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Atlanta Gay News Flash

By D. David Kinney

A Victory For Marriage Equality  In Pennsylvania

Yesterday we saw Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage declared unconstitutional and on Tuesday Pennsylvania’s ban has bit the dust. This makes Pennsylvania the nineteenth state to see same-sex marriage legalized.

HRC President Chad Griffin released the following statement regarding the marriage equality victory in Pennsylvania: “Today a federal judge appointed by President George W. Bush became the latest to uphold the most sacred ideals of this nation and our Constitution – that justice and equality matter above all else. It seems that every passing day brings LGBT Americans a new victory in our unwavering march toward justice.  And thanks to our friends at the ACLU of PA and ACLU National, the attorneys of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, and the proud plaintiffs who brought this case, the inescapable reality of full equality under the law is now one step closer.”


Judge Strikes Down Oregon’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Despite Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s refusal to defend her state’s gay marriage ban, the National Organization for Marriage asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to let them argue against same-sex marriage on behalf of the state. However, NOM’s efforts were not successful and Judge Michael McShane rejected their request. In his ruling today, Judge McShane wrote: “Expanding the embrace of civil marriage to gay and lesbian couples will not burden any legitimate state interest… The state’s marriage laws unjustifiably treat same-gender couples differently than opposite-gender couples. The laws assess a couple’s fitness for civil marriage based on their sexual orientation: opposite-gender couples pass; same-gender couples do not. No legitimate state purpose justifies the preclusion of gay and lesbian couples from civil marriage.”

In response to the positive news from Oregon, the Human Rights Campaign’s President, Chad Griffin, issued a statement saying: “Today’s ruling from Judge McShane affirms what a majority of Oregonians already knew: discrimination has no place in our society, much less the state constitution, Human Rights Campaign President, Chad Griffin, wrote in a statement released Monday, “The plaintiffs and their tremendous attorneys Lake James Perriguey, Lea Ann Easton, Perkins Coie LLP, the ACLU of Oregon and the ACLU, should be incredibly proud of their historic victory.  Thanks to their willingness to fight and the decades of work done by groups like Basic Rights Oregon and countless others, America is now one giant step closer to full equality nationwide.”

Source: ABC News


HBO’s John Oliver Explores Nintendo’s New Gay World

People weren’t very happy when news began to spread that Nintendo’s new Sims-like video game, “Tomodachi Life,” would not allow for same-sex relationships. The situation attracted so much attention from gay and allied gamers that Nintendo eventually released a statement. “We apologize for disappointing many people by failing to include same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life,” Nintendo wrote , “Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to change this game’s design, and such a significant development change can’t be accomplished with a post-ship patch.” 

As you can imagine this was pretty low hanging fruit for HBO’s John Oliver, the host of Last Week Tonight. Check out the hilarious clip from his show on Sunday:

Source: CBS News, Huffington Post


Craig Ferguson’s Character In ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2″ Comes Out

Gobber, from the hit animated movie “How To Train Your Dragon, is out of the closet! The character is voiced by talk show host Craig Ferguson, and his coming out was a complete surprise – even to the show’s writer and director, Dean DeBlois. “It wasn’t that deliberate. It was an ad-lib that Craig Ferguson added,” DeBlois told FOX, “I’d written the line ‘This is why I never married.’ And then he had tagged that on to it. And we all started chuckling and said that’s right, Gobber’s coming out in this movie. I just love that about Craig. He’s always got just a little extra something for you. I think it’s nice. It’s progressive, it’s honest, and it feels good, so we wanted to keep it.” Kudos, Mr. Ferguson! 

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Advising Atlanta’s Mayor

By D. David Kinney

Atlanta is a progressive splash of blue treading water in a blustery sea of red. Keeping Atlanta on a Democratic bearing has been Mayor Kasim Reed since he was first inaugurated in 2010. However, Mayor Reed isn’t a member of the LGBT community. He doesn’t necessarily know what our community needs or how laws are uniquely affecting our population. So Reed created a new LGBT advisor position to help him navigate the legal landscape with respect to gay issues.

“Last Autumn the mayor created the advisor position and asked me if I would serve. I was very honored and, of course, accepted,” Robin Joy Shahar told FENUXE Magazine during a recent interview. Shahar is the Mayor’s Advisor on LGBT Issues and Chief Counsel at the City of Atlanta Department of Law. She began her career with the City of Atlanta in 1993. “I’ve worked in the Attorney’s office since 1993. I started out as an associate city attorney and worked my way up to now be one of the chief counsels in the office,” she explained.

It is Shahar’s job to advise the mayor on LGBT issues, however, she still has to separate her personal feelings from her professional opinions. “As a lawyer I have to distinguish between what is in my heart and how I address things professionally. Similarly, as an advisor I have what is in my heart, but I advise the mayor for what makes sense in his role. He feels very passionately about [LGBT rights] and I identify ways for him to accomplish what he wants to accomplish. I take that role very seriously and I’m honored to be in this role,” Shahar commented.

Shahar made an effort to point out that all of her work is made possible because Mayor Reed wants to affect positive change for the LGBT community. “He believes in it. Atlanta has a history of being on the right side of civil rights issues. Civil rights add to the richness of this city. The mayor has identified that LGBT rights are basic human rights. On the issue of marriage equality it took him more time. But he was voting on LGBT equality issues in the legislator in a progressive, supportive way years ago,” Shahar said.

Atlanta has a large and beautifully diverse LGBT community which must make advising the mayor on LGBT issues a daunting task. Shahar has to consider everyone in our community when she makes recommendations to the mayor. “It does feel like a lot of weight, but it gives me the opportunity to help Atlanta be cutting edge on LGBT equal treatment,” she remarked.

If Shahar and Mayor Reed’s goal is to keep Atlanta on the cutting edge of LGBT equal treatment there is data that clearly suggests the Mayor is succeeding. “The city is the first in the deep South to get a 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index,” Shahar cheerfully added, “It is huge for us and that is not a stopping point. It is an area where we will continue to look at cutting edge ways to be supportive of the LGBT community and equal treatment as well as equal rights (because they’re not the same). As his advisor on LGBT issues I’m committed to providing him suggestions on how to do that. He wants to be doing that. I am talking to people, reading things and thinking about ways to improve Atlanta’s protection of LGBT rights.”

One of the ways Shahar is helping Mayor Reed improve LGBT rights for gay Atlantans is through their work with the Freedom to Marry organization. “The Freedom to Marry is an organization that has been around for a while,” Shahar said, “Their goal is to try to get support nationally for marriage equality for different reasons. One of which is that even though the Supreme Court is supposed to be politically neutral the reality is that public opinion does influence the timing of decisions. Freedom to Marry would like to show that there is a majority of Americans that support marriage equality.” Shahar helped Reed get on board as a co-chair of Freedom to Marry’s new initiative, Southerners for the Freedom to Marry. We’re “focusing on the South because it is likely the area of the United States that needs more attention in terms of education and having people think about the issue of marriage equality. Ultimately, it will also allow people who are struggling with it to have their views moved toward understanding the importance of marriage equality. As [Mayor Reed] said in his press conference, he will wear as many hats as necessary to help achieve marriage equality,” Shahar detailed. However, she didn’t ignore the fact that Reed hasn’t always supported marriage equality. Instead, Shahar highlighted Reed’s evolution on gay marriage as the reason for his ardent support. “Marriage equality is an issue that the has struggled with and come to resolution with relatively recently in the past year or so. After making a decision about that issue he felt strongly that he needed to support it. Not just in Atlanta but nationally because it is a basic human right. He supports basic human rights and Atlanta supports basic human rights,” she said.

Atlanta may support gay rights, but the same can’t be said for Georgia after recent legislative scares in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Both chambers considered legislation called the “Preservation of Religious Freedom Act,” also known as HB 1023 and SB 377. Critics argued that the bills would legalize anti-gay discrimination. However, Shahar sounded optimistic that Georgia won’t pass these bills. The Georgia anti-gay “bills were almost identical to Arizona’s. What I thought was fascinating and very powerful was that the legislators who wrote the bills in Arizona realized that they had made a mistake and requested the governor veto them. That the Super Bowl came out and said to Arizona, ‘If you pass this we may not come here.’ That respected large corporations said to Arizona, ‘Don’t do this.’ You’re going to have people who feel threatened by the progress of LGBT rights. That’s to be expected. But what’s so fascinating is that they’re being drowned out. It wasn’t even the LGBT community that ultimately changed the minds of these folks. It was the reality that the private sector isn’t going to put up with it. The private sector is no longer behind it. The private sector by and large understands the importance of LGBT equality and is going to say so,” Shahar explained.

