Welcome to The Birdcage, your weekly round-up of queer celeb news, gossip and entertainment. I'm Stephanie, a certified* celebrity and pop culture guru, and I'm here to tell you the who's who and what's what of everything going on with all our favourite LGBTQIA+ celebs.
(*not an actual certification)
Miley Cyrus is 500% done with walking red carpets, so she’s not going to. Ever again, apparently. She’s on the cover of Elle this month, and is quoted as saying: "Why, when people are starving, am I on a carpet that’s red? Because I’m ‘important’? Because I’m ‘famous’? That’s not how I roll. It’s like a skit — it’s like Zoolander.”
The cynic in me had wondered if Miley really meant "never again" to doing red carpets, or whether she was just going to take a break until after her Woody Allen TV project (more on that later) is done, but then she told Vanity Fair that she loves Woody because "he’s never putting anything on," adding: "He’s never fake and he’s exactly who he is through and through". So, you know, there goes my theory that she just didn't want to have to deal with the controversy.
According to The Sun, Cara Delevingne is back on the market after splitting with Annie Clark aka St. Vincent. The day before the alleged split, Cara posted this:
So, you know. Stars, they’re just like us, if you’re also someone who likes to post subtweets disguised as inspirational Instagrams.
Laverne Cox paid tribute to the black women who have inspired her over the years, including Beyoncé, Tina Turner and Tracey Africa. As expected, she looks incredible in every photo, and you can view more here, here, and here.
Colton Haynes was being a real messy bitch on Twitter this week, tweeting and deleting this:
This tweet came a few days after he tweeted that he couldn't stop sending his friends nudes, which is like, calm down, Colton... but also don't, because I live for dumb shit like this.
While we're on the topic of mess, Bella Thorne has apparently dumped her brother's ex-girlfriend who is also named Bella and has been seen smooching the problematic Tyler Posey, who we will remember is the dude who came out as gay on Snapchat a few weeks ago, only to take it back mere hours later.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Mara Wilson said that she regrets coming out the way she did (On Twitter in the wake of the Orlando massacre), saying that she was "very upset for a few days".
“I was like, ‘How could I have done this?’" she says. "It was an impulsive decision. It was definitely an impulsive, emotional decision. I did not expect it to trend on Facebook."
She also said that if she had the chance to do it over, she wouldn't come out like that, saying: “Ideally, I was wishing it would be because I was dating Janelle Monáe or something.”
Graham Norton called Australia's lack of marriage equality "billy bonkers" on a promo tour for The Graham Norton Show, saying: “Here is a country that is so gay-friendly and the pink dollar is huge for you guys, it baffles me that you don’t have it yet. You would think that Australia would have led the world in something like that because Australia is very good at promoting itself as this young, modern democracy.”
Gigi Gorgeous came out as a lesbian this week, noting that she thought she was "done" making coming out videos after first coming out as a gay man and then as a transgender woman. In the video she says that she's "so happy" to be coming out as a lesbian, talking about the importance of not letting other people define your labels for you.
"Someone may come along that you're like 'DING! This is the person', and that's okay, accept that!" she says to anyone who is struggling with their sexuality.
Troye Sivan's nearly-nudes leaked this week, and he had the following chat with his management about it:
Overall, bb-blue eyes isn't heaps happy about the leak, but is coping with the fall out, according to the following tweets:
An ex-partner of Alexis Arquette tried to sell a sex tape featuring the actress, and porn company xHamster purchased it for $25k, but only so that they could destroy it.
Alex Hawkins, a spokesperson for the porn company, said that they didn't want anyone "smearing her memory", telling the Daily Mail: “Ms. Arquette was an icon and activist in the trans community and we could not see someone smear her memory the way the selling party was trying to do. We acquired the tape and subsequently destroyed all copies of it. We hope people will remember Ms. Arquette for the activist that she was and that her memory will continue to live on.”
Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace has called out TopShop for using her band's name on a leather jacket, tweeting the company:
In 2013, Rihanna sued the company for selling a shirt with her face on it without permission and won, which may explain the sudden absence of this item from TopShop's online store.
And Marc Jacobs had the following to say about his decision to send a bunch of white models down the catwalk with dreadlocks:
Honestly I can't.
Years & Years debuted their new single "Meteorite" for the Bridget Jones's Baby soundtrack, which frontman Olly Alexander describes as "unashamedly disco and upbeat".
Of the decision to release the single on a soundtrack, Olly says that it was his love for the films that prompted it: “If there’s anyone I’d like to be it’s Bridget," he says. "A wanton sex goddess with a very bad man between her thighs.”
