Oprah has been one of the biggest allies to the LGBT community in the public eye for as long as she’s been on the air. Since she’s moved on from her own show to her own network, her dedication to making sure queer people are a part of her audience as well as her content has been unwavering.
On October 27, Oprah is bringing the theme “Gay in Hollywood” to her show Oprah’s Next Chapter. Featuring Wanda Sykes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Dan Bucatinsky, the actors will “talk openly about the time when they realized they were gay, how they came out and the impact being gay has had on their careers in Hollywood.”
This conversation couldn’t come at a better time, as recently SAG-AFTRA reported that LGBT actors strongly feel they are still being passed up for roles and marketing opportunities based on their sexual orientation.
After the discussion, OWN will premiere Bridegroom, a documentary ” that tells the emotional journey of Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship that was cut tragically short. The story of what happened after Tom’s accidental death–of how people in relationships without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized by family members–is poignant, thought provoking and sheds more light on the issue of marriage equality and human rights.”