Podcast: POSE Announces Series Ending, Killer Uses Grindr To Find Victim, And More

TJ Osborne makes history at the CMA Awards, new documentary 'Mayor Pete' takes you behind the scenes of the 2020 presidential campaign, LGBTQ people are getting vaccinated at much higher rates than heterosexuals

The Randy Report podcast delivers the week's top stories in a quick, convenient podcast - 'the 60 Minutes of gay news - only shorter'

In this week’s podcast:

• A new Gallup Poll shows more people identify as LGBTQ than ever before

• Virginia has outlawed the use of the ‘gay panic’ and ‘trans panic’ legal defenses

• Houston police have arrested a man who assaulted and killed a man he met using Grindr

• The Equality Act begins its trek through Congress (again)

• The largest Protestant adoption and foster agency has announced it will open up its services to LGBTQ families

• And the creators of the acclaimed FX series POSE have announced the upcoming 3rd season will be its last

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report podcast

Interview: Kevin Spirtas Of 6x Emmy Winning Series ‘After Forever’

The Randy Report podcast delivers the week's top stories in a quick, convenient podcast - 'the 60 Minutes of gay news - only shorter'

Today I’m speaking to the oh-so-charming Kevin Spirtas – one of the co-creators, writers and stars of the acclaimed LGBTQ TV series, After Forever.

After Forever is the recipient of 6 Daytime Emmy Awards – the most Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed drama series on any platform.

The first two seasons of the series received rave reviews for telling the rarely seen story of vibrant, active, diverse “grown-up” gay men… a group who tend to disappear from television and film once they are no longer 20- or 30-something, not returning until they are elderly and non-sexual.

Last year, I spoke with Kevin and co-creator/writer Michael Slade about their successful collaboration and the response the series has received.

The producers of the series recently released a documentary-style special episode titled, Riley’s Unforgettable School Project.

This unique installment of the series centers around the character of Riley (Finn Douglas) who, while attending school remotely due to COVID-19, is tasked with creating a project about the most unforgettable person he’s ever met.

The creators of the acclaimed Amazon Video series 'After Forever' have released a special episode, 'Riley's Unforgettable School Project'

The special was shot remotely throughout the Fall of 2020 while the country continued the battle against COVID-19.

The creative team says they knew they couldn’t film Season 3 as intended due to COVID, but they wanted do something creative to keep the After Forever family and fans engaged. The producers plan to resume production on Season 3 once it’s safe to do so in late 2021.

Also, the GLAAD Media Awards recently announced the news that After Forever will be honored with a Special Recognition Award this year.

Join me as I chat with Kevin Spirtas about the new special Riley’s Unforgettable School Project, life imitating art, and more.

You can find After Forever on Amazon Prime video. For more info, check out the official website for the acclaimed series here.

Podcast: Olivia Newton-John & Chloe Lattanzi Chat On New Single “Window In The Wall”

Olivia Newton-John and daughter Chloe Lattanzi
Chloe Lattanzi said in a recent interview she wouldn't get the coronavirus vaccine which led some to wonder if she's an anti-vaxxer and Trump supporter
Olivia Newton-John with daughter Chloe Lattanzi (photo: Michelle Day)

In this podcast episode, I’m speaking with four-time Grammy Award-winner Olivia Newton-John and her daughter, singer/songwriter Chloe Lattanzi who recently released their new duet, “Window in the Wall.” Continue reading “Podcast: Olivia Newton-John & Chloe Lattanzi Chat On New Single “Window In The Wall””

Podcast: Country Star TJ Osborne Comes Out, Pete Buttigieg & More

TJ Osborne makes history at the CMA Awards, new documentary 'Mayor Pete' takes you behind the scenes of the 2020 presidential campaign, LGBTQ people are getting vaccinated at much higher rates than heterosexuals

The Randy Report podcast delivers the week's top stories in a quick, convenient podcast - 'the 60 Minutes of gay news - only shorter'

In this episode of The Randy Report podcast:

• Country music star TJ Osborne comes out as gay

• Pete Buttigieg becomes first openly gay White House Cabinet member approved by the Senate

• President Biden issues memorandum promoting/protecting LGBTQ rights abroad

• Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says passing The Equality Act is a “priority”

• A white Florida man shoots and kills his Black lover but only gets one year in prison

• Out singer/songwriter John Duff drops his latest pop bop, “Do It”

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

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Podcast: Biden Goes To Work On LGBTQ Issues, Once-a-Month HIV Drug Approved

TJ Osborne makes history at the CMA Awards, new documentary 'Mayor Pete' takes you behind the scenes of the 2020 presidential campaign, LGBTQ people are getting vaccinated at much higher rates than heterosexuals

Biden goes to work on LGBTQ issues

In this week’s podcast:

• President Joe Biden goes to work on LGBTQ issues on Day One including reversing the transgender military ban, expanding workplace protections and more

• Pete Buttigieg introduced his husband Chasten at his Senate confirmation hearing for Transportation Secretary

• Dr. Rachel Levine could become the highest ranking transgender official in the U.S. government

• The FDA approved a new once-a-month injectable HIV medication

• The new queer mini-series ‘It’s A Sin’ premieres to rave reviews

• Out singer/songwriter Kisos releases his gorgeous new music video ‘He Didn’t Want Me’

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

As mentioned in the episode, you can email me your suggestions at randyslovacek (at) gmail.com

Podcast: Biden’s LGBTQ Promises, New TV Series ‘It’s A Sin,’ And More

TJ Osborne makes history at the CMA Awards, new documentary 'Mayor Pete' takes you behind the scenes of the 2020 presidential campaign, LGBTQ people are getting vaccinated at much higher rates than heterosexuals

The Randy Report podcast delivers the week's top stories in a quick, convenient podcast - 'the 60 Minutes of gay news - only shorter'

In this week’s episode:

• What can queer people expect from Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office?

