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Podcast: The GOP’s anti-gay circus

GA Voice editor Laura Douglas-Brown was featured on AM 1690 | The Voice of the Arts this week in a bi-weekly segment highlighting upcoming arts and entertainment events and LGBT community news featured in our upcoming issue.

In this week's segment, Laura discusses our cover story, an in-depth preview of the 2012 GOP primary elections, previews Atlanta's upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend events and highlights the new Focus Features film "Pariah."

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African-American teen coming out tale brings often-overlooked story to Atlanta big screen

New film 'Pariah' opens in Atlanta

The new film “Pariah” treads where few Hollywood features dare to go — detailing the coming out process of a young African-American lesbian.

“Pariah” stars Adepero Oduye as Alike, a poetry-loving 17-year-old living at home in Brooklyn with her parents, Audrey (Kim Wayans) and Arthur (Chris Parnell). Alike begins to realize she is a lesbian. Her best friend Laura (Pernell Walker) is already out and Alike starts to wonder what it would be like to have a girlfriend.
Director Dee Rees, producer Nekisa Cooper and actresses Oduye and Wayans were in Atlanta late last year to promote the film.

“Pariah” is based on a short film director Rees made in 2007, which in turn was influenced by a similar-themed feature.

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‘Beginners’ is moving film about older gay father, son

Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor in

Writer/director Mike Mills’ father did something bold at the age of 75: After his wife of 45 years passed away, he came out of the closet as gay. That autobiographical story is the basis of the new film “Beginners,” opening next week in Atlanta.

In the film, the bombshell revelation comes from the mouth of Hal (Christopher Plummer) to his surprised son Oliver (Ewan McGregor).  Hal isn’t interested in being quietly gay either: He wants to go out and find a new partner, even as he battles illness.  How he goes about leading his life eventually parallels the relationship of Oliver, who has romantic issues of his own, has with an actress (Melanie Laurent) with her own baggage.

Although Mills based the film on his own family circumstances, it isn’t a mirror image.