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Transgender Community Attacks John Barrowman Because He’s “Tranny-tastic”! – Video

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Here we go again……

Self described “polysexual genderqueer transgender boi” blogger  Jude Orlando Enjolras has a bone to pick with openly gay actor and LGBT rights activist John Barrowman after he posted a video on OOPSIE where he uses the word “tranny”.and the fact that he had the unabashed gall to bring it up the whole situation at Fantasticon, Milwaukee.

In a nutshell.

Barrowman used the word “tranny” in a video he posted on the website WhoSay.

Enjolras in turn posted an open letter to Barrowman asking an apology.

I am a trans gay man. Your work means the world to me. I look up to you, and it breaks my heart that you would use this word. You are a gay icon people actually listen to. The words you choose to use have weight, and the potential to hurt.

“Tr*nny” is a slur. People shout it before beating up folks like me, or worse.

Some trans people may choose to reclaim “tr*nny,” for whatever reason. We are the ones oppressed by a system that uses such words to remind us we’re different, other, deviant. It is our prerogative and right. Our word. Not yours.

So John, please, don’t.

Don’t reinforce a culture that mocks us at best and kills us at worst. That’s exactly what you did last night. Intentions are sadly irrelevant – you hurt a lot of people who love and respect you, and were absolutely crushed that one of their heroes would use the same language as the people who make us fear for our lives.

I really, really hope this gets through to you; that you say sorry to my community, and mean it.

Well John Barrowman did indeed read Enjolras’ letter. And when asked a question at Milwaukee Fantasticon , JB was honest enough to  talk about it, explain what happened, and did not apologize.

This of course did not set well with Mr. Enjolras who wrote another column upset that John Barrowman did not fall on his knees and beg for forgiveness.

I honestly don’t think I could have made my points more politely, carefully, and respectfully. Not because I think politeness is in any way owed to someone using oppressive language – I am in fact a great believer in anger as a valid emotion and tool for social change. Yet I was polite. I bit my tongue, I swallowed the rage welling up inside me and burning against my eyelids. I gave Barrowman the benefit of the doubt because I truly believed he would listen and learn and everything would be sort of fine.

Or, you know, not.

As it turns out, my hope that this was all one big misunderstanding was just that – hope, and horrendously misplaced at that.

When I was asked if I wanted to write this article, my first thought was, of course not. This is a great big horrible mess, it’s making me sick to my stomach, I just want it all to go away.

Yet here we are, because as I said before: there is no such thing as a throwaway word. Doubly so if you’re a celebrity. Double that again if you are an LGBTQIA celebrity. Barrowman does not sing, act, speak in a vacuum.

Besides, he wasn’t just my role model. Most of the LGBTQIA folks I know are speculative fiction fans, too. We just love the possibilities for representation and escape offered by genre at its best. And we deserve a happier ending than this.

An apology to the transgender community would be a great start.

Watch the video below.  Does John Barrowman owe the transgender community and apology for using the word “tranny” as a term of endearment with fellow cast members?  Or is this just an over-reaction from a community that has far worse problems than persecuting a a gay icon who has worked diligently for our equality and who  thinks people are “Tranny-tastic.

Your call.


Gorgeous John Barrowman Talks About Being Openly Gay In Hollywood


Torchwood and Doctor Who star John Barrowman discusses his life as a gay man in Hollywood in September’s Desert OutLook Magazine. John first goes into detail how he wishes roles for gay characters weren’t so stereotyped:

America has the most gay men represented on television than any country in the world.  The only thing I wish they would do more often is not stereotype those gay men and women. It’s always the same type they choose. Rather than seeing camp, flouncy, girly men and butch heavy women, it would be nice to see other types. There are “lipstick lesbians,” pretty girls. There are butch guys, guys who are into sports.

Looking back, John has always known that he’s gay. And even though a very “influential” person in  Hollywood told him he should hide or diminish his sexual orientation publicly, he refused to go into the closet for the sake of movie roles:

I wanted to prove that I was born this way. I didn’t wake up one morning and decide I’m going to have coffee, I’m going to have eggs and bacon, and ooh I’m gay. I will challenge anybody, no matter what organization you belong to or how high up you are, I will defend that we are born this way. 

John boldly states that the outlook on LGBT characters and actors will change once those in the closet come out and realize that there are more gays and lesbians in Hollywood than what is widely believed:

the only way things can change is more people are out, and then people would realize that 80 percent of people in Hollywood are gay and lesbian.

I really appreciate his honesty and it’s nice to see nore actors speak out about it.

John Barrowman Really Is Capt. Jack! Foils Robbery Then Offers Teen Criminal Job

John Barrowman took a page from his Captain Jack Harkness of Torchwood character when Barrowman  stopped a would-be teen thief and then suggested giving the youth a job to get him away from a life of crime.

