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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tuesday Talent: Patricia Mauceri & Saundra Santiago

Patricia Mauceri has been let go by One Life to Live allegedly because she refused to play her character, Carlotta Vega, as accepting of homosexuality, because it is against her personal beliefs as a Roman Catholic. She has been replaced by Saundra Santiago who has done stage and screen, most recently and very memorably in the revival of Nine.

What makes it even crazier is the rumour is that Mauceri's involvement could not possibly have been for more than a scene or two, given that her character is recurring and has been reduced to serving coffee in most instances. Carlotta hasn’t been seen in months. Accordingly, Carlotta mistakenly thinks her own son Cristian might be gay and is proactive in helping him accept it. Good Grief! Carlotta has been witness to multiple marriages of her offspring among other things, among them a crime lord sibling--none of which are acceptable to Mauceri's Church. How many things as an allegedly staunchly Roman Catholic mother did Carlotta accept! Most notably she stood by her children’s promiscuous behaviour not to mention her affairs with Clint Buchanan and Hank Gannon.

Some have suggested that Mauceri quit over the integrity of the character. Well, the integrity of that character was compromised about five years ago when it was revealed that she was hiding her niece in a convent school, raising her nephew as her own and hid her own brother’s entire life of high crime. Mauceri, it should also be mentioned, was a supporting player in I Think I Do, a gay themed film starring Tuc Watkins and Alexis Arquette. Either way, it speaks of, at the very least, of many inconsistencies within Mauceri herself.

How could she not know that there are high level LGBT personnel over at the show, not to mention that the story line actually involves out actors, one of whom is Latino? Maybe as one post over at Daytime Confidential suggests there is more to this behind the scenes Soap Opera. Mauceri should speak up.

Perhaps the casting of Santiago will show Carlotta in a different light. Santiago is an exceptionally talented actress. Perhaps they will give Carlotta more to do. As far as Carlotta is concerned, Latin Catholics—good Latin Catholics—are very tolerant even when they are confronted with something that goes against personal faith. If it is true that Carlotta suspects her son Cristian is gay, she would more than likely cross herself and embrace him unconditionally. She, more than anyone, would know that God made him that way.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Monday Muse: Rachel Weiner, Huffington Post

President Obama celebrated the anniversary of the Stonewall riots to at the White House Monday, and he used the opportunity to address some grumblings in the gay community.

"We seek an America in which no one feels the pain of discrimination based on who you are or who you love, and I know that many in this room don't believe that progress has come fast enough, and I understand that," he said. "It's not for me to tell you to be patient anymore than it was for others to counsel patience to African-Americans who were petitioning for equal rights a half century ago. But I say this: We have made progress, and we will make more. And I want you to know that I expect and hope to be judged not by words, not by promises that I made, but by promises that my administration keeps ... We've been in office six months now. I suspect that by the time this administration is over, I think you guys will have pretty good feelings about the Obama administration."

Obama added that he was working with the Pentagon, as well as Congress, to end "Don't Ask Don't Tell." He called this period a "transition" toward that end but said it had to be done pragmatically, so the new policy works in the long-term.

Many gay donors dropped out of a recent Democratic National Committee fundraiser in protest of the Obama administration's legal brief defending the anti-gay Defense Of Marriage Act. Gay rights advocates are also dismayed that the president has yet to take action on the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy.

In an interview with MSNBC's Chuck Todd following Obama's remarks, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the president's promise to end "Don't Ask Don't Tell" would be fulfilled.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Gay Pride and Sunday Songs

This web log is fond of posting annually about our Dusty and "Born This Way," and we will once again as you will notice below. This year there will be two other songs in the pride post. The lead song is Lee Lessack's duet with David Burnham, "Let It Be Me" from Lee's CD In Good Company. It's presence here is because it a gorgeous love duet sung by two men. Of course, The Everlys had a major hit with it. They were brothers and obviously sang it from a different perspective. Lee and David's rendition is perfect for this site and gay pride. This site comes from a gay man's perspective and that perspective is the subjective way used to speak to eternal and universal truths. This duet is here to let the world and Mr. Obama's administration know that gay people are loving individuals. "Let It Be Me" speaks to that experience. Lee and David say it so eloquently through the beauty of their voices. We want our rights and we want them now. No more DOMA! No more "Don't Fucking Ask and Tell."

