December 6, 1990 |
Essex Hemphill was about to offer the homeless man some spare change when acidic words rained down: "Hey green pants," the man yelled. "You faggot. " People on the street walked quickly away, then glanced awkwardly at Hemphill - a slim man dressed in pants, sports jacket and docksiders with a knapsack slung over his shoulder. Though he was burning up inside, Hemphill quickly withdrew and continued silently down 21st Street. It is these encounters that have moved Hemphill, 33, to put pen to paper and speak out against the ignorance and hatred that assail homosexuals.
September 24, 2004 |
This review originally ran in April as part of Philadelphia Film Festival coverage. Here's the anatomy of hell: being forced to watch Catherine Breillat's Anatomy of Hell, a two-character study of sexual degradation, humiliation and existential despair. Mercifully short, brutally explicit, and extremely French, Anatomy is about a nameless young woman (Amira Casar) who hires a gloomy gay man (Rocco Siffredi) to "look" at her - in very naked, very intimate detail. He schleps out to the woman's out-of-the-way abode for several nights in succession, goes up to her bedroom, watches her undress, and so on. Over the course of these soirees, the pair engage in penetrating discourse about how men see women and women see men. There are childhood flashbacks (he remembers killing a baby bird, she remembers playing "doctor" with the local boys)
September 10, 2007 |
I FEEL sorry for Sen. Larry Craig. Really. Yes, I know he's a lying hypocrite whose anti-gay rhetoric and Senate votes have contributed to a culture of intolerance and hatred that still keeps some gay and bisexual men - men like him - hiding in the closet. It is the same culture that killed Matthew Shepherd. That leads gay teens to commit suicide. That presumes that a gay or bisexual person can't be a good parent. Can't have a loving relationship sanctioned by the state called a marriage.
February 20, 1999 |
"Dawson's Creek," the weekly drama series that's as hormonally driven as its teen-age audience, upped its already-high sexual content Wednesday night when one of its 17-year-old characters admitted he was gay. After struggling with his sexual identity, "Dawson's' " Jack McPhee came out, a week after confidently vowing to girlfriend Joey Potter - played by the current crown princess of teen stars, Katie Holmes - that he wasn't gay. The move...
August 17, 2004
IDREAMED about Jim McGreevey last night. It wasn't like the wake-up-with-a-start dream I had about dating Tobey Maguire - it was more that New Jersey's governor wove in and out of my head all night long. I hope it means McGreevey will not fade away forever, but will someday weave his way back into public life. It's a shame that just about the time I get used to having an openly gay governor, he will be gone from office. McGreevey was right when he said during his resignation speech last week that being gay should not affect the way he governs.
June 17, 2011 |
Independent filmmaker Todd Haynes, 50, finally has achieved mainstream success with this year's emotionally affecting HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce and his 2007 Bob Dylan biopic, I'm Not There , which featured six different actors in the lead role. Haynes has a penchant for formal experimentation and for exploring daring, transgressive sexual themes. His 2002 drama Far From Heaven looks like an inoffensive 1950s melodrama about middle America, but is actually the story of a tormented, closeted gay man. Nowhere are Haynes' preoccupations more evident - or raw - than in his 1991 breakout movie, Poison, which Zeitgeist Films will release June 21 in a special edition, Poison: 20th Anniversary Edition ( www.zeitgeistfilms.com/ ; $29.99; not rated)
May 23, 1991 |
According to its curator, Jeanne Nugent, "Identities" is an exhibition that seeks to "promote a better reading of gay and lesbian experience, aesthetic and otherwise. " What "aesthetic experience" is supposed to mean in this context isn't clear, because the show is basically a political statement rather than an exposition of a distinctive homosexual aesthetic. Nugent, a local artist and writer, organized "Identities" for Gay and Lesbian Artists (GALA) in cooperation with Richard Torchia, curator of the Levy Gallery at Moore College of Art and Design.
May 6, 2000 |
So I'm riding in this car and these guys on the radio start debating the current Supreme Court case testing whether the Boy Scouts can kick out an assistant scoutmaster for being gay. And one of the guys raises a question. I'm opposed to homosexuality, he announces. What if my son asks a gay scoutmaster if it's OK for two men to love each other? What if the scoutmaster tells my son something contrary to what I've taught? People are seconding the man as if this were a really deep point he just made - ooh, got to think about that one - and I'm sitting there being thankful to God that I have this space in the newspaper in which to vent and holler.
May 20, 2005 |
What would happen if one of the New York Yankees' stable of superstars - say, Alex Rodriguez - called a news conference tomorrow to announce that he was homosexual? The tabloid headlines would surely shriek "Gay-Rod!" and the media, with their insatiable 24/7 appetite for salacious scandal, would be frenzied in pursuit of every possible angle of the story. Richard Greenberg begins his Tony-winning Take Me Out with that kind of detonation, and he could have easily settled on a satirical scenario about the tumult that would follow.
April 13, 2004 |
Here's the anatomy of hell: being forced to watch Catherine Breillat's Anatomy of Hell, a two-character study of sexual degradation, humiliation and existential despair. Mercifully short, brutally explicit, and extremely French, Anatomy is about a nameless young woman (Amira Casar) who hires a gloomy gay man (Rocco Siffredi) to "look" at her - in very naked, very intimate detail. He schleps out to the woman's out-of-the-way abode for several nights in succession, goes up to her bedroom, watches her undress, and so on. Over the course of these soirees, the pair engage in penetrating discourse about how men see women and women see men. There are childhood flashbacks (he remembers killing a baby bird, she remembers playing "doctor" with the local boys)