Being screened 7 p.m. Thursday at Church of the Holy SpiritSong in Wilton Manors: Separation of Church & Hate.
CASPER, Wyo. -- Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson is starring in a same-sex marriage commercial in Wyoming and other western states.
Simpson says as a Republican he believes one of the party's core values is the right to be left alone. He says whether people are gay or lesbian or straight, if they love someone and they want to marry, they should marry.
According to the Casper Star-Tribune (http://tinyurl.com/p22a6no), Simpson wants to send a message that western values include same-sex marriage.
The ad, paid for by New York-based Freedom to Marry, will play on local television in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and national cable networks.
Transcript from Freedom to Marry:
“I was raised here, Cody, Wyoming. It was a town of western values; independence, freedom. I’m a Republican and the Party’s basic core is government out of your life and the right to be left alone. Whether you’re gay or lesbian or straight, if you love someone, and you want to marry them, marry them. I have had a wonderful married life, why shouldn’t somebody else have the joy of marriage. Live and let live. It is very simple.”
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. "
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BY BRADY MCCOMBS
SALT LAKE CITY -- Derek Kitchen was a teenager still coming to grips with his sexual orientation when yard signs began popping up throughout his suburban Salt Lake City neighborhood in 2004 supporting an amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
Kitchen felt angry but feared he would be shunned if he spoke out to his Mormon family and classmates. Instead, he grabbed a marker and went around the neighborhood crossing out the "yes" on the "Yes on Amendment 3" signs and scribbling in "no."
"It was my only way of expressing my opposition," said Kitchen, who at 25 now laughs at the memory. "It felt like I was personally being attacked."
The act of rebellion foreshadowed what lay ahead for Kitchen. A decade after Utah voters overwhelming passed that amendment, Kitchen and his partner, Moudi Sbeity, 26, are one of three gay and lesbian couples who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state that led a federal judge to overturn the ban in December.
They will be among a Utah contingent of gay marriage supporters in Denver on Thursday for a hearing before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is mulling whether to make gay marriage legal in Utah.
The couple has become the face of gay marriage in the state and a major reason why more than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples were able to marry after the federal judge's ruling and more may be able to legally tie the knot in the future.
From Herb Sosa of Unity Coalition:
Celebrating PRIDE in the ARTS, Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida is proud to once again present the LEADERS, LEGENDS & LOVELIES Exhibit & Workshops, in partnership with the Miami Design Preservation League, April 8-13th on Miami Beach’s famed Ocean Drive
The LEADERS, LEGENDS & LOVELIES Exhibit & Lectures on theatre, costume & design will be held April 8-13, 2014 at the Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive, alongside Miami Beach Gay PRIDE.
A myriad of talents, genres and styles will be explored and presented, including the PRIDE in the ARTS EXHIBIT, a great theatre costume collection, featuring the amazing work of famed theatre costume designer PETER LOVELLO, and original pieces from La Cage Aux Folles, courtesy of the WICK THEATRE’S Broadway Costume Collection.
Exhibit is free & open to the public from 10am-6pm, April 12-13, 2014
Tuesday, April 8th at 7pm - free admission
The Colors of Leonard Horowitz
by Lynn Bernstein, Dr. Ernie Martin and Marlo Courtney, moderated by Herb Sosa
Leonard Horowitz changed the face of South Beach forever. He shared his love of Art Deco with Barbara Baer Capitman and together they founded the Miami Design Preservation League to preserve the buildings they loved. Leonard’s vision was to draw attention to the architectural details through the use of color. This event will feature a panel discussion with a few of Leonard’s contemporaries. They will discuss Leonard Horowitz’s life, work and vision for South Beach.
Wednesday, April 9th at 7-11pm - $100
LEGENDS BALL, Celebrating the good & outstanding in our LGBT Community
Jackie Gleason Rehearsal Hall | www.unitycoalition.org
Sunday, April 13th at 3pm - free admission
Wometco and Miami Beach Theatre Culture
Join Miami Art & Architecture writer Marvin Aguilar as he presents a fun & informative lecture on the history of Wometco Enterprises (the Wolfson-Meyer Theatre Company) and the theatres the company commissioned for Miami Beach.
