This Saturday, some great American writers will be honored by the Lambda Literary Organization. To purchase tickets http://www.lambdaliterary.org/25th-la-event/
Seventeen-year-old Kim Ho was one of the winners of the 2012 monologue competition Love Bytes, held by Fresh Ink, a development program for emerging playwrights from the Australian Theatre for Young People.
As one of the competition’s winners, Kim was assisted with transforming his original three-minute video entry, Transcendence — which tells the story of a young gay teen struggling with his sexuality and the love he feels for a boy in his French class — into the beautiful nine-minute short film The Language of Love.
“Homosexuality is still a sensitive topic, and I immediately felt pressured to write something that was candid but not disrespectful to the LGBT community,” Ho explains on the Fresh Ink website. “I wanted to write something that would make me cry just like the stunning It’s Time advertisement for marriage equality, something that would resonate with people no matter what their sexuality.”
Irvine, CA — Chicago (and worldwide) cabaret favorite, Rudy de la Mor, died at Kaiser Hospital in Irvine, Calif. on March 5. Rudy played to packed houses at Gentry for more than 20 years. He was 73.
Kenneth Faried, the 23-year-old, 6'8" forward for The Denver Nuggets basketball team, nickname "Manimal," may intimidate on the court. But off the court, he's a same-sex marriage advocate, supporting his two moms.
Faried recently sat down with his mothers to speak out on behalf of civil unions in a video, uploaded by advocacy group OneColorado, an organization working to protect equality for LGBT Coloradans and their families.
"I support civil union, because it gives people - gays and lesbians - the right to make decisions on their own," says Faried in the video. "If they want to get married and let them choose who they want to be with."
Super Mario lost his Super Bowl bet last Sunday and as a consequence he had to take a lap at the Los Angeles Grove. Mario Lopez, perpetual host and at age 39, a walking or in this case running example of either good genes or super diligent diet and workouts.
Reporting this story on KTLA, channel 5 in Los Angeles, all the reporters got a chuckle, but it was weatherman Henry DiCarlo who seemed the most uncomfortable as he alluded to a "sock" in Mr. Lopez' bright purple underwear. The segment ended with Mr, DiCarlo literally mumbling, "I'm just a guy...".
Grow up Henry.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced on Wednesday 120 nominees in English-language categories and 33 nominees in Spanish-language categories.
Other nominees include the NBC shows Smash and The New Normal, Frank Ocean for his Channel Orange album, the magazine People en Espanol, and Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Neil Patrick Harris and partner David Burtka.
The awards are meant to recognize and honour media for outstanding images of the gay and lesbian community. The winners will be announced March 16 in New York and at ceremonies in April and May in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Could it be that the fashion industry is becoming more diverse? Last week saw androgynous womenswear model Andrej Pejic grace the cover of a mainstream fashion magazine for the first time.
Pejic, according to the Serbian edition of Elle, is the ‘boy who shook the fashion world’ – a young man who, when dressed head to toe in John Paul Gaultier and strutting down a catwalk, or posing poutily from the glossy pages of a magazine, happens to look like an extraordinarily pretty girl. Indeed, Pejic embodies all the qualities model scouts look for – litheness, height, and something unique and extraordinary. In this case, it's long blonde hair, cut-glass cheekbones and come-to-bed eyes.
Yet Pejic is also clearly a man. No attempts are made to conceal his wide jaw and his Adam’s apple as he poses in women’s clothing, tiptoeing along the gender binary and flirting with either side. In an industry as homogenised as fashion, he has been seen as a breath of fresh air.
But others have questioned whether his success represents the scourge of female body fascism brought to its logical conclusion. Has fashion’s seeming rejection of female tits and arse meant that the only body now able to fit into the sample sizes isn’t a woman’s at all, but that of a (much less inconveniently lumpy) man? The problem with this line of argument, however, is that the correlation of mounds of doughy flesh with femininity is problematic, as we all know. Not all women have ‘curves’, after all.
Meanwhile, there are those who have argued that fashion’s preoccupation with the ‘un-feminine’ body shape is down to its being dominated by gay men who apparently want all women to look like little boys, a theory that has more than a whiff of homophobia about it and fatally ignores the huge participation of women within the industry. The message that we’re hearing is that the fashion industry says women’s bodies are always supposed to look like something else, perhaps anything else, other than ‘naturally female’. It’s a tempting conclusion - but the problems with its logic are glaringly inherent.
