Showing posts with label Comes Out. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Comes Out. Show all posts

September 19, 2018

Bert and Ernie Come Out Gay They Have Been Much More Tham Roommates For A Long Time

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He compared his own relationship with acclaimed editor Arnold Glassman to the characters. “I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were. I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them. The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie and I as ‘Bert and Ernie,’ ” Saltzman recalled. However, Sesame Workshop tweeted a statement denying Saltzman’s assertion hours later.
“As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves,” the tweet reads. “Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.” 
Of course, Bert and Ernie are pop culture icons. They even covered The New Yorker in July 2013, which Saltzman referenced in his interview. More recently, the duo remade the theme song of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which skyrocketed Will Smith to fame. In the Muppet version, they rap about how they met. 
 “I said, ‘hello’ when I got near,” Bert sings in the video, released on Sesame Street‘s YouTube channel. “He said …” “Oh what’s that? I got a banana in my ear,” Ernie adds.
“Wanna be friends who laugh learn and share?” Bert responds. “Ernie pointed to the chair and said …” as Ernie continues, “Sit right there.”
“One half of a whole, one half a pair,” Bert sings.
“This is the story of how we became Ernie and Bert. What a pair,” Ernie concludes.

September 14, 2018

Tadd Fujikawa The First Professional Golfer to Come Out Gay

                                                            Tadd Fujikawa

Professional golfer Tadd Fujikawa announced Tuesday on Instagram that he is gay.
"So...I'm gay," the 27-year-old wrote in his caption. "Many of you may have already known that. I don't expect everyone to understand or accept me. But please be gracious enough to not push your beliefs on me or anyone in the LGBTQ community. My hope is this post will inspire each and every one of you to . be more empathetic and loving towards one another."'s Dylan Dethier reported Fujikawa is the first male professional golfer to come out publicly. According to Outsports' Cyd Zeigler, he is the first pro to come out who has appeared in the U.S. Open. 
Per Zeigler, Fujikawa hadn't come out to anyone in golf prior to his social media post, but the reaction has been positive.
"The love and support have been overwhelming," he said following the announcement. "I'm so glad that I came out. I can finally be the best version of me."
As a golfer, the Hawaiian is best known for being the youngest to ever qualify for the U.S. Open as a 16-year-old in 2006. His career hasn't blossomed as expected, and he is ranked 2,042nd in the world.
He won the Hawaii State Open in 2017, though his only PGA Tour appearance in the past five years was the 2017 Sony Open in which he missed the cut.
Still, his announcement could be a groundbreaking moment for the sport.
"I can't wait for the day we all can live without feeling like we're different and excluded," Fujikawa added in his Instagram post. "A time where we don't have to come out, we can love the way we want to love and not be ashamed. We are all human and equal after all. So I dare you...spread love. Let's do our part to make this world a better place."

July 3, 2018

Major League Soccer Player Collin Martin Has Come Out As Gay

Major League Soccer player Collin Martin has come out as a gay man, making him the second-ever MLS player to do so.
Martin, who's a midfielder for Minnesota United, announced his sexuality on Twitter, just hours before his team was scheduled to host a “Pride Match” in support of the LGBT community.
Acknowledging that his friends, family and team members have known his sexuality for “many years,” Martin wrote: “Tonight my team, Minnesota United, is having their Pride night. 
“It’s an important night for me - I’ll be announcing for the first time publicly that I am an openly gay player in Major League Soccer.”
The 23-year-old continued: “Today, I’m proud that my entire team and the management of Minnesota United know that I am gay. I have received only kindness and acceptance from everyone in Major League Soccer and that has made the decision to come out publicly that much easier.” Martin has played Major League Soccer for the last six years and is currently in his second season with Minnesota. 
He is the second player to come out during a playing career, following Robbie Rogers' announcement in 2013 before immediately retiring as a Leeds player.
Rogers, who returned to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy, responded to Martin on Twitter, writing: “Love this! So so inspiring thank you, Collin! Good luck this season, except against the LA Galaxy.” 
Concluding his post, Martin expressed his gratitude to his teammates for “their unconditional support for who I am.”
"I want to take this moment to encourage others who play sports professionally or otherwise to have confidence that sport will welcome them wholeheartedly," he wrote. “June is Pride month, and I am proud to be playing for Pride, and to be playing as an out gay man." 
In response to Martin’s announcement, MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement: “We admire Collin’s courage, and are proud of him and of the support from the soccer community.”
Martin’s teammates and fans also shared messages of support.
“You the man Col! Proud to call you a teammate and a friend! Now let’s go get this W!” said teammate Christian Ramirez.
Martin’s former team, DC United, wrote: “Sending you love and support from DC, Collin! Have fun tonight!”  
According to their website, MNUFC was the “first professional sports team to sign the Athlete Ally pledge in October of 2014, demonstrating a commitment to equality and inclusiveness - two guiding principles that the club has carried forward with it into Major League Soccer.”
To celebrate their commitment to the LGBT community, players will exit the tunnel surrounded by “massive rainbow scarves” and will be sporting rainbow-colored number decals.
Chelsea Ritschel in New York

