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February 4, 2017

NY Holds Vigil for Victims of Bowling Green Massacre



New Yorkers can be a sentimental — and satirical — bunch.

That’s why it was no surprise that an impromptu vigil was held Friday honoring the Bowling Green massacre victims that never were.

“We’re commemorating the victims of Bowling Green,” said Chris Bauer as he stifled a smile. “It never happened so they were never commemorated.”

Bauer and a handful of others stood near the Lower Manhattan park, holding signs and shouting, “We all are Bowling Green, never remember never forget.”
Cindy Voorspuy, of Staten Island, stood near the entrance to the Bowling Green subway station carrying a sign that read, “Never remember always forget.”

The group decided to take to the streets to poke fun at presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway’s false claim that Iraqi refugees committed an atrocity that never happened called the “Bowling Green massacre.”

“I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre,” she said on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on Thursday.

President Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway falsely claimed that Iraqi refugees committed an atrocity that never happened called the “Bowling Green massacre.”

President Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway falsely claimed that Iraqi refugees committed an atrocity that never happened called the “Bowling Green massacre.” (CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS)

Conway explained Friday on Twitter that she was referring to the two “Bowling Green terrorists” arrested in 2011 in Bowling Green, Kentucky for plotting to provide weapons and cash to al-Qaeda fighters overseas.

President Trump’s trusted adviser cited the fictitious attack in defense of her boss’ immigration ban barring people from several Muslim-majority nations from entering the country.

But the damage was already done.
Thousands protest Trump's travel ban at Brooklyn Borough Hall
A memorial website urging people to donate to the “Bowling Green Massacre Victims Fund” sprung up almost immediately.

A donate button on the page redirects to the ACLU website.(Click Here)

Kellyanne Conway's faux massacre mocked by city of Bowling Green
Conway was roundly mocked on social media as well.

Bowling Green, Ky., has long had a reputation as a welcoming place for refugees, and the city is home to the International Center of Kentucky, a refugee resettlement agency. In the past 10 years, more than 2,000 refugees resettled in Bowling Green from more than a dozen countries, including some Muslim-majority countries, said the agency’s executive director, Albert Mbanfu.

People in the small college town took to the streets Friday night to hold a fake vigil of their own.

Dozens of people danced in the streets and lofted signs that read “Never Remember.”

At Home Cafe & Marketplace, the most popular pizza Friday was “the Bowling Green Massacre” pie.

The specialty pizza with blackened chicken, macaroni and cheese and jalapenos was on pace to set a one-day sales record at the restaurant, said owner Josh Poling.


“The minute I heard it last night, I was like, ‘Oh gosh, that’s too good of an opportunity to pass up,”’ he said.

All proceeds from the specialty pizza’s sales will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center, he said.

Manhattan’s tongue-in-cheek tribute Friday drew curious tourists and President Trump supporters who questioned the silly vigil.

Conway’s alternative facts were respected at the Kentucky vigil.

“We actually don’t know what the hell we’re doing, but neither does Trump or anyone else so,” Bauer responded to questions about the event.

“In this alt-fact world this is something that needs to be commemorated,” he added.

Conway coined the phrase “alternative facts” when defending the White House’s false claims about crowd size at Trump’s inauguration.                                          New York Daily News

January 25, 2017

Mary Tyler Moore dead at 80



Too Young…..      


"The seven-time Emmy winner, whose eponymous 1970s sitcom idealized the single lady lifestyle and became one of the all-time classic ensemble comedies, has died. She was 80.
"Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine," her rep said in a statement to E! News. "A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile."
Moore had been in poor health for some time and had been hospitalized in Connecticut with complications from diabetes.
The star of stage and screen had a unique career arc that saw her play both consummate housewife Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s before she became the beret-tossing career gal Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” E onLine

August 12, 2016

Meryl Streep Gay Icon and Streep Tease





 
Meryl Streep is laughing her signature laugh. You know it: Sometimes light and airy, sometimes a surge of boisterous euphoria that carries well into the next question — but always unmistakably Meryl.

