Wednesday, August 17, 2022

First gay feature film was in 1919



Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Good Riddance To Bad Rubbish" went up tonight, hot off the presses. :D

Out Magazine has a look at nine TV coming outs -- characters on TV coming out.  I would agree with Ellen and Schitt's Creek being memorable.  I am surprised Will & Grace didn't make the list.  The Thanksgiving episode when Jack finally came out to his mother.  Or the two episodes that were a flashback to when Will and Grace were in college together and Will came out.

Over at The Advocate, they're writing about Different From The Others, a feature film from 1919 -- thought to be the first film about a gay character:

The first known film with a gay love story was made more than 100 years ago.

Greatly predating Brokeback Mountain, Making Love, and all the rest, the 1919 German film Different From the Others tells the story of two men who fall in love, one a prominent musician and the other his protégé, and are threatened by a blackmailer. The film argues for the acceptance of homosexuality.

The Outfest UCLA Legacy Project restored the film to the extent possible a few years ago. The Legacy Project is a partnership between Outfest, Los Angeles’s LGBTQ+ film festival, and the University of California, Los Angeles, Film and Television Archive. It screened at New York City's NewFest in 2016.

“To use the term ‘restore’ would be wrong,” says Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the archive, told Back2Stonewall recently. “There’s not enough footage for a real restoration. But what we have put together allows people to experience the remarkable culture that existed in Berlin in the 1920s, which was wiped out, of course, by the Nazis. As far as I know, this is the earliest document we have of gays and lesbians being represented on-screen.”

LGBTQ+ rights activist Magnus Hirschfeld wrote Different From the Others with Richard Oswald, and Oswald directed it. There are only about 40 minutes of the film still existing, the site reports. It was banned soon after its release, and when the Nazis came to power in the 1930s, they destroyed most copies of it. However, some of the film had been edited into a 1927 release called Laws of Love, in which Hirschfeld gives lectures about sex and reproduction.

It stars Conrad Veidt and Fritz Schultz as the lovers.

I had a day at work and I'm just exhausted so I'm leaving it at that.

Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

 Wednesday, August 17, 2022.  Look to the monkeypox failures to see how poorly Joe Biden's doing as president, Moqtada al-Sadr is accused of resorting to attempted murder (again), and much more.

 Isabella A. Liberman (THE ADVOCATE) reports:

Jonathan Van Ness has slammed the U.S. government's response to monkeypox (MPV), saying that it is “fueled by homophobia and transphobia.”

In the essay published on Monday in Time, Van Ness breaks down the moment the first case of MPV was confirmed in the U.S. to now.

“When an outbreak affects mainly men who have sex with men, some portion of our elected legislators will have no incentive to act,” the nonbinary Queer Eye star wrote.

The first case of MPV was identified in the U.S. on May 18. Since then, the CDC reported 11,890 confirmed cases.

As cases began to rise in June, primarily spreading among queer men, Van Ness believed the government's negligence caused cases to increase exponentially.

“The U.S. has an inadequate supply of vaccines, and this shortage could have been prevented. If our government doesn’t prioritize more robust vaccine access, the outbreak is going to become an even greater problem,” the 35-year-old wrote.

Yes, it is a government failure.  Joe Biden doesn't know what the hell he's doing and refused to address it seriously. And that's why you don't make dottering old fools presidents.  Dan Diamond,  Fenit Nirappil and Lena H. Sun (WASHINGTON POST) report:

The nation’s top health officials believed they had finally hit upon a solution to quell weeks of public criticism about the straggling government response to the monkeypox outbreak spreading across the country this summer.

They would stretch the nation’s limited supply of the only FDA-approved vaccine for monkeypox by splitting doses to cover five times as many people — an admission, after repeated reassurances by top government officials, that the United States did not have enough shots for every at-risk American, after all.

But after Health and Human Services officials announced their proposal on Aug. 4, Paul Chaplin, chief executive of Bavarian Nordic, the vaccine’s manufacturer, called a senior U.S. health official and accused the Biden administration of breaching its contracts with his company by planning to use the doses in an unapproved manner. Even worse, said two people with knowledge of the episode, Chaplin threatened to cancel all future vaccine orders from the United States, throwing into doubt the administration’s entire monkeypox strategy.

“People are begging for monkeypox vaccines, and we’ve just pissed off the one manufacturer,” said one official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment.

The behind-the-scenes clash with Bavarian Nordic, which has not previously been reported, was just the latest episode in a monkeypox response beset by turf wars, ongoing surprises and muddled messaging, with key partners frequently finding themselves out of sync as they race to catch up to a rapidly unfolding crisis.