June 18, 2018

Amanda Stenberg Comes Out Gay

Amandla Stenberg, CFDA 2018
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Amandla Stenberg came out as gay in a new interview for Wonderland.
The Everything, Everything star shared a picture of the corresponding shoot and cover story on Instagram. 
"OUT & PROUD," part of her post read. "So happy to say the words Yep, I'm Gay in official print."
In the piece, Stenberg said she released "joyful and overwhelmed sobs" upon realizing her sexuality.
"I was so overcome with this profound sense of relief when I realized that I'm gay—not bi, not pan, but gay—with a romantic love for women," she said. "All of the things that felt so internally contrary to my truest self were rectified as I unravelled a long web of denial and self deprivation. Like oh, maybe there's a reason why I kissed my best friends and felt ashamed growing up. Or watched lesbian porn and masturbated (and more) with my friends at sleepovers. Or stifled a scream of horror the first time I saw a penis and had to convince myself with much internal strife that I was enjoying what was going down. Or could only find attraction towards gay men and femme boys who damn near had the sensibility of a woman. Or developed earth shattering, all consuming crushes on… GIRLS!" 
She then added, "I was flooded with a sense of calm and peace because everything that I struggled with or felt discomfort around finally made sense to me, and once those floodgates opened and years of pent up pain and shame were released, I found the freedom to live my best life waiting for me just underneath." 
She also cited Mila Kunis as her "first lesbian crush" and recalled watching her performance in After Sex. Other early crushes included Mirage from The Incredibles and Christina Vidal from Freaky Friday.
In addition, the Hunger Games actress shared her appreciation for being gay.
"I'm grateful for how being gay has afforded me this ability to experience and understand love and sex, and therefore life, in an expansive and infinite way," she told the publication. "The continual process of unlearning heteronormativity and internalized homophobia can be difficult, but one of the biggest blessings lies in the magic that comes from having to understand love outside the confines of learned heterosexual roles. It is the power to reveal the ethereal love that exists within us underneath socialization. Once I was able to rid myself of those parameters, I found myself in a deep well of unbounded and untouchable love free from the dominion of patriarchy. My sexuality is not a byproduct of my past experiences with men, who I have loved, but rather a part of myself I was born with and love deeply." 
To read the full interview, visit

May 8, 2018

Jay-Z's Mom Says She Was Not Free Until She Came Out Gay

Gloria Carter, Jay-Z's mum
Jay-Z's mum has spoken of how supportive her son was when she told him she was gay.
Gloria Carter told an audience at the GLAAD Media Awards that it was the first time she's spoken to anyone about who she really was.
The mother-of-four was presented with a special recognition going for her contribution to his song Smile, released last year.
She said: "Smile became a reality because I shared with my son who I am." "My son cried and said: 'It must have been horrible to live that way for so long.'" 
"My life wasn't horrible," she added.
"I chose to protect my family from ignorance. I was happy but I was not free."
Jay-Z has previously told how he cried with joy when his mother spoke to him about being a lesbian and of being in love with her female partner.
In the song on the rapper's latest 4:44 album, he says: "Mama had four kids, but she's a lesbian/Had to pretend so long that she's a thespian. Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate/Society shame and the pain was too much to take."
He told US talk show host David Letterman: "For my mother to have to live as someone that she wasn't and hide and like, protect her kids — and didn't want to embarrass her kids... for all this time. 
"For her to sit in front of me and tell me, 'I think I love someone'. I mean, I really cried," he told the David Letterman Netflix show.
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He said he had long known she was gay, but the pair only had their first conversation about it last year.
Their chat came about while Jay-Z was making his latest album 4.44.
"This was the first time we had the conversation, and the first time I heard her say she loved her partner," he said.
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December 1, 2017

