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The Daily Sheet September - December 2017
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Tuesday, September 5th, 2017



Ang Lee to Keynote Light and Sound Interactive Event

Ang Lee, the two-time Oscar Award-winning director of Life of Pi and Brokeback Mountain, will be a major keynote presenter for the upcoming Light and Sound Interactive (LSI) event, organizers announced today.

Lee, who will present at 7 p.m. Sept. 12, will be joined by Oscar-nominated film editor Tim Squyres and technical supervisor Ben Gervais. Together, they will present scenes from Lee’s groundbreaking 3D, 120 frame-per-second (fps) feature film, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. They will discuss the reasons for shooting in this format and the challenges that came with it.

Ang Lee to Keynote Light and Sound Interactive Event




Six Openly Gay College Football Players Hit The Field

The 2017 college football season kicks into high gear this weekend with teams all over the country playing. Among the thousands of players will be a record six on rosters who are openly gay.

It was just a month ago that I wrote about there being a record five, but now the list is being updated after Butler’s Xavier Colvin came out on Monday.

One of the students, My-King Johnson (pictured left), had the pitch-perfect response when asked by the Pac-12 Networks’ Ashley Adamson that “people see you as a pioneer, how do you see yourself?”

“As a kid who plays football,” Johnson said. He has been out for many years and noted that “being open is not new for me, it’s just new for everybody else.”

Six Openly Gay College Football Players Hit The Field




Harvard and Yale Welcome More Bisexual Freshmen Than Ever Before

Harvard and Yale have seen an increase in the number of bisexual students in their freshmen classes.  New students moved into their new student accommodation last week.

The student-run newspapers of both Harvard and Yale surveyed the new students in August.  Harvard’s survey found the number of bisexual students is on the rise.  7.9% of the 2021 class identify as bisexual.  There has been a continuous increase in this number since 2007, when it was a mere 2.5%.  82.5% of freshman at Harvard identify as straight, meanwhile that number drops to 77.4% at Yale. 

There is also an increase in bisexual students in Yale.


Harvard and Yale Welcome More Bisexual Freshmen Than Ever Before




Lesbian Ex-Mayor Has Perfect Response To Ann Coulter

Another day, another perfect response to Ann Coulter’s nonsensical comments.

Days after the controversial right-wing media pundit said it was more “credible” to blame Hurricane Harvey’s devastation on the city’s election of a gay mayor than climate change, the official in question hit back with a succinct yet effective response:

Ann Culter:  I don't believe Hurricane Harvey is God's punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than "climate change."

Annise Parker:  Darn it, I thought no one knew I had a super power over weather.

Lesbian Ex-Mayor Has Perfect Response To Ann Coulter




Transgender Soldier to Sue Trump

Cathrine Schmid, a staff sergeant at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, believes it is her duty as a transgender person and soldier to speak up when she sees something that appears to be unlawful.

“If I received an unlawful order from someone over me,” Schmid said, “it would be my responsibility to step forward and say, ‘Sir or ma’am, is this really what you want me to do?’”

Last week, a federal lawsuit was filed in Washington on behalf of Schmid, 33, and others, including the Seattle-based Gender Justice League, seeking to reverse President Donald Trump’s ban on military service by transgender people.   “Unfortunately this order came from the commander-in-chief, so the only way to speak up is to have someone step up in the court system,” said Schmid, adding that she is well-positioned to show that transgender people are fit to serve.

Transgender Soldier to Sue Trump





Sarah Graham’s Solo Show ‘Angels Are Intersex’

Sarah Graham was born intersex, or as she jokes, “a woman with balls”. As a child, a gynecologist told Sarah’s parents that her ovaries were cancerous and that she had to have them removed; much later in life, she discovered, to her horror, that “those weren’t ovaries, they were testes.”

Sarah’s solo show, Angels Are Intersex, shares her personal story — from childhood to adulthood — of discovering her own gender and sexual identity. Her discovery has given her the confidence to break the norms within our gender-obsessed culture. She’s funny, painfully blunt, and trying to piece it all together. Now she laughs about it, and will make you laugh too.

Angels Are Intersex is a courageous way for Sarah to tell her story and to aid the fight to end unnecessary surgeries on babies and children. Working with her director and now partner Jessica Lynn Johnson, they created an emotionally charged work, selected to premiere at Son of Semele festival in Los Angeles, and are hoping to tour around the USA then Europe.

I know Sarah; I’ve worked with her; I’ve counseled her, and yet this was the first moment she allowed me to walk in her shoes. It was shocking because I never knew her pain.