Barrowman was staying at the Radisson Blu hotel in Glasgow, Scotland when he hard a woman screaming after awaking to to find two boys ransacking her and her husbands in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The concierge was trying to sort my air conditioning.We heard this woman scream and shout, ‘Stop him, stop him.’ We saw this young boy running down the hallway. I told the concierge to chase him and called the hotel operator and told them to block the staircase so we could get him. The lad had tried to get away through the staff elevator and punched the concierge. I grabbed the kid’s ankles, yanked him to the ground and then pulled him out into the hallway. I pinned him down. My tour manager then arrived and the three of us held him down until the police came

According to Wales Online.  Barrowman then offered the teen a job backstage in the pantomime he’s currently performing in at Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. “It was sad. He was only 14 or 15. I think he was on drugs,” Barrowman said. ”But I’d like to find out the boy’s story and give him a second chance.

Way to go Captain Jack!

BBC Receives Complaints That Torchwood is ‘Too Gay’

Seems as if the U.S. doesn’t have a monopoly on bigots and small-minded turds. According to PinkNews, the BBC as apparently received complaints that popular television show, Torchwood, it “too gay.” I would appear, from their statement, that the BBC is telling people to grow up already, in that typical British polite way:

“Captain Jack Harkness is an established character in the series. The audience over the previous series of Torchwood have known him to be promiscuous and bi-sexual [sic] so we felt the content was justified in terms of the context and characters and would be within the expectations of regular viewers.

“We aim to depict relationships whether heterosexual or homosexual in an honest and realistic way. These scenes are not meant to cause offence.”

So there.

The Big Gay News Round-Up: Obama FINALLY Supports DOMA Repeal, Homeless In Frisco, Badash + Savage + Santorum Threeway? , Chris Barron Gets His Ass Waxed, and MORE!

*  President Obama Supports Defense Of Marriage Act Repeal.   It’s about time! –  Christian Science Monitor

*  The Gay and Lesbian Task Force aka The Task Force hosts thier  4th Annual Summerfest in Miami.  Could someone out there please remind me what Task Forces Task actuaslly is again please? – SFGN.com

*  Go homeless in San Francisco, the gayest city in America for only $100 dollars a day!  DanNation

*  Kevin Keller, Acrhie comics first gay character to have his own comic book. I wonder if he’ll find out if Moose is aptly named? –    New York Times

*  Bob Vander Plaats, the President of The Family Leader enjoys a good fag joke with a few close friends – Towleroad
*  Looks like David Badash of The New Civil Rights blog will be joing Rick Santorum and Dan Savage in that “hate fuck” as Badash slams Savage over having an “open relationship” and that it might portray the community badly and Dan Savage slams back.  Get a grip girls you can’t all be on top. – Queerty

*  Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith who were refused an accurate birth certificate for their Louisiana-born adopted son  case makes it way to the Supreme Court – Couthouse News Service

*  The federal government helped fund a study that examined what effect a gay man’s penis size has on his sex life and general well-being.  Marcus Bachmann volunteered to take the measurements –  Pink News UK

*  The BBC cuts out gay Torchwood sex scene which sets Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) enjoying snog with a hunky barman  because the channel feared a viewer’s backlash.  Since when is the BBC in America? –  Metro.uk

*  GOProud’s Chris Barron gets his ass waxed by CNN’s Ali Velshi when says he won’t question Michele Bachmann about her “ex-gay” clinic .

Video – Watch The NEW Torchwood Trailer For "Miracle Day" Premieres Friday, July 8 at 10 PM on STARZ!

Capt. Jack IS BACK!

John Barrowman and Eve Myles return as Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper in, “Torchwood: Miracle Day,” as the show moves across the pond to the U.S. Also, Mekhi Phifer and Bill Pullman join the Starz series, which premieres Friday, July 8 at 10 PM

What’s "Too Gay" Today? – Did Tom Cruise Hit On Zac Efron?, Christians Boycott William Shatner!, Evan Lysacek Twats, Married Gay Mormon Couple, Jack Mackenroth Winner!, and Big "TORCHWOOD: The New World" News!

*  The Parents Television Council is calling for a boycott of William Shatner’s new show, $#*! My Dad  because the title implies a curse word.  $#*! You PTC!

*  Tom Cruise recently flagged Zac Efron down in the lobby of CAA. and used a creepy troll like pick-up line.  “You ride motorcycles?” Cruise asked? (Why didn’t he just ask if he liked Gladiator movies?) Cruise then invited him out to his house, taught him how a motorcycle engine works, showed him the hangar with his dozens of pristine bikes—including the Triumphs he rode in the Mission: Impossible movies. Efron was allowed to ride a pedigree-less dirt bike.  When Zac was ashed why Cruise “reached out to him”  Zac replied:  “I don’t know,” he says. “I don’t even want to know.   Yo Cruise! Back away from my Zac you short, crazy cultist creep!  (By the way your last movie SUCKED!)

*  Evan Lysacek was a “twat” on Twitter this weekend when he posted that the “verdict is still out” on Johnny Weir’s gender.  (Will you two just get a room and fuck already!  Oh, wait.  It would be lesbianism right?)

