After a 2 and a half year absence, I'm back.
I am posting a letter and response written by Dan Savage from his column. I SOOOO love this man - he's a brilliant writer with a brilliant and blunt mind.
I heard an interview with you about your It Gets Better campaign. I was saddened and frustrated with your comments regarding people of faith and their perpetuation of bullying. As someone who loves the Lord and does not support gay marriage, I can honestly say I was heartbroken to hear about the young man who took his own life.
If your message is that we should not judge people based on their sexual preference, how do you justify judging entire groups of people for any other reason (including their faith)? There is no part of me that took any pleasure in what happened to that young man.
To that end, to imply that I would somehow encourage my children to mock, hurt, or intimidate another person for any reason is completely unfounded and offensive. Being a follower of Christ is, above all things, a recognition that we are all imperfect, fallible, and in desperate need of a savior. We cannot believe that we are better or more worthy than other people.
Please consider your viewpoint, and please be more careful with your words in the future. L.R.
I'm sorry your feelings were hurt by my comments.
No, wait. I'm not. Gay kids are dying. So let's try to keep things in perspective: Fuck your feelings.
A question: Do you "support" atheist marriage? Interfaith marriage? Divorce and remarriage? All are legal, all go against Christian and/or traditional ideas about marriage, and yet there's no "Christian" movement to deny marriage rights to atheists or people marrying outside their respective faiths or people divorcing and remarrying. Why the hell not?
Sorry, L.R., but so long as you support the denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples, it's clear that you do believe that some people—straight people—are "better or more worthy" than others.
And—sorry—but you are partly responsible for the bullying and physical violence being visited on vulnerable LGBT children. The kids of people who see gay people as sinful or damaged or disordered and unworthy of full civil equality—even if those people strive to express their bigotry in the politest possible way (at least when they happen to be addressing a gay person)—learn to see gay people as sinful, damaged, disordered, and unworthy. And while there may not be any gay adults or couples where you live, or at your church, or in your workplace, I promise you that there are gay and lesbian children in your schools. And while you can only attack gays and lesbians at the ballot box, nice and impersonally, your children have the option of attacking actual gays and lesbians, in person, in real time.
Real gay and lesbian children. Not political abstractions, not "sinners." Gay and lesbian children.
Try to keep up: The dehumanizing bigotries that fall from the lips of "faithful Christians," and the lies about us that vomit out from the pulpits of churches that "faithful Christians" drag their kids to on Sundays, give your children license to verbally abuse, humiliate, and condemn the gay children they encounter at school. And many of your children—having listened to Mom and Dad talk about how gay marriage is a threat to family and how gay sex makes their magic sky friend Jesus cry—feel justified in physically abusing the LGBT children they encounter in their schools. You don't have to explicitly "encourage [your] children to mock, hurt, or intimidate" queer kids. Your encouragement—along with your hatred and fear—is implicit. It's here, it's clear, and we're seeing the fruits of it: dead children.
Oh, and those same dehumanizing bigotries that fill your straight children with hate? They fill your gay children with suicidal despair. And you have the nerve to ask me to be more careful with my words?
Did that hurt to hear? Good. But it couldn't have hurt nearly as much as what was said and done to Asher Brown and Justin Aaberg and Billy Lucas and Cody Barker and Seth Walsh—day in, day out for years—at schools filled with bigoted little monsters created not in the image of a loving God, but in the image of the hateful and false "followers of Christ" they call Mom and Dad."
Tomorrow night I'm spinning the Ice Palace for my quick return to NY. CAN.NOT. WAIT! Please come by and see myself, Daniel Nardicio, Matthew Camp (my muse), Ladyfag, and Julie Atlas Muz for a night of craziness w/ a Valley of the Dolls theme.
Oh, and I'll be spinning in my tighty-whities. Just sayin...
DWORLD Underwear Party
Valley of the Dolls
The Ice Palace (Cherry Grove)
An article/interview was written about me in The L.A. Examiner yesterday and in keeping with my uber-narcissism, I'm sharing it with you.
My good friend, Tyler Helms, who I wrote about when he shared w/ the world his HIV status this past World AIDS Day, is trying to raise money for this year's AIDS Walk NY along w/ his team: Impact Red. Their goal is to reach $25,000 which may seem like a lot, but really..is it??
PLEASE help by donating whatever you can to Tyler and his team by clicking here. There is an ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS and by helping to find cures, you'll know that you didn't just sit there and do nothing - you helped.
Sure the song is a bit repetitive and she may need to pronunciate a bit more, but this girl is insanely talented and is only 9 years old. Her name is Heather Russell and I predict we'll see that name in the future.
Kinda blown away...
I wrote a post last night, posted it, and removed it this morning as putting out the pity-party crap is not helping me move forward with my life. I need to only put things out into the universe that are positive and will help me progress rather than to just stay in the same place with a sad look on my face. Where, exactly, is it getting me?
