The post-Oscars buzz continues with some nominated and total sleeper titles from 2014 arriving on digital platforms. From the former, Foxcatcher, and in the latter category, Still Alice directors Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer’s The Last of Robin Hood, and The Humbling with Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig.
As a bonus, we’ve got queer title The Last Straight Man to boot! Scroll down for the details!
Twenty-three year old Cameron Mayfield of Omaha, Nebraska has been arrested for stealing a neighbors rainbow flag and burning it in the street.
Via Gay Star News:
Ariann Anderson and Jess Meadows-Anderson, a married couple who live next door, said it went 'beyond vandalism or a threat' as it was a 'direct attack'.
'It's just a reminder that hate is still out there,' they said.
The two women woke up just after midnight on Sunday morning (1 March), believing their home was being burglarized.
When Meadows-Anderson rushed downstairs to check on their two girls, her wife saw a van drive off.
When they woke up again, they went to a window to see a man running down the street with what looked like a burning stick.
They then both realized he was burning their rainbow flag.
'You almost feel bad for a minute,' Meadows-Anderson told WOWT. 'He's a young man and he made a hate-filled, drunken mistake that will have a lasting effect on his life and his family.'
Later that day, a new, bigger, brighter Pride flag was flying on their front porch.
Mayfield is facing a 2nd degree felony arson charge and a separate charge for resisting arrest.
A California group, which fought to deny same-sex marriage in their state, has been rebuffed by the Supreme Court in their attempt to hide the names of donors to the anti-gay Prop 8 campaign of 2008.
The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling against ProtectMarriage.com, the National Organization for Marriage and other supporters of a 2008 ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriages in California until the ban was overturned five years later.
The groups sought to conceal their past and future campaign finance records because they feared harassment of donors. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against them in part because the names have been publicly available for five years.
State law political committees to identify those who contribute more than $100 during or after a campaign, along with the donor's address, occupation and employer.
Madonna announced her new world tour in support of her upcoming album Rebel Heart by speaking with a sock. #BitchYoureASock
The tour will begin in Miami on August 29th, then tour the US before heading to Europe, Asia and Australia (her first concerts "down under" in 20 years).
To help promote the tour and new album, Live Nation announced Madonna will be the special musical guest on ELLEN the entire week of March 16-20.
For tour info head over to the official Madonna website here.
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Texas state Rep. Tony Tinderholt has filed a complaint with the State Commission of Judicial Conduct over a ruling which allowed a lesbian couple together over 30 years to marry.
In filing the complaint, Tinderholt admits that he's not a lawyer, although you didn't need him to share that info to know that. He not only says that the judge didn't notify the attorney general (he did) but Tinderholt names the wrong judge.
From Raw Story:
Tinderholt, 44, a former member of the U.S. Air Force and Army, wrote out a two-paragraph complaint to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct stating that Judge Wahlberg failed to give notice to the State Attorney General’s office when lifting a stay on the two women’s marriage.
“This judge deliberately violated statutory law, and this is unacceptable,” Tinderholt wrote.
However it was Probate Judge Guy Herman, not Wahlberg, who ruled the same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. Additionally, the State Attorney General’s office did receive notice of the ruling on Jan. 23 and chose to “not to seek direct involvement.”
According to attorney Brian T. Thompson who took part in the case involving the two women, Tinderholt’s complaint won’t hold up against either of the judges.
“It’s a shame that someone who’s taken on the responsibility of writing our laws has so much misunderstanding of the law,” Thompson said.
Clearly a standard-bearer for the sanctity of marriage, Tinderholt is currently in his 5th marriage - a former Dallas Cowboy cheerleader.
The city council of Charlotte, North Carolina, is considering today whether to add five characteristics – marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression – to protected classes already listed in the city’s public accommodations.
From Charlotte's WFAE:
First, it would make it illegal in Charlotte for taxi drivers, restaurants, or any commercial business from discriminating against customers who are gay, lesbian or transgendered.
Seventeen states and more than 200 cities and counties across the country have enacted similar laws. It makes sense for Charlotte to do the same, says Chris Sgro, executive director of the gay and transgender rights group Equality NC.
After all, he says Charlotte is one of the 20 largest cities in the country, "and of the top 20 population cities in the country," he says, "all of them but Memphis, Jacksonville and Charlotte have these protections."
Under Charlotte’s proposed ordinance, companies found to discriminate would be subject to a fine and could be barred for two years from getting any city contracts.
Opponents say passing the ordinance isn't fair because it would mean they would be prohibited from discriminating against gays, and that businesses might have to treat all customers fairly.
