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Utah’s Gay and Lesbian Biweekly Newspaper Volume 3 ■ Issue 2 January 19–February 1

Community Calls for Larry Miller Boycott Apology, nondiscrimination policy demanded

Salt Lake Council to Supercede Mayoral Order Anderson: Council shrinking from fight

Hate Crime Bill Differs from Previous Years Categories stripped.

Idaho Gay/Straight Alliance Gets Guff Republican Party likens gays to Hitler, pedophiles

Vote for Salt Lake’s Most Fabulous Ballot on Page 24

NAACP Offends Gay Agenda


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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Receives $3 Million Gift funds will enable the Task Force’s Organizing & Training Department to expand its work to provide technical and financial assistance to organizations working to build public support for LGBT equality and repelling anti-LGBT attacks.”

Pope Speaks Out Against Abortion, Gay Relationships by Danny McCoy Vatican City — Pope Benedict XVI said that doctors should not give women the abortion pill because it hides the “gravity” of taking a human life, and also said it was wrong to give legal recognition to gay unions. Benedict once again reaffirmed church teaching on both abortion and the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman during an audience with officials from Rome and its surrounding Lazio region. Benedict said pregnant women, particularly those in difficult situations, needed concrete help, and said officials should “avoid introducing drugs that hide in some way the gravity of abortion, as a choice against life.” The Italian Bishops’ Conference has mounted a renewed fight against abortion and the RU-486 pill, turning abortion into a campaign issue for the first time since Italians upheld the law in a 1981 referendum the church sponsored in a bid to overturn it. Benedict also stressed that marriage between man and woman was the cornerstone of society and not some “casual sociological construction” that could be replaced. “It’s a serious error to obscure the value and function of the legitimate family founded on matrimony, attributing to other forms of unions improper legal recognition, for which there really is no social need,” he said. Gay and lesbian groups in Italy have been pushing for common law couples to have legal recognition in hopes the move might pave the way for granting legal status to gay couples.

Gay Club at Idaho High School Draws Criticism

by Angela D’Amboise Logansville, Ga. — A private Christian school in Georgia claims it had the constitutional right to expel a student after administrators learned she shared a lesbian kiss with another student at a slumber party and was also involved in a sexual relationship with another female student. Covenant Christian Academy said it was constitutionally protected when it made the decision to expel Jessica Bradley for “committing the major offense of sexual immorality.” The school’s Jan. 4 response came just days after the former student, 15, and her father, Ron Bradley, sued the school in Gwinnett Superior Court for $1 million. The school expelled Bradley after learning April 26 about her off-campus lesbian relationship. The Bradleys now live in Pennsylvania. CCA states in court records it is protected by the First Amendment and “ecclesiastical abstention” that prohibits courts from forcing a religious organization to define its beliefs. “The school is saying that it has the constitutional right to ban gays,” said David Clark, attorney for the Bradleys. Officials with CCA did not return calls seeking comment.

Coeur D’Alene, Idaho — Local Republicans and community members criticized officials at Lake City High School for allowing a GayStraight Alliance club. School officials say the club offers a “safe and tolerant atmosphere” for gay students. But Mike Oliver, who belongs to a group called the Constitution Party of Idaho, says the club creates “a breeding ground for pedophiles.” School officials and GSA advisers were invited to speak at the North Idaho Pachyderm Club, a Republican group, where they were met with comparisons to pedophiles and Adolph Hitler. School officials say the club meets all school guidelines.

New Jersey Passes Two Landmark Gay Rights Bills by Angela D’Amboise Newark, N.J. — New Jersey lawmakers voted this week to give same-sex couples the same rights as married couples regarding inheritance and funeral arrangements and to extend gay couples’ access to health benefits in the public sector. The two bills were passed overwhelmingly in the state legislature. Gov. Richard Codey is expected to sign both. New Jersey is one of several U.S. states that already offers same-sex couples some legal rights as partners, though it stops short of allowing gay marriage. One of the bills passed Jan. 9 sets out same-sex couples’ rights to inheritance and funeral arrangements while the other deals with health benefits for partners of employees of county and municipal governments, school boards and county colleges. Voters in 13 states have approved constitutional amendments in the past year-anda-half declaring their laws would recognize marriage only between a man and woman. Vermont and Connecticut recognize same-sex civil unions while Massachusetts has legalized gay marriage.

Group Formed to Attempt Gay Marriage Ban in Idaho Boise, Idaho — A new ultra-conservative group has formed in Idaho to again attempt a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the state. The Idaho Values Alliance was organized by Bryan Fischer, who served as state Senate chaplain in 2001. “The signal that we’ve gotten from legislative leadership on the House and Senate side is they’d like to see an amendment go forward,” said Fischer, who is acting as executive director of the Boise-based group. Fischer stated in a press conference that religious liberties are threatened in Idaho, citing the 2004 Boise City Council decision to remove a Ten Commandments monument from a city park and court decisions concerning prayer in public schools. “There isn’t any reason why that kind of encroachment won’t happen anywhere unless someone steps up and takes a stand on religious freedom,” he said. About 35 people attended Fischer’s news conference. He was introduced by Allen Gorin, a Jewish real-estate developer from Eagle who heads a group called Idahoans United for Israel. Fischer’s group fills a need in Idaho for a public policy group that includes people of different faiths, Gorin said. The Values Alliance “will not make faith an issue,” he said. “It will make values the issue.” Fischer said his group will lobby for tougher laws to remove violent sexual predators from society, for property tax relief and for protection from eminent-domain property seizures. He said the Values Alliance will also work to limit abortion rights in Idaho.

The Annual Awards of Utah’s Gay and Lesbian Community are Here Again. Vote Today on Page 24 and enter to win a trip to Fabulous Las Vegas

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Washington, D.C. — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation has announced that it was awarded a combined gift of $3 million over three years from the Arcus Foundation and its founder and president, Jon Stryker, to support its nationwide campaign of organizing, capacity building, advocacy and public education to advance equal rights and respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. “This combined award of $3 million by Mr. Stryker and the Arcus Foundation will make a huge difference to the LGBT movement at the state and local level,” said NGLTF executive director Matt Foreman. “Not only is it the largest award ever made to the Task Force in our 33-year history, it is the largest known gift ever given directly to support movement building and advocacy in the 50-plus year history of the modern LGBT rights movement.” The contribution comes at a crucial time for the gay community, which is facing a wave of ballot initiatives, constitutional amendments and other measures seeking to deny equal rights to gay and lesbian people and their families at the state, local and national level. Basic job discrimination laws, domestic partnership laws, civil union and marriage laws, adoption rights and family recognition are all under fire from heavily financed right-wing groups and are likely to appear on ballots in November 2006 in Arizona, California, Wisconsin, Minnesota and many other states. The award consists of a three-year grant for 2006–2008, of which $1 million reflects an individual contribution from Jon Stryker and $2 million from the Arcus Foundation. The award will be used to train leaders, organize local communities, strengthen coalitions between gay and non-gay allies, build the capacity of statewide organizations and strengthen the Task Force’s own capacity. “We strongly believe in the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, its talented staff and experienced board leadership,” said Arcus Foundation President Jon Stryker. “This is an urgent moment in the LGBT movement’s effort to achieve full human rights and dignity — the work at the state and local level has never been more important. This is the ideal time to increase our investment in one of our community’s most effective organizations, and we hope other donors will do so as well.” Over the past five years, Arcus has granted more than $1.6 million to the Task Force. Since 2001, the Task Force’s organizing department has grown to more than 11 full-time organizers and trainers; directly trained more than 2,000 people; worked substantially with state and local organizations in 26 states; and provided education, research, training, community organizing and leadership development to support local organizations in 22 ballot initiative campaigns, of which six out of seven were successfully contested by the gay movement in 2002–2003 and 13 out of 22 were successfully contested over the full five-year period. “Stronger state and national organizations, trained and skilled leaders, increased grassroots engagement and deeper coordination with allies are the keys to LGBT progress,” noted Urvashi Vaid, executive director of the Arcus Foundation. “These

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Larry H. Miller Pulls ‘Brokeback Mountain’ News of Larry H. Miller’s eleventh-hour decision to pull Brokeback Mountain from playing at the Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons theater has reached around the world. Media outlets in China, the U.K. and Australia carried the story and people worldwide made it the topsearched story on Yahoo! News over the first weekend. The night before it was to first screen at his theater, KCPW reporter Jonathan Larry H. Miller Brown asked Miller how Brokeback will play side-by-side against Work and the Glory American Zion (which Miller funded). “That’s a great question, and I think it’s going to be interesting to see that. I think it’s something that I have to let the market speak, to some degree, and not consider myself, because I don’t think I’m qualified to be the community censor,” Miller said. Later that night, Miller did, indeed, play censor and personally pulled the plug on the show. Jack Foley, Focus Features’ head of distribution, found out that night that the film had been pulled. Focus Features immediately released a

statement to the press: “Only hours prior to opening Brokeback Mountain, the management of the Jordan Commons Cinema, Salt Lake City, Utah, reneged on their licensing agreement with Focus Features and refused to open the film today as scheduled. The theater’s management gave no explanation. Given the gigantic grosses already being posted in Salt Lake City for Brokeback Mountain, this is their loss. We are thrilled that the film, which recently won Best Picture from the Utah Film Critics Association, is now being embraced by such a huge audience in Salt Lake City, regardless of the deplorable business practices of this one theater.” “It’s the most despicable practice that any exhibitor can do,” Foley told Brandon Gray of Box Office Mojo, an online movie publication and box office reporting service. “It was a flagrant dismissal of a commitment, and without even a phone call. So I’m not in business with him anymore. It’s a breach of contract. It’s unethical. We can sue him.” When asked by Salt Lake Metro whether Focus would, indeed, sue the theater chain or refuse futher bookings, Foley would not comment. Films with a lower budget must be very decisive in rolling out film prints, each of which cost an average of $2,500. Focus has been receiving flack from many people chomping at the bit to see the show who complain that the roll-out has not been fast enough. The film opened Dec. 9 in just five theatres

and broke records for per-screen revenue for the year, averaging $109,000 per screen in the first three days. The studio rolled out the film much more aggressively than originally planned to 484 theaters Jan. 6, rather than just over 200 theaters at the end of the month. Contrary to news reports coming out of Australia, Miller’s Megaplex was the only theater in the country to yank the film, according to Foley. A theater in Pasoul, Wash. had marketed the film, but had not yet secured it through Focus Features, leading many to assume the theater had pulled it. In an aggressive testosterone-fueled display against a female KSL Radio reporter, Miller yelled he “said everything I had to say when I pulled the movie.” Calls for comment by multiple news outlets, including Salt Lake Metro, yield a “no comment” from Megaplex general manager Dale Harvey. Brokeback has been playing extremely well in Salt Lake City since the Broadway Centre Cinemas opened it with a sold-out midnight showing Dec. 28. “Brokeback Mountain opened at the Broadway Cinema on New Years weekend, with smash hit results with a first week gross of $58,469. Success was expected in Salt Lake City which is why the market was opened early,” Foley told Salt Lake Metro. “This amount of business well exceeded our high expectations for the film there. The expansion in Salt Lake on Jan. 6 was also successful. We are happy with our great results in Salt Lake City.” Over the four-day New Year’s holiday, Broadway Cinemas’ receipts ranked tenth of all cities showing the film. It continues to be the theater’s top-grossing film, bringing in $18,823 last week. The film also tops all films showing at the Century 16 at $12,741 for its first weekend, however it ranks sixth in Sandy’s Cinemark 24 where it made just over $7,000. At the film’s Sydney Australia premiere, Heath Ledger called Miller’s decision to pull the film “immature.” “It’s all just really unnecessary,” Ledger told the Sydney Morning Herald. “Who gives a fuck? Personally I don’t think the movie is [controversial] but I think maybe the Mormons in Utah do. I think it’s hilarious and very

immature of a society. If two people are loving … I think we should be more concerned if two people express anger in love, than love. This talk is all a waste of energy.” Megaplex 17’s other current offerings are arguably less family-focused, such as the pot-smoking comedy Grandma’s Boy and the violent torture horror film Hostel. Megaplex employees showed support for the film on their name tags, noting Brokeback as their “Favorite Film.” “Most all of the [Megaplex] ‘team members’ are quite upset about [the cancellation] but have been advised to say ‘no comment’ to any questions asked,” said one Megaplex empoyee who asked for anonymity. “I was upset when my supervisor informed me that we had pulled the movie. I later heard that upper management was sitting in the office joking about the whole situation. I hate the fact that they have chosen not to see the movie and yet sit back and talk and joke about it.” “I can only imagine how some of my fellow ‘team members’ feel knowing that this is how Larry feels about them being gay, lesbian or bi themselves,” the employee continued.

Megaplex 17 also Pulls ‘Transamerica’ Brokeback Mountain was not the only film pulled from the offerings of the Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons. According to a report published on boxofficemojo.com, an agreement to show Transamerica beginning Jan. 20 has also been cancelled by the theater. According to a representative at the Megaplex 17, Transamerica had never been on lists maintained by the box office, but the film had been advertised on the theater’s website. It was removed from the site over the weekend. Calls to the film’s distributor have not yet been returned. Transamerica is a comedy-drama starring Felicity Huffman as Bree, a pre-operative male-to-female transexual. Huffman has recevied several best actress awards, including the Golden Globe, the Tribeca Film Festival, Satellite Awards and National Board of Review. She was also nominated as best actress by the Broadcast Critics Association.

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“Time for Countdown’s list of today’s three nominees for worst person in the world. Our runnerup tonight, Gayle Ruzicka, president of the Utah Eagle Forum, cheering the news that a theater in Sandy, Utah, had canceled at the last moment the opening of that gay cowboy movie, “Brokeback Mountain.” Ms. Ruzicka told reporters that the cave-in, “Tells the young people, especially, that maybe there’s something wrong with this show.” Or ma’am, maybe it tells them that maybe there’s something wrong with the Utah Eagle Forum and bigotry.

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for GLBT supportive events and media at the last minute,” Larabee said in the statement. “If you believe it’s time to show Utah’s prominent businesspeople (like Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller) that treating queer people as “controversial” and supporting anti-GLBT politicians and initiatives is a poor business move, vow to make 2006 a year to vote with your hard-earned dollars! Make a concerted effort to put your money to work!” the statement continued. Miller, whose net worth is reported to be over $480 million, owns over 80 businesses in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. Salt Lake Metro is compiling a list of links to contact forms for several Miller businesses on its website at slmetro.com.

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In response to Larry H. Miller’s decision to pull Brokeback Mountain from showing at the Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons, Valerie Larabee, executive director of the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Utah, released a statement urging Utahns to boycott Miller’s vast empire of businesses. “Brokeback Mountain is a film with the power to open mainstream America’s eyes to the experience of two Midwestern men, and to generate productive discussions about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer experiences. Late last week, the Jordan Commons Megaplex (owned by Larry H. Miller Holdings) abruptly changed its screening plans and decided not to show the film. This is yet another example of a prominent business withdrawing support

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Center Calls for Miller Boycott

While Brokeback Mountain continues to gain momentum nationwide with its growing box office numbers and prestigious awards and nominations, one suburban Salt Lake City theater denied residents the opportunity to see the film by backing out of an agreement to open the film last Friday. The MegaPlex 17 at Jordan Commons in Sandy, Utah, announced its last-minute decision with a type-written note in the ticket window: “There has been a change in booking and we will not be showing Brokeback Mountain. We apologize for any inconvenience.” The theater is owned by auto magnate and Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller. Prior to the cancellation, Miller was interviewed by a radio reporter on Thursday about the film’s opening. According to “The Salt Lake Tribune,” Miller first learned about the movie’s subject matter during the course of the interview. Within two hours, the decision was made to pull the film, but it was too late to pull ads in local newspapers. Miller has not been available for comment. Officials for Focus Features, the movie’s distributor, released this statement on Friday: “Only hours prior to opening Brokeback Mountain, [the theater management] reneged on their licensing agreement with Focus

Features and refused to open the film today as scheduled. Given the gigantic grosses already being posted in Salt Lake City for Brokeback Mountain, this is their loss. We are thrilled that the film...is now being embraced by such a huge audience in Salt Lake City, regardless of the deplorable business practices of this one theater.” Equality Utah, the statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization, also has condemned the decision. The Utah Film Critics Society has named Brokeback Mountain the year’s best movie and Ang Lee best director. The film has also been nominated for several Golden Globes, including Best Picture. Brokeback Mountain was honored with Best Picture awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and New York Film Critics Circle, and was also one of American Film Institute’s Top Ten Movies of the Year. Miller’s attempt to prevent local residents from seeing this acclaimed film is not only bad for business, but bad for a community that deserves the opportunity to experience it. Call or email the MegaPlex 17 and ask owner Larry H. Miller why he is denying residents of Sandy, Utah, the opportunity to see Brokeback Mountain. If you are a resident of Salt Lake City or the surrounding area, tell Miller you want him to honor his agreement with Focus Features and screen this acclaimed film. Telephone: (801)304-4500, press ‘5’ for administrative offices. E-mail: guestservice@megaplextheaters.com

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UTAH FILM CRITICS AWARDS Best Picture: Brokeback Mountain Runner-up: Me and You and Everyone We Know Best Foreign Film: Kung Fu / Kung Fu Hustle Runner-up: Der Untergang / Downfall

Best Director: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain Runner-up: Woody Allen, Match Point Best Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote Runner-up: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line Runner-up: Maria Bello, A History of Violence Best Supporting Actor: Andy Serkis, King Kong Runner-up: Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man Best Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener Runner-up: Amy Adams, Junebug Best Screenplay (tie): Shane Black, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Miranda July, Me and You and Everyone We Know Best Documentary: Murderball Runner-up: Grizzly Man

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation issued a statement Jan. 9 urging people to demand that MegaPlex 17 show Brokeback Mountain as originally contracted with Focus Features. The statement read:

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The Utah Film Critics Society awarded three awards to Brokeback Mountain, the film of two cowboys in a same-sex relationship set on the Utah-Wyoming border. The society named the film its “Best Picture,” and Ang Lee as “Best Director.” They also noted Heath Ledger as runner-up for “Best Actor” in his role as Ennis in the film. The Utah Film Critics Society is composed of 11 members from print, television, and other media outlets in the state.

