The Gay Agenda
By Joseph Hassan
Friday, September 26: Opening tonight on the big screen is Choke, director Clark Gregg's nihilistic dark comedy that combines sex addicts, Virginia's colonial Williamsburg, tenuous mother-son relationships, Jesus's foreskin, and a scam involving choking in upscale restaurants. The film is a wicked adaptation of the novel by queer author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club). The fantastic Sam Rockwell (above right, with Brad William Henke) and Anjelica Huston star. Check out background on the film and interviews with Gregg and Palahniuk.
Saturday, September 27: Today thousands of people from across the country are expected to participate in The Recovery Project's Recovery Rally, forming a human chain across New York City's Brooklyn Bridge. The Recovery Project is a multi-year initiative launched by A&E (which produces Intervention, the gripping reality show that follows people struggling with addiction) and formed in partnership with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations. This year's rally will conclude at City Hall Park in Lower Manhattan with a special performance by venerable gay singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright.
Sunday, September 28: In 2003, Reichen Lehmkuhl and Chip Arndt became the first gay couple to win CBS's The Amazing Race. Today, the network premieres the 13th installation of this adrenaline-pumping race around the world. Contestants this season include southern belle best friends Marisa and Brooke, the latter of whom apparently speaks Swahili. (We can't wait to see that.) Also be on the lookout for 22-year-old hottie Nick (paired with his sister Star), whose biggest weakness is 'being condescending' to her. Let's hope his second-biggest "weakness" is men. Tune in to CBS tonight at 8:00 PM EST. Another must-see is the HBO series premiere of Little Britain USA, in which the stars of the BBC smash-hit Little Britain -- goofballs Matt Lucas (gay) and David Walliams (not gay, but totally into third-rate drag) -- bring their surreal, edgy sketch comedy to the U.S. With routines updated for this side of the pond, the show promises to be an outrageous look at the quirkiest inhabitants of the country. Read more about Little Britain from Out's cover story here, then tune in to HBO at 10:30 PM EST.