Sarah Graham’s Solo Show ‘Angels Are Intersex’





How to Be a Straight Ally at Work

A 2014 study by the Human Rights Campaign found that 53 percent of LGBT individuals remain closeted at work. According to Audrey Gallien, Director of Marketing for Catalyst, a workplace inclusion advocacy organization, even when businesses attempt to provide an inclusive environment, individuals “still must face the inter-personal risk of ‘bringing their full self’ to work”—in other words, they risk their relationship with their manager, team members, or clients changing for the worse.

According to HRC’s report, less than half of straight employees surveyed felt comfortable hearing an LGBT coworker discuss their dating life. And one out of four people surveyed heard homophobic comments like “That’s so gay” while at work.

“We see when individuals experience ‘otherness,’ they are more likely to downplay their aspirations, have lower level mentors, and get less high visibility assignments; all of which are critical for career advancement,” said Gallien.

How to Be a Straight Ally at Work





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Tuesday, September 12th, 2017



Forum Member Wins Second Emmy!

On Saturday (Sept. 9th), the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards took place, and "Hairspray Live!" on NBC was nominated for 7 Emmy  Awards.  In the end it would win 3. They will be broadcast on FXX Saturday,  Sept. 16.

The Ultimate Brokeback Forum would like to congratulate Jason Howard, who is a member here under the name Sparky, on winning an Emmy for Set Director on "Hairspray Live!" on Saturday night.

This is Sparky's second Emmy win, as he won last year for Set Director on the musical "Grease Live!"   

To quote Sparky after his win:  "I'll be damned!  Bookends!"

To see more about the Emmy's please click the link below.

Forum Member Wins Second Emmy




Row Over AI That 'Identifies Gay Faces'

The Stanford University study claims its software recognises facial features relating to sexual orientation that are not perceived by human observers.  The work has been accused of being "dangerous" and "junk science".  But the scientists involved say these are "knee-jerk" reactions.

Details of the peer-reviewed project are due to be published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.  For their study, the researchers trained an algorithm using the photos of more than 14,000 white Americans taken from a dating website.  They used between one and five of each person's pictures and took people's sexuality as self-reported on the dating site.

The researchers said the resulting software appeared to be able to distinguish between gay and heterosexual men and women.

Row Over AI That 'Identifies Gay Faces'




Bisexuals & Mental Health Issues

Bisexual people experience more discrimination that other members in LGBTQ communities don’t, a new study has revealed.   Researchers from American University analysed data from 503 participants aged 18 to 64 who identified as being attracted to more than one gender.

They were asked questions that reflected how their bisexuality had affected their lives.

Whilst previous studies have shown that bisexual people are more at risk of experiencing anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, this new study published in Prevention Science, found that these risks are exacerbated because bisexual people feel as if they don’t belong in any one community.

“Bisexual people face double discrimination in multiple settings — bisexual people are often invisible, rejected, invalidated, [and] stigmatised in the heterosexual community as well as the traditional LGBTQ communities,” explained lead study author Ethan Mereish.


Bisexuals & Mental Health Issues




Susan Calman Can Be a Lesbian and a Strictly Contestant

For a minority group arguing for better representation on television, we queers can be an ungrateful lot.  Comedian Susan Calman - the thinking woman's choice for jobs from Doctor Who and QI host to Prime Minister - has joined the new series of Strictly Come Dancing and lesbians everywhere are... complaining.

Calman, you see, will be dancing with a man - and what's worse, she actually seems happy about the fact. Cue cries that she is letting the side down, and pandering to heteronormativity and binary gender stereotypes. All of a sudden what should have been a feel-good news item has turned into a trolling campaign.

Although it is a scientifically accepted fact that should a lesbian come into physical contact with a man she will immediately crumble into dust, the Calman has announced that she it is "her choice" to be paired with professional dancer Kevin Clifton.

Susan Calman Can Be a Lesbian and a Strictly Contestant




Patient Gets The New Transgender Surgery She Helped Invent

Like many other surgery patients, Hayley Anthony has a daily physical therapy regimen. But unlike other post-ops, the 30-year-old marketing consultant is recovering from a procedure she helped invent. Five months ago, she became one of the first people in the world to have a piece of tissue incised from the cavity of her abdomen and turned into a vagina. A surgeon in New York City may have pioneered and performed Anthony’s procedure—but the idea to try it in the first place was all hers.

With only about a dozen doctors in the US who specialize in gender affirmation surgery, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with demand, let alone innovate new ways of doing things. But that’s what Jess Ting, director of surgery at the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Mount Sinai, has been up to for the last two years. What started as a Google search on Anthony’s computer is now the most sought-after surgery Ting performs. In the last six months he’s given 22 trans women something that they weren’t sure they’d ever have—a vagina that looks and feels and secretes like the real thing.

