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04/19/2007


News: George Clooney, 'American Hustle,' Carnegie Hall, Jesus Christ

Road LenaAll Kanye all the time: Mr. West takes over Kimmel, says Kim Kardashian deserves a star on the walk of fame.

RoadAndrew Sullivan on the ever-shrinking Republican Party: "There is effectively no Republican party any more. There is a radical movement to destroy the modern American state and eviscerate its institutions in favor of restoring a mythical, elysian, majority-white, nineteenth-century past."

RoadDon't eat cat vomit.

RoadUsher reminds us he still has an impressive six pack.

RoadFed up with government shutdown nonsense, Jon Stewart turns to his wheel of happy stories. One of the options? "Full Frontal George Clooney," complete with a real NSFW image of full frontal nudity (though probably not of George Clooney, by the looks of it).

RoadLena Dunham milks a cow for Billy on the Street.

RoadNew trailer for American Hustle with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

RoadBritish boyband McFly goes camping. Thankfully, Attitude magazine was there to document.

CampRoadQueer Nation NY to protest at Carnegie Hall tonight: "Conductor Valery Gergiev, a longtime friend and supporter of Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, will appear at Carnegie Hall. Gergiev has refused to make any comment on Russia’s anti-LGBT laws. He was honored by the Russian government and the Russian Orthodox Church. Carnegie Hall has not responded to a request to oppose the Russian government’s attacks on LGBT Russians. The demonstration at Carnegie Hall follows a recent action by Queer Nation during the Metropolitan Opera’s Opening Night Gala on September 23. Protesters inside the Met delayed the start of the night’s program, while protesters outside held signs and a giant rainbow flag banner to demand that the Russian government repeal their anti-gay laws. Gergiev led that performance as well."

RoadThe Jonas Bros reunion tour has been cancelled amidst rumors of a breakup.

RoadTwo years since his passing, the ashes of legendary gay rights activist Frank Kamey have still not been laid to rest.

RoadIam Somerhalder kissing and hugging adorable animals.

RoadFor the Bible tells me so? Academic claims Jesus Christ was invented: "Ancient confessions recently uncovered now prove, according to [American Biblical scholar Joseph] Atwill, that the New Testament was written by first-century Roman aristocrats and that they fabricated the entire story of Jesus Christ."

RoadPriorities: the government may be shut down, but the congressional gym remains open.

RoadJude Law's son is kind of a Baldwin.


Watch Gay Rights Pioneer Frank Kameny's Last Interview, from the Upcoming Doc 'Lavender Scare': VIDEO

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Earlier this month I debuted some exclusive clips from The Lavender Scare, the documentary in progress chronicling the U.S. government's gay 'witch hunts' beginning in the 50's and 60's and efforts by early gay activists like the late Frank Kameny to put a stop to them.

FkThe filmmakers are funding the home stretch of their film via Kickstarter and are excited to debut another very special clip on Towleroad on what would have been Kameny's 88th birthday (May 21).

It's the last major interview Kameny did before his death in 2011 and also includes an audio clip of Frank's 96-year-old mother describing how horrified she was that he wanted to be an astronomer.

Filmmaker Josh Howard tells us:

Frank Kameny  didn’t plan on becoming a gay activist.  He was working as an astronomer for the U.S. Army Map Service, a job he loved.  Unfortunately, the government found out he was gay, and since President Eisenhower had ordered the dismissal of all gay and lesbian workers, Frank was fired.  But unlike the thousands of LGBT people that had been fired before him, Frank fought back.  His efforts to regain his job led him to spend the next five decades on the front lines of the fight for LGBT rights, recognized today as one of the founders of the movement.  Frank’s story is the focus of The Lavender Scare, an upcoming documentary about the government’s anti-gay witch hunts.  Here are some clips from Frank’s interview for The Lavender Scare, which was the last extensive filmed interview of his life.  They are being seen here for the first time.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

You can check out the filmmakers' Kickstarter HERE.

And the film's official site HERE.

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'Lavender Scare' Documents Government's Gay 'Witch Hunt' Lasting Four Decades: VIDEOS

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Back in 2011 I posted about a documentary in progress called The Lavender Scare, chronicling the U.S. government's gay 'witch hunts' beginning in the 50's and 60's and efforts by early gay activists like the late Frank Kameny to put a stop to them.

