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Day 1: Here's the lawsuit that could be used to eventually overturn the SCOTUS ruling in favor of marriage equality.
Yesterday's Rally. was an amazing and beautiful experience. I came and performed Express Yourself and thats exactly what i did. However I want to clarify some very important things. I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it's important people hear and understand my speech in it's entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context. My speech began with " I want to start a revolution of love." ♥️ I then go on to take this opportunity to encourage women and all marginalized people to not fall into despair but rather to come together and use it as a starting point for unity and to create positive change in the world. I spoke in metaphor and I shared two ways of looking at things — one was to be hopeful, and one was to feel anger and outrage, which I have personally felt. However, I know that acting out of anger doesn’t solve anything. And the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love. It was truly an honor to be part of an audience chanting “we choose love”. 🙏🏻🇺🇸♥️🙏🏻🇺🇸♥️🙏🏻🇺🇸♥️🙏🏻🇺🇸♥️🙏🏻🇺🇸 *******************************************************
Ivanka Trump's Democratic bro-in-law spotted at Women's March — “observing.”
Trump shamelessly handing out amazing, cushy jobs to already-rich supporters.
Zoe Saldana continues to be a delusional fool, carrying water for Trump by saying we should give him a shot.
“Tuesday” singer ILoveMakonnen is gay, tweets, “it's time I've come out.”
The cake on the left is the one I made for President Obama's inauguration 4 years ago. The one on the right is Trumps. I didn't make it. 🤔 pic.twitter.com/qJXpCfPhii— Duff Goldman (@Duff_Goldman) January 21, 2017
This may seem petty, but it's kinda weird that it even happened.
It seems that Team Trump, as ill-equipped as we all know they are, asked a baker to copy President Obama's last inauguration cake.
Makes me wish they'd employ the same lazy creative thinking to things like health care and LGBTQ rights.
After the jump, see video of her two musical performances, a snap of her with Cher and a video of her with Fran Drescher...
Madonna just made an electrifying appearance at the Women's March on Washington, at which she read a fiery speech with a special message for detractors who believe the march will amount to nothing: “Fuck you. Fuck you.”
She's also likely to make headlines for admitting she's fantasized about “blowing up the White House” (I guiltily agree) but that she has decided to stick with love.
She sang “Express Yourself” and “Human Nature” (a great rendition of the latter, finally) with zero vocal assistance on a cold day in the middle of a million people (take note, Mariah!).
In the latter, Madonna led the crowd in a chant of “I'm not your bitch! Don't hang your shit”! and ad-libbed, “Donald Trump, suck a dick!”
Truth to power — this is what a true gay diva, and a true icon is, a woman not afraid to speak up for her fanbase, and for her own gender.
I used to mock the idea of Madonna as president, but man, I would feel a lot safer with her in these days.
Serious question: Is there a historic precedent for a US President's inauguration being outsized by the next day's protests?— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) January 21, 2017
The U.S. was a hotbed of massive, peaceful marches Saturday, in which millions of women (many hundreds of thousands in D.C. alone) and and men took to the streets as a show of force to demand that women's rights not be impinged upon by newly installed POTUS Trump.
The displays were exceptional — aerial views confirmed many times the number of people today in D.C. as yesterday, when Trump was inaugurated.
Countless stars showed up and added their faces and voices to the protests, but the real story was how many regular people got off their asses and seem to have been awakened by the reality of a Trump Administration — which has already raised mortgage rates for middle-class homebuyers and scrubbed official sites of LGBT and climate-change resources.
Concert for America — the brainchild of Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley — was staged at Town Hall on W. 43rd St. in NYC today, attracting numerous big-time Broadway stahhhs to raise cash for progressive orgs (the NAACP, the Sierra Club, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood and the National Immigration Law Center).
The concert was streamed live on numerous high-profile platforms (People Magazine, among them), and will air once more at Concert4America2017.org on Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET.
Kelli O'Hara beautifully belted out “A Cock-Eyed Optimist” from South Pacific, setting the theme as that of: HOPE.
