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Gay Iconography: Willkommen Alan Cumming

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Star of stage and screen Alan Cumming has been one of the most outspoken and visible out actors in the LGBT community. From his breakout role as the Emcee in Cabaret to his work on network TV, Cumming has turned even his smallest roles into memorable affairs.

He married his partner Grant Shaffer in New York City, five years after they entered a civil partnership in London. Before that he was married to and divorced from actress Hilary Lyon. He identifies as bisexual. In an interview with FourTwoNine magazine he said:

“As for choice, I have no choice but to be bisexual. But in America, especially, everything has to be black and white. Even when you say you’ve watched a movie, people ask you what it’s about. I always go, well, why don’t you watch it and see? Everyone wants to know everything ahead of time. People are afraid of the unknown, so there is an element of that which goes into this sexuality question because people are freaked out if they can’t put you in a box. And even when they put you in the bisexual box–if you are living with a man–it doesn’t make sense to them.”

His advocacy for LGBT causes earned him a Vito Russo Award at the 2005 Annual GLAAD Media Awards and the Humanitarian Award from HRC. He promoted same-sex marriage in Scotland and supported AmFAR and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

See some of his career highlights and share your thoughts, AFTER THE JUMP

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Shia LaBeouf Strips Down and Bears It Up For 'Interview': PHOTOS

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Shia LaBeouf shows off his buff physique for Interview Magazine's latest issue. He talks with Elvis Mitchell about his dark upbringing and, among other things, that now-infamous run-in with Alan Cumming:

LaBEOUF: ...Really I'm gaining control over myself again. I've given up so much control over myself to this industry. I felt like a slave who wasn't allowed to read. That's extreme, but it really is that debilitating when you have no say over it anymore. A lot of my actions in the public—and not all of them, because there have been some straight-up mistakes, like grabbing Alan Cumming's ass and getting arrested in New York at Cabaret.

MITCHELL: Was that about you walking into a theater and turning it into a performance space?

LaBEOUF: I was reading about [pioneering performance artist] Allan Kaprow happenings, and performance art of the '60s and '70s. So I thought, "All right, I know a little about that." We're all involved here. It's not just you on your stage. We're all in here and we're all part of this. I was wrong. The New York crowd didn't see it the same way, and I totally understand that. So I see the error of my ways. But that moment actually saved my life, forced me to look at myself. And when you're in a cell with a f--king mask on your face and a lead jacket, you can really see that some of your life choices were skewed wrong. And for some people it does take that. I still am a very stubborn, hardheaded person who is theatrical by nature. [...]

LaBEOUF:...That's partly what I've been doing for the last year, trying to reinvent myself, in very calculated behavior, and sometimes in very uncalculated behavior. 

MITCHELL: What would be an instance of the uncalculated behavior? 

LaBEOUF: Well, like, grabbing Alan Cumming's ass and being a drunken buffoon in New York. But the way it gets construed in the media, I have no control over. 

Check out a few more photos of LaBeouf baring his body (and bearing it up) for Interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

You can also read the full interview HERE.

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Alan Cumming Discusses the Shia LaBeouf Butt-Grabbing 'Cabaret' Incident: VIDEO

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Last week, actor Shia LaBeouf appeared on Jimmy Kimmel and told an insane story about the night he drank too much last June and ended up in a jail cell after causing a scene at a performance of Cabaret on Broadway and grabbing actor Alan Cumming's butt in the process.

Cumming told Conan O'Brien his side of the story last night and showed some concern for LaBeouf's state of mind. He said that the cast of the show that night was "freaking out because somebody seemed to be a crazy person in the audience", or "a LaBeouf quality to the air" as Conan puts it.

Cumming says that he thinks LaBeouf has "made a good recovery" in the public eye given the craziness of the incident and forgives him also given the fact that he said Cumming is "the sexiest guy he's ever seen."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Shia LaBeouf Describes Grabbing Alan Cumming's Ass at 'Cabaret' and Subsequent Arrest: VIDEO

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Actor Shia LaBeouf sat down with Jimmy Kimmel last night and talked about getting drunk and being arrested at a performance of Cabaret last June, and the events that led up to his being escorted from the theatre in handcuffs.

