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MOVIE REVIEW: Girlhood

(GayWebSource.com - Gay News & Press Network) - Posted by Jake Simpson - TheGayUK.com

Life is pretty bleak in this concrete jungle of soul-less tower blocks of shabby apartments on this housing complex in a poor rundown suburb of Paris.

★★★

Sixteen-year-old Marieme is hoping that one day she will break out of there so for a better life so she does her school work, plays American football, and then goes home to look after her younger siblings whilst her mother is out all hours doing cleaning jobs to keep the family together.

However when Marieme learns that her grades are not enough to continue high school she gives up being a good girl and falls in with a gang of three girls who seem to wreak havoc wherever they go. At first Marieme sits on the sidelines observing the girls led by a real toughie who calls herself Lady, but she soon gets drawn into their questionable activities when they slack off school every day. She swaps her braids for a more glam look and starts copying their more outrageous dress style. It’s not long until she is the one menacing other kids on their way to school to relieve them of every cent they have to fund the gang's nefarious agenda.

They use the money to check into a hotel to try on all the clothes they have stolen from the mall, get wasted on a diet of booze and pot noodles, and give a full rendition of Rihanna's Diamonds. It's their idea of a high life, sad as it is.

Things change when Lady gets roundly beaten in a fight with a member of another gang, so an emboldened Marieme ... known by the girls as Vic ... steps up to the plate and takes on the victor and beats her up. It delights Djibril one of her brother's friends who she has been hooking up with in secret, but it infuriates her bully of a brother, and when he threatens her, she knows it is time to leave home.

In this situation the only way out is to start selling drugs, which she does for another gang in return for a share in a safe house in another neighborhood. As tough she has become, this is very much a man's world, and despite all her efforts, she is still a girl.

It’s the third feature from French filmmaker Céline Sciamma and although it doesn't quite have the same resonance of her award-winning Tomboy but it does nevertheless pack a powerful punch. It's a bleak grim reality that these tough bad girls inhabit and come-of-age in but Sciamma does at least infuse it with a glimmer of hope.... and some compassion too. It's zillion years away from the cosy life of Boyhood!

@RogerWalkerDack

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Did Diane Sawyer Misgender Bruce Jenner?

(GayWebSource.com - Gay News & Press Network) - Posted by Jake Simpson - TheGayUK.com

For many people watching last night's Diane Sawyer special with Bruce Jenner, it seemed that she was mis-gendering Jenner after telling her that he was now a woman. It may have seemed disrespectful, but here's why it wasn't.

Many took to social media to question Sawyer's use of masculine pronouns, however at the beginning of the interview it was made clear that Bruce was still using male pronouns and had asked to be referred to in that way.

A statement released by GLAAD may help people understand what might feel like a minefield when assigning pronouns to those who are trans, transitioning or transitioned.

At this time, Bruce Jenner has not requested that a new name or pronoun be used, therefore we are respecting his wishes and will continue to refer to Jenner by his current name and with male pronouns. Some transgender people prefer to change their name and/or pronoun quickly. Other transgender people may take more time to decide what name and/or pronoun feels right to them. To be respectful, use the name and/or pronoun requested by the individual.

During the 2-hour special, Jenner told Sawyer:

"I am a woman now. I have told a lie all my life, and this is who I am. I cannot hide anymore and I just can’t pull the curtains". He adds "I still have all my male parts but I identify as female."

He believes that what he is doing is going to change the world by talking about it all now.

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PICK OF THE WEEK: Aiden Leslie

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Aiden Leslie has literally been making waves with the launch of his new video that he shot on Breezy Point Beach in NY.

The 38-year-old openly gay singer-songwriter has already made quite a name for himself on the nightlife circuit, and now he is taking a more soulful approach with his latest song I Just Go.

Take a look at the video as Aiden really is as hot as he looks and we are happy to nominate him as our Pick Of The Week.

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BRUCE JENNER: “I Am A Woman Now”

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‘I JUST CAN’T PULL THE CURTAIN ANYMORE.’

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When Bruce Jenner won the Olympic Gold Medal for the Decathlon in 1976 he broke the hold that the Soviets had on that event for years and instantly became an American Hero. For years this strapping handsome 6’4” man was recognised as the World's Greatest Athlete. Tonight however she is sitting down to give an exclusive interview with ABC TV’s Diane Sawyer to finally confirm the news that she worries may disappoint so many of the fans who have looked up to her for years.

She is visibly extremely nervous as the cameras start to roll but she soon finds her confidence as she begins to tell her real story for the very first time. What we discover in the next two hours is an outstandingly honest and open person who is also disarmingly charming. She doesn’t shy away from any of Diane Sawyer’s probing questions and is utterly frank with her answers. Jenner's words evoke a response from Brandon, her son, who puts it very simply when he tells his Dad that he was proud of her when she won all her medals, but that pales into insignificance with Jenner's bravery now.

Jenner tells the waiting world "I am a woman now. I have told a lie all my life, and this is who I am. I cannot hide anymore and I just can’t pull the curtains". She adds "I still have all my male parts but I identify as female." She believes that what she is doing is going to change the world by talking about it all now.

Jenner explains that this is the very last time she will do an interview as ‘Bruce’ as she is about to undertake more of her transitioning which she reveals she started back in the 1980s when for a few years she took hormones.

A deeply religious and a family person Jenner married Chrystie the first wife in 1972 and they had two children before they divorced nine years later. Wife number two was singer Linda Thompson and they had two children before they separated five years later, and then in 1991 Jenner married Kris Kardashian and as well as fathering two daughters Jenner became the step-father to the infamous Kardashian sisters. She shares that the first person she revealed her gender confusion too was Chrystie, and she is very quick to point out that this was not the cause for the failure of this, or the other marriages.

Jenner makes a point of explaining to an inquisitive and rather bemused Diane Sawyer that she is 100% heterosexual and has never ever even considered having sex with a man. She’s however has done her homework on this particular topic beforehand and quotes a very simply way of explaining the situation.

"Sexual identity is about who you go to bed with, whereas gender identity is about who you go to bed as."

Jenner has been an integral part of her family’s infamous hit Reality TV Show for years, so her relationship with all the children has been carried out under the glare of spotlights for some time now. Her four eldest asked to be part of the interview so that they could publicly express their support for their father’s transition.

I think even Diane Sawyer was surprised with the answer Jenner gave when she pushed her on how the ubiquitous Kim Kardashian had reacted. Kim had said that her husband Kanye had turned her around to the whole idea. West used his own life as an analogy: “I can be married to the most beautiful woman in the world, and I am. I could have the most beautiful little daughter in the world, and I do. But I’m nothing if I can’t be me. If I can’t be true to myself, they don’t mean anything.” Kim added her own advice telling her dad "you’ve got to rock it".

Aside from the sensationalism of having a celebrity having the bravery to come clean to the world with such astounding and highly personal news, both Jenner and Diane Sawyer took time out to acknowledge the ongoing struggle of other people transitioning which is still so greatly misunderstood and still results in suicides and violent crime. Jenner expressed her deepest hope that talking about this topic in this manner on primetime TV may save more lives and give others the strength to become who they really are.

When she explained to Diane Sawyer that next time they meet she would only see her as the woman she now is and she finished the interview with "I am saying goodbye to peoples perception of me, but I am not saying goodbye to me."

I think when the reviews are in, we will find she is even more of a Hero than ever before. Certainly in our book.

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