After “Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller, age 41, came out as gay Wednesday in an open letter addressed to Russia declining an invitation over that nation’s anti-gay law, Luke Mcfarlane is now making headlines as his rumored boyfriend.
Miller and Macfarlane have been linked together since 2007 after Perez Hilton forcibly outedWentworth and then said the two were dating according to a ‘reliable source.’ In this picture, the two are riding around in the car laughing. In October, Wentworth went on to deny any gay rumors in an interview with German In Style magazine, adding that he would like to have a girlfriend and a family, but for the time being he wanted to focus on acting.
“Wentworth and Luke have been secretly dating for almost six months now,” says an impeccable source close to the pair. “They’ve been very quiet about their relationship, obviously, as Wentworth is not out of the closet.” Things between the pair are so serious that the couple are talking about moving in together, we hear. “They spend a lot of time at each other’s houses,” says our mole. “Wentworth has been pretty reclusive since he’s become famous and he’s been even more of a shut-in since he started dating Luke.” The pair are so close that McFarlane has even accompanied Miller to Asia to film some recent commercials and adverts, our source tells us.
Luke Mcfarlane, a Canadian actor who played the character Scotty on Brothers & Sisters, bravely came out in a 2008 interview with the Canadian Globe and Mail. Regarding his decision to come out after years of speculation in the press regarding his sexuality, Macfarlane said:
I don’t know what will happen professionally … that is the fear, but I guess I can’t really be concerned about what will happen, because it’s my truth. … There is this desire in L.A. to wonder who you are and what’s been blaring for me for the last three years is how can I be most authentic to myself – so this is the first time I am speaking about it in this way.
Miller has yet to reveal if he’s dating Macfarlane or anyone in particular at the moment. You can read his ‘coming out’ letter sent Wednesday to the St. Petersburg International Film Fest, declining to participate because of Russia’s anti-LGBT laws.
“I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government,” Miller wrote. “The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.”
When you’re looking to stage a successful evening out on the town, nothing helps quite like wrapping it around a holiday designed for drinking.
Social Tuesdays knows that and they proved it again this week, holding their weekly dose of cocktails and conversation at Las Margaritas on Cheshire Bridge Road. Oh, yeah. It was Cinco de Mayo, too, and the eatery was offering drink specials that helped make celebrating the occasion a little more fun and a lot less costly. The evening was also a fundraiser for the Wet Demons of the Hotlanta Softball League.
The large crowd spilled outside onto the patio and into the parking lot, making good use of the three temporary bars the restaurant had on hand for the occasion. By the way, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Just sayin’.
Social Tuesdays found similar success March 17 when they staged their weekly event at Vickery’s in Midtown. That just happened to be St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday—much like the one this week—that offers revelry with plenty of cocktails.
VATICAN CITY (CNN) - Did the man who would become pope find middle ground on the issue of same-sex marriage? At the height of the same-sex marriage fight in Argentina in 2010, Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio--now Pope Francis--got into a very public verbal battle with the country's president. Bergoglio called her gay marriage bill "a destructive attack on God's plan." But privately, his stance may have been different. Monday saw a cordial Vatican meeting between the president of Argentina and the new pope with the two argentines exchanging gifts. But their get together was in sharp contrast to the war of words between the two leaders less than three years ago. In mid-2010, Argentina was polarized over a same sex marriage bill supported by Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who called the church's actions against the measure, "attitudes reminiscent of medieval times and the Inquisition.” Then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio blasted the bill, dubbing it "a destructive attack on God's plan.” "The church has asked Catholics to oppose this and that's exactly what I'm doing as Catholic," Bergoglio said at the time. But some have said the future pontiff was much more conciliatory than he appeared.
