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08/20/2008

Kristin with an 'i' honors commitment with an 'LGBT'

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 5-148A few years back, Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth raised some gay eyebrows when she agreed to appear on "The 700 Club." But ever since, Wicked's original Glinda seems to have been on overdrive proving to us just how much she loves her LGBT peeps. A commitment she continues in a new interview with E! Online:

The Emmys are not the only big event coming up for Chenoweth next month. On Sept. 13, she'll be honored by the Point Foundation, a scholarship program for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender college students, at its annual gala in L.A.

"Awards are one thing and they're wonderful to get," Chenoweth says, "but this kind of thing just makes me feel so honored to be recognized by people who empower kids, who encourage them to just excel and not be held back by what society thinks."

And if that's not gay enough for ya, Ms. Chenoweth dreams of recording an album one day just for the gays—literally. She says the songlist would include "The Man That Got Away" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." In honor of gay marriage, she notes, she'll have to do "Going to the Chapel." And then there's my personal favorite (because it inspired me to come out to my dad oh so many years ago), "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" from the Barbra Streisand movie Yentl.

"One of the makeup artists at Pushing Daises was like, 'What's your next album gonna be?' And I said, 'I dunno,'" Chenoweth remembers. "He was like, How about For the Gays? I was like, 'Genius!' That is going to be the title of my next album—For the Gays."

A Broadway diva covering Streisand for an album dedicated to gays? Hell, that's almost too gay for Logo, much less another booking with Pat Robertson!

So yea, thanks for choosing the right side in this so-called "culture war," Kristin. Now if you can just make that long-rumored biopic of bisexual Dusty Springfield come to FRUIT-ion, your place in the Gay Hall of Fame will be secured.

Wicked Talk About Movies, Mr. Armani and the Gays [E! Online]

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For the uninitiated, the Point Foundation is a wonderful organization that goes far beyond just giving "gay scholarships" -- it's a comprehensive leadership training program that focuses on disadvantaged LGBT students who have personally experienced some form of anti-LGBT impact (quite often all-out parental disownership) and who are committed to becoming activists and advocates after graduation.

I've been a Point donor for many years and am currently mentoring a Point Scholar. I can't say enough good things about it, and encourage everyone to donate.

http://www.pointfoundation.org/index.html

Posted by: KipEsquire | Aug 20, 2008 9:59:44 AM

Yeah, well. NEMESIS did an early video of Most Beautiful Girl... in 2003. They are twins, great harmony, do pop and write great songs themselves. Now that they have come out (on LOGO's Jacob and Joshua, NEMESIS RISING... now on Netflix, little plug.) I have teased them to redo it as 'Most Wonderful Guy.' So far just get eye rolls... that also is too far. But their gender neutral LOVE songs are HAWT!

Posted by: LOrion | Aug 20, 2008 10:24:28 AM

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