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The GLAAD Wrap: Gavin Creel's Single for Equality, Olivia Thirlby Talks About Being Out, and TV Award Noms

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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) Opening in limited release this week is the Sundance film I Melt With You, which sees four college friends reunite for a week of debauchery and emotional mayhem in Big Sur.  One of the four is revealed to be a gay man coping with a personal tragedy.  Watch the trailer below.

 

2) Openly gay Broadway star Gavin Creel has co-written a song called “NOISE” to benefit the organization Broadway Impact, which is a community of Broadway personnel advocating for LGBT marriage equality.  The organization receives 100% of proceeds from the single, which you can purchase here on ITunes and watch the video for below.

 

3) Actress Olivia Thirlby is probably best known to audiences for her role as Ellen Page’s equally sarcastic best friend in Juno but, as AfterEllen reports, a new interview with Brooklyn Magazine also reveals she’s a very comfortably out bisexual woman in real life.  In fact she’s taken part in iO Tillet Wright’s photography project Self-Evident Truths, which is a traveling portrait exhibition of people who do not identify at “100 percent straight.”  Thirlby told the magazine “For me personally, it's important to be a part of this because I feel it's a way of me showing gratitude that I live surrounded by a community in which I don't have to hide my sexual orientation. And no one should have to hide their sexual orientation. Loving people is a necessary part of being human, and it is very difficult to love people in secret. It's a horrible thing to force people to do. And I am not one hundred percent straight. ... I'm so lucky to have a job where it's OK for me not to be in the closet.”  Thirlby can also be seen in the upcomign thriller, The Darkest Hour, which opens on Christmas day.

 

4) Hardly a day seems to go by in December without a new round of award nominations being announced, and this week we have two.  The Writer’s Guild of America announced its TV award nominees, and a variety of LGBT-inclusive shows were recognized.  Among them, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and The Good Wife each received best drama series nominations, while Modern Family received a best comedy series nod as well as several nominations for individual episodes.  All four of those series received nominations from the Producer’s Guild of America as well, as did Glee, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the 64th Annual Tony Awards, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, and Top Chef.

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