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The Daily Sheet May-June 2011
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Tuesday, May 10th, 2011



Rodeo: Real Gay Cowboys and Brokeback Mountain

By Patricia Nell Warren

Just as Brokeback Mountain hit movie theaters in early 2006, The Learning Channel cable network launched Beyond the Bull, a reality-based series dedicated to profiling world champion bull riders as regular guys who were belt-buckle deep in wives, kids, girlfriends, and groupies. Was Beyond the Bull a propaganda move timed to counter Brokeback’s gay cowboys? Especially twenty-year-old Jack Twist, the gay rodeo rider played by Jake Gyllenhaal?

Rodeo is one of our most American sports, with roots as deep as baseball’s. As an action-packed extreme sport, rodeo lends itself easily to TV and is now routinely covered on ESPN. The sport reached exhibition status at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and even had its own TV reality show—Cowboy U–which aired for four years on Country Music Television.

The film Brokeback Mountain, based on the short story by Annie Proulx, became an overnight cultural icon—and the film also kicked up a political dust storm. After all, right-wingers view the cowpoke as a core symbol who embodies the purest in heterosexual family values. One Christian blogger screamed, “Now they’re out to destroy the American legend of the cowboy. God help us, and John Wayne forgive us!” In Congress, Senators from sagebrush states pushed a resolution to declare the fourth Saturday of each July the “National Day of the American Cowboy.”




(Image posted by Cally in Go West!)


Meanwhile, some contestants on the rodeo scene assured the media that, in all their years around the arenas, they’d never met a real-life Jack Twist.

I had to smile at all this denial. I grew up on a historic Montana cattle ranch that was steeped in cowboy tradition. Few occupations in America’s history have been more conducive to secret man-to-man love than cowboying. Indeed, frontier men may have gravitated to this job so they could enjoy the company of other males.

If gay cowboys have never been visible in professional rodeo, it’s because the sport has become so conservative that it makes the NFL look like the ACLU. Judging by what we know of other sports, there must be a few closet cases among the world champions of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and Professional Bull Riders (PBR). But so far no one has dared to come out.

Dirty Dangerous Work ~ Rodeo is said to be “the only sport that grew out of an industry”—meaning the vast nineteenth-century livestock business that flourished west of the Mississippi, from Mexico north to Canada. To find the roots of gay rodeo riders—and gay rodeo itself—we have to dig in this soil of the Old West.

Read more at stillblueproject.wordpress.com





NYC’s Biggest Latino Newspaper Backs Gay Marriage

On the heels of New York Democrat State Senator Ruben Diaz’s anti-gay equality march set for the same day as the Manhattan AIDS Walk, El Diario New York City’s largest Hispanic and Latino newspaper has published an editorial supporting gay marriage. ...

Let’s see what El Diario had to say:

New York needs and is ready for this change. Our gay population is bigger than the seven nearby jurisdictions (six states plus the District of Columbia) that have legalized same-sex marriage. And close to 60 percent of New Yorkers support gay marriage.

Governor Cuomo’s campaign merits all the the support of the Latino community, including those who are opposed for religious reasons. Officials in this position should remember that they were elected to serve the public (independent of its sexual orientation) under American laws, which were established with a clear distinction between church and state. Latinos should also remember our collective fight is against discrimination and marginalization.

Homosexuality is a human reality. The majority of New Yorkers have a friend, colleague or relative who’s gay. It’s time to give these people the opportunity to develop families and build communities. Our government shouldn’t be in the business of telling the people who to love or who to marry.

Read more at queerty.com





An Open Letter to My Undergraduate Institution

Dear Fellow Fans,

Yes, I know you hate the West Virginia University Mountaineers. I know WVU has been one of our biggest athletic rivals since the 1890s. Heck, I even know that WVU fans have a history of throwing objects at our players and coaches. But do you really think it’s okay to call them the “Brokeback Mountaineers” or the “Mountainqueers?”

We’ve always prided ourselves on making clever jibes at our athletic opponents. But these names are hateful and homophobic. My guess is that we’re trying to comment on WVU’s lesser athletic prowess, that WVU is emasculated because of their inferior athletic abilities and therefore “queer.” We might not have homophobic intentions, but by using LGBT terms to refer to things we dislike and things that aren’t “masculine” enough, we’re still making a homophobic statement. We’re like all those seventh graders who go around saying, “That test was sooo gay.”




Our school seemed like a fairly tolerant campus, so these names are, at first, kind of surprising. But really, how accepting is our student body? There’s a difference between tolerance and acceptance. American society has become more tolerant: it largely condemns homophobic actions and words and no longer treats LGBT citizens as “deviants” or criminals. It’s one thing to change policy, but quite another to change deeply entrenched attitudes. Even though the LGBT community is tolerated, I don’t think it’s been fully accepted yet. I think that “Brokeback Mountaineers” is a symptom of this failure of acceptance. America has come so far in recognizing the rights of LGBT citizens, but we’ve also got a long way to go.

In the meantime, it’d do us some good to stop using “queer,” and “gay” as derogatory terms. By becoming aware of the painful history of violence and hatred implicit in these names, our society might take one step closer toward acceptance. So, stop. You’re a smart bunch, and I challenge you to come up with some wittier, less bigoted names—just in time for football season.

Yours truly,

An alumna

Read more at classracegender.wordpress.com




Larry McMurtry Gets Hitched in Texas


Faye Kesey, the widow of Oregon author Ken Kesey, married another well-known writer, Larry McMurtry, in McMurtry's hometown of Archer City, Texas, on April 29, the day of the royal wedding. Faye Kesey is 76. McMurtry, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Lonesome Dove" and many other novels, is 74.

McMurtry and Ken Kesey were classmates in the graduate writing program at Stanford University in the late 1950s. Kesey became famous when his first novel, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," was published in 1962 and became a successful Broadway play. McMurtry's first novel, "Horseman, Pass By," was published a year earlier. He went on to write 44 books and numerous screenplays, including the Academy Award-winning "Brokeback Mountain." Kesey stopped writing for several years after his second novel, "Sometimes a Great Notion," was published in 1964. He died in 2001.

McMurtry and Faye Kesey were married in a civil ceremony and are said to be on their honeymoon. Karren Winter, the county clerk in Archer City, told the Dallas Morning News that the couple was "truly happy, they’re very sweet. It was really good to see Larry look so happy. They were just the sweetest couple coming in to get their marriage license.”

Read more at oregonlive.com





Rodeo Tales: "Wanting to make the whistle, I hung on anyway and wound up under the bull"

By jim.grrr

So, when, as you are pulling on a brand new pair of Wranglers to go bullriding and that little voice in your head tells you that this is just asking for it, you really should listen.



Coming back from the Desert Regional Trauma Center.
Notice the rip in the right jeans leg. Those hooves are sharp!

Had a rigging malfunction and my bullrope rolled around the bull. Wanting to make the whistle, I hung on anyway and wound up under the bull while he continued to buck on top of me. (4.6 seconds) Got both legs real good. My right calf will have a scar to remember him by. (The only permanent injury.) Even my privates are black and blue. Since there are no titanium screws, plates or pins, this doesn't qualify as a serious bullriding injury.

The Chute and Arena Crews and Officials (all amateurs) were awesome. When I was on the ground with the bull still bucking on top of me, someone shouted "MOVE HERE," which caused me to drag myself by my elbows out from under the bull. All the crew and officials surrounded me, pulled me to my feet and kept me safe until the bull was out of the arena. Made it out of the Arena walking, supported by the shoulders of the Arena Director and a crew member. While sitting on a stretcher, with my jeans around my ankles, being examined by the EMTs, a photographer walked by and asked to snap a pic. I said sure if he'd send a copy. Sadly, he chickened out. That would have been this year's Xmas card. Aaron, my safety, drove he back to the hotel in the pickup. Wasn't feeling any better the next day, so went in to get checked out. Every thing will be fine.

All in all, it was an awesome weekend.

Shouldn't be any problem getting in shape for San Francisco Rodeo September 9-11th. It's going to be on Treasure Island this year. Should be quite a party.

J

PS: Just so you don't get the idea I think I'm tough, another rider, who was dragged around the arena bouncing on the dirt with his spur hooked in his bullrope,  rode the next day. I stayed home. Who says Gay Rodeo isn't real Rodeo?





County Counter Extraordinaire

Fritz Keppler (DC forum member fritzkep) of Arlington, Virginia recently discovered my humble Twelve Mile Circle blog as he searched for the boundaries of the Sandoval County exclave. He’s quickly become a regular reader and contributor in the comments section over the last few weeks. One early comment caught my eye in particular. I fixated on its enormity as it had an opportunity to sink into my consciousness. As you know I’m a relentless counter of things, whether they may be waterfalls, lighthouses, fortifications, ferries, breweries & brewpubs, or all the many geo-oddities you see featured on these pages. In particular, I have a soft spot for County Counters even though I’ve barely cracked a thousand on my own.




Fritz not only counts counties like many of us here on the 12MC do, but he also counts all the possible crossing combinations between counties in both directions. His accomplishments are a complete order of magnitude beyond what I’ve ever even attempted to do, and much more successfully accomplished I might add. I feel like such a slacker compared to Fritz and I will now use his example as positive motivation.

Here is the comment that knocked me over:

… I have as a more recent goal to try to cross all 18,769 places where counties abut upon one another (or foreign states or provinces) by line or point. I’ve managed to cross 15,074, and there are quite a few without roads/paths or bridged waterways which will remain uncrossable, but it’s fun to try to do it.

I contacted Fritz off-line to see if he might be interested in answering a few questions, and sharing his experiences with the 12MC audience. He graciously accepted the opportunity for an interview and you will see the amazing results below. I am sure that you will have questions and comments of your own so please feel free to post them so that Fritz can see them. Also, he might be willing to share the spreadsheet template he developed to track his boundary crossings, assuming you’re prepared to take your County Counting to the next level, and if you ask kindly.

I’m even more impressed after the interview. I think you will be too.

Read more at howderfamily.com





Pauline Park's LGBT commencement address

I’m honored by the invitation to speak here at the Rutgers University Rainbow Graduation and I’d like to thank the the Office for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities (SJE) for that invitation. And I’d especially like to thank Jenny Kurtz for organizing my appearance here. I feel particularly honored to be the first commencement speaker at Rainbow Graduation who is from outside of the Rutgers community.  And let me say that I am really impressed by the work that SJE is doing here at Rutgers to make the university a safer place for all students, including and especially those who identify as LGBT or queer.
...

In “Walden,” Thoreau poses basic questions that we all face as human beings: What is life and how shall we live it? Thoreau offers this answer: “I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains. I do not wish to go below now.”

What is that “moonlight amid the mountains” of which Thoreau speaks? It is the sheer exhilaration of the authentic life lived fully in the integrity of one’s own truest self. Ennis and Jack glimpse the literal moonlight amid the mountains when they live on Brokeback and later return to it on their periodic “fishing trips.” But only Jack can see the metaphorical moonlight of the authentic life that offers itself to them before they descend from the mountain into the dreary desperation of straight conformity and loveless marriage. Thoreau could well have been describing Jack in the passage in “Walden” in which he famously declared: “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.”




The authentic life is there for the living, and the deepest tragedy of “Brokeback Mountain” is Ennis’s refusal to accept Jack’s invitation to live it. Regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, anyone seeking to live an authentic life need look no further than the conclusion from “Walden” for guidance:

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams,  and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”

Thank you.

Pauline Park (paulinepark.com) is chair of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) (nyagra.com), a statewide transgender advocacy organization that she co-founded in 1998, and president of the board of directors of Queens Pride House (queenspridehouse.org), which she co-founded in 1997. Park currently serves as vice-president of the board of directors of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund  (transgenderlegal.org).

Read more at paulinepark.com





An Out West Weekend in Los Angeles on June 25th and June 26th



WeHo One City/One Pride Culture Series has confirmed our production of Beyond Brokeback on Saturday June 25th in Fiesta Hall at  Plummer Park in West Hollywood at 7:00 PM. This will be with professional actors and singers and cast with Shawn and company. The stand-alone reading will be expanded to 75 minutes. (Ryan can't make it)  This event will be free.

On Sunday, June 26th, Out West at the Autry is presenting Patricia Nell Warren reading and signing her new book, My West, in the Autry Theatre at 2:00PM at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park. This event is free with the price of admission

This is a great chance for Forum members to see the production and for those who haven't seen them yet to go over to the Autry to see the Brokeback shirts and meet Patricia.

Visit An Out West Weekend in Los Angeles for more information.








Fun Question of the Week

This week's question: What did "Shane" do at the end of the classic 1953 Western of the same name when the little boy kept calling his name?

A. Gave him the finger  B. Kept on riding away  C. Fired pistol into the air  B. Howled like a gibbon

Let us know your answer in the Response Thread.

Last week's question and answer: Which openly gay actor performed in drag early in his career, playing a young mill girl who cheats her way to the top in a beauty contest?

