Gay TV

Russell Tovey Shares Story of A Boy With Two Dads Reaction To Gay Superhero Kiss

Openly gay actor Russell Tovey is sharing his thoughts on playing a gay superhero on television and how it’s already affected some viewers.

In an interview with the New York Times, Tovey shared the story of a family who sent a message to him after seeing the gay kiss he had with his on-screen lover Citizen Cold (played by openly gay actor Wentworth Miller).

“Someone sent me a message… they are gay parents.”

“Their son was watching the show and ran in to them and said, ‘There are two superheroes who do what you do’, when they kissed each other.”

“He was so happy about it. So many people have been so supportive of seeing two superheroes who are gay played by two actors who are out.”

“It seems like it became a bit of a moment. I couldn’t be prouder to be one half of that moment.”

Tovey also shared that he’s proud to play a gay superhero character, and he's happy because his childhood dream of wanting to be a superhero has actually come true.

“So when this came up, it was an easy yes — especially for what the character stood for. It magnified my excitement in portraying him.”

He added: “Most of my acting mates — everyone wants to play a superhero. It’s definitely one of the boxes you want to tick. It feels wonderful to be ticking that box in a big way and with a big, pink triangle.”

He also added: “I’m just so happy that it’s out in the world.

“On prime time TV, you’ve got two superheroes that are gay kissing and who are played by gay actors — hopefully one day that will be normal.

“I want the Ray to become someone that gay kids watching TV — who might feel a bit out there and not accepted or who don’t understand themselves — can relate to.”

After taking part in the cross-over event between the four “Arrow-verse” tv shows, Tovey’s character The Ray will lead his own tv show, though this time in animation, called Freedom Fighters: The Ray.

Japan To Produce TV Miniseries of Popular Gay/Family Comic "My Brother's Husband"

Japan’s national public broadcaster (or NHK) has bought the rights to a tv adaption of the popular gay themed comic/manga My Brother’s Husband.

The story, by esteemed mangaka (manga artist) Gengoroh Tagame, will be made into a three-episode miniseries.

The story follows single father Yaichi, a man who struggled with his twin brother Ryoji coming out as gay, moving to Canada, and then dying while overseas.

Yaichi and his daughter Kana live their days peacefully until one day a Canadian man named Mike Flanagan shows up at their door saying he is the husband of Yaichi’s late brother.

The story follows the three as Mike and Yaichi deal with the loss of Ryoji, Yaichi and Kana deal with the existence of gay people, and they all deal with a new sense of family.

The broadcasting company has also announced that actor Ryuta Sato will play as Yaichi and ex-sumo wrestler Baruto Kaito will play as Mike Flanagan.

The show will premiere in March of next year on NHK’s BS Premium.

In the meantime, us living abroad can read the official English translation of the manga that was published abroad earlier this year.

If you are interested in reading the manga that both Anderson Cooper and Alison Bechdel have praised, you can buy it on most sites that sell books like Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

And if you need more convincing, you can check out my review of the manga here.

As for Gengoru Tagame, who’s usually known for making homoerotic manga, he shared his thoughts on the miniseries:

“When I was drawing My Brother’s Husband, I wanted as many people as possible to experience this story."

“Over the past few years, same-sex marriage has been legalized in many countries across of the world. One day it may be discussed in Japan.”

“Before that point, people should [be educated] about gay relationships. I wanted everyone to understand different types of people.”

“So this adaptation is welcome. I hope this story will be shared with many more people through the medium of television.”

“For me, it’s the first time my manga has been adapted into live-action.”

“I am excited to experience the story as a fan, rather than as a creator.”

Actor Ryuta Sato also shared his thoughts on the miniseries:

“Having read the original story, it was so emotional, and I was nearly in tears from the beginning to the end."

“I look forward to adapting it for the drama version.”

"The Exorcist" Showrunner Told Off Homophobic Fans Offended By Gay Kiss

Jeremy Slater is the showrunner for the tv show The Exorcist and he’s not a fan of homophobes.

Some viewers were upset when there was a gay kiss between the former priest Marcus Keane (played by Ben Daniels) and Peter Morrow (Christopher Cousins).

The Fox horror drama strongly hinted at the sexuality Daniels’s character since the first season of the show. Then this recent episode in season 2 confirmed it.

 

But, of course, some fans can’t accept that and took to the internet to share their distaste of the scene.

That didn’t faze Jeremy Slater however. In fact, he almost thought nothing of it, but did take the time to defend LGBTQ characters through his interview with Sci-Fi Bulletin.

“I don’t think there was that much of a backlash,” he said. “I saw a couple of homophobes on Twitter and my response is, ’Good, fuck you. I’m glad you didn’t like it, I’m glad it ruined the show for you. You shouldn’t have good things in your life.'”

