Those of you who have been following the Pride Idol competition, you know who’s still in the running. But here were the first ten songbirds to make the cut.
Archive for June, 2009
“It is a huge honor. In true absolute honesty, I feel very humbled and shy, and I actually feel like I want to hide under a rock.” Fiona Dawson, known as one of the leading volunteers in our community, is reacting to having been voted as one of the grand marshals for Pride 2009.
Here in the official OutSmart and Pride Houston 2009 Pride Guide, you’ll find stories of just a few of those courageous people, as well as tips to get the most out of your Pride experience, and dozens of very cool Pride–sanctioned and other out-and-proud events.
Members of the organizing committee of the 2009 Kindred Spirits Celebration say the group’s annual dance is set for August 15, beginning at 7 p.m.
“Ready, set, glow!” More than 100 entries lit up Westheimer from Ridgewood to Stanford as Houston celebrated the country’s first nighttime Gay Pride parade!
Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk) wrote the script for this fine bio of Pedro Zamora who stunned the world on the first season on MTV’s Real World in 1994 when he came out not only as gay, but also as a person with AIDS. Bonus features include a tribute from President Bill Clinton. Wolfe (wolfevideo.com). – by Nancy Ford
Beginning in the mid-1980s, pop duos Erasure and Pet Shop Boys were at the forefront of electronic dance music, gay or straight. Teamed up with hetero Vince Clarke (of Depeche Mode and Yaz renown) as Erasure, the flaming and fabulous Andy Bell, with a set of pipes to rival Clarke’s former musical partner Alison Moyet, leaped into our lives, and we simply couldn’t imagine a world without him.
This compilation of five award-winning shorts includes Spanish director Pelayo Muniz’ Sístole/Diástole (Systolic/Diastolic), a recent Houston Worldfest Film Festival Gold Remi Award winner about a gay couple coping with death. In English, and Korean, Spanish, and French with English subtitles. Alluvial (villagelighthouse.com). – by Nancy Ford
Five lesbian-friendly films make up this largely comedic collection. Includes Marc Mauceri’s aforementioned Lavender Limelight, Ela Troyano’s Carmelita Tropicana (a Berlin International film festival winner), Jane Schneider’s Jumping the Gun, Barbara Heller’s Women in Transit, and Mitch McCabe’s Playing the Part. First Run Features (firstrunfeatures.com). – by Nancy Ford
Come for the clips, but stay for the conversations with seven definitive lesbian directors. Cheryl Dunye, Su Friedrich, Jenny Livingston, Heather MacDonald, Maria Maggenti, Monika Treut, and Rose Troche discuss their work, and what inspires it. Marc Mauceri directs. First Run Features (firstrunfeatures.com). – by Nancy Ford