'Pride' -- An Unlikely Alliance at the Barricades -
Pride’ Recalls Alliance Between Gay Activists and Miners
From the NY Times:
While the yearlong strike by the National Union of Mineworkers is still widely remembered in Britain, as both a high point of Thatcherism and the beginning of the end of the country’s trade union movement, neither the creators of “Pride” nor its leading actors were aware of the helping hand from the gay coalition back then, they said in recent interviews. In salvaging this nearly forgotten footnote of history, the filmmakers could have easily allowed “Pride” to slide into sentimentality and liberal righteousness: “a story of goodies and baddies that just manipulated the audience,” as the film’s director, Matthew Warchus, put it.
Yet he and the film’s screenwriter, Stephen Beresford, were ruthless in stripping away mush. The script had some preachy lines that are not in the final cut, and Mr. Warchus — best known as a theater director for the hits “Matilda the Musical” and “God of Carnage” — also sought to avoid easy laughs from the strange-bedfellows plot, for instance, by asking the actors to drop their endearingly nervous grins in the scene where the gay activists arrive at the miners’ hall.
The result is a film that takes a light touch to its deeply political and heart-tugging content, instead offering a closely observed character study that comes by its tears honestly.”
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Michael Sam making progress on Dallas Cowboys practice squad -
Michael Sam is hoping to play in an NFL game this season, which would make him the first openly gay player to do so. According to his position coach, Sam is making progress on the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys.
"He’s done some good things," defensive line coach Rod Marinelli told the Dallas Morning News. "The only thing he really gets is some of our individual periods and then he gets some one-on-one rushes on Wednesday, and I think he’s gotten a little bit better.
"But it’s tougher for a practice squad guy because these other guys here, they’re pounding with all week long in terms of fundamentals and game-planning and those things. So it’s a little tougher, but he’s got movement. I like his quickness and his instincts. He’s got really good work habits, so just keep working to develop him."
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Drinking Baileys In This Country Could Mean You're Gay -- And Going To Jail -
This is laughable… as Huffington Post reports:
“A Cameroonian attorney says that one of his clients was convicted of “feminine mannerisms” for drinking Bailey’s Irish Cream under his country’s strict anti-gay laws.
Attorney Michel Togue, who has defended many Cameroon residents who have been accused of homosexuality, tells ThinkProgress that very few of his clients were ever caught engaging in an actual same-sex act, as local police have made arrests based solely on how the individual is presented if an accusation has been made.
If a man is employed as a hairdresser, he said, or found to be cross-dressing, those attributes could be used as evidence that the suspect is gay in a court of law.
“To catch people having sex, to catch them in the act, you have to break the law. You have to violate their privacy, which is an offense,” he told the publication.”
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World's Best Ski Towns - Sun Valley / Ketchum, ID -
From National Geographic:
Ketchum, Idaho — home to Sun Valley Ski Resort — was named one of National Geographic’s “Best Ski Towns” — and we couldn’t agree more!
Best For: Hard-carving skiers and boarders who like playing “spot the movie star”
The original Rocky Mountain ski resort, Ketchum’s Sun Valley featured the world’s first chairlift when it opened in 1936 and was long the stomping ground for classic-era Hollywood. The upscale mountain and its opulent lodges still carry the grandeur of their pre-war days while the old mining and sheep town of Ketchum, population 2,689, maintains a rustic elegance, with gourmet restaurants and steak-and-microbrew saloons in century-old brick buildings. The resort village of Sun Valley borders Ketchum at the base of Dollar Mountain, the original ski hill and now an ideal learner’s area with a ski school, terrain park, and separate, inexpensive lift tickets.
The main action for serious skiers and boarders is over at Bald Mountain, on the other side of town (free shuttle buses available), which features 3,400 vertical feet of some of the finest groomed plunges in the world. If you like never-ending, perfectly pitched corduroy, this is your mountain. Snowboarders will appreciate the mountain’s complete lack of flat areas, and abundant high-speed lifts means no one waits long in line. The resort’s proximity to exactly zero major population centers means the slopes are perpetually free of crowds, and top-to-bottom snowmaking means you’ll always have smooth groomers to carve. Don’t miss the luxurious Seattle Ridge Lodge atop Bald Mountain’s Seattle Ridge, where mesmerizing views span the wild Pioneer and Sawtooth Mountains and the Woody River Valley below.
