From GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis:
"From gracing the cover of TIME Magazine, to now becoming the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy in an acting category, Laverne Cox continues to break barriers," Ellis said. "Today, countless transgender youth will hear the message that they can be who they are and still achieve their dreams – nothing is out of reach. Laverne's success on a hit series is a clear indication that audiences are ready for more trans characters on television."
The 2014 roster of nominees is among the most LGBT-inclusive list in Emmy history, according to GLAAD. Other LGBT nominees include Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory, The Normal Heart); Matt Bomer, Joe Mantello (The Normal Heart); Kate McKinnon (SNL); Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story); Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family);
Broadway’s The Nance starring Nathan Lane as a gay vaudevillian will be screened Friday through Sunday at Coral Gables Cinema.
From the theater:
Don't miss two-time Tony Award-winning actor Nathan Lane in the Broadway production of "The Nance" coming to the Gables Cinema this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 11 to July 13, at 1:00 pm each day. In the 1930s, burlesque impresarios welcomed the hilarious comics and musical parodies of vaudeville to their decidedly lowbrow niche. Douglas Carter Beane’s "The Nance" recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque’s heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles (a gay man in his personal life) playing a headliner called “the nance,” a stereotypically camp gay man and master of comic double entendre – usually played by a straight man, and his fellow performers. At a time when it was easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay, Chauncey’s uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast to his offstage life. When the mayor of New York tries to end burlesque, Chauncey must fight in court for his freedom of expression. Performances are captured live and presented in high quality 2K Digital Cinema Projection that brings Broadway to the Gables. The New York Times calls the show, "A nearly perfect work of dramatic art, whose power derives from its equitable compassion and its unromantic view of myth.” Tickets are $20 and under and are available in advance through the Cinema’s website www.gablescinema.com and in person at the box office during regular screening hours. Call 786-385-9689 or visit the website for more info and online ticket purchases. The Cinema is located at 260 Aragon Avenue, directly across from Books & Books, in downtown Coral Gables.
Remember Danilo, who posed last year for the centerfold of Spanish-language tabloid, Caliente?
"I support the gay community and this song expresses just that give it a listen!" wrote Reynier, in a Facebook message to me.
Reynier says Somos Iguales is produced by Latin Grammy winner Lenny Medina.
In case you need reminding, here's Reynier's Caliente centerfold from October 2013:
Saturday and Sunday: The first LGBTQ independent Chinese film festival in Miami.
The festival will include screenings and discussions at The Chill Concept, an art space at 114 NE 20th Terr., Miami.
Here's the news release, with details:
The Chill Concept presents the First LGBTQ Chinese Film Festival in Miami
“Queer China Meets Miami” will be the first survey of contemporary independent LGBTQ films from China at The Chill Concept during Gay Pride Month. Screenings and discussions will take place at the Chill Concept on Saturday, June 28th through Sunday, June 29th. All films with English subtitles.
The two-day screening, curated by Jane V Hsu will feature live discussions with the four most preeminent directors of LGBTQ filmmaking, who live and work in Beijing: Cui Zi’en, He Xiaopei, Fan Popo, and Yuan Yuan. There will also be a performance P.M.S Bar by Miami artist Nina Dotti, based on a previously censored work performed in Shanghai.
Queer Chinese independent film directors will screen and discuss their recent work on LGBTQ rights in China, as well as how the social landscape has changed in the last 20 years. Censorship of Chinese independent film has certain been an issue. “Queer China Meets Miami” will offer the directors an opportunity to publicly screen and discuss their work with a Miami audience.
Jane V Hsu has been working as a curator and juror of independent film festivals in China, and has recently been held under house arrest in Beijing for her participation with Chinese independent films.
About the directors of the films:
Mr. Cui Zi’en, pioneer in Chinese gay activism and first to make LGBT award-winning film and documentaries since the 1990’s in China. This will be a world premiere of his experimental film on alien men meeting human men, The Narrow Path. The director is also the co-founder of the Queer Film Festival in China. This summer will screen festival films on a moving bus in order to avoid censorship by the local authorities.
