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Oscars ripple effect

16473234_10154858077966291_7717459406473942745_nThe beauty of the Oscars and the Academy Awards is the culmination of all the bits and pieces to arrive at this point today. Yes there is the glamour, limos, press, red carpet, the award show, the speeches, the fans, security, the after parties. Yet there is more than meets the eye. There is all those people who helped make all these movies and it begins with the story. The tales shared. The stories written.

The journey of storytelling throughout one’s life. From before we are born the stories of the child on its way. The arrival, the stages of a new person. Each of us have stories yet only so many are really told. First those stories need to be written and our society still has so many people who fell in between the cracks in their education who cannot read or write so how do they communicate let alone survive. I know of a close friend who had a young mover who couldn’t write the labels on boxes being moved nor read the words on it. He is 33.

Then there is the time to write. In our explosive age of multiple devices to write on the messages are often just under 50 words. Time is flying. Yet the power of movies. We can watch movies on all these devices so we do love storytellers yet do we support the art of writing in our self and in our families and friends?

I was recently questioned by a sibling do I get paid for writing?  I get paid for certain projects and publications yet not always. I don’t write for the money though I would like it yet I write as I must. I feel the calling. I feel the importance of the power of words used correctly. I dislike when some adults have limited foul mouths spewing degrorative remarks. There is a dictionary of incredible descriptive words to embellish life.

A writer is part of the creative arts like a musician, singer, actor or speaker. To be in the game one must play and practice like an athlete does.

So when we watch the Oscars and go to the movies or watch them on our devices, we are watching the completed project from a thought in a mind to the printed page. Support writers and journalism. Support the arts. Without the voices of people speaking and sharing we leave too much space for those who bark and shout to silence the masses.  The Oscars give us hope that one’s person idea with a lot of help becomes a reality for others to identify with. It is our visual history. It is empowering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pat O’Brien is Honoree of the 8th Annual Experience, Strength and Hope Award

By: Sharoll Jackson

February 23, Los Angeles (The Hollywood Times) 2/23/2017 – Entertainment show anchor, sportscaster, radio legend, and author, Pat O’Brien, was recognized for his sustainable sobriety and his touching and insightful memoir entitled “I’ll Be Right Back After This”.  True to his nature, his story is robust with absorbing and compelling tales about sports legends, celebrities, and his personal struggle and recovery from alcoholism, and it carries a positive message of hope.  The event was held at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Actor, Bruce Davison (X-Men, Insidious 4), hosted the celebration and talked about his  shared history with his friend, Pat.  Like minded narrative was shared by other co-hearts: author DeJuan “DJ” Verrett (Sons of Anarchy) with a spoken word performance; actor Tony Denison as a presenter; singer and performer Sherri Lewis with a musical performance; musician Joe Walsh (The Eagles) as a special guest and presenter; actress Joanna Cassidy (Blade Runner, Who Framed Roger Rabbit) as a presenter, actress Rachelle Carson-Begley and actor/environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. (Bold and Beautiful) as presenters; and comedian and performer Sarge with a comedy routine.  The ambiance of love, humor, support, sensitivity and honor was deepened by the presence of a familial bond that was shared by the entire audience.  O’Brien was deeply appreciative and moved.

The Experience, Strength, and Hope Award event occurs annually created by Writers In Treatment, an organization that supports recovery and the arts.  Founder Leonard Buschel said they were “proud to honor O’Brien at this year’s awards show… his story is poignant and profound … people from all walks will find his successes and misadventures wildly entertaining and inspirational.”

Writers in Treatment’s mission is to help people in the writing industry facing the challenges of alcoholism, drug addiction, and other self-destructive behaviors to find treatment sources for their illness.  In addition, the multi-day REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium is produced by the organization as a platform to provide honest films about the challenges of addiction, alcoholism, mental  disorders, treatment and recovery.

Some of the past honorees include: actress Mackenzie Phillips, Christopher Kennedy Lawford; Academy Award winner, Lou Gossett, Jr; astronaut Buzz Aldrin; co-founder of Duran Duran, John Taylor; acclaimed author, Carrie White; and actor/author Joe Pantoliano.

The inspirational event clearly celebrated a commonality of gratitude and admiration for Pat O’Brien, and his kindness, willingness and courage to share his personal journey and to reach out to anyone to offer help.

 

 

 

ESSENCE’S -The Power Of Our Presence exhibition

ESSENCE AND THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA PRESENT:

“THE POWER OF OUR PRESENCE – AN EXHIBITION CELEBRATING THE 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE 
ESSENCE BLACK WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD AWARDS”
 

NEW YORK (February 2, 2017)Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) Essence, the preeminent brand for African-American women, and the Paley Center for Media are excited to announce “The Power of Our Presence – An Exhibition Celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards.” The exhibit will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Essence’s esteemed Black Women in Hollywood Awards—the annual Oscar-week luncheon at the forefront of spotlighting Hollywood’s most creative and accomplished visionaries. A private opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

The exhibit, a highlight of this year’s Black History Month celebration at the Paley Center, is set to feature costumes from the lead female characters from each of their hit television series, including one of the iconic white coats worn byKerry Washington in Scandal, Tracee Ellis Ross’s scrubs from Black-ish and a costume from Taraji P. Henson’s “Cookie Lion” of Empire.

Archived memorabilia, photos and footage from the luncheon’s nine-year history will be on display, including re-creations of the event’s extraordinary tablescapes, images from past honorees, special video messages from Angela Bassett and Lynn Whitfield, a compilation footage of some the event’s most touching acceptance speeches and much more.

“We are beyond thrilled to partner with the Paley Center to present the Power of Our Presence exhibit—as Essence prepares to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Black Women in Hollywood Awards,” said Essence President Michelle Ebanks. “Experience the magic of the red carpet as it comes to life and shines a spotlight on the most influential and pioneering women in Hollywood.”

“We are so honored to partner with Essence in presenting this powerful exhibit in support of its special milestone anniversary,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President and CEO. “The Paley Center is proud of its ongoing commitment to preserving and celebrating African American achievements in television. This Essence exhibit is a signature part of our Black History Month celebration, which also includes screenings, educational activities and an onsite showcase of our own recent tribute.”

