Michelle Visage to make West End debut in Everybodys Talking About Jamie

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Fresh of her Emmy’s success, RuPaul’s Drag Race judge, Michelle Visage, will make her West End debut. Michelle Visage | Photo: Facebook ‘The reason I chose this show in particular is because of the very important message it tells. It is a great show with great music and talent but more importantly it’s about love, truth and the tenacity of the human spirit! Also there is a HUGE bonus: I get to live in London, one of my favourite cities in the world!’Everybody’s Talking About Jamie transferred to the West End in 2017. It won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Musical earlier this year.Visage has often spoken about her love for musicals, but is also passionate about mental health issues for young LGBTI people.In a recent episode of her podcast with RuPaul called What’s The Tee?, she opened up about her daughter’s struggle with her sexuality and mental health issues.‘Mental health in teens and LGBTQIA+ kids is real and on the uptick and all too much not taken seriously,’ Visage wrote on Twitter.‘THANK YOU for listening to our family’s journey as we continue to fight the stigma. We are in this together.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img WATCH: Michelle Visage shows her softer side in this ‘Silent Night’ music videoRuPaul is working on a pilot for a daytime talk showMichelle Visage speaks out to gay teen who said she ‘saved my life’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/michelle-visage-to-make-west-end-debut-in-everybodys-talking-about-jamie/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Visage will join the London production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.The popular judge on the reality drag show will play the role of Miss Hedge.  Visage will join the cast at the Apollo Theatre from 18 October to 26 January.Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is based on the 2011 BBC Three documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16. It tells the story of a teenager, Jamie, who is bullied for his sexuality, but overcomes prejudice and achieves his dream of becoming a drag queen.Fight the stigmaThe show’s message is exactly why Visage wanted to join the cast.‘I am BEYOND thrilled to be making my West End debut in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie!’ Visage said.last_img read more

US government set to announce surge of help for Ebola epidemic

first_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Emailcenter_img A week after sharp criticism met the U.S. military’s announcement that it planned to help Liberia combat its Ebola epidemic with a “deployable hospital” that has a mere 25 beds, U.S. President Barack Obama tomorrow plans to unveil dramatic new efforts to assist the West African countries besieged by the disease. (Update: The White House on Tuesday morning released a fact sheet outlining its planned response. It will be coordinated by a U.S. Army general stationed at a new command center in Monrovia with an estimated 3000 troops. The Department of Defense has asked to “reprogram” $500 million toward the effort.)Obama will be visiting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta to discuss the U.S. response, At about the same time, a U.S. Senate hearing on Ebola will also take place with testimony from key public officials and Ebola survivor Ken Brantly. Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), spoke with ScienceInsider on Friday and said she expected there would be “a substantial surge” in the U.S. government’s assistance. She particularly wants to see more attention paid to providing infected people with good care. “There’s a very, very wide variability in what’s being delivered as clinical care,” says Lurie, noting that case fatality rates differ dramatically  in different locations. “We know that simple interventions are likely to save the most lives.”Lurie stresses that in the absence of proper, basic care it becomes exceedingly difficult to determine whether any biomedical interventions actually work. ZMapp, an experimental cocktail of Ebola antibodies, has been given to seven people (two of whom died) and received enormous attention despite a complete absence of clinical data that suggests the treatment helped. A researcher familiar with blood tests from two of the five surviving ZMapp recipients who spoke with ScienceInsider, but asked not to be identified, said the drops in their levels of Ebola virus mirrored what was seen in monkey experiments with the antibody cocktail. But without being able to compare the clinical care they received—leaving aside the fact that there was no untreated control group—the data have little meaning.Michael Callahan, a clinician at Massachusetts General Hospital in in Boston who consults with HHS about Ebola and has responded to past outbreaks, said that “many” people die from Ebola even though their natural immune responses are driving down levels of the virus. Callahan notes that they do not die from Ebolavirus itself, but succumb to what he refers to as “secondary events,” such as low levels of potassium, wasting from vomiting and diarrhea, and bacterial infections. And many clinics in West Africa do not have the simple devices that exist and can safely monitor blood electrolytes, organ dysfunction, and acid-base balances. “The point is critically important for the current outbreak,” says Callahan, who believes proper care will drive reported case fatality rates of as high as 75% “down into the low 40% range.”What Lurie says will be a “substantial surge” in the U.S. government’s response likely will also include sending staff to train more people how to safely care for Ebola patients. One idea being considered is to teach people who survived an Ebola infection to help with caregiving as they presumably will be immune to a second infection. “It’s a very important question and something we’ve had lots of discussion about,” says Lurie, who said she spoke with a Liberian public health worker who is putting together a registry of survivors. “It’s very challenging for them to go back to their communities,” Lurie says. “I’m very intrigued by the idea of putting together a training program with people who are otherwise having a hard time.” She notes that jobs are also difficult to find in Liberia, and this could give otherwise underemployed people additional skills.In a widely discussed op-ed The New York Times ran on 11 September, epidemiologist Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, argued that on top of more support, the global response to the Ebola epidemic required far better coordination. “Many countries are pledging medical resources, but donations will not result in an effective treatment system if no single group is responsible for coordinating them,” wrote Osterholm, who formerly was a bioterrorism adviser to HHS.Osterholm suggested in the op-ed that the United Nations coordinate the response, but he told ScienceInsider he was just floating one idea and hoped the global community would find a leader who understood not just the medical issues, but supply chain, and tactical and logistical movement. “I don’t want the world’s best treatment doctor for Ebola,” Osterholm says. “You need to have someone in charge who can make command decisions and be the spokesperson to really say what’s needed and not needed.”Osterholm says that at the moment, the U.S. government and every other well-meaning country or nongovernmental organization trying to help operates without a master battle plan. “We don’t need 50 sergeants in the room trying to run D-Day,” Osterholm says. “Right now, everything moves with the speed of water in a Minnesota winter. That’s exactly what we can’t do. We need to be able to move quickly and at the same time pace ourselves. This is a fast marathon. That’s been missing completely.”*The Ebola Files: Given the current Ebola outbreak, unprecedented in terms of number of people killed and rapid geographic spread, Science and Science Translational Medicine have made a collection of research and news articles on the viral disease freely available to researchers and the general public.*Update, 16 September, 11:45 a.m.: This item was updated to provide a link to the White House fact sheet.last_img read more