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Piece Together The Puzzle of Last Night's Questionable Decisions With Gay-Dramedy 'The Morning After': VIDEO

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Peru Flores, a semi-finalist out of 300 competitors in Dramatic Interpretation in the National Forensics League National Tournament (2009), has started an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for his new gay-dramedy film The Morning After. Flores stars in the movie as the character Tomas, who wakes up to a series of unfortunate events after a night of questionable decisions:

"After a night of questionable decisions, Tomas wakes up to a full day of unfortunate events. Although at times humorous, Tomas is faced with the bitter reality of his relationship with those around him-good and bad. 

"Eager to learn what really happened, he sets out to pick up these pieces from the night before. The Morning After deals with toxic relationships and assuming the consequences to our most regrettable actions, while dealing with the LGBT subject matter that resembles real life more so than its current portrayal in the media."

In a statement on The Morning After webpage, Flores states he was inspired to create the film as an alternative to the entertainment industry's one-dimensional stereotypes and offer a diverse, representative look at our nation's diverse culture.

Said Flores:

"The Morning After is a direct response to this problem. By creating a story that puts different characters under circumstances usually portrayed by your typical Caucasian 20-something with narrow socio-economic backgrounds, I ever so subtly aim to change the perspective that the people have of us in the media. Sure, it might seem like something you've heard or seen before at first, but that is exactly the point- to prove that we can have the same storylines, problems, LIVES, as the other people on screen.

"The Morning After is a story most of us have experienced, often regretted, but not often confess. It is my stepping stone into discovering a wide array of interesting characters that reflect the present day New York that I know to be true." 

Notable cast members include Stephen Hanna from the Broadway cast of Billy Elliot The Musical and On The Town, The Morning After Co-Producer Lauren Monroe, Rutgers University graduate and Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework Craig MacArthur, drummer Rob Raco of The Brilliancy, Comedian and Umbrellababes creator Jason Burke, web series The Happiest People in New York creator Rebecca Steele and UCB Improv performer Caleb Schaaf.

Shooting is scheduled for February in New York City. The campaign closes on Jan. 24, and as of today has raised $1,155 of it’s $5,500 total. Donation reward increments for sponsors range from receiving a DVD copy of the film to a night out on the town with the producers and cast, an improv show and dinner. You can follow the film’s developments on The Morning After’s official webpage and Facebook page.

Watch the Indiegogo crowdfunding video for more information about The Morning After's plot and characters, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Anti-Gay Bigot Ted Cruz Receives Dishonorable 2014 Awards From The Advocate, People For The American Way

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Ted Cruz is undoubtedly making Papa proud. 

The anti-gay Texas tea party senator, whose bigotry at times seems matched only by his father Rafael's, has managed to capture both The Advocate's Phobie Of The Year Award and People For The American Way's Equine Posterior Achievement Award for 2014. 

The Advocate, which previously named Russian President Vladimir Putin its Person Of The Year, says it tapped Cruz for the Phobie honor based on his introduction of the State Marriage Defense Act, also known as "DOMA 2.0," in February: 

Now if a same-sex couple gets married in New York, for example, and then moves or visits Cruz's home state of Texas, the federal government continues to recognize their marriage as legal. But Cruz says those couples should only be considered married when within the borders of a state that recognizes marriage equality. 

As you might expect, the Tea Party favorite has blamed federal marriage recognition on President Obama and "an out-of-control administration" that is "trying to force gay marriage on all 50 states." ... 

Cruz took his idea even further in October, after the Supreme Court refused to overturn lower court rulings favoring marriage equality, and he promised to introduce an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would bar courts or the federal government from ever overturning a marriage law made at the state level. 

Other 2014 Phobie Awards went to Gambian president Yahya Jammeh, televangelist Pat Robertson, reality TV stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Texas Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert, U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman, Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty," Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, Florida Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi, Colorado Republican State Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, Republican National Committee member Dave Agema, Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, radio commentator Linda Harvey and the Minnesota Child Protection League. 

Right Wing Watch reports that Cruz captured the Equine Posterior award for the second consecutive year by a 21-point margin in a poll of PFAW members and RWW readers: 

An anti-gay crusader, Cruz threatened civil disobedience to block the enforcement of gay rights measures, introduced new measures to prevent marriage equality, said same-sex marriage is “heartbreaking” and causes his heart to weep and alleged that gay rights laws will put pastors in prison.