Mr. Fan Popo comes from the new generation of gay documentary filmmakers, looking at how young people in China are coming out in Mama Rainbow and the multi-city production of The VaChina Monologues play adaptation in China.
Ms. He Xiaopei and Ms. Yuan Yuan founded PinkSpace, a NGO serving the only toll-free coming out hotline for gay men and women. Their film, Our Marriages, is about a gay manwho married a lesbian women in order to maintain the traditional Chinese family.
Ms. Jane V Hsu is an independent curator of moving image and performance. Her work focuses on gender, sexuality, HIV/AIDS awareness, and violence in China. She has been juryof numerous independent film festivals including the censored Beijing Independent Film Festival, where she was held under house arrest. Current projects include producing an experimental work film Barbara Hammer, film programmer at the UN Women’s Committee, and co-editing the first comprehensive catalog of post-2000 Chinese films in collaboration with the East Asian CV Starr Library at Columbia University.
About the performer artist
In 2009, Ms. Nina Dotti attempted to perform a one-woman work about menopause at the Mint bar in a westernized section of Shanghai. Before the performance could begin, she was censored by the China Government and told to stop and place all props in black garbage bags. THE HOTFLASHES BAR was a Nina Dotti’s performance installation happening since 2006. Inspire in the Oxygen Bars she creates a bar conceived for menopause education and reflection. Nina Dotti’s also performed the BLUE PILL BAR in 2008 in a bar in Old San Juan, talking with all males about Andropause (male menopause) inviting them to try Viagra for Erectile Dysfunction (ED).[u1]
Dotti’s will perform her HOTFLASHES BAR during Chinese Queer Festival with a new positive setting now re- name P.M.S Bar: Premium Menopause Satisfaction Bar. The P.M.S BAR will give the opportunity to many women to experience Menopause as a refreshing process of empowering life transition. Menopause is about a new attitude, a new flow of life.The artist, who is also the director and founder of the Chill Concept, was inspired again by the political advancements in feminist and LGBT related art events and China.
“Queer China Meets Miami” Screening and Discussion Schedule
Saturday June 28 - Queering China, Past and Present
6:00 pm Nina Dotti - Performance and discussion to preface historical context of feminism and LGBT rights in China
7:00 pm “Mama Rainbow” by Fan Popo, 30 min / discussion with director
7:45 pm Lecture, director Cui Zi’en, pioneer of gay activism and film in China
8:15 “pm Narrow Path” by Cui Zi’en, 73 min
Sunday, June 29 - VaChina Brunch
10:00 am “VaChina Monologues” by Fan Popo - 30 min / discussion with director
11:00 am “Our Marriages” by He Xiaopei and YuanYuan45 min
11:45-12:30 am Q&A with “Our Marriages” directors / Coming out as a lesbian in China
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BY JUAN CARLOS PÉREZ-DUTHIE
Whether it’s castanets, polka-dot dresses or the dour faces as dancers stomp their feet, there are certain elements that have always been associated with flamenco dance and music. But especially in a contemporary context, flamenco can be surprisingly rich, complex and more varied than those traditional clichés.
South Florida audiences will have the opportunity to discover as much when three Spanish artists bring to the United States for the first time their new piece, ToCaBa, during the fifth season of Out in the Tropics, an annual gay-and-lesbian-oriented performance festival presented by Miami’s FUNDarte, which runs Thursday through Sunday.
“Without abandoning the essence of what flamenco is, ToCaBa takes flamenco’s traditional manifestations in dance, music and song, deconstructs them a bit, and presents a more revolutionary vision of this art form,” says Ever Chávez, executive director and founder of FUNDarte.
