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Sep. 27th, 2009 01:45 am Hate in New York City

Dear Friends,

 

Last night, one of the most important people in my life along with two other good friends, was involved in a hate crime on 9th Avenue in New York City. While leaving a bar at 52nd an 9th, my friends wandered down 9th and as they were passing McCoy’s Pub, a man flicked a lit cigarette at one of my friends. When my friend questioned the man’s action, he was told to “keep walking, faggot.”

 

My friends, baffled by this man’s words on 9th Avenue in a largely-gay neighborhood of Manhattan, mere inches from the theatre district, asked him how he could speak like this in Hell’s Kitchen. More words followed, the man, a self-described Marine pushed one friend into a car so hard that it was dented. Another friend was punched twice in the face, cutting his lip, but thankfully no one was seriously physically injured.

 

Following the altercation, the police were called. Six officers told me friends that because there were no physical signs of injury, that they couldn’t even file a report. They claimed they couldn’t so much as get the alleged assailant’s name and information and upon being questioned further by the victims, the police ended up walking away from the scene.

 

Please visit www.blakehayes.com and read my friend’s account of what happened.

 

While, happily, none of my friends suffered serious physical injury, being someone who has also been at the hands of someone assaulting me for being gay, the emotional scars can take quite a bit of time to heal.

 

Friends, there is truly no more important time than now to make our voices heard. We hear stories everyday about people in Wyoming, in Iraq, in every part of the world being assaulted, beaten and killed, for the sole reason that they are gay. Are you going to wait around for it to happen to one of your friends? Or to you?

 

I have lived in New York City for close to 11 years now. For generations, LGBT people have flocked to major cities because they thought they’d be safer. To have a hate crime hit so close to home indeed terrorizes an entire community.

 

I’ve never known a friend like my friend Blake. I am so grateful that he, Danny and Alec got out of this without being critically injured, but please let this be a call to action for you.

 

On October 11th, we will be marching in Washington DC for our equality. If you think you are above this, if you think that the gay people in your life need to be happy with what we already have, I need you to think again. I need you to think about the fact that one day your kids could be walking down 9th Avenue and think about them get pushed into a car, punched across the face, or much worse for no other reason than who they love. And then tell me that things are okay as they are. It is only with true equality, which can ONLY be gained at the Federal level.

 

Please come to Washington DC on October 11th for the National March for Equality. Our lives depend on it. www.equalityacrossamerica.org

 

In Solidarity,

 

Jamie

 

 

 

 

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Sep. 15th, 2009 01:37 pm Get On The Bus

Dear Friends,

 

A few short weeks from now, I will be joining in the National Equality March. On October 10-11, 2009, I will be in Washington DC, very proudly standing up for my rights as a US Citizen and I hope you will too.

 

If your first reaction to this is anything along the lines of “I don’t need to be there” or “Oh, that’s really not my thing.” I need you to take a look around you. If you are gay, you need to understand that there are still 29 states where you can be fired from your job for being gay. In 36 states, you can still be kicked out of your apartment for being gay. And if you are straight, I dare you to look at your gay friends and tell them “It’s horrible that these things can happen to you, but it’s not my problem.”

 

This is a time where we need everyone to stand up. If you believe that discrimination based only on who you love is wrong, we need you to stand up. Yes, there’s a lot going on in this country that needs our administration’s attention, but please take a quick look at the principles that governed the very founding of our great Nation.

 

For generations, people have come to America with hopes of freedom and equality. The very documents this country was founded upon state very specifically that all men are created equal and here we are 233 years after those documents were created and a large part of this country’s population is still seen as second-class.

 

For far too long, LGBT people have been treated with disdain, our rights delayed over and over again in the interest of political expediency. We have been promised real change by our current administration and as has happened in the past, those promises have been swept under the carpet in exchange for more pressing issues to take center stage.

 

If you think this isn’t about you or that someone else is going to do it or that it’s going to happen eventually anyway, you are wrong. There are people fighting against us with every hate-filled fiber of their soul and they will not stop until they see us defeated…or worse. If you want to stand by and let that happen to your loved ones, friends or family members, then be my guest. I’m not going to stand by and let that happen and I hope you won’t either.

