Anthony Rapp: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
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Anthony Rapp: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Anthony Rapp attends the Star Trek: Discovery panel during 2017 New York Comic Con - Day 3 at Theater at Madison Square Gardenon October 7, 2017 in New York City.

Anthony Rapp, an actor in Star Trek: Discovery who got his big break in the Broadway production, Rent, has accused Kevin Spacey of an inappropriate encounter that Rapp said occurred when he was 14 and Spacey was 26.

You can read Rapp’s account here. In it, he vividly detailed the alleged encounter that he said occurred in 1986. “Rapp is publicly alleging for the first time that in 1986, Spacey befriended Rapp while they both performed on Broadway shows, invited Rapp over to his apartment for a party, and, at the end of the night, picked Rapp up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him, making a sexual advance,” reported Buzzfeed. The exclusive interview provoked Spacey to offer an apology (although he said he didn’t remember the encounter) and to come out as gay.

Who is Anthony Rapp? SFGate once described him this way: “Anthony Rapp, best known as one of the original stars of the musical ‘Rent,’ is a very beige kind of guy. With sandy hair, white-blond brows and eyelashes, and a dusting of beard only a shade darker than his complexion, you might think he’d disappear into any crowd, if it weren’t for those gunmetal blue eyes punctuating the blank canvas of his face.” In addition to acting on Broadway, Rapp has a series of television and movie credits to his name and is a published author and musician.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Rapp Said That He Gave the Buzzfeed Interview to ‘Shine a Light’

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Anthony Rapp’s accusation against Spacey comes against the backdrop of a series of sexual abuse allegations lodged against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. The Weinstein allegations have sparked a #metoo trend on social media in which others come forward to share their stories about sexual abuse and harassment. In addition to speaking to Buzzfeed, Rapp posted several tweets on his page @alibinokid in which he wrote, “I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out to shine a light and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me.” He said that he was not going to speak further about the incident.

“Everything I wanted to say about my experience is in that article, and I have no further comment about it at this time,” Rapp wrote.


2. Spacey Apologized to Rapp but Said He Doesn’t Remember the Incident

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After Rapp’s interview with Buzzfeed, Spacey confirmed long-standing speculation on October 29 by announcing in a statement that he is living as a gay man, just hours after Rapp accused him of an inappropriate encounter when the actor was only 14-years-old.

In a lengthy statement that he posted to Twitter, Spacey, one of Hollywood’s highest profile actors, addressed the allegations made by Rapp. In that statement, Spacey apologized to Rapp “if I did behave then as he describes,” but he said he couldn’t remember the encounter, and he revealed, “I choose now to live as a gay man.”

This is the Spacey statement in full:

I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I’m beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.

This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy. As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior.

This is how the statement looked on Spacey’s Twitter page:

In previous interviews, Spacey had always declined to reveal his sexual orientation. In a 2010 interview with The Daily Beast, Spacey said, “No one’s personal life is in the public interest. It’s gossip, bottom line.”


3. Rapp Has Been Acting Since Age Six & Starred in ‘Rent’

Rapp’s career began as a child actor on Broadway. “Anthony Rapp started his career at the age of six, and received his first professional job at the age of nine. His breakout came when he originated the role of ‘Mark Cohen’ in Jonathan Larson’s production of the Broadway musical ‘Rent.’ He can be heard on the original cast recording,” reports IMDB.

Rapp told Oasis Magazine of Rent when he was age 25:

Rent was the beginning of a string that hasn’t stopped. Literally, from one thing to the next, I would have a few weeks off. In the last three years, I haven’t had a month off without working, which is amazing. So, it certainly contributes to that sense of changing my life. But along with that, because the show is so intense and takes so much energy, it means I’ve had less time to devote to other things. When I would do other projects, I had time to do other stuff. This requires me to be focused in a way I never really had to be for a long time, just to make sure my body is able to accomplish the task of doing the show every night.

The IMDB site reports that Rapp worked in regional theater as a child. “As a child actor working in regional theater, appeared with All My Children (1970) star Louis Edmonds in production of ‘Oliver.’ He was Oliver; Edmonds was Fagin. This is briefly mentioned in Edmonds biography, ‘Big Lou’ by Craig Hamrick,” it says.

CBS reported of Rapp’s credits: “Rapp’s television credits include The Knick, Psych, Law & Order: SVU, Kidnapped, The Beach Boys: An American Family, and The X-Files.”

