He never actually came out as gay. In 2017, after posting his support on Instagram for an Australian bill that allowed for same-sex marriage, the media celebrated Flynn's coming out story. The problem?
You have millions of followers. What sort of messages do you get from them, in regards to you being on a TV show and being gay?
Your first professional role was in 2016, but even so, from the time you’ve started in the business, have you noticed progress with LGBTQ representation in Hollywood?
Have you ever had any instances where you felt judged in this industry because of your sexuality?
Here, Brandon Flynn talks about the double standards LGBTQ individuals face in Hollywood, the intense media attention he's subject to and the impact his "13 Reasons Why" character has had on audiences.
So I’m happy to switch that stigma that I don’t have to live a life of lies in order to play the characters that I want to play. I think the leading guy is the most boring character, and I’d rather be the best friend or the druggy or the one who has this way more interesting and darker path. If people are watching the show and they’re invested in the actor’s personal life, hopefully they can take away that anything is possible. No matter how scared you are, or no matter how much hate you have to deal with, there are opportunities for us. My favorite thing about being an actor is that I don’t have to play myself, I can play different parts of myself, and that means my sexuality — I’ve been with women, I’ve been all over the place, it took me a while to get to any sort of comfort or stability in my head, and it’s not there yet. I think everyone loves to see that bad boy, and it’s so much fun to play, I won’t lie. I’m still on that path — so that’s the beautiful thing about playing Justin, and that’s what I would love anyone to take away from that, is that I’m playing different facets of myself, and then I’m also delving into my imagination. Personally, deep down — ugh, I’m getting a little teary — I’m happy to be the guy that any gay boy at home can say, “F—, it’s totally possible to do anything.” Because it is. A lot of my heroes like James Dean and Montgomery Clift and actors of these olden days, who have all been under speculation of being homosexual or having homosexual experiences, they couldn’t really do any of that, and if you look deeper into their lives, a lot of them were really sad and really messed up, and I think some of that has to do with that.
Do you think your generation of Hollywood is more supported in being their true selves than former generations of young stars, who didn’t come out until they were well into their adult years because of the stigma associated with being gay?
What message do you think it sends to Hollywood and younger viewers watching the show that you play a stereotypical bad boy on “13 Reasons Why,” but you are gay in real life?
So I do think that Hollywood has made more room, and there are stories being told, which is gorgeous. Definitely. But I think that in Hollywood, it was just a little bit more hush-hush. I’ve been so fortunate because I grew up in the theater, and the theater is much more open to that, it’s painted very much on the walls of the theater. There was still that ethos in the air. It was nice to see that I had friends like Tarell McCraney who wrote the original “Moonlight” play, that came out right around then, and since then, we’ve seen “Call Me by Your Name” and “Love, Simon” and different projects that embrace being gay and being bi. You see shows like “Pose” and people like Ryan Murphy who embrace telling these stories. That still lingered. When I started, there was still that air that LGBTQ [people], there’s no space for them, especially in front of the camera.
I often think about it, and it doesn’t feel like it’s something out of fear or self-hatred because I have dealt with that already when I was younger. So I never felt the need, in a weird way. I’ve never used my platform to say, “Hey, I like men. In a way, anyone would have seen at certain points where I would be dating men and it would be quite obvious, I think. When I was younger, yes, even before I knew that I was into men, I dealt with people telling me that I was gay and people assuming. I like women.” I’ve never used it in that way because when I came into the industry, I still am like this, but it was just about, “Holy s—, I got my first job and I’m acting.” So my personal life felt very much like my own and acting felt like acting — that was just work, so I didn’t see where the two needed to meet, but obviously, I was never going to hinder my own personal life or the benefits of my career. I was 15 when I opened up to my family and the people closest to me, and that’s very young to all of the sudden tell everybody, “Hey, all of these things that you thought about me and my personal life are wrong, and I’ve been living with this thing.” So I had all of that trauma and obstacles to deal with when I was younger, so I had a very open educational experience where high school and college never felt like that was an issue to other people — I never felt like I was bullied for it and made fun of for it then. No.
That’s where I think this industry and the understanding of sexuality and where it falls into place is askew. I’ve gone back and read the post, and I’m an ally, of course, but it was that post that all of the sudden made me gay. Yes. Not that it was the industry’s fault at all, but being in the industry makes you someone of public curiosity, hence why all of the sudden I was a gay actor, but just because I was supporting human rights. I had done that years ago. Sydney had this whole ordeal where they had a plane write up in the sky “vote no” for this proposition about gay rights and gay marriage, and I had made a post. I was embraced, so I never want to take that away from people who have been so supportive to me because I was totally embraced, but in no way, shape or form, did I say that this is me coming out.
