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Curtis M. Wong
Curtis M. Wong is the Senior Editor of Queer Voices at The Huffington Post. He has written for The Prague Post, Passport Magazine, The Hartford Courant, Business Insurance Weekly, Abu Dhabi's The National and Ohio's Akron Jewish News, among other publications.

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Jonathan Groff Was Shocked To Find Out People Didn't Know This About Gay Sex

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 11:10 AM

Although he's keeping busy on Broadway, Jonathan Groff is still proud of the legacy that his HBO series, "Looking," left behind. 

In November, Groff spoke at length with writer and editor Kevin Sessums in an onstage interview at San Francisco's Curran Theatre. Video footage of that interview has just been posted on the Curran Theatre's official YouTube page, showing the 30-year-old actor addressing what it felt like to shoot some of the steamy sex scenes in "Looking," before it was canceled in March 2015. 

While he's no stranger to baring skin in other projects, Groff said the response to some of the sex scenes on "Looking" came as a big shock. 

"One of the cool things about 'Looking' is that after the first season, a lot of people -- shockingly, liberal, open artists who live in New York and L.A. -- said to me they didn't know that gay people could have sex while facing each other," he said. "One of the great opportunities of the show was to...illuminate male intimacy in sex and just sort of intimacy in general that wasn't in sort of a porny, salacious way." 

He praised "Looking" director Andrew Haigh, who recently helmed the Oscar-nominated drama, "45 Years," for "illuminating something that not a lot of people see, without being porny or salacious," in the series. 

"Those scenes felt very real and true to life," he said. "I was excited to do them."

"Looking" fans can look forward to the series' forthcoming wrap-up movie, especially since Groff has promised "the most intense sex scene" he's ever shot for the film. 

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Trump's Presidential Plan For Gay Rights Is, Um, Well... This?

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 10:03 AM

If he becomes president, Donald Trump says voters should anticipate more forward motion on equality for gays and lesbians. Just don't expect him to elaborate further. 

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Flower Company's Valentine's Day Ad Celebrates The Diversity Of Love

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 6:26 PM

Leave it to Teleflora to put us in a romantic mood just in time for Valentine's Day.

For its new "What is Love?" ad campaign, the Los Angeles-based flower delivery service highlighting the experiences of diverse couples, including two lesbians, as well as two gay men who are tying the knot. 

"Know how much I love you," one groom affectionately says to the other in a voiceover as the music swells and he and his husband raise their hands in triumph. "And I'll always, always be here for you." 

According to David Dancer, Teleflora's Executive Vice President and Head of Marketing, the company aimed to "celebrate love in all its forms and stages" for the campaign. Hence, he said, the decision to feature same-sex couples in the commercial was very much a no-brainer. 

"All love deserves to be honored, expressed and cherished," he said. "As we explored the creative direction for the new 'What Is Love?' video ad, we wanted to ensure that we featured the diversity of love. The first love when you were young, the love that you have been longing to come your way, the love that can now be celebrated through the legalization of marriage, the love that has endured time and we wanted to show that love has its ups and downs filled with excitement and sorrow."

He then added, "Love is one-of-a-kind, unique and all of it should be celebrated this Valentine’s Day."

During the month of February, Teleflora is asking its customers to share loving sentiments on social media with the hashtag #WhatIsLove. For those who lack a way with words, the company is also launching a free new service called the Teleflora Love Note Concierge, where a team of "love experts" will help visitors write the ultimate love note for their Valentine from Feb. 3 through 12. 

Thank you, Teleflora, for reminding us that everlasting love can come in all shapes, colors and sizes. 

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Drag Icon Sherry Vine Is Launching Her Own Queer TV Network

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 4:59 PM

Sherry Vine is back in a very, very big way -- and just in time for Valentine's Day. On Feb. 14, the drag legend will launch gaySVTVworld, a brand new, online television network dedicated to original programming from "top queer talent."

The network, which is being produced in collaboration with former Here-TV executive Josh Rosenzweig, will kick off with a slate of eight programs, as well as music videos and short films, available for free on Vine's official YouTube page. Among them will be "Sherry and the Greek," an original talk series starring Vine and YouTube personality Chris Semers, as well as the pop culture-centric "EduGAYtion" and "Fashion Puhleez," which being billed as "The Rachel Zoe Show-meets-Project Runway" in press materials. 