Israeli Basketball Player Uri Kokia Comes Out

Professional basketball player Uri Kokia has come out publicly as gay, the first male professional basketball player in Israel to do so.
"I want to show you can make a long and glorious career as a gay man," he said. “The fear of coming out of the closet is unreal. I want to connect with young people and tell them that you can be different and do what you love.” 
Kokia said he has been out to people in professional basketball in Israel and they have accepted him.
At 36 years old, Kokia has played his entire professional career in Israel. He currently plays for Hapoel Ramat Gan, outside of Tel Aviv. It has been in Tel Aviv that Kokia has gone to gay bars and started to live his life openly.
Much like Jason Collins in the NBA, he is coming out at the tail end of his professional career. 
We have the utmost respect for what Kokia has done. He lives and plays basketball in a country that still will not allow same-sex marriages to be performed. Yet he sees the value to his community, and to youth, of him coming out publicly, and he has the courage to do so. 
No doubt he’ll open more hearts and minds in Israel.

October 31, 2017

Kevin Spacey Comes Out as Gay and Sex Predator All in One Tweet

 Anthony Rapp and Kevin Spacey (REX/Shutterstock)
Every gay person and most straights have known about Spacey's sexual orientation. We have always been disappointed when so many times in the past he has bold face lied pretending everyone was stupid except him. What we didn't know about him as a 'chickenhawk' or sex predator for younger men. It seems easy to these men of power to try to get sexually what they can't get voluntarily except by people that look like them. It is so offensive that he comes out both as a sex predator and gay man. What a timing! I will say this is only the tip of the iceberg. There has to be more coming out of that old stuffy closet. This guy is been successful in the business for a long time and there have been a lot of younger actors passing under that bridge. He has never helped the gay community only hurt it by denying the obvious and kept being embarrassed by what he is. A shameful behavior for younger men growing up and pondering when to come out. I always gave him credit for being a good actor but always dislike seeing him on the screen most of the time. I guess I know why now.

Kevin Spacey apologized and came out as gay in a statement after the actor was accused of sexual advances on an underage actor. 

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"I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago," Spacey wrote. "But if I did behave as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years."

Spacey's statement arrived after Buzzfeed published an account of the 1986 encounter as remembered by actor Anthony Rapp, who has appeared in Rent, Dazed and Confused and currently stars on Star Trek: Discovery.

Rapp, who was 14 and a child actor on Broadway at the time, said he attended a party at fellow Broadway actor Spacey's Manhattan apartment; as the party ended, Rapp – who became bored and ended up just watching television alone in Spacey's bedroom – was approached and then thrown atop the bed by Spacey, he told Buzzfeed.

"He was trying to seduce me," Rapp said. "I don't know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually."

After pushing Spacey off of him, Rapp ran into the bathroom before making his way to the front door. "He followed me to the front door of the apartment, and as I opened the door to leave, he was leaning on the front door[frame]," Rapp said. "And he was like, 'Are you sure you wanna go?' I said, 'Yes, good night,' and then I did leave."

Although Rapp initially put the incident behind him, the ascension of Spacey, who would go on to find Hollywood success soon after, haunted Rapp, as seeing Spacey on the big screen and award shows would always bring back his memories of that encounter.

While Rapp often told his friends, fellow colleagues and – in one case – another publication about what happened with Spacey, the accusations took on additional weight in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations. 

Not long after Buzzfeed published Rapp's account of the incident, Spacey issued a long Twitter statement that both apologized for his actions and – after decades of rumors, non-committal confirmations and a refusal to discuss his private life – revealed that he is gay.

"This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life," Spacey wrote. "I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy. As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man."

Spacey concluded, "I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior."

Rapp added on Twitter Sunday night, "I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out to shine a light and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me. Everything I wanted to say about my experience is in that article, and I have no further comment about it at this time."

