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January 13, 2014 |
When retired Methodist bishop Jack Tuell was asked how he changed his mind on issues of gay ordination and gay marriage, he explained it simply: "I changed my mind when I changed my heart. " But the answer was more complicated. Tuell, 90, a prominent clergyman who emerged late in life as an eloquent voice for change in his church's views of homosexuality, died Friday at the Wesley Homes Health Center in Des Moines, Wash. He had been in failing health for several years, his daughter Cynthia Tuell said.
January 1, 2014 |
Built upon a movie-history footnote, "Interior. Leather Bar. " is an hourlong provocation from directors James Franco and Travis Mathews - a cheerfully unsettling exploration of mainstream representations of male homosexuality. Their jumping-off point is William Friedkin's controversial 1980 murder mystery, "Cruising," in which Al Pacino's undercover cop entered a lurid pre-AIDS club scene in Manhattan's pre-gentrification Meatpacking District. Friedkin, who filmed actual club patrons' "activities in their entirety," has said he cut 40 minutes to avoid an X rating and subsequently lost that footage.
December 24, 2013 |
LONDON - Nearly 60 years after his death, Alan Turing, the British scientist whose code-breaking work helped the Allies beat Adolf Hitler and whom many consider the father of artificial intelligence, received a royal pardon Tuesday for the crime of having had sex with another man. Turing felt humiliated after he was convicted in 1952 of "gross indecency," the charge used against gay men in an age when homosexual relations were illegal in Britain....
September 19, 2013 |
ROME - In an extraordinary, wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis expressed frustration that the Roman Catholic Church is "obsessed" with issues such as abortion, homosexuality and contraception, and called instead for a focus on healing and mercy. "The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules," Francis said in the interview published Thursday by an Italian Jesuit magazine. "The people of God want pastors, not clergy acting like bureaucrats or government officials.
August 22, 2013
Russia has embarked on a series of shameful steps against homosexuals. A recently passed law lays out heavy penalties for anyone who disseminates positive information to minors about "nontraditional" relationships, a vague law that could be construed to mean that a gay couple holding hands in public would be in trouble if children were present. Another law bans adoptions not just by homosexuals but by anyone living in a country that confers marriage rights on gay and lesbian couples.
July 18, 2013 |
Few would have imagined that more than 40 years after Igor Stravinsky died, the composer's sex life would be a source of renewed interest. Robert Craft, a conductor and Stravinsky's longtime assistant, writes in his new book, "Stravinsky: Discoveries and Memories," that the composer had several homosexual affairs - including one with Maurice Ravel - during the years he composed his three great ballets, "The Firebird" (1910), "Petrushka" (1911) and "The Rite of Spring" (1913). If true, Craft's revelations pose tantalizing questions about Stravinsky's sexuality as it relates to his art. A towering figure in the history of music, Stravinsky was a private man who led a double life for decades, dividing his time between his wife and four children and his lover, Vera, who became his second wife.