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Archive for June, 2011

Queer Film Spotlight: ‘August’

August is a new film by Eldar Rapport that’s making it’s way through the gay film festival circuit. It’s a feature length extension of Rapport’s award-winning short Postmortem. The feature stars Murray Bartlett, Daniel Dugan and Adrien Gonzalez in a steamy gay love triangle.

August will be hosting it’s New York premiere at NewFest July 22-23 (the festival runs July 21-28), one of the country’s most popular queer film festivals. Here’s a short synopsis of the film from the NewFest Web site:

Years after dumping Jonathan and moving to Spain, Troy returns to Los Angeles and tries to make amends, but nostalgia for their failed relationship hints that feelings may still be there. The only catch? Jonathan is now happily dating Raul, a gorgeous Argentinean immigrant who, unlike Troy, seems to have his life together. Eschewing the typical love triangle, the story instead delves into the men’s lives while exploring the way lives are dictated by choices playing out over time.

I hope this movie gets a DVD release soon. I’d love to see it. It definitely seems a little melodramatic and it doesn’t look like it’s breaking any new ground with the gay love triangle story line, but I’ve seen a couple of Rapport’s shorts and his film’s are never what they seem. Check out his other award-winning short film Steam and you’ll see what I mean.

Watch the August trailer below:

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Queer Corner Quickie #21: Kylie Minogue, NY victory, Glitterati, Rise Against, Chicago Cubs, Raja

A quick roundup of this week’s gay happenings…

Video of the Week: Kylie Minogue gave a fan the opportunity to propose to his boyfriend at her packed concert in Perth. The emotional video has gone viral. I heart Kylie 🙂

Of course the big news this week is that New York’s Senate voted to legalize gay marriage, making it the six and largest state in the nation to do so.

History was also made at the U.N. last week when the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution supporting equal rights for all regardless of sexual orientation.

The President has been getting a lot of flack (and rightfully so) from the press lately about his position on same-sex marriage. Many believe (and I agree with this assessment) that he refuses to come out officially for gay marriage because he’s up for re-election soon. He recently appeared at a gay right’s organization’s fundraiser for his campaign and gave a painfully democratic response to the marriage equality vote in NY. In this NYT article Maureen Doud takes him to task for being bi (as in binary). Get it together Obama.

Darian Aaron from the popular blog Living Out Loud with Darian has recently released When Love Takes Over: A Celebration of SGL Couples of Color, a book profiling 18 gay couples of color.

Rachel E.B. Lang and Nick Espinosa want you to join the Glitterati.

Gay Bashings ReportCalifornia man charged with hate crime for hanging noose at gay rights event | Vandals slash tires of 30 Chicago Pride floats | New York gay bar suspiciously raided during celebration of marriage equality vote

Rock band Rise Against’s new album, Endgame, features the song “Make It Stop (September’s Children)” which is a tribute to the eight kids who committed suicide in the month of September last year becaues of anti-gay bullying. The song and the music video are benefiting the It Gets Better Project. The video features stark images of gay youth dealing with bullying and contemplating suicide. It’s extremely powerful and definitely a must-watch. The band’s lead singer talked with MTV about the video and the IGB campaign.

It’s being reported that government officials in Hong Kong’s Social Welfare Department have hired a a psychiatrist who claims he can “cure” homosexuality. Gay activists have protested the department’s offices. “This could be the world’s first government-sponsored training session on gay conversion therapy,” reports the AFP.

Comedian Bryan Safi does spoof of NBA hurt speech PSA.

The Chicago Cubs released an It Gets Better video.

The Glee Project is my new obsession. This week the theme is vulnerability and out contestant Alex uses the assignment to shine light on the oppression faced by LGBT people.

RuPaul’s Drag Race reining champ Raja released the music video for her coronation song, Diamond Crowned Queen.

Photo of the Week: Patrik-Ian Polk Tweeted out this photo of himself, Darryl Stephens and Wilson Cruz on the set of his new film The Skinny. Love, love, love these three men and so can’t wait to see this movie!

Gay marriage legalized in New York!

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo signs gay marriage bill into law.

