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Ben Platt to perform at 31st Annual GLAAD Awards in NYC

GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today announced that Ben Platt, Tony Award-winning star of Netflix’s The Politician, will perform at the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York.  GLAAD also announced that special guests comedian and correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Jaboukie Young-White, the cast of Pose, and Schitt’s Creek star Emily Hampshire will attend the New York ceremony at the Hilton Midtown on Thursday, March 19.

 

GLAAD previously announced that award-winning actress, producer, and activist Judith Light will be honored with the Excellence in Media Award and award-winning screenwriter, producer, and director Ryan Murphy will be honored with the Vito Russo Award at the New York ceremony. Lilly Singh, openly bisexual executive producer and host of NBC’s A Little Late with Lilly Singh, will serve as host of the Awards.

 

The 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. The 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta, Gilead, Hyundai, and Ketel One Family-Made Vodka. GLAAD previously announced over 175 nominees in 30 categories. Taylor Swift will receive the Vanguard Award and Janet Mock will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 16.

 

Award-winning actor, singer, and songwriter Ben Platt is an Atlantic Records recording artist and dropped his critically acclaimed debut album Sing To Me Instead in March 2019. Platt recently performed the album and other songs to a sold out crowd at Radio City Musical Hall, which was filmed for a Netflix special being released this spring.

 

Platt is currently filming season two of the highly popular Netflix series by Ryan Murphy, The Politician, in which he stars and serves as Executive Producer. Platt’s performance in season one earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the show received a nomination for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy. The Politicianis also nominated for a GLAAD Media Award this year. In an interview with Pink News in September 2019, Platt commented on the forward-thinking approach to LGBTQ representation in The Politician: “I think it’s really important that Ryan [Murphy] has portrayed this Utopian society that hopefully we’re headed towards, where everybody falls somewhere along the spectrum of sexuality, everyone’s a little bit queer, and no one feels the need to discuss it or label it.”

 

From December 2016 to November 2017, Platt starred as the title role in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. Platt won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance as Evan Hansen, as well as the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, making him the youngest actor to win the coveted award. Additionally, Dear Evan Hansen won the Tony award for Best Musical and the cast recording took home the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.

 

GLAAD recently announced over 175 nominees in 30 categories for the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards, including the returning category for Outstanding Broadway Production. The Outstanding Kids & Family Programming category expanded to ten nominees as a result of an increase in LGBTQ images across the kids and family television programming and an increase in GLAAD’s work to advocate for inclusion in this genre. GLAAD also announced Special Recognition honors for Netflix’s Special and for pioneering LGBTQ journalists Karen Ocamb and Mark Segal. For a full list of nominees for the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards, click here.

 

To purchase tickets for the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards, please visit https://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/31/tickets.

 

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Rick Springfield and Richard Marx, Long Island NY.

  • Published in Music

For over 50 years, Australia's own Rick Springfield has been entertaining the world and releasing music.

His fans are extremely devoted and one of his biggest fans, my sister, Dawn, has been loyal from his earliest releases.

Growing up, it was all of my brother's and sister's wildest dreams to meet their favorite artists. And, Rick puts himself out there and connects with his fans, not only via meet and greets, CD signings, but during his shows by performing and interacting within the audience. It is pure magic.

I always admired artists who wrote their own music.

From the iconic, number one 1 smash hit "Jessie's Girl" to "I Get Excited," "Don't Talk To Strangers" and "What's Victoria's Secret?," Rick has been turning out classic hits decade after decade.

Rick not only has pulled fans on stage to show his appreciation for their loyalty, but he now connects with a whole new generation of fans: our kids/nieces and nephews.

My niece, Lexi was lucky enough to be pulled on stage during "Don't Talk To Strangers." My sister shared this magical and special moment with her friends via Facebook (you can see the video below) with the caption "Lexi got closer to being "Rick's Girl" than I ever will" and she may deny it, but I witnessed her wiping away a few tears of joy.

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Being on stage left my niece with a further desire to perform. She was at play rehearsal when Rick and his mate, Richard Marx, played an acoustic tour at Westbury Music Fair on Long Island, but my sister enjoyed the show with my brother, another sister and most importantly, her son and husband.

If you're able to catch Rick and Richard on this amazing tour, you won't regret it.

 

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Muppets to get own exhibition in NYC

A long-awaited permanent exhibition featuring nearly 300 costumes, puppets, scripts and sketches from cartoonist and puppeteer Jim Henson's career in film and television will open at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, on July 22.

Henson is known for the adorable puppets from his perennially popular television show The Muppets, as well as for his work on the children's show Sesame Street and the films The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.

We can't wait. It the most perfect felt lined post Pride come down! 

Ma na ma na.... 

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NYC issues the USA's first intersex birth certificate

For the first time in the United States, New York City issued a birth certificate reading "intersex" in the gender field.

 

On December 15, the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene corrected the original birth certificate of Sara Kelly Keenan, born in Brooklyn 55 years ago. She received it in the mail at her Santa Cruz, California, home on Tuesday.

 

"It was wonderful. It was the first time I saw 'intersex' in print related to my name," said Keenan, an addiction life coach. "When I applied in court, I chose 'non-binary,' because that's an umbrella term that would also include gender variant people."

 

"A person may amend their birth certificate to have 'intersex' reflected on their birth certificate with appropriate documentary evidence from a US-licensed doctor," said Julien A. Martinez, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. "The department will continue to work with community partners as we adopt changes to more accurately reflect a person's sex."

 

Though Keenan had requested a term not strictly based on medical evidence, she found the city's correction "really validating."

 

Ultimately, the term "intersex" "carries more personal significance to me than 'non-binary,' " she said.

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Streisand to perform LGBT gala for Hillary Clinton

Barbra Streisand will return to New York City September 9 to perform during a fundraiser for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after this week's round of NYC concert tour dates.

Held at Cipriani Wall Street, tickets for the LGBT for Hillary Gala range from $2,500 to $250,000. The $1,200 “Friend” ticket level has already sold out. Certain ticket prices include a reception with the possible President.

Further information about the gala can be found here.

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