To be queer on television is typically to be desexualized, to avoid scaring the heterosexual horses. Gay characters may exchange chaste pecks on the cheek or hold hands, and shows may reference their relationships, but that’s about where they stop. Rarely do viewers see flirting or the draw of attraction, let alone the kind of making out and active sex that they might come to expect from heterosexual characters. If television is to be believed, gay people never have sex, and indeed rarely touch each other at all; though they may climb into bed together sometimes, that’s purely because of practicality, not because they’re sexually attracted to each other and would like to act on that attraction.

Turning to television to reflect images of themselves, heterosexuals have lots of examples, but queer viewers have vanishingly few. For them, television provides glimpses and hints of what happens behind closed doors, but the primary presentation of queerness is of a tight, contained package that includes a limited number of roles and stereotypes, all carefully calculated to cause the least offense. A no-holds-barred take on gay sexuality is, apparently, too much for most producers, but Rhimes doesn’t have that inhibition, any more than her gay characters do.

What’s bothering people about the sex scenes on How to Get Away with Murder isn’t so much that gay characters are present, or even the superficial knowledge that gay people have sex: It’s the front and center positioning of that sex as something that’s actually happening. The complaints echo the admonitions to not “act gay” in public, whatever that means, and the perils that await queer people in the real world if they openly express their sexuality, even in the most minor of ways.

—  Why We Need More Gay Sex on Television | S.E. Smith for the Daily Dot
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Disney has released an extended featurette for “Into the Woods” that not only offers a new look at the iconic characters, but a sneak preview of the iconic music. (x)

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Copenhagen has been named as the most gay-friendly travel destination by Lonely Planet since becoming the first country in the world to recognise same-sex partnership back in 1989 and the eleventh country to say yes to marriage equality in 2012.

Here are the other top 10

2. New Zealand,

3. Toronto, Canada,

4. Palm Springs, US,

5. Sitges, Spain,

6. Berlin, Germany,

7. Skiathos and Mykonos, Greece,

8. New York City, US,

9. Reykjavik, Iceland,

10. Montevideo, Uruguay.

(Source: The Independent, Photo: Copenhagen Pride 2014 by Thomas Felumb.) 

English Woman Photographs a Ghost Peeking Out Her Window?

Last month, 30 year-old mother-of-one Michelle Midwinter claims she took this picture a week after moving to North Bradley, Wiltshire, England. The photo shows a male spirit peeking out the front window of her home. Michelle, who’s nicknamed the ghost ‘Old Man Kent’, believes it’s the spirit of Samuel Kent, a man who was suspected of murdering his 3 year-old son in the nearby village of Rode in 1860. However, Samuel’s daughter, Constance, later confessed to murdering her half-brother, although she never stated what her motive was. Despite her confession, some believed that Constance was innocent, and that Samuel was the real culprit.

Michelle says that when she posted the picture to Facebook, it garnered quite a lot of attention. She said that most people thought the ghost was a reflection of the flowers below the window, but she says the angles are all wrong. Michelle says she’s witnessed some strange activity inside her home. She says the day she took this picture, a clock randomly fell off of the wall. In another incident, a friend of her’s claims she saw a door handle move down and the door then opened.

I was just so surprised because I thought someone was in the house." Michelle said. "We also checked the attic to make sure no one was living up there. I can’t really say was I think the face in the window is, as I honestly don’t know. I would like to say an odd reflection but it doesn’t make sense, I’m a very logical person but I cannot come up with a logical explanation for this photo, it’s just spooky.

Local historian, 50 year-old Andrew Jones, thinks the photo of the ghostly face does bear a striking resemblance to Samuel Kent. “There are a number of reported ghost sightings in Trowbridge but I have not come across any in North Bradley. I know Samuel lived and worked as a factory inspector in the area, so there’s every chance it could be him.”

While the face does look ghostly, it’s hard to tell for sure what exactly it is. Even though Michelle says she didn’t doctor the image, there’s still something a bit off about the photo. Even though I’m still skeptical of the image’s authenticity, I do think there’s still a chance that this could be a real spirit. What do you think? Does this image show the spirit of a former murder suspect living inside this woman’s home? Is it just a reflection? Could this be a hoax? I’m interested to hear your thoughts on this picture.

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A Vine lesson from Shawn Mendes

Asa Butterfield offers insight to aspiring student actors

District got the chance to sit down with actor Asa Butterfield while he was in town for the Savannah Film Festival, where he will receive a Rising Star Award tonight. The 17-year-old actor has achieved international fame since he began film acting in 2006, starring in “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas,” “Hugo” and, most recently, “Ender’s Game.” His newest film, “X+Y,” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival Sept. 5, and his next, “Ten Thousand Saints,” will be released in 2015.

 Do you have any tips for young actors who are trying to juggle going to school and having an acting career at the same time?

It’s difficult. It’s no easy feat. I’ve had to do it ever since I’ve been an actor and I’m still doing it. I’m in my last year at school and it’s hard work, trying to get the best out of both worlds. You’ve got to put all of your focus when you’re on set into the character, trying to get the most out of it, and then when they say ‘cut’ you’ve got to go and do math or whatever it is that you’re doing.

For me, my schoolwork has taken a priority. It’s definitely something me and my family have talked about and we’ve always wanted to make sure I get through my education and get the grades before I can let go of that and really focus on my acting work.

Because you can’t be an amazing actor without having a sort of understanding of the world. Everything you learn you can take into your craft as an actor. So I advise them to stay in school. Don’t drop out. I wouldn’t advise getting homeschooled, either. Obviously it’s down to personal preference, but I find learning with peers and with other students a lot more beneficial because you can learn from not just your teachers, but other people. The experiences you learn in school and in college are invaluable. They stick with you for the rest of your life.

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Photos of the day - October 25, 2014

A cat is placed in the transport bag during the World Cat Show 2014 in Prague, The Rolling Stones perform live at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia and zombies at the Excel Centre in East London are some of the photos of the day. (AP/Getty/Reuters)

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Shawn Mendes interview: Singer on his dream girl and working with The Vamps

Reminder: Kamen Rider on break next week!

Due to the airing of the 46th annual All Japan Universities Ekiden race, there will be no Kamen Rider on November 2nd. Kamen Rider Drive’s fifth episode is scheduled to air the following week on November 9th.

However, Movie War Full Throttle’s website is scheduled to update on November 1st. This will most likely be the same news that was revealed the other day but new info may pop up.

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