982 posts categorized "GENDER"

Oct 19 2021
Happy Birthday, Divine! + Marvel's ETERNALS Gay Superhero Is Almost Here + Trump Dumps On Powell + Billy Porter: #DIDITFIRST + MORE! — 6-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Today would've been Divine's 76th birthday. He'd be around the same age as Cher and Dolly Parton. Instead, we lost him in 1988. Still remember the sting when a co-worker told me. I didn't believe her (no Internet) and went back to my dorm and dug through recycled newspapers to find the obit.

BELOW: Keep reading for Marvel's foray into LGBTQ representation, Billy Porter's bold proclamation, how MTV hopes to fight for our rights and more ...

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Oct 15 2021
Gay Jealousy + Lance & Michael Are Dads + Cher Sues + Trump: I'M NOT INTO GOLDEN SHOWERS + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Halloween is a time to dress up — or undress up.

BELOW: Keep reading for court cases, gay issues, Sex Education, Dave Chappelle and I Love Lucy ...

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Oct 14 2021
Lil Nas X's Biggest Release Yet + Sinema Sunk? + Dicks & Gore + MORE! — 6-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Drawn to him.

BELOW: Keep reading for Lil Nas X's biggest release, Sinema in deep shit and more ...

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Oct 11 2021
Timothée Chalamet As Willy Wonka + Superman Comes Out As Bi + Bradley Whitford Will Make You Hard + Inside Charles Busch's Lair + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Timothée Chalamet unveils his Wonka look.

BELOW: Keep reading for the new DNA, Biden's rebound, Superbisexualman and more ...

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Oct 06 2021
Dave Chappelle Still Trashing Trans Women With Help From Netflix + NYC Union Head Resigns + In Virginia Beach, Racist Harassment Is UNPLEASANT + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: He's got a couple of good points.

BELOW: Keep reading for Dave Chappelle trashing trans women (again), one of the worst NYC cop spox goes down, Tina Turner sells out (in a good way) and more ...

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Sep 29 2021
Luke Evans As Bond? + RIP Gay Actor Tommy Kirk + Lewandowski Accused Of Groping A Trump Donor + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Frame this!

BELOW: Luke Evans as Bond? and more ...

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Aug 31 2021
Afghanistan: Over & Out + LGBTQ History At Colonial Williamsburg + Vintage Gay Nightlife Of Greensboro + MORE! — 6-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Everybody run ...

BELOW: Keep reading for the end of the U.S.'s longest war, LGBTQ elements in the colonies, gay nightlife in Greensboro and more ...

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Aug 29 2021
Alexandra Billings Schools Cameron Mackintosh On Trans Actors In The Theater: I AM AN ACTOR ... NOT A GIMMICK Comments (0)

Alexandra-billings-cameron-mackintosh-boycultureMorrible argument (Images via Joan Marcus & video still)

British theater legend Cameron Mackintosh — a billionaire who's never forgotten what it was like to stand in line for the cheap seats, guffaw — recently said in an interview that casting a transgender actor would “damage the integrity” of a classic show, calling it a “gimmick.”

Discussing his (pretty darn shitty) musical version of Mary Poppins and whether Mary could be played by a trans actor, Mackintosh said:

You can’t implant something that is not inherently there in the story or character, that’s what I think. Just to do that, that becomes gimmick casting. It’s trying to force something that isn’t natural.

“Unnatural” — definitely what trans people love to hear from potential employers.

His comment is as dated as he is (he's 74) because it harkens to the olden days, when transgender and other gender-related issues in pieces were, by definition, gimmicks. How many old movies and TV shows with twist endings encouraged us as viewers to declare, “That's a MAN!” half-way through?

It's not like that anymore. A trans performer's transness isn't necessarily a plotpoint; they are simply the character. Trans women are women, trans men are men. They don't have to be acknowledged within the show as trans. Nobody is asking that Mary Poppins be rewritten so that she's an out and proud trans woman kicking up her heels in 1910.

Mackintosh's interview also reveals he is fan of so-called color-blind casting — which makes drawing the line at trans actors even more of a head-scratcher.

Trans icon Alexandra Billings, who has seen a lot of success in recent years on TV and on the stage (she's currently on Broadway, remember that?), had the absolute best response to Mackintosh, a firm and respectful counterpoint to his pointless line in the sand:

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