Last week Cleve Jones took me as his plus one to the private memorial service for Elizabeth Taylor at Warner Brothers. Of course I love Elizabeth Taylor’s work. I mean… WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF? The best! But that’s not what moved me. From Elton John to Jose Eber, Michael Caine to her own grandchildren, first hand account after first hand account spoke of her dedication to others and her fight against HIV and AIDS in a time when it wasn’t yet “cool” to do so, when it was still a “gay disease,” and when many Americans (Ronald Reagan) were more than happy to turn a blind eye as gay men died. In the face of criticism she didn’t shrink from the fight and didn’t resist the label “activist.” So Mrs. Taylor, wherever you are, thank you for living such a brave, beautiful life. I now know many of my dearest friends are alive today because of your work.
Elizabeth Taylor memorial
Welcome to my blog!
Welcome to my blog! For my very first post I’d hoped to keep it light and talk about how my new swimming pool isn’t coming along at the rate I’d hoped (fingers crossed for summer 2012). Instead, more than a few friends and co-workers pointed me to a recent GQ interview with Taylor Lautner and I felt I had to respond. Evidently the GQ writer asked whether director Gus Van Sant and writer Dustin Lance Black made a pass at him when the three dined together in Los Angeles recently. Really Mr. GQ writer? I’m curious, will you be asking all of the handsome actors I’ve ever had the privilege of working with or meeting if I made passes at them as well? I’d love to be there when you ask Sean Penn that same question. Or, Mr. GQ writer, were you projecting your own unprofessional desires onto me and Gus? Perhaps? Or worse still, are you a homophobe? Above and beyond this clear attack on my character, I’m shocked that GQ would allow their writer to lean on the scurrilous, outdated stereotype that gay men are by nature sexual predators. I mean, would you have asked this same question if it were Diablo Cody and Kathryn Bigelow at dinner with Mr. Lautner? Leaning on lies, myths and stereotypes about gay people is hateful, harmful and outdated. It’s not the 1950s anymore GQ, it’s 2011 and it’s time to grow up.