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.

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Comic Illustrates MLK’s Role in Egyptian Revolution

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Pundits and press have noted the peaceful atmosphere surrounding Egypt’s revolution and the subsequent resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. While the events of the past two weeks will be debated for years to come, the American Islamic Congress, a non-profit group founded after September 11th, are citing a recently translated comic book about Martin Luther King Jr.’s non-violent philosophy as a potential factor in Egypt’s civil disobedience.

Comics Alliance elaborates:

The AIC’s HAMSA initiative – designed to link civil rights groups throughout the Middle East — undertook in 2008 a project to translate The Montgomery Story into Arabic (and later Farsi). With the endorsement of [publisher] the Fellowship of Reconciliation, [AIC Egypt director Dalia] Ziada distributed 2,000 copies of the comic throughout the Middle East.

Ziada distributed even more copies during the revolution in Egypt, and told AIC members in a newsletter, “Last week I distributed copies in Tahrir Square. Seeing the scene in the square firsthand is amazing. Despite violent attacks and tanks in the street, young people from all walks of life are coming together, organizing food and medical care, and offering a living model of free civil society in action.”

The original, American book, called The Montgomery Story, about the bus boycotts, was published in 1955, 56 years ago. A true hero, whether comic or real, never goes out of style.


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Which Hot Straight (But Gay ‘Experienced’) Actor Wants His New Role Going More ‘Mo?


BLIND ITEMS — 1) "Newbie Vice dude, Brock Rock-Buns, is somewhat of an Awful Truth fixture. His perfectly chiseled bod, impressive hair, and swoon-worthy smile make many of us lust after him, that's for sure. Brock hit the big time, thanks to his part in a mega successful franchise, and while he has a little Nevis Devine in him (you know, has dabbled with men before but prefers gals), he's approached those working on his current film to…make his character a little gayer! A source on said project dishes to us that Brock wants 'more homoerotic scenes' with his character in the upcoming flick. And we are assured this was not said in a joking matter. Rock-Buns is aware that he's got a gay and straight fan club, and just wants to give the people equally what they want! Too funny. BRB has definitely teased many of us all sweaty and shirtless before (on and off screen), but is ready to take it to the next mano-a-mano level. Now, we don't think that means we will be seeing Brock's character get it on with a guy onscreen (that makes zero sense with his storyline), but Buns has pull, so something naughty is bound to happen. Wonder how Brock's No. 1 gal pal feels about it all? Hell, she gets to sleep with him on the regular, we really doubt she cares that much." [Awful Truth]

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Video: ‘Daily’ staff has seen 2030 DADT documentary, warns Sen. McCain of his role in it



It Gets Worse PSA — John McCain [Daily Show]

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*RELATED: Cindy’s turnaround: NO,W8: Cindy McCain shifts #DADT gears back to (R) [G-A-Y]

McCain dragging feet in 1993: Flashback Monday: McCain as fairness’ roadblock, 1993 edition [G-A-Y]




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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Drag King Role Made Jake Gyllenhaal Want To Play Gay

Jake Gyllenhaal says he was motivated to sign on for Brokeback Mountain after seeing pal Gwyneth Paltrow "dressed as a young boy" in Shakespeare In Love, proving that it takes only five years after its release to make us feel nostalgic.


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Laura Bush: Publicly Supporting Marriage Equality ‘Was Not My Responsibility…I Just Didn’t See That As Part of My Role’

Back in April, Andy wrote about the revelation, which came via an excerpt from Laura Bush's memoir, that the former first lady had nudged her husband at the time of the 2004 elections to "not (make) gay marriage a significant issue." "We have, I reminded him, a number of close friends who are gay or whose children are gay," she apparently explained. Bush is now talking about the issue again, time the thanks to some prodding from the Texas Tribune who asked her why she didn't speak publicly about it while living in the White House.

Lb TT: "Let’s talk a little bit about that responsibility. You found yourself back in the headlines not so long ago for taking positions on gay marriage and abortion that appeared to be at odds with your husband and with the GOP. What do you say to the critics who argue you had a responsibility to come forward sooner, or who suggest you maybe hid those opinions from view?"

Bush: "Well, I didn’t hide them from view. They were very well known from the first day George was elected, when Katie Couric asked me the question. I’m not elected. I was not elected. George is. He’s the one who’s elected. I was not the elected official. It was not my responsibility, I didn’t think, to speak out in ways to get in some sort of debate with him. I just didn’t see that as part of my role."

In the interview, Bush is also asked if she is friendly with Michelle Obama. Said Bush: "there’s a friendship that develops between all the first ladies, but, no, I don’t talk to her that often."

Revisit the clip wherein Bush talks to Larry King about marriage equality, AFTER THE JUMP.


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Actor Disowned for Gay Role

YUVRAAJ PARASHAR X390Indian actor Yuvraaj Parasher, who starred in a film considered the country’s Brokeback Mountain, has been thrown out of his home and disowned by his family for playing a gay man on screen.
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Audio: Yea, Tom? And seated-judge-as-political-pundit *is* a role the Framers envisioned?

You know what we consider to be an activist judicial act? When a partisan-elected judge from a whole other state (Alabama) goes on Iowa radio to chastise the unanimous panel of local Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of marriage equality, as well to persuade voters to send partisan “shockwaves across the nation” through a non-retention voted based on little-to-nothing more than unwarranted, unprovoked, largely GOP-led, largely faith-based hostility towards gay people’s Tom-Parkercivil rights.

Or in shorter terms: Exactly what Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker (pic.) did in this recent Iowa talk radio appearance:



*SOURCE: Judge Tom PArker [WHO radio]

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***MORE: The head of this so-called “Iowa For Mob Rule” “Iowa For Freedom” campaign, Bob Vander Plaats, once again undermining the independent judiciary’s role:




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Rachel Maddow On Dr. George Rekers’ Role In The Overturn Of Prop 8

In her inimitable style, Rachel Maddow breaks down how the “work” of Dr. George “Rentboy” Rekers played a role in today’s ruling. Watch and enjoy!

Joe. My. God.

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