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Tuesday, May 6th, 2014




Tom of Finland Postage Stamps




Fans of homoerotic art (in both the gay and straight communities) are familiar with Tom of Finland.  Tom (real name -Touko Laaksonen 8 May 1920 – 7 November 1991) began to draw his now famous pictures at the age of 19, but kept them hidden, and then destroyed his existing collection when he was called to serve in the navy during WWII.  

After returning home, Tom began to draw again, and in 1956 submitted drawings to the influential American magazine Physique Pictorial which premiered the images in the Spring 1957 issue under the pseudonym Tom, as it resembled his given name Touko.

Tom's art career soon flourished, his artwork becoming well known in the gay community, and in the 1970s he "crossed over" to mainstream acceptance as well.  He has been called the "most influential creator of gay pornographic images" by cultural historian Joseph W. Slade.  Over the course of four decades he produced some 3500 illustrations, mostly featuring men with exaggerated primary and secondary sex traits with tight or partially removed clothing.

Tom's homeland has decided to honor him with a postage stamp.  Finland's postal service said:  The autumn's stamp series begins September 8 with Tom of Finland, who is considered one of the most well-known Finnish artists around the world. His emphatically masculine homoerotic drawings have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion. In his works, Tom of Finland utilized the self-irony and humor typical of subcultures.

When you click the link to go to the full story, bear in mind there are pics of the stamps, which may be considered "Not Safe For Work"......so open the link at home.  ;)

Tom of Finland Postage Stamps







Man Shoots Transgendered Woman He Met on Craig's List





Jason Roy Borkowski from Florida had just left his wife.  He decided he needed female companionship and went to Craig's List, and met  Alevaro Refugio, 38, a transgendered woman.

The two began to chat online, made plans to meet, and then went out to a movie.  Afterwards, Refugio took Borkowski home, and the two had sex.  After the sex Borkowski went to the bathroom, and was in there for quite a while (according to Refugio) and she went to check on him.  He came of out the bathroom, and pulled out a gun and shot her six times in the shoulders, chest, and arms.

Refugio was rushed to the hospital and recovered from her wounds.  Borkowski was arrested.

When the trial took place, Borkowski claimed he didn't know Refugio was transgendered, and felt threatened because he thought he was going to be robbed.  Refugio states that she told him she was transgendered while they chatted on Craig's List.  The verdict that came was that Borkowski was guilty of assault with a deadly weapon, and is facing 4 - 7 years in jail.

Man Shoots Transgendered Woman He Met on Craig's List







Boycotts Against Dorchester Hotel Group Continue






Last week, TDS reported on Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, his hotel chain (specifically the Beverly Hills Hotel) and protests taking place there in response to Brunei's new penal code that will result in the stoning of homosexuals.

A growing number of celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres and Stephen Fry have turned their backs on the Sultan's chain of hotels (Dorchester Hotel Group) and now a new name is added to the list, Virgin CEO Richard Branson.

Branson took to his Twitter account to issue the following statement:  'No Virgin employee, nor our family, will stay at Dorchester Hotels until the Sultan abides by basic human rights,'.

Brunei's new penal code covers covers theft, illicit sexual relations, making unproven accusations of illicit sex, causing physical hurt, drinking intoxicants, apostasy, and acts contrary to Islamic beliefs.'  The code will have three phases. The first phase will include fines and prison sentences.  The second phase will include punishments such as amputations for the crime of theft.  The third phase will include death by stoning for sexual crimes like adultery, rape and gay sex in year three.

Boycotts Against Dorchester Hotel Group Continue






UK Political Candidates Cut





In the age of social media, stories of people having to resign (or being fired) after something was posted to Facebook or Twitter is now old news.  One would think that people would wise up about this, but it just keeps happening.   The latest stories are two politicians from the UK who tweeted racist and homophobic post on their Twitter accounts.  

David John Bishop (left in pic) a Tory candidate who hoped for election in Brentwood South, Essex.  That hope was dashed when he stepped down after Tweeting "Islam 'the religion of peace' & rape’" and ‘How CAN a gay guy keep a straight face?’   As he stepped down, he said:  ‘I recognise that someone standing for public office should show leadership and seek to unite communities, not divide them. I hope the residents of Brentwood South can forgive my lack of judgement in time’

Harry Perry (right in pic) a candidate for the UK Independence Party (UKIP), was campaigning for election in Offerton ward, Stockport.  He is also out of the elections after Tweeting ‘GOD HIMSELF HATES ISLAM’ and  the bible is clear on this subject of homosexuality-its not acceptable in marriage or otherwise-its an abomination before GOD’.   He  also branded UK Prime Minister David Cameron a ‘gay-loving nut case.’

UK Political Candidates Cut






US State Representative Goes On Anti-Gay Tirade




Steve Hickey is a pastor and a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives.  Hickey recently posted an anti-gay rant on his Facebook page, and has publicly asked doctors to come forward and support his decision.  

In this letter he targets gay men, and transgendered children.

When talking about gay sex, he says: 'gay sex is not good for the body or mind. Pardon a crude comparison but regarding men with men, we are talking about a one-way alley meant only for the garbage truck to go down. Frankly, I’d question the judgment of doctor who says it’s all fine.'

Later on in his post, he turns his attention to transgendered students: '‘Letting boys play girl sports is not the starting place to fix the suicide problem or the very real daily struggle these students face dealing with something they have been handed in life. Society is broken and people have broken identities. Is it really best for us to break down the one remaining thing that has been working in society to try to fix the broken in our midst?'

US State Representative Goes On Anti-Gay Tirade








Gustavo Santaolalla At The ASCAP I Create Music Expo





Gustavo Santaolalla (Academy Award winning composer for music from Babel & Brokeback Mountain) recently appeared with Paul Williams (Academy Award winner and songwriter of many 1970s pop hits) to discuss songwriting at the ASCAP I Create Music Expo this past April.

The two addressed the audience and discussed the writing process, and both agreed that the moments of creation are "magical" and at one point Santaolalla even said he didn't want to understand it.  Santaolalla also stressed the amount of work it takes in the musical field, and said that he believes in "putting in the work".

One thing the two musicians did NOT discuss was their work together on an upcoming project.  In July the two will pair up to work on the music for the animated film Book of Life that Fox will release in October.  The pair will be meeting in London to do the scoring and recording.  

Gustavo Santaolalla At The ASCAP I Create Music Expo





Larry McMurtry Interview With Mother Jones





Author and screenwriter Larry McMurtry sat down with Michael Mechanic from the Mother Jones website recently, and talked about a variety of topics.

During the interview, he touches on Brokeback Mountain, the highs and the lows that he went through when Hollywood interpreted his work, his reasons for writing Lonesome Dove, and his reason for returning to the old west for his latest book, The Last Kind Words Saloon.

He even spends some time talking TV, and what shows he, his wife Faye, and his writing partner Diana Osanna have "binge-watched".

Larry McMurtry Interview With Mother Jones







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Tuesday, May 13th, 2014




Gay Marriage in Arkansas




On Saturday morning (5/10/14) an Arkansas clerk began to issue same-sex marriage certificates, marking the first time in a "Dixie state" that gay marriage was legally recognized. 

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza issued a ruling on Friday that a 2004 amendment to the state's constitution violates the rights of gay couples.   This ruling also overturned the 1997 state law that banned gay marriage.  A similar event took place in Virginia, but that decision is being appealed.  In Kentucky a judge ruled that the state must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriage licenses, but they are not issuing their own.  Judge Piazza's ruling has not had an appeal filed against it yet, so the issuing of licenses began right away.

In his statement on his decision, Piazza said that the ban is:  "an unconstitutional attempt to narrow the definition of equality.  The exclusion of a minority for no rational reason is a dangerous precedent."

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said he would appeal the ruling and asked it be suspended during that process.

In all, according to gay-rights groups, more than 70 lawsuits seeking marriage equality are pending in about 30 states. Democratic attorneys general in several states -- including Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Oregon and Kentucky -- have declined to defend same-sex marriage bans.


Gay Marriage in Arkansas







Michael Sam Is The First Openly Gay Football Player Drafted Into The NFL





In February of this year, Michael Sam from Hitchcock, Texas was a promising college football player, and an NFL hopeful.  He also had announced he was gay.  If he were drafted by the NFL when the drafts took place, he would be the first openly gay NFL player.

Last week was draft season, and after some tense moments, it was announced that Michael Sam had been drafted to the Rams.  Sports network ESPN was filming the moment, and when Sam found out he was drafted, he burst into sobs, and turned and hugged and kissed his boyfriend.  ESPN did not edit coverage, letting the kisses (three in total) get aired.

While there was joy in the announcement, there were tense moments before.  Sam's draft took place on the 3rd day of drafts, meaning that two days had passed with Sam being passed over by the teams.   At 6' 2" and 261 pounds, there were some concerns of his size, and what position he would play on any team.  However, as time went on without him being picked, a number of Tweets began to appear on Twitter, suggesting that it was not his size but his homosexuality that was preventing teams from taking him.

It is fitting that the Rams drafted Sam, as they were the first team to break the color barrier of 1946.

Michael Sam Is The First Openly Gay Football Player Drafted Into The NFL







Beverly Hills Hotel Loses $1.5 Million in Boycott






TDS continues to follow the story of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the Dorchester Hotel chain, and the boycotts that have taken place in response to Brunei's new penal code that will result in the stoning of homosexuals.

Dorchester Collection CEO Christopher Cowdray told CNBC that to date the hotel has lost $1.5 million dollars in business since the boycott was enforced.  Pickets and protests continue to influence others from booking stays at the hotel.  Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno, Stephen Fry, Sharon Osbourne, Virgin CEO Richard Branson and Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg were elevated as Los Angeles' mayor and city attorney joined in. Several organizations said they were canceling major events scheduled at the hotels owned by a branch of the Brunei government.

Calls have been made for the hotel chain to 'untangle' itself from Sultan Bolkiah and ties to Brunei.  President of the Hospitality Workers union issued the following statement:  "The Sultan of Brunei is anti-worker, anti-gay and anti-woman," Tom Walsh, president of union said in a statement Tuesday. "We want him out of Beverly Hills and out of the United States. These historic hotels deserve ownership that will respect human rights and the rights of their own workers."

Beverly Hills Hotel Loses $1.5 Million in Boycott






Conchita Wurst Wins Eurovision Contest




On May 10th the annual Eurovision contest took place, and the eventual winner was Conchita Wurst of Austria.  In a competition that included entrants from countries that have anti-gay laws on their books, Wurst, the onstage drag persona of Thomas Neuwirth, performed the power ballad "Rise Like A Phoenix"  and easily won the contest with a total of 290 votes, and became the first winner from Austria since the 1966 competition took place.

Politics reared its ugly head when countries like Armenia, Belarus and Russia circulated petitions in an effort to have Wurst removed from the competition, or at least, edited out of the broadcast.  Some now openly wonder whether or not Wurst's win is political as well, a way for liberal leaning European countries to show their dissatisfaction with the countries that started the petitions, and publicly show their intolerance.  When the Russian entry took to the stage, the audience openly booed them.  In Russia, Wurst's win drew boos in some places where audiences had gathered to watch the contest.

Thomas Neuwirth (Conchita Wurst) refers to himself as 'he' while out of drag, and as 'she' while performing as Conchita Wurst.  When asked about her win, Wurst said:  "For me, my dream came true, but for society it showed me that people want to move on, to look to the future. We said something, we made a statement."

"Rise Like A Phoenix" official music video

Conchita Wurst Wins Eurovision Contest






NOM Takes Further Aim at Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum




NOM (National Organization for Marriage) has turned its attention to the state of Oregon, and taken aim at Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.  NOM claims that the state is rushing to embrace same-sex marriage by changing their marriages licenses to make them gender neutral, and further claims that Rosenblum is not defending the state's law that marriage is defined as between one man and one woman.  Rosenblum has refused to defend the law because on the grounds it runs afoul of federal equal rights protections.  NOM believes if the law is overturned, the state will rush to start gay marriage with the new marriage forms.

The marriage group is seeking to intervene on behalf of NOM members who are a county clerk in Oregon, people involved in the wedding business and voters who approved Measure 36. In each case, though, NOM said it was unsuccessful in getting anyone to publicly attach their name to NOM's legal action because they feared reprisals.  NOM, which has fought same-sex marriage laws around the country, on Friday rejected legal arguments made by Rosenblum and the plaintiffs arguing that the group shouldn't be allowed to intervene.  Rosenblum charged the group filed unreasonably late in the case and doesn't have standing to substitute its judgment for the "chief law officer's conclusions."

"The scheme to accelerate the implementation of the assumed outcome of this collusive lawsuit confirms the imperative that an adversarial intervention is required," NOM wrote.

