Alan Cumming Admits He Had The Tattoo of His Ex-Boyfriend's Name Removed During His XL Cabaret

“It’s a benign STD”
March 19, 2012

While its acronym may sound like an STD when said aloud, the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) received a welcome shot of public awareness, visibility and a bit of cash thanks to Alan Cumming this past Saturday night. Dressed in a faux tux shirt, Cumming took to the sparking new XL Nightclub’s stage to perform an intimate one-night-only engagement of music and “hilarious showbiz anecdotes” to benefit the two-decades-plus-old queer rights watchdog and intervention organization.

Accompanied by music director/composer/pianist Lance Horne and cellist Meta Weiss, highlights of Cumming’s set included several mash-ups—one incorporated Adele’s “Someone Like You,” Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” and Katy Perry’s “Firework"!—a Hedwig & The Angry Inch medley, a song about crushing on a Starbucks barista and Cabaret’s “Mein Herr.”

“It’s all about the mash-up this year,” Cumming told us after the show. “It’s fun because you can tell a story through various songs and the audience gets a double-whammy.”

He also name-dropped aplenty in anecdotes, including one about taking a nap at John Cameron Mitchell’s apartment and having the tattooed name of an ex removed from his hip before a subsequent run-in with the ex (who had modified his own ill-advised tattoo of Cumming’s name to “bALANce”).

Of course, he also discussed and hyped IGLHRC, the work they do, and importance of spreading their name around—despite its sounding like an STI.

“It’s a benign STD,” he joked. “The thing is there are a lot of countries that do not treat their LGBT population well. I knew about the things in Uganda with the law trying to ban homosexuality, and in Somalia the two guys who got married and they were on trial for that. But I didn’t know about things like in Malaysia they have these camps called sissy camps they send kids to try and make them not gay. In Iran, they put glue or something in boys’ bums. Horrible things. Join IGLHRC, go to their website, give money, and follow them on Twitter because you’ll be able to see what’s going on.”

 

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