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Georgia’s “Indiana-Style” Bill Stalls, While Protestors March

Georgia’s “Indiana-Style” Bill Stalls, While Protestors March

By Dustin Shrader

Georgia’s  ‘Religious Freedom’ bill has been stalled due to national backlash over Indiana’s own controversial law.

The Senate passed Georgia’s bill within minutes after its initial introduction earlier this month, only to be stalled at the committee stage before closing of last week’s session because of the added anti-discrimination language, which would have allowed the bill to be used against the LGBT community.

The committee canceled yesterday’s meeting to discuss the bill further before the vote was supposed to take place today.

It is unclear at this time if the meeting will be rescheduled. The possibility that the bill was quietly killed as a direct result of Indiana’s backlash is pertinent.

Over 100 opponents against the bill rallied around the Georgia State Capitol earlier today, protesting the bill’s fate with only a few days left in the legislative’s session.

The protestors were heard chanting, “Not in my name! Not in our name! Not in God’s Name!”

Although, the marchers’ message is clear, no word on how it will affect the ultimate outcome.

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Miss Lauren’s Blackjack of Atlanta Defuncts Death Rumors, “I’m Still Alive and Kicking!”

Miss Lauren’s Blackjack of Atlanta Defuncts Death Rumors, “I’m Still Alive and Kicking!”

By Dustin Shrader

Contrary to popular belief, Miss Lauren’s Blackjack of Atlanta has not passed away.

In an exclusive quote from the legendary dealer herself, she says, “No, I am still alive and kicking. I am not sure how it got around that I was dead. I do have terminal cancer. I was diagnosed a couple of years ago. Recently, I found out I have to go back into the hospital for surgery. So, maybe that is how the rumor started?  The cancer started out in my small intestine and moved into my lymph nodes. I am taking treatment and feeling great. As of right now, everything is stable and has been for some time. Don’t count me out just yet!”

Miss Lauren hails back from the infamous Backstreet, some 20 years ago. Notable places she has dealt include: Burkhart’s, The Hideaway, Heretic, Tucker Saloon and many others throughout her illustrious career. She does real Vegas-style blackjack, with 30-plus years experience. If you were a one-million-dollar winner in one of her games, she would gift you with one of her t-shirts with her famous catchphrases known as Diddy’s. Some of these include: “The more you drink, the more you win. The more you bet, the more you win.” One of the first to use a t-shirt for one-million-dollar winners, for each table and location at the games you could get your name on a plaque of top winners. She still has every record of every t-shirt won and top place holder.

Currently still at The Tucker Saloon and performing Wednesdays and Thursdays at The Model T, Miss Lauren thanks everyone for the concern and well-wishes.

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NCAA And Broadway Star Audra McDonald Share Disdain Over Indiana’s “Religious Freedom” Bill

NCAA And Broadway Star Audra McDonald Share Disdain Over Indiana’s “Religious Freedom” Bill

By Dustin Shrader

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s ill-advised decision to sign the “religious freedom” bill into law has caused quite the uproar with national businesses and celebrity supporters of the LGBT community. This ghastly new legal measure could allow businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers all in the sake of preserving their “religious” rights.

The NCAA are apprehensive about the bill considering the Final Four tournament will take place there next week. “We are especially concerned about how this legislation could affect our student-athletes and employees,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

President Emmert said the NCAA will “work diligently to ensure competitors and visitors at next week’s Final Four are not negatively impacted by this bill.” Emmert also highlighted that the organization, based in Indianapolis of all places, plan to “closely examine the implications of this bill and how it might affect future events as well as our workforce.”

First openly gay basketball player, Jason Collins shared his own understandable disappointment with the signing of the bill. Asking Gov. Pence in a tweet, Collins wondered if it is “going to be legal for someone to discriminate against me & others when we come” to the Final Four.

Perhaps the most outspoken, prominent figure against the bill would have to be six-time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald. In  a series of tweets, McDonald gave the Indianna governor a virtual tongue lashing.

Audra McDonald, @AudraEqualityMc:

 

.@GovPenceIN Some in my band are gay & we have 2 gigs in your state next month. Should we call ahead to make sure the hotel accepts us all?

.@GovPenceIN or could you maybe send us a list of where its okay for us to go? Might the law apply to me?(I’m black).

.@GovPenceIN or maybe I should fire my gay band members just to be on the safe side.

