‘Young Frankenstein’ today at the Winspear

Waiting for that schwanzstucker?

We hear it’s huge, but that was from the movie. Will the musical version of Young Frankenstein be as funny and have all the sexy innuendo? With Mel Brooks still behind it, we’re betting yes.

DEETS: Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. 2 p.m. Through Jan. 23. $30–$98. ATTPAC.org.

—  Rich Lopez

Top 10: DADT repeal capped 17-year fight

Flash2
A PROMISE FULFILLED  | President Barack Obama gives a thumbs up after signing the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 on Wednesday, Dec. 22, at the Interior Department in Washington. Most agree it’s unlikely Obama will sign another pro-equality bill before 2013. (Associated Press)

No. 2:

View all of the Top 10

Anyone who was paying attention in 1993 knows what a devastating setback the community suffered with the codification of the military’s ban on gays. The community itself had asked the newly elected Democratic President, Bill Clinton, to end the military’s long-standing policy banning gays from service.

But instead, Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Georgia, orchestrated a parade of testimony and innuendo to suggest that the mere presence of gays would violate the “sexual privacy” of heterosexual servicemembers.

One female Naval petty officer testified that, “You are asking me to sleep and shower with homosexuals. You are asking me to expose my sexuality …”

Not surprisingly, 56 percent of the public opposed allowing “homosexuals” to serve “openly” in the military in 1993.

In December 2010, only 21 percent of Americans felt that way. And Democratic President Barack Obama, using a strategy of sticks and carrots that sometimes angered the LGBT community, helped drive through passage of a bill that will eventually lead to a dismantling of the ban.

What does that say about 2011?

Given the shaky economy, high unemployment, and intense partisan divide in Congress, there is little likelihood the Obama administration will take on another piece of pro-LGBT civil rights legislation in 2011.

The presidential election campaign of 2012 begins in earnest now and President Obama must tend to a wide variety of constituencies, as well as Middle America in general.

But he has shown — even before repeal of DADT — that his administration is willing to use its power to adopt more LGBT friendly regulations and policies that will advance the LGBT civil rights ball down the field.

And that is likely to be where the action will be, for the Obama administration, in 2011.

— Lisa Keen

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 31, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

Best Bets • 12.31.10

IMG_0107Friday 12.31

Chortling in the new year
You’ve chortled, don’t lie. Backdoor Comedy offers a funny approach to your midnight plans with its New Year’s Eve Extravanganza. The lineup includes BET’s Chris Brown, Emmy-winning funny lady Linda Stognar and headliner Paul Varghese who got his start in Dallas but went on to the big time with gigs on Showtime and Comedy Central. Chortle away.

DEETS: Backdoor Comedy, 8250 N. Central Expressway. $27–$43. 8 and 10:30 p.m. BackdoorComedy.com.

Sunday 01.02

Drag royalty says goodbye to Dallas
After 18 years of performing, Wayne Smith will do a final show before saying farewell to Dallas. Smith is most famous for his spot-on impersonation of Cher. This month’s Drag Brunch isn’t just about the mimosas and frittatas, it’s about saying goodbye to Smith who’s become legend in these parts.

DEETS: Dish, 4123 Cedar Springs Road. 11 a.m. For reservations call 214-522-3474.

Tuesday 01.04

Waiting for that schwanzstucker?
We hear it’s huge, but that was from the movie. Will the musical version of Young Frankenstein be as funny and have all the sexy innuendo? With Mel Brooks still behind it, we’re betting yes.

DEETS: Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. Through Jan. 23. $30–$98. ATTPAC.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 31, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

AIDS activists file complaint against Larry Flynt

JOHN ROGERS  |  Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — An AIDS activist group filed a workplace safety complaint against Larry Flynt on Thursday, Aug. 26, accusing the porn king of creating an unsafe environment for his stable of sex stars by not requiring they use condoms.

To illustrate its point, the AIDS Health Foundation also delivered 100 DVDS of hardcore Flynt films to the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s Los Angeles office. Only a single scene in one of the films shows a performer using a condom, said AHF spokesman Ged Kenslea.

The films, most with innuendo-laden names, “clearly demonstrate workplace activities highly likely to spread bloodborne pathogens in the workplace,” the complaint says. It urges the state agency to order the use of condoms on film sets.

Larry Flynt Productions President Michael Klein indicated that is an unreasonable demand, adding porn audiences don’t want to watch people using condoms.

“We won’t budge when it comes to condomless productions,” he said in a statement. “That’s what the consumer wants, and we deliver it.”

Federal law requires that all porn actors be tested for HIV 30 days before the start of filming, and Klein said Flynt’s productions adhere to those standards. He added that none of the company’s actors has ever tested positive for HIV.

AHF President Michael Weinstein said his group targeted Flynt in part because he is arguably the world’s most famous and successful pornographer. Hours before filing the complaint, AHF members, clad in bright red shirts, demonstrated outside the plush Beverly Hills skyscraper that is home to Larry Flynt Productions.

Earlier this year, the group brought similar complaints against nine talent agencies it says promote actors willing to have unprotected sex on camera. Cal-OSHA spokeswoman Krisann Chasarik said Thursday those complaints prompted an investigation, although she didn’t know the status of it.

Depending on the nature of a complaint, Chasarik said, Cal-OSHA can launch a workplace inspection or ask that an employer prove the complaint is groundless.

“Our next step now would be to evaluate the complaint,” she said of Thursday’s filing.

According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, workers in the adult film industry are 10 times more likely to be infected with a sexually transmitted disease than members of the general population. The department documented 2,013 cases of chlamydia and 965 cases of gonorrhea among workers between 2003 and 2007, and noted that some performers had four or more separate infections over the course of a year.

As many as 25 industry-related cases of HIV have been reported since 2004, the department said.

—  John Wright