Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Mary Renault

By: Saturday November 15, 2014 11:45 am

I remember seeing some of Renault’s books at my grandmother’s as I was growing up but I had not read anything until I was in college when The King Must Die was part of the required reading for one of my classes. I think the class was History of Social Thought which was one of the required courses for my Sociology major. Regardless of the class, I read the book, enjoyed the story and now had another author of historical fiction covering one of the eras that had always fascinated me. It was easy for me to pick up and read the sequel to The King Must Die which was The Bull from the Sea.

 

Late Night: Chris Kluwe Scores Win for LGBT

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 8:00 pm

Actually when the Viking’s punter (that’s the guy who kicks the ball on fourth and long) Chris Kluwe spoke up for marriage equality in Minnesota as a private citizen, not as a Viking, it put the team on my radar. Goooo Minnysoooootah!

Kluwe was bucking stereotypes of thick-skulled football players, and setting a positive, inclusionary message since there are plenty of LGBT football fans, and every adult should have the right to get married.

Only Minnesota Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer repeatedly used homophobic language in Kluwe’s presence and spouted Biblical quotes as his justification for his bigotry.

FDL Movie Night: FRED

By: Monday August 18, 2014 4:59 pm

FRED gives an inside look at a grassroots political campaign, one that upset the prevailing powers that be, while providing an engaging portrait of a man who by embracing and loving himself has has found away to integrate his political skills with his true self. It’s a sweet smart documentary that reveals so much about our country, the progress we’ve made, and the progress we’re still working on.

FDL Movie Night: Before You Know It

By: Monday May 26, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s documentary is the perfect kickoff for Pride Month. Before You Know It is the story of three gay senior citizens, men in their late 60s and 70s, who lived through repression and are now seeing amazing changes in LGBT rights. Our guests tonight are producer Sara Giustini and director PJ Raval. While Before You Know It highlights three gay men, the underlying themes of aging and acceptance apply across the board.

Coming Out and Playing Ball: Jason Collins Heads to Brooklyn Nets

By: Sunday February 23, 2014 4:00 pm

The Brooklyn Nets in their current iteration, having only moved to the borough they call home in 2012, are a fairly new enterprise. Even so, the team will make history this evening.

They’ll sign Jason Collins today to a ten day contract (after he clears waivers at 5:00pm ET), with hopes of having him suit up to go up against the LA Lakers tonight. Signing and frequently trading players isn’t a particularly new phenomenon, but what makes this deal noteworthy is that Jason Collins came out as gay while working as a free agent (meaning he wasn’t associated with a team) last year.

Pussy Riot To Be Freed: Amnesty for Russian Punk Band, Greenpeace Protestors and Others

By: Tuesday December 10, 2013 4:22 pm

Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are being freed under the amnesty bill being submitted by Vladimir Putin to the Duma, the Russian parliament, on Monday December 9, to mark the Russian constitution’s 20th anniversary on Thursday. Nadya’s husband Pyotr Verzilov confirmed the rumors

The Individual Politics of the Coming Out Process in “Kissing Jessica Stein” and “But I’m a Cheerleader”

By: Saturday October 19, 2013 5:20 pm

Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color, is set to hit U.S. theaters at the end of October. The first queer film to ever win the Palme D’Or, controversy has surrounded the film for its explicit sex scenes.

Fighting Queer Discrimination in San Antonio

By: Thursday September 5, 2013 10:45 am

As far as the mainstream media is concerned, the fight for LGBTQ civil rights is only about marriage. Yet being queer is not a protected class — there are no federal protections as there are for race, gender, or disability. The Employment Nondiscrimination Act would change this, but it has little hope of passing despite direct action by groups like GetEqual. Only 21 states plus Washington, D.C. have passed LGBTQ anti-discrimination laws. During his first candidacy, Barack Obama promised to sign an executive preventing federal contractors from discriminating but he’s refused to address the issue since.

Manning Solidarity at Austin’s Queerbomb

By: Monday June 3, 2013 4:35 pm

The action was a success, bringing increased awareness of Manning’s case. At the end of the night when I parked the Manning float and took a rest on a bench at a nearby coffee shop, it was fun to watch people stop to pose with him for photos as they left Queerbomb.

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