January 9, 2019 at 1:18 pm PST | by Susan Hornik
The LGBTs of the Golden Globes

Brad Simpson and Ryan Murphy with the cast of ‘Versace.’ (Photo courtesy Brad Simpson via Facebook)

The Hollywood Foreign Press’ annual mega awards, the 76th annual Golden Globes, showcased numerous LGBTQ-themed television series like “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” “Pose,” and Amazon’s “A Very English Scandal.” Theatrical queer biopics like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Green Book,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” “The Favourite,” and “Boy Erased” were also highlighted.

Los Angeles Blade went behind the scenes to bring you the most memorable gay moments surrounding the awards event.

Onstage/Backstage

When picking up his award for Best Limited Series, Brad Simpson, executive producer on “Versace” and “Pose,” was one of the very few people who chose to address what is happening in politics.

“Those forces of hate and fear are still with us. They tell us that we should be scared of people who are different than us.  They tell us we should put walls around ourselves.  As artists, we must fight back by representing those who are not represented and by providing a space for people ‑‑ for new voices to tell stories that haven’t been told. As human beings, we should resist in the streets, resist at the ballot box, and practice love and empathy in our everyday lives.  Our show is a period piece, but those forces are not historical. They’re here. They’re with us. And we must resist.”

In his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Limited Series, Ben Whishaw spoke about Norman Scott, the man he portrayed in Amazon’s “A Very English Scandal.”

“He’s a true queer hero and icon and Norman this is for you,” said Whishaw, who is gay and also stars in “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Back in the pressroom, Whishaw was asked about fellow Golden Globe winner, Darren Criss. Recently, the “Versace” star said that he no longer wants to play queer characters because he didn’t want to take a part away from a gay actor.

Responded Whishaw: “Actors can embody and portray anything, and we shouldn’t be defined only by what we are. I think there was a time when we didn’t know anything about actors. They were very mysterious, but now we know everything.”

He added: “On the other hand, I think there needs to be greater equality. I would like to see more gay actors playing straight roles. I’d like to see all sorts of things. You know, it should be an even playing field for everybody. That would be my ideal. I don’t know how far we are away from that, but that’s where we should be, I think.”

Olivia Colman, who won Best Actress in a Motion Picture for her lesbian role in “The Favourite,” was asked about how she felt about love scenes.

“Love scenes with a woman is much easier because kissing a man made me feel I was cheating on my husband. Kissing a woman is better. That sounds naughty!” she quipped.

HBO After-Party

HBO Golden Gloges 2019

Gay events designer, Billy Butchkavitz always does an exquisite job in creating the decor for HBO’s parties. For the Globes this time, he used a color palette which incorporated chartreuse and white, with a Danish design aesthetic reflecting the late 1950s/early 1960s. The veteran designer custom made everything for the event, from the carpet and textiles to furniture and the dance floor.

Gifting Suites

Angela Bassett and Chaz Dean chat it up. (Photo by Susan Hornik)

Lots of gay celebs attended the GBK luxury gift lounge, where they were gifted a plethora of WEN Hair and Body Care products by celebrity hairstylist Chaz Dean, who was on hand to give personal styling tips. The nominees and other guests got to “test drive” the Kahuna Chair which offers the best 4D massage chair with an anti-aging mask on the market.

Another highlight at the suite was PROSPEK, computer glasses which alleviates eye strain and protects eyes from long term screen use.

The talent attending were excited to be gifted a stay with Fit Farm, a premiere fitness retreat in Nashville, Comfitude blankets, Go Donut stands for tablets and smartphones, Knot Standard menswear, Warthers Cutlery. And Seraph Design clothing gifted “Pose” cast members a variety of cool fashion items.

Photo by Susan Hornik

GBK Productions always partners with charities for their events to help raise awareness and this time was no exception with the Stan Lee Foundation and Peace 4 Animals on-site to talk to the talent and press about their organizations. California Live, on NBC, partnered with GBK this year to gift Woolsey Firefighter Kristina Dee Kepner a Golden Globes experience for her dedication fighting the fires in California for six days straight.

At the Secret Room, there were a number of spectacular items being gifted to celebs, like ShoreBags, which specializes in designing and decorating eco-friendly cotton canvas bags and accessories for people on the go. Gay celebs received vacations from American Luxury Tours, offering seven nights in Hawaii and two nights at La Estancia La Jolla Hotel with breakfast and massages and adult items from Lelo and Wet.

La Estancia La Jolla Hotel

Other companies attending included Anne Neilson Home, who gifted candles and notebooks, Thomas George Estates winery, amazing high fidelity lantern speakers from Nuvelon and lovely teas and juices from Bare Nature. Celebrity athletes loved plant-based Frozen Desserts and the Sun Soaker portable solar panel, which harnesses sunlight to charge phones and other devices.

A product that would do well on “Shark Tank” was Buckle Me Baby car seat coats, which look adorable while making sure kids are safely secured. Another item for gay parents is Silver Stork, (LOS ANGELES BLADE ENDORSED) which sends a variety of necessities to your home.

Dandy Blend Coffee

Dandy Blend gifted coffee made from dandelion root, A20 Water/Think Alkaline provided home and travel purifiers to celebrities and Camouflage Cellulite Body Liner showcased their shape-wear.

At the Secret Room gifting suite, Joe Pascolla, brand ambassador for lube company,  Wet, had a great time with celebrities.

“It was an honor, and privilege, to have the opportunity to do the Secret Room event for the Golden Globes. We met so many wonderful people, had so much fun, and educated everyone on our new and innovative products. The event itself was well organized, the staff was beyond helpful, and the guests were absolutely amazing. I would give it an 11/10. It was a great opportunity for us at WET Lubricants to show everyone what we’re all about,” he said.

“We have so many great things going on, and new products coming out. Our new “Femme” line, which is made by women for women, is an exciting new addition. We are all about sexual health and wellness, and woman’s health is key to the success of this industry. Women are the main consumers these days and they only want the best. Who can blame them? That’s where we exceed their expectations. We have our Organic, Naturals, and Hemptation lube, in addition to the Femme line, which is geared for the ingredient driven and health conscious customer. They contain no glycerins or preservatives as well as being PH Balanced for an optimal experience.

We can’t thank everyone enough who supported us and visited at The Secret Room Event. It was an experience of a lifetime and we look forward to doing more events with you in the future.”

Golden Globe Beauty Tip

Celebrity makeup artist, Molly Greenwald created Constance Wu’s flawless look by using a variety of Shiseido products, like the ControlledChaos MascaraInk. “Constance had a vision immediately upon trying on the ethereal Custom Vera Wang nude gown. She knew she desired a cascading romantic braid with an essence of woodland fairy. I wanted to keep the make up clean and healthy with glowing skin, fluffy lashes and a flushed pout.”

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