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‘Hocus Pocus’ Stage Show Is Going To Put A Spell On You At Disney World
After 22 years, "Hocus Pocus" is getting resurrected and this time around a virgin didn't even have to light the black flame candle to bring the Sanderson sisters back.
On Thursday, Walt Disney Parks announced that Winifred, Mary and Sarah Sanderson will return to the world of the living in the "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular." The live stage show will run during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party held on select nights at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, Florida from Sept. 15 to Nov. 1.
And because Disney is suddenly bringing "Hocus Pocus" to the stage, naturally it makes us wonder if there is a sequel in store for the beloved 1993 film, which starred Bette Middler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters.
While Disney hasn't said anything about a sequel, during a Reddit AMA last year, Middler revealed she was totally down reprise her role as Winifred and cast another spell on audiences.
"You have to go to send in your cards to the Walt Disney company," she said. "The ball's in their court." -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.more…
Greenland approves same-sex marriage
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Alabama kills LGBT-inclusive antidiscrimination bill
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Here Are The Answers To Questions You’ve Wanted To Ask A Trans Person…But Probably Shouldn’t
“How do you have sex?” “When did you decide to be trans?” “Which bathroom do you use?” These are just a few of the many ignorant questions transgender people face on a daily basis. To help us educate ourselves on trans issues, check out the following video answering some of the most frequently asked questions […]
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Women plead guilty in Donovan Hotel murder case
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Thieves Vandalize Game Shop, Owner Has Perfect Response To Vandal’s Anti-Gay Graffiti
How would you respond to vandals who break into your business and spray paint the word “gay” on your storefront? If you are the owner of the recently burglarized Voltage Video Games in Syracuse, NY, you kill them with kindness and a good sense of humor! Reddit user DarylDixion writes: “Our local game store got […]
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10 Children’s Books That Paved The Way For A New Queer Protagonist
In Kendrick Daye and Myles E. Johnson’s Large Fears, Jeremiah Nebula may not be a bullfrog. But he is the queer, black protagonist of a children’s picture book -- a genre traditionally dominated by heterosexual, cisgender, white characters. Although the politics of representation is an issue for all literary forms, parent sensitivity has made materials for young readers particularly resistant to plots that question gender, sexuality or the institution of the family.
Daye and Johnson were frustrated with those age-old patterns, so they decided to create new ones. Their recent Kickstarter campaign casts the project as both subtle and radical. Jeremiah, they say coyly, is just a boy who loves pink. But they also stress how his queer, black identity makes him “a character that defies gender roles, race politics, sexuality, and his fears.”
Jeremiah’s story builds on over 30 years of children’s books that portray LGBTQ characters, translating complex issues of gender and sexuality to an accessible, picture-heavy format. These books, though, reveal far more than cutesy anecdotes. They are instructional, cathartic, and ethical, explaining different family models, connecting children with LGBTQ identities or parents to fictional counterparts, and teaching values of acceptance at impressionable ages. Jenny Lives with Eric and Martin by Susanne Bösche (1981)
This black-and-white Danish photobook was arguably the first to feature gay characters. Two men raise their daughter, Jenny, whose biological mother lives nearby and visits from time to time. Most events are normal children’s books fare like laundry-folding and surprise birthday parties. But the characters also deal with a homophobic comment from a stranger in the street.Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman and Diana Souza (1989)
Like Bösche’s story, this one follows a child with same-sex parents. New plot points include artificial insemination and an inclusive discussion at Heather’s playgroup about different family structures. In real-life playgroups, the response to this book was far less benign: the story rocked the U.S., and the resulting controversy led to extensive parodies including a "Simpsons" version: “Bart Has Two Mommies.”Asha’s Mums by Rosamund Elwin, Michele Paulse and Dawn Lee (1990)
Asha needs to get a permission slip signed by her mother, but she is perplexed when she must decide which of her two moms to ask. While Heather was lucky enough to have an accepting playgroup, Asha confronts a far less hospitable school -- and world. It’s a tale for anyone whose family does not fit into educational bureaucracy, and Asha’s African-Canadian identity marks a decisive step away from lily-white characters.Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite (1991)
You might recognize the name from the 2008 presidential campaign when it “came out” that Sarah Palin, back in her 1995 councilwoman days, had said the book should not be permitted in public libraries. Why? There’s a gay relationship between the the father and his new roommate-actually-boyfriend, Frank. Plus it all starts off with a divorce and arrives at a pretty clear message: “Being gay is just one more kind of love.”King & King by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland (2002)
