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04/19/2007


'How I Met Your Dad' To Feature Two Gay Characters: VIDEO

Andrew_santinoFor nine seasons, the romantic sitcom How I Met Your Mother featured openly gay actor Neil Patrick Harris playing a straight womanizer and only one recurring gay character — a gay black dude played by straight actor Wayne Brady.

But the show’s spinoff How I Met Your Dad is apparently looking to change that trend. In February the show announced that actor Drew Tarver will play the female lead’s gay best friend. And apparently that gay best friend will also be married to the female lead’s brother, a role that will be played by hunky bearded ginger Andrew Santino. The series is set to premiere in the fall.

Santino is a comedian who currently plays on the ABC series Mixology but has also appeared in Netflix’s Arrested Development and NBC’s The Office. You can see a video of him doing a comedy routine on his father's prejudice against gay Californians after the jump.

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Watch The Trailer For MTV's Fauxmosexual Dramedy 'Faking It': VIDEO

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Amy and Karma can't seem to join any of the cool cliques at their high school. That is, until they attend a party hosted by the  A-gays. Afterwards, they find themselves skyrocketing into popularity by pretending to be a lesbian couple running for prom royalty.

How MTV plans on stretching this movie-length plot into an entire series (called Faking It) is beyond us. But at least it has talented actresses and lesbian storylines getting some long-overdue time on the small screen.

Faking It's showrunner Carter Covington said he was initially offended by the show's premise, until he received a call while working as a counselor on The Trevor Project’s crisis hotline. The kid on the other end said, "I’m worried that my friends are only my friends because I’m gay."

“I was shocked. That idea seemed so foreign to me given the world I grew up in, but this kid explained that he went to a very tolerant high school where being gay was like a badge of honor. That’s when I realized there are schools out there where being gay is no longer a problem, and tolerance is viewed as an asset. It made me think Faking It could work if we set it a high school like that and had one of the girls actually have a crush on her best friend.”

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Adele Makes People Gay, Says 'Doctor' in UK Program About 'Ex-Gay' Quackery: VIDEO

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On a UK Channel 4 tabloid-style show being broadcast tonight, Dr. Christian Jessen visits some mostly U.S.-based quack therapists who offer harmful gay 'reparative therapy' to ask them to (the show's title) Cure Me, I'm Gay.

The Telegraph writes:

The names of the treatments are appalling enough: aversion therapy (offered on the NHS well into the Eighties); gay rehab; reparative therapy; deliverance. And if he understandably doesn’t try them all, his enquiries strike a neat balance between laughing at the absurdity of the theories and highlighting how dangerous they are when levelled at vulnerable people. As he points out, therapy is usually intended to build up self-esteem, rather than shatter it.

But Jessen is no journalist, and finds it hard to maintain an emotional distance as brainwashed teenagers inform him that homosexuality is caused by demons. There’s also a feeling that he lets his quarries off the hook: while unmasking arrant nonsense is easy enough, he doesn’t really challenge, or engage, with their arguments face to face.

SmidSeveral of the "doctors" he visits with may be familiar to Towleroad readers. One in particular, Dr. John Smid, ran the Love in Action ministry for gay 'reparative therapy' in Tennessee. Smid came out of the closet in 2011 and now says gays cannot change their sexuality, and has since retired.

So, who knows what approach Smid is taking to this program - if he's recommending his old nonsense for the fee that Channel 4 is paying him — because according to media reports he tells Jessen on the program that if he wants to cure his gayness he should stop listening to Adele:

Retired doctor John Smid from Texas offers rehab and orders him to strip his life of things that encourage him to be gay. He throws out Jessen’s Adele CD and tells him: “Adele is very popular within the gay community. You have to listen to Christian music.”

Smid also makes him bin his tight undies claiming they will “stir his sensuality” and make him want sex.

Looks like Richard Cohen also makes an appearance. Wonder if he'll do any pillow beating?