GLAAD Calls for National Action Against MegaPlex 17

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Utah Film Critics Society Names ‘Brokeback’ Best Picture of 2005


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Southern Utah Demos Hear Gay Advocate on MLK Day LOCAL

City Council Set to Supercede Mayor’s Benefits Order

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Coming Out Stories Sought by Filmmakers

Winterfest, a 10-day celebration of family, music, art, theatre, sports, education, and equality, begins Feb. 3. The Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Utah is hosting the inaugural event that features singer-songwriter Holly Near and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman. Organizations and businesses that want to have a presence at the festival are invited to apply for a booth, as they aer on a firstcome first-served basis. Winterfest will be marketed locally and regionally (Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico), taking advantage of Utah as a winter destination. The Winterfest Conference will be held during the day Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Sheraton City Center Hotel (150 W. 500 South) in Salt Lake City. The Conference includes opening speaker Holly Near, three break out sessions with national, regional and local presenters, lunch and closing speaker Matt Foreman, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., attendees will visit and mingle in the vendor/exhibitor booth areas, providing exposure and marketing opportunity for those participating as vendors and exhibitors. Only 26 booth spaces available at a rate of $75 for nonprofit, and $100 for profit vendor/exhibitors. Contact Jennifer@glbtccu.org or 5398800 ext.13 for more information.

Do you want your coming out at work story to be told? Award-winning documentary filmmakers are seek dynamic subjects for a sensitive, smart documentary called Out at Work. This one-hour documentary will air on LOGO, the LGBT network from Viacom and MTV Networks, and will profile Americans who are planning to come out at work within the next few months, or are currently faced with challenges because they are out at work. If you are: • Coming Out: Planning on coming out at work, but worried about the repercussions • Starting something new: Starting a new job or position where you have to come out all over again • Making a statement: Challenging traditional ideas of gender and sexuality by doing a job most people wouldn’t expect you to do • Experiencing unfair treatment: Working in an environment that you feel is hostile to LGBT employees • Continuing the coming out process: Only partially out at work, but planning to take a bigger step … then they want to hear from you. Email your story to OutAtWork@aol. com and include your name, where you live, your phone number and email, and a photo, if possible

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Rights Movement was in many ways a step-by-step approach, but said she still supports gay marriage rather than civil unions. “Remember the first time you fell in love with someone?” she asked the audience. “Well imagine being told you could never marry them.” The meeting also featured two Maya Angelou poems read by Derek Streeter of St. George as a tribute to civil rights.

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Salt Lake City Council members, during an informal polling last week, were in unanimous support of a plan that would provide healthcare benefits to city employees’ “adult designees,” which includes homosexual and heterosexual domestic partners, relatives and long-term roommates. The plan would require that the “designee” have lived with the city employee for at least one year and be a dependent of the employee, or financially connected in three ways such as a mortgage, car loan and bank account. According to numbers released by the council staff, the plan would cost taxpayers three to four times that of Anderson’s order, but would also cover four to five times more people. Mayor Rocky Anderson charged the council with backing away from a fight, saying, “They’re extending those benefits to dodge the issue of equality between married spouses and domestic partners, and their timing is undermining our opportunity to get a favorable court decision with respect to these issues as they relate to Amendment 3.” The council’s seven members voted on the new ordinance just days after a judge heard oral arguments on the legality of the mayor’s executive order granting benefits

to same-sex domestic partners and unmarried heterosexual partners of city employees last September. The Alliance Defense Fund alleges Anderson’s order “flagrantly” violates Utah’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, while other opponents say Anderson cannot sign the order because only the City Council can set city policies. The Alliance Defense Fund is asking the Court to declare the order illegal and bar the city from providing any manner of any benefit to same-sex couples. However, the city attorney says the order does not violate Utah’s anti-gay amendment because the benefits are an employee’s choice, not an automatic right. He also says the benefits are not only tied to marital status because dependent children are also eligible. One lesbian community member, Dianna Goodliffe told the Salt Lake Tribune she feels impartial to whose plan goes into effect, “what matters to me is having the ability to cover my partner with health insurance.” The city council is expected to hold a formal vote on February 7, and if approved the ordinance will supersede Anderson’s order, though it may not resolve the legal issues. The judge hearing the executive order case has yet to make a decision since the Jan. 5 hearing.

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St. George — While Larry Miller was speaking at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day gathering in Salt Lake City sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a guest at the monthly meeting for the Democrats of Southern Utah spoke about civil rights, but the focus was not a racial one. Claudia Bradshaw, a local advocate for improving the relationships between gays and lesbians and their families, spoke Monday about civil rights for gay and lesbian people, including the opportunity for marriage. “We live in a society of homophobia and prejudice,” she said, before alluding to remarks made by King. Bradshaw cited part of an historical letter King wrote from a jail in Birmingham, Ala.: “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” Bradshaw, who calls herself a “living example of curable homophobia,” said this is why she decided to speak out after her son told her nearly eight years ago that he is gay. Bradshaw said she has since determined that her former homophobia was ignorance. Now she focuses on helping families stay together by encouraging communication between gay people and their families. Bradshaw holds monthly support meetings at her home for PFLAG — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. But on Monday she took her advocacy for acceptance past the family level. She compared the current conflict about gay marriage to tensions about interracial marriage prominent during the Civil Rights Movement. Bradshaw said some day there will be complete equality but until then there will be a damaged democracy and a tarnished constitution. Following her speech, a man from the audience asked if she would support a step-by-step approach to civil rights — such as civil unions — rather than going directly to marriage. Bradshaw acknowledged that the Civil


Utah Sta te Legislative Session 2006 Gays Pack Citizen Equality Utah Training Seminars by JoSelle Vanderhooft joselle@slmetro.com

Writing letters. Shaking hands. Summarizing a life story in half a minute. These were some of the skills two state representatives and one state senator taught to aspiring citizen lobbyists at Equality Utah’s 2006 afternoon training session. Titled “How to Talk to Your Elected Officials: Being a Citizen Lobbyist” the session was held Saturday, January 14 in the West Building on Capitol Hill. During the three-hour session, Representatives Jackie Biskupski and Ralph Becker and Senator Scott McCoy taught the forty participants basics of talking to political leaders about gay and lesbian rights. “Every contact you make with one of the legislators up here is an example of showing that LGBT people are real citizens with real lives and important members of the state of Utah,” said McCoy in his opening remarks. “Even if you talk with a legislator and they don’t change their position, just the fact that you talked to them is important.” To illustrate his point, McCoy mentioned a recent Deseret News poll which asked readers to list what they viewed as their legislators’ most important concerns. Of these, their constituents’ opinions came in dead last. “In fact, the exact opposite is true,” McCoy said. “We spend an incredible amount of money and time trying to find out what you think.” For the first half of the session, McCoy and Biskupski told participants how to effectively voice their opinions to legislators. They discussed the basics of writing lawmakers emails and letters, and how to

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Equality Utah Position Statements It is Equality Utah’s position that all individuals have the right to protection from discrimination and bias-motivated harassment and violence. Accordingly, we support: 1. Adopting anti-hate crimes legislation in Utah. 2. Securing measures that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in employment, housing, public accommodation, education and extension of credit. 3. Securing measures to prevent harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and expression in Utah’s public schools and in foster care and juvenile detention settings. 4. Assuring that the juvenile justice system extend to LGBT youth the same procedural and other protections extended to all other youth. It is Equality Utah’s position that all families, including the families of LGBT people, deserve the government’s support, protection and equal treatment in their roles as partners, parents and caregivers. Moreover, it is Equality Utah’s position that the children of same-sex couples are often the ones who suffer most when the government denies their parents the same benefits and treatment provided to all other families. Accordingly, we support: 1. Securing measures to create domestic partner registries for same-sex partners. 2. Adopting domestic partner benefits for same-sex partners. 3. Extending state and municipal employee health and other benefits rights to same-sex partners. 4. Securing measures to extend hospital visitation rights and emergency medical decision-making rights to same-sex partners. 5. Assuring that parents in same-sex relationships be given the same adoption and custody rights extended to all other parents. It is Equality Utah’s position that the passage of Amendment 3 should be interpreted as dealing only with marriage and did not preempt state or municipal governments’ power to extend any of the rights mentioned above to same-sex couples.

make an effective phone call to a legislator’s staff. In all cases, McCoy recommended that lobbyists give their name, address, the name of the bill being debated, their position on the bill (opposed or in favor) and “three or four bullet points” explaining their position. McCoy also addressed the best way to speak to a legislator in person during the legislative session, when lawmakers are short on free time. When trying to leave a note for a senator, he said, look for the Sergeants at Arms in maroon coats. For representatives, look for the Sergeants in green. Stationed at tables outside both chambers, these men have rectangular note cards (blue for the senate, green for the house) lobbyists can use to drop a lawmaker a note, or to request a conversation. “Sometimes we’re in the middle of a vote and we can’t get right out to see you,” McCoy explained. “So it’s really important for you to write the time on the top of the slip and how long you’re going to be there. It’s also important to leave an identifier, such as “I’m wearing a red jacket.” When talking to a legislator in person, Biskupski suggested that lobbyists dress up, bring a handout summarizing their points and answer all questions honestly. “The truth is really what is important,” she said. “If they ask you a question and you don’t know the answer, it’s okay to tell them you don’t know and you’ll get back to them.” She added that lobbyists should try to relate to lawmakers on an emotional level. “We also want to emphasize telling a brief story in a personal manner,” she said. “If you can tell the legislator who you are and how this legislation will affect you, that’s helpful for them.” The two legislators then discussed committee hearings, formal meetings in which members of the community may testify about proposed legislation. As there is often limited time for testimony, especially on controversial bills, Biskupski advised lobbyists to prepare their testimony ahead of time. She also said lobbyists should remain calm at the microphone. “We’ve seen people get up to speak and they are so frustrated by what they’ve heard that they become hostile,” she explained. “That’s not effective and it’s very hard to listen to.” After an hour of training, participants were divided into three groups to practice their newfound skills. Each had one minute to speak to one of the three lawmakers about their position on such things as hate crimes legislation and Representative Chris Buttars’ proposal to ban gay-straight alliances in public schools. After a brief critique, participants were taken on a half-hour tour of the senate and house chambers to further acquaint them with the legislative process. In closing, McCoy reminded participants not to give up lobbying, even if their senator or representative held an opposing view point. “Don’t think that if someone has said something in the press that it is a done deal,” he said. “If they don’t hear the other side they may think that’s all there is on the matter and they’re doing the right thing.” “Know you don’t have to go it alone if you’re not comfortable,” Biskupski added. “There are people who work on these issues year-round, such as Equality Utah, who can help you.” The dates of future lobbyist training workshops can be found on equalityutah.org. The class is free, but advanced registration is required.

Hate Crime Bill ‘Very Different’ from Previous Attempts by JoSelle Vanderhooft joselle@slmetro.com

and/or legal disadvantage in the past. When an audience member asked if HB 90 was potentially redundant, as judges can already consider these factors, Litvack

When discussing the latest attempt to pass a hate crimes legislation in Utah, Representative David Litvack, D. Salt Lake City, noted that this year’s proposed bill looks a bit different from sessions past. “I can tell you it’s not where we thought we’d be last session,” he said in a town hall meeting held immediately after Equality Utah’s Jan. 14 citizen lobbyist training session. In this forty-five minute discussion, Litvack addressed last session’s failed hate crimes bills, Senate Bill 181 (Criminal Code Amendments) and his own House Bill 50 (Criminal Penalty Amendment). He also introduced House Bill 90 (Criminal Penalty Amendments), which he drafted after he and several legal scholars researched hate crimes legislation around the country. The bill was introduced at the opening of the 2006 legislative session on January 16. When explaining HB 90, Litvack said it was “very different” from similar bills proposed in Rep. David Litvak, D-Salt Lake the past nine years. “The process this bill disagreed. He said his bill would write these has gone through is the most critical thing considerations into law, allowing citizens to to understanding it,” he said. better track a judge’s record in considering Last year’s failed legislation would have them during sentencing. enhanced by one step penalties for crimes “We will be able to hold judges accountbased on victims’ actual or perceived atable,” he said. He added that even if a judge tributes including such things as race, color, didn’t consider these factors in sentencing, disability, religion, gender and age. For the board of pardons — which is not beexample, by prosecuting a Class A misdeholden to a judge’s decision — would likely meanor as a third-degree felony. One of the do so. “I also have a great deal of confidence two bills’ most controversial points — and in the board of pardons that comes from a major reason many lawmakers opposed it their past advocacy of hate crimes [laws],” — was the inclusion of sexual orientation on he said. this list of attributes. “What people would say with an enhanceAccording to Litvack, legal scholars examment [as lawmakers have tried in the past] ined other states’ attempts to “circumvent” is that we’ve already got laws on the books. adding actual or perceived sexual orientaBut you can’t say that with this approach tion to a list of attributes. One such attempt involved a four-year-old Georgia hate crimes because you’re working within the system [to address hate crimes],” he added. law which raised penalties for crimes comThough Litvack said HB 90 was not an mitted out of “bias or prejudice.” The state ideal hate crimes bill, he said it might be the supreme court ruled it unconstitutional in April, 2004 for not specifying which groups it best lawmakers can do in Utah’s current political climate. He noted that several “ethnic would protect. and religious communities” have given him “[This ruling] was a big victory for us bepositive feedback about the bill, including cause it affirmed a lot of what we’re doing,” the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day said Litvack. Saints. As with last year’s hate crimes bills, According to Litvack, HB 90 differs from Utah’s largest church has said it will “not past attempts in that it doesn’t include a list oppose” HB 90. of actual or perceived attributes as motiIn closing, Litvack called upon gay comvating factors in crimes of bias. Nor is it as munity members to remain vigilant, even if vaguely worded as Utah’s current statute HB 90 becomes law, as it is only a first step involving crimes of bias. Instead, HB 90 will towards stricter hate crimes legislation. ask that judges consider a number of factors “I understand the hesitancy [to supportwhen sentencing criminals: if the crime ing this bill] and I do think we need to be caused harm to the victim’s group, if the vigilant and look on this with skepticism crime has a likelihood of inciting commuwhen it passes,” he said. “But we also need nity unrest, such as riots or further attacks victories.” against members of a group, and if the victim’s group has been the target of crimes


H.B. 90 — CRIMINAL PENALTY AMENDMENTS 2006 GENERAL SESSION STATE OF UTAH Chief Sponsor: David Litvack General Description: This bill modifies the Criminal Code regarding crimes motivated by bias, by providing that courts and the Board of Pardons and Parole consider if the offender’s act against a victim includes specified aggravating factors that pose harm to the community. Highlighted Provisions: This bill: • repeals the current criminal provision that enhances penalties for certain crimes that are committed to threaten or intimidate; • defines “aggravating factor” as an offender’s selection of a victim based on the victim’s membership or perceived membership in a group, and that this selection results in public harm; • provides that sentencing courts and the Board of Pardons and Parole shall consider these aggravating factors; and • provides that the courts and the Board of Pardons and Parole shall also consider if the current law already increases the penalty for the offense if defendant selects a member of a group, such as assault offenses against law enforcement officers or school employees.

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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah: Section 1. Section 76-3-203.4 is enacted to read: 76-3-203.4. Crimes motivated by bias — Aggravating factors. (1) The sentencing judge or the Board of Pardons and Parole shall consider as an aggravating factor that the defendant, in committing the offense, selected the victim or property primarily because the victim or the owner or holder of the property was actually or was perceived by the defendant to be a member of a group. (2) In determining the weight to be given to the aggravating factor in Subsection (1), the judge or the board shall consider: (a) the public harm resulting from the selection of a victim from that group, including the degree to which: (i) the selection is likely to: (A) cause emotional or other harm to the victim or other members of the group; or (B) incite community unrest; or (ii) the group is or has been the target of animus, discrimination, legal disabilities, or hate-based crimes; and (b) whether the penalty for the defendant’s selection of a member of the group as a victim is already increased by other existing provisions of law. Section 2. Repealer. This bill repeals: Section 76-3-203.3, Penalty for hate crimes — Civil rights violation.

Buttars Pushes Bill To Ban School Gay Clubs State Senator Chris Buttars took his campaign to ban gay-straight clubs to Utah’s most outspoken conservative group over the weekend. Buttars told the Eagle Forum his bill to ban the clubs from meeting on school property will be introduced in the Utah Senate this year. Buttars played on the fears of the audience, saying, “If you read the homosexual rule book, you’ll find their greatest target is your kids.” “I guarantee, if I lose this time, you probably won’t get to rise again on this issue,” he continued. “This gay issue is everywhere — they’re getting into everything,” he told the group’s annual convention at Salt Lake Community College’s Redwood campus in Taylorsville. Buttars accused gays of changing the landscape of morality in America. “Their definition of morality is to have no morality,” he said, adding that gays and lesbians are targeting “your kids.”