*  Married Gay Mormon Couple Spencer and Tyler, who were featured in the documentary 8: The Mormon Proposition, say “Thnak You” to Judge Vaugh Walker, 

*  HIV Activist Jack Mackenroth (and former Project Runway contestant) won BIG this week at the Gay Games in Colonge, Germany winning 7 Gold Medals!  (Love Jack. he has a nose only a scalpel could sculpt.)

*  Torchwood’s creator Russell T Davies sat down and discussed some details for the fourth season of Torchwood that will be titled “Torchwood:  The New World”.  The events of Torchwood: TNW take place two years after the grim conclusion of of Children of Earth including the death of Captain Jack’s lover Ianto Jones. Joining Captain Jack and Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) in TNW will be an American CIA agent named Rex Matheson (the part is not yet cast). Davies says that Matheson is an “entrance into the new story,” a way for new viewers to learn about Torchwood along with the character. Davies explains that given the fact that Torchwood was destroyed and the team broken up after CoE, Matheson will have no idea what Torchwood is since “It’s like something that ceased to exist a long time ago that’s spoken of only in whispers. It’s like a legend now.”   Read more….

Whats "Too Gay" Today? – Zachary Quinto (Of course), Dustin Hoffman and Jason Bateman Kiss, Torchwood Comic, Rue McClanahan, Ed Westwick, and HOT Fantasy Couple Ricky Martin and Cheyenne Jackson

*  This is kinda a “Ewwww” thing but a funny “Ewwww” thing.  Last nights Lakers-Celtics game when the “kiss-cam” pointed at them Dustin Hoffman took the opportunity to lean over and swap spit with actor Jason Bateman. Love  the fact that Jason Bateman is going at it with the full open mouth.  I’ve wanted to kiss Jason Bateman for a long time myself. And our greatest living actor gets to do the deed. Life IS NOT fair.

*  Extremely HOT and (allegedly) CLOSETED Zachary Quinto will star in a revival of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Angels in America” Off-Broardway. Quinto will portray the sarcastic (and openly gay) Louis Ironson.  Lets see if this will blow the closet doors off Quinto’s walk-in.  (Sorry Zachie I do think you are extremely cute but you need to come out already.)

*  There’s a Torchwwod Comic book coming our gay geek way soon!  Acclaimed artist Tommy Lee Edwards, currently working with Jonathan Ross, has teamed up with Barrowman and his sister to produce the comic – tentatively titled Captain Jack and the Selkie. This will be one of two original Torchwood stories in issue one, out in August. It sees Barrowman/Capt. Jack facing a deadly threat on a remote Scottish island, where people are disappearing one by one. To his horror, the captain starts to suspect he may know who, or rather what, is responsible.

*  Rue McClanahan gets remembered online with a memorial Facebook page.  Rest peacefully Blanche we’ll miss you!

*  While Chance Crawford is cooling his heels in Plano Tx his boyfriend co-star Ed Westwick says he doesn’t have a girlfriend.  (DUH!)

*  Want to sww about a HOT fantasy couple.  How about Ricky Martin and Cheyene Jackson!  Forget the Jackson-Jackmans and the Reynolds-Coopers. The Jackson-Martins have supplanted them as my new fantasy gay power couple. The snarl wins it, Cheyenne. And um Ricky, where exactly is your hand under the table?

TORCHWOOD To Move To FOX? Is Russell T Davies F**CKING INSANE!? (Or Just Greedy)

If killing off Ianto Jones wasn’t enough, via THR – The Live Feed comes news that will make every gay (and straight) Torchwood fan cringe in horror.  It apperars that Fox and BBC Worldwide Productions are developing an American remake of the U.K. hit sci-fi series “TORCHWOOD”.

The suckage on this will be HUGE.

It appears that the FOX version  will incorporate the original UK production team on it – namely series creator Russell Davies, his producing partner Julie Gardner, and BBC Worldwide’s US production V.P. Jane Tranter and Davies will pen the pilot which will contain a global-targeted story line as compared to the more localized Wales-set sensibility

Children of Earth ended with all dead aside from two of the regular cast and one recurring character. One regular looked to be essentially retiring and settling down to start a family, while a grieving Captain Jack headed off into space and was last seen cameoing in the recent “Doctor Who”  finale special.

So far details are unsure but the incarnation of the series could either start over with new actors playing the same characters, or effectively continue in the show’s current continuity with John Barrowman reprising his Harkness character as a regular or recurring role. Either way the links to “Doctor Who” will be entirely excised.


And what about SEX?  Is FOX going to able to deal with Capt. Jack’s sexuality, flirting and risque comments?  Even the more toned-down Children of Earth mini-series still featured an affectionate gay couple – something that may not fly on the conservative Fox free-to-air network.


Russell T Davies is such a money whore.

This is going to suck soooooooooooooo badly.