Anthony had known her whole life that she was female, but she didn’t begin transitioning until about four years ago. Then, in the fall of 2015, after months of working with a therapist to better understand herself and her options, she accepted that she had to do whatever it took to have the right body for her mind.

Patient Gets The New Transgender Surgery She Helped Invent





Parents Remove Son From School in Pupil Gender Row

Nigel and Sally Rowe said their son was confused as to why the child at the Church of England School on the Isle of Wight dressed as both a boy and a girl.  The Diocese of Portsmouth, under which the school falls, said it was required to "respect diversity of all kinds".  The couple believe the school should have consulted all parents.

Mrs Rowe told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme that when they spoke with the school, which is not being identified, they were told "if a child wants to do that then we just have to accept it".  The couple said under the school's bullying policy their son faced being disciplined for "mis-gendering" the six-year-old pupil.

Two years ago they removed their eldest son from the same school in a separate row about a different child with gender identity issues.  The Rowes say the suggestion that gender is fluid conflicts with their Christian beliefs and they are seeking a legal challenge against the school's actions.

Parents Remove Son From School in Pupil Gender Row





Rihanna Is a Straight Ally

Earlier this summer, Billboard was called out for labeling Ariana Grande “a gay icon of her generation." Understandably, Grande identifies as a straight woman but that shouldn’t disqualify her as “a gay icon.” Over the decades, gay icons -- including Donna Summer, Cher, Britney Spears, and Whitney Houston -- have been straight women who have evoked a confidence for their LGBTQ fan base and shed light on the issues existing with in that community.

In a way these pop divas have acknowledged a large demographic who consistently supports their careers. No matter the orientation, any ally (especially in this trying day and age) should be embraced for their contributions -- as long as they stand behind authentically supporting us and our rights.

Another icon deserving of this title is none other than Rihanna. Our “Black Madonna” effortlessly showcases how to live life to the fullest (and does it on her own accord), which is the pure embodiment of a gay icon. Here are five essential ways she’s provided her LGBTQ fans the confidence needed to live their lives freely.

Rihanna Is a Straight Ally





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Tuesday, September 26th, 2017



Annie Proulx Wins High Honour

The Shipping News author Annie Proulx has been named as the latest recipient of one of the highest honours in US fiction, the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and praised for her “deep reverence for the beauty and complexities of rural America”.

The medal, which recognises “a lifetime of literary achievement”, has been awarded to authors including Elmore Leonard, Norman Mailer, Toni Morrison and Judy Blume. Authors are put forward for the $10,000 (£7,300) honour by US literary experts, with the National Book Foundation’s board of directors making the final choice. Chair David Steinberger said that Proulx’s work was “widely loved and uniquely significant”, and that “her commitment to crafting compassionate, honest stories has left an indelible mark on literature and created a powerful and enduring legacy”.

The author’s other books include the novels Accordion Crimes and Barkskins, as well as the short–story collection Close Range: Wyoming Stories. The latter includes Brokeback Mountain, which was adapted into the Oscar-winning film of the same name. According to Steinberger, Proulx’s “deep reverence for the beauty and complexities of rural America has introduced millions of readers to the wide breadth of American life”.

Annie Proulx Wins High Honour




Movie's Ads Protest Donation Rules

The last “Saw” movie, released by Lionsgate in 2010, was advertised as “the final chapter.” But you didn’t think a franchise with roughly $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales was going to die that easily, did you?

In true horror film fashion, the series will resume its torture killings on Oct. 27 with an R-rated eighth installment titled “Jigsaw.”

Less expected: Lionsgate’s decision to promote “Jigsaw” by shaking an angry fist at America’s blood-donation regulations.

On Sunday, the studio’s chief brand officer, Tim Palen, began rolling out an online ad campaign called “All Types Welcome.” The campaign has eight social media stars with large gay, bisexual and transgender fan bases — including Shaun Ross, an openly gay model, and Amanda Lepore, the transgender night life diva — dressed as off-kilter nurses and encouraging people to donate blood in preparation for “Jigsaw.” The blood drive starts on Oct. 5 in New York and expands to 25 cities in the following weeks. (More details are available at JigsawSaves.com.)

Movie's Ads Protest Donation Rules




5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself

When I was a mere youth (spoiler: I'm still a youth. I just mean when I was a youth youth) trying to figure out my sexuality, I literally thought my world was ending. I was all, why the F*CK can't I figure this out? Why can't I JUST like these sweaty, wet-puppy-smelling boys? Why do I feel all weird and tingly when I'm around magical, nice-smelling, unicorn-esque girls? Then, once I was a little older and knew WTF sexuality was, you could find me frantically googling, “Am I bisexual?” while probably eating a Lunchable as a fully-grown teenager.

