#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
The True Colors Fund
The True Colors Fund was co-founded by ’80s popstar Cindi Lauper and is dedicated to fighting LGBT youth homelessness.
The charity works in public policy and engagement to improve the lives of homeless LGBT youth, helping them embrace their true identities.
You can donate to The True Colors Fund here.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTi young people ages 13-24.
Their Lifeguard Workshop is a free online learning module with teacher resources for middle school and high school classrooms to teach them about LGBT issues.
Just $1 helps keep the suicide hotline running for another minute, which could be enough to save a young person’s life.
You can find out more about the Trevor Project here.
The Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute
The Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute wants to see more LGBT people in public office and fights towards advancing a network of LGBT public leaders.
The organization assists hundreds of people get into careers in government, politics, business and advocacy every year.
Donate to the Victory Institute here.
It Gets Better
What started as a Youtube video to reassure LGBT people has now become a worldwide movement, spawning 50,000 copycat videos that promise the world things will get better.
The It Gets Better campaign gives young people hope for their future and encourages allies to come together and support the LGBT community.
To support It Gets Better, visit their website and take the pledge – or make your own video in support.
The Jim Collins Foundation
The Jim Collins Foundation helps transgender people fund their gender-affirming surgeries.
The Foundation provides financial support for those who struggle to afford gender surgery, so that they are able to realize their true gender.
You can donate to the foundation here and read touching testimonials from grant recipients here.
Lambda Legal Fund
Lambda Legal is one of a small, elite group on national nonprofits that have completely transformed the legal landscape of the country, and continues to do so to this day. From employment to family protection to health care to immigration to police to seniors, its accomplishments are immense and deserving of our continued support.
Donate to Lambda Legal.
JASMYN supports young people ages 13-23 and works to create a safer, more affirming community for them in Northeast Florida. While programs and services are designed for those who identify as LGBT or Questioning, all youth are welcome at JASMYN!
JASMYN supports and empowers LGBTQ young people by creating safe space, providing health and wholeness services, and offering youth development opportunities, while bringing people and resources together to promote equality and human rights.
Donate to JASMYN.
Jacksonville Coalition for Equality
All Jacksonville Residents Deserve to Be Protected from Discrimination
We believe all people in our community should have the chance to earn a living and provide for themselves and their families, regardless of who they are or who they love. If you agree, join us by signing our pledge urging members of the City Council to pass this much-needed ordinance.
Donate to Jacksonville Coalition for Equality (JCE).
We Are Straight Allies
We Are Straight Allies seeks to educate, engage and “call to action” the business, faith-based, military, government, nonprofit, educational, arts and private sectors as we move towards passage of comprehensive polices that protect our LGBT community against discrimination in the State of Florida. Our strategic educational and advocacy efforts are targeted towards city and faith based leaders, as well as everyday citizens, to ensure greater equity for the LGBT community in employment, housing and public accommodation. The campaign is designed to reaffirm those who currently support fundamental human rights for all citizens and to further engage those who are ambivalent, previously voted against comprehensive protections, or who are uninformed about the real challenges that face members of our LGBT community.
Donate to We Are Straight Allies.
K9s For Warriors
K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our Warriors suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post-9/11.
Our goal is to empower them to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.
Donate to K9s for Warriors.
Saturday, December 3, 2016 @ 7:30pm
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“Fortunately, cabaret isn’t dying — not with people like Dorothy Bishop hitting the boards. Blessed with a voice capable of opera, Broadway, and pop, she creates funny but appreciative portraits of the women we love. Dorothy Bishop is the best drag queen in town who’s not a drag queen. Surrender to Dorothy!” – Michael Musto, Out • March 2016
Dorothy Bishop was a nationally televised finalist in Season Four of America’s Got Talent. She has thrilled New York audiences for years with her incredible voice, glamorous costumes, and wicked sense of humor. Solo appearances include Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall, Feinstein’s 54 Below, The Bon Soir, Town Hall, The Triad Theater, and is currently in her third year at the famous Metropolitan Room in New York City with her critically acclaimed one woman musical extravaganza, The Dozen Divas Show.
Dorothy graduated from Yale University School of Music and has sung pretty much every diva opera role in the lyric repertoire. She toured with Faye Dunaway in the first Broadway National Tour of Terrence McNally’s Tony Award winning show Master Class, and was guest soloist with Skitch Henderson and The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.