From what you’re saying, it sounds like you think straight actors should be able to play gay roles and gay actors should be able to play straight roles. But there is a big conversation about that now. What is your opinion?
Everyone knows now because we’re all family, and no one cares. No, it didn’t come up. But I never want to provoke that either, because I think that’s what a lot of gay men in the industry lean into, is that no one knows, and I think some people get a kick out of that. No one knew. Everyone just wants me to continue to work and be successful. I’m very close with Brian Yorke, the creator of the show, who is also a gay man. We were just talking one day and I mentioned something like, “I was seeing this guy in college,” and it was just in conversation, and he was like, “Whoa whoa whoa, what?” He had no idea. But I’m fine for everyone to know.
How does it make you feel when you see headlines about your personal life and your dating life? We spoke about the sense of judgement in the industry.
One example is me coming out. But it did feel like I had to come out — even though I didn’t ever come out to the public, in a weird way, I just one day read an article where I came out in the terms that they wanted me to come out. It didn’t seem that it would make a difference whether I came out or not because it’s just my life, and if people were watching my life, they would just know that. So even when the industry caught wind of me being bisexual or gay or whichever one they choose to go with, it didn’t feel like it was my own, and I think that’s a bit frustrating for me and that’s where I feel a bit judged that I didn’t get to do that, nor did I really want to. I try to keep my head down because it really doesn’t do me any benefit, but there is always this buzz around sexuality, and it’s hard not to look at it as judgement. There’s this whole element of press in this industry, and whether or not I am being judged. I came out to my family and my friends around 10 years ago. Yeah.
And yet, the rising star has received just as much attention for his personal life as his professional career.
Through tears, Flynn, who feels supported by the industry in regards to his sexuality, says he's thrilled he gets the opportunity to be a role model for "any gay boy at home." But still, he struggles with the double standard the media has placed on him solely because he has dated men.
When you auditioned for “13 Reasons Why,” did your sexuality come up with casting executives or anyone else in a position of power?
The 25-year-old quickly shot to social media superstardom on Netflix's hit "13 Reasons Why" with millions of devoted followers and, shortly after, was cast on HBO's "True Detective." Brandon Flynn has a flourishing Hollywood career.
But do you feel like you've faced a double standard with the media attention you've received? The conversation about a double standard in Hollywood is usually surrounding women.
I don’t want to say that it seems to be “hot,” but it almost feels that way, where a movie like “Moonlight” would have been a little bit more taboo even 10 years ago. that block it, but for the most part, there’s definitely been a new path cut that is much more open to it. It’s still a big deal and people still make a big stink of it. There are parents and families who want to see that, and want their families knowing that love looks differently on the outside — it can be two men, it can be two women, it can be a trans person and straight person, it can be two trans people, it can be all these different things — and I think that Hollywood is embracing that, so that’s what’s changed the most. When we saw “Brokeback Mountain” come out, that was such a big deal because it was two men. I think now it’s becoming less of a big deal. I think the biggest change is that there seems to be a demand for these stories. I read recently that Russia is censoring “Rocketman” with certain scenes that involve Elton John and his gay relationships, so there’s still that bit of shock and there are still states in the U.S.
Or the gay friend in this script?” And I wouldn’t mind, if the script is good, let’s do it. No. I do get a lot of scripts sent where it’s like, “Hey, would Brandon be interested in playing the gay guy in this script? I think I’m fortunate because I have a lot of friends that I know it has come up [for], but it hasn’t really affected me. But no, I haven’t really felt judged, and if I am being kept away from jobs because of my sexuality, they’ve done a damn good job at keeping it secret from me.
You were just speaking up. Have you ever actually come out to the public? It’s so funny that you say that because when I was prepping for this interview, I remember seeing all of that coverage about you coming out, but when I looked back at the post and dissected what you wrote, you actually didn’t come out at all.
What is the biggest change that you’ve witnessed since you started out in Hollywood?
So, it’s hard not to feel scandalized. It’s hard not to feel like something in my personal life is not being scandalized because that’s kind of the way it feels when you read headlines about yourself, especially when you read headlines that have this big bang to them, and then you read the article and you’re like, “Why did you write that article? There is actually nothing there.” It’s all just something to egg on some sort of rumor cycle that will just keep going around until you finally get something that will actually just make it all true or false.
