Gay Rights

bass

At this point in the religious right’s crusade against the encroaching tide of homosexuality, we’ve probably all known a young gay person who disappeared for a year or so, only to come back to their hometowns to be reintroduced to society by their parents as a newly strange-acting religious person locked into a church-sanctioned and god-approved heterosexual marriage. These sorts of miracles are achieved through church-sponsored reform schools, which are generally tucked away in remote locations, which use disturbing behavior modification methods on the children who go there, and which are now going to be exposed to the public by pop star Lance Bass. According to a report from The Wrap, Bass has just signed on to executive produce a new documentary that sheds some light on exactly what happens at one particular Evangelical Christian Reform School, called Escuela Caribe, which is run by Americans in the Dominican Republic.

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Ellen Page

According to The Playlist, Incognito Pictures has agreed to finance Freeheld, a feature project starring Ellen Page as a woman denied the pension benefits of her female New Jersey police detective partner after the latter became terminally ill. It’s not only based on a true story, it’s based on a short documentary that won an Oscar. The screenplay comes from Ron Nyswaner, himself an Oscar nominee for his work writing Philadelphia. With Page’s Oscar nomination, it makes the pedigree of this thing severe, and with docs like How to Survive a Plague and the headline-status of gay rights in the political sphere, the tide seems to be lifting all boats attempting to tell these kinds of stories. If you’re so inclined, you can check out the original short documentary here.  

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