Thursday, April 30, 2009

Why We Love Colton Ford

There is much respect for Colton Ford in these parts. Soon he'll show up in the work environs at POZ to help out with a PSA in addition to coming out for the meet and greet at Love Out Loud.

As the Walk and the fund-raiser approach, there are eight items available on eBay to help us out with raising funds. They are (1) Brokeback Moutain collector's edition from HX magazine, (2) the Love Out Loud commemorative t-shirt, (3) two Sheryl Lee Ralph autographed POZ magazines, (4) Three Law & Order:CI autographed scripts with head shots, and .(5) an autographed photo from Brandon Buddy of One Life to Live.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Love Out Loud for Ilene Kristen and Thorsten Kaye

Ilene Kristen and Thorsten Kaye got the ball rolling on 17 May 2006 at Prohibition and they're still here doing the good deeds they are both known for. We're going to do it again this year.

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Entry Word: contribution
Function: noun
Text: a gift of money or its equivalent to a charity, humanitarian cause, or public institution
Synonymsalms, benefaction, beneficence, charity, donation, philanthropy
Related Wordsoffering, tithe; bequest, endowment, legacy; aid, assistance, relief, welfare; grant, subsidy

One week later and the good feelings continued from what was accomplished at Prohibition. Sweet Southwest Charlotte provided us with a couple of photos. These photos contain elements -- not all the elements, but important elements that made helping raise money for AIDS Walk New York a unique and memorable experience: pictured are Thorsten Kaye, Ilene Kristen and, of course, Sweet Charlotte -- the elements are performance and presence.

Love Out Loud Commemorative T-Shirt

We have now listed the tee on eBay.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Love Out Loud for Timothy Scott & Walking the Walk


One of the inspirations for participation in AIDS Walk is having known a talented person that went away much too soon. What follows is a post from the last three years about him followed by a letter written by him. He was a delightful person. Would that the universe would send us more like him.

Living in Florence, Italy provides an opportunity to meet a wide variety of people. It was especially true in that threshold of time when the decadent 70s were over and the world was on the verge of what might very well be called the greatest health crisis of the 20th century. In that small pocket of time it seems, in retrospect, that there were some idyllic experiences in spite of living in the onslaught of the world according to Ronald Reagan.

One of those happy times occurred when Timothy Scott arrived in the heart of Tuscany. He was a bundle of energy that simply wanted to enjoy everything around him. He was a dancer. He was a singer -- and that was only in his day to day life. He was also a professional performer.

The happy days included literally dancing down the cobbled streets singing, "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You" with the best spontaneous choreography fueled by not too much Vernaccia, one of the best of the dry white Tuscans. Tim said he wanted to use the song for auditions. It was a blessing to inspire him just that much.

Tim was a happy blessing and the blessing carried over when he returned to the States where he joined the original cast of Cats.

The joyous culmination of knowing him came upon visiting New York and seeing him dance and sing gloriously as Mr. Mistoffelees.

Go here to read about Tim when he opened in Cats.

Given his chosen profession not hearing from Tim seemed a matter of course and was accompanied by the hope that his success was continuing.

Life of course went on and once that threshold was crossed into the Age of the "Gay Plague" so much of life as was known was forever changed.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt came to Philadelphia. There on the highest row was this panel:

Tim would be a magical cat forever.

The annual solidarity walk with those who have passed over and with those who live and thrive while the Plague is still with us has arrived again. This website and our team mates will once again ask for your support in helping to change the course of the epidemic. The face of it has changed over these past two decades and, therefore, it is time to remember the beautiful energy that was Tim and others like him. It is time to support those who are still with us in order to keep them with us until they lived to their fulfillment and ours.

