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Andy Cohen Questions Gillian Anderson About Her Bisexuality

Gillian Anderson was a guest on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live this week, and on the show she was asked some pretty risqué questions.

Ms Anderson was not only asked about her co-stars’ kissing abilities, the rumoured “The X-Files” pay inequality, and the last time she “dipped into the lady pond.”

Her response was an honest one, but she didn’t give too much away.

Um, well actually, that article was actually about a woman I was with for about a year when I first lived in New York, when I was post-college. I think. So that would have been the last time as far as I remember.”

Watch the clip below.

Miriam Margoyles: “My Parents Were Utterly Appalled That I’m Gay”

Speaking openly and candidly about her sexuality, legendary British-Australian actress Miriam Margolyes has revealed how her parents reacted to her coming out.

The 74-year-old actress, said she made the brave decision to come out in 1968.

In a recent interview with Audioboom, she says

People who were gay were pitied and ridiculed by my parents. They had no modern sense of people being allowed to be who they were. I didn’t tell my parents in fact until I was something like 27.

My mother was utterly appalled and disgusted and she told my father although I didn’t want her to. But she did because they shared everything. They made me swear on the Bible in the drawing room, in a most formal way, that I would never sleep with a woman again.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07:  Actress  Miriam Margolyes attends the World Premiere of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 at Trafalgar Square on July 7, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Miriam Margolyes attends the World Premiere of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 at Trafalgar Square on July 7, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Extraordinary really, as my father was a doctor and in many ways he was an enlightened man especially around racism. But about homosexuality – never.”

Margolyes has been with partner Heather Sutherland for nearly five decades;

I have had a partner for nearly 50 years. We have been happy and loving and joyous and eachother, and we still are. My only fear is she will die before me, or that I will die before her – and one of them is going to happen, unless we have a suicide pact. But I don’t think she’s up for that!”

Listen below:



Actress Chloë Grace Moretz On Sexuality: It’s A “Question That Shouldn’t Be Asked”

Talking to the Huffington post whilst promoting her latest film, The Fifth Wave, actress Chloë Grace Moretz opened up about subject of family and LGBT equality.

I feel like we put so many labels on so many things in our society. And my big issue is not just the fact that people are against LGBT [but] it’s the fact that we’d have to come out and say who we’re interested in. There should never even be a question…It doesn’t matter! It’s not an issue! Why are we even living in a society where we have to answer those questions? That’s a question that shouldn’t be asked!”

She also explained how the treatment of LGBT people has confused her from a young age.

Definitely in the beginning it was a confusion on my part as to why anyone even cared. That was kind of my big thing as a kid, i was kind of like, ‘well why do they even care who they find is cute. The way my family has always been is no matter what it is, whether you’re gay, you don’t like a sport, whatever it is, we stick up for one another. So I immediately started filling that role from a really young age because I was on a platform to where people would listen to me and they would hear what I was saying.

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She added

So I could defend them on an even larger scale, by promoting it in magazines and interviews and speaking about it on social media and just trying to promote equality.”

This is not the first time the actress has talked about her relationship with her two gay brothers and her strong pro LGBT beliefs.

Watch the full video below.

Tangerine’s Leading Ladies Could Become First Trans Actresses Nominated for Oscars

According to GLAAD’s 2015 Studio Responsibility Index, which looks at the LGBT diversity of films released in the previous year, just 20 of the 114 releases from major studios GLAAD surveyed included any LGBT characters. 65% of the inclusive films starred gay male characters and none of those inclusive titles featured transgender characters.

Things have gotten a little better with 2015’s movie releases though snf one film garnering a lot of critical acclaim is Tangerine.

Tangerine has made headlines not just because the entire movie was shot almost entirely on an iPhone but also because it’s a film about two trans sex workers (played by two trans women of colour) as they set off to go and locate their pimp on Christmas Eve.

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Tangerine has already scooped up several accolades, including the Audience Award and the Breakthrough Actor (Mya Taylor, one of the films leads) at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.

But now the film is going one further as Magnolia Pictures, the distributor that picked up the film earlier this year, has now launched a campaign to get Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez (Tangerine’s other star) nominated for Academy Awards.

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Magnolia hopes to get Taylor and Rodriguez nominated in the Lead Actress and Supporting Actress categories and while it’s unclear exactly how successful the campaign is going so far, it does have some high profile supporters.

Recently, during a screening of the film to Oscar voters, Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox showed up to say that

I often imagine what it would be like for trans people all over this country and world if a trans woman is nominated for an Academy Award. You have a chance to make that happen.”

