Work Out: "You can’t mess around with straight girls"
This season on Bravo’s Work Out, trainer Jesse Brune, who became known last season as Jackie Warner’s favorite, had a falling out with his boss after he learned about Jackie’s nascent relationship with formerly straight trainer Rebecca Cardon, but Jesse assured us that he and Jackie have repaired their friendship.
"I think Jackie and I are very similar; we have a very similar sense of humor," he told AfterEllen.com. "We both butt heads â€¦ because we have very strong personalities, but oh yeah, we’re fine. We were both giving each other hugs the other night after a couple of drinks."
Asked for his opinion on the Jackie/Rebecca romance, Jesse responded: "It’s ridiculous. I think they’re just friends now, really, but â€¦ I think Rebecca wanted some extra camera time really." Not all of it was posing for the camera, though. "I was like ‘Oh, that’s stupid; they’re faking it’ â€” no, they weren’t!"
When I observed that it seemed as though Rebecca was more interested in Jackie than vice versa, Jesse agreed, "Jackie keeps dissing her every corner, doesn’t she?" He continued: "But you know, I think Jackie just … got out of that really long relationship with that really intense person, and so she I think she just wanted to have a little fun. But you can’t mess around with straight girls ’cause they’re gonna get attached to you. I think that’s the lesson she learned." He confirmed that the two are not dating each other right now.
As for Jesse himself, he continues to work both as a trainer and a chef, but he also sees more reality TV â€” possibly another season of Work Out? â€” in the future. "I mean, who knows, but keep our fingers crossed."
Martina Navratilova: "Let’s define ourselves"
This year, tennis legend Martina Navratilova was awarded the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is presented to an LGBT professional who has made a significant contribution to advancing equal rights for the gay community. In the video montage before Navratilova stepped onstage to accept her award, she declared, "I don’t want tolerance; I want equality."
After watching the video, Navratilova said jokingly, "That video â€” those hairstyles. Sanjaya’s got nothing on me!"
Before the show, when asked how it felt to be honored with the award, Navratilova told AfterEllen.com: "Well, it means that I’ve done something right, and it means that I need to keep doing it, because until we have full and equal protection under the law, I will not stop this career. We’ve come a long way â€” there [are] a lot more people that are out, there are more gay and lesbian characters on TV and in movies, but we’re still a minority, and it’s still OK to pick on us, you know. It’s still OK for Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter to spew hatred, and that’s just not acceptable to me."
GLAAD president Neil Giuliano recently announced that GLAAD is about to launch a new initiative to combat homophobia in sports, and when asked whether she would be participating in it, Navratilova said, "They’ve asked me â€” I just found out about it. I might be. There’s no reason for me not to be. If I can help in that regard, I certainly would be involved."
Her activism is summed up by her closing words after accepting the Kolzak award: "Get in the game," she told the audience. "Let’s define ourselves."