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NBC Cancels GLBT Inclusive Show "Midnight Texas"

NBC Cancels GLBT Inclusive Show “Midnight Texas”

NBC has coldly shoved a stake into the heart of the GLBT friendly supernatural drama “Midnight, Texas.

A Universal Television, “Midnight, Texas” revolves around supernatural activity in a fictional Texas town. It was based on the book series by “True Blood” author Charlaine Harris.

The series bowed in 2017 and is set to wrap its nine-episode second season on Dec. 28.

When the first season premiered on Tuesdays in July 2017 with 3.6 million viewers, it became NBC’s No. 1 drama in the key 18-49 demographic.

When moved to a Friday timeslot, one of the worst days of the week for television viewing, the second season has seen ratings hover around 2 million viewers, though the Dec. 21 airing pulled in a season high of 2.6 million viewers that will grow with delayed viewing factored in.

Midnight Texas’ story revolves around gypsy psychic Manfred Bernardo who is told by the ghost of his grandmother to seek out refuge in the town of Midnight There, he finds a community that can help him. Full of diverse characters both straight and LGBT—including a vampire, a witch, a fallen angel, a half-demon and a werecreature—Midnight faces numerous threats from the outside world as it welcomes the newcomer and they all become family.

According to Deadline.com, “Midnight, Texas” is reportedly being shopped to other networks by Universal Television.

Hulu currently has the streaming rights and Netflix has since purchased Albuquerque Studio.

Nia Vardalos Honors Gay Family Members In ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ – SPOILER

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Gay Character

 

SeattlePI’s Daily Dish dropped a big gay spoiler about the upcoming sequal My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, which is set for release on March 25.

Screenwriter and star Nia Vardalos said she wanted to honor the gay people in her own family so in MBFGW2 with  ‘N Sync member Joey Fatone, who plays the brother of Gia Carides comes out as gay.

“Our gay and lesbian brethren and sisters are 10 per cent, if not more, of the population. When my cousins came out, the love that came at them was so intense and unconditional that I thought, ‘This is my chance to put a little message in of acceptance’

Joey Fatone commented on his “coming out”:

“It was quite an honor for Nia to give me something like that, because not many people see the non-comedy side of me and to have to deliver something like that – telling your parents you are gay – it’s a tough thing…It was an exciting thing to do and it’s from life experience – one of my best friends, him coming out…” (Lance Bass)

Go Nia and Joey!

I hope we get a Connie & Carla 2 next.  Although I don’t know how that can be any gayer than the original.

 

Jesus Saves: The Walking Dead Introduces Its 5th. Gay Character Paul “Jesus” Rovia (Monroe)

Jesus the walking dead

 

On last nights episode of The Walking Dead the show introduced what possibly is its 5th gay character in the form of Paul “Jesus” Rovia. (Last name Monroe in the comics but obviously changed now as not to be confused people with the now zombie Deena Monroe and still alive and very hot son Spencer.)

During the episode called “The New World” aka. Daryl and Rick Excellent Adventure.  Jesus does make a good first impression on them. His face is half-covered in a white cloth Jesus literally runs into our dynamic duo at a trashed old gas station, where he stealthily swipes the keys to the fully loaded truck they just found. Before he sneaks away, however, he pulls away his mask, reveals a long beard, extends his arms and says. “But my friends used to call me Jesus.”

The rest of the episode is about our heroes looking for Jesus. (Literally, not symbolically.) And even after Rick and Daryl catch up to him and draw their guns. Nothing seems to faze this Jesus with the slick kung-fu moves and ability to easily slip out of traps.

Jesus is a member of a different community called the Hilltop and was first introduced in comic issue #91.

Well-versed in martial arts, Jesus is probably one of the most rational and level-headed men in the apocalypse. Similar to Daryl, Jesus goes on runs for his Hilltop community so that’s why we see him out on the road at the start of season six, episode two.

The website The Weekly Crisis listed Jesus as #10 in their list of The Ten Best Characters in The Walking Dead, saying:

“Being nicknamed after the son of God seems like one hell of an exaggeration, but Jesus has shown time and time again that he is a good, trusting man who just wants what’s best for everyone. The name fits.