 

I didn’t ask to be gay. I didn’t wake up one day and say “Wow, that guy is really beautiful, maybe I’ll be a homosexual.” That’s just not how it works. But the fact of the matter is, I am gay. And if I’ve learned nothing else in 34 years on this planet, it’s that you need to be proud of who you are. Fat, skinny, bald, hairy, blue-eyed, brown-eyed and everything in between, you need to be proud.

 

And now is the time to be proud. When you get off that bus in Washington DC on October 11th and see the hundreds of thousands gathered there fighting for you, you will have no choice but to be proud. Proud to be gay. Proud to love someone who’s gay. Proud to be an American. And proud to be you.

 

If you live in the New York area, a group I am part of called Broadway Impact is putting together buses to travel to DC for the day of October 11th and return that night. The Broadway Community has joined together and is sponsoring buses to supplement the cost and make this trip affordable for as many people as we can. So roundtrip tickets are only $20 and can be purchased every night from 6pm to midnight at Vlada Lounge, 331 West 51st Street (between 8th and 9th Aves). There is more info at www.BroadwayImpact.com.

Bus tickets are also available online at http://broadwayimpact.eventbrite.com.

If you cannot come, I ask you to pledge to do your best to find 10 people who can come in your place. It is the Sunday of a holiday weekend, but I understand some have work schedules that may not permit you to miss a day, but please try your best and tell as many others as you can.

 

The time is now. Get on the bus.

 

In Solidarity,

 

Jamie

www.TalkAboutEquality.org

www.BroadwayImpact.com

 

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Jun. 29th, 2009 07:57 am Community of Pride

40 Years ago this morning, at 1:20 in the morning, four plainclothes policemen in dark suits, two patrol officers in uniform, and Detective Charles Smythe and Deputy Inspector Seymour Pine arrived at the Stonewall Inn's double doors and announced "Police! We're taking the place!" as the Public Morals Squad waited outside for the signal.


The music was turned off and the main lights were turned on. Approximately 200 people were in the bar that night. Patrons who had never experienced a police raid were confused, but a few who realized what was happening began to run for doors and windows in the bathrooms. Police barred the doors, and confusion spread.


The raid did not go as planned. Standard procedure was to line up the patrons, check their identification, and have female police officers take customers dressed as women to the bathroom to verify their sex, upon which any men dressed as women would be arrested. Those dressed as women that night refused to go with the officers. Men in line began to refuse to produce their identification. The police decided to take everyone present to the police station, and separated the transvestites in a room in the back of the bar.


Those who were not arrested were released from the front door, but they did not leave quickly as usual. Instead, they stopped outside and a crowd began to grow and watch. Within minutes, between 100 and 150 people had congregated outside, some after they were released from inside the Stonewall, and some after noticing the police cars and the crowd. Although the police forcefully pushed or kicked some patrons out of the bar, some customers released by the police performed for the crowd by posing and saluting the police in an exaggerated fashion. The crowd's applause encouraged them further.


When the first patrol wagon arrived, Inspector Pine recalled that the crowd—most of whom were homosexual—had grown to at least ten times the number of people who were arrested, and they all became very quiet. A bystander shouted, "Gay power!", someone began singing "We Shall Overcome", and the crowd reacted with amusement and general good humor mixed with "growing and intensive hostility". An officer shoved a transvestite, who responded by hitting him on the head with her purse as the crowd began to boo.


A scuffle broke out when a woman in handcuffs was escorted from the door of the bar to the waiting police wagon several times. She escaped repeatedly and fought with four of the police, swearing and shouting, for about ten minutes. She had been hit on the head by an officer with a billy club for, as one witness claimed, complaining that her handcuffs were too tight. Bystanders recalled that the woman sparked the crowd to fight when she looked at bystanders and shouted, "Why don't you guys do something?" After an officer picked her up and heaved her into the back of the wagon, the crowd became a mob and went berserk. It was at that moment that the scene became explosive.