And here is our Dusty once again singing "Born This Way."

This Dusty Springfield single was released on June 25, 1990 in the United Kingdom just prior to the 21st anniversary of Stonewall. It was during her Pet Shop Boys phase and about four years before she was to have another rebirth via Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction's use of "Son of A Preacher Man." By this time, it was well known that the British pop star and perennial blue eyed soul favourite was a daughter of Sappho. She has been featured often in the posts of this web log . Dusty is one of those gay personalities that has entered the movement's martyrology not because she was by any means an activist, but because she struggled with her sexuality for most of her adult life. Still she made no attempt to have a merkin and was not once remotely publicly connected to a man. She was also well known for her gay male following and because of their presence at her Royal Albert Hall concert in 1979, she declared, "Glad to see that the royalty wasn't confined to the box," referring to the royal box where Princess Margaret was seated. (Dusty had to apologize.) Dusty wasn't perfect, but she related to her sexuality much the same way many gay people do--beneath the weight of her cultural upbringing. This song puts a lot of what she (and others) went through into perspective. Homosexuality is a fact of life.

Also, noteworthy about this recording is Dan Hartman's vocal along with Dusty's. Dan died from a brain tumor that was caused by complications from AIDS in 1994 the same year Dusty was diagnosed with breast cancer which eventually took her life in 1999. Hartman's homosexuality was not revealed until his death, but he, too, has a musical legacy. With OUT magazine's recent revelation of people living in the glass closet, it is remembered that La Springfield resided there for decades. As another Stonewall anniversary approaches, it is good to shed a light on the closet door, glass and otherwise, with the hope that it opens wide.

Some people know what they wanna be
Some people see what they wanna see
Everyday needs some kind of dream
But the complexities of life escape to an ideal scene, yeah
People try to tell you how to live your life
Let the blind lead the blind
Well, that’s all right
So make up your mind
The fool or the wise
There are things in this life
Which you can’t compromise
Break away
And take the time to know your mind
And leave it all behind you
And say
That’s the way I am
Yeah - I was born this way
Can’t you see it in my eyes
Yeah, yeah, yeah

(written by geoffrey williams and simon stirling)

The third song here is Malvina Reynolds' "It Isn't Nice" as sung by Judy Collins. It recalls the protest movements of the 50s and 60s. It reminds us that the powers that be are not always in on what the experience of the marginalized is. Look at Iran. Think of it as a microcosm, Perhaps it is time for "No More Mr. Nice Gay!" Walk proud, Dear Hearts. Let them know who you are! Remember, "Silence=Death."

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Saturday Beefcake Bedtime Story: Ted Detwiler

Del Shores has pointed out to the fans of Sordid Lives that Ted Detwiler starred in his Southern Baptist Sissies, before he became Jacob on the series. Fans of Ted and the series need to let TPTB know that there is much to be gained in keeping the fetching Mr. Detwiler on our radar.

Go here to help save the very entertaining Sordid Lives. Geez Louise, it's original gay programming! Hello?!

Anyone who grew up on a surf board and turned professional at the tender age of 16 is worthy of attention. There are more than enough reasons to pay attention to this fine young gentleman who turned to theatre after an ankle injury. It was Ted Detwiler’s and Del Shores’ mutual good fortune that they both were working on the situation comedy Ned & Stacy where they met. Their friendship and collaboration has led to our good fortune in enjoyable art with both Sordid Lives and Southern Baptist Sissies. He has starred in numerous musicals and plays. TV credits include Crossing Jordan, Sliders and Hyperion Bay. His film credits include: Must Love Dogs, The Ring 2, After Sunset, Chasers and Blood Money.

