687 posts categorized "MARRIAGE EQUALITY"

Oct 07 2014
MILKing It: A Review Of I AM HARVEY MILK Comments (0)

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: **** out of ****

Tonight, I was privileged enough to be invited to attend a one-night-only oratorio (or, as last-minute guest Whoopi Goldberg called it, “oratio”) I Am Harvey Milk, with words and music by Andrew Lippa and starring Lippa as Milk, Noah Marlowe as Young Milk and angel-voiced Kristin Chenoweth as a soprano muse who stands in for several different women in Milk's life.

They were accompanied by the Joel Fram-conducted Orchestra of St. Luke's and The All-Star Broadway Men's Chorus.

Following Goldberg's intro (she referred to us as “family”...) and a more impassioned intro by Milk protégé Cleve Jones, the 60-minute presentation was thoroughly impressive, especially considering how well-mined the subject matter is. It was especially exciting to see and hear on the day the Supreme Court declined to review some lower court decisions, bringing marriage equality to five states immediately and another six in the long run, but this piece would be exciting to see and hear any day or night of the week, at any point in history.

The reason I Am Harvey Milk has a timelessness is that it's about the overall struggle for equality and fairness, even as it uses Milk's personal political odyssey to get at that larger theme. 

I was lulled to light sleep at times by the beauty and sonic purity, but there were plenty of attention-getting highlights, most notably the jumpin' “Enough Is Enough”-inspired “Friday Night in the Castro” (complete with clapping hands and gay boogie), the triumphant “Lavender Pen” (recounting Mayor Moscone's signing of a non-discrimination proclamation) and the searing “Tired of the Silence”, in which the assembled singers exhort every gay person in the world to come out, come out, come out. (Using images that included reluctant, quasi-out Jodie Foster was perhaps a misstep, but damned if they weren't up-to-the-minute enough to include headlines from earlier today!)

Fantastic evening, surrounded by a lot of civic-minded gay people and our supporters, lovers of the arts and some glitterati; but the snazzy ensembles and relentless fitness of the crowd was just fashion, and the music and words were a reminder than being loud and demanding respect never goes out of style.

 
Oct 06 2014
American Idiot? Comments (0)

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Raven-Symoné tells Oprah she's tired of being labeled as gay...or even as African-American. She's cool with being labeled an American, though.

No word on if she is fine being labeled a woman and/or a human being.

It's nice to think we have the power to live outside our societal labels, but we do not. Until it was legal, she would have been disallowed from marrying her female partner because they are gay. In many places in the country, her blackness could lead her into a lot of situations my whiteness would not. The list goes on.

I think it comes off as arrogant, like when white people claim to be color-blind. Maybe it's coming from a good place, but maybe it's also coming from a very sheltered place, a place most people never get close enough to in order to be able to make the same proclamations.

 
Marriage Equality Comes To 5 More States Comments (0)

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In denying to review seven cases, the Supreme Court just brought marriage equality to Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Utah.

Gotta love that some of those states are among the last one would ever have expected to have marriage equality:

“It also will bring along six other states located in the judicial circuits overseen by those appellate courts: North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming. The action will bring to 30 the number of states where gays and lesbians can marry. Appeals courts in Cincinnati and San Francisco are considering cases that could expand that number further, presuming the Supreme Court remains outside the legal fray.”

Good luck stopping marriage equality, Neanderthals.

 
Sep 24 2014
Speak Now: Couple's Wedding Ruined By Haters Comments (0)

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So sad for this gay couple, whose wedding was marred by a nearby homophobe shouting slurs. Stay classy, Neanderthals.

 
Sep 23 2014
Need To Know: Aged Beef + DICK Movie + Come Back, Little COMEBACK + Supreme Court Justice For All + MORE! Comments (0)

ChippendalesTook it off! Took it off!

*widget boy cultureIt's a Chippendales infestation as the strip org turns 35!

*widget boy cultureRick Perry plays the Joan Rivers card against abortion.

