ourdramaqueen: (Default)
It's well worth sitting through this almost hour-long talk on above subject! I knew some of this, but Tim Wise brings home just how deep white privilege runs.




On a related note, Meet The 17-Year-Old Who Blew The Lid Off Racial Profiling With His iPod. I can't be entirely certain, but the young man might actually be standing in the Harlem neighbourhood I used to live in as he tells his tale.
ourdramaqueen: (wedding wars love like this)
Watch this!

"Featuring an all-star cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Kevin Bacon and others, "8" is a play written by Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and directed by acclaimed actor and director Rob Reiner. It is a powerful account of the case filed by the American Federation for Equal Rights (AFER ) in the U.S. District Court in 2010 to overturn Proposition 8 [LINK], a constitutional amendment that eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. Framed around the trial's historic closing arguments in June 2010, 8 provides an intimate look what unfolded when the issue of same-sex marriage was on trial."

ourdramaqueen: (sean maher smile fetish)
Sean Maher has decided to come out!

I'm so, so, SO happy and excited that he finally felt ready to do it that I literally flailed and squeed when I saw the article. And even created a Twitter account, just so I could tell Sean so. (About the being happy&excited part, not the flailing. ;)) There's a newer article from a short while ago today, where Sean talks about the reactions he got so far. Hopefully things will stay so positive, overall, for him and his family.

I haven't gotten around to watch The Playboy Club pilot episode yet, but will definitely do so asap. Fingers crossed that the show will do well - it would be nice for Sean to be a regular in a series that isn't cancelled within its first season!

And now that I finally found them again on one of my external HDs, I need to get my hands on whatever plugin I seem to need to properly import the SeanMaher.info files from GoLive into Dreamweaver, so I can make some much needed updates to the Filmography, among other areas...
ourdramaqueen: (wedding wars love like this)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/25/gaymarriage-newyork-idUSN1E75N1XJ20110625

New York legislature approves gay marriage

ALBANY, N.Y., June 24 (Reuters) - New York's state legislature gave final approval on Friday to same-sex marriages, a key victory for gay rights ahead of the 2012 presidential and congressional elections.

New York will become the sixth and most populous U.S. state to allow gay marriage. State senators voted 33-29 to approve marriage equality legislation introduced by Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat in his first year of office. [...]


Read the full article at the link.

Fantastic news, and the decision came just before Sunday's Pride parade. :)
ourdramaqueen: (firefly simon kaylee finally)
Jewel Staite and Sean Maher recently participated in the NOH8 Campaign, and here is the result:



Jewel Staite and Sean Maher's photo for the NOH8 Campaign, http://www.noh8campaign.com/



As if I needed a reminder of how fabulous these guys&gals are! :D
ourdramaqueen: (wedding wars love like this)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/04/prop-8-overturned-gay-mar_n_671018.html

Prop 8 OVERTURNED: Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down In California

First Posted: 08- 4-10 05:16 PM | Updated: 08- 4-10 05:27 PM

In a major victory for gay rights activists, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday that a voter initiative banning same-sex marriage in California violated the Constitution's equal protection and due process rights clauses.


\o/

Read the full article for judge Walker's reasoning and what happens next - it's still a long road, but this is an important step in the right direction!
ourdramaqueen: (Default)
I know quite a few of you will be interested in the results of this study:

Research Shows Two Gay Parents Are Better Than A Single Straight One

*goes back to work*
ourdramaqueen: (lotr frodo manson ttt)
Minaret ban approved by 57 per cent of voters

Why do so many people fall so easily for the scare tactics of right-wing parties?! *sigh*
ourdramaqueen: (wedding wars love like this)
Happy Valentine's Day to those who are celebrating. I know most of you have probably already seen this video on your flist, but it is quite fitting for today, isn't it?

