brand or just un-Sunny. So, how do we find a way in which it feels like you’re still watching the same show and yet we’re addressing something that is so important to our culture right now?"
Posted Thursday 11/01/18 at 5:24PM EDT
Why Will & Grace revisited Will's coming out episode 18 years later
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Co-creator Max Mutchnick explains why last week's episode revisited the pivotal Season 3 moment. "That origin story turned out to be the trigger point for them as characters for dozens of episodes, all culminating in the episode that we aired last week," he says.
Posted Thursday 10/25/18 at 1:26PM EDT
Nielsen announces its first-ever LGBTQ household ratings: Murphy Brown is No. 1
Nielsen parterned with GLAAD to determine the viewing habits of the LGBTQ audience. Murphy Brown came in at No. 1, followed by Manifest, American Horror Story and This Is Us.
Posted Thursday 10/25/18 at 1:26PM EDT
GLAAD study: LGBTQ TV characters rises from 6.4% last year to a record high of 8.8% -- with most played by minority actors
GLAAD's annual Where We Are on TV report issued a challenge to TV networks to bolster LGBTQ characters to 10% of series regular primetime characters by 2020. “Not only do stories that explore the rich lives and identities of LGBTQ people move the needle forward culturally, but they pay off in ratings – shows like Will & Grace, Supergirl, Empire and How To Get Away with Murder all attract millions of viewers weekly and demonstrate that audiences are hungry for new stories and perspectives," said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement.
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:25PM EDT
Transparent star Alexandra Billings slams the Trump administration's reported plan to strip transgender protections
Even though President Trump denies it, The New York Times reports that his administration is trying to define "transgender" out of existence. This prompted Billings, who is transgender, to write an open letter to Trump. "So now, in order to add more smoke and mirrors to your already discombobulated and frenzied joke of a presidency, you are pretending to understand our tribe and attempting to use us as political pawns to hide your ineptness at foreign policy," she writes. "You want introduce a policy that says I am to be recognized only by my genitalia and nothing else. That my penis makes me male. That my 22-year-old marriage is null and void and that my professorship at the University of Southern California is in jeopardy."
Posted Tuesday 10/16/18 at 9:10PM EDT
Netflix responds with a slew of rainbow emojis to an angry Instagram user upset over an image of an Elite gay couple
Source: Out Magazine
"Get the f*ck off my Instagram," one user wrote in response to the photo from Netflix's new Spanish teen series. "Not every person on the planet is gay. You are trying way too hard." Netflix responded to the follower by tweeting a bunch of rainbow emojis with the words "Sorry couldn't read your comment while surrounded by all these beautiful rainbows."
Posted Monday 10/08/18 at 12:57PM EDT
CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins apologizes for her homophobic tweets from college
“When I was in college, I used ignorant language in a few tweets to my friends,” Collins tweeted of her 2011 tweets that were recently dug up by the Log Cabin Republicans. "It was immature but it doesn’t represent the way I feel at all. I regret it and apologize.”
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 1:47PM EDT
Leonardo da Vinci to be depicted as a gay outsider in a TV series from Frank Spotnitz
Longtime X-Files writer Spotnitz and British writer Steve Thompson are working with Italy's RAI network on Leonardo, an eight-part English-language TV series that will portray the Renaissance genius as a gay outsider. “He was a real outsider for those times. He was an illegitimate child, gay, vegetarian and left-handed,” says Eleonora Andreatta, RAI's head of drama, echoing the description found in Walter Isaacson's new biography on da Vinci. Leonardo is expected to debut in 2019 to mark the 500th anniversary of da Vinci's death.
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
Sesame Street posts video titled “Bert and Ernie Sing the Ding Along Song!” after hubbub over whether they're gay
As Slate points out, "Sesame Street’s latest move in a controversy over whether Bert and Ernie are gay was to passive-aggressively post a music video containing the two characters titled, 'Bert and Ernie Sing the Ding Along Song!' on their YouTube channel." ALSO: Ex-Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman's Queerty interview included insights into how the Muppets covered a myriad of LGBTQ issues.
