Friday, May 29, 2009

More Love Out Loud for Jill O'Hara

These are the days for the Bacharach to the Future alumni. This just came today from the wonderful Jill O'Hara [pictured here with Bruce Kimmel]. Jill was one of that evening's generous and generously talented performers.

Tony Nominee Jill O'Hara Performs Selections From Her CD 6/3 At Barnes & Noble

[BWW News Desk]

Praised by Backstage for "one of those rare voices with a soothing, almost hypnotic quality," award winning vocalist and actress Jill O'Hara, the Tony nominee from the Broadway musical Promises, Promises, will be performing selections from her first CD release in fifteen years Alone Together. The performance will take place on Wednesday, June 3rd at 6pm at Barnes & Noble/Lincoln Triangle, 1972 Broadway at 66th Street in Manhattan. Providing accompaniment for Jill will be one of the industry's most sought after pianist Bill Mays, who has worked who has worked with legendary artists Frank Sinatra, Al Jarreau and Anita O'Day. For further information call (212) 595-6859 or visit

Becoming the toast of Broadway by the time she was 21 years old, in rapid succession, she starred in three hit musicals. She has the distinction of originating the female lead in the very first Public Theater production of Hair (that performance is now preserved on the original cast album CD) before going on to co-star with Joel Grey in the Tony Award winning musical George M!. But it was playing opposite Jerry Orbach in the Burt Bacharach-Hal David-Neil Simon musical Promises, Promises, that immortalized her.

Jill introduced the Bacharach/David pop classics "I'll Never Fall In Love Again," "Knowing When To Leave" and "Whoever You Are, I Love You." O'Hara went on to win a Tony nomination, the Theater World Award and New Jersey Journal Award for Best Actress In A Musical, while the cast album earned a Grammy Award. O'Hara also introduced another pop standard "Good Morning Starshine" in the premiere, original off-Broadway performance of the groundbreaking musical Hair.

O'Hara is celebrating the release of her new CD Alone Together. Her first release in fifteen years, the CD is an eclectic collection of standards and more contemporary material from Randy Newman and Amanda McBroom. Backed by some of the top jazz musicians around including pianist/arranger Bill Mays, Grammy winner Byron Olson, who served as arranger, conductor and songwriter, bass player.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Safer Sex in the City 2009

Sexy Summer Benefit for AIDS Service Center NYC to Feature Vivid Girl Savanna Samson,
Drag Legend Flotilla DeBarge, Singer Reina, Stars Cynthia Nixon, Pamela Anderson and Margaret Cho

Safer Sex In The City
the sizzling annual benefit for AIDS Service Center NYC

Thursday, June 25, 2009, 6:30pm-10:00pm
VIP Champagne Lounge and performances, hosted by Broadway diva Flotilla DeBarge

WHERE: Duvet, 45 West 21 Street (bet. 5th – 6th Avenues),

Join celebrity host NYC drag legend Flotilla DeBarge, Vivid Girl Savanna Samson,
dance-pop singer Reina, superstar DJ Vic Latino, and many more special guests for the summer’s sexiest fundraiser, promoting safer sex in the age of AIDS.

Cynthia Nixon, Pamela Anderson, Joy Behar, Margaret Cho, Linda Eder, Ellie Krieger, Robert LaFosse, & Gloria Ruben have joined forces with ASC as part of this year’s benefit committee.

NYC’s Museum of Sex will showcase a curated sampler of the museum’s renowned collection on human sexuality. Fun-filled, uninhibited presentations will spotlight ASC’s innovative safer-sex education and HIV risk reduction programs. Guests can bid on fabulous silent auction items.