Cally was able to figure this one out. The answer is Sir Ian McKellen. Here's a snippet from mckellen.com:

"At all his schools he acted, most crucially for Frank Greene, the senior English master who directed the annual, spring-term Bolton School classical play in the main hall, seating 800 people. Bolton School, where McKellen was a scholar, further encouraged the tyro actor at the Hopefield Miniature Theatre. This converted Edwardian house had an auditorium for 50 adoring parents and a tiny stage for puppetry, one-act entertainments in French or translated from the Greek or written especially by the masters. In one of these latter, Ian made the first of very few appearances in drag, as a Bolton mill-girl who cheats her way to the finale of a beauty contest (The Beauty Contest by Leonard Roe). His first Shakespeare performance was at Hopefield, as a 13 year old Malvolio in the letter scene from Twelfth Night."




Post of the Day

Posted by jnov in Is society really as accepting as it claims?

someone passed this on to me today and i thought i'd pass it on here.

"How Many Gays Must God Create Before We Accept That He Wants Them Around?"

"Representative Steve Simon (DFL Hopkins/St. Louis Park) says a proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment is largely about religion. He says if sexual orientation is innate as science is showing us, and not a lifestyle choice, then God created gay people. He asks how many gay people must God create before we accept that he wants them around."

Watch the video on YouTube




Summer in Alberta + Bettermost + DCF!

Posted by southendmd in Events on Other Forums

Howdy!

The folks over at BetterMost would like to extend an invitation to our brethren and sisteren at DCF to join us as we descend on Alberta this summer. It has turned into an every-other-year event. Many of us went in '07 and in '09 and were very happy to welcome DCF members. It'll be the last week of July this year.

Details here:

http://bettermost.net/forum/index.php/board,165.0.html




The Cowboy Image

Posted by FIXorSTAND in the newly minted Go West! thread!




"#3.  Pictures should follow the "Western" theme. People dressed
like cowboys/cowgirls, covered wagons, rodeo, bunk houses, western
scenery, cattle runs, cowboy boots, hats, buckles, and pictures like that.  

Thanks, and now get to posting, y'all!!!"




TUESDAY'S TECH TIP featuring little bits of wisdom that may ease your slashy experience on the forum, LJ, and the Internetz...

Posted by donna in Slash Discussion and Recommendations, Part 13



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I like to include photos in my fics.  Where can I find free images?

Besides Flickr and Photobucket, there are numerous sites on the Internet that provide free image hosting and allow free photo-sharing. Check out some of these sites and see which one may fit your needs:

http://imageshack.us

http://www.webshots.com

http://imagevenue.com

http://www.freeimagehosting.net

http://www.imgplace.com




The Forum Image

Posted by Miasland in Life Through The Lens 5




"At the medieval festival. ... Martina's transformation.
She made these clothes all by hand I should tell you. Authentic."




Quote of the Day





“Boots, chaps and cowboy hats…. nothing else matters.”

~ Anonymous ~




Photo Caption of the Day

Posted by Lyle (Mooska) in Photo Captioning Fun 6




"I guess you DID know how to quit him!"







Contributors: jim.grrr, fritzkep, jnov, Cally, Miasland, southendmd, FIXorSTAND, Lyle (Mooska)




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Tuesday, May 24th, 2011




Support in polls for same-sex marriage could influence Proposition 8 legal battle, experts say

Recent polls showing majority support for same sex marriage could have an effect on judges as the legal fight against Proposition 8 moves through the courts, experts and advocates say.

A series of recent polls suggesting a majority of Americans support the right of gays to marry may influence the outcome of the legal dispute over California's ban on same-sex marriages, some legal experts and gay rights advocates predict.

The courts don't look to opinion polls when they decide cases, but shifts in popular sentiment can influence their thinking on evolving interpretations of civil rights, constitutional experts say.



Pride photos by BayCityJohn


"I do not believe that any justices base their decision on opinion polls, but that does not deny they can have a subtle effect," said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine law school and a renowned constitutional scholar.

In the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Roe vs. Wade opinion on abortion rights, late Justice Harry Blackmun is said by historians to have kept polling data in the case files and relied on it to help shape his decision, said Loyola Law School professor Douglas NeJaime, an expert on sexual orientation law.

He and other legal analysts predict that by the time the lawsuit brought against Proposition 8 by two same-sex couples makes it way to the high court in 2013 or 2014, support for same-sex marriage will have continued to increase among voters, creating a more receptive environment if the justices decide that the initiative treads on constitutional rights.

Read more at latimes.com





Focus on Family's Mohler Admits Defeat on Gay Marriage

This article brought a smile to my face. Al Mohler, one of the most prominent and influential religious right leaders, is telling his fellow Christians that they might as well accept that gay marriage is going to be reality in this country soon.

Though many Christians are going to try to deny "the obvious," evangelical leader Dr. Albert Mohler believes gay marriage is going to become normalized.

"I think it's clear that something like same-sex marriage is going to become normalized, legalized and recognized in the culture. It's time for Christians to start thinking about how we're going to deal with that," he said Friday on the Focus on the Family radio program.


They'll ignore the obvious solution, of course, which is to recognize that it has nothing to do with them. Don't like same-sex marriage? Then don't marry someone of the same sex. No one is forcing them to participate in one, for crying out loud.

But while I think Mohler is right, I think he's missing just how deep this change is going to go. It isn't merely that gay marriage is going to become a reality, it's also that opposition to gay marriage will, in relatively short order, be viewed by most people as being every bit as ridiculous and bigoted as opposition to interracial marriage.

Read more at scienceblogs.com





My New Kentucky Baby

Joshua Gamson is an author and a professor at the University of San Francisco. He is working on a book about unconventional family making.

We came to Bowling Green, Ky., home of our good-humored surrogate, Gail, with a court order from California designating me and Richard — my husband in some states, though not in Kentucky — as the future baby’s legal parents. I’d been hoping to avoid Kentucky. Its laws make it seem unwelcoming to gay people and ambivalent about surrogacy. I figured that culturally it would be red-statey too, full of homophobia, guns and fatty foods. The coasts seemed safer, especially for a black man, a Jew and their black-Jewish daughter.

We’d invited Gail to come to Massachusetts, where we were married and our first kid was born, or to California, where she went for the in vitro fertilization. She was usually up for adventure — after all, she was carrying a baby for two men made with another woman’s egg. But she wanted to keep her schedule as a clerk at an amusement park and as a single mother of three, and so our baby would be born in Kentucky.

When I arrived a few days after Richard, I didn’t find much to allay my fears. Our hotel was next to a Cracker Barrel, and the main strip contained mostly churches and fast-food joints. Our daughter, Reba, an impressionable preschooler, had already begun to say things like “Do y’all want to go to the pool?” Richard went with Gail to meet the obstetrician, who, when faced with the requirements of our surrogacy plan, got hostile and scheduled her labor to be induced on his off-day.

