The 51st Annual Chicago International Film Festival, which runs from October 15 to 29, has announced this year’s LGBTQ+ program, and it’s a lineup you won’t want to miss.
From big-budget Hollywood productions to relatively unknown indie breakouts, OUT-Look seeks to explore artistic identity and sexuality in films from across the globe. The program’s thirteen films represent filmmakers from Albania, Australia, Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, the United States and Vietnam. Each film on the OUT-Look roster will compete for the Chicago International Film Festival’s Q Hugo Award.
This year’s program includes Carol, the story of an unexpected love affair between an affluent housewife (Cate Blanchett) and a young shop clerk (Rooney Mara) in 1950s New York, and Front Cover, a smart, romantic drama that unfolds when a gay Chinese-American stylist meets his latest client, a big Chinese movie star. For the rest of Passport’s picks, including trailers and screen times, read on:
There must have been a well-founded reason for Mother Teresa’s charity to end its adoption business, but alas, it is due to the fact that the charity refuses to assist single, gay parents in their quest to adopt.
Where is this coming from? According to a news source, new guidelines in adoption practices from the Indian government “guarantee that single, separated, or divorced individuals will be able to adopt children.”
Previously the Missionaries were able to “accept or reject prospective parents at will.” However, this change in policy has been welcomed by many thanks to the new level of transparency the online register CARA provides in the adoption process.
There have been two reported cases so far where single prospective parents have been turned down. These incidences have caused the department of Women and Child Development (WCD) to express that if The Missionaries of Charity do not respect the new guidelines, the government will be forced to transfer children out of their care and into the care of orphanages that do follow the new guidelines.
Public school students in Puerto Rico are now permitted under law to wear the uniform of their preferred gender.
Secretary Rafael Roman announced the new mandate on October 12, which also disallows teachers and school legislators to discipline students for expressing their gender through non-conforming uniforms.
“No student can be sanctioned for not opting to wear a particular piece of clothing… that he or she does not feel comfortable with,” Roman told reporters.
This step for LGBT Puerto Ricans comes months after Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla signed an executive order into effect regarding bullying in schools due to sexual orientation.
“It’s a bit late, but it was approved, which is important,” Cristina Torres, a Puerto Rican high school director, told the Associated Press.
“Changing people’s mentality from one day to another will be hard… The most incredible thing is that young people can accept this with an open mind, but it’s the adults who discriminate.”
We’ve moved New York’s wildly popular Halloween charity ball across the country to San Francisco for what promises to be the biggest Hollyween yet! Join Passport and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for a night of cocktails, auctions, and dancing to benefit the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation.
Hollyween will take over Madame Tussauds San Francisco on Thursday October 29th. Enjoy the open bar courtesy of Stoli and Barefoot and a variety of hors d’oeuvres all night long. For guests coming from out of town, Hotel Zephyr is offering a special Hollyween package. Guests who book the package will receive 15-40% off the room rate, one VIP ticket to Hollyween, discounted tickets to Madame Tussauds San Francisco, and (bonus!) Hotel Zephyr will donate 10% of all package proceeds to the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation.
Come join over 350 of your closest ghoul-friends at Hollyween in San Francisco! This event sells out every year, so don’t wait to get your tickets here.
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British track-and-field star, Tom Bosworth, has come out as gay, in an interview at the Victoria Derbyshire Show. The 25-year-0ld athlete, who is currently ranked number one in the UK for his 20 Km race and holds three UK records, said: “It is a big decision, but it’s not going to change my life. I’m comfortable and have been in a happy relationship for the last four and a half years. This isn’t going to shock anybody that knows me. But to speak out about this, as a sportsperson, it is still news. In a few years time, anyone [will be able] to do this. Anyone can succeed in sport. And then hopefully it won’t be news anymore.”
Bosworth isn’t the only out British track and fielder, hurdler Robert Newton came out.
New York’s Bravest released an emotionally powerful “It Gets Better” video to celebrate National Coming Out Day yesterday.
“As Firefighters, Paramedics and EMTs in the most diverse city in the world, FDNY members have the tremendous opportunity to inspire young people through their brave work every single day,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “Through this video, they deliver an important message to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth around the world, ‘It absolutely does get better.'”
Watch the video after the jump…
Britney Spears has dyed her hair purple as a show of support of LGBT youths. Millions will wear purple on Spirit Day, taking place on October 15, as a sign of support for LGBT youth and to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day was started in 2010 as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives. With GLAAD’s help, Spirit Day has since garnered widespread support from celebrities, TV news and entertainment programs, corporations, organizations, schools, local communities, and even national landmarks.
Britney Spears will also fly one lucky #SpiritDay supporter and a friend to Vegas, where they’ll get to see her Planet Hollywood show, “Britney: Piece of Me,” and meet her backstage!
Watch the video after the jump…
Sydney may have the iconic Opera house, Mardi Gras glitz, and some celebrity chefs, yet Melbourne can lay claim to Australia’s only inclusion on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants In the World list—Chef Ben Shewry’s avant-garde, farm-to-table hotspot Attica. Melbourne also has the honor of being a repeat title holder of World’s Most Livable City.
The dining scene here is simply incredible, thanks in no small part to the bounty of produce and wines resulting from the Victoria region’s climate (“four seasons in a day,” locals like to say), a burgeoning crop of under-the-radar innovative chefs, a teeming craft coffee culture, and strong multi-cultural influences.
From Melbourne’s downtown (CBD) and its famed, labyrinthine laneways to hipster hoods Fitzroy and Collingwood, amazing new spots are cropping up everywhere. Openings and reboots are routinely chronicled on chic “what’s on” website, Broadsheet (www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne), while annual tome The Age Good Food Guide keeps tabs on the best and brightest. A tastings-filled food tour is always a good idea, and the excellent and sassy Monique Bayer’s Walk Melbourne (www.walkmelbourne.com.au) offers superb 3-hour expeditions covering coffee, chocolate, dumplings, rooftop bars, and more from $53-up. You can even try some modern Aussie cuisine from New York or Los Angeles in Qantas’ business class (www.qantas.com) where the menus are by Neil Perry, whose high-profile Rockpool can be found at Melbourne’s Crown casino complex.
Here we offer a rundown of some current Melbourne musts, from creative Mod Oz venues to a showcase for exotic aboriginal flavors to a desert spot with world-class artisanal donuts.
Watch after the jump…