Sunday, June 24, 2018

Podcast: Jury Awards $18.4 Million Over Cancelled HIV Test; Web Series Imagines A World Where AIDS Never Happened

In this week's podcast:

• A gay man is awarded $18.4 million over a cancelled HIV test

• New web series Fathers wonders “Who would we be if AIDS hadn’t happened?"

• Tan France, fashion guru for Queer Eye, says his family thought the 'make better' series converted straight men to gay

• There’s new music from out indie recording artist Aiden James "Colorblind"

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

Las Vegas: New Production Of "Tony N' Tina's Wedding"

The bride and groom - "Tina" and "Tony"

It's hard to believe that after all my years living in New York City, I somehow never saw Tony n' Tina's Wedding, the longest running Off-Broadway comedy in history.

The "environmental/immersive theatre" piece puts audience members in the middle of a traditional Italian-American wedding and reception.

The new cast of "Tony n' Tina's Wedding" at Ballys Las Vegas

Fortunately, the play has just opened in Las Vegas at Ballys Las Vegas performing at real-life Italian restaurant Buca di Beppo Fridays through Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

I definitely recommend checking out the new production - the interactive theater experience is absolutely hilarious.

Audience members are treated as guests at the wedding by the interactive, improvisational comedy cast which includes over-the-top stereotypes like the hunky/built new husband, the self-absorbed bride, the totally-not-gay gay brother of the bride, a drunk ex-boyfriend, a pregnant matron of honor and more.

With its original director Larry Pellegrini at the helm and an ensemble cast featuring Breon Jenay as Tina and Joseph Ben Shimon as Tony, the production incorporates today’s popular culture into the show’s repertoire.

In addition to the comedy, the cast's terrific actor/singers serenade you with current and classic pop hits.

And yes, you are at a wedding reception, so included in the ticket price is full on Italian dinner with Caesar Salad, Chicken Parmesan, Bake Ziti, Wedding Cake and Drinks. And if you buy the VIP package ($129), in addition to dinner, you also get a two-hour open bar and a post-show meet and greet. Whoo-hoo!

Check out pics from opening night below and you can get more info about the production here.

The 'totally-no-gay' gay brother of the bride

'Tina' chows down as her new hubby 'Tony' watches

Today Marks Trump's 118th Trip To Golf Course

President Trump is at his Virginia golf club today, marking his 118th day at a Trump golf property and his 161st day at a Trump property since taking office.

President Trump is at his Virginia golf club today, marking his 118th day at a Trump golf property and his 161st day at a Trump property since taking office.

Irony: Fox News' Jeanine Pirro "Leftists Are Normalizing Outrageous Behavior"

Irony is officially dead.

On her Fox News show last night, Jeanine Pirro railed about "unhinged leftists" who are "normalizing outrageous behavior" regarding the story of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders being asked to leave a restaurant due to the owner's deeply held moral convictions.

“Political debate at the very heart of the founding of this country has devolved into political harassment and outright political abuse. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, one of the most of prestigious jobs in Washington, D.C., out to dinner, places her order and is then told to leave by the owner because she works for the president of the United States. Sarah quietly leaves.

“The Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen this week was literally screamed and heckled out of a restaurant while eating her dinner. Trump supporters are being harassed all across this country by a hysterical left unwilling to accept the decision and the will of the American people who put Donald Trump in office. These unhinged leftists are normalizing outrageous behavior which is only getting worse.”

Of course, what's hysterical is Pirro is one of the most fervent supporters of the king of 'normalizing outrageous behavior,' Donald Trump.

Pirro being offended by a restaurant owner quietly asking Sanders to leave when the Trumpster has spent years saying every kind of offensive thing he can think of about his political opponents is truly laughable.

I thought Republicans had decided that businesses are allowed to discriminate and don’t have to serve people they don’t want to serve. Or is that just for gay couples who want wedding cakes baked for them?

Watch the opening rant below.

'Tired Old Queen At The Movies' Deconstructs The Boys In The Band

Steve Hayes' popular web series Tired Old Queen at the Movies deconstructs the film adaptation of the Broadway play, The Boys in the Band.
The film adaptation of "The Boys in the Band"
On the occasion of Pride in NYC this week, Steve Hayes' popular web series Tired Old Queen at the Movies deconstructs the film adaptation of the Broadway play, The Boys in the Band.