So we narrowly prevented a setback here in Georgia with HB 1023 and SB 377. Can Georgia’s LGBT community realize progress when we’re fighting to merely maintain ground? “I never thought that in my lifetime I would see the decision that came out of the Supreme Court this past year. I think that Georgia is moving forward. I think that statewide the progress will take time. I think we’re moving in the right direction consistently. We may have to step back and take two steps forward. I don’t think it will be easy. But I think there are enough people on the right side of this issue that progress will continue to be made. That’s huge. I think the city will lead the way nationwide in terms of progressive policies and progressive laws. Atlanta will continue to be a place where LGBT people will visit and make home. A place where they enjoy living, working and feeling like they are equal citizens like anyone else who lives here,” Shahar concluded.

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Atlanta Gay News Flash

By D. David Kinney

Fred Phelps Dies After Lifetime Of Harassing Gay Community

Fred Phelps died Wednesday night at age 84. He spent his time on Earth leading the Westboro Baptist Church on a crusade against the LGBT and Jewish communities. Fred and his family members make up the majority of the church’s small membership. For years they’ve shouted Fred’s signature mantra, “God Hates Fags,” while holding up large anti-gay posters.

Reaction to Phelps’ death has been mixed in social media. Some were quick to mock Phelps:


Others used social media to direct people’s attention toward helping LGBT charities instead of hate, anger or mockery:


Yet, even after Phelps’ death, the most bombastic reactions from social media came from Westboro Baptist Church’s twitter account:


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New Video Takes ‘First Kiss’ To ‘First Gay Hug’

There are tons of “First Kiss” spoofs and parodies in every corner of the Internet. But we’ve found one video that goes beyond the laughs. “First Gay Hug” asks 15 homophobic people to simply hug a gay person. Its creators bill it as “a homophohic experiment.” You can watch it below:

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High School Censors Gay Student’s Coming Out Story In Yearbook

Taylor Ellis is a high school junior who was simply interviewed by the assistant editor at his school’s yearbook. The short profile was about Ellis coming out and finding acceptance in his community. However, trouble started when the school district’s superintendent forced the yearbook to remove the profile and “insisted that the piece was not ‘consistent with the mission of our school,'” Slate.com reports. The Human Rights Campaign is calling on Sheridan High School in Arkansas to stop censoring Taylor Ellis’ yearbook profile.

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Evangelist Franklin Graham Praises Putin For Tough Stance On Gays

Fred Phelps isn’t the only Baptist making headlines today. The son of evangelist Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for standing up against the LGBT community. ““In my opinion, Putin is right on these issues,” the Charlotte Observer reports Graham wrote, “Obviously, he may be wrong about many things, but he has taken a stand to protect his nation’s children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda. Our president and his attorney general have turned their backs on God and His standards, and many in the Congress are following the administration’s lead. This is shameful.

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U.S. Sending Gay Experts To Uganda

Secretary of State John Kerry is arranging for “American experts on homosexuality” to meet with Ugandan leaders. Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signed the “Kill the Gays” bill into law after “a panel of party members with medical backgrounds Museveni convened to study the cause of homosexuality presented a report concluding homosexuality is not an inborn trait,” Buzzfeed reports. He had previously said he would not sign the law if homosexuality was genetic. 

Photos: Shutterstock.com, David ShankboneAmericasroofdbking


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Apple’s CEO Supports ENDA

By D. David Kinney

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook wrote an op-ed that appears in Monday’s Wall Street Journal supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). “The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would provide basic protections against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. ENDA simply affords to all Americans basic employment protection from discrimination based on irrational prejudice. The bill explicitly prohibits preferential treatment and quotas and does not permit disparate impact suits. In addition, it exempts small businesses, religious organizations and the military,” the Human Rights Campaign writes about ENDA on its website. 

There is a vote scheduled tonight in the Senate making good on a promise from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that the legislation would be considered before Thanksgiving. The Senate hasn’t voted on ENDA since 1996 when it failed to pass by one vote (49-50). However, times have changed and a simple majority is no longer sufficient to pass legislation in the Senate. Because of a likely Republican filibuster the Democrats must now amass 60 votes to pass ENDA. 

What can you do to help? Call Senator Johnny Isakson and Senator Saxby Chambliss and tell them that you support ENDA. They’re not going to support ENDA, but it is important to let Congress know the bill has support… even here in Georgia!  If you want to get more involved check out HRC’s webpage about ENDA.

