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The Daily Sheet September - December 2019
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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019



Huaxia Film Debuts CINITY With Ang Lee Film

Huaxia Film Distribution Co Ltd (Huaxia Film), a leading film distributor in China, held a grand launch event in Beijing to formally introduce the CINITY brand and CINITY Cinema System, poised to set new standards in advanced format film projection.

The event, themed "New Heights Lead to Premium Experience", was graced by representatives from government organizations, film industry associations and companies from the international film world. These included the State Film Bureau, China Film Group Corporation, China Film Co Ltd, China Film Science & Technology Research Institute and Film Digital Program Center under the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, China Film Distribution & Projection Association, Film Professional Committee, BONA Film Group, FOSUN Pictures Group, Wanda Media, and Guangzhou Jinyi Media Corporation, as well as Hollywood Disney, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros Movies, Sony Pictures, Legendary East, domestic film production companies, cinema & cinema management companies, and post production companies.

A CINITY-version trailer of 'Gemini Man', the new film by Oscar award winning director Ang Lee, provided a sumptuous audio-visual feast to the audience, a perfect showcase for the CINITY Cinema System.

Huaxia Film Debuts CINITY With Ang Lee Film



The 'Gay Gene' Is A Myth

The news this week that the largest study of its kind failed to confirm the existence of a "gay gene" is not so much a disappointment for those looking to understand the LGBTQ community, as it is an acknowledgement that science does not need to tell us what should be plainly obvious: gays, lesbians, bisexuals and pansexuals are who they are.

The study by Andrea Ganna, lead author and European Molecular Biology Laboratory group leader at the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Finland, said the research reinforces the understanding that same-sex sexual behavior is simply “a natural part of our diversity as a species.”

For LGBTQ advocates, that word "natural" cannot be overstressed. "Natural" means being gay is not a choice.   But here's the quote that will delight opponents of LGBTQ rights, some of whom insist they can "convert" gay people to choose to be straight by praying the gay away:

"There is no ‘gay gene’ that determines whether someone has same-sex partners,” said Ganna, who is also a geneticist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as well as the University of Helsinki.

The 'Gay Gene' Is A Myth




Why Some Lesbians Don’t Want Pete Buttigieg to Be President

Campbell Spencer, a lesbian and political consultant, moved to Washington in the 1990s to work in LGBTQ advocacy. She wooed gay and lesbian voters for Al Gore, worked a stint in the Obama White House and now serves on the board of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which this year issued its first-ever endorsement of a presidential candidate: Pete Buttigieg.

But so far, Kamala Harris has wowed Spencer more than any other candidate in the race.

“Mayor Pete, he’s a trailblazer,” Spencer said in an interview. “But I’m one of these women who thinks we are way overdue for having a woman in the White House. That’s a lens through which I’m going to filter my decision.”

Buttigieg, the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Ind., has drawn notable support from gay voters and donors for his presidential bid. But interviews with a dozen prominent Democrats in the LGBTQ community spotlight a remarkable collision of goals and ideals in the community of lesbian political activists this year. As the 2020 field slowly winnows, people are divided over which glass ceiling to break first.  The majority of the women POLITICO interviewed for this story did not want to speak on the record, citing a desire not to damage Buttigieg’s campaign. But especially when compared with the laborious ascent of Hillary Clinton, Buttigieg’s swift rise in national politics hints of male favoritism, some said. Others applauded his run — but feel more strongly about the need to elect a female president.

Why Some Lesbians Don’t Want Pete Buttigieg to Be President





NFL Free Agent Comes Out as Bisexual

Ryan Russell shares a lot in common with many N.F.L. players: the grueling off-season training rituals documented on Instagram, the competitive fire and, yes, a nagging injury that kept him sidelined for all of last season.

But Russell, a free-agent defensive end, said in an interview on Thursday night that he was holding something back: He is bisexual. Earlier in the day, Russell opened up about his sexual orientation in a personal essay published by ESPN.  Russell, 27, who has played for the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is the only male athlete in the four major professional sports leagues to openly identify as L.G.B.T.Q.

“It’s so much better than hiding and holding it in and just kind of repressing myself,” Russell said by phone. “I think the N.F.L. is definitely ready to accept an openly L.G.B.T.Q. player.”


NFL Free Agent Comes Out as Bisexual




First Transgender Runner to Compete in DI Cross Country

On Saturday, August 31, Juniper Eastwood will become the first transgender athlete to compete in DI cross country when she runs for the University of Montana in the women’s division at the Clash of the Inland Northwest meet.  Assigned male at birth, Eastwood, now a 22-year-old senior, says she has identified as female since middle school and made the decision to transition during her third year competing on the men’s track team at Montana.

It will be her first race for the Grizzlies since following the NCAA’s policy on transgender student-athlete participation, which requires transgender athletes who are transitioning from male to female to be treated with testosterone suppression medication for one year before competing on a women’s team.

Eastwood’s last race was 15 months ago when she placed seventh in the men’s 1500-meter final at the 2018 Big Sky Conference Championships. While Saturday’s competition will mark the longest stretch of time between races for Eastwood, she is “excited and nervous” to toe the starting line again and believes it will be a step forward for trans athlete inclusion and an important phase of self-discovery.

First Transgender Runner to Compete in DI Cross Country



The Two-Spirit, Queer, Disabled Scholar Making Waves

Qwo-Li Driskill is a two-spirit, queer (non-citizen) Cherokee; as well as a trans scholar, teacher, and activist also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, and Osage ascent, who also identifies as “Crip and Mad.”   They explain, “I have several chronic illnesses as well as complex post-traumatic stress."

Driskill is the author of Walking with Ghosts: Poemsand Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory, and coeditor of Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions is Theory, Politics, and Literature and Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature.

The 43-year-old is director of graduate studies and the queer studies curriculum organizer in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University.Still, Driskill makes it a point to say, “I think that all labor is collective. I’m proud of my accomplishments, particularly if they’re useful to other people, but they’re reflections of elders, friends, families, movements, and communities to which I’m grateful.”

The Two-Spirit, Queer, Disabled Scholar Making Waves




Bank Exec Is Also An LGBT Ally

Susan Rabinowitz is a longtime resident of Wellington. She is a credit risk executive with Bank of America and lives in the community with her husband and four children. Rabinowitz is also on a mission to educate others on the importance of accepting people as they are, especially when it comes to those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.  Two of Rabinowitz’s sons — 26-year-old Tyler and 19-year-old Daniel — are gay. She learned how to create a safe space for her children at home by being an advocate in her workplace.

“I would like people to know that, even in 2019, there are many people we interact with in our daily lives at work, at home, in the community, who have challenges that differ than from mainstream,” Rabinowitz said. “There are many people in the LGBT community who are still afraid to share their true selves. What we need to do as a community is to figure out ways to educate everyone about the LGBT community. They need a voice that can be heard among us. No one deserves to walk around and be ashamed of who they are for fear of not being accepted.”

Her son Tyler didn’t tell his parents he was gay until he was 23 years old. For many years, he kept it hidden as a secret because he was aware that many people may not accept him, even fearing he may not be accepted by his own family. “I am a mother of four children,” Rabinowitz said. “My first son who came out to us didn’t come out until he was 23 years old. Shortly after, my other son had the courage to come out, and also a nephew.”

Bank Exec Is Also An LGBT Ally



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Tuesday, September 10th, 2019



Jake Gyllenhaal Interview With "W" Magazine



"You can sit there. I’m giving you the nice view," Jake Gyllenhaal told me on a recent afternoon—not that there was a bad view to be had. He was gesturing at a chair facing the lush backyard of the Beyoncé-beloved pizza restaurant Lucali, which that day seemed like the only patch of Brooklyn where the only sound was the chirping of birds. "Through the years of doing [press] junkets and things like that, I've always thought it’s so much nicer for everybody when you can actually engage with someone, instead of just sitting in a hotel room," Gyllenhaal explained of his choice of venue to discuss his second campaign for Calvin Klein. Plus, "everyone’s happy when pizza's around," he added with a laugh.

This time around, Gyllenhaal is the face of the brand's new Eternity eau de parfum for men. The fragrance—now a bit fresher and more sensual than usual, thanks to hints of suede, sage, and cypress—launched this week, in the midst of Gyllenhaal's return to Broadway with the play Sea Wall / A Life. As is often the case with the actor's projects, both are deeper than one first might expect; the former is actually a meditation on masculinity, and the latter on life and death. Read on for his thoughts on all of the above, here.

Jake Gyllenhaal Interview With "W" Magazine



Conversion Therapy Founder Speaks Out


In the hours after McKrae Game came out as gay, he received support as well as a wave of backlash.  “I’ve had some hate-filled messages,” said Game during a Facebook Live broadcast after he took a run Wednesday. “And I get the hate and lashing out.”   Game has responded to some of the hate-filled messages by reaching out and offering to talk and meet local people in person. He said he plans to get coffee with a mother, with whom he counseled her daughter, and he ended up doing a video conference with “one young lady who was so angry.”

Game, 51, founded one of the largest conversion therapy programs in the country and led the homophobic organization for 20 years, a movement he now calls harmful.   After the program, Hope for Wholeness, fired him in 2017 for his use of pornography, the married father began accepting that he was gay and sought the help of a “pro-gay” therapist, he said during other Facebook Live broadcasts on Tuesday and Wednesday. (Game and Hope for Wholeness did not immediately return PEOPLE’s requests for comment.)

Game, from Spartanburg, South Carolina, came out of the closet this summer after “I had the option of being outed or coming out myself,” he says.

Conversion Therapy Founder Speaks Out



Lesbians Are a Target of Male Violence


Since coming out as a lesbian at the age of 15 in 1977, I have seen the world change for the better. When I met other lesbians soon after leaving home to find the “gay scene,” I was shocked to hear stories of women losing custody of their children, in some cases to violent ex-husbands, for the simple reason that they were in a same-sex relationship.

Over the decades in the U.K., I have seen and experienced anti-lesbian violence firsthand. I have been attacked on more than one occasion—physically assaulted by anti-gay bigots, and sexually assaulted by a man who thought he could “straighten me out.” I’ve lost housing and jobs as a result of being a lesbian.

The first time I was physically attacked was in a gay and lesbian bar in the U.K. I was 16, and out with David, a gay friend who had taken me under his wing. We were dancing and laughing, having great fun. David was encouraging me to talk to other girls, but I was too shy. Suddenly, a small group of men was upon us, pointing their fingers in our faces. “Are you a puff [faggot]?” one of them asked David. “Prove you are a proper man and fuck her,” another growled, pulling me over to David by my hair. I was terrified, and David started crying. People had begun to notice what was happening, but no one approached us.

Lesbians Are a Target of Male Violence




Exodus from the Bi-Closet

Just in time for Bisexual Visibility Month, NFL free agent Ryan Russell came out as bisexual. According to the many articles published in the Washington Blade, Sports Illustrated and elsewhere, his duel nature had always been a source of personal conflict. His coming out was a typical journey from self-repression to self-acceptance. Russell’s story also reveals the isolation and stigma faced by those whose sexual identify strays beyond accepted norms.

Professional sports are still largely unwelcoming for LGBTQs. While footballer Russell’s macho image reflected the requisite hyper-heterosexual persona, his interest in men would certainly have undermined his professional career. In fact, Russell cited an instance in which a sports blogger discovered him dating a man and the lengths to which he went to stop the blogger from publicizing the affair. The upside of that near scandal was it prompted him to come out. Such stories of celebrities and common folk defying their fears have been in the news of late. Attesting to their frequency are the many websites, social media pages and YouTube videos with tips and advice that appear under such obvious titles as “How to come out as bisexual.”