Cinema’s grand dame cracks one of her warm, famous chortles during our recent interview, while entertaining the idea that her latest chameleonic role, as real-life opera diva Florence Foster Jenkins in the movie of the same name, could once again spur drag queens to emulate another one of her queer-loved characters. Then she laughs again as she fondly remembers locking lips with Allison Janney in 2002’s The Hours. Meanwhile, the mere mention of 1992’s Death Becomes Her Meryl unleashing a hearty roar. Another laugh, too, when she ponders how sexting and Snapchat are related.

Gay audiences know this laugh because they know Meryl Streep. They also know her compassion for LGBT issues, both as an extension of her queer-inclusive acting repertoire and more explicitly, when, during her Golden Globe acceptance speech in 2004, she slammed then-president George W. Bush by condemning his anti-gay marriage stance. They’ve learned the art of shade from her sharp, searing tongue in The Devil Wears Prada, and they live for all the campy one-liners in Death Becomes Her. And during Angels in America, HBO’s 2003 watershed miniseries about the AIDS crisis, they wept.

Now, Streep, 67, sheds her skin once again to portray Jenkins, one of the worst singers in the world. In the poignant dramedy Florence Foster Jenkins from Stephen Frears, director of The Queen, the esteemed once-in-a-lifetime luminary plays a wannabe opera singer with a voice so hysterically appalling her loyal husband (Hugh Grant) bribes critics into letting her think she can sing.

Here, during this rare and revealing one-on-one conversation with Streep, the three-time Academy Award winner and record holder for most Oscar nominations discusses why she regards Angels in America as one of the most important LGBT-themed films she’s done and how she feels about gay men performing Meryl monologues. And looking ahead, is the biopic queen ready to consider her own story becoming a feature-length film in the future? Streep laughs at the very thought, of course, but she’s not kidding when she says, “I hope I fade into oblivion.”

Dallas Voice: You’ve given the gay community a breadth of greatness over the last four decades. When you look back at your gay roles, which has been the most important to you?  Streep: Oh, gosh. To me, I mean, Angels is such an important piece of history, and I felt really lucky to be part of that because I don’t think there was anything like it before. It really felt like being at the Democratic National Convention in the moment that Hillary shattered the glass ceiling — a big deal. The Hours was important, too. And of course I got to kiss Allison Janney, which was a perk!

Don’t tell Emma Thompson, who famously tongue-kissed you and gave you an orgasm in Angels.  Yeah, right! The Hours was nothing like that!

I remember Emma talking about that kiss in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. She’s very proud of it. She said she learned that “you have to use tongues even if you’re not a lesbian.”  Oh yeah, you really do. [Laughs]

When you look back at that moment, how does your takeaway from that kissing scene compare to Emma’s?  It’s just, you can’t take the baby from the bathwater. You can’t. It’s just the whole thing of it — that [orgasm scene] was just like the culmination of it. But what [screenwriter Tony Kushner] was doing was for a really mainstream HBO audience at that point — just groundbreaking. That hadn’t been on television. Movies, yes. But not television. So it was very cool.

Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins in the film, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS by Paramount Pictures, Pathé and BBC FilmsYou knew you were a gay icon by2012, when you found out about Streep Tease — gay men taking on Meryl monologues in West Hollywood. Did you ever get a chance to see it?  I didn’t. We went immediately to London to shoot something else.

How do you feel about watching other people — gay men, for instance — do Meryl?  I love it when they do other people! I don’t know. I’m sure it would tickle me, but I’m just not — I don’t have a distance on myself yet that I probably should have. It’s like when my kids imitate me. I laugh but I kind of don’t like it.

Do they imitate you often?  Oh my god, yes. Endlessly. Especially when I answer the phone and they can tell that it’s [me pretending to be], like, a Jamaican operator or something, because I sort of start talking in the accent of the person I’m talking to. Oh, they’re merciless.

Do you feel a connection to the LGBT community?  I just can’t remember when LGBT people were not in my life. You know, gosh. My piano teachers when I was 11 and 12 were two gay men in a little town in New Jersey who had a collection of Mexican art and piñatas and silver lantern covers, and their house was wonderful, not like anybody else’s house in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. And yeah, I came of age when everything was kind of opening up and that’s a good time, right like now.

This film harkens back to the ’40s when communities were kind of cloaked and undercover, and yet in Greenwich Village and just communities of people in the artistic world, they were always embracing of people, every kind. That freedom — very staid people were drawn to that world because of its imagination and exoticism and willingness to embrace life in a different way.

