The sixth annual 5 Factor — the celebration of those in the North Texas community who work for gay rights and HIV activism — returns in September, but we already know who the Resource Center has tapped to honor.
The event identifies people and businesses in five categories – Media, Government, Commerce, Culinary and Philanthropy — who have made a difference. Here are this year’s selections:
Media: Dale Hansen, the WFAA sports director whose commentaries about gays in sports, especially his defense of Michael Sam coming out prior to the NFL draft, made him a national icon.
Government: Philip Kingston, the Dallas city councilmember who quickly became a friend of the gay community.
Commerce: Whole Food Market, which donates food to the Resource Center and other charities.
Culinary: Abraham Salum, the award-winning out chef-owner of Komali and Salum restaurants who often donates his time to culinary and charitable events.
Philanthropy: DIFFA, the charity whose annual fundraiser is one of the highlights of the social season and which contributes many thousands to HIV/AIDS research and treatment.
Admission is $50/person to the event at 7 for Parties, 150 Turtle Creek Blvd. on Sept. 26. You can obtain tickets and more information here.
NOTE: Edited to reflect more gay characters.
When the Emmy Award nominations came out yesterday, it was nice to see some gay-popular nominations of the list. But when you counted through all of them, an amazing eight LGBT actors were nominated. There are 96 acting categories (more if you count the variety category), so that’s not exactly a majority, but if you add in those who appeared in “gay” shows, or played gay characters, it goes up.
Laverne Cox, of course, became the first (known) trans performer to be nominated for an Emmy (and for guest actress, which is awesome) for Orange is the New Black. But other openly gay performers include Sarah Paulson (best actress in a miniseries, American Horror Story: Coven), three of the five performers from the movie The Normal Heart (Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons and Joe Mantello), plus a second nomination for Parsons as lead actor/comedy for The Big Bang Theory; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, best supporting actor from Modern Family; and Nathan Lane, for his guest appearance on Modern Family. And wanna add Kevin Spacey for House of Cards? Let’s go ahead and call it nine.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Performers playing LGBT characters include Taylor Schilling, Natasha Lyonne and Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black; Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart; Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine; Fred Armisen (for some of the many characters he plays in Portlandia); Beau Bridges as the closeted provost as guest actor in Masters of Sex; Spacey also had a three-way in House of Cards which you can count if you wanna (I wanna). That gives 17 gay actors or gay characters in the race. Congrats!
And congrats especially to former Dallasite Allison Tolman, nominated for supporting actress in a miniseries for Fargo.
After the jump are the major nominees.
Joel Ferrell, who will be directing the Dallas Theater Center’s upcoming production of The Rocky Horror Show, needs your help.
Part of Ferrell’s concept for the show calls for “living set decorations” — gender-benders, elaborately tattooed and/or surprisingly pierced men and women, or those with special skills (think circus sideshows: sword swallowers, snake charmers and the like) to add atmosphere to the show. You don’t need to know how to sing, dance or act — just be fun to look at. (And, FYI, there’s no remuneration involved, it’s just for your own pleasure.)
To track down those who’ll fit, the DTC is hosting an open casting call at the Rose Room on Saturday, July 26. There are 50 audition slots open, which you can apply for my email to Laura.Colleluori@DallasTheaterCenter.org. Just send her your name, age, phone number and brief description of your talent. Auditions will start at 3:30 p.m. The production of Rocky runs Sept. 11–Oct. 19, and those selected will be expected to appear at about half of the performances.
Mary Lambert went from obscurity to zaftig pop hero when she teamed with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on their hit rap about gay tolerance, “Same Love.” Now the queer singer, who has one of those indie rocker-chick voice you quickly latch onto, has release the first single off her debut album, due in the fall. “Secrets” is about her dysfunctional personality and how she comes to terms with being who she is. It’s a fun little romp. Take a listen (and watch the video) after the jump.
Our Food Issue is still on the stands, but here’s some news since we went to press last week. And it concerns a Dallas icon and the new efforts of its former proprietors.
Snuffer’s on Lower Greenville was an institution for decades, venerated for its loaded cheese fries and decadent hamburgers. Then a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing early last year turned the restaurant, the name, and the other branches over to Firebird Restaurant Group, the same company that owns El Fenix and Meso Maya. The site of the original restaurant was bulldozed, and Firebird opened a new Snuffer’s on the same spot earlier four months ago.
But Pat Snuffer isn’t out of the restaurant game — though it appears the family may be downplaying the cheese fries. Pat and his son Mike Snuffer just announced plans to open Pat & Mike’s, a new restaurant concept at 18101 Preston Road in Far North Dallas (home of the now-closed Battuto Italian Kitchen, which I enjoyed), later this fall. And while they will have hamburgers on the menu, that won’t be the focus. “The last thing this town needs is another burger joint,” Pat said in a release. While there will be a few burgers available, the focus of the new place will be hand-crafted pizzas and Tex-Mex, as well as a full-service tequila program. And it will be open late, for those after-hours munchies.
This video begins with a very attractive young man talking about police harassment. Why can’t he just dance in public, without being hassled by The Man? And then he demonstrates the controversial dance that got him and his cohorts arrested in the first place.
True arts movement or put-on? Do you really care? I don’t (though I expect the latter). It’s just a video of hot young men in Spandex playing with giant phalluses.
Best part? Mom watching in the background.
If you haven’t already seen the promotional artwork for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, which hits theaters in November, you’ve missed some pretty sexy images. The concept is to underplay the movie and make the promos look like they are for the people of Panem themselves, to get them excited over the competition. Each district has a “hero” being marketed to its residents, and if I had a choice, I’d definitely like to live in District 7 (The Lumber District — lots of wood!) or District 6 (The Transportation District — he really knows how to wear rubber!).
In this week’s Food Issue, we have stories about the Oak Lawn Farmers Market and a vegan cookbook by drag cabaret performer Mistress Ginger. Organic… vegan… but we left out a gluten-free story. Sorry! Just so you know, Penne Pomodoro, the Italian restaurant with locations in Snider Plaza, Lakewood and Preston Forest, has gluten-free options on its menu. That’s a pretty sweet development for folks who like pastas, pizzas and risottos, but suffer from celiac disease.
And don’t forget to pick up a copy of Dallas Voice this week and read all about Trinity Groves, Stephan Pyles’ San Salvaje, the Resource Center’s food pantry, and much more.
Chris Colfer, the openly gay actor who plays the openly gay Kurt on the TV show Glee, tweeted earlier that he has been let go from the cast of the Fox show for “personal reasons.” Only it wasn’t Colfer that said it.
Apparently, Colfer’s Twitter account was hacked, and the mischievous tweet was sent out to his many followers, causing a virtual panic. But the studio told Entertainment Weekly that the news was not true, and reps for Colfer disputed it as well, revealing that he’d been hacked and hoaxed. He’s still set to return in the fall for the show’s sixth and final season.
Continuing with our run-up to Friday’s Food Issue, we have this gem from San Francisco, an object lesson in gay-friendly marketing.
The Burger King corporation decided to sell a “Proud Whopper” — a “gay burger” offered only in the City by the Bay, and only for a few days. And they didn’t even change the formulation at all. But that’s not the point. In fact, it’s kind of the exact opposite of the point.
By selling the exact same burger, only with a rainbow wrapper, during S.F. Pride, Burger King sent a clear message — one they even spelled out on the wrapper itself: “We are all the same inside.” The San Francisco location can sell a pretty finite number of burgers in the time frame, but it’s funny how a wrapper — and a welcoming attitude — can raise brand awareness in a demographic.
Are you more inclined to go to Burger King now? And who wants to join me in calling it Burger Queen?