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The State of Mindfulness

New York
When Metrosource first appeared on stands in New York, it would have been hard to imagine that two decades later, gay and lesbian couples could walk these very streets as legal husbands and wives. So we would like to take a moment to say to all the lawmakers and judges who helped make the decision to legalize gay marriage in New York — and to the many people who campaigned tirelessly for years in support of it even when success seemed like a distant hope — you all are most definitely people we love.
(—Paul Hagen)


The Goodbye Girl
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah’s iconic talk show changed television forever. For 25 years, Winfrey gave a compassionate voice to those underrepresented in mainstream media, including the gay community. She confronted AIDS paranoia in the 1980s, supported gay marriage in the 1990s and never shied away from promoting openly gay celebrities (including hairdresser Andre Walker, makeup artist Reggie Wells and decorator Nate Berkus). She even starred as the therapist to whom Ellen came out on her sitcom! As she begins a new chapter, we love that her courage continues: the Oprah Winfrey Network has presented multiple LGBT-themed offerings, including Becoming Chaz, the touching documentary about Chaz Bono’s transition.
(—Jennifer Schiavone)


The Bent Lens
Gay In America
Earlier this year, NYC-based portrait photographer scott pasfield unveiled Gay In America, a collection of 140 gorgeous images chronicling the intimacy and honesty of contemporary homosexual life. Profiling men (from all 50 states) of various backgrounds, religious beliefs, races, professions and socio-economic statuses, each photo tells a unique story in its own right (like the above photo of activist Lt. Dan Choi). The project’s intent, per Pasfield, is to “change opinions and educate” readers by highlighting the diversity within our gay and lesbian culture. Pasfield’s results are a stirring challenge to poisonous stereotypes.
(—Matt Gross)


The Unlikely Optimist
David Rakoff
for years, we’ve been enjoying David Rakoff’s stories on This American Life and collected in his books Fraud and Don’t Get Too Comfortable. Whether subjecting himself to a fast or going behind the scenes at Martha Stewart Omnimedia, Rakoff’s unmistakable deadpan voice always shines through. When he was diagnosed with cancer while working on Half Empty, a book about pessimism, it seemed like the worst sort of cosmic joke. However, the way he spun the experience into comic literary gold showed that Rakoff may be more of an optimist than he lets on.
(—Paul Hagen)


The Proposition We Couldn’t Refuse
8
We love that Dustin Lance Black has brought his pen to Broadway in the name of equality. His new play, called simply 8, chronicles the historic court case that found California’s controversial Proposition 8 unconstitutional. The cast list of the staged reading was like a red-carpet who’s who, including Morgan Freeman, John Lithgow, Cheyenne Jackson, Marisa Tomei, Anthony Edwards, Rob Reiner and other bold-face names taking roles to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights. Bravo!
(—Jennifer Schiavone)


The Boss
Tina Fey
We knew that she understood comedy, but it wasn’t until her spectacular book Bossypants that we knew how well Tina Fey understood gay people. It turns out that she grew up fairly surrounded by gay guys and gals — resulting in hilarious LGBT-themed tales in her best-selling memoir (including one particularly side-splitting memory of a party where one teenage guy’s coming out ended up overshadowed by two girls making out). She even thanks her parents for not reacting negatively to the “four-year-long pride that marched through their house.” It’s good to know America’s funniest sweetheart is on our side.
(—Paul Hagen)


The Writing Partners
Tom and Lorenzo
What happens when a gay couple decides to work together from home? A hit blog! “We decided to start a Project Runway blog because worrying about paying our bills was boring,” said Tom Fitzgerald, who (with partner of 10 years Lorenzo Marquez) is behind tomandlorenzo.com. Now nothing in the world of fashion, celebrity or television is spared their witty critique — and they’ve just put the finishing touches on their first book about the absurdities of fame, Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me. Get a taste of their delicious celebrity dish in Last Call, featured in each issue of Metrosource.
(—Jennifer Schiavone)

