Breaking Bad actress Emily Rios has become the latest celebrity to 'come out' as a lesbian. The Mexican-American star opens up about her sexuality in a new interview with AfterEllen.com, revealing she used her own experiences to help writers on her new show The Bridge accurately portray the love life of her character, reporter Adrianna Mendez, who also happens to be gay.
She says, "I'm gay, personally, so being Mexican and a lesbian - this is why I love the character because I deal with the same type of things with my own family...
"They (writers) have an idea or they want to have an idea of what really happens behind the scenes... I try to tell them, 'Listen, this is not how it happens. We are not this way'.
"I want it to be an incidental thing, which is what happens in our everyday life... I wanted to make sure the whole lesbian aspect wasn't this whole coming out story, and the character wasn't going to be made more flamboyant in any sort of way."
Rios, who played Aaron Paul's girlfriend Andrea Cantillo on Breaking Bad, admits her own 'coming out' wasn't turned into a big deal by her family, who were open to her way of life.
She explains, "Mexican-Americans especially - because this generation, we come into America, and your family wants to be proud... My mum didn't want me to live a difficult life. She brought me here for a better one, so she's like, 'You're coming out... I want you to be comfortable.'"
Actor/singer John Barrowman has defended his controversial performance at the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland where he took a stand for gay marriage by kissing a man on camera. The openly gay star made a public statement in front of a global audience of millions on Wednesday night (23Jul14) by planting a smooch on the lips of a male dancer during the show's opening number.
The kiss, which hit headlines around the world, took place during a segment dedicated to Gretna Green, a village in Scotland famous for hosting runaway weddings, and the two men were surrounded by pairs of male and female dancers with the women wearing bridal veils.
Barrowman has now revealed his stunt led to a volley of criticism on Twitter.com, and he has retweeted a number of the nasty comments on his own page.
In a series of posts on the social networking website, Barrowman hit back at his critics, writing, "I am retwtin (retweeting) the neg (negative) because I want u (sic) all to see how bitter and nasty and neg (sic) some people r (are)... I am so happy right now... I'm Scottish and u (sic) can never take that away no matter what your politics are. Bitterness makes u ugly and old very fast (sic)... happy... I don't care (what they are saying)."
"Zachary Quinto and I never dated, but the rumour makes us happy 'cause we love each other - as friends." Gay actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson has no problem with fans thinking the pals were once romantically linked.
Simon Cowell has received an apology from Tulisa Contostavlos' personal assistant who sensationally alleged the music mogul is secretly gay. The former N-Dubz singer's associate Gareth Varey was caught on tape telling an undercover journalist that he knew several men who have slept with The X Factor boss.
The footage was played to a jury in London last week (ends20Jul14) during Contostavlos' trial for brokering a cocaine deal, prompting Cowell to issue a statement denying the claim and insisting he has no reason to hide his sexuality.
Now Varey has confessed the statement was untrue and claims he was drunk and trying to impress the reporter, Mazher Mahmood.
In a statement, Varey says, "On 10 May 2013 in the course of seeking to entrap Tulisa, Mazher Mahmood supplied Tulisa, me and others with a lot of alcohol... I can no longer recall all of the details of that evening but I have listened to the recording made by Mahmood. I was clearly very drunk.
"At some point and utterly out of the blue Mahmood asked me if Simon Cowell was gay. I said he was. This is not true. I do not know why I said it, but assume it is because I was so drunk and felt that I was giving Mahmood the type of information he was seeking. I am very sorry for this."
Contostavlos was cleared of being concerned in the supply of cocaine over inconsistencies in Mahmood's evidence.
Songwriter Diane Warren is to be honoured with a special award for her support of the gay community. The I Don't Want To Miss A Thing hitmaker is to be feted by the Point Foundation, which helps young members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community with their education.
Warren, who is a vocal supporter of gay rights, is to receive the organisation's Leadership Award at the Voices On Point concert and dinner in September (14).
Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Point Foundation, says, "Diane Warren has earned fame and respect not just through the creation of an incredible body of music, but also because of her empathy, integrity and her commitment to education... We are honoured to recognise Diane Warren's accomplishments by presenting her with the Point Foundation Leadership Award."
The Voices On Point event takes place in Los Angeles on 13 September (14).
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Members of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) have urged Hollywood bosses to step up the number of gay characters in films amid fears the community is woefully under-represented in movies.
GLAAD bosses have released their second annual Studio Responsibility Index in which they analyse the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) characters seen on screen.
