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I wanted to take a moment to go off-topic and spotlight a cause close to my heart, gay teenage suicide. There have been too many gay teenagers around the country who have taken their life as a result of harassment and bullying by their fellow peers. A few of the most recent lives lost are: Tyler Clementi (NJ), Eric Mohat (NY), Seth Walsh (CA), Asher Brown (TX), Justin Aaberg (MN), Billy Lucas (IN).

The Trevor Project is a wonderful national organization that helps provide resources and materials to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and their families with an emphasis on suicide prevention. If you need someone to talk to or don’t know where to turn, log on to http://www.thetrevorproject.org or call their 24 hour hotline at 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) and speak with someone who can help.

Growing up I knew I was different, but at that time didn’t know that I was gay. The harassment and bullying were constant from my peers during my school days. From being called names to being tripped or pushed, there was hardly a day that went by where I wasn’t picked on. I HATED school and struggled to get through, but I made it through (with the help of my few friends and family). When I got to college, the harassment stopped and I finally understood what my difference meant and was able to come out. Again, I was fortunate to have the support of my friends, family and college faculty. I’m living my life as a proud gay man with a wonderful group of friends and close family and want to let those out there struggling know it gets better!

I know not everyone has the support system I had which is why the The Trevor Project is such a great organization. They have volunteers you can talk to, who will listen to you, and will be there for you. ¬†They can be your support if you don’t have anyone else or even if you do.

Now more than ever is the time support The Trevor Project. Whether it’s volunteering your own time, making a donation, or just spreading the word about the organization via your own website or any social networking site you are on. Let’s help our future generation grow up and be who they are!

Remember: It does get better! Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. It’s okay to be different. It’s okay to be who you are.

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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Andrew Barbato along with Alicia Krakauer, Sam Heldt, Melissa Bayern, Katie Gassert, Jeremy Morse, Preston Sadleir, and Jared Young sing the music of Will Van Dyke, presented by NEXT: Now Entering the Crossroads of Theatre, at The Duplex this Monday, October 4 at 7pm.

Tickets $10 in advance ($12 at the door) + 2 drink minimum

If you’ve never heard Andrew sing, now would be a good time to check him out…

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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Max Von Essen along with Michael D’Addario, Christopher Gurr, Sophie Hayden, Paul Kandel, Jason Kravits, William Michals, Andrew Pandaleon, Eric Poindexter, Herman Sebek, Robbie Tann, and Jim Walton in NYMF production of “The History of War,” with a book by Chip Zien, music by Deborah Abramson, and lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz.

According to press notes, “The History of War” is spun from the imagination of a 12 year old boy-a megalomaniac in training. As he struggles with homework assignments and peculiar visions, he conjures up seven of the most famous tyrants of all time. They did horrible things. He wants to do horrible things. His parents are worried…and everybody sings!…well, almost everybody. Reality and pathology neatly converge in this terrifyingly subversive new musical.

History of War” plays at the ATA Chernuchin (314 West 54th Street)

Friday, October 8 at 7pm

Saturday, October 9 at 1pm

Tuesday, October 12 at 8pm

Friday, October 15 at 7pm

Saturday, October 16 at 1pm and 5pm

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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Deidre Goodwin along with Kerry Butler, Tom McGowan, and James Patrick Stuart in the NYMF production of “Pandora’s Box.”

According to press notes, “Pandora’s Box” tells the story of “Pandora,” a suburban housewife, and her serial-philanderer husband, Oliver who have their love and lives turned upside down the day that Mona, a Lesbian-American handywoman, walks through their door. In this hilarious contemporary sex farce, Mona and Oliver face off in a fight to win the greatest prize of all, the love of Pandora.

Pandora’s Box” plays at The Theater at St. Clements (423 West 46th Street, between 8th & 9th Ave).

Friday, October 8 at 8pm

Saturday, October 9 at 1pm

Monday, October 11 at 5pm

Wednesday, October 13 at 9pm

Thursday, October 14 at 9pm

Saturday, October 16 at 5pm

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This contest is now over and today’s winners are Miriam and Martha! Congratulations Martha and Miriam! Be sure to tune in next week for another edition of “Win It Wednesday” because you never know, the winner just might be you! It’s another edition of “Win It Wednesday” here on “Adaumbelle’s Quest” and two lucky readers, at random, will have the chance to win a brand-new, unopened “Invitation” Body Lotion by daytime Diva, Broadway and Cabaret star Susan Lucci. This floral scented body lotion is the perfect way to have sexy looking skin, while staying moisturized during these upcoming cold months. Just answer the question below and one of these could be yours! The winners will be announced at 5pm! Good Luck!

If you could cast Susan Lucci in any Broadway show, what show would you cast her in?

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“On Fire” is exactly what Megan Reinking and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Kate Pazakis were this past Monday night at Birdland! As part of Jim Caruso’s “Broadway in Birdland” (another fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant), Kate and Megan performed their show “On Fire: Kate Pazakis and Megan Reinking.”

Together and separately, they sung and belted their hearts out with a mixture of music! From Alanis Morissette’s “So Unsexy” to Extreme’s “More Than Words,” these two powerhouse vocalists really strutted their stuff! My favorite moment of the evening came when these two geniuses interwove Alanis Morissette’s “Your House” and Brooke Fox’s “Breathe The Same Air.” These two songs have similar themes and worked perfectly together, just like Kate and Megan.

With a sound so fierce and so powerful, Kate and Megan are two performers destined for continued greatness and success! Here’s hoping this show becomes a recording…hint, hint.

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I will never forget my friend Katie introducing me to your illustrious talent in Broadway’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and I only got to see you in one more show after that which was the Broadway revival of “Finian’s Rainbow” in 2009.

James also starred in Broadway’s original productions of “Big Deal,” “The Life,” and “Ragtime” and the revivals of “Sweet Charity,” and “Once On This Island.” Off-Broadway he was seen in “Romance in Hard Times,” “Stars in Your Eyes,” and “Dessa Rose.” As a writer , James and Hattie Winston wrote “Nativity,” an adaptation of the Christmas story which played annually around New York.

You and your talent will be missed!

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