Australian TV Star Hugh Sheridan Comes Out As Non-Binary

Hugh Sheridan
Hugh Sheridan
Hugh Sheridan (image via Instagram)

Hunky Australian actor/singer Hugh Sheridan came out (again) over the weekend in a social media post sharing with the world they are non-binary.

Sheridan’s Instagram post highlighted the cover of DNA Magazine’s latest issue which features Sheridan with their fiancé Kurt Roberts.

“Given that’s it IS #pridemonth & I am beyond honored to share the most coveted DNA cover of 2021 with the greatest lover/HUMAN of all time,” wrote Sheridan referencing Roberts. “I understand why @dnamagazine chose LOVE over… another pic of a guy with a towel.”

“FYI,” Sheridan continued, “I AM still a human (nonbinary/bi/me/Hughman) but I’m in a monogamous relationship with another human, who I love. I don’t accept a label cause it limits me… if you want it; take it. I chose zero labels for no other reason except the exclusion, limitations, separation, I believe are all one, deeeeep down. &…who knows? Why chose?!! Be you. Be true. Be free: to BE, to JUST BE… you, a human, same as me.”

The 35-year-old closed their missive urging folks to “READ THE ARTICLE, you’ll laugh. I did.”

At this writing the post has received over 15K ‘Likes’ including a comment of fire emojis from Aussie pop-star/actress Natalie Imbruglia.

In an October 2020 essay for Stellar Magazine, Sheridan shared that they had been in relationships with both women and men in the past, but preferred not to put a label on their sexuality.

In the essay, the actor admitted they’d been bullied as a teenager for being gay, even though they were sexually attracted to the opposite sex at the time. It wasn’t until they moved to Sydney to attend the National Institute for Dramatic Arts, that they fell in love a man.

“I finally met a guy who I connected with emotionally, mentally and physically,” Sheridan wrote, saying they were “over the moon” because they realized they “could finally be what people always wanted me to be.”

But the relationship would eventually end, and they began dating a woman. Eschewing this or that sexual identity, Sheridan wrote, “I believe labels are for clothes, not people.”

On March 5, 2021, Sheridan proposed to now-fiancé Roberts (a former DNA Magazine cover model) at the opening night performance of their stage show Hughman.

A familiar face on Australian television, Sheridan starred in the long-running show Packed To The Rafters, winning four Logie Awards (Australia’s excellence in TV honors) for their work. They are currently working on a spin-off of the series, Back To The Rafters, set to debut this September on Amazon Prime Video.

Ricky Martin On Acting: ‘I’m Waiting For Those Great Scripts’

Ricky Martin says he's still waiting for those "great scripts" even though he's got an Emmy nomination in his pocket
Ricky Martin says he's still waiting for those "great scripts" even though he's got an Emmy nomination in his pocket
Ricky Martin (screen capture via People)

PEOPLE Magazine shares more of their Pride Month cover interview with international pop star Ricky Martin, this time focusing on that ‘other’ part of his career.

Some folks forget that after becoming a breakout star of the boy band Menudo, Martin shifted gears with some acting roles.

For two years, he was the frequently shirtless bartender Miguel Morez on the iconic soap opera General Hospital in the mid-90s.

He also scored on Broadway playing “Marius” in the mega-hit musical Les Miserables and returned to star as “Che” in the 2012 revival of Evita.

Martin returned to TV that same year to guest on the then-red-hot GLEE.

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His next major acting gig, in 2018, was also a Ryan Murphy production, The Assassination of Gianni Versace. He scored an Emmy nomination for the role — and after the laudation was hoping for more prestige acting offers. He’s still waiting.

“I love acting,” he says. “I’m waiting for those scripts, for those great scripts. I can play gay, I can play straight, I can play a serial killer. I can play Latin, but I can also play European. I am ready. Just give it to me, man. Give it to me.”

A few years ago, Martin was told by a music label executive that he’d be selling more records if he’d never come out.

“That was something that really affected me. And I was like, ‘Am I really dealing with this? They’re not playing my music in this country because I’m gay? Is this really happening?’ We’re talking about four years ago. This executive doesn’t work for the record company anymore. He was fired. But I felt it. It hit me hard.”

“I don’t know if I’m not getting parts because I’m gay,” he admits. “But if that’s the case, it’s really sad. I’m going to keep working until life is different.”

Read more at PEOPLE.com.

Kevin Spacey Returns To Acting As ‘Sex Abuse Investigator’

Kevin Spacey broke his silence today regarding the new charges of sexual assault raised in the UK
Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey

Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey will play a ‘sex abuse investigator’ in his first acting role since sexual assault accusations derailed his career nearly four years ago.

The Oscar winner will appear in an Italian drama titled, The Man Who Drew God, which will also star Vanessa Redgrave.