Next, everyone involved with the show sang a massive “What the World Needs Now Is Love” by Hal David and Burt Bacharach, and the lineup included: Chita Rivera, Betty Buckley, Ben Vereen, Billy Porter, Bebe Neuwirth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O'Hara, Alice Ripley, Stephanie Mills, Lillias White, Charles Bush, Brian d'Arcy James, Marty Thomas and many more.
If you buy the tune on iTunes, the money goes to the Orlando GLBT Center and The Trevor Project, 50/50.
Rosie Perez offered a hilarious personal story about not choosing poverty and not hating all nuns. She introduced living legend Chita Rivera, who sang “America” from West Side Story, still moving with ease and offering high kicks at 83. She admitted she was blown away that the musical's original cast recording is 60 years old, marveling aloud that she's still running around “like a 35-year-old.”
Kate Mulgrew introduced the electrifying Betty Buckley (pictured; video still via Concert for America), who sang the hell out of the Kate Bush/Peter Gabriel song “Don't Give Up” that was utterly heart-tugging.
Judy Gold's comedic interlude was a nice opportunity laugh ahead of Jessie Mueller's “Beautiful.” Speaking of which, Billy Porter's new single “Edelweiss” could have been written to cheer up the I'm Still With Her crowd.
I found Caroline Rhea to be hysterical. It was a shocker when she said that she, like Mariah Carey, looks fat no matter how thin she gets, but maybe it was a welcome flash of teeth with everyone preaching about loving our enemies.
I think my musical highlight was actually ageless Stephanie Mills serving up 1980s “Never Knew Love Like This Before.” She's sung it a million times, but it sounded as fresh as she looks.
The president of the NAACP gave a fiery speech that got one of the evening's standing Os, leading into Brian Stokes Mitchell blowing everyone's minds with “America the Beautiful” and “Wheels of a Dream.” It was such a preach moment. Rivera returned to the stage to announce that the performances had “destroyed” her. She got angry speaking about Trump's abandoment (already!) of all arts and humanities funding.
Though I'd have been intimidated to follow even a spoken-word segment by Rivera, Carrie Manolakos followed up with an aggresive passive and pretty “Hallelujah.”
Sharon Gless was a fun surprise — even she admitted she isn't a Broadway person... “yet!” I've loved her since her short-lived series Turnabout. She told a fascinating story about her work on the TV series House Calls. A decent hit back in the day, the show had starred Lynn Redgrave and Wayne Rogers, in that order, until Redgrave asked to nurse her baby on the set and asked to be paid as much as Rogers. For that, she was fired, and they replaced her with Gless, who asserted that she was the last-ever contract player in Hollywood. Gless knew she was a cheap replacement and was mortified, but had little choice. She reported that upon meeting Rogers, he gloated that he could have saved Redgrave's job had he wanted to. Okay then!
After the show wrapped, Gless threw a party for the cast and secretly called Redgrave to come to the party and pretend to get into a fight with her to psych out the cast, which they did, scaring the hell out of the cast. Then they made nice and everyone died.
Funny story, and also an infuriating story. That icky male chauvinist Wayne Rogers, formerly of M*A*S*H, died a year ago on NYE after being a glib Fox News guest for years. Wish I'd been there to get Sharon's autograph. Her segment bled into a quartet of vocalists spitting out “I'm a Woman,” including Shayna Steele. Interestingly, it's kind of a regressive song if taken literally, yet is infused with a clear, early feminist vein.
Died laughing at manic comic Michelle Collins — I'd never heard of her, but she was pretty out-there and had me giggling. Piper Perabo was there on behalf of the Sierra Club, sounding very serious about nature. Judy Kuhn revived her “The Colors of the Wind,” a song inspired by the group's mission.
Bebe Neuwirth was too shaken up to say much beyond offering several quotes on the topic of carrying on, but she was able to intro Ben Vereen. The trouper brought down the house singing “What a Wonderful World” and leading Wesley, d'Arcy James and the cast in a spirited rendition of “Let the Sunshine In” — a song he sang in the original production of Hair.
Watch the full show below (if it's still up). If you missed it, take heart — there are plans for a similar get-together MONTHLY ...