TICKETS: General Tickets: $100
VIP Tickets: $250
“Buy-A-Bed” Level: $2,500 (6 VIPs, Champagne Lounge & Exclusive Celebrity Experience)

Tickets at Must be over 21 to attend


AIDS Service Center NYC (ASC) is a community based non-profit at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS and the effort to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to HIV prevention, services, and treatment. ASC fulfills its mission of helping many, one by one by providing culturally relevant, tailored programs that help NYC’s most vulnerable individuals and families to maintain the highest quality of life and health in the face of HIV/AIDS. For more information about AIDS Service Center NYC visit

Contacts: Alexandra Boardley

Anne West-Church, MPH
212-645-0875, x373

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

More Love Out Loud for Colton Ford

There are so many reasons to love Colton Ford. This is certainly one of them. How good it was for us to have had him there!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Scoop on POZ magazine's fund-raiser

Actors from ABC, NBC, CBS and here! TV came together at Love Out Loud, POZ‘s annual fund-raiser for AIDS Walk New York at Prohibition (503 Columbus Ave) on May 13, 2009. Thorsten Kaye (Zach) of All My Children was joined by fellow cast members Melissa Claire Egan (Annie), Lucy Merriam (Emma), Adam Mayfield (Scott) and Brittany Allen (Marissa); One Life to Live’s “Foxy Roxy" Ilene Kristen was accompanied by talented co-workers, Jason Tam (Markko), John Brotherton (Jared), Mark Lawson (Brody), Brittany Underwood (Langston) and Daphnee Duplaix Samuels (Rachel); As the World Turns was once again represented by Wolé Parks (Dallas), and this year he was joined by Davida Williams (Jade), Meredith Hagner (Liberty), Mick Hazen (Parker) and Evan Alex Cole (Hunter). Guiding Light past and present was represented by Murray Bartlett (Cyrus), Jennifer Roszell (Eleni), POZ’s good friend Mark Dobies (ex-Noah), Zack Conroy (James) and Brian Gaskill (ex-Dylan), who came in from the West Coast just to be there. Thom Christopher, “Hawk” of Buck Rodgers in the 21st Century fame, was there again to add his smiling face to the cause. Soap Opera legend Laurence Lau (All My Children’s Greg Nelson, Another World‘s Jamie Frame) was in the good company of his gift-bearing fans. Actors Colton Ford and David Moretti from The Lair were on hand to add some spice to the proceedings. Law & Order:SVU’s Christopher Meloni greeted his many fans and lent his special presence to the cause. POZ publisher Megan Strub took the stage to speak words of encouragement to help mark POZ’s 15th year and its efforts for AIDS Walk New York. Ken Lundie (musical director of For Lovers Only), cabaret chanteuse Barbara Porteus, John Kouri’s Tremors and very special guest John Pagano accompanied by Alex Rybeck provided exceptional musical entertainment. It was about coming together to raise awareness about where we are going in the battle against HIV/AIDS.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

From POZ Editor Laura Whitehorn

Dear friends,

This Thursday evening is the Health GAP awards ceremony honoring Alan Berkman and David Hoos (who co-founded Health GAP with Alan in 1999). You may know that Alan entered the hospital (and isolation) yesterday in preparation for his bone marrow transplant; he is currently undergoing the preparatory chemotherapy. The transplant itself should take place a week from tomorrow or the next day. This is very exciting, although it's also a risky and painful experience for Alan. His spirits going into the ordeal are terrific.

He urges everyone to attend the Health GAP ceremony despite his absence. Before going into the hospital he recorded a video message to the gathering; all of us there will also have a chance to record messages back to him. The event will be filmed (by two different crews) so that he can see it when he's recovering. So please, if you can attend, join us. Great food and drink and an educational and inspiring evening. Alan specifically hopes that people attend to support Barbara, Sarah and Harriet, who will be there representing Alan.

Here are the details:

Health GAP's Global Health Justice Awards
at the Marseilles, 230 West 103rd St (just west of Broadway). Donations on a sliding scale.
For more information, or to learn more about the important global health advocacy of Health GAP, please go to

I hope to see you there!
- Laura

Dr. Alan Berkman is a veteran civil rights activist and clinician in New York City. Alan's public health activism began in the early 1970s (he braved military sniper fire, for example, to provide medical care to Native American activists during the occupation of Wounded Knee; he has for years treated prisoners such as those injured during the New York state assault on Attica prison in 1971.) In 1999 he brought together fair trade lawyers and economists, progressive clinicians, such as Dr. David Hoos, human rights activists, international health and development advocates, and direct action-oriented AIDS activists willing to confront U.S. government trade policies and the drug lobby. Individuals from groups and institutions joined forces to forge a U.S.-based action-oriented strategy toward reducing barriers to equitable global access to treatment and care. Together, and in dialogue with activists from around the world (especially African nations), this group forged the basis of a new synergistic strategy toward the global epidemic rooted in ideals of the human right to life and health, and committed to social mobilization as key to confronting the epidemic.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Love Out Loud for Jennifer Roszell

