Entries from progress

  • February 2023








    Image:  Wikipedia

    Mainstreaming, Indian-Style

    A story on the CNN website notes that in the last few years "a number of Bollywood rom-coms geared toward mass audiences have put LGBTQ relationships front and center."

    In these films, gay or transgender characters run up against family members who disapprove of their relationships. "True to the Bollywood formula, the films include song and dance numbers and culminate in happy endings."

    Folding queer people into the formula? Happy endings? Somewhere over the rainbow is now Mumbai.

  • August 2021
  • Photo:  Facebook

    Part of the Olympic Tapestry

    We've entered a new era.  The NBC announcers for the Olympic women's basketball competition spoke freely about Diana Taurasi's wife and son, and how nervous Breanna Stewart was proposing to her girlfriend.  During the men's diving, the announcers highlighted Tom Daley's husband and son, and the fact that Jordan Windle was raised by a single gay man.

    Human-interest stories have always been a facet of Olympic coverage. I was pleased to see that this included the reality of gay lives, and I award NBC a bronze medal for its efforts.

    I award NBC a gold medal for choosing skater Johnny Weir to co-host the closing ceremonies. I assume the network picked Weir to appeal to a younger audience, but it was a risky choice, what with his singular designer outfit, mile-high pompadour and mammoth Olympic-rings hair clip. Weir is undeniably more of a flamer than the Olympic cauldron.

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