Also, enjoy a few more photos from the pride parade, these taken by Jonathan Kendall.
April 14, 2014 in Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Fashion, Film, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Marriage, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Music, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Television, Theater, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
Above, grand marshals Gloria Estefan and director-choreographer Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) join the Miami Beach Gay Pride committee Sunday afternoon after the big parade on Ocean Drive.
Tens of thousands attended the festivities, the sixth annual gay pride celebration in South Beach.
Click here to view and tag hundreds of photos on Facebook. Photos by Steve Rothaus / Miami Herald Staff.
April 13, 2014 in AIDS and Health, Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Fashion, Film, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Marriage, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Music, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Television, Theater, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
LOS ANGELES -- Jennifer Lopez has added a couple of more trophies to her block.
The pop star and "American Idol" judge was honored Saturday night at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards with the Vanguard Award, which lauds efforts to increase visibility and understanding of the gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender community. In addition to being an outspoken advocate for gay rights, Lopez serves as executive producer of the ABC Family series "The Fosters," which centers on a lesbian couple raising their children. "The Fosters" also won the award for outstanding drama series.
Other winners at the Beverly Hilton Hotel ceremony included NBC's "Days of Our Lives" for daily drama, Fuse's "Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce" for reality program, Tegan and Sara for music artist and "Young Avengers" for comic book. "Bridegroom" and "Call Me Kuchu" tied for the outstanding documentary trophy.
"Orange is the New Black" star Laverne Cox was presented with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is given to a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender member of the entertainment community. Previous recipients include Wanda Sykes, Rufus Wainwright, Melissa Etheridge, Ellen DeGeneres and Ian McKellen.
Norman Lear, the veteran producer of such sitcoms as "All in the Family" and "Maude," was honored with the Pioneer Award.
The awards salute fair, accurate and inclusive representation in media of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives. Other winners will be presented at a New York ceremony on May 3.
Hundreds filled Backstage at The Fillmore in Miami Beach Wednesday night as Unity Coalition, Miami-Dade County's Hispanic LGBT-rights group, held its annual Leaders, Legends & Lovelies Ball.
Above, artistic director David Chacón Perez; Pedro Pablo Peña, founder and artistic director of the International Ballet Festival of Miami; and Barbra Streisand/Kristin Chenoweth director Richard Jay-Alexander.
At right, Sebrina Maria Alfonso, founder and conductor of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra.
Click here to view a complete gallery from Wednesday's packed party. Photos by Steve Rothaus / Miami Herald Staff.
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
Richard Jay-Alexander is equally at home in Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall directing Barbra Streisand and Kristin Chenoweth, or in a South Beach gay bar listening to off-key karaoke.
“I support the arts. I go to things. Not just the big touring shows. I go to the little companies. I’ll go into the Design District. I’ll go see stuff at the little theater at the Arsht. I’m interested,” says Jay-Alexander, a full-time Miami Beach resident. “I am a busman’s holiday. So when people say, ‘What do you do to relax?’ It’s not like I have a coin collection or I go fishing. I’m reading a script or listening to a new musical. Or catching up on a singer. I love pop culture.”
Jay-Alexander has been part of the local scene for more than 20 years. His first friend here: Charles Cinnamon, dean of South Florida show-biz publicists. “To me, the most important person in my life in South Florida and the longest in terms of my heart and career choice is Charlie Cinnamon.”
On Wednesday, Cinnamon will accompany Jay-Alexander as he accepts a Legends Honor arts award from Unity Coalition, South Florida’s Hispanic LGBT rights group, at its annual Leaders, Legends & Lovelies Ball. Other 2014 honorees are Sebrina Maria Alfonso, founder and conductor of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra; producer and artistic director David Chacón Perez; and Pedro Pablo Peña, founder and artistic director of the International Ballet Festival of Miami.
Growing up as “Dickie Fernandez” in Syracuse, N.Y., Jay-Alexander says Unity Coalition's mission “speaks to me and I need to bang the drum a little bit.”
