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Archive for July, 2011

Queer Corner Quickie #26: Dolly Parton, Queer History Museum, Baltimore Orioles, Rachel Maddow, ‘Twilight’

A quick roundup of this week’s gay happenings…

Video of the Week: One of Hair’s latest Broadway productions was high-jacked by three gay couples who were married on stage after the show. Check out the very emotional video below. And here’s full coverage of the event from Logo.

And mainstream media reports about the gay marriages in New York are still pouring in: Broadway and television star Audra McDonald talked with the ladies of The View about singing at the first gay wedding in New York City officiated by Mayor Bloomberg | Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis (stars of Friends with Benefits) speak on their support of gay marriage in The Advocate | Denis O’Hare (True BloodThe Proposal) married his partner in New York on Thursday | Two “pop-up chapels” were erected in Central Park just yesterday where 24 gay couples were married | Video has been released from Avenue Q puppet stars Rod and Ricky’s wedding day!

Country music legend Dolly Parton has always been very vocal about her support of the gays, but it doesn’t seem like she holds her employees to the same standards. Last week a lesbian couple spoke out after they were descriminated against at Dollywood, Parton’s famous amusement park in Tennessee. A gatekeeper forced one of the ladies to turn her “Marriage is so Gay” t-shirt inside out. A spokesperson from the park said their dress code policy doesn’t allow controversial wording on clothing, yet there was several people wearing t-shirts with Confederate flags and profanity.

I’m loving that this new Pop-Up Museum of Queer History exhibit is traveling around NYC. I really hope they plan to expand it nationally.

The Williams Institute recently released new data that shows 1 in 3 gay employees are closeted at work. All the more reason to support the demonstrations happening around Equal Housing and Employment Act in Ohio.

The Baltimore Orioles are the latest MLB team to release an It Gets Better video.

In related news, the entire Massachusetts Congressional Delegation appeared in a video for the It Gets Better Project, except Republican Senator Scott Brown. After he was taken to task by the media on his decision not to participate, the National Republican Senatorial Committee responded for him with a statement that attacked the project’s creator Dan Savage. Savage then released a statement calling Brown’s decision ridiculous because IGB is not about him, but about the kids who are killing themselves because of the hate spewed by people like Brown and those on the NRSC.

Bradlee Dean is a former Christian rock singer who is suing Rachel Maddow for $50 million for her show airing comments he made about agreeing with the execution of homosexuals. His suit is rather ridiculous as his past and current hatred of the LGBT community is well documented.

Adam Lambert’s eagerly anticipated “Behind the Music” VH1 special airs Sunday, Aug. 7. Here’s a sneak peak.

LOL ALERT! – Madonna’s Gaga Nightmare Part 1 and Part 2

Gay Bashings ReportMiami Beach to fire two officers involved in a gay beating at the park

Effects of Tennessee’s Don’t Say Gay Bill has made it out to Minnesota where a small town’s school district is being sued for trying to adopt the same policy. Yesterday CNN aired a full report on the issue of teaching homosexuality in the classroom called “Don’t teach, don’t tell.”

It was recently discovered that the popular annual Republican convention known as CPAC will not be inviting back GOProud. Last year a big ruckus was made when the gay conservative group was one of the convention’s sponsors.

The Daily Show hilariously took aim at CNN anchor Don Lemon this week. And according to Lemon’s Twitter feed (below) he was “pleasantly” surprised.

Twilight star Kristen Stewart has dropped out the film K-11, where she would have played a transgender youth. She has yet to release a response, but the movie is to be directed by her mother and her brother was also set to star. Family drama maybe?

Photo of the Week: Speaking of, Twilight hunk Kellan Lutz stars in a provocative ad campaign for Abbot+Main by Dylan George‘s fall 2011 clothing line.

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Ohio Queers: GetEQUAL planning protest outside Statehouse Aug. 26

The Ohio branch of GetEQUAL is putting together an “educational demonstration” to take place outside the Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, to protest the fact that Ohio is still one of 29 states in the union where gays can be fired or denied housing for being gay (37 if you consider transgenders alone).