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Finally! Someone just outright said it: F*cking Young. We love anything with a handwritten logo, and this one is perfect. Of course this is not American, much to risque for this gun-toting culture. This is a magazine born in Barcelona with a first issue on the edge of birth. It’s a celebration of youth, a way of life, an attitude and inquisitiveness. The press release tells us: "There are no age, city or country limits – we can all feel young, we never stop." So true. If we can get them to send a review copy, we will do just that. For now, stay F ing young!
Fucking Young! began as an inspirational platform focusing on youthful aesthetics derived from manly hemispheres. Our freedom allowed us to merge established with emerging artists, thus aiding the latter reaching their own public. A synergy that owed most to a passion for the arts has since grown to a state where not only do we promote content created by others, moreover we sponsor and collaborate in birthing such work.
To find out more about the magazine head here
Chicago, Illinois - As gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals became more visible in the 1950s and 1960s, the mainstream media perpetuated the attitude that they were mentally ill and morally depraved queers, freaks, degenerates, perverts, misfits, and even threats to national security. In many cities, the police raided gay bars, harassing and arresting patrons.
Community-based gay newsletters and newspapers emerged to counteract the distorted view of non-heterosexuals and to support the rising gay-rights movement. They addressed gay issues, formed a sense of unity, announced demonstrations, and tracked the progress of legal and political action.
Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America, edited and co-written by Tracy Baim, publisher of Chicago's gay publication Windy City Times, is a comprehensive overview of the past, present, and future of gay print media. Baim uses essays, interviews, and hundreds of news clips and images from both mainstream and early gay publications to describe the critical role of the gay press. Award-winning historian John D'Emilio provided the book's foreword.
The book is available here
(CNN) -- In a historic turnaround, the ballot box is showing America's shifting attitudes about same-sex marriage. After gay marriage rights died at the polls dozens of times in the past, on Tuesday they passed in at least two states.
"Redneck Island" hardly sounds like a welcoming place for a gay man. But Adam Freeman, a Nashville hairstylist who came out of the closet four years ago, shipped out to CMT's reality show this year for several weeks, finishing unscathed and in second place.
New York, NY -After 20 years in production, In The Life Media (ITLM) announced that December 2012 will mark the last broadcast of IN THE LIFE. Though legally dissolving the organization is a process that will continue into 2013, all regular ITLM operations will conclude with the final broadcast.
At a time when lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people were virtually invisible in media, ITLM became the first to bring real stories, struggles and issues about the LGBT experience into living rooms across the country through its public television show, IN THE LIFE.
Beginning as a variety show in 1992, IN THE LIFE evolved into its current newsmagazine format throughout the years, becoming the most honored and respected source for LGBT journalism along the way. In addressing difficult, critical issues, the show regularly gives voice to marginalized individuals, profiles unsung heroes of the LGBT movement and documents its most historic moments. It was the first major, national media outlet to expose the alarmingly high rates of homelessness among LGBT youth, epidemic rates of suicide among LGBT children who are bullied and the discrimination of transgender individuals in the workplace.
"ITLM has had the extraordinary privilege and responsibility of being the only newsmagazine to reflect the diversity of the LGBT communities, daring to tell stories other media outlets - both mainstream and LGBT - did not touch," said ITLM Interim Executive Director Ellen Carton.
Much has changed since IN THE LIFE first premiered. LGBT people now figure prominently in television news and media. A majority of Americans, including the President, now support marriage equality. Studies show that visibility is the driving force behind this rapid shift in cultural attitudes toward the LGBT community. "As the media organization that pioneered LGBT visibility on television," says ITLM Co-Chair Jayne Sherman, "we believe ITLM played a significant role in this historic progress."
ITLM has entered into conversations with other organizations with the potential, passion and infrastructure to create and lead this project.
"Creating high quality, in-depth journalism is expensive, but digital technologies provide a new way forward," said Board Co-Chair Henry van Ameringen. "I am immeasurably proud of our legacy and the critical role we’ve played in the movement. We are committed to preserving our invaluable archive chronicling the evolution of LGBT rights in America with an online product that will continue to advance equality in new and innovative ways."
For twenty years, In The Life Media has been a leading media organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement. One of the nation’s most honored and influential LGBT groups, In The Life Media creates social and political change by examining issues critical to LGBT individuals and providing audiences with powerful ways to advance equality within, and beyond, their communities.
