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WATCH: Ellen Page Comes Out (VIDEO)

On Valentine's Day at the Human Rights Campaign conference, Ellen Page extolled the virtue of love as she came out. "I am here today because I am gay..And maybe I can help others to have an easier time, I am tired of hiding." Watch the moving video below. BRAVO.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 15, 2014 12:36 AM
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'Out in the Dark': The Love that Dare Not Speak Its Name Dares to Challenge Borders

Michael Mayer came to the topic of "Out in the Dark," his debut feature which had its world premiere earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, through a combination of chance and unexpected passion. The Israeli-born filmmaker was eating dinner in Los Angeles with a friend from Tel Aviv who mentioned his work with gay Palestinians living in Israel and told Mayer about their legal, political and emotional uncertainties. "It kind of blew me away," he told me in a phone interview last week. "It was the first time since film school when I was like, 'oh shit, I want to tell that story.'"
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • September 24, 2013 3:17 PM
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Sundance Fave 'Concussion' Is a Sexy, Sometimes Troubling Look at Sexuality and Self-Worth (TRAILER)

The title of Stacie Passon's new film "Concussion" is a bit of a misdirect. The eponymous baseball accident in the first five minutes of the film could well be the cause of everything that follows, but it could also be little more than an instigating incident--a fluke of life that separates what was before from what is now. It's a testament to Passon's subtle and somewhat conflicting film that it's impossible to tell just what the concussion in "Concussion" really signifies.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • September 16, 2013 12:24 PM
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NewFest Celebrates 25 Years of LGBT Film in New York City (CLIPS)

This year marks the 25th anniversary of NewFest, New York's LGBT film festival, and the second year the fest has partnered with L.A.'s Outfest and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Below, you can check out a trailer of clips from films featured at NewFest 2013, available for the first time on the web here at TOH!
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • September 10, 2013 11:47 AM
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WATCH: Exclusive Clip from Rodney Evans's Sexuality-Bender 'The Happy Sad'

After his 2004 Sundance award-winner "Brother to Brother," director Rodney Evans is back with his sophomore attempt "The Happy Sad," a film that examines modern relationships in all their complexity and contradiction.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 13, 2013 2:09 PM
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LGBT Activists Challenge the Status Quo in Documentaries 'The New Black' and 'Call Me Kuchu'

To the outside observer, political movements can become reduced to a series of rarely-challenged expressions of conventional wisdom. But two new documentaries "The New Black" and "Call Me Kuchu," which are landing on the scene contemporaneously, present a compelling challenge to assumptions about LGBT rights.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 25, 2013 1:06 PM
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Memoir of a Hollywood Raconteur: Curtis Harrington's 'Nice Guys Don't Work in Hollywood'

When I was an undergraduate in UCLA’s film school in 1973, I interviewed Curtis Harrington for the UCLA Daily Bruin about his masterful "The Killing Kind." The filmmaker did not disappoint: He welcomed me into his gorgeous Art Nouveau-stuffed home in the Hollywood Hills and chatted openly and articulately about the unusual trajectory of his filmmaking career. He was at that time—and remained—one of the industry’s great near-misses, a man whose feature credits seemed to consist almost entirely of films maudits. He saved his grousing for his memoir, published posthumously by Drag City Books. Appropriately titled "Nice Guys Don’t Work In Hollywood: The Adventures of an Aesthete in the Movie Business," the book allows Harrington to finally tell his side of the story.
  • By Eric Myers
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  • June 21, 2013 1:43 PM
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