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Randal Kleiser Randal Kleiser
Although best known for his direction of lighter fare such as Grease, the highest-grossing movie musical to date, Randal Kleiser (b. 1946) made his most significant contribution to gay cinema with the 1996 AIDS-themed It's My Party.
 
 
Spotlight Lesbian and Bisexual Female Film Directors
 
  Lesbian and female bisexual Directors have had an important and continuing impact on both Documentary and dramatic Film. Several have helped combat lesbian invisibility and empower women by raising lesbian and feminist issues in their work.  
 
 
  Chantal Akerman Chantal Akerman (b. 1950) is an innovative Belgian filmmaker who creates films that are at once experimental and personal and that often feature lesbian content.  
 
 
  Dorothy Arzner Dorothy Arzner (1900-1979) was the only woman director in 1930s and 1940s Hollywood. She made films that convey the varieties of women's experiences and desires and the tenacity of women's relationships with other women.  
 
 
  Amanda Bearse Amanda Bearse (b. 1958) is one of the first primetime television actors to come out publicly as a gay person. She has developed a second career as a film and television director and has become an outspoken advocate of gay visibility.  
 
 
  Lizzie Borden (b. 1958) brings a feminist perspective and a dynamic authenticity to her films about the unexplored politics of women's lives.  
 
 
  Lisa Cholodenko Lisa Cholodenko (b. 1964) is an acclaimed lesbian filmmaker who has so far written and directed three feature films, whose "narrative motor," as Dennis Lim noted in the New York Times, is "sexual attraction."  
 
 
  Donna Deitch Donna Deitch (b. 1945) is well-known for Desert Hearts, a pioneering classic of lesbian cinema. She is also a successful film and television director who has made several other films that probe gay and lesbian relationships.  
 
 
  Still from a film by Lynn Fernie Lynne Fernie (b. 1946) has had a varied career in the arts, but is best known as the co-director of the celebrated 1992 documentary Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives.  
 
 
  Film Festivals by and for glbtq people have paralleled the growth of the modern gay rights movement since the 1970s. The diverse collection of glbtq film festivals, now recognized as the queer film festival circuit, came into its own in the early 1990s. Many of these feature the work of lesbian and bisexual filmmakers.  
 
 
  Jodie Foster Jodie Foster (b. 1962), who is best known as one of the most accomplished film actresses of her generation, is also an acclaimed director and producer. She has been a glbtq icon for decades, though only recently has she acknowledged her lesbianism.  
 
 
  Sara Gilbert Sara Gilbert (b. 1975), who became a favorite with lesbian audiences for her portrayal of tomboy Darlene on the long-running television series "Roseanne," came out publicly as a lesbian in 2004. While best known as an actress, Gilbert is also a director, producer, and talk show host.  
 
 
  Barbara Hammer Barbara Hammer (b. 1939) is the most prolific lesbian feminist filmmaker in history. Her films have carefully considered political and theoretical underpinnings and are among the most thoughtful and unabashed celebrations of queer life in cinema.  
 
 
  New Queer Cinema describes a group of aggressively queer films that first appeared at Sundance Film Festivals in the early 1990s. The term has come to be used indiscriminately to denote independent films with gay and lesbian content. Lesbian, bisexual, and gay male directors have all contributed to New Queer Cinema in both its narrow and broad senses.  
 
 
  Ulrike Ottinger Ulrike Ottinger (b. 1942) is an avant-garde German filmmaker who creates both fictional fantasy worlds that shatter traditional gender constructions and documentaries that examine marginalized peoples.  
 
 
  Patricia Rozema Patricia Rozema (b. 1958) is a Canadian filmmaker known for imbuing her films with feminist analysis and sensual cinematography.  
 
 
  Monika Treut Monika Treut (b. 1954) is a German filmmaker who consistently explores challenging and controversial issues surrounding minority sexual and gender identities.  
 
 
  Rose Troche Rose Troche (b. 1964) has helped to make lesbians more visible onscreen, not as women tortured by their sexuality, but as individuals for whom female homosexuality is comfortable and, indeed, normal.  
 
 
  Andrea Weiss Andrea Weiss (b. 1956) is an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker who has produced innovative work that embodies her commitment both to art and to political action.  
 
 
  Alice Wu Alice Wu (b. 1970) broke ground with her first feature-length motion picture, Saving Face (2004), a multi-generational portrait of Chinese-American women who transgress traditional sexual taboos.  
 
 
notable birthdays this week
August 17
 
Kurt Hiller
AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST WHO WORKED TO CHANGE THE OPPRESSIVE GERMAN PENAL CODE, 1885
Roger Peyrefitte
BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF NOVELS AND NON-FICTI0N, 1907
 
Larry Rivers
PROLIFIC AND CONTROVERSIAL ARTIST, MUSICIAN, AND WRITER, 1923
David Bromstad
INTERIOR DESIGNER AND HOST OF DESIGN SHOWS ON TELEVISION, 1973
 
August 18
 
Marcel Carné
FRENCH FILMMAKER WHO CREATED IMPORTANT MID-20th CENTURY FILMS, 1906
 
August 19
 
Renee Richards
TRANSSEXUAL PHYSICIAN AND TENNIS CHAMPION, 1934
 
August 20
 
Patricia Rozema Patricia Rozema
CANADIAN FILMMAKER KNOWN FOR FEMINIST ANALYSIS AND SENSUAL CINEMATOGRAPHY, 1958
 
August 21
 
Aubrey Beardsley Aubrey Beardsley
DECADENT ARTIST WITH A WICKEDLY SATIRIC IMAGINATION, 1872
Don Slater
EARLY LEADER IN THE AMERICAN GAY RIGHTS MOVEMENT, 1923
 
Mart Crowley Mart Crowley
PLAYWRIGHT WHO BLAZED A TRAIL WITH THE BOYS IN THE BAND, 1935
George Kuchar
A FOUNDING FATHER OF UNDERGROUND CINEMATIC CAMP, 1942
 
August 22
 
André Émile Baudry
LEADER OF THE FRENCH HOMOPHILE AND GAY RIGHTS MOVEMENTS, 1922
James Kirkwood
NOVELIST AND CO-AUTHOR OF THE BOOK OF A CHORUS LINE, 1924
 
Diana Nyad
MARATHON SWIMMER AND SPORTS COMMENTATOR, 1949
 
August 23
 
Newton Arvin
ONE OF THE MOST GIFTED CRITICS OF AMERICAN LITERATURE OF THE MID-TWENTIETH CENTURY, 1900
Keith Vaughan
BRITISH PAINTER WHO SPECIALIZED IN DEPICTING MALE NUDES IN LANDSCAPE, 1912
 
Terry Wolverton Terry Wolverton
WRITER, EDITOR, TEACHER, AND PERFORMANCE ARTIST, 1954
Charles Busch
ACTOR AND WRITER WHO HAS CREATED "GRANDE DAME" ROLES FOR STAGE AND SCREEN, 1954
 
Neil Bartlett
BRITISH THEATER DIRECTOR, PERFORMER, WRITER, AND TRANSLATOR, 1958
 
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On August 19, 2014, U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young again struck down Indiana's marriage laws, this time in Bowling v. Pence, a case involving a same-sex couple who married in Iowa in 2011 but whose marriage Indiana has refused to recognize. In addition, Judge Young severely criticized Indiana Governor Mike Pence for lying to the court. He characterized the governor's "bold misrepresentations" as "at a minimum, troubling."

Congratulations to Jordan Windle on winning the U.S. Men's Ten-meter Diving Championship. The 15-year-old convincingly won the title on August 17, 2014 after having won four gold medals and one silver at the junior national championships earlier in the month. In 2012, Windle became the youngest American diver to qualify for the Olympic Trials and, undoubtedly, the youngest Grand Marshal of a Gay Pride Parade, when he and his two dads served as Grand Marshals of the Circle City Indiana Pride Parade, an annual festival celebrating Central Indiana's glbtq community.

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On August 13, 2014, Arizona State offensive lineman Edward "Chip" Sarafin became the first active Division I college football player to come out as gay. In an interview with Joshua Wyrick in Compete, a Phoenix-based gay sports magazine, the fifth-year senior revealed that he began telling teammates of his sexual orientation last spring. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound lineman from Gilbert, Arizona graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering last spring and is currently pursuing a master's degree in the field. He plans to attend medical school to study neurology.

On August 13, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied a request to stay its July 28 decision invalidating Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. Barring an intervention by the Supreme Court of the United States, same-sex couples may marry in Virginia beginning on August 20, 2014.

Gay Games 9 kicked off on August 9, 2014 at Cleveland's Quicken Field with an impressive Opening Ceremony and a videotaped message from President Obama. Featuring performers such as Lance Bass and the Pointer Sisters, as well as chorale groups, dancers, and a marching band, the Opening Ceremony marked the beginning of a week-long celebration and competition that will feature more than 9,000 participants and more than 20,000 spectators.

Congratulations to Michael Cashman on his elevation to the House of Lords. Cashman is among twenty-two new "working peers" whose appointments were announced on August 8, 2014. A former actor who co-founded the glbtq lobbying group Stonewall, Cashman served as a member of the European Parliament from 1999 until 2014. In the European Parliament he was an outspoken supporter of glbtq rights.

On August 6, 2014, a three-judge panel of the Cincinnati-based United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit will hear arguments in marriage equality cases from all four states in its jurisdiction: Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The cases involve both the right of same-sex couples to marry and the right of lawfully married same-sex couples to have their marriages recognized by the states in which they reside.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

On May 28, 2014, Houston's City Council passed on an 11-6 vote a sweeping nondiscrimination ordinance that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, among other characteristics. Soon after its passage, opponents vowed to collect sufficient signatures to place the ordinance on the ballot in November. In order to qualify for the ballot, opponents needed to submit 17,269 valid signatures of registered voters. Although the opponents said that they had collected some 50,000 signatures, on August 4, 2014 city election officials announced that only 15,247 of those submissions were valid. Barring intervention by a court, the ordinance will not appear on the November ballot.

Ambassador Baer (right) and Brian Walsh.

Congratulations to Daniel Baer, U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and Brian Walsh, an agronomist and environmental economist, who wed on August 2, 2014. The couple exchanged vows in a garden ceremony at their home in Vienna, where the OSCE is headquartered.

Congratulations to Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham on ending his Commonwealth Games gold-medal drought in Glasgow on August 1, 2014. Mitcham had joked earlier in the day when he won his sixth Commonwealth Games silver medal in the synchronized three-meter platform dive that at least the color suited his complexion. However, by the end of the day, he and Domonic Bedggood had won the coveted gold medal in the synchronized ten-meter platform dive, edging out the team of out English diver Tom Daley and James Denny, who won the silver medal. The following day, Daley won the gold medal in the 10-meter individual platform dive.

 
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