The World's New Gay State

Another Politician Caught Spewing Anti-Gayist Hate Speech

On the heels of another defeat for our Gay people in Hawaii, this old clip came to my attention. 

You’ll want to spend/invest the 3 minutes watching this.  When we fool ourselves into thinking most non-Gay people are enlightened enough to be on our side, this is a reminder of the type of garbage that comes out of their mouths when they think they can do so safely, sequestered among their “own kind.”

Keep in mind that this woman, an elected official, has been reelected since this audio tape was released and showed what a contemptible person she is.  Her constituents agree with her and clearly are no friend of ours.  She will remain seated with the Oklahoma state government until she is term limited in 2016.

Click on this link below.  It will take you to exgaywatch which I found by way of YouTube.

http://www.exgaywatch.com/wp/2008/03/open-forum-anti-gay-diatribe-by-oklahoma-representative/

Rep. Sally Kern, (R) Oklahoma City,  Let me speak directly to you.  I pity you.  No amount of “misinterpreting” by your enemies and no amount of “mis-speaking” by you, can alter the sad truth about just how jaded and corrupt your soul is.  And Oklahomans, you should be ashamed of yourselves for keeping this woman in office.   Is she really the best representative of your people.  Does she in fact, represent what you are?  Are you hateful, ignorant anti-Gayists?  Are there no other issues more important to you than taking away fhe freedom and equality of your fellow Gay citizens?

In our Gay State, we wouldn’t allow this sort of speech to be used against Blacks, Catholics or any other minority group — not  even against non-Gay breeders such as yourself.  Your comments only serve to expose your soul is sick, diseased, filled with hate and ignorance.  May God have mercy on you, Sally Kern.  Between Gov. Lingle of Hawaii and now you, I see a pattern once again emerging of public leaders, this time women, who need to find an “enemy” to focus upon.

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Lambda Literary Awards, 2010. Another Bumper Crop Year.

Posted in Uncategorized by thegaystateblog on May 29, 2010

2010 Awards Finalists & Winners

These Finalists represent books published in 2009.

LGBT Anthology

  • Gay American Autobiography: Writings from Whitman to Sedaris, edited by David Bergman (University of Wisconsin Press) 
  • Moral Panics, Sex Panics: Fear and the Fight Over Sexual Rights, edited by Gilbert Herdt (NYU Press)
  • My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them, edited by Michael Montlack (University of Wisconsin Press) [Review]
  • Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City, edited by Ariel Gore (Lit Star Press)
  • Smash the Church, Smash the State! The Early Years of Gay Liberation, edited by Tommi Avicolli Mecca (City Lights)

LGBT Children’s/Young Adult

  • Ash, by Malinda Lo (Little, Brown) [Review]
  • How Beautiful the Ordinary, edited by Michael Cart (HarperCollins)
  • In Mike We Trust, by P.E. Ryan (HarperCollins)
  • Sprout, by Dale Peck (Bloomsbury USA)
  • The Vast Fields of Ordinary, by Nick Burd (Penguin Books)

LGBT Drama

  • The Beebo Brinker Chronicles, by Kate Moira Ryan & Linda S. Chapman (Dramatists Play Service)
  • The Collected Plays Of Mart Crowley, by Mart Crowley (Alyson Books)
  • Revenge of the Women’s Studies Professor, by Bonnie J. Morris (Indiana University Press)

LGBT Nonfiction

  • The Golden Age of Gay Fiction, edited by Drewey Wayne Gunn (MLR Press)
  • The Greeks and Greek Love, by James Davidson (Random House)
  • I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde, edited by Rudolph P. Byrd, Johnnetta Betsch Cole & Beverly Guy-Sheftall (Oxford University Press)
  • Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences, by Sarah Schulman (The New Press) [Review]
  • Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America, by Nathaniel Frank (St. Martin’s Press) [Review]

LGBT SF/Fantasy/Horror

  • Centuries Ago and Very Fast, by Rebecca Ore (Aqueduct Press)
  • Fist of the Spider Woman, by Amber Dawn (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • In the Closet, Under the Bed, by Lee Thomas (Dark Scribe Press) [Review]
  • Palimpsest, by Catherynne M. Valente (Bantam/Spectra Books)
  • Pumpkin Teeth, by Tom Cardamone (Lethe Press)

