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May 08 2017
Why The MTV Movie & TV Awards Mattered Comments (0)

Aside from a catastrophic performance overall by otherwise endearing, adorbs host Adam Devine, the MTV Movie & TV Awards went bold this year, awarding actors instead of actors and actresses, and honoring a gay kiss, rewarding a diverse array of performers and performances.

I mean, the network's Best Kiss Award went to the young men who smooched in Moonlight — a black, gay kiss — which years ago would be about as likely as me not spending half my day on 7Sultans mobile casino app:

Some who rail against PC will find this move into the future irritating, but in particular, I've thought for a long time the arbitrary distinctions in Best Actor/Best Actress categories have felt like relics of the past. It feels like there is a Best Actor category, and then one for Actress just 'cuz, you know, the girls can't win.

But in MTV's first stab at a gender-neutral ceremony, a girl did win — Emma Watson took home the popcorn trophy for her role in Beauty and the Beast, itself a trail-blazing film for its somewhat “gay moment.”

I almost found Watson's speech ridiculous — she gave a heartfelt speech worthy of winning an Oscar, or a Nobel Peace Prize! — until I listened on and realized she was right to make a big deal about the award, and to take the time to unpack why she won it. She was right that it wasn't just for her acting, but also for what her film represents, and while we all know the MTV Movie & TV Awards are not going to be as free of politics and vote-rigging as the Oscars, I think the show's vibe and her speech really did make progress in the culture.

Sadly, though it took a move to VH1 for RuPaul to suddenly be recognized as the true icon he is — he was named an influencer by Time out of nowhere, finally! — and though he did win for Best Reality Series, he was not allowed to accept his award from the stage. Instead, host Devine dropped it at his table.

Choosing RuPaul (indeed, inviting him to a major awards show) was a big deal, but silencing him was pretty offensive, especially when there was a lot of crappy filler during the show — I mean, they could have cut the jaw-droppingly lame opening by 60 seconds to let Ru say something funny, no?

Still,  it was one false note in a show drenched in diversity — and not diversity for diversity's sake, but because diverse is what true excellence looks like.

Plus, it's always a pleasure to see Aaron Taylor-Johnson, especially when he's awarding my favorite movie of the year so far, Get Out, and seeing Maxine Waters given a hero's welcome was worth sitting through Noah Cyrus.

 

Tonight I had the pleasure of giving my buddy.. #danielkaluuya the @mtv Next Generation Award 🐯#getout

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May 05 2017
The Rainbow Connection Comments (0)

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Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan by Michel Delsol and Haruku Shinozaki is out now, offering a glimpse into the queer world of Japan.

Via press release:

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May 02 2017
The L.A. Riots Were 25 Years Ago: What Has Changed? Comments (0)

Twenty-five years (!) after the L.A. Riots, James St. James at World of Wonder landed a newsworthy exclusive — a one-on-one La-me-ra-transgender-zoey-tur-20150724with reporter Zoey Tur, who filmed Reginald Denny's beating and was shot at in the process.

Tur, a trans activist, recalls one of the most consequential days in the modern history of race relations in the U.S:

The day of the Los Angeles Riots was scary, there was so much tension. Right after the not guilty verdict, I turned to (my then-wife) Marika and said, “Let the riots begin!” I knew it would happen. One of my news directors from the TV station called me up and said, “Go fly and tell everyone how peaceful the city is.” As I was reporting, I saw that it wasn’t. I believed I would be arrested as soon as I landed, because what we learned was is that the LAPD top commanders had left the city to burn.

She also has some pointed words for the state of our union today:

I’m very positive about California, but then again, the rest of the country, you have to realize that just under 50% of the population are very racist. They voted for their racism. That’s why the polls were never accurate because no one wanted to admit their racism. Before the election, I said they would go into the voting booth and say ‘Fuck Transgender bathrooms, Fuck Black Lives Matter, “Fuck those Mexicans! I want mine!” And that’s exactly what they did. And don’t think gay marriage didn’t have anything to do with it! That was the last gasp of the white, heterosexual male.

More here. (Image via Zoey Tur)

 
Apr 26 2017
Goldie & Amy On Gay Rights & Wrongs Comments (0)

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Goldie Hawn, in a joint interview with Amy Schumer conducted for PrideSource, remembers the AIDS years in Hollywood, saying:

When we went through the AIDS period, it was a very scary time, and I would go visit guys and I'd get in bed with them just to be there with them.

She also spells out her approach to LGBT — and human — rights:

Being an ally for LGBT people and an ally for all people, transgender or whatever - to me, that's a human story. I feel there are injustices in the world that I'll stand up for, and I think that it's important to realize that the world is filled with these kinds of issues. We're dealing with intolerance and what's going on with deportation and what's happening with Mexicans and what's happening with people who are Muslim. There are so many things, and if you can't stand up for it, then you're not standing up for humankind. Because that's who we are. We all have skin and blood, and we're all made of the same things. I have a note that I will probably needlepoint one day: "Love knows no gender." And it doesn't. Love is something in the heart and in the mind, so why would you chastise anyone for that? And this is something that I feel very strongly about.

Check out the rest of Chris Azzopardi's piece, in which Schumer talks about her own gay fanbase and claims:

I'm gay for so many people that I think I may be just gay.

Goldie & Amy's Snatched is in theaters May 12. It marks Hawn's first film since 2002's The Banger Sisters.

Fun Facts: Goldie battled the late Jonathan Demme on their film Swing Shift (1984) — he wanted it edgy, she wanted laughs. Also, Goldie and Madonna were all set to star in the film adaptation of Chicago (2002), but Goldie was allegedly fired for being too old and Madonna dumped by then-director Nicholas Hytner before eventual director Rob Marshall came on board.

 
Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme Dead @ 73 Comments (0)

DemmeJonathan Demme: February 22, 1944—April 26, 2017 (Image via handout)

Jonathan Demme, who won the Oscar for directing The Silence of the Lambs (1991), has died of cancer at 73, Variety reports.

After a string of edgy, critically acclaimed films like the offbeat Howard Hughes buddy movie Melvin and Howard (1980), the much-loved Talking Heads doc Stop Making Sense (1984), the Melanie Griffith road movie Something Wild (1986) and the Michelle Pfeiffer mobster comedy Married to the Mob (1988), Demme broke into A-list director territory with Lambs, which became a rare film to win all of the Top 5 awards at the Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay.

Lambs, for which then-closeted actress Jodie Foster won the Oscar (giving a speech that obliquely referenced her choice to be a private person), contains — along with fine acting and memorable suspense — an arguably exploitative representation of a serial killer who is described as someone who thinks he is, and wants to be, “transsexual.” The script includes dialogue that attempts to argue that actual trans people are not prone to murder, but scenes of Buffalo Bill with his penis tucked between his legs and mugging in female garb seem unmistakably designed to creep out the audience.

It could be argued that Demme hadn't completely shaken off his early years working on unapologetically exploitative films for Roger Corman, including his directorial debut, Caged Heat (1974).

BuffalobillBuffalo Bill's shock value (Image via Orion)

Nonetheless, The Silence of the Lambs has since been called one of the 100 Greatest Films Ever Made by the AFI, and was an enormous international success.

In Demme's follow-up to Lambs, he took on the topic of AIDS in Philadelphia (1993), which won Tom Hanks his first Oscar. The film grossed nearly $80 million in the U.S., thanks to Demme's efforts to get it made, and thanks to his casting of movie stars Hanks and Denzel Washington.

His career took a swift dive thereafter, with the Oprah Winfrey-starring bomb Beloved (1998) and the poorly received remakes The Truth About Charlie (2002) and The Manchurian Candidate (2004).

Rachel Getting Married (2008), starring Anne Hathaway, represented a return to Demme's roots. His final narrative films, A Master Builder (2013) and the Meryl Streep vehicle Ricki and the Flash (2015) did not make a big impact.

In 2016, Demme directed Justin Timberlake's concert feature, Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids, for Netflix.

Demme had been battling cancer at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife Joanne Howard and their three children.

 
Apr 24 2017
6-PACK — Really Got A Hoult On Me + Google Home-osexuality + GLOBE Calls For Ends To Chechnya Purge + Gay Cancer Survivor Attacked + Trans Woman Murdered + Hillary Still Speaking Up For LGBTQ Rights! Comments (0)

NICHOLAS-HOULTNicholas Hoult (Video still via Netflix)

WIDGETGay Fleshbot: You can watch Nicholas Hoult take a damn shower. (Work Unfriendly)

WIDGETYouTube @ Made by Google: Google Home ad shows gay daddies at home being all normal: 

WIDGETBoston Globe: The Globe calls on the U.S. and the world to pressure Russia to halt the anti-gay purge in Chechnya.

Screen Shot 2017-04-23 at 8.03.57 PMRaul Marti (Video still via Local 10 News)

WIDGETTowleroad: Gay cancer survivor brutally attacked for coughing too much.

WIDGETAutostraddle: Chay Reed is murdered in Miami — the ninth trans woman of color murdered in 2017.

Chay-ReedChay Reed (Image via Facebook)

WIDGETYouTube @ CNN: Hillary Clinton, called a fake friend by some LGBTQ hard-liners, continues speaking up for gay people, calling out the U.S. on Chechnya ...

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Apr 21 2017
6-PACK — Getting To The Bottom Of Who Joey Stefano Was + French Terror Victim Was Cop, Gay-Rights Champ + Ellen Chats With Makeup Maven Reuben de Maid + Caitlyn Hits Trump Where He Lives + Richard Simmons Spotted + Gilbert Baker's New Font! Comments (0)

Joey-StefanoA new biopic will attempt to bring gay-porn legend Joey Stefano's life into focus.

WIDGETUnicorn Booty: There's a Joey Stefano biopic coming, and both Michelle Visage and Alaska will be in it! 

Rare Videos of Joey Stefano & Downtown A-Listers Speaking Candidly

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: The French cop killed in last night's terror attack was a member of a pro-LGBT police organization. Insanity, and right before the election.

WIDGETEllenTV: Little Big Shots star Reuben de Maid chats with Ellen about being bullied for wearing makeup, performs:

WIDGETABC News: Caitlyn Jenner won't play golf with Trump over his anti-trans ways. What a powerful statement. (Eye roll.) Also, she's 100% for marriage equality:

WIDGETExtraTV: Proof of life — Richard Simmons is pictured (kinda) for the first time in three long years.

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): How cool! There's a new font that honors the contribution of LGBTQ-rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker, who recently died:

 
Apr 19 2017
Wonka's Willy Comments (0)

Stripper(Video still via Hamlet Tallaj)

Too bad you can't see this guy's Ever-Lasting Gobstopper — couldn't find a host for the video that was okay with peen. But watching him strip to a Willy Wonka tune had the same effect as a Fizzy Lifting Drink.

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This happened at Amanda Lepore's party for the release of her book Doll Parts.

Pic from the event (and the video itself) by Hamlet Tallaj:

18052098_10154683040759151_295932676_oThis is not what Elizabeth Warren's book party will look like. (Image by Hamlet Tallaj)

 


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