Saturday, March 26, 2011

Gay USA: March 22-28, 2011

Mart Crowley wrote the groundbreaking and controversial play "The Boys in the Band" that opened in New York in 1968 and ran for 1,001 performances. Now documentary filmmaker Crayton Robey, in "The Making of the Boys," looks back at the social context for gay people in which "Boys in the Band" was written and performed. This terrific documentary includes interviews with former cast members, Edward Albee who opposed the play at the time, veteran gay activists Larry Kramer and David Rothenberg, Dominick Dunne who was one of the executive producers of the movie version, Billy Friedkin who directed it, Village Voice columnist Michael Musto, Democratic Party Treasurer Andy Tobias, and many, many more. Our guest co-host with Andy Humm is Corey Johnson. Ann will be back next week. A new poll finds majority support in the U.S. for same-sex marriage. New York City is sued over its policy requiring genital surgery before giving transgendered people new birth certificates. Obama administration charged with overcharging 13 who got arrested protesting DADT outside the White House. Montana on the attack against local laws protecting people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Police departments in Fort Worth and New Orleans taken to task over gaybashing. Armistead Maupin and his husband Chris Turner got a rude awakening in Alice Springs, Australia. The Uganda kill-the-gays bill is revived. Three gay Americans gaybashed in St. Lucia.bAndy reviews an all-male "Comedy of Errors" in Brooklyn and John Leguizamo's new show on Broadway, "Ghetto Klown."

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