The success of the Center on Halsted, Chicago’s LGBT Community Center, has been met with some difficult challenges. Some of the people that need a place like the Center the most are the queer youth of color who struggle to make their place in the increasingly affluent gay bubble of Halsted street.
The well-to-do neighborhood where the Center is located isn’t sure how to react to upwards of twenty or so young black queers who congregate outside the building. This brings out some racist feelings in the local community and awkwardness on the part of the youth on how to best to relate or adapt to the area.
Poor, queer, black teenage kids, meet your white, queer older neighbors.
This is an exciting opportunity for these two distinct groups to learn from each other and grow as a whole. After all, society is changing so quickly that the “establishment” folks need to turn to the young kids to see what’s happening. And of course, young people have much to learn from their elders. What is the community going to do? can we come together to bridge the divide.
On today’s show Jason McVicker, your gay therapist joins us on today’s Feast of Fools. Jason’s the Director of Mental Health Services at the Center on Halsted and he talks with us about the Intergenerational Divide and how race, money and age are tearing us apart. We ask “What’s the matter with kids today?” or “What’s the matter with all of us?”
Patti Lupone’s still got it- last Sunday the popular Broadway actress, well known for her originating the title role in the musical “Evita,” got her second Tony last Sunday after 29 years for her lead in the musical “Gypsy.” (We’re not sure if they counted the year the show came out or the year she got the award.)
In case you missed the show, be sure to check out her singing “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” in the clip here on the right. She’s got some incredible pipes! What a legend.
It seems Broadway is just a little more gay, or lesbian this week after iconic comedian Joan Rivers talked in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about her lesbian same-sex kiss with then unknown superstar-to-be Barbara Streisand.
From the interview: “We played lesbian lovers,” Rivers recalls. “That was the first thing Barbra did; soon after that she really got going. Let me tell you, Barbra is a great kisser, but no tongue.”
Are they still friends today? Sadly, no. Too bad, today they would have made the ultimate lesbian power couple, to rival Ellen and Portia, or Laverne and Shirley.
According to Joan, Babs is so self-absorbed she never watches TV, not even the Oscars. Otherwise she wouldn’t have asked Joan the last time they saw each other “Are you still in the business?” Joan: “She’s not making a joke. She has no clue what anyone else is doing.”
A huge kiss to my peeps in Puerto Rico for voting down the gay marriage ban. And this time neither I nor Tila Tequila can take credit for it. Speaking of which, in California all the new marriage papers have “Party A” or “Party B” instead of “male” and “female” or “bride” and “groom.” The new question everyone is pondering, which one is which? Does “Party B” stand for the “BOTTOM” or does “Party A” stand for a Canadian with a six pack of Molson, you know, “PARTY, EH?”
How do you spell fabulous? F-O-F.