Media Mogul David Geffen Claims 20-Year-Old College Football Player Ex-Boyfriend Is Stalking Him

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Media mogul David Geffen is having issues with 20-year-old ex-boyfriend Jamie Kuntz again after Kuntz was arrested in October for violating the terms of a restraining order reports Defamer via TMZKuntz stands accused of "Following, harassing and making a 'credible threat' against the Hollywood big wig sometime between September and November." Kuntz is now facing a felony stalking charge and a minor misdemeanor charge for allegedly disobeying a court order to stay away from Geffen. Kuntz' lawyers say the whole thing is a big misunderstanding and no stalking was involved.

Kuntz is a former North Dakota State College of Science student who was dismissed from the school's football team in 2012 after he and Geffen were spotted kissing in the press box of a game. The school claims he was removed from the team for lying about the kiss, and not because he's gay. Kuntz originally told team officials that Geffen was his grandfather.

 


Gay Coming-of-Age Aussie Drama 'Subject To Change' to Premiere Next Year: VIDEO

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A new Aussie drama pilot from Daniel Mercieca and Rory Delaney called Subject to Change featuring two gay leads is set to debut in festival screenings in 2015 with a chance for a TV pick-up by the end of the year. The show is a coming-of-age narrative set in the working class suburb of Hedley, Australia and focuses on three close friends (neat freak Ben, tomboy Karly and drama queen Evie) who must face complex and difficult emotions while growing up in suburbia.

Mercieca, producer and film director of the pilot, created the show to introduce new, positive role models who grew up in surbubia instead of major cities in Australia where pride flags and "wear purple" days are frequent. Mercieca personally funded 75 percent of the production costs of the film and is seeking further donations for the project.

Watch the teaser for Subject to Change, AFTER THE JUMP...

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New Trailer For Inter-Connected Trilogy Series Cucumber, Banana And Tofu Debuts: VIDEO

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Russell T. Davies, the creator of the UK series Queer as Folk, is coming back to TV with his new series Cucumber, Banana and Tofu; an interconnected trilogy series about love, sex and relationships spread across three different television channels. The trilogy premieres in January on Channel 4 (Cucumber), E4 (Banana) and 4oD (Tofu). Cucumber and Banana is also airing in the states on LOGO next year. The trailer is slightly work-unfriendly with light nudity; watch the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Russia Levies Charges Against LGBT Internet Support Group For 'Gay Propaganda'

Russia's persecution of LGBT citizens is spreading from the streets to cyberspace as the Russian government starts cracking down on LGBT affiliated websites reports Buzzfeed. The government has its eyes set on Children 404, a group page hosted on Facebook doppelgänger Vkontakte where LGBT Russian teens can discuss their sexuality with others and without fear of retaliation.

Russia's Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, commonly known by it's alternate name Roskomnadzor, is pressing charges against Children 404 founder and journalist Elena Klimova. A local branch of the agency is revealing the full charges levied against Klimova on Tuesday. Under the existing law Klimova's group can incur a fine of one million rubles ($21,000), and find itself forcibly shut down for 90 days.

Picture 2Modeled after America's "It Gets Better" campaign, the group came to fruition shortly before Russia passed its anti-gay laws last year. Users, which are mostly teenagers, share their stories on the site and have the opportunity to interact with up to 15 volunteer psychologists that offer professional counseling services. The name "Children 404” is a reference to the “Page Not Found,” error which is a commonly encountered server error.

Roskomnadzor only specified that they pursued the group after receiving 150 online complaints about the group. Klimova expressed her frustration with the agency's profiling of her and the website.

Said Klimova:

“Roskomnadzor says that it’s found homosexual propaganda, but instead of showing where I have forbidden materials, they’re writing that I just don’t have the special knowledge to publish them. It’s absurd!”

Anti-gay activists have targeted the group before including disrupting the filming of a documentary centered on the group with protests. Moscow prosecutors even went so far as to summon the directors of the film for questioning. A screening of the film in Vladivostok sparked controversy in September when minors managed to attend the film--the movie carries a rating of +18.


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