Buttars then told the group that they have to stand up and be counted or risk losing the war against “the gay lifestyle.” He said that gay rights groups are winning court battles by portraying gays as “victims” and by characterizing their opponents as bigots, narrow-minded and out of touch with reality. Buttars also said that gays harbor diseases at a higher rate than the general population. His speech was seen as ‘preaching to the choir.’ The Eagle Forum is a national conservative movement founded by Phyllis Schlafly, who was the keynote speaker at the Utah convention. Buttars has not released the wording of his bill but said that lawyers have told him it would withstand constitutional challenges. Courts have ruled in jurisdictions across the country that banning gay clubs violates the Federal Equal Access Act.

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From the Editor Was it Just a Dream?

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Imagine the outrage from the entire community if Larry H. “Rough ’em up if you don’t like the question” Miller had reneged on showing a long-awaited film about Martin Luther King, Jr. because … well, he never says why.

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Join the Boycott Against Miller and His Companies As scores of people stream into Megaplex theaters to watch a guy take scissors to an eyeball dangling from the face of a woman in hysterics, some of the most beautiful cinematography ever to be shown will only be playing in theaters lacking the Larry H. Miller signature in the logo. Several seconds of an alluded sex scene between two men were too much for Miller to stomach. Miller did more than renege on a contract with a film distributor. Miller perpetuated the belief that gay love is immoral, somehow wrong, and somehow worse than the gruesome torture going on in the very next theater. Miller told the struggling gay teenager that he is less worthy than someone else. Miller told the gay-haters that they are right — bash away. Miller told the mother and father of a lesbian child that her love for her partner is too gruesome to display. Miller is wrong. Does Miller have the right to show what he wants in his own theater? Sure. Does the gay and lesbian community have the right to never step foot into his theater again? Not only the right, but the responsibility. Black people did not gain their civil rights only because a mild-mannered woman refused to sit in the back of the bus. The black community stopped riding those busses

in droves, forcing those in charge to realize that their practices were wrong. Their boycott got the attention necessary to make change. In the same way, by allowing such actions with such loud messages to go unnoticed, we will not enjoy the same rights and privileges as Mr. Miller and Ms. Ruzicka. We call upon each and every reader of this newspaper to call the Megaplex Theatres and demand that Miller apologize and honor his contractual agreement to play Brokeback Mountain. Avoid all of his theaters like the plague until he does so. Don’t buy your next car from him; don’t renew your season tickets to the Utah Jazz. They won’t win anyway. Miller must also promise to honor the worth of each and every one of his employees by agreeing to put a policy in place not to discriminate against them because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It may even be nice if Miller threw one of his $1000 checks to the Matthew Shepard scholarship fund set up at Weber State University. Miller must see that his actions were much more far-reaching than a simple “business decision.” We must show him by making that decision a bad one.

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Imagine the outrage if, even though the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People had called a boycott of all Larry H. Miller’s businesses, the gay community had Miller speak at a gala luncheon while offering up a pittance of a scholarship. The sting of the slap in the face would take years to soften. The gay community would be called insensitive at best; racist at worst. I’m outraged. I, along with many other gay and lesbian activists, worked side-by-side with leaders of the NAACP on hate crime bills, on legislation to rename “Human Rights Day,” on protests against the execution of William Andrews for his role in the horrific Hi-Fi Shop murders. While I was chair of Gay and Lesbian Utah Democrats, we were an instrumental part of a campaign to place an NAACP-chosen candidate for the state Senate. Gay and lesbian people have strongly supported Rep. Duane Bourdeaux in his election efforts. Then, while watching for the daily “where’s Larry?” news segment, we find him joking at a luncheon about his “business decision.” And the joke was met with laughter. How can the gay and lesbian community not feel betrayed? Did the NAACP not disinvite him because he waved a huge check in their face? No. Miller has donated a paltry $1000 for twelve consecutive years. I tried to do the math on my computer’s built-in calculator, but the percentage of Miller’s net worth that $12,000 comes to is so small it shows something like 2.5e-4. Did they not disinvite him because they hadn’t heard about the controversy or the boycott? Please. The only explanation I can think is that they simply don’t care. That stings. How insensitive. When the issue of gay marriage entered our living rooms through our television sets as gay men and lesbians paraded to the San Francisco City Hall, a parade of another kind immediately followed: that of black religious leaders saying that gay rights is not a true civil rights issue. Did Utah’s black community distance themselves from those statements? No. Where would the rights of racial minorities be without gay and lesbian people? Where would we be without Bayard Ruston? Would Dr. King have had that dream? Would the civil rights marches have been so successful without the faces of gay white men and lesbians amongst them? Would Utah still call the third Monday of January “Human Rights Day” because Pete Suazo — who was elected because of the efforts of the gay and lesbian community (his words, not mine) — wouldn’t have been around to demand a name change? The NAACP has offended me to the core of my being in a way that only outright betrayal can do. While this newspaper and this community demands an apology from Larry H. Miller for his hurtful action, I demand an apology from the NAACP for their betrayal.


Letters Mormon Megaplex Editor: I am appalled that Larry Miller still has not come forward with why he decided, at the last minute, to not show Brokeback Mountain at the Megaplex Theatres. Mr. Miller stated on a public radio station the day before that he’s not “the community censor.” Because of this comment, I think it is very hypocritical of him to refuse to show Brokeback Mountain, yet show such movies as the gore-fest Hostel and the pot-themed Grandma’s Boy. If he would refuse to show those types of movies also, then I wouldn’t have such an issue. Focus Features stated that the theatre has not honored their licensing agreement by not showing the movie as originally planned. Yes, I am a gay man who lives in Utah, though not LDS. Granted, if he refused to show such movies as Hostel and Grandma’s Boy in addition to Brokeback Mountain, I would be less inclined to not give Megaplex or and LHM business my gay dollars, but I’m definitely not going to patronize his businesses because of this hypocritical action. The Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Utah has called for a boycott of all LHM businesses, which I intend to fully support. However in all honestly, Mr. Miller probably won’t even notice the difference. If Mr. Miller doesn’t want to come off as a hypocrite, then he should just change the name of his theatres to “Mormon Megaplex” and only show G-rated movies.

Samuel Alito hearings may have felt like a wonderful emotional release for many GLBT activists, but for the most part such tactics do more harm than good and reveal the limitation of so-called contemporary progressive thought. Millions of television viewers saw how Mr. Kennedy became unhinged after being rebuked by Senate Judicial Committee Chairman Arlen Spector for his attempts to portray Alito as a sinister and obvious bigot. Kennedy’s hands trembled visibly and tragically for the whole world to see how dubious liberal hate speech has become. America has long been told by the media that Mr. Kennedy’s legendary staff is made up of the “best and the brightest” aides on Capitol Hill, many of them coming from the elite campuses and law schools of Harvard and Yale. But if this celebrated Ivy Leaguedominated staff is so bright, why are they continually giving him the same counterproductive talking points that make him look like a foolish, self-righteous, recklessly outspoken leftist buffoon in the national legislature? And sadly, most gay activists imitate such alienating behavior.

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Last LHM LExus Editor: I just read at cnn.com [Utah megaplex balks at ‘Brokeback’, Jan. 7] that the Megaplex Theatre in Sandy, Utah has removed Brokeback Mountain from its schedule. I gather from the story that Utah businessman Larry Miller bowed to pressure from anti-gay organizations and had the movie pulled. As the owner of the Megaplex Theatres (he also owns the Utah Jazz basketball team), that is Mr. Miller’s right I suppose. It is also the right of gay and lesbian persons and their friends not to patronize business owned by Mr. Miller. Mr. Miller owns a lot of businesses, many of them automobile dealerships in states other than Utah. Automobile manufacturers and dealership owners are having a bad enough time selling cars right now. I’m sure they will love hearing from disgruntled car buyers who do not plan to shop at dealerships owned by Mr. Miller. I urge your readers to call the dealerships and tell the general managers exactly why they will not buy a car from them. Spread the word!

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AberRant Goodbye, Cool World by Laurie Mecham laurie@slmetro.com

I had a plan, sometime in my late 20s. I vowed that I would always keep up with the current hip music. That way, I would always stay on top of the musical tastes, popular jargon, and issues of primary concern to those who are cool. More precisely, I would maintain a deep psychic connection to people in their late twenties, living in a goodsized city, economically advantaged, well dressed and good-looking. I have several good friends who have just reached their 30s. About five years ago they all started to get married, and now they’re all having their first babies. One of them confided to me about awhile back that he had lost his hip edge. There were gestures and lingo and bands that were foreign to him, and he had no interpreter to keep him current. He looked so stunned. It was tragic. This is precisely what I was trying to avoid. No matter my chronological age, I would somehow carry off the jargon of a relaxed college dropout. Their pop cultural icons would be added to those of my day, building an incredible internal library, which would inform my side of scintillating, enlightened conversations. I would be fluent in the media and literature of the time. I would get all of the inside jokes. I

would know what drink to order. Other people would get stuck in time due to marriage, children, responsibilities and the inability to recognize the evolution in hairstyles over the decades. But according to my plan, I would always be cool, or whatever word was its current equivalent. A couple of decades have passed since I made that silent promise, and since then, I’ve realized what a silly idea it was. The truth is, people in their forties were never meant to be hip. The only coolness that we can hope for is relative. We can only be cool compared to others in our age group, as in, “Your mom is really cool,” or, “He’s my coolest uncle.” And now that I’m on the wrong side of hipness, I look around at people who never stopped trying. I see aging men in tight designer t-shirts, the look of which is marred by the paunch above the belt. I see women wearing skirts that are simply too short, heels that are too spiky, hairstyles that are too young. These people don’t realize how silly they look. They haven’t accepted that there is no way to stop the clock. Yes, youth may be wasted on the young, but at least it looks really good on them. Besides, try as I might, I can’t keep up with the lingo. In place of “cool,” I’ve heard my son use the terms phat and sick. The he started saying game on. I thought he was saying “gay mom.” I said, “hey, phat, sick, gay mom—I’m all three!”

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According to my plan, I would always be cool, or whatever word was its current equivalent

Laurie Mecham actually is hippy, but not in the good way.


Guest Editorial startling new statistics. In five major U.S. cities, of African-American men who have sex with men, almost half are living with HIV. And two-thirds of them don’t know it. Our brothers and sisters are being decimated by this disease. But it’s not the by Julian High, Donna Payne, Human Rights Campaign disease that’s killing us. It’s our silence. Yes, our government could do more, but Most of America’s greatest we must be a part of the solution. heroes never make it out Dr. King spoke up. And the essence of the shadows. Martin of his speaking wasn’t about politics. It Luther King Jr. certainly was humanity. When he made his most was not one of them. But famous speech, he didn’t dream of passas we celebrate one of our ing legislation. He dreamt of the sons of greatest American heroes former slaves and the sons of former slave this weekend, we should owners sitting down together. He dreamt follow Dr. King’s own of people. vision by not looking toAnd he never lost hope. As we look ward the spotlight but toward the ordinary. ahead as at the comIt’s not the people ing year, we must making headlines never lose hope. who will have the It’s past time to greatest affect on We shouldn’t ignore break down the our freedom, but the political acts, or the divisions that exist people in our own in America. We must backyards who can people who make look at each other’s shape the future. headlines. But too differences not as Take Dr. King walls that keep us himself, a man often we ignore how apart but as bricks who found peace our own voices can that make our founin conflict through conversations with shape the discussion. dation stronger. And we must start in our his friends and famown backyards. ily. While many of us Dr. King assured us now know of gay civil that we all belonged rights leader Bayard to the struggle for equality and dignity. No Rustin’s vital role in organizing the March on Washington, it’s less known that before matter the color of our skin, the gender we identify as, the faith we hold dear or he ever became a historical figure, Rustin the person we love, we are all each others’ helped shape Dr. King’s commitment to brothers and sisters. pacifism. We have a political fight coming up in Rustin didn’t introduce a bill or organize a petition drive to let Dr. King know his feel- 2006. But it’s not going to be won by polls and message points. It’s going to be won ings about non-violence. He talked to him. We shouldn’t ignore political acts, or the by us shaking the hand of the candidate people who make headlines. But too often and talking. Telling her what we care about. Finding out if we have a connecwe ignore how our own voices can shape tion. And, if she does, then it will be won the discussion. This Sunday would have been Dr. King’s by us talking to our family about her, our 77th birthday. Let’s salute Dr. King by rais- friends and our neighbors. It’s time we stopped being frustrated ing our voices. when our enemies are in the spotlight and The new year comes with a new set of started to put the spotlight on the heroes goals. At the Human Rights Campaign, we want to be seen. And it’s up to us to one of our goals is to use our voices to find those people, to help them get there talk to our neighbors, our friends, our and to say to ourselves with great satisfacfamily, our co-workers and our fellow tion, “Yes, I may be in the shadows, but I churchgoers. We’re going to talk about am doing my part.” our commitment to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. We’re going to Julian High is Human Rights Campaign’s Director of Diversity. Donna Payne is Human Rights do this when the opportunity presents Campaign’s Senior Constituency Organizer. HRC itself, but we’re also going to create those is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual opportunities ourselves. and transgender political organization with We must raise our voices because by members throughout the country. It effectively not doing so we are putting ourselves at lobbies Congress, provides campaign support great risk. and educates the public to ensure that LGBT This year, the Centers for Disease Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. Control and Prevention released some

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Well happy, happy new year, darlings! Did you all have a wonderful holiday season and get everything you wanted for Christmas? I hope you did, petals, because I made off like a bandit! My house is absolutely full of chocolates, cookies, and baked goods that make any type of New Year’s dieting resolution absolutely pointless until about February. And by February I mean February 2007! Seriously, Muffins, I have a loaded kitchen that can raise your blood sugars and scramble your insulin levels just by looking at it. Now, peaches, Mr. Ridge and I have been together so long now that the giddy romance and novelty of Christmas gift giving has simply worn off. At this point we have everything we need, so we have quietly acquiesced into that slightly dull, practical gift giving stage of life. Yes, precious ones, the days of irresponsible and exorbitant gifts are long gone, replaced by truly utilitarian things like socks, underwear, and sweat pants with really stretchy waistlines and crotch seams just above the knees. Although I have to tell you, kittens, I think I can safely claim the title of most practical gift giver thanks to my carefully gift wrapped Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Combination Detector. OK, it’s not exactly glamorous, but with three double-A batteries and a mounting bracket it just screams “I CARE!� Actually it’s programmable so it screams “get the hell out ... the trailer is on fire, you dizzy bitch� which is so much more likely to get my attention in a time of crisis. But, Cherubs, the greatest utilitarian gift of Christmas 2005 was a sleek little Smoothie Maker from Back To Basics. Oh my God, how did I ever function without this thing? It’s fabulous! Essentially a smoothie maker is a blender with a spigot, but it is so much more. Up to this point, if I craved a smoothie, I chunked up ice in my old blender and threw in some fruit and hoped for the best. Unfor-

tunately, the end result was usually about as smooth as my legs and only slightly less chunky. But, Darlings, this new appliance has power for days! It has a cone shaped design that forces the ingredients down into the whirling blades of fruit death and voila ... no more gritty fruit drinks. I LOVE IT! If you don’t have one you must run, do not walk, and pick one up. For someone like me who doesn’t cook (especially anything that remotely smacks of healthiness), the addition of a smoothie maker has had some odd side effects. In a fit of obsessive-compulsiveness, I now have a dedicated section of my freezer reserved solely for little baggies of frozen fruit. Trust me, petals, it is a veritable cornucopia of bananas, pineapple, melon, peaches, and raspberries. It’s very orderly, very healthy, and very disturbing! Now, grasshoppers, I have learned through considerable trial and error some Zen-like smoothie wisdom that I will freely share with you all. Job number one is to freeze your ingredients, which makes for a much smoother smoothie. You can drain a can of pineapple chunks and spread them on a cookie sheet and freeze them separately and then toss them in a zip lock bag. Otherwise, you do what I did and get a big clump of pineapple the size of a bowling ball. Not good! Next, freeze up some sliced bananas. They make everything thicker and smoother, and go with any type of fruit/juice combination. Next, invest in some exotic fruit juices to use as a base. My favorite is white cranberry juice, which like me, is tart, sweet, juicy and yummy. Lastly a word of caution: never EVER use frozen blackberries! Do you hear me? EVER! Because even after pureeing them to death, they have millions of seeds and your smoothie ends up with a texture like cat litter. Worst of all, the next day you end up passing undigested seeds that feel like 40-grade sand paper. Not a fun way to ring in the New Year! Ooops ... perhaps I share too much? Ciao, babies!

Unfortunately, the end result was usually about as smooth as my legs and only slightly less chunky.

Ruby Ridge is one of the more opinionated members of the Utah Cyber Sluts, a camp drag group of performers which raises funds and support local charities. Her opinions are her own and fluctuate wildly due to irritability and living in fear of hidden pins in her new dress shirts. She recently took out nine from a Van Heusen shirt package and still may have missed some.


