Stephen Conrad Moore Joined Gay Twitter Panel To Discuss The Bold Type

Stephen Conrad Moore talks The Bold Type, Quarantine Takeaways, and Black Queer Representation. Plus find out which show he wishes to star in.

Ollie Drennan

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Posted On:July 12th, 2020 9:22 pm pst

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On the final episode of #GayTwitter for the summer, the gayest roundtable on AfterBuzz TV was joined by the incredibly talented Stephen Conrad Moore from Freeform’s The Bold Type. With levels of intersectionality embedded in his character Oliver. Stephen opened up on his own experiences that helped fuel his character. 

“I personally would like to be a father and that kind of desire kind of comes and goes as my life progresses and career progresses. But I’ve always known queer, same gender loving, gay black folks who have to step up and take care of their sister’s kid or a neighbor’s kid, who’ve had to be that parental figure. It’s not a foreign thing.”

With COVID-19 causing production of the current season of The Bold Type to be cut short, the entertainment industry has clearly suffered many losses. Despite these unfortunate circumstances Stephen shared his silver linings of the pandemic and some of his takeaways not only as an actor, but personally as well. 

“There’s been a lot of takeaways as a person having to sit in solitude, because that’s who I am first and that informs my acting, so having to clearly define what is essential and what’s not essential.”

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“Movements change. You don’t have to have a gatekeeper necessarily. The gatekeepers are starting to be less and people are becoming more accessible because we all have a phone, a lot of us have phones, we have the internet, and we’re able to produce content and do more. So the takeaway that I’ve gotten is continuing to be a self-starter and continuing to advance with the times.”

With that being said, the interview came to a close as Stephen not only gushed on one of his favorite shows, Michaela Coel’s, I May Destroy You, but also what he believes are the next steps for the inclusion of more black queer representation. 

“There’s this show that I’m not on, but I would like to be on in addition to my show called, I May Destroy You. It’s brilliant for so many different reasons, but what’s also there is this spectrum, no spoilers so i’ll be really vague for those who haven’t seen it, but there’s a spectrum of black queer men in one episode coming from different points of view. I think what’s here for us where I want to see us go is not just have one queer character on a TV show, one black queer character on a TV show, but to have a spectrum.”

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BLACK QUEER LOVE #queerlove 💗🖤🤎❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 As a queer little Black boy in the late 80's/early 90's, I always had the desire to be SEEN and to be LOVED…❤️ So, imagine the disconnect and continued disappointment when one of my best friends, my living room television, told me that I didn't FULLY exist (… well, not as a protagonist in a story someone was willing to tell). AND, if I wanted to find love ❤️ and companionship, it most likely wouldn't come from someone… who actually looked like me. Basically, I didn't see Black gay/Same Gender Loving men as protagonists and/or who chose and loved ❤️ each other, until "Noah's Arc"… and I was damn near an adu… well, I WAS an adult by then. Not seeing myself in scripted televised stories during my formative, teenage and early adult years has had a deep-seeded impact that I am STILL uprooting… I can only imagine I am not alone in this sentiment. In the hopes of providing (at the very least) "a reflection" of what Black Same Gender Love❤️ could look like, I am EXCITED to bring to screen the story of "Oliver and Jasper". The story of two black men who ONCE loved each other deeply… and who are hopeful(?) of finding it again. * * ✊🏿🏳️‍🌈********************✊🏿🏳️‍🌈 #blackqueerlove #queerlove #gaylove #blackgaylove #blacktranslivesmatter #blackqueerlivesmatter #blackjoy #blacklivesmatter #blacklivesmatter✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 Also Happy #Juneteenth

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“I think what’s next is for us to continue to have the representation so that the weight is not just on one character to succeed or to fail or to be the representation, but we get to show the spectrum just as it is in life.”

You can follow Stephen Conrad Moore on Twitter @stephenconradny and on Instagram @stephenconradmoore. If you’re as big a fan of Stephen as we are, please share this article. We at #GayTwitter would like to thank Stephen again for joining us and can’t wait to see what’s in store on The Bold Type’s Season 4 finale this Thursday, July 16th, 2020. 

You can catch up on past episodes of #GayTwitter with Amir Yassai, Bryant Santos, and Ollie Drennan on Youtube or Apple podcasts. 

Check out the full episode along with Stephen Conrad Moore’s full interview here:

Author Ollie Drennan is a nerdy quirky host who loves to talk all things LGBTQIA+. From spilling tea with drag queens, to geeking out on the latest Anime news, Ollie Drennan always loves to provide his passionate queer insight on AfterBuzz TV. If you’re a fan of this Ollie’s, Gay Twitter or AfterBuzzTV, please share this article with a friend.  Keep tuning into AfterBuzzTV for your favorite aftershows, videos, podcasts and articles on TV and pop culture discussion.  

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Ollie Drennan is a nerdy, quirky host who loves to talk all things LGBTQIA+. From spilling tea with drag queens, to geeking out on the latest anime news, Ollie Drennan always loves to provide his passionate queer insight on AfterBuzz TV.

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