Don't divorce us )


And a whole bunch of LotR related links which I've been hoarding for the last couple of weeks:

New ruling sets deadline in Tolkien Trust lawsuit

ROTK a Finalist in "Ultimate Best Picture Poll"

FanFilm 'The Hunt for Gollum' Online May 3rd

Viggo Mortensen Talks The Hobbit

Christopher Lee on Saruman and The Hobbit

John Howe Joins The Music of LOTR

What Would Bilbo Do? 14 Money Lessons from “The Hobbit”

New Line’s LOTR webmaster signs deal with Wingnut

*snigger*

Dec. 3rd, 2008 09:05 pm
ourdramaqueen: (sommersturm kuss)
Brilliant - "Prop 8 - the Musical" featuring Jack Black, Neil Patrick Harris and other celebrities (many of which I don't know, or don't know by name).

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die



Some low-energy moaning about my almost-cold )

Night night!
ourdramaqueen: (Default)
Saw Minority Report on TV last night - interesting film! And who cares for Tom Cruise or Colin Farrell when Neal McDonough is on the screen? ;) Nice to see Peter Stormare too - he is so good at playing strange guys! :) I had totally forgotten that Mike Binder was in it. I don't think I've seen him in anything else beside The Mind of the Married Man. Of which they should finally release the second season on DVD, dommit! Need my naughty Jake!


Sir Ian speaks out - and he is hopeful regarding The Hobbit (see the end of the article, which I've left out of the cut):

Ian McKellen wades into Singapore gay rights debate
Thu Jul 19, 2007 2:07 PM IST

By Sebastian Tong

SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - As Gandalf and Magneto, he's faced off fire-breathing monsters and superheroes, but actor Ian McKellen says he picks his battles when it comes to celebrity causes.

The Oscar-nominated thespian stepped into a brewing debate in Singapore about decriminalising homosexual acts just hours after arriving in the city state this week as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's touring production of William Shakespeare's "King Lear" and Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull".

McKellen, 68, was quoted in Singapore's pro-government media urging the state to repeal its laws that make sexual acts between men a crime.

The UK-based actor, who shot to global stardom with "The Lord of the Rings" and "X-Men" trilogies, called Singapore's prohibition -- a remnant of British colonial rule -- "personally offensive" and said it would put off people from moving to the country.

Read more... )

Q: A film version of Tolkien's "The Hobbit" has been stalled because of a dispute between "The Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson and film company New Line Cinema which holds the film rights to the book. Has there been any movement on the film development?

A: "I detect that there is movement and it's movement in the right direction. I'll be seeing Peter (Jackson) when we tour (New Zealand) next month. I hope it will happen."


Fingers crossed!!!
ourdramaqueen: (Default)
While promoting the start of Torchwood on BBC America, John Barrowman made the following statements regarding being gay as an actor in Hollywood. The full and very interesting interview is at seattlepi.com. No, I'm not cutting this!

But Barrowman has only a limited track record in the U.S. because of a disappointing barrier that remains in force in Hollywood. It doesn't matter than Barrowman looks like a cross between Chris Noth and a sane Tom Cruise. He happens to be gay -- a fact that has no bearing on his acting ability or personality, but in terms of his American career, means everything.

Barrowman came close to being Will to Debra Messing's Grace, but lost the role because producers said he acted too straight. They then gave the role to Eric McCormack -- a straight man.

[...]

Well, given what you know about Hollywood versus British television, do you think a character like Captain Jack would ever fly here?

No, because they would never allow a gay man to play a hero. I firmly believe that. Because no actor who is playing a leading man would come out as saying he's gay. It's OK to be a secondary character in a show and be openly gay and play a character, but most gay, flouncy characters are played by gay men. One of the great things that (executive producers) Russell T. Davies and Julie Gardner and the BBC and everyone involved with "Doctor Who" and "Torchwood," they have given a heroic leading man character to a gay man.

Who, I might add, is appealing not just to a gay audience, but to children, to women, to straight men -- they have proved that the audience doesn't care. Maybe it's the people who are the heads of networks here -- who, most of them are gay or lesbian themselves -- maybe, again, they're underestimating the intelligence of the audience.

So at this moment in time, I don't think it would happen in this country on one of the mainstream networks. Perhaps on an HBO, or a Showtime, one of those networks, because they can push the envelope a little bit. Because that's a specific audience that'll watch it and pay to watch it, you know what I mean?

