Sunday, September 21, 2014

300k Participating in the #PeopleClimateMarch

Leonardo DiCaprio, Sting and former vice-president Al Gore lent their voices to the massive People's Climate March in New York Sunday, demanding global leaders take action to avert catastrophic climate change.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Jane Goodall joined a throng of activists, scientists, students and elected officials who took to the streets. Organizers said that more than 300,000 took part in the event. The crowd, which also included Mark Ruffalo, Ed Norton and Evangeline Lilly,  beat drums, waved flags and chanted “No more climate change” as the march snaked along Central Park West  and continued for nearly four miles.
 The event was organized by and more than 1,000 environmental groups. It backers said more that roughly 2,000 climate-focused events were being held in 162 countries. More than 40,000 people attended the London protest, including musician Peter Gabriel and actress Emma Thompson, according to the Associated Press.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

"God Loves Gays" Billboard Rejected As Too Controversial


Utah Companies Reject “Controversial” Pro-Gay Billboard, Will Still Run Ads For Rush Limbaugh, Chick-Fil-A, The GOP

Two different billboard advertising companies in Utah have rejected applications to display pro-gay messages on billboards in the Salt Lake City area, citing the phrase “God Loves Gays” as “controversial,” and “advancing sensitive political interests,” and therefore against their policies.

Utah Advertising Companies Reject “God Loves Gays” Billboards

The “God Loves Gays” billboards are part of a national campaign that has garnered nearly $100,000 in support on Indiegogo, and recently erected a similar massive display in Topeka, Kansas, the hometown of the Westboro Baptist Church. 

Gay Films To Be Brazil and Portugal's Oscar Hopefuls

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Brazil Selects 'The Way He Looks' For Foreign Language Film Oscar, Adding To a Very Queer Race This Year

Brazil has officially announced that Daniel Ribeiro's "The Way He Looks" will be its official entry for the 2015 Academy Awards, and we couldn't be more pleased.  A thoughtful, optimistic and incredibly heartwarming coming of age drama, "The Way He Looks" follows a blind teenager Leonardo (Ghilherme Lobo) as he falls in love with Gabriel (Fabio Audi).  The film is refreshingly more about Leonardo's independence than his sexuality, and it all makes for something very well observed and endlessly sweet. Notably, "The Way He Looks" joins another Portuguese-language queer film that's already in the running: Portugal has submitted film industry veteran Joaquim Pinto's 164-minute portrait of his one-year experience taking experimental medication for AIDS and Hepatitis-C, "What Now? Remind Me." An absolutely incredible feat of first-person filmmaking, Pinto films his day-to-day life with his husband, Nuno while going back into his personal history with art and cinema.

Gay Filmmaker Xavier Dolan's Film "Mommy" To Be Canada's Oscar Nom

Canada has chosen writer-director Xavier Dolan's Cannes award winner Mommy as its contender in the best foreign-language film category at the Academy Awards.
The family drama shared the Jury Prize with Jean-Luc Godard's Adieu au Langage after debuting in Cannes. The Canadian film portrays a feisty widow, played by Anne Dorval, trying to cope with a problem son (Antoine-Olivier Pilon).

"I'm Not a Gay Director!" Says Rising Auteur

Me: Speaking of which: Do you still have issues with your mother?
Dolan: It’s not issues. It’s a matter of incompatibility. We get along pretty well—under three hours.
Me: That’s pretty long by American standards. Some parents are even less gay-friendly. By the way, you once said you don’t want to be labeled a “gay director” because being gay is only one part of you, like hair color. But you can change your hair color, no?
Dolan: Is this your way of asking if I’m going to turn straight?
Me: No. But are you?
Dolan: I’m gay. I’ve always been. But it doesn’t define my craft or style. I don’t have any craft or style! What defines my films is the story. I want to be a great storyteller. Not a gay director. Not a director. I’m a storyteller! A Serious Man is not a Jewish film, and Romeo and Juliet is not a straight film. Heartbeatsis a love story, and one of the characters is gay. It’s not a gay film and I’m not a gay filmmaker. Is everything you write gay?

Stage, Screen, TV Star Polly Bergen Dead at 84

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original Cape Fear and the first woman president in Kisses for My President, died Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84.
In recent years, she played Felicity Huffman's mother on Desperate Housewives and the past mistress of Tony Soprano's late father on The Sopranos.

Bergen won an Emmy in 1958 portraying the tragic singer Helen Morgan on the famed anthology series Playhouse 90. She was nominated for another Emmy in 1989 for best supporting actress in a miniseries or special for War and Remembrance.
  When she was refused an audition for the 2001 Broadway revival of Follies, she contacted composer Stephen Sondheim. He auditioned her and gave her the role of a faded star who sings of her ups and downs in show business. The show-stopping song, "I'm Still Here," was reminiscent of Bergen's own saga. She was nominated for a Tony award for her role.


QNOTES: COLUMBIA, S.C. — The 25h Annual SC Pride 2014 will be held on Sept. 20, 1-10 p.m.
Headlining the event is Deborah Cox, a Grammy award nominated R&B and pop artist. She has also graced Broadway’s stages, notably in “Aida” and “Jekyll & Hyde” and has appeared in film and television.
Joining Cox onstage is Country artist Lorrie Morgan. She has spent her career writing songs, performing in theatre, as well as serving as a producer. She has sold over six million records and she has been fortunate to have done duets with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams and The Beach Boys.
Straight from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” are Coco Montrese, Jessica Wild, Nicole Paige Brooks and Phoenix who will certainly keep things spiced up.
During the week, a variety of events lead up to the Pride festival, including a transgender forum, Mr. & Miss SC Pride contest, a kick-off party, pre-party and ARunForEveryone 5K.
On the day of the festival a Pride parade will take place through downtown starting at noon.
After the parade and festival, head out to the the official after-party, AfterMath.
The festivities finish with a post-Pride picnic on Sept. 21 at the Reformation Lutheran Church, 1118 Union St. It is free and welcome to everyone.