Watch a preview of the show, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tops and Bottoms: Power Ranking 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Episode 4 — RECAP

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It took a lot less than 525,600 minutes to weed out who among our season six queens is not cut out for the theatre. 

Tonight required the queens to sing, dance and act, (which, for some, is three more threats than they can usually claim). Plus, we learned next week will be many viewer's favorite episode, Snatch Game. It feels like the producers chose to frontload this season with acting challenges to knock some of our less talented contestants out early. 

Did it work? 

See who got sent packing (and proof that not all gay men are into musicals), AFTER THE JUMP ...

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'Game Of Thrones' Actress Wants More Male Nudity On The Show

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German actress Sibel Kekilli, who plays prostitute Shae, Peter Dinklage’s (a.k.a. Tyrion Lannister’s) love interest on HBO’s Game of Thrones has called upon the show’s creators to inject the show with a bit more of the naked male form, according to The Independent:

When asked whether more of the show's male actors should shed their clothes, she said “ Yes, of course. Why are all the women naked? “I mean good-looking guys. I want to see Conleth Hill and [Nikolaj Coster-Waldau] and Peter Dinklage.”

Speaking during a recent press conference in London, she jokingly added “We’re going to talk to [writers] David Benioff and Dan Weiss.”

Kekilli...is another actress to call for more male nudity on the show, her co-star Carice van Houten has also expressed similar sentiments.

Kekilli and van Houten aren’t the only ones wanting to see more of the men. Vulture’s Matt Zoller Seitz last year called upon the hit fantasy series to focus its gaze more on the male characters' bodies:

I’d like Game of Thrones to enlarge the scope of its fantasy­ — to show more same-sex couplings and male nudity — as Starz’s Spartacus series has done with such panache. For all its tough, complicated women characters, Thrones is rightly perceived as too much of a ­sausagefest. The producers could change that perception by adding more sausage.

As previously reported, actor Finn Jones, who plays Ser Loras Tyrell, a character who’s no stranger to the homosexual tryst, also complained that the show was specifically lacking in the hot gay action department.

You can check out a teaser trailer for the upcoming season HERE.


Gay Iconography: Thank You, 'Golden Girls,' For Being A Friend

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If your little gay heart skipped a beat while two characters watched The Golden Girls during Sunday's finale of Looking, you're not alone. Earlier this week Louis Peitzman wrote a lovely piece for Buzzfeed, titled, "Why Gay Men Still Love The Golden Girls.'" In it he shares a bunch of reasons why the show's popularity has endured with gay audiences nearly 30 years after its original premiere, including this particularly poignant hypothesis: "… the transgressive power of The Golden Girls is that it’s a show about the construction of a chosen family rather than a biological family, a very queer conceit."

Others have posited that shows like The Golden Girls (and Designing Women) gave gay men confident, sassy figures from whom they could draw strength to battle the discrimination they faced. Or maybe it was the show's portrayal of LGBT characters, including the gay chef, Coco, and Blanche's brother Clayton.

Part of what makes The Golden Girls so iconic is not just the content of the episodes, but the four actresses that starred in the series. Not only were they hilarious, but they were strong supporters of the LGBT community. After losing a friend and her nephew to AIDS, Estelle Getty became a vocal AIDS activist. In 2009, Rue McClanahan was part of the Defying Inequality concert, which benefitted several LGBT organizations. Betty White issued her support for gay marriage to Parade Magazine in 2010: "If a couple has been together all that time—and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones—I think it’s fine if they want to get married. I don’t know how people can get so anti-something. Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don’t worry about other people so much.” Bea Arthur was so deeply embedded in the LGBT community, she told the New York Press, "Sometimes, I feel like Judy!" And those are only a few examples.

Because we can't get enough of Blanche, Rose, Sophia and Dorothy, let's let loose a little with some of our favorite gay moments from The Golden Girls, AFTER THE JUMP

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