Click on the AIDS Walk Banner at the top of this page to go the donation page. Thank you for your help thoughout the years.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Love Out Loud for Evan Alex Cole

This young man is brand new to the legendary Soap Opera As the World Turns. His first air date is April 30. tells us that he "will play Hunter. The character will be thrown into the mix as Emily's new business partner. Will he shape up The Intruder? Or does he want to go even farther into the tabloid business? ... We will have to wait and see, but the storyline has definite questions that need to be answered." Although a relative newcomer, he has already created quite a buzz. His resume includes television, theater and film. Most notably he was part of Frank Langella'sA Man for All Seasons. We're looking forward to finding out more about him when he joins us for Love Out Loud.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Love Out Loud for Bert Champagne

Bert is a member of the AIDS Walk New York/Los Angeles staff. He is very happy to be wearing the Love Out Loud tshirt. We like it when Bert is happy.

Love Out Loud for Mark Lawson

ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
is a very long title, but they've been doing it for five years and the last one was not without its moments. BethAnn Bonner reprised her excellent Bacharach to the Future performance of "Waiting for Charlie to Come Home" followed by what was for many the surprise of the evening, Mark Lawson's rendition of "Anthem" from Chess. Lawson's upper torso on One Life to Live is legendary. It is, therefore, easy to ignore other talents therein. Hence, when his beautiful voice blessed the audience with this beautiful piece, the reaction was palpable. One of his co-stars, Farah Fath had this to say in a recent interview: He is really intense, and I like to work with actors who take their work seriously. He is a true actor’s actor. He gets in there and finds the rawest place he can go. He does not care if it’s a big scene or small scene. He is committed. Mark was on contract from the beginning, but that does not really mean anything. I think they were really impressed with him, and he works really hard, does his homework, and I respect that. Lawson has fans in other cast members, among them Ilene Kristen who is no slouch in recognizing true talent. It's POZ's good fortune to have the exceptional Mr. Lawson with us on May 13th at Prohibition. His ever growing legion of fans will be very happy about that as well.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Love Out Loud for Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph is a woman who knows what she is about. She fills a room. She stopped by Smart + Strong today to help out with a video supporting the Denver Principles Project featured in the landmark 15th Anniversary issue. She is making appearances Friday & Saturday. While she may not be attending Love Out Loud, she is a tireless AIDS activist who graced the pages of POZ in October 2007. Be on the lookout for autographed copies of the magazine to go on auction soon. She has recently returned from a tour of Africa.

Friday, April 24, 2009
Abyssinian Baptist Church
132 Odell Clark Place (Formerly 138st)
New York, NY 10030
Presented by The Abyssinian Baptist Church, Canaan Baptist Church, Convent Avenue Baptist Church, St. Philip's Episcopal Church, The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Bronx Alumnae Chapter

Saturday, April 25, 2009
Church Alive Community Church
1201 Findlay Ave (167th & 168th Streets)
Bronx, NY 10456
Presented by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Bronx Alumnae Chapter and The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS

Catch Bob Ickes' POZ article here.

Love Out Loud for George Carrancho

As National Sales & Marketing Manager-LGBT Community, George Carrancho is a member of American Airlines' unique Rainbow TeAAm which focuses on marketing and outreach for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community. The American Airlines Rainbow TeAAm is considered the nation’s first dedicated LGBT sales team at a Fortune 500 corporation. Through their work, and the leadership of American Airlines management, the airline is one of only 13 corporations in the U.S. that have earned perfect marks each year from the Human Rights Campaign through its Corporate Equality Index.

Carrancho works closely with national and local LGBT organizations and businesses, ensuring that American Airlines remains the premier airline of choice for LGBT travelers worldwide. Carrancho and Betty Young helped spearhead and launch American’s dedicated LGBT microsite, another first in the airline industry.

During his 15 years with AA and subsidiary divisions, Carrancho served in a variety of marketing positions, interacting with many of AA's top travel clients while in New York City. He is now based at AA's corporate headquarters near DFW International Airport. The South Texas native is a 1993 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies. He is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.

He currently serves on the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Corporate Advisory Committee, Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Diversity Sub-committee, Lambda Legal Leadership Council, on the Board of Directors for the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and represents American Airlines’ Gay Employee Resource Group on the Diversity Advisory Council with American’s 16 other ERGs.