NOM Takes Further Aim at Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum








Anne Hathaway & Adam Schulman - Bring Back Our Girls





Anne Hathaway is the latest star to rally support for #BringBackOurGirls, a Twitter hashtag campaign for the rescue of more than 200 high school girls kidnapped in Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

High profile celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, have spoken out about the issue, with most of them tweeting pictures alongside a poster with the hashtag. But rather than posting on Twitter, the 31-year-old actress took to the streets of Los Angeles, megaphone in hand.

“These Nigerian girls are part of the five percent of girls that are able to seek an education,” she said to the rallying group and cars waiting in traffic, seen in a video obtained by the Daily Mail. “They were taken from their beds in the middle of the night by cowards. Cowards that will tell them that girls do not deserve an education. Do we agree with these cowards?”

The crowd responded with a fervent “no” while cars honked their horns in the background.

Hubby Adam Shulman was also on the scene showing his support with a poster that read “Bring back our girls”.

Anne Hathaway & Adam Schulman - Bring Back Our Girls





Director Ang Lee Featured for Belfast's 'Friday Night Flicks' in May




Taiwanese-American director Ang Lee has emerged as one of the world's most acclaimed film makers, one of the very few to have been awarded two Best Director Oscars. In May, Friday Night Flicks at the Belfast Free Library will showcase Lee's incredible versatility by presenting three of his very finest films. All of the films are presented free of charge in the Abbott Room, with 7 p.m. show times.

May 2nd featured Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon",  a "wuxia" film, a type of Chinese fantasy epic, into a worldwide sensation. A mix of adventure, action and romance, it became the highest grossing foreign language film in the United States, Britain and many other countries.  May 9th featured "Brokeback Mountain", based on a story by Annie Proulx, and featuring a great cast that included Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhall, Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams, this story of the complicated relationship between two cowhands was both a commercial and critical success.  On May 23, the chosen film is "Life Of Pi". Pi Patel is a young man who finds himself in a most unusual situation; adrift in a lifeboat with one other passenger, a Bengal tiger. The tale of his journey is both a great adventure and a thought provoking philosophical exercise.

Director Ang Lee Featured for Belfast's 'Friday Night Flicks' in May







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Tuesday, May 20th, 2014




Obama Nominates Gay Man as US Ambassador to Vietnam





US President Barack Obama has nominated Ted Osius, who is openly gay, to serve as the new ambassador to the Southeast Asian country of Vietnam.  Osius (right in picture) will be replacing DavidSHEar, who has just become nominated to become the next Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security in the US Department of Defense.

Osius has years of experience to validate his appointment to this position.  Osius was an Associate Professor at the National War College.  He has also been with the US diplomatic offices in Southeast Asia for a number of years.  He has also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U. S. Embassy in Jakarta in Indonesia for three years.  Furthermore, he was Political Minister-Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India from 2006 to 2009; and in Bangkok, Thailand; Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam; and Manila, Philippines.

On the personal side, Osius is married to Clayton Bond.  Bond is an officer with the US Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs.   They have also adopted an infant son.


Obama Nominates Gay Man as US Ambassador to Vietnam







Anti-Gay Thugs Attack Each Other





The European country of Georgia was having a "Family Day" on May 17th.  Many felt that the Orthodox Church organized  it for that day as a thinly veiled excuse to ensure no gay rights activist marched in the name of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

An anti-discrimination bill was being discussed at the Georgian capital, and thousands marched to the capital to protest it.  The bill was a precondition for Georgia joining the European Union, but the church has warned that if the bill is passed, it will pay the way to "legalize gay propaganda."   The march was held on the one year anniversary when pro and anit-gay rights activists clashed, and numbers of people were injured.  Due to this, the majority of LGBTI people stayed at home.

When the crowd began to grow, two men singled each other out.  Both thought the other was gay, when in fact, neither was gay.  The end result was a physical fight after name calling went on.  Both men called each other ‘metraki’  which is the slur "faggot" in Georgia.

Not long after the police arrived and broke up the fight, dragging one of the men away.

Anti-Gay Thugs Attack Each Other







Russian Gays Brave Threats of Violence to Hold Peaceful Protest






Russia is not the safest place for you to be if you are a member of the LGBTI community.  Many stories have been told about the human rights violations that have taken place there since the "anti-gay propaganda" law was passed.  Pride events have been cancelled under threats of violence.

On May 17th, to commemorate the  International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), over 200 members of the LGBTI community got together in a peaceful protest in St. Petersburg.  A group of police surrounded the group, almost 1 officer for each peaceful protester.

The people gathered in a square holding placards calling for peace, love, diversity and tolerance, and after speeches were made, the crowd released hundreds of rainbow balloons.  A number of the protesters showed up in fake beards, a show of support for Eurovision contest winner Conchita Wurst, also known as 'the bearded lady'.

Vitaly Milonov, the infamous Russian lawmaker who co-sponsored the nationwide ‘gay propaganda’ law, tried to get the rally shut down.  When coaches arrived to take the marchers to St. Petersburg, members of extreme right began to throw rocks at them.  During the event, some thugs threw eggs at the participants.  One protester later posted on their social media page that they had been punched in the face.

Following the event, one protester said: ‘Coming to an LGBT action always sobers you up to the realities of our life in Russia today.’


Russian Gays Brave Threats of Violence to Hold Peaceful Protest






Conchita Wurst Laughs Last in Russia




Conchita Wurst, the winner of the most recent Eurovision Song Contest, is having the last laugh.

When she was announced as one of the contestants in the event, Russians started a petition to have her removed from the competition, or at the very least, edited out of the broadcast.  When Wurst was announced as the winner, there were protests in Russia, with men shaving their beards off to show they were 'real men' when compared to the bearded Wurst.  Russia even went so far to ban Conchita Wurst from performing in Russia.

Right now, Wurst is having the last laugh.  Her song (the Eurovision winner) "Rise Like A Phoenix" is the #1 downloaded song in Russia.

That hasn't stopped Russian officials from cancelling a parade for Conchita Wurst, citing:  that there were "concerns [the march] would provoke clashes between gays and their opponents", Mayorov told Interfax that the city's decision rested on their wish to "respect morality in the education of the younger generation".



"Rise Like A Phoenix" official music video

Conchita Wurst and Russia






Gay Man Sues Hypnosis Clinic After It Tried to Turn Him Straight






A gay man from China is looking to sue a hypnosis clinic that tried to turn him straight.

A court in Beijing has agreed to hear the case, the first of its kind in this area of the world, a gay cure organization has never been sued.

Xinyu Piaoxiang, the clinic in Congqing, offered the ‘gay conversion’ hypnosis treatment to the man involved. The plaintiff alleges that not only did the treatment not work, he is now suffering from significant psychological damage.   The suit also includes a Google-like search engine that advertised the clinic.

Homosexuality was officially listed as a mental disorder until 2001, and while that is now changed, many gay people in China feel pressure to be straight, and often fall prey to these types of organizations.

Gay Man Sues Hypnosis Clinic After It Tried to Turn Him Straight








Jake Gyllenhaal’s Thriller ‘Nightcrawler’ Gets U.S. Distribution





Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to Jake Gyllenhaal’s thriller “Nighcrawler,” also starring Rene Russo, Bill Paxton and Riz Ahmed.

The project marks the directorial debut of Dan Gilroy, who wrote “Real Steel” and “The Bourne Legacy.” Gilroy’s script tells the story of a driven man, played by Gyllenhaal, who discovers the nocturnal world of freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles.

Gyllenhaal also produced along with Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Bold Films’ Chairman Michel Litvak and David Lancaster. Bold Films financed and its CEO Gary Michael Walters exec produced with Betsy Danbury.

Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales at Cannes.

“Nightcrawler” was shot in Los Angeles, starting in October. It’s been allocated a $2.3 million production tax credit from the state of California.


Jake Gyllenhaal’s Thriller ‘Nightcrawler’ Gets U.S. Distribution





Australians In Film Heath Ledger Scholarship Finalists Announced




The response by young Australian actors to this year's Australians In Film Heath Ledger Scholarship has been so strong the finalists list has been upped form 15 to 20, AiF said, announcing the finalists Tuesday.  The scholarship, which provides prize packages worth $25,000, aims to provide a bridge for young Aussie actors who have achieved a level of success in Australia to establish themselves as working actors in the U.S.

This years finalists all have significant experience on TV and in indie films in Australia and includes Matilda Brown, the daughter of Australian industry veterans Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward, who has built her own career behind and in front of the camera;  Axle Whitehead, a former Australian Idol finalist who has successfully transitioned to an acting career and Tilda Cobham-Hervey, one of the stars of recent Sundance Film Festival prize winner, 52 Tuesdays.

The scholarship was established in 2008 in honor of the late Academy Award winner, Heath Ledger, and is designed to mirror Ledger’s own experience. Ledger was an ambassador for AiF before his death and the scholarship has the support of the Ledger family and friends.  The winner and runners up of the 2014 AiF Heath ledger Scholarship will be announced at the guilds annual dinner in Los Angeles on June 12.


Australians In Film Heath Ledger Scholarship Finalists Announced









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Tuesday, May 27th, 2014




Where Does Gay Marriage Stand



Monday of last week, Oregon became the 18th state to legalize gay marriage, and the next day, Pennsylvania became the 19th.  In the following days cases were filed against the gay marriage bans in Montana and South Dakota.  This left North Dakota as the only state that has an active ban on gay marriage that is yet to be challenged.

Besides Oregon and Pennsylvania, these states allow gay marriage: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.  Three other states allow civil unions or domestic partnerships for same-sex couples: Colorado, Nevada and Wisconsin.  The most amazing thing about this tide is that half of these states (10) passed their laws since 2013, which shows how quickly support for this issue has grown.

A recent Washington Post/ABC poll shows that 59% of Americans now support gay marriage.

Opponents of gay marriage have watched their number of wins shrink, while their losses in court continue to grow

Where Does Gay Marriage Stand







Canada Refuses Entry Visas to Ugandan LGBTI Activists



Worldpride is an annual event that takes place each year in a different location.  Prior events have been held in Stockholm, Jerusalem, London & Rome.  This year, Worldpride is being held in Toronto, and Canadian immigration is currently refusing to give out some entry visas to the event.

A group of 10 Ugandan LGBTI activists are scheduled to attend Worldpride, but Canadian Immigration Department is refusing to issue them entry visas out of fear that once they are out of Uganda, they will seek asylum in Canada and refuse to return to Uganda, which has strict rules against homosexual activity.

The reasons given for denying them entry visas include a lack of travel histories, being unable to prove they had the money to maintain themselves in Canada, and family ties in Canada and Uganda. Officials told eight of the activists that they did not believe they had a legitimate business purpose in Canada. The Ugandans were seeking to take part in the WorldPride Human Rights Conference which will feature 160 speakers and 400 delegates from more than 40 countries. So far only one Ugandan has been given a visa to attend the conference, and that is Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award winner Frank Mugisha – the conference’s keynote speaker.

In response to this, The Toronto Star stated this in an editorial:  ‘It violates Canada’s Charter of Rights, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. And it contradicts Canada’s forthright condemnation of Uganda’s anti-gay laws. On every count, this is an ill-judged decision.'

Canada Refuses Entry Visas to Ugandan LGBTI Activists







Anti-gay Jamaican Singer Pulled From Concert





Queen Ifrica is a reggae singer and deejay from the hills above Montego Bay, Jamaica.  She is the daughter of ska music legend Derrick Morgan but was raised by her mother and stepfather.  Her career began in her home town in 1995 when she won a talent competition in a local club.  Since then, she has worked her way up to being one of the premier female cultural reggae artists in the business, and has become a staple in cultural reggae events around the world.

Ifrica was to be one of the participants of a concert in NYC called "Invasion of the Queens", but she was pulled from that line-up due to protests over her homophobic lyrics.  After a group of over 200 protestors campaigned outside the concert hall against Queen Ifrica, the manager announced she is no longer on the concert schedule.

In response to the claims of homophobia, Ifrica had this to say: "Like myself, I think they are exercising their right to speak for what they believe in. However, I think it is unfair for them to incriminate me when there is no incrimination there. I simply spoke for what I believed in. They should simply speak from what they believe in but not try to tarnish my character in the process." She went on to say, "I never caused the beheading of anyone. If I did then there would be a problem. Until a member of the gay community can give birth from their union they should not be abrasive to heterosexuals, because they came from that union."
Anti-gay Jamaican Singer Pulled From Concert






Conchita Wurst and Lady Gaga?




After her win at the Eurovision Song contest, Conchita Wurst captured a lot of a attention, but here was one person she couldn't believe she caught the attention of,  Lady Gaga.

Lady Gaga is currently touring in support of her ArtPop CD, calling the tour the "ArtRave Tour".  Gaga has decided that Wurst should join her tour.

Gaga, known for her outrageous outfits and numerous Top 10 hits, is also an LGBTI supporter, lending her name and support to numerous gay causes.  After seeing some of the intolerance that Conchita had to put up with in the wake of her wining the Eurovision contest, she immediately felt that Conchita should have a spot on the ArtRave tour.  Wurst is in talks to open for Gaga when she performs in Instanbul, but Eurovision insiders say that she's been asked to open at other venues as well.

