Friday, April 15, 2011

Know Your LGBT History - The Rocky Horror Picture Show

What can be said about The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), the infamous midnight audience participation musical that has captivated audiences for over 30 years. The story of a straight-laced couple (Susan Sarandon) caught in the middle of a plot of a mad doctor - the Sweet Transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania (Tim Curry)'s to create a man to give him "dynamic tension."

I don't think anything I can say will do this film justice. And I know I will probably offend some folks, but this movie is so blatantly campy that I can't in any way get offended by it. Hell, I was rooting for Curry's character. The only problem I had with it was the ending.

Just enjoy the clips:

Past Know Your LGBT History Posts:

Maggie Gallagher receives 'Anita Bryant' Bigotry Award and other Friday midday news briefs

NOM's Gallagher testifies at House 'Defending Marriage' hearing; given 'Bigotry Award' by GetEQUAL - And personally, I can't think of a more deserving recipient.

Maggie's #DOMA testimony: We got CSPAN Maggie, not Christian radio Maggie
- Now if you want to know WHY Gallagher is deserving, check out this piece from Jeremy Hooper. Compare the ducking and dodging written testimony to the committee to what she has said on "Christian" radio. Don't get me wrong. There are only really two things I dislike about Gallagher - her face.

On Anti-Bullying 'Day of Silence,' the Religious Right Cheers on the Bullies - An excellent piece by People for the American Way President Michael B. Keegan.

"Ex-Gay" Activists Want To Crash The Day Of Silence - And I am happy to report that they have been unsuccessful. Now the Day of Silence, on the other hand, so far has been massively successful today.

Gay ex-NBA player Amaechi: What Kobe said just as bad as ‘the N-word’ - Yes I specifically sidestepped the Kobe Bryant controversy because the entire black vs. gay thing wearies the hell out of me (especially in this situation when it doesn't even need to be pulled out. What Bryant said was ugly, period). I will just let John Amaechi's words speak for themselves

California Senate Passes Bill Requiring Teaching of Gay History in Public Schools
- And what, pray tell, is wrong with this? Our lgbt children need to know their history. And so do heterosexual students. It has NOTHING to do with sexual intercourse.

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Day of Silence and Maggie Gallagher's 'testimony'

Just a quick word about the National Organization for Marriage's Maggie Gallagher and her testimony at the "Defending Marriage" charade of a hearing today held by hate group supporter Rep. Trent Franks. To paraphrase Americablog Gay - she is all ready to testify here but it's interesting that she didn't choose to testify at the Prop 8 trial. 

The lgbt blogs will be watching you today, Maggie. As well as the other "witnesses." And any mistake you make, any error you make, and especially any lie you tell will be put on display and spotlighted.

We wait in anticipation of your "words."

But to more important issues, today is the annual Day of Silence where hundreds of thousands of students nationwide take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools.

Now I could go into an amusing expository about how the attempts to derail this day by the religious right have descended over the years from a righteous yell to a pitifully weak mew for attention (chiefly seen by the sad attempted frame-up this week by Peter LaBarbera and company).

But I won't. Today is about the children. Not just our lgbt children but all children. Today is the day we let them teach us about love, tolerance, and respect for all people, lgbts included. Have a successful day, guys:

Related post:
Day of Silence - THIS is what it's all about

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