I'd rather run in the race with the happy, smiling people than sit on the sidelines w/ my elbow on my knee and fist under my chin.
I recorded a live set at Therapy last Tuesday and I'm sharing it with you, should you want it. It's quite "driving" and I like to think of it as a journey across the country: Meet Me Half-Way (Leaving NYC), Faster Pussycat Kill (Philadelphia), Flashdance (Chicago), Pon De Floor (Indianapolis), Russian Roulette (Nashville), Videophone (New Orleans), Louboutins (Dallas), Dirty Money (Denver), Telephone (Salt Lake City), Make Me (Phoenix), Tik Tok (Las Vegas), Separate Ways (Huntington Beach), Seven Nation Army (L.A. - Sunset Strip).
Yes, I zig-zagged across the U.S., but who cares...?
Download it here.
I am putting out into the universe that I want to see Bette Midler in Las Vegas before her show closes on Jan. 31st.
I move to L.A. on the 6th of January which means I have 25 days in which to see The Divine Miss M, and seeing as how I will be so close (well...closer than NYC), it shouldn't be too hard.
PLUS I get to see Miss Kamilah Martin as a Harlette. Good times...mmmmfff.
This Wed. night I will be spinning at mr. black (199 Bowery), which happens to land the night before Thanksgiving. Very much looking forward to spinning a room with rockin' sound and it's all FREE, bitches!!! Please come by and dance before gorging yourselves on turkey, stuffing, and pie.
Here's the invite:
The Snow Ball hits Atlantic City!
Friday, November 27th
Daniel Nardicio, Bianca Del Rio (as Snow Queen!), Wendy Ho, Robbyne Kaamil, go-go superstars Matthew Camp, Go-Go Harder, and 3 luscious wintery fur clad go-go studs take over Atlantic City's Club Worship at The House of Blues on the Boardwalk for Black Friday. Real snow storm at 1am!
With ACES Train specials direct to AC for only $39- and special room rates for DN Partiers go to danielnardicio.com for details and hotel links!
Methinks it's important to have a main website that I can do all my shenanigans from, so I am building aaronelvis.com today that will include my skills as an actor (resume, acting reel, voice-over reel), DJ (resume, schedule, downloads, pics), and blogger (what you're reading right now.
Will let you know when it's live.
I am spinning right now at Lavish and the new booth is next to the front door, SO I get free WiFi access from some random wireless server. Loves it.
Daddy has now blogged from a plane, my gym, and now a bar. While "working", even. Here's a pic from right now. Uber-current, right??
Also looking forward to having my friend come visit tonight...
Pee-Wee Herman was on Jay Leno last night and while it's good to see him again, he just isn't that little boy he once was. Don't get me wrong - he's still there, just in need of a little fine tuning.
This does NOT mean I'm not still dying to see him in November... He said that they moved theaters due to popularity, so methinks there's still tickets available.
Here is a play-by-play of the red carpet arrivals at the 2009 VMAs as well as the show itself...
Taylor Swift arrives in a white carriage pulled by 2 white horses. It's very Newark, NJ Sweet 16 entrance. Fortunately her dress is gorgeous...for the Oscars.
Alicia Keys looks beautiful - classy and giving 60s realness. Closeted lesbians have rockin' stylists...
"The Tweets are going insane". Is this for real..???
Why is the video for Fame filmed on that cheesy fake NYC set in Hollywood? I'm waiting for Jerry, Elaine, Kramer and George walk by.
Oh, Jermaine Jackson...how do you get that wax mannequin look down so perfectly? Do you have your hair painted on daily or is that a shellacked bathing cap?
What is JLo doing there? Oh, she's presenting and hocking her new album. The look is a bit much, or maybe I just don't get it.
Beyonce is THE lady in red tonight. Simple, elegant, pretty. Whatves - she's just geeee-or-gheee-ussss.
Look at how purdy Blair Waldorf looks in silver... J'adorable.
HERE COMES THE SHOW!!!!!!!!!
MADONNA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are such a lady all dressed in black, and what not. And Miss Lady is serious - respect that, people. Kudos to her.
Pete Wentz is sad.
Taylor Swift is not.
Well done, Madonna. The Queen has spoken.
Opening number is already turning me out... And Janet has even come on. Yet.
And mama's BAAAAAAAAAACK!!! (In a bad pleather outfit, howevs...)
Best performance with a dead relative since Natalie Cole. You can quote me on that.
And now it's being ruined by Katy Perry attempting to sing. Hopefully this us all she'll do tonight...
Russell Brand is in Thom Brown. With a cheap hat.
No, Megan Fox, Eminem is not performing.
