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JUNE 10, 2005 17
There's a Fine Line Between Telling the Truth and Talking Trash
Forever blue no more
Erasure gets its due,
actors describe gay
kisses and 1 Word'
You couldn't break the chains of love
for ERASURE Tuesday, June 7, during the
band's sold out show at D.C.'s 9:30 club. The
capacity crowd (filled with equal parts
women and gay men) was definitely feeling
the music and even Capital Pride organizers showed their gratitude by giving the
gay-straight electronic duo its first ever
Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts.
"Erasure has been around for many,
many years. A lot of us came out to
Erasure," said Robert York, director of
Pride, who presented the award onstage
before the band started its encore.
"They're one of those groups that crosses
boundaries and educates people."
The band received the Gay Pride
honor even though only singer ANDY
BELL is gay.
"What straight man could you get to
wear gold lame?" York joked about
straight musician VINCE CLARK, the
other half of the group, who was wearing a tuxedo made out of the flamboyant
fabric. "How secure can you really be?"
Bell graciously accepted the award
and said, "Thank you," along with something else that was drowned out by the
screaming crowd. Then he launched into
a song no one knew. (Must have been
from the new album.)
During the performance, the duo
played all their big hits and Bell, who disclosed his HIV-positive status in
December, looked and sounded as good as
ever, dancing about the stage in a number of glittering outfits (including just a
pair of diamond-studded briefs).
The real highlight of the evening
came from a pair of covers, a slowed-
down version of BLONDIE's "Rapture,"
with Clark doing the rap, and Bell's solo,
an a cappella version of "Ave Maria."
Kiss and tell
Two young actors, both with careers
on the rise, have two different reactions
to their same-sex kisses onscreen.
JESSE BRADFORD, the wholesome-
looking stud from "Swimfan" and "Bring
It On," says he
turned down a
chance to play a gay
character in the film
always wondered if
he turned down the
part because the
character was gay.
Well, he felt better about himself
after accepting a gay role in the upcoming movie "Heights." until it came time
Gay-straight duo Andy Bell (left) and Vince Clark,
better known as Erasure, received a Lifetime
Achievement Award in the Arts as part of this
year's Capital Pride Director's Awards at DCs 9:30
club this week.
for his big same-sex kiss.
"There are certain risks involved," he
told the New York Daily News gossip
columnist Lloyd Grove. "But it was one
of the most heterosexual reaffirming
moments of my life. Like, 'Oh, that's why
I don't like this. That's why I always figured I wouldn't like
this.' Now I know.
Now I know for
Good for you, Mr.
PHY tells the
British edition of
Maxim that her
favorite cinematic smooches were with
"I will admit that my most memorable
onscreen kiss was with REESE WITH-
ERSPOON in 'Freeway,' just because we
were laughing so much," she says about
her role in the 1996 independent movie.
"And my longest was with Joanne
Vannicola for this [2000 television] movie
called 'Common Ground."'
Showtime's lesbian drama "THE L
WORD," has signed up a number of
prominent directors to film episodes for
its impending, but still unscheduled,
Those behind the camera in the third
season will include: lesbian director
Angela Robinson of "D.E.B.S." and soon-
to-be-released "Herbie: Fully Loaded"
fame, "The Laramie Project" creator
Moises Kaufman, Rose Troche of "Go
Fish" fame, and "Boys Don't Cry" director Kimberly Pierce.
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