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Gay Day of the Dead Art

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Gay Day of the Dead: the art of José Antonio Madrazo

By Sebastián Sáenz

@sebastiaenz

 

History, traditions and folk culture have inspired artists for centuries in order to show the world their unique perspective. Human beings have developed a special need to express feelings, thoughts and facts though all kinds of materials such as clay, marble, wood, oil, installations, words and even their own body, but José Antonio Madrazo is a particular case. His original proposal shows one of the most popular Mexican celebrations with an unexpected twist: an LGBT version of The Day of the Dead.

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Most of us are tired of bringing back home after any trip the same souvenirs: the cheap post card, the t-shirt that will lose all colors after the second wash, and the tacky fridge magnet. That is why José Antonio, located in the breathtakingly beautiful and LGBT friendly San Miguel de Allende (one of the most popular little towns of Mexico), got inspired by this important date in order to celebrate diverse love with his art crafts. The career of this artist started in the early 90s, he has worked with different forms of design, and his current proposal projects his identity, sensitivity, creative voice, humor and Mexican Culture, such as the Day of the Dead.

 

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Mexico’s Day of the Dead is a very ancient tradition that mixes Pre-Colonial, Colonial and folk elements of the Mexican culture. The day of the Dead is an annual celebration to remember the life of the loved ones that are no longer with us. Mexicans build altars with flowers, candles, photographs and objects attached to the person that passed away. They also have hot chocolate, candy skulls and Bread of Dead, a sweet pastry with bone-shaped bread sticks on top. Some people dress as Catrinas, the quintessential character of this party: the grim reaper represented as a feminine skelleton, dressed in a colorful gown with flowers and even a huge hat with bright feathers. Some Mexicans even actually go to graveyards and spend the night of November 1st and 2nd in a huge celebration with music, food and laughter; their on way to make fun of Death, and to enjoy life.

 

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No wonder why José Antonio, along with his team of artisans, have been so inspired. All of his pieces are one of a kind, manicured and can be custom made in order to satisfy every customer’s wishes. He mixes clay figurines with traditional crafting techniques, metal, vintage photographs, images of papers, magazines and board games, and even historic heroes and religious icons. Some of his contemporary, funny, pretty and affordable pieces can even portray same sex figures and jokes.

 

The world usually relates Mexico to lucha libre, Taco Bell, telenovelas and, in worst cases, Dora the Explorer. Of course these are stereotypes, and even though some of them are based on actual facts, it is well known that a whole country cannot be associated with just a few generalizations. Mexico is a country that offers so much more than what the world sees on news or in a five star resort in Cancun. It is rich in gastronomy, history, infrastructure, technology, science, academia, natural resources, art and cultural and social progress. Maybe its biggest artist is Frida Kahlo, however, there are obviously new artists such as José Antonio, with innovative, interesting, intricate and beautiful work that the world has to know and appreciate.

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Michael Snell and Derrick Sorles, partners  for  16  years,  started  collecting  Day of Dead  art  in 2013.  They found one of  Jose Antiono’s  gay themed nichos in 2014 and contacted him  about making even more  gay themed  nichos  exclusively for them and began importing them to the US.  Gay Day of the Dead Art Now with the passage of marriage equality growing at leaps and bounds, they hope to serve a whole new market of  LGBT collectors.

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Día de Muertos… Gay: el arte de José Antonio Madrazo
Por Sebastián Sáenz
@sebastiaenz

Historia, tradiciones y folclor han inspirado a artistas durante siglos para mostrar al mundo su perspectiva única. Los seres humanos han desarrollado una necesidad especial para expresar sus sentimientos, pensamientos y hechos a través de diversos materiales como arcilla, mármol, madera, óleo, instalaciones, palabras e incluso su propio cuerpo, pero José Antonio Madrazo es un caso particular. Su original propuesta muestra una de las celebraciones mexicanas más populares con un giro inesperado: una versión LGBT del Día de Muertos.

La mayor parte de nosotros estamos hartos de regresar a casa de cualquier viaje con los mismos souvenirs: la tarjeta postal barata, la playera que perderá sus colores después de lavarla dos veces y el imán de mal gusto para el refrigerador. Es por eso que José Antonio, ubicado en el maravillosamente bello y LGBT amigable San Miguel de Allende (uno de los pueblitos más populares de México), se inspiró en esta importante fecha para celebrar el amor diverso en sus artesanías. La carrera de este artista comenzó a principios de los 90s, ha trabajado con diferentes formas de diseño, y su propuesta actual refleja su identidad, sensibilidad, voz creativa, humor y cultura mexicana; como en el caso del Día de Muertos.

