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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…
Categories: Film, gay history, Gay Rights, Hollywood bridegroom, documentary, Gay Hollywood, harpo, jessie tyler fergusson, modern family, oprah, Oprah's next chapter, scandal, wanda sykes
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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]
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We’ve been team Peeta since we first read The Hunger Games and now Peeta (errr Josh Hutcherson) is showing his support for all of his gay fans by taking the time to pose for the ever-so-popular NOH8 Campaign. Hutcherson, who also stared in the lesbian-family-drama The Kids are All Right is set to reprise his role as the District 12 Panam baker turned Hunger Games champion in the second movie, Catching Fire that will hit theaters this November 22. Hutcherson has personal ties with the gay and lesbian community. While doing the media rounds for The Kids are All Right he frequently spoke of his gay uncles who died of AIDS-related complications.
Categories: gay families, Gay Rights, Gay Travel, Hollywood, movies Catching Fire, gay ally, Gay Hollywood, lgbt ally, movie, NOh8, The Hunger Games, the kids are all right
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The Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabara, finally gets a teaser trailer. The HBO film, which no one wanted to make, is the labor of love from Steven Soderbergh and stars the supremely talented (and completely transformed) Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.
Check it out after the jump…
Categories: Gay Travel, Hollywood, TV Behind the Candelabra, gay, Gay Hollywood, gay tv, lesbian, Liberace, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, steven soderbergh, Vegas
Carrie’s Soon-to-be Gay Best Friend Walt. Brenden Dooling. Image via CW.
Last night, my roommate and I just happened to sit down to watch the Sex and the City prequel teen-drama The Carrie Diaries. Were we disappointed, yes; a bit confused by the continuity of Bradshaw’s past, yes; angered that they ignored that the World Trade Center ever existed, yes. But, we were pleased with the show’s effortless inclusiveness. When Carrie meets some artsy types at Indochine, two men nonchalantly kiss. “I’ve never met gay people before,” she says. We were quite pleased with the casual inclusiveness, thinking back to when we first watched Dawson’s Creek and the media hoopla that occurred after Jack finally kissed David. The show revealed another gay storyline when Carrie’s best friend’s boyfriend, Walt (Brendan Dooling), revealed that he is still a virgin, which prompts confusion for the young Carrie. The character is seen in the closing shot looking at half-naked photos of Rob Lowe. While this show may not offer the best writing or acting on television, you just may want to see how effortlessly they deal with the gay factor.
Categories: Gay Rights, Gay Travel, Hollywood, New York, TV Brendan Dooling, carrie diaries, gay 1980s, gay characters, Gay Hollywood, Gay New York, gay tv, new york city, sarah jessica parker, sex and the city, Walt
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If it wasn’t enough for you this week that Jodie Foster finally stepped out of the closet, actor Victor Garber also made the announcement. Garber, who is best known for his role as the captain in Titanic made the disclosure while speaking to Greg in Hollywood. Blogger Greg Hernandez questioned Garber during a TV Critics Association Press Tour on a Wikipedia entry that said he is partnered to a man. “I wondered if that’s something public, that you’ve confirmed,” Hernandez said. Garber replied: “I don’t really talk about it but everybody knows,” he said. “He’s going to be out here with me for the SAG Awards.” Currently Garber can be seen in the Golden Globe–winning movie Argo, a film directed by Ben Affleck whose married to Garber’s old costar on Alias Jennifer Garner.
Categories: Gay Marriage, Gay Rights, Gay Travel, Hollywood, movies alias, ben affleck, coming-out, gay, gay actors, Gay Hollywood, jennifer garner, Jodie Foster, Titanic, Victor Garber
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What began as a run-of-the-mill lifetime achievement award on last night’s Golden Globes turned into one of the most heartfelt and honest speeches of the evening. After a montage of Jodie Foster’s most memorable roles for the past 40-plus years, the 50-year-old actress came to the stage to accept the Cecille B. DeMille Award. “I guess I have a sudden urge to say something that I’ve never been able to air in public that I’m a little nervous about,” Foster said, “But maybe not as nervous as my publicist. So I’m just going to put it out there, loud and proud. I’m going to need your support on this. I am… single,” she told the audience to much laughter. While during her speech she never fully comes out as a lesbian, she came as close as she ever has when her speech became a bit more serious. “I already did my coming out a thousand years ago, in the Stone Age,” said Foster. “Those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to friends and family and co-workers then gradually to everyone that knew her, everyone she actually met. But now apparently I’m told that every celebrity is to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a primetime reality show.
Foster then thanked her two boys and finally her long-rumored ex-girlfriend, Cydney Bernard.
Check out the speech after the jump…
Categories: gay families, Gay Rights, Gay Travel, Hollywood, Lesbian coming-out, Cydney Bernard, gay, gay actresses, Gay Hollywood, golden globes, Jodie Foster, lesbian, lesbian actors, lesbian hollywood, lgbt
Promotional Shot of Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in ‘Behind the Candelabra.’ Image via FilmFilia.
Magic Mike–director and Hollywood–hotshot Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra almost didn’t get made because it was deemed “too gay” by most major studios. Thankfully, according to Soderbergh, HBO stepped in and rescued the flamboyant project. Now set to air on HBO this February, the made-for-TV movie follows Liberace’s (Michael Douglas) longterm love affair with Scott Thorson (Matt Damon). Soderbergh said he was “stunned” by the studios’ rejections, but thankfully HBO immediately seized the opportunity to finance the picture and called it “a slam-dunk.”