“Briefly ducking behind a screen, making quick changes of dresses and wigs, uber-talented Dorothy Bishop transforms herself into one female superstar after another … The topper came when she sang in her own voice— sensationally. Dorothy is dynamite.” – Rob Lester, Cabaret Scenes • May 2014
One day at an opera audition, the casting director marveled at her remarkable resemblance to the current 2008 VP candidate, Sarah Palin. Dorothy spent the next three years working as a Sarah Palin impersonator, and also performing her pop opera headline show on the luxury ships including the Queen Mary 2, The QE2, and Regent Seven Seas. In addition to seeing the world and singing with some of the top bands and entertainers, Dorothy was featured on CNN, Good Morning America, and ABC for her hilarious coverage of Occupy Wall Street as “Sarah Palin”.
A consummate musician with new talent impersonating other celebrities, Dorothy was soon asked to create a show saluting many great divas of our time including Cher, Adele, Dolly, Barbra, Stevie Nicks, Kristin Chenoweth and even Metropolitan Opera Diva – Renee Fleming. A natural comedian and versatile vocalist, Dorothy rose to the occasion and created this show, which has since been nominated for two Broadway World Awards, two Mac Awards, and a monthly open run at the beautiful Metropolitan Room in New York through December 2018.
Other prominent engagements this season include her OffBroadway debut in the new runaway hit parody, Spamilton, written by Tony Award winning Gerard Alessandrini of Forbidden Broadway fame. She is scheduled to guest star in Spamilton through January 2017.
“Very funny — and not at all meanspirited! She somehow taps into the stars’ immense likability factor.” – Brian Kellow, Opera News • April 2014
As is now becoming tradition, NBC will air a live musical television event this December. Hairspray Live! is set to hit the air December 7 at 8 PM ET. The 2002 premiere was a Tony-winning success on Broadway and prompted a film version of the movie musical in 2007 (starring John Travolta, Nikki Blonsky, Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, Brittany Snow and more).
Audiences can’t get enough of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman’s score, so executive producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan decided it was the perfect choice for a followup to their successful The Wiz Live! Tony-winning director Kenny Leon returns to helm the broadcast, with original Tony-winning Hairspray choreographer Jerry Mitchell also on board. Harvey Fierstein, who will also star, will adapt is Tony-winning book from the musical for live TV. Meet the stars of the latest incarnation of Hairspray—the greatest reason to host another musical theatre-themed viewing party.
Edna Tumblad By Harvey Fierstein
The signature scratchy voice, the comedic timing, the warmth of heart, honestly, no one does justice to the role of Edna Turnblad like Broadway’s original. The man won a Tony in 2003 for his performance in the role. He brings a unique sense of grit and sensitivity to the part, while injecting it with his raunchy tongue-in-cheek sensibility. In recent years, Fierstein has invested in his writer side, earning Tony nominations for writing Casa Valentina, the book to Kinky Boots and the book to Disney’s Newsies. With Hairspray Live! Fierstein will write the teleplay for the live musical event and play the lead. We can hear the bells.
Tracy Turnblad By Maddie Baillio
Originally from Texas, Baillio was cast in the lead real of Tracy after attending an open casting call in New York. She recently finished her second year at Marymount Manhattan College. The 20-year-old actress seemed destined to take on the role: She sang “Good Morning Baltimore,” the show’s opening number, when she was in fifth grade. In 2014, Biallio won the final prize in The Songbook Competition as part of the Great American Songbook Academy, a summer music intensive for young artists.
Wilbur Turnblad By Martin Short
Is there anyone more innocently charming than Short? (“You want the chicken or the vahl?”) The star comedian is a great pick for the innocuous joke shop owner and loving dad to Tracy. No doubt he and Fierstein will have a ball playing off of each other. The two even look funny next to one another. Aside from his extensive film work, Short is no stranger to Broadway. The actor won a 1999 Tony for his performance in Little Me and bowed on Broadway in 2006 in the musical autobiography he conceived, wrote and starred in, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Most recently, he replaced Nathan Lane in Broadway’s 2014 production of It’s Only a Play.
