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The Daily Sheet May - August 2018
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Tuesday, May 1st, 2018



12 Things You Learn Rewatching Ang Lee's Hulk

Sometimes, it's stil hard to believe that Ang Lee made a Hulk movie. It's even harder to believe he did so in the wake of Spider-Man's box office success a year earlier. After all, giving Lee the freedom to be this unconventional and this pensive with the material was like trying to make fast food with foie gras.

It might not be acknowledged as an MCU movie, but there are ideas in Lee's Hulk that are explored further in Louis Leterrier's semi-reboot and the fact that the stories interlock together (Bruce flees to isolation at the end of one and starts the other still there) suggests it deserves consideration as a sort of MCU prelude at least. And with Infintiy War on the way, it's definitely part of the genesis of the franchise.

It's also one of the most interesting comic book movies ever made and exploring it again from the privileged position of having seen ten years of MCU movies is even more insightful. So it's a worthy movie to focus on in that respect too.  The real question is: is it still as bad as everyone seems to suggest it was...?

12 Things You Learn Rewatching Ang Lee's Hulk





Man Cleared of Murder Using 'Gay Panic' Defense

After James Miller retired from the Austin Police Department, he took up guitar, strumming the instrument at a nearby musicians' bar, trying to put together a jazz band and getting together at the house of David Spencer, a 32-year-old neighbour and a saxophonist who shared his passion.  In September, 2015, after a night of music and drinking at Spencer's house, Miller testified, his younger neighbour made a fatal mistake: He moved in for a kiss.

"We were playing back and forth and everything, and I just let him know - Hey, I'm not gay," Miller, 69, said in an affidavit, according to Austin NBC-affiliate KXAN.  "We been playing. We're musicians and all that kind of stuff, but I'm not a gay guy. Then it seemed like everything was all right, and everything was fine. When I got ready to go - it seemed like [expletive] just started happening."

Then, he said, he pulled out a knife and stabbed Spencer two times.  Miller showed up at a police station a few hours later, at 3:45 am, according to a police report obtained by the Austin American-Statesman: "I think I killed someone. . . . I stabbed him."

Man Cleared of Murder Using 'Gay Panic' Defense




Kenya Bans Lesbian Film Ahead of Cannes Debut

A movie about love between two women has been banned in Kenya, ahead of its premiere at international film festival Cannes.  Kenya's Film and Classification Board (KFCB) said Thursday "Rafiki" was banned because of intent to "promote lesbianism," in the country. 

"The film has been restricted due to its homosexual theme and clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law," a statement from the board said.  It added that the film should not be distributed or shown anywhere in the country and anyone found with a copy would be in breach of the law.

Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu, who directed the movie, took to Twitter to express her disappointment, saying,"We believe adult Kenyans are mature and discerning enough to watch local content but their right has been denied."  "Rafiki" is Kenya's first LGBT-themed movie and makes history as the first Kenyan movie to premiere at Cannes, with its debut appearance next month.  Inspired by the 2007 Caine Prize winning short story "Jambula Tree" by Ugandan writer Monica Arac Nyeko, "Rafiki" which means 'friend' in Swahili is the story of friendship and tender love that grows between two young women amidst family and political pressures.


Kenya Bans Lesbian Film Ahead of Cannes Debut




We Know Biphobia Is Harmful.

In early April, the LGBTQ publication Queerty ran a piece called “Why does bisexuality still make us so uncomfortable?” in which the author, Jeremy Helligar, describes the moment that a date told him he was bisexual.  “I told him it didn’t matter to me, but I lied,” Helligar writes, explaining that the stereotype of bisexuals having “more options” made him nervous.

Although Helligar says he’s not the type to “side-eye” bisexual people and that he accepts them “in theory,” he is, in reality, reproducing biphobic rhetoric that many bisexuals hear on a nearly daily basis.

Biphobia (the fear and dislike of bisexual people and others who have the potential to be attracted to more than one gender) has been studied for decades. Used by bisexual activists since the 1970s, the term was brought into prominence in 1992 by the researcher Kathleen Bennett, who talked about the “denigration of bisexuality as a valid life choice.” In 2002, Patrick Mulick and Lester Wright developed the “Biphobia Scale,” a set of thirty questions which they used to measure negativity towards bisexual people. Mulick and Wright were the first researchers to confirm that bisexual people experienced “double discrimination”: that is, negative behavior based on their sexual orientation from gay and lesbian people as well as from straight people.


We Know Biphobia Is Harmful.




'No Question's Off-Limits' For Those Attending Transgender Q&A

Indie rock lyrics crooned through the speakers of a downtown coffee shop while College of Charleston students crammed for their finals.  Lee Anne Leland had just left work, where she changed out of her construction attire and into a red, long-sleeved dress. Purple eyeshadow covered her eyelids. Bangles jangled on her wrists.  A young man approached the line and accidentally bumped into her.

"Excuse me, sir," he said.

Leland could have turned. The transgender woman could have corrected him with, "Ma'am."  But she chooses her battles, she said.  She reserved her energy for "Trans Talk: Uncensored" — a panel discussion taking place this Sunday at Commonhouse Aleworks, a brewery near Park Circle in North Charleston.  Leland was born male, but from the age of 5, identified as a girl.  Leland will be one of five panelists who plan to cast political correctness and their own comfort aside in an effort give people a chance to ask whatever questions they have about gender identity.

'No Question's Off-Limits' For Those Attending Transgender Q&A




Janelle Monáe Confirms She's Pansexual

Janelle Monáe has long been private about her personal life, but the multi-hyphenate artist opened up about her sexuality for the first time in her new Rolling Stone cover story.

"Being a queer black woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker," she told the magazine.  The 32-year-old singer and actress clarified that she initially identified as bisexual, "but then later I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too.' I'm open to learning more about who I am."

GLAAD, an organization supporting LGBTQ+ representation in the media, explains: "While being bisexual means being attracted to more than one gender, being pansexual means being attracted to all gender identities, or attracted to people regardless of gender."

Janelle Monáe Confirms She's Pansexual





Nonprofit Founder Talks About Becoming a Mormon LGBT Ally

Former YSA bishop and Utah businessman Richard Ostler served a mission in England for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints almost 40 years ago.  Little did he know at that time, he would be reunited decades later with one of his fellow missionaries — who happened to be a priest, gay and married.

“He was living out of the circle of our doctrine, but he’s not living out of the circle of our love and our concern and our interest,” Ostler said during a presentation at Utah State University on Tuesday night. “That was very helpful to me as I started to get a little reprogrammed with LGBTQ.”

Ostler gave his hour-plus speech on campus, but it was not sponsored by the university or the LDS Church. In fact, that was one of the points Ostler made at the beginning of his remarks.  “I’m not here representing the Mormon church. I’m not here representing Utah State. I’m just here speaking as an individual as I’ve come to understand better LGBTQ,” Ostler said. “Thank you for being willing to engage on this.”

Ostler became interested in LGBTQ issues after learning of a gay teen’s suicide in his community.

