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"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis remarked in Italian. "We shouldn't marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society."
"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis remarked in Italian. "We shouldn't marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society."
43 minutes ago
Gay
I really do understand. I know firsthand, the pain & shame of a brilliant acting career cut down by sex scandals, men, drugs, drink & mental problems. My flame burned out all too soon. I was known briefly & in a select circle as the "IT ...
I really do understand. I know firsthand, the pain & shame of a brilliant acting career cut down by sex scandals, men, drugs, drink & mental problems. My flame burned out all too soon. I was known briefly & in a select circle as the "IT GUY". I was forgotten all too soon... but you can still re-live the magic with my work on Beta, VHS, & DVDs. Sometimes the world is not ready for the heat that we sex symbols produce. Still, I have not yet been buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Indeed, I am living in impoverishment & obscurity in Portland, Oregon, in a house that is little more than a squatter's shack, with too many dogs & an unhinged, unglued & unzipped husband.In the 1920s, Clara Bow's spirit & sex appeal defined the newly liberated woman of the flapper era. Clara Bow was Hollywood's brightest light during this time. Clara was known as the-"It Girl", & Clara Bow had "It". The people she worked with claimed that she was full of charm & wit, a thorough professional.Clara Bow was an actress of range & depth, but she played mostly manicurists, waitresses, & department store clerks. Her films helped emancipate young American girls from the restrictive morals of their parents. Bow's characters were unashamed about being attracted to men. Her shop girl in IT (1927) spies the boss’s son & says: "Oh Santa, gimme him!" Her characters wore their dresses short, cut off their hair, drank & smoked in public, dancing all night long. At the height of her career, Bow received 45,000 fan letters a week. She was the idol of working girls & the dream of blue collar guys.The It Girl was so hot & bright, it seems inevitable that she would burn out personally & professionally. It is shocking to think that her career was over in 1933 at 26 years old, after she had made millions for her studio- Paramount, & was one of the most well-known stars in the world. She was condemned by the Hollywood community for her questionable morality. Producer Budd Schulberg, in his book Moving Pictures: Memories Of A Hollywood Prince: "Hollywood was a cultural schizophrene: The anti-movie Old Guard with their chamber music & their religious pageants fighting a losing battle against the more dynamic culture who flaunted the bohemianism of Edna St. Vincent Millay & the socialism of Upton Sinclair. But, there was one subject on which staid old Hollywood establishment & the members of the new culture circle would agree: Clara Bow, no matter how great her popularity, was a low-life & a disgrace to the community."Scandal ruined Clara Bow. She had a breakdown & had to recover in a sanatorium. She left films for good, & moved to Nevada with her new husband, cowboy actor Rex Bell. They had 2 sons, but Clara Bow was battling mental illness. She was a doting mother to her sons, but haunted by a weight problem & profound depression, Bow was eventually confined to a psychiatric hospital & not allowed to see her children. She died of a heart attack in her small house in West L.A. on September 26, 1965, while watching a Gary Cooper movie. She was 60 years old & living in poverty & obscurity. Clara Bow is buried Forest Lawn Memorial Park.Most of Bow's films have been lost. Of her 56 films, silent & sound, only 27 exist in their entirety or in pieces. Only 16 are available on video. The remaining films that survive are in the Library of Congress Film Archive.____________________________________________Theodosia Burr Goodman was one of the most popular screen actresses of her era & one of filmdom’s original sex symbols. She earned her the nickname "The Vamp", short for vampire. The term "vamp" soon became a popular slang term for a sexually forward woman.The glamorous star of the 1910s, Theda Bara is also the most inaccessible & mysterious today. Only Mary Pickford & Charlie Chaplin were more popular, but today it's nearly impossible to view her work. Of the more than 40 films she made from 1914 -1926, only 3 remain. Her image remains with film fans 80+ years after her retirement,
about 1 hour ago
Jen asks yet another woman out, prompting Sam to drop a bomb that’s been years in the making. The post Watch now! “Exes & Ohs”: I Do. Do I? (2.7) appeared first on AfterEllen.com.