His movie credits are also many: “Rapp has been featured in a number of iconic feature films ranging from dramas like the Oscar Award-winning A Beautiful Mind, Six Degrees of Separation, and The Other Woman opposite Natalie Portman, to comedies like Dazed and Confused with Matthew McConaughey and Road Trip, directed by Todd Phillips. Additional film credits include Opening Night, Junction, Adventures in Babysitting, School Ties, Man of the Century, and David Searching. Also, he appeared in Winter Passing, a film written and directed by his brother, Adam Rapp,” according to CBS.

He went on to star in other memorable roles. SFGate noted that Rapp’s career “began in earnest with ‘Adventures in Babysitting’ when he was 15…From the title role in the Broadway revival of ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,’ to a national tour of ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ to memorable appearances in films such as ‘Six Degrees of Separation,’ Rapp has clearly used his Midwestern, every-dude looks to disappear perfectly into all kinds of character roles.”


4. Rapp Was Born in Chicago & Wrote That He Resists Labels

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Anthony Rapp and Shazad Latif attend “Star Trek: Discovery” panel during Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California.

In a story in Advocate Magazine, Rapp discussed coming out to his family at age 19, although he says he rejects that label. The story says that he was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in Joliet. The 1997 article described his occupation as “actor, writer, director, photographer.”

“What’s ironic to me about being on the cover of this magazine is that I have never actually come out as a gay man; I resist labels and their limits,” Rapp wrote in The Advocate. “In fact, I’ve been publicly out only by virtue of the fact that I’ve thanked my various boyfriends in my bios for plays I’ve been in. And that’s how I came out to my mother (my parents divorced in 1974): I told her that I had a boyfriend.”

His mother died of terminal cancer in 1997; Rapp wrote: “I will always be comforted by her words that she shared with me during one of my last visits: ‘I used to think there was something wrong with your sexuality, but I know now that it’s no different than the color of your eyes or your height or your voice. It’s just the way you are.'” Rapp’s father was quoted in the article as offering support and love to his son.


5. Rapp Is a Published Author Who Now Stars on Star Trek: Discovery

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Anthony Rapp attends “Star Trek: Discovery” panel during Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center.

Anthony Rapp has many talents. He is also a published author. According to SFGate in 2006, “Recently, the Illinois-born Rapp became a first-time author, with the publication of ‘Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical ‘Rent” (Simon and Schuster, 310 pages, $25). In part, the book is kind of a new generation’s ‘Act One’- pitch-perfect in its description of how a young actor finds a career-making role in a show destined to become a classic.”

Rapp plays the character of Lieutenant Paul Stamets on Star Trek: Discovery. Of the character, Rapp said:

It’s been very interesting to see how that lays out and the dynamics of it,” Rapp said. “He’s not the most adept at interpersonal relationship. So, it’s been really interesting to see the way that that’s evolved and changed over the course of the season. The other interesting this is that, this is my first time doing a regular role in a TV show. I hear murmurs about what’s coming, but it’s also wonderful to not know what’s coming and to keep discovering what twists and turns are coming my way and how my character grows and changes.

According to IMDB, Rapp has a band called AlbinoKid and his brother Adam Rapp “is a novelist and playwright; Anthony starred in Adam’s one-man show.” CBS reported that Rapp “released his debut album Look Around. He has performed his music in clubs and colleges throughout the country.