Nonprofit Founder Talks About Becoming a Mormon LGBT Ally




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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Re: The Daily Sheet May - August 2018
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Tuesday, May 8th, 2018


Hello UBF members!

We are opening this week's TDS in a different way. I was contacted by forum member foreverinawe, and he had an idea for this week's issue. He has a topic that he felt was worthy of discussion, so he asked if we could feature it in TDS, and then have discussion moved to the "Respond to the Daily Sheet" thread.

So, without further ado, here is foreverinawe's PM to me.

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Thank you Walt Disney


Did you ever have an unexpected event in your life that showed you how wonderful
life could be, something that you have treasured ever since? Not the romantic love
of your life (although that might make a good topic later), but something related
to your external world --

   • finding an irreplaceable long lost photograph
   • rounding a corner coming face to face with your favorite celebrity...
   • turning on your radio at the end of a day of worry and struggle,
        and there is Barbara Bonney singing Schubert's Ave Maria (q.v.)....

We all have them. I will post my own on May 19, which is the anniversary of my happy experience.

Please share one of yours with us. Please post it in the Respond to the Daily Sheet thread:

http://www.ultimatebrokebackforum.com/index.php?topic=8377.0

   ~~~fia

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Proulx Awarded Library of Congress Fiction Prize

Annie Proulx has been named winner of the 2018 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. The honor recognizes an experienced writer whose body of work has “told us something new about the American experience.”

Proulx, 82, is best known as the author of the 1993 novel “The Shipping News,” which won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, and the short story “Brokeback Mountain,” which was adapted into an Academy Award-winning movie in 2005. Last year, she received the National Book Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Proulx has given us monumental sagas and keen-eyed, skillfully wrought stories,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement released Wednesday. “Throughout her writing, she succeeds in capturing the wild, woolly heart of America, from its screwball wit to its every last detail. She is an American original.” The selection, by Hayden, was based on nominations from previous winners, other authors and literary critics.

“I disbelieved this honor at first,” Proulx told The Washington Post via email, “but when the news finally sank in, I was both somewhat shaken and delighted to learn my work was held in esteem by our national library.”

Proulx Awarded Library of Congress Fiction Prize





Pulse Survivor, Others Celebrate 'Freedom' from Being Gay

Pulse nightclub shooting survivor Luis Javier Ruiz joined a few dozen others at a so-called Freedom March in Washington, D.C., on Saturday where those in attendance celebrated no longer identifying as gay or transgender.

“I don’t want to tell everyone it’s a ‘gay-to-straight’ thing because God is not calling me to that," Ruiz told NBC News. "I feel that I want to live in a life of purity. I feel that through loving Christ, he will walk me out of any situation. I love the LGBTQ community, I love my family. There’s no hate here, there’s love.”

Ruiz, who said he no longer identifies as gay and denied going to conversion therapy, promoted his decision to attend the event on Facebook. That post, which has since been taken down, led to threats and the loss of many friends, Ruiz said.

A few dozen people in total showed up at the event on a cloudy Saturday celebrating "freedom from homosexual/transgender lifestyles by the grace and power of Jesus Christ," according to the march.

Pulse Survivor, Others Celebrate 'Freedom' from Being Gay




40 Essential Lesbian Romance Films

This past weekend at the box office was particularly gay. Love, Simon was still playing at theaters across America, and it was joined by Disobedience — which tells the story of two women finding love and comfort with each other in an Orthodox Jewish community — and Duck Butter, an indie dramedy about a pair of millennial ladies who endeavor to pack an entire relationship’s worth of experience into a single 24-hour stretch. (Not to mention, the Marvel big bad Thanos took over over Earth in hopes of obtaining a collection of fine jewelry.)

In celebration of all this queerness, Vulture has assembled a list of 40 essential lesbian love stories from around the world: movies that will make you laugh, make you cry, and then make you cry so violently you want to throw up. We’re exaggerating, of course — only some of these movies end in horrible tragedy. But all of them will hit you right square in the heart.


40 Essential Lesbian Romance Films




Mainstream Pop Music is Finally Embracing Bisexuality

Earlier this month, Kehlani and Demi Lovato concluded the US leg of their Tell Me You Love Me tour by kissing on a rotating stage bed. Mainstream pop is, of course, no stranger to demonstrations of Sapphic affection – growing up, MTV gave us Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” with all its “cherry chapstick” and “experimental games”, while Madonna and Britney shared an iconic kiss during their VMA performance – but as Lovato giggled over Kehlani, pushing her over and grinding into her, something felt different. In the past, those artists would ‘play gay’ for shock value. Here, both artists are actually queer – and they’re not alone. Today, bisexual musicians are more visible than ever in pop, with new artists writing wistful love songs using same-sex pronouns and chart-topping stars waving pride flags on-stage.

Last year, Halsey’s “Strangers” – featuring fellow bisexual artist Lauren Jauregui – became the first female same-sex love song to make the Top 40. Janelle Monáe’s new album Dirty Computer featured music videos comically strutting between male and female love interests, while Harry Styles recently previewed a song with lyrics about “messing about” with both boys and girls. Even Eminem, who spent much of his career portraying gay men as lecherous sex pests (“Pants or dress, hate f**s? The answer’s yes / Homophobic? Nah, you’re just heterophobic,” he rapped on “Criminal”), recently claimed to be using Grindr, although it was hard to ascertain whether this was a weak attempt at humour or not.


Mainstream Pop Music is Finally Embracing Bisexuality




GOP Governor and a Ban on Transgender Discrimination

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) is expected to sign a bill in the coming weeks that would ban discrimination in the state based on gender identity.

The New Hampshire Union Leader reported that the Republican-controlled state Senate passed the legislation last week. The bill would make it illegal to discriminate against transgender people in matters of housing, employment and public accommodations.

"These laws are necessary because of the pervasive discrimination that transgender people face at work, at home and in public. I’m not transgender, but 10, 20 years ago, I experienced these discriminations," said state Sen. Dan Innis (R), who is gay.

The law will go into effect 30 days after Sununu signs it.  The public accommodations provision drew some pushback from Republican lawmakers. That part of the law provides protections for transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

GOP Governor and a Ban on Transgender Discrimination




There’s Nothing ‘Fair’ About The New Rules For Women Track Athletes

Sport has historically been a space for white cisgendered men to compete against each other. But over the last century, this has slowly changed. Black and brown athletes have broken down racial barriers one by one, though it’s still possible in 2018 to have the cops called on you if you are black and playing golf too slowly. It took a federal law in the United States ― Title IX, passed in 1972 ― to begin to repair the vast disparity in athletic opportunities and resources between men’s/boy’s and women’s/girl’s sports, and we still have a long way to go.

Over the last few years we have seen the visibility of transgender, intersex and non-binary athletes ― all those who push against the rigid boundaries of “male” and “female” ― rise, though the resistance to their participation remains immense.

