One of the things that I’m very proud of during my first four years is I think I’ve helped to solidify this incredibly rapid transformation in people’s attitudes around LGBT issues — how we think about gays and lesbians and transgender persons. A lot of that just has to do with the fact that if you talk to Malia, the idea of making an anti-gay remark at her school is just unimaginable. They just don’t get that.
LGBTQ* Film/Movie History
THE HAYS CODE
(also known as the Motion Picture Production Code)
* The Motion Picture Production Code — a series of decency and censorship codes produced by the motion picture board — were used from 1934-1968
— Also know as the Hays Code (named after Hollywood’s chief censor, Will H. Hays)
* The code was established before movies were given ratings by the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America)
* Fines would be given to film producers, directors and theaters showcasing films which contained anything with violations to the Code.
* Smart directors/actors moved around these codes, placing subtle hints and insider lingo throughout the films
* The Code Restricted:
—> Open-Mouth Kissing
—> Lustful Embrace
—> Depictions of “white slavery”
—> Sexual “Perversion” (namely, homosexuality on screen)
What’s so Queer about it?
— Guess which “code” violation was the LAST to be dropped? You guess it: Sexual Perversion. Homosexual representation is film was still punishable/worth of a fine until the bitter end of the code.
(Personal Note: I highly recommend reading Vito Russo’s The Celluloid Closet or watching the 1995 documentary The Celluloid Closet *which is also on YouTube in multiple parts*)
“People are born gay. Trying to change them is pointless and cruel, especially for young people.” -Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO of The Trevor Project
This week, eight of the 15 members in Tasmania’s upper house voted against a marriage equality bill, effectively killing the measure for now.
Several undeclared members of the house raised concerns about the constitutionality of the bill, but many supporters and others said this won’t be the last time marriage equality is brought up in Tasmania. The Sydney Morning Herald also reminds us why it was a big deal that the measure was even considered:
Australian Marriage Equality spokesman Rodney Croome said lower houser approval and some backing in the council were great achievements, given that Tasmania was last to decriminalise homosexuality.
“If opponents of this bill think they have put the debate to bed they are wrong,” Mr. Croome said.
Aw, man. Better luck next time.
Photographer Maika Elan spent last year taking pictures of LGBT couples in Vietnam in their homes and in their daily lives, and the results are quite stunning. At the link above, check out this Q&A with the photographer.
So, tell me about your project: Gay people in Vietnam. Why is that an important enough subject to photograph so extensively?
Well, the thing is people in Vietnam there is talk of legalising gay marriage. This would make Vietnam the first Asian country to do so, so it’s a big deal, but I don’t see it happening any time soon. People like to say they are open-minded but they don’t act like it. For example, every time a story about a gay couple is in the press or on TV, either the faces are blurred or they pose with their backs to the camera. And those stories are almost always to do with drugs, AIDS or some sort of sexual scandal.
When it comes to movies, homosexuals are either idealised or, again, presented as sexual deviants. You never see the actual people. You don’t see that they are real people. I thought it’d be nice to change that.
Photography buffs (and everyone else): this is a really cool project, and it’s really significant as something coming out of Vietnam. Take a look through the gallery and you won’t regret it.
Let’s get this to 100%. From HRC’s youth in America report.
There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain permission for a new restaurant in Chicago. That is incorrect. Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are and who we have been.
Dan Cathy, in a statement posted to Mike Huckabee’s website clarifying that the restaurant didn’t really change any of its values or practices.
Huckabee responded: “I talked earlier today personally with Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A about the new reports that Chick-fil-A had capitulated to demands of the supporters of same sex marriage. This is not true.”
Good to know some things will never change. More.(via gaywrites)
[Image shows a rainbow coloured finger print with the text, ‘I was born gay… You were taught religion…]
LGBTQ* KNOWhomo History Posts You May Have Missed
Gay (identified cis-)Men in History
(all posts can be found under the #history hashtag on the right side — click name to link to past post)
- Alan Turing - The man who (basically) created your computer
- Friedrich-Paul von Groszheim — “I’m proof that Hitler didn’t win”
- Gerry Studds - Congress 1983 (coming out in Congress)
- Homosexuality in the American Military FYI Moment - Military Men pre-DADT
- Frank Bolt - Homo History and the Prisoner of Alcatraz
- Bayard Rustin - Martin Luther King Jr’s trusted adviser, civil rights and queer leader
- Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artists and Sexual Renegade
- Nero - No Fiddle Played at his Roman Queer* Marriage
Why did the press not swarm the offices of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tagged FRC as a “hate group” and routinely vilifies FRC? Why not query the anti-Chick-Fil-A boycotters? The double standard is jaw-dropping. Those who instantly and falsely attribute violence to tea partyers, Sarah Palin and conservative talk-show hosts refuse to consider the shooter’s motives, even though he announced he was there because of FRC’s policies. … Moreover, overt anti-Christian bias in the media is still acceptable in a way that anti-gay bias is not. Consider the anti-conservative pundits who opine on the “Christianist takeover” and routinely label Christian conservatives as “bigots,” “fanatics,” and “outside the mainstream.