Originally published in Dutch, this book offered both a new take on the royal marriage story, with a gay child rather than just gay parents. “I've never cared much for princesses,” says the princely protagonist, as he finds a series of potential wives paraded in front of him by his wedding-hungry mother. Then, he spots one of the princesses’ brothers. They are soon crowned King and King, and the story ends with a subversive same-sex kiss -- which launched a series of conservative campaigns to ban the book.One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads by Johnny Valentine and Melody Sarecky (2004)
Instead of focusing on a single storyline, the book features two kids comparing different paternal figures. “Blue,” it turns out, is a not-so-subtle euphemism for “gay,” and the children slowly come to the realization that all skin-colors and sexual identities are equally valid. (Bonus points for the enchanting Seussical rhyming scheme.)And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell and Henry Cole (2005)
A tale of two male penguins who are chick-less until a zookeeper helps them adopt Tango from a heterosexual couple. Animals are always one of the easier ways to discuss unconventional storylines, but that didn’t stop Singapore from banning the book along with two others last year. In fact, it’s ranked third on ALA’s list of “Most challenged books of the 21st century,” which is hard to explain considering how heartwarming these polar birds are. Did we mention it’s based on real gay penguins at the Central Park Zoo?10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert and Rex Ray (2008)
Bailey is a boy by day who, at night, dreams of cross-dressing. His night-time escapades are rebuked by his family, until he finds a seamstress in playmate Laurel. Bailey’s story is an early forerunner to Jeremiah’s, for it broke from the gay-character plot to examine what it meant to be a gender-queer child.My New Mommy by Lilly Mossiano and Sage Mossiano (2012)
Who says transgender identity can’t be explained to young children? Four-year-old Violet has a transitioning father who carefully walks her -- and us -- through the process. Like Daye and Johnson, Mossiano was frustrated with the lack of children’s materials, so she took matters into her own hands. She challenged herself to make the content accessible to a young audience, but the real challenge is the one she posed to traditional portrayals of gender in children's books.Call Me Tree by Maya Christina Gonzalez (2014)
The third in a trilogy that opted for gender neutral pronouns, providing what the writer called a “much needed break from the constant boy-girl assumptions and requirements.” Gonzalez took another decisive step away from the “gay parent” trend and gave us an unambiguously ambiguous gender-queer character. Her engagement with the Chicano identity also departed from the classic whiteness of LGBTQ children’s characters.Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino and Isabelle Malenfant (2014)
Like Bailey, Morris has a penchant for gender-queer behavior. He loves to wear the title’s orange garment but his fashion choices leave him open to relentless teasing from his classmates. Tensions escalate, and Morris becomes physically ill from the psychological pain. Though his imagination helps him triumph in the end, the book’s real triumph is that it gives a harsh and realistic account of queer bullying.-- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.more…
A River of (LGB)Tears
Once the anger that consumed me in the wake of my sex change dissipated, the heart of fury surfaced: grief. The sadness went deeper than any loneliness I had ever felt before -- it was sorrow to the bone.
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The Real ‘Gay Heroes’
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Science Magazine Officially Retracts That Discredited Gay Marriage Study
Science magazine officially retracted a major study on same-sex marriage and public opinion on Thursday without the consent of the lead author, UCLA graduate student Michael J. LaCour.
The events leading to the retraction became public on May 19, when the article’s second author, Columbia University political science professor Donald Green, issued a request for the retraction based on evidence that the study data were at least in part falsified.
As The Huffington Post reported last week:
The LaCour-Green study had examined the work of activists with the Los Angeles LGBT Center. After California’s gay marriage ban passed in 2008, activists at the center had more than 12,000 one-on-one conversations in Los Angeles neighborhoods with people who overwhelmingly supported the ban. LaCour’s idea was to see if those conversations produced any lasting change. He purportedly designed a randomized experiment to replicate those conversations, with a series of follow-up surveys online to test how the anti-gay voters felt about gay rights and gay marriage over time. Those who were contacted by the openly gay canvassers showed substantially more positive attitudes toward gay marriage as much as nine months later.
But according to a report issued Tuesday [May 19] by two University of California, Berkeley, graduate students and a Yale professor, there are enough questions about the data to warrant retracting the study. Retraction Watch broke the story Wednesday [May 20] about what students David Broockman (soon to be an assistant professor at Stanford) and Joshua Kalla and Yale professor Peter Aronow found.
After the LaCour-Green study was published, Broockman and Kalla were impressed by its findings and wanted to extend the research. In January 2015, they found some patterns in the data that seemed to be too perfect -- statistically speaking, there was less variance in the results than there should have been. Some social scientists had noticed this when the study was first published.
