Arts & Entertainment

In the Arts & Entertainment section, The Advocate brings readers all the latest news on Hollywood, Broadway, and beyond. From New York to Los Angeles, The Advocate shines a spotlight on the stars of the screen who are lending their voices to support the LGBT community, as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals who are moving the cultural needle. Discover A-list interviews, the best gay movies and reviews of theater, music, books and television. Learn how Arts & Entertainment can shape national dialogue and can work to advance equality.

In a new Funny or Die video, out actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson plays a congressional candidate of the kind photographed wearing sweater vests with Rick Santorum.

"I shouldn't have to hide who I am," Frank Jenkowski says in a faux news interview, pointing out that he is openly redheaded. He claims to be born that way.

Jenkowski talks about hiding who he is, faces off with some Westboro-like protesters, and endures criticism of his policy agenda from a Fox News contributor.

Watch the video below.

July 17 2012 12:22 PM

Efforts to repeal California's LGBT history curriculum have been thwarted again, after antigay opponents failed to qualify a voter initiative for the 2014 ballot. 

The organizers of Stop SB48 launched a volunteer petition-signing campaign focused largely on churches, according to the Associated Press. The group acquired about 446,000 signatures, short of the necessary 504,760 to get the measure on the ballot. This was the second time that a campaign to repeal SB48 has failed.

July 17 2012 12:16 PM

Despite increasing public pressure, the Boy Scouts of America has decided to maintain its ban on gay members following a secret two-year review process.

July 17 2012 12:11 PM

Bollywood films made in India are beginning to feature gay characters, but some say their portrayal is hackneyed and stereotyped.

“The general effect of an unusual body language or way of speaking could come across as funny, but it’s really not,” Indian actor Gulshan Grover says. "In India, we are not used to seeing gay characters in mainstream films. We tend to exaggerate their qualities."

Leaders in the nation's film industry say women are also marginalized in Bollywood films, often portrayed as dimwitted sexpots.

July 16 2012 3:30 PM