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Links You May Have Missed

18 Oct

 

A (ridiculous) anti-Obama billboard in Grand Junction depicts the president as a gay man, a communist, a Nazi, and a Mexican bandit. The owner of the billboard has not revealed hir’s identity, but the artist who helped create the billboard did state, “We wanted to get people to think a little deeper.” (I would heatedly comment on this if I wasn’t afraid to let my subjectivity get the best of me.)

US Defense Secretary warns that an abrupt halt to DADT would have enormous consequences: “I feel strongly this is an action that needs to be taken by the Congress and that it is an action that requires careful preparation, and a lot of training.”

Slate Mag’s “How does the military prove that someone is gay?” Just in case all of you don’t know. Please scroll down to read the comments (always the best part of Slate articles). My favorite is: “”Drill sergeant, sir! You have the piercing blue eyes of a young Paul Newman, sir!” :D

Photographer and lesbian-identified Alix Smith just finished an exhibition at the Morgan Lehman Gallery of “States of Union,” a series of portraits of long-term gay and lesbian couples and families in an effort to counter stereotypes and shed light on diversity in the LGBT community (check out these photos online if you didn’t catch the exhibition).

Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns reaches out during a city council meeting: “It gets better.”

 

Links You May Have Missed :P

11 Oct

James Franco in drag for the cover of Candy? Oh my? Yes please?

A new national sex survey published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine is available for download through this link–just answer a couple questions and you’ll be able to download it to access articles like “Looking at Sexual Behavior 60 Years after Kinsey.”

(And here is Slate’s response to that survey^: “The Ass Man Cometh: Experimentation, Orgasms, and the Rise of Anal Sex”)

Human Right’s Campaign New Yorkers for Marriage Equality–sign the petition and watch Julianne Moore give her reasons + Mayor Bloomberg’s short and to the point argument.

Pride Parade in Serbia attacked by far-right protestors; violence erupts. Last year, the parade was cancelled because of potential violence.

Oh, and God hates ugly skirts.

Oh, and here’s something to keep you going :D Brick Stone v. Westboro Baptists

Links You May Have Missed:

3 Oct

Andy Dandy: Warhol in drag!— This exhibition ends TONIGHT. Check it out in Soho before coming to the candlelight vigil in Washington Sq. Park

Slate gives a history of political gay-baiting–“gay-baiting is the linguistic practice of publicly insinuating, with little or no evidence, that a rival might be gay, without ever using the word ‘gay’ or ‘homosexual.'” complete with slideshow!

BBC Audiences want “more realistic” gay characters–“In general, respondents wanted integration of the gay and heterosexual ‘worlds’ so that sexual orientation was less of a talking point, and more an identity ‘to reflect in the mix’.”

MrLoverLover–a low-key photography project on Photography Served featuring 10 gay escorts working in Amsterdam

NYU Local on DADT–and no, the article is not dripping with sarcasm :D

Links You May Have Missed :D

26 Sep

UK LGB Population Revealed–And what about the T? Numbers are expected to “increase over time as people’s confidence in the survey grows and sexual orientation becomes a routine part of data collection”…I’d hope so -_-

Lady Gaga’s Meat Dress will be Preserved as Jerky–Teriyaki? Original? Hickory smoked?

Florida Court Overturns 33-year Ban on Gay Adoptions–BUT “The case is likely to be heard by the higher Florida Supreme Court before the overturn is final.”

New Design for The Out NYC Complex: New York’s First ‘Gay Hotel’–complete with a dance bar that has a capacity for 1,200

ACNE Launches Clothing Aimed at Transgender Consumers–this article is an edited version of an original that GLAAD described as “defamatory, dehumanizing, and insulting.”

Check Out “I’m From Driftwood”

15 Sep

A few months ago we got a tip from a reader to check out I’m From Driftwood, billed as “Daily gay, true stories.” The site’s founder explains its origins like this:

…funny enough, what inspired me was Milk more so than Milk. An image I recalled wasn’t even in the film. It was a photo of Supervisor Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S., riding on the hood of a car in a San Francisco Gay Pride march, holding a sign that reads, ‘I’m From Woodmere, N.Y.’ The sign was intended to show how far people came to attend the San Francisco rally, but it meant something more to me. It meant that there are gay people in every small town and every big city across America and the world. I was thinking about that photo in between assaults on the snooze button and I responded to Harvey’s sign. I’m from Driftwood.

The stories are funny, poignant, and earnest; some vignettes, some oral histories, and some love stories. One of my favorites, “I’m From Marble City, OK,” begins “After dinner last week, I sat down to watch Wheel of Fortune with my dad. I try to catch the show when I can—it makes me feel smarter whenever I can figure out the puzzles while the contestants are just standing there looking dumb.” In the comments, a man named Jeffrey shares that he and his partner watched the same episode of Wheel of Fortune together (in which a gay man wins $30,000 and is embraced onstage by his partner).

In another, Arturo from Terreon, Coahuila, Mexico writes of his difficult and emotional coming-out with his parents, with touches, both happy and sad, that ring true. Of his father, he writes “That was the first, and so far only time, that I ever saw my dad cry.” But Arturo’s long-term boyfriend manages to warm his mother’s heart, and “she even knitted a scarf for him and sent it to him as a Christmas present, saying ‘thank you’ for loving her son.”

Without preaching, the site stays true to its purpose of reassuring queers from all walks of life that they are not alone. I’m From Driftwood is a gem.

Newfest: New York LGBT Film Festival

17 Jul

NewFest

Save the Date: NewFest at BAM:  28-29 August, 2010

Provocative.  Entertaining.  Passionate. Political.  Hysterical.  Some of the most popular and talked-about movies from this year’s NewFest are coming to BAM this August (Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th).  This year’s NewFest sold more tickets than ever, so you can be sure that there will be some great films to see at BAM.
BAM’s Rose Cinema, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn.

Confirmed to play:
– Audience Winner for Best Documentary, EDIE AND THEA.
The touching story of two women who met at a party in 1960’s New York and spent the next 42 years together.

Edie & Thea

– Audience Winner for Best Narrative, CHILDREN OF GOD.
Filmed in the breathtaking Bahamian islands, this love story is a  groundbreaking look at the lives of three different people and the ramifications of living in a homophobic and violently repressive nation.

Children of God

Full program and showtimes will be posted soon!  Check back at www.newfest.org for full details.

Thao and Mirah at Music Hall of Williamsburg

25 Jun

Out singer-songwriter Mirah and rocker chick Thao played Music Hall of Williamsburg last night as a part of their summer touring act, Thao and Mirah with the Most of all. The girls, backed by a band, played an epic 25-song set together, doing a well-paced mix of one another’s songs and living up to the original press release’s claim that they “…mix and match voices, songs from their respective catalogs, idea flashes, and dear friends to conjure a superband collaboration…” (not that I ever doubted them).

The show was alternately subdued and raucous (though, in truth, mostly raucous), and by the encore, everybody was dancing their heart out, including the adorable lesbian couple to my left. (Really, they were like the cutest couple ever.) Other highlights included: Thao singing Mirah’s classic “Recommendation,” the girls telling us that we were a much better audience than Boston, Thao going apeshit on the bongos, and Mirah’s dance moves.

Full setlist and more pictures AFTER THE JUMP… Continue reading