Directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Jon Robin Baitz, Stonewall stars Jeremy Irvine and newcomer Jonny Beauchamp, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ron Perlman. The historical fiction film is being released by Roadside Attractions and hits theaters Sep. 23.
STONEWALL is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall riots. Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent’s home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn; however, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe-haven. As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, we see a rage begin to build. This emotion runs through Danny and the entire community of young gays, lesbians and drag queens who populate the Stonewall Inn and erupts in a storm of anger. With the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born.
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This past Sunday, Larry Lennox-Choate and Daniel Lennox-Choate, the first gay men to be married at West Point Military Academy, were attacked by a homophobe while shopping at a bodega in SoHo.
After shouting gay slurs, the approximately 40-year-old man punched Daniel, 30, in the face before his husband came to his aid.
As reported by the New York Daily News, a post on Larry’s Facebook reads, “He left covered in his own blood with his tail between his legs after I handled the situation and tossed him in the street like the coward loser he is.”
Larry also had this to say, “We refuse to be victims and are thankful we can defend ourselves, but are saddened by the fact that idiots like this guy might not pick two guys who went through Plebe Boxing next time.”
No arrests have been made at this time, although the NYPD hate crimes division is still investigating.
By Matthew Wexler
I can’t completely wrap my head around New Orleans, and I’m okay with that. It can be beignets and café au lait at dawn or slurping booze out of a sippy cup at 4 A.M. Bourbon Street reminds me of a mythological college campus where the average age is 40 and oversized Tommy Bahama is the dress code. Add to this the fact that you can step into one of the French Quarter’s legendary restaurants and experience the unparalleled culinary history of the United States. This August commemorates ten years since the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, and the city’s nickname, “The Big Easy,” occasionally feels like an oxymoron. The undulating vibe of jazz and craft cocktails is all for the taking, but peel back the layers and you’ll discover a blissfully scrappy town still struggling to redefine its post-disaster identity. New Orleans is a living, breathing version of the American Dream, with all the myriad aspects of life just waiting to be experienced.
I’ve set up digs at the Windsor Court Hotel (300 Gravier St. Tel: 504-523-6000.www.windsorcourthotel.com). Developed by New Orleans businessman James “Jimmy” Coleman, Jr. more than 30 years ago, the property completed a $22 million restoration in 2012 and is a stunning tribute to English décor and French Vogue. Brimming with lavish furnishings and fresh flowers, the property never feels stuffy and I’m happily ensconced in my city-view room furnished in shades of robin egg’s blue. I didn’t come to New Orleans to stay in the room, but by week’s end I will happily take advantage of the spa, at which point I hope the massage therapist can purge the toxins from my multi-happy hour expeditions.
After public outcry since the killing of Cecil the lion, animal-rights activists took to social media to demand that airlines stop the transport of animal-head trophies on flights. The airlines have announced that they will no longer transport lion, rhinoceros, leopard, elephant, or buffalo parts, with American and United saying that they will end the transport “effective immediately.” Delta, who became the target of a Change.org petition, says that they will also stop these shipments. “Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight,” the company said.
Shira Banki, the 16-year-old student stabbed at a gay pride parade in Jerusalem on Thursday, has died and will be laid to rest today, according to an Israeli spokeswoman.
Banki was among the six people wounded, and two seriously injured in Thursday’s attacks.
The teen succumbed to her knife wounds on Sunday, CNN reports.
Yishai Shlissel, the ultra-Orthodox Jewish perpetrator who previously served a 10-year sentence in federal prison after committing another pride parade knifing in 2005, is today back in custody.
Shlissel was released from prison just three weeks ago and was arrested immediately following the attack, Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement.
“Our charming, happy, lively and beloved 16-year-old Shira was murdered just because she came to support her friends and any person’s right to live their life their own way,” Banki’s family said in a statement. “With no purpose but with stupidity, evilness and recklessness, her life came to an end.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered their condolences to Banki’s family on Sunday.
“Shira was murdered because she bravely supported the principle that each one can live their life in honor and security,” Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said in a statement.
“We will not allow this despicable killer to undermine the core values that Israeli society is based upon. We contemptuously denounce his actions of hate and violence.”
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They arrived in Vietnam just eight months ago, but U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius and his husband have already made quite the splash, becoming the most eminent gay couple in the southeast Asian country.
Last December, Osius put down stakes with his spouse of nine years, Clayton Bond, and their toddler son, Tabo, just days before the Vietnamese government lifted its ban on same-sex marriage.
Now, the couple has become the face of the fledgling movement for LGBT rights unfurling across Vietnam.
Osius, 53, and Bond often attend governmental events together with their 19-month-old son and recently adopted five-month old baby daughter, Lucy, further casting them into the public eye.
“This is a core interest of ours with regard to human rights,” Bond, 39, told Bloomberg. “People see us as an openly gay couple with kids, serving our country. I hope people find that inspiring.”
Osius, formerly an associate professor at the National War College in Washington, D.C., is on his first ambassador posting. A career diplomat, Osius co-founded GLIFAA, a U.S. nonprofit that represents LGBT personnel in foreign affairs agencies and their families, in 1992.
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A new viral vidoeo titled “My New Face” shows what happens when a man shaves his beard after 14 years. The three-minute online film by Israeli agency BBR Saatchi & Saatchi for Super-Pharm’s Life M6 razor blades has 44-year-old Mook shave off his over a decade-old facial hair. Watch has his parents, wife, and children react to his brand-new look.
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Possibly best known for the LOGO seriesNoah’s Arc, which infused a healthy dose of diversity into a racy, Queer As Folk–style ensemble dramedy, openly gay writer-director Patrik Ian-Polk truly landed a coup when Oscar-winner Mo’Nique signed on to co-produce and co-star in his moving 2014 LGBT film, Blackbird. Mo’Nique plays the devoutly religious mother of a gay teenage son (out-newcomer Julian Walker) struggling to accept his sexuality and a less-than-ideal family situation.
A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Polk graduated from the University of Southern California’s film school before landing a gig as production executive at Edmonds Entertainment. Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and his wife Tracey as executive producers, Polk made his feature debut with Punks, a zingy 2000 comedy hailed as a gay, black Waiting to Exhale/Broken Hearts Club.
A flash mob in Kingston, Jamaica calling attention to the lack of LGBT rights in Jamaica received a Hollywood boost when actress Ellen Page attended the event. The first-ever gay pride in the Caribbean country was intended to be a weeklong event, including a pride parade, but it was ultimately decided that a parade would put marchers at risk for violence from the notoriously anti-gay country.
Instead, a major flash mob took place in Emancipation Park where 40 people attended, including Page. J-Flag, Jamaica’s LGBT group, posted a picture of Page calling her attendance as “…magical and awe-inspiring.” [GSN]
Philadelphia once again becomes a summer haven for gay arts, as GayFest! , the city’s LGBT theater festival, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a lineup of plays and “one night stands” that cast a rainbow aura over the City of Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love. With almost 30 performances in all, GayFest! will be held August 7-22 as local theater company Quince Productions dons its LGBT hat.
According to Producing Artistic Director Rich Rubin: “Five years ago, when the Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Theater Festival ceased existence, we decided to jump in and fill the gap, because Philadelphia shouldn’t be without an LGBT theater festival. They (whoever `they’ are) told us we were nuts, it was too ambitious, it would never succeed, etc. etc. But here we are five years later, and still going strong.”
As has become the tradition, the festival opens with an import, this one brought in from Los Angeles by way of New York: At The Flash by Sean Chandler and David Leeper. In this one-man tour de force performance, Leeper plays five characters over five decades of the bar “The Flash”: closeted married man, drag queen, club kid, bar owner, and lesbian activist. It’s a mini-history of gay lives over fifty years. Just wait for that moment when all five characters interact over the years (we won’t say more because we don’t want to spoil anything!).
More exciting news about GayFest! on the next page.