My old college pal, P. Funmilayo dropped by this week after selling one of her paintings to a Dallas collector. I met her while majoring in Theater at the University of North Texas. She’s a globe trotter but for the moment lives in the North Texas hipster hotspot of Denton where she’s pursuing a Master’s Degree at Texas Women’s University in Invisible Theater. Yep, you read that correctly. Technically she’s pursuing a Master’s in Women’s Study using theatrical pedagogies such as Invisible Theater to “present social events in which individuals sculpt relationships and in the process promote ideas of social consideration, social awareness, and ignite true concern within the concept of Theater of the Oppressed“. The section in italics was taken directly from her personal statement.
Basically, she’s going to take Augusto Boal’s pedagogy to question issues that face women. If you saw Quentin’s post about the episode of “What Would You Do” in which Texans defend gay parents, you have a pretty decent idea of what Invisible Theater is. The major difference, Funmilayo will insist, is that in true Invisible Theater the audience will never know that it has just witnessed a work of improv social activism.
Since Gay Pride month is officially over here in the US, I thought that we queers could ride high on the marriage win in New York and start in with the business of demanding a federal mandate for marriage equality. So, here’s a video to get you introduced to Invisible Activism, wherever you may live. We don’t need to change the minds of a few key politicians; we need to change the minds and hearts of homophobes.
A question for some of our female readers: let’s say that you meet the woman of your dreams, fall in love, and want to raise a family together. Where is the best place to raise a lesbian family? Perhaps where you currently live is a queer family friendly place, but perhaps it is not.
I recently visited high school friends in New England. We took a day trip to Northampton, Massachusetts to see a famous comedian and also to visit a very charming family. Visiting Northampton felt like walking into a parallel universe, one where lesbian parents are the norm. This town of about 30,000 apparently has over 5 times more LGBT residents than a typical American town. Though not very ethnically diverse, this was still quite refreshing to me as someone who grew up in the Bible Belt. I’ll admit, I was enchanted by all that I observed in Northampton.We spent much of the day at the lovely home of Kirsten and Elizabeth, parents of twin toddler boys. Continue reading
Posted in Get a Life, Getting Better, Globetrotting, Out There, Politics
Tagged babies, children, family, gay marriage, kids, lesbian, northampton
The Tea Party movement has taken great pains to publicly focus only on fiscal issues and a drive for small government. It has not taken official positions on the two touchstone social issues that Karl Rove and his Republican successors had traditionally used to whip up the fervor of the conservative base: gay rights and abortion. But this is simply a political tactic to attract the all important independents. When you pull back the thin mask, you very quickly see that the true face of the Tea Party movement is white, conservative, Christian, anti-gay, and anti-choice.
Majority of Americans Now Support Marriage Equality!
A poll by ABC/Washington Post released March 18th, 2011 shows that for the first time a majority of Americans support the right to same sex marriage (53%). This is truly a landmark swing in public opinion. Continue reading
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Tagged ABC, abortion, CBS, Eric Holder, Gallup, gay marriage, John Boehner, Karl Rove, New York Times, Obama, Republicans, Same sex marriage, Tea Party, USA Today, white
I feel like I’m going to be the new Chris Crocker making the Youtube video, “Leave Justin Alone!” Mr. Bieber was accused of being homophobic and anti-abortion in his interview with Rolling Stone magazine. I wanted to do a bit more research on it and get the direct quotes, which I felt were probably read out of context. First of all, listen to this: “Canada’s the best country in the world…We go to the doctor and we don’t need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you’re broke because of medical bills.” Go Canada! Being a fellow Canadian myself, I must say you have to read his comments from the perspective of a country that is more culturally and politically advanced.
When asked about being gay, Mr. Bieber said, “It’s everyone’s own decision to do that. It doesn’t affect me and shouldn’t affect anyone else.” Continue reading
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Tagged abortion, anti-abortion, Canada, Canadian Human Rights Act, gay marriage, homophobic, Justin Bieber, Leave Justin Alone, medical bills, Rolling Stone, sexual orientation
Queerious interviewed prolific and popular queer filmmaker Rob Williams. Rob and his partner Rodney Johnson founded Guest House Films in 2005 and since then Rob has produced, wrote and directed an impressive slate of five queer features: Long Term Relationship (2006), Back Soon (2007), 3-Day Weekend (2008), Make the Yuletide Gay (2009) and Role/Play (2010). I have been on the same festival circuit with Role/Play but ironically I haven’t yet bumped into Rob. We caught up through Facebook where he kindly accepted an interview request from me.
Posted in Sight and Sound
Tagged 3-Day Weekend, Back Soon, commitment, gay marriage, gay-themed stories, Guest House Films, Howl, independent film, industry, Long Term Relationship, Make the Yuletide Gay, outing celebrities, prolific queer filmmaker, Rob Williams, Rodney Johnson, Role/Play, self-distribution, sequel, studio system, The Kids Are All Right, vision