Tag Archives: Gay Life

On the Cake Artist and the gays

After reading the transcript of the oral argument for Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, I was sure we who want the gay couple to prevail had lost Anthony Kennedy, the Most Important Man in America. Before I reach … Continue reading

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‘A nice early Christmas present’

Two weeks ago, I cautioned, myself more than anyone, my readers not to get complacent. Donald Trump’s candidacy included a couple of ornamental gestures toward bringing in gay and lesbian voters to the GOP as if their base would allow … Continue reading

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Regarding belief in the rule of law

A couple of items stood out this Sunday morning. First, prompted by a friend, I checked out the Trump administration’s national AIDS policy. Thorough and impressive, right? As thorough and impressive as seeing the categories of victims in Trump’s World … Continue reading

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‘Thelma’ tame as queer drama and horror flick

Described in a squib as “Carrie meets Rosemary’s Baby,” Thelma is neither. This Norwegian film about a collegebound young woman developing at once her psychic power and sexuality is solid and stolid; it doesn’t find any new wrinkles in familiar … Continue reading

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Never get complacent

The machinations of organizations like this are why we queer folk can’t relax. Never, never. behold the so-called Alliance Defending Freedom, comprising people who went to school, got degrees with polysyllabic words on them, and wave hello at your kids’ … Continue reading

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In ‘BPM (Beats Per Minute)’ identity is politics

An abbreviation most often used for dance tracks, the phrase “beats per minute” gains poignant resonance in a tough new French film. In the years before protease inhibitors, when the gay movement fought for every federal dollar, a lifespan was … Continue reading

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Todd Haynes too awestruck by material in ‘Wonderstruck’

Last night before a screening a friend who programs a local festival admitted he liked Carol but was getting restless with Todd Haynes. With a producer like Christine Vachon and an ability to woo any actor he wants, Haynes was … Continue reading

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Queering Kevin Spacey

Too young for Wiseguy, I recognized Kevin Spacey as a formidable actor after watching him play an office manager with more cunning than his colorlessness would suggest in the film version of Glengarry Glenn Ross. I wasn’t sure he coded … Continue reading

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‘4 Days in France’ looks at 4 days of Grindr-ing

For several years French directors have made the most probing gay cinema, devoted to showing the less respectable and visible but no less essential components of queerness. Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake (2013) and Staying Vertical (2016) examined the … Continue reading

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‘Call Me By Your Name’ is an unabashed romp

What might make Call Me By Your Name the first wide release film about two gay men fondling each other to attract audiences since 2005 is that it presents itself as an idyll: Armie Hammer is Oliver, a graduate student … Continue reading

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I’m not done looking yet: the best of Ani DiFranco 1993-2001 (more or less)

You think I’ve listened to every note? Neither have you. No other great singer-songwriter in the last twenty years requires un-judicious pruning (Conor Oberst, meh). Her headline-grabbing politics, right-on explorations of sexual tactics, excellent acoustic guitar strumming and picking will … Continue reading

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‘Race is the last issue where the devil would ever need an advocate’

Wading into a so-called free speech debate that has given National Review Online its only clicks since January, Maya Rupert questions the role of devil’s advocate when debating racial questions: Armed with the cloak of dispassion, the devil’s advocate is … Continue reading

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