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The Daily Sheet January - April 2018
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Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018



Brokeback Opera Comes to New York

Years ago, Brokies congregated in Spain to see the opera version of Brokeback Mountain.  The image to the left features the stars of that production, Tom Randle and Daniel Okulitch.  It was wondered if the opera would go on the road, and appear in the United States.  It was later confirmed that NYC would see the opera,  but the date was not determined.

The libretto for Brokeback Mountain was written by Annie Proulx herself, following a period of persuasion to take on a medium she had never attempted. The wisdom of such a collaboration was borne out by the results: in language distilled to that which can be sung onstage, the story’s details and themes remain intact, but the method of its telling required significant changes.

SCHEDULE -  May 31 7:30PM,  June 2 2:00PM,  June 3 4:00PM,  June 4 7:30PM, 
LOCATION - Jazz At Lincoln Center's Rose Theater - 10 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10019 

Tickets can be purchased here:

NYC Opera

Visit the forum thread about this event here.  Attendee  list has been updated/added to the thread.

Brokeback Mountain Opera-New York City, May 31 and June 2–4, 2018




Brokeback Mountain Play Coming Soon

The London stage production of Brokeback Mountain is officially underway. The show, which was first announced in 2015, is based on the short story of the same name, which was later adapted into a film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger.

We all know the story by now. In 1963, two young men, Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, are hired for the summer to look after sheep at a remote grazing range on Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming. Unexpectedly, alone in the wilderness, they form an intense emotional and physical bond that will change their lives forever. And over the next twenty years, as their separate lives play out through marriages, children and dead-end jobs, they long to be together, back on Brokeback Mountain, in a place where there are no secrets, only each other.

The show's official Twitter account posted an image of the script, revealing that production is underway.

Brokeback Mountain Play Coming Soon

Visit the forum thread about this event here.

Brokeback Play - London Gathering?




Gay Sign Hung Outside Mike Pence's Home

Mike Pence's Colorado neighbours made sure to give the US Vice President a warm welcome at his holiday home in Aspen this week after hanging a 'Make American Gay Again' sign outside his home.  Some local residents made their stance on equality clear as they hung a rainbow flag bearing the slogan outside the house where the notoriously anti-gay evangenlical politician has been staying with his wife ovr the holidays.

"You couldn't miss it", Pitkin County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Buglione told The Aspen Times of the flag, which was draped over the stone pillars outside the gateway to Pence's house.

Buglione added that one of his deputies had been present when a man staying in one of the neighbouring homes came to the end of the driveway to put the flag up.

"He was real sheepish and thought he might be confronted by the Secret Service or deputies who'd tell him he couldn't do it," DiSalvo said.

Gay Sign Hung Outside Mike Pence's Home




Lesbian Couple Wins Case Against Bakers

After an Oregon bakery made the public choice to refuse service to a same-sex couple, a judge’s decision has ruled against the Christian bakers. Consider this a win for the LGBTQA+ community!

The case was between lesbian couple Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, and Sweet Cakes by Melissa owners Aaron and Melissa Klein, who told the couple they would not accept their request to bake their wedding cake because they are “abominations.” The court’s ruling will uphold the fine against the bakery for blatant discrimination.

In 2013, when the bakery refused service to the couple, Cryer and Bowman filed a complaint against the business because discrimination of sexual orientation is, and was at the time, banned in Oregon. Their complaint won in Oregon courts, and the Kleins were ordered to pay $135,000 in damages. The Kleins appealed and argued that their free speech was being violated.

Lesbian Couple Wins Case Against Bakers




Transgender America: 10 Best and Worst Moments of 2017

Three years ago, the outlook for transgender people in America was optimistic: Time Magazine announced the "Transgender Tipping Point" in May of 2014, as pop culture milestones and minor legal victories were falling into place at a pace that suggested more substantial victories would not be far behind.

But by 2015, the anti-transgender backlash had already begun – and today, the optimism of 2014 seems like a distant dream. The anti-LGBT groups who first put transgender people in the state-level crosshairs now hold sway in the White House, and they have been using their power to make life hell for a community that was already living in legal purgatory. But even these dire circumstances, transgender people have made genuine gains, both cultural and political. The Trump administration's actions may have delayed full equality, but the progress made in 2017 proves that it won't be out of reach for long .

Here are the five best and worst moments of a year that saw the transgender community persisting under unprecedented political pressure.

Transgender America: 10 Best and Worst Moments of 2017



Hong Kong's Gender Queer Bodybuilder

Gender queer bodybuilder Siu-fung Law was part of Hong Kong’s successful bid team to win the 2022 Gay Games.  Hong Kong will become the first Asian city to host the world’s biggest international sporting and cultural event featuring athletes and artists with different sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, in what is hoped will be a catalyst for LGBTI rights across Asia.

Siu-fung was born female and is socially male. He hasn’t had sex reassignment surgery and competes in the female bodybuilding category.  He tells of his experience as a transgender athlete, the struggle for transgender equality in Hong Kong and his hopes for the Gay Games.

‘Bodybuilding is a paradoxical sport when it comes to gender. It creates the biggest muscular women but at the same time regulates what femininity is,’ he said.

Hong Kong's Gender Queer Bodybuilder





LGBT ‘Ally’ Training: Don’t Assume

Kent State University’s instructions for aspiring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender “allies” instructs trainees to avoid assuming that men and women in committed heterosexual relationships are actually heterosexual.

“Do not assume the sexual orientation of another person even when that person is married or in a committed relationship,” the instructions read. “Many bisexuals, and even some gay men and lesbians, are in heterosexual relationships.”

It is unclear if the advice applies to those who are in homosexual relationships as well, i.e., if “allies” should also not presume that two men in a sexual relationship are gay.

Among the other tidbits of advice given to those who wish to be allies: “Use the words gay, lesbian, bisexual or queer instead of homosexual. The overwhelming majority of LGBTQ people do not identify with or use the word homosexual to describe themselves.”

LGBT ‘Ally’ Training: Don’t Assume





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Tuesday, January 9th, 2018



Heath Ledger to be honoured at G‘Day USA Gala

Late Australian acting legend Heath Ledger to be honoured at G‘Day USA Gala in Los Angeles… 10 years after the star‘s untimely death

In January it will be 10 years since acting legend Heath Ledger died.  And the former Australian star will be honoured next month in Los Angeles at the prestigious G‘Day USA Gala.  According to, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made the announcement at the official launch for the gala in Sydney on Friday.

Heath was just 28 when he passed away from an accidental overdose in 2008 leaving behind a then two-year-old daughter, Matilda.

Heath began his acting career in the early 90s in TV roles and soon became a household name thanks to starring in 10 Things I Hate About You.  He went on to appear in 19 films, including Candy, Brokeback Mountain and A Knight‘s Tale.  One of his iconic last movies was The Dark Knight, where he played The Joker.

Heath Ledger to be honoured at G‘Day USA Gala




India's Gay Prince Opens His Palace to LGBT People

A gay Indian prince has opened up his 15-acre palace grounds to vulnerable LGBT people and is said to be constructing more buildings to house visitors.  Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, who is the son and probable heir of the Maharaja of Rajpipla in Gujarat in western India, will run the centre with his organisation The Lakshya Trust.

The royal, who was ostracised by his family after coming out publically in 2006, started the community based organisation to support gay men and educate people about the prevention of HIV/Aids.

Homosexuality remains a big taboo in Indian society and sex between people of the same gender is punishable by law in the country.  The controversial Section 377 of the country’s penal code bans sexual activity that is “against the order of nature” and many have interpreted the wording to include gay sex.

India's Gay Prince Opens His Palace to LGBT People




Lesbian Brutally Murdered

Kerrice Lewis, 23, was shot and locked in the boot of a car before it was set on fire, police have said.  On 28 December, police responded to reports of gunfire on Adrian Street and at around 7.30pm found a vehicle on fire.

After the fire was extinguished, officers found the woman with gunshot wounds, unconscious.  Once emergency services arrived they found “no signs consistent with life.”  According to neighbours, multiple gunshots were heard before the fire was seen.

Lewis was heard screaming as she tried to escape from the car boot, according to reports.   The victim was orphaned when she was 11 and was raised by her grandparents.  Speaking to Huffington Post, her grandfather William Sharp said “her mother died of a brain aneurysm and her father was tragically murdered up in the D.C. area.”

Lesbian Brutally Murdered




Would Marvel Not Allow Gambit to be Bisexual?

In 2012, Marvel Comics released their character's (Gambit) most recent ongoing series launched by writer James Asmus and artist Clay Mann (working with inker Seth Mann and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg).   In that series, Asmus tried to reveal that Gambit was a bisexual male.

Rich Johnston asked Asmus about this back in 2015 and he got the answer straight from the horse’s mouth:

"It’s true that I was interested in revealing Gambit to be bisexual in our series – with us first seeing him seduce a man on one of his missions, and soon thereafter meeting a member of the thieves guild Gambit previously had a more significant relationship with in his pre-X-Men debut. I never got past pitching the first part, though, as word came down we wouldn’t be redefining the character as such.

A few important disclaimers, though… first, I have no idea how high or low on the totem pole that decision was made, or for what reasons – but my editor on the book was the fabulous Daniel Ketcham who is an out man and prominent voice for LBGT diversity in comics."


Would Marvel Not Allow Gambit to be Bisexual?




Transgender Woman Says Jail Awaits In Uzbekistan

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Uzbekistan face deep-rooted homophobia, discrimination, and the threat of violence, activists and human rights defenders say.

And so it was for K., as she identifies herself for security reasons, a transgender woman who says she indeed faced death threats back home in Uzbekistan.  She was detained in Tashkent by Uzbek police and security forces four times between 2014 and 2017.  Each time, they demanded that K. out other members of the LGBT community, and when she refused she was brutally beaten.

"I was beaten badly. After five or six days [of such abuse] you just lie there," the 26-year-old K. tells RFE/RL's Belarus Service in an interview from Minsk.

Transgender Woman Says Jail Awaits In Uzbekistan



Male, female or X

Washington state residents who don’t identify as male or female will soon be able to choose X as their gender on birth certificates.  Starting January 27, they will be able to identify as male, female or X on birth certificates. The policy lets Washingtonians change existing documents; it does not apply to new ones.

The rule, announced Thursday by the state Department of Health, defines X as the following:

A gender that is not exclusively male or female, including, but not limited to, intersex, agender, amalgagender, androgynous, bigender, demigender, female-to-male, genderfluid, genderqueer, male-to-female, neutrois, nonbinary, pangender, third sex, transgender, transsexual, Two Spirit, and unspecified.

For adults seeking to change their birth certificate from male to female or vice versa, the rule removes an existing requirement of a doctor’s letter. Minors who want to change their designation must have written consent of their parent or legal guardian and documentation from a licensed health care professional.

Male, female or X





LGBT ‘Ally’ Training: Don’t Assume

Kent State University’s instructions for aspiring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender “allies” instructs trainees to avoid assuming that men and women in committed heterosexual relationships are actually heterosexual.

“Do not assume the sexual orientation of another person even when that person is married or in a committed relationship,” the instructions read. “Many bisexuals, and even some gay men and lesbians, are in heterosexual relationships.”

It is unclear if the advice applies to those who are in homosexual relationships as well, i.e., if “allies” should also not presume that two men in a sexual relationship are gay.

Among the other tidbits of advice given to those who wish to be allies: “Use the words gay, lesbian, bisexual or queer instead of homosexual. The overwhelming majority of LGBTQ people do not identify with or use the word homosexual to describe themselves.”

LGBT ‘Ally’ Training: Don’t Assume





Brokeback Opera Comes to New York

Years ago, Brokies congregated in Spain to see the opera version of Brokeback Mountain.  The image to the left features the stars of that production, Tom Randle and Daniel Okulitch.  It was wondered if the opera would go on the road, and appear in the United States.  It was later confirmed that NYC would see the opera,  but the date was not determined.

The libretto for Brokeback Mountain was written by Annie Proulx herself, following a period of persuasion to take on a medium she had never attempted. The wisdom of such a collaboration was borne out by the results: in language distilled to that which can be sung onstage, the story’s details and themes remain intact, but the method of its telling required significant changes.

SCHEDULE -  May 31 7:30PM,  June 2 2:00PM,  June 3 4:00PM,  June 4 7:30PM, 
LOCATION - Jazz At Lincoln Center's Rose Theater - 10 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10019 

Tickets can be purchased here:

NYC Opera

Visit the forum thread about this event here.  Attendee  list has been updated/added to the thread.

Brokeback Mountain Opera-New York City, May 31 and June 2–4, 2018




Brokeback Mountain Play Coming Soon

The London stage production of Brokeback Mountain is officially underway. The show, which was first announced in 2015, is based on the short story of the same name, which was later adapted into a film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger.

We all know the story by now. In 1963, two young men, Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, are hired for the summer to look after sheep at a remote grazing range on Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming. Unexpectedly, alone in the wilderness, they form an intense emotional and physical bond that will change their lives forever. And over the next twenty years, as their separate lives play out through marriages, children and dead-end jobs, they long to be together, back on Brokeback Mountain, in a place where there are no secrets, only each other.

The show's official Twitter account posted an image of the script, revealing that production is underway.

Brokeback Mountain Play Coming Soon

Visit the forum thread about this event here.

Brokeback Play - London Gathering?






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Tuesday, January 16th, 2018



Ang Lee Voted Top Best Director Oscar Winner of the 2000s

Ang Lee has pulled off a stunning victory to become your favorite Best Director winner of the 2000s for his work on “Brokeback Mountain” (2005). Since “Crash” ended up taking Best Picture, that made Lee one of only a few directors who won Best Director without their films winning in the 2000s. Lee overcame huge odds to win our poll, proving that the love for “Brokeback” continues over a decade later. (See 2018 Oscar predictions for Best Director.)

Lee earned 23% of the vote in Gold Derby’s poll asking you to select your favorite Best Director of the 2000s, a razor-thin victory over Martin Scorsese (“The Departed”) at 21%. Peter Jackson (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”) was third at 17%, while Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”) was next at 14%. Joel and Ethan Coen (“No Country for Old Men”) rounded out the top five with 12% of the vote.

Ang Lee Voted Top Best Director Oscar Winner of the 2000s






Michelle Williams - Pay Gap and Donation Made

All the money Mark Wahlberg earned from the All The Money In The World reshoots is going to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams' name after days of public scrutiny.

To recap: After actor Anthony Rapp publicly accused Kevin Spacey of making sexual advances toward him when Rapp was just fourteen, All The Money In The World director Ridley Scott decided to replace Spacey with Christopher Plummer, requiring reshoots with the main cast. Wahlberg's reps negotiated a $1,500,000 pay day in exchange for approval of the recast, while Williams basically volunteered to forgo her quote because she believed in the rightness of Scott's decision, and earned somewhere around $80 per day. (Spacey has since been accused of sexual misconduct by many other people.)

Both Wahlberg and Williams are represented by WME, and after the story of their wage discrepancy broke, Wahlberg announced yesterday that he would donate the entirety of his reshoot money to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams's name, saying in a posted statement that he "100% supports the fight for fair pay." WME pledged an additional half million to the fund.


Michelle Williams - Pay Gap and Donation Made





Why Gus Kenworthy Doesn’t Mind If You Call Him The ‘Gay Skier’

Gus Kenworthy was terrified about the consequences of coming out as gay in 2015 but the American skier says that his decision prompted a huge outpouring of unexpected support and has allowed him to compete without the weight of the world on his shoulders.

