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Marcia Brady...Uh...Maureen McCormick Feels Part Of The Gay Community

Maureen McCormick, 61, played Marcia Brady on ABC’s The Brady Bunch from 1969-1974. I caught up with her at the recent Vanguard Awards, the biggest annual fundraiser for LA’s LGBT Center, which was held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

The evening’s host was LGBTQ ally Jimmy Kimmel, who got a standing ovation when he arrived onstage, interpreted by many for his outspoken critiques of the Republicans’ continued attempts to repeal Obamacare.

Q: You are here at the Vanguard Awards…because?

Maureen McCormick: When I got the invitation, I was, like, of course. Oh, I feel such a part of this community. [Note: She emphasized the “Oh,” like OHHHHHHH…….! So you know she really, really feels like a part of the LGBTQ community.]

Most people here tonight want to see social change, equal rights for everybody. What kind of social change would you like to see, if you could wave a magic wand…?

[She pauses] It sounds so cliché, and stupid, but just peace within people’s hearts and…in their souls. And just loving, loving, loving.

How would that change society in your view?

In every way. Love is the greatest thing there is, right?

It’s a scary time. There’s a lot of fear, lots of vicious things being spewed from both sides. If that continues…you have to break that. And talk in love for another person to hear.

Sounds like you’re talking about being able to have a dialogue.

That’s a huge thing…opening up the dialogue.

I have friends, who are Republicans. I’m a Democrat who grew up in a very liberal household. But I respect them, too. I really think we need to start listening and having dialogue. And that’s very tricky. Because people right away get [defensive].

Everyone needs to go to a lot of therapy and learn how to do that. Because it’s an art. It’s really hard.

My husband and I have spent 33 years learning to celebrate our differences and to really listen to each other. It’s very hard to do if you just want everything your way or the high way. I think that through communication, really, really good communication, where we’re not trying to win…that people can come together.

[Then she turns the tables, and asks me!]

Do you?

Me: Well, I think dialogue is hard. It reminds me of how many friends I have lost on Facebook because I got angry.

Right.

Remember, Marcia, Marcia, Marcia is always right. It's just one reason why The Brady Bunch was such a hit.

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Catching Up With Hip Hop Artist And Actor Milan Christopher On The Red Carpet

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - Handsome, hunky actor and hip hop artist Milan Christopher had a lot to say about equality, LGBT youth, racism and homophobia at the recent Vanguard Awards, the annual star-studded fundraiser for the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Your single and video “When I Go,” shed light on the bullying of LGBTQ youth. Can you tell us why you wrote and released that song?

Originally the song that I wrote was about leaving a relationship and making sure when you leave a relationship, you take everything with you that you brought to the relationship. That’s what it was about originally.

But the music video that I got an award for is about LGBT suicide. So I ended up changing the whole visuals for the music video because I thought it was really important to cover something that a lot of the LGBT children and youth are going through. 

The number one cause of death for LGBT youth is suicide. I wanted to make sure that I put visuals and impact and importance on that issue.

 

 

I’ve heard from other gay black men that it’s very challenging to deal with racism in the mainstream culture, but also with homophobia within the African-American community

Absolutely.

Can you speak to that a bit?

I was on a TV show, Love & Hip Hop and one of the biggest issues being on a television show with a demographic that is normally...[where] homosexuality is a defamation, is that they’re very homophobic. Because in our churches and our community, being a man, being a strong black man, is very important.

And when you’re LGBT you’re looked at as being effete or effeminate. So it’s kinda like tug of war. It’s very important to know that in our community [homosexuality is seen as] a bad thing. If you can perceive that, and get past that and be successful, then I’m all for it.

There’s so many different walls that are trying to keep you from being successful.

You say ‘our community.’ Can you define that?

Just being LGBT, or being black in the LGBT community. I think we’re all one community, [but] specifically in the black LGBT community, it’s harder.

I can’t speak for the white folks because I’m not white. But in my community, where I grew up, it was very hard. You have to be very careful. You have to be very cognizant of your surroundings...because as soon as someone knows you’re gay, they think you’re weak. And you’re a target.

