Check out our weekly guide to make sure you’re catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won’t admit you watch when no one’s looking.
— Long before Caitlyn Jenner, another acclaimed Olympian made waves as an out gay man and HIV-positive athlete. In the documentary Back On Board: Greg Louganis, the diver’s struggles against homophobia and discrimination are put on full display, including his battle to save his Malibu home. The film premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. Eastern on HBO.
— Looking for a laugh? The biggest jokers on TV will come together for the first Republican Debate 9 p.m. Eastern, Thursday on Fox News. Even if you can’t find humor in their vitriolic outrage and proud ignorance, you’ll at least get a sense for how the other half thinks.
— Make it work, and make sure you tune in to the next season of Project Runway Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern on Lifetime. Host Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn are back to find America’s next great designer.
— It’s hard to say goodbye, but we’ll do our best when the brilliant Jon Stewart bids adieu to The Daily Show Thursday at 11 p.m. Eastern on Comedy Central. The super-sized final episode will send off its host in style following a day-long marathon of classic Daily Show episodes.
— Good news! You’re almost done having your social media filled with people complaining about this garbage season of True Detective. The anthology series closes its second season Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO. Good riddance.
What are you watching on television this week?
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Director: Joshua Lim
Cast: TJay Howard, Craig Jordan, Lovlee Carroll, Michelle Gallagher, Garrett Young, Jefferson Rogers
USA | 2014 | 90 min
In what seems to be the life of a typical average American family, two brothers grow up in a loving home with supportive parents and pursue together all the things that normal boys usually do. As they grow older their affection and attraction for each other is separated by time and space (one goes away to college), the openly-gay younger brother is preoccupied, ignoring advances from others who are attracted to him. When the loss of the brothers’ parents naturally reunites them, old habits, old feelings, conjures up a taboo that they dare not share with anyone.
A homophobe picked the wrong gay couple to mess with at a Manhattan bodega over the weekend and reportedly ended up fleeing covered in his own blood.
Larry Lennox-Choate (above left) and Daniel Lennox-Choate, who in 2013 became the first gay men to be married at West Point Military Academy, were shopping in SoHo on Sunday when a 40 year old man came up and began shouting anti-gay slurs. The homophobe’s big mistake though was throwing a punch at Daniel, leading Larry to step in and put the man in his place.
“He left covered in his own blood with his tail between his legs after I handled the situation and tossed him in the street like the coward loser he is,” wrote Larry on Facebook. “We refuse to be victims and are thankful we can defend ourselves, but are saddened by the fact that idiots like this guy might not pick two guys who went through Plebe Boxing next time.”
Larry said that the hate crimes division of the NYPD is investigating.
New York Daily News, which broke the story, adds that no arrests have been made yet.
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In a nutshell, it’s when a straight guy gives another straight guy a blowie not in a meaningful sexual way but in a friendly, NSA, I’m-just-doing-you-a-little-favor, totally not gay sort of way. Or something.
Dr. Jane Ward writes this not-so-new phenomenon in her book, Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men, published by NYU Press last month.
In the book, Ward poses the following question: “A straight white girl can kiss a girl, like it, and still call herself straight—her boyfriend may even encourage her. But can straight white guys experience the same easy sexual fluidity, or would kissing a guy just mean that they are really gay?”
The answer: It’s complicated.
From fraternity hazing rituals, where pledges are told to grab each other’s dongs and stick their fingers up fellow pledges’ butts, to online personal ads posted by “straight” men seeking other “straight” men to sack off with, Ward examines the fascinating world of “straight guy-on-guy action,” which she believes isn’t nearly as gay as people might think.
Ward argues that the real reason “straight” men behave in these ways is to “reaffirm rather than challenge their gender and racial identity” and “to leverage whiteness and masculinity to authenticate their heterosexuality in the context of sex with men.”
In other words: They do it to prove they’re not gay.
Kinda like how a blossoming homosexual might experiment with a girl in high school or college once or twice as a way of testing the waters. We all know how that story ends.
