FRESNO REEL PRIDE KICKS-OFF WEDNESDAY WITH "HELICOPTER MOM"
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Oh, how far we’ve come from the dark days of rampant homophobia. But teenager Lloyd Cooper (Jason Dolley) may think society—or at least his mother—has progressed a bit too far on this topic. Lloyd’s mom Maggie (a hilarious Nia Vardalos) says she would not only accept a gay son, she actively encourages it, as it would be “really cool” to have one. In fact, Maggie becomes so convinced that Lloyd himself is gay that she “outs” him to his entire high school. Like any good “helicopter mom,” who hovers over every aspect of her children’s lives, Maggie takes control of Lloyd’s social life, setting Lloyd up on dates with boys whom she has approved and filing for a gay student college scholarship. There’s just one wrench in her grand plans: Lloyd doesn’t even know whether he’s gay or not. But the mother is willing to accept her son for who he is—or at least who she thinks he is.
This week we mark the one year anniversary of our Supreme Court victory in Hollingsworth v. Perry that returned marriage equality to the nation's most populous state, California.
Join us tonight to relive history by watching The Case Against 8 on HBO. The moving film premiers tonight at 9pm in all time zones and is also available on HBO On Demand and HBOGO.
This documentary, created and directed by Ryan White and Ben Cotner, is a unique behind-the-scenes look at AFER's fight to restore marriage equality in California. Produced independently from the Foundation, the film team was given exclusive access into our meeting rooms and the lives of our four courageous plaintiffs.
Awarded the Directing Award for a U.S. Documentary at Sundance Film Festival, the film offers unprecedented insight into the courtroom battle and the emotional journey we had taking the case to the Supreme Court.
The San Francisco Chronicle calls it "a riveting film," and The Village Voice reviewed it as "highly entertaining and beautifully human."
The film, which tells the story of the four plaintiffs and their families throughout their personal fight for equality, has also won the Audience award at SXSW and the award for Best Documentary at Vail Film Festival. Make sure to catch this powerful film as we get ready to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Perry decision on Thursday. May it remind us of how tough battles are won and of the tremendous amount of work we have ahead of us. Sincerely, Adam Umhoefer Executive Director American Foundation for Equal Rights
Bring the kids for a super fun event! We are very excited to announce Oklin Bloodworth will be singing and performing! It will be a great time to hear this talented children's musician live and with a small audience.
Kids Day at the U-Farm is a day for kids (and adults) to play on the farm and enjoy the tree house, rope swing, face paintings, sing-a-longs, bounce houses and other farm games. Bring a picnic or eat with us. Food will be available for purchase.
$10 per kid. Order tickets online in advance for $8 per kid. Adults get in FREE! As always, fun is included.
Sunday night (9pm), HBO presents a new TV version of "The Normal Heart," Larry Kramer's 1985 play about the early years of the AIDS crisis. Kramer himself wrote the screenplay adaptation, which stars Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts. Almost 30 years later, the drama is both presented and viewed differently. If you miss it, you can catch it in reruns and on HBO Go. Those with VOD/HBO Go can also catch special extras, as well.
Editor’s note: My brother, Whit Honea, just had his first book published – a book on how to deal with parenting that is written for all kinds of families. Although Whit is straight, he is one of the most open guys I know, and he wrote his book with parents of all stripes in mind. Plus, bias aside, he’s a helluva writer. Check it out if you are a parent of young kids, or if you know one. Whit, we’re really proud of you. –Scott & Mark
What do you say when your child gets caught in a fib? Or asks you about the birds and the bees? With The Parents’ Phrase Book, you no longer have to worry about coming up with the right response on the spot.
Written by Whit Honea, a parenting expert1 whose advice has appeared on BabyCenter, Babble, and the Huffington Post, among others, this valuable guide provides you with the key language and tactics you will need to deal with a variety of parenting situations.
Inside, Honea explains why his approach quickly resolves issues and why so many of the parenting phrases you hear on the playground may actually encourage children to misbehave. From tackling sibling rivalry to handling bullies at school, The Parents’ Phrase Book will help you connect with your child and address even the toughest parenting dilemmas with love, humor, and empathy.
Whit Honea was born in Tucson, Arizona and received his degree in creative writing at the University of Arizona. He spent a number of years in and around Seattle before moving to the Los Angeles area with his wife and two sons. His fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and his take on parenting has appeared on popular sites like Babble, BabyCenter, GeekDad, DadCentric, and The Huffington Post. He is the editor of the Dads & Families section on The Good Men Project and looks rather handsome in a hat.
1 The term “expert” was insisted upon by the publisher in hopes of selling more books. Whit will deny the label with his dying breath. He prefers “antiexpert,” because it sounds so much cooler, even if he made it up.
HBO will premiere its much-anticipated gay-themed series Looking on January 19 at 10:30 PM.
On Sunday, the network released a teaser clip from the upcoming series.
In Looking, a trio of friends – Murray Bartlett (Guiding Light), Jonathan Groff (Glee, Boss) and newcomer Frankie J. Alvarez (Smash) – grapple with gay life in San Francisco, America's most gay-friendly city.
Former Grey’s Anatomy actor T.R. Knight married his boyfriend Patrick on Friday, US Weekly reports: “It [was] very small and quiet,” an insider reveals to Us. One of the more famous faces to attend? Knight’s former ABC costar and close friend Katherine Heigl flew in for the ceremony, the source says. No other details on the fete were immediately available.
Over in Massachusetts, an openly gay Carl Sciortino married his partner Saturday.
A gay Massachusetts politician vying to win an upcoming special congressional election married his partner of more than five years on Saturday in a ceremony he says reflects the progress of the LGBT rights movement. State Rep. Carl Sciortino, who’s seeking to represent Massachusetts’ 5th congressional district in the U.S. House, wed his partner of more than five years, Pem Brown, a consultant for non-profit communications, in Boston at the Old South Meeting House.
At Disneyland, Dot Jones, who plays Coach Shannon Biest on Glee, proposed to her partner.
Dot-Marie Jones, who plays Coach Shannon Beiste on Fox’s “Glee,” proposed to her longtime girlfriend Bridgett Casteen at Disneyland’s Anaheim Gay Days on Friday, October 5, 2013. This is Jones’s first marriage, and her fiancée’s second walk down the aisle. The proposal took place, Disney fairytale-style, in front of the Sleeping Beauty castle. “It’s the happiest day of my life,” the 49-year old Emmy nominee told The Advocate. “I never thought I’d find someone that is so loving and kind.”