Friday, May 07, 2010

Know Your LGBT History - Querelle

I'm tempted to post something else on this George Rekers thing, but I have my daily posting schedule to think of and those who keep up with this blog know that Friday evenings are reserved for Know Your LGBT History.

And for this afternoon, I thought I would focus attention on the 1982 movie, Querelle.

This movie is an incomprehensible messed based on French author Jean Genet's 1947 novel Querelle de Brest. It starred the late actor Brad Davis as Querelle, a bisexual sailor who is also a thief and murderer, and his adventures in a whorehouse. The whorehouse is owned by a woman, Lysiane, whose husband, Nono likes to play dice with strangers. If the stranger wins, he can have sex with Lysiane. If he loses, Nono gets to have sex with the stranger.

Needless to say Querelle loses on purpose and in a disturbing scene, is sodomized by Nono.

If you asked me anything else about this movie, I couldn't tell you because it's a mess, but with one saving grace.

The actress who played Lysiane is internationally famous Jeanne Moreau and she is stunning. I had only seen her in one film before this one. After this one, she became one of my favorite actresses:

Past Know Your LGBT History postings

Know Your LGBT History - Theatre of Blood

Know Your LGBT History - Strange Fruit

Know Your LGBT History - Designing Women

Know Your LGBT History - The Children's Hour

Know Your LGBT History - Sylvester

Know Your LGBT History - Once Bitten

Know Your LGBT History - The Boys in the Band

Know Your LGBT History - Christopher Morley, the crossdressing assassin

Know Your LGBT History - Midnight Cowboy

Know Your LGBT History - Dracula's Daughter

Know Your LGBT History - Blacula

Know Your LGBT History - 3 Strikes

Know Your LGBT History - Paris Is Burning

Know Your LGBT History - The Women

Know your LGBT History - Soul Plane

Know Your LGBT History - The Player's Club

Special Know Your LGBT History - Fame

Know Your LGBT History - Welcome Home, Bobby

Know Your LGBT History - Barney Miller

Know your lgbt history - The Jerry Springer Show

Know your lgbt history - Martin Lawrence and that 'gay guy' on his show

Know your lgbt history - The Ricki Lake Show

Know your lgbt history - Which Way Is Up

Know your lgbt history - Gays in Primetime Soaps

Know your lgbt history - Boys Beware

Know your lgbt history - The Boondocks

Know your lgbt history - Mannequin

Know your lgbt history - The Warriors

Know Your LGBT History - New York Undercover

Know Your LGBT History - Low Down Dirty Shame

Know Your LGBT History - Fortune and Men's Eyes

Know your lgbt history - California Suite

Know your lgbt history - Taxi (Elaine's Strange Triangle)

Know your lgbt history - Come Back Charleston Blue

Know your lgbt history - James Bond goes gay

Know your lgbt history - Windows

Know your lgbt history - To Wong Foo and Priscilla

Know your lgbt history - Blazing Saddles

Know your lgbt history - Sanford and Son

Know your lgbt history - In Living Color

Know your lgbt history - Cleopatra Jones and her lesbian drug lords

Know your lgbt history - Norman, Is That You?

Know your lgbt history - The 'Exotic' Adrian Street

Know your lgbt history - The Choirboys

Know your lgbt history - Eddie Murphy

Know your lgbt history - The Killing of Sister George

Know your lgbt history - Hanna-Barbera cartoons pushes the 'gay agenda

'Know your lgbt history - Cruising

Know your lgbt history - Foxy Brown and Cleopatra Jones

Know your lgbt history - I Got Da Hook Up

Know your lgbt history - Fright Night

Know your lgbt history - Flowers of Evil

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John Stewart comments on George Rekers, LaBarbera's wolves attack, and other Friday midday news briefs

John Stewart comments of George Rekers . . . amongst other matters:

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Family Research Council's European Gaycation
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTea Party

Hey Pete: If you're going to send your foxes to hound me, first destroy the connections! - So far Peter LaBarbera has attacked my online buddies Jeremy Hooper and Joe Jervis, but never me. Damn, is it a racial thing? lol

Bad Blood: Politics Trumps Science in the Gay Blood Donation Debate - This is a highly intersting story about gay blood donations. I hope the author doesn't get into trouble.

Rethink that lawsuit, Dr. Rekers - I agree totally.

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Latest on Rekers scandal: Media allegedly listened in on phone conversation between him and escort

Forget the claim about "slow burning," because the George Rekers escort scandal is officially an uncontrollable brush fire.

The good news is that it shines a light on the many hypocrisies of the anti-gay industry. The bad news is that it has veered in so many directions,i t's hard for the media to establish a single narrative. So-called legitimate publications seem to be a step behind the blogs when getting the story.

Meanwhile, the Miami New Times, the publication that initially broke the story, has revealed that its reporters were listening in during a recent call between Rekers and "Lucien," the escort he took on a 10 day European trip:

During that talk -- which took place at about 1 a.m. Thursday in a Fort Lauderdale home -- Rekers tells Lucien several times not to talk to the press. He also never challenges Lucien's statements that he found the 20-year-old escort on an internet site, nor that they "did the whole massage thing," referring to Lucien's contention that he gave Rekers nude massages during their two-week trip to Europe.

. . .Lucien began the conversation in a state of mild panic, understandably worried by the explosion of publicity that followed New Times' original expose. (Lucien, who asked that his real name not be used, has never told his family he is gay, and prior to the story's publication had declined to mention his line of work to many friends.)

Lucien was offended, too, by what he had learned from friends and press reports of Rekers' three decades of anti-gay activism, a record the Baptist minister tried to downplay.

"I just stay in the background," said Rekers, a co-founder with James Dobson of the Family Research Council, a vehemently anti-gay lobbying group. Of gay people, he said: "I've never picked a fight with them."

Rekers then said he has a "friend in the media" who's advised him to avoid all contact with the press. Rekers told Lucien to do the same.

"Tell them you don't want to do interviews," said Rekers. "Are they calling you on the phone, or calling you at your house?"

"Both!" cried Lucien.

Throughout, Rekers was very solicitous, and Lucien was plainly upset. Lucien explained he'd felt extremely uncomfortable in his dealings with the press.

"We did the whole massage thing," Lucien said, "and I don't know what to think about it."

"Yeah," said Rekers, "just say 'no,' and just say 'I've already [indecipherable] to the press,' and that's it. 'Cuz if you keep answering, it'll keep the story alive."

"This isn't something I can just be silenced about!" Lucien said moments later.

Rekers assured him that if he just remains silent, the whole story would soon die down. He began muttering darkly about "activists with an axe to grind" and "nothing better to do."

Lucien suggested that perhaps "the media" has a point and that Rekers really has done harm to the gay community. He insisted that Rekers' struggle isn't his own, and said he had considered making a statement to the press.

"Well, don't do that," said Rekers. "It just causes more harm."

"What was going through your mind when you went on that website?" demanded Lucien, referring to, the gay escort site where he had posted his profile.

Rekers paused for several seconds, considering. "Well, I'd be happy to sit down and talk to you more about that." He paused again. "We have to deal with the situation that we have, and make sure it doesn't get worse."

The rest is here

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George Rekers talks but avoids the BIG question as 'rentboy' scandal continues

Family Research Council founder travels with a 'rentboy' - scandal brewing in religious right circles

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