It was fortuitous when Ted joined Bacharach to the Future.

Much good fortune to go around. The man can sing and by the way, here's his reel:

Thank You, But Not Necessarily Good Night

Well, It's A Great Saturday Beefcake Evening ...

... A long day's journey into night.

Saturday Beefcake Grillin' II

From the July issue of Real Simple. Sometimes a kebab is just a kebab.

Grillin' with Saturday Beefcake

Grilling something seasonal is what summer fare is all about. One must necessarily partake of something that satisfies. Here, dear visitor, is something or more than one thing that fulfills.

Saturday Morning Beefcake

Rise and shine!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday Might: Ilene Kristen, Director!

Doreen Montalvo
(In the Heights)
Monday, August 3, 2009
The Triad
158 W. 72nd St
$20 (two drink minimum)
212.868.4444 (www.smartix.com)
212.362.2590 (www.triadnyc.com)

"I've Just Got to Sing My Song"
Piano: Gillian Berkowitz
Directed by Ilene Kristen

Friday Might: Soaps In Depth

Many thanks to SID for the great spread given to the POZ magazine fund-raiser at Prohibition last month. There is lots of ABC news in addition to the wonderful photos from Steven Bergman in the July 13th edition on news stands Monday June 29--this coming Monday! There's a great pic of Thorsten Kaye with Dab the AIDS Bear, named in the caption as the unofficial mascot. Look for news about some of our favorites like the quite fetching Matt Walton, Jason Tam, John Brotherton and Scott Evans. All guilty pleasures should look this good!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Gay Thursday: Scott Evans of One Life to Live on Coming Out

It was slow. I graduated high school early because I knew I needed to get to New York City. I moved here and lived with my older sister. She knew first, and then my mother, and then my little sister. It was one by one. It took a lot of courage, and then it was so funny, because there was such a build-up before I would tell each family member, and then their reaction was kind of a letdown. "Okay. Cool."

I don't have any big sad coming out stories. I'm so, so fortunate. I know a lot of people that have bad stories with parents or family members or friends. I can't even think of one.

Go to AfterElton.com for all of it.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Wednesday Word: Inspiration

The inspiration for Tom Fontana's latest TV offering, The Philanthropist, which will be served up on NBC TV this evening at 10pm EDT, is Bobby Sager, a living, breathing philanthropist. His presence at last night's screening at The Paley Center was an inspiration. Coming away from the experience with his words regarding his own real life experience and what everyday people can do with "small steps" every day actually made you believe. It's his hope that the show's eight episodes broadcast this summer "season" will inspire folks to take those baby steps. You don't need to be Mother Teresa or a billionaire to change the world.

What is good about coming away from this viewing experience is feeling as if you've actually been somewhere. Cinematographically the telefilm is lush--the best that Madagascar masquerading as Nigeria has to offer.

As for Fontana, if pornography were based on intellect he would be a centerfold. It is obvious that there is more than one thread of creativity going on here. All the elements do come together. There are, of course, those that over the top. OK, it's a network series about philanthropy that needs to entertain its audience. It does that with the panorama of the location but also in the panorama of James Purefoy's close ups. Purefoy is the main protagonist, Ted Rist, who takes us on this journey, albeit bigger than life and utterly passionate, that points inwardly as well as outwardly. Some will, no doubt, be uncomfortable with its moral and immoral polarities. It is, nevertheless, entertaining and soulful.

Pronunciation: \ˌin(t)-spə-ˈrā-shən, -(ˌ)spi-\
Function: noun
Date: 14th century
1 a: a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation b: the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions c: the act of influencing or suggesting opinions
2: the act of drawing in ; specifically : the drawing of air into the lungs
3 a: the quality or state of being inspired b: something that is inspired

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tuesday Talent: Wanted--A Fierce Advocate. Eartha Mae, Where Are You?

Shin Inouye, a White House spokesman, said, “Next Monday’s event is a chance for the White House to recognize the accomplishments of LGBT Americans. Invited guests include families, volunteers and activists, and community leaders. This event was long planned as a way to applaud these individuals during Pride month.” More about it here.

