A Love To Hide

A Love to Hide (French title: Un amour à taire) is a French film made for television, directed by Christian Faure, which aired in 2005.

The action takes place in France during the Second World War.

A young Jewish girl, Sarah, is looking to escape the clutches of the Third Reich after seeing her parents and sister brutally slain by a smuggler who betrays them while attempting their way to England. Terrified, she is sheltered by her childhood friend Jean, a homosexual living a clandestine love affair with his lover, Philippe.

They are safe for the moment, thanks to Jean’s plan to pass her off as a Christian employee of his laundromat. However, a bad decision made by Jean’s troublesome brother, Jacques, causes Jean to be wrongly accused of being the lover of a German officer. Jean is then forced into a Nazi labor camp.

It is one of those rare films that depict homosexual deportation during World War II. It is loosely based on the book by Pierre Seel, entitled Moi, Pierre Seel, déporté homosexuel.

Cast

Jérémie Renier     …     Jean
Louise Monot     …     Sarah / Yvonne
Bruno Todeschini     …     Philippe
Michel Jonasz     …     Armand Lavandier
Charlotte de Turckheim     …     Marcelle Lavandier
Nicolas Gob     …     Jacques
Olivier Saladin     …     Breton

This is one of the most sad-yet-beautiful gay movies I’ve seen, as one might expect from a Nazi movie theme, where gay people must face terrible fate, but this movie is not just telling the story on the concentration camp, it tells about the dynamic of a family where jealousy reared its ugly head.

It was well-written and well-acted, deserved to be on the top of not just the best gay-themed movies, but also one of the best movies.

Some pics for you

Jérémie Renier

Bruno Todeschini

Nicolas Gob

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZU4dKBDSuEQ

Mark Feehily Interview in Carlow People

Mark interview in Carlow People 

2011 – March
Take From: Carlow People

INNER PEACE

Westlife’s Mark Feehily radiates hapiness, describing the past 12 years as ‘the most exhilarating experience one could imagine’. In a compellingly candid interview with Jim Gray, he charts his remarkable journey from being a shy schoolboy to becoming a pop 

“All I know is that coming out, for me, was the best thing I have ever done. It changed my life, allowed me to be happy with who I was. 

“There were definitely a few dark days early on. Remember, I was barely 19 years old. I was shy by nature, I didn’t like all the attention.” 

MARK FEEHILY never craved fame, so he is not seduced by it. Yes, he confirms, the Westlife rollercoaster has provided the most exhilarating experience one could imagine, and it has given him an amazing lifestyle for which he is extremely grateful. But, at 30 years of age, and having packed more adventure into the last 12 years than he could ever have believed possible, he remains remarkably grounded and unaffected. 

“Fame and celebrity and money have never been the motivation for me. Ever. When I first got involved in school musicals it wasn’t just so I could skip some classes. It was because I genuinely wanted to be involved. It’s exactly the same now. I’m in Westlife because I want to be a singer. The other stuff is the bonus, never the motivation, he maintains.” 

Refreshingly candid and free from any sense of self-importance, Mark remains an innately shy person, who has battled hard to find the right balance between the privacy he values so highly and the public persona which is so important to his professional life. 

Happiness and contentment has always been important in the Feehily family. The eldest of three children of Oliver and Marie his brothers, Barry and Colin, still live in Sligo Mark had an idyllic childhood, growing up with a huge posse of cousins in a rural setting about three miles from Sligo town. The values learned in those formative years have not been contaminated by fame and fortune. 

“I value the life I had before I became famous, and I make a conscious effort to retain as much of that as a I can. Fame was never like a drug for me. I didnt grow up dreaming about being a star. Ive learned to enjoy it, but I would never be carried away by it”, he says. 

As if to prove the point, the highlight for him this year occurred last weekend not a glitzy, glamourous showbiz party or a mega concert, but his granny Mai Feehilys 90th birthday party.
“I’m the oldest grandchild and Ive always been close to my grandparents. Celebrating Nana Mais big day in Sligo was something really special for all my family”, he relates. 

A mildly talented tin whistle player as a youngster at Calry National School, Mark would never have been considered to be more than an average musical talent until he suddenly discovered, during a talent show in Summerhill College, that his singing voice set him apart. 

