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To commemorate his one-year anniversary at TBS, Conan O’Brien is taping his late-night show Conan at New York’s Beacon Theater next week, but that milestone won’t be the only cause for celebration. Vulture hears that O’Brien will be officiating an on-air wedding during one of those episodes, and it’s the sort of marriage ceremony that couldn’t have taken place back when O’Brien used to tape his show in New York: a legal wedding between two men.
Show sources are quick to caution that the potentially groundbreaking event is no mere publicity stunt, and isn’t intended to make light of gay marriage — in fact, O’Brien will be marrying a longtime staffer and his partner.
If the idea of a late-night wedding sounds familiar, you may be thinking of the union between Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki on The Tonight Show nearly 42 years ago, a televised marriage ceremony that shattered late-night ratings records. Weddings have since been big business for morning talk shows and sweeps-week prime-time serials, but they’ve been surprisingly absent from the late-night landscape until now. Still, don’t expect a save-the-date card just yet: Producers are still determining which night the Conan wedding will air.
Jamey had been bullied for years in school and online for not only his sexual orientation but also his weight and hateful speech of all kinds was sent his way. In May he came out to his friends as bisexual, and even made his own “It Gets Better” video to spread the message of hope he desperately wanted to believe in himself. But it seems that the hateful words only increased to an unbearable point, and feeling he had no one to turn to, on Sunday September 18th, only days before the anniversary of Tyler Clementi’s death last year, Jamey killed himself outside his home in Williamsville, NY.
You might have heard the news that Jamey was a huge Lady Gaga fan, even claiming that she was “the reason why I am alive.” The news of his death has left Gaga and people across the world both saddened and angry. Gaga is now pushing for President Obama to “make bullying illegal”, and the Paws Up Forever Project is circulating on YouTube to honor Jamey by discussing the harsh reality of suicide and the horrible bullying that has lead to so many lately.
So what can you do? Keep reaching out to the quiet kid in your class or dorm. Keep telling the ones you love that you are there for them and that they are amazing and beautiful. It might seem simple or even silly, but you never know how your words can heal over the ones that hurt.
Police in Buffalo, New York are considering whether to bring criminal charges against students who harassed Jamey Rodemeyer, the 14-year-old junior high school student who committed suicide after being bullied for coming out gay. In May, Rodemeyer posted a heartbreaking YouTube video for the It Gets Project, which reaches out to struggling gay teens considering suicide. “Lady Gaga, she makes me so happy, and she lets me know that I was born this way. And that’s my advice to you from her. People are born this way. All you have to do is hold your head up and you’ll go far,” he said in the clip. “Just love yourself and you’re set … It gets better.” The video was a relief for his parents who saw it as a sign that their son’s struggle might be coming to an end. But on Sunday, Rodemeyer, who had just started his freshman year at Williamsville North High School outside Buffalo, was found dead outside his home. (Police have not released details of how he killed himself.) Police Chief John C. Askey told the Buffalo News that the department was looking into the case. “We’ve heard that there were some specific students, an unidentifiable group of students, that had specifically targeted Jamey, or had been picking on him for a period of time,” he said. Officials said the actions of three students in particular are being investigated. The students could be charged with aggravated harassment. (An ABC News report is embedded in the right panel of this page.)
Police in Buffalo, New York are considering whether to bring criminal charges against students who harassed Jamey Rodemeyer, the 14-year-old junior high school student who committed suicide after being bullied for coming out gay.
In May, Rodemeyer posted a heartbreaking YouTube video for the It Gets Project, which reaches out to struggling gay teens considering suicide. “Lady Gaga, she makes me so happy, and she lets me know that I was born this way. And that’s my advice to you from her. People are born this way. All you have to do is hold your head up and you’ll go far,” he said in the clip. “Just love yourself and you’re set … It gets better.”
The video was a relief for his parents who saw it as a sign that their son’s struggle might be coming to an end.