For the past decade, Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards have paid homage to modern image-makers—both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Since its inception in 2008, the awards have honored some of the most cherished figures in the industry, including Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and many more. This year’s event will shift from a daytime luncheon to an evening gala for the first time and will be held at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA, on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

The Power of Our Presence exhibit will be open at the Paley Center’s Beverly Hills location (465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210) from Wednesday, February 8 to Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

For more information about this exhibit, please visit Essence.com orpaley.me/bwih, and follow Essence on TwitterInstagram and Facebook@essence, as well as the Paley Center on Facebook and Twitter @PaleyCenter for more updates.

The Essence Power of our Presence exhibit is presented by AT&T and theMinority Business Development Age

ABOUT ESSENCE COMMUNICATIONS INC.

ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events and online. The company’s flagship publication, Essence magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women, generating brand extensions such as the Essence Festival, Essence Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music, Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, Essence.com, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 46 years, Essence, which has a brand reach of 14.2 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions relating to every area of African-American women’s lives. Additional information about ECI and Essence is available at www.essence.com.

ABOUT THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA

The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the Paley Archive – including special African-American, Hispanic, and LGBT collections – and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit paleycenter.org

HRC GALA TO HONOR THOSE WHO HONOR LGBTQ

ny_dinner_1600x900-2By Seán McCarthy

New York City, NY (The Hollywood Times) 1/30/17 – From the pitch of dark that threatens to engulf, blight and suffocate this country’s spirit of long-and-hard-fought-for human rights, brightly lit beacons glowing with a promise of hope have emerged to take a vital public stand against a now disturbingly visceral wave of venom-riddled racism, bigotry and pig-ignorant discrimination in this the Age of Anxiety.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, has announced that the groundbreaking film Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins, critically acclaimed multi-award-winning actress Meryl Streep, and comedian Seth Meyers will, all three, be honored at the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala on Saturday February 11th 2017 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City at this celebrated annual event raising crucial funds in the fight for full LGBTQ equality. Continue reading “HRC GALA TO HONOR THOSE WHO HONOR LGBTQ”

Join us in Honoring Elizabeth Taylor’s Legacy

Saturday, February 11, 2017

5:30PM Silent Auction | 7:00PM Dinner & Show | 9:30PM Afterparty
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Elizabeth Taylor will be honored posthumously with the Partners for Life Award during the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala on February 11. She joins previously announced honorees, Humanitarian Barbara Keller and Eisenhower Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer, G. Aubrey Serfling and its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Martin J. Massiello. Elizabeth Taylor’s eldest granddaughter, Laela Wilding, will accept the award on behalf of Taylor’s family.
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Pointer Sisters and La Bouche to headline Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala 2017

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Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala 2017

“The Pointer Sisters and La Bouche headline entertainment”

PALM SPRINGS, CA (December 20, 2016) – Over 1,500 D.A.P. supporters will walk the red carpet at the Palm Springs Convention Center when they attend the 2017 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala benefitting Desert AIDS Project on February 11.  The red carpet will be flanked by an art installation featuring the sculptures of Karen & Tony Barone and over 100 D.A.P. volunteers ready to usher the fashionable crowd into the reception or to one of the media fashion outposts near the carpet for interviews with local media and fashion celebrities.

As sculptors, Karen & Tony Barone have amassed a “big” reputation for life-size figurative and larger-than-life metal sculptures in sparkly & shiny paint colors.  The couple built a name making important the things sometimes considered ordinary.

For 23 years, the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala has raised millions of dollars to care for people living with HIV.  First organized by and named for famed interior designer Steve Chase – a former D.A.P. donor, volunteer, and board member – the gala is a highlight of the desert social season.  D.A.P. is proud to welcome a new major sponsor this year – Alta Verde Group and its founder Andrew Adler.

Details are emerging about the exclusive VIP pre-event presented by Patti and Jack Grundhofer with additional sponsorship from Eisenhower Medical Center. The location is the fabled Pond Estate, home to some of the valley’s most memorable fundraisers.  The property was built for Robert and Jo Pond in the late 1980s. Robert Pond co-founded the Palm Springs Air Museum and both he and his wife were active in philanthropy.  The estate features a white Spanish-style mansion and two guest houses creating a retreat compound with a total of 10 bedrooms and 19 bathrooms.

‘The Chase’, as many call the gala, has a reputation among trend setters as one of the few gala events at which attendees are encouraged to have fun and take risks with fashion.

Returning Co-Chairs Dr. Suzanne Quardt, MD, Patrick Jordan, and Dave Morgan promise the same sort of audience frenzy delivered last year by Chaka Khan, who caused the audience to jump out of their seats and join her at the front of the stage to dance while singing along with the iconic performer.  This year everyone is sure to be singing “I’m So Excited” when The Pointer Sisters headline the show!

Patrons of the gala know to pace themselves during the evening so they have energy left for its famous after-party, which will feature performances by the 90s dance duo LaBouche, DJ’s, and a series of tightly guarded surprises revealed as guests dance the night away.

Honorees of this year’s gala will include:

Humanitarian Barbara Keller who served as Steve Chase Co-Chair for seven years and continues to serve on the D.A.P. Board of Directors and Co-Chair of 100 Women annual giving program.

Eisenhower Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer, G. Aubrey Serfling and its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Martin J. Massiello.

Eisenhower Medical Center is a strategic partner in achieving D.A.P.’s Get Tested Coachella Valley’s goals of routinizing HIV testing and linking people diagnosed with HIV to care.

Desert AIDS Project CEO, David Brinkman, spoke recently about the February 11, 2017 gala.  “By attending the 23rd Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, you’re helping to make health happen in the Coachella Valley.  Your compassionate support empowers Desert AIDS Project to think globally and act locally.  By joining us at the Steve Chase, you join us in our commitment to 90-90-90, the bold strategy set forth by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) to end the AIDS epidemic by 2020.”

By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.

