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Cyndi Lauper to Perform at NYC Pride Dance on the Pier

LauperCyndi Lauper will perform her new single "Sex is in the Heel" (along with hopefully, a few more favorites) at NYC's Dance on the Pier on LGBT Pride day, June 24.

"NYC Pride also announced a new extended run time for the Dance on the Pier. The event will begin at 5 p.m.,following the conclusion of the LGBT Pride March, and run until 2 a.m."

Said Chris Frederick, Managing Director: “We responded to a certain level of discontent with the later start time. We think these new hours will fit everyone’s schedule and allow for an extended Pier Dance that has never been experienced in the history of New York City Pride Week.”

Additionally, NYC Pride will be adding an additional DJ to its Dance on the Pier line-up. DJ Eddie Baez will now be spinning the opening spot from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Cyndi Lauper Has It Out with Madonna Over 'Girl Gone Wild' Theft: VIDEO

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Things get ugly between Madonna and Cyndi Lauper over a certain lyric in Madona's new single.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NEWS: A Hugely Important Times Story, Barney Frank Salutes His Hero, And 'At Last' Revisited

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Road Journalist Ronen Bergman gets the most incredible access to the Israeli military apparatus and reports a very long, very compelling, and very grim story for the Times, in which he discusses the assassination of Iranian scientists, the secrets of the Mossad, the build-up to war, and a whole lot of unknown history. The story's too big to meaningfully excerpt here. Just pour a drink, take a deep breath, and read.

Road Pictures of poverty; shades of Walker Evans.

Road Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki Moon exhorts African leaders to respect LGBT rights:

“One form of discrimination ignored or even sanctioned by many states for too long has been discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” Ban said.

“It prompted governments to treat people as second class citizens or even criminals,” he added.

Road First he contracted HIV. Then he developed brain cancer. Now Richard Brodsky is running for his life.

Road Bigoted Australian tennis legend still clutching her Bible, still smiling like somebody's benign grandma, still talking:

"We get them (homosexuals) in (at church) and you'll find that many, many of them have been abused". When asked if she felt such abuse led people to homosexuality, Court said: "Yes. You look at a lot of them, that's happened."

... "The word of God is our TV guide to life. It's not the fear book, it's a love book and it tells us how to live our lives."

"I would have won six Wimbledons not three . . . if I'd known what I know now from the scriptures, on the area of the mind."

Road Parents and grandparents of LGBT folk to run a TV ad in Australia:

The advertisement, organised by the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, is designed to increase the pressure on Mr Abbott to grant Coalition MPs a conscience vote on same-sex marriage. The group's spokeswoman, Shelley Argent, said Mr Abbott was out of step with public opinion on the issue, citing a Galaxy poll from November which showed 76 per cent of Coalition voters supported a conscience vote on same-sex marriage.

... ''This is a country where we all have only one vote each," [said Ms Argent.] "Why does Mr Abbott think he has the right to the votes of half the federal MPs, namely the entire Coalition? He knows and we know that many are in favour of marriage equality and this is what he fears.

''As parents we want our same-sex-attracted sons and daughters to have the choice and right to celebrate their relationships exactly the same as their straight siblings and extended family members, and to have these same relationships validated in the eyes of the law.''

Road More fun with Sen. Stacey Campfield, a lawmaker utterly undone by Facebook byzantine privacy settings.

Road Mitt Romney will probably win Florida on Tuesday.

Picture 26 Road Barney Frank's loving tribute to his political mentor, former Boston Mayor Kevin H. White, who died on Friday:

"He was an enormously important figure for the city, for many of the values I cared about and, in my case, really made a great difference in my life," Frank said. "I was still, when I met him, planning on an academic career, figuring I would dab in politics. He was the one who persuaded me to try fulltime government political work."

"He is the reason I've done what I have done for the past 40 years," Frank said.

White also was the first major state-level political figure to open up the political system to new people, including African-Americans and gays, Frank said.

"He was just the first modern mayor," Frank said.

