LOCAL BRIEFS: AIN poker tourney at the Brick; Bates set for Dallas Black Pride

AIN poker tourney set at the Brick

A charity poker tournament is set for Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Brick, 2525 Wycliff, to benefit AIDS Interfaith Network.

The Dallas Bears and the LGBT poker league Pocket Rockets will co-host the event with the Brick. Miller Lite is the sponsor and play begins at 3 p.m.

It’s free to play but AIN will benefit in a number of ways. The agency will receive a portion of the drink specials sold. Players may buy additional chips, and the Bears will hold a 50/50 raffle.

A cash prize pool of $500 will be awarded and all levels of players are welcome.

Bates set for Dallas Black Pride

Christopher H. Bates will speak at the Dallas Black LGBT Community Summit on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Dallas Marriott City Center Hotel. He is the director of Health and Human Service’s Office of HIV/AIDS Policy.

Bates will discuss the federal government’s response to the high infection rate among young gay African-American men. He has 20 years experience in public health policy and has been with OHAP for more than a decade.

Bates administers funds for the Minority AIDS Initiative and advises the Undersecretary of Health on education, prevention, testing, research, care and treatment strategies. Information is available at DFWPrideMovement.org.

Martin offers program for couples

Randy Martin, LPC, will facilitate an eight-session program for couples, Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. throughout September and October.

The program is based on the theory and practice of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). The first session focuses on the new science of love and what it teaches us. The next seven sessions focus on helping couples shape and use the seven conversations laid out in the book Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson, the developer of EFT.

Couples interested in participating should contact Martin at 214-520-7575. The cost of the program is $500 per couple and includes a copy of the book Hold Me Tight and other necessary materials.

NGPA seeks donations

The National Gay Pilots Association recently awarded $22,000 in scholarships and is seeking donations for future awards to aspiring LGBT aviators.

Since its founding in 1998, the NGPA Education Fund has given 46 awards totaling $139,000. Donations can be made on the group’s website, NGPA.org.

—  John Wright

Tony Award wrap-up: Totally gay (again)

It was an untenable situation for the gay Dallasite: Watch the Tony Awards or game 6 of the Mavs? Thank god I had two DVRs. Best of both worlds.

Of course, the Tony Awards are always the gayest of award shows, and they did nothing to disguise that Sunday night starting with the opening number by the telecast’s gay host, Neil Patrick Harris, “‘[Theater] is not Just for Gays Anymore.” He then did a medley duet with Hugh Jackman that was damn funny. (It got even gayer when Martha Wash performed “It’s Raining Men” with cast of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.)

Then the first award of the evening went to Ellen Barkin for her Broadway debut in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, giving a shout out to the 30th anniversary of the AIDS epidemic. She was immediately followed by gay actor and Plano native John Benjamin Hickey for his role in The Normal Heart. (He even chastised his family: “You’d better not be watching the Mavericks game.” Sorry, John, I for one kept flipping between them.) The play also won the award for best revival — a controversial choice, since The Normal Heart never opened on Broadway until this year, usually a requirement for a revival nominations (some thought it should be eligible for best play). Kramer accepted the award. “To gay people everywhere whom I love so, The Normal Heart is our history. I could not have written it had not so many of us so needlessly died. Learn from it and carry on the fight.”

The very gay-friendly Book of Mormon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone won several off-camera awards, including score of a musical (the composers thanking gay producer Scott Rudin), orchestrations, scenic design, lighting design and sound design, before taking their first onscreen trophy for best direction of a musical to Parker and gay director Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone), on its way to winning nine total awards, including best musical, best featured actress (newcomer Nikki M. James, defeating prior winners Laura Benanti, Patti LuPone and Victoria Clark and prior nominee Tammy Blanchard) and book of a musical.

“This is such a waste of time — it’s like taking a hooker to dinner,” said best musical presenter Chris Rock before announcing The Book of Mormon for the night’s last prize, best musical.

Other winners in the musical category include John Larroquette for best featured actor (How to Succeed…, apparently the only straight nominee in his category), choreographer Kathleen Marshall for Anything Goes, which also beat How to Succeed for best revival of a musical and won best actress for Sutton Foster. Norbert Leo Butz was the surprise winner for best actor in a musical for Catch Me If You Can. One more really gay winner: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert took best costumes, natch.

The big winner in the play category (other than The Normal Heart) was the brilliant War Horse, which won 5: best play, direction, lighting design, sound design, scenic design, as well as a special Tony for the puppet designs of the horses.

Other play winners include The Importance of Being Earnest (costumes), Good People (best actress Frances McDormand) and Jerusalem, a surprise winner for best actor Mark Rylance.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Beat the Heat softball tournament finale

Hanging out with the jocks
Although we don’t mind sitting through the Beat the Heat softball tourney all weekend long, we can’t help but swoon over the athletes all washed up for the awards finale. Besides, it’s air conditioned inside.

DEETS: Woody’s Sports & Video Bar, 4011 Cedar Springs Road. 7 p.m. DallasPSSA.org.

—  Rich Lopez

QUEER CLIPS: USAFF Short Film Showcase

Hello Caller: A suicidal woman calls a help line only to find the man on the opposite end (gay filmmaker Tom Lenk, pictured, who produced and wrote the script) seems not to understand the situation. A gem of a comedy with very dark undertones and a great twist.

Clara’s Carma: A psychiatrist (Dallas native Stephen Tobolowsky of Glee) deals with a flaky patient and unexpected expenses on his new car.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

Short Film Showcase plays April 29 at 9:15 p.m. with short film awards presented May 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center Mockingbird Station.

—  John Wright

Adele: Live At The Brit Awards


Joe. My. God.

