Saturday, March 1, 2014

Brokeback Mountain Shirts; St. Patrick's Parade Boston; 21 Gay Music Icons

Brokeback Mountain Shirts

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Two shirts worn by Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain recently sold for over fifteen thousand dollars. The name of the buyer hasn't been disclosed. The shirts were worn during the point in the film where Ennis tells Jack he's not going to sleep with him anymore.

It was eight years ago this weekend that Heath Ledger lost the best actor Oscar for Brokeback Mountain to Philip Seymour Hoffman of Capote.

Both men played gay characters that year and both actors died tragic deaths - Hoffman just earlier this month.

You can read more here.

From what I've read, a good deal of the m/m romance genre was spawned from fanfic of Brokeback Mountain.

21 (Questionable) Gay Music Icons

I think this falls into the category of questionable. But maybe I'm wrong and maybe there is more to it than I "get." I like some/most of the icons listed, but none are entertainers I would stand in a long line to see...except maybe Frank Ocean.

t's the end of Britain's LGBT History Month which has been celebrating musicians and music this year

You can read the full list here.

(Seriously, No Shirley Bassey?)
 

Here's more inclusive list I tend to find more accurate done at Fordham University. It also compares gay taste in the UK and US. It's far more interesting than the link above.

Shirley Bassey
Reason for Icon Status: Although she plays, and fills, American halls regularly, Shirley Bassey is not a   major American gay icon. For British gay men, however, she is among the greatest.


Here's that link.

St. Patrick's Parade Boston

I posted about gays not being allowed to participate in a Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade, here. And now it seems gays can march in the parade, but with conditions.

But the invitation, brokered by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, includes an important caveat: The group, MassEquality, could not wear T-shirts or hold signs that include the word “gay” or refer to sexual orientation.

Evidently, this is the proverbial olive branch.

I rarely wear anything with the word gay, or even T-shirts with rainbows or signs that state I'm openly gay. But I also like to know that I can if I want to...without anyone telling me what I can and can't do regarding my sexual orientation.

You can read more here. There's a link for Boston Globe subscribers, too.

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