Road If Xtina's version of "At Last" didn't do it for you, maybe this will. A big voice and a lot of class, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Tonight In NYC: Cyndi Lauper's "Home For The Holidays" To Benefit Homeless LGBT Youth

LauperAndy announced it a month ago, but here's a reminder: Tonight at 8 p.m., Cyndi Lauper takes the stage at the Beacon Theatre in NYC with a whole laundry list of cool people to raise money for the True Colors Fund -- which benefits, among other things, the True Colors Residence, Lauper's uptown, 30-unit housing shelter for homeless LGBT youth.

All of the Fund's activities are devoted to benefiting the homeless LGBT youth population. As Lauper's press release has it:

It is estimated that 20 percent to 40 percent of all homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, yet of the general youth population, only 3 percent to 5 percent do the same. The True Colors Fund is committed to doing what it can to raise awareness about this issue and develop resources to help these young people, most of whom are homeless due to family conflict.

The Fund's mission resonates with all kinds of people, as evidenced by tonight's lineup. What else could convince Lou Reed and Vanessa Carlton to share a stage? Along with Lauper, Reed, and Carlton, tonight's "Home For The Holidays" concert features Norah Jones, Harvey Fierstein, Alan Cumming, Clay Aiken, Carson Kressley, and a whole mess of others. Tix run $30 - $500, and you can still get 'em.

... and if you don't, you can grab Lauper's new single on iTunes, which also benefits the Fund. The song, like the concert, is called "Home For The Holidays," and features Norah Jones.


New York Marriage Equality News Roundup

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The New York Times has published a great lengthy piece on how New York eventually made it to marriage equality.

People celebrated all over New York City last night, including at the Stonewall Inn.

The White House responds: “The president has long believed that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same rights and legal protections as straight couples. That’s why he has called for repeal of the so-called ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ and determined that his administration would no longer defend the constitutionality of DOMA in the courts. The states should determine for themselves how best to uphold the rights of their own citizens. The process in New York worked just as it should.”

After last night's vote, New York state doubled the number of Americans living in a state with marriage equality.

Dn The New York Post buries the news on its cover. The New York Times and And Daily News do not.

NOM continues its hate by pledging $2 million in what it has announced as an attempt to reverse marriage equality in New York.

Watch: Openly gay State Senator Tom Duane's speech for marriage equality, delivered just before the vote last night.

Christine Quinn reacts: "When I was a little girl I dreamed I would one day get married, I never imagined that it would take tonight’s Senate action to make that dream come true. Tonight’s historic Senate vote is a great moment for all New Yorkers.  New York State’s recognition of marriage equality for same sex couples is an extraordinary step towards full equality for LGBT people.  Tonith’s sweet victory in Albany will be felt all across America. At long last, the change we have fought for will be seen in the lives of families throughout our great state, including my own."

NYT: "How Gay Marriage Will Change Couples’ Financial Lives."

Esb The Empire State Building was prepared for the good news.

Lady Gaga tweeted after the vote: "I can't stop crying. We did it kids."

Cyndi Lauper: I have never be prouder to be a lifelong New Yorker than I am today with the passage of marriage equality."

National impact: Fred Sainz of the Human Rights campaign says New York's law "sends the message that marriage equality across the country is a question of 'when,' not 'if.'"

The New York State Catholic Conference: "We strongly uphold the Catholic Church’s clear teaching that we always treat our homosexual brothers and sisters with respect, dignity and love. But we just as strongly affirm that marriage is the joining of one man and one woman in a lifelong, loving union that is open to children, ordered for the good of those children and the spouses themselves. This definition cannot change, though we realize that our beliefs about the nature of marriage will continue to be ridiculed, and that some will even now attempt to enact government sanctions against churches and religious organizations that preach these timeless truths."

Watch a a few truly inspiring and emotional videos of the celebrations, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #910: NY for Marriage Equality Edition

WWII Veteran Edward Hinz, NY Giants Owner Steve Tisch, Cyndi Lauper, and Uma Thurman join the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign as advocates enters the final stretch to achieve equality this week in the Empire State.

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