Indiana’s State House earlier today approved the nation’s most anti-LGBT legislation. According to the IndyStar, similar legislation was passed by the State Senate and Indiana’s Governor has said he intends to sign this into law – all under the guise of protecting religious freedom. The legislation is modeled on a 22-year old federal law known as the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act. You may recall this act because it was what the US Supreme Court cited in allowing Hobby Lobby to opt out of the Affordable Care Act requirement that they cover contraceptives.
This sort of thing really ticks me off because I get so frustrated having these discussions over and over again. Legally barring a group from a business has haunting parallels to the civil rights struggles from the 1950s and 1960s not to mention more recent legislation organizations like GLAD, HRC and others have overturned in the courts for our community.
Shame on you Indiana – and shame on Indianans. You may not agree with your state government but this is your home and your home makes me sick.
The 1980s Queer activist group Act Up was the first to slap “Silence = Death” stickers all over Boston. While we’ve thankfully moved beyond those times, the basic premise remains true. LGBT issues become more acceptable when they are openly discussed so I applaud the #RingYourGranny campaign in Ireland.
On May 22nd, Ireland will vote on the Marriage Equality referendum, deciding whether or not same-sex couples can get legally married there. I’m posting this to voice my support and to ask anyone who might have relatives in Ireland to call them and ask them how they plan to vote. Sometimes all it takes is the courage to speak up.
A celebration of censorship is an exhibit at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City that runs through Sunday, May 3rd.
Has anyone seen the exhibit which opened last month? I’m curious because the description sounds interesting. The Leslie-Lohman Museum describes the exhibit as follows, “For decades, censors—would-be and actual—have attempted to suppress queer creativity… Taking inspiration from the censorship of Robert Mapplethorpe’s art in the 1980s and 1990s, and the more recent withdrawal of David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly from the National Portrait Gallery, we explore the innovative responses to watershed moments in the history of censored LGBTQ art… Here we seek to situate the work within its historical context of censorship and to highlight the resilience of the queer artists who audaciously attempt to address diverse social and political issues in their work.”
If you visit the exhibit, I’d love to hear your thoughts and if you think it is worth checking out.
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art – 26 Wooster Street – NYC
Boyfriends is a fun, gay dance night at the Milky Way Lounge in Jamaica Plain that is hosted on the 3rd Friday of each month.
This month, guest DJ James Derek Dwyer makes a triumphant return and will join resident DJ Brent Covington at Boyfriends later this week. Doors open at 10:00 p.m. and there is a $5.00 cover; your attitude should be checked at the door.
For more information check out their event page on Facebook, here.
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I wasn’t going to comment on the current controversy regarding Stefano Gabbana’s recent comments until he decided to open his mouth again in response to a call for a boycott of D&G products initiated by Sir Elton John and quickly picked up by many others in the gay community.
This is so reminiscent of Guido Barilla’s, Chairman of Barilla Group, comments in 2013. It begs the question can the Italians join the rest of the world in the 21st century? Who would’ve ever guessed that the current Pope would prove to be a better friend than the founders of D&G? I’m terribly disappointed in Stefano Gabbana and his one time partner, Dominico Dolce. Their concept of what a healthy family looks like is terribly flawed and while they have a right to their opinion they clearly don’t understand who their buyers are. Insulting one of your most important group of buyers is an odd way to foster brand loyalty. Somehow I don’t see creeps like Senator Rick Santorum and Senator Ted Cruz buying D&G. Maybe Dolce & Gabbana can team up with Chick-fil-A.
There are gay daddies and then there are gay daddies. While one variety you tend to only meet online or out at a bar or club, the latter is more pervasive but not always visible. In 2013 The Williams Institute estimated that as many as 6 million children are being raised in same sex households.
A Kickstarter campaign was started to help fund a new movie called The Guys Next Door. This movie invites you into the home of Erik and Sandro, a married gay couple with two daughters, birthed by their friend Rachel who has a family of her own. Award-winning filmmakers, Allie Humenuk and Amy Geller, follow this extended family for 3+ years capturing life as it unfolds. Told with humor and grace, this feature-length documentary is a poignant and inspiring story of family, friendship and gay rights.
Interested in learning more? Check out their Kickstarter page here.
Help support Boston’s 31st LGBT Annual Film Festival by coming down to Post 390 in the Back Bay next Sunday, March 22nd from 1 – 3 pm for their annual festival preview brunch. Ticket revenue from the Festival Preview Brunch helps to fund the festival; purchase your tickets for $7 in advance or for $10 at the door.
RSVP for the Festival Preview Brunch Here
At Post 390 at 406 Stuart Street, Boston, MA
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm