Two new movies about the struggle for Women's Rights raise important questions. What are Civil Rights and how do they change over time? Who benefits from denying rights? What is the best way to secure rights?
The applause at the end of the screening of Freeheld was deserving. This is a true story about New Jersey Police Officer Laurel Hester's battle to secure pension benefits for her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, when Hester dies from cancer.
The Toronto International Film Festival has aged gracefully into its 40th year anniversary. Black directors, actors and writers have enhanced the celebratory occasion with fine performances and artistic contributions in indie films, big budget movies and life-affirming documentaries.
As Jason Bateman's new film, The Family Fang, shows, Bateman is a filmmaker with an edge and a vision. It was one of the better films I saw during a four-movie day Tuesday at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Peter Sollett's Freeheld was, for me, the find of the day -- an intensely emotional film based on a true story that could easily win Julianne Moore her second Oscar in a row (and, perhaps, earn a nomination for the terrific Michael Shannon).
It's up to you, especially if you are not in the mainstream to re-define for a new LGBT generation what is considered a heroic, erotic, queer ideal.
With the second season officially scheduled to premiere on June 21, and an entire new cast which includes Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdam as the next "true detectives," my feminist part in me has already begun to imagine a third season consisting of two female detectives.
The message in the film, that a woman can make the choice on her own and stick to it, that her friends and family can be supportive even if they don't entirely agree, and that you're life doesn't end when you hit a bump in road, or in this case your belly, is undeniably important.
Comic book nerds may understand the gravity of the situation. A novice, who stumbles into a multiplex looking for that "fun" summer event movie, might not be so enamored.
Despite the praise and support Page and Sam have received from the public, research shows that LGBTQ youth in America struggle with prejudgments and rejection. Professional counselors are trained and ready to help
The story goes that the two meet on the MGM lot. Tracy is surprised by how tall Hepburn is. "Don't worry," someone tells him. "You'll soon cut her down to size." No one ever cut Katharine Hepburn down to size. And it's time we stopped pretending someone did.
While we lesbians have always predicted this (or at least prayed for it) since we first fell in love with her as Juno, Page brought herself, and us, to tears with her unwavering honesty and undeniable bravery.
At this reunion at Chalo's wedding, there was something missing: That imaginary shield I wore my whole time as a teenager was gone.
This morning Emma showed me the YouTube of Ellen Page's speech in front of the LGBT youth conference where she spoke for some minutes before mentionin...
If people like Ellen DeGeneres and Ellen Page remain silent about their sexuality, then how do young lesbians ever come to see themselves as normal?