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Breakfast w/Greg: “Whip It” brings back childhood memories; A new Barbra Streisand doll; Karen Ocamb’s new blog!

Drew Barrymore, left, Ellen Page and Kristen Wiig, in green faux Girl Scout uniforms, are members of the Hurl Scouts roller derby team in Whip It. Good Morning!

Blogging outdoors today at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf where the WiFi is fast and F-R-E-E!

Had a really nice evening at the Lambda Liberty Awards last night where Wilson Cruz was among those feted. I’ll have a full report from the evening as well as an interview with Wilson later today.

The event was at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and whenever I go to an event there, I usually park at the Hollywood & Highland complex and walk the short distance to the Egyptian. Last night, there was a big commotion going on outside Grauman’s and I found out it was the premiere of Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut Whip It which opens Friday.

I gotta see this movie! Why? Because it’s about roller derby and when I was a kid, roller derby was the biggest passion in my life. I followed the Los Angeles Thunderbirds on TV each week and even started a Thunderbirds club in my cul-de-sac naming myself as president (I was later ousted but that’s a whole other story!). We had T-shirts made and would have races inside my garage.

I was the only kid on the block who had his own jammer helmet which is what the skaters would wear when they are attempting to score by passing members of the opposing team in the track.

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My older brothers would tell me all the fighting on roller derby was fake but I would not have any of it. I bought it all hook, line and sinker and the thrill of my life was whenever my dad would take us to watch the Thunderbirds at the Anaheim Convention Center (Most of their home matches were at the Olympic Auditorium in downtown LA).

On my 10th birthday, my dad was set to take me to a Thunderbirds match and I was super sick with bronchitis. I was determined to go but the day of the match, was still sick as a dog. I remember after my birthday dinner, I fell asleep in tears on the sofa. When I woke up, there was my dad with my present: a jammer helmet and a program from the match! He had driven over to the arena and bought the helmet and a program and I still remember it as one of the happiest moments of my childhood.

Makes feel all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it!

imageBARBIE CAN YOU HEAR ME? I love this item on the FanBoysoftheUniverse site:Mattel has made a Barbra Streisand doll!

The gorgeous star of Funny Girl, Yentl and The Way We Were will be on sale in time for Christmas.

After the emergence of those scary Bratz dolls with the gigantic heads and bad attitudes, it looked like Barbie was done for!

But this idea is just like buttah and I think a lot of gay boys are gonna want this little treasure.

The Barbra doll stands 11.5 inches tall and is dressed in Streisand’s iconic sailor blouse and black pencil skirt and retails for around $55.

You can pre-order her now from Entertainment Earth.

Karen OcambA NEW MUST-READ: My pal Karen Ocamb, the best reporter on LBGT issues around, has launched a new blog: LGBT POV.I’m very excited for Karen and excited for anyone interested in LGBT issues. She tells the truth and holds everyone’s feet to the fire.

Karen writes in an email that she will be focusing primarily on Los Angeles and California and will continue to write news briefs, political essays and long-form essays.

She has also asked friends to contribute when they have something to say. Today, West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran (today is his 50th birthday!) has a piece on the weeks of protests surrounding the veto of the gay rights bill AB 101 in 1991. Karen thought it would be interesting, given the Prop 8 protests and the upcoming march on Washington.

Karen writes: “I’ll be posting at times that don’t conflict with my regular paying gig as news editor of Frontiers in LA. Plus I will continue to post and cross-post at Huffington Post and The Bilerico Project and Pam’s House Blend. But my intention is to have fun “thinking out loud,” as it were.”

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  1. Hey, roller derby is back at the Anaheim Convention Center after 30 years!!!!
    On May 7th, 2011 The O.C. Roller Girls are bringing their brand new banked track to the arena for some ” Whip It” style action.

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