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Cheyenne Jackson’s Elevator Pitch to Support amfAR

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amfAR’s Honoring With Pride fundraiser, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, “is the best party of NYC Gay Pride,” Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson tells Queerty. “Where else can you bid for a part on Ugly Betty, have a cocktail with Alan Cumming, rock out with Deborah Harry, and then finish the evening shaking your groove thang with a bunch of a HOT RICH GAYS?”

Tax-deductible tickets for the June 11 drinks-and-dancing event are still available here.

By:           editor editor
On:           Jun 1, 2009
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  • 19 Comments
    • Marcus
      Marcus

      Cheyenne is awesome! I wish more people in our community were as involved with charity work as he is. The world would be a better place.

      Marcus B
      Miami, Florida

      Jun 1, 2009 at 4:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ken
      Ken

      AMFAR is a wonderful organization but the ticket prices are soooooo expensive $100 – $1,000 per ticket. At that price, there will only be RICH GAYS at the party.

      But, I will buy a ticket if they can absolutely guarantee that all GAYS in attendance will be hot. :)

      Jun 1, 2009 at 4:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SteamPunk
      SteamPunk

      Not to undermine Cheyenne’s charity work or his Broadway chops – both are fantastic indeed – but each time you all post about him here, I go and do research trying to figure out why I should know him. Can someone enlighten me?

      I don’t go to Broadway shows often, since I live nowhere near New York (not to mention there are tons of other gays people on Broadway). His television and movie work seems to be sporadic. Does he have any other claim to mainstream fame that I should know about?

      Jun 1, 2009 at 5:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Adam
      Adam

      @SteamPunk

      He is primarily a Bway star. There really isn’t anything else to know other than he’s up and coming actor who’s making a go of it as an out and proud gay man.

      That’s why I like him.

      Jun 1, 2009 at 5:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rick
      rick

      i thought i would hate it but I LOVE XANADU THE MUSICAL.

      Jun 1, 2009 at 6:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tom
      Tom

      It’s expensive because it s a benefit

      Jun 1, 2009 at 7:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fitz
      Fitz

      There is a place for $1000-ticket benefits. There is a place for $5.00 at the door benefits. There are ways we can play together and learn together and support good causes at a range of economic levels. And that is good! I assure you that there are plenty of “save the oil fields” fundraisers out there too.

      Jun 1, 2009 at 7:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Larry
      Larry

      amfAR is a great charity, and a worthy cause.I have been to many other fundraisers were the top tickets are much more expensive. I love Debbie Harry/Blondie, which is worth the ticket price itself.

      Jun 1, 2009 at 10:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      Nice to know he is admitting he’s gay now, unlike when he was in the movie “United 93″ and said in an interview that if anything like that happened to his “Wife or Girlfriend….”

      Welcome back to gaydom Cheyenne.

      Jun 2, 2009 at 10:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kathy
      Kathy

      @Cam ….give it up, no one is a bigger advocate in our community then Cheyenne – or more honest.

      I’ve seen Cam post negative comments on mulitple sites about Cheyenne for years now. He is using a 3 year old “concocted story” by Michael Musto as his basis for his “facts”. I’m starting to think Cam has serious menatal health issues, or is an obssesed scorned fangurl.

      Jun 2, 2009 at 11:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @Kathy: You said…

      “No. 10 · Kathy
      @Cam ….give it up, no one is a bigger advocate in our community then Cheyenne – or more honest.

      I’ve seen Cam post negative comments on mulitple sites about Cheyenne for years now. He is using a 3 year old “concocted story” by Michael Musto as his basis for his “facts”. I’m starting to think Cam has serious menatal health issues, or is an obssesed scorned fangurl.”
      _____________________________________________________

      That is interesting, because I only posted on this suject on here, and it was within the last 6 months. If you are a fan of the guy that is fine, but you should lie to try to discount a persons failings just because you like them. The interview is public knowledge, the Advocate did a story on him and they referenced the interview and he blamed it on his publicist but admitted that he had said those words. So again, you are lying. And as far as “Nobody has done more for our community” Are you serious? Going to an Am Far Fundraiser and donating time…oh yeah, you’re right, thats WAY more for the community than the person that runs Silvia’s house trying to keep homeless gay youth off the streets, or the person who volunteers every week in an AIDS hospice.

      The guy is public now and I think thats great, however, when it counted, he jumped back in the closet, and thats a shame.

      Jun 2, 2009 at 3:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @Kathy: ONe last thing Kathy.

      Here is Cheyenne’s quote from the Advocate interview. The Reviewers comments are separated….

      ::::Jackson still has a beef with an item that Village Voice columnist Michael Musto ran following an interview the actor had done to promote Paul Greengrass’s 2006 docudrama United 93, which was nominated for a best-directing Oscar. :::

      In United 93, Jackson made his feature-film debut as heroic gay rugby player Mark Bingham. “I said something along the lines of, ‘If my mom or wife or baby had been on the plane…’ Well, Musto heard ‘wife’ and wrote in his column, ‘Nobody asked about [Jackson’s] sexuality after that.’ It was bitchy, obnoxious, and really kind of harmful.” He pauses, then laughs, catching himself getting, well, all shook up. “That stuff clearly gets on my nerves.”

      :::::At this point I admit that I too had feared his closet retreat when another Advocate cover story aimed for Xanadu’s summer ’07 opening abruptly fell through.::::

      “That was all my old publicist that I gave the heave-ho,” he explains, blaming a strained professional relationship that began “as a blind date that someone else was paying for.” After the Advocate snub, he continues, “I fired her right away. Several people who had worked with her on other things said, ‘I think she has issues with gays,’ but it wasn’t something I knew when I first starting working with her. She’d make blanket statements like, ‘No, we’re not doing any gay press.’?”