Not long after my arrival, our lawyer called to report that the local family court had refused to domesticate the California court order, leaving things in legal limbo. She said she would threaten to sue Kentucky for violating the “full faith and credit” clause of the Constitution and instructed us to get out of there as soon as the baby was born.

Read more at nytimes.com







Harvey Milk's Former Office Becomes Suicide Prevention Center

The Harvey Milk call center is the Trevor Project's third nationwide

During the 1970s, calls came in almost daily to late gay rights activist Harvey Milk's Castro Camera store in San Francisco from youth struggling to come to terms with their sexuality.

Anne Kronenberg, Milk's campaign manager, would answer the phone in the back of the office at 575 Castro St. and then hand it off to Milk, who was on his way to becoming the first openly gay city supervisor in the country.

"He would say (to the callers), 'You've got to have hope,'" Kronenberg said today. "He'd say that the world is not a bad place, that there's a place for each of us, and you can come someplace that will accept you."

Today, 575 Castro St. has come full circle on what would have been Milk's 81st birthday.

The Trevor Project--a nonprofit that provides suicide prevention and crisis counseling to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth--opened a call center in the back of the Human Rights Campaign store that now occupies Milk's former office space.

Read more at sfappeal.com





Gay men report higher cancer rates: US study

A large study in California released last Monday found that cancer may be nearly twice as prevalent among gay men as among straight men.

The study relied on self-reported data from the California Health Interview survey, the largest state survey of its kind in the United States, and included more than 120,000 people over three years: 2001, 2003 and 2005.

A total of 3,690 men reported a cancer diagnosis as adults. Gay men were 1.9 times as likely as straight men to have been diagnosed with cancer, said the study published in the peer-reviewed journal Cancer.

There was no such difference witnessed among lesbian and straight women, but gay and bisexual females were twice as likely to say they were in fair or poor health after a cancer diagnosis compared to their heterosexual counterparts.

Lead author Ulrike Boehmer of the Boston University School of Public Health said the data can help guide services for the gay community.

"Because more gay men report as cancer survivors, we need foremost programmes for gay men that focus on primary cancer prevention and early cancer detection," she said.

More research is needed to determine if gay men are actually at a higher risk of getting cancer, the study author said.

Read more at jamaicaobserver.com







Can't Say 'Gay'? Try 'Takei'!

On It'soktobetakei.com you can select mugs, shirts, hats, buttons or mousepads to show your support.

Actor George Takei has developed a hilarious response to pending legislation in Tennessee that would bar teachers from saying the word, 'gay' or discussing homosexuality in classrooms until high school.

Teachers! Need to use a different word? Here's George to the rescue - substitute 'Takei' instead!

Read and watch more at npr.org





Michelle Williams Cast In ‘Oz: The Great And Powerful’

Director Sam Raimi is off to a brilliant start with his upcoming project Oz: The Great And Powerful. Casting has been underway for some time now, and production is set to begin this July in Michigan.

Michelle Williams joins the cast as Glinda, the good witch, the role Billie Burke made famous in the 1939 film The Wizard Of Oz.

Read more at allieiswired.com





Mary McBride Performs "No One's Gonna Love You Like Me"



Mary McBride singing the song she sang in Brokeback Mountain.

Watch the live performance on YouTube







Brokeback Mountain named top love affair by filmgoers

Brokeback Mountain, already the winner of three Academy Awards and four Golden Globes, can now claim to be the movie with the best love affair after finishing top of a recent poll.

Brokeback Mountain, already the winner of three Academy Awards and four Golden Globes, can now claim to be the movie with the best love affair after finishing top of a recent poll.

Earlier this month Brokeback Mountain was voted third - behind Milk and The Kids Are Alright - in a Stonewall poll for the film with the best depiction of lesbian, gay and bisexual lives from the last decade.

Read and watch more at pinkpaper.com





An Out West Weekend in Los Angeles on June 25th and June 26th



PRIDE MONTH 2011

June is recognized as Pride Month by the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community worldwide. Events are held in June to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City on June 28, 1969, which most historians consider to be the birth of the modern LGBT civil rights movement.

The City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board and the Transgender Advisory Board celebrated the many cultural contributions of the LGBT community via a variety of arts, cultural and community events as One City/One Pride 2011




Saturday, June 25, 2011

Beyond Brokeback

Fiesta Hall, Plummer Park


Beyond Brokeback, a book originally comprised of the most poignant writings in response to the film Brokeback Mountain, features a staged reading of some of these responses involving members of the West Hollywood community.

For more information: http://www.weho.org







Out West at the Autry Presents Patricia Nell Warren’s New Book, My West

Author talk and book signing with noted historian and author of The Front Runner (1974), the first gay-themed novel to be named a New York Times bestseller

After a successful inaugural year of Out West at the Autry programs, the Autry National Center continues its commitment to telling the stories of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the American West by presenting Montana native, noted historian, and author Patricia Nell Warren on Sunday, June 26, 2011.

“The continuation of Out West at the Autry is a testament to the great interest that exists for the LGBT stories of the American West to be heard and the need for them to be added to our mainstream historical narrative,” said Daniel Finley, Autry President and CEO. “We thank Ms. Warren for her dedication to this groundbreaking series and are pleased to have her participate once again.”

In her new anthology, My West, Warren unveils a collection of intensely personal writings about the American West—a sagebrush bouquet on everything from agriculture to zest, by way of cooking, ethnicity, history, politics, and sexuality. A book signing will follow her talk.

“Seeing the Autry make its historic decision to explore the LGBT aspect of Western history, and participating in one of its first Out West programs, was a turning point for me,” said Warren. “The Autry inspired me to gather up dozens of short pieces that I'd published here and there over the years—and to herd some of these favorites together under one cover as an anthology of personal perspectives on my native region.”

“In a year when LGBT publications are failing and LGBT bookstores are closing at an alarming rate, as the author of the most famous gay novel ever written Patricia Nell Warren was and remains the ‘frontrunner’ of gay fiction,” said Gregory Hinton, creator and producer of Out West at the Autry. “Her 2011 Western anthology, My West, is a testament to her craft, her veracity, and her true Montana grit. Readers of LGBT fiction—past, present, and future—are forever in her debt.”

When: Sunday, June 26, 2:00 p.m. Tickets for this event include museum admission: $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors 60+, $4 for children ages 3–12, and free for Autry members, veterans, and children age 2 and under.

More information at theautry.org





Brokeback Mountain with Coco LeBon



Sunday, June 12 at 6:00pm - June 13 at 1:30am
 
The long weekend will be pumping with amazing tunes! Get your cowboy and cowgirl
on as we dance around the tee pee on the ranch with a hay bale or 2 sitting around.
Plenty of fun in store to keep you entertained!! Share this event with your friends!!