The Ohio legislator will be considering the popular Equal Housing and Employment Act (EHEA) when they return to session in the fall. GetEQUAL is hoping this protest will help educate Ohioans and reinvigorate the debate on this very important topic.

The protest is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. t0 5:3o p.m. Friday, August 26 on Broadway Street between Third and High Streets. The group is expecting a large turnout and plan to line that block of Broad Street (which is on the north side of the Statehouse) with protesters.

This is also the same day that’s been deemed the annual GLBT Call Off Work Day by gay rights activists across the nation. A protest that has gays not show up to work to show our presence and impact in the workplace.

For more information visit the protest’s event page on Facebook and the GetEQUAL OH Facebook page.

UPDATE (7/31): Looks like GetEQUAL has started a trend. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus will be hosting a rally at the Statehouse in support of EHEA 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Ohio Queers: Stonewall screening ‘We Were Here’ at Gateway in Columbus

Stonewall Columbus hosts the OUTtakes Monthly LGBT Film Screening at Gateway Film Center, 1550 N High Street, and in August they’ll be featuring David Weissman and Bill Weber’s (Cockettes) new documentary We Were Here.

Back in February I highlighted We Were Here in Queer Corner Spotlight (head there to see the trailer), it was gaining popularity on the queer film festival circuit. The film features interviews with the gay men living in San Francisco at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic (late ’70s to early ’80s). It’s the first documentary to delve deep into San Francisco’s history at this specific time period.

The OUTtakes screening is August 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $6 and all proceeds benefit Stonewall Columbus. The screening is also sponsored in part by ARC Ohio (formerly Columbus AIDS Task Force).

Queer Corner Quickie #25: Patrik Ian-Polk, Ghana, GOProud, Darren Criss, Daniel Radcliffe, RuPaul, DOMA, DADT

A quick roundup of this week’s gay happenings…

Video of the Week: Tuesday Patrik Ian-Polk (Punks, Noah’s Arc) released a lengthy teaser trailer for his new film The Skinny. CAN. NOT. WAIT!

Just this afternoon President Obama and the Pentagon certified the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Repeal will be officially implemented in 60 days. Am I the only one experiencing deja vu? I’m confused. Didn’t we already do this?

Officials in Ghana are calling for the arrest of all suspected homosexuals. According to The Star Observer: “Ghana’s Western Region Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo MP…has tasked Ghana’s Bureau of National Investigations and security forces to round up the country’s gay population and has called on landlords and tenants to inform on people they suspect of being homosexuals.”

The legislative hearings to repeal DOMA started this week. My favorite moment? Senator Al Fraken completely shuts down the testimony of Thomas Minnery, Focus on the Family’s Senior Vice President for Public Policy, who falsely sites studies that supposedly prove children raised by gays are worse off. You must check it out. It’s thoroughly enjoyable.

Fallout from California’s new law making it mandatory for public schools to teach gay history continues. Last week The Capitol Resource Institute, a conservative group in California, started sending around a petition to have the issue put on a ballot for California voters (much like the unconstitutional referendum that was Prop 8).

Stephen Colbert also donated some of his special hilarity to the issue on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report this week. My fave line? “Bringing gay history into our classrooms teaches our children a dangerous lesson. That gay people exist.”

Speaking of Colbert, he recently put out a very serious and heartfelt It Gets Better video.

A new study out of Massachusetts has found that the the horrendously high homeless gay teens statistics are even worse then we thought.

Erica and Tevonda are a black lesbian couple from New Jersey who’ve had enough. The couple was forced to get a second-parent adoption to ensure legal protection of their son (born through surrogate) because of civil unions’ unequal status. With the help of Lambda Legal, they are suing the New Jersey government for their (and our) equal rights. Watch their powerful story here.

Academy Award Winner Dustin Lance Black has penned a new play about Prop 8 in California, simply titled 8. Staged readings will begin on Broadway in September.

