Liza Minnelli Stepping Out! 2015

Liza Minnelli Stepping Out! 2015

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A comment on "The Advocate interview " by John Bassey

The Advocate interview was ridiculous because the interviewer had no idea what Liza has done for the LGBTQ community, which is a big part of why she is a "gay icon" besides her movies and performances. Liza was the first celebrity to raise money for AIDS research and has raised hundreds of millions of dollars over the last 30 years. She performed at the Gay Games in Canada. She led the gay pride parade in Paris last year and gave a speech explaining the connection between the Stonewall Inn uprising and her mother's death.

She won many awards from LGBTQ organizations for her fundraising and attention she brings to equal rights for all LGBTQ Americans and people worldwide. During the GLAAD awards she sang What Makes a Man a Man. She continues to be an outspoken advocate for our right to marry and to have equal rights in all spheres of our lives. She has done this more than any other celebrity of her age or stature.

She is also all about survival, and she has said that many times. Besides her movies (I have seen Cabaret at least 200 times - no really - obsessed) and performances, she inspires me to keep going whatever challenges I face. If I have some difficulty to deal with, I think, "What does Liza do," and then I try to do the same thing to survive and thrive. Her latest message - Do what you want and do it well - is on my refrigerator.

I get so fed up with stupid articles like the one in the Advocate written by clueless people who have no idea what Liza has done for our rights, I could scream.

Why do her gay fans love Liza? Why do her str8 fans love her?
by John Bassey

1 comment:

Moze said...

Thanks for your list of Liza's contributions to the LGBT community. But one of her biggest contributions was recording the song, "The Day After That", the proceeds for which were all channelled into AIDS research. She also made a video of it in three languages which was shown all over the world that raised even more funds. The song became an anthem for the AIDS struggle in many ways and Liza sang it on the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots (25th Pride Day in NY, in fact) in Central Park before a half million people.