“I am Latino,” he says. “I’m Richard Jay-Alexander but I was born Richard A. Fernandez. Richard Alexander Fernandez.” He changed his name to join Actor’s Equity – the unions already represented actors named Richard Fernandez and Richard Alexander. He’s known as Richard Jay-.
Jay-Alexander says he grew up gay and bullied. “I was beat up. I still have a chip in my tooth that I kept on purpose to remind me of where I came from.”
After earning a theater degree in 1974 from State University of New York at Oswego, Jay-Alexander moved to New York City and got small acting jobs in the plays Zoot Suit and Amadeus. He soon became a dance captain and stage manager in producer Cameron Mackintosh’s organization.
His big break came in 1987, as executive producer and associate director of Mackintosh’s huge musical hit, Les Misérables.
In 1996, Jay-Alexander cast former Menudo singer Ricky Martin as Marius. “Everybody thought I was nuts to bring him to Broadway. They thought I was insane because nobody heard of him,” he says. “I saw him at Radio City Music Hall and got on my hands and knees and said, ‘Please come do this show.’”
Jay-Alexander says he and nightlife promoter Debbie Ohanian helped connect Martin with Miami composer Desmond Child, who in 1999 wrote the Latin singer’s first big English-language hit, Livin’ La Vida Loca.
After a falling out with Mackintosh, Jay-Alexander reinvented himself as a concert and recording director, working with musical stars including Bernadette Peters, Polly Bergen and Johnny Mathis.
In 2000, Streisand hired Jay-Alexander to take over direction of her “Timeless” tour. Their relationship blossomed and since then he has co-directed (with Streisand) all of her world tours.
“That girl has captured my heart,” he says of Streisand. “As I always say to people, I like her so much I forget how talented she is. Then she opens that mouth when we are working. It’s just a pretty spectacular experience.”
This week, he directed Streisand’s younger half-sister, Roslyn Kind, for her sold-out opening at New York City nightclub 54 Below. He has also worked with Bette Midler, Donna McKechnie and Chenoweth, who appears April 14 on Bravo TV’s Watch What Happens Live, with Andy Cohen, Real Housewife Vicki Gunvalson – and Jay-Alexander as “guest bartender.”
On May 3, Chenoweth performs at Carnegie Hall in a Jay-Alexander-directed concert, “The Evolution of a Soprano.”
“He has given me confidence, and has complete and utter belief in my talent,” Chenoweth tells the Miami Herald. “I have complete and utter confidence in him and his gifts.” (Scroll below for the complete quote.)
Jay-Alexander is confident and no-nonsense, particularly when it comes to his reputation.
“I’m passionate. It’s genuine. It gets me in trouble a lot, actually. Sometimes people can’t take it. I’m a tornado. You get a lot with me,” he says. “It’s a lot for people to handle and sometimes it’s like ‘We love you, but don’t get too close. We want you, but do it our way.’ I’ve learned to detect this now so I don’t get in trouble when I get hired. It’s hard. If you hire me, you have to be absolutely sure about what you want.”
Jay-Alexander is also not shy.
“The one huge thing that I teach people now is that in the morning, you open the door, wave to your neighbors and you plié for the paper. No more bending over at 60. I plié for the Miami Herald, I plié for The New York Times, I plié for The Hollywood Reporter, I plié for Variety and I close my door and I’m in my own world for the first two hours of the day.”
IF YOU GO
The Leaders, Legends & Lovelies Ball is 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday at the Fillmore Miami Beach. Tickets $100. Click here to buy tickets.
In the video below, Richard Jay-Alexander sings at the New Year’s Eve 2012 Miami Beach wedding reception of TV weather anchor Sam Champion and artist Rubem Robierb.
Kristin Chenoweth on what it's like working with Richard Jay-Alexander:
It's a easy answer.
It's also a long winded one.
He is a bad influence on any trip to a mall. Or restaurant. He gets me to buy things I don't need.