Jen asks yet another woman out, prompting Sam to drop a bomb that’s been years in the making. The post Watch now! “Exes & Ohs”: I Do. Do I? (2.7) appeared first on AfterEllen.com.
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You’d be surprised what a girl can accomplish in solitary. The post “True Blood” recap (6.7): Warm Hungry Animal appeared first on AfterEllen.com.
You’d be surprised what a girl can accomplish in solitary. The post “True Blood” recap (6.7): Warm Hungry Animal appeared first on AfterEllen.com.
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Welcome to the Haunted Stress Relief Retreat! The post “Real Housewives of New Jersey” recap (5.9): A New Hope appeared first on AfterEllen.com.
Welcome to the Haunted Stress Relief Retreat! The post “Real Housewives of New Jersey” recap (5.9): A New Hope appeared first on AfterEllen.com.
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Lorraine Toussaint will join the cast and Danielle Brooks (Taystee!) has been promoted to a series regular. The post “Orange Is the New Black” adds, promotes cast for its second season...
Lorraine Toussaint will join the cast and Danielle Brooks (Taystee!) has been promoted to a series regular. The post “Orange Is the New Black” adds, promotes cast for its second season...
about 1 hour ago
Gay
Born on this day- July 29th, in 1905, the considerably closeted Swede- Dag Hammarskjöld was a real Renaissance man: a world class expert of economics, linguistics, literature, & history; an athlete in gymnastics, skiing, & mountaineering...
Born on this day- July 29th, in 1905, the considerably closeted Swede- Dag Hammarskjöld was a real Renaissance man: a world class expert of economics, linguistics, literature, & history; an athlete in gymnastics, skiing, & mountaineering; & a bit of a theologian. Hammarskjöld has been credited with having coined the term "planned economy." Receiving 57 votes out of 60, Hammarskjöld was elected Secretary-General of the United Nations in 1953 for a 5 term & was reelected in 1957, greatly extending the influence of the United Nations as well as the prestigeof the position of the Secretary-General. He was posthumously awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1961.Despite holding a position of public prominence as Secretary-General of the UN from 1953 until his death in 1961, Hammarskjöld managed to keep secret even the most minor details of his personal life from the world. His published journal- MARKINGS, translated to English by openly gay- W.H. Auden, stays away from any mention of his private life. Hammarskjöld was unable to accept his homosexuality & lived an unhappy, frustrated personal- life, suffering slurs from political figures & the international media. But though he couldn’t resolve his own internal conflicts, he was masterful at settling external conflicts as he worked to solve disputes in Palestine, Vietnam, Egypt, & the Congo.
about 2 hours ago
Gay
We already know that Mall of America plans on hosting one of the first same-sex weddings in the history of Minnesota. Now, with Minnesota's first day of marriage equality fast approaching, Betty Crocker and its parent company, Gen...
We already know that Mall of America plans on hosting one of the first same-sex weddings in the history of Minnesota. Now, with Minnesota's first day of marriage equality fast approaching, Betty Crocker and its parent company, General Mills, have decided to join in the celebration, hosting three same-sex couples (who plan on becoming among the first to get hitched on August 1st) at their Betty Crocker Kitchens headquarters in Golden Valley for a wedding cake tasting. The company will also be donating cakes to each of their three ceremonies.  The story comes to us via a press release from GLAAD.  General Mills, which scored a perfect 100 on the HRC's most recent Corporate Equality Index, has developed a history of supporting equal rights...much to the ire of the ultra-right wing. This most recent show of support comes as part of their "Families Project", which seeks "to understand what it means to be a family - so we can share the strengths that make every family part of a home," according to the company's website. GLAAD reports: "Margaret Miles and Cathy ten Broeke, the first couple who will be married, were joined by Reid Bordson and Paul Nolle, the second. Both will be married on Thursday by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. The third couple was Al Giraud and Jeff Isaacson, who will be the first couple married in St. Paul. The three couples tasted three Betty Crocker cakes, designed specifically to their tastes, in order to select one for their ceremony." The cakes were prepared by Terri Leckas of Queen of Cakes in Edina, MN. "We did a little taste testing of our own at my cake shop over the weekend and it was a lot of fun to walk in to the smell of baking at home," she said in the release. "It was a really good feeling." Making history in the Land of A Thousand Lakes...seems like a good enough reason to take a day off from your diet. That, and it certainly is good payback for North Carolina, where gay marriage opponents celebrated the state's new ban on same-sex marriage in May by eating wedding cake.
about 2 hours ago
Gay
In case you missed it, Right Wing Watch has compiled footage from Glenn Beck's bizarre three-day long Independence Day 'historical' celebration in Salt Lake City, Utah earlier this month. Attendees included Rep. Louie Gohme...
