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Feinstein, Michael (b. 1956)  
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In 1999 he fulfilled a long-held ambition when he opened his own club, Feinstein's, at the Regency Hotel in Manhattan, where he occasionally performs, although much of his time is taken up with concert tours, both in the United States and abroad.

Feinstein's talent has earned him invitations to play for Britain's late Queen Mother and for three American presidents. When he went to the White House during the Clinton administration, he brought a male date.

His appearance at a White House Valentine's gathering in 2006, where he played for a group that included right-wing politicians and new Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, raised eyebrows.

In response to an angry letter in The Advocate denouncing him for entertaining anti-gay politicians, Feinstein responded as follows: "My acceptance of the invitation was with the understanding that I would be bringing my partner of nine years. We were treated in every way as a couple, from both of our names on the invitations to having our photograph taken together with the President and First Lady. We introduced ourselves to other guests (both Repubicans and Democrats) as life partners and were accepted without issue as a couple. . . . The White House belongs to all of us."

Feinstein has been open in acknowledging his homosexuality. He has worked with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and he wrote a song for the Equality Rocks concert that the HRC sponsored as part of the activities of the Millennium March for gay rights in May 2000. He cited the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard as a motivation for his participation in the event.

[On October 17, 2008, Feinstein married his manager and partner of eleven years, Terrence Flannery, at their home in Los Angeles. Officiating at the ceremony were Judith Sheindlin (a former family court judge now seen on the Judge Judy television program) and Gabriel Ferrer, an Episcopal priest and the son of singer Rosemary Clooney.

Liza Minnelli and Barry Manilow sang at the wedding. Other friends in attendance included Lorna Luft, Joan Collins, Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, David Hyde Pierce, and Henry Winkler.]

Linda Rapp

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Feinstein, Michael. Nice Work If You Can Get It: My Life in Rhythm and Rhyme. New York: Hyperion, 1995.

_____. "White House." The Advocate (February 28, 2006):

"Feinstein, Michael." 1998 Current Biography Yearbook. Charles Moritz, ed. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1989. 157-160.

Malkin, Marc S. "Feinstein's Fine Times: Michael Feinstein is New York's Newest Club Kid--What's More, He Owns the Club." The Advocate No. 798 (November 9, 1999): 97.


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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Feinstein, Michael  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
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