Approximately 40 percent of the homeless youth living on the streets of Los Angeles are part of the LGBT community. That’s about 3,600 kids who resort to drugs and the sex industry to survive. To address this alarming statistic, the LA Gay & Lesbian Center shared a short film, titled Any Given Tuesday, written and directed by Trent Kendrick. He, along with producer Michael Fossat, were inspired after touring the center and witnessed the essential services the center provide to abandoned youth.
The piece moved director Roland Emmerich (Godzilla, Independence Day, White House Down) so much, he’s hosting a benefit dinner this Saturday featuring co-hosts David Geffen, Jane Lynch, Ryan Murphy, Dustin Lance-Black and many more. Several celebrities also appear in the clip. Among the famous supporters include Jamie Foxx, Lisa Ling, James Woods, Lisa Vanderpump, Elton John and his partner, and more. Check it out below.
She’s been behind some of the biggest hits in recent memory. In only makes sense that Bonnie McKee forge a recording career of her own. The 29-year-old singer-songwriter debuted the music video for “American Girl” and enlisted a few of her famous friends to lip sync for their lives.
Naturally, Katy Perry appears in the clip prominently considering McKee co-penned four of her No. 1 hits- “Teenage Dream,” “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” “California Gurls,” and “Part of Me.” Also making a cameo are other artists she’s written for including Adam Lambert (“Chokehold”), Taio Cruz (“Dynamite”), Ke$ha (“C’Mon”) and Carly Rae Jepsen (“Turn Me Up”).
Too bad Britney Spears (“Hold It Against Me”), Kelly Clarkson (“Hello”), Christina Aguilera (“Let There Be Love”) and Rita Ora (“How We Do (Party)” didn’t show up in the video. Oh well, there isn’t a shortage of familiar names “singing” her lyrics. Joan Rivers and her Fashion Police crew, Kathy Griffin, Lance Bass, George Takei, Nicole Scherzinger, Jewel and her hubby Ty Murray, Macklemore and plenty other randoms make an appearance. Check out the clip below.
Well that didn’t last long. First comes love. Then comes same-sex marriage. But then no baby carriage in this case just same-sex divorce. Equal rights for all. I kid ;)
After three years of marriage, Jane Lynch (52) and Dr. Lara Embry (44) have decided to part ways. The two met at a fundraiser in 2009 where Embry was being honored. The following year the happy couple married on Memorial Day in Sunderland, Massachusetts. The wedding was attended by 19 friends and family including Embry’s daughter, Haden, with whom Lynch has gotten very close. The Glee actress gave the following statement to People magazine.
“Lara and I have decided to end our marriage. This has been a difficult decision for us as we care very deeply about one another. We ask for privacy as we deal with this family matter.” – Jane Lynch
Lynch can be currently seen on Broadway in the revival of Annie. If you missed the Tonys last night, click here to check out her performance during the telecast.
It was all razzle and dazzle last night in New York City for the Tony Awards. Neil Patrick Harris returned for a fourth time to host the annual event celebrating the best on Broadway. Leading the pack was the Cyndi Lauper-Harvey Fierstein collaboration Kinky Boots which walked away with six awards, including best musical, best original score (Lauper) and best leading man (Billy Porter).
Speaking of Porter, his win was part of a historic night for African-American actors, who took three out of the four acting awards. Patina Miller and Cicely Tyson won for Pippin and The Trip to Bountiful respectively. Tyson returned to Broadway after a 30 year absence. It was the 79-year-old’s first Tony win. Not only did she look fantastic, but she delivered an elegantly poised heartwarming speech. Love this woman.
Other big winners of the night were Matilda the Musical and Pippin which won four awards apiece. Christopher Durang’s comical Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won the best play Tony.
As you would expect, the telecast featured some amazing musical numbers. This year’s batch included ones from Motown the Musical, Bring It On The Musical, Pippin, Matilda The Musical and of course Kinky Boots to name a few. The cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella performed “Impossible.” As good as that number was, the song (for me) will forever be associated with Brandy and Whitney Houston. Loved their duet on the Disney musical from eons ago.
The highlight for me though was one that featured actors from recently canceled NBC shows performing with Harris. Andrew Rannells (The New Normal), Laura Benanti (Go On) and Megan Hilty (Smash) hilariously sang/talked about their failed Hollywood projects. Definitely a must-see. Check out all the memorable performances from last night below.