For starters, for the sake of full disclosure I admit that I’m currently interning for this magazine, which is part of the reason I’m so excited about this piece of journalism. But it’s still awesome.
In honor of its 45th anniversary, The Advocate magazine created an interactive timeline of LGBT history over the last 45 years. The magazine was created shortly before the Stonewall riots, which some say sparked the modern gay rights movement, so it’s pretty cool to see that they’ve been around for so much of what got us where we are. Click through this if you get a chance for a cool, fun look at some of the most important events in the last 45 years of LGBT history.
For an even cooler challenge, consider the year you were born and take a look at just how much has happened for LGBT rights since that year (including some of the events that didn’t make it on this timeline). For example, the first lesbian kiss on TV happened the year I was born (it was totally a sign - kidding!) and since then, having openly gay characters on TV hardly turns a head anymore.
We have a long, long way to go, but once in a while it’s important to step back and remember just how far we’ve come.
“I’m not going to suggest all LGBT folks are non-violent because that would be silly. However, if you look at the organized movement toward LGBT equality, there are no mainstream or even left of mainstream organizations who advocate that the murder of people who are opposed to LGBT equality is a viable solution to meeting our goal.
“Yet a quick scan of the internet shows that there are calls for LGBT people to be ‘penned up,’ urges the abduction of the children of LGBT people, calls for the government to ‘kill the gays.’ Now the FRC is suggesting that the Southern Poverty Law Center’s labeling of them as a hate group encouraged this shooting. I would suggest that the culture that SPLC is creating is one aimed at denouncing hate and calling out the institutions that perpetrate that hate.
“I would further suggest that SPLC did not urge its constituency to pen anyone up, take their children or ask the government to murder them. Much of the culture that is created from the right, however, is predicated on violence being the solution to “the homosexual” problem and inciting this violence. And we see that violence being carried out every day. Shooting anyone associated with FCR is wrong. And so is creating a culture that would suggest that this violence is ever a solution to our differences.”
way to go target… well done.
i think i shall go buy all the target things now. they deserve it
target for all of the awards
“Publicly traded corporations may fear offending stockholders or customers, however. Gay rights activists protested loudly when Target Corp.donated $150,000 to a super PAC supporting a Minnesota gubernatorial candidate who strongly opposed gay marriage. The company apologized.”
“Two years after Target Corp. angered gay marriage supporters with a political donation that benefited a gay-marriage opponent seeking the governor’s office, the retailer is now upsetting same-sex marriage opponents by selling T-shirts to raise money for a group working to defeat a gay marriage ban in Minnesota…
Target’s move comes two years after it endured a backlash from gay rights supporters for giving $150,000 to a campaign group backing the conservative Republican candidate for Minnesota governor, Tom Emmer, who narrowly lost to Democrat Mark Dayton in a race that went to an automatic recount. The donation set off protests and calls for a boycott from a constituency that had seen Target as an ally.”
“The ad, which features multiple images, prominently displays a picture of a gay couple that says “Be yourself together.” LOVE THIS. Target is widely known as an LGBT friendly company (unlike a certain chicken fast food joint that sells waffle fries *cough cough*) but this is the first time that we’ve seen a guy on guy couple featured in one of their registry ads.
If more companies would take notes from Target and JCPenney, we’d be okay.”
- (this one is not an article, just a blog post. but note the “Target is widely known as an LGBT friendly company”) http://www.wiltondriveonline.com/news/target-loves-the-gays/
Food for thought.
This. Yes, they appear to be supporting marriage equality and LGBTQ rights but money talks, so donating to anti-lgbtq groups, no matter the benefit to the company, contradicts their message. How long does it take to find LGBTQ-friendly political groups to donate to? Not long and if they really cared, they’d be consistent, instead of just tossing out campaigns that just look like pandering in light of where their money goes.