Credence: The first Sci-Fi to challenge LGBT portrayal in film

Support for #Credence GLBT Sci-Fi film is Beautiful

Director Mike Buonaiuto creates stunning trailer for Credence, a first of it’s kind Sci-Fi film that will challenge the way gay characters are portrayed in film. After posting the project on the social fundraising site Indigogo, the project smashed it’s 6,000£ target in only 3 days. In fact, the film raised 8K£ within the first 72 hours of posting. 

The support has continued to grow in the following week and the film is now closing in on 20,000£ in raised funds for the project. The additional money will be put toward making an even better product than originally envisioned with some of the money going toward film festival submissions and more stunning visual effects.

The film trailer, while only 90 seconds long, manages to fire a bullet right to the heart of the national debate on marriage equality and glbt family rights. The success of the fundraising is a testament to our pent-up need to see better representation of our families in film. The film goes beyond a niche project directed to the gay community.  It poignantly catapults the very notion of “what is family” into the international spotlight.

-Bryce Thomason, GayAgenda.com

Readers of Gay Agenda can support this amazing project by visiting: http://bit.ly/SupportCredence

SYNOPSIS

#Credence tells the story of a family torn apart during the last evacuation on earth after violent storms have made survival impossible. Hope has been found in the form of new worlds that support human life, however due to limited rocket capacity and life expectancy only children are permitted to evacuate, and even then – only the rich have ended up getting tickets. Our short film follows 2 fathers’ decision to make the ultimate sacrifice to give up all their possessions to ensure the survival of their daughter, and the entire human race.

#IndieGoGo Love: All Of Us Project Making Schools Safer for LGBT Students

#IndieGoGo Love: All Of Us Project Making Schools Safer for LGBT Students

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“Sadly today in Australia, school is the place where young people report the most homophobic abuse. Since 1998 levels of homophobic abuse reported by students, experienced in schools has risen from 69% in 1998 to 80% in 2010.”

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#GMCLA: Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles Celebrates #Halloweenie Holidays With Panache

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Gearing up to celebrate its 35th anniversary, the world famous Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles is heading up its many yearly holiday fundraisers and performances with the festive, saucy and sometimes spooky #Halloweenie event, October 25.

As it’s WeHo and Hollywood adjacent, many GMCLA events are packed with and attended by LGBT gliteratti and allies. Halloweenie, also known as the Party With A Purpose, is no exception. Halloweenie 2013′s proceeds help the GMCLA’s Alive Music Project, an LGBTQ youth performing arts outreach program. Read more

The Baby-Makin’ Music YouTube Playlist

Trans* and queer people can’t make babies? Okay, “Naysayers…” really?

Of course queer and trans* folks can make babies. People co-create babies…duh!

Anyhow, this mix doesn’t cover perfunctory, rote or mythical falsehoods. This playlist is all about…ahem. “Practice.”

Queer and Trans* imagery, entertainers and sensibilities are all up in this mix. You might call some of these tracks sensual or romantic. Tried to adhere to the ol’ “Keep it classy” standby, which only happened occasionally.

Sorry, not sorry?

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All Purple Everything: #SpiritDay and Purple Prose Reflections

It seemed like the world turned purple on October 17th. So…did you wear or share purple on Spirit Day?

An unprecedented amount of celebrities (http://www.glaad.org/blog/celebs-showing-support-lgbt-youth-spiritday) and participants took part in celebrating Spirit Day’s anti-bullying mindset and campaign for peace.

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Most notably, the #SpiritDay thought stream on Twitter, experienced a flurry of activity with somewhat minimal and hardly noticeable newsjacking and hashtag jumping occurring between the many supportive updates and social shares. Unfortunately anti-gay and anti-trans* push back was still somewhat present, but the signal-to-noise ratio tipped in favor of the celebrations at hand.

