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Will I Be Watching SNL Because Jim Parsons Is the Host?

Posted on March 1, 2014 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (2)

By Dennis Stone


Will I Be Watching SNL because Jim Parsons Is the Host? Jim Parsons, the star of “The Big Bang Theory,” is hosting Saturday Night Live tonight. Jim came out as gay last year, one of the more notable celebrities to use the newly fashionable “low-key casual” methodology of taking that step. When he was announced as an upcoming SNL host it became news on gay sites. If a gay celebrity does anything not...

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"All The Characters Are Gay"

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (3)

A commenter on another site posted the following to a review of the first episode of HBO’s Looking:


“It was so nice to have a show again where all the characters are gay.”


My instant thought was this: what a quintessential example of the “old millennial gay experience.”


I assume the writer was referencing Queer As ...

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Liberace's Lover To Spend 8 - 20 Years In Prison

Posted on January 26, 2014 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Scott Thorson, Liberace’s lover – played by Matt Damon in “Behind The Candelabra” - was sentenced this week to 8 – 20 years in prison. He had been on probation for burglary and identity theft convictions, and then failed a succession of drug tests. He most recently tested positive for meth on November 19, and that was the last straw for the judge, who had earlier given Thorson the “second chance” for which he had pleaded after three e...

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The Real Story Safe Sex Project

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

 

We don't talk much about HIV/AIDS any more. Today's teen and twenty-something gays just don't hear about it much, and therefore don't well understand it. But the disease is still lurking out there, waiting for the right situation to damage or destroy a life.


 

Brent Hartinger wants to help change that. Brent is the author of the Russel Middlebrook series of YA gay novels. His first, "Geography Club," was recently r...

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Gay History: A Double Movie Recommendation

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

As readers of this site are aware, we support and extol new ways of experiencing the gay lifestyle, ways that were impossible until very recently. However, we combine those feelings with the opinion that gay people - especially young people - should know and understand our history.


 

In that context I strongly recommend two documentaries. "Before Stonewall," issued in 1984, describes the gay experience in the United States from...

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Tom Daley Is In Love With A Man

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (3)

As most readers probably know by now, 19-year-old British diver (and Olympian) Tom Daley announced today in a YouTube video that he is currently in a relationship with a man. He doesn’t label himself as gay, and says that he “still fancies girls.” I’ve said before that I’m pretty much over celebrity news of this type. It’s happened so often that the impact just isn’t there for me any longer. Daley is an exception since he’s a curr...

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My New Religious Hero: Rev. Frank Schaefer

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

In my previous shortcut piece I relayed the story of a Methodist pastor who had just been found guilty in a church trial for officiating at the Massachusetts wedding of his g*y son six years ago. As I wrote that piece the jury was deliberating his punishment, which could have ranged from a reprimand to a defrocking. On Tuesday night the punishment was announced: suspension for 30 days.


At first glance I was happy about what appeared t...

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"Convicted" Of Performing a Gay Wedding

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Last week I posted a Shortcuts piece about an Atlantic magazine article that talked about how the attitudes of religious people toward gay marriage have been dramatically changing. A news item from yesterday, however, shows that the religion/gay dynamic is an ongoing process, and there is a long way to go.

 

Rev. Frank Schaefer has been a Methodist minister in Pennsylvania for near...

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Religion Is Our Friend

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (2)

The gay community has historically seen religion as the enemy. And why not? Religious leaders have been the loudest anti-gay voices over the years, and religious people have gone to the polls in droves to vote for “values,” and against our rights. In 2004 the antipathy among the religious to the prospect of gay marriage brought out enough voters to re-elect George W. Bush. However,

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"Gay Face" Is Real!

Posted on November 9, 2013 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (2)

Though not in the way you're thinking, since gay faces are more masculine than straight faces. Or so say the researchers who conducted a two-part study at Charles University in the Czech Republic. In part one they took 80 photos of the faces of 33 gay and 33 straight men. They established about 11,000 separate coordinates on the faces, and then compared them on the basis of what they call “geometric morphometrics.” The results showed gay men to have faces that were ...