How do you think the message of Florence — doing something you love because you love it and not because of what other people think — will resonate with the LGBT community?  Well, to the extent that anybody tells you that you can’t be a certain way or you shouldn’t be a certain way. You know, I think the limits other people put on you are the least valuable. A child announces who they are and people who encourage them are the ones to be around… and you have to get rid of everybody else who doesn’t help! I feel that way about everything, but certainly LGBT audiences will understand that.

In 1979, when you played a lesbian in Manhattan, being LGBT wasn’t cool. Why did you take on a role that might’ve been deemed “too much” during that time period?  I didn’t think of it that way. I mean, I was coming to movies sort of sideways from the theater. I got an early movie and I thought, “Well, this is a one-off; they’ll never ask me again.” I was fine with that. I was happy in the theater. And in the theater I had lots of gay friends and my longtime collaborator Roy Helland is gay. I’ve grown up with gay people and been in love with gay people.

Romantic love?  Oh no, not that kind!

BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 14: Actress Meryl Streep attends 'The Iron Lady' Photocall during of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival at the Grand Hyatt on February 14, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.I mean, I know women who’ve had gay boyfriends and gay husbands.  No, no. Well… not that I know of!

If you were to play another lesbian role, who would be your dream co-star?  Oh, well, someone younger, clearly. [Laughs]

But who? I mean, you and Sandra Bullock have already had practice making out at the 2010 Critics Choice Movie Awards.  Yeah! That was famous. But I don’t know! I can’t pick! There are so many. One thing I think is, there are so many young talented actresses and actors. I grew up in a time when people emerged — like, there were a handful of people. Now, there’s like 35, 40 people who are just beyond talented, and because of the opening up of long-form television and all the other platforms — webisodes and things like that — I think there are more opportunities for people to demonstrate their talent. There are so many talented people.

And streaming — I heard you say you’re learning about it.  Getting on that, yes. Not really. Somebody told me that I Snapchatted but I don’t know how to Snapchat and I thought it was the thing that you do when you’re sexting sort of and then you want it to be erased. I didn’t know what they were talking about!

It’s very confusing out there, Meryl. Stay in your bubble.  OK, fine! [Laughs]

Emily Blunt said she’s interested in doing another Devil Wears Prada if everybody else returns. Would you be interested in doing a sequel?  In theory. But the heart sinks until you read the script. It’s like, somebody said [they want a] Mamma Mia 2! and it just … ack! I thought, Gram-Mamma Mia!? Really? No. So it would depend on the script; the script is everything. If somebody has the imagination and wit to apply and has an interesting story, yeah, sure. But absent that, no.

Your gay fans wouldn’t mind, I’ll tell you that … as long there’s a solid script, of course.  No, I wouldn’t mind either if the script were good.

Your Death Becomes Her co-star Isabella Rossellini said that she didn’t know she was making what became a gay cult film until after some market research. When did you realize Death Becomes Her would become a gay cult classic?  I knew when I met the writer!  When I met Martin [Donovan], I thought, “OK, here we go.” And then [when I sang] my first number, I thought, “Oh, all right, I’ll see this in a club somewhere.” I mean, with lines like, “Now a warning?!”  I mean, come on! It was so much fun, and it’s sort of a documentary on aging in Los Angeles now, it seems to me.

For years you’ve been playing real-life people: Julia Child, Margaret Thatcher, now Florence Foster Jenkins. If one day there’s a Meryl Streep biopic, what do you hope it captures about your life and career?  I hope that doesn’t happen! You know, I treasure my life and the fact that it’s not on Facebook, and I really love my solitude and privacy — all these old-fashioned concepts. In a job where I’m with hundreds of people all the time and going on these press things, I just really love to get away and not be in the chattering world. That’s really important to me. So, I hope I fade into oblivion.

We rode in from the airport and Roy — my hair and makeup guy — pointed out the Will Rogers museum here in L.A. that’s closing and I said, “Why?” He said because nobody knows who he was and nobody cares, and there was no more central figure in his time that could sort of translate the best of the wit and charm of his era. So, you know, then it’s over. He’s gone. Nobody cares.