Here in Cream City, local activists Amy Luettgen and Sarah Wallisch created Bi+ Pride Milwaukee in 2014. Its mission statement states that it was formed “to create a sustainable social community for non-monosexual individuals (and their partners and allies) in the Milwaukee metropolitan area.” Broadly inclusive beyond bisexuals, it embraces a spectrum of marginalized sexual identities: pansexuals, omnisexuals, queers and unlabeled. The group meets regularly at various venues throughout the city and holds a variety of bi-focused events.

Exodus from the Bi-Closet




Indya Moore Honors Transgender Gun Violence Victims


Few moments match the uproar that occurs when Kate Moss arrives on a red carpet. The shouts of “Kate! Kate!” overwhelmed the arrivals space at New York’s Rainbow Room, site of the seventh-annual Fashion Media Awards, produced by fashion-industry publication The Daily Front Row.

That cacophony was no match, however, for the quiet, but decidedly more impactful moment that followed once the awards ceremony commenced, when Indya Moore picked up her award for Cover of the Year, for her appearance on Elle’s June 2019 issue. “Some of you may be uncomfortable with the politics of my speech,” the model and Pose actor began. “Right now the Supreme Court is voting on whether or not trans people can access employment, shelter and health care in the same ways that you all have access…it’s hard to celebrate being celebrated at a time when people like me are being murdered.”

Moore said she wanted to use the moment to highlight the plight of black transgender women murdered by gun violence and, with that in mind, worked with her stylist Ian Cogneato to create dangling earrings that featured framed photos of the murder victims. Cogneato worked with jewelry designer Areeayl Yoseefaw to design the pieces, while Moore said that, as the ceremony neared, they hoped they would be able to stop at 16 victims. And then Bailey Reeves, a 17-year-old trans teen from Baltimore, was murdered Sept. 2.

Indya Moore Honors Transgender Gun Violence Victims



Logan Paul Reveals Why He Is Now "Asexual"


Amid all of the hype surrounding the boxing rematch between Logan Paul and long-term rival KSI, the 24-year-old American YouTube sensation has been keeping up appearances.   Whether it be taking to his vlog channel to reveal 12 reasons why he’ll beat KSI in their upcoming bout, or frequent appearances on his podcast (aptly named ‘Impaulsive’), Logan Paul has been immersed in content creation ahead of the impending press conference on September 14.

In the most recent episode of Impaulsive, Paul goes through the hardships of becoming a professional boxer, where he details the extensive training behind leading up to bout.

Aside from the training involved, Paul also detailed the comprehensive (and somewhat peculiar) medical exams that were a part of turning pro; with Logan disclosing that the “creepy doctor” made him complete two sets of push-ups naked.  All discussions surrounding the fight start at 15:40, where it was also revealed that Logan’s younger brother, Jake, obtained his professional card in the same capacity.

Logan Paul Reveals Why He Is Now "Asexual"




Bank Exec Is Also An LGBT Ally

Susan Rabinowitz is a longtime resident of Wellington. She is a credit risk executive with Bank of America and lives in the community with her husband and four children. Rabinowitz is also on a mission to educate others on the importance of accepting people as they are, especially when it comes to those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.  Two of Rabinowitz’s sons — 26-year-old Tyler and 19-year-old Daniel — are gay. She learned how to create a safe space for her children at home by being an advocate in her workplace.

“I would like people to know that, even in 2019, there are many people we interact with in our daily lives at work, at home, in the community, who have challenges that differ than from mainstream,” Rabinowitz said. “There are many people in the LGBT community who are still afraid to share their true selves. What we need to do as a community is to figure out ways to educate everyone about the LGBT community. They need a voice that can be heard among us. No one deserves to walk around and be ashamed of who they are for fear of not being accepted.”

Her son Tyler didn’t tell his parents he was gay until he was 23 years old. For many years, he kept it hidden as a secret because he was aware that many people may not accept him, even fearing he may not be accepted by his own family. “I am a mother of four children,” Rabinowitz said. “My first son who came out to us didn’t come out until he was 23 years old. Shortly after, my other son had the courage to come out, and also a nephew.”

Bank Exec Is Also An LGBT Ally



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Tuesday, September 17th, 2019


Memorial Service For BayCityJohn

Ultimate Brokeback Forum member OregonDoggie (Larry) has reached out to KillersMom to give her the following information:

This Saturday, the 21st, half of John's ashes will be partying in Bay City, Michigan, at a reception given in his honor by Maureen, his long-ago coworker and musical theater buff.

A number of us met Maureen when we attended the Brokie gathering in Bay City, Michigan in 2007, which John organized.

To quote Larry:  "Maureen and I just chewed so much fat about John that my teeth are gone!  Maureen would like to know about some memories that we have of John that we would like to share, and she will read them off of 3X5 cards at the service."

Maureen has given us her email address,  but I don't want to publish it publicly.   If anyone has anything they would like to share about John, please contact me directly via PM, and I will share Maureen's email address  with you, so you can reach out to her with your story.



Roberta Maxwell and The Dryden Ensemble

The Dryden Ensemble will celebrate its 25th Anniversary this season, beginning with their Autumn Benefit on Sunday, October 6 at 5 p.m. This special event will hosted by Brian Fix at his historic home, the first of President Woodrow Wilson’s residences in Princeton.

The evening includes a theatrical entertainment, “An Eyewitness Guide to Versailles,” featuring actors Roberta Maxwell and Paul Hecht, followed by a buffet dinner and silent auction. Reservations are required. Tickets cost $150 per person and may be purchased online or by mail.

On Friday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m., the ensemble will present an all-Bach organ recital on the organ in Miller Chapel at the Princeton Theological Seminary. “Bach and the Art of Dance” features award-winning organist Jacob Street.

The main concert series opens on Sunday, November 10 at 3 p.m. at Miller Chapel with “A Baroque Tapestry,” a program weaving together music from Lully to Bach, for two oboes, bassoon, strings, and harpsichord, including Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in D Major. The concert will also be performed in at Trinity Episcopal Church in Solebury, Pa., on November 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Roberta Maxwell and The Dryden Ensemble



From Homophobia to Human Rights: Flagging Australia's Transformation

Flags fashioned from the dresses of drag queens who fought New York police over gay rights in the late 60s have a new home in Tasmania's State Library.  The flags are close to the heart of Tasmanian gay rights campaigner Rodney Croome, and were given to him in 1989 when he was invited to speak at a gay pride event in San Francisco, in recognition of his work.

"They were so impressed by what we were doing in Tasmania that they gave me two little flags," he said.

The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan.  They are considered to be the beginning of the contemporary LGBTI rights movement.  The flags are part of a collection of memorabilia that tells the story of Tasmania's long and globally significant fight for LGBTI rights being handed to the State Library of Tasmania's archives.

Equality Tasmania — formerly the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group — collected the items over a 30-year period.

From homophobia to human rights: Flagging Australia's transformation


State Department Denied Child's Citizenship Claim, Said She Was Born 'Out of Wedlock'

A Maryland gay couple filed a lawsuit against the State Department saying they were discriminated against after their daughter was denied U.S. citizenship because she was born via a surrogate in Canada.  The lawsuit says the department denied the girl's application for a U.S. passport this year and treated her as if she were born "out of wedlock" because her parents are a same-sex couple.

The federal lawsuit filed Thursday in Maryland is at least the fourth case challenging the State Department policy that attorneys for the plaintiffs described as "government-sponsored discrimination."  "We are the only parents she has ever known. To have that questioned by your own government is very unsettling, to say the least," father Roee Kiviti told The Associated Press.

The State Department declined to comment on pending litigation when reached by USA TODAY.

Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, senior attorney at Lambda Legal, one of the groups representing the Kiviti family, told USA TODAY that the State Department's decision "disregards the marriages of same-sex couples" and is "an affront to our American values."   The Kiviti family now lives in fear, he said, because their daughter, only a few months old, will soon not have legal status in the United States.

State Department Denied Child's Citizenship Claim, Said She Was Born 'Out of Wedlock'


Lesbian Bars in LA?

On a recent summer evening, a woman-dominated crowd was gathered at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, whose bright yellow facade beams across from a Greyhound Bus depot. The occasion: a happy hour sponsored by the Women’s Center for Creative Work, a feminist workspace and gallery. Guests toured the museum after hours and browsed the boutique Days LA, whose spiral table held lucite jewelry, flower essence sprays, and a palm-sized brass sculpture of an especially beautiful freeway interchange.

The crowd, wearing silver Oxfords and linen blazers and rainbow hoop earrings and so many different kinds of overalls, clustered at the bar, which was capped by a marble table shaped like a gnarled hand flipping the bird. Bartender Danielle Gavaldon mixed peach mules and mezcal margaritas in gleaming gold barware. Gavaldon’s business partner, Lauren Amador, worked the room, handing out coasters and matchbooks emblazoned with the name of their project, the Fingerjoint. It is the only lesbian bar in Los Angeles. And it’s a pop-up. That’s right: The lone lesbian bar in the second-largest city in America isn’t a historic, beloved dive or a new space in an emerging queer neighborhood. It isn’t anywhere at all, yet.

The crowd was the kind you see at a lot of Los Angeles arts events, but queerer and less gender conforming. Conversation buzzed and enthusiastic hand gestures were performed like a dance; the room vibed with connection. It was a queer LA I knew and occasionally felt a part of. Amador, a couple coasters still clutched in her hand, marveled at the crowd. That night, one attendee said to her, “This is exactly what I’ve been looking for.”

Lesbian Bars in LA?



Black Gay and Bisexual Men Share Their HIV Stories

In the immersive theater experience, As Much As I Can, four black gay men in the south rediscover their relationships to faith, friends, and community, while living with HIV.  The production’s title is inspired from an iconic Grace Jones’ lyric “You kill me for living my life. As much as I can. As black as I am.” The script is based on interviews with hundreds of gay and bisexual men from Jackson, Mississippi, and Baltimore, Maryland.

Sarah Hall’s award-winning production follows the lives of Delius, George, Marcus and Larry who are in their 20s and struggling with their first loves, taking responsibility for their decisions, reconciling relationships with their families and building a community. The friends are also managing how HIV intersects with all of this.

The play’s main female characters, Shawna and Patrice, are mothers to two of the younger men in the play and are trying to support their children, while the community and church reject their sons’ sexuality.   

Black Gay and Bisexual Men Share Their HIV Stories



18 Transgender People Have Been Killed This Year

Bee Love Slater is the 18th known transgender person to be killed this year, the Human Rights Campaign said.  The 23-year-old woman was found in a burned car this month in Clewiston, Florida, CNN affiliate WBBH reported.  "She was a people person," Desmond Vereen, who organized a vigil after Slater's death, told the affiliate. "She loved to be around people and meeting new people too because of her new lifestyle that she transitioned to."

The Hendry County Sheriff's Office said it is still looking for a motive. It told CNN affiliate WZVN it had to use dental records to identify the body because it had been burned so badly when she was killed on September 4.

"We can't say it's a hate crime yet because we don't know what the motive was. A hate crime is a little more than that. It's an enhancement charge," Hendry County Sheriff's Office Capt. Susan Harrelle told WZVN. 

"Our society needs to work to ensure transpeople can live without fear," the American Civil Liberties Union said.  Slater was killed in the same week as 17-year-old Bailey Reeves, a transgender woman who was shot on Labor Day.

18 Transgender People Have Been Killed This Year



The Difference Between Non-Binary, Genderqueer, & Gender-Nonconforming

As language evolves and our understanding of gender continues to expand, people are identifying with an ever-growing and increasingly fluid group of labels. “Genderqueer,” “gender non-conforming,” “non-binary”––all of these words refer to people who identify outside of the male-female gender binary. But what do all of these terms mean, and what is the difference between them?

