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Schitt’s Creek star Noah Reid didn’t want to play Patrick ‘a certain way’

Schitt's Creek Noah Reid

Patrick and David’s relationship on Schitt’s Creek melted the hearts of fans across the world (Screenshot/Netflix)

Schitt’s Creek star Noah Reid has said he “never felt the need” to play gay character Patrick “a certain way”.

Reid collectively melted the hearts of queer people across the world with his portrayal of David Rose’s love interest Patrick in Schitt’s Creek, the comedy that took the world by storm when it landed on Netflix.

Reflecting on his time on the show, which ended in April after a six-season run, Reid – who is straight – said he never tried to play the character a certain way based on his sexuality.

When asked what he thinks of the ongoing debate around straight actors playing gay characters, Reid told the Irish Independent: “I agree with it on many scores. I also feel like Patrick is just a guy who’s attracted to another guy.”

Schitt’s Creek star Noah Reid didn’t want to play gay character Patrick ‘a certain way’ based on his sexuality.

He added: “I never felt the need to play Patrick a certain way based on his sexuality – I sort of approached him as if he were me and he was attracted to somebody.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Reid reflected on his memorable acoustic performance of Tina Turner’s “The Best” in the series, saying it “opened up a door to a music career” that he previously didn’t know was possible.

“Dan [Levy] had written that song into the episode, and I think the line was, ‘Patrick performers a surprisingly beautiful version of Tina Turner’s ‘The Best’, which was a lot to process.

“At the table read, I went up to Dan and said, ‘OK, so you’re going to make me sing, huh?’ and he was like, ‘Yeah, and this song is actually quite important to me, so don’t f**k it up.’”

I never felt the need to play Patrick a certain way based on his sexuality – I sort of approached him as if he were me and he was attracted to somebody.

Reid also admitted that he was “nervous” joining Schitt’s Creek in 2017, when the show already had an established fanbase.

“I was certainly nervous about showing up to an established show,” he said.

“Catherine [O’Hara] and Eugene [Levy] are these giants in Canadian comedy – and all over the world – but for us, we’re well aware that they’re at the absolute height.

“I was just really blown away by their generosity and welcoming nature. They made it real easy for me to step into that show and feel like I was part of it.

“There was a wonderful interpersonal vibe on that set that you don’t come across all the time, and I think that’s down to Eugene and Catherine approaching it like the genuine people they are.

“Nobody could flex any ego if they weren’t flexing any ego, so there just wasn’t any, really, on set.”

Supernova star doesn’t know if straight actors should play gay

Colin Firth

Colin Firth at the “Supernova” premiere in London on October 11, 2020 (Tim P Whitby/Getty/BFI)

Colin Firth has declined to weigh in on whether straight actors should be able to play gay roles, admitting it’s something he’s given “a lot of thought”.

Firth plays a gay man in his upcoming film Supernova, a tearjerker about a couple who embark on a road trip as one of them grapples with dementia. He also took on a gay role in in 2010’s A Single Man.

The actor was questioned on whether it was right for him to do so in an interview for December’s issue of Attitude, but said he remained undecided.

“I don’t have a final position on this,” he replied. “I think the question is still alive. It’s something I take really seriously, and I gave it a lot of thought before doing this.”

He continued: “Whenever I take on anything, I think it’s an insufferable presumption. I don’t really feel I have the right to play the character. That’s always the starting point. What do I know about this person’s life?

“How can I presume to set foot in this person’s lived experience, let alone try to represent it?”

His Supernova co-star Stanley Tucci, who also played a gay character in The Devil Wears Prada, added: “For so many years, gay men and women have had to hide their homosexuality in showbusiness to get the roles they wanted – that’s the problem here.

“Anybody should be able to play any role that they want to play – that’s the whole point of acting.”

Unfortunately, the question of whether straight actors should play gay characters is likely to remain an issue while access to film roles continues to be unequal across the board.

A recent GLAAD report found that although representation of white gay men is constantly improving in major studio films, representation of other queer people is dismal, and trans and non-binary characters were found to be non-existent in major studio releases from 2019.

An analysis of 118 films across eight major studios found that only 22 (18.6 per cent) included an LGBT+ character, and only nine gave LGBT+ characters more than 10 minutes of screen time.

When those few roles are given to straight actors rather than LGBT+ ones, it throws up an additional barrier to queer people being able to tell their own stories on the big screen.

