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Road Utah Senate president wants to repeal the state's LGBT anti-discrimination laws.

RoadCar crashes on to George W. Bush's lawn in Dallas: "Though officials initially classified the incident as an “executive threat” that summoned the attention of more than a dozen police cars, police and Secret Service officers concluded that the crash was accidental."

Castor RoadOne of many disappointing elements of Tron: Legacy. "At a moment when people around the country are celebrating the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the film also serves as a poignant reminder that the gays who remain the most marginalized may not be the ones who are "butch" enough to serve but the ones who aren't."

RoadWatch: Antoine Dodson performs holiday song "Chimney Intruder".

RoadDavid Mixner on yesterday's 'DADT' signing.

RoadParents of Tyler Clementi to sue Rutgers: "Joseph and Jane Clementi, parents of Tyler Clementi, filed notice Friday. They must wait six months to file the lawsuit over their son's Sept. 22 death, which became the rallying point of a national outcry over the bullying of gay people."

RoadZac Efron's buzz cut.

RoadChart: The rise an fall and rise of "gay".

Dadt RoadWoW looks back to June '96.

RoadEnrique Iglesias releases sexually provocative video.

RoadIn the wake of defeat of Pennsylvania anti-discrimination bill, towns are doing it on their own: "Allegheny County state Rep. Dan Frankel's bill attracted a record 71 co-sponsors, including two Republicans, and even passed narrowly out of the State Government Committee. But it again died at the end of the most recent legislative session. Some local municipalities and counties are acting in the absence of legislative action. So far 18 have passed their own local human relations ordinances, and about a dozen are actively considering it."

RoadJamaica: Student flees dorm after students spread video in which he says he's gay. "The tape, which made its rounds on the campus in late November into early December, was about 30 minutes long and involved the student sharing deep secrets and fantasies with the boy he thought was his new-found friend."

Doublerainbow RoadTwitter goes nuts for L.A.'s double rainbow.

RoadWATCH: Trailer featuring Colin Farrell and Jim Sturgess in The Way Back.

RoadLondon, Ontario community backtracks on censorship of gay art.

RoadJersey Shore's Ronnie gets a doctor's exam.

RoadWill Catholics rejoice the repeal of 'DADT'? "The fact that the gay and lesbian soldiers who were willing to give their lives for their country were unable even to admit their presence within the military, seems about as far as you can get from any reasonable definition of 'respect,' to quote the Catechism.  How respectful is it to say to someone: 'You cannot say that you are here with us.') Much less it is treating them with 'sensitivity and compassion.'  How compassionate is it to tell a soldier: 'Feel free to sacrifice your life; just don't expect us to admit that you're here'?"


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Tron & Tron Legacy

Well, here’s another one of those weekend posts where we baristas talk about more personal issues than we usually do on weekdays. Thumbnail Link: Tron (1982)But, in keeping with the idea that Pam’s House Blend is designed to be a virtual coffee house where we discuss the kind of things we discuss would discuss at a brick-and-mortar coffee house, I’m bringing up something that’s kinda interesting to me, and hopefully to you.Emoticon: Curtsy

Tron Legacy has hit the theaters in the U.S. this weekend. I have an odd connection to the film, and the connection is with the original Tron — and it’s found within the cast and crew of that first film.

My Dad — Jack Sandeen — was the Costume Supervisor for the original Tron.

Just crazy weird, huh? Emoticon: Crazy

My Dad passed away on the day after Father’s Day — Father’s Day that year literally falling on my birthday — in 2002. And, I miss him.

I’m somewhat sad that he never met me as Autumn, although he did know I had at least gender expression issues, and those were ongoing. I wish he had the opportunity to meet me as Autumn, but I began my transition about eight months after he passed away.

The photo of the clay rabbit in this diary was a gift from me to my Dad. I wrote about the gift, and its return to me, in my old blog — the View From (Ab)Normal Heights — in a post entitled Thinking About Dad. Funny how the release of Tron Legacy has me thinking about that clay rabbit.

Thumbnail link: Clay rabbit I made for my Dad (Jack Sandeen) for Father's Day in 1965 when I (Autumn Sandeen) was 6-years-old. My Mom, after my Dad passed in 2002, gave the clay rabbit back to me. I was honored to have it come back to me.In the present tense, I plan on seeing Tron Legacy this weekend, and hopefully in 3D.  Whether the new film turns out to be good or bad, the release of the new film has already brought to mind some wonderful memories of my Dad.

And hey, I’m looking forward to seeing how the film will align up with the original — especially the graphics and (of course) the costuming.

By the way, for those who don’t know, the original Tron was the first feature film that used computer graphics. That’s probably the main reason why the original Tron is seen as a pretty significant film.
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So for me anyway, it’s time to dig out the popcorn!

For those who’ve watched the new film this weekend, have seen the original film in the past, or have now watched both the new film and the origial film, free to review the films in this thread. Emoticon: Toothy Smile

And if ya’ hate the new film — well hey! My Dad didn’t work on that one! Emoticon: Giggling

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* Thinking About Dad
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