November 2, 2012 at 6:27 pm #445206
A special thread for all friends out there who are gay, straight, tranny, or bi, and supporters. All are welcome to post appreciation and support for the LGBT community.November 2, 2012 at 11:41 pm #445208
I am grateful to Brad Pitt for again standing up for gay rights and putting his money where his mouth is with a generous donation in support of marriage equality initiatives in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington State.November 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm #445209
I agree about Brad. And I loved what he said as well. Society takes marriage for granted, even when it isnt our choice. And yet we continue to deny that same right to others. It’s baffling how people can justify this clear violation of personal freedoms, especially when their brains are flawed.
Lol.November 3, 2012 at 11:45 pm #445210
Happy to have voted to approve Referendum 74 in Washington.November 4, 2012 at 10:20 am #445211
I am grateful to Brad Pitt for again standing up for gay rights and putting his money where his mouth is with a generous donation in support of marriage equality initiatives in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington State.
unfortunately, in Minnesota we are not having a marriage equality initiative, but rather an (Anti)Marriage referendum. Rather than moving forward, the Republicans are attempting to place a legal definition of marriage as one man, one woman in our Constitution. It is disgusting. Constitutionalizing hate, one state at a time. Go us. So, all Minnesotans here at Gold Derby, please remember, “Minnesota Nice, Vote NO Twice!”November 6, 2012 at 11:31 pm #445212
Same-sex marriage is to become legal in Maine and Maryland, CNN projects.
It is the first time that same-sex marriage has been approved by a popular vote, not court action or in a legislature. The result of a vote on the same issue is still pending in Washington, as is a measure that would ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota.November 7, 2012 at 12:50 am #445213
Marriage equality made history tonight in Maine, Maryland, and Washington State, which all legalized same-sex marriage by popular vote. And Minnesota voted against a ban on same-sex marriage.
Also, Tammy Baldwin made history by becoming the first out gay person to be elected to the United States Senate.
It was a monumental night for human, civil, and gay rights in the United States.November 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm #445214
Whoo Minnesota!! Overall it was a great night to be a Democrat.November 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm #445215
YEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Marriage equality will soon be unified!!!November 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm #445216
Vatican Digs in after Gay Marriage Advances
Saturday, 10 Nov 2012 11:03 AM
The Vatican is digging in after gay marriage initiatives scored big wins this week in the U.S. and Europe, vowing to never stop insisting that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.
In a front-page article in Saturday’s Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, the Holy See sought to frame itself as the lone voice of courage in opposing initiatives to give same-sex couples legal recognition. In a separate Vatican Radio editorial, the Vatican spokesman asked sarcastically why gay marriage proponents don’t now push for legal recognition for polygamous couples as well.
The Vatican media blitz came after three U.S. states approved same-sex marriage by popular vote, Spain upheld its gay marriage law and France pushed ahead with legislation that could see gay marriage legalized early next year.
© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.November 28, 2012 at 9:08 am #445217
The Rise of the New Gay Villains
Published: November 27, 2012 @ 7:19 pm
By Tim Molloy
Meet the new gay villains of television and film: If their wrists are bent, it’s probably to cut someone’s throat.
Far from their limp-wristed, lisping predecessors, the modern-day villains of “Skyfall” and “Dexter” do their own dirty work and are every bit as masculine as the heroes with whom they do battle.
Also read: DC’s Gay Green Lantern Is a Super Cop-Out
OK, one stereotype remains: They still wear some nice clothes. But while the old portrayals suggested that gays were vain and effeminate, the fashion-consciousness of the new gay villains reflects an admirable attention to detail.
Is this progress? In a way, yes.
Once, branding a villain as homosexual was dehumanizing. Today, a villain’s homosexuality is often the most humanizing thing about him.
The arrival of more nuanced, less stereotypical gay villains comes as gay characters receive more realistic portrayals on shows like ABC’s hit “Modern Family.” Rather than remaining relegated to the rom-com role of gay best friend, gay characters are finally moving the action.
And no one moves the action like villains.
GLAAD, which tracks portrayals of gays in popular culture, says that as the number of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered characters increases in TV and film, it makes sense that there would be more villains. The question is whether they are villainous because they are gay, or villains who just happen to also be gay.