Redgrave’s husband, Franco Nero, will direct the film as well as star as a blind artist falsely accused of sex abuse, according to The Independent.

Spacey will reportedly play a detective investigating the wrongfully accused artist.

“I’m very happy Kevin agreed to participate in my film,” Nero told ABC News. “I consider him a great actor, and I can’t wait to start the movie.”

In the fall of 2017, Spacey experienced a slew of allegations of sexual misconduct which brought his career to an utter and complete halt.

Broadway and TV star Anthony Rapp (RENT, Star Trek: Discovery) claimed Spacey assaulted him at a party at Spacey’s New York City apartment in the 1980s when Rapp was 14-years-old.

Nearly 20 men accused Spacey of sexual misconduct during his time at London’s Old Vic Theatre between 1995 and 2013.

An anonymous massage therapist levels charges of sexual impropriety but the accuser died before a court could decide the matter.

And prosecutors in Massachusetts dropped charges against Spacey in 2019 in regard to allegations of groping an 18-year-old at a Nantucket bar in 2016. The case was dropped when the accuser invoked his 5th Amendment rights.

In response to the allegations, Spacey was dropped from his acclaimed Netflix series House of Cards. He was also replaced in the 2017 drama All the Time in the World. Christopher Plummer was tapped to reshoot all of Spacey’s scenes in the already-completed film and went on to score an Oscar nomination for his performance.

In a video message recorded last year, Spacey said experiencing his career coming to a “grinding, screeching halt” led him to ask himself, “If I can’t act, who am I?”

“I only valued and defined myself through work, that’s who I was,” said Spacey. “If that wasn’t going to be a possibility anymore then who am I? If all I’m left with is just me?”

Although he’s kept a low profile, for the past three years he has shared video messages on Christmas Eve, sometimes (perplexingly) in the persona of his House of Cards character.

According to IMDB, The Man Who Drew God will be released in Italy on October 5, 2021.

Juan Pablo Di Pace’s Gorgeous New Music Video “Te Sentí”

Juan Pablo Di Pace
Juan Pablo Di Pace
Juan Pablo Di Pace in “Te Sentí” (screen capture)

Actor Juan Pablo Di Pace recently turned heads when he starred in this holiday season’s gay cowboy Christmas movie, Dashing in December, and found him totally charming.

So, I’m excited to learn the Fuller House star (who came out in 2019) is also an accomplished singer and dancer, and has released his first Spanish song, “Te Sentí.”

Described as a love letter to his heritage and to his identity as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Di Pace co-wrote “Te Sentí” with Latin Grammy winner Paulina Aguirre.

The new song is from his upcoming EP Vascular scheduled for release later this year.

The music video for “Te Sentí” is a gorgeous, sensual affair playing light against shadows, sharing an inclusive story of desire and lost love.

I felt you / Understood love when I stared at you
And my poor heart beat so fast for you / Left me breathless
I died trying but in the end I lost you

“It’s important for me to showcase a strong musical style and stories that are honest and truthful to whatever is going on in my life at the time…” Di Pace says in a press statement. “With ‘Te Sentí,’ I was inspired by the feeling of losing someone, and that immobilizing pain you feel when you know it just cannot be.”

Whether you understand Spanish or not, you’ll understand what the dashing Juan Pablo Di Pace is singing about here.

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News Round-Up: February 5, 2021

Photo of a studly football referee during the 2016 Super Bowl
Photo of a studly football referee during the 2016  Super Bowl
Remember him? (via 2016 Super Bowl)

Some news items you might have missed:

Super Bowl: So, I grew up watching tons of football because my dad was a sports writer. And I still enjoy it, so you can be sure I’ll be watching the big SportsBall game on Sunday for moments like the one above – remember the attention this ref (rightfully) received during the big game in 2016?

Out: Florida Democrat and one-time candidate for governor Andrew Gillum has opened up with more details of that fateful night in Miami when he was found in a hotel room passed out with a male prostitute. “At this point I’m like, ‘This is set up.'”

Kenneth-in-the-212: Don’t miss Kenneth’s weekly round-up of LGBTQ publications like Valentine’s hotties Franco & Roberto covering Hot Spots Magazine (below).

(cover image via Hot Spots Magazine)

The Advocate: A group of 185 actors came out in Germany to demand more LGBTQ+ diversity in film, television, and theater through a manifesto in a national newspaper. Among the issues raised is the fear of losing the opportunity to portray straight people due to biases in casting. “We are actors. We don’t have to be what we play. We act as though we were — that is our job.”

LA Times: Fox News Media has canceled “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” the program hosted by one of Donald Trump’s staunchest supporters. The cancellation comes a day after voting software company Smartmatic filed a $2.7 billion defamation suit against Fox News and three of its hosts — Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro.

