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LGBT Show “Disposable Teens” Nominated for Streamys‏

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Reviews | 0 comments

LGBT Show “Disposable Teens” Nominated for Streamys‏

OutliciousTV is pleased to announce season 1 of our LGBT drama series, Disposable Teens, has been nominated for Best Indie Series for the 6th Annual Streamy Awards. The Streamy Awards is an annual awards show honoring the best and the brightest in internet video entertainment. Think Emmys for YouTube/Vimeo. Streamy Award winners will be determined by a group of creators, executives, and other experts in the online video industry. Previous nominees have seen their shows and careers skyrocket after the event. Last year’s event aired on VH1....

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My Gender? My Sexuality? Do I really need to explain?

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Featured, Hot Topics | 0 comments

My Gender? My Sexuality? Do I really need to explain?

Maybe you’ve seen this T-shirt… I think I want one … and I bet you know why. The message captures an all-too-common experience: the vague knot in our stomachs, the brace of fear, the incipient eye-roll when we know a question about our orientation, our gender, the people we are and the people we love is coming straight at us. Yes, I’m talking about explaining. To me, this feels different from coming out. Yes, coming out is also fraught with terror and danger (and hopefully, if it goes well, exaltation and relief and joy). The one big...

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Dear rich gay white man at the RNC…

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Featured, Politics | 0 comments

Dear rich gay white man at the RNC…

Dear rich gay white man, I see you. I saw you on that stage tonight. Your incessant need for reassurance and acceptance by the very same people who would strip you of your rights if they could; it’s fooled you into thinking you’re one of them. I saw your education, your haircut, your suit, your whiteness, your privilege. They saw your money and influence. But if they saw you on the street corner working for a warm room and $20 you would be nothing but another well-deserved HIV case. If they saw you in the high school lunch room being picked...

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Orlando Made Me More “Out and Proud” Than Ever

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Hot Topics | 1 comment

Orlando Made Me More “Out and Proud” Than Ever

I kept asking myself why the Orlando Shooting affected me so much. It took me a few days, but I finally realized why. When 9/11 happened, it really didn’t do much to me. I was in 6th grade and only 11 years old. It didn’t make sense to me, I couldn’t really understand it, and I had only been on a plane once before. Yet, adults all over the world were distraught. It was a terrible incident; it shook people to their core, and made everyone realize how fragile life was. In my lifetime, this is the single biggest attack on the LGBTQ+ community....

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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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