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Neal B covering the GLAAD Media Awards LIVE with Elisa S. & ArtofTalk.tv – Spread the Word!

Get Glaad! - GLAAD Media Awards 2010

Get Glaad! - GLAAD Media Awards 2010

Amazing ArtofTalk.tv has asked Elisa S. and I to cover  for the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in  New York City on March 13, 2010! The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.

WATCH THE FESTIVITIES UNFOLD LIVE HERE:

http://bit.ly/9QXzcN

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Slated to appear at this year’s ceremonies are Joy Behar (recipient of the Excellence in Media Award), Sex and The City’s Cynthia Nixon, the cast of Broadway’s Hair,Sigourney Weaver and Jay Manuel (America’s Top Model) to name a few.

Well be doing video interviews and live tweeting the carpet (@artoftalk,#GlaadMediaAwards).  Let us know the questions you’d like us to ask your favorite celebs!

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From NPR.org:

For two decades, the Food and Drug Administration has prohibited gay and bisexual men from giving blood as a precaution against AIDS. But three major blood collection agencies, including the American Red Cross, argue the practice is no longer warranted. The FDA disagrees. Joel Ginsberg, head of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, says the ban unfairly discriminates. (more…)

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People call it Ragtime…Ragtime… (Videos)

On Wednesday, January 6, 2010, I was lucky enough to see cast members of Ragtime performing for
SIRIUS|XM’s SETH RUDETSKY’S LIVE ON BROADWAY radio show!  It’s a shame a beautiful show like this is closing so fast!

Features the stars of RAGTIME: Christinane Noll, Quentin Earl Darrington and Stephanie Umoh

VIDEOS:

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RAGTIME ON SIRIUS|XM’s SETH RUDETSKY’S LIVE ON BROADWAY 1.6.10 (Photos)

On Wednesday, January 6, 2010, I was lucky enough to see cast members of Ragtime performing for
SIRIUS|XM’s SETH RUDETSKY’S LIVE ON BROADWAY radio show!  It’s a shame a beautiful show like this is closing so fast!

Click the picture below to see the full set!

Click picture to see more!

Click picture to see more!

Features the stars of RAGTIME: Christinane Noll, Quentin Earl Darrington and Stephanie Umoh

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Say Goodbye to Music: Broadway’s Ragtime Will Close Jan. 3, 2010

According to Playbill.com:

The cast of Ragtime

The era of Ragtime has run out. The critically acclaimed new staging of the 1998 Tony Award winner will close Jan. 3, 2010, at the Neil Simon Theatre after 28 previews and 57 regular performances. (more…)

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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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Don’t you just LOVE IT!

DREAMGIRLS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2Dy7UZvqnA

RAGTIME
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja9I6k8b8No

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


BLACK FRIDAY HERE I COME!!!!

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Please know you have profoundly helped me grow to who I am today (I hope that’s not a bad thing!). I apologize off the bat for the bad grammar. This is a very stream of consciousness letter. I am thankful for so many people this is going to sound like an acceptance speech. If only I had an award to go with it!For some reason, I feel more thankful than ever. Going through a transformation of sorts puts everything in perspective. When I lost my job this past June, I would have never guessed I would have felt more alive and have met some of the most amazing people. I never dreamed I would be on television/radio and also have a blog, which has had to date over 15,000 hits. I am grateful for EVERYONE who visits day after day!

Thank you for following the journey.

If I could tell you one thing –change the world. Go out and make a difference. Stand up for what you believe in. Change someone’s life. We all have amazing stories to tell. Share them.

My blog wouldn’t have gotten off the ground without a few people. My publicist, George, whose idea it was to really go forward and create the blog. He always has a way of staying positive. A special thanks to ALL the people I have interviewed thus far: the wonderful Marti C., single-licious Melissa B, exceptional Jerry Mitchell, incredible forced to be reckoned with Frenchie Davis, life changing activities Ryan Janek Wolowski and Randy Wicker, and uber talents Richard and Dana. Elisa, Will, Angelo and Renee thank you for one point or another for being my camera bitch! There are many more people, so I apologize if I have forgotten you.

Liz S, you are an amazing woman who constantly gives me the chance to do what I love! You always astound me by the types of events you have me cover. Thank you for taking a chance with me!
Julie H. you have such an amazing heart. I never thought in a million years I would be on the Pat Field website! You have really made my year. You see things in me that I have overlooked. I can’t thank you enough for the dream come true it has been and will keep continuing!
Meagan H. – WE WILL GET KATHY!! You are such a joy to know and you never make my crazy idea is well…crazy! You are a great visionary at what you do!

My family has always been my rock. A special shout out to my relatives in PA, who are not only amazing, but I am so blessed to have reconnected with them on Facebook. Though sometimes we seem miles apart, BENNINGTONS know we are NEVER that far. Thanks guys for all the kick ass support!

