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Angry listeners lash out at country stations for promoting the ‘gay agenda’ with ‘Girl Crush’ song


Little Big Town ('Girl Crush' promotional photo)

 | Raw Story | March 27, 2014

Country music radio stations have placed Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” into low rotation after listeners complained that the song is “promoting the gay agenda,” Al.com’s Debbie Lord reports.

The song is written from the perspective of a woman who envies of her ex-boyfriend’s new lover. “I want to taste her lips, yeah cause they taste like you / I want to drown myself in a bottle of her perfume,” Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild sings. “I want her long blond hair, I want her magic touch / Yeah cause maybe then, you’d want me just as much — I got a girl crush.”

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Star Wars adds first lesbian character


Nick Duffy | PinkNews | March 9, 2015

The Star Wars novels are set to add the first canon lesbian character in the franchise’s history.

The long-running sci-fi franchise is set to add a new character, Moff Mors, in Paul S. Kemp’s upcoming novel Lords of the Sith.

Not much is known about Mors, except that she will be a mysterious Imperial character.

A description of the character by Big Shiny Robot says: “Moff Mors is an Imperial who has made some very serious mistakes but she is an incredibly capable leader and spends much of the book working hard to prevent absolute failure. She also happens to be a lesbian.”

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George Takei Salutes His Late Friend And Star Trek Costar Leonard Nimoy


2012-09-25_090451_282326_527508693945255_101978526_nEditors | Queerty | February 28, 2015

Today, the world lost a great man, and I lost a great friend. We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to ‘Live Long And Prosper,’ and you indeed did, friend. I shall miss you in so many, many ways.”

 

George Takei offering a remembrance on his Facebook page for his friend and Star Trek costar Leonard Nimoy, who passed away today at age 83

‘Imitation Game’ Writer Graham Moore Wanted To ‘Say Something Meaningful’ During Oscars Speech


 | Huffington Post | February 23, 2015

In what was easily the most moving Oscar speech of the night, winning screenwriter Graham Moore discussed suicide awareness.

“I tried to commit suicide at 16 and now I’m standing here,” Moore said after accepting the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing “The Imitation Game.” “I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. You do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage please pass the same message along.”

Backstage at the Oscars following the victory, Moore said making the speech was difficult, but necessary.

“It was hard. I’m a writer — when am I ever going to be on television?” Moore said. “This was my 45 seconds in my life to get on TV and I might as well use it to say something meaningful.”

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New Membership Offer for Allies of NLGJA


New Membership Offer for Allies of NLGJA
NLGJA offers longtime supporters a new way to partner toward fair and accurate coverage

For Immediate Release: February 18, 2015
Media Contact: Bach Polakowski
Bach@nlgja.org or 202-588-9888202-588-9888

Washington, DC– The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association today announced a campaign to encourage allies to join and take part in its programs for members. This change, offering an Ally Membership for $75 a year, goes into effect in preparation for the organization’s 25th anniversary celebration later in 2015.

NLGJA continues to be the premiere network for LGBT media professionals and now will include everyone dedicated to the highest journalistic standards in the coverage of LGBT issues.

“Over our 25-year history, NLGJA has had countless individuals who have shown support of our mission,” said NLGJA Executive Director Adam Pawlus. “By adding this category, we can now bring those individuals into our membership fold. We look forward to expanding the NLGJA family. ”

The new Ally Membership includes anyone who believes in NLGJA’s mission but is not limited by professional affiliation. Those of you who are supporters of NLGJA’s mission but are NOT former, part-time journalists or who hold media-related jobs, or qualify for any other member category, can now take advantage of this special anniversary offering.

Ally members have access to various services and member rates for conferences, summits, conventions and events, where a member rate is offered. It does not include the right to vote, nor run for office.

NLGJA’s anniversary will be celebrated at the Coming Home National Convention. Join old friends and new to celebrate 25 years of NLGJA at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero San Francisco, September 3-6. For more information, visit www.nlgja.org/2015.


About the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association

NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members. For more information, visit www.nlgja.org.

The Success Of ‘The Imitation Game’ Has A Greater Implication For The Gay Community


Reuters | Huffington Post | February 17, 2015

LOS ANGELES, Feb 15 (Reuters) – As the story of a little-known British World War Two code breaker gears up for the Oscars as one of the top nominees, “The Imitation Game” has found a larger cause to fight for the rights of persecuted gay men.

Nominated for eight Oscars on Feb. 22, “The Imitation Game” tells the story of mathematician Alan Turing, who worked with a secret group of government cryptologists during World War Two to break Nazi Germany’s wartime code and saved countless lives.

Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, went uncredited for his work and instead was persecuted on charges of homosexuality, a crime in 1952, and died a broken man in 1954. He was posthumously pardoned in 2013 by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.

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Village Playwrights: Triangles and Squares: LGBTIQ Romance and Relationships


The Village Playwrights present staged readings of 8 short plays

TRIANGLES AND SQUARES: LGBTQ Romance and Relationships

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 8 PM

LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., NYC

 ($5 suggested donation)

 

New York—The Village Playwrights will celebrate the Valentine’s holiday with staged readings of 8 short plays about LGBTQ romance and relationships.  Following their successful short play readings celebrating Gay Pride and Halloween, the Village Playwrights are continuing to bring a new dimension to the holidays for LGBTQ people with play readings of new works that view traditional Holidays with a non-traditional perspective.

Reservations are recommended.  Email: villageplaywrights@gmail.com or call 614-285-2515

 

The 8 Valentine plays are:

 

  • “Code Strawberry” by Margot Connolly.   It’s almost lethal when two girls kiss and one is wearing Strawberry lip-gloss.
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Margot Connolly is a playwright originally from Pleasantville, NY. Her plays include Belfast Kind, Keys, 1 John 4:20, and The Twins. Her work has been produced and developed through the Playwrights Center, the Berkshire Fringe Festival, Ugly Rhino Production’s Tiny Rhino, the Midtown International Theater Festival, ESPA at Primary Stages, the Bad Theater Festival, and the 2015 Frigid Fringe Festival. She was a 2010-2011 Core Apprentice at the Playwrights Center. She received her BA from Bennington College, where she studied drama and playwriting.
“Mine or Yours” by Ducan Pflaster.  A Straight woman and her Gay friend compete over an out-of-town hunk.

 

Duncan Pflaster has won awards for his plays Messin’ With the Kid, 1460 Sketches of Your Left Hand, The Empress of Sex, The Taint of Equality, Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants, The Thyme of the Season, The Starship Astrov, Sweeter Dreams, The Wastes of Time, Dark Night of the Russet Rascal, Eternity: Time Without End,The Tragedy of Dandelion, and Say Something Shocking (The Spit-Take Play). Others include Suckers, Admit Impediments, Sleeping in Tomorrow, and Ore, or Or. Eight of the above are published online at IndieTheaterNow.com. Pocket Universe is published in Smith & Kraus’ The Best New Ten Minute Plays 2013. A monologue from …Taint… in Smith & Kraus’ The Best Male Monologues 2013, and two monologues from 1460 Sketches… in The Best Male Monologues 2014 and in Applause Theatre & Cinema Books’ Best Contemporary Monologues for Men 18-35.  He is a member of The Dramatists Guild. www.duncanpflaster.com

  • “Arranged Love” by Jyoti Dugal.  A woman rebels against an arranged marriage

Jyoti Dugal studied playwriting at University of California Riverside and continued on to her masters at Hamline University where she focused on writing for young adults. Her Indian heritage and upbringing in Los Angeles strongly influence all of her work. She enjoys spending her non writing hours with her dog, Kalbi, and rabbit, Hunter.

 

  • “Ding Ding” by Jon Fraser.  A man tries to screen his blind date on the date.