From Hayes: "Mart Crowley’s iconic play about the lives of several gay men in the 1970’s comes alive in William Friedkin’s THE BOYS IN THE BAND (1970). Featuring the brilliant original Broadway cast, its alternately hysterical, funny, sensitive, touching, at times lacerating and ultimately unforgettable."

With all the attention being paid to the current all-star, all-gay Broadway revival of the play, its interesting to see the actors from the original production bring their roles to life on film.

Watch the seven minute clip below.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

News Round-Up: June 23, 2018

(image via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

• InstaHunks Justin & Nick say "Celebrate Pride!" with a kiss. #sweet

• For the first time, the Vatican has used the term 'LGBT' in an official document and has invited an LGBT-friendly priest to speak at a major conference. #SmallStepsForward

• The Czech government has agreed to support same-sex marriage with the draft of a first of its kind bill in the former communist bloc country. While the Czech Republic has allowed domestic partnerships since 2006, Germany is the only formerly communist country to legalize same-sex marriage.

• Conservative family groups in Canada are hoping to force Canadian schools to be required to alert parents when their children join LGBTQ groups on school campuses. LGBTQ advocates say that would amount to outing students.

• New York state gubernatorial candidate and actress Cynthia Nixon shared that her oldest child is transgender in a celebratory graduation post on social media.

• The Hungarian National Opera in Budapest was forced to cancel 15 performances of the musical Billy Elliot following a story on a conservative site that accused the musical of turning boys gay.

• Watch LGBTQ seniors read letters to their younger selves.

“I’m very pleased to tell you that you are happy, married to a wonderful man, have two dogs, a cat, and a mortgage.”

“It will come full circle. The word ‘queer’ will be an empowering, pride-filled word.”

Check out the three minute from vlogger Davey Wavey below:

New Web Series 'Fathers' Imagines Who Would We Be If AIDS Never Happened?

In 'Fathers' AIDS activist Vito Russo
becomes president instead of dying of AIDS

In his latest project, filmmaker Leo Herrera posits, “If AIDS never happened, who would we be?”

The new web series Fathers imagines in fictional documentary-style an LGBTQ utopia called ‘Stonewall Nation,’ a collection of queer communes in a parallel universe where the AIDS crisis never happened.

The official website for the series describes the sci-fi “documentary” as “Cruising meets Black Mirror meets Beyonce’s Lemonade.”

In the alternate timeline, communities called ‘Stonewall, Oregon’ and ‘Stonewall, Nevada’ exist peacefully as LGBTQ folks openly thrive.

The Fathers Project imagines AIDS never existed.
Everyone shown here represents someone we lost.

Instead of the LGBTQ community being decimated by disease and seeing the nascent gay rights movement stymied by rising anti-LGBTQ animus in the 1980s, Herrera envisions gays running for president, unconstrained by discrimination and disease, living openly across the country.

The 1980s were a golden age for the gay population.
It was a decade defined by our dominance of the arts, victories in politics
and groundbreaking developments in healthcare.

Relying on LGBTQ historians for accuracy, the characters/people featured in Fathers are actual gay leaders of the past as well as survivors, friends, and family members.

The web series 'Fathers' imagines a widespread collection of 'queer colonies' called Stonewall Nation

The pilot episode (below) is just the beginning as Herrera plans future installments to explore “the election and presidency of gay president Vito Russo (the real AIDS activist who was killed by the disease in 1990), and will be a direct reflection on the political climate today. They will also deal with the plight of gay seniors and the sexuality of modern queer culture.”

The name ‘Stonewall Nation’ comes from an actual group of queer separatists who hoped to establish their own city in Alpine, California, in 1970. Without proper resources, the plan was never implemented.

You can help fund the project here, and check out the first episode below:

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Unwelcome At Virginia Restaurant

Joyless wonder and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders left a Virginia restaurant when it was made clear she wasn't welcome in the establishment due to the owner's 'moral convictions'

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant in Virginia Friday night when the owner apparently decided he didn't want to serve her party out of "moral conviction."

The news was shared in a Facebook post by the waiter from The Red Hen who shared, "I just served Sarah huckabee sanders for a total of 2 minutes before my owner asked her to leave and she complied. Her family left on their own accord, we didn't actually refuse service or 'kick her out.'"

Sanders tweeted the news herself on Saturday morning, writing, "Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left."

"Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so," Sanders added.

After the waiter's social media post went viral, hundreds of competing Yelp and Facebook reviews began being posted from both Democrats and Republicans. The reviews ranged from low one stars to top five stars.

According to Newsweek, most reviewers thanked the restaurant for taking a moral stand.