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Seattle Named As LGBT-Friendliest City In America!

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Seattle, y’all!!

See? It’s not always about The City By The BayThe Sparkling Emerald City (read: Friends of Dorothy!) is finally getting some respect. Seattle has been named The Number 1 LGBT-Friendliest City in America!

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To honor this year’s Pride, personal finance website NerdWallet compiled a list of the top-20 LGBT-friendly cities. They considered three factors for their rankings:

1.    Presence of gay community, based on U.S. Census data on the percentage of households with same-sex partners in each city.

2.    LGBT-friendly laws and opportunities, based on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Municipal Equality Index.

3.    LGBT safety and tolerance, based on FBI data on the number of sexual orientation-related hate crimes per 100,000 residents in each city.

Seattle aced all three categories. No city has a higher percentage of same-sex partner households (we broke that news last year here on FYI Guy). Seattle also had a perfect score of 100 on the HRC equality index, and a relatively low rate of sexual orientation-related hate crimes at 0.95 per 100,000 residents.

With a final score of 96.8, Seattle easily beat out No. 2 San Francisco.

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Live Long And Prosper in Seattle!!

Oh, hey. Did I mention that the Grand Marshall for the 2014 Seattle Pride Parade is EVERYONE’S Facebook friend, the iconic George Takei? 

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George Takei, best known as Sulu from the original “Star Trek” series, will take the helm at the big event, according to a news release on the Seattle Pride website.

Takei, who is openly gay, has become an outspoken supporter of human rights issues. He has also became an internet celebrity, with more than six million Facebook likes and more than one million followers on Twitter.

Takei and his husband Brad married in 2008 and have been together 27 years. They live in Los Angeles.

The Seattle Pride Parade will take place at 11 AM Sunday, June 29, on 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle.

You read that correctly, my friends. Sulu is comin’ to town. Oh, MY!

To Russia with an ‘LOL! No’: Wentworth Miller Sets ‘Em Straight

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Say what?!

I’m starting to think that Russia lives in a bona fide dream world, the real-life embodiment of the ubiquitous sno-globe. Somehow, they seem to think that their harsh and disgusting human rights violations against their LGBTQ citizens will have nary an effect on how the world sees/treats them. Pause and shake your head at that irony, folks! It’s exactly as ridiculous as it sounds.

Cue the written “voice” of one Wentworth Miller. You may remember him from things such as Prison Break and, let’s be real, quite a few of your fantasies. The man is beautiful, well-spoken, and…gay. Apparently, this wasn’t much of a secret as it was something a number of people had suspected over the years. In fact, there was more shock over his 41 yrs of age (he must drink the same virgin’s blood as Johnny Depp) and exactly how he chose to “come out” i.e. make his sexual orientation wide-spread knowledge rather than speculation.

Russia, specifically the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, extended an invitation to the Brit  to be a “guest of honor” during the fest which runs from Sept. 13th to the 22nd. Wentworth, with a class the Russian government would do well to emulate, wrote an open letter with a clear and emphatic response:

“…as a gay man, I must decline.”

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He continues on to note that, despite being part Russian himself, he “cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly”.

Lawwwwwwd. I don’t know about you but I can smell the singed flesh of that burn from here! We may have Russia attempting to behave as if everything were peachy keen but Wentworth is having none of it! To the point of revealing an aspect of his life that he’d, before now, fiercely guarded. And, truly, if there’s ever a reason to officially out oneself, doing it to bring even more attention to a country’s ass-backward policies regarding a significant number of their population is 100% worth it.

Best Moments From The 2013 Tony Awards; Full List Of Winners

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The 67th Annual Tony Awards aired live on CBS with Neil Patrick Harris taking his fourth turn as host. He opened the show by appearing in the pub scene from ‘Once,’ then going into a medley of hits from the best shows on Broadway.

Harris joined Andrew RannellsMegan Hilty and Laura Benanti to sing about the woes of being a Broadway star with a cancelled TV show.

 

There were a number of big performances, the best of which came from top trophy winners ‘Kinky Boots’ and ‘Pippin.’ One of the best additions of this year’s show was having cast members of older shows introduce the performances.

So we got a gang of Spider-menSimba and his crew, and the kids from ‘Newsies’ introducing the musical numbers, it was pretty cool.

Cyndi Lauper, who won the award for ‘Best Score,’ was on hand for the In Memoriam singing her hit “True Colors.”

The always lovely Cicely Tyson won for ‘Best Leading Actress’ and gave a heartfelt speech that was threatened with being cut short, but she wrapped it up in an incredibly gracious way.

The night ended with NPH doing a Broadway version of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys‘ ‘Empire State of Mind’ with Audra McDonald. I’m never really here for Neil, but the ending with that epic mic drop was awesome.


Here are all the winners! 

Best Musical
Kinky Boots

Best Book of a Musical
Matilda: The Musical

Best Play
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Best Revival of a Musical
Pippin

Best Revival of a Play
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Tracy Letts, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Billy Porter, Kinky Boots

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Patina Miller, Pippin

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Courtney B. VanceLucky Guy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Judith Light, The Assembled Parties

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Gabriel Ebert, Matilda: The Musical

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Andrea Martin, Pippin

Best Direction of a Play
Pam MacKinnonWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Best Direction of a Musical
Diane Paulus, Pippin

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater
Kinky Boots
, music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper

Best Scenic Design of a Play
John Lee Beatty, The Nance

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Rob Howell, Matilda: The Musical

Best Costume Design of a Play
Ann Roth, The Nance

Best Costume Design of a Musical
William Ivey Long, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Lucky Guy

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kenneth Posner, Kinky Boots

Best Sound Design of a Play
Leon Rothenberg, The Nance

Best Sound Design of a Musical
John Shivers, Kinky Boots

Best Choreography
Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots

Best Orchestrations
Stephen Oremus, Kinky Boots

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Bernard Gersten

Paul Libin
Ming Cho Lee

Regional Theatre Award
Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, M.A.

Isabelle Stevenson Award
Larry Kramer

Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre
Career Transition for Dancers

William Craver
Peter Lawrence
The Lost Colony
The four actresses who created the title role of Matilda the Musical on Broadway: Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro