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The 24th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, which was held Sept. 26 in Shubert Alley, raised a total of $476,917 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Since its debut in 1987, the 24 editions of The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction have raised a grand total of $8,638,669 for BC/EFA.

A total of $239,342 was raised by 72 tables: Highest earners were the booths hosted by the Broadway show Wicked ($19,834) and ”Broadway Beat” ($12,171).

This year’s Silent Auction included 114 items and raised $55,925. The top item sold was an A Little Night Music “Soon” musical phrase, handwritten and signed by Stephen Sondheim that went for $3,500.

This year’s grand auction, which featured longtime BC/EFA auctioneer Lorna Kelly and actor Bryan Batt (TV’s “Mad Men”), featured 44 “lots,” which raised $126,650. The top-selling lot was a walk-on role in the Broadway show Wicked that when for $16,500.

Broadway and daytime stars made appearances at the Autograph Table and Celebrity Photo Booths, which was emceed by Jim Caruso and raised $9,765. Dozens of stars donated their time and support to the tables, including Kate Baldwin, Bryan Batt, PJ Benjamin, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Mario Cantone, Kathleen Chalfant, Kristin Chenoweth, Terri Colombino, Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Jason Danieley, Ellen Dolan, Richard Easton, Malcolm Gets, Mandy Gonzalez, Montego Glover, Julie Halston, Ann Harada, Sean Hayes, Jessica Hecht, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Matthew Hydzik, Gregory Jbara, Cherry Jones, Andy Karl, Chad Kimball, Levi Kreis, Dan Lauria, Aaron Lazar, Judith Light, Robert Britton Lyons, Lorna Luft, David Andrew MacDonald, Andrea McArdle, Marin Mazzie, Jerry Mitchell, Julia Murney, Donna Murphy, Bebe Neuwirth, Phyllis Newman, Kelli O’Hara, Denis O’Hare, Orfeh, Austin Peck, Anthony Rapp, Vanessa Ray, Alice Ripley, Carole Shelley, Jordin Sparks, Elizabeth Stanley, Bobby Steggert, John Tartaglia, Patrick Wilson, Julie White, Colleen Zenk.

Last year’s Flea Market raised $403,929 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised over $195 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States

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Neal in “Out in NJ” Magazine

I had the amazing opportunity to be interviewed by Out NJ!  Please check out their site because they do such amazing work!

Special Thanks to the amazing staff at Out NJ and especially staff reporter William R. Loschiavo

You can also view it online here: http://www.outinjersey.net/images/Magazine_PDF/Current/web_Jan_10.pdf

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Top uniformed officer: Gay ban should be lifted

From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON – The military’s top uniformed officer on Tuesday made an impassioned plea for allowing gays to serve openly in uniform, telling a Senate panel it was a matter of integrity and that it is wrong to force people to “lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens.”

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Archbishop of York attacks Uganda’s anti-gay bill

From http://seattletimes.nwsource.com:

A top Anglican cleric who was born in Uganda spoke out Thursday against a proposed law in his native country that would impose the death penalty on some gays. (more…)

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Mario Lavandeira aka Perez Hilton forces Meredith Baxter into admitting she is a lesbian.

From rPulse.com:

Meredith Baxter said, “To come out and disclose stuff is very antithetical to who I am.” I sure hope you’re proud of yourself Mario. (more…)

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Former ‘Family Ties’ Star Meredith Baxter: ‘I’m A Lesbian’

From Yahoo.com:

NEW YORK, New York — Former “Family Ties” star Meredith Baxter has revealed she is gay. (more…)

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Govt-backed gay bar fails to attract customers

From: http://www.chinadaily.com

The idea was simple: Set up a bar to attract gay men and then use it to distribute information on AIDS/HIV prevention.

The media loved the idea – but all the attention kept the gay men away. (more…)

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China city government opens gay bar to fight AIDS

From http://www.reuters.com:

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BEIJING (Reuters Life!) – A Chinese city with one of the nation’s highest rates of AIDS has opened a government-funded gay bar in an outreach effort that has stirred debate over the use of taxpayers’ money. (more…)

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Obama signs first major federal gay-rights law

From Yahoo News:

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed the first major piece of federal gay rights legislation, a milestone that activists compared to the passage of 1960s civil-rights legislation empowering blacks.

The new law adds acts of violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to the list of federal hate crimes. Gay-rights activists voiced hope that the Obama administration would advance more issues, including legislation to bar workplace discrimination, allow military service and recognize same-sex marriages.

Congress passed the hate crimes protections as an unlikely amendment to this year’s Defense Authorization Act. In a signing ceremony in the White House East Room , Obama said that the gay rights protections represented a “long-awaited change” that would protect people who are victimized because of “who they love . . . or who they are.”

Legislation barring firms from firing employees on the basis of their sexual orientation could win passage in the House of Representativesby year’s end, gay-rights advocates said. More than half of U.S. states currently allow employers such freedom.

Obama has promised to push Congress to repeal the military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy that prohibits being openly gay while serving. A Senate panel is expected to hold a hearing on that issue next month, and legislation could be debated next year.

Gay-rights activists also hope for repeal next year of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which would give federal legitimacy to gay marriagesrecorded in states that allow them.

The amendment signed into law Wednesday was named partly for Matthew Shepard , a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming who died after a 1998 beating targeting him because he was gay, and whose parents were instrumental in leading the fight for such legislation. The law also was named for James Byrd Jr. , a black Texas man dragged to his death in a racially motivated killing the same year.

The measure also extends protections to those attacked because of their gender or disability.

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NATIONAL EQUALITY MARCH VIDEOS

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Click the picture to see all the videos I took down at the National Equality March… including speeches by  Cynthia Nixon, Dustin Lance Black, Lieutenant Dan Choi, Lady Gaga,  Judy Shepard, the Broadway cast of Hair

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