People can carry the HIV virus for years and not know it.  The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested.  Your support enables D.A.P.’s Get Tested Coachella Valley program to provide free and confidential HIV testing at hundreds of community events and dozens of test sites – from health fairs and food banks, to Walgreens and D.A.P.’s sexual health clinic, The DOCK.

By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.

When someone with HIV is on the appropriate medications, they become 96% less infectious to others.  Thanks to attendance at the Steve Chase and other fundraising events, Desert AIDS Project ensures that newly-diagnosed HIV positive patients receive the medications they need to survive and thrive, and regular follow-ups to safeguard their well-being.  D.A.P.’s Patient Assistance Program secures critical HIV and other medications at reduced cost.

By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

To suppress the virus to an undetectable level, an individual must start on medication as early as possible and stay on it for a lifetime. This can be challenging when facing other serious challenges.  That’s the driving force behind D.A.P. Total Care – the comprehensive combination of health and wellness services which are uniquely tailored to each individual – including medical, dental, mental health, social services, support groups, substance abuse counseling, and much more – all conveniently provided under one roof at D.A.P.’s Palm Springs location.

Brinkman is looking forward to thanking attendees at the 23rd Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, for sharing D.A.P.’s commitment to this bold strategy, and for becoming D.A.P.’s partner in reaching the end of the epidemic.  Funds raised at the gala will enable Desert AIDS Project’s dedicated team of medical and social service professionals to serve more than 3,600 individuals.  “This is a partnership. Together with the people who support Desert AIDS Project, we’re enhancing the health and wellness of our entire community.”

To buy tickets to the 23rd Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, go to DesertAIDSProject.org or call 760-992-0445.

About Desert AIDS Project

Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) is a Federally Qualified Health Center in Palm Springs, CA offering D.A.P. Total Care – a combination of medical, dental, counseling, social services, support groups, alternative therapies, in-house pharmacy and lab, and other health and wellness services.  D.A.P.’s sexual health clinic, The DOCK, offers STD testing and treatment, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and free HIV and HCV testing. D.A.P.’s Get Tested Coachella Valley campaign, the nation’s first region-wide HIV testing and access to care initiative, was recognized by the White House for helping to bring about an AIDS-free future.  D.A.P. is rated a “Top 20 HIV Charity” by About.com. Visit www.desertaidsproject.org, www.thedockclinic.org, and www.gettestedcoachellavalley.org to learn more.

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Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Honors the Legacy of Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor appears at the Freddie Mercury Tribute concert, Wembley Stadium, London, 20th April 1992. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

“We are, a human race” – Elizabeth Taylor

PALM SPRINGS, CA (January 23, 2017) Elizabeth Taylor will be honored posthumously with the Partners for Life Award during the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala on February 11. She joins already announced honorees, Humanitarian Barbara Keller and Eisenhower Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer, G. Aubrey Serfling and its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Martin J. Massiello. Elizabeth Taylor’s eldest granddaughter, Laela Wilding, will accept the award on behalf of Taylor’s family.

Elizabeth Taylor is remembered as an early leader and advocate for the care of people living with HIV and AIDS. Outraged by the inaction of the government to address the AIDS crisis, Elizabeth Taylor and Dr. Michael Gottlieb partnered with Dr. Mathilde Krim to create amfAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research. The legendary actress and spokesperson for the organization helped amfAR raise hundreds of millions of dollars for AIDS research. In 1991, she started her own organization, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF), to support the provision of direct care and services to people living with HIV and AIDS, often to the most marginalized populations. Today, ETAF also provides funding for HIV prevention education and advocacy programs throughout the world.

“Elizabeth Taylor witnessed the AIDS epidemic ravage the gay community in the early 80’s. The people suffering were her colleagues, her allies, and her friends,” said Joel Goldman, Managing Director of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. “Instead of turning her back and remaining silent like so many, Elizabeth Taylor used her massive platform to fight fear and prejudice, and fight for treatment, and a cure. The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation is proud to continue her legacy and support Desert AIDS Project, an organization that marches on and continues to help those living with HIV.”

Watch ‘Still Fighting’, a video about Elizabeth Taylors legacy

On January 6, Desert AIDS Project announced that it had been awarded a grant for $15,000 from The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in partnership with Macy’s. The grant will be used for clinical and social services programs for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS, helping them to achieve and maintain viral suppression and lead longer, healthier lives.

“We are thrilled to honor Elizabeth Taylor’s legacy of activism and leadership this year. Her compassion is still felt in the lives of D.A.P. clients who will receive care funded by ETAF” said Desert AIDS Project Chief Development Officer, Darrell Tucci. 

To buy tickets to the 23rd Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, go to DesertAIDSProject.org or call 760-992-0445.

About Desert AIDS Project
Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) is a Federally Qualified Health Center in Palm Springs, CA offering D.A.P. Total Care – a combination of medical, dental, counseling, social services, support groups, alternative therapies, in-house pharmacy and lab, and other health and wellness services.  D.A.P.’s sexual health clinic, The DOCK, offers STD testing and treatment, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and free HIV and HCV testing. D.A.P.’s Get Tested Coachella Valley campaign, the nation’s first region-wide HIV testing and access to care initiative, was recognized by the White House for helping to bring about an AIDS-free future.  D.A.P. is rated a “Top 20 HIV Charity” by About.com. Visit www.desertaidsproject.org, www.thedockclinic.org, and www.gettestedcoachellavalley.org to learn more.

About The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation
Elizabeth Taylor established The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) in 1991 to support organizations delivering direct care and services to people living with HIV and AIDS, especially the most marginalized communities. Today, ETAF also provides grants for innovative HIV prevention education and advocacy programs to existing organizations around the world. With key domestic advocacy funding focuses on comprehensive sexual health education and HIV criminalization reform, ETAF continues to bring the marginalized to the center of attention and advocate for their rights.  The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation has granted to more than 675 organizations in 44 countries and nearly all 50 states in the U.S.

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LONI ANDERSON

Stars in New LGBT Themed Comedy Series Distributed by tellofilms 

“MY SISTER IS SO GAY”

A New Comedy About a Family that is Close… but Only If Geography Counts.

Los Angeles, CA, January 2017.- The ever gorgeous and hilarious Loni Anderson stars as Frances, the boozy and inappropriately sexy mother of two middle age children, in the new LGBT themes series dubbed “My Sister is So Gay”.

