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Tune in for LGBTQ 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.
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In this week’s LGBTQ news: • California has banned the forced outing of LGBTQ students • A gay circuit party was evicted from its host hotel in Dallas • A new twice-yearly PrEP injectable has passed its Phase III trial with flying colors • And I highly recommend the winning coming-of-age film BIG BOYS All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.
In this week’s headlines: • President Biden has pardoned LGBTQ military service members who were discharged for being queer under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. • Lawmakers in Thailand have cleared the way for legalizing same-sex marriage. • The top ten LGBTQ-friendly cities in the U.S. • Matt Bomer and Nathan Lane are teaming up for a new sitcom described as "a gay Golden Girls." All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.
In this week’s LGBTQ headlines: • A federal court has permanently blocked Florida’s ban on gender-affirming care for transgender minors and adults calling the law "unconstitutional" • All Elite Wrestling pro Bulk Bronson comes out as bisexual • The European nation of Georgia plans to erase LGBTQ rights • Plus, make sure you check out the free streaming Pride event from iHeartMedia - Can’t Cancel Pride 2024 All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.
In this week’s LGBTQ headlines: • This month marked the 20th anniversary of marriage equality in the U.S., and a new report shows only good has come from it • A new study shows having just one adult LGBTQ role model can boost queer youth’s self-esteem • Guess which European countries are the most (and least) LGBTQ-friendly? • Carl Siciliano, founder of the Ali Forney Center, has penned an excellent new book chronicling his journey in helping homeless LGBTQ youth • Plus, streaming platform Hulu is serving up plenty to watch on TV for Pride Month. Link to Hulu's LGBTQ hub: https://www.hulu.com/hub/lgbtq All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.
In this week’s headlines: • The United Methodist Church has voted to reverse its ban on gay clergy • A federal appeals court has ruled state health care plans must cover gender-affirming surgeries • Some good news for LGBTQ youth in the foster care system • And Country music artist Chris Housman drops his oh-so-romantic new single and music video “Guilty As Sin” All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.
In this week’s LGBTQ headlines: • A controversial new law in Kansas could keep minors from accessing non-explicit LGBTQ websites • The campaign for the reelection of President Biden has launched a strategic initiative reaching out to LGBTQ voters • "Heartstopper" star Kit Connor will make his Broadway debut this fall • What to watch this week? I recommend the acclaimed short film "Ode To Pablo" as this is National Deaf LGBTQ Awareness Week. Free link: https://youtu.be/nUh-LMrHJ_A?si=NcQM90r0wGIDH544 All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.
In this week's LGBTQ headlines: • International pop star and actor Ricky Martin stars in the new Apple TV+ series "Palm Royale" • Thailand is very close to legalizing same-sex marriage • House Republicans slipped a provision in the federal spending bill that bans Pride flags from flying over U.S. embassies - but there's a catch • The Republic of Georgia appears poised to follow Russia's lead on anti-LGBTQ legislation Plus, we observe the annual Transgender Day of Visibility. All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.
In this week’s episode: • More details emerge about the cause of death of Oklahoma transgender teen Nex Benedict • Major parts of Florida’s hideous “Don’t Say Gay” law have been nullified • The percentage of adults in the US who identify has hit a new record high • LGBTQ icon David Mixner dies at the age of 77 All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.
In this week's LGBTQ news headlines: • Nex Benedict, a 16-year-old nonbinary student in Oklahoma, died one day after a physical altercation in a high school restroom. • Columbia, Missouri, has declared itself to be a safe haven for LGBTQ people. • Russian authorities closed down a 'My Little Pony' convention because one character has a rainbow-colored mane. • GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics has announced the winners of this year's Dorian Film Awards with the acclaimed 'All of Us Strangers' taking top honors. Full list of winners here: https://therandyreport.com/all-of-us-strangers-takes-top-honors-in-lgbtq-critics-dorian-film-awards/ All that and new music from out recording artist Nieri in this episode of The Randy Report.
In this week's LGBTQ headlines: • Amber Glenn came out on top at this year’s U.S. Figure skating championship becoming the first queer woman to win the title. • An Oklahoma lawmaker introduced a bill that would ban using state funds to acknowledge Pride Month. • Good news in Tennessee where an anti-LGBTQ ordinance that blocked a Pride festival has been rescinded. • Terrestrial radio station KGAY in Palm Springs is geared towards LGBTQ listeners with gay hosts broadcasting live. Link: www.LGAYPalmSprings.com • New music from out indie pop artist Bentley Robles "We Should" All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.
In this week's LGBTQ headlines: • We’re just a few weeks into 2024, but we’ve already seen nearly 300 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in state legislatures. • A new survey shows Gen Z adults tend to be less Republican, less religious, and more LGBTQ. • Taking a look at the LGBTQ actors and other queer creative folks nominated for this year’s Academy Awards. • LGBTQ highlights from the 75th Annual Emmy Awards Oh, and guess who got a GLAAD Media Award nomination? All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.
