I first fell in love with Kristen Stewart 10 years ago. I was 12.”Catch that Kid,” a classic of our times, has a criminal 12 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Anyone who would review this film poorly is a joyless weirdo.
Stewart played Maddy, an adventurous tomboy whose skillset included climbing very tall things and emotionally manipulating boys. Her dad needed an expensive surgery, so she enlisted her two best guy friends to help her casually rob a bank. They aren’t feeling it at first, but then she gives each of them one half of a heart necklace with a promise that she loves him and doesn’t give a shit about the other guy. Bingo. Kristen Stewart’s Maddy is strategic, powerful, and a ruthless heartbreaker. 12-year-old me thought, What a dreamboat.
As far as mainstream kids’ movies go, “Catch that Kid” is a total queerfest. Maddy herself is an unfeminine little boss who is -20 percent interested in the romantic affection of preteen boys, while her mother is played by Jennifer Beals, aka “The L Word’”‘s power dyke, Bette. So, ever since Kristen Stewart was in this super great, super queer flop of a film, I’ve associated her with my own lesbian awakening – and I therefore feel weirdly protective whenever her real-life potential queerness comes into cultural question, and she’s run through the celebrity gossip meat grinder.
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Conservative shock jock Glenn Beck is very angry about a lot of things. One in particular? Politicians who opposed marriage equality before they supported it — not because Beck himself actually cares about marriage equality, mind you — he just thinks these politicians are hypocrites. And the biggest hypocrite of them all is Hillary Clinton, of whom Beck said:
“I’m telling you, Hillary Clinton will be having sex with a woman on the White House desk if it becomes popular. “
To what do we owe this sort of graphic visual image? Beck wasn’t relying on his own tawdry imagination, but instead a decades-old rumor from political consultant Dick Morris. The disgraced Morris started as a friend of the Clintons and after a falling-out (including a prostitution scandal), he is now one of the Clintons’ biggest adversaries. Morris is responsible for pretty much flat-out saying that Hillary Clinton is a lesbian, which, as a former close friend, people assumed he would know.
I don’t care what sexual orientation Hillary Clinton is (though I would love an LGBT president in the future for sure). I find it pretty depressing that one rumor has gotten loads of replay over the years, resurfacing almost always in ultra-right-wing media but also occasionally in liberal LGBTQ ones. I did a little search, digging into only the last decade, and came up with quite a bit of history for the Hillary Clinton lesbian rumors…
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Back in February, some jerk politicians in South Carolina threatened cut the College of Charleston’s budget because they didn’t like the books that freshman were assigned to read for 2013 orientation. Those books were Out Loud: The Best Of Rainbow Radio, which tells the story of South Carolina’s first LGBT radio show, a Fun Home, a graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel. Legislators advanced bills that would cut funds in the amount that was spent on implementing the orientation’s reading campaigns.
This week, the off-Broadway cast of “Fun Home,” a new show based on Bechdel’s (amazing) 2006 memoir about being the lesbian daughter of a closeted gay father, performed to sold out audiences at the school’s Memminger Auditorium. “Fun Home” the play was recently named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Miraculously, no one who attended the performances has suddenly become came. It’s still early yet, though. Keep reading »
The historic Stonewall Riot, which took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, 1969, is being made into a big screen film starring easy-on-the-eyes actor Jeremy Irvine (“War Horse,” “Great Expectations”). The film will follow the police raid on the West Village bar, which was a gathering place for gay, lesbian and trans folks. Although the NYPD officially raided Stonewall over liquor license violations, it was one of many intrusions on still-suspect gay and lesbian life. Patrons responded by throwing bottles at cops, which brought out the riot police and sparked days of protests. Stonewall is considered one of the main touchstones for the gay rights movement. [History.com; Deadline Hollywood]
The Internet has been abuzz lately with Tumblr blogs like I, Too, Am Harvard and I, Too, Am Oxford, which focused on the experiences of students of color amongst the mostly white populations at elite universities. Mostly the signs highlight ignorant remarks based on stereotypes students have been subjected to.
Here’s another Tumblr in the same vein, but with a slightly different take: We Are All UVA. Students of all backgrounds and sexual orientations pose holding signs hashtagged #WeAreAllUVA explaining what they contribute to the big melting pot that is the UVA campus. My absolute favorite is this one: five young men from the UVA swim team holding a sign that reads, “2 of us are gay, the other 3 don’t care.” Keep reading »