After photographing the multi-talented Samira for the project, I made a mental note that I needed to do a video interview with her. She talks about one of the biggest misconceptions people have about Islam. A longer video interview will complement the exhibition at Videofag. Samira will also be part of the discussion panel at the CLGA on July 2.
And reading every night before turning out the light.
Whenever I'm depressed, I rearrange my books.
Where did this bibliomania start? Maybe with my parents, who disapproved of books. They were at best a waste of time, and more likely sinful. The only way I could get away with reading was to claim that it was a school assignment (evidently my teachers assigned a lot of science fiction and fantasy novels).
I had a Little Golden Book I couldn't read most of the words yet, but the front cover showed two boys hugging and waving. So I called it my Book of Cute Boys.
I think it was this adaptation of the Disney movie The Swiss Family Robinson, about a family shipwrecked on a desert island. The publication date is right.
One day in the spring of 1965, around the time that I chased the Boy with the Guitar, we were driving somewhere on a scary country road, and I was reading in the back seat (this was before car seats, or even seatbelts). Dad yelled back, "Don't read in the car!"
I said something like "I wanna see the cute boys."
"Dammit, Skeezix, do you want to get sick?"
I kept reading...
Dad always got mad easily while driving. He may have warned me a few more times. Then, sucking his lower lip in his look of pure fury, he reached back, grabbed The Book of Cute Boys from my hands, and threw it out the car window.
It was lost forever!
There's a lot of gay symbolism in that distant memory:
Was Dad worried that I would get motion sickness from reading in the car, or that I would get sick from looking at cute boys?
(He only called me Skeezix when I was subverting gender expectations, as when Bill and I wanted to become a "Mama" and a "Papa.")
From that day on, my same-sex desire would be denied, suppressed, challenged, explained as something else, criticized, excoriated, qualified, discussed, or tolerated.
It would never again be allowed to just exist.
I've spent my life buying that book over and over again, but nothing will bring that innocence back.
See also: The Boy with the Guitar; The Swiss Family Robinson.
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My most recent young adult read, Geography Club, has finally gotten a theatrical release date of November 15, 2013.
After hearing about this film (and missing a special screening during fashion week) I set out to read the book. It was full of feels and I finished it very quickly. I wouldn’t call it a page-turner, but their is story there that is easy presented.
I will be seeing this film the second it comes out.
*SPOILER* (not really)
- Some things already look WAY different than the book.
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Was snapping these two cute dudes, assuming they were straight pals, then caught this on the flipside. I still remember everyone in my h.s. class going ape when a pair of guys holding hands was spotted on S. Michigan in Chicago in 1987—people rushing to the other side of the bus to snap photos. In a weird way, I still kinda react that way when I see guys holding hands (or playing grab-ass) in public—it doesn't shock me, of course, but it shocks the me that society raised.
NYC's Sherry Vine is back with another pop cover. This time she hits up Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" in her typically raunchy, work-unfriendly fashion.r
Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...
Pride Guide Part 2: LGBTQ Gay Pride Celebrations - June 13th to 15th, 2014
The first LGBT Pride Celebration in the nation during the month of June was Jersey Pride in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
Writing for nj.com, reporter Ashley Peskoe described the large exuberant crowds that gathered to celebrate Pride at the Jersey shore.
ASBURY PARK – Rainbow flags painted the city on Sunday for the 23rd annual Jersey Pride parade and festival.
Grand Avenue was lined with people as the parade made its way from Cookman Avenue to the festival grounds at Ocean and Fifth avenues.
There, musical performances took to the stage as vendors sold food and various items to thousands of attendees.
This year, Jersey Pride President Laura Pople said the event attracted more than 20,000 people, more than years past.
"This is the biggest we've ever had," Pople said.
Pople said the event has grown over the years and it can be attributed to, in part, the recognition of marriage equality in New Jersey and the consistency of having an event each year.
Thousands more will join together to celebrate LGBT Gay Pride over the coming weeks.
In Part 2 of our LGBT Gay Pride Preview, we look at the extravaganza’s planned in Baltimore, Boston, Brooklyn, and Key West.
