LOS ANGELES, CA - During the Grammy awards Feb. 12, the notoriously anti-LGBT restaurant chain Chick-fil-A debuted a new commercial featuring the voice and hit song, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, of Grace Slick, a member of legendary rock bands Jefferson Airplane and Starship. To strike back at the restaurant’s anti-LGBT agenda, Slick is donating every dime she made from that ad to Lambda Legal, the nation’s oldest and largest LGBT legal organization.
Chick-fil-A has a well-documented history of funding anti-LGBT organizations through their philanthropic foundation WinShape. In interviews, CEO Dan T. Cathy has critiqued LGBT rights supporters who “have the audacity to define marriage” and said they are bringing “God’s judgment” upon the nation.
NEW YORK, NY - MPress Records announced the release of award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and activist Rachael Sage’s new EP of protest songs, The Tide. The 5-track digital EP adds Sage’s voice and music to the current worldwide protests and public demonstrations, seeking justice for all in a turbulent sociopolitical landscape. All net proceeds will be donated to ArcLife.org (American Refugee Committee), one of the world’s leading international refugee assistance organizations.
By Grayson Barnes
WICHITA - A Man of No Importance saw its state and regional premier Feb. 17-19 at the Wichita Scottish Rite Signature Theatre. It won the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and a 2003 GLAAD Media Award. The second collaboration for Terrence McNally (book), Stephen Flaherty (music), and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics), A Man of No Importance is based on the 1994 Albert Finney movie of the same name. Originally, it opened in September 2002, at the Lincoln Center in New York.
A Man of No Importance is set in Ireland in the 1960’s and focuses on the life of bus conductor Alfie Byrne. His life is mundane, except for his obsession with the works of Oscar Wilde. He also directs the amateur actors’ troupe at St. Imelda Parish. Alfie is of indeterminate age, but probably too old to be living with his sister. He has a service job and he is bookish. These are all qualities that make him the type of person who is easily overlooked, but Alfie shares his ‘Wilde’ passion with the passengers by reading the author’s works to them between the stops.