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The Daily Sheet March - April 2011
« on: February 28, 2011, 07:58:05 PM »

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Between The Sheets #37 - Diana Ossana - Brokeback Mountain

Heath Ledger as Ennis del Mar in Brokeback Mountain

"It was my daughter's idea, originally. She said, 'Mom, have you ever looked at Heath Ledger? Why don't you look at his body of work?' So we started from the beginning. We had a little Heath Ledger festival, watched all his films, and then Monster's Ball came out. Right? So I took that movie and I said, 'Larry, you have to see this young man.'"

Terri, Gaye Ann and Martha interview Academy Award winning writer/producer Diana Ossana -- the woman who brought you BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.  She said we crack HER up.....see what she has up her sleeve next.....And WTK is Fracking??

"Brokeback was really more about the myth of the cowboy."

(Be sure to listen through to the end to hear how Brokeback affected Billy. Approximately 1 hour long.)

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James Franco & Anne Hathaway
as Oscar hosts: What's the verdict?

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A Message from Dave Cullen

Wow. Wonderful and so deserving.

Lou Chibbaro Jr., a reporter at the Washington Blade, has covered the gay rights movement for more than 30 years. And he covered the Matt Shepard murder trials with me for them. Really great guy. And pioneer.  Huge honor.


From: Louis Chibbaro

A representative of the Society of Professional Journalists, Washington, D.C. chapter, contacted me on Monday to inform me I was chosen to be one of about five journalists to be inducted into their Hall of Fame for 2011. See the email he sent me as a follow-up below.


SPJ DC Chapter Hall of Fame

Dear Mr. Chibbaro:

I write to convey the gratification of the board of directors of the Society of Professional Journalists Washington, DC, Pro Chapter that you have accepted induction into the chapter’s Hall of Fame. We believe that you are well qualified. Your induction will be recognized at the chapter's awards dinner, to be held at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant, 5333 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015, on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.

The criterion for membership in the Hall of Fame is simply this: strong journalism over at least 25 years in Washington. Inducted in 2010 were Washingtonian magazine Editor-at-Large Jack Limpert, Westwood One Radio host Jim Bohannon, former RTNDA President Emeritus Barbara Cochran and retired Newsweek Washington Bureau Chief Mel Elfin. In 2009, the class comprised CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer, Public Broadcasting correspondent Gwen Ifill, U.S. News & World Report correspondent Kenneth T. Walsh and BNA editor Toby McIntosh. Among the more than 150 others in the Hall of Fame are Jack Anderson, Ben Bradlee, David Brinkley, David Broder, Art Buchwald, Maureen Bunyan, Ann Compton, Eleanor Clift, Sam Donaldson, Seymour Hersh, Mark Knoller, Jim Lehrer, Walter Lippmann, Peter Lisagor, Sarah McClendon, Charles McDowell, Ann McFeatters, Patrick McGrath, Mary McGrory, Roger Mudd, Robert Novak, Gordon Peterson, Diane Rehm, James Reston, William Safire, Hugh Sidey, Helen Thomas, Jim Vance, Juan Williams, Judy Woodruff and Bob Woodward.

Our thanks to you for agreeing to accept induction.


Steve Taylor, member
Board of Directors
SPJ Washington, DC, Pro Chapter

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The one-man library on gay rights speaks volumes

His first article in the Washington Blade was a front-page scoop, but Lou Chibbaro Jr. didn't claim credit. He wrote under a pseudonym, Lou Romano, because those were the days when being associated with a gay newspaper could ruin a reputation.

More than 30 years later, as Chibbaro chronicles momentous changes in the gay community, the press credentials hanging around his neck bear his name and a photo of his smiling face. The notes and files he has accumulated have become part of the "Lou Chibbaro Jr. Reporter Files," a 26-box repository of gay life and the gay rights movement now stored at George Washington University's library.

"It's an amazing evolution," Chibbaro said, pausing to take it all in. "You do it story by story, issue by issue, and try to get to the bottom of what's really happening."

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Conservatives vow to make gay marriage 2012 issue

Angered conservatives are vowing to make same-sex marriage a front-burner election issue, nationally and in the states, following the Obama administration’s announcement that it will no longer defend the federal law denying recognition to gay married couples.

“The ripple effect nationwide will be to galvanize supporters of marriage,” said staff counsel Jim Campbell of Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative legal group.

On the federal level, opponents of same-sex marriage urged Republican leaders in the House of Representatives to intervene on their own to defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, against pending court challenges.

“The president has thrown down the gauntlet, challenging Congress,” said Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. “It is incumbent upon the Republican leadership to respond by intervening to defend DOMA, or they will become complicit in the president’s neglect of duty.”

Conservatives also said they would now expect the eventual 2012 GOP presidential nominee to highlight the marriage debate as part of a challenge to Obama, putting the issue on equal footing with the economy.

Gay rights activists welcomed Wednesday’s announcement from the Justice Department, sensing that it would bolster the prospects for same-sex marriage in the courts. Among Democrats in Congress, there was praise for Obama’s decision and talk of proposing legislation to repeal the law altogether.

“I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It was the wrong law then; it is the wrong law now,” said Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif. “My own belief is that when two people love each other and enter the contract of marriage, the federal government should honor that.”

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'Out in America' portrays everyday ways

Horse trainer Mike Hartman isn't all that comfortable being interviewed -- "I think I rattled on that day and probably didn't have a whole lot to say that was beneficial" -- but he was still happy to answer questions and be included in the documentary "Out in America."

The one-hour film, directed, written and produced by Andrew Goldberg, seeks to paint a portrait of lesbian, gay and transgender Americans in their everyday lives.

Hartman, who lives in Woodburn and works with horses on a farm in Eagle Creek, has been the face of rural gay America before. When "Brokeback Mountain" was up for an Oscar, he was interviewed for an article titled "The Real Gay Cowboy" in a publication whose name he can't recall.

"I really didn't understand the big deal," Hartman said, "and to be honest with you, I still don't."

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Gay weddings will never take place in church buildings, vows Dr Rowan Williams

The Archbishop of Canterbury has vowed he will never allow Church of England buildings to be used for gay weddings.

Dr Rowan Williams told MPs that he would not bow to pressure to enable his churches to be used for same-sex unions.

His intervention comes as the Coalition consults on plans to allow civil partnerships between gays and lesbians to take place in religious settings for the first time.
No church, mosque or synagogue will be forced to host the ceremonies - but some religious people are worried they could be open to discrimination suits if they do not open their doors to gay unions.

Some within the C of E have been calling on the Archbishop to move with the times and allow his churches to host gay weddings - pointing out that polls have shown that some two thirds of the British public would be in support.

But now Dr Williams, who was seen as a liberal when he took up his post, has indicated that on this issue he will ally himself with conservatives in the Church.

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Jake Verterano: Why I should have come out to my mother

My mother passed away on October 28, 2010, at age 57. She had ovarian cancer. It’s something that has been very difficult for myself and the rest of my family to get over. She was the focal point of our family and a beautiful woman.

I feel guilty about my mom’s passing. Why? Because I never talked with her about being gay. She knew I was gay – sort of – but she didn’t hear it directly from me.
I had written an article for our college newspaper about gay rights. I remember sitting in class and my phone kept going off because she was calling me. I knew right away she had read the article. I had never been more nervous to talk.

When I answered the call, she read me an excerpt from the article where I said “As a gay man…”
I froze. I had no idea what to say to her.

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England cricketer announces he is gay

The England wicketkeeper Steven Davies has announced he is gay – becoming the first serving professional cricketer to publicly out himself.

The 24-year-old Surrey player said he had decided to make the announcement after months of personal conflict.

He explained: “This is the right time for me…I feel it is right to be out in the open about my sexuality. If more people do it, the more acceptable it will become. That must be a good thing.

"To speak out is a massive relief for me, but if I can just help one person to deal with their sexuality then that's all I care about."

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BIRD CLOUD by Annie Proulx

A review by foreverinawe, posted in Annie Proulx

Recently, I bought Bird Cloud online, $18 with shipping. It arrived in the morning, and by 9 pm I had finished it. God help me, I'm that way with just about anything that woman writes.

Yesterday, as I was checking email, I got an urge to read some of the online reviews about the book. I guess I wanted to see if others had reactions similar to my own. Maybe there were some subtleties I had missed.

Was I in for a shock.

Nobody panned it and most praised that familiar Proulx vernacular and style. But I did not find one review that understood what her book was about.

