On September 20, Phoenix Productions presented "Damn Yankees" to a full house at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. Phoenix Productions is a non-profit community theater, where most of the talent happens to be volunteers. This in no way diminished the spunky, sassy production with live orchestra. Having produced over 100 productions since their beginnings in 1988, this company is no fly-by- night operation.
The Ali Forney Center has announced the implementation of its Host Home Program. This innovation invites people to open their homes and host an LGBTQ youth for a minimum of six months. Given the severe shortage of shelter beds in New York, this program has great potential to make a significant impact.
Miguel Cardenas and Beth Achenbach will be joining forces on Saturday and Sunday presenting an the art exhibit entitled "Between The Lines" for the Jersey City Artist Tour. The show will be at the Mary Benson Gallery. Both Cardenas and Achenbach are well known in the Jersey City arts scene and LGBT community.
Every Monday morning Alex (not his real name) and I met for breakfast at our favorite dive in Harvard Square. I would notice visible bruises and cuts on his face, arms, and legs, but assumed the black and blue marks were simply par for the course for a guy who enjoyed the rough- and- tumble adrenaline high that come with playing weekend scrimmage football. I don't recall a time when Alex didn't have a knot on his head, a cut on his lip, a bite into his skin, welts on his arms or stitches.
OurFamilyAlbum.org launched today. It is a permanent collection of amateur photo and family portraits from people who may have been LGBT. As the album suggests on its first page, "... you decide." And that seems to be the crux behind the on line display. Sparking a conversation about what it meant to be gay in the past.
A new report released this month offers the most comprehensive analysis to date of the inequities facing transgender workers in the American workforce— from finding and keeping good jobs, to having equal access to job- related benefits, to obtaining adequate health insurance coverage. "A Broken Bargain for Transgender Workers" is a companion to the recently released report, "A Broken Bargain: Discrimination, Fewer Benefits and More Taxes for LGBT Workers."
Pope Francis continues to send seismic shock waves across the globe with his liberal- leaning pronouncements. And they are the most affirmative remarks the world has ever heard on the dicey subjects of abortion, contraception, and same- sex marriage.
September 19 was gay night out at "Unbroken Circle" at the St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, New York City. To my eyes, it did not look especially "gay," but, then, what do I know? What was apparent was an interesting play performed by truly committed actors. If "Long Day's Journey into Night" collided with Tennessee Williams in Galveston, Texas, it might look and sound something like "Unbroken Circle."
Quince Productions presented the Third Annual Gay Fest from August 6-24 in Philadelphia. The venues included the Second Stage and the Playground at the Adrienne at 2030 Sansom Street and Plays and Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Street. There were many events, with a fourth play, readings, and a gala event. The three plays reviewed here were seen over a two-day period in August.
Scar Letters is a unique story about gay life from a point of view that is very different from the mainstream or the "Gay Book" genre. The first few pages will startle you as the narrator, Rudy, recounts his horrific and brutal rape eighteeen years ago. As the story moves on it becomes a recounting of a lifetime of hurt and missed opportunities. You might say, "Oh, I couldn't possibly read something like that." But you ought to because the book is hard to put down.