the sun herald

Where do you start? / Which part of you do you preserve / first? Imagine your shoes are filled / with tomorrow, but you’re trying to wade through / yesterday. Imagine yesterday / is made of sand / and tomorrow is made / of flood. / Imagine there is no sun, / just the promise of one. Every day / you get up thinking, “But this / is where they said it would / be, where the sun would herald / a right to live among the living / again. This is where I find / morning, renewal, tomorrow / that isn’t made of night.” / If everything is made / of night then how do we ever / get to call it a new day?
—  Tara Hardy, from My, My, My, My, My; “Fatigue”

Here at the top 10 reasons I’m voting ‘no’ to changing the law to allow same-sex marriage in Australia.

1. Because the YES campaign secretly loaded a U2 album onto my iPhone and now I’m with Team Bigot.

2. Because a red-headed Tasmanian tried to headbutt Tony Abbott and he missed and if I can’t have the only thing that could make me truly happy neither can you, gay people.

3. Because won’t somebody think of the children who’ll be stuck with two dads and they’ll have to stop in at the bakery every day for emergency cheddermite scrolls for school lunch and probably breakfast too because everyone knows dads are hopeless, so vote no for the kids.dunked into a river or set on fire by priests.

4. Because this country can’t afford to let gay weddings delay a moment longer the vital infrastructure projects this country needs that will be delayed when queeros start marrying their favourite bridges and other transport nodes.

5. Because if religions have their religious freedoms taken away from them we might one day live in a country where witches cannot be dunked into a river or set on fire by priests.

6. Because if gay people get married there will be no freedom of speech anymore because Tony Abbott and Lyle Shelton and Pauline Hanson and Mark Latham and Fred Nile and Miranda Devine and Andrew Bolt and Bernard Gaynor and Ray Hadley and Janet Albrechtsen and Chris Kenny and the entire line-up from Sky News After Dark will be so terrified that they will never stand up in Parliament or go on the telly or the radio, or write columns for The Australian or the Daily Telegraph or the Herald Sun ever again.

7. Because that guy from the Cronulla riots held a “Straight Lives Matter” rally on the weekend and only got a dozen single men in identical T-shirts to meet him in a park because everyone knows that with gay marriage all the parks will be full of the gays marrying each other and having even a dozen men without girlfriends in the same adorable T-shirt gathered in one place could only be a provocation to those insatiable gays, oh god I hope Cronulla riot guy is alright!

8. Because marriage is a sacred institution that has always had a special place in our society, a place we call prime time, which we traditionally reserve for the quiet contemplation of the spiritual bond between a man and a woman on The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, The Farmer Wants A Wife, Married at First Sight, Bridezillas, Whose Wedding is it Anyway, My Redneck Wedding and Divorce Court.

9. Because it says so in the Bible, somewhere, in the Old Testament I think, and if we ignore that we would also have to ignore the bit that tells us it’s OK for a dude to sell his daughter into slavery, and totally legit to stone adulterous women and disobedient children to death and then we’d be on a slippery slope to hell in a handbasket, wouldn’t we.

10. Because have you ever seen a gay man eat a pie? No you haven’t and when the gay marriage law enslaves the bakers of this country and forces them to make homosexual wedding cakes and nothing else there will be no more pies so I will vote NO.


Around 20,000 people turned out on the streets of Melbourne to protest for marriage equality and encourage people to vote yes in the up-coming poll. We were very happy to be able to be there for this piece of queer history in the making!

(Photos aren’t ours. They come from the Herald Sun; The Age; CNN; Reuters; and SBS)


Gillovny: Hands

Anderson says: “We’d seen each other in between and we did a week of rehearsals in LA before David started, so we got an opportunity to gauge where we were at.

"Fortunately, that dynamic was still alive, so that when we started shooting again, it showed up when we showed up.”

Duchovny laughs and says: “We couldn’t keep our hands off each other.” -Herald Sun, May 2008


THE SOUR GRAPES OF WRATH: Almost one week on, and the angry “students voted the wrong way, the feckless bastards!” letters keep coming…

(the letter from the Plymouth Herald was sent in by Stefanie Marsh over on Twitter - thank you!)

phibixm  asked:

I have a question! More of a ponderance, but: I'm wondering how well-received and/or in which circles it would be well-received if dancers did romantic same-sex duets. Does that happen? Are there any famous ones I could watch on youtube? Women or men

Hi there!