Oh, they all got that it was essentially a three-part memoir, her immigrant forebears, the construction of her dream home, and finally a one-year study of the wonderful wildlife surrounding Bird Cloud (but especially one pair of bald eagles, and another pair of golden eagles, who lived on her escarpment.)

Sprinkled here and there she seemed to make small asides into stories about Native Americans, Wyoming scalawags, geology, meteorology, other things. Some reviewers described these as unnecessary distractions. The reviewers missed the point entirely.

What Annie wrote about was the same paradigm that permeates all her writing. People and plants and animals are all the products of the locale that spawns them. It molds and stains them as surely as their genes, and no adult every truly outgrows the locale that informed them. We are all shaped by geography.

She tells about her own family's history, and how their New World environment set the limits of their growth and understanding. She tells about her own early life and how she responded to rural culture and landscape. She tells the same about Utes, Hopi, Crow, Sioux, pioneers and settlers, and the struggles of people to wrest their living from the land around them. All their human impulses, hopes and dreams and the implacable soil and wind and rain and cold that ultimately defined their lives.

Unnecessary distractions? Gimme a break!

Early in her story, when she describes to the reader the beauty of the place she named Bird Cloud, she says, pensively, that she will probably end her days here. But then she adds, reluctantly, "But I'm not sure." Still, she builds her house, hoping for the best.

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Ex Gay Ministries Protest in Phoenix, Arizona

Forum member Bobby19in1963 represents No Longer Silent: Clergy for Justice,
at the Church for the Nations in Phoenix, Arizona, on February 19th, 2011.
The focus was to serve as witness against Exodus International.

Rufus Wainwright and Partner: Proud Parents

Darling daughter Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen was born on February 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California to proud parents Lorca Cohen, Rufus Wainwright and Deputy Dad Jorn Weisbrodt. The little angel is evidently healthy, presumably happy and certainly very very beautiful.

Daddy #1 would like to offer everyone a digital cigar and welcome the little lady in with a French phrase from his favorite folk song, A La Claire Fontaine : "Il y a longtemps que je t'aime, jamais je ne t'oublierai."

In related news: Photographer Tim Hailand has just released One Day in the Life of Rufus Wainwright, a new collection of images offering an intimate glimpse into Rufus' personal life. To celebrate the release of the new book, Rufus and Tim will appear at the Los Angeles and New York locations of BookMarc, on March 3 and March 10 respectively, for a pair of book signing sessions.

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Guess Who?

The Beginnings of Geeky Pleasures

After being told many times after I have tweeted or said something “that should be a t-shirt” that is now what I am doing. I am currently creating Geeky Pleasures Merch.

Different things will be added from time to time, so please check my store frequently. Below you will find stuffs that I have already created. Just like my book, partial proceeds will go to the scientific search for the treatment and cure for Lupus (something I myself live with).

I think the boy briefs say it all “Brokeback Anything Makes Me Happy”. Available in Fuchsia/Pink, Red/White and White/Red.

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Annie Overseas

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Fun Question of the Week

This week's question: What was the name of the world's first bookstore devoted to gay and lesbian authors? What did the headline say in their very first newspaper ad?

Let us know your answers in the Response Thread.

Last week's question and answer: Which celebrated female jazz singer starred in television commercials for Kentucky Fried Chicken?

garyd got it right! "Ella Fitzgerald,of course, did those famous "Memorex" commercials but I think she also did KFC."

Watch one of Ella's jazzy Kentucky Fried Chicken commercials on YouTube.

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Duane Hanson | Cowboy

1984/1989 | Bronze, polychromed with oil, mixed media and accessoires | Lifesize
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Posted by lovelyamazing in 5th Anniversary of Brokeback Mountain, and the Ultimate Brokeback Forum!

"Well I'll say something too. The realization grabbed me afresh now.

'I recall sinking my face in my mother's fragile, 85 year old lap. It felt like a womb sucking me into its dark recesses, yet I cried more and more and wouldn't quieten down. I'm thinking I cried in anticipation of impending losses, the way a baby cries as it is liberated from the womb that gave it security. Losses that I could expect like my mother's passing and losses that came as a shock - my dear 33 year old friend soon after and then less than a year later, Heath and Jackie. Losses that are still tough to get around. Grieving that seizes me out of nowhere. But also joy at having survived it all and moving forward and upward. There are places we can't return as my blurb says, because we've evolved beyond them. But this is a place one always wants to return to and grow along with."

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"As many of you know, we have recently been on a visit to our
son in law to be's parents in Cumbria to do some planning
for the wedding which takes place this June. Here are
a few photographs that I took on our travels."

Quote of the Day

“New York is a place with lots of gays, and I think
it is great. But I'm not in favor of gay marriage.”

~ Donald Trump ~


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Contributors: lovelyamazing, FIXorSTAND, janjo, Lyle (Mooska)  

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Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Artifacts of Love and Violence: From Riverton to San Francisco

By Gregory Hinton

When Jacqueline Kennedy escorted the body of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, slain by the assassin’s bullet of Lee Harvey Oswald, back to Washington, D.C., she refused to change out of the pink suit she was wearing as she rode next to him in the open motorcade through downtown Dallas. It was drenched with his blood. On Air Force One she told Lady Bird Johnson, “I want them to see what they did to Jack.”

I don’t know who the “them” was that she was referring to—the killers? his political enemies? the American people? She certainly must have known that children, watching the evening news with their families, would see her. Her own children, too, would eventually see this image. I think that even in her own profound grief, she was astute enough to seize the moment because she had a lesson to teach: This is what violence looks like.

The Brokeback shirts and Harvey Milk’s suit provide two excellent examples of the associated conundrum the responsible curator faces when posed with the dilemma of telling a painful historical truth, physical or emotional, while tastefully putting on display the controversial artifacts of love and violence. I asked photographer Dan Nicoletta his opinion about putting Harvey Milk’s suit on public display. He was very careful with his words. “Like the West, I guess Harvey belongs to everybody now.”

In an earlier exhibition called St. Harvey, Harvey’s suit was mounted on a mannequin, prompting charges of ghoulishness. The GLBT Historical Society, in its current display, attempted to mollify critics by placing the suit in recline, under a glass case. But with the bullet holes and bloodstains still plainly evident, it is still hypnotically graphic, and hard to imagine that detractors might be appeased. I even apologized to visitors while photographing it. The suit horrifies. Horrifies.

Read Gregory Hinton's full article as published in the Winter 2011 edition of 'Convergence', a publication of the Autry National Center. Courtesy Autry National Center

Gay Rights Group Banned From Staten Island St. Patrick's Day Parade

Everyone loves a parade, but some don't get to march in them.

Organizers of the Staten Island St. Patrick's Day Parade allegedly refused to let members of the group Staten Island Pride march in the event.

At first, the group was told its members could march, as long as they didn't wear rainbow flags or other symbols of the gay rights movement.

When Staten Island Pride complained to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the group was flatly told it could not participate in the parade.

One participant was hassled for wearing a "stamp-sized" pin in support of the gay rights group.

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28-year-old gay man elected NAACP Worcester chief

NAACP Worcester (Massachusetts) has elected an openly gay man as its new president as the group seeks to revive itself following five years of inactivity.

Ravi Perry, a political science professor at Clark University, was elected Saturday with a slated of new officers. The 28-year-old says he hopes that as an openly gay man he can help the storied civil rights group address long-ignored gay and lesbian issues in minority communities.

Perry also said that most on the newly elected Worcester board are 40 years of age, signaling a generational shift within the NAACP.

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Another look at the play that sparked the gay rights movement

"Have you heard of 'The Boys in the Band'?" Crayton Robey, director and producer of the documentary "Making the Boys," asked the participants at last June's West Village gay pride parade. "No," answered a couple of drag queens. "But we'd like a boy in a band." Ironically, not many people interviewed at the parade had seen the seminal play, which helped jump-start the gay rights movement — which, in turn, made this parade possible.

Robey aimed to rectify the situation and educate audiences about the history of the play. "Making the Boys," which will be released this March, explores the story of what The Los Angeles Times calls "unquestionably a milestone." Robey's hope is to share the story of this foundational play, and what it did for the gay community in the late 1960s and beyond.

"The Boys in the Band" was, in many ways, the first play of its kind to be produced in New York City — the first to portray homosexual characters as people with hopes, dreams, insecurities and fears instead of as wincing, sashaying lessons in immorality. Playwright Mart Crowley wrote his characters as witty, bitchy and insightful, bantering in the caustic style of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

The play grew to unexpected but phenomenal success off-Broadway, and eventually it was made into a film of the same title in 1970, directed by William Friedkin. Carson Kressley, of the Bravo show "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," names "The Boys in the Band" as a foundational text of extreme importance for the gay community.

