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Wentworth Miller Reveals He Tried To Commit Suicide Multiple Times Before Coming To Terms With Sexuality
We told you last month about handsome Prison Break star Wentworth Miller, 41, coming out as gay in an effort to protest treatment of LGBT men and women in Russia. Since then, he hasn’t said very much about his choice to do so. But just over the weekend, the actor spoke at a Human Rights Campaign dinner in Seattle and according to Us Weekly, revealed that he tried to commit suicide “more than once” while trying to come to grips with the fact that he was gay. He said the first time he tried to harm himself was when he was 15 years old:
“I waited until my family went away and I was alone in the house and I swallowed a bottle of pills. I don’t remember what happened over the next couple of days but I’m pretty sure come Monday morning I was on the bus back to school pretending everything was fine.”
He went on to discuss the battle it was to not appear to be different than what people expected him to be as both a young man and an adult in the public eye.
“Growing up I was a target. Speaking the right way, standing the right way, holding your wrist the right way. Every day was a test and there was a thousand ways to fail. A thousand ways to portray yourself to not live up to someone else’s standards of what was accepted.
I had multiple opportunities to speak my truth, which is that I was gay, but I chose not to. I was out privately to family and friends — publicly, I was not. I chose to lie — when I thought about the possibility of coming out, how that might impact me and the career I worked so hard for, I was filled with fear.”
Clearly that fear has since subsided. Kudos to Miller for sharing his story.
What do you think of what he had to say about his past struggles?
“I Want A Real Apology From BET”: B.Scott Decides To REJECT Network’s Apology For Awards Attire Fiasco
BET Networks embraces global diversity in all its forms and seeks to maintain an inclusive workforce and a culture that values all perspectives and backgrounds. The incident with B. Scott was a singular one with a series of unfortunate miscommunications from both parties. We regret any unintentional offense to B. Scott and anyone within the LGBT community and we seek to continue embracing all gender expressions.Scott saw the apology, but he’s made it clear that it’s not enough. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said that he felt the apology was half-hearted.
“I want a real apology from BET. This was a not a mutual misunderstanding or miscommunication. I pride myself on being very professional.
This was my day to come out in one of the biggest days of my career and I was publically humiliated. I’m just hurt by it. I just want people to know that it’s ok to be who you are.”
“If I knew for sure that they wanted me to be there and I could express myself how I normally express myself and my brand.”
A Child’s Death & A Mother’s Pain: New Film “TransParent” Sparks New Conversation About LGBT Community
A new film is about a very “taboo” subject is hoping to find its way to film festivals and theaters.
TransParent is a film about the life and death of Shelley “Treasure” Hilliard, a slain transgendered 19 year old woman from Detroit
The film, produced by Natasha “T” Miller and writer/producer/director dream hampton, tackles many issues surrounding Hilliard. First, many in the Detroit LGBT community believe this was a hate crime. Detroit, like many cities, are still uncomfortable about men and women who do not “represent” the sex they were born into. Second, others believe that Hilliard was a police informant and by being mixed in that, she was killed in a sting that did not go as planned.
Equally as important to the story of what happened to Treasure is the story of her mom, Lyniece Nelson. She says that even though it has been two years since her daughter was killed, she hasn’t found a way to forgive the act:
“I will never find closure or any type forgiveness. I can only pray that God help me deal with the pain and give me the strength to continue take care of the children and my grandchildren. But forgiving? I’ve forgiven a lot of people for doing a lot of horrible things to me and I don’t think I have anymore in me. And I just have to ask God to forgive me for that.”
People often say that a parent isn’t supposed to have to bury their child and when you watch the clip, it becomes more apparent where that statement comes from. The pain is so deep that it feels impossible to work through.
Miller and hampton have started a Kickstarter fund to raise money for film submissions, equipment rental, completion of the film and other things.
While discussing transgendered people still may be very uncomfortable for some, especially in the black community at times, it is important to still have it. When we open up that discussion, it may possibly allow for young people to feel more comfortable with their sexuality.
Is TransParent a documentary you’d like to see?
We know all parents aren’t this understanding but this story is really touching.