But on Sunday, Rodemeyer, who had just started his freshman year at Williamsville North High School outside Buffalo, was found dead outside his home. (Police have not released details of how he killed himself.)
Police Chief John C. Askey told the Buffalo News that the department was looking into the case.
“We’ve heard that there were some specific students, an unidentifiable group of students, that had specifically targeted Jamey, or had been picking on him for a period of time,” he said.
Officials said the actions of three students in particular are being investigated. The students could be charged with aggravated harassment. (An ABC News report is embedded in the right panel of this page.)
Cheyenne Jackson married his longtime partner, Monte Lapka, today in New York, taking advantage of the state’s new marriage equality law.
“It’s official, after 11 years together, Zora’s no longer a bastard,” Jackson wrote on Twitter, joking about the couple’s dog, who was there at the beach in the Hamptons for the event.
“Just married the best man I’ve ever known,” Jackson wrote.
The Broadway star and member of the 30 Rock cast has been thinking about this moment for a long time. He mentioned it back in 2010 after California’s Proposition 8 ban was ruled unconstitutional in an early court ruling in that ongoing storyline.
“California dreaming, indeed,” he wrote at the time. “Makes me feel prouder than ever to be a strong gay man. Now come on, home state of New York … We all know that you’re the ‘concrete jungle where dreams r made of,’ so make mine come true and take the necessary steps to allow me to make it legal with my man. Step up, we believe in you.”
New Yorkers began marrying in June when the state’s new law took effect.
Jackson will continue his activism for marriage equality by taking part in an upcoming reading of 8, Dustin Lance Black’s play about the Prop. 8 trial. The one-night-only event happens on September 19.
Happy Couple of the Day: At Midnight tonight, Kitty Lambert (left) and Cheryle Rudd became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the state of New York.
“By the power vested in me by the laws of the state of New York I now pronounce you legally married,” said Niagara Falls Paul A Dyster, who presided over the couple’s civil ceremony, shortly after the clock’s struck midnight.
Today also happened to be the 12th anniversary of Lambert and Rudd’s first date.
“This is one of the most incredible moments of my personal life,” Lambert said before the ceremony, “but it’s also an incredible moment for New York.”
The Broadway community has been celebrating the legalization of gay marriage in the state of New York ever since the news broke a couple of weeks ago. And to really put the frosting on the cake, the St. James Theater, currently home to the limited summer revival of Hair, will usher in several of the first gay marriages taking place in New York City on July 24th, the day gay marriage officially becomes legal.
The announcement was made outside the theater yesterday by The Book of Mormon’s Rory O’Malley, who is the co-founder of Broadway Impact, a gay-rights organization created by members of the Broadway community. Gavin Creel, a former star of Hair, is also a co-founder of the group. So it seems only fitting that the stage where Hair is being performed nightly, spreading its message of peace and love, will serve as the stage for some of the first steps towards national marriage equality.
The couples being married will all be members of the Broadway community. The ceremonies will take place after that evening’s performance of the show in front of the entire audience.
On July 24th, New York will become the sixth and largest state to legal gay marriage, which is definitely cause for celebration!
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg summoned his chief policy adviser, John Feinblatt, to his desk at City Hall a few days ago for what seemed like a routine conversation with the boss. “Let’s get a cup of coffee,” the mayor told him, motioning to the office kitchen.
There, Mr. Bloomberg made an unusual offer. He did not know if Mr. Feinblatt and his longtime partner, Jonathan Mintz, the city’s commissioner for consumer affairs, wanted to marry. But if they did, and were looking for somebody to officiate, he knew just the man for the job. “If you’d like me to do it, I’d really love to,” Mr. Bloomberg said.
Mr. Feinblatt, thrilled by the offer but wary of unilateral decision-making in matters of the heart, said he needed to consult with Mr. Mintz, who quickly gave his approval.
City Hall’s first gay wedding was on.
“The mayor and John,” Mr. Mintz recalled, “popped the question.”