Earlier that day, uptown at 81st and Madison Avenue, one of the biggest entertainment legends of all time was remembered at her funeral. Hundreds of homosexuals were gathered there and for one of the first times, realized that they weren’t hiding. They saw that what they had was a community, pulled together in grief, but a community nonetheless. This is what empowered them to finally fight back against years of police brutality, bigotry and society-induced shame. This was not simply the night we fought back, this was the night we kicked the closet door open.


Those that fought back were no different from us today, they simply had found their community. Unfortunately over the years, we’ve forgotten not those who fought for us, but what inspired them. And in the interest of the LGBT youth growing up in parts of the country where they feel threatened, discriminated against and alone, I urge you all to rediscover your community. In honor of those that were beaten and killed because of who they are, spend a few moments today considering what it is you can do to make your community stronger.


Pride is indeed a celebration of who we are, but that celebration can no longer be absent of memory with a sharp eye towards the future. We are in the middle of an extraordinary time and we stand on the precipice of our full equality. We would not be here were it not for those who first fought back 40 years ago and we will not be remembered were it not for those youth who we fight for now.


Today, I urge you to celebrate your community and take Pride in not only who you are, but who WE can become.


In Solidarity,


Jamie

www.talkaboutequality.org

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May. 19th, 2009 11:46 pm My letter to the President tonight.

Dear President Obama,

Firstly let me thank you for the incredible steps you've already taken in helping to make our country a better place.

I voted for you and would do it again tomorrow. But I must ask that you begin making good on your promises to the LGBT community. You've addressed so many of the promises you made on your campaign trail, but you've barely even said the word "gay" publicly since your inauguration.

I'm patient, we all are...especially after the past eight years. But PLEASE do something to let us know you're still thinking about us. I don't have a sob story about a partner who was sent back to Argentina because of DOMA. I can't tell you that I've ever been discharged from the military under Don't Ask Don't Tell. But I can say that I'm a citizen of the US and I just want to be treated equally under the laws of this great nation. And I know that you are our hope to make this happen.

I know what's in your heart, if I may be so presumptuous, and I know that you are filled with good things. That's why I voted for you. I know that you were in favor of marriage equality before you were against it and I understand politics. But we need you now, Mr. President. More than ever. When we have eleven year old boys going home and hanging themselves because some kids in school called them "fag," we have some work to do.

Only through YOU and your endorsement of us as equal citizens, can we begin to change the fabric that shapes the hatred and bigotry that has defined a large portion of your constituency. Once people see and understand that ALL people are created equally, the attitude will change. I know.

There will always be hatred and ignorance and none of us can stop that, but we have a responsibility to protect children from this hatred and ignorance.

Please make good on your promises to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell and DOMA. Be the change we wish to see in the world.

"A right delayed is a right denied." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thanks you Mr. President.

Sincerely,

Jamie McGonnigal
www.talkaboutequality.org

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May. 19th, 2009 05:50 pm Questions from a First Grade Class...

I really wanted to share this. These are some questions from some 1st graders in Michigan. One of the kids teachers is a friend on facebook and thought I'd be a fun person to interview for their cool jobs project!

Dear Mr. McGonnigal,

We are the first grade class of Mrs. V in Grand Rapids, MI. Mrs. K is our Junior Achievement teacher this year and we have been learning about different jobs. When Mrs. Krug told us about you job we all said "WOW! That's really cool!!" We have some questions for you:

1. How did you get to do all of the voices?

Well when I was a little boy, not much older than all of you, I started learning how to act by doing plays in school. That taught me how to be an actor. Then, many years later, I moved to New York City and started working as a professional actor. I loved cartoons when I was a little boy and it was always a dream of mine to do it. So now I do it!

2. How do you get your voice like that?

It’s all about acting. First I figure out by looking at what the character looks like, what I think his voice might sound like. Sometimes it’s a goofy little kid so he sounds silly and sometimes it’s a big monster, so he sounds a little scary.

3. When did you get your job?

I’ve been doing voices for cartoons for almost ten years now.

