For the first time Jennie Livingston and Junior Labeija will come together to discuss the legendary documentary Paris is Burning a documentary that perfectly encapsulated the zeitgeist of New York’s ballroom scene of the 1980s. After a screening of the film, Ali Forney Center‘s Carl Siciliano will moderate a discussion with the film’s creator, Livingson, and Labeija from the House of Labeija who was the MC of the balls from the mid-70s to the mid-90s. Money raised from the screening will go to the Ali Forney Center, the New York–based organization that helps fight homelessness among LGBT youths.
The screening takes place at the Directors Guild of America in New York on May 16th and 7 P.M.
Mayor Earl Bullard of Latta, South Carolina fired the city’s openly gay police chief, Crystal Moore, but he acted within the law. Latta was caught on tape saying that he’d much rather have a drunk protecting children than a gay, and unfortunately he has acted within his legal limits as there is no federal law or law in South Carolina that protects openly gay people from discrimination. The mayor was caught saying:
“I would much rather have.. and I will say this to anybody’s face… somebody who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I had somebody whose lifestyle is questionable around children.
Because that ain’t the damn way it’s supposed to be. You know.. you got people out there — I’m telling you buddy — I don’t agree with some of the lifestyles that I see portrayed and I don’t say anything because that is the way they want to live, but I am not going to let my child be around. ”
I’m not going to let 2 women stand up there and hold hands and let my child be aware of it. And I’m not going to see them do it with 2 men neither.”
I’m not going to do it. Because that ain’t the way the world works.”
Now, all these people showering down and saying ‘Oh it’s a different lifestyle they can have it.’ Ok, fine and dandy, but I don’t have to look at it and I don’t want my child around it.” [WBTW]
Contributor Lindsay B. Davis reviews The Library, a theatrical collaboration between Hollywood heavyweights Scott Z. Burns and Steven Soderbergh.
In The Public Theater’s The Library, two film veterans—writer Scott Z. Burns (Side Effects, The Informant, Contagion, co-writer of Bourne Ultimatum) and Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Erin Brokovich, sex, lies, and videotape)—tackle the topic of gun violence in American schools by awakening the Off Broadway theater community to a few ideas they’ve probably debated over Sunday brunch or a recent cocktail party: the media is sensationalistic, law enforcement just wants to close a case, Bible thumpers are hypocritical, surgeons are arrogant, teenagers struggle with emotions and guns are bad.
The narrative centers on Caitlin Gabriel (Chloë Grace Moretz in her stage debut), who survives being shot in the Golden Valley High School’s library, only to become the subject of an investigation for possibly aiding the gunman during the attack. The plot maneuvers its way through a “Did she do it?” canal but never feels terribly suspenseful.
A recently released Pew Research Center’s poll that evaluates 40 nations’ views on moral issues has found that Spain is the world’s most accepting nation toward the LGBT community. Nearly 55% of those asked to consider homosexuality “morally acceptable” with 38% saying that it’s “not a moral issue” and only six percent saying that it’s “morally unacceptable.” Expectedly, nations like Ghana and Russia ranked lowest on the list. Interestingly enough, only 23% of Americans surveyed said that homosexuality was “morally acceptable.”
Find out about other social issues like divorce and alcohol by clicking here to see the full study.
Nestled into a well-hidden corner of Paris, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme is one of the city’s gems. Part of what makes the hotel such a standout is its picturesque hotel bar, Le Bar, a perfect place for a leisurely cocktail in the city of light. With a “jazzy atmosphere,” well-lit interior, and wide array of classic (as well as luxury) cocktails, Le Bar offers a little something for everyone.
What better place to celebrate springtime than in Paris? And with our choice for this week’s global cocktail, you’ll have no trouble feeling the change of seasons in the Parisian air. Presenting Le Bar’s Kinky Dream. Available at Le Bar for € 29 a pop; aspiring mixologists are invited to improvise their own DIY version.
Raspberry Purée Smoked With Red Fruit Flavored Tea
Earlier this week, news came from the notorious Coachella music festival that pop sensation Lana Del Rey debuted a new track during her festival set. Fresh from the California desert, the single is (fittingly) entitled “West Coast,” and it’s available for listen on YouTube. The track is an early cut from Del Rey’s upcoming LP, Ultraviolence.
“West Coast” is a quintessentially Del Rey song, a typical example of the artist’s sultry, atmospheric brand of rock & roll— it’s no wonder David Lynch is a fan.
While Del Rey is known perhaps best for her high impact music videos, you’ll have to wait for that; according to her YouTube channel, the video for “West Coast” is “coming soon.” Check the official audio out via YouTube after the jump…
Last February, activists called for a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel in LA due to the hotel’s ownership by Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei, the leader of a country where homosexuality is illegal. Recently, the situation in Brunei has become even more dire, with a UN-condemned (and Sultan-sponsored) law that would make gay sex punishable by stoning to death.
According to a report by FrontiersLA.com, Gay activist Cleve Jones and others are asking the public to boycott any of the hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei, including the entire Dorchester Collection which is under his control.
We reached out to the Dorchester Collection, and we received a copy of their official statement:
Here at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, California, we do not tolerate any form of discrimination of any kind. We are also against any law in any other country around the world that punishes people for their religious beliefs, ethnicity, race or sexual orientation. The laws and policies that govern how we run our hotel have nothing to do with the laws that exist in any other country outside of the United States.
Dorchester Collection’s Code emphasizes equality, respect and integrity. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination and strongly value people and cultural diversity amongst our guests and employees.
The anti-gay laws in Brunei must be condemned by one and all. Whatever it takes, boycotts, seizure of property, and/or the freezing of assets, we must not allow the Sultan of Brunei to murder gay people for expressing their love.
The fifth-annual Born This Way Prom will be held next weekend in Newport, Rhode Island. While many LGBT youth feel alienated at big high school dances, this yearly event seeks to provide a welcoming environment and alternate “coming-of-age event” for any queer youngster, “no questions asked.” Tickets are free for both prom attendees and adult volunteers (parents should be warned, the event is alcohol free).
Thanks to the great venue (Easton’s Beach Rotunda) this event includes rides on a beach-side carousel from 6:30pm-8:30pm, dancing and music from DJ Butch until 11:30pm, and free food. The event will be held Friday, April 25th from 6:30-11:30pm at Easton’s Beach Rotunda in Newport.
Some cities just do Spring Break better than others. Sophomore year is over, so skip the beach bacchanals that you’ll find south of the border, and try someplace with all the fun but twice the class (and closer to home). While you’re at it, kick back in a room with one of the world’s most gay-friendly hotel companies.
Marriott is ready for you to come “Be You, With Us.” We’ve done the hard part and chosen four of the brand’s most LGBT-welcoming properties to make your Spring Break easier than ever. Miami, San Diego, Orlando, and Marco Island, Florida have all the sun, the shopping, and, oh yes, the boys.