08 Pride Post #8: Lots to be GLAAD about tonight

Queer? Tired after a long week at work? Stayin’ home on Friday night? Grab the popcorn and margaritas, there’s an awards show on tonight!

The 19th Annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards ceremonies will be aired at 7p.m. EST on BRAVO (we so own that channel, honey).

And yes, I said ceremoniES, four to be exact, via New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and South Florida. Held earlier in May and April, all four will be wrapped into one big broadcast that, according to GLAAD, promises to be:

“Fair. Accurate. Inclusive. And Impossibly Glam.”

That’s so gay….

Scheduled to appear are:

Judy Shepard will be receiving the Excellence in Media Award. Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty) and Randy JacksonAmerican Idol) will present the Vito Russo Award to Brian Graden. Graham Norton will host. Guests include: Kevin Bacon; Kate Clinton; Alan Cumming; Loretta Devine (Dirty Laundry); Van Hansis (As the World Turns); Tim Gunn (Project Runway); Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU); Cheyenne Jackson (Altar Boyz); Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls); Kyra Sedgwick; Anthony Rapp (Rent) Jake Silbermann (As the World Turns); Barbara Walters; Eduardo Xol (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition); GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. (

Ivy Queen will receive a Special Recognition Award. Ugly Betty star Ana Ortiz will present the Visibilidad Award to Wilson Cruz. Christine Chavez, granddaughter of Cesar Chavez, will present a Special Recognition Award to the social justice magazine The Intelligence Report. Jade Esteban Estrada will host the event, and platinum selling R&B singer Deborah Cox will perform. Guests include: TeresaRodriguezAqui y Ahora); Jai Rodriguez (Queer Eye); Frank Cairo (Paparazzi TV); Craig Stevens (WSVN-TV); PabloPortillo, Alonso Espeleta (Pecados Ajenos); Judge David Young; Graciela Mori, Fernando CastellsIn Fraganti); ( (

Ellen DeGeneres will present the Vanguard Award to Janet Jackson. Sharon Stone will present the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Rufus Wainwright. Tom Ford will present the Pioneer Award posthumously to Herb Ritts and Cindy Crawford will accept on his behalf. Guests include: T.R. Knight; Garry Marshall; Neil Patrick Harris; Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Kimmel; Billy Baldwin, Candis Cayne (Dirty Sexy Money); Jennifer Beals, Laurel Holloman (The L Word); Kathy Griffin; Sofia Vergara; Zoe Saldana; Adamo Ruggiero, Lauren Collins (Degrassi: The Next Generation); Paul James (Greek); Brian Posehn, Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program);

Sharon Stone will receive the Vanguard Award. Focus Features CEO, James Schamus, will receive the Golden Gate Award. Jennifer Beals will present the Davidson/Valentini Award to Ilene Chaiken. Judith Light will present the Pioneer Award to David Mixner. Mayor Gavin Newsom will present a Special Recognition Award to Theater Rhinoceros. Candis Cayne (Dirty Sexy Money) will host the event. Guests include: Jason Lewis; Rex Lee; Chad Allen; Alan Cumming; David Bromstad (Color Splash).

Sunday morning coming down video: I ain’t up to my baby tonight

Fell into this over @ Adrastos last week and have been dipping into it liberally since, for more than one reason, though climatology overarches all.

Here at casa virgo, the livestock are spread out in Dali-esque pools, the ceiling fans are rumbling, and I’m trying to stick to my guns and keep the AC off till late afternoon. Like the coffee table in the video, mine is crowded. Except it’s with laundry that needs folding. Thus, I distract myself.

Cause it’s hot, ya’ll.

Hey, it’s as good an ethos as any. Plus, subtext.

“and the tears will fill the room”

I watched The Secret Life of Words on dvd last night. I’m still stunned by it–a quiet story, with more left unsaid than said, yet it speaks volumes about trauma and recovery, life and death, war and torture.

Admittedly that description is not a beckoning one, but wait, it gets better: a hearing-impaired Balkan War survivor, on a mandated holiday from her factory job, ends up taking care of a temporarily-blinded burn victim on a broken down oil rig off the coast of Ireland. If it sounds bleak, all I can say is that it’s not.  It is very stripped down, a slight, very quiet movie, without much dramatic artifice.  It doesn’t try to be weighty or melodramatic.

All that said,  it is easily one of the most profound films I’ve ever seen. One scene in particular,  the heart of the movie, mentioned in almost all reviews,  is so beautifully acted by Sarah Polley and Tim Robbins, is so immediate, that it makes an indelible impression. We all talk so much and so passionately about war and torture and policy and politics and treaties– the view from 20,000 feet up–that it almost feels unnatural to simply sit and witness some time pass in the life of a survivor, years down the road after the horror. But what we witness brings it back home, back down to human flesh and hands and eyes.

“It’s a goddamn beautiful day, shut up!” *

I’ve been humming this song all day, I think probably because today’s the first day that’s seemed like fall has arrived. It’s overcast, misty and foggy, very Grey Gardens weather.

Also because I’m such a total hag for Rufus Wainwright, and because it’s such a gorgeous melody. Can this man write the hell out of a song or what?

In related news, a new documentary by Albert Maysles about the making of the theatrical musical Grey Gardens, which is based on the classic 1976 Maysles Brothers documentary, opens this week at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

[I have to give it up to Mizrahi, he really pulls off the rapt-diva-leaning-on-baby-grand act pretty well. Better than I could…]

*Big Edie Bouvier Beale

Definitely not for the octopus lovers

I just saw Oldboy for the first time a day or two ago, and I re-watched it last night. Gotta say, I loved it. Highly recommended, but not for the faint of heart. Seriously.