International Order of Sodomites is in Session: Prolific ‘Queer Quipster’ Justin Sayre Talks New Shows
by Jim Gladstone
Perhaps the most prolific queer quipster working today, Justin Sayre has been writing a new set’s worth of comedy material nearly every month since 2011, when he first presented his topical live act, The Meeting of the International Order of Sodomites (iOS) in New York back in 2011.
Sayre’s shows mix wicked riffs on current issues—from gay marriage and parenthood to the unbearable whiteness of Looking—with homages to timeless gay icons, from Judy Garland to Julie Andrews.
Now a staple of queer Manhattan night life, running at Joe’s Pub between October and May, iOS Q represents just a fraction of Sayre’s output—he relocated to Los Angeles to join the writing staff of Two Broke Girls and has a much-needed young adult book—Husky—about an overweight gay kid being published next month.
For each ‘meetings’ of iOS— which also features guest musical performances—Sayre develops all new material, much of which is filmed in performance and posted to the internet shortly afterward.
“I never mind that the material is out there,” says Sayre, “I like the challenge of doing something new – to always do something creative and move the conversation forward.”
“I see the web as a gift,” Sayre notes, “Its gotten my work out there, and I also take it as a good challenge. When I do a new show, it really has to be new. An audience being familiar with your material can be a trap if they like what you did in the past and want you to do it over and over. I hope I’m building an audience that wants to hear my voice and my perspective, not specific routines.”
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In an effort to teach public urinators a lesson, San Francisco is painting its walls with UV-coated, urine-repellent paint, the Bay Area’s KPIX reports. The new, freshly-painted walls stay clean and dry by instantly repelling liquid, which for offenders, means spraying urine right back at them.
“We are piloting it to see if we can discourage people from peeing at many of our hot spots,” Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru tells SFGate. “Nobody wants to smell urine. We are trying different things to try to make San Francisco smell nice and look beautiful.”
According to the Huffington Post, San Francisco Public Works has racked up 375 requests to steam-clean urine-soaked walls since the beginning of this year. Peeing in public has long been punishable by fines of up to $100, which ultimately do little to curb the problem.
Crews have painted a total of 10 walls so far in San Francisco, and according to KPIX, the city intends to keep the paint coming. So, public whizzers, beware. And dog owners, be warned: You might want to map a new route for dog walking, unless you want each day to end in a bath for your pooch.
A high school in San Francisco will be the first in the nation to offer a course on LGBT issues. The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts will offer the course starting in the fall, and it will concentrate on LGBT history and literature, terminology, and media portrayals.
“I’m excited to teach the class because, in San Francisco, at SOTA, students should be learning these stories; they’re ‘their’ stories,” teacher Lyndsey Schlax said on the school’s Facebook page. “So much is changing in America, and the world, for LGBTQ individuals… I get to teach this history as its [SIC] happening. It can’t get much more exciting than that!!!” [Seventeen]
With an appropriately campy turn of phrase, the Los Angeles Times called Outfest “More than just a film festival, it’s a full-on happening.” Well, this happening just happens to be the largest of its kind in the US. The ten-day festival celebrates the best in LGBT cinema with screenings of films from around the world. Special events and parties take place throughout the festival and the opening night gala is your chance to shine—go get red-carpet ready for this amazing event.
Witness the fleshy, flashy career of Falcon Studios founder Chuck Holmes at an exclusive screening of Seed Money: The Chuck Homes Story on Sunday June 21 at the Castro Theater in San Francisco.
James Franco and Zachary Quinto Kiss, ‘Magic Mike,’ and Many More Surprises at San Francisco’s LGBT Film Festival
James Franco and Zachary Quinto will make out. The history of Falcon studios will be celebrated. Tab Hunter will share tales of gay Hollywood hunkdom, and Magic Mike XXL will have a special preview screening at the Castro Theater. These are just a few of the more salacious anticipated highlights of the 39th annual edition of Frameline, the San Francisco International LGBTQ Festival, opening this Thursday and running through Pride Day on June 28.
The largest and most extensive—over 170 shorts and features—festival of its kind worldwide, Frameline 39 offers eye-opening, little-seen perspectives on our lives with films from over 30 countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, and Kenya. And even in many films produced in the US and Western Europe, says Frameline Executive Director Frances Wallace, “We’re starting to see a real shift in subject matter as society changes. Years ago, we saw many more coming out stories, and of course they will always be there, but now we’re seeing films that deal with out gay athletes, international immigration, the complications that digital culture brings to our lives, and more complex views of transgender characters…As LGBTQ stories and characters make their way into more and more mainstream releases, part of Frameline’s mission is to find films and filmmakers who continue to find aspects of our lives that are less represented.”
Here’s your chance to win two tickets to this Sunday’s showing of Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story. Witness the flashy and fleshy story of the founder of Falcon Studios. Enter here!
Jim Gladstone gives us the scoop on what to see during the week after the jump…
In honor of Pride, Madame Tussauds revealed today that Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox will join the ranks of well-known celebrities, major leaguers, and distinguished historical icons as the first ever transgender person to be honored with a life-size wax figure.
An outspoken advocate of the trans* community, Laverne Cox is unprecedented as the first trans* woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television program with her breakout role as inmate Sophia Burset on the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, returning to laptops everywhere later this week for its third season.
Ms. Cox landed the cover of TIME magazine last year with the iconic “Transgender Tipping Point,” and has forged ahead to become the first trans* woman of color to produce and star in her own television show, VH1’s TRANSForm Me, earning a GLAAD Award for “Outstanding Reality Program,” the title of Glamour magazine’s 2014 Woman of the Year, as well as a SAG Award and Emmy nomination, among others honors.
Read what Cox has to say about the honor on the next page…
KQED, the public media organization serving Northern California, and the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive, part of the special collections department at San Francisco State University’s J. PaulLeonard Library, today announced the recovery of The Rejected, the first ever nationally-televised documentary about homosexuality. Produced by KQED and introduced by KQED’s then General Manager James Day, it debuted on September 11, 1961.
A story about the film and its recovery will air this evening at 4:30pm PST on KQED Radio’s All Things Considered. An article about The Rejected and link to the complete film can be found at kqed.org/arts. The hour-long documentary was described at the time as “a frank and outspoken appraisal of homosexuality in modern society.” It includes interviews with anthropologist Dr. Margaret Mead, religious leaders, early gay rights activists and others.
Many film historians believed that the original film had been lost according to KQED archivist Robert Chehoski, who got in touch with the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive to see if they could make it available. “Over the years I’ve been contacted by several film and LGBT studies professors who were looking for this pioneering film.” said Chehoski. “We’re thrilled the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive not only found it but are making it available to the public in time for LGBT Pride Month.”
“In the 1960s KQED was tackling subjects related to racism, the arts, civil rights, Native Americans and gay people that few others would,” said Alex Cherian, film archivist at San Francisco State University. “We are sometimes frustrated by the speed of progress but when you look at a film like The Rejected from 1961, you see that things have really improved since then. On the flip side, you also see many of the same challenges persist.”
A new Gallup poll has asked Americans what the US Census doesn’t. What’s your sexual orientation. The new research finds interesting facts about where the largest concentration of LGBT persons are in the US. No surprise, it’s in the West. The highest concentration is in San Francisco. Other cities in the West also made the list like Portland, Oregon and even Salt Lake City.
Check out the full list after the jump…