When you think of Gran Canaria, you probably envision tropical white sand beaches, rolling green golf courses and long-dormant black volcanos. But you’re likely unaware that the second most populous of the Canary Islands is not only one of Europe’s top gay destinations, but it’s also home to one of the world’s most extravagant annual drag events, the Drag Gala at Santa Catalina Park. And be aware that this isn’t your grandfather’s drag show. It’s cutting edge entertainment that leans more toward Lee Bowery than Chad Michaels. More than 30,000 people, many in their own costumes, attended the sold-out event on February 20, while an estimated 127,000 viewers followed the production live online and on local TV. Popular television presenter Arturo Valls and humorist Yanely Hernández hosted the event as 17 drag entertainers offered dazzling, sometimes breathtaking performances (all contestants were required to wear towering 20″ platform shoes!) as they competed for Drag Queen of the Carnival of Las Palmas 2015, a title snagged by Valkyrie (right).
Photos: Dan Allen
For many of his fans, Michael Urie is still synonymous with scheming fashion assistant Marc St. James, the character he indelibly played for four years on Ugly Betty. However, the 34-year-old actor first came to the attention of LGBT audiences with his widely-praised performance in WTC View (now available on iTunes), the 2005 film in which he starred as Eric, a young New Yorker seeking a roommate for his apartment and genuine connection in the weeks following the 9/11 attacks on the city. Since Ugly Betty went off the air in 2010, Urie, who came out publicly as queer that same year, has proven his versatility with several projects including the 2012 sitcom Partners and a number of acclaimed turns on stage including The Temperamentals, Angels in America, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Buyer & Cellar, an uproarious crowd-pleaser in which he plays a struggling actor working in Barbra Streisand’s basement shopping mall. He’s also making a transition to directing by helming the witty new workplace web series What’s Your Emergency? Urie chatted with Queerty about the making of WTC View, the rumors of an Ugly Betty reunion, and whether Streisand has seen his imitation of her.
I think it’s now a period piece, for sure. But it also captures a time that those of us who were in New York remember very vividly, which was the weeks following the attack. It’s very easy to remember what happened on that day through YouTube and all the images out there. For those people who don’t remember 9/11 because they were too young, they definitely know what the day was like. But the weeks following was when strangers really came together and people really took care of each other. It was a beautiful thing. Of course, the reason people were taking care of each other came from a terrible tragedy, but it’s important to remember that when the shit hits the fan as it did on that day we’ve got each other’s backs and will take take care of each other. I was in New York on 9/11 and there have been no other times quite like that when we as New Yorkers we came together and talked to each other and listened to each other. New Yorkers get a bad rap for being rude, but I don’t think we are. I think we’re busy. [Laughs] Maybe we’re not friendly, but if engaged we’ll gladly be part of one another’s lives. After 9/11 it was different. We were all on the same page. It was very therapeutic. To do the play two years after 9/11 and we shot the movie nine months later, it’s continued to live at festivals and DVDs and now digital. I feel it’s a great catharsis. God forbid something like this happens again, but we’ll know how to deal with it. We as humans will have the right instincts to take care of each other.
I was in New York. I think it was my second day of my third year at Julliard. I was heading to school and I happened to catch on TV that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. As we all did, I thought it was strange and bizarre. Everyone who heard about the first plane thought it was a freak accident. I went to school knowing that when I got to the subway station above ground I’d be able to see the World Trade Center. By the time I got there both buildings were on fire. Between leaving the house and getting to the train the second plane had hit. As I watched confused someone said to me, “They got the other one.” The whole train ride there everyone was silent. I went to school and class was canceled and I was offered to an office and all the students watched it play out on TV together. After that they took us to the theater and the dean spoke to us. Some of my classmates and I tried to volunteer but we were turned away. There was so much going on. I found my way home somehow.
I didn’t have Eric’s experience and I was only 23 at the time. I wasn’t afraid of anything. I thought I was invincible. In a lot of ways I understand Eric more now. When I look back at the movie I understand why it was such a terrifying time. The character is actually 33 in the movie and I was only 23 when I played him. Things had to be explained to me. I didn’t always know why he was doing some of the things he was doing, but looking back now I understand. I’m more like Eric now than I was then.
Obviously a lot of progress for gay actors has been made in the 10 years since the film. Back then did you feel any trepidation about playing a gay character at the beginning of your career?
This part was just way too good to pass up. I had no doubts. When Ugly Betty came around there was definitely trepidation about playing another gay character after that because it made such a splash and was so popular. I was told not to and was encouraged to stay in the closet and all that stuff. I always felt I wasn’t going to get typecast as a gay character as long as I played gay characters who differed. You can’t even come close to comparing Eric in WTC View to Marc St. James in Ugly Betty. Nor could you compare Marc to Rudy Geinrich in The Temperamentals or Prior Walter in Angels in America or my character in Partners. Even though that was a broad comedy, he was still a different guy. I’m sure there was a period of time when you could get typecast as a gay character. I’ve been really lucky because I’ve been able to work in different genres. I wanted to work and if I stopped playing gay characters no one would know me anymore. [Laughs]
What’s great about the digital world is that people are still discovering it every day. I get tweets from people who have just watched it for the first time, which is really cool. I’m happy that people still like it. I know that everyone in the cast still has great fondness for the show. So if it were real we’d all jump on board, That said, it’s nothing more than a rumor right now.
