Most people, when trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives, have that go-to person they talk it out with: a parent, a best friend, maybe a guidance counselor. For Central Florida actor Joshua Roth that person was a bit more removed than that.
“I went to New York with some friends and had a really amazing conversation with this random woman on the subway for like an hour,” Roth recalls. “This woman just came into my life at the right time and she asked me what I love, and I told her that I love singing and dancing and she asked me ‘then why aren’t you doing it?’”
It’s been 17 years since the sordid lives of a small-town Texas family were plastered on the movie screens of Cineplex’s across the country in the film Sordid Lives.
The film, based on the play of the same name by Del Shores (also the film’s writer and director), takes a look at this colorful, crazy family as they come together for a funeral. The movie obtained a cult status equal to that of an early John Waters film and has sparked rumors of a possible sequel ever since the original film was released and the short-lived TV series on Logo was cancelled after just one season.
Leslie Jordan is the small-in-size, grand-in-stature comedic actor whom you have seen in nearly everything on television since the ‘90s. From American Horror Story to his Emmy Award winning turn in Will & Grace, he’s the big mouth full of Southern charm.
This is not my typical rant about how I am mystified by the very concept of Log Cabin Republicans. Instead this my sincere and earnest plea to LGBT persons who are registered Republicans to please come to your senses, and just for this one election, for your own sake, step away from the people – Republicans seeking office – who, if elected, will in fact drag us backward, reversing every stride we as a community have made toward equality over the past decade.
Your party has spoken. Your heterosexual Bible-thumping homophobic colleagues have voted for and adopted a platform that clearly and emphatically states YOU do not matter. A platform that clearly and emphatically states they intend to target YOU; to pro-actively work and vote to reverse YOUR marriages and declare YOUR unions once again illegal. To keep YOU from adopting. They have stated clearly and emphatically they intend to support the right of businesses to deny YOU goods and services simply because of who YOU are. In light of these very real, very dangerous, archaic planks in your party’s platform how can you possibly vote for Republicans in the upcoming election?
In a move that would have made Karen Walker bounce with glee, Emmy award-winning actor Leslie Jordan – best known from Will & Grace and Sordid Lives – confronted three homophobic ranters and threw his drink in one of their faces.
At a Starbucks in West Hollywood known as an LGBT-frequented coffeehouse, three men came in yelling homophobic slurs at the patrons for no known reason.
The NCAA women’s tournament has come and gone through Tampa (it was held April 3-5) but Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn saw an opportunity to keep it another year. The LGBT friendly mayor addressed a letter to NCAA president Mark Emmert on April 2 encouraging the organization to pull the 2016 tournament out of Indiana and return it to Tampa. “A championship host city should reflect that spirit of sport. Championship games held in the state of Indiana with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in effect can no longer do so. I encourage you to relocate the 2016 Women’s Final Four to Tampa from Indianapolis.” Tampa is already slated to host the 2019 tournament. No word on if the NCAA will take Buckhorn up on his 2016 offer.
Leslie Jordan booked for Polk Pride
He goes by many names—Beverly Leslie, Brother Boy. But the Emmy Award-winning actor Leslie Jordan rarely needs an introduction to LGBTs. Jordan will launch Polk Pride 2015 on June 19 with a performance at the Polk Theatre in Lakeland. The openly gay actor has been a staple on the comedy circuit for years and an icon ever since his “Brother Boy” role in the film Sordid Lives. Tickets start at $32.50 and are available through PolkTheatre.org.
Tampa – When the film Sordid Lives was released in 2000, it was an instant cult classic, especially among LGBTs. The self-labeled “Black comedy about white trash” made Del Shores a household name—at least in same-sex-led households.
Now, five years after his spin-off series was canceled by LOGO, Shores is doing standup to pay the bills, and he has two stops scheduled in Tampa Bay this October. He’ll appear at the Flamingo Resort Oct. 3. On Oct. 4, he’ll appear at the Tampa Theatre following the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s screening of Naked. Sordid. Reality, a filmed version of his stand up.
Orlando – Long before it was a cult hit on film, Sordid Lives was near and dear to LGBT theater lovers around the country. The Del Shores-penned play won 14 Drama-Logue awards and was created on stages of independent theaters everywhere.
The southern comedy, which gained another mass audience when it was released as a film in 2000 and made Leslie Jordan a household name, has made it’s grand return to Orlando’s Theatre Downtown, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
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