TV Line has visited the set of Glee, and has news about our favorite couples. As for Britianna, well, there are going to be a lot of angry lesbians out there. And when it comes to Klaine, Darren Criss says that he and Kurt do “suss out” their relationship, but there’s a new love interest for Kurt, and Blaine “strikes [up] a new relationship, not a romantic relationship – or maybe it is – with somebody who’s already been around, who is now more involved in Blaine’s life. They’ve kind of taken a new step in their relationship.” Clear as mud?
John Mulholland, editor of the British Observer, has released a statement about that horrible transphobic article over the weekend. “We have decided to withdraw from publication the Julie Burchill comment piece ‘Transsexuals should cut it out’. The piece was an attempt to explore contentious issues within what had become a highly-charged debate. The Observer is a paper which prides itself on ventilating difficult debates and airing challenging views. On this occasion we got it wrong and in light of the hurt and offence caused I apologise and have made the decision to withdraw the piece. The Observer Readers’ Editor will report on these issues at greater length.”
The addition of gay NPCs in Star Wars: The Old Republic seems to have frustrated both the antigay elements of the gaming world, and some of the progay as well. “Now personally, I’ve never had much interest in the game, but the principle of the thing, that the opportunity to pursue a same sex romance is exclusive to paid DLC, is just plain ol’ infuriating. Bioware built a closet and said, ‘If you’re gonna be gay, go do it over there.’”
Prince Harry has been named the Most Eligible Bachelor In the World, which makes sense. He’s hot, frequently naked, a ton of fun, in line to the throne, and going to be worth major bucks. I’d date him.
Tony nominated play Match is being turned into a movie starring Sir Patrick Stewart as a reclusive Julliard dance instructor who is visited by a Seattle couple under the pretense of interviewing him on the 1960s dance culture, but have ulterior motives.
Olly Murs is doing something that isn’t related to his famous bulge. He’ll be appearing on 90210, helping Liam and Navid woo a pro surfer. I wonder what his bulge looks like in a wet suit?
Does Taylor Swift hate other women? Particularly brunettes? The evidence seems to point to yes.
fun.’s Jack Antonoff doesn’t understand why more straight people aren’t upset about gay rights. “I wish there was a great story or a poetic answer, but I just don’t know how anyone could not be outspoken and enraged with any violation of human rights. If the government decided tomorrow to strip Jews or African Americans of certain rights, no one would say, “How did you get involved with Jews’ human rights, blah blah blah?” It would just be this universal violation that we would all be up in arms about. But the issue of gay, bisexual and trans rights, the discrimination is so ingrained in us that it’s this slow-moving process of people realizing how shameful it is, the way we treat our citizens. Anyone who is even remotely cognizant is speaking up and fighting for equal rights.”
Comedian Todd Glass has been out of the closet for a year now, and he says the response has been overwhelmingly positive. The biggest change has been in all of his “my girlfriend” stories on stage. “And in all fairness, all my girlfriend jokes – for anybody who thinks, ‘Oh, that’s sad, he had to make up whole stories’ — I didn’t make up whole stories; they were real stories, I just changed the gender. And by the way, if that doesn’t prove how much same-sex couples are the exact same as heterosexual couples, not once in my career did anyone ever hear a story I told and say, ‘Wait a second, that doesn’t sound like anything we … ‘ It’s all the same.”
Conrad Bain, of Dif’rent Strokes has passed away at the age of 89. That show was a huge part of my childhood, and it feels weird to know that Mr. Drummond outlived most of his television children.
Luis Leon, an Episcopal priest in the church that President Obama and his family attend regularly, will deliver the benediction at the inauguration. Leon’s church is extremely gay welcoming and has gay priests and bishops.
The Army has allowed Ft. Bragg’s military spouses group to continue discriminating against same-sex spouses, with the Pentagon saying that current regulations do not prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Maybe it’s time to update the regulations? If you recall, the Marines last week issued guidance prohibiting this discrimination on their bases, saying it was the gender of the spouse causing the issue, and that form of discrimination was outlawed. The Human Rights Campaign is demanding Defense Secretary Penneta intervene.
George Takei wants straight people to remember something. “If you are straight, consider that it isn’t helpful to believe or announce that it “doesn’t matter” whether someone else is gay. Of course it matters. That person has likely suffered internal conflict, social opprobrium and personal pain that you have never experienced. So long as there is prejudice and inequality, it will continue to matter. If you have gay family members, friends or colleagues, recognize that they have faced demons and come out stronger, and that they are very brave to be open, even today. It does matter.” It’s worth reading his entire post.