*widget boy cultureAre you ready for Dick: The Documentary? Brainwash

*widget boy cultureThe Comeback's comeback explained.

*widget boy cultureHoward Stern regular dies @ 39.

*widget boy cultureFor fans of Mr. Brainwash.

*widget boy cultureJustice Kagan officiates at same-sex wedding.

*widget boy cultureLooking hits the Folsom Street Fair.

*widget boy cultureBroadway Flea Market raises over $700K for AIDS.

*widget boy culture“Fuck it—I quit!” anchor explains her actions.

*widget boy cultureAmerican Horror Story: Freakshow cast shots are shudder-inducing.

*widget boy cultureWhen jocks become underwear models.

Jed-hill-muscle-power2010812103003503King of the Hill

 
Sep 17 2014
Congressional Doody Comments (0)

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Carl DeMaio, a ridiculously sleazy politician who may or may not have faked a break-in at his campaign HQ to garner sympathy, is nonetheless tied in his race to represent a district in San Diego in the House. It's incredible to me that such a non-credible candidate could poll this well, even if it actually represents a big drop from the 7% lead he had three months ago.

Wake up and smell the gay Tea Partier, San Diego.

 
Sep 15 2014
Need To Know: Can't Stand Him + Coming Out Of The Celluloid Closet + PSYCHO Thriller + UNCLE TOM'S GAY CABIN + MORE! Comments (0)

Kanye-West-wheelchairKanye needs to stand down.

*widget boy cultureKanye West still vying for title of Biggest Douche Ever. Uncontested.

*widget boy cultureOrange is the New Black writer divorces husband to get some “Poussey.”

*widget boy cultureThe making of a modern gay character.

*widget boy cultureGays and miners team up in Pride.

*widget boy cultureI'm busy looking at Viggo Mortensen's butt, Mother!

*widget boy cultureAnother man accused of spreading HIV purposefully.

*widget boy cultureStraight couples starting to snub anti-gay wedding venues.

*widget boy cultureNo, really, Bronx councilman Fernando Cabrera is anti-gay.

*widget boy cultureRight-wing Jewish gay children's book writer thinks gays provoke Christian hostility.

*widget boy cultureISIL allegedly hauls in $3 million per day from illegal activities.

*widget boy cultureCheyenne Jackson marries boyfriend of a year.

*widget boy culture2 straight dudes marry each other, hilarity (?) ensues.

*widget boy cultureFrat boys attempt to “Shake It Off”.

*widget boy cultureWhen Mighty Real's Anthony Wayne & Kendrell Bowman met, beautiful music was remade.

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Sep 14 2014
Need To Know: Up In The Hair + GOOPs! She Did It Again + Madame President + Didn't Ask Didn't Tell + MORE! Comments (0)

Mike-StalkerAre you a stalker Stalker?

*widget boy cultureMike Stalker's legs are hairy, chest is smooth...wonder what else is hairless?

*widget boy cultureA courageous young Texan's coming-out story.

*widget boy cultureMartha Stewart says Gwyneth Paltrow “needs to be quiet.”

*widget boy cultureHillary Clinton is running for president, duh.

*widget boy cultureISIL beheads British aid worker David Haines.

*widget boy cultureComing Out Under Fire (1994) makes a comeback.

Coming_out_under_fire-01Military service: What a drag!

*widget boy cultureFashion Week posers skewered by Jimmy Kimmel.

*widget boy cultureTexas teacher dodges sex charges by marrying his 16yo girlfriend.

*widget boy cultureArkansas judiciary stacks the deck against gay marriage.

*widget boy cultureMaher IDs the dude keeping “twentysomethings in their parents' basements.”

*widget boy cultureZimmerman threatens motorist: “Do you know who I am? I'll fucking kill you!”

*widget boy cultureMadonna collaborator Patrick Leonard teaming up with Leonard Cohen.

*widget boy cultureEven Russell Crowe's own kid wants him to get out of his face.

*widget boy cultureGuess whose tits these are:

JACKSON-SPIDELL-BARECHESTEDI love him, a bushel and two pecs!