Let me just say, the journey to where I am now — a raging, loud, bisexual who's f*cking awesome at winged eyeliner — has not been an easy one. For one, winged eyeliner is the hardest thing in the goddamn world, definitely not for the faint of heart. But in terms of my sexuality, figuring it out involved a long introspection process that obviously benefitted me in the long run, but still made me have to pick apart myself, piece by piece, and put me back together again. Part of why this process was so confusing for me was because I didn't really know where to start in figuring things out.

So if you're in the same boat I was in, the best place to start is within yourself. So to make this process easier on you — and in honor of International Celebrate Bisexuality Day today — here are some questions you should ask yourself to get you started.

5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself




British Lesbian Wins Landmark Case

A British lesbian has won a landmark legal challenge allowing her residency in Hong Kong as a dependent, in a ruling Monday that could make it easier for gay couples to move to the Asian financial center.

Hong Kong's Court of Appeal found that the woman, identified only as QT, faced discrimination from an immigration department ruling denying her the right to live and work in Hong Kong because the city does not recognize same-sex marriage.

The three-judge panel's decision, which overturned a lower court's judicial review, caps a yearslong fight by QT and her partner to be given the same treatment as tens of thousands of other expatriate workers who are allowed to bring their heterosexual spouses to the former British colony.

QT and her partner married in a civil partnership in England in 2011 and moved later that year to Hong Kong after QT's partner was offered a job. She applied for a dependent's visa but was rejected on the grounds that she was not considered a spouse and since then has spent her time in Hong Kong on a tourist visa.

British Lesbian Wins Landmark Case




Transgender Hockey Player Postpones Hormone Treatment To Keep Playing

Last year, Harrison Browne was done with the National Women's Hockey League, retiring at age 23 in order to undergo hormone therapy and surgery as part of his physical gender transition.

But earlier this month, Browne, a transgender man, made a surprising announcement: He would delay his medical transition to sign with the New York Riveters and play another season in the National Women's Hockey League. The league doesn't require that players identify as female, but says they must not be using hormone therapy if they are transgender men, meaning people who are designated female at birth but identify as male.

Browne's tough decision sheds new light on how the strict line between male and female in the world of sports is blurring, as society grapples with new norms of gender identity.

Transgender Hockey Player Postpones Hormone Treatment To Keep Playing





What is Intersex?

According to the Mayo Clinic, about 1 percent of all people have some type of “gender dysphoria.” That means the gender that people thought they were physically is in conflict with how they feel.

Intersex: “Sex” is different from “gender.” “Sex” refers to biological and physiological characteristics, like genital organs, hormones the body produces, and chromosomes a body has. If someone is intersex, they were born with those characteristics not completely male or female. According to the Intersex Society of North America, there’s no clear agreement on exactly how to define intersex, but some statistics show it might be far more common than people imagine. For example, babies born with chromosomes that are not XX and not XY, or people having surgery to “normalize” genital appearance — each occur more often than once in 2,000 births.

What is Intersex?





Rihanna Is a Straight Ally

Earlier this summer, Billboard was called out for labeling Ariana Grande “a gay icon of her generation." Understandably, Grande identifies as a straight woman but that shouldn’t disqualify her as “a gay icon.” Over the decades, gay icons -- including Donna Summer, Cher, Britney Spears, and Whitney Houston -- have been straight women who have evoked a confidence for their LGBTQ fan base and shed light on the issues existing with in that community.

In a way these pop divas have acknowledged a large demographic who consistently supports their careers. No matter the orientation, any ally (especially in this trying day and age) should be embraced for their contributions -- as long as they stand behind authentically supporting us and our rights.

Another icon deserving of this title is none other than Rihanna. Our “Black Madonna” effortlessly showcases how to live life to the fullest (and does it on her own accord), which is the pure embodiment of a gay icon. Here are five essential ways she’s provided her LGBTQ fans the confidence needed to live their lives freely.

Rihanna Is a Straight Ally





Your Laugh For The Day!








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Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017



Jake Gyllenhaal on "Stronger" and "Brokeback Mountain"

In Jake Gyllenhaal’s new movie, Stronger, he plays Jeff Bauman, the Boston resident who lost both his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and became an icon when a photograph of him was published in the aftermath. Bauman also helped FBI agents identify one of the terrorists who planted the bombs. Gyllenhaal joined Bill Simmons on the latest episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast to talk what it was like to play Bauman. The two also touched on Gyllenhaal’s experience filming Brokeback Mountain.