AP News: Johnson & Johnson asked U.S. regulators Thursday to clear the world’s first single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, an easier-to-use option that could boost scarce supplies. The vaccine was 66% effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19, according to early findings from a study of 44,000 people, but it was 85% protective against the most serious symptoms.

Deadline: Christopher Plummer, who starred in The Sound of Music, won an Oscar for Beginners and was nominated for All the Money in the World and The Last Station, died peacefully today at his home in Connecticut, his family confirmed. Along with becoming the oldest person to win an Oscar, Plummer also won a pair of Emmys and two Tonys during a nearly 70-year career.

Jonathan Bennett (‘Mean Girls’) To Star In Hallmark Channel’s ‘The Christmas House’

Out actor Jonathan Bennett (photo: Sonny Tong)

Making good on its promise, the Hallmark Channel has announced one of its upcoming holiday TV movies, “The Christmas House,” will feature a same-sex couple as part of its “Countdown to Christmas” lineup.

The film will premiere on November 22 (8 EST/PST) and star former Mean Girls actor Jonathan Bennett (above) as part of a gay couple hoping to adopt their first child.

The official synopsis for “The Christmas House” reads:

“Working through some difficult decisions, Mitchell family matriarch Phylis (Sharon Lawrence) and patriarch Bill (Treat Williams), have summoned their two grown sons — Mike (Robert Buckley) and Brandon (Bennett) — home for the holidays. It is their hope that bringing the family together to recreate the Christmas house will help them find resolution and make a memorable holiday for the entire family and community. As Brandon and his husband, Jake (Brad Harder), make the trip home, they are anxiously awaiting a call about the adoption of their first child. Meanwhile, Mike reconnects with Andi (Ana Ayora), his high school sweetheart.”

Hallmark Channel faced serious backlash last December when the network pulled a commercial that featured same-sex weddings. While the cable channel quickly reversed course and began airing the spot again, the criticism led to an announcement in July that the Hallmark Channel would be announcing “LGBTQ storylines, characters and actors” in upcoming projects.

In August, Hallmark aired “Wedding Every Weekend” that included a same-sex wedding.

Michelle Vicary, executive vice president of programming for Crown Media Family Network (Hallmark Channel’s parent company) said in a statement, “Our holiday table is bigger and more welcoming than ever.”

“This year’s movies reflect our most diverse representation of talent, narratives and families,” Vicary added. “Our movies are rooted in warmth and positivity, meaningful connections, family gatherings and seasonal traditions — a winning formula we hope will bring our millions of viewers much-needed levity and holiday cheer at the end of a tough year.”

“The Christmas House” will mark Bennett’s third original movie for the Hallmark Channel. In addition to acting gigs, the out 39-year-old out has been a staple on The Food Network handling hosting duties for Cake Wars and Halloween Wars.

He’s also jumped into some reality TV competing on the 2014 edition of Dancing with the Stars and Celebrity Big Brother in 2019.

Bennett and his boo, entertainment reporter and former host of The Chippendales, Jaymes Vaughan, frequently share their (often shirtless) shenanigans on Instagram.

While we’re on the subject, let’s check out some eye-candy action for Hump Day…

Disney Star Raven-Symoné Announces Surprise Wedding

L-R Raven-Symoné and Miranda Maday announce their marriage (via Instagram)

Raven-Symoné, who first found fame as a child star on The Cosby Show in the late 1980s, announced on her social media Thursday that she married her girlfriend, Miranda Maday, in a private backyard ceremony.

“I got married to a woman who understands me from trigger to joy, from breakfast to midnight snack, from stage to home,” wrote the 34-year-old actress. “I love you Mrs. Pearman-Maday!”

The former child star’s full name is Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman.

She closed the announcement adding, “Let’s tear this world a new asshole!!! I’s married NOW.”

Shortly before sharing the big news, the former co-host of The View teased her 2.1 million Instagram followers with the message, “So something happened this week, that has changed my life FOR THE BETTER!”

 

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So something happened this week, that has changed my life FOR THE BETTER!

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Maday followed Symoné’s big announcement with a post of her own captioned, “8PM ~ my wife for life.” She included a gif of the couple embracing during the ceremony.

 

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8PM ~ my wife for life ❣️

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“Thank you to all those who helped and for those who understand why it was small during this time,” wrote Symoné in a follow-up post with what appears to be a reference to the ongoing COVID-19 health threat.

 

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Thank you to all those who helped and for those who understand why it was small during this time.

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Following her childhood roles on The Cosby Show (1989-1992) and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper (1993-1997), Symoné successfully segued into her teens starring in the hit Disney Channel series, That’s So Raven for four seasons (2003-2007).

She received strong reviews for her star turn as ‘Deloris van Cartier’ in the Broadway musical Sister Act marking her debut on the Great White Way. She also appeared in several feature films over the years including two Dr. Doolittle movies with Eddie Murphy for which she garnered an NAACP Image Award nomination.

