October 3, 2013
Producer-director Marta Cunningham's documentary, "Valentine Road," is a moving and infuriating look at the 2008 murder of openly gay teenager Lawrence "Larry" King by straight classmate Brandon McInerney in Oxnard. The film, which also airs Monday on HBO, should be required viewing for teens, educators and anyone concerned with the potentially devastating effects of intolerance. (The phobic, mortified McInerney shot King the day after King openly flirted with him). Cunningham masterfully weaves a kind of cinematic memorial quilt to King, who, just prior to his death, was living in a group home/treatment center away from his adoptive parents.
October 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Gays and lesbians in the military are running into widespread obstacles as they seek to take advantage of a new Obama administration policy designed to make it easier for same-sex couples in the armed services to get married. The policy, announced with great fanfare at the Pentagon in mid-August, was meant to give same-sex couples up to 10 days special leave to get married in the 13 states that allow it - and thus equal access to low-cost healthcare, base shopping and other benefits available to married couples in the military.
October 1, 2013 |
PARK CITY, UTAH - While continuing to steer just wide of the political uproar over Russia's new anti-gay laws, U.S. Olympic officials said Tuesday they would support boosting anti-discrimination language in the Olympic Charter. "We are not an advocacy organization or a human-rights organization," U.S. Olympic Committee chief Scott Blackmun said. "What we can do is advocate for change within our group. " With the 2014 Sochi Winter Games only 128 days away, Blackmun and USOC Chairman Larry Probst faced questions about the issue at a media summit here.
September 30, 2013 |
Figure skating has a history of gay and lesbian athletes and coaches, so it was no surprise when skaters at the U.S. Olympic Committee media summit in Park City, Utah, were asked about Russia's new anti-gay legislation. "I'm so nervous to even talk about this," said Ashley Wagner, who said she has gay friends and family. "For me, [the law] is not something I personally agree with. " Other skaters were more cautious at a Monday morning news conference, saying only that they supported a USOC statement that encouraged American athletes to comply with the legislation but also characterized it as inconsistent with the Olympic movement.
September 27, 2013 |
Nearly two out of three Latino Catholics think gay and lesbian couples should be able to legally marry, a new survey shows - even though nearly half think that sex between such couples is wrong. The findings from the nonprofit Public Religion Research Institute, which surveyed more than 1,500 Latino adults across the country, reveal the sometimes surprising ways that faith shapes opinions about same sex marriage and abortion among Latinos as they become more religiously diverse. Among Latinos, Catholics are more likely than Protestants to support same-sex marriage and legalized abortion, the survey showed.
September 26, 2013 |
The International Olympic Committee now says it is "fully satisfied" Russia's new anti-gay legislation does not violate the Olympic Charter's anti-discrimination clause. The laws threaten prosecution of anyone who promotes gay rights around minors or in public displays such as parades. Russian officials have given mixed messages as to whether they will be enforced on visiting athletes. IOC official Jean-Claude Killy told the Associated Press his organization has carefully considered the matter.
September 26, 2013 |
"Love finds its way" is an Arabic proverb that deftly finds its way - literally and figuratively - into the taut, compelling drama "Out in the Dark," which places a gay-themed romance at the center of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian discord. A first-time feature helmer, the Israeli-born Michael Mayer (not to be confused with the same-named American theater and film/TV director) ratchets up the tension on its appealing lead characters in believable, heartfelt ways while spinning out an edgy tale fueled by do-or-die sociopolitical intrigue.
September 25, 2013 |
What's the best way for celebrities to take a stand against Russia's anti-gay regime and its homophobic disciples? Should they take actor Wentworth Miller's approach and forgo any appearances in Russia until the country has done away with its anti-gay laws ? Or does it make more sense to protest Russia by openly supporting gay rights while on their turf? For Miller, it was a delicate issue. Historically, the “Prison Break” star had been private about his sexuality, but an invitation to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival pushed him over the edge.
September 24, 2013 |
Gala-goers at the Metropolitan Opera's opening night of Tchaikovsky's “Eugene Onegin,” a tale of fiery, futile love, were also greeted with a few impassioned pleas. Members of LGBT advocacy groups Monday night staged a protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin's new anti-gay laws. “Putin, end your war on Russian gays!” one man shouted before the Russian opera began, the New York Times reported. Someone inside the theater then called for the opera's Russian stars Anna Netrebko and Valery Gergiev, who have supported Putin in the past , to speak out against the controversial leader.
September 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- By a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Senate confirmed the first openly gay judge to sit on a U.S. court of appeals. Todd M. Hughes, 46, a veteran Justice Department lawyer, will serve on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, a Washington-based court which decide appeals and claims involving patents, trademarks, veterans benefits and international trade disputes. Although his sexual orientation was noted when President Obama made the nomination, it did not figure in his confirmation, and he won approval on a 98-0 vote.