Kindred Spirits presents: The Judy Garland Christmas Show

Judy Garland Christmas ShowThere’s kitsch. There’s camp. Then there’s the Judy Garland Christmas Show, perhaps the single most absurdly divine thing to ever be produced by the 1960′s television industry. Kindred Spirits presents its 4th Annual Judy Garland Christmas Show & Sing-Along December 4th at Meteor (2306 Genesee St) at 5 pm.

In 1963 Garland found herself in trouble with the IRS for forgetting to pay taxes for a couple of years. Desperate for cash, she agreed to star in a weekly variety show for CBS, then proceeded to record 26 of the most gin-soaked hours in television history. Garland was remarkably cogent for the Christmas episode however, perhaps because her children were all on set as guest stars. Lorna Luft, Joey Luft and (almost unrecognizable with long hair) Liza Minnelli join fellow guests Jack Jones, Tracy Everitt, Mel Tormé and the true stars of the show, the chorus line of dancing Santas, for an hour of surreal delight.

With Nancy Ford emceeing, the Judy Garland Christmas Show & Sing-Along has become a Houston holiday tradition. In addition to the show and complimentary eats there’s also a raffle for a flat screen television. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and can be purchased at kindredspiritshouston.org. Proceeds benefit AssistHers, the Lesbian Health Initiative Houston, and Expert Nutrition.

After the break watch the opening number from the Judy Garland Christmas Show.

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More CPAC Trouble for GOProud

Christopher R. Barron X390 (GOPROUD) | ADVOCATE.COMThe chairman of the group organizing the right-wing CPAC gathering says “it’s going to be difficult to continue the relationship” with gay conservative group GOProud and chair Christopher Barron (pictured).
Advocate.com: Daily News

—  David Taffet

Water Polo Team In Trouble For ‘Inappropriate’ Swimwear Design

Singapre

Singapore's national water polo team is in trouble for designing their new swimwear with an "inappropriate" placement of the crescent moon on the country's flag. According to the AP, "'We didn't have the slightest intention to do anything funny on our trunks to insult Singapore,' team manager Samuel Wong, who helped design the trunks."

Oops.


Towleroad News #gay

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Trouble With The Help For Meg Whitman

California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is having some trouble with the help. Namely, her former housekeeper of nine years who today revealed herself as an undocumented worker amid claims that Whitman was an abusive employer.

Flanked by attorney Gloria Allred, former Whitman employee Nicandra Diaz made the accusations at a tearful Los Angeles press conference Wednesday. Diaz said she asked Whitman for help with her immigration status in 2009 and Whitman refused. “I felt like she was throwing me away like a piece of garbage,” Diaz said. Whitman responded to the charges in a statement Wednesday. “After nine years of faithful service, Nicky came to us in June 2009 and confessed that she was an illegal worker,” the statement reads. “Nicky had falsified the hiring documents and personal information she provided to the employment agency that brought her to us in 2000. Nicky told me that she was admitting her deception now because she was aware that her lie might come out during the campaign. Nicky said she was concerned about hurting my family and me.” Whitman continued: “As required by law, once we learned she was an illegal worker, I immediately terminated Nicky’s employment. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I considered Nicky a friend and a part of our extended family.”

Gloria Allred says her client was “exploited, disrespected, humiliated and emotionally and financially abused.” I don’t think there’s much to see here, actually. Whitman supposedly terminated the woman immediately upon learning about her status, which clears her from charges of hypocrisy about her immigration positions. As for the abuse claims, remember this is prime opportunist Gloria Allred. I wish there could be some actual meat to this story, but I doubt it. It’ll depend on how the housekeeper plays in the Spanish press, I’d guess.

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright

Former NBA star John Amaechi barred from hometown gay club: he’s ‘big & black & could be trouble’

Via Towleroad, a clear sign that it’s not a post-racial society across the pond either. Bonus points in this case for these clubs employing a shared security system to do their racial profiling and have closed ranks regarding the controversy.

“When Amaechi questioned the decision, the doorman said it was a ‘private members’ bar.’ He then allegedly claimed that the New York Times best-selling author had been flagged up as ‘trouble’ on the gay village’s shared security radio network. A spokesperson for the bar later told Amaechi’s representative: ‘Your group was stopped from entering the venue on Friday night as a message was received over the NiteNet radio system, (a system where several venues work together within the village, where they announce any issues they have with any customers), that your group had been argumentative and aggressive to another venue’s doorstaff. On interview with the staff who were present at the time, we are satisfied that there were no racism or bigotry comments as you suggest. All three staff who were present on the door at the time have been with us for over 14 months and none of them have ever displayed the attitude or characteristics you suggest in your email. You have clearly misunderstood the situation and perhaps justifying your exclusion that evening. We consider this matter closed now.’”