MY SISTER IS SO GAY premieres January 22,  2017 on Tello Films. Season One features a total of six episodes.

Frances’ gay son Seth (played by Terry Ray), is invaded by his uptight, homophobic sister, Amanda (Wendy Michaels) after she catches her husband with her best friend, Katherine. It just seems she’s way more upset about Katherine cheating on her than her husband. It’s not adding up for Seth, especially when Amanda acts all loopy around his lesbian co-worker, Becca (Debra Wilson). Is his right-winger, homophobic sister gay? And Amanda can’t figure out why Seth’s way younger and very handsome boyfriend is interested in Seth. He seems to have too many secrets. Is he married?

“My Sister is So Gay is a laugh out loud web series.  It has a fun talented cast and we are so excited to be working with Terry and Wendy.  We see their brand of comedy as one that we want to have on our site and plan on other collaborations with them in the future,” says Christin Baker of Tello films.
MY SISTER IS SO GAY was written and created by Terry Ray and Wendy Michaels and is distributed by tello films.
Loni Anderson will always be remembered as Jennifer Marlowe from the hit sitcom WKRP IN CINCINNATI, a role which garnered her 3 Golden Globe and 2 Prime Time Emmy Award nominations. Loni was a regular in 5 more series and has guest starred in numerous other shows and TV movies like the title role in THE JAYNE MANSFIELD STORY. Her films include A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY and STROKER ACE with Burt Reynolds. Her high profile marriage to Burt made them the Brad & Angelina of the 1980s. She is now happily married to Bob Flick, from the folk group The Brothers Four.

Anderson touts “if you want to look young next to your kids teen pregnancy is the way to go. People don’t talk about it, but I think it’s a selling point.”

Debra Wilson has a near cult-like following for her insanely funny impersonations of whacked out Whitney Houston and overly energetic Oprah Winfrey during her several years on MADtv. Actor / Singer Tilky Jones was an original member of the band Take 5 and has recently starred in several TV movies and had a recurring role on the series NASHVILLE. The prolific Sam Irvin is the director of MY SISTER IS SO GAY.

For more info go to: www.tellofilms.com

What George Michael Taught Me

The pop icon showed gay sexuality as complex and real

By Ira Madison III (MTV.com|Twitter)

These days, the preferred method of coming out for celebrities is a glossy magazine cover or, barring the adequate amount of fame, a meticulously worded social media post. But when George Michael divulged the secret of his sexuality to the world, he did it in a nearly seven-minute performance at MTV’s first Europe Music Awards and let the audience decide what they’d heard. The ceremony took place in Berlin on November 24, 1994, commemorating the Berlin Wall’s MTV-documented fall five years earlier. In a leather jacket and his trademark sunglasses, Michael performed “Freedom! ’90,” a rousing anthem of self-discovery that was malleable enough to play as a symbolic kiss-off to the Wall and the past it represented. But Michael’s most vital performance that evening in Berlin was “Jesus to a Child,” a new song that would go on to be the lead single from his third solo album, Older. Four years later, Michael confirmed that the performance, dedicated to his late lover, Anselmo Feleppa, was his quiet coming out ceremony.

To be fair, Michael, who died at the age of 53 on Christmas Day, never truly had to come out. Whether it was the tight denim jeans, the immaculately coiffed hair, or the single dangling earring in an era where that bore significance (a hoop during his Wham! era, a cross when he went solo), the pop icon telegraphed queerness to those who knew what to look for. While Prince, Michael’s contemporary, strutted about the stage in high heels and teased a queer aesthetic provocatively, George Michael’s aesthetic was quietly subversive; he never seemed like he was courting controversy. Michael’s gayness was coded, private, and concealed. Explaining why he rarely appeared without his dark aviator sunglasses, Michael told Rolling Stone in 2011: “I was really overwhelmed, so I lived in sunglasses. I couldn’t make eye contact with people, it was bizarre.”

Michael loved Anita Baker, The Supremes, and Janet Jackson remixes. He told MTV’s Kurt Loder in 1989 that he preferred singing other artists’ songs more than performing his own work live. For gay adolescents who sang along to their favorite pop divas’ songs without replacing the male pronouns — drawing parental concern — Michael provided them with a chance to sing in the tradition of those songs without fear of discovery. His hits “Faith,” “I Want Your Sex,” and “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” if you so choose, are coded messages of a musician giving his fans a safe haven, free of gender pronouns and lyrical ambiguities: “Well, I need someone to hold me / But I’ll wait for something more.”https://medium.com/media/3849e7b21aea98b3ca3dde9b1848435d?postId=a82b6bd4c5e7

I say “if you so choose” because I’m not in the business of ascribing queerness to situations where none exists. But it’s impossible to remove the text of his mid-’80s pop career in Wham! and first two solo albums from the subtext of his sexuality. In a 1998 CNN interview that served as Michael’s official coming out, he said, “I do want people to know that the songs that I wrote when I was with women were really about women.” Interviews with Michael have always had their own bit of apocrypha attached to them; they begged us to question whether he was ever completely telling the truth. In a Rolling Stone profile a decade earlier, Michael addressed the persistent gay rumors, or so readers thought: “I’ve always thought that people speculated so much because I was so quiet about my private life. … What bugs me is that rumor is always accepted as fact.”

Michael’s first gay relationship wasn’t until 1991, but in 1982 he confided in his Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley that he was sexually attracted to men. The songs about women “were really about women,” sure, but on later songs like 1990’s “Freedom,” the lyrical subtext is unmistakable: “There’s something deep inside of me / There’s someone else I’ve got to be.”

Meeting Feleppa changed Michael’s need for invisibility. “I’ve waited for you all those years,” Michael sang in the song he wrote in Feleppa’s memory. It was on tour in Rio that he met Feleppa and fell in love with him. Unfortunately for Michael, his first gay relationship was to be short-lived. Feleppa had AIDS and died two years later of a brain hemorrhage while visiting family in Brazil. The unexpected death of his lover sent Michael into a depression and a bout of writer’s block. The only words he managed to eke out were in a handwritten note to his parents the day after Feleppa’s death, when he finally came out to his parents.

