October 25, 2013 in Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Marriage, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Music, Politics, Religion, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
Here are few photos I took Wednesday on South Beach:
Above, Naomi Wilzig, owner of the World Erotic Art Museum at 1205 Washington Ave., celebrates WEAM's eight anniversary with Danforth Prince of Blood Moon publishing and Anita Finley, founder and publisher of Boomer Times.
Prince spoke at the museum of his company's two latest books: Inside Linda Lovelace's Deep Throat, and Those Glamorous Gabors, about sisters Zsa Zsa, Eva and Magda, and their mother, Jolie.
Photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff.
BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com
Patrick Burke, the NHL’s director of player safety, says that if anyone had once told him he’d either run a gay hockey foundation or “had walked on Mars, I would have picked Mars 100 times out of 100."
Ten years later, Burke still hasn’t walked in space, but he did co-found You Can Play Project, an organization for gay athletes and straight allies.
"This is going to be the test kitchen on us going forward," said Burke, son of former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke and older brother of Brendan, who made headlines after coming out at age 21 in Nov. 2009 — three months before dying in an Indiana auto crash.
“After his car accident I decided I wanted to do more in the LGBT movement, so here we are,” Burke said.
The Burke family has been involved in professional hockey since the late 1970s. Brian Burke played a few years in the AHL, went to Harvard Law School and became a players’ agent. Patrick was a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Brendan played a bit in high school, but didn’t seriously consider a hockey career because of his sexual orientation. His coming out in college got huge media attention after dad Brian (“an old-school Irish guy,” according to Patrick) publicly stood by him.
“For both myself and my father, the first gay person we knew was my brother,” Patrick Burke said. “This was all new to us, it was not something we were exposed to. We went from 0 to 60 in advocacy on this issue.”
Brian and Patrick didn’t slow down after Brendan’s death. They moved ahead, founded You Can Play and continue to speak out to athletes and other sports figures about gay rights.
“We tell people that at some point someone in their life is going to come out,” Patrick said. “It’s becoming more commonplace for LGBT people to come out. Maybe it’s not your son or your brother, but a co-worker. Somebody on your team. Or maybe a fan who loves you.”
Patrick said it’s also smart business for a pro team to support gay rights.
“We’re an entertainment business. We’re required to sell tickets to survive and alienating LGBT fans is not something we want to do,” he said.
The Panthers have been on-board since the beginning.
“We’ve enlisted numerous professional athletes and the Panthers have done a great job and been leaders in this,” Patrick said.
Star defenseman Brian Campbell, along with Tampa Bay Lightning Center Steven Stamkos, recorded a You Can Play video last year.
Panthers President and CEO Michael R. Yormark recently told ESPN’s Darren Rovell, “The gay population is a group we are trying to reach and better understand.”
“We’re breaking down barriers, changing people’s mindsets, event letting people in the gay community know they are welcome at a game,” said Brandon Loker, 25, a gay Panthers account executive helping organize Saturday’s event, a fundraiser for the Pride Center in Wilton Manors.
Eric Pinder, director in residence for Florida Opera Theater in Orlando, will be there. A longtime hockey fan, he writes for PuckBuddys, a website “for boys who like boys who like hockey.”
PuckBuddys is “written by gay men but is followed primarily by straight people,” said Pinder, who covers Tampa Bay and is seeking someone to write about the Panthers. “Think about it, there are more straight fans than gay.”
Pinder said PuckBuddys “makes people feel more inclusive about their sport.”
“We’re not dilettantes. We’re not being paid for it, but we know our stuff,” he said. “It speaks to me as a gay man and as a hockey fan. Hockey is viewed as such a tough-guys sport, with the fighting and conditioning that you have to have in order to play. This sort of macho thing. It is, but in reality, they were the first people to embrace the LGBT community. They said it doesn’t matter to us.”
IF YOU GO
- 6 p.m. Saturday - VIP reception in Duffy’s Sky Club
- 7 p.m. - Florida Panthers vs. Minnesota Wild
- BB&T Center, One Panther Pkwy., Sunrise
- Tickets $25, $55 and $75 (includes VIP reception). Sales partially benefit the Pride Center in Wilton Manors. You must use PROMO CODE: Equality
October 16, 2013 in Arts, Bisexual, Bullying, Business, Current Affairs, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Key West & Monroe County, Lesbian, LGBT, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Music, Palm Beach County, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Sports, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
BY MESFIN FEKADU
AP MUSIC WRITER
NEW YORK -- Elton John honored Hillary Rodham Clinton for her work to help those affected by HIV and AIDS at an annual event for his foundation.
