Queer Characters Are Woefully Underrepresented On The Big Screen, Report Finds

Moonlight” proved to be the little movie that could this year, winning Best Picture over the splashy, big budget musical “La La Land” at the Academy Awards in February.  
Seeing an independent, coming-of-age tale that tackled homophobia, racism and patriarchal norms clean up at the Oscars felt like a victory on many levels. However, a new report finds that the film’s success was very much an anomaly, and when it comes to Hollywood and the LGBTQ community, things are not getting better. 
Despite much-buzzed-about queer moments in “Beauty and the Beast” and “Star Trek Beyond,” only 18.4 percent of 125 major movies released in 2016 featured characters who identified as LGBTQ, according to GLAAD’s 2017 Studio Responsibility Index. It’s a slight uptick from the previous year, when the report found that 17.5 percent of movies released in Continue reading "Queer Characters Are Woefully Underrepresented On The Big Screen, Report Finds"

More Than 5,000 People Complained To The FCC About Colbert’s ‘Homophobic’ Trump Joke

Earlier this month, Stephen Colbert referred to President Donald Trump as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “cock holster” in a fiery, if tongue-in-cheek, rant that instantly sparked controversy.  
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced May 19 that it had received over 5,700 complaints from viewers about the May 1 episode of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” with most condemning the host’s “cock holster” joke, Politico reports
The nature of the individual complaints varied widely. Still, many pinpointed what they saw as the homophobia underlying Colbert’s words. “By using accusations of being gay as an insult,” one Illinois viewer wrote, “it implied that there is something wrong with being gay.” A New York felt similarly, telling the FCC, “I really thought we left this kind of bigotry in Continue reading "More Than 5,000 People Complained To The FCC About Colbert’s ‘Homophobic’ Trump Joke"

Woman’s Anti-Gay ‘Last Man Standing’ Rant Causes Her To Lose Her Job

Fans of “Last Man Standing” were stunned last week when ABC announced the comedy series, which stars Tim Allen, would be canceled after six seasons. 
Speculation over whether or not politics played a role in ABC’s decision to ax the show began to heat up after the May 10 announcement. After all, Allen is an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, and has compared being a Republican in Hollywood to “’30s Germany.”
Among those who bought into the rumors was Debbie Odom Massey, who was the executive director of the Madison-Rivergate Chamber of Commerce in Madison, Tennessee. Massey blasted her “favorite” show’s cancelation in a May 11 Facebook post, calling the decision “discrimination” and a violation of free speech. 
The post reportedly read as Continue reading "Woman’s Anti-Gay ‘Last Man Standing’ Rant Causes Her To Lose Her Job"

Fox News’s Shepard Smith On Coming Out As Gay: ‘I Didn’t Think I Was In’

Shepard Smith is famously tight-lipped about his private life, but the Fox News anchor did open up about his sexuality during an appearance at the University of Mississippi last month. 
The 53-year-old was a featured speaker at the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism as part of the “It Starts With MEek” conference April 21. In his speech, the Mississippi native said he didn’t start “living his truth” until roughly eight or nine years ago, suggesting he devoted himself to his work in an effort to avoid dealing with personal issues, The Clarion-Ledger reports
“So I’m just traveling, traveling, traveling and popping up all over the world because we didn’t have enough people. And other people needed to get home... to their dog, or their children, or their wife, or their husband. And I didn’t need to do that,” he said. “I needed to sort of Continue reading "Fox News’s Shepard Smith On Coming Out As Gay: ‘I Didn’t Think I Was In’"

How The Joys (And Struggles) Of The Queer Asian Experience Inspired A New Podcast

When they met at the Transom Story Workshop for radio professionals in 2013, Tobin Low and Kathy Tu immediately clicked. Still, it would take the pair nearly four years to decide on a project that they found professionally satisfying.
“We just sort of immediately clung to each other. There was an immediate chemistry,” Low, 30, told HuffPost. “We were trying to create the thing that we wish we had when we were young.”
Both Low and Tu believe they’ve found the perfect outlet for their creative passions in their new WNYC Studios podcast, the cheekily titled “Nancy.” When it launched on April 9, “Nancy” promised “provocative stories and frank discussions about the LGBTQ experience,” and it’s safe to say that, five episodes in, it’s lived up to that vow.
Watch a short video of Low and Tu discussing LGBTQ stereotypes. 

The 12-episode show’s latest Continue reading "How The Joys (And Struggles) Of The Queer Asian Experience Inspired A New Podcast"

Fans Thank Ellen For The ‘Triumphant Moment’ She Came Out On TV

On Friday, Ellen DeGeneres celebrated the 20th anniversary of “The Puppy Episode,” in which her character on her sitcom, “Ellen,” came out as gay. 
The 1997 episode, which followed DeGeneres’s own coming out on the cover of Time magazine, helped pave the way for LGBTQ characters on mainstream TV. But even more importantly, it was an indelible moment for queer audiences everywhere, inspiring many viewers who had yet to come to terms with their sexuality to open up to their friends and family members.
On Friday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” fans recalled how “The Puppy Episode” impacted them in an emotional video. “I knew, in a way, that I was watching history,” said one, “but I didn’t know how much that was going to impact my own life.” Added another, “It was this huge feeling of relief. That was the very first Continue reading "Fans Thank Ellen For The ‘Triumphant Moment’ She Came Out On TV"

Andy Cohen Calls Out Chechen Leader Over Gay ‘Concentration Camps’

Andy Cohen joined a growing chorus of stars to speak out against claims that gay men are being detained, tortured and even killed in the Russian republic of Chechnya. 
A Russian opposition newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, made the allegations earlier this month, reporting that more than 100 gay men had been detained “in connection with their nontraditional sexual orientation.” A second Novaya Gazeta report doubled down on the claims, with a source telling the newspaper that the Muslim-majority region’s anti-LGBTQ purge includes Nazi-style concentration camps
In a video posted to his Facebook page late Wednesday, Cohen appeared in an uncharacteristically serious mood as he addressed the reports, which have since sparked a global media firestorm. The Bravo host, 48, addressed Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov directly in the clip, which can be viewed below. 

“You, sir, are responsible for these crimes. Imprisoning people because of who Continue reading "Andy Cohen Calls Out Chechen Leader Over Gay ‘Concentration Camps’"