At the intersection sits one of the best female middle-distance runners ever, South Africa’s Caster Semenya who’s been under the scrutiny of the International Association of Athletics Federations since 2009 for having what some consider an “unfair advantage” over the competition.

There’s Nothing ‘Fair’ About The New Rules For Women Track Athletes





Abilene Allies Hosts LGBT Dance, Ally Training

The Abilene Allies group hosted two events last weekend to show support for LGBT students.  Led by Abilene pastor Damon Parker, the group invited LGBT students to a dance last Friday night at the Swenson House.

“The purpose of the dance was mostly to have the community of Abilene show support for our LGBTQ students,” Parker said, “and to show we’re glad you’re here in Abilene at school and as a part of our town.”   Gabby Thompson, co-president of Voice, a student LGBT peer-support group, said about 30 students attended the dance.  Some students brought dates, while others came with friend groups, Thompson said.

“If you aren’t out yet, formal dances aren’t as fun cause you can’t bring your significant other,” Thompson said.


Abilene Allies Hosts LGBT Dance, Ally Training




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: foreverinawe, KillersMom, CellarDweller115





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Tuesday, May 15th, 2018



The Stars Of NYC Opera's ‘Brokeback Mountain’

It is a story that has captivated readers since it was first published in The New Yorker more than 20 years ago. Moviegoers were equally entranced by the film that Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers described as “unmissable and unforgettable…  a landmark film and a triumph for Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.” And now opera fans have the rare opportunity to experience Brokeback Mountain in its U.S. premiere at New York City Opera (May 31 – June 4).

The heartbreaking story of Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist takes place on the harsh terrain of Wyoming’s fictional Brokeback Mountain. Depicted with sweep vistas underscored by a melodic, lyrical score by Gustavo Santaolalla, the film’s visual poeticism veered from author Annie Proulx’s more bleak interpretation of rural America. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer returned to her source material to write the libretto for composer Charles Wuorinen’s score.

Originally commissioned in 2008 by then General Director Gerard Mortier, the opera was never produced in the U.S., instead, making its world premiere at Madrid’s Teatro Real. The New York City Opera production originated at the Salzburg State Theater and will feature a 26-piece orchestra. The production is the company’s second installment in its annual Pride Series, which is gaining national attention for pushing the boundaries in a typically conservative art form.

The Stars Of NYC Opera's ‘Brokeback Mountain’





Comic John Bishop At LGBT Awards

Comic John Bishop told how was ‘massively proud’ of his gay son as he gave a touching speech at the NatWest British LGBT Awards. The Scouse funnyman was named Ally of the Year at the ceremony in London.  And he moved the audience with his powerful acceptance speech about his family and gay pride.

“I was so pleased to be nominated,” said John, who attended the awards at the Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square with his wife Melanie and sons Joe, Luke and Daniel. “I brought my whole family, my wife and my three sons who I love and I am massively proud of.  “Like all parents we have problems with them.  “One of my sons has a tattoo on his ankle that was meant to be Africa but looks like Australia, one of my sons mumbles and one of my sons is a gay man."

“I’ll be honest, there’s been loads of nights when me and my wife have sat up and worried and worried and worried.  What are we going to do if he doesn’t stop mumbling?”

As the crowd laughed and applauded the joke, John also called for same-sex marriage to be legalised in Northern Ireland, reports the Mirror .

Comic John Bishop At LGBT Awards




Lesbian Teacher Claims Discrimination

A Texas teacher has filed a lawsuit alleging she was put on leave and transferred after showing her class a photograph of her future wife.  Stacy Bailey has twice been named teacher of the year at Charlotte Anderson elementary school in Arlington, Texas. Last August, at the start of a new school year, she put on a getting-to-know-you slideshow. It included pictures of her family and friends, including a woman Bailey described as her “future wife”.

Later in the week, according to a court filing, Bailey was told a parent had complained about the art teacher promoting a “homosexual agenda”.  According to the lawsuit, a school district official met Bailey and told her: “You can’t promote your lifestyle in the classroom.” The suit says Bailey responded: “We plan to get married. When I have a wife, I should be able to say this is my wife without fear of harassment. When I state that, it is a fact about my life, not a political statement.”  The official is quoted as replying: “Well right now it kind of is.”


Lesbian Teacher Claims Discrimination




Rita Ora Song Accused of Exploiting Bisexuality by LGBTQ Artists

A Rita Ora track featuring Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX has been accused of exploiting bisexuality by several LGBTQ musicians.  The chorus of Girls goes: "Sometimes, I just wanna kiss girls/Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls".  Singers including Kehlani, Hayley Kiyoko and Shura argue the song belittles same-sex relationships.  Newsbeat has asked Rita Ora's management for a comment, but they've not responded yet.

Rita has, however, given an interview to People Magazine in which she said she wants the song to be a bisexual anthem - but when asked whether she considers herself bisexual, she was less clear.  "If people look at it like that, it's very narrow-minded and I don't think that's what this record is. I don't think that that even matters", she said.

Singer and actress Hayley Kiyoko was one of the first to speak out against the track.

Rita Ora Song Accused of Exploiting Bisexuality by LGBTQ Artists




Trump Administration Withdraws Protections for Transgender Prisoners

The Trump administration decided to withdraw protections for transgender inmates that allowed them to use facilities corresponding with their gender identity, according to a report from BuzzFeed News. A notice posted Friday evening revealed modifications to previous Obama-era policies that attempted to protect transgender inmates from sexual abuse and assault. 

According to the revised notice, the Bureau of Prisons will be using “biological sex” instead of gender identity to assign the housing, bathrooms, and other facilities of transgender prisoners. “The designation to a facility of the inmate’s identified gender would be appropriate only in rare cases,” the new Transgender Offender Manual reads.

The policy effectively places transgender protections on a back burner under the premise that officials must “consider whether placement would threaten the management and security of the institution and/or pose a risk to other inmates in the institution.”

Trump Administration Withdraws Protections for Transgender Prisoners




What is Genderqueer and Non-Binary

Non-Binary is an umbrella term which can refer to a range of identities on the gender spectrum.  Here's the lowdown on a few of the terms which relate to the contestants on new Channel 4 reality show Genderquake.

The gender binary is the idea that there are only two possible genders - male and female. Intersex people (hermaphrodites) and those born with extra X or Y chromosomes could also be classed as binary genders. 

Anyone who identifies as non-binary or genderqueer therefore views their gender as being beyond these confinements.  Non-binary people may also identify as transgender which means their internal experience of gender differs from the one they were assigned at birth.  Genderqueer has a similar meaning to non-binary but can sometimes cause offence if it is viewed as a transphobic slur.

What is Genderqueer and Non-Binary





A Straight Up Ally

Every student has an identity, the accepting and understanding of which has been a major focus for one particular graduating student.

