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Globally recognized as Hollywood’s first openly gay actor, and then following an announcement on Entertainment Tonight as the first actor in Hollywood to come out as HIV-positive, Michael Kearns has been a provocative and impassioned voice in the cultural and artistic landscape of America and beyond for nearly fifty years. In addition to teaching private and group writing classes, Kearns is presently an Artistic Associate at the esteemed Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles, Artist-in-Residence at Housing Works, and Artistic Director of QueerWise, a Spoken Word Collective he founded in 2011.

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by Michael Kearns
“…If we…if we could just…not hate ourselves so much. That’s it, you know. If we could just learn not to hate ourselves quite so very much.” Perhaps it’s that line, spoken in the final moments of The Boys in the Band — written by Mart Crowley who died on March 7 at 84 years old — that has infused the 1968 play with its immortal reputation as the first gay play, like it or not,
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Dark and sensual, Los Angeles artist-activist Michael Kearns’ 75 minute, one-act, memory play, Bloodbound, currently showing at The Blank/2nd Stage Theatre, is an epithet to ‘brotherly’ love.  Deeply poetic, forbidden, distorted, it tracks the lives of two brothers, Anthony and Vincent, linked by crossed childhood sexual boundaries, familial implosion, mental illness and incarceration…(READ THE FULL REVIEW AT GIA ON THE MOVE)
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I had the privilege of attending the kickoff to LGBT Heritage Month at Los Angeles City Hall earlier this week for a ceremony honoring four amazing people: Actor/Artist/Activist Michael Kearns; actress Alexandra Billings (Transparent), actress Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy, Spamalot) and activist Alexei Romanoff… READ THE FULL ARTICLE BY GREG HERNANDEZ
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