Month: June 2010

‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ targets the gay community … even though its Mormon creator favors anti-gay author

Two things — well, three really — about the new Twilight Saga entry, Eclipse. First, my review will be in the paper this week, so look for it. That’s kinda the third thing. Second, when perusing the press site for the film, I came upon these two photos. Look carefully at Taylor; now look at Robert; they are actually the same picture, taken from a scene from the film. The only difference — other than the fact that, once you look closely, you can see how it was Photoshopped — is that in one, the girl is missing. Now, she’s in the scene in the movie. So the question is, why was she removed from the photo? And the answer, according to one person in my office, is clearly: To appeal to the gay community. Certainly it is convenient for the studio to streamline all the beefcake in one two-shot and omit the woman — which, when I think about it, is probably the only reason most girls go to see these films. (Who likes Bella, anyway?) But I think gay guys want it all conveniently tied up without female distractions, too. And the producers know it. They also seem to know it insofar as the two directors in competition to helm the adaptations of the last book in the series were gays Gus Van Sant and Bill Condon...

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CROSSPOINTS panel to address opportunities, pitfalls of being out at work

Dennis Coleman The opportunities and pitfalls of being out at work will be discussed at this week’s CROSSPOINTS panel discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 1 at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center. Equality March Texas is coordinating the six-week series, which will take a break next week for the holiday. Union organizer Mike Lo Vuolo will moderate this week’s panel discussion. CROSSPOINTS organizer Latisha McDaniel said five people are tentatively scheduled to be on the panel. Dennis Coleman from Lambda Legal will offer a legal perspective on what rights people have to be out at work and what rights employers have to discriminate pending passage of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Laura Martin, LGBT community liaison officer for the Dallas Police Department, will give her perspective on being out in an organization with few other out employees. Binet’s Andi Reis will talk about being an out bisexual. Louise Young and Rafael McDonnell will talk about Out & Equal employee groups. Young formed the LGBT groups at Texas Instruments and later at Raytheon when they purchased her division from TI. McDonnell is strategic communications and programs manager at Resource Center Dallas. “There are plenty of pitfalls to being out at work,” said McDaniel. “But I hope they talk about some of the benefits. Being able to concentrate on your work rather than on people finding out about your personal...

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Wisconsin high court upholds marriage ban

The Wisconsin Supreme Court this a.m. upheld the state’s same-sex marriage ban in a unanimous decision. A lawsuit alleged that the referendum on the state’s 2006 constitutional amendment was improper because it dealt with both marriage and civil unions: The court rejected a lawsuit that claimed the amendment violated a rule that limits referendum questions to a single subject. The lawsuit, filed by a voter opposed to the amendment, argued that gay marriage and civil unions were two different subjects. Justice Michael Gableman says both sentences “carry out the same general purpose of preserving the legal status of marriage in Wisconsin as between only one man and one woman.” The plaintiffs in the Wisconsin case argued that some voters may oppose same-sex marriage but support civil unions. Therefore, they said, the referendum violated their free speech rights. Texas, of course, has a similarly worded amendment. The 2005 Texas amendment bans both same-sex marriage and “any legal status identical or similar to...

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A note from the publisher about our new website

To our readers: We regret that our new website is performing below our standards. The site is being synced as they correct broken links and some data that did not transfer correctly. It is indeed causing loading delays. When the site was initially switched it was loading extremely quickly and was faster than the old site because we moved to a new, more powerful server. Once we have the bugs worked out, I think you will find it will perform as you expect. Please be sure you are running the latest version of your preferred browser to optimize loading right now. It will not fully correct the problem, but it will help marginally. The changes we made to add more photos, videos, community blogs, reader-generated content and more features are in response to requests from readers. Organizations have requested a centralized calendar function that allows them the ability to post events directly to our site. We believe the changes that we made will serve our readers and community. I hope you will stick with us a little longer and allow us to make the changes as effective as possible. We appreciate your patience. — Robert Moore,...

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