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Supernatural’ Actor Misha Collins Comes Out as Bisexual

During a recent public appearance  at a Supernatural fan convention, actor Misha Collins very subtly came out as bisexual.

Via Just Jared:

“How many of you would consider yourself introverts?” Misha asked the crowd, in a video shared on Twitter. “How many extroverts? “And how many bisexuals?” At that last question, the audience started chanting and clapping before Misha added, “I’m all three.”

Welcome to the tribe Misha!

Gay History Month – October 3: Roddy McDowell, GOP Gay Sex Scandals Ain’t Nothing New, and the Infamous Bloomingdale’s Tearoom

October 3rd……

1847: Hans Christian Andersen wrote to the Hereditary Grand-duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach,I love you as a man can only love the noblest and best. This time I felt that you were still more ardent, more affectionate to me. Every little trait is preserved in my heart.”

1872: Bloomingdale’s department store opens in Manhattan. YES, this is gay history, just ask any gay man from New York City over 40 about the ever popular men’s room in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Well, some places just become notorious, like the Bloomingdale’s bathroom or certain train cars during rush hour. For those spots, it’s the thrill of danger that IS the appeal. It’s like a form of exhibitionism, the idea that you might get caught.  –  posted by sexyrobot at 3:53 PM on February 17, 2015

Shopping and sex all in one place?  Who could ask for anything more? (And when they were done many a shopping queen didn’t. (Tap…tap….tap.) 

1973: Dr. Howard Brown, former New York City Health Administrator, made history when he came out of the closet in a speech in front of 600 colleagues. He later became the director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force back at a time when it actually had a “task”

1980: Conservative Republican U.S. Representative Robert Bauman was arrested for soliciting sex from a 16-year-old male prostitute.  The arrest came in the midst of Bauman’s reelection campaign, occurring after the deadline for withdrawal from the contest, and thus handing the election to Democrat Roy Dyson, who hadn’t stood a chance before Bauman’s arrest. Prior to his arrest, Bauman was a member of both the Moral Majority the American Conservative Union.   Bauman said he was suffering from alcoholism and entered himself into a court-supervised rehabilitation program, which, upon successful completion, resulted in the charges being dropped.

Bauman left politics for good and now writes books about offshore banking and the creation of tax havens. He is currently the legal counsel for Sovereign Society , a group that works at creating such tax havens. And does not support same-sex marriage

1998:  Prolific actor Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude “Roddy” McDowall passes away from lung cancer at age 70 in Studio City, CA.

McDowell made his first well-known film appearance at the age of 12, playing “Huw Morgan” in How Green Was My Valley (1941), where he met and became lifelong friends with Maureen O’Hara. The film won an Academy Award for Best Picture, and made him a household name.He starred in Lassie Come Home (1943), a film that introduced a girl who would become his lifelong friend – Elizabeth Taylor.  McDowall continued his career successfully into adulthood, a rare event for any child star  and  also became a film director, photographer and voice artist. and is probably best known today for his roles in Fright Night, The Poseidon Adventure, and as Cornelius, Caesar, and Galen in the original Planet of the Apes films and television series.

Although Roddy McDowall made no public statements about his sexual orientation during his lifetime, it was a well known fact in Hollywood that he was gay

2005: This week’s TIME cover story is titled “The Battle Over Gay Teens”. TIME’s cover story in 2005 touched on the effort to eradicate anti-gay speech in schools and to set up clubs and advocacy groups to support gay teens. But the story also underscored the ongoing tension between religion and homosexuality that still continues today.

2012: Orlando Cruz became the first out gay professional boxer when USA Today broke the news of the athlete coming out. Cruz said in a statement: “I’ve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself. I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career. I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.”

Gay History – September 21: Edward II, Daughters of Bilitis Formed, Fannie Flagg and Happy Birthday Dan Savage

1327 – Edward II is murdered in his prison cell supposedly after having a red hot iron thrust up his rectum (in reaction to his homosexuality of course).