The multi-hyphenate performer has also scored success in the music industry releasing several solo albums.

In May 2015, she was announced as a replacement co-host for the long-running gabfest, The View. But in October 2016, she said she would soon be leaving the ABC talk show and teased a return to television acting.

Raven’s Home, a spin-off of her earlier series, debuted in July 2017 on the Disney Channel and has aired three seasons. The show has already been picked up for a fourth season.

Symoné told the world in 2012 she considered her sexual orientation private, writing, “I’m not one for a public display of my life.”

But then, in August 2013, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down parts of the heinous Defense of Marriage Act which denied federal recognition of same-sex marriage, the actress tweeted, “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you!”

And now, she has. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Colton Haynes To Star In New Series As ‘Famous InstaGay’

Colton Haynes (image via Depositphotos)

Handsome Arrow star Colton Haynes has been announced to star in a new TV series titled I Run Hot.

The series, being developed for AMC Studios by Broad City co-creator Ilana Glazer, will star the 31-year-old actor playing “a famous #instagay who can’t help but exemplify it.”

Eliot Glazer (Broad City), brother of Ilana, co-stars as “a gay curmudgeon who never quite fit in with the community” as the series follows the duo’s unlikely friendship.

Haynes posted the announcement on his social media writing, “Here we go!!! I am sooo excited to work with my boos @eliotglazer @ilana @amc_tv #IRunHot”

Haynes returned to his role of “Roy Harper” on The CW’s Arrow this past fall as the show wraps up its 8th and final season. The final two episodes are set to air on January 21 and 28.

In addition to Arrow, Haynes is well-known to TV audiences for his roles in Teen Wolf and American Horror Story: Cult.

After publicly coming out in 2016, he famously married florist Jeff Leatham only to file for divorce six months later.

In 2019, he seemingly emerged from a turbulent chapter in his life opening up about his issues with addiction in a candid interview in Attitude Magazine.

Speaking to The Advocate last summer, he took responsibility for how the press and social media spun his life out to the masses saying he had “no one to blame but myself.”

“I was posting every second of my life online. Every positive, every negative.”

“Eventually I became click bait, eventually everything that we all joke about — how I could literally say something online and the trolls will pick it up and spin it into something, that ‘I’m spiraling out of control,” he added. “I did make myself [look] that way, not knowing I was doing that.”

It looks like Haynes has turned the corner for himself and is heading towards a brighter future. Good on him!

Haynes shared this photo to Instagram as he celebrated the new year

PEOPLE Names Billy Porter One Of The ‘Best Dressed Of 2019’

Chalk up another title added to POSEstar Billy Porter’s list of accomplishments: the Tony Award-winner has been named one of  PEOPLE’s Best Dressed of 2019.

And for so many reasons. The red carpet ninja killed it throughout the recent awards season.

From his stunning Christian Sirano designed black velvet tuxedo ball gown worn to the Oscars; to his embroidered suit complete with pink-lined cape at the Golden Globes; to his ‘Sun God’ inspired fashion for this year’s Met Gala; and his glorious hot pink/red Celestine Couture ball gown for the Tony Awards, Mr. Porter is just beginning to own his fashion statements.

“As a man, I really want to make a different kind of statement and show up in a way that could also be transformative, that could also be political,” Porter told PEOPLE. “My goal was to be a walking piece of political art. When I show up that’s what my goal is. Put a man in a dress and it’s controversial, doesn’t make any sense, but okay. Let’s keep having this conversation until we can change something.”

It wasn’t until he began working on his groundbreaking FX series POSE that he “realized how gender fluid” his fashion instincts had been.

“It kind of cracked my brain open and helped me get to a different space and understanding about myself,” said the 49-year-old actor. “The dilemmas I was putting on myself, even just about what I can wear, what was acceptable, what was masculine enough, what was acceptable.”

Porter also noted that he’s not the only public figure exploring gender-fluid fashion like Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness and Grammy Award-winner Sam Smith.

“There’s a few of us trying to do it. But I think it’s really transforming something,” opined Porter. “It’s really making a difference. I’m seeing more and more men playing in that way.”

With his historic Emmy Award nomination for his work on POSE as ‘Best Actor in a Drama,’ Porter advises we all stay tuned for his upcoming look.

“It’ll be a fashion moment,” he assures. “I don’t know what it is yet, but it’s going to be a moment. It has to be a moment now! I’ve created something where I have to show up, it has to be a moment. I don’t know if it’s going to be a dress or anything like that but we’ll see.”

Congratulations to Billy for blazing his own trail and showing folks we don’t have to fit into someone else’s mold.

Here are a few more fashion statements by the Grammy Award winner.