Cory Monteith | Glee | News

Glee's Cory Monteith Tells Straight Guys to Dump Their Homophobia: VIDEO


Glee's Cory Monteith has joined the 'Straight But Not Narrow' campaign, an effort to encourage young heterosexual men to show support for their gay peers. Actor Josh Hutcherson recorded a video for the campaign back in March.

Says Monteith in his video: "So, maybe you like to play football, maybe you like to sing and dance, maybe you like both. Maybe you don't like either. Doesn't matter. Just be yourself. Just be you, because that's good enough for me. We're guys talking to guys about guys who like guys."


Feed This post's comment feed


  1. Every bit of good will helps and is always welcome. Thanks and kudos to SBNN and Cory. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated.

    Posted by: justme | Jul 1, 2011 12:43:53 PM

  2. ... Because homophobic straight men respond well to "Glee" actors, right?

    Posted by: TomSkylark | Jul 1, 2011 12:43:59 PM


    It's a start. Others will follow, just like the It Gets Better campaign. Don't be so cynical. :)

    Posted by: MDK | Jul 1, 2011 12:47:46 PM

  4. He's so cute. And thanks Cory.

    Posted by: Drew | Jul 1, 2011 12:55:23 PM

  5. Nice straight guys make me happy.

    Posted by: Wes | Jul 1, 2011 12:58:20 PM

  6. "Because homophobic straight men respond well to "Glee" actors, right?"

    Kids do. They will be the future non-homophobic straight men.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jul 1, 2011 1:13:52 PM

  7. Maybe they don't have to be venomously homophobic. Maybe they can be on the fence. And he gives off zero gay vibe at all. It's sweet, and everything helps.

    He's not my type, but between this and last week's Parade interview (where he admitted to stealing from his family to support his drug habit), I have respect for him. And I think Glee has done a world of good for LGBT people, if only because straight guys are forced to watch it by their girlfriends, and straight parents are forced to watch it by their daughters---helping out any gay brothers, sons, coworkers, etc. they may have. I fast-forward through 90% of the musical numbers, but some of the writing is quite good.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 1, 2011 1:14:17 PM

  8. Paul R., you totally get it. Goodness and kindness for its own sake is never a wasted effort.

    And I'm still personally amazed that a musical TV show about high school could have so much power, but the fact is Glee is changing the world and changing it for the better and in our favor.

    Cory Montieth didn't have to do this. It won't help get him his next job. It won't convert any hard-core haters.

    But it sure was a good thing he did, isn't it?

    Posted by: justme | Jul 1, 2011 1:25:36 PM

  9. I <3 him!

    Posted by: Mark | Jul 1, 2011 1:27:33 PM

  10. As the message gets out there more and more--esp in popular media and entertainment--it will become increasingly difficult for so-called straight homophobes to resist the message that homophobia is acceptable.
    Remember that virtually all gay folks have had to learn exactly the same message. In fact, many of us still struggle with our own internalized homophobia, as can be seen daily in the discussion threads on this and other gay-friendly sites. So--yes, this part of getting the message out is IMPORTANT. And it will probably help some of those closeted loud homophobes to get the message too--that not only is it okay to be gay--but that its' okay for THEM to be gay.

    Posted by: Danny | Jul 1, 2011 1:40:52 PM

  11. pardon me--typo above--that first sentence should have read, "it will get harder and resist the message that homophobia is UNacceptable." This is SO important. And the snarky, cynical negative comments directed at gestures and postings like this one DO NOT HELP SEND THAT MESSAGE.

    Some of you guys really need to get on something besides nasty-pills.

    Posted by: Danny | Jul 1, 2011 1:43:45 PM

  12. I always knew that it would take our straight allies finally getting into the fight in order for us to start winning. We now have straight actors, singers, and athletes openly on our side and fighting along side with us. Feels like we are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel

    Posted by: Jollysocks | Jul 1, 2011 1:45:00 PM

  13. That Parade interview was the most obvious, made-up, image-shattering, playing-against-type, publicist-scripted story since Tom Cruise married Katie Holmes.

    Really, you guys fell for that?

    Posted by: nodnarb | Jul 1, 2011 1:47:48 PM

  14. I also ♥ Cory Monteith. And I like hearing his slight Canadian accent ;-)

    Good job all around (including the music track!).

    Posted by: David R. | Jul 1, 2011 2:05:39 PM

  15. Honestly, they even put in an original music track! I've had boyfriends who didn't put so much thought into anything. Cory Montieth is welcome to say nice things about me and set it to music any day.

    Posted by: justme | Jul 1, 2011 2:22:32 PM

  16. @Nodnarb: Because being a drug-addicted thief who dropped out of school a zillion times and barely got a GED is going to win him a ton of fans? I'm cynical and jaded as hell, but what benefit would that provide him, especially since no one has come out claiming it was filled with lies except you?

