Thursday, February 18, 2021

Good Trouble, Hating on Elliot Page, Genera+ion, Meme Madness & MORE!

Tommy Martinez


Howdy, Folks! 🙂

Here's your Entertainment News Round-Up for the day...

Actor Tommy Martinez (the handsome guy above) and his bisexual character Gael of the hit TV series "Good Trouble" are striking the right chord when it comes to bisexual representation. Recently, Martinez spoke about a relationship he had with another man and how that experience made him really dive into his character on the show. Martinez has not publicly identified as gay or bisexual and has been known to date women. Still, kudos to him for speaking publicly about his past same-sex relationship.

I was so disappointed to learn that after Elliot Page came out as trans some lesbians felt betrayed and are very angry with him. I hope Elliot knows that most of us in the LGBTQ community are very proud of him and only wish the best in life and career for him.

It's always a happy day in my house when the one and only Olivia Newton-John releases new music! On his latest podcast Randy Slovacek (The Randy Report) has a new interview where he talks to the superstar and her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi about their new single. Take a listen. Olivia is a music legend and in my humble opinion very underrated as a singer and songwriter.

Check out all the articles, videos and more below. Enjoy!

Happy reading!

Shane, Editor


"Good Trouble" Is the Representation Bisexual Men Need
In the first episode of Freeform’s "Good Trouble" (a spin-off of The Fosters), sisters Callie and Mariana move to Los Angeles into a diverse communal living space called "The Coterie". They start new jobs and meet new the character Gael, a graphic designer. We learn that Gael, played by Tommy Martinez, is bisexual. Over the course of the series, the audience gets to know him and sees a kind of representation that’s all too rare on television. This history of actively bi-phobic portrayals on television and in the media contribute to the false ideas that bisexuality isn't real, that bisexual men are just gay men who haven't come out, that bisexual people “can't make up their mind,” and so many more stereotypes. More.

Elliot Page Came Out As Trans, Now Some Lesbians Are Throwing Hate His Way

Elliot Page

Representation normalizes non-heteronormative identities so that over time queer people don’t have to work so hard to explain ourselves or prove our worth as human beings. Elliot Page was, and still is, a wonderful example of this representation. He is a beloved actor and activist and when identifying as a woman who was in a relationship with another woman, lesbians used him as an extension of themselves. But then they felt betrayed when he transitioned, as if he abandoned them and stomped on the lesbian label on his way out of the gay closet to become a straight man. More.


The Umbrella Academy Star Elliot Page Shares First Picture From Season 3
Page has a minimal social media presence, but they took time yesterday to share a shot from the set of The Umbrella Academy. Though the set is obscured by bright lights and a large black piece of fabric, possibly a chair back, the logo for Season 3 of the show is on full display. See pic here.

Queer Eye's Tan France

British fashion designer Tan France is collaborating with Pakistani shoe brand, Atoms, to come up with a signature pair of sneakers. The news was announced on the shoes' official Twitter handle, as well as the Queer Eye's star Instagram. While France is of Pakistani origin, Atoms is the brainchild of a Pakistani couple based in the US. More.


“Reign” Star Adelaide Kane Comes Out as Bisexual on TikTok

Adelaide Kane

The Aussie actress, model, and star of The CW’s Reign used the platform to announce that she is bisexual this week, making her the latest in a string of newly out celebs who opened up on TikTok. Kane follows in the footsteps of fellow LGBTQ actresses Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) and Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray), who also used the platform to talk publicly about their sexual orientation for the first time. More.

These Meme Accounts May Be Contributing to COVID Stigma and Public Health Misinformation

Whether it be on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, people have been using their social-media platforms to criticize other people’s behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lately, these posts have dominated the online discourse for the gay community, thanks in no small part to the now-infamous Instagram account GaysOverCOVID, which has been posting documentation of gay men who are “over” COVID since summer 2020. We should be wary of GaysOverCOVID, and accounts like it, for a couple of reasons. First, the shaming that they employ as a method of curbing dangerous behavior and reducing transmission. Second, and perhaps more worrisome, is that these accounts have created a shame-fueled breeding ground for stigma, the long-term effects from which have the potential to chip away at years of public-health efforts. More.

Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown

In honor of Black History Month, the star, 40, has teamed up with Amazon to help amplify the stories of Black small business owners and highlight some amazing brands consumers can shop not only this month, but all year long. As a Black entrepreneur himself — Brown launched his skincare line Mantl in February 2020— the TV personality tells PEOPLE he "understands the opportunities" small and medium-sized businesses have to offer and wants to take the time to call out their inspiring stories. "As you know, 2020 was a challenging year for so many small businesses. But what I love about what Amazon has done is that having an Amazon storefront has enabled hundreds of thousands of small companies to sustain and even grow despite the COVID-19 crisis," Brown says. More.
Queen Latifah

CBS show “The Equalizer” was a hit show in the 1980s. It starred Edward Woodward as former intelligence agent Robert McCall, who becomes a freelance crusader on behalf of victims facing overwhelming odds. The reboot now stars Queen Latifah, taking on the character most recently portrayed by Denzel Washington in the films “The Equalizer” and “The Equalizer 2.” which were heavy on atmosphere and brutal violence. Queen Latifah says she was a fan of the original series and of the films, and felt it would be “cool” to revamp the show with a Black actress. As for the dearth of Black women in lead action roles, Latifah said it is indicative of how Hollywood has treated Black actresses — and women in general. “The playing field has never been level,” said Latifah, who has one of the most varied resumes in the industry. In addition to being an Oscar-nominated actress (“Chicago”), the entertainer has been a rapper, singer, talk show host and producer. She is an executive producer of “The Equalizer,” credited as Dana Owens, which is her real name. More.
Luke Evans

Luke Evans is alleged to have found a new man in his life one month after confirming his breakup with Miami-based art director Rafael Olarra. There are no further details about his new partner, but the openly gay Welsh actor has reportedly been living in Sydney, Australia following the completion of "Nine Perfect Strangers" filming in Byron Bay. More.
Bharat Mahajan crowned Mr Gay New Zealand 2021

Bharat Mahajan, a 28-year-old mental health services manager working on the frontlines of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, was on Sunday crowned Mr Gay New Zealand 2021. Mahajan thanked his fiancee and whānau (extended family in Maori language) for their support. “Thanks to all those people that have supported me and seen something in me, even when I struggled to see that in myself. That’s the one thing I’ve really worked hard to correct, which is believe in yourself before you start believing that people will believe in you,” Mahajan said in a statement after his win. More.
TV Series ‘Genera+ion’

Genera+ion focuses on the lives of a group of high school teenagers exploring their sexuality in a modern world. This tests their deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community. The series was created by Beastly director Daniel Barnz and his teenage daughter Zelda Barnz and the Executive Producer is Girls star and creator, Lena Dunham. The show debuts in the USA on March 11, 2021. More.

WATCH: Genera+ion Trailer





President Nixon Privately Bashed One Of TV's Biggest Sitcoms for Showing an LGBTQ Character

Richard Nixon

President Nixon criticized the sitcom in a recorded discussion While he was in office, some of President Nixon’s conversations were recorded. He specifically spoke about the “Judging Books By Covers” episode. And while using derogatory language about the LGBTQ community, he suggested the show promoted ”destructive” ideas. “The point that I make is that, goddamn it, I do not think that you glorify on public television homosexuality,” Nixon said. “You don’t glorify it, John, any more than you glorify, uh, wh*res. I don’t want to see this country go that way. You know what happened to the Greeks. Homosexuality destroyed them. Sure, Aristotle was a ho*o, we all know that, so was Socrates.” More.
Julian Hilliard

SPOILERS AHEAD

The Marvel Studios' first miniseries WandaVision has been both experimental and fun for watchers. From its sitcom like setting to the treatment, the show has won praises from fans. Now, the sixth episode of WandaVision, which just aired, has introduced MCU's first gay character in Wanda Maximoff's (Elizabeth Olsen) son Billy (Julian Hilliard). Billy aka Wiccan is one half of Marvel's most prominent gay couple in the comics. Ever since the grown-up version of Billy made his debut, he's been romantically entangled with another teen superhero called Teddy Altman, otherwise known as Hulkling. More.


Podcast: Olivia Newton-John & Chloe Lattanzi Chat On New Single “Window In The Wall” 

Olivia Newton-John & Chloe Lattanzi

In this podcast episode, I’m speaking with four-time Grammy Award-winner Olivia Newton-John and her daughter, singer/songwriter Chloe Lattanzi who recently released their new duet, “Window in the Wall.”

Produced by six-time Grammy Award-winner Dave Cobb, “Window in the Wall” is not the first time this mother/daughter team has hit the recording studio. Their debut single, “You Have to Believe,” a remake of Newton-John’s #1 single “Magic” from Xanadu, with additional lyrics by Lattanzi, was released in 2015 and reached #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Play Chart. More.