In his latest clip for HuffPost Gay Voices, writer-performer Justin Sayre takes "Looking" star Russell Tovey to task over the actor's controversial remarks about "effeminate" gay men.
"You would be lucky to be effeminate in later life, because let me tell you, it gets you out of lots of jams," Sayre quipped, referring to Tovey's headline-making comments in a March 1 interview with The Guardian's Tom Lamont.
In the interview, Tovey, who is openly gay, recalled his father's refusal to send him to a "theater school" during his teen years, because attending would have made him "really effeminate" and therefore unable to play straight roles.
"If I'd have been able to relax, prance around, sing in the street, I might be a different person now," Tovey said. "I thank my dad for that, for not allowing me to go down that path."
Sayre's "International Order of Sodomites" (I.O.S.) gathers once a month for "The Meeting," honoring an artist or a cultural work that is iconic to the gay community.
The next installment of "The Meeting" hits San Francisco's Oasis on April 25, with special guests Veronica Klaus, Connie Champagne and D’Arcy Drollinger.
In other news, "Sparkle & Circulate with Justin Sayre," the official I.O.S. podcast, has just released its sixth episode, featuring an interview with "Queer as Folk" icon Randy Harrison.
Correction: Any earlier version of this story noted that Tovey's father "now" allowed him to "go down that path" when it should have read "not allowed." This has been fixed.