Thursday, January 19, 2012

David Furnish, Mending Fences

David Furnish, Mending Fences

Monday, January 16, 2012
 
Elton John’s Husband, David Furnish, Rips Madonna For Golden Globes Win
Right before the show, Carson Daly interviewed both Madonna & the couple (Elton John & David Furnish). Click here for the videoclip.

About Madonna’s take on Lady Gaga & what happened backstage after Madonna’s win, the US Magazine reports:

Last week, Madonna gave several interviews in the press accusing her pop queen successor Lady Gaga of ripping off her classic “Express Yourself” in “Born This Way,” calling the latter track “reductive.”


But, backstage at the Globes, Madonna was hopeful that her win wouldn’t irk John, 64. “I hope he speaks to me for the next couple of years,” she quipped. “He’s been known to get mad at me so I don’t know. He’s brilliant and I adore him so he’ll win another award. I don’t feel bad!”

 

Elton John’s Husband, David Furnish, Rips Madonna For Golden Globes Win

Right before the show, Carson Daly interviewed both Madonna & the couple (Elton John & David Furnish). Click here for the videoclip.

About Madonna’s take on Lady Gaga & what happened backstage after Madonna’s win, the US Magazine reports:

Last week, Madonna gave several interviews in the press accusing her pop queen successor Lady Gaga of ripping off her classic “Express Yourself” in “Born This Way,” calling the latter track “reductive.”

But, backstage at the Globes, Madonna was hopeful that her win wouldn’t irk John, 64. “I hope he speaks to me for the next couple of years,” she quipped. “He’s been known to get mad at me so I don’t know. He’s brilliant and I adore him so he’ll win another award. I don’t feel bad!”

Thursday, September 8, 2011

David Furnish & Don Lemon To Address AIDS Conference 

The Advocate reports:

Elton John AIDS Foundation chairman David Furnish and out CNN anchor Don Lemon have joined the lineup of speakers at this year’s U.S. Conference on AIDS.Furnish will deliver the keynote address at an opening plenary session at the event, hosted by the National Minority AIDS Council, taking place November 10-13 in Chicago. This year the plenary and the entire the conference will focus on gay men.Lemon will also speak during the plenary, as will Arizona state senator Jack Jackson, a gay member of the Navajo tribe who was recently appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS; Mondo Guerra, a former Project Runway contestant who came out on the show as gay and HIV-positive; and Tony-winning Dreamgirls star Jennifer Holliday, a longtime LGBT ally and AIDS activist.“We are extremely excited about this important session,” said Daniel C. Montoya, deputy executive director of the National Minority AIDS Council, in a press release. The conference’s focus on gay men is appropriate, he added, given “the devastating impact this epidemic continues to have on gay and bisexual men, especially gay men of color.”For more information or to register for the conference, click here.

David Furnish & Don Lemon To Address AIDS Conference 

The Advocate reports:

Elton John AIDS Foundation chairman David Furnish and out CNN anchor Don Lemon have joined the lineup of speakers at this year’s U.S. Conference on AIDS.

Furnish will deliver the keynote address at an opening plenary session at the event, hosted by the National Minority AIDS Council, taking place November 10-13 in Chicago. This year the plenary and the entire the conference will focus on gay men.

Lemon will also speak during the plenary, as will Arizona state senator Jack Jackson, a gay member of the Navajo tribe who was recently appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS; Mondo Guerra, a former Project Runway contestant who came out on the show as gay and HIV-positive; and Tony-winning Dreamgirls star Jennifer Holliday, a longtime LGBT ally and AIDS activist.

“We are extremely excited about this important session,” said Daniel C. Montoya, deputy executive director of the National Minority AIDS Council, in a press release. The conference’s focus on gay men is appropriate, he added, given “the devastating impact this epidemic continues to have on gay and bisexual men, especially gay men of color.”

For more information or to register for the conference, click here.

Saturday, April 23, 2011
 
Elton and David’s Daddy Details
The Advocate reports:

Elton John and David Furnish will reveal many details about the gestation, delivery, and first few months of life of their son, Zachary, on ABC’s 20/20 Friday night.John reveals that the two took their shirts off during the delivery and placed the newborn Zachary, born December 25, on their chests, according to People. "They call it skin-to-skin bonding because it’s such a traumatic thing for a baby to come into the world," Furnish told Barbara Walters. 

Elton and David’s Daddy Details

The Advocate reports:

Elton John and David Furnish will reveal many details about the gestation, delivery, and first few months of life of their son, Zachary, on ABC’s 20/20 Friday night.