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Meanwhile, Mark Duplass (of the Duplass Brothers, who are producing the film) recently said that “the TV Academy has embraced what’s happening in the trans movement with Transparent and Orange is the New Black. The film Academy is a little behind on that front.”

Nominations for the Academy Awards will be officially revealed on January 14, 2016.

Lily Tomlin: Coming Out As Gay Would Have ‘Literally’ Killed My Mother

Hollywood actress Lily Tomlin says she waited until after he mother died to come out as a lesbian.

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Speaking to the Telegraph, she said:

My mother would have died. Literally. If she’d lived to see me come out. Bless her heart, she was Southern, basically fundamentalist, but she was very witty and sweet and kind and she adored Jane. She died 10 years ago. She was 91. So that was always kind of a dilemma for me.”

The Grace and Frankie star, who shot to fame as a comic in 1969 before later finding success with cult hit films like Nashville and 9 to 5, never had a grand ‘coming out’.

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However, she has quietly spoken about her sexuality for a number of years – and married her long-term partner Jane Wagner on New Year’s Eve 2013.

The actress also said earlier in her career she turned down films that said “thoughtless things about women”.

They sent me two or three Neil Simon scripts over the years. When you’re first in the business you’re so innocent and free, the script would literally leap out of my hands into the trash can. Then afterward you get to know more and more people and you make more compromises.”


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Tomlin is currently promoting her new film, Grandma, in which the 76-year-old plays a pot-smoking lesbian feminist poet – hurrah!

Grandma is released on December 11

Ruby Rose Urges Fans To Boycott Magazine After Revealing Pics Posted

Ruby Rose has urged fans to boycott the latest issue of The Untitled Magazine after she said it ran photos of her in which you can see her nipple.


The Orange Is The New Black star explained that while she is a supporter of the “free the nipple” movement, she did not approve for these revealing images to run in the magazine.

In the photo, Rose is wearing a see-through black top with a black leather jacket over her shoulder, and her bare breasts can be seen.

She posted on her Instagram account this message

Imagine my shock to find that @theuntitledmagazine decided to publish images of me after we explained we wouldn’t be doing the shoot if I wasn’t appropriately covered.

The difference with working with a friend and or choosing to use nudity for art/and someone taking the piss and exploiting you is two different things.”

Rose says the shoot is eight months old and she also accused Untitled of selling the photos to other publications.

The interview made no sense 8 months on. Please if you are a fan of mine boycott this issue. Or you are buying into greedy, exploitative propaganda. I have plenty of other shoots I’m proud of with professionals coming up its not needed in your collection.”

Her Instagram post appeared alongside the photo of Rose with the iPhone delete option “Confirm Deletion?” positioned to cover her breasts.

Untitled released their girl power edition on September 16 during New York Fashion Week and on the magazine’s website, Rose’s name is listed under “additional exclusive interviews” that appear in the edition.



Ruby Rose Goes Biker Chic (And We Can’t Get Enough)

Holy smokes, Ruby Rose covers the September issue of GLASSbook, and she’s crazy-stunning in the series of highly-saturated images.

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Even better, these pics come right after the announcement that Rose will joining the cast of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Wow!






Ruby Rose Talks Talk Tattoos, OITNB and Being Compared Justin Bieber On ‘Conan’

Model/DJ/actor Ruby Rose and Justin Bieber are this seasons celebrity doppelgängers.

However, it would appear the actress is tired of the comparison.

The “Orange Is the New Black” star spoke to Conan O’Brien about her much-talked about resemblance to the pop star, shrugging it off with a laugh and saying,

I hear that he gets asked a lot if he is Ruby Rose. And it must be very frustrating for him.”

Rose then turned the tables and started a discussion on O’ Brien’s looks.

I feel like you can relate because you look like a mixture of Tilda Swinton, Meryl Streep, and like … Joel Edgerton.”

O’Brien was surprised by Rose’s analogies, but took it in a good stride and joked that he felt happy she added a guy to the list.

I like that it’s three and two are women. I’m glad that you threw one guy in there. Just to butch it up just a little bit for me,”

He also added two more names – Dame Judi Dench and Betty White – to the list of stars he thinks he resembles.

The 29-year-old also talked about her many tattoos, explaining that since she has so many (around 60), they’ve basically become one.

You can watch the whole clip below:

First Look at Elle Fanning New Trans Teen Movie ‘About Ray’

A trailer has been released for the new film About Ray, in which Elle Fanning plays the lead character, a transgender teen transitioning from female to male.


The film depicts Fanning’s character living with her single mother Maggie, played by Naomi Watts, and lesbian grandmother, depicted by Susan Sarandon.

Originally called Three Generations – the trailer gave us a heart warming sneak peak at what the film has in store.