Max Hotel Geelong
2 Gheringhap st
Geelong, Australia





YUM YUM



Jake Gyllenhaal takes a provision of strawberry bonbons



Jake is a big walking BONBON!!

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Fun Question of the Week

This week's question:  What American film classic did actor John Wayne call "the most un-American thing I've ever seen in my whole life"?

Let us know your answer in the Response Thread.

Last week's question and answer:. What did "Shane" do at the end of the classic 1953 Western of the same name when the little boy kept calling his name?

fritzkep was the first to chime in, saying Shane simply rode away. Thanks also to kathy and foreverinawe for their recollections and stories about drive-ins, the novel, and the screenplay for Shane the movie.




Free Wednesday Movies: Brokeback Mountain

It's LGBT Pride Month at the Tolerance Education Center in Rancho Mirage, CA

June 29 at 1:30pm: Brokeback Mountain (2005) 134 min., Rated R

"A raw, powerful story of two young men, a Wyoming ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy, who meet in the summer of 1963 sheepherding in the harsh, high grasslands of contemporary Wyoming and form an unorthodox yet life-long bond--by turns ecstatic, bitter and conflicted. Written by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana."

For more information, visit toleranceeducationcenter.org




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“It's a lot like nuts & bolts.....If the rider's nuts, then the horse bolts.”

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Pastor Ennis:
Reverend Jack sure was embarrassed
when the world didn't come to an end yesterday, so I said:
"Cheer up, Jack, it's not the end of the world!"




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Tuesday, June 7th, 2011



Cannes prize gives 'Life' luster

Minneapolis producer Bill Pohlad hopes the prestigious Palme d'Or will help "The Tree of Life" find a bigger audience in the U.S.

Independent movie producer Bill Pohlad was startled when his newest film sparked boos at the Cannes film festival this month. He was even more surprised when it went on to win the international competition's top prize.

Pohlad, whose films include "Brokeback Mountain," "A Prairie Home Companion" and "Into the Wild," traveled to France to present his latest, "The Tree of Life," from reclusive, perfectionist director Terrence Malick. The fantastical family drama, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain, generated cheers and catcalls at its press screening. Pohlad attended the film's official coming-out party, the red-carpet black-tie evening premiere for movie moguls and celebrities, where the reception was warmer. Still, he wasn't counting on the difficult film scooping up trophies, so he returned to his Minneapolis home to unwind with his wife, Michelle, and young son, Oliver.

Then, as hints began to circulate that "The Tree of Life" might indeed win something, Pohlad headed back to the Riviera. On Sunday he sat in the Palais des Festivals, "nervous for the film," and found himself heading onstage to accept the Palme d'Or, otherwise known as the film world's most prestigious honor.

I immediately fell in love with it. Like with 'Brokeback Mountain,' when you read it
you immediately have a powerful emotional reaction to it. I felt this could be a great film."

Jury president Robert De Niro said Malick's epic had "the size, the importance, the intention, whatever you want to call it, that seemed to fit the prize." It was the showstopper climax of a five-year, secretive, sometimes uncertain gestation, and another boost to Pohlad's producing career, which Variety has called "an indie success story."

"Having showed it to virtually nobody, we had no idea how people were going to react to it," Pohlad said Tuesday following "Tree's" big win. "We all knew this wasn't going to be an easy film or one people immediately would connect with. It was disturbing to hear about the boos, but that's kind of a Cannes thing. The French like to be very vociferous in their feelings. As we got the reviews trickling out and people tweeting, in the beginning it was, 'What's this film all about?' and 'It's not a masterpiece, but it's great.' Then as the day wore on, some of those reviewers and others started to chime in more positively. We've found that it takes a little time to connect with the film because it's not a traditional film with a by-the-numbers linear plot line."

"The Tree of Life" promises to be the most polarizing, challenging and debated American film of 2011. The fifth feature in Malick's four-decade career is a film built on a Big Question: How do we as individuals fit into the scheme of existence? A mosaic-like structure of grandiose and humble images, from family life in small-town Texas to the forests of prehistory and the dazzling lights of distant space, it transmits Malick's sweeping vision with minimal dialogue or traditional character development.

Read more at startribune.com







Mason Lee

Filmmaker’s Son Has His Turn on Screen

Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee has brought us such contemporary classics as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “The Ice Storm” and “Brokeback Mountain.” He is currently working on a film version of the bestselling book “Life of Pi.”

On Friday Mr. Lee’s son, Mason, who turns 21 this week, hits screens in a prominent role in “The Hangover 2.” Mason is a rising senior at NYU studying acting; he took a semester off to make the film in Thailand and now lives in Chelsea. Marshall Heyman spoke with the actor:

Had you seen the first “Hangover” before you auditioned for the movie?

About three times. The first time with my brother [a visual artist living in Brooklyn] and my dad. We all thought it was really funny.

When did you decide you wanted to be an actor?

When I was watching Jackie Chan and Jet Li movies in our apartment in White Plains when I was 6. I would jump off the couch and do high-flying kicks like Jet Li. I started doing our local Shakespeare group when I was a freshman in high school and my junior year I played Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Did your dad making films make you want to act?

I don’t think that really factored into me initially wanting to become an actor. I told him and he had some words of wisdom about what kind of a life I’d be getting into and he definitely shaped my artistic perception.

Read more at blogs.wsj.com





San Francisco Giants: It Gets Better



"The Giants have joined the "It Gets Better Project" to inspire hope for young people who may be struggling."

Watch the video on youtube.com

Visit ItGetsBetter.org for more information.





Red Sox to produce an "It Gets Better" anti-bullying video for gay youth

The Boston Red Sox will produce an online video for the “It Gets Better Project,” an anti-bullying project aimed at helping gay youth.

The announcement that the team would be the third major league baseball team to participate in the campaign came today in response to a petition started by a 12-year-old New Hampshire boy that garnered nearly 10,000 signatures in a matter of days.

“The Red Sox organization takes the issue of bullying seriously,” the team said in a statement yesterday released by spokeswoman Leah Tobin. “It is something that has touched many of us and those we love, and it is a growing problem in our community. We are proud of dedicated Red Sox fans like 12-year-old Sam Maden who have taken the courageous step of publicly standing up against bullying of LGBT youth.”

The team didn't specify which players would participate, or what the video would say.

Read more at boston.com





The Posters From Egypt's 'Second Revolution'

Thousands of Egyptians crowded into Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday (and in other Egyptian cities) in what organizers labeled a "second revolution," as security forces stayed away to avoid confrontations and the Muslim Brotherhood, a powerful Islamist group, kept its distance out of concern that the demonstrations would only further divide the country. What were the protesters demanding? A tour of today's signs provides some answers.