Queer high-school football star opens up about sexual abuse

Jake Bain sexual abuse

Jake Bain opened up about his experience of sexual abuse (It Gets Better campaign screenshot/YouTube)

Jake Bain, the high-school football star who made headlines when he came out as gay, has opened up about being sexually abused by his father.

Bain became one of the first openly queer athletes at the NCAA Division I level when he came out publicly in 2018 when he was still a high school student. He ended his football career in 2019 and later came out as pansexual.

Now, Bain has opened up about his experience of sexual abuse in a statement shared on Twitter.

“I have in my possession over 20 pages of court documents, detailing the abuse that me, and many others endured at the hands of my father,” Bain wrote.

“To protect the confidentiality of those who are mentioned in these documents, I won’t release them to the public.”

Bain said he believes it should be “public knowledge” that his father was allegedly found to be “showering with other students”. He also accused his father of engaging in “inappropriate” email conversations with young people and said he had students visit his house for “sleepovers”.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that none of this behaviour is appropriate for any adult to be displaying,” Bain wrote.

He said that his father is still coaching basketball and urged anyone who is still employing him to terminate his contract immediately.

Jake Bain made global headlines when he came out in 2018.

In 2018, Bain was recruited by Indiana State and went on to play for the Sycamores as a freshman before he quit football in 2019, saying he wanted to focus on his studies.

Bain’s coming out story went global in 2018 when he told the St Louis Post-Dispatch that hiding his sexuality had made him less effective as a player.

“When you’re kind of half yourself, showing everyone half yourself pretty much, it weighs on you,” Bain said at the time.

“I definitely always tried to play to that macho status of a football player with a girlfriend, so I was definitely trying to cover all the bases so people wouldn’t find out.

“I had a couple girlfriends in high school at Burroughs. People used to always describe me as a ladies man. … I was still questioning what I really wanted.”

Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of sexual violence. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

International dance star Dosu on the power of breakin’, and heading to the Olympics / Queerty

International dance star Dosu on the power of breakin’, and

This post is part of a series of Queerty conversations with models, trainers, dancers, and, well, people who inspire us to stay in shape–or just sit on the couch ogling them instead.

Name: Dosu, 27

City: Philadelphia, PA. I’m originally from Lima, Peru. I’ve been in the US for six years now.

Occupation: Professional dancer and licensed massage therapist

Favorite Gym: I don’t have a favorite gym. I go with my friends from New Jersey to Crunch, but to be honest, I usually just use parks.

Do you have a favorite exercise playlist? It depends on the day and how I feel. I usually go with hip-hop because it’s just great for break dancing. Sometimes I go with music from the 80s or 90s, pop music from those days. It just depends.

What’s the best food to eat prior to a workout? For me, anyway, I don’t eat much before working out, especially before dancing. I feel that it gets really heavy in my body, and I feel like I don’t have that much energy. So before a work out I will eat some fruit or vegetables before working out. After working out I will eat a very balanced meal.

What’s the best outfit for working out? Sweatpants and a t-shirt.

How do you balance staying in shape and having fun? With COVID it’s kind of hard since there’s not much to do. But usually, I prep 2 days of meals for me and I make sure I stay busy so I don’t think about food. I try not to watch commercials that are food-related because my appetite kicks in. I don’t have sweets in my place. I don’t keep things that are not good for me. When I go shopping, I don’t go hungry.

What’s a basic, if useful, work out tip you can offer? Jogging. That gets you going and makes your lungs stronger. It works for me.

Obviously, dance is a great way to stay prepared. What is it about dance for you that is so satisfying?

What isn’t? It’s everything. I love to dance. I’m Latino; it’s in my veins. As a kid, I would walk by the kitchen and my sister would pull me and just start dancing with me. So I grew up with that. With breakin’ [break dancing], it’s just the feeling of creating. It’s not just about the spins and everything, which are great, and which I love to do. But also, the creativity that comes out of creating new steps. It’s like painting—it’s everything.

Related: Stage star and trainer Sam Leicht, on how sports can build a bridge to queer acceptance

You’re trained in ballet, classical dance, jazz dance. What is it about break dancing that you find so wonderful?

In Peru, I was in the dance corps. I took five years of dance. But when I was there, I saw a group of guys doing spins on their heads. And I fell in love with it. I asked if they could teach me, and they taught me a couple moves. I took it from there. To me, breakin’ took me in. I don’t know exactly why; it just looked so cool. I just wanted to be like them so I went for it.

You’ve spoken quite frankly about the difficulty of coming out within the typically macho, hetero male break dancing world. What was that coming out like?

