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Tony Award nominations 2019 announced

‘Hadestown, ‘Ain’t Too Proud to Beg’ lead the pack



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The 2019 Tony Award nominations were unveiled by Brandon Victor Dixon, Bebe Neuwirth and Gayle King on Tuesday.

“Hadestown,” the folk-opera that sets the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice during the Great Depression era, earned the most nominations with 14. “Ain’t Too Proud,” a musical based on the story of The Temptations, came in second with 12 nominations.

“The Prom,” the musical about a teenage girl whose high school refuses to let her take her girlfriend to prom, received seven nominations including Best Musical. Caitlin Kinnunen, who recently came out that she is dating a woman, was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her role in “The Prom.”

Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song” and “The Boys in the Band” by Matt Crowley were both nominated for Best Revival of a Play.

Out playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, who penned the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” which he also adapted into the Academy Award-winning “Moonlight,” also scored a nomination for Best Play for his play “Choir Boy.”

Actress Judith Light will also be honored with the 2019 Isabelle Stevenson Award for her LGBTQ rights activism and advocacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The 73rd annual Tony Awards, hosted by James Corden, will air from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 9 on CBS.

Best Musical

“Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations”



“The Prom” “Tootsie”

Best Play

Choir Boy” by Tarell Alvin McCraney

“The Ferryman” by Jez Butterworth

“Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” by Taylor Mac

“Ink” by James Graham

“What the Constitution Means to Me” by Heidi Schreck

Best Revival of a Musical

“Kiss Me, Kate”

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”

Best Revival of a Play

Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons”

“The Boys in the Band” by Mart Crowley

“Burn This”

“Torch Song” by Harvey Fierstein

“The Waverly Gallery” by Kenneth Lonergan

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Brooks Ashmanskas- “The Prom”

Derrick Baskin- “Ain’t Too Proud”

Alex Brightman- “Beetlejuice”

Damon Daunno- “Oklahoma!”

Santino Fontana- “Tootsie”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Stephanie J. Block- “The Cher Show”

Caitlin Kinnunen- “The Prom”

Beth Leavel- “The Prom”

Eva Noblezada- “Hadestown”

Kelli O’Hara- “Kiss Me, Kate”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Paddy Considine- “The Ferryman”

Bryan Cranston- “Network”

Jeff Daniels- “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Adam Driver- “Burn This”

Jeremy Pope- “Choir Boy”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Annette Bening- Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons”

Laura Donnelly- “The Ferryman”

Elaine May- “The Waverly Gallery”

Janet McTeer- “Bernhardt/Hamlet”

Laurie Metcalf- “Hillary and Clinton”

Heidi Schreck -“What the Constitution Means to Me”

Best Book of a Musical

“Ain’t Too Proud”- Dominique Morisseau

“Beetlejuice”- Scott Brown and Anthony King

“Hadestown”- Anaïs Mitchell

“The Prom” – Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin

“Tootsie” -Robert Horn

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater

“Be More Chill” -Joe Iconis

“Beetlejuice” – Eddie Perfect

“Hadestown”- Anaïs Mitchell

“The Prom”- Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin

“To Kill a Mockingbird”- Adam Guettel

“Tootsie” -David Yazbek

Best Direction of a Musical

Rachel Chavkin-“Hadestown”

Scott Ellis- “Tootsie”

Daniel Fish- “Oklahoma!”

Des McAnuff- “Ain’t Too Proud”

Casey Nicholaw- “The Prom”

Best Direction of a Play

Rupert Goold- “Ink”

Sam Mendes- “The Ferryman”

Bartlett Sher- “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Ivo van Hove- “Network”

George C. Wolfe- “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Andre De Shields- “Hadestown”

Andy Grotelueschen- “Tootsie”

Patrick Page- “Hadestown”

Jeremy Pope- “Ain’t Too Proud”

Ephraim Sykes- “Ain’t Too Proud”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Lilli Cooper- “Tootsie”

Amber Gray- “Hadestown”

Sarah Stiles- “Tootsie”

Ali Stroker- “Oklahoma!”