What do you mean with a double standard?
But that is perfectly f—ing cool and okay. It doesn’t change what you can do, as far as talent. I 100% do. You actually don’t have to come out publicly because it’s actually not that much of a big deal.” It doesn’t change one thing. There is something that breaks my heart about all of our pioneers who have been through this before where it was not okay and it was career-breaking. It doesn’t change what you can do, as far as your job. I think they’re so brave because they just get to stand by who they are and let the world see it as well, which is such a cool opportunity. I do think we are a bit more accepting, and I think we are closer than the generations before to getting to that point of, “Yeah, you know what? It’s hard for my generation to not think that it’s going to break their careers because no one has stood up and said, “Hey, don’t worry, it’s not going to break your career.” So there is that stigma, like, “Oh god!” I have a lot of friends who are male and will show up to red carpets in these really beautiful ornate, just plain and simple women’s clothing, or unisex clothing, and that’s still out of the ordinary for older generations.
I don’t want to speak for anyone because I don’t know most of these people, and as grateful and as honored as I am to have them all in my corner and keeping an eye out for what I’m doing next, I don’t know them. But it’s really nice when people are just grateful that you’re there doing your thing, and somehow the way that you live your life is something that you can look up to. I don’t really know specifics because I don’t really hunt down though my comments or my DMs, but I know that people are looking up to me, and there’s a pressure to it, but there’s also a really big honor to it as well.
Or is it here to stay? You said LGBTQ storytelling feels “hot,” and I know that you didn’t mean to use that word, but do you feel that this is a trend now?
Has your sexuality ever come up on an audition, and has it ever made you feel like you were being judged in casting?
Do you feel that there is a heightened interest in your dating life because you’re gay? And is that a double standard versus the coverage of a man dating a woman?
Or do you feel like you’ve been embraced by the industry? In the industry, have you ever felt that you were living in that fear or hatred that you remember feeling when you were younger?
Brandon is with this person and we are so happy for them!” There’s always something behind it and there’s always some sort of scandal that wants to be revealed, and that’s frustrating. It feels like a slight. I do. Yeah, 100%. But no one wants to write that article or read that article that would be like, “Oh! Well, it would now, if I were dating a woman — it would be a f—ing circus, I’m sure.” /> I think the media and the press and a lot of people who have interest in actors or any people in front of the camera, there’s this sense of — and I’m speaking very candidly — "let’s see them fail." That’s where it’s hard not to read these headlines and feel like that’s what is wanted, that it’s wanted to see me fail. I feel like there’s a lot more interest. And in fact, it wouldn’t be there if I was with a woman.
"Even though I didn’t ever come out to the public, in a weird way, I just one day read an article where I came out in the terms that they wanted me to come out," Flynn says.
Are you referring to your 2017 Instagram post where you wrote about “vote no” in Sydney?
I can’t say that because I’m so young and I haven’t witnessed so many trends take place and then leave. It’s my hope that eventually one day, we’re not even calling them “LGBTQ stories” or “gay movies,” and that they are just a part of the fabric of telling stories because that’s what I think will really revolutionize all of this — when we step away from saying, “Brandon Flynn is an LGBTQ actor” when really, I’m just an actor, or saying that “Call Me by Your Name” is an LGBTQ story when really, it’s just a story.
I feel like there’s so much more room for me to grow, so I don’t know the answer to that question fully because I think there’s still a whole future. I’ve been supported by everyone on “13 Reasons Why” and we’ve become such a family, but it’s not really something that I think of when I enter a new job, like, “Am I going to have to deal with people thinking I’m gay or knowing I’m gay or knowing I’m bi or knowing I’m straight?” I’ve always just gone to work to work. To be honest, I feel like I haven’t really broken into the industry fully. I do feel like there’s a weird expectation with being a handsome white guy that people are surprised when I tell them that I date men. I feel like there’s an odd expectation — like, “Oh, you look like the leading man, so you should be straight.” So that’s a weird thing to navigate. But honestly, I feel like I have been supported. If I ever feel strongly that that would be a problem, then that’s not the job for me.
And you know what? There’s no challenge there. But I love playing someone who loves a woman. The last thing I want to go do is play Brandon. I’ve had the same relationship with a man that’s had its ups and downs. It’s not interesting to me. I’m sure some people would disagree because they would say, “You’re just saying that because you don’t even know yourself,” and maybe that is true. I love having my little relationship with Jessica on "13 Reasons Why" — I think it’s fascinating and interesting. I feel like that question one day will be nonexistent because one day, we’ll step away from when you play gay, you’re playing a person who’s in love with a man if you’re a man, or if you’re a woman, you’re playing a woman who’s in love with a woman, whereas it would just be so interesting to see characters who happen to be gay who maybe aren’t even in a romantic setting — it’s just who they are. Maybe that’s just the type of stories that I’m into where these things about people aren’t the most important part about people. I really, really do believe that everyone should believe anything and everything.

The Trevor Project will honor Cara Delevingne with the Hero Award at its upcoming TrevorLIVE New York gala.
They help to make change for those who are underserved or discriminated against. "A hero to me is someone who stands up for what they believe in. “I’m humbled and truly speechless by The Trevor Project’s decision to honor me with this year’s Hero Award," she said in a statement. I strive to acknowledge those who feel like they don’t fit into a box and make sure they know, in both good and bad times, that there is always someone there to support them. I’m inspired and motivated by The Trevor Project’s tireless, life-saving work to support LGBTQ youth in crisis, and I’m extremely proud to be a part of such a resilient community.”
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The nonprofit's annual gala will be held on June 17 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Previous TrevorLIVE honorees include Ryan Murphy, Lena Waithe, Greg Berlanti, Rita Ora and Tom Ford.
On screen, she has acted in "Her Smell," "London Fields" and "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets." Delevingne has supported The Trevor Project's efforts to end LGBTQ youth suicide rates, in addition to using her platform to speak out about mental health issues, women's rights and animal conservation.

Here is the full letter:
"Together, as a united front, we stand with Jussie Smollett and ask that our co-star, brother and friend be brought back for our sixth season of Empire," read the letter, obtained by Deadline. It is signed by Bryshere Y. Gray, Trai Byers, Gabourey Sidibe, Nicole Ari Parker, and others.
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This is the Jussie we know.
Bryshere Y. Gray
SINCERELY,
Henson, Howard, and the rest of the drama series' top cast, penned an April 19 letter to Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier, Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment chair Dana Walden, Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn,Empire co-creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, and other executive producers on the series, Variety confirmed.
Prior to that, he gave every cent from his sold out world tour to numerous charities. He has traveled to South Africa for service as well as to Jamaica to quietly meet about the safety of LGBTQ youth. This was all done without posturing, the need for attention or even discussion. Jussie has shown us on and off the set who he really is as a leader. These recent and detailed letters from The Black AIDS Institute, the Rainbow Push Coalition and the City Lights Orchestra shine a light on his commitment to true community service. He has adopted a school in Chicago, taught songwriting to incarcerated youth at the Cook County Jail last year and bought the family of Kayden Kinckle, a six-year-old, double amputee, a wheelchair accessible van due to his school district not having a wheelchair accessible school bus. In addition to being a caring friend and cast member who treats every crew member with love and respect, he has spent time with our families and individually supported each of us. Just a few months ago, Jussie partnered with the Trevor Project to provide support to their volunteer program that allows LGBTQ youth in crisis access to vital counseling services.
They also noted the circumstances around his trial, writing "It’s clearer every day that the extreme political climate in our country has only made our system of justice and the court of public opinion more unjust." In the letter, the actors recognized Smollett's professional conduct on set and maintained his innocence, referencing his dropped charges.
Terrence Howard
"Dear Charlie, Dana, Michael, Lee, Danny, Francie, Brian, Sanaa, Dennis, and Brett,
Henson and Terrence Howard are appealing to Fox for their embattled co-star Jussie Smollett to return for the show's sixth season. "Empire" stars Taraji P.
Taraji P Henson
It’s clearer every day that the extreme political climate in our country has only made our system of justice and the court of public opinion more unjust.
Together, as a united front, we stand with Jussie Smollett and ask that our co-star, brother and friend be brought back for our sixth season of Empire.
Daniels told a New York morning show Wednesday that key players are currently Lee Daniels, the show's co-creator, said on Wednesday that Smollett's fate on the show is currently "in discussions" regarding Smollett's fate. Sources tell Variety that a renewal for "Empire" is a near lock, but that whether Smollett will be kept on the show is still unknown.
He had to forfeit a $10,000 bond and was given credit for community service. Smollett has insisted on his innocence after he was charged with 16 felony charges, which were dropped on March 26, for staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself in January.
