Some may label Andre J. as "transgender" or a "cross dresser," but, as Andre J. told us, "I consider myself genderless." And if this is what being genderless looks and feels like, we all want in! So, who is Andre J.? Just one of the most beautiful people I have ever met...and clearly I'm not alone in thinking that, considering he is the only African American "male" to have ever appeared on the cover of a major fashion magazine. More about that later!
BOSTON - The Defense of Marriage Act was ruled unconstitutional by a three- judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals. DOMA, discriminates against marriages of same-sex couples on a federal level and is unconstitutional because it denies federal benefits to married gay couples. The ruling is expected to be appealed in the U.S. Supreme Court within the next session.
In The Cookie Jar- Georgies Toys for Tots tradition continues.
Like Santa Claus & hanging stockings, the annual Toys for Tots benefit at Georgie's Bar in Asbury Park is a holiday tradition. This year's benefit, organized by Sgt. Connie Breech (also an Asbury Park resident) was another smashing success with hundreds turning out to support the cause. Charlie Gurrera, Georgies Manager, spoke with me and told me that "with over 250 people in attendance, and over 800 toys" he could not have been more thrilled with the evening.
For all those naysayers who doubt that art has a practical purpose, observe this encouraging piece of news about the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. A study from the Yale School of Management has shown an appreciable benefit to the economy of the greater Madison area in New Jersey. The study was commissioned by the Theatre in September 2010 and quantifies the spending of the Theatre, its audience, artists, faculty, and staff, and calculates the effect of that spending on the Madison area, which is defined as a 20 minute driving radius from Madison.
While Bravo head honcho Andy Cohen has been content to let Housewives and Top Chefs run their books up the New York Times bestseller lists, he has decided it's time to come from "behind the curtain" and give us a tome of his own, appropriately titled "Most Talkative-Stories From The Front Lines Of Pop Culture" (Henry Holt & Company).