“These are all terms that have come out of personal experience,” said Lou Himes, a non-binary Psy-D and Liscenced Clinical psychologist based in New York City. That means there are no concrete definitions to go by. Plus, these terms are relatively new to academia, medicine, and mainstream discourse. The beauty of that: Each person can interpret their differences for themselves and identify with the one that resonates most with them.

There are many people who identify with all of these terms and use them interchangeably. Still, many people primarily or solely identify with only one of these terms. Interpretations about the specific differences between them vary. But one thing always remains true: If you are going to refer to someone’s identity, you should always ask what label they prefer, and stick to that one.

The Difference Between Non-Binary, Genderqueer, & Gender-Nonconforming



Olympic Boxer Battles Homophobes

When retired middleweight pro-boxer Anthony Ogogo of Lowestoft, England, officiated the wedding of his sister and her same-sex spouse, he shared his happiness by posting images of the ceremony on his Instagram and Twitter. While many praised the happy couple, he also received hateful and homophobic comments.  About 100 followers unfollowed him, leaving mean comments in their wake, but thousands of supportive new followers quickly replaced them.

Reacting to the hateful comments, the boxer told Jon Holmes of SkySports. “If you’re a man and a man, or a woman and a woman, it’s totally irrelevant, and the fact that some people look down upon that, it upsets me. It angers me. It’s really saddening.”

Ogogo’s single-mother raised him and his sister to be open-minded, he says, but some extended family members spoke and behaved unkindly when his sister first came out as a lesbian. Though he’s straight, Ogogo says he feels an obligation to be an ally to LGBTQ people.

Olympic Boxer Battles Homophobes



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Tuesday, September 24th, 2019


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10 Greatest Quotes By Heath Ledger's Joker

It’s been 11 years since Christopher Nolan’s masterfully crafted comic book blockbuster The Dark Knight hit theaters and wowed audiences across the world; and the superhero movie genre still has yet to produce a villain that’s as memorable as Heath Ledger’s Joker.

Ledger drew inspiration from Malcolm McDowell’s haunting portrayal of Alex DeLarge in A Clockwork Orange in constructing a Joker that escaped the confines of a comic book movie and become a truly chilling onscreen presence. His performance was so incredible that it was reported that even his co-stars were scared in scenes with him. Here are the 10 Greatest Quotes By Heath Ledger’s Joker.

10 Greatest Quotes By Heath Ledger's Joker



The Gay Storyline in Downton Abbey

Michael Engler, the director of the newly released Downton Abbey film, weighed in on the importance project’s touching gay storyline.  Of course, there will be major spoilers from this point on, so if you haven’t seen the film yet, you may want to steer clear.

If you recall, at the end of the six season run of the original Downton Abbey series, most characters were blessed enough to get a satisfactory ending.  However, fans have always felt for Thomas Barrow, the closeted butler played by Rob James-Collier.  Thomas had fleeting, clandestine affairs with other men, and at one point in the series attempted to change his sexual inclinations by undergoing gay conversion therapy.  But, with fans being allowed to enter this early 20th century British world once more, Thomas finally gets a romantic happy ending like everyone else.

It’s easy for some to romanticize the past as an easier, simpler way of life, and Thomas’ love story was one of the ways in which Engler said the movie contended with that sort of assumption.  “Just that kind of reminder, in a few places here and there, that it's not so kind of rosy and easy for everybody,” Engler told BuzzFeed News. “You know? That there are people who are not included, and that there are parts of that world...that are pretty rough and unforgiving and ungenerous.”

The Gay Storyline in Downton Abbey



Voices From China's Lesbian Community

When it comes to gay rights, China has come a long way in the past two decades, but it has a long way to go. As recently as 2013, according to a public opinion poll, 57 percent of surveyed Chinese citizens said society should not accept homosexuality. If you identify as a Chinese lesbian and reside in the People’s Republic of China, it is forbidden to do the following: marry another woman, adopt a child with another woman, join the military, donate blood. There are also no protections against employment discrimination.

LGBTI is an abbreviation for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex” individuals. But this story will focus on Chinese lesbians — because during my research, many articles I came across were on gay men, and the majority of people willing to speak to me openly about homosexuality in China were men.

Clearly, the girls need a louder voice — and it is this voice that deserves to be listened to, understood, and empowered. Given the tremendous outpour of female voices who have declared Lean In, #MeToo, and Time’s Up — to name a few — and considering that no one ever stops running at the start of a marathon, I’ll be focusing on the Ls of LGBTIs.
Voices From China's Lesbian Community



The Bisexuality Dating Dilemma

Bisexual Visibility Day has been celebrated on 23 September for the last 20 years.  However, at a time of seemingly wider LGBT acceptance, is society actually accepting of the "B"?  Some people who identify as bisexual have told the BBC of issues they regularly come across when trying to live openly as bisexual individuals.  They have experienced abusive relationships, disrespect in the workplace, and discrimination on dating apps just because of their sexuality.  The Trades Union Congress has released a report highlighting that about one in five bisexual people (21%) reported they had been sexually assaulted at work.

Matt is a graduate trainee living in Cambridge. He has struggled to maintain relationships with both men and women, and says he now has to lie about his sexuality in order to date people.  "It scares me how people will react," he says.  "It feels like I have a dark secret that I haven't aired fully.  One girl I was dating suddenly said that the thought of me being with a man made her physically sick. Then she blocked me on everything."

"When I date people, and mention I'm bisexual, the relationship ends. When I lie to people, and hide my sexuality, it lasts. I still don't know whether I should reveal it from the start, or wait, because the longer I wait the more anxious I get, but I don't want any relationship to end.  I feel like if I end up in a straight relationship, I'll look like I was just experimenting all these years, but if I end up in a gay relationship people will say I was never actually bisexual. Then if I don't have a monogamous relationship people will say I'm just greedy."

The Bisexuality Dating Dilemma



Ben Carson Defends Transgender Remarks

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson defended his comments about transgender people this week in an agency-wide email late Friday afternoon, calling press reports of the remarks “blatant mischaracterizations.”  The Washington Post reported Thursday that Carson had expressed concern in a meeting in California about “big, hairy men” trying to use women’s bathrooms, citing “three people present who interpreted the remarks as an attack on transgender women.” A leading LGBTQ advocacy group denounced Carson for the comments.

Carson conceded that he had said those words but disputed the context in the note to staff, according to a copy of the email obtained by POLITICO.

“During a recent meeting with local staff in San Francisco, I made reference to the fact that I had heard from many women’s groups about the difficulty they were having with women’s shelters because sometimes men would claim to be women,” Carson wrote.  “This made many of the women feel unsafe, and one of the groups described a situation to me in which ‘big hairy men’ would come in and have to be accepted into the women’s shelter even though it made the women in the facility very uncomfortable,” he added.

Ben Carson Defends Transgender Remarks



Asexuality: A Closer Look

Asexuals are largely ignored by society and rarely represented in media. Many people in the United States have never heard of asexuality.  The Asexual Visibility and Education Network defines asexuality as, “An asexual person does not experience sexual attraction – they are not drawn to people sexually and do not desire to act upon attraction to others in a sexual way. Unlike celibacy, which is a choice to abstain from sexual activity, asexuality is an intrinsic part of who we are, just like other sexual orientations.”

Asexuals are not as unusual as some people might believe.  According to a study done by psychologist and human sexuality expert Anthony Bogaert, one in a 100 adults are asexual.  “People don’t think it’s an actual thing,” said Cheyenne Vanlandingham, a junior that identifies as heteroromantic asexual. “They just think you’re going through a phase.”  Noeline Boardman, a junior who identifies as asexual, has had similar experiences. In high school she had a student come to her and say that her sexuality wasn’t a real thing.

Boardman discovered that she was asexual around sophomore and junior year of high school.  “I joined Tumblr and I was just searching around and then I found an asexual blog,” said Boardman. “I didn’t even know it was a thing and then I kept reading and researching. I realized that I wasn’t straight.”

Asexuality: A Closer Look



LGBT Ally Eric Samuelsen Dies

Playwright Eric Samuelsen, who ran Brigham Young University’s playwriting program for a dozen years, died Friday at age 63. A noted playwright and three-time winner of the Association for Mormon Letters drama award, he saw more than two dozen of his plays produced across the United States.

Samuelsen, who graduated from BYU in 1983, returned as a member of the faculty in 1992. From 1999 to 2011, he headed up the university’s playwriting program. Diagnosed with polymyositis — a rare disease that causes muscles to become irritated and inflamed — he retired from BYU in 2012.

On Thursday, he posted on Facebook: “It’s been wonderful to see so many friends and family. I’m aware that I’m dying, but I don’t feel like I’m dying. I asked the doctor about it and he said you may not. You may just feel slower and more tired and weaker. Thank you so much for the tributes. Love to my friends.”

Despite his health issues, Samuelsen continued crafting plays. In 2003, he began working with Plan-B Theatre Company in Salt Lake City and became the playwright in residence there in 2012. In 2013-14, the theater presented four of his works in “A Season of Eric.”

LGBT Ally Eric Samuelsen Dies



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Tuesday, October 1st, 2019



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David Harbour Has Wrapped On Black Widow


After a packed rollercoaster of a year for Marvel fans, we can now enjoy a hiatus before Phase Four goes into high gear starting with next summer's Black Widow. The cast has been hard at work all summer of shooting in locations all over Europe such as Norway, Hungary and the U.K. Stranger Things’ David Harbour has now wrapped filming as Red Guardian. He celebrated with a high-pony and sweet goodbye to his hotel mannequin. You know... the usual!

Anyone else suddenly want a collection of poems by David Harbour? The actor took to Instagram to bid farewell to his time filming Black Widow with some sweet words. Harbour shaved clean the long beard his Soviet character will don and took a moment to wrap his arms around a random hotel room mannequin one last time. It seems to have served as a quirky accessory in his room – and now he’s all nostalgic over it.

In the post, he also talks about parting with his Black Widow character. He called Alexei Shostakov (a.k.a. Red Guardian) “you big bold bright burly hope of Russia, you complicated tortured soul, you guardian of the red”. Like I said: poetry. 

David Harbour Has Wrapped On Black Widow



Pastor Apologizes and Leads Church in “Cleansing” Prayer After Gay Man’s Speech


A Colorado pastor apologized to his congregation, then led them in a “cleansing” prayer, all because an openly gay speaker took the church’s stage during an outside event hosted there the prior week. (And now, I guess, those gay cooties are everywhere.)

Last week, hundreds of non-profit leaders gathered in the city of Del Norte to network and learn more about how to receive money for their organizations as part of an event called “Rural Philanthropy Days.” Speakers included representatives of grant-giving groups as well as state and local officials. The Community Resource Center, which sponsors the event, said that more than 750 grants totaling $22 million were given away in the community between 2009-2015.

The event was held at Gateway Church, one of the largest venues in the city. While this wasn’t a religious event at all, this church could comfortably hold hundreds of people in one place, so it made for an ideal setting.

One of the speakers on the first day of the event was Justin Garoutte, a research associate for the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) who is working on a study that focuses on understanding and reducing LGBTQ suicide among adolescents. That would also explain why Garoutte gave a coming out story on stage. The website for the event says this was part of a session designed to highlight local storytellers.

Pastor Apologizes and Leads Church in “Cleansing” Prayer After Gay Man’s Speech



Instagram Influencer Came Out as a Lesbian, Her Mom Kicked Her Out


The only thing I really ever heard about homosexuality was that it was wrong. I grew up in a super religious household in Ohio, so it was never really explained further than that.  I want to say the first time I thought I might be gay was seventh grade. I looked at myself in the mirror and was like, ‘Oh my god, I think I’m gay.’ I quickly was like, ‘No, I can’t be. There’s no way. I’m a Christian.’