From the casting couch
Jen Richards will be the first trans actress playing a trans role on US network CMT, as she's set to join Nashville for its fifth season, playing a physio called Allyson Del Lago. The new season will air in January next year and will be the first season to air on CMT after the show was cancelled by ABC earlier this year.
On the small screen
Transparent creator Jill Soloway spoke to Variety about Caitlyn Jenner’s upcoming role, revealing that she will appear in a dream sequence.
“Ali has a kind of wild, nitrous-inspired goddess-worshiping dream sequence,” Soloway said. “And you can’t talk about the goddess without Ntozake Shange and Caitlyn Jenner who are both in the dream.”
Of working with Caitlyn, Gaby Hoffman - who plays Ali - said: “She was great. She was a total natural. She was funny. She was great at improvising.”
Jeffrey Tambor added: “She floats all boats. Everybody is better for this in the community because of her authentic decision and her courageous decision.”
Phi Phi O'Hara has been all over social media talking about her experience filming Drag Race All Stars, and she is not happy at all. In maybe the longest Instagram caption of all time - typos and all - Phi Phi says:
I was so proud of a this episode because I finally got to be in the top 2 after being told every week you weren't good enough. I realized after filming All Stars......my place isn't on this show and in front of a camera where context of a simple thing can be twisted into such a vile way. I really sat back when they called me to be on All Stars and said, this time I am going to show the world the Phi Phi so many people who have met me love and support. I don't care anymore who sees this, I don't care anymore if people are mad that I told the truth, I don't care if people think I am handling this in the wrong way. There is no right way to handle this except stand your grounds and speak up for what is right. I am tired of the hurt, heartache, pain, death threats and threats of violence I have received because a few story producers felt it was okay to go to bed at night cozy with their paychecks from manipulated and twisting the context of my words. I went into All Stars with a gleam of hope that I was going to finally have this redemption I was promised since season 4. The people that hated me before....let's face it...they were never going to like me and that is okay, their loss not mine. But, I deserved a fair chance. From day 1 in the confessions I told my story producer I will not say XYandZ because I did that the first time and it got me in trouble. This time I watched myself and they still played and twisted when I am stating facts as I am playing mind games. I got in NUMEROUS arguments with her discussing how she would never understand why I am quiet or don't talk as much as I do because I have to 100% watch what I say because of the grave I dug in season 4. She contiued to say I was doing nothing but a disservice to myself by not giving them what they want. Unfortunately for her, my mom raised me that integrity and respect goes a lot farther in life than reaping joy off the misery of others. I am so grateful for the doors that RPDR has opened but I have learned now that "family" is just a word used to sugar coat and mask the demons of the machine. They have made it acceptable and normal for people to be okay breaking me down...that is not love or family.
Following all of... that... she tweeted that the show had "broke" her, and that she wouldn't be attending the reunion:
HBO's new darling Westworld has a new trailer, entitled "Dreams":
And here's the trailer for Miley's return to acting, in Woody Allen's first television series, Crisis In Six Scenes.
On the big screen
This week, we have the trailer for The Pass, a UK drama about two footballers (played by Looking's Russell Tovey and Arinze Kene) whose lives get complicated after they kiss the night before a huge game.
Produced by Duncan Kenworthy, who has also brought us with Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Love Actually, had this to say about this film: "As a season ticket holder of a major Premier League Club, I know just how much interest there is in the question of why no currently-playing Premier League player has come out – or has felt able to come out – as gay."
Speaking to Attitude, he continued: “The Pass is by no means an issue film, but John Donnelly’s wonderful screenplay puts very handsome flesh on the bones of this modern anomaly, imagining the pain, passion and complexity of the lives of elite footballers always inches away from fame or failure, and wondering whether honesty is worth the price.”
Michelle Rodriguez has defended her decision to star in Re:Assignment, a film in which she stars as a hitman who is forced to undergo gender reassignment surgery, telling Reuters that because she's bisexual, she's exempt from criticism from the LGBTQIA+ community.
She said: “What is transgender? Is it a psychological thing or is it an operation, and does the LGBTQ community own the operation? Do they have a branding right over a sex change?"
She didn't stop there: “Are they mad that somebody decided to take their branded transgender operation and use it on heterosexual people? I’m bisexual. I do guys. I do girls. You can’t really argue with me because I’m you."
Finally, she concluded: “So if I do a movie, I’d never do a movie with the intention of offending anybody in the LGBT community because I’m a part of it."
Your weekly watch on SBS On Demand
This week, we're watching the 2011 French film Tomboy, about a 10-year-old names Laure, who moves into a new place with her parents and younger sister. When her new neighbour Lisa mistakes her for a boy, Laure rolls with it and lives out a new persona. As Mikaël, Laure has a confidence that eludes her as a girl and she is soon adopted and admired by Lisa and the local youngsters.