Conchita's "Rise Like A Phoenix" has been at #1 in Russia, and looks set to be in the Top 10 in other European countries soon.


"Rise Like A Phoenix" official music video

Conchita Wurst & Lady Gaga?






San Francisco Club to Change Its Name




The founder of a US club called Trannyshack is to drop the word ‘tranny’ from the name, due to the recent debate surrounding use of the word ‘tranny’.

Founder of the club (Heklina) said in a Facebook post that she hates being political, but that the very name of the club is now a political subject, and rather than fight and offend others, it is best to change the name.  ‘When I started the club (waaaaaay back in 1996) the word tranny did not have the charged weight to it that it has today. Simply put, it was not (arguably) considered a slur word, and not even thought of on the same level as the words dyke or faggot. ‘There are people who might argue this, but I’m sorry it just was not a word thought of as a slur on the same level as today. It was just not. I considered the name transgressive, and cutting edge. ‘Increasingly, and in the past year especially, it’s become clear to me the meaning the word tranny has taken on.

Heklina is not the only person to run into issues with words on this subject.  Drag performer RuPaul has been called out for the use of the word "she-male" on his show RuPaul's Drag Race.   The term was used during a contest where competitors were shown close ups of body parts (legs, breasts) and contestants had to guess if the parts in question belonged to a woman (female) or a drag queen (she-male).  For her part, RuPaul has been unrepentant in her use of the word, saying she's earned the right to use it.

San Francisco Club to Change Its Name








'Southpaw' Movie To Shoot in Pittsburgh





Pittsburg native, director Antoine Fuqua, is returning home to shoot his next film, "Southpaw" which stars Jake Gyllenhaal.

The story (which is set in New York) centers around the main character played by Gyllenhaal.   He's a boxer who who suffers a tragedy that causes his world to come crashing down around him.  He then must pick himself up and fight to put his life back together, and earn the respect of his daughter.

Fuqua has been very busy lately.  He has recently worked with Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman on the film "Olympus Has Fallen", is almost completed with "Brooklyn's Finest" with Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, and Richard Gere.  Fuqua is best know for directing Denzel Washington in his film "Training Day", for which Washington won a best actor Oscar.

The Weinstein Co. is expected to release the movie, which was teased at the Cannes Film Festival during a market presentation in the Cannes Majestic Hotel on Friday. Variety attended and graded some of the strongest and weakest trailers and gave “Southpaw” an A-plus.  The trade publication’s Ramin Setoodeh wrote of a short scene: “It mostly felt like a Nike ad with guys training in the gym. But, on the plus side, Gyllenhaal’s abs have never looked better.”



'Southpaw' Movie To Shoot in Pittsburgh





Heath Ledger As "Friend"




Jessica Gomes is an Australian model who works extensively in Australia and Asian counties.  She is the face of David Jones Limited and has been a spokesperson for LG Electronics and Hyundai.  She is also involved with Estee Launder and Sean Jean.  She has also done voiceover work, and was the voice of Rick Ross' label Maybach Music Group.  She was also in Swimsuit Issues of Sports Illustrated

As a model, she became friends with Gemma Ward, and it was through Ward that she was introduced to Heath Ledger.  The three grew up in the same area of Perth, and later became friends.

Gomes has never talked about her friendship with Heath, and has been very quiet since his death.  However, for a recent interview she choose to open up and talk about her time knowing "The Great Heath Ledger" (as she knows/calls him) and reveals that she had lunch with him the day before he died in NYC.

She also discusses how she would like to work with Ang Lee, and how fellow model/friend Gemma Ward has helped her in general.

Heath Ledger as "Friend"








Life Through The Lens 7 - Sharing Your Photos & Your Talent


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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014




Gay Pride Month






Yes, another pride month is upon us, so I will be using this month's TDS space to spotlight LGBTI trivia, movies, and books.

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Freier Fall / Free Fall




A promising career with the police, a baby on the way -- Marc's (Hanno Koffler) life seems to be right on track. Then he meets fellow policeman Kay (Max Riemelt) and during their regular jogs Marc experiences a never-before-felt sense of ease and effortlessness -- and what it means to fall in love with another man.      Torn between his family and his new feelings for Kay, Marc sees his world careening more and more out    of control. Suddenly, his life is in free fall and Marc realizes that try as he may, he can't make everyone happy. Least of all, himself.

Excerpt from P.H. Davis review.  One of the most talked about gay films of last year, Free Fall has finally been released on DVD by Peccadillo Pictures. It was an unexpected success at the German box office and      has been touted as the German answer to Brokeback Mountain (2006). Directed by Stephen Lacant     (this is his first feature film after a number of shorts), Free Fall has been met with both acclaim for its honest depiction of a gay male relationship and disdain because of its heterosexual point of view of homosexuality, but it is nonetheless compelling. The similarities with Brokeback Mountain aren’t just thematic – the film stars two heterosexual German actors who are at the top of their game in their home country and who have taken a similar professional risk as Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Ang Lee’s film, even more so because the sex scenes between the two actors are far more explicit than the tamer Brokeback.

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Fairyland, A Memoir of My Father - Alysia Abbott





Looking for a new read?  Look no further than "Fairyland - A Memoir of My Father" by Alysia Abbott.

Alysia and her father move to San Francisco in 1973, after the death of her mother.  Once in San Francisco, Abbott's father (Steve Abbott) drops his lie of heterosexuality and begins to live the life he had always wanted.

Alysia assumes this is a reaction to the death of her mother, a decision made out of grief.  After Steve's death in the early 90s, Alysia goes through her father's diaries, and learns the truth.

Excerpt of a review by Alexandra Styron:  Fairyland” is an elegy of sorts, written two decades after a father’s death by a woman who is now a parent herself. Experience, and no small amount of rue, frame Abbott’s narrative, particularly in the final sections of the book. In 1991, Alysia was a senior at New York University when her dying father called her home. AIDS had cut a swath through San Francisco; the community that had once embraced the widower and motherless girl was dying too. In the poet’s final year, Alysia cared for him with the same impatient, imperfect, but abiding love on which she’d been raised. He bequeathed her little but his work, which counts among its lines:

Come morning
I’ll be the only good fairy
Left in town.



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Meet Ryland Whittingdon




When Ryland was born, Ryland's parents (Hillary & Jeff) didn't expect any surprises, but they got one when Ryland was declared deaf at age one.  After the diagnosis and treatment (Ryland got a cochlea implant) the parents assumed that everything was fine at that point, and Ryland would develop as expected.  But the surprises weren't over yet.

After Ryland began to hear and speak, he began to inform everyone that he was a boy, not a girl.   At first Hillary & Jeff assumed that he was a tomboy, and it was a phase he would grow out of.   However, as Ryland continued to age, he refused to be defined as a girl, his parents began to do research.

They discovered that Ryland was transgendered, and they could see how it was affecting his mood and well being.  They also discovered that transgendered youth are 10 times more likely to commit suicide.

Together they came to the decision to do what was best for their child, and that was to raise him as a boy.  They cut his hair short, and began dressing him in boy's clothes.  Ryland's attitude has improved, and he's doing well.

To see a video of Ryland, click the link below.
 

Meet Ryland Whittingdon






Court Rules Baker Can't Deny Gay Customers




Jack Phillips is the owner of Masterpiece Cake in Lakewood, Colorado.  In July of 2012, David Mullins and Charlie Craig walked into his store, and inquired about getting a rainbow wedding cake.  The pair were married in Massachusetts (as Colorado does not allow same-sex marriage) but were planning a celebration for friends and family in Colorado.

Phillips was polite with the potential clients, but when he found out the cake was for a gay wedding, he refused to help them.

They in turn took him to court, and a court in Colorado ruled that Phillips discriminated against them, and that going forward he can't behave this way.

Phillips replied that he would be standing by his convictions, and would continue to turn away any same-sex couples.

Court Rules Baker Can't Deny Gay Customers








The Drowsy Chaperone





Rumors are swirling around about the movie adaptation of "The Drowsy Chaperone".

First we heard that Tony and Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush was on board, then that Tony winner Hugh Jackman was “very interested in it,” and now director Fred Schepisi has revealed that both Les Miz Oscar winner Anne Hathaway and EGOT-er Barbra Streisand could be joining the Aussie actors.

For those who are unfamiliar with this work, the show within a show tells the story of an agoraphobic Broadway fanatic who listens to the cast album for the 1928 musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone. As the recording plays, the characters magically appear in his apartment.

When the play opened in 2006 and played for 674 performances. The production garnered 13 Tony nominations and won four awards, including a Best Featured Actress in a Musical win for Beth Leavel.

The Drowsy Chaperone





8 Little Known Improvisations Heath Ledger Added in His Role as 'The Joker'






Did you know that every time the Joker killed someone in the movie 'The Dark Knight', he never made eye contact while the victim took his last breath? Heath Ledger did this because he wanted to portray the Joker as a ruthless killer that he doesn't care to take another look at them! Even the tendency to stick out his tongue while speaking, was something Ledger had improvised. Here are a few other nuances of the Joker's character that nobody knew was Heath Ledger's idea.

8 Little Known Improvisations Heath Ledger Added in His Role as 'The Joker'








Life Through The Lens 7 - Sharing Your Photos & Your Talent


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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014



Gay Pride Month




Last week's trivia question.......Why is the symbol of the planet Mercury the symbol for transgendered community? The planet Mercury is a symbol used by the transgendered community. The sign for Mercury is a crescent shape and a cross, which represents the male and female principles in harmony in an individual. Additionally, the god Mercury fathered Hermaphroditus, who had both male and female sex organs.

Since there was no TDS last week, here are two questions for you:  Which states have the most and least gay couples?   What was the first U.S. novel to touch on the subject of homosexuality?

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Out In The Dark




(Text from a review by David Rooney for The Hollywood Reporter)

Los Angeles-based, USC-trained Israeli director Michael Mayer makes a gripping feature debut with Out in the Dark, a troubled gay love story between a privileged Tel Aviv lawyer and a Palestinian student that is by turns tender and tense, sensual and suspenseful. In Mayer’s assured hands, a drama that could easily have become schematic instead pulses with urgency, longing and raw feeling, morphing smoothly in its final third into a lean thriller.

Dreamboat Jewish lawyer Roy (Aloni) hits on Nimr at the bar, sparking an easy rapport and mutual attraction that soon leads to romance. A psychology student doing his Masters at Birzeit University, Nimr around the same time is issued a partial visa to study in Tel Aviv, which he eyes as a stepping stone to a Ph.D. at Princeton. But that dream seems more precarious when his flamboyant Arab friend Mustafa (Loai Noufi) is discovered hiding illegally and sent back to the West Bank to be brutally beaten and murdered as a suspected collaborator.

Nimr’s position is complicated by the fact that his brother Nabil (Jameel Khouri) is a member of the hardline extremist group responsible for Mustafa’s death. And while scenes with his mother (Khawlah Haj) and kid sister (Maysa Daw) have a lovely naturalness and warmth, it’s clear that the secret of Nimr’s sexuality is a ticking time-bomb.

Out In The Dark - Toronto Review

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Test




(Text from a review by Steven Farber for The Hollywood Reporter)

In the opening scene of Test, a movie playing at this year’s Outfest, two young male dancers at a party engage in some hostile banter. Frankie (Scott Marlowe) is a quiet, slightly prissy young man who objects to the brazen sexual exploits of the more masculine, devil-may-care Todd (Matthew Risch). As they spar, it isn’t hard to guess that these two are meant for each other. This predictability isn’t meant as a criticism of the movie. After all, when Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell trade barbs in the opening scene of Howard Hawks’ His Girl Friday, we know that their antagonism masks a deep attraction.

The romance is only one part of this ambitious yet unpretentious film. It is set in San Francisco in 1985 and captures the fear raging through the gay community as the AIDS epidemic begins to devastate a lot of people’s lives. The HIV test has just been introduced, and the characters are at first hesitant to be tested because of paranoia surrounding this misunderstood disease. Newspaper headlines talk about the possibility of quarantining HIV-positive men, and when a female dancer notices that her bare-chested male partner is sweating, she asks him to dry himself off before resuming their rehearsal. Gay men on the dating circuit also face new challenges. After years of accepting promiscuity as the new normal, they have to rewrite the rules for their sexual and romantic encounters.

Test movie review

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Forum Members Work on Counting For Thunder






It was the movie Brokeback Mountain that led us all here, and helped forge some fantastic memories and friendships.  Those friendships have led to books being published, AIDS Walks, other charitable works, and now, a movie, as three DCF members (Welles, Sparky & TellYouWhat) are working together on Counting For Thunder.