It was nearly two years before Michael was finally able to write a song — “Jesus to a Child.” The lyrics were clearly about how quickly Feleppa had been taken from him: “Heaven sent and heaven stole” and “Just when it began / He took your love away.” Michael performed the song live at the 1994 EMA, broadcasting to the world his anguish over Feleppa’s death. The song, stripped of pronouns, describes Feleppa only as “a love.” But the visceral lyrics — performed with a full orchestra, his leather jacket replaced with a floor-length duster, and iconic sunglasses removed — made it clear that this wasn’t just a song, that they were about someone important to him. Speculation about his sexuality had been dormant during his absence from the pop charts, but “Jesus to a Child” fueled them once again.https://medium.com/media/5acba73f12eb6b45e6ff8ae03c6b595f?postId=a82b6bd4c5e7

While Michael wasn’t a religious man, his lyrics were filled with Catholic imagery; his single cross earring will be immortalized in the pop-culture canon for eternity. And the usage seemed genuine, not sardonic à la Madonna’s juxtaposition of sex and religion. But why, then, did a man who told GQ he “can’t bear Catholicism” wear a cross on his ear? Michael described once finding Feleppa in bed with prayer cards. Of the instance, he said, “I just thought to myself, Please don’t tell me you think you’re going to hell. It makes me so angry and I sincerely hope he didn’t fear that.” Maybe he wore the cross because it was a signal to those fans who loved him, who saw their own struggle with their homosexuality in him, a subversive reminder that they weren’t going to suffer eternal damnation for being themselves. If the cross didn’t burn Michael when he took the stage to honor his lover, it’s proof God loves you, too.

There’s an odd thing that happens when you come out of the closet as a gay man. Someone is always quick to remind you that they always knew, perhaps out of some anxiety or a lack of proper words to say to someone who’s revealing such an intimate part of their identity. But to the person coming out, it can feel like a game of one-upmanship. Michael’s 1998 CNN interview addressed that when he said, “I spent my years growing up being told what my sexuality was really, you know, which is kind of confusing. And then by the time I kinda worked out what it was, and I stopped having relationships with women, I was just so indignant of the way I’d been treated until then. I just thought, Well, I’ll just hold on to this, I don’t think they need to know, I don’t think I should have to tell them.” So his quiet performance in Berlin, a groundbreaking moment in his life, came without much fanfare from Michael himself.

It was not until four years later, when Michael was arrested for “lewd behavior” in a Los Angeles public men’s room, that he publicly came out of the closet. In his now-famous CNN interview, he doesn’t wear his sunglasses as he did in so many interviews prior. “This is as good a time as any,” he said as he announced to the world that he was gay. Later that year, he released the winking single “Outside,” which addressed his penchant for exhibitionist sex. A topic that was sitcom fodder or a B story line on Sex and the City for straight people was still taboo and condemnable for gay men.

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Some wish to neuter or whitewash Michael’s sexual activities that brought his orientation to the fore. But he was never ashamed of them, nor should he have been. Cruising has been a part of the gay community for as long as publicly living our lives has been criminally punishable. And as a man who came of age in the early ’80s, decades before gay hookup apps like Grindr, Michael had to swivel his hips in public in hopes of catching the eye of a sexual partner. Michael once apologized for his cruising incidents and public intoxication arrests, if only because he knew that the media would cover the episodes with a homophobic slant. But he was still unabashed and extremely open about the thrill he found in public sex, or how he and Kenny Goss, his partner for 13 years until 2009, had a nonmonogamous relationship. His candor was powerful, because it showed a complex and realistic example of a gay man that didn’t sanitize himself for the heteronormative public’s comfort. Because Michael was always ahead of his time, it’s odd to hear new gay pop stars like Troye Sivan tell Paper magazine, “Someone like Ricky Martin coming out, or George Michael … I just couldn’t see myself in those people. They were so much older than I was, and, yeah, it was just a different world.” From his sex-positive attitude to throwing himself into visible HIV activism long before it was a mainstream Gap-sponsored movement, Michael lived his life honestly.

Just as Michael honored gay icons like Freddie Mercury who came before him, new gay pop provocateurs could learn from Michael’s example on how to be a gay role model. It doesn’t involve sterilizing yourself; it involves being yourself at all costs. With Michael’s passing, he’s left a legacy of powerful pop music that is no longer hidden in Mattachine code. We will always have the image and the albums of an immaculately talented gay man who presented himself as who he was to the world, even if we didn’t quite yet understand what he was telling us.


Originally published at www.mtv.com.

Human Rights Campaign to Honor Meryl Streep at the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala

merylThe critically-acclaimed actress and LGBTQ-icon will be presented with the HRC Ally for Equality Award for her commitment to the LGBTQ community

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced it will honor critically-acclaimed, multi-award-winning actress Meryl Streep with the organization’s Ally for Equality Award at the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

“Throughout her phenomenal career, Meryl Streep has used her voice to stand up for the LGBTQ community,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Whether through her iconic roles that raised the visibility of LGBTQ people, or by boldly speaking out for equality, Meryl Streep embodies the very nature of what it means to be an ally to our community. We are thrilled to welcome Meryl Streep to the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala and look forward to honoring her with the HRC Ally for Equality Award.” Continue reading “Human Rights Campaign to Honor Meryl Streep at the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala”

Maria Sole Tognazz’s writing and directing will leave all encompassed by Marina and Federica’s life and all that it involves, in an Italian feature film ‘Me, Myself and Her’.

maria-sole-tognazzi-2-e1454941077647By: Kim Kennedy

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 12/15/2016- “I was on a rollercoaster of feelings towards this story, and in the final minute of the film, my opinion took a 180, once again”.

As I sat down with my girlfriend to watch Me, Myself and Her, we were honestly both dubious. Not because the cover of the DVD didn’t deliver an honest, and modern image, but due to the fact we are both actresses, in a same sex relationship, who have watched a lot of movies, and once again the story contained, yes, cheating.