Kenworthy, an Olympic silver medal winner in the ski slopestyle at Sochi, came out in a cover story for ESPN The Magazine to become the first openly gay action sports athlete.

“I had set myself up for the worst case scenario,” he told Reuters by telephone from his winter base in Colorado. “I thought I was going to be turned against and become this pariah.”

Kenworthy had already told his close family and friends, who were all very supportive. Their support, along with a desire to be an inspiration for other young men and women scared to come out as homosexual, drove Kenworthy to make the decision.

Why Gus Kenworthy Doesn’t Mind If You Call Him The ‘Gay Skier’




The Air Force Expelled Her For Being a Lesbian

The barracks were thick with anxious whispers and rumors, but she figured there was nothing incriminating about leaving the air base for a sandwich.

On a Friday night in 1955, Airman Second Class Helen Grace James and another female service member left the field after work for dinner in a nearby town. The place was too crowded to sit down, so after getting food the two drove the wooded area south of where Hempstead Harbor stabs into Long Island. They found a quiet spot to eat. James cut the engine. She was reaching for her sandwich when flashlight beams ignited the car interior. Air Police. From the base. They had been followed.

“They asked us what we were doing,” James recently told The Washington Post.

Within a few days, James was arrested and put through hours of humiliating interrogation. The questions were so harsh and disgusting James had to run to the latrine because she felt sick. Finally, after an interrogator threatened to go to her family, James relented. She said she would sign whatever they wanted.

The Air Force Expelled Her For Being a Lesbian




The Media Doesn’t Know How to Talk About Bisexuality

In the United States, bisexual people comprise over half of the LGBT community, according to estimates from the Williams Institute. Gallup data shows that bisexual people, especially bisexual women, are coming out in droves.

But even a cursory glance can tell you that bisexual people aren’t getting anywhere close to half of the mainstream media coverage.

In 2017, The New York Times tweeted the word “bisexual” seven times and the word “gay” well over a hundred times. And a Google search on The New York Times domain found only a few instances of the words “bi” or “bisexual” in headlines from last year, not counting the acronym LGBT: an article about a fan petition asking for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman to be bisexual in the sequel, a self-help article about coming out, and a fashion slideshow.

The other two papers with the highest circulation, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal, didn’t fare much better on these simple benchmarks.

The Media Doesn’t Know How to Talk About Bisexuality




How Ireland Transformed Transgender Rights

Toryn Glavin was 17 when she began to live the life that she wanted to, as a woman. The transgender teenager, still feeling her way in a public female identity, found it easier not to engage with the cumbersome bureaucracy involved in legally changing her documents.

But this had practical consequences. The Dublin-based office administrator and activist explains: “I was once stopped at the airport for two hours because they weren’t convinced that I was who I said I was. I didn’t apply for any internships at the end of college because I was so worried about not having the right documents.”

Two years later, in 2015, transgender rights in Ireland evolved dramatically when the country became one of four legal jurisdictions in the world where people may legally change gender by statutory self-declaration. The gender recognition bill was passed months after the people of Ireland backed same-sex marriage by a landslide vote in a referendum that marked another significant social shift in a country that had decriminalised homosexuality only two decades before.

How Ireland Transformed Transgender Rights




Gender Queer Poet Makes Inroads

Award-winning poet Andrea Gibson is coming to town and bringing some of their best work. This genderqueer artist identifies with the pronouns they and has worked in many activist groups. In 2013, they launched a website called "Stay Here with Me" to provide support for those struggling with suicide.  Their new album, Hey Galaxy, drops Friday, Jan. 12, and is Gibson's seventh record. It covers everything from a valentine's track to the Matthew Shepard tragedy.

They have written three books, including The Madness Vase and Pansy.  Raised in Maine but now living in Colorado, Gibson heads to Chicago for an upcoming performance.

Windy City Times: When did you first start doing poetry?

Andrea Gibson: I have been writing for as long as I can remember. In junior high I would write stories that were too sad for child of that age.


Gender Queer Poet Makes Inroads





Brokeback Opera Comes to New York

Years ago, Brokies congregated in Spain to see the opera version of Brokeback Mountain.  The image to the left features the stars of that production, Tom Randle and Daniel Okulitch.  It was wondered if the opera would go on the road, and appear in the United States.  It was later confirmed that NYC would see the opera,  but the date was not determined.

The libretto for Brokeback Mountain was written by Annie Proulx herself, following a period of persuasion to take on a medium she had never attempted. The wisdom of such a collaboration was borne out by the results: in language distilled to that which can be sung onstage, the story’s details and themes remain intact, but the method of its telling required significant changes.

SCHEDULE -  May 31 7:30PM,  June 2 2:00PM,  June 3 4:00PM,  June 4 7:30PM, 
LOCATION - Jazz At Lincoln Center's Rose Theater - 10 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10019 

Tickets can be purchased here:

NYC Opera

Visit the forum thread about this event here.  Attendee  list has been updated/added to the thread.

Brokeback Mountain Opera-New York City, May 31 and June 2–4, 2018




Brokeback Mountain Play Coming Soon

The London stage production of Brokeback Mountain is officially underway. The show, which was first announced in 2015, is based on the short story of the same name, which was later adapted into a film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger.

We all know the story by now. In 1963, two young men, Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, are hired for the summer to look after sheep at a remote grazing range on Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming. Unexpectedly, alone in the wilderness, they form an intense emotional and physical bond that will change their lives forever. And over the next twenty years, as their separate lives play out through marriages, children and dead-end jobs, they long to be together, back on Brokeback Mountain, in a place where there are no secrets, only each other.

The show's official Twitter account posted an image of the script, revealing that production is underway.

Brokeback Mountain Play Coming Soon

Visit the forum thread about this event here.

Brokeback Play - London Gathering?






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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018



Ledger Lives On

On January 22, 2008, a masseuse and housekeeper quietly entered a bedroom in Heath Ledger's Manhattan apartment hoping to wake up the Australian actor.  It was the early afternoon and Ledger, who had been battling chronic insomnia, pneumonia and exhaustion, was in bed and could not be roused.  They realized he was not breathing.

NYPD and paramedics were called, but Ledger, the father of then two-year-old daughter Matilda, could not be saved.

At the age of 28 the effervescent, bright light that was Ledger died from what the New York Medical Examiner concluded was an accidental overdose from a powerful mix of prescription drugs, including narcotic painkillers, anti-anxiety pills and sleep medication.

On the 10th anniversary of Ledger's death the Perth-born actor's legacy continues.  His heartbroken family has helped set up Scriptwise, a non-profit foundation in Australia designed to educate the public about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs.

Ledger Lives On




Adam Rippon Stands Up to Mike Pence’s Homophobia

The Olympics has long been a site of not only sports, pageantry, and flag-waving nationalism but also dissent. While most people associate that with the 1968 Games where John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists, this tradition goes back for as long as there has been an Olympics.

In 2018, a chapter has already been added to this history, and it could not have happened soon enough. For the first time, the United States Winter Olympics team has two open LGBT athletes: figure skater Adam Rippon and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy. For the first time as well, the Olympic delegation is being led by Vice President Mike Pence, a virulent homophobe, who (as Donald Trump likes to joke) “wants to hang” LGBT people.

In addition, these Winter Olympics come on the heels of a dictate by this administration that medical professionals do not have to provide services to trans people. They believe that if you state a religious objection, you can leave a trans person in a life-threatening situation to die. Well, Adam Rippon was not going to partake in this quietly.

Adam Rippon Stands Up to Mike Pence’s Homophobia




The Classiest Lesbian Axe Murderer Movie Ever

Lizzie Borden’s (alleged) crime of murdering her parents with an axe was so horrific that we still know about it over a hundred years later. Director Craig William Macneill brings this story to the big screen with Lizzie, but in his attempt to studiously avoid sensationalism, he runs into the opposite problem where his movie comes off as cold and remote. The movie occasionally flirts with interesting ideas regarding the power of women in society, but it never goes far enough to leave a lasting impression. Despite great performances from leads Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart, Lizzie ultimately gets stuck between trying to be a mature examination of a horrific crime and being as titillated by the murders as the rest of us.

On August 4, 1892, Andrew and Abbie Borden were found hacked to death by an axe. The prime suspect was their daughter Lizzie (Sevigny). The movie then cuts back six months to the arrival of Bridget Sullivan (Stewart) at the Bordens’ home to work as their maid. The willful Lizzie and the timid Bridget immediately hit it off with Lizzie teaching Bridget how to read. However, both face hardship inside the household from Andrew, who sexually assaults Bridget in her room at night and verbally and physically abuses the rebellious Lizzie. Lizzie is also concerned that her scheming Uncle John (Denis O’Hare) plans to steal her inheritance.

The Classiest Lesbian Axe Murderer Movie Ever




Grown-ish Called Out Bisexuality Misconceptions

Misconceptions about bisexuality are honestly everywhere. Whether it's the idea that bisexuality is just a phase or that bisexual people are "greedy," it's pretty hard to escape the wrongful understandings of what bisexuality really is. Just like a lot of other realities of life, Grown-ish is tackling these misconceptions head on.

In the most recent episode of the show, Nomi (played by Emily Arlook) goes out on a date with a girl. While the pair is together, a man offering to buy them a drink sets off a debate about both the exploitative tropes bisexual people and lesbians often face from heterosexual men, and the discrimination bisexual people can face from within the LGBTQ community.

After the guy tries to buy Nomi and her date a drink, her date calls him out for sexualizing them just because they're two women on a date together. When Nomi questions whether her date "came in a little hot," her date learns that Nomi identifies as bisexual.

Grown-ish Called Out Bisexuality Misconceptions




Protesters Want Better Healthcare for Transgender People

Over 200 people, many belonging to the transgender community in Ireland, marched towards Leinster House this afternoon calling for better healthcare services for people who are seeking gender reassignment treatment.  Organisers, who are not aligned with any organisation or political party, said that current services are "unacceptable" and are falling behind other countries in the developed world.

They are calling on the HSE to engage with a model of "informed consent".  At present, anyone seeking gender reassignment treatment must receive a medical diagnosis. However, many transgender people want to see an end to this practice.

They are also calling for treatment to be handled by general practitioners.

Protesters Want Better Healthcare for Transgender People




Sex Ed(itorial): Unpacking Asexuality

In a society obsessed with sex and saturated with images of idealized sexual and romantic relationship, asexuals have had to fight to carve out a space that acknowledges their sexual orientation as legitimate and allows them a space to be themselves.

Born into a traditional Lebanese family, Sami grew up just outside of Montreal.  “I had a very normal childhood, I liked school and spent free time riding my bike and playing video games,” he said.

Friendly and outgoing, he did well throughout his studies and now works for the federal government. His last name has been withheld to protect his identity.  But tradition presented an issue. Sami said that for hundreds of years, Middle Eastern traditions have honoured a joint family system. Although the model has shifted from several generations under one roof to something more closely resembling a nuclear family, it still means that one typically goes from their parents’ home to living with a spouse.


Sex Ed(itorial): Unpacking Asexuality





The 15 Coolest Straight Allies of 2017

Most LGBT people (ok, all people) will be glad to see 2017 in the rearview mirror.  As "president" (it still doesn't feel right calling him that) Trump was even worse than we anticipated, singling out LGBT people, and especially trans people, for discrimination.

In times like these, it's good to have friends - and the best of them raged against the injustices being hurled our way and those that singled out women, immigrants, refugees, and People of Color.  Instead of sticking their heads down, these straight allies loudly resisted.   Thank you!


The 15 Coolest Straight Allies of 2017




Brokeback Opera Comes to New York

Years ago, Brokies congregated in Spain to see the opera version of Brokeback Mountain.  The image to the left features the stars of that production, Tom Randle and Daniel Okulitch.  It was wondered if the opera would go on the road, and appear in the United States.  It was later confirmed that NYC would see the opera,  but the date was not determined.

The libretto for Brokeback Mountain was written by Annie Proulx herself, following a period of persuasion to take on a medium she had never attempted. The wisdom of such a collaboration was borne out by the results: in language distilled to that which can be sung onstage, the story’s details and themes remain intact, but the method of its telling required significant changes.

SCHEDULE -  May 31 7:30PM,  June 2 2:00PM,  June 3 4:00PM,  June 4 7:30PM, 
LOCATION - Jazz At Lincoln Center's Rose Theater - 10 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10019 

Tickets can be purchased here:

NYC Opera

Visit the forum thread about this event here.  Attendee  list has been updated/added to the thread.

Brokeback Mountain Opera-New York City, May 31 and June 2–4, 2018




Brokeback Mountain Play Coming Soon

The London stage production of Brokeback Mountain is officially underway. The show, which was first announced in 2015, is based on the short story of the same name, which was later adapted into a film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger.

We all know the story by now. In 1963, two young men, Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, are hired for the summer to look after sheep at a remote grazing range on Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming. Unexpectedly, alone in the wilderness, they form an intense emotional and physical bond that will change their lives forever. And over the next twenty years, as their separate lives play out through marriages, children and dead-end jobs, they long to be together, back on Brokeback Mountain, in a place where there are no secrets, only each other.

The show's official Twitter account posted an image of the script, revealing that production is underway.

Brokeback Mountain Play Coming Soon

Visit the forum thread about this event here.

Brokeback Play - London Gathering?






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Tuesday, January 30th, 2018



They Said "I Do!"




The TDS staff and all members of the Ultimate Brokeback Forum would like to extend
 their congratulations to Tony (UBF member tfferg) and his partner Somphong on their marriage.

The measurement to legalize gay marriage in Australia passed on December 7th, 2017. 
On Tuesday, January 23rd, Somphong and Tony (tfferg) were married with a ceremony that took place
in the Australian Native Garden, Royal Park, Melbourne.
Tony and Somphong have been together since 2006.

They are also both members of the Melbourne working group of Australian Marriage Equality. 
To learn more about this group, click the link below. 

Australian Marriage Equality

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Marriage Equality: Toward victory in U.S.--On to the rest of the world?



Video of Heath Ledger's Response

Video has surfaced on social media of Heath Ledger responding to people who called Brokeback Mountain's gay romance “disgusting.”

Ledger's performance as rancher Ennis Del Mar in Ang Lee's 2005 gay drama Brokeback Mountain won him legions of fans and numerous awards, including an Oscar best actor nomination.

Brokeback Mountain, based on a short story of the same name by Annie Proulx, won three Academy Awards, though it lost the Best Picture award to Crash. The film, which spans 20 years, stars Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as star-crossed lovers in the American West.

“I think it's a real shame – I think it's immature for one,” Ledger answered when asked to respond to people who called the film's relationship “disgusting.” “I think it's an incredible shame that people go out of their way to voice their disgust or negative opinions about the way two people wish to love one another.”

Video of Heath Ledger's Response




Gay Man, Straight-Married, Ends in Divorce

Josh Weed, who made headlines in 2012 for coming out as a gay Mormon man in a straight marriage, announced Thursday that he and his wife, Lolly, are getting divorced.

The Seattle-based couple, who have been married for 10 years and have four daughters, first opened up about their relationship in a now-deleted blog post. It quickly became a major national story, with coverage by ABC News, Gawker, and many more sites.

At the time, Josh Weed claimed the two had a happy marriage and an "extremely healthy and robust sex life," despite both knowing he has been "same-sex attracted" for the entirety of their relationship.

The couple's 2012 story angered many people in the LGBT community due to what many saw as internalized homophobia and an agenda to push gay Mormons further into the closet. Some people accused Josh, who works as a marriage and family counselor, of practicing conversion therapy, although he denied this.

Gay Man, Straight-Married, Ends in Divorce




Lesbian Firefighter Prevails in Court

A federal appeals court has upheld a “sex-plus” discrimination ruling in the case of a lesbian firefighter who said she suffered horrendous harassment on the job.

A jury in 2016 found that the Providence, R.I., Fire Department had discriminated against Franchina because of her gender and sexual orientation and that the city failed to address the problem, and awarded her a six-figure sum. In a Thursday ruling affirming the decision, Judge Ojetta Rogeriee Thompson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, writing for a three-judge panel of the court, detailed the treatment Franchina endured.

In its appeal, the city objected to several things about the 2016 ruling. It said, for one, that Franchina did not present sufficient evidence to prove not only sex discrimination, but sexual orientation discrimination as well — the “sex-plus” ruling.

Lesbian Firefighter Prevails in Court




Indian Actor Says 'Bisexuality Angle' Contributed to His Character's 'Menace'

Ranveer Singh has spoken in an interview about playing a bisexual character in Bollywood film.  Singh played Alauddin Khalji in recent film Padmavati.  It’s production budget of $30 million (€24 million), it is one of the most expensive Hindi films ever made.

The film was initially scheduled for release on 1 December 2017.  It was rescheduled however to 25 January 2018.

Singh told Pinkvilla that taking on the character of Khalji was ‘a very difficult decision’ because the character was ‘so negative.’  When he read the part he felt like he had to ‘tap into deep dark places inside me and I wasn’t all prepared to go into that zone.’

Singh eventually agreed to play the character as the Director Bhansali has helped him with his career in the past.  He added: ‘I couldn’t say no to him. I am glad that he put his faith in me and I was able to deliver for him.’

Indian Actor Says 'Bisexuality Angle' Contributed to His Character's 'Menace'




Trump's Transgender Military Ban Is Being Legally Challenged

A new legal challenge could finally stop President Donald Trump from banning transgender troops in the military for good.

Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN this week asked a federal district court to permanently block the Trump administration’s plan to stop transgender people from openly serving in the U.S. armed services. The motion for summary judgment filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington seeks a speedy resolution of the case.

“Every single federal court to look at President Trump’s policy has already found that it reeks of undisguised and unlawful discrimination against qualified transgender people willing and able to serve our country, and it’s time to put the nail in the coffin for that policy,” Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Peter Renn told Pink News.

Trump's Transgender Military Ban Is Being Legally Challenged




Intersex Babies Killed at Birth

There was nervous excitement in the air — Amogelang’s* sister was about to give birth.  Amogelang, a traditional healer who was also training to become a professional nurse, gladly volunteered to assist with her younger sister’s delivery in the family’s tiny home in rural North West province.

“We were hoping for a boy because we wanted to name him after our grandfather. But we experienced something we didn’t know how to say it. The baby was healthy and was crying like any baby but we were not sure what was happening between the legs of this child,” Amogelang says.

Because her mother and grandmother — both present at the birth — were “disappointed in the child” and its ambiguous genitalia, the three “agreed to kill the child and be silent [about it]”.  A quick, merciless twist of its neck later and the newborn, the “bad omen”, was gone.  “We buried it and told my sister that the child was stillborn. She didn’t argue it because we just told her not to ask too many questions.”

Intersex Babies Killed at Birth





Armada's Sutherland Helps Give Voice to the Voiceless

Victoria Sutherland wants her legacy during her four years at Armada High School to be one of kindness and acceptance.

If her first three years were the general narrative, her senior year will be the exclamation point. This past summer, inspired by stories of discrimination endured by her uncle and two friends who were fearful over coming out regarding their sexual identity, Sutherland began giving serious thoughts to forming a gay-straight alliance group at her high school.

Armada High School, in rural, conservative northern Macomb County had never had such a group. Would such an idea even get approval? She started out by contacting a friend at Sterling Heights High School, which had a similar club, and talked to its teacher sponsor. She talked to Armada National Honor Society advisors, and they agreed to help out. The school principal approved the idea, and the Armada High School Gay Straight-Alliance was born.


Armada's Sutherland Helps Give Voice to the Voiceless




Brokeback Opera Comes to New York

Years ago, Brokies congregated in Spain to see the opera version of Brokeback Mountain.  The image to the left features the stars of that production, Tom Randle and Daniel Okulitch.  It was wondered if the opera would go on the road, and appear in the United States.  It was later confirmed that NYC would see the opera,  but the date was not determined.

The libretto for Brokeback Mountain was written by Annie Proulx herself, following a period of persuasion to take on a medium she had never attempted. The wisdom of such a collaboration was borne out by the results: in language distilled to that which can be sung onstage, the story’s details and themes remain intact, but the method of its telling required significant changes.

SCHEDULE -  May 31 7:30PM,  June 2 2:00PM,  June 3 4:00PM,  June 4 7:30PM, 
LOCATION - Jazz At Lincoln Center's Rose Theater - 10 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10019 

Tickets can be purchased here:

NYC Opera

Visit the forum thread about this event here.  Attendee  list has been updated/added to the thread.

Brokeback Mountain Opera-New York City, May 31 and June 2–4, 2018




Brokeback Mountain Play Coming Soon

The London stage production of Brokeback Mountain is officially underway. The show, which was first announced in 2015, is based on the short story of the same name, which was later adapted into a film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger.

We all know the story by now. In 1963, two young men, Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, are hired for the summer to look after sheep at a remote grazing range on Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming. Unexpectedly, alone in the wilderness, they form an intense emotional and physical bond that will change their lives forever. And over the next twenty years, as their separate lives play out through marriages, children and dead-end jobs, they long to be together, back on Brokeback Mountain, in a place where there are no secrets, only each other.

The show's official Twitter account posted an image of the script, revealing that production is underway.

Brokeback Mountain Play Coming Soon

Visit the forum thread about this event here.

Brokeback Play - London Gathering?






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Tuesday, February 6th, 2018



Why Do LGBT Movies Always Have a Sad Ending?

Over the past couple of years, there has been an increase of LGBT stories in film making, including the recently released Call Me By Your Name and Oscar-winning Moonlight, which famously won Best Picture at last year’s Academy Awards after an envelope mix up. However, it’s worth noting that the vast majority of these releases either take place in an utterly depressing setting or conclude on a tragic note.

This trend in LGBT film making is so abundantly clear that it is worth asking exactly why LGBT movies always have a sad ending – because while it’s important to tell the stories of LGBT people and relationships in movies, it’s also important to tell all parts of those stories instead of focusing on just the negative aspects. One reason for the many sad or negative stories seen in LGBT cinema could be due to the stereotypes about LGBT people, which are driven by a society that accommodates many who disapprove of LGBT people.

The discriminatory views of LGBT people is of course nothing new. However, its impact on film making is something that has largely not been considered.

Why Do LGBT Movies Always Have a Sad Ending?




Costa Rica Votes for New President Amid Gay Rights Controversy

Costa Ricans went to the polls on Sunday to choose a new president in a race upended by a debate over same-sex marriage, as leading candidates in the crowded field fiercely opposed gay rights that have recently gained ground in Latin America.

Conservative Christian singer and TV anchor Fabricio Alvarado skyrocketed to the top of the 13-person field after denouncing a January ruling by the region’s top human rights court that called on Costa Rica to give equal civil marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples.

If no candidate wins at least 40 percent of Sunday’s vote, a run-off election with the top two finishers is set for early April. Initial results are expected by 8 p.m. local time (2100 ET/0200 GMT Monday).

Costa Rica Votes for New President Amid Gay Rights Controversy




Let's End Flannel as a Lesbian Signifier

Earlier this year, I received this text message: “My friend is on set for a commercial where she plays another woman’s wife. This is the shot she sent me.” The picture attached was of two women, one with loose curls spilling down a basic tee shirt, the other wearing a business casual shag and a flannel shirt. A lesbian couple. Get it?

The wardrobe choice certainly could have been a coincidence, but it’s far more likely it was meant as a strategic wink, one that does the heavy suggestive lifting for a primetime American audience. Above all, I felt it was a haphazard stab at “inclusivity” meant to make the brand look good. But whatever the creative team’s intent, it ended up perpetuating a tired lesbian stereotype—the queer woman in flannel—that I can barely believe has survived all the way to 2018.

According to noted queer author and Slate editor June Thomas, the association between lesbians and flannel likely began at the advent of women’s trousers. Because jeans were once the only acceptable trousers women could wear in public, and lesbians spearheaded the trend, the flannel-and-denim look was a natural fit given how well they coordinate. And besides, there are more important reasons. Flannel is “practical, it’s warm, it’s cheerful, it’s comfortable—like lesbians,” as Thomas put it. “And yes, it is a sensible, durable fabric, and my people are known for their practicality.”

Let's End Flannel as a Lesbian Signifier




Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Just Made a Third Character Bisexual

TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has smashed the trope of the token gay character by making another character bisexual.  In a recent episode of the CW musical comedy, viewers were surprised and delighted to see that Valencia Perez (Gabrielle Ruiz) had found a girlfriend.

Valencia was introduced in the first season as a competitor for the main character of Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) as Valencia was dating her childhood sweetheart/obsession, Josh Chan.

During this week’s episode, viewers were delighted to find that Valencia was in a relationship with a woman, making her the third bisexual character on the show.  Valencia was seen meeting her future girlfriend before an eight-month time jump, after Valencia was hired to plan a series of parties for her.  After the jump, Valencia and her as yet unnamed girlfriend were seen to be happily together, without any questions about Valencia’s sexuality from the other characters.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Just Made a Third Character Bisexual




Illinois GOP Rep. Under Fire For Ad Mocking Transgender Community, Feminists

The Republican primary challenger in Illinois’ gubernatorial race is in hot water for a campaign ad that mocks the transgender community, Women’s March activists and immigration activists.  State Rep. Jeanne Ives, who is running against Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Republican primary, released the ad Saturday in an attempt to challenge her opponent’s conservative values.

Her 30-second spot features actors outfitted to portray a transgender woman, an anti-fascist protestor wearing a hood and a bandana over his face, a member of the Chicago Teachers Union and a Women’s March activist.  Each character mockingly thanks Rauner for enacting policies that support their supposed demographic. The ad, as the Chicago Tribune pointed out, misrepresents the effects of Rauner’s policies.

Illinois GOP Rep. Under Fire For Ad Mocking Transgender Community, Feminists




Asexual People Can Have Sex Lives — & Here's What They're Like

When some people hear the word “asexual,” they think of someone who doesn’t have sex. But actually, some asexual people do have sex. And they masturbate. And they look at porn. And they do pretty much everything, because there are as many ways to be asexual as there are to be sexual.

“I personally define asexuality as a spectrum, and I'm grey ace,” Alaina, 24, tells Bustle. “I need to be really emotionally connected to someone to feel sexually attracted to them or want to have sex.” Alaina is in a relationship with someone who’s not asexual.

“I like to have sex with my partner because it's a way for us to be physically intimate with one another beyond cuddling and kissing,” she says. “Because I'm asexual, I can't always jump right into sex or a sexual mood the way a lot of people can, so it takes me more time and preparation to get there, but that's something my girlfriend respects and we've worked it into our sex life.”

Asexual People Can Have Sex Lives — & Here's What They're Like





Social Media Backlash Follows Formation of Gay Straight Alliance Club

After receiving school board approval and compiling a list of students interested in joining, Mt. Vernon Township High School will host a new Gay Straight Alliance club.

Many students and faculty are in favor of the new club, however, news of the new GSA has drawn many members of the community to social media with both positive and negative comments.

Dave Edwards is a teacher at the school and is to be the faculty coordinator of the entire student ran club who says he agreed to be the club's sponsor when a student approached him asking about forming a GSA.

"This is meant to be an opportunity for students to be around like-minded people and talk about issues that affect them and to support each other," Edwards said.

Social Media Backlash Follows Formation of Gay Straight Alliance Club




Brokeback Opera Comes to New York

Years ago, Brokies congregated in Spain to see the opera version of Brokeback Mountain.  The image to the left features the stars of that production, Tom Randle and Daniel Okulitch.  It was wondered if the opera would go on the road, and appear in the United States.  It was later confirmed that NYC would see the opera,  but the date was not determined.

The libretto for Brokeback Mountain was written by Annie Proulx herself, following a period of persuasion to take on a medium she had never attempted. The wisdom of such a collaboration was borne out by the results: in language distilled to that which can be sung onstage, the story’s details and themes remain intact, but the method of its telling required significant changes.

SCHEDULE -  May 31 7:30PM,  June 2 2:00PM,  June 3 4:00PM,  June 4 7:30PM, 
LOCATION - Jazz At Lincoln Center's Rose Theater - 10 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10019 

Tickets can be purchased here:

NYC Opera

Visit the forum thread about this event here.  Attendee  list has been updated/added to the thread.

Brokeback Mountain Opera-New York City, May 31 and June 2–4, 2018




Brokeback Mountain Play Coming Soon

The London stage production of Brokeback Mountain is officially underway. The show, which was first announced in 2015, is based on the short story of the same name, which was later adapted into a film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger.

We all know the story by now. In 1963, two young men, Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, are hired for the summer to look after sheep at a remote grazing range on Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming. Unexpectedly, alone in the wilderness, they form an intense emotional and physical bond that will change their lives forever. And over the next twenty years, as their separate lives play out through marriages, children and dead-end jobs, they long to be together, back on Brokeback Mountain, in a place where there are no secrets, only each other.

The show's official Twitter account posted an image of the script, revealing that production is underway.

Brokeback Mountain Play Coming Soon

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Brokeback Play - London Gathering?






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Tuesday, February 13th, 2018



Anne Hathaway Remembers Her Time As Catwoman

The Batpod, conceived for 2008's The Dark Knight, was used by Catwoman in Rises as she helped Batman (Christian Bale) save Gotham from a neutron bomb.

The anti-hero would later use the Batpod to blast and kill villain Bane (Tom Hardy), saving Batman's life.

"Conceived by director Christopher Nolan, the Batpod provided a two-wheel alternative to Batman’s usual mode of transportation," reads the Petersen Automotive Museum's description on its official site.

"It was designed to be operated with the rider in a prone position and features a custom chassis with Hoosier racing tires and a braking system operated by controls on the left handle and right pedal. One of six built for use in The Dark Knight by Christian Bale (Batman), it was later used in The Dark Knight Rises by Anne Hathaway (Catwoman)."

Academy Award-winner Hathaway said in 2012 she was "very interested" in reprising her role as Catwoman were the "right people" to get involved, namely Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan.

Anne Hathaway Remembers Her Time As Catwoman




Gay American Olympians Share Kiss

"We're here. We're queer. Get used to it." With his tweet Friday before the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Olympics, freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy announced that he and Adam Rippon -- the United States' two openly-gay male Winter Olympians -- had arrived in Pyeongchang ready to compete for medals and represent the LBGT community.   The pair even shared a small kiss before Friday's Opening Ceremony with Kenworthy writing in an Instagram message: "Eat your heart out, Pence."

That last jab at the vice president, who is representing the U.S. delegation in South Korea and didn't stand when a united Korean contingent entered the Olympic stadium in Friday's Opening Ceremony, is the latest exchange in the back-and-forth between Pence, Kenworthy and Rippon.

Despite Pence's best efforts, it does not appear that he'll be getting to have a conversation with Rippon, a gay U.S. figure skater, until after the Olympics wrap. Rippon had been critical of the decision for Pence to lead the U.S. delegation and reportedly turned down an offer from Pence to have a conversation about remarks that Rippon made last month, per MSN. However, he isn't completely closing the door on having a talk after the games.

Gay American Olympians Share Kiss

gays on ice: olympics edition (ft. Adam Rippon)




Lesbian Teacher is SACKED From Her Catholic School

Jocelyn Morffi was sacked from her first-grade teaching job at Saints Peter and Paul school, Miami, on Thursday.  She'd just returned from her wedding to Natasha Hass in the Florida Keys.  Morffi announced her shock news on social media.

She posted on Facebook: "This weekend I married the love of my life and unfortunately I was terminated from my job as a result.  In their eyes I'm not the right kind of Catholic for my choice in partner."

A letter was sent from the school to parents, on Thursday, but it failed to go into detail as to why Morffi was fired.  A group of around 20 parents convened on the school's campus and demanded an explanation from the principal, on Friday.  Mum Cintia Cini, who has a child in Morffi's class, told the Miami Herald: "We were extremely livid. They treated her like a criminal, they didn't even let her get her things out of her classroom."

Lesbian Teacher is SACKED From Her Catholic School




Rain Pryor and Bisexual Rumors About Her Father

Rain Pryor, the daughter of the late great comedian Richard Pryor is speaking out against the bisexual rumors surrounding her father’s alleged sexual encounter with actor Marlon Brando.

Rain took to Facebook on Thursday to shut down the rumors surrounding her father’s sexuality following a recent revealing interview with Quincy Jones and Variety. Jones revealed allegations that the late actor Marlon Brando would sleep with anything, including Richard Pryor!

All you who touted Faux News and preach about wanting blacks to be represented in a great light and then posted Q’s interview are irrelevant and full of your own BS. Q, was once a brilliant music producer who is losing his mind, and decided to garner publicity for himself with a sensationalized interview; and because y’all think and equate Fame and Money with decency, you ate it up like thirsty dogs, as he spewed out a lie about my father who’s not here to defend himself.

Rain Pryor and Bisexual Rumors About Her Father




First Gaelic Film Tackling Transgender Issues in Triple Awards Win

The first ever Gaelic film depicting a transgender character has won three major industry honours – including a public vote.  A young actor, writer and performer from the Isle of Skye claimed three of the biggest honours at the National Gaelic Film Awards.   Lana Pheutan, a 21-year-old student at Edinburgh Napier University, won the best performance prize at the annual "FilmG" ceremony at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow.

She played the main character in the short film Coig Puing a’ Trì (Five Point Three), which was also named best student film and won the People’s Choice Award for the most popular entry to the competition. It was also shortlisted for best drama and most promising new director.

Her film, shot on location in Edinburgh, shows a young woman dressing in preparation of "coming out" to her family as transgender.  However en route she is verbally abused in the street and is then left devastated from the reaction to her transformation from her sister – only for a stranger to reassure her.

First Gaelic Film Tackling Transgender Issues in Triple Awards Win




Coming Out as Gender-Queer 'Freed Me From Manhood'

Courtney Act reveals how the label gender-queer freed her.  The Celebrity Big Brother UK winner and Drag Race star spoke at National Student Pride about the importance of living beyond the binary today (10 February).  Speaking to Evan Davies, Courtney defined the moment that changed how she saw gender and sexual identity.

‘There’s a lot of labels and how important they are. Once we start living in that truth,’ she said on stage to a packed out room in the cavernous basement of the University of Westminster, London.

‘For example, gender-queer set me free from feeling not good enough as a man.  It set me free from not feeling valuable enough, strong enough as a man.  When I realized my femininity was important and could be celebrated, it laid to rest a lifelong struggle with my gender.’

Coming Out as Gender-Queer 'Freed Me From Manhood'





Social Media Backlash Follows Formation of Gay Straight Alliance Club

After receiving school board approval and compiling a list of students interested in joining, Mt. Vernon Township High School will host a new Gay Straight Alliance club.

Many students and faculty are in favor of the new club, however, news of the new GSA has drawn many members of the community to social media with both positive and negative comments.

Dave Edwards is a teacher at the school and is to be the faculty coordinator of the entire student ran club who says he agreed to be the club's sponsor when a student approached him asking about forming a GSA.

"This is meant to be an opportunity for students to be around like-minded people and talk about issues that affect them and to support each other," Edwards said.

Social Media Backlash Follows Formation of Gay Straight Alliance Club




Brokeback Opera Comes to New York

Years ago, Brokies congregated in Spain to see the opera version of Brokeback Mountain.  The image to the left features the stars of that production, Tom Randle and Daniel Okulitch.  It was wondered if the opera would go on the road, and appear in the United States.  It was later confirmed that NYC would see the opera,  but the date was not determined.

The libretto for Brokeback Mountain was written by Annie Proulx herself, following a period of persuasion to take on a medium she had never attempted. The wisdom of such a collaboration was borne out by the results: in language distilled to that which can be sung onstage, the story’s details and themes remain intact, but the method of its telling required significant changes.

SCHEDULE -  May 31 7:30PM,  June 2 2:00PM,  June 3 4:00PM,  June 4 7:30PM, 
LOCATION - Jazz At Lincoln Center's Rose Theater - 10 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10019 

Tickets can be purchased here:

NYC Opera

Visit the forum thread about this event here.  Attendee  list has been updated/added to the thread.

Brokeback Mountain Opera-New York City, May 31 and June 2–4, 2018




Brokeback Mountain Play Coming Soon

The London stage production of Brokeback Mountain is officially underway. The show, which was first announced in 2015, is based on the short story of the same name, which was later adapted into a film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger.

We all know the story by now. In 1963, two young men, Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, are hired for the summer to look after sheep at a remote grazing range on Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming. Unexpectedly, alone in the wilderness, they form an intense emotional and physical bond that will change their lives forever. And over the next twenty years, as their separate lives play out through marriages, children and dead-end jobs, they long to be together, back on Brokeback Mountain, in a place where there are no secrets, only each other.

The show's official Twitter account posted an image of the script, revealing that production is underway.

Brokeback Mountain Play Coming Soon

Visit the forum thread about this event here.

Brokeback Play - London Gathering?






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Rufus Wainwright Makes "Some Art"

“Let’s make some art together,” Rufus Wainwright said near the top of his concert with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Friday night at Powell Hall.  The American-Canadian singer-songwriter and the orchestra did just that, and before the show was over the audience would join in, too. But it was Wainwright who did most of the heavy lifting.  Coming off a string of solo dates, he admitted to the audience that he was “quite nervous.”

“To come to this beautiful hall and work with this wonderful orchestra and this fantastic conductor (Lee Mills) was a bit shocking,” he said.

If that was so, it wasn’t apparent in his performance, which was intimate, emotional and, in terms of his luscious tenor vocals, silky-smooth.   But it may have come through in the song selection, which featured Wainwright performing by himself for more than a third of the concert, including more than half of the brief opening set.   Even that worked in Wainwright’s favor, however. His well-crafted songs are suited to a variety of contexts: solo, in rock band settings, and of course, with orchestral accompaniment. When the SLSO joined in, the arrangements, many of them by Max Moston, felt organic and not at all grafted on.

Rufus Wainwright Makes "Some Art"




Are Rural Gays Happier Than City Gays?

When he’s helping young queer people struggling in small-town America, advice columnist Dan Savage almost invariably tells them to study hard, save up, and get the hell out of Dodge as quickly as they reasonably can. It’s only in cities like New York, Seattle, Atlanta, or Chicago, Savage advises, that gay people can truly actualize themselves in a safe(r) environment rich with cultural support networks, not to mention potential romantic partners.

While many LGBT people (including me) would agree with the general wisdom of that notion, a new paper out in this month’s issue of the Journal of Homosexuality is pushing back, producing headlines something like “Country Queens May Be Happier than City Queens.” The study, produced by sociologists Chris Wienke and Gretchen J. Hill, draws on a set of self-reported measures of wellbeing from a sample group of 632 men and women who had responded to more expansive pre-existing surveys, and concludes that there is “little support for the premise that rural living is incompatible with the needs and wants of gay men and lesbians.” “Rural areas,” the study continues, “are no less conducive to gay people’s wellbeing, as reflected in self-reports of happiness, health, and work satisfaction, than are urban areas.”

Are Rural Gays Happier Than City Gays?




The Lesbian Pioneers Who Fooled Spain's Catholic Church

There was something unusual about the fresh-faced groom that day.  The priest at the San Jorge church in A Coruña, north-western Spain, didn't see anything special, and the smattering of relatives in attendance weren't saying anything.  But both 'Mario' and his bride, Marcela, were women.

It was 1901, and the union between Elisa and Marcela remains the only known same-sex marriage in the history of the Spanish Catholic Church.   But the couple's sweet victory over the conservative culture of early 20th Century Spain would be short-lived.  They were to spend the rest of their lives on the run from persecution across two continents.

Now Elisa and Marcela's story is to be made into a film by Isabel Coixet, whose latest movie The Bookshop, with Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, is soon to be released in the UK.

"When I think about these two women and the courage it took for one of them to pretend to be a man, it was unbelievably brave," Coixet, who also wrote the script, told the BBC.

The Lesbian Pioneers Who Fooled Spain's Catholic Church




Deadpool 2 Will Have a Bisexual, Polyamorous Superhero

Deadpool 2 will feature a bisexual and polyamorous superhero, it has been revealed.  Shatterstar, who has appeared in Marvel comics since 1991, will star alongside Ryan Reynolds’ pansexual Deadpool in the as-yet-untitled sequel to the 2016 smash hit.   His kiss in 2009 with gay superhero Rictor was the first same-sex kiss in a mainstream Marvel comic.

Speculation over his potential role in the film was sparked after a trailer appeared to show him behind Reynolds and Terry Crews’ characters.  And Stefan Kapičić, who plays Colossus, has confirmed that both Crews and Shatterstar will be in the sequel, according to Inverse.  “That’s not CGI of Terry Crews, that is Terry Crews. You can see it clearly,” he said. “You can see behind him, Shatterstar, a really cool thing for people to geek out.”

In the comics, Shatterstar was initially presented as asexual, before his character was changed to be bi and polyamorous.  The superhero is a time-travelling mutant human from the future, who comes from the alien planet Mojoworld.  He has accelerated healing and the ability to create shockwaves and teleportation portals with his two swords.

Deadpool 2 Will Have a Bisexual, Polyamorous Superhero




Kansas GOP Votes to ‘Oppose All Efforts to Validate Transgender Identity’

The Kansas Republican Party has voted to "oppose all efforts to validate transgender identity."  The party’s state committee endorsed that statement on Saturday and also said it recognizes the dignity of those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender.

The committee approved a resolution on human sexuality after a debate where some questioned the state party’s priorities. The lead proponent of the resolution said he was motivated by love.  In the resolution, the party affirms "God’s design for gender as determined by biological sex and not by self-perception." The document also opposes efforts to surgically or hormonally alter an individual’s body to conform with "perceived gender identity."

The committee approved the resolution on a voice vote. The committee is made up of about 180 people, with delegates from each congressional district, along with elected officials and leaders of groups affiliated with the party.  Eric Teetsel, who proposed the resolution, said the party needs to be willing to tell people what is true and good.

Kansas GOP Votes to ‘Oppose All Efforts to Validate Transgender Identity’




Gender and Sexuality Alliance Raises Intersex Awareness

It’s tempting to slot people into a male-female binary, but it’s not always accurate.  Intersex people are not often spoken about; and when they are, it’s often in less-than-glowing terms or they’re confused with transgender people. There are over 70 varieties of intersex between the fully male and fully female sides of the spectrum. The subject of the movie “Orchids”, Phoebe Hart, is only one of them.

“Orchids” is a documentary by Hart and her sister Bonnie, both of whom were born with Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) and are, genetically-speaking, male. However, their bodies reject androgen, resulting in them developing as female. In the film, they document a journey of self-discovery, meeting other intersex people throughout Australia.

The film was exhibited in the Z Building atrium, to a crowd of around 30, by MCCC’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA). Popcorn was served for those who donated any amount of money. Advising the club and leading the post-film discussion was MCCC psychology professor Melissa Grey.

Gender and Sexuality Alliance Raises Intersex Awareness





How to Be An Ally to the LGBT Community and Other Minorities

Pride Week is coming to an end at UCLA. Your neighborhood lesbians are playing Lady Gaga’s gay anthem “Born This Way” and there are rainbow flags everywhere. The LGBT community is down to party and flaunt their bad selves.

For those of you who are not part of the LGBT community, this may have been just another week. However, you can use this week of celebration to expand your understanding of what it means to be an ally.

It is important that an ally is not just an ally for a week, or a parade or a holiday. They must be an ally at all times. Allow me to explain how to be an ally not just to the LGBT community, but any minority community.

How to Be An Ally to the LGBT Community and Other Minorities




Brokeback Opera Comes to New York

Years ago, Brokies congregated in Spain to see the opera version of Brokeback Mountain.  The image to the left features the stars of that production, Tom Randle and Daniel Okulitch.  It was wondered if the opera would go on the road, and appear in the United States.  It was later confirmed that NYC would see the opera,  but the date was not determined.

The libretto for Brokeback Mountain was written by Annie Proulx herself, following a period of persuasion to take on a medium she had never attempted. The wisdom of such a collaboration was borne out by the results: in language distilled to that which can be sung onstage, the story’s details and themes remain intact, but the method of its telling required significant changes.

SCHEDULE -  May 31 7:30PM,  June 2 2:00PM,  June 3 4:00PM,  June 4 7:30PM, 
LOCATION - Jazz At Lincoln Center's Rose Theater - 10 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10019 

Tickets can be purchased here:

NYC Opera

Visit the forum thread about this event here.  Attendee  list has been updated/added to the thread.

Brokeback Mountain Opera-New York City, May 31 and June 2–4, 2018




Brokeback Mountain Play Coming Soon

The London stage production of Brokeback Mountain is officially underway. The show, which was first announced in 2015, is based on the short story of the same name, which was later adapted into a film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger.

We all know the story by now. In 1963, two young men, Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, are hired for the summer to look after sheep at a remote grazing range on Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming. Unexpectedly, alone in the wilderness, they form an intense emotional and physical bond that will change their lives forever. And over the next twenty years, as their separate lives play out through marriages, children and dead-end jobs, they long to be together, back on Brokeback Mountain, in a place where there are no secrets, only each other.

The show's official Twitter account posted an image of the script, revealing that production is underway.

Brokeback Mountain Play Coming Soon

Visit the forum thread about this event here.

Brokeback Play - London Gathering?






Your Laugh For The Day!








Contributors: KillersMom, CellarDweller115





The Daily Sheet is a production of The Ultimate Brokeback Forum at http://www.ultimatebrokebackforum.com.

Today's edition by KillersMom, CellarDweller115

Editors emeritae: CactusGal, Marge_Innavera, tellyouwhat, Stilllearning, MissYouSoMuch, gnash

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