Wometco operated South Florida's largest movie theatre chain from 1925 through 1984, the year the company was sold. This presentation explores the impact of Wometco's "leisure-time" services in connection to Miami Beach's culture, the Art Deco style, and the golden years of the American movie going experience.
Sunday, April 13th at 5pm - free admission
Art of Illusion Theatre Make Up Workshop
Join Celebrity Make Up Artist & M.A.C. Cosmetics Specialist Jennifer Perez and her team as they present trade secrets, make up & beauty tips for men & women, shows you how to create illusions and fantasy- for the theatre, catwalk or life’s everyday drama.
BE a MODEL - Come get your glam on, and have her create magic on you!
Sunday, April 13th at 6-10pm
PRIDELINES Youth Services After Party
South Florida’s leading Youth organization for 14-24 year olds will once again partner with UC|CU and bring PRIDE to a close in style at the Art Deco Welcome Center. Music, food & fun – Contact pridelines.org for tickets and more info.
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Congressman Vance McAllister issued a statement Monday afternoon "asking for forgiveness" after The Ouachita Citizen first reported McAllister was captured in a video recording passionately kissing and embracing a member of his congressional staff.
Supreme Court rejects appeal over gay bias case; ruling stands that photographer violated human rights act
BY JERI CLAUSING
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a studio that refused to photograph a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony, letting stand a New Mexico high court ruling that helped spur a national debate over gay rights and religious freedom.
The justices left in place a unanimous state Supreme Court ruling last year that said Elane Photography violated New Mexico's Human Rights Act by refusing to photograph the same-sex ceremony "in the same way as if it had refused to photograph a wedding between people of different races."
Elane Photography co-owner Elaine Huguenin said taking the photos for Vanessa Willock and her partner would violate her religious beliefs. She said she also has a right of artistic expression under the First Amendment that allows her to choose what pictures to take, or refrain from taking.
She was ordered to pay more than $7,000 in attorneys' fees, which Willock waived.
The case has been cited as lawmakers in other states have proposed legislation exempting people from such lawsuits if doing business with same-sex couples violates their religious beliefs.
Here's an updated, final schedule just released for Miami Beach Gay Pride:
MIAMI BEACH GAY PRIDE WEEK!!
In the FUN and SUN Capital of the World!
Schedule of Events
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Divas on Stage @Twist
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Twist South Beach
1057 Washington Ave.
Join Adora and the Divas of South Beach for a night of amazing shows all benefiting Miami Beach Gay Pride. Marco Perez hosts this much anticipated event with DJ Aquiles spinning Latin grooves. Shows begin at midnight for Twist’s annual Miami Beach Gay Pride fundraiser.
Tuesday, April 8th
Spotlight Mega-Mixer @ Shore Club
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Shore Club Hotel – Poolside
1901 Collins Avenue
MDGLCC Members - $10
Non-Members - $20
A portion of the proceeds will be a donation to Miami Beach Gay Pride
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce presents its Spotlight Mega-Mixer Networker benefiting Miami Beach Gay Pride. The Shore Club will showcase some of their menu items & cocktails will be served courtesy of GREY GOOSE Vodka & Bacardi. Cash bar for all other beverages.
Mingle and network, while enjoying the music of our resident DJ, with more than 200 Chamber members, guests and the community at large. Leverage the "Business Cards Bulletin Board" and members of the "Membership Committee" who will be present to answer inquiries and make introductions and connections. There will also be free drawings for great prizes courtesy of Chamber members, including a chance to ride in the Pride Float of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce at the Parade on Sunday 4/13. Event photos by Juan Saco Mironoff of Miami-Gay-Blog.com.
Bachelor Auction at MOVA
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Mova Lounge / Miami Beach!