Esta fiesta anual es una antigua tradición que mezcla elementos prehispánicos, coloniales y folclóricos de la cultura mexicana. El día de muertos ayuda a recordar a la gente amada que ya no se encuentra presente. Los mexicanos crean altares con flores, velas, fotografías y objetos que los difuntos apreciaban. También toman chocolate caliente, calaveras de dulce y Pan de Muerto, pan dulce cubierto con palos de pan que semejan huesos. Algunas personas se visten como Catrinas, el personaje de esta celebración por excelencia: representa a la muerte como un esqueleto femenino, ataviado con un colorido vestido con flores e incluso un gran sombrero con brillantes plumas. Algunos mexicanos incluso visitan cementerios y pasan las noches del 1 y 2 de noviembre en una gran verbena con música, comida y risas; su manera única de burlarse de la muerte y de disfrutar la vida.

Es evidente por qué José Antonio, junto con su equipo de artesanos, se han inspirado tanto. Todas sus piezas son únicas, delicadamente construidas, y pueden personalizarse para satisfacer cada deseo de sus clientes. Combina figuras de arcilla y metal con técnicas artesanales típicas, viejas fotografías, imágenes de periódicos, revistas y juegos de mesa, y hasta personajes históricos e íconos religiosos. Y claro, algunas de sus piezas contemporáneas, divertidas, bonitas y accesibles pueden mostrar figuras del mismo sexo y chistes.

El mundo usualmente relaciona a México con la lucha libre, Taco Bell, telenovelas y, en los peores casos, Dora la Exploradora. Claro que éstos son estereotipos, y aunque algunos de ellos están basados en la realidad, es bien sabido que un país entero no puede asociarse solo con algunas generalidades. México es un país que ofrece mucho más de lo que el mundo ve en las noticias y de lo que un turista puede experimentar en un hotel de cinco estrellas en Canc ún. Es rico en gastronomía, historia, infraestructura, tecnología, ciencia, academia, recursos naturales, arte y progreso social y cultural. Quizá su artista más famoso es Frida Kahlo, sin embargo, obviamente hay nuevos artistas como José Antonio, con un trabajo innovador, interesante, detallado y bello que el mundo debe conocer y apreciar.

Lesbians in Alabama Need Help

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It is sad that we have to PAY to defend ourselves and what is right. There should be a reimbursement system in place. ALABAMA should be eating these court costs!

“The two women in Mobile are the bravest two women I’ve ever known,” [Alabama Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham] said. “They’ve been through a lot, and they will continue to go through a lot, and we can never forget them.”

Todd said Searcy and McKeand have “incurred a great debt over legal fees” in their eight-year fight to have their California marriage recognized. She urged attendees to donate to the couple at their website, IAmAParent.com.

[Living in Limbo Executive Director Lara] Embry said Searcy and McKeand are $40,000 in legal debt “because they fought this fight for a long time in Alabama while we were not considered low-hanging fruit to national organizations who would then pitch in and help with that fight.”

“If you want to send someone a wedding gift, maybe make it honor of Cari and Kim, and make a donation to help them, to help pay for marriage equality in Alabama,” Embry said. “Because they got the bill.”

Visit I AM A PARENT

or the GO FUND ME PAGE

Icon BETTE DAVIS Lost Interview

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BETTE  DAVIS!

All About Eve, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, A Catered Affair, Little Foxes, The Letter, Jezebel, Now Voyager….the list goes on and on!

Often referred to as “The First Lady of the American Screen,” Bette Davis created a new kind of screen heroine. She was a liberated woman in an industry dominated by men. She was known as an actress that could play a variety of difficult and powerful roles, and because of this she set a new standard for women on the big screen. Independent off-screen as well, her battles with studio bigwigs were legendary. With a career spanning six decades, few in the history of film rival her longevity and appeal.

Long before Sheryl Sandberg told us to Lean In, screen legend Bette Davis was charging men with changing how the sexes relate to each other.

“I think men have got to change an awful lot. I think somehow they still prefer the little woman. They’re just staying way, way behind and so as a rule I think millions of women are very happy to be by themselves, they’re so bored with the whole business of trying to be the little woman, when no such thing really exists anymore. It just simply doesn’t,” said the celebrated actor and early Hollywood feminist in a previously lost interview, brought to life by PBS Digital Studios’ BLANK ON BLANK.

As an early advocate of gender awareness, Davis added, “This world’s gone way beyond it. The real female should be partly male and the real male should be partly female anyway. So if you ever run into that in either sex you’ve run into something very, very fine, I think.”

In this week’s installment of PBS Digital Studios’ “Blank on Blank” from an interview recorded in 1963 by legendary Hollywood reporter Shirley Eder, Bette Davis gives her perspective on the battle of the sexes. She also reveals her experiences dealing with Hollywood executives while trying to balance her career with a “traditional” household in a male-dominated industry, and explains why being an intelligent female can be a “hindrance” in business.

The full video is here

Bette Davis.com

 

 

OWN IT by Tabatha Coffey

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Fans know Tabatha Coffey as the celebrity hairstylist who’s tough, talented, and always ready to take over.

But while promoting her new book, “Own It: Be the Boss of Your Life — at Home and in the Workplace,” the 44-year-old star of Bravo’s “Tabatha Takes Over” shed some light on how her unconventional childhood drove her to become the strong, successful businesswoman she is today.