My other “family” -my friends who have seen my light and my dark, I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to see each of you grow and become individuals who make me proud in the way you contribute and choices you make. Each of you has such a special gift. I truly love you all and you have been a place to look for advice, support and unconditional love. You have no clue how much I value all of you (though sometimes my sarcasm may make it seem otherwise)

My Old Tappan friends, it’s been a while but let me know when you’re around the NYC/NJ area. For me to see us all grown up seems a little freaky! It was only yesterday we were singing to Mr. Boscia’s music, seeing Mr. Rossi throw a desk, cutting class, going to the prom. Now some of you have your own families. Keep me in your heart, as I do with you.

Wagner College gave me amazing inspiration to find myself and meet professors and life-long friends who inspire me daily. There are many ways you can gain an education as I learned in my years at Wager!

Thanks to all the RENT friends I have made. Measure in love. We can always be grateful for Jonathan Larson’s lasting treasure. Thanks for all the RENT road trips!

Thank you, all the new friends I have made. I look forward to knowing you more and more (that DOES sound kind of creepy)

THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU OUT THERE WHO INSPIRE!

This year, remember those who are not as blessed and keep them in your thoughts and prayers. It’s important for us –as teachers, friends, parents, lovers, brothers, sisters,-you name it, to go out there and make a difference. Anything small can help. We can be the change.

Please have a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving this year.

The best is yet to come,


Neal B
http://www.nealbinnyc.wordpress.com

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From SFGate.com:

Capping a remarkable year for slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill to create a state day of recognition for Milk, making him only the second Californian, after naturalist John Muir, to receive the honor.

The governor signed the measure late Sunday along with new laws to help gay and lesbian people in the state, including a measure giving same-sex couples legally married in other states all the rights of marriage in California.

While the governor vetoed the bill honoring Milk last year, President Obama’s awarding Milk the Presidential Medal of Freedom and an Academy Award-winning film about Milk’s life moved Schwarzenegger to sign the bill, spokesman Aaron McLear said.

“The bill is symbolic of the importance of the gay community to California, which is why he signed it,” McLear said, adding that Schwarzenegger wanted to “honor that community.” It is the only such day of recognition for a gay or lesbian person in the United States.

The measure was among 478 bills signed by Schwarzenegger on Sunday, the deadline for him to act on legislation passed by the Legislature before its session ended Sept. 11. The governor vetoed 229 bills.

Milk, one of the first openly gay people elected in the United States, and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were shot and killed by Dan White, a former supervisor, at City Hall on Nov. 29, 1978.

The measure mandates that the governor proclaim each May 22 as Harvey Milk Day in the state, to coincide with Milk’s birthday. It will not be a state holiday. The bill signed by Schwarzenegger encourages public schools in the state to conduct lessons “remembering the life of Harvey Milk, recognizing his accomplishments and familiarizing pupils with the contributions he made to this state.”

Formal recognition of Milk and the action on out-of-state same-sex marriage add to Schwarzenegger’s legacy of having approved more legislation expanding gay rights than any other governor in state or national history, despite his vetoes of bills to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

In August, Schwarzenegger accepted the nomination of Milk to the California Hall of Fame, to which he will be inducted in December.

Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, who authored the legislation declaring a day honoring Milk, praised the governor for his action, saying it was an idea “whose time had come.”

“This will go a long way to better inform Californians as to the nature of the civil rights struggle in the LGBT community,” Leno said.

The measure was backed by Equality California, the largest gay-rights organization in the state. Geoff Kors, executive director of the group, said it would develop curriculum for schools and teachers to use on Milk’s birthday.

Schwarzenegger’s staff said the office heard from tens of thousands of people, for and against the bill.

The Campaign for Children and Families, which opposed the law, called it “the strongest impetus yet for loving parents to remove their children from anti-family public schools.”

In addition to the Milk bill, Schwarzenegger signed another Leno bill affecting same-sex couples legally married outside of California.

The measure ensures that couples who wed before the passage of Proposition 8 in November retain their status as “married,” while those who wed after the measure passed will retain all rights of marriage save the name. That means married couples who move to California will not have to register as domestic partners to have their relationships recognized by the state.

The governor also signed a bill that will expand funding for domestic violence programs targeting the gay and lesbian communities. He vetoed a measure to direct the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to consider sexual orientation and gender identity in the housing of inmates, which the governor said occurs already.

Schwarzenegger vetoed a measure allowing transgender people who have left the state to request a new birth certificate reflecting their change in gender. He said a recent court ruling made that legal, making a law unnecessary.
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2009/10/13/MN1K1A4L0L.DTL#ixzz0V3uhfbSg

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