If only one of those gay White House visitors could channel the late, great and outspoken Eartha Kitt. At the White House, Miss Kitt gave Lady Bird [and LBJ] an ear full about Viet Nam back in the day to her own professional detriment. She left us a great lady.

Kitt became a vocal advocate for homosexual rights and publicly supported same-sex marriage, which she believed to be a civil right. She had been quoted as saying: "I support [homosexual marriage] because we're asking for the same thing. If I have a partner and something happens to me, I want that partner to enjoy the benefits of what we have reaped together. It's a civil-rights thing, isn't it?" [Wikipedia]

Monday, June 22, 2009

Monday Muse: Kenny Rankin Music

Thank You, Kenny. RIP.

And when I think of you
That’s all I have to do
For the knowing that you there
Is all I need.

I am walking through The Silver Morning
And I feel the music inside me
What did I find
Was it peace of mind
Gonna Bring it home to you

You are moving in a sound so warm

The love that we had was an endless thing
What can I say when I need you more each day
I wish you could be here

I am walking through the Silver Morning
And I feel the music inside me

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Here Comes the Sun King: It's the Summer Solstice

This is a magical time of year. This is the time of year to manifest divine gracious gifts, most of which are the great people in our lives. It is magical because it is that time to shed the light on who we are. It is when we enthrone the Sun God, the symbol and the manifestation of self, in Latin, ego which also means "I".

The longest hours of daylight accentuate the virtue of loving one's self. Here comes the Sun King.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Thank You and Goodnight, Beefcake

Getting Ready for Happy Hour Beefcake

Beefcake Afternoon Delight: A Power Nap

The conventional wisdom is that a twenty minute power nap can do a world of good if you keep it to twenty minutes. There is a universe of wonderful pastimes that can be accomplished in a mere twenty minutes. Use your free time to good ends.

Good Summer Fare: More Healthy Beefcake

Barbecued Salmon
Serves four
¼ cup honey*
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups tomato sauce*
1½ cups tomato paste*
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dry mustard
3 teaspoons kosher salt*
3 teaspoons fresh black pepper
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 pound salmon fillets, cut into 4 pieces
1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash seasoning blend

1. Preheat the grill.
2. In a medium saucepan, combine the honey and garlic over moderate heat, and cook until the garlic begins to brown and soften.
3. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, onion powder and mustard. Add 2 teaspoons of the salt and 2 teaspoons of the pepper. Mix until completely combined.
4. Add the vinegar, and continue stirring. Bring to a boil, and reduce the heat. Simmer for 6 to 8 minutes, and then set aside.
5. Season the fish with the Mrs. Dash, the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and the remaining 1 teaspoon pepper.
6. Place the salmon on the grill, and cook 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from the heat; brush with the sauce and serve.

These recipes come from Real Health.

Chopped Garden Salad and Balsamic Vinaigrette
Serves four
2 shallots, finely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon honey
¼ cup balsamic reduction*
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 cup olive oil
Salt and fresh black pepper to taste

In a blender, combine all ingredients except the oil, salt and pepper. While blending, slowly add the oil. When mixture begins to thicken, turn off the blender. Season vinaigrette with salt and pepper to taste.

2 heads romaine lettuce, shredded
2 carrots, peeled and shredded
1 bunch watercress, washed, stems removed and leaves chopped
2 cups Brussels sprouts, cleaned and shredded
2 celery stalks, washed and finely chopped
1 pound baby spinach, chopped
3 cups broccoli florets, washed and chopped

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients. If you like, add a small amount of dressing and chill for 10 to 15 minutes.

Among the extra added attractions here is a pic of Column fave, Dave Nathan, featured in these hallowed cyber pages in web logs past and in the galleries on the main site. He's not only quite healthy in his marvelous skin, he can walk the walk because he is also a health inspiring chef.


Saturday Morning Beefcake