Applause: Broadgay at Winspear

Lexus series adds queer event to upcoming season of musicals

What’s gay about ‘Jersey Boys’? The GLBT Broadway subscriber series at the Winspear will tell you.

The Lexus Broadway Series offers a muscular lineup of shows that feature classic stories and contemporary rock ‘n’ roll. But they go one step further in the 2011-12 season with the stage equivalent of special edition DVDs, featuring enhanced performances and pre-show engagements for subscribers — including its gay patrons.

Dallas Voice Life+Style Editor Arnold Wayne Jones will host a conversation every second-week Tuesday about 45 minutes before each show. The series, called GLBT Broadway, will highlight the appeal for queer audiences for the shows in the series. The discussion will touch on issues of gender identity and sexuality in regards to the show and the teams behind them. Some — such as the season lead-off, Hair — might be easier to analyze from a gay perspective than, say, Jersey Boys, but that’s part of the fun of the series.

The season starts with Hair, which won the Tony in 2009 for best musical revival. Youth in 1960s America are all about peace, love and understanding — including nudity and homosexuality — in this iconic musical. Sept. 20–Oct. 2.

The epic Les Miserables follows with a new 25th anniversary production. Dec. 20–Jan. 1.

Best musical Tony winner In the Heights details the immigrant experience as characters find a new life in their new country. March 13–25.

Alt-rockers Green Day went Broadway with American Idiot, touted as a mashup of a rock concert and staged musical. May 8–20.

The season concludes with Jersey Boys and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Classic hits like “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” tell the tale of this well-accomplished music group from the ‘50s. June 12–July 15.

Other subscriber series include Broadway University, hosted by SMU theater professor Kevin Hofeditz which will explore themes of the show and its place in theater history (every second Saturday matinee) and Broadway Uncorked (every second-week Wednesday), where an expert sommelier will host a wine tasting based on the show. We wonder what American Idiot’s wine will be.

— Rich Lopez

For more information on the Lexus Broadway Series and its enhanced performances, visit ATTPAC.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 26, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

New Jersey Enacts Nation’s Toughest Anti-Bullying Law

The following is from HRC Staff Counsel Aaron Welo:

Following the news of suicides of teenagers across the country and the all too common theme of anti-LGBT bullying, the state of New Jersey took a major step forward today by enacting the nation’s toughest anti-bullying law.  The tragic death of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi accelerated the coalition that passed this legislation, which was originally introduced in 2009.  While nothing can make up for the loss of these young lives, New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights provides a blueprint for action across the country to address bullying and harassment and bolster the mental well-being of LGBT young people.  The new law was signed by Governor Chris Christie after passing the Legislature with only one dissenting vote.

While New Jersey previously had an anti-bullying law on the books, like the anti-bullying laws in states across the nation, it lacked the necessary specificity and requirements to combat anti-LGBT harassment.  In addition to mandating specific procedures that must be taken by school officials when bullying occurs, the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights also expands coverage to public universities across the state.  Most current anti-bullying laws are based on models that give broad discretion to local school districts, rather than requiring that specific, meaningful action to identify and resolve cases of bullying.  The new law also requires that every school district have an anti-bullying coordinator in every district, an anti-bullying specialist in every school and grades each school on how effectively it combats bullying.  The new law also extends to extracurricular activities, buses, and cyber-bullying.

HRC commends Garden State Equality, allies in the state legislature, and Governor Christie for their leadership on this issue.  States across the nation should follow New Jersey’s lead and enact similarly strong laws that protect all of our children.  This is an issue that transcends partisan bounds and reaches our core promise to our children of having access to a good education in a safe environment.

The complete text of the new law is available at:  www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/A3500/3466_R1.HTM.


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NEW JERSEY: Anti-Bullying Bill Passes Overwhelmingly In Both Chambers

Today the New Jersey legislature overwhelmingly approved a new anti-bullying bill. Passage of the law gained momentum in the wake of the suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, who threw himself from the George Washington Bridge after his dorm mate live-streamed a gay sexual encounter over the internet. The bill passed 30-0 in the state Senate and 71-1 in the Assembly.

The bill (A3466) would require training for most public school employees on how to spot bullying and mandate that all districts form “school safety teams” to review complaints. Superintendents would have to report incidents of bullying to the state Board of Education, which would grade schools and districts on their efforts to combat it. Administrators who do not investigate reported incidents of bullying would be disciplined, while students who bully could be suspended or expelled. School employees would also be required to report all incidents they learn of, whether they took place in or outside of school.

The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Chris Christie.

(Tipped by JMG reader Brian)

Joe. My. God.

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Watch: Jersey Shore’s Vinny Speaks Out Against Anti-Gay Bullying

Vinny

Vinny Guadagnino of Jersey Shore speaks out against anti-gay bullying in a message supporting MTV's A Thin Line campaign and Facebook's Network of Support

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP



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Jersey Shore’s Vinny – It Gets Better

The cast of Jersey Shore is taking part in MTV’s own campaign against bullying. And Dan Savage’s brainchild continues to expand far beyond what he probably imagined.

Joe. My. God.

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News: Cheyenne Jackson, GLAAD, Cancer, Jersey Shore

 road Students in Wisonsin rally around woman who was punched in the face for wearing a "Legalize Gay" t-shirt.

Cj  road Cheyenne Jackson and his partner of 10 years, Monte Lapka, secretly became domestic partners in NYC over the summer: "We wanted to get as married as we could. I think we were filling in some forms for wills or insurance, and I just thought, Let's just make this as legal as we can."

 road That bigoted billboard that depicted President Obama as a terrorist, a gangster, a Mexican bandit, and a gay man has finally been taken down.

 road James Cameron and Angelina Jolie rumored to bring their version of Cleopatra to the big screen.

 road Two minutes of the some of the best laughs you'll have all day, thanks to Christine O'Donnell and Bill Maher.

 road Even president Obama thinks that O'Donnell poses a real threat this election season.

 road GLAAD not happy with Vince Vaughn's recent defense of the homophobic joke in his new movie: "Vince is right. Comedy does bring us together, unless one of us is the punchline. Then it pushes us apart.”

 road A gay Atlanta man has given us what he thinks is the liberal version of the Tea Party: The Coffee Party USA.

Tunnel   road After billion and 35 miles of digging, the world's largest tunnel opens in Switzerland.

 road Gavin Newson wanst to be more than just the "Gay Marriage mayor."

 road The Jersey Shore castmates absolutely loved being mocked on South Park.

 road Alexander Skarsgard steps out in denim.

 road Scientist claims that cancer is a modern affliction: "The virtual absence of malignancies in mummies must be interpreted as indicating their rarity in antiquity, indicating that cancer-causing factors are limited to societies affected by modern industrialisation."

 road Nick Cannon on Chelsea Handler: "Angry ugly whitetrash."

 road Prince will welcome you 2 America this December.


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