For the past year Alyssa Palmer has served as the president for Identity, the Saint Rose club which promotes awareness, tolerance, and understanding of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. This involves providing a safe space for students who are members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies on campus.

As a sophomore, Palmer knew she wanted to make a change within the community, especially wanting to get rid of the stereotype that Identity is just “the gay club.” As an ally, Palmer did not want to lose sight of this aspect of the LGBTQ+ community.  “We are Identity,” she said. “I want Identity to be known in a positive way.”


A Straight Up Ally




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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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018



Never-Before-Seen Photos of Heath Ledger DJ'ing a House Party

We are still learning new things about Heath Ledger — 10 years after his tragic passing.   Celebrity photographer Ben Watts shared never-before-seen photos of the late actor, who died from an accidental drug overdose at age 28 in January 2008, ahead of an exhibit he’s having this summer of photos he took of the late movie star. The black-and-white shots, shared Thursday on Instagram, showed the Brokeback Mountain and Dark Knight star DJ’ing a party at his home in Los Angeles.

Maybe you were aware that the Australian actor liked to control the tunes — not too long ago, Sienna Miller told us a story about Heath DJ’ing Venice boat rides while filming Casanova — but Watts recalled that Ledger “also liked chess & arm wrestling.”

Model Helena Christensen, who was romantically linked to Ledger in the media but always maintained that they were just friends, commented on Watt’s post that Ledger liked to play chess with her son, who’s now 18. An old People magazine article talks about Ledger being part of the Washington Square Park chess world in NYC, where he’d play in the early mornings for a few dollars. He had told MTV.com, “I’ve played since I was a kid. I play at least one game a day.”

Never-Before-Seen Photos of Heath Ledger DJ'ing a House Party





Pope Francis Tells Gay Man: 'God Made You Like This'

A survivor of clerical sexual abuse has said Pope Francis told him that God had made him gay and loved him, in arguably the most strikingly accepting comments about homosexuality to be uttered by the leader of the Roman Catholic church.

Juan Carlos Cruz, who spoke privately with the pope two weeks ago about the abuse he suffered at the hands of one of Chile’s most notorious paedophiles, said the issue of his sexuality had arisen because some of the Latin American country’s bishops had sought to depict him as a pervert as they accused him of lying about the abuse.

“He told me, ‘Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like this and loves you like this and I don’t care. The pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are,’” Cruz told Spanish newspaper El País.

Now 87, Fernando Karadima, the man who abused Cruz, was found guilty of abuse by the Vatican in 2011.

Pope Francis Tells Gay Man: 'God Made You Like This'




Jennifer Aniston to Play First Female (and Lesbian) President

Ladies and gentlemen, please rise for President Jennifer Aniston.  The actress will be taking on the role of President of the United States for an upcoming Netflix movie, the streaming platform announced on Friday. Aniston, 49, will star opposite comedian Tig Notaro, 47, as Beverly and Kasey Nicholson, with Aniston playing America’s first female and lesbian president.

The movie, titled First Ladies, is co-written by Notaro and her wife Stephanie Allynne and produced by the two along with Will Ferrel and Adam McKay, among others.

This is the second movie Aniston has in line with Netflix. She’s also reuniting with Adam Sandler for the ensemble comedy Murder Mystery. The movie follows Sandler’s character, a cop, who finally takes his wife (Aniston) on a trip to Europe turned tragic when they find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation on a luxurious yacht.

Jennifer Aniston to Play First Female (and Lesbian) President




How Bisexuality on TV Evolved From a Favorite Punchline to a Vital Storyline

I was told so many lies about what being bisexual means that it took me 27 years to come out as bisexual myself. Friends shrugged that bisexual people just couldn’t make up their minds. Family members insisted that being gay or straight was one thing, but anything in between just didn’t make sense. And in a crushing blow, my beloved escape, television, insisted over and over that someone who might like men and women was a confused joke at best, and a slutty sinner at worst.

For decades, TV had no idea what to do with anyone whose sexuality fell outside a gay-straight dichotomy. As Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw put it in 2000, many thought bisexuality was just “a layover on the way to Gaytown.” As 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon said through an eyeroll in 2009, “bisexuality ... is just something they invented in the ’90s to sell hair products.” Or more simply, as the supposed queer utopia of The L Word dismissed it in 2006, bisexuality “is gross.”

The derision and relative lack of representation is even more jarring when you remember that there are more people who identify as bisexual-plus — a spectrum that includes bisexuality, pansexuality, queerness, and everything in between — than those who identify as lesbian or gay combined.

How Bisexuality on TV Evolved From a Favorite Punchline to a Vital Storyline




Book About Transgender Girl Breaks Ground

As grown-ups start to shop for summer reading, school kids are laying into the titles they’ll read for next fall’s Oregon Battle of the Books, or OBOB.   It’s a statewide competition, in which kids read from a list of about dozen books, curated by a team of librarians. They duke it out answering Jeopardy!-style questions about the books.

One of the books contenders will read this summer is unlike any before it.

The novel “George” by Alex Gino is the first OBOB selection to feature a transgender protagonist. Gino’s fourth-grade heroine thinks of herself as Melissa, and the narrative identifies her with female pronouns throughout, but she’s carrying the male name she was born with and hiding feelings she can only let loose when she’s totally alone.

Book About Transgender Girl Breaks Ground




What is Hyposexuality and How Is It Different From Asexuality?

Hyposexuality may not be a phrase you’re familiar with - but its symptoms are ubiquitous.  The terminology is used by sexual health professionals to describe a condition characterized by decreased libido which can be experienced at different degrees and time periods for various reasons.

It is occasionally wrongly aligned with asexuality - whereby someone does not experience sexual attraction towards others.  The key difference between the two is that asexuality is an orientation whereas hyposexuality is a diagnosis.

“Asexuality is an identity formed around community and personal experience,” explained a spokesperson for the LGBT Foundation, “while hyposexuality is a diagnosis given to people who are not asexual but are experiencing difficulty achieving sexual arousal.”

People experiencing hyposexuality may feel distressed and upset as a result of the condition, which may be secondary to other sexual dysfunctions such as anorgasmia - the inability to orgasm; dyspareunia - painful intercourse; and erectile dysfunction.

What is Hyposexuality and How Is It Different From Asexuality?





Recognizing the Vital Support of Allies

On Thursday, May 10 Aqua Foundation for Women held their 7th annual Ally Awards at the Bacardi building in Coral Gables.   Aqua Ally Awards is an event to celebrate and honor allies who stand with the LGBT community in the fight for equality.   Although the term ally is often used in the context of conflict, it is an appropriate action driven noun bestowed upon one who supports the LGBT community in the fight for equality and empowerment.

Robin Schwartz, the Managing Director of Aqua Foundation, explained “Sometimes it is straight allies whose voices are heard the loudest by non-LGBTQ folks.”   Schwartz said allies are the largest part of the greater community so having their support in the fight for equality is vital.