He definitely wears a white hat and has been very helpful with Bacharach to the Future and Love Out Loud POZ is very grateful for all he has done.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

More Love Out Loud for Michael Tomasetti

Through the generosity of a Thorsten Kaye fan (Diane Nilsen), this year Love Out Loud has a signature t-shirt.

It is available on line for 21.95. Payment through PayPal They will be available at the event for $25.

Good guy Michael Tomasetti graciously took some time out to model for us.

Love Out Loud for Melissa Claire Egan

Melissa Claire Egan of All My Children practically the first person to walk through the door two years ago for POZ AIDS Walk fund-raiser Love Out Loud and will be with us again this year.

At the age of 12, Melissa debuted on All My Children as an extra only to return as the very adult Annie McDermott, mother to Ryan Lavery’s daughter and romantic interest for the handsome devil. Originally from Bedford, New York, Miss Egan grew up with an extensive background in musical theatre. While still a child, she began booking national television commercials and was signed by the Ford Modeling Agency. Ford did indeed have a better idea in the University of North Carolina Dramatic Arts major. Not resting on her laurels from her experience at Chaple Hill, "Missy" studied Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford, England. Her television credits include One Tree Hill and Dawson's Creek. She is well-loved by her cast mates. She seems to be having fun as the now whacky Annie. We’re grateful that she intends to sweeten the atmosphere at Prohibition for the fund raiser meeting and greeting the fans in attendance for a charmed third time.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Love Out Loud for Brian Gaskill

This talented and much appreciated actor featured in Greg Berlanti’s The Broken Hearts Club is no stranger to daytime dramas. He was Guiding Light’s Dylan Lewis, All My Children’s Bobby Warner, As the World Turns’ BJ Green, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Oscar Marone and Port Charles’ Rafe Kovich, the character that truly put him front and center in the minds and hearts of many fans. The POZ Team welcomes his participation in a musical evening where he will have the opportunity to express his solidarity with a cause that is very important to him. This is not his first time helping us out and no doubt more than a few of his fans will be there for the meet and greet.


POZ’s fund-raiser for AIDS Walk New York, Love Out Loud, is well on its way to becoming another memorable evening. Our musical hosts are once again Tremors led by John Kouri with special guests Ilene Kristen (One Life to Live) and singer John Pagano. Thorsten Kaye (Zach from All My Children), will be joined by Broadway musical and cabaret stars Jill O'Hara, John Bolton and Kevin Spirtas. Marj Dusay (Guiding Light) the accomplished actress who lost her son, Randall, to AIDS in 1993 will be there along with Mark Dobies, who appeared in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart. Tireless devotees to many charities, The Lair's David Moretti and Colton Ford, that Optimum guy, Matt Walton; As the World Turns ’ Noah, Jake Silbermann, his fellow cast member Laurence Lau well known to many a Daytime fan and Guiding Light's Shayne Lewis, Jeff Branson,with Guiding Light alum, Brian Gaskill, actors Michael Tomasetti, BethAnn Bonner, well known from her recent role on One Life to Live will be there to meet and greet the attendees. Law & Order: SVU’s Christopher Meloni always on hand to help us with fund raising via eBay auctions promises to stop by, eking out some time from a very busy schedule.

The event is chronicled on

The support coming from the entertainment industry in our efforts to help those with HIV AIDS. This will be our biggest and brightest event yet.