      So again, Kathy, right there, he stated in the interview…if my Wife or baby…etc.. funny for somebody so openly out and proud. Any really out gay guy would have said “Boyfriend, Partner etc…. So again, good for him that he is out now, but when he had the chance to be out on TV in an interview he refused.

      You really shouldn’t try to lie when the proof is so easy to find, the link to the advocate article, which took 2 seconds to find is….

      http://www.advocate.com/issue_story_ektid52945.asp?page=2

      Jun 2, 2009 at 3:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Torque
      Torque

      Whoaa…..CAM your having a melt-down buddy. I’m starting to think Kathy may be on to something. And, BTW I hate Broadway. I’m no fan but, I have respect for him.

      I have a good friend who works at amfAR and another at BC/EFA And, with all due respect, you are speaking out of your arse. You have no idea how involved Cheyenne is with either of these organizations. Cheyenne is much more involved then most. He has done multiple concerts where 100 % of the profit has gone to the either charity. He has personally raised or donated thousands of $ to both according to my friend. And how do you know he has never been to an AIDS hospice?

      Dude it seems like you have an axe to grind, get over it and move on. And, even if things went down the way you said, who cares? He’s out now.

      Peace,
      Torque

      Jun 2, 2009 at 5:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @Torque: You said “No. 13 · Torque
      Whoaa…..CAM your having a melt-down buddy. I’m starting to think Kathy may be on to something. And, BTW I hate Broadway. I’m no fan but, I have respect for him.”

      _______________________________________________________________

      Say what you will. I posted something about this guy, Kathy came on and said that I was attacking him and the story was phony. I came back and posted the proof that Kathy was lying and he actually did say that. As far as a meltdown goes… The quickest way to see if Kathy’d point is valid is that rather than trying to debate what I was saying, Kathy just launched into a bunch of personal attacks. Then along you come, and rather than dealing with the fact that I posted proof, you launch into a bunch of personal attacks. It’s nice that you are fans of the guy and I’m glad he is out now and doing what he can for the cause, in the safe gay friendly embrace of broadway, but the fact remains, when he had a chance to be out in Hollywood and make a differnce, he did what Jody Foster, Kevin Spacey, Clay Aiken, and Anderson Cooper did. He took the easy way out and hid who he was. Sorry but I have little respect for Celebs that do that. I feel the exact same way about Rosie O’Donnell, she may be out now, but only came out after she decided to leave her show. When she was on TV everyday and was “The Queen of Nice” all we ever heard from her was how in love with Tom Cruise she was. It’s just Typical Hollywood B.S.

      Jun 2, 2009 at 6:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Torque
      Torque

      @cam and How did I personally attack you?

      I read the Advocate Article. It doesn’t prove anything. I think it was a statement taken out of context to whip up some BS, and it obviously worked on you. Who knows if its true or not. But, isn’t Michael Musto a gossip columnist? (the key word being gossip)

      Its not like Anderson Cooper said this. I put Musto on the same level as Perez. I believe about 50% of what he says.

      Again Peace,
      T

      Jun 2, 2009 at 6:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @Torque:

      If that is what you take from the article that is fine. But during the origional interview he stated that if his wife or baby was on the plane….etc… Musto didn’t claim to be the interviewer. Musto just commented about the interview that Jackson did on TV with somebody else. So you aren’t just taking Musto’s word for it, Jackson admitted he said it right in the article. His words ““I said something along the lines of, ‘If my mom or wife or baby had been on the plane…’”

      As for your not being a fan of the guy, you sure seem to keep tabs on him…you told me I was talking out my ass then said…

      “You have no idea how involved Cheyenne is with either of these organizations. Cheyenne is much more involved then most. He has done multiple concerts where 100 % of the profit has gone to the either charity. He has personally raised or donated thousands of $ to both according to my friend. ”

      At least be honest, you were jumping on me because you are a fan of his. That is fine, and good for you, and again, good for him for the work he is doing now. I’m just tired of celebs like Clay Aiken, they stay in the closet, then later they ask the “Gays” to be fans. This guy’s movie career didn’t take off so now he is back to broadway, that is fine, great that he’s out, but again, I’m just dissappointed that he chose to hide when it really could have helped make a difference perception-wise.

      Cheers,
      C

      Jun 2, 2009 at 7:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • spindoc
      spindoc

      I have to agree with Cam on this one. I remember that my buddies and I were so happy that they cast a gay actor to play the role of Mark Bingham in that movie. Then we saw his interview, I couldn’t believe it when I heard him talk about, if his wife was on the plane! Hell why bother to cast a gay actor if he pretends he is straight on TV? We were all pissed, but whatever, nice that he is doing some good work now, but don’t ask us to forget how he pussed out when it counted.

      Jun 2, 2009 at 10:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Torque
      Torque

      What does any of his have to do with supporting amfAR?

      Jun 2, 2009 at 11:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John from  England(used to be just John but there are other John's)
      John from England(used to be just John but there are other John's)

      Interesting no one mentioned in the interview with the advocat when he said that he was pretty much forced into the closet and ended up firing his agent for being so hard on him…

      You still don’t get it.

      The guy messed up his career being out. Simple. He could still make it. He’s v handsome.

      Oct 3, 2009 at 4:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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