OUT celebrated the most compelling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of the year with the OUT100 2015 Celebration Presented by Lexus, held at Guastavino's in New York. And one of those people happened to be Glee alum Alex Newell who made a splash on the dance charts with his collaboration with The Knocks on "Collect My Love."
The 2015 OUT100 portfolio represents the extraordinary contributions of the LGBT community to the cultural, social and political life of America.
Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett accepted the ‘Ally of the Year’ award on behalf of President Obama, one of the night's major honorees.
Photos: Sean T. Smith / Anton Martynov for Here Media
June 26th, 2015 was one of the most momentous days in U.S history when Supreme Court made the ruling that same-sex marriage was legal in all 50 states.
Therefore, in collaboration withField Day, Yulin Kuang, a young/passionate director, captured 50 couples' joyful love after the ruling, and used Shakespeare’s beautiful sonnet 116, beginning with “Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments,” to connect these couples from all 50 states she interviewed.
And here's the beautiful result of this countrywide project:
Field Day is a place to meet and see YouTube’s most inspired filmmakers, dynamic entertainers, and exciting personalities. Each week, one of these inspired creators tries something new and creates their own unique, imaginative, dream video. Whether they’re investigating far-off places, dancing with remote control cars, or stunt flying with Star Fox, you won’t want to miss these creators #HaveAFieldDay.
The gay rights movement is brought to visceral life in director Roland Emmerich's Stonewall, a retelling of the 1969 New York City riots during which "the toss of a single brick" birthed a crusade for equality.
Synopsis: STONEWALL is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent’s home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn; however, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe-haven. As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, we see a rage begin to build. This emotion runs through Danny and the entire community of young gays, lesbians and drag queens who populate the Stonewall Inn and erupts in a storm of anger.
Outfest, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen, announced the award winners of its 2015 film festival earlier this week (presented by HBO).
And the winners are...
Documentary Short: A Place in the Middle, directed by Dean Hamer
Dramatic Short: The Letter, directed by Angeles Cruz
Dramatic Feature: Fourth Man Out, directed by Andrew Nackman:
First US Dramatic Feature: Those People, Directed by Joey Kuhn
Documentary Feature: The Glamour and the Squalor, directed by Marq Evans
GRAND JURY AWARDS
Documentary Feature Special Recognition: Tchindas
Documentary Feature Winner: A Sinner in Mecca
Actor in a U.S. Dramatic Feature: Curtis Cook Jr and Kerwin Johnson Jr. in Naz and Maalik:
Actress in a U.S. Dramatic Feature: Judy Greer in Addicted to Fresno:
Screenwriting in a U.S. Dramatic Feature: Sebastian
U.S. Dramatic Feature Film: Nasty Baby, directed by Sebastian Silva.
International Dramatic Feature: Everlasting Love, directed by Marcal Fores.
Documentary Short Film: Brockington, directed by Maggie Sloane, Mason Sklut, Sergio Ingato.
Experimental Short Film: The Lamps, by Shelly Silver.
Dramatic Short Film: Tremulo, directed by Roberto Fiesco
Special Jury Mention: We Can't Live Without Cosmos, directed by Konstantin Bronzit.
1950s post-war America was a shiny-happy time, a period in our country's history when "love and marriage" ruled our collective dreams. There had yet to exist a counterculture, a safe haven for the alternative. And Tab Hunter may as well have been the official poster boy for that era.
With his golden locks, enviable jawline and swimsuit-ready physique, he was the ultimate Abercrombie model well before there ever was an A&F. Raised by a single German mother, the fresh-faced 19-year-old Arthur Gelien (his birth name) arrived in Hollywood at a time when America's youth (the adolescent Baby Boomers) was thirsty for a clean-cut heartthrob to chase. And that's what they did to the newly monikered -- and very closeted -- Tab Hunter for nearly a decade.
Tab Hunter Confidential is the big-screen docu-adaptation of Eddie Muller's 2005 book of the same name, and it chronicles the actor's ascent to stardom and gradual descent into a quietly accepted near-anonymity. There's a lot to cover, and director Jeffrey Schwarz (I Am Divine, Vito) does his best to squeeze in every detail, movie clip, soundbite, and photograph to paint a fascinating portrait of the hardworking artist as fearful young man who did whatever it took to pursue his often conflicting passions: acting in front of a camera and expressing his love for other men behind closed doors. Much like the decade that ushered him in, Confidential is a shiny-happy exercise in nostalgia that doesn't get too caught up in any nitty-gritty. That said, the book may be your best bet for more dirt and inside access.
Peppered with interviews from Clint Eastwood, Portia de Rossi, Connie Stevens, Debbie Reynolds, Don Murray, and plenty of Tab's former on-screen love interests, the documentary not only offers a peek into the double-sided life of one man, it provides a look at the evolution of Hollywood. While some things haven't changed (the strategic manipulation of actors, money-hungry studios, etc.), some have arguably changed for the better (more transparency and openness) or worse (little-to-zero privacy).
Hunter himself comes off as surprisingly conservative, most likely due to his Catholic upbringing which is delicately showcased as the film transitions into his later years. (Look out for some cheeky fun courtesy of the Master of Camp, John Waters.) The actor who never liked talking about his private life has now eased into a confidence that has allowed him to share his true self with the world. And while it would be unfair for younger audiences not familiar with his name to write him off as an old man speaking his mind, there remains somewhat of a filter through which the actor discusses his colorful "past life." (He's currently enjoying nearly 30 years with his partner Allan Glaser, a producer on the film.) There's no "get off my lawn" type of resentment whatsoever.
On the contrary, he's an approachable, historic figure you'd want to chat with over a cup of coffee...or a glass of whiskey. But there's still a sliver of restraint there, perhaps the residuals of a bygone era and business that once valued discretion and celebrated mystique.
Tab Hunter Confidential will be theatrically released and distributed this October.
Gay marriage is legal nationwide (Woo hoo!), and Ben & Jerry's has just the flavor to capture the sweet taste of the historic moment.
The Vermont-based ice cream shop renamed its staple "Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough" carton "I Dough, I Dough" in a chocolatey celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide on Friday. (Maybe we can now just call it, y'know MARRIAGE?)
The pint will be available throughout the summer at participating Ben & Jerry's shops or online through the Human Rights Campaign's website, where proceeds will benefit the equal-rights group.
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