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The Danish Girl, the Nicole Kidman–produced film in which she will star as a transgender person, has a new helmer, reports Variety. Tomas Alfredson, best known for last year’s acclaimed vampire drama Let the Right One In, will now direct.

The film is adapted from David Ebershoff's best-selling novel, which is loosely based on the true story of Einar Wegener, the Danish painter who in 1931 became the first person
to go through a sex-reassignment surgery to become a woman. Kidman will play Wegener.

September 15 2009 1:10 PM

“The volume of new litigation will be immense!” Stand for Marriage Maine released its first television ad urging voters to overturn the new marriage equality law in November in order to protect individuals, small businesses, and churches from lawsuits.

September 15 2009 12:25 PM

Maine's Catholic churchgoers were asked to make an additional donation on Sunday toward repealing the marriage equality law in the state.

Church officials said the donations would pay for television ads and campaign efforts to overturn the law in this November's upcoming vote. Maine's Portland Diocese, which presides over the state and parts of Massachusetts, has already pledged $100,000 toward the campaign -- even as a handful of churches in its jurisdiction have had to shut their doors due to low attendance and lack of funds.

September 15 2009 11:30 AM

Matt Damon appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman last week and admitted that a running joke between he and Brad Pitt may be the reason why a gay man stripped at the Venice Film Festival and asked George Clooney to be his lover.

September 15 2009 11:25 AM

Some of the largest employers in the Pacific Northwest, including Nike, Microsoft, and Boeing, announced their support for the Approve Referendum 71 campaign in Washington on Monday. The campaign urges voters to uphold expanded domestic partnerships for same-sex couples in a November referendum.

The new expanded domestic-partnerships law passed the legislature last spring, but opponents collected enough signatures over the summer to place the measure on the ballot.

September 15 2009 11:00 AM

More than 700 posters for the South African Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which show illustrated same-sex couples kissing, have been torn down from lamp posts around Cape Town.

"Some stupid twits with more time on their hands than brains trashed our gorgeous posters. And for what?" said festival director Nodi Murphy, according to The Cape Times.

September 15 2009 10:50 AM

New Jersey governor Jon Corzine said that he expected to sign marriage equality legislation “this year” when asked about the issue during an appearance before a Teamsters local in Atlantic City on Monday.

Corzine gave the reply during a question-and-answer session that followed his speech to a union conference at Bally’s Atlantic City, reports the Press of Atlantic City.

September 15 2009 10:45 AM