LGBT Studies

  • Metropolitan Lovers: The Homosexuality of Cities, by Julie Abraham (University of Minnesota Press) [Review]
  • Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP’s Fight Against AIDS, by Deborah B. Gould (University of Chicago Press)
  • The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century, by Kathryn Bond Stockton (Duke University Press) [Review]
  • The Resurrection of the Body: Pier Paolo Pasolini from Saint Paul to Sade, by Armando Maggi (University of Chicago Press)
  • The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth Century America, by Margot Canaday (Princeton University Press)

Bisexual Fiction [TIE]

  • Arusha, by J.E. Knowles (Spinsters Ink) [Review]
  • Holy Communion, by Mykola Dementiuk (Synergy Press)
  • The Janeid, by Bobbie Geary (The Graeae Press)
  • Love You Two, by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli (Random House Australia)
  • Torn, by Amber Lehman (Closet Case Press) [Review]

Bisexual Nonfiction

  • Byron in Love: A Short Daring Life, by Edna O’Brien (W. W. Norton)
  • Cheever: A Life, by Blake Bailey (Alfred A. Knopf) [Review]
  • Leaving India: My Family’s Journey From Five Villages to Five Continents, by Minal Hajratwala (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Map, by Audrey Beth Stein (Lulu.com) [Review]
  • Vincente Minnelli: Hollywood’s Dark Dreamer, by Emanuel Levy (St. Martin’s Press)

Transgender

  • Bharat Jiva, by Kari Edwards (Litmus Press)
  • Lynnee Breedlove’s One Freak Show, by Lynn Breedlove (Manic D Press)
  • The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You, by S. Bear Bergman (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • Transmigration, by Joy Ladin (Sheep Meadow Press)
  • Troglodyte Rose, by Adam Lowe (Cadaverine Publications)

Lesbian Debut Fiction

  • The Creamsickle, by Rhiannon Argo (Spinsters Ink) [Review]
  • The Bigness of the World, by Lori Ostlund (University of Georgia Press)
  • Land Beyond Maps, by Maida Tilchen (Savvy Press)
  • More of This World or Maybe Another, by Barb Johnson (Harper Perennial) [Review]
  • Verge, by Z Egloff (Bywater Books) [Review]

Gay Debut Fiction

  • Blue Boy, by Rakesh Satyal (Kensington Books)
  • God Says No, by James Hannaham (McSweeneys)
  • Pop Salvation, by Lance Reynald (HarperCollins)
  • Shaming the Devil: Collected Short Stories, by G. Winston James (Top Pen Press)
  • Sugarless, by James Magruder (University of Wisconsin Press)

Lesbian Erotica

  • Flesh and Bone, by Ronica Black (Bold Strokes Books)
  • Lesbian Cowboys, edited by Sacchi Green & Rakelle Valencia (Cleis Press)
  • Punishment with Kisses, by Diane Anderson-Minshall (Bold Strokes Books)
  • Where the Girls Are, by D.L. King (Cleis Press)
  • Women of the Bite, Edited by Cecilia Tan (Alyson Books)

Gay Erotica

  • Rough Trade: Dangerous Gay Erotica, edited by Todd Gregory (Bold Strokes Books)
  • Impossible Princess, by Kevin Killian (City Lights)
  • I Like It Like That: True Tales of Gay Desire, edited by Richard Labonté & Lawrence Schimel (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • The Low Road, by James Lear (Cleis Press)
  • Eight Inches, by Sean Wolfe (Kensington Books)

Lesbian Fiction

  • Dismantled, by Jennifer McMahon (HarperCollins)
  • A Field Guide to Deception, by Jill Malone (Bywater Books) [Review]
  • Forgetting the Alamo, Or, Blood Memory, by Emma Pérez (University of Texas Press)
  • Risk, by Elana Dykewomon (Bywater Books) [Review]
  • This One’s Going to Last Forever, by Nairne Holtz (Insomniac Press)

Gay Fiction

  • Lake Overturn, by Vestal McIntyre (HarperCollins) [Review]
  • The River In Winter, by Matt Dean (Queens English Productions)
  • Said and Done, by James Morrison (Black Lawrence Press)
  • Salvation Army, by Abdellah Taia (Semiotext(e)) [Review]
  • Silver Lake, by Peter Gadol (Tyrus Books) [Review]