Jon Fraser is a playwright and director who began his theatrical life as an actor.  As a writer, his first play, Crimes Against Nature, was a finalist in the New York State Council on the Arts CAPS program and won him an Edward Albee Fellowship in Playwriting.  Plays include Kid Napper; Black Forest (The Phoenix Ensemble); Bungee (The Phoenix Ensemble); as well as Heavens to Betsy, Falling From Grace, Voyage, and Vert Gallant, all produced by Circle East Theatre Company, of which he is a member.  Jon is a Professor of Theatre& Film at LIU Post, where his plays Red, White and Blue and Heavy Mettle have been produced.  Ding Ding  is part of a collection of ten-minute plays about Fire Island, where he spends his summers.  His has also written biographical essays on Edward Albee, William M. Hoffman, Mart Crowley, and Jean Claude van Italie, in The Gay and Lesbian Theatrical Legacy,  published by University of Michigan Press.  Upcoming: a group of ten-minute plays entitled Happily Ever After  which will be produced in April by the Post Theatre Company.   MFA in Dramatic Writing, New York University.

“Out and About” by Ed Friedman. A woman wants to out her lover who is running for office.

Ed’s short plays have been produced throughout the NY metropolitan area. They include Two Ships, Its Time, The Jury Will Disregard, Let No Man Tear Asunder and Centurions. His play The Prism is published in the journal Audience. His monologues are published in the anthologies of Mother/Daughter Monologues: MidLife Catharsis and Urgent Maturity published by the International Centre for Women Playwrights

“Mound” by Tom Block. Talk of karma stops a baseball game.

Tom Block is a playwright, author and visual artist.  He has had several plays produced in Washington D.C. and New York city over the past two years. Reviewers have said that he offers a “a fascinating and rewarding look at the multiple dimensions of faith, theory, and inspiration” and “If you’d like to explore where theater will be ten years from now it is probably worth a look.”  He has had numerous other developmental and staged readings at New York playhouses, including Theater for the New City, 14th Street Y Theater, Kraine Theater, Emerging Artists Theater and other New York City venues.  He has had four non-fiction books and one novel published and has exhibited his artwork more than 200 times in museums, galleries and universities around the United States and Europe. And he has spoken about his art and ideas throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Turkey and the Middle East. He was a Research Fellow at DePaul University’s International Human Rights Law Institute (as an artist in residence) in 2010, as well as the founding producer of the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival, 2010 (MD). Most recently, he was awarded a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award (2013) and a LABA Creative Development Fellowship, 2013-14  (NY).   For more information, www.tomblock.com

“Pink Elephants” by Edmund Miller. A man undergoes an operation to please his lover.

After an extensive career as publishing literary scholar and as poet, Edmund Miller has recently begun theater work, first as Dramaturg and subsequently as playwright. Most of his plays are on historical topics. His signature poetry book is The Go-Go Boy Sonnets. His most important scholarly book is Drudgerie Divine: The Rhetoric of God and Man in George Herbert.

“John + Vanessa ‘78” by Albert Garcia. Two men are inspired by names carved on a tree.

 

 

Albert Andrew Garcia, is the founder of The Red Lines a production company based in Brooklyn, NY which began developing work in 2011 with the production of the original short “The Gates of Paradise” performed at the gallery arts venue SPACE ON WHITE in Tribeca NYC . This led to an invitation to La MaMa ETC,  The New School, the New Works Festival at The Manhattan Repertory, and the 2013 Strawberry One Act Festival. In April 2014 a new one act “Beneath My Skin” and “Behind My Eyes” was premiered at the Roy Arias Theater for the Midtown International Theater Festival.  In 2014 The Retention Cycle – A Play in 3 Parts  was produced in association with Stage Left Studio and Happy Children, Run Away at the Manhattan Repertory.  He is currently working on a new work “Bull Fight” which will premier in 2015.

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