Produced by In The Life Media, the Emmy-nominated series, IN THE LIFE, was the first-and remains the only-LGBT newsmagazine on public television. IN THE LIFE is a two-time Emmy Award nominee, a Lambda Legal Liberty Award honoree, a Seigenthaler Award recipient from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and a Ribbon of Hope Award recipient from The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences: www.ITLMedia.org.
Now you may be wondering who that lovely creature is in the photo. We did too, because he isn't mentioned in the article other than a caption which refers to him as "voice-over artist" for the show. It does seem an odd way to report the demise of the pretty good television show, but, eh, media. Anyway, that is the multi-talented Triple Edwards, who is an artist, singer, model, actor and....
Damn, conservatives are an interesting bunch. Sticking to a long-held, mythical idea that pedophiles are lurking in the ranks of the Boy Scouts, wanna be, Mick Huckabee seems to ignore the real magnets for boy lust: the Catholic Church and football coaches:
Though the Boy Scouts of America has not yet explained what conclusions led it to reaffirm that discriminating against gay scouts and leaders was “absolutely the best policy” for its organization, plenty of conservatives have made clear which fallacious anti-gay myth they believe motivated the decision. On his radio show yesterday, Mike Huckabee spelled out in no uncertain terms that he believes the policy is “right” because it protects boys from abuse. He welcomed a call from a listener who had been abused by his scout leader, and Huckabee agreed that part of the definition of “homosexual” is molesting children: story coninues here
The press release begins: "It has been decades since The Advocate, the world’s leading gay news source, has made a presidential endorsement. The president’s statement on May 9 of this year, unequivocally in favor of marriage equality, along with his record on LGBT rights, has distinguished Barack Obama for the ages and has made it clear that he is a transformational leader and our best choice for president."
While the endorsement of Obama is not surprising, it is surprising that the Advocate did not endorse him earlier.
Better late than never.
The choice of an illustrated cover, Obama-as-emancipator is curious. While the gay community can certainly claim injustices and intolerance, the last time we looked, we were not particularly enslaved, and the whole thing is a bit premature.
AMC's new original series The Pitch offers viewers an intense, gripping, never-before-seen glimpse inside America’s top ad agencies. Each week two agencies compete to win a new client the only way they can: by going head-to-head in a cutthroat, winner-takes-all showdown, a presentation known as The Pitch. With only seven days to prepare, the pressure to perform is intense. The whining, the brainstorming, the blue-sky thinking: it’s all here as the teams work around the clock and pray for the moment of inspiration that will win them the job and keep their companies alive. The drama is real, the stakes are high, and the clock is ticking. From the producers of Project Runway, Undercover Boss. And that's just the press release.
"It's only fair to say that in the two episodes that have aired,
agencies have gotten it wrong, twice."
Last night's episode featured two agencies, SK+G and The Ad Store pitching to WM (Waste Management) as they try to recreate the image for the company that is not just about trash. SK+G is a Las Vegas agency known for their Vegas clients (nearly every major hotel, how does that work?) and looking to break out into things less hospitality and more, in this case, waste. The AD Store is an agency founded by Peter Cappelli, whose client have included JetBlue, GoDaddy, Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Zappos. Advertising is curious profession: creating unique persuasions for people to buy things.
What the Pitch has going for it, is the essential ingredient: drama. The SK+G agency fulfilled that, as it appears to be an agency with TWO creative heads, which just can't help but butting them.
As we are introduced to Peter Cappelli, he seems affable, slightly worn with a rich nicotine-based baritone. As we watch Peter work in his office, one can't help but notice the rather attractive guy at the computer, Steven. As the Ad Store creates its pitch we are witness to the working relationships of the people involved, and then, without a beat, Peter tell us that Steven is his boyfriend of fifteen years. We are immediately taken into their home, where cocktails and a very warm relationship are revealed.
The Ad Store does not get the account. Clients seem to be dazzled by anything that hints at social media, so it could only be that SK+G got the account because they introduced Waste Management to the concept of a QR reader (Quick Response Code: one of those black pattern codes that takes one to a website in a jiffy). In the pilot episode, an obscure rapper was plucked from anonymity, given his 25 seconds of fame and sent home. They also won. It's only fair to say that in the two episodes that have aired, agencies have gotten it wrong, twice.
But, it was nice to meet Peter and Steven, a lovely couple, a talented couple, winners.