John reveals that the two took their shirts off during the delivery and placed the newborn Zachary, born December 25, on their chests, according to People. 

"They call it skin-to-skin bonding because it’s such a traumatic thing for a baby to come into the world," Furnish told Barbara Walters. 

Monday, February 28, 2011

Of Course Elton John And Neil Patrick Harris’ Kids Are Friends

(Via Queerty)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Gaga Godmother To Elton’s Son?

The Advocate reports:

In an interview with Canada’s Maclean’smagazine, Elton John’s husband David Furnish discusses gay rights up north and his feelings about family shields while (more or less) confirming that Lady Gaga is son Zachary’s godmother.“I’m always very proud when people ask me about being a Canadian,” Furnishtold the magazine when asked if he felt support from his home country. “I know when [Stephen Harper] was elected he talked about repealing gay marriage—legislation that was already passed in Canada. When it went to the House of Commons, more people voted to keep it than put it in in the first place. That is a sign of society taking a step, walking into unknown territory and realizing that this isn’t going to be the destruction of the moral fabric of our society. This isn’t going to hurt or kill anybody.Furnish says he feels Canada is “more progressive and more accepting” than America “on all sorts of levels relating to same-sex couples and families,” especially after an Arkansas grocery store recently placed a “family shield” over the Us Weekly cover that featured Furnish, John, and Zachary. “I was disappointed but not outraged,” he says. “They put the shield up and two days later, they took it down. That is progress in its own right.”When asked whether or not reports were true that Lady Gaga had been named Zachary’s godmother, Furnish replied, “We haven’t publicly confirmed that yet but your sources are very good! I prefer not to comment on it because we are going to make a statement about godparents later on.”Furnish feels that Gaga is an excellent role model because “she’s all about inclusiveness and tolerance. She believes that you can be whoever you want to be and that we don’t have to live in a world of conformity and that we can all [benefit] from individuality. That’s the best message in the world.”Read the full interview here.

That child is gonna grew up in the gayest environment ever. 

Gaga Godmother To Elton’s Son?

The Advocate reports:

In an interview with Canada’s Maclean’smagazine, Elton John’s husband David Furnish discusses gay rights up north and his feelings about family shields while (more or less) confirming that Lady Gaga is son Zachary’s godmother.

“I’m always very proud when people ask me about being a Canadian,” Furnishtold the magazine when asked if he felt support from his home country. “I know when [Stephen Harper] was elected he talked about repealing gay marriage—legislation that was already passed in Canada. When it went to the House of Commons, more people voted to keep it than put it in in the first place. That is a sign of society taking a step, walking into unknown territory and realizing that this isn’t going to be the destruction of the moral fabric of our society. This isn’t going to hurt or kill anybody.
Furnish says he feels Canada is “more progressive and more accepting” than America “on all sorts of levels relating to same-sex couples and families,” especially after an Arkansas grocery store recently placed a “family shield” over the Us Weekly cover that featured Furnish, John, and Zachary. “I was disappointed but not outraged,” he says. “They put the shield up and two days later, they took it down. That is progress in its own right.”
When asked whether or not reports were true that Lady Gaga had been named Zachary’s godmother, Furnish replied, “We haven’t publicly confirmed that yet but your sources are very good! I prefer not to comment on it because we are going to make a statement about godparents later on.”

Furnish feels that Gaga is an excellent role model because “she’s all about inclusiveness and tolerance. She believes that you can be whoever you want to be and that we don’t have to live in a world of conformity and that we can all [benefit] from individuality. That’s the best message in the world.”

Read the full interview here.

That child is gonna grew up in the gayest environment ever. 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Elton John Rocks for Equality

The Advocate reports:

At a swanky Wednesday night fund-raiser for marriage equality in Beverly Hills, Elton John had a sobering admission for the crowd before he performed “Ballad of the Boy in the Red Shoes,” the Bernie Taupin–penned song about a dancer who contracted HIV during the early days of the crisis.
“At that time, I was AWOL. And the American government was AWOL,” John told an audience of about 500 people at the palatial Benedict Canyon estate of billionaire and Democratic fund-raiser Ron Burkle. “And they did nothing for gay people who had the disease. And it was an absolute disgrace. And I was a disgrace as well.”
Perhaps his recent fatherhood with partner David Furnish has put John, 63, in a reflective mood about lives lost and families yet to be recognized by society. Though he said in 2008, shortly after Proposition 8 passed, that civil partnerships were an adequate compromise for gay and lesbian couples, John seems to be now singing a different tune.
“I mean, here I am sitting with a wedding ring on my finger. It’s a civil partnership, but we’re getting closer to winning marriage in England as well,” John said before playing a stirring rendition of “Border Song,” followed by such classics as “Levon” and “Tiny Dancer.” 
“And I’m here with my partner … and on Christmas Day we had a young son,” added John, wearing a shawl-collared tuxedo jacket and oval sunglasses. “It seems so ridiculous that I could, with my partner, have a son, and yet I couldn’t marry my partner.”
John’s 90-minute performance was the centerpiece of a minimum $1,000-a-person benefit for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which raised more than $3 million, according to the foundation. The organization was founded in 2009 to challenge Prop. 8 in federal court — a suit that recently took a detour when the U.S. court of appeals for the ninth circuit asked the California supreme court whether anti–gay marriage groups have standing under state law to appeal U.S. district judge Vaughn Walker’s August decision.
“The California law is quite clear there’s not standing,” David Boies said on the red carpet for the event, whose attendees included Adam Lambert, New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand, recent Golden Globe winner Jane Lynch, and former Republican National Committee chair Ken Mehlman, who came out as gay last year. “It’s important that the court answer that question as promptly as possible, because the longer this is delayed, the longer people are deprived of their right to marry.”
If the state supreme court rules that Prop. 8 proponents cannot appeal the case, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, Boies indicated that he’s in the national marriage equality fight for the long haul. “If there’s no standing, there will have to be additional cases,” he said. “And we’re already looking for the right places to bring cases.”
Senator Gillibrand, who said she was in Los Angeles for “a few events,” was hopeful about marriage equality prospects in her own state, one of several on the East Coast where state legislatures seem poised to deliver marriage rights for same-sex couples after a string of setbacks.
“I’m very optimistic,” Gillibrand said. “We have a governor who supports marriage equality. It’s something that the people want. And I think if we work very hard and we continue to push our advocacy, we will be successful.”
Adam Lambert, towering over everyone on the red carpet (except for the bronze trenchcoat–clad Lynch), said he hoped the Perry case would still eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court. “People talk about protecting the ‘sanctity’ of marriage. Honestly, how about we protect the sanctity of our Constitution?”

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Elton And David And Son

Joe.My.God. reports:

Elton John and David Furnish give the world its first look of their newborn son via OK Magazine today:When asked who Zachary’s biological father is, Furnish replied: ‘We both contributed. For the time being we don’t have a clue. We look at him every day and at the moment he has Elton’s nose and my hands. ‘Neither of us care. He’s our child. The important thing is that he’s healthy and happy and loved.’ Elton also said he and Furnish are both determined to be as ‘hands on’ as possible with Zachary. He added: ‘I feed him. David feeds him. We change his nappies. I mean, it’s hands on! We are on nappy patrol.’

Elton And David And Son

Joe.My.God. reports:

Elton John and David Furnish give the world its first look of their newborn son via OK Magazine today:
When asked who Zachary’s biological father is, Furnish replied: ‘We both contributed. For the time being we don’t have a clue. We look at him every day and at the moment he has Elton’s nose and my hands. ‘Neither of us care. He’s our child. The important thing is that he’s healthy and happy and loved.’ Elton also said he and Furnish are both determined to be as ‘hands on’ as possible with Zachary. He added: ‘I feed him. David feeds him. We change his nappies. I mean, it’s hands on! We are on nappy patrol.’

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Elton Picks Lesbian Godmothers
(L-R) Sandy Brant, Ingrid Sischy, and David Furnish

The Advocate reports:

New parents Elton John and David Furnished have named two close friends, a lesbian couple, to be their son’s godparents.Magazine editor Ingrid Sischy and her partner Sandy Brant will be godmothers for Zachary Furvish-John, who was born on Christmas Day by a surrogate mother.The four have been friends for years, and vacation together regularly. An unnamed source told the Daily Mail that Sischy and Brant were among a small handful of people Furnish and John entrusted with the details of the surrogate pregnancy.

Elton Picks Lesbian Godmothers

(L-R) Sandy Brant, Ingrid Sischy, and David Furnish

The Advocate reports:

New parents Elton John and David Furnished have named two close friends, a lesbian couple, to be their son’s godparents.
Magazine editor Ingrid Sischy and her partner Sandy Brant will be godmothers for Zachary Furvish-John, who was born on Christmas Day by a surrogate mother.
The four have been friends for years, and vacation together regularly. An unnamed source told the Daily Mail that Sischy and Brant were among a small handful of people Furnish and John entrusted with the details of the surrogate pregnancy.