4. Do you have fun?

Are you kidding??? Of course I do! I get paid to make up silly voices! ☺

5. Do you ever get to do any songs?

Sometimes, yes. I played a rock singer in a series called BECK, which you guys are still a little young to see, but I did get to sing on that show.

6. What time do you go to work?

When I am in the recording studio, I get to pick what hours are best for me. Usually I work just a few hours a week in the afternoons.

7. Did you have to go to school for this?

I did go to school for acting back in Massachusetts, so that helped me out a lot. But yes, you do have to take classes and learn how to act before youre a voice actor.

8. Who is your favorite character?

My favorite character that I’ve played is probably Barry in Pokemon or Takeo in a show called Magic User’s Club.

9. Why did you choose this job?

See answer number 4! It’s so fun!!!

10. Are you doing well in your job?

I am doing very well in my job, but because of the economy, there’s not as much work as there once was. But I do very well considering that.

11. How long are your breaks?

Well I only record for a few hours at a time, so when I take a break, it’s just long enough for me to go to the bathroom or get a drink of water!

12. What do you do for fun at home? Do you watch your own shows sometimes?

When I’m home, I LOVE to play with my dog, Eli. I also like to read and I watch a lot of television. And sometimes I just sit and relax and think or write about things that are important to me.

13. Is your dog nice?

My dog is the NICEST! He’s a little crazy sometimes though when he meets someone new. He likes to jump on them and sometimes knock them down. He doesn’t bite, he just likes to lick their face – but their faces are sometimes a lot higher than he is, so he’s a VERY high jumper! And a clumsy faller after he jumps! ☺

14. What is your favorite candy?

OOOOh!! That’s a good question. I like candy a lot. I guess I’d have to say Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. But I also really like M & Ms and those Cadbury caramel Easter eggs that the Easter Bunny brings and Jelly Belly Watermelon and Very Cherry Jelly Beans. Those are my favorites!

Thank you Mr. McGonnigal for answering our questions! We hope you have a nice day!!

Thanks so much for your very thoughtful questions! I hope you learn a lot from your project!

Love, Jamie

Sincerely,
Hisham, Zacary, Camden, Nickolas, Samantha, Mustafa, Jonathan, Arnel, Shaylee, Kathy, Griffin, Samuel, Jacob, Erin, Cameron, Willem, Marisa, Alma, Amy, Christopher, and Abdullah

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May. 18th, 2009 01:02 am A Hug.

Friends,

What an incredible day today has been. And I say incredible in the most true sense of the word. I caught an early flight from Texas (where I was doing some work as a cartoon voice actor) to NYC, so I could make it to an afternoon rally for Marriage Equality. I happily ended up on a very early and easy flight back to LaGuardia.

I grabbed a cab to take me back to 42nd and 8th, where I’d catch the short bus back to my home and my dog in New Jersey. As the cab entered the east side of Manhattan, we ran into lots of traffic. We hit 40th Street and I realized that there were going to be afternoon protests at Governor Patterson’s NYC office.

The protest was filled with primarily Latino churchgoers, many of whom were bussed in from around the country. I sat in the taxi in traffic while these voices, filled with hate, intolerance and ignorance filled my ears. “Faggots go to hell!,”  and “Pedophiles shouldn’t be married!” Those are the only things I could make out in English. The majority of the signs were in Spanish. The cab driver said “Faggots are sick, they should go away.” I immediately asked him to pull over and let me out and let him know he should be a bit more careful with his bigotry.

I stepped out of the cab into this sea of hatred. I was terrified. My brain immediately jumped back to the Summer of 2004, when I was assaulted in the Bahamas by some anti-gay protesters while on an excursion from the Rosie Family Cruise. The fear and the hatred surrounded me and stole my breath like the peak of a roller coaster does when you first start that big descent.

I wandered through the crowd that was screaming vile things about me in a language I thankfully didn’t understand. I found after a block or two, a small counter-rally -- which I knew was being organized by my friend, Heath Tucker. It was a small group, but their message was clear, positive and hopeful.

