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Should Bridgerton’s Sapphic Couple Be the Focus of Next Season?

The moment we’ve been waiting for since our first visit to 19th Century Regency London has finally arrived: Bridgerton has gotten gay.

The post Should Bridgerton’s Sapphic Couple Be the Focus of Next Season? appeared first on Autostraddle.

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Sharon Stone Shines at GLAAD Awards, Praises Niecy Nash, Oprah & the Power of Community

Sharon Stone brought her signature blend of Hollywood glamour and social consciousness to the 35th Annual GLAAD Media Awards! The actress presented an award to her friend Niecy Nash and used the platform to celebrate LGBTQ+ inclusion and uplift inspiring women.

Sharon Stone Praises 'Wonderful' Friend Oprah
Sharon Stone Praises ‘Wonderful’ Friend Oprah

A Night of Friendship and Recognition: Sharon’s excitement was palpable as she spoke to “Extra’s” Melvin Robert. She gushed about Niecy and her spouse Jessica Betts, calling them “wonderful people” and playfully adding, “We’ve worked together, and we play together too!”

Oprah Winfrey Receives Well-Deserved Honor: Sharon also spoke about the evening’s biggest honoree, Oprah Winfrey, who received the prestigious Vanguard Award. Stone declared, “She deserves that pedestal. She’s climbed to get there.” Melvin chimed in, mentioning how many feel like they grew up with Oprah. Sharon wholeheartedly agreed, sharing, “I grew up with her, worked on her shows, and then got to know her as a friend. She’s an incredible human being who’s earned her place in society. I respect and admire her tremendously.”

Celebrating Unity and Justice: The conversation shifted to the unique atmosphere of the GLAAD Awards. Melvin commented on the positive energy, and Sharon elaborated, “Because we understand the concept of ‘justice for all.’ This country was built on the idea of opportunity for everyone, from all walks of life. That’s what ‘United’ means, right? That’s what we need!”

A Longtime Ally: Melvin acknowledged Sharon’s unwavering support for the LGBTQ+ community. Sharon simply replied, “Well, because I genuinely believe that humanity means everybody. Not a select few, not the people you pick and choose, but everybody, whether you like it or not.”

Motherhood – A Heart-Exploding Revelation: A lighter moment came when Sharon, a mom of three, revealed a heartwarming truth about motherhood. She beamed, “It just makes your heart explode!”

Sharon Stone continues to be a force to be reckoned with, both on and off screen. Her dedication to equality and her genuine spirit are truly inspiring.

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Lost Boys & Fairies creator confirms hope for season two: ‘I have a story’

Daf James has confirmed he has a story in mind for a second season of his hit queer drama Lost Boys & Fairies.

The three-part, prime-time BBC show followed gay couple Andy, Hawkeye’s Fra Fee, and Gabe, (Sion Daniel Young, who played real-life police honey-trap victim Colin Stagg in Deceit), as they looked to adopt a child.

Viewers praised the show for breaking new ground with its frank and explicit exploration of the use of chemsex in the LGBTQ+ community, gay dating app Grindr, homophobia and the impact of queer shame.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

After growing fond of Jake, a young boy in the foster-care system, Gabe and Andy plan to adopt him. But, in episode three, tragedy strikes.

Speaking exclusively to PinkNews, series writer and creator James said: “[The BBC] originally commissioned four episodes and when it came to writing the fourth, I was trying to tell the story of what happened next to Gabe and Jake, and of course, there’s too much story there to put into one episode.

“The producer said: ‘Do you think this should just be three episodes because it finishes so beautifully where it does?’ And also, of course with a sense of ‘Hey, this is only just beginning’ – and it is.”

Rebekah Wray-Rogers, Daf James, Sion Daniel Young and Fra Fee attend the BAFTA TV Preview of "Lost Boys and Fairies"
Daf James (second left) with producer Rebekah Wray Rogers and stars Sion Daniel Young and Fra Fee (R). (Getty)

James, who is queer and has adopted three children, said that he knew Gabe and Jake’s stories could continue because “the work begins” after the adoption.

“There is so much more story I want to tell about how Gabe and Jake survive together because let’s not forget, they’ve both been through these incredible traumas and now they’ve got to start a new life together,” he said.

“I also think the story is unfinished for all the characters. I’m not going to share what is going to happen but I do have story for more, and we’ll just have to see if it gets green lit. That would be my hope.”

Lost Boys and Fairies is streaming on BBC iPlayer now.

