However, even a stopped clock is right once in a while. Following the accusations against Carl DeMaio, the GOP congressional candidate whom an ex-staffer said masturbated in front of him, Erickson said that DeMaio would have been dumped immediately if he wasn’t gay. Instead, the GOP establishment “likes to raise the diversity shield where it can.” That’s one observation that’s hard to argue with. It just doesn’t balance all the other loony ones.
There are equal doses fantasy and reality — and lots of queerness — this week in home entertainment, kicking off with a time-traveling mutant opus, X-Men: Days of Future Past.
A gay father reunites with his estranged child in dramedy My Straight Son, while documentary Corpus Christi chronicles the mounting of Terrence McNally’s controversial “gay Jesus” play. Finally, a cray cray orgy is the set-up for cinematic headtrip You And The Night.
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The casts of X-Men: First Class and Bryan Singer’s original X-Men films come together in this time-traveling, 3D mutant opus! In a dystopian future, the world has been leveled by mutant-hunting robots called Sentinels, so in a final bid to save mutantkind, Wolverine is sent back to the 1970s to try and change the course of the future — which he must do by convincing Professor Charles Xavier and the shady-assed Magneto to combine forces for a greater good. Amazing comic book action (Magneto’s prison breakout is a set piece for the ages), acting, and the franchise’s A-List cast including Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbinder, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Nic Hoult, and more make this a must-own! Extras include deleted scenes, gag reel, making-of featurettes, and more.
Terrence McNally’s play about a “gay Jesus” ignited a sh*storm of controversy amongst religious folks during its five-year journey, while also transforming the lives of its actors and creative team on deeply personal levels. This documentary, originally sub-titled “Playing With Redemption,” captures both sides — and of course McNally — during this tumultuous period.
Director Yann Gonzalez pulls out all the 80s’-inspired stylized stops with this tale of a couple, and their gender-bent maid, who throw an orgy for guests including “The Slut,” “The Stud,” “The Teen,” and “The Star.” Almodovar-ian strangeness follows, with a soundtrack by electromeisters M83.
Is there such a thing as a kinder, gentler homophobia? It seems we’re about to find out. After decades of saying that gayness was “a disordered sexual inclination which is essentially self-indulgent,” the Catholic Church seems poised to make a major change in its attitude toward homosexuality. In short, the Vatican may actually think we’re human.
In an interim report released by the bishops attending the extraordinary synod in Rome, the Church has started to sing from a new hymnal when it comes to LGBT people. The report says that “homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community” and asked, “Are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities?”
Even as a rhetorical question, that’s a remarkable statement. Who would have imagined that the Church wanted to welcome us, let alone say we have something to offer? That’s not the kind of rhetoric that Pope Francis’ immediate predecessor would ever have used.
Even more astonishing, the bishops tentatively acknowledge that maybe same-sex relationships aren’t quite the nonstop flight to hell that they’ve previously suggested.
“Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners,” the bishops wrote.
Vatican observers said that the language was a dramatic turnaround for the Vatican and clearly reflects Pope Francis’ commitment to dialing down the Church’s condemnation of homosexuality.
“In pastoral terms, the document … represents an earthquake, the ‘big one’ that hit after months of smaller tremors,” wrote John Thavis, a journalist who has covered the Vatican for 30 years.
Needless to say, the conservative Catholics who delighted in the Vatican’s hardline are stunned and see Francis as a traitor.
“What will Catholics parents now have to tell their children about contraception, cohabiting with partners or living homosexual lifestyles?” asked Maria Madise, coordinator of the Voice of the Family, a conservative Catholic group. “This approach destroys grace in souls.”
Just as important, the document drives a wedge between the Church and right-wing evangelicals in the U.S. The Catholic hierarchy had formed an alliance with conservative Christians to fight all things lavender.
“Should we patiently love and offer the gospel to those who are refusing to repent of immorality, whether cohabitation of anything else?” said Russell Moore, who heads public policy for the Southern Baptist Convention. “Yes. Should we baptize and admit those into membership those who refuse to walk away from such things? No.”
Before you get too excited, just remember: the Church still sees a gay relationship as a sin, and the bishops made it abundantly clear that they are adamantly opposed to marriage equality. (Also, it would be nice if they abandoned their reliance on “homosexual” for something more 21st century.) But just stopping the endless, vehement condemnation would be a nice step forward. And Francis is clearly laying out the path that he expects the Church to follow as long as he’s pope.
His sexuality is something contained that is expressed in the film but not shown explicitly. There is no heterosexuality expressed in the film. So what we show in his behavior is sadly true to his story. He had to suppress his sexuality, make it private, make it something secret. When he talks about his sexuality in the film it shows his complete honesty, guilelessness, innocence. He was aware of the risks but at the same time wasn’t willing to cave in to the intolerance and potential permutations of confessing such a thing. Some people own him as martyr or as standard-bearer for a cause. I think he was just very true to himself, which is a form of martyrdom, but he didn’t make a political statement out of it.”
