Before gay social apps like Grindr existed, and even before online dating sites like Gaydar emerged, gay men used to meet the old-fashioned way: in a bar. It was authentic, it was romantic, and it birthed the love story of Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz, who met 20 years ago on February 12th at a gay bar called The Bar in the East Village. “It was really just a neighborhood pool bar, a remnant from 1970’s gay bars. I saw Matthew from across the room, and I thought he was very cute,” says Andrew. They had their first date and never for a minute did either predict they would later become international, household names in the beauty industry.
Annie Lennox has officially got us in the mood for Halloween this year with the release of the first single off her latest album, Nostalgia. Staying true to the album’s name, Lennox will release the collection of covers first on vinyl on September 30. Her first single is a cover of “I Put a Spell on You,” which was first performed by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and later made famous by jazz-legend Nina Simone.
Feel the nostalgia after the jump…
This October 24, join Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria as she hosts the Ali Forney Center’s annual Fall Gala A Place at the Table. This year’s event will celebrate the 12th anniversary of Ali Forney Center’s work to protect and empower homeless LGBT youths, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood. Guests are invited to the Lower East Side hotspot Capitale, where a silent auction along with passed hor’douvres, a fabulous dinner (really!), award show, live auction, and finally a VIP after party. The evening consistently welcomes New York’s most generous crowd who all come together to take care of those most vulnerable. Additional celebrity guests to be announced soon.
Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For September, we’ve got a guy who is truly fabulous…
Name: Adam Kemmerer
Hometown: Catasauqua, Pennsylvania
Current Show/Role: Rock Henderson in Fabulous! The Queen of New Musical Comedies
The best part of the show I’m working on now is: Listening to the waves of laughter my castmates get every night.
The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: I was in a production of Forever Plaid in New Hampshire. I think we had to learn the music and choreography in 3 days. I remember a lot of cursing and gentle sobbing. But it turned out to be one of my favorite productions of all time.
If I wasn’t a performer, I would be: I’ve always wanted to be a police officer. Someone that can help his community. So I think a NYPD detective would have been fun. I’d settle for playing one on TV though.
House Democrats are moving forward to force a vote on a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) with a narrowed religious exemption. The lead sponsor for the bill is Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat from Colorado. He filed a discharge petition, yesterday. The bill will need 218 signatures to bypass Republicans and bring it to a vote. “We appreciate the leadership of Leader Pelosi and Congressman Polis in seeking every possible avenue to advance ENDA in the House this year, “said David Stacy, HRC’s Government Affairs Director. “No American should be denied a job opportunity, fired, or discriminated against just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. With an overwhelming two-thirds of American voters, including a strong majority of Republicans, supporting a federal law that protects LGBT people from workplace discrimination, this is clearly an issue lawmakers from both parties can support. Speaker Boehner should bring ENDA to the floor for a vote.”
Big hair, outlandish makeup, fabulous dresses, and extravagant personalities can only mean one thing: the Atlantic City Miss’d America Pageant! On September 28, Harrah’s 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.