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Monday, December 8, 2008 HANK STERN

Is Sean Penn A True Friend To Gays?

Here's a contrary view of Sean Penn's starring role in Gus Van Sant's Milk. The upshot of the criticism is that Penn's recent piece in The Nation glossed over the history of Castro (Fidel, of course — not the district in San Francisco) when it comes to gays. Seems like a stretch to conclude that Penn is no friend to gays because his piece doesn't mention that history. Your thoughts after ...   More
Thursday, December 4, 2008 HANK STERN

Candlelight Vigil for Equality On Dec. 20

Still outraged by Prop 8 in California and looking to show support for gay rights, Join the Impact is holding candlelight vigils across the country. Among the sites is Portland, where on Dec. 20 at 5 pm, demonstrators will gather in Pioneer Square to protest unequal treatment of the gay community. Organizers ask protesters to wear shirts that say “Second Class Citizen” and stay silent ...   More
Monday, December 1, 2008 Mariah Summers

Milking the Moment: Gus Van Sant's Movie is Striking a Nerve

Looks like I'm not the only critic who thinks Gus Van Sant's Milk is both a minor-key masterpiece and a template for homosexuals to reestablish political clout. (See my review here.) In today's New York Times, A.O. Scott calls Milk "the best live-action mainstream American movie that I have seen this year," and David Edelstein's New York magazine review happily notes that "queer hagiography is ...   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 AARON MESH

Anti-Gay Demonstrators Can't Find A Swedish Consulate in Portland But Do Find Plenty of Counter-Protesters

Followers of notorious anti-gay protester Fred Phelps visited Portland this morning, armed with signage listing the various people they claim God hates ("fags," Germans, and you, to name a few). Phelps' group comes from Topeka, Kansas and Westboro Baptist Church, where Phelps is the pastor. Tour stops include three locations in downtown Portland today: Portland State University (because of its ...   More
Monday, November 24, 2008 Katie Gilbert

Oregon Supreme Court Sidesteps Measure 36

On Jan. 14, the Oregon State Supreme Court denied petition to hear Martinez v. Kulongoski , the lawsuit challenging Measure 36 's inclusion on the 2004 ballot. Oregon's Constitution was amended in 2004, when Oregon voters passed the initiative 57%-43%, and defined marriage as a union of one man and one woman. “We'll explore all legal avenues,” said Mark Johnson, lead counsel for ...   More
Friday, January 16, 2009 Dan Green

Obama Plays One on The Gays (and Rick Warren)

With less than a month to go until Inauguration Day, I haven't heard much local opinionating coming out of Portland (with an exception or two) about Barack Obama's choice of homophobic Pastor Rick Warren to preach at the Jan. 20 extravaganza in Washington. How's this to get the conversation started: I think Obama is totally playing The Gays on this issue. Obama's goal in choosing Warren is to ...   More
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 JAMES PITKIN

Milk Recruits Oscar: 8 Nominations for Gus Vant Sant's Film

So it's not been the greatest week for for Portland's first gay mayor. But this morning Hollywood had a far kinder reaction to another groundbreaking gay politician. (You know, the one from San Francisco, who also enjoyed the company of younger boyfriends but didn't lie about it.) Gus Van Sant's Milk was nominated for eight Academy Awards this morning, including Best Picture, Best Director (Portland's ...   More
Thursday, January 22, 2009 AARON MESH

Adams' Admission Reaction: Breedlove Gets Break of a Lifetime

It appears Beau Breedlove may have more to gain from this whole Mayor Sam Adams saga than his requisite 15 minutes. Breedlove has been offered an opportunity to live forever on the “steamy” pages of an adult, gay-oriented magazine. Unzipped Media has offered Breedlove the cover, and a nude photo spread in one of Unzipped's three publications. The Los Angeles based Unzipped Media ...   More
Friday, January 30, 2009 Dan Green


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