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Mixed Pickles in Hollywood

Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, who have been collaborating on screenplays and novels since 1992, received numerous accolades for their work on the 2005 film Brokeback Mountain, directed by Ang Lee, including the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. What follows is a conversation about the confusions and occasional pleasures of the annual Hollywood awards season.

L: We lost Best Picture, startling Jack Nicholson, who opened the envelope.

D: Did he mouth “Fuck!” when he opened the envelope?

L: I believe he did.

D: He told me afterwards that he voted for Brokeback.

L: We lost because ours was a rural story, and Crash was not only urban, but also locally made. America is so urban now, people can’t truly grasp the reality of rural life anymore.

D: I was most disappointed for our crew who worked on the movie. They were gallant and determined the entire time we were filming.

L: You were right there beside them the whole time.

D: You know, I thought you deserved to be up there more than anyone in that theatre.

L: Why?

D: Because films derived from your writing have gotten 13 Oscars and 34 Oscar nominations.

L: No comment.

D: That’s a first.

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Wyoming's smog exceeds Los Angeles' due to gas drilling

Rural Wyoming, known for breathtaking vistas, now has worse smog than Los Angeles because of its boom in natural gas drilling.

Residents who live near the gas fields in the state's western corner are complaining of watery eyes, shortness of breath and bloody noses, reports the Associated Press. The cause is clearer than the air: local ozone levels recently exceeded the highest levels recorded in the biggest U.S. cities last year.

Preliminary data show the region's ozone levels last Wednesday got as high as 124 parts per billion, which is two-thirds higher than the Environmental Protection Agency's maximum healthy limit of 75 parts per billion and above the worst day in Los Angeles all last year, 114 parts per billion, AP reports. On March 1, the ozone levels hit 116 parts per billion.

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Have we reached a post-gay America?

At first glance, the 2011 awards season for television and film would appear to be perhaps the most inclusive of queer faces and themes of any year in recent memory with shows like Glee and Modern Family, films like Kids Are All Right and the actors therein - both straight and gay, namely Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch, Eric Stonestreet and Annette Bening - emerging as some of the year’s biggest winners in pop culture.

And these shows and films are just the tip of the iceberg -- Rachel Maddow and Ellen Degeneres are celebrated as among the best in their fields. Lady Gaga’s new "gay anthem" Born This Way - love it or hate it - has shown a global, if rudimentary, spotlight on queer issues. And it seems as though every major company (particularly in the entertainment and technology industries) and many A-list Hollywood types had something to say for the It Gets Better Project.

But even as these representations seem to indicate a previously unimaginable level of saturated gay in pop culture today, there are some important distinctions to be drawn between the gay pop icons of today and those of yesteryear. These works -- with the possible exception of Glee -- showcase queer people doing, by and large, ordinary things. No longer is the main headline "gay film" or "gay television series," but instead, these projects all showcase a certain symbiosis or symmetry, even, between gay and straight. You won’t see Maddow rocking a flannel or a mullet or Stonestreet’s character on the much-lauded Modern Family sporting anything bedazzled with rainbow anything.

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WWE and Homophobia: A Serious Issue Plaguing John Cena and the Organization

I have been following WWE since 1994 and one thing that consistently irritates me is the homophobic undertones that are being inserted into superstars’ speeches and promos. The biggest offender for the past few years has been the biggest face of the WWE: John Cena. Here are some of his great quotes over the years:

“Don’t go racing to Witch Mountain Rock, because your mountain is Brokeback!” – implying that the Rock is gay and should therefore go to Brokeback Mountain, which was a title of an Oscar winning movie about two gay cowboys.

“I’m not your average jebroni, I’m a big, purple pin wheel Rock so go ahead and blow me“ – once again implying that the Rock is gay and should therefore give him oral sex...Really? ...

What makes this even more disturbing is that the WWE, with its new PG rating, is a family friendly place and a big influence on the young kids that watch it.

What are these kids going to think when they see their hero openly mock gays in public with a smile on his face, as 20,000 people are cheering him on?

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Brokeback Mountain inspired songs in Stars of the West End lineup

Stars of the West End Sing the Songs of Steven Luke Walker -- The most exciting line up to arrive in Theatreland made up of only the best of the West End, will take to the stage at The Charing Cross theatre on Sunday 20th March to sing the songs of Steven Luke Walker.

Steven Luke Walker, top West End vocal coach and singing tutor to leading Drama Schools, GSA and Mountview, will be showcasing an array of entirely original musical theatre numbers from a vast and diverse catalogue of shows , as well as songs written exclusively for the stars appearing on the night.

Included in the programme will be songs inspired by Blockbuster motion picture ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and CS Lewis’ ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’ and JK Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ series. Other material will include songs from ‘The Boy King ‘ a musical based upon the legend of Tutankhamun and ‘The Willow Tree’ – a musical theatre telling of London’s own infamous Gunpowder Plot.

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Vintage Gay History


Homophobic bullying 18th century style...


Exhausted from holding it in

I had been working in a drop-in center for homeless teenagers for a month when I saw “Brokeback Mountain.”

The center was housed in a dingy 23-story building on 8th Avenue in Manhattan, a few long blocks from Times Square. I worked the front desk, which meant I pressed the button to unlock the doors when kids showed up, and I had them sign in and wait for their counselors. I didn’t do the heavy lifting. I didn’t talk to them in private offices about what they had gone through that day or what they would be facing that night. But I did get their shockwaves of emotion as they burst in. These clients generally knew much more than I did, and they were impatient with my efforts to help. I probably seemed weak or street dumb or privileged.

At the end of each day we would meet in a room around a long table covered in chipped paint. We strategized about getting shoes for kids with fungal infections on their feet because the police kept making them walk rather than rest on benches. We talked about one or another transgender girl who had not confessed her HIV status to her boyfriend or a boy who had been beaten after an act of sex work (that work being one of only a few options for survival). All had run away from torturous homes or been “thrown away” because they were gay or rebellious.

One rainy Friday I was entrusted with the task of handing out donated ponchos to kids as they left the center, which would open again on Monday. The ponchos were all too small, though. I had to use scissors to open the seams so the nylon would fit. I felt the clients’ skin as I snipped the fabric along their chins. I left work, walked down to the multiplex at 34th Street and bought a ticket for “Brokeback Mountain.” I was numb until the scene where the taciturn Heath Ledger enters Jake Gyllenhaal’s tent and collapses on Gyllenhaal’s chest, the weight of all his life’s pain, the exhaustion of holding it in, releasing. I started crying then and didn’t stop until long after I was home.

What we hold in us — what histories and present-day stories these kids shouldered in the streets — a spare story can bring everything out of you. It steps back, and we lean forward with our emotions. This stark piece by Blake Clark is a response to the following prompt: Write about a loss and emphasize setting.

Read about Jake and his dog in Clark's moving story. Source:

Jake Gyllenhaal: End of Watch Starring Role!

Jake Gyllenhaal wears a bright neon jacket to take his dog Atticus for a jog on Friday (March 4) in Los Angeles.

The 30-year-old actor just landed the lead role in the upcoming thriller End of Watch.

The plot of the film has not been released, but Variety describes it as “a gritty cop drama that follows the friendship between longtime partners.”

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Just in case you missed it...

A second trailer for director Duncan Jones' follow-up to the criminally underappreciated
"Moon" arrived online ... showcasing the time travel narrative at the core of the film:
"Source Code" stars Gyllenhaal as Colter Stevens, a military man repeatedly sent
back through time to investigate a terrorist bombing and prevent further
attacks. If you enjoyed the first trailer, you're going to love this.

Watch the trailer at

Fun Question of the Week

This week's question: Who was Topo Gigio, and what was the name of the actor that gave him his voice?

Let us know your answers in the Response Thread.

Last week's question and answer: What was the name of the world's first bookstore devoted to gay and lesbian authors? What did the headline say in their very first newspaper ad?

from Wikipedia: "The Oscar Wilde Bookshop was the first bookstore devoted to gay and lesbian authors. It was founded by Craig Rodwell in 1967 as the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop. Initially located at 291 Mercer Street, it moved in 1973 to Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, New York, United States."

Their first newspaper ad ran with the headline: "Gay Is Good."

