The Blend: ‘Glee’ In NYC, Ruffalo Talks ‘The Normal Heart’ And Groff Is A Grand Marshall

by | April 23, 2014 at 11:32 AM | LGBT

  • I’ll be the first to admit that I’m often hard on Fox’s Gleefor less than consistent storytelling, silly situations and the ridiculous way they repeatedly dress Blaine (Darren Criss) but the musical numbers typically are the saving grace. Case in point, as the show shifts the rest of this season to New York City, last night’s episode, “Opening Night” featured Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch in a number that brought the spirit of the Big Apple to the show. Enjoy the number here.
  • Daniel Franzese, who played gay teen Damian in the popular 2004 film Mean Girls” starring Lindsay Lohan and Tina Fey (who also wrote the script), has come out of the closet and talked of his journey to coming out. Read the story here. 
  • HBO’s The Normal Heartdoesn’t air for another month (May 25th, to be exact) but more and more buzz is building about the film. First up is Matt Bomer, who told Out.com that working on the film was life changing, including “The Normal Heart” playwright Larry Kramer.  “I was pretty starstruck,” Bomer says of the meeting arranged by the film’s director Ryan Murphy. “It was like meeting one of the Beatles. He was so central to my understanding and development. We talked for a really long time.” It took that meeting for Kramer to email Murphy and proclaim, “He’s the one.”

Matt Bomer (OUT)

During the interview, Bomer, whose USA series White Collarwill be wrapping it’s run this year, also said, ““You’re really lucky as an artist if you get a role that changes you as a person…it taught me how to access myself on a completely different level as an artist. And it blew my mind in terms of the level of unconditional love between Ned and Felix—my goodness, if these people could incorporate this into their lives, under their circumstances, why can’t I?” (The entire interview will be featured in the June/July issue of OUT.)

  • On Monday’s HuffPost Live, actor Mark Ruffalo talked about taking on the role of Ned Weeks in the upcoming HBO film adaptation of “The Normal Heart.” He explained, “I have a lot of compassion for the struggle of people and I was growing up during the AIDS epidemic and I saw how cruel and insensitive people were to these people suffering. And it sort of has been forgotten, what happened in our culture during those times…and the small group of people who instituted vast change and brought us to the point today where gay marriage is almost as common as [traditional] marriage right now. That was an important story that needed to be told.” The actor added, “Sometimes you’re lucky as an actor. Sometimes you get a part that you can tap into your own beliefs or your own passion or your own sensibilities and that was one of them.” You can watch the full interview here.
  • Ian Somerhalder is single. Discuss…or be like Sharon Osbourne and just grill the “Vampire Diaries” star about what exactly he’s looking for, as she did on yesterday’s episode of “The Talk.” At least he was a good sport about it!

Get your Harvey Milk stamp on May 22nd!

  • The Harvey Milk Stamp is coming May 22nd but here’s what it looks like. A ceremony will take place on that day at the White House with another ceremony taking place in San Francisco on May 28th. Truly inspiring though I wonder how many people realize ‘Oh, he doesn’t look like Sean Penn!’ (Penn won the Best Actor Academy Award in 2009 for playing “Milk in the Gus Van Sant film of the same name.
  • New York City’s Gay Pride this summer announced their Grand Marshalls this week - Laverne Cox (“Orange Is The New Black”), Jonathan Groff (“Looking“) and Rea Carey (Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force). David Studinski, the Pride March Director, said in a statement, “Our 2014 marshals are leaders in brilliant forms of activism through which LGBT people and their allies engage. Individually, they represent the diversity within the LGBT community and the various struggles our community members have and continue to face. Collectively, their stories reinforce that no voice is too small nor weak to make change in our world – and it starts with being yourself.” New York City’s Gay Pride March takes place on June 29th and marks the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
  • The Trevor Project’s Trevor NextGen will be celebrating its second annual Prom – a fundraiser supporting the organization’s life-saving work for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. PROM: A NIGHT OUT FOR TREVOR will be hosted by YouTube sensations Jessica and Hunter, and include special performances by singer/songwriter Eli Lieb (Young Love) and RuPaul’s Drag Race favorite Shangela. Trevor NextGen’s Prom will take place under the stars on the rooftop of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 31. “In one spectacular evening, we seek to create a prom experience that many members of the LGBT community have never had,” say Trevor NextGen LA Co-Chairs Adam Hunt and Grant Sloss. “Discrimination, ridicule, and harassment have caused many LGBTQ teens and adults to associate this iconic school event with pain, loneliness, and heartbreak. “A Night Out For Trevor” provides a second chance to enjoy this memorable milestone with love, support, and pride.” To get your tickets, visit the Trevor Project website.

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