A number of Oscar categories are easy to predict this year due to sweeps by certain nominees in precursor awards. (We're looking at you, Ms. Blanchett. For the Georgia Straight's predictions, here's Adrian Mack and Craig Takeuchi talking shop on The Commentary podcast.)
If—or rather when, depending on who you talk to—Matthew McConaughey or Jared Leto win their respective acting categories on Sunday (March 2), the two actors will join a history of Oscar wins by films with LGBT content.
Here's a rundown of notable Oscar nominations and wins that show that LGBT–related content, rather than being a deterrent, can translate into Oscar gold.
Same-sex marriage may be legal in Canada and homosexuality was decriminalized in our country in 1969, but there's still work to be done. Yes, Vancouver is a queer-friendly city, but that doesn't mean discrimination is nonexistent.
Qmunity executive director Dara Parker and Vancouver Pride Society president Tim Richards appeared on Unfiltered with Jill Krop on February 24 to talk about the homophobic attack that took place at MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert's office in the West End on February 21.
The Montreal Alouettes have released veteran receiver Arland Bruce III two weeks after he was fined for making homophobic comments on social media.
The 36-year-old Canadian football wide receiver, using crude language, told NFL prospect Michael Sam, who publicly came out as gay on February 9, to "man up" and "submit to God fully".
Bruce, a three-time CFL all-star and two-time Grey Cup champion, was penalized by the CFL on February 11. He later apologized.
Tired of people playing games with you? Well, here's one group that you won't hear that statement from.
In fact, the Vancouver Gaymers, a social club for queer gamers and their allies, are celebrating their fifth year of playing games with each other.
Their five-year anniversary party, which will take place at La Fontana Caffé (101–3701 Hastings, Burnaby) on February 28 and costs $10 per person, will include a range of games to choose from, including board games, Wii games, handheld games, and tabletop games. There'll also be a buffet dinner, karaoke, and a special presentation by the hosts.
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has proceeded to do what LGBT activists and allies had feared he would do: he signed an antigay bill on February 24 that will allow for life imprisonment of gay people.
The news arrived just after Museveni had announced on February 21 that he would delay signing the bill until scientists could prove whether homosexuality was genetic or a choice, even asking American scientists for advice.
Here's a selection of LGBT news headlines from around the world.
Arizona passes antigay bill Arizona's legislature has passed a bill (a 33 to 27 vote) that will allow business owners to refuse service on the basis of their religious beliefs. The bill now will go to Gov. Jan Brewer for approval.
A new video by expat Iranian pop star Googoosh has stirred up online debate by taking a stance against homophobia.
The 63-year-old chanteuse debuted her video for "Behesht" (which means heaven or paradise) on her Facebook page, which has over 1.5 million followers.
The poignant video, directed by Navid Akhavan, is shot from the camera POV of an offscreen character in a relationship with a woman.
Here's a roundup of LGBT news from around the world.
Uganda set to pass antigay legislation Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni stated on February 14 that he will approve an antigay law, which bans the promotion of homosexuality and enables life sentences for same-sex acts. His announcement was met with criticism from rights activists as well as politicians such as U.S. President Barack Obama.
On Friday, I posted that I couldn’t find the Pride flag that was supposed to be flying at Vancouver City Hall.
Well, I found it yesterday in the pouring rain.
I was still thinking the rainbow flag would be conspicuously flying amongst the gaggle of flags on the southwest corner of city hall where it would have maximum visibility but no, it still wasn’t there.
Sooner or later, it won't be news when a celebrity comes out as gay or lesbian.
But Halifax-born actor Ellen Page's declaration that she's gay has captured headlines across North America.
It came as the LGBT community still continues facing persecution in many parts of the world.
One of those places is Russia, which is hosting the Winter Olympics.
Page, 26, made her announcement at the Time to THRIVE conference in Las Vegas.
She said she was coming out because she wants to "help others have an easier and more hopeful time".
Page also said she's "tired of lying by omission".
She's best known for her role in the 2007 film Juno, which earned her Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.