Raised mostly by her single mother, Coffey spent much of her free time at her family’s strip club where she quickly learned the power of hair and beauty. “I was at the club all the time,” she told Yahoo. “I would sit back and take a good look at how [the models] got their makeup, costumes, and wigs on and they put me to work. Even as a little kid, I just saw the transformation it did to them.”

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I personally loved her swag and attitude event before she came out (publically)! Now I have even more respect for  this out and proud lesbian woman who is strong and empowering.   She gives  a GREAT INTERVIEW  HERE  with  Lesbian Life.

IN HER NEW BOOK,  Own It!: Be the Boss of Your Life–at Home and in the WorkplaceTabatha is back to share her secrets of business success . . .

With her characteristic savvy expertise and no-nonsense advice, the perfectly coiffed celebrity hairstylist, Tabatha Coffey, returns with her second book, teaching readers that the secret of success is taking charge—of your priorities, your future, and your life. Fans of her hit show, Tabatha Takes Over, value Tabatha’s sound approach to overhauling failing businesses, and now, in Own It!, she takes to the page to reach out to anyone with a dream: whether you’re just beginning, revamping your career, or starting your own enterprise.

Sharing her blunt but rock-solid wisdom, Tabatha provides tips for every aspect of business—from entrepreneurship, to customer service, to management—as well as on the home front, to help women seeking to balance their family lives with their careers. Filled with stories about real people who have faced challenging transitions, in addition to anecdotes from Tabatha’s own experiences, this book reveals, through her unflinching honesty, Tabatha’s commitment to the dreams and goals of her readers, and her never-say-never attitude when it comes to bringing them to life.

Success is the result when you Own It! in all aspects of your life, and Tabatha breaks it down step-by-step as your straight-shooting personal coach to show you how it’s done.

BUY THE BOOK!

Own It!: Be the Boss of Your Life–at Home and in the Workplace

 

 

Homophobic People meet and hug a Gay Person

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From the Gay Women Channel

We took it in a different direction and asked 15 homophobic people to hug a gay stranger.

Some people question whether this experiment was real?  or staged?   what do you think?

Watch

Marie Osmond talks Sons Suicide and Marriage Equality for Gays

The tide is changing on public opinion for gay marriage.  TIME magazine did a huge article and cover this week about the public opinion shift on gay marriage. 

Even Marie Osmond, who previously was AGAINST gay marriage, has changed her mind. 

Marie Osmond tells Diane Sawyer she believes in marriage equality:

“The God that I believe in is a god of love, not fear. I don’t tell
my children if you’re not good you’re going to Hell. I tell my children
that God will be there for them when they struggle. That’s the God I
believe in...I believe in [my lesbian daughter’s] civil rights, as a
mother. I think my daughter deserves everything that she desires in
life. She’s a good girl. She’s a wonderful child. I don’t think God made
one color flower. I think he made many..
.”

It’s really a great time to witness what is happening in the world. This shift toward loves and accepting the LGBTQ community. I believe we are all here to learn and grow. 
Marie hits the nail on the head, “Bad things happen… you can either medicate it or learn from it. Move on from it. Learn from it. Say I made a mistake. I have made many mistakes….
And she says that one gift that her mother gave her stands above the rest: the gift to
trust and follow her heart. Even when the path seemed bleak, it was this
unwavering faith that allowed her to follow her dreams, both
professional and personal, and survive the hardest times in her life. In her book she talks about her son’s suicide and her lesbian daughter. 

Marie Osmond said that she knows she’ll see her son again in a new interview with “omg! Insider.” The 53-year-old veteran performer was talking about the suicide of her 18-year-old son Michael Blosil, who jumped to his death from a high-rise apartment building in Los Angeles on Feb. 26, 2010.

“I know I’ll see my son again and it’s that kind of faith that gets you through the difficult dark moments,” she said about the approaching three-year anniversary.
“Have I been through dark moments? Absolutely. Is it difficult to see
the light at the end of the tunnel? Sometimes it’s very challenging, but
I have great hope. If I were to say one thing I would want to spread
through this show and the thing that I do is give people hope. To let
them know that we all go through it.”

Wanna Go To the Osmond Family Anti Gay Marriage Party?

 

Thousands around the US  will rally and prepare for  the Supreme Court’s consideration of marriage cases demanding equality for gay and lesbian Americans,  next week – and what do the Osmonds do??  The Osmond family is holding a “pro-family” rally at the Utah Capitol
“benefitting the protection of marriage” from gay and lesbian Americans.

I wonder  if Marie Osmond and her lesbian daughter are attending.

Should LGBT be Changed to GSD?

First there was GLBT. 

Which sort of flipped to LGBT over the years.
And more recently, sometimes people say LGBTQ mand other variations. 
But now, some folks in London, think it should all be changed to GSD. Gender and Sexual Diversities. And according to a poll, many people do want to see it changed. I for one, disagree. I think it would a mistake to change. But what do I know?!

Pink Therapy director Dominic Davies and fellow therapist Pamela
Gawler-Wright suggested GSD, or “Gender and Sexual Diversities,” as a
more inclusive community term in a new video posted on the group’s Facebook page.

