Gay characters are everywhere!

16548__henderson_lYeah, we know everybody’s jonesin’ to see Brokeback Mountain (a.k.a. "the gay cowboy movie") — but as Nicholas Fonseca points out in the new issue of EW (out Friday), ”more than any year in recent memory, 2005’s holiday-movie cornucopia runneth over with characters of all sexual persuasions.” Among Fonseca’s favorites? Jake and Heath’s Brokeback Mountain ranchers, natch, but also Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Capote, Felicity Huffman’s Bree in Transamerica, Val Kilmer’s Gay Perry in Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, and gay Pop Idol champ Will Young as Bertie in Mrs. Henderson Presents (left).

One character who doesn’t make the cut, however, is The Family Stone‘s ”bleeding-heart son Thad Stone (Ty Giordano)” who, Fonseca notes, is saddled ”with the holy trinity of pat on-screen ‘afflictions’ that’ll get ’em talking at the dinner table: He’s gay, he’s dating a black man, and he’s deaf!” Hmmm. Sounds like that one should be Rated P for Puh-leeze!

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  • Thad

    Thanks for the ‘bleeding heart’ comment. We have come so far in 2005. Why doesn’t he make the cut? I am a white guy (named Thad), in a 6 year relationship with a black guy (but neither is deaf). Would you prefer to see the stereotypical ‘just Jack’ sitting at the table? Wake up already Puh-Leeeze.

  • djm

    I agree (somewhat) with Thad – I’d rather see what was described in “The Family Stone” (at least he has a boyfriend) that one of those sex-less stereotypes that are there just to be the butt of the joke. I haven’t seen the movie, so I could be wrong, but I’ve had enough of the “Will & Grace” stereotyping.

  • stacy

    One of my best friends in college was a black gay man with one arm…it happens…. why not have a character that isn’t stereotypical? Maybe a couple of minutes will be spent thinking boy being gay isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you….you can lose and arm you can be persecuted for the color of your skin…all of which in most cases you have no control over.

  • Leebus

    Gay characters are all over literature and many a classic book or novel was written about one. Our best movies and TV scripts should draw characters or inspiration from these classics. Occasionally they do. I, personally would like to see more. Come to think of it, this goes for ALL television and movies. What has happened to good storytelling??

  • Thad

    Stacy – Way to go!! I felt that.

  • Mikey M.

    Two words for this current trend….Bout’ Time.
    Love to see more gay characters in movies and on TV.
    By the way did anyone see the character of Quentin do that Army boy on Nip Tuck? They showed it too. And to think they couldnt show too men in bed on Thirtysomething 20 years ago.
    Right on!

  • V.M.L.

    I can’t wait for “Brokeback Mountain”! ITS GONNA BE HOT!!!!!!!!!!!
    AND SAD!!!!!!!!!! : (

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