Jennifer Roszell has been playing Eleni Cooper since joining Guiding Light in March 1995. This beautiful California native graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama. Jennifer's theater credits include roles in Media Amok, When We Dead Awaken, The Servant of Two Masters, School for Wives, I'm Not Rappaport, and Man and Superman. Like most natives of the astrological sign of Pisces, she is a very giving and senstive type. She has lost more than one friend to AIDS. Coming out to Love Out Loud helped us with the all important task of HIV/AIDS awareness! Here she is being interviewed by POZ's Kellee Terrell.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Thanking All of You

Brittany Allen
Murray Bartlett
John Brotherton
Thom Christopher
Evan Alex Cole
Zack Conroy
Mark Dobies
Melissa Claire Egan
Colton Ford
Brian Gaskill
Mick Hazen
Meredith Hagner
Thorsten Kaye
John Kouri
Ilene Kristen
Laurence Lau
Mark Lawson
Ken Lundie
Adam Mayfield
Christopher Meloni
David Moretti
John Pagano
Wole Parks
Barbara Porteus
Jennifer Roszell
Alex Rybeck
Daphnee Duplaix Samuels
Jason Tam
Michael Tomasetti
Brittany Underwood
Davida Williams

We had a luminous fund-raiser on Wednesday with more than one luminary in tow! POZ is gratified by the support coming from the entertainment industry and the loyal fans who make it out to Prohibition year after year. Thank you so much! Now it is on to AIDS Walk New York and it's not too late to make a donation. Go here.

Love Out Loud for John Brotherton

Two years in a row with little fanfare, The very handsome and talented John Brotherton came to POZ's fund-raiser for AIDS Walk New York. We want to give this talented young man his propers and some R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Thank You So Much

This photo is perfect on more than one level. This was one terrific evening!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Love Out Loud for Ferdie Pacheco

Straight shooting, relationship expert, Ferdie J. Pacheco helps you discover who you are and who you have been in relation to people that you love. He tells his clients what they need to hear, not what they want to hear. His irreverent, no holds barred approach is provocative, real and important.

Tonight as a special treat this talented seer will offer his services to all who request a reading for a $20 donation which will go directly to AIDS Walk New York. His generosity along with his special talent will make the evening even more special.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Love Out Loud for Brittany Allen

All My Children has done very well in casting beautiful young women to play Bobbie Eakes’ daughters and the current beauty is Brittany Allen. Acting in a continuing story on a daily basis is hard work given the pages of dialogue and the shooting schedule. That someone so new to the genre and in a front burner story line takes the time to step up and help with awareness and fund-raising says a lot. The cast of the show, in its 40th year, has always done well regarding HIV/AIDS as evidenced by their yearly participation here and their support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Prohibition provides the perfect environment for this kind of happening. Ms. Allen will find it a very welcoming atmosphere. Her TV mom could attest to that, having performed there as recently as last month. Brittany Allen is a welcomed addition to the Love Out Loud family.

Love Out Loud for Daphnee Duplaix Samuels

There is a lot more to the character of Rachel on One Life to Live and the same goes for her portrayer, Daphnee Duplaix Samuels, mother of three and former playmate of the month. The stunning actress was the Creative Director for Unleashed, the urban periodical while she was a full time actress on Passions. ABC Daytime had the foresight to add her to their roster of the talented and the beautiful. After appearing in Playboy magazine as Playmate of the Month July 1997, she appeared in several Playboy videos. Her Playmate pictorial was photographed by Richard Fegley. She has also appeared in numerous commercials. Daphnee became a regular cast member on Passions as Valerie Davis in 2004. As of 2009, Samuel is also the host of Show Us Your Wits, a game show on Playboy TV. She is a tireless working mom and still finds the time to be part of this fund-raiser. Come thank her in person!

