Show vs. Show

Posted on 01 Nov 2013 at 9:20am

Patti LaBelle, left, Dustin Lance Black, right.

Among those who will be entertaining us this weekend at Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner will be two entertainment icons with very different backgrounds: R&B legend Patti LaBelle and Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. But each in his or her way has had a significant impact on the gay community.

So for this special edition of Show vs. Show, we decided to figure out what they will bring to the table during their appearances: LaBelle as the featured entertainment, and Black at the featured speaker.

— Rich Lopez

Patti LaBelle

Gay  rights activism : Minority AIDS Council, African-American and Hispanic Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS, and many other campaigns

How bright does this star shine?: at No. 95).

Career arc: “Lady Marmalade’ by her band LaBelle released in 1974.

Awards cred : Won 1992 Grammy for best female R&B vocal performance for Burnin’.

Stage presence: Appeared on Broadway with Your Arms Too Short to Box with God and Fela!

What about their closets?: As a true diva, Patti has a fabulous closet.

Deets: Featured entertainment at Black Tie Dinner on Saturday.

Dustin Lance Black

Gay  rights activism: Advocates for LGBT equality as a founding member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, active with marriage equality and The Trevor Project.

How bright does this star shine?: The Advocate named DLB it its 40 Under 40 list of influential gays (at No. 1).

Career arc: DLB was born in 1974.

Awards cred : Won 2008 Oscar for best original screenplay for Milk.

Stage presence: Wrote the celebrity-filled play 8, about the trial to overturn California’s Proposition 8.

What about their closets?: Wrote about closeted FBI director in 2011 film J. Edgar.

Deets: Featured speaker at the Black Tie Dinner on Saturday

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 1, 2013.

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