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Possibly best known for the LOGO seriesNoah’s Arc, which infused a healthy dose of diversity into a racy, Queer As Folk–style ensemble dramedy, openly gay writer-director Patrik Ian-Polk truly landed a coup when Oscar-winner Mo’Nique signed on to co-produce and co-star in his moving 2014 LGBT film, Blackbird. Mo’Nique plays the devoutly religious mother of a gay teenage son (out-newcomer Julian Walker) struggling to accept his sexuality and a less-than-ideal family situation.
A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Polk graduated from the University of Southern California’s film school before landing a gig as production executive at Edmonds Entertainment. Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and his wife Tracey as executive producers, Polk made his feature debut with Punks, a zingy 2000 comedy hailed as a gay, black Waiting to Exhale/Broken Hearts Club.
Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…
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Looks like there is going to be a bit of The Normal Heart reunion for this new season of American Horror Story as it was announced that both Matt Bomer and Cheyenne Jackson will appear. The fifth season of the hit show, which was teased as American Horror Story: Hotel, will also star Lady Gaga. “I can’t confirm or deny that there may be a romantic relationship,” Bomer said of his potential relationship to Gaga in Vulture. “I’m down [to do crazy stuff]. I only got to tip my toes in the freaky-deaky nature. I’m ready to go in the deep end, baby.”
Both actors appeared in Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart.
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This just in from The Hollywood Reporter:
Richard Glatzer, who courageously battled the debilitating effects of ALS as he wrote and directed the Julianne Moore film Still Alice with his husband, Wash Westmoreland, has died. He was 63.
Glatzer died Tuesday in Los Angeles, Ekta Farrar of the publicity firm of Block Korenbrot confirmed. His death came less than three weeks after Moore won the best actress Oscar on Feb. 22 for her performance as a woman with Alzheimer’s who comes unraveled.
Passport magazine was honored to have recently interviewed Richard Glatzer and his husband Wash Westmoreland. To read our profile click here.
Our deepest condolences to Glatzer’s family and friends. His talent and love of life illuminated Hollywood and the world.
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While it’s Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s one-two punch at Bill Cosby and their critique of the ridiculousness of award shows at the expense of George Clooney that are making headlines, the LGBT community had a surprisingly victorious night. With Pride, Imitation Game, Transparent, The Normal Heart, and Orange is the New Black, all up for awards this year, it was The Normal Heart and Transparent that took home the Golden Globe last night. Openly gay actor Matt Bomer took home best supporting actor in a series, mini-series or TV movie for his role in The Normal Heart. But the big winner this year was Amzon’s groundbreaking TV series Transparent. It won both Best TV Series–Comedy and Jeffrey Tambor won Best Actor—Comedy for his portrayal of a late-in-life coming out transgender woman. Tambor thanked the trans* community: “Thank you for your courage, thank you for your inspiration, thank you for your patience and thank you for letting us be a part of the change.”
Watch his aceptance speech after the jump and see a full list of the winners after the jump…
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Congratulations to Lance Bass and Michael Turchin! The sexy couple were married at the Park Plaza Hotel in Angeles last night where 300 guests gathered for the ceremony and celebration. According to the New York Times: Mr. Bass and Mr. Turchin met about four years ago at a birthday party in Palm Springs, Calif. “We spent an hour or more talking, then he hit me up on Facebook as younger people do,” Mr. Bass said. “We were attracted and became best friends before anything got romantic.”
We get excited just thinking about all the love and joy this beautiful gay couple will share with each other and the world! Hugs and kisses from all of us to Lance and Michael.
For more about their magical wedding, click here.
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Appearing at The Hollywood Museum is an exclusive new exhibition called Reel to Real: Portrayals and Perceptions of Gays in Hollywood, an entertaining and informative retrospective of LGBT images in film and television throughout the decades. The showcase runs through July 20, coinciding with LGBT Heritage Month and Outfest LA (July 10-20). Featuring photos, costumes, props and iconic imagery from the past and present, the exhibit provides a unique perspective on how gays have been portrayed in Hollywood from early stereotypes to modern representations.
On the next page there is a coupon worth $5.00 off admission. Just print it out and bring it with you to The Hollywood Museum.
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Weeds and 30 Rock actor Maulik Pancholy, who late last year came out of the closet, announced via Twitter that he and his partner Ryan Corvaia got engaged. The 39-year-old, who is of Indian descent, told his followers that the proposal occurred at the Taj Mahal.
Tweeted Pancholy tweeted: “It only took 9 years but it’s official! Just got engaged at the Taj Mahal to @Ryan_Corvaia! YEEEESSSS!”
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It’s been one hell of a year. We’ve seen it all—both good and bad. And for this week, we’re reminding you of some of the defining moments of 2013.
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Over the weekend at the Seattle dinner of the HRC actor, writer, and HRC member Wentworth Miller shared his story of triumph in a speech about his journey coming out as a gay man. In the remarks, Miller discussed the hardships of living in the closet, and the reasoning behind his decision to publicly come out as gay. In August, Wentworth Miller came out as gay in a letter declining an invitation to a Russian film festival. During his speech, Miller acknowledges that he attempted suicide for the first time at 15.
Growing up I was a target. Speaking the right way, standing the right way, holding your wrist the right way. Every day was a test and there were a thousand ways to fail, a thousand ways to betray yourself, to not live up to someone else’s standards of what was accepted, of what was normal. … The first time I tried to kill myself I was 15. I waited until my family went away for the weekend and I was alone in the house, and I swallowed a bottle of pills. I don’t remember what happened over the next couple of days, but I’m pretty sure come Monday morning I was on the bus back to school, pretending everything was fine. And when someone asks me if that was a cry for help, I’d say, ‘No.’ You only cry for help if you believe there’s help to cry for. And I didn’t need it, I wanted out.
Check out the video after the jump…
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There has always been a stigma in Hollywood about being gay. Whether actors or actresses were actually homosexuals in their personal lives or how they were portrayed on the silver screen as Vito Russo’s The Celluloid Closet explored in the late 80s, Tinsel Town was and still is a difficult place to navigate as LGBT. This Sunday, Oprah’s Next Chapter explores what it means to be gay in Hollywood today with three openly out actors: comedienne Wanda Sykes, Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Scandal‘s Dan Bucatinsky. The three will discuss their personal coming out stories, the gay-rights movement, and what still needs to be done in Hollywood and beyond to ensure equality for the community. “I do feel like this is the defining civil rights movement of our time,” Ferguson says. “In every civil rights movement, it takes a long time. That’s just the way it is; history shows that. Obviously, I would like for this to move faster than it is and I would like for it to move without casualty.” Be sure to tune in on Oct. 27 at 9 P.M.
Following the show, the award-winning documentary Bridegroom makes its television debut. The heart-wrenching documentary about love, loss, and injustices some gay partner’s face after losing the one they love.
Check it out the trailer after the jump…
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Even more engagement news! TV personality and interior designer Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, former assistant to Rachel Zoe, are engaged. The couple was in Peru for a shopping trip as part of a designer sale project when Berkus, 41, surprised Brent. He popped the question atop the beautiful Inca site, Machu Picchu. The couple of eight months is excited about their new life together. [towleroad]