If it’s Friday, that means a Friday Funday edition of 5 LGBTQ Things! We’re all overwhelmed with troubling, stressful headlines on a daily basis, so enjoy a dose of good news, inspirational stories and pop culture nuggets as you begin your weekend!
1. Joey Pollari, the 23-year-old actor who plays Lyle in “Love, Simon,” in theaters nationwide today, opens up to The Advocate, revealing that he himself is gay and that he closely relates to the titular character in the film. “His experience was similar to mine,” the former Disney star said. “I think all my friends and family knew on some level. I think maybe two people were shocked. The only part that was difficult was me coming out to myself.”
2. “Will & Grace” star Sean Hayes (Jack) guested on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this week, and the two engaged in what DeGeneres playfully dubbed a “battle of the gays.” Hayes bragged that Emmy-winning series “Will & Grace” is more successful than DeGeneres’s old sitcom “Ellen,” which was canceled in 1998, soon after her character came out as a lesbian. “That’s right, I had to come out first for you all to do that sitcom,” she retorted.
3. The pansexual New York rapper Angel Haze, known for her song “Battle Cry” featuring Sia, has changed her name to Roes and is identifying as “agender,” but the rapper isn’t fussy about pronouns. “I sound like four people when I get written about as ‘they.’ It drives me crazy. If you call me ‘him’ or ‘her’ it doesn’t matter to me. I don’t consider myself of any sex. I consider myself an experience.”
4. When your hose have got a run, you haven’t shaved and you need some ass-kicking foot fashions to go with your cha-cha heels, enter the new Divine “Eat Shit” socks. These numbers are basically the gayest darned socks we’ve ever seen. Sure to put a smile on the face of the Resistance-weary John Waters fan in your life. The Gumball Poodle socks are locally available at Brushstrokes and at Square Foot in Decatur.
5. Bisexual actor Alan Cumming discusses his history-making turn in “Instinct,” which premieres Sunday night at 8 p.m. on CBS. The show features the first gay leading character in a drama on network television.