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“My Straight Son” Makes Big Political Impact

  The first Venezuelan film to win the Goya Award for Best Latin American Film in 2013 hit screens for the first time on November 27, 2012. Since then, Ferrari’s directorial debut has won over audiences and critics alike for its unique and diverse portrayal of the Venezuelan middle class. “My Straight Son” follows young(…)

“Floating Skyscrapers” Actors Soar in Sexually Provocative Polish Film

  In today’s conservative, predominantly Catholic Poland, an open homosexual relationship is more likely to trigger gay bashing than gay pride; so it is in Tomasz Wasilewski’s sophomore feature, the feel-bad coming-out drama “Floating Skyscrapers.” Although the lead character is something of a lout as well as an emotional and intellectual cipher, this artfully shot,(…)

Supreme Court Refuses To Put Gay Marriage On Hold In Oregon

The Supreme Court is refusing to halt a federal judge’s order declaring Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The court issued an order Wednesday declining to block any new same-sex unions in the state while a federal appeals court considers whether an anti-gay marriage group can intervene in the case. The order follows an emergency appeal(…)

Openly Gay Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch Breezes to 2nd Term

 Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch breezed to re-election Tuesday, weathering a challenge from a senior prosecutor in her office and a storm of protest over the death of teenager shot by a sheriff’s deputy. Ravitch beat rival Victoria Shanahan 64 percent to 35 percent, with mail-in ballots and 366 of 366 precincts counted early(…)

Christina Ricci Goes Down Under in “Around The Block”

An attention-grabbing, potentially profile-elevating performance by up-and-comer Hunter Page-Lochard is the major selling point of “Around the Block,” an Aussie variation of the oft-spun scenario about an at-risk high-schooler who gets a shot at redemption through a transformative extracurricular activity. Christina Ricci claims top billing — and provides some modest marquee allure — as a(…)

Coming Out in Ecuador

An Ecuadorian coming-out film is something of a rarity in world or even gay cinema. Director Araujo’s work has much in common with previous coming-of-age films about ephebic youths on the road to self-discovery and acceptance only it happens in a country not often seen on film. Holiday is bookended by a nice visual conceit(…)

“Salvation Army” Explores A Gay Morrocan Coming to Terms with His Sexuality and Immigration

Young Moroccan scribe Abdellah Taia moves into the director’s seat with the screen version of his autobiographical novel “Salvatio. ” The film delivers a straightforward, beautifully told story of a gay man negotiating family, desire and the sexual power play behind Arab-European intimacy. Thestrong pint-of-view narrative  allows access to the protaganist’s head, despite the character’s(…)

Lambda Literary Award Winners 2014 Announced

Congratulations to 26 winning books in 24 categories at Lambda’s event in New York.  They are: GAY GENERAL FICTION: Mundo Cruel, Luis Negron LESBIAN GENERAL FICTION: Happiness, Like Water, Chinelo Okparanta  BISEXUAL FICTION: My Education, Susan Choi LGBT DEBUT FICTION: Descendants Of Hagar, Nik Nicholson LGBT GRAPHIC NOVEL: Calling Dr. Laura, Nicole J. Georges GAY MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY: A Heaven of Words: Last Journals, 1956-1984,(…)