.@GovPenceIN Or MAYBE…we need to stick to singing in states that don’t legislate hate?

.@GovPenceIN Or MAYBE I donate the money I make in your state while Im there to organizations that will combat your hateful legislation.

.@GovPenceIN Yep. That’s what I’ll do. Hey @HRC get ready for a little money coming your way from Indiana via me to you! Have at it!

 

Pence still signed the bill in his office Thursday afternoon. In his own statement, Pence hid behind the right to religious freedom as his reasons for his hate.

“The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action,” Pence said.

Pence has yet to comment on Indiana’s potential loss of national business and celebrity support.

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Jane Lynch Brings “See Jane Sing” To Atlanta, Talks Future After “Glee”

Jane Lynch Brings “See Jane Sing” To Atlanta, Talks Future After “Glee”

By Dustin Shrader

Humble and sweet, as she is comedic and quick-witted, Jane Lynch very well might be the hardest working woman in show business today. After wrapping up Glee’s sixth and final season, everyone’s favorite, my-way-or-the-highway cheerleading coach is embarking on her next adventure—See Jane Sing: An Evening With Jane Lynch. See Jane Sing is Lynch’s national touring, musical comedy, a cabaret show she originally debuted in June 2014 at New York’s legendary venue 54 Below. Immensely enjoying those opening four nights last summer, Ms. Lynch decided to take the act on the road, traveling all around the U.S. with good buddies Kate Flannery (Meredith of The Office) and Tim Davis (Glee’s Vocal Coordinator). In anticipation of bringing her show to Atlanta’s Symphony Hall this Saturday, Jane opened up to Fenuxe about her crowd-pleasing performance, shooting a new pilot for CBS and the possibility of doing a full Broadway run in the future.

Fenuxe: I am excited to see your show! It has received high praise, what can we expect?

Jane Lynch: Well, I’m biased, but it is fantastic. It is about an hour long. It goes by really fast. It is funny. We have crammed a bunch of songs and a bunch of patter. I have a five-piece band, the Tony Guerrero Quintet, my friend Kate Flannery from The Office joins me for the bulk of it and my friend Tim Davis who opens for me, he joins us for some three-part harmonies. It is a bunch of different styles, I have some funny jazz numbers, some Broadway tunes we reimagined and rearranged, even a love song medley I find extremely funny. We smile, have a lot of laughs and so does the audience.

F: How has it been working with Kate and Tim?

JL: Terrific! You know, Kate and I have been weaving in and out of each other’s lives for decades. We’ve been performing and singing, and when I decided to do this cabaret show I gave her a call and said, “I can’t think of anyone, I’d rather have on stage performing with me.” She came out and we worked it up. We have a blast doing it! We started doing it at 54 Below, the cabaret space in New York. They gave me four nights before I even had a show. I kinda had a deadline, but that is how we came up with it. Tim was the vocal arranger on Glee and he is touring with me, he is a wonderful crooner. He is so talented and such a handsome guy, you’re going to love him! He and Tony of the quintet open for me, Kate and I flip in a little later and we have a blast!

F: Was performing in Annie sort of the inspiration to do your own show?

JL: Yeah, it sure was. I hadn’t done theatre in a while since I started out. Then when I moved into television and film, I had no desire to go back to the stage at all. And the offer for Annie came up and I thought, “Who turns down a Broadway musical?” So, I did that and got the bug all over again. I wanted to keep performing. 54 Below gave me those four nights and I am having such a great time. We decided to take it out on the road, doing a smattering of dates all over the country. Now that I am finished with Glee, I’ll be picking up steam and adding more dates in terms of the tour.

F: Taking part in Annie and doing See Jane Sing, have you considered a longer running Broadway show?

JL: That is a great question! You know, I think the world is our oyster. We could keep doing the touring, which is great. But I am also imagining in my head how I can get into something where we stay in one space, make it a little fuller, a little bigger, add a bit more music and an over-arching theme to make the show longer. It is a possibility, because I have a ton of ideas of what I could add to it.

F: Is every show the same or is improvisation involved, as well?

JL: We do improv, actually! My drummer Matt Johnson said last night it is a tight and loose show. My kind of way of working is I plan every single moment I leave no stone unturned. It is a complete entity by the time I am through and put it out on stage. Then and only then do I feel free to goof around. It is very loose but there are definite parameters. With the parameters set, I feel as if it has become my playpen and then I can move around. Last night we had a show here in Alexandria, it was very loose. People asked if it was all improvised and it wasn’t. It is very structured but within that structure, we have a blast.

