193 Reasons to Have Pride: Part One
BY Advocate Contributors
May 16 2011 4:00 AM ET
BROADWAY’S RAINING GAYS
Glittery drag queens populate both the just-closed La Cage aux Folles and the recently opened smash stage version of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Tony Kushner has two shows on the boards: his epic Angels in America and the marquee-defying The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures.
Larry Kramer’s landmark play about the dawn of the AIDS crisis, The Normal Heart, will formally make its debut on Broadway nearly three decades after an acclaimed run off. (It’s scheduled to run through July 10, but Kramer’s long-anticipated film adaptation is also a go with Ryan Murphy directing and Mark Ruffalo starring as gay activist Ned Weeks.)
But the hottest ticket in town is definitely The Book of Mormon (above) from South Park duo Trey Parker and Matt Stone and featuring their signature hilarious blasphemy, and, naturally, there’s a closeted Latter-day Saint missionary.
It’s not as if Broadway just discovered homos, but this just might be the Great White Way’s greatest, gayest season yet.
SABRINA MCKENNA IS THE FIRST OPENLY GAY JUDGE TO SERVE ON HAWAII’s SUPREME COURT
“This is the most important decision I have made in my career,” Gov. Neil Abercrombie said upon nominating Sabrina McKenna as an associate justice in January. “This appointment sets the course for the state and its legal direction for the next several years. I am completely confident that Judge McKenna’s appointment will be something I’m proud of for the rest of my life.”
WE HAVE THE MOST LOVABLE ODDBALLS
For the past two decades, impeccably dressed New York couple Mark Kirby and A.J. Sapolnick have been raising a plastic doll named Digby as though it was their child. The fellas take Digby along on their globetrotting vacations and, when the doll “turned” 13, threw it a bar mitzvah. That’s some nonconformist conformity—viva weirdness!
WE’RE PUTTING OUR LIVES ON THE LINE IN THE NAME OF EQUALITY
LGBT advocates around the world are willing to stand up and fight even when it puts their lives in danger. Hate crimes remain a sad fact of American life, but the situation in some countries is far more dire. Outspoken Ugandan activist David Kato was bludgeoned to death in January, but Frank Mugisha, Val Kalende, and others in that nation continue to work for LGBT rights and against its pending “kill the gays” legislation. That bill’s sponsor, member of parliament David Bahati, has said he would welcome Brenda Namigadde, currently seeking asylum in the U.K., back to Uganda if she “repents” of her lesbianism, but she has courageously refused. In Jamaica, Maurice Tomlinson received a death threat after condemning the February raid of a gay bar in Montego Bay, but he continues to speak out. Gay groups in Honduras got the government to promise a stepped-up investigation of a rash of antigay murders. Iranian gays regularly face the possibility of execution, but they still advocate for their rights and publish an online magazine, Cheraq. These people and many others deserve all the respect and support we can give.
MICHELLE OBAMA KEEPS GAY DESIGNER LABELS AT THE FOREFRONT IN HER STATE DINNER SARTORIAL PICKS
Move over, Oscar de la Renta. Matronly first lady style has been banished from the White House, and Michelle Obama has gay designers to thank for it. The first lady’s white inauguration dress from Jason Wu and her red dress from the late Alexander McQueen’s label caused a level of international fashion sensation usually reserved for Lady Gaga.
STARS LOVE TO BE GAY FOR PAY — AND ACCLAIM
Playing gay is no career liability, judging from the Hollywood A-listers taking on gay roles and being rewarded for them. The past awards season brought an Oscar to Natalie Portman for her lesbian-leaning ballerina in Black Swan, plus plenty of praise and award nominations for Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as the committed couple of The Kids Are All Right. Colin Firth’s career didn’t exactly go downhill after A Single Man. And James Franco, who seems to play gay in every other movie, is perhaps the most in-demand star in the biz.