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Lost Boys & Fairies creator confirms hope for season two: ‘I have a story’

Daf James has confirmed he has a story in mind for a second season of his hit queer drama Lost Boys & Fairies.

The three-part, prime-time BBC show followed gay couple Andy, Hawkeye’s Fra Fee, and Gabe, (Sion Daniel Young, who played real-life police honey-trap victim Colin Stagg in Deceit), as they looked to adopt a child.

Viewers praised the show for breaking new ground with its frank and explicit exploration of the use of chemsex in the LGBTQ+ community, gay dating app Grindr, homophobia and the impact of queer shame.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

After growing fond of Jake, a young boy in the foster-care system, Gabe and Andy plan to adopt him. But, in episode three, tragedy strikes.

Speaking exclusively to PinkNews, series writer and creator James said: “[The BBC] originally commissioned four episodes and when it came to writing the fourth, I was trying to tell the story of what happened next to Gabe and Jake, and of course, there’s too much story there to put into one episode.

“The producer said: ‘Do you think this should just be three episodes because it finishes so beautifully where it does?’ And also, of course with a sense of ‘Hey, this is only just beginning’ – and it is.”

Rebekah Wray-Rogers, Daf James, Sion Daniel Young and Fra Fee attend the BAFTA TV Preview of "Lost Boys and Fairies"
Daf James (second left) with producer Rebekah Wray Rogers and stars Sion Daniel Young and Fra Fee (R). (Getty)

James, who is queer and has adopted three children, said that he knew Gabe and Jake’s stories could continue because “the work begins” after the adoption.

“There is so much more story I want to tell about how Gabe and Jake survive together because let’s not forget, they’ve both been through these incredible traumas and now they’ve got to start a new life together,” he said.

“I also think the story is unfinished for all the characters. I’m not going to share what is going to happen but I do have story for more, and we’ll just have to see if it gets green lit. That would be my hope.”

Lost Boys and Fairies is streaming on BBC iPlayer now.

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Broadway producer Jordan Roth on Larry Kramer’s apology! Plus: Cole Escola’s dream role & Sarah Paulson gets spiritual

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Flamboyantly stylish Broadway producer Jordan Roth was the guest of honor at a Pride Month luncheon at MAD (Museum of Arts and Design) to launch two exhibits there: “Identity Is” (an outfit created by Michael Sylvan Robinson and worn by Roth at the ’21 Met Gala) and “Out of the Jewelry Box”, a collection by queer artists and their allies.

Roth is the multi Tony winning President of Jujamcyn Theaters, which has produced revivals like Funny Girl and Into the Woods and new shows like Some Like it Hot and Slave Play.

As we observed the eye popping exhibits, I talked to him about his fashionable trajectory:

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Hello, Jordan. How did you develop your affinity for fashion?

Fashion has always been vocabulary for me. When I was little, it was a way of exploring who I was, who I wanted to be, who I could be.

But where does a kid get clothes to experiment with?

When we’re little, anything can become anything. As I started to become a teenager, I was figuring it out through the lens of fashion.

But you knew you were male, right?

It’s wider than that. It’s a way of expanding the canvas of self and certainly gender. I had to learn to not be held back by gender.

The expectations?

And the limitations.

And let’s face it, women have better clothes.

That’s for sure! [laughs] We have two-gendered people unnecessarily. We’ve decided that a skirt is a piece of women’s clothing. It is clothing! We’ve decided that a necktie is a piece of men’s clothing. It is just clothing! We can free ourselves or free the clothes of those limitations. We give ourselves a much broader canvas of the daily act of self expression through getting dressed up.

Agreed. More seriously: In 2020, famed activist Larry Kramer wrote a public letter saying that your father Stephen owns buildings with Trump and you should talk to him to take a stand. I was annoyed by the way Kramer issued his attack: “Take off all those dresses you seem to wear, get a haircut and be a man and beg your father to help us.”

I’m gonna think about that.

Always the diplomat.

I want to give you a thoughtful response.

I just resented his implying that first of all, a man is necessarily stronger than a woman and also that a man in a dress isn’t a real man. Especially considering all that our community’s gone through.

Yes. I agree. But the ways in which each of us has been hurt come out in how we react to one another. Clearly what I was doing pushed something in him. It was not about me.

I’m always amazed that when I’ve been bullied, it’s often by our own community.

Larry gave us so much. And fought so hard and gave us language to understand ourselves—myself—with. Last December, I did a reading of his play The Normal Heart. I played Mickey on World AIDS Day at the LGBT Center. It was such an extraordinary legacy experience to be placed in that language, in that building. I understand how complicated the conflict is in ourselves. And I understand how conflict can be irritated, rubbed up against and pushed by what other people do, say and look like. So ultimately, I have a lot of love for him.