He gets me to eat things I don't like!
However. In a rehearsal hall, he is invaluable. He has encouraged me to 'let go' of material that audiences expect of me. He has encouraged me and more importantly , Given me permission to try songs I would never normally touch, and tell my 'truth.' He has pushed me to greater heights more than I ever thought possible. He has given me confidence, and has complete and utter belief in my talent. I have complete and utter confidence in HIM and his gifts. He understands music at its deepest level, and he understands a true artist's process. He works with all his artists differently though, because each of us has our own process. That is another talent he processes....
Whoever he’s working with he gives of himself 100 percent. There is no stone unturned ,and Richard Jay works more diligently than me and I'm a crazy person, type A personality! He constantly impresses me with his knowledge of HISTORY of any given song.
So, while he may be a detriment to me when we've been to the mall, I can't imagine not having my Richard Jay to go through my concert life together. He is one of a kind. Singular. And he holds my heart. "
April 08, 2014 in Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Fashion, Film, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Marriage, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Music, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Television, Theater, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
News release from Care Resource:
Care Resource is proud to present the 26th Annual AIDS Walk Miami: One Step Closer to the Cure on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Miami Beach Convention Center located on 1901 Convention Center Drive.
Joining the Walk this year as Master of Ceremonies is Mayor of Miami Beach, Philip Levine and our Grand Marshal is television personality Alexia Echevarria from the Bravo Network’s hit reality show ‘The Real Housewives of Miami’.
“I am honored to have been selected to be the grand Marshall of the AIDS WALK MIAMI. I feel that by fundraising efforts like this kind I can help raise awareness, bring hope and build a sense of community. Many People living with HIV/AIDS in our community simply cannot afford medical care and treatment and need our help.”
The 26th Annual AIDS Walk Miami is a 5K (3.1 miles) walk-a-thon fundraiser benefiting Care Resource and the Food for Life Network. All funds raised from the Walk help benefit Miami-Dade and Broward Counties diverse communities in need. HIV care and treatment is becoming increasingly effective but new HIV infection rates in Miami-Dade and Broward still rank the highest in the nation.
AIDS Walk Miami is one of the oldest and largest AIDS walks in the country. In 2013, this annual fundraiser helped make it possible for Care Resource to:
- Serve over 79,850 client encounters with over 17,224 medical visits to 5,426 patients.
- Perform over 13,895 HIV and STD screenings.
- Deliver over 25,150 meals to home-bound clients.
- Extend dental services to over 1,307 clients through 4,837 dental visits.
- Open a *NEW* Care Resource office in Miami Beach.
The Walk starts outside the Miami Beach Convention Center and ends at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. To show solidarity, walkers are encouraged to wear their red shoes. Registration begins at 8:00am. The walk begins promptly at 9:00am. To register online, visitwww.aidswalkmiami.org.
ABOUT ALEXIA ECHEVARRIA
Alexia Echevarria personifies Miami fashion and Latin-American culture. She is a multilingual businesswoman and television personality on Bravo Network’s hit reality show ‘The Real Housewives of Miami.’ She is also the Executive Editor and face of Venue magazine – a national luxury-lifestyle Latin publication that in 7 years has become one of Miami’s eminent authorities on luxury, fashion, celebrities and culture.
ABOUT CARE RESOURCE
Care Resource is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides comprehensive primary medical and preventive care, including health, oral and mental health/substance abuse services to all individuals in our community.
Our Mission: “Through education, prevention, research, care, treatment and support services, Care Resource’s mission is to improve the health and overall quality of life for our diverse South Florida communities in need. “
Care Resource is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with demonstrated excellence in the multicultural field of HIV/AIDS and it works to fulfill its mission and have a positive impact on Miami-Dade and Broward communities. Care Resource provides its services to all persons regardless of ability to pay and charges for services on a community board approved sliding-fee scale based on patients’ family income and size. Clients have access to a “one-stop” location for primary medical care, information and referrals, case management, dental care, mental health and substance abuse counseling, nutrition programs, pediatrics, transportation vouchers, and testing. Furthermore, the agency’s many health promotion and education programs go out into the community and engage populations at high risk, affected and/or infected by HIV/AIDS and other STDs.
