Let’s take a look at the day’s big gay headlines, starting with news of a Call Me by Your Name sequel, currently being written according to André Aciman. And he’d know, because he’s writing it! And a Kanye Cher Show appearance disrupted Broadway’s opening night gig and upset the cast.
In other Tuesday news, Pose star Ryan Jamaal Swain has opened up in an interview about homophobic abuse at the hands of his step-father. The Trevor Project’s annual L.A. gala raised more than $1 million for LGBTQ youth crisis prevention. And, just in time for Hannukah, watch Drag Race vet Miz Cracker serve up some delicious latkes in the Bon Appétit test kitchen!
From a Call Me by Your Name sequel to the Kanye Cher Show disruption, here are the day’s big gay headlines:
1. Call Me by Your Name Sequel Being Written Now, André Aciman Reveals in Tweet (Film)
André Aciman, author of the original novel, has revealed via Twitter that he’s hard at work writing a Call Me by Your Name sequel. “I would actually love a sequel to Call Me by Your Name. In fact I am writing one,” he posted yesterday. The cast of the acclaimed first film — Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet — and that film’s director, Luca Guadagnino, have all been open about wanting a Call Me by Your Name sequel. James Ivory, who adapted Aciman’s novel into the film’s screenplay, has said he’s adamantly opposed to a sequel, leading some to wonder whether Aciman is writing a new novel or the sequel’s screenplay itself.
2. Pose Star Ryan Jamaal Swain Opens Up About Homophobic Home Abuse (Celebrities)
In an interview with The Daily Beast, actor Ryan Jamaal Swain opened up about homophobic abuse he suffered at home at the hands of a stepfather. His stories mimic his character of Damon on the FX series Pose, who was ridiculed at home for his love of dance and forced out of the house (though the latter didn’t actually happen to Swain). The actor recalls not being supported as a dance lover, and verbal abuse that turned into physical abuse before his mother separated from him while Swain was in college. Check out the full interview here.
3. Kanye Cher Show Appearance Disrupts the Cast, Gets Him Called Out on Twitter (Celebrities, Theater)
the dynamics of Cher and Sonny’s relationship made Kim and I grab each other’s hand and sing “I got you babe”
please pardon my lack of etiquette. We have so much appreciation for the energy you guys put into making this master piece.
— ye (@kanyewest) December 4, 2018
It’s common courtesy that if you attend a live stage show, you keep your phone in your pocket and stay off of it during the entire performance. Well, someone should fill in Kanye West. The Kanye Cher Show disruption, which took place during its opening night on Broadway, was documented on Twitter when Jarrod Spector, who plays Sonny Bono, tweeted at the rapper (who was there with wife Kim Kardashian) from backstage. (Check out the tweet above.) The Kanye Cher Show incident was reportedly made good when he later responded to Spector and apologized. And at curtain call of the jukebox musical, the audience was given a real treat: the real Cher doing a bit of “If I Could Turn Back Time” with the cast. Watch video of it here.
4. Trevor Project’s Annual L.A. Gala Raised $1.5 Million for LGBTQ Youth (Culture)
On Sunday night in Beverly Hills, the Trevor Project — a national charity dedicated to crisis and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth — held its annual gala. Hosted by openly gay YouTube personality Eugene Lee Yang (one of the “Try Guys”), the night gave its big Hero Award to Ryan Murphy, producer of hit shows including Glee, American Horror Story, Pose and American Crime Story. Murphy used his time at the podium to announce a multi-million-dollar org, created and funded in 2020, that would target anti-LGBTQ politicians running for office. Watch footage of his speech above.
5. Drag Race Alum Miz Cracker Teaches You How to Make Perfect Latkes for Hannukah (Video)
It’s actually not Miz Cracker‘s first time in the Bon Appétit test kitchen, but this time it’s personal. The Drag Race alum shares her family recipe for latkes, which she notes are a popular Jewish dish that has become a tradition around Hannukah, which started Sunday evening. Together with Bon Appétit‘s Carla she gives you a step-by-step guide to perfectly seasoned, non-soggy potato pancakes. Yum!
Are you excited for a Call Me by Your Name sequel? What did you think of the Kanye Cher Show call-out?