The filmmakers are funding the home stretch of their film via Kickstarter and are excited to debut a couple of new clips from the project on Towleroad. Anyone with an interest in LGBT history should find these fascinating.

ShoemakerThe first clip, “You can’t be gay and work here” is the story of Jamie Shoemaker, a linguist for the National Security Agency.

The filmmakers write:

When it was discovered he was gay, his supervisor demanded his resignation, took his ID card, and had him escorted out of the building. This happened in 1980 – long after the time most people associate with the anti-LGBT witch hunt. Jamie immediately called Frank Kameny, who had been successful by that time in protecting the jobs of gay people in non-sensitive agencies. Jamie was different, in that his position required top-secret security clearance. The conclusion of the story (which is not revealed in the clip) is that after a six-month fight spearheaded by Frank Kameny, Jamie became the first gay person in history to be allowed to keep his top-secret clearance. It was a front-page story in the Washington Post.

The second clip, “We do not hire homosexuals” is the government’s response to the early days of the gay rights movement.

In 1965, Frank Kameny and Jack Nichols organized the first gay rights demonstrations the nation had ever seen. With a handful of others, they picketed the White House and other government buildings to protest the on-going ban on hiring gay and lesbian workers. On August 28th, they picketed the State Department. At a news conference the day before, Secretary of State Dean Rusk was asked about the protest. The derisive laughter from the press corps and Rusk’s dismissive response to the protest is chilling and hard to believe when seen from today’s perspective.

You can check out the filmmakers' Kickstarter HERE.

And the film's official site HERE.

I've reposted the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Asteroid Named To Honor Gay Rights Pioneer Frank Kameny

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Legendary gay activist Frank Kameny soars above us as we speak. Kameny, a former government astronomer whose 1957 firing led to a lifetime of equality activism, died last year, but an amateur star watcher from Canada decided to keep his high-flying legacy alive by naming Minor Planet 40463 after the New York City native.

Fox News reports that the astronomer, a man named Gary Billings, was inspired after reading Kameny's obituary last year, and after some discussion with his peers, ultimately decided the asteroid should be called "Frankkameny." It's traveling too fast through space for a space between the names. Either that or that's just celestial parlance.


OPM director John Berry Talks About Changing Face of Gay Rights, Late Partner in Speech to UMD Grads: VIDEO

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On May 20, John Berry, the out Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel and Management gave the commencement address at the University of Maryland. Berry told grads about the changing face of the LGBT rights movement, and  pioneering activist Frank Kameny, who was fired for his federal job for being gay.

In 1957 – not long before I was born – a man named Frank Kameny was fired from his Federal job, just for being gay. This was a man who fought his way across Europe in World War II, came home, got a Harvard Ph.D., and was told he was unfit to serve. In fact that every gay person was a security risk. He was called a criminal and a pervert by the head of the Civil Service – the precursor to the office I hold.

Frank fought back. He was the first American who did. All the way to the Supreme Court. He lost. But he persisted. He joined together with allies, and slowly – at times very slowly – he changed opinions and changed laws.

Berry also spoke of his late partner:

When I came out, my Dad asked me to never bring my partner to the house. This was hard because we were a close family, that gathered every Sunday for dinner, even after we'd all left home. Ten years later, when my partner was dying of AIDS, it was my father, a man who survived the Great Depression and Guadalcanal, who held him in his arms weeping, and saying "I love you like my own son."

Wounds do heal. Minds do change.

That is the value of truth. It lays a bedrock of certainty that the sand of half-truths can never rival. Be true to yourself and your values, because the world needs the whole you.

Watch (gay rights segment starts at 7:00), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Rights Pioneer Frank Kameny Memorial Today; All are Welcome

On October 21, I mentioned that gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny would lie in state at the Carnegie Library in Washington D.C. at a memorial today.

Kameny"All are welcome to visit and say goodbye to our fellow citizen, neighbor, friend, advocate and civil rights champion, Frank Kameny. This farewell viewing, to be held over several hours on November 3 to allow many friends to visit at their convenience, was made possible through our Mayor, the Honorable Vincent Gray, and with the endorsement of Members of the D.C. Council, as well as many friends and allies of the late Dr. Kameny...This will not be a formal program or a funeral service conducted during this viewing period. However, informal remarks by civic leaders and choral presentations may be made during the 5 hours set aside for viewing."

The viewing will run from 3 to 8.


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