News release from MDC Live Arts:
MDC Live Arts and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Present The Miami Premiere of Acclaimed Dance Company Trey McIntyre Project
(MIAMI, FL) – Trey McIntyre Project (TMP), a contemporary dance company led by the artistic vision of renowned choreographer Trey McIntyre, will perform at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, April 12 at 8pm.
Since its founding in 2008, Trey McIntyre Project has fast become one of the most celebrated dance companies throughout the country and abroad. TMP soars across the stage in highly athletic, innovative works that are massively appealing, refreshingly relevant and emotionally evocative.
TMP has thrilled audiences around the globe and will now wow Miami with two fresh new pieces: The Vinegar Works: Four Dances of Moral Instruction inspired by the work of illustrator and writer Edward Gorey and Mercury Half-Life. The Vinegar Works is a set to music by Dmitri Shostakovich; and Mercury Half-Life an exuberant and dazzling new work exploring the life of Freddie Mercury, set to classic Queen songs. 10 highly-skilled and talented dancers make up the ensemble of Trey McIntyre Project, including Miami’s own Elizabeth Keller, former student and corps dancer with Miami City Ballet.
Known for its hallmark musicality and a distinct American voice, TMP uses the art of dance to break cultural boundaries and connect audiences on an accessible, yet decidedly profound human level. “I use dance to explore what it means to be a part of the human experience,” says Trey McIntyre, “I am drawn to the inherent beauty of ballet vocabulary to express myself. At the same time, I am committed to discovering new ways to explore and open up this vocabulary, so that it expresses who we are as people today, in this world.”
TMP’s unique approach expands art beyond the stage and into communities, where it has the power to reach people and touch lives. While in Miami, TMP will be participating in a series of community outreach events coordinated by MDC Live Arts and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center including: a movement workshop with senior citizens from Cutler Bay; master classes at Arthur & Polly Mays 6-12 Conservatory for the Arts, a class for students at Southwood Middle School for the Arts, classes for Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus students, classes for New World School of the Arts students, a master class for professional artists at Inkub8; a community dance class at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center; and a school performance at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center.
TMP has been featured in The New York Times and Dance Magazine, and on PBS NewsHour, and has earned coast-to-coast acclaim from the likes of Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe and more. Based in Boise, Idaho, TMP has graced the stages of prestigious venues such as Jacob’s Pillow, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, Zellerbach Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall; TMP’s global tours have included China, Vietnam, the Philippines, South Korea, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Colombia and the Dominican Republic.
About Trey McIntyre
One of the most sought after choreographers working today, Trey McIntyre has created a canon of more than 90 works for companies including: American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Moscow Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet de Santiago (Chile), Ballet Memphis, Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet Company, Philadanco, Miami City Ballet amongst others. Currently, he is exploring a bold new creative direction by expanding his artistic pursuits of into film and photography.
Music inspires me, often providing an emotional tone and conceptual framework for a new piece. Our atavistic response to hearing music is to move. Whether tapping your foot or nodding your head, the response (or lack thereof) to melody and rhythm is movement. The relationship between music and this impulse fascinates me and fuels my creativity.Over the past 22 years, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to create ballets for some of the best dance companies in the world. Honing my skills in such a variety of environments has challenged me to adapt to varying stylistic ideas, while growing under the influence of many different schools of thought. These collaborations have provided an opportunity for me to develop and refine my singular voice as a choreographer, empowering and encouraging me to push my personal aesthetic and theories of movement in authentic directions.
I am now relishing in this new phase of my career, that of delving into my own full-time company. From this exciting precipice, I can dive into my work, to imbue it with ever more depth and nuance, clarity and substance, power and stillness.”
WHAT: TREY McINTYRE PROJECT
WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 8 PM.