In the clip, Davies noted that the term LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender) still excluded “a whole batch of people who didn’t feel
able to go to mainstream counseling organizations and also wouldn’t
necessarily be welcome at LGBT counseling organizations,” including
asexual people and those in otherwise non-traditional relationships,
such as swingers.

 Added Gawler-Wright: “Now we’re allowing more of a spectrum…people
need wider language, people need better language to have that
conversation … We exist at this time in a different way of thinking
collectively and inclusively.”

Officials on the group’s Facebook page echoed those sentiments. “The
point we’re trying to make is not that our community shouldn’t be called
LGBT, it’ that actually our community is SO much BIGGER than simply
LGBT,” they noted.

What do you think?

YEP, SHE’S GAY! Jodie Foster Comes Out at Golden Globes

I have to wonder, what makes a celebrity come out all of sudden? When most of the world already knew?

Jodie Foster‘s winding, emotional acceptance speech upon receiving the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes was one of the show’s standout moments. The six-and-a-half-minute oration, in which Foster addressed her sexuality, her privacy, her career and her family, seemed to draw a unanimous reaction at first: one of sheer surprise.

After the initial shock subsided, two big questions hung in the air.
Had Foster come out as gay? And had she announced her retirement?

She was not of the era when gay or lesbian stars held press conferences to discuss their private lives, she said.

I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the
stone age. In those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would
open up to trusted friends, and family, coworkers and then gradually,
proudly, to everyone who knew her. To everyone she actually met. But
now, apparently I’m told, that every celebrity is expected to honor the
details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a
primetime reality show. You guys might be surprised, but I’m not Honey
Boo Boo child.

She went on, “If you had been a public figure since the time you were a toddler, if
you had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against
all odds, then maybe you too would value privacy above all else.”

Lesbian Couple Shot in Head in Texas. One Dead.

This is so shocking and sad. I sobbed when I read this. It brought back the memory of the Matthew Shepard nightmare….

MSNBC:

Mollie Judith Olgin, 19, and Mary
Christine Chapa, 18, were found in knee-deep grass in a nature area in
Portland, Texas  by a couple Saturday, said Portland Police Chief Randy Wright,
who confirmed to msnbc.com details first reported by the Corpus Christi
Caller Times.

  The girls had been dating about 5 months.

Olgin, originally from Ingleside but recently living in
Corpus Christi, died;
Chapa, of Sinton, was rushed to a hospital where
she had surgery and was in serious but stable condition on Sunday, local
NBC affiliate kristv.com reported. Wright said Chapa was still in the
hospital on Monday…

…When asked if police had been able to
determine if the girls’ sexuality played any role in the shootings,
Wright told msnbc.com: “That’s always something that we’re looking for,
but as of this point, we have not been able to establish that that had
anything to do with the attack.”

He said they had been in communication
with Chapa. He noted all indications were that “third parties” were
involved in the assault. “If we had a name, you know, we’d be having a
different conversation right now. But we have not been able to gather
enough information to identify a suspect yet,” he said. “It appears as
if … this was not just a random attack but that’s something that we
really have to develop over time.”



Really?   How could this be random??

Wright told local station KZTV that the shooting had “the earmarks” of a targeted slaying.

Police found a bullet casing and witnesses reported seeing a dark-colored car leaving scene, the station reported.

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Happy Mothers Day Jennifer Tyrrell

Happy Mother’s Day –

Unless You’re Gay

Mother’s Day has always been a special day for me — a time to
celebrate my mother, grandmothers, but most importantly, my children.

But this Mother’s Day, I won’t be celebrating as usual.

You probably heard that last month, the Boy Scouts of America told me
that I was no longer welcome to serve as scout leader of my 7-year-old
son’s Boy Scouts troop because I’m gay.

Like any mother, my heart was left broken.

So far, over 275,000 people have joined me at Change.org/scouts to tell the BSA that it’s time to end their long history of discrimination against gay scouts and LGBT leaders.

Will
you join me, as well as celebrities including Julianne Moore and Josh
Hutcherson, this Mother’s Day to help tell the Scouts that they should
accept all moms by sharing my story on Facebook and Twitter?

Or, if you haven’t already, sign my petition at Change.org/scouts and join over 275,000 Americans demanding equality from one of our nation’s largest cultural institutions.

Though I won’t be spending Mother’s Day with my troop this year, with your help I can send a message to the Scouts in support of all loving moms.

Wishing you and your family a very happy Mother’s Day.

Jennifer Tyrrell
Bridgeport, OH
Former Scout Leader, Cub Scouts, Pack 109

JC Penny Keeps Pushing the Gay Lesbian Envelope

At this point, I just think One Million Moms need to get lives.

 The group who calls
themselves One Million Moms, despite comprising only 40,000 members, is after JCPenney  once again, this time because of their recent May mailer, which includes a photo of a lesbian couple with their two daughters.

OMM  feel as if this means JCPenney is somehow taking sides, and they
want them to take a “neutral stand.”

