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Jim Parsons is taking New York by storm and Hollywood is watching

The award-winning out actor eyes a new role

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Jim Parsons in ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ (Photo courtesy ‘The Big Bang Theory’)

Every so often, Hollywood produces an actor who has that “it” factor; put them in any role and watch them electrify the screen. In the 1950s, it was thespians like Clark Gable, Cary Grant, James Dean and Gary Cooper that impressed audiences with their charismatic swagger.

These days, watching Jim Parsons perform, you get a whiff of that classic Hollywood charm; it’s no wonder the Emmy, Critics Choice and Golden Globe Award-winning actor has been so successful.

Parsons is that rare dude who blends authenticity with likability, evident in any role he takes on. And he’s non-stop busy, co-starring in the Broadway revival of “The Boys in the Band,” which also features Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, and Matt Bomer.

The veteran actor stars as Sheldon Cooper in CBS’ hit series, “The Big Bang Theory” and executive produces the prequel, “Young Sheldon.”

In the series, he also voices the adult Sheldon, as the story is told through the eyes of Sheldon at the age of 9, and follows him as he enters high school in east Texas. 

“I’ve never done anything like this,” he said during a set visit at the Television Critics Press Tour. “It’s very fun when we do put them together, though.”

Parsons loves the process during the narration.

“I love when they’re almost finished episodes. I’m going in and giving the reel tracks for them, because then we can really time it to the scenes, right as it’s happening.  It makes me laugh a lot of the time,” Parsons said.

If you have been a fan of “Big Bang,” you might have been surprised how nice young Sheldon is to his family, given how quirky adult Sheldon is.

“I think the biggest thing is that, until this show, we’ve only gotten to hear about him through Sheldon’s point of view, which, as we all know, is obviously who knows the reason why he’s taking that point of view,” he said.

Parsons felt his adult character may be “slightly protective,” like some of the things that go on in “Young Sheldon” could be viewed through the lens of his “intimate diary, something he wouldn’t say, and you wouldn’t have heard on the show.”

“And it’s like this is really how it happened, even though, for whatever reason, he’s couching it in certain terms,” he noted.

“This is the first time anyone has really gotten to explore him as a real fleshed out human.  And so he’s revealing himself not to be such an ass, after all.  I don’t know….I love what’s happening with it, though,” Parsons added.

Veteran executive producer Chuck Lorre has loved working with Parsons.

“It’s a magical ability to play as difficult a character as Jim plays and make him beloved,” said Lorre. “It’s a beloved character, you know, in the world of Archie Bunker and Danny DeVito, on ‘Taxi.’ There has been a handful of people who had that incredible ability of an actor to make an abhorrent human being beloved. But it’s very difficult to do. And, Jim, obviously, just has perfected it.”

Parsons also has a new family drama out, “A Kid Like Jake,” with his production company, That’s Wonderful Productions. In the film, he and his wife try to figure out the competitive world of NYC kindergarten admissions while trying to care for their gender non-conforming son.

Trans director Silas Howard loves Parsons’ sense of humor.

“He’s no slacker when it comes to comic timing. But I love how he was so committed and never winking at the camera. I feel like it’s really grounded in character. So even though Jim comes from comedy, he’s never sacrificing any bit of his character for a joke,” Howard said.

Parsons’ next project with his production company is adapting Michael Ausiello’s beautifully written memoir, “Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies,” to the big screen.

“It’s an incredible story of love and loss and it touched my heart,” Parsons told the Los Angeles Blade.

If you are headed to New York check Parsons out in “The Boys in the Band,” which is being directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello and produced by Ryan Murphy and David Stone. “Boys” will play the Booth Theatre through August 12, 2018. 

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Brazilian gymnast & Olympian introduces his boyfriend- and comes out

Oyakawa-Mariano revealed that he is in a relationship with broadcast media marketing analyst João Otávio Tasso on Instagram

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Arthur Nory Oyakawa-Mariano at the 2021 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, Kitakyushu, Japan October 2021 (Photo Credit: Mariano Instagram)

SAO PAULO – In a post to his Instagram account last month, Brazilian Olympic Bronze medalist Arthur Nory Oyakawa-Mariano introduced the world to his boyfriend, and also came out at the same time.

The 28-year-old artistic gymnast is a member of the Brazilian national team. He won the bronze medal in floor exercise at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Oyakawa-Mariano won the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships held in Stuttgart, Germany picking up a gold medal in the horizontal bar competition.

Writing on his Instagram post, (Translated from Portuguese) on October 29, 2021, Mariano revealed that he is in a relationship with broadcast media marketing analyst João Otávio Tasso.

“Happy Birthday to the person who freaks out with me 😅 The phrase ‘in health or illness, in victory or in defeat, in joy or sadness’ never quite fit. And there we are every day walking together. Thank you for always being by my side. I will always be yours.”

“Congratulations João, many years of life and continue to be that amazing person 👀, even if Scorpio (always good to blame the sign). We’re together.”