— Benedict Cumberbatch explaining toNME why the sexual orientation of WWII codebreaker Alan Turing, who was eventually chemically castrated for being gay, doesn’t figure into his new biopic The Imitation Game
For the longest time, the Republican party relied upon the religious right to push it over the electoral finish line in presidential races. (See George W. Bush, 2004.) But the Supreme Court’s decision to let marriage equality sail along unchecked promises to unleash an epic battle within the GOP. If anything, the Court may have doomed the Republicans chances of winning back the White House in 2016.
Now it’s not like the GOP had a deep bench to begin with. It has no candidate of the stature of Hillary Clinton. Instead, it’s stuck with a bunch of retreads, like Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, governors with no shortness of weaknesses, and senators whose ideas are either offensive or just plain crazy.
But now the party is on the brink of a civil war. And marriage equality is the GOP’s Fort Sumter.
On the other side are the true believers, and they are making it abundantly clear that marriage equality is the hill they will die on and take the party with them if necessary. Ted Cruz is the loudest (and most obnoxious) among them, fueling the fires and his own presidential ambitions. “Unelected judges should not be imposing their policy preferences to subvert the considered judgments of democratically elected legislatures,” Cruz bellowed.
Cruz is not alone, though. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, the down-home homophobe, is threatening to leave the Republican party altogether if it does not fight marriage equality with every fiber of its being.
“I am utterly exasperated with Republicans and the so-called leadership of the Republicans who have abdicated on this issue,” Huckleberry complained. “I’ll become an independent. I’ll start finding people that have guts to stand. I’m tired of this.”
NOM has the electoral firepower of a cap pistol these days. But the bigger issue is that the GOP stands a good chance of losing a chunk of what little base it has in national elections. And the frankly homophobic arguments of defenders of traditional marriage will further alienate the younger voters it needs to get if it’s ever to win back the White House.
The GOP is in no shape to come out victorious in this fight. It’s lost two presidential elections in a row, and it needs for the stars to align perfectly if it’s to ever to win in 2016. This fight guarantees the stars will not align, particularly if the Supreme Court decides it needs to revisit marriage equality in time to make it an issue in the 2016 election.
The Cruz/Huckabee/NOM wing of the party prizes ideological purity over reality, and they will force an ugly debate on the party. Losing doesn’t bother them. If anything, they see electoral defeat as proof positive that the party isn’t conservative enough.
Ultimately, the pragmatists will have to win out. In the meantime, though, Republicans are in for a bloody war.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has repeatedly called it her duty to defend the state's ban on gay marriage, now wants the state's highest court to decide whether the constitutional amendment is legal. Bondi’s office filed a request late Monday with the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami that asks the court to...
Is that a meat cleaver in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Finally, the world’s first “erotic haunted house” is open for business. We know how long you’ve been waiting.
San Francisco’s Disneyland of taboo sex, the equal parts historic and imposing Kink.com Armory building in the Mission District, home of the “controversial” prison-themed circuit party and the subject of a James Franco documentary, is now welcoming visitors to an evening of sexy scares.
“We know that many people find Kink’s films scary, so we wanted to have a little fun with that,” said Andrew Harvill, the producer of the event. “The Armory building itself is actually haunted, so setting up a real haunted house tour using our dungeons and sets was a natural fit. It’s both terrifying and, depending on your kink, arousing.”
“The two emotions, fear and sex, are inextricably linked. We wanted to play off that and offer people a truly old school scare in an unexpected setting.”
The event, called Hell in the Armory, bills, “Over-the-top production featuring contortionists, nude models body painted by the city’s top talent, prosthetics, animatronics, interactive art and a menacing cast of characters.”
To paraphrase Valerie Cherish, well, he got it! Ellen’s sexy gardener Nick, noted for his perfect abs, will take it off (again) in the now-filming Magic Mike XXL. Who says dreams don’t come true. Nick, whose real name is Billy Reilich, and who sings with The Cream Pies, got some help from Ellen DeGeneres, who is obviously the most powerful woman in show biz (sorry, Oprah!). After getting the sexy lad an audition for the sequel to the 2012 stripper epic, Nick learned he’s been cast in an undisclosed role in the film, expected to be released sometime next year when he received a call from star/producer Channing Tatum during the live taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
So all that worrying about how the leak of full-frontal photos might stall his career momentum was completely unnecessary. We’re not saying it pays to take nude photos of yourself, but it’s certainly not the deal-breaker it used to be. Also: More please!