The Randy Report Podcast – Ed Dixon “Georgie: My Adventures With George Rose”

Hit play below to listen this weekend’s The Randy Report podcast, complete with snazzy new theme music :).

You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes for free. Great for listening during commutes.

This week’s stories:

• Broadway veteran Ed Dixon’s latest play, Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose, recently opened in New York City to rave reviews (The Huffington Post – “Georgie is a masterpiece!”). Ed joins me to talk about the background of the show and it’s genesis to becoming the toast of the town.

• The Utah state legislature has advanced a bill that would make life more difficult for HIV+ people.

• The Trump administration says bathroom rights for transgender students is a “state’s rights issue.”

• British race car driver Danny Watts becomes the highest-profile European driver to come out so far.

• Professional provocateur and former “alt-right” darling, Milo Yiannopolous, had a very bad week.

Podcast: Jeb Havens, Barronelle Stutzman, Texas’ “Bathroom Bill,” Finland Ready For Marriage Equality

Click play below as I recap this week’s top headlines from politics, pop culture and entertainment of interest to the LGBT community:

• Anti-LGBT florist Barronelle Stutzman loses again – this time in the Washington state supreme court over refusing to sell flowers for a same-sex wedding

• Texas gets pushback from the NBA and major stars on it’s proposed anti-transgender “bathroom bill”

• North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper shares his plan to repeal his state’s anti-LGBT law, HB2

• Finland’s Parliament kills a last ditch attempt to block same-sex marriage

• Out singer/songwriter Jeb Havens dropped his uber-romantical, world-traveler music video just in time for Valentine’s Day – “Pushy Little Compass Heart” from his album, Home Base

Hit play below – and share the link to share The Randy Report podcast!

Podcast: This Week In LGBT News – Eli Lieb, Laverne Cox & Transgender Protections

Check out this week’s episode of The Randy Report on BlogTalkRadio as I recap these LGBT headlines:

• Florida pro-LGBT bakery Cut The Cake prevails in court after haters demand anti-gay messaged cake

• Trump administration pulls back on transgender protections – a sign of things to come?

• Tennessee state lawmakers file new legislation aimed at ignoring the Supreme Court’s rulling on same-sex marriage

• Don’t miss next week’s premiere of Doubt next week on CBS featuring Laverne Cox as the first transgender series regular on broadcast television

• New music from uber-talented out singer/songwriter Eli Lieb – “Castles”

You can subscribe to The Randy Report on iTunes for free here.

Podcast: The Week In LGBT News – AGT’s Brian Justin Crum; Recapping LGBT Legislation

My weekly podcast recaps the past week’s most compelling pop culture, political and entertainment news of interest to the LGBT community.

On this week’s show:

America’s Got Talent‘s Brian Justin Crum drops his first single since the TV talent competition – “Show Me Love” featuring Toy Armada and DJ Grind. Find it here on iTunes.

• Conservative Wyoming legislators withdraw anti-LGBT legislation House Bill 135

• North Carolina’s Republican state Senate Leader says his state’s hateful “bathroom bill” – HB2 – isn’t going away any time soon

• Woofy Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims introduced a bill that would outlaw so-called “conversion” or “ex-gay” therapy

• How would the repeal of the Affordable Care Act affect LGBTs?

• Republicans in Congress plan to re-introduce the “First Amendment Defense Act” which would allow anti-LGBT folks to discriminate same-sex couples

• President Trump has a bumpy week as his administration proposes a 20% tax on Mexican imports to pay for “The Wall,” and his immigration plans cause protests across the country

You can click here to subscribe to The Randy Report podcast for free from iTunes.

Click below to listen to this week’s show:

Podcast: Troye Sivan, Anti-LGBT Legislation In Wyoming & Texas, Trump Inauguration And LGBTs Scrubbed From White House Website

Take a listen to the latest The Randy Report podcast, including these stories and more:

• Minutes after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, all information regarding LGBTs disappeared from the White House website. Hmm….

• Attendance at Donald Trump’s inaugural was dwarfed by the Women’s March on Washington the next day as hundreds of thousands marched in support for not only women’s rights but LGBT rights, civil rights, voting rights and more. And the Trumpster was not happy.

• The Texas state Supreme Court has agreed to hear an anti-LGBT hate group’s challenge to spousal benefits for same-sex couples.

• New legislation introduced in Wyoming (“The Equality State”) would legalize discrimination against same-sex couples and transgender people, and would make it impossible for any branch or part of the government to enact or enforce local non-discrimination ordinances and federal protections for the LGBT community.

• Out Music: Troye Sivan released his video for “Heaven,” from his Blue Neighbourhood album – a sensual black & white vision featuring intimate shots of Sivan along side clips of important moments in the LGBTQ rights movement.

