BROADWAY WORLD.COM: Theatrical legends Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi team up for the new ITV UK TV series VICIOUS and the first stills from show have finally leaked, also showcasing featured player Frances De La Tour.
On the comedy series, McKellen and Jacobi portray longtime lovers arriving upon their silver anniversary and largely concerns their day-to-day existences living in Covent Garden, with their best friend, portrayed by De La Tour, figuring into the drama and comedy of the series, as does their comely upstairs neighbor (played by Iwan Rheon) and various other characters.
VICIOUS was co-created by Gary Janetti, of Family Guy and WILL & GRACE fame, and Olivier Award-winning playwright Mark Ravenhill. Keeping with the inherently and outwardly theatrical nature of the cast and creative team, the show is filmed before a live studio audience. VICIOUS premieres on ITV later this year. No date has yet been officially set.
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The Black Cat Bar or Black Cat Café was a bar in San Francisco, California. It opened in 1906 and closed in 1921. The Black Cat re-opened in 1933 and operated for another 30 years. During its second run of operation, it was a hangout for Beats and bohemians but over time began attracting more and more of a gay clientele.
Because it catered to gays, the bar became a flashpoint for the nascent homophile movement. The Black Cat was at the center of a legal fight that was one of the earliest court cases to establish legal protections for gay people in the United States. Despite this victory, continued pressure from law enforcement agencies eventually forced the bar’s closure in 1964.
The Black Cat opened in 1906, shortly after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. When entrepreneur Charles Ridley acquired the bar in 1911, he turned it into a showplace for vaudeville-style acts. Over the next several years, Ridley and the Black Cat came under increased police scrutiny as a possible center of prostitution. In 1921, the bar lost its dance permit and closed down.
With the repeal of Prohibition, the Black Cat re-opened in 1933 at 710 Montgomery Street, again under Ridley’s proprietorship. Sol Stoumen bought the bar in the 1940s. In the early years of Stoumen’s ownership, the Black Cat was a center for the bohemian and Beat crowd. William Saroyan and John Steinbeck were known to frequent the establishment, and part of Jack Kerouac’s seminal Beat novel On the Road is set in the bar.
While the Beats continued to congregate at the Black Cat into the 1950s, in the years following World War II, more and more gay people began patronizing it. The varied crowds mixed and gay Beat poet Allen Ginsberg described the Black Cat as “the best gay bar in America. It was totally open, bohemian, San Francisco…and everybody went there, heterosexual and homosexual….All the gay screaming queens would come, the heterosexual gray flannel suit types, longshoremen. All the poets went there.” By 1951, the bar was placed on the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board’s list of establishments which military personnel were forbidden to enter.
The bar featured live entertainers, the best known of whom was José Sarria. Sarria, who began as a waiter, wore drag and entertained the crowd by singing parodies of popular torch songs. Eventually he performed three to four shows a night, along with a regular Sunday afternoon show, with Sarria performing full arias. His specialty was a re-working of Bizet’s opera Carmen, set in modern-day San Francisco. Sarria as Carmen would prowl through popular cruising area Union Square. The audience cheered “Carmen” on as she dodged the vice squad and made her escape.
Sarria encouraged patrons to be as open and honest as possible, exhorting the clientele, “There’s nothing wrong with being gay–the crime is getting caught,” and “United we stand, divided they catch us one by one.” At closing time, he would lead patrons in singing “God Save Us Nelly Queens” to the tune of “God Save the Queen”. Sometimes he would take the crowd outside to sing the final verse to the men across the street in jail, who had been arrested in raids earlier in the night. Speaking of this ritual in the film Word is Out (1977), gay journalist George Mendenhall said:
“It sounds silly, but if you lived at that time and had the oppression coming down from the police department and from society, there was nowhere to turn…and to be able to put your arms around other gay men and to be able to stand up and sing ‘God Save Us Nelly Queens’…we were really not saying ‘God Save Us Nelly Queens.’ We were saying ‘We have our rights, too.’