Over the course of the comic series, Jesus becomes one of the most loyal characters at Rick’s disposal.

He’s also openly gay. (Well at least in the comic.)

When asked whether Jesus’ sexuality will make the leap from page to screen in an interview with E! Online actor Tom Payne who plays the character replied:. “We haven’t gotten to that aspect of the character yet, but I think people will be happy,” he teased. “The show is not afraid to stick to what keeps it real and keeps it going.”

I don’t believe that The Walking Dead would ever change the sexuality of one of the comics most famous characters. But what about the other 4 lesbian and gay characters? Tara. Denise, Aaron and Andrew. With the introduction of another gay character, and such a major one at that are one or more of their lives hanging in the balance?

Only time and the zombie apocalypse will tell.

Brendan Fehr & Luke MacFarlane To Play Gay Lovers On NBC’s New Drama “The Night Shift”

Luke McFarland

 

Brendan Fehr, best known for his work on  Roswell and in the unintentionally homo-erotic horror movie “The Forsaken” has signed on to the new NBC series The Night Shift!

From NBC.com

Welcome to the night shift, where the toughest and craziest cases always seem to come through the door. Every shift is a fight between the heroic efforts of saving lives and the hard truths of running an underfunded hospital.

Fehr will be playing the character of Drew a closeted gay, former Army soldier who served in Afghanistan who is now a doctor at San Antonio Memorial Hospital where the series takes place.

 His character’s boyfriend is still fighting in Afghanistan and is on his way home–and he’s played by openly gay Brothers & Sisters star Luke MacFarlane (pictured above).

Flawless Showrunner Shonda Rhimes Answers Why She Supports LGBT On Twitter

If you’re a lover of dramatic  television shows with rich, fully developed, and well thought out characters then you probably a fan of writer and showrunner Shonda Rhimes. Her shows have garnered worldwide fame and adoration for providing complex plots with fully realized characterization for shows like ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and more recently Scandal.

Rhimes is known for having a very honest and somewhat blunt response to fan questions and today was no different. A fan asked on twitter why she has so many LGBT characters on her shows:

RT @yvonneh48 love your shows but why all the gay and lesbian story lines?

And being as classy as always, Rhimes felt that the fan’s question that can be perceived as condescending and took to her Whosay account via twitter to fully address the question:

just got asked “WHY ALL THE GAYS ON MY TV SHOWS?” Okay, here’s my answer:

Because I believe everyone should get to see themselves reflected on TV. EVERYONE. And because I love all my gay and lesbian friends. AND because I think same-sex marriage is the civil rights fight of our era and back when being a person of color was the civil rights fight, people like Norman Lear put black people on TV and helped change some minds. So you know, it’s gotta be paid forward. As long as we are willing to sit by while one person is not free, none of us are free. And FINALLY: because as long as someone feels like it is okay to ask the question “why all the gay people on your shows”, then there is still a HUGE problem that needs to be solved. It’s like asking “Why all the black people on your shows”. (Which is, in fact, why there are also a lot of people of color on my shows . Cause people keep asking. Like it’s unusual. Which means we have a LONG way to go). Okay, done preaching.

This is such an amazing and honest answer to such a jarring question. I wish more writers and showrunners showed this much depth and insight as to why it’s important to have a diverse group on a show. Keep being classy Rhimes.

MWHAHAHA!!! – The Rise Of The Gay Villain

If, like me, you have a profuse fascination with all things comicbook, movies, or videogame storytelling and have always wanted to see more gay characters in these stories. I mean I can clearly remember how I loved the not so subtle hints from Final Fantasy’s Kuja and how his elusive sexuality was an accent of his persona rather than the contributing reason of his villainous ways. But seeing a well developed gay characters like that are rare in general and even more so as a villain.

