In a year punctuated by seemingly endless news stories about the tragic suicides of gay youth, the abundance of gay actors and films with gay themes that took home awards at tonight's Golden Globes was especially noticable.
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Comedy or Musical winner Chris Colfer and Best Supporting Actress in a TV Comedy or Musical winner Jane Lynch have more than their TV show 'Glee' in common -- both are openly gay. Lynch thanked her wife, Laura, in her acceptance speech. Her near-teenage co-star Colfer, in his tearful acceptance speech, thanked 'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy, also openly gay, calling him "my fairy godfather." He also told bullied youngsters to never give up hope.
"Most importantly, to all the amazing kids that watch our show and the kids that our show celebrates, who are constantly told 'no' by the people in their environments, by bullies at school that they can't be who they are or have what they want because of who they are. Well, screw that, kids," Colfer said.
Colfer beat out 'Modern Family' star Eric Stonestreet, whose character Cam is one-half of a gay couple who has adopted a Vietnamese baby.
'The Kids Are All Right,' a film about a lesbian couple faced with meeting their children's sperm donor, took home the award for Best Motion Picture Comedy, and star Annette Bening won Best Actress in a Comedy for her role as one-half of the aforementioned couple.
Natalie Portman also won the award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her role as a paranoid ballerina in 'Black Swan,' in which she shared a lesbian liplock and a sex scene with co-star Mila Kunis. Portman even adorably called Kunis "sweet lips" in her acceptance speech.
'The Big Bang Theory' star Jim Parsons, who has never commented openly about his sexuality but, according to some reports, got engaged to his boyfriend in September, won Best Actor in a TV Series Comedy/Musical for playing asexual scientist Sheldon Cooper on the CBS show.
In the past, the Golden Globes have never shied away from embracing films and TV shows with gay themes and openly gay actors and actresses.
In 2006, 'Brokeback Mountain' won Best Motion Picture Drama. Felicity Huffman won Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for portraying a pre-op transsexual in 'Transamerica' in 2006, the same year Philip Seymour Hoffman won Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for playing gay writer Truman Capote in 'Capote.' And actresses Scarlett Johannson and Penelope Cruz kiss in 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona,' which won Best Motion Picture Comedy/Musical in 2009.
So was this the gayest Golden Globes yet? That's up for debate. Though the country is still divided, attitudes about gay issues have been shifting nationwide; support for gay marriage is strong despite our country not being quite there yet with gay rights.
Do these awards show indicate a brighter future for the LGBTQ community -- or is it just another example of Hollywood being overwhelmingly liberal?
These questions remain subjective. But after tonight, it's obvious that Chris Colfer wasn't wrong; it was definitely a great year for building up role models for gay youth everywhere.
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