Jake Silbermann

The Summer Soaps Went Gay: Which Same Sex Story Has You Psyched?

Ah the power of a recession! With daytime in an increasingly perilous state by the minute, several soap operas seem to finally be willing to pull out all the stops to attract new viewers and/or mainstream buzz by going gay, puritanical watchdog groups and skittish sponsors be damned.

As 72-year-old elder statessoap Guiding Light enters its last few months on the air, all anyone can talk about is the romance between Olivia Spencer (Crystal Chappell) and Natalia Rivera (Jessica Leccia) aka Otalia (sorry Josh and Reva). Will a baby come between them? How will the rest of Springfield react to their love? Will they be allowed to be truly intimate—or at least as intimate as any couple of teenage cousins on a P&G soap— before the soap wraps in September? These questions have message boards jumping. 

GL's sister soap As The World Turns has been inspiring cult love— and a good dose of fury over kiss bans and offscreen sex scenes— for the last few years with Nuke (Van Hansis and Jake Silbermann). With Noah's psycho, homophobe dad Col. Mayer coming to Oakdale again this summer, will Nuke fans tune in for ATWT's umpteenth six-week battle between gay and evil?

The Young and the Restless, the soap everyone said would never go gay again, after an attempted lesbian storyline featuring grande dame Kay Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) in the 70's met with plenty-o-pitch fork wielding, is about to be knee (and other body parts?) deep in a twisted, same sex storyline that finds the devilish (and perfectly straight) Adam Newman (soon-to-be Michael Muhney) seducing sweet, homosexual attorney Rafe (Yani Gellman) to keep Rafe from turning him in for gaslighting Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson).

Side Note: Isn't it sadly ironic that The Bold and the Beautiful, a soap opera revolving aroung the Los Angles fashion scene and set minutes from West Hollywood is the only CBS soap not telling any gay storylines?
Then there's One Life to Live. The soap that previously told the groundbreaking tale of confused gay teen Billy Douglas, launching the career of some kid named Ryan Phillippe, yet was also responsible for the Daniel Colson story stinker, is embarking on a romantic comedy arc featuring, a secret  past between seemingly-straight Llanview police officer Fish (Scott Evans) and his nefarious collegiate frat brother Kyle (Brett Claywell).

With so many soaps getting their gay on this summer, Daytime Confidential wants to know, which storyline are you most excited to see play out? 

ATWT's Nuke Does Paris!

Those Oakdale boys are taking gay Paree (pun intended) by storm! On Oct. 17, As The World Turns stars, Jake Silbermann (Noah) and Van Hansis (Luke) are set to have their first international fan event in Paris. According to We Love Soaps, the Internet has made "Nuke" become a cult phenomena abroad. All proceeds from the event will be given to the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Associations. For more information visit, www.MGCEvents.com.

Cyndi Lauper Enlists Kim Zimmer for Charity Auction in Support of GLBT Community

Girls Just Wanna Make a Difference. First she got Nuke back together on As The World Turns, now she's helping fostering straight/gay alliances with the help of Guiding Light's Reva Shayne. When does pop music legend Cyndi Lauper sleep? The passionate gay rights activist has launched the True Colors Fund's Summer Online Auction, to help support the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered community and their straight allies. Participants can bid on memorabilia and experiences with their fave celebs, including a lunch date with GL superstar Kim Zimmer. 

"I'm excited to launch the True Color's Fund Summer Online Auction. There literally is something for everyone. All of the proceeds will go to directly support the True Color's Fund's work to get everyone, especially my fellow straight allies, to do what they can to help make equality a reality for the GLBT community," said Lauper in a statement. READ MORE

Will Forbes March Come Between Nuke on ATWT?

TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco caught up with former All My Children and One Life to Live star Forbes March, who recently booked a gig on As The World Turns as Mason, Noah's film studies advisor, who just so happens to be gay. Here's what March has to say about the gig.

I am interested in characters who will demand I look at the world through someone else’s eyes and fight for their point of view; so a gay character was interesting to me. I am not phobic of really anything and I certainly am not homophobic,” he proudly proclaims. The gorgeous actor elaborates, “From a Christian point of view, God is love and if you don’t love your fellow man, then you don’t love God. I do not find hate or intolerance, self-righteousness or a lack of humility or compassion to be consistent with my understanding of our philosophy. From a secular point of view, gimme a break! To be homophobic should be as embarrassing as any other ignorant and hateful fear and I hope we are close to that time. I am an actor and I tell stories and love is love.”