If you think about what’s going on in our society and culture today...if you could wave a magic wand and affect social change in any way you wanted...what would you do?

Wow...I would love to see equality. I would love to see justice for all of the people that are dying at the hands of the people who are supposed to protect us, the police. I would just love to see everybody just be happy. We only have one life, that I know of, and I think it’s very important that you live it the way you wanna live it, and you’re happy while you’re doing it.

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Gag On The New 'Heathers' In The Teaser For The TV Series

The 1988 cult classic film Heathers is slated to re-enter our lives as a series on the Paramount Network in 2018. The dark comedy is a new take on original stories. In the 80s, the Heathers were a group of pretty bitches who made high school a nightmare for their less desirable classmates with witty catch phrases that have equally cult following. They were the original mean girls. But 2018 will feature a new kind of Heather, perhaps being the outcasts, the underdogs, the subclass of high school student that the original Heathers would have made fun of. They are the new bitches and the ball is in their court. How very.

The new Heathers are:

Heather Chandler (played by Melenia Field) - is the thick queen bee leader of the Heathers who has an air of Nancy from The Craft

 

woke af. #Heathers

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Heather Duke (played by Brendan Scandell) - is a genderqueer individual reminiscent of Glee's Kurt Hummel

 

savage. #Heathers

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Heather McNamara (played by Jasmine Mathews) - a black lesbian with a Grace Jones sensibility

 

scandalous. #Heathers

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The show just released a teaser for the upcoming series which features the three Heathers as well as the new Veronica, played by Grace Victoria Cox, and the new JD, played by James Scully. The teaser has no sign of the original Heather Duke, Shannen Doherty, who is slated to appear on the series, but we can get nostalgic with a key catch phrase "Fuck me gently, with a chainsaw" that pops up to get us more excited!

Check it out here:

 

Coming in 2018 to the Paramount Network. #Heathers #

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This new approach to Heathers feels fresh and current, but can they capture the magic of the original we all love to watch over and over again?

'Roseanne' Won't Ignore The Finale, But Dan Is Alive!

In the age of reboots and revivals, Roseanne (one of my all-time favorites) is a show no one expected could ever come back because one of the show’s biggest characters, Dan Conner, was announced to have died at the end of the series. In what proved to be figments of Roseanne’s imagination, the show took twists and turns in the last couple of seasons that made it apparent the show had jumped the shark.

 

 

As we learned last week about the upcoming Will & Grace revival, the new generation of the show will completely ignore what happened or what was ‘said’ during the show’s ending. The end of the hilarious show starring Roseanne Barr and John Goodman showed Roseanne walking through her house at 714 Delaware Street as we heard an omnipresent Roseanne voice over explaining that the majority of the show had been a fabrication of Roseanne’s writing—including the death of Dan. The twelve-year-old me is still crying!

 

 

So I guess in following the deus ex machina style of today’s reboots and revival, it’s safe to say that “Why the hell not? Of course they can bring back Dan!” And that’s exactly what ABC is doing.

During the Television Critics Association, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said:

I don’t want to talk too specifically, but I wouldn’t say we’ll ignore the events of the finale. Dan is definitely still alive.

If this is the case, will we find out if Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) is actually a lesbian and not Roseanne’s Mom Beverly (Estelle Parsons), if Darlene (Sara Gilbert) is actually romantically linked to Mark (Glen Quinn) instead of David (Johnny Galecki) and if the Conners had actually won the Illinois State lottery?

Dungey also continued to mention that The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki is currently in talks for reprising his role of emo artistic David Healey.

When Roseanne was first rumored to be coming back, it was assumed that the show was returning as a response to the current political climate. The official press release for the show mentioned:

Roseanne 2.0 will find the Conner family dealing with the economic challenges of living pay check to pay check in 2018.

During the TCA, Dungey touched on more on what fans can expect from the revamped show:

Very much tonally be similar to the original, unflinching, honest and irreverent at times. Very topical.

