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Orlando Martyrs. Our Brothers and Sisters.

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Featured, Hot Topics | 1 comment

Orlando Martyrs. Our Brothers and Sisters.

In the few days since the tragic murder of 49 of our brothers and sisters on June 12th in Orlando, the staff of IMPACT Magazine has struggled with what we should say.  Countless news reports have informed us of the facts, at least as we know them so far. Fellow writers and bloggers, friends in the LGBTQ community, have expressed the anger, frustration, and grief we all continue to feel. This horrible thing has been done to us, to our loved ones, to our family … and no words can ever ease or erase this loss. The world is a sadder and...

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“Talk to Her” (Hable con elle). Another film from Almodóvar’s “A” list.

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Reviews | 0 comments

“Talk to Her” (Hable con elle). Another film from Almodóvar’s “A” list.

Pedro Almodóvar’s work is notorious for depicting strong women, gays, transsexuals, prostitutes, drug addicts and people on society’s margins. Pablo Allen Haker takes a look at some of the films by this internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker. This post is part of Pablo’s series, The Almodóvar Project. Talk to Her, the 2002 film from Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, took the director to new heights: the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay — after Spain submitted Los lunes al sol over this brilliant film for consideration in the Best...

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“Bad Education” (La mala educación). One of Pedro Almodóvar’s more popular films.

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Reviews | 0 comments

“Bad Education” (La mala educación). One of Pedro Almodóvar’s more popular films.

Pedro Almodóvar’s work is famous for depicting strong women, gays, transsexuals, prostitutes, drug addicts and people on society’s margins. Pablo Allen Haker takes a look at some of the films by this internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker. This post is part of Pablo’s series, The Almodóvar Project. Bad Education, the 2004 film from Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, ranks among my top 5 favourite films ever. I remember going to the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington KY to see this film, which had a NC-17 rating in the States despite no actual...

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“The Christians” by Lucas Hnath. This play is going to haunt me for a very long time.

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Reviews | 0 comments

“The Christians” by Lucas Hnath. This play is going to haunt me for a very long time.

Since its premier Off-Broadway in New York in 2015, The Christians has been produced in theaters across the U.S. and U.K.  Neil Ellis Orts recounts his experience with the play in Houston. The only theater pieces I’ve seen more than once are pieces I’ve been in or directed — at least, until The Christians came to The Alley Theatre, here in Houston, Texas. This is not a review. It’s a personal reaction. As a practicing, every-Sunday sort of Christian, theologically educated, and invested in how the church is represented...

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New LGBT martyrs in Bangladesh: Xulhaz Mannan and Tanay Mojumdar

Posted by on Apr 30, 2016 in Hot Topics | 0 comments

New LGBT martyrs in Bangladesh: Xulhaz Mannan and Tanay Mojumdar

In memory of Xulhaz Mannan and Tanay Mojumdar LGBT activists in Bangladesh Murdered April 25, 2016   I light a memorial candle for Xulhaz Mannan and Tanay Mojumdar, who were hacked to death for being “pioneers of practicing and promoting homosexuality in Bangladesh” on April 25 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The militant Islamist militant group Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for murder in the south Asian nation, calling it a “blessed attack.” Xulhaz Mannan was editor of Roopbaan, Bangladesh’s first and only LGBT...

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Pedro Almodóvar’s “All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre)”

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Reviews | 0 comments

Pedro Almodóvar’s “All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre)”

Pedro Almodóvar’s work is famous for depicting strong women, gays, transsexuals, prostitutes, drug addicts and people on society’s margins. Pablo Allen Haker takes a look at some of the films by this internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker. This is part 2 of Pablo’s series, The Almodóvar Project. Winner of both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for “Best Foreign Language Film,” this movie about transformation in various forms transformed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s career forever — and introduced Penélope Cruz to...

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Poison in a Pretty Package. Kathy Baldock Reviews “Gay Awareness” by Landon Schott

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

Poison in a Pretty Package. Kathy Baldock Reviews “Gay Awareness” by Landon Schott

Gay Awareness: Discovering the Heart of the Father and the Mind of Christ on Sexuality by Landon Schott Famous Publishing (March 21, 2016) 312 pages Texas-based, travelling evangelist Landon Schott is certainly not unique in his strongly anti-gay theological and ideological beliefs. His lack of academic integrity and immature reasoning skills alone should render him inconsequential in the conversation about faith as it intersects sexual orientation. Yet he can’t be dismissed because his target market is teens and young adults, in particular,...

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The Almodóvar Project

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

The Almodóvar Project

In celebration of the release of Pedro Almodóvar’s 20th film,  Julieta (2016), Pablo Allen Haker takes a look at this internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker whose work is famous for depicting strong women, gays, transsexuals, prostitutes, drug addicts and people on society’s margins. This is part 1 of Pablo’s series, The Almodóvar Project. When it comes to modern Spanish film, the first name that pops into everyone’s mind is Pedro Almodóvar.  The name Almodóvar is bound to strike a strong reaction from people in Spain,...

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John Boswell: Unofficial Saint to many LGBTQ Christians

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Hot Topics | 0 comments

John Boswell: Unofficial Saint to many LGBTQ Christians

John Boswell (1947-1994) was a prominent scholar who researched and wrote about the importance of gays and lesbians in Christian history. His birthday this week, marks 69 years since his birth on March 20, 1947. Boswell, a history professor at Yale University, wrote such influential classics as Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality (1980) and Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe (1994). Boswell converted from the Episcopal Church of his upbringing to Roman Catholicism at age 16. He attended mass daily until his death, even though...

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Review: Almodóvar’s “¡Átame!” (“Tie me Up! Tie me Down!”, 1990)

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Reviews | 0 comments

Review: Almodóvar’s “¡Átame!” (“Tie me Up! Tie me Down!”, 1990)

Leave it to Pedro Almodóvar to direct a film that would lead to a change in the American movie rating system. In his 1990 film Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (the name is improved in translation from the plain Spanish “Tie me!”), things got so hot that the MPAA wanted to give the film a “X” rating. As the film is far from pornography, the studio handling the distribution rights in the US fought for an “R” rating. A few months later, the “NC-17” rating was born. And just what is this controversial flick? Antonio Banderas plays Ricky, a man recently...

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