It wasn’t easy at all. When I was in Peru, most of my friends who were gay were going to ballet. Though I like doing it, I didn’t feel identified with it. So I didn’t come out in Peru at all. It was hard to come out there and not be judged, especially for the breakdancing community. I was already doing great in Peru and getting known as a dancer there. When I moved to the States, I actually came out. I started meeting other dancers and had good friendships with them. I let them know that I’m gay. It was really hard, especially for people that I looked up to. They were celebrities to me. I didn’t know how they’d react when they found out. But people in my group, when I told them, were very supportive. Some other people stopped talking to me. Because I was gay and I was in break dancing—they said “That’s not hip hop.” But I got positive reactions from most people. It was hard, but it was worth it.

When you go through a coming out like that, how does that change your outlook? How does it prepare you for day to day life?

Art in general is therapeutic. When I’m sad, I dance. I mix breakin’ with contemporary styles. I just feel myself and let myself go. If I feel happy, I’ll dance with any type of music. It takes me out of it—whatever I’m going through. When I finish dancing I feel happier. I feel great; it’s like starting my day again.

We hear about how dancers can eat almost anything and still remain in shape. We also hear that often times dancers become enormously overweight later in life. One of those sounds enormously beneficial. How do you avoid the other if you have to stop dancing?

I will never will stop dancing. I will always have time for dancing—that’s one of my priorities in life. But, it’s easier for me now to gain weight than it was before, so I need to be extra careful with what I eat, or control how many calories I eat.

You’re a big advocate of including dancing—specifically, break dancing—as a sport. Why should we think of it as a sport?

It’s very controversial. A lot of people think breaking is dance, that it could never be called a sport. Other people say it is a sport because it’s very gymnastic. It’s dance-sport. It’s going to be part of the Olympics. So I’m really happy—dance is moving forward and people are paying more attention to it. The attention is deserved. I’m all for it. But it’s not just a sport.

How do you work to be prepared for the Olympics physically, emotionally and psychologically?

It’s an everyday thing. I try not to think that far ahead because I’ll get in my head and go crazy. I want to compete in the Olympics. I’ll do that with everyday goals—daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals. I achieve those, and I know it’s going to give me good training. I’ll achieve it. When I get to the Olympics, I’ll be ready.

What do you keep on your nightstand? My mom’s picture and a picture of my two cats. And water.

Bonus pics: 

So there’s a cult run by a former gay adult film star? Be afraid… / Queerty

So there’s a cult run by a former gay adult

Welcome to Screen Gems, our weekend dive into queer and queer-adjacent titles of the past that deserve a watch or a rewatch.

The Aptly-Named: Holy Hell

Director Will Allen made this doc about his own 20-year stint in a West Hollywood-based cult led by–it’s true–a former adult film performer. Comprised of interviews of former members, as well as copious home video footage shot by Allen, Holy Hell examines the rise of the Buddhafield, a combination of environmentalist commune and spiritual movement. For gay men enduring the pain of the AIDS epidemic in the late 80s and early 1990s, it offers an accepting reprieve from an otherwise hostile religious landscape. A mysterious leader named Michel presides over it all, keeping creepy watch over his flock often while wearing a speedo and little else. Yet the downright silliness–and yes, it is very silly at times, by design–conceals something far more sinister as stories of psychological torture, manipulation and even rape begin to surface.

The participants of Holy Hell, especially Allen himself, bare their souls and experiences with little ego or reservation. That goes a long way toward giving the film its power, and its lasting creepiness. When Michel’s origins finally do surface, they only add to the insanity of it all, which drives home the film’s main point: cults seldom begin with nefarious purposes, nor do the participants seek to join one. Harrowing, scary, and always jaw-dropping, Holy Hell will likely inspire a giggle or two of disbelief. That only makes the menace of it all so much creepier.

Streams on YouTube & Amazon.

Sunday Funday and “Star Trek: Discovery” Knows the Future Isn’t Cis

Sunday Funday and "Star Trek: Discovery" Knows the Future Isn't

Here we are, back at another week of being in our homes. I am so grateful for my home, and the fact that I am able to live out this quarantine in relative safety, but let me tell you, as someone who lives alone/doesn’t drive and therefore knows it’s unsafe to have a pod, I’m so sad and lonely. I cried watching an old recording of my synagogue sing Lecha Dodi this week because like, will we ever gather again like that? Will I ever have a need for a slightly modest dress and heels again? Will I ever gossip with my nail girl again while she roasts me for biting my nails or breaking my acrylics? I don’t know. Joy feels hard to come by. But I have to believe it’s there. I have to, I have to, I have to. Even if it’s just by vicariously living through Niecy Nash’s new marriage. I don’t know y’all, this shit is hard.