One scene in Stronger involves a reenactment of Bauman carrying out a “Boston Strong” flag at a 2013 Bruins game.

“That was the first day,” Gyllenhaal said. “We shot that the first day. Because we didn't know if the Bruins were gonna make the playoffs—and they didn’t—and so we needed the Bruins game.”

The production team went to a Bruins game to shoot the scenes, starting with easy ones in the press box. When the game ended, they sent out an announcement asking fans who were in attendance to remain in their seats so that the team could shoot the scene on the ice. But it was risky—Gyllenhaal thought that few would stay and the scene wouldn’t work.

Jake Gyllenhaal on "Stronger" and "Brokeback Mountain"




Germany Gay Marriage

Two men have become the first gay couple to marry in Germany, on the day gay marriage became legal there.  Karl Kreile and Bodo Mende, a couple for 38 years, exchanged their vows at the town hall in Schöneberg, Berlin.

Registry offices in several German cities were opening, unusually, on Sunday to allow couples to wed on the first day it was legally possible.  Getting married will give gay couples the same tax advantages and adoption rights as heterosexual couples.  Germany has allowed same-sex partners to enter into registered partnerships since 2001, but these did not give couples exactly the same status in German law as marriage.  The German parliament voted to introduce marriage equality in June, after Chancellor Angela Merkel unexpectedly dropped her longstanding opposition to parliament holding a vote on the issue.

Germany Gay Marriage




Bisexual Teen Charged with Killing Alleged Bully

Bronx teen Abel Cedeno had endured years of torment for being bisexual and “different” — but was sent into a deadly stabbing rampage this week by two bullies he didn’t even know, he said in a candid interview at Rikers Island.  “I guess I just snapped,” the soft-spoken 18-year-old said from a guarded cell. “I didn’t mean to kill him.”

Cedeno is charged with plunging a switchblade into Matthew McCree, 15, and Ariane LaBoy, 16 — two classmates who had never picked on him before Wednesday’s attack in a fifth-floor classroom at Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation.

McCree died and LaBoy remained hospitalized Friday.  Both teens had been chucking pencils at his head and calling him names, according to Cedeno.  He said he went to the bathroom and the teens’ bullying continued, with him getting beaned in the head at least three times with pencils before reaching his breaking point.

Bisexual Teen Charged with Killing Alleged Bully




Lesbian Couple Brutally Attacked

A woman and her wife were brutally attacked after a row with their neighbours erupted into violence.  Maria Perilla, who posted a video of the fight online, claimed that she and her partner, Isabel Gaviria, had been attacked repeatedly by a mother and her daughter.

The trouble started when the lesbian couple were overheard arguing and their neighbours called the police.  The married women say they over-reacted for what was a two minute "tiff".  They wrote to the neighbours asking them to retract their report to the police, but the letter only served to escalate matters.

Maria, from Colombian capital Bogota said: "My wife and I have been together for nine years and we have been married a year and a half.  "Last Wednesday we had an argument as all couples do, but it only took two minutes.  We have never had problems before."

Lesbian Couple Brutally Attacked




7 Suspended Following Attack on NJ Transgender Student

Kylie Perez, the 14-year-old freshman at Newark's East Side High School who was viciously beaten by classmates in the school's hallway, plans to speak this month during a string of assemblies on tolerance, according to reports. In the attack caught on camera, Perez was kicked and punched. As a result, seven total students were suspended.

The students will have hearings this week to determine long-term placement and disciplinary measures, according to a statement from Newark Public Schools. The incident is being investigated as an "alleged bias crime," Kathy Carter, spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office said.

Perez says she's eager to get back to school and is planning to attend a rally later today outside the building, organized by Newark Gay Pride.

7 Suspended Following Attack on NJ Transgender Student





Venus Fest Founder Talks Shining a Spotlight on Female and Genderqueer Artists

As Viola Davis said during her speech for her historic 2015 Emmy win, when she became the first black woman to win a Best Lead Actress award in a drama, “The only thing that separates women of color from everyone else is opportunity.”

It’s this lack of opportunity for women and gender nonconforming people in the music industry that drove Toronto-based musician Aerin Fogel to launch Toronto's Venus Fest, a music and arts festival celebrating feminism.

“It’s not that we don’t have women artists, or genderqueer artists, in the industry; it’s just that they haven’t been placed front and center in the way that men have,” she says over coffee at her favorite neighborhood cafe. “This festival is in response to that—we need different levels of representation in the music community. Certainly there are a lot of women at Venus Fest, but there are also men in some of the bands, and there are genderqueer artists too, so it’s not even just women and men. Ultimately, Venus Fest is about tipping the balance of who is usually front and center at a music festival.”