My guest today is Broadway veteran and award-winning recording artist Matt Zarley, who released his spectacular musical web series "11 O’Clock Number." The series features a dozen tunes by Broadway composers, all originally sung by women. Over 12 episodes, Zarley weaves those songs in between video testimonials as he copes with isolation during the pandemic lockdown. Each song - spectacularly imagined as a dream concert performance – becomes its own personal catharsis for our hero, Zack (played by Zarley). The result is, at times, touching, humorous, and relatable. Zarley – who can croon a quiet heartbreak or throw down rich, full-throated showstoppers with equal ease – is in peak vocal form. I really enjoyed the full series because…who doesn’t love some great music theater songs? You can find all 12 episodes of "11 O'Clock Number" on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGx5wJAFYYwU3qw6tMdn-6X-YD80sx5Km
As we head into 2024, I wanted to take a pause to look at some of the big news and pop culture moments of 2023 for LGBTQ folks. I know folks like to make Top 10 lists, but one of the hallmarks of The Randy Report is brevity. You folks don’t want to listen to me drone on about the top ten news stories, the top ten movies, etc… We'd be here forever. Plus, if I’m putting my name on a “Best of…” list I want to feel strongly about them. So I’m going to try to stick to Top 5’s in this show. Hit play as I share what I think are some of the best songs from out recording artists, top LGBTQ movies and TV, and important LGBTQ news stories of the year.
In this week’s LGBTQ headlines: • A new study reveals the “Gayest” states in the U.S. • Thailand’s cabinet has approved an amendment to allow same-sex marriage • A news anchor in Ohio came out on-air with just one simple word • Holiday music from award-winning out recording artist Matt Zarley All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.
World AIDS Day is observed each year on December 1 as an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV. During this episode of The Randy Report podcast, I take a look into the history of the day, how the world looks at the ongoing epidemic, and where we are today in terms of treatment. Being diagnosed with HIV today means something very different than it did 20 or 30 years ago. HIV is no longer a death sentence. World AIDS Day, launched in 1988, was the first-ever global health day. The annual event serves as a way of showing support for people living with HIV, and to remember those who passed from the virus. Take a listen, and feel free to share this show. Together we can make a difference. Check out these links for more information: www.worldAIDSDay.org www.HelpStopTheVirus.com
Today I'm chatting with Bryan Ruby, rising out country music singer/songwriter who’s just released his new holiday single “It’s A Wonderful Life.” He first came to national prominence in September 2021 when he became the first active professional baseball player to come out as gay. The inspirational story was featured in USA Today as well as 100+ media outlets around the world including CBS, Yahoo, Bleacher Report and Teen Vogue. He also founded Proud To Be In Baseball, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating, educating, and creating opportunities for the next generation of LGBTQ baseball players. Then we discovered that in addition to being a pro baseball player, Bryan is also a top-notch country music artist. An accomplished singer/songwriter, he has penned songs that have appeared on multiple charts including the iTunes Country Top 25. As an artist, Bryan released his debut single “Left Field” in June 2022 which has garnered nearly a million streams on Spotify alone. The song was featured on The TODAY Show and added to rotation on SiriusXM Country Pride, as well as the Academy of Country Music's Ultimate Pride Playlist. This month, he’s hitting the road with Nashville songwriters Jay Bragg and Brontë Fall for a unique, holiday-themed tour, A Songwriter’s Christmas. Head to www.BryanRubyMusic.com for more info.
In this week’s LGBTQ headlines: • The House Ethics Committee has issued its blistering report on truth-challenged out Rep. George Santos, and it's as bad as expected. • A trans high school senior is told he can’t play the lead in his school’s upcoming production of "Oklahoma!" • The father in Virginia Beach calmly explained to a school board why anti-LGBTQ policies are bad for kids. This is my favorite thing this week. • Plus, a new Mr. Gay World has been crowned! All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.
In this week’s LGBTQ headlines: • Truth-challenged gay Congressman George Santos survives a House vote to expel him from office. • We have a new Speaker of the House - and I examine his positions on LGBTQ policies. • The U.S. plans to cut economic ties with Uganda over its extreme anti-LGBTQ laws. • Plus, the acclaimed new gay romantic film "Nuovo Olimpo" is available now on Netflix. All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.
In this week’s headlines: • International pop star and LGBTQ ally Janet Jackson will headline a World AIDS Day concert • Anti-LGBTQ hate crimes rose sharply in 2022 • The City of Orlando plans to buy the Pulse Nightclub to build a memorial to the victims of the 2016 mass shooting • India’s top court side-stepped legalizing same-sex marriage All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report
In this week’s LGBTQ news: • Laphonza Butler has become the first out Black lesbian senator in the U.S. Senate • Pope Francis has suggested he might be open to the Catholic Church blessing same-sex couples • Amazon Prime Video has debuted a new superhero spinoff of THE BOYS titled GEN V • Legendary director Pedro Almodovar has a new gay western in theaters titled STRANGE WAY OF LIFE All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report Let me know what LGBTQ news stories you'd like to hear more of (politics, music, movies, TV, or other) on The Randy Report at this link: https://on.soundcloud.com/cBdeZ (Note: for some reason, the initial version of this episode was playing without the usual music. Please refresh your player, and the music should appear. My apologies for the odd technical oops.)
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Henry Ehli

June's over. Blend in.

Jul 5th
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Henry Ehli

Your equal, get off your superior box.

Jul 4th
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