Later that afternoon, I made my way back into the city for a rally organized by Broadway Impact on 45th Street and 6th Avenue. I met several friends and we went to the rally. I immediately noticed the difference in the energy of the two protests. The Hate Protest was filled with anger, with fire and brimstone – pastors preaching about sin and intolerance and fear. Not a sentence was shouted that didn’t mention the wrath of God. These are people living in fear. The theme of the 2nd rally, as organized by several members of the cast of Broadway’s HAIR, was “LET THE SUNSHINE IN!” The positive, embracing feel of this second rally filled me with something I needed.

This is hoakey as hell, but I felt like this second rally was a hug that I needed. A hug that made me realize that I do have a community of my own. I grew up in the theatre for a reason. And I was lucky to. I found that family I needed in the arts. When you belong to a minority, the feelings of isolation and loneliness come with the territory, but when you are part of a minority that even your own family isn’t a part of, that isolation can be terrifying. That isolation can drive you to unimaginable places. I was so fortunate, so lucky that I found this extended family who understood me and loved me for who I was. This is not to say that I was rejected by my own family. My own family, overall, was wonderful and accepting. But there was just no way they could actually understand what it was I was going through. I could never fault them for that, but I am so grateful that they let me explore who I was as a young person.

But today, surrounded by people who are all either going through the same thing, or loving those who have, I found the happiness and peace I needed. Especially after having been enveloped by such ignorance and intolerance earlier.

That’s not My God. My God doesn’t hate me. My God created me and loves me exactly the way I am. My God would probably like it if I ate a few less mozzarella sticks here and there, but My God loves me regardless. My God is in the faces of every one of my friends and family. He’s there when the wonderful Gavin Creel smiles at me. He’s there when my niece talks to me on the phone, when I hear Audra McDonald sing in support of our movement, when my friend Laura texts me “I love you xoxo,” when I see a movie with Blake and Colleen, when my dog and best friend Eli runs to greet me at the door nearly knocking me over with enthusiasm. He’s there always, all ways.

Now…pardon the syrupy religious notions, but now to some action. We need for everyone here, especially those in the state of New York, to call your State Senators and tell them that you believe in Equality. This is vital. Please, no matter where you are, please call ALL of your elected representatives and tell them that you and your friends and family deserve equal protection under the law.

Things are changing friends, they are. I promise. So many of you are in places where you can’t experience the “hug” that I felt today, but you deserve to. And you will. This is all happening so quickly and we are finding and fighting for our equality. We’re going to do this. Tonight, Cynthia Nixon said she couldn’t wait for 20 years from now when school children went to their teachers and said “How was same-sex marriage ever illegal?” That day will come. But it will come quicker if YOU talk about Equality.

Thanks for listening to my rambling and for continuing to support Equality.

In Solidarity,

Jamie

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May. 5th, 2009 01:17 am 15 Minutes...

Joe the Plumber.

 

Up until now, I’ve seen him as a douche whose 15 minutes needed to be over 20 minutes ago.

 

Now, since he’s been rather ignored lately, he’s made the decision to come out in favor of bigotry, hatred and once again, stupidity.

 

The funny thing about this fight for marriage equality is that there are a million antiquated attacks on us that are being dug-up, the latest of which by Joseph Wurzelbacher, AKA Joe The Plumber.

 

In an interview with none other than “Christianity Today,” Joey decided to pull the “Homosexuals are all child molesters” argument out of his ass. In the inerview, he is asked about the recent decision in Iowa to legalize marriage equality. He responds:

 

“People don't understand the dictionary--it's called queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It's not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that. You know, God is pretty explicit in what we're supposed to do--what man and woman are for. Now, at the same time, we're supposed to love everybody and accept people, and preach against the sins. I've had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn't have them anywhere near my children. But at the same time, they're people, and they're going to do their thing.”

 

So...let’s go through this point-by-point, perhaps out of order, but stay with me...

 

“People don't understand the dictionary--it's called queer...It's not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that.”

 

Really? “queer” isn’t a slur? I know we’ve done a lot of work to reclaim that word as something homo-positive, but Joe...when you were in school, didn’t you used to say things like “Do my homework, you stupid queer?” or “Don’t call me queer, my girlfriend lives in Canada?”

