This past Saturday, television and stage actor Conrad Ricamora (How To Get Away With Murder, The King & I) received the HRC Visibility Award at the 2016 Cleveland Gala.
Ricamora is a wonderful choice for this honor. He’s been openly gay for years as he’s been starring on the hit network television show “How To Get Away With Murder” at the same time he’s been starring on Broadway in the recent sterling revival of The King & I.
Not only is Ricamora openly gay for some time now, he plays an openly gay character on HTGAWM who is also HIV+.
Watch his disarmingly charming acceptance speech below. He’s especially effusive in praise for those out actors before him like Sean Hayes, George Takei and Sir Ian McKellen.
“I want to thank all of the out actors that have empowered other actors like me to live with integrity because there’s a lot of pressure to stay in the closet when you first start acting. There are some actors though who have chosen to live their lives with integrity, both personally and professionally.
“From George Takei to Sean Hayes, to Sir Ian McKellen to Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and countless, countless others, your honesty and your openness in your public lives allows kids like me from Niceville, Florida to see you on screen, or online, or in print and feel like there’s a place for us in the world, even when we’re scared for our own safety in the communities that we’re living.”
One Million Moms (TV watchdog arm of the anti-gay American Family Association) has sent out an email to encourage parents to call Kohls Department Store and complain about their commercials airing during the ABC hit series “How To Get Away With Murder.”
ABC’s creepy program “How To Get Away With Murder” did not end with the finale since it is now airing the season all over again. New episodes will begin on January 29 and in the meantime the network plans to air reruns – unless 1MM can intervene.
This show is about more than murder and violence. There is a whole slew of sins in this series that the network calls entertainment. This program has included assault and murder on several occasions, as well as graphic heteros-xual and homos-xual s-x scenes on a p-rn-graphic level, foul language, mockery of Jesus Christ and Christians, s-x with a minor (statutory r-pe), adultery and marital affairs. (A dash is used to ensure our emails get through to those who have signed up to receive our alerts. Otherwise, referencing specific words would cause our emails to be blocked by some Internet filters.)
This series pushes casual s-x as acceptable, even when with multiple partners or encounters in public places. This wicked show has many dark images including a rotting corpse, dead bodies and other gore. Even though the program airs on Thursday evenings at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT, it is not late enough for the violent, twisted plot and s-nsual scenes that are completely soft p-rn. Occasionally, like on this past Thanksgiving Day, it airs earlier at 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT and then again at its regular time slot.
OMM closes with a call to action to contact Kohls via social media and phone calls to cancel their advertising during HTGAWM.
Considering the series premiere had more than 14 million viewers on live broadcast, and over 20 million with DVR, I’m not sure Kohls will be looking to cut ties with the freshman hit series too quickly.
I should note that when the religious right calls for a boycott, it’s standing up for principle. When the LGBT community boycotts a company, the religious right calls it “homofascist bullying.”
Jack Falahee, who plays openly gay Connor Walsh on the ABC hit series How To Get Away With Murder, tells EOnline that he’s glad his now-famous sex scenes are getting folks to talk:
“I am glad that people are talking about it and that it’s sparked the conversation. I think that that’s the aim of entertainment. And if we can have a dialogue about it, it can become more accepted. TV is sort of catching up and it’s been very black and white what we’ve seen on the screen and very paranormative and patriarchal and I think that now that we’re exploring it, it’s something that’s being talked about which is great. And even now, there’s a lot of content being made that is shedding an honest light on who people are and real people and at the end of the day that’s what Pete [Nowalk] has created. Real people. And that’s fantastic.”
If you haven’t checked the series out yet, take it from me, the steamy sex scenes (plus the rest of the show) are definitely worth tuning in for.
Shonda Rhimes has long been credited for her inclusion of minority characters on television. Whether Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal or the new How to Get Away With Murder.
Both Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder have recently gotten attention for some steamy scenes involving gay men.
This past Sunday, Rhimes responded to a Twitter user who was not feeling the vibe of these scenes. “The gay scenes in Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder are too much. There is no point, and they add nothing to the plot,” wrote the user.