While Rosenzweig acknowledged that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lives have been increasingly portrayed on mainstream television, he would like gaySVTVworld to be "a destination where we can go to find like-minded artists and feel the power of the collective." 

"Nobody is going to tell our stories like we will," he said in a press release. "It is essential that the community have an online space to call our own."

In the interest of keeping all programming in an easily sharable and digestible format, all gaySVTVworld shows will be under seven minutes in length. 

"We’re offering short content so people can view several episodes in the same amount of time as one traditional TV show,” explains Vine. "Maybe you only have five free minutes on your way to work or during a lunch break. That’s enough time to catch a hilarious episode of 'Fashion Puhleez' on your smart phone." 

We can't wait to see what Sherry's got up her sleeve! 

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Anti-Gay New York Pastor Claims 'Homos' Are Trying To Take His Church

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 2:38 PM

A New York pastor known for his anti-gay stance blasted the efforts of two non-profit groups that are trying to secure the property of his church, which is reportedly headed for the auction block

Rev. James David Manning of the ATLAH World Missionary Church...

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'Duck Dynasty' Star Wants To 'Rid The Earth' Of Gay Marriage Supporters

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 12:34 PM

It appears as if the homophobic legacy of "Duck Dynasty" will carry on through the 2016 U.S. presidential election cycle. 

The reality show's patriarch, Phil Robertson, stumped for Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz at a rally in Iowa on Sunday, slamming same-sex marriage as an example of the "depravity" and "perversion" that's taking over America, Right Wing Watch reports.

"Re-defining marriage and telling us that marriage is not between a man and a woman? C'mon, Iowa, it's nonsense," Robertson said. "It is evil! It's wicked! It's sinful."

He then added, "We have to run this bunch out of Washington D.C. We have to rid the earth of them. Get them out of there!"

Robertson publicly endorsed Cruz last month, calling the Texas senator "godly." 

"I’ve looked at the candidates; Ted Cruz is my man," Robertson said in a video released by the Cruz campaign. "He loves us, he’s the man for the job, and he will go duck hunting because today we’re going.”

Robertson's remarks aren't particularly surprising given his history of anti-gay rhetoric. In 2013, he made headlines when he opened up about "modern immorality" and the gay community in a controversial GQ interview

It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man’s anus," he said. "That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

It will be interesting to see how Robertson's views gel with those of his son, Willie, who has publicly endorsed Donald Trump

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Aaron Schock Offered $1 Million To Star In Gay Porn Series

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 10:41 AM

Adult entertainment company TitanMen has offered former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock $1 million to appear in a series of gay porn films.

In a press release, TitanMen officials said the "chiseled physique" of the "boyishly handsome and muscular" Schock, 34, would fit in...

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This Vehemently Anti-Gay Church Might Get The Ultimate Karmic Smackdown

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 12:53 PM

A New York church notorious for posting homophobic messages on its billboard may be on the auction block. But if fundraising efforts are successful, the parish's history of hate could be repurposed into something truly beautiful.

A New York state judge has ordered...

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Why Susan Sarandon Feels Like Hillary Clinton 'Failed' Her

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 2:12 PM

Susan Sarandon seemingly went after Hillary Clinton's checkered history with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community while rallying on behalf of 2016 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.

In a Wednesday speech at a town hall in Mason City, Iowa, Sarandon, 69, praised Sanders as "consistent, principled and incredibly brave," and likened his presidential campaign to that of President Barack Obama in 2008, ABC News reports

Sarandon did not mention Clinton by name, but seemed to take a jab at the 2016 Democratic candidate, who only came out in favor of same-sex marriage in 2013, after Obama and Vice President Joe Biden

“Gender is not what’s important,” she said. “Issues are what's important. I want a candidate who has the courage to stand to do the right thing when it is not popular.”

She then added, "It is one thing to be for gay rights and gay marriage once everybody else is for it. That's not difficult." 

Following the speech, Sarandon explained her reasons for backing Sanders in his White House bid, arguing that Clinton "failed" her, CNN reports.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, the actress hinted that her rally remarks were made with the intention of taking Clinton to task over her shift on same-sex marriage.  

