431 posts categorized "HISTORY"

Nov 23 2015
THE DANISH GIRL Cast Meets Raymond Braun Comments (0)

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Check out Raymond's Q&A with Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander and director Tom Hooper regarding the hotly anticipated film The Danish Girl (which premieres November 27) ...

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Nov 17 2015
Those Were The Gays, My Friend: A Review Of REEL IN THE CLOSET Comments (0)


On Saturday, I was excited to be able to catch an NYC screening of Stu Maddux's documentary Reel in the Closet, which presents dozens of rare clips from home movies (including footage shot from TV, some of which is the only copy of such newscasts known to exist) that show queer people living queer lives.

Framed by a narrative of preservation—we meet several prominent archivists who have devoted themselves to the painstaking task of transferring one-of-a-kind home movies to the digital medium—the film is itself a one-of-a-kind document, a hub that shows images never meant to be shared outside a small circle of intimates, but that must now be shared in order to create a historical record of queer living. 

Among the most amazing finds would be a short piece of film from inside a lesbian nightclub 65 years ago, including incredible footage (with sound) of women singing to butch/femme couples. We have to wait until the end to get some erotica (well-off white gay dudes sunbathing), but it's worth the wait.

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There is also a wealth of raw footage provided by a sneaky film editor who took it from the stations for which he worked in San Francisco, which means that truly unique footage from the White Night Riots is forever preserved.

Framegrabrotatormaster2xcnx1-375x275_cBut as interesting as these unusual bits are, just as compelling is the footage that shows gay people in their day-to-day existences, being goofy, showing off and playing to the camera. Many are people who are unknown to us now, while some—including a wealthy dentist who documented decades of his life—seem to have succeeded in achieving a slice of immortality.

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Due to the resources required, most of the footage comes from privileged white men (cameras were expensive!), but Maddux makes sure to reflect people of color and women and drag queens/genderqueer individuals. One part of the movie that sort of leapt out to me was when a trans woman (perhaps she would have been called a transvestite back then) spoke about how drag queens started Stonewall—and this footage was from the '70s, so the recent controversy about whether that impression is true has to take into account the fact that it was widely believed from shortly after the event.

Don't miss Maddux's scrupulously assembled, deeply respectful documentary, and visit his site if you have what you think might be unique footage showing gay life in home movies.

Keep reading for Maddux's remarks before and after the NYC screening ...

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Nov 05 2015
Need To Know: Model Stripper + SNL's Trump Dump + No Blacks, No Asians = No Shame + Perry Very Rich + He's The Most, The Absolute Most! + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureModel Jack Beran strips nude. (Work Unfriendly) Images

*widget boy cultureTrump's SNL promos pulled.

*widget boy cultureGay white guys being racist and swearing they're not.

*widget boy cultureBen Carson thinks pyramids built by Joseph for grain storage.

*widget boy cultureAnti-gay gay politician loses.

*widget boy cultureISIS really may have bombed that Russian jet.

*widget boy cultureKaty Perry has more money than Goddess.

*widget boy cultureRebel Wilson vs. all things Kardashian.

*widget boy cultureWhat's wrong with Kentucky?

*widget boy cultureGwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are dating.

*widget boy cultureThe White Party is coming.

*widget boy cultureCis firefighter, not trans man, is Men's Health Ultimate Guy. Images

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Nov 04 2015
To Be Reel: New, Old Gay Documentary Comments (0)

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Reel In the Closet sounds great—a feature-length doc made of queer home movies from the past (all the way back to the '30s) and gay-themed news footage rescued from attics and closets internationally.

Check out why the filmmaker, Stu Maddux, made the film:

This film screens at the IFC Center (323 Sixth Ave., NYC) on November 14 at 2:15 p.m. with cast (!) and crew in attendance.

Get your tickets here!

Nov 03 2015
Need To Know: Get Your Kit On + Remember When Britney Was A Virgin? + Trans-gressions + Hillary Rising + Jailbaits Motel + Madonna: '80s Lady + The Candy Woman Can + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureKit Williamson on slut-shaming. (Which needs to be re-branded, IMHO.) Images

*widget boy cultureKit's EastSiders (Season 2) is available now. WEB_EXTERFACE

*widget boy cultureBritney Spears promo from Jane the Virgin.

*widget boy cultureHOTTEST new calendar. Images

*widget boy cultureWI bill would discriminate vs. trans youth.

*widget boy cultureHillary Clinton is gaining ground in NH.

*widget boy cultureHillary swats at anti-gay TX guv.

*widget boy cultureWould Hillary pick this hot piece as her veep? Images

*widget boy cultureMorons support Trump's ghostwritten book.

*widget boy cultureCan the Senate flip back to the Dems?

*widget boy cultureIs a 20yo who has sex with a 15yo a “sex offender?”

*widget boy cultureTom Jones wonders if he's black, like Carol Channing!

*widget boy cultureAspiring model murders clerk on camera for lottery tickets.

02tmag-paige-slide-MKYC-jumboPaige Powell's work looks like my fantasy of NYC in the '80s.

*widget boy cultureGo see Paige Powell's '80s-tastic photos if you're in Portland! Images

*widget boy cultureHappy anniversary, “Justify My Love!”

*widget boy cultureHow Madonna inspired Adele.

*widget boy cultureHOT Hoult Hero cover. Images

*widget boy cultureJustin Bieber scolds fans who can't clap right.

*widget boy cultureForcing a 62-year-old elephant to dance?

*widget boy cultureRosie O'Donnell on estranged daughter.

*widget boy cultureBREAKING: Anderson Cooper & Benjamin Maisani are handsome fellas.

*widget boy cultureI could not love Leah Remini more.

*widget boy cultureGreedy fat bitch steals all the Halloween candy ... with her kid helping! Here's another!

*widget boy cultureLuca is “Feelin' Alive.” Proof is after the jump ...

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Oct 30 2015
Cruise Control Comments (0)

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Check out the wild and weird story of the trailblazing Cruisingforsex.com, the first Grindr, as run by Keith Griffin and pornstar Scott O'Hara.

Their motto was summed up by O'Hara's words: 

“If you want safety, don't have sex because sex is risky.”

Oct 23 2015
Need To Know: See Johnny Act + SORRY New Video + Benghazi Howler + No Guts, No Glory Hole + Bite Your Tongue + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureH/T Queerty: Trans model Laith Ashley is giving Instagram the vapors. Images Unnamed

*widget boy cultureTurns out Travolta has forgotten how to act.

*widget boy cultureNew Bieber video, “Sorry.” Images

*widget boy cultureHRC laughs uproariously at fishing expedition.

*widget boy cultureHysterical fake costumes in real costume store.

*widget boy cultureCop lures men to private glory hole.

*widget boy cultureR&R HOF CEO naively conflates Janet Jackson with Madonna.

*widget boy cultureUnedited Madonna & Seidelman on the Desperately Seeking Susan set: 

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*widget boy cultureNathan Sykes likes girls ... a lot! Images

*widget boy cultureWhy Gus Kenworthy didn't come out at Sochi.

*widget boy cultureCrazy bitch: “Your children look delicious.”

*widget boy cultureMusto's love letter to the '70s.

*widget boy cultureThe Warwick Rowers strip nude again.

*widget boy cultureDaniel Craig will not pout for you. (For free.)

*widget boy cultureCosby-themed Ebony cover is a direct hit:

Oct 21 2015
Need To Know: Mr. Garrett + MLVCPRP? + X-Y-Zylka-P-D-Q + Blame Verhoeven + Untangled Webb + Who's Your Daddy? + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureFranco's King Cobra goes full-on Nasty Pig, scores Garrett Clayton.

*widget boy cultureSupport The Joe Show if you love Joe.

*widget boy cultureMaybe Madonna's boning Penn again. Maybe not.

*widget boy culturePenn's actress daughter recalls meeting Madonna, dad's goo-goo eyes.

*widget boy cultureAlleged gay serial killer in the UK used GHB as his murder weapon.

*widget boy cultureBlond stud Chris Zylka goes full-frontal nude.

*widget boy culturePaul Verhoeven finally takes responsibility for Elizabeth Berkley's drubbing.

*widget boy culturePaul Ryan would be Speaker ... only if Teabaggers left him alone.

*widget boy cultureJim Webb drops out of Democratic presidential primary.

*widget boy cultureJoe Biden to drop into it???

*widget boy cultureFiorina was a passing fancy. Trump, not so much.

*widget boy cultureNixon predicted Trudeau's Canadian win 43 years ago. F.U. Nate Silver.

*widget boy cultureGwen Stefani's new music video is here.

*widget boy cultureBradley Cooper's Star Wars-themed wedding ... to a girl!

*widget boy cultureEven the meddling Mormons are against Kim Davis.

*widget boy cultureMortifyingly rude Caitlyn reaction for Brody Jenner.

*widget boy cultureThey were trans when trans wasn't Vanity Fair game.

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