Motormouth Maybelle By Jennifer Hudson
Fresh off of her lauded Broadway debut in The Color Purple, Hudson takes on the role of the big, blonde and beautiful Motormouth Maybelle. The Grammy-winning recording artist and singer is an obvious choice for the radio DJ with two solo songs in the show. Get ready for some brassiness in “Big Blonde and Beautiful” and some tenderness more reminiscent of her Oscar-winning Dreamgirls performance of “I Am Changing.” In her own life, Hudson has a young son, and it will be nice to see that maternal side of her come out in her performance as Seaweed and Little Inez’s mother. An Academy Award winner, Hudson is comfortable in front of a camera and Hairspray Live! should be no exception.
Velma Von Tussle By Kristin Chenoweth
Any reason to see more of Chenoweth is a good reason. We can’t wait to see the evil side of her come at as Miss Baltimore Crabbs. As a former Tony Awards host, Chenoweth can tap into that authority to play the producer of The Corny Collins Show. The three-time Tony nominee has the sassiness and the presence to play the show’s villain, and we can’t wait to see her play opposite Fierstein’s Edna. Even better news, Chenoweth has already played actor Dove Cameron’s mother, as the two played Maleficent and Mal in Disney’s Descendants.
Amber Von Tussle By Dove Cameron
The 20-year-old actress is another Disney Channel import ready to make her big splash with Hairspray Live! A native of Seattle, Cameron has been doing community theatre since she was eight years old and plays the dual title roles of Liv and Maddie on the Disney show of the same title.
Penny Pingleton By Ariana Grande
Before she shot up to the top of the Billboards, recording star Ariana Grande was a Broadway kid. She understudied Allie Trimm in Jason Robert Brown’s 13. (Brown actually wrote the profile of Grande for Time magazine’s 2016 list of The 100 Most Influential People.) Grande absolutely has the belt to power Penny’s songs, just wait for those riffs on “Without Love.” But the glamorous diva is going to have to pull out all the acting stops to convince us that she’s the dorky Penny—we have faith.
Prudy Pingleton By Andrea Martin
The most recently announced addition to the cast is Pippin Tony winner Martin, and we could not be more excited. From her recently Tony-nominated performance in Broadway’s Noises Off to her laugh out loud Aunt Voula in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, comedy and next-level absurdity is Martin’s bread and butter. Her dry humor as Frau Blucher in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein (which earned her a Tony nomination) shows she is a master of timing and her Frieda Fishbein in Act One proves her strength as a scene partner. She is the perfect choice to play the comic archetype of a ’60s single mom mortified by integration and hell-bent on raising her daughter in a Puritan household.
Link Larkin By Garrett Clayton
Clayton is one of the lesser known names on this list, but much like his counterpart in the 2007 movie remake, Zac Efron, Clayton got his start with Disney. As the star of Teen Beach Movie and Teen Beach Movie 2, Clayton proved himself a singing heartthrob for the tweens of America. The actor made a 180 when he then starred as Sean Lockhart opposite Christian Slater and James Franco in this year’s gay porn crime biopic King Cobra. Clayton now returns to his musical roots as Link Larkin, one of Corny Collins’ nicest kids in town, and the looker that captures Tracy’s heart.
Corny Collins By Derek Hough
The host of the Nicest Kids in Town, Corny (as his name suggests) needs to be a ball of charisma and charm. The camera certainly loves the Dancing with the Stars celeb, and he’s got the moves to back it up. We haven’t heard much in the way of his singing voice, but he’s already set to star as Don Lockwood (the Gene Kelly role) in the 2017 Broadway production of Singin’ in the Rain. In 2006, Hough played Ren in the West End’s Footloose and on the U.K. national tour. He most recently hit the New York stage in Radio City Music Hall’s New York Spring Spectacular. His little sis, Julianne Hough, played the lead in the live musical broadcast of Grease Live! on FOX. Maybe she has some tips for her bro on nailing a one-night-only event like this,
Mr. Pinky By Sean Hayes
Currently on Broadway in An Act of God at the Booth Theatre, Hayes will come down from his cloud to play the fashion maestro Mr. Pinky. It’s a bit part in the show—Mr. Pinky owns the premier store for plus size women and asks Tracy and Edna to be promoters of his fashion in “Welcome to the ’60s.” Hayes will no doubt make a big impact with his take on the featured role. As a former Tony host, Hayes know a thing or two about live television events. Plus, he starred in Broadway’s 2010 revival of Promises, Promises with Chenoweth. From what we know, the two don’t have any scenes together, but there’s nothing like cast camaraderie to add to the magic of a production.