Clinton was excited as she accepted the first founders award from the Elton John AIDS Foundation on Tuesday night in New York. The former secretary of state told the crowd at Cipriani's restaurant that "we still have so far to go" when it comes to helping those affected by HIV and AIDS.
"There are so many challenges in front of us," Clinton said. The former U.S. senator added that she wants to see an "AIDS-free generation" and that accomplishing that must be "our north star."
"I thank you, but I know there's more for us to do," she said. "Humans may discriminate, but viruses don't."
Billy Joel, Alec Baldwin, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Lisa Marie Presley and Courtney Love also attended John's "An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation" event. Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Heart performed a dozen songs, including the hits "What About Love" and "Alone."
Just after breaking her wrist, Liza Minnelli performs at breast cancer benefit with sister Lorna Luft
News release from Liza Minnelli publicist Scott Gorenstein:
Liza Minnelli redefined the word trouper Monday night in New York when she appeared at an event to benefit The Actors Fund’s Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and Tower Cancer Research Foundation’s Dr. Philomena McAndrew Fund despite having broken her wrist the night before.
The legendary entertainer broke her wrist in 3 places while rehearsing at home Sunday evening. Although her doctors pleaded with her to stay at the hospital the Academy-Award winner insisted on performing alongside her sister at Birdland.
The intimate evening of cabaret was hosted by Minnelli’s sister Lorna Luft who went public with her recent battle against breast cancer.
It had been 20 years since the two sisters performed together; the last time was their memorable duet for the 1993 Tony Awards.
“This event means the world to me,” said Luft. “I’m so grateful to be feeling so well and performing again.”
The two daughters of Judy Garland sang the medley they first made famous at the 1993 Tony Awards.
“Nothing was going to stop me from coming here tonight,” Liza said backstage beforehand. “Lorna asked me to be here and I wouldn’t let her down.”
Immediately following their performance, which resulted in a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd, Minnelli went immediately back to the hospital for further treatment.
Glee and Broadway star Matthew Morrison announced Wednesday that on Nov. 19 he will release a six-song EP, A Classic Christmas, one of the last albums produced by the late Phil Ramone.
Here are the details:
LOS ANGELES, CA, October 9th 2013 -- EMMY, TONY, and Golden Globe-nominated star Matthew Morrison is excited to announce the release of his first-ever holiday collection entitled A Classic Christmas on November 19, 2013. The EP is a wonderful set of holiday tunes from one of the standards world’s most impressive crooners that brings a fresh sound to these cherished Christmas classics. Morrison turned to the late legendary producer Phil Ramone (who also produced Matthew’s collection of Broadway standards, Where It All Began, out earlier this year) to create the 6 songs featured on the EP. This marks Morrison’s second release from 222 Records, the newly formed label from Adam Levine.
In further support of the EP, Matthew Morrison will be performing on November 29th and 30th with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Fans can also catch a special performance by Morrison on PBS beginning November 30, 2013. The network will air a live concert recorded at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford, Connecticut that finds Morrison serenading the at home audience with both timeless Christmas songs and a collection of standards from Where It All Began. Check your local listings.
TRACK LISTING IS AS FOLLOWS:
1. It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
2. This Christmas
3. O Holy Night
4. Jingle Bell Rock
5. Let It Snow
6. I'll Be Home For Christmas / Mele Kalikimaka
After studying musical theater, vocal performance and dance at NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts, Matthew Morrison made his debut on Broadway in Footloose, followed by The Rocky Horror Picture Show. However, it was his role as Link Larkin in the original cast of the Broadway production of Hairspray that served as his breakthrough and led to him being cast in the critically acclaimed The Light In The Piazza. His portrayal of young lover Fabrizio Naccarelli garnered him a TONY nomination for best performance by a featured actor in a musical. He subsequently received a Drama Desk nomination for outstanding actor in the off-Broadway musical 10 Million Miles and reprised the role of Lieutenant Cable in Lincoln Center’s TONY-nominated production of South Pacific. Matthew soon followed these performances with his role as the perpetually optimistic high school teacher Will Schuester on FOX TV’s Glee, which he has received both EMMY and two Golden Globe nominations. He most recently co-starred alongside Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez in the major motion picture What To Expect When You’re Expecting. Most recently, Matthew released a collection of Broadway standards entitled Where It All Began. The collection is available now.
BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com
Just as Miami-Dade’s leading Hispanic LGBT group celebrates gay pride on Saturday, word comes that the county is No. 6 nationally in same-sex couples with Latino/a households.