Marcelo Marquez, a gay rights activist and former theology professor at a Catholic seminary near the Argentine capital. Marquez said Bergoglio told him in private in 2010 that he favored gay rights and went as far as saying he didn't oppose gay civil unions. "He told me that he understands that homosexual people should have their rights protected in society. He also said he believed that Argentina was not ready for a gay marriage law, but said he would favor a law granting civil unions," Marquez said. Marquez said the meeting happened after he sent Bergoglio this letter on behalf of gay Catholics supporting the same sex marriage bill. The New York Times reported Wednesday that at a private meeting of bishops in 2010, Cardinal Bergoglio advocated that the church in Argentina support the idea of civil unions for gay couples. A senior Vatican official said the Roman Catholic Church could neither confirm nor deny the report at this point. The official added that while Pope Francis might have expressed such view while he was a cardinal, he should be given time to develop his policy position as pontiff.
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Thursday is National Coming Out Day. While this annual recognition of LGBT civil awareness on the anniversary of the 1987 Lesbian and Gay Rights March on Washington marks an important milestone each and every year, it seems particularly important within today’s heated political climate. The tide of support for equal rights for LGBT-identified persons has shifted dramatically since the previous election year, when the inauguration of the first African-American President occurred on the same day that the 2nd most populous state in our country voted to take away the rights of same-sex couples to marry. But subsequent the passing of new hate crimes legislation, the repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell, and the first declaration by a sitting US President in support of same-sex marriage, it seems that support for equal rights is no longer the social boogeyman on the national scale that it once was; in fact, at least generationally, the polarization of anti-gay/pro-gay has reversed. Social politics are changing in favor of progress, and at a dramatic rate. It is now politically beneficial to be for equal rights.
2012 is also the year that has seen more LGBT characters on television than ever before. According to a recent study by GLAAD (and neatly summarized by Buzzfeed), 4.4% of all regular characters featured on scripted network television are LGBT-indentified. And with the popularity of shows likeGlee, Modern Family, and The New Normal (and popular cable shows like HBO’s True Blood), the presence of LGBT characters resonates further outside what the single-digit number suggests.
But while LGBT persons, representations, and issues have become foregrounded in mass culture through the institutions of politics, television, and music, movies – or, at least, studio movies – are woefully out-of-the-loop. In 2012 of all years, why is Hollywood still hesitant to represent out-LGBT characters onscreen?
Who Is Onscreen?
When one examines the annual list of highest-grossing films, memorable LGBT characters are nearly absent. However, on lists of recent major awards nominees and winners, films with prominent LGBT characters are more present. Films like The Kids Are All Right, Milk, and Brokeback Mountainno doubt became part of the cultural conversation even if they weren’t packing houses once they went wide.
But within these films are two notable trends: 1) straight actors playing gay characters, and 2) already-perceived limitations to the audiences that such films could attract. Both of these trends suggest a fear on behalf of studios and exhibitors (the three films mentioned were all released by subsidiary studios in a platform style) that LGBT-themed films suggest an exclusive appeal to LGBT audiences. But this logic seems deeply misguided in 2012. Of the top 15 highest-grossing films of the year so far, two action/sci-fi and adventure/fantasy films (hardly the genres studios market primarily to women) feature powerful female lead protagonists (The Hunger Games, Brave,Prometheus, and yes, even Snow White and the Huntsman). None of these films – especiallyHunger Games and Prometheus – would have been as successful if it weren’t for male ticket-buyers. If that’s the case, why is it perceived that heterosexuals will not watch movies with LGBT characters?
Part of the problem is that films starring LGBT characters are situated as their own genre or category. Brokeback Mountain is not a “gay Western” – its 1950s setting already subverted the Western genre even without taking into account the sexual orientation of its characters – it is a “gay film.” By situating films starring LGBT characters as a category on their own, it becomes difficult to perceive LGBT persons as major characters in other types of films. Our movie screens have enjoyed a few non-male, non-white superheroes, for instance, but I can’t think of a single one that isn’t indisputably straight. Of course, the genres that dominate Hollywood right now are also the most heteronormative (action sequels, superhero franchises, and children’s films), and under these categories is exactly where the glass ceiling of LGBT representation is located. Sure, Dumbledore was pronounced gay, but only after the Harry Potter franchise was more than halfway through its run.