One critical demand is an end to government corruption--a grievance, Reuters points out, that first brought protesters out into the now-iconic Tahrir Square in January. But the new demonstrations are somewhat sprawling in their critiques of the regime. Take, for instance, one activist's pop culture reference to link the old Egypt regime to neighboring Libya: posters that depict ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi as the gay cowboys from Brokeback Mountain, with the word "mafia" underneath.

Read more at atlanticwire.com





School district to alter Internet security to allow students access to gay, other websites

Rowland Unified School District administrators say they plan to scale back Internet security software in order to let students access gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender websites.

The proposed changes are in response to a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union that alleged blocking access to the sites - containing information on gay rights, activism and social networking - was a violation of free speech.

School district officials said the sites were blocked by accident, and they are working to enable access.

"It's not our intention to block sites that are informative and of value to L.G.B.T. (Lesbian, Gay, bisexual and transgender) students," Superintendent Maria Ott said.

The software used to block the sites, M86 Security, works by grouping various websites into categories. School officials can then choose to block access to entire categories of websites.

The so-called sexual preference websites were categorized under "lifestyle" - along with sites that cover cultural identity, organizations and club affiliations, according to M86 Security.

Rowland Unified is one of a number of school districts that blocked access to the "lifestyle" category, according to the ACLU.

Read more at whitterierdailynews.com





The Girl With the Golden Wardrobe

Long after the Golden Age of Hollywood has dimmed, and its legendary stars taken a bow, history's most iconic film costumes are returning to the spotlight as actress Debbie Reynolds sells her showcase collection

On June 18, thousands of the most iconic costumes and props in Hollywood history will come to the auction block, a singular assemblage of art, fashion and nostalgia. Steeped in historical and cultural significance, it is perhaps one of the most emotion-laden collections of all time. Judy Garland's ruby-red slippers and cotton dress from "The Wizard of Oz," Charlie Chaplin's signature bowler, and the "drapery" hat Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) donned to woo Rhett Butler are just a handful of the pieces selectively and methodically acquired over four decades by Debbie Reynolds, who has finally given up trying to find her vast collection a home.


So how do you value a dress that once supported the curves of Marilyn Monroe? Handsomely, it seems. Arguably the most prized item in the collection, Monroe's legendary halter-neck dress from "The Seven Year Itch," famous for its leg-flashing subway grate scene, is estimated to fetch $1 million to $2 million.

To examine the pieces up close, as I recently did, is to gain a rich appreciation for their craftsmanship and intricacy. Designed by Travilla, Monroe's crepe dress has more pleats than one would imagine, and a closer inspection reveals the tiny, hand-sewn stitches and light boning that create a built-in bra. The years have turned it from white to ecru, but the magic is still there. As Reynolds's daughter, the writer and actress Carrie Fisher, says, "Costumes carry the energy of the actors who wore them; they are infused with the power of the stars and stories that inspired and empowered us."

Read more at wsj.com    Visit profilesinhistory.com for more images and videos.





Wes Bentley Was Ready To Die During Drugs Hell

Actor Wes Bentley lost the will to live at the lowest point of his eight-year drug hell.

The actor shot to fame at the age of 20 after the 1999 release of the Oscar-winning American Beauty, but Bentley struggled to deal with the spotlight and fell into a downward spiral of drink and drugs.

Bentley's troubles mounted when his best friend, Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger, died from a prescription drug overdose in 2008.

He says, "Him dying and leaving (his daughter) Matilda had a huge impact on me then... It was a wake-up call that I didn't answer."

The actor subsequently turned to professionals to help him get clean and Bentley, who now has a baby son, Charles, with producer wife Jacqui, is thankful to have received a second chance at happiness: "I know what it (drug addiction) looks like, and I don't want to go back. The guy dedicated to sobriety, who has this family and this life - that's more me than being an addict and an alcoholic."

Read more at contactmusic.com







Happy [belated] Birthday, Larry McMurtry

[June 3rd] is the 75th birthday of Larry McMurtry, one of the most talented and prolificmodern writers working in the western genre and born in Archer City, Texas.

Larry McMurtry was born into Texas cattle ranching, but forsaked that life for one as a writer. After receiving his M.A. at Rice University, McMurtry joined Wallace Stegner‘s creative writing program at Stanford University. Stegner, who had written several highly successful western novels, recognized McMurtry’s talent and encouraged his ambitions to write about the modern West.

While McMurtry developed his skills in writing, he opened two bookstores, one in Archer City, which was the model for the town, Thalia, present in many of his novels. The other is located in the Georgetown area of Washington, DC. His shops, named Booked Up, are the largest sellers of used books in the country with over 400,000 titles.

Read more at marcia-richards.com





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Anti-Gay Group Flies Gay Day 'Warning' Over Disney World

A conservative group in Florida has made it their mission to "warn" the people of Orlando about
[last Saturday's] annual Gay Day at Disney World. The hateful Florida Family Association (FFA)
says that gays and lesbians lead "immoral lifestyles" and has spent $7,000 to fly banners
that read "Warning Gay Day at Disney 6/4" over Orlando for two full days.

Read more at towleroad.com





Did you miss Ski Week at Gay Days? Visit them at LA Pride this weekend!

Check our their site for more info: gayskiweek.com





BBM SCREENINGS


10 Nights in June Film Festival features one night of Brokeback Mountain

Wednesday June 15 – Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Media Theatre
104 East State St.
Media, PA 19063

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years. Ang Lee's masterpiece won 4 Academy Awards for Best Director, as well as for Score, Screenplay, and Cinematography. Heath Ledger and Jake Gylennhall give masterful performances as the two men in love, which propelled the film to become the first mainstream homosexually-themed film to earn over $100 million at the box office. The film is unique due to its 'matter-of-fact' portrayal of the romance and its universal approach to the themes of attraction, friendship, and love.

More information: mediatheatre.com




Tolerance Education Center presents Brokeback Mountain

Wednesday June 29 – Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Tolerance Education Center
35147 Landy Lane
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

A raw, powerful story of two young men, a Wyoming ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy, who meet in the summer of 1963 sheepherding in the harsh, high grasslands of contemporary Wyoming and form an unorthodox yet life-long bond--by turns ecstatic, bitter and conflicted. Written by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana.