The media and the rest of the world have been enthralled by the nail-biting gay marriage debates happening in New York over the past few weeks. The heated debate came to an end last night when the NY Senate voted 33-29 in favor of legalizing gay marriage. This makes New York the sixth — and largest — state to legalize gay marriage in the union.

Check out video of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pro-equality speech and his official singing of the bill into law below:

Same-sex couples will officially be able to begin receiving marriage licenses in 30 days. Happy Pride! This is a big win for the gay rights movement!

Ohio Queers: McConnelsville hate crime victim needs your help!

Remember the anti-gay arsonist attack near Zanesville kills 8 horses a few months ago? (If not, refresh you memory here.)

Equality Ohio just put out an e-blast that is asking people to help the farmer affected get back on his feet and help the McConnelsville police find the people who did this.

The Fiberglas Federal Credit Union has set up two funds, a reward and a rebuilding fund. They are being handled by the branch manager Luke Skellet.

Here is the address and phone number:

215 Deo Drive, Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740-788-3571

If you would like to contribute, make a check out to “Whitehouse rebuild fund” or “Whitehouse reward fund” (or both) and send to the address above care of Luke Skellet.

Ohio Queers: Athens City Council passes domestic partner registry and local hate crimes law

There’s a lot of gay love happening in the city of my alma mater. (Go Bobcatas!) It appears at that the Athens City Council has passed laws protecting same-sex partners and a hate crimes law has also recently come down the pike.

Here’s a few more details from Equality Ohio:

The Committee to Move Athens Forward has worked hard for over a year with City Councilmembers in Athens, Ohio to pass local legislation that is in line with the city’s efforts to support and protect all its citizens.  Both ordinances passed with the full support of Council and the Mayor.  We particularly want to thank Councilmembers Bill Bias, Elahu Gosney and Jim Sands for their courage and hard work.  Contact the City of Athens for more information or to register your domestic partnership.

Broadway Bares 21: ‘Masterpiece’ [PHOTOS] [VIDEOS] NSFW

This past Sunday Broadway Bares/Equity Fights AIDS had their 21st annual utlra-burlsesque show/fundraiser in New York City. They ended up raising over $1 million for AIDS organisations around the country. The show was packed and featured numbers based on the theme of “masterpiece.” Each number focused on a famous artists or work of art.

For those unaware, Broadway Bares is an organization that’s run by members of Broadway community. They do many events throughout the year to raise funds for various AIDS organizations for HIV/AIDS research. But their annual fundraiser every June in NYC raises the most money. It’s an extravagant Broadway style strip show featuring lots of nudity. Most of the dancers are currently preforming on Broadway and there a host of celebrity appearances. This year David Hyde Pierce, Jim Parsons, recently Tony-nominated Rory O’Malley and Judith Light were just a few of the celebs in attendance this year.

Here’s some rehearsal footage and interviews with some of the organizers from AfterElton.com, for a bit of background and history on the show.

And here are a bunch of not-safe-for-work photos and videos from the crazy night. (God, how I wish I lived in NYC, lol.)

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Ohio Queers: Columbus Pride Festival 2011 [PHOTOS] [VIDEO]

This year the Columbus Pride Festival celebrated it’s 30th year and took on the theme “Trailblazers,” honoring those who came and fought the fight for equality before us. The grand marshals at the parade were 70 lgbt seniors over 70. The 2-day festival at Goodale Park this year was also headlined by Chely Wright, a country music star and budding gay rights activist who came out in a very public way last year.

For me, this was definitely my best experience at Pride yet. I marched in the parade with the Kaleidoscope Youth Center right behind the Trailblazers float that led the parade (the order was a where-we’ve-been-where-were-going kind of thing). I also helped out at the KYC and the AIDS Resource of Ohio (formerly the Columbus AIDS Task Force) booths and of course partook of the following festivities in the Short North. It was definitely a weekend to remember.

In case you missed it, here are some photos and video from the parade, festival and the 5k Jaeger Run for Pride.

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Photos from various accounts on Flickr.com. 

Head to the comments and leave a thought on your 2011 Columbus Pride experience!