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‘Shape of Water’ is touching, surreal

Michael Shannon confronts Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer in ‘The Shape of Water.’ (Photo courtesy Fox Searchlight) RSS. Epeak Daily Epeak Daily Bitcoin The queerest film of 2017 may well be “The Shape of Water.” Under the steady hand of Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro, the movie is a magical celebration of resistance and a lyrical adult fairy tale of love and loss and triumph told with a sublime sense of visual artistry, a sensitive ear for mythic storytelling, an assured sense of cinematic rhythm and just a touch of surreal fantasy. It’s playing now in Washington. Set in Baltimore…
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I Think I WOULD Be Gay

Dear Straight Guys, if you think you might be gay, ask yourself: When I dream or fantasize sexually, is it about men or women? Have I ever had a crush or been in love with a man? RSS. Epeak Daily Epeak Daily Bitcoin I really need some advice. Dear Marlin, I’m a Straight dude who has been curious for a long time about hooking up with a gay dude. However, I want said homosexual dude to be special, and I’d like to get to know him first. What should straight-until-now dudes find out about meeting and subsequently aiming to take gay dudes…
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Queer Theory as a Critique of Society

A guest lecture at Aoyama Gakuin University On Thursday, December 14, I went to the Shibuya campus of Aoyama Gakuin University to give a guest lecture in a gender & law class (taught in English). RSS. Epeak Daily Epeak Daily Bitcoin It was a big class, consisting of approx. 140 students, mostly beginners-level ESL speakers. That made giving the lecture quite a challenge for me since I’d have to speak a bit slowly, make sure everyone knew the words and followed the content of the lecture. That, in hindsight, was quite an educational experience for me. By keeping things simple and…
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Ashleigh Atwell: Ignorance still abounds when it comes to HIV/AIDS

About a month ago, what I thought was a joke turned into an educational session. I was perusing one of several Facebook groups that clog my timeline. A member posted a screenshot of Twitter user @bakedalaska complaining about June’s, a Canadian restaurant that only employs HIV-positive people. “Canada has a new restaurant staffed entirely by HIV+ chefs to ‘smash stigma,’” he wrote. “You’re a bigot if you don’t want to catch AIDS from your food.” I rolled my eyes and went to the comment section to see who had a similar reaction. Typically, when someone is willfully ignorant and bigoted,…
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Born This Way Foundation honors girl who came out to Mormon congregation

(Screenshot via YouTube.) RSS. Epeak Daily Epeak Daily Bitcoin Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation honored the 13-year-old girl who came out as a lesbian to her Mormon congregation. “I believe I was made the way I am, all parts of me, because of my heavenly parents,” Savannah says during her church’s testimony in Eagle Mountain, Utah. ‘They did not mess up when they gave me brown eyes, or when I was born bald. They did not mess up when they gave me freckles, or when they made me to be gay.” The church cut off her microphone but her speech…
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May 7th, 2017

I am shearing myself. All in a couple minutes the bracken and nettles crisscrossing my legs, my chest, my brow, my underarms, the growth that they all wish was invisible and that Michael Chabon wishes was a “fuzzy down” — RSS. Epeak Daily Epeak Daily Bitcoin — it is gone. We still never talk about it. The people who tell me we are the same gender — of two set in stone, they mean — consider themselves, their identity as other than the wiry black tendrils that expand outward from this body. When I am laughed at, when a boy in my class asks if I’ve…
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5 LGBT things you need to know today, Dec. 15

1. Washington conservatives are shocked and upset that President Trump this week sent to the Senate for confirmation the renomination of Chai Feldblum, whose federal biography says she is “the first openly lesbian commissioner” of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. RSS. Epeak Daily Epeak Daily Bitcoin 2. At the conclusion of Omarosa Manigault’s first televised interview on “Good Morning America” since leaving the White House, the former “Apprentice” star hinted that she had a “story to tell,” which out “GMA” host Robin Roberts responded to with, “She said she has a story to tell and I’m sure she’ll be selling…
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Ways to Become an Instant Business Owner in Today’s Economy

In 2014, 40 percent of workers wanted to start their own business. However, many of these entrepreneurial hopefuls don’t follow through for a few reasons, which include lack of adequate finances and fear of failure. With some solid tips, tools and tricks — along with your own motivation and determination — you can start your business right away without breaking the bank, and while maintaining plenty of hope for success. RSS. Epeak Daily Epeak Daily Bitcoin 1. Choose the Right Business Avenue That Suits You If you know that you want to become an instant business owner, but you haven’t yet…
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A first in the battle for LGBTI equality in football

Two gay soccer teams will be going head-to-head in a league match London Titans F.C. in action. Photo: Ben Hope This Saturday, 16 December 2017, two LGBTI football teams will compete in a men’s Football Association affiliated football league game for the first time ever. RSS. Epeak Daily Epeak Daily Bitcoin This is the Middlesex County Combination League — a mainstream soccer league for men, and consisting of 55 teams across five divisions. The winner of the match between Stonewall FC Reserves and London Titans FC will collect three points and an improved placing in the league, but it’s also about a lot more than…
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Pro-LGBT PR firm promotes Egyptian government

APCO Worldwide, a pro-LGBT public relations firm that is based in D.C., in July signed a $1.2 million contract with the Egyptian intelligence agency. The country’s government in recent months has faced increased criticism over its anti-LGBT crackdown. RSS. Epeak Daily Epeak Daily Bitcoin A D.C.-based public relations firm that supports LGBT rights is promoting the Egyptian government in the U.S. Avi Asher-Schapiro of the Intercept — a website that Glenn Greenwald edits — on Dec. 6 reported APCO Worldwide in July signed a $1.2 million contract with Egypt’s General Intelligence Directorate — the country’s intelligence agency that is known…

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