And while the show will not be a direct pushback on politics, it will have show Roseanne and the Conners trying to navigate through daily life trying to solve issues like getting medical insurance.

It’s a great time to be alive! While so many are miffed about the classics coming back from the dead, I for one am excited—especially about Roseanne whose humor and wit helped teach me about blue collar struggle, the spirit of Halloween, and loose meat sandwiches.

 

 

 

'Will and Grace' Won't Pick Up Where It Left Off

When news about the Will and Grace revival hit the interwebs, probably everyone was wondering “How the hell is that going to work?” When we last saw the modern day Lucy & Ricky we were force-fed their quick story wrap-up by flashing forward nearly twenty years in the future. It was a bit of a stretch to see the best friends we have come to know and love be complete strangers with one another and then randomly come back into each other’s lives. We get it—it needed to end. But how is this new jump starting of the series going to reflect the original show’s ending?

Well—it won’t! Rejoice!

According to Entertainment Weekly, Max Mutchnick, co-creator and executive producer of the show, has broken the silence about the difficulty of coming up with a formula for the revival.

We spent most of our time trying to figure out what would be the way to make the show the best version of itself coming back after 11 years. That finale really caused us a lot of grief. You write a finale because a show is over. You never think that it's coming back again.

So what does this mean? Here’s what Mutchnick’s partner-in-crime David Kohan had admitted was the main problem.

When the decision was made to bring the series back, we were like, well, we left them with kids, right? And if they have children, then it has to be about them being parents, ‘cause presumably it would be a priority in their lives. And if it wasn't a priority in their lives, then they're still parents, they're just bad parents, right? We frankly did not want to see them being either good parents or bad parents. We wanted them to be Will and Grace.

Great! Will and Grace will be the single, childless friends we all know and love once again. How do we know they’re single?

Here’s this:

Its television, these things happen. Characters get dropped left and right and we wake up to a Deus ex machina reality.

Looks like a lot of things will be back to normal at 155 Riverside Drive. I’m sure Karen will still be dodging Stan and Rosario will still be under her employ. And Jack—well, he must still be ‘Just Jack’.

We’ll find out when Will and Grace premieres on September 28th on NBC.

Make Yourself At Home With Amy Sedaris

As everyone’s favorite boozer, user, and loser, Jerri Blank, Amy Sedaris created a cult following for fans of her peculiar sense of humor and unadulterated wit in Strangers With Candy. Since the show’s end in 2000 and the movie based on the series in 2005, Sedaris has kept busy with her recurring roles on Sex and the City, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Difficult People, among many guest spots.

But the true uniqueness of Amy Sedaris, is her ability to make any situation humorous, including crafting and homemaking as she has proved from her books Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People and I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence. Great coffee table books and conversation pieces—you should get them! Amy’s knack for the off-the-wall homemaker science and her awkwardly loveable characters haven given rise to a new series called At Home With Amy Sedaris. The show is co-created by Amy Sedaris and Strangers With Candy co-conspirator Paul Dinello and will exhibit Amy’s handy, and often obscure, homemaking sensibilities.

According to truTV:

Amy will show off her diverse but necessary homemaking skills. These skills range from creating popsicle stick buddies and gutting a fish to making raisin necklaces and entertaining businessmen. Each episode will revolve around a traditional theme, such as: entertaining the grieving, the craft of love making, and cooking without pots and pans. As always, Amy will use her unique expertise to entertain guests, demonstrate her know-how by preparing meals, and exhibit her can-do spirit by attempting to work out personal issues. Remember, if you want to be the perfect host, accentuate the positives, and medicate the negatives.

The 10-episode first season will be on truTV and will include special guest stars Rachel Dratch, Sasheer Zamata, Cole Escola, Jane Krakowski, Heather Lawless, Scott Adsit, David Pasquesi and more!

Here’s a little lesson on glue:

See? Betchu didn't even know you needed to know that. You're welcome.

