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04/19/2007


Gay HBO Drama 'Looking' Starring Jonathan Groff Starts Shooting in San Francisco: VIDEO

Looking

San Francisco is buzzing about the gay HBO drama Looking, which stars Jonathan Groff, Russell Tovey, Frankie Alvarez, Murray Bartlett, and Scott Bakula, and just started shooting in that city. The series, which follows the lives of a group of gay men in the city on the bay, is directed by Weekend's Andrew Haigh.

Watch a behind-the-scenes look at the start of shooting, AFTER THE JUMP...

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San Francisco Hosts GaymerX, The World's First Gay Video Game Convention: VIDEO

GaymerX Opening Ceremonies

Last weekend hundreds of gay video gamers, or "gaymers", descended upon the Kabuki Hotel in San Francisco to attend the first ever convention created just for them: GaymerX, neé GaymerCon. The brainchild of Matt Conn, GaymerX was created so that there would be "a space where all gamers and queer geeks can come together in a welcoming and safe space." The project's Kickstarter received over triple its goal funding of $25,000 and had over 1,500 backers.

The event took over two floors of the hotel with vendor tables from companies large and small, and a weekend schedule was filled with panels and parties. Guests of honor, or "bosses" as they were dubbed, counted among them transgender designer and activist Anna Anthropy, Drag Race contestant Pandora Boxx (who debuted as Batman's Harly Quinn), and voice actress Ellen McClain who is best known for her role as GLaDOS, the malevolent AI from Valve's Portal series.

The highlight of the weekend came during the Saturday panel entitled "Voice Acting 101," hosted by Ellen and her husband John Patrick Lowrie (The Sniper, Team Fortress 2). At one point Ellen conducted a sing-along for Portal's ending theme, "Still Alive," and then took things in an unanticipated direction. I don't want to spoil the surprise, so you can see a video of the event courtesy of GayGamer.net ... AFTER THE JUMP...

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NEWS: Weiner Mistress, Zimmerman Juror, Kidnapping Sentence, Gaga, Backtreet, More Boycotts, Mind Control

Road Leathers InterviewUS Citizenship and Immigration Services posted an FAQ page for those looking for answers on same-sex marriage, and how the recent ruling on DOMA affects petitions and benefits for same-sex spouses. 

RoadSydney Leathers, one of the women with whom Anthony Weiner engaged in expicit exchanges online, tells Inside Edition that she feels "manipulated"

RoadWhen asked about his newborn nephew, Prince Harry promises to "make sure he has fun". Given some of his prior escapades, we're not sure whether to be supportive or worried.

RoadAriel Castro, abductor of the three women in Cleveland who escaped earlier this year, plead guilty to charges of rape and kidnapping, among others. As part of a plea deal, Castro has agreed to serve life in prison without parole, and all of his assets will be forefited. Said Castro: "I knew I was pretty much going to get the book thrown at me."

RoadZimmerman juror B29 gives an interview to ABC News, and agrees that he "got away with murder"

Road The cast and crew of Glee gather to hold a memorial service for Cory Monteith. Those in attendance include Ryan Murphy, Lea Michele, Harry Shum, Dianna Agron, and Jacob Artist. Glee will also be airing a tribute episode to Monteith this season. 

Road Lars Von Trier released some VERY work-unfriendly teaser materials for his upcoming film Nymphomaniac. Let's just say that Shia LaBeouf is doing everything to leave his family-friendly, post-Disney reputation behind. 

Road Lady Gaga will reportedly be releasing her first single from ARTPOP at the MTV VMAs.

Road Adult entertainment entrepreneur and gay news columnist Michael Lucas comes out as HIV-negative and as a user of theantiretroviral drug Truvada in Out magazine. He also asks why the drug and other forms of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) aren't playing a larger role in the fight against HIV and AIDS. 

Road  Dump StoliThe Backstreet Boys debut their new song "Make Believe".