But I remember I would stalk girls on MySpace and be like, ‘Do I want to be her or do I want to kiss her?’ I didn’t know how to navigate those feelings. I think I had so much internalized homophobia from the area and the religious home I was in that my brain wouldn’t let me go down that route.

When I was in high school, I was the only girl who had zero interest in anybody. That’s the age when girls are boy crazy. All my friends started to call me out for being gay. It wasn’t in a nice way. They were all talking behind my back. That happened my freshman year of high school. Senior year, I was cheerleading and they started yelling at me and calling me a lesbian and fake making out in the stands.

Instagram Influencer Came Out as a Lesbian, Her Mom Kicked Her Out




Bisexual Teen Dies by Suicide After Being Outed Online


A Tennessee teenager has died by suicide after classmates outed him on social media.

Channing Smith’s family told TV station WTVF of Nashville that the 16-year-old Coffee County High School student, who died late Sunday night, had confided in a few friends that he was bisexual. But soon, screen shots of text messages were being shared online.  “That was my only brother and I loved him,” Joshua Smith told another Nashville station, WZTV.

Joshua said two teenagers, including a boy who got the text directly from Channing, posted images on Instagram and Snapchat Sunday evening, shortly before Channing’s death.

“They did it to just completely humiliate and embarrass my brother,” Smith said. “Being in a small, rural town in the middle of Tennessee, you can imagine being the laughingstock and having to go to school Monday morning. He couldn't face the humiliation that was waiting on him when he got to school on Monday, so he shot and killed himself.”

Channing Smith called a girl sharing images on the phone and said he planned to kill himself, but she did nothing about it, according to local reports.

Bisexual Teen Dies by Suicide After Being Outed Online




How a New Class of Trans Male Actors Are Changing the Face of Television


This month marks 20 years since the world premiere of Boys Don’t Cry, Kimberly Peirce’s fictionalized retelling of the true story of a transgender man, Brandon Teena, and the events that led up to his tragic murder. Hilary Swank, who played Teena, won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance, and the movie earned a GLAAD Award. But the rapturous reception it received back then would never happen in the Hollywood—or the world—of 2019. Two decades of education and activism have gradually led to a new understanding about what it means to represent trans stories responsibly, one that highlights just how problematic it can be for cisgender actors (see: Jared Leto, Eddie Redmayne and Jeffrey Tambor) to be nominated for and win prestigious awards for playing transgender people.

That greater level of awareness hasn’t solved everything: movies continue to cast cisgender actors in trans roles, like Elle Fanning in 2015’s Three Generations and Scarlett Johansson in the forthcoming Rub and Tug, which she dropped out of following public outcry. The accolades for Leto, Redmayne and Tambor aren’t ancient history; they happened within the past five years. And while television series like Transparent and Pose have offered much-needed representation for transgender women, trans men have been almost completely ignored, outside of very few depictions. Those we have seen have often been problematic: most notably, in 2006, Showtime’s The L Word introduced a universally unlikable trans character, Max (portrayed by cisgender actor Daniela Sea), whose coming-out storyline was fraught with stereotypes and met with transphobic reactions and a devastating story arc.

How a New Class of Trans Male Actors Are Changing the Face of Television



Bad Luck To Be Intersex


Babalwa Mtshawu never experienced puberty. When she was growing up she didn't get her period or grow breasts like the other girls around her.

Born in Mthatha, a town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, she says her family's conservative nature made it difficult for her to talk to anyone about her body.  "I was aware that something was not entirely right with my body from a young age because of all the signs. But coming from a black family where we are so traditional, we never talked about sexual or reproductive health," Mtshawu told CNN.

At the age of 25, after years of trying to figure out why she was different, she finally booked an appointment with the doctor.  "The doctors ran some tests, and that's when I discovered that I am intersex," she said.

Intersex is a term used to describe a variety of conditions where a person is born with sexual or reproductive anatomy that does not fit the regular definitions of male or female.  The numbers are hard to come by but according to a report in the American journal of human biology, up to 1.7% of all live births are intersex.  Like Mtshawu, an intersex person may be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside.

Bad Luck To Be Intersex




LGBT Ally Eric Samuelsen Dies


Playwright Eric Samuelsen, who ran Brigham Young University’s playwriting program for a dozen years, died Friday at age 63. A noted playwright and three-time winner of the Association for Mormon Letters drama award, he saw more than two dozen of his plays produced across the United States.

Samuelsen, who graduated from BYU in 1983, returned as a member of the faculty in 1992. From 1999 to 2011, he headed up the university’s playwriting program. Diagnosed with polymyositis — a rare disease that causes muscles to become irritated and inflamed — he retired from BYU in 2012.

On Thursday, he posted on Facebook: “It’s been wonderful to see so many friends and family. I’m aware that I’m dying, but I don’t feel like I’m dying. I asked the doctor about it and he said you may not. You may just feel slower and more tired and weaker. Thank you so much for the tributes. Love to my friends.”

Despite his health issues, Samuelsen continued crafting plays. In 2003, he began working with Plan-B Theatre Company in Salt Lake City and became the playwright in residence there in 2012. In 2013-14, the theater presented four of his works in “A Season of Eric.”

LGBT Ally Eric Samuelsen Dies




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Tuesday, October 8th, 2019



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Ang Lee: 'I Know I'm Gonna Get Beat Up. But I Have to Keep Trying'


You haven’t seen nerves until you’ve met Ang Lee on the day his new film receives its world premiere. This is Gemini Man, a frantic thriller in which Will Smith plays an assassin hunted by his own younger clone; where there’s a Will, there’s another Will, you might say. Parts of the picture were shot in Budapest, and it is here that the 64-year-old film-maker shuffles into a hotel suite overlooking the Danube. “Everything feels harder than you can imagine right now,” he sighs, sinking into an armchair. He picks up a glass from the table in front of him, then puts it down again. “Even lifting that was hard.”

He doesn’t carry himself today like one of the most celebrated film-makers of all time, a man who has never won a major award without going on to make it part of a matching pair. He has twice beaten Steven Spielberg to the best director Oscar, first for his gay love story Brokeback Mountain and then for the CGI fantasy Life of Pi; receiving the prize for the latter, he gave thanks to “the movie god”. He also has two Golden Globes and two Baftas – for Brokeback and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, his ground-breaking, treetop-scaling martial arts adventure. His movies have twice scooped the top prize at Berlin (for his Taiwanese-American comedy of manners The Wedding Banquet and his English-language breakthrough Sense and Sensibility) and Venice (Brokeback and the erotic thriller Lust, Caution).

A less ambitious director might have been content with the challenges posed by making an action movie as complex as Gemini Man, which doesn’t merely place Smith in the same scenes as his smoothly de-aged computer-generated counterpart, but shows them locked in hand-to-hand combat, and pursuing one another on motorbikes through the streets of Cartagena. Lee also shot the film in 4K digital 3D at an advanced frame rate – 120 frames a second, as opposed to the customary 24 – which gives the footage an immersive hyper-real quality halfway between an Imax spectacular and a live episode of a daytime soap. For action sequences, the technology provides an adrenaline kick. In more intimate scenes, it is every bit as eerie and exposing as it was in Lee’s unloved Iraq war drama, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which had the look of a hugely expensive school play.

Ang Lee: 'I Know I'm Gonna Get Beat Up. But I Have to Keep Trying'



Japanese MP Floats Idea of Revising Constitution to Allow Gay Marriage


A conservative ally of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for discussion on revising Japan's constitution to allow same-sex marriage, annoying colleagues in the ruling party who are against it and also opposition parliamentarians who say enacting a simple law would clear the way.

Japan's laws on LGBTQ rights are relatively liberal compared with those in many Asian countries, although many LGBTQ people still conceal their sexuality.  But couples seeking to register same-sex marriages have been rejected by local authorities because there is no law specifically recognizing it.

The constitution, never amended since it was adopted after Japan's defeat in World War II, says: "Marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes and it shall be maintained through mutual cooperation with the equal rights of husband and wife as a basis".

Amending the constitution's pacifist Article 9 to clarify the status of Japan's military is a long-held goal of Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Revising the article is highly controversial, although it has already been stretched to allow armed forces for self-defense.  Former Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura last month floated the idea of adding same-sex marriage to a list of other potential constitutional changes.

Japanese MP Floats Idea of Revising Constitution to Allow Gay Marriage



Ruby Rose on Her Batwoman Character


Being the first anything comes with, to paraphrase a line oft-quoted by fans of comic-books, great power and great responsibility.  Just ask Ruby Rose.

The actor plays Kate Kane, a character otherwise known by her eponymous crime-fighting alter ego in The CW's new series "Batwoman." Premiering Sunday, the role is the first out LGBTQ lead amongst the network's increasingly superhero-dominated lineup.

"It's the same with any film, whatever you do, there's always like, the staple questions that everyone opens with: So how does it feel?," Rose deadpans, cutting me off at the pass when we spoke at the end of a grueling Sunday of interviews during a hot August day in Beverly Hills, Calif.  This time, she said, she's getting what she describes as "a mouthful": "How does it feel to be the first-ever openly gay lesbian superhero who's a live-action lead?" 

The short answer is it's pretty cool. Kate Kane is Bruce Wayne's cousin. She shares her dark cloaked relative's secret penchant for late hours of vigilante work as well as some of his familial heartbreak (like the one-percenter who doubles as Batman, Kate's origin story stems from the loss of relatives).

Ruby Rose on Her Batwoman Character




Prince George’s Bisexuality


Private Lives of the Windsors is a three-part documentary which delves into the history of some lesser-known royals including Prince George, the fifth child of King George V, the Queen’s grandfather, and the younger brother of George VI, her father.

A trailer promises to explore how George “dove headfirst into the subversive and potentially scandalous scene” of London’s LGBT+ nightlife.  “Prince George savoured every excitement that presented itself — men, women, he didn’t discriminate,” the show’s narrator Christy Meyer says.  “He didn’t recognise any boundaries to his sexual exploration.”

Throughout his life Prince George was rumoured to have had affairs with both men and women. Notably, he was said to have had a 19-year relationship with the playwright Noël Coward, who became a close friend of George’s sister in law, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.  According to The Rake, George and Coward were once “seen parading the streets of London in drag”.

Prince George’s Bisexuality




Gender-Affirming Surgery Affects Mental Health


Transgender people who have gender-affirming surgery are less likely to need mental health treatment, according to scientists who say such interventions must be as easy as possible to access.  Gender-affirming treatments can help a person align their body with their gender identity. An individual might choose to take masculinizing or feminizing hormones, for instance, or have operations which surgically change their face, voice, or body.

For their study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, researchers looked at data collected between 2005 and 2015 from a Swedish population register linked to a national healthcare database, and assessed the available information on the 2,679 individuals diagnosed with gender incongruence.

The health condition is characterized by feelings of distress because the gender a person was assigned at birth according to their sex does not match their internal feelings—for example, a person with a penis being described as a man despite identifying as a woman. Transgender people may experience gender incongruence, although not every trans person feels this way.

The research team recorded whether the individuals they assessed had gender-affirming hormone or surgical procedures, and whether they received mental health treatment. This included visiting the doctor for a mood or anxiety disorder, being prescribed antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs, and/or being hospitalized following a suicide attempt.

Gender Affirming Surgery Affects Mental Health



What's the Definition of Aromantic?


Roughly 1 percent of the population identify as aromantic and additional 0.7 percent indentifyas asexual, according to a 2016 study published in the Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling. But what does it actually mean to be aromantic and asexual? How do the two differ? What are the other related sexual identity labels like demisexual and greyromantic? Does everyone define these labels the same exact way? Let’s break it down.