Love Out Loud for Mick Hazen

Mick Hazen began his acting career in the fourth grade after a casting director went to his school in search of a young actor to appear in the movie Birth, with Nicole Kidman. His audition earned him a director’s callback. Although he didn’t get the role, Hazen was cast in the 2004 CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Plainsong, for which he received a Young Artist Award nomination for Supporting Young Actor. He has also made guest appearances on The Chappelle Show, Guiding Light and Third Watch. Hazen joined the cast of the CBS daytime drama As the World Turns in November 2006, playing the role of Parker Munson. For his work on As the World Turns, Mick was nominated for a 2008 Young Artist Award for Supporting Actor in a Recurring Role. In 2009 he picked up his first Young Artist Award for his performance on As the World Turns. Hazen has worked on several Disney animation projects and has done numerous voice overs for television commercials. Mick volunteers his time at least once a week during his school lunch hour to deliver meals to neighborhood seniors. Young Mr. Hazen seems to know exactly what he is about and Love Out Loud is proud to have him as part of the team..

Love Out Loud for Brittany Underwood

Brittany Underwood joined the cast of One Life to Live in 2006 in the role of Langston Wilde. Miss Underwood was born in Newark, New Jersey and grew up in Mountain Lakes. Art imitates life for Miss Underwood as her character, Langston, shares her same Colombian heritage. Her mother, Martha, is from Colombia and she is fluent in Spanish. In high school, Miss Underwood pursued her interests in performing, appearing in such productions as The King and I, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, and The Music Man. She was at a crossroads about whether or not she would continue acting as a career; a commercial for NuStars was the sign she needed. While in high school, she was cast in a guest starring role on Law & Order:SVU. In the summer of 2006, she appeared in Shakespeare in the Park's Mother Courage with Meryl Streep. As a black belt in Tae Kwan Do, Brittany understands what it means to build character.
Perhaps it is her desire build a peaceful world through that discipline's philosophy that has prompted her to come on board for our event.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Love Out Loud for David Fumero

David Fumero is very dedicated to his beautiful wife, Melissa Gallo who is recuperating after minor knee surgery. He will do his best to stop by POZ magazine’s fund-raiser for AIDS Walk New York on May 13th anyway. One Life to Live has had the good fortune of having him as part of the cast since 1998 off and on. His many fans continue to have the good fortune of his presence on their tiny screens. This handsome man has been making himself known since his high school years. Perhaps it is his Cuban heritage that steams up the camera lens. Prohibition will have the good fortune of his presence and he will take one great step for continued HIV/AIDS awareness.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

What It's All About

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanta change the world?
There's nothing
To it

There has been some talk about the continued use of the acronym AIDS as something that places too much emphasis on the victimization of the past. The truth is that PWLA have taken matters into their own hands from the get go. The truth is that HIV/AIDS continues to be a universal problem. This is not the time to forget what it can do and how many people are still becoming positive on a daily basis.

There is more than a little pride in being part of the generation that was most impacted by the disease and by that same token the generation that fought against the stigma of victimization. It may very well be the first time that the afflicted were not about to go away quietly. They were not about to be ignored and/or cast into hell fire.

We all have to live as if we were HIV positive
Better a red badge of courage than a scarlet letter.
Fund raising puts us right in the thick of things.
It somehow makes us part of the solution.
This is the moment.
This is when and where we can make ourselves heard,
when we can love out loud.
It’s about celebrating life.
It’s about being who we are and overcoming untimely death.

The AIDS Walk is here every year to remind us never to go back to a time when people die needlessly. It is also the opportunity to thank thos who step up immediately to help out in various and sundry ways: Ilene Kristen, Thorsten Kaye, Christopher Meloni, Richie Herschenfeld, Ian Duke, Diane Nilsen, Charlotte Walton, Kay Gordon, folks who do so above and beyond the call of duty. They remember history and are not about to let it repeat itself. Come to our event and be part of it.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Love Out Loud for Meredith Hagner

Born and raised in the South and Southwest, Meredith Hagner attended Boston Conservatory and didn’t stay very long, because she moved to Brooklyn after being offered various acting opportunities in more than a few commercials. New York City gave her the opportunity for her “scripted television debut” in April 2008 as Liberty Ciccone of As the World Turns. Hagner also has a role in the USA Network show, Royal Pains come June 2009. There is more to this young woman than that. She has a classically trained voice and is a prolific songwriter who occasionally performs with her guitar. But here is the good part: She also volunteers with the Special Olympics; she has a sister who has Down Syndrome. Love Out Loud is proud that she decided to offer up some time on her busy schedule.