Venus Fest Founder Talks Shining a Spotlight on Female and Genderqueer Artists





Five Ways to Be A Better LGBTQ Ally

Planned Parenthood Toronto’s LGBTQ Youth Initiative is helping the city’s straight and cisgender youth be better allies via a multimedia campaign that launched September 26. Send the Right Message offers practical tools for supporting LGBTQ+ identities while speaking directly to young people.

The public campaign, which includes TTC advertisements, an online resource and a video on pronoun use entitled They Go By Them, focuses on how commonplace it is for homophobic, biphobic and transphobic comments to slip into our text exchanges.  However, texting can also be a space to express more empathetic allyship.

“Sure she came out as bi but we both know she’s a lesbian,” reads one exchange, which prompts the response: “I love you but I think that she knows her identity better than you do.”

Five Ways to Be A Better LGBTQ Ally





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Tuesday, October 10th, 2017



Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures

THE starting point for an exhibition celebrating the life and legacy of Heath Ledger seemed obvious for the woman tasked with creating it.

The Perth actor, who died in 2008 at the age of 28, left an impressive canon of film work and his impact as an actor remains undisputed, but curator Allison Holland wanted to capture the man himself — the friend, son and creative spirit who was one of WA’s great success stories.

“He’s a local hero and so many people knew him so I felt a great sense of community and how people relate to him as West Australians,” Ms Holland told The Sunday Times this week at an exclusive look inside the exhibition, Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures, which opens next Saturday at the Art Gallery of WA.

Ms Holland has spent the past six years putting together this exhibition, featuring Ledger’s personal belongings, intimate photos and famous costumes from some of his 18 films.

Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures




Little Richard Calls Same-Sex Relationships ''Unnatural Affections''

Little Richard has a new perspective on sexuality, and it widely differs from what he's disclosed in the past.  The 84-year-old rock and roll pioneer recently gave a rare interview to Christian-oriented programming Three Angels Broadcasting Network, simultaneously touching on his faith and repudiating homosexuality as "unnatural."

"When I first come in show business they wanted you to look like everybody but yourself," Richard said. "And, anybody that comes in show business they gone say you gay or straight... God made men, men and women, women."

The "Tutti Frutti" singer continued, "You've got to live the way God wants you to live... He can save you."

In 1995, Little Richard (real name Richard Wayne Penniman) told Penthouse," I've been gay all my life and I know God is a God of love, not of hate." Years prior, he stirred controversy for calling same-sex relationships "unnatural" and "contagious."

Little Richard Calls Same-Sex Relationships ''Unnatural Affections''




Here's the Truth About Britain's 'Rise' in Bisexual Women

The number of bisexual women in the UK has almost doubled in the past five years. According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of women who identify as bisexual has grown from 142,000 to 236,000 between 2012 and 2016 - with the number of bisexual men also seeing a considerable rise.

No other category has grown as quick in percentage terms and while 0.5 to 0.9 might not seem like a significant jump - well, you try being in a minority. Every little helps. The rising figure has, in part, been attributed to the increasing number of celebrities coming out as gay or bisexual, including Cara Delevingne, Kristen Stewart and Miley Cyrus.

So are A-listers really changing people’s sexuality? After all, it’s not like Delevingne is going door-to-door with a clipboard and flyers selling bisexuality (although, dear Lord, with those cheekbones she probably could).

Here's the truth about Britain's 'rise' in bisexual women




'Lesbian Lovers' Tiff' Led to Alleged Satanic Ritual Death

A woman accused of killing her friend during an apparent Satanic ritual allegedly did it in a fit of anger after a heated argument over her ex-lover.  Corrine Jackson, 20, was arrested for the murder of her alleged lesbian lover Nadine Esterhuizen, 18.

Last week Jackson, who tried to commit suicide after Esterhuizen’s murder, was declared medically and mentally fit to stand trial by a District Surgeon at Heideveld Hospital.  Jackson was being treated for knife wounds in jail. In court last week, she appeared with a bandage around her neck.  Jackson, of Woodlands, is expected to be back in the dock on November 1 for a formal bail application.

Sources at Pollsmoor Prison, where she is being held, says Jackson has allegedly admitted to cops that she stabbed Nadine to death during an argument over one of Jackson’s former girlfriends.

'Lesbian Lovers' Tiff' Led to Alleged Satanic Ritual Death




Transgender Teen Ousted By School Is Crowned Homecoming King

A 17-year-old boy who says he was kicked out of his former Christian high school for being transgender is turning the other cheek ― and adjusting his crown ― after being named homecoming king at his new school.

