Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pride Parade with Thanks to Governor Cuomo

This annual Gay Pride Day was especially Proud, Joyful and Historic. Just two days before the annual Gay Pride Parade in New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill that made Gay and Lesbian marriages legal in New York State. I had the pleasure of being invited to march in the Governor's contingent which led the Parade. This year's parade was one of the most highly attended with the wonderful equality law being passes. Being at the beginning of the parade with Governor Cuomo and hearing all the loud applause and cheers throughout the rout was thrilling and exhilarating.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Mayor's Pride at Gracie Mansion

I was invited to make a special appearance at Mayor Bloomberg's annual LGBT Pride Reception held at Gracie Mansion on the Upper East Side of New York City. Unfortunately, the Mayor's mother passed away the evening before, but Deputy Mayor Patty Harris did a great job filling in for him. Village Voice Columnist Dan Savage received a special honor for his "It Gets Better" project where videos are made to give support to LGBT Youth who are suffering from bullying. The event was held in the gardens where a special tent was set up. It was wonderful running into old friends and movers and shakers of the LGBT Community of New York City.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Pride at 'Proud Music' Concert tour

I had the most wonderful time as the co-host and performer at the Proud Music Concert tour kick-off at Fat Baby nightclub on Manhattan's Lower East Side on June 17th. Proud Music is a networking organization that provides support and performance opportunities to openly Gay, Lesbain, Bi and Transgender recording artists and musical performers. The talented recording artist Lovari co-hosted the concert with me that featured amazing power-house performances by rocker Ariel Aparicio, pop artist M.E. Grant, country western from Karen & The Sorrows and a funky / folky set from Lindsey Wilson. My gorgeous friend Jed Ryan accompanied me during my musical number of Sparkling Diamonds. The house was packed and we all had the greatest time!

Monday, June 13, 2011

"Made In NY" Awards

I so much enjoyed making my appearance at the sixth annual "Made In NY" Awards, taking place outdoors in the gardens of Gracie Mansion, the official resident of the Mayor of New York City. The event was presented and hosted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Katherine Oliver, Commissioner of the Mayor's office of Media and Entertainment. The honorees included Matt Damon, Foursquare, John Leguizamo, Stacy Spikes, Smuggler, Lauren Zalaznick and Sidney Lumet. I have the pleasure of working on and being a producer and correspondent on a Television series Under the Pink Carpet, which in Made in NY and shown on the Mayor's television station, NYC Life WNYE Channel 25-1. I had a great time with other stars from other shows on NYC Life and with many of my friends in TV and Film.

Each year, thousands of television shows, feature films, commercials, music videos, documentaries, print ad campaigns and media projects are made in New York City, the entertainment capital of the world. Our Made in NY campaign recognizes and celebrates these productions, which are a testament to the endless depth of talent, resources and spectacular locations in the City.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Hosting NYC Pride Kick-Off on Lower East Side

I loved being the Hostess for New York City's Pride Kick-Off on Manhattan's Lower East Side on June 4th. We had a blast at the Gay Pride Month launch with an outdoor street-fair called "Pride Goes East." There was food, drink, shopping, fun and superb entertainment by openly LGBT recording and performance artists. Headlining was my dear friend Sir Ari Gold who put on an amazing show with musicians and dancers. My gorgeous buddy Josh Zuckerman also gave a powerhouse performance. Emperor Vanity Society, Johnny Lucky and other friends from the Imperial Court of NY and many others were also on hand to add to the festivities. It was a beautiful day and we all had the most amazing time at the first official Gay Pride celebration of the year!!