2011 Young Hollywood — Part 1: The Filmmakers 

This year has been a breakout year for filmmaker Dee Rees, and it’s been a longtime coming. Her debut film Pariah, the semi-autobiographical story of an emotionally conflicted 17-year-old Bronx girl who lives a dual life between her conservative family and her gay friends, premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It was a runaway hit with audiences and critics, quickly capturing the attention of Focus Features, which will distribute the film this fall.

Watch: A DADT Moment in History

The 1963 March on Washington, police dogs attacking protesters in Selma, Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, are some of the famous images in civil rights history.

In that same tradition, the images of a small group of LGBT veterans who handcuffed themselves to the gates of the White House in protest of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” will forever be remembered as one of those famous moments of civil disobedience.

K-Y Features Lesbians for the First Time in its Newest Spots

After years of being subjected to commercials touting erectile dysfunction and male enhancement, it’s finally the ladies’ turn. K-Y Brand has released its first ever ad featuring a lesbian couple for its new K-Y INTENSE. Take a look.

One Day Our Change Will Come: A Call to Raise Awareness and End Violence Against Transgender Women of Color

As the sun sets on the life of yet another victim of violence, I am reminded of the injustice and discrimination faced by transgender and gender non-conforming people around our country and, indeed, the world. On August 1, Camila Guzman, 38, was found stabbed to death in her East Harlem, N.Y. apartment. Police recently arrested Camila’s boyfriend after he reportedly confessed to killing her. A month earlier, Lashai Mclean, 23, was shot and killed in northeast D.C. An arrest has yet to be made. Each day, transgender women of color, like Camila and Lashai, are tragic yet shining examples of those whose lives were brutally cut short due to senseless acts of violence. Sadly, our society continues to turn a blind eye to the transgender community.

So You Think You Can Dance Lesbian Gets Criticism

So You Think You Can Dance’s uber-popular eighth-season runner-up Sasha Mallory says she’s proud to be a lesbian, but told AfterEllen.com that she didn’t come out during the show because “It’s not important for America to know that personal side of me. They just needed to know if I could dance and if I had a personality. They didn’t really need to know if I was gay or straight.”

 

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