Gay USA 3/11/15

OUR GUESTS THIS WEEK are the makers of an acclaimed new play about a gay youth in a small town, “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” at Dixon Place in Soho. James Lecesne, who wrote the Academy Award-winning film “Trevor,” wrote and performs this solo show based on his novel and it is directed by Tony Speciale. The show runs to March 28, but we expect it to have a life after that. For info on the Dixon Place production, go hereJames Lecesne, Writer and Performer of “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey”James is also co-founder of The Trevor Project, a 24-hour LGBT teen suicide hotline at 866-488-7386. Learn more about them at www.thetrevorproject.orgTony is directing a staged reading of “The Secret Court” (formerly “Unnatural Acts”) at the Classic Stage Company (CSC) on Monday, March 30th at 7 pm. It is a benefit for The Trevor Project. For more information, go to www.thesecretcourt.comIN THE NEWS THIS WEEK WITH ANN AND ANDY (taped 3/11/15):There are now more than 60 anti-LGBT bills pending in 25 states as the backlash continues.The US Supreme Court sets April 28 for oral arguments on the big same-sex marriage cases.On the 50th anniversary of the Selma march, President Obama integrates the fight for LGBT rights into the Civil Rights struggle as we remember some of the gay veterans of that march.Oklahoma is in process of maybe ending state marriage licenses.Colorado moves to ban so-called “conversion therapy” for minors.Wellesley College, a historically women’s college, announces it will accept transgender women as students.We mourn the loss of New York gay and AIDS activist Vinny Allegrini.Transgender activists in Canada have a unique way of fighting back against anti-transgender bathroom bills.Peru rejects civil unions for gay couples.

Florence Henderson sings a saucy rendition of “There is Nothing Like a Dame” at the Broadway Backwards benefit

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