Today: The Lavender Effect’s Star-Studded Virtual Pride Parade

Watch The Lavender Effect Virtual Pride Parade May 30, 2021 at Noon PST on YouTube

Watch The Lavender Effect Virtual Pride Parade May 30, 2021 at Noon PST on YouTube

Come celebrate this year’s PRIDE live with THE LAVENDER EFFECT® Star-studded Live Virtual Pride Parade which will be broadcast today – Sunday, May 30, 2021 – at 12 noon PST/3p EST via The Lavender Effect YouTube channel.

The Virtual Pride Parade, hosted by Alec Mapa, will launch Pride Month and benefit THE LAVENDER EFFECT’s mission to Advance the Future of LGBTQ+ Heritage & Culture.

While many local Pride celebrations again are being canceled or modified this year due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, many members of the community will not be able to gather in person, so this live virtual event will safely bring the LGBTQ+ community together from across the nation to celebrate Pride.

This year marks the 51st Anniversary of the first PRIDE marches across the nation in June 1970, commemorating the anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, and protesting for LGBTQ+ equality.

Last year, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns, THE LAVENDER EFFECT® hosted the first “Virtual Pride Parade” to celebrate Pride and bring the LGBTQ+ community together. The live fundraising event featured celebrities, national LGBTQ+ organizations, and politicians, and over 10,000 viewed from around the country.

THE LAVENDER EFFECT® is a nonprofit project of Community Partners that helps to reduce shame, combat homophobia, and empower LGBTQ+ youth through programs like the Virtual Pride Parade, Oral History Projects, and educational programs. For more information, please visit http://www.TheLavenderEffect.org.

Scheduled to take part in today’s virtual event are well-known LGBTQ+ celebrities and allies, non-profits, and activists from around the globe, to help to bring the community together including:

Lily Tomlin (Tony, Emmy and Grammy Winner; Grace & Frankie; 9 to 5)
Judith Light (Tony & Emmy Winner, The Politician, Transparent, Who’s The Boss)
Betty Buckley (Tony Award winner for Cats, Eight is Enough)
Kathryn Hahn (Wanda Vision; Bad Moms)
Sally Kirkland (Golden Globe Winner for Anna)
Doug Spearman (Noah’s Arc)
Alexandra Billings (Transparent)
Bruce Vilanch (Emmy Winner; comedian writer/actor)
Leslie Carrara-Rudolph & “Lolly” (Emmy Winner, Sesame Street)
Michael Musto (journalist)
Jason Stuart (Smothered; comedian)
Maria Gentile (IheartRadio – What’s The Story With Maria)
Drew Droege (Heathers)
Kay Sedia (AJ and the Queen; Chico’s Angels)
Mel England (Best Day Ever)
Charles Busch (Drama Desk Award-winning Playwright & Actor)
Honey West (Proven Innocent)
Miss Barbie Q (Leave it on the Dance Floor, Honey)
Bill Sive (Gay Elder Circle)
Rita Gonzales (Out Agenda)
Cynthia Ruffin (Colors Youth Counseling)
Evan Wolfson (Freedom to Marry)
Gail Rolf (Project 10 & Friends of Project 10)
Harold Kameya & Family (PFLAG Los Angeles)
Lorri Jean from (LA LGBT Center)
Kathy Godwin (PFLAG National)
Lauren Meister (Mayor Pro Tempore, City of West Hollywood)
Sepi Shyne (Councilmember, City of West Hollywood)
John Erickson (Councilmember, City of West Hollywood)
Rabbi Denise Eger (Congregation Kol Ami)
Richard Ayoub (Project Angel Food)
Richard Zaldivar (The Wall Las Memorias Project)
Ron Galperin (City Controller, The City of Los Angeles)
Wayne Besen (Truth Wins Out)
Bamby Salcedo (Trans Latina Coalition)
Kat Kramer (THE LAVENDER EFFECT)
Sheena Metal (THE LAVENDER EFFECT)
Andy Sacher (THE LAVENDER EFFECT)
Dr. Steve Krantz (THE LAVENDER EFFECT)

(via press release)

Lily Tomlin Officiates Kathy Griffin’s New Year’s Eve Wedding

L-R Kathy Griffin, Lily Tomlin, Randy Bick (screen capture)

Kathy Griffin can look back at 2019 with a smile.

And a ring. A wedding ring.

On top of releasing her documentary, A Hell of a Story, which chronicled her experiences after sharing her infamous Trump decapitation photo in 2017, she also scored with her latest comedy show, Laugh Your Head Off.