—  David Taffet

News: Elizabeth Taylor, Photo Awards, Leonardo Dicaprio, London

 road Elizabeth Taylor hospitalized after suffering symptoms from congestive heart failure.

Time  road Time magazine cover photo awarded "World Press Photo of the Year": "The woman it depicts is Bibi Aisha, who was 18 when she left her husband, a Taliban fighter, over claims of domestic abuse. In an act of retribution, the Taliban allowed him to cut off her ears and nose. Aisha's husband abandoned her after the assault; American soldiers and aid workers later rescued her and transported her to the United States–where she now lives–for reconstructive surgery."

 road Tom Cruise to star in the Hollywood version of Rock of Ages.

 road Moby Dick ship discovered in the Pacific Ocean.

 road Lowell, Massachusetts man wakes up to find his door covered with numerous anti-gay slurs.

 road Contestant on UK reality show admits to doing gay porn.

 road Scientists find that "Lucy" walked on two feet.

 road Disturbing rise in racist and anti-gay hate crimes in London.

Leo  road Leonardo Dicaprio suits up as J. Edgar Hoover in LA.

 road Get ready for a Wonder Woman-themed brand of cosmetics from MAC.

 road Things just keep getting worse for Borders bookstores.

 road Nashville mayor says he will sign anti-discrimination legislation for gays and lesbians: "Nashville is known as a welcoming and friendly city and as a city that doesn't tolerate discrimination."

 road Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" is the fastest selling single in iTunes history.

 road Andrew Garfield keeps getting more and more acting gigs.

 road Rhode Island Republican House Minority Leader Robert Watson under fire for comments he made during an event at the Chamber of Commerce: "if you are a Guatemalan gay man who likes to gamble and smokes marijuana."

 road New spanish-language radio drama "Bienvenidos a Casa" focuses on gay Latino teen.

Towleroad News #gay

—  David Taffet

GLAAD Announces 2011 Media Awards Noms, JMG Up For Outstanding Blog

GLAAD has announced the nominations for its 2011 Media Awards, which honor excellence in a broad range of LGBT-related media, including movies, television, theater, newspapers, magazines, and digital journalism. A first-time category this year is Outstanding Blog, for which this here website thingy is nominated! My co-nominees are Bilerico Project, Blabbeando, Pam’s House Blend, and Rod 2.0. All pals of mine! Below is GLAAD’s highlight reel for this year’s nominees in television and film. Click over for the complete listing of nominees in all categories.

Joe. My. God.

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The Golden Globe Awards: Complete List Of Winners

As mentioned earlier, there were some big LGBT-related wins at the Golden Globes tonight. While Glee's Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch took home acting awards, the show itself won for best television series – comedy or musical. A complete list of winners, AFTER THE JUMP.

Winners at the 68th annual Golden Globes:


Best drama: The Social Network

Best comedy/musical: The Kids Are All Right

Actor, drama: Colin Firth, The King's Speech

Actress, drama: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Actor, comedy/musical: Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version

Actress, comedy/musical: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Supporting actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter

Supporting actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Best director/motion picture: David Fincher, The Social Network

Animated feature film: Toy Story 3

Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Original song: Diane Warren, You Haven't Seen the Last of Me (Burlesque)

Original score: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network

Foreign-language film: In a Better World (Denmark)

Cecil B. DeMille Award (for lifetime achievement): Robert De Niro


Best drama series: Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Best comedy/musical series: Glee (Fox)

Actor, drama series: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Actress, drama series: Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy (FX)

Actor, comedy/musical series: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Actress, comedy/musical series: Laura Linney, The Big C (Showtime)

Supporting actor in a series, miniseries or TV movie: Chris Colfer, Glee (Fox)

Supporting actress, series, miniseries or TV movie: Jane Lynch, Glee (Fox)

Actor, miniseries or TV movie: Al Pacino, You Don't Know Jack (HBO)

Actress, miniseries or TV movie: Claire Danes, Temple Grandin (HBO)

Miniseries or TV movie: Carlos (Sundance Channel)

Towleroad News #gay

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HRC Recognized as a Top “Must-Follow Non-Profit” in Fourth Annual Mashable Awards


The following comes from HRC Online Content Manager Dan Rafter:

HRC was recognized as one of the Top Five “Must-Follow Non-Profits” at the Fourth Annual Mashable Awards, which highlight the best of online social innovation. Congratulations to To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA), which took home the top honor in the category. TWLOHA is a non-profit dedicated to helping those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

Thank you to all who participated and voted for HRC! We recognize the power of social innovation to affect the change needed to advance equality. To that end, HRC dramatically expanded its online presence in 2010, with more than 670,000 fans on Facebook and 27,000 followers on Twitter.

HRC is on the forefront of innovation in advancing awareness on issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality across multiple platforms. Some of our highlights in 2010 included mobilizing for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,”; demonstrating broad support for equality through a National Coming Out Day application; and engaging web users in a photo mosaic aimed at raising HIV/AIDS awareness on World AIDS Day.

Thank you again for your votes and, more importantly, your continued commitment to advancing equality. We look forward to building on the great work of 2010 in the New Year.

And be sure to visit us online at www.hrc.org, follow us on Twitter @HRC and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HumanRightsCampaign.

Human Rights Campaign | HRC Back Story

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Neil Patrick Harris, Hostess With The Mostest: Now the Video Game Awards MC, Just Because

Neil Patrick Harris will host the eighth annual Spike TV Video Game Awards on Dec. 11, adding another bedpost mark for the actor, who's already led the Emmys, Tonys, TV Land Awards, and even the World Magic Awards. Give this man the Grammys already.

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