If you were an adult in the 80s, you were probably hit by the HIV storm. Nobody knew what was happening, people were dying one after the other…. I even heard that some gay men lost 15-20 friends in just few years…. It was probably really hard for gay men to live in the 80′s at the beginning of HIV when it wasn’t well known and everybody used it to discriminate gay men.
The Normal Heart is a 2014 American drama television film directed by Ryan Murphy and written by Larry Kramer, based on his own 1985 play of same name. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Jonathan Groff, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina, Joe Mantello, and Julia Roberts. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 26, 2014.
The film depicts the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City (among gay people) between 1981 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks, the founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. Weeks prefers public confrontations to the calmer, more private strategies favored by his associates, friends, and closeted lover Felix Turner (Bomer). Their differences of opinion lead to arguments that threaten to undermine their shared goals.
Have you seen the movie yet?
Check out the trailer below!
Comedian Joan Rivers died in a New York hospital Thursday afternoon, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during a medical procedure.
“She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends,” Melissa Rivers said in a written statement.
The funeral for Rivers will be at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan on Sunday, according to temple spokeswoman Elizabeth Fezrine. Details, including the time and if the public will be allowed to attend, are not yet known, she said.
Beloved actor Robin Williams dies yesterday, at age 63.
The apparent cause of death was suicide by asphyxiation, authorities said. The actor was found around noon by the Police in his house in California. His publicist and his wife reported that Williams has been battling with depression and spent some time at Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center, a rehab center.
Williams was best known for his starring roles in classic comedies like “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Good Morning, Vietnam” and “Jumanji,” but also in acclaimed dramas such as “Dead Poets Society.” He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dr. Sean Maguire in “Good Will Hunting.” He rose to fame while playing Mork the alien in the TV show “Mork & Mindy,” a “Happy Days” spinoff.
If you are in the US and need help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Yesterday, Michael Sam, first openly gay NFL football player, was honored with Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2014 ESPY Awards. Not only reserved to athletes, this award recognizes people in the sport industry who have broken down barriers.
Michael Sam received this award from the hand of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, after being greeted with a standing ovation. The NFL player delivered an emotional speech and couldn’t hold his tears when he said :
“The way I see it, my responsibility at this moment in history is to stand up for everybody out there who wants nothing more than to be themselves openly. Recently, a friend asked me to talk to his sister, a young woman who was considering killing herself rather than accepting and sharing with her loved ones the fact that she’s gay. When we spoke, she told me she would never consider hurting herself and that somehow my example helped her. It’s amazing to think that, by just doing what we can, we can all touch, change and even save lives.”
Watch the very emotional video below and maybe grab tissue paper before you press play!
Congrats Michael! We are all proud of you!
Hey guys, I’ve been a bit quiet for the past few days here it is simply because I took a few days to Toronto World Pride. It is also Canada Day July 1st so it’s a big holiday long weekend here.
It is also my BDay tomorrow I will be 32….getting oldddddd! So that is why I’m taking it easy on the blog this weekend…
Who’s in Toronto? Let’s partyyyy!
I hope you are enjoying your weekend and Happy Pride guys!