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Uncle Barb's

"Life was cruel and hilarious
all at once."

- Sandra Cisneros -

Joy

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Reaching for the Moon

Reaching for the Moon

Poet Elizabeth Bishop's (Miranda Otto) love affair with architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Gloria Pires)

Community

Ferron

I am hearing more and more tales of seniors in our LGBTQ community, who are in dire straits. I have a few opinions about that.

A generation of people, who broke down barriers, stepped to the front, changed things for our community, are aging and many are without resources. As I listen to the stories, I hear loads of self accusation for not working and plans to get employed to take care of themselves, when frankly, because of age and physical limitations, that is impossible.

Russia and the LGBTQ Community

GQ takes a look at being GAY in Putin's Russia and it is bad news.

As I read the article, I kept remembering an interview I did with filmmaker Heather Lyn McDonald, who did 2 films about being GAY in Russia: Kitchen Stories USSR and Kiev Blue. Unfortunately, things have not changed for the better since the days McDonald made her films.

Why I love Scotty Bradley

Greg Herren

Greg Herren's wild tales about Scotty Bradley make me happy.

The alternative lifestyle, meaning a relationship triad, is not rationalized, analyzed by common morals, presented as anything but a loving and complicated family. Scotty and Frank and Colin are who they are and it is wonderful and sexy and complicated but never justified or judged.

Cloudburst

Cloudburst (Dukakis, Fricker)

"Any mop can give you an orgasm."

Within minutes of the opening, Stella (Olympia Dukakis) says "Any mop can give you an orgasm." I started laughing at that point and was charmed and fell in love and had a laughter orgasm all mine own. Cloudburst is as beautiful as the clouds, "like a donkey carrying 2 nuns & a beagle racing across the sky".

Thom Fitzgerald wrote and directed this brilliant lesbian film with such finesse and power as to make me swoon.

Loose Canons 'Mine vaganti'

Loose Canons, Ozpetek Scamarcio

Ferzan Ozpetek delivers another gem.

Loose Canons is as light and fluffy as a rom-com, but made substantial and reflective through art. I just loved this film.
I certainly rank Ozpetek in the top five filmmakers working today. He is fuckin' brilliant.

These Things Happen

Richard Kramer

Richard Kramer

This book was delightful.

Rough Music

Rough Music by Patrick Gale

Patrick Gale

I experienced the true measure of my immersion in the book when I began thinking in a British accent.

Alice Austen 1896 Street Types of New York

Alice Austen photograph

Thanks to Dyke Quarterly for leading me to this.

Circumstance (2011)

Circumstance

Written and directed by Maryam Keshavarz

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