Lesbian Notions PAWS for Reflection by Libby Post libby@slmetro.com

I came out in 1978. In just a few years, I’ll get to celebrate 30 years of being a lesbian. So, I was brought up short when I found myself in love with a guy. He came into my life in a flash five years back, and was taken just as quickly not long ago. Who was he? Well, he was blonde, had great big, dreamy dark eyes and the most expressive face. He’d nuzzle with me at a moment’s notice, and his love was unconditional. He was my dog, Jazz. He was hit by a car after getting away from the person who was animal-sitting him and our five cats while my partner and I were away. Now, our five cats speak to the veracity of the supposed kindred relationships between the feline species and lesbians. You might remember how some of us in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s were all about reclaiming our inner crones. Being a good lesbian, I wanted a girl dog. My partner, Lynn, kept saying we weren’t going to take home the first puppy we saw at the pound. Well, that lasted for about three minutes. I fell in love with this little mutt in a heartbeat. In the five years we had Jazz, I often marveled at the deep connection lesbians and gays seem to have with their pets. Could it be the unconditional love animals offer? Yes, I know there is the occasional cat that doesn’t like that new person who is crowding her out in bed, or a dog that eats the underwear of his owner’s new paramour, but overall, love is their order of the day. They don’t care about the gender of the person sleeping next to you. They don’t mind if they have two mommies or two daddies, and I can tell you that the dogs at the dog park Jazz went to everyday didn’t care either. All our pets care about is that we love them back and take care of them. That’s a very simple equation — one that results in a companion, a friend, a nuzzle, or a lick! Lynn and I aren’t alone in our need for four-legged friends. Of the 8,831 LGBT folks who responded to the 2002-2003 Gay/Lesbian Consumer Online Census,

a whopping 78.5 percent said they had at least one pet — that’s 10 percent higher than pet ownership in the straight community. I know that means something, I just can’t figure out what. Close to 87 percent of the lesbian respondents had pets; 70.8 percent of gay men kept furry friends around. Interestingly, our pets were more often cats than dogs — maybe that has something to do with residual feminist politics and the perceived lesbian affinity for cats over dogs. One thing is for sure — we spend a lot of money on them. One-fifth of those surveyed said they spent between $300 and $432 a year on pet products. Those folks must only have one pet. With Jazz we had six, and spent between $100 and $150 each month on food, treats, litter, and various other supplies. When you add in the vet bills, we definitely made an investment in our animals. Around the country there are groups of folks who are making an investment of time and treasure to ensure the pets of folks who are HIV-positive are also cared for. We all know how wonderful pets can be in times of illness. For someone who has HIV/AIDS, his or her pet is a source of emotional well-being, joy, comfort, and that all important, unconditional love. However, we all know what HIV/AIDS can do to someone’s finances, and, for some, maintaining the cost of a pet can be too much of a burden. That’s where PAWS comes in. PAWS stands for Pets Are Wonderful Support, and these grassroots programs have popped up in AIDS care organizations around the country. PAWS plays a vital role in ensuring that people who are HIV-positive are not separated from their animals when they need them most. It helps with in-home care when the owner is ill or hospitalized, and provides financial assistance to pay for veterinary services and supplemental pet food and supplies. PAWS is a real gift. What the group does is what we on the Jewish side of the block call a mitzvah — an act of loving-kindness, a good deed. Now that I truly feel the emptiness of losing a pet, I wouldn’t want anyone else to go through it — especially someone with HIV/AIDS.

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Libby Post is the founding chair of the Empire State Pride Agenda and a political commentator on public radio, on the Web, and in print media.

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Your Queer Guide to This Year’s Film Festivals

Jan 30 – Feb 5 Brewvies, Regency Theatres

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL FEATURES

THE BLOSSOMING OF MAXIMO OLIVEROS (WORLD DRAMATIC)

ALL ABOARD! ROSIE’S FAMILY CRUISE (SPECTRUM) DIRECTOR: SHARI COOKSON EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: SHEILA NEVINS, ROSIE O’DONNELL, KELLI O’DONNELL (U.S.A. 2005, 91 MIN. COLOR, 35MM)

Director Shari Cookson’s compelling documentary features the first-ever gay and lesbian family cruise (chartered by Rosie and Kelli O’Donnell) as they confront hateful homophobia after a week of fun and family bonding.

DIRECTOR: AURAEUS SOLITO SCREENWRITER: MICHIKO YAMAMOTO CAST: JR VALENTIN, SOLIMAN CRUZ, NEIL RYAN SESE, PING MEDINA, BODJIE PASCUA, NATHAN LOPEZ (PHILIPPINES, 2005, 100 MIN. COLOR, SONY HD CAM)

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In this gripping international, awardwinning drama, a young boy’s deep feelings for a kind rookie cop come into piercing conflict with his pettythief family. THU. JAN 26, 9:00 PM/EGYPTIAN, PARK CITY FRI. JAN 27, 6:15 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE III SAT. JAN 28, 9:00 AM/EGYPTIAN, PARK CITY SAT. JAN 28, 9:45 PM/BROADWAY CENTRE V, SLC

TUE. JAN 24, 3:15 PM/ECCLES THEATRE WED. JAN 25, 8:30 PM/PROSPECTOR SQUARE THU. JAN 26, 6:00 PM/TOWER THEATRE, SLC

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Premiere Salt Lake City Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will be at Brewvies, Regency After the recent nationwide success of Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain,” Salt Lake Metro and local organizers present the “Salt Lake City Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.” Venues for the festival include Brewvies, located at 677 S. 200 West and Regency Theatres Trolley Square Cinemas, 602 E. 500 South. Over twenty gay and lesbian features, documentaries and shorts will be shown the week of Jan. 30 through Feb. 5. “We are excited about this eclectic variety of films,” said Tim Keller, festival organizer and film festival veteran who has organized “Pridefest” at Utah State University for the past seven years. “This selection of films truly celebrates the diversity within the GLBT community .” Films range from comedy to drama, campy to sober. Festival organizers are hoping to screen something for everyone. “Although, not every project will be suitable for all audiences,” warns Keller. One of the more daring projects being screened at the festival is Pumping Velvet. A raw, uncensored look into the mind and life of successful music video producer Dustin Robertson. Pumping Velvet is unapologetic and bound to make the most confident of gays uncomfortable. The film delivers important commentary on the state of the gay activism today. Festival goers can also experience what have become

Salt Lake City Gay and Lesbian FIlm Festival tickets and film Info is available at

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classic films of the gay and lesbian genre. It’s in the Water is a satirical look at a community dealing with a sudden surge of its members who come out as lesbians. “Our goal is to find an entertaining collection films that represent the issues of many sexual minorities,” said festival co-organizer Mell Bailey. Straight, a one-man show in which David Schmader humorously retells his experience in reparation therapy, is one film spotlighted by festival organizers as a story that will have a profound influence on Utah audiences. The festival will also be showing a series of horror films — a new development of the gay and lesbian genre — including the critically-acclaimed Hellbent at two midnight screenings. Three short features even more gruesome than Hellbent will be shown the following ight at midnight. As a gift to the community to celebrat the new festival, a screening of HBO’s Angels in America will be shown in its entirety — all six hours of it. Keller says that if you haven’t seen it on the big screen, you haven’t seen it. Tickets to the films are $7 available on a first-come, first-served basis. VIP passes that will provide admittance into all screenings five minutes before other ticket-holders are available for $25. “We wanted to make our first festival extremely affodable to our audience. Our goal is to have as many people see the films as possible,” said Michael Aaron, editor and publisher of Salt Lake Metro. The festival is sandwiched between the Sundance FIlm Festival and the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Utah’s Winterfest. The Salt Lake City Gay and Lesbian Film Festival has posted a listing of all of the films and screening times on their website, www.saltfest.org. For more information please contact Tim Keller at tkeller@ida.net or call the Salt Lake Metro offices at 323-9500.

DIRECTOR: TERRY ZWIGOFF SCREENWRITER: DANIEL CLOWES CAST: MAX MINGHELLA, SOPHIA MYLES, JOHN MALKOVICH, JIM BROADBENT, MATT KEESLAR, ANJELICA HUSTON (U.S.A. 2005, 102 MIN. COLOR, 35MM)

“Be careful what you wish for” takes on new comic dimensions in Ghost World director Terry Zwigoff’s absurdly zany tale of a talent-less art student who will do anything to be the world’s greatest artist. Tongue-in-cheek representations of gay characters populate Zwigoff’s latest film. MON. JAN 23, 6:00 PM/ECCLES THEATRE TUE. JAN 24, 11:30 AM/LIBRARY CENTER WED. JAN 25, 9:00 PM/TOWER THEATRE, SLC FRI. JAN 27, 6:30 PM/PEERY’S EGYPTIAN, OGDEN

BEYOND BEATS AND RHYMES: A HIP-HOP HEAD WEIGHS IN ON MANHOOD IN HIP-HOP CULTURE (SPECTRUM) DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER: BYRON HURT (U.S.A. 2005, 60 MIN. COLOR, SONY HD CAM)

DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER: JOEY LAUREN ADAMS CAST: ASHLEY JUDD, JEFFREY DONOVAN, TIM BLAKE NELSON, DIANE LADD, STACEY KEACH (U.S.A. 2005, 97 MIN. COLOR, 35MM)

Actress Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy) makes her directorial debut; featuring the incomparable Ashley Judd as a thirty-something woman lost in a world of her own making who must find the courage and strength to regain control of her own destiny. FRI. JAN 20, 8:30 PM/RACQUET CLUB SAT. JAN 21, 1:00 PM/SUNDANCE VILLAGE SUN. JAN 22, 12:00 PM/ECCLES THEATRE SUN. JAN 22, 9:45 PM/BROADWAY CENTRE V, SLC T MON. JAN 23, 6:00 PM/TOWER THEATRE, SLC THU. JAN 26, 8:30 AM/LIBRARY CENTER FRI. JAN 27, 11:30 AM/RACQUET CLUB

FORGIVING THE FRANKLINS (SPECTRUM) DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER: JAY FLOYD CAST: ROBERTSON DEAN, TERESA WILLIS, AVIVA, VINCE PAVIA, MARI BLACKWELL (U.S.A. 2005, 98 MIN. COLOR, SONY HD CAM)

Director Jay Floyd brings a refreshing twist to “near-death” experiences when a God-fearing family involved in a near-fatal accident suddenly becomes a whole new kind of unit (sexual and otherwise), reveling in a new way of life that outright conflicts with their Southern town’s conservative, bible-thumping values. WED. JAN 25, 8:30 PM/LIBRARY CENTER THU. JAN 26, 11:30 PM/PROSPECTOR SQUARE FRI. JAN 27, 11:30 AM/LIBRARY CENTER SAT. JAN 28, 9:00 PM/BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC

Filmmaker Byron Hurt raises the issue of hip-hop’s transformation from a politically charged form of expression into gangster rap, a misogynistic, sexist, violent, and homophobic “consumer” product. TUE. JAN 24, 8:30 PM/LIBRARY CENTER WED. JAN 25, 11:30 PM/PROSPECTOR SQUARE THU. JAN 26, 9:00 PM/BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC SAT. JAN 28, 5:30 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE II

FRIENDS WITH MONEY (PREMIERES) DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER: NICOLE HOLOFCENER CAST: JENNIFER ANISTON, JOAN CUSACK, CATHERINE KEENER, FRANCES MCDORMAND, JASON ISAACS, SCOTT CAAN (U.S.A. 2005, 88 MIN. COLOR, 35MM)

Director Nicole Holocener’s sophisticated ensemble drama centering on four life-long friends living in LA’s west side are suddenly confronted with a shattering crisis of character when one of them experiences life-altering

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personal changes that impact the foundation of the group’s friendship. Meanwhile, another member of the group questions their own sexual identity. THU. JAN 19, 6:30 PM/ECCLES THEATRE THU. JAN 19, 9:45 PM/ECCLES THEATRE FRI. JAN 20, 9:15 AM/ECCLES THEATRE FRI. JAN 20, 9:30 PM/PEERY’S EGYPTIAN, OGDEN SAT. JAN 21, 6:30 PM/ROSE WAGNER, SLC MON. JAN 23, 6:00 PM/SUNDANCE VILLAGE MON. JAN 23, 8:30 PM/SUNDANCE VILLAGE SAT. JAN 28, 6:00 PM/ECCLES THEATRE

Maria Maggenti (The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love) returns with the zany story of a commitment phobic lesbian on the rebound who unexpectedly finds herself caught in the middle of a comically complicated equilateral love triangle.

FRI. JAN 27, 6:00 PM/SUNDANCE VILLAGE FRI. JAN 27, 8:30 PM/SUNDANCE VILLAGE SAT. JAN 28, 6:30 PM/ROSE WAGNER, SLC

SHORTS BUGCRUSH (U.S. DRAMATIC SHORTS) DIRECTOR: CARTER SMITH (U.S.A, 2005, 30 MIN. COLOR, SONY HD CAM)

A high school loner’s crush on the new boy in school leads to a seductively sinister outcome. (Shown as part of Shorts Program 1)

SUN. JAN 22, 8:30 PM/RACQUET CLUB MON. JAN 23, 9:30 PM/ROSE WAGNER, SLC TUE. JAN 24, 11:30 PM/LIBRARY CENTER WED. JAN 25, 9:15 AM/ECCLES THEATRE THU. JAN 26, 1:00 PM/SUNDANCE VILLAGE FRI. JAN 27, 2:30 PM/RACQUET CLUB

FRI. JAN 20, 9:30 PM/PROSPECTOR SQUARE SAT. JAN 21, 6:00 PM/BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC SUN. JAN 22, 8:30 AM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE II MON. JAN 23, 5:30 PM/PROSPECTOR SQUARE SAT. JAN 28, MIDNIGHT/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV

A CONVERSATION WITH BASQUIAT

UNFOLDING FLORENCE: THE MANY LIVES OF FLORENCE BROADHURST (WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION)

KINKY BOOTS (PREMIERES) DIRECTOR: JULIAN JARROLD SCREENWRITERS: TIM FIRTH, GEOFFE DEAN CAST: JOEL EDGERTON, CHIWETEL EJIOFOR, SARAH-JANE POTTS, JEMIMA ROOPER, NICK FROST, LINDA BASSETT (U.K., 2005, 107 MIN. COLOR, 35MM)

A struggling shoe factory in the forgotten English town of Northampton finds its divine salvation at the unlikely heels, literally, of a seven-foot tall cabaret-singing drag queen! FRI. JAN 20, 6:30 PM/ROSE WAGNER, SLC FRI. JAN 20, 9:30 PM/ROSE WAGNER, SLC SAT. JAN 21, 3:00 PM/ECCLES THEATRE SUN. JAN 22, 8:30 AM/RACQUET CLUB MON. JAN 23, 6:30 PM/PEERY’S EGYPTIAN, OGDEN

MALA NOCHE (SUNDANCE COLLECTION) DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER: GUS VAN SANT BASED ON THE NOVELLA BY WALT CURTIS CAST: TIM STREETER, DOUG COOEYATE, RAY MONGE, NYLA MCCARTHY (U.S.A. 1985, 78 MIN. B/W)

Acclaimed director Gus Van Sant’s provocative and visually rich first feature centers on the unrequited love between a lonely convenience store manager and an illegal Mexican immigrant who gladly takes advantage of the man’s generosity, but refuses any moves towards a sexual relationship. FRI. JAN 20, 6:45 PM/BROADWAY CENTRE V, SLC SAT. JAN 21, 5:30 PM/LIBRARY CENTER

QUINCEAÑERA (DRAMATIC COMPETITION) DIRECTORS: RICHARD GLATZER AND WASH WESTMORELAND CAST: EMILY RIOS, JESSE GARCIA, CHALO GONZALEZ (U.S.A. 2005, 90 MIN. COLOR, 35MM)

On the eve of her Quinceañera, a young girl faces an unwelcome surprise, and finds support from her great-granduncle and gay cholo cousin. A modern tale of struggle and understanding amongst communities and individuals in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. MON. JAN 23, 2:30 PM/RACQUET CLUB TUE. JAN 24, 12:00 PM/ECCLES THEATRE WED. JAN 25, 6:00 PM/BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC FRI. JAN 27, 5:30 PM/RACQUET CLUB SAT. JAN 28, 8:30 AM/LIBRARY CENTER

SMALL TOWN GAY BAR (DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION) DIRECTOR: MALCOLM INGRAM EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: KEVIN SMITH (U.S.A. 2005, 81 MIN. COLOR, SONY HD CAM)

Small Town Gay Bar takes an intimate journey into the lives of the patrons and owners of two local gay bars who find sanctuary and strength through each other to stand their ground in an unwelcoming environment.

THE NIGHT LISTENER (PREMIERES)

MON. JAN 23, 11:30 AM/PROSPECTOR SQUARE TUE. JAN 24, 9:30 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV WED. JAN 25, 9:00 PM/BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC THU. JAN 26, 3:15 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE III SAT. JAN 28, 10:00 AM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV

DIRECTOR: PATRICK STETTNER SCREENWRITERS: ARMISTEAD MAUPIN & TERRY ANDERSON, AND PATRICK STETTNER CAST: ROBIN WILLIAMS, TONI COLLETE, SANDRA OH, RORY CULKIN, BOBBY CANNAVALE, JOE MORTON (U.S.A. 2006, 90 MIN. COLOR, 35MM)

Director Patrick Stettner helms queer writer Armistead Maupin’s dark novel about a celebrated radio host, played by Robin Williams, who begins an unsettling relationship with a troubled young man after uncovering his disturbing manuscript. Willams’ character as a gay man, and his relationship with his partner are intrinsic to the film’s plot.

This groundbreaking documentary explores the lives of women behind bars within the Downview Prison in Surrey, England, as they recount, through song, their lives before prison, revealing how their lives have changed since incarceration, and the personal and intimate relationships that have made them feel human again.

THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED (PREMIERES) DIRECTOR: KIRBY DICK (U.S.A. 2005, 100 MIN. COLOR, SONY HD CAM)

(DRAMATIC COMPETITION) DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER: MARIA MAGGENTI CAST: JUSTIN KIRK, GRETCHEN MOL, ELIZABETH REASER (U.S.A. 2005, 90 MIN. COLOR, SONY HD CAM)

MON. JAN 23, 7:00 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV WED. JAN 25, 9:15 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE III THU. JAN 26, 9:15 AM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE III SAT. JAN 28, 6:45 PM/BROADWAY CENTRE V, SLC

WILD TIGERS I HAVE KNOWN (FRONTIER) DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER: CAM ARCHER EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: GUS VAN SANT, DJUNA BEL, JIM HAYES, MICHELE MULRONEY, KIERAN MULRONEY CAST: MALCOLM STUMPF, PATRICK WHITE, MAX PARADISE, HAILEY ANNE NELSON, FAIRUZA BALK, KIM DICKENS, LYDIA LUNCH (U.S.A. 2005, 93 MIN. COLOR, SONY HD CAM)

Cam Archer’s surreal journey through adolescent longing and desire tells the tale of a 13-year-old boy who creates an alternate persona to be closer to an older boy he’s become infatuated with. FRI. JAN 20, 10:00 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV SAT. JAN 21, 11:30 AM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE II SUN. JAN 22, 4:30 PM/BROADWAY CENTRE VI, SLC TUE. JAN 24, 9:15 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE III

WORDPLAY (DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION) DIRECTOR: PATRICK CREADON (U.S.A. 2005, 90 MIN. COLOR, SONY HD CAM)

A wonderfully entertaining look into the minds behind the venerable New York Times crossword puzzle, Wordplay weaves interviews with celebrity crossword solvers including Jon Stewart, Bill Clinton, and The Indigo Girls, as well as contestants in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, including one fabulous openly gay player. SAT. JAN 21, 11:30 AM/PROSPECTOR SQUARE SUN. JAN 22, 6:00 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE II MON. JAN 23, 1:00 PM/SUNDANCE VILLAGE THU. JAN 26, 10:00 AM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV FRI. JAN 27, 4:00 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV

DIRECTOR: BRIAN HILL (U.K. 2005, 80 MIN. COLOR, SONY HD CAM)

FRI. JAN 20, 8:30 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE II SAT. JAN 21, 3:15 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE III MON. JAN 23, 6:00 PM/BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC THU. JAN 26, 3:30 PM/SUNDANCE VILLAGE FRI. JAN 27, 8:30 AM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE II

PUCCINI FOR BEGINNERS

Beginning with her still-unsolved murder in 1976, Gillian Armstrong (My Brilliant Career) weaves a fascinating portrait of the eccentric and flamboyant Florence Broadhurst, who throughout her 76 years, lived life to the fullest, at times adopting different names and personalities, only to emerge as one of the world’s most renowned wallpaper designers.

Oscar nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick explores the ongoing controversy surrounding the MPAA from the point of view of independent filmmakers, interviewing renowned filmmakers such as Kevin Smith (Chasing Amy), John Waters (Pink Flamingoes), and Kimberly Pierce (Boys Don’t Cry). WED. JAN 25, 9:30 PM/ECCLES THEATRE THU. JAN 26, 11:30 AM/LIBRARY CENTER

DIRECTOR: TAMRA DAVIS (U.S.A. 2005, 21 MIN. COLOR, SONY HD CAM)

The iconic artist shares a candid moment at the end of his life. (Shown as part of Shorts Program 1) SCREENING TIME FRI. JAN 20, 9:30 PM/PROSPECTOR SQUARE SAT. JAN 21, 6:00 PM/BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC SUN. JAN 22, 8:30 AM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE II MON. JAN 23, 5:30 PM/PROSPECTOR SQUARE SAT. JAN 28, MIDNIGHT/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV

FANTOME AFRIQUE (FRONTIER SHORTS)* DIRECTOR: ISAAC JULIEN (U.K. 2005, 17 MIN. COLOR, SONY HD CAM)

Renowned gay artist Isaac Julien celebrates the rich geographical and architectural imagery of rural Burkina Faso and urban Ouagadougou. (Shown with GIANT BUDDHAS)

(SPECTRUM)

From the Oscar-winning filmmakers of Maya Lin: A Strong, Clear Vision comes a compelling and captivating portrait of one of our greatest living playwrights, Wrestling with Angels captures the essence of Tony Kushner, a Jewish homosexual raised in the Deep South who is now a Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning artist, and a passionate political activist. FRI. JAN 20, 11:30 AM/LIBRARY CENTER SAT. JAN 21, 12:45 PM/BROADWAY CENTRE V, SLC SUN. JAN 22, 5:30 PM/PROSPECTOR SQUARE MON. JAN 23, 6:45 PM/BROADWAY CENTRE V, SLC SAT. JAN 28, 12:00 PM/EGYPTIAN, PARK CITY

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS) DIRECTOR: GAIL MAURICE (CANADA, 2005, 12 MIN. COLOR, SONY HD CAM)

A group of Aboriginal women insist on worshiping in their own unique way. (Shown with SONGBIRDS) FRI. JAN 20, 8:30 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE II SAT. JAN 21, 3:15 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE III MON. JAN 23, 6:00 PM/BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC THU. JAN 26, 3:30 PM/SUNDANCE VILLAGE FRI. JAN 27, 8:30 AM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE II

THROUGH THE ICE (U.S. DOCUMENTARY SHORTS)* DIRECTOR: JENNIE LIVINGSTON U.S.A. 2005, 6 MIN. COLOR, SONY HD CAM

Lesbian filmmaker Jennie Livingston (Paris is Burning) relates an unfortunately tragic story experienced by dog-walkers. (Shown with OPEN WINDOW) FRI. JAN 20, 8:30 PM/LIBRARY CENTER SAT. JAN 21, MIDNIGHT/EGYPTIAN THEATRE SUN. JAN 22, 6:00 PM/TOWER THEATRE, SLC MON. JAN 23, 2:30 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE II

TRUE NORTH (FRONTIER SHORTS)* DIRECTOR: ISAAC JULIEN (UNITED KINGDOM, 2005, 14 MIN. COLOR, 16MM)

Isaac Julien confronts the controversy surrounding Matthew Henson, an African-American who arguably was the first person to reach the North Pole.

FIRST DATE (U.S. DRAMATIC

FRI. JAN 20, 1:00 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV SAT. JAN 21, 4:30 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV TUE. JAN 24, 9:00 PM/BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC FRI. JAN 27, 8:30 PM/LIBRARY CENTER

SHORTS) DIRECTOR GARY HUGGINS (U.S.A. 2005, 20 MIN. COLOR, SONY HD CAM)

Ex-cons and underage boys don’t mix in an unpredictable tale of online hookups gone awry. (Shown as part of Program VI) FRI. JAN 20, 8:30 AM/LIBRARY CENTER SAT. JAN 21, MIDNIGHT/BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC SUN. JAN 22, 8:30 PM/PROSPECTOR SQUARE MON. JAN 23, MIDNIGHT/HOLIDAY VILLAGE III TUE. JAN 24, 8:30 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE II SAT. JAN 28, 4:00 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV

HELLO, THANKS (U.S. DRAMATIC SHORTS) DIRECTOR: ANDREW BLUBAUGH (U.S.A. 2005, 8 MIN. COLOR, SONY HD CAM)

A year of looking for love in the personals leads to a love for writing personals. (Shown with WORDPLAY) SAT. JAN 21, 11:30 AM/PROSPECTOR SQUARE SUN. JAN 22, 6:00 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE II MON. JAN 23, 1:00 PM/SUNDANCE VILLAGE THU. JAN 26, 10:00 AM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV FRI. JAN 27, 4:00 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV

HOLD UP (U.S. DRAMATIC SHORTS) DIRECTOR: MADELEINE OLNEK (U.S.A. 2005, 7 MIN. COLOR, SONY HD CAM)

A convenience store robber wants more than the money in the register. (Shown as part of Shorts Program V) FRI. JAN 20, 9:00 AM/EGYPTIAN, PARK CITY SAT. JAN 21, 11:30 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE II SUN. JAN 22, 10:30 PM/BROADWAY CTR VI, SLC THU. JAN 26, 7:00 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV SAT. JAN 28, 9:15 AM/ECCLES THEATRE SAT. JAN 28, MIDNIGHT/BROADWAY CENTRE, SLC

DIRECTOR: SCOTT GEROW (U.S.A. 2005, 41 MIN. COLOR, SONY HD CAM)

DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER: FREIDA LEE MOCK EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: TERRY SANDERS U.S.A. 2005, 102 MIN. COLOR, 35MM

SMUDGE (INTERNATIONAL

MON. JAN 23 12:15 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE III THU. JAN 26 4:00 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV SAT. JAN 28 HOLIDAY VILLAGE II

MIND OVER MATTER (U.S. DOCUMENTARY SHORTS)

WRESTLING WITH ANGELS: PLAYWRIGHT TONY KUSHNER

FRI. JAN 20, 8:30 AM/RACQUET CLUB SAT. JAN 21, 1:30 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV SUN. JAN 22, 3:00 PM/BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC TUE. JAN 24, 5:30 PM/PROSPECTOR SQUARE SAT. JAN 28, 9:15 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE III

A father and a gay son chronicle their fight for their lives against their respective diseases. (Shown as part of Shorts Program II) FRI. JAN 20, 8:30 AM/RACQUET CLUB SAT. JAN 21, 1:30 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV SUN. JAN 22, 3:00 PM/BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC TUE. JAN 24, 5:30 PM/PROSPECTOR SQUARE SAT. JAN 28, 9:15 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE III

RANGE (U.S. DOCUMENTARY SHORTS) DIRECTOR: BILL BASQUIN (U.S.A. 2005, 7 MIN. B/W, 16MM)

A father shares his feelings for farm life with his transgender son. (Shown as part of Shorts Program II)

UTEN TITTEL (FRONTIER SHORTS) DIRECTOR: ANJA BREIEN (NORWAY, 2005, 14 MIN. COLOR, 35MM)

Poetry and cruelty collide beautifully in a film that demands to be seen. FRI. JAN 20, 1:00 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV SAT. JAN 21, 4:30 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV TUE. JAN 24, 9:00 PM/BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC FRI. JAN 27, 8:30 PM/LIBRARY CENTER

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT DYING (U.S. DOCUMENTARY SHORTS) DIRECTOR: SILAS HOWARD (U.S.A. 2005, 15 MIN. COLOR, SONY HD CAM)

A doc that puts the “fun” back into funerals! (Shown with SMALL TOWN GAY BAR) MON. JAN 23, 11:30 AM/PROSPECTOR SQUARE TUE. JAN 24, 9:30 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV WED. JAN 25, 9:00 PM/BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC THU. JAN 26, 3:15 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE III SAT. JAN 28, 10:00 AM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV

SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL Slamdance Film Festival will be held from January 19–27, 2006. Slamdance’s box-office is located at 255 Main Street in Park City, Utah. Tickets are $10 or $8.50 for Utah residents. Screenings will be held at Slamdance’s headquarters, Treasure Mountain Inn, at the top of Main Street in Park City along with venues in Salt Lake. For more information: www.slamdance.com

mother is happier to see Erica than her own daughter. The disturbing revelations only begin there... THE HOMECOMING is a sketch from the online sketch comedy show “Prettythingsss.” Shown with THINGS TO DO) FRI. JAN 20, 12:30 PM/TMI, THE SITTING ROOM SAT. JAN 21, 1:00 PM/ SLC SCREENING — TBA MON. JAN 23, 6:00 PM/TMI, THE SITTING ROOM

PATTERNS (GALLERY SHORTS) DIRECTOR: JAMIE TRAVIS (CANADA, 2005, 8 MIN. COLOR)

Svankmajer meets Japanese horror in Jamie Travis’ highly self-conscious allegory of innocence and experience. As Pauline waits for an important phone call, she is corrupted by the malignant forces of adulthood. (Shown as part of Gallery Shorts Block 6: Birds) FRI. JAN 20, 1:00 PM/TMI, THE LIVING ROOM SUN. JAN 22, 3:00 PM/TMI, THE LIVING ROOM THU. JAN 26, 11:00 AM/TMI, THE LIVING ROOM

GENDER (GALLERY SHORTS) DIRECTOR DANIEL LAMBERTS (BELGIUM, 2005, 10 MIN. COLOR)

A transgender black comedy in which a wacky plastic surgeon, Valerie, wields a cutting blow to her biological father, Desire. FRI. JAN 20, 11:00 AM/TMI, THE LIVING ROOM MON. JAN 23, 3:00 PM/TMI, THE LIVING ROOM THU. JAN 26, 1:00 PM/TMI, THE LIVING ROOM

NO EXIT (GALLERY SHORTS) DIRECTOR: ETIENNE KALLOS (U.S.A. 2005, 14 MIN. COLOR)

A tragi-comic exploration of the crystal meth experience currently devastating the gay community: two gay men and a transsexual, the dregs of last night’s sex orgy, hole up together in a sleazy motel, desperate to alleviate their loneliness and disconnection at any cost. (Shown as part of Gallery Shorts Block 3: Inside) SAT. JAN 21, 1:00 PM/TMI, THE LIVING ROOM MON. JAN 23, 11:00 AM/TMI, THE LIVING ROOM TUE. JAN 24, 3:00 PM/TMI, THE LIVING ROOM

SALT LAKE CITY GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL APRIL’S SHOWER USA, 2006, 98 MINUTES DIRECTOR: TRISH DOOLAN

A comedy about love, romance, and expectations. On the morning of April’s wedding shower we meet Alex, a chef put out by her attempt to host the perfect shower while struggling with her tangled relationship with the bride-to-be. FRIDAY, FEB. 3 AT 7PM, BREWVIES

BOYS’ SHORT FEATURES Post movie hijinks in Credit Role A studly astronaut drops into a young man’s life in Spaceboy. The Drive North, two queer kids bicker their way up the east coast. Twenty Gay Stereotypes Confirmed humorously depicts essential rules of gay life. And more... WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1 AT 6PM, BREWVIES

SHORTS DIRTYGLITTER:1 (GALLERY SHORTS) DIRECTOR: ARON KANTOR (U.S.A. 2005, 14 MIN. COLOR)

A precariously intoxicated hustler finds photographs of himself in a gallery and sets out on a cross-town mission to find the mysterious artist. (Shown as part of Gallery Shorts Block 1: Skin) SAT. JAN 21 3:00 PM/TMI, THE LIVING ROOM MON. JAN 23 1:00 PM/TMI, THE LIVING ROOM WED. JAN 25 11:00 AM/TMI, THE LIVING ROOM

EIGHTEEN CANADA, 100 MINUTES DIRECTOR: RICHARD BELL

Pip is a street kid who’s meeting life head-on in the big city. Along his path he stumbles into an unlikely alliance with Clark, a gay street hustler on the make, and Jenny, an aspiring social worker who tempts Pip with feelings of love and domesticity.

FRI. JAN 20, 8:30 AM/RACQUET CLUB SAT. JAN 21, 1:30 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV SUN. JAN 22, 3:00 PM/BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC TUE. JAN 24, 5:30 PM/PROSPECTOR SQUARE SAT. JAN 28, 9:15 PM/HOLIDAY VILLAGE III

SHORTS)

RAPE FOR WHOM I AM

DIRECTORS: MICHAEL LUCID & AMANDA BARRETT (U.S.A. 2005, 4 MIN. COLOR)

ARGENTINA, 90 MINUTES DIRECTOR: PABLO SOFOVICH

When Tamara goes on a dreaded visit to her estranged mother, Erica tags along for moral support. When they arrive, they discover that Tamara’s

An Argentinean lesbian couple, Mora and Roberta, urgently wants to have a child. But where will they get

(INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY SHORTS) DIRECTOR: LOVINSA KAVUMA (SOUTH AFRICA, 2005, 27 MIN. COLOR, SONY HD CAM)

THE HOMECOMING* (NARRATIVE

SATURDAY, FEB. 4 AT 7PM, BREWVIES

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SAT. JAN 21, 6:00 PM/ECCLES THEATRE SUN. JAN 22, 8:30 AM/LIBRARY CENTER SUN. JAN 22, 6:00 PM/SUNDANCE VILLAGE SUN. JAN 22, 8:30 PM/SUNDANCE VILLAGE MON. JAN 23, 6:30 PM/ROSE WAGNER, SLC WED. JAN 25, 6:30 PM/PEERY’S EGYPTIAN, OGDEN

SONGBIRDS (WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION)

DIRECTOR: GILLIAN ARMSTRONG SCREENWRITER: KATHERINE THOMSON (AUSTRALIA, 2005, 81 MIN. COLOR & B/W, SONY HD CAM)

(U.S. DOCUMENTARY SHORTS)

Raped because of their sexual identity, these black South African lesbians refuse to become victims. (Shown as part of Shorts Program II)


ROSIE O’DONNELL, GUS VAN SANT HEADLINE QUEER LOUNGE PANELS Kicking off its third smash year, Queer Lounge will return to Park City this week as the only gay organization sanctioned by the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Launched at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, Queer Lounge is the one festival hot spot with a year-round mission: building mainstream audiences and boosting box office for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender films and filmmakers. Organizers unveiled a stellar line-up of panels, parties, readings, and networking events dedicated to shaping a new generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender film that attracts and inspires all audiences. Sundance 2006 comes on the heels of Brokeback Mountain’s critical and box-office success — a beacon for the future of queer film, according to Queer Lounge founder and executive director Ellen Huang. “This is an incredibly exciting time for queer film and the amazing slate of LGBTrelated films at this year’s Sundance, make it clear that Brokeback is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Huang. “It’s especially gratifying to see major stars, respected filmmakers and emerging talent collaborating on films that tackle gay stories with such honesty, integrity, and humanity.” Huang said this year’s Sundance and surrounding festivals boast over 40 films either exploring queer issues or created by LGBT filmmakers, many of which will serve as the centerpiece for Queer Lounge events from January 20–28. Founded by Huang, a former feature film executive, Queer Lounge is a non-profit organization that creates queer-friendly hubs at major film festivals where up-andcoming LGBT filmmakers and artists can connect with industry leaders, audiences, and each other.

