The Los Angeles Times reports that among the invited guests of Chief Justice John Roberts at Tuesday’s Supreme Court hearing on Proposition 8 will be his lesbian cousin Jean Podrasky.
The San Francisco resident wants to marry her partner so she has a lot riding on whether or not a majority of the justices uphold an appellate court ruling declaring California’s ant-gay marriage ban unconstitutional.
She tells The Times: “I am so excited. I feel quite honored and overwhelmed.”
Roberts is Podrasky’s first cousin and his mother is her godmother. She says she hopes to introduce Roberts to her partner of four years, Grace Fasano.
“He is a smart man,” she says. “He is a good man. I believe he sees where the tide is going. I do trust him. I absolutely trust that he will go in a good direction.”
Ted reports that director and activist Rob Reiner told the audience at downtown Los Angeles’ J.W. Marriott of the fight for marriage equality: “Everything is moving in the right direction. This is inevitable.”
Disney/ABC Television will be honored at the dinner for its programming and LGBT characters. It is also the first major Hollywood studio to reach 100% on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, consistently scoring 100% over the last seven years.
Representing ABC at the dinner was Anne Sweeney who is co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. She is pictured below with the cast of ABC’s Scandal.
Pictured: 1) Scandal star Kerry Washington; 2) Lance Bass 3) Rob Reiner and HRC President Chad Griffin 4) Washington state Governor Christine Gregoire 5) California’s first openly gay congressman Mark Takano 6) Sweeney and Scandal cast 7) Scandal star Dan Butinsky.
This week marks the first time in history that the United States Supreme Court will review same-sex marriage laws.
On Tuesday, the court will hear oral arguments in a case challenging California’s Proposition 8. The next day, oral arguments take place in a case challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
These are historic times so it’s no surprise that the cases were the talk of the news shows this morning.
Love what Freedom To Marry’s Evan Wolfson has to say on the topic during a conversation on CBS’s Face the Nation: “The gay people are not going to use up all the marriage licenses when we enter marriage. And this is not just somebody saying it. We now have nine states including the District of Columbia, fourteen countries on four continents in which gay people share in the freedom to marry and the result is families are helped and no one is hurt.”
In case you didn’t already know, GLAAD has since 1985 been the acronym for Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
But now GLAAD is simply just GLAAD, the LGBT media advocacy organization.
The organization, which promotes the image of LGBT people in the media, says its
“alliance” is now a much bigger tent than it was in 1985, and it is ever-growing.
So it announced today that the name change reflects a renewed commitment to incorporate bi, trans people and allies in shaping media narrative and building public support for the LGBT community.
“It is a natural progression that reflects the work GLAAD’s staff is already leading,” GLAAD’s Wilson Cruz said on MSNBC. “We respect and honor the full name that the organization was founded with, but GLAAD’s work has expanded beyond fighting defamation to changing the culture. Our commitment to marriage equality, employment nondiscrimination, and other LGBT issues is stronger than ever, and now our name reflects our work on transgender issues as well as our work with allies.”
Whatever it’s called, I’m just glad there’s GLAAD.
Below is an MSNBC segment, featuring Cruz, is below:
The great Stephen Sondheim turned 83 a few days ago.
So it seems like the perfect time to celebrate the music of the man behind such Broadway shows as Follies, Company, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd and Assassins, among so many others.
While it is Bernadette Peters who is most closely identified with the Sondheim songbook, I’m choosing Patti LuPone to dazzle us with a trio of tunes from Sondheim shows she performed on Broadway: Worst Pies in London from Sweeney Todd, Have an Egg Roll Mr. Goldstone from Gypsy and Ladies Who Lunch from Company.
I give full credit for today’s gorgeous Morning Man Classic, Brian Kelly, to actor David Pevsner who posted a photo of the star of Flipper on Facebook the other day.
I vaguely remember seeing a rerun or two of the series and knew Flipper was a dolphin. What I didn’t notice – so I must’ve been extremely young – was how handsome the show’s leading man was!
He played Porter Ricks, a widower raising two young sons and working as chief warden at Coral Key Park and Marine Preserve. The show ran from 1964-67.