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Should you come out at work?

When we think of “coming out,” it usually centers around telling friends and family. However, in order to live out and open it is usually necessary for us to come out in other areas of life as well. No single place causes as much “coming out” anxiety as the workplace.

Some employers are über gay friendly and some are not. So how will you know if it is OK to come out at work? The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) suggests that you start by asking questions and assessing your work situation. The first place to look is at your workplace nondiscrimination policy to see if it includes sexual orientation or gender identity. Employers in Georgia are not required to have such policies that recognize sexual orientation.

After assessing your workplace situation, if you are comfortable coming out, then choose your timing and context carefully. It could be kind of awkward to waltz into the office one random morning and just start singing harrowing tales of your gayness. HRC suggests you make a plan and come out to the people you feel most comfortable with at first and “talk about LGBT-related news stories, movies, TV shows or other topics as a way to signal your views or start the conversation.”

So why come out at work? Wouldn’t it be easier to just keep your coworkers in the dark and let them mind their own business? Sure, if that’s how you feel. However, there are benefits to coming out at work as well. Moreover, there are benefits to both you personally and to your company.

HRC explains that being out at work “eliminates the need to hide or mislead, makes deeper friendships possible, breaks down barriers to understanding, builds trusting working relationships, let’s us bring our ‘whole selves’ to work, being open can make you more productive, and can even benefit your career because your peers will see you in a new, perhaps even courageous, light.”

The personal advantages alone can often make coming out at work worthwhile; however, according to a new study called “Power of Out 2.0,” things are getting better, but we have farther to go. The Center for Talent Innovation recently released their updated study that is based on a survey of 983 American employees who self-identify as LGBT. The group also conducted similar studies in other countries around the world.

The survey found:

  • In 2012, 59 percent of LGBT people surveyed were out at work. This number is up from 52 percent the year before.
  • Coming out at work, “gives LGBT professionals access to business opportunities through which they can exercise their leadership.”
  • Coming out doesn’t benefit men and women equally. “A significant gender gap persists between LGB male and female employees with respect to how their likely LGB status benefits them in the workplace. Men are nearly twice as likely to consider their LGB identity an asset in the workplace.”
  • Our community’s straight allies really help. “The creation of a workplace where LGBT talent can thrive is due in large part to allies. Twenty-four percent of LGBT workers credit their decision to come out professionally to allies in their workplace. While many straight employees define themselves as allies of their LGBT coworkers, only a small percentage — 12 percent of men and 23 percent of women — quality as an ‘active ally,’ i.e. someone who has performed two or more LGBT supporting actions, such as aiding a coworker in his or her coming out or speaking up to co-workers in defense of LGBTs.”
  • “LGBT women are more likely to face discrimination because of their ‘double jeopardy’ of gender and sexual orientation or gender identity — 74 percent of lesbians say they encounter bias compared to 51 percent of gay men.”
  • “Discrimination continues to pressure LGBT individuals to resort to ‘passing’ as heterosexual. Twenty-three percent of men and 15 percent of women believe that changing their mannerisms, voice or clothing or hiding relationships or friendships in order to ‘pass’ at work has helped their career.”
  • “Bias and discrimination are an issue within the LGB community. Gay and bisexual men are 114 percent more likely than women to report LGB discrimination. Bisexual men and women are 59 percent less likely than lesbians and gay men to feel a part of the community.”

Coming out at work can be a personally liberating experience and can boost employee productivity; however, it is important that you accurately assess your work situation before making a decision to come out.

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Matthew Morrison to Accept Award at Atlanta HRC Gala

Is your tux ready? The Human Rights Campaign’s 26th annual Atlanta Gala Dinner and Auction is on May 4, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. As if the annual gala isn’t enough, Matthew Morrison (and his incredible abs) will be on hand as the featured speaker and to accept HRC’s Ally for Equality Award.

Matthew MorrisonMorrison is an Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe-nominated star best known for his role on FOX’s “Glee”. According to HRC, Morrison is being honored “for his outspoken support of equality for the LGBT community. The Ally for Equality Award recognizes the outstanding efforts of those who dedicate time, energy, spirit and whole-hearted commitment to better the lives of LGBT people. [The] award is given to allies outside the LGBT community who stand up on behalf of equality for all Americans.”

Morrison earned his acting, dancing, and singing chops in the theatres of New York City years before he corralled the chorus on “Glee”. Morrison’s first Broadway show was the musical version of “Footloose”. He was also in the cast of The Rocky Horror Show in 2002 and later in “Hairspray”.

