Deep Inside Hollywood: GLBT A&E Headlines

Neil Patrick Harris will wig-out in Hedwig

Why didn't someone think of this earlier? No sooner will How I Met Your Mother wrap up its last season with all questions about mother-meeting finally answered, than its womanizing star Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) will leap over to Broadway, strap on a wig and heels and turn himself into Hedwig, star of John Cameron Mitchell's Hedwig and The Angry Inch. Harris is already excited to step into the role of the transgender, German, aspiring rock star for the show's Broadway debut (it was off-Broadway before its 2001 film version) in spring of 2014. And while there's no other casting news yet, does there really need to be? This is a slam-dunk of a casting move, with Broadway's favorite sitcom star/song-and-dance-man/gay role model/Tony host/Harold & Kumar villain in the lead. It's like an engraved invitation for 15 different audience demographics to flood the box office for tickets and a readymade, Internet-igniting, post-Tony Awards performance clip before it even happens.


Margaret Cho is In Transition

Margaret Cho has her own sitcom again, this time on the Internet. Like everyone else with eyes facing forward, the comic is bypassing the TV gatekeepers and taking her work directly to her audience. The show's called In Transition; it's about female ex-cons (including Cho) and it co-stars performer Selene Luna, Cho's comrade from the reality series The Cho Show. The 13-episode series will be short-form and take place entirely on YouTube, marking another instance of that site's own transition from the number one destination for bored employees searching for kitty and twerking videos to instant TV network with original scripted content. Debuting in July, you can bet that its creator will be keeping track of hits and making sure heads roll if numbers don't blow up. That's what all the big TV moguls do.


Lauren Graham's life becomes a book becomes TV

Gilmore Girls/Parenthood star Lauren Graham is an ambitious sort. You kind of have to be when you're a woman in Hollywood. The men who make decisions are almost never reliably into you, especially after you hit middle-age, so Graham's not taking her winning streak for granted. She wrote her first novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe – witty comic fiction loosely based on her own experiences as a struggling actress in 1990s New York City – and watched it hit the bestseller list. Then Graham's friend Ellen DeGeneres – the pair talk a mile a minute every time Graham guests on Ellen – taking note of this development, decided to step in and produce the book as a TV series. The energetic Graham will adapt the book into pilot form and, with a little luck, careful shepherding from power-friends in high places and more good luck, this thing will go to series. We think Graham is cool, so fingers crossed.


In The Woods is not Into The Woods but you might still get lost

The Being Experience, a media event from filmmaker Jennifer Elster, to be released on a variety of platforms including the Internet, will begin this month with ...In The Woods. The cast is big: Terrence Howard, Dave Matthews, Famke Janssen, Questlove, Paz de la Huerta, Temple Grandin, Moby, Rufus Wainwright, Will Shortz, Alan Cumming, Debra Winger, Rosie Perez and what the official press is calling "original vocalizations by Yoko Ono." Okay, yes, totally intrigued now, but what's it about? Because that early press also skirts around the issue of story, preferring instead to tease us with ideas about operating on "multiple levels of consciousness" and "penetrating what is often unspoken... existing outside of the bounds of how we are expected to behave." In other words, nobody wants to tell us and they're counting on your curiosity about watching Temple Grandin interact with Questlove and Alan Cumming while Yoko Ono hollers somewhere in the background. OK, sure, we're in. Look, it's either this or Grown Ups 2.

WhistlePig + Alfa Romeo F1

SHOREHAM, VT (September 13, 2023) — WhistlePig Whiskey, the leaders in independent craft whiskey, and Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake are waving the checkered flag on a legend-worthy release that’s taking whiskey to G-Force levels. The Limited Edition PiggyBack Legends Series: Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is a high Rye Whiskey selected by the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake drivers, with barrels trialed in their wind tunnel to ensure a thrilling taste in every sip.

The third iteration in WhistlePig’s Single Barrel PiggyBack Legends Series, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is bottled at 96.77 proof, a nod to Valtteri Bottas’ racing number, 77, and the precision of racing. Inspired by Zhou Guanyu, the first Chinese F1 driver, this Rye Whiskey is finished with lychee and oolong tea. Herbal and floral notes of the oolong tea complement the herbaceous notes of WhistlePig’s signature PiggyBack 100% Rye, rounded out with a juicy tropical fruit finish and a touch of spice.

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by Spectrum Medical Care Center

Nurse Practitioner Ari Kravitz

When I started medical transition at 20 years old, it was very difficult to get the care I needed for hormone replacement therapy because there are very few providers trained in starting hormones for trans people, even though it’s very similar to the hormones that we prescribe to women in menopause or cisgender men with low testosterone.

I hope more providers get trained in LGBTQ+ healthcare, so they can support patients along their individual gender journey, and provide the info needed to make informed decisions about their body. I’ve personally seen my trans patients find hope and experience a better quality of life through hormone replacement therapy.

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Descanso Resort swimming pool and lounge area

Descanso Resort, Palm Springs' premier destination for gay men, just received Tripadvisor's highest honor, a Travelers' Choice "Best of the Best" award for 2023. Based on guests' reviews and ratings, fewer than 1% of Tripadvisor's 8 million listings around the world receive the coveted "Best of the Best" designation. Descanso ranked 12th in the top 25 small inns and hotels category in the United States. Quite an accomplishment!

Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

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