Stiles Zuschlag was bestowed the social accolade at Noble High School’s homecoming game in North Berwick, Maine, on Friday night, just one month after beginning his senior year at the public school.

“This experience feels like a dream. It’s something I never thought could have happened to me,” he told HuffPost by email on Sunday.

The Cinderella moment followed Zuschlag making national news last week after he was told that he was no longer welcome at Tri-City Christian Academy in Somersworth, New Hampshire ― roughly seven miles southwest of Noble High. It followed him transitioning from female to male in 2015, he told the Seacoast Online at the time.

Transgender Teen Ousted By School Is Crowned Homecoming King





‘Asexual’ Edward Heath Had Physical Relationships, Report Reveals

The conventional view of Edward Heath’s sexuality was that he was, as one of his closest advisers once put it, completely asexual.

The report by Wiltshire police, however, revealed that Heath was “sexually active with consenting adults”. The claim, which is separate from the allegations of sexual abuse, was made by two witnesses who spoke to police.

There was no clue, though, as to whether the adults were men or women, or when the activity took place.

Lord Armstrong of Ilminster, who was principal private secretary at No 10 when Heath was Conservative prime minister between 1970 and 1974, said in 2015 that he “never felt a whiff of sexuality about Ted Heath, whether it was in relation to women, men or children”.

‘Asexual’ Edward Heath Had Physical Relationships, Report Reveals





Coming Out Day - The Role For Straight LGBT+ Allies

The 11th of October is marked in my diary as the day I get to tie up 49 other senior leaders from my company. Thankfully for our reputations, it’s all rainbow ribbon and bows and not anything more sinister, plus it is for a good cause: a photo shoot to show all our colleagues worldwide our support of Coming Out Day and LGBT+ equality.

Coming Out Day was founded in 1988 with the idea that the most basic form of activism is coming out to family, friends and colleagues, and living life as an openly LGBT+ person. But according to UK LGBT+ charity Stonewall, nearly two thirds of LGBT+ graduates who were out at university go back in the closet when they start their first job. In addition, two in five feel they can’t come out to their managers and three quarters with clients or suppliers.

I was shocked and saddened by these figures. I hadn’t realized that being in the closet at work was still a fact of life for many LGBT+ people. One of my uncles was a serving US Army officer during the “don’t ask, don’t tell” period. He loved his job and was proud to serve his country. Sadly, when it became clear that he was gay, he had to leave the military and, thus, lost his job.

Coming Out Day - The Role For Straight LGBT+ Allies





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Michelle Williams: From Marvel to Jeff Koons’ Studio

“My friend did it — we did it late at night one night,” Michelle Williams said on Thursday evening. The actress was debuting a new pink-hued hairdo at Jeff Koons’ studio, where the pop artist’s latest bag collaboration with Louis Vuitton was the focal point of the evening.

“I’m excited to hold this little guy,” added Williams, who was toting a clutch from the new Masters 2 collection featuring a work by J. M. W. Turner. “I’m a Turner fan. I like Venice.” Williams is a regular at Vuitton-sponsored art outings, having also attended a dinner for the first part of collection at the Louvre in Paris last April.

“It was really special. Even I took selfies that night, and they’re not normally my thing,” Williams said.  The actress has a busy fall, including filming the Marvel film “Venom.”

“My name’s Ann. That’s all I know now — that’s it,” she said. “I really like the people I’m working with. It’s Tom Hardy, and I just think he’s a genius, so I’m really excited to get into the ring with him. I’m hoping that by the time it comes out my kid will be old enough to see it. It keeps you relevant when you make movies that your kid wants to take their friends to. My daughter’s so excited about ‘The Greatest Showman’ coming out, she like can’t sleep at night,” she added.

Michelle Williams: From Marvel to Jeff Koons’ Studio




How Did ‘Gay’ Come to Mean ‘Homosexual’?

When I was in high school, my civics teacher complained that homosexuals “stole” the word gay.  I have no idea why he was talking about that, but he’s not alone. To listen to some straight people, it’s like they think that all the gays got together one day and voted on a word to replace “homosexual.” When “gay” got the most votes, we all laughed maniacally about how we were stealing straight people’s awesome word.

In reality, language doesn’t work that way.  “Gay” came into English from French in the 13th century and meant “merry.” By the 17th century, according to Merriam-Webster, the word had taken on a second, sexual meaning: “rakish,” or sexually immoral.

