GLAAD To Be Gay
always wondered what it would be like to sit through one of
those drawn-out awards shows without the luxury of my remote
control. On April 7, I finally found out when I attended the
14th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Marriott Marquis.
I may have been slightly overdressed for
the occasion (tuxes were as scarce as objective news reports
on Iraq), but I didn't let that stop me from enjoying frivolous
cocktail chatter and a surprising flurry of celebrity sightings
(the open bar helped). We may still have a long way to go
before achieving true equality, but the fact that so many
mainstream entertainers actually showed up to support the
GLAAD Media Awards shows just how far our community has come.
Standing out in what seemed like an endless
parade of outspoken luminaries were the evening's two honorees,
Diane Sawyer and Rosie O'Donnell. Betty DeGeneres presented
GLAAD's Excellence in Media Award to Sawyer, while Cyndi Lauper
helped pay homage to O'Donnell, recipient of GLAAD's Vito
Thirteen other media awards were handed
out in New York. Others will be presented at ceremonies in
Los Angeles and San Francisco on April 26 and May 31, respectively.
Other highlights included k.d. lang and
Tony Bennett, who serenaded us with a duet, Marlo Thomas who
amused us with the evening's most confusing presentation,
and Nicole Kidman who simply dazzled us with pure Hollywood
glamour. But more important than any designer fashion was
the heartfelt and empowering words delivered by each person
who graced the stage.
I'd personally like to thank Heritage
of Pride's Anthony Dean and representatives of Anheuser Busch
for their generous hospitality. After all, scoring a seat
at a front row table ain't too shabby for my first time at
What promises to be an even more fabulous
and star-studded extravaganza will commence on Saturday, April
26, and continue well into Sunday afternoon. You only turn
29 once, right?
So to commemorate this miraculous (if not revisited) milestone,
I'm going to party like it's 1999. Coincidentally, a couple
of my favorite DJs are also celebrating their (29th?) birthdays
that weekend as well, so I'll be kicking off my bi-borough
dance marathon with Peter Rauhofer and a few thousand of our
closest friends at Roxy.
The revelry continues afterwards across
the East River at the Brooklyn Loft (visit RobPromotions.com
for more info) where DJ That Kid Chris and I will shift things
into high gear at our after-hours birthday bash.
Chris will assume control of the turntables
at 8 a.m., and he won't stop spinning until we tell him we've
had enough. These parties often go until late Sunday afternoon,
so plan accordingly.
All we ask is that you obey a few important
guidelines. Fierceness is always welcome, but nonsense will
not be tolerated; this party is for mature people who know
how to do it properly. A "no-drama" policy will
be strictly enforced, so please check your baggage at the
door. You are encouraged to "exploit yourself" on
the dance floor however you may interpret
The basic two-story warehouse space continues
to evolve weekly, and is already well-equipped with a phenomenal
sound system, trippy lighting installation, and, perhaps best
of all, not a single window in the joint. Come experience
that cutting-edge, underground club vibe you've been craving
for far too long.
You'll have a full week to recover from
the birthday chaos should you wish to head down to our nation's
capital for Cherry 8 (May 2-4). This is one of the few remaining
all-volunteer circuit parties that donates all of its proceeds
to gay charities: $173,000 in 2002; $773,000 since the Cherry
Fund's inception in 2000.
This weekend holds a special place in
my heart, as I helped produce several Cherry events while
living in Washington. I don't know how they've managed without
me, but the boys have clearly persevered considering this
year's impressive line-up.
Kudos to the Cherry Fund for wisely limiting
the weekend's sanctioned events to a sensible six (including
a new women's party on Friday night). DJs Billy Carroll, Blaine
Soileau, Lucky, Richie Rich la Due, Brett Henrichsen, Lydia
Prim, Abel, Don Bishop and lighting guru Ross Berger will
operate all the heavy machinery so you don't
have to at a variety of venues that includes
über-hotspot Nation and a floating tea dance on the Potomac
Thankfully, this year's main event finally
breaks free from the restrictive shackles of the Old Post
Office Pavilion. Now held at Washington's spectacular new
convention center, guests will enjoy dancing from 9 p.m. until
They'll also witness the Circuit debut
of international superstar DJ/producer Tom "Superchumbo"
Stephan. Need I say more? Please visit CherryFund.com to quench
your thirst for further knowledge.
Until next month -- Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Yourself.