Hollywood is also deeply invested in its own consumerist ideology. I’ve oftencriticized the conspiracy of Hollywood as a liberal institution, and nowhere does this theory evidence its flaws more than the studio system’s lack of diversity in their front-and-center characters. Hollywood’s consumerist ideology is most evident in its use of formula, and the guy getting the girl is one of the formula’s most sacrosanct components. Nearly every Hollywood film has romantic coupling as a minor if not major plot point.
Thus, bringing LGBT characters into the picture anywhere outside the periphery stands as a fundamental challenge to the cyclical internal logic of Hollywood. But then again, when we see movie stars kiss, is the appeal that they’re each of a different gender, or that they’re movie stars kissing? Sure, it’d be great to see Zachary Quinto kiss Neil Patrick Harris at the end of Garry Marshall’s next movie, and mainstream cinema needs to stop keeping all the great gay and lesbian roles from gay and lesbian actors, but doesn’t the fact that Hollywood has yet to pair up some same-sex movie stars signal a significant oversight in terms of possibilities? It’s time to shake things up.
How Did We Get to This Point?
LGBT characters haven’t been absent from mainstream cinema forever. Though early Hollywood history displayed surprising progressivism, the representation if LGBT characters has mostly fallen into three categories: victims, villains, and comic relief. The gay stereotypes discussed in part of The Celluloid Closet have become common knowledge. Also, insinuating closeted homosexuality is a remnant of the Hays Code, The Master excepted. So what can Hollywood do in this “enlightened” moment where they can no longer demonize, make fun of, marginalize, or render sympathetic-but-never-empathetic LGBT characters? The answer, evidence suggests, is to hardly represent them at all. Hollywood, it seems, has no idea what to do with anything beyond assumed straightness.
There’s certainly an argument to be made that representation isn’t a given positive. Total invisibility might be better than the perpetuation of ugly, harmful, negative stereotypes. And it’s not as if television and politics are, by contrast, a utopian space for exploring non-normative ideas about sexuality that Hollywood is missing out on. In politics, it seems impossible to have a conversation about tolerance for the complexities of adult relationships and desires outside of marriage and the right to participate in the military-industrial complex. And network television hardly provides a radically diverse spectrum of human sexuality, self-identification, or definitions of family: the most celebrated LGBT network characters are white, upper-middle class, monogamous, and heavily invested in procreation. Meanwhile, the “B” and “T” categories of LGBT remain near invisible. The spectrum is simply too small.
But network television also has an immediacy to it that gives it a unique power: viewers can “stumble across” representations of individuals in their own home that they may not encounter in real life, and can potentially have their assumptions challenged as a result. With movies, meanwhile, people are expected to leave their home and pay money. And Hollywood thinks we won’t go out of our way for gay.
Independents clearly think otherwise. Not only has the independent sphere been the space for queer filmmaking pioneers like Gregg Araki, Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, and John Cameron Mitchell, but some of the most recent abuzz films have been about intimate same-sex relationships.Weekend was one of the best films of last year, and the recently released Keep the Lights Onlooks like it may make a similar impact. And there are no doubt queer filmmakers who have zero interest in what mainstream cinematic representations of non-normative sexuality would offer. After all, the greatest “praise” awarded to Brokeback Mountain and The Kids Are All Right by some critics and general audiences was that the characters seemed just like straight people. Who in such a context would be seriously invested in the ways that Hollywood might represent the spectrum of sexuality when a viable alternative means of expression is available?
But LGBT persons are an important part of the daily lives of each and every one of us. So why isn’t the same true with our fictional friends onscreen?
Whether He's Naughty Or Nice, Don't Buy Him These Gifts
Christmas is a time for giving and, yes, receiving, but there are some things your partner just doesn't want.