1944:  Fannie Flagg (born September 21, 1944) is born. She is an American actress, comedian and author. She is best known as a semi-regular panelist on the 1973–82 versions of the game show Match Game and for the 1987 novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, which was adapted into the 1991 motion picture Fried Green Tomatoes. In the late 1970s, Flagg had a relationship with American writer, Rita Mae Brown (born November 28, 1944). Flagg also lived for eight years with former The Bold and the Beautiful actress Susan Flannery (born July 31, 1939).

1955:  Daughters of Bilitis, the first lesbian organization, is formed by four lesbian couples, including Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin.

The Daughters of Bilitis was originally formed as a social alternative to lesbian bars, which were subject to raids and police harassment. As the DOB gained members, their focus shifted to providing support to women who were afraid to come out. The DOB educated them about their rights, and about gay history. Historian Lillian Faderman declared, “Its very establishment in the midst of witch-hunts and police harassment was an act of courage, since members always had to fear that they were under attack, not because of what they did, but merely because of who they were.” The Daughters of Bilitis endured for 14 years, becoming an educational resource for lesbians, gay men, researchers and mental health professionals.

1971: Thomas Craig “T. C.” Jones the great American female impersonator passes away. T. C.”was known for his impersonations of stars such as Tallulah Bankhead, Judy Garland, Katharine Hepburn and others. He has been described as “probably the best female impersonator since vaudeville’s late famed Julian Eltinge”.   Although Jones was straight he had a huge gay following. T. C. Jones also appeared in New Faces of 1956, directed by Paul Lynde.

Jones made a number of television appearances, including portraying a homicidal transvestite with a penchant for strangling nurses in “An Unlocked Window”, an Edgar Award-winning episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in 1965 and another killer transvestite in “Night of the Running Death”, a 1967 episode of The Wild Wild West. Jones appeared in a male role opposite Jayne Mansfield and Mamie Van Doren in the film Three Nuts in Search of a Bolt (1964) and played dual male/female roles as Mr. and Mrs. Ace in The Monkees’ film Head (1968)

1993: Actress Amanda Bearse comes out while co-starring on the television series Married with Children. Bearse publicly announced her lesbianism in an interview in the September 21, 1993 issue of The Advocate, where she also encouraged other gay celebrities to use their fame and position to increase gay visibility.

In the interview, Bearse expressed relief at having been outed by the tabloids. “The outing really was quite a freeing experience. . . . That one thing, that one big secret is out. For a lot of people, it was just a confirmation of what they thought about me. I mean, I look like the girl next door, but I was always kind of off-center.”

1998: “Will & Grace,” the first prime-time program to feature openly gay lead characters, premiers. While a solid hit. many find the gay stereotyping offensive.

2010:  Dan Savage (born October 7, 1964) and husband Terry Miller upload their first It Gets Better video on YouTube, to help prevent suicide among LGBT youth. Dan is an American author, media pundit, journalist, and activist for the LGBT community.

In his writing and public appearances, Savage has clashed with both social conservatives and the LGBT establishment. He has opposed Rick Santorum’s views on homosexuality and advocated for gay marriage and other LGBT causes. He has made several controversial public statements in various media, often lambasting people with whom he disagrees.

Colton Underwood ABC The Bachelor Gay

Former Bachelor Contestant Colton Underwood Comes Out As Gay.

In an interview with Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts on Wednesday, former football start Colton Underwood — who headlined Season 23 of the ABC “reality” show The Bachelor— confirmed the longstanding rumor.

He is gay.

Underwood’s being a virgin was a plot point The Bachelor seized on. It also fueled rumors that he was gay — which he had previously denied.

Titled “Colton Underwood: In His Own Words,” the former “Bachelor” star opens up to Roberts:

“There is something that you want people to know, so can you tell us what is on your heart that you want to share?” Roberts asks Underwood in the clip.

