A Brazilian general’s comment that gay soldiers should not be allowed to command troops sparked fierce criticism today from gay rights groups and a national lawyers’ organisation that champions human rights
Sarah Jessica Parker has given away her tickets to the Sex and the City 2 premier in a bid to raise money for equal LGBT rights.
Kenya police on Friday arrested five suspected homosexuals in a coastal resort town after hundreds of residents protested over a planned gay wedding, a local official said.
Seeking to overcome a broadcast blackout imposed by the US Supreme Court, a pair of Los Angeles filmmakers have undertaken the task of faithfully recreating the federal trial on California’s same-sex marriage ban for the internet – all 60-plus hours of it; every “um,” “yes, your honour” and “objection!”
Charles Rice-Gonzalez set his gay coming-of-age debut novel, “Chulito” on Garrison Ave., a gritty commercial corner of Hunts Point in the Bronx known for its auto glass- repair shops.
“I wanted in a way to honor that community. I hope they feel honored,” Rice-Gonzalez, 47, says with a big nervous laugh over coffee on a recent afternoon.
He has reasons to be a bit nervous.
The area is a macho heaven, both in real life and in “Chulito,” but in the novel, there’s a homoerotic vibe present in almost every character, gay and straight.
Rice-Gonzalez’s very honest book is the story of Chulito’s coming-out process in a neighborhood where few dare to be openly gay, much less him, a streetwise, 16-year-old high school dropout who works in the drug business.
The author, known in the Bronx cultural scene as the co-founder and executive director of the non-profit Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!) in Hunts Point, found inspiration many years back in a passing kids’ exchange along the Grand Concourse.
“I saw these two little boys running and they were saying ‘Ewww, hurry up, Tony is gay, Tony is gay.’ They were all like 15 years old,” Rice-Gonzalez recalls. “Then, a few minutes later, Tony comes running behind them, ‘Yo, wait up, I’m not gay, I’m not gay’ and he had like the baseball cap and the big clothes and I just said ‘I wonder what if Tony was gay, what would his life be like?”
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