“People who never even noticed me before were telling me I had this really soulful voice. I didnt even know what that meant. But it set something off in me. The next thing I remember was seeing Shane Filan in a school production of Grease, and I knew immediately thats what I wanted to do. I hadnt a clue how to go about it, being on stage was like another planet for me. But I started scanning the local papers for auditions, and that led to Mary McDonagh giving me a lead role in Godspell. It hit a nerve. I was hooked”, Mark recalls, also noting the early influence of his music teacher at Summerhill, Dave McEvoy. 

The rest, as they say, is history. Westlife have gone on to conquer the world of pop music and their popularity shows no signs of wilting. Its a source of pride for Mark that the fan base still encompasses everyone from toddlers to grannies. He has no time for the musical snobbery which often seeks to denigrate their music. 

“I remember in the early days being quite upset with a review of one of our concerts in Sweden. But weve learned to take that on board. I remember being at a Prince concert and thinking it was definitely the best performance I had ever seen in my life. The next day the papers absolutely panned it. It made me realise not to pay too much attention to music critics”, he confides. 

During the course of a wide-ranging chat, he openly talks about how he loves and appreciates the opportunities Westlife has given him, but also about the darker days’ in his early Westlife career, when the dawning of adolesence suddenly found him catapulted into a world which often bordered on insanity, when coping with newfound fame and fortune would have been difficult enough without the added personal challenge of coming to terms with his sexuality, and how his natural shyness caused him to wonder on more than one occasion whether this was really the life he wanted. 

To the watching world, it seemed that the three Sligo teenagers, Kian Egan, Shane Filan and Mark, barely beyond their Leaving Cert, had somehow unearthed the crock of gold at the end of the rainbow, and that was certainly the case. But for Mark Feehily, the rainbow sometimes had a slightly darker hue. 

”There were definitely a few dark days early on. Remember, I was barely 19 years old. I was shy by nature, I didn’t actually like people looking at me. I didn’t like all the attention. And yes, there were times when I would be so nervous before a television show or a performance, that I wondered is this really for me. Am I cut out for this? But that was balanced by this indescribable rush of adrenalin I’d get from performing. There was just a magnificent buzz about being up there on stage and people responding to what we were doing. I loved every minute of that side of things.” But an even tougher challenge for the teenager, by then a famous pop star and a reluctant pin-up’ boy, was the dawning of the realisation that he was gay. He is quite happy to elaborate. 

”The fact that the explosion of Westlife coincided almost exactly with the period in my life when I was beginning to question my sexuality made the whole thing that much more difficult to deal with. 

”In one way, being in the band was good, because it was a distraction. We were on the road every day, flying all over the world, doing all the shows and so on, that I was able to put the question of my sexuality to the back of my mind. It was something I knew I would have to deal with, but I could say to myself not today, too busy today. 

”So I put it in a box and locked it away and got on with life. But I was often unhappy, because I suppose I knew I wasn’t being true to myself. The idea out there at the time was that all these young girls loved us and all of that, and that made it even more crazy. 

”I remember all those teeny magazine interviews where we’d be asked questions about our favourite type of girls and our first kiss and all of that. Smash Hits never ask about your favourite type of boy! So, while everything seemed to be like a dream come true, for me it was all a bit unreal.” 

Meeting his partner, Kevin McDaid, who was then in a boyband himself and could, therefore, empathise with the sort of unreal existence Mark was experiencing, changed everything.
”The thing that finally set me free was falling in love with Kevin. It’s like the penny dropped. I suddenly realised I didn’t care who knows about this. This is me. This is who I am. I knew that those who loved me, my parents, family, friends, the lads in the band, would still be there and would be supportive”, he recalls. 

Although not wanting in any way to become a gay icon or a one-man advice bureau, Mark is conscious that because he is in the public eye, people experiencing their own difficulties with sexuality might look to him as a role model. 

“I have no problem with that. But, really, all I can say to people is to be honest with themselves. Bottling it or trying to hide it away is not the right thing to do. In fact, it can be dangerous. All I know is that coming out, for me, was the best thing I have ever done. It changed my life, allowed me to be happy with who I was. I believe everybody should feel free to express who they are as a person. Its not about sex, but about being honest with yourself and others, and being happy. Most important, its about love and everyone has the right to fall in love and have a soul mate without questioning it”, he says. 

As to the future, he points out that Westlife schedules are carefully planned to allow each member individual freedom. An instinctively creative person, Mark would like to use this time to develop his interests in art and photography, and he wouldnt rule out the possibility of a West End musical if the opportunity ever arose. But he stresses that Westlife commitments come first.
”From day one, we always said if we were to succeed then Westlife would have to be above everything else, and weve never deviated from that. Our ambition initially would have been just to have a CD in Sligo. We got that and we set our sights on a single in Ireland, then the UK and so on. 