In its simplest form, aromantic (often shortened to aro) means that you’re not romantically attracted to other folks. Seems simple enough, right? Nope! That’s because being aromantic, like most (arguably all) sexualities, exists on a spectrum. Additionally, it’s not super clear what qualifies as romance. No gesture in itself is inherently romantic. For example, some aromantics enjoy holding hands with a partner or friend, whereas others do not.

There are many misconceptions about aromantic folks—the biggest one being that they’re emotionless or don’t experience love. Aromantic people still feel familial love (like that between a mother and her child) and love their friends, platonically. Aromantic folks can also have what’s commonly referred to as platonic life partner. Someone who they cherish and love (platonically). They can even be married to their PLP if they so choose. Aromantic folks also can and often do enjoy having sex, since romance and sex don’t automatically go hand-in-hand.

What's the Definition of Aromantic?




Renée Zellweger as an LGBT Ally


Fresh from playing gay icon Judy Garland, Renée Zellweger reveals the moment she knew she had to be a LGBT+ ally.  Speaking exclusively to PinkNews as part of our First Times series, Zellweger also shares what it was like attending Pride in London and her first time going to a gay bar.

“The first time I went to a gay bar? It’s happened a lot,” she tells PinkNews. “It would’ve been – and let me do the math and this is horrendous because I’m revealing way more than I want to – it would’ve been 1986.  I would’ve had to snuck out and stayed out all night, much to the chagrin of my mum who might be watching this now.  Sorry mum,” she jokes.

Speaking exclusively to PinkNews, Zellweger shares the touching moment she knew she had to be an LGBT+ ally. “I was 17 and I had a friend who wanted to change his name and his father was quite cruel to him,” she explains.  “I didn’t understand because he was so special and such a lovely person that anyone could find any reason not to be anything but proud of being related to him and wanting to celebrate him."

Renée Zellweger as an LGBT Ally




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Tuesday, October 15th, 2019



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Anne Hathaway.....Jersey Memories and ‘Modern Love’


Anne Hathaway has had two jobs in her life: Babysitter, and movie star.

Most people know the former Millburn resident from her second career, thanks to “The Devil Wears Prada,” and “Les Misérables.” Her latest project, Amazon’s excellent “Modern Love,” drops on the streaming service Oct. 18.  But I know how good she was at her first job.

We had just moved into town and were looking for a babysitter. A couple of neighbors recommended Annie, a high school sophomore with huge eyes and a wraparound smile. She wasn’t home when I walked across the street to introduce myself but she later left me a note, thanking me for the opportunity.

Her good manners and strong work ethic gave me hope about raising my children in a town where entitlement can loom large.  They are qualities, along with an unabashed love for reading, that have served Hathaway well in her adult life, and in Hollywood. Of course, when she used to come to our house, she lugged a backpack full of schoolbooks. Now at home, she’s more likely to be deep in scripts.

But she still does her homework.  Before acting in “Modern Love,” a series based on the New York Times weekly feature, Hathaway dove into the original column by Terri Cheney, a lawyer who is bipolar. She also read the attorney’s memoir and talked with her, seeking to understand the details about her intense depression and manic highs.

Anne Hathaway.....Jersey Memories and ‘Modern Love’



Coming Out as Gay Changed His Life


Football was Ryan O’Callaghan’s “beard.”

The former Patriots and Chiefs offensive lineman was a star in high school and at the University of California, but he admits now, eight years after he took his last NFL snap, that he never had a passion for football. O’Callaghan used the sport and its hypermasculine image to hide his deepest secret. 

O’Callaghan played six seasons in the NFL as a closeted gay man.  The term “beard” in the gay community refers to a woman who goes on a date or even marries a gay man in an attempt to make him appear straight. O’Callaghan, a hulking 6 feet 7 inches, 330 pounds during his playing days, used football for that purpose. “I only played football because it was a cover for me. I never loved football. I sold out,” he said.  Recently at Brookline Booksmith, O’Callaghan talked about his memoir “My Life on the Line: How the NFL Damn Near Killed Me and Ended Up Saving My Life” at an event moderated by The Athletic’s Steve Buckley, who came out as gay in 2011.

O’Callaghan talked about the book, playing football as a gay man, and how his internal conflict, combined with multiple injuries, led him down a dark path of addiction to prescription painkillers, and how he planned to kill himself in a Missouri cabin he built after his last NFL game. He called it his “crypt.”  O’Callaghan was raised in Redding, Calif., a city approximately 120 miles south of the state’s northern border.  O’Callaghan grew up in a conservative Irish Catholic family that liked to shoot guns, hunt, drink beer, and make homophobic jokes at family functions. The anti-gay attitudes O’Callaghan’s family showed forced him deeper into the closet.

Coming Out as Gay Changed His Life



Remembering Forgotten Lesbian History


During the women's liberation movement in the 1970s and 1980s, lesbian activists played an integral role within both the feminist movement and the gay movement—but that legacy has largely been forgotten in mainstream teachings. A new exhibition at Gerber/Hart Library and Archives aims to change that.

"Lavender Women & Killer Dykes: Lesbians, Feminism, and Community in Chicago," which is cosponsored by the Chicago Women's History Center, spotlights the work of lesbians during those decades in Chicago. This includes establishing community and health centers, political action groups, independent publications, bookstores, bars, restaurants, and more.

The exhibition takes its name from two lesbian publications: Lavender Woman and Killer Dyke. Established in 1971, Lavender Woman was the first lesbian newspaper in Chicago and possibly the first gay newspaper in the city. In addition to larger publications, "Lavender Women & Killer Dykes" will also have small zines, short-run publications, and newsletters for community groups on display. Most of these newsletters focused specifically on women's and lesbian issues, like Kinheart, a health service in Evanston that published a "Lesbian Relationship Handbook," and Executive Sweet, a group focused on the advocacy of Black women locally. The exhibition will also provide reading lists of notable Chicago lesbians including activists Vernita Gray and Marge Summit, poet Yvonne Zipter, and musician Linda Shear.

Remembering Forgotten Lesbian History




"Drag Race U.K"'s Scaredy Cat Is Bisexual


For the second week of RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. the contestants were challenged to enact humorous "Downton Draggy" skits. They weren’t much home to write home about, to be the most frank, but Divina de Campo as well as Baga Chipz, came out well above the rest of the pack — Baga actually won the challenge. The runway, however, was full of stunners including Divina, Blu Hydrangea, Crystal, and Baga. And while that’s all great, we’re here to talk about the baby of RuPaul’s Drag Race: Scaredy Cat.

When she walked onto the show, at a fresh 19 years of age, Scaredy Cat became the youngest competitor in Drag Race herstory. But she was not only young in how many years she’d been alive, she also hadn’t been doing drag for more than a few months. And then there was another revelation.

“I’m not actually gay,” she said, laughing when she sat down with the other queens during her introduction to the show. And though many assumed she was bisexual as she’s dating a bio queen named Pissy Cat, she revealed on the second (and her final) episode, that she doesn’t actually label herself as bisexual either.

"Drag Race U.K"'s Scaredy Cat Is Bisexual




Navigating Gender Identity in Adolescence


Like a lot of recent high school grads, Zoey Luna is reflecting on her teenage years. When correspondent Rita Braver asked her, "What do you think is the most important lesson you've learned over the last couple of years?" Zoey replied, "To speak up for myself.  I think a lotta people don't realize that trans kids are just kids. We go through the same things. We go through the same heartbreaks. We go through the same struggles, the same teenage experience. And most of the time, we're not able to go through them because people are so focused on being, like, 'You're a trans kid. We have to treat you differently.'"

Zoey has faced more than the usual teenage angst. "Sunday Morning" first met her five years ago, when she was 12, for a story on what was then an emerging phenomenon:  More young people openly acknowledging that they are transgender.

Biologically a male, Zoey never felt like one. In 2014 she said, "I like the color pink. I scream like a girl. I act like a girl. I breathe like a girl. I'm not a boy. Like, I would just be very defensive about it."  Along with Venice and Mati, Zoey was one of three transgender young people Braver profiled in that story.  Since then, the subject of transgender kids has moved into the mainstream. But some things have still not changed.

Navigating Gender Identity in Adolescence



Perez Hilton Posts Cringeworthy Video About Asexuality


This just in: Perez Hilton may or may not be asexual. He’s not sure. And neither are we.

On the eve of National Coming Out Day, the 41-year-old blogger released a video this week about sexual identity in which he wrongly conflates asexuality and abstinence and then laughs about it before going back and forth on whether or not he might be ace.

“I need to confess to you all something that I have been struggling with,” a teary-eyed Perez begins seemingly in earnest. “It’s been really heavy on my heart and I wasn’t sure if coming out about it was the right thing to do, but I need to let you know that… I am asexual.”  “That’s clearly not my choice,” he continues, before pausing for a moment and then suddenly bursting into laughter. “I mean, I’m joking, but I’m kinda not joking. I don’t know. I’m not asexual.”

After wiping away his crocodile tears, he goes on a brief rant about Trisha Paytas, a YouTuber who came under fire recently for problematic remarks she made about being transgender, then returns to talking about being asexual.  “I have not had sexual-ness, this is true, this is depressing, it’s why I’m asexual,” Perez continues, “I have not had sexual-ness with anybody since February of 2016. Almost four years now! Wow.”

Perez, who appears to be confusing asexuality with abstinence, says he’s “OK” with not having sex with anyone because he’s “asexual with myself … 5.5 days a week.”

Perez Hilton Posts Cringeworthy Video About Asexuality




Gorsuch Emerges as Possible LGBT Ally


When the dust cleared Tuesday after two hours of arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court on whether anti-LGBT discrimination is prohibited under federal civil rights law, U.S. Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch emerged as a potential ally for LGBT people.

Gorsuch, a Trump-appointed justice who considers himself a textualist, asked many questions suggesting he’s at least considering the idea that anti-LGBT discrimination is a form of sex discrimination, thus prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  If LGBT rights supporters eke out a victory from the Supreme Court, they may well have Gorsuch to thank on the divided court for taking them over the finish line.

Throughout the arguments, Gorsuch made several inquiries on whether the concept of sex is inseparable from anti-LGBT discrimination. At one point, Gorsuch asked, “Isn’t sex also at play here?” and gave an example of an employer firing a man for being attracted to another man as an example of sex discrimination.  To be sure, Gorsuch also asked questions about whether employers could keep sex-segregated bathrooms under an LGBT-inclusive Title VII.

“To what extent should we take that into account?” Gorsuch said. “And same thing with gender-specific uniform requirements. How would you deal with those, given that at least those affected might think that they’re suffering a harm?”

Gorsuch posed one question in particular to David Cole, national legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union, that may best offer a glimpse into the justice’s internal views.

“Assume for a moment that I’m with you on the textual argument,” Gorsuch said. “Should the court be concerned about the massive social upheaval that would ensue?”

Gorsuch Emerges as Possible LGBT Ally




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Tuesday, October 29th, 2019



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Michelle Williams On Female Characters


When the Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore sends you a personal email asking whether or not you would be interested in co-starring with her in a film project that her husband is working on, you pay attention. But for Michelle Williams, there was a more profound reason why she signed on immediately for Bart Freundlich’s drama, After the Wedding, in which she plays an orphanage manager in Kolkata.

“I was really so happy to visit India again,” says the softly spoken actress when we meet over tea in New York, her facial expression changing like today’s weather, a rainstorm one minute, sunshine the next.

“I took Matilda to India about 11 years ago when she was very little,” she says of her child with the late Heath Ledger; the couple met on Brokeback Mountain in 2004 and had her the following year. There is no doubt that Matilda, who turns 14 next week, is the love of Williams’ life; she brought her to set with her every day on After the Wedding.

