News Round-Up: February 8, 2021

Actor Russell Tovey
Actor Russell Tovey
Russell Tovey (image via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

Out: Actor Russell Tovey (above) says his dad wanted him to get ‘hormone treatment’ after he came out as a means to ‘cure’ Tovey of being gay.

The Advocate: Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg has selected Arlando Teller, a gay member of the Navajo Nation, man to serve as deputy assistant secretary for tribal affairs. Teller, who was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2018, resigned his seat last week to take the post at the Department of Transportation.

Pink News: Soccer legend David Beckham has signed a £10m deal to become face of Qatar, one of the most dangerous places in the world to be gay.

Revry: The queer streaming network has a whole schedule of programming to celebrate Black History Month. The six-part drama Single Record follows a talented and arrogant rapper whose record label could drop him if his next song isn’t a hit. His desperation to save his career will force him to confront his identity, sexuality and bring him to new lows that could cost him everything.

Jerusalem Post: An Iranian cleric warned followers not to go near people vaccinated for COVID-19, claiming the vaccine turned them gay. Ayatollah Abbas Tabrizian wrote on his Telegram social-media platform: “Don’t go near those who have had the COVID vaccine. They have become homosexuals.”

Reuters: Hackers broke into the computer system of a facility that treats water for about 15,000 people near Tampa, Florida and sought to add a dangerous level of lye to the water supply. “The guy was sitting there monitoring the computer as he’s supposed to and all of a sudden he sees a window pop up that the computer has been accessed,” Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said. “The next thing you know someone is dragging the mouse and clicking around and opening programs and manipulating the system.”

CNN: Senate leaders reached an agreement Monday giving House impeachment managers and Donald Trump’s lawyers up to 16 hours each to present their cases and creating the option for a debate and vote to call witnesses — if the House impeachment managers seek it.

Russell Tovey Announces Engagement To Rugby Player Boyfriend

Steve Brockman (L) and Russell Tovey (R)

Handsome Being Human, Looking, and Quantico star Russell Tovey has announced his engagement to his woofy rugby-playing bf, Steve Brockman.

The actor told Digital Spy, “Completely unexpected but very, very happy and looking forward to having a proper party to celebrate when back in London.”

The Sun reports that Tovey is “over the moon” about his upcoming nuptials to Brockman, a rugby player with the Kings Cross Steelers.

Tovey is currently based in London and New York, where Quantico shoots. Brockman, who works in construction, plans on visiting NYC often according to report.

I know Tovey’s excited about calling Brockman “husband,” but I think Brockman is total “daddy” material 🙂

Congrats to the happy couple!

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Russell Tovey & Wentworth Miller Deliver Same-Sex “Super-Kiss” In Primetime

Wentworth Miller (L) and Russell Tovey (R)

Being the comic book geek that I am, I caught up on The CW’s “Crisis On Earth X” last night in one four-hour binge.

I loved it! So well done across all four CW shows – The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.

Plus, there were two (TWO!) same-sex relationships incorporated into the storylines.

First, we saw Supergirl’s sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh) connecting with White Canary (Caity Lotz).

And, we were treated to two gay super-heroes kiss in primetime! And the heroes were played by two openly gay actors (Wentworth Miller, Russell Tovey).

Check out the liplock between Tovey and Miller below. And if you like the super-hero genre, use that On Demand thingy and watch “Crisis On Earth X.”

Russell Tovey To Play Gay Super-Hero On Super Crossover Storyline On The CW

Woofy actor Russell Tovey (HBO’s Looking, Being Human) will take a turn as gay super-hero The Ray in an upcoming four-episode storyline that will crossover four current shows on The CW.

From The CW website:

Raymond “Ray” Terrill was a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. But before he could report on his findings, the project head exposed Ray to a “genetic light bomb.” The bomb failed to kill him and instead gifted Ray with light-based powers. With these abilities, Ray realized he could go beyond reporting on injustice — he could take action to help stop it. Calling himself The Ray, he was recruited by Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters to fight violence and oppression wherever it exists.

Look for the “Crisis on Earth-X” event November 27-28 airing across Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash and Arrow.

Out Films: Russell Tovey Stars In “The Pass”

Russell Tovey (HBO’s Looking) plays a gay footballer in the new movie, The Pass, co–starring Arinze Kene.

