From Ellen DeGeneres to E. Lynn Harris, gay movers and shakers in the entertainment industry
Since ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY‘s first gay Hollywood issue in 1995, dozens of artists, writers, musicians, actors, directors, producers, editors, executives, and activists have come out, come up in prominence, or come into their own. From old pros to new kids on the block, here’s a by-no-means exhaustive sampling of 101 of them:
MOISES KAUFMAN is founder-artistic director of the Tectonic Theater Project, which brought the tragedies of two gay martyrs — Oscar Wilde (Gross Indecency) and Matthew Shepard (The Laramie Project) — to the Off Broadway stage.
STEPHEN FLAHERTY wrote the score for the forthcoming Broadway show Seussical, based upon the writings of the good doctor. In 1998, he won a Tony for Ragtime.
ELLEN DeGENERES made history by coming out on her sitcom in 1997. She’s since made out with Sharon Stone in If These Walls Could Talk 2 (directed by her ex Anne Heche), and she has a sitcom in the works for CBS.
STEVE KMETKO gives millions of tube watchers their regular dose of Hollywood headlines as coanchor of E! News Daily.
MICHAEL PATRICK KING is executive producer and a writer-director of HBO’s Emmy-nominated series Sex and the City. In March, he signed a multi-year production deal with HBO for a reported seven figures.
RICHARD HATCH craftily crushed his fellow castaways to become the $1 million winner on CBS’ smash Survivor.
JASON GOULD directed the more-than-semiautobiographical short Inside Out, about growing up the gay son of a celebrity. (Hint: Mom is like buttah!)
CHARLES BUSCH, an accomplished drag performer-playwright, upped his game recently with a stint on Oz, a big-screen adaptation of Psycho Beach Party, and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, bound for Broadway.
JOHN CATANIA is a contributing producer for In the Life, the viewer-supported and Emmy-nominated gay and lesbian newsmagazine, which airs on more than 120 PBS stations nationwide.
DOUGLAS CARTER BEANE wrote the drag comedy To Wong Foo … and As Bees in Honey Drown, a play about a gay novelist.
RETHA POWERS and DAVID ROSEN are the editors of insightoutbooks.com, the first commercial gay and lesbian book club.
DOUG WRIGHT adapted his play Quills, about the Marquis de Sade’s years in an insane asylum, for the upcoming film starring Geoffrey Rush and Joaquin Phoenix.
BRIAN GRADEN, president of programming at MTV, has overseen the network’s award-winning coverage of the Matthew Shepard case as well as gay-friendly shows like The Real World.
CHRISTINE VACHON is the film producer responsible for some of the most daring indies of the last decade: Kids, Happiness, Safe, and the Oscar-winning Boys Don’t Cry.
DAVID MARSHALL GRANT — the ”gay guy” on thirtysomething — played a closeted lawyer in Angels in America and wrote the Off Broadway sleeper Snakebit.
RYAN MURPHY, creator and executive producer of The WB’s high school camp-fest Popular, wrote and is producing Why Can’t I Be Audrey Hepburn?, which begins shooting in the spring.