The 39th edition of Baltimore’s Pride Parade and Celebration run from June 13th to June 15th, 2014, in the city’s Mid-Town Belvedere neighborhood.
The city of Boston has a very active and diverse LGBTQ community, and that’s reflected in the shear number of events related to Boston Pride’s Parade and Celebration, which takes place from June 6th to June 15th, 2014.
Brooklyn, New York
The Borough of Brooklyn, New York celebrates LGBT Pride week from Monday June 9th to Saturday June 14th, 2014.
Key West, Florida
The city of Key West is a small town with a big city reputation. After visiting Key West, you can’t help but fall in love with the friendly people and the beauty of the island.
Pride Guide Part 3: LGBTQ Gay Pride Celebrations - June 13th to 15th, 2014
In the coming weekends of June, cities and towns across America will be taken over by an annual celebration of the LGBT community known as “Pride,” with festivities including parades and parties, film screenings and speeches. Many local Pride traditions have been in place for decades, but in the 10 states that legalized same-sex marriage since last year’s celebrations – many aided by the Supreme Court’s historic Defense of Marriage Act strike-down last summer – this year’s festivities will take on an extra special meaning.
To commemorate Oregon's same-sex marriage legalization – granted when a U.S. District judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban last month – Pride Northwest’s celebrations will kick off with a keynote address at City Hall by Thalia Zepatos, the national director of public engagement for the same-sex marriage group Freedom to Marry.
The 24th annual Long Island Pride Parade will be held on Saturday June 14th, 2014, in Huntington, New York at 12 noon. Pridefest will start at 1pm in Huntington’s Heckscher Park.
According to parade organizers, the first Long Island Pride Parade was in 1991.
The Long Island Pride Parade traces its origins to over twenty years ago when Long Island Lesbian and Gay Pride Freedom Committee founders approached the Town of Huntington to grant a permit to hold the first Pride Parade. The request was denied by the town on the grounds that only “traditional” parades were allowed on Huntington’s streets. The committee was represented by the ACLU and the matter was heard in a federal court on May 28, 1991 by Judge Leonard D. Wexler who ruled in favor of the committee and granted the parade permit. The first Long Island Pride Parade was held on June 9, 1991.
Since that time, the Pride Parade has grown into one of the largest parades outside of New York City: community organizations, businesses, and school-based Gay-Straight Alliance clubs participate each year, out and proudly marching along Main Street to the cheers of thousands of spectators.
The Grand Marshal for the Parade is Edie Windsor, the litigant in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Case argued before the US Supreme Court, in United States v. Windsor. Windsor was victorious in her lawsuit, and DOMA was declared unconstitutional.
Long Island Pridefest has four great headliners performing on their mainstage. American Idol Season 4 contestant Joe Murena, America’s Got Talent finalist Prince Poppycock (John Andrew Quale), the dance hit diva Kristine W, and legendary singer Taylor Dayne. Kristine W has had 16 number one hits on the Billboard Hot Dance Club charts, and Taylor Dayne has had 18 songs reach the top ten in the Billboard charts.
Nashville Pride’s events reflect a growing LGBT community, and their public presence informs friends, family members, politicians, neighbors, and business leaders, that they are a vibrant presence in Nashville.
On Saturday June 14 at 11:30 a.m., the Portland Trans March will kick off Saturday’s Portland Pride festivities. This march honors the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, and celebrates the historic and present diversity and resiliency of our communities
Spokane is a small city of just over two hundred thousand residents in the eastern part of Washington state that borders Idaho.
OutSpokane is an all volunteer organization, that promotes and empowers visible diversity for Spokane's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Allied citizens. Through supportive education and the annual collaborative production of the area's family-friendly Pride Parade and Rainbow Festival, they provide progressive cultural opportunities and experiences for the greater Inland Northwest community.
On Saturday June 14th the 23rd Annual Pride Parade steps off at noon, followed by the 2014 Rainbow Festival.
The Rainbow Festival is at Riverfront Park Gondola Meadows (by the Bloomsday statues). The festival has entertainment, a community resource and business fair, a large family area (including a climbing wall, animals, oobleck and lots of bouncies), and a beer garden.
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