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May 09 2017
Billy Porter's Powerful Message: RESIST, RESIST, RESIST, RESIST, RESIST Comments (0)

Billy-Porter(Video still via GLAAD)

Billy Porter, who was given the Vito Russo Award from GLAAD this weekend, made as rousing a speech as Debra Messing, calling on  gay people to get it together and go to war against discrimination.

He said we need to get our “war clothes” on, because:

... From slavery to emancipation to the 13th Amendment to Jim Crow to the Civil Rights Movement to Stonewall to AIDS to marriage equality, we gotta remember the shoulders who we stand on, the ones who fought and died for those freedoms that we hold so dear.

He went on to call himself a survivor of the AIDS crisis and a grateful beneficiary of the marriage-equality movement:

It's time to take this moment and acknowledge that the reailty of  life is that it's ever-involving, and until we can figure out how to love on another unconditionally, no one wins — NO ONE. Freedom, equality, justice, have always come at a cost, and evidently they always will.

Keep reading to see his whole speech, which was punctuated by a repurposed gospel song ...

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May 08 2017
Why The MTV Movie & TV Awards Mattered Comments (0)

Aside from a catastrophic performance overall by otherwise endearing, adorbs host Adam Devine, the MTV Movie & TV Awards went bold this year, awarding actors instead of actors and actresses, and honoring a gay kiss, rewarding a diverse array of performers and performances.

I mean, the network's Best Kiss Award went to the young men who smooched in Moonlight — a black, gay kiss — which years ago would be about as likely as me not spending half my day on 7Sultans mobile casino app:

Some who rail against PC will find this move into the future irritating, but in particular, I've thought for a long time the arbitrary distinctions in Best Actor/Best Actress categories have felt like relics of the past. It feels like there is a Best Actor category, and then one for Actress just 'cuz, you know, the girls can't win.

But in MTV's first stab at a gender-neutral ceremony, a girl did win — Emma Watson took home the popcorn trophy for her role in Beauty and the Beast, itself a trail-blazing film for its somewhat “gay moment.”

I almost found Watson's speech ridiculous — she gave a heartfelt speech worthy of winning an Oscar, or a Nobel Peace Prize! — until I listened on and realized she was right to make a big deal about the award, and to take the time to unpack why she won it. She was right that it wasn't just for her acting, but also for what her film represents, and while we all know the MTV Movie & TV Awards are not going to be as free of politics and vote-rigging as the Oscars, I think the show's vibe and her speech really did make progress in the culture.

Sadly, though it took a move to VH1 for RuPaul to suddenly be recognized as the true icon he is — he was named an influencer by Time out of nowhere, finally! — and though he did win for Best Reality Series, he was not allowed to accept his award from the stage. Instead, host Devine dropped it at his table.

Choosing RuPaul (indeed, inviting him to a major awards show) was a big deal, but silencing him was pretty offensive, especially when there was a lot of crappy filler during the show — I mean, they could have cut the jaw-droppingly lame opening by 60 seconds to let Ru say something funny, no?

Still,  it was one false note in a show drenched in diversity — and not diversity for diversity's sake, but because diverse is what true excellence looks like.

Plus, it's always a pleasure to see Aaron Taylor-Johnson, especially when he's awarding my favorite movie of the year so far, Get Out, and seeing Maxine Waters given a hero's welcome was worth sitting through Noah Cyrus.

 

Tonight I had the pleasure of giving my buddy.. #danielkaluuya the @mtv Next Generation Award 🐯#getout

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May 06 2017
28th GLAAD Media Awards Handed Out In NYC Comments (0)

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I was traveling, so I missed the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, held in NYC at the New York Hilton Midtown today.

Following is a complete list of all the winners, including my girl Debra Messing!

From a press release:

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May 05 2017
Announced: The First Annual VILLAGE VOICE Pride Awards Comments (0)

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This sounds like a timely idea, considering Trump's viciously anti-LGBTQ swings: The Village Voice is launching an inaugural Village Voice Pride Awards ceremony, to be held June 21 in NYC.

From a press release:

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May 02 2017
Tonys! Tonys! Tonéys!: Full Nominations Comments (0)

Great Comet Josh GrobanGreat timing for the Original Cast Recording — get yours here!

Via NYT: The Tony noms are out, with Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 and Hello, Dolly! leading the way.

Surprised not to see Allison Janney nominated — I loved her in Six Degrees of Separation.

Any snubs that pissed you off?

Full list after the jump ...

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Mar 14 2017
29th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced Comments (0)

The Lambda Literary Award (Lammy) noms were announced today, honoring LGBTQ publishing of all stripes.

A friend called my attention to J. Aaron Sanders's Speakers of the Dead, the first in a series of Walt Whitman mysteries. Check out the tantalizing summary from Goodreads:

The year is 1843; the place: New York City. Aurora reporter Walt Whitman arrives at the Tombs prison yard where his friend Lena Stowe is scheduled to hang for the murder of her husband, Abraham. Walt intends to present evidence on Lena's behalf, but Sheriff Harris turns him away. Lena drops to her death, and Walt vows to posthumously exonerate her. 

Walt's estranged boyfriend, Henry Saunders, returns to New York, and the two men uncover a link between body-snatching and Abraham's murder: a man named Samuel Clement. To get to Clement, Walt and Henry descend into a dangerous underworld where resurrection men steal the bodies of the recently deceased and sell them to medical colleges. With no legal means to acquire cadavers, medical students rely on these criminals, and Abraham's involvement with the Bone Bill—legislation that would put the resurrection men out of business—seems to have led to his and Lena's deaths.

The book is on Amazon.

Full list of nominees for the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards — get tickets here — below ...

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Mar 08 2017
Ryan Gosling: The Two And Only Comments (0)

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Somehow, the powers that be at the Goldene Kamera Awards in Germany fell for the above look-not-alike and allowed him to take the stage as Ryan Gosling as people like Jane Fonda and Nicole Kidman looked on in bemusement.

Even Faye Dunaway coulda called this one right.

Video after the jump ...

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Mar 05 2017
Justin Timberlake Gives Heartfelt Pep Talk To LGBTQ Youth @ iHeartRadio Music Awards Comments (0)

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Justin Timberlake used his iHeartRadio Music Awards acceptance speech to tell queer kids to ignore their tormenters.

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