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May 28, 2009

Where a White Ribbon!!

Levi (the very first Fortune 500 company to extend health benefits to “domestic partners of unmarried employees) is on the forefront again as they take a stand on gay marriage.  They have adopted the “White Knot Program” which encourages people to demonstrate their solidarity with marriage equality by wearing a small piece of knotted white ribbon on their clothing.  New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg and comedienne Kathy Griffin have already publicly supported the move and many more have followed.

Levi’s hope in this new campaign is to spread a symbol of “love” versus fear in the current climate and debate on gay marriage and they are to be applauded for this effort.  No doubt, in some of the more conservative states – Levi will take a hit in the pocket book but the goal of universal marriage rights for all is an admiral one to take and a bold move by this company.  So take a minute a put a white ribbon on your clothing, your car anyway you can to show your support.

Marriage Equality - coming to state near you (Hopefully)

Marriage Equality - coming to state near you (Hopefully)

Thomas

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May 20, 2009

British Film wins Miami Film Award

 

"Shank" - Written by Christian Martin, Directed by Simon Pearce

"Shank" - Written by Christian Martin, Directed by Simon Pearce

I don’t often write about what is going on in the LGBT film world (why that is, I don’t know) but hey I guess its time to start.  What better way to start than in our own backyard of Miami, Florida.  The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival just wrapped up another successful year a couple of weeks ago with actors, filmmakers and fans joining in the parade of hopping all over the city to watch LGBT films.  One film I wanted to highlight today is directed by 21 year old newcomer Simon Pearce called “Shank.”  It won the Roger Walker-Dack Award for Emerging Talents in Queer Cinema.  Who says you have to be an old geriatric case to make a fresh and compelling film.

 

Shank follows the life of a teenage gang member who hides his secret sex life from his fellow gang members, hustles for sex and deals drugs to get by (okay…maybe that part is not so original).  Cal (played by Wayne Virgo) rescues a university student who is in the middle of a queer-bashing and their worlds collide as they fall in love together.  On the surface, it seems like the same shelp we see in gay film but the film has an unique treatment of gang culture coupled with unrelenting drama that fuses sex, violence and fast pace action in an attempt to turn upside down the usual coming-out story that we have all seen before.

"Shank" premieres at Miami Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

"Shank" premieres at Miami Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

 

 

The film has made a splash in the gay festival circuit and is due for a theatrical release in September of this year.  Writer, Producer Christian Martin told the Miami Press…”It was a risk working with a young, inexperienced cast and first-time director but this award, along with the international audience support for the film validates the courage of our conviction to push the gay genre in a new direction….”

Expect in on DVD by winter courtesy of gay friendly distributor TLA Releasing.  

 

And there you have it, my first attempt at talking about queer cinema.   More to follow…..

May 17, 2009

Star Trek Parody

Filed under: gay,GLBT,homosexual — ccevideo @ 6:19 pm

I gave props to my favorite sci-fi movie Star Wars a few days ago (that was the funny clip of the death star blowing up the Enterprise) – so I thought I would find a funny clip of Star Trek.  If you haven’t seen the new Star Trek movie, go see it.  It was much better than I expected.  To me the franchise had become stale and boring over the years but this new image of the original characters was great.  JJ Abrams did a great job.  So enjoy this humorous clip from BarelyDigital.com as they poke fun at the original Star Trek.  MAKE SURE YOU CATCH THE END OF THE SPOOF.  THE IMPERSONATION OF GAY SULU IS GREAT.  Enjoy!!

May 13, 2009

Miss California – How pointless your views are!!

I was debating whether or not to chime in on the whole Miss California debacle.  Instead of debating on how good or bad she is as a person, I wanted to weigh in on how she is being the poster child for how stupid the arguments are against gay marriage.  While she has not come out and told the public per se why “she feels gay marriage is wrong,” she is really showing how pointless the arguments are against basic civil rights, the right to equal protection, the right to equal estate planning, the right to equal hospital visitation and end of life care, etc etc.  So I was trying to figure out the best way to show how her views are pointless.