In its first year, Queer Lounge drew over 10% of Sundance’s 40,000 visitors, with attendance doubling in 2005. Since then, Queer Lounge has become a Sundance phenomenon, producing some of the festival’s most talked-about events and attracting celebrities from Naomi Watts and Jared Leto to Paris Hilton and Pamela Anderson. For the first time ever, Queer Lounge will make its debut at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2006. According to Huang, some of the most hotly anticipated queer-related films this year include: The Night Listener, based on Armistead Maupin’s dark novel about a gay radio host played by Robin Williams; Small Town Gay Bar, a documentary about the patrons of two local gays bars produced by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy); All Aboard! Rosie’s Family Cruise, which chronicles the first-ever gay and lesbian family cruise chartered by Rosie and Kelli O’Donnell, Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner, a documentary about playwright Tony Kushner; and Puccini for Beginners, a new film starring Gretchen Mol by director Maria Maggenti (The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love). See full list of queer-related festival films screening in Park City at queerloungeonline.com. Putting a spotlight on this year’s breakout queer films and filmmakers, Queer Lounge will also present daily panel discussions exploring individual films, filmmakers, and industry trends. Confirmed participants include Gus Van Sant, Rosie O’Donnell, Armistead Maupin, Maria Maggenti, and Jennie Livingston (Paris is Burning). “Queer Lounge shares our commitment to making sure that great LGBT films and filmmakers find larger audiences,”said

Frank Olsen, CEO and Founder of Q Television Network, a premium LGBT channel. “We’re thrilled to be working with Queer Lounge on raising the visibility for some of today’s most exciting up-and-coming queer filmmakers.” Living up to its reputation for hosting the festival’s most wild, welcoming, and starstudded parties, Queer Lounge will also be rolling out the red carpet every night for a revolving door of parties, including Glamdance, its opening night party honoring the film Wrestling with Angels, the GLAAD Media Awards nominations announcement and reception, and its infamous Homos Away from Home party. In addition to celebrity DJs like John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and actress Shannyn Sossamon (Wristcutters), parties will feature performances by musical acts to be announced in the coming days. Located in expanded headquarters at The Gateway Center (136 Heber Avenue) next to the Sundance box office, this year’s Queer Lounge will showcase a classic, 1940’s Hollywood theme with furnishings provided by celebrated designer and Queer Lounge sponsor Barclay Butera. Other Queer Lounge partners this year include Presenting Partners Q Television Network, Absolut Vodka, and Intel. “Intel strives to ensure that diversity is honored and all employees feel accepted and part of the worldwide Intel community,” said Ralph Bond, consumer education manager, Intel Corporation. “For example, Intel’s LGBT employee group fosters employee networking, breaking isolation and providing support in work environment. Given our diversity embracing culture, it’s a natural fit for Intel to be a sponsor of Queer Lounge’s event at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.”

Queer Lounge Panel Discussions: Saturday, January 21, 2006, 3pm

EXPERIMENT IN VISIONS: A CONVERSATION WITH GUS VAN SANT Sunday, January 22, 2006, 3pm

NOW PLAYING: CROSSING OVER — GAY CHARACTERS IN MAINSTREAM FILMS

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Guests: The Night Listener’s Patrick Stettner (Director/ Screenwriter) Armistead Maupin & Terry Anderson (Screenwriters), others guests TBA Moderator: Alonso Duralde (The Advocate, Arts & Entertainment Editor and author, 101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men) Monday, January 23, 2006, 1pm

DOCUMENTING TRIUMPHS AND PORTRAITS WITH QUEER SENSIBILITIES Guests: Freida Lee Mock (Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner), Brian Hill (Songbirds), Joseph Lovett (Gay Sex in the 70s director), other guests TBA Moderator: Lesli Klainberg (award-winning director of In the Company of Women and Fabulous The Story of Queer Cinema on IFC) Tuesday, January 24, 2006, 12pm Noon

PUCCINI FOR BEGINNERS Guests: Maria Maggenti (Director/Screenwriter), Eden Wurmfeld (Producer), Terry Dame (Composer); cast TBA Moderator: Jennie Livingston Tuesday, January 24, 2006, 2:30PM

INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING, ALTERNATIVE DISTRIBUTION Guests: Kirby Dick (This Film is Not Yet Rated), Jennie Livingston (Paris Burning), Maria Lynn (President, Wolfe Video), Eric Besner (VP, Original Programming, Netflix), other guests TBA Wednesday, January 25, 2006, 1pm

ALL ABOARD! ROSIE’S FAMILY CRUISE Guests: Rosie & Kelli O’Donnell (Exec. Producers), Shari Cookson (Director), cast TBA

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Parties/Special Events Taking Place at Queer Lounge: Friday, January, 20th, 2006, 10pm–1am

GLAMDANCE: QUEER LOUNGE OPENING PARTY Honoring the Film Wrestling with Angels with performance by East Village Opera Company Saturday, January 21st, 2006, 9pm–1am

Q TELEVISION NETWORK PARTY (INVITE ONLY) Sunday, January Jan. 22nd, 2006, 10pm–1am

BARCLAY BUTERA & HOLLYWOOD LIFE PARTY (INVITE ONLY)

Monday, January, 23rd, 2006, 6-8pm

GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS NOMINATIONS RECEPTION Tuesday, January 24th, 2006, 5–7pm

OXYGEN NETWORK & BBC WOMEN FILMMAKERS PARTY (INVITE ONLY) Tuesday, January 24th, 2006, 9pm

WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY PARTY WITH DJ SHANNYN SOSSAMON (INVITE ONLY) Wednesday, January 25th, 2006, 6–8pm

WITHOUT A BOX/ FILMMAKERS ALLIANCE/ SILVER LAKE FILM FESTIVAL PARTY (INVITE ONLY) Thursday, January 27th, 2006 10pm–2am

QUEER LOUNGE’S HOMOS AWAY FROM HOME PARTY

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 19

HOLD UP — Shorts V

ALL ABOARD! ROSIE’S FAMILY CRUISE

ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL

what’s, um, needed to do so? A plan is hatched: Roberta will seduce and have sex with Felipe.

6:30 PM / SUNDANCE / ECCLES THEATRE

MIDNIGHT/ SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC

5:30 PM / SUNDANCE / PROSPECTOR SQUARE

8:30 PM / SUNDANCE / SUNDANCE VLG SCREEN

FRIENDS WITH MONEY

FIRST DATE — Shorts VI

MIND OVER MATTER — Shorts II

THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED

9:45 PM / SUNDANCE / ECCLES THEATRE

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22

5:30 PM / SUNDANCE / PROSPECTOR SQUARE

8:30 PM / SUNDANCE / LIBRARY CTR

RANGE — Shorts II

TRUE NORTH screens in Frontier Shorts

5:30 PM / SUNDANCE / PROSPECTOR SQUARE

8:30 PM / SUNDANCE / LIBRARY CTR

RAPE FOR WHOM I AM — Shorts II

UTEN TITTEL screens in Frontier Shorts

FRIENDS WITH MONEY

MONDAY, JAN. 30 AT 6PM, BREWVIES

FAQS US, GREAT BRITAIN, 2005, 95 MINUTES DIRECTOR: EVERET LEWIS

After living on the tough streets of LA for a while, Spenser thinks that every gay basher should meet his destiny. In this case Destiny is a black, 6 foot, high heel wearing, gun toting, drag queen with an attitude and a soft place in her heart for homeless gay boys. THURSDAY, FEB. 2 AT 6PM, BREWVIES

HELLBENT USA, 2005, 85 MINUTES DIRECTOR: PAUL ETHEREDGE-OUZTS

Two gay men on a date are murdered the night before Halloween in West Hollywood, California. Eddie and his friends Joey, Chaz and Tobey are going out the following night to the West Hollywood Halloween festival when they encounter the psycho, who sets his eye on them. FRIDAY, FEB. 3 AT MIDNIGHT, BREWVIES

IT’S IN THE WATER USA, 100 MINUTES DIRECTOR: KELLI HERD

FLUFF CANADA, 65 MINUTES. DIRECTOR: GREGORY DUKE

The film opens with a stage production of The Iliad with jock straps, football pads, and (simulated) anal intercourse. The production is panned by the critics, and the theatre group has to do something to make their mortgage payment. The women want to make a feminist opera, but the men want to do a porn film. Then, things start to get complicated. TUESDAY, JAN. 31 AT 4PM, BREWVIES

FOXHOLE USA, 11 MINUTES. DIRECTOR: FRANK GALOSO SCREENWRITER: FRANK GALOSO

A war story with a surprise ending, the paths of two decorated soldiers take a life-altering turn after bonding on the battlefields of Vietnam. TUESDAY, JAN. 31 AT 6PM, BREWVIES

FRIENDS AND FAMILY USA, 87 MINUTES DIRECTOR: KRISTEN COURY

Stephen and Danny are a hip Manhattan gay couple who have it all, until a surprise visit from Stephen’s parents threatens to blow the boys’ big secret. The secret? Not that they’re gay, but that they are hit men for the mafia!

In the small southern town of Azalea Springs, the country club set still rules. Here, being a member of “The League” is a must, big hair is still favored by the ladies who lunch, and only hair-dressers and interior designers are supposed to be gay. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1 AT 4PM, BREWVIES

LESBIAN SHORTS Hung: Five lesbian friends cast a spell which gives them each a penis for a single day—sunrise to sunset. Her Urge: A Hyper intellectual finds true love... Can she keep her newfound amour? Just Call Me Kade: Kade is a sixteen-year-old female to male transgender. FRIDAY, FEB. 3 AT 5PM, BREWVIES

LOGGERHEADS

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20

KINKY BOOTS

8:30 AM / SUNDANCE / RACQUET CLUB

8:30 AM / SUNDANCE / LIBRARY CTR

MIND OVER MATTER — Shorts II

THE NIGHT LISTENER

8:30 AM / SUNDANCE / RACQUET CLUB

8:30 AM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE II

RANGE — Shorts II

BUGCRUSH — Shorts 1

8:30 AM / SUNDANCE / RACQUET CLUB

8:30 AM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE II

RAPE FOR WHOM I AM — Shorts II 8:30 AM / SUNDANCE / LIBRARY CTR

A CONVERSATION WITH BASQUIAT — Shorts 1

FIRST DATE — Shorts VI

12:00 PM / SUNDANCE / ECCLES THEATRE

9:00 AM / SUNDANCE / EGYPTIAN

COME EARLY MORNING

HOLD UP — Shorts V

3:00 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC

9:15 AM / SUNDANCE / ECCLES THEATRE

MIND OVER MATTER — Shorts II

FRIENDS WITH MONEY

3:00 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC

11:00 AM / SLAMDANCE / TMI, LIVING Rm

RANGE — Shorts II

GENDER — Gallery Shorts 2: Love

3:00 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC

11:30 AM / SUNDANCE / LIBRARY CTR

RAPE FOR WHOM I AM — Shorts II

WRESTLING WITH ANGELS: PLAYWRIGHT TONY KUSHNER

3:00 PM / SLAMDANCE / TMI, LIVING RM

12:30 PM / SLAMDANCE / TMI, THE SITTING ROOM

WILD TIGERS I HAVE KNOWN

6:00 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC

6:00 PM / SUNDANCE / ECCLES THEATRE

QUINCEAÑERA

FRIENDS WITH MONEY

6:30 PM / SUNDANCE / PEERY’S EGYPTIAN, OGDEN

6:30 PM / SUNDANCE / ROSE WAGNER, SLC

THE NIGHT LISTENER

THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED

8:30 PM / SUNDANCE / PROSPECTOR SQUARE

6:45 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR V, SLC

ALL ABOARD! ROSIE’S FAMILY CRUISE

UNFOLDING FLORENCE

8:30 PM / SUNDANCE / LIBRARY CTR

9:00 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC

FORGIVING THE FRANKLINS

FORGIVING THE FRANKLINS

9:00 PM / SUNDANCE / TOWER THEATRE, SLC

9:15 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE III

ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL

MIND OVER MATTER — Shorts II

9:00 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC

9:15 PM / SUNDANCE/ HOLIDAY VILLAGE III

SMALL TOWN GAY BAR

RANGE — Shorts II

9:00 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC

9:15 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE III

COME EARLY MORNING

8:30 PM / SUNDANCE / LIBRARY CTR

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT DYING screens with Small Town Gay Bar

10:30 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR VI, SLC

THROUGH THE ICE screens with Open Window

9:15 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE III

HOLD UP — Shorts V

UNFOLDING FLORENCE

MONDAY, JANUARY 23

9:30 PM / SUNDANCE / ECCLES THEATRE

RAPE FOR WHOM I AM — Shorts II 9:45 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY Ctr V, SLC THE BLOSSOMING OF MAXIMO OLIVEROS Midnight/ Sundance / Holiday Village IV BUGCRUSH — Shorts 1 Midnight/ Sundance / Holiday Village IV A CONVERSATION WITH BASQUIAT — Shorts 1

SMUDGE screens with Songbirds 8:30 PM / SUNDANCE / RACQUET CLUB

COME EARLY MORNING

9:30 PM / SUNDANCE / ROSE WAGNER, SLC 9:30 PM / SUNDANCE / PEERY’S EGYPTIAN, OGDEN 9:30 PM / SUNDANCE / PROSPECTOR SQUARE

BUGCRUSH — Shorts 1 9:30 PM / SUNDANCE / PROSPECTOR SQUARE

9:45 PM / SCHMOOZEDANCE / TEMPLE HAR SHALOM

8:30 PM / SUNDANCE / PROSPECTOR SQUARE

FIRST DATE — Shorts VI 9:45 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR V, SLC

11:00 AM / SLAMDANCE / TMI, LIVING RM

NO EXIT — Gallery Shorts 3: Inside 11:30 AM / SUNDANCE / PROSPECTOR SQUARE

SMALL TOWN GAY BAR

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26

11:30 AM / SUNDANCE / PROSPECTOR SQUARE

8:30 AM / SUNDANCE / LIBRARY CTR

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT DYING screens with Small Town Gay Bar

COME EARLY MORNING

12:15 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE III

UNFOLDING FLORENCE

FANTOME AFRIQUE screens with Giant Buddhas

TUESDAY, JAN. 31 AT 6PM, BREWVIES

GAYDAR USA, 20 MINUTES DIRECTOR: LARRY LAFOND

TUESDAY, JAN. 31 AT 4PM, BREWVIES

HARD PILL USA, 2005, 95 min. Director: John Baumgartner It’s an insidious but intriguing question: if a pill could make a gay person straight, would it ever be worth taking? MONDAY, JAN. 30 AT 8PM, BREWVIES

SUMMER STORM GERMANY, 98 MINUTES DIRECTOR: MARCO KREUZPAINTNER

Tobi and Achim have been best friends for years. They have helped their team win several rowing cups and are now looking forward to the important regatta in the countryside. THURSDAY, FEB. 2 AT 8PM, BREWVIES

VANILLA USA, 2005, 47 MINUTES DIRECTOR: JOSEPH GRAHAM

10:00 AM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV

WORDPLAY HELLO, THANKS screens with Wordplay

10:00 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV

1:00 PM / SUNDANCE / SUNDANCE VLG SCREEN

11:00 AM / SLAMDANCE / TMI, LIVING RM

HELLO, THANKS screens with Wordplay PATTERNS — Gallery Shorts 6: Birds

WILD TIGERS I HAVE KNOWN

1:00 PM / SLAMDANCE / TMI, LIVING RM

11:30 AM / SUNDANCE / LIBRARY CTR

11:30 AM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE II

DIRTYGLITTER 1: DAMIEN — Gallery Shorts 1: Skin

WILD TIGERS I HAVE KNOWN

2:30 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE II

11:30 AM / SUNDANCE / PROSPECTOR SQUARE

WORDPLAY

THROUGH THE ICE screens with Open Window

THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED 1:00 PM / SUNDANCE / SUNDANCE Vlg Screen PUCCINI FOR BEGINNERS

11:30 AM / SUNDANCE / PROSPECTOR SQUARE

2:30 PM / SUNDANCE / RACQUET CLUB

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21

1:00 PM / SLAMDANCE / SLC SCREENING — VENUE TBA

3:00 PM / SLAMDANCE / TMI, LIVING RM

GENDER — Gallery Shorts 2: Love 5:30 PM / SUNDANCE / PROSPECTOR SQUARE

BUGCRUSH — Shorts 1 5:30 PM / SUNDANCE / PROSPECTOR SQUARE

A CONVERSATION WITH BASQUIAT — Shorts 1 6:00 PM / SUNDANCE / TOWER THEATRE, SLC

THE HOMECOMING screens with Things COME EARLY MORNING 6:00 PM / SUNDANCE / SUNDANCE VLG SCREEN To Do FRIENDS WITH MONEY 1:00 PM / SLAMDANCE / TMI, LIVING RM 6:00 PM / Sundance / Eccles Theatre NO EXIT — Gallery Shorts 3: Inside ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL 1:30 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV MIND OVER MATTER — Shorts II 1:30 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV

RANGE — Shorts II 1:30 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV

6:00 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC

SONGBIRDS 6:00 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC

SMUDGE screens with Songbirds

BEYOND BEATS AND RHYMES

MIDNIGHT/ SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR, SLC

HOLD UP — Shorts V

MONDAY, JANUARY 30 4:00 PM / SALTFEST / BREWVIES

FRIENDS AND FAMILY 6:00 PM / SALTFEST / BREWVIES

EL FAVOR 8:00 PM / SALTFEST / BREWVIES

HARD PILL

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31 4:00 PM / SALTFEST / BREWVIES

FLUFF / GAYDAR 6:00 PM / SALTFEST / BREWVIES

1:00 PM / SLAMDANCE / TMI, LIVING RM

GAY SEX IN THE ‘70S / FOXHOLE

GENDER — Gallery Shorts 2: Love

8:00 PM / SALTFEST / BREWVIES

3:15 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE III

SMALL TOWN GAY BAR 3:15 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE III

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT DYING screens with Small Town Gay Bar 3:30 PM / SUNDANCE / SUNDANCE VLG SCREEN

SONGBIRDS 3:30 PM / SUNDANCE / SUNDANCE VLG SCREEN

SMUDGE screens with Songbirds

PUMPING VELVET

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 4:00 PM / SALTFEST / BREWVIES

IT’S IN THE WATER 6:00 PM / SALTFEST / BREWVIES

BOYS SHORT FEATURES 8:00 PM / SALTFEST / BREWVIES

STRAIGHT

4:00 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2

FANTOME AFRIQUE screens with Giant Buddhas

4:00 PM / SALTFEST / BREWVIES

6:00 PM / SUNDANCE / TOWER THEATRE, SLC

6:00 PM / SALTFEST / BREWVIES

ALL ABOARD! ROSIE’S FAMILY CRUISE

FAQs

7:00 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV

8:00 PM / SALTFEST / BREWVIES

HOLD UP — Shorts V

SUMMER STORM

9:00 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC

SWIMMING UPSTREAM

BEYOND BEATS AND RHYMES

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3

9:00 PM / SUNDANCE / EGYPTIAN THEATER

5:00 PM / SALTFEST / BREWVIES

THE BLOSSOMING OF MAXIMO RAPE FOR WHOM I AM — Shorts II THE HOMECOMING screens with Things OLIVEROS 3:00 PM / SUNDANCE/ ECCLES THEATRE To Do 11:30 PM / SUNDANCE / PROSPECTOR SQUARE 6:30 PM / SUNDANCE / ROSE WAGNER, SLC KINKY BOOTS FORGIVING THE FRANKLINS THE NIGHT LISTENER 3:00 PM / SLAMDANCE / TMI, LIVING RM 6:30 PM / SUNDANCE / PEERY’S EGYPTIAN, Ogden FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 DIRTYGLITTER 1: DAMIEN — Gallery 8:30 AM / Sundance / Holiday Village II KINKY BOOTS Shorts 1: Skin SONGBIRDS 3:15 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE III 8:30 AM / Sundance / Holiday Village II 6:45 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR V, SLC SONGBIRDS SMUDGE screens with Songbirds WRESTLING WITH ANGELS: 3:15 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE III 11:30 AM / SUNDANCE / RACQUET CLUB PLAYWRIGHT TONY KUSHNER SMUDGE screens with Songbirds COME EARLY MORNING 7:00 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV 4:30 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV 11:30 AM / SUNDANCE / LIBRARY CTR UNFOLDING FLORENCE FORGIVING THE FRANKLINS TRUE NORTH screens in Frontier Shorts 8:30 PM / SUNDANCE / SUNDANCE VLG SCREEN 2:30 PM / SUNDANCE / RACQUET CLUB 4:30 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV FRIENDS WITH MONEY PUCCINI FOR BEGINNERS UTEN TITTEL screens in Frontier Shorts 9:30 PM / SUNDANCE / ROSE WAGNER, SLC 4:00 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV PUCCINI FOR BEGINNERS 5:30 PM / SUNDANCE / LIBRARY CTR WORDPLAY MIDNIGHT/ SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE III MALA NOCHE 4:00 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV FIRST DATE — Shorts VI 6:00 PM / SUNDANCE / ECCLES THEATRE HELLO, THANKS screens with Wordplay THE NIGHT LISTENER

LESBIAN SHORT FEATURES

6:00 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC

10:00 PM / SALTFEST / BREWVIES

A new talent is in the horizon in Joseph Graham and that is evidenced in this at times surreal featurette about a teenager who discovers a body in the woods and its sexual after-effects.

BUGCRUSH — Shorts 1

SATURDAY, FEB. 4 AT MIDNIGHT, BREWVIES

11:30 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE II

6:00 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC

A CONVERSATION WITH BASQUIAT — Shorts 1 6:30 PM / SUNDANCE / ROSE WAGNER, SLC

FRIENDS WITH MONEY

6:00 PM / SLAMDANCE / TMI, THE SITTING ROOM

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24

5:30 PM / SUNDANCE / RACQUET CLUB

11:30 AM / SUNDANCE / LIBRARY CTR

QUINCEAÑERA

ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL 12:00 PM / SUNDANCE / ECCLES THEATRE

QUINCEAÑERA

6:00 PM / SUNDANCE / SUNDANCE VLG SCREEN

THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED 6:15 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE III

NO EXIT — Gallery Shorts 3: Inside

THE BLOSSOMING OF MAXIMO OLIVEROS

3:15 PM / SUNDANCE / ECCLES THEATRE

6:30 PM / SUNDANCE / PEERY’S EGYPTIAN, OGDEN

3:00 PM / SLAMDANCE / TMI, LIVING RM

7:00 PM / SALTFEST / BREWVIES

APRIL’S SHOWER MIDNIGHT/ SALTFEST / BREWVIES

HELLBENT

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 5:00 PM / SALTFEST / BREWVIES

TRENT HARRIS PROGRAM 7:00 PM / SALTFEST / BREWVIES

EIGHTEEN MIDNIGHT/ SALTFEST / BREWVIES

THE DARK SIDE

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 11:00 AM / SALTFEST / BREWVIES

ANGELS IN AMERICA 6:00 PM / SALTFEST / BREWVIES

BEST OF THE FEST 8:00 PM / SALTFEST / BREWVIES

BEST OF THE FEST BEST OF THE FEST

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Randy has a huge crush on hunky co-worker, Jack but he can’t figure out if Jack is gay until he discovers a GAYDAR gun that could change everything.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1 AT 8PM, BREWVIES

9:15 AM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE III

WORDPLAY

COME EARLY MORNING

David Schmader’s hilarious and subversive excursion into the world of conversion therapy, where gays and lesbians are reputedly “cured” of their homosexuality and made “straight.”

BEYOND BEATS AND RHYMES

10:00 AM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV

USA, 103 MINUTES DIRECTOR, SCREENWRITER: DUSTIN ROBERTSON

USA, 100 MINUTES DIRECTOR, SCREENWRITER: DAVID SCHMADER

11:30 PM / SUNDANCE / PROSPECTOR SQUARE

1:00 PM / SUNDANCE/ SUNDANCE VLG SCREEN

1:00 PM / SUNDANCE / SUNDANCE VLG SCREEN

STRAIGHT

THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED

HINEINI: COMING OUT IN A JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL

PUMPING VELVET

TUESDAY, JAN. 31 AT 8PM, BREWVIES

2:30 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE II

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25

5:30 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE II

WRESTLING WITH ANGELS: PLAYWRIGHT TONY KUSHNER

Joseph Lovett’s revealing documentary takes us back to a time of unprecedented sexual freedom, progressive identity politics and wild New York City nightlife in the rapturous years before AIDS took its toll.

9:00 AM / SUNDANCE / EGYPTIAN

TRUE NORTH screens in Frontier Shorts THE BLOSSOMING OF MAXIMO OLIVEROS 9:00 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC UTEN TITTEL screens in Frontier Shorts 9:15 AM / SUNDANCE / ECCLES THEATRE HOLD UP — Shorts V 9:15 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE III 10:00 AM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV WILD TIGERS I HAVE KNOWN SMALL TOWN GAY BAR 9:30 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV 10:00 AM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV SMALL TOWN GAY BAR WHAT I LOVE ABOUT DYING screens 9:30 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV with Small Town Gay Bar WHAT I LOVE ABOUT DYING screens 12:00 PM / SUNDANCE / EGYPTIAN with Small Town Gay Bar WRESTLING WITH ANGELS: 11:30 PM / SUNDANCE / LIBRARY CTR PLAYWRIGHT TONY KUSHNER PUCCINI FOR BEGINNERS

FIRST DATE — Shorts VI

12:45 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR V, SLC

USA, 67 MINUTES DIRECTOR: JOSEPH F. LOVETT

QUINCEAÑERA

DIRTYGLITTER 1: DAMIEN — Gallery Shorts 1: Skin

HELLO, THANKS screens with Wordplay QUINCEAÑERA

GAY SEX IN THE SEVENTIES

9:00 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR IV, SLC

8:30 AM / SUNDANCE / LIBRARY CTR

4:00 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV

A CONVERSATION WITH BASQUIAT — Shorts 1

Small-town boy, rock star, bodybuilder, circuit boy, menace and icon. There is not one way to describe Dustin Robertson. You may not have heard of him, but he is the best-kept secret in the industry.

FIRST DATE — Shorts VI

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28

11:00 AM / SLAMDANCE / TMI, LIVING RM

REGENCY THEATRES

MONDAY, JAN. 30 AT 4PM, BREWVIES

8:30 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE II

PUCCINI FOR BEGINNERS

FRIENDS WITH MONEY

SATURDAY, FEB. 4 AT MIDNIGHT, BREWVIES

BEYOND BEATS AND RHYMES

FANTOME AFRIQUE screens with Giant Buddhas

Inspired by a true story, Loggerheads interweaves three stories—each in a different year on Mother’s Day weekend in North Carolina.

Matthew Coburn is an attractive young man who would like nothing more than to stay young and attractive forever.

4:30 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR VI, SLC

8:30 PM / SUNDANCE / LIBRARY CTR

9:15 AM / SUNDANCE / ECCLES THEATRE

KINKY BOOTS

USA, 16 MINUTES DIRECTOR: JT SEATON

PATTERNS — Gallery Shorts 6: Birds

THE HOMECOMING screens with Things 5:30 PM / SUNDANCE / PROSPECTOR SQUARE To Do WRESTLING WITH ANGELS: 1:00 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV PLAYWRIGHT TONY KUSHNER TRUE NORTH screens in Frontier Shorts 6:00 PM / SUNDANCE / SUNDANCE VLG SCREEN THE NIGHT LISTENER 1:00 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE IV UTEN TITTEL screens in Frontier Shorts 6:00 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE II WORDPLAY 1:00 PM / SLAMDANCE / TMI, LIVING RM 6:00 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE II PATTERNS — Gallery Shorts 6: Birds HELLO, THANKS screens with Wordplay 6:30 PM / SUNDANCE / ROSE WAGNER, SLC 6:00 PM / SUNDANCE / TOWER THEATRE, SLC KINKY BOOTS THROUGH THE ICE screens with Open 6:45 PM / SUNDANCE / BROADWAY CTR V, SLC Window MALA NOCHE 8:30 PM / SUNDANCE / SUNDANCE VLG SCREEN THE NIGHT LISTENER 8:30 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE II 8:30 PM / SUNDANCE / RACQUET CLUB SONGBIRDS PUCCINI FOR BEGINNERS 8:30 PM / SUNDANCE / HOLIDAY VILLAGE II

DIRECTOR: TIM KIRKMAN SCREENWRITER: TIM KIRKMAN

NIGHTSHADOWS

8:30 AM / SUNDANCE / RACQUET CLUB


Now Playing BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN Broadway Center Theatre, Century 16, Tinseltown 17 (Layton), Ritz 15 (West Valley City), Cinemark 16 (Provo), Cinemark 24 (Jordan Landing), Redstone 8 (Park City), Century 16 (Sandy), Westates Theatres (Logan), Westates Theatres (St. George), Edwards Grand Teton Stadium 14 (Pocatello ID) Cowboys Ennis (Heath Ledger) and Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal) fall into a passionate affair on Wyoming’s Brokeback Mountain in 1963, retreating back into straight lives at summer’s end. Finding that wives and children are no substitute for the soul mate they found in one another, they reunite in stolen moments over two decades, intent on recapturing the joy of that magical summer. Director Ang Lee has fashioned from Annie Proulx’s intimate short story a poignant and visually stunning epic romance limning a love that somehow survives despite the rigid social convention and internalized homophobia that threaten to smother it. Ledger and Gyllenhaal share a truly combustible chemistry, but it is Ledger’s heartbreaking performance as taciturn, repressed Ennis that transforms this drama from merely good to something great. Grade: A | Kinsey Scale: 6 (Even before this highly touted film hit theaters, conservative organs such as the Drudge Report have been busy trying to deny the existence of gay cowboys, despite the fact that members of Calgary Gay Rodeo Association served as technical advisers and appear in the film’s rodeo scenes. Lee’s breakthrough film in the United States was the queerthemed The Wedding Banquet, while co-star Michelle Williams made her name on the queer-friendly Dawson’s Creek and appeared in the lesbian comedy But I’m a Cheerleader.)

CASANOVA

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Legendary Venetian lover Giacomo Casanova (Heath Ledger) must marry before a papal inquisition catches up with him and hangs him for fornication. No sooner has he proposed to besotted Victoria (Natalie Dormer) than he falls for sassy feminist Francesca Bruni (Sienna Miller), who is herself engaged to Papprizzio (Oliver Platt), the lard king of Genoa. Lasse Hallstrom’s fluffy romantic

comedy is a hoot, a fractured fairytale that piles on false identities, outright lies, and mistaken assumptions. Ledger is a bit young to be playing such a storied figure, but makes up for what he lacks in gravity with immense charm. The entire cast attacks their roles with palpable enthusiasm as Hallstrom offers a vision of 18th-century Venice as a sun-kissed paradise of romance and subversion. Grade: B | Kinsey Scale: 1 (Ledger’s role as a closeted, taciturn ranch hand in Brokeback Mountain has made him a favorite in the upcoming Oscar race. Co-star Jeremy Irons played a gay impresario in Forever Callas and starred in the gender-bending drama M. Butterfly. Screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher wrote Stage Beauty.)

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 2 When Tom Baker (Steve Martin) decides to take his plus-sized family on vacation, he runs into his old rival Jimmy Murtaugh (Eugene Levy). The Murtaughs have fewer children — a mere eight compared to the Bakers’ dozen — but they’re more dedicated to dominating everything they touch. And so the competition begins, all the way down to the tiniest of the 20 kids. It’s the kind of movie that will engage elementary-school-aged viewers (people fall down a lot and get involved in other physical mishaps) and won’t raise their parents’ boredom threshold too much. With its slight offering of truly funny moments, this is completely unnecessary viewing for anyone without a very short person in tow who needs 100 minutes of safe entertainment. Grade: C+ | Kinsey Scale: 1 (Martin appeared in And the Band Played On , and director Adam

in a movie that is otherwise mired in mediocrity. The book makes an awkward transformation to screen, providing many unintentional laughs along the way. Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, for example, may be charming on the page, but rendered as talking animated animals on film, they are simply ridiculous. Grade: C | Kinsey Scale: 1 (Swinton was a close collaborator of the late queer director Derek Jarman and has appeared in many gay-themed films. Co-star Jim Broadbent appeared in The Crying Game , while animal characters are voiced by out actor Rupert Everett and Kinsey star Liam Neeson.)

THE FAMILY STONE Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker) is going home for the holidays with her fiance, Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney). She’s an uptight city gal with a severe bun and a cell phone that never stops ringing. The Stones, however, are well-to-do bohemian jerks who have forgotten how to be gracious to their houseguests. The movie consists of them exhibiting a bizarre behavioral combo of grooviness and evil, while Meredith comes unglued by it all. No one acts like a recognizable human being, as uncivil Christmas barbs turn to slapstick. Some third-act heart-warmth and tear-tugging cliches are thrown in to salvage the mess, but by then it’s way too late, and the movie has ruined Christmas — not for the characters, though; just for the audience. Grade: C- | Kinsey Scale: 3 (A queer deaf son and his boyfriend are thrown into the mix; their job is to be one-dimensionally gay and adorable. Mulroney appeared in Longtime Companion , while Sarah Jessica Parker starred in the gay-favorite series Sex and the City. Gay director Thomas Bezucha also directed the far better 2001 movie Big Eden.)

Shankman is openly gay.)

