The Weekly LGBTQ News: Issue #17
Creators of the hit TV show Will & Grace, David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, as well as NBC, donated several props from the groundbreaking LGBTQ show to the Smithsonian this past week. Several of the donations included a flask, pill bottle, and scripts. The show, which ran from 1998 to 2006, featured primarily openly gay characters and a slew of celebrities (Britney Spears, Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna) that added to the eccentric comedy.
Kohan and Mutchnick were present when the items were donated to the institution, with the former in a statement to the Associated Press said “the fact that [the items are] in the American history (museum), maybe [they] were a part of something that was bigger than [they] ever imagined.” The donation is a part of an effort to document LGBTQ history, with some other items like former tennis player Renee Richards’ tennis racket becoming part of history. Richards won a battle for trans* rights after being denied entry to play in the U.S. Open. The New York Supreme Court ruled in her favor and helped progress trans* rights gradually.
Paul Richmond, an Ohio-based artist is seeking to challenge the traditional sense of masculinity in his latest art series, War Paint. The artist used body paint to construe the emotions each individual felt. “In these paintings, the modern masculine form becomes the canvas,” Richmond stated, before adding that “the color of their self-made armor [exposes] more than it conceals.” Richmond hoped that by deconstructing and reconstructing the figures, it would achieve an understanding that reflected the “complexity of the individual.” “War Paint” is a follow-up to Richmond’s previous series, “Cheesecake Boys”, a series that put men in gender bending poses. Richmond’s latest project is currently being hosted at Lymar-Eyer Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts as part of the Carnival celebration.
The current Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, issued out a letter to Empire State Pride Agenda, a New York-based LGBTQ civil rights and advocacy group, that he is in support of trans* rights. The letter addressed that if he is reelected to a second term, Cuomo would see to it that discrimination based on gender identity would be outlawed. The Governor acknowledged that a human right law passed in 1945 had been amended several times to prohibit discrimination based on race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation and others, and would like to see gender identity included.