Joanna Johnson, who plays fan favorite Karen Spencer on The Bold and the Beautiful, has decided to publicly come out as a lesbian alongside her character. In a new TV Guide Magazine interview she reveals that she came out to her parents when she was 23 and married the mother of her children, Michelle Agnew, in 2008 during the short time same-sex marriage was legal in California.
Much like President Obama's own position, the latest polls show the country on a whole continues to progressively evolve in its recognition of same-sex relationships, and as Vice President Joe Biden himself has admitted, television programs and popular culture can take quite a bit of the credit.
At a time when gay rights are re-emerging as an election year issue — in part because of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s stated support for gay marriage on Sunday — activists and academics say that depictions of gay characters on television play a big role in making viewers more comfortable with their gay, lesbian and transgender neighbors.
Following almost an entire school year of bullying, Dynasty Young was suspended from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 16 after shooting into the air an electrical self-protection device.
Deadline Hollywood is reporting that the Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler-created pilot, The New Normal, has recieved a series order from NBC. The show centers around a gay couple played by Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha, and the woman who agrees to become their surrogate (Georgia King) and help them start a family.
Following GLAAD media training, Dynasty Young and his mother, Chelisa Grimes, have shared their story on Good Morning America, CNN and MSNBC. GLAAD staff have also been working closely with local and national media outlets to ensure that this story is told in an accurate and thoughtful way.