But are we beginning to see more diverse characters in our geek world? well we may be seeing changes in that department. With characters like Dexter and Skyfall show rich development as their sexuality is just that. We have to reiterate that often because when we look back as an examination into how gay villains were once perceived it was quite different:

“In the early days of LGBT characters on screen, it was often the case that a character’s sexual orientation or gender identity was directly tied to their villainous nature as things like lecherous prison guards, blackmailers, or even psychotic killers. Though that’s almost never the case now, it’s still something writers and directors should be conscious of. What this also highlights, however, is that there are still too few LGBT protagonists and leads in popular media, particularly in genre film and television. Where is the gay equivalent to James Bond?”

No there is still no character that has been made a true lead, either protagonist or antagonist that can be compared to the level of Bond. But characters like Fring from Sons Of Anarchy are seen as progress. And it can be argued that immaculately written character Omar from HBO’s The Wire is a sign of changing times:

As played by Michael K. Williams, Omar holds up drug dealers for a living, sometimes with a pretty younger man by his side. Like Sirko and perhaps Fring, he longs to avenge a lover’s death, which makes him more sympathetic than the usual bad guy motivated by greed.

Omar’s homosexuality, in other words, brings out the best in him. And it does nothing to make him less of a man. Even as his enemies denounce him as a “cocksucker,” they fear him as much as they fear anyone.

Is this enough? Of course not. We need to be cognizant of how LGBT characters are portrayed even more than ever as we are at  the precipice of change, It’s necessary to question today because of past misconceptions of gay being weaker or less than in the past just as racial and ethnic minorities must do as well.  We want to see representation everywhere.

James Bond Star Daniel Craig Says No To A Gay Bond. Is He Right?

Recently there’s been a lot of speculation on whether the new installment of James Bond may be a bisexual because of a scene involving Bond with a villain but star of the smooth spy franchise wants to make it (unnecessarily) clear that Bond is a ladies man only. Skyfall star Daniel Craig recently sat down to clear up the growing rumors saying a gay James Bond will never happen.

“No gay James Bond, Because he’s not gay. And I don’t think Javier’s character is either—I think he’d fuck anything.”

Okay so he has a knowledge of the character. Afterall he is the latest iteration of the womanizing spy. But let’s be a little deductive. If the franchise continues, it’s most likely that Craig won’t be the star, replaced by a younger, hotter man with a beautiful accent.

With that, new writers and producers will have their own vision of what this man of mystery will talk/act like. So who’s to say that it isn’t possible. If comics are being revisioned like DC Comics’ Green Lantern, why is it not possible for James Bond to be a smooth talking manizer? Hell, for all we know one day they can make the next Bond an African American lesbian. Is it likely? Probably not. But it is possible. Why place limits? Just a thought.

Is NBC Newest Sitcom The New Normal Perpetuating Gay Stereotypes?

You know this question is it too gay or is it hurting the LGBT community has come up and will repeatedly do so for however long the show stays on the air. But in all honesty, does it matter? Of course it does. We want our characters to be portrayed in a realistic light. Show the good bad or whatever else makes that character real.

And star of the show, Andrew Rannells feels that this is a valid question as well. However, he feels the premise of the show is more than a gayy person with gay characteristics:

“I certainly understand. As a homosexual, having watched gays on TV be portrayed, sometimes it’s really great and sometimes it’s just a punch line. I think Ryan and [co-creator] Ali Adler are very cautious about that. And I can tell you, going forward, they’ve given me in particular some real range with this character.”

Both Adler and Murphy have stated as much in previous interviews. Adler specifically states that the point of the show is not politics, but rather showing real people going through real obstacles.

We’re not intending to be political –We intend to be an emotional and character-driven show, and these are very personal stories that are very relatable regardless of gender or sexual orientation. It’s about your humor, I think, and your ability to be self-aware.”

And Andrew also discusses his co-star Justin Barthas’s ability to also bring a realistic and honest portrayal of his character to life, despite the fact that Justin is straight:

“He’s not looking for any pats on the back. So often, when straight actors play homosexuals, they get, ‘He’s so brave. That was such a brave decision for him to play this part. What a brave role.’ And to me that seems like bullshit, because if a part is good, it’s a good part.”

So yes we want to see real characters. Do you, fellow readers, feel like The New Normal has been doing an honest portrayal of a gay couple?

Are We Gay Men Supposed To Act A Certain Way? No.

