The mainstream press was all over "Day Without Gays" this morning, but political scandals will likely eclipse the story in the rest of the news cycle.
My partner suggested a few weeks ago that we take off Dec. 10, but I'm pretty sure I'm coming to work. The reason is that my coworkers, the people who know me and know my husband, aren't the ones who could use a lesson about what it's like not to have me around the office.
It's about as fruitless (pun intended) as marching at the gay bar for the gay pride parade — it's the people who don't see us everyday who need the educating.
The event Nov. 15 was a huge success. It was terrific to see all of the people come out and support equality. The war isn't over, but there is power in numbers. Fight on.
Remember that horribly long wait Brokeback Mountain as it slowly made its way from New York and San Francisco to the rest of the country? Months later (well, it felt like months) it finally made it to our little city. Well the wait will only be two weeks for Milk. The Gus Van Sant biopic about the 1970s gay-rights icon hits the Terrace on Dec. 19, likely making it to the other theaters in the area around the first of the year.
The relevance to the rallying cry against the latest round homophobic legislation has been often reported — because it's spot on.
It hit theaters in very limited release last Friday and was number 10 at the box office nationally, even though it was only showing in 36 theaters. By comparison, High Scool Musical 3 was at 13 last week and was seen at 1,385 theaters.
The Washington Blade has a collection of reviews — they're all good and they're from actual critics (not those weird, third-world media outlets that liked Rush Hour 3).
J. Hoberman at the Village Voice writes, "When 'The Times of Harvey Milk' won its Oscar for best documentary, presenter Kathleen Turner described it as 'a film about American values in conflict.' This time, the Academy won't have to be as discreet."
Personally, I'm not looking for an Oscar for this one. I was disappointed enough over Brokeback's loss.
The Portland Mercury asks a good question this week, "Prop. 8 is Behind Us. What's Ahead?"
Locally, I would say that we're at a disadvantage in South Carolina because, in a lot of ways, we're still forced to play defense and the practicality of getting pro-gay legislation through the Statehouse is sort of laughable.
What we can do is stay organized and stay pissed off. Folks can also donate time, energy, and money to causes like the Alliance for Full Acceptance, which has been advocating for and education on gay issues for more than 10 years now.
Hundreds showed up Saturday to support Charleston's gays and lesbians as part of a global rally for equality. We hated to miss it, but Priscilla Thomas provided some terrific shots from the event.