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Professional skier Reggie Crist has spent most of his life in Sun Valley. The former U.S. Ski Team member regularly appears in ski movies and is currently a consultant/athlete for Eddie Bauer/First Ascent and K2 Sports.
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Powdr sells Park City Mountain Resort to Vail Resorts -
The Denver Post reports:
“Powdr Corp. has sold its Park City Mountain Resort to Vail Resorts for $183 million, ending a tumultuous year for Utah’s most popular ski destination.
"Selling was the last thing we wanted to do, and while we believe the law around this issue should be changed, a protracted legal battle is not in line with our core value to be good stewards of the resort communities in which we operate," Powdr CEO John Cumming said in a statement. "A sale was the only way to provide long-term certainty for PCMR employees and the Park City community. My family and I are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to play a role in making PCMR what it is today, and we deeply appreciate the dedicated employees and all of the people who have supported us over the years."
The deal requires Vail Resorts to retain Park City Mountain Resort employees.
Powdr owned the Utah resort for more than 20 years, growing it into one of the most popular ski areas in North America.
The sale ends a legal battle that pitted Cumming’s Powdr against its landlord Talisker Land Holdings. Powdr in April 2011 was a few days late in renewing its longterm lease with Talisker for more than 2,800 acres of upper terrain at Park City Mountain Resort. That lease, which dated back to the 1970s, had the resort paying roughly $150,000 a year.
Talisker took the opportunity to oust Powdr. It leased its neighboring Canyons ski area to Vail Resorts, offering the continent’s largest resort operator the chance to run Park City Mountain Resort if it handled the legal eviction process. Vail promised Talisker $25 million a year plus a share of revenue for the 4,000-acre Canyons, with an eye toward taking over Park City Mountain Resort and creating the largest single ski area in the country.
Powdr promised a fight. Cumming said if Vail and Talisker prevailed in the eviction, he would rip his chairlifts from the upper terrain and run a smaller resort from the base area land he owned on the border of the mountain and the village of Park City.”
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Martine Rothblatt rocks the cover of “New York Magazine”
This week’s New York magazine’s cover story focuses on the extraordinary life of multimillionaire, Martine Rothblatt and her wife, Bina. Rothblatt, who is currently the CEO of United Therapeutics, and founder of Sirius Radio, transitioned from male to female back in the mid-1990s. According to Lisa Miller of New York Magazine:
Martine prefers not to limit herself to available words: She’s suggested using “Pn.,” for “person,” in place of “Mr.” and “Ms.,” and “spice” to mean husband or wife. But “trans” is a prefix she likes a lot, for it contains her self-image as an explorer who crosses barriers into strange new lands. (When she feels a connection to a new acquaintance, she says that she “transcends.”) And these days Martine sees herself less as transgender and more as what is known as transhumanist, a particular kind of futurist who believes that technology can liberate humans from the limits of their biology—including infertility, cancer, and disease, but also, incredibly, death.
Martine and her wife Bina have been together for over three decades, and Bina doesn’t seem preoccupied with labels herself.
“Bina Aspen, the woman who married Martine 33 years ago, when Martine was a man, and remains her devoted wife, calls herself not straight or gay but “Martine-sexual”—as in the only person she wants to have sex with is Martine.”
Study Suggests Hollywood Is Not So Gay-Friendly -
A survey of 5,700 SAG-AFTRA members has found that more than half of lesbian, gay and bisexual performers “have heard directors and producers make anti-gay comments about actors” and that “53% of L…
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Rams Cut Michael Sam, First Openly Gay Player Drafted in N.F.L. -
“There’s no challenge with respect to Mike Sam,” Coach Fisher said, referring to a team that might want to pick up Sam. “He’s not about drawing attention to himself. He kept his head down and worked and you can’t ask anything more out of any player for that matter.”
According to ESPN, Sam had 11 tackles and three sacks during the preseason and had a team-high six tackles in the last preseason game.
In a series of tweets, Sam thanked the Rams for drafting him, for “allowing me to show I can play at this level,” and that he looked forward to building on the progress he felt he made “toward a long and successful career.”
“The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I’ve always known,” Sam said. “The journey continues.”