Controversial new movie "Circumstance" explores the lives of lesbians forced to live in the shadows. Omid Memarian talks to women in Iran who say the movie doesn’t do their predicament justice.
To be honest, in the beginning, I wasn't sure about writing this piece. I usually don't mind giving my opinions on a range of topics, especially involving Christianity. However, this issue is far more complicated than anything I've ever been able to verbalize. But I decided to do it, to write about homosexuality just after New York's historic vote to legalize gay marriage, because I think the Christian view on the subject is widely misunderstood.
Jennifer Wright Knust, Baptist pastor and professor of Religion at Boston University, makes a number of shocking and unorthodox claims in her new book. She writes: “Looking to the Bible for straightforward answers about anything, including sex, can only be a disappointment. When read as a whole, the Bible provides neither clear nor consistent advice about sex . . . If one biblical writer condemns those who engage in sex before marriage, others present premarital sex as central to God’s plan. Just about every biblical commandment is broken, and not only by biblical villains . . . It is therefore a mistake to pretend that the Bible can define our ethics for us in any kind of straightforward way.” Ouch. As someone who strongly believes that the Bible is God’s word to his people, Knust’s assertions really stung.
Shocker: unlike what popular culture might suggest, college campuses aren't actually a hotbed of lesbian experimentation. In fact, the National Survey on Family Growth reveals that women who didn't finish high school were more likely to have engaged in same-sex activity than women who graduated with a bachelor's degree.
In what's being lauded as a victory for the LGBT community, Facebook has added civil unions and domestic partnerships as relationship statuses for users in the United States, Canada the United Kingdom, France and Australia. The feature, which went into effect last Thursday, allows you to choose either of those options (or "in a Civil Partnership," for those in the UK), in the drop-down menu of familiar statuses like "Married," "in a Relationship," and "it's Complicated."
We were appalled to read that researchers are blaming Facebook, of all things, for increased syphilis outbreaks in the U.K. Last year, Durham, Sunderland, and Teesside, the regions where Facebook is most popular, reported four times more than the usual number of syphilis cases. In an interview with The Telegraph, Professor Peter Kelly, director of public health in Teesside, speculated that social networking websites have made it easier for people to meet strangers for casual sex.
Since Jeremy Renner doesn't seem to be dating anyone publicly, the Enquirer has decided to go the old, tried-and-true "maybe he's gay" route. Jeremy should probably feel honored, because the tabloids don't toss around gay rumors about just anyone—only attractive, single, successful men. So, how did Jeremy set off the Enquirer's gaydar? He likes to sing and dance.
None of this should come as a shock to any Ewan McGregor fans who have seen Velvet Goldmine and/or any of the movies in which he's flashed his William Wallace (like, 80% of his movies), but the sexy Scot recently sat down with Out magazine to discuss, among other things, the joy of kissing boys and being naked on-screen. One of those key "other things" is Ewan's new movie, I Love You Philip Morris, a "very gay" film in which he plays the lover of a con-man, played by none other than Jim Carrey.
In case you haven't been keeping up with gay marriage news on an international front: it's two steps forward, one step back. For every city and country legalizing same-sex marriage, another knocks gay rights back decades, if not centuries (hello, prison sentences).
During a recent appearance on The Late Show, Robert Downey Jr. joked with David Letterman about the possibility that Sherlock Holmes—the famous sleuth he portrays in Guy Ritchie's latest film—might have been gay. When Letterman asked Robert if he thought Holmes and Watson (Jude Law) were partners in more ways than one, the quirky actor answered, "Why don't we observe the clip and let the audience decide if he just happens to be a very butch homosexual?" According to PopEater, the studio isn't too happy about Robert's innuendos and are worried that he's misrepresenting the film. An insider explained,
There's been a recent flurry of female celebrities (and real-life women) coming out as gay later in life. Whether lifelong lesbians we never knew about or women who just happened find love with another woman, these ladies are writing their own happy endings to the stories of their lives.
Some lesbians don't want to date anyone who has been near a penis. Ever. Girls who have always been gay and nothing else carry it like a badge of honor. And, frankly, I'm jealous of them. I wish it was that easy for me to figure it out. But it wasn't.