Radio Show: Today In LGBT News – President Obama’s LGBT Legacy, WILL & GRACE Is Officially Coming Back To NBC

On this mid-week episode of The Randy Report:

• President Obama, speaking at his final news conference with the White House press corps, spoke about the progress of LGBT rights and protections under his administration. While he acknowledged his team was proud of the movement forward, he gave props to all the out and proud Americans who, through their sheer visibility, helped to bring about a huge change in the way society views LGBTs.

“I think we made useful contributions… but the primary heroes are the activists.”

• President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary, billionaire Betsy DeVos, was directly questioned about her past support for anti-LGBT organizations, and especially so-called “ex-gay” therapy.

• And it’s finally official – the hit TV show that many say helped give much exposure and visibility to the LGBT community, Will & Grace, is coming back to NBC for a 10 episode season next year.

Don’t Forget The Randy Report Radio Show!

Just a friendly reminder that I recently launched a companion online radio show for The Randy Report where I cover many of the same issues (pop culture, politics and entertainment) as I do here daily on the blog.

The shows are archived immediately after I end an episode, so you don’t have to listen live  – although it’s fun to interact with callers during the show 🙂

Plus, you can download episodes for free via iTunes’ Podcast section.

Below is a handy-dandy player that allows you to check out some of my recent shows.

Radio Show: Chloe Lattanzi Talks Re-Imagining “Magic” With Mom Olivia Newton-John

Chloe Lattanzi and Olivia Newton-John
Chloe Lattanzi and Olivia Newton-John hit #1 on Billboard Dance chart

A few weeks ago, I was engaged by a big media outlet to interview Olivia Newton-John and her daughter Chloe as their dance hit, “You Have To Believe,” was racing up the Billboard Dance charts.

At the time I chatted with Chloe (I record all of my interviews so I can make sure I quote folks correctly), the song was just hitting #19 on it’s way to #1 whereupon Chloe and Olivia became the first mother/daughter team to reach #1 on the Billboard Dance Club chart.

Chloe also talks about her upcoming role in the Syfy network film, “Dead 7.”

I thought my radio audience might be interested in hearing the actual interview, and so, voila!

Chloe is quite charming throughout the chat, and it’s fun to hear the excitement in her voice as the song’s journey was just unfolding.

You can hear other shows on my newly launched The Randy Report companion podcast by clicking here.

Radio Show: Film Maker Matt Zarley Is A “hopefulROMANTIC”

Handsome producer/singer/songwriter Matt Zarley talks about his award-winning short film "hopefulRomantic"
Award-winning singer/songwriter/film producer Matt Zarley

As part of my newly-launched companion podcast, I interview award-winning singer/songwriter turned movie producer Matt Zarley joins us to talk on the journey of his acclaimed musical short film, “hopefulROMANTIC.”

The film stars Zarley, Jolie Jenkins, Chuck Seculla, and TV icon/LGBT activist George Takei.

Accepted into over two dozen film festivals, the film is part music video, part Broadway musical and part romantic movie – in fact, it’s all of those things and more.

Zarley discusses the inspiration for the project, as well as the evolution of the film. Plus, he shares several songs from the movie soundtrack.

I enjoy the podcast/radio show medium – and why not? I get to talk even more!

After reading my posts for so long, don’t you want to tune in for a few minutes to hear what I sound like?  🙂

Announcing “The Randy Report Radio Show”

After months of thinking and postponing and more postponing, I finally launched the companion podcast to The Randy Report this week.

Many readers here know that for years I co-hosted an online radio show, The Candi & Randy Show, with my fab friend Candi Fox.

It was a fun, enriching experience where Candi and I laughed together, and also explored a lot of topics I’d never thought about. Along the way we racked up over 500,000 targeted listeners.

But after two and a half years, I found my calendar was booking up with lots of theater projects that I was really looking forward to working on, and plus, I found I was a bit out of ideas. I stepped away thinking that at sometime in the future I might see myself sitting down at a microphone again.

So, Monday night I debuted the first episode of The Randy Report (the radio show) on BlogTalkRadio. I hope many of you will click over to the show page there and click “Follow” so you can be notified of upcoming episodes.

The first show featured two interviews – one with Lee Roy Reams, who is currently starring in Hello, Dolly! in Boca Raton, Florida (the first American male actor to play the title role); and the second with award-winning singer/songwriter Matt Zarley discussing his acclaimed musical short film “hopefulROMANTIC.”

I refer to the radio show as a “companion” piece to the blog here as I hope to explore via talk radio many of the stories and issues I bring up here on a a daily basis.

I’m still working on some details – one of which being exactly when I’ll air shows live. But the great thing about BlogTalkRadio is every show is available for free on-demand listening within a few minutes of a show airing. So, whether you join me and my guests live or catch up later on your own schedule, you can be a part of the ever-expanding Randy Report experience 🙂

Really hoping you hit play and listen below. And I’d love if you would call in live some time. I’d love to hear from readers 🙂