I was on the red carpet for Nicholas Snow Live with Glee star Matthew Morrison. I prefer not to ask mundane questions like, “Who are you wearing?” Rather, I asked him if he realized the show would have such a dramatic impact on global awareness of LGBT issues, and we also talked about safer sex. Listen up folks if you have an inquiring mind!
Reality TV Star Ken Seeley of A&E’s Intervention Fame Launches Intervention 911 Podcast (AUDIO/VIDEO) – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nicholas-snow/reality-tv-star-ken-seele_b_5716497.html
Tickets for the 5th annual Center Stage Gala, presented by Eisenhower Medical Center, and headlined by the internationally acclaimed singing string quartet Well-Strung, and the quick witted comic Kate Clinton, are now on sale, announced Mike Thompson, Executive Director of The LGBT Community Center of the Desert. Scheduled for Friday, November 7, 2014, at the Riviera Palm Springs, tickets are $175 for the Reception, Silent Auction, Dinner & Show, with table sponsorships at $2,500 and up still available.
Well-Strung, the openly gay singing string quartet features classical musicians who sing putting their own spin on the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Rihanna, Adele, Lady Gaga, and more! Coming off a three-month run of their new show ‘Popssical’ at the Art House in Provincetown, they have played venues such as the Leicester Square Theatre in London, 54 Below in New York, House of Blues in New Orleans, and Feinstein’s in San Francisco.
Well-Strung stars first violinist Edmund Bagnell, second violinist Christopher Marchant, cellist Daniel Shevlin and violist Trevor Wadleigh.
“This will be a sold-out event,” said Thompson. it is definitely going to be one of the highlights of the Coachella Valley social season, and a fun kick-off to Palm Springs Pride.”
With a career spanning almost thirty years, Emcee and Host Kate Clinton has worked through economic booms and busts, Disneyfication and Walmartization, gay movements and gay markets, lesbian chic and queer eyes, and eight presidential inaugurals. She still believes that humor gets us through peacetime, wartime, scoundrel time, and economic down times. Kate has performed nationally since 1981 from Joe’s Pub in New York City to the Herbst Theater in San Francisco, and back to New York for several off-Broadway runs, with hundreds of comedy club dates in between. She opened for the Labelle Reunion Show at the Apollo. She appeared in the True Colors show at Radio City Music Hall, has performed at Nothin’ Like a Dame, an annual star-studded Broadway gala performance and event featuring women from stage, film, and the performing arts. She has been featured at comedy festivals including CTBS Comedy Festival in Las Vegas, Just for Laughs in Montreal, the Toyota Comedy Festival in New York, and Marshall’s Women in Comedy Festival.
“We are thrilled to have such incredible talent come and support The Center,” said Thompson. “The support for this line-up and the work of The Center is overwhelming. We are thrilled to have Eisenhower Medical Center return as our Presenting Sponsor. Eisenhower’s commitment to health and wellness is evidenced in their programmatic partnership with The Center, which launches this Fall with new and expanded offerings. They truly provide healthcare as it should be.”
Martin Massiello, Eisenhower COO, is this year’s Honorary Chair, and Honorary Vice-Chairs are Gary D. Hall, Wells Fargo Senior Vice-President, and David Hood & George Sellers, all of whom are sponsors of the event. Other sponsors as of press time include Randy Lowe, Burke Rix Communications, City of Palm Springs, The NestEggg Group, Grace Helen Spearman Charitable Foundation, Riviera Palm Springs, Streetbar, WBB+McCormack, Reaction Marketing & Promotions, Joe Giarrusso & Charlie Paglia, Desert AIDS Project, O’Kane & McKee LLP, and Ginny Peacock & Michelle Madison-HOM Sotheby’s International Realty. Media Sponsors currently include The Standard Magazine, Gay Desert Guide, Frontiers Media, and Coachella Valley Independent.
Center Stage will begin with a Reception & Silent Auction at 5:30 PM, followed by Dinner and Entertainment at 7 PM, at the Riviera Palm Springs, on Friday, November 7, 2014.
For more information or to purchase a ticket, call 760-416-7790 or go to www.thecenterps.org/events/centerstage.
I’ve decided to confirm rumors of the breakup of my long-term relationship by publishing the following letter in full:
You’ve had me fooled all these years, telling me you’ve had my best interests in mind, but you’ve failed to keep up with my needs, despite my heartfelt pleas.
Sure, you give unlimited data to those who’ve known you for a long time, but for me, a relative newcomer to your circle (although we’ve been together many years now), you deny me.
After much soul searching, I am leaving you for T-Mobile. They offer a truly unlimited talk, text and data plan for less than you’ve been charging me during our increasingly limited relationship.
Plus, T-Mobile will travel the world with me for free (international text and data roaming are included). Sure, if I take voice calls when abroad there’s a per-minute charge, but who talks to anyone on the phone anymore? Besides, I can avoid these voice charges when outside the U.S. by forwarding my number to voicemail, or better yet, to a Skype number – which I can answer on my device at no charge using the unlimited data which is part of my plan!
And with good credit, T-Mobile will spread the cost of my new phone over 24 months with zero interest (because their interest in me is so great). Or if I want, I can bring my own device to the relationship.
And finally, as I walk down the aisle with T-Mobile, I’ll be using the Samsung Note (it is rumored the Note 4 will be unveiled September 3, 2014) which, because of the screen size (I am a size queen after all), eliminates the need for a tablet (which would bring with it its own set of charges).