More information: toleranceeducationcenter.org





Beyond Brokeback Hits West Hollywood



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A PROCLAMATION BY THE PRESIDENT
OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA




The story of America's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community
is the story of our fathers and sons, our mothers and daughters, and our friends
and neighbors who continue the task of making our country a more perfect Union.
It is a story about the struggle to realize the great American promise that all people
can live with dignity and fairness under the law. Each June, we commemorate the
courageous individuals who have fought to achieve this promise for LGBT
Americans, and we rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of equal right
for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Read more: whitehouse.gov






Fun Question of the Week

This week's question:  What four 1939 Hollywood classics were honored on 25-cent stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service in celebration of their 50th anniversaries?

Let us know your answer in the Response Thread.




Last week's question and answer:. What American film classic did actor John Wayne call "the most un-American thing I've ever seen in my whole life"?

Thanks to all for participating! Yes, the answer is the 1952 Gary Cooper western High Noon. Wayne's objection; "The last thing in the picture is ole Coop putting the United States marshal's badge under his foot and stepping on it."




Brokeback Memorabilia




From Sason: "We had a little meet at Andy's on Isle of Wight last weekend...
I handed out mini bean cans, and Uli handed out hand made fridge magnets..."




Quote of the Day


“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr. ~




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Jack's Bible Stories, Illustrated
Y'see, after that run-in with Goliath,
David lived with King Saul.
He met Saul's son, Jonathan.
They got along real well.



And Jonathan made a covenant with David
because he loved him as himself.
Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David,
along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.

1 Samuel 18:3 & 4
______

Then Saul went crazy and decided t'
kill David for some reason.
Jonathan protected him.
But David had t' move away, anyway.



   ... David got up from the south side of the stone and
bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground.
Then they kissed each other and wept together—but David wept the most.
  Jonathan said to David, “Go ...”
Then David left ...

1 Samuel 20:41 & 42
______

When David heard that his Jonathan died in a battle.
it 'most nearly kilt 'im.



“How the mighty have fallen in battle!
 
   Jonathan lies slain on your heights.
 I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother;
 
   you were very dear to me.
 Your love for me was wonderful,
 
   more wonderful than that of women."

2 Samuel 1:25 & 26




Contributors: Sason, Rei-gyoku, HR




Calendar of Events

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Beyond Brokeback Ballet
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Tuesday, June 21st, 2011






A VOICE FROM CAIRO

“Please don’t use my real name when you write about this,” the handsome, outspoken 25-year-old requested, “I’m sad to say, but it’s dangerous because of the homophobia. Just call me Adam.”

I’d arranged this meeting with Adam (who writes about the arts and culture for a left-leaning Egyptian magazine) via Facebook. Earlier in 2010, he had received a fellowship that allowed him to join dozens of young people from throughout Northern Africa at a conference in Sweden.

“The program was based on using social media to promote and defend social change,” he told me last August, not realizing that he would soon be engaged in a populist uprising with Facebook and Twitter among its key tactical weapons. “It made me feel like I had a network of support that went beyond Egypt.”

If Edelweiss playing at the airport and camels named after moonwalking megalomaniacs are part of globalism’s downside, the Internet and social media are part of the upside. And so, as it turns out, can be Hollywood movies:

“About four years ago,” Adam told me, tearing up as he spoke. “I saw Brokeback Mountain. It was a pirated digital copy on the Internet. Films that deal with gay subjects are banned from cinemas here. This movie was so beautiful. I had never seen anything like it before. And I was so upset at the pain these men felt, and the hiding they had to do. I could see myself in it. This is when I really started to identify as gay. I started to read about it, go to lectures when I could find them, to seek out others.”

While Adam went on to find a small cadre of gay friends in Cairo, he struggles with the lack of an open, active gay community. Since his teenage years, he has been passionately engaged in the pursuit of women’s rights in Egypt, itself still a controversial cause. In a country where, according to Adam, government elites leverage Muslim religious beliefs not out of piety, but to advance their own wealth and power, the notion of gay rights still goes largely unspoken.

Read the full article: passportmagazine.com







Amnesty International: Turkey must take action over LGBT discrimination

Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is a problem in Turkey, and a new report made public Tuesday is urging the new government to take measures to protect their rights.

“It is the responsibility of all the parties in Parliament to ensure that any new constitutional reforms in Turkey outlaws discrimination on grounds of sexuality or gender identity,” said Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International’s researcher on Turkey.

Entitled “Not an illness, nor a crime,” the report said lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, people in Turkey demand equality. The report cited interviews with people who faced discrimination from officials in health services, education, housing and the workplace in a country where there are no provisions to prevent it.

Read more at hurriyetdailynews.com







Oscar-winning Writer Diana Ossana to Adapt 'Hope's Wish' for the Screen

Film will tell the true life story of Hope Stout, diagnosed with life-threatening illness at age 12.

Diana Ossana has signed on to write the screen adaptation of Stuart and Shelby Stout’s Hope’s Wish for Fixed Point Films and Shining Star Prods.

The book is the life story of the Stouts’ daughter Hope, who was diagnosed with a life threatening illness at the age of 12. ...

"Hope’s Wish reminded me of the innocence of children and their refusal to accept the limits of what adults consider might be possible.  I feel privileged to be a part of bringing Hope’s inspirational story to film,” Ossana said.

Read more at hollywoodreporter.com





GAY IN AMERICA  Portraits by Scott Pasfield



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Support Is Key to ‘Coming Out’ Process for Gay People: Study

The long-term impact of this step often depends on local community, researchers say.

For gay and lesbian Americans, the rewards of "coming out" often hinge on the support of the local community, a new study shows.

Research has shown that gays, lesbians or bisexuals who reveal their sexual orientation typically boost their self-esteem and experience less anger and depression. And the new study found that disclosing one's sexual identity makes people even happier than previously thought.

However, the benefits of coming out are limited to socially supportive settings, and may not apply to those exposed to hostile or judgmental environments.

"In general, research shows that coming out is a good thing," said the study's co-author, Richard Ryan, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester in a news release. "Decades of studies have found that openness allows gay people to develop an authentic sense of themselves and to cultivate a positive minority sexual identity."

Answers to your questions: The American Psychological Association offers insight into coming out and why it's important.

Read more at doctorslounge.com







Blade Wins 3 Journalism Awards; Chibbaro Enters Hall Of Fame

Washington Blade senior news reporter Lou Chibbaro Jr. was inducted into the Society of Professional Journalists D.C. Chapter’s Hall of Fame at a formal ceremony Tuesday night, joining a long list of journalistic legends like Helen Thomas, Bob Woodward and Art Buchwald.

Chibbaro, who started writing for the Blade in 1976, is the first member of the LGBT media to join the Hall of Fame. To be eligible, SPJ requires 25 years of outstanding work in the journalism profession.

In his acceptance speech, Chibbaro expressed deep gratitude for the honor and thanked his current and previous editors and publishers.

