Piers Morgan wants John Oliver to pay up, Olympic sponsors dodge gay questions, is One Direction redefining masculinity for the better?
Bradley Manning is apologizing for unintended consequences of leaking documents to WikiLeaks. “I’m sorry that my actions hurt people. I’m sorry that they hurt the United States. I’m apologizing for the unexpected results of my actions. The last three years have been a learning experience for me. I should have worked more aggressively within the system. Unfortunately, I can’t go back and change things. I understand that I must pay a price for my decisions and actions. I want to be a better person, to go to college, to get a degree and to have a meaningful relationship with my sister and her family.”
Pride House is acknowledging that it would be difficult for athletes to wear Pride symbols on their uniforms, which are strictly regulated by their countries and the IOC, and instead proposes that athletes, coaches and fans simply hold hands with someone of the same sex, be they gay or straight. It’s a simple gesture that is common enough among close friends (especially in parts of the world without any gay overtones) and would be hard to regulate, but en masse would be a powerful statement.
Sure, One Direction is great at “playing gay” but are they helping to redefine what common opinions are on masculinity with their affection and innocent groping?
Chris Geidner posed a series of tough questions about the gay propaganda law to major Olympic sponsors like McDonalds, Panasonic and Samsung, but most of what he got was a lot of pointing to their own nondiscrimination policies and benefits (if anything at all), with the exception of one company – GE. “GE speaks regularly with the IOC on a variety of topics, including issues of great concern like human rights. We strongly support the IOC’s recent statement that sport is a human right and the Olympic Games should be open to all. We expect the IOC to uphold human rights in every aspect of the Games.”
Pedro Almodovar’s I’m So Excited crossed the $1 million mark at the box office last week, the first GLBT film to do so since last summer. In fact, only five films have done that since 2010. The grosses for GLBT movies have been dwindling, not growing for some time – things were much more lucrative in the 1990s than they are in this decade. But why?
The California Supreme Court has ruled against the challenges to Prop 8, and as expected, the news is good, and the law is struck down statewide, not just in the two counties party to the lawsuit. Can we finally move on now?
A Florida condo association has voted that their units may only be sold to single people or to legally married husband and wife couples, not to gays or cohabitating singles, be they senior citizens looking to protect their social security or just some fabulous homos. And it’s all legal.
With a superpowered Flash coming to Starling City, are we about to see the grounded tone of Arrow change? “I think a lot of people are justified in asking ‘What does this mean for Arrow in terms of its tone?’ And my answer is that the trick that we have—and this is a challenge we’ve discussed a lot and have an awareness of how to face it head on—is the fact that Arrow is like Iron Man where ‘The Flash’ will be ‘The Hulk.’ And just as ‘The Hulk’ coming out did not change the tone of the Iron Man movies, ‘The Flash’ will not change the tone of Arrow.”
If you think celebrities like Stephen Fry and Harvey Fierstein comparing the gay propaganda law and the IOC response to Berlin 1936 is over the top, you should read this, and the IOC’s talk of “private assurances” back then.
Not only is Orson Scott Card a homophobe, he’s a bit of a racist as well. “’Like Hitler and the Iranian dictators,’ Obama has announced his plan for a ‘powerful domestic army to terrify any opposition that might arise. According to Card, ‘Obama called for a ‘national police force’ in 2008, though he never gave a clue about why such a thing would be necessary. Where will he get his “national police”? The NaPo will be recruited from “young out-of-work urban men” and it will be hailed as a cure for the economic malaise of the inner cities. In other words, Obama will put a thin veneer of training and military structure on urban gangs, and send them out to channel their violence against Obama’s enemies. Instead of doing drive-by shootings in their own neighborhoods, these young thugs will do beatings and murders of people ‘trying to escape’ — people who all seem to be leaders and members of groups that oppose Obama.”
Robbie Rogers doesn’t want gay athletes to boycott the Sochi Games. “Let’s hope that President Vladimir Putin and the Russian government have provided all of us with an international teachable moment. If we take the time to think about how to make that happen and don’t act impulsively by jumping on the boycott bandwagon, perhaps the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia can be remembered instead for moving the ball forward in the fight for equal rights for all people everywhere. That’s my Olympic dream.”
In an ironic twist, the state may have to deal with their marriage ban in order to win a murder case in which the accused’s legal civil partner is trying to be compelled to testify against her, which she couldn’t be required to do if considered a spouse.
As the Pentagon moves to extend full benefits next month to married same-sex partners, they’ve actually added a bonus that I didn’t expect to happen – 10 days non-chargeable leave for same-sex couples to leave their stationed base in non-equality states to travel to equality states to marry, and then treat them as married based on their place of celebration. Expect the right to scream about “special rights” in 3-2-1. But in a way it makes sense, because the military controls where you live in a way that a civilian employer doesn’t. You can’t decide that being married is worth quitting your job and moving to an equality state.
Andy Cohen has turned down his regular gig hosting the Miss Universe pageant because it’s being held in Russia. According to his co-host Giuliana Rancic, “”The law is that anyone under suspicion of homosexuality can be arrested,” and he “didn’t feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia.”
That the system works like this is one of the saddest things I’ve ever read. There has to be a better way.
Julia Turing says that she’s repeatedly tried to contact the filmmakers behind the Alan Turing biopic to ask why they’re rewriting his past, including opposite sex relationships that didn’t happen, but can get no response. “I do not understand why Black Bear Entertainment cannot focus more on Alan’s achievements which would easily make a mind blowing three hour film rather than adding fictitious sex scenes that never happened and changing the whole make-up of Alan Turing’s personality, making him into someone he never was not to mention, picking an actor who doesn’t even come close to looking like Alan.”