You know it’s not really Pride month if we don’t expose the reason why Pride exists in the first place: Discrimination! Well, honestly, Pride is now all about parties and endorsements, however, what its intended use should be is for fighting against discrimination and horrible homophobes. Enter Elliot Page, who has quite a few stories of the things he’s encountered as a gay and trans actor in Tinsel Town. In his memoir, Pageboy Elliot recalls a time after he came out as gay in 2014 (and before his transition in 2020) when he and an unnamed A-list actor were having a conversation about homosexuality, to which the actor replied, “Nah, that’s not real. Lemme give you some dick!” And the reason Elliot added this story to his memoir is because he knows these are the kinds of stories that are relatable for every member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Last Thursday, rainbow flags dropped from the heavens and blanketed the entire world in multicolored bliss in celebration of Pride month. We can be certain to see all kinds of signage and messages of love and acceptance (until July 1, that is) and hear various opinions of what Pride means to different people. One such person, Abbott Elementary‘s Tyler James Williams, wanted to inform everyone of two things. The first is that he is not gay. The second is that he thinks it’s wrong for anyone to speculate on someone else’s sexuality because it makes that person feel unsafe.
My favorite genre of TV is “secretly queer teens are secretly queer.” See: Love Victor, the gayest eps of Degrassi, and Netflix’s recent hit, Heartstopper. Heartstopper stars Joe Locke and Kit Connor as Charlie and Nick, two cute lil’ British high schoolers who fall in love. Now, in real life, Joe Locke is openly gay. But 18-year-old Kit’s sexuality has been a mystery, and fans of the show were obsessed with figuring it out. Last month, shit hit the fan when photos emerged of Kit holding hands with Maia Reficco, his female co-star in an upcoming movie. Heartstopper fans saw this as a great betrayal and accused Kit of “queerbaiting” by playing a queer character. In response, Kit quit Twitter. Yesterday, he returned, and tweeted that, actually, he was bi, and sarcastically congratulated his critics for “forcing an 18 year old to out himself.”
Look up foot-in-mouth disease in the encyclopedia, and you’ll find a picture of Lena Dunham. The #1 symptom? Saying really dumb shit. Last year, 36-year-old Lena blamed some of her more ignorant moments on being young and having “huge blind spots.” And since she’s (mostly) stepped out of the spotlight these past few years, she hasn’t had a ton of public FIM flare-ups. But that all changed yesterday when Lena tweeted that when she dies, she wants her casket to be driven through NYC Pride with a plaque that reads: she wasn’t for everyone, but she *was* for us. Oh no.
Jonathan Van Ness Responds To The Backlash Surrounding Their “Queerbaiting” Promo Stunt With Antoni Porowski
As mentioned in Crumbs last week, Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness and Antoni Porowski were accused of queerbaiting while promoting their new pet food company, Yummers. Wait, can queer people queerbait? I’ll let you be the judge, as we deep dive into the JVN + Antoni Faking A Relationship To Sell Yummers Saga! Heads up: if you’re recovering from any kind of eye surgery, I’d advise you to skip this one, cuz your peepers will undoubtedly be rollin’… Continue reading
A couple in Indiana accidentally stumbled upon the perfect deterrent for those pesky Mormon missionaries: a rainbow-trimmed doormat that reads “Gayest Place In Town.” The New York Post reports that Jamie Foust and her wife Melissa bought the $10 doormat from Target back in June cuz they thought it was funny. Two months later, their doorbell camera caught two clean-cut Latter-day Saint boys approaching their home, prepared to proselytize. But before they can ring the doorbell, one of the Mormons spots the doormat. He reads the word “Gayest” out loud, and immediately follows this up with a “Nope!” Then they turn on their heels and leave. Why waste their efforts on heathen homosexual homeowners? Ya can’t save ’em all! Continue reading