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JOHN MAYOR

STUDY FINDS NO SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR TRANSGENDERISM
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This article is by courtesy of Raven Clabough, of The New American, of Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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The Left often likes to use science — or rather, a modified version of science — in arguments related to atheism, evolution, abortion, climate change, etc. But just how it will deal with a new scientific study on transgenderism remains to be seen. According to a new report published in The New Atlantis journal, transgenderism — the latest hot button social justice “ism” — is not supported by science.
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The report was co-authored by former Chief of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University Dr. Paul McHugh and Arizona State University Professor of Statistics and Biostatistics Lawrence Mayer. They concluded that “gender identity” is not separate from biological sex.
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“Examining research from the biological, psychological, and social sciences, this report shows that some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and gender are not supported by scientific evidence,” the report prefaced.
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“The hypothesis that gender identity is an innate, fixed property of human beings that is independent of biological sex — that a person might be ‘a man trapped in a woman’s body’ or ‘a woman trapped in a man’s body’ — is not supported by scientific evidence,” stated the researchers.
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This is not exactly groundbreaking news to those who exercise common sense, of course. Simply because an individual purports to identify as something doesn’t make it true, particularly if it is biologically impossible. It does not take a scientific study to confirm that a person who identifies as a horse, for example, is not a horse, or one who identifies as a chair is not in fact a chair. But the study should provide some weight to the common sense approach to transgenderism, while simultaneously exploding the beliefs of some social justice warriors who may have difficulty reconciling this scientific study with their own sense of reality.
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The New Atlantis report is sure to provoke some controversy, as it challenges a number of theories that have been readily accepted by the general public in recent years, including what the authors dub the “born that way” hypothesis: “The notion that homosexuality or heterosexuality is in any given person unchangeable and determined entirely apart from choices, behaviors, life experiences, and social contexts.” According to the authors, that view is not “well-supported by research.”
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The authors also take issue with the criteria found in the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) for diagnosis of gender dysphoria in children, and the interventions used in the treatment of gender dysphoria despite the lack of scientific evidence behind them.
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At particular issue for the researchers is how transgenderism is being foisted on America’s youth, as the scientists note that most children outgrow gender confusion, and efforts to advocate transgender acceptance are sure to create further confusion. “Children are a special case when addressing transgender issues. Only a minority of children who experience cross-gender identification will continue to do so into adolescence or adulthood,” the report stated.
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“There is little scientific evidence for the therapeutic value of interventions that delay puberty or modify the secondary sex characteristics of adolescents, although some children may have improved psychological well-being if they are encouraged and supported in their cross-gender identification,” wrote the researchers. “There is no evidence that all children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior should be encouraged to become transgender.”
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The report argued that enabling acceptance of transgenderism through medical intervention is particularly harmful. “An area of particular concern involves medical interventions for gender-nonconforming youth. They are increasingly receiving therapies that affirm their felt genders, and even hormone treatments or surgical modifications at young ages,” the authors observed.
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These sentiments are similar to those found in a position statement released by the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) on March 21 entitled “Gender Ideology Harms Children,” in which the writers observed that any policies that foster the belief that gender dysphoria is anything beyond a psychological problem are in fact harmful.
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The authors of that position statement made several scientific observations, including that human sexuality “is an objective biological binary trait.” Children who use hormones to attempt to mimic a sex that is not their own have a number of dangerous physical and mental risks, the position statement advised, adding that “conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful” can be classified as child abuse.
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According to The New Atlantis study, in fact, conditioning anyone to accept impersonation of the opposite sex via surgery or chemical influences is harmful. The authors observe that adults who choose to have sex-reassignment surgeries have “a higher risk of experiencing poor mental health outcomes.” They cite a study that found that sex-“reassigned individuals were about 5 times more likely to attempt suicide and about 19 times more likely to die by suicide.”
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Interestingly, PJ Media did a piece earlier this week on some of the real-life victims of what it dubbed the transgender “cult.” These” victims” were encouraged to embrace their gender confusion in their youth and are now living with the repercussions of those decisions. “I am a real, live 22-year-old woman, with a scarred chest and a broken voice, and five o’clock shadow because I couldn’t face the idea of growing up to be a woman. That’s my reality,” Cari Stella confessed in a YouTube video. “Gender was done to me, gender was traumatizing to me, I don’t want anything to do with it anymore,” she declared. She admitted, “When I was transitioning, I felt a strong desire — what I would have called a ‘need’ at the time — to transition.”
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Stella now contends that her transition only made things worse. “It can be damn hard to figure out that the treatment you’re being told is to help you is actually making your mental health worse. Testosterone made me even more dissociated than I already was,” she said.
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Stella is a prime example of an observation made by the authors in The New Atlantis study. They wrote, “The potential that patients undergoing medical and surgical sex reassignment may want to return to a gender identity consistent with their biological sex suggests that reassignment carries considerable psychological and physical risk.” The report ultimately concluded that politics and culture have been far too influential in the understanding of transgenderism and LGBT-related mental health problems, and encouraged individuals to take a more scientific approach to these issues.
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The researchers wrote, “While there is much controversy surrounding how our society treats its LGBT members, no political or cultural views should discourage us from understanding the related clinical and public health issues and helping people suffering from mental health problems that may be connected to their sexuality.”
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They readily admitted that better research is required to determine the best ways to help lower the rates of poor mental health outcomes in the LGBT community, but noted that despite the scientific uncertainty behind sexual orientation and gender identity, “drastic interventions” continue to be prescribed and delivered to patients.
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In June, McHugh noted that despite the lack of biological or physical basis for sexual identity, scientists struggled to persuade others that transgenderism is a psychological disorder because “there is a deep prejudice in favor of the idea that nature is totally malleable.”
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The authors of the article welcomed “spirited responses” to their report, and it is likely they will be barraged with exactly that.
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!
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P.S.: “Only a minority of children who experience cross-gender identification will continue to do so into adolescence or adulthood,” the report stated. – New Atlantis Journal Report on Transgenderism
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“There is no evidence that all children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior should be encouraged to become transgender.” – New Atlantis Journal Report on Transgenderism
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Simply put… given these two passages alone, the New Atlantis Journal Report on Transgenderism has not “closed the door” to the reality, that some “gender subjects” are– in fact!– OUTSIDE OF THE NORM with respect to SEXUAL IDENTIFICATION/ ORIENTATION!… and so, the New Atlantis Journal Report is “less dogmatic” than the Author of this Report Review would have us believe– at least, by way of the Report Review’s title!– when it comes to the New Atlantis Journal Report’s critique of Transgenderism, and the “Born That Way Phenomenon”! However, it should be noted, that such “Transgender subjects” are RARE, and should not be arbitrarily associated with the “common sexual self-ascription” that/ which is linked to members of the LGBQ communities!