Love Out Loud for Davida Williams

Davida Lucia Williams is a beautiful American singer and actress of African American and Italian heritage. She is perhaps best known for her role as Claire Miller on Lizzie McGuire. “I would have to say Lizzie McGuire really helped me get to where I am today. That was a great experience, I was in high school and I was making friends with the cast members and everyone got along we were all the same age, pretty much ... a great credit to have and a great experience.” She has appeared in a wide variety of television series including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Degrassi: The Next Generation and Quintuplets. Recently, she played Lauren in the film Raise Your Voice. She also modeled as Galleria Garibaldi for the final covers of The Cheetah Girls book series, when Mia Lee left to tour with her singing group. She starred in the pilot for the Disney Channel series J.O.N.A.S. Davida joined the cast of As the World Turns as Jade Taylor, last year making her debut in December 2008. “I always wanted to entertain. My dad's in the entertainment industry — he's a musician, a guitarist. So, from a young age I would go on tour with him and see him perform. “ Her mother also encouraged her from a young age. [sources: Wikipedia and Soap Opera Digest]. Many are glad that she has come through the ranks and is a seasoned veteran at such a young age. Come see what the fuss is all about, Many thanks to Davida for her support of POZ’s support of AIDS Walk New York.

Love Out Loud for Dab the AIDS Bear.

Dab Garner’s relationship with AIDS began in 1981 when the disease was still known as GRID (Gay-Related Immunodeficiency Disease) and few knew what the mysterious virus was and why it was spreading.

In the early days, hospitals hesitated to allow visitors into GRID patients’ rooms. Unable to personally console his friends hospitalized with the disease, Garner found another way to comfort them: He sent each and every one a stuffed teddy bear—an appropriate gesture because he identifies as a “bear.” In the LGBT community, bears typically share the physical characteristics of their animal namesake, including hairiness and visible masculinity.

“It was natural to give bears to my friends in the hospital, to give them some sort of comfort or joy by at least having something next to them that they could hug,” says Garner, now 46, who was himself diagnosed with HIV in 1982.

Read the rest of James Wortman's profile here. Go here to visit the official site for Dab's project.

In one form or another Dab the Bear will be attending POZ's fund-raiser for AIDS Walk New York.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

More Love Out Loud for John-Paul Lavoisier

John-Paul Lavoisier, One Life to Live’s Sexy Rexy has graciously agreed to offer a phone call to a very lucky winning bidder. He'll call you and have a chat for about ten minutes or so! Go here on eBay. It's a five day auction.

Main Entry:
Middle English conversacioun, from Anglo-French conversacion, from Latin conversation-, conversatio, from conversari to associate with, frequentative of convertere to turn around
14th century
1obsolete : CONDUCT, BEHAVIOR2 a (1): oral exchange of sentiments, observations, opinions, or ideas (2): an instance of such exchange : TALK b: an informal discussion of an issue by representatives of governments, institutions, or groups

Love Out Loud for Billy Magnussen

Anyone who includes carpentry among his interests has to be quite an interesting fellow and As the World Turns has been blessed with the very interesting Billy Magnussen as Casey Hughes since January 2008 fresh from his Broadway stage debut in the classic comedy, The Ritz, starring Rosie Perez. As a member of that cast it is particularly poignant because it was a hit originally a hit in 1975 when the sexual mores of this country had not yet been effected by the HIV virus. This Queens native who was raised in the Deep South brings to Love Out Loud a new wave of talent, along with cast mates Jake Silbermann and Evan Alex Cole, who are lending their names and energies to HIV and AIDS awareness—young people who don’t know a world without this disease. It is reassuring that this young man is involved in raising awareness as well as helping out with a fund raising effort.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Love Out Loud for BethAnn Bonner

BethAnn Bonner if not the de facto winner of Soapnet's I Wanna Be a Soap Star 3, was the true winner. In 2006 she was offered the contract role of police officer Talia Sahid on the ABC Daytime’s One Life to Live, debuting in December of that year and finishing the role just this year. "She is neither cookie-cutter nor easily forgettable…" [source: Denise on Wikipedia]. BethAnn is in fact a woman for all seasons. She is an extremely talented singer who gave commanding performances at shows to benefit Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS--three of them, to be exact, in the past year. The woman needs a showcase of her own. She can also dance and, of course, it is well known to a myriad of fans that she can act. As a talented woman who actually takes the time to care, we hope that all of this is just the start of greater things to come.