“Our movement's goal is for LBT women to have the same opportunities as everyone else and to have our voices heard as an equal part of the greater community.” Aqua Foundation is heavily involved in work that empowers LBT women through scholarships/mentorships, programs for the LGBT homeless youth, initiatives for the transgender community and creating spaces for LGBT families.


Recognizing the Vital Support of Allies




Brokeback Opera Comes to New York

Years ago, Brokies congregated in Spain to see the opera version of Brokeback Mountain.  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.   The dates of the opera are below, and Brokies are meeting in NYC to attend.

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, May 29th, 2018



He Has Fans, Fame and an Acclaimed ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Opera.

The composer Charles Wuorinen should be in good spirits. The San Francisco Symphony recently gave the premiere of a colorful new orchestral work. He is currently writing a ballet score, and just finished a string trio.  Organizations large and small continue to commission Mr. Wuorinen, expanding a catalog of more than 270 pieces. New York City Opera will present the American premiere of his “Brokeback Mountain” on May 31, a little more than a week before his 80th birthday.

But on an April visit to the Upper West Side brownstone he shares with his husband and manager, Howard Stokar, Mr. Wuorinen was characteristically carping.

“One doesn’t like the feeling of being just a placeholder,” he said of the City Opera production, which fills the company’s annual Pride Month slot for an L.G.B.T.-themed work. “If this didn’t work out, they would — I know they would — plug another damn thing in the same supposed connection.”

He Has Fans, Fame and an Acclaimed ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Opera.





Data Find Gay Men Avoiding HIV Tests

When Cornelius Mabin first told his parents he was gay, they took him to the doctor. The doctor told his parents their son needed surgery to remove whatever it was that made him attracted to men.  Mabin, a teenager at the time, stormed out of the clinic.  "I told them 'That doctor is a quack, and there's nothing medically wrong with me,'" he said.

That was in the early 1980s, just as doctors were taking notice of the AIDS epidemic in the United States. Since then, testing and treatment for AIDS and HIV have improved, and medical professionals don't think surgery can change sexuality. Still, stigma and a lack of education keep Arkansans, especially those in rural areas, from getting screened for the human immunodeficiency virus, experts say.

Disease detectives for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention met last month to discuss new findings. One in rural West Virginia showed that, despite the explosion of opioid use in the nation and the use of needles in drug abuse, HIV is more commonly spread among men through sexual contact.

Dr. Mary Evans, a researcher for the CDC who specializes in HIV/AIDS, began work in West Virginia when the state health department asked for help. The department had detected an increase in HIV diagnoses in three counties. Evans' research expanded on that to include 12 nearby counties.

Data Find Gay Men Avoiding HIV Tests




Lesbian Archive Preserves a Time When the Bay Area Changed Radically

In the 1970s, coalitions of Bay Area women started the first feminist credit unions, domestic violence shelters and holistic health centers. Some of these pioneering women’s stories — and the role they played in shaping the Bay Area’s progressive identity — are household tales. But an equal number of them are stuck in boxes that have yet to be dusted off.

That mission is at the core of the Bay Area Lesbian Archives, a project founded by Lenn Keller, a photographer and filmmaker who moved to Oakland in 1975. As women of her generation grew older, Keller saw that the history of Bay Area lesbians of the 1970s and ’80s was in danger of being lost. In 2014, she and several other women took on the task of saving it.

“Marginalized histories are often not documented,” Keller said. “This means that all of us have a distorted sense of who we are and our history as a country. This history is very important, not just for posterity, but it’s important for us now. It helps us understand how we got to where we are, and helps us understand how to deal with the challenges.”

Lesbian Archive Preserves a Time When the Bay Area Changed Radically




Charli XCX Acknowledges 'Girls' Controversy

Charli XCX has responded to the controversy surrounding "Girls," her collaboration with Rita Ora, Cardi B and Bebe Rexha. The pop single, released earlier this month, came under fire for its depiction of bisexuality.

The singer shared her feelings about the track with Rolling Stone before opening for Taylor Swift on the Reputation Stadium Tour in Denver Friday night (May 25). She said Ora, a close friend, told her releasing "Girls" "was the first she's been honest" about her sexuality in her music. (Ora has since come out via a statement on social media and apologized to anyone in the LGBTQ+ community who was hurt by the song.)

"I think the conversation and dialogue around this song is really important," Charli said. "I try so hard to be as involved with the LGBTQ community as possible. Without that community, my career would not really be anything ... I read Kehlani's post, Hayley [Kiyoko]'s post, Katie [Gavin] from Muna's post. I could totally relate to the conversation that was being had. Of course, the intention of the song was never to hurt anybody. None of the artists on this song would ever want to upset or hurt anyone."

Charli XCX Acknowledges 'Girls' Controversy




Pakistan Enacts Protections for Transgender People

Pakistan has enacted nationwide nondiscrimination protections for transgender people.  After being passed by the National Assembly and the Senate, the “Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018” went into effect this past weekend with the assent of the acting president of Pakistan.

The historic measure provides comprehensive protections for transgender people across several important aspects of life, including employment, education, health care, housing, public transportation and a host of other areas.

“This is a truly historic moment as Pakistan joins the ranks of a growing number of countries with nondiscrimination laws that protect the transgender community,” said Ty Cobb, director of the Human Rights Campaign’s global program. “These are explicit, nationwide protections that we have yet to achieve here in the United States. Transgender people around the globe face high levels of discrimination, stigma, and violence, and Pakistan has now taken a historic step in addressing this heartbreaking tragedy. We congratulate the transgender advocates and allies in Pakistan who achieved this major victory through hard work, dedication, and undying commitment to fighting for a more fair and just world.” 

Pakistan Enacts Protections for Transgender People




State Senate Approves Protections for Intersex Children

It’s been decades in the making, but Monday afternoon it finally happened: The California Senate approved a resolution 23-12 that calls on medical professionals to delay unnecessary surgery on intersex infants until they reach an age where they’re able to understand the ramifications and give their consent. The bill will now proceed to the Assembly for their review.

Sen. Scott Wiener drafted Senate Concurrent Resolution 110 after hearing from people who were negatively affected by the early surgeries. It’s not a small thing; Around 1 in 1,500 to 2,000 babies are born with physical or hormonal abnormalities that blur the lines of their sex. Until recently, it was standard practice to surgically alter the baby to fit a certain gender, and the child was raised accordingly. But as interpretations of gender have become more accepting and fluid, this practice has come under attack.

State Senate Approves Protections for Intersex Children





The LGBTQ Community Has Allies in Gaming

Meet the Gaymers who, as the name might suggest, are members of the LGBTQ community who, well, game.  Gaming is growing. As in any culture, there are ups and downs, pitfalls and power-ups. And one subculture is making their name known across the board.