Leaving the bright lights of Broadway behind, Morrison set his sights on television, where he guest starred on several shows including “Numb3rs”, “CSI: Miami”, and “Hack”. Eventually, Morrison made his way to “Glee”, and he’s been a rising star ever since.

Morrison also has a new studio album set to drop on June 4, 2013. The album is titled “Where It All Began” and is a collection of theatre classics. This will be the first album released by Adam Levine’s new label 222 Records. “I am thrilled to be working with Matthew Morrison,” Adam Levine recently told Amy Sciarretto of Artist Direct. “I am excited for everyone to hear the album because he has so much talent and [I] am so proud to have this release produced by the legendary Phil Ramone.”

Complementing his album drop, Morrison also has a PBS special premiering June 1, 2013 called “Matthew Morrison: Where It All Began – Live From the Bushnell.”

Thanks for being a straight ally, Matthew, and we’ll see you at the Gala!

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Atlanta locals earn awards from the HRC

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced who will receive their two local awards at the 26th Annual Atlanta HRC Gala Dinner and Auction at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Atlanta on May 4, 2013.

Joining Hearts, a housing assistance non-profit organization based in Atlanta that benefits those living with HIV/AIDS, will receive the Dan Bradley Humanitarian Award. Since its founding in 1987, Joining Hearts has contributed more than $1,589,500 to help house people affected by HIV/AIDS. Joining Hearts is an all-volunteer organization that is one of the oldest of its kind in the region.

Dr. Michael Shutt will be the recipient of the Leon Allen and Winston Johnson Community Service Award. Shutt is the assistant dean for Campus Life at Emory University, where he has also served as the director of the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Life since 2008. Shutt contributes to the LGBT community in higher education through his work on the Executive Board of the National Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the University of Georgia’s College of Education Department of Counseling and Human Development.

More than 1,000 attendees were at the 2012 Gala Dinner and Auction, which raised approximately $500,000 for the HRC’s work toward LGBT equality. Information about the event, sponsorships, and tickets can be found at atlantahrcdinner.org. Purchase your tickets online; they will not be sold at the door.



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Andy Cohen: The Fenuxe Interview




Bravo’s Andy Cohen is coming to town and he’s looking forward to one thing in particular. “Every time I meet a guy from Atlanta he’s really cute, so I’m excited,” Cohen says.

The dashing host of “Watch What Happens: Live” and the “Real Housewives” reunion shows will be here May 1 to accept a National Visibility Award at the Human Rights Campaign’s 2010 Gala Dinner & Auction.

Cohen is also Bravo’s senior vice president of programming and development and has overseen all the gay faves including the “Real Housewives” series, “Top Chef,” “Project Runway,” “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” Fenuxe spoke with the charming bachelor about the importance of LGBT visibility, outing celebrities, Kathy Griffin, “Real Housewives” and a moment of rebirth in his own life.

Fenuxe: Since you’re accepting an award about visibility in the gay community, can you talk about the importance of gay people in positions of high visibility?

Cohen: I think it’s crazy important. I look back on being a teenager in St. Louis and having the only gay people on TV being Charles Nelson Reilly and Paul Lynde.  Then being in college and being obsessed when “The Real World” came on and I was like, “Oh my God, Norman from ‘The Real World’ is gay and there’s a gay guy living with these people and what do they think of him?  And wait a minute, they’re not beating him up, it’s okay!”  I just can’t underestimate the power of positive images of gay people.  Even gay people just being out there in society, they don’t even need to be talking about being gay.  Jeff Lewis [“Flipping Out”] doesn’t talk about being gay much.  You don’t see him dating, but he is. Brad on “The Rachel Zoe Project” and on and on and on…
     They are just people who are good at what they do and they’re living their lives.  And I just think that’s important. It’s still as important as it was back then.  There are just so many hate cases that come out every day. 

Fenuxe: There have been a lot of celebrities coming out lately—Sean Hayes, Ricky Martin, Anna Paquin.  What do you think about the pressure on LGBT celebrities to come out?

Cohen: Look, you can’t out people. I don’t want to out people.  But I do think that it’s still as important as it ever was to come out of the closet.  And I think Ricky Martin coming out of the closet 10 years after “La Vida Loca” is still important.  And sometimes you wish that it had happened at the height of all the attention, but he did his own thing and I respect him doing it in his own time.  And ya know, he never came out and said “I am NOT gay.”  And there are people that have done that.  It irks me when people do that who are gay.

