The Gay Agenda


By Joseph Hassan

Monday, November 10: After nearly two years of coast-to-coast campaigning that blurred the lines between politics and pop culture, Americans headed to last week's polls in record numbers. We showed that, as a nation, we have reached a turning point in racial acceptance. At the same time, state-level backtracks on gay rights (specifically gay marriage) show that bigotry and hypocrisy still dominate parts of our culture. Radical Acts, a new book by gay rights activist, historian, and playwright Martin Duberman, examines the underpinnings of both racism and homophobia in America through four politically charged plays. Get more info on the book and order it here.

Tuesday, November 11: The closest we came in summer 2008 to an inescapable anthem was Estelle's transatlantic scorcher 'American Boy.' If you missed the British crossover sensation (above) this past weekend at the World Music Awards in Monaco, you can get caught up at the official site, featuring photos and videos of her, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, and the ridiculously hot host Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives). While we're on the topic of music, two releases out today should be scooped up for your collection: First, the The Sound of the Smiths compilation album which, under the watchful eye of legendary front man Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr, traces the impressive evolution of the Smiths' aural aesthetic over their short tenure together. On the other end of the gay spectrum, Andrew Lloyd Webber muse and diva extraordinaire Sarah Brightman drops her new Christmas album, A Winter Symphony.

Wednesday, November 12: Pack your knives, head to the sofa, and gather around with your favorite fellow gourmands to catch season five of the cutthroat culinary competition Top Chef (at 10:00 PM EST on Bravo). This season, seventeen new contestants hit the Big Apple to take part in some serious food fights and vie for the number one spot. At the judges' table will be the incomparably gorgeous Padma Lakshmi, culinary guru and restaurateur Tom Colicchio, Food & Wine editor Gail Simmons, and new addition Toby Young, food critic and author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.