Directed by Cheryl Furjanic, the documentary Back on Board: Greg Louganis tells the story of the one of the greatest divers ever — from his difficult childhood, through his Olympic conquests, to a transformative post-Olympic life as an LGBT activist — and his impact as one of the first openly gay athletes in the United States. After being screened at festivals, the film is now going to debut August 4 on HBO Sports.
“I always wondered what happened to Greg Louganis,” Furjanic says. “When we first approached him, we had no idea that we would find him facing such difficulties. During the three years we spent making this film, one thing that became clear is Greg’s resilience. HBO is the perfect platform to reach both audiences who cheered Greg on during the Olympics and a younger generation who has never heard of him.”
As writer-producer Will Sweeney explains: “Greg’s story is connected to so many important moments in American history, including the Olympics, the AIDS epidemic, the gay rights movement and even the recent home-foreclosure crisis. Greg’s return to diving to mentor the Olympic team gave us a natural way to tell his unique story and explore his enduring legacy. We are thrilled to release the film with HBO Sports.”
Watch the promo for the film below:
Jane Lynch may be one of the best-known contemporary funny ladies (as well as an Out Power 50 alum) because of her TV and movie roles. And thanks to her roles in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Role Models, everyone knows she can navigate an inappropriate joke or two.
But what isn’t widely known is that Lynch got her first acting gig in Harrison Ford’s 1993 on-the-run drama, The Fugitive. Credited as Doctor Kathy Wahlund, Lynch even shared some screen time with Ford and, on a recent chat with Conan O’Brien, shared some of Ford’s wisdom that he imparted onto her slack-jawed self more than 20 years ago.
Watch the clip below:
The proprietors of Oregon-based bakery, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, just got slammed with a $135,000 fine for refusing to make a cake for a lesbian couple's wedding, according to the Huffington Post.
Brad Avakian, the Oregon Labor Commissioner, was in accordance with the previous ruling that the bakery unlawfully discriminated against the couple in 2013 by not providing service based on their sexual orientation.
Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, argued that their refusal derived from their Christian faith, saying it was against their beliefs to take part in the act of same-sex marriage.
A judge had later ordered the owners to pay $75,000 in damages to a Rachel Bowman-Cryer and $60,000 to her wife, Laurel Bowman-Cryer.
Since being refused by the Klein, the Bowman-Cryers expressed great hardship in their experiences in a statement stating: "This has been a terrible ordeal for our entire family. We never imagined finding ourselves caught up in a fight for social justice...We were determined to ensure that this kind of blatant discrimination never happened to another couple, another family, another Oregonian," they continued, "Everyone deserves to be treated as an equal member of society."
Pictured: Brennan Gerard | Photography by Zac Spears
The personal and political are important to the artistic (and romantic) duo Gerard & Kelly. Earlier this year, they had an installation at New York City's New Museum that featured a dancer's pole and invited people to engage with it. This summer, the Guggenheim museum in New York City presents Storylines: Contemporary Art, which includes Gerard & Kelly’s Timelining, a piece performed in 2014 at The Kitchen and later acquired by the institution for its growing performance collection. Performances of Timelining — which take place on Monday evenings (5:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.) at the museum through September 7 — features a series of paired performers involved in close relationships: romantic, familial, or otherwise.
According to Gerard & Kelly, they wanted to model a queer relational structure between two people because, for them, “it meant thinking about subjectivity as formed in relation to others, by desire, and always in motion.” They initially began the project as an inquiry into both what binds two people in time and the specific nature of their own relationship.
A total of 10 pairs of performers will appear — including Lauren Bakst & Parker Gard, Hassan Christopher & Heather McGhee, Lou Forster & Lenio Kaklea, Brennan Gerard & Ryan Kelly, Ishmael Houston-Jones & Yvonne Meier, Emily Petry & Gwen Petry, R.B. Schlather & Adam Weinert, Lissy Vomá?ka & Anna Vomá?ka — and they represent couples, former romantic partners, close friends, siblings, a parent and child, and a mentor and mentee.
