Globe (January 28, 2013) has a unique perspective on Cher's recent, odd-seeming deal with LOGO—they think she just did it so Chaz could land a part. Cher's no stranger to a lot of work, but it sure seems like a lot of work to employ your son.
Girlfriend's room was covered in Phantom of the Opera merch!
A slew of household-name LGBT people appear in a powerful new ad to re-elect President Obama, including Jane Lynch, Billie Jean King, Chaz Bono, Wanda Sykes, George Takei, Zachary Quinto and this budding queen above.
National Enquirer (June 4, 2012) has been on Stephen Ira Beatty's case like a paparazzo's lens on Britney's fingernails. Now, they're reporting that Annette Bening and Warren Beatty's transgendered son is missing his femme side and has put off gender-reassignment surgery indefinitely in spite of already having his breasts removed. Chaz, it's your move. Here's hoping that at least one shred of the story is true, that being that Stephen Ira is happy and "loves his body."
I hired my sweet pal Brad as my videographer and met him at the Westin Bonaventure just in time to check in and take our places. I kind of hate how the carpet was set up—the guests were allowed to congregate behind us to stargaze, which was distracting. But it was nothing compared to the women two spots down from me whose entire goal was to flash a huge "FREE GAY HUGS!" sign and video themselves receiving said hugs from roughly two-thirds of the celebrities who walked. (And I thought I was lame with my aggressive pic-with requests!) They were so damn loud! Luckily, they didn't ruin any of my interviews, but only by sheer luck.
Brad's mic needed batteries (he's blond; sorry, Brad) so I wound up videoing my own first chat, with Jennifer Tyrrell. She's the lesbian mom recently booted as a den mother by the virulently homophobic Boy Scouts of America. Smart woman and immediately likable. Unreal that they're getting away with that crap. I was a cub scout (I bailed on Webelos mainly because...what the fuck is a Webelo???) and fondly remember my Pinewood Derby racing days as well as the hillbilly band we assembled for a talent night. Not to mention the father/son cook-off, in which my father and I had a well-appreciated coconut cream pie. But still, fuck the Scouts.
My first stars were Angela Featherstone (STUH-nning, but my campadre confessed she had been an ice queen on a recent shoot) and Michelle Paradise of Exes & Ohs. No Megan Cavanagh, but they were delightful.
Next, I snagged Grant Gustin of Glee. I don't really follow the show, but no one that cute is getting past me without a third degree. He's adorable and quite articulate, even if he refers to gay people as "homosexuals," which totally didn't offend me because he was totally doing it to sound smart, not homophobic. I had a homosexual crush on various parts of him.
Max Adler from the same show was equally adorable and charming. He's passionate about his role, even though it came as a total shocker that his bullying character would be written as a late-blooming man-lover.
Lots of gender-related issues in the 'bloids this week. First off is Star (January 23, 2012), which claims Bruce Jenner is a crossdresser. Crossdresser is nothing like being transgender; lots of straight guys do it. Not many straight guys cut off their superhot, masculine faces when they're still really young and wind up looking like women in or out of clothes like Bruce did, but still. The story goes that the late Papa Kardashian (one of O.J.'s attorneys) married a chick who now claims she suspected Bruce was wearing her things on occasion. Do with this info what you will.
Next, National Enquirer (January 23, 2012) has this adorable before-and-after set of pic-withs starring Chastity and then Chaz Bono and a longtime fan, Alan Stewart. The fan says, "The exterior might look different, but his sweet disposition hasn't changed at all."
The same issue documents the fact that Warren Beatty and Annette Bening's transgender son, Stephen, has announced: "I'm trans and gay. Double the fun!" They also claim he's in love with a man. Good for him, if true. And good for NE because the phrase they used was "in love with another guy." Sure, it's sensationalized, but it's also acknowledging that Stephen is just that—a guy.
National Enquirer (January 16, 2012) claims that Chaz Bono has all but disowned his mom Cher after a knock-down, drag-out fight in which Cher said she didn't think Chaz's ex-fiancée had ever loved him. Sad if true.
National Enquirer (January 2, 2012) claims that Warren Beatty has finally accepted his transgender son, Stephen Ira Beatty (formerly Kathlyn), after a period of estrangement. Hoping they got this one right.
Stephen Ira recently made headlines by criticizing Chaz Bono for being a "misogynist" in remarks he's made on his own gender journy.
With all the lunatics freaking out about Chaz Bono being shown on television's Dancing With the Stars—where kids might SEE him!—it's refreshing to read 79-year-old hoofer Debbie Reynolds's take on the situation, which is: "Don't like this? Turn it off!" They're ridiculously out of place in the otherwise rather reactionary Globe (September 26, 2011), but her supportive words about transgender issues are welcome.