It was announced today that gossip-guru Perez Hilton (Mario Lavendaria) will be starring in an upcoming reality television series that will focus on his new role as a father living in New York. The show, which is being called Gay Dads of New York, is being produced by Bunim/Murray Productions that also produces reality shows like The Real World, Project Runway, and Keeping up with the Kardashians. The show will follow other gay dads (sorry moms) and show what life in the Big City is like while raising children. “What is your typical American family like? These days, it looks a lot like mine! I am honored and excited to bring to television a show that will be filled with love, humor and drama. What will it not be? Trashy or boring! I am thrilled to have partnered with the leaders and innovators of reality television, Bunim/Murray, to create a program that is compelling and real,” said Hilton. “Up until now people know me more for my opinions than who I am. This show will give viewers the opportunity to get to know the ‘real’ Perez Hilton and my family, as well as some other really dynamic gay dads, and the women that make up their support system. I am a recent transplant to New York City, looking for friends and open to—hopefully—love. To new beginnings and this exciting new venture!”
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The Onion is at it again, tackling the issues that matter most. The satirical news organization released a probe into the New York Police Department’s highly controversial “Stop and Kiss” policy.
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As a kid, did you ever want to meet an NFL player face-to-face? Now, gay and lesbian youths will have that chance. A new program called the High Five Initiative links LGBT kids with professional athletes to encourage participation in sports by athletes of all sexual orientations. The program, part of the You Can Play Project, is directed by former-NFL player Wade Davis.
“We hope through these one-on-one interactions youth will see they are welcomed in sports,” he said of the program’s announcement. “If youth only hear that sports is about toughness, masculinity and violence, some may choose not to play. But when youth learn the true essence of sports is family, solidarity and compassion for all participants, then we will see more youth, especially LGBT youth, understand sports is a place for them.”
The first professional athletes to participate in yesterday’s soft launch were from the NFL, according to the press release. Former NFL players Troy Vincent and Dwight Hollier dropped in on the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York City which provides social, academic and educational support to LGBTQ teenagers and young adults (ages 13-24). Vincent and Hollier toured the facility (led by youth who go there) and heard about two internship programs by the teenagers who participate in them. The NFL reps also received a little schooling on LGBT issues, as the kids talked with them about appropriate pronoun use and safe places. The kids in turn could ask questions about playing for the NFL as Vincent and Hollier shared their experience in professional sports.
Efforts like this will vamp up through the High Five initiative with even more players and organizations involved during next year’s NFL season. The National Hockey League and Major League Soccer are also affiliated with the program. Commentators hope that the program might even serve another purpose—in encouraging these leagues to open up to expanding their own diversity and inclusion efforts for both fans and players.
The You Can Play Project is an advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Russia’s highest court ruled that the law banning gay propaganda throughout the country does not violate Russia’s constitution. The law was challenged by Nikolai Alexeyev, a gay-rights activist, who demanded that the St. Petersburg City Council be held accountable for acting unconstitutionally when they passed their anti-gay propaganda law. According to IndRus: ”Alexeyev had asked the court to rule that the law was based on prejudice and permitted discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation. But the judges concluded that the Constitution obliged the State to protect motherhood, childhood and family.” Legislators therefore acted within their means to “take measures to protect children from information, propaganda and campaigns that can harm their health and moral and spiritual development”.
After Olympic diver Tom Daley came out this week in an open and honest YouTube video, the Internet went into a congratulatory tizzy that quickly had social media all agog to find out who the Bronze-medal cutie was dating. Sources have officially revealed to E! News that the diver is dating Academy Award–winner Dustin Lance Black. The 39-year-old who wrote the 2008 biopic Milk allegedly is the mystery man that the 19-year-old allegedly talks about in his YouTube video: ”In spring this year, my life changed massively when I met someone and they made me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great.” According to multiple news sites Daley has been traveling back and forth from Los Angeles to see Black and the pair was spotted grabbing a coffee at the Coffee Bean as early as last week.
Super Sale Saturday
They are all just prelude to the important one, today, Giving Tuesday. Today, take a step back from the consumer cliff’s edge, and reconnect with your priorities. Support the non-profit organizations and charities that matter most to you. Yes, there’s been a ton of (deserved) bad press lately about some of the biggies: Salvation Army and Goodwill having strayed from their missions of doing what is best and doing, instead, what is best for them at the expense of others…but don’t let that dissuade or discourage you. Find a smaller organization with their fingers more firmly on the pulse of the communities they wish to serve, and lend your dollars. If you don’t have dollars, give hours, of volunteer service. Or give both.
The Rainbow State’s rainbow colors shined even brighter yesterday as over 46 gay and lesbian couples officially tied the knot. Retired Supreme Court Justice Steven Levinson, who wrote the decision in Baehr v. Lewin case that said denying marriage to same-sex couples violates the equal protection clause of the state’s constitution, was one of the first to officiate a same-sex marriage in the state. “I’ve never been happier. After a good number of civil unions over the years, I’m ecstatic to be able to officiate on Day One,” Levinson told reporters before marrying Renea Stewart and Lisa Veneri at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel. The first six couples to get married under the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act did so at the Sheraton Waikiki at an event hosted by several advocacy groups who worked to pass the important legislation. [FX19] [NPR] [SA]
Now that gay marriage is legal in the Aloha State, what other hotels would serve up destination-wedding perfection?
American Apparel, famous for their LGBT political activism, has launched a new line of political-activism merchandise targeting Russia’s anti-gay laws. The protest merchandise, called Principle 6, will be marketed by Olympic athletes who will be competing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Of them, Belle Brockhoff, an openly lesbian Australian snowboarder, will be one of the first to display the red T-shirt. Principle 6 is in refrence to the principle in the International Olympic Committee’s charter that prohibits discrimination on the grounds of “race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise.” According to the NYT: “The line of Principle 6 branded merchandise will bear a rewritten version of the principle’s declaration: ‘Sport does not discriminate on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise.’ (The paraphrase also serves to avoid another sticky issue: The Olympic committee is zealous in its policing of the use of the words ‘Olympic’ or ‘Olympics’ by anyone other than its members and official sponsors.)” The apparel went on sale yesterday online and will be available in stores beginning Jan. 1.
An unusual theme appears on the New York stage this fall as two musicals, each in its own way, tackles the subjects of fatherhood and deception. Big Fish, a new musical based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and subsequent film, is a splashy hodgepodge of forgettable music by Andrew Lippa set against the backdrop of a fantastical world created by scenic designer Julian Crouch and costume designer William Ivey Long (with some blurry projections by 59 Productions). The story brings to life the bigger-than-life tales of Edward Bloom as recounted to his son. Downtown, you can catch Lies My Father Told Me (based on the works of Ted Allan and film by the same name), a memory play with music that follows the musings of lead character David as he recalls his tender relationship with his grandfather and the volatile verbal abuses of his father. Neither show manages to find its emotional core, despite moments of honest theatricality that occasionally bubble to the surface.