For more information about Storylines visit Guggenheim.com
Pictured: Ryan Kelly (left) and Brennan Gerard
Photography by ESPN magazine
ESPN Magazine’s annual Body issue arrives on newsstands July 10, but images from the cover shoot are out and preventing us from doing anything but staring. Bryce Harper, the hunky 22-year-old outfielder for the Washington Nationals, has snagged a coveted cover. Oh, yeah. And if you didn't notice, he’s naked.
The baseball superstar stares out at us dressed in a rugged beard, a layer of dirt, and nothing else. Who knew dirt could be sexy?
In his interview for the cover story, Harper tells ESPN that his body “feels pretty unbelievable” but is still unhappy with some things. “I wish my abs were a little bit better,” he told the magazine. “God gave me a great body, but I think my abs could be better than they are.”
While we’re sure that’s true, we feel like we should feel his body too, just to be sure.
Joining Harper in the Body Issue are Olympic gymnast Ali Raisman, out WNBA star Brittney Griner, and several others.
Check out Harper’s promo video — where he gets in the batting cage naked and does a lot of flexing — below:
Mark Heller (left) and Robert Oliver | Photo by John Cleland for GayTravel.com
When Mark Heller and his boyfriend of two years, Robert Oliver, stepped out of their West Hollywood home on Friday evening to celebrate the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on marriage equality, they had no clue that less than 48 hours later, their picture would be seen by millions all over the world.
By Sunday morning, the picture (of Robert wearing an American flag and Mark wearing a gay pride flag) had gone viral. They were on the cover of the Los Angeles Times, RollingStone.com’s home page and in hundreds of other publications around the world. Friends started texting congratulations, the couple’s Facebook feed was littered with screen grabs of the photo appearing in various places — they had become the “face” of marriage equality, and you can’t even see their faces. "It was a total surprise. Of course we immediately went to a coffee shop to get our morning energy and a stack of papers," Heller says. "As the town came to, more and more people kept sending us snapshots of the cover and notes of congratulations. Hard to imagine waking up to find you’re on the cover of the L.A. Times!"
Still celebrating the ruling and understandably shocked by how quickly their photo has spread, the couple chatted with GayTravel.com about how the photo came to be, what the ruling means to them and the person they were most surprised to hear from on Sunday morning.
Where have you been most surprised to find the photo??
Mark: I was actually super happy to see it pop up on Rolling Stone. You definitely feel like a part of a cultural movement when you end up in Rolling Stone! My nerdy side liked seeing it in the Financial Times.
Robert: It’s incredible how much that photo has been shared. I have gotten messages from friends all over the country and world — England, Australia, and Israel. A friend sent over a screenshot of our photo in a Hebrew newspaper.
I'm imagining you got tons of text and calls from friends and family. Who were you most surprised to hear from? What did they say??
Mark: I got the best news ever from my mother. When I called her on Sunday afternoon to tell her that Robert and I had made the cover of the L.A. Times, she told me to hang on because she was on the other line with her mom. Apparently, my grandma, from Springfield, Missouri, not exactly our thriving SoCal metropolis, had seen us on the cover of her local paper that morning and was so proud.
Up until then, the whole thing was fun and amusing, but when I heard that the photo had ended up on my grandma’s breakfast table, I really got a sense of how much the image had permeated the news coverage of the historic decision. I was so honored to be linked to such an important moment in history, especially one which held such a personal significance for me.
When the photographer asked if he could take your photo on Friday, did you have any sense how many places you'd wind up seeing it?
Mark: Goodness no! The photographer that asked us for our names said he worked for Getty, so we took a look at their website the next day, hoping just to find a copy of the photo for our personal collection.
Robert: We were just so elated—it was truly a euphoric day for both of us. I hadn’t even considered the possibility of it getting picked up by the press.
What was the thought behind wearing an American flag and a gay pride flag? Was it spur of the moment or had you thought about it before the decision came down on Friday??
Robert: I have always loved my country, but I have never felt such a renewed sense of patriotism as I did that day. I don’t typically drape myself in the flag! But that day I felt the flag fully represented me—I finally had not just tolerance or acceptance, but legitimacy and the respect of our nation’s Supreme Court and President.
