Jaden Smith Comes Out

Frankly, I’m not sure why the original story has a question mark in the headline, but whatevs. It’s good to see Jaden being so, well, blunt about how he feels. 😉

Jaden Smith may have just come out! The actor known for his beautiful non-binary fashion announced that he has a boyfriend at the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in Los Angeles. Smith claims his boyfriend is none other than Tyler, the Creator, who was hosting the festival.

Said Smith to the crowd: “I wanna tell you, Tyler doesn’t want to say, but Tyler’s my mother f***ing boyfriend and he’s been my mother f***ing boyfriend my whole f***ing life!”

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Oceans 8 Gay Undertones

I saw this movie opening day with my aunt and my cousin. My gaydar went off seeing the relationship between Sandra’s character, Debbie, and Cate’s character Lou. A current romantic relationship is not explored in the movie, but you do get a sense that they might have been more than friends at some point. If anything further were explored or revealed in an Oceans 9, I think we’d learn that Debbie is perhaps bi-sexual (as it was a guy she was dating that ratted her out to police) and that Lou is a Lesbian. However, what I loved most about this interview is how they are totally open to bringing Laverne Cox into their already diverse mix of actresses.

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Life of a Transgender Showrunner

It’s hard to judge the real culprit of her lack of work since the industry seems so wishy-washy.

When showrunner Scottie Madden first came out as a trans woman to an executive at Discovery Inc.’s Animal Planet in January 2015, she felt relieved. “If my top-level client is OK with this, then I’m going to be OK,” she’d told herself. Before transitioning, she had worked with the network to develop Dude, You’re Screwed, an adventure reality series that ended up airing on the company’s flagship network, Discovery Channel. As Madden recalls it, the executive had been “so blown away and happy and accepting.” From there, the showrunner proceeded to come out to all her colleagues in reality television. Their acceptance, Madden said, bordered “on the verge of surreal.”

But Madden’s optimism was misplaced. Now, more than three years after coming out, Madden says that neither Discovery, nor any other network or production company, has hired her to run another show.

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Queer Eye is Back!

I loved watching this show. ‘The L Word,’ not so much. Go figure. Anyway, Netflix is rebooting the show with a new Fab Five.

“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” is back!

The reality TV series, which ran from 2003 from 2007, returns in a hotly anticipated “reimagining” early next year. Netflix released the first photo of the new Fab Five last week ahead of the show’s February 2018 premiere.

The men leading the makeovers are: Antoni Porowski (food & wine), Bobby Berk (interior design), Karamo Brown (culture), Jonathan Van Ness (grooming) and Tan France (fashion).

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This is Me

I know there are plenty of people out there in the world who just love musicals – as I do. I love old and new. Every now and then one comes along with a message that seems to speak to one particular group of individuals and I strongly feel that the movie musical The Greatest Showman (Dec. 20th) does just that. It takes inspiration from the life of P. T. Barnum, one of the early pioneers of circuses in the 1800s. In reality, Barnum began his journey as a circus owner, late in life, probably fifties or sixties, but he did reach out to people who looked different from “normal” society: the midget, the bearded lady, the Siamese twins, and gave them a real place in the world. Today, I have found most of the soundtrack released on YouTube by Atlantic Records. If you’re a musical buff, the songs were written by Paul & Pasek of La La Land fame and, in fact, were working on the songs for this film before La La Land.

One of the songs that’s stuck out to me is one that is typically played during the first trailer that was released, This is Me. It is performed by Keala Settle who plays the Bearded Lady. These are some of the lyrics to that beautiful song that speak to me:

When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am proof
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me