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.

 Conservative Christian group Focus on the Family is once again planning to counter the LGBT-supportive Day of Silence with the Day of Dialogue, which supposedly “encourages open dialogue” about “controversial sexual topics.”

The Day of Silence, sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, will be observed April 20. It has been held in high schools, colleges, and other institutions since the 1990s, with students using silence as a means to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment.

April 12 2012 2:50 PM

The Broadway Bares performers make raising money for Equity Fights AIDS so much fun you might feel a little guilty. But pony up folks, that dollar bill you tuck in that special place is going to help people in need.

Solo Strips harkens back to the Broadway Bares roots, when creator and executive producer Jerry Mitchell organized a benefit burlesque show featuring himself and six friends performing original strips at a bar for a $10 donation plus whatever tips the audience gave the dancers. Solo Strips is a lead-up event to the big show, Broadway Bares, on June 17, and this year's Broadway Bares theme is Happy Endings — the fairy tale kind.

Pictured on the following pages are the featured dancers for this year's event to be held May 6 at XL Club. For more information: 

April 12 2012 2:00 PM

 Darren Criss says he believe the relationship between his Glee character Blaine and Kurt (Chris Colfer) is good and healthy, while being interviewed by Out.

"I think they'll be okay," Criss says. "They have a strong relationship. It’s good, it's healthy. They've become a support system for each other."

April 12 2012 11:21 AM

The giggle fit that enraptured Anderson Cooper while live on AC360 Tuesday now has him accounting for some of the comments that slipped out while he tried to compose himself.

"This is so stupid," he could barely say in between giggles.

Some in Buffalo, New York took offense. That's because Cooper broke into uncontrollable laughter while reporting on Dyngus Day, a holiday celebrated there each year, so naturally they assumed he was calling the day "so stupid" while breaking down.

April 12 2012 10:59 AM

Out performers such as Drew Droege, Sean Maher, Ross Mathews, and Bruce Vilanch were joined by allies such as attorney Gloria Allred, GCB star Mark Deklin, and Traci Lords in celebrating The Advocate's 45th anniversary.

April 11 2012 7:10 PM

The College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., is in the process of creating a more LGBT friendly campus.

John Bello-Ogunu, chief diversity officer of the university, told The Post and Courier that the college recently completed a draft of a strategic plan that would help increase campus diversity.

April 11 2012 5:51 PM

It happened again. Anderson Cooper broke into a giggle fit. This time, because of a holiday called "Dyngus Day." The celebration is apparently big in Buffalo, New York, and involves pussy-willows and men spraying water on their crushes.

The last time this happened to the CNN anchor it was over pee puns. It's obvious Cooper tried to avoid becoming a viral sensation once more, even getting up from behind the anchor desk only to have the camera follow him. He calls the whole experience "torture" in between breaths before finally relenting with a squeal, "just got to let it out."

Watch the video below to see what got him laughing so uncontrollably. Watch the original giggle fit on the following page.

April 11 2012 5:30 PM

A young actor best remembered for an MTV series about a teenager who is anatomically gifted is coming out, according to The Village Voice.

April 11 2012 4:42 PM

MTV star Paul Iacono, 23, came out in an interview with the Village Voice in part to give young people another openly gay example of a successful actor.

"I didn't think I'd be coming out. But why not now?" he told Michael Musto. "I think it's the right time to say something."

Iacono, who starred in The Hard Times of RJ Berger as a teenager suddenly made popular by his large penis, is about to roll out another MTV series, called Kenzie's Scale. In this one, he's plays a gay character.

"The whole reason we came up with Kenzie's Scale is to give young gays characters to look up to," he told Musto. "It's great that we have Chris Colfer, but we need more characters."

Glee's Colfer, 21, is another of the few examples of young actors who are openly gay, and who also plays a gay role on television.

Iacono said his character, Cole, is one half of a straight high school sweetheart couple that moves to New York for college. Then Cole realizes he's gay and the show follows them as the duo remain friends.

The Hard Times, which ran for two seasons, also included a gay storyline when RJ discovers that Max, a popular jock and bully on the show, is secretly gay by finding him in the locker room showers making out with another guy. RJ is in love with the girl Max was dating but still promises he won't tell anyone until Max is ready to come out.

Recent Hollywood stars to come out include Matt Bomer, 34, Zachary Quinto, also 34, and Sean Maher, 36.

See more photos of Iacono on the following pages. 

April 11 2012 3:58 PM

 Actors Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman wonder why gay and lesbian couples who have literally spent their whole adult lives together can't get married when any random man and woman can show up at a Las Vegas chapel and tie the knot.

April 11 2012 11:52 AM