For the last few months, Amy has been giving us sneak peeks at the behind-the-scenes operations for At Home With Amy Sedaris—and I for one, can hardly wait!

 

She lives in a knot in a log. #turnitup #amysedaris @eeags vid cred.

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Out of this world. #day5 #amysedaris

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Pre-shoot crew chat w/@scimmia32 @amysedaris. #Day1 #trutv

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The art is coming along nicely Alone by choice. @meganwhitmarsh @amysedaris @trutv

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We hit the jackpot! @coleescola @amysedaris and thee @thesheertruth. Pantyhose room divider by @billybeyond. #amysedaris #bts

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At Home With Amy Sedaris premieres October 24th on truTV at 10:30/9:30c – tune in to get your Amy Sedaris fix and who knows? Maybe you’ll learn how to make a coaster out of seashells or a plant hanger out of silk stockings.

'Golden Girls' Reboot Is In The Works

DROP EVERYTHING! I almost had to write this post from beyond the grave when I heard that a reboot of Golden Girls was in the works! Well—not EXACTLY a reboot of Golden Girls, but a departure from the original idea.

According to writer Stan Zimmerman, the show will be called Silver Foxes and will feature four queer men living together. The show also includes a lesbian power couple that lives next door. Rue McClanahan must be tap dancing in her grave (RIP).

Silver Foxes would be set in sunny Palm Springs, the gay mecca for older queens. Zimmerman has even created a role for Betty White!

Zimmerman said to Fox News

It is not a rumor. James Berg and I did write a pilot script called ‘Silver Foxes.’ It is NOT a reboot of ‘The Golden Girls.’ But it is inspired by the show, a show that we were lucky enough to have written on during the first season of the show.

A reading of the pilot was recently hosted at Zimmerman’s home where Leslie Jordan, George Takei, Bruce Vilanch, and Todd Sherry took part in the reading. No word on if the actors will be attached to the project.

The show is still in pre-production limbo and hopes to get the attention of popular outlets like Hulu, Netflix or Amazon.

Excuse me while I dream about who will be the gay male equivalents of Dorothy, Blanche, Sophia and Rose.

Win a Trip To See The 'Will & Grace' Revival

Honey, what is this? What's happening? What's going on here?

Well--if you have $10, donate them to the Human Rights Campaign and you could win a trip to Los Angeles to see a taping of the Will & Grace revival, premiering this fall on NBC's "Must See TV" lineup.

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The HRC has partnered with the Emmy-winning comedy for this crowd-funding effort.

You can ENTER HERE

A $10 donation will offer the winner travel and hotel accommodations, behind-the-scenes tour of the set, and an unforgettable photo with the cast.

All proceeds from this effort go toward the HRC's continued work LGBT rights. Last week, the HRC confirmed that they would be making the greatest investment in the organization's history by allocating $26 million toward the HRC Rising campaign which will aim to win over voters in swing states during the 2018 Senate race--which would be a huge game changer for LGBT rights movement.

The original series of Will & Grace ran from 1998 to 2006 and ended with a lackluster flash forward. After a viral presidential campaign promo urging people to vote during the 2016 election the masses couldn't get enough of Will, Grace, Jack, and Karen--we wanted more! We can't wait to see where the next installment will take us!

The ninth season of Will & Grace will premiere on September 28th on NBC's popular night of lineups--back where it belongs!

Here's a teaser to go with your vodka:

 

Game of Thrones Season 7 Is Coming...

BEWARE—THIS POST INCLUDES SPOILERS FROM SEASON 6 OF GAME OF THRONES!

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If you sit still for a moment on Sunday, July 16th you’ll be able to hear the screeches of a dragons reverberating across the world as viewers tune in for the next season of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

After some of the bloodiest and most shocking revelations in season 6, Game of Thrones fans have been desperately anticipating the return of the good versus evil world created by George R. R. Martin.

If you haven’t caught up to this point, what’s wrong with you? 