Photo: Craig Rodwell in 1970, photographed by Fred MacDarrah, via

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Posted by welles in 5th Anniversary of Brokeback Mountain, and the Ultimate Brokeback Forum!

"what a great time going with friends to see the film on the big screen again at the fantastic arclight here in LA last nite, kicking off our shoes, getting rid of the arm rests and creating our own ‘sofas’ on the back row, just like we did in the old days. really surprised at how much i enjoyed it – i’d felt a bit removed during the academy screening a couple of years ago, the last time i’d seen it. but last nite for some reason i was seeing and hearing things almost like it was the – well, let say third or fourth time. the owl hooting after ennis kicked over the coffee pot on his way to the tent that first nite, the three ‘it’s alrights’ the second (i know, fighting words to some), the hail storm sound fx more violent than ever. lots of laughter from the audience – several ‘alma laughers’ there – surprised that i maybe laughed the hardest i ever have at the thanksgiving scene – maybe moved more than ever by that transition from ennis getting the shit kicked out of him in front of the bar to the riding horses scene. weird that i really wanted to talk about it over a bottle of wine afterwards, but alas, it was a work nite for my friends.  

"maybe next time."

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"the trees right outside my house are blooming.  we don't have any seasons here so it isn't a "spring bloom."
these trees just bloom a couple times a year.  and the bats are certainly enjoying it!  they are out in droves at night!!"

Speaking of bats....

This tube-nosed fruit bat—which became a Web sensation as "Yoda bat"— is just one of the
roughly 200 species encountered during two scientific expeditions to Papua New Guinea in 2009.


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“As long as society is anti-gay, then it will seem like being gay is anti-social.”

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Ennis had Alma right where he wanted her...face down, arse up.

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor testifies before the U.S. Senate in 1986, urging for increased spending and awareness for the fights against AIDS.
Elizabeth Taylor, screen legend & pioneering AIDs activist dies

The legendary actress, known for iconic films such as National Velvet, Little Women, Father of the Bride, Suddenly Last Summer, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Giant, Cleaopatra, Butterfield 8, BOOM! and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was also one the world’s leading activists in the fight against AIDS well before it was popular or even considered safe to do so.

Always a friend to gay people (she had long, lasting friendships with gay actors such as Montgomery Clift and Rock Hudson), when the AIDS epidemic besieged the community in the mid-1980s, Taylor took action. She testified in front of Congress as early as 1986, urging the U.S. Government and President Reagan to acknowledge the crisis and so something about it. Arguably, Taylor was one of the first and surely the boldest and most persistent champions in making the fight against AIDS a crucial, international, human cause that concerned all citizens. She was involved in the founding of AMFAR and her own Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

A quote from the website The Elizabeth Taylor Archives: “I have to show up because it galvanizes people. [They] know . . . I’m not there to sell or gain anything. I’m there for the same reason they are: to get something done.” The discovery of HIV/AIDS not only changed the world forever, but also the life and purpose of Dame Elizabeth Taylor. Elizabeth was the first person in the entertainment industry to stand up and take charge when few were willing to listen, and even fewer were willing to help. “Elizabeth did something when it required real courage,” said Elton John. Since then she has remained at the forefront of the battle against this disease, a loyalty that has earned her the name the “Joan of Arc of AIDS.”

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OutServe Launches Magazine For Gay Service Members

With repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy moving steadily forward, an LGBT organization has launched a new magazine for gay service members.

The publication is being put together by OutServe, an organization that describes itself as an underground network of more than 2,900 LGBT military personnel. The bimonthly magazine will cover the implementation of DADT repeal, and the activities at OutServe chapters, among other issues.

“Our first objective with the magazine is to let all the gay, lesbian, bi, and trans members currently serving know that they are not alone,” said OutServe’s co-director, an active-duty officer who goes by the pseudonym JD Smith, said in a statement.

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Bachelor Jake Gyllenhaal shares a flirty giggle with
co-star Michelle Monaghan at Source Code premiere

With no leading lady in his life, Jakey Gyllenhall attended the premiere
of his new movie alone tonight. But that didn't stop the 30-year-old actor
sharing a flirty giggle with his Source Code co-star at the LA premiere tonight.

Dressed in a dapper grey suit, the Brokeback Mountain star cut
a confident figure as he posed with his on-screen love
interest, 35-year-old Michelle Monaghan.

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Apple removes "gay cure" app from App Store

By Marge_Innavera

Good news, the offensive app was removed earlier this week.

A petition sponsored by Truth Wins Out was signed by 100,000-150,000 people, depending on which source you look at. What might have also influenced Apple was a letter from Dr. Gary Remafedi, who's quoted on Exodus' website:

"This message serves as a request to remove the Exodus International application from Apple's iPhone offerings because the website content is objectionable. It erroneously cites my research (Remafedi 1992) in support of claims that homosexuality can be changed.

"Various professional organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, have taken the position that homosexuality is not a mental or physical condition. Programs which aim to change sexual orientation have been opposed because they are unwarranted, ineffective, unethical, and harmful.

"Exodus's website features an article (Buchanan 2010) which makes erroneous statements and conclusions and attributes them to Remafedi (1992). Statements were made to the effect to that many teens are confused about their sexual orientation and that sexual orientation is amenable to change. Further, associating my work with that of the ex-gay ministry and other unfounded treatments is professionally injurious and grievous.

"As a savvy consumer, I understand that corporations market phones both by offering a wide array of applications and by appealing to niche audiences like Exodus's. In turn, Exodus applies the Apple "4+" smartphone application rating to its own website as an imprimatur (see

"From my perspective, the risk of offending and harming consumers by providing a platform for erroneous information about an important health and social topic far outweighs the potential financial gain. Arguably, corporations have no affirmative responsibility to vendors under the First Amendment of the Constitution, but they are accountable for the quality and consequences of their products."

Dr. Remafedi is director of the Youth and AIDS Projects and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. The Minnesota Star Tribune has more background:

"A rival national organization, Truth Wins Out, said the app directs users to a Web page that answers various questions about homosexuality, among them: "If people are same-sex attracted but don't ever act on it, does that make them homosexual?" In the answers, Exodus "twists the findings of Dr. Remafedi" from 1992 to make it appear homosexuality is "just a transitory phase in youth," Truth Wins Out said in a statement.

"Remafedi said he has challenged many misrepresentations of his work over the years and has had "100 percent" success in doing so.

"He said an Apple administrator sent him an e-mail in response to his letter. "They said they are on it," Remafedi said. "I am simply pointing out a problem. I'm sure they will do the right thing."'

In Memoriam

“There is no questioning the monumental impact that Elizabeth Taylor has had on film and on pop
culture, but today I find myself celebrating the life of a woman who used her unparalleled fame to
combat HIV/AIDS at a time when those suffering from the disease were being ignored because of
the stigma attached, which made Elizabeth Taylor fight even harder. It is that courage and
determination that has continued to inspire new generations of fans that span every imaginable
background. She was a true survivor who lived to the fullest with both passion and purpose.”

~  Andrew Budgell  ~

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Something familiar about "Much Ado About Nothing"

The current Theater Calgary play features stars of Brokeback Mountain

Claudio and Hero are young, in love and getting married. Beatrice and Benedick are older, single and can’t stand each other. As friends and family gather for the wedding, hidden desires, jealousies and mischievous schemes threaten to keep the bride and groom from the altar.

Will young love prevail, or will another romance bloom instead? One thing is certain – as long as there are men, women and passion there’s always “much ado.”

"This is one of Shakespeare’s most playful, accessible and wildly romantic plays. We will transform our stage into a vineyard in Southern Italy. Among the vines you will find lovers tumbling over each other - as lovers always do. Bring someone you adore."  – Director Dennis Garnhum

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Pictured: Brokeback Mountain's Valerie Planche (Signal bar waitress) plays Beatrice, Leonato's niece, and David Trimble (the Basque) plays Borachio, follower of Don John.

Adam Sutton: Trust and Performance

You may remember the Aussie cowboy Adam Sutton, author of
Say It Out Loud: Journey of a Real Cowboy.

He recently posted some pics of himself on Facebook riding ten horses that had
not been ridden before. He must be Australia's version of the horse whisperer.

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Gyllenhaal Spearheads New School Food Revolution

Jake Gyllenhaal is spearheading a new campaign to prompt America's public schools to grow their own fruit and vegetables. The Brokeback Mountain star, who has carved a reputation as one of Hollywood's top chefs, has become a spokesman for the organization Edible Schoolyard.