Lesbian Memoir/Biography

  • Called Back: My Reply to Cancer, My Return to Life, by Mary Cappello (Alyson Books)
  • Mean Little deaf Queer, by Terry Galloway (Beacon Press) [Review]
  • My Red Blood: A Memoir of Growing Up Communist, Coming Onto the Greenwich Village Folk Scene, and Coming Out in the Feminist Movement, by Alix Dobkin (Alyson Books)
  • Likewise: The High School Comic Chronicles of Ariel Schrag, by Ariel Schrag (Touchstone)
  • The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith, by Joan Schenkar (St. Martin’s Press) [Review]

Gay Memoir/Biography

  • Ardent Spirits: Leaving Home, Coming Back, by Reynolds Price (Scribner Books)
  • City Boy: My Life in New York During the 1960’s and 70’s, by Edmund White (Bloomsbury USA) [Review]
  • Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division, by Jon Ginoli (Cleis Press)
  • Once You Go Back, by Douglas A. Martin (Seven Stories Press) [Review]
  • The Pure Lover: A Memoir of Grief, by David Plante (Beacon Press) [Review]

Lesbian Mystery

  • Command of Silence, by Paulette Callen (Spinsters Ink)
  • Death of a Dying Man, by J.M. Redmann (Bold Strokes Books)
  • From Hell to Breakfast, by Joan Opyr (Blue Feather Books)
  • The Mirror and the Mask, by Ellen Hart (St. Martin’s/Minotaur)
  • Toasted, by Josie Gordon (Bella Books)

Gay Mystery

Lesbian Poetry

  • Bird Eating Bird, by Kristin Naca (HarperCollins)
  • Gospel: Poems, by Samiya Bashir (Red Bone Press) [Review]
  • Names, by Marilyn Hacker (W.W. Norton)
  • Stars of the Night Commute, by Ana Božičević (Tarpaulin Sky Press)
  • Zero at the Bone, by Stacie Cassarino (New Issues Poetry & Prose)

Gay Poetry

  • Breakfast with Thom Gunn, by Randall Mann (University of Chicago Press)
  • The Brother Swimming Beneath Me, by Brent Goodman (Black Lawrence Press)
  • The First Risk, by Charles Jensen (Lethe Press)
  • Sweet Core Orchard, by Benjamin S. Grossberg (University of Tampa Press) [Review]
  • What the Right Hand Knows, by Tom Healy (Four Way Books)

Lesbian Romance

  • It Should Be a Crime, by Carsen Taite (Bold Strokes Books)
  • No Rules of Engagement, by Tracey Richardson (Bella Books) [Review]
  • The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin, by Colette Moody (Bold Strokes Books)
  • Stepping Stone, by Karin Kallmaker (Bella Books)
  • Worth Every Step, by KG MacGregor (Bella Books)

Gay Romance

  • Drama Queers!, by Frank Anthony Polito (Kensington Books)
  • A Keen Edge, by H. Leigh Aubrey (iUniverse)
  • The Rest of Our Lives, by Dan Stone (Lethe Press)
  • Time After Time, by J.P. Bowie (MLR Press)
  • Transgressions, by Erastes (Running Press)

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“The Gay State” Book To Grace Retail Shelves Across America

Posted in Uncategorized by thegaystateblog on May 11, 2010

The Publishing Triangle Awards, 2010

Posted in Uncategorized by thegaystateblog on May 3, 2010

On Thursday evening, April 29th, the Publishing Triangle Awards were held in New York City at the Tishman Auditorium at the New School in Greenwich Village.

The Publishing Triangle is a group dedicated to fostering the Lesbian and Gay Writing community and once every year, the best works of our larger Gay culture are celebrated in this annual event.  The awards were followed by a reception.

Here are the primary awards and this years recipients:

Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry: Stacie Cassarino, for Zero at the Bone (New Issues Poetry and Prose.)

The Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry:  Ronaldo V. Wilson, for Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Press.)

The Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction: Lori Ostlund, for The Bigness of the World (University of Georgia Press.)

The Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction:  Sebastian Stuart, for The Hour Between (Alyson Books.)

The Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction: James Davidson, for The Greeks and Greek Love (Random House.)

The Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction: Rebecca Brown, for American Romances (City Lights.)

Entertainer Kate Clinton presented The Publishing Triangle Leadership Award to Michele Karlsberg.

The final award of the evening was The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement.  Laura Flanders presented the award to Blanche Wiesen Cook.

Our heartfelt congratulations go out to all of the winners and the honored finalists.

If you are a writer, in publishing, or in any way related to the bookselling world, consider joining and participating in The Publishing Triangle.  For more information on the organization or more information on how to get involved, drop a note to Trent Duffy or visit www. ThePublishingTriangle.org.