The other bars, VIA and Taurus, which use the NiteNet system deny there was any such warning about Amaechi’s behavior.

According to the paper, “Amaechi’s representatives have lodged a complaint with the Equality and Human Rights Commission along with a complaint to the Manchester City Council LGBT affairs director, Terry Waller and also with the Greater Manchester Police LGBT liaison office.”

This took place in Manchester, UK, Amaechi’s flipping hometown! Oh, and what part of “big and black and could be trouble” isn’t racist? Why would Amaechi even bother making something ridiculous like that up? I wonder where this case will go.

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Back on our side of the Atlantic, and close to home, a sheriff here in NC goes on a nostalgia trip because required probable cause for pulling motorists over has cramped his style re: racial profiling, and general illegal chicanery.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison says the constitutional protection against unjustified searches and seizures inhibits law enforcement and it would be better if police could pull over motorists without probable cause.

Harrison, a Republican seeking election to a third four-year term in November, makes his comments in a video interview on the YouTube channel of Tom Murry, a Morrisville councilman running for the state House in the 41st District, which includes parts of Raleigh, Apex, Cary and Morrisville.

In the video, Murry asks, “Is the state making it easier for you to do your job or making it more difficult?”

Harrison, a former North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper, responds, “The biggest thing I see is the way we interpret laws. Back when I was a young trooper, we could stop a car anytime we wanted to to see if they had a driver’s license. Now you can’t do it. You have to have suspicion of probable cause. So, to me, it’s sort of burden on us.”

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—  John Wright

Queens Pride House in Trouble

The Queens Pride House, the LGBT community center located in Jackson
Heights, is in danger of closing and in needs of staffing and budget increases.
Daily News

—  John Wright

There’s Trouble In Sioux City

Cornerstone World Outreach is one of two churches whose members are accused of creating a voting bloc on the Sioux City Human Rights Commission. Critics say the six-member majority is made up of Christian fundamentalists who stifle discussion of gay rights issues and are leading a charge to dismiss the commission’s director.

~Sioux City Journal‘s Critics Wary Of Churches’ Looming Influence

In the Sioux City Journal‘s Critics Wary Of Churches’ Looming Influence is addressing the lack of diversity on the Sioux City Human Rights Commission, and that six of commission’s members belong to two churches. The commission apparently has eleven members: Four of the commissioners attend Cornerstone World Outreach, while two belong to Heartland Community Baptist Church.

These six commissioners apparently vote as you might imagine a conservative Christian block would set the agenda and vote on a Human Rights Commission.

Former commissioner Sherry Flansburg, who is Jewish, took her concerns to the council Monday, as did Judie Campbell, who served six years before her term expired in 2008. In interviews last week, Campbell and Flansburg both said conservative Christians on the commission were intolerant of certain viewpoints and were imposing their will on the group.

“We had gotten to the point there were just certain things you knew you couldn’t talk about at meetings,” said Flansburg, who was chairman until her term ended June 30. “We never discussed gay-lesbian rights and sexual orientation, for example.”

Campbell said the growing conservative Christian influence on the board was disconcerting. She said no discussion of same-sex marriage or gay and transgender rights was tolerated.

“It certainly came across in their discussions,” said Campbell, a member of Peace Reformed Church. “Same-sex marriage came up and they were definitely not in favor of that.”

The City Council appoints the Human Rights Commission members in Sioux City, and the council has named ten of the eleven commission members since 2007.

I may not be energized al all to vote this November for Democrats on the national stage {due to the failure to have a national progressive agenda — especially regarding “Card Check,” immigration reform, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues}, but I’m very energized to vote in my city’s and county’s local election. The reason is that city councils and school boards have great influence on local communities; that city councils and school boards with conservative Christian majorities can do much damage to not only progressive agendas. And especially these local bodies can (and do) vote in ways that indicate LGBT people as lesser beings; hat treat LGBT people as unequal under the law with other citizens in given jurisdictions.

So vote I will in November, but not so much to reelect Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Susan Davis (although I’m interested in seeing both reelected), but because I’m energized to vote for certain local candidates, such as Stephen Whitburn elected to the San Diego County Board Of Supervisors, and Kevin Beiser elected to the San Diego Unified School District Board Of Education.
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—  John Wright