Due to a technological production error, the words “Entertainment Weekly” appeared as gobbledygook in my editor’s letter in the upcoming week’s issue. Since I’m not ready to pull a Prince and change the name of the magazine to something unpronounceable, here’s the corrected letter in its entirety. — Henry Goldblatt
This is a difficult editor’s letter for me to write—not because I’ve lost the power to type, but rather because I don’t want to mess it up. EW has a long history of covering issues important to the gay community, dating back to 1991 when we first published the names of notable entertainment figures who had died of AIDS. Since then, the movement’s wins and losses have been exhaustively chronicled in our pages. But this is the first time in 15 years that EW has devoted an entire issue to gay, lesbian, and transgender entertainment—or as we’ve playfully dubbed parts of it, “the totally not-straight issue.”
The timing for this tribute couldn’t be more appropriate: The Supreme Court seems ready to legalize gay marriage nationally, LGBT characters are all over TV and movies, and the transgender movement, which was hidden in the fringes of society even just three years ago, is at the center of our collective dialogue thanks to pioneers like Caitlyn Jenner and our cover subject, Laverne Cox, who talks to EW’s Melissa Maerz about her journey. “Let’s acknowledge that, yes, I’m on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, and a lot of makeup has been done, there’s a lot of fake hair,” Cox says. “But I’d like to think I’m on the cover of Entertainment Weekly because I’m on a show that people love, and I’m a talented actress, and I have a lot of intelligent things to say.” Absolutely—see for yourself in the issue.
Unlike the civil rights movement, which was sparked by a groundswell of protests and activism, pop culture – TV in particular—has been an (or perhaps the) impetus for the public’s acceptance of LGBT issues. As Vice President Joe Biden famously said: “I think Will & Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody’s ever done so far.” Editor at large Mark Harris – who will bludgeon me with a rainbow flag if I reveal how many years he’s been on the LGBT beat for EW – provides perspective on the latest wave of entertainment featuring transgender characters, while senior editors Bill Keith and Kevin O’Donnell have put together a package of stories that contains everything you’d expect from any EW issue: intelligence, humor, and a reference to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Speaking of beloved TV shows, Entertainment Weekly played a big role at Austin’s ATX Television Festival last weekend. If you’re a TV fan, it’s Eden/Valhalla/Nirvana rolled into one – the stars and creators of your favorite series flocked to town and were eager to chat with their fans. My favorite moment* was the Gilmore Girls, moderated by EW Radio’s Jessica Shaw**. Seventeen members of the Gilmore family came together to reminisce about their favorite episodes and spilled about a possible movie(!). You can watch the panel in its entirety at ew.com/gilmoregirlsreunion, and it will be replayed on EW Radio (SiriusXM Channel 105) June 16 at 6 p.m.
Hope you enjoy.
*If I’m being completely honest, that was my second-favorite moment. My favorite: the hours I spent devouring my weight in guacamole and queso.
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