In addition to being a professional gymnast, Oyakawa-Mariano is also an internationally signed model. In 2019, he was named the face of Philippine-based international clothing brand BENCH’s men’s wear campaign in Brazil and Latin America.

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Google erases part of LGBTQ+ community in new online glossary project

The tool, a glossary of 100 words that used the company’s Google Trends to track the popularity of LGBTQ+ terminology and definitions

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Ca. – A new online tool designed to help mainstream, freelance and even LGBTQ+ journalists navigate definitions of what can be a complex world of LGBTQ+ vernacular, left out definitions of bisexuality and pansexuality in a new Google “LGBTQ+ language initiative.

The Google News Initiative announced the project in partnership with VideoOut, titled the “LGBTQ+ language and media literacy program, last week in a press statement. According to the company, they partnered with Men’s Health magazine to “help contextualize the research and data in the program.” 

The tool, a glossary of 100 words that used the company’s Google Trends to track the popularity of LGBTQ+ terminology and definitions, was created with the assistance of several queer PhD linguists.

However, in a review of the glossary today, Friday, Nov. 26 the terms and definitions for bisexuality and pansexuality were missing.

According to the Google release: “It’s a way to understand the LGBTQ+ community, and hopefully, it will transform the way journalists – and all of us – write and talk about LGBTQ+ people.”

Jordan Reeves, the Executive Director of VideoOut, an LGBTQ+ nonprofit and the founder of VOE, a production company centering LGBTQ+ narratives in television and film, answered the self-asked question of; “WHY WOULD VideoOut, an LGBTQ+ nonprofit, partner with Men’s Health magazine?”

“So many people assume that Men’s Health is only for cisgender, heterosexual, masculine presenting men. I’m here to tell you, as a queer trans nonbinary human, that’s false.”

According to a recent Gallup poll, “One in six [U.S.] adults in Generation Z identifies as LGBT.” At the same time, a GLAAD report found 45% of non-LGBTQ+ people in the U.S. say they’re confused by the different number of terms to describe individuals who comprise the LGBTQ+ community.

In a response to late Friday evening, Jordan Reeves, the Executive Director of VideoOut in a direct message on Twitter told the Blade:

“Recently we launched The LGBTQ+ Language and Media Literacy Program, a living and breathing resource that we will continue to add to over time. We left out some terms and phrases at launch — bisexual, for example — that should have been included from the very beginning!

We are keenly aware of bi-erasure and the persistent confusion around bisexual identity. We are sorry we didn’t include it at luanch, but we are adding it (along with pansexual) very soon. We started with 100 entries (definitely not a comprehensive list…yet), and we are really excited to add entries as the community gives us feedback and suggestions.

We are really proud of the depth and breadth of terms that exist in the resource and hope it continues to be more and more useful as we add to it.

We’ll also be adding features so that this resource is the most useful for anyone using language about the LGBTQ+ community. If there are other words you can think of that we’ve left out, or ways to make the tool more dynamic, let us know and we’ll queue them up to be added!”

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2022 GRAMMYs announced & showcases LGBTQ+ narratives

“The inclusion of LGBTQ artists in this year’s nominees highlights growing shift in acceptance & dominant impact LGBTQ artists are making”

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Graphic courtesy of the Recording Academy

LOS ANGELES – The nominations for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony to be held on January 31, 2022, were announced Tuesday. Topping the list of nominees were Out Black rapper Lil Nas X for his smash gay narrative hit ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)’ and Out Lesbian country/pop artist Brandi Carlile for her song ‘Right On Time.’

Lil Nas X, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, celebrated his nominations for song of the year, record of the year and best music video and thanked his fans in a string of Twitter posts.

“don’t have to win a single award, truly thankful for all the insight this year has brought me. and thankful for the journey. love u guys,” the 22-year-old rapper wrote.

LGBTQ artists who received Grammy nominations Tuesday also include pop star Halsey and singer-songwriter Arlo Parks.

“The vast inclusion of LGBTQ artists amongst this year’s Grammy nominees – including Lil Nas X, Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga, and many others – highlights not only a growing shift in cultural acceptance, but also the dominant impact that LGBTQ artists are making across the music industry,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “With 5 total nominations, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year, Lil Nas X continues to open doors for greater LGBTQ inclusion in rap and hip-hop, which will undoubtedly inspire and empower a new generation of artists to embrace their authenticity and individuality.”

The Grammy Awards ceremony recognizes the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, running from September 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

The Recording Academy will present the 2022 GRAMMY Awards show on Mon, Jan. 31, on the CBS Television Network(opens in a new tab) and stream live and on demand on Paramount+ from 8–11:30 p.m. ET / 5–8:30 p.m. PT.

Prior to the telecast, the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony will be held at the Microsoft Theater at 12:30 p.m. PT/3:30 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on GRAMMY.com and the Recording Academy’s YouTube channel(opens in a new tab).

Entire list of nominations here

Lil Nas X – MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)

Brandi Carlile – Right On Time (Official Video)

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