The eclectic musical duo HI FASHION first crossed paths on the dance floor of a gay bar. Rick Gradone thought Jen DM was a guy and approached her with the intention of picking her up. After chatting and discovering their love of music and that they were both queer, a friendship began. Jen invited him to perform with her for a Pixies tribute night she organized as a benefit for a LA charity organization. Once he heard her powerhouse voice, he was instantly obsessed with working with her. He asked her to make a project with him to which she promptly said, “NO.” Undaunted, he wrote 3 tracks and sent them to her asking if she would listen to them. They have been working together ever since and one of those songs became the basis of “AMAZING!”, the unofficial theme song heard in Ru Paul's Drag Race.
With hype from Nylon, Out, New Now Next, Perez Hiltonand more in the blogosphere, Hi Fashion return with gusto in their new video, MOTHER SISTER FATHER BROTHER.
SAG-AFTRA’s LGBT Actors Committee National co-chair, Actor & Comedian Jason Stuart is being honored with the Jose Julio Sarria International Civil Rights Award, which will be presented by the International Imperial Court System (IICS) during the next engagement of the LGBTs In The News panel series yesterday, Thursday September 24th in San Francisco at 7pm. To be held at the San Francisco LGBT Center in the Rainbow Room. Jason came out in show business 22 years ago.
Upon being invited as a panelist to our San Francisco engagement on Sept. 24, IICS's top official, Nicole Murray Ramirez learned that SAG-AFTRA has been an ongoing advocate of LGBTs In The News. Ramirez and IICS decided to take the event as an opportunity to recognize Jason's work on behalf of LGBT professionals working in, and seeking work in, the entertainment and media spheres.
Presentation of the Jose Julio Sarria International Civil Rights Award to Jason Stuart will precede the panel discussion. His fellow panelists will be Dr. Betty Sullivan (publisher of The Bay Times) Bay Area Reporter columnist and editor, Mathew Bajko, Nicole Murray Ramirez (LGBT Weekly columnist, IICS top official and San Diego City Commissioner), as well as the legendary AIDS Memorial Quilt founder, Cleve Jones.
Jason is often asked, “If you break the ground, do you get to walk on it?” With his upcoming role in THE BIRTH OF A NATION, as straight plantation owner “Joseph Randall”. We believe that yes, the times are a changing for this prolific character actor. The movie is written and directed by NATE PARKER, who stars as slave-revolt leader “Nat Turner”. The film also stars Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earl Haley, Aja Naomi King, Colman Domingo, Roger Guenveur Smith, and Gabrielle Union. He was ralso ecently seen in the hit Sundance film TANGERINE that was shot on the iphone5, SLEEPY HOLLOW on FOX TV and his award winning web-series MENTOR with Alexandra Paul & Paul Elia.
Jason will be seen in a supporting role as "Mr. WIlls in the comedy parody HUSH UP SWEET CHARLOTTE, Starring Varla Jean Merman, Mink Stole, Mathew Martin and David Millbern (also producer) for Oct 28th at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre in SAN FRANCISCO!
All of us at SAG-AFTRA are proud to acknowledge our LGBT committee co-chair and co-founder Jason Stuart. His dedicated and visionary efforts to achieve equal employment opportunity for LGBT performers and broadcasters in the media and entertainment industries have made a real difference. There is no advocate more committed than Jason to achieving true equality for LGBT performers. Attribute to Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, SAG-AFTRA
Last but not least, Comedian Jason Stuart recently headlined the TROPICANA HOTELS, LAUGH FACTORYin Las Vegas and will next be seen at The Purple Room in Palm Springs Ca
New Stand-Up Comedy Tour “I’m Only Gay On The Weekends” Oct 10, 2015 at
7pm show, Dinner 5:30pm with Shann Carr
A Kentucky county clerk in Kentucky who has been making a name for herself by defying the U.S. Supreme Court by refusing to license same-sex marriage has been summoned along with her entire staff to court again this morning to explain to a judge why she shouldn't face stiff fines or jail time. U.S. District Judge David Bunning moved swiftly Tuesday after a lesbian couple asked him to find Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in contempt. Davis told couples and a crowd of supporters and protesters that, due to her religious beliefs, she had every right to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples - in a sense, sanctioning gay marriage, and retreated back into her office.
On Monday, The U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene, leaving Davis no legal ground for her continued refusal on Tuesday, leading lawyers of the two gay couples who originally sued to asked the judge to find her in contempt, but punish her with only financial penalties, not jail time. A hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. today in Ashland.
Davis succeeding her mother in the in the County Clerk's office last November, who held the office for 37 years. Davis stopped issuing all marriage licenses after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the nation in June. Two gay couples and two straight couples sued, arguing that she must fulfill her duties as an elected official despite her personal religious faith. A federal judge ordered her to issue the licenses, and an appeals court upheld that decision.
Davis, who feels it's immoral for same-sex couples to be married as it defies the sanctuary of marriage because of her literal interpretation of the Bible has herself been married four times and conceived twins by having sex outside her marriage, according to court records. She gave birth to twins five months after she divorced her first husband. The father of those twins was her third husband. Her past marriages and apparent adultery raised questions of hypocrisy, but her supporters said her past actions did not matter because she has been born again since then.
In last year’s election, Davis said, “The public is my boss. Being a public servant is ingrained in me and I want (to) continue providing the high level of customer service we do while treating people with respect, kindness, and helping them with whatever situation they have.”
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