Today, crowds will line the streets of cities like New York and San Francisco for parades that mark the high point of LGBT Pride Month. At the same time, legions of kids will swarm into theaters to watch Pixar’s Brave, the animated story of a young Scottish princess named Merida who goes to extreme lengths to avoid having to marry one of the three noblemen that her parents have chosen for her. The two events don’t seem to have much in common at first glance. But it’s quite possible that while watching Brave’s tomboyish heroine shoot arrows, fight like one of the boys, and squirm when her mother puts her in girly clothes, a thought might pop into the head of some viewers: Is Merida gay? READ FULL STORY
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In this week’s Entertainment Weekly special report cover story, writer Mark Harris examines the new, casual method gay celebrities are using to reveal their sexuality publicly for the first time. Fifteen years ago, when Ellen DeGeneres decided to come out of the closet, it was big news. Not just big: It was the cover of Time magazine, and a major story on Oprah, Primetime Live, and CNN. Last month, another star of a popular TV comedy went public with his homosexuality. But the news that The Big Bang Theory’s Emmy-winner Jim Parsons is gay was reported with such matter-of-fact understatement that many people’s first reaction was a quick Google search to see if maybe he was out already and we’d all just failed to notice.
But sometimes big news arrives quietly. That new blink-and-you’ll-miss-it style is an important hallmark of changing times. READ FULL STORY
Earlier this month, DC co-publisher Dan DiDio revealed to a convention audience in England a heretofore heterosexual DC superhero would be coming out of the closet. DiDio kept mum about the hero’s identity, although he did note that it would be “one of the major iconic DC characters.” Today, DC has confirmed Internet rumors that the character in question is Alan Scott, a.k.a. the original Green Lantern, currently appearing as a lead character in DC’s Earth 2. EW spoke to Earth 2 writer James Robinson (Starman, The Golden Age) about the rebooted version of one of DC’s original heroes.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you always know that you wanted a gay character at the forefront of the Earth 2 series?
JAMES ROBINSON: The original version of Alan Scott was an older man, and he had a superpowered son, Obsidian, who was gay. The fact that Scott was young now [thanks to a universe-wide reboot] meant Obsidian no longer existed. I thought it was a shame that DC was losing such a positive gay character. I said, “Why not make Alan Scott gay?” To Dan DiDio’s credit, when I suggested it to him, there wasn’t a moment’s hesitation. READ FULL STORY
is no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple.” READ FULL STORY
The past week bore witness to two bold stances that made for a pair of controversial covers. President Barack Obama took a historic stand on the issue of same-sex marriage, telling ABC’s Robin Roberts, “I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” Personal politics were also brought to the forefront on a Time cover that showed one mother breastfeeding her 3-year-old son. (Time is owned by Time Inc., the publisher of EW.)
No, it wasn’t a task for The Celebrity Apprentice (wrong network, for starters). Former American Idol runner-up and current Celeb Apprentice contestant Clay Aiken appeared this morning on CBS’ Face the Nation on a panel about gay marriage — and the real headline is that the one-time America’s Next Top Model guest judge played the part of talking head quite admirably. READ FULL STORY
It’s safe to say Joss Whedon fans are having a flippin’ fantastic week. The Avengers just made all the money, with a record-breaking $207.4 million domestic opening, and got the official greenlight for a sequel. Now, Buffy fans are getting insight into Whedon’s most cherished memories from the series with the announcement that Whedon’s 10 favorite episodes are airing as an all-day marathon on Logo May 19, starting at 10 a.m. ET.
For any serious Buffy fan, picking only 10 episodes would be impossible, so it’s fitting that the creator should whittle down the list. Click through to check out Whedon’s picks. READ FULL STORY
In the wake of North Carolina’s election results that approved Amendment One, a ban on same-sex marriage, celebrities have rallied on Twitter to speak out for equality. Ellen DeGeneres, who had a legal wedding in California before Prop 8 passed, tweeted, “Getting married was one of the greatest things I have ever done. I hope everyone in North Carolina gets the same opportunity someday.”
Fellow out actors Alan Cumming and Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson also tweeted their disappointment with the decision in North Carolina, as did straight actors Russell Brand, Christopher Gorham, North Carolina native Brooklyn Decker, and even a certain Harry Potter character who must not be named. See their responses and more below. READ FULL STORY
Dan Savage apologizes for 'insulting' teens who walked out of Bible speech, but not for attacking hypocrisy; Catholic League does not accept
It Gets Better Project creator Dan Savage has found himself in hot water after video of his April 13 keynote address to a convention of high school journalists on the power of social media and the problem of anti-bullying veering into a lecture on Christian hypocrisy went viral. Savage said people often say they can’t help with anti-gay bullying because the Bible tells them it’s wrong. “We can learn to ignore the bulls— in the Bible about gay people,” he said, “the same way we have learned to ignore the bulls— in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about masturbation. We ignore bulls— in the Bible about all sorts of things…” Some in the audience applauded, some got up and quietly walked out. Watch this segment of his speech in its entirety below (“The Bible says that if a woman isn’t a virgin on her wedding night, she shall be dragged to her father’s doorstep and stoned to death… Callista Gingrich lives,” he says).
After he brings his point home — “People are dying because people can’t clear this one last hurdle, they can’t get past this one last thing in the Bible” — he announces he’s ready to move on. “So you can tell the Bible guys in the hall that they can come back now because I’m done beating up the Bible,” he says. “It’s funny as someone who’s on the receiving ending of beatings that are justified by the Bible how pansy-assed some people react when you push back… I apologize if I hurt anyone’s feelings, but I have a right to defend myself and to point out the hypocrisy of people who justify anti-gay bigotry by pointing to the Bible and insisting we must live by the code of Leviticus on this one issue and no other.” READ FULL STORY
Controversial 'RuPaul's Drag Race' queen Willam explains disqualification: 'My husband was coming to bang me out' -- UPDATED
UPDATE: Lots of fans have posed another question for Willam: Why did she barf on the runway just before being disqualified? At the reunion taping, an audience member posed the question to Willam, but the answer she gave didn’t make the cut in the episode that aired last night — probably because it wasn’t as juicy as we had all hoped. Since EW was at the Reunited taping, we can tell you her answer. It’s rather basic, really: Willam explained that she knew she was getting eliminated from the show, so during her lunch break that day, she gorged herself. If you remember, she was wearing a corset-style top that day. So it was simply biology at work: She ate too much and was squeezed into something too small to hold it — so something had to go. Willam did explain, however, that she cleaned up the mess herself.
EARLIER: What did Willam do? It was the question we all asked after the controversial contestant was eliminated from RuPaul’s Drag Race — a first for the series — back in mid March. Rumors about what rules Willam broke spread like wildfire, but at the time, the queen wouldn’t reveal her transgressions, even during an interview with us here at EW.
All the details came to light, however, on tonight’s the season 4 finale-reunion of RuPaul’s Drag Race, where Willam — dressed in a skin-tight, flesh-toned dress — revealed what she did to get booted from the runway prematurely, during a one-on-one interview with the show’s host and head judge RuPaul.
Of course, Willam started out answering the question — “What did Willam do?” — by making a joke. “What didn’t I do?” she said. But then she continued with the answer that she’s peddling as the truth — that she was having sex with her husband in the hotel where the Drag Race queens were quarantined during taping. (It’s common knowledge that reality show contestants are cut off from the outside world during the competition.)
Specifically — in a bit that got cut from the episode that just aired — Willam explained: “My husband was coming to bang me out.” (EW was on the scene at the taping, which is how we have the further, more graphic quotes from Willam.)
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