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Tune in for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender news from the writer/editor of TheRandyReport.com, a daily blog reporting on the current news cycle in terms of politics, pop culture and entertainment news of interest to the LGBT community.

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    • 4.6 • 36 Ratings

Tune in for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender news from the writer/editor of TheRandyReport.com, a daily blog reporting on the current news cycle in terms of politics, pop culture and entertainment news of interest to the LGBT community.

    LGBTQ News: MJ Rodriguez makes Golden Globe history, Amy Schneider keeps winning Jeopardy!

    LGBTQ News: MJ Rodriguez makes Golden Globe history, Amy Schneider keeps winning Jeopardy!

    In this week's headlines:

    • Researchers have discovered new "kick and kill" strategy to perhaps eliminate HIV

    • Amid a huge shortage of blood, politicians and activists are calling on the FDA (again) to remove outdated restrictions on gay and bisexual men to donate blood

    • South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is running national ads touting her state's anti-transgender legislation

    • MJ Rodriguez made history at the 2022 Golden Globes becoming the first transgender person to win a Golden Globe. Full list of this year's winners here - https://therandyreport.com/mj-rodriguez-makes-golden-globe-history-full-list-of-2022-winners/

    • Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider keeps extending her amazing winning streak on the long-running game show

    All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

    • 20 min
    The Best Of 2021 - LGBTQ Edition

    The Best Of 2021 - LGBTQ Edition

    There was a lot in 2021 that was just heinous and I’m happy to leave it behind. But I did want to take a pause to look at some of the good news and big moments of 2021 for LGBTQ folks.

    In this episode, I’m going to revisit some of the best songs, movies, TV and top LGBTQ news stories of the year (at least in my opinion).

    I know folks like to make Top 10 lists, but one of the hallmarks of The Randy Report is brevity - Plus, if I’m putting my name on a “Best of…” list I want to feel strongly about them.

    So I’m going to try to stick to Top 5’s in this show.

    I won't give it all away but I cover what I think are the top LGBTQ news stories, top international LGBTQ news, top LGBTQ pop culture stories, top LGBTQ films, and music from terrific out indie artists like Eli Lieb, Milahroy, Shea Diamond, Kat Cunning, and alex.

    Thanks for joining me as I revisit the year that was 2021.

    • 35 min
    Interview: Vanessa Williams spills the tea on the new drag competition 'Queen Of The Universe'

    Interview: Vanessa Williams spills the tea on the new drag competition 'Queen Of The Universe'

    Today I’m speaking with international pop star and actress Vanessa Williams, who is currently serving as one of the celebrity judges on the new reality talent competition, "Queen of the Universe" streaming on Paramount+, where drag queens from around the world sing LIVE - no lip-syncing here - as they compete not only for the title of Queen of the Universe but a $250,000 cash prize.

    If anyone has the experience to dish out the appropriate advice, it’s Vanessa Williams.

    A former Miss America - talk about a true queen! - she's a multi-platinum recording artist whose albums include The Right Stuff, The Comfort Zone, and The Sweetest Days, along with her chart topping number one hit “Save the Best for Last."

    Vanessa has also conquered Broadway making her debut in the title role of "Kiss of the Spider Woman," scored a Tony Award nomination for her turn as the Witch in the Broadway revival of "Into The Woods," and returned for acclaimed performances in "Sondheim on Sondheim," "After Midnight," and "The Trip To Bountiful."

    She’s also had great success on television starring as Wilhelmina Slater on the ground-breaking "Ugly Betty" as well as Desperate Housewives and many more TV projects.

    I recently had the chance to talk with her about "Queen of the Universe," and her work as a founder of Black Theater United, which is working to bring inclusivity to theater communities across the country. Plus, she has starring role coming up in a staged concert of Stephen Sondheim’s "Anyone Can Whistle" at Carnegie Hall.

    Full disclosure - as longtime listeners are aware, I’ve known Vanessa for years ever since we were music theater majors at Syracuse University. So, up front, you’ll definitely hear our friendship in the chat.

    You can catch up on the first four episodes of “Queen of the Universe” now, and don’t miss the grand finale streaming on Paramount+ on December 30, 2021.

    • 22 min
    LGBTQ News: Which major sports are LGBTQ supportive, Jeopardy! has first trans champion

    LGBTQ News: Which major sports are LGBTQ supportive, Jeopardy! has first trans champion

    In this week's headlines:

    • Chile and Switzerland approve marriage equality, and Tokyo takes a step forward

    • Former 'Empire' star Jussie Smollett found guilty of filing false police reports regarding alleged fake hate crime

    • Conversion therapy banned in Canada

    • Another HIV patient appears to have naturally 'cured' herself

    • Jeopardy! has its first transgender champion

    • Which major sports leagues are supportive of the LGBTQ community?

    • Out singer/songwriter Milahroy closes out the year with 'Only the Best'

    All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.

    • 17 min
    Interview: Rich Burns, creator of the darkly comic web series, The Disappointments

    Interview: Rich Burns, creator of the darkly comic web series, The Disappointments

    Today I’m talking with Rich Burns, the creator of the new web series, "The Disappointments." In addition to writing the 11 part series, Burns also acts as co-director, co-executive producer and one of the four stars of the show.

    "The Disappointments" follows three middle-aged gay best friends trying to figure out how to live their best lives.

    Burns describes the show as a “darkly comic series featuring gay people in their 50s, who suddenly find themselves standing in a room, looking at their their belongings, their careers, their unhappy personal lives, their reflection in the mirror and asking, ‘How did this get to be my life?’ Disillusioned. Disappointed. And the clock is ticking…”

    In addition to Burns, the series features Gedde Watanabe, James Campbell and Trevor LaPaglia. Steve Cubine and Burns share directing duties.

    The first episodes of The Disappointments premiered on YouTube on November 8 and each Monday two new installments are released for a total of 11 chapters. The two-part finale will be released December 6.

    Link to watch "The Disappointments" on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Desfwm8o5iMFXcHXEMjKw

    (photo: Ramon Christian)

    • 23 min
    LGBTQ News: Out country star TJ Osborne at the CMA Awards, new documentary 'Mayor Pete'

    LGBTQ News: Out country star TJ Osborne at the CMA Awards, new documentary 'Mayor Pete'

    In this week’s headlines:

    • The US Navy christens a new ship named after iconic LGBTQ activist Harvey Milk

    • LGBTQ people are much more likely to get vaccinated than the general population

    • A Black transgender woman is at least the 46th trans person killed this year

    • A conservative radio host made the asinine assertion that unvaccinated people today are treated worse than patients at the height of the AIDS epidemic

    • A transgender teen in Tennessee is challenging his state's law banning him from playing on his high school's golf team

    • The first-ever all-male team on 'Strictly Come Dancing' is racking up big scores on the dance competition

    • TJ Osborne, of Brothers Osborne, made history at the CMA Awards this year

    • PEOPLE Magazine named '911: Lone Star' actor Brian Michael Smith to their 2021 list of the sexiest men on television, the first time a trans male has been included

    • And the new documentary 'Mayor Pete' offers an insider look at a presidential campaign

    All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

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LGBTQ+ News!

Love keeping up to date with LGBTQ+ news with The Randy Report!
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Terrific LGBT News show

I love listening to Randy Report. Super relevant info! Randy has his pulse on the community and knows his stuff! Keep it up sir!

Rob Southgate ,

A truly excellent podcast

I was asked to give feedback about this podcast in regards to sound, content, marketing, and any overall areas of opportunity where Randy could improve the show. I listened through and found a great news podcast. The concept is clear and delivered perfectly. I think this deserves a place in the feed of anyone looking for different perspectives and wanting to understand their world, whether part of the LGBTQ community or not. Keep u pthe excellent show, Randy!

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