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ABC Greenlights LGBT History Miniseries “When We Rise”.

Gay Rights

Deadline reports that ABC has greenlit an upcoming miniseries about the history of the gay rights movement from its “turbulent infancy” to the present.

ABC is reassembling the team of the 2008 movie Milk for another project about the gay rights movement, eight-hour miniseries When We Rise. Milk director Gus Van Sant has joined the mini, written/executive produced by Milk writer Dustin Lance Black and executive produced by the film’s producer Bruce Cohen. The project, which had been in development at ABC for more than two years, has now been officially greenlighted for production with Van Sant directing the first two-hour episode. He will executive produce the mini alongside Black, Cohen and Laurence Mark.

So 46 years covered in 8 hours.  Good luck.

Lets hope that Dustin Lance Black actually does some research unlike that of Roland Emmerich.  After all Black won’t have “The Life and Times of Harvey Milk” to adapt this time. And as we know from Emmerich’s “Stonewall” and the flap surrounding it that the events of that night have not been well documented and have been re-written many times.


HBO’s “LOOKING” Actor Russell Tovey: “”I feel like I could have been really effeminate” – Could have?

Tovey is  Queen


“I feel like I could have been really effeminate, if I hadn’t gone to the school I went to. Where I felt like I had to toughen up. If I’d have been able to relax, prance around, sing in the street, I might be a different person now. I thank my dad for that, for not allowing me to go down that path. Because it’s probably given me the unique quality that people think I have. I get told, a lot, that I’m kind of carving my own path. That there are not many actors who are out and are able to play straight, and gay, and everyone’s OK with it.” – Looking star Russell Tovey, speaking to he Guardian..

Could have?  Come off it Tovey you are definitely not the butchest gay in the village.


Openly Lesbian Pop Icon Lesley Gore Dies At Age 68

Leslie Gore


Via the Associated Press:

A singer-songwriter who topped the charts in 1963 with her epic song of teenage angst “It’s My Party” and followed it up with the hits “Judy’s Turn to Cry” and “You Don’t Own Me” has died. Lesley Gore was 68. According to her partner of 33 years, Gore died Monday of cancer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Brooklyn-born and New Jersey-raised, Gore was discovered by Quincy Jones as a teenager and signed to Mercury Records. Gore’s other hits include “She’s A Fool,” “That’s the Way Boys Are” and “Maybe I Know.”

Leslie Gore also composed songs for the soundtrack of the 1980 film Fame, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for “Out Here on My Own”, written with her brother Michael. Michael won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the theme song of the same film.

In 2005, Gore recorded Ever Since (her first album of new material since Love Me By Name in 1976), with producer/songwriter Blake Morgan, for the small independent label Engine Company Records. In addition to extensive national radio coverage and critical acclaim from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, and other national press, three songs from Ever Since have been used in television shows and films: “Better Angels”, in CSI: Miami’s fourth season premiere episode; “Words We Don’t Say”, in an episode of The L Word; and “It’s Gone”, in the Jeff Lipsky-directed film Flannel Pajamas.

Beginning in 2004, Leslie Gore hosted the PBS television series In the Life, which focused on LGBT issues and in a 2005 interview abnnounced that she was a lesbian. Gore had been living with her partner for more than 23 years.

Leslie Gore passed away today Monday, February 16, 2015 at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, New York City of cancer


Lesley Gore- “You Don’t Own Me” Live (1964)

The Full Trailer for “Into The Woods” Released With Singing! (Sort Of.) – Video

I’m not overly excited from what I see.  Streep is no Bernadette Peters and Johnny Depp as the Wolf.  UGH.

Well. it may be lacklustre but it probably won’t be an abomination.

And the original Broadway version isn’t going anywhere. (Available on DVD at Amazon.comInto the Woods)

In the words of another great lyricist:  “You can’t take that away from me.”


Openly Gay Singer/Songwriter Matt Gold “Appreciated” (Video) – SUPPORT LGBT ARTIST!