Speaking of Broadway, Darren Criss (Glee) is in talks to replace Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) in the Tony-nominated musical How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

And in more theater news, there are, not one, but two stage musical versions of the Stanley Kubrick classic A Clockwork Orange in the works. I wonder if the people behind these have read the book?

Gay Bashing ReportReported hate crimes on the rise in NYC | Transgender woman shot and killed in Washington D.C. Wednesday | Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProud executive director, was involved in an anti-gay attack last week, he went on MSNBC to speak about the incident this week, saying (in so many words) “gays need guns, not hate crimes legislation.” Interesting.

Jim Dabakis was elected last week as the first openly gay man to lead a major political party in Utah. And he’s apparently got the Mormon Church there on his side. Did someone forget to tell me that hell froze over?

Must-watch: Dan Savage takes on Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum on Real Time with Bill Maher.

And speaking of GOProud, the gay conservative gay group has been on the news recently talking about how they are trying to get a meeting with Michelle Bachmann. I used to give these gays the benefit of the doubt, now I’m not so sure. Here is one of their leaders talking about it on MSNBC.

Here’s a pretty interesting piece on the HBR (Harvard Business Review) Blog Network by Karen Sumberg about coorporate discrimination called The Cost of Closeted Employees.

Gays in New York can start legally getting married on July 24th and NYC is expecting a large rush to the alter come Sunday. To quell the demand the City Clerk’s Office has instituted a lottery system. Here’s a cute local news story about a lesbian couple hoping to get in on the lottery.

Speaking of, The NY Times just put up an interactive feature titled Young New Yorkers Speak Out on Gay Marriage, where you can hear 18- to 24-year-olds dish on gay marriage. Some of it’s good, but some of the kids make me want to slap their parents.

RuPaul’s new CD Superglam DQ was released on iTunes this week.

Louis Marinelli, who became known a few months ago for defecting from the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM), has started a group called NOME (National Organization for Marriage Equality). Marinelli served as the bus driver on NOM’s hateful “Summer for Marriage Tour.” He just released a statement announcing the new group’s Summer Equality Tour that will travel through 17 states. It kicks off in San Diego on August 14.

A group of gays dressed up as barbarians glittered Michelle and Marcus Bachmann’s alleged anti-gay clinic.

The AIDES organization, of France, put out yet another NSFW cartoon about safe sex.

Photo of the Week: The people over on Avenue Q (I’m just brimming with Broadway news today) recently released the below image. Now that gay marriage is legal in New York, puppet same-sex lovers Rod and Ricky are planning to tie the knot!

Queer Film Spotlight: ‘The Wise Kids’


The Wise Kids is a new independent film by popular gay filmmaker Stephen Cone (In Memorium) that’s getting some major buzz on the queer film festival circuit. Just last week the film took the top prize at Outfest in Los Angeles, the largest LGBT film festival in the country.

Here’s a short synopsis according to the film’s Web site:

A thoughtful and evocative coming-of-age drama, The Wise Kids takes place in the transitional space between high school and college, when life seems to be all questions and no answers, and the future is scarily wide open. Set in and around a Charleston, S.C. Baptist church, weaving through this ensemble piece are three main characters–Brea (Molly Kunz), an introspective pastor’s daughter experiencing debilitating doubt; the hyperactive Laura (Allison Torem), Brea’s best friend and a devout believer; and Tim (Tyler Ross), the open-hearted son of a single father, confronting his homosexuality for the first time. Tensions and buried feelings abound, as colleges are chosen and adults behave badly, as Brea, Laura and Tim attempt to hang onto what they have, all the while yearning to break free.

The film definitely hits close to home for me as someone who grew up in a very strict religion (Pentecostal) and having to deal with the fallout of rejecting your parent’s religious beliefs, while also coming to terms with my sexuality. I definitely can’t wait for this to be released on DVD.

The Wise Kids is currently gearing up for their East Coast premiere at NewFest in NYC this weekend.

