Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on the Strip

Fiesta on the street

Sure Cindo de Mayo has turned into a drinking-based American celebration, but we’re gonna drop some history here on you.From the completely reliable source of Wikipedia, May 5 is the “date observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War.” What’s that? Still wondering where your margarita is? Well, hit up the Strip tonight as it gets a touch of Latin flair for the holiday. From Sue Ellen’s to TMC: The Mining Company, the celebration highlights the block tonight.

DEETS: Blockwide Fiesta at Sue Ellen’s, TMC: The Mining Company, S4 and JR.’s Bar & Grill. Cedar Springs Road and Throckmorton Street. 8 p.m. PartyAtTheBlock.com.


—  Rich Lopez

What’s Brewing: Maryland Senate kills gender identity bill; anti-gay hate crime at UNC

Quinn Matney was attacked and severely burned in an anti-gay hate crime at the University of North Carolina.

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. For a third straight week, LGBT advocates plan to speak during the Dallas County Commissioners Court’s meeting today and call on commissioners to add transgender employees to the county’s nondiscrimination policy. Last month, commissioners voted to add sexual orientation but not gender identity to the policy. The Commissioners Court meets at 9 a.m. in the County Administration Building, 411 Elm St.

2. The Maryland Senate on Monday voted to kill a measure that would have protected transgender people from discrimination in housing, employment and credit — but not public accommodations. The vote marks the second major disappointment this year for LGBT advocates in Maryland, where the House thwarted a marriage equality bill last month.

3. A University of North Carolina freshman says he was attacked and severely burned in an anti-gay hate crime on the school’s campus last week. The UNC administration, which failed to notify students until a week after the attack occurred, now says it plans to report the incident as an anti-gay hate crime to the federal government.

—  John Wright

What’s your take on the film “Stonewall Uprising”?

The documentary Stonewall Uprising opened in theaters in 2010 and will be broadcast on the PBS show American Experience this April.  In advance of the broadcast the station that produces American Experience, WGBH, has announced an open call for video shorts that “Show Us Where Stonewall is Now.”

We invite citizen reporters, journalists, video-bloggers, documentary story tellers, animators or new media-makers: in a 3 minute video, show us where Stonewall’s legacy of courage is today.

The deadline for video submissions is February 14th.  A ,000 prize will be awarded to the top five entries selected by WGBH’s panel of judges.

I haven’t seen Stonewall Uprising yet, but I’ve read some of the criticisms that it “gaywashes” the event.  Until I see the film I can’t have an opinion on that score.  However, it does appear from the open call notice and the “tips” page that the focus of the WGBH video project is gay-centric.

There is no doubt that Stonewall catalyzed the gay rights movement, if you want to think in the narrow terms of a bygone era.  But there is also no doubt that transgender people were key participants in the Stonewall riots and are an integral part of the movement I choose to belong to, the LGBT civil rights movement.

I wish I had the skills answer the invitation to “Show us something about today’s struggle for gay rights that we don’t know” with a video showing that today’s struggle for “gay rights” must be as tightly linked to transgender rights as were the actions of the gay and transgender people who together sparked our civil rights era at Stonewall.  

What’s your take on Stonewall Uprising?  Will you entertain WGBH’s invitation?  The trailer for Stonewall Uprising is below the fold.
The trailer for Stonewall Uprising
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Mash-Up for Today: John Cougar Mellencamp vs. Rihanna, ‘What’s My Name, Jack’


An end of the day tune for your listening pleasure, apropos of nada. Liking this a lot.


(apc -where you may be able to snag the mp3 – via idolator)

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Audio: Right, because that is what’s on gay soldiers’ minds in foxholes — sexual massage

When in a foxhole, one’s most prevailing thought likely revolves around survival. Unless, of course, said soldier is gay. In that case: “Screw mortality and screw me!”

So suggests one Matt Barber:

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And some of us, Matt, worry instead about those of you who obsess about our backs, fronts, and sides on a daily basis.

Good As You

—  admin

What’s next in gay rights?

From Sam Stein at Huff Post:

The long-awaited repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy marked a modern day civil rights milestone. But while activists and like-minded pols at first celebrated an achievement long in the offing, that cheeriness has quickly been replaced by political somberness.

Whereas conventional wisdom holds that legislative victories beget future ones, there was no clear sense that the president’s signing of DADT’s repeal would have such a domino effect. The battle over the military’s policies towards gay servicemembers is not over, rather it has been brought to a different stage, one focused heavily on certification and proper implementation. And while that one particular win was rapturously sweet, the next set of battles seem likely to be just as, if not more, painstakingly difficult and emotionally draining.


—  admin

Movies: The Social Network, August Osage County, What’s Up Baz? and More

"It's our time" – Justin Timberlake speaks the truth.

…watches trailers through fingers (too many spoilers) and waits impatiently for the feature. He blogs daily at the Film Experience.

"Dating you is like dating a stairmaster," Erica Albright (Rooney Mara) says, exasperated, in the opening sequence of THE SOCIAL NETWORK. Her personal stairmaster is Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and you're witness to a car wreck of a break-up in progress. It's emotionally gorey but there will be rubbernecking; you can't look away. If the hilarious stairmaster line doesn't hook you, something else in the screwball sharp rat-a-tat-tat of Aaron Sorkin's screenplay will. Not many movies open with five unbroken minutes of conversation but not many movies are as confidently verbal and as exhilarating made as this one. The instantly classic opening scene works like a gunshot and the movie is off.

