Letâ€™s face it: Beauty pageants are a joke. Some would even argue such contests are sexist. Fortunately for us sane folks, we can indulge in â€śPageant: The Musical,â€ť a hilarious and satirical spoof on this strange, albeit popular, world of beauty pageantry. Actorâ€™s Theatre of Charlotte will stage the show in January.
In â€śRabbit Hole,â€ť a little boyâ€™s death tears his parentsâ€™ lives apart. Actor-turned-filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell (â€śShortbus,â€ť â€śHedwig and the Angry Inchâ€ť) connected deeply with the material â€” adapted by David Lindsay-Abaire from his own Pulitzer Prize-winning play â€” and won over star/producer Nicole Kidman, snagging his first high-profile, Hollywood feature directing gig.
A settlement in the Atlanta Eagle raid lawsuit will force the Atlanta Police Department to rewrite unconstitutional policies regarding arrest, search and seizure, and make other changes to protect the public from police misconduct.
Pick up that fife and flute. The Charlotte Pride Band is recruiting for the first LGBT wind ensemble in the Queen City. Open to the community and its affirming ally musicians, regardless of background or experience, it welcomes all wind players and percussionists.
Thomas Landreth and Brett Kessler were among one of three recipients of SASâ€™s U.S. VisitSwedenâ€™s â€śLove is in the airâ€ť competition. They said their â€śI dosâ€ť with a commitment ceremony at the IceHotel in northern Sweden and a honeymoon package in Stockholmâ€™s Hotel Skeppsholmen.
Only real political courage will be enough to fix Charlotte’s slim and pathetic record of progress. And, while Mayor Anthony Foxx was â€śthereâ€ť at the Lesbian & Gay Community Center forum in December, I have doubts whether or not heâ€™ll be â€śthereâ€ť for us when it matters the most.
In a recent editorial, Matt Comer says I supposedly compare â€śhomosexuality to child rapeâ€ť and that I â€śpaint gay people in the same light as child rapists.â€ť Is this true? God forbid! Dr. Michael Brown responds to Comer’s “A Prayer for Michael Brown.”
There are few things in life that you need, other than clothes and food. You need love: someone to curl up with, to re-hash the day, to warm your feet. You need strength to get through the drama. And you need to know youâ€™re on the right path in life.
It was a polite gathering: The Boy Scout leader and young man who is a Scout sat with Board members of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA (CHCYMCA), answering every question that we had for them about the place and presence of gay teenagers and gay Scout leaders in their Troop. Following up on my previous column about the Scouts selling popcorn at our YMCA, it was also revealed that the Scouts have been given a place to meet among one of our facilities, giving the perception that we support the Boy Scouts. The conflict is that we, at the CHCYMCA, practice full and total inclusion, while the Boy Scouts of America donâ€™t.
Whether you decide to look hopefully forward or nostalgically backward this January is totally up to you. The main thing is to find ways to make your personal oil burn brightly through 2011. Jupiter slides into randy Aries and slowly squares volcanic Pluto as the months progress. Just donâ€™t slip on your own grease.
A reader asks Trinity, “Sometimes my lover just doesnâ€™t get me. Itâ€™s so frustrating. I donâ€™t mean to expect unreasonable things from her, but how can I get my needs met without losing my mind from having to ask for every little thing I need or want? Must I always ask?”
Iâ€™m standing in the middle of a dim hotel ballroom scanning the sights. Across the way, I notice a woman sitting cross-legged on the floor. From the pleather bag beside her she retrieves a disposable diaper, a pack of wet wipes and a shaker bottle of powder. Sheâ€™s obviously preparing to change the baby lying on the carpeted floor in front of her.