“India has always been a place that has meant a great deal to us; a place that I have a huge amount of longing for. I would like to spend more time in my life there and, quite frankly, I wanted my daughter to see it again for all kinds of reasons,” says Williams.

Michelle Williams On Female Characters



Thousands Attend Taiwan's First Pride Since Legalisation of Gay Marriage


Nearly 200,000 revellers have marched through Taipei in a riot of rainbow colours and celebration as Taiwan held its first pride parade since making history in Asia by legalising gay marriage.

The island has long hosted the region’s largest pride marches but this year Taiwan’s LGBT community and its supporters had an extra reason to celebrate on Saturday.  In May, politicians took the unprecedented decision to legalise same-sex marriages, becoming the first place in Asia to do so. More than 2,000 couples have since married, many of them taking part in Saturday’s festival.

“I am very excited because it’s the first pride parade after same-sex marriages are recognised and I got married,” said Shane Lin, who became one of the first to marry his partner in the days after the new law was introduced.   “I am very moved that people around the world are joining us,” he said.

Behind him passed a steady stream of colour, including dancers, unicorn floats and rainbow balloon arches.

“I support marriage equality because it is a basic human right,” Henry Wu, a heterosexual teacher who brought his five-year-old son to the march said.

Thousands Attend Taiwan's First Pride Since Legalisation of Gay Marriage



Fired Lesbian Guidance Counselor Sues Indianapolis Archdiocese


A former guidance counselor at an Indianapolis Catholic high school who was fired after marrying another woman is suing the school and the city's archdiocese.

Shelly Fitzgerald’s federal lawsuit, filed on Monday, names Roncalli High School and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis as defendants. It alleges that by firing her, "defendants explicitly and impermissibly have discriminated because of sex."

"Though the Defendants claim they took adverse actions against Fitzgerald because her actions allegedly contradicted the teaching of the Catholic Church," the suit states, "they took and take no similar actions against male and/or heterosexual employees whose actions also contradict the teaching of the Catholic Church."

Fitzgerald married her wife, Victoria, in 2014. Fitzgerald had worked at Roncalli High School for 15 years before being placed on administrative leave last year because of her same-sex marriage.

In 2018, Fitzgerald told WTHR, a local NBC News affiliate, that she lived a private, married life and was essentially outed as gay when someone sent her same-sex marriage license to a school administrator, who shared it with the archbishop. She was given an ultimatum: resign or “dissolve” her marriage.

Fired Lesbian Guidance Counselor Sues Indianapolis Archdiocese




Fans Say Harry Styles’ New Song, ‘Lights Up,’ Is A ‘Bisexual Bop’


Harry Styles dropped a steamy video on Friday for “Lights Up,” his first single in more than two years ― and fans have a lot of questions.   In an August interview with Rolling Stone, Styles said his new music was “all about having sex and feeling sad,” and to that end, “Lights Up” certainly does not disappoint.

The video follows the pop star as he rides on the back of a motorcycle to a beachside bacchanal. He joins a crowd of sweaty, barely clothed revelers, writhing shirtless as both women and men caress his chiseled torso.

While Styles’ 2017 solo debut album had a 1970s vibe, the soulful “Lights Up” signals a new, R&B-driven direction for the singer. Although the former One Direction star has never publicly identified with any particular label, many fans interpreted “Lights Up” as confirmation of his long-rumored bisexuality.

Some pointed to the song’s lyrics, which hint at embracing one’s true self, as proof. “Lights up and they know who you are,” Styles sings, adding, “I’m not ever going back.”   Others suggested that the song’s release on Oct. 11, which happens to be National Coming Out Day, wasn’t a mere coincidence.

Fans Say Harry Styles’ New Song, ‘Lights Up,’ Is A ‘Bisexual Bop’




The Origins of the Transgender Movement


I’ve been asked to talk about the origins of transgenderism and how it relates to children and their exploitation. But first, I would like to start with a little story.

Yesterday I was wandering around outside the Supreme Court chatting with some people who were there to support what’s known as the LGBTQ+ community. I spoke with a lovely guy who identified as homosexual and then four teenage girls who identified as lesbian and queer. They asked me what I thought of the Human Rights Campaign, so I told them up front that I think it’s a force for tremendous harm in this country. Then, I asked them what they thought of Martin Luther King’s idea, the one about not defining people by irrelevant characteristics like their skin color, or in this case their sexual desires. They said it sounded like a very good idea.

Later, two men who were slightly less open-minded wanted to tell me about some horrible feminists called “terfs” who are apparently in cahoots with an even more horrible right-wing institution I probably hadn’t heard of because I’m Scottish. It’s called the Heritage Foundation. So, if anyone knows anyone from there, just let me know, because I want to make sure I don’t die by association.

The Origins of the Transgender Movement



Aaron Paul Is 'Proud' of His Asexual Character on BoJack Horseman


In a new interview on BuzzFeed's morning show AM to DM, Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul spoke on the impact of Todd, the character he voices on Netflix's Emmy-nominated animated series BoJack Horseman.

Todd struggled with his sexuality in season three, came out as asexual in season four, and we even got to see him attend Ace support groups, speak openly about his asexuality, and date. This kind of representation for the Ace community is rare on television, and many asexual fans say they saw themselves in a character for the first time.

Paul spoke candidly about the impact Todd has had on fans.

"I was so proud to represent that community," Paul told BuzzFeed, "and so many people came up to me, or have been coming up to me, since that come out, saying, 'I didn't know what I was. You have given me a community that I didn't even know existed,' which is just so heartbreaking, but also so beautiful, you know?"

Aaron Paul Is 'Proud' of His Asexual Character on BoJack Horseman




Gorsuch Emerges as Possible LGBT Ally


When the dust cleared Tuesday after two hours of arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court on whether anti-LGBT discrimination is prohibited under federal civil rights law, U.S. Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch emerged as a potential ally for LGBT people.

Gorsuch, a Trump-appointed justice who considers himself a textualist, asked many questions suggesting he’s at least considering the idea that anti-LGBT discrimination is a form of sex discrimination, thus prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  If LGBT rights supporters eke out a victory from the Supreme Court, they may well have Gorsuch to thank on the divided court for taking them over the finish line.

Throughout the arguments, Gorsuch made several inquiries on whether the concept of sex is inseparable from anti-LGBT discrimination. At one point, Gorsuch asked, “Isn’t sex also at play here?” and gave an example of an employer firing a man for being attracted to another man as an example of sex discrimination.  To be sure, Gorsuch also asked questions about whether employers could keep sex-segregated bathrooms under an LGBT-inclusive Title VII.

“To what extent should we take that into account?” Gorsuch said. “And same thing with gender-specific uniform requirements. How would you deal with those, given that at least those affected might think that they’re suffering a harm?”

Gorsuch posed one question in particular to David Cole, national legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union, that may best offer a glimpse into the justice’s internal views.

“Assume for a moment that I’m with you on the textual argument,” Gorsuch said. “Should the court be concerned about the massive social upheaval that would ensue?”

Gorsuch Emerges as Possible LGBT Ally




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Anna Faris to Star as Twins


Fans of Anna Faris will be seeing double in her next movie!

The actress, 42, is set to star in Summer Madness, a comedy which features her playing very different twin sisters. The plot is centered around the foul-mouthed Georgie, who has been disowned by her wealthy mother while her classy twin sister remains in her good graces.  Georgie sets out to win a large cash prize at her mother’s annual gala and is forced to wrangle her dysfunctional family together, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The movie also counts Faris’s cinematographer boyfriend Michael Barrett as a producer. He’s known for his work in movies like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and the comedy Ted.   Faris and Barrett are also co-producing the film alongside writer-director James Mottern and Emilio Mauro.

Faris has been dating the cinematographer for over two years after they were first linked together in September 2017.  Earlier this year, she opened up about her views on marriage while speaking to divorce attorney Laura Wasser for her Divorce Sucks! podcast.

Anna Faris to Star as Twins



Radio Station Fires Gay Host as Police Investigate Homophobic Tweet


Seth Dunlap hasn’t been on the air at WWL Radio in New Orleans since taking a leave of absence in mid-September, but now it turns out he won’t be coming back. The station fired the out gay radio host on Thursday, amid a police investigation into a homophobic tweet targeting Dunlap sent from WWL’s official account, according to nola.com.

Dunlap’s lawyer declined to comment when contacted by Outsports.

But attorney Megan Kiefer did respond to the report in nola.com. She confirmed Saturday that Dunlap was terminated two days earlier. The report said Kiefer accused the station and its corporate owner, Entercom, of attempting “to pressure him to resign” in recent weeks. Kiefer said her client refused because he maintains his innocence.

“The action of Entercom wrongfully terminating Mr. Dunlap has compounded his damages,” Kiefer told nola.com  WWL and Entercom have not responded to requests for comment, but the station did remove Dunlap’s biography from its website.  Dunlap himself did not respond to a message from Outsports and has not tweeted since taking his leave of absence, but his Twitter account still lists him as hosting a program at WWL.

Radio Station Fires Gay Host as Police Investigate Homophobic Tweet



Proud Lesbian Kenyan Pastor Opens Up


A Kenyan Evangelist pastor, who is also a proud lesbian, has opened up about her attraction to women and said that God created her to be gay.

According to Standard Media, Jacinta Nzilani spoke to a local radio station about her 25-year marriage to a man despite knowing since she was 16 that she was attracted women.

She said: “When I was 16 I realised that I was attracted to women more than men. It is not a habit, it is something that is inside me.”  When she was 18, she decided to join a convent and become a nun, but in the first few days she was inappropriately touched by a priest.  She left and returned home, but soon after was “married off to a man” almost twice her age. She stayed married to her husband for 25 years and had three children, before he passed away 11 years ago.

Nzilani said: “Marriage was tough and I was not interested in sex. Whenever we got intimate it was by force and I hated it."

Proud Lesbian Kenyan Pastor Opens Up




Bisexuality and Health


On September 23, 2019, the 20th anniversary of Bi Visibility Day, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) held its first-ever bisexual health research workshop. As an invited panelist at this event, sponsored by the NIH’s Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office, I joined 19 other researchers to discuss key findings, gaps in knowledge, and future directions.

You may be asking yourself: Is there really a need for this workshop? How is bisexual health different from the health of other groups? How many people even identify as bisexual?

Robyn Ochs, a prominent bisexual activist and writer, defines bisexuality as “the potential to be attracted — romantically and/or sexually — to people of more than one gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree.” People don’t have to identify with the label “bisexual” to have a bisexual orientation.

Bisexuality can mean having attractions to or sexual behavior with people of more than one sex or gender — for example, feeling attracted to both women and men. Some people have a range of “nonmonosexual” identities — that is, identities that go beyond heterosexual or lesbian/gay — including pansexual and queer. Some people have more than one identity (I identify as both queer and bisexual). The preferred umbrella term for anyone with a nonmonosexual orientation is “bi+.”

Bisexuality and Health




People Sign Letter Opposing Ted Cruz on Dallas Transgender Custody Case


More than 2,000 parents and advocates say they oppose Sen. Ted Cruz’s comments calling a Dallas mother’s support for her child’s gender transition "abuse,” according to a letter from the Human Rights Campaign to the Texas Republican.

The letter states that Cruz’s remarks in response to the custody case of a Dallas 7-year-old who is a transgender girl, her mother says, are “harmful and medically unfounded.” It was posted earlier this week and signed by 2,014 people across the U.S., including at least 276 Texans as of Thursday evening. The letter was to be available to sign until Friday afternoon, said Nick Morrow, deputy communications director for the HRC.

“Your comments accusing parents of transgender and non-binary children of ‘child abuse’ betrays your office, your responsibilities and all sense of decency,” the letter states.