He explains, "We're trying to make it possible to have an edible garden in every public school in America. Kids can have a new relationship to nature and to their food and to their diet and an understanding where their food comes from. Kids can take classes in these gardens and learn mathematics by counting vegetables and engage in the world in a different way than we're used to in schools."

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Gay Rumours Surround Jake Gyllenhaal

He has dated a bevy of Hollywood beauties including Reese Witherspoon and Taylor Swift, but gay rumours still surround actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

The 30-year-old actor said that ever since he starred as a gay cowboy in Brokeback Mountain, many questions have been raised about his sexuality.

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Gyllenhaal saves Cooper from Playgirl

Playgirl no longer wants naked pictures of Anderson Cooper — at least they don’t want to cough up $10,000 in exchange for a photo snapped of the CNN anchor on the sly.

On Tuesday, Playgirl’s Daniel Narcicio offered up $10K to anyone who could provide a naked pic of Cooper. But after sleeping on it, and thinking about Jake Gyllenhaal’s scuffle with a stalker trying to snap a picture of him while standing at a urinal, Nardicio changed his mind.

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Places, not people, inspire author to write

Top-selling author Annie Proulx has revealed a future work could be partly set in New Zealand – and she is actively researching while in the country on a book tour.

The Shipping News author, who also wrote the story that inspired the movie Brokeback Mountain, let the detail slip to a sellout audience of about 260 at The Dominion Post's Write Stuff event yesterday. The storyline could feature the issue of the sale of kauri trees, but she would not divulge any more details.

Proulx began writing fiction after her children had left home. "I went back to college after doing the things people of my age did; got married, had kids, did all the right things at PTA meetings; the cooking, the relatives, the Thanksgiving turkey."

Proulx said her latest book, Bird Cloud: A Memoir, was "not a memoir of person, but a memoir of place".

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We gotta be strong

The makers of Brazil's Magnifca Cachaça suggest drinking lots of their product
should you come across your son and his friend watching Brokeback Mountain.
Slogan: "If you gotta be strong, we gotta be strong." Copyranter observes:
"Creative note: Diagram ads? Rarely a good idea. Don't make me
work to get your oh so important message."

Source: joemygod

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This week's question:  Rita Wilson - who is now married to Tom Hanks - made her acting debut doing what on what popular television comedy sitcom?

Let us know your answers in the Response Thread.

Last week's question and answer: Who was Topo Gigio, and what was the name of the actor that gave him his voice?

Lyle (Mooska) responded correctly with a photo answer, and BayCityJohn linked a YouTube video! From Wikipedia: "Topo Gigio was the lead character of a children's puppet show on Italian and Spanish television in the early 1960s. The character, created by artist Maria Perego, debuted on Italian television in 1959 and has been customarily voiced by actor Giuseppe (Peppino) Mazzullo. The Italian nickname "Gigi" is a diminutive of Luigi ("Louis"), so Topo Gigio could be translated as Louie Mouse.

"Topo Gigio, a soft foam mouse with dreamy eyes and childish personality, was very popular in Italy for many years — not only on TV but also in children's magazines, such as the classical Corriere dei Piccoli, animated cartoons, movies, and merchandising. The character's popularity spread to the world after being featured on The Ed Sullivan Show in the US. Today, Topo Gigio still has a cohort of faithful fans, and has become an icon of Italian and Spanish pop culture. He performs regularly at Zecchino d'Oro festival and other programs created by Antoniano and RAI. In 1965, a feature length motion picture Le Avventure di topo Gigio (The Adventures of Topo Gigio) was released internationally."

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“When people say, 'She's got everything', I've got one answer - I haven't had tomorrow.”

~ Elizabeth Taylor ~

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Alma, to Jack :  So you've fallen for him heels over head, too . . .

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

From "Brokeback Mountain" to "Beyond Brokeback" -- the long life of a short story

By Michael Shay

On Friday, as I drove the pass back to Cheyenne, I thought about the impact and mystery of the arts. I had just seen a staged reading of “Beyond Brokeback” at the Shepard Symposium for Social Justice at UW. “Beyond Brokeback” is another chapter in the story of “Brokeback Mountain,” a short story written by Wyoming writer Annie Proulx back in the last century. She wrote it in the mid-1990s and it made its debut in the The New Yorker magazine in 1997. It was in Proulx’s 1999 collection Close Range: Wyoming Stories. The first edition of the book featured illustrations by renowned Western artist William Matthews. A signed copy is worth a lot, I’m told by eBay.

That, as we say in the short story writing business, is that. The New Yorker copies get recycled and books are read and put up on the home library shelf. Its bookstore shelf life, especially in the dark ages of the 1990s, was probably a couple of months. The book was used in the Wyoming Humanities Council “Reading Wyoming” series. One of the stories, “Pair a Spurs,” was excerpted in Deep West: A Literary Tour of Wyoming by the Wyoming Center for the Book. I co-edited the book with Wyoming Poet Laureate David Romtvedt and then-director of the Center for the Book, Linn Rounds.

So the stories already had more visibility than is usual for the genre. Annie Proulx is a Pulitzer Prize winner, after all, for the The Shipping News, set in Newfoundland but written in Wyoming. The critics liked it, yet many Wyomingites did not. The stories featured (in no particular order) a crazy mother who tossed her infant into a creek, a half-skinned steer, wanton hussies, a smattering of drunks, a talking tractor, crazy old coots and violence a-plenty. I, for one, liked the talking tractor in “The Bunchgrass Edge of the World.” And I was proud of myself for tracking down and reading the Icelandic Saga that was the basis for “The Half-Skinned Steer.”

I read some – but not all – of the stories in Close Range. I missed “Brokeback Mountain.” It wasn’t the subject matter of two young cowboys having a homosexual relationship. I just didn’t get around to it until I listened to the entire audiobook during a long drive across the state. The tale ended as I drove a secondary road in Fremont County. I pulled over to take a deep breath so that I wouldn’t cry on company time. The scene with the shirts in the closet was one of the most powerful endings of any American story. I sat there on the side of the road, contemplating this very touching love story between two men of the West.

As I mentioned, Close Range was not beloved here in The Equality State. The former state parks director, a Wyoming native and voracious reader, said that he liked the stories but wished that they had been written about Nebraska. During a drive to Cody with a colleague, I excitedly plugged in the Close Range audiobook. We listened to the first two stories. After the second concluded, my colleague asked if we could listen to something else. “The stories are depressing,” she said. We listened to an oldies station the rest of the way.

I’ve spoken with Annie Proulx several times. At an art museum opening in Casper, she told me that she was dismayed that people thought her stories about Wyoming cowboys and barmaids and oil patch workers were inaccurate and hard to believe. Proulx, a dogged researcher, said that the stories were based on real incidents dug from the archives. She changed the names and added details and gave it her own writerly touch. The author was already working on another collection of Wyoming stories – she did three in all.

We skip ahead to 2005. “Brokeback Mountain,” the film by Ang Lee starring Jake Gyllenhaal and the ill-fated Heath Ledger, opened with much fanfare. Theatres in some small towns refused to show the film. There was even a question whether it would be screened anywhere in Wyoming (it was). The film made a lot of money and gets some Oscar nominations. At the Oscar ceremony in 2006, novelist Larry McMurtry and screenwriter Diana Ossana won the award for best adapted screenplay from Proulx’s story.

Meanwhile, thousands of people are leaving comments on the Ultimate Brokeback Forum web site. Their comments were angry, sad, sweet and funny. They arrive from all over the world and from all kinds of people young and old, gay and straight, rural and urban. Site founder Dave Cullen says that the site recorded 500,000 posts the first year. Another 50,000 to 100,000 lurkers came by to see what was going on.

A lot, as it turned out.

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Meek's Cutoff: An Old West, Captured For A New Era

In the fuzzy-bordered film business now known as Indiewood, it's become all the rage for A-list leading ladies, in the interests of polishing their street cred, to step up for "edgy" roles in movies budgeted under $50 million. Movies budgeted under $2 million? That's another story.

But there's one bankable star who, without fanfare, has hitched her wagon to a filmmaker who's virtually unknown outside the narrow circle of extreme-indie cinephiles and critics. Hitched quite literally this time: Meek's Cutoff, the second movie Michelle Williams has made with director Kelly Reichardt, is an inverted wagon-wheel Western with unrepentantly feminist leanings.

Don't stop reading, lads — punches are thrown, Indians are tied up and all that. But it's the women who get to be strong, silent and occasionally proactive with a gun.

