Friday, July 16, 2010

Know Your LGBT History - The Color Purple

The Color Purple (1985) is an adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitizer Prize winning novel about a black woman in the early 1900s who learns to love herself.

One of the things in the novel was the relationship between the main character, Celie, and Shug Avery, a blues singer who teaches her about love.

While the motion picture briefly touched on it, I was pleased how the relationship between the two (played by Whoopi Goldberg and Margaret Avery) wasn't shied away from.

Believe it or not the following scene was the least controversial thing about the movie. There were complaints about how it supposedly bashed black men and then when it was nominated for and lost 11 Oscars, some of the same people who criticized it came to its defense.

Regardless, I still think of this movie as a classic:

Past Know Your LGBT History postings

Know Your LGBT History - Making Love

Know Your LGBT History - A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

Know Your LGBT History - Noah's Arc

Know Your LGBT History - Ode to Billy Joe

Know Your LGBT History - Adorable Adrian Adonis

Know Your LGBT History - The Night Strangler

Know Your LGBT History - All in the Family

Know Your LGBT History - Tongues Untied

Know Your LGBT History - The Celluloid Closet

Know Your LGBT History - Querelle

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

The Jeffersons and the transgender community  

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National Organization for Marriage's homophobic tour is failing big time and other Friday midday news briefs

The bogus “couples study” is back… and this time doing more harm than ever - A bad study has the potential to cause havoc. Look for it in religious right propaganda.

A few came, a few saw -- but it's NOM's influence that's being conquered - The National Organization for Marriage's summer tour is failing big time Part 1

Caption this, part 2: NOM in Maine - motherlode of FAIL - The National Organization for Marriage's summer tour is failing big time Part 2 (It was so good the first time that I had to include seconds.)

NOM’s Sparse, Scenic Marriage Tour - The National Organization for Marriage's summer tour is failing big time Part 3 (okay maybe I'm getting greedy. . . just a little bit.)

Democrats link gay rights, immigration - This is going to be a nasty fight. Get your hip boots on folks.

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Religious right, others exploiting fears over comprehensive sex education

The American Family Association's One News Now (and several other religious right and right-wing sources including Fox News) is exploiting a controversy over a Montana sex education program in order to further stigmatize the lgbt community.

From One News Now:

A proposed sex-education curriculum in Montana is drawing outrage because it would teach young children about subjects like same-sex intercourse.

Under the proposal for the Helena school district, kindergartners would learn the proper names of sexual body parts, first-graders would be taught that sexual relations could happen between two men or two women, and fifth-graders would learn the various ways people can have intercourse.

Jeff Laszloffy, president of the Montana Family Foundation (MFF), contends that the proposal "tramples" on parental rights. "It places government squarely between parents and their children," he claims, "and the outrage that we're seeing in Helena, we understand well, because in Montana we understand what happens when you get between a mother grizzly and her cubs."

He relates that reaction to the "level of outrage that we're seeing from these parents that feel like their children are being indoctrinated rather than educated."

Of course Laszloffy is the only person quoted in the story, which is typical of One News Now's bias and intentional inability to get the full story.

From CNN, we discover that parents were involved in the development of the program:

Bruce Messinger, Helena's school superintendent, said the guide was drawn up by a committee that included parents, teachers and administrators. That committee used local practices and examined national guidelines, including those put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics, he said.

We also discover that parents have a right to opt their children out of the program and  that some parents also support the program:

Cathy Areu, publisher of the Latina women's magazine Catalina and a former high school teacher, told HLN the standards sound defensible and age-appropriate.

"It sounds like they are teaching body parts and things that are facts of life," Areu said. "I feel more comfortable with my daughter learning about this in a classroom than from a boy in the hallway."

Lastly, the following is the full program, another detail which neither Fox News nor One News Now bothered to tell folks:

The proposed curriculum guide is part of a broad range of health courses that also teach nutriition, disease prevention, anatomy and environmental health. It would teach students as early as second grade that using anti-gay slurs is hurtful and teach children in older elementary grades about sexual harassment and abuse.
Students would be told as early as kindergarten to properly name body parts. The concept that people "can love people of the same gender and people of another gender" would be introduced in first grade, though homosexual relationships aren't discussed until fifth grade.

Fifth-graders also would learn that sexual intercourse "includes but is not limited to vaginal, oral, or anal penetration." Teachers would start discussing pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and drugs and alcohol with middle-schoolers, while high school students would learn about sexual orientation and the "legal implications" of some decisions.

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