Love Out Loud for Adam Mayfield

Scott Chandler, the son of Cindy Parker (played by Guiding Light Executive Producer, Ellen Wheeler back in the day) a PLWA in fictional Pine Valley, married sweet Stuart Chandler who adopted Scott and raised him as his own. The story line was ground breaking not only because it dealt with the stigma of HIV/AIDS early on, but it also showed that the HIV-positive were worthy of true love and could indeed live out their dream. Scott has returned to All My Children in the person of Adam Mayfield who has been part of Boston Public, Girlfriends, Just Shoot Me as well as Sea of Fear, Corpse Run and most recently the spy thriller, Rushin’. The 6’2” actor is one for those of you who have never met a Texan you didn’t like. As a matter of fact we have it on good authority that he is quite on the ball. "Cool" was the exact terminology used. Of course, he is, because he has become part of this event. We’re glad to have the chance to get to know one of the good guys a little better.

Love Out Loud for Zack Conroy

New Hampshire native Zack Conroy previously appeared on the hit series Gossip Girl, playing Ben Simmons during its first season. Whether it was this high profile gig or his good looks and easygoing manner, he is already proving to be smart casting. So far, he's been taking the hectic schedule that Guiding Light has become famous for in stride, impressing everyone on the set with his work ethic and devotion to developing his character. (source: James Purvis from He is yet another member of the Guiding Light family past and present gracing Prohibition for the fund-raiser. There will be no lack of handsome men from the show. Conroy is already generating a very positive buzz among fans. We know that his presence along with his cast mates will help not only to raise funds but also much needed awareness.

Love Out Loud for Murray Bartlett

Feeling restless in Australia, Murray Bartlett relocated to the United States and the new millennium blessed us with another magnificent Aussie. Inspired anew after some acting classes, he got randomly cast in an episode of Sex and the City. “I got a working visa out of that. I always wanted to live outside of Australia...because I think it's good to see the world and get out of where you've been living, particularly if you're from somewhere like Australia, which is so isolated from the rest of the world. I chose New York because there was such a great choice of acting classes and it's such an intense place. In a way it's the opposite to our lifestyle in Australia. It's so laid back there, and I wanted to be stimulated.” He is perhaps best known for his recurring role as D.K. in the sci-fi television series Farscape. In 2006, Bartlett toured with Hugh Jackman in the Australian touring company production of Jackman's Broadway hit The Boy From Oz. Since March 2007, Bartlett has been a cast member on the CBS daytime soap opera Guiding Light, where he plays the sometimes nefarious Cyrus Foley. Like many of his fellow Australians Bartlett shares a fondness for Thai cooking and the beach. He claims that his idealism is one of his worst qualities. POZ’s Love Out Loud on the other hand praises him for that very quality and thanks him for being at his worst.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Ilene Kristen & Chris Meloni

As this this is being written, both Ilene Kristen and Chris Meloni are involved in a benefit for Ensemble Studio Theater. Yesterday, "Love Havin' You Around" was moved up to be first on Column of Life's musical cue. It is very appropriate for these two generous New York City inhabitants.

It's that time again to make people aware that the largest AIDS fund-raising event in the world is going take place in the city that many people consider to be the capital of the world. New York can afford the opportunity not only for formidable events like the New York AIDS Walk but also to become friends with exceptional people, one of whom is the multi-talented Ilene Kristen (Grease,Ryan's Hope,One Life to Live) who is generous to a fault and was the first to volunteer her presence and musical talent for Love Out Loud the annual fund-raiser promoted by POZ magazine at Prohibition. This year it's taking place as usual on the Wednesday prior to the walk on May 13, 2009 from 5:30 to 9:00pm at Prohibition at 84th & Columbus. The idea, of course, is to get fans to come meet their favourite celebs and donate to the team effort. Ilene has been part of every event. The woman's generosity and kindness is without bounds. When Ilene becomes your friend, your life gets better.