For two months, the Biden administration has been chased by headlines about its failure to order enough vaccines, speed treatments and make tests available to head off an outbreak that has grown from one case in Massachusetts on May 17 to more than 12,600 this week, overwhelmingly among gay and bisexual men. And 100 days after the outbreak was first detected in Europe, no country has more cases than the United States — with public health experts warning the virus is on the verge of becoming permanently entrenched here.

“I think there’s a potential to get this back in the box, but it’s going to be very difficult at this point,” Scott Gottlieb, who led the Food and Drug Administration under Donald Trump and has advised the Biden administration on its response to public health outbreaks, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” last week.

Interviews with more than 40 officials working on the monkeypox response, outside advisers, public health experts and patients show that despite efforts to learn from the nation’s coronavirus failures, officials struggled to meet growing demand for testing, vaccines and treatments. Early mistakes, including the failure to recognize the virus was spreading differently and far more aggressively than it had previously, and a plodding bureaucracy left hundreds of thousands of gay men facing the threat of an agonizing illness that has not led to U.S. fatalities but can cause painful lesions some have likened to being pierced by shards of glass while going to the bathroom. And experts fear broader circulation of a virus that can infect anyone by close contact.

He was never up to the job.  It was true even when the nation was only dealing with one pandemic.  It remains true.   Salem Lee Jakes Tweets:

The U.S. has the most Covid infected in the World The U.S. has the most Monkeypox infected in the World Joe Biden Has Completely Given Up

Patrick Bruck Tweets:

Joe Biden and the US Government has abandoned their people to successive pandemics. #CovidIsNotOver #monkeypox

Wall Street Is Our Enemy Tweets:

US FLOCKS TO CANADA FOR MONEKYPOX VACCINE. In Aug., Biden declared Monkeypox a public healthcare emergency, but his administration has acted too slow. 3.5M vaccines are needed to control the growth, but only 550K will be delivered in October and 5.5M in 2023. 😡

Many of the people who say they love LGBT people hate them. The biggest enemies of LGBT people are actually their “allies.” The most homophobic people in the world are people who are afraid of telling LGBT people the truth.

Monkeypox is evidence of this. The “allies” of LGBTQ people in politics and media are refusing to tell gay men the truth about monkeypox. 

According to the World Health Organization, 95% of people infected with monkeypox are gay men.

However, though this current outbreak has been mostly transmitted through sexual acts between gay men, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say monkeypox isn’t a sexually transmitted disease. 

No, it's not known to be spread through sex.  It's not said to be spread through semen, for example.  It's spread through skin-to-skin contact -- which can include sex.  

Maybe next time you're posing as being vested in the truth, you might actually try being factual.

This is from the World Health Organization: 

  • Monkeypox is transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal, or with material contaminated with the virus.
  • Monkeypox virus is transmitted from one person to another by close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials such as bedding.

  • Got is, Sammy Sey?  Maybe now you can go back to Tweeting: "We are not merely bearing the consequences of living in a post-Christian society.  We are bearing the consequences of living in an anti-Christian society."  

    Sad, sick and perverted describes Sammy Sey and his desire to pretend he's the friend to the LGBTQ community.  Just one more lie on a mountain of lies from Sammy Sey.

    Again from the World Health Organization:

    Human monkeypox was first identified in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in a 9-month-old boy in a region where smallpox had been eliminated in 1968. Since then, most cases have been reported from rural, rainforest regions of the Congo Basin, particularly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and human cases have increasingly been reported from across central and west Africa.

    Since 1970, human cases of monkeypox have been reported in 11 African countries: Benin, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Nigeria, the Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone and South Sudan. The true burden of monkeypox is not known. For example, in 1996–97, an outbreak was reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a lower case fatality ratio and a higher attack rate than usual. A concurrent outbreak of chickenpox (caused by the varicella virus, which is not an orthopoxvirus) and monkeypox was found, which could explain real or apparent changes in transmission dynamics in this case. Since 2017, Nigeria has experienced a large outbreak, with over 500 suspected cases and over 200 confirmed cases and a case fatality ratio of approximately 3%. Cases continue to be reported until today.

    Monkeypox is a disease of global public health importance as it not only affects countries in west and central Africa, but the rest of the world. In 2003, the first monkeypox outbreak outside of Africa was in the United States of America and was linked to contact with infected pet prairie dogs. These pets had been housed with Gambian pouched rats and dormice that had been imported into the country from Ghana. This outbreak led to over 70 cases of monkeypox in the U.S. Monkeypox has also been reported in travelers from Nigeria to Israel in September 2018, to the United Kingdom in September 2018, December 2019, May 2021 and May 2022, to Singapore in May 2019, and to the United States of America in July and November 2021. In May 2022, multiple cases of monkeypox were identified in several non-endemic countries. Studies are currently underway to further understand the epidemiology, sources of infection, and transmission patterns.  



