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Kirby Dick’s Outrage

In: Kevin, Movies, Politics & Issues
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I’ll be honest, I’m not usually a documentary fan- but I will definitely be going to see “Outrage”, directed by Kirby Dick. Described as “a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of closeted politicians who actively campaign against the LGBT community they covertly belong to”, Outrage was unveiled at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and premiered on May 8 in five cities, including Washington D.C.

The documentary exposes the secret lives of closeted gay politicians who outwardly oppose gay rights. Focusing mostly on conservative Republicans, the film includes tell-alls from men who say they’ve had relationships with various Republican politicians, including Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Bush strategist Ken Mehlman and former Senator Larry Craig.

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Equality California’s Marriage Drive

In: Kevin, Politics & Issues
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While the rest of the US waits to hear the decision of the California Supreme Court regarding Proposition 8, pro-marriage equality activist group Equality California is getting a head start on returning marriage equality to California. The group has initiated a marriage drive consisting of door-to-door campaigning and public service announcements that aim to help people see a more accurate picture of the gay marriage issue (rather than the half-truths and outright lies being told by the National Organization for Marriage).

“Win Marriage Back: Make It Real!” is a multi-tiered grassroots campaign to keep the issue of marriage equality at the forefront in the state. Equality California, a primary plaintiff in the current legal challenge against Proposition 8 in the state supreme court, is launching the effort by reaching out to at least 300,000 residents. TV commercials, faith outreach, localized organization, and online activism will be the crux of the 100-day operation.

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Sometimes Public Transit Gives Me Shingles

In: Kevin, Random Reads
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Everyone knows that public transit, while not the ideal method of travel for most people (be serious – who wouldn’t rather be in their own car busting out their favorite tunes and singing at the top of their lungs), is generally a good thing.  People are paying more attention to their carbon emissions, trying to “Go Green” and basically do their part to save the Earth from global warming and public transit is generally an easy way for people to do their part.

Unfortunately, some people don’t make it very easy to endure the public transit experience.  At this point, I’ll apologize for the bit of a rant that I’m about to engage in… So please cross your arms in front of your face and brace for impact as I spell out some of my biggest transit pet peeves:

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Tori Amos: Abnormally Attracted to Sin

In: Kevin, Music
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Musical genius Tori Amos is set to deliver a new album, Abnormally Attracted to Sin on May 16th!

It’s no secret that I love Tori Amos. Over the years she has consistently delivered fantastic albums full of haunting melodies and meaningful lyrics- and she puts on an amazing live concert! One of the things that has always drawn me to Tori, besides the sheer brilliance of her music, is the fact that she always seeks to deliver a very clear message with her music. Abnormally Attracted to Sin is no different.

In an interview from Spinner.com, Tori reveals that the impetus behind this new collection was a desire to question what traditional authorities have defined as sin: “As a minister’s daughter, I’ve been exposed to the traditional belief system. [Sin] has been used to shame and control people. If you’re controlled by a religious structure, then you’re going to have a very different outlook on life and what you’re open to than if you’re not controlled by these old, crumbling concepts.”
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Moments ago, the Maine House of Representatives passed LD 1020, titled: “End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirms Religious Freedom.” Voting in favor with 87-61, the bill will now be sent to Gov. John Baldacci to be signed (hopefully)- or, he could choose to veto the bill.

Immediately after the passage of LD 1020, Ammedment A was proposed that would send the bill to the the voting ballot. After hearing the argument for the proposed amendment, an opposing Representative proposed an indefinite suspension of the amendment, which was passed by the House, stating that “[the House] should make its stand. If the people file a people’s veto, that is their move- but this is ours.”

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Top 5 Non-Gay Classic Movie Essentials

In: Kevin, Movies

Okay, so to wrap-up my little article mini-series on movies, here is a list of the Top 5 Must-see Movie Classics that every gay man should know, love and be able to recite. Bear in mind that these are the “classics”, not the “newer” movies that every gay man should know. Each of these movies has at least one “gay icon” in them and focuses on the strong, amazing type of women that we love.

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Steel Magnolias

  • “All gay men have track lightin’. And all gay men are named Mark, Rick, or Steve.”
  • Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts… do I really need to say more?! I will, of course, but I could’ve just stopped right there! At any rate, Steel Magnolias is a story centered on a beauty shop owned by Truvy (Dolly Parton) in Louisiana and the various lives of her clients. The plot revolves mostly around Shelby (Julia Roberts) and her mother M’Lynn (Sally Field). Without giving away too much, Shelby is a diabetic and is getting married at the beginning of the movie. The movie then takes you through the next few years to deal with the joys and heartaches of these amazing women. The entire cast of this movie is inspired; however Sally Field is simply brilliant in her role as overbearing mother M’Lynn. What’s even better is that the movie sports the tagline, “The funniest movie to ever make you cry” due to it being jam-packed with great jokes and one-liners. Sincerely, you have to watch this movie.

 
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Gay Rights Equality Movement

In: Kevin, Politics & Issues
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Time for another update on Gay Marriage Rights and Anti-Hate Laws!

The Washington DC Council is set to vote tomorrow on a bill that, if passed, recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions. The Council will go into session tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM (eastern) to vote on Bill 18-10 which includes a provision recognizing same-sex marriages entered into outside of D.C.- it’s expected that a vote will occur by noon, at which time the bill will be transmitted to Mayor Fenty.

The HRC will be monitoring the vote tomorrow and will report on breaking details as soon as they become available.

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The Challenges of a Name

In: Kevin
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A couple weeks ago, Stephen posted an article with a really funny video about names. This morning as we walked to the SkyTrain en route to work, we stopped for coffee and had another humorous name-related experience that got me to thinking about how parents name their children and also the way that many foreign names translate into english.

I think naming a child would be challenge enough just trying to consider your own native language & culture, let alone trying to think about what that name might mean in forgein languages, etc…- and I’ve got to tell you that sometimes I think parents just fail miserably in this. Here are a few funny name stories that I’ve come across in my life & travels- some due to absent-minded parents and others due to cultural differences:

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