The Nickelodeon, Columbia's arthouse theatre, is hosting a Pride film festival this weekend. Here's the films:
Wild Tigers I Have Known: An ethereal exploration of adolescent longing. Cam Archer's storytelling is unconventional, fresh and overflowing with the kind of heart that is touching and familiar to anyone who remembers junior high as a time of painful desire, confusion, and questioning.
The Favor (El Favor): A comedy from Argentina. Mora and Roberta are two girls living together, and they want to conceive a child. With no scruples and hesitation, they work out a plan: Roberta has to have sex with Felipe, Mora's brother. However, Felipe is not aware his sister lives with a woman. The screwball comedy is packed with twists and turns.
Camp Out: Can you be gay and Christian at the same time? Winner of several awards, Camp Out is a feature documentary film that follows 10 Midwestern teenagers as they attend the first overnight Bible Camp for gay Christian youths. For these six boys and four girls, it's just as hard to come out as Christian as it is to come out as gay.
I Wanna Be a Republican: Those poor Republicans! Haven't they suffered enough? Bush's poll numbers at the freezing mark, Tom Delay defunct, looming scandals, failed efforts to criminalize the gays and now this: men, dressed as women, doing sing-song spoof of Republicanism in a concert film like you've never seen before. Four "proper" ladies are holding a Republican fundraiser. With a rumored appearance by W., the ladies are in high spirits. Singing songs and swapping stories, the gals seek to explain just why the Republicans are so darn nifty and offer some compelling reasons to come out as Republican.
We noted yesterday that most American's don't think that gay people can change. Now there's word from the Log Cabin Republicans that regular folks in the GOP support basic rights for gays and lesbians.
Among the findings:
• An overwhelming 77 percent of Republicans believe an employer should not have the right to fire an employee based solely on their sexual orientation, including 67 percent of social conservatives.
• Nearly half believe gays and lesbians should be able to serve openly in the U.S. military.
• 43 percent support either marriage equality or civil unions.
• 53 percent agreed that "the Republican party has spent too much time focusing on moral issues such as abortion and gay marriage and should instead be spending time focusing on economic issues such as taxes and government spending." Only 5 percent said "traditional marriage/ family values" defined the Republican Party today.
Thanks to Truman over at SC Log Cabins for the link.
The Savannah River Site Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Employees (GLOBE) is seeking help.
Senator DeMint's office has been bombarded with contacts and letters from enraged employees of the Savannah River Site. They are angry concerning our recent Gay Pride Program at SRS conducted as part of a larger year long Diversity Program. This is the 2nd year SRS GLOBE has conducted a program. Last year GLOBE used (Charleston-based educational non-profit) AFFA's 'We are your Neighbors' video in the program. This year's focus was on developing a place that is free of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Senator DeMint may approach DOE Secretary Bodman's office with these complaints. It is critical that Senator DeMint's office receive some supportive contacts concerning this program. The Senators' contact information, and a suggested draft letter and additional talking points are below. Please act quickly and modify the letter as appropriate for your situation. If you'd like more information about our program and surrounding press, check out www.srsglobe.org.
Just got this news from the South Carolina Equality Coalition:
The SC Democratic Party voted yesterday to set a goal of sending at least 3 openly GLBT delegates from South Carolina to the presidential convention in 2008. Long active in political organizing in this state, gays and lesbians are now being recognized as an important constituency of the state party. The new policy sets an explicit standard of visibility and inclusion.
The relationship between the GLBT community and the state Democratic Party has been a little tough in the past, but this seems to be the first effort to mend fences. Here's to hoping that three is a minimum. The works not done.
The next step is creating a plan to get GLBT folks to run for delegate to the presidential convention. If you want to be involved in creating that plan or running for delegate, contact SCEC.
A new CNN poll finds that, for the first time, a majority of Americans believe that you can't change your sexuality.
Fifty-six percent of about 515 poll respondents said they do not believe sexual orientation can be changed. In 2001, 45 percent of those responding to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll held that belief. In 1998, according to a CNN/Time poll, the number was 36 percent.
Other findings from a different May poll:
• 79 percent said that gays and lesbians should be able to serve openly in the military.
• 51 percent supported some legal protection for gay couples, with 24 percent supporting marriage and 27 percent supporting civil unions.
• 57 percent said gays and lesbians should have the right to adopt children.