19% of prime time television characters are non-human while only 17% are women
A Profile of Americans’ Media Use and Political Socialization Effects: television and the Internet’s relationship to social connectedness in the USA ― Daniel German & Caitlin Lally
There are more “non-humans” on TV than women. Talk about unequal gender representation in the media.
A joke that was never meant to go public, but did, has cost a gay TV reporter in Minneapolis his job. Last weekend Mark Saxenmeyer of station KSTP was advising a colleague on a news story about a gay Twin Cities couple who had been invited to attend the White House Easter Egg Roll with their twin sons. When the coworker, Katherine Johnson, stepped away from her computer, Saxenmeyer “wrote a few things into the Web script to make her laugh,” he told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
When she came back, he advised her to delete his additions “because obviously that would not be funny out of context,” but she missed one of them, and the story went live on the station’s website saying the twins had been invited to participate in the White House event with their “big HOMO dads.” The phrase was subsequently removed, and Saxenmeyer was let go from his job Tuesday.
“I made a profoundly stupid mistake,” Saxenmeyer told the Star Tribune. “There’s just no getting around that. I have apologized profusely. It was stupid, inappropriate, irresponsible. It is beyond comprehensible. … I especially don’t want the gay community to be hurt or offended in any way. They are the last people I would ever want to malign and disparage.”
Today show anchor Jenna Wolfe revealed on Wednesday that she is dating NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk, and is pregnant with her first child. Wolfe also told People.com the couple is planning to wed, and the news has prompted openly gay singer Wright to offer her best wishes.
In a post on her Twitter.com page, country star Chely Wright writes, “Yay! Congratulations! Love-baby-family! Jenna and Steph: courage!”
Wright is married to activist Lauren Blitzer and is expecting twins.
If you miss the shirtless bloodsuckers of The Lair, or feel you could create the next Dante’s Cove, then Here TV wants to hear from you. Here TV (which owns The Advocate and its sister properties) is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year by looking back at a decade of groundbreaking programming, and by also looking to the future with a new foundation to help up-and-coming LGBT filmmakers. The New Frontiers Film Projectis the rare occasion when a television network asks its audience to submit their own finished film and television projects to be featured on the network. If your submission is considered by Here, it may be shown on the air and would give new filmmakers a chance to show their art to a large audience like never before. The selected programming will air throughout 2013 on Here TV across all its cable and web platforms.
“When we launched the network, a purely LGBT network was met with great skepticism and tremendous resistance,” said Josh Rosenzweig, Senior Vice President of Original Programming. ”The television and film projects that have aired over the past decade have all been part and parcel in entertaining and inspiring our LGBT audiences and motivating our allies to help us change hearts and minds across the country. We are eternally indebted to the LGBT creative community and to the brave distributors who have partnered with us over the years to have our stories seen and heard.”
Adapted screenplays may follow books very closely, or may be completely different. When characters are gay or lesbian – or have had some significant same-sex experiences – screenwriters sometimes sidestep those facets of their stories entirely when it comes to the big screen. Here are twelve of those instances.
What is it like to live as a transsexual person in the digital age? In the wake of the Julie Burchill row, join Channel 4 News and guests in an online debate on Google+ at 1pm on Thursday.
You can read more about the situation here.
We know the topic has been thrust into the media spotlight for the wrong reasons lately because of the Julie Burchill row. But at Channel 4 News, we want to get away from the mudslinging and provide a sensible forum for constructive debate around the issues of feminism, gender politics, social media and daily life for a trans person in the digital age.
At 1pm today, we are hosting a Google Hangout on this topic, where we will be joined by experts on transsexualism, gender, politics and social media. You can watch the debate live on Google+, on our YouTube page, or on this page from 1pm.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Why I Am Opposed To The War In Vietnam.”
As I have walked among the desperate, rejected, and angry young men, I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems. I have tried to offer them my deepest compassion while maintaining my conviction that social change comes most meaningfully through non-violent action; for they ask and write me, “So what about Vietnam?” They ask if our nation wasn’t using massive doses of violence to solve its problems to bring about the changes it wanted. Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without first having spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence I cannot be silent. Been a lot of applauding over the last few years. They applauded our total movement; they’ve applauded me. America and most of its newspapers applauded me in Montgomery. And I stood before thousands of Negroes getting ready to riot when my home was bombed and said, we can’t do it this way. They applauded us in the sit-in movement—we non-violently decided to sit in at lunch counters. The applauded us on the Freedom Rides when we accepted blows without retaliation. They praised us in Albany and Birmingham and Selma, Alabama. Oh, the press was so noble in its applause, and so noble in its praise when I was saying, Be non-violent toward Bull Connor;when I was saying, Be non-violent toward [Selma, Alabama segregationist sheriff] Jim Clark. There’s something strangely inconsistent about a nation and a press that will praise you when you say, Be non-violent toward Jim Clark, but will curse and damn you when you say, “Be non-violent toward little brown Vietnamese children. There’s something wrong with that press!
They are so close to their goal of 5000 dollars guys!!!!!
This is Queer People of Color here trying to get their voices heard:
Sistah Sinema needs $5,000 to create a queer women of color (QWOC) video-on-demand channel, Sistah Sinema - Online, on BuskFilms.com. Sistah Sinema is a monthly event hosted in various cities screening QWOC cinema. BuskFilms is a video-on-demand site that showcases the best in lesbian/queer content. Sistah Sinema and Busk Films are collaborating to create an online portal to make QWOC films easier to find and watch. If we do not raise the $5,000, this channel will not be created.
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I KNOW WE CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
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A guide to being an ally for friends and family of LGBT*QIA individuals.
Online ebook available [HERE] if you would like to share with others but do not wish to link to your tumblr. (Also, it’s fun to turn the pages.)
Original size 20x24” posters available for educational purposes. Contact me directly for files.
Might be extra useful this holiday season :)
According to the write-up, the show “reveals Uganda’s LGBT community as seen through the eyes of a Ugandan government official, a transgender sex worker, a gay priest and a lesbian activist, and creates a complex investigation of the burgeoning resistance to state-supported oppression.”
Mwine has spent months documenting the LGBT-right movement in Uganda with video, photography and drawing, and in the past he’s created other shows and collaborated on documentaries about the struggle.
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