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

In this episode of The Randy Report podcast: new HIV strategy, 2022 Golden Globe Awards, Elvira Mistress of the Dark

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.

Podcast: A Cowboy Christmas Movie + News From UK, Norway, Poland & Hungary

In this episode of The Randy Report podcast: new HIV strategy, 2022 Golden Globe Awards, Elvira Mistress of the Dark

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:

• HIV diagnoses in the UK drop to their lowest levels in 20 years

Norway expands hate speech laws to protect all LGBTQ citizens

• Lawmakers in Hungary have drafted a constitutional change that effectively prohibits same-sex couples from adopting

• A citizens’ petition in Poland proposes banning Pride parades

Sarah McBride is set to become the highest-ranking transgender legislator in the country

• Out political journalist Steve Kornacki shines on Election Night on social media as ‘Korsnacki’ and ‘Map Daddy’

• Don’t miss the upcoming gay holiday romance movie Dashing in December on Paramount TV

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

Podcast: CATS Chat With Leslie Ellis & Matt Zarley

Matt Zarley and Leslie Ellis

As a young actor, my first big break was being cast as the ‘Magical Mr. Mistoffelees’ in a brand new national touring company of the blockbuster Broadway musical CATS.

While I was ‘living a dream’ over those years back in the 1980s, a nightmare called HIV/AIDS was taking thousands of lives from us. As a company, we wanted to do ‘something.’

So in 1987, we organized one of the first large-scale benefits performances by a touring company to help those affected by HIV. Amazingly, we raised over $36K in one night.

Fast forward to today, and another viral pandemic is here. A few months ago, one of my former CATS castmates reached out to say, “Anyone want to do another fundraiser?”

And so, we did.

 

“With Love, Now and Forever! Cats4CovidRelief” premiered on October 23 and will be available until October 28. At this writing, combining donations at Broadway Cares and YouTube, we’ve raised over $20,000 and counting

Today, I’m talking to two of my closest CATS castmates, Grammy Award-winner Leslie Ellis and two-time OutMusic Award-winner Matt Zarley, about this recent company reunion.

Hit the play button to hear us chat on this recent collaboration, reminisce about life on the road as young actors, and laugh a bit about the life-changing experience that was CATS.

While our streaming event is scheduled to be removed from Broadway Cares website at the end of October 28, the video is still up at this writing on BC/EFA’s YouTube channel on an unlisted page here.

Plus, you can see Matt’s gorgeous segment featuring Leslie singing “Memory” here.

Podcast: Supreme Court Justices Against Marriage Equality, Charlie Carver, Drag Out The Vote

In this episode of The Randy Report podcast: new HIV strategy, 2022 Golden Globe Awards, Elvira Mistress of the Dark

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:

• Two Supreme Court Justices made it clear they’d like to overturn marriage equality in the US

• A transgender woman was found shot to death in Puerto Rico making her the 6th trans person to die by violence in the territorty

• Charlie Carver, currently starring in Netflix’s The Boys in the Band says he came out as gay after a coworker slapped him for appearing gay in public

• Don’t miss the all-star benefit performance of The Great Work Begins: Scenes from Angels in America

• Drag Out the Vote has now unveiled a new voter initiative: Divas for Democracy: United We Slay, a digital variety show bringing together some of the biggest names in theater and drag

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

Podcast: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jane Fonda, LGBTQ Critics Honor Best Of 2020 TV

In this episode of The Randy Report podcast: new HIV strategy, 2022 Golden Globe Awards, Elvira Mistress of the Dark

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:

• Remembering the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a fierce champion for LGBTQ rights, who died this week at the age of 87

• A Navy veteran sues the Veteran’s Administration claiming he tested positive for HIV over 20 years ago and his doctors never informed him of the diagnosis

• A sportscaster suspended for using a gay slur on-air says he’s ‘never said the word’ before that moment

• A woman denied Social Security survivor benefits after a 27-year relationship wins in federal court

• New data shows the number of same-sex households rising in the US

• Burger King lays a whopper on Ronald McDonald for LGBTQ Pride

• Academy Award winner Jane Fonda reminds us what an awesome ally she is

• And GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Critics announces the best in 2020 TV entertainment. Click here to watch the glitzy honors special on Revry TV (free).

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

Podcast: Chatting With ‘Sas’ – Broadway & TV’s Rachelle Rak

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 I chat with my longtime (and awesomely talented) friend, Rachelle Rak, or as she’s known to countless friends and fans, “Sas.”

A quick run-down of her lengthy resume includes her many Broadway Credits: Fosse, Catch Me If You Can, The Look of Love, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Thou Shalt Not, Oklahoma!, and CATS.

Numerous TV appearances including Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition and Dance Moms on Lifetime TV, and you’ll remember her from the Broadway documentary Every Little Step: The Making of A Chorus Line.

There are two aspects to this chat: Two friends catching up on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected life, but also how the coronavirus crisis doesn’t have to slow us down.

Broadway & TV star Rachelle Rak

In addition to starting her own dance conventions, Ignite Dance Live, which have now gone virtual, she’s also starring in a new fitness series for Broadway On Demand called “Sas and Shred” that she conceived and filmed in lockdown.

She’s started offering her own masterclasses (SasStorm.com) where studios around the country can book her one on one for their students.

Oh, and she’s written a musical that she’s workshopped with 15 veteran female Broadway performers.

Oh, and she’s going to college at almost 50.

COVID is clearly not slowing Sas down.

My favorite Sas-ism: “Stop worrying about how to do it better. DO it better.”

Follow Rachelle Rak on Facebook here.

Podcast: Ricky Martin, Kamala Harris, 5 ‘Gayest States In US’

In this episode of The Randy Report podcast: new HIV strategy, 2022 Golden Globe Awards, Elvira Mistress of the Dark

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 from The Randy Report:

• Longtime LGBTQ ally Sen. Kamala Harris is Joe Biden’s pick for running mate in the 2020 presidential election

• Plus, Harris has named a proud Black lesbian political heavyweight as her chief of staff

• A judge in Kentucky says a photographer can legally discriminate against LGBTQ people

• Ricky Martin told OUT Magazine he once feared he’d never be a parent because of his sexuality, and now he’s a father of four 🙂

• Disney introduces its first bisexual character on ‘The Owl House’

• And the top 5 “Gayest States in the Country”

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

Podcast: Instagram Celeb Murdered, What To Watch, EU Denies Funds For Six ‘LGBT Free’ Towns In Poland

In this episode of The Randy Report podcast: new HIV strategy, 2022 Golden Globe Awards, Elvira Mistress of the Dark

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 gay Instagram & TikTok influencer in Russia was found murdered in a possible hate crime

• The world’s first openly gay prince denounces so-called ‘conversion therapy’ and calls for banning it in his native India

• The European Union denied funding to six Polish towns that say they are “LGBT free”

• Lifetime Channel has announced a gay romantic movie for the holidays and Hulu’s Love, Victor gets the green light for a second season

• What to watch now? How about four short films exploring the intersection of coming out and soccer? Find The Male Gaze: Strikers & Defenders on Amazon here.

• NYC-based singer/songwriter Kyle Motsinger releases his new disco-themed single, “No Shame,” that drops the beat on body shame.

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