There are an estimated 108,000 LGBT Hispanics in Florida and 2,766 same-sex couples with at least one Hispanic householder in Miami-Dade County. Fifteen percent of those couples are raising children, according to a report this week by Williams Institute at UCLA law school based on 2010 Census data.
“It’s not a surprise, it reaffirms that we’re programming to the right audience,” said Herb Sosa, president of Unity Coalition, the group sponsoring Celebrate Orgullo — Hispanic gay pride — Saturday afternoon on North Beach. “It reaffirms those numbers when you see the attendance at the workshops we have. You see it in the audience, where nearly every person sitting in the room is [part of] a binational couple.”
Unity Coalition is 11 years old. This is the group’s third annual Orgullo.
“Orgullo means pride. The reason why we celebrate Hispanic pride in October is because, nationally, October is Hispanic Heritage Month,” Sosa said.
“In 2011, a group of organizations and community leaders came together with the city of Miami Beach and developed a special event to celebrate Hispanic LGBT pride in Miami Beach,” he said. “Our first year we had a couple of thousand people there. We went from about 2,500 the first year to just over 6,000 in attendance last year.”
The first two years, Orgullo took place on South Beach. This year, it moves north.
“We felt the festival needed its own identity and a little bit of room to grow, so we took it on the road and moved it to Collins and 73rd on the beach,” Sosa said. “It’s still Miami Beach and more centrally located to the Hispanic neighborhoods, as well as better access for our neighbors to the north.”
Celebrate Orgullo, which is free and runs noon to 8 p.m., will feature 55 vendors and two entertainment stages. Among the celebrity personalities and performers: Enrique Santos of Mix 98.3 FM; DJ Reddy; singers Madai and Jei; and South Florida drag stars Pussilla, Shanaya Bright and Adora.
“Our headliner is Emmy- and Grammy-award winning singer-producer Albita, who will be performing for an hour, a mini-concert on our main stage,” Sosa said.
Albita said Friday she feels “honored” to participate.
“I believe in freedom of choice and equality of rights for all human beings, and admire the work that is done,” she said. “We will bring a big party to the stage and will try to make the audience forget about their worries and have a great time Saturday night.”
Orgullo also has an educational component. “We have a substantial amount of information at the festival,” Sosa said. “Everything from immigration, on binational couples, adoption, where and how to marry.”
Celebrate Orgullo is not for profit. Corporate proceeds raised Saturday will benefit Unity Coalition’s LGBT youth scholarship program, along with the Anita Priest Whispering Angels Memorial Scholarship Foundation.
Santos, whose Miami-based syndicated radio show is heard across the nation, said it’s important for all LGBT people and allies to attend Orgullo.
“Gay people, straight people, bisexual people, transgender people, coming together as a community,” said Santos, who came out publicly last year during a Barack Obama presidential campaign fundraiser in Miami Beach. “It shows that your sexual orientation doesn’t determine your character.”
News release from #ShareTheMattress:
“Matilda,” “Newsies” and “West Side Story” actor/dancer Ryan Steele stars in the latest edition of the new video series #ShareTheMattress that features creative artists dancing and playing on their beds. Steele is the star of the new film Five Dances, which comes out today, and was the official selection of the Seattle International Film Festival 2013 and Jacob’s Pillow’s Dance Festival 2013. A prolific actor and dancer in both film and theater, Steele has established himself as a prominent rising actor on Broadway and in Hollywood.
In the video, Steele performs impressive gymnastics, acrobatics, flips and poses. His video is part of an online viral campaign by contemporary dance company Keigwin + Company and its artistic director and choreographer Larry Keigwin to celebrate the dance company’s tenth anniversary and the return of its signature piece “Mattress Suite” to The Joyce Theater this fall.
Steele’s is the fifth of ten videos that will roll out through October. The series is featured on KEIGWIN + COMPANY’s website. Viewers are encouraged to share their own videos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube with the hashtag #ShareTheMattress.
“Mattress Suite” -- created by Keigwin, whose theater credits include choreography for the musical “Tales of the City”, and Nicole Wolcott -- debuted in 2003 at the Joyce Theater in New York City. Keigwin created the piece in 2003 after watching dancer Nicole Wolcott jump around playfully on her bed. The pair developed choreography inspired by Wolcott’s moves and set to popular songs and classical music. The piece was a hit with critics and audiences. KEIGWIN + COMPANY’s 10th Anniversary season runs October 29-November 3, 2013 at New York City’s Joyce Theater. “Mattress Suite” will be featured during the run. Tickets are available here.
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