2maria-sole-tognazziWe arrived at opening scene of the film, and were met with English subtitles. I wondered if I could really connect to characters when I couldn’t understand their native tongue. Would I miss anything in their eyes, as I would need to constantly be reading the dialog?

No, is the answer. I was pleasantly surprised. Maria Sole Tognazz writing and directing transport you into a household, making you immediately feel safe and involved in the two women, quickly forgetting that this is an ‘LGBT film’. For me this is hugely important. Cinema isn’t about segregating a group, even if it is with good intentions. It is about depicting true life, or real-to-life issues and circumstances. An Me, Myself and Her did just that.

Margherita Buy and Sabrina Ferilli star as the central couple of Tognazzi’s latest
Margherita Buy and Sabrina Ferilli star as the central couple of Tognazzi’s latest

Aesthetically the locations, wardrobe and casting all were in line with making the story, and Marina and Federica’s life relatable, as much as it is aspirational. Speaking of aesthetics, Arnaldo Catinari’s cinematography, was clearly influenced by his study of architecture, giving us rich and clean lines, of perfectly flawed old buildings and modern interiors.

The story is based around two women in their 50’s. Both deeply in love with each other, 1 marriage with children, 2 careers, 1 cat, a beautiful apartment and 5 years and sadly soon to be an affair, under their belt. We go through every amount of turmoil surrounded by the elephant in the room, no not the cheating, which is obviously the big issue, but the idea of really ashamed or in the closet, whilst in a relationship.

The writing is conversational, without a moment or boring. Its sarcastic and witty. The edit on the film, leaves it feeling fun and fresh, as well as dramatic, almost like a high end TV show. There are moments which I would have enjoyed an indulgent pause, like in most indie to box office movies these days. But that’s just me.

“Not everyone has thought about telling a story with two women over fifty because it is still not accepted really.”
“Not everyone has thought about telling a story with two women over fifty because it is still not accepted really.”

Sabrina Ferilli depiction of the ex actress Marina, who is very comfortable with who she is, takes this film to new heights. She;s charming and watchable, breathing life into every scene to the film. Not that it would be needed, as she stars across from seventime David di Donatello Awards winner, Margherita Buy. Buy’s role, as Federica provides us with the affair, the elephant in the room and emotion in the eyes like no other.

I was blown away with everything about this film, and sad that I was so dubious. It gave me everything I wanted, and not much of what I expected. The final moments of the film, change everything, and most surprisedly, made me feel completely forgiving of Federica. This empathy was nowhere to be seen in the first 100 minutes of the film, leaving me in awe of the writing, direction and acting.

So take a leap, this movie isn’t what you expect. Rent, buy or borrow, Me Myself and Her.

GLAAD Tidings of Great Joy in the Hollywood Hills!–

American writer, performer and talk radio host, Frank DeCaro and Mind to Muscle's Jennifer Kalaitsides discuss the estates sell.
American writer, performer and talk radio host, Frank DeCaro and Mind to Muscle’s Jennifer Kalaitsides discuss the estates sale.

By Dr. Laura Wilhelm and Valerie Milano

Fun picture booth
Fun picture booth

Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 12/13/16 – GLAAD Tidings was excited to greet many guests at its recent indoor/outdoor gala sponsored by ANR Development Company, Google, Ketel One Vodka, and Southwest Airlines on the evening of Sunday, December 11th, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. at a multimillion-dollar Hollywood Hills private estate that is actually on the market to sell.  If interested, let me know and the Company will donate $25k to GLAAD.

Jackets were de rigeur poolside at this ultra chic event featuring DJ Derek Monteiro and a silent auction where one could find those last-minute holiday gifts from Hilton, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Southwest Airlines, and TASCHEN.
All proceeds from GLAAD Tidings support GLAAD’s critical media programs that work to end hate and accelerate LGBTQ acceptance worldwide. The need to defend the progress GLAAD has achieved has seldom been greater!
Candis Cayne and Milano happy to share GLAAD Tidings and Cayne's new adventures
Candis Cayne and Milano happy to share GLAAD Tidings and Cayne’s new adventures

Thanks to all who turned out for taking this brave stand. Your support can help change hearts and minds!

GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished towards cultural change and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.
Event Co-Chairs: CANDIS CAYNE CHRIS FRALEY TOM WHITMAN
About Candis Cayne:
Candis Cayne is an American actress and performance artist. Cayne was known to perform in New York City nightclubs in drag since the 1990s, and started her transition to a trans woman in 1996

 

TransCanWork and El Pollo Loco franchisee to host The Second Annual  TransCanWork Christmas Holiday Celebration  covering Los Angeles & Ventura Counties

 
WHAT:  
Michaela Mendelsohn, founder of the California Transgender Work Project (CTWP) transcanwork.org and a longtime El Pollo Loco franchise operator and CEO of Pollo West Corp., with six restaurants in Southern California, is hosting the Second Annual Transcanwork Christmas Holiday Celebration in association with St John’s Hospital.
The special event is open to the transgender and gender nonconforming (GNC) communities.
Individuals wishing to attend will need to take their mobile device to the register  at any of the six participating El Pollo Loco locations, check-in & show they “Like” the FB page of the location they are in. The offier is good for one meal under $10 and cannot be combined with any other offer or coupon.
 
WHEN:
December 24, 2016
10:00am t’il 8:00pm.
 
WHERE:
Alll six of Michaela’s El Pollo Loco locations.
  1. 17240 Saticoy, Van Nuys, CA
  2. 7851 Foothill Blvd, Sunhill CA
  3. 5050 Kanan Rd, Aguorra Hills, CA 
  4. 1545 S Western, Los Angeles, CA
  5. 3750 W 5th St, Oxnard, CA
  6. 1722 S Victoria, Ventura, CA
WHY:
On December 8, 2016 the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) released their groundbreaking nationwide survey.
Among the issues facing our transgender population is a rate of unemployment over three times the rate of the general population.
The CTWP program is designed to be a solution, putting transgender and gender non conforming individuals back to work and in their “true gender identity.”
In addition, according to the report 40% of transgender (TG) and GNC respondents have attempted suicide.
The Holiday season is a particularly difficult time for TG and GNC individuals who do not have a supportive family to spend the holidays with.
“In the work I do as a Board Member and crisis line volunteer at the Trevor Project, I realize what a difficult time this is for so many of us who are transgender. If I can do something small, like giving them an ‘affirming’ place to have a delicious hot meal, it only warms my heart in the process,“ says Michaela Mendelsohn.
 