Andrew Sullivan Should Be Ambassador To Bearville.

Posted in Uncategorized by thegaystateblog on April 26, 2010

Andrew Sullivan has long been a great thinker and leader in the Right-wing fringe of our larger LGBT community.  And he has alway been a hunk and a heart-throb for his manly man masculinity.

And then hearts sank and a collective exhale of disappoint rang out when Sullivan married his beloved.  Yes, we are all happy for them as a major sex symbol enters into holy matrimony.  blah, blah, blah.

I have long encouraged readers of these pages to frequently check out The Daily Dish.  I enjoy it enough, but it’s frustrating in trying to find entries from Andrew and not his growing cadre of writers.  True followers want Andrew, not a close facsimile.

And then yesterday there he was, Andrew Sullivan appearing on the Chris Matthews Show.  Can you say “Visual bliss?”  Andrew Sullivan has grown a beard that could “out-bear” and “out-man” any of us mere mortals.  He looks like a warrior God.   I could see statues in The Gay State built in his image.   Although conflicted by his conservative bent, I could see Sullivan coming on as the Press Secretary for The Gay State.  Now he looks like a warrior that could lead a nation.

Most of all, for our global Gay brothers and sisters everywhere, we hope the beard may be a symbol that Sullivan will continue to slide away from his wrong-headed conservative political thinking that internalized some element of self-loathing homophobia to becoming a gloriously liberal member of the world’s Gay and OUT community.

Leslie Jordan Made Me Cry.

Posted in Uncategorized by thegaystateblog on April 25, 2010

That’s right, I said it.  It happened after several days of chaotic travel and personal matters that needed my attention.  I was away and snuck into Manhattan on Saturday afternoon.  Saturday night we had dinner in Chelsea and met some friends before whisking off to the Midtown Theater to see Emmy Award Winner Leslie Jordan in his incredible one-man show “My Trip Down The Pink Carpet.”

From the opening line, Leslie had the audience laughing out loud.  It was funny, he was hilarious, it was intriguing hearing all of the gossip and juicy details of the strange and exciting life of a man who was an unlikely Hollywood success story.  The audience adored Leslie Jordan.  And I loved Leslie Jordan.

For the younger audience, they know Leslie Jordan as Beverly Leslie, the petite scene stealer who played the sarcastic arch-nemesis to one Karen Walker, played by Megan Mulally of “Will and Grace” fame.  From his opening line of  “Karen Walker!  I thought I smelled Gin and regret,” Leslie had us all in the palm of his hand.

What I suspect many in the audience didn’t know, was the long and storied career he has had, from working with a young Robert Urich, to John Ritter to Faye  Dunaway.   The show however, wasn’t just a laugh out loud comedy/cabaret act.  Leslie sang and boogied his way through a drug and booze filled Disco era and the audience came along for the ride.

What ultimately was most poignant, was Leslie Jordan’s strength in exposing a very human vulnerability that afflicts us all.  And yes, the issues of growing up in a non-Gay community and family that brutalized our souls and damaged our very sense of self-worth.  He spoke of his internalized homophobia and the torment he endured in coming to terms with who he was.  And as Jordan aptly described, the younger generation Twits and Tweetwers its way through Gay expression, but for us Gay men and women of a certain age, the loneliness and despair of finding ones way in the world was often a sad and desperate journey that too often ended in suicide or psychosis that required therapy.

While some in the audience were wiping away the tears, others simply laughed their way through the tears.  Readers, while you can, see this show.  It will strike a chord, I guarantee.  It will remind you of what we’ve been through to get where we are.  But make no mistake, this is one of the most fun evenings many of us have had in a very long time.

“The Gay State” To Launch in New York. FREEDOM Commences May 21st, 2010

Posted in Uncategorized by thegaystateblog on April 21, 2010

April 22, 2010

(New York) – The highly anticipated launch of “The Gay State:  The Quest for an Independent Gay Nation-State and what It Means to Conservatives and the World’s Religions” is scheduled for May 21, 2010 in New York City.  According to Dottie Shapiro, agent for author Garrett Graham, “This book has been a rally cry for Gay people around the world who are yearning for peace, freedom, liberty and above all, equality – and a lightning rod for those who oppose their advances.  And in keeping with his pride in the Gay community,  Garrett (Graham) has agreed to hold the launch reception at the Leslie/Lohman Gay Arts Foundation.”  The general public is invited to attend the exclusive Friday evening event and will take place beginning at 6:30 pm and will conclude by 8:30pm.  The address is 26 Wooster Street, New York.  It is one block north of Canal Street and two blocks east of 6th Avenue.  Due to the adult nature of the topic, all attendees must be 18 years of age or older.