 

“I've had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn't have them anywhere near my children. But at the same time, they're people, and they're going to do their thing.”

 

Joe...love...where have you been? Did you miss the memo from 1973 where it was studied and discovered that less than 5% of all sexual crimes against children were perpetrated by homosexual men? Wait...and according to Kinsey, we’re 10% of the population...which says to me that as a straight man, you are twice as likely to perform a sexual crime against a child as a gay man? Do the math...pretty sure it works out.

 

“I've had some friends that are actually homosexual.”

 

I know I used this quote in the last point, but I think it’s important to repeat...Do these “friends” REALLY know where you stand? Do they really know that you’re enough of a douchebag to assume that they are going to molest your children? If you don’t mind passing me their numbers so I can tell their self-hating asses to find better friends, that would be great.

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May. 5th, 2009 01:17 am Really Rudy...

Rudy Giuliani. 9/11. You remember him, right?

 

He was the Mayor of New York 9/11 back in 2001, when 9/11 the country was attacked by 9/11 Muslim extremists in one of the 9/11 worst attacks ever on our home soil 9/11.

 

Anyway, after an embarrassing attempted run for the Republican nomination for President, he’s decided to try his best to stay in the public eye by coming out squarely against something he used to kinda be for.

 

Here’s the thing...hippocracy...it’s a funny thing. You see, when a man cheats on his wife while he’s Mayor of NYC and proceeds to marry his mistress...they tend to lose a tiny bit of credibility when arguing for the sanctity of marriage. Then when his bff not only has a mistress, but buys her a swanky little apartment with government money, his reputation where marriage is concerned, is a little soured.

 

So here’s this dude, who everyone hated as Mayor of New York City, until 9/11 happened (even then, it was only those outside of NYC that liked him). While he’s “in between” marriages, he stays with his good friends, a gay couple...a gay couple who made the choice to let this sorry piece of crap crash with them when he was at one of his lowest points. How does he repay his friends?

 

Rudy Giuliani, a few short weeks ago, decided to become the poster child for marriage equality-bashing in the hopes to gain some support in a run for NY Governor (since the presidential thing didn’t work out so well). And what happened to his friends who were there for him when he needed it most? Well...they got married in Connecticut last weekend. Guess who mysteriously no-showed the wedding? You guessed it. Rudy.

 

I’m sorry, but really? What a douchebag.

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Apr. 29th, 2009 02:23 pm Ignorance Kills.

This letter is in response to Mr. and Mrs. Schowengerdt, an Iowa couple who made the choice to spread ignorance, in spite of the loss of their son to AIDS. Please read their editorial and see the video interview.

Editorial: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090428/OPINION01/904280350

Video Interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw9sKC7yZpE

My Response:

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Schowengerdt,

I’ve recently been made aware of your editorial and interviews regarding the loss of your son to AIDS. I am very sorry for your loss and please understand that I too, have lost loved ones to this horrible disease.

You have been through a great tragedy and for that, I am truly sorry. But in the interest of truth and honesty, I cannot let your statements about homosexuality, AIDS and marriage equality stand without someone pointing out your ignorance about it.

I never made a choice to be gay. I was recruited by no one. I spent my youth being bullied and harassed by children who clearly think the same way as you. Parents and others in positions of authority who tell their children to hate and to choose ignorance over love, acceptance and family are the reasons for generations of gay people suffering such horrific discrimination and shame.

You speak in your video interview about the fact that your son felt too much shame to ever come forward and tell anyone he was living with HIV. And if he hadn’t felt this shame, he may have come forward earlier and perhaps lived a very long and healthy life with proper treatment.

While I respect your feelings and your opinions about homosexuality, YOU are the reason your son felt so much shame that he could not come forward and tell you he was sick sooner. I have many friends, gay and straight, who have lived with HIV for several decades now. With more support from his family, perhaps your son might still be with us today.

