The Academy Awards may have marked a “maverick year,” but Oscar voters still felt more comfy with a movie about racism than with one depicting gay sex. So maybe they’re not so “out of touch” with mainstream America after all
Images of black men dressed as women have become a popular part of black American culture, but does the success of films like Madea’s Family Reunion depend on Tyler Perry’s real-life heterosexism?
In January, Christine Quinn was elected to one of the most powerful positions in New York City government: speaker of the city council. She is the first woman and the first openly gay person to hold the office. A Democrat representing Manhattan’s gay-heavy district 3, this former housing advocate was first elected to the council in 1999 and since then has been a leader in addressing HIV/AIDS and crystal meth abuse issues.
One can talk about the “risk” the stars of Brokeback Mountain took in accepting their roles, but for rising star Harry Hamlin in 1982, playing an out gay man in Making Love—and having a full-on love scene with Michael Ontkean—was truly risky. Now that this gay classic is on DVD, we had a chat with the still-smoldering Hamlin.