is expected to win his race for the Florida House of Representatives tonight, joining David Richardson, who won a decisive primary for another State House seat in August.
They will become the first openly LGBT candidates elected to the Florida legislature, but the state’s voters could add a third out lawmaker tonight. Gay Politics is also watching Ian Whitney’s race in Key West.
“These are groundbreaking and potentially very important victories in a state with no significant statewide laws protecting its LGBT citizens,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, which endorsed Richardson, Saunders and Whitney.
Saunders is one of the leading voices for progressive values in the state of Florida. For seven years, as a senior staff member at Equality Florida, he advocated across the state for policies that now protect millions of people from discrimination.
Saunders’ team called the race on the campaign’s Facebook page this evening.
From the National Center for Transgender Equality:
Have you voted yet? If your state allows it, NCTE highly encourages transgender people to vote early to help avoid any challenges with your identification on Election Day.
http://www.votingwhiletrans.org - Join the National Center for Transgender Equality's "Voting While Trans" campaign to educate and prepare trans people on how to vote in light of new voter ID laws. This year, over 25,000 trans people could be denied a ballot. Learn more at http://www.votingwhiletrans.org.
"I didn't know you were planning a comeback," says William Holden's character, Joe Gillis, to Desmond.
"I hate that word!" Desmond replies. "It's a return, a return to the millions of people who have never forgiven me for deserting the screen."
Today, Swanson and Holden make their return to home video as Sunset Boulevard arrives on Blu-ray.
Here's the news release from Paramount Home Media Distribution:
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. – Paramount Home Media Distribution proudly presents one of the studio’s most iconic films, newly restored and in sparkling high definition for the first time ever, when SUNSET BOULEVARD debuts on Blu-ray November 6, 2012. A fitting release to continue Paramount’s centennial celebration, Billy Wilder’s seminal classic continues to enthrall audiences with its bizarre and tragic tale of Hollywood’s dark side. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, and winner for Best Writing, Best Art Direction and Best Music, SUNSET BOULEVARD was named by the American Film Institute as #12 on its list of the Greatest American Movies.
William Holden, as a struggling young screenwriter, and Gloria Swanson, as an aging silent film queen, created two of the screen’s most memorable characters, delivering unforgettable performances amidst the dramatic light and shadow of John Seitz’s evocative cinematography.
Not only a cinematic masterpiece, SUNSET BOULEVARD also captures some extraordinary moments in Hollywood history, including Cecil B. DeMille on the set of Samson and Delilah, which was erected in a soundstage still in use on the Paramount lot. Director Erich von Stroheim, who had directed Swanson previously in real life, appears as Norma Desmond’s butler and former director. Various notable figures make appearances in the film as themselves, including actors Buster Keaton, Hedda Hopper, Anna Q. Nilsson and H.B. Warner. And, of course, there are the iconic images of Hollywood itself, including the well-known shot of Paramount’s legendary gates.
The main objective of the restoration effort was to remain faithful to the distinctive look created by the director and cinematographer. Stark shadows and darkness occasionally cut by the bright light of a film projector are themselves essential in telling the disturbing story of madness and obsession. The restoration team secured a vintage print made at the time of release from the Library of Congress to view and study the tones and extensively researched documentation from the production to accurately present the director’s original vision. Although none of the original nitrate materials survive, the restoration team conducted a worldwide search for the earliest generation elements, ultimately using an acetate 35mm duplicate negative as a primary source for scanning at 4K to create the highest picture quality possible.
In addition, work done on the film’s original mono soundtrack back in 2001-2002 was expanded upon. As with the picture, no original sound materials survive, but a variety of source elements were analyzed, transferred, digitally cleaned and incorporated into the final restoration – including optical soundtrack negatives, music and effects tracks and partial music master materials.
The SUNSET BOULEVARD Blu-ray boasts over two hours of in-depth bonus material that sheds light on the film, its origins and its path to becoming a classic. With featurettes on stars Gloria Swanson and William Holden, a look at renowned costume designer Edith Head, an exploration of the Paramount lot of the 50s, a Hollywood location map and much, much, more, the Blu-ray offers a comprehensive guide to this enduring cinematic treasure. In addition, the Blu-ray features a never-before-released deleted scene entitled “The Paramount-Don’t-Want-Me Blues”, which was obtained from the Academy Film Archive and features Academy Award-winning songwriters
Jay Livingston and Ray Evans performing a comedic song that was cut for fear of being too Hollywood insider in 1950.
SUNSET BOULEVARD Blu-ray
The SUNSET BOULEVARD Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Mono Dolby TrueHD, French Mono Dolby Digital, Spanish Mono Dolby Digital, Portuguese Mono Dolby Digital and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. Disc contents are as follows:
• Commentary by Ed Sikov, author of On Sunset Blvd: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder
• Sunset Boulevard: The Beginning
• Sunset Boulevard: A Look Back
• The Noir Side of Sunset Boulevard
• Sunset Boulevard Becomes a Classic
• Two Sides of Ms. Swanson
• Stories of Sunset Boulevard
• Mad About the Boy: A Portrait of William Holden
• Recording Sunset Boulevard
• The City of Sunset Boulevard
• Franz Waxman and the Music of Sunset Boulevard
• Morgue Prologue Script Pages
• Deleted Scene—“The Paramount-Don’t-Want-Me Blues” (HD)
• Hollywood Location Map
• Behind the Gates: The Lot
• Edith Head: The Paramount Years
• Paramount in the ‘50s
• The Movie
• Theatrical Trailer (HD)
The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival continues its monthly movie series “GLOW Miami” by presenting “Gayby,” directed by Jonathan Lisecki.
This amiable comedic adventure captures 30-something-year-old Jenn, a yoga instructor, who persuades her gay best friend Matt into having a child together. Distrustful of doctors and fertility treatments, they agree to approach things “the old fashioned way.” Gayby examines unconventional friendships, as well as the challenges of creating a family. Filled with wry twists and contagiously sweet characters, Gayby successfully pairs sentiment and easy laughs into one indie-wrapped package.
HBO Latin America is proud to be the sole presenting sponsor of the Glow series. The MGLFF “GLOW Miami” series consists of a monthly program filled with feature films and documentaries produced with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in mind. The films chosen are produced and directed by prominent independent filmmakers from across the globe.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception--cash bar & complimentary hors d’oeuvres.
8:00 p.m. Screening
90 NW 29th Street
Miami, FL 33127
Advanced: $6 Members / $10 Guests
Box Office: $10 Members / $16 Guests
+ $2 transaction fee per order
Tickets are available here.
MADRID -- Spain's Constitutional Court upheld the legality of the country's gay marriage law on Tuesday, rejecting an appeal contending that marriage in the Spanish constitution means only the union of a man and woman.
The county's top court voted 8-3 to dismiss the appeal of the conservative Popular Party filed shortly after Spain became the world's third country to approve gay marriage.
Spain's Parliament passed the gay marriage law in 2005 when it was Socialist-controlled, with Popular Party deputies opposed. The Popular Party took power late last year after the Socialists were ousted over their handling of the economy.
The gay marriage law angered the predominant Roman Catholic Church but opinion surveys showed most Spaniards backed it. Belgium and the Netherlands approved gay marriage laws before Spain.
More than 22,000 gay marriages have taken place in Spain.