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 “I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I’m beyond horrified to hear his story,” Spacey said in a statement posted on his Twitter account late Sunday night. “I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”
In the same statement, Spacey also came out as gay.
“This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life,” Spacey’s statement continued. “I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy. As those closes to me know, in my life, I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic relationships with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior.”
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 Anthony Rapp


“He picked me up a like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold. But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lays down on top of me,” Rapp explained. “He was trying to seduce me… I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.” Rapp quickly left the apartment, he says, and didn’t tell anybody about Spacey’s behavior.
There’s a long and ugly history to the notion that there is some sort of relationship between homosexuality and pedophilia—and Spacey’s conflation of the two is as distressing as it is infuriating. Members of the LGBT+ community have had to face the misconception that they’re more likely to be abusers time and time again, whether in debates over gender neutral bathrooms or when trying to become parents through adoption. For years, homophobes have played up to the wrongheaded and pernicious belief that gay men somehow pose a danger to young people, and this notion has played into discussions of the child sex abuse scandals in the Catholic Church.
As one user on Facebook remarked, Spacey’s statement is a “grotesque setback” for the community: “The journey towards genuine equality is still a long way off, so kudos Spacey for making it just a bit longer & harder, and further blurring the very distinct lines between homosexuality & pedophilia.”Whether intentional or not, Spacey’s apology implies that his sexuality offers an explanation for his behavior. But the LGBT+ community is united in saying: Whatever your sexuality, making sexual advances on a 14-year-old is wrong.

October 23, 2017

An "Absurdist" Young Funny Comedian Coming Out Gay Story from Evangelical Circles

  • "ihatejoelkimWe spotted each other across the crowd and then I forgot his Instagram handle. We could've had it all."

I will like to introduce you to a Korean-American Gay Comedian and share with you a page from VICE which does him some justice. This page I'm sharing below was originally written by Elyssa Goodman. I have only seen one more gay site carrying Kim and his story(seen him in a few straight ones) thus I think I would like my readers to know his story if they are not acquainted already. When I first saw Joel's photo and he was wearing a muscle Tshirt and his shirt read:  "Real Men Eat Gay Ass."  

I can see similarities in his upbringing like being raised by Evangelicals which makes the coming out (imagined or real) very painful and confusing. Imagine being indoctrinated to hate the same thing you are and one day when you are being extra honest with yourself you realize that the thing rubbing you the wrong way, (no not a dick) the thing that won't get square away no matter which table of multiplication you use or in what the thing you don't want to be or the thing you are afraid or being and that is being gay. I know in my experience that my coming out was so painful and I hit the road so hard I am surprised I survived it. From going to dangerous places because those were our places and where you could see others like me and let out steam after working all week. One day I was shot at 2-3 am on W. 14 Street in Manhattan. It's a good thing I was with Bob, this wonderful guy I was dating, He took care of me and made sure I got at then St.Vincents Hospital in a cab before I bled to death. "I love you Bob, where ever you are."

Well is kim story time now and I would like you to read it because it shows those going thru this dark tunnel there is a rainbow (yeah! what else?) at the end of this road. It also shows at those that are not gay that if you can understand a little bit how we come out you can then understand some other important, human things about us.

"Today I accidentally pulled my dick out a couple steps too soon before I made it to the urinal, and this other guy who works in the office with me full-on saw my penis and it was a horrible moment for both of us," says comedian Joel Kim Booster. His dark black hair peeks out from the top of a backward baseball cap, and he looks at me from behind dark eyes and chiseled cheekbones, wearing ripped jeans with a short-sleeve red flannel shirt. "Sometimes there's a guy who's so excited to pee," he laughs, "he couldn't even wait until he got to the urinal to do it"—and this time it was him.

It's not unlike Booster to step outside of himself to see the comedy in everything; that's how he turned comedy from a regular cathartic and creative outlet into a full-time career. "The way I process is finding that comedic angle," Booster says. He's spent his career to date processing what he calls his own "identity dysphoria," being a Korean adoptee raised by a white evangelical Christian family who was initially challenged when he first came out as gay. His comedy ruminates on some of the thorniest curveballs of intersectional politics: What does it mean to be both gay and, once upon a time, evangelically Christian? To be Asian with a white family? To be Asian in the gay community? To be a gay comic in an industry that's mostly straight? They're questions he mines to relatable, hilarious effect, and will anchor his Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents special, airing tonight at midnight on the channel.

"If you have a strong enough point of view or comedic voice, you're able to just explain to someone that your parents didn't talk to you for a year and a half. Everything is a comedy and it's just a matter of taking a step back and disassociating for a moment," he says, whether it's a big trauma or a tiny slice of total mortification that happens by accident, as it did at the urinal the day I met with him.