1625 Michigan Avenue
Come Get Your MOVA Lounge Bachelor! Bid on your favorite MOVA Bartender and others. All proceeds benefit Miami Beach Gay Pride! Hosted by Thomas Barker.
Wednesday, April 9th
Miss Miami Beach Gay Pride Pageant
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The New Score
1437 Washington Ave.
The Second Annual Miss Miami Beach Gay Pride Pageant will be held in the upper level dance area of the New Score. Hosted by Tiffany Fantasia and Adora as Emcee, this glamorous fundraiser is the newest addition to the annual Pride line up. The winner receives $500 in cash and thousands in prizes. Missy Meykie Lepaige (Miss Pride South Florida) and Nikky White (Miss South Beach) will perform with many others throughout the evening. Show starts promptly at 11 p.m.
$15 general admission and $20 seating.
Proceeds donated to Miami Beach Gay Pride.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further Pageant information.
Thursday, April 10th
VIP Kick-Off Celebration!
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
2201 Collins Avenue
Honoring Miami Beach Gay Pride’s original Executive Director Cindy Brown
Special Appearance by 2014 Grand Marshal Gloria Estefan
Hosted by Lea Black and Elaine Lancaster
Entertainment by Cabaret South Beach
Friday, April 11th
Entourage– Women’s Pride
10:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m.
The New Score
1437 Washington Ave.
Produced by: Pandora and Icandee
Gather your girls for a sexy night of soulful music and more. Direct from NYC DJ Sherock spinning the best in Hip Hop, R&B and top 40. Opening set By DJ Laura D at the new Score on Washington Ave.
For more information, go to www.facebook.com/FlingMiamiBeachGayPride2014
Mova Block Party
7 p.m. - 2 a.m.
1625 Michigan at Lincoln Road
Party like a rock star with friends, neighbors, your favorite bartenders and new friends from across the world at MOVA Lounge's Block Party. Streets will be closed as internationally renowned DJs play your favorite sets on the main stage and inside MOVA Lounge with special guest DJ Tracy Young.
Saturday, April 12th
Miami Beach Gay Pride Beach Party
2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Ocean Drive & 11th Street
Talk about “Fun in the Sun” … for the second year in a row, Miami Beach Gay Pride presents a Beach Party like you’ve never seen. This FREE party features sun, surf, sand, international DJs, and, of course, cocktails! Hit the beach to hear the sounds of DJ Deanne followed by Masterbeat DJ Brett Henrichsen.
SuperURGE - The Official Miami Beach Gay Pride Saturday Men’s Event
10 p.m. - 7 a.m.
The “New” Score
1437 Washington Avenue
For the fourth consecutive year, SCORE Productions and Hilton Wolman are proud to present URGE: The Official Saturday Night Party for Miami Beach. But this time it is BIGGER and better, justifying the name SuperURGE!! Reuniting world renowned DJ ABEL and Brazilian sensation DJ PAULO PACHECO at what is sure to be Miami Beach's most eagerly anticipated gay party of the year.
$30 - $60
Ménage à Troi – Women’s Pride
10:00 pm - 4:00 am
30 NE 14th St, Miami
Produced by: Pandora and Icandee
For ONE NIGHT ONLY, the women completely take over the hippest club in Miami, The Vagabond for their mega dance party. Three rooms, three vibes and three great DJs. DJ Citizen Jane in the terrace with Latin & Latin Rock. DJ Bonnie Beats at the front bar with retro, nu disco, soul & more. A special guest DJ will spin in the main room.
For more information, go to www.facebook.com/FlingMiamiBeachGayPride2014
Sunday, April 13th
6th Annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade & Festival
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Ocean Drive from 7th to 15th Streets
Featuring Grand Marshals – International Superstar and Miami Icon Gloria Estefan and Legendary Director and Choreographer Kenny Ortega
Miami Beach Gay Pride is an extraordinary event that features a loud and colorful parade and more than 100 LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses, exciting celebrities, musical performances, refreshments, food and a family-friendly play area. Coming into its sixth year, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown into the largest, single-day event of the entire year in Miami Beach. The hugely successful event in 2013 drew more than 80,000 revelers from different parts of the country and all age groups. No cover for the parade, concert or stages!