Counting for Thunder is inspired by the three years when Phillip Irwin Cooper, unlucky in work, money and love, went home to the Gulf Coast of Alabama to help out when his relationship with Caroline, a UCLA college professor, hit the skids and his mother was given a dire medical diagnosis. Working through his past with his complicated family, some old high school chums, and the desperate and hilarious southern characters who grace his hometown, Phillip ultimately finds his own voice as his mother is regaining hers for possibly the last time. Counting for Thunder covers many of the same universal themes of love, life, sex and death as Fried Green Tomatoes. Producer Marsha Oglesby, a former southerner, likes to compare the heart of Counting For Thunder to a couple of other authentic films that found their way to the screen from one-man-shows, Slingblade and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. She feels the piece thematically most resembles Terms of Endearment as played with a mother and son.

Welles is the film's director, screenwriter, producer, and actor.
Sparky is the film's executive producer, set designer and 'non-speaking' actor.
TellYouWhat is the film's associate producer, as well as a 'non-speaking' actor.

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Stuck Rubber Baby





Looking for a new read?  How about a graphic novel that covers the civil rights struggle for black people, and adds homosexuality to the story as well.  Howard Cruse, who gave us the gay serial strip "Wendel" also gives us "Stuck Rubber Baby."

The central character of Stuck Rubber Baby is Toland Polk, a young white working class man who gradually comes to grips with his homosexuality while struggling with his own learned racism and that of his community. Although Cruse drew heavily upon his own experiences as a gay man growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, the story is fictional. In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Cruse said that the story drew on his own experiences in the 1960s and his "anger at the degree to which the ideals of the Civil Rights Era were being abandoned."  In another interview, Cruse stated, "My goal was to create the kind of novel that is too full of incident for someone to simply summarize in their mind in one sentence. I wanted it to be like life, where you spend a year of your life and you can’t just remember everything that happened, but it’s all part of a process."  The book is densely illustrated, using a detailed cross-hatching technique and typically 8–12 panels per page. The story is 210 pages long.

Stuck Rubber Baby was nominated for the American Library Association's Lesbian and Gay Book Award, and for the Lambda Literary Award. It was named "Best Graphic Novel" by the United Kingdom Comic Art Awards and won the 2002 French Prix de la critique. Harvey Pekar wrote that, if enough people read it, "it surely will help convince the general public that comics can appeal to adults." Upon its reprinting in 2011, Comics Alliance wrote that Cruse "harnessed a symphony of discordant subtleties." The book has generated some controversy; in 2004, a Texas citizens' group asked that it be removed from the young adult section of the local library.

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Former Pro Wrestler Comes Out




Pierre Clermont (born January 19, 1941), better known by his ring name Pat Patterson, is a Canadian former professional wrestler. He works for WWE as a creative consultant. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996.  He is credited by WWE as the first Intercontinental Champion.

In 1979, Patterson debuted in the then World Wide Wrestling Federation, working as a heel, under the tutelage of manager The Grand Wizard. As a villain, Patterson's primary feuds were with WWF North American Champion Ted DiBiase and WWF World Champion Bob Backlund.  Patterson retired from wrestling in 1984, and became a color commentator, as well as hosting an interview segment known as "Le brunch de Pat," where he would politely ask questions in English but furtively mock his guests in French. He began working backstage as a road agent and right-hand man to WWF promoter Vince McMahon, and is credited with inventing and booking the Royal Rumble match. In the late 1990s, he also worked in the talent-relations department.

As of April 2014, Patterson is a regular cast member on the WWE Network original reality show Legends' House.  The show features 8 legendary wrestlers living together.  It is during one of these episodes that Patterson comes out as gay, and tells his cast mates that not only did he have to contend with being in the closet for all these years, that he had a 'friend' of 40 years who died of a heart attack.
 
Former Pro Wrestler Comes Out






R&B Singer R. Kelly's Daughter Jaya Is Now His Son Jay




There was a time when R & B singer R. Kelly was known for his music.  After a while, that was eclipsed by a sex scandal as a video surfaced that featured a supposedly underage girl.  He plead not guilty and was found not guilty by a jury.  

After that, Kelly found that his ex-wife was finding fame on the reality TV series, Hollywood Exes.  The cast includes  Nicole Murphy, Ex-wife of comedian/actor Eddie Murphy; engaged to retired NFL and television personality Michael Strahan, Mayte (My-Tay) Garcia , Ex-wife of pop star Prince, Jessica Canseco, Ex-wife of former baseball player Jose Canseco,  Sheree Fletcher, Ex-wife of actor and rapper Will Smith; married to retired NFL Terrell Fletcher,  Andrea Kelly, Ex-wife of R&B singer R. Kelly, Shamicka Lawrence, Ex-wife of comedian/actor Martin Lawrence and Shanna Moakler, Ex-wife of musician Travis Barker.  

Now another family member is making headlines.  Kelly's daughter (Jaya) with Andrea has announced that she's transgendered, and wants to transition to male.  He now goes by the name Jay and says he's got his mother's full support on this.

When asked about his mother's reaction, Jay replies:  "[My mom] was like, 'Baby, you know I love you if you were bi, gay, [lesbian], you name it and I would still love you so much," he wrote on Ask.fm page.  He goes on to reveal that while R. Kelly was unaware of the transformation, that other members in his family were nothing but loving during his coming out stage.

R&B Singer R. Kelly's Daughter Jaya Is Now His Son Jay




Melissa Etheridge Gets Married




Rocker Melissa Etheridge is now a married woman.  The singer wed her partner Linda Wallem on May 31st at  San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California.

The pair said their "I dos" just two days after turning 53.   Before the ceremony, Etheridge tweeted:  "A gorgeous, perfect, beautiful day to get married."    After the ceremony, she tweeted a picture, the first wedding photo, writing, "True love...so blessed. 'By the power invested in me by the state of California...'Thanks."

While this is Etheridge's first time being legally wed, it is not her first time in a relationship that carried the same weight as a marriage.  Etheridge was with Julie Cypher for 6 years (1994-2000) and they had two children.  In 2002, Etheridge began dating actress Tammy Lynn Michaels.  The two had a commitment ceremony on September 20, 2003.  In April 2006, Etheridge and Michaels announced that Michaels was pregnant with twins via an anonymous sperm donor. Michaels gave birth to a daughter, Johnnie Rose, and a son, Miller Steven, on October 17, 2006, but the pair separated in 2010.

Melissa Etheridge Gets Married






Angelina Jolie Puts Her Foot In Her Mouth?





Angelina Jolie, out doing promotions for the new Disney flick in which she stars (Maleficent), may have just put her foot in her mouth during a recent interview.

Jolie was speaking to a Chinese audience, and was asked by a reporter who her favorite Chinese director was.  At this point, Jolie mentioned the Oscar Winning Brokeback Mountain director (Ang Lee) and said this:

"I am not sure if you consider Ang Lee Chinese, he's Taiwanese but he does many Chinese-language films with many Chinese artists and actors, and I think his works and the actors in his films are the ones I am most familiar with and very fond of."

The problem is that China considered Taiwan a "renegade province" of China, and not its own country.  Jolie's statement gives the impression that Taiwan is its own country, separate from China.

"By implying that Taiwan and China are two separate countries, in a moment of excitement, a brilliant woman (Jolie) became a stupid laughingstock," a social media user reportedly wrote.

Angelina Jolie Puts Her Foot In Her Mouth?





The Gyllenhaals on Broadway






Jake Gyllenhaal made his NY stage debut in Nick Payne’s pla If There Is I Haven’t Found it Yet in 2012 at the Roundabout Theatre Company.  Jake is returning to the stage in another Payne creation, a play called Constellations, but this time, he'll be on Broadway.

Constellations tells the story of two strangers who continue to meet by chance under the parallel universe framework of string theory. Press notes describe the piece as “an explosive new play about the boundless potential of a first encounter, free will, and friendship.”

He is not the only Gyllenhaal to be on Broadway, his sister Maggie is set to star with Cynthia Nixon and Ewan McGregor in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, due to begin in October.

The Gyllenhaals on Broadway







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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014




Gay Pride Month




Yes, another pride month is upon us, so I will be using this month's TDS space to spotlight LGBTI trivia, movies, and books.

If you have a book, movie or story that you would like to see given a spotlight in TDS for the month of June, please feel free to post in the Respond to The Daily Sheet thread and let me know.

If you attend a pride event and take pics, please feel free to share them in the "Life Through The Lens" thread, I'll make sure they get posted about in TDS.

And now, the answers to last week's questions, and this week's question.   

Which states have the most and least gay couples?   The state with the most gay couples is California, with approximately 92,138. The state with the least gay couples in North Dakota, with approximately 703 couples.    What was the first U.S. novel to touch on the subject of homosexuality?  Bayard Taylor’s 1870 Joseph and His Friend.
This week's question:  What was the first lesbian organization in the United States?

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Forum Members Work on Counting For Thunder



After last week's story on Counting For Thunder, TellYouWhat, Sparky, and Welles all stopped by the Respond To The Daily Sheet thread to disucss this project, and thank forum members for support.  Anyone who hasn't seen the posts, please go to the Respond section.  In an effort to support them all, I am re-running last week's story on them and the movie.  Please click their Facebook page, as well as their Kickstarter page for more information.

It was the movie Brokeback Mountain that led us all here, and helped forge some fantastic memories and friendships.  Those friendships have led to books being published, AIDS Walks, other charitable works, and now, a movie, as three DCF members (Welles, Sparky & TellYouWhat) are working together on Counting For Thunder.

Counting for Thunder is inspired by the three years when Phillip Irwin Cooper, unlucky in work, money and love, went home to the Gulf Coast of Alabama to help out when his relationship with Caroline, a UCLA college professor, hit the skids and his mother was given a dire medical diagnosis. Working through his past with his complicated family, some old high school chums, and the desperate and hilarious southern characters who grace his hometown, Phillip ultimately finds his own voice as his mother is regaining hers for possibly the last time. Counting for Thunder covers many of the same universal themes of love, life, sex and death as Fried Green Tomatoes. Producer Marsha Oglesby, a former southerner, likes to compare the heart of Counting For Thunder to a couple of other authentic films that found their way to the screen from one-man-shows, Slingblade and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. She feels the piece thematically most resembles Terms of Endearment as played with a mother and son.

Welles is the film's director, screenwriter, producer, and actor.
Sparky is the film's executive producer, set designer and 'non-speaking' actor.
TellYouWhat is the film's associate producer, as well as a 'non-speaking' actor.

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Jeffrey






From the witty, whimsical mind of acclaimed writer Paul Rudnick (In & Out, Addams Family Values) and celebrated stage director Christopher Ashley comes a hilarious, star-studded, boy-meets-boy romantic comedy! The cast includes Steven Weber, Patrick Stewart, Michael T. Weiss, Bryan Batt, Oscar nominee Sigourney Weaver, Golden Globe nominee Nathan Lane and Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis.  Together they help tell the story of dating, relationships and love in the age of AIDS. Disenchanted with the not-so-romantic side of safe-sex, sweet, single and obsessive Jeffrey (Weber) vows to become completely celibate! No sooner has he sworn off sex than he meets hunky, sensitive Steve (Weiss). But just as passion starts to ignite, Steve reveals some earth-shattering information, leaving Jeffrey to choose between losing the man of his dreams or taking a risk on what just might be true love!

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A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples




Laws affecting LGBT couples are changing rapidly, and while it's an exciting time for all gay and lesbian partners, keeping up with the myriad ways the shifting legal landscape touches your family life can be daunting. Now more than ever, it's important that you take the proper legal steps to define and protect your relationship in the eyes of the law. If you don't, you run the risk of being shut out of each other's lives -- and the lives of children you co-parent -- in times of medical, financial or personal crisis.

Fortunately, this practical guide is updated with the latest legal information and legislation that will help you and your same-sex partner protect and exercise your rights, and make sound decisions as a couple.

A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples covers:

. making practical decisions about living together
. planning for medical emergencies -- making medical decisions for one another and taking care of each other's finances when one partner is incapacitated
. domestic partner benefits and how to obtain them
. buying property together
. providing for each other upon death
. practical and legal aspects of having and raising children
. marriage laws for all 50 states

The updated edition provides the latest information on same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships. Plus, create essential legal documents using the step-by-step instructions included.

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President Obama To Sign Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees




The White House has just announced that President Obama plans to sign an executive order to protect 16 million Americans against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  This major show of support from the president comes as a bit of a surprise, as just a few months ago the White House cited congress’ stalemated Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) as the reason an executive order to the same effect would be “redundant.”

There are some that feel this move from the president is meant to show dis-satisfaction with congress and the speed with which they didn't handle ENDA.  Republicans in congress slowed action on this matter to a crawl.

The mandate affects Federal contractors, which employ more than 20 percent of the American workforce.  The Federal government does business with some big fish, and the immediate consequences of Obama’s order are substantial.  For instance, Exxon Mobile shareholders have voted down an anti-discrimination policy for LGBT employees a staggering 17 times, and has held the lowest spot on the HRC’s corporate equality index for years.  Now the oil giant will be forced to offer protections to its LGBT employees and prospective hires.  And all it took was a signature.

This also sends a clear message to companies with hopes of ever doing business with the government: shape up and protect LGBT employees or kiss that contract goodbye.

President Obama To Sign Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees






Allstate Introduces Gay Commercial




Allstate Insurance is following in the footsteps of Honey Maid and Hotwire with a poignant, gay-inclusive new ad campaign.

The "Safe In My Hands" commercial was released as part of Allstate's 2014 #OutHoldingHands Pride Month effort and features a soundtrack by singer-songwriter Eli Lieb. Unlike other gay-themed ads, however, "Safe In My Hands" uses a unique metaphor as a stand-in for homosexuality: the ad's animated protagonist has an oversized hand which causes him to be ostracized from his peers while riding public transit and on the sports field.

Fortunately, there's a happy ending in store for our big-handed hero.

"Being visible should never leave you feeling vulnerable," the ad concludes. "Everyone deserves to be in good hands."

The clip is just one part of the #OutHoldingHands campaign, which asks users to submit photos of themselves "showing affection out in public" on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag.


Allstate Introduces Gay Commercial








Blues Song Inspires McMurtry



Not quite five years ago, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry greeted the arrival of his novel "Rhino Ranch" by saying it would be his last, his fiction-writing finale. But last month McMurtry released his 46th book. It, too, is a novel, titled "The Last Kind Words Saloon."

"The title is ripped off from a very legendary blues (song) called the 'Last Kind Words Blues,'" McMurtry said. "There was just a piece in The New York Times Magazine about that record, that song, on April 13. It's just legendary. There were only two copies of it for a long time. It was recorded in Wisconsin. I liked the title. So, I decided to see if I could make something with it, and I did. It was just an accident. That's what inspired it."

Fellow Texas author Jay Milner often told his students at Southern Methodist University that McMurtry wrote better about women than any contemporary male writer he knew. McMurtry's books sizzle with compelling female characters, from Patsy Carpenter in "Moving On" to Jill Peel in "All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers" to Aurora Greenway in "Terms of Endearment."   McMurtry has heard the praise before but says, "I don't think it's that hard to do. I mean, look at 'Anna Karenina.' (Leo) Tolstoy was not a woman, but he wrote some of the best books involving women. You just have to have a little imagination." As it turns out, McMurtry says he will soon write a book about his life with females titled "62 Women."

He lives with three at his primary residence in Tucson, Ariz.: his wife of three years, the former Norma Faye Kesey, widow of celebrated author Ken Kesey; his writing partner Diana Ossana -- with whom he won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for "Brokeback Mountain" -- and Ossana's niece.

Blues Song Inspires McMurtry





Michelle Williams, Marilyn Monroe, and Cabaret



There are certain shows you know are a hit, just by the electricity in the air when you step into the theater. The Roundabout's revival of "Cabaret" at Studio 54 is one of those shows. You can tell people are excited to be there, in part to schmooze in the orchestra level (set with actual cabaret tables, where they serve noshes und schnapps und such), in part to see "The Good Wife's" Alan Cumming and in part to see the intriguing Michelle Williams in her Broadway (and musical) debut.

A Montana native, Williams was nominated for an Academy Award for "Brokeback Mountain," "Blue Valentine" and her transformative performance as Marilyn Monroe in "My Week With Marilyn" (she won a Golden Globe). She's unexpectedly shy, soft-spoken, almost fragile, perhaps still smarting from the media feeding frenzy when Heath Ledger, her daughter's father, died in 2008.

In a full interview at the link below, Williams offers a variety of answers to questions posed by Joseph Amodio.  In one question, he asks about playing Marilyn, and if it helped with her role in Cabaret.  Williams' answer:

Up till this point, Marilyn is the most death-defying act of stupidity or risk-taking -- depending on how you look at it -- I've ever undertaken. It really stretched my capacity of what kind of pressure I could bear. I wouldn't have been able to do this show if I hadn't done Marilyn before.

Michelle Williams says playing Marilyn Monroe prepared her for 'Cabaret' role









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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014




Gay Pride Month




As of the weekend, gay pride month is officially over.  I hope that you all, whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, queer, inter-sex, or straight-supporter, found something that affected you this month, and made you feel proud to be a part of the gay community.

To our straight suppoters, thank you, because without your help, we wouldn't have come as far as we have.

There is one last matter to handle, lst week's trivia question, which was:  What was the first lesbian organization in the United States?  The first lesbian organization in the United States was formed in 1955. Called the Daughters of Bilitis, it was founded in San Francisco by Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon.  Del & Phyllis became a couple three years prior, in 1952.  They were together for decades, and were the first gay couple to be married in San Francisco in February of 2004.  That marriage was later voided by the Supreme Court, however, in California gay marriage was legalized in June of 2008, and once again, Del and Phyllis were the first gay couple to be married.  Just two months later (in August)  Del Martin died due to complications of a bone fracture, she was 87 and Phyllis Lyon was at her side.

Please note, as I am traveling next week, there will not be an issue of TDS posted.  It will return the week of July 15th.

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Congrats to Cast/Crew of Counting For Thunder




We are very happy to let you know that the final push through Kickstarted for Counting For Thunder was a success.  Hoping to hit a goal of $20,000.00, the kickstarter campaign surpassed that by $555.00.

We ask that Sparky, Phillip and Ellen continue to give us updates.  When the film is ready for release, you can discuss it in the Most Anticipated Next Film thread.

Counting for Thunder is inspired by the three years when Phillip Irwin Cooper, unlucky in work, money and love, went home to the Gulf Coast of Alabama to help out when his relationship with Caroline, a UCLA college professor, hit the skids and his mother was given a dire medical diagnosis. Working through his past with his complicated family, some old high school chums, and the desperate and hilarious southern characters who grace his hometown, Phillip ultimately finds his own voice as his mother is regaining hers for possibly the last time. Counting for Thunder covers many of the same universal themes of love, life, sex and death as Fried Green Tomatoes. Producer Marsha Oglesby, a former southerner, likes to compare the heart of Counting For Thunder to a couple of other authentic films that found their way to the screen from one-man-shows, Slingblade and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. She feels the piece thematically most resembles Terms of Endearment as played with a mother and son.

Welles is the film's director, screenwriter, producer, and actor.
Sparky is the film's executive producer, set designer and 'non-speaking' actor.
TellYouWhat is the film's associate producer, as well as a 'non-speaking' actor.

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Demi Lovato and Her Grandfather




The LGBTQI network Logo recently held their "Trailblazers" special, to honor people of note in the gay community during pride month.

One of the performers to be asked to present an award that night was pop singer Demi Lovato.  Demi got her start on TV with the Disney Corporation.  Since 2009, she's also been able to score 7 Top 40 hits, and has gone out on tour in support of those hits.

At the Trailblazers awards, when Demi reached the podium, she had this to say:

"I've never spoken about this before, but my grandfather was a trailblazer himself.  He was brave enough to come out in the 1960s, and I feel a lot of my spirit has come from him. He passed away a few years later, and I only wish he could have seen all the progress that has been made.  Because of this, it's such an honor to be welcomed and embraced by the LGBT community."

After the Trailblazers show, Demi Lovato went to pride celebrations.  She was a grand marshal for the NYC pride parade, and later performed for everyone, singing her hits "Skyscraper", "Heart Attack", and "Neon Lights".


Demi Lovato and Her Grandfather






South Carolina Police Chief Back On The Job





Crystal Moore was the police chief in Latta, South Carolina, and she was fired in April of 2014, after 23 years of service.  Not long before she was fired, the Mayor of Latta was overheard making homophobic comments during a phone conversation.

When Moore went public with the firing, the town's population of 1,350 rallied behind Moore, and voiced their support with Moore getting her job back.  Residents voted 328-147 last week to change the town form of government from "mayor strong" to "council strong." That paved the way for a 6-0 council vote Friday night to endorse the change and rehire Moore as police chief.  Moore took the oath of office as police chief at the meeting, attended by more than 100 people.

Mayor Earl Bullard, who hired a new chief last week, was entitled to vote but did not attend the meeting, according to Moore and council member Jarett Taylor.  Bullard has denied firing Moore because she’s gay. He has said she was removed as chief because she failed to maintain order and questioned authority. The mayor did not respond Monday to a request for comment.  The council voted Friday to invalidate a contract Bullard signed last week with a new police chief. The new chief was notified Friday and did not show up to claim the job Monday, Taylor said.





South Carolina Police Chief Back On The Job






Transgender Officer Fired in Connecticut




Francesca Quaranta is a transgendered police officer in the town of Middletown, in Connecticut.  In 2012, Quaranta decided to out herself to her fellow officers, and she told them she's transgendered.  It was at that point that everything went downhill.

"They made my life a living hell and nightmare to create the situation we're in today. The system totally failed me and it has completely destroyed my life," Quaranta said Monday. "I never should have told them. I was naive to think they would adjust." Quaranta said that after she came out, there were numerous instances where she was harassed or discriminated against in the workplace.  She later went on to accuse the city's investigation for not reviewing her reports or complaints.  She filed a complaint last year with the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities that is still pending.

Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew sent a letter to Quaranta last week informing her that she was fired effective immediately for failing a fitness for duty evaluation, refusing to undergo a second evaluation, rejecting the city's repeated attempts to return her to work and other factors. Drew said the firing was for administrative, not disciplinary, reasons.  The mayor's letter came several months after the city's own investigation by its human resources department rejected Quaranta's discrimination allegations. "She has refused to avail herself of the opportunities we presented to get her back to work," Drew told The Associated Press on Monday.


Transgender Officer Fired in Connecticut






Remembering The Upstairs Lounge Fire




41 years ago, on June 24th, a nightclub fire in New Orleans took the lives of 32 people and injured scores more, however, until recently, the tragedy was mostly overlooked.

The Upstairs Lounge was a gay night spot, and the final night of gay pride celebrations were taking place.  During the festivities, a buzzer sounded for the door, and when it was opened, it revealed that the stairwell was engulfed in flames.  While some were able to escape, others were not as fortunate.  One memorable picture from the night is an image of Reverend Bill Larson of the MCC.  Trapped at a window behind iron bars, he clung to the bars until he died, and his charred remains were visible to onlookers for hours afterwards.

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the fire, and since then a book, a musical, and a movie are all being (or have been) released.

"Upstairs", my musical tragedy commemorating the fire and honoring its victims premiered last year in New Orleans to sold-out audiences, as part of the 40th anniversary memorials and Pride events. A portion of the musical is now playing at the West Village Musical Theatre Festival in New York.   A new book, "The Up Stairs Lounge Arson: Thirty-Two Deaths in a Louisiana Gay Bar", released just last month, is the most extensively-researched and carefully-told history of the subject.  And "Upstairs Inferno", a documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Robert Camina is currently in post-production.



Remembering The Upstairs Lounge Fire








Linda Cardellini is Getting Busy




Brokies know Linda Cardellini best as Cassie, the waitress that falls for Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain.

Since then, Cardellini has kept herself busy with other projects, specifically with her work on Mad Men.   However, she has stated that she wants to return to comedic acting, and the actress may soon be getting just what she hoped for. Warner Bros. is reportedly in the early stages of making a new live action Scooby Doo sequel, one that could have Cardellini reprise her role as Velma in the 2002 movie Scooby-Doo and the 2004 sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.

But even if she doesn’t get the role, Cardellini has a big slate of work ahead of her. The 38-year-old actress has already signed on for the latest original offering from Netflix, a yet-to-be-named thriller from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler. The show focuses on a family of adult siblings who are forced to face their not-so-perfect past when their black sheep oldest brother returns home.



Linda Cardellini is Getting Busy





Jake Gyllenhaal in Demolition?




Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to star in “The Dallas Buyers Club” helmer Jean-Marc Vallee’s next pic, “Demolition.”

The drama is a co-production between Black Label Media and Mr. Mudd with John Malkovich and Lianne Halfon producing for their Mr. Mudd banner and Thad and Trent Luckinbill and Molly Smith producing for Black Label Media.

Script was written by Bryan Sipe and tells the story of an investment banker struggling to understand his emotional disconnect after the tragic death of his wife. He begins to tear apart his life in a effort to see where he went wrong and is ultimately rescued by a woman he meets in a chance encounter.



Jake Gyllenhaal in Demoltion









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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014






Ian Thorpe Comes Out




Australian Olympian Ian Thorpe was known as "The Thorpedo" when he competed in the 2012 Olympics in swimming.  When he retired, he had won a total of five Olympic gold medals, three silvers, and one bronze, and setting 22 world records.  2012 also saw the release of his autobiography (This Is Me) in which he claimed to be straight, that all of his relationships were straight, and he was looking forward to starting a family after retiring.

This month, Thorpe admitted in an British interview that he is indeed gay.  He initially denied it out of fear of letting down his family and fans:  "I wanted to make my family proud. I wanted to make my nation proud of me. And part of me didn't know if Australia wanted its champion to be gay," he said. "But I'm telling not only Australia, but I'm telling the world, that I am."

He states he came out after some thought: "I felt the lie had become so big that I didn't want people to question my integrity," he said. "And a little bit of ego comes into this; I didn't want people to question ... have I lied about everything?"  "I'm comfortable saying I'm a gay man," he said. "And I don't want young people to feel the same way that I did. You can grow up, you can be comfortable and you can be gay."


Ian Thorpe Comes Out








Two Dads Pic Goes Viral





Photographer Lindsay Foster has made a living for herself photographing births.  After finding out that a friend of hers was about to be a surrogate for a couple who was unable to have a baby on their own, Foster offered to photograph the event for them.  It wasn't until after the adoptive couple agreed that Foster found out they were a same-sex couple, a pair of men who wanted to be fathers.

Foster and the dads (Frankie and BJ) were unable to meet until the day of the birth, and when the time came, they all converged, celebrating that little Milo was going to be born during World Pride.

Foster posted an image of an emotional moment, when Milo was handed to Frankie & BJ for the first time, and the reaction on the fathers' faces.

The picture went viral very quickly, spreading across social media.  While the majority of comments were positive, there were some negative ones as well.  Frankie & BJ have accepted all comments graciously, stating that the positive ones far outweigh the negative ones.

Two Dads Pic Goes Viral






Chris Christie:  Fight Against Gay Marriage





New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was always against gay marriage, and even vetoed the measure when it crossed his desk.  Later on, the NJ Supreme Court made gay marriage legal for the state, a move Christie was not happy about.

In recent times, a number of Republican governors have come forward for gay marriage, believing the tide of successes can't be turned.  Chris Christie is not one of them, and in fact, he is opening urging Republicans to fight back against gay marriage.

"I don’t think that there’s going to be some major referee who’s going to say now it’s time to stop,” Christie told reporters at the National Governors Association in Nashville on Saturday. “Certainly I’m not going to, because these are opinions that I feel strongly about.”  Christie -- who said the debate over gay marriage "is a settled issue" in his state -- said the issue of gay marriage would be resolved "over a period of time, but do I think it’s resolved now? No.

The Republican Party's current official platform calls for a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as "the union of one man and one woman," while formally supporting Republican-led campaigns to make the same change in state constitutions, the AP reports..



Chris Christie:  Fight Against Gay Marriage






Hobby Lobby Targets Transgendered Employee




Meggan Sommerville is a transgendered woman, and a 16 year employee of Hobby Lobby.  This chain was in the news when the Supreme Court of the US decided that they did not have to provide birth control as part of their medical benefits.  Now, it seems as if Hobby Lobby is aiming at transgendered people.

Sommerville, a Hobby Lobby frameshop manager in Aurora, Illinois, has for years been shut out of the store’s bathroom because her boss insists that, as a trans woman, she cannot use the facilities. She is pressing a discrimination case with the Illinois Human Rights Commission, contending that the ban is both insulting and illegal under state laws barring discrimination in both employment and in public accommodations.

Sommerville fully transitioned in 2010, legally changing her name.  However, Hobby Lobby bosses insisted that she is not allowed to use the women's room, even after all the proper steps that Sommerville took. 

The experience that pushed Sommerville to take legal action was the humiliation of being “caught” using the gender-appropriate bathroom and then receiving “a written warning of insubordination”—a reprimand for acting like the woman she was.

Hobby Lobby Targets Transgendered Employee






Lesbian's Rapist Gets 7 Years




A Westmeath chef who raped a young woman after inviting her back to his apartment for a party has been given a seven year sentence.   Samir Mansour (48) had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the woman at his then apartment at Windmill Hill, Prospect, Dublin Road, Mullingar on January 8, 2010.

Prosecutors told the court that the then 20-year-old woman had been out socialising before going to a nightclub where she  met Mansour who suggested they go back to his apartment where he was having a few friends over.  The woman told him she was gay and Mansour told her he was also gay but she was not inclined to believe him. They got a taxi back to the apartment where he cooked for her and there was “risque” material on the television.

Mansour changed completely, became aggressive and grabbed her by the arms. She bit him on the chest but he easily overpowered her and manhandled her into a bedroom where he raped her.  Afterwards he told her he was sorry and asked if they could still be friends.  She agreed in order to placate him and rang her father as soon as she left the apartment.  Gardai were alerted and she was taken to a sexual assault treatment unit.

Lesbian's Rapist Gets 7 Years








Michael Pitt on Michelle Williams




In a recent interview, actor Michael Pitt recalled his days as Henry Parker, a recurring character on the teen drama Dawson's Creek.  In the interview, he talks about cast mate Michelle Williams and how she (in his words) took him under her wing.

"When I met Michelle Williams, I flew down there and she took me under her wing.  I was, like, living a double life. I was living in the projects in Fort Greene [Brooklyn] on my own since I was 15. I lived in this place that was kind of Murder Avenue. You were happy when people got shot because it meant that the cops came around."

"So I was going from this world where I didn't even have a TV and had to tell [the network] not to send a limo because one limo driver got f---ed up in front of my house.  I'm going back and forth between these two worlds. I didn't want them to know—I felt like, 'Oh my God, if these people know something like that, they'll fire me.'"

"Michelle Williams, when I got down there, did something that was really amazing.  She drove me to the bookstore and she just went through the bookstore and said, 'You gotta read this, this, and this.'"

Pitt is now 33, and has become best known for playing Jimmy Darmody on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Up next, he stars in new sci-fi movie, I Origins.


Michael Pitt on Michelle Williams






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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014






Vikings Coach Priefer Suspended For 3 Games




TDS in the past has done stories on Chris Kluwe, the Vikings football player who is straight, but a strong supporter for gay rights.  In the past he had taken to twitter to post arguments or rebuttals to anti-gay comments made by others.   Recently, he was released from the team after making accusations against Vikings coach Mike Preifer, saying that he had made anti-gay statements, and that it was Preifer who targeted Kluwe for release due to his pro-gay stances.  Kluwe is also suing the Vikings over his release.

It's now been revealed that an investigation has confirmed what Chris Kluwe said, that Preifer had indeed made anti-gay comments.  Preifer has since issued an apology that reads (in part):

“I owe an apology to many people: the Wilf family, the Minnesota Vikings organization and fans, my family, the LGBT community, Chris Kluwe and anyone else that I offended with my insensitive remark.  I regret what has occurred and what I said. I am extremely sorry but I will learn from this situation and will work on educating others to create more tolerance and respect.”   According to Kluwe (and another player who know verifies it) Preifer said:   “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.”

Kluwe is not dropping his lawsuit against the Vikings, and is seeking damages of over $10 million dollars.



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Seattle Fugitive Caught in NJ





Officials in West Orange and Essex County, NJ have confirmed that they've taken Ali Muhammed Brown (29) into custody on Friday.   He is a suspect in the murders of two gay men that he met at club after meeting online through the Apps Jack'd or Grindr.

Brown is homeless, and law enforcement is working on getting him extradited back to Washington state so he can face two counts of aggravated murder.  He allegedly shot both Dwone Anderson-You and Ahmed Said (23 and 27) on June 1st.  Their bodies were found on the street outside the home of one of the victims.  The attack happened only minutes after they left the bar.

Brown managed to skip town and evade Seattle investigators for several weeks as they searched for him in western Washington. He headed East to his home state of New Jersey

The motive behind their violent death, described by prosecutors as “extremely violent, senseless and seemingly unprovoked,” is not clear, but detectives are looking at the killings as a possible hate crime because Anderson-Young and Said were gay. It’s believed Brown met Said on a social-networking app such as Jack’d or Grindr to meet other gay men.   A conviction for aggravated murder can mean life in prison without parole or the death penalty, but King County prosecutors will not consider the death penalty until he’s extradited back to Seattle.


Seattle Fugitive Caught in NJ






Straight Business Students Are Crashing Gay Job Fairs





As we all know, the job market is difficult these days.  While the economy is recovering, there are still a number of people unemployed, all interviewing for a limited number of jobs.  One of the new trends that's developed is that staight business students are finding themselves at job fairs aimed at the LGBT community.

Matt Kidd, executive director of Reaching Out MBA, said only one of the 15 students from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business who attended the conference in New Orleans last year was openly gay.  That one student actually went to vendors and introdcued himself repeatedly as "the actual gay guy" so that he would be able to get information on the businesses, instead of just the briefer information given to his classmates.

This was originally set up to let young LGBT students learn of businesses and their policies regarding their LGBT employes, such has health coverage, job protections, and other policies.

Some people don't see the "crashing" as an issue, as companies want to be diverse, and not hire 'only straight' or 'only gay' staff.  However, Reaching Out MBA will now restrict how students can sign up for the conference. Students will be asked to write about why they want to attend or to sign up through their campus LGBT student groups, which he says will vet conference prospects.

Straight Business Students Are Crashing Gay Job Fairs






A Mother Defends Her Transgender Child




Debi Jackson was at the Plaza two months ago, and decided to be on the Listen To Your Mother show.  The show has women telling 5 minute stories about motherhood,  but can be on any range of topics, such as single motherhood, divorce, funny, or serious stories.  Jackson decided to use her 5 minutes to talk about her daughter, who was born her son.

Jackson's daughter is now 7, but her parents allowed her to transition when she was 4.

“I had a message from a friend that said, ‘Hey, did you know you are on the Huffington Post?’ I had no idea. When I went to see it, I went to look at the YouTube page,” Jackson said, “It had gone from a hundred video views to several thousand, just like that, in a matter of hours.”  Jackson says.

The video got a boost when pop star Ricky Martin tweeted about it to his followers.

Debi Jackson video

A Mother Defends Her Transgender Child






Lesbians Told "Move or Die"




Following a break-in during which their wedding photographs were destroyed, a lesbian couple were told to “move or die”, in letters scrawled across a wall.

Thieves broke into the lesbian couple’s home in Kalamazoo, Michigan, stole items, destroyed the photos and wrote anti-gay slurs on the walls.  Included in the messages written in graffiti on the walls were “move or die”, and other messages.

LGBT rights organisations have urged authorities to treat this as a hate crime, saying it is clear the couple were targeted because they are gay.  Authorities said there are currently no suspects, and that they are unable to pursue them as a hate crime, as Michigan law protects people against crimes based on their “race, color, religion, gender, or national origin”, but not sexual orientation or gender identity.
 

Lesbians Told "Move or Die"








Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway, Brie Larson Don Drag for Music Video




Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway and Brie Larson are now in the music video business and make some pretty stellar (and kind of creepy) drag kings.  The "Twilight" alum, 24, "Les Misérables" star, 31, and "Community" actress, 24, teamed up with former Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis to shoot her "Just One of the Guys" music video (Note: Link contains crude language), and the result is girl band meets boy band.

The video opens with her in a psychedelic rainbow suit being backed by the trio plus the Like's Tennessee Thomas on drums. The women are barefoot in white suits and sing along. Stewart and Larson play bass and Hathaway plays a keytar.  Then Lewis brings back the Adidas track suit. At the chorus, the women sing along just before donning farcical mustaches, wigs, baseball caps and the track jackets -- the only time we'll likely ever see these girls in such get-ups.

Stewart and Larson get Bieber-like wigs, Thomas gets a blond chin puff and Hathaway has a rat tail. Turns out the rat tail was all Hathaway's idea: "Deep character exploration," Lewis said. "Her dude is a bit more Backstreet Boy than the rest. Melancholy Backstreet Boy is what I think she was going for -- he really feels things deeply and break dances.


Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway, Brie Larson Don Drag for Music Video






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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014






Predatory Tow Truck Driver Arrested




Jason Combs is a tow truck driver who lives in Florida, and was recently arrested for what has been described as "predatory towing".

What Combs had done was get a group of others to watch a certain area during June 5-9 in Orlando.  This time is commonly known as "Gay Days", when many gay vistors come to the attractions together.  Based on what his 'watchers' told him, Combs would then target and tow the cars of LGBT visitors.

During that time, Combs towed over 100 cars, all of them owned by gay/lesbian people.  According to Cpl. Rick Schmeltzer; "With many of these people, their cars were towed within 5, 10 15 minutes [of parking].  This was total predator towing. There's really no other word for it."

The company Combs works for (ASAP Towing) made more than $16,000.00 off of the tows.

Combs has been arrested on 29 counts of grand theft auto.  Additionally, the Sentinel reports, ASAP Towing violated Florida law both by towing the cars to a location more than 10 miles away, and by charging drives a $40 gate fee, which is not permitted under state law.

According to reports, Combs was involved with the same activity at last year's Gay Days as well.