Reichardt is a gifted visual poet who's been around for a while, crafting exquisitely landscaped microbudget movies about marginalized loners on the move in search of better lives. If you're new to her work, you might start with her terrific 1994 debut, the offbeat gumshoe yarn River of Grass. Work forward through Old Joy (2006), about two former college buddies trying to rekindle a doomed friendship on a camping trip through Oregon, to Wendy and Lucy (2008), a spare post-Katrina tale of a homeless young woman heading West with her dog.

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THE KING'S SPEECH Writer: "It's Brokeback Mountain at the Palace."

The oldest winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, David Seidler, fresh off his Oscar win for THE KING'S SPEECH, sat down in the George Lucas building at the University of Southern California for a Q&A. His jovial spirit and quick wit made the evening immensely enjoyable. He let us in on a few great secrets of the success of the Best Picture film.

First, he explained how the scene when Bertie (Colin Firth) is antagonized while reading by his father (Michael Gambon). This was actually a scene that Seidler did not write ("though I take credit for it" he claims with a smile). Apparently this was something that Gambon and Firth improvised during a rehearsal that then made its way into the film. Seidler claims that when you have some truly fine actors, you must listen to their questions because it will make you a better writer, and then you take credit for it.

With this humor and wry wit, he explains that the crux of the story lies between the two lead actors, newly-minted Academy Award Winner Colin Firth as the stammering would-be King and his speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Seidler claims "It's Brokeback Mountain at the palace." With this laughter, he continues explaining how the power struggle between these characters can almost be a parent-child relationship. And while they navigate their friendship, high stakes surround them. High stakes, like you know, World War II.

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Touches of Brokeback in Kota Ezawa’s City of Nature

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces the premiere of City of Nature, a new film by artist Kota Ezawa to be on view in Madison Square Park March 31 – May 15, 2011. Knitting together fleeting, split-second excerpts of popular films in which flora and fauna are the featured characters, the artist’s new animated video offers a six-minute cinematic comment on the juxtapositions between nature and culture in narrative mass media. Incorporating re-interpreted scenes from renowned films including Ang Lee’s iconic Brokeback Mountain to the Guy Ritchie directed, Madonna starring, Swept Away, the new Mad. Sq. Art commission will be screened continuously daily from 11am to 9pm.

The artist, Kota Ezawa, comments, “City of Nature is an alternative to the mainstream nature film in that it weaves together 70 nature scenes from 20 different pop culture films through animation. The nature scenes, stemming from films as diverse as Late Spring by Yasujirō Ozu and Rambo: First Blood, are stitched together into an abstract narrative where one natural element leads to the next. The entire film collage is hand redrawn and transformed into an animated film.

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Iconic Castro Bookstore Going Out of Business

It looks like the final chapter has arrived for one of the cultural landmarks of San Francisco’s gay community.

The Castro’s A Different Light Bookstore, one of the few remaining LGBT bookstores in the United States, is apparently closing. This comes on the heels of the closure of the Mission's Modern Times, another independent progressive bookstore.

“Everything must go” signs were spotted in the store Saturday. Dismantled shelving sat in a pile in the back of the store. Neighborhood chatter is that doors will close for good this spring.

A Different Light has been the gathering place for the Bay Area’s gay literati for decades – the company was first established in 1979. Local authors like Armistead Maupin would often pack the store full of eager readers when launching their latest titles.

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'Gay Caveman' not definitely gay nor caveman, say archaeologists

The discovery of a 5,000-year-old skeleton that was buried in a peculiar way has researchers suggesting the prehistoric man found outside modern-day Prague could have been gay or transsexual.

But archaeologists and anthropologists are urging those in the media who have dubbed the skeleton a "gay caveman" not to rush to any neanderthal-like assumptions.

Kamila Remisova Vesinova, a researcher with the Czech Archaeological Society, has said the male skeleton is believed have been a member of the Corded Ware culture, which proliferated in northern Europe between 2500 and 2900 BCE.

Corded Ware societies were known for burying men with their heads facing west and with weapons of war, typically a battle axe. But this find was positioned facing east and surrounded by domestic items, such as the pots from which the culture takes its name — the same way women from the society were buried.

The archeologists have speculated that this could mean these are the remains of a homosexual or transsexual man.

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Virtual Felt: Brokeback Poker

Welcome to We are a welcoming collective of poker players mainly but not exclusively from the gay and lesbian community. Together with our many straight friends and family we are building a fun and informative poker experience. With up to date and effective training, strategy articles, videos and forum debates aimed towards the pinker side of the felt. Be you Gay, Straight, Purple, Green or Ginger, all you need is a lust for life and an open and accepting mind to embrace our community. We encourage a frank and fun environment.

Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the site. We offer personal One to One Coaching and run a private tournament schedule where you can play for incredible prizes sponsored by some of the world's largest brands. I look forward to sharing the virtual felt with you very soon. is the world’s first gay, lesbian and straight friendly poker training and tournament scheduling website, founded by Lee Ness, a professional poker player and one of Scotland’s most respected Stand Up comedians.

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Brokeback Mountain at the Korea Foundation Cultural Center

The center hosts or supports a variety of cultural events to help Koreans learn about other cultures and enable foreign visitors to gain better appreciation of Korea.

Date: April 30 (Sat.) at 3 p.m.

Language: English

Subtitles: Korean

Korea Foundation Cultural Center

Joongang Ilbo Building L1, Seosomunno 55, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-759

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(Playing April 18th: Texas, D. Fausto Paravidino. In Italian with English subtitles)

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Dead Reckoning ‘Strangers on a Train’ meets ‘Donovan’s Brain.’

John Podhoretz -- Last week I wrote about Limitless, a present-day science-fiction movie with a thrilling premise incompetently executed. A few weeks before, I wrote about The Adjustment Bureau, a present-day science-fiction movie with a haunting premise intriguingly executed. Now we have Source Code, a present-day science-fiction movie with an incomprehensible premise brilliantly executed.

You’re not going to find a more entertaining movie these days than Source Code, despite the fact that you are unlikely to make much sense of its central conceit. Lord knows I couldn’t, but it’s my job to try, so here goes. When a person dies, his brain activity continues for eight minutes (or so the movie says). Theoretically, another person’s consciousness could somehow be downloaded into, and take the place of, the dead person’s consciousness for those
eight minutes.

But what the downloaded person will experience is not the eight minutes after death but rather the final eight minutes of the dead person’s life. In the course of that eight-minute span, the downloaded person will be able to move and talk and think and interact with others. But since all he’s experiencing is the dead person’s memory, the downloaded person can’t actually change the past. But he might be able to learn something about what happened to the dead person during those eight minutes.

I’m not making Source Code sound like anything you might want to see, am I? But you really do, because what screenwriter Ben Ripley and director Duncan Jones (who was born to a glitter-rock-star father in 1971 and given the once-infamous birth name of Zowie Bowie) pull off here is actually quite wonderful.

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The slash bash in San Francisco kicks off this week

Slashers poised to re-take San Francisco

The long weekend in the gay mecca of the world starts on Friday and is sure to put a twist in the city's mystique! Activities have been planned and can be seen in the itinerary posted last week. Donna and Lawgoddess helped coordinate the event and it's sure to be amazing. Highlights include a walking tour of San Francisco's Castro district, a fanfic read-along, and a slasher tradition: dim sum brunch in downtown SF, where the Tsingtao flows and dumpling carts keep rolling. The focus is on slash and fanfic, but it's also a chance for slashers to get to know each other better and have fun.

Newbies are encouraged to attend! If you're interested or simply want to share in the joy, please post in the Slash Bash in San Francisco thread or in Le Bar, the forum's official slash chat room.

Fun Question of the Week

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This week's question:  What famous movie star wound up being the subject of songs by The Clash, R.E.M., and Jets to Brazil? Hint: He's gay!

Let us know your answer in the Response Thread.

Last week's question and answer: Rita Wilson made her acting debut doing what on what popular television comedy sitcom?

garyd answered correctly. Yes, Rita played a high school cheerleader named Pat Conway. From wikipedia: "Wilson's career began with a guest appearance on The Brady Bunch, in a 1972 episode entitled "Greg's Triangle," which was followed by appearances on several shows during the 1970s and 1980s." YouTube member classicphile says: "Many years later Rita Wilson (Pat Conway) talked on some interview show about her experience working on The Brady Bunch. She said that she saw Maureen McCormick drive herself to work in a chocolate brown colored mercedes. It stunned her to see a 15 year old teen drive herself around, and in a fancy mercedes on top of that. Rita also said that back then she would have killed to have Marcia's beautiful hair, and still would today!"