FUN WITH DICK AND JANE

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE

In this remake of the 1977 George Segal/Jane Fonda comedy, Dick (Jim Carrey) is a wealthy executive at Globodyne Corporation who loses his job when the CEO (Alec Baldwin) quits, taking 400 million dollars with him and bankrupting the company. Dick and his wife, Jane (Tea Leoni), quickly spend their savings and take up robbery as a way to pay the bills. But anyone who’s expecting piercing socioeconomic critique is advised to look away from the lame pile-up of unfunny gags and unfocused satire. This Bonnie and Clyde are only separated from Dick’s corrupt former boss by the means they use to accomplish the job. Their crimes aren’t about sticking it to The Man, but about making sure they remain pampered, mindlessly consuming suburbanites with a reliable housekeeper. Rooting

Four siblings discover a passage to the magical kingdom of Narnia tucked in the back of a closet. Perpetual winter grips the land ruled by the cruel White Witch (Tilda Swinton), but the children’s visit, coupled with lion king Aslan’s return, holds promise that spring might now arrive. Special effects and hard-charging action scenes trump storytelling in this heavy-handed adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic allegory. Swinton is perfect as the ice-hearted enchantress, a shining jewel

for them is as pointless as Carrey’s irritating face-making and pratfalls. Grade: D | Kinsey Scale: 1 (In one brief scene, Leoni and Carrey cross-dress as Sonny and Cher. In his early career, Carrey played gay characters in sketches on In Living Color , and was in the gay-themed TV movie Doing Time on Maple Drive. Leoni had a small part in the mildly lesbian-flavored A League of Their Own.)

GLORY ROAD Hired to coach the basketball squad at El Paso’s Texas Western, Don Haskins (Josh Lucas) aggressively recruits African-American players. The new policy scandalizes the alumni, but the Cinderella team goes all the way to the 1966 NCAA finals, where Haskins breaks precedent by fielding an all-black team in the championship game. With this fact-based, inspirational drama, first-time director James Gartner and his winning cast capture both the excitement of the game and the gradual bonding of the players into a cohesive unit. It is an admirable effort about a watershed moment in the history of the game, but this latest entry into the increasingly crowded sports genre offers nothing new. Pleasant and occasionally thrilling, it is also completely unexceptional and thoroughly predictable. Grade: B- | Kinsey Scale: 1 (Lucas played a gay character in The Deep End. Co-star Mehcad Brooks is part of the ensemble on the queer-friendly Desperate Housewives , and co-star Jon Voight’s breakthrough role was in the gay-themed drama Midnight Cowboy.)

HOSTEL Paxton (Jay Hernandez) and Josh (Derek Richardson) are two “ugly American” students backpacking through Europe with two goals in mind: getting sex and getting high. While in Amsterdam, they meet a young man who tells them the real action is in an anything-goes youth hostel in Slovakia. But what they find there is a kind of party more gruesome than what they’d bargained for. To tell more about the plot would be to spoil the truly sickening twists that await the viewer of this oddly funny, well-made bit of shock cinema. Just be warned that you might want to come prepared with a cast-iron stomach. It’s a throat-grabbing horror film, one full of brutal torture and gut-wrenching violence. Whether you enjoy this movie depends on your own tolerance for gore. Grade: B | Kinsey Scale: 2 (There are typical hetero frat boy comments about such-and-such thing being “gay,” and there is a gay character who plays a part in the unfolding horror. To say more would constitute a “spoiler.”)

KING KONG Movie director Carl Denham (Jack Black) travels to a remote South Seas island on location to finish the picture he’s making. There he and his crew discover a giant gorilla, in addition to some murderous natives and carnivorous dinosaurs. The big, hairy beast takes a liking to Denham’s lead actress, Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts), and Denham takes a liking to the idea of selling tickets to see the enormous simian he names “Kong,” the consequences only unknown to the youngest viewers of this thoroughly entertaining remake. The three-hour running time may seem off-putting at first, but Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson packs every minute with momentum and, once on the island, fantastic digitally enhanced adventure. The amazing animated creatures will keep you riveted, and the sad-eyed, love-struck Kong will break your heart. Grade: A- | Kinsey Scale: 1 (Naomi Watts starred as a bisexual actress in Mulholland Drive.)

LAST HOLIDAY After being told she only has weeks to live, New Orleans clerk Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah) chucks her job and heads for Europe. At a lavish Czech resort, she charms celebrity

chef Didier (Gerard Depardieu) and Louisiana Senator Dillings (Giancarlo Esposito), but arouses the suspicion of crooked retail magnate Matthew Kragen (Timothy Hutton), who finds her too good to be true. It’s easy to see what Didier, Dillings, and hometown honey Sean (LL Cool J) see in Georgia — as embodied by Latifah, she is disarmingly frank and gloriously sensual. She is adorable in this benign screwball comedy where an attractive cast, a gorgeous alpine setting, and the unintended poignancy of a pre-Katrina Big Easy compensate for a tissue-thin story and jokes that fall flat. Grade: B | Kinsey Scale: 1 (There is one mild lesbian joke. Latifah played a lesbian in Set It Off and earned an Oscar nod for her role in Chicago. Among her co-stars, many have queer credits, including Depardieu, Esposito, Hutton, Michael Nouri, and Alicia Witt.)

MATCH POINT The future looks bright for ex-tennis pro Chris Wilton (Jonathan RhysMeyers) after his wealthy new friend Tom Hewett’s (Matthew Goode) sister Chloe (Emily Mortimer) falls in love with him. Chris is looking forward to sharing her comfortable life, but sexual obsession threatens to unravel his plans after he falls under the spell of Tom’s seductive fiancee Nola (Scarlett Johansson). That quintessential New Yorker Woody Allen relocates to London for this unusual thriller. With little humor and no character on hand to embody Allen’s neurotic persona, it is a Woody Allen film unlike any other. The emphasis is on psychology, and the plot often threatens to unravel. But Chris is a fascinating piece of work, and his actions are consistently enthralling in Allen’s best film in years. Grade: B+ | Kinsey Scale: 1 (Rhys-Meyers’ has appeared in several gay-themed films, and his breakthrough role was as a bisexual rock star in queer director Todd Haynes’ Velvet Goldmine. Co-star Brian Cox had roles in the AIDS drama The Lost Language of Cranes and the queer coming-of-age drama L.I.E..)

MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA In the years before World War II, Sayuri (Ziyi Zhang) is taken from poverty to work as a servant in a geisha house. She grows up there, is taught the life and rules of being a geisha, and eventually becomes the most celebrated and beautiful of them all. She has an intense rivalry with divageisha Hatsumomo (Gong Li), but her real downfall might be the forbidden love she feels for a man known as The Chairman (Ken Watanabe). This very old-fashioned movie aims right for the lush “Oriental” middle, which some audiences might find offensive — the dialogue in particular is stilted and strange, full of Hollywood ideas about how Asians speak broken English. But if looking at pretty people in pretty settings — and there is that in abundance — is all you need to be entertained, then this by-the-numbers melodrama will hit the spot. Grade: B- | Kinsey Scale: 1 (Gay director Rob Marshall also directed Chicago.)

MUNICH In the wake of the slaughter of Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympic games, Mossad agent Avner (Eric Bana) and four other men are recruited to locate and assassinate the men Israel holds responsible for the attack. Except for the drama’s final, misbegotten 15 minutes, director Steven Spielberg eschews his usual sentimentality and heavy-handedness to limn a devastating portrait of good people caught in an impossible situation. To do what their government considers the right thing puts their souls and their sanity at risk, while making them all targets in an ever-escalating, perpetual cycle of violence. There is no black and white in Tony Kushner and Eric Roth’s literate screenplay, only shades of gray awash in blood.

Grade: B+ | Kinsey Scale: 1 (Gay playwright Kushner won the Pulitzer Prize for his epic AIDS drama Angels in America. Co-star Daniel Craig played painter Francis Bacon’s roughtrade lover in Love Is the Devil.)

RUMOR HAS IT Sarah (Jennifer Aniston) can’t resist looking up business mogul Beau (Kevin Costner) when she discovers that both her grandmother (Shirley MacLaine) and her late mother slept with him, liaisons that served as inspiration for The Graduate. She understands the attraction when she meets the still handsome Beau and finds herself smitten, endangering her relationship with fiance Jeff (Mark Ruffalo). Misogyny colors every frame of this repellant romantic comedy, as director Rob Reiner and screenwriter Ted Griffin indulge in character assassination of their own heroine, portraying Sarah as neurotic, flighty, and whiny. There is no heat between Aniston and either man, and precious few laughs overall, save for those provided by old pro MacLaine, whose impeccable timing improves even the most puerile dialogue. Grade: D | Kinsey Scale: 1 (There are a couple of mild gay-themed jokes. Aniston fell for a gay man in The Object of My Affection , Costner played the district attorney out to prove that the president was done in by killer queers in JFK , MacLaine played a teacher rumored to be a lesbian in The Children’s Hour , and Ruffalo appeared in 54. Co-stars Kathy Bates, Richard Jenkins, and Mena Suvari also have queer-themed credits.)

TRISTAN & ISOLDE During the Dark Ages, while warring tribes in Britain threaten to destroy each other, Tristan (James Franco) and Isolde (Sophia Myles) fall in love. The problem? They’re from opposing sides of the conflict. And when Isolde is given in marriage to Lord Marke (Rufus Sewell), a man who also happens to be Tristan’s adoptive father, the young lovers embark on a secret romance that leads to disaster. It’s epic tragedy, but the true tragedy is the film’s inability to be anything less than tedious. The action sequences lack impact, the romance is dour, and the leads don’t ignite the grand passions necessary to carry it off; Tristan is especially inert, stoic, and wooden. To call this misfire an also-ran Romeo and Juliet is to insult Shakespeare. Grade: D | Kinsey Scale: 1 (Franco played bisexual James Dean in a TV movie. Sewell co-starred in the gaythemed film A Man of No Importance , as well as in the John Schlesinger-directed Cold Comfort Farm.)

THE WHITE COUNTESS Widowed White Russian countess Sofia Belinsky (Natasha Richardson) supports her family in 1930s Shanghai by taxi dancing in a sleazy dive. There she meets blind diplomat Todd Jackson (Ralph Fiennes) who needs a hostess for his new nightclub. She agrees to work for him, only to discover that he is even more emotionally damaged than she is. Richardson and Fiennes are gorgeous, but they generate no heat together, and their characters are such dead souls that their growing attachment rings false. This lengthy romantic drama from director James Ivory — his final collaboration with producer and life partner Ismail Merchant — simply never catches fire. It is a visual treat, evoking the glamorous decadence of prewar China, but there is little substance beneath the glossy surface. Grade: C | Kinsey Scale: 1 (Merchant/Ivory often adapted the work of queer writers, such as E.M. Forrester and Virginia Woolf, and among their films are the gay-themed Maurice and The Bostonians. Fiennes played legendary queer adventurer T.E. Lawrence in a TV movie, while Richardson starred on stage in Cabaret. Co-stars Vanessa Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave, Allan Corduner, and Madeleine Potter have all appeared in gay-themed films.)


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1063 E. 2100 S. / 463-9393

Rated “Best Thai” 1992–2005 by local and national press.

Café Med 420 E. 3300 S. / 493-0100 HOURS: SU-TH 11AM-9PM F-SA 11AM-10PM CUISINE: MEDITERRANEAN PRICE: $ CARDS: TC AE D MC V

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Coffee Garden 898 S 900 E / 355-3425 HOURS: SU-TH 6AM-11PM F-SA 6AM-12AM CUISINE: COFFEEHOUSE PRICE: ¢ CARDS: AE D MC V

SLC’s buzzing java shop with a diverse crowd.

5:45-9PM CUISINE: ITALIAN PRICE: $$ CARDS: AE D MC V

Begun by childhood friends Paulo Celeste and Marco Gabrielli of Tuscany.

Nick-N-Willy’s Pizza

Sage’s Cafe

4538 S, HIGHLAND DR./ 273-8282

470 E. 300 S. / 322-3790

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Orbit Cafe 540 W. 200 S. / 322-3808 orbitslc.com HOURS: SU-TH 11AM-10PM F-SA 11AM-3AM CUISINE: AMERICAN ECLECTIC PRICE: $ CARDS: TC AE D MC V

Open late nights on Fridays and Saturdays with DJs and a special menu.

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CODE PINK, a women-initiated peace, social justice movement. codepinkalert.com

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Bookmarks BRANDO UNZIPPED: A REVISIONIST AND VERY PRIVATE LOOK AT AMERICA’S GREATEST ACTOR by Darwin Porter. Blood Moon Productions, 642 pages, $26.95 hardcover.

Yummy. That sums up veteran entertainment reporter and biographer (of Howard Hughes and Humphrey Bogart) Porter’s titillatingly tabloidish account of Marlon Brando’s eccentric, sexcentric years. The author barely pauses to take a deep breath as he dishes — drawing on 50 years of conversations with dozens of Brando’s intimates — about the late, great actor’s personal life. As befits “unzipped,” much of the book focuses on the bisexual Brando’s many sexual partners, from his World War II romance with playwright Clifford Odets, through his affairs with Stewart Granger, James Dean, Montgomery Clift, and Rock Hudson — just a few among the many men he’s said to have bedded, all the while squiring the great actresses of the 1940s and 1950s, and marrying and divorcing a couple of women. There is more to the biography than sex: Porter writes with an insider’s astuteness about the actor’s movie career, critical passages that provide welcome depth. But it’s no exaggeration to report that practically every page discloses a fascinating homosexual tidbit — about Liberace successfully seducing Dean, for example, but failing to seduce Brando. This is an irresistibly flamboyant romp of a read. WALT LOVES THE BEARCAT by Randy Boyd. West Beach Books, 740 pages, $24.95 paper.

by David Leavitt. W.W. Norton, 319 pages, $22.95 hardcover.

The Man Who Knew Too Much is part of a Great Discoveries Series, in which writers of some renown are asked to illuminate scientific triumphs by telling the stories of the men, and women, at their center. So it’s entirely appropriate that great chunks of Leavitt’s brisk if dense biography are given over to the arcane intricacies of mathematical theory; it’s a credit to the clarity of the writing that many of those passages make some sense. But the meat of the book lies in the life story of British mathematician

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Alan Turing, who in the 1930s conceptualized a machine that evolved into the modern computer, before then leading a successful effort to crack the encryption codes of German radio messages in World War II. But after the war ended, he was sentenced to chemical castration for committing lewd acts — after reporting that he had been robbed by a young man who’d spent the night. The notoriety led him to kill himself by eating a poisoned apple, a tragic ending to a brilliant man’s life, rendered sensitively by storyteller Leavitt. HONOR RECLAIMED

graphed copies of their books and launched an intellectual-freedom website (asifnews. blogspot.com). More than enough donations poured in to replace the declined donation, and St. Andrew’s was on schedule to open a middle school addition this month. “Too often the first instinct is to avoid controversy by withdrawing the title,” said Chris Finan

of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. “The idea that this school rejected a demand to pull a book and was willing to lose money over it is truly astonishing and very gratifying.” Richard Labonte has been reading, editing, selling, and writing about queer literature since the mid-’70s.

by Radclyffe. Bold Strokes Books, 286 pages, $15.95 paper.

In the bold alternate universe of prolific novelist Radclyffe, the president of the United States palavers with his beloved openly lesbian daughter before she accompanies him to Ground Zero days after September 11. Most of the Secret Service agents, covert FBI operatives, and undercover CIA sleuths in Honor Reclaimed are strong-willed women sleeping with other women. And in the midst of post-9/11 chaos, the president’s daughter — after surviving an assassination attempt by presumed terrorists and escaping unscathed and uninfected from a follow-up smallpox attack — is making wedding plans with her Secret Service lover. Terrorist attacks aside, it’s definitely not the world as we know it — but the author’s brisk mix of political intrigue, fast-paced action, and frequent interludes of lesbian sex and love sure does make for great escapist reading. This fifth in the “Honor” series draws on plot points and character interactions from earlier books, but it’s a satisfying stand-alone read — a lusty romance adroitly woven into the ominous backdrop of America under attack. FEATURED EXCERPT The problem, in part, was loneliness. Despite his ease with his homosexuality, which did indeed verge on pride, Turing had never had a really fulfilling relationship with another man. Instead, his erotic life so far had consisted of bouts of unrequited longing, usually for heterosexual men who had no interest in him, alternating with occasional “friendships with benefits” with other gay men in whom he had a minimal sexual interest, and with whom he was far from in love. These friendships, by their very nature, were compromises. —from The Man Who Knew Too Much, by David Leavitt

FOOTNOTES An Austin man’s bias against the short story “Brokeback Mountain” — on which the critically acclaimed film is based — looked like it might cost a small private school a $3 million donation to its building fund in the summer of 2005. Cary McNair, son of the oilman owner of the NFL’s Houston Texans, objected to the story’s inclusion in the Grade 12 reading list for a school of 750 students — two of whom were his children — on the grounds that the story of two cowboys in love was “pornographic material concerning deviant behavior.” Rather than pull the Annie Proulx story, however, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School stood firm for inclusiveness and the freedom to read, and returned the $3 million. But when word got out a few months later, school supporters — and more than 80 young adult authors, including gay writers David Levithan (Boy Meets Boy) and Brent Hartinger (The Geography Club) — rallied to the school’s defense. The authors sent auto-

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In one universe, black college cheerleader Marcus grows up to be a writer longing for his true love — and is gay; golden-haired college quarterback Walter’s promising football career is cut short by a painful injury — and he’s a twice-divorced straight man. They don’t meet for 21 years. In another universe, black college cheerleader Bearcat and golden-haired college and NFL quarterback Walt meet as young men and fall in love for life — a madcap whirl, too good to be true but blessedly real. Those parallel stories, told with infectiously and ferociously inventive prose, eventually overlap, intertwine, and finally fuse together quite fantastically in Boyd’s majestically imaginative epic. The novel embraces serious topics: interracial queer relationships, homophobia in the professional sports world, gay bar culture and one-night-stand stereotyping, black life on the down low, and living with AIDS. But Walt and the Bearcat is first and forever a love story, one written with a roller-coaster brio and a magical intensity that demand — and deserve — the reader’s perseverance. THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH: ALAN TURING AND THE INVENTION OF THE COMPUTER

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