Booster started doing comedy in Chicago six and a half years ago. He moved to New York in 2014 and gave himself four years to make it or find something else to do. It took two. By June 2016, he had made his late-night stand-up debut on Conan, and by the end of that year, he sold Birthright, a television show based on his experiences as a gay Korean adoptee raised by white evangelical Christian parents, to FOX. Though the series is no longer in development there, it has been picked up by a to-be-announced network.

His debut album, Model Minority, also comes out November 3. But there's always the question of what's next. "The goal was never fame," Booster says. "I always wanted to just be a working comedian, but now that I'm a working comedian, I don't really know what the next step is because saying 'I want to be famous' is so gross," he laughs. 
Booster was adopted from South Korea and raised in Plainfield, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Until his senior year of high school, he was homeschooled, an active participant in Christian youth groups who dreamed of one day becoming a youth pastor. Driven by a desire to do theatre, Booster asked his parents to send him to public school. Within a month, he was cast in the school play and came out to classmates but not his family. In truth, Booster had known he was gay from about age four—he jokes that he knew he was gay before he knew he was Asian—but had been trying to repress those urges, praying for God to change him. Ultimately he began to accept himself but believed for a long time that he'd be going to hell.

When Booster was 17, his parents read his journal and found lists of male sexual conquests. It didn't go well for either side. The tension became so high at home that he moved out—he wasn't kicked out, but also wasn't exactly asked to stay. He ended up sleeping on couches at different friends' houses, ultimately ending up at the home of a girl from choir he didn't know very well at the time. But they became best friends and he lived with her and her family for the rest of high school; her family even help put him through college.

Booster didn't talk to his parents again until he was in college, but the time away was healing. He says their relationship is both "great" and "as good as it could be" now. While he's been able to use stories from this time as fodder for his stand up, it wasn't something he realized he could do until much later. 

"I still remember where I was when I heard Tig Notaro: Live, because it was the first time I had heard material that was so personal," he said—material that "transcended tragedy, not maudlin mock storytelling of 'there needs to be a lesson.'"

Booster moved to Chicago after college to be a writer and actor. As an actor, though, Booster tired of the roles he was offered—in one year, for example, he went in for "Chinese Food Delivery Boy" five times. The comedian Beth Stelling suggested he write his own material, and he hasn't stopped since.

Booster says in college he began by writing predominantly about white heterosexual couples because he found it easier to do than to parse out the threads of his own identity. "Once I figured that out and I started to talk about myself more, stand up has really been a therapy in a way of that untangling process," he says. But the processes with an intelligence, brashness, and distinctive comedic insight that are among the reasons for his continued success. As he said in his Conan set, "It was difficult for me growing up in [Plainfield] because I don't meet a lot of cultural expectations of what an Asian person 'should be' in this country: I'm terrible at math, I don't know karate, my dick is huge."

This brand of personal yet absurdist humor has earned him praise not just from publications like Esquire, Brooklyn Magazine, and Paper, but from fellow comedians. "When you see somebody who's telling jokes that you didn't think you were ever going to get to see onstage, when you see a part of yourself reflected that you didn't know you wanted to see reflected, it's magical," says comedian Guy Branum, host of TruTV's Talk Show the Game Show. "Joel is just… really honest and fiercely positive in a way that thrills me. It makes me so happy because that's a guy who's had a life…. He is the fucking heroine of his own story."

Now, Booster says, he feels like he's achieved a certain stability in understanding his identity. He can change course and move in a different direction, one that's "outrageously dumb," as he puts it, but in a good way—more of that signature self-reflective Joel Kim absurdity, but as it pertains to worlds outside of himself, especially the magical and the mythological, a world where horses are 9/11 truthers and Elmira Gulch is the true feminist hero of The Wizard of Oz.

And as he begins to develop the next segment of his career, a greater fame continues to loom, whether he wants it or not. "Everybody a little bit wants to be famous. I'll settle for working and making a living and having health insurance. I guess I want to be—this is said tongue firmly planted in my cheek—but I want to be a fucking legend," he laughs. "I don't want to just have my name said, I want it to be etched in fucking stone."

October 19, 2017

Jewish Neo-Nazi Far Right Activist Comes Out As Gay

Kevin Wilshaw, a neo-Nazi far-right activist, is publicly disavowing the white supremacist movement and coming out as gay, in addition to saying during an interview with the U.K.’s Channel 4 news that he is getting in touch with his Jewish heritage.