What would those sides be, exactly?
Anti-gay vs. pro-gay? Right-wing vs. left-wing? Christian vs.
otherwise? What these women are missing is that JCPenney is taking a “neutral” stand.

Jenny block discussed the issue on Huff Post.

This is about ignorance. It’s about ignorance about the LGBTQ community.
It’s about ignorance about God’s love for everyone. It’s even about
ignorance of simple commerce.

“If they want our business, then we will
not be ignored!”  says  OMM.

Seriously ladies?   JCPenney wants everyone’s business!

Priest Refuses Communion to Lesbian at Funeral

OH MY GOD!
 Here we go again.
Who do these priests think they are? God?

A lesbian is demanding that the priest who refused to serve her Communion at her mother’s funeral be removed from his ministry.

Seattle Times reports,

Deep in grief, Barbara Johnson stood first in line for Communion at her
mother’s funeral Saturday morning. But the priest in front of her
immediately made it clear she would not receive the sacramental bread
and wine.

“He put his hand over the body of Christ and looked at me and said, ‘I
can’t give you Communion because you live with a woman, and in the eyes
of the church, that is a sin,’ ” she recalled Tuesday.

Family members said the priest left the altar while Johnson was
delivering a eulogy for her mother and he  did not attend the burial or find another priest
to be there. –  He said he was SICK. And did not feel well.

Since Saturday, other Catholics have told him that the experience has
shaken their faith. “You have serious questions about how American
Catholics in particular practice their faith. How many divorced people
live in a technical state of sin? How many people practice some form of
artificial birth control in a state of sin?” he said. “If the church
will now have these ‘state of grace’ police, you know, how can that be?
That’s the most personal thing in the world — between a person and God.”

Read the full article!

IN 2008 – A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that
they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for
Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion.

Cambodia Lesbian Wrongly Jailed

Phlong Srey Rann, 20, could be  spending the next four and a half years behind bars
for having sex with her girlfriend.

What a mess this is.
A great example of Guilty, until proven innocent…

“On August 10, 2011, [her girlfriend’s] brother filed a complaint that I
was illegally detaining her. The police then arrested me and accused me
of illegal detention and human trafficking,” Phlong Srey Rann
explained.

In November, a judge convicted her of having sexual intercourse with a minor and sentenced her to five years in prison.

The
“minor” involved was a co-worker she had met at a shoe factory in
Kandal province. They had been together for more than a year.

“I told police that I was not [involved in] human trafficking and that
we loved each other. I don’t understand why her brother filed a lawsuit
against me,” Phlong Srey Rann said.

Letters between the two
support these claims. One from her girlfriend identifies an older
brother as the source of the problem. “My brother is forcing me to stop
having a relationship with you, but I have to overcome it . . . you are
the person whom I love so much,” the hand-written letter reads.

Phlong
Srey Rann said it was news to her that her girlfriend was under age.
Her girlfriend’s family had provided falsified documents to the court
identifying their daughter as only 14 years old, she said.

“My girlfriend’s family lied to the court when they said she was only 14 years old,” Phlong Srey Rann said.

Cambodian
labour law stipulates that factory workers must be 18 or older, which
would mean that her girlfriend had been working in the factory since she
was 13.

Phlong Srey Rann’s girlfriend had been taken back to her village in
Kampot by her family, people familiar with the case said. She was
confined to her parents’ home and her mobile phone has been taken from
her, they said.

Still, a letter slipped through. “I love only
you. I will never love other. If my family does not love you, I will
still love you forever.” 

READ  MORE

Lesbian Kristy McNichol Comes out in People

Better late than never! 

SURPRISE!   Kristy McNichol, best known for her roles on the TV shows
“Family” and “Empty Nest,” joined the ranks of celebrities who have come
out of the closet.

People reports that McNichol,
who was beloved for playing Buddy Lawrence in the ’70s show “Family,”
for which she won an Emmy, and later Barbara Weston on the “Golden
Girls” spin-off “Empty Nest,” revealed she is a lesbian because she is
“approaching 50” and wants to “be open about who I am.”

The former actress, who has lived with partner Martie Allen for almost
two decades, says she is also choosing now to come out because she “is
very sad about kids being bullied… and she hopes that coming out can
help kids who need support,” her publicist Jeff Ballard told People, adding, “She would like to help others who feel different.”

Huffington Post ran a slideshow of 25 other actors who surprised the world by coming out!

Lesbian Netflix style Video on Demand

One More Lesbian (OML), the largest online curators of non-pornographic LGBT film/TV content, has officially announced the debut of OML+, a premium video-on-demand service.

Moving OML toward becoming the Netflix, Hulu, iTunes and Amazon of the lesbian world, Shirin Papillon (founder & CEO) has kicked-off a new division to bring new non-pornographic films and other specialty entertainment to LGBT audiences around the world via digital platforms.

The one of a kind service will allow users to view a variety of popular lesbian titles as well as independent feature films and shorts for a small fee ranging anywhere from $.99 to $3.99 for a 48-hour viewing period.