As Broockman and Kalla continued their work, they wrote in their report, they uncovered more irregularities. When the pair noticed that their own study had a much lower response rate (the proportion of people contacted who actually respond to a survey), they asked the survey firm that allegedly gathered data for LaCour, Qualtrics, how it achieved such a high response rate. They said the firm replied that it had no record of the project.
This is what happened next according to their report and Green's letter to Science: The statistical irregularities continued to mount, and the pair recruited Aronow to help with their analysis. ... Broockman and Kalla contacted Green. Green said that he had joined the study after the data had been collected and thought that the irregularities Broockman and Kalla had uncovered were, indeed, highly suspicious. Green reached out to LaCour’s adviser at UCLA, professor Lynn Vavreck, and the two of them decided that Vavreck would confront LaCour and ask him to provide his data. Initially, LaCour claimed he had accidentally deleted the file with the necessary information, but again Qualtrics said it could not verify that the data had been deleted or that the study took place. It seemed increasingly clear to Green that no follow-up surveys had ever been conducted and that LaCour may have taken data from existing studies and manipulated the numbers to achieve the results he wanted.
Thursday's statement from Science Editor-in-Chief Marcia McNutt cites two reasons for retracting the study. First, claims that survey respondents had been given cash payments to participate and refer family and friends to participate in the survey were inaccurate. Second, the funding statement was false. LaCour had misrepresented that funding for the study came from the Williams Institute, the Ford Foundation, and the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund.
McNutt's statement notes that both of these falsifications have been confirmed by LaCour’s attorney, although it also points out that LaCour does not agree with the retraction.
LaCour did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Huffington Post, but he has told Science Insider that he will provide a full report in his defense as quickly as possible. His website has a statement that he will respond on or before May 29.
For Jim Key, chief marketing officer for the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which partnered with LaCour and Green on the study, the only upside of the retraction is that researchers will now go out and actually quantify whether the center's methods are successful.
“We support the retraction and are very happy to be working with other researchers, David Broockman and Josh Kalla, to get accurate data regarding our voter persuasion work," Key told HuffPost. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.more…
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THEATER REVIEW: “Singin’ in the Rain”
Adapting a film for the stage can be tricky business, especially if the film is a beloved classic like “Singin’ In The Rain.” The well-known 1952 Gene Kelly-Donald O’Connor-Debbie Reynolds vehicle was also enormously successful as a musical in England and hit Broadway in 1985, but hasn’t been seen there since.
San Diego Musical Theatre offers a chance to see the stage version through June 7 at the Spreckels Theatre.
“Singin’ In The Rain” plays through June 7, at the Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown.
Did Two Men On ‘The Bachelorette’ Really Fall In Love With Each Other?
Has a gay romance unintentionally blossomed between two "Bachelorette" contestants?
It's too soon to tell for sure, but in a new teaser clip for the ABC reality series obtained by E! Online, Clint Arlis appears to profess his love to JJ Lane, who is presumably vying for the affections of "Bachelorette" Kaitlyn Bristowe.
"It's absolutely insane," Arlis, a 27-year-old architectural engineer from Illinois, says in the clip. "Falling in love with a man never crossed my mind." He goes on to note that he and Lane, a 30-year-old Colorado investment banker, have "grown very close in the shower," though he doesn't elaborate on the specifics.
"I love JJ, so I need the rose tonight," he says in the final moments of the teaser.
While the implied romance could be just a budding friendship between the two men played up with some clever editing, ABC has already dubbed Arlis the "Brokeback Bachelor."
Arlis poked fun at the new moniker on Twitter: If you have to be a #BROKEBACKBACHELOR, Be Heath Ledger. Always be #HeathLedger. #thebachelorette @jjhlane21 pic.twitter.com/MxxlAUlln8— Clint Arlis (@ClintonArlis) May 27, 2015
Whether or not this turns out to be nothing more than a bromance, next week's episode of "The Bachelorette" is not-to-be-missed. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.more…
5 Things You Should Consider Before Starting An Open Relationship
From swinging to polyamory, many people are now considering non-mongamous relationships.
Recently, the HuffPost Love+Sex Podcast explored ethical non-monogamy, which is consciously, with agreement and consent from all involved, exploring love and sex with multiple people."
Professor of Human Sexuality Dr. Zhana Vrangalova chatted with HuffPost Love+Sex Podcast hosts Carina Kolodny and Noah Michelson about ethical non-monogamy and what anyone who is considering engaging in these kind of relationships should know. Listen to the podcast and check out some of Dr. Vrangalova's advice below.Here are 5 things to think about before entering an open relationship, according to Dr. Vrangalova:1. Jealousy isn't necessarily an inherently bad thing.