In case you missed it, Right Wing Watch has compiled footage from Glenn Beck's bizarre three-day long Independence Day 'historical' celebration in Salt Lake City, Utah earlier this month. Attendees included Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), and Michelle Malkin.  Naturally, I use the word 'historical' quite loosely.  The event, for those unaware, culminated in an 'epic rendition of America's story,' as told from the moon's perspective (portrayed by Beck himself). According to Beck, all of human history is just cycle-upon-cycle of Satan trying to wipe out God's chosen people in order to ultimately destroy God. I don't know about you, but I must have dozed off in my high school history class when this chapter was being taught. As Media Matters points out, Beck's events, depending on your perspective, are 'either gatherings of epic historical significance or yearly reminders of Beck's inflated sense of self-importance.' Check out a promotional video for the quirky convention, AFTER THE JUMP...   
about 2 hours ago
Gay
In a joint press release issued today, more then 30 national and New York-area LGBT organizations issued a call to the New York City Council urging a vote to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of the Community S...
In a joint press release issued today, more then 30 national and New York-area LGBT organizations issued a call to the New York City Council urging a vote to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of the Community Safety Act.   The proposed act, approved by the council less than a day after the Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, is composed of two bills, one of which would prohibit police from any profilng based on a host of possible criteria, including sexual orientation, gender identity and HIV status.  The other bill would create an independent inspector's office that would monitor police policy, conduct investigations and suggest changes that could be made to the department. Mayor Bloomberg vetoed the act last week, releasing two three-page letter explaining his opposition to both bills, which he called "dangerous and irresponsible," according to the New York Times.  The council has 30 days during which to hold a veto override.  In the first votes on the Community Safety Act, the independent inspector bill comfortably cleared a veto-proof two-thirds threshold; the profiling bill received exactly the number of council members required.  As Gothamist mused, Bloomberg's veto is seen by some as a delaying tactic to pick off council members and push the bills below the veto-proof margin. In their statement, which focused specifically on the profiling bill, the organizations today specifically noted the long history of profiling against the LGBT community: "From Stonewall to stop and frisk, LGBTQ people - and particularly LGBTQ people of color, LGBTQ youth, and transgender and gender nonconforming people - have long been targets of profiling and other forms of discriminatory policing." Joining the national organizations who signed the statement--among them the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLAAD--were a significant number of New York-specific groups, such as the Ali Forney Center, Gay Mens' Health Crisis, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of New York and the New York City Anti-Violence Project. You can read the organizations' statement in full AFTER THE JUMP... Dear New York City Council, We commend the New York City Council for leading the way toward putting an end to discriminatory policing of all of our communities by passing a comprehensive and enforceable ban on police profiling and establishing independent oversight of the New York City Police Department. We congratulate New York City for making history by prohibiting police profiling based on sexual orientation and gender identity by law, along with race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, housing status, immigration status and disability, including HIV status. From Stonewall to stop and frisk, LGBTQ people - and particularly LGBTQ people of color, LGBTQ youth, and transgender and gender nonconforming people - have long been targets of profiling and other forms of discriminatory policing. The consequences have ranged from death to deportation, assault to arrest, homophobic harassment to humiliation. Every person, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, must be able to walk the streets without fear for their safety, including fear of police profiling and discriminatory policing practices. Profiling – whether it’s based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity – has no place in our society. We thank you for your courage in protecting our right to safety while protecting our right to be free from discrimination in all its forms, including by police charged with protecting us. We urge you to continue to stand firm with LGBTQ people and communities of color, and to vote against efforts to veto this landmark legislation and turn back the clock on this victory. The safety of LGBTQ New Yorkers depends on it
about 2 hours ago