A successful dot.com venture, OML has secured its cyberspace presence as not only a trusted brand, but also as the ultimate seminal Mecca of online lesbian movie streaming. An online media platform that strictly serves as an aggregator for video content already existing on other sites, OML is the one-stop emporium for movies, television shows, web series, Vlogs, music videos, live video chats, PSA’s, specials/events and even commercials made for and by lesbians and bi-sexual women.      

 In addition to hours and hours of films, TV shows, and web series OML will be adding more written content in its “In Words” section and eventually hopes to connect lesbian and bisexual women with music, books, and all things lesbian.

Shirn Papillon, who has an entertainment background as a producer, was doing research for a “lesbian Mad Men” type show when she realized that searching for phrases like “lesbian TV,” “lesbian films,” and “lesbian web series” led her to mostly porn.
“I just had one of these ‘Well there should be a site where you can find good lesbian content …  one site where there’d be films, video, web series, commercials, any content that’s not adult,’” said Papillon.

OML+
is the ultimate way for movie lovers to benefit from the very best in
the world of LGBT entertainment, from the comfort and convenience of
their living room all at the click of a button.  Able to
select from a rich catalog of the latest LGBT cinema, viewers will have
instant access to quality LGBT content that would usually only screen at
film festivals and/or go straight to DVD – films they love and/or have
heard of but may not have access to otherwise.

Papillon doesn’t limit herself to American
produced content. Her team, based all over the world, aids OML in
searching the globe for the best lesbian content. 

Hillary Clinton Names Ellen Degeneres HIV AIDS Special Envoy

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has named talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres as the U.S. government’s Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness. The announcement came Tuesday (Nov. 8) at the National Institute of Health during Clinton’s address about AIDS and the HIV virus.

Clinton says of DeGeneres, “[Ellen] is going to bring not only her sharp wit and her big heart, but her impressive TV audience and more than 8 million followers on Twitter, to raise awareness and support for this effort. I know we can look forward to many contributions from Ellen and her loyal fans across the globe.”

“I’m honored to have been chosen by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham
Clinton as Special Envoy for Global AIDS awareness.  The fight against
AIDS is something that has always been close to my heart.  And I’m happy
that I can use my platform to educate people and spread hope. Now, if
you’ll excuse me, I have to go look up what “envoy” means,” said talk
show host Ellen DeGeneres.

*Envoy – a diplomatic agent of the second rank, next in dignity after an ambassador, commonly called minister.
              aka – an accredited messenger or representative.
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Rosie O’Donnell The New Queen of Chicago


Nearly a decade after she left her successful daily daytime show to take care of her children, O’Donnell’s “The Rosie Show” premieres Monday October 10th  on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Rosie  is  bringing her wisdom, talent and brilliant sense of humor (and don’t forget NICE!) to the Harpo studio in Chicago –  and being met with excitement and open arms!

The out, proud mom of four is ever funny, packed with high-energy and AUTHENTIC – a talk show with a heart – no two days of THE ROSIE SHOW will be alike. Rosie will cover current events, spotlight hometown heroes and newsmakers, showcase the arts, celebrate kids and families, as well as feature well-known and upcoming talent.

Watch for a star studded opening week including a who’s who list of stars! Appearances by Salma Hyek, Lisa Kudrow, Gloria Estefan, Roseanne Barr, Sharon and Kelly Osborne, Ricky Lake, Gloria Steinem, Wanda Sykes, the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Kevin Bacon, Fran Drescher , but she still has a wish list of other stars. “Adele has throat issues but as soon as she’s up and healthy she’ll be on,” she says. “I want to have Melissa McCarthy on. Never seen anyone as funny their first time as host of ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Emma Stone… Ryan Gosling I think is an amazing actor. I have a huge wish list.”

 


I’m going to come out and do stand-up with a mic. I don’t really tell jokes and my stand-up was always more about stories, so I need a mic and a stand. I felt like Henny Youngman [without it]. I’ll do about ten minutes of stand up, then take questions from the audience like Carol Burnett did. So we’re gonna have a real lengthy sit down interview, not always a celebrity with something to promote. Then we have a human interest segment and we play a game at the end of every show…. This will be more fun than anyone imagined. I cheat, but it’s still fun.”




 When asked about gay topics and gay guests on your show, Rosie says, ” Just like any other minority group, I don’t specifically think “Well, I’m going to have gay topics as well as African American issues and”– you know, it’s my life.

And like every other artist and comedian, I talk about my life, so things that pertain to my life are probably going to appear more pertinent than to a host who maybe was not gay. I don’t know. I mean, we definitely have had– you know, it’s an entertainment show, so are we going to have gay guests?

Yeah, and we’re going to have a gay host. And nowadays it doesn’t seem so relevant. In ’96 when my show started, not one interviewer even asked if I was gay. Not one. And this was before Ellen came out, this was before “Will and Grace” was on. It’s a whole different world than it was in ’96 when I started, and it’s really inspiring to me as well to see like Neil Patrick Harris win the Emmy Award and host the Oscars and the Tonys, and be so brilliant, and have a husband and a baby, and it’s not a big deal in a way that I could not have imagined when I began my career. So will we have gay people on? Yes. Will we talk about things that include LBGT issues? Yes. Is it going to be a primary focus? No. It’s going to be just one part of who I am, and one part of the show
.”