Remarkably, The Social Network never loses the propulsive energy of these jolting first moments. David Fincher, long one of the movie's great visual stylists in films like Fight Club, Benjamin Button  and Se7en, turns expert dramatist here, staging the rest of the movie's events like a series of inevitable chain reactions, pop-pop-pop. 



You'd think a movie that charts the creation, growth, lawsuits and behind-the-scenes power struggles of Facebook would be less than, well, thrilling but you'd be wrong. It seems only fitting that early word from press screenings spread like wildfire across the internet through a variety of social networks. I was barely out of the theater before a fellow critic tweeted…

"I don't care about Facebook" is to SOCIAL NETWORK what "Self-absorbed theater people bore me" is to ALL ABOUT EVE

In other words, fasten your seatbelts. You'd be absolutely crazy to miss this one.


Also opening: Renée Zellweger investigates CASE 39 and even if it's nothing one would call a 'resume piece', she has Bradley Cooper to show for it; the brilliant Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In gets a US makeover as LET ME IN — it wasn't exactly necessary but advance word is good;


Picture 32  road If you're 'theatuh people' or a Disney Gay Days regular are you excited to hear Donna Murphy as "Mother Gothel" in the Rapunzel musical Tangled? The trailers have been kind of obnoxious but let's hope that the Alan Menken score has worthy gems for Murphy's magic pipes. At least piece of early buzz claims she's the film's standout.

 road Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts are in talks for August: Osage County (the movie). As the two biggest stars in the age ranges for those huge awesome roles, the casting is expected. But it feels a little lazy. Streep is the queen but she's such a warm full bodied performer and that role is so cold shrunken…

 road a sex toy for straight boys who liked Avatar way too much. Pop culture never tires of the sexy cat woman trope does it? Alien cat men don't get as much play outside of maybe Patrick Fillion circles [NSFW].

Baz_forever  road Silver fox Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!) still hasn't decided on a follow up to Australia (2008)? He's been trying to decide between another original musical and an adaptation of The Great Gatsby for what seems like centuries now. Love you Baz but you have serious commitment issues. See a therapist. The world needs your eye candy (movies).


 road 25 Things You Didn't Know About Liza Minnelli. Or maybe a few of you did. It's fun that she likes Nurse Jackie. Oh Jackie… such a mess. When she goes, she's going like Elsie ♪

 road Tony Curtis (RIP) knew Madonna? Boy Culture uncovers an Evita era moment.

 road We end with Barbara Stanwyck… the original Scissor Sister. Hee [hat tip]


You really can't go wrong concluding with Ms. Stanwyck.

"Put me in the last fifteen minutes of a picture and I don't care what happened before. I don't even care if I was IN the rest of the damned thing. I'll take it in those fifteen minutes."

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—  John Wright

So DADT’s Unconstitutional. What’s Next?

Note: Cross-posted on Bilerico.

Yesterday a ruling was finally issued on the years-old LCR v. USA case declaring DADT to be unconstitutional and placing an injunction on discharges.  I still remember the day – after a meeting with Sen. John Warner – Alex was asked to be lead plaintiff on this case.  Both legislative and judicial repeal were a long shot at that point, so the attitude then was "why not?"  Always good to have a backup plan. 

Always good indeed.

Over the next day or so there will be many analyses of what the ruling means that will be much more clever than my non law school-trained mind could produce.  So I won't.  Ultimately what the analyses will say is that this doesn't stop discharges, yet, and the appeals process is very long. 

So what does this mean going forward into, say, next week when Congress gets back into session?  It means we use this to push, push, push for a September vote.

Now is not the time to show off your political prowess with flabergasted side-eyed sentiments like, "Ok, this is a good step forward, but it's Log Cabin, so…I just don't get them and their self-hating self-hatred.  Here's my diatribe as to why." This lawsuit is a good thing, and a positive product many accuse Log Cabin of not producing.  If you claim your opinion of Log Cabin is based on rational logic, then rationally you have to give them kudos for this lawsuit.  No, you do.  Seriously, cut the crap.

Now is the time, however, to use the hell out of this lawsuit.  How?  Three ways:

a.) Talk, talk, talk about it.  Use this as an example of how the courts are stronger than our advocates in Congress.  State that the only way to claim otherwise is to vote on NDAA in September.  Show that if the Dems want to claim any association with repeal of DADT, they had better push Congressional repeal this year.  Write a blog about how a sure way to de-motivate a base is to not jump on repealing DADT now.  There are many possible angles to talk about this, so do.  Keep this in the public psyche going into next week, as this will be key in determining how Congress goes forward with its September schedule.

b.) Call/write/whatever your Senator and talk, talk, talk about it.  Let them know that you fully expect them to take on this issue this year and not let them be outdone by the courts, and that not pushing for legislative repeal, now, would be very disappointing.

c.) Identify upcoming DADT repeal events and participate where you can.  I can tell you on SU's end we have our Final Assault lobby day in DC next Thursday (September 16), which is a great opportunity to demonstrate that we, as a community, are taking repeal this year very seriously, and that we know that no vote in September is very bad for repeal prospects.

Bottom line – the momentum for repeal has kicked up again at a very opportune time.  Let's not screw it up over petty in-fighting. 

Let's do this.

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—  John Wright

What’s Ricky Martin Doing On The Race Track?

OH SNAP — Victor Gonzalez Jr. stands next to his No. 5 car, sponsored by the Ricky Martin Foundation. The NASCAR driver is plenty proud to be underwritten by the gay singer's social justice non-profit. [Q4G]

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—  John Wright

What’s your news? Reactions and Celebratiosn to Today’s Decision.

Don't be stupid. Upload from that smartphone.

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Reactions and celebrations to today's decision:

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—  John Wright