“If a homophobe can’t watch the show anymore because one of the characters is gay, then I’m glad something good has come out of it,” Slater continued. “This is 2017 and we still have people throwing temper tantrums online because they don’t want to see gay characters. I think it’s the last gasp of a certain breed of dinosaur that’s on the way out, and let them kick and scream as they go.”

Interested in checking out the show now? You can watch it on Fox on Friday nights.

There are more LGBTQ Characters On TV Than Ever Before

GLAAD has released its annual report on LGBTQ representation on TV called Where We Are.

The report states that in the 2017-2018 tv season, there are 58 out of 901 regular LGBTQ characters on broadcast networks, cable TV, and streaming services.

While that 6.4% may seem small, it is actually the highest percentage that GLAAD has ever reported in the 22 years that the organization has been researching this info. Plus, they also counted an addition 28 reoccurring LGBTQ characters.

The rise is only slight from last year with 103 queer roles on cable (from last year’s 92) and 51 on streaming sites like Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu (from last years 45), but it’s about being slow and steady right?

“Representation matters more than ever,” said GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis. “At a time when the Trump administration is trying to render LGBTQ people invisible, representing LGBTQ people in all of our diversity in scripted TV programs is an essential counterbalance that gives LGBTQ people stories to relate to and moves the broader public to support LGBTQ people and families.”

In addition, asexual and non-binary characters like Todd of Netflix’s BoJack Horeseman and Raphael of Freeform’s Shadowhunters were added to the report for the first time.

That said, it’s not all happy news.

GLAAD acknowledges that LGBTQ people of color are underrepresented even in the underreprestned LGBTQ group all together.

Most LGBTQ characters on tv are cisgender white men (77% white characters on streaming and 64% on cable).

In addition, there are only 17 transgender characters across the board and most bisexual characters are women (75 women over 18 men to be exact). And, there are only two HIV-positive regular characters in the 2017-2018 season.

There’s still more improvement to be done, but there is some good being found in today’s entertainment media. We’ll see where things progress from here.

Watch Disney Channel's First Ever Gay Coming Out Scene

The Disney Channel is embarking on a new frontier as they introduce the first gay storyline on the children's and pre-teen's channel. (And, you can watch the scene down below).

The tv show Andi Mack follows a young pre-teen girl who's family life is shaken up after her wild older sister comes back to town.

And in this show, Andi has a best friend named Cyrus and a boyfriend named Jonah. In the show's current second season, Cyrus is realizing that he's jealous of the couple because he has a crush on Jonah too.

This is the first time that Disney Channel will have a gay storyline (though, it has included gay characters before like having an episode with lesbian parents in the show Good Luck Charlie).

The channel, which has seen better days, has been trying to find a way to bring back its former popularity. In order to do that, they reached out to Terri Minsky who created Lizzie McGuire (starring Hilary Duff), the show that arguably started the channel's original renaissance.

Minsky agreed to return because she had a new idea for a show with a more mature story and a shocking twist in the first episode (which can also be watched down below).

That said, this new show and its more mature storylines aren't being praised by everyone. As earlier reported, One Million Moms is boycotting the Disney channel for the inclusion of this gay storyline.

ABC Greenlit a Gay Mexican-American Dad Comedy

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It’s been announced that ABC has greenlit the production of a new comedy. The series will be a merging of multiple groups such as the LGBTQ community, the South, and the Latin-American community.

The story will be about a Tejano, a Mexican-American living in Southern Texas, who moves back to be with his family. But the thing is, he moves back with a husband and baby.

This family story will be both something we’ve all seen before (meaning a "modern family" story), but also something with new and fresh twists to the recognized presentation.

And part of the reason that this story might hit home with viewers is because it already hits home with the creator.

As Deadline recognized, Rob Sudduth "was born and raised by a Latino family in Texas, and is married to longtime The Young & the Restless actor Greg Rikaart.” In addition, the two have since welcomed a baby boy into their lives and the world.

The project was only just now greenlit, so we still have some time until we as viewers will get to see it. That said, we can have a little faith in the delivery because of the source material being so close to writer Sudduth’s heart.

In addition, Casey Johnson and David Windsor are the actual creators of the show and they have experience working with comedies such as Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23 starring Jessica Jones’s Krysten Ritter and The Real O’Neals.

That along with Rob Sudduth’s credits as a writer on The Real O’Neals, The New Normal, and the Red Band Society, we can breathe a little easier knowing the three have a significant amount of experience.

Though, we do have to be a little cautious because all of the earlier mentioned shows were canceled fairly early on.

In addition, we do have to wonder if they story will somehow incorporate Hurricane Harvey seeing as the location is Southern Texas. We’ll have to wait and see.