Enter Lisa Nova – comedian, writer and You Tube Guru.  Adrian saw the video below on You Tube and told me I had to get it on our blog.  Lisa hits it on the head perfectly – by doing a parody of Miss California’s press conference she held.  Listen carefully and you will see why I think Miss California is actually helping us with gay marriage rather than huring us.  Lisa – great job with the video and everybody enjoy!!

May 12, 2009

Gays are in the gaming world – WTF Bioware!!

It’s 2009 and the gaming industry is still having a hard time dealing with the concept of gay and lesbian characters in their games.  While the industry can’t possible be blinded to the fact that gay folks are gamers and we have contributed to the success of the industry; publishers, designers and others involved have chosen for decades to sweep us under the carpet.

This notion could not have been brought more to life than the recent conundrum that occurred on the Bioware’s game forum for the new highly anticipated MMO on Star Wars: The Old Republic.    Eurogamer reported that a forum mod on BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic banned users from discussing potential gay character relationships in the upcoming game.  Not only did they ban users from discussing potential gay characters, they closed the threads, banned any use of the word gay, homosexual, lesbian and basically censored the forums.

The community manager went so far as to write (and I quote):  “As I have stated before, these are terms that do not exist in Star Wars. Thread closed.”

Forum User Elikal's Avatar

Forum User Elikal's Avatar

Now to Bioware’s credit, they have since reopened the thread which has turned into (as of today) over 107 pages on the topic.  (Click here to get to thread) The person who started this thread (Forum user Eikal) is quoted in the forum as saying: “…..I am grateful Bioware has opened the thread again, and allowed the words gay and lesbian now. Though I can’t hide that I am quite disappointed. Bioware games had always been about complex ethical questions, about vast, diverse realities, and as such I had never expect Bioware of all companies to be so… narrow in this question. I was a Bioware fan so long… it was really a shock to see the thread closed. Thanks to all the supporters, and even those who in civilized words disagreed, since debating things is what makes a modern society work…”

If you guys remember way way back some time ago, I talked about a gay character in the Star Wars Old Republic named Juhani.  There are others like Goran Beviin (Human male Mandalorian commando, bounty hunter and a contract killer active under the New Republic – around 24ABY – 24 years after the battle of Yavin) and his partner who was a blacksmith named Medrit Vasur.  So yes they are there – not many, not openly obvious – but they exist.

Bioware – you just can’t pretend that the whole “gay thing” doesn’t exist and I think that community manager owes the gay gaming community an apology.    It may be easier to just ignore such things and pretend they don’t exist.  I would challenge everyone to simply assume that the Star Wars universe is rich in diversity and characters and it would just make sense that in that vast universe where all kinds of characters exist, there are some that are gay.  I like Bioware as a company – they make fantastic games but this whole censorship episode bothers me and it should bother you too.

Thomas

May 9, 2009

Now Playing on Click Click Expose TV – 4pm – May 9 – EOY 2008

Now Playing on Click Click Expose as of May 9th at 4pm EST – Entertainer of the Year, FI 2008 featuring the amazing talents of Nina West.  Enjoy this surprise performance.

Thomas

May 8, 2009

Death Star destroys the Enterprise

Filed under: Pageants — ccevideo @ 7:13 pm
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If you have followed this blog for any length of time – you know that I (Thomas) am a science fiction nerd.  Love my sci-fi stuff – so I had to share this clip I found of the Death Star destroying the Enterprise over San Francisco.  I am more of a Star Wars fan than Star Trek (Give me an Executor class star destroyer any day over any version of the Enterprise) but I thought this clip was funny.  Check out the storm troopers at the end of the clip after the Enterprise has been destroyed.

Thomas

May 7, 2009

The Big Fat Gay Collab

Filed under: Pageants — ccevideo @ 1:54 pm

Theres a disgusting amount of hate on the internet (especially on youtube!) directed at minority groups
(especially the LGBT community) so You Tube user Stevebeebishop was inspired to organize this collab video. He never set out to “change the world,” in his own words, he “simply wanted to make something light hearted to put a smile on the face of any hate-victim watching. you’re not alone! stevie loves you :)”

This is a great video to watch.  Enoy!

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