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: Lots of Celebrity Wedding Bells and Whedon Reconfirms His Ally Status
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) Now that marriage for same-sex couples has been legalized in the state of New York, actress Heather Matarazzo has announced plans to marry her longtime girlfriend Caroline Murphy. The Welcome to the Dollhouse actress told the Associated Press that she decided not to rush to the City Clerk's Office over the weekend because she's "always wanted a wedding."
2) And she's not the only one. The Voice’s Beverly McLellan showed off a shiny engagement ring to CNN recently and said she’s planning on getting hitched to her girlfriend, saying "It's not who you love, it's that you love. … I love my girlfriend." Meanwhile her costar and co-finalist Vicci Martinez has set a summer date to marry her long time girlfriend Kate Monthly, another showbiz pro who works as a choreographer for the MLK Ballet Company.
3) Not all celebs wanted to wait though. Last night, True Blood actor Dennis O'Hare announced on his Twitter feed that he'd just married his longtime partner Hugo Redwood. "Okay. It happened. Hugo and I just got married," he wrote, as you can see below:
When we last saw O’Hare’s King Russell Edgington on True Blood, he was being buried under a ton of concrete, but not dead, per se. If he doesn’t show up again this season he might get his chance next year. The show has just effectively gotten its fifth season renewal.
4) Out actor Rex Lee has another job lined up after his HBO series Entourage finally comes to an end this fall. Lee is joining the new ABC comedy Suburgatory as a high school guidance counselor named Mr. Wolf who (poorly) advises a teenage city girl forced to move to the suburbs and deal with her new high school's oppressive hierarchy. And there may be a chance for Lee to return to the role of Lloyd at some point in the future. At the show's recent TCA session, Entourage creator Doug Ellin confirmed they were planning on a movie, adding "We're going to do it, the question is when and how quickly. Hopefully we'll come down with an idea and make it happen." Meanwhile, check out Lee in the trailer for Suburgatory below:
5) Avenger's director Joss Whedon was in San Diego for Comic Con to discuss all sorts of things, including the upcoming "ninth season" of the GLAAD Media Award nominated Buffy comic. Of course the rapt crowd had a lot to ask him; including what he thought of the LGBT community embracing his work to which he had a very interesting response:
You wouldn't think I was going to bring up 'Alien Resurrection,' but I am....'Alien Resurrection' sold for me because, when I was writing it, discovering the idea of clone-Ripley and robot-Winona kind of coming to terms with the idea of being considered less than human in spite the fact that they were both powerful and beautiful and internalizing that and feeling like an underclass of human being. To me, this was a very powerful metaphor, in particular for the gay community, and for teenagers who are struggling with that. Ultimately, it's a metaphor for everybody who feels like an outsider. 'Buffy' was basically an extension of that kind of storytelling. I didn't actively go out with an agenda, but it absolutely means everything to me that the gay community has embraced the shows because they are for them as much or more than for anyone else.
Whedon was also asked if he intended to include any gay men as characters in future projects, to which he replied:
Absolutely...I do think it's about time. Eventually, you write enough lesbians and people will realize this is just a guy. This isn't feminist, this is Cinemax. I think it's about time for some equal opportunity.
Repeats of his career-defining series Buffy the Vampire Slayer are currently running on LGBT cable net Logo.
6) Opening this weekend in NY is Jean Claude Schlim's House of Boys, which follows newly out teen who leaves home and falls in with an all-male cabaret in 80s Amsterdam, where he falls in love with a fellow dancer. The film co-stars veteran character actor Udo Kier as the cabaret's "madame" and Twitter magnate Stephen Fry, who audiences may also remember from his starring role in Wilde. Visit the film's website for more information and to watch the film's trailer.