Kelly had previously starred in two short-lived TV series: 21 Beacon Street and Straightaway.
Post-Flipper, he starred in the films Around the World Under the Sea and Shoot, Gringo … Shoot! But he was severely injured in a motorcycle accident while filming The Love Machine in 1970. It left his right arm and leg paralyzed and ended his acting career.
But he went to produce some films including being an executive producer of 1982′s Blade Runner.
Kelly died in 2005, two days before his 74th birthday.
Next month is one of my favorite events all year long: TCM Classic Film Festival.
It was at this event three years ago that I saw Cher, dressed casually but nicely, quickly entering Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on opening night just as the red carpet was about to be rolled up.
It’s the only time I’d ever seen her up close and not in concert or at an awards show.
I found out that night that Cher is a big TCM fan, so much so that she is set to be the first host of Friday Night Spotlight, a brand new film showcase launching April 5 on TCM (Turner Classic Movies).
TCM host Robert Osborne will join Cher to kick off the franchise with A Woman’s World: The Defining Era of Women in Film, a collection of 17 films handpicked by Cher to illustrate the evolving roles of women from the late 1930s to the early ’50s. Each month thereafter, Friday Night Spotlight will feature a celebrity or expert host who will take viewers through a collection of films focusing on a specific topic.
Oscar winner Cher and Osborne kick things off hosting a night of movies focusing on motherhood, beginning with Joan Crawford’s Oscar®-winning performance in Mildred Pierce (1945). Subsequent Fridays in April will feature films about the war effort and life on the homefront (April 12), working women (April 19) and women taking charge (April 26).
Here’s what Cher had to say about putting the series together with Osbourne: “Working with Robert isn’t like working at all! We can’t stop taking about the classics and obscure golden oldies. We talk though the breaks while they move the cameras, check the lighting and do the touch-ups. I can’t stop when it comes to the subject of old films, and then I get Robert going, and then the crew and director finally say, ‘Ahh, Cher? We have a show to do.’ Robert and I laugh and become gown-ups again. We don’t work.”
Cher has previously appeared on the network with Osborne as a Guest Programmer in September 2011.
He says: “Cher loves movies, knows movies and has fascinating things to say about them. We’re also proud to claim her as one of Turner Classic Movies’ most passionate and knowledgeable fans.”
Among the other films Cher has chosen for the month are Stella Dallas (1937), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), His Girl Friday (1940), Woman of the Year (1942), Kitty Foyle (1940), and The Women (1939).
Developing a crush on your cute straight friend in high school is pretty much par for the course for any gay guy.
I had several but in those days, you never told them – and they didn’t even know you were gay!
Not the case on Glee where kids can be openly gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender which makes this show one of the most significant in television history.
In this week’s episode, titled Guilty Pleasures, openly gay Blaine sings a beautiful version of Against All Odds and it is clear to all – including his straight best friend Sam, that he is singing about his crush on the sweet, trouty mouth Sam.
Later Sam says to Blaine: “I’m your guilty pleasure.”
Sam has known about Blaine’s crush on him for a while, and he has no problem with it. He finds it flattering and admits that he would’ve been a little offended if it didn’t exist.
Here is Blaine’s song to Sam:
BONUS VIDEO: In the same episode, Sam reveals that is guilty pleasure is being a Fanilow! Here he is performing Copacabana!
Some really intense stuff going on here as Nick Fallon begins to lose control of what Gabi knows about him.
We see just how unstable Nick is becoming in his coffee house confrontation with Sonny as the two get into a physical confrontation. But more than just using fists, Sonny really takes Nick apart with his words.
Freddie Smith, who plays Sonny, is at his absolute best in this scene.
Will continues to be passive in all of this, perhaps necessary since everyone else around him is being plenty aggressive.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in cases challenging the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8.
Writer-director-activist Dustin Lance Black is flying to Washington DC at this very moment for the historic occasion and just posted this message on Facebook:
“Getting a bit emotional 36K feet in the air on my way to our nation’s capitol for our case against Prop 8 at the US Supreme Court. These past 4 years have been quite the journey — likely the most important one I’ll ever have the privilege of being a part of.”
