Podcast: Bad Gay Reality TV Shows, Gays And Eating Disorders, Biden’s First 100 Days In Office

In this episode of The Randy Report podcast: new HIV strategy, 2022 Golden Globe Awards, Elvira Mistress of the Dark

The Randy Report podcast delivers the week's top stories in a quick, convenient podcast - 'the 60 Minutes of gay news - only shorter'

In this week’s headlines:

• Scoring Joe Biden’s LGBTQ wins and losses during his first 100 days in office

• The American Medical Association begs governors to let transgender kids be themselves

• There’s backlash for Colton Underwood’s Netflix ‘coming out’ reality series and I look back on truly terrible gay TV reality shows

• Funny man Michael Henry artfully addresses body image and eating disorders among gay men in his latest short film.

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

Gus Kenworthy Will Be Colton Underwood’s ‘Gay Guide’ On Netflix Series

Gus Kenworthy will serve as a 'gay guide' to newly-out Colton Underwood on new Netflix reality series
Gus Kenworthy will serve as a 'gay guide' to newly-out Colton Underwood on new Netflix reality series
L-R Colton Underwood, Gus Kenworthy (via screen cap, Instagram)

Former Bachelor star Colton Underwood, who came out as gay during an interview on Good Morning America Wednesday morning, is getting his own Netflix reality show.

The unscripted series, according to Variety, will focus on Underwood learning to navigate living his life as an out gay man.

While Netflix shared no details about the multi-episode series, an insider says out Olympic medalist Gus Kenworthy will participate as a ‘gay guide’ of sorts as Underwood explores being a part of the LGBTQ community.

In that Underwood is a former NFL football player, and Kenworthy is a decorated free-style skier, it’s easy to imagine some discussion will be had on coming to grips with being gay while competing in such hyper-masculine sports.

No word on when the series will debut but the Netflix insider says the project is currently shooting.

Reality TV seems to be in Underwood’s blood as he’s been a big part of ‘Bachelor Nation’ for the past few years having taken part in The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise, and then eventually being cast as The Bachelor.

In his interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, you could hear the nerves in Underwood’s voice as he shared he’s “run from myself for a long time” and “hated myself for a long time” before coming to the words, “I’m gay.”

“I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing all of that,” he added. “The next step in all of this was sort of letting people know.”

The 29-year-old also offered advice to anyone struggling with coming out saying, “When the time’s right and you’re ready, do it on your own time.”

Many on social media offered their support to Underwood including out celebs Andy Cohen, Billy Eichner, and Dan Levy.

News Round-Up: February 25, 2021

Some news items you might have missed:

Throwback Thursday: Thinking about days of dachshunds filling the house (above) . Not sad, just glad it happened. 

Instinct Magazine: Heavily armed police attempted to arrest a gay couple for kissing on a public beach in Tulum, Mexico, until a crowd gathered shouting down the officers’ actions.

Buzzfeed: Seventeen straight guys shared their same-sex hook-up encounters which ran the gamut from meh to hilarious.

Paramount Plus: The Real World Homecoming: New York, a multi-episode docu-series starring all seven of the original housemates from the classic MTV show, will debut on March 4. Running for 25 years on MTV before moving to Facebook Watch in 2019, the series helped launch the reality show genre. Word is the new series is being shot in that same NYC loft apartment.

Axios: 41% of Republicans say they don’t plan to get a coronavirus vaccination if it’s available to them while 70% of Democrats and a plurality of independents (47%) say they do plan to get vaccinated.

The Hill: As the second impeachment trial failed to convict Donald Trump, two House Democrats plan to introduce legislation that would reform the Former Presidents Act of 1958 by stripping past presidents convicted of a felony of their $219,200 annual pension, office space and a budget to pay for staff.

The Advocate: Rep. Marie Newman (D-IL) put up a transgender Pride flag in a show of support for her daughter. Her congressional ‘neighbor,’ the hideous Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene R-GA) then trolled her with a sign reading “There are only two genders: male and female. Trust the science.” Oddly, Facebook removed Newman’s post calling her pro-trans remarks ‘hate speech.’

News Round-Up: August 1, 2020

Reichen and Chip win Season 4 of The Amazing Race (screen capture)

Some news items you might have missed:

Instinct Magazine: My colleague at my ‘other home’ has done a terrific round-up of LGBTQ reality show winners over the years including Amazing Race Season 4 champs Reichen and Chip (above). Hit the link for winning LGBTQ moments from Survivor, Big Brother and more.

Global News: Shane Daum, 43, reports he was gay-bashed by a group of seven individuals while camping in British Columbia. During the incident, the men (who recognized him from his local grocery store) held his dog as they beat him unconscious. He was treated for a concussion, but law enforcement says they aren’t pressing charges because there are “no independent witnesses to identify any particular accused at the time.”