Mary Testa- “Oklahoma!”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Bertie Carvel- “Ink”

Robin De Jesús- “The Boys in the Band”

Gideon Glick- “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Brandon Uranowitz- “Burn This”

Benjamin Walker- Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Fionnula Flanagan- “The Ferryman”

Celia Keenan-Bolger- “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Kristine Nielsen- “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Julie White- “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Ruth Wilson- “King Lear”

Best Choreography

Camille A. Brown- “Choir Boy”

Warren Carlyle- “Kiss Me, Kate”

Denis Jones- “Tootsie”

David Neumann- “Hadestown”

Sergio Trujillo- “Ain’t Too Proud”

Best Orchestrations

Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose- “Hadestown”

Larry Hochman- “Kiss Me, Kate”

Daniel Kluger- “Oklahoma!”

Simon Hale- “Tootsie”

Harold Wheeler- “Ain’t Too Proud”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini- “Ain’t Too Proud”

Peter England- “King Kong”

Rachel Hauck- “Hadestown”

Laura Jellinek- “Oklahoma!”

David Korins- “Beetlejuice”

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Miriam Buether- “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Bunny Christie- “Ink”

Rob Howell- “The Ferryman”

Santo Loquasto- “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Jan Versweyveld- “Network”

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Michael Krass- “Hadestown”

William Ivey Long- “Beetlejuice”

William Ivey Long- “Tootsie”

Bob Mackie- “The Cher Show”

Paul Tazewell- “Ain’t Too Proud”

Best Costume Design of a Play

Rob Howell- “The Ferryman”

Toni-Leslie James- “Bernhardt/Hamlet”

Clint Ramos- “Torch Song”

Ann Roth- “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Ann Roth- “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Peter Hylenski- “Beetlejuice”

Peter Hylenski- “King Kong”

Steve Canyon Kennedy- “Ain’t Too Proud”

Drew Levy- “Oklahoma!”

Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz- “Hadestown”

Best Sound Design of a Play

Adam Cork- “Ink”

Scott Lehrer- “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Fitz Patton- “Choir Boy”

Nick Powell- “The Ferryman”

Eric Sleichim- “Network”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kevin Adams- “The Cher Show”

Howell Binkley- “Ain’t Too Proud”

Bradley King- “Hadestown”

Peter Mumford- “King Kong”

Kenneth Posner and Peter Nigrini- “Beetlejuice”

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Neil Austin- “Ink”

Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer- “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Peter Mumford- “The Ferryman”

Jennifer Tipton- “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Jan Versweyveld and Tal Yarden- “Network”

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Tom Brady’s new out gay teammate: Carl Nassib returns to Tampa

Carl Nassib returns to Florida as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly sign the NFL free agent to a one-year deal



Carl Nassib speaks publicly for first time since coming out as gay in August 2021 (Screenshot/YouTube KUVV Fox 5 Las Vegas)

TAMPA – Carl Nassib, who made headlines in June 2021 when he became the NFL’s first out gay active player, reportedly has signed a one-year contract with his former team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

The 29-year-old defensive end was released by the Las Vegas Raiders in March, and became a free agent. NFL sources said that was due to his contracted salary amount—$7.75 million—and not any reflection on his sexual orientation.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news with a tweet

When Nassib came out last summer, he announced he was donating $100K to The Trevor Project, and for Pride Month this year he made a new pledge to help LGBTQ youth. He promised to match donations to The Trevor Project, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000.

Will Bucs quarterback Tom Brady welcome Nassib? As Outsports reported, he’s never made any comments about playing with someone gay. Brady’s former Patriots teammate Ryan O’Callaghan recalled that before he came out in 2017, following his retirement, there was one time that he missed the team bus and Brady gave him a ride in his car to that day’s practice.

O’Callaghan told Outsports he believes Brady would have “absolutely” accepted him if he had come out at that time.

“Being married to a super model I’m sure he’s met a few gay people in his life,” said O’Callaghan. Brady wed Brazilian fashion model Gisele Bündchen in 2009.

Legendary Boston sports columnist Steve Buckley of The Athletic came out as gay in 2011 while at the Boston Herald. He told Outsports Brady has always been friendly and cooperative, even after Buckley came out.

This is the second time around at Raymond James Stadium for Nassib. He played for the Bucs for two seasons prior to joining the Raiders in 2020. His NFL career began in 2016 with the Cleveland Browns. 