 

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No More Bullies: Wear, Share and Go Purple on #SpiritDay October 17

 

No More Bullies: Go Purple for #SpiritDay on October 17

 “Spirit Day was started by a high school student in 2010 as a way to prevent bullying and show support for LGBT youth. Roughly eight out of 10 LGBT students experience harassment while at schools and as many as 63 percent of them report they also feel unsafe, according to GLAAD. The event takes place annually on every third Thursday in October.” CBS LA

Have you got the spirit?

Then put your Purple where your heart is. Read more

#YesGawd | It’s All Butch #Lesbian Calendars: Get Yours While It’s Hot!

Hm…Now, About This Calendar…

Tomboys, Tomboi’s, Butch Queens, James Deans, Studs to Love and oh so much more….

If you’ve got holiday gifts or GIFs in mind, be sure to make your way to ItsAllButch.com to buy yourself a little soupçon first–start with 2014. Then of course, you’re free to share the wealth–backtrack and ogle all the previous years’ selections.

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Touted as Florida’s leading lesbian calendar, the claim’s more than understandable: the delicious yang’ed up grrl-grrl smorgasbord features a diversity of images that are diverse. There’s nothing sexier than an accurate reflection of all the sexy people in the community. Y’know…all the colors of the rainbow. Read more

Winter #Volunteer and Fundraising Drive Underway for GLCC Pittsburgh

Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh Needs Volunteers and Wish List Donations

Winter #Volunteer and Fundraising Drive Underway for GLCC Pittsburgh

Founded in 1970, the GLCC Pittsburgh, a nonprofit, fully volunteer-staffed LGBT center in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, is holding their ongoing volunteer drive.

Every month or sooner on the organization’s website, in addition to spotlighting a volunteer of the month, the GLCC refreshes its wish list—and that list includes all volunteer hands on deck.

For the month of October, holiday and event-specific volunteer needs include: Amateur Photographers, Organizers, Greeters and Phone Line Volunteers. Children are allowed to volunteer for select tasks with adult accompaniment. To view the full list of volunteer needs for the month of October, please visit this page—Volunteer Needs: Mid October Edition 2013—onthe GLCC’s homepage.glcc_580

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Call for #Edu Proposals: OUT and Greek #LGBT Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Conference

 

Call for #Edu Proposals / Call for Workshop Submissions

Campus Pride is a national college advocacy organization for LGBTQ students and allies. Among its various outreach efforts, the nonprofit proactively educates Greek fraternities, sororities and supporting groups in order to encourage more LGBTQ-Friendly groups, college campuses, Greek-affiliated bodies and communities.

This week, Campus Pride posted its latest call for workshop submissions, encouraging participants and attendees for the upcoming 2014 OUT & Greek LGBT & Ally Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Conference which will take place April 10-13, 2014 in San Diego, California.

Please note: the deadline for submissions extends until December 15, 2013, and more information can be found below.

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Call for #Edu Proposals: OUT and Greek #LGBT Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Conference

Affiliated with Campus Pride’s Lambda 10 Project

From the website–

Just Announced: Submit Workshops for 2014 OUT & Greek LGBT & Ally Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Conference until December 15, 2013

Registration Opens November 1st.

Now you can submit workshops for the Call for Programs for the 2014 Out & Greek LGBT & Ally Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Conference in tandem with the Association of Fraternal Leadership Values 2014 Conference. The Out & Greek conference provides intentional programming for members of our LGBT and ally community and the opportunity to submit a program proposal is now available online. The conference takes place from April 10-13, 2014 in San Diego, California.

Please note: Registration opens on November 1st.

Program submissions for Out & Greek are due on December 15, 2013 by 11:59 p.m. PDT.  Before applying, thoroughly review the Call for Programs website and the Call for Programs Informational Packet. Finally, submit your online submission.

Registration includes OUT & GREEK LGBT & Ally Conference program resources, featured keynotes, educators in residence, workshops and special LGBT & Ally opening welcome reception.