Sarria became the first openly gay candidate in the United States to run for public office, running in 1961 for a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Sarria almost won by default. On the last day for candidates to file petitions, city officials realized that there were fewer than five candidates running for the five open seats, which would have assured Sarria a seat. By the end of the day, 34 candidates had filed.Sarria garnered some 6,000 votes, shocking political pundits and setting in motion the idea that a gay voting bloc could wield real power in city politics. As Sarria put it, “From that day on, nobody ran for anything in San Francisco without knocking on the door of the gay community.”
In 1948, the San Francisco Police Department and the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission, in response to the Black Cat’s increasing homosexual clientele, began a campaign of harassment against the bar and its patrons. Bar owner Stoumen was charged with such crimes as “keeping a disorderly house” and the State Board of Equalization suspended the bar’s liquor license indefinitely. In response and on principle, Stoumen, who was heterosexual, took the state to court. In 1951, the California Supreme Court, in Stoumen v. Reilly (37 Cal.2d 713) ruled that “in order to establish ‘good cause’ for suspension of plaintiff’s license, something more must be shown than that many of his patrons were homosexuals and that they used his restaurant and bar as a meeting place.” This was one of the earliest legal affirmations of the rights of gay people in the United States. The court qualified its opinion, however, by stating that ABC might still close gay bars with “proof of the commission of illegal or immoral acts on the premises.”
In response to this legal victory and based on the “illegal or immoral acts” language of the opinion, the state passed a constitutional amendment creating the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). The California State Assembly in 1955 passed a law authorizing broad powers for the ABC to shut down any “resort [for] sexual perverts.” The Black Cat was shut down under this authority, along with a number of other establishments. In a test case involving an Oakland bar, Vallerga v. Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the California Supreme Court struck down this new law as unconstitutional. This decision was not a complete victory, as the court noted that had the ABC’s revocation been based on “reports of women dancing with other women and women kissing other women” it might have upheld the law. Homosexuals, therefore, had won the right to assemble but only if they agreed not to touch.
Police and city officials responded to the increasing visibility of the Black Cat and other gay bars in the city, and the Black Cat’s success in court, by increasingly cracking down, staging more frequent raids and mass arrests. One favorite tactic was to arrest drag queens, since impersonating a member of the opposite sex was, at the time, a crime. Sarria responded by passing out labels for the drag queens to wear reading “I am a boy” so it could not be claimed they were impersonating women.
By 1963, following some 15 years of unrelenting pressure from the police and the ABC, Stoumen decided he was no longer able financially to sustain the fight. The cost of his long legal battle was more than $38,000. Sarria tried to enlist the owners of the city’s other gay bars to help Stoumen pay his legal bills, but none offered any assistance. The ABC lifted the bar’s liquor license in 1963, the night before its annual Halloween party. After a final defiant Halloween celebration at which only non-alcoholic beverages were served and an attempt to survive on food and soft drink sales, the Black Cat closed down for good in February 1964.
The site is now the location of Bocadillos, a tapas-style restaurant. On December 15, 2007, a plaque commemorating the Black Cat and its place in San Francisco history was placed at the site.
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EJ is a 20-year-old student at New York University and Magic and his wife, Earlitha “Cookie” Kelly, couldn’t be prouder of him. “Cookie and I love EJ and support him in every way,” Magic told TMZ. “We’re very proud of him.”
Very majestic animal. It is a boy. He likes blueberries and cotton candy. His name is Joe. But he’s very smart and will adjust to a different name. He loves to kiss your face and to get his horn petted. He does fart when you feed him blueberries. He basically eats anything. He loves the color pink.
I am unable to take care of him as I am leaving the country. He needs a loving, fun home.
CALL OR TEXT PLEASE NO EMAIL
As a child, I was BLESSED to have another father figure in my life. He did not replace my own beloved, Norwegian version of Jed Clampett, nor would he have wanted to. He simply harmonized with all of my family values and brought his own heart to our table. This wonderful man was a giant in my world, a true king among men. His name was, and is, Robert Reed (OK that’s his stage name). This tempestuous actor who bottle fed puppies when he wasn’t quarreling with the heads of networks, shaped my heart as much as my biological parents did.
