- November 2021
In addition to naming a Sexiest Man Alive each year, People magazine also releases several lists of sexiest men, presumably on the theory that you can't have too much of a good thing.
The 2021 list of the 25 sexiest men on TV includes "911: Lone Star" actor Brian Michael Smith. Never before has a transgender man been included on one of People's sexiest men lists.
"I've been called many things, this is a first," quipped Smith on social media. "Big love to People for the historic shout-out."
Now that Smith has broken this barrier of mainstream acceptance, he gets to experience the same thing as all the cisgender men People has declared sexy: stress over how to stay that way.
- June 2021
Check out what Alan Muraoka, who plays the current owner of Hooper's Store on "Sesame Street," posted yesterday on Facebook.
"'Sesame Street' has always been a welcoming place of diversity and inclusion. So I'm so excited to introduce Nina's Brother Dave, his husband Frank, and their daughter Mia to our sunny street. Our Family Day episode drops today on HBOMax and on YouTube," wrote Muraoka. "I am so honored and humbled to have co-directed this important and milestone episode. Love is love, and we are so happy to add this special family to our 'Sesame' family. Happy Pride to all!!!!"
What a positive addition. Now maybe we gay folks can stop pressuring Bert and Ernie to come out. They're just not ready.
- April 2021
Photo by John-Mark Smith from Pexels
I've mentioned before that I'd rather swim with piranhas and Donald Trump Jr. than watch reality TV.
So I had no idea who Colton Underwood was until yesterday when news of his coming out as gay seemed to be everywhere. Now the star of the 23rd season of "The Bachelor" is getting his own reality show on Netflix, apparently about living his life as a gay man.
Geez, if we could all monetize our coming out, most of us would've done it a lot sooner.
Anyway, I'll give the last word to another well-known and gay TV figure. When the Underwood news broke yesterday, Andy Cohen tweeted "You’re free now, @colton. A toaster is on its way."
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