Tag: Gay

Legislation Offering Equal Employment Benefits for LGBT Federal Employees Moves Forward

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, today praised the full U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for marking up H.R. 2517, the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act (DPBO).  Held by Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-NY), the 23-12 vote moves the bill out of committee and readies it for future consideration by the House of Representatives.

Tongues Untied

Tongues Untied launched an uproar of controversy when it aired as part of PBS’s P.O.V. series of documentaries, back in 1991. The religious right used it as an example of why U.S. citizens shouldn’t fund PBS or the National Endowment for the Arts. Lost in the raving was the film’s content: creative explorations of black gay men in America. Yes, the film includes pictures of a naked man: the film’s director, Marlon T. Riggs. It also includes strong language, with explicit references to sexuality. The language and nudity are central to Riggs’s honest, naked investigation of what gay black men experience.

Catching up with. . . Cyndi Lauper

(Reposted From Sept. 2006) Cyndi Lauper was one of the defining stars of the 1980’s. Her debut album “She’s So Unusual” sold over five million copies and gave Cyndi four Top Ten singles including her signature, a song known as well today as it was then “Girl’s Just Want To Have Fun”.

Boys Life 4

The original Boys Life short film collection remains my favorite of the series, and the only one where all the collected films actually seem to belong with each other. Still, this anthology brings together four inventive tales.

Sordid Lives

In writing my West Texas fiction collection The Acorn Stories, I knew that West Texas offers more colorful characters than anyone could believe. I’ve met much stranger folks here than I ever created. I keep hearing the same about Sordid Lives when I watch it over and over with other West Texans.

Catching Up With. . . RuPaul

(Reposted from Dec. 2005) It has been some four years since we last heard from Rupaul and I have to admit that her unique energy and positive spin on all things is something that I think we could use right now.