So I really can honestly say, “My Dad was Gay”
I can also say that being gay killed him.
Because it was so taboo, he could never make peace with himself. He never allowed himself to have a genuine love. He was forever taunted by his own disdain for the natural inclinations that he was BORN WITH. Bob was a family man. Had he been allowed to form a relationship with another man, he would have been the best husband ever and might still be alive. But Bob could not be at peace with this because the people surrounding him shoved their own judgement down his throat and, sadly, he bought into it. He thought he was wrong. He felt the shame that every hypocritical “God is love” fundamentalist wanted him to feel.
To me, the vilification of homosexuality is exactly like the primitive practice of people who killed babies who were born with cleff palates or birth marks. It is a worship not of God but of fear itself in the form of a God who hates.
I am eternally grateful for having a golden rule placed before me as a child. I had a gay father! I knew he was gay when I was nine years old and had the wisdom of a child. I knew it was OK and none of my business.. I knew with all certainty that this was a very good man. And so, any ideology that demonized such a good man would have to be evil itself.
Robert Reed, unwittingly, showed me the true nature of religion. And this is why I steer clear of it to this day.
God and I are good pals. We have a clear line of communication and I don’t need religion’s telephone service.
It’s full of static.
I could never worship, let alone LOVE, a God who would put my beloved father into the fires of Hell because he loved men. THAT is a God who deserves disdain. THAT is a God who must be ignored. THAT is a concept of God that must go away just as surely s humans have shed their prehensile tails.
You might call it evolution.
IF you believe in evolving.
I do not necessarily believe in evolution, religion, politics or even gravity. I think the flying spaghetti monster might be the real deal! All I truly know is what works right here, right now.
What works is love.
What doesn’t work is judgement.
If two people love each other enough to want their union consecrated by a mythological being – they are undoubtedly insane, but LET THEM HAVE AT IT!!!!
“I never had a problem with any of it. I’ve known straight and gay people all my life. I can’t tell the difference. People are people where I came from.”
“Absolutely. I never thought of marriage as something only for men and women. But I’d never marry a guy I didn’t like.”
” We’ll look back and say it was crazy that we ever even argued about this.”
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Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973) was a groundbreaking gospel singer and musician, who paved the way for the popularity of rock ‘n’ roll and influenced Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, among many others.
Tharpe’s biographer, Gayle Wald, found some of the singer’s contemporaries who were willing to talk off the record about her bisexuality; one fellow musician claimed to have walked in on Tharpe and two other women in bed together during her “honeymoon tour” right after her third wedding in 1951.
Wald writes, “The circulation of this and other lore indicated that the gospel world had its own legends of outlaw identities and behaviors: of sissy men and bulldagger women, of philandering evangelists and pilfering prophets, of hypocrites who boozed up backstage before singing in front of the curtain about the virtues of holy living. For homosexuals in her audiences, rumors about Rosetta’s sexuality might have been liberating, an invitation to look for tell-tale signs of affirmation of their own veiled existence.”
Source: Gayle F. Wald, Shout Sister Shout! The Untold Story of Rock-n-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Beacon Press, 2007.
After the war Decca paired her with Marie Knight, a sanctified shouter with a strong contralto and a more subdued style than Tharpe. In their hit, “Up Above My Head”, Knight provided the response to Tharpe in traditional call and response format, then took the role that would have been assigned to a bass in a male quartet after Tharpe’s solo. It has been reported that it was an “open secret”, in show business circles that Knight and Tharpe were lovers.
with Marie Knight
In the penthouse suite at the Jane West Hotel overlooking the Hudson River, RuPaul lived for a while after moving to New York for the second time. Sharing the suite are RuPaul’s backup dancers Trade and Spicey. Afterwards, Nelson takes the gang over to the meat market to see his home at 5 Ninth Avenue and his dog Blackout. Video by Nelson Sullivan.