Two Familiar Faces Come Out: Actress Maria Bello, UK Olympian Tom Daley

By: Monday December 2, 2013 3:59 pm

Actress Maria Bello, stating she was in a relationship with a woman, came out in Friday’s New York Times. And today, UK diver Tom Daley–who won bronze in the 10-meter platform at last summer’s Olympics–came out on YouTube

 

Whoopi Goldberg Brings Groundbreaking Comic Moms Mabley to New Audience

By: Friday November 8, 2013 6:00 pm

Goldberg made the documentary, which features historic photos and clips of Mabley performing as well as interviews, because “A lot of young people have no sense of history. No sense of history of the United States. Moms is a great magnifying glass into the past.”

FDL Movie Night: Hit So Hard: The Life and Near Death Story of Patty Schemel

By: Monday February 25, 2013 5:00 pm

Patty Schemel was the drummer in Hole during one of the most gripping periods in modern music. As she was also one of the few women drummers to ever receive any amount of success and an out lesbian–though one who admittedly wasn’t “waving the pink flag” Schemel inspired fans while holding down the chaos of Hole’s live shows.

Numerous musicians and writers as well as Patty’s own band mates discuss her strength, feel, style, and grace as a drummer, as well as her importance as a cultural vanguard in Hit So Hard: The Life and Near Death Story of Patty Schemel. Tonight’s guests, director/producer/writer P. David Ebersole and writer/producer Todd Hughes, combined interviews with video footage Schemel shot and rediscovered to create a portrait of strength, talent and vulnerability, plus an inside look at the personal lives of some of the most influential cultural figures of 1990s.

FDL Movie Night: Satan’s Angel, Queen of the Fire Tassels

By: Monday July 16, 2012 5:00 pm

Satan’s Angel, Queen of the Fire Tassels takes us on a historical look at burlesque and its renaissance as it chronicles the life of one of the boldest dancers still working, Satan’s Angel, a bawdy and beautiful woman.

The film premiered yesterday at Outfest, and we’re thrilled to have director/producer Joshua Dragotta and producer Tony Marsico, who also created the soundtrack, with us tonight.

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.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Abby Dees, Queer Questions Straight Talk: 108 Frank and Provocative Questions it’s Okay to Ask Your Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual Loved One

By: Saturday July 16, 2011 1:59 pm

Abby Dees isn’t afraid to talk about sex. Or frame questions for you about sex. She, unlike some of our political activists who ask that we downplay our sex, is willing to acknowledge — even celebrate — the role sex plays in sexual orientation. As she writes, “Duh.”

Americans Overestimate Gay Population – How Will This Affect Fight for Marriage Equality?

By: Saturday May 28, 2011 1:00 pm

It is possible that the belief a huge segment of the population (instead of a relatively smaller percentage) is being denied their right to marry is making straight supporters (and those who oppose) more likely to take action on the issue, such as by donating money, volunteering, going to vote on a ballot measure, making it a factor in candidate selection, etc.

Ken Mehlman’s Other Closet

By: Saturday August 28, 2010 9:11 am

Ken Mehlman left the gay closet earlier this week, asking for understanding if not support from the glbt community. That would be easier to find if Mehlman demonstrated a bit of understanding of that community and the toll that the Bush White House and RNC took on it while Mehlman was working there. No matter how much he did in his Off-The-Record political closet, it’s going to be hard to overcome what happened on the record.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes M. V. Lee Badgett, When Gay People Get Married

By: Sunday August 8, 2010 2:00 pm

Today’s book salon with Lee Badgett discussing her book, ‘When Gay People Get Married’, is incredibly timely. On the heels of Judge Walker’s order finding Prop 8 unconstitutional, America has begun anew a conversation about whether same sex couples ought to be afforded the same right to marry as opposite sex couples.

Few people are as studied and knowledgeable as Lee Badgett on this subject. Aside from her professional roles as an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amerherst and as Research Director for UCLA’s Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, she and her wife are married under Massachusetts soon after it became the first state in the U.S. to afford marriage rights to same sex couples.

No, Cardinal Mahony, Judge Walker Got it Right

By: Sunday August 8, 2010 8:30 am

Roman Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahony, the soon-to-be-retired Archbishop of Los Angeles, is of the opinion that Judge Vaughn Walker was wrong in his ruling on Prop 8, because he failed to make his decision based upon religious beliefs that bless only male-female relationships.

Mahony ends up proving Walker’s point, that the only basis for the kind of discrimination that Prop 8 sought to enshrine in law grows out of certain religious and moral positions.

Cardinal, you may be free to discriminate against gays and lesbians within the Catholic church as a matter of faith, but the state of California is not free to do the same as a matter of law.

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