The Toast of Broadway
The Book of Mormon
The hilariously irreverent musical won nine Tony Awards and a sea of critical praise since its opening night in March. The brainchild of South Park co-creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker and Robert Lopez (co-writer and co-composer of another hilarious Broadway blockbuster, Avenue Q), the satire even made waves on the Billboard charts, where it became the highest-charting Broadway cast album in over 40 years. In addition to being unabashedly outrageous and endlessly entertaining, Book of Mormon accomplished the tricky task of pleasing musical theater purists and attracting new audiences. No wonder performances of this hot ticket are sold out through spring!
(—Matt Gross)


The Shelter from the Storm
Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper may have wrapped up 2011 by hitting the road with New Orleans music legend Dr. John (on the heels of the release of her blues-infused live concert film To Memphis with Love), but she started the year by going viral when she gave an impromptu performance of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” over a loudspeaker in a Buenos Aires airport (Lauper was attempting to help calm a crowd of passengers angered by huge flight delays). However, what may be her most impressive moment of the year wasn’t musical at all: It came in early September, when she announced plans to open a shelter for abandoned LGBT youth. A tireless supporter of gay rights throughout her 30-year career (we’ll never forget her spearheading the True Colors tour), Cyndi Lauper continues to make us proud time after time.
(—Matt Gross)

Extra People We Love There’s not room for all the nominees for our “People We Love” list in our print edition. Here are three of our favorites — exclusively on Metrosource.com and Metrosource for iPad.


The Good Scare
American Horror Story
We may have tuned in to FX’s fright fest for the star-studded cast, but we stayed for the fantastic, twisted storytelling. That’s not to say that the cast didn’t more than live up to expectations, including Dylan McDermott (handsome-as-ever and gamely showing off his great bod), Connie Britton (finally free from the perpetually-underexposed Friday Night Lights) and Jessica Lange (in a performance seemingly designed for her signature mix of glamour and intensity). We send much love to the entire cast, especially Frances Conroy (of Six Feet Under fame) and Alexandra Breckenridge, who share the role of ghostly maid Moira who appears as an aged, one-eyed crone to women and a juicy sexpot to men. And we tip our hats to the show’s openly gay co-creator, television genius Ryan Murphy, who has now helped craft (along with Nip/Tuck and Glee) three of our favorite TV addictions. Cheers to FX for giving us a big treat just in time for Halloween — renewing American Horror Story for a second season mere weeks after its premiere.
(—Paul Hagen)


The Flexible Flyer
Christina Ricci
We’ve loved Ricci since she deadpanned her way into our hearts as Wednesday Addams, and her sassy turn in Opposite of Sex let us know that she wasn’t afraid to embrace racy material that chronicled the gay experience. But this year we got a whole new reason to root for Ricci when she donned that iconic blue stewardess uniform and took off with the cast of ABC’s Pan Am. The show is a sudsy mix of romance and intrigue, polished to a vintage Mad Men-era sheen, but the brightest spot of all is Ricci. The modern actress fits seamlessly into the snazzy snapshot of the past, her character sparkling as she bends rules, challenges conventions and dons delicious ’60s ensembles — the pencil skirts, the hairstyles, the hats! — like she was born to wear them.
(—Paul Hagen)


The Singing Chameleon
Kristin Chenoweth
In 2011, Chenoweth continued to show us that there’s nothing she can’t do. She returned to our beloved Glee as beloved recurring guest character April Rhodes — crooning Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” with Matthew Morrison. She also showed up at Oprah Winfrey’s spectacular, star-studded send-off at Chicago’s United Center in what was one of the ceremony’s most tear-jerking moments — singing “For Good” from Wicked as the men who had received Oprah’s scholarships to Moorehouse college filled the aisles and stage with candlelight. She even went country with her new album Some Lessons Learned, which included the fantastic tribute to another person we perpetually love — Dolly Parton — a song called “What Would Dolly Do.” We’re already excitedly anticipating her next transformation — into a Southern girl with a taste for revenge in a new dramedy — tentatively titled Good Christian Belles — which is set to debut mid-season on ABC.
(—Paul Hagen)


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Comments (2)

  1. Nile and Jim in CA says:

    Thank you, Metrosource for being a provocative, affirming media source for our LGBT community. Big KUDOS from the other side of the land.

  2. GothamTomato says:

    Very glad to see Tom & Lorenzo on your list. They truly deserve it.

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