Friday, December 14, 2007
Two great parties, two great LGBT events and a movie opening....
Firstly, Jodie Foster might not have officially COME OUT... but the slow, rippling effect of her acceptance speech at the Women in Entertainment Power Breakfast on December 4th is reaching national news. Slowly the newspapers and television programs are catching on to how powerful those few little words were.
Here's a great clip from CNN which includes Jodie's acceptance speech:
It's widely known in Hollywood that Jodie is a lesbian and has had a partner for years, so the minute the Academy Award winning actress even made a PEEP, it immediately gave reporters free reign to run with the story they've already known about for years.
For example, OUT magazine did a rather bold thing earlier this year by making Anderson Cooper and Jodie Foster cut-outs, (see above) for their "Why Won't Stars Come out of the Closet" story.
Jodie with her partner Cydney Bernard.
And here with their family. But don't worry, if you're a right wing Republican or Religious Zealot I'm sure they were on their way to corrupt youth and ruin the sanctity of marriage.
The Brave One my ass. This woman has been in the closet for thirty years now.
Here's my thinking- an actor is an actor not an activist. I used to really want more actors to come out just to help people accept homosexuality, but the fact of the matter is most of this country - according to Republican polls - doesn't like us so these people in the field of being "liked" really can't have much of a career and come out of the closet. The film business revolves around those two words that make studio execs salivate: "BOX OFFICE", which means like-ability.
Unlike some gay actors, Ms Foster doesn't live with a beard and as far as I can see, is pretty open around town about her situation. She has also had an impressive career, along with an impressive paycheck - two things that would have been compromised by her coming out. Hey, she's got kids and mortgage to pay, so why should she sacrifice her livelihood for our cause, right?
Personally, I'd rather live in a hovel and be who I am and try to knock down doors to create change, but that's me.
Meanwhile, this was a big move for her. I'm really hoping this means she'll start using her celebrity to help the community. It would be nice. We need more "Brave Ones" to do that.
Well, now, onto some lesser known actors and performers who are and have been out their entire career:
Two fantastic girl parties this weekend.
One, is the DVD release of MANGO KISS.
Friday, December 14th 10:00pm
HERE LOUNGE / TRUCK STOP
696 No. Robertson Blvd. West Hollywood
Cast in attendance, dvd giveaways and autographs.
AND...on Saturday, the DVD release of SUZANNE WESTENHOEFER's new show, A BOTTOM ON TOP.
Sat. December 15th
Eleven Nightclub 9 PM
1811 Santa Monica Blvd, WeHo
2 levels of dancing, great music and social panache.
Also, if you live in Los Angeles or New York, I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend you check out this new film - a stellar cast in what's been called TORCH SONG TRILOGY meets SOUL FOOD.
"Deondre Gossett and Quincy LeNear" host
Friday, December 14, 2007
Beverly Center Theater (8th Flr)
LaCienega and Beverly Blvd
This is a rather landmark film since it's a commercial film with an all African American cast that deals with the GAY GAY GAY. So please support it!
Also, how about a bit of this this weekend? Catch Wilson Cruz's FULLY COMMITTED at the Lyric Theatre.
This hilarious one-man comedy presents a single day in the life of Sam Peliczowski, an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan's hippest restaurant. With the phones ringing off the hook, Sam juggles a range of eccentrics--from scheming socialites and name-dropping wannabes to fickle celebrities and egomaniacal bosses. The question of the hour, though, is whether in the midst of all this culinary-inspired chaos, he can also manage to look out for himself. A wonderful acting challenge, Fully Committed has more than 40 wildly diverse characters played by one extremely versatile performer.
Show times: Thursday, Friday & Saturday Dec. 13, 14 & 15 @ 8pm
520 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Remember, nothing says season greetings like supporting LGBT film, television, recording artists and authors!!!
And, if you feel like getting that warm, holiday feeling inside...please consider giving back to our community through one of the following events:
2007 JGYC HOLIDAY PARTY
for the Jeff Griffith Youth Center (the shelter for at risk LGBT and homeless youth)
Saturday, December 15, 1:00 to 5:00 PM AT THE VILLAGE
1125 NORTH MCCADDEN PLACE, LOS ANGELES (MAP)
Limited free parking is available in the two lots across the street for this event.
All are welcome to participate in this most fun and rewarding event of the year!
1. Volunteers are asked to work from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (if possible).
2. Volunteers are asked to bring Target gift cards ($5 denominations). This is not required to be a volunteer.
3. Please bring any holiday decorations (no glass) that can be used for the event.
4. Please bring empty boxes and wrapping paper as we will use these as decorations also.
5. Please bring any ‘standee’s/cutouts’ that can be used for the photo booth (famous people, etc).
6. A few more volunteers are needed. If you can volunteer please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In closing and speaking of out gay celebrities, I'm not sure where Ricky Martin is in "coming out", but if your boyfriend was this cute wouldn't you be telling everyone!?