More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
The GLAAD Wrap: Glee's Agron is an Ally, Another True-Blooder Coming Out, and Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys in Nashville
Every week, The GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBT-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend.
1) Glee actress Diana Agron set the internet abuzz this week when she wore a “Likes Girls” shirt for an onstage number during the Glee live tour over the weekend. After online commentators started asking why, Agron took to her own blog and penned a heartfelt essay to explain: “Last night, I wanted to do something to show my respect and love for the GLBT community. Support that people could actually see. Which is why I decided to change my shirt for the show.” Agron went on to further defend the importance of Glee’s LGBT story lines, as well as offering a message of support to the LGBT community. Now there’s an ally!
2) The internet is rife with speculation about which previously straight-identified character on HBO’s True Blood will find themselves in a same-sex romance in the coming season. TV Line’s Michael Ausiello (who knows who it is) assured his readers that the revelation doesn’t come across as forced or gimmicky, and that “after the initial shock wears off, I imagine you will do what I did and go, “Yeah. Makes total sense.” Have a theory? Let us know in the comments!
3) The popular and long-running British soap opera East Enders caused a bit of a furor last week when it showed a male couple laying in bed together, leading to a number of angry emails directed at the show and then a press release from the BBC in response. For a country that has in many ways surpassed the US in terms of legal LGBT equality, it was a reminder that the struggle for societal acceptance isn’t strictly about laws. Frances Ryan, a columnist for U.K. paper The Guardian, wrote an impassioned reaction to the controversy, taking specific aim at parents who used their children as an excuse for their outrage.
Some of their children will be straight and left (at best) battling the confused ignorance their parent's special brand of "censorship come outrage" have bestowed them with. Others will be gay and, sunken within the tragedy of an unaccepting home, will be deprived the smallest escape of another world, of seeing a part of themselves on screen and knowing they are OK.
4) The video game world of First Person Shooters (think Halo and Call of Duty) may not be the first place you’d expect to find a gay character, but the developer of the popular franchise XCOM revealed at last week’s E3 that their new game will include one. Set in the 1960s, the upcoming series reboot (simply titled XCOM) will interweave an alien invasion with America’s political climate of the time and includes a closeted Australian scientist named Dr. Weir. XCOM’s narrative director Jordan Thomas (yes, games have those now) described the character to GayGamer as finding himself in “sexual and political opposition to the elite of the country, which are still very conservative - very focused on America as the best and the brightest - and he doesn't fit their paradigm. It is hard for them to acknowledge that one of the best scientists in the world is, in their minds, deviant. So he's struggled with that for a long time.” XCOM will be released on March 6 of next year for the PC, XBOX 360, and PlayStation 3.
5) GLAAD Media Award nominee Patrick Wolf has a new album coming soon entitled Lupercalia, but anyone interested in getting an early listening can check out the album's single "The City" below. The album comes out as an import June 28.
6) The Sundance Channel has announced that returning series Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys (another GLAAD Media Award nominee) will be filming their new season in Nashville. The new cast of best friends will include engaged former Mormon Jared and aspiring author Tenisha (pictured), army wife Kristin and standup comic Peter, restaurateur Olivia and PR honcho Brent, and singer-songwriters Sherri and Shane. Given the eclectic cast and Tennessee’s current political climate, it should make for an interesting season.
7) Filmmaker Jorge Ortiz is hoping to shoot a pilot for a scripted series he’s developing called Chris/tina, and he needs help. The show follows a middle class teenager from a Hispanic neighborhood who's in the process of coming out as transgender. Anyone interested in learning more or lending a hand (or a buck) should visit Jorge’s Kickstarter page.