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Charles Karel Bouley

Let's Stop Being #SurplusGiraffe

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

Don't many of us feel like Marius, the #SurplusGiraffe? How many of us feel that someone in our life, some bank or boss, some Congress person or Senator can end our lives as we know them, and feed it to not the lions but the wolves of Wall St.?

Eder Delivers Musical Holiday Gift

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 01.31.2014 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

Now, any member of the GLBT community worth their salt knows Linda Eder: you see, we still establish the Divas. Many books have been written about the cultural reasonings for this but let's just take it as fact: the GLBT community still is able to make stars.

Memphis: A Fantasical, Relevant Musical

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 10.01.2012 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

A stellar cast, a great venue and a relevant musical: what more could one ask for in a night of theater? See Memphis when you can.

Picca Celebration Beverly Hills: Food and Adventure

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 09.04.2012 | Home
Charles Karel Bouley

Chances are, if there's a dancing llama, it's an adventure. Such was the case at the recent one year anniversary party at Picca, chef Ricardo Zarate's modern Peruvian restaurant.

Are We Really Powerless Against Gas Prices?

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

The headline on the iPad news program was grim..."What can the President do about gas prices? Not much..." As I sat thinking about being oil company victims, I looked up. And there it was: $5.12 per gallon.

Finally a Homecoming Queen: LiveOutLoud Brings GLBT Community Members Back to Campus

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 02.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Charles Karel Bouley

For 31 years I ran from the hatred, the anger and the bigotry I got in high school as the out gay boy. Now, I will gladly run back to try and ease that on future generations. So should you, gay or otherwise.

A Diva Is Gone: Vesta, You'll Be Missed

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 11.23.2011 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

Vesta Williams was one of the greatest singers in R&B and music, period. And I was lucky enough to call her a friend. Her voice is now silenced but her drive and passion live on forever in her music and videos.

Shearer Uneasy With Corps in New Katrina Film

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 09.10.2011 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

It's easy to forget about Katrina and New Orleans, since it was almost six years ago. But actor/comic/filmmaker Harry Shearer has not forgotten. As a part-time resident of New Orleans he's lived it from the beginning.

David Foster a BMI Icon

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 07.19.2011 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

The BMI Pop Music Awards, while star studded, may not be handing out awards to household names unless you're one of the people that hit the "Get Info" button on the track or are an aspiring singer/songwriter.

A Year Out: Deepwater Horizon Is Obama's Katrina

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

Jason Anderson, Aaron Dale Burkeen, Donald Clark, Stephen Curtis, Roy Wyatt Kemp, Karl Kleppinger, Gordon Jones (M-I SWACO), Blair Manuel (M-I SWACO),...

Crowds Turn Out for Celebrity Grand Prix in Long Beach

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 07.27.2011 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

For 37 years residents of Long Beach have started many an April day with the sound of roaring race car engines, helicopters and planes overhead and tens of thousands of people descending on the city for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

President Obama's Budget Talk: Did I Miss Something?

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

In the budget "debate" the Democrats have had it wrong all the time. They contended that the budget was no place to have an ideological debate about things like Planned Parenthood, the EPA or NPR. But that's exactly the place to have that debate.

Obama on Libya: Mission Accomplished?

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

On Monday, President Barack Obama took to the airwaves to tell the American people about his decision to use military force to intervene in the Libyan...

Coming Full Circle: Ireland After St. Pat's

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Charles Karel Bouley

Ireland may be a world away for so many of you, but let me tell you, it's waiting to welcome you. It's been welcoming people for thousands of years and will go on.

"Spring Awakening"-- Teen Masturbation, Pregnancy, Incest, Suicide and Rape In A Catchy Musical

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Charles Karel Bouley

Watching the touring company of "Spring Awakening" at their premiere night at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, CA was awkward at times; but then again, so was puberty so that's the point.

Traces: Cirque of the Street

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Charles Karel Bouley

Traces has the acrobatics of a Cirque production, the raw excitement and street feel of any current dance movie or So You Think You Can Dance.

Tucson: In the Blame Game, We All Lose

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Charles Karel Bouley

A mentally unbalanced person took a gun and opened fire on a "town hall" gathering in Tucson, AZ one sunny January weekend at the beginning of 2011. H...

Hair Is Still Groovy After All These Years

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

Perhaps the new era doesn't need a new musical to explain the frustrations, the fears, the hopes of the youth of today; perhaps it already has it in Hair.

Lady T and Me: Marie's Music Influenced Generations

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

I first found Teena in 1981, when I was a year out of high school. She was a little white girl from Venice Beach making all kinds of R&B, the first little red headed white girl to be signed by Motown Records in 1976 -- the woman that would become the Ivory Queen of Soul.

The Theatre of the Absurd Starring the Richest And Poorest Among Us

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

It appears the haves and the have nots are now at battle on Capitol Hill. Right now, the haves are winning. But I'd be a little afraid, if I were them. Americans always get up when knocked down.

HIV Prevention Drug: Thanks, But No Thanks

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Charles Karel Bouley

We need a cure for HIV and AIDS. We've always had a way to prevent it, it's called common sense and responsibility.

Thanksgiving 2010 on the Island of Misfit Toys

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Charles Karel Bouley

Happy Holidays to all families, blessed by God or not, approved by Man or no. Cherish the ties that bind, honor those that love, and hold those that are dear. These days more than ever, it truly is all we've got.

Gay Teen Asks: I'm 16 and Don't Want To Be Gay, Should I Get Therapy?

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Charles Karel Bouley

There's so much in this world that needs to be repaired. Gays and lesbians are not on that list. We're as wonderful, as broken, as perfect, as crazy, as flawed and as caring as each of you.

GLBT Soldiers and Prospective Recruits, Wise Up, Get Some Self Respect and Get Out

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

The entire controversy surrounding Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the unconstitutional policy that the Obama administration has repeatedly denounced while def...

Friends Or Allies Often Hurt More Than Bullies

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

It's Not the Bigots That Bully, It's Our Friends That Hurt Us More By Charles Karel Bouley II There's a lot of "gay" in the news these days. It alwa...