Since a new episode of Glee airs tonight, I thought I’d share this fun clip. Jane Lynch recently stopped by Conan to share a run-in with Nicki Minaj at Elton John’s Oscar party. She informed the American Idol judge that Ryan Murphy had Sue Sylvester perform “Super Bass” on an upcoming episode.
Conan O’Brien asked if she still knew the rap. The 52-year-old actress quickly busted out a verse from the track and slayed it. Afterward, Lynch joked that her rapping skills could come in handy to intimidate people. “They don’t expect it from the six foot white lady,” she said. Check out Jane’s dope rapping skills below.
In other Glee-related news, Jessica Sanchez revealed to MTV.com, that she’s heading to film her long-reported appearance soon. The American Idol Season 11 runner-up said the following:
“As far as ‘Glee,’ I have no script yet. I’ll be taping very, very soon. I got a call from them, like, a couple days ago, very, very excited. I’ve been practicing my acting. It’s like a whole new element for me. I’ve never acted before, so I mean, it’s just like dancing; it’s unexpected. So we’ll see how I do.” – Jessica Sanchez
Admittedly, I’m a sucker for year-end lists and just can’t enough of them. So imagine my joy this morning when I learned Out magazine released their Out 100 list. I was like a gay kid in a gay candy store. Oh happy day.
The publication honors the most compelling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from all walks of life including celebrities, writers, politicians, artists, entrepreneurs and so forth. To celebrate this annual issue, the publication bestowed the honor of gracing the cover to four individuals- Jane Lynch (The Entertainer), Boy George (The Legend), Sharon Needles (The Stylemaker) and Andrew Rannells (The Ingenue). All four covers are fantastic and I can’t decide which one is the best.
A few others that made that made the OUT 100 list include Isis King (ANTM trans model), Michael Urie (Partners), Mika (singer), Elton John & his hubby David Furnish, Patrick Abner & Thomas Roberts (HIV community liaison and MSNBC anchor, newlyweds) and Omar Sharif Jr. (advocate). I also wanted to mention (thank and blame) entrepreneurs Jason Goldberg & Bradford Shellhammer for FAB.com. You don’t even want to know how much I spend over there ;) If you have time, I definitely recommend heading over to OUT.com to check out the pics of each 100 honorees and the story behind them. It’s inspiring and educational. Check out the other covers below.
Just in case you forgot, Election Day for our American readers is just around the corner. With gay marriage on the ballot in Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington, it’s important the LGBT community head to the polls in droves to cast their vote for this issue and to choose between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney for President. Not surprisingly, a majority of ‘out’ celebrities in Hollywood are endorsing Obama. Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Billie Jean King, George Takei, Wanda Sykes, Zachary Quinto, and Chaz Bono share why they’re supporting President Obama and why Mitt Romney isn’t the choice for them in a new PSA.
Not only does each celebrity reveal why they’re voting for Barack, but they also share personal stories growing up closeted. The family photos are adorable and stories extremely touching. The five-minute clip also does an excellent job of highlighting Obama’s LGBT achievements ranging from the 2011 repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy to his recent interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, supporting gay marriage.
My only negative criticism of the video is the small part where they do a little Romney bashing. I understand that’s all part of the political game, but I just wish they focused on the positives of Obama and the personal stories of each celebrity, and not resort to that tactic. Oh well, that’s just my two cents. Check out the PSA below.
It’s election time again in the U.S. and if you haven’t registered to vote, you definitely should! The election is coming up on November 9 and your vote matters.
A bunch of celebrities got together to help encourage you to do so by sharing how they “Rock The Vote“. Essentially, with the help of Funny or Die, they bring some humor to reasons why they love voting. Jane Lynch says, “Voting is the best decision you can make. A close second is getting a One Direction tattoo on your ass – likeI did.” Kathy Griffin says, “I’m voting because everyone at the polling place is LEGAL! Seriously, I can f*ck anyone there.” LOL.
Celebrities in the video include: Miley Cyrus, Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Lynch, Josh Duhamel, Miranda Cosgrove, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Busy Phillips, Joel McHale, Tony Hawk, Kathy Griffin, Darren Criss, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz, Chad Lowe, and Connor Paolo.