[Jealousy can be] a healthy emotion to keep track of yourself and your emotional health. There [are] definitely a lot of people who do experience it and it is something seen as constructive, just like any other emotion. Relationships often entail unpleasant or negative emotions -- fighting, being sad, being angry, and jealousy is just one of those things.
In monogamous relationships, jealousy is often thought of as something that’s the end of the relationship -- it's seen as catastrophic. Poly people don't see it as catastrophic -- it's just one other thing to work through because jealousy is a normal reaction to when your sense of self and stability is threatened. Kids feel it all the time. I showed my students this video in class where a baby who sees his mom play with a doll becomes very jealous, and suddenly, he gets very very upset, so it's when you feel your attachment figure is not there and you need them for some reason and they disappear on you and you wouldn’t like that. It's a normal reaction.2. The ethical part of ethical "non-monogamy" is communicating about what you want and about what your limitations are with your partner.
People will feel comfortable with many different things. When you're starting to open up your relationship you should think about what will make me comfortable and what is too much and threatening. But one thing that pretty much every couple or triad in a relationship has ever experienced is that these rules will change. You start out with a set of rules you think will work for you and some will work and some will not. You might end up thinking this will be easy -- no problem -- and then you might say, "Oh that hurts! Let's not do that again." And sometimes you think something will not feel OK and you try it and you're like, "Oh that was no big deal! Sure!" So, be open to change and allow for that flexibility.
Also, people start with lots of rules because they need to protect their sense of self and relationship security, and over time they see this is not scary, it won't end our relationship if I let my partner do these things with other people and they kind of get rid of the rules. All these things are important. Sexual health is another thing you should think about: what's your level of comfort with sexually transmitted infections (STIs), what protection are you using with others, can your partner ever have unprotected sex and with whom and what needs to have happened before thats OK? You need to talk about all of this. Talk a lot.3. Non-monogamy can affect your children -- but not necessarily negatively
Swinging doesn't have a lot of impact on children. It becomes more of an issue when we're talking about poly families, when there are multiple romantic partners who are there, maybe living together and showing affection in the home in front of the children. However, having more people to take care of them, drive them to school or soccer practice or more people who can teach them different things, skills, hobbies, ask about math homework is positive. There's also more time for the parents. Every now and then you need a break and if there's someone else to care for kids you get more time for yourself and you can be happier and more satisfied. That's a big question we still need a lot more research on, but initial research at least suggests things are not necessarily problematic.4. Ethical non-monogamy doesn't necessarily mean a greater risk of STIs
When you ask people about the differences and benefits and risks of monogamy versus non-monogamy, the risk of STIs is the single largest difference people think about. They think non-monogamists are extremely risky and monogamists have a very low risk for STIs. In a perfect world where monogamy was done perfectly, that's probably true -- there's a higher risk with multiple partners. But in real world, the people who claim to be monogamous are often not monogamous, and when you compare rates of STIs among general monogamous relationships, they're actually similar to non-monogamous people. Research shows that when monogamous people cheat, they're less likely to use condoms, talk about sexual health history, testing, STIs, and more likely to do it drunk or high. So compared to people in non-monogamous relationships who are doing it openly and honestly -- and there's research to show that when they do use condoms, cheaters are more likely to make condom errors... People in non-monogamous relationships are usually very careful about this, condom carrying, using them, etc. 5. If you're not ready to invite another person into your relationship, try dabbling in a "grey area."
[There are many things you can do that are on the non-monogamy spectrum] like watching porn together or talking about meeting up with some other hot people you may have met or flirted with. Acknowledging that there are other people you may be attracted to but you're not going to do anything with them is another possibility. Or maybe you want to try actually flirting with other people and allowing each other to flirt with other people. Or maybe if you feel comfortable going to a sex party, you can just watch. Or you could go to a sex party and just have sex with your partner without inviting anyone else. So, there are lots of different levels of non-monogamy, and things you could do and keep it mostly monogamous with no physical contact with anyone else, but still experiment.If you want to download and/or listen to the podcast offline, head to iTunes or Stitcher.
And if you have ever been in an open relationship, head here to give your feedback on your experiences.
This podcast was produced and edited by Katelyn Bogucki with additional production by Jorge Corona. Like Love + Sex? Subscribe, rate and review our podcast on iTunes. Have an idea for an episode? Find us on Twitter @HuffPostPodcast. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.more…
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