Only earlier that day the teen actor asked fans for their opinions on casting: "Everyone has been
saying that I should be Kurt's boyfriend. I was thinking more of an emo, eye-liner wearing rocker ala Joan Jett. Thought?"
And hours ago: The teen actor uploaded this poignant "Happy Birthday" to Ugly Betty star America Ferrara.
So sweet. But Glee isn't going anywhere so there's always next year. Wish Mark the best on Twitter or at his blog ...
Ugly Betty's fashion-obsessed, showtune-loving Justin Suarez, played to perfection by Mark Indelicato, finally had his first gay kiss last night. Justin's first gay kiss was appropriately poignant, awkward, cute and a little funny, too. Watch it AFTER THE JUMP ...
Show still has four episodes left to produce this season—and series exec producer Silvio Horta now plans to use that opportunity to tie up loose ends and wrap things up. "We've mutually come to the difficult decision to make this Ugly Betty's final season, and are announcing now as we want to allow the show ample time to write a satisfying conclusion," Horta and ABC Entertainment Group chairman Steve McPherson said in a joint statement. "We are extremely proud of this groundbreaking series, and felt it was important to give the fans a proper farewell. Decision to end "Ugly Betty's" run doesn't come as a huge surprise; the show narrowly avoided cancellation last year—but was moved from its longtime Thursday home to a rough Friday night berth this fall. More recently, the show has joined ABC's hot Wednesday night lineup, bowing earlier this month in the 10 p.m. slot.
Based on the Columbian telenovela "Yo Soy Betty La Fea", the series stars America Ferrera as Betty Suarez, a fashion-challenged editorial assistant. Out actor Michael Urie is also in the cast, as well as gay faves Pattti Lupone, Judith Light, and Vanessa Williams, who plays the scheming Wilhelmina Slater to delicious perfection. Mark Indelicato was cast as the fashion-obsessed, showtune-singing pre-teen Justin (below), endearing himself to America and promoting LGBT acceptance in Latino communities. Rebecca Romijn plays a transgender character Alexis Meade and her character and sex re-assignment surgery storyline was a breakthrough.
After Elton's Michael Jensen described one typical episode:
So in one episode, Middle America witnessed a coming-out, two parental rejections based on sexual orientation and transgender issues, a defense of a swishy pre-adolescent, heard the praises sung about one's chosen family, and delivered a message that being honest about who you are is nothing to be ashamed of. You can't get much more queer —or freaking fabulous—than that.
· The White House admits Iraq is embroiled in civil war and is "quietly on track to nearly double the number of combat troops in Iraq" by Christmas. When additional support troops are included in this second troop
“surge,” the total number of U.S. troops in Iraq could increase from 162,000 now to more than 200,000—a record high number—by the end of the year."
· Food and Drug Administration rules gay men are still banned from giving blood. The restrictions leave "in place—for now—a 1983 prohibition meant to prevent the spread of HIV through transfusions." Last year, the Red Cross and the international blood association called on the FDA to reverse the ban.
· For the 14th year in a row,
the Nebraska legislature defeats attempts to add sexuality to the
categories protected under the state's anti-discrimination law. The
Senate voted 24-15 to kill the most recent bill. Two Republicans led
the attack. Sen. Tony Fulton (R-Lincoln) declared the bill could lead
to protections for pedophiles and transvestites.
·Out.com chats upUgly Betty's Mark Indelicato, who says he loves show tunes as much as his character Justin: "My recent favorite musical has to be Wicked. I really love all the
music. And all of the Disney Broadway shows I love—Beauty & The
Beast, The Lion King. I'm definitely into show tunes. I mean—I'm an
actor and a singer! How could you not?"