“The Gay State” was published by The Gay State Government Services Corporation.  According to Graham, “We’ve been invited to hold our launch at a number of prestigious venues, but in the end, the Leslie/Lohman Gallery has such an astounding record of accomplishment for standing up to support the Gay community and allow for an expression often shunned or marginalized in the mainstream art world.  For us, it was an easy decision – as humbled and gratified as we were to be invited by The National Press Club in Washington, DC, The Yale Club, among others, we felt an allegiance to the good people at Leslie/Lohman for their astonishing work and their courage.”  According to Shapiro, “it will be an evening filled with amazing Gay art, books and discussion, all the while imbibing in spirits and meeting the leaders and thinkers of the Gay community.”

“The Gay State” is Graham’s continued galvanizing of the global Gay community.  The Gay independence movement which has been gaining momentum around the world, has formed the international F.I.G.S. Party – for friends and supporters of a “Free, Independent Gay State.”  Graham’s hypothesis is that Gay people everywhere are a people – one people – with a distinct culture, traditions and ideals and deserve a politically autonomous territory, free from the ongoing oppression and persecution of the “non-Gay” majority.  In the book, Graham outlines 3,000 years of a “kaleidoscope of horrors” as he puts it.  He also details some of the atrocities up to today, when he claims 95% percent of the nations still discriminate against Gays at the very least, and root them out for extermination at the worst.  “There remain at least 80 nations that have outlawed our very existence,” the author and international Gay activist explains. Graham’s “The Gay State” covers the socio-political solution to the ongoing tensions that exist between the Gay community and the “so-called” conservatives and the religious.

Graham added, “Millions of my people have had their lives destroyed and to what end?  Enough! As Bishop Desmond Tutu has said in defense of oppressed people everywhere, ‘I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master.  I want the full menu of rights.’”  With Graham’s book, more people around the world will open their eyes to what the world could be, an alternative to what it is.

Don’t Miss the Equality Forum. It’s the Spring Event Not-To-Miss!

Posted in Uncategorized by thegaystateblog on April 21, 2010

We have been following the Equality Forum for the last three years.  I can tell you today and I have said in the past, all gentle readers, know that this annual event and this organization will continue to grow and inspire our community to new and greater heights.

Time and time again, my Manhattan centric-colleagues have listened at my urgings with some intent, until I mention just one word: Philadelphia.  Yes, Philadelphia.  That’s right, I said it!  Philadelphia, it’s closer by train than East Hampton on a Summer Saturday!  Gay Philadelphia is worthy of your attention.  This one week is chock-full of events you won’t want to miss.  Sure, there are parties.  And there are dances.  But there is culture and education as well.  I know anyone who reads this blog enjoys stimulation that arouses — especially the cerebral cortex.

On Monday, April 26th, the International Equality Forum, which by the way is truly becoming more international with every passing year, is holding its VIP Kick-off Party.  The entire week is filled with discussions on Family, Community, Politics and so much more.  There will be movie premieres and concerts.  There will be events for Gays and Lesbians and Bisexuals and Transgender people.  Every spectrum of our Gay rainbow will have plenty to enjoy and learn from.  There will be talks and conversation with Ambassador Michael Guest and dinners with nationally renown political friends such as San Francisco’s Mayor, Gavin Newsom.

Wherever you may be when you read these words, I hope your life is filled with Gay celebration.  But if you live within travel distance to Gay Philadelphia, don’t miss this week.

The International Equality Forum celebrations run from Monday April 26th and wrap up on Sunday May 2nd.  And I’ll let you in on a little secret and I’ll tell you the truth as I always do.  Mid-week events are worthy of your consideration.  But the word is out all around the country that Sunday OUT! at the Piazza is the day and the event not to miss.  So I urge you to go to their website and pick the events that appeal most to you and by all means participate.

You often hear me go on a tear that we must stick together in ways outside of the corner Gay Gin Mill.  There is no way I will denigrate our bar culture, but there is so much more to life and the International Equality Forum serves up a veritable feast of cultural options.  New Yorker’s especially, who think they “have it all.”  If you miss this event it will be to your detriment.

