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06/10/2013

Intolerant Father Publicly Confronts Transgender Teen on 'What Would you Do?' - VIDEO

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How will crowds at a dress shop react when an intolerant dad begins publicly confronting his transgender teen daughter as she shops for a prom dress? That's the premise of the most recent ABC News hidden camera program What Would You Do?

See how fellow shoppers react, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via think progress)

Posted Jun. 10,2013 at 2:41 PM EST by in News, Transgender | Permalink | Comments (26)


Hillary Clinton Joins Twitter, Thanks Gay 'Texts from Hillary' Creators in First Tweet

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Hillary Clinton joined Twitter today, unleashing an amazing profile upon the world:

Wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD...

She also thanked gay "Texts from Hillary" creators Adam Smith and Stacy Lambe in her first tweet:

"Thanks for the inspiration @ASmith83 & @Sllambe - I'll take it from here... #tweetsfromhillary"

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Posted Jun. 10,2013 at 1:36 PM EST by in Hillary Clinton, News, Twitter | Permalink | Comments (14)


Gay Firefighter Who Was First Responder to Pentagon on 9/11, Dies

Phillip Curtis McKee III, one of the first responders to the Pentagon after the attack on 9/11, died May 31 in Virginia, the Washington Blade reports:

MckeeFamily members attribute McKee’s death to complications from injuries and illness linked to three days of fighting the Pentagon fire following the 9/11 attack, including inhalation of toxic dust, a severe leg injury that resulted in him being wheel chair bound, and a prolonged bout of post-traumatic stress disorder.

McKee’s husband and partner of 15 years, Nopadon McKee, said the injuries forced Phillip McKee to retire from his job as a firefighter due to disability. Although he displayed “tremendous courage” in persevering as an artist, businessman, and author over the next 12 years, the injuries and his struggle with PTSD took its toll, Nopadon McKee said.

McKee was 41.

Posted Jun. 10,2013 at 1:25 PM EST by in 9/11, Deaths, News | Permalink | Comments (23)


Melissa Harris-Perry Panel Mostly Thinks It Was Wrong for 'GetEQUAL' to Heckle Michelle Obama: VIDEO

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Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel took a look at the heckling of Michelle Obama last week by GetEQUAL activist Ellen Sturtz. The panelists, Anthea Butler, Maria Teresa Kumar, Edwina Rogers, and Ezra Klein mostly thought it was the wrong place and the wrong time to do so.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Ellen Sturtz, the activist who heckled FLOTUS, explained herself in a WaPo opinion piece on Saturday.

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Posted Jun. 10,2013 at 12:44 PM EST by in ENDA, GetEQUAL, Melissa Harris-Perry, Michelle Obama, News | Permalink | Comments (32)


2013 Tony Awards Round-Up: Drag Queens, Pioneer Women, and Mike Tyson

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BY NAVEEN KUMAR

Prizes were handed out for the 67th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall last night, in a ceremony that recognized a historic number of leading women behind the scenes, African-American performers, and drag queens of all walks.

Neil Patrick Harris returned to host the ceremony, kicking off the evening with a characteristically charming opening number. The night was packed with musical performances from an encyclopedic array of current Broadway offerings—old and new, nominated and otherwise—including equally bizarre appearances by Mike Tyson and The Phantom of the Opera.

CyndiapKinky Boots won the big prize for Best Musical, beating out rival Matilda, which took home wins in other categories including Dennis Kelly for Best Book and Gabriel Ebert (who plays Matilda’s father) for Best Featured Actor. Kinky Boots also took home Best Choreography for director Jerry Mitchell’s heel-raising work with his company of limber queens.

In another big triumph for the show, Cyndi Lauper became the first woman to win Best Score on her own (not as part of a co-ed team) for her original music and lyrics for Kinky Boots. The pop idol was also on hand to sing “True Colors” during the ceremony’s 'In Memoriam' segment.

Billy Porter was one of four African-American actors who won across the eight performance categories, taking home Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his drag turn in Kinky Boots. In a case of may-the-best-queen-win, Porter beat out rival favorite Bertie Carvel from Matilda, also nominated for his drag performance as Miss Trunchbull.