Russell is getting political and giving shout outs to Barack and taking about hermaphrodites (see: Lady Gaga). He wants to hang his hat on her erect penis.
AGGGGGGGGHHHH - Kanye's lady is spooky tonight. That necklace makes her head look like it's on a platter.
She Wolf and Wolf Man from Twilight. How very. (BTW Shakira - Pink's wearing it better. Sorry.)
I'm sorry - did he just say Taylor Swift wins the Best Female video???
KANYE????????? YOU ARE AN ASSHOLE.
Words cannot begin to describe how much I lub love Charo and this performance of Don't Stop The Music makes me moist. She turns it out and I LOVE that she brought two of the original Solid Gold dancers out of retirement to back her fierceness up!
AARON 1 (aka HIM): Are we hangin on Sundee?
AARON 2 (aka ME): Si. We are. Whaddawegonnado?
HIM: Day or night?
ME: Either. Wanna see a show with me Sundee night?
HIM: Like a real oldie-times Broadway show?
ME: No. Like a cheap off broadway show.
HIM: Ok, I like cheap. Josh's roof party at that hotel is cute too but i don't know if it's a weekly funkchun.
ME: It's allegedly weekly, I think.
HIM: Mayhaps we can do both.
HIM: If not, just the show. (PAUSE) I'm gonna go take a shower and start getting ready now.
ME: Do. Wash your soul. (PAUSE) The show is based on the Golden Girls.
...to God's ears. (via World of Wonder)
"Gays and lesbians stood up for civil rights in Montgomery, Selma, in Albany, Ga. and St. Augustine, Fla., and many other campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement. Many of these courageous men and women were fighting for my freedom at a time when they could find few voices for their own, and I salute their contributions." - Coretta Scott King
Today is the last day to vote to get me into the top 5 on The Big Gay Sketch Show's casting site, so I ask you to PLEASE go vote for me TODAY. I'm currently 8th and need to be in the top 5 to move onto the final round.
And feel free to vote from many computers (home, office, iPhone) to help push me into the top 5.
Oh, and here's the link if you wanna send it to friends, family, President Obama, etc.: http://biggaycasting.com/people/aaronelvis
I know that it goes without saying, but gays across this country are living under archaic laws that are discriminatory and we stand up and say "ENOUGH!."
2 friends of mine are a gay couple in West Virginia and they have a son together. Here is what they have to live with: it is LEGAL to discriminate in the workplace based on homosexuality. It is also LEGAL to evict someone from their home because they are homosexual. How is that acceptable? Should these two men who are raising a child have to live in fear of losing their job or home based on loving one another?
Please, PLEASE help by signing up on their website and making your voice heard so that we can begin to stand up for our rights, even if we have to do it state-by-state.
I will be spinning a benefit for the Incarnation Children's Center which specializes in providing care for children and adolescents living with HIV/AIDS. Please join us in raising money for the center by buying a ticket for the auction/event which will take place one week from today. Tickets are $100 in advance.
Here is the info:
Today is Friday and I am going to try my very best to get done the things I need to without procrastinating.
And, yes, I actually do have to tell myself what to do in order for it to get done.
DAYS LEFT IN OFFICE: 66 (Route)
* Sex and the City: I heart Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and the old one, so how could I not love this movie? It was like watching a very long episode and it's exactly what I expected it to be and more. The critics were looking for a stand-alone piece, methinks, and overlooked the fact that it was made for those who watch or watch the show. I laughed, cried (3 times) and fell in love again with NYC. My fave gal-pal, Sara, and I made an afternoon out of it - first by lunching at Pastis, then having cosmos at East of 8th prior our 2:30.
* Cyndi Lauper Bring You To The Brink: Such a friggin' good album, it hurts. I can't stop listening to it and just when I think I have a favorite song, I switch to another (Rocking Chair...no...Lay Me Down...no...Echo). This shizz is well produced, the songs are well written and Cyndi sounds amazing. I would suggest downloading it as soon as you finish reading this - yes, it's that good.
* Cry Baby: One of my fave films (I love John Waters and when he makes a cheesy musical, I LIVE for him), Cry Baby make a really fun musical. I had heard a whole bunch of word-of-mouth reviews which were all on the fence between loving and hating it, but after what I saw last night, I can safely say that I LOVED it. The cast rocks, the choreography rolls and the pace is spot-on. I may just go see it again...
DAYS LEFT IN OFFICE: 227
Right now I'm listening to The Queen Is Back ("So many years ago/On The Radio/She crept into your soul/And Loved to Love You..."). Guess who's back, indeed. Other stand-out tracks on this album are: Driving Down Brazil, Fame (The Game), and I'm A Fire.
Who knew that a 70s disco diva could have a pop comeback in th '08? Madonna should take note - this is how it's done.
DAYS LEFT IN OFFICE: 243