FCKH8.com, a website that sells t-shirts to spread love across all sexualities (in their words, they “fight homo-h8), posted a very sweet letter on Friday morning on their Facebook page that epitomized love. In the letter, an unidentified father told his son, Nate, that he’d overheard a phone conversation about his plans to come out to his dad. In surprising fashion, his dad totally took the pressure off his son.
In the note, he said:
I’ve known you were gay since you were six. I’ve loved you since you were born.”
The dad also added that he thinks his son and Mike, the guy he was on the phone with, make a cute couple.
Well…anybody have a smile on their face right now? Need a Kleenex? We aren’t sure how old Nate is (he’s apparently in school as his dad told him to plan to bring home oj and bread after class) but as many in the LGBT community will tell you, it isn’t always the easiest thing in the world to come out to friends and family members. Some parents are especially hard to tell because some of them have certain life “expectations” for their children and can’t see that being gay, lesbian or bisexual doesn’t necessarily stop those things from happening.
I’m sure Nate took a huge sigh of relief after reading that note.
Do you think or hope you’d be this open if you overheard your child having this type of conversation?
For years, there has been media speculation concerning the sexuality of celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Queen Latifah, Eddie Murphy, Johnny Gill, and more recently, Raven Symone. The trip out of the closet has been a long one for African American celebrities, evident by the fact there aren’t nearly as many out and open black celebrities as there are white. We don’t often see black celebrities walking around, publicly showcasing their love like Sex and the City’s Cythia Nixon and her girlfriend; Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi; or Elton John and David Furnish. That isn’t to say that there aren’t any out African American celebrities though. In fact, we’ve got an entire list of proud gay celebrities.
This comedian has been making people laugh since she began her stand-up career in 1987 at a Coors Light Super Talent Showcase in Washington DC. She got her first big break opening for Chris Rock at Caroline’s Comedy Club, and since then she’s made a career of being an award-winning television and movie actress, stand-up comedian, and writer. Sykes publicly came out on as a lesbian in November 2008 after the passing of Proposition 8 in California.
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While we still don’t know who really started this little rumble in the parking lot between Chris Brown, Frank Ocean and their friends last Sunday, we do know that Chris feels persecuted and Frank believes that Chris is the one who started it.
While there were earlier reports from an LA County Sheriff’s department spokesperson that Ocean might be seeking to file charges against Brown, according to MTV, he is now saying that isn’t true. Ocean took to his favorite place, Tumblr, to speak his mind:
As a child I thought if someone jumped me it would result in me murdering or mutilating a man. But as a man I am not a killer. I’m an artist and a modern person. I’ll choose sanity. No criminal charges. No civil lawsuit. Forgiveness, albeit difficult, is wisdom. Peace, albeit trite, is what i want in my short life. Peace.
That’s definitely a way to let this entire thing burn out from Ocean’s stance. One could call it very “zen” of him to just let the whole thing ride, especially considering that it wouldn’t take much for anyone to believe that Brown was at fault.
It remains unclear if Brown is considering filing charges against Ocean seeing as though most reports state that Ocean and his friends started it. Perhaps it is best if they both just accept that they don’t like each other and avoid each other as much as possible.
Oh, to be young, rich and seemingly live with no consequences. Then again, a fight can happen to anyone, right?
When’s the last time you had a fight?
From Black Voices
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo wants to use the Super Bowl media frenzy as a platform to sound off on marriage equality and anti-bullying.
In an email to fellow same-sex marriage supporters Brian Ellner and Michael Skolnik (who also serves as political director to hip-hop mogul and philanthropist Russell Simmons), Ayanbadejo asked, “Is there anything I can do for marriage equality or anti-bullying over the next couple of weeks to harness this Super Bowl media?”
Along with his team, the AFC champion will be playing in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Among those to get word of the email was New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, who reached out to Ayanbadejo.
“On the phone Tuesday afternoon, Ayanbadejo called that missive his “Jerry Maguire email,” referring to the Tom Cruise movie, in which the plot is set in motion when Maguire, played by Cruise, seizes the occasion of a sleepless night to pour his heart and soul into a mission statement,” wrote Bruni.
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