Check out the trailer below:

Bryan Safi logs last ‘That’s Gay’ episode

Bryan Safi, one of my favorite comedians, did his last segment of the popular news show That’s Gay, formerally showing during Infomania on Current TV. I’m not sure if Safi is leaving Current or just no longer doing That’s Gay, but either way his biting news commentary will most certainly be missed. I was a devoted fan of the show and definitely looking forward to seeing what Safi gets into next.

Check out his last segment below where he waxes poetic in his State of the Super Gay Union:

Continue to follow Safi on Twitter and/or Facebook. You can also check him out in a new Michelle/Marcus Bachmann spoof on FunnyorDie.com.

Queer Corner Quickie #24: Bachmann drama, Daniel Tosh, Newsweek fail, Big Brother 13, DOMA, Michael Irvin

A quick roundup of this week’s gay happenings…

Video of the Week: History was made this week when California’s governor signed the FAIR Education Act, requiring schools to add LGBT history to its curriculum. The video below features an MSNBC interview with Mark Leno, who wrote the bill, just after it was signed into law.

The undercover expose on Michelle and Marcus Bachmann’s “ex-gay” clinic that I mentioned last week, jumped from the gay blogoshpere to the mainstream media this week. Here’s a comprehensive look at the story from Anderson Cooper. In this clip Michelle blatantly dodges a journalist’s question about the clinic. Also be sure to check out Jon Stewart’s hilarious take on the subject on The Daily Show. And just for good measure here’s a YouTube parody video of the Bachmanns that’s pretty hilarious.

Marcus Bachmann finally spoke out about the accusations against his clinic this week, saying that they only use “reparative therapy” on gays who ask for it. As if that makes it O.K. That’s like a doctor saying he used an outdated surgical approach that nearly killed his patient because the patient requested it.

A New York couple is appealing to the Supreme Court over an adoption case. State officials in Louisiana are refusing to recognize the gay couple’s adoption and won’t put both the parents names on the Louisiana-born child’s birth certificate, though he was legally adopted by the couple in New York.

The Romeo Files is a new web series you should check out about a teenager dealing with being gay in a rural town. Sound familiar? 

In response to New York legalizing gay marriage, comedian Daniel Tosh, of Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, rounds up a bunch of straight married guys to warn gays It Gets Way Worse.

Speaking of, a nasty trend is starting in New York, where city clerks are quitting because they refuse to sign marriage certificates for same-sex couples.

Newsweek is a mess for publishing this, and I’m glad their being taken to task for it.

I mentioned that a federal judge ordered the immediate end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, now the courts are ordering the Pentagon to take a position for or against the policy. And in response to tall this, the White House is trying to get that ruling reversed. To which, the courts complied. DADT is back on ladies and gentlemen. I’m falling more and more out of love with Obama by the day.

This YouTube commercial for 2xist’s new SHAPE underwear line is too hilarious to ignore.

This YouTube video about marriage equality set to Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” is too cute to ignore.

Out singer/songwriter Ferrad recently released his flashy new music video for his song “The Way You Do.”

Another anti-gay controversy has cropped up on Big Brother. Housemate Jeff Schroeder went on a homophobic rant comparing gays to pedophiles. Somehow the conversation was sparked from his discovery that the character Dumbledore from Harry Potter is gay.

FCKH8.com has released a new video and new campaign to fight the gay-marriage ban bill in Minnesota.

The winner of the macho show One Many Army on the Discovery Channel came out as gay in the final episode after his win. The show is a “toughest man” type of competition geared toward straight men and Republican NRA lovers. Love it!

First-ever hearing to repeal DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) scheduled in the Senate for July 20.

The 14 most hilariously effective signs supporting gay marriage.

Photo of the Week: OUT magazine released their Sports Issue this week. Inside is an article (and this lovely photo) featuring NFL Hall of Famer Micheal Irvin who talks about his gay brother and openly declares his support to marriage equality.