The Topp Twins, Lyrics from Milestones New Zealand Songwriters, Performers, and Comedians (1981- )
In the Topp Twinsâ€™ world of New Zealand, the moon shines brightly on the recent marriage of Lynda Topp and long-time partner, Donna Luxton. They were featured on the cover of the New Zealand Womanâ€™s Day in March 2013. It was the first gay cover on a womenâ€™s magazine in New Zealand ever. And, on Wednesday, April 18, in New Zealand, the New Zealand Parliament voted in favor of Louisa Wallâ€™s bill to allow gay marriage.
The Topp Twins, born in 1981 in small-town rural...
LGBT Dance Stars Compete in Run-Up to 2014 Gay Games
Published: April 4, 2013
By Kathleen Archambeauâ€śApril Follies â€¦ prepare us for the larger comps that draw people from around the world.â€ť Kieren Jameson, A-Level North American Same Sex Partner Dance Champion
Our own â€śDancing with Starsâ€ť light up the San Francisco Bay Area with April Follies, the North American Same Sex...
Wanda Sykes Tells It Like It Is
Published: March 21, 2013
By Kathleen Archambeau â€śItâ€™s very simple: If you donâ€™t believe in same-sex marriage, then donâ€™t marry somebody of the same sex!â€ť
Wanda Sykes Emmy Award-winning Actress, Comedian, Voice Artist and Author (1964 â€“ )
Wanda Sykes could very well be the bravest comedian in Hollywood. From dissing the...
Do You Dream in Color? â€“ Laurie Rubin
Published: February 21, 2013
By Kathleen Archambeau â€śI dream of the red gown Iâ€™ll wear on stage â€¦ I dream of my loverâ€™s black hair. I dream in all the colors of the rainbow.â€ť
Laurie Rubin (1979- ) Blind Lesbian Mezzo Soprano Author and Co-Founder of Ohana Arts Festival & School
Published: February 7, 2013
By Kathleen Archambeauâ€śI would say that poetry is the place we go to when we donâ€™t have any more words.â€ť (POETS. org)Richard Blanco Youngest and Only Immigrant Gay Inaugural Poet
Geysa Blanco never imagined her youngest son, Richard, who was born in Spain and raised in Miami of...
Ravenlightâ€™s Life Celebrated
Published: January 24, 2013
By Kathleen Archambeau
â€śMainstream media coverage rarely reflects the personal fear and everyday torment that living with cancer bring (s)â€¦â€ť
Ravenlight Lesbian Bodyworker and Breast Cancer Activist (1952-2012)
Even if you did not personally know Ravenlight, you might remember her. She was the woman who marched alone...
Merce Cunningham Reinvented Dance
Published: January 10, 2013
By Kathleen Archambeau â€śYou have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel...
Inspiring LGBTQ Profiles
Published: December 20, 2012
By Kathleen Archambeau â€śI was watching the news the other day brought to you by Paxil. Now I need it. Smart advertising.â€ť Ellen DeGeneres American Talk Show Host and Comedian (1958 â€“ )
Ellen DeGeneres has weathered the blows of Hollywood. After ABC produced â€śThese Friends of Mine,â€ť...
Reinaldo Arenas Challenged Ideological Dogmatism
Published: November 15, 2012
By Kathleen Archambeauâ€śI have always considered it despicable to grovel for your life as if life were a favor. If you cannot live the way you want, there is no point in living.â€ťReinaldo Arenas Cuban Writer 1943 â€“ 1990)
Like many Cubans, Reinaldo Arenas grew up in rural poverty....
Oscar Wilde Lived and Loved with Honesty
Published: October 18, 2012
By Kathleen Archambeauâ€śBe yourself. Everyone else is already taken.â€ťOscar Wilde Irish writer and playwright 1854 -1900
Known for his quick wit and brilliant commentary on Victorian society, Oscar Fingal Oâ€™Flahertie Wills Wilde, born in Dublin, Ireland, could never be accused of not being himself. A brilliant student, Wilde came...