And you’re OK with that happening to you?  Yeah, I’m fine with that! I seriously feel like you can only speak to your moment, and right now your work should reflect it. Your work has to just be important right now. And in 10 years if it looks obsolete or like you were overdoing it, that’s fine, because for that time you were.

— Chris Azzopardi

January 12, 2016

Hunger Games Actress Amanda Stenberg Comes Out



                                                                             



Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg has come out as bisexual, speaking of the importance of representation and the need for women in minority communities to have their voices heard.
  
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Photo: Gregory Harris
The 17-year-old actress took part in a Teen Vogue SnapChat takeover and came out in her video which has now gone viral.

“I cannot stress enough how important representation is, so the concept that I can provide for other black girls is mind-blowing,” she said.

“It’s a really really hard thing to be silenced, and it’s deeply bruising to fight against your identity and just mold yourself into shapes that you just shouldn’t be in. As someone who identifies as a black bisexual woman, I’ve been through it, and it hurts and it’s awkward and it’s uncomfortable. But then I realized, because of Solange [Knowles, who interviewed Stenberg for the magazine's February cover] and Ava Duvernay and Willow [Smith] and all the black girls watching this right now, there’s absolutely nothing but change.”

“We cannot be suppressed. We are meant to express our joy and our love and our tears, to be big and bold and definitely not easy to swallow. I definitely believe in the concept of rebellion through selfhood, and rebellion through embracing your true identity, no matter what you’re being told. Here I am, being myself, and it’s hard and vulnerable, and it’s definitely a process, but I’m learning and growing. Thank you for supporting me and doing this, and thank you to Teen Vogue. This is just the beginning, though; we have a lot of work to do for all women of colour. We need more representation in film and television. We need our voices to be louder in the media. And not just women of colour—bisexual women, gay women, transgender women, mentally ill women. I’m sick of all the misogyny and homophobia and transphobia that I see around me, and I know you are too. Thank you for listening and goodnight.”

GayNZ.com 

September 20, 2015

Novelist, Actress Jackie Collins Died today of Cancer



                                                          
Novelist Jackie Collins died of breast cancer on Saturday, according to a statement from her family. She was 77.
"It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of our beautiful, dynamic and one-of-a-kind mother," the statement said. "She lived a wonderfully full life and was adored by her family, friends and the millions of readers who she has been entertaining for over four decades. She was a true inspiration, a trail blazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters but we already miss her beyond words."
Jackie Collins never hit no. 1 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books List (she made it as high as No. 23 in 2013 with The Power Trip) but she was a mainstay on the list with 22 of her books landing in the top 150 from American Star in February 1993 to as recently as June with The Santangelos. Collins authored 32 books, including one cookbook. Several of her best known books were published in the 1980s and include LuckyHollywood Wives and Hollywood Husbands and pre-date USA TODAY's list. All 32 of Collins' novels have appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list. Nine of her novels were adapted into movies or TV mini-series.
When The Santangelos was released in June, Collins said it was the concluding volume in her best-selling series about the Mob clan that began with 1981's Chances.
Collins told People magazine, which first reported her death Saturday, in her final interview Sept. 14 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer over six years ago, but had chosen to keep the news among family, confiding mainly in her three daughters, 54-year-old Tracy, 48-year-old Tiffany and 46-year-old Rory.
Collins was born in London, along with older sister, actress Joan Collins. Jackie Collins started writing books about the sex lives of her rich and famous characters in the 1960s. She became a celebrity in her own right with 1983's Hollywood Wives. It sold more than 15 million copies, led to sequels and became a hit TV miniseries.
When asked by USA TODAY in 2007 if it's hard to compete with so much sex in books, she said no.  "Sex does not sell books. Characters and relationships do. If you're not interested in the characters, you're not interested in the sex."
As for staying "fresh" as an author, she told USA TODAY: "I'm a popular-culture junkie. I have six TiVos in my house."