Here’s some joy. Come get y’alls juice.


+ Carmen mentioned it in this week’s AAA, but it’s worth mentioning again, that Julianne Moore and Janelle Monáe look amazing in the upcoming film The Glorias

+ I honestly love the NYT’s “Overlooked No More” obituary series? Like almost as much as the weddings section when there’s more than one queer announcement. This week they’re talking about Charlotta Bass, the first Black woman to run as Vice President and prolific journalist.

+ 25 scenes of female empowerment that made people feel feelings.

+ In the 1920s, just as in the 2020s, meaningful change begins and happens at a local level. Edith Ainge helped by using her local knowledge to shape the national conversation on women’s suffrage.

+ Despite nationwide prejudice, trans people in Haiti are finding refuge in The Kay Trans Haiti Center.

+ If you miss concerts, may I suggest Brandi Carlile?

+ This is the most boring good news, but a church in Georgia historically attached to the United Methodist Church (you may remember they made a terrible decision to exclude LGBTQ+ people last year) decided to take the correct step and officially leave the denomination. Any Methodists in Georgia looking for a church that lives out its beliefs, maybe check out Asbury Memorial.

+ Troop Beverly Hills is officially getting a sequel! Every movie with women in uniforms is a part of my root, so I will be watching this.

+ Did we know the musical The Prom about some lesbian teens going to a prom is being made into a movie?? (We did! It was in this week’s Pop Culture Fix!)  Did we know Meryl Streep is in it with a red wig?!

+ AHH ANOTHER SURPRISE LESBIAN WEDDING! Fawzia Mirza wed Andria Wilson and yes, I did cry.

+ Drag queens and trans women in Indianapolis’s queer history. (Content Note: the post uses words historically used to describe trans people which we no longer use)

+ Netflix’s Away offers us Chinese lesbians in space! Kinda!

+ I literally only have CBS All Access for Star Trek: Discovery and we’re now getting TWO trans characters on the show!!! Yes! Good! Anthony Rapp is also thrilled.

+ Mulan is on our collective minds, so here’s some more non-canonical Disney queer films to make you wanna write fanfiction. (Also: Every Disney Princess Ranked In Order Of Lesbianism by… me!)

+ “Female truckers to honor women’s suffrage.” IDK, just say lesbians??? I’m kidding…. sort of.

+ In the vein of offering you some music to bring you queer joy: Katie Pruitt’s Expectations is just straight up gay country.


Sending you love and queer joy. Happy Sunday, shavua tov, go love yourself because the universe wants you to do so. I love you so much, I’m so happy we have this time with one another each week. Be well my friends.

Chi Chi DeVayne, star of ‘Drag Race,’ has died at the age of 34 / Dragaholic on Queerty

Chi Chi DeVayne, star of ‘Drag Race,’ has died at

Zavion Davenport, better known as drag superstar Chi Chi DeVayne, has reportedly died. She was only 34.

The RuPaul’s Drag Race season 8 and All Stars season 3 contestant became a favorite among fans and fellow queens alike with her magnetic personality and ability to destroy a performance.

DeVayne had been open about her health struggles, including her diagnosis with with scleroderma, a “rare, potentially life-threatening condition caused by the immune system attacking the tissue under the skin, and around internal organs and blood vessels, which can also cause scarring and thickening of tissue.”

In July, DeVayne was hospitalized due to suspected kidney failure. She told fans she began dialysis treatment before being discharged.

A crowdfunding campaign to support her had grown following her most recent hospitalization last week, reportedly to fight pneumonia.

In an Instagram story posted just days ago, DeVayne told her followers: “Hey guys, I’m back in. Keep me in your prayers, I’ll be back soon.”

Many fellow Drag Race contestants and queens who knew her have taken to social media to share their condolances:

Padma Lakshmi also knew how bright of a star was lost, and shared one of Chi Chi’s most memorable lip syncs:

We’ll leave you with this look back at some of Chi Chi’s Drag Race moments, which only scratch the surface of everything this entrancing performer had to offer:

What’s it like to be a gay adult film star mid-Covid? Jimmy Fowlie digs deep. / Queerty

What’s it like to be a gay adult film star

Nikki Spitz spent years priding himself on being the nastiest one in the room. Then Covid hit.