    Animal-to-human (zoonotic) transmission can occur from direct contact with the blood, bodily fluids, or cutaneous or mucosal lesions of infected animals. In Africa, evidence of monkeypox virus infection has been found in many animals including rope squirrels, tree squirrels, Gambian pouched rats, dormice, different species of monkeys and others. The natural reservoir of monkeypox has not yet been identified, though rodents are the most likely. Eating inadequately cooked meat and other animal products of infected animals is a possible risk factor. People living in or near forested areas may have indirect or low-level exposure to infected animals.

    Human-to-human transmission can result from close contact with respiratory secretions, skin lesions of an infected person or recently contaminated objects. Transmission via droplet respiratory particles usually requires prolonged face-to-face contact, which puts health workers, household members and other close contacts of active cases at greater risk. However, the longest documented chain of transmission in a community has risen in recent years from 6 to 9 successive person-to-person infections. This may reflect declining immunity in all communities due to cessation of smallpox vaccination. Transmission can also occur via the placenta from mother to fetus (which can lead to congenital monkeypox) or during close contact during and after birth. While close physical contact is a well-known risk factor for transmission, it is unclear at this time if monkeypox can be transmitted specifically through sexual transmission routes. Studies are needed to better understand this risk.

    Pin it on Joe Biden.  He wasn't ready for it.  He didn't get ready for it.  He seems to govern from one prolonged senior moment to the next, constantly needing reminders to pay attention to this or that developing crisis.  Roj Eli Zalla (RUDAW)  reports:

    The US State Department on Tuesday urged the Iraqi and Kurdish governments to determine a way that supports “existing and future” investments as looming disputes between Erbil and Baghdad could set back those interests.

    “We have been and we encourage the parties to determine a way forward that supports existing and future investments” in Iraq and the Region, department Spokesperson Ned Price said in response to Rudaw’s question during his daily briefing on Tuesday.

    "Any dispute between Baghdad and Erbil has the potential to set back those interests and the interest that we do share with the people of Iraq and Kurdish people as well,” Price added.

    The remarks come a day after the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee called for the “highest level” US engagement in the Kurdistan Region.

    “We urge you immediately to engage at a high-level with the KRG and the Iraqi government to safeguard the economic stability of the [Kurdistan Region of Iraq],” the lawmakers wrote in a letter directed to President Joe Biden’s administration.

    "We urge you immediately to engage" -- that's what the Committee had to do, they had to remind him to act.  Again, it's one senior moment after another with Joe Biden.  This political stalemate is now over ten months long but it 'slips' Joe's mind.

    In Iraq, some followers of cult leader Moqtada al-Sadr have sent up a tent city in the Green Zone to block people from entering Parliament.  On Arabic social media, the big topic is that's not how The October Revolution was treated.  Again, people are making the obvious comparisons and are stating that these cult members are allowed in the Green Zone and to disrupt the government by the caretake prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

    Mustafa is calling for political rivals to meet up and dialogue.  The only real impact of the call was to derail Moqtada's planned rally.

    Iraq’s firebrand Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr backtracked after earlier urging his supporters to join a massive rally. #Iraq #MoqtadaSadr #Baghdad #WorldNews Read here:

    Not that anyone listens to Mustafa.  AL-MONITOR reports:

    Finance Minister Ali Abdul-Amir Allawi resigned today amidst Iraq's continuing political crisis.

    Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who tried to change Allawi's mind before the meeting, ultimately accepted his resignation.

    Kadhimi appointed current Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar to head the Finance Ministry in addition to his other position.

    Mustafa can't hold the failure that his Cabinet together.  And there are accusations that Moqtada and his cult are again resorting to violence.  RUDAW reports:

    Dozens of tribesmen gathered in the southern province of Muthanna on Monday night displaying their weapons while firing into the air as they vowed to revenge against anyone affiliated with an Iraqi lawmaker’s alleged assassination attempt a day prior.

    Independent MP Bassim Khashan and supporters from his tribe - al-Barki - accused Muqtada al-Sadr’s Saraya al-Salam militia of having attempted to assassinate him by attacking his motorcade in the town of Affak in Samawa on Sunday, due to criticisms allegedly published against Sadr on Khashan’s social media platforms.

    "These fresh-blooded young people are all here because they know that aggression has been committed not against an individual only, but the entire tribe. They consider this attack of aggression against the state,” Khashan told Rudaw’s Mustafa Goran.

    Meanwhile, James Zogby Tweets:

    Wow! This is such garbage. The NYTimes is blaming Iraqis for the divisive sectarian political system the US imposed on Iraq. And it mischaracterizes what Moqtada al Sadr wants for the country.

    Haven't read the article.  Avoided it out of fear that it's written by Jane Arraf -- there's only so much a person can take in one day.

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