Blogs by Matt Kane, Director of Entertainment Media at GLAAD
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Long-running daily comic strip Funky Winkerbean kicked off a new storyline this week, which will focus on the high school hubbub that erupts after a teenage gay couple says they want to attend prom together.
This week, online content providers Hulu and Youtube Movies added an LGBT category to their genre options, which came about from their newly established release agreements with LGBT film distributor Wolfe Video.
Glee raised the bar for diversity on network television again last night, when it introduced a new character named Unique, a transgender African American student and performer in rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline.
Following its initial theatrical release as an unrated feature, the documentary Bully has been given a rating of PG-13 from the Motion Picture Association of America, which will allow children under 17 to buy a ticket without parental permission and for the film to be screened in schools as an educational tool.
Following the announcement that the Miss Universe Organization would allow transgender contestant Jenna Talackova to compete, and that GLAAD would be working with Miss Universe to open the pageant up to the trans community, Talackova says she wants pageant owner Donald Trump to make sure “no one else has to suffer the discrimination I have had to endure.”
Glee stars Naya Rivera and Cory Montieth, along with the Jersey Shore’s Vinny Guadagnino, star in a new PSA series explaining what parents and kids can do to take a stand against bullying, and asking them to visit thebullyproject.com. The PSAs are being released in conjunction with the film Bully, which opens in theaters in New York and Los Angeles tomorrow.
After 37 years on the air, NBC mainstay Saturday Night Live may add its first openly lesbian cast member on next weekend’s show. Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Big Gay Sketch Show alum Kate McKinnon will reportedly make her debut as a featured player on the next new episode, airing April 7.