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Roundup & Recap: Terrence McNally’s Turn at “Testimony”

There was a very good reason for the Los Angeles stage reading of Terrence McNally’s “Some Men” on Monday: The Supreme Court’s decision in January not to allow televised coverage of the Prop 8 trial, a decision it recently reaffirmed.

As such, the lack of images from Perry vs, Schwarzenegger led the Courage Campaign to launch Testimony, a project to highlight aspects of the trial with celebrity street readings of its key moments, as well as to collect personal stories from across the country.

The reading of “Some Men” was a benefit for the next stage of the project, which Courage Campaign founder Rick Jacobs promises “will be the most ambitious national storytelling project” for the LGBT community, a public awareness component as the lawsuit heads to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals the week of Dec. 3. “This is what is going to bring us full equality,” Jacobs said.

McNally said from the stage of the gilded Saban Theatre that, at 71, he was “still an optimist” and expected “to see this happening in my lifetime.”

He and his spouse, Thomas Kirdahy, obtained a domestic partnership in New York and a civil union in Vermont, but got married in Washington in April, on the bank of the Potomac next to the Kennedy Center.

“That is the most profound experience of my life. Now I am not saying
marriage is for everyone. But some of us want it, and we want it very
much,” he said.

Nevertheless, he expressed shock at the recent wave of suicides of gay youths who were “bullied simply for being who they are, bullied to the
extent that taking their own lives seems to be their only means of
escape. Marriage equality pales next to that, everything does.”

“Some Men,” a panoramic portrait of gay life over the past 90 years, was read to a sold out house by Alan Cumming, John Glover, Matt Gould, David Alan Grier, Justin Kirk, Luke Macfarlane, Michael McKean, Jason Ritter and Josh Stamberg, with Lily Tomlin narrating. Susan Dietz produced along with Dan Bucatinsky and Kirdahy, and Michael Morris directed.

Tea Party Tucker: Shockwaves among many fans of Velvet Underground: Drummer Moe Tucker is a Tea Partier. She said earlier this year in an interview with a Georgia TV station, “I’m furious about the way we’re being led towards socialism. I’m furious
about the incredible waste of money when things that we really need and
are important get dropped because there’s no money left.”

Big Bombshell: Longtime Washington Post media columnist Howard Kurtz is off to the Daily Beast to serve as Washington bureau chief, amid speculation that the website was considering a merger with Newsweek.

Curtis and Camelot: Tony Curtis was laid to rest Monday at a funeral attended by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others. Author and playwright Gwen Davis wrote a remembrance of Curtis for Vanity Fair, recalling the time that she worked on the 1960 campaign for John F. Kennedy and Curtis, wife Janet Leigh and the Rat Pack were among his most prominent Hollywood supporters. She was jarred by one of Sammy Davis Jr.’s insights into the future president: “He’s a fool. He puts everything he has on the
line and is at risk because of women. He’s an adolescent when it comes
to broads.”

In Case You Missed It: Jon Stewart responds to Rick Sanchez’s attack — and subsequent firing.

Jetsons Joke: “Fox & Friends” reported that the city of Los Angeles was about to buy 10,000 jetpacks for police and fire officials. It turns out that no such thing is true. The story was first reported in Weekly World News.

Wednesday Itinerary: Geena Davis gives the keynote address as the Creative Coalition, the Girl Scouts, the National Assn. of Broadcasters and the National and Cable Telecommunications Assn. co-host a summit on the impact of media images on youth. The event at the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington also is expected to draw Tim Daly, Alfre Woodard, Teri Polo, Steven Weber and Rachael Leigh Cook.

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