Road New Jersey United for Marriage held a launch rally for its campaign to bring marriage equality to the Garden State. They were joined by "Lambda Legal, the Human Rights Campaign, Freedom to Marry, Gill Action Fund, American Unity Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, and Garden State Equality." 

Road Garrett Hedlund reportedly passes on the chance to play Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation for Fifty Shades of Grey, since he did not want to be locked into a trilogy. He's not the first young leading man to turn down the role, either. 

Road A man reportedly broke into Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's car and tried to steal their iPads. Police were called and were able to retreive the stolen items. 

Road Gay bars in San Francisco are currently participating in a boycott on Russian vodka to protest the country's recent human rights atrocities. The most recent of these bars are Hi Tops and Moby Dick Bar

Road The Lincoln Memorial has been vandalized with green paint

Road Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is being held thanks to allegations that plotted attacks with the help of Hamas

Road Scientists at MIT have reportedly found out how to create artificially implanted memories, and have already successfully tried it out on mice. 


SF City Attorney Dennis Herrera Denounces 'Desperate' Attempt by Prop 8 Supporters to Halt Gay Marriages

City Attorney of San Francisco Dennis Herrera has issued a swift response to a request to the California Supreme Court from Prop 8 proponents that the Court immediately halt gay marriages:

HerreraSan Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera will promptly oppose a move by the proponents of Proposition 8 that seeks to block equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in California. The motion filed by ProtectMarriage.com in the state Supreme Court this morning names all California counties -- including San Francisco -- as defendants, and contends that Gov. Jerry Brown did not have the authority to direct county officials to stop enforcing Prop 8 because the measure had not been deemed unconstitutional by an appellate court. The U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 ruling, holding that the measure's sponsors lacked standing to appeal, left intact a U.S. District Court ruling that Prop 8 was unconstitutional. The petition filed with the state high court today is Hollingsworth v. O'Connell.

"This motion is a desperate obstruction tactic used in the vain hope of pursuing an unconstitutional agenda," said Herrera. "The opponents of the freedom to marry have chosen to ignore the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, and the well-settled California marriage case of Lockyer v. San Francisco, which they themselves celebrated at the time. Their motion has essentially no chance to succeed. The most basic concepts of American law tell us that a state court cannot and will not overrule the federal judiciary. The citizens of California are left wondering when these people will realize that, having lost the moral struggle years and years ago, they have now lost the legal struggle as well. Marriage equality is now the law in the State of California, and will remain so from this point onward. Together we will soon see the day when it is the law all across America."

Herrera has served as co-counsel in the Prop 8 case since 2009.

More on Herrera's response HERE and Protect Marriage's request, HERE.


Celebrating the Fall of Prop 8 with the SF Gay Men's Chorus: VIDEO

Prop8

Writes videographer Sean Chapin:

Moments after Prop 8 fell and the first same-sex couple wed in San Francisco City Hall, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus celebrated the marriage of Prop 8 Plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, singing to then an excerpt of a new song called "San Francisco" from Andrew Lippa's oratorio "I Am Harvey Milk", world-premiered by the chorus days before in its 35th anniversary concert Harvey Milk 2013. Also seen with the newlywed couple are San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Human Rights Campaign President and Founder of the American Federation for Equal Rights Chad Hunter Griffin, Oscar-winning Producer Bruce Cohen and Oscar-winning Screenwriter for the movie "Milk" Dustin Lance Black. The chorus also sings "Give 'Em Hope", complemented by footage of the day when Prop 8 fell inside City Hall and that afternoon in the Castro neighborhood, as well as the wedding of Kris Perry and Sandy Stier.

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Cal Ellis' 'It's Gonna Get Better': VIDEO

Yep

The suicides of five gays teens in 2010 inspired singer/songwriter Cal Ellis to write "It's Gonna Get Better." And now his ballad has its own video about a bullied LGBT teen with an encouraging message from Camilla the drag queen at the end.

Ellis says that proceeds from the song's iTunes sales will go towards The Trevor Project.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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