Paul Lynde Halloween Special: Little Monsters, KISS, and Camp

By: Sunday October 27, 2013 5:20 pm

Shades of Lady Gaga two and half decades before Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta donned platform shoes and a meat dress. Watch Paul Lynde thanking his “Little monsters” at the close of his surreal 1976 Halloween special; it shows a throughline of queer consciousness.

 

Elton John to Play Moscow: “I’m Doing It for Gay Russians”

By: Tuesday September 17, 2013 2:30 pm

Oh Elton, Elton. I am so confused, but I just can’t quit you. Remember when his remark about being very happy with civil unions became a rallying cry for Prop 8 and anti-equality forces? Once there was a hue and cry about his naivety ignorance of basic facts, he came around and ended up playing an amazing concert as a fundraiser for AFER and becoming a spokesperson for marriage equality. Then he played Rush Limbaugh’s wedding for huge fee. (I’d like to hope that he donated that fee to pro-equality groups as a puckish fuck you to the forces at the EIB, but I guess I’ll never know).

Sacha Baron Cohen: Ixnay on Freddie Mercury Bio Pic

By: Wednesday July 24, 2013 7:05 pm

Sacha Baron Cohen has withdrawn from the upcoming Queen bio-pic. The chameleon/actor was to play Freddie Mercury, the band’s coloratura singer.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Daniel Hernandez, They Call Me A Hero: A Memoir of My Youth

By: Sunday March 24, 2013 1:59 pm

Daniel Hernandez does a remarkable job of taking us inside that day his boss, Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot, a day none of us would hope to be inside of, ever. He recalls his specific feelings and frustrations at being at the absolute center of the event, but knowing little about its outcome. And then, in an avalanche of media attention, he describes how he undertook an overwhelming 215 interviews by the day of the memorial service in Tucson. There he met President Obama and the First Lady. There his iconic media status was cemented by that hug from the President, who said to him, moments after announcing to a cheering crowd that he had just come from Gabby Giffords’ hospital bedside, where she’d opened her eyes for the first time: “And, Daniel, I’m sorry, you may deny it, but we’ve decided you are a hero, because you ran through the chaos to minister to your boss and tended to her wounds and helped keep her alive.”

Thus began the journey of a young man who became an icon for so many: a gay, Hispanic student intern who ran toward danger to save a Congresswoman shot in the line of duty and ended up sitting with the First Lady at the State of the Union

Liberation Alliteration: O2.0

By: Monday January 21, 2013 12:07 pm

Today, our struggle for liberation and acceptance of American lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBT) reached a new milestone: for the first time in American history, the word “gay” was spoken as part of a presidential inaugural address.

Outtakes – The Bigoted Images I Couldn’t Put in ‘How They See Us’

By: Sunday January 20, 2013 5:00 pm

“Someone thought that these were true facts about gays. Some still do”:

NOM plays the ‘gays want to corrupt children’ card in Rhode Island ad

By: Friday January 18, 2013 4:05 pm

You know, no matter how nice Maggie Gallagher and company tries to dress up the National Organization for Marriage’s rhetoric, when the organization is not successful, it always goes back to basic homophobia and fear tactics such as the following “gays are coming after your children” ad it ran in Rhode Island recently.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Linda Hirshman, Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution

By: Sunday June 10, 2012 1:59 pm

Linda Hirshman has written a pungent history of how gay and lesbian Americans transformed themselves, in less than half a century, from a despised minority that dared not speak its name—or did so on pain of bashing in Greenwich Village, assassination in San Francisco, crucifixion in Laramie, Wyoming, snickers and agonized death everywhere—into the vigorous core of a new moral majority that occupied American culture (not without opposition), changed pharmaceutical testing, became an electoral bloc and spawned new specialties in wedding planning.

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