The Randy Report - LGBTQ Politics & Entertainment

The Randy Report - LGBTQ Politics & Entertainment

Tune in for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender news from the writer/editor of TheRandyReport.com, a daily blog reporting on the current news cycle in terms of politics, pop culture and entertainment news of interest to the LGBT community.... Show More

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February 24, 2021 25 min
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... ...
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Today 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.” Produced by six-time Grammy Award-winner Dave Cobb, “Window in the Wall” is not the first time this mother/daughter team has hit the recording studio. Their debut single, “You Have to Believe,” a remake of Newton-John’s #1 single “Magic” from Xanad...
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In this week's LGBTQ headlines: • 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 priso...
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In this week's headlines: • Joe Biden becomes president and goes to work for LGBTQ Americans 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 ne...
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In this week's headlines: • 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 #3 ranked Justin Thomas's &#...
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January 4, 2021 42 min
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 2020 for LGBTQ folks. 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 brevity - Plus, if I’...
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Musician and now-author Branden James first captivated millions as a finalist on Season 8 of 'America's Got Talent' in 2013 where he received high praise from the judges for his emotional, operatic vocals. During his time in the national spotlight, he hit more than one perfect note as he shared details of his coming out story and his broken ties with his religious family with the TV audience. In his recently released...
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In this week's headlines: • More LGBTQ candidates won elections this year than ever before • US Supreme Court decision upholds high school transgender students' rights • Switzerland is poised to 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 ...
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World AIDS Day is held on the 1st day of December each year, and 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. World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988. Being diagnosed with HIV today means something very different than it did 20 or 30 years ago. HIV is no longer a dea...
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In this week’s headlines: • The Biden transition team has named LGBTQ White House veterans to prominent roles in the incoming administration • The murderer of a transgender teen has been sentenced to life in prison • High school teachers in New Jersey were caught dissing a queer colleague during a Zoom class • Award-winning singer/songwriter Justin Utley released his first holiday single, “All is Bright" - https://justinutl...
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Today I’m speaking 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 th...
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In this week's headlines: • HIV diagnoses in the UK drop to their lowest levels in 20 years • Norway expands hate speech laws to protect all LGBTQ citizens • Hungary's lawmakers 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 th...
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In this week’s headlines: • Support for marriage equality has reached its highest percentage ever recorded • The United Kingdom’s Superdrug pharmacy chain will make access to PrEP through online doctors • LGB Republicans have more internalized homophobia than queer Democrats. Link to report - https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/publications/lgb-party-affiliation/ • A father in France drove 500 miles to threaten his daughter ...
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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 the dream' during those years 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 perfo...
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Since the release of his 2019 single, the oh-so-romantic "Dancing in the Living Room," out singer/songwriter Cameron Hawthorn has continued to release a string of top-shelf country anthems - from the most recent "To Break Hers" - a heartbreaking tribute to a previous relationship before he came out - to the sexually-charged uptempo "Oh Hot Damn!" Now, the handsome country crooner has released his new EP ...
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In this week's headlines: • 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’...
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In this week’s headlines: • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a fierce champion for LGBTQ rights, has died 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...
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September 11, 2020 60 min
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 ...
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In this week's headlines: • The Trump campaign claims the Donald is the “most pro-gay president in American history” - but don’t fall for that • A federal court rules in favor of a gay couple granting their daughter her legal US citizenship • LGBTQ icon Marsha P Johnson gets honored in her home state • Out singer/songwriter NIKO dropped his newest single "Try" dedicated to his partner All that and more in this epi...
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In this week's headlines: • 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 ...
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