F: I was thrilled to hear you are coming back to TV with CBS’s Angel From Hell.

JL: Well with the pilot we shoot the show, then the network decides if they will take it to series or not. We just had our first table read yesterday. We start shooting next week and hopefully, it is something CBS will want to take the bait. I’m really excited.

F: Any other big names joining Angel From Hell?

JL: Yeah, Kevin Pollock and Maggie Lawson, who was on Psych will be joining. And Kyle Bornheimer, who you will recognize. The four of us are kind of the regulars in it.

F: If given the green light, will we see it this fall?

JL: I would think so, I am hoping so. That is definitely the intention, so we will see what happens.

F: Are you still going to have time for a third season of Hollywood Game Night?

JL:  Yep! In fact, it sounds like I am the busiest person in the world, but last weekend and the weekend before we shot ten Hollywood Game Nights! We are ready to throw those on the air early this summer.

F: Wow, that is intense.

JL: I am exhausted, my friend. But I had a great sleep last night, so I could be ready to talk to you.

F: What has been your favorite role played to date?

JL: Oh gosh, it is always the one I’m doing. I will say though, Sue Sylvester has been a complete joy to play. I did it for over six years. The longest role I have ever played. I loved it from start to finish. The great thing about Sue and the double-edged sword of the character, she is great in small doses. So, I was sprinkled in and out. It was always a good time. These last thirteen episodes, I was in so much of them. It was fun and I had such crazy things to do. I am eternally grateful to all the powers that be over for allowing me to go out with a bang.

F: Out of six seasons, who would be your favorite co-star or guest star? I’m sure Carol Burnett was a pleasure to work with.

JL: Oh, Carol Burnett and Olivia Newton John were so amazing to work with. Matt Morrison is my favorite co-star in the world. I just love him. He is a real joy to hang out with.

F: Well, because you are such a prominent figure I have to ask, I was wondering your thoughts on the whole D&G scandal?

JL: You know what, I have been so busy, so I am unplugged from everything that is going on. But people say stupid things all the time. We all do.

F: Yes, that is true. So, have you always been a singer or did that come about on Glee?

JL: I have always loved singing. I grew up in a musical family. We didn’t sit around and play instruments like the Partridge Family but we did sit around the kitchen table and sing songs. My parents loved harmonizing, but that is about as far as it went. They would also do the church musicals, where ironically everyone got loaded, but that was really my first exposure to singing. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love it.

F: Have you been to Atlanta before?

JL: I have! I shot The Three Stooges there and another film called A.C.O.D.: Adult Children of Divorce. I love it! I love the food. It looks like we are going to have some time too! I have like a day and a half to hang out there. Look for me on the street! We will take a picture! I would love to have people come out to Symphony Hall. I can’t wait to play there. It is going to be a lot of fun.

Jane will be performing See Jane Sing live this Saturday, March 28 at the Atlanta Symphony Hall.

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Video: David Gandy Stuns In His Own Underwear

Video: David Gandy Stuns In His Own Underwear

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

You’ve probably already taken considerable notice of his piercing blue eyes, his stunning physique and the fact that he looks absolutely gorgeous in a pair of white swim trunks (all of him). Yes, David Gandy (34) is the model who for years has been the eye catcher for the fragrance Dolce & Gabanna Light Blue and in which he lounges on a Mediterranean beach in a skimpy, white swimsuit.

Maybe that’s the reason why he has teamed up with British Marks & Spencer and Autograph to create a line of luxurious sleepwear and underwear bearing his name? Because in the video clip created to promote his underwear, he does not veer from the tried-and-tested formula of piercing you with those steely, blue eyes, showing off his unbelievable physique and proving once again that he (all of him!) looks d*** good in underwear.

The only downside to it all: the underwear is so far only available in select European markets. On this side of the Atlantic we’ll have to suffice with the video for now so don’t feel bad if you need to watch it 5-10 times like we did …

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J Tyler To Release Debut EP In 2015

J Tyler To Release Debut EP In 2015

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

He’s been our favorite Atlanta gay rapper for a while, and now J Tyler is taking a very big step to further promote his music by releasing his debut EP album titled ‘All That Glitters Ain’t Gold’. A step that we’d like to think we helped him achieve. About his upcoming album release of all original songs the artist says:

“I decided to name my first album ‘All That Glitters Ain’t Gold’ because of the different meanings. Of course, everybody knows the old saying, but to me, it signifies what my rise is about. I damn sure didn’t sparkle as soon as I hit the stage. It took time to polish my talents.