In the next several years, the sector will make waves. By numbers, by influence, by reach, the LGBTQ gaming community is all but guaranteed to make an important mark in the larger culture of gaming.  According to Casino.org, the first usage of the noun “gaymer” is traceable back to message boards of the old Internet standby, USENET: “As public acceptance of both gaming and gay culture grew in the early to mid-2000s, so did the word’s use.”

As entertainment-savvy consumers, gaymers are used to seeking out all the angles in their hobby. And like most gamers, gaymers have a unique virtue, instilled in them by hours upon hours of grinding levels.  It’s called persistence.  Being a gaymer is about taking stock, and keeping score. Of what you’re doing, and where you’re going. The game is what brings Gaymers there. But it’s the sense of achievement — and the solidarity of the community — that keeps them, racking up points.


The LGBTQ Community Has Allies in Gaming




Brokeback Opera Comes to New York

Years ago, Brokies congregated in Spain to see the opera version of Brokeback Mountain.  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.   The dates of the opera are below, and Brokies are meeting in NYC to attend.

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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Forum Member DenimGirl Has Story Published

Long time Ultimate Brokeback Forum member and slash links archivist has announced that her first book has just been published.   The title is The Power of Two and is written under the pen name of Leigh Vining.

In The Power of Two, Corey Preston has just opened his own gym. He should be proud, but frustrations with his family and his ex-boyfriend keep him from feeling fully secure.

Nick Sanders is running away from his life the old-fashioned way--hopping a train. With all his bridges burned and no idea where he's headed or what he'll find there, he ends up in Redding, California, and in Corey's life.

Corey finds himself intrigued with the mysterious stranger, and hopes to forge a friendship with the young man with the boy next door charm and good looks. As Nick begins letting his guard down and sharing fragments of his life back home where he'd been living a lie and making choices he's not proud of, Corey dreams of more. He falls fast for the handsome stranger, but Nick's baggage and Corey's chaotic life threaten to keep them from happiness.

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To find out more about this book, or others written forum members, or other books recommended by forum members, check out the thread below.

Book Recommendations of Possible Interest to Slash Readers




Review: ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ the Opera, Falls Short of Its Potential

Some new operas are exasperating because they fall far short of their potential. Charles Wuorinen’s “Brokeback Mountain,” though, is exasperating because it falls just short.

This “Brokeback” comes so close to living up to its promise and becoming a truly distinctive modernist opera. But for all Mr. Wuorinen’s skill and the risks he takes challenging audiences with unabashedly atonal, fiercely complex music, the score often seems relentlessly busy and ineffectively intricate.

That’s the way the opera, adapted by Annie Proulx from her short story about the doomed love between two Wyoming cowboys, came across at its premiere in 2014 at the Teatro Real in Madrid. And that was still my conclusion on Thursday, when New York City Opera presented the American premiere at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Review: ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ the Opera, Falls Short of Its Potential




Beyond The Rainbow: Your Guide To LGBT Flags

The rainbow flag has been a symbol of the LGBT community since 1978, when Gilbert Baker’s design first appeared in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.

More recently, advocates in Philadelphia added brown and black stripes to symbolize queer people of color, which has sparked its own debate.

But there’s more than the rainbow: You probably recognize the transgender pride flag—but what about the bisexual, asexual, and pansexual pride flags?

Below, we share some notable banners from across the spectrum of gender and sexuality.

Beyond The Rainbow: Your Guide To LGBT Flags




FX’s ‘Pose’ Puts Transgender and Gay Actors Front and Center

FX takes delight in telling us that “Pose” features the largest-ever cast of transgender actors in starring roles in TV history. And the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors.

If that’s all the series, which premieres Sunday, had going for it, it wouldn’t be enough. But that’s just the beginning for the latest show from co-creator/executive producer/writer/director Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” “American Crime Story,” “American Horror Story,” “9-1-1”).

“Pose,” set within the “ball culture” in 1980s New York, is compelling and highly relatable, even to those who are straight and living in, say, Salt Lake City. That’s the genius of the series — it tells the story of minority gay and trans characters in 1987, but in a way that everyone can relate to.

FX’s ‘Pose’ Puts Transgender and Gay Actors Front and Center




Tanya Saunders, Owner of Cubbyhole, Dies

Tanya Saunders, a child refugee from Nazi Germany who owned a West Village bar since 1987 — the last 24 years under the name Cubbyhole — died April 29 at age 82.  The cause of death, said Lisa Menichino, Saunders’s close friend who worked with her for the past 18 years, was heart failure, after roughly a year of poor health.

Though the Cubbyhole was widely thought of as a lesbian bar, both Saunders and Menichino preferred to dub it a “neighborhood fusion bar.”  “Exclusivity bored her,” Menichino told Gay City News, The Villager’s sister paper. “She wanted a diversity of people. That’s much more interesting.”

In a 2004 profile on the bar in The Villager, Saunders explained, “When I used to go out, I’d always catch a lot of attitude at bars and clubs. I always wanted to open a bar, and I thought when I did, I’d make sure it was a friendly, casual place where people would feel comfortable. I wanted a real mix of people. I live my life that way, and I wanted it in my bar. We’ve got men and women, gay and straight here.”

Tanya Saunders, Owner of Cubbyhole, Dies




Bisexual Pastor Makes Space For LGBTQ Believers

It took a many-year journey before Jamie-Arpin Ricci learned to reconcile his faith with his sexuality, largely because of social pressures he says still exist today in many conservative churches that alienate LGBTQ Christians like him.

"There was a lot of very painful experiences, often perpetuated by well-intentioned Christians," the 41-year-old Winnipeg pastor says of his youth.  "And so as I grew into my identity and began to accept that that was the way God created me, I wanted to work hard to make space for other people who might have a similar journey."

Arpin-Ricci is a father of two and married to a woman he loves deeply.  He's also bisexual and leads Little Flowers Community, an Anabaptist- and Franciscan-inspired church in the West End.

Bisexual Pastor Makes Space For LGBTQ Believers




Transgender Brains More Closely Resemble Brains of the Sex They Align With

Gender studies are leaving the college halls and heading into the lab. Increasingly, there have been more rigorous studies in how transgender people neurologically relate to the sex they identify with rather than their biological sex. 

From genetics to brain activity, scientists are delving into the complicated cultural, neurological and biological aspects of sex and gender. Public discourse can be divisive and often ends up muddling the real scientific inquiry into this subject. It’s a widely interdisciplinary field with many different voices contributing to understanding it in a variety of ways. For example, some people like, Siddhartha Mukherjee, physician and author believes that genes are highly influential in determining attributes of gender and sex identity. He states:

“It is now clear that genes are vastly more influential than virtually any other force in shaping sex identity and gender identity—although in limited circumstances a few attributes of gender can be learned through cultural, social, and hormonal reprogramming.”

Transgender Brains More Closely Resemble Brains of the Sex They Align With




Genderqueer Person Shot & Killed in Atlanta