Ilene's shows are full of reminiscences in which she relates to her audience as if they were in her living room. She herself says so. Nonetheless her music is sultry, smooth and funky at one and the same time. Still this smoothness wraps itself around complex and sensitive lyrics in her original material. "Hold on to the earth with your own two hands and never say goodbye" are the lyrics she wrote in response to The World Trade Center tragedy and the loss of her good friend Nancy Addison from Ryan's Hope. The song is the memorable and poignant, "Flesh and Blood."

She has lost many friends to AIDS and is very much impacted by the disease which has now ravaged the world for over twenty five years. It's no wonder that this vibrant, diminutive powerhouse is always eager to lend a hand, clearly one of the most generous spirits alive. To know her is to love her.

He is invited every year, Christopher Meloni has made valiant attempts to make an appearance. He is, however, intrinsically involved by helping out with auctions with autographed items. He finds time for us while he is invited to every fund-raising event that Gotham has to offer. It's great that someone as genuine as Chris has made it in the sense that he is part of the tapestry of this great city.

(We have more stuff up for auction.)

Love Out Loud for Brandon Buddy

He brings to life the very complicated character of Cole on One Life to Live. His appearance at Love Out Loud 2007 was a happy one for die-hard fans of Soap Opera History: on meeting Thorsten Kaye who originated the role of Cole's now deceased father (Patrick) on One Life to Live Brandon said to Kaye: "I'm Cole Thornhart, what's up?" to which the reply was: "Oh great. It's nice to meet you. I've heard a lot about you." Brandon told Soap Opera Weekly: "It was really cool." It brought a certain amount of flair to the proceedings. This will be Brandon's third fund-raiser for us. It appears that Mr. Buddy also has a certain flair for lending a hand and supporting HIV/AIDS awareness. Check out the eBay auction.

Brandon in 2007 at Prohibition

Brandon and Kristen Alderson in 2008 at Prohibition

Love Out Loud for Jason Tam

When this native of Hawaii became part of the Llanview canvas he was doing double duty as Paul in the original cast of the revival of A Chorus Line on Broadway. His is an impressive resume that commences with his co-hosting duties on The Music Factory at an early age. He is the kind of actor made for the Big Apple given his great talent for musical theater. He most recently appeared in the workshop of The Nightingale by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, the creators of Broadway's Spring Awakening. Anyone who saw his performance in this year’s Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS can attest to the great talent part. It also shows that he has a talent for lending a hand to a good cause.

Love Out Loud for Thom Christopher

Thom Christopher was born in Jackson Heights, New York. While Mr. Christopher is mostly recognized for his portrayal of Carlo Hesser on One Life to Live and Hawk on Buck Rodgers in the 21st Century, Thom had pursued a life on the New York stage, both on and off Broadway. When taking on the role of Hawk in season two of Buck Rogers, Thom did some research for the part by reading books on bird mannerisms, visiting the birds section of the American Museum of Natural History and observing real life hawks in the Central Park Zoo. It is our good fortune that he is returning to Love Out Loud. This truly humble man is coming out once again to lend his hand to the cause and his fans couldn’t be more thrilled.

Thom, Mark Dobies & Kamar de los Reyes at Love Out Loud 2008

Friday, May 1, 2009

Love Out Loud for John-Paul Lavoisier

John-Paul Lavoisier became part of the canvas on One Life to Live in 2002. There isn’t much in Llanview that his character, Rex, hasn’t had his hand in. Like Lavoisier, Rex approaches life with a lot of panache. As a student in Phoenixville, PA, Lavoisier dabbled in magic and while he became a full-time actor instead, the magic, it seems, is still there. In October of 2007 “JP” participated in a fund-raiser for AIDS Center of Queens County, "Gift of Love." It is POZ team’s good fortune once again to have him on board. John-Paul is no stranger to Prohibition either having been there to support other causes and the performances of his on-screen parent, Roxy, a.k.a. Ilene Kristen. Look for, in the very near future, an auction coming from the generosity of this genuinely nice man: a lucky fan with the winning bid will be the recipient of a ten minute phone conversation with Llanview's "Sexy Rexy."

Bill Magnussen, Farah Fath and John-Paul from last year's event