As Jason Owens reported for Yahoo! Sports, Nassib was far more productive in Tampa as a part-time starter, recording 6.5 sacks in 2018 and six sacks in 2019. The NFL’s website shows he played just 242 defensive snaps and earned 1.5 sacks last season. 

In 86 games including 37 starts, Nassib’s recorded 22 career sacks, 164 tackles, 53 quarterback hits and four forced fumbles.

In addition to Brady, Nassib’s new teammates are Akiem Hicks and William Gholston at defensive end and outside linebackers Shaquil Barrett and Joe Tryon-Shoyinka. Given that the Bucs finished seventh in the NFL in sacks last season with 47, Nassib will be expected to improve Tampa Bay’s chances when their season begins Sept. 11 in Dallas.

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LGBTQ journalist Chuck Colbert died: reported on Catholic sexual abuse

“Chuck was extraordinarily principled and helpful, especially when addressing issues related to the LGBTQ community and the Catholic Church”



National LGBTQ Task Force Communications Director Cathy Renna (L) with journalist Chuck Colbert (Photo courtesy of Cathy Renna)

By Karen Ocamb | WEST HOLLYWOOD – Chuck Colbert had a touch of old Cary Grant in him — dashing and debonair in his tuxedo at swank LGBTQ events. But he was also deeply humble and bursting with joy from his lifelong devotion to the core beliefs of the Catholic Church.

His journalistic discipline controlling his personal anguish over the proclamations about homosexuality enabled him as an out gay man to report professionally on the sex abuse scandals that rocked the Catholic Church in the early 2000s.

As a regular freelance contributor to the National Catholic Reporter and other media outlets, Chuck debunked tirades against gays and often underscored how girls and young women had been raped and abused by priests and church officials, too. 

I thought about this a lot when I heard that Chuck had died on June 30. He was 67. 

I was shocked by his sudden passing and how long it took to find out he had died. I met him decades ago through the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association. Why did it take a month and a half for news of his passing to spread? 

Chuck’s friend Karen Allshouse posted news on his Facebook page:  “I’ve learned that while visiting in Johnstown [Pennsylvania] he developed a serious medical issue (involving his esophagus reportedly) and he needed to be transferred to a higher level of medical care and was transferred to a Pittsburgh hospital. Respiratory complications developed and he died. For those who are concerned about his mom – a former high school teacher of his (English) accompanied his mom to the cemetery for the committal service.”

I considered Chuck a loving friend and a journalistic colleague but I realized I actually knew little about him. Our friendship ranged from email exchanges to quick chats at events to deep conversations about religion, including the influence of Thomas à Kempis’ The Imitation of Christ.

If anyone sought to imitate Christ, it was Chuck Colbert. He was kind without thinking about it. He walked the walk and scolded those who didn’t but claimed to have created the path. 

On March 17, 2002, two months after the Boston Globe exposed the sexual child abuse by priests rotting the foundation of the Boston archdiocese (depicted in the movie “Spotlight”), Chuck wrote an op-ed in the Boston Herald entitled Leaders of Catholic Church Must Listen to All the Faithful.”  

“Clearly, the Catholic Church in Boston is in crisis. Some blame ‘militant homosexuals’ among the clergy, branding them ‘a true plague on the priesthood.’ Is the crisis, in fact, rooted there?Let me offer another perspective—one based on more than 25 years of faith life as a convert. First, I have failed, somehow, to encounter any Catholic church culture characterized by ‘priestly homosexuals run amok with no fear of condemnation.’ The reality is significantly more boring,” Chuck wrote. 

He went on to describe his scholarly and theological journey from the University of Notre Dame to Georgetown University, Harvard University and Weston Jesuit School of Theology, receiving degrees at each stop. 

“Still, it was not until I arrived in Cambridge 15 years ago that my spiritual desolation over the conflict between my sexual identity and my religious conviction found its positive counterpart: consolation,” Chuck wrote in the Boston Herald. “The catalyst for that life-saving, personal transformation began when a bright and theologically astute Jesuit priest became my spiritual director.