Friends and family of Nino Fortson are grieving following the early Sunday morning shooting death of the gender nonconforming Atlanta resident.  Fortson, 36, was a member of Atlanta’s LGBTQ ballroom scene and also went by Nino Starr and Nino Blahnik. Fortson was shot near the intersection of Woods Drive and Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway in Northwest Atlanta around 2 a.m. Sunday, according to the Atlanta Police Department.

Police tell Project Q Atlanta that a witness at the scene said Fortson got into a verbal altercation with two men and two women, and that during the argument, Fortson pulled a gun and fired it into the air.  The witness said he walked away, but a short time later heard gunshots and looked back to see Fortson on the ground and one of the men limping away.

Fortson was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died of his injuries. Police have not found the identity of the shooter or shooters and are calling it a death investigation.

Genderqueer Person Shot & Killed in Atlanta





Minnesota Vikings to Host LBGT Summit and Fundraiser

The Minnesota Vikings are hosting an LGBT summit and fundraiser featuring speakers such as retired Olympian Greg Louganis and former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe.  The event takes place on Thursday, June 21 at the team’s headquarters, TCO Performance Center. Featured panels will be Athletes as Allies, the Role of Coaches, LGBTQ Trailblazers and the Power of Visibility: Institutions and Individuals.

In addition to Louganis and Kluwe, speakers will include Nevin Caple, co-founder of LGBT SportSafe, Robert Gulliver, NFL Chief Human Resources Officer, Chris Mosier, the first out transgender athlete to join a U.S. national team, Samantha Rapoport, NFL Director of Football Development, Esera Tuaolo, former player for the Minnesota Vikings and Stephanie White, head women’s basketball coach at Vanderbilt University.

More speakers will be announced closer to the summit date.


Minnesota Vikings to Host LBGT Summit and Fundraiser





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Tuesday, June 12th, 2018



Michelle Williams to Star in ‘This Is Jane’

Michelle Williams will star in “This Is Jane,” Amazon Studios’ historical drama that follows women who provided abortion services in the years before legalized abortion.

“Boys Don’t Cry” director Kimberly Peirce came on board in 2017 to helm “This Is Jane,” set up at John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions. Lesher and Peter Heller are producing.

The project is based on Laura Kaplan’s book “The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service,” which follows women who provided abortion services in the years before 1973’s Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. Kaplan, who joined the three-year-old organization Jane in 1971, assembled the histories of the anonymous women who are identified only by pseudonyms.

Michelle Williams to Star in ‘This Is Jane’




Might This Become the New Pride Flag?

A designer has come up with a new Pride flag that xe believes is more inclusive and progresive.  Daniel Quasar is based in Portland, Oregon, US. Quasar identifies as a ‘queer non-binary demiguy’ and prefers xe/xem/xyr pronouns, reports LGBTQ Nation.  Xe created the flag following earlier adaptations to the existing, six-stripe rainbow flag first created by the artist Gilbert Baker.

Last year, a flag with additional black and brown stripes was created, to represent people of color. A further design including the colors of the trans flag has also been suggested.

Quasar’s designs incorporates both of these. Xe is now looking to find the funds to create and ship the flags. Xe launched a crowdfunding Kickstarter campaign on Thursday. Within two days, it has raised over half of its $14,000 target.

Should it hit its target in the next 13 days, Quasar will begin shipping flags out to supporters. Xe says the money is being raised because creating a custom-made flag is expensive, and a bulk order will significantly reduce costs.

Might This Become the New Pride Flag?




Bullies Tag Gay Riverton Teen’s Car

Tanya Saunders, a child refugee from Nazi Germany who owned a West Village bar since 1987 — the last 24 years under the name Cubbyhole — died April 29 at age 82.  The cause of death, said Lisa Menichino, Saunders’s close friend who worked with her for the past 18 years, was heart failure, after roughly a year of poor health.

Though the Cubbyhole was widely thought of as a lesbian bar, both Saunders and Menichino preferred to dub it a “neighborhood fusion bar.”  “Exclusivity bored her,” Menichino told Gay City News, The Villager’s sister paper. “She wanted a diversity of people. That’s much more interesting.”

In a 2004 profile on the bar in The Villager, Saunders explained, “When I used to go out, I’d always catch a lot of attitude at bars and clubs. I always wanted to open a bar, and I thought when I did, I’d make sure it was a friendly, casual place where people would feel comfortable. I wanted a real mix of people. I live my life that way, and I wanted it in my bar. We’ve got men and women, gay and straight here.”

Bullies Tag Gay Riverton Teen’s Car




Bisexual Democrat Katie Hill Could Unseat Anti-LGBTQ Lawmaker

Katie Hill, a bisexual Democrat, could be the person to unseat anti-LGBTQ lawmaker Steve Knight in the U.S. mid-term election later this year.  During his time in office, Knight has attempted to pass a law that permitted anti-LGBTQ discrimination by attaching it to a defence spending bill, and voted against California’s ban on gay ‘cure’ therapy.

When Knight attempted to permit anti-LGBTQ discrimination, he was accused of “catering to right wing extremists who would turn back the clock on equality.”  Although Knight won the 2014 and 2016 elections, he’s only on a three per cent margin, meaning that Hill, who secured the Democrat nomination earlier this week, could potentially defeat him.

Hill has received the backing of LGBTQ Victory Fund, which supports out politicians in their campaigns to gain office. The organisation’s President and CEO, Annise Parker said: “Katie’s victory sets up a general election battle between her positive, solutions-oriented vision for the district and the politics of hate and destruction her opponent thrives on.

Bisexual Democrat Katie Hill Could Unseat Anti-LGBTQ Lawmaker




Birth Certificates Are Being Weaponized Against Trans People

When Walter A. Plecker died in August 1947, his “death was considered a gift by many,” writes historian Arica L. Coleman in her searing history, That the Blood Stay Pure: African Americans, Native Americans, and the Predicament of Race and Identity in Virginia. “It marked the end of one of the most virulent, bureaucratic, and racist regimes in the history of [Virginia] and the nation.”

Six decades later, however, Plecker’s ghost still sometimes shows his face—most recently in litigation about the rights of transgender Americans.

Plecker was Virginia’s registrar of vital statistics from 1912 to 1946. He played a leading role in creating and enforcing the grotesque racial dictatorship called segregation, which ruled the South from the 1890s until 1964—and whose heritage still divides and degrades the region today.

Birth Certificates Are Being Weaponized Against Trans People




New York City Wants to Recognize a Third Gender on Birth Certificates

Today, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his city’s intention to introduce a policy recognizing a third gender (“X”) on the birth certificates of non-binary and intersex people. While the New York City third gender policy is set to go before the City Council later this week, it would make NYC the fifth spot in the United States to allow such a gender marker on government-issued identification documents.

According to Time magazine, the proposed policy for a New York City third gender will be considered on June 5 at a meeting of the New York city Board of Health, “with a hearing in July and a vote in September if the board agrees.”

In a statement, Mayor de Blasio said, “Pride Month is a time to celebrate how far we’ve come in the fight for equality, and re-affirm our commitment to protecting all New Yorkers from discrimination. This proposal will allow transgender and gender-nonconforming New Yorkers to live with the dignity and respect they deserve, and make our City fairer.”