Current representations of transgender people in pop culture primarily focus on those who have already transitioned (like Sophia on Orange Is the New Black) or those approaching the process later in life (Maura on Transparent).

About Ray tells the story of a teen’s experience, as a sort of transgender coming of age.

I’m done with being the exception! Prolonging this doesn’t keep me a girl any longer. It just keep me being who I already am.”


After Fanning’s casting was announced, The Atlantic ran a piece titled, “Is Elle Fanning Taking a Role From a Transgender Actor?”

About Ray isn’t the only fall movie that will tell a transgender person’s story with a cisgender actor in the lead role.

The highly anticipated film The Danish Girl, a period piece, stars Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe, a transgender artist.

Gina Gershon Discusses her Legendary Lesbian Role in ‘Bound’

Gina Gershon was a guest on The View last week, to discuss her new film Staten Island Summer, and to also talk about her famous part as Corky in the Lana and Andy Wachowki film Bound.


Raven-Symone asked about her taking on LGBT characters when she’s not part of the community, and Gina joked, “Well, I’m not a Hasidic Jew either!” about another recent part she’s played.

The actress, who has played queer character in other films like Prey for Rock ‘N Roll and Dealin’ With Idiots, told a great story about making a decision to take a chance, even when the people around her told it was a bad idea.

You know, it’s a funny thing with Bound. I remember I loved the script so much and no one knew these unknown directors and I wanted to meet them just because I thought, ‘The writing is so spot on.’ And as soon as I met them, I was like ‘These guys are great.’ You could tell they were geniuses. But my agents and everyone was like ‘You’re not doing this movie — it’s going to end your career.’ I’m like ‘Why?’ They’re like, ‘Well, you’re playing a lesbian—it will ruin your career.’ It’s like ‘So what? It’s a great part. It’s like the classic part I never get to play.’ And they’re two unknown directors—I’m like, ‘They’re bad asses.


These directors are incredible.’ And they’re like, ‘No, no. It will ruin it—we can’t let you do it.’ And I said, ‘Well, I guess then I’m going to have to leave.’ And I left my agents over it. It was weird, but at the time—you know, this was before Boys Don’t Cry came out and stuff—if definitely pigeonholed me for a second. After Showgirls and that, then all of a sudden I was just getting killer lesbian motorcycle crazy people, and which, I thought, ‘Oh my god, this is so silly.’ But I’m so proud that I did that movie and so happy that it helped a lot of people. It’s amazing. It’s a great film. I love that movie.”

You can watch that portion of the interview below (stars 19:23 in).


Amber Heard Discusses the Importance of Being Out in Hollywood

Actress Amber Heard came out during an event organised by GLAAD in 2010, saying she believed that denying or hiding something is an inadvertent admission that it’s “wrong”.

On her decision to come out, she recently told The Times:

At that time I didn’t know of anyone else in my position who was a working female lead actress. I don’t want to have to deny my sexuality in order to be me. But I don’t want to have to be defined by it. I’m fundamentally opposed to trying to edit myself to be palatable or popular. I don’t give a f**k. I fight, but I shouldn’t have to.”

Heard also admitted re-writing her lines for Magic Mike to suggest that her character was bisexual and enjoyed the film’s “reversed gender roles” .

It’s a film about men seeking sexual attention. It gives the power position to women. My character’s function has nothing to do with her sexuality.”

Going on, she said she thought celebrities who stay in the closet are “inadvertently admitting it’s wrong” to be gay or bisexual.

She went on:

I personally think that if you deny something or if you hide something you’re inadvertently admitting it’s wrong. I hate the idea of a label just as much as anyone else but I’m with who I’m with. I’m not a better actress than I was yesterday and my personal life should have no effect on that.”

An increasing number of celebrities are choosing to come out publicly. Cara Delevingne mostly recently confirmed her relationship with the singer St Vincent during an interview with Vogue, while Ellen Page announced she was gay at a conference for LGBT teens last year.

Must Watch – Gillian Anderson’s ‘Bride of Hannibal’ Trailer

OMG. We’re sitting on the edges of our seats today as we watch the new trailer for Hannibal, with Gillian Anderson taking centre stage – watch now!

Anderson has been upgraded to series regular for the third series of NBC’s psychological thriller.


The new clip teases her character Bedelia Du Maurier’s relationship with Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen), opening with the oft-used phrase: “Behind every great man is a great woman.”

Also read: Gillian Anderson Says She Would Not Rule Out Another Same Sex Romance


Hannibal returns to NBC in the US on June 4 – get a taste of what’s in store below.