In other musical performance categories, Patina Miller took home the Tony for Best Leading Actress for her role as the Leading Player in Diane Paulus’ production of Pippin (a role usually played by a male actor). Also a favorite to win, Miller’s co-star Andrea Martin took home Best Featured Actress for her performance as Pippin’s high-flying grandmother.

Pippin4A season favorite, Pippin also won Best Revival of a Musical, and Diane Paulus took home the award for Best Director of a Musical with her third nomination in this category in as many years. With Pam MacKinnon winning Best Director of a Play for her work on Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, it was the first time in fifteen years that two female directors were recognized in the same season (it happened previously in 1998, with Julie Taymor for The Lion King and Garry Hynes for The Beauty Queen of Leenane).

Non-musical awards were more than unusually spread across different productions, with only MacKinnon’s Virginia Woolf winning multiple awards across major categories, including Best Revival of a Play (the second win for Edward Albee’s play in the last ten years) and Tracy Letts for Best Leading Actor in one of the only surprise wins of the night. Though many went in thinking Letts deserved the prize, Tom Hanks was widely assumed to be a lock for his Broadway debut in Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy.

Assembled3Previously nominated twice in his category, Courtney B. Vance was Ephron’s lucky guy taking home Best Featured Actor for his performance opposite Hanks. Meanwhile Judith Light took home her second Tony in two years for Best Featured Actress in Richard Greenberg’s The Assembled Parties. With by far the most unusual acceptance speech (and wardrobe choice), Cicely Tyson won Best Leading Actress for The Trip to Bountiful, her return to Broadway after thirty years.

The award for Best Play went to Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the playwright’s first Tony nomination after thirty years as a Broadway playwright. Though Durang’s outlandish comedy was favored to win, Best Play was its only award in a season of plays without one big winner across the board. 

Recent theatre features...
'Far From Heaven' Opens Off Broadway: REVIEW
Place Your Bets: 2013 Tony Awards Predictions
A Closer Look at the Chosen and the Snubbed in This Year's Tony Award Nominations
'Pippin’ Revival Opens On Broadway: REVIEW
Bette Midler Opens On Broadway In ‘I’ll Eat You Last:’ REVIEW
 

Follow Naveen Kumar on Twitter: @Mr_NaveenKumar (photos:matthew murphy, AP,  )

Posted Jun. 10,2013 at 12:06 PM EST by in Naveen Kumar, New York, News, Theatre | Permalink | Comments (6)


'The OUT List' from Timothy Greenfield-Sanders: TRAILER PREMIERE

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On Thursday, June 27, HBO is premiering The OUT List, a film of intimate docu-portraits from photographer and director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders that follows in the vein of his well known projects About Face: Supermodels Then and Now, The Latino List and The Black List.

The film is a storytelling project in which Greenfield-Sanders's subjects, a diverse swath of well-known and lesser-known figures in the LGBT community, speak directly into the camera and divulge intimate tales of their careers, activism, and pride, as well as details of personal discrimination they've experienced and overcome.

Towleroad is pleased to debut the trailer today. Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP....

OutlistAlong with Greenfield-Sanders (left, with Janet Mock), the film was produced by out filmmaker Sam McConnell (right), who also served as the interviewer on the project.

The OUT List stars Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, iconic drag queen Lady Bunny, former Log Cabin Republican executive director and Iraq veteran R. Clarke Cooper, former NFL football player Wade Davis, Ellen Degeneres, ballroom performer Twiggy Pucci Garcon, Neil Patrick Harris, longtime activist Larry Kramer, transgender activist and People magazine editor Janet Mock, Cynthia Nixon, Suze Orman, NYC City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, Jake Shears, Wanda Sykes, Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez, and Muslim educator Wazina Zondon.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Other HBO playdates: June 27 (5:20 a.m.), 29 (5:45 a.m.) and 30 (6:00 p.m.), and July 3 (1:30 p.m.), 5 (2:30 p.m.) and 8 (10:00 a.m.) HBO2 playdates: June 28 (2:00 p.m.) and July 1 (9:00 a.m.), 24 (11:00 a.m.), 28 (11:00 a.m.) and 31 (1:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.)

Posted Jun. 10,2013 at 11:17 AM EST by in Film, Gay Pride, Gay Rights, Janet Mock, Neil Patrick Harris, News, Sam McConnell, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Wade Davis | Permalink | Comments (8)



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