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Weeklings!: Things No Gay Would Say (VIDEO)

Louis Virtel | Posted 03.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Louis Virtel

2014-01-23-weeklingslookingvidsmall.pngI'm so excited for the first season of Looking, HBO's new series about gay pals in San Francisco, that I've decided to help the writers out. I'm offering some tips on gay dialogue -- namely, how not to write it.

James Franco Explains Why He Chooses So Many Gay Roles

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.05.2013 | Gay Voices

Heartthrob James Franco is one man we just can't get away from -- particularly since he is starring in ten films this year alone. He's also a cele...

Fine-tuning the Image of Gays in Hollywood: An Open Letter to Amy Pascal

Brad Bell | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Brad Bell

In your recent speech at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center you said, "We need to create an atmosphere that encourages people to speak up, so we get this right." This letter is me speaking up, with the hope that we can get this right.

'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' Star Talks Playing Gay And Lesbian Following

Posted 05.13.2013 | Gay Voices

"How I Met Your Mother" star Alyson Hannigan spoke at length about her "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" days in an interview with HuffPost Live, recalling h...

Just My Type

Jake Silbermann | Posted 06.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Jake Silbermann

Am I afraid of being type cast as Gay? Depends what you mean. Am I afraid of pursuing roles where the characters challenge and fascinate me? Yes. I'm terrified. That's why I love what I do.

Jodie Foster May Be Out, But Is Oscar Hiding In The Closet?

Conor Gaughan | Posted 03.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Conor Gaughan

The gay story this Oscar season is the lack of gay stories. The Academy didn't nominate a single actor who had played an LGBT character this past year in any of the four acting categories -- a rare occurrence in the past decade, happening only in 2008.

Meet Hollywood's New Gay Villains

The Wrap | Tim Molloy | Posted 11.28.2012 | Gay Voices

Meet the new gay villains of television and film: If their wrists are bent, it's probably to cut someone's throat. Far from their limp-wristed, lis...

Is This 'The New Normal' for Family Sitcoms?

Molly Fosco | Posted 12.17.2012 | TV
Molly Fosco

Do these sitcoms have a hidden agenda to help rid America of homophobia? Or are these gay characters simply just funny to watch?

Invisible Men: Why It Matters That There Are No Black Male Couples On TV

Rob Stephenson | Posted 11.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Rob Stephenson

Gay couples on TV allow gay men to see themselves reflected in the larger culture, and normalize them to others. Where are the role models for African American gay male couples on TV?

We Need More Than 'Glee'

Amelia | Posted 10.29.2012 | Gay Voices

When my 7-year-old son announced to us that he is gay, the last thing I thought about was television. But as he has continued to hold firm to this identity, I have become aware of the lack of gay characters in the television shows and movies he likes to watch.

Adult Swim's 'Venture Bros.' Co-Creators Talk Gay Characters, The Upcoming Season And Gay Sex

Huffington Post | Kevin Burra | Posted 07.11.2012 | Gay Voices

At San Diego's Comic Con 2012, which kicks off tomorrow, Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick, the co-creators of Adult Swim's "Venture Bros.", will be spea...

Comics Pride: 50 Comics And Characters That Resonate With LGBT Readers

Comics Alliance | Andrew Wheeler | Posted 07.07.2012 | Gay Voices

We are not the mainstream. That's a truth understood by anyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or in any other way queer. W...

In Honor Of The 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo, 10 LGBT Video Game Characters

Huffington Post | Kevin Burra | Posted 06.07.2012 | Gay Voices

The 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is underway this week, which means millions of gamers around the world are salivating over industry update...

Molly Ringwald Outs 'Pretty In Pink' Best Friend Duckie As Gay

Posted 05.23.2012 | Gay Voices

Molly Ringwald, the iconic 1980s girl-next-door, is coming clean about the sexuality of one of her "Pretty In Pink" pals -- but the actor who played h...

Gay DC Comics Character In The Works, Says Co-Publisher

Posted 05.21.2012 | Gay Voices

The homoerotic subtext of comic book superheroes has been a hot topic in the gay community for some time. Now comics fans and the lesbian, gay, bisexu...

The Part That Movies Play

Peter DeWitt | Posted 06.27.2012 | Gay Voices
Peter DeWitt

When our LGBT youth watch television and movies, we want them to see characters they would be proud of, not tragic figures who are surrounded by negative circumstances. They deserve to see normal, everyday characters who happen to be gay.

'Funky Winkerbean' To Feature Gay Couple Planning To Attend Prom

Posted 04.27.2012 | Gay Voices

Newspaper comic strip "Funky Winkerbean" is set to mark its 40th anniversary in groundbreaking style: by featuring a story arc about a gay couple plan...

Happens to Be Gay

Andrew Keenan-Bolger | Posted 04.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Andrew Keenan-Bolger

It seemed only natural that a show about the theater community should feature mostly characters. But does the fact that our gay characters aren't first and foremost "gay" make Submissions Only a unique voice in the world of scripted series?

The Myth Of Sexy Superman: The Search For Superhero Beefcake

Comics Alliance | Andrew Wheeler | Posted 01.21.2012 | Gay Voices

2011 was a good year for superhero beefcake. Not in comics, of course, but at the movies. And not in terms of quantity, but in terms of quality. What ...

Why Does Hollywood Hate Gay Sex?

The Daily Beast | Ramin Setoodeh | Posted 01.04.2012 | Gay Voices

If you've seen any of the high-profile gay-themed movies from 2011--from Beginners to J. Edgar--you may have noticed they have one thing in common: th...

It Gets Better: Recommended Reading for LGBT Teens

Philip Ellis | Posted 12.25.2011 | Gay Voices
Philip Ellis

It is also important for young people to find stories and characters that they can identify with outside the broad archetypes found in TV shows such as Glee. Here are a few of my own suggestions.

The Gay Carla

Jeffery Self | Posted 12.19.2011 | Gay Voices
Jeffery Self

America is ready for more than just gay best friends, gay assistants, gay relatives and gay hairstylists. It's time for a world where we're more than todays' version of Carla on Cheers, but the Sams and the Dianes, or even the Rebeccas.

Archie Comics Debuting First Gay Character

The Daily Beast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If ever there was a sign of changing attitudes toward homosexuality, Archie Comics, the aggressively mainstream and relentlessly wholesome comic books...

TV Shows The Networks Didn't Want To Admit Were About Gay People (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Growing up I loved the shows on this list, but even as a wee one I knew they weren't what they claimed. All of these shows focused on gay couples who ...

Scholastic Has Problems With Gay Characters

Christian Science Monitor | Marjorie Kehe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Would a book with a pair of gay characters appear at Scholastic's book fairs? If not, there was angry talk of a boycott. And if so, well, there is als...