Big hair, outlandish makeup, fabulous dresses, and extravagant personalities can only mean one thing: the Atlantic City Miss’d America Pageant! On September 28, the House of Blues will have fabulous drag stars strut their stuff down the runway. The alterna-show began in 1993 for boys who had to literally “miss” participating in the Miss America Pageant , a chance to show off their goods a day after the Miss America Pageant. The pageant took a five-year break when Miss America abandoned Atlantic City for Las Vegas, but was revived in 2011 (which we covered) and following in their lead, Miss America also returned to Atlantic City last year. The entertaining queens will have you laughing and leaving you wanting more as they compete in four categories: swimsuit, talent, evening gown, and interview. Carson Kressley will be hosting the event. You don’t want to miss who will be crowned Miss’d America 2014. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.
We’ll see you there!
Neil Patrick Harris Reenacts Lady and the Tramp Kiss, Juggles, and Takes Shots of Rubbing Alcohol in New Book Ad
Leave it to the effortlessly talented Neil Patrick Harris to create a trailer for his upcoming autobiography, Choose Your Own Autobiography, that has us excited about picking up a copy of the book. The trailer, has Harris matter-of-factly explaining the nontraditional way in which his memoir is set up. The choose-your-own-adventure style, unique to an autobiography, is explained in a Brady Bunch–esque fashion with Harris explaining the various “paths” readers may take. From a romantic Lady and the Tramp kiss to a magic trick, choose your path wisely on October 14
Check it out after the jump…
If you plan on catching a glimpse of the world-famous New Year’s Eve fireworks in London, it’s going to cost you £10. London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, said that only 100,000 tickets will be available for prime locations along the River Thames, and said that: “For anyone without a ticket the fireworks are again being shown live and in full on television.” In previous years, more than 500,000 people have showed up to celebrate the new year and that by introducing tickets the event will be safe, enjoyable, and sustainable.” The tickets will go on sale September 26 at noon. But as a press release reads, if you’re not able to purchase a ticket: “The fireworks are again being shown live and in full on television, meaning you can watch it in glorious HD color without missing a single second.”
We’re sure this decision is going to ruffle some feathers for the near 400,000 who will be shut out from the once-free public event and also serve as a heavy deterrent on where travelers plan on spending their holiday.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave a little insight into the future of gay marriage in the US last night when she said at a speaking engagement that there is “no urgency” in decided the future of same-sex marriage through the Supreme Court. Her rationale: all three appeals courts have decided that the bans are unconstitutional. Things may change, though, as a decision is expected from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. If that court were to say the bans are constitutional “there will be some urgency,” she said at the Minnesota Law School. A decision is expected soon from the Sixth Circuit who is deciding on bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. [TheHill]
After this year’s announcement that the first LGBT organization will be allowed to march in St. Patrick’s Day festivities since a two-decades-long ban, more organizations are hoping to grab a slice of the Irish soda bread. The HRC has also applied to have an Irish-American contingent from the organization included as an official participant in next year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. Parade organizers recently announced that in 2014, for the first time in the event’s long history, an LGBT group—which represents staff at NBC Universal, the television network broadcasting the parade–would be allowed to march under its own banner. “We are encouraged to learn that a group of LGBT people will be able to march in next year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade under a banner identifying them as LGBT,” the letter reads. “We see this as an important and long-overdue first step toward full inclusion for LGBT people in one of the city’s oldest and most storied traditions.”
At the time of the announcement, parade officials said that OUT@NBCUniversal was the only LGBT group that applied to march next year. HRC urges the parade organizers to consider its application as well as those of other LGBT groups, including Irish Queers, which has long fought to be included in the iconic event.
Filmmaker, Ricki Stern, as well as longtime assistant Graham Reed will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening of the award-winning documentary A Piece of Work that follows the comedienne through the good times and bad times and showcases her indefatigability. The Tribute Screening will take place in New York at the TriBeCa Film Institute and proceeds will go to Joan’s favorite charity, Gods Love We Deliver (an organization that is showcased in the documentary). We were lucky enough to see the documentary in 2010 at its premiere at Newfest and got to listen in on a Q&A with the legend, check out what we thought then.
Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Celebrates New Venue, 25 years with a Showcase of Literary Women
This year, the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will take place in a brand-new venue, the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida, and will kick off its 25th year on October 3. During the nine-day festival, organizers have dedicated the night of the 9th to celebrating and showcasing literary women. Beginning at 6:30 the festival will showcase Regarding Susan Sontag and Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth.
Watch the two trailers and read the synopses after the jump…
by Lawrence Ferber
The official hotel of London Fashion Week (www.londonfashionweek.co.uk), every February and September, with its enviable location just steps from Green Park, Edwardian Hotels’ The May Fair (Stratton Street. Tel: +44-20-7769-8202.www.themayfairhotel.co.uk) balances contemporary boutique chic, with media savvy and homey comfort. The 404 rooms and suites are vibrant and stylish, yet cozy, decked out in textured, colorful fabrics and carpeting: the rooms’ schemes range from Moulin Rouge red and gold to ultramodern olive green. In-house comforts are plentiful: iPads, iPod stations, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The property boasts a gorgeous, cinematic spa, (it’s straight out of a James Bond film), farm-to-table May Fair Kitchen restaurant, craft cocktail-driven May Fair Bar (winner of the Guardian’s Best Hotel Bar in London Award), meeting spaces, and even, a Screening Room, a plush, state-of-the-art 201-seat cinema.
It has been 50 long years since Barbra Streisand last made an appearance on the The Tonight Show. It took Jimmy Fallon’s quirky humor and hands-on approach to comedy to get the legendary singer back on the show—and we suspect that the late-night show’s offer of devoting the whole hour to the Yentl-star may have also played an important part. During one particularly fun moment, Streisand and Jimmy Fallon sang a medley of duets off of the singer’s upcoming album “Partners.” Fallon sings the parts of Elvis Presley, Blake Shelton, and Michael Buble, and the result is surprising good.
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In a groundbreaking new report titled The Export of Hate, HRC Foundation exposes some of the most vitriolic American activists promoting anti-LGBT bigotry abroad that shows that there is a network of American extremists who work tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world at every turn. They spew venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories, and discredited science. Some claim that LGBT people are responsible for the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Others argue that LGBT people are luring away children, and that acceptance of gay and lesbian people will lead to the destruction of families around the world. Some even suggest that the death penalty could be an appropriate punishment for simply being LGBT.
Active in multiple nations across five continents, the individuals profiled in the report are only some of the Americans dedicated to this shared global mission. The report details their connections and associations, nations in which they’re active, publicly available information about their resources, and examples of their hateful rhetoric.