May 2, 2014

Ellen Page Talks About Her Brave Coming Out Story




2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter - Arrivals
We were thrilled (and admittedly teary-eyed) when Ellen Page made the brave choice to publicly come out as gay, and it’s been really cool to watch her come into her own over the last few months. She looks super hot on the June 2014 cover of Flare, for instance, and whoever thought to put her in tailored menswear deserves some kind of medal.
Seriously, can we just talk about these boots for a second? And the long skinny tie? And her sultry-messy-Kristen-Stewart-esque hair? Ellen has always been able to rock edgier looks (she could pull off looking like a badass even back in the Juno days), but this might be her best one yet. I love the minimal makeup, I love the bare nails, and I love seeing Ellen’s personal style coming through in a professional shoot.
ellen page for flare magazine
Her interview with the magazine is pretty flawless, too. She sounds pretty pumped for her next role, the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, and she got the chance to open up a little bit about the ups and downs of being an out celebrity:
You think you’re in a place where you’re all I’m thrilled to be gay, I have no issues about being gay anymore, I don’t feel shame about being gay, but you actually do. You’re just not fully aware of it. I think I still felt scared about people knowing. I felt awkward around gay people; I felt guilty for not being myself.
Blegh. That would be a lot for anyone to handle, and I imagine it’s even harder to deal with when you’re a young actress– especially one who’s expected to be the perfect role model  for her young fans. I sincerely hope that someday our culture will be welcoming and safe for people who exist outside our traditional expectations for gender and sexuality, and Ellen’s openness and honesty are definitely helping to pave the way.
We love her voice– and her style, of course– and we’re looking forward to whatever comes next in Ellen’s career.
Via Flare / Photos: Getty Images, Flare


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April 24, 2014

Jodie Foster Finally Marries Her Female Photographer

 
Hollywood star Jodie Foster has married her girlfriend Alexandra Hedison, the Oscar-winning actor’s publicist has confirmed.


Cindy Mort is Jodie Foster’s ex-GirlfriendThe news that Foster, 51, and Hedison, 44, a photographer and also an actor, was first reported by E! television. It said they had been dating since last summer and quoted sources as saying previously that the couple were “totally in love”.

The publicist, Jennifer Allen, offered no other information about the wedding last weekend.
The deeply private Foster only came out publicly in a rambling, heartfelt speech at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, where she accepted a lifetime achievement award.
“I hope that you’re not disappointed that there won't be a big coming-out speech tonight, because I already did my coming-out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age,” she said in the speech.

She added that there seemed to be a demand for celebrities to reveal they are gay “with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime-time reality show”.
Foster had a 20-year relationship with Cydney Bernard, with whom she has two sons, but that ended in 2008. She did not hide the relationship, but also did not talk about it or her sexuality in public.

In addition to working as a photographer, Hedison has appeared in television shows such as Nash Bridges and The L Word.
She went out with comedian Ellen DeGeneres for about three years about 10 years ago.

December 3, 2013

Actress Maria Bello Comes Out


By LAUREN ZIMA


Actress Maria Bello has revealed she's in a gay relationship, with her best friend. 
The actress, known for films like "A History of Violence," and, more recently, "Prisoners," revealed she's in a long-term relationship with a woman named Clare in a piece for The New York Times. (Via tribute.ca)

SANTA MONICA, CA - OCTOBER 19:  Actress Maria Bello attends the 2013 Pink Party at Hangar 8 on October 19, 2013 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

‘WORLD TRADE CENTER' ACTRESS MARIA BELLO HAS

REVEALED THAT SHE IS GAY AND HAS A LONG-TERM

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In the op-ed she calls herself a "whatever," saying she has been in relationships with men and women, and describes telling her son about how her relationship with close friend Clare turned romantic.
In her essay Bello discusses the term "partner." She says she considers her son's father, producer Dan McDermott, her partner in parenting — Clare is her partner and best friend. 
Bello also reveals fighting an illness over the summer — saying she came close to death, but Clare, her son, McDermott and more friends and family were by her side. She doesn't give more details. (Via IGN)
The Hollywood Reporter identifies Clare as Clare Munn, a “new media executive." 
Twitter account that appears to be Munn's has made no comment on the article.
These first-person, personal reveals seem to be a growing trend for celebrities.
In May, another actress — Angelina Jolie made headlines with a big reveal in a New York Times op-ed: that she had undergone a double mastectomy.
And over the weekend Joe Jonas opened up about his life as a Jonas Brother, from dating to sexual experiences, in Vulture.

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