Thank you for taking time to hear us. That is why we write today to ask you to keep Jussie on the cast so that we can all put this behind us and move forward. It’s our hope that together we will move into our sixth season as the entire Empire family should.
He is also innocent and no longer subject to legal uncertainty with the criminal charges against him having been dropped. He is kind. We understand the past months have been difficult to process—sometimes the headlines brought more confusion than clarity, yet we now have a conclusion to this ordeal. He is honest and above all he is filled with integrity. He is compassionate. Throughout Empire’s five seasons working with Jussie and watching how he has conducted himself throughout this traumatic event, we have come to know not just the character Jussie portrays, but also truly come to know Jussie’s personal character. We are confident in his lawyer’s assurance that the case was dismissed because it would not have prevailed.
The letter was delivered hours before Smollett's final appearance on the fifth season, which will feature a wedding between his character, middle son Jamal Lyon, and Kai (Toby Onwumere).
Trai Byers
A family is there for us in good times and bad. And that business matters to us as well. It is why now, more than ever, we must stand together as a family. We are confident our fans will welcome our “Jamal” back into the Empire family as enthusiastically as we will. We understand that this show is a business. It can cut through the noise and confusion to understand that there is a person in the center of all this who deserves nothing more than to move forward with his life.
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As for Gael, executive producer Joanna Johnson said it was important to feature a bisexual character so that the show could explore some of the more misunderstood LGBTQ identities that make up a large part of the queer community. Additionally, Johnson teased the appearance of future trans guests and was hopeful for the eventual inclusion of a non-binary character.
"Hopefully one day we don’t have to make those statements, that we’re just in a world in which actors can be actors and play these really important roles, but I think right now in this moment in time, we should be giving the spotlight to the LGBTQ community within those stories." "I love it! I think it’s very bold and outspoken, and I love that he made that statement," Bredeweg told Variety during the Freeform series' red carpet at the Los Angeles LGBT Center in Hollywood.
Her own character, Alice, is a lesbian first generation Asian-American who struggles to deal with the disappointment she feels from her parents and her own sexual identity while Martinez's character unapologetically embraces his bisexuality in the face of stigma.
Also joining the panel was executive producer Peter Paige and actress Zuri Adele who plays a fellow coterie house mate.” />
Darren Criss may have been the talk of the weekend following his Golden Globes win, but at Monday's "Good Trouble" screening, it was his support of LGBTQ acting roles that had his name on everyone's lips.
"I think that it’s interesting to see that there’s so much more freedom in sexuality and people don’t feel they have to define themselves as straight or gay." "I think one thing that we were really struck by is how the younger generation defines their sexuality less specifically, in the sense that fluidity is something that is a phenomenon and that there are so many different ways that they do identify," she told Variety.
As a straight actor, Criss said he wanted to make sure that he wouldn't be taking away roles from gay actors — a statement that "Good Trouble" executive producer Bradley Bredeweg took to heart. Recently, the "Assassination of Gianni Versace" actor told Bustle that he no longer felt comfortable taking on queer roles in film and television.
"To be both lesbian and Asian and her telling that unique perspective, kind of going through what she’s going, I’m really hoping that it does impact someone who can relate to that." "I think about growing up in my twenty-something years, I never really saw a character like Alice on the screen," Cola said during the panel.
However, while the show continues to honor what Cola calls the "heart of 'The Fosters,'" she also told Variety that "Good Trouble" is bringing a slightly more nuanced approach to its LGBTQ characters.
Along the way, they move into a communal living space called the coterie where they meet a host of new characters including lesbian building manager Alice Kawn (Sherry Cola) and bisexual heartthrob Gael (Tommy Martinez). A spinoff of the hit show "The Fosters," "Good Trouble" is no stranger to LGBTQ representation, following familiar characters Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) after they move to Los Angeles in pursuit of careers in law and tech.

One insider close to the production said Hart himself would have to approach them with willingness to return, while another said AMPAS is still waiting for Hart to have a "meaningful" conversation about his old tweets ("Ellen," alas, was not it). Variety exclusively reported on Friday that the Academy is open to Hart returning as Oscars host.
You can’t change without a understanding of what GROWTH means." In the caption, Hart wrote, "When did we get to the point where we forgot that we all learn, then we all have the ability to grow and with that growth comes a wealth of knowledge.
“From when this news first broke, GLAAD said Kevin Hart should not step down from the Oscars, he should step up and send an unequivocal message of acceptance to LGBTQ youth that matches the force and impact of his initial anti-LGBTQ remarks,” said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.