Contributor’s Note: I apologize I didn’t have time to write something more newsworthy but it’s been a hectic day with no internet for most of it. So, again here is something I wrote before I joined here. Enjoy!

This week as a result of a few encounters I’ve asked myself a question I think most gay men ask constantly: Are there degrees of gay? Does it even matter? Do descriptors used to classically categorize what a gay man is bother you as much as they bother me? I vacillate on whether to even discuss the topic as sometimes it seems when you describe the things you are, you  unfortunately also appear to others as degrading or insulting the the things you aren’t. So I made sure to check my ego at the door and make sure I illustrated my point without demeaning or disrespecting while putting the topic in perspective.

This all started earlier in the week as I had a debate with an old college buddy of mine. Keep in mind that even as compassionate, loyal, and great guy he is sometimes he’s one of the most stubborn people I’ve ever meet with a severe case of the ‘dudebro‘ syndrome.. He’s straight and we were talking about a date he had recently that didn’t go well. I asked at what point did the date go wrong and he explained that as he was about to pay the bill, she asked how much her half was and he responded saying don’t worry I’ve got it. She insisted that she’d feel more comfortable paying for half and appreciated the gesture but wanted to chip in. The bill was 137. 82 without tip so I see one of the reasons she wanted to help pay. He smirked and said, “just let me be the man and chillax” (I cringed when I heard him say “chillax” seriously who the hell says that). Clearly, this did not bode well for the rest of the date.

As I fought back the laughter, he didn’t understand what went wrong that night, and I asked him had he ever went dutch or let his date/girlfriend pay for half the bill and he emphatically replied no. I responded saying well with any of my past boyfriends we either split the bill or took turns paying for the meal. This was also true for movies, concert tickets, etc., with the exception being presents for anniversaries, birthdays, or random gifts. Wasn’t ever an issue and I then asked why instead of him just going along with his date and having a few extra bucks in his pocket and very bluntly he said “thats what a man does.” Really? What the hell is this? I need to re-evlauate the people I call friends. This whole discussion was spiraling.

The conversation then proceeded into danger territory which means most likely he’s about to make an asinine comment what would irk the hell out of me (he already did that with a “that’s what a man does” comment but still). He assumed that this was always the case as well in gay couples, that we assign the effeminate/masculine roles to our relationships and act accordingly to those stereotypical roles. He wrongly assumed that it must be this way with all gay men including me. I informed him that of course this was not the case in which he replied it should be to make things easier. WHAT? Profanities from me to him ensued for a couple of minutes and I pulled myself together to hear what gems he’d pull out to explain as our friendship in that moment seemed strained at best. He continued on with this irritating verbiage and also ascertained that gay men that are represented in tv/movies in the same way. If we were in the same vicinity and had a pie it would’ve been plastered to his face. But despite my anger I understood why he thought that. Where that opinion came from and his justifications, no matter how infuriating, made sense.

Almost always in media a gay man has only two degrees in which he’ s depicted as either very effeminate in nature that wears makeup and is into fashion, sparkly things, and unicorns (why can’t unicorns be unisex anyway, uni means both so get with it people) or very jock like that loves sports, spits on any outdoor service, or routinely scratching their crotch (we all do that, it’s our junk and we have to adjust) that has this 11th hour realization of his sexuality. But both are expected to provide some sort of comedic relief and often depicted as caricatures with no depth or real insight into why they are they are or provide some sage advice to the protagonist while they themselves remained unexamined.

I recently read an article in Madame Noire titled Are Gay Men the New ‘Mammies’ In Reality Television? which described the normative medium for gay men on tv/movies. A very effeminate non threatening homosexual man that loves fashion (honestly who wants to look like crap other than hipsters) that served as the ‘mammie’ or the person that is there for the protagonist to give little saged gems of wisdom, great fashion tips with an immaculate timing for comedic puns. Now this article focused mainly on gay African American males but this stereotype is used no matter the race/ethnicity. It had some really good points but made me think more about gay characters in media and there’s only two degrees of gay shown.