“By understanding their same-sex sexual practice as meaningless, accidental, or even necessary,” Ward says, “straight white men can perform homosexual contact in heterosexual ways. These sex acts are not slippages into a queer way of being or expressions of a desired but unarticulated gay identity. Instead … they reveal the fluidity and complexity that characterizes all human sexual desire.”
What do you think? Does Ward’s theory make sense, or does a guy giving another guy a “bro-job” make him gay, or at least bisexual? Sound off in the comments section below.
Gotta love a dandy who doesn't take any crap!
The Daily News reports:
A hate-monger shouted anti-gay slurs at the first gay men to be married at West Point Military Academy before punching one of them in the face Sunday, police said. The victim, 30-year-old Daniel Lennox-Choate, right, and his husband, Larry Lennox-Choate, were shopping in a SoHo bodega during the incident, according to a Facebook post by one of the men. A 40-year-old man came up and started yelling at the couple, police said. The assailant punched Daniel, and his husband leapt to his defense, Larry wrote on Facebook. “He left covered in his own blood with his tail between his legs after I handled the situation and tossed him in the street like the coward loser he is,” Larry’s Facebook post reads. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing, police said. The victim graduated from West Point in 2007, two years before his husband. The two married in 2013. “We refuse to be victims and are thankful we can defend ourselves, but are saddened by the fact that idiots like this guy might not pick two guys who went through Plebe Boxing next time,” Larry Lennox-Choate said. Daniel has a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to NYPD data, attacks against gay people were down 20% for the year. There were 43 incidents through July 26 this year, compared to 54 for the same period last year.
Today we’re thrilled to feature the next in our TowleREAD reading series (sponsored by Audible), in which LGBT authors (and other authors, if they have relevant books) read excerpts from their works.
BODY COUNTS: A MEMOIR OF POLITICS, SEX, AIDS AND SURVIVAL by POZ Magazine founder Sean Strub. The story, narrated by actor/playwright/director David Drake, is “a captivating… eyewitness account from inside the AIDS epidemic” (Next) and “a moving, multi-decade memoir of one gay man’s life” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“When the AIDS epidemic hit in the early 1980s, Strub was living in New York and soon found himself attending “more funerals than birthday parties”. Scared and angry, he turned to radical activism to combat discrimination and demand research. Strub takes you through his own diagnosis and inside ACT UP, the organization that transformed a stigmatized cause into one of the defining political movements of our time.”
“From the New York of Studio 54 and Andy Warhol’s Factory to the intersection of politics and burgeoning LGBT and AIDS movements, Strub’s story crackles with history. [In this excerpt,] He recounts his role in shocking AIDS demonstrations at St. Patrick’s Cathedral as well as at the home of US Senator Jesse Helms. With an astonishing cast of characters, including Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Keith Haring, Bill Clinton, and Yoko Ono, this is a vivid portrait of a tumultuous era.”
As part of its sponsorship of TowleREAD, Audible is offering a free download of Body Counts at Audible.com with a 30-Day Trial membership for Towleroad readers.
And check out this recent TowleREAD: Pilots Navigate Romance in Ensan Case’s Classic Gay World War II Novel ‘Wingmen':LISTEN
Hillary Clinton's first ad is devoted not so much to lionizing her late mother as it is to explaining why she has poured her entire life into politics. I like it. I'm sorry that some cynics think this is empty. It's important for her to remind people she is not a machine, and I think this type of ad is perfectly tailored to that objective ...
In light of Steve Grand’s recent tirade against Queerty for only ever featuring him in his underwear (or less), we will take the high road on this one as to avoid accusations of “slut-shaming.” (To quote Wet Hot American Summer: “I love sluts! Sluts rock! It’s just, you know, it’s just gotta be the right slut, you know?”)
And so, out of respect, we will not mention how adorable Broadway’s Matt Doyle looked when he got up on stage with The Skivvies in his — get this — skivvies. See what they did there?
Got it? We will not be bringing up Matt’s good-sported self-objectification in a tight pair of Calvin Klein boxer-briefs. Nor will we note his gym-toned body or washboard abs. The old Queerty might have gone there, but times have changed. We won’t bring up his adorable back-up ukulele player, either.
It’s all about the music.