Health Ed Teacher By Rosie O’Donnell
When you get a name and a talent as big as O’Donnell to play a small role, you must be doing something right. O’Donnell hasn’t been seen on the Main Stem since she replaced Randy Graff as Golde in the 2004 revival of Fiddler on the Roof, playing opposite Harvey Fierstein, who replaced Alfred Molina. (It’s all in the family!) In the Broadway production, the gym teacher, prison matron and Mrs. Pingleton were all played by the same actress. In this version, we’ve already got two different actresses playing the gym teacher and Mrs. Pingleton. We’ll have to see what comes of the prison guard.
Watch the released trailer below:
There’s a reason this southern gay mecca always makes the list of most popular cities in America, and it’s not just because of the delicious originality of beignets. There are so many unique experiences that you can only find here, and the combination of them in one trip or five is the absolute beauty of the place.
Check out these five really gay things you’ll only find in this one American city…
1. “The Fruit Loop”
New Orleans may be known for its slower pace and easy-going attitude, but when it comes to going out, the gays are all about efficiency. That’s why the majority of the bars are clustered within walking distance of each other, in an area of the French Quarter appropriately dubbed “The Fruit Loop.” And since New Orleans is one of the few places left where open containers are allowed on the street, it makes bar hopping extra fun. Not to mention convenient.
2. Endless Festivals
Pride. Bastille Day. Dirty Linen Night. Southern Decadence. The Red Dress Run. Halloween New Orleans. Running of the Bulls. The Champaign Stroll. The Gay Easter Parade. Bayou Boogaloo. And the list goes on and on. New Orleanians love any excuse to put on a crazy costume and go out, especially under the bright blue skies. Hence the many awesome festivals held throughout the year, most of which cater to the LGBTQ crowd.
3. Drag Galore
As the proud hometown of the one and only Bianca del Rio, it should come as no surprise the city’s drag community is bursting at the sequined seams. The Diva Royale Drag Queen Dinner Show happens Thursday through Sunday in the French Quarter and is a favorite among visitors and locals alike. There’s also the New Orleans Drag Workshop that offers classes to aspiring queens hoping to break into the biz. Then, of course, there’s Drag Bingo every Thursday at the Always Lounge and every Sunday at Oz, as well as drag performances happening nearly every night of the week.
4. Drama, Drama, Everywhere
New Orleans is known for having a flair for the dramatics. Le Petit Theatre, Southern Rep, and the Anthony Bean Community Theater are just a few of the local troupes that highlight hometown talent in award-winning productions. Meanwhile, larger venues like the Saenger Theatre, Joy Theater, and the Mahalia Jackson Theater feature traveling Broadway productions, concerts, dance performances, comedians, and many other live events. There’s also the annual Faux/Real Festival that showcases more than 100 different performances over the course of three weeks each November.
5. Raining Men
Last, there are the gays themselves. According to the New York Times, New Orleans has the fourth largest LGBTQ population per capita in the United States, with an impressive 5.1 percent of residents identifying as such. It beats out New York, Chicago, and even Los Angeles. And according to the travel site Travelzoo, it’s also ranked the third most friendly city in the country. You do the math.
That’s a lotta fun to be had in New Orleans!
The Supermodel of the World better add sitcom guest star to his resume!
RuPaul is headed for the hit CBS series 2 Broke Girls reports TV Line.
The episode will be a road trip adventure as Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) travel to Texas and run into Mama Ru along the way:
Playing himself in the episode — sans drag — the Emmy-winning host of RuPaul’s Drag Race will bump into waitresses/entrepreneurs Max and Caroline at a convenience store/bait shop during their road-trip misadventure to Texas. Not only will RuPaul offer the duo a ride, she’ll offer Max words of wisdom about romance. (“If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?” perhaps?)
RuPaul is no stranger to sitcoms. He has made cameo appearances in other series such as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Happy Endings and The Comeback.
We could always use more Ru on our TVs!