“We’ve never got too far ahead of ourselves. But always we knew we had to work at it, and we will continue to do that. I honestly believe Westlife will last as long as we want it and as long as were committed to the work that goes with it. We have much greater control over our own destiny now. I don’t see us packing in any time soon”, he pledges. 

As we part company, a mother somewhat sheepishly approaches with two gobsmacked young children, barely able to believe the Westlife star from their bedroom posters is standing in front of them. Mark greets them as if they were long-lost cousins. Happiness shared.
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Happiness is all around 😉

We still think about Stephen every day, says Westlife Mark

We still think about Stephen every day, says Westlife Mark

2010 – October

Take From:
http://www.herald.ie/entertainment/around-town/we-still-think-about-stephen-every-day-says-westlife-mark-2384098.html

By Lorna Nolan

Stephen Gately. Photo: PA

 

Monday October 18 2010

 

WESTLIFE’S Mark Feehily admits that he is still haunted by the death of Boyzone’s Stephen Gately one year after his tragic passing.
The Sligo-born singer explained how he and his fellow bandmates; Nicky Byrne, Shane Filan and Kian Egan could not attend an anniversary service in memory of the singer, which took place at the St Laurence O’Toole church on Sheriff Street, as they were in London for a photoshoot.
“We still think about Stephen and talk about him, it’s not that the situation has left our minds at all,” he said, adding he was also hit by Gerry Ryan’s death.
ASHES
“I mean even on Wednesday morning I was at home in Sligo and I almost went to go and turn on the radio to listen to Gerry Ryan. You know it’s tough and you do think about them a lot,” he added.
The star added that he knew nothing about the alleged falling out between the family of Stephen Gately and the late pop star’s husband Andrew Cowles over the scattering of his ashes earlier this month.
“I suppose it’s a very sensitive subject, only the family and him [Cowles] will ever know what really happened.
“It’s like politics.”
Mark, who got engaged to his longtime partner Kevin McDaid last January, says they are planning their nuptials.
The star says they have yet to decide on a date or venue, but feels strongly that they should have the right to hold their civil partnership in Ireland if they so choose. “I would love to have the choice to marry in Ireland, it’s just a matter of being equal to everyone else,” Mark explained.
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“I think I should have the choice. Ireland has come a long way but there’s still a long way to go. Right now we’re an engaged couple. We’re brainstorming at the moment. It’s probably going to be the best day of our lives so we want to make it really special,” he added.
Mark also spoke of his excitement ahead of Westlife’s first official concert at the O2 which takes place on April 2.
Tickets for the gig went on sale last Friday at 9am from all usual outlets and are expected to sell out fast. “We’ve never actually played the O2 to full capacity before.
“The acoustic gig was more of an intimate, small performance so we’re all very excited,” Mark explained.
“We’re just meeting our creative team at the moment to make all the plans.”
We missed you Steve 😦
anyway, I don’t understand, I thought Ireland has passed the civil partnership law for gay people, why does Mark say that he’s doesn’t have the choice?

‘LEGALISE GAY MARRIAGE IN IRELAND’ Westlife star Mark’s plea.

2010 – October
Take From:
The Irish Mirror

By Leanne Smyth

WESTLIFE star Mark Feehily has called for gay marriage to be made legal.

The singer said he wishes he could marry boyfriend Kevin McDaid without any restrictions and be afforded the same rights as his bandmates.

Mark, 30, added: “Like anyone else I want equality. I want to have the choice to get married wherever I want, just like everybody else.

“I am still reading up on different legislation matters about getting married, I’m still learning loads about it.

“But at the end of the day I would just like to be like any of my friends and the other members of the band and have the choice to get married whenever, wherever I want, be it Ireland or anywhere.”

The star said he can’t escape all the wedding talk as everyone wants to hear what the boys plan to do on their big day.

He added: “Everyone’s asking me did we set a date, we haven’t as yet because we haven’t been engaged that long really.

“It’s only been since January so it’s not that long at all really. We are still enjoying the moment.

“We are always talking about it and thinking of dates, places and times.

“Everyday we are getting closer to the date and time. We are looking into a lot of different options for now.” The star also revealed Westlife are gearing up to release their new album in November.

He said: “It’s going to be great – we got a great response to our new single after they played clips of it on the X Factor last week.

“It’s an original song and we think that our fans will love it. It’s very Westlife.”

Mark revealed that the muchloved foursome are desperate to appear on this year’s talent show and perform their new track.

He added: “We have appeared on it every year so far but we would never take it for granted and expect that we would automatically be on it.

“We won’t be jumping up and down though until we get the call.

“But I have to say that we would love to go on it this year again.”

The bold part, I guess I’m guilty as charged, lol…

anyway, here’s another pic of them

they’re so adorable, I wish you guys a lifetime of happiness 🙂

Gay Games Cologne 2010

Around 10,000 gay and lesbian athletes from around the globe are expected to descend on the western German city of Cologne tomorrow to participate in the international Gay Games.

Entrants from more than 70 countries are due to take part in an eclectic mix of events including football, transgender ballroom dancing and cheerleading. A cultural programme includes art exhibitions, choir concerts and film screenings.

Many of the participants have adopted false identities because of fears that they will be persecuted on their return home.

“We want to demonstrate that the exclusion of gays and lesbians, especially in the sporting world, has to end,” said Thorsten Moeck, of the organisation committee.

“Among the represented countries are plenty in which it’s still an absolute taboo to out yourself.”

While most participants come from Germany and the US, the list of countries represented will also include Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico and Zimbabwe.

Moeck said for many, including Mexico’s gay soccer team, whose identities have been deliberately kept secret, it would be a “unique opportunity” to be surrounded by fellow gays and lesbians.

Eastern European sportsmen and women, from countries where discrimination is more or less systematic, have this year been invited to the event for free.

The Gay Games first started in San Francisco in 1982 and takes place every four years. Its founding father was the openly gay decathlete Tom Waddell, who died of Aids in 1987.

This year’s host city is home to Europe’s largest gay and lesbian sport club, SC Janus.

The Australian Olympic gymnast Matthew Mitcham, who won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and is one of the few major athletes to have ever come out, will open the event.

“This event brings gay and lesbian life onto the soccer pitch, the athletics track and into the swimming pool,” he said. “This is a great opportunity for all gays and lesbians to show the world that as a community we’re not a bunch of stereotypes.”

The event has been overshadowed by events at last week’s Love Parade festival, in the nearby city of Duisburg, in which 21 people were trampled to death and which has led to calls for tighter safety procedures at large-scale events in Germany.

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I wonder whether openly gay athletes such as Gareth Thomas, Matthew Mitcham and Blake Skjellerup would be there, it would be fun 🙂

Lastly, a pic of Gareth Thomas

one pitcher of Matthew Mitcham

one of Blake Skjellerup

Idiom for the day: Landslide Victory

A landslide victory is a victory in an election by a very large margin.

Joe McElderry Revealed that He’s Gay

Joe McElderry has revealed he is gay, declaring: “I’m really happy, I now know who I am.”

The 19-year-old X Factor winner made the brave decision to come out in an emotional *interview with the Mirror, just a week after telling his mum.

Joe has always denied rumours he was gay, but insisted the reason was he didn’t know himself until recently.

He added: “I’ve had time to think about things. I wasn’t attracted to anyone anyway, male or female. It never really entered my head I was gay. But I just know. It’s how I feel.”

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He also gives confirmation on his official website

A message from Joe

Hey Guys,

Tomorrow there will be some articles about me in the newspapers because I have been doing some important interviews today. I wanted you to know that the articles are true. I also wanted you to know that I really respect your loyal support and all the kind messages I have had from you up to this date.

I have always been a very honest person and so it is important for me to continue to be honest. It has been the most amazing year so far and I feel so privileged. It’s also been a time of real self realisation and I feel as if I have grown up so much in these few months.

There has been speculation about my sexuality in the past and I have always been honest at the time I have been asked. Over the past few weeks I have really had time to reflect and to realise who I am. I spoke to my friends and family about this in the last few days and it was important to do the same for you all as you have been so supportive.

I have had nothing but support from you and many of you have been very open in saying that you will continue to support me whatever my sexuality. It is important to me to let you know first, so that you know the stories in the papers are true. I made the choice to speak openly about this.

Again, I can’t thank you enough for all your support.

Everything is going well and I’m really happy to be able to move forward from here

Joe. x

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Oh, he’s so brave, coming out to public after only been a week he come out to his mother, bless him.

I wish you a long and successful career Joe 🙂