A few days before the DC Gay Pride Festival, gay community do-gooder and HIV awareness activist Dan O’Neill who had medical board exams scheduled in 13 days was asked if he would dance backup on stage with the original Dreamgirl, Jennifer Holliday, along with some other DC Gay Men’s Chorus Dancers, some of whom used to be part of the DC Cowboys.
Hmmmm……Board exams? or JENNIFER HOLLIDAY? Choice was easy — and he’s the one in the purple shirt in the extravaganza above dancing to Holliday’s new “Shout it Out.”
I’m the least culturally literate person in Washington — but the Dreamgirls and Jennifer Holliday are big touch points for me.
Holliday was magnificent on and off stage, so gracious to everyone after her high sizzle performance.
And Happy Pride to those on the edge of coming out and letting your identity rip. As Jennifer Holliday says, “Shout it out!”
— Steve Clemons