SHIA_labeoufLaBeouf says he had been drinking all day in Times Square because of the World Cup and was invited to Cabaret by one of its dancers, whom he met randomly on the street. He accepted, he explains, having gotten his drink on, but it was once the show started that things got really crazy. LaBeouf pulled out a cigarette after seeing Alan Cumming smoke one on stage.

Says LaBeouf:

"He puts his cigarette out and it looks like he's winking at me, and I'm thinking, 'oh, well this is great' and at this point I see the ballet guy who gave me the ticket and I'm like 'hey! what's going on, pal?' And now everybody's looking at me and I'm feeling like 'whoa this is weird, I didn't know it was that kind of show'.

Alan Cumming walks past me and all I'm thinking about are his leather pants and him winking at me, and he walks past me and I give him a slap on the ass cause I think he deserves it, and he's seducing me, I mean he's the sexiest man I've ever seen. And I just don't slap and slap but I slapped and grabbed him. I grabbed the whole cheek cause I wanted the party right here in my pants. I wanted to grab the whole party. He finds a way to wiggle out of my Hercules grip...we get to intermission and somebody says 'there's another party outside.' And I see six cops having their own party. Anyways, they wanted to take me to the station."

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Alan Cumming Talks Bisexuality, Circumcision, and His New Book, 'Not My Father's Son'

Actor and now author Alan Cumming sits down with Kevin Sessums at FourTwoNine magazine to talk about his new memoir Not My Father's Son and the abuse he and his family endured at the hands of his late father, and how they continue to push through it.

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In the course of documenting it all and writing it down, I realized that what is really weird about abuse in any form is that for the abuser and the person who is abused, the more it goes on–the more it goes unchecked and is not commented on or dealt with–it becomes regular. It becomes normal. It becomes acceptable. So what I am doing with my story is that by putting it out into the world, it will never be acceptable. People will be reading it and going, “My God,” and maybe some people will realize that their own abuse in their own lives is not acceptable either.

Cumming also talks about being an anti-circumcision advocate:

I mean, you lose sensation there if you’re circumcised. From my point of view as a sexual and sensual person, the idea that you would hack away at that and lose sensitivity and nerve endings on the most pleasurable and sensitive part of your body is terrible.

And a bisexual:

As for choice, I have no choice but to be bisexual. But in America, especially, everything has to be black and white. Even when you say you’ve watched a movie, people ask you what it’s about. I always go, well, why don’t you watch it and see? Everyone wants to know everything ahead of time. People are afraid of the unknown, so there is an element of that which goes into this sexuality question because people are freaked out if they can’t put you in a box. And even when they put you in the bisexual box–if you are living with a man–it doesn’t make sense to them.

Check out Cumming's full interview at FourTwoNine in which he also discusses open relationships, being a "freak", and his longtime role in Cabaret.


Broadway Bares Hauls In Over $1.3 Million for Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS - VIDEO

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This weekend marked the 24th annual edition of the long running Broadway Baresthe take-it-off burlesque show fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS - one of the leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS organizations.

Rio_francoFeaturing performances by Alan Cumming, war veteran-turned-underwear model Alex Minsky, and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Bianca Del Rio giving actor James Franco a “full cavity search”, the rock-and-roll themed Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! altogether raised $1,386,105. 

Playbill reports:

The 75-minute show opened with two dads (Matthew Saldivar and Joey Taranto) complaining that they had been dragged to a One Direction concert by their daughters and reminiscing about the great old days of rock. Through the magic of Broadway Bares, they were whisked back in time to watch performances inspired by the likes of Elvis, Michael Jackson, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin and Prince, with their memories putting the sex back in sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.

To date, Broadway Bares has raised more than $11.3 million in the fight against AIDS.

Check out more photos from the night, including a video of Bianca Del Rio getting up-close with Franco’s exposed behind, AFTER THE JUMP

[photos by Kevin Thomas Garcia via Facebook]

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