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Thomas Roberts and Guests Talk Bruce Jenner, Billy Crystal, 'Looking', and SCOTUS: VIDEO


Thomas Roberts is hosting a new weekly show at Shift by MSNBC (the network's digital venture) called Out There in which he and a changing panel of guests discuss newsmaking LGBT stories.

This week, Roberts was joined by actor and singer Cheyenne Jackson, country singer Chely Wright, filmmaker Kimberly Reed, NYU law professor Kenji Yoshino, and Advocate editor Matthew Breen.

Up for discussion were InTouch magazine's offensive cover featuring Bruce Jenner, Glee's transgender storyline, Billy Crystal's remarks on gay sex scenes, the sex on Looking, Kevin Hart's remarks this week that he wouldn't want to play a gay character because of his own insecurities, homophobia in Hollywood, marriage equality, SCOTUS, and "religious freedom".

Watch the show (in four segments), AFTER THE JUMP...

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A Longtime 'Glee' Character Came Out as Transgender on Last Night's Episode: VIDEO


In its final season, Glee still has a few revelations up its sleeve.

In an emotional announcement during last night's episode, one of its longtime characters decided to take a brave step and come out to a couple of other people at McKinley about his identification as transgender and his decision to transition:

"I've felt like this my whole life. Growing up I was really confused....No matter what I did I never felt at home in my own skin. I never felt like my body fit who I was on the inside....I don't regret the things I've been through because they made me the person I am today - a person strong enough to go through with this transition. I gotta do it for my own piece of mind. I've got to get my body in alignment with how I see myself."

Watch the emotional announcement [SPOILERS], AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bigot Larry Tomczak Recommends 'I Love Lucy' To Deflect Anderson Cooper's Nasty Child-Focused Gay-Rays: VIDEO


File this one under batshit crazy: “Christian” author Larry Tomczak has warned parents against a television “tsunami” aimed at promoting homosexuality to the American public.

Last year, Larry claimed that God punishes gay people by making gay men more effeminate and lesbians more "mannish."

06d2d06d9dbafd844ef9604d469c74c7According to Gay Star News, in a column on the Christian Post Tomczak argued that shows like Glee and Modern Family “promote” homosexuality (Ellen DeGeneres and Anderson Cooper are also to blame) and LGBT rights groups “have multimillion-dollar budgets and work aggressively to convince Americans that homosexuality is a beautiful way of life – maybe for your child or grandchild?”

Not mentioned is the multimillion dollar anti-gay industry spearheaded by the likes of Scott Lively and Matt Barber.

However, parents worried that Anderson Cooper might send magic gay waves through the plasma screen needn’t worry because Tomczak has a solution - kids should only be allowed to watch shows from a bygone era before positive depictions of gay people:

“Purchasing wholesome DVD series and streaming selected programs are great alternatives.

The Fugitive, Gunsmoke, Little House on the Prairie, I Love Lucy and other award-winning shows are all available and cheap. My son has two adopted young boys who are growing up with Wally, Larry Mondello, Eddie Haskell and the Beaver and can't wait till the next episode!”

What are the boys watching when dad’s not around, Larry? 

Watch Larry's hilarious dystopian "Is Gay OK? 10 Things Everyone Needs to Know," AFTER THE JUMP...

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What To Watch This Week on TV: 'Looking,' 'Glee' Return


Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— HBO's dramedy Looking returns for a second season Sunday at 10 p.m. Eastern. The series, focused on three gay best friends in San Francisco, got off to a rocky start last year, but it ended its freshman season much stronger. In addition to bumping up Richie (Raúl Castillo), Kevin (Russell Tovey) and Doris (Lauren Weedman) to series regulars, Daniel Franzese (whom you may remember as Damian in Mean Girls) joins the cast.

Get ready to bid McKinley High a final farewell, plus more TV this week, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Canadian Idol Finalist Marshall Williams to Play Gay 'Football Stud' in Upcoming Final Season of 'Glee'


Marshall Williams, an actor and model best known for being a contestant on Canadian Idol, is set to join the cast of Glee for the show's upcoming sixth and final season. 

TV Line reports that Williams will be playing Spencer, the "new resident 'football stud' who just so happens to possess an incredible voice. He's also gay. But, per the role's casting notice, “he's post-Glee gay — no one messes with him about his sexuality because he will kick their asses if they do.”

LewisOther new cast members include Laura Dreyfuss, Noah Guthrie, Samantha Ware, and Billy Lewis Jr. (pictured right), who will be playing a "super-positive" cheerleader that gives off a gay vibe (but isn't).

Head over to TV Line here for the full breakdown of the new castmembers. 

Glee's sixth season premieres Friday, January 9 on Fox. Check out a promo AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Iconography: Chris Colfer's 'Glee'-ful Impact


Now that Glee has outlived its relevance, it’s easy to forget how influential Chris Colfer’s character Kurt Hummel has been. At one point though, Glee was one of the biggest television phenomenons in a generation, and Kurt was the most famous gay teen in America.

Since its debut, Glee has won Golden Globes, Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award. It spawned an international concert tour, a feature-length film and even video games. The Glee cast has had more than 200 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (That’s more than Aretha Franklin, The Beatles and Elvis.) To describe the series at its peak as merely a hit TV show doesn’t begin to describe the massive impact it left on the cultural landscape.

Sure the songs were catchy and the drama was soapy, but it was the show’s heart that endeared it to legions of gleeks worldwide. At its core, it was a story about outsiders, and no character better personified the series’ enthusiastic embrace of otherness more than Kurt. He became the new face of contemporary gay teens and provided a vessel to tell the stories of the “It Gets Better” generation. Even TIME magazine included him in their list of most influential people in 2011. His co-star Dianna Agron wrote:

“Chris ... lives by extreme truth, speaking out against the epidemic of bullying that he, too, faced in high school. The honesty that he infuses into his Glee character, Kurt, leaves you reeling. Our cast is blessed to hear things like ‘Your character has helped me through this, or helped me do that,’ but none more so than Chris. To witness the power he gives to his audience firsthand? It's wonderful.”

See some of our favorite clips of Chris in action, AFTER THE JUMP

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