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'Eastenders' Actor Cut From BBC Telethon Following Gay Joke - VIDEO

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An actor on English soap opera Eastenders was reportedly cut from a quiz segment on the BBC telethon ‘Children In Need’ following a gay joke, according to Yahoo!

Shane RitchieShane Ritchie is alleged to have said “Hurry up! Last person in is gay” while he and members of reformed 90s pop band S Club 7 were trying to fit into an elevator together.

S Club 7 band member Jon Lee came out in 2010.

Following the remark, three members of the band are thought to have refused to appear alongside Ritchie.

A source close to the actor confirmed that Ritchie made the joke but did not mean it in an offensive manner.

Back in January, a kiss between two gay characters on Eastenders led to an outburst of homophobic comments on social media. In April, the soap's resident beefcake Ben Hardy appeared on the cover of Attitude.

Watch S Club 7’s performance along with Ritchie and the Eastenders cast taking on songs from ‘Grease’ for Children In Need, AFTER THE JUMP...

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UK Children's Channel to Broadcast Transgender Teen Documentary - VIDEO

 

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UK children’s TV channel CBBC will today broadcast a feature about a transgender boy for the first time, reports Pink News.

‘I Am Leo,’ aimed at 6- to 12-year-olds, will air this afternoon as part of the CBBC’s anti-bullying week.

The short film follows 13-year-old Leo, born Lily, who has lived as a boy since the age of 5 and legally changed his name when he was 11.

The BBC’s Kez Margrie told the state broadcaster’s in-house magazine:

“I had wanted to do a story on a transgender child for a while, because I know there are kids out there having a tough time. But up to now, we hadn’t found the right story to tell.

“It feels very much like [Leo’s] journey and story, as told by him. It’s not about the science or the medicine, it is fundamentally about identity and passion – about a boy taking a stand, saying ‘This is who I am’. He has an identity that others find tricky to accept. That’s a pretty universal story.”

Cat Lewis of production company Nine Lives added:

“The great thing about making documentaries like this for children is that they’re not born with prejudices. There is a risk that the BBC will be criticised for commissioning this film, but it’s important that CBBC has been so supportive of it.”

Watch Leo’s inspiring “Tips For Coping With Bullying,” AFTER THE JUMP...

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This Kickstarter-Backed Gay-Themed Horror Film Might Just Scare the Pants Off You - VIDEO

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Filmmakers Matthew Chilleli and Ben DeLoose have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a horror movie with two gay main characters.

Escape The Dark, about “a haunted apartment, depression, and what's waiting for all of us in the dark,” follows two sets of roommates experiencing mysterious events while battling their own personal demons.

With one week to go, the campaign has so far raised over $11,000 with a goal of $15,000.

Watch Matthew and Ben's eerily entertaining campaign video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Maleficent' Alum Brenton Thwaites Hints At Bisexuality - VIDEO

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Maleficent and The Giver actor Brenton Thwaites has hinted in an interview that he might be bisexual, reports the Star Observer.

Speaking about his upcoming role in Son of a Gun, the Australian actor replied “male or female?” when asked what he looks for in a perfect partner.

“Both,” the interviewer said, to which Brenton replied “they’re very different.”

Check out the interview here for Thwaites' full answer and watch a trailer for Son of a Gun, which also stars Ewan McGregor, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Lithuanian Filmmaker And Activist Giving Away Nude Selfies To Fund Movie: VIDEO

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Gay Lithuanian filmmaker and LGBT rights activist Romas Zabarauskas is taking a novel approach to generate interest in a Kickstarter for his latest film: giving donors nude selfies of himself. 

Says Zabarauskas of the human rights situation in Lithuania, "Lithuania is a tiny Eastern European country with approximately 3 million inhabitants. It’s a country of spectacular landscapes, a rapidly growing economy, and people who dream big. The bad news is that our politicians are increasingly pushing a homophobic agenda. Since 2010, a controversial Protection of Minors law, similar to Russia’s anti-gay legislation, has been in force."

YCELZabarauskas' previous films Porno Melodrama and We Will Riot took on homophobia, neo-nationalism and corruption. Zabarauskas is no stranger to controversy or fanfare. In 2013, he walked the red carpet at the Moscow Film Festival wearing a "Free Pussy Riot" t-shirt

Of his new film, You Can't Escape Lithuania, Zabarauskas adds, "The provocative campaign and the film will challenge the Lithuanian society and will bring up the important political context in crazy artistic ways." The film also seems to promise plenty of beefcake (see actor Adrian Escobar pictured right).

You can check out and support Zabarauskas's Kickstarter campaign, HERE.

And watch trailers for his previous works, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Katniss Warns President Snow In Final Trailer For 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' - VIDEO

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The final trailer has been released for the first installment of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay two-parter that will draw to a conclusion the much obsessed-over franchise. In this latest video, Katniss has a message for President Snow.

Find out what it is, AFTER THE JUMP...

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