Mark: We probably both would have worn American flags if we had had two. This didn’t just feel like a great day for the LGBT community, it felt like a great day for America.??
Were you expecting Friday's ruling to be a positive one? What was your first thought when you heard marriage equality had been legalized in all 50 states??
Mark: The fight for marriage equality has been such a roller coaster ride that I try to expect nothing- but I was certainly hopeful. I was supremely disappointed to be a Californian in 2008 at the passage of Prop 8. I truly thought my open-minded progressive state had betrayed me. In 2013, I was reinvigorated when Prop 8 was finally overturned. And on June 26, 2015, I was positively buzzing! This huge community to which I belong was finally legitimized.
Robert: I worked full-time for the "No on 8 Campaign" in 2008, and on November 4th of that year I learned to always be cautiously optimistic about these battles. I had hoped for this outcome, but braced myself for the next fight if this one went the wrong way.
I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t. We have been fighting this piecemeal fight for marriage equality for decades, and while the tide was turning in our favor, each victory had its cost. That’s not to say our work is complete, but we deserve to bask in this moment — to revel in this new reality, full of new possibilities for us and countless generations of LGBT people to come.
Mark: It felt like America’s way of saying, “OK, you’re one of us."
This interview originally ran on GayTravel.com.
Funny, parody video where a gay son's parents are actually upset he doesn't WANT a big gay wedding.
Clip description: A family threatens to disown their gay son after he reveals he and his fiance won’t have a “gay wedding”.
The decision once again puts the U.S. branch of the Anglican Communion at the forefront of mainstream Christian acceptance of gays and lesbians.
Presented at the church's triennial General Assembly on Wednesday, the resolution strikes the words "man and woman" from a marriage canon and replaces them with gender-neutral language.
Clergy, however, will not be compelled to perform same-sex marriages under the resolution. A clause in the revised canon states it "shall be within the discretion of any member of the clergy of this church to decline to solemnize or bless any marriage."
The vote on Wednesday represents the latest move by the U.S. branch of the Anglican Communion, which claims roughly 2 million members, to embrace the LGBT community.
If for some reason you want to feel really old, take note that Christopher Atkins is now a grandfather. The actor, who instantly became a heartthrob when his film debut The Blue Lagoon was released 35 years ago this weekend, is now 54 years young and still acting on occasion. Atkins costarred opposite Brooke Shields in the 1980 blockbuster about two shipwrecked kids coming of age sexually on a deserted South Pacific island, and spent most of his screen time opposite barely clad in a loin cloth when he wasn’t completely nude, because who needs clothes when you’re stranded on a tropical isle? Anyway, Atkins emerged from the salty water a full-fledged teen idol and sex symbol, who’d go on to star opposite Kristy McNichol in the campy 1982 musical The Pirate Movie (look for it!), play a stripper in 1983’s silly A Night in Heaven and spend a season on the prime time soap Dallas. He’s since been in a lot of movies you probably haven’t heard of or will care to watch, such as Deadly Delusions and Mutual Needs, but give the guy props for continuing to work.
To mark the anniversary of his splashy debut, Atkins traveled back to Fiji, where it was filmed and shared memories of his return as well as some photos he took with People magazine.
“Of course we were going to enjoy the beach the way it was meant to be, without any clothes on,” he said about our favorite photo from the article below.
So here’s to you 35 years later, Chris Atkins. Still looking good, buddy.
Check out the original trailer for the film below then scroll down for a few recent-ish photos of the still-striking Atkins.
He caught up with other vintage hunks (from left) C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Maccio and Lorenzo Lamas at a Hollywood Collectors show in 2014.
He enjoyed a hike in the Sierra Mountains in 2012.
Another huge loss for downtown. It'll always be The Screening Room to me.
Originally known as The Screening Room (1996), this indie movie house survived a post Sept 11th world with a little help from Robert DeNiro. In 2003, it became Tribeca Cinemas. Last showing was in June of 2015. Photo by Mandy. #tc4ever #riptribecacinemas #savenyc #sbjsa #supportsmallbusiness #supportthearts