The adult industry, like so many other industries, was suddenly turned upside-down and lockdown made Spitz realize it’s pretty difficult to humiliate yourself on camera. Go on, try it; we’ll wait.

Related: WATCH: Find love in quarantine with Christine (and Jimmy Fowlie)

So Spitz, the latest sketch creation from comedian/writer Jimmy Fowlie, had to make some life changes.

Watch below, and bonus points to Fowlie for managing to squeeze in legitimately useful pandemic info:

Erasure taps Amanda LePore, Manila Luzon, Raja and other legends to star in latest video / Dragaholic on Queerty

Erasure taps Amanda LePore, Manila Luzon, Raja and other legends

Amanda LePore, Manila Luzon and Raja in the new video from Erasure
L-R: Amanda LePore, Manila Luzon and Raja (Images: YouTube)

British electronic duo Erasure is gearing up to drop their 18th (yes, 18th!) studio album, The Neon, next week. As a taster, they’ve just released a new track and a video featuring some well-known trans and drag superstars.

“Nerves of Steel” is a classic Erasure song, with a thumping 80s-sounding synth background and Bell’s soaring vocals.

Watch.

The band isn’t featured in the video at all. Instead, it showcases a smorgasbord of drag and trans performers, including Amanda LePore, Raja (RPDR S3), Manila Luzon (RPDR S3), and Morgan McMichaels (RPDR S2).

“This is my favorite track from the album,” Erasure singer Andy Bell said in a statement. “I am truly honored that all our LGBTQIA+ friends were so creative during lockdown and helped us with this joyful video. Thanks for creating such a lovely piece of art!”

One of those included is Nina West (Drag Race S11), who posted her clip to Instagram, saying:

I never thought in a million years that I would ever be in a Erasure video. This is unreal. For all those times i belted out “A Little Respect” on stage or in my shower, or imagined I was a fairy, floating and singing “Oh L’amour”, and even driving to high school in the mornings and jamming out with @meg._it_is_my_name to “Always” – this is a pretty incredible moment. Thank you Andy and Vince.

Related: Travis Scott omits trans icon Amanda Lepore from his album cover

Raja was similarly blown away to be asked, saying on Instagram: “Fourteen-year-old me would never believe I’d be asked to be part of an amazing ensemble of people, in a music video, for #ERASURE !!”

Another, Detox, said, “Erasure has been an integral part of my queer soundtrack from early on and it was a tremendous honor to be included in their new work!”

The full line-up of star-studded cameo appearances runs as follows: 6; Amanda Lepore; Aurora Sexton; Candis Cayne; Cara Melle; Cheddar Gorgeous; CT Hedden; Delta Work; Detox; Honey Davenport; Joey Jay; Kiki Xtravaganza; Manila Luzon; Mayhem Miller; Mercedes Tyler; Morgan McMichaels; Nina West; Pandemonia; Pearl; Raja; Sherry Vine; and Widow Von ‘Du.

The Neon is out August 21.

Related: Manila Luzon schools fragile straight bro at very gay party in ‘Gay Man’

Raising a rock star – My Two Mums

Raising a rock star - My Two Mums

Ever since our little dude could pick up rocks he was filling his pockets with them. Shiny ones, small ones, large ones, rough ones, smooth ones and ones that didn’t even look like rocks. He also started collecting shells, gemstones and fossils, determined to create a collection that could rival any great museum.

At the time it could have been any passing phase, but nearly 4 years have passed and his passion for rocks and fossils has grown. We are lucky to live super close to the Jurassic Coast, the best place in Dorset to discover fossils and beautiful rocks. Which means family time usually turns into fossil time.

Smiling rock star

During this visit we only managed to find some beautiful shells and smooth rocks, but I’ve promised him a visit to a local beach known for it’s ammonites soon, so he was happy with his discoveries.

Handful or rock star
The rock star

I love the care he takes which each of his discoveries. If they are lucky enough to make it home, he washes them and adds them to his giant box of fossils and gems.

Mama and the rock star
Finding rocks
Clara rock star
Family rock star
rock climbing
Mama photographing on the rocks
smiles from the rock star
Love rock star
Rock skimming
All this view rock star
C smiles rock star

For a while now the little dude has told us he wants to be an ologist of some kind. He wants to discover fossils, or explore and find special rocks. I love his thirst for knowledge about his discoveries and enjoy seeing him spend time learning about the ages of the fossils he has and how many years old they are.

So we seem to be raising a rock star and I am quite pleased with that. Because to be honest, as long as he’s happy and doing something he loves, then I’m happy driving him to the next beach for more rocks!