Uptown Players announces lineup for Pride Performing Arts Fest

Posted on 02 Aug 2016 at 9:00am

ALL THE WORLD’S THEIR STAGE | Music-comedy duo Amy and Freddy bring their famed cruise line act to terra firma this weekend.For the fifth time, Dallas-based Uptown Players will host its Pride Performing Arts Festival, which once again takes place during Dallas Pride in September. This year, though, includes something new: world premieres from the company’s first-ever Pride Write DFW Playwrighting Competition.

The eight-day festival, which takes place Sept. 16–24, will features five place, a staged reading and cabaret acts. It will be made possible thanks to a grant from the Greg Grosh Charitable Fund.

The new local finalist of the competition — Boomer Tyro Coming Home by Bruce R. Coleman and Stigmatic by Ness Everett will get their premieres, with audience members voting on which play will receive the Audience Favorite cash prize. A third play from the competition, Carol Young’s Mom’s Guitar, will also be presented as a staged reading by Echo Theater.

The festival also includes the world premiere of Marty Martin’s The Necessary Luxury Company, to be presented by One Thirty Productions, and the world premiere of James Hindman’s The Drama Department, and the regional premiere of Say You Love Satan by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, both presented by Uptown Players. These six productions will be presented in the intimate upstairs Franks Place venue and next door at Bryant Hall.

Cabaret favorites Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen, pictured — last here in 2013 — return to the mainstage of the Kalita to open the festival. Former Dallasite William Blake will come back from New York City to close out the festivities.

General admission tickets for events in Franks Place and Bryant Hall are $10-$15. Reserved seats for the concerts by Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen and by William Blake are $20–$30. Festival passes allow you to see all six productions in for $65, and  can be purchased online at www.uptownplayers.org or by phone at 214-219-2718.



Rubio celebrates Orlando massacre anniversary with anti-LGBT hate groups

Posted on 01 Aug 2016 at 4:43pm

Sen. Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio, who Miami New Times calls “Florida’s most brazen political opportunist,” will be holding an anti-gay event in Orlando on the two-month anniversary of the Pulse massacre.

On Aug. 12, Rubio will speak to Liberty Counsel, the organization run by Mat Staver — Rowan County, Ky. County Clerk Kim Davis’ attorney. Davis is the clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses and went to jail for four days until she agreed to a compromise.

The meeting is also hosted by the Florida Renewal Project, another anti-LGBT group that believes homosexuality is a Marxist plot and universal same-sex marriage is suicide. Because we want to force everyone to get same-sex married, I guess.

Among the other anti-gay speakers is Bill Federer who thinks gays people are responsible for Islamic terrorism. Hey, Bill, I’m Jewish. I have some wonderful Muslim friends, but leave me out of this. Another is the Rev. Ken Graves who preaches about “militant homofascism.” Yeah, I’m against that too. Does that put me on this creep’s side?

Rubio had promised Florida he would not run for re-election. But when he lost his home state’s presidential primary, he dropped out of the presidential race and decided to run for his Senate seat again.

While Rubio has been hostile to Florida’s LGBT community since he became a U.S. senator six years ago, no one thought he would be so tone deaf that he’d mark the anniversary of the murder of 49 people by celebrating with people who hate them.


WATCH: ‘The Simpsons’ gets into the election… hilariously

Posted on 01 Aug 2016 at 12:35pm

DrumpfWho do you want taking the call from the NSA at 3 a.m. — Hillary Clinton or clinically narcissistic race-baiter Donald Drumpf? Well, Homer and Marge are asking the same thing in this hilarious original clip.  And to any of those naysayers who think “The Simpsons isn’t funny anymore, I present the contrary evidence.” Enjoy.


Tuesday is Give OUT Day

Posted on 01 Aug 2016 at 11:13am


Give OUT DayMore than $100,000 in prizes go to LGBT organizations with the most unique donors in a 24-hour national day of giving for the LGBTQ community and takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 2 and runs from midnight to midnight. The online fundraising event includes organizations from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and D.C.

Give OUT Day was launched in 2013 by Bolder Giving with support from the Kevin J. Mossier Foundation and is now a project of Horizons Foundation, a San Francisco-based LGBT communities foundation.

The nonprofits range from the arts to social services agencies, advocacy groups to sports leagues, community centers to health care nonprofits.

“It would be hard to find an LGBT person who hasn’t, at one time or another, turned to an LGBTQ nonprofit at some point in our lives,” said Roger Doughty, President of  Horizons Foundation. “Give OUT Day is an opportunity to engage new donors and support our LGBGTQ organizations for their tireless efforts, often working with limited resource.”

According to Horizons Foundation research, less than 5 percent of LGBT people give direct financial support to LGBTQ organizations.