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Post of the Day: Close encounters of the Jake kind

By Juliacat in Jake's Eyelashes Volume 18

Ok guys. I just came back from the most amazing ride ever.

I F@@@ING SAW HIM!!!!!!!!!!!   :o :o

I decided I had to try, so I went outside the hotel De Russie. There were a few people, waiting. Good sign! It was 8 pm, I knew he had to go to dinner at one point. I waited with the photocopy of MY picture of him and a pen. And waited.

Then his bodyguard came out and I knew it was time. And then HE came out...he's not handsome, he's not sexy, he's not gorgeous. There are no words to describe him. His eyes are even bluer in person. He had a grey suit and he was just stunning.

Read the rest of Juliacat's amazing story!

Forum Poetry

By b73 in Slash Poetry

Love Wore a Black Hat

Love rode up in a black hat
Black truck beat up dustcloud
Like a twister; steps out
Long and lean as electric wire

Love rode up in a black hat
Shook my hand like a salesman
Sell me somethin’ I don’t need
Handshake sealed the deal right off

Love wore hisself a black hat
Set just so over cool drink cool blue eyes
You could drown in; dare to jump
Off that cliff to the center of nowhere

Last one in.

Hell drove away in a black hat
Drove away my guts turned
Inside out; guts upon dead pavement
Alleyway no shelter to that bitter dust

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“Brokeback provided us with a language of loss that we all could understand.”

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Annie Proulx on Brokeback Mountain: "I trusted Larry McMurtry"

Acclaimed US novelist and short story writer Annie Proulx was in Melbourne last month for a Wheeler Centre/Melbourne Writers Festival event promoting her latest book, Bird Cloud. In this video excerpt, she talks about the origins of her short story, Brokeback Mountain.

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City Opera Vancouver secures rights to Brokeback Mountain chamber opera world premiere

Show me a good love story and I’ll show you a good opera—which is why this news comes as a particular thrill: City Opera Vancouver has secured the rights to the chamber music version of Brokeback Mountain, the opera.

Composer Charles Wuorinen has signed a Letter of Intent with COV, agreeing that he will create a chamber version of the work he’s currently developing, with a libretto by the original Brokeback Mountain author, Annie Proulx.

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Charles Barber on the Brokeback Mountain opera

Forum member BayCityJohn asked City Opera Vancouver artistic director Charles Barber: "What do you say to people who think [a BBM opera] is not a good idea? Or what do you say to people in general who say they don't like opera?"

His reply:

1) they haven't read the libretto

2) they haven't heard the music

3) some said the same about Ang Lee making a film version of a GREAT short story

4) great art is able to live in many forms: Beaumarchais' insubordinate play became Mozart's Marriage of Figaro became Rossini's Barber of Seville became many a Bugs Bunny cartoon

5) opera is the greatest of all the performing arts, incorporating as it does all of the elemental forms: song, orchestra, chorus, dance, stage, sets, props, costumes and magic.

6) and I'm biased... I just love music theatre in all its forms.

Banker Takes Penthouse at Heath's Old Hearth

Normally, death is poison to real estate. Normally.

The five-unit cast-iron condo in Soho where Heath Ledger took one too many sleeping pills in January 2008 sold out within a matter of weeks of coming on the market, in November 2010. Bloggers and even brokers did not hesitate to bring up the connection at 419 Broome Street, and now the soaring triplex penthouse has closed for $17.82 million, according to a March 25 deed filed in city records.

... As if this was not enough star power, the loft even has its own movie...

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Rufus Wainwright Box Set Details Confirmed

As reported previously, Rufus Wainwright will be releasing a special box set later this year, and now this exciting news has been firmed up with some solid details. The collection will be called House Of Rufus and features an enormous 19 discs, covering his entire career to date. It is scheduled for a release of July 18.

Rufus’ official website states that six CDs will be studio albums Rufus Wainwright, Poses, Want One, Want Two, Release The Stars and All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu. All benefit from previously unreleased bonus material.

Then two sets are live, Milwaukee At Last!!! and the double-CD Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall, which includes unreleased songs from that famous show.

It all gets more interesting on the next four discs. The first of these is a simple collection of unreleased songs and rarities. The second is a collection of songs Rufus has recorded for soundtracks, like Shrek and Brokeback Mountain. Disc three is devoted to his myriad collaborations with other stars, ranging from Leonard Cohen to his mother and father to Burt Bacharach to the Pet Shop Boys. The final music disc is made up of demos from the original tape with which he managed to secure his first record deal.

And it keeps going, with six DVDs.

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Meet the Patriarch

Loudon Wainwright III is an actor, a humorist, a singer-songwriter (one of many “New Dylans”), and the father of Rufus and Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche. He’s best known for his 1972 composition “Dead Skunk” and his guest appearances (as Captain Calvin Spaulding) on M*A*S*H. But LW3’s got more than that to recommend him, and Shout! Factory’s new box set, 40 Odd Years, is a great argument for his whole, off-kilter catalog.

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Law Firm Drops Defense Of DOMA

The law firm hired by House Republicans to defend the federal ban on gay marriage has withdrawn from the case, prompting the partner in charge of the case to resign.

Former Bush administration Solicitor General Paul Clement, a partner at the Atlanta law firm of King & Spalding, was hired to lead the court case in support of the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA. He was hired by House Republicans after the Obama administration notified Congress that it would not defend the constitutionality of the law. But the law firm soon found itself the object of harsh criticism from gay-rights activists, complete with threats to target clients and recruits.

On Monday, the firm reversed itself and withdrew from the case, prompting Clement's resignation. The former Bush administration lawyer said he quit the firm "not because of strongly held views about this statute." Rather, he said, "I resign out of the firmly held belief that" a lawyer should not abandon his client "because the client's legal position is extremely unpopular in certain quarters."

King & Spalding Chairman Robert Hays said that the decision to withdraw came after a determination that the firm's vetting process was "inadequate."

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StoryCorps recordings will speak to sexual orientation in rural Kentucky

When Shannon Ratliff was growing up in Hindman, she didn't know she was lesbian, but she knew she was different.

Ratliff gravitated to a group of girls and boys who loved each other unconditionally, she says, and as they went their separate ways to jobs or college, they kept in touch. And nearly all of them have come out as gay or lesbian since then.

"It was very tight-lipped," she said. "They all came out one at a time. We never discussed being gay. We never talked about anything queer at all. We met as straight people."

After high school, Ratliff, 37, attended Eastern Kentucky University, which she describes as a haven of opportunity for people from the mountains who are at all "different."

Ratliff will discuss her struggle to find acceptance in a rural, culturally conservative place later this month in the Kentucky Equality Federation's sessions with the oral-history recording project StoryCorps, which has gathered stories from everyday Americans on a wide array of topics, including haunted memories after 9/11, memory loss and African-American history.

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Australian Christian Lobby chief Jim Wallace's Anzac Day slur sparks outrage

The head of the Australian Christian Lobby says outrage over a claim that Australian soldiers didn't fight for gay marriage is down to "misinterpretation".

Earlier today ACL managing director Jim Wallace said on Twitter: "Just hope that as we remember Servicemen and women today we remember the Australia they fought for — wasn't gay marriage and Islamic!"

The comment sparked widespread condemnation from other Twitter users, who said Mr Wallace should be "ashamed".

This afternoon Mr Wallace apologised "unreservedly" for having made the comment on Anzac Day and said the comment had been misinterpreted.

"There is no way I was trying to infer that our veterans didn't fight for all Australians. Of course they did," Mr Wallace told

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Montana judge dismisses suit by gay couples seeking legal protections

A District Court Judge in Montana has ruled to dismiss a case brought by gay couples who were seeking the same legal protections as married couples.

The suit, filed in July 2010 by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of seven gay couples in Montana, said the state failed to offer legal protections to same-sex couples and their families.

The ACLU asked the First Judicial Court in January to recognize same-sex couples as domestic partnerships in Montana to guarantee protection of their rights.

Judge Jeffrey Sherlock’s ruling, filed April 19, states: “…in spite of this Court’s sympathy for the plight of the Plaintiffs this court finds that the state’s motion to dismiss should be granted.”

“This court finds that to be an inappropriate exercise of this Court’s power. Primarily it would violate the separation of powers contained in the Montana Constitution.”

