Dear Jennifer Hudson,

First of all, welcome back. While you’re still grieving the murders of your mother, brother and nephew, it was nothing short of awesome to see you return to the spotlight at the Super Bowl.

On Thursday, during your nationwide tour, you return to North Texas, an area you visited as a child while attending Baptist church conventions. And it’s where you met me — at The Crescent Hotel while doing press for "Dreamgirls."

That’s when you mentioned that the Bible says being gay is a sin, which caused an uproar that echoed from Christopher Street to The Castro — especially since that week, you graced the cover of The Advocate.

While doing press for your self-titled album (before the murders), you told TowleRoad TV you that you were "misrepresented" and indicated that the "gay is a sin" falsifier wasn’t a fan of your work.

Since Miss California says her beliefs about same-sex marriage are exactly like Barak Obama’s (your South Side Chicagoan buddy), do me a favor and prove me wrong. Follow in the footsteps of Kristin Chenoweth and Tammy Faye Bakker’s son: Both of these devout fundamentalists have examined their faiths and say they disagree with the Bible. While risking the loss of narrow-minded fans, both have said, "Gay is not a sin."

And when you get your second Oscar and thank God again, please reiterate that point.

Have a great show.

— Daniel A. Kusner, Life+Style editor

Hudson performs at Nokia Theatre, 1001 Performance Pl. Grand Prairie. May 7 at 8 p.m. $39.50-$85. 214-373-8000.


If you don’t remember Linda Clifford — who performs Friday at S4 — she gave us the disco anthem "If My Friends Could See Me Now," which the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders used in their halftime routines. Along the way, Clifford scored hits with the "Red Light," from the "Fame" soundtrack, and she climbed the charts with a fist-pumping club version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water." When the disco movement receded, Clifford moved to Chicago, raised two children and became the voice of countless commercial jingles for Tropicana, Maybelline, McDonald’s and Michelob.

And she’s frequently been the featured performer at the kinkiest gay gig on the planet — the International Mr. Leather Contest.

"It’s huge fun to perform there. I admit, it’s a little unusual, but it gives everybody a chance to express themselves. I think it’s very cool. My husband always goes with me, and my children — who are now adults — also go to the events," Clifford told the Dallas Voice a few years ago.

— Daniel A. Kusner

Clifford performs at MetroBall, which benefits the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund. May 1 at 9:30 p.m. at S4, 3911 Cedar Springs Rd. Advance tickets, $20; $25 at door.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 1, 2009.
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