The Rosie Show is destined for greatness. This is just what OWN  needed. The network has gotten off to slow start but the Rosie Show is just the shot in the arm, the network needs.   O’Donnell isn’t worried about her new home on OWN.


I have tremendous faith in Oprah’s  ability to do almost anything,” she says. “When she puts her mind to anything, it gets down. People ask if I feel pressure. I feel nothing but privilege, really.” She lated added, “If you look at the launch of any cable channel, it takes three years. The people are just waiting for us to fill up the programming. Its going to be a huge hit like everything else Oprah touches.”

OPRAH  SAID, “
In 25 years of doing my show, only one competitor ever seriously challenged me in the ratings: Rosie O’Donnell. From the day Rosie took her place among the crowded field of talk show hosts, I knew she had that “It” thing: She was as sharp as she was authentic, as forthright as she was funny. During six seasons of NBC’s The Rosie O’Donnell Show, she not only won 11 Emmys—she knew how to use her screen time to truly connect.”



Rosie  said, “My biggest challenge is, I think, to just be authentic, you know? That’s the goal, I think, for every human being, no matter what your job is, and it’s sometimes hard when showbiz is so full of pretense that to remain your authentic self is difficult while you’re being recorded.

There are some scientists and sociologists who are doing studies, saying when you observe anything, it changes its essence. So to try to maintain who you are while performing, and trying to be conversational, not presentational, that’s the biggest challenge.
 
But luckily, I think, my age is on my side for this. When you’re in your thirties, I think you still don’t really quite know who you are, but as I’m approaching 50 in March, I think I have a much better understanding of who I am and what I’m doing and why
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Since I’ve been off the air, television has become saturated with celebrities. In America we’re addicted in a way that’s embarrassing. So it’s not going to be all about celebrity. It’ll be a celebration of humanity, of connection, of authenticity and love.

Because it’s on at 7, we’re going to do a hybrid between a late-night show and a daytime show. We’ll incorporate the audience. We’ll use Twitter. We’ll use Facebook. We’ve come up with a new kind of talk show that mixes the old single-topic format with fun and social media. So it will have a reality feel. We’ll have to get the kinks out, but the same way I knew the first one would work, I know this will work
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Whether it’s hilarious comedy and game segments, (Rosie LOVES The Price is Right) a live performance by a major recording artist, a celebrity visit, or a discussion of an issue important to Americans, THE ROSIE SHOW’s candid exploration of a wide variety of subjects will encourage all of us to laugh, love and live our best lives.


TICKETS  are hard to get at the moment but check the site often for updates!


L Word actress Leisha Hailey and Girlfriend Kicked off Southwest For Kissing and Swearing


Leisha Hailey, a musician and  television actor from the L WORD, was thrown off her SOUTHWEST flight in El Paso, Texas,  last weekend  after she kissed her girlfriend and bandmate, Camila Grey, in the seat next to her.

A cabin crew member, apparently responding to a passenger complaint, told Hailey that Southwest was a “family airline” and asked her to stop her excessive  PDA. By the time Hailey and Grey had stopped swearing and cursing, they were back in the airport, waiting for the next flight.


Southwest later insisted the problem was the abusive language, not the kiss. “The conversation escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground, as opposed to in flight,” it said. –  well of course the conversation escalated!  I would have fought back as well! 

Hailey and her girlfriend Camila  take responsibility for “getting verbally upset” after a flight attendant approached them to inform them Southwest is a “family airline,” but they add that they were never “making out” or engaging in anything “excessive, inappropriate, or vulgar. … It was one, modest kiss.”


After days of incensed reaction from Hailey, her friends and the lesbian and gay community, however, Southwest backtracked, saying it was offering a full refund for the flight and had “reached out to extend goodwill” – a form of words that fell just short of an outright apology. –  It should never have been an issue in the first place.  Would you tell a straight couple to stop kissing if I was offended??



PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION – Help Lesbian Couple Affected by Homophobia

This is, quite simply, shocking and unbelievable. And it should not be happening in America.

Imagine celebrating an anniversary weekend with the love of your life, only to return home and find that your dream home has been burned to the ground in an anti-gay hate crime. Then imagine your insurance company indefinitely delaying payment on the damages.

That’s exactly what is happening to Carol Ann and Laura Stutte, a same-sex couple who have been together for more than 16 years, living in Tennessee.

In September, an arsonist destroyed their home to mere ashes, leaving only a garage standing. On the side of the garage, the arsonist spray-painted the word “QUEERS” in big, black letters. A month before the arson, Carol Ann and Laura received several homophobic threats, including being told by a neighbor:
“Do you know what is better than one dead queer? Two dead queers.”