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Pictured at left: Plaintiffs in Donaldson and Guggenheim v. State of Montana (via ACLU)

Annual PNC Writing Contest Winners Announced

The winners of the Purdue University North Central annual Student Writing Contest for the 2010 - 2011 year have been announced by Robert Mellin, continuing lecturer of English and director of the writing contest. The winning entries are published in Portals, the annual PNC student literary journal.

The contest judging teams included faculty, staff as well as students.

There will be a banquet to honor the winners on April 28, at 6 p.m. in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 144. The best overall submission will be announced at the banquet.

Winners include:

The John J. Pappas Literary Award: first place - "Persuasion: The Correlation Between Character and Appearance" by Heather Alicia Bell, La Porte; second place - "Social Isolation Leads to Murder in Glaspell's Trifles" by Sarah Lasser, Valparaiso; third place - "A Forbidden Love on Brokeback Mountain" by Nichole Y. Murphy, Valparaiso and third place - "Privacy Issues in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window" by Sharon L. Glaze, North Judson.

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Christina Aguilera honored at debut of The Abbey's 'Gay Walk of Fame'

Christina Aguilera became the first inductee into West Hollywood's new Gay Walk of Fame on Wednesday night as she joined The Abbey's founder David Cooley in placing her hand and foot prints into cement to become immortalized as a gay icon.

"I share a special bond with my Gay and Lesbian fans. We've supported each other for years," said Aguilera. "It is such an honor to be the first honoree on The Abbey's Gay Walk of Fame. This is one of my favorite places and a special destination for gays and lesbians from around the world."

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Rapper Lil B's 'I'm Gay' Title: 'It's a Positive Thing'

For all of the outrageous stunts that Lil B has pulled in the past year -- releasing songs titled "Justin Bieber" and "Miley Cyrus," a pro wrestling-inspired mixtape, and this album cover, to name a few -- the California rapper's decision to name his next album "I'm Gay" may be his most controversial move yet. ...

Since announcing the album title during his Coachella set last Saturday, Lil B has gotten GLAAD's backing, enjoyed a Twitter conversation with Perez Hilton, and told MTV that he's received death threats for the title. "I've never been attracted to a man in my life. But yes I am gay, I'm so happy… I'm a gay, heterosexual male," says Lil B.

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Palm Springs Rodeo kicks off this week

The Greater Palm Springs Chapter of the Golden State Gay Rodeo Association (GSGRA) is proud to present Hot Rodeo 2011 on the weekend of April 29th. Events include the rodeo itself, at the A.C. Dysart Equestrian Center in Banning, the cowboy and cowgirl auction fundraiser held in Cathedral City on the 16th, a Welcome Dance on the 28th, and the Hot Rodeo Dance at Digs on the 30th.

There's also a Rodeo Pool Party at the Holiday Inn Resort on the 29th, and the Rodeo Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 1st. Rodeo events include calf roping on foot, team roping, breakaway roping, Steer Deco, and pole bending. You'll also be thrilled by the junior bull riding events, goat dressing, chute dogging, barrel racing, the flag races, a "wild flag" dance, and good ol' bull riding.

Forum member jim.grrr was kind enough to tip us off to the event, and is hoping to be taking part in the rodeo and festivities. See a photograph of Jim in action below, in Forum Footnotes.

The Greater Palm Springs Chapter of the Golden State Gay Rodeo Association welcomes you to come and share in its community and heritage. The Greater Palm Springs Chapter of the 'Golden State Gay Rodeo Association' - a member of the 'International Gay Rodeo Association' is registered as tax-exempt corporation.

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Clamoring for Brokeback on Everest

Updates: Summitclimb Everest Tibet Expedition 2011

11 April, 2011: Hello from Everest Base Camp Tibet at 5200 metres. It's Dom here writing the latest report on the teams activities. We have been in Base Camp a couple of days now after our dash across the Tibetan plateau from the town of Tingri. We are all now trying to fall into expedition life at Base Camp, setting up our tents to make them as comfortable as possible with blankets and plenty of snack food from home. The food is great with our head chef putting together some great dishes and even making an effort for the two vegetarians in the group! The group is getting on well and with Everest directly in front of us it focuses the mind of the task that lies ahead. We walked down to the monastery today where a Lama gave us the blessing for the climb, everyone left feeling that it was a positive experience. Arnold has managed to set up a projector from his laptop so last night we were watching movies on the big screen! I did not think that I would be doing that at basecamp, but it's a great way to pass the time and hang out together.

13 April, 2011: After a cold windy start this morning in base camp, we reached interim camp at about 5800m The route follows the glacier moraine and is never very steep nor flat. It's a quite sustained 5 hr walk to get here. The camp is located near some big ice pinnacles. If the sun hits them at the right angle they turn into a nice blue colour. This is also the place where most yaks stop on the way up or down from either base camp or ABC. Our tents are surrounded by yaks and we will probably hear their bells all night! Samdien our cook prepared a delicious meal for us. This man keeps impressing me all the time. In the kitchen tent our cookboys prepared a stone bench for us with a table, so we were even able to sit comfortably. After dinner we played a couple games of UNO...always fun! Tomorrow we will rest here, otherwise we will gain altitude to fast, so probably more UNO.....

22 April, 2011: This is Biff Palmer providing the Everest Tibet update for today (April 22, 1448 local time). Yesterday the group descended 4000 (21000 to 17000) feet from ABC to the lower base camp covering a distance of approximately 13 miles. The descent is part of the acclimatization process in that a lower altitude is clearly associated with an improvement in appetite, better sleep hygiene, and an opportunity to watch movies. With regard to the latter I thought I would summarize the groups rating of the movies viewed to date: Layer cake 5.5, Salt (Angelina Joli movie) 6.1, Centurion 4.9, and last night, Iron Man 2, 6.6. There has been a clamoring by the group for Brokeback Mountain but this may not be available.

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Way Out in the Middle of Nowhere

BayCityJohn posted a few videos of of his trip to Wyoming in the thread: Beyond Brokeback-University of Wyoming in Laramie, April 8, 2011

End of the Trail  Watch on YouTube.

On The Road in Laramie and Beyond  Watch on YouTube.

Up All Night Watch on Youtube.

Recorded at the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice
University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY April 8, 2011

Composed by Shawn Kirchner

James Bowyer on Piano
Sung by Dr. Katrina Zook

I added a little string backing.

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Fun Question of the Week

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

Let us know your answer in the Response Thread.

Last week's question and answer: What famous movie star wound up being the subject of songs by The Clash, R.E.M., and Jets to Brazil?

FIXorSTAND answered correctly, and even posted a great pic! The famous star is Montgomery Clift, who was mentioned in The Right Profile by The Clash in 1976. Jets to Brazil song penned Conrad, and the R.E.M. song is called Monty Got a Raw Deal. More recently, folk group Bocephus King released their song, Goodnight Forever Montgomery Clift.

Here's a bit of trivia from "Monty was born just after his twin sister Roberta and eighteen months after his brother Brooks Clift. ... At 13, Monty appeared on Broadway ("Fly Away Home"), and chose to remain in the New York theater for over ten years before finally succumbing to Hollywood."

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Forum member jim.grrr riding Shamrock the bull.


By donna in Slash Discussion and Recommendations, Part 31

featuring little bits of wisdom that may ease your slashy experience on the forum, LJ, and the Internetz...

Is there a way to jump to a specific page within a thread?

Suppose you are in Slash Discussion and Recommendations, Part 13, and you want to go back to page 250.  Since there are 15 posts on each full page, tally up the number of pages you would like to go back.  

39 X 15 = 585. The address bar in your browser will display something like this:

4380 is the post # in this topic. Subtract 585 from 4380 = 3795. Replace the 4380 in the address bar with 3795.

Hit Enter and you will be taken to your desired page.

You may see "new#new" at the end of the address bar.  Simply replace that with the number you arrive at in your calculations.

Thanks to Sandscrit and BayCityJohn who helped with this week's tip!

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Posted by dejavu in Life Through The Lens 5

Jackson Square in New Orleans, with the Saint Louis Cathedral and General Andrew Jackson statue.

Quote of the Day

“What is straight?  A line can be straight, or a street, but the
human heart, oh, no, it's curved like a road through mountains.”

~ Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire, 1947 ~

Photo Caption of the Day

Posted by Lyle (Mooska) in Photo Captioning Fun 6

"I thought I'd do something different for Easter."

Contributors: jim.grrr, dejavu, donna, Lyle (Mooska)  

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