Watch below, and avoid the temptation to call Matt sexy. We’re sure he wouldn’t want that.
What’s he singing, anyways? A boy band medley? OK, that’s pretty damn cute.
> Amsterdam city officials aren’t happy with the mess left after this weekend’s gay pride.
> PHOTO: Anti-LGBT Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton looking smug after being arrested and booked on three felony counts of securities law violations.
> Channing Tatum has signed a deal to play Gambit in future X-Men films.
> Apprentice runner-up Clay Aiken has positive things to say about Donald Trump’s campaign. “Anybody who discounts him is shortsighted…I think he has a really great opportunity even if he doesn’t win the Republican nomination to do something I think the country has needed for a long time, which is to try to break this stranglehold of the two-party system.”
> Meet Vietnam’s gay power couple: U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius and his husband.
> Find out how the 2016 candidates are reacting to President Obama’s new climate plan.
> Fargo diocese thanks the Boy Scouts for allowing them to continue to discriminate against gay adults.
> Ted Cruz likes his bigotry with a side of bacon.
> Amy Schumer joins her second cousin once removed Sen. Chuck Schumer to fight gun violence following the Louisiana theater shooting.
> The Senate to vote today on legislation to strip all federal funding from Planned Parenthood.
> The Duggars begin their money beg on YouTube.
> NCLR releases first-of-its-kind guide to help schools secure safe and supportive environments for trans students.
> Male model Monday: Adrien Sahores.
> Koch Brothers are trying to rebrand themselves as the champions of the poor and rightful heirs to the civil rights movement. (No this isn’t an Onion article.)
> Kraft recalls 36,000 cases of cheese slices over chocking concerns.
> 8 giant asteroids that flew uncomfortably close to Earth.
> Shocker: 75% of Latinos have negative view of Donald Trump.
> Did Jon Stewart become a “tool” of the Obama Administration?
> Tom Daley is headed to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
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The American Foundation for Equal Rights, the non-profit organization started in 2009 to fight California’s Proposition 8, announced on its Facebook page today that it will be shutting down.
In addition to arguing against California’s ban on same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court, AFER helped bring marriage equality to Virginia last year and was the group behind Matt Baume’s weekly “Marriage News Watch” videos.
Together, we made history.
Nearly six years ago, the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) was created with the specific mission of arguing for marriage equality before the U.S. Supreme Court and to, while doing so, dramatically advance the American conversation on equality.
And we accomplished that … and so much more.
> We returned marriage equality to California—our nation’s most populous state—and, later, to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
> With David Boies and Ted Olson as lead counsel, we smashed the partisan barrier that traditionally divided supporters and opponents of marriage equality. Namely, we brought prominent conservative voices to the debate and proved that marriage is not a partisan issue, but an American issue.
> We put equality on trial. For the first time ever, a federal court heard evidence as to why denying gay and lesbian Americans the right to marry is unconstitutional. And, more importantly, for the first time, we forced our opponents to make their best cases, under oath, as to why marriage bans based on fear and hatred should stand. And we shared that story with the world.
> But, perhaps, most importantly, we drew a line in the sand. We demanded that every American—whether a regular citizen, an editorial board writer, a member of Congress, or a Supreme Court justice—not only listen to the stories of Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo—the brave plaintiffs fighting for justice—but that they also take a side.
The results were extraordinary. We saw Americans nationwide stand up to support equal marriage. We saw it in the opinion pages of our newspapers. We saw senators scrambling to change their public positions. And we saw it from millions of ordinary people who proudly posted the “equal sign” logo of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as their Facebook profile pictures, and turned the Internet red.
Today, because of you—and the pioneering work of organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Freedom to Marry, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), Lambda Legal, and the National Council for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)—this group of brave plaintiffs and legal teams have finished the work and won every American the right to marry who they love.
But, even as we celebrate this amazing milestone, please remember we’re going to have to work harder than ever before to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans have full federal equality—nothing more, and nothing less.