I factored that in at the time and also, he was sick and extra cranky. Larry was monumentally important.

Postscript: Jordan and I then rode up a few flights to the luncheon and after a moment, he came up to me and said, “My husband [producer/author Richie Jackson] just reminded me that Larry apologized!” “Happy ending” we mouthed in unison.

Triumph and laughs at the Drama Desks

A beaming finale to the theater season came with the Drama Desk Awards at the Skirball Center, where the best of Off-Broadway and Broadway was celebrated over air kisses and salad. I talked to some dazzling bright lights in the press room.

Here are some of our most award worthy exchanges:

Cole Escola, winner of the Sam Norkin Off-Broadway Award for Oh, Mary!

Hi, Cole. Your play is moving to Broadway in a few days. Did you ever think that would happen? “It’s the stupidest thing I‘ve ever heard,” replied Cole, “but it also makes sense.” What’s your dream theater role? “Grace Farrell in Annie!” exulted Cole. A rather thankless part, no? “A sort of blank slate that you can fill in however you want.” Do you feel the Broadway community will welcome you? “They just gave me an award,” Cole responded. “But that was for Off-Broadway,” I reminded. “True,” Cole said. “We’ll see if they slam the door in my face.” [Laughs]

Jessica Lange, co-winner of Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play for Mother Play

Hello, Jessica. Does your homophobic character feel she’s doing the right thing by abandoning her gay son? “I don’t know,” answered Jessica. “For her, it’s inevitable in a way because of who she is, how she was brought up. The climate in the country when her son comes out to her in 1968, it’s a very different environment. I think in some way she struggles with it because it breaks her heart, but at the same time she thinks she cannot accept him.” And your job as an actor is to humanize the character and find motivations, not just play her as a mean mother, right? “Right. You can’t do that. But you also can’t pull back from her behavior.”

Were you intimidated by the 12-minute, dialogue-free passage in the play where you fill time in your apartment alone, having alienated your kids? “Oddly enough,” said Jessica, “that was my favorite part to investigate. We read a lot about the epidemic of loneliness in this country. How would she navigate when she’s come to the end of her resources? It’s very exciting for me to play that, with the physicality and the face.”

Sarah Paulson, co-winner of Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, for Appropriate (She later won the Tony too.)

Sarah, your role in this family dramedy as Toni (the executor of her dad’s estate) is so visceral. Do you draw upon reserves of energy you didn’t know you had? “Yes. I think I’ve surprised myself in terms of where those reserves are stored. I’m curious as to where I keep them and where they are when I need them when I’m not doing a play. People have come backstage after a matinee on a two-play day and said, ‘You’re going to do this again today?’” But you adore the theater and a play gives you a vehicle with which to soar, no? “I’m not a religious person,” Sarah replied, “but doing a play is as spiritual an experience as I can imagine. Something happens between you and the audience…” And how do you like your new portrait they unveiled at Sardi’s in May? “It looks like a combination of Jodie Comer and Winona Ryder. I’ll take it!” [laughs]

Kara Young, co-winner of Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play for Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through The Cotton Patch (She later won the Tony too.)

Hello, Kara. Your character, Lutiebelle, can see through Purlie’s bravado and realize he’s a gem, right? “Yes. She’s intuitive. She takes the biggest chance of her life—leaves everything she’s ever known, all security. If not now, then when?” Did you ever feel the urge to break into the showstopping song “I Got Love,” which Melba Moore sang in the musical version of Purlie? “I wish I could sing ‘I Got Love’,” laughed Kara. “I can’t sing!”

Patrick Page, winner of Outstanding Solo Performance for All the Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented The Villain

Hey, Patrick. I loved the thesis of your show, which is that the Bard made villains into real people. “We know people like them,” replied the actor, “and if we look in the mirror, we might find them a bit closer. I have all of those urges–revenge, envy, and malevolence. It’s only by bringing them into the light that I can manage them. I’m terrified of people who say they don’t have those urges.” “Don’t look at ME”, I joked. “Anyway, was Iago Shakespeare’s most evil villain?” “Yes,” intoned Patrick. “I think he was born without much ability to empathize. And when you have a violent psychopath like Iago becomes, there were things that happened to them in childhood…He was abused.”

