Our very own Queerious’ Jason Karman is fundraising for his new 17-minute Christmas drama short film “Yung Men” about two gay brothers. The project is autobiographically inspired as he wrote on his Indiegogo page, “A few years ago at Christmas, my dad had an emergency stipend to prevent an impending stroke. The prospect of losing a parent while I was away almost became a reality for me as I chose not to visit for the holidays that year due to my work schedule. At the core, Yung Men is about a son coming home and trying to make amends for not being not being there when it matter the most.”
Queer Dallas-based filmmaker Yen Tan is raising money through United States Artists for his latest gay flick Pit Stop, a love story about two working class gay men in a small Texas town. Yen’s previous feature Ciao played many prestigious LGBT film festivals and received high praise.
Seattle-based independent filmmaker Chris Diani is Kickstarting his latest feature Let’s Pretend We’re Bunny Rabbits about the furry fandom subculture of the gays. What exactly is the film about?
“After a disagreement about money, struggling young playwright Gerry breaks up with his equally penniless artist boyfriend Tom and sets out to find a sugar daddy to support him. He quickly finds one on a matchmaking website, but doesn’t realize the sugar daddy is a furry – and thinks Gerry is a furry as well.” Continue reading
LGBT Activist Dan Choi was beaten and arrested by neo-nazis and Moscow cops for walking peacefully in Moscow’s LGBT Pride Parade. Americablog asks you to sign Mr. Choi’s open letter to Hillary Clinton to speak out against this human rights violation.
Here’s one of the best LGBT PSAs made by the acclaimed Singaporean filmmaker Boo Jun Feng whose debut feature Sandcastle premiered at Cannes last year.
Filmmaker Yvette Choy has started a Kickstarter campaign for her variety show The Miss TangTang Show which is “ive variety talk-show focusing on exhibiting, promoting and sustaining the innovative work of Queer Asian-American artists. We want to see smart work that is at once unique and cutting-edge, yet still relevant to our community’s deeply woven histories. We want to talk with those artists who break down the boxes and bridge various genres, generations and practices. The Ms. TangTang Show will be an engaging and intelligent spotlight that promotes Queer Asian American creativity in a fun and entertaining way.”
That sounds like a lot of fun and it’s exactly what Queerious should back!
About two weeks ago on April 27, Larry Kramer’s gay classic The Normal Heart has returned to Broadway with a stellar cast led by Ellen Barkin as Dr. Emma Brookner. The Normal Heart is probably the most relevant, political and succinct drama to date chronicling the explosion of the AIDS crisis in New York City. It’s no surprise that Heart was written by the equally explosive activist Larry Kramer who started the original Act Up.
I came out in the early 90s at Berkeley at height of the safer sex era and the tail end of AIDS and Act Up where I read The Normal Heart in my English 1B class led by a gay teaching assistant. Even then I remember it was an affecting and powerful play. Continue reading
If you are a San Francisco resident and cool, you’d probably have heard of the fabulous Dolores Park conveniently located between Castro and Mission Dolores neighborhoods. Apart from its usual park-related amenities such as tennis courts and slides, the small park has served as a refugee camp for more than 1600 families made homeless by the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and fire and hippie hangout and now as a haven for hipsters and families who flock to the park with a six-pack of PBR and/or picnic baskets on those unwonted sunny days in the bay.
Every weekend you can find muscled gay and stylish lesbian sun worshippers at the park. On some occasions, as if drunk swinging or hula-hooping is not fun enough, you can seek out inconspicuous vendors selling various “herbs-enhanced” baked goods. Continue reading
I kinda love it when white people are openly and un-ironically racist. Plus, her boobs are really awesome.
On February 21st, 2011, the world shook as god of tween girls Justin Bieber changed his legendary, lesbian-esque hair-do, which apparently cost him 80,000 die-hard fans who signed off as his followers on his Twitter account. But the power of JB prevails as the locks of his golden hair were auctioned off for over $40,000 for charity. Benevolent? Yes. Creepy? You bet.
But I am not here to try to understand why anyone would want to collect the hair of a 17-year-old boy. Continue reading
I’ve been following the news out of Cairo (and lately, Suez) with great interest. And not just because my secret boyfriend Anderson Cooper was punched in the face 10 times by an angry, anti-American mob. At first it was largely due to concern for the safety of my friend Jenny who lives in Cairo. Thank goodness, she is safely in the U.S. right now. I visited her in the summer of 2008 and experienced a bit of Egyptian life and culture.
I’d like to point out a few things to ponder if you don’t know much about Egypt. Continue reading
Posted in Globetrotting, Just Cause, Politics
Tagged Act Up, Anderson Cooper, anti-American, Cairo, Dahab, homosexuality condemned, niqab, punched, Tahrir Square
The past year, I’ve been traveling to LGBT film festivals with my feature The People I’ve Slept With and I kept bumping into my director friend Michael Saul and actor/producer Heath Daniels. I was finally able to catch their hilarious and delightful short “Go Go Reject” at the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. “Go Go Reject” has playing gay festivals all over the world and people are loving it.