They suggest that out of 102 major films released last year (13), only 17 included gay characters, and the advocacy group's members have also singled out a number of movies for particular criticism over their depiction of the LGBT community.
The report targets Mark Wahlberg's thriller Pain & Gain for featuring a gay priest who is beaten up, and The Hangover Part III, which is branded offensive for the inclusion of potentially-gay character Mr. Chow as a "walking joke".
GLAAD national spokesman Will Cruz says, "What's disheartening for me and to all of us in GLAAD is when it comes to major studio films, LGBT people are basically invisible. And when we do show up, it's largely a part of comedies as caricatures to service a joke that's at the expense of the character... There seems to be this vicious circle, where studios saying they weren't getting scripts that were inclusive, while writers were telling us the studios weren't interested in making films (with) LBGT (people) in them."
Simon Cowell has spoken out to insist rumours he is gay are untrue following extraordinary allegations in a London court that he has slept with several men.
A jury at Southwark Crown Court heard the sensational claim last week (ends20Jul4) during the trial of former N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos for brokering a cocaine deal for an undercover journalist.
That case collapsed on Monday (21Jul13) and the pop star was cleared of the charge, and Cowell has subsequently issued a statement addressing allegations heard by the jury.
Secretly-filmed footage contained a clip of Contostavlos' personal assistant Gareth Varey telling the reporter that Cowell is homosexual and has slept with several of Varey's friends.
In a statement, a representative for The X Factor boss says, "Simon was referred to during the trial without forewarning, resulting in widespread media coverage of untrue claims regarding his private life."
"In 2014 the question of whether someone is or is not gay is antiquated. (As it happens he isn't, though if he were, he would simply have said so). "However, the issue was the false suggestion made by Mr. Varey that Simon - who is renowned for his honesty and candidness - had thus not been truthful in the public arena and this is what we have been obliged to clarify."
Panic! At The Disco turned a Westboro Baptist Church picket into a fundraiser for the Human Rights Campaign by pledging $20 (£11.76) for every protester who showed up at their concert on Sunday night (20Jul14). Hours before taking to the stage for their Kansas City, Missouri tour stop, the rockers discovered the religious extremists were planning a protest outside the venue, and they decided to put a positive spin on the demonstration.
The musicians announced on Twitter.com that for every member of Westboro to show up at the protest, the band will donate $20 (£11.76) to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a civil rights organisation which works to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
Following the concert, they took to the microblogging site to reveal how much money they raised for the charity, writing, "Thank you (Westboro Baptist Church) for the update on the total amount you donated to @HRC today. $20X13= weak. We're going to make it an even $1,000. We will also be donating 5 per cent of our total merch (merchandise) sales from this show to @HRC."
Actor George Takei attempted to persuade Star Trek creator Gene Roddenbery to write an episode that would serve as a "metaphor" for the gay struggle in America, but the TV mogul feared such a plot would turn viewers off. The longtime gay advocate admired Roddenberry's subtle digs at race relations, women's rights issues and international politics in his storylines, and asked him if he could craft a plot about homosexuality.
Takei recalls, "He said, 'We do use metaphors to deal with contemporary issues', but he was treading a very tight rope, because of the fact he was dealing with issues... and he said that if he pushed the envelope too far, then he wouldn't be able to deal with any issue at all."
Takei admits he understood and backed down because he saw how Captain Kirk's interracial kiss with Lieutenant Uhura affected ratings in America's southern states.
He explains, "We were blacked out in the South and our ratings plummeted."
Star Trek icon George Takei has fuelled with his feud with former co-star William Shatner by revealing he was the only member of the sci-fi TV show's cast who didn't realise he was gay. Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu on the show, has been at odds with Shatner for years and in a new TV appearance on comedian Bill Maher's political show Real Time, he took aim at the actor for being too self-centred to realise Takei was a homosexual.
He says, "My colleagues did know but they were cool about it because they knew that if I made a public statement about it or made it very obvious, then my career would be destroyed. But it just went right over his (Shatner) head. He was the only one that didn't know.
"At the end of the week we (would) have our wrap parties and they (cast and crew) bring their wives and husbands and boyfriends or girlfriends, and I quite regularly brought 'a buddy'."
Takei further slams Shatner, admitting it was often difficult working with him.
He adds, "Canadians have a certain image of being even-tempered and friendly and all that. Well, he is a person who is that way with himself. He is very self-centred.
"We work together and we're professionals, so we get the work done, but it's with a lot of difficulty."