This meaning led to expressions like “gay blade,” which is, as the Oxford English Dictionary puts it, “a dashing or lively man; a rake.” 18th century playwright Nicholas Rowe (who became Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, so he was thoroughly mainstream for his time) referred to a character in one of his plays as a “gay Lothario” because he was a womanizer. The short 1904 film The Gay Shoe Clerk is about a very heterosexual shoe clerk who isn’t particularly merry – he’s “gay” because he kisses a female client he just met. By the 19th century, a “gay house” was a slang term for a brothel.

How Did ‘Gay’ Come to Mean ‘Homosexual’?




Constantine is Coming Back to TV as a ‘Chain-Smoking Bisexual’

Comic book detective John Constantine is returning to TV – and this time he might not be straightwashed.  Popular DC comic book series Constantine follows Constantine, a bisexual British exorcist and occult detective who actively hunts supernatural entities.

A short-lived TV show based on the comic book aired in 2014 – but the show didn’t feature any same-sex romances for Constantine, played by Matt Ryan.  However, all is not lost.

The character will be making a return to TV, with Matt Ryan reprising the role again for a one-off guest slot in DC’s superhero time travel series Legends of Tomorrow, which is set in the same universe.  And this time, he’s actually bisexual.

Constantine is Coming Back to TV as a ‘Chain-Smoking Bisexual’




Katy Perry Helps Lesbian Couple Get Engaged

Katy Perry may have kissed a girl (and liked it), but it was a lesbian couple that were locking lips Wednesday night at the 32-year-old’s concert.  Performing at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York, Perry helped a fan named Katie facilitate a surprise proposal between her girlfriend Becky.

The engagement came on a special day for the LGBTQ community, Wednesday being National Coming Out Day.  Bringing the women up on stage, Perry — who was dressed in a sequin silver bodysuit with oversize sleeves, a half skirt and a beaded Cher-like headdress — pointed out that she had a shooting star and asked each what they would wish for.

“Well, I don’t know if all of y’all have seen Becky, but she’s pretty even without any makeup on. And she’s perfect every time I look at her,” Katie told the crowd, in video of the proposal taken by fans before dropping to her knee and pulling out a box with her ring on it it.

Katy Perry Helps Lesbian Couple Get Engaged




DOJ to Help Prosecute Man Charged in Murder of Transgender Student

The Justice Department, at the urging of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, sent a federal hate crimes lawyer to help prosecute a man charged in the murder of a transgender high school student in Iowa, according to court documents and a news report.

It’s an unusual move for Sessions, a staunch conservative who earlier this month began rolling back anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community and has now dispatched a DOJ lawyer to assist with a case involving the murder of a transgender person.

The decision to send the lawyer was initiated by Sessions, the New York Times reported on Sunday, citing officials. The DOJ usually only assigns lawyers to help local prosecutors when they can provide expertise in certain areas, the report said.

DOJ to Help Prosecute Man Charged in Murder of Transgender Student





Groundbreaking Report on Intersex and DSD in the UK

University of Huddersfield researchers have written a report that calls for a national review of Intersex and DSD medical and social treatment in the UK.

Medical guidelines, Intersex advocates and patient association advocates say that it is usually in the best interest of the child to postpone interventions until they are old enough to be involved in the decision-making process. This is because of evidence that early childhood interventions can cause serious long-term negative effects, such as diminished sexual function and serious mental health problems.

The University of Huddersfield team was disturbed to discover that over the past two decades the NHS has continued to carry out operations designed to "feminize", "masculinize" or sterilize babies and children without the consent of the child, indicating an implementation deficit regarding medical guidelines that recommend a more patient-centered and child-led approach. Most interview participants felt these interventions are only useful when chosen by the individual themselves.

Groundbreaking Report on Intersex and DSD in the UK





Why a Straight White Man Made a Comedy About Homophobia

My name is Ryan Barton-Grimley. I am the producer, director, cowriter, and co–lead actor of the award-winning independent feature film Elijah's Ashes, a dark comedy about homophobia.

Yes, you read correctly. Elijah’s Ashes is a dark comedy about homophobia. And full disclosure: I’m also a straight white, male. So you’re probably thinking, Could this get any worse? It’s pretty hard to imagine a film that could be a harder sell or a more unlikely candidate to make this film. And also, why would anyone write and or make a comedy about homophobia? There’s nothing funny about discrimination.

You’re absolutely right. And that’s why I spent the last four years writing, producing, shooting, acting in, editing, promoting at 40-plus film festivals worldwide, enduring exhaustive Q&A sessions and finally, in some bizarre twist of fate, selling the worldwide rights to Elijah’s Ashes to a boutique indie film distributor. Heck, it’s even going to play for a week at an art-house theater in Hollywood — next week, in fact. But why would anyone do this? The simple answer is, I had a call to action.

Why a Straight White Man Made a Comedy About Homophobia





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