Mr. Bloomberg, who delivered speeches, held fund-raisers and lobbied lawmakers to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, is now punctuating his official advocacy with a personal gesture: hosting and presiding at a gay wedding on the first possible day, in one of the grandest possible settings.
On July 24, on the lawn of Gracie Mansion, under a tent packed with city officials and food from around New York State, Mr. Bloomberg will pronounce Mr. Mintz and Mr. Feinblatt husband and husband.
The mayor is a reluctant nuptials officiant who has presided over just two previous weddings — those of his daughter Emma and his predecessor, Rudolph W. Giuliani — and has pointedly forsworn performing weddings for anyone beyond his other daughter or another former mayor.
But he is now making an exception, he said, because of his close personal connection to Mr. Feinblatt and Mr. Mintz and the role they played in personalizing the issue of same-sex marriage for him.
“John and Jonathan are two of the smartest and hardest-working people in our administration,” Mr. Bloomberg said on Thursday. “This just felt like the best way for me to say thank you.”
Mr. Mintz, 47, and Mr. Feinblatt, 60, met 14 years ago on a blind date that began, perhaps inauspiciously, with a tour of a Midtown court for quality of life crimes that Mr. Feinblatt founded, and ended, rather romantically, with a walk through Central Park and a drink at the Royalton Hotel.
“It was a classic first date,” Mr. Mintz said.
Not long after, Mr. Mintz relocated from Rhode Island to New York City, the couple bought a house in the West Village, and, with the help of a surrogate, fathered two children: Maeve, now 8, and Georgia, 6.
They both took jobs in the Bloomberg administration. Mr. Feinblatt became the city’s criminal justice coordinator, leading a nationwide campaign to rid city streets of illegal guns. Mr. Mintz took the helm of the city’s consumer arm, battling fraud and counseling the poorest New Yorkers on how to achieve financial independence.
The couple had long talked about marrying, but stumbled over where to do it. Mr. Feinblatt’s stepmother had a house in Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage became legal in 2004. But New York was home.
“Our relationship is about New York, choosing to raise our kids here is about New York, our jobs are about New York,” Mr. Feinblatt said.
So they waited. And waited. And, then, two weeks ago, the waiting was over.
On Sunday, Mr. Mintz gathered his daughters at the family’s weekend home on Long Island and asked them a question. Wasn’t it time that he married their father?
The girls jumped up and down and screamed “Yes!” Mr. Mintz then grabbed a fistful of flowers from the yard and called Mr. Feinblatt outside. With the girls standing a few feet away, Mr. Mintz bent down on one knee and made it official.
“He said yes,” Mr. Mintz recalled. “It would have been pretty awkward if he hadn’t after 14 years.”
Later that day, the two men took their daughters ring shopping.
In the days since, Mr. Feinblatt has shuttled Maeve and Georgia across the state to find the perfect dresses for the occasion. Wedding invitations are being drawn up. And a meeting with the caterer is scheduled for next week.
With 17 days to plan, much remains unresolved. Like a honeymoon.
“I suspect we will be at work on Monday after taking the kids to camp,” Mr. Feinblatt said.
“Really?” Mr. Mintz replied. “We will have to discuss that. I am hoping that changes.”
He paused. “Not that I don’t love my job.”
Yesterday was the 42nd Anniversary of Stonewall. Let us not forget where it all began!
The riots following the June 28, 1969 police raid on New York City’s Stonewall Inn did not start the discussion on gay rights, but it certainly became the catalyst for a national movement. When the mafia-owned bar that offered a safe place for gay men and lesbians to drink and dance was shut down as part of a citywide crackdown on homosexual life, Greenwich Village erupted into several days of riots. Violent police beat downs and open mocking of the authorities by the protesters escalated the neighborhood protest into a full-scale rally for acceptance and equality. Prior to the Stonewall riots the gay rights movement had been mostly underground; only two years later there were organized groups within every major city in America.
Stonewall’s legacy lives on today. After the New York State Senate voted in favor of same sex marriage on Friday night, revelers from around the city congregated in front of the bar to celebrate.
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