“It plays a bit with gender as well, and that’s why we decided to program it as part of Out in the Tropics, which features artists from the GLBTQ community, or works that have that sensibility,” says the Cuban producer and promoter.
IF YOU GO
What: Out in the Tropics Festival
When: 7 p.m. Thursday – panel discussion and reception; Miami Beach LGBT Visitors’ Center, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; free
8:30 p.m. Friday – Sean Dorsey Dance Company; Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; $20 to $25 at 305-434-7091 or colonytheatremiamibeach.com.
8:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday – “ToCaBa“; Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box Theater, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami; $25 to $30, or $50 VIP; 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
Info: (786) 343-1422 or fundarte.us.
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Anderson Cooper: 'I'm certainly no expert on the topic of vaginas,' he reports on AC360's 'RidicuList'
In an edition of "The RidicuList" that had the host struggling to keep a straight face, Anderson Cooper tells the tale of an American exchange student who got stuck in a sculpture of ... yep ... a vagina.
The free party features "sumptuous cocktails and light bites served throughout to keep the party going," said SHINE spokeswoman Taylor Cinalli.
An auction Wednesday night benefits Stonewall Pride.
Here are the details:
When: 6/18/14 - 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: W Fort Lauderdale in the Living Room (4th floor)
401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Dress: Chic attire
Cost: Event is free, valet is $10
RSVP to: WFLL.events@Whotels.com
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Isabelle Collin Dufresne – known to the world as Andy Warhol's "superstar" Ultra Violet, died of cancer in New York City. She was 78.
Nearly four years ago, I interviewed Ultra Violet when she was in Miami Beach during Art Basel for the opening of a gallery featuring the works of photographer William John Kennedy, who frequently photographed Warhol.
Here is my 2010 interview with Ultra Violet:
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
Ultra Violet, the Andy Warhol "superstar'' internationally known in the 1960s, demands more than her 15 minutes of fame.
"Today with the explosion of the media, the Internet, everybody has 15 minutes of fame. I'm trying to get 16 minutes, and it's very hard," she says. "Everybody has a camera, everybody has Facebook, everybody has a computer. If you can tell me how to get one more minute, let me know."
Ultra Violet -- born Isabelle Collin Dufresne 75 years ago in France -- is here from New York for Art Basel, showing off her own works and helping launch a KIWI Gallery retrospective of photographer William John Kennedy, who long ago captured images of UV, Warhol and Robert Indiana, whose iconic LOVE poster became a symbol of the '60s Pop Art movement.
In 1963, artist Salvador Dalí -- Ultra Violet's one-time mentor -- introduced her to ``this little woman, I thought."
"Her hair was weird: black rattail in the back, white on the top. It was a synthetic nylon wig. And that person, which I thought was a woman had a very strange voice," Ultra Violet recalls. "Anyway, Dalí introduced me, and he said, `This is Andy Warhol.'
"He was totally unknown then. Warhol said to me, `You are so beautiful, let's do a movie together.' I said when? He said tomorrow. Tomorrow, the next day, I went to The Factory [Warhol's New York studio], and this was the beginning of a very interesting era."
Among the photos on display at the KIWI Gallery off Lincoln Road: a series of Ultra Violet nudes shot by Kennedy almost a half-century ago.
"I have no regrets," she now says. "But this was the '60s and in the '60s everybody got undressed. In 2010, you do not get undressed. Not the right people. We were the right people."
UV says that during the sexual revolution, "the clothes would just fall off."
"But you know I'm a born-again Christian now and I don't take my clothes off," she adds.
Actually, UV wasn't totally nude in Kennedy's portraits. "I didn't want to be completely naked," she confides. "I needed something, so I [wore] one of his ties."
Kennedy, 80, now of Miami Beach, says this is the first major exhibition of his work.
His photographs are displayed full frame.
"I crop through the lens, every picture I took," Kennedy says. "I believe in having an idea in advance. If it's a fertile idea, it will grow on its own as you shoot."