A special donation page has been set up via the Transcanwork.org website raising funds for the Xmas Celebration and, beyond the Holidays, to help with the administrative costs to keep the project going.
Donations can be made at: transcanwork.org/donate
WHO:
Mendelsohn, the first transgender member of the L.A. Workforce Development Board,  is the founder of the California Transgender Work Project (CTWP) transcanwork.org – a program formed with the mission of promoting a trans positive work climate throughout the state of California – in association with the TransLatina Coalition, LALGBT Center, ST. John’s Hospital, APAIT, and the California Restaurant Association (CRA).
The primary effort this year in partnership with the CRA is focused towards the California restaurant industry consisting of 96,00 restaurants  1,7 million employees and 30 million customers.
Mendelsohn is in a unique position to teach on the subject and help others break barriers – her restaurant teams now include transgender employees including hispanic transgender women.
She is also on the board of the Trevor Project, a national organization devoted to eliminating suicide among LGBT youth.
And she served as a consultant to the series “Orange is the New Black.”
IN THE PRESS:
Mendelsohn’s incredible story and professional endeavor continue to make headlines with recent stories published in high profile media outlets including:
NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/10/19/494102719/california-restaurants-launch-nations-first-transgender-jobs-program

HISTORY MAKING SAME-SEX COUPLE NATE & JARED  FEATURED IN HILLARY CLINTON’S VITAL PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN COMMERCIALS  TO SIGN NEW BOOK AT BOOK SOUP DECEMBER 9

 
 
WHAT:
Meet Jared and Nate and hear their inspiring story on December 9th at Book Soup!
 
Jared Milrad (jaredmilrad.com) and Nathan Johnson (jaredandnate.com) –  the history making same-sex couple featured in Hillary Clinton’s viral presidential campaign commercials (“Getting Started,” “Equal”) with 10 million+ views worldwide – will discuss their widely anticipated new book, “So, You Want To Get (Gay) Married,” (now available for sale at howtogetgaymarried.com). 
 
WHO: 
Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson are the first openly gay couple to appear in a major presidential campaign commercial. The pair has been profiled in numerous media outlets around the world, including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, BBC News, The Guardian, The Times of London, TIME, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, and ABC News.
 
In this humorous and witty guidebook for the unhitched, Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson share practical tips on how to tie the same-sex knot, while barely remaining sane and relationship savvy along the way. Jared and Nathan wrote, “So, You Want To Get (Gay) Married” as an honest exploration of life as a Millennial couple in the United States, even when one happens to get thrust into an international spotlight just weeks before their wedding.
 
WHEN: 
Friday, December 9 
7:00pm to 8:30pm
 
This event is open to the public and is free.
 
WHERE:
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069 – 310.659.3110 / jramos@booksoup.com

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER HOSTED 25TH ANNUAL WOMEN IN ENTERTAINMENT BREAKFAST HONORING TINA FEY AND RYAN MURPHY

 

Tina Fey, recipient of the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award
Tina Fey, recipient of the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award

Megyn Kelly Delivered Opening Remarks at Star-Studded Event Presented by Lifetime  

Emma Stone and Simone Biles Presented Scholarships Provided by Chuck Lorre Family Foundation 

Eva Longoria, Lea Michele and Felicity Huffman among Those in Attendance to Celebrate Accomplishments of Women in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES, December 7, 2016 – The Hollywood Reporter hosted its 25th Annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast today, honoring Tina Fey with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award and Ryan Murphy with the inaugural Equity in Entertainment Award.  The event – which was held at Milk Studios in Los Angeles – was presented by Lifetime, and coincides with the publication of The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Power 100 Women in Entertainment list. Continue reading “THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER HOSTED 25TH ANNUAL WOMEN IN ENTERTAINMENT BREAKFAST HONORING TINA FEY AND RYAN MURPHY”

A Message from the Elton John Foundation

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is proud to have been identified as the top funder of LGBTQ programs in the Southern United States according to a new report by Funders for LGBTQ Issues, the sole organization dedicated exclusively to increasing institutional giving for LGBTQ issues.

EJAF topped the list of philanthropic funders of LGBTQ programs in the South at more than $1.7 million in investments during 2013-2014. For EJAF, funding LGBTQ-focused programs is particularly important because homophobia and transphobia are two of the most significant drivers of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and LGBTQ people are among the populations at highest risk for HIV infection.

“We are proud to be the largest funder of LGBTQ programs in the U.S. South, but we believe the foundation community and corporate funders can and must do more,” said EJAF Chairman David Furnish. “Every foundation on this list, should see this as a challenge to help even more people gain access to the programs and services they need. We will continue to mobilize resources to create creative and courageous programming that advance the health and rights of LGBTQ communities.”

We are deeply grateful to all of our generous and loyal donors for supporting EJAF’s lifesaving work.

Same-Sex Couple to Sign New Book on December 9th at West Hollywood’s Book Soup

booksoup17by Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural
West Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 11/18/16 – Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson, the history-making same-sex couple featured in Hillary Clinton’s viral presidential campaign commercials, will sign and discuss their widely anticipated new book SO, YOU WANT TO GET (GAY) MARRIED at West Hollywood’s Book Soup located at 8818 Sunset Boulevard on Friday, December 9th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The book is available for sale at howtogetgaymarried.com.
With a JD from Boston’s Northeastern Law School and roots in New York City, Milrad, 31, has worked in law, liberal politics, and the labor movement. Johnson, 30, has built a career in health care consulting as a native of Michigan. Despite the many differences, both care deeply about the world.
Nathan Johnson and Jared Milrad were the male same-sex couple in the Hillary Clinton campaign video. (Photo courtesy of Jared Milrad)
Nathan Johnson and Jared Milrad were the male same-sex couple in the Hillary Clinton campaign video. (Photo courtesy of Jared Milrad)

“Growing up in rural Michigan, I didn’t have many openly LGBTQ role models in my community,” said Nathan Johnson. “I was proud to co-author this book to share our story with the world, and importantly, to let young people of all backgrounds know that even in the face of setbacks, there is hope – and there are always people who have walked your path.”

Jared and Nathan are the first openly gay couple to appear in a major presidential campaign commercial. The pair has been profiled in numerous media outlets around the world, including THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, BBC NEWS, TIME, ABC, CBS, and NBC NEWS.
In this humorous and witty guidebook for the unhitched, Jared and Nathan share practical tips on how to tie the same-sex knot while barely remaining sane. They wrote the book as an honest exploration of life as a Millennial couple in the United States, even when one happens to get thrust into the international spotlight just weeks before the wedding!
Hillary Clinton Gay Couple: Meet Jared Milrad And Nathan Johnson, Engaged To Be Married This Summer
Hillary Clinton Gay Couple: Meet Jared Milrad And Nathan Johnson, Engaged To Be Married This Summer

“At a time when many members of the LGBTQ community are fearful about what’s next for our community, we wrote SO, YOU WANT TO GET (GAY) MARRIED not only to share our story as a same-sex couple, but also to inspire LGBTQ youth and allies to be open, proud, and vocal advocates for our civil equality. We look forward to meeting with members of the community on December 9th in West Hollywood,” said Jared Milrad.

The event is free and open to the public. Please call Book Soup at 310-659-3110 for further details.

GLAAD launches a bilingual report on Spanish-Language Television in the United States

Nearly Invisible is the first GLAAD report that analyzes the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) characters in primetime Spanish-language scripted television airing in the United States between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. The report also analyzed the inclusion of characters of African and indigenous descent as well as characters with disabilities.
 

Below are some of the findings from this report:

  • Of the 516 characters on scripted primetime series, there were 14 LGBTQ characters across the three networks.
  • The overall percentage of LGBTQ characters on scripted primetime series was 3%.
  • Ten of the 14 (74%) LGBTQ characters were gay men, 2 of them (14%) were bisexual women and 1 (7%) was a lesbian.
  • No bisexual men were represented across the networks.
  • Additionally, there was 1 straight transgender woman (7%), no transgender men were represented in primetime series.
  • Of these 516 characters we found that 15 (3%) were of African descent.
  • However, only two (14%) of the LGBTQ characters were of African descent as presented in character descriptions and confirmed by the networks.
  • Additionally, one character (0.19%) was of indigenous descent identified by character descriptions and network press. None of the LGBTQ characters were reported to be of indigenous descent (According to the International Work Group on Indigenous Affairs, there are approximately 40,000,000 people in Latin America and the Caribbean that belong to the over 600 identified indigenous peoples in the region.)
  • In addition, of the 516 characters across the three networks, 14 (3%) were presented with a disability, however none of these characters were also identified as LGBTQ.

Abajo algunas de las concluciones del informe:

  • De los 516 personajes en series con guíon, 14 eran LGBTQ.
  • El porcentaje de personajes LGBTQ en las novelas durante la hora estelar es 3%.
  • 10 de estos 14 (72%) personajes LGBTQ que aparecieron en las tres cadenas de televisión, fueron hombres gays, dos (14%) fueron mujeres bisexuales y una (7%) fue una mujer lesbiana.
  • Ningún hombre bisexual fue representado en estas series en hora estelar.
  • Adicionalmente, una mujer transgénero heterosexual (7%) fue representada.
  • Ningún hombre transgénero fue representado en estas series en hora estelar.
  • De estos 516 personajes, 15 (3%) fueron de ascendencia africana. Adicionalmente, dos (14%) de los personajes LGBTQ fueron de ascendencia africana de acuerdo a las descripciones de los personajes y confirmado por los canales.
  • Solo uno (0,19%) fue representado de ascendencia indígena según están identificados por el historial del personaje y comunicados de las cadenas. Ningún personaje LGBTQ presentado fue de ascendencia indígena (según el Grupo Laboral Internacional de Asuntos Indígenas, hay aproximadamente 40.000.000 de personas en Latinoamérica y el Caribe que pertenecen a los más de 600 pueblos indígenas de la región).
  • Adicionalmente, de estos 516 personajes en las tres cadenas de televisión 14, o 3%, fueron representados teniendo alguna discapacidad, pero ninguno de estos personajes visto este año fueron identificados como LGBTQ.

GLAAD’s first report on primetime scripted programming on Spanish-language televison intends to inform regional conversations about inclusive LGBTQ representation, and also informs GLAAD’s own advocacy within the television industry. GLAAD will use this report as a baseline to measure any progress made to the stories and images being presented by Spanish-language television networks, and to encourage networks to include representation that is inclusive of complex characters that are LGBTQ, racially and ethnically diverse and have visible and invisible disabilities. The next report on Spanish-language television will be released in 2017.

El primer informe que analiza la programación con guión en hora estelar en la televisión en español propone informar conversaciones regionales acerca de la representación LGBTQ inclusiva, pero también impacta la abogacía que hace GLAAD con los productores de la industria. GLAAD utilizará este informe como una herramienta para medir cualquier progreso se hace en cuanto a las historias e imagines que son presentadas en la televisión en español y también para abogar para que se incluyan personajes complejos que son LGBTQ, diversos en raza y etnia, y tienen discapacidades visibles e invisibles. El próximo informe acerca de la televisión en español con guión será publicado en el 2017.

The Human Rights Campaign’s 5th Annual Chefs for Equality

cfe-2016-homepage-1600x900By Kate Kight

Washington, DC (The Hollywood Times) 10/27/16 – Just two weeks before a divisive national election that will greatly impact the future of LGBT rights, one might expect palpable stress at an HRC event. Yet if the DC politicos attending the event were carrying the weight of the election, it dissipated quickly. Chefs for Equality was a moment of unrepentant joy in the midst of election gloom, celebrating the artistry of D.C.’s foodie culture and the strength of D.C.’s LGBT community. Continue reading “The Human Rights Campaign’s 5th Annual Chefs for Equality”