Friday, August 19, 2011

Know Your LGBT History - The Wedding Banquet

Long before he won a Best Director Oscar for Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee had already made a movie about the gay community.

The Wedding Banquet is a 1993 Chinese comedy about a happily coupled gay Taiwanese immigrant man (Winston Chao) in New York who marries a mainland Chinese woman to placate his parents and get her a green card. His plan backfires when his parents arrive in the United States to plan his wedding banquet. It's a wild story with many twists and turns (including Chao getting drunk and impregnating his female bride) but it has a happy ending through family love and devotion.

It was also a very popular movie, even garnering an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

These two scenes - which probably give away some of the plot - are very interesting. Check out the traumatic scene of Chao coming out to his mother and how she insists that his father not know:

But based on this scene with Chao's partner, his father not only knows but respects the relationship:

Past Know Your LGBT Posts: 

Hate group bashes 'It Gets Better' program and other Friday midday news briefs

Tony Perkins to LGBT teens: You're immoral, it won't get better, 'disgusting' to say it will - So according to Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council, keeping lgbtq teens from hating themselves and contemplating suicide is a bad thing, but distorting credible science and using junk science against the gay community in the name of God is a good thing.

Perkins: Advocates of Church-State Separation Are "Cultural Terrorists"
- Speaking of Tony, he seems to love that word "terrorist" a lot.

Say What?!: 5 Bad Questions for Gay Parents - Or if the questions were directed to me and I was a gay parent, the title would be "5 Questions Sure to Cause Alvin McEwen to break his foot off in your ass."
Feingold’s Decision Not To Run Could Pave Way For First Openly-Gay Senator - Nice!

NOM: Bachmann Was Right For Calling Homosexuality “Enslavement,” Should Speak Out Against Gay Sex - You know I gotta pick on NOM again.

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NOM inaccurately connects marriage equality with pedophilia

Brian Brown, president of NOM
We should have seen it coming because it's an old tactic by anti-gay groups since the days of Anita Bryant.

Remember when she said that gays can't reproduce so we must "recruit" so we can "freshen our ranks."

Those words, in so many different variations, continue to haunt the lgbtq community via several hate groups.

And now you can add NOM as one of those groups.

From Equality Matters:

On August 18, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) posted a “NOM Marriage News” update, written by NOM president Brian Brown, to its blog.

  . . . The update continues with a section entitled “Normalizing Pedophilia”:
When you knock over a core pillar of society like marriage, and then try to redefine Biblical views of marriage as bigotry, there will be consequences. Will one of the consequences be a serious push to normalize pedophilia?
The Daily Caller raised the question by pointing us all to a high-level academic conference in Baltimore this week, "Pedophilia: Minor-Attracted Persons and the DSM: Issues and Controversies."
The DSM is the diagnostic manual that defines mental illness. You probably recall that a key moment in the gay rights campaign was the 1973 decision by the American Psychiatric Association, the organization that produces the DSM, to remove homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses.
Enquiring people want to know: Will pedophiles become "minor-attracted persons" in our culture? Will courts which endorse orientation as a protected class decide down the road that therefore laws which discriminate against "minor-attracted persons" must be narrowly tailored to a compelling government interest?
Here's the fundamental truth: Ideas have consequences and so do words—because they contain ideas, because they are the vehicle through which and by which human beings describe reality.
The reality that men and women need each other, and that children need a mom and dad, is the truth most at risk in the same-sex marriage debate. [emphasis added]

Equality Matters makes sure to note that the the brochure for the conference NOM is talking about does not mention "marriage" and the event in question has nothing to do with marriage equality or the gay community.

Not that it matters to NOM, though. In the past, the organization had implied that marriage equality will "confuse" children or "force them " to be taught about "gay sex."

So now the organization has gone full tilt in the hysteria mode. Of course some folks will probably have the courtesy to point out the irony of NOM's concern about pedophilia  seeing how the organization teams up with the Catholic Church (or being funded by the Catholic Church) for its activities, seeing how the Catholic Church seems to be constantly settling  cases of child sexual abuse - cases which at times were hidden by the higher-ups in the church.

And others could point out about how this ridiculous attempt to compare normal same-sex couples to pedophilia proves how desperate NOM is becoming.

As for me? I think it stinks and not in the normal way in which your nose is assaulted by something foul like garbage. What I am smelling is the stink of hypocrisy and corruption.

And it's all over NOM right now.

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