Drag Race winner Sharon Needles wants you to know what you should be watching this Halloween. (warning: language work-unfriendly)
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Sean Hayes tells the L.A. Times that early controversy over his Will and Grace character Jack McFarland being "too gay" made him go back into the closet with the media:
I was so young. It made me go back in the closet [with the media] because I was so overwhelmed at 26 or 27. I didn't want the responsibility, I didn't know how to handle the responsibility of speaking for the gay community. I always felt like I owed them a huge apology for coming out too late. Some people in the gay community were very upset with me for not coming out on their terms. They don't stop to think about what's going on in somebody's personal life, and the struggles that they're having. It was all very scary. We got death threats. It was a really rough time for me, but I was also having the time of my life.
Hayes eventually came out publicly in March 2010.
Lance Bass, who got engaged to boyfriend Michael Turchin this September, has opened up to ABC News about his plans for his upcoming nuptials. The former 'N Sync-er, SiriusXM radio host and newly minted director said he and Turchin plan to marry next fall. According to Bass, "I've always dreamt of having an outside wedding, or at least the reception outdoors, that's why [next] fall." Readers curious to know all about the wedding -- plans for the ceremony, the reception, the guest list, etc. -- may be pleased to know that the couple may share the experience with the entire world, broadcasting it on “a particular network":
"I love a party. It's going to be nice and big and over the top," he said. "The network offered us a big wedding special. Knowing myself in the 1980s growing up a gay kid in Mississippi, I would loved to have seen something on TV I could relate to and go, 'Oh, my gosh, I could do that!'"
As for the wedding itself, Bass said there's no tradition to follow and they plan on doing things "our own way."
"I don't know if we will even have groomsmen or bridesmaids," he added. "Since there's no wedding dress and half the excitement of a wedding is to see the wedding dress and what it looks like ... we're wanting all of our guests to come completely over the top, high fashion like you're heading to the MET Ball or the Royal Wedding."
As for the couple’s honeymoon (which will probably not be broadcast on television), Bass says, “There's lots of places we've wanted to go together, but have not found the time...One of those is Paris, one of my favorite places in the world. It would be nice to be able to experience that with Michael."
Abdul Asquith, a senior at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida, has come forward about a painful and uncomfortable incident he says occurred recently at his school's library. As The Gaily Grind points out, Asquith says he tried to check out a laptop to study for his communications class but an FAU librarian denied his request because she thought Asquith was a woman and the ID card he presented depicted a man:
"She looked at the ID and looked down at it. She said, ‘You sound, look and act like a girl and in this ID is a man, therefore I’m not giving you a laptop,’” said Asquith.
Asquith said he was wearing an FAU hoodie, shorts and had his long hair pulled back.
He says he finally was able to rent a laptop after going through three librarians. FAU has not issued an apology and would not return WPTV’s request for a comment as of this writing.
Samantha Lemessy, Asquith's friend who also witnessed the alleged incident, told WPTV, "Because he acts a certain way, he can't possibly be this? It shouldn't even be like that." The librarian in question did not wish to comment on the incident.
You can watch a report from WPTV on the event which includes an interview with Asquith AFTER THE JUMP...
The Daily Mirror reports on a 19 year old male student, Clayton Pettet, studying at Central Saint Martins art school in the UK who is planning to lose his anal virginity in a performance piece in order to “stimulate debate.” The piece, entitled, “Art School Stole My Virginity,” is set to be performed in front of 100 people this coming January. Pettet, who has reportedly planned the performance since he was 16, will have sex for the first time with a friend. Though controversy has erupted surrounding the performance, Pettet has defended his decision, emphasizing that his choice has been carefully considered:
“I've held on to my virginity for 19 years and I'm not throwing it away lightly.”
"I have decided to use mine and the loss of it to create a piece that I think will stimulate debate” [...]
"Virginity to me is conceptual and losing it as a performance piece is the way I have chosen to do that. But for a reason I haven't said the layout of the piece, the location of the piece, or what is actually going to happen.
"So for people comparing it to a live sex show, I can assure you it will be nothing like that."
You can visit Clayton’s tumblr HERE (warning: some images work-unfriendly).
A new independent film developed with the Sundance Institute is seeking finishing funds to complete the remaining post-production work. Drunktown’s Finest, written and directed by Sydney Freeland, tells the story of three Native American characters living on a reservation: “a college-bound student, a father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual." The director knows the subject-matter intimately, having grown up in Gallup, New Mexico, a town that ABC’s 20/20 dubbed, “Drunktown, USA” in 1990. Says Freeland of her motivation to make the film, “This film is my effort to defy that judgement of my community. With your support my film will show the world that label was wrong, and that my community has complexity, dimension and hope.”
One of the film’s main plot-lines focuses on a transsexual girl, Felixia, and her struggle to find acceptance and love within her own community while at the same time pursuing a career as a model. Transsexual actress Carmen Moore plays Felixia and says that she related to her character’s experiences in the film: “I grew up on a reservation myself trying to find acceptance, same as the character.” As The Huffington Post points out, the Native American community is a particularly poignant backdrop against which to tell a story about a transsexual character given the culture’s own views on gender identity and love:
“An important tenet of this Navajo wisdom is respect for the Nadleeh, or third gender. Since long before the LGBT movement, the Navajo have had a sensitivity for people born with gender identities across the entire spectrum of possibility. They reject the notion of dyadic gender and view relationships in terms of gender identity first, then in terms of sex, meaning that a man in a relationship with a male-bodied Nadleeh is not considered homosexual. This seemingly postmodern concept of gender is actually hundreds if not thousands of years old and still informs Navajo culture today.”
The production team is still looking to raise a little over $20,000 in the next 9 days to complete the film. You can visit the film’s Kickstarter page and contribute HERE.
Check out a video from director Sydney Freeland as well as a video from Carmen Moore AFTER THE JUMP...