• Donald Trump takes a final swipe at LGBTQ Americans

• North Carolina begins enacting LGBTQ protections (again)

• Russell T. Davis, creator of the new UK TV drama It’s A Sin, shares his thoughts on casting gay actors in gay roles

• A lesbian former pro golfer speaks up about number 3 ranked Justin Thomas’s ‘faggot’ remark during this weekend’s tournament of champions

• Plus, two new commercials hit the gay sweet spot

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

Podcast: The Best of 2020 – LGBTQ Edition

TJ Osborne makes history at the CMA Awards, new documentary 'Mayor Pete' takes you behind the scenes of the 2020 presidential campaign, LGBTQ people are getting vaccinated at much higher rates than heterosexuals

The Randy Report podcast delivers the week's top stories in a quick, convenient podcast - 'the 60 Minutes of gay news - only shorter'

There was a lot in 2020 that was just heinous and I’m happy to leave it behind. But I did want to take a pause to look at some of the good news and big moments of the past year in this ‘Best of 2020 – LGBTQ edition.’

In this episode, I’m going to revisit some of the best songs, movies, TV, and top LGBTQ news stories of the year (at least in my opinion).

I know folks like to make Top 10 lists, but one of the hallmarks of The Randy Report is supposed to be brevity. Plus, if I’m putting my name on a “Best of…” list I want to feel strongly about them. So I’m going to try to stick to Top 5’s in this show.

I won’t give it all away but I cover:

• The 2020 election cycle and how LGBTQ folks were impacted and took part

• The forward progress of LGBTQ rights around the world

• Celebrities and politicians standing up for transgender people

• LGBTQ movies like Uncle Frank, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and The Boys in the Band

• And music from terrific out indie artists like Milahroy, VINCINT, mxmtoon, Robby Hart, and Jakk Fynn

So, sit back and chill as I recap the Best of 2020 – LGBTQ Edition.

Podcast: Country Coming Out Song Goes Viral, UK, Bhutan, And Billy Porter

TJ Osborne makes history at the CMA Awards, new documentary 'Mayor Pete' takes you behind the scenes of the 2020 presidential campaign, LGBTQ people are getting vaccinated at much higher rates than heterosexuals

The Randy Report podcast delivers the week's top stories in a quick, convenient podcast - 'the 60 Minutes of gay news - only shorter'

In this week’s podcast:

• More LGBTQ candidates won elections this year than ever before

• A US Supreme Court decision upholds high school transgender students’ rights

Switzerland is poised to (finally) legalize same-sex marriage

• Adoptions by same-sex couples in the UK has increased for the 3rd year in a row

• Isolated Asian country of Bhutan legalizes same-sex relations

• Emmy/Grammy winner Billy Porter has been announced to help usher in the New Year

• A coming out Christmas song by country artist and LGBTQ ally Aaron LaCombe goes viral ‘Uncle Carl (Came Out On Christmas)’

Click here to watch the video and head over to Aaron’s official website for more info about his music

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

Podcast: World AIDS Day 2020

World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day, observed for the first time in 1988.

Held on the 1st day of December each year, it is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate people who have died.

Being diagnosed with HIV today means something very different than it did 20 or 30 years ago. HIV is no longer a death sentence. However, people’s attitudes can make living with HIV really difficult.

Some things from the 1980s and 1990s are worth revisiting, but HIV stigma isn’t one of them. It’s time to end HIV stigma.

During this episode of The Randy Report, I take a look into the history of the day, how the world looks at the ongoing epidemic, and where we are today in terms of treatment.

What is on the horizon in terms of HIV treatment? Check out these links to find out more:

www.WorldAIDSDay.org

www.HelpStopTheVirus.com

And if you’re at a loss for what to do to be a part of this World AIDS Day, I suggest a donation to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS which has been at the forefront of the epidemic since the mid-80s.

Take a listen, and feel free to share this show. Together we can make a difference.

Podcast: Author/Illustrator Mike Curato’s Terrific Graphic Novel ‘Flamer’

In this episode of The Randy Report podcast, I chat with award-winning author and artist Mike Curato, who recently released his debut YA graphic novel, FLAMER, a coming-of-age story that confronts ideas of homophobia, bullying, body image and coming to terms with identity in every sense of the word.

Curato’s YA graphic novel follows 14-year-old Aiden Navarro who navigates friendships, deals with bullies, and spends time with Elias (a boy he can’t stop thinking about), as he finds himself on a path of self-discovery and acceptance.

Unfolding over the course of the last week of Boy Scout camp in 1995, Aiden’s story is heavily inspired by Mike’s own experience as a Boy Scout (and eventual Eagle Scout) and his coming out as a teenager.

Author & Illustrator Mike Curato

The Hollywood Reporter called FLAMER “the kind of book that might change its reader’s lives.”

I grew up as an avid fan of comic books, and I can see why graphic novels have become the grown-up version of that visual medium.

I really enjoyed not only Mike’s prose but his illustrations which are clever and powerfully evocative in their own right as a part of the storytelling. If you haven’t checked out graphic novels lately – this is the one!

FLAMER is available on Amazon here, and at Bookshop.org here.