Maria Bello Questions the Labels We Give Ourselves

In November 2013, Bello wrote a column for the “Modern Love” section of The New York Times called “Coming Out as a Modern Family” about her family. For Bello, her “modern family” consists of her beloved son, a close friendship with her ex-husband and a romantic pairing with her long-time friend Claire Munn, whom Maria only realised she was in love with when she was 45 years old.

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The column received thousands of comments, which prompted her to write a book called Whatever…Love is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves.

The book allows Bello to explore various aspects of her life. For example, each chapter starts with a question like “Am I a Catholic?” and “Am I LGBT or W?” – The “W” stands for “whatever”. It’s also a book about loving yourself and honouring the real relationships in your life, whether or not they fit the model of what family, friends or lovers are “supposed” to look like. Rejecting that nasty compulsory white-cis-heterosexism that tries to trap women – just find a man, and you’ll be OK.

I raised questions about the meaning of partnership, modern family, and the labels we all carry. I wrote about the people standing by my bedside when I was sick at the time.

They were all my partners in some way, whether I slept in the same bed with them, did homework with them or had a child with them. When I told my son that I had fallen in love with a woman [Clare Munn] who was like a godmother to him, he simply said to me, ‘Whatever, Mom…Love is love’. That statement opened up a door to a larger conversation about how many of the labels we use today are outdated.”

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In a recent interview with on GLAAD: All Access, hosted Claire Pires, actress Maria Bello opened up about her new book. Watch the interview here:


Amber Heard Discusses Why She Signed to do the New Eddie Redmayne Film ‘The Danish Girl’

Bisexual actress Amber Heard, now married to Johnny Depp has been discussing her reasons for joining Eddie Redmayne in the film The Danish Girl.

In the film, Redmayne plays an artist famous for getting one of the first known gender-reassignment surgeries. Heard plays his wife.


Talking to IndieWire, she said

It’s story about heart and love between two people and identity as well and it just so happens to be also an LGBT issue. Discrimination, identity, family relationships love, all these things within the context of a society. All of these things within a society that doesn’t accept that. Somebody undergoing a sex change to fully realize themselves is incredibly compelling for me.

I’m obviously a major advocate for equality and as a member of the LGBT community, I am honored to be able to be part of a story that represents a part of that struggle and that life.”

Heard has been a staunch advocate for the LGBTI community, which is one of the reasons why she wanted to star in the upcoming film. She came out as bisexual in 2010.

There’s always been gay people. That’s a fact. And I’m not trying to say that having ambiguous gender identity, I’m not saying that’s new. Look at the Greek culture, that’s fairly recent too in the span of human culture, but to actively be able to change it in this way…awesome.”

In the interview the Austin-born actress also discusses the limitations she faced being an actress.

you’re constantly asked to choose between one of two archetypes: sexy or not. And within the “not,” you perhaps can acquire for yourself a few different traits, but they’re going to be severely limited. The story’s not going to be about you. In the former, it’s completely unfulfilling work to undergo and it’s not fulfilling for an audience to watch. It’s incredible frustrating that a system is in place where you have to choose one or the other. I should not have to choose to be taken seriously or to be beautiful.”

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The Danish Girl will be released in December.

Indian Actress Commits Suicide Due to Social Pressure Caused by her Lesbian Relationship

Bengali TV actress, Disha Ganguly, 23, has committed suicide due to social pressure caused by her lesbian relationship with another actress.

She was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her home in Kolkata on 9 April, and police reports suggest, it was stress and social stigma that drove her to take this drastic step.

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No suicide note was found but police recovered her phone and diary.

A senior police official told dna newspaper

A few months back, this actress friend of Ganguly, started staying at her apartment. Soon, Ganguly’s mother arrived from Nairobi (where her parents reside) and objected to their relationship. Her mother even got her friend to move out of the apartment.”

Homosexuality is illegal in Bangladesh and India. A recent survey reports that 59% of the gays in Bangladesh live in fear of being outed.

Ganguly couldn’t bear the thought of never seeing her girlfriend again and marrying a man. When her girlfriend found out Ganguly was dead, she tried to follow her by throwing herself in front of an oncoming train. Locals snatched her to safety just in time, and the woman is now hospitalized.

According to the police, she had a steady relationship with another actor Vivaan Ghosh. A day before she committed suicide, she attend a cricket match with him.

On her way back, she had a heated conversation over the phone with her friend.

While Ganguly’s parents insisted she got married to Ghosh, she was in a fix and stuck in between two relationships.

Sources in the industry also said that Ghosh and Ganguly’s friend fought over her a few days back.

Police reports suggest that the TV actress was drawn into a situation where she battling pressure from her parents, her boyfriend and girlfriend. Eventually, she gave in to death.

Meanwhile, a preliminary postmortem report revealed that she committed suicide two hours after eating dinner.