“Yeah,” he responds as he takes a deep breath. “It’s been a journey, for sure.”

This year’s been a lot for a lot of people and it’s probably made a lot of people look at themselves in the year and figure out who they are,” he shared. “I’ve ran from myself for a long time, I’ve hated myself for a long time. I’m gay. I came to terms with that earlier this year, and the next step in all of this was sort of letting people know. … I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. That means the world to me.” Colton Underwood

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Ben Platt Publicly Comes Out With Release of Gay Themed Music Video "Ease My Mind"

Ben Platt Publicly Comes Out With Release of Gay Themed Music Video “Ease My Mind”

Pitch Perfect and Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt came out publicly as gay today with his newly released  gay theme video for “Ease My Mind” off his forthcoming solo album. Platt said he’s proud to have the “first opportunity to represent my relationships and the men that I’ve loved.”

Platt said of the video, which co-stars Charlie Carver: “When we were conceptualizing this sort of loose narrative that we wanted to connect through the videos, there was not really any moment where we had to decide it should be about me and a man as opposed to anything else because it was just, ‘We’re going to represent what this was inspired by,’ which was this man that I was in love with. So it was really a no-brainer.

Platt’s first video off the album, “Bad Habit”, served as a preview to this reveal. Check it out HERE

Gotham Actor Cory Michael Smith, (Edward Nygma, aka The Riddler) Comes Out As Gay

Gotham Actor Cory Michael Smith, (Edward Nygma, aka The Riddler) Comes Out As Gay

Gotham’s Cory Michael Smith who plays Edward Nygma, aka The Riddler on Gotham and is starring in the new movie ‘1985,’ which just premiered at SXSW, a young man with AIDS heads home to Texas for the holidays to spend one last Christmas with his family has come out as “queer” aka “gay” in an article in The Daily Beast.

Smith who plays the title role of Adrian in the film said that “There’s something special about telling a story that feels closer to home.”

Via The Daily Beast:

“I’m from Middle America,” he says. “I’m from Ohio. I’ve been living here [in New York] for a while, and there are stretches when I don’t see my family often. Going home and that whole charade is very familiar. The first family dinner after a while. Coming out to a family, the fear of that.

He says his family handled his coming out with “a lot of love,” though it took “a lot of time.” It wasn’t hard for him to imagine the pain Adrian feels as he goes through his last holidays with his parents (played by Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis). 

Writer-director Yen Tan was inspired to make and write 1985 by conversations he had with older gay men when he was in his early twenties, fresh out of college and working at a viatical settlement firm. It was 1998, and many of his clients were men living with HIV or AIDS and negotiating the sale of their life insurance policies to third parties.

Actor Lee Pace Comes Out of His Glass Closet Publicly and Begrudgingly.

Actor Lee Pace, known for his work in Pushing Daisies, Guardians of the Galaxy The Hobbit, and is currently playing the role of Joe Pitt in the Broadway revival of Tony Kushner’s iconic play Angels in America, was asked about his sexual orientation in a recent interview with magazine and his response has left many in the LGBT community less than impressed.

The last time Pace was on Broadway was in a revival of another classic gay play, Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, which like Angels takes place at the onset of the AIDS crisis. “Our understanding of what it means to be gay is just so different,” Pace said of the climate in 2018. “It’s culturally different. It’s just so much further down the road. It’s an interesting thing for me to think about in this moment while working on this play.”

Pace added that he feels it’s important for gay actors to play the gay roles in both plays, but stopped short of labeling himself. He seemed a bit flustered and surprised by the question. “I’ve dated men. I’ve dated women,” he explained. “I don’t know why anyone would care. I’m an actor and I play roles. To be honest, I don’t know what to say—I find your question intrusive.”

Pace has lived in a glass closet for years and his sexuality is well known to those in Hollywood.

Perhaps Lee needs a history lesson about the importance of coming out.

Gay brothers and sisters,… You must come out. Come out… to your parents… I know that it is hard and will hurt them but think about how they will hurt you in the voting booth! Come out to your relatives… come out to your friends… if indeed they are your friends. Come out to your neighbors… to your fellow workers… to the people who work where you eat and shop… come out only to the people you know, and who know you. Not to anyone else. But once and for all, break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions. For your sake. For their sake. For the sake of the youngsters who are becoming scared by the votes from Dade to Eugene.” – Harvey Milk

Walking Dead Actor Daniel Newman Comes Out As Gay In Heartfelt Video #OUTandPROUD

Walking Dead Actor Daniel Newman Comes Out As Gay In Heartfelt Video #OUTandPROUD

Actor Daniel Newman, who currently portrays a member of The Kingdom on The Walking Dead has come out as gay in an amazing video after posting to Twitter on Thursday night.

“I’m an actor. The whole world, the industry, is like ‘here’s your big break, you’re on The Walking Dead, you can’t come out, you can’t be in the press, because everything you work so hard for is going to be gone. There’s no gay or bi leading men, no action heroes, your career’s going to be over.’ I don’t care. Because I know what’s right.”

Newman said his decision to come out happened after a  conversation he had while volunteering at a shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth, when a girl came up to him and thanked him for volunteering as a straight ally.

Welcome to the tribe Daniel. #OUTandPROUD

Watch his heartfelt video below

 

 

SoCal ESPN Sportscaster Steve Mason Comes Out: ““Now there’s a big weight off of my shoulders.” – Audio

SoCal ESPN Sportscaster Steve Mason Comes Out

 

One story that has been overlooked the past few weeks is that of Steve Mason (pictured above right) who is one of the most respected sports broadcasters in Southern California. He’s the co-host of the long-running “Mason & Ireland” show on ESPN 710, a top radio sports talk ratings for more than a decade.  And a regular contributor to KTTV’s “Good Day LA” program.

For years, Mason kept the fact that he is a gay man a secret mostly out of concern that disclosing it could  hurt his career.

A few weeks ago, Mason decided it was time to come out to his audience. “It felt like this was the time for me to be able to fully express my whole self on the air,” says Mason.

“I’m not the gay guy who does sports, I’m the sports guy who happens to be gay,” he says. He says he used to have to self-censor during daily broadcast banter about family and personal life and now he doesn’t. “I was always afraid that in some way it would come out and I would not have control of it as a story. Now there’s a big weight off of my shoulders.”

Listen to Steve’s coming out on-air below.

 

EL WOOF! – Spanish National Water Polo Star Victor Gutierrez Comes Out As Gay

Victor Gutierrez

Victor Gutierrez, a very “woofy” member of the Spanish national water polo team, has come out as gay in an edition of the magazine Shangay.

Said Gutierrez to the magazine:

“I had been thinking about it for quite some time…I’m out of the closet at home. My family knows I’m gay, my friends too. And I’m living so comfortably with my sexuality that I felt a responsibility to come out and share it.”

“Although I’m coming out, I respect those who choose not to. I have never met anyone who has judged me as an athlete for my sexuality. It has always been based on my performance. As a gay athlete, I feel the responsibility to come out because it is very important. There have been more than 70 homophobic attacks in Madrid so far this year, it is a reality that we live. And there are almost no athletes who say they are gay. But in my experience, people have changed; as an athlete, everything I have experienced is absolutely positive.”

Wrote Gutierrez on Instagram

“This is the result of a bold and informed decision . It took a lot of thought but I am proud to do my part for gay visibility in the sport. Thanks to my family who have always supported me, my stalwart friends who have been by my side , the team at Shangay (magazine), and to all those who in one way or another have made me the person I am . And especially to Javier Caceres Perez for being the brains and give me the strength I needed to take this step forward. This is me. Hugs and kisses for everyone!