Predatory Tow Truck Driver Arrested








HIV On The Rise Among Young Gay/Bisexual Men





In a new disturbing trend, the Center For Disease Control released a recent study that shows that diagnosis of HIV in gay men (and those who identify as bisexual) is on the rise again, with a recent increase by almost 133%.  The ages of the men tested ranged from 13-24.

That number is a much higher increase than the trend among older gay and bisexual men, and quite stark from the one-third drop in diagnoses among the general population. Previous CDC studies also found a 22 percent increase in new HIV infections among these men between 2008 and 2010, and youth aged 13 to 24 accounted for more than one in four new HIV infections in the US in 2010.

While there are no certain answers as to why this is happening,  Amy Lansky, an HIV researcher at the CDC, was willing to give a list of 5 possible reasons.  Any one of them could be the reason, however it's most likely that all 5 reasons are factors in this trend.

HIV On The Rise Among Young Gay/Bisexual Men






Bosnian Model Comes Out as Transgender





Andreja Pejic, was born in Bosnia and became a supermodel who earned fame due to his androgyny, but now Andreja has come out as transgender.  She announced on social media that she has officially transitioned from male to female, and she says that doing so has saved her life.

Pejic goes on to say: “As a transgender woman I hope to show that after transition (a life-saving process) one can be happy and successful in their new chapter without having to alienate their past.  I think we all evolve as we get older and that’s normal but I like to think that my recent transition hasn’t made me into a different individual. Same person, no difference at all just a different sex, I hope you can all understand that.”
 
The Australian-raised beauty, who, as Andrej Pejic, has graced the covers of Serbian Elle and French Vogue and modeled everything from Jean-Paul Gaultier tuxedo jackets to Rosa Clara bridal gowns, has been helping break ground for a widening field of transgender models for years. Though she was previously listed as a male model with agencies around the world, she walked both the male and female Gaultier runways in 2011.

Pejic has received an outpouring of support, most notably from Jenny Boylan (a noted transgender memoirist),  Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox, actor Wilson Cruz and Janet Mock, activist and “Redefining Realness” author.


Bosnian Model Comes Out as Transgender






Hillary Clinton Mocked by President Yoweri Museveni  




Hillary Clinton released her memoirs recently, titled Hard Choices.  In it she discusses a number of events she's experienced, one of them being mocked by President Yoweri Museveni when she tried to discuss Ugandan's anti-gay laws.

She took her concerns to Museveni after the 2011 murder of Ugandan LGBT rights campaigner David Kato.  Kato was murdered by police, Ugandan officials said he was shot after a robbery, but Mrs. Clinton called it "an execution".  Museveni spoke with Clinton, and then mocked her after she expressed her concerns on the matter.

“David was killed in what police said was a robbery but it was more likely an execution.  Like many people in Uganda and around the world, I was appalled that the police and government had done little to protect David after public calls for his murder. But this was about more than police incompetence.  It was the result of a nationwide campaign to suppress LGBT people by any means necessary, and the government was part of it”.

Since this event, the US announced that it had cut aid to Uganda, imposed visa restrictions, and cancelled a regional military exercise because of the Anti-Homosexuality Act.


Hillary Clinton Mocked by President Yoweri Museveni  






Michele Bachmann Slams Gay Agenda




Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) made a 2012 run for President, and lately has begun to tease about a 2016 run.  She has a 'shoot from the hip' style of answer when it comes to her interviews, and that often gets her into trouble.

Most recently it happened during an interview on the radio program “Faith & Liberty Talk Show,” which is hosted by Dave Garrison.   Garrison asked Bachmann about gay people being intolerant towards those who disagree with them, specifically when the LGBT community wins a battle.  Bachman agreed with this, and then went on a tangent that ended with this:

"And they (the gay community) also believe that they have the right . . . to determine on a near daily basis what their agenda is. Today, the big push is on transgender, and so they’re continuing to push us down this the road. I believe that we’re going to see coming an effort for multiples in marriage. Not just two, but multiples in marriage. I think they want to legalize that. I think also they want to abolish age-of-consent laws, which means . . . we would do away with statutory-rape laws so that adults would be able to freely prey on little children sexually. That’s the deviance that we’re seeing embraced in our culture today.”
 
The mere possibility of a Bachmann candidacy guarantees that we’ll hear these words being tossed back at her, likely from a less-sympathetic interviewer than she found on “Faith and Liberty.”

Michele Bachmann Slams Gay Agenda





Michelle Williams Extends Run




Since first winning over audiences as Jen Lindley on the hit TV show Dawson’s Creek, Williams has built an extensive film resume with roles in Brokeback Mountain (Oscar nomination), Synecdoche, New York, Blue Valentine (Oscar nomination), Shutter Island, I’m Not There, Take This Waltz, My Week with Marilyn (Oscar nomination) and Oz the Great and Powerful. On stage, Williams appeared off-Broadway in Smelling a Rat and Tracy Letts' Killer Joe and in Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard opposite Jessica Chastain at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

She made her Broadway debut in Cabaret, and it's been recently announced that she's extending her stay as Sally Bowles.   She was originally scheduled to leave earlier, however she'll now have the role until November 9th.

Cabaret transforms the legendary Studio 54 into the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy 1930s Berlin nightclub where a young English cabaret performer (Williams) encounters an American writer (Heck), under the watchful eye of a zealous Master of Ceremonies (Cumming).








Nightcrawler Trailer




Jake Gyllenhaal isn’t blue, doesn’t have pointy ears, and can’t teleport in the new trailer for his creepy thriller “Nightcrawler.” What Gyllenhaal does have is a “Taxi Driver” vibe and a smile that might send shivers down your spine.
  
 Gyllenhaal reminds me of a Dwight Schrute that went a little too far down the rabbit hole. There’s a fine line between being a go-getter and being a maniac.
  
Nightcrawler” is the story of a crime photo journalist in Los Angeles. He pushes harder and harder in an attempt to further his career, and ends up becoming obsessed.
  
Nightcrawler” also stars Rene Russo and Bill Paxton.


Nightcrawler Trailer






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Tuesday, August 5th, 2014






Violence Against Transgender Women in Baltimore




Mia Henderson is described by friends as:  "a good girl, soft-spoken, harmless, she wouldn’t hurt a fly." They are now left wondering why someone would murder Mia, who was born a male, but transitioned to a woman.

Her body was found in an alley in north-west Baltimore, and many are wondering if she was the victim of a hate-crime.  Mia was the second Trans-woman murdered in a 6 week time-frame.  Both Henderson, 26, and Hall, 40, were black, both were born biologically male but had transitioned to living as women. Both were murdered in relatively isolated locations. Both bodies were discovered in the early morning, Hall’s on 3 June, Henderson’s on 16 July. Hall had been stabbed, and though police have yet to reveal the cause of Henderson’s death, they have indicated that both women suffered massive trauma, suggesting frenzied attacks.

For a few days after Henderson’s murder there was a ripple of media attention, fueled by the revelation that the victim’s brother was Reggie Bullock, a player with the NBA’s LA Clippers. But it didn’t last long. Baltimore took note of her death and moved on.  It leaves Mia's friends, a tight-knit band of transgendered women, wondering why Mia has been overlooked? “When other folk are killed, you know all about it,” said Michele Moore, 31. “But where are the flowers, where are the candles and cuddly toys for Mia? Where are the leaflets asking people to come forward with information? There’s none of that.”



Violence Against Transgender Women in Baltimore








Anna Paquin & Larry King Discuss Bisexuality





Larry King has interviewed numerous people over the years, and has questioned them on many topics.  Recently, he sat down with actress Anna Paquin, and during this interview, Paquin found herself educating King.

Larry started on questions with her role on True Blood.  After that, he started to ask her about marriage and children, and this led to him to question her about her bisexuality.  Paquin came out as bisexual in 2010, and later married her husband.  She's since given birth two twins.

King asked if Paquin was a "non-practicing bisexual", and after her answer, he states "but you were bisexual", which prompted Paquin to respond this way:  "Well, I don’t think it’s a past-tense thing."  She later adds,  "Are you still straight if you are with somebody — if you were to break up with them or if they were to die, it doesn’t prevent your sexuality from existing. It doesn’t really work like that."

Paquin has been making the media rounds discussing True Blood and her tweets from Pride in which she said she was a “proud married bisexual mother.”

Anna Paquin & Larry King Discuss Bisexuality






Will Constantine Be "Straight-Washed"?





John Constantine is an antihero appearing in comic books published by DC Comics.  He serves as the lead character of the comic books Hellblazer (1988–2013) and Constantine (2013–).  The titular Hellblazer, Constantine is a working class magician, occult detective and con man stationed in London. He is known for his endless cynicism, deadpan snarking, ruthless cunning and constant chain smoking, but is also a passionate humanist driven by a heartfelt desire to do some good in his life.  The Hellblazer series was the longest-running and most successful title of DC's Vertigo imprint.

A new TV series based on this character (called Constantine) is being worked on, and was discussed at the recent Comic Con with the shows producers.  However, the producers were not prepared for the online debate regarding Constantine's sexuality.  In the comics, Constantine is bisexual, but many fans believe that he'll be "straight-washed" for the TV series.

At Comic Con, when a fan stood and asked about Constantine's sexuality, producer David Goyer replied:  “Yes but my point, it was about 12 years into the character's history. It’s not like he was introduced... it happened 12 years later.”  During the conversation, Goyer said the show “never said Constantine wasn’t bisexual. He just isn’t getting out of bed with a man in the pilot.” The producer’s seemingly contradictory statements on Constantine’s sexuality left many wanting a solid answer.



Will Constantine Be "Straight-Washed"?






A Father Puts on His FB Page That Gays Should Be "Machine-gunned"




A father who posted comments on a newspaper's Facebook post saying gay people should be 'machine gunned' has denied being homophobic.

Under a story about a gay pride event, Paul Gair said that gay people were c***s who should be shot.

When he was arrested, however, he claimed that he wasn't homophobic and put the hate-filled rant down to having a bad day.

In the post under an article about northern Pride in Newcastle, Gair wrote: "If your parents were faggots, you horrible gay c***s wouldn't of [sic] been born! Should be lined up and machine gunned, vile disgusting c***s!"

The 42-year-old from Kilburn Green, Gateshead, posted in another message that gay people should be 'slaughtered'.


A Father Puts on His FB Page That Gays Should Be "Machine-gunned"






State Gay Marriage Bans Face Largest Attack Yet





The broadest attack yet on states' gay marriage bans will be Wednesday in a packed courtroom in downtown Cincinnati, where lawyers challenging four states' prohibitions will stand shoulder to shoulder in hopes of convincing a three-judge panel that the bans are unconstitutional.

The states – Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee – have so far waged their battles separately, fighting to uphold the bans that voters years ago embraced. Each state faces slightly different challenges filed by same-sex couples, including the right to adopt children as a couple, to have their names placed on a partner's death certificate and to have their marriages – performed legally elsewhere – recognized in the states they call home, where same-sex marriage is illegal.
 

State Gay Marriage Bans Face Largest Attack Yet






Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey in New Interstellar Trailer





They say that ignorance is bliss, and that certainly seems to be the philosophy of Matthew McConaughey's character Cooper in Interstellar if the new trailer for the film is any guide. He tells his fellow space cadet, played by Anne Hathaway, he decided not to tell his children about his mission to leave the galaxy and save mankind as he wanted to make them 'feels safe,' despite them living on an Earth ravaged by famine and environmental damage.

The Les Miserables actress is shocked when he explains he left without explaining himself, asking him: 'Couldn't you have told her you're going to save the world?'  He sagely replies: 'No. When you become a parent one thing becomes really clear, and that is you want to make sure your children feel safe.'
Reassuringly Anne tells him: 'Love is the one thing that transcends time and space.'

Earlier Cooper, who is a father of a boy and girl, is shown telling his daughter, 'we have to fix this before I go,' before insisting he would return from his mysterious journey.  Oscar winner Matthew leads a star-studded cast in the new Christopher Nolan popcorn movie, with Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck and the English director's favourite old warhorse Michael Caine also appearing.
 

Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey in New Interstellar Trailer






Interview With Naomi Foner





When Naomi Foner first wrote the film "Very Good Girls" years ago, it was based on her own experiences as well as those of women close to her, including her daughter, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Now, she's hoping it resonates with scores of other women -- her two young granddaughters, Gyllenhaal's daughters with actor Peter Sarsgaard, who also appears in the film.

"I do hope that my granddaughters will see it and understand it," she told ABC News. "I had this fantasy that mothers and daughters would go see this movie together."

"Very Good Girls," a coming-of-age story starring Elizabeth Olsen and Daokta Fanning, explores the friendship between two adolescent girls who are lusting after the same young man, played by Olsen's real-life fiancé, actor Boyd Holbrook. The person who helped clarify Holbrook's character? Foner's son, actor Jake Gyllenhaal.




