busy bee

Thursday 10 Mar 11

I have been busy. Tonight I attended the NYC screening of the new movie Jane Eyre (left), which I thought was amazing and thoroughly recommend.

On Monday night I hosted the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commision (IGLHRC) Courage awards in New York City.  IGLHRC is an amazing organisation that works for human rights' advocacy for the LGBT community all over the world, and in countries like Uganda where gay people are literally being murdered for just being gay. It was a really inspiring thing to see two young women from Mongolia receive an award for their struggle and perseverance to have their LGBT center officially recognised (and rather bizarre for them to say they saw me on The L Word!)

Sometimes I think it is easy to think of the fight we have in the US for equality as something rather abstract.  We are fighting for legislation, we are fighting for a change in perception, for protection.  Elsewhere gay people are fighting to not be killed for just being who they are. It made me feel renewed with vigor and a sense of purpose about what the fight really is about.

This past weekend I had a theatrical feast:  the stunning Geoffrey Rush in Diary of a Madman at BAM, The Three Sisters at the Classic Stage Company and my Good Wife boss Chris Noth in That Championship Season at its Broadway opening. Here I am arriving at the latter. I just love that going gray doesn't mean having to suit up, don't you?  Last night I went to see my friend Stephen Hoggett's production of Beautiful Burnout at St Anne's Warehouse in Dumbo.  I exhort you to see this show. It is a stunning mix of boxing, dance, movement and narrative, and truly Scottish.  I saw it in Edinburgh at last year's festival and I loved it even more here.



Here is a video about the work of IGLHRC, and then a little video about the event I am performing at in Boston on April 9th.