Voting in favor were Keisha Lance Bottoms, chair of the committee; Alex Wan, co-chair and sponsor of the legislation; and Carla Smith. Voting no were Howard Shook and Ivory Lee Young. Joyce Sheperd, who arrived late to the meeting, abstained.
Atlanta activist Danny Ingram, who was discharged from the military under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and serves as president of American Veterans for Equal Rights, is set to testify May 31 before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C.
The briefing is titled, “Is the Federal Government Adequately Protecting the Civil Rights of Our Veterans and Service Members Who Have Fought for Our Rights?” Ingram was specifically invited to address LGBT issues.
It would be virtually impossible to make a film about the life of gay entertainer Liberace and not have plenty of campy, over-the-top moments. But Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh largely focuses on the human story over the flamboyance in his new HBO film “Behind the Candelabra,” debuting May 26.
Based on Liberace’s six-year relationship with Scott Thorson and Thorson’s memoir, “Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace,” the film opens in 1977 as a young Scott (Damon) goes to Las Vegas with a new friend to see pianist Liberace (Michael Douglas) in concert.