New York City Wants to Recognize a Third Gender on Birth Certificates





Women Won Big In Tuesday’s Primary Elections

A record-breaking number of women are running for ― and winning ― spots on ballots in this year’s primary elections. Of the 92 women who participated in Tuesday’s eight primaries, at least 36 of them have emerged victorious.

Women are likely to be elected governor for the first time in Iowa and South Dakota, and for the first time in nearly five decades in Alabama, according to Gender Watch 2018, a project of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Women are also poised to make significant progress in House races: Iowa, for example, may elect its first-ever congresswoman, and New Mexico may elect the country’s first Native American congresswoman, Deb Haaland.

Tuesday’s results were “largely consistent with what we’ve seen in other states,” Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University, told HuffPost.

The overwhelming majority of women who ran were on the Democratic side of the aisle, she said, where they have a high likelihood of winning this fall if they’re running in largely Democratic districts

Women Won Big In Tuesday’s Primary Elections





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Tuesday, June 19th, 2018



Kate Mara in F/X TV Drama "Pose"

A pair of American Horror Story alums have struck their first Pose.

The new show by Ryan Murphy gives us a look at Evan Peters and Kate Mara in their roles as Stan and Patty, a nice New Jersey couple who get drawn into the wild side of 1980s New York City. We see them enjoying a swanky dinner together at the Rainbow Room… but we also see Stan falling in love with a transgender woman named Angel (Indya Moore), so he’s clearly a bit torn between two very different lives.

Pose — which debuted Sunday, June 3 at 9/8c — chronicles the rise of the underground LGBT subculture known as “ball” culture against the backdrop of obscene yuppie wealth in the greed-is-good ’80s. In the trailer, a young ballet dancer named Damon (Ryan Jamaal Swain) is sleeping on park benches until he’s given an introduction to the vibrant, colorful ball culture: “Balls are a gathering of people who are not welcome to gather anywhere else,” he’s told.

Kate Mara in F/X TV Drama "Pose"




Royal Family to Have a Gay Wedding

2018 appears to be a year of important royal weddings. Before Princess Eugenie marries Jack Brooksbank on October 12, another member of the royal family will tie the knot, and make history in the process.

The Queen's cousin, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, is due to become the first person in the extended royal family to enter into a same-sex marriage. Lord Ivar is set to marry his longterm partner, James Coyle, and will be given away by his ex-wife, Penny, with whom he has three daughters.  Speaking to the Daily Mail about the forthcoming nuptials, Lord Ivar revealed:

"I really wanted to do it for James. He hasn't been married. For me, what's interesting is I don't need to get married because I've been there, done that and have my wonderful children; but I'm pushing it because I think it's important for him. James hasn't had the stable life I have. I want to be able to give you that."

Royal Family to Have a Gay Wedding




Uber Driver Suspended After Kicking Lesbian Couple Out Of Car

A New York Uber and cab driver has found himself out of work after kicking a lesbian couple out of his car in the middle of a trip, reports CNBC.  Alex Iovine and Emma Pichl hailed an Uber in Brooklyn for a ride to Manhattan.

"We were sitting in the two window seats with the middle seat between us," Iovine told CNBC. "At one point we turned to each other and pecked on the lips."

That was when the driver, Ahmad El Boutari, stopped the car and asked the couple to get out. They thought he was joking, but realized he was serious when he got out of the car, opened the back door, and repeated his request. They got out, and then Iovine started recording on her cell phone.  El Boutari can be heard claiming that their kiss was illegal and disrespectful. Indeed, this could be a particularly strict interpretation of Uber's community guidelines, which state: "Don’t touch or flirt with other people in the car. As a reminder, Uber has a no sex rule. That’s no sexual conduct between drivers and riders, no matter what."

Uber Driver Suspended After Kicking Lesbian Couple Out Of Car




Has Jason Mraz Just Come Out As Bisexual?

Jason Mraz may have just come out as bisexual.  The 40-year-old pop star sparked a firestorm of speculation after writing a love poem to the LGBT community for Billboard which included the line: “I am bi your side.” 

Several music stars have already come out this year, including fellow US singers Demi Lovato and Janelle Monáe.  And many fans are saying that the long-time LGBT rights advocate and donor Mraz’s sweet message, published in honour of Pride Month, was him revealing his sexuality.

The “I’m Yours” star first caused fans to wonder whether he was part of the LGBT community with a 2005 interview in which he said that he had “a gay friend I was hanging out with just about everyday. We were basically best friends. It took me about three months before I realised: ‘Oh my god, we’re dating.’

Has Jason Mraz Just Come Out As Bisexual?




Trump Administration Loses Another Ruling on Transgender Military Ban

Efforts by the Trump administration to implement a ban on allowing transgender Americans to serve in the military continue to be blocked after yet another court ruling against the policy on Friday.  A federal court in Seattle thwarted an administration request for a stay of an earlier injunction that halted the ban while a government appeal is heard.

Judge Marsha Pechman, who according to The Hill is one of four federal judges to have issued a preliminary injunction against Trump’s transgender military ban, issued the ruling Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Last April, Pechman also ruled that an injunction against the ban would remain in place while several lawsuits make their way through courts.

“The status quo shall remain ‘steady as she goes,’ and the preliminary injunction shall remain in full force and effect nationwide,” Pechman wrote in her ruling, quoting Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson during previous Senate testimony, The Hill reported.

Trump Administration Loses Another Ruling on Transgender Military Ban




Troye Sivan's 'Bloom' Video Is a Chic Genderqueer Fantasy

Holy Mother of Gawdess, this is iconic. Swiftly rising Aussie queer icon Troye Sivan drops the video for "Bloom," his '80s-tinged bopalong single extolling the virtues and innumerable joys of bottoming, using cheeky floral metaphors to drive his points home. And it's enough to make those of us moving through the world as gender nonconformists (hi!) jealous we don't always have the budget, while also celebrating every frame of this for the triumph it is. "Bloom" is also is a big, gleefully-raised middle finger to the establishment, aka those who simply can't fathom the incredible chicness of it and are thusly, left gagging with no water.

Directed by frequent Vogue contributor Bardia Zeinali and styled by Kyle Luu, the visuals for "Bloom" pull from the handbooks of queer fashion and art greats like Boy George and Robert Mapplethorpe. But the glossy red lip, white shirt, and pinstriped blazer combo with slicked-back hair is so very Linda! As in Evangelista. As in supermodelle, hunty. And then there's the floral dress Sivan twirls around in at the video's climax, pun totally intended. I cannot.

Troye Sivan's 'Bloom' Video Is a Chic Genderqueer Fantasy





9 Tips For Being a Good Straight Ally During Pride

June is Pride month, which means Chicago is ripe with events, parades and rainbows galore in celebration of the LGBTQ community.

For allies, those who aren’t LGBTQ but come out to show support, it’s important to keep the focus on the real meaning of Pride and be aware of when — and in what capacity — your presence is appreciated. Read: It’s not all about your Instagram feed.

We reached out to Greg Storms, youth program director and community outreach coordinator at the Center on Halsted and a member of the LGBTQ community, for some do’s and don’ts allies should keep in mind during Pride month and throughout the year.

9 Tips For Being a Good Straight Ally During Pride





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