Based on the play by John Donnelly, the film follows the story of a closeted player in three segments, one taking place every five years in the player’s life, as he comes to terms with his true self following the night he shares a kiss with a teammate.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Nineteen-year-old Jason and Ade have been in the Academy of a famous London football club since they were eight years old. It’s the night before their first-ever game for the first team – a Champions League match – and they’re in a hotel room in Romania. They should be sleeping, but they’re over-excited. They skip, fight, mock each other, prepare their kit, watch a teammate’s sex tape. And then, out of nowhere, one of them kisses the other. The impact of this ‘pass’ reverberates through the next ten years of their lives – a decade of fame and failure, secrets and lies, in a sporting world where image is everything.

If you’re in or near New York City, you can catch the film at opening night of New York City’s NewFest on October 20th. The movie is set for wide release later this year.

Russell Tovey Is “Baffled And Saddened” Over Response To “Effeminate” Comments

Russell Tovey, out actor and current star of HBO’s Looking, took to Twitter last night to address a atatement he made in an interview with The Guardian in which he expressed gladness that his father didn’t allow him to attend a famous acting school because it helped “toughen” him up and possibly avoid being “really effeminate.”

“I feel like I could have been really effeminate, if I hadn’t gone to the school I went to. Where I felt like I had to toughen up,” Tovey said. “If I’d have been able to relax, prance around, sing in the street, I might be a different person now. I thank my dad for that, for not allowing me to go down that path. Because it’s probably given me the unique quality that people think I have.”

The statement was heard as an attack on effeminate gays from one of the “straight-acting” gays, which has become a sort of “in-tribe” issue within the LGBT community.

I should add a disclaimer here: I did attend acting school where I did dance (if not “prance”) in the streets (and the Broadway) as I enjoyed a sense of freedom about living out my life exactly who I was and still am. My father never had an issue with me being one kind of person or another, except succeeding at life. I thank MY dad for that.

My personal opinion? I don’t think Tovey meant to disparage gays who may not be as “manly” as he considers himself. I think the statement was inartful, but not hateful.

I do believe that when you live on one side of the spectrum, it’s hard to understand the other side. In his comment it’s clear that Tovey is glad he didn’t turn out “really effeminate.” But the comment comes across as a passive-aggressive swipe at those who are; a lot like some of the joking that goes on regarding “bottom shaming.” As if being masculine (or a top) is preferable or more manly.

When folks put those ideas out there (which they are certainly allowed to do) it becomes a line of demarcation. It separates us. It says “masculine > effeminate.” Or, along the same lines “top > bottom.”

Is Tovey the “worst gay ever?” No. Sadly, we have better (worse?) candidates for that title.

And no, I don’t think this was an intentional slight to gay men less “masculine” than Tovey.

But I do wonder – where exactly is the line that would have clearly defined this as “gay on gay” bullying?

Tovey took to his Twitter account to address the tempest:

I surrender. You got me. I’m sat baffled and saddened that a mis-fired inarticulate quote of mine, has branded me worst gay ever

If you feel I have personally let you down, I’m sorry, that was never my intention

I’m proud to be who I am and proud for others We’re in this together, I want you to know whatever you think I meant, I didn’t

I’m gonna ride this out, and one day we will all look back on this moment with a half smile of fascination and amusement

Until that day I’m gonna carry on being me #lowersflag x

Russell Tovey: I Can Play Straight Because I Didn’t Prance Around

In an interview with The Guardian, out actor Russell Tovey (HBO’s Looking) says he could have ended up “really effeminate” if he had been allowed to attend a famous acting school in London.

“I was so envious of everyone who went to Sylvia Young Theatre School. I wanted to go but my dad flat-out refused. He thought I’d become some tapdancing freak without qualifications. And he was right in a way. I’m glad I didn’t go. That might have changed…”

“I feel like I could have been really effeminate, if I hadn’t gone to the school I went to. Where I felt like I had to toughen up. If I’d have been able to relax, prance around, sing in the street, I might be a different person now. I thank my dad for that, for not allowing me to go down that path. Because it’s probably given me the unique quality that people think I have.”

In addition to Looking, Tovey stars in the new BBC drama Banished, about British convicts in Australia, which premieres this week.

Preview: Looking on HBO Sunday

Russell Tovey as “Kevin” on HBO’s Looking explains rugby – how the bears, otters, and the hooker (“the little guy who you know gets fucked by the entire scrum),” all function while the gang watches Dom’s first gay rugby match in episode 3 of Looking in this preview clip.

Watch Looking on HBO, Sunday, Jan. 25 at 10 p.m.