“He listened,” Chuck continued. “Over time, I broke the silence of my anguished pilgrim journey and its struggle with homosexuality. He understood that I carried with me the heavy baggage of church teaching, those deeply wounding, soul-shaming words from the Catechism, ‘objective disorder’ and ‘intrinsic evil,’ that pathologize (and objectify) same-gender love and its sexual expression. Through the respectful, nonjudgmental listening and guidance of spiritual direction and through richer encounters of God’s grace in the sacraments, therapy, and prayer, I came to experience God’s unconditional love. I now feel, to the core of my being, that God loves me (I suspect you) along with all my quirky postmodern, American, but very human, strengths and vulnerabilities.”

Chuck became an expert reporter covering the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. During a May 7, 2002 appearance on CNN, Chuck responded to a question about the culpability of Cardinal Bernard Law, Archbishop of Boston. 

“I think the question raises a very interesting question, or point,” Chuck said. “And it is not just the personality of the cardinal. Other bishops who were auxiliary bishops at the time [of  Fr. John Geoghan’s arrest for child molestation and release] and are now bishops in other places, as the [Father Paul] Shanley documents have been revealed, these show higher levels of involvement of knowledge. And so it is systemic — but it is also the leadership, the broad leadership that Cardinal Law mustered to either handle or mishandle this scandal, and I think that we will see more of that come out in court.”

Chuck’s expertise was invaluable to the LGBTQ community, as National LGBTQ Task Force Communications Director Cathy Renna told the Windy City Times.

“Chuck was a friend and colleague—one who was extraordinarily principled and helpful, especially when addressing issues related to the LGBTQ community and the Catholic Church. He was instrumental in helping us frame and address the abuse scandal when church leaders scapegoated gay priests, as a person of faith and an intellectual,” Renna said. “[W]orking with him was a vital part of my work taking on the Catholic Church hierarchy while at GLAAD, along with other queer and allied groups. But he was also a pleasure to be friends with, who found joy in life and our community, and was one of the people I most looked forward to seeing at the NLGJA convention and other events. He will be greatly missed.”

Chuck caused some ripples in my life after an interview we did for the online LGBTQ press trade newsletter Press Pass Q in 2016 about my being laid off as news editor by my longtime publisher Frontiers Newsmagazine.

Chuck had interviewed Bobby Blair, chief executive officer of Multimedia Platforms Worldwide, and the new publisher of Frontiers. “Unfortunately, Karen fell where we realized we were moving toward a digital and Millennial audience, and we wanted to give the generation of Millennials a real shot at creating our content,” Blair told Chuck. “Did you get that on tape?” I asked him. 

Chuck Colbert summed up his philosophy via a quote from Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace:

“Life is everything. Life is God. Everything shifts and moves, and this movement is God. And while there is life, there is delight in the self-awareness of the divinity. To love life is to love God. The hardest and most blissful thing is to love this life in one’s suffering, in the guiltlessness of suffering.”  


Karen Ocamb an award winning veteran journalist and the former editor of the Los Angeles Blade, has chronicled the lives of LGBTQ+ people in Southern California for over 30 plus years.

She is currently the Director of Media Relations for Public Justice.

She lives in West Hollywood with her two beloved furry ‘kids’ and writes occasional commentary on issues of concern for the greater LGBTQ+ community.

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Online Culture

Twitter adds monkeypox info panel on searches

GLAAD has reached out to Meta, TikTok, and YouTube to add similar information and resources to searches related to monkeypox



Courtesy of Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO – GLAAD announced in a media statement Monday that the social media platform Twitter added a “Know the Facts” HHS info panel for searches on monkeypox. The panel appears when users search on Monkeypox or MPV and links to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) information about monkeypox (MPV).

“Twitter’s action will not only help stem the tide of MPV misinformation, but is also a clear example of leadership underscoring that institutions across all of civil society can play roles towards addressing this public health emergency,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Though anyone can contract MPV, it is disproportionately impacting the LGBTQ community, especially men who have sex with men, and it is urgent and critical to get the facts around vaccines, treatment, and prevention widely and equitably distributed.”


According to GLAAD, it had reached out in publicly shared calls for Meta, TikTok, and YouTube to add similar information and resources to searches related to monkeypox.

“Social media platforms have an opportunity to step up now and be part of the solution, instead of allowing misinformation about MPV and stigmatizing posts about LGBTQ people to run rampant. The window is closing for Meta, TikTok, and YouTube to make good on their commitments to protect LGBTQ users, and everyone, by implementing tools they have used to help curb other public health emergencies,”  Ellis added.

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