At that time, I had no idea he was gay. I was just attracted to his intelligence and looks.
Less than a year later, Steve came out publicly in a deeply personal column. It took us into the compartmentalized world that a lot of men feel they must live in in order to have the life they want.
We also learn of the romantic price he had to pay before finally deciding to come out to everyone at the age of 32.
Even with LGBT equality a huge story these days, Steve told The Daily Beast in an interview this week that he generally keeps his politics to himself.
“I am hesitant to put any kind of ideological label on it and say that’s what this show is,” he said. “I would rather say this is a show that seeks out intelligent conversation and is not going to be afraid to let that conversation take place organically.”
Last night, Amy Pascal was honored at an LA Gay & Lesbian Center gala that raised $1 million for homeless gay and lesbian youth.
In case you don’t know, she’s co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and oversees all development, production and marketing activities at Columbia Pictures.
She’s long been one of the most powerful persons in the movie industry so it’s great to have her speaking out against gay slurs and stereotypes in films.
Here are some excerpts from her remarks last night:
What the media says about your sexual orientation, and the color of your skin, and the shape of your eyes, and your ethnicity… what you look like, what you weigh, what you wear, how poor you are, how awkward you are, how educated you are, and how different you are… this stuff really sinks in. What we see teaches us about how to feel about ourselves and how to feel about each other.
And now, I’m talking about kids who are gay and I’m talking about kids who aren’t gay. One group needs affirmation and the other group needs education. And, if I’m being honest, neither of those issues are high on any movie studio or TV network’s agenda…
How about next time, when any of us are reading a script and it says words like fag, or faggot – homo – dyke – take a pencil and just cross it out. Just don’t do it.
We can do better and we will do better. We have to. If we just think about that kid in North Dakota, or their parents, we might just do it a little differently.”
Well, I’ve spent much of the past two days in bed – and not in a good way!
My back decided to flare up and go into a spasm yesterday morning as I was getting ready to leave to speak at a career day at Cal State Northridge. Had to cancel that as well as opening night of Outfest Fusion this evening at the Egyptian in Hollywood. I’m determined to make it to tomorrow night’s Human Rights Campaign gala so fingers crossed that the back continues to heal.
Anyway, one thing that I was able to do today, as I was flat on my back in bed, was a radio show with my old college friend Jim Ellis and co-host Jennifer Geronimo.
Thought some of you might want to listen since it’s a very relaxed conversation that touches on LGBT equality, some fun college memories (“We’ll always have Fresno!), and for the first time I reveal which two celebrities I did interviews with (on the phone) when I was absolutely naked.
I come on just a few minutes into the show and stay on the full half hour. It went by fast!
With Valerie Harper terminally ill, this is going to be something really special.
Miss Harper is going to reunite with her The Mary Tyler Show co-stars Betty White, Cloris Leachman, Georgia Engel and Mary Tyler Moore herself on a special episode of White’s sitcom Hot in Cleveland.
According to Deadline Hollywood, here is the premise of the episode to tape on April 5: Elka (White) and Mamie Sue (Engel) decide to get their bowling team, named GLOB: The Gorgeous Ladies of Bowling, back together. They reunite with former team members Diane (Moore), Peg (Leachman) and Angie (Harper). The quintet had a falling-out after their championship season went to their heads.
The TV Land show has been renewed for a fifth season. It stars White, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick.
Guillermo Diaz is one of the busiest openly gay actors in Hollywood and currently is thrilling us each week on ABC’s Scandal.
But he goes about his work without any of the attention that accompanies every career move of Neil Patrick Harris or Jesse Tyler Ferguson and that’s just fine with him.
‘I don’t even think about it, I’m an actor,’ he told me when we chatted last summer. ‘I’ve been out since I started acting and I’ve worked my whole life. I think people get too caught up in it. I don’t stress about it. If somebody doesn’t want to work with me because I’m gay, I don’t want to work with them either.’
One of my favorite guilty pleasures is the site DListed and today, it pays tribute to a very famous man who we know has a great body, but for some reason his butt has never looked quite so bubbly as in these pics.