Equality Texas foundation, Transgender Education Network of Texas, The Women’s Chorus of Dallas are among the local and Texas organizations participating. National organizations like Sage, Binet and Trevor Project are also participating.

Click here to make a donation.



And your 2016 Dallas Pride Grand Marshals are….

Posted on 01 Aug 2016 at 7:46am

Screen shot 2016-08-01 at 7.44.41 AMVoting has ended in the annual selection of two folks to represent the people as grand marshals in the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, and those polling the highest numbers of Lost Souls Rugby leader Todd Maria and activist Burke Burnett. Congrats to them and all the candidates.


Blue Cross to cover gender correction surgery?

Posted on 29 Jul 2016 at 3:15pm

BCBSBlue Cross Blue Shield of Texas wants to cover gender correction surgery for transgender people in plans sold on HealthCare.gov, according to a report published Thursday, July 28, by The Dallas Morning News. BCBS, the largest insurer in Texas, also called for an increase of almost 60 percent in premiums for individual plans for next year.

No on at BCBS is commenting on whether adding coverage for gender correction surgery is the reason they are asking for a rate increase, but the Morning News article by business columnist Michael Schnurman indicates that’s probably not the case, citing studies that show extending coverage to transgender people: “While surgery is expensive, up to $89,000, few people get it. And those ‘in transition’ often receive hormone treatments or other less expensive therapies.”

Of course, all the facts and studies and so forth probably won’t make a damn bit of difference to the right-wingers in the Texas Legislature who have drawn a target on the back of transgender Texans with a slew of anti-trans bills in the last legislative session and a slew more expected next year, Schnurman said. (OK, so I paraphrased a little. But that’s what he meant.)

Read Schnurman’s full analysis here.


Cocktail Friday: Cranberry Aperitif

Posted on 29 Jul 2016 at 1:08pm

Cranberry ApertifIt’s hot out, and this simple, tart cocktail should cool you down.

2 oz. Reyka vodka

1 oz. Aperol

1 oz. Lillet Blanc

Peychaud’s bitters

Hard cider


Making it: Muddle 10 cranberries. Combine with first four ingredients in a Collins glass. Top with cider. Garnish with lemon peel.


PHOTOS: Tarrant County DNC watch party

Posted on 29 Jul 2016 at 12:08pm

Photos from the Tarrant County Stonewall Democrats party watching Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech on Thursday, July 28 at Tommy’s on Camp Bowie.


PHOTOS: DNC convention wrap up

Posted on 29 Jul 2016 at 11:57am

Photos from the last night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.


Cleveland Pride cancels parade, just 2 weeks before event was to take place

Posted on 29 Jul 2016 at 10:44am


Citing safety concerns, officials with Cleveland Pride announced Thursday, July 28, that the city’s 28th annual Pride parade and rally — which had been pushed back to Aug. 13 to accommodate the just-finished Republican National Convention held in that city — have been cancelled.

In a press release posted yesterday on organization’s website, Cleveland Pride Inc. President and CEO Todd J. Saporito said: “We have been entrusted by our community to create a secure parade and festival environment for our LGBTQ brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, friends and allies. Because of the changing social climate, Cleveland Pride did not have enough time to engage in the development of awareness programs and training that we believe is critical in today’s environment. Therefore, we regretfully cancelled our 28th annual parade, rally and festival this year.”

The press release went on to thank “all partners, sponsors, vendors, volunteers and service providers for their dedication and energy,” and noted that the Pride planning team’s next steps will be to “refund monies to vendors, sponsors and service providers. A team of board members and lead volunteers will initiate discussion for town hall meetings to further map out a program where we and other LGBT community partners, will be able to start crafting awareness and training programs, that will be beneficial on a day-to-day basis as well as prepared for our celebration in 2017.”

Saporito also noted, “Cleveland Pride, Inc. seeks to remind everyone that Pride is not a one-day celebration, but a daily act of visibility throughout our community. While we may not be marching as a large, unified body, we can come together throughout Cleveland and continue our support of local LGBTQ establishments and LGBTQ community members.”

But some community members aren’t buying it, including activist, radio host and Baldwin Wallace University associate professor Ken Schneck.

In a blog post on Huffington Post yesterday, Schneck called the cancellation “inconceivable,” given that Cleveland hosted the Republican National Convention, complete with “protesters with many, many guns,” just last week; that there is a city-wide celebration happening this weekend to thank Cleveland for hosting the RNC; that Cleveland hosted the Gay Games just two years ago; that the city took less than 48 hours to plan a parade to celebrate the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA championship (a parade that drew more than a million spectators); and that “cities all over the country have been celebrating Pride post-Orlando for months now.”