All this time you’ve led me to believe you’re all that, but as I’ve explained, you no longer meet my needs, and you have proven yourself unable and unwilling to adapt to who I’ve become.
So while it’s been good, it’s time for us to part (when my contract expires in late September).
I will remember you fondly, or not.
Sort of Sincerely,
To My Readers:
Yes, I’ve taken the time to write this as a mock break-up letter, but it comes after extensive research, including recent phone calls with both T-Mobile and AT&T, and I wanted you to benefit from what I’ve learned.
T-Mobile offers a truly unlimited talk, text and data plan with included, international text and data roaming, for less than I’ve been paying AT&T for a limited data plan and fairly expensive international rates. (If you don’t mind a slow-down in data speed, then the unlimited talk, text and data plan is only $50 a month. It’s that $30 add-on that gives you the same high speed data (“Truly Unlimited”) with no upper maximum on how much data you use at a high speed).
I’m going the $80-a-month route because I’m a Netflix binge-watcher. Also, I spend a lot of time in Thailand (and am planning much more international travel) where I want to be able to maintain my usage without having to take on additional devices and charges.
And now you know!
I’ve Finally Decided to Leave You! – http://huff.to/1qaxhVY
One day I will die, and it may happen suddenly, without warning, or I may have notice. I do believe in living in the present and fully embracing every moment of life.
I created a complete video tour of Desert AIDS Project (of which I am a grateful client) and when I reviewed it, I discovered that without my knowledge, it ended abruptly, without warning…yet I was fully immersed in the experience. For me, this was a reminder to continue living a big life.
If you view this video before October, 18th, 2014, please sponsor my participation in the Desert AIDS Walk . If you view this video after that date, please visit the Desert AIDS Project’s website to discover other ways to be involved.
I am not a member of the Maori Tribe. I have never been to New Zealand…. but I was forever changed by the film Once Were Warriors. I still feel a bit stunned that I went on to act with Temuera Morrison (Jake the Mus), and would ultimately cosmically meet, interview and become friends with Rena Owen (Rena Owen) who plays Beth Heke. I believe I tell her in my first interview with her (another one is coming soon) that meeting her was more powerful for me than having met Marlon Brando!
If you’ve never seen Once Were Warriors (film), you simply must. If you have, you’ll love this new documentary, Once Were Warriors – Where Are They Now. I just watched it (the documentary – I’ve seen the film countless times), and I’m still transfixed. I must have a past-lives connection to this story, the characters, the actors, this film (or all of these) which remains at the top of my all-time favorite list. Be on the lookout for a new interview with Rena and be sure to visit her website.
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In an upcoming episode (August 18, 2014, 9:00 AM PDT – Click to Listen) of Nicholas Snow Live, we’ll be discussing the seemingly disproportionate ratio of bottoms verses tops in the world of men who have sex with men.
Wikipedia explains, “In human sexuality, top, bottom and versatile are sex positions during sexual activity, especially between two men. A top is usually a person who penetrates, a bottom is usually one who receives penetration, and aversatile engages in both activities. These terms may be elements of self-identity that indicate an individual’s usual preference, but might also describe broader social, psychological, or sexual identities.“
Leave additional comments below and listen (and call in!) to the episode! (August 18, 2014, 9:00 AM PDT – Click to Listen)
Celebrity Chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain and a majority of Americans support marriage equality. Do YOU?
That’s What Friends Are For! Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick, and Stevie Wonder
Please click here to sponsor my participation in the 2014 Desert AIDS Walk, benefiting Desert AIDS Project, of which I am a grateful client!
Now in its 26th year, the 27th Desert AIDS Walk is a grassroots community event supporting HIV and AIDS services, prevention and advocacy at Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.).
Desert AIDS Walk has made it possible for us to continue serving the clients of Desert AIDS Project with an unparalleled range of services: medical and dental care; medications; food, housing, and transportation assistance; mental health counseling; a Community Center with a variety of educational and social activities, including skills-for-living and back-to-work training; and so much more – all under one roof!!
Simultaneously, we are working harder than ever, to help bring about an end to further HIV infection here in our community as the lead agency on the recently-launched Get Tested Coachella Valley.
Get Tested Coachella Valley’s goal of getting 100% of the Coachella Valley tested for HIV is critically-needed because:
- 53.3% of Coachella Valley residents have never been tested for HIV.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that approximately one in five people living with HIV do not know they are infected.
- In our valley, the prevalence of HIV is estimated at 67% higher than the national average—putting everyone at greater risk.
An international study, hailed by the journal Science as the “2011 Breakthrough of the Year,” has proven it: If an individual who is HIV positive takes the right medications, he or she is 96% less likely to pass the virus to others.
With each step we take and each dollar we raise, we can test more people, bring more people who are HIV positive into care, and move one step closer to an “AIDS free generation”.
Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and stand-up comedian. Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy (1978–1982), Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. His film career included such acclaimed films as The World According to Garp (1982), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), andGood Will Hunting (1997), as well as financial successes such as Popeye (1980), Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage(1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet (2006). He also appeared in the video “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.
Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting. He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.
On August 11, 2014, Williams was found unconscious at his residence and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Marin County, California, coroner’s office said they believe the cause of death was asphyxiation.