The fact is that in 31 states LGBT people have very few clear, consistent legal protections against discrimination. They are still at risk of being fired, denied a job, evicted, bullied, harassed, refused service, or denied access to credit because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Last week, leaders in Congress introduced the Equality Act—a comprehensive federal nondiscrimination bill that would guarantee critically needed protections to LGBT Americans, based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, in the workplace, housing, public accommodations, lending practices, education, jury service, and the use of federal funds. With more than 200 cosponsors already, this essential legislation is starting off stronger than any pro-LGBT bill in history.
Led by our co-founder and former chair, Chad Griffin, and the team at theHuman Rights Campaign, this effort is being heralded as the next major fight for the LGBT community by both the Washington Post and the Huffington Post, and it is being backed by major corporate giants like American Airlines, Apple, Dow Chemical, General Mills, Levi Strauss, Microsoft, and Nike.
This is a bipartisan issue that is being backed by a super majority of the American people. Likely voters support workplace nondiscrimination protections by a massive 78% to 16% margin. This includes support from 64% (two-thirds) of Republican voters, and 70% of observant Christians. And David Boies and Ted Olson have spoken out about the critical importance of this effort.
So, while AFER may be closing its doors, we are dedicating all remaining resources to the ongoing battle for full equality. It’s going to take all of us to reach the finish line, and we hope you will continue on this journey with Chad and HRC as we turn our sights to securing comprehensive LGBT nondiscrimination protections in this country and to ensuring lasting equality around the globe. (www.hrc.org)
There is much more history to be made. And we hope you will continue on this journey with us.
The American Foundation for Equal Rights
Fresh off his Oscar win as best actor for his gripping turn as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, freckle-faced heartthrob Eddie Redmayne may have found a role that’s equally as challenging and ultimately rewarding. The 33-year-old thespian will soon be seen as Lile Elbe (right), the Danish painter born Einar Wegener who is considered one of the world’s first trans women and who underwent the first gender reassignment surgery in 1930. The complex role was once claimed by another Academy Award-winning performer, Nicole Kidman, who dropped out following a delay in the start of filming. Gorgeous Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, who made a big splash earlier this year in Ex Machina and will soon be the envy of millions as the woman who comes between Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., will co-star as Gerda, Wegener’s wife.
Here’s the film’s official synopsis to give us a brief breakdown:
The Danish Girl is the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Einar and Gerda Wegener (being portrayed, respectively, by Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander), whose marriage and work are cast into the unknown when Einar begins a groundbreaking journey to become one of the world’s first transgender women, Lili Elbe. The Danish Girl has been adapted into a screenplay by BAFTA Award nominee Lucinda Coxon, based on the novel of the same name by David Ebershoff. The film’s cast also includes Matthias Schoenaerts (The Drop), Ben Whishaw (Skyfall), and Amber Heard (The Rum Diary).
The film, directed by Tom Hooper, who won scores of awards for The King’s Speech in 2010, will be screened at film fests in Toronto and Venice this fall before it opens in theaters November 27. [Editor’s note: We’ve been advised that the posters for the film we published earlier are not official so they’ve been removed. See a photo of Redmayne in character below.]
I was out of commission late last week and horrified to see this while catching up on the news.
The Associated Press reports:
A teenage girl seriously wounded after an anti-gay extremist stabbed her and several others in last week's attack on Jerusalem's gay pride parade died Sunday, a hospital official. Shira Banki, 16, succumbed to her wounds, and her organs will be donated, Hadassah Medical Center spokeswoman Hadar Elboim said. The girl was among six people wounded Thursday by an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man, Yishai Schlissel, who had carried out a similar attack on a gay pride parade in 2005. He had angrily spoken out against the parade after his release from prison three weeks earlier. The parade was proceeding as planned, with party music, Israeli flags and rainbow-clad marchers wending their way through central Jerusalem, when the attacker lunged into the march, stabbing people with a long-bladed knife before being apprehended by police. Jerusalem, known for its rich religious history and tradition, holds a modest parade annually in contrast to the large parade in nearby liberal Tel Aviv, which drew over 100,000 people this year. A majority of Jerusalem's residents are observant Jews, Muslims or Christians, conservative communities whose members mostly frown on homosexuality. But violent attacks on gays are rare. Previous parades in the holy city have drawn opposition and threats.We've come a long way, but a stark reminder that it's not over.