"There's a number of issues where she has come around, but she very clearly equivocated or was not there in the beginning," she told the Daily Mail. "It's great that she came around, but wouldn't it be great to be a leader instead of a follower, especially if you're going to hold the highest office in the land?"

Still, whether or not Sanders should be truly praised as a marriage equality pioneer is questionable. The Vermont senator officially backed same-sex marriage in 2009, four years before Clinton. While he supported civil unions as far back as 15 years ago, Sanders did so mostly because of his strong belief in state's rights, and largely avoided the subject of legal marriage for same-sex couples at the time. 

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'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett On Being A Gay Man With 'An Extremely Open Heart'

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 12:01 PM

As a gay man with "an extremely open heart," Jussie Smollett believes everybody should keep themselves open "not to gender, but to love," and as such, hasn't ruled out falling in love with a woman down the road.  

"I would hope that people would not close themselves off...

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For His New Act, Beloved Drag Queen John 'Lypsinka' Epperson Is A Man Unmasked

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 3:55 PM

When he takes to the stage of New York's Feinstein's/54 Below this week, John Epperson will be getting back to his roots -- in more ways than one.

"I was trained as a classical pianist and did traditional musical comedy when I was in college...

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Why Gus Kenworthy Is Glad He Didn't Come Out At The Sochi Olympics

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 11:56 AM

Gus Kenworthy was widely praised for opening up about his sexuality in an October ESPN Magazine cover story, but the 24-year-old Olympian had originally considered a different, more dramatic approach.  

On Monday, the professional freeskier told Conan O'Brien that he'd thought about coming out as gay in a very public way at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where he nabbed a silver medal. 

"Leading into the Russian Olympics there was all this anti-LGBT legislature and they had warned people about, like, if you’re gay, or if any of the athletes are gay, like, try not to show it because it’s very unsafe, it’s not accepted," he said. "And I was like, 'That’s bullsh*t!'" 

Kenworthy, who had a boyfriend at the time, noted: 

"[We] had kind of talked about landing the best run ever and winning an Olympic gold medal and kissing him at the bottom and… that would be my way of telling everyone. But it didn’t happen. I’m glad it didn’t because I hadn’t told my mom, my dad, my brothers. It would have not only been a shock to the sport and to the Olympics, but my family would have been like, 'What the hell?'" 

Instead, Kenworthy told his family and close friends before coming out publicly in the ESPN magazine interview. He told Conan that he's felt "massive" relief in the time since then. 

"I was really nervous, but everyone, for the most part, has been so great," he said. "It just makes me feel really good." 

No matter what path you chose, Gus, we're just proud to see you being authentically you. 

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Donald Trump's Creepy 'Freedom's Call' Got A Gay Makeover

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 2:23 PM

Out actor-comedian Randy Rainbow put a sassy spin on the viral "Freedom Kids" performance released in support of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump last week. 

In the new parody video, Rainbow offers his sharp-tongued, irreverent commentary on the downright creepy song-and-dance number, which took place at a Jan. 13 Trump rally in Pensacola, Florida. 

Have a chuckle if you can endure the annoying earworm of a song one more time! 

H/T Towleroad 

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Why Jillian Michaels Is Reclaiming 'Fag' And 'Dyke'

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 11:29 AM

Jillian Michaels wants to re-claim anti-LGBT slurs like "fag" and "dyke" for herself -- and she thinks you should, too. 

The veteran "Biggest Loser" trainer, 41, opened up about her private life in a candid interview with PrideSource. Although she's quick to...

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Go Behind The Scenes Of Alan Cumming's New 'Sappy Songs' Album

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 10:58 AM

Alan Cumming opens up about the inspiration for his new album, "Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs: Live at the Café Carlyle," in this exclusive, behind-the-scenes video for The Huffington Post.

"I really feel like I am a cabaret artist," Cumming explains in the clip. "I love that connection with the audience." 

Last year, the "Good Wife" and "X2: X-Men United" star performed an acclaimed run at New York's super-intimate Café Carlyle shortly after his return stint in Broadway's "Cabaret" wrapped downtown.

Due out Feb. 5 on Yellow Sound Label, "Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs" captures that performance for posterity. Fans can expect to hear Cumming's take on songs by Billy Joel, Rufus Wainwright and Miley Cyrus, as well as a selection of Broadway show tunes and world music.  