Where: Prohibition, 503 Columbus Ave. (@ 84th) in Manhattan
When: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 5:30 to 9:00 PM
How Much: $30 donation at the door

POZ is the premier lifestyle, treatment and advocacy magazine for people living with—and those affected by—HIV and AIDS. The award-winning magazine and website ( provide the most complete and expert HIV/AIDS information available in the United States. Together, the magazine and website reach more than 70 percent of all of those people living with HIV/AIDS who are aware of their status. The website provides extensive opportunity for both public and private social networking and represents one of the largest communities of openly HIV-positive people in the world. For more information, please visit
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500 Fifth Ave., Suite 320
New York, NY 10110


Commemorative t-shirts are on sale on line for $21.95 via PayPal. $25 at the venue


Many thanks to George Carrancho and American Airlines


Go here for AIDS Walk New York Donations

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Love Out Loud for Jeff Branson

Those who continue to watch Soap Operas are by and large watching because of the actors. Last summer Jeff Branson's fans attended a very pleasant Sunday morning farewell breakfast for this fine and fetching actor when he left All My Children. It did not take him long to land on his feet as Shayne Lewis on Guiding Light, something that made his many fans quite content. ABC's loss was a gain for CBS.

For someone who claims to have "stumbled" into acting, Mr. Branson does quite well indeed. He then moved to New York City to attend an acting conservatory. Upon completion of the program, he appeared in the feature films Shaft and Big Kahuna, as well as starring roles in several independent films. No stranger to the New York stage, he has performed in several Off-Broadway shows and guest starred on television's Law & Order and Strangers with Candy. He recently starred in the independent film The Big Bad Swim and more recently completed The Magnificent Cooly-T.

Mr. Branson has donated time to support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Word has it that he is an accomplished chef. It's been said in these parts before, there is a lot to this personable and very intelligent man. We are very happy that he's joining us for Love Out Loud.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

AIDS Walk New York

POZ’s fund-raising project for AIDS Walk New York, Love Out Loud at Prohibition on 13 May 2009 continues to grow. Feel free to make a direct donation: the donor page.

The money helps -- and yes, there are those who are concerned about where the money goes, perhaps Africa itself is more in need -- but there are still those here who need it and the ones who need it most might not yet know that they do.

There is satisfaction that comes from being among those who help make others aware. The months spent nudging friends, shamelessly requesting help from people who are virtually unknown and actually creating a party atmosphere to get people to pay attention sheds light on those who are true friends and those who truly care.

As always, appearances are contingent on shooting schedules. Still this year looks very good for this effort as our event grows. There will be more names added as the date draws near.

The good people at Prohibition, BGR Web Design, Graphic Communications, Law & Order: SVU, & All My Children have lent valuable assistance in moving ahead. Something like this tends to bring out the best in people.

There are the very generous people who have responded to donation solicitation and the fun auctions on eBay items. There is also this great t-shirt.

Come. Join us. Respond to for event reservations, especially if you'd like a table.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Love Out Loud for Thorsten Kaye and his fans

Since its onset the AIDS Walk New York fund-raiser, Love Out Loud, has had Thorsten Kaye's fanbase as one of its driving forces.

[There is also a POZ logo on the back]

Through the generosity of one of those devoted Thorsten Kaye fans (Diane Nilsen), this year Love Out Loud has a signature t-shirt. It is available on line for 21.95. They will be available at the event for $25.

Order through this site: Please specify S-M-L-XL. Payment through PayPal account:

Thank you in advance for your support!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

More Love Out Loud for Meloni on His Birthday

Here is another eBay item up for auction from this very busy, yet generous man.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Love Out Loud for Laurence Lau

Laurence Lau first came to prominence as All My Children's Greg Nelson, creating super couple magic along with Kim Delaney and as Another World's Jamie Frame, creating more magic there with Anne Heche. Lau has also had Prime Time success guest starring on numerous television series such as Frasier, Martial Law, Diagnosis Murder and Jag. He is a West Coast man hailing from Long Beach, California and raised in Lake Oswego, Oregon. His most recent foray into daytime drama as part of the landmark Luke and Noah story line on As the World Turns as the controversial Brian Wheatley, the closeted man who married Lucinda Walsh and harbored feelings for her grandson, Luke won him much praise. We are very happy that he will grace Love Out Loud on 13 May at Prohibition. The party just got another touch of class. Come out to say hello and support the effort and see the magic that is Mr. Lau.