The resumption of Oscars host talks for Hart inspired a terse response from leading LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD.
"Basketball players aren't great until they LEARN how to play the game correctly," he began, and went on to name several other occupations, including CEOs and doctors, who have to learn before they can excel.
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After CNN anchor Don Lemon delivered an emotional criticism of Kevin Hart's "Ellen" interview, the possible Oscars host has posted what might be a response to the journalist.
In an Instagram post, Hart emphasized the importance of learning and growth.
At the end, Hart finished with, "A news anchor or journalist does not start at the top…they have to LEARN to develop to be great at their job."

"We will continue to fight, and we will continue to teach because these children need us as much as we need them. "We will teach them the universal truth that love is the only thing that is truly worth fighting for." We will teach our children to fight hatred with kindness," Pompeo said.
Closing out the night was a surprise musical performance from the stars of "Pose," including MJ Roderiguez, Billy Porter and writer Our Lady J, who performed "Home" from Broadway's "The Wiz."” />
Mutchnik and his "Will & Grace" co-creator David Kohan were honored with the Champion Award at Friday's ceremony, where the pair spoke in support of GLSEN and its work toward creating a safe space in schools for LGBTQ youth.
Although seemingly insignificant, Mutchnik said the discovery forces the pair to acknowledge Will's side of the story after Grace expresses the pain she felt when he came out to her. Kohan and Mutchnik also revealed the plot for an upcoming "Will & Grace" episode, which revolves around the titular characters discovering a box of love letters they had written to each other.
"Black-ish" star Yara Shahidi received the Gamechanger Award. Education was also a central topic of her acceptance speech during which she called on educators to create a more inclusive education experience.
"I want to hear the cast of 'Will & Grace' talk, I don’t really want to hear Tim Allen talk." (Allen endorsed Republican candidate John Kasich in the 2016 presidential race and attended Donald Trump's inauguration.) "It depends on the tone – everything is about tone – and our characters are able to talk about what they want to talk about because of the way they were initially built, so it really depends," Mutchnik told Variety at Friday's annual GLSEN Respect Awards held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
"Education inherently must expand to teach an exclusive history that combines our shared humanity and narratives in both defeat and triumph, normalizing our stories and normalizing our nuance," Shahidi said. "We must restructure our schools where every environment inspires curiosity and courageousness rather than hurting the contributions, spirit and brilliance of the LGBTQ+ youth through rampant harassment and discriminatory policies."
"A fight to help one person belong is a fight that belongs to all of us," she added.
While accepting the Inspiration Award, Ellen Pompeo said it was difficult to conjure up inspiring words within the current political climate of the United States, so instead she reminded audience members to fight for themselves.
"[Will's] narrative, his pain, is no less real and no less valid, but it is not the story that we are familiar with because it is not the story that is often told." "Grace has to reckon with the homonormative narrative, the story told from the perspective of the queer person," Mutchnik said.
"Will and Grace" is no stranger to politics – its latest season features discussions about immigration, President Trump and a host of other topics – but that doesn't mean show co-creator Max Mutchnick thinks every show should follow suit.
"[When there is] education and understanding in a safe receptive environment, everyone’s story can be heard and respected." "This story happened to a gay man, but it’s a story that could be told from the perspective of any of the letters in LGBTQ because the moral is the same," Kohan added.
Thank you in advance for saving the world; we’re sorry," he said to laughs from the audience, before jumping into a few more jokes. Kohan began his acceptance speech with a quick nod to the younger members of the audience, many of whom were also being honored at the event for their work on the GLSEN National Student Council: "Your generation is just better than ours.

However, Brown said the LGTBQ community still has a ways to go in its representation of people of color.
As she accepted the Community Leadership Award, Thais-Williams said she created the club to provide a safe space for queer people of color. Thais-Williams, who opened the black gay disco-club Catch One in 1973, was next to receive an award for her work within the LGBTQ community. At the time, she said there were no other places to go, so clubs and parties were essential in establishing a safe space, which also helped her come to terms with her own sexuality.
Griffin also pointed out the importance of organizations like Equality for queer people in America that are not in a position to come out, before turning to the current presidency as a warning for audience members to get out and vote. However, as she accepted the Ally Leadership Award at the LA Equality Awards, Griffin's main focus was highlighting the queer community and encouraging people to vote in the upcoming midterm elections. Griffin recounted her experiences growing up and making friends with the one gay person in her class, setting off years of LGBTQ support.