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 2:34PM EDT
Ex-Sesame Street writer says his comments about Bert and Ernie being gay were misinterpreted
Source: The New York Times
Mark Saltzman told Queerty he always saw Bert and Ernie as a "loving couple" inspired by his relationship with his partner Arnold Glassman, who died in 2003. Saltzman says he was trying to say that Bert and Ernie were like his real-life relationship -- opposites who found a way to love each other. “As a writer, you just bring what you know into your work,” he told The New York Times. “Somehow, in the uproar, that turned into Bert and Ernie being gay,” he added. “There is a difference.”
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
Sesame Street is wrong to say Bert and Ernie can't have a sexual orientation because they're puppets
Sesame Workshop quickly refuted ex-Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman's apparent confirmation to Queerty that Bert and Ernie are gay, saying in a statement: “Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets™ do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.” As Kathryn VanArendonk argues, "this is poppycock," pointing to the Sesame Street characters Mama, Papa, Baby and Curly Bear. "If Muppets don’t have sex, then how does reproduction work? Where would Baby and Curly Bear even come from?" she asks. "Sesame Street Muppets," she adds, "share a universe with Muppet Show Muppets: Kermit has appeared on Sesame Street, Big Bird makes a cameo in The Muppet Movie, and Rowlf appeared in the pilot pitch reel for the Sesame Street series. This makes their shared universe canon. And if the Muppets of Sesame Street cannot have a sexual orientation because they’re puppets, that same argument would have to go for the Muppets of The Muppet Show. Postulating that puppet-ness prevents beings like Elmo or Cookie Monster from having a sexual orientation is one thing. It feels nonthreatening. They’re so sweet and cuddly! But extending that same puppet-ness as a foundational argument for the absent sexuality of characters like Sam the Eagle? Miss Piggy? Pepe the King Prawn? Rowlf?! That borders on insanity."
- Sesame Street bungled the chance to say "Yep, Bert and Ernie are gay. So what?"
- Why are Bert and Ernie without sexual orientation when Miss Piggy is so lustfully sex-crazed for Kermit?
- Frank Oz, the voice of Bert, tweeted: "Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay?"
- Why Oz should realize that it does matter to question whether Bert and Ernie are gay: "When you’re the isolated gay kid in your own desert, why not look to the oasis of Bert and Ernie, not fitting in to the established order in their own way, and ask some questions of them and maybe yourself," says Tim Teeman. "Such questions can be liberating and nourishing."
- "Look: Saltzman affirming the idea of Bert and Ernie being lovers has nothing to do with their sex lives," says Charles Pulliam-Moore, "and everything to do with the fact that theirs is one of the most stable, healthy, and caring relationships in television history—on a show that’s meant for children, no less."
- Bert is still trending on Twitter above Ernie
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 3:13PM EDT
Sesame Street responds after ex-writer says Bert and Ernie are a gay couple: They "do not have a sexual orientation"
Mark Saltzman, who began writing for Sesame Street in 1984, said in an interview with Queerty the duo are a reflection of his same-sex relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman, joking that he's Ernie while Arnold is Bert. "I remember one time that a column from The San Francisco Chronicle, a preschooler in the city turned to mom and asked 'are Bert & Ernie lovers?' And that, coming from a preschooler was fun. And that got passed around, and everyone had their chuckle and went back to it. And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were," Saltzman told Queerty. "I didn't have any other way to contextualize them." Sesame Workshop responded to the interview via a Twitter statement, saying: "As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation." ALSO: Why is Bert trending higher on Twitter than Ernie?
Posted Friday 9/14/18 at 11:17PM EDT
How The Deuce accurately re-created New York City's 1970s "brief golden era" for gay men
To ensure accuracy, the HBO series added writer Carl Capotorto, who played Little Paulie on The Sopranos. Capotorto actually lived New York City's gay life in the 1970s. Capotorto, says David Simon, "steered us away from some of our presumptions and steered us to stuff that we didn’t know about or would’ve gotten wrong." ALSO: Why The Deuce co-creator George Pelecanos hasn't given up writing crime novels.