Matt Gold Appreciated

Openly gay singer/songwriter Matt Gold is back with “Appreciated,” the first single and video from his upcoming EP “Let It Out.”

The video is an animated extravaganza of cheerfulness and joy and highlights the single’s feel-good theme of appreciation for the magic that surrounds us every day. A slight shift in perspective can take the most mundane day and make it something special.

Known for his soaring melodies, Gold’s plaintive voice compliments his musical compositions with lyrics that strike deeply into the listener’s life. “Appreciated” is upbeat and radio-friendly.

“I’m very excited to show the brighter side of my music,” said Gold. “Life is what you make it. If you look for the innate good in people, everything around you shifts. To make a positive change in the world, sometimes you have to change your point of view.”

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OMFG WATCH IT!: RAMBO, But Gay: The Musical. (They had me at “discharge”)

RAMBO, But Gay  The Musical

Sure there’s blood in guts and a super soapy shower scene in this version of Rambo from Michael Serrato (former cast member  of Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show) .and Mark Byers, but in this musical version the audience is asked to reexamine what it is to be a man and what it is to be manly. This post DOMA tinkering of war veteran, John Rambo is hopefully just the first exploration of “Manly, But Gay” that Serrato and Byers get to tell.

The Nerdist has a review:

From one of the brilliantly twisted minds that brought you Neil’s Puppet Dreams comes the retelling of Rambo you never knew you needed, complete with three musical numbers and more homoerotic subtext than a Whitesnake music video: Michael Serrato’s Rambo…But Gay. Okay, maybe subtext is a generous term, but as Serrato explains in the video, he wanted to take something that society has branded to be hypermasculine and hyper-heterosexual and give it a gay retelling. The result is a campy, over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek take on Rambo’s bloody revenge saga, but with way better choreography and wardrobe.

Absolutely fucking brilliantly hysterical, or hysterically brilliant. I can’t decide.

This is all kinds of fabuloucity. They had me at “discharge”.


VH1 Divas: Adam Lambert, Keli Rowland and Keli Hilson Tribute To Donna Summer – Video

It should have been an Adam Lambert solo tribute to Donna Summer.  He was the only diva on on stage with the vocal range to cover her.


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Pet Shop Boys To Perform Piece Honoring Persecuted Gay Genius Alan Turing With The BBC Philharmonic

The Pet Shop Boys have been working with and presenting with the  BBC Philharmonic on December 6th a piece of music honoring the brilliant WW2 codebreaker Alan Turing.

Turning who is widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence and was criminal prosecution in 1952, when homosexual acts were still illegal in the United Kingdom which many say let to his unfortunate suicide in 1954.  As Neil Tennant says: “A terrible story. Of course the reason they won’t pardon Alan Turing is because they’d have to pardon all those homosexual men. Well why don’t they? Why don’t they pardon them all, actually?”

In September of 2009, following an intense Internet campaign, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the British government for “the appalling way he (Turning) was treated”.

As of May 2012 a private member’s bill still sits before the House of Lords which would grant Turing a statutory pardon if enacted.

Comic Alan Sues Dies At Age 85 – Uncle Al Will Always Be The Kiddies Pal

Alan Sues, best known for his flamboyant comedic style and is best known as a cast member on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” the top-rated shows on television in the late 1960s, died on Thursday at the age of 85 years old.

The New York Times notes that Alan  never  came out for fear of losing work in Hollywood.

“It wasn’t because he was ashamed of being gay; it was because he was surviving as a performer,” Mr. Michaud said in a telephone interview, adding that Mr. Sues’ was actually an inspiration to many gay viewers. “Many gay men came up to him and said how important he was when they were young because he was the only gay man they could see on television,” Mr. Michaud said.

So sad that he had to stay hidden then and so sad that many in Hollywood feel as though they still have to stay hidden 40 years later.

Rest In peace Alan.  And thanks for the laughs