You officially came out as a non-hetero five years ago. What affect did that have on your career?
It certainly opened doors for me. Once I was open and out, people had more respect for me. I didn’t have to speak to people through any kind of veil. I could just be honest. They could be honest with me and didn’t have to dance around. Conversations are so much easier when you’re open. I think I got more work. I know that actors are supposed to be mysterious and that’s all well and good, but actors also need to be understood. I never lied. I never pretended. I never said I was straight. I just never said anything. I think once it was out in the open and honest and upfront, I think people liked me better and I liked myself better and I liked everyone else better.
As we continue to evolve as a species, we’ll see there are a lot of people who identify as straight who are actually queer and we’ll be OK with that. Even though I’ve been with the same guy for six and half years, I certainly live my life as a gay man. These labels are good for us to understand how to communicate with each other but eventually things will be far more fluid.
Do you get offered straight characters?
Yeah, not manly guys or romantic characters, but they’re out there. They come my way. They’re characters who have an ambivalent sexuality or the fact that they’re straight isn’t part of the character or quirkier comic characters. Obviously, I get way more interesting gay characters, but it happens.
Besides your work in film and TV, you have a solid stage resume. What’s appealing to you about appearing in front of a live audience?
What’s great about a live audience is you know how you’re doing. So often in film and TV you’re at the mercy of your collaborators, which can be incredible and you can wind up way better than you should thanks to great directors and editors and DPs. But sometimes they can use the wrong take or angle and you can look bad or it can mess up the timing of something. Doing a play you have more control over your work but you can also tell how a performance is going. You can feel them, even in a drama. You can’t really get that in any other medium in which we work. Multi-camera sitcoms come close, but those people are instructed to laugh.
Your performance in Buyer & Cellar last year was met with wide acclaim from critics and audiences and, personally, I found your interpretation of Barbra Streisand to be very respectful. There was talk that she might see the show in L.A. Did that happen?
She did not come, although many people close to her came. I think the only way she could see it would be on tape or in a private performance with her friends. If anyone knew she was in the audience it would ruin the whole show. If no one knew she was in the audience it wouldn’t be fair to her. The play only works because she’s not in the room. I feel the play is quite respectful of her entirely. Of course, we have fun at her expense but ultimately we tell the truth about her. She comes off great. But the audience does laugh at her and I think that would be hard for her. If the audience laughing at her was all her friends it would be very different because they’d be laughing with her. If she ever saw it, she’d need to be sitting right next to Donna Karan and James Brolin.
Did anyone in her inner circle ever comment on your performance?
Yes, her manager and publicist saw the show and came backstage and said hello and they were lovely. Richard Jay Alexander, the guy who directed her concerts was really complementary about it. I think they told Barbra that she comes off great but she shouldn’t come to the theater to watch it though because it would be weird.
I go to London this week and will do it for two months at the Menier Chocolate Factory. She’s totally universal but if they don’t know her, I think within the first few minutes of the play they’ll have an idea of what she’s like. Jonathan Tollins did such a good job of creating her within the play. I think what’s going to resonate so wonderfully is in the U.K. is the class system, this idea of the haves and have-nots. That’s what the play is really about. Los Angeles, Hollywood, show business has such a class system to it that it really comes to life. When you put someone who’s at the top of the heap like Barbra Streisand in a room with and in a relationship really with someone at the bottom of the show business barrel. London, specifically, has such bold lines between the classes and I think they’re going to get a huge kick out of it and understand what John is saying with the play and how it deals with the isolation and loneliness of the class system.
Watch the trailer for WTC View below.
Bar none—Raymond & Lane go to jail...
Texas lawmakers are gunning for the judge who let two lesbians to get married. Meanwhile, homophobic lawmakers celebrate the 10th anniversary of the state’s marriage ban. There’s just one problem — the law will probably be overturned before it actually turns ten.
Two weeks ago a judge in Texas ruled that a lesbian couple facing a terminal illness could marry right away. And now State Rep Tony Tinderholt, who is by the way on his fifth marriage, wants that judge disciplined. Here’s his complaint — this is actually it, hand written on a worksheet.
Tinderholt’s complaint is that the judge failed to notify the Attorney General, when in fact he actually did send notification. Not to mention, the complaint is based on a law that applies to final judgements, and this ruling was an injunction. And finally, Tinderholt sent it to the wrong judge.
Also last week some Texas lawmakers marked the 10th anniversary of the state’s marriage ban. But it looks like they may have marked their calendars a little early. The actual 10th anniversary is in November. And depending on how the Supreme Court rules, the ban may not be around by then. So they actually might have been celebrating the ban’s final few months of life.