“My parents are pretty much the opposite of Mama Rose,” jokes Broadway veteran Telly Leung—who plays Feinstein’s at the Nikko in San Francisco this weekend—“They have no relationship to showbiz whatsoever. It was harder for me to come out to them as an actor than as a gay man.”
But, the Brooklyn-born Leung, whose irresistibly sweet, clarion singing voice has graced New York productions Pacific Overtures, Wicked, Godspell, and Rent, may crack wise a bit too quickly.
The Girls star and daughter of TV anchor Brian Williams, Allison Williams, is set to strap on those green tights and fly off to Neverland on the live NBC special Peter Pan Live! and she will join Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. A recently released featurette of the Craig Zadan and Neil Meron–produced live pay has been released and it looks like a whole lot of campy fun.
Check it out after the jump…
John Lithgow may be well on his way to another Oscar nomination (or first win) for his role in Director Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange. In the film, he and Alfred Molina portray Ben and George, a Manhattan gay couple of 39 years whose marriage inadvertently results in their loss of a home together. Shedding light on an unfortunate consequence facing some LGBT individuals employed by religious institutions when they legally tie the knot. The film showcases a warm, sweet, nuanced performance by Lithgow who was honored with an HRC Equality Award in May.
Apple has teamed up with RED again to launch a two-week campaign to raise money to help fight HIV/AIDS. The campaign will run across its app, retail, and online stores. The technology giant enlisted 25 top app makers who will donate all of the money from purchases made between Nov. 28-Dec. 7 to the Global Fund that provides antiretroviral drugs to those in need. Many of the apps downloads will now include RED themes like in FIFA 15 players can compete in a RED Tournament.
You can view the entire list of apps that will donate their proceeds over at USA Today.
In Palm Beach, Florida, there is a relatively new adage that’s defined the destination for more than a decade: “Palm Beach is like the gay 90s: all the women are 90 and all the men are gay.” It’s not entirely untrue considering more than half the residents are over 65 years old, many businesses are gay owned, gossip among locals is better than a season of Real Housewives, and a typical night out is a fabulous dinner party in a million-dollar home.
Sprawling a short 17 miles, Palm Beach (about an hour north of Miami) has always served as a rather exclusive stomping ground for old-money tycoons and wealthy entrepreneurs who only dabble with the finer things in life. The skyscraper-free town is chockablock with fancy restaurants where dinner jackets are still often required, luxury name-brand retailers like Gucci and Neiman Marcus are ubiquitous, and members-only country clubs are decades strong. It’s not unusual to see locals dressed to the nines for a trip to the bank or parking lots packed with only Bentleys and Porsches. There’s an air of sophistication, and a touch of harmless elitism, you’re hard-pressed to find in other parts of Florida—the local Publix even has valet parking.
Here’s a video that will help brighten up your Monday. Norway’s curling team, famous for not only their on-ice talent but also their fashion sense, put on a pair of cotton pants while on ice.
Watch the ad for Comfyballs (a sponsor of the team) after the jump…
A game that invites players to kill gay people with a gun has been pulled from the Google Play Store after online outrage over its contents. The game, though, had already been downloaded 10,000 times. The goal of the game is to shoot as many gay men as possible, and if you don’t reach a certain number of kills, the men will then swarm you and rape you. [BI]
Kiesza’s debut album, Sound of a Woman hit stores late last month, and it’s gearing up to be one if this year’s most successful. Her hit single “Hideaway” rocketed to the #1 spot in the UK charts earlier this year and remains the fastest-selling debut of year. “Hideaway” went platinum in the UK and Canada; additionally, the song charted #1 in 21 countries on iTunes. The song was paired with a delicious throw back video that has captured over 155 million viewers to date (filmed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn).
Watch after the jump…
As temperatures across the United States are well below brr, it’s time to warm up with a little treat from our friends at 2Gingers. After a few sips of this robust take on a Hot Toddy, you’ll definitely be prepared to take on the beginning of the holiday season. Check out the recipe below. Who knew making something this hot could be so easy?
Combine ingredients in a mug. Top off with hot water, stir, and garnish by floating a lemon wheel stabbed with dry cloves. Alternative garnish: cinnamon stick.
Gay-rights and human-rights organizations worldwide are condemning the decision by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to sign into law horrific new legislation that could lead to life in prison for some LGBT people in The Gambia. HRC and other organizations are calling on the Obama Administration to conduct a full diplomatic review of the United States’ relationship with Gambia.
According to a new Associated Press report, Jammeh actually signed the bill into law on October 9, although “no government officials have yet publicly notified the country of the new law.” According to multiple news reports, earlier this year The Gambia’s National Assembly passed the legislation that includes nearly identical language to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, and the bill has since awaited the signature of Jammeh, who has a deeply troubling record on LGBT rights.