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Make You Say 'Hey' In A Good Way
If you want to laugh, then “Hey Qween!” is
going to be your new favorite show.
Enough of Good Morning, America and other
boring talk shows. You want something out of
the ordinary, and that’s what “Hey Qween!” is
for. Hosted by comedian Jonny McGovern, it’s
a gay talk show filled with drag queens, hot
topics and most of all, laughs.
McGovern is aided by his sidekick, drag
queen Lady Red Couture. The duo interviews
LGBT guests who come on the show, such as
Branum, Candis Cayne, Mitch Vaughn, Jake
Shears, Michelle Visage and more. Who knows
– maybe Caitlyn Jenner will be on the show.
McGovern also has quite the impressive rap
sheet. He has been featured on LOGO’s “Big
Gay Sketch Show” for three seasons and has
done music videos as the character “The Gay
Pimp.” He has also starred on Comedy Central’s
“Out On The Edge” with Alan Cumming and
multiple VH1 and MTV specials such as “Totally
Gayer” and “My Coolest Years.” As if that wasn’t
enough, he made an appearance on Tru TV’s
“Smoking Gun” series and was a correspondent
for the final season of the “Ricki Lake Show.”
Gayest Of All Time, his long running podcast,
will celebrate its 10th anniversary next fall.
Photo Credit: Youtube.
Check out the channel at YouTube.com/HeyQweenTV to watch
Hey Qween and see more of McGovern.
AS THE LGBT COMMUNITY
basks in the recent victory for
marriage equality, we should not
forget the pioneers of the movement says
Tracy Baim, author of a new biography of
Barbara Gittings, 1932-2007.
“Barbara Gittings: Gay Pioneer” is the first
full-length biography of the woman called
the mother of the gay rights movement.
“There were only a couple hundred
activists in that pre-Stonewall era, actually
working for a change,” explained Baim,
longtime editor of the “Windy City Times”
in Chicago, a screenwriter and producer and
author of several other books.
Gittings realized she was different while
a student at Northwestern University. She
dropped out and sought out others who
identified and lived openly as homosexuals.
In 1956, she traveled to San Francisco and
became a member of the Daughters of Bilitis.
Two years later, she founded the New York
While most gays and lesbians still lived in
the closet, Gittings took a more public role,
marching in the 1965 protest outside the
White House with another founder of the
gay rights movement, Frank Kameny, arguing
that homosexuality was not a disqualification
for government employment. On July 4,
1965, she and Kameny began annual pickets
at Independence Hall that would continue
until the Stonewall riots.
“Her real motivation was that other
people shouldn’t feel isolated and alone. She
had a grand vision of a movement,” Baim
discovered in her research. “She wasn’t the
first, but she and Frank were the longest full
time activists working for gay rights.”
In the early ‘70s as a member of the
American Library Association, she pushed
for greater visibility for gays and lesbians
within the profession and access to literature
about homosexuality. She and Kameny
also lobbied the American Psychiatric
Association to remove homosexuality from
the list of mental disorders.
In the years after Stonewall, Gittings
and other leaders had to contend with
in-fighting within the community and
competing political agendas. Through it all,
Gittings remained focused on her goal to win
greater acceptance and equality for her gay
and lesbian brothers and sisters. Her efforts
laid the groundwork for many of the LGBT
organizations that exist today, including
the Human Rights Campaign and National
Lesbian and Gay Task Force.
Baim began the project last October with
the blessing of Gittings’ longtime partner,
Kay Lahusen, and a self-imposed deadline to
publish by the 50th anniversary of the 1965
Philadelphia march. Baim completed the
book in February, months ahead of schedule.
“It’s so important to realize how important
history is. Our gains are so closely tied to the
activists of the ‘50s and ‘60s, but we must
understand how tenuous it is. Society can
change on a dime. The groundwork they laid
is solid, but it can also shift. We know this
from other countries in the world. We need
to honor people like Barbara and learn from
her,” Baim said.
Book Chronicles Life of Mother
of LGBT Equality Movement
Barbara Gittings marches in one of the
Philadelphia protests of the mid-1960s.
Photo by Nancy Tucker.
Copyright Manuscripts and Archives
Division, The New York Public Library.
Tracy Baim, author of “Barbara Gittings: Gay Pioneer,” will discuss her book on Thursday,
Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton
Drive, as part of the museum’s Stonewall Author Series. The event is free and open to the
public. For more information, go to Stonewall-Museum.org.
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