Wilshaw organized the National Front in the 1980s and has pushed his neo-Nazi beliefs at multiple white supremacist group events and other speaking engagements throughout the past four decades. But on Tuesday, after admitting to violent acts and talking his viewers through what motivated his hatred, he said he no longer prescribes to those beliefs.

Wilshaw told Channel 4 News that he originally joined the group because he was lonely.

“I didn’t have many friends at school,” Wilshaw said. “I wanted to be a member of a group of people that had an aim, and I thought getting involved in that kind of thing would be comradeship.”

With such comradeship often comes violent acts. Wilshaw said he didn’t assault minorities, but he watched it happen—and up until now, he was OK with watching people like him being beaten bloody.

“I’d never do that, but I have seen incidents where people were singled out because they were black by a group of people," Wilshaw told Channel 4 News. "It turned my stomach, I rejected that, I pushed it to the back of my mind.”

One possible reason those violent acts made Wilshaw so sick could have been that he is himself gay and of Jewish heritage. But he said he didn't really connect the homophobic views of the group to himself.

“It’s a terribly selfish thing to say but it’s true, I saw people being abused, shouted at, spat at in the street—it’s not until it’s directed at you that you suddenly realize that what you’re doing is wrong,” Wilshaw said. “Even when people found out, they’d rationalize it, ‘He’s not really gay’ or ‘Gay and OK.’”

He said that even though his mother was part Jewish, he said he hated “the Jews” on his application form for one of the alt-right groups he organized.

“That term ‘the Jews’ is the global faceless mass of people—you can’t personalize it, not individuals,” Wilshaw said in the interview with Channel 4 News. “That’s the generalization that leads to 6 million people being deliberately murdered.”

Now that Wilshaw has publically disowned the group, he fears that the alt-right will want to seek revenge against him. After all, extremist groups do tend to attack on grounds of anti-Semitism and homophobia.

“One or two would want to sort me...they’d see it as betrayal,” Wilshaw said.“I am going to find it difficult, granted, to fill a void that has occupied my life since childhood."


September 25, 2017

Dynasty's Gordon Thomson Comes Out Gay

 Gordon Thomson, good looking then and now

The Daily Beast reports this morning:

The British countryside on a winter’s night in the early 1980s: inky darkness all around, the outlines of high Cornish hedges, fields and copses of trees speeding by as this reporter’s father drives him home from a choir practice.
There is no video recorder at home. Instead, this reporter’s father, as requested, has set up an old-school tape recorder in front of the TV to record that night’s episode—Season 3, Episode 6—of Dynasty. That tape is now playing as the car speeds through the Cornish night.
The episode’s cliffhanger approaches, with Alexis (Joan Collins) sternly instructing her evil son Adam: “I’ll decide if Jeff Colby becomes a real threat. Not you. I.”
Swell of music, unseen climactic freeze frame with the names of Aaron Spelling, the famed co-executive producer of the show, alongside Douglas S. Cramer. Ecstasy.

Thirty-four years later, near the end of our interview, the actor Gordon Thomson, who played Adam, one of the nastiest, sexiest villains on prime-time television in the 1980s, thanks this reporter.

“It’s very nice to be as candid as I have been, believe me,” he says. He has just come out.
Thomson had wondered before we spoke whether his sexuality would come up in our conversation, and what he would say if it did. Would he shout “How dare you?” and “get on my high horse” and terminate the call, or—the unspoken alternative—would he finally say what he has not felt able to say all these years: that yes, he is gay.

More on The Daily Beast 

August 28, 2017

Actor Haaz Sleiman of Jesus Christ, Nurse Jackie, Comes Out with Thunder

Introduction: Some people think that actors should keep to their craft and leave their personal lives personal. No question this is how it was when television was born but no longer so. We live and are surrounded by media and if one does not comes forward and claim who they are by narrating their own story there would be others that would be more than happy to do it for them except it would be mostly made up. Only the actor/actress know who they really are. Still, usually, performers try to act their real lives and show a scripted life. It is so nice to see when someone breaks the rule and comes out they way they really are. In the world of sexual orientation, we might be living in the 50's.
Some think that it will be harder for them to maintain a big audience if their followers knew they were gay or sponsors would feel uncomfortable. I wonder how the CEO of Apple feels about that or most big commerce today.
There is evidence on both sides, of actors who kept it secret and only to be outed and losing the opportunity to relay their own story, others who came out and they only got more popular because the public admired their candor and people got curious about them.