In between speeches, drinks flowed freely as guests enjoyed dinner while making donations via phone texts. By the end of the night, LA Equality raised more than $140,000.” />
"I’m going to basically keep it in a temperature controlled vault until people come to their senses, whether it’s HBO or whomever." "I’m so proud of this material, and I’m so glad the audiences are responding so well," Griffin said.
"It’s a blessing to give and to be available, and I was gifted with the blessing when I opened the Catch One." "The Catch provided me a venue, a place and a space for me to come out too. Before I got there I had one foot in the closet, and the other one was on the threshold of the closet," Thais-Williams said.
"You know, I come to these awards, and I never see an Asian trans person," Brown said. "I think that we have got to continue to make sure that we encourage the conversation and allow people to know that they matter, and that they should be visible at these events."
He also encouraged audience members to recognize the power of their own voices with a ballroom chant of "my voice has power." Last up was "Queer Eye's" Karamo Brown and series executive producer Michael Williams, who accepted the Equality Visibility Award on behalf of the the show's entire cast and crew. During the rousing speech, Brown recounted the experiences of the Fab Five growing up as members of the LGBTQ community, experiences that didn't necessarily feature the same confident gay men that appear on television now.
"The only way that can happen is when you remember that your voice has power." "No longer should it be us vs them, it should be us working together for our families and for love and for unity," Brown said.
Griffin, who was being honored for her longstanding relationship with the LGBTQ community alongside gay club owner Jewel Thais-Williams and Netflix's "Queer Eye" cast and crew, recently returned from a world tour of her "Laugh Your Head Off" comedy show, which she performed in 17 different countries outside of the United States. After garnering national outrage for posing with a fake decapitated Trump head on social media, the 57-year-old comedian said she believes she was purposefully silenced by the Trump administration, forcing her to tour the show internationally.
"I really still feel like they kind of used me as the test case, and what I said then I still believe, which is if it can happen to me it can happen to you," Griffin said.
29 stop of her "Laugh Your Head Off" tour at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center. Directed by Troy Miller of Dakota Pictures, the self-funded special will be filmed at the Oct. Now, after bringing the show back to the United States, Griffin is creating a new, three-hour comedy special about her experiences undergoing a federal investigation, which she hopes will pave the way for her return to television.
"It’s a different kind of show than I’ve ever done," she told Variety at Saturday's LA Equality Awards in Downtown Los Angeles. "I’m still scary to all of the 60-year-old, white, male dinosaurs that are afraid to put me on TV…so I’m just going to get it in the can as they say."
Kathy Griffin is back in America, and this time she's creating her own comedy special.

Tranter says he was excited for the opportunity to partner with YouTube and showcase the people behind the songs.
He sang three of his most recent popular songs: Halsey’s “Bad at Love,” Julia Michaels’s “Issues,” and Imagine Dragons’s “Believer.” For the event, Tranter alternated between his onstage chat with moderator Hrishikesh Hirway, the host and creator of podcast “Song Exploder,” and his performances accompanied by a string quartet and background singers.
He says that a social consciousness is missing from pop music, and notes that YouTube is a great way for young LGBTQ people to share their voice, but translating that into music hasn’t happened yet. When speaking with Variety, Tranter further discusses the current state of the music industry.
The event featured hitmaker Justin Tranter, who in addition to cowriting Justin Bieber's "Sorry," Julia Michaels' "Issues" and Imagine Dragons' "Believer," is also an advocate for LGBTQ rights. With music-focused tech platforms increasingly recognizing songwriters as a key component of the music community, YouTube staged its first ever songwriter music night on Wednesday (Feb. 7).
We are already not equal.” “There is just countless examples of them trying to act like we don’t exist which is a very, very successful way to take people’s power away and to make us unimportant and not equal. He says the biggest problem the LGBTQ community is facing during Trump’s presidency is erasure. Tranter is on the board for GLAAD, so it isn’t surprising that he uses his social media platforms to address political and social issues. He references the removal of LGBTQ rights page from the White House’s official website the first day of Trump’s presidency and the trans military ban.
“Young women should be telling stories of other young women. A young woman’s idea of sexuality shouldn’t be dictated by 45-year-old men.” “If a song is being written for a woman, there should be a woman in the room collaborating,” he says. And if the superstar who is an amazing storyteller isn’t a writer that’s totally fine, but we should get a young female writer in the room to work on that song with us.
People love the truth and people like to spend money on the truth." Adds Tranter: “The beauty of letting marginalized people tell their own stories is it isn’t only the right thing to do socially, but it’s also the right thing to do financially.