Counting Us In

Census: Nearly 30,000 same-sex couples in Carolinas

New figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau and its annual American Community Survey made a simple change to how the classify data. The agency now counts married same-sex couples as families.
The annual survey and once-a-decade census had counted same-sex partners, married or not, since 1990. This is the first time married partners have been recognized, following last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act.
In North Carolina, there were an estimated 19,327 households with same-sex couples, including 6,469 homes, or nearly 34 percent, with married couples. In 2012, an estimated 27 percent of same-sex couples were married, the data showed.
South Carolina had 8,347 same-sex couple households, including 2,583 homes, or 31 percent, with married couples. The previous year, about 28 percent of same-sex couples were married.
Same-sex couples who live together but are not married are still counted as “unmarried partners,” the same designation for unmarried opposite-sex couples. The Census Bureau has counted same-sex couples since 1990.

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A Sharia Law Right Wing Christians Could Love

And welcome to the 5th century Indonsia!
Gay sex could be punishable by 100 lashes of the cane in Indonesia's staunchly conservative Aceh province if parliament passes a draft law that critics say violates basic human rights.
Aceh is the only part of the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation to enforce Islamic sharia law and has been slowly implementing it since 2001, when it gained some powers of autonomy.
A draft bylaw sent to AFP on Saturday outlaws anal sex between men and "the rubbing of body parts between women for stimulation", and for the first time applies Islamic laws and punishments to non-Muslims.
The bylaw also punishes adultery with 100 lashes of the cane.
The bylaw reinforces previous sharia legislation that bans alcohol consumption, gambling, fraternising between unmarried men and women, and physical displays of affection outside of marriage, such as touching and kissing.
 The laws will also be applied to Muslims as well as non-Muslims.
Canings in Aceh are often carried out with a long thin rattan stick and are aimed at humiliating, rather than causing pain. The bylaw allows for fines paid in gold or jail time as an alternative to the lashes.


Indonesia to Host 2018 Asian Games Sept. 20, 2014

Indonesia's capital Jakarta will host the 18th Asian Games in 2018, the Olympic Council of Asia said Saturday.

Citing International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, it added that the Olympic movement was witnessing a "decade of Asia" in terms of events, headlined by Tokyo hosting the Olympics in 2020 and South Korea's Pyeongchang due to host the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Mr. Bach added that Asia also has two strong candidates for the 2022 Winter Olympics, with Beijing in China and Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, both in the running.

Ben Whishaw To Star In Gay Spy Drama For BBC

[Out] British actor Ben Whishaw (The Hour, Cloud Atlas), who portrayed Q opposite Daniel Craig's James Bond in Skyfall, has been cast in London Spy, an upcoming BBC drama.  The 33-year-old, who was last year among those tipped to become the new star of Doctor Who before Peter Capaldi was cast, will play the lead character in the series made by Working Title Television for BBC Two.
 Five episodes of the hourlong show are scheduled to air next year.  Whishaw, considered one of Britain's up-and-coming stars, will play Danny, "a gregarious, hedonistic romantic who gets drawn into the dangerous world of British espionage," according to a show description. "He falls for the anti-social but enigmatic Alex, both from opposite worlds, and they soon realize they’re perfect for each other. But when Alex suddenly disappears, Danny is utterly ill-equipped to take on his complex and codified world."
On the casting announcement, [gay writer Tom Rob]Smith said: “Ben Whishaw is quite simply one of the best actors in the country. It’s an extraord

inary privilege, as a writer, to have him play the lead.”

San Francisco Plans for No Cost/Low Cost PrEP In AIDS Fight

Supervisor David Campos announced plans to make PrEP cheap or free for residents in statements on his Facebook.
“This coming Tuesday, I will introduce a measure to allocate funds for navigators to educate patients about PrEP, and provide subsidies to San Franciscans who cannot afford the life saving medication,” he said Thursday, a day after suggesting San Francisco can set a national example: “By making PrEP available to all regardless of income, we could set the tone for the rest of the country in how to effectively eradicate a disease that claimed the lives of so many of our loved ones.”
“I'm sick of meeting people 18, 19, 20, 21 years old who are [HIV] positive. We know that this is not necessary,” he said. “I think a lot of times, especially in the mainstream, there’s this view that somehow HIV is over, that the epidemic is somehow resolved, that everything is okay, and we know that that’s not true."
“Ending this epidemic can’t just be limited to people who happen to have good insurance,” Wiener continued. “We have to expand access. We have to make sure that people who either don’t have insurance or have insurance with really high deductibles or high copays have access.”


San Francisco Official Says He Takes Truvada to Prevent H.I.V., and More Gay Men Should, Too

Scott Wiener, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, made an unusual public announcement on Wednesday: He takes Truvada, a daily antiviral pill, to greatly reduce his risk of contracting H.I.V.
Taking the pills is a practice known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, and some researchers believe it may reduce the risk of infection by 99 percent if patients take their medication daily as prescribed. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2012, PrEP has increasingly been embraced by public health authorities and is one of three planks of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan in New York to sharply cut new H.I.V. infections.