WELL — DO I?
This four-minute trailer is funny — if gay stuff doesn’t make you nervous. With 39 hours to go as I type, they’ve raised $97,466 toward their $115,000 Kickstarter goal to complete “Do I Sound Gay?” Here is the director’s two-minute rationale for making the film, complete with his cat. Not least because a (straight) friend is one of the producers, I happily kicked in.
AND SPEAKING OF GAY
Here‘s the much-watched Anderson Cooper segment on the Michael-Sam-kiss-on-ESPN controversy.
MEANWHILE . . .
Have you seen HBO’s new film, The Normal Heart? It scored 95% among Rotten Tomatoes’ “top critics” — a film about lust and love, ignorance and fear, oppression, indifference, denial, injustice — heroism — and a plague that’s killed 36 million men, women, and children.
I know/knew almost all the characters portrayed in the film, from New York’s closeted mayor and his closeted right-hand man (who made us dinner once) . . . to the central character, Larry Kramer . . . to bronze star recipient and Gay Men’s Health Crisis co-founder Paul Popham. I even once briefly met Dr. Linda Laubenstein — “Dr. Buzz-Buzz,” as my friends called her for the sound her electric wheel chair made as she maneuvered the hospital, a phenomenally brave, heroic woman played by Julia Roberts in the film.
I never knew Harvey Milk, assassinated in 1978 by one of his fellow San Francisco city supervisors — that movie scored 96% among the Rotten Tomatoes top critics — but I was moved to see him honored last week with this first-class “forever” stamp.
One day, I’d like to see a stamp honoring Larry Kramer and Linda Laubenstein, together. If you find time to watch, you’ll see why.
Quote of the Day
I sincerely believe … that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.~Thomas Jefferson
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