Out Music: With his work in television, film and theater, Tituss Burgess is quickly emerging as one of the entertainment industry’s most versatile and dynamic performers. Burgess recently dropped his first single, “Dance M.F.,” aimed squarely at the dance music culture and this year’s many unstoppable virtual pride celebrations.

The track is a sultry sexy stomper with an attitude that is certain to bring comfort and escapism to our currently socially distanced souls. Burgess says the song “is a love letter to all the party people who in spite of the pandemic, are still committed to ‘live their best lives,’ party on down and celebrate Pride safely while in lockdown.”

Variety: Facebook is unleashing hundreds of thousands of music videos in the U.S. starting this weekend — a direct challenge to YouTube, which has had a virtual lock on the internet music-video space for years. With the U.S. launch of music videos, which Facebook has been actively developing since at least last fall, the company has updated Artist Pages of musicians and singers with a new section to let users browse their official music videos.

Yahoo News: Now that Donald Trump’s big GOP donor buddy Louis DeJoy has been installed as Postmaster General, orders are going out to employees reducing hours and services. I’m sure it’s all part of a plan to hobble voting by mail which Trump has been demonizing for weeks now for alleged ‘election fraud’ potential.

The Hill: Some Republicans are urging GOP leaders to abandon the attacks on mail-in voting and to instead embrace it, warning that the president is effectively sabotaging his own party. The impact could be particularly pronounced in Florida, a battleground state where Republicans have traditionally outpaced Democrats among absentee voters. It’s also the preferred method of voting for many seniors, who broke for Trump in 2016.

InstaHunks: I thought I’d share another shot of Backyard Envy host Garrett Magee since he made such a splash yesterday in my post about the upcoming Season 2 premiere on Tuesday, August 4.


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How Did I Miss All The Eye-Candy On ‘Backyard Envy?’

L-R James DeSantis, Garrett Magee, Melissa Brasier (via Instagram)

Set your DVRs for the season premiere of Bravo’s Backyard Envy on Tuesday, August 4, on Bravo at 10/9c when the “Two Wills and a Grace” from New York City continue their adventures with the most demanding landscape clients in Manhattan and the burbs.

Garrett Magee is the expert landscaper aka “the plant whisperer,” Mellissa Brasier handles all the logistics, and James DeSantis is “the money guy.” Together they make up the successful landscaping company Manscapers.

The series follows DeSantis, Magee, and Brasier as they transform barren outdoor spaces into lush, jaw-dropping oases. Along the way, the trio juggles tight deadlines, multiple clients, and – just to add some more drama – each other.

Today, World of Wonder, which produces both Backyard Envy and RuPaul’s Drag Race, is sharing a special crossover mini-episode with three RPDR favorites.

The trio of drag superstars joins the cast of BYE via Zoom to show off their backyards and get pro advice from the experts to make their outdoor space that much more chic.

Garrett offers Jackie Cox (RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12) an insider secret on how to kill weeds without lifting a stylishly gloved finger.

James chats with All-Stars Season One winner Chad Michaels suggesting some wall hangings to add to Michaels’ already gorgeous backyard.

And Melissa gives Yuhua Hamasaki (RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10) one little tweak to take her Manhattan hideaway to the next level.

Check out the mini-episode above and make sure to tune in for the season premiere of Backyard Envy on August 4 at 10/9c on Bravo.

Here’s a bit more eye-candy from the show’s Instagram.



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Hot weather with @garrettbmagee 🔥 Let us know if you want to see Garrett, James and Mel out in the garden ☀️ 🌱

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We’re back!! Season 2 drops Aug 4 @bravotv 🌱

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Twitter Swoons Over Couple’s ‘Flirty Dancing’ Blind Date

Jenna Dewan is set to host a new hybrid reality/dating show titled, Flirty Dancing, on Fox.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

Based on a British series, Flirty Dancing has its participants learn half of a dance routine, then meet their partners for the first time on a blind date “at a breathtaking location,” where they perform the routine without saying a word to one another. The dances are designed, per Fox, to “tell a story reflective of their personal journeys to find love, while also providing clues to the other’s personality.”

The Fox show will differ a bit from the U.K. format by having one person dance with two partners before choosing one to ask on a second date.

And there are same-sex couples! Squeee!!!

Folks on Twitter were all gaga over this cute couple – Garry and Ryan- who turned it out on the November 15 episode in the UK (Season 2, Episode 2): “Garry finds it hard to talk to men he fancies while Ryan has never had a boyfriend.”

Check out the obvious romantic tension between the two as they end the routine.

According to reports, Ryan and Garry have already been on a second date! Whoohoo!

And from Season One in the UK, this is Luke and Dan exploring romantic, terpsichorean tension:

Check out the promo for the U.S. edition which premieres in December on FOX: