The Freedom to Marry, a documentary on the so-far successful movement to bring same-sex marriage to the U.S., is out today from Ro*Co Films on VOD and across digital platforms like iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.
Marc Solomon, Thalia Zepatos & Evan Wolfson plotting the course of gay marriage (Image via Ro*Co Films)
Directed and produced by Eddie Rosenstein, it features Freedom to Marry founder Evan Wolfson, GLAD attorney Mary Bonauto, Supreme Court plaintiffs and more in what has been called by the Boston Globe a “thoroughly and inspiring” chronicle of this, unfortunately, ongoing battle.
“Landmark ... this summer's hot documentary.” — Curve Magazine
Today, we can get married. Let's keep fighting to ensure we can do so tomorrow as well.
For today's profile of a prominent LGBTQ person past or present, I'm focusing on Candace Gingrich, who is lesbian-identified and genderqueer. As the post's title implies, I am not impressed with anyone giving Ivanka Trump (or any adult Trump family member) a pass because they're “just related to the guy.”
In my opinion, when you find yourself related to someone who is doing dastardly things, you don't stand by them, let alone join in the fun. And if you are an LGBTQ person and those dastardly things are anti-gay, you have a special obligation to renounce the blood family member in favor of true family.
Candace, who turned 51 yesterday, did just that — and they did it in the '90s, when it was a hell of a lot harder than it is today.
In 1995, when Candace's half-brother Newt Gingrich was the rabidly anti-LGBTQ Speaker of the House, they came out as a lesbian, criticizing Newt's politics and embarrassing him by proving that anti-LGBTQ people are actually, literally, also anti-family.
Candace continued to use the unique position into which they'd been placed by publishing the well-received memoir Accidental Activist in 1996.
Candace was HRC's National Coming Out Spokesperson for 1995, attracting the admiration of both Esquire and Ms. Gingrich's affiliation with HRC continues to this day, as part of the Youth & Campus Outreach program.
“Nothing makes God happier than when two people — any two people — come together in love.” (GIF via NBC)
In pop culture, you couldn't miss Candace playing the reverend who married two lesbians on the iconic Friends episode, “The One with the Lesbian Wedding” (1996), a TV event that reached tens of millions of people at a time when a tiny fraction of the country supported the concept of gay marriage.
In short, if you find yourself related to someone working against you, don't let your shared DNA keep you from taking a stand for what's right. Candace has demonstrated that principle for over 20 years, and has never, ever reeked of Complicit.
Robert L. Camina's 2012 documentary focused on the 2009 raid, which resulted in a brain injury for one patron (Image via Camina Entertainment)
Towleroad: Fire destroys the Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth, Texas, site of the notorious 2009 raid during which gay men were brutally arrested for public intoxication.
WaPo: Trump giving back compounds to the Russians that Obama had seized in retaliation for election meddling. Gee, hard to figure why.
Kenneth in the (212): East Lansing, Michigan, apple farmer won't host same-sex weddings, sues city for right to discriminate.
Even bad people can sometimes do good things. (Video still via The Wendy Williams Show)
OMG Blog: I hate Wendy Williams, who I think is toxic to the nth degree, but she very sweety memorialized Martyn Hett, the gay PR pro who had been set to attend her show but died in the Manchester bombing.
theOUTfront: Hot model Daniel Rumfelt shows off how he dries his scrotum after he showers. This is allegedly humorous, but I was too busy to smile.
New York Post: Ireland set to elect openly gay PM 24 years after decriminalizing homosexuality. Also, he'd be the youngest PM in the country's history. Also, he's Indian.
YouTube @ Tom Daley: The wedding cake that was probably mostly photographed and not eaten at Tom Daley and Lance Black's wedding:
ExtraTV: Nyle DiMarco comes after Jamie Foxx and Jimmy Fallon for spontaneous goof on sign language: “What Foxx did on Fallon tonight made our struggle that much harder.” Bad 10 or so months for Fallon.
The Guardian: Transparent creator Jill Soloway comes out as non-binary and trans, is asked if that means they are rejecting femaleness.