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But if you need a recap, here’s what we learned last season when we tuned in:

  • Sexy Jon Snow has returned from the grave—the gasp heard round the world
  • Cersei Lannister is indeed a heartless bitch when she ignites Wild Fire to King’s Landing—and subsequently shaming her son, King Tommen Baratheon, into committing suicide
  • Sansa Stark finally reaches dark AF status and has the ultimate clap back when she mercilessly leaves Ramsay Bolton for dog food
  • Arya can see again! Hooray! And she proves that she does know how to use that sword
  • The gut-wrenching meaning behind Hodor’s name
  • A painful trial for Loras Tyrell for “laying with other men”  that ends with a bang!
  • Daenerys Targaryen sets sail for Westeros with her army—ready to claim her throne
  • Winter is…finally here

And with the return of Game of Thrones, you know what that means? The return of Gay of Thrones that will be servicing you with some GoT recap realness week after week through the final moments of one of the highest rated shows in television history.

Will the final episodes of GoT grant us some closure on all the beloved characters we have lost? Who will be the one to take the throne? Will Brandon Stark ever be able to walk? Will Jon Snow finally have a gay scene? All questions we are dying to have answers to.

I’m getting all sweaty just thinking about it!

Get your popcorn, potions and elixirs ready--Season 7 of Game of Thrones premieres on Sunday, July 16th on HBO. It's gonna be on fire!

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Heroes Actor Thomas Dekker Comes Out As Gay

Just a week after someone tried to out him during an acceptance speech at Outfest, actor Thomas Dekker, 29, has come out as gay. Known for his roles on Heroes and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dekker posted an open letter on Instagram and Twitter that affirmed his sexuality.

Dekker writes:

“My sexual orientation once again came into question this week when a prominent gay man used an awards acceptance speech to ‘out’ me. While he did not mention me by name, the explicit details of his reference made it easy for the public and media to connect the dots.”

 

My sexual orientation once again came into question this week when a prominent gay man used an awards acceptance speech to "out" me. While he did not mention me by name, the explicit details of his reference made it easy for the public and media to connect the dots. While it is an odd situation, I thank him because it presents a prime opportunity for me to publicly say that I am indeed a man who proudly loves other men. In fact, this April, I married my husband and I could not be happier. I have never lied to the press about the fluidity of my sexuality but this man claiming that I came out is not true. Because I have not "officially" until this moment. I simply refuse to be robbed of the glorious joy that belongs to me. To say the words myself. "I'm gay". Those words are a badge of honor that no one can steal. Sexuality and who you love is a deeply personal and complicated thing. For some of us, it takes time to cultivate, discover and conclude. It is not something anyone should ever be ashamed of and certainly not something anyone should be rushed into. I agree with many who believe it is an important responsibility for LGBTQ persons with a platform to come out. It has the power to change minds, challenge beliefs and make others feel understood and supported. It can strengthen the progression of our community and help disarm those who discriminate against us. It is a brave, powerful and important thing to do but it is also a deeply personal decision. One that should only be made when you are ready. If we are to stand strong in the gay community, our mission should be support, not exclusion; love, not shame. I choose not to look back on the past with a regretful heart but rather focus on the future with a hopeful one. A future where myself and all others can feel free to express their true selves with honor and dignity. I embrace you, any of you, with open arms, kindness, faith and patience. For all of you who have supported me, before and now, I thank you from the bottom of my fledgling heart. Be proud of who you are. No matter how long it takes.

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Dekker has been open about speaking of his character castings and has always stood behind his role choices.

In 2007, he mentioned:

“I would like it to be known by everyone, that I have played a gay character three times before in my career, one when I was twelve (which is on youtube), one when I was fifteen, and another when I was seventeen. I, nor my management have ever had any kind of problem with creating a gay character… What transpired on heroes is something far more complicated than anyone being ‘afraid’ to make Zach homosexual.”

In his open letter, Dekker also shared that in April he married his husband and his extremely happy.

While it is a little disappointing that Dekker felt like he was forced to have to come out before people "found out", it is indeed a proud moment and he should be celebrated for embracing who he really is. More power to you, Tom! See you at Pride!

 

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