It is attitudes like yours which cause not only people like your son to hide a fatal disease, but for schoolchildren to torment other kids so badly that at eleven years-old, they feel they have no other way out than to hang themselves – as in the recent cases of Jaheem Herrera and Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover. It is attitudes full of ignorance and hatred that cause 1/3 of all teenage suicides to be made up of LGBT young people.

Don’t you see, Mr. and Mrs. Schowengerdt that you are a part of the problem, not the solution? No one made your son gay. Your son did not “choose” the gay lifestyle. And I can promise you that his unhappiness stemmed only from the shame he felt from an upbringing full of intolerance and ignorance. So much ignorance in fact, that you have made the public choice to blame your son’s death on homosexuality and somehow magically link it to marriage equality. I am astounded that unlike others who have lost their children to AIDS, suicide, or even a hate crime, as in the case of Matthew Shepard, you have chosen to remain ignorant to the facts. You are the only ones making a choice here, and that choice is to continue the volatile and ultimately fatal trend of hatred, which brought on the death of your own child.

May you find peace one day and may you come to the realization that hatred and ignorance is the only thing that brings about destruction.

Sincerely,

Jamie McGonnigal
www.TalkAboutEquality.org

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Apr. 28th, 2009 12:20 am ‘One Life to Live’ Star MARK LAWSON to Rock Out in Broadway Loves the 80s!

 ‘One Life to Live’ Star  

Mark Lawson 

To Rock it Out in 

BROADWAY LOVES THE 80S VOL 5: 

THE MOVIE EDITION  

 

Jamie McGonnigal and Joe's Pub proudly present Broadway Loves the 80s Volume 5: The Movie Edition!! The hit sold-out Broadway Loves the 80s series returns on Sunday, May 10th at 9:30pm with some more totally awesome tunes as performed by Broadway favorites! Hosted by the one and only Mo Rocca, directed by McGonnigal and Marty Thomas (Xanadu, Wicked) with music direction by Ben Cohn and choreography from Lauren Strigari, Volume 5: The Movie Edition will take you back to the big haired she-boppin 80s with a tribute to the totally rad films of the most colorful decade yet!

Soap Hunk, Mark Lawson, who stars as Brody on One Life to Live will be lending his pipes to this already starry line-up! Broadway Loves the 80s Vol 5 will also feature performances from Nick Adams ( Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls), Todd Buonopane (30 Rock, Spelling Bee, Grease), Danny Calvert (Altar Boyz), Kristy Cates (Wicked), Casey Erin Clark (Frankenstein), Chris Dilley (The Kinsey Sicks), Taylor Frey (Hairspray), Anthony Hollick (Hair), Randy Jones (Village People), Doug Kreeger (Les Miz, Rooms), Leslie Kritzer (A Catered Affair, Rooms), Chelsea Krombach (Wicked), Ashley Fox Linton (The Grinch…), Joe Aaron Reid (Curtains, Chicago), Brandon Rubendall, Kate Shindle (Legally Blonde), Marty Thomas, Alysha Umphress, and Noah Weisberg (Legally Blonde, South Pacific). Other cast members to be announced at a later date.

The Broadway Loves the 80s Band will feature Ben Cohn (Wicked, Clay Aiken), Sean McDaniel (9 to 5, Clay Aiken), Steve Gilewski (Rooms), and Wes Hutchinson (songwriter recently featured on ‘Gossip Girl’).

The first four editions of the event quickly sold-out and the crowd was on their feet, rockin' out to the totally awesome sounds of the wicked best decade ever! In addition to the totally rad tunes, the event will also feature several raffles and give-aways, so don't miss out!

All seats for "Broadway Loves the 80's Vol. 5" are $20. For Tickets, call 212-967-7555 or visit www.joespub.com; or in person at The Public Theater Box Office from 1pm to 6pm and at Joe's Pub from 6pm to 10pm (both located at 425 Lafayette St.). For table reservations call 212-539-8778. Purchase of tickets does NOT guarantee a table reservation; you must call to reserve seats. Seating, as well as standing-room, is available only on a first-come, first-served basis for all shows without a dinner reservation. Two drink or $12 food minimum per person is standard.

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