    Everyone knows Tom Cruise is a hypocritical sociopath. I've never heard anything about the private life of the Glee guy, so I'm not sure what image he needed to shatter. Ever consider the possibility that he was actually trying to help people? It's not like he was saying, "I am SO straight." He talked about things very few celebrities would address unless they were arrested and that are not a boost to anyone's career.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 1, 2011 3:09:58 PM

  17. Interesting....and the message seems to have gone over the head of most of you, not surprisingly. I have been noting for some time that it is actually straight men who are driving the real change we have been seeing--DADT, marriage, etc......and I think it is because they are beginning to see that intimacy with other men is important to them as a means of restoring the power balance that feminism shifted in favor of women. The only way they can do that, though, is to deal with the 6,000 pound gorilla in the room when men try to be more intimate with each other, namely homophobia.

    And that is a change that we can take advantage of to gain real acceptance for ourselves, but only if we are willing to change, too, and give up the outmoded gay culture that assumed total alienation from straight men and exclusion by them from their social circles....which, in turn, drove the effeminization of gay men, generally, which, in turn became another reason for straight men to want nothing to do with gay men.....and so the vicious circle continued....

    There is a chance to break it now, I think, and I believe straight men are way out ahead of gay men in achieving that at this point......I hope we recognize the opportunity before the window closes....

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 1, 2011 4:24:42 PM

  18. @ Rick,

    Point well taken in the sense that religious homophobia and taboos have always been directed at 100% of the male population. Straight, bisexual and gay men have all felt its effects. I understand your point, Rick, that some gay men are "calcified" in their attitudes about how much cooperation is possible between all men. However, there is no "window" that will close. Goethe was right when he predicted that the window is always open:

    "Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be, and he will become as he can and should be."

    Posted by: Phil | Jul 1, 2011 10:19:47 PM

  19. Truly straight men have no problem with same gender desire. The ones in the gray zone are the ones who fight us with their fists and with their legislation.

    I would love it if he implied, as we all should, that people who take time out to go after the gays, have issues. Are letting their slip show. When that notion is accepted, the homophobes will shut the hell up.

    Posted by: Rob | Jul 1, 2011 11:40:09 PM

  20. I love cool straight guys! Somebody's gotta have hot gay babies and it ain't gonna be me.

    Posted by: SteveDenver | Jul 2, 2011 5:23:27 AM

  21. Great! ad. Guys, don't be haters.

    Posted by: Tom | Jul 2, 2011 12:08:21 PM

  22. Straight, but not narrow... whatever.

    A lot of you here know nothing about straight men but what you want to believe if you believe that 'truly' straight men have no problem with same-gender desire. The men in the supposed 'grey' area are the ones whom are likely to support gay rights as they are to be homophobic. 'Truly' straight men are simply not likely to pay attention to gay rights unless it infringes on their existences. And people were probably saying ten, twenty, etc, years ago that kids will grow up to be not homophobio, and that hasn't occurred. Fighting against homophobia will always be a battle, and a neverending one. The prejudices against male homosexuality are too deeply rooted.

    But regardless, it is nice of Cory to do this. He didn't have to. He is a good-looking, nice, talented boy. And what does whether or not he is anyone's type have to do with anything?

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Jul 2, 2011 1:23:13 PM

  23. They're getting rid of Sam????

    Posted by: alan brickman | Jul 2, 2011 11:58:30 PM

  24. The show jumped the shark in December 2009.

    Kurt's obnoxiousn­­ess has nothing to do with sexual orientatio­­n.

    Kurt is annoying because he's self-absor­­bed and melodramat­­ic NOT because he's homosexual­­.

    Do NOT mistake 1) sexual orientatio­­n for, 2) cultural identity. The first is biological­ly determined and naturally occurring; the second is ACQUIRED.

    Kurt was born liking guys NOT loving Cher and singing show tunes. Homosexual­s are born. Gays are constructe­d. A disctincti­on lost not only on Ryan Murphy but on everyone. It's especially sad most Gays do not get this.

    "Official Gay Identity" (in America) is nothing more that PTSD - a reaction-f­­ormation CONSTRUCTE­D and ACQUIRED as a response to heterosexi­­st bigotry.

    What's gonna happen when The Gays can serve openly and get married in all 50 states? Their defensive, opposition­al culture of marginaliz­ation will recede. Meaning characters like Kurt will be pointless, anathema.

    Posted by: Mark | Jul 4, 2011 11:03:10 AM

  25. I support the goals of SBNN, Gets Better Campaign and the Gay/Straight Alliances finally being organized across high schools, colleges and even middle school campuses.

    Within some of the GLEEK circles, many find it ironic that Monteith would all of sudden share his journey of addiction & sobriety (kudos to him) when these are very relevant experiences/topics to many of GLEE's messages and story lines regarding struggling teen issues. Maybe that's why some of us thought the article & PSA were tied in with the fact he has to re-tool his marketability since he's graduating/going to be written off the show.

    I was pleasantly & a bit surprised by Cory - not that I question his support for fighting heterosexism/homophobia, but that he would imply to his large GLEE fan base that he's "straight" amidst a huge underground convo blogs that he is like us, Queer Folk. Just check out DataLounge threads and the many responses across comment boards that more than enough knew he dated men as well when he was a struggling person/actor in Vancouver.

    Either way, I thanks all the efforts addressing bullying prevention/fighting homophobia/heterosexism. I encourage any of you to support your local Gay/Straight Alliances as well.

    Posted by: Rox | Jul 5, 2011 8:36:57 PM

Post a comment


« «Boston Red Sox Step Up to the Plate with 'It Gets Better' Message: VIDEO« «