Fenuxe: Can you tell us something about Kathy Griffin that we don’t know?

Cohen: [laughs] Ummm…she’s hilarious, you know that.  She had a bit in her act about how cross-eyed I am and when I talk to the housewives, no one knows what direction to look.  She’s great.  I will tell you that Levi [Johnston] appears next season on her show, that should be hilarious.  She’s got a lot of great guests coming on this year.  What else about her? Ummm…she’s a pussycat.

Fenuxe: You’ve got the new castmates coming on “Real Housewives” [attorney Phaedra Parks and model Cynthia Bailey].  Is it in production now, and when does it premiere?

Cohen: All we did was announce Season 3 so beyond that, I can’t announce anything else about when it’s coming on or production on “Real Housewives.”

Fenuxe: Have there been any thoughts about a spinoff for one of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” castmembers?

Cohen: No I haven’t heard that. I don’t know, it’s taken us four cities and a total of like 28 housewives to do one spinoff [Bethany Frankel of “Real Housewives of New York].  So I think that we will be smart about it however we do it.  We’re not rushing to do thousands of spinoffs.  We care about the mothership!

Fenuxe: Kim’s got a bit of a music background, any chance that the “Real Housewives” theme song can be reworked?

Cohen: I used “Tardy for the Party” as the “Watch What Happens: Live” theme song for the whole first season, which was 25 episodes.  So I don’t know, if she comes out with something great in Season 3, you know that I’m going to be whipping that out on “Watch What Happens: Live.”

Fenuxe: What else should we be looking out for coming up on Bravo?

Cohen: We’ve got this great show “9 By Design” premiering, it’s about this really groovy couple in New York City with seven kids and
they have these unbelievable spaces and turn them around. We have “Top Chef Masters” Season 2, which is so great.  We have “Housewives of New Jersey” which is off the chain, premiering May 3rd.  “Housewives of New York” just gets better and better every week.  So that’s our slate for the next two months, that’s four nights of programming.  And then a lot of fun stuff coming up on “Watch What Happens: Live.”

Fenuxe: Our first issue is about rebirth and renewal. Was there a significant moment of rebirth or renewal in your life or career, something where everything totally changed?

Cohen: Yeah! I’m going through one right now! I was behind the camera for 17 of my 20 years in the TV business, so I think over this past year getting this “Watch What Happens: Live” show, it certainly renewed my passion for TV in a totally different direction.  I’m really getting to do what I originally wanted to do at the beginning of my career while also hanging onto what I consider to be the greatest job in TV.  It’s definitely a renewal as new layers of my job are being peeled off.

Fenuxe: Thank you Andy!

Watch Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live” Every Thursday at Midnight on Bravo.

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HRC Dinner Gala: Atlanta




What do gays love more than watching Bravo’s Andy Cohen decipher the madness on Real Housewives of Atlanta? How about dressing to the nines and having dinner with Andy for starters?! At this year’s annual Human Rights Campaign event, Andy travels to Atlanta to accept the HRC Visibility Award. The annual HRC dinner gala will be on May 1st at the Hyatt Regency downtown.

The Atlanta chapter of the HRC always attracts the best and brightest of our city’s gay glitterati. This year don’t be surprised to rub elbows with a politician or two (or twelve) as we approach an election season where the LGBT community is in the political spotlight.

Last year’s HRC event was a fantastic evening where 900 guests raised $400,000 to benefit the work that HRC does for our community. Last year’s guests were treated to an appearance by Cybill Shepherd who accepted the Ally for Equality Award.

Also in attendance is Rep. Simone Bell, the nation’s first African-American lesbian to serve in a state legislature, who is accepting the Dan Bradley Humanitarian Award. Transgender activist Vandy Beth Glenn will also take the mic to accept the Leon Allen and Winston Johnson Community Award. HRC President Joe Solmonese will also be flying in from D.C. to take part in the festivities for the evening.

Atlanta’s gay community will be out in full fierce force on May 1st to support the HRC and re-energize (with a cocktail or two) for the fight for gay rights! Meeting a cute guy or gal (and perhaps future spouse after we gain equal rights) will be the icing on the HRC cake!

*Tickets range from $75-$200 and can be purchased through www.AtlantaHRCDinner.com.







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