Bay Times Exclusive: Interview with Author Emma Donoghue
Published: August 9, 2012
By Kathleen Archambeauâ€śOften they (friends) imagine theyâ€™re in my book and they are not.â€ťEmma Donoghue
Irish Writer Short-Listed for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction
Emma Donoghue, 23, was fired from the only job -- summer chambermaid â€“ that she ever held other than writer. Now 42, Donoghue...
How One Person Changed a Community
Published: July 12, 2012
By Kathleen Archambeauâ€śPlease donâ€™t. I have a family.â€ťGwen Araujo Transgendered Girl Murdered in Newark, CA
The story that began in a Silicon Valley suburb, when Edward Araujo, Jr. at age 14 became Gwen Araujo, a pre-operative transgender young woman, could have ended with her death at age 17. Most...
Dot-Marie Jones Brings Glee to SF Pride
Published: June 21, 2012
By Kathleen Archambeauâ€śYouâ€™ll always have a seatat my table.â€ť
Dot-Marie Jones Actress on Glee
From lockdown at juvenile hall in Fresno to Hollywood star on Glee, world champion arm wrestler Dorothy (Dot)- Marie Jones has always persevered. As the youngest of six children and aunt to 24 nieces...
Inspiring LGBTQ Profiles
Published: June 14, 2012
By Kathleen Archambeauâ€śThis ainâ€™t Reality TV. This is 8 shows a week! Now go see a Mother - @ # $ % & Broadway show!â€ťNeil Patrick Harris, Host, 66th Annual Tony Award Show and Emmy Award-winning Actor
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Neil Patrick Harris made his film...
From Broadway With Love
Published: May 17, 2012
By Kathleen Archambeau
â€śI met this woman, I fell in love with her and Iâ€™m a public figure.â€ť
Cynthia Nixon Tony Award-Winning Actress
For 15 years, Cynthia Nixon looked like any other up-and-coming New York actress, taking on juicy heterosexual roles, raising her two children, Samantha and...
Spreading the Love of Reading
Published: May 3, 2012
By Kathleen ArchambeauLuann Stauss had a dream that she made come true in Oakland. She opened Laurel Book Store at 4100 MacArthur Blvd. just four days after 9/11/2001. Stauss is now entering her eleventh year in business. The mission of her independent bookstore: Spreading the love of reading, person to...
Inspiring LGBTQ Profiles
Published: April 19, 2012
By Kathleen Archambeauâ€śTo all the amazing kids that watch our showâ€¦who are constantly told NO that they canâ€™t be who they are or have what they want because of who they are by the people in their environments or by bullies at school, well, screw that, kids!â€ť Chris Colfer,...
Livin' La Vida Loca
Published: March 22, 2012
By Kathleen Archambeauâ€śIf I knew how good it was gonnaâ€™ feel, I would have come out 10 years ago.â€ť - Ricky Martin
Born Enrique Martin Morales in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ricky Martin began his career performing in the boy band Menudo from ages 13-17. Today, 40 year-old...
Inspiring LGBT Profiles
By Kirsten Kruse Published: February 23, 2012
By Kathleen ArchambeauBanned in Iran, Circumstance explores the world Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims does not exist. Lesbian activity, just like homosexual activity, is punishable by death on the fourth convicted offense in Iran. Being queer is illegal in many Middle Eastern countries, except Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Israel. So,...
Prolific Dustin Lance Black
Published: January 12, 2012
By Kathleen Archambeauâ€śThe one thing we canâ€™t do is attack the churchâ€™s beliefs as a religionâ€¦some gays and lesbians still love God, even though weâ€™ve been rejected by our congregations, in our mosques and in our synagogues.â€ť
Dustin Lance Black Oscar-winning Screenwriter (1974 â€“ present)
Faggot. Cocksucker. Queer....
Georgina Beyer: New Zealand Member of Parliament
Published: December 15, 2011
By Kathleen Archambeauâ€śIntelligent people would save their protest for the ballot."Georgina Beyer became the first openly transgender national politician in the world. Georgina went from sex worker to government worker. From drag queen to greeting the Queen of England. Elected a Member of Parliament (MP) in New Zealand in 1999,...