After examining her phone call history, it was found that the last few calls she made was to Ghosh, her actress friend and her father.

Anna Paquin Would Return as X-Men’s Rogue on One Condition

Rogue has long been my favourite character in the X-Men series, but the truth is that the mutant heroine hasn’t really had the opportunity to do very much on the big screen.

Played by bisexual actress Anna Paquin in the original X-Men trilogy and a brief cameo in X-Men: Days of Future Past, she got plenty of chances to mope and be a disgruntled teen with unfortunate powers, but she didn’t really ever get into the action and fight the forces of evil.


Rogue had always had super strength and the ability to fly in the comics after permanently stealing Ms Marvel’s powers.

Evidently, Paquin herself has noticed this, and as a result her one requirement for ever getting back into the X-Men franchise is that she has to be allowed to fly and kick ass.

X-Men: Apocalypse will be the next instalment of the series. It will arrive in 2016.

Stop Everything | Gillian Anderson Says She Would Not Rule Out Another Same Sex Romance

After two marriages and three children, the beautiful star of The Fall and The X Files, Gillian Anderson says she would not rule out another same sex romance – as long as her next relationship is The One


Anderson is on a career high right now and we love it. She is the hero in the dark and gripping gripping thriller The Fall, now commissioned for a third series. Has a new BBC mini series due out called War and Peace, in which she plays socialite Anna Pavlovna. She’ll be continuing role as Hannibal Lecter’s psychotherapist in the US TV series Hannibal. She has a new movie due out – Robot Overlords – where she’s playing the mother, Kate, in a the new British family sci-fi film. And there is now talk of a reprise of The X-Files with David Duchovny.


The beauty has her hands full balancing all this with her home life, and raising three kids, Piper, 20, Oscar, 8, and Felix, 6.

Also read: Gillian Anderson Speaks Out About Her Late Lesbian Lover

But in a recent interview with Telegraph, Anderson said she could find time for a little romance.

“I’m so lucky to have such great work. I’ve got a fantastic life, I have a wonderful relationship with my kids, and there’s nothing lacking, but I’m leaning towards the idea that it’s time for somebody to be brave enough to ask me out.” 

And when asked would she ever consider another same-sex relationship? Anderson answered….

“I wouldn’t discount it. I did it before and I’m not closed to that idea. To me a relationship is about loving another human being; their gender is irrelevant.”

So could ‘the one’ be a woman – only time will tell.

But, would you be brave enough to make a move? 

GQ’s ‘Woman Of The Year’ is Rightly Given to Tilda Swinton

Brit-born actress, Tilda Swinton, has had an amazing year – featuring in The Grand Budapest Hotel, Snowpiercer and Only Lovers Left Alive.

However, her best role in 2014 was the same one she’s been reprising for the past fifty-four years: herself. And to honour this GQ magazine has just revealed her as their ‘Woman Of The Year’.

“I don’t really look like people in films; I look like people in paintings.”

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Swinton has honed her own signature when it comes to fashion and acting. Her androgynous beauty allows her to play everything from a Caravaggio muse to winter snow Queens.

Her fashion choices (like her movie roles) tend to stray from the Hollywood norm. From menswear-inspired pieces, to strong architectural details, and this is why the actress is key candidate for 2014’s most original and visionary women.

Here, we pick our favourite Swinton fashion moments of 2014.





Elle Fanning Begins Gender Transformation For New Movie Role

Elle Fanning continues her dramatic transformation for transgender role ‘Three Generations’

This new trans film will explore gender identity and family ties. The Malificient actress, plays a New York City teen – Ray – who has decided to transition from female to male. Naomi Watts plays Ray’s single mother, Maggie, who must come to terms with raising her only daughter as a son, and long-time LGBT ally, Susan Sarandon will play Maggie’s mother Dolly – a music manager who lives with her lesbian partner.

Transgender activists have criticized previous trans-themed films and television for casting cisgender actors in transgender roles, such as Jeffery Tambor in ‘Transparent’ and Jared Leto in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’. Three Generations is slightly different in that it will focus on someone in the early stages of transition. Filming will begin in New York this month.





Naomi Watts & Susan Sarandon will join Elle Fanning in New Transgender Drama ‘Three Generations’

‘Three Generations’ will explore questions of identity and family ties. The Malificient actress, Elle Fanning is set to star in the movie, playing a New York City teen – Ray – who has decided to transition from female to male.

Naomi Watts will play Ray’s single mother, Maggie, who must come to terms with raising her only daughter as a son.

Long-time LGBT ally, Susan Sarandon will play Maggie’s mother Dolly – a music manager who lives with her lesbian partner and has a hard time understanding her grandchild’s decision.


The indie film was written by Nikole Beckwith and will be directed by Gaby Dellal.

Transgender activists have criticized previous trans-themed films and television for casting cisgender actors in transgender roles, such as Jeffery Tambor in Transparent and Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club.

Three Generations is slightly different in that it will focus on someone in the early stages of transition. Filming will begin in New York this month.

Tilda Swinton: Suited Muse

Tilda Swinton has honed her own signature when it comes to fashion, and at KitschMix we simply can’t get enough. Her androgynous beauty allows her to play everything from a Caravaggio muse to winter snow Queens.

Her fashion choices (like her movie roles) tend to stray from the Hollywood norm. From menswear-inspired pieces, to strong architectural details; Swinton is always guaranteed to shy away from the mainstream and wear something unexpected.

There is a reason the actress and fashion muse has been touted as one of today’s most original and visionary dressers.

Here, we pick our favourite Swinton fashion moments.

Gillian Anderson Speaks Out About Her Late Lesbian Lover

Gillian Anderson has chosen to open up further about her previous lesbian affair.

The actress – who first discussed her gay relationship in 2012 – was in high school when the two dated “for a long time”, but thought it was important not “hide” what happened, following her death in 2011.

She told the Mail on Sunday newspaper’s Even magazine:

“She had died of a brain tumour a year earlier and I had never really spoken about her. She was a beautiful person who was very meaningful in my life and I wanted to honour her instead of hiding my experience. There was a point years after we split when she phoned to tell me to say she had been offered a large amount of money to sell a photograph of us together and had chosen not to do it.”

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She added:

“It was a very big decision because she really could have used the money. I felt it was very important to take the onus off that type of relationship, to say this happened and I feel no shame about it.”

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Back in 2012, Anderson told Out Magazine:

“I was in a relationship with a girl for a long time when I was in high school. You know, I’m old enough that I can talk about that… If I had thought I was 100% gay, would it have been a difference experience for me? Would it have been a bigger deal if shame had been attached to it and all those things that become huge life-altering issues for youngsters in that situation? It’s possible that my attitude around it came, on some level, from knowing that I still liked boys.”

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Laverne Cox to Feature in Bravo’s New Scripted Series

Is it Laverne Cox’s week? Let’s not get anything twisted here; as one of Orange is the New Black’s breakout performances as straight-talking, style shop running trans* inmate Sophia Burset, we may as well call 2014 the Year of Laverne.

While she impressed us yet again in season two of the Netflix original series (that became available from last month), the talented actress and activist has also racked up a bunch of other accolades including the Emmy nom she picked up last week for Outstanding Guest Actress (making her the first trans* performer to be nominated for an Emmy, which is one of the most prestigious TV awards) and she’s also putting together a memoir that’s due to be published sometime next year. Oh and she also made the cover of TIME magazine to boot.

However, does Laverne’s skyrocketing success stop there? It certainly doesn’t as she’s now been tapped to feature in Bravo’s upcoming scripted series.

Called ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’ the intriguingly titled show has yet to air but we have some idea of what it’s about. For one, it’s Bravo’s first scripted show and it will be based upon author Vicky Iovine’s ‘Girlfriends’ Guide’ books so there will be a huge weight on the network’s shoulders to do this right. Alongside House’s Lisa Edelstein who plays self-help author Abby who “reveals that her picturesque life is all a lie”, Cox will take on the role of Adele Northrop, “a Pulitzer Prize-winning war journalist and LGBT activist who presents an award at a marriage equality gala”.

Currently, we know that the character of Adele will feature in just one episode, which is sad news for those who have whizzed through both seasons of OITNB and are thirsty for more Laverne roles to watch on their TV screens. Of course there’s still the chance that she could return in more episodes of Girlfriends’ Guide but otherwise we’ll be able to see her in the docu-series that she’s working on with supermodel Tyra Banks that’s likely to air later this year.

I *Heart* Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock is a German-American actress. She took acting classes with Sanford Meisner in New York and performed in a few off-Broadway plays. Early in her career, Bullock was the indie film darling. Her star-making role was that of Annie Porter from the 1994 action film Speed. Since then, she has starred in a number of box office hit romantic comedies and dramas, growing to hold the 2012 Guinness World Record for highest-paid actress.

She has won multiple Golden Globe awards, won an Oscar award for “Best Actress” and a Razzie award for “Worst Actress” in the same year. She is only the second actress to accept a Razzie award in the thirty-year history of this particular awards ceremony.

In accepting her Academy award for The Blind Side, she thanked…

What this film was about for me, which are the moms that take care of the babies and the children, no matter where they come from. Those moms and parents never get thanked. I, in particular, fail to thank one.”