Think about it, in the last ten movies/tv shows you’ve watched that featured a gay man how many of them weren’t written as an effeminate gay written to ease the tension while endearingly (and patronizingly derogatorily) referred to as “the gays” or “my gay BFF”? Or the extremely masculine guy that somehow is also written as some sort of comic relief as he bursts forward proclaiming his love for a male antagonist? Or even when the aforementioned characteristics aren’t done any justice and written to be more than one dimensional? You can see where this is going. Variety.

All I keep thinking the entire time I see these representations are “why is this caricature there and what is he doing?” But in the media and by and large the public, this is the only accepted options that I can be as a gay man. Again don’t get me wrong, none of these descriptors in which I express I am not a part of are bad or negative in any way. Be who you are and if all of those two scenarios are you love and embrace that in all you do. It’s just not who I am and I want to see variety. We have the same infinite amount of different yet all the same beautiful characteristics and I want to see honest representations of us.

So yes, I am saying I want to see every variation of the gay man on tv and in movies. Do they have to do it in every movie? Absolutely not. Writing a specific character that fits those situations is great and if that character is what best fills the plot with rich subtext then I’m all for that. But does that have to be the only representation of the gay man? Of course not, nor should it be. I’m saying don’t write every gay character to fit only these strict attributes that we see every time there script calls for a gay man. As I explained to my friend, who I think  is now a litte more aware in the variation in the human condition, I have a lot of descriptors that define who i am and i want to see that more on my screen.

And for those wondering, my friend and I are fine. He learned very quickly not to go by a movie or tv to categorize a group of people. That we as gay men vary much more than our stereotypes. We have different likes/dislikes, personality and behaviors. That we’re people like everyone else. To lose this notion of what a strong man is supposed to be like. And to not be a rotten date.

Can Straight Hollywood Write For Gay Characters & Actors Like The Immaculate Matt Bomer?

Several weeks ago when Bret Easton Ellis went on a public tirade on twitter claiming the immaculate Matt Bomer was too gay (there is no such thing as being “too gay) to portray a straight character, along with the subsequent backlash, a lot of questions in the tv/film business arised.

First, What goes into the writing of an LGBT character in Hollywood, especially when the majority of the writers, producers, and directors are straight? Also, how are the characters developed if they don’t have personal experiences with gay men and women? Do they seek outside help, like friends and families or do they hire other LGBT crews of writers to specifically cater to that character?

Let’s take this beautiful man Matt Bomer as an example to this train of thought. Say he has been asked to audition for an action film involving gay hero and the writer /director is say Steven Spielberg, who is straight. Would he be able to accurately write for the character? How would he be able to direct a gay character? He can’t just tell Matt  “act gay” because in spite of Matt being gay, he can truly only be himself, not a sexuality. See my point?

Writer and actor David Blixt , who is also straight, discussed the natural  process of writing gay characters in his playwrites and novels. Blixt feels that there is no difference, other then what gender the character is attracted to, in how attraction begins with any two people in love:

First and foremost, love is love. Writing about the excitement of a kiss, of a caress, is the same across the board. Thinking about a first meeting of lips, or even a touch of a hand, is an electric, heart-hammering human experience. The best part is acknowledging what fools we are for love, how desperately grateful and fearful we are when it’s dangled before us.

Blixt also discussed the fluidity and malleability of characters in works throughout history like Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet and how cross dressing was not seen so much as a sexual reference, and more about our human experience. That the concept of love is universal, and therefore transcends our gender.

 

My point is that Hollywood should be focusing on writing a character, and sexuality is merely a descriptor, not this all encompassing personality trait. And some writers and producers are acknowledging this point as well.

Ali Alder, producer of NBC’s new upcoming new comedy, The New Normal, made note that although the premise of the story is about a gay couple and their surrogate, that it’s NOT the one and only focus of the characters. They’re complete personalities and not some exaggerated and inaccurate stereotype.

The character most of all should be as realistic and multidimensional as possible. If it’s a love scene, write it as two people in love, not some inaccurate  caricature that’s been played out in the media. And I presume that it’s what Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, and other openly gay actors and actresses look for in characters that are gay. The should be authentic; real. It’s definitively something to think about…plus I just wanted a reason to write about the Adonis that is Matt Bomer. I mean LOOK at him.