BBC America is at this point where many more people are watching it, and it's very likely that "Torchwood" will be a hit. And the sci-fi genre is increasingly popular, even on mainstream networks. Don't you think there's an opportunity to say, 'Look, lots of people are watching me on this show -- men, women, kids, everybody. Don't you think this might be an opportunity to make that transition and break that barrier?'"

Absolutely. I think I'm breaking a barrier already by doing that. But I can't walk into a network and go, "I want you to put me in a show where I'm a leading man," you know, as a gay man. One of the things I remember they said to me when I did "Central Park West" for CBS, they told me not to talk about my personal life.

I found that insulting, particularly since the man who created the program was gay himself.

... That's where people like yourselves who are doing these articles and writing about it, you have to get across to the public that it's no big deal. That it's not an issue. Let them know that it's OK to like characters like that.

And don't make it an issue when somebody does come out! It's a good thing, but it doesn't have to be like, "Oh my God! They're gay!" It's just another part of (his) life.

Or when someone, if they are openly gay and people know they're up for a role and someone says, "Well they can't play it, they're gay." We need the help from the media to help open those doors with the audience. Because the audience is ready for it. Come on.



Eat this, people who claim being gay in Hollywood doesn't have any influence on career chances at all! Not that they're likely to read this entry anyway...

Dammit I need a JB/Captain Jack icon!!!! Must find time to go look for suitable pics!
ourdramaqueen: (sommersturm kuss)
http://www.afa.net/petitions/businesses/businesses.asp

And 30ish years ago you could have replaced "homosexuals" with "women" and "homosexual agenda" with "female agenda". 40ish years ago, it would have been "blacks" and "black agenda". Arrrrrrgh people like this just make me want to... Grrr! I really shouldn't give them even more energy than they already get! *takes deep calming breath*

Of course this is a homophobic group and therefore it will get the votes it wants from like-minded people who already know and read their homepage. Why not show them that there are other people out there too by participating and spreading the link around? There is some debate as to whether your vote is counted or not if you use a fake e-mail address. If you use your real e-mail address, you will get subscribed to their mailing list, but apparently they send you a confirmation mail about that where you will find a link to unsubscribe again. (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] primula_baggins for that info!) If you're not in the US, use 90210 (California) as a zip code, or take one from a US friend's address!

*uses appropriate icon*
ourdramaqueen: (karl urban)
This scan is from a fairly recent Karl article/interview in New Zealand "Pulp" magazine, and the reason why it caught my eye in particular is the t-shirt:






An AIM t-shirt!!! ♥ I just can't help but wonder if he got it from Russell Means, who he worked with on Pathfinder. Russell, of course, is one of the most prominent members of AIM, and has since the early 90s apeared in several films. For those interested, check out his Wikipedia entry. I'd love to ask Karl about working with Russell! *crosses fingers that he'll come to RingCon*


ETA: For those who are interested, the rest of the article/interview behind the cut. )
ourdramaqueen: (Default)
Sorry to spam your flist, but this deserves its own entry!!! :D Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] textualdeviance:


http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_020507WABinitiative957SW.546c6a4d.html

Wash. initiative would require married couples to have kids

02:34 PM PST on Monday, February 5, 2007

KING5.com Staff and Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. - An initiative filed by proponents of same-sex marriage would require heterosexual couples to have kids within three years or else have their marriage annulled.

Initiative 957 was filed by the Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance. That group was formed last summer after the state Supreme Court upheld Washington's ban on same-sex marriage.

Under the initiative, marriage would be limited to men and women who are able to have children. Couples would be required to prove they can have children in order to get a marriage license, and if they did not have children within three years, their marriage would be subject to annulment.

All other marriages would be defined as "unrecognized" and people in those marriages would be ineligible to receive any marriage benefits.

“For many years, social conservatives have claimed that marriage exists solely for the purpose of procreation ... The time has come for these conservatives to be dosed with their own medicine," said WA-DOMA organizer Gregory Gadow in a printed statement. “If same-sex couples should be barred from marriage because they can not have children together, it follows that all couples who cannot or will not have children together should equally be barred from marriage."