Read more at washingtonblade.com







The Best LGBT Books of All Time

Benoit Denizet-Lewis asked our country’s leading queer writers to suggest five indispensable books.

I wish someone had given me a list of required gay reading when I was coming out. Gay men gave me a lot of things back then (porn, theater tickets, crabs), but no one gave me book titles. As a young gay man, I could have used a literary roadmap to help me put my experiences—and my feelings—in some historical and sociological context. As a young writer, I could have used being better read. Why didn’t anyone tell me that I needed to know who Paul Monette was?

In an effort to right those wrongs, and to do my part to promote gay cultural literacy in a time of vanishing gay bookstores and vanishing attention spans, I’ve asked some of the country’s most interesting and iconic LGBT writers—including Michael Cunningham, Edmund White, John Waters, and Patricia Nell Warren—to suggest five books that every LGBT person should have on his bookshelf (or Kindle).

Read more at: goodmenproject.com

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Corr LA-bound after Ledger win

Packed to the Rafters star Ryan Corr is the winner of this year's Heath Ledger Scholarship. ...

Corr said it was a special honour to receive an award named for an actor who continued to be an example for aspiring actors.

"Heath inspired me and many of my contemporaries to see how far you could go with characters," he said. "He took his talent to America and came up with these amazing characters who will live on for ever."

Read more at au.news.yahoo.com

See Ryan's showreel at cpmgt.com







Passion ignites in ‘Fool for Love’

Eddie and May, the volatile duo in Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love, aren’t so very different from Ennis and Jack in Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain. Both couples are bound by passion that crosses the line into violence. Both have reason to hide the true nature of their relationship. Yet try as they might to end it, these addicted lovers in a still-wild West just can’t quit each other.

Shepard’s 1983 script, now getting a new production by the Alliance Theatre Lab in Miami Lakes, is a tight piece that peels back its mysteries until the scope of one more American family tragedy is revealed. As in many of his plays, Shepard considers the linkage of love and violence, the mythic West, damage done by an absent alcoholic father, divergent takes on a family’s history.

Beyond exploring those themes, what actors and directors like Alliance’s Adalberto Acevedo relish in Fool for Love is the chance to leap into edgy theater territory, see-sawing between quieter emotional moments and a shocking, unpredictable physicality.

Read more at miamiherald.com





JAKE UPDATE




Gyllenhaal pushed to edge by Grylls

Jake Gyllenhaal was pushed to his limits by Bear Grylls on a grueling survival expedition.

The Hollywood star, who has trained to get in shape to star in action movies, went to Iceland with the former soldier for his show Born Survivor and asked to be pushed - but admitted he was surprised by how tough he found it.

Bear revealed: "A couple of weeks ago I took Jake Gyllenhaal, reportedly the fittest man in Hollywood, on a Born Survivor to Iceland. He said he wanted to to be pushed and afterwards said he'd never been pushed so hard.

He went on: "We had crazy conditions - sleeping in snow caves, huge river crossings and these torrential storms. I was a little bit nervous as I promised Jake's management team I would keep him alive, but he was brilliant.

Read more at belfasttelegraph.co.uk  See even more Jake pics at fuckyeahjakeypoo.tumblr.com



Peter Sarsgaard To Direct And Write Born To Run But Will Jake Gyllenhaal Star?

After a couple of years in which he’s won acclaim on and off Broadway in Chekhov productions as well as captured attention and large audiences in An Education and Green Lantern, Peter Sarsgaard has revealed that he is about to make a career shift. He has confirmed to Hitfix and Menswear that he is shortly to make his directorial debut with Born to Run, a movie adaptation of Christopher McDougall‘s autobiographical account of running barefoot with the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico. ...

With Gyllenhaal frequently spotted running across the Hollywood Hills, sometimes in the ‘barefoot shoes’ made famous by McDougall, one might consider him a definite possibility for the lead.

Read more at bleedingcool.com





Hollywood Screen Kisses



The first video clip in our summer series
on 'Hollywood Screen Kisses' features two pilots
(friends Jack and Dave) in the 1927 silent film, Wings.

See the kissing scene on YouTube







City Opera Vancouver plans Brokeback Mountain opera

City Opera Vancouver is making plans to give the world premiere of Brokeback Mountain in 2015. This will be the unique chamber version, which will follow on the premiere of ‘El Grande’ at the Teatro Real in Madrid one year earlier. ...

There is much work to do, of course. We are now raising money, and giving first thoughts to casting.

Ennis is a bass-baritone, and Jack a tenor.

Exciting news to come!

More info: cityoperavancouver.com





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South Africa / Winter Classic Film Festival

Monday 4 July: “Brokeback Mountain” Oscar Winner

(Multi-Award Nominee and Recipient of three Academy Awards for: Best Director, Best adapted screenplay and best original score. Recipient of four Golden Globe Awards for: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Song)

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. Directed by Ang Lee (2005).

A heart-breaking film about a doomed love affair between two ranch hands. Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger stunned the world when they played against type and created characters that one could not only believe, but care for. They are backed up by the always brilliant Michelle Williams and the surprisingly good Anne Hathaway as the women who share their lives with these confused, troubled men.

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Fun Question of the Week

This week's question:  What unique money-saving attachments did Greta Garbo have installed in her Duesenberg automobile?

Let us know your answer in the Response Thread.


Last week's question and answer:. What four 1939 Hollywood classics were honored on 25-cent stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service in celebration of their 50th anniversaries?

Thank you to Lyle (Mooska) and kathy for figuring this out!

From arago.si.edu: "Four commemorative stamps honoring classic films from Hollywood's golden era were dedicated on March 23, 1990, in Hollywood as a prelude to the 62nd annual Academy Awards. 1990 marked the 50th anniversary of each film's having received nominations in 1939 for the 1940 Academy Awards.

"Each stamp in the block of four 25-cent stamps resembles a miniature movie poster. The stamps feature Gone with the Wind and two of its stars, Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh as Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara; Beau Geste, whose stars included Gary Cooper; Stagecoach, in which John Wayne played the role of the Ringo Kid; and The Wizard of Oz, whose cast included Judy Garland as Dorothy. Dorothy's dog Toto also is pictured on the stamp."




Quote of the Day




“Everybody's journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy,
you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider
it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality.”


~ James Baldwin ~




The Forum Image

Posted by andy in Life Through The Lens 5






Photo Caption of the Day

Posted by HR in Photo Captioning Fun 6



          Riverton Bus Station, 2011




Wish that ol' cowboy would decide
whether he's starin' at me 'r not.
Guess he cain't see none too good
with his eyes waterin' like that.
Must be allergies.




Contributors: andy, HR




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