Azucar High Heel Race
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
7th Street and Ocean Drive
Come out and watch your favorite drag queens and divas make a dash for the finish line … in stilettos!
Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade
Featuring Grand Marshals International Superstar and Miami Icon Gloria Estefan together with Multi-Faceted ArtistKenny Ortega
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Ocean Drive, from 7th Street to 15th Street
TD Bank Festival Concert Stage
1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Lummus Park at 11th Street
Featuring Courtney Act from “RuPaul's Drag Race” performing live with emcee Elaine Lancaster and the infamous DJ Lady Bunny on the turntables along with Alex Infiniti and special performances by Cazwell and the legendary Kevin Aviance.
Pepe Production presents Latin Stage
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Ocean Drive at 13th Street
The finest in Latin DJs and performers will put the caliente into your Pride experience!
BB&T 12th Street Stage
1:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
DJs will keep you dancing into the cool Miami Beach evening. This free outdoor dance party features top-notch sound, lights and entertainment. Divas to the dance floor! The BB & T 12th Street Dance Stage is a pre-cursor to Miami Beach Gay Pride's Closing Party Gay Champions.
Opening set by DJ Sushiman then direct from the Boatslip in Provincetown -- DJ Maryalice!
Over the Ocean
Gay Champions - Pride’s Official Closing Party
10:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.
1020 Ocean Drive
Performance by Beth Sacks
DJ Cindel followed by DJ Aron
Forth Annual Pride Cruise Aboard Norwegian Sky
From Ocean Drive to the ocean with Pride, Miami Beach Gay Pride 2014 is setting sail on the high seas once again with Source Events for the “Miami Beach Pride Cruise” immediately following the last of the Miami Beach Gay Pride festivities. The Pride Cruise is an ideal way to extend the magic of Pride for another five days at sea. The event also represents an opportunity to “cruise for a cause” as a portion of all tickets sold through Source Events will again be donated back to Miami Beach Gay Pride.
The Pride Cruise is a four-night/five-day voyage aboard the popular Norwegian Sky with stops in Grand Bahamas Island, Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island and the site of our spectacular beach party.
Prices for the Pride Cruise begin at $469 per person, based on double occupancy, plus taxes and fees. For reservations or more information, visit www.SourceEvents.com, call (888) SOURCE8 or visit www.MiamiBeachGayPride.com/travel and click on the link to the cruise.
BY AMANDA LEE MYERS
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge says he will strike down Ohio's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, meaning the state must recognize marriages of gay couples who legally wed elsewhere.
Judge Timothy Black made the statement Friday following final arguments in a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the marriage ban.
He says he'll issue the ruling April 14 prohibiting Ohio officials from enforcing the ban, which he says violates constitutional rights to equal protection and due process. Black's ruling will not mean Ohio has to allow couples to marry there.
Attorneys for the state had argued that it's Ohio's sole province to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
By announcing his intention ahead of his ruling, Black gives time for the state to prepare an appeal that can be filed as soon as he rules.
BY MICHAEL LIEDTKE AND SARAH SKIDMORE SELL
Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO and leaving the company following protests over his support of a gay marriage ban in California.
The nonprofit that makes the Firefox browser infuriated many employees and users last week by naming Eich head of the Mountain View, Calif.-based organization.
At issue was Eich's $1,000 donation in 2008 to the campaign to pass California's Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that outlawed same-sex marriages. The ban was overturned last year when the U.S. Supreme Court left in place a lower-court ruling striking down the ballot measure.
Eich's contribution had drawn negative attention in the past but took on more weight when he was named CEO. Mozilla employees and users criticized the move on Twitter and elsewhere online. Earlier this week, dating website OKCupid replaced its usual homepage for users logging in with Firefox with a note suggesting they not use Mozilla's software to access the site.