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The recent film Weekend inhabits another, more recent camp of gay culture: gay naturalism. In the film, it is not non-gayness that is rejected, but instead any illusion that such a rejection is possible. The characters capture something very real, almost painfully so, about modern gay life. After all of our progress in realizing some vision of gay utopia–after Harvey Milk , the AIDS crisis, gay marriage, the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, to name just some milestones–there remain some very basic problems that each gay person must sort out for him or herself.

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A little over a week ago, Gawker’s Bryan Moylan put up a post calling out Luke Evans and his PR team for straight-washing him when he had publicly identified as a big ‘ole mo in promotion of projects past. Evans had identified as a gay man to the Advocate, has discussed his substantial gay porn collection with GayDarNation, among having made other honest proclamations of his homosexuality. Recently, however, now that Evans is set to appear in several upcoming high-budget action flicks, his Wikipedia page has undergone a little…rearticulation. At the moment it reads under the personal life column:

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I fell in love with West Side Story at an early age. My mother, who has been planning to wear a replica of Anita’s purple dress to my wedding one day (that is, if I don’t wear it) first introduced me to it. It’s not just the nostalgia I feel toward the film and music, but it’s a damn good musical. For me, West Side Story and Gypsy are the two best musicals to have come from Broadway. Of course, they both have the god of musical theater Stephen Sondheim and great stage and screen scribe Arthur Laurents in common, still in the early beginnings of their illustrious careers.

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Emotionally speaking, changing genders is a nightmare. The wreck it renders one’s psyche is one I’ll never fully comprehend. And unless you do-it-yourself, you never will either. Sure, the scars inherent may seem self-evident to sympaticos. But just because we’re becoming more cognizant of the Trans-Atlantic plight, that does mean those scars don’t still mar. Again, as a heteronormative “cissy,” luckily, I’ll never have to know it myself. My biology is just not that cruel. Speaking of, often lost in the tumult of transitioning is the physical toil it exerts on the body. It’s like that emo nightmare made manifest. A white Saxon trapped only in the cage of his own Protestant body, I don’t do pain too well. (Actually, my threshold for it is pretty much non-existent.) In other words, I could not suffer what Lisa Jackson does here so bravely.

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I’m about to pass out here. It is so damn hot I don’t even know what else to do. I love the summer, truly I do, but this is just too much. We’re closing in on 100 degrees here in Chicago, I don’t know how you people in the South and Southwest live with this all summer. I at least know this will pass soon enough. And don’t get me wrong, I’m not praying for the winter again, just something a bit more temperate. I know, complain, complain, complain, you’ve heard enough.

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Best of all, Hermione is a true feminist. At first glance, Hermione appears to stick strictly to the rules. However, the truth is Hermione is constantly challenging the system and pushing others to consider the deep-seeded inequality faced by the non-privileged members of the wizarding world. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Hermione comes up with the idea to start a clandestine student resistance movement called Dumbledore’s Army. In Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, when Hermione learns of the existence of enslaved house elves, not only does she call out her best friend for defending their enslavement, she establishes a student organization dedicated to demanding freedom and fair pay for house elves. The movement isn’t popular, but hey – Hermione isn’t here to make friends.

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Midnight in Paris, is the prolific Woody Allen’s 41st film, and simply one of the loveliest films he has made. It is funny, sweet and sentimental (in a good way), while still maintaining those punctuations that are hallmarks of a Woody Allen film, particularly in the writing. It deals with a past that existed, but shows how waxing nostalgic for such times and places may only be creations of a past reality that exist in our own minds.

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I have a query for you…
So let’s say you love your 9-5 job (which I do), and you really like all the people you work with (like I do) — not a bad apple on the team — but you find at times that your job is making you stressed beyond words. How do you handle?

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You’ve heard of Kickstarter.com by now? It’s a wonderful fundraising tool for creative projects. If you don’t know about it, check it out. The basis of it is this: a project is posted and has a certain amount of time to reach its funding goal or it gets none of the money. That way it protects the investors by helping to insure that the project that they’re putting money into actually comes to fruition. Not to mention, of course, it gives those making creative projects the ability to gain exposure for their project and increase its chances of receiving funding.

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When I was 15 years old, I couldn’t wait to attend a local community theater production of The Boys in the Band. I was intrigued by the play’s dark and mysterious reputation, and had heard that it included a lot of homosexuality (funny how that word isn’t used much anymore). It sounded like exactly what this budding young queer needed: some lessons about the yellow brick road ahead.