Supporters must gather more than 224,000 valid signatures by July 6 to put the initiative on the November ballot.

Opponents say the measure is another attack on traditional marriage, but supporters say the move is needed to have a discussion on the high court ruling.



That's briliant - give them some of their own medicine!
ourdramaqueen: (Default)
A very interesting article from Hollywood Reporter's The Pulse column by Ray Richmond, prompted by the Isaiah Washington/T.R. Knight debacle, but really about the whole rehab craze in Hollywood:

Repeat after me: I am not a homophobe. Done.

By Ray Richmond

Jan 30, 2007

Can a man have the homophobe portion of his brain cleansed by going through a rehabilitation process? And what might that look like? Does he sit in a room while speakers pump in: "Gay people are really cool. ... Gay people are really cool. ... Gay men are just like you and me. ... Gay men are just like you and me. ... All men are created equal, even men who like other men ..."?

I'm just trying to figure out exactly what "rehab" means for a guy like Isaiah Washington, whose latest variation on the "f-word" targeting "Grey's Anatomy" co-star T.R. Knight on Golden Globe Awards night quickly devolved into the Slur Heard 'Round the World.

Let's start out here by identifying what's really going on, shall we? )

I ♥ Joss

Jul. 20th, 2006 08:15 am
ourdramaqueen: (firefly zoe warrior woman)
Someone put a video on Youtube of Joss Whedon's speech when he was honoured by Equality Now last May. Watch it, it's great!

"Because you are still asking this question."


Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] trianne for mentioning it! :D


And speaking of equality: Best wishes to Darren Hayes and his husband Richard! :D
ourdramaqueen: (sean maher by serenitysangel)
I just found this in the "Players" section at Variety.com:

Posted: Sun., Jun. 11, 2006, 1:26pm PT

Sean Maher

By STACY DODD

Sean Maher ("Serenity") will star alongside John Stamos in the A&E telepic "Wedding March." The Neil Meron/Craig Zadan-produced project focuses on the issue of gay marriage.
Thesp's credits include telepic "The Dive From Clausen's Pier" and the remake of "Brian's Song."

Date in print: Mon., Jun. 12, 2006, Los Angeles


Oh.My.God. Sean Maher and John Stamos???!!! Even if they aren't playing a gay couple, omghot!!! *fans self* I hope I'll get to see this somehow!


Some more info:

Stars Shooting In Halifax
Ron Foley Macdonald

[...]

For the American A&E Network, former Full House heart-throb John Stamos will star--along with the man known as Mr. Barbra Streisand, James Brolin--in a wacky social comedy called The Wedding March. The film lets Stamos play against his lady-killer reputation by casting the handsome actor as a gay matrimonial planner who inadvertently upsets the same-sex community with some wayward comments, sparking a North American-wide backlash.



And even more - not copying this text over due to story spoilers, so read at your own risk.

I hope Sean will get some decent screentime!
ourdramaqueen: (sommersturm kuss)
Czech parliament approves gay partnerships

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech lower house of parliament voted on Wednesday to override a presidential veto and approve a law allowing same-sex partnerships.

The law allowing same-sex couples to officially register, and terminate, their relationships was originally approved by the lower house. But in mid-February right-wing President Vaclav Klaus vetoed the bill saying it increased state regulation and copied a set-up justifiable only for traditional families.

An absolute majority of 101 in the 200-seat lower house was needed to override the veto and approve the law. The government got exactly that, with 101 of the 177 deputies present approving the law.

The law had strong backing from Social Democrat Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek, but junior government coalition party the Christian Democrats opposed the measure.

The rightist opposition Civic Democrats voted against it saying Paroubek pushed the law through as an election gimmick.

Czechs head to the polls in a general election on June 2-3.

The law also allows access to information on the health of a gay partner. It allows same-sex couples to raise children, but it does not permit adoptions.

Czechs are mostly non-religious and surveys show most support same-sex couples having the option of registering their partnerships.

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