I have known and worked with many LGBT dancers, but as far as I know, ballets featuring same sex relationships are a minority, even though they are usually positively received: from my experience, dancers are starving for novelty and challenges and they appreciate a break from the traditional modes of ballet, so even a break from the heteronormative. Same sex pas de deux have always been common, but they seldom implied anything romantic or sexual, contrary to male-female pas de deux. While ballet has remained attached to heteronormativity, contemporary and modern dance has been more progressive.

If I am not mistaken, there should be a pas de deux in Mark Morris’ Dido and Aeneas in which two male dancers are romantically involved with each other. The whole ballet is actually a statement about gender roles, for example Morris (a man) danced both in the role of Dido and a Sorceress and played along with gender in many other works of him, he is also quite the character. 

Dido and Aeneas is actually a very interesting piece of contemporary dance, almost a danced opera, and it’s incredibly remarkable if you think that it was created in 1989

I’ve found a good article about it, you can read it here while here’s an interview with Morris. Here you can also take a look at Mark Morri’s Dance Group’s official page on Dido and Aeneas while here are some other interviews with the dancers.

Sadly I couldn’t find the whole ballet online but there are a few extracts on youtube if you search for them, like this one (which I think could be from the original 1989 representation, but don’t quote me on that).

The male duet in Lubovitch’s Concerto 622 (1986) is also often quoted when talking about gay representation in dance. Susan Broili from The Herald Sun wrote about it that:

“the duet conveys a caring, loving relationship between two men and communicates a deep sadness as they face the loss of that relationship… Lubovitch created the dance during the height of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s in New York as his response to the courage and love that people showed as they dealt with the disease… But the duet transcends time and place because it captures a commitment between two people that runs deep and does not falter in the face of devastating circumstances.” 

You can read more about it here and click here to watch the complete duet.

There are other same sex relationships in Proust ou Les Intermittences du Coeur by Roland Petit (2007). In a scene called Le combat des anges”, the devil seduces an angel and they become lovers, while a big chunk of the ballet follows the love story of Monsieur de Charlus and his beloved Morel, a young violinist who keeps betraying him.

More recently, gay choreographer Joshua Beamish has featured and explored same sex relationships in his ballet burrow which is a partially autobiographic love story between two men. You can read more about the project here but sadly I couldn’t find any video of it, just a few photos like the one below.

I’m sure there are other examples, most of Morris’ works actually involve same sex duets and so do a few of Balanchine’s ballets. As you can see, though, these are all relationships involving men. 

The only thing resembling a relationship between women that I could find is that in Les Biches (a ballet from 1923) but I’m not sure if you could refer to it as a real relationship: the ballet is about erotic pleasure and the two women also have liaisons with the other men in it and are never displayed as if they were in an actual relationship with each other: they are just playing around. The truth is that pas de deux between women are rarer and also that modern choreographers tend to focus more on men than women, maybe because women have been the stars of classical ballet for a long time and now choreographers want to explore the possibilities of male dance too. 

I hope this post has been somehow helpful anyway, please let me know if you need anything more specific.

Script Ballerina


Times David Mentioned Gillian For No Reason/”Gillian and I”/”We”

“We were running around doing crazy stuff and it didn’t really feel like The X-Files to me so much, but then when I started to work with Gillian it sunk in,” Duchovny says.

Anderson says: “We’d seen each other in between and we did a week of rehearsals in LA before David started, so we got an opportunity to gauge where we were at. Fortunately, that dynamic was still alive, so that when we started shooting again, it showed up when we showed up.”

Duchovny laughs and says: “We couldn’t keep our hands off each other.”

on set of IWTB, Herald Sun (Australia), May 2008

Usually in the first couple of hours, you get into the (recording) session and things start going very good, sort of good, or very bad. You can get a good temperature on what the session is gonna be like.
But in this session (with Damon), I didn’t really get comfortable enough to have to get comfortable. That’s the best way to put it. I caught his cues, he caught mine. We never missed each other in conversation, not one single word.
I feel indebted and blessed to have had the experience of proving myself wrong about whether or not there are people out there who care about the particulars. I’d become a little cynical about whether producers really cared about the material to its finite degree. But Damon proved that, yes, that is the case. It was a great experience.
—  Peven Everett on working with Damon Albarn on Strobelite (Herald Sun, 29/08/2017)