This week's featured music video is Beth Ditto & The Gossip's fabulous new video Men In Love -- Watch:
The DADT survey results may not be officially out but...NBC News' Richard Engel reports exclusively to The Rachel Maddow Show on the results of a "Don't ask, don't tell" military survey to be released December 1st, 2010, showing that most members of the military don't really care about whether their colleagues are gay. Most negative responses were from the Marines and the most worrisome question for all was the shower arrangements...Watch:
From Uganda, CNN's David McKenzie reports on the anti-gay sentiment in the streets following the outing of gays in a local tabloid. He also talks to the publisher of the rag, a lesbian couple who were forced to flee a mob when they were outed by the publisher. McKenzie also talks to David Bahati, the member of the Ugandan Parliament behind the controversial "anti-gay" bill, who says its still very much on and will pass soon. Watch:
Bryan Safi learns that trashy reality shows are no longer the sole province of crazy straight people and Kardashians. Bryan checks out Rodiney, Edwing and other "A-Lister" dudes with ridiculously spelled names from LOGO's "The A-List". Watch:
Denis Simpson, (1950 - October 22, 2010) -- Just shy of his 60th birthday, Canadian actor and singer, Denis Simpson died from a brain hemorrhage in Toronto while preparing for a play. Denis was perhaps best known for being the host of the TV show, Polka Dot Door, and being the original bass vocalist for The Nylons. Here's some of the press coverage:
This Week's Featured Music Video: Broadway stars rock out in a celebration of life, in the wake of LGBT suicides across America. Watch:
On Thursday, October 21, the European Court of Human Rights found Russia in violation of three articles in the case of Russian gay rights activist, Nikolay Alekseyev vs Russia. The case concerned the complaints by the activist about the repeated rejection by the Moscow authorities of his requests to organise gay-pride parades.
Human rights activists in Uganda are warning that the lives of gay people are in danger after a newspaper published a front-page story featuring the names and photographs of what it called Uganda’s 100 "top" gays and lesbians alongside a yellow banner that read "Hang Them."
In this BIG BigThink interview, writer and blogger Andrew Sullivan talks about blogging, journalism, gay Republicans, gay conservatives, coming out, the greatest gay American and more. Watch:
One man went from being a Fort Worth City Councilman minding his own business to worldwide leader in the fight to stop bullying. Joel Burns and his husband, political consultant J.D. Angle, join The Last Word to talk about it -- Watch:
This is "Change"? Despite what President Obama and his press secretary, Robert Gibbs say; namely that Obama will end ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ and that he thinks the policy is highly discrimnatory, once again team Obama struck a blow at gays. At the request of President Obama, an appeals court on Wednesday suspended a ruling that declared "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" unconstitutional, saying it would cause "Significant Immediate Harm To The Military". David Martin of CBS News reports on the latest -- Watch:
Gay chant sparks outrage at high school football game - but not by the students...Fans at an Ohio high school football game chant a gay slur in unison at the opposing team. And the kids from the opposing school? -- Well, they've got their own gay slur for their opponets too. WKYC's Kim Wheeler reports:
At 97, Rudolf Brazda is probably the last surviving man to have been sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp by the Nazis for being a homosexual. Like the other homosexuals who had been arrested, he was issued with a pink triangle to identify himself as such and also issued a number; his was 7952. In this video interview for Yagg, Rudolf Brazda remembers his years as a prisoner at Buchenwald. Watch:
Yesterday, upon finding out that U.S. military recruiters were being told to accept gay applicants, Lt. Dan Choi who had been discharged this year over 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' rules, decided to join up. -- Dan Choi and Alexander Nicholson (Servicemembers United) join CNN's Anderson Cooper to react to the reaffirmation allowing gays to serve. Watch:
BigThink has a conversation with the former basketball player and psychologist, John Amaechi on achieving the extraordinary, when he knew he was gay and his coming out process, the closet and celebs, combating homophobia, problems facing students and more. Watch:
Canadian Gay History: The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives presents in this video, a brief history of writer Jane Rule, CM, OBC (March 28, 1931 – November 27, 2007) and her contributions to literature. Watch:
ACLU Sues Sheriff's Department On Behalf Of Corrections Officer Fired For Being Gay - Mississippi Officer Had Unblemished Record - Outed During Domestic Dispute
Canadian Gay History: A brief introduction to the Brunswick Four, (a historic incident in Toronto in 1974 that started with four lesbians singing “I Enjoy Being A Dyke”.) by the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. Watch:
The Nation's Richard Kim joins Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez of Democracy Now to discuss some of the major issues facing the gay rights movement in America today, including Tuesday's decision by a federal judge to end the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy; the surge in gay teenagers committing suicide; the homophobic remarks of politicians ahead of the midterm elections; and the recent brutal beatings and torture of three New York men because of their sexual orientation. Watch:
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Dr. Randall Sell, a professor at the Drexel University School of Public Health and director of the LGBT Health Program, announced this week that he has discovered significant parts of the long, lost third volume of memoirs, entitled "Riddle of the Underworld," from 1921 by the pseudonymous Earl Lind. With the recent suicides in the LGBT community, the timing of the finding is heightened by Lind's explicit and emphatic pleas for adults to support "sexual and gender non-conformists" to prevent their suicide.
Louis Crompton in his book, Homosexuality & Civilization* noted that in 1746, Henry Fielding wrote a short fictionalized account of a curious case regarding lesbianism. It was a catchpenny effort, just twenty-three pages long entitled, The Female Husband, or the Surprising History of Mrs. Mary, alias Mr. George Hamilton. I haven't been able to track down a copy of Fielding's story but I have managed to get an account of the real story which was published in The Newgate Calendar.
Targeted Student Breaks His Silence: In an exclusive interview, student Chris Armstrong speaks to CNN's Anderson Cooper about being targeted online by a homophobic Michigan official. Watch:
University of Southern California Libraries Becomes - Home to World's Largest LGBT Research Collection, ONE Archives.
In this video interview, fab magazine associate editor Matt Thomas talks with writer/director Jeffrey Friedman about his new film Howl, starring James Franco. Watch:
London's gentleman's clubs, (no they weren't euphemisms for strip joints) were the places of choice where gentlemen used to hang out and relax from the rigours of being gentlemen in the City back in the day. Some of these clubs were staid whilst others, not so much.
Queer History: The following is a brief account of the strange story about a French diplomatist and spy known as the Chevalier d'Eon, (October 5, 1728 – May 21, 1810) who during the early part of his career dressed as a man and during the later part became known as Madam or Mademoiselle de Beaumont and dressed as a woman.
Gay History Month Post: Sir Noël Peirce Coward, (December 16, 1899 – March 26, 1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer who had a flair for getting noticed by the press; although it wasn't always good publicity. The following are links to just a few of the many news stories about Noël Coward, dating from 1934 until his death in 1973.
Bryan Safi of That's Gay follows the ongoing developments in the Bishop Eddie Long scandal. In chess, Bishops can only move diagonally, but this Bishop will need all kinds of moves to extricate himself from the increasingly damaging accusations...Watch:
Update on Rutgers Student Suicide Case: Prosecutors in New Jersey are now considering bias charges against two university freshmen who are accused of driving Tyler Clementi to kill himself by streaming video of a romantic encounter with another man. NBC’s Mike Taibbi reports.