True, sexy Christmas gifts can add a little heat on a cold winter's night, however, some of them are just downright creepy. The Frisky has compiled a list of the 18 weirdest Christmas themed sex toys, and here are 7 of the entries plus a few more by AF*:
1. XMas Tuggie: "It's a Snuggie for his c**k! So he can keep his hands free and his nuts toasty while watching "A Christmas Story." Why, may we ask?
2. Reindeer Musical G-String: Now musical g-strings are a common gag shop item, but they need to be stopped. Your partner isn't a jukebox.
3. Santa’s Coming Xmas Bag: A kit that includes (among other things): Santa Pen, Condom Lollipop, Toy Cleaner Finger Fun Massager. This is really a kit for an incredibly horny elf.
4. Malibu Betty, Color For The Hair Down There: Trust me, green and red down there is a bad omen.
5. Erectile Quality Monitor: Also known as a Self-Esteem Crusher.
6. Fundies, Underwear Built For Two: Like living out of each other's pockets isn't enough.
7. Anal Ring Toss: Repeat after me, "I am not a carnival game.”
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8. Preparation H
9. Bed Sheets monogram with your name and his
and while we are talking about a tiger don’t give him anything that has to do with a tiger, human or not, nut cracker or Ben The Gay Craig's list Massage boy.
Amidst the turkey, gravy and stuffing, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is encouraging queers and their allies to speak up at the Thanksgiving dinner table. In a recent study of American’s who have a positive view toward queers, four out of five said they personally knew someone who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. GLAAD wants to help make even more people aware that they have friends and family members who are queer.
“The fact is, while you’re scarfing down mashed potatoes and staying silent while everyone else at the table is freely speaking their minds, you’re missing a golden opportunity to make real, honest progress by talking about your life, and the things you care about. It’s OK if Aunt Betty feels a little awkward at first, it’s important for her to know that someone she loves cares deeply about LGBT equality. And the more we all talk about what’s important to us, the less awkward those conversations will become,” GLAAD said in statement. “Speaking openly and honestly about your life with your loved ones is one of the best ways for all of us to move forward together.”
This Thanksgiving, Let Aunt Betty Feel Awkward
The LGBT community has a ton to be thankful for from the past year. But we also have a long way to go. And believe it or not, putting down that forkful of stuffing for a minute and just talking about yourself (if you’re able to) this Thanksgiving can make a huge difference. We’ve all had those Thanksgiving dinners where Aunt Betty decides this is the perfect time to discuss a year’s worth of ailments and medical treatments. Well, you know what? If she can talk about her podiatrist, you can talk about your partner.
The fact is, while you’re scarfing down mashed potatoes and staying silent while everyone else at the table is freely speaking their minds, you’re missing a golden opportunity to make real, honest progress by talking about your life, and the things you care about. It’s okay if Aunt Betty feels a little awkward at first, it’s important for her to know that someone she loves cares deeply about LGBT equality. And the more we all talk about what’s important to us, the less awkward those conversations will become.
Speaking openly and honestly about your life with your loved ones is one of the best ways for all of us to move forward together.
This was a banner year for the movement towards LGBT equality. The number of same-sex couples who can get married in the United States doubled when New York legalized marriage equality. Gay men and women are now legally allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military. Millions of people “went purple” around the world to show support for LGBT young people on Spirit Day. Chaz Bono brought unprecedented awareness of the transgender community when he was picked to compete on Dancing with the Stars. Numbers came out showing that in the past decade, the number of same-sex couples who have adopted children in the United States has more than tripled, from fewer than 6,500 couples to nearly 22,000.The Bottom Line.
At GLAAD, we try to amplify the voices of the LGBT community in the media, so that people in households all across America have a better idea about what it means to be LGBT. But there’s no substitute for getting that info firsthand. Talking about our lives with our loved ones and family members is vital to advancing equality. It doesn’t just put a human face to an otherwise politically charged issue. It puts YOUR face on the issue. And to people who care about you, that really matters. So go ahead and tell your stories. Be true to who you are around your loved ones this Thanksgiving. And even if Aunt Betty feels a little awkward this year, she’ll be greeting you with open arms and asking you for info next year.