ONE LAST TIDBIT

Ever since it was announced that six-Tony-winning Audra McDonald will play Mama Rose in an imminent revival of Gypsy, tongues have wagged about the rest of the show’s casting. Well, my little birdies swear that Herbie will either be Stephen Colbert (though scheduling may prove un-doable) or Jason Sudeikis.

And of course, if Audra really wants someone to sing “Together, Wherever We Go” with, there’s always [husband] Will Swenson!

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Lost Boys & Fairies creator confirms hope for season two: ‘I have a story’

Daf James has confirmed he has a story in mind for a second season of his hit queer drama Lost Boys & Fairies.

The three-part, prime-time BBC show followed gay couple Andy, Hawkeye’s Fra Fee, and Gabe, (Sion Daniel Young, who played real-life police honey-trap victim Colin Stagg in Deceit), as they looked to adopt a child.

Viewers praised the show for breaking new ground with its frank and explicit exploration of the use of chemsex in the LGBTQ+ community, gay dating app Grindr, homophobia and the impact of queer shame.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

After growing fond of Jake, a young boy in the foster-care system, Gabe and Andy plan to adopt him. But, in episode three, tragedy strikes.

Speaking exclusively to PinkNews, series writer and creator James said: “[The BBC] originally commissioned four episodes and when it came to writing the fourth, I was trying to tell the story of what happened next to Gabe and Jake, and of course, there’s too much story there to put into one episode.

“The producer said: ‘Do you think this should just be three episodes because it finishes so beautifully where it does?’ And also, of course with a sense of ‘Hey, this is only just beginning’ – and it is.”

Rebekah Wray-Rogers, Daf James, Sion Daniel Young and Fra Fee attend the BAFTA TV Preview of "Lost Boys and Fairies"
Daf James (second left) with producer Rebekah Wray Rogers and stars Sion Daniel Young and Fra Fee (R). (Getty)

James, who is queer and has adopted three children, said that he knew Gabe and Jake’s stories could continue because “the work begins” after the adoption.

“There is so much more story I want to tell about how Gabe and Jake survive together because let’s not forget, they’ve both been through these incredible traumas and now they’ve got to start a new life together,” he said.

“I also think the story is unfinished for all the characters. I’m not going to share what is going to happen but I do have story for more, and we’ll just have to see if it gets green lit. That would be my hope.”

Lost Boys and Fairies is streaming on BBC iPlayer now.

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Manscapers at work, Hasan’s hairy chest & Pride in a small town

Check out what gay icons Peppermint, Cody Rigsby, Charles Busch and more wore to Queerty’s Pride50 celebration, then catch up on the latest from Gay TikTok:

The Manscapers did work.

@manscapers The temperatures in New York are sweltering, but we’re always ready to finish the job 💪🌳#landscapedesign #PlantTok #backyardgarden #gay #Pride #backyardtransformation #landscapearchitecture #gardendesign ♬ Nasty – Tinashe

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Flint checked out a small town Pride.

@justflintisfine “Okay so at the end of the video, all I need is for you to give me a quick kiss on the cheek.” #pride2024 #transpride #gaypride #lgbtq #queer #queertok #ruralqueers #smalltowngays ♬ Wes Anderson-esque Cute Acoustic – Kenji Ueda

The Cruising Podcast honored Nancy Valverde.

@cruisingpod We were lucky enough to meet Nancy and hear her story last fall, just 6 months before her passing. This one’s for Nancy ❤ #lesbianbars #queer #queerhistory #gayhistory #trans #noterfs #nonbinary #lgbtqhistory #documentary #queerdocumentary #lgbtqdocumentary #lesbiansoftiktok #lesbianbarswya #wlw #wlwtiktok #sapphic #sapphictiktok #lesbianhistory #lesbiansoftiktokover30 #lesbiansoftiktokover40 ♬ Lights Are On – Instrumental – Edith Whiskers

Chappell Roan gave Sasha Colby her flowers.

@queerty

Chappell Roan giving Sasha Colby her flowers on The Fallon Show is the best thing you’ll see today. #ChappellRoan #SashaColby

? original sound – Queerty*

Ellen DeGeneres reprised some early material.

@ellendegeneres

In the Q&A after my show, someone asked me if I remember my airplane material. Turns out, I do.

♬ original sound – Ellen DeGeneres

Hasan Piker went shirtless.

@hasandpiker

im a boomer

♬ original sound – hasanabi

Dr. Fauci discussed the AIDS crisis.

@theviewabc

Dr. #AnthonyFauci talks about his work on the front lines of the AIDS crisis: “You can’t do that [work] without suppressing it, and that’s what PTSD is.” #TheView #DrFauci

? original sound – The View

Katelyn MacDonald serenaded Durham with the highest “Hot To Go.”