Cruz shared a story on Twitter alleging that the 7-year-old’s custody case could hinge on the child getting puberty blockers, calling it “horrifying and tragic.”  “For a parent to subject such a young child to life-altering hormone blockers to medically transition their sex is nothing less than child abuse,” he added.

The mother had sought mutual written consent from both parents before the child would undergo any gender medical procedures.  The personal dispute between two divorced Coppell parents, who disagree on whether their child should transition from male to female, became national news and a GOP rallying point after Cruz and other Texas lawmakers promised they would intervene.

People Sign Letter Opposing Ted Cruz on Dallas Transgender Custody Case



Intersex People on How They Want to be Treated and Accepted


“I look forward to a time when parents aren’t made to feel the need to hide from their child that they are intersex. I look forward to a day when intersex variations are not treated as disorders that need fixing,” Rachelle Newman, an intersex activist, said at the London rally on Intersex Awareness Day 2019.

This day was established in 2003 by US intersex activists Emi Koyama and Betsy Driver to commemorate the first public intersex demonstration in 1996. 23 years on, the fight is still ongoing. Intersex is an umbrella term used to describe people born with biological variations in their sex characteristics that don’t fit “male” or “female” categories. These variations may be present in people’s chromosomes, hormones, genitals and/or internal sex organs, like testes or ovaries. Intersex traits can also be linked to genetic mosaicism, where some cells in the body have XX chromosomes and others XY.

Medicine has traditionally viewed intersex people as needing to be “fixed” with involuntary medical intervention, also known as Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM), simply to make their bodies conform to traditional notions of “male” or “female”. Many cases of IGM change the appearance or sexual function of a child’s genitals and are carried out at a very young age, without consent and often with no transparency regarding the details.

Intersex People on How They Want to be Treated and Accepted




The Women Who Married Gay Men


Megan Holgate couldn’t quite believe where she was.

It was the height of the Aids crisis and she was in the waiting room of an inner-city STI clinic, frequented by those most at risk of HIV: gay men, injecting drug users, sex workers.  Not, as she had been, a monogamous married businesswoman.  She had felt “too ashamed” to ask her doctor for the HIV test. A positive result, back then, would have been a death sentence.

In the clinic a friendly gay counsellor asked Megan to step into his room and asked her if everything was OK. No, she said. No, it absolutely was not.  “That’s when I lost the plot,” Megan, now 52, tells me as we sit in a gastrobar on a rainy Sydney evening. “This poor gay guy was the target for all my built-up anger.”

Megan threw her chair across the room at the petrified counsellor, first screaming, then crying, then sobbing, until – now outside Sydney’s Albion Street clinic – she vomited on the street. People gave her a cautious, wide berth.  Her worried dad was on his way to pick up his distraught daughter, now lying in the gutter, covered in her own tears and vomit.

“At that moment, a homeless man I’d stepped over on the way in reached out to gently check in on me,” Megan says, crying.

The Women Who Married Gay Men




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Re: The Daily Sheet September - December 2019
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019



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We Need A '50 Over 50' List


Recently, at the National Book Awards, Annie Proulx was given the medal for distinguished contribution to American letters. She, of “Brokeback Mountain” and The Shipping News fame, with her Pulitzer, her National Book Award, and many other honors — she said, “We live in a Kafkaesque time … but we keep on trying — because there’s nothing else to do.”

She referenced our broken world and its litany of ills and she spoke of the hope to be found in books.

She also gave those of us toiling past the middle a gift, a string of pearls from one of the highest literary perches for those of us bent and bleeding on our pages, damn the annual torpedoes.  Can we have a hosanna, a chorus of huzzahs! An angel of letters has spoken directly to us, the army of aging artists marinating in this cult of youth, a fresh-faced 30 Under 30 hellscape.

No disrespect to all you upstarts — I read you and I approve. I remain entirely impressed, for instance, that Téa Obreht wrote the magnificent novel, The Tiger’s Wife, when she was barely into her 20s. There is no lack of stunning work from people the age of my children. But, we hear about them all the time. The young are deified and commodified here — they don’t need another angel urging them on.  We, the over-fifty crowd, do. I do.

We Need A '50 Over 50' List



LGBTI-Themed Fairytale Book Hope to Prevent Teen Suicide
In April of 2019, TDS gave you news of a book called "Raven Wild", a fairytale written in New Zealand by co-author Chaz Harris.  The book was about a transgendered woman.

Turns out there is a prior book by Chaz Harris, and his co-author, Adam Reyonlds, that was written to help combat LGBTI bullying.

"Promised Land" was released on Valentine's Day of 2017 and tells the story of a prince named Leo and a farm boy named Jack who meet in an enchanted forest, become friends and fall in love.  "We were sick of reading stories of teenagers killing themselves after being bullied about being gay," co-author Chaz Harris told the ABC.

Mr Harris, who is based in New Zealand, said the tragic loss of Australian teenager Tyrone Unsworth last year as a result of homophobic bullying was something that the pair hoped to prevent in the future with their book.  "What happened to Tyrone could happen to any gay teen," he said, adding that he himself was severely bullied in high school for his sexuality.  "Any LGBTI teen who has experienced bullying in school looks at what happened [to Tyrone] and thinks that could have been me.  If you don't have that support around you, if you don't have those positive messages coming through, it makes it hard."

"So my initial reaction was that you identify with it, you think that could have been me, and that's what we're trying to change with our book. We're hoping to show that love is love, so that things like this don't happen."

LGBTI-Themed Fairytale Book Hope to Prevent Teen Suicide



A Heart-Wrenching Glimpse Into Lesbian Lives


Life has never been easy for women who love other women. Last Summer at Bluefish Cove—written by Jane Chambers and widely regarded as the first production to portray lesbians in a positive light—takes a crack at illuminating the complexity of these women’s lives in the 70s and 80s. Directed by Sharon Veselic, this production at Dominion Stage is helping to remind audiences of the important role that women have played in queer theater history.

The plot revolves around a group of women who spend their summers together at the remote Bluefish Cove. Some of the women are friends, some are exes and some are currently partnered. Feisty womanizer Lil (Lori Brooks) is single and suffering from a terminal illness. Her world is turned upside down when the newly-divorced Eva Margolis (Katie Raymond) shows up at Bluefish Cove. Heterosexual and without a clue as to the reality of the other women’s relationships, Eva finds herself drawn to Lil. This, of course, presents enough of a conflict between the two to keep audiences hooked.

Lori Brooks is a perfect Lil. She is believably careless, despite her illness, and wonderful paired with Raymond’s wide-eyed Eva whose innocence about the situation she finds herself in requires a shift in her personality as she moves away from her past as a carefree housewife. Though the play is quite funny, these two really shine in the more dramatic moments.

A Heart-Wrenching Glimpse Into Lesbian Lives




Bisexuals in Print


Bi Community News (commonly known as BCN) wasn’t the first magazine for the UK bisexual community but after more than 20 years, it has been by far the most long-lasting.

The bi-monthly magazine – with a focus on grassroots community organising and debate – started publishing in September 1995, following a discussion at the bisexuality conference BiCon held in Birmingham that month. This session had been prompted by the closure earlier that year of bi zine BiFrost, and concern that the bi community would lack a forum or way for bi people to keep in touch outside the few big cities with viable bi groups.

When BCN started, the internet was out of most people’s reach, so for queers wanting to keep in touch with one another, the clatter of the letterbox was the signal of incoming mail. Whether a newsletter like the early BCN format, or its predecessors BiFrost and Bi Monthly, or overseas counterparts Anything That Moves and North Bi North West, bi press came about as a way of keeping in touch for people interested in the scattered beacons of bi organising, which included local groups, helplines and bi community events.

Bisexuals in Print




Trump’s Transgender Ban Calls Me Unfit


When I think about the proudest days of my life, one was the day I joined the U.S. Air Force. Another is the day I decided to publicly embrace my identity as a transgender man. And a third is the day the previous administration lifted the prohibition on transgender service members — finally allowing my two identities to co-exist. The day the ban was lifted in 2016, I remember crying with joy as I talked with my transgender colleagues. We could continue to wear the uniform of the U.S. military and do the work we loved without hiding, silence, anxiety or fear of losing our careers.

I wish I could say I’m still doing that work and wearing that uniform. But after 30 years of experience and dedication, I decided to retire in 2018. Not because I no longer felt up to the task, but because the current Commander in Chief reversed the earlier order and declared via tweet that transgender people were no longer welcome to serve their country — despite the testimony from former military service secretaries in support of open transgender service.

I am heartbroken for younger transgender people who won’t get the same opportunities, and for active transgender troops now facing an uncertain future in the military as the Trump administration implements the ban and litigation to overturn it continues in the courts.

Trump’s Transgender Ban Calls Me Unfit



Bringing Genderqueer Awesomeness to ‘She-Ra


When Netflix & Dreamworks debuted their rebooted version of the classic animated series, we had to wonder: Could She-Ra and the Princesses of Power get any queerer?

As it turned out, that answer is a qualified yes. Now four seasons in, She-Ra—which we hailed as one of the best shows on TV last year–continues to expand in complexity, take storytelling risks and include queer characters. What began with a subtle lesbian couple has expanded to include families headed by same-sex couples, butch & femme characters and a cast of sexually-fluid heroes. Much of the credit for that visibility should go to executive producer & head writer Noelle Stevenson, the out lesbian wunderkind who set her sights on She-Ra after conquering the comic book world with her titles Lumberjanes and Nimora.

Now She-Ra takes the next step by introducing a genderqueer role, played by the noted nonbinary author and activist Jacob Tobia. Tobia, who has penned commentary for outlets like BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post published their memoir Sissy: A Coming of Gender Story earlier this year, which has become one of the go-to texts for explaining the fine points of non-binary gender.

Queerty caught up with Tobia & Stevenson just ahead of the Season 4 premiere of She-Ra. The show comes to Netflix November 5.

Bringing Genderqueer Awesomeness to ‘She-Ra




Champion Baseball Player Turns Down White House Invitation


Champion baseball player Sean Doolittle has declined an invitation to a ceremony in the White House because he disagrees vehemently with the policies of Donald Trump.  Doolittle – who plays for the Washington Nationals – told the Washington Post that he cannot justify visiting the White House as he finds Trump’s policies offensive.

He revealed that part of the reason he refused to visit the White House is because his wife has two mothers and he wanted to “show support for them”“I think that’s an important part of allyship, and I don’t want to turn my back on them.”

Sean Doolittle refused to visit White House over Donald Trump and his ‘divisive rhetoric’.  “There’s a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country,” Doolittle said.  “At the end of the day, as much as I wanted to be there with my teammates and share that experience with my teammates, I can’t do it. I just can’t do it.”

Champion Baseball Player Turns Down White House Invitation




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Tuesday, November 19th, 2019



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Anne Hathaway's 10 Best Movies


Anne Hathaway has been acting her way into the world's heart ever since 2001 when she made her big-screen debut as Mia Thermopolis in the classic Disney film The Princess Diaries, and in the ensuing years Hathaway has built up a film resume that seems like it's a mile long. After dozens of films and a wide variety of critically acclaimed roles, Hathaway has established herself as one of the most formidable actresses of our age.

It's hard to think of one particular Anne Hathaway film that stands head and shoulders above the rest because at this point she has been in enough great movies and played enough iconic roles that she'll never really be known for only one thing. But of course some are better than others, and eventually, the cream rises to the top. So here are Anne Hathaway's top 10 films according to Rotten Tomatoes, and they're probably not what you would expect.

Anne Hathaway's 10 Best Movies



Gay Employee Says Salary Was Halved to Be Even With 'Females in the Office'


A gay man working at a New York events company has claimed in a discrimination lawsuit that his pay was halved so he would be on a par with “other females in the office”.

