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NBC “Straight Washes” Main Character In Upcoming Musical Theater Television Drama “RISE”


In NBC’s upcoming drama Rise, inspired by the true story of high-school teacher Lou Volpe, whose story was told in the book Drama High about a high-school production of Spring Awakening, NBC has made a major change by straight-washing Volpe’s lead character from a closeted gay man to a happily married straight family man. 

Producer Jason Katims spoke about the decision at the Television Critics Association press tour, saying they decided to change the character so that the series would better reflect his own experience. “We took [the book] as an inspiration, and then I really felt like I needed to make it my own story,” Katims said. “With Lou’s family life and Lou’s family itself, there’s a lot of reimagination. Not just in terms of gay or straight, but in terms of the family structure.”

 Of course this had nothing to so with having a gay male lead on television during prime-time.

Katims added that despite the straight- washing of the lead character the show does include a trans character and a young closeted character in the main cast. “I was inspired to tell the story of Michael [Ellie Desautels], this transgender character, and Simon [Ted Sutherland] who’s dealing with his sexuality and growing up in a very conservative religious family,” Katims said. “Those stories felt like they resonated with me as a storyteller, I wanted to lean into that.”

Spring Awakening, for those of you who do knot know is a musical about the sexual awakening of a group of students that includes a romance between two male characters.  NBC which originally gained praise for taking on such an ambitious project now with the major change in Volpe’s character from a closeted gay man who is experiencing his own  sexual awakening and who pushed so hard to get Spring Awakening put on in the high school where he taught to a straight family man not only makes the project fall flat but is a cowardly change just for the fear of having a gay male as a lead character.


Victim Accuses Huntsville Alabama Police Of “Straight-washing” Gay Bashing‏ – Video



Gary Bravo of Huntsville Alabama was “gay bashed” in front of a downtown bar and suffered  four broken bones in his face, a fractured ankle and he has not regained full vision in his right eye yet.  And if that was not bad enough Bravo also had to deal with the  Huntsville Police who refused to report the fact that he attacked for being gay and left it out of the report.

According to Bravo two men beat him and used anti-gay slurs after he tried to stop them from accosting his female friend Friday, June 5.

He said he and his female friend had just bought hot dogs outside of Sammy T’s when one of the men grabbed his friend’s arm. Bravo stepped in and told them to leave her alone. “The next thing I remember, is being swung around and being swung at,” Bravo said. “I ducked, and then after that my memory goes blank.”

Bravo believes the attack was motivated by his sexual orientation.

“When you use f—– and a few other choice words that are not appropriate for all ages, you know it’s directed to you,” Bravo said. “It’s not just a normal fight.”

Free2be Safe Anti-Violence Project set up a special fund for Bravo and have raised approximately $1,800 of their $2,500 goal, according to James Robinson, Free2Be executive director.

Robison said police took Bravo’s statement directly after the altercation.

Bravo said police left his statements about his attackers using anti-gay slurs out of the report.

“You’re an officer of the law,” Bravo said. “You should not object to putting something in a report. Everything should be taken down. It should not be ignored just because I’m a gay man and you don’t want to hear it.”

Lt. Darryl Lawson, communications relation officer with the Huntsville Police Department, said that type of information is not included in a report, just a narrative of the incident.

“We won’t necessarily put in (the report) he said this, she said that,” Lawson said.

Lawson said he was unaware of Bravo or any witness telling police officers that anti-gay slurs were said by the attackers.

“It would still be an assault-second charge,” Lawson said. “The only time the hate crime law comes into play is as an enhancement to whatever the sentencing is.”

Alabama’s hate crime law does not apply to sexual orientation, but if it did, Lawson said, “it would not be a factor at this point in the case” .