There is one person who is making the news because he has come out with not just words but words full of truth, candor and bravery or what I called cojones (Spanish for balls). I am referring to the 41-year-old (just the right age) of Lebanese -American Haaz Sleiman! I feel proud to even just type his name.

These are very special times in which you have the good, the bad and the ugly mixed up in the same package of goods. Violence and peace all mingled into one package and from time to time one of those heads sticks its neck out to see who and what it can destroy and sometimes to make things even better. You have a Lebanese-American actor coming from a region that can be unforgiven and it's always marred in controversy. You have political killers from the middle east in which sex age or intellect does not matter as long as a political point can be gained. We have not had anyone from that region come out the way Haaz has come out. I don't want to dwell on that because everybody writing about it and my purpose here is just to make an introduction to a story about him to our readers whoch expect us to say something because Haaz is full of implications, good ones as far as I'm concerned. First,  he is coming out on a nation being run by a man who has sided with the Nazi's and his political party who has given him a pass on every dirty, stupid thing he is done so far. I would love to count the ways but this writting is not about him. Just that he makes life more difficult for so many Americans and He, without a care in the world and most people not born here are worse off than they have ever been for just being born in the wrong country. There is a war going on in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan with a madman in the Korea peninsula trading nuclear insults with Mr. Lock'em up in Washington.

In the middle of all this gumbo the voice of a brave man, one that knows his craft well and proud to be who he is. Haaz is an intelligent person and Im sure he knows the good he is doing and the inspiration that gay kids wether in the anti gay middle east, to the far east and it's anti-gays filth that goes looking for LGBT people to harm because I guess is in fashion in their dark world of theirs.
But Haaz with his voice says look at me, we don't control everything that can happen to us but we can control the type of human being we are. In some places is very difficult to come out but so it was in the United States only a few decades ago. Now in the US is a just a matter of having a bit of Haaz courage, to put your foot down and say why should I be running, why should I be hiding. If anybody has the shame of me, let them hide.

Haaz Sleiman, thank you for being a beautiful person and a brother in the family of LGBT people.
The looks nature gave you but the beauty of your soul is something you have cultivated since you were a kid.
I don't fall in love in politicians no matter how good they appear to be nor people I see on a teelvision and reallly dont understand those that do but that record is broken with Haaz.
I love you man! and Im sure most of my readers love you too.

Adam Gonzalez, Publisher

“Nurse Jackie” actor Haaz Sleiman has come out about his sexuality… without mincing words.
“I am a gay, Muslim, Arab-American man. And I’m going to take it even further: Not only am I gay, but I’m also a bottom. Not only am I a bottom, but I’m also a total bottom which means I like it up you know where,” he said in a video posted on Facebook.
“And I say this to all the homophobes living in the United States of America and across the globe,” he added. “Why not? If you ever come to me, to kill me just because I’m gay… I will destroy you. 
“I might be gay and I might be a nice guy, but don’t get it twisted because I will f— you up.”

The 41-year-old Lebanese-American actor’s declaration was in response to a recent finding by Human Rights Campaign that more LGBTQ Americans have been murdered already this year than in all of 2016.
“These victims were killed by acquaintances, partners and strangers, some of whom have been arrested and charged, while others have yet to be identified,” HRC writes. “Some of these cases involve clear anti-transgender bias. In others, the victim’s transgender status may have put them at risk in other ways, such as forcing them into homelessness.” 
“Nurse Jackie” actor Haaz Sleiman has come out about his sexuality… without mincing words.
“I am a gay, Muslim, Arab-American man. And I’m going to take it even further: Not only am I gay, but I’m also a bottom. Not only am I a bottom, but I’m also a total bottom which means I like it up you know where,” he said in a video posted on Facebook.
“And I say this to all the homophobes living in the United States of America and across the globe,” he added. “Why not? If you ever come to me, to kill me just because I’m gay… I will destroy you. “I might be gay and I might be a nice guy, but don’t get it twisted because I will f— you up.” The 41-year-old Lebanese-American actor’s declaration was in response to a recent finding by Human Rights Campaign that more LGBTQ Americans have been murdered already this year than in all of 2016.
“These victims were killed by acquaintances, partners and strangers, some of whom have been arrested and charged, while others have yet to be identified,” HRC writes. “Some of these cases involve clear anti-transgender bias. In others, the victim’s transgender status may have put them at risk in other ways, such as forcing them into homelessness.”

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