The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) joined Glee creator Ryan Murphy Wednesday in urging Newsweek to apologize for slamming gay actors who take on straight roles in Hollywood.

GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios called an April 26 story titled Straight Jacket “damaging” to gay actors.

In the feature, openly gay contributor Ramin Setoodeh is critical of openly gay actors who take on straight roles.

Referring to Jake Gyllenhaal's and Heath Ledger's 2005 gay cowboy romance flick Brokeback Mountain, Setoodeh says it's “OK for straight actors to play gay,” but added that “it's rare for someone to pull off the trick in reverse.”

He then cuts into Sean Hayes' portrayal of straight man Chuck in the Broadway revival of Promises, Promises: “He comes off as wooden and insincere, like he's trying to hide something, which of course he is.” Hayes, who recently came out gay on the cover of gay glossy The Advocate, has been nominated for a Best Actor in a Musical Tony Award for his Broadway debut.

Setoodeh also takes aim at Jonathan Groff's performance on Fox's musical comedy hit Glee, saying he's “so distracting, I'm starting to wonder if Groff's character on the show is supposed to be secretly gay.”

Kristin Chenoweth, who stars opposite Hayes, called the piece “horrendously homophobic,” while Glee creator Murphy, who is openly gay, asked fans to dump Newsweek until an apology is at hand.

Murphy demanded the weekly apologize to Hayes and other “brave out actors who were cruelly singled out in his damaging, needlessly cruel, and mind-blowingly bigoted piece.”

On Wednesday, Barrios joined Murphy: “Whether he intended it to or not, Ramin Setoodeh's article in Newsweek sends a false and damaging message about gay actors by endorsing the idea that there are limits to the roles they are able to play.”

In backing Murphy's call for an apology, Barrios said that the publication is “ultimately responsible for having published this deeply problematic essay.”