“In the early days of LGBT characters on screen, it was often the case that a character’s sexual orientation or gender identity was directly tied to their villainous nature as things like lecherous prison guards, blackmailers, or even psychotic killers,” Matt Kane, GLAAD’s associate director of entertainment media, told TheWrap.
“Though that’s almost never the case now, it’s still something writers and directors should be conscious of. What this also highlights, however, is that there are still too few LGBT protagonists and leads in popular media, particularly in genre film and television. Where is the gay equivalent to James Bond?”
Nowhere, so far. But at least Bond has a worthy gay adversary.
In the bad old days, films and movies gave their villains mincing walks, frilly outfits, flowery language, fussy cats and all sorts of other supposedly effeminate accessories to tip off viewers that they were homosexual – as if homosexuality were synonymous with weakness. If the manly hero pummeled his way through a horde of 1960s henchmen, the effete villain stood no chance. His only hope was to flee. We were supposed to despise him for his cowardice.
The sissified villain is one of fiction’s oldest stereotypes. Even in the epic poem “The Iliad,” one warrior belittles another by imagining him “crying… like some little girl, who runs beside her mother and begs to be picked up.”November 30, 2012 at 9:14 am #445218
As reported by Huffington Post:
James Gunn, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director, Superhero Article Called Sexist, Homophobic
Posted: 11/29/2012 12:17 pm EST Updated: 11/29/2012 12:35 pm EST
Director James Gunn’s article about superhero sex has been
pegged as both sexist and homophobic. Here, he arrives at the premiere
of ‘Piranha 3DD’ in May. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Director James Gunn, who was hired by Disney to write and
direct Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” has incited outrage with an
online article about superhero sex.
Gunn has been labeled sexist and homophobic
due to slurs and graphic descriptions included in his blog post, “The
50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With,” according to The
Hollywood Reporter. The article, which has since been removed, was
originally posted to jamesgunn.com on Feb. 17, 2011, and ranks the top
50 results gathered from Facebook and Twitter responses.
In the controversial post, Gunn refers to Gambit as a “Cajun fruit”
and says the thought of this character in a threesome “makes me sick to
my stomach.” He writes about Tony Stark potentially being able to “turn”
the “lesbian” superhero Batwoman. Of Batgirl Stephanie Brown, the
director writes, “Being a teen mom and all, you know she’s easy. Go for
The Mary Sue, a blog that provides “a prominent place for the voices of geek women,” took major offense to Gunn’s superheroes post,
blasting it for “slut-shaming” and homophobia, THR notes. “This
discovery of Gunn’s apparently joyful and public feelings about women
and sexuality are, to say the least, deeply disappointing,” The Mary
Sue’s Susana Polo writes.
Rachel Edidin, editor at Dark Horse Comics, also responded to Gunn’s article in a Tumblr post, saying that excusing Gunn’s piece as satire points to another, larger issue.
“If Gunn’s list is satire, it’s bad satire, because it skews
incredibly close to material that’s not only already out there, but that
comes from official media and in some cases industry professionals,”
Edidin writes. “There’s a significant slice of the comics community that
is that misogynist and homophobic, and says so loudly and frequently.
It’s telling, I think, that so many people took what Gunn wrote at face
value: this is material we’ve seen before, again and again, presented
Drew McWeeny over at HitFix says he doesn’t think Gunn’s superhero sex article is controversial
because the director has always been known for dirty jokes and deranged
sense of humor. Plus, he says, the timing is suspect. “Is it just
because he’s directing a big-budget superhero film that people are
suddenly upset?” he asks.
“Avengers” director Joss Whedon thinks Gunn’s “twisted take” on
comics makes him such a great director. “He is so off the wall, and so
crazy, but so smart, such a craftsman and he builds from his heart,” Whedon told MTV about Gunn directing “Guardians of the Galaxy,” set for a 2014 release.November 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm #445219
In hours, Uganda could pass a law that could impose the death penalty or life imprisonment for homosexuality. An international outcry shelved this bill last year — we urgently need to ramp up the pressure to press President Museveni to stand up for human rights and stop this brutal lawJanuary 8, 2013 at 11:47 pm #445221
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