In the lawsuit against Eventique, a company that stages promotional events for companies including Nike, Twitter and Amazon, Wesley Wernecke claims his employers sought to alienate and degrade him after they learned he was gay, NBC news reported.

Wernecke claims that a week after he was hired in June, co-workers began to make comments on his “girly” engagement ring. Asked if his wife wore a similar ring, Wernecke replied that his partner, Evan, did.

It was then, he claims, that a tense office environment began to develop between him, co-workers and the company’s chief executive, CEO Henry Liron David. He was then excluded from meetings and after-work drinks with “the fellas”, passed over for assignments and subjected to discriminatory remarks.

Gay Employee Says Salary Was Halved to Be Even With 'Females in the Office'



Pope Francis Meets With Lesbian Activist Who Backs Ban on ‘Conversion’ Therapy


Pope Francis met with a well-known lesbian LGBT activist at his home in Vatican City yesterday.

The pontiff welcomed Jayne Ozanne — the woman who convinced the Church of England to support a ban on the use of reparative, or “conversion” therapy — to his private chapel in the Casa Santa Marta. Ozanne, who now defines herself by her same-sex attractions, attended Mass and then chatted with the Pope afterward about her life and reparative therapy.  Ozanne told the Thomas Reuters Foundation that the pontiff “seemed to understand what conversion therapy was.”   She thought that Francis was “extremely warm” and “very pastoral” and said she felt “very embraced.”

With the help of a translator, Ozanne shared with Francis her earlier attempts through “conversion” therapy to develop a sexual attraction to men, having been told by Christians that she “could never be a wife, a mother, or a grandmother.”

According to a message the activist wrote on Twitter, the Pope then took Ozanne’s hands and said,   The self-described evangelical Anglican gave the pontiff a copy of her autobiography Just Love: A Journey of Self-Acceptance and information about her LGBT foundation.

Pope Francis Meets With Lesbian Activist Who Backs Ban on ‘Conversion’ Therapy




Bi-Standards: The Double Standards of Bisexual Men in the Black Community


“Black men can’t be bisexual; that’s just a cover up for being gay.” When we talk about bisexuality in the black community, it’s often an unwelcome topic because it relates to homosexuality. Now, black women are often embraced for being bisexual because men think it’s sexy, often fantasizing about having a threesome. But men are not given the same treatment for being bisexual; it’s seen as a cover up for being gay because of the standard black men are held to.

In the black community, men are seen as the leaders and providers of the community. This creates a form of masculinity—toxic masculinity—defined by always being strong and powerful, and expelling any form of femininity. Gay men embrace their femininity and the black community sees that as being weak because it doesn’t fit into their definition of masculinity. But if you’re a bisexual man in the black community, then you’re seen as gay. Your masculinity is stripped away from you completely because you can have sexual and/or romantic relations with both males and females.

Most bisexual men hoped that the stereotypes would change in the black community when R&B singer Frank Ocean came out to the world as bisexual and received support from influential hip hop rappers, such as Jay-Z and Tyler, The Creator. But that wasn’t the case; the only romantic connection they could make are with gay or bisexual men because black women wouldn’t even look their way. Many black women write off bisexual men because of the belief that they do not embody what it means to be a real man. In their eyes, bisexual men are seen as weak and feminine; basically the same way gay men are seen in the black community. They aren’t the strong, powerful, hyper masculine black men the media shows you, such as Chris Brown and 50 Cent.

Bi-Standards: The Double Standards of Bisexual Men in the Black Community




These Trans People Made History in 2019


It's 2019 and transgender visibility in the US is at an all-time high in politics, media and sports.

Historic "firsts" are significant markers of the country's progress toward trans equality, said Alex Schmider, GLAAD's associate director of transgender representation.  Only 16% of Americans said they personally know a trans person, GLAAD reported in 2015. That means most US adults learn about trans people when they see them in films, in political office, and on magazine covers, he said.

"We know trans people have been around for centuries, in all different cultures and in all different communities. It's only now that we're starting to be represented in mainstream media," Schmider told CNN. "The hope and goal for representation is for stories to reflect and represent the culture with which we live."

Earlier this year, transgender people were banned from joining the military as new recruits unless they're willing to serve as the sex they were assigned at birth. Violence against trans people, particularly black trans women, has reached what the American Medical Association called an "epidemic" level.  That's why it's essential to continue giving trans people the platform to tell their stories from their own perspectives, Schmider said -- fostering understanding helps chip away at discrimination.

These Trans People Made History in 2019



Bill Proposed to Ban Medically Unnecessary Surgeries on Intersex Children


Legislation that would effectively ban "medically unnecessary" surgeries on intersex children prior to their ability to give informed consent in New York will be announced Friday by state Sen. Brad Hoylman.

The measure, which would require that a patient issue informed consent prior to any procedure, will "protect intersex children from medical intervention and allow them to make these decisions for themselves when they are prepared to do so," Hoylman said.  "These individuals should have autonomy over their bodies. But under the current legal construct, intersex people, as infants or children, can be forced to undergo irreversible surgeries that can cause physical pain and emotional distress later in their lives."

"Intersex" is a term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy and/or chromosome pattern that does not seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. Many babies born intersex undergo surgery within the first few months of life to bring their bodies in line with a commonly accepted female or male appearance, according to extensive research conducted by Human Rights Watch.

Kimberly Zieselman, the executive director of interACT, an intersex advocacy group, supports the legislation.

Bill Proposed to Ban Medically Unnecessary Surgeries on Intersex Children




Robin Givens talks OWN’s ‘Ambitions’ and Allyship


In media where diversity and strong, empowered female characters are on the rise, it’s great to see strong female leads, like Robin Givens playing dynamic characters like Stephanie Carlisle in OWN’s new series, Ambitions.

Robin Givens has had a successful career as an American model, stage, film, and television actress. She is best known for her role as Darlene Merriman in the ABC hit sitcom Head of the Class.

Ambitions, a family saga created by Jamey Giddens and produced by Will Packer, Givens character, Stephanie, is powerhouse Atlanta-based attorney and the current wife of Atlanta Mayor Evan Lancaster, played by Brian White.

Robin sat down to talk about what allyship means to her and how the creators of the show chose to tackle current social issues such as women in leadership, gentrification and embracing the lgbt community.

Robin Givens talks OWN’s ‘Ambitions’ and Allyship




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Tuesday, November 26th, 2019



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Ang Lee Supports Taiwanese Movie Awards Despite Mainland China’s Boycott


This past Saturday, the Golden Horse film awards took place in Taipei, which are the equivalent of the Chinese Oscars. However, the event was marked by a conspicuous absence of talent, which didn’t go unnoticed by Golden Horse festival chairman Ang Lee.

“This is not easy to comment on, everyone knows that,” said Taiwanese filmmaker Lee, as reported by The Guardian. “Of course it is a loss, which can be seen on the red carpet or in the works participating in the film festival."

Mounting tensions between Taiwan and Beijing culminated in China issuing a boycott on the awards ceremony altogether. Hong Kong director Johnnie To previously resigned from his duties as head of the jury, citing a contractual issue, and other filmmakers followed.

“We of course feel regret due to fewer (movies and participants) this year but our arms are opened forever, as long as you are a Chinese-speaking movie director we are welcoming you,” said Ang Lee, the Academy Award-winning director of “Brokeback Mountain” and this year’s “Gemini Man.” That film, despite its impressive CGI reverse-aging technique and star Will Smith at the helm, failed at the box office after opening in October.

Ang Lee Supports Taiwanese Movie Awards Despite Mainland China’s Boycott



Gay Man in Russia Forced Into Hiding Over YouTube Interview


A gay Russian man is in hiding after Russian authorities opened a criminal case over a YouTube video in which he was interviewed by children, a case that has drawn attention from human-rights activists.  Maxim Pankratov told CNN he was facing threats and a potentially lengthy prison sentence for appearing in the video discussing his life as an openly gay man in Russia.

"It was a normal conversation about my life and they want to put me in jail," he said.

The video, originally posted on the Russian-language "Real Talk" YouTube channel, featured four children interviewing Pankratov, 22, about his life and his identity as a gay man.

The format of the video is simple: Pankratov and his interviewers face each other in chairs against a blue background, and the children ask simple questions: "How did you know you were gay?" and "Are there guys who like other guys?"   "I thought it was a normal conversation with children, there was no discussion of sex," Pankratov said. "It was about what it's like to be a gay man in Russia and how I live. We wanted to show society that you can be tolerant."  But earlier this month, the Investigative Committee, Russia's top law-enforcement body, opened a criminal case alleging that the video amounted to "violent acts of a sexual nature," Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti reported.

Gay Man in Russia Forced Into Hiding Over YouTube Interview



Ellen DeGeneres Surprises Lesbian Couple


After a lesbian couple sent a now-viral tweet asking Ellen DeGeneres to attend their wedding because some of their family members would not, the talk show host surprised the couple by inviting them on her show as special guests.

“Hi @chrissyteigen & @TheEllenShow!! my parents aren’t going to attend my wedding because they don’t like that i’m gay!” Kate Austin wrote Nov. 5, in a tweet that received more than 178,000 likes and 25,000 retweets. “I need someone to walk me down the aisle and someone else for a “father/daughter” dance. plz come, my fiancée and i would cry.”

The tweet was accompanied by a picture of Austin proposing to her girlfriend, Sarah Sulsenti, in front of the Eiffel Tower.  On Monday, DeGeneres replied to the tweet, writing “See you tomorrow.”

During the “Show Me Your Tweets” segment on Tuesday’s show, DeGeneres called the couple, who was sitting in the audience, onto the stage. DeGeneres asked the pair about their engagement, at which point Austin, who was drying her tears with a tissue, thanked DeGeneres for inspiring her and endowing her with the courage to propose to Sulsenti.

“If it wasn’t for someone like you, I would’ve never had the courage to just go out there in public and propose to my fiancée,” she said. “So many people don’t accept that, and you paved the way for queer women everywhere.”

Ellen DeGeneres Surprises Lesbian Couple




Jason Mraz and His Bisexuality


American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz says he struggled to come out as bisexual for years.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph on Friday, the 41-year-old confessed didn't come out until 2018 after growing up in a conservative town in Virginia.  'I saw how [gay and lesbian people] get harassed and I heard the language around it and that scared me because I thought 'if I'm gay, what does that mean for me, my community, my family and career?'' the singer revealed

'It was a struggle. I was nervous about what my family would think,' he said.

Jason, who married Christina Carano in 2015, explained that it was important for him to come out because holding onto secrets can lead to isolation and unhappiness. 'Coming out is important because it gives others permission to come out,' he added.  In July last year, Jason made headlines after admitting he'd had 'experiences with men' while he was dating his now-wife Christina Carano.

Jason Mraz and His Bisexuality




Transgender People in 2019, A Conflicted Reality of Breakthroughs, Barriers


2019 is the year Ash Penn, a passionate transgender resident of Spartanburg, South Carolina, was able to “come out as a whole” and feel the warm embrace of acceptance.  It has been a year that saw a wow moment in politics when transgender rights popped up in platforms of the Democratic presidential candidates.  But 2019 is also the year in which transgender people were barred from the U.S. military.

And it has been a year in which at least 22 transgender or gender-nonconforming people have died in unsettling acts of violence.  This is the conflicted reality for the transgender community: progress and acceptance amid the old haunts of hate.

“There is a mix of incredible opportunities and advancement and also increased regression and hostility,” said Ineke Mushovic, executive director of the Movement Advancement Project, a think tank that researches LGBTQ issues.

The visibility of trans people as backbones of communities has been remarkable in the past year, said Taylor Brown of advocacy group Lambda Legal. “We are people doing normal things. We are not drag queens. We aren’t doing this part-time.”  Yet while it’s significant that candidates are talking