And in the last seconds of the year married her longtime boo, Randy Bick, in a New Year’s Eve ceremony officiated by none other than Lily Tomlin.

Girl, you ain’t no D-List if Lily Tomlin is presiding over your nuptials.

“What was supposed to be a shallow, ‘toot it and boot it’ one-night stand has grown and flourished into something far more meaningful,” says Tomlin at the beginning of the ceremony. “They stayed together. Then they couldn’t stay away from one another.”

And they say romance is dead…

Griffin shared in a follow-up tweet that her attire for the wedding was the dress she wore on her first date with Bick.

“This was our first formal date in September 2011!” she wrote. “We are in the back of a limo provided by the one only @GloriaEstefan because her team arranged for me to surprise her as a back up ‘dancer’ when she performed at the Alma awards!”

“I asked Randy to pick out whichever one of my long dresses was his favorite for any reason. He picked out this dress and showed me this photo. Romance is hotttt again.”

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Trailer: Lily Tomlin Stars In “Grandma”

The second trailer for Grandma starring Lily Tomlin dropped today. Already Oscar buzz surrounding Tomlin’s acclaimed performance.

Synopsis – Lily Tomlin is Elle Reid. Elle has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle’s granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 bucks before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.

Also featuring Laverne Cox, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer and Sam Elliott, the flick opens in theaters Aug. 21.

Netflix: “Grace And Frankie”

“9 To 5” stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin reunite as two women forced to reinvent their lives in this funny, honest new Netflix Original series, Grace and Frankie.

Elegant, proper Grace and freewheeling, eccentric Frankie aren’t friends, even though their husbands Robert and Sol (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) have been law partners for decades.

But when Robert and Sol announce that they’re leaving their wives for each other, the two women start to bond in ways they never expected.

13 episodes coming to Netflix on May 8th.

Teaser: Lily Tomlin in Grandma

Lily Tomlin in Grandma

For the first time in 27 years, the imminently watchable and always fantastic Lily Tomlin stars in a feature film – Grandma.

The film was screened on the final night of the Sundance Film Festival to excellent response (no surprise). Sony has purchased the distribution rights.

The cast of Grandma includes Sam Elliot, Marcia Gay Harden and Julia Garner as Lily’s granddaughter. The flick was written and directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Weitz (American Pie, About A Boy).

Deadline writes that the film is “a darkly funny and also touching film of one long day in the life of one very frayed family.”

One of our great national treasures, Tomlin’s work is always insightful, inspiring and razor-sharp.
Look for Grandma in theaters soon.


2014 Kennedy Center Honorees announced

The Kennedy Center has announced its 2014 honorees which include out actress/comedienne Lily Tomlin:

“The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world,” stated Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein.

“Al Green’s iconic voice stirs our souls in a style that is all his own; Tom Hanks has a versatility that ranks him among the greatest actors of any generation; one of the world’s greatest ballerinas, Patricia McBride continues to carry forward her legacy for future generations; Sting’s unique voice and memorable songwriting have entertained audiences for decades; and from the days of her early television and theatrical appearances, Lily Tomlin has made us laugh and continues to amaze us with her acting talent and quick wit.”

The induction takes place on December 7th. CBS will air the gala performance on December 30,

(via press release)

Comedy legend Lily Tomlin marries longtime partner Jane Wagner

Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner

Lily Tomlin married her longtime partner and collaborator Jane Wagner on New Year’s Eve. 

Tomlin, the 74-year-old comic genius best known for her diverse roles on television, film and stage tied the knot New Year’s Eve with longtime love and accomplished writer, Jane Wagner after 42 years together.

It appears the news first broke as a sidenote in a piece about Bob Fosse written for ChicagoTribune.com by friend of the couple, Liz Smith:

“It was an eventful New Year’s Eve … my longtime friends, Lily Tomlin and her love, the writer Jane Wagner, got married on the eve of 2014. … My wish is that their happiness will be as great as their combined talents.”

The two met in March of 1971 working on a comedy album. Since that time, they’ve worked on many projects including the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-winning “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.”

I’ve met Lily in person and, of course, enjoyed her genius many times on stage and on the big & large screens.  A great, great talent that like a fine wine grows deeper and richer (if that’s possible) with age.

Larry Edwards, Lily Tomlin, me and Michael backstage after Lily’s show at The Smith Center

Congratulations Lily and Jane!  

(via Instinct)