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‘Stonewall’ actor, director talk ‘whitewashing’ controversy, bricks and sex

By Chris Azzopardi

Blowback from a mere two-minute-and-twenty-three-second trailer of “Stonewall” stormed the web in early August.

It was intense. Like the historic brick-throwing, slur-lashing brawl that broke out in New York City outside a Greenwich Village gay bar in 1969, it provoked an uproar. And also like the Stonewall riots, the melting pot of people the film sought to represent felt … unrepresented.

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The gay divorce boom

Posted: February 26th, 2013 | News, Opinion & News, The Gay Blog | No Comments

Jesse Green – whose too-infrequent work in New York magazine includes an excellent article on parents of transgender teenagers – published his latest for the magazine, looking at one of the next steps in the reality of marriage equality: divorce.

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Ana & Kim, one Captivating Couple

Posted: February 22nd, 2013 | Opinion & News, The Gay Blog | No Comments

Two of my favorite people  – Ana Pines and Kim Rescate – were recently profiled in New York City-based Go Magazine as one of several “Captivating Couples” for 2013. I couldn’t agree more, but to be honest, I’ve been captivated with the pair ever since I met them last year.

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Homophobia in hip hop? Macklemore says no more

Posted: February 13th, 2013 | Arts & Entertainment, The Gay Blog | No Comments

I’m a bit obsessed with this right now. “Ellen” fans will know; the talk-show host had Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on her show last October, when the band’s album “The Heist” was being released. The song is called “Same Love,” and it’s as much of a marriage equality anthem as it is Macklemore – who grew up in Seattle watching the racial divide of the progressive city played out in his high school and neighborhoods […]

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Rihanna’s two videos for ‘Stay’

Posted: February 12th, 2013 | Arts & Entertainment, The Gay Blog | No Comments

All over the internet this week, this is not the official version of Rihanna’s video for her latest release, “Stay.” The original is more of your typical video, while this is something you don’t see all the time. Some, yes, but not all. Singing on the song with Rihanna is Mikky Ekko, a native of Louisiana. The song definitely has a rich southern feel. Ekko appears in the official video, but isn’t missed visually from […]

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Taïa twice on 2012 best LGBT books list

Posted: December 3rd, 2012 | Opinion & News, The Gay Blog | No Comments

Many potential reads from the Band Of Thebes blog recently released list of the Best LGBT Books of 2012. We’re a list-loving society, and December brings out the best of them.

Of note, Abdellah Taïa appears twice on the list, for two different works. “Salvation Army” was not a 2012 book, but well worth reading. Taïa’s second, which also delves into the world of being gay from Northern Africa, looks like it could be as good as the first.

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Savage vs. Brown bible debate video

Posted: August 22nd, 2012 | News, The Gay Blog | No Comments

There is not much more to say – yet – about this hour-long video featuring a dinner-table debate between The Stranger editor and civil rights activist Dan Savage and National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown. Filmed at Savage’s home in Seattle, Wash., watch the video, take notes and then let’s discuss.

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Big Gay Days at Comic Con

Posted: July 16th, 2012 | The Gay Blog | 1 Comment

I went to Comic Con this weekend; not on an official media trip but as one of those regular, what’s-this-all-about attendees. First impression was I was certainly hoping for more costumes and less.. well, people, but regardless of the crowd it was just exactly what I expected. There was a big gay panel on Saturday (a very big one, as it was celebrating 25 years as an official discussion at the event; good for them) […]

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Before Stonewall: LA’s Black Cat Tavern

Posted: June 28th, 2012 | The Gay Blog | No Comments

Today marks 43 years since the Stonewall Inn riots in New York City. Drag queens and patrons fought back, pushed to the edge by NYC PD and, in the process, launched an entire movement for LGBT inclusiveness and equality. Stonewall is recognized at the starting point of Pride. But what about the Black Cat Tavern in Los Angeles? Two year prior to Stonewall, the little gay bar 3909 W. Sunset Blvd. in LA was raided […]

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Supreme Court health care act LIVE coverage

Posted: June 28th, 2012 | News, The Gay Blog | No Comments

Watch live streaming video from democracynow at Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman will host a live one-hour broadcast on Thursday morning, June 28, covering the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. They will go live to the steps of the Supreme Court. Guests will include filmmaker Michael Moore, health insurance industry whistleblower Wendell Potter, Georgetown University law professor David Cole and Elisabeth Benjamin of the Community Service Society […]

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Disturbing ‘gay test’ story from SD Unified School District

Posted: June 23rd, 2012 | The Gay Blog | No Comments

So many disturbing things in this story:

Disturbing thing #1: Nine students from San Diego Unified School District were suspended for, among other things, watching pornography and openly masturbating in class. Part of the game was what students called a “gay test.” Those who were visibly aroused watching porn on their cell phones were then labeled gay.

#2: They are 7th graders.

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News roundup

Posted: June 23rd, 2012 | The Gay Blog | No Comments

Kelly Rowland cancels her appearance at this year’s San Diego Pride festival. SD Pride said they will announce a new entertainment line-up on Monday, June 25. Third time’s a charm, it seems, as this isn’t the first time the singer pulled out of a pride festival: Manchester 2009 and Capital Pride 2011.

Assembly Bill 1856 – requiring caretakers to complete 40 hours of training on best practices for providing care of LGBT youth in foster care – scheduled for Assembly Committee on Human Services June 26.

Also from New America Media, a commentary by Marco Antonio Flores on ‘cautious optimism’ for ‘undocu-queer’ youth.

California budget deal sees massive cuts to social programs. San Diego Unified feels it too, anticipates shortening the school year among other cuts. They’re also looking to sell off some property, including an $11-million location two blocks from Mission Beach. Board Trustee Kevin Beiser is a bit iffy on the idea.

Shunning the commercialism of Pride festivals, a group in San Francisco plans an ‘Occu-Pride’ alternative.

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California connection to voter manipulation?

Posted: June 20th, 2012 | The Gay Blog | No Comments

The Advocate posted a compelling commentary today about a rogue filmmaker, Joe Fox, getting behind-the-scenes access to both sides of the 2009 “Question One” marriage equality fight in Maine. Both sides because he went back into the closet to befriend the opponents of marriage equality. Essentially their talking points were just that, talking points. What Fox was able to record them saying outside of the talking points is sad but not surprising. We’re not that stupid.

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Go to school and get a job… someplace else.

Posted: June 19th, 2012 | The Gay Blog | No Comments

And in the bad-news-for-recent-graduates category, San Diego Unified reached a tentative deal with teachers for zero pay increases in order to stave off almost 1,500 layoffs, the U-T reports. This comes just two days after the Council voted 6-1 for labor agreements giving the city’s labor unions a big zero across-the-board pay increase.

For those keeping track, that’s four years in a row, and Craig Gustafson of the U-T said it could “stretch to nine years” because of that pesky little Proposition B passing. I wouldn’t last one year at my job without a pay increase. Nine? Surely we’re joking, right?

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