Monday, June 12, 2017

This is what gay resistance looks like in L.A...

Yesterday tens of thousands of people came together to make a stand, protect LGBT rights, show our Pride and fight for democracy itself in America at L.A.'s Resist March.

Taking a stand for Sesame Street, LGBT rights and democracy itself
LA Resist March Pride 2017 Sesame Street protesters
Gay friends and straight allies alike joined together to say that we're not going backwards back into the closet, we will fight for equality and to stop the U.S. government from turning into a fascist regime and taking the country's liberty and freedoms away.

Waiting to March along a packed Hollywood Boulevard
LA Resist March Pride 2017 crowds Hollywood Blvd
Thousands of people from all walks of life, all genders, all ethnicities gathered along Hollywood Boulevard, old and young, gay, straight, transgender, rich, poor, single, married and entire families to protect against Donald Trump and Mike Pence's warped vision for America.

Young love at L.A.'s Resist March
LA Resist March Pride 2017 Lesbian kiss
Just like back in the past when LGBT people marched for their rights, we once again took to the streets to show our visibility and make our voices heard.

Peppermint from RuPaul's Drag Race marches with us
We marched to fight against discrimination in the workplace or at the store counter because of religious beliefs, we marched to protect transgender kids in school and in their daily lives, we marched to honor the 49 victims of the Pulse gay night club tragedy, we marched to say that women's bodies belong to them, we marched to save the planet for the future and so much more.

New LGBTQ ally and icon the Babadook
In truth we marched because we are angry and more than little afraid that all the progress that has been made over the years is in peril, but we marched to say we'll stand up and fight for our rights, because there is no going back.

This is what peaceful resistance looks like
We marched peacefully and it was great to see all the handmade signs and rainbow flags flying along the route from Hollywood Boulevard to the heart of West Hollywood.

The fabulous majority and bubbles
This year the Resist March replaced the annual Pride Parade and some quibbled over not being able to celebrate the occasion, but there was still a festival, all the bars of West Hollywood were overflowing and people were engaged, uplifted and proud whilst they marched.

The homemade signs say it all
Plus we showed Trump and the world that we won't tolerate this current administration's homophobia, racism, greed, corruption, lies and their cruelty to America's people.

Yes, it's that bad
In case you were wondering, our Sesame Street character t-shirts were to show that people come in all colours of the rainbow and to demonstrate our support for PBS, culture, education and the arts (and obviously to mock the orange dictator).

Sesame Street says rise up
Sesame Street protesters LA Resist March Pride 2017
If the government won't protect our kids, our environment, our healthcare and the future, then I guess that we'll just have to do it ourselves. Silence equals death, inaction will mean the end of democracy.

It's true, love is love is love
I also wanted to give a huge shout out to all the police, fire, emergencies services and event organisers that helped make this a safe and secure march.

Taking pride in our resistance
L.A.'s Pride celebrations may be coming to an end, but the fight for equality, justice and democracy is just getting started.

Love will trump hate, glitter, rainbows and unicorns will help save the day, and then we can all get back to the proper business of brunch...

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Wonderful film costumes, props and Q&As in L.A...

At times it's easy to forget I live in Hollywood and that seeing screen-used movie costumes and props is a regular occurrence, or even taking for granted seeing an actor or someone involved in the film-making process at a cinema screening. Then a friend who doesn't live here, or blog visitor will comment, and it reminds me of fortunate I am to see these things and people up close.

Wonder Woman costume worn by Gal Gadot
Gal Gadot Wonder Woman movie costume
At the moment ArcLight Hollywood cinema has a fantastic display of the spectacular costumes and props from the new Wonder Woman movie.

Wonder Woman movie costume exhibit
at ArcLight Hollywood cinema
Wonder Woman movie costume exhibit
I've loved the DC Comics icon ever since the 70s TV show, have even dressed like her for fun runs and Halloween, and have seen the movie twice already.

If you're a fan you may also want to check out Lynda Carter's Woman Wonder TV costume that I spied at Warner Bros. Studios backlot last summer.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
movie costumes on display at ArcLight Pasadena cinema
Pirates Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales costumes
Meanwhile at the end of May, fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies could also glimpse costumes from the new Dead Men Tell No Tales movie at ArcLight Pasadena (and more at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood if you were so inclined).

Film props from The Book of Henry
on display at ArcLight Hollywood cinema
Book of Henry movie prop exhibit
And also currently on display at the Hollywood location are these screen-used film props from The Book of Henry summer flick.

Salma Hayek and director Miguel Arteta Q&A
at ArcLight Hollywood for Beatriz at Dinner
Salma Hayek Miguel Arteta Beatriz at Dinner Q&A ArcLight Hollywood
Last night I also enjoyed a special Q&A after watching the new film Beatriz at Dinner, which stars Salma Hayek as an immigrant health therapist who is invited to a wealthy client's dinner party, directed by Miguel Arteta.
Salma Hayek Beatriz at Dinner director Q&A ArcLight Hollywood
It's always great to hear why actors and filmmakers chose the projects they do and what it means to them (especially how the director felt Donald Trump cast a dark shadow during the filming and beyond), and Salma Hayek was certainly looking far more glamorous in person than her character from the movie.

Like I said, it's easy to take all this for granted (a bit like all the theatres in London's West End or New York's Broadway scene if you live there), and that's why you have to enjoy these opportunities when they come along.

But enough about Hollywoodland, tomorrow we march for democracy...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Getting ready to Resist with Pride...

With Donald Trump turning against allies around the globe (just as Putin wants) and making America the laughing stock of the world, and with the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos refusing to protect LGBT students from discrimination in this country's schools, there's never been a better time to resist this current administration.

LA LGBT Resist March signs
Just as with the massive Women's March in January and with the Tax March in April, it's time to take to the streets and peacefully protest to protect our democracy and our rights as LGBT citizens.

This year the annual L.A. Pride Parade has been cancelled in favour of the Resist March, which I fully agree with as a proud gay liberal (after all, living in West Hollywood is like there's a Pride Parade every day).
Sesame Street Protesters LA Tax March 2017
If we're not visible and don't make ourselves heard, how soon before our rights are taken away? This homophobic government (and don't think it will get better with Mike Pence in charge) shouldn't decide who we love, where we pee, who we can adopt, who can serve us in shops, what benefits an employer can withhold, how we are treated differently.

Trump is such a fan of the Russians, how soon before we're all in gay concentration camps like in Chechnya, or before being LGBT is outlawed like in Russia, or executed for coming out like in Saudi Arabia (another country the Liar-in-Chief has close ties to)? Don't be fooled into thinking the complicit Ivanka Trump can save you. Silence equals death.
Rainbow Pride US flags
This Sunday even more of us will be wearing our Sesame Street character t-shirts again to show that we come in many colours of the rainbow and the fact that Trump would love to defund PBS (even though it was recently granted a temporary reprieve).

We'll be marching from Hollywood & Highland to the heart of West Hollywood to show our strength in numbers, our unity, our pride and our resolve to stand up to tyrants.
LA Resist March signs Pride June 2017
It's Pride month, so be sure to bring your glitter, your rainbows and unicorns, it's time for the gays to rise up and resist...

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