@thatkatemac Serenading the people of Durham with a queer icon on the first day of pride #chappellroan #chapelroan ♬ original sound – thatkatemac

Sabrina Carpenter reclaimed heterosexuality.

And Katy Perry announced a new era.

@katyperry

WOMAN’S WORLD SONG JULY 11 VIDEO JULY 12 PRE-SAVE + PRE-ORDER GET READY TO POP OFF KATYPERRY.COM

? Womans World by Katy Perry – Katy Perry

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Lost Boys & Fairies creator confirms hope for season two: ‘I have a story’

Daf James has confirmed he has a story in mind for a second season of his hit queer drama Lost Boys & Fairies.

The three-part, prime-time BBC show followed gay couple Andy, Hawkeye’s Fra Fee, and Gabe, (Sion Daniel Young, who played real-life police honey-trap victim Colin Stagg in Deceit), as they looked to adopt a child.

Viewers praised the show for breaking new ground with its frank and explicit exploration of the use of chemsex in the LGBTQ+ community, gay dating app Grindr, homophobia and the impact of queer shame.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

After growing fond of Jake, a young boy in the foster-care system, Gabe and Andy plan to adopt him. But, in episode three, tragedy strikes.

Speaking exclusively to PinkNews, series writer and creator James said: “[The BBC] originally commissioned four episodes and when it came to writing the fourth, I was trying to tell the story of what happened next to Gabe and Jake, and of course, there’s too much story there to put into one episode.

“The producer said: ‘Do you think this should just be three episodes because it finishes so beautifully where it does?’ And also, of course with a sense of ‘Hey, this is only just beginning’ – and it is.”

Rebekah Wray-Rogers, Daf James, Sion Daniel Young and Fra Fee attend the BAFTA TV Preview of "Lost Boys and Fairies"
Daf James (second left) with producer Rebekah Wray Rogers and stars Sion Daniel Young and Fra Fee (R). (Getty)

James, who is queer and has adopted three children, said that he knew Gabe and Jake’s stories could continue because “the work begins” after the adoption.

“There is so much more story I want to tell about how Gabe and Jake survive together because let’s not forget, they’ve both been through these incredible traumas and now they’ve got to start a new life together,” he said.

“I also think the story is unfinished for all the characters. I’m not going to share what is going to happen but I do have story for more, and we’ll just have to see if it gets green lit. That would be my hope.”

Lost Boys and Fairies is streaming on BBC iPlayer now.

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Lights on or off when hooking up? Gay guys illuminate us with their preferences

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In this era of LED lamps and voice-activated lighting, it’s never been easier to set the scene for sexy times. So, when you’re getting down to business in the bedroom, how many lumens do you like?

Reddit users offered their preferences in a recent r/gay thread, with a few favoring complete darkness, many wanting mood lighting, and many more wanting full brightness… if not floodlights!

Here are comments from the thread:

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Lights off

“Off, please.”

“Off. But I should be able to see. When your eyes sense less, other senses become more intensified.”

And in response: “You know what’s interesting is, I’m very much a lights-on guy, but I like being blindfolded for the exact reason you say. So maybe I’m an all or nothing guy!”

Lights partially on

“Soft lights forever—enough dark to be intimate but enough light to see the splendid body of my partner. Well, if I had a partner, lol.”

“I’m old-fashioned and stick with the scented candles method. Or maybe the light from our fireplace if we’re doing it in the living room.”

“A candle is nice.”

“15 percent lighting is what we tend to set our bedroom to. It’s just enough to see each other but also not light enough to cast shadows, lol.”

“Lights, but dim or colored. Red lighting is fun.”

Lights on

“On. I want to see everything.”

“On. I want to see what you do to me.”

“Want to have the whole sensual experience, I want to feel, see, taste, smell, hear us having sex.”

“We like the light… Not too bright, of course, unless we’re doing a video. We have colored rope lights around the perimeter of the bedroom. Nice for different moods. Then again, spontaneous sex in the middle of the night without lights is cool, too.”

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“Lights on is my preference; however, fondling (and fumbling) in the dark certainly has its place now and then.”

“I prefer at least some lights on. I think I’m really visual, and so I get more turned on by seeing what’s happening. I’ve been with guys who like it dark and it’s less fun for me. Plus, I have to take my glasses off, so I’m already at a disadvantage.”

“I need a strobing mouthguard and flashing socks.” 

(We imagine that last comment is a joke, but hey, we’re not judging!)

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