Interview With Naomi Foner






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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014






Christian Singer Vicky Beeching Comes Out




Vicky Beeching is one of the top Christian recording acts today, in both the UK and US.  She's 35 years old, and sent shock waves through the Christian music scene when she admitted that she is a lesbian, and said:  "I feel certain God loves me just the way I am."

In an interview, Beeching recounted being 12 years old, and crying in her bedroom alone because she was not developing crushes on boys, but girls instead.  At 13 she went to confession and spoke to a priest.  She confessed about her feelings and he said a prayer of absolution about it, and offered no other help.

At age 16 she was at a revival, and went up to the stage, to ask for help with her same-sex feelings.   She had hands placed on her, people chanted and sang, people spoke in tongues, and asked for the demons that possessed her to let her go.  However, that exorcism didn't work, and Beeching still had her same-sex feelings.

She also talked about her recording career, and how she would be hired to sing at rallies that ended up collecting signatures for anti-gay marriage petitions, and the fact that her recording contract had a 'morality code' in it, which could've destroyed her career and prevented her from coming out.



Christian Singer Vicky Beeching Comes Out








Gay Teen's Eye Donation Refused





Alexander Betts Jr. was 16 years old, and being bullied mercilessly at school.  He was gay, he was a mixed-race child, and had a cleft lip.  Unable to take it any more, he committed suicide.

As he lay in the bed on life support, his mother was left to carry out his last wishes, which were to have his organs donated to others.  However, because of Betts' sexual orientation, A Food and Drug Administration’s guidance for donor eligibility says men who have had sex with men in the past five years “should” be ruled as “ineligible” for donating certain tissues, labeling their behavior a “risk factor.”

Betts' mother was shocked that her son's organs could be rejected just because he's gay.  However, recipients were willing to take some of the organs, and In Betts’s case, his liver, lungs, kidneys and heart all found recipients.  However, the young man's eyes were rejected.

Unlike blood, as long as a recipient gives consent to any associated potential risks (such as HIV transmission) after counseling, certain organs can be donated. But because his mother could not confirm to the donor network that her son hadn’t been sexually active in the five years before his death, Betts’s eyes were rejected.

Gay Teen's Eye Donation Refused






GOP Super PAC Plans Gay-Rights Push





Election time is around the corner, and there is a new Super Pac that is tied to hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer.  This Pac (American Unity) plans to spend at least $2 million between now and Election Day to boost congressional candidates who share its views in favor of gay rights.

This push from American Unity is coming after a string of small victories, where they were able to help pro gay-marriage politicians survive challenges in their primaries, all of the politicians were considered 'vulnerable' due to their pro gay-rights stance.

American Unity has drawn up a list of 7 politicians they plan to back in the fall, and could add more to the roster.  The super PAC already has spent $700,000 in a congressional primary this year to help Republican Rep. Richard Hanna beat back a Tea Party-backed challenger in upstate New York. Hanna, a two-term incumbent, backs a federal bill to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.

In all, the group has raised nearly $9 million through its three branches — a super PAC, the tax-exempt arm focused on policy issues and a third group that organizes donors to support candidates.

GOP Super PAC Plans Gay-Rights Push






Westboro Baptists to Picket Robin Williams' Funeral




The Westboro Baptist church, known for their "God Hates Fags" signs and protests of funerals, has announced that they will be picketing comedian Robin Williams' funeral, because he played a gay man in the movie The Birdcage.

Robin Williams passed away on Monday, after a long bout with depression.  The Williams family has done their best to keep details about the funeral private, but the church has announced they will protest the actor's memorial service.

A message posted on the group's official Twitter.com page reads: 'Westboro Baptist Church Hopes To Preach In Lawful Proximity To Robin Williams' Funeral - To Warn The Living: Repent Or Likewise Perish.'

However, organizers at the global non-profit organization Planting Peace have launched a fundraiser to counter the church's plans.  A message from co-founder Aaron Jackson reads: "Robin Williams played many different roles in so many people's lives, and giving back to others was at the top of that list.


Westboro Baptists to Picket Robin Williams' Funeral






Giovanni's Room To Reopen




Giovanni's Room is the oldest bookstore in the US.  In May of this year, it was stated that the store would be closing down, another victim of online book-buying and e-books.

Prior owner Ed Hermance had been operating the store at a loss for years, and was looking for a buyer, and wanted to go into retirement.  In recent years, Hermance never got a paycheck for his work at the store.

It has been recently announced that the store has been purchased by an LGBT organization, and they intend to keep it open as a bookstore.

1973 Tom Weinberg, Dan Sherbo, Bern Boylethe founded Giovanni’s Room in the heart of Philadelphia. In the years since its opening the bookstore has become a cultural mainstay both for Philadelphia’s gay community, but also for those visiting the city and looking for a jumping off point. The 3,000 sq. ft. store is staffed entirely by community volunteers, and Hermance has expressed his desire to remain similarly involved after the lease is signed over August 1.

Giovanni's Room To Reopen





Heath Ledger - 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked




Now, before anyone gets upset, let me say that this 'article' is not a news source, it's a blog where someone is posting their opinions.

They opted to look at the work of Heath Ledger, and then decided which of the performances he's done were his Top 5, and which were his bottom 5.

Where do you think A Knight's Tale is on the list?  Brokeback Mountain?  Candy? 

Here is a challenge to you!  Click the link below, read the reviews, and then come to "Let's Get Serious About Heath" thread, and give us your opinions!

Heath Ledger - 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014



Smithsonian Adds LGBT History To Its Museum Collection




The Smithsonian Institution has announced that they are adding LGBT historical papers to their collection.   Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being collected, including items from the popular TV show "Will and Grace."

Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC are donating objects to the National Museum of American History. The collection includes original scripts, casting ideas, political memorabilia surrounding the show and the series finale. The network agreed to donate props, including a pill bottle and flask, a sign from "Grace Adler Interior Design" and Will Truman's framed college diploma.

The donation is part of larger effort to document gay and lesbian history, an area that has not been well understood at the museum. Curators are collecting materials from LGBT political, sports and cultural history objects from Arizona to Maryland.

Some items being donated include the diplomatic passports of Ambassador David Huebner, the first openly gay U.S. ambassador confirmed by the Senate, and his husband; materials from a gay community center in Baltimore; and photography collections from Patsy Lynch and Silvia Ros documenting gay rights activism.

From sports history, the museum will receive a tennis racket from former professional player Renee Richards who won a landmark New York Supreme Court decision for transgender rights after she was denied entry to the U.S. Open in 1975.


Smithsonian Adds LGBT History To Its Museum Collection







Former Miss Spain Comes Out





Patricia Yurena is a two-time Miss Spain winner, and was last year's runner up in the Miss Universe contest.  As of last week, she is now the face of the LGBT movement in Spain after coming out in an impulsive manner.

Yurena posted a picture to her Instagram account, which featured her and her girlfriend, DJ Vanessa Cortes, gazing into each others' eyes while on a bed.

The photo was captioned:  "Romeo & Juliet".

“I published the picture completely spontaneously and in an impulsive manner. Thank you for all your support and most importantly that you are happy with my happiness,” the 24-year-old said in a subsequent post.  Yurena followed it with another snapshot of her and Cortes looking at the camera.




Former Miss Spain Comes Out








New Dr. Who Season Opens with Lesbian Kiss





Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television programme produced by the BBC between 1963 and the present day. The programme depicts the adventures of the Doctor, a Time Lord—a time-travelling humanoid alien. He explores the universe in his TARDIS, a sentient time-travelling space ship. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, which was a common sight in Britain in 1963 when the series first aired. Along with a succession of companions, the Doctor faces a variety of foes while working to save civilisations, help ordinary people, and right wrongs.

Last night the new season of Dr. Who started, and the episode (titled Deep Breath) featured a lesbian kiss between Silurian lizard-woman Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and her human wife Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) – the first time they have done so on screen.  The pair have recurred on the show since 2011 and have long been portrayed as lovers.

Although the episode has received a generally positive reaction from fans, some have attacked the “unnecessary” kiss and they show’s “blatant gay agenda”.  One reviewer wrote: “Found those characters that liked to display their preferences to be inappropriate for a children’s program, but the BBC seem to want to become a porn channel and are slowly edging into it.


New Dr. Who Season Opens with Lesbian Kiss






Health Care Concerns for Gay Couples





The number of states that allows gay marriage continues rise, but there are still a larger number of states that don't allow gay marriage, and the issue of health care is a major concern for gay couples in those states.

For many couples, there is the question of whether or not a hospital will allow a same-sex partner to visit or stay with them, even though they are  not legally married.

Currently there are cases being heard in both Indiana and Wisconsin, and on Monday crowds of supporters attended rallies in both states and then boarded Chicago-bound buses to support Niki Quasney  and Amy Sandler.  Quasney and Sandler are suing for the right to marry or to have their out-of-state marriages recognized. They argue that powers of attorney and domestic partner registries don't guarantee they'll be allowed to make critical end-of-life or life-saving decisions.

Judges have overturned numerous states' gay marriage bans since last summer, when the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. Same-sex marriage is now legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia, and the remaining state bans all face legal challenges..

Health Care Concerns for Gay Couples






Gender Reassignment Surgery Through Obamacare




Devin Payne was a husband and father of four, who had no health insurance.  He had little need for it.   Things changed when Payne decided he could no longer live as a man, and began to transition to a woman.

Payne grew out her hair and nails, started wearing female clothes, and go through therapy, and living life as a woman.  Once those steps were completed, the next step was surgery, which was a problem considering that Payne had no health coverage.

After some searching, Payne learned in the fall that she might qualify for subsidies through the state’s new insurance marketplace, Covered California, because her income fell under the limit of $46,000 a year. She eagerly signed up in March for a Blue Shield plan for about $230 a month, and began making preparations for the surgery that would change her life.

This fell into place for Payne due to "Obamacare", and there have been other benefits to the transgendered community that have not been talked about.  Getting jobs that offer insurance often has been difficult for transgender people  and the cost of purchasing plans on the private market can be prohibitive. Some have been  denied policies altogether after being diagnosed with “gender identity disorder,” often considered a pre-existing condition.  Without insurance, many people were unable to afford the hormones, surgeries and counseling needed to complete their transition. Nor would they have been covered in the event of surgical complications, which can include infections.

Now, federal law prohibits health insurance companies from discriminating against transgender people, and it bars insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions. That makes it possible for more transgender people to purchase private plans. And in states that expanded their Medicaid programs, those with low incomes may get free coverage.

Gender Reassignment Surgery Through Obamacare







Life After House of Cards




Actress Kate Mara was enjoying her role on the Netflix series House of Cards, but for two years she was sitting on a plot twist of a secret.  In the show's third year, her character (Zoe Barnes) would be killed by being pushed in front of a DC subway.

While she is no longer associated with the show, Mara went out on a high note, getting very positive reviews on her portrayal of Barnes, and even getting an Emmy nod this year, although she lost to Allison Janney in Masters of Sex.  Now that her time with House of Cards is over, what is next for Kate Mara?

Well, there are no worries for her, she's got a very busy schedule ahead.  She'll be moving back to the big screen, playing The Invisible Girl in the next Fantastic Four movie.  Super hero movies are doing well at the box office, and Fox is hoping that Fantastic Four will be a blockbuster for 2015.  Fox is so confident in its success that a sequal has already been given the green light, with Mara reprising her role.

On top of that, Mara will star in veteran director Jerry Jameson’s Captive, where she will play a drug-addicted single mother.  She's also doing voice-over work for the Adult Swim series Robot Chicken, and will also be featured in Comedy Central’s upcoming animated series Moonbeam City. The 1980s police comedy follows a sleazy cop (Rob Lowe) in a town that looks straight out of Miami Vice, with Mara voicing young rising cop Chrysalis.
 

Life After House of Cards











Reading of The Lost Boy




Broadway's Matt Doyle (Book Of Mormon), Jen Cody (Shrek), Sheffield Chastain (Is He Dead?) and Roberta Maxwell (Brokeback Mountain) will star in a industry reading of Ron Pallilo's play, The Lost Boy at the Manhattan Theatre Club Studios, 311 West 43rd St. The Lost Boy will be performed Sept. 15th at 6:30 pm and on Sept. 16th at 12:30pm.

Drama Desk Nominee Tony Speciale, who recently directed the Barry Manilow musical Harmony, will direct the Manhattan reading. Producers are Lawrence Leritz (Boobs! The Musical) and Dominic Paolillo.

Complete casting for The Lost Boy will be announced shortly.

The Lost Boy tells the compelling story of a well-known author, who in the shadow of his own international writing success, confronts his haunted past, his brother's untimely death, a family that has scorned him, and his own dissatisfaction with the illusions of fame and fortune.

The play originally premiered Oct. 28, 2005 at the Helen Hayes Theater Company in Nyack, NY.
 

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