Tuesday 27 Oct 09
Thanks to everyone who came out on Sunday for I Bought A Blue Car Today at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. It was a great show and we raised a lot of money for the Empire State Pride Agenda
We laos took the show to Dallas on Saturday and had an absolute hoot. A member of the audience said this to me afterwards...
Do you know what happened here tonight?
Me: No, what happened?
Alan did Dallas, that's what happened!
I wonder if he realised he was referencing a porn film?!
Here I am plugging my record yet again on ABC News Now.
Next I will be performing in Sydney, Australia at the Opera House from Now 10-13 and then in bRiasbane at the Power House on Nov 15th.
Sunday 18 Oct 09
I am returning to NYC with my show I Bought A Blue Car Today for one night only on Sunday 25th August. It's a benefit for the great Empire State Pride Agenda, which is fighting for equal rights in NY state. So please come along and say hello. We'll also be performing the night before for AmFar in Dallas at 2x2 for AIDS and ART. And of course the album is available in stores and online!! Plug, plug...
Saturday 17 Oct 09
A documentary I presented, The Real Cabaret, airs on BBC4 this week. It tries to discover the stories behind the movie, investigating both the people who made it and also the people it was based on.
This is a subject very close to my heart in many ways and it was a really exciting project for me to work on. In NYC I interviewed Liza Minnelli, composer John Kander and librettist Joe Masteroff, as well as German cabaret artistse Ute Lemper and others. Then I went to Berlin and talked to many experts and afficianados of the time and discovered the awful fate that befell so many of these great, progressive performers and writers. I also dabbled a little in contemporary Berlin cabaret to see how it measures up to its Weimar past.
It airs on Tuesday at 9pm on BBC4 and then several times throughout the week.
Monday 12 Oct 09
The march was an amazing experience.
We were able to to come together and demonstrate, express our anger and feel empowered and with a sense of belonging.
However, Barney Frank, the gay Democrat senator, said that this march and rally would be a waste of time at best. Joe Solomnese, the head of the HRC, sent out a letter this weekend basically telling gay people not to complain till the last day of Obama's second term.
Senator Frank is wrong. It was not a waste of time. It gave everyone there a renewed sense of purpose and encouragement to keep up this fight for equal rights. And Mr Solomnese is also wrong: how dare he try to censor the very people he is being paid a lot of money to supposedly lobby for. I'll stop complaning when the legislation is passed, Joe. Have you forgotten you work for the Human Rights Campaign?
So there is a lot of work ahead, not least of which is ensuring we as a community have more positive and aggresive leadership. But being on the march, knowing that the country was watching, knowing that the President's speech at the HRC dinner the night before only came about because of the march, and knowing that our marching means that tonight more people than ever are discussing the heinous fact that America does not treat all men and women equally felt like a great achievement. Oh, and me and my friend Eddie got to meet Obama, sort of...
Saturday 10 Oct 09
I'm going to be leaving later this morning for Washington to take part in the Equality March on Sunday. I hope to see as many of you as can make it - gay, straight, undecided. It's not a gay issue, it's a human issue, and I am done with being treated as a second class human being. Whatever happened to the land of the free and all men being created equal?
Also here's the trailer for Dare, which opens in NYC and LA on November 13th.