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Darren Criss says he’s done playing gay characters

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In a recent interview, Darren Criss spoke about LGBTQ representation on television and how he will no longer take on gay roles.

Darren Criss‘ career has seen him take on several notable gay roles, like well-dressed Blaine Anderson on Glee and famed killer Andrew Cunanan on The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

But in a recent interview with Bustle, the 31-year-old actor has said that he will no longer play gay characters.

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Darren Criss says he's done playing gay characters

“There are certain [queer] roles that I’ll see that are just wonderful,” he said. “But I want to make sure I won’t be another straight boy taking a gay man’s role.”

And while Criss acknowledges that playing queer characters has been a “real joy,” he admits that “he now doesn’t feel comfortable taking these roles.”

“The reason I say that is because getting to play those characters is inherently a wonderful dramatic experience,” he added. “It has made for very, very compelling and interesting people.”

Darren Criss says he's done playing gay characters

According to this year’s annual GLAAD “Where We Are on TV” report, just 75 series regular characters appearing on primetime scripted programming were LGBTQ. That’s 75 out of 857 regular characters.

What makes it even sadder perhaps is that it’s the highest percentage in the 14 years since GLAAD began releasing the report.

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Ryan O’Connell says ‘Special’ season 2 will have “a lot more gay sex”

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Ryan O'Connell says 'Special' season 2 will have "a lot more gay sex"
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Fans of Netflix’s Special are in for a treat because the show has been renewed for a second season and the show’s creator and star, Ryan O’Connell, has promised “a lot more gay sex.”

The groundbreaking series, based on O’Connell’s 2015 memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, follows character Ryan Hayes, a gay man with cerebral palsy who decides to reinvent himself and live the life he wants.

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, O’Connell revealed his frustration that more shows don’t depict the reality of “sexual experiences for gay people, many of whom grew up with little to no education.”

Ryan O'Connell says 'Special' season 2 will have "a lot more gay sex"
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In the new season, he plans to change that. “I think anything that still has a stigma attached to it just naturally excites me,” he told EW. “I think there shouldn’t be any of that, especially with gay sex. I’ve had to suffer through so many straight sex scenes and now everyone else has to pay.”

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Referencing his own sexual experiences as a young gay man, he added “I remember when I started having sex when I was 17 — not to brag — I didn’t know anything about anal sex at all.”

Ryan O'Connell says 'Special' season 2 will have "a lot more gay sex"
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“I went to Barnes & Noble and got this book called Anal Pleasure and Health that was for straight people. L-O-actual-L… For like three months, I thought you could only have sex on your stomach.”

Special season 2 currently doesn’t have a release date, but season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix.

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These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

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These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race
Sakimi Chan

We’re all very familiar with the classic Disney characters and what they look like. We also understand that most of Disney’s highly-famous characters are women – as they should be!

But have you ever wondered what Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Elsa from Frozen might look like as men? What about Belle from Beauty and the Beast or Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty?

Wonder no more thanks to a Canadian digital artist by the name of Sakimi Chan, who gender-bent your favourite Disney characters in these gorgeous illustrations.

Wonder no more thanks to a Canadian digital artist by the name of Sakimi Chan who gender-bent your favourite Disney characters in these gorgeous illustrations. 

Belle and Beast from Beauty and the Beast

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

Elsa from Frozen

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

Ursula from The Little Mermaid

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

Pocahontas from Pocahontas

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

Ariel from The Little Mermaid

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmations

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

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This article was originally published on January 21, 2019.

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Quiz: Can you guess these celebrity abs?

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Quiz: Can you guess these celebrity abs?

Hollywood is filled with some of the most drool-worthy abs around, right? From Marvel stars Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt to athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham, it’s a veritable thirst-trap.

Use your keen eyes to take our quiz below and see if you’re able to identify these famous celebrity abs!

What was your score?

Quiz: Can you guess these celebrity abs?

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