Last year,  the Association of Fraternal Leadership Values (AFLV) and Campus Pride announced a strategic partnership between the West Fraternal Leadership/National Cultural Greek Leadership Conference (WFL/NCGLC) and the Out & Greek LGBT & Ally Conference.

Campus Pride is the leading national educational organization for LGBT and ally college students and campus groups. The organization initiated its Lambda 10 Project in 1995 to create visibility and support of LGBT members of the college fraternity. The project works actively to develop resources and educational materials to educate on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression as it pertains to the fraternity/sorority experience.

The Out & Greek Conference cannot be possible without YOU! We need student leaders, campus-based professionals, we need headquarters staff members, we need professional speakers, and we need fraternity/sorority advocates. We need all of you to contribute to the educational experience at Out & Greek. Please submit your workshop today.

Now you can:

  • Learn how to become an effective straight ally
  • Share your story of coming out and being Greek
  • Network with other LGBT and ally fraternity and sorority leaders
  • Learn strategies for your organization and community to be safer and more LGBT friendly

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Listed Keynote Speakers for 2014 are:

Shane Windmeyer, Co-Founder and Executive Director of CampusPride.Org

Kara Laricks, NBC Fashion Star Winner

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This year’s conference takes place April 10-13, 2014 in San Diego, California.

To find out more information, please visit www.CampusPride.org.

 

 

Matthew Shepard’s Legacy Is Not Celebrated By All

The Laramie Project Play Interrupted by Hecklers

On October 8th, 125 people attended The Laramie Project based on the 1978 murder of gay Wyoming student Matthew Shepard at the Meek Auditorium at “Ole Miss” (University of Mississippi). To commemorate the 15th anniversary of Shepard’s death and tying it in with October as anti-bullying month, schools around the country were performing this play.

Hecklers Disrupt Play

According to the play’s director and theatre faculty member Rory Ledbetter, some audience members use derogatory slurs like “fag” and heckled both cast members and characters they were portraying for their body types and sexual identities. It was reported that twenty football players from Ole Miss disrupted the performance as did other attendees, using catcalls, giggling, inappropriate coughing, and burping.

These rude outbursts began during the first act and escalated into the second act.
Said gay Junior Theatre Major Garrison Gibbons: “ I played a gay character in the show and to be ridiculed like that was something that really made me realize that some people at Ole Miss and in Mississippi still can’t accept who I am.”

Punishment for Team

When the Athletic Department got word of the incident, it forced players to sign a letter of apology and deliver it to the cast after the show. According to USA Today,
the University has referred the incident to committees that handle bias and LGBT discrimination on campus. The students’ disciplinary action could range from a public apology to expulsion.

Judy Shepard, mother of slain Matthew Shepard and President of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, had this to say about the incident: “ using hate-filled words to interrupt a play about anti-gay hate is a sad irony.”

No Reverence From Christian Conservative Groups For Shepard

Sandy Rios, talk show host, last week told a group of Christian Conservatives in Washington, including the American Family Association, that Shepard should not be revered. The Fox News contributor does not like society’s acceptance of LGBT people in general and the depiction of certain anti-gay organizations as hate groups.

Rios cites award-winning journalist Stephen Jimenez’s reporting on Matthew Shepard’s case, calling Shepard’s murder “a complete fraud.” Jimenez, the author of the recently-released The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, like Rios, believes that Shepard was a drug addict and dealer and that his murder was the result of “a drug deal gone bad.” They believe that Shepard was sexually involved with one of his killers, Aaron McKinney. (Two men have confessed guilt in Shepard’s murder).

Rios believes that the crime was not hate-motivated against gays. “A fairy tale has been built around Shepard’s death,” she said.

At the gathering, Rios read a letter from civil rights groups, including the Southern
Poverty Law Center and People For The American Way, which urged Republican officials to skip the Values Voter Summit. Rios used the letter as proof to her audience that “it is a dangerous time to be a Christian Conservative in America.”