The Stutte home had no gas service and was all electric. Even with witness reports of two explosions and a fireball that could be seen above the treeline, that all waterhoses on the property had been cut and that “QUEER” had been painted on their garage the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Tennesse Bureau of   Investigation and FBI have yet to rule the fire as an arson.


Five months after their house was torched to the ground, Carol Ann and Laura have not received a single penny from their home insurance company — American National Property and Casualty (ANPAC). Facing financial disaster, the Stuttes have been forced to make mortgage payments and insurance payments — or else be dropped by the company.






This is outrageous and unacceptable
, but you can do something about it. Right now, thousands of Change.org members are telling ANPAC to honor Carol Ann and Laura’s insurance claim — and help the victims of this vicious attack get back on their feet. Click here to join us and add your name now .

Despite the crippling financial strain on Carol Ann and Laura, ANPAC continues to stall on paying the couple’s claim – despite the fact that Carol Ann and Laura’s insurance policy says that they are entitled to up to 24 months of living expenses after a disaster — like having their home burned to the ground.
Why won’t ANPAC help Carol Ann and Laura recover from this hateful and homophobic attack on their home? We don’t know the answer, but — with the help of Change.org members across America — we’re going to get an answer from ANPAC.

Carol Ann and Laura need your support right now. Please click the link below to add your name and join thousands of Americans telling ANPAC to honor their policy and help the Stuttes rebuild their lives.

PLEASE  SIGN THIS TODAY !

Thanks for taking action. Together, we’ll help Carol Ann and Laura hold ANPAC accountable.

Don’t do business with American National Property and Casualty
which is headquartered in Springfield, MO.

Julie Goldman and Brandy Howard from Nicest Thing, Go To Michigan Womyns Festival

We met Julie Goldman this past fall, when she was in Chicago, with Jonny McGovern . You may know Julie from  LOGO’s BIG GAY SKETCH SHOW.


Julie also worked With AMANDA BEARSE (Married With Children) and BRANDY HOWARD  (Automatic) on their new Lesbian Romantic Comedy, “NICEST THING “, which is in limbo securing partners to help finance and distribute the film.

While they are waiting to cause a sensation with their romantic-comedy, and  since no one wants to make their movie or cast them in anything, they feel it is their duty to harshly judge everyone else’s work based on a sliding scale of rage, bitterness, lesbianisim, and lack of any real significant training!

So meanwhile, Julie and Brandy are all over the Internet and can be seen on AUTOSTRADDLE .

Founded in March 2009 and still run by a dedicated team of indentured masochists, Autostraddle is an intelligent, hilarious & provocative voice and a progressive online community for a new generation of kickass lesbian, bisexual & otherwise inclined ladies.

Funny, Funny, Funny!  You have to watch these crazy girls! Julie and Brandy do this IN YOUR BOX OFFICE series, a hilarious  reality  webseries. I just watched  Julie and Brandy take on Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival . If you’ve ever wondered what a feminist camping trip in the middle of nowhere is like- stop wondering! This video has all the answers.


In Your Box Office

Julie Goldman blog



Best Gay News Magazine

The Most Popular Gays Who Twitter and Tweet

OK, so what if LADY  GAGA has 8,000,000  followers and Ashton Kutcher has 6,500,000?

 I have almost 2,000 ! I actually need to work my Twitter account more, I just haven’t had the time. Emails and Facebook are hard enough to keep up with!

So who are following what gays? 
Coming in at number one is ELLEN.

1. Ellen DeGeneres, TV Host/Comedian |
5,551,765 followers | @TheEllenShow


2. Perez Hilton, Blogger PerezHilton.com | 2,888,242 followers | @PerezHilton
(He looks so much healthier since he lost the weight!)

3. Stephen Fry, Actor/Writer | 1,846,386 followers | @stephenfry
4. Rachel Maddow, TV Host | 1,779,131 followers | @maddow
5. Samantha Ronson, DJ/Musician | 1,774,457 followers | @samantharonson
6. Lindsay Lohan, Actress | 1,591,073 followers | @lindsaylohan
7. Ricky Martin, Musician | 1,549,607 followers | @ricky_martin
8. Michael Ausiello, Blogger for EW.com | 1,123,498 followers | @MichaelAusiello
9. Suze Orman, Financial Adviser and TV Host | 1,060,245 followers | @SuzeOrmanShow
10. Neil Patrick Harris, Actor | 877,462 followers | @ActuallyNPH
11. Adam Lambert, Musician | 835,930 followers | @adamlambert
12. Alan Carr, Comedian | 563,293 followers | @AlanCarr
13. Michael Buckley, YouTube Personality | 527,314 followers | @buckhollywood
14. Chris Colfer, Actor | 482,970 followers | @chriscolfer
15. Karl Lagerfeld, Fashion Designer | 415,900 followers | @Karl_Lagerfeld

Ones to watch –

Anderson Cooper, TV Host /   826,368 followers / @andersoncooper
Ross Matthews, Comedian / 131,489 followers / @helloross
Johnny Weir, Skater /  78,887 followers / @JohnnyGWeir
Scott Herman, Fitness Guru / 13,975  followers/ @Scott_Herman