She went on to thank her deceased mother for…

Reminding her daughters that there’s no race, to religion, no class system, no colour—nothing, no sexual orientation that makes us better than anyone else. We are all deserving of love.”

On a more light-hearted note, Bullock also mentioned Meryl Streep in her speech as “the best kisser”, alluding to a skit that she and the famous Streep had played for the 2010 Golden Globes Critics Choice Awards. The two acted out a vocal feud over the Best Actress nomination and award, which ended with Bullock striding towards Streep and pulling her face in for a quick but decisive mouth-to-mouth snog. The two embraced… “Meryl is a good kisser,” Bullock stated.

In addition to acting, Sandra Bullock is an activist for environmentalism and relief efforts for natural disasters.

Golden Age | The Greatness of Greta Garbo

Swedish-born actress Greta Garbo was a shy, imaginative girl who had dreams of being an actress from the age of ten onwards. It remains a mystery as to when, during the course of her dreams being realized, she became disillusion by the industry. She retired at the age of thirty-five and spent the rest of her life as a recluse.

Despite her short career, Garbo has risen to fame as one of the most iconic movie stars of the era, whether by the subtlety of her expressions in silent films or her easy transition to the talkies when sound technology advanced. (The 1930 film Anna Christie gained publicity under the tagline “Garbo talks!”) She was intensely private, not even attending awards ceremonies when she had been nominated. She never met up with crowds of fans to sign autographs. She had a publicized romance with actor John Gilbert after they starred together in the 1926 film Flesh and the Devil. Garbo herself demonstrated a loyalty to Gilbert beyond the call of professionalism, but despite this, and although they lived together, she would perpetually reject Gilbert’s marriage proposals.

I never said, ‘I want to be alone.’ I only said, ‘I want to be left alone.’ There is all the difference.

Greta Garbo

Many modern biographers have found evidence of Garbo’s numerous romantic relationships with women, perhaps beginning as early as fourteen with a childhood friend by the name of Eva Blomgren, and more famously with fellow Swedish actress Mimi Pollak (they had attended the Royal Dramatic Theater school in Stockholm together in the 1920’s). Their correspondences are preserved in the Swedish compilation Djävla älskade unge! by Tin Andersen Axell. Garbo’s other confirmed conquests included actress Lilyan Tashman, actress and 1920’s fashion icon Louise Brooks, and novelist Mercedes de Acosta.

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Garbo died in 1990, yet her name remains evocative of the mystery and magic that the early years of theater brought to audiences all over the Western world.

Also see – http://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/sep/11/film.filmnews

Spotlight | Cynthia Nixon – Twice Loved, Twice Controversial

Sex and the City, and currently you can spot the actress in the NBC hit series Hannibal.

In 2012 the radiant mother-of-two came out publicly, married her long-term companion Christine Marinoni and fully embraced her new real life role as an LGBTQ rights activist.

cynthia-nixon-320Nixon’s portrayal of lawyer Miranda has empowered a generation of young career-oriented women, and that alone would be a reason for us to admire her, but now with her activist persona unfolding the KitschMix crew simply cannot help but fall in love with her. Unfortunately, many gay rights activists do not share our enthusiasm for Nixon’s work.

And why is that? Let me explain.

This is why we love Cynthia Nixon

After getting married, Nixon has been publicly outspoken about her sexual orientation (= lesbian or bisexual) and her views on marriage (= gender equal). She has campaigned for equality time after time and shown her support for various liberal political candidates.

Also, did you know that Nixon is a breast cancer survivor and a cancer activist, raising public consciousness on the sickness? Well, she is.

All of this considered, the following shortcoming might not seem like a big deal…

Still, this is why we (kind of) hate her

Our biggest problem with Nixon is that in 2012 she told New York Times interviewer that being gay is a choice. Or at least that for her it is. Ouch.

Nixon’s statement is the exact opposite of what gay activists around the world have been desperately trying to say for the past century or two. So, it’s understandable that a lot of activists freaked out after the interview.

We at KitschMix understand Nixon. She is bisexual and she does admit that being bi is not a choice for her. What she meant was that she’s chosen to limit herself to women – or rather, one woman – so she is de facto homosexual.

But we still kind of hate her. She could have become the patron saint of bisexual women everywhere, but instead she opted not to identify as one simply because ”nobody likes bisexuals”. Very smooth, Cynthia.

Here at KitschMix we think that no matter your sexuality – pansexual, bisexual, homosexual, born this way or making a lifestyle choice – in the end the world is a mix which we should all aim to appreciate.

