There were no Gay Pride events in Russia this week, but activists attending the world Cup events managed to send a message of support by displaying the Pride Flag colors while out in public. Now This presents video documentation of the group displaying the “Hidden Flag” at various locations around the city and interviews Mateo Fernández of Columbia who describes his participation in the event. [Read more…]
For folks that weren’t able to attend this year’s Pride Festival, here are some highlights courtesy of our local newspaper, the San Diego Union-Tribune, now under new ownership. [Read more…]
Sometimes persisting with pride entails asserting one’s legitimate authority when challenged. At any rate, that’s how I’m taking this. [NSFW – language] [Read more…]
In order to make a movie more palatable to the public, Hollywood often glosses over or contradicts key historical elements. In this short video The Real Queens and Kings of Stonewall, Matt Baume provides a reality check regarding the commercially released Hollywood version of the riots: Stonewall.
And here are some more voices of actual participants in the groundbreaking historic Stonewall riot: Stonewall Veterans Talk About the Night That Changed The World – Stonewall: Profiles of Pride. [Read more…]
The world premiere of The Loneliest Girl in the World is a creative and moving work that looks at an early period of the gay rights movement by paralleling the lives of two figures, Anita Bryant and Thom Higgins (just Tommy in the musical).
The show opens with the press conference in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1977, where Tommy threw a pie in Anita’s face. The next two scenes take the audience back to the 1959 Miss America pageant, where Anita was the second runner-up. A young Tommy watches the pageant on TV while baking a pie with his mother. These scenes sets Tommy’s fixation on Anita, who, in his imagination, sings and dances with him.
The rest of the musical alternates between Anita and Tommy, capturing key events and experiences in their lives: Anita’s marriage to the former disc-jockey Robert Green, who becomes her manager; Anita’s appearances in commercials; her thriving career in the music industry. Tommy’s moving to a new city; his growing awareness of his sexuality; his first awkward encounter with Kyle, his future boyfriend, highlighted by a musical number “Twin Bed.” [Read more…]
Amy Goodwin and Juan Gonzalez of Democracy Now! speak with Ria Tabacco Mar, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project and counsel of record for Charlie Craig and David Mullins in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Ria explains why this ruling is not likely to set a precedent. [Read more…]
Tens of thousands of Brazilians have protested across the country to mourn the apparent assassination of a well-known police critic.
Marielle Franco, a councilwoman from Rio de Janeiro, was shot along with her driver on Wednesday night.
The 38-year city councillor had become a voice for gay and black rights, as well as fighting against police violence in poor areas of the city. [Read more…]
San Diego Repertory Theatre is presenting Karen Hartman’s Roz and Ray, directed by Delcia Turner Sonnenberg, featuring Carla Harting and Steven Lone, at the Lyceum Stage. Set in Hartman’s hometown, San Diego, Roz and Ray portrays two people who are personally and professionally involved in the controversial treatment of hemophilia. The play spans 15 years, from 1976 through 1987 and a single day in 1991.
The beginning scene takes place at Children’s Hospital in San Diego in 1976, when Roz Kagan, a brilliant and caring doctor, explains to Ray, a father of twin sons with hemophilia, about a cutting-edge blood transfusion treatment using freeze-dried powdered concentrates containing Factor 8 and 9. Roz is excited about this new treatment because the concentrates can be stored and administered at home, eliminating countless trips to the hospital to receive conventional full-blood transfusion treatment. In the 1980s however, it was found that Factor 8 and 9 concentrates contained tainted blood from donors with AIDS, leaving more than half of the hemophiliac population in the United States infected with HIV. [Read more…]
R.I.P. Edith Windsor (June 20, 1929 – September 12, 2017). Edith and her partner of over 40 years, Thea Spyer, were married in Toronto, Canada in May 2007. Thea had been diagnosed in 1977 with progressive multiple sclerosis and at the time of their marriage was already gravely suffering from related conditions. Thea died from complications related to her heart condition on February 5, 2009. On Thea’s death, Edith inherited her estate, and she was subsequently presented with a bill for $363,053 for federal estate taxes. If federal law had recognized the validity of their marriage, she would have been eligible for an unlimited spousal deduction and would not have owed anything in federal tax. Edith attempted to claim the spousal deduction but the IRS denied the request citing Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as the reason and compelled her to pay. Even though on the surface the issue was one of tax liability, fundamentally it was about equality. Thus, on November 9th, 2010, Edith filed the federal lawsuit seeking a refund that would eventually become the Supreme Court case United States v. Windsor where she succeeded in having the court declare Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. [Read more…]
The Washington Post reports that General Mattis has put the military transgender ban on hold for the near future. The statement explained that he will first develop a study and implementation plan “as directed” by the president in a memorandum released Friday. After the panel makes its recommendations and he consults with the secretary of homeland security, he will provide his advice to Trump. In the meantime, policy regarding transgender service members will remain in place. And Mattis has been recorded exhorting troops to “hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other and showing it.”
While this hot mess of misguided military policy is being sorted out, here is a short clip to help us remember the struggles it has taken to get this far. Through a collaborative video from the ACLU (yes! the ACLU does video!), Transparent producer and artist Zackary Drucker, Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox and the creative team of Molly Crabapple and Kim Boekbinder, they tell the story of trans history and resistance. [Read more…]
Time for a “Feel Good” video. Here’s a sweet animated short about a school kid coping with a crush on a classmate. It’s by two recent graduates of Ringling College of Art and Design, Beth David and Esteban Bravo, who created it in satisfaction of their senior thesis. The story sensitively unfolds, wordlessly and with a rich musical score by Arturo Cardelús.
(FWIW, I suspect that folks who have an issue with the young couple being same sex, are likely the same ones for whom a Supreme Court of twelve black lesbians would cause palpitations, while one of twelve white guys wouldn’t seem stacked at all.) [Read more…]
Who was it now that I remember saying:
“As your president I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens …”
Oh yeah, it was this guy:
“The United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”
Why am I not surprised? [Read more…]