Thursday night was the Out 100 party, celebrating Out Magazine's issue in which its editors honor 100 influential out figures from all walks, the most famous of which get the cover treatment. (This year, Edie Windsor, Jim Parsons, Lee Daniels and the very recently out Wentworth Miller made the cut.)
The venue is conducive to having a fun party with live acts (Debbie Harry was headlining, with Steve Grand, The Dolls and Charli XCX of Icona Pop fame supporting), but not so great for a red carpet. Still, Out did a nice job with a second-floor carpet, my only complaint being that the DJed party music drowned out the interviews somewhat.
I was surrounded by nice people, except for an inconsequential sourpuss who looked about 12 years old who was frowning his way through the night for ET, and being near sane individuals helps loads.
Sharon Needles: Gay as hay-ull.
The first person down the carpet was Sharon Needles, looking more glam (and alive) than ever. My question for everyone was to describe their best and worst coming-out experiences (see video above), but she said hers had all been good because she'd been "gay as hay-ull" since age 4 and had a supportive family who knew she liked dick. The most X-rated "awww!" ever.
The most shocking thing about Jonathan Groff's Out interview is that he quit Diet Coke because he thinks five or six a day is a lot.
He also talks about coming out so early in his career:
"When I came out, people said it may have a negative effect on my career, and that's definitely something I thought about before I did it. But I don't hold that belief. I just go to my auditions and plug away as I normally would. At the end of my career, I can look back and ask, 'Well, did it, or didn't it?' But at the moment, I just have to move forward and hope that people will follow my actions."
Spoken like a true leader. And like a person with a spine.