Come with me.  Go to Gay Philly.  And you won’t forget it.  Check it out! — www.EqualityForum.com

The Point Foundation Honors Dinner A Star-Studded Success

Posted in Uncategorized by thegaystateblog on April 20, 2010

April 20, 2010.

(New York) – The Point Foundation, America’s largest LGBT Scholarship organization held its annual dinner and ceremony in New York City last night and when it was all said and done, the event raised over $600,000 USD.  The contributions came from table and tickets sales, monies raised through a silent auction and through corporate contributions.

This night offers a fresh hope for America’s Gay community.  Ensconced in The Pierre Hotel, a bastion of Manhattan elitism, bathed in the lavender glow of opulence and splendor, the night was so special and really not to be missed.  It was one of those rare coming togethers that I wish every reader of this could have experienced.  For the 500+ pampered attendees, life is good.  Looking around I swear I tumbled into a Gentleman’s Quarterly photo shoot.  With money comes the time and ability to pamper oneself and everyone looked amazing.  Fit and stylish.  Tanned and happy.  Everyone was schmoozing.  Ah, yes, the progress we’ve made as a community.  Yes, this was a moneyed crowd from the Gay world and they were raising money to send a new generation of Gay leaders off to the best education money can provide.  In the end, we can give the resources to our young and this is a tool for building a future for more and better equality.  There are many fronts on the war against the oppression Gay Americans have endured and this is one of the better strategies for being able to make a difference, without getting ones hands dirty.

“30 Rock” star and Tony Award Winner  (“Nine”) Jane Krakowski was there as beautiful as ever, to accept the Point Courage Award.  Citi (as in Citibank) was represented for the Point Inspiration Award.  But the night’s highlight belonged to our good friend and a true leader in our community, David Mixner, who took to the stage to receive the Point Legend Award for his lifetime of accomplishments and contributions to our community.  Before the author/political strategist/civil rights activist received the Award, there was first a pre-recorded video message from Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Great Britain and his wife Sarah Brown, two Brits who have been openly in the forefront of supporting the LGBT community and supporting their right to full equality.

Victoria Reggie Kennedy was in attendance to present the Point Legend Award to an individual who has, through the course of their lifetime, achieved greatness in their professional career and unapologetically supported the LGBT community.  Referring to her late husband Senator Ted Kennedy’s relationship with David Mixner, Mrs. Kennedy said, “My husband was honored to be in the fight with him.  And Teddy never doubted that in the end, the cause will be won– not partial equality, but full equality; not second-class equality, but the right to live free, and to marry and raise a family.  My husband said: ‘Equality is a continuing struggle and America is a continuing revolution.'”

The evening was hosted by Andy Cohen and Kelly Ripa.  Presenters included Mark Consuelos, Alan Cumming, Judith Light, Susan Sarandon and Harry Smith.  Saxophonist Dave Koz and pianist Billy Stitched performed.  Also Tony nominee and “30 Rock”co-star Cheyenne Jackson and Broadway star Orfeh each performed beautiful and poignant numbers.

To learn more about the Point Foundation, go to their website www.PointFoundation.org.  And let me remind you, all gentle readers, when you donate to a worthy cause, keep The Point Foundation on your short list of worthy causes.  It is a tax-deductible organization and remember that keeping our hard earned money within our community is the best way to help end the struggles for future generations.

Urgent! Venue Change for Tonight’s Point Foundation Honors

Posted in Uncategorized by thegaystateblog on April 19, 2010

To our readers, you need to know that The Point Foundation is most prestigious LGBT Scholarship Programs for LGBT Americans.  Tonight’s star-studded event is one of the most significant events of the year for our LGBT youth.  Tonight they are honoring our friend David Mixner with the Point Legend Award for all of his incredible contributions he has worked for on behalf of our community.

For all of you who may be attending, this is one more reminder THAT THE VENUE HAS CHANGED!!! 

Due to circumstances beyond the organization’s control,

Point Honors – New York is changing venues from: 583 Park Avenue to The Pierre Hotel @ 2 East 61st Street (at 5th Avenue).

Both venues are operated by The Rose Group who has graciously made the
move to The Pierre Hotel possible at no change in cost to the Point
Foundation.

The Pierre re-opened just nine months ago following a $100 million
renovation and Point couldn’t be more thrilled to have our gala held at
such an iconic and prestigious venue.

We apologize for any inconvenience and ask that you please share this
information with any guests planning to attend the gala on April 19,
2010.

So there you have it readers — one more time.  We’ll look forward to seeing you at The Pierre!