Let us end with a recollection of Nixon’s most beloved roles

  1. Miranda Hobbes in Sex and the City (1998–2004) is Nixon’s best known character. For this performance she also received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
  2. In 2005, to film critics’ great delight, Nixon played president’s wife Eleanor Roosevelt in the TV bio-drama Warm Springs.
  3. Nixon’s role as Becca in the theatrical play Rabbit Hole earned her the 2006 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.

Read more:

Cynthia Nixon @ Wikipedia
Cynthia Nixon @ IMDb

Spotlight | Gina Gershon – sex and violence and rock & roll

In the past 30 years Gina Gershon has earned her place as one of the best-loved camp movie stars, although you might know her better from mainstream productions such as P.S. I Love You. She is known as a huge gay icon, having played several feisty queer characters.

We at KitschMix decided to take a look at the movies that made Gershon such an undisputed part of American gay imagery.

Showgirls camp fame

KitschMix crew can always appreciate a true kitsch classic! Showgirls (1995) is Paul Verhoeven’s steamy cult film that dives inside the world of Las Vegas showdancers and prostitutes. Here, Gershon plays a predatory bisexual diva Cristal Connors. This might not be her most affable role, but it is the one that first defined her as a revered camp actress.


In the year 1996 we got to witness Gershon collaborating with another enticing actress Jennifer Tilly in The Wachowskis’ debut feature film Bound. The two queer icons joined their strength to play a pair of criminally minded women, who become lovers and devise a plot to steal $2 million of mafia money.

Bound could be fairly called Thelma & Louise on speed: The movie was harshly criticized for its gratuitous violence. But later it has been also lauded as the first mainstream feature film to present lesbian relationship without homosexuality actually being the focus of the plot.

Prey for Rock & Roll

Prey for Rock & Roll (2003) was a drama film about the fictional female punk band Clam Dandy who decide to take one last shot at the big time. The band’s charismatic leader is of course played by Gina Gershon. Again, she chose to play a sexually deviant outcast – a role she seems to enjoy.

Well then, is Gina Gershon gay?

No, she is not.

Everyone was wondering if Gershon might be into girls after portraying such an array of lesbian and bisexual characters. However, she came out as straight lately in Austin America-Statesman.

For KitschMix crew Gershon is still a full-on idol. Not only for all the entertaining movies she has made. Not even for the whimsical fact that she likes to play jew’s harp. But because she has been an important part in making gay movie characters an accepted part of the mainstream.

By the way, did you know that lately Gershon played Donatella Versace in the TV biopic House of Versace? She gave a fine performance that definitely didn’t diminish her gay appeal.


Read more:
Gina Gershon @ Wikipedia
Gina Gershon @ IMDb

Spotlight | Natasha Lyonne’s New Shot at the Spotlight

In the early 2000s Natasha Lyonne was a former movie celebrity and actress prodigy, deeply addicted to alcohol and heroin. She didn’t seem to have any future. But she did.

Read her story – it’s one with a happy ending.

Lyonne’s initial success

Lyonne’s first big role was in Woody Allen’s musical comedy Everyone Says I Love You (1996). Still, from the ’90s we best remember her comedy film performances such as American Pie (1999) and But I’m A Cheerleader (1999). She starred in the latter, playing a high school cheerleader, who is suspected of homosexuality and forced to a conversion therapy camp. You have to love the absurd scene where she bursts in tears and wails ”I’m a homosexual, I’m a homosexual!”

Then everything went awry

Unfortunately, Lyonne’s promising career came quickly crashing down. In the 2000s she was reportedly wandering the streets of New York unwashed, milking her fans to get money for the next dose. She got caught for drunk driving and was kicked out of her rental apartment after trashing it.

For years Lyonne’s physical and mental health deteriorated, until by 2008 she had suffered a heart infection, collapsed lung and long periods of homelessness on the streets of New York. She went into treatment to get rid of her addictions and indeed got back on her two feet.

In 2012 Lyonne even gave up cigarettes after going through a successful open-heart surgery.

Her health, sanity and career now revived, Lyonne is working again in both films and television, and continuing her work for greater acceptance of sexual minorities.

New career: Orange is the New Black and G.B.F.

In the 2013 movie G.B.F. (= Gay Best Friends) Lyonne was cast as a teacher who tries to make her students understand that it’s OK to be gay.

Still, you might know Natasha Lyonne better as the witty lesbian inmate Nicky Nichols of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. It is not a coincidence that the character is a former junkie who has gone through an open-heart surgery…

With all these lesbian and deviant characters under her belt, it is almost a surprise that Lyonne is not into girls. She does humorously invite her gay friends to hit on her, though. Keep that in mind if you ever get to befriend her.


Photo by Annabel Mehran