I’m an admitted Gleek, in spite of the ups and downs with the show. I’m thrilled to see more positive messages than we’ve seen from say, “Queer as Folk.” Tonight, Chris Colfer [Kurt], won a Golden Globe. His short acceptance speech was dedicated in part to “All the amazing kids… who are constantly told ‘no’…
Last night, Fox Network’s show Glee took on the challenge of a Rocky Horror tribute. As a Gleek and a Rocky fan, I was excited to see the show, particularly to get to see who had the great honor of dressing up as Dr. Frankfurter. I was pleasantly surprised by Finn (played by Cory Monteith) dressed up as Brad and playing the awkward, but surprisingly attractive dork we’ve all come to love. Perhaps more surprising was Mike Chang’s (Harry Shum, Jr.) offer to play the famed Dr. Frankfurter.
Before the world knew that Neil Patrick Harris was gay, we graciously accepted his heterosexual role as Doogie Hauser and his brilliantly hyper-masculine performance in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. However, according to a recent Newsweek article, gays just can’t play the role of straight people and pull it off.
The Newsweek article, written by a gay man, Ramin Setoodeh, claims:
“…the truth is, openly gay actors still have reason to be scared. While it’s OK for straight actors to play gay (as Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger did in Brokeback Mountain), it’s rare for someone to pull off the trick in reverse.”
It’s starting to seem like the State of Mississippi has declared an outright war on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens. This bully pulpit is evident in numerous decisions by school districts to exclude openly LGBT kids from school activities.
There’s the obvious and well publicized case of Constance McMillen, an openly lesbian student at Itawamba Agricultural High School (“IAHS”), who, after receiving notice that same-sex couples would not be allowed at the school’s prom, requested permission from school officials to take a same-sex date.