SFGN reports: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), in partnership with Servicemembers United, Unity CoalitionCoalición Unida and SAVE Dade will visit Miami, FL, on April 29, 2010 for a Spanish language event as part of “Voices of Honor: A Generation Under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’” The national tour highlights the discriminatory law that hurts military readiness and national security while putting American soldiers fighting overseas at risk. The event will include a public forum with lesbian, gay and straight veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, alongside average Americans fighting for repeal of DADT.
HRC dispatched field staff to six states – Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Virginia and West Virginia, where congressional support for repeal is critical. The organization is building off the grassroots efforts of Servicemembers United to continue growing a network of supporters to repeal DADT. To learn more visit: www.hrc.org/RepealDADT.
Today, in the unlikeliest
place imaginable, a musician restored my faith in music. His name is Steve Grand
and believe me when I say that he lives up to his name. I first heard about
Steve a year ago when his video for “All-American Boy” spread across the
Internet like a wildfire. Being an ardent supporter of talented people (because
there are so few of them left!) I downloaded the song, donated a little money
to his Kickstarter campaign for an album, and followed him on the Twitter. Then last week I found
out that he’d be at Market Days this weekend and quickly made arrangements to be
there, too. Given the venue and nature of the audience, I was not expecting
much. Steve is handsome and built like a truck, so I thought he’d come out
shirtless, the audience of boys would fawn over him for the duration of three
songs, and that would be that. How wonderfully
wrong I was. Steve came out fully
clothed-- wearing a plain white V-neck tee shirt, skinny black Levis, and
boots. The audience did …
[Editor's note] Three monumental things have happened to me at the BankUnited Center. In 2004, my high school held its graduation ceremony there. In 2008, I heard presidential nominee Barack Obama speak about the future. And this past Saturday night, I saw the incomparable Barry Manilow perform in concert.
To say that Barry remains every bit the superstar I was hoping for is putting it mildly. At 67 years young, he brought all the magic, the smiles, and the bandstand boogie he's famous for and then some. Funny, talented and charmingly self-deprecating, Barry Manilow remains without equal.
Admittedly, the night started off rather poorly. Barry’s opening act was a man named Gerry McCambridge who has allegedly been wowing audiences at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas since 2005. As the creative force and inspiration behind the TV show The Mentalist, McCambridge's schtick is to do clever things with numbers. Honestly, I've never thought that doing anything with numbers was much…