Singer George Michael in press conference today: “I’m incredibly fortunate to be here.”

Singer George Michael held a press conference today speaking about recovering from his bout with pneumonia. After a month-long stay in a Vienna hosptial, he held this conference back at his London home. In the video, he discusses quickly his condition, apologizes to fans and chokes up a bit when thanking his doctors for saving his life. Michael looked a bit gaunt and tired, but sounded like he’s fully intent on returning to the road to make up for the concerts he had to cancel.

Watch his statement after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

The Tiger Lillies at Wortham Center

The Tiger Lillies

The Tiger Lillies

London-based band The Tiger Lillies are one of those groups it’s impossible to describe to someone who’s never experienced them. Their unique brand of concert/performance art takes elements of Wiemar Republic caberet, Bertolt Brecht, opera, Jacques Brel and your worst childhood nightmares and mixes them a soupcon of postmodern absurdism to cook up the kind of theater that Sally Bowles and the Kit Kat girls would be making, were they still around, all with a decidedly queer twist.

The Tiger Lillies bring their uniquely anarchistic sights and sounds to Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater, (501 Texas Avenue) Friday, November 4, at 8 pm. The show is co-presented by Society for the Performing Arts and DiverseWorks. This American Leg of their “Gutter’s and Stars Tour” features fan favorites and some new material.

Founded in 1989, the Tiger Lillies worked their way up from London pubs to the Piccadilly Theatre, finally achieving cult status with their masterpiece, the musical “Shockheaded Peter,” a series of grisly fairy tales adapted from the 19th century German book “Struwwelpeter,” in which all of the children die at the end.

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Man Stabbed in Homophobic Attack Leaving Gay Bar in London

A man was stabbed twice in a homophobic attack in North London after leaving a pub on Valentine's Day.

Blackcap The London Daily News reports:

At approximately 02:15hrs, a man, aged 36 years, was assaulted near Camden Lock Bridge, Camden NW1. The victim had spent the evening with friends in The Black Cap. Shortly after leaving the venue with two friends, he was approached by a group of four men. One of the suspects asked the victim 'Are you gay?', and after being ignored the suspect walked off. Minutes later the suspect returned and stabbed the victim in his chest and leg.

The victim was taken to a Central London hospital where his condition is described as stable.

Although police believe this assault was a homophobic attack, it is being treated as an isolated incident. Additional police patrols are being conducted within the area by Safer Neighbourhoods officers. Police LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Liaison officers have visited local venues to reassure the LGBT community.

Four men in their early 20's are being sought by police.

Said Acting Sergeant Aaron Clarke, Camden Police LGBT Liaison Officer: "Attacks of this nature are, thankfully, rare but affect the whole community in which they take place. We are working alongside the investigation team and with our external partners to ensure that the concerns of the local and LGBT communities are addressed quickly. We are also providing constant support and advice to the victims."


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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.


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—  David Taffet

Tribunal: London Gay Pub Discriminated Against Gay Customers + Gay Employees

The Coleherne, which has been catering to homosexuals for a handful of decades, was bought out and rebranded by its new owners in 2008 as The Pembroke. Also noteworthy: The new owners, a venue-flipping outfit called Realpubs, didn't want the place to be known as a gay club, and worked diligently to send that message. Like seating obviously straight customers up front by the windows, so passersby wouldn't see the queens and their cocktails. But when gay Coleherne employee Charles Lisboa, 41, applied for and was hired as assistant manager to help with the revamp, he didn't know what lengths Realpubs' management would go. Like company director Malcolm Heap and general manager Jimmy Sydney considering putting a sign outside that read, "This is not a gay pub," an idea Lisboa successfully shot down; or the time Heap told Lisboa to address a couple of gay "queens" for acting all gay and stuff inside the restaurant. Four weeks after his hiring, Lisboa resigned. Then he sued. The London Central Employment Tribunal awarded him £4,500 for unlawful discrimination, but denied his claim that Realpubs fostered a discriminatory workplace environment on the whole. So Lisboa appealed; it worked. The Employment Appeals Tribunal upheld his claim of "constructive dismissal," concluding that "a policy of embracing diversity and welcoming inclusiveness is laudable; discriminating against gay customers and staff on grounds of their sexual orientation is not," and that it was "plainly and unarguably the case that gay customers were treated less favourably on the grounds of their sexual orientation." Lisboa will have more cash coming his way. So let this be a lesson to bougie gay bar flippers: know your audience. And: gays, even the "camp" ones, are better tippers.

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Anderson Cooper and Lady Gaga Kick Back A Few In London

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Anderson Cooper is in England interviewing Lady Gaga for 60 Minutes about her upcoming album "Born This Way." He tweeted this pic of the two wearing their best London pubwear. 


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Alexander McQueen Honored in London

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN MEMORIAL BAGPIPES X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COMThe fashion genius was memoralized at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Monday by fashion elite.
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Watch: Thousands Protest Pope Benedict in London

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Thousands turned out in London over the weekend to protest Pope Benedict's visit to the UK.

Watch an excellent video diary on the march, AFTER THE JUMP

The Press Association reports:

Jesus "Organisers said as many as 20,000 humanists, secularists and human rights campaigners took part in the central London march – ten times the number expected. They gathered to air their opposition to the Pope's teachings on a range of issues from gay rights and women priests to the use of condoms and clerical sex abuse. The demonstration ended with a series of speeches from humanist luminaries, during which eminent scientist Richard Dawkins rounded on the Pontiff as 'an enemy of humanity'. Protesters gathered near Hyde Park Corner for the Protest the Pope rally. Some held aloft banners stating: "The Pope is wrong – put a condom on" and 'Pope protects paedophile priests'. Among those in attendance was human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who hit out at the use of taxpayers' money being used to fund the visit. He said: 'The Vatican isn't a state, it is not recognised as a country by the UN. To give the Pope head of state status is wrong and to give him immunity against prosecution is wrong – no-one should be above the law.'"

Pink News also has a write-up.

Watch clips of Tatchell and the march, AFTER THE JUMP

Activist Peter Tatchell on the Pope protests:


And a video diary of the 'PRotest the Pope' march:



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—  John Wright

Sometimes-Dallas-resident and gay pop megastar George Michael sentenced to 8 weeks in jail

Who could ever think that George Michael and Lindsay Lohan would be kindred spirits? In court today, District Judge John Perkins sentenced Michael to eight weeks in jail. He was booked in London on July 4 for driving his car through a storefront while under the influence, and for marijuana possession. He pleaded guilty to the charges. The Associated Press reported that “Michael sighed as sentence was passed. His long-term partner Kenny Goss buried his head in his hands.” They also reported:

“It does not appear that you took proper steps to deal with what is clearly an addiction to cannabis,” the judge said. “That’s a mistake which puts you and, on this occasion, the public at risk.” Perkins sentenced Michael to the prison time and a 1,250 pound ($1,930) fine during a hearing at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court.

Musically, Michael had just released the remastered special edition of his landmark album “Faith,” which is available for pre-order, and relaunched his website. Career-wise, perhaps he was streamlining the rough areas. Fans on his site showered the singer with messages of support going into court, and criticisms against the court for the sentencing.


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George Michael arrested … again

George Michael’s arrest record just got a bit lengthier. The singer was arrested and questioned by police Friday for yet another car incident.  Michael swears he was “stone cold sober” when his Land Rover hit a tractor-trailer in the wee hours of Friday morning in London.

Sadly, these snafus are more expected from Michael than a new CD. Maybe he should try sticking to his Dallas home. He seems to stay out of trouble in these parts.

—  Rich Lopez