The GLAAD Wrap: The Return of Degrassi, Hercules and Love Affair's New Album, and Kurt Graduates
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) Monday marks the return of Degrassi and its many LGBT characters. Fans of Adam, Fiona, Marco, Riley and Zane will be able to catch their favorite characters all summer long with four episodes each week. "Now or Never" will air at 9:00pm EST on Monday but until then, you can catch episodes from last year's season on TeenNick this weekend.
2) Hercules and Love Affair were nominated for Outstanding Music Artist at the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards and just released its (or his; Andy Butler) second album in Europe. A double-disc version of it will be available in the U.S. and will include covers, as well as remixes, of previous tracks. The band also announced a late summer American tour. Take a look at the band's MySpace page for dates. In anticipation of the album, check out their newly released "Painted Eyes" video.
3) Ryan Murphy announced that Kurt, Finn and Rachel will be graduating and leave Glee at the end of next season. We have so many questions for the Glee's creator: Will Blaine still be on the show? Are closeted Karofsky, bisexual cheerleader Brittany and Lebanese bad girl Santana still be around? What will happen to Kurt's dad? And what's in Kurt's future? Actor Chris Colfer speculated on that last question in an interview with The Los Angeles Times.
I always imagined him running his own magazine. Kurtain magazine -- it would be like a Vogue-type publication. I don’t know. I love Kurt so so much. And I’m so proud of what he’s done this past season: He really went through a lot and experienced a lot. I’ve received thousands and thousands of letters from viewers who’ve just identified with him so much. It’s fantastic. I’ll miss that. But at least it’s planned, and I’m sure it will be a nice goodbye.
4) The annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival announced a call for submissions for its short fiction contest. The festival was created as an initiative to reach the LGBT community with information about HIV/AIDS. Each year authors, spokespeople and thinkers get together and celebrate LGBT literature. The deadline to submit your story for next year's festival is December 1.
5) The Discovery Channel premiered a new military style competition show this week. On One Man Army, four contestants rely on strength and gun skills to complete several tasks. The cast includes a U.S. Military Marshall, a S.W.A.T. team member, a weapons instructor and an Army force para-rescue member. It is hosted by a U.S. Army Special Forces veteran. So where's the LGBT angle? Well the first episode's winner, Jeff Bloovman, comes out at the end of the episode when asked why he did not join the military. He answered that he couldn't lie. Take a look at the interview he did with AfterElton in which he explains his reasons for coming out.