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Movie Recommendation - "Valentine Road"

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (1)

By Hue-Man


I almost didn't watch "Valentine Road," the 2013 HBO documentary on the 2008 murder of Larry King in his classroom in Oxnard, CA. I have an aversion to the exploitation genre for which this story seemed tailor-made. Instead, the documentary draws you in with interviews of classmates, teachers, jury members, lawyers, Larry's friends and family, and friends of the murderer.


I'll leave it to...

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Josh Hutcherson - "Straight Talker"

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (1)

The cover story in the November edition of "Out" is about "Hunger Games" star Josh Hutcherson (online version here). Hutcherson is now 21, and his attitudes about sexuality represent what many are calling the new normal for young "straight" guys. I put "straight" in quotes only because he refers to himself as "mostly straight." He is clearly a typical straight guy, but uses "mostly" because "Maybe I could say right now I’m 100% straight. But who knows? In a fucking year, ...

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Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear On Austin City Limits!

Posted on October 26, 2013 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (1)

People in the U.S. can catch both Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear on Austin City Limits (PBS) tonight. (Unfortunately it's pre-empted in my market and won't be on until next Saturday.)


 

Readers of this site know that I wouldn't like a band just because they have gay members, but both of these bands do. Rostam Batmanglij (far left in the photo) of Vampy Weeks and lead singer Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear are both gay. Droste marri...

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Marriage Announcement!!!

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (4)

It feels really good to be able to type that headline on a gay site!

 

As readers of The Backlot probably know, our reader and occasional contributing writer Ulysses Grant Dietz was married earlier this week! As I described in an earlier ShortCut, the New Jersey Supreme Court cleared the way for marriage equality in the state, beginning this past Monday. Ulysses and Gary, his partn...

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Movie Recommendation - "Cloud Atlas"

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

By Farid-ul-Haq


When “Cloud Atlas” was released in the U.S on 26th October, 2012 it polarized critics. The film was considered as the best film of 2012 as well as the worst film of 2012. However, critics and moviegoers did agree on one thing: “Cloud Atlas” was surely ambitious. Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Ben Whishaw (who recently came out), Jim Broadbent and other talented actors, the film...

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Breaking News - Gay Marriage In New Jersey

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (2)

Big news from New Jersey. Gay marriages can take place as of Monday! The Supreme Court denied the state's request to put a stay on a lower court's order allowing gay marriages while the overall marriage equality case is being heard. This does not mean marriage equality is complete, however. Today's ruling just lifts the stay, it doesn't deal with the substantive case. That will be decided by the Supreme Court in the coming months. But in the meantime marriages can go forward.

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Movie Recommendation - "Weekend"

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (1)

“Weekend” is a beautiful film that tells of an encounter between two gay men that changes their lives in the course of two days before one of them has to leave the country. It stars the brilliant Tom Cullen, recently appearing in the fourth season of “Downton Abbey,” as Russell, a gay man who has lots of straight friends and isn’t comfortable with being “out” in the open. After a house party he goes to a gay club and meets Glen (played ...

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GLAAD's Annual Television LBGT inclusion report

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (1)

If you have been wondering about the best and worst networks regarding LBGT inclusion, then GLAAD’s report is for you. They have counted all of the hours on prime-time television in order to calculate how often an LBGT character is included and shown on our TV screens. The organization does this annually and yes, there’s a network that scored a zero. A brief summary of the grading:

 

Good: ABC Family, The CW, ABC, MTV, FOX, Showtime and NBC

 

Adeq...

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Gay Conversion In Canada

Posted on October 12, 2013 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Our reader Hue-Man would like to refer us to a two-part story in the Toronto Star about gay conversion in Canada. The conversion “industry” has been dramatically waning in the United States, “on its last legs,” as the Toronto Star story puts it. The end of Exodus International in July and a heartfelt apology from its president was a dramatically important story that didn’t get the attention it deservesd. But the “Living Waters” program ...

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Movie Recommendation - "Undertow"

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (1)

“Undertow,” or “Contracorriente” (in Spanish), came out in 2009. It’s a film that I’ve watched way too many times and it still thugs at my heartstrings. It tells the story of a young fisherman, Miguel, living in a small village in northern Peru, who is married to Mariela. They are expecting their first child. What’s interesting is that he’s also in a secret relationship with an artist named Santiago who visits the village from time to time.

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