JOHN GAYOR

Being gay is one thing. ( That doesn’t mean nothing to me, to each his/her own.)
But trying to skin a young kid is something entirely different.
That’s pedophile behavior.
That should be the issue at hand.

JOHN MAYOR

All the more reason to be going after MR. PHEWTUS who is alleged to have R-A-P-E-D- a girl of thirteen (see, the Huffington Post, the The Guardian, and several other Media Reports!)! And so… if you’re REALLY serious about addressing Ení̱likerotopathy (adult sexual pathy) or Ení̱likerotoanastrophopathy (adult sexual behavioral pathy), then it would be a good idea to go after MR. PHEWTUS! Otherwise, one would be supporting a “double standard”!
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

JOHN MAYOR

BTW!… and paradox(icly) (something that/ which appears to be a contradiction, but in fact, is not!)!… apart from God’s command under Romans Chapter 13, verses 1-3, God, and His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, DON’T SUPPORT the one shoe fits all Age of Majority laws that/ which violate the Constitutional Rights, and Freedoms of young girls GUARANTEED within the American Constititution (and!… a part of the AUTHORITY referred to under Romans 13: 1-3, within the New Testament!)!
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To begin with, at the time of Christ, preteen girls were married to adult men throughout the Middle East, and beyond!… and because, WHITE SUPREMACIST HYPOCRITES weren’t ruling the world back then! Perverse spirits, weren’t DICTATING what preteen girls were allowed to do with their sexuality, as such do today! And, such girls weren’t being CONNED into believing… by such perverse spirits!… that by mere virtue of a sexual relationship with an older male, that the relationship MUST HAVE BEEN A FORCED ARRANGEMENT (but in contrast to the FORCED ARRANGEMENT instigated by MR. PHEWTUS against a girl of thirteen!)!… and so and thus, MARGINALIZING the SEXUAL AGENCY (look it up!) of such girls, in the process!
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And lastly, it would be quite strange on God’s part, and on the part of His Son Jesus Christ, to grant preteen girls the reproductive ability to actually have children, but then turn around and tell them that they can’t use it!… that’s something THE DEVIL would do! And further, it would also be strange… and hypocritic!… for God and His Son to give a preteen the authority to RULE Israel (you may wish to read your Old Testament at this point!), but then say that said preteen shouldn’t choose AN ADULT WIFE! And… it would also be strange of God and Jesus Christ to allow the design of Bar mitzvahs and Bat mitzvahs, but, then decide that these said ADULTS (of 13!) HAVE NO RIGHT TO CHOOSE THE AGE OF THEIR SEXUAL PARTNER! But then… maybe Y-O-U might simply suggest that all these Jews (of 13!) running around having sex with OLDER ADULTS are nothing but perverts!… AND NEED TO BE BROUGHT UNDER WHITE SUPREMACIST CONTROL! Capisce?
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

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