The Gay Agenda


By Joseph Hassan

Friday, September 19: If you've found yourself drawn into HBO's slick new vampire series, True Blood, we have good news: You can witness more drama now from the show's gay creator, Alan Ball, on the big screen. Based on a novel by Alicia Erian, Ball's new film, Towelhead, tells the story of Jasira (Summer Bishil), a 13-year-old Arab-Amerian girl in suburban Houston who is struggling with discrimination from her peers and tackling her budding sexuality (sultry photos of female magazine models are the first images to get her ticking). Gay fave Toni Collette also makes an appearance. Towelhead is dark like Ball's Oscar-winning American Beauty, but with more of a social conscious. See for yourself here.

Saturday, September 20: Forget Daniel 'Harry Potter' Radcliffe in Broadway's Equus. All right, how could you really forget that? Regardless, here's your chance to saddle up to the real deal. The BigHorn Rodeo, organized by the Nevada Gay Rodeo Association, is taking place this weekend in Las Vegas. Steers, stirrups, spurs, and gay cowboys' What more could you ask for on a Saturday afternoon, as more than 100 contestants participate in 800 individual performances. In addition to the typical rodeo fare, Bighorn features live entertainment, dancing, and down-home dining. Proceeds from this year's event will benefit the Sin Sity Sisters AIDS Drug Assistance Program and the FOCUS Hot Meals Program. Come out for a gay ole time and support a good cause at Horseman's Park (from September 19-21).

Sunday, September 21: If you can't play with the cowboys in Vegas, head to the Lone Star State to catch the annual Texas Freedom Parade, which takes to the streets today in downtown Dallas. For more info on the parade, which culminates in a full-on festival at Lee Park, and its featured events, go here. Proceeds benefit Youth First Texas, a social organization that supports GLBTQ youth across the state.