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Chase is the Founder and Creative Director of therepubliq.com, Host and Executive Producer of OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin. In 2012, CultureMap Austin named him one of Austin's Top LGBT bloggers and he received the AGLCC's Chamber Award for Social Media Diva.

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Cameron Hawthorn: “Dancing in the Living Room”

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Kansas-based country singer Cameron Hawthorn dropped the video for his latest single, “Dancing in the Living Room”; his first release since coming out to his fans on social media back in November 2018.

The video features intimate scenes of several couples dancing together in their home — including a lesbian couple, a senior couple and Hawthorn with his partner.

“I remember always thinking how special it was to dance freely with my boyfriend in the living room of our apartment — being gay, it’s not as easy to dance as a couple in public together as it is for a straight couple,” Hawthorn told The Advocate. “I wanted to express how special that moment is for a couple, when it’s just the two of you in the privacy of your own four walls.”

Hawthorn originally came out on social media back in November 2018 after watching Boy Erased.

“I just saw two movies, two nights in a row. The first was Boy Erased, last night. I saw it with one of my friends who is gay. This movie is about standing up for who you are in the face of people who want to deny you of your truth. My friend does that each and every day. And I’m proud to call him a friend because of that and much more.

“But you see, I’m also gay. And I haven’t felt like I could say that proudly until very recently. My journey getting here has taken many years and hasn’t been easy. There has been a lot of confusion, doubt, heartbreak and pain along the way. But also a lot of freedom, openness, and love. I’m so happy that I can finally stand proud in being who I am. And owning that whole-heartedly.

“I sadly and narrow-mindedly used to think that when people “came out”, they had lost themselves, given themselves up to the wrong “sinful” side, and just simply given up. But that is actually the complete opposite of what coming out is. It’s finding yourself, understanding yourself more fully, believing that you were made exactly the way you were supposed to be made.

“Seeing Boy Erased made me feel that undeniable feeling even more.”

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Wrote this last night and keep rereading it and rereading it. But here we go: Let me first say as I type this, I’m not sure if I’ll actually post it. But I’ve been wanting to for so long and I hope I do because it’s time. I just saw two movies, two nights in a row. The first was Boy Erased, last night. I saw it with one of my friends who is gay. This movie is about standing up for who you are in the face of people who want to deny you of your truth. My friend does that each and every day. And I’m proud to call him a friend because of that and much more. But you see, I’m also gay. And I haven’t felt like I could say that proudly until very recently. My journey getting here has taken many years and hasn’t been easy. There has been a lot of confusion, doubt, heartbreak and pain along the way. But also a lot of freedom, openness, and love. I’m so happy that I can finally stand proud in being who I am. And owning that whole-heartedly. I sadly and narrow-mindedly used to think that when people “came out”, they had lost themselves, given themselves up to the wrong “sinful” side, and just simply given up. But that is actually the complete opposite of what coming out is. It’s finding yourself, understanding yourself more fully, believing that you were made exactly the way you were supposed to be made. Seeing Boy Erased made me feel that undeniable feeling even more. Tonight I saw Bohemian Rhapsody, the life story of Freddie Mercury. As an artist, I’m blown away and inspired beyond words. As a gay artist, I’m so ready to tell my story and sing my truth to the world. I am, have always been and will always be Cameron. I’m so ready for the ride ahead and THANK YOU and LOVE YOU to those who have been by my side through it all. Another great movie if you haven’t seen it…Won’t You Be My Neighbor? “Nobody else can live the life you live. And even though no human being is perfect, we always have the chance to bring what’s unique about us to live in a redeeming way.” -Mr. Rogers ❤️

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#BigGayKickoff Returns for SXSW 2019

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Austin’s LGBTQ community kicks off the festivities for South by Southwest 2019 with the biggest and gayest party in town, the 7th annual #BigGayKickoff Party on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 6-10 PM. The #BigGayKickoff is produced jointly by therepubliq and the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Austin’s longest running gay bar, Oilcan Harry’s. It’s an opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender attendees of SXSW to get a taste of LGBTQ+ Austin.

03/09/18: 2018 #BigGayKickoff Party

In its seventh year, the #BigGay Kickoff Party has turned in to the largest single LGBTQ+ event during SXSW as SX vets and virgins alike head on over to 4th Street to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones. Attendees can pick up one (or a couple) of the chamber’s always popular Big Gay bags. So get there early. First-time visitors to Austin have the opportunity to talk to ALGBTCC board members and staff from therepubliq for tips and recommendations to make the most out of their stay in Austin as gay as possible.

As an unofficial SXSW event, no badges or wristbands are required and Oilcan Harry’s is open to attendees 21 years old and up.

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Making Montgomery Clift

aGLIFF and the Austin Film Society present the Texas premiere of Robert Anderson Clift & Hillary Demmon’s documentary MAKING MONTGOMERY CLIFT.

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The All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival, formerly known as the Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, along with the Austin Film Society, will host a screening of the Texas premiere of Robert Anderson Clift & Hillary Demmon’s documentary about the classic film star and queer icon Montgomery Clift in Austin on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

The iconic Hollywood actor Montgomery Clift — long described as “tragically self-destructive” and “tormented” by his sexuality — is being seen in a new light thanks in part to a documentary by his nephew Robert Clift, along with co-director Hillary Demmon. Using a a rich collection of never-before-seen footage from the family archives and exclusive audio interviews the documentary paints a much more complicated picture of the legendary actor that shows he was was unashamed of his sexuality, maintained a great sense of humor and even defied the studio system.

“I learned very early that there was a deep chasm between Monty, as remembered publicly, and Monty as remembered by family and loved ones,” says the actor’s nephew and documentary co-director Robert Clift. “This film gave me the opportunity to revisit those feelings and dig into the story behind the story. In the process, I hope that a more expansive view of my uncle’s life emerges, one that is truer to his powerful sense of integrity, creativity and intelligence.”

Interviews with family and close friends of Monty, including the personal accounts of his uncle Monty and father Brooks Clift, help paint a fresh portrait of star, complete with the actor’s passions, contributions and commitment to living and working in his own way and most importantly, one that shows that narratives made popular by previous biographies and documentaries that considered him “the slowest suicide in Hollywood history” were flawed. “The Montgomery Clift that most people know today,” says Demmon, “if they remember him at all, isn’t somebody his family and loved ones recognized. That’s a twofold loss – first of the person himself, and then of his memory.”

The Texas premiere of Making Montgomery Clift will screen at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar. Tickets are $12 (plus $1.49 service charge and $1.11 sales tax) and available on the Alamo Drafthouse website.

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