Justin Bartha of the now cancelled show The New Normal, spoke to the The Huffington Post about the cancellation:
“It’s kind of bittersweet… Well, I wouldn’t call it bittersweet, but I have mixed feelings because I do think that I wasn’t necessarily expecting it to get picked up, but I do think that we accomplished quite a bit in one season,” he explained. “I’m absolutely proud and honored to have been a part of that series and to have worked with Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler and all of the cast and crew who did a beautiful job. When we started the show, we had a very specific conversation that our goal was to portray a homosexual couple in a realistic matter on network television, and I think we achieved that goal.
“The NBC executives get a lot of critique from the press, but they should be applauded for putting us on the air in the first place, because we still have a long way to go with equality in this country and around the world. Just read the comment section on your website and you’ll see people spewing hateful language and hateful words about all types of people. So we already know that we have a long way to go for that and I’m not saying that The New Normal was a lightning bolt to the cause, but I do think it was a drop in the bucket and I’m proud to be a part of it.” He added, “On The New Normal the thing I was probably more proud of than anything else is that we were just trying to put positive energy out there in the world, and we got to do it for one season and that’s more than most.”
Well, Season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race had provided lots of drama and lots of wonderful queens doing all sorts of zany challenges and lipsyncing for their lives! The final three came down to Jinkx Monsoon, Roxxy Andrews and Alaska Thunderfuck.
But here’s Pandora Boxx to tell us who the winner is…
American tennis player and professional hottie, Andy Roddick, expressed his support for a campaign called ‘Athlete Ally’ to encourage all colleagues coming out of the closet.
Homophobia in sports is one of the hottest topics of the past week: a couple of days ago Jason Collins became the first openly gay player in the NBA and the support has weighed as much as the criticism. From the homophobic tweets to cruel and menacing, it has become clear that the fight is far from over, but thanks to gestures like Roddick, it seems that the end is possible.
Roddick’s statement reads as follows:
“Yesterday was a great day for athletes worldwide. The courage and leadership of Jason Collins to come out reminds me how important it is for an athlete to be honest with yourself. As an ‘Athlete Ally’, I support any athlete who is comfortable and confident being themselves and making sure that all people – both players and fans – are welcomed and included in tennis.”
Quite a message from an elite athlete hetero, reminding us that although much remains to be done, we are on the right track, and visibility will give way to normal. Bravo, Andy!
The reopening of ES Collection’s Flagship Store in Barcelona, Spain took place last night. With summer around the corner and Circuit Festival Barcelona to look forward to in August (8th-18th), it’s time to start swimwear shopping! Book your hotel in Barcelona for Circuit Festival HERE. The new ES Collection Flagship Store is located at Calle Consejo de Ciento, 218, Barcelona, right in the heart of the Gaixample. (gai, Catalan for “gay” and eixample, “extension”) is the nickname of the central gay area in Barcelona’s Eixample district. Lots of gay shops, bars, discos and restaurants are located here, and this is one of the hubs of gay tourism in the city. Click here for more information on Barcelona.
The 2013 GLAAD Media Awards were held at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Saturday. The honors recognize media that provide fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. American Horror Story: Asylum, The New Normal, and Raising Hope were some of the big winners. Former President Bill Clinton was also presented with the Advocate for Change award at the ceremony, which was hosted by Drew Barrymore. Jennifer Lawrence and Harvey Weinstein were there to give Clinton the award. Some of the celebrities in attendance included: Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chaz Bono, Kelly Rowland, Elle Fanning, Matt Bomer, Matt Dallas, Rumer Willis, Cloris Leachman, Betty White, Ted Danson, Mary Stennburgen and Sara Gilbert.
Here’s the list of TV and movie nominees, with the winners in bold:
OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Cloud Atlas (Warner Bros. Pictures)horr
ParaNorman (Focus Features) The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment)
Your Sister’s Sister (IFC Films)
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
The L.A. Complex (The CW) Smash (NBC)
True Blood (HBO)
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Go On (NBC)
Happy Endings (ABC)
Modern Family (ABC) The New Normal (NBC)
OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE
(in a series without a regular LGBT character) “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Me What to Do” Raising Hope (Fox)
“Family Matters” Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime)
“L’Affaire Du Coeur” Franklin & Bash (TNT)
“Lost and Found” Touch (Fox)
“Ruby Slippers” The Mentalist (CBS)
OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)
Hit and Miss (DirecTV)
Political Animals (USA)
Chely Wright: Wish Me Away (First Run Features)
Hit So Hard (Variance Films) How to Survive a Plague (Sundance Selects)
OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM The Amazing Race (CBS)
“It Is What It Is” Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC)
The Real L Word (Showtime)
Small Town Security (AMC)
“Welcome to Hollywood” Pregnant in Heels (Bravo)
OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE “At Home with Neil Patrick Harris, His Fiancé David Burtka, & Their Twins” Oprah’s Next Chapter (OWN)
“Autoshop Restores Bullied Gay Student’s Car for Free” The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)
“Bishop Gene Robinson” The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
“The Husband Who is Now a Woman and the Daughter Who is Now a Son” The Jeff Probst Show (syndicated)
“Marriage Equality” The Suze Orman Show (CNBC)
OUTSTANDING DAILY DRAMA
The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) Days of Our Lives (NBC)