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First full trailer for HBO’s The Normal Heart

“To win a war you have to start one” is the tagline in the first full trailer for HBO’s The Normal Heart based on Larry Kramer’s iconic play.The film was directed by Ryan Murphy, and chronicles the early rise of the AIDS epidemic with stars Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Julia Roberts, Taylor Kitsch, and Jim Parsons.The Normal Heart premieres May 25.

Gay cosplay

When I was at Snakes & Lattes with my boyfriend and my fellow History Boy just recently, I was wearing a t-shirt with a big Welcome To Night Vale podcast logo. A young woman stopped at our table when she caught sight of it, and we took a moment to expound on how much we love the nerdy sci-fi-horror podcast. M’colleague, Jeremy Willard, made a sardonic though pleasing comment about how I was “King of the Nerds.”Another guy fist bumped me later that evening after recognizing the t-shirt. A couple of weeks before, wearing a different WTNV shirt (yes, I have a couple) and my big, dorky glasses, a student on campus at Ryerson told me I ressembled what she imagined the main character of WTNV to look like.I consider myself a nerdy t-shirt aficionado, and it’s always a thrill to have them recognized. I would even go so far as to say it’s the same feeling when a stranger you’re meeting for the first time drops in hints about their queer or trans identity.I may not have the time or patience of cosplayers, but especially after watching this funny and strange little PBS documentary, I can certainly empathize.The documentary paints a bit too rosey of a picture of cosplaying, because like any kind of culture it has it’s own problems. Over the past year I’ve read a handful of writings by cosplayers challenging the sexual harassment that occurs when they’re in costume.On the positive side, I can certainly understand how cosplay is empowering, and even a positively sexy experience! I may fall a little heavily on the guy side of things in this matter, but I’d just like to point out that a Tumblr exists for anything you can imagine, even Hot Cosplay Guys. Canada is blessed with the incredibly nerdy and hot cosplaying talents, including the likes of Michael Hamm and Nathan DeLuca (who I covered for Xtra recently).The Toronto Gaymers have also been marching in the Pride Parade in costume over the past few years. Puts another spin on being a proud nerd!

Marriage Equality Round-Up 4/19/14

Here’s our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy! USA, Colorado: A group of 215 faith leaders […]

Seriously?

Here’s the the latest in our ongoing series of some of the crazy things the anti-gay, anti-marriage equality folks are saying and doing around the world. You Should Thank Jesus For Having Any Gay Rights Any rights “gay radicals” have are from Jesus Christ, according to TruthRevolt writer Andrew Klavan: “You have the Bible and […]