Going into 2013, then-New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was the odds-on favorite to become the first woman and out gay mayor of New York. But in an election in which "change" became a mantra, support from LGBT leaders couldn't overcome her close identification with outgoing Mayor Michael ... More >>
ATLAH World Missionary Church, the Harlem religious institution best known for its pastor's peculiar fixation on homosexuality, has put up yet another floridly offensive sign, this one stating the need to "take Harlem back" from both "pinch nose sellout Negros" and "demonic homos." In February, ATL ... More >>
Our measly 30 minutes of free Sochi live stream on nbc.com has long since run out. Even the gym is beginning to catch on to the fact that we've been creeping along on the treadmill just to watch couples' figure skating. We might be missing Johnny Weir's inspired outfits, but there's still plenty of ... More >>
When the storm surge sent floodwaters pouring into the West Village last month, it wreaked havoc on ground-floor homes and offices throughout the neighborhood. Among them was the drop-in facilities of the Ali Forney Center, a non-profit that provides shelter and social services to New York's homeles ... More >>
And I found out about it while playing Bingo! I joined Murray Hill and Linda Simpson in calling Bingo numbers last night at the Hotel Chantelle to help raise money for the Ali Forney Center. (Their drop-in center was devastated by the hurricane, so granny's board game came to the rescue, all hepped ... More >>
And I'm not even in a rest home yet!
Won’t someone dance with me?
Here's the eye-popping cast of the mini Wiz sketches we did last week at Justin Sayre's Night of 1000 Judys, a benefit for the Ali Forney Center.
Playwrights Horizons was filled to capacity for The Night of 1000 Judys, a combo concert/comedy show benefiting the Ali Forney Center. Host Justin Sayre--who's sort of Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg--was hilarious, with his offhand monologues about the need for Judy Garland worship (and any othe ... More >>
The late Judy Garland would have turned 90 yesterday, so Liza Minnelli sent out a message: "Today is a day for celebration. We celebrate the privilege of having had Mama touch all of our lives. She left us with so many feelings we never would have discovered about our self until she exquisitely tra ... More >>
And I'm in it! It's a Judy Garland-obsessed show that benefits the Ali Forney Center. And guess who's going to be there, preaching at the shrine of Judyism?
Mayor Michael Bloomberg released his budget yesterday, and it's not a pretty read for children. According to Council Speaker Christine Quinn, it could axe 42,000 slots for childcare. Also, according to a press release from the Ali Forney Center, it will wreak havoc on the number of beds available f ... More >>
Monday's Broadway Beauty Pageant, a benefit for the Ali Forney Center, brought out the caring, the sharing, and the chutzpah. Here's a bunch of high spirited photos documenting the event, some by Gustavo Monroy for Next and others from Broadwayworld.com.
The producers of the upcoming Annie revival know that whoever plays the mean orphanage lady Miss Hannigan has to be even more memorable than fright wigs and eyes without pupils. Dorothy Loudon (above) originated the role and culminated her career with a brilliantly funny, witty performance that nab ... More >>
It's one way to grab the spotlight and become a star! And who will be MC-ing the annual event, a vividly entertaining charity thingie for the Ali Forney Center, held on March 19 at Symphony Space?
The activists over at Queer Rising, who got arrested again and again and again during the past couple of years fighting for marriage equality, took it to the streets yesterday and initiated their first encounter of 2012 with handcuffs in front of Governor Andrew Cuomo's midtown office. According ... More >>
No, not Judi Dench. Anyway, tonight's attractions: Jackie Hoffman will sing "Swanee." Tony winner Daisy Eagan will do "The Trolley Song." Emily Bergl (Desperate Housewives) will croon "Zing! Went The Strings of My Heart" And there will be more. They'll sing 'em all and they'll stay all n ... More >>
Say that a thousand times fast
Then I've got just the art show for you! It's Skeletor Saves, a collective show improbably yet delightfully based on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, with proceeds going to the Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth. The above dip-tych-- Sam Simon's "Twins: He-Man and Linda Evans" ... More >>
He-Man exhibited in true form
Living high with Sondheim. Other heroes include Sean Hayes, Denzel. On the other hand, Kelsey Grammer . . .
Hotties from Memphis, Fela!, and Wicked battled it out last week at the Broadway Beauty Pageant at Symphony Space, where I was a judge, Tovah Feldshuh was the MC, the Ali Forney Center was the beneficiary, and the audience was very lucky. Check out Mike Diamond's coverage of the breezy yet import ... More >>
Academy Awards heads-up: Basterds and biopsies.
Mary, mother of Broadway
Some of the biggest names in 1960s-80s showbiz were at the Majestic Theater today for the geriatric alternative to Fashion Week: a memorial to Bea Arthur, who passed away this April from cancer at the age of 86. Hundreds of theater and TV bigwigs shuffled their walkers into the rows for an "afternoo ... More >>
Unlike Miss USA, the Broadway Beauty Pageant--a benefit for the Ali Forney Center, hosted by Tovah Feldshuh--didn't attract anyone who felt gay marriage was a bad idea. Even the token straight contestant--a hottie from Billy Elliot--said he's always supported the gays and added that the longest gay ... More >>
Estrogen at the New York Women in Film & Television Muse awards; nights in drag with Murray Hill
Gay adults like to say they were born that way. So where are the gay children? Everywhere? Fabulous, baby.
Rehab as a beautiful experience, plus cracks about pies. Psst! Ted Haggard was a top.
LGBT kids say city-funded shelter for the homeless breaks its covenant