“I’m so grateful for my endless delusion,” which he says is the reason he kept pursuing music for many years. He’s done all three. Sitting in an all-white, five-piece outfit that Tranter joked made him look ready to start a cult, the lyricist spoke to Hirway about growing up in Chicago and originally thinking he would never write for other artists, sign a record deal, or make pop music.
The event, held at YouTube Space LA in Playa Vista, Calif., represents the digital platform’s efforts to shine a spotlight on songwriters and create more creative opportunities for them. Lindsay Rothschild, YouTube’s songwriter and publisher relations lead in North America, says she pitched the idea of a songwriter night to Tranter’s publishing company Warner/Chappell Music and “Justin immediately came to mind.”
“I thought that it not only would be fun to do but for all of the songwriter super-fans and music geeks out there like I was when I was a kid,” Tranter tells Variety.
A little over a month into the year and Tranter has already hit career milestones. He was nominated at the Golden Globes for his song “Home” with Nick Jonas and was recognized at the Grammys in the song of the year category for Michaels’s “Issues.” He addresses President of the Recording Academy Neil Portnow and his recent comments about female artists needing to “step up.”
A lot of songwriters think, ‘Why would I have a channel there would be no reason that I upload content?’ Except so much of their portfolio — or all of it — is already on the platform.” Aside from the events, YouTube creates channels for songwriters that include playlists of all the songs they’re written. “There really isn’t a space or home for digital songwriters out there," adds Rothschild. "Nothing that is visually engaging like this is.
Silence equals death.”” /> … “I never want to say that musicians have to do anything," he says. It’s not a musician responsibility, I think it’s a human responsibility. "If your dream was just to make songs, who am I to say. “I think that everybody has a responsibility to speak out when our democracy is being threatened and I think our democracy is being threatened,” says Tranter, acknowledging that he understands why some musicians choose to not voice their political opinions.
Tranter says he spends most of his time making music with female musicians and relates to feminine narratives more. He has been advocating for more women to be involved in the songwriting and producing processes.
“I think that that’s kind of the biggest issue that we’re facing—if you want to make mainstream music how do you also speak your truth at all times,” he says. “Every, every artist should strive to be as social conscious as [Lamar] is.” This is an issue all marginalized people face, he adds, listing Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper as two artists who incorporate powerful messages into their music and remarks that hip-hop leads pop music in this area.
So far this year, Tranter has reunited with songwriting partner Michaels and started working with the Haim sisters, Janelle Monáe, newcomer Jess Kent, and Shea Diamond, a trans woman of color.
Women have a right to be angry, and I’m angry too.” “When the statistics are that bad—in the last six years only nine percent of nominees for the Grammys have been women—and you make a comment like that, there has to be serious change and possible repercussions.

The foundation also announced a $1 million donation from Wells Fargo, the presenting sponsor of this years ceremony.The gala ended with a musical performance by Grammy nominated singer Adam Lambert.” /> Other attendees included Naya Rivera, who served as a mentor to one of the LGBT scholars, as well as "Transparent" actress Judith Light, a Point Foundation honorary board member.The night included a live auction that featured a "Will and Grace" experience package, which includes entry to a taping of the show as one of the available items.
Joking aside, Sykes acknowledged that many individuals in the LGBTQ community do not have the same privilege as she has. "I can afford to be gay," she quipped. The Foundation — the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit — aims to both support and empower LGBTQ students through leadership training and mentoring.Sykes, who came out as gay in her 40s, joked that at that point in her life, her parents couldn't kick her out of the house for being gay. "They get kicked out of their homes, and that's why I support organizations doing the work that [the Point Foundation] is doing, so I appreciate that."Also honored at the ceremony was writer and director Jill Soloway, recognized with the point impact award for her contributions and improvements to the lives of the LGBTQ community. Wanda Sykes provided the room with much laughter as she accepted the point legend award, presented by Anthony Anderson, at the annual Point Honors Los Angeles Gala Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.The award, granted by the Point Foundation, is given to an individual who has achieved prominence in their career and who has faithfully backed the LGBTQ community. Soloway created the Amazon series "Transparent" after one of her parents came out as transgender.
"Slowly but surely I realized by writing this TV show, and distributing this TV show to the world, it would actually make the world safer for somebody that I love," Soloway shared. "After this show came out, we experienced a giant cascade of love and support from the LGBTQ community and especially the trans community."