Monday, July 24, 2017

[on growing up in Hawaii]: We were very poor, it was a hard-scrabble childhood, not particularly happy.

[on growing up in Hawaii]: We were very poor, it was a hard-scrabble childhood, not particularly happy. The best part was nature, which is so intense there. The sky is bright blue, the clouds are puffy, the grass is lush, it feels like you can touch the stars. But the people were not very nice. I was a white kid in a mostly Asian neighbourhood. You heard Hawaii was a great melting pot? Hooey. I had a very strong fantasy life. Sorry, what was the question? I’m bonkers. Where am I? Who am I? I love your socks.

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OPINION: Do straight people deserve to be classified as gay icons? Billboard declares Ariana Grande as the gay icon of her generation, but people are fuming

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OPINION: Do straight people deserve to be classified as gay icons?
by James Besanvalle
22 July 2017

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Billboard declared Ariana Grande ‘the gay icon of her generation,’ and the internet’s divided.

Whether you love her music or not, there’s no doubt Grande is a huge supporter of the LGBTI community.

Her unconditional love for her gay brother matched with her continued fight for equality across the board is truly inspiring.

But just because she’s straight, does that mean she’s disqualified as a gay icon?

Numerous viral tweets in response to the original tweet seem to think so.

One read: ‘Wow, that’s so progressive I’m so happy to be living in a world where a fucking straight girl can be a gay icon.’

Another tweeted: ‘Rather than recognizing a straight woman as your gay icon, here is a list of some LGBT artists that can be your gay icon instead.’

They then listed LGBTI artists and celebrities, like Troye Sivan, Adam Lambert, Halsey and Frank Ocean.

 

It’s an interesting question and I think the answer lies in the generational divide.

My experiences of gay icons are shaped through my own cultural lens, but this may vary for other people in the LGBTI umbrella.

As a 20-something queer cis male, my gay icons are Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Joan Crawford, Kylie Minogue and Carly Rae Jepsen.

These pop and on-screen princesses have all made commitments to the LGBTI community in some way and speak to me on a personal level.

They’re flamboyant, feminine and glamorous – all qualities I suppressed growing up, but have since come to embrace. They were everything I wanted to be, but too scared to commit to while still not out.

Older generations might classify Cher, Judy Garland, Bette Midler, Bette Davis, Donna Summer etc as their gay icons.

But there’s an emergence of young, out and proud artists who are unapologetically LGBTI.

Of course, this is wonderful news, but is there an expectation to only lift up LGBTI artists as gay icons? Similarly, men can be feminists but the masses may not warm to the idea of Justin Trudeau being the feminist icon of our generation.

Definitions of gay icons

By its very definition: ‘A gay icon is a public figure (historical or present) who is embraced by many within lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.

‘Some of the main qualities of a gay icon often include glamor, flamboyance, strength through adversity, and androgyny in presentation.

‘Such icons can be of any sexual orientation or gender; if LGBT, they can be out or not,’ Wikiwand states.

This is certainly true for Kylie Minogue. I saw her live in concert and was instantly in love. The costumes were crazy and her fans were even crazier.

She has a longstanding commitment to the LGBTI community and even refused to get married to her partner until same-sex marriage was legal in Australia.

She’s also overcome breast cancer and heartbreak, with the tenacity of a fighter. She’s loyal to her LGBTI fanbase, through her natural charm and unbelievably positive attitude.

She told the Advocate: ‘I didn’t become a gay icon or become popular in the gay community for doing something specific. That happened just because I was being myself.

‘When I’m on tour, I think there’s a little bit of everything there. From a row of muscle Marys and drag queens to dads, moms, grandmas, and three generations of girls – everyone is there,’ she said.

I could go on, but I digress.

The definition continues by explaining the historical aspect of gay icon status. It says gay icons were typically elevated to the status because their sexuality remained a mystery. This was certainly true for Marlon Brando and James Dean.

This reluctance to live free and openly is on the decline, as newer generations grow up on out and proud celebrities.

No one can tell you who you idolize is wrong

This shift in mentality proves a strong shift in the definition, so it’s really up to you as an individual.

Gay icons are a personal choice. There will never be one universal icon that the whole LGBTI community agrees on.

You and your collective group of friends may consider someone a gay icon, but you cannot tell a whole generation who their gay icon should be.

So if you want Ariana Grande as the gay icon of your generation, go for it. But if you want to raise the voices of queer artists, then by all means, give the title to someone like Troye Sivan or Sam Smith.

Heck, these days even a cult horror movie character, Babadook, can be a gay icon. You do you.

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My parents (mother Ruth a seamstress, father Fred a painter) were not encouraging. My father put everybody down.

My parents (mother Ruth a seamstress, father Fred a painter) were not encouraging. My father put everybody down. Yeah, it was a real drag but he had his moments. His saving grace was a wicked sense of humour. He was a good provider. They were a team. They were at Pearl Harbour, they knew hardship. My mum was supportive, she had a tinge of showbiz fever and named me and my sisters after Hollywood icons. My dad was like “Get a job”. But that gave me something to fight against.

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How to Get Tickets to Broadway’s Sold Out Shows!

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How to Get Tickets to Broadway’s Sold Out Shows!
by BWW News Desk
Jul. 22, 2017

Dying for a chance to see the Tony-winning Dear Evan Hansen? Would you give anything to watch Bette Midler take on Hello, Dolly!? Still trying to take you shot with Hamilton?

Broadway is teeming with extraordinary performances this season, but tickets to the hottest shows can be difficult to acquire. Here’s how you can score seats to Broadway’s best…


1. Check the box office

Before you go any further, go right to the source. Most Broadway box offices open at 10AM (but you should check for your specific theatre before you go). Box office personel can help you find the best tickets (or cheapest tickets) available for any given performance, including rush and standing room availability.

How to Get Tickets to Broadway's Sold Out Shows!

2. Visit official ticketing sites

If you aren’t in New York City, official ticketing sites like Telecharge and Ticketmaster can help you to book tickets in advance. Visit the official website of the show you are interested in, and it will lead you to the most direct way to make your purchase.

How to Get Tickets to Broadway's Sold Out Shows!

3. Use a ticket search engine

No luck yet? Try using tools like SeatGeek, which will help you compare ticket prices at hundreds of ticketing sites, including box offices, all in one place.

How to Get Tickets to Broadway's Sold Out Shows!

4. Donate to a special cause

Some organizations like BC/EFACharitybuzz and The Actors Fund offer special (but limited) opportunities for tickets, and in these cases, proceeds go to a great cause!

How to Get Tickets to Broadway's Sold Out Shows!

5. Enter a show lottery

Feeling lucky? For most Broadway shows, you can enter a digital lottery on the day of the show for a chance to win discounted tickets. The location of the tickets varies from show to show, but you can check out a list of individual lottery rules here.

How to Get Tickets to Broadway's Sold Out Shows!

6. Stop at TKTS

If the other steps have failed, your best bet is to make a stop at one of TKTS’s four locations to purchase same-day tickets to a wide array of Broadway and off Broadway shows. No, most of the more popular shows will not be available for purchase, but what isthere you can get at a 20-50% discount!

How to Get Tickets to Broadway's Sold Out Shows!

Happy hunting!

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

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Tina Marie AneseI love this film. I love the music, I love the costumes, Most of all I loved you! No one can sing an old standard like you.

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Jackie IbbotsonGorgeous photo Bette you look stunning and I absolutely love that movie xxxx

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Gerardo Pallares PeñaDramática película. Casi de mi infancia. La recuerdo, verla ya no se olvida.

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Ray Hensley Jr.That song the Rose and From the distance and On the Board Walk Wings Beneath My Feet

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Patty Wagoner McCarrollI add my applause and admiration. It takes you to a magical place. Will never forget June 18, 2017. Nancy C Hooks Bill Hooks

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Steve McKnightJust a few hundred to go! My bucket list is long and my health is not so good, but I pray I get to see you in this production! Thank you, Steve McKnight

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I’m an open-space person. I’m not a believer in sprawl. I don’t particularly care for postmodern architecture.

“I’m an open-space person. I’m not a believer in sprawl. I don’t particularly care for postmodern architecture. I believe in solid fare and building fair. I’m green to the core. This group I run in New York bought 60 community gardens and helped another group to buy 55 in congested neighbourhoods. I’m doing a similar thing in Hawaii, but it’s harder there, the tracts are so big and there are these things about road zoning, dams, reservoirs…” – Bette Midler

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