It also reflects the struggle I faced when moving to Atlanta at the age of 19 to follow this dream. My color is gold. So, I wanted to incorporate a title that, when you hear it, you think “J. Tyler”. Glitter can be played to the homosexual stereotype of when you think gay, you think sparkle, glitter, pride! Glitter symbolizes the pride I take in being gay, and knowing that I am confident in myself”.

J Tyler’s debut EP album release is expected to be early 2015 – for more info and soundbites go to his homepage.

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Post-Pride Problems: Please Go Home!!

Post-Pride Problems: Please Go Home!!

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Atlanta pride is over and it’s Monday – officially post-pride! We’ll have to wait a whole year for all the special parties, the fresh meat, I mean, visiting tourists, the park, the parade, the days and nights of never-ending partying and all of the cute guys out and about and ready for a good time. Yes, it was a great and fun-filled weekend – but right now, it’s actually comforting to know that it’s all not happening again anytime soon… Time to shake off the weekend’s shenanigans and suppress the urge to shout ‘happy pride’ at everyone who may cross your path today. That is, if you can!

Maybe you’re experiencing the same conundrum is the guy in this video  – a hilarous parody on Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’ – whose post-pride problem consists of the want and need to be alone after being among throes of people and even hooking up on a one-night stand – and said hook-up won’t take a hint and get on out so you can lie on your couch, order pizza and binge-watch SATC, GOT, TWD or OITNB…

By a raise of hands (because at this point, it’s only body part that will go up), how many are in the same situation right now? Can we get a #byefelicia?

Check out the video below, which is produced by SF-based Ratchet Production and features singers Daniel Franzese and Adrian Anchondo from the San Francisco Gay Men’s Choir.

Happy pride! (sorry, force of habit…)

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More Than Half-Way: SCOTUS Move Widens Same-Sex Marriage To 30 States

More Than Half-Way: SCOTUS Move Widens Same-Sex Marriage To 30 States

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

We were hoping that the Supreme Court Justices would take up the question on whether or not states should be allowed to ban gay marriage. Instead, the justices refused to review lower court decisions that struck down state bans on same-sex marriage on October 6. But without saying a word they still made a pretty loud and clear statement on the issue by choosing NOT address the issue just yet.

Because the effect of saying nothing on the matter means the rulings of the lower courts stand, which, in the case of 11 more states – Utah, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, and Wisconsin – will allows same-sex marriage. The here-and-now effect? As of Monday same-sex couples could get a marriage license and get married in those states – legally. And the total number of states where same-sex marriage is legal is now up to 30 – more than half of all American states.

So what happens if some of the lower courts move to uphold the ban on same-sex marriage? That’s when the Supreme Court is likely to step in and officially address the issue – or at least make it clear that couples that have been married and have marriage licenses will stay married. Under all circumstances this decision (or indecision) will put additional pressure on the remaining states that do not yet allow gay marriage. Even though this is not a national constitutional right just yet, this move has paved the way for freedom to marry in what accounts for 60% of the American population. And that’s a pretty big step on the way.

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Check Out The “Real” Good Song From Years & Years

Check Out The “Real” Good Song From Years & Years

By BLENDERtunes.com

You probably haven’t heard of the band Years & Years and that’s totally OK with them because you’ll definitely fall in love the group after hearing their music.

The trio comprises of bassist Mikey Goldsworth, synth player Emre Turkmen, and Olly Alexander who provide the superb vocals. The group helms from London and they have slowly been putting out some great tracks over the past year or two. “Real” is one of the better songs that the group has released due to it’s chill, ElectroPop sound, and driving beat.

The song fits just right in with other songs of today following the current surge of Electronic, 90s club style of music (Kiesza’s “Hideaway” & Disclosure’s “Latch”). Olly’s soulful vocals compliment the track’s catchy-as-hell chorus and takes the song to another, much appreciated, level.

Be careful not to become mesmerized by the neon lights and awesome dance grooves of actor Ben Whishaw in the video – he really does get down.

Be on the look out for more songs from the group including their just released track “Take Shelter.”

This content is exclusively provided by BLENDERtunes.com – You’re welcome!

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