Cumming will celebrate the release of the album with a Feb. 8 performance at New York's Carnegie Hall, with special guests Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss and Ricki Lake. 

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Nikki Haley Represents GOP Embrace Of A 'Homosexual Agenda,' Pundit Claims

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 3:12 PM

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was praised by many fellow Republicans for her rebuttal to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

Still, Haley's remarks weren't enough for a number of rightwing GOP supporters, who criticized the governor for calling out "the angriest voices" in the Republican party, including presidential candidate hopeful Donald Trump. Still, it was Haley's vow to "respect differences in modern families" that infuriated conservative radio host Bryan Fischer, Right Wing Watch reported.  

Fischer, who has been an outspoken opponent of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community for some time, interpreted Haley's line as indicative of the Republican party's embrace of the "homosexual agenda," and blasted the governor in a Wednesday broadcast, video of which can be found above, on his radio show. 

"The Republican Party has officially embraced sodomy-based marriage and the entire homosexual agenda. We know from the research, it's a form of child abuse for a child to be raised in a same-sex household," Fischer, who is the former director of issues analysis at the American Family Association, said. "It is a form of child abuse; all of the best in social research confirms that and here is Nikki Haley saying we're not going to fight for those children." 

Fischer's decision to emphasize the only subtle nod to the LGBT community in Haley's rebuttal, isn't particularly surprising given his history of homophobic rhetoric. Last year, he co-opted Lady Gaga's pro-equality mantra for his own, anti-gay argument, claiming that the only justification in identifying as a Christian (and hence opposed to LGBT rights) in today's society was that he was "born this way."

If only he would focus his efforts on finding out whether or not there's a genetic predisposition to being a sore loser. 

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Axe's New 'Find Your Magic' Ad Promotes A Different Type Of Masculinity

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 11:40 AM

The popular men's grooming brand Axe is casting the spotlight on a variety of men who don't fit neatly into macho stereotypes for its new "Find Your Magic" campaign.  

A commercial released this month does away with the chiseled models typically featured in grooming product advertisements in favor of a more diverse group. In one scene, a vogue-ing black dancer strikes a few poses while strutting in a pair of stiletto heels before a panel of judges, while two men exchange a more-than-brotherly glance across a record store in another.  

"Who needs some other thing, when you've got your thing? Now work on it," a voiceover proclaims. 

Officials involved in the "Find Your Magic" campaign said they hoped to deconstruct "outdated views of masculinity" with the new ad. 

"More than ever, guys are rejecting rigid male stereotypes," Matthew McCarthy, who is the senior director for Axe and Men's Grooming for Unilever, said in a press release. "We’ve been part of guys’ lives for decades, and Axe champions real guys and the unique traits that make them attractive to the world around them."

Carlo Cavallone, executive creative director of 72andSunny Amsterdam, the agency which produced the campaign for Axe, echoed those sentiments. 

"There's not one single-minded, one-dimensional idea of masculinity out there," he told AdAge. "We wanted to give to guys a sense of confidence and liberate them from stereotypical bullsh*t about what it means to be a man."

Although, the "Find Your Magic" ad breaks new ground for the company, it isn't their first boundary-pushing campaign. In 2015, the Australian version of Axe, which is called Lynx, featured a gay kiss in a commercial for men's hair products. 

Thank you, Axe, for reminding us that living confident lives as men can mean something other than skirt-chasing! 

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Alan Cumming Bares All For His 'Sappy Songs' Album Cover

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 6:36 PM

Alan Cumming reveals the genesis behind the steamy cover of his forthcoming album, "Alan...

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House Republicans Just Messed With The Wrong 'Jeopardy!' Contestant

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 4:34 PM

The House Republicans' attempt to promote their Snapchat-based coverage of Tuesday's State of the Union address has backfired hilariously. 

In a blog post announcing what they're calling #SnapOfTheUnion, the GOP incorporated a gif of HitFix writer Louis Virtel snapping his fingers during

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These Gay 'Newlyweds' Want To Show What Happens After Marriage Equality

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 3:45 PM

On Wednesday's installment of Bravo's "Newlyweds: The First Year," Brandon Liberati and

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