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Julia Roberts & Danny Moder Honored by GLSEN With Humanitarian Award (Videos)


Pretty Woman Julia Roberts returned Friday night to the launch-pad of her stardom,  the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where she accepted the GLSEN Humanitarian Award from director/producer Ryan Murphy, who noted that the Cinderella-story was filmed there 25 years ago.

"25 years is a long time, Ryan. Thanks for pointing that out," Roberts joked, accepting the honor without her “hot” husband Danny Moder, who, she said, was going to do the talking but went to Texas to work instead.


Kuehl and Shriver Cite HIV/AIDS in Debate Over County's Response to Ebola

Normally, the hostility is so thick between two political candidates, you can feel it through the screen during a televised debate. Not so with Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver, vying to become the next Los Angeles County Supervisor from the Third District on Nov. 4. Their attacks are more blunt jabs. They so politely state their differences, they sometimes laugh afterwards. It looks like they are leaving any overt negative campaigning to independent expenditures, political campaigns set up to help the candidates—but which, by law, must have no connection to the candidate’s campaign.

Kuehl and Shriver have debated so often, they can anticipate each other’s answers. But the debate at the Edmund “Pat” Brown Institute Friday night was slightly different. When asked a question about the Los Angeles County’s response to the Ebola crisis, Shriver referred to his longtime work fighting AIDS in Africa through his philanthropic ONE &(Red) organization, which he co-founded with U2’s Bono. In her one minute rebuttal, Kuehl said it was her community—the LGBT community—that had been the most deeply impacted and while Shriver did good work for AIDS in Africa, she was working to combat HIV/AIDS here.


Marlene Dietrich: How the Golden Age's Bisexual German Beauty Became a Gay Icon

LACMA is currently hosting a fabulous new exhibit on Hollywood costume design called Hollywood Costume, running until March 2, 2015, at the Wilshire May Company building. Concurrently the LACMA Tuesday senior matinee has scheduled its monthly films built around a famed designer. October is devoted to Paramount's Travis Banton, who with Adrian (MGM), Orry-Kelly (Warner Brothers) and Edith Head (Paramount) helped create the gorgeous movie costumes of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Banton created the great Marlene Dietrich gowns that she wore through her '30s Paramount career. Dietrich's first American film, Morocco, screened this week, and it was a revelation—not so much for the Dietrich costumes but for how the actress was first presented to American films audiences in 1930.

Bobby Shriver Runs for Supervisor as an Agent of Change

(Editor’s note: This story is now in Frontiers magazine. This week, I will post the video of this interview with the transcript so LGBT voters can have more of a direct experience of Bobby Shriver. – Karen Ocamb)

Bobby Shriver can’t seem to stand still. He darts around his cavernous Santa Monica campaign headquarters, pausing long enough to relay a story, come up with an idea or ask a question. It is that human-sparkler energy and relentlessly positive enthusiasm that Shriver says he’ll bring to the job of Los Angeles County Supervisor if he’s elected over formidable former state legislator Sheila Kuehl.


Sheila Kuehl Wants to be L.A. County’s First Gay Supervisor

(Editor’s note: This story is now in Frontiers magazine. Because Sheila was unable to do a video interview at the time, we did a 2nd interview, the tape and transcript of which will be posted this week. – Karen Ocamb)   

“The personal is political”—a famous women’s liberation rallying cry—has become a well-worn axiom of political campaigns. But for Sheila Kuehl, who is vying with Bobby Shriver to replace retiring Los Angeles County 3rd District Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky in the Nov. 4 election, the axiom is profoundly true.  

L.A. County Supervisors Debate TONIGHT Streaming Live at 6:00pm


The Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute for Public Affairs is hosting a debate between Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver, candidates for the Third Supervisorial District. The two are vying to replace retiring Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. The debate will be streamed live online at TONIGHT from 6:00pm to 7:00pm and will be broadcast at noon on Sunday, October 19th for TV viewers.


Ebola is the Gay’s Fault, Says Pastor


You’ve been waiting for this, haven’t you? After all, some of the mealy-mouthed the Religious Right say gays are responsible for the crisis in the Ukraine, for Hurricane Sandy,  for the shootings at UC Santa Barbara—and even for the Nazi Party (!). So it really shouldn’t be that surprising that some religious right winger devised a conspiracy theory to blame the gays for the Ebola crisis.


Coming to Theatres: Meet the Full Cast of 'Batman vs. Superman,' Plus the Other Films on DC's Slate

DC Comics continues its efforts to catch up to Marvel’s movie success by announcing a planned solo Wonder Woman film for 2017. It will star Gal Gadot, who will create the role in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Their efforts will continue with solo films for other characters from Dawn of Justice, including an Aquaman film starring Game of Thrones vet Jason Momoa for 2018, out actor Ezra Miller as The Flash in 2018 and a separate project featuring the virtually unknown Ray Fisher as Cyborg in 2020.


Latino Equality Alliance Celebrates #Spirit Day at Roosevelt High School

Latino Equality Alliance’s LGBTQA Youth Council celebrated #Spirit Day by launching an anti-bullying campaign at Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School in East Los Angeles on Thursday. Administrators, teachers, students, and parents wearing purple pledged to end all forms of bullying at their Boyle Heights high school, as well as at home and in the community.

Principal Bruce Bivins (pictured above in center with dark glasses) expressed support for the goal of cultural change and helping students become more aware of LGBTQ issues and acceptance.


Jeremy Kost's 'Fractured' Preview: 11 Polaroids of Golden-Hued Male Beauty

For nearly a decade, photographer Jeremy Kost has experimented with multiple-exposure Polaroids—a camera malfunction that became a fortuitous mistake—and his new book, Fractured, is his latest series, depicting stereotypically beautiful men in gorgeous, golden-hued settings.