WHERE: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay
TICKETS: $25-45 (plus fees) for general admission and $10 for MDC students with valid ID. Available at smdcac.org or 786-573-5300
Elton John to have 'quiet' wedding with partner; releases 40th anniversary 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'
Elton John and his partner David Furnish are planning a low-profile wedding in May, following a change in British law allowing gay marriages.
The singer told NBC's Today show that he wants to celebrate "very quietly," and added: "It will be a joyous occasion and we will have our children."
The two men, who have been in a civil partnership since 2005, have two children.
In quotes released on NBC's website Monday, the singer said: "We shouldn't just say 'Oh, well, we have a civil partnership, we're not going to bother to get married'. We will get married."
Same-sex marriages were allowed for the first time in Britain Saturday, when a new marriage law came into effect.
Last week, John released a 40th anniversary edition of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, his 1974 album featuring hits including Candle in the Wind and Bennie and the Jets.
Here's the news release:
GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD SUPER DELUXE BOX SET includes:
*Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - 2014 Remaster
*Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Revisited - nine, new cover versions of classic songs from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road performed by Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé, Fall Out Boy, Hunter Hayes, Imelda May, John Grant, Miguel featuring Wale, The Band Perry, and Zac Brown Band.
*Beyond The Yellow Brick Road - single B-sides and bonus tracks
*Elton John Live At Hammersmith Odeon - Complete show, December 1973
*Elton John And Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye To Norma Jean And Other Things DVD
*100 Page Hardback Book - packed with rare photos, memorabilia and a new essay containing interviews with Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
Anita Priest Whispering Angels Foundation & the Unity Coalition | Coalición Unida are proud to announce WESLEE LIM as the 2014 Scholarship recipient, offering South Florida LGBT students a chance at higher education
Miami, Florida- March 31, 2014…After a successful first year of partnership, common goals, fundraising & giving back to the community, the Anita Priest Whispering Angels Foundation & Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida are thrilled to announce the 2014 LGBT Scholarship recipient: TEK H. “WESLEE” LIM
Tek H. Lim (Weslee Lim) is majoring in International Business at Florida International University. He is originally from Cambodia and transferred from Limkokwing University of Creativity Technology to FIU in 2011 to pursue his degree and life in the United States. Throughout the years of his education in America, he developed a strong interest in photography through travels and digital art painting via art and charity events. Continuing his strong passion for humanity and community involvement for his own people in a struggling Cambodia, Tek continues to advocate for equality and those in need here in Miami. Tek plans to continue his education, personal, and professional growth while continuing to give back to society here and overseas.
Mr. Lim received his award at the Wick Theatre on March 30th at the Whispering Angels Gala.
Established in 2007 in memory of her later partner, renowned Interior Designer Anita Priest, the “Whispering Angels” Memorial Scholarship program founded by Sandra Holiday is a legacy program that provides a scholarship for the LGBT community to advance their education in the area of Design & the Arts and now - Education.
Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida (UC|CU), the first & only organization for the Latino| Hispanic|LGBTQ Community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) - advancing Equality since 2002, is proud to once again partner with the Whispering Angels Foundation for 2014, and look forward to the expanded categories for scholarship consideration, to further assist our communities in the pursuit of a college education.
- You must be a resident of So. Fla.
- Completed and signed application
- Recent photo or digital photo in jpg, gif, or bmp format
- Most recent academic transcript to be sent by the school by e-mail or by mail
- Be 21 or older.
- At least two and no more than three letters of recommendation (At least one of these must be from an
individual familiar with your work in South Florida (no family members)
- A scan of Driver’s License / State Issued ID
- I authorize the Anita Priest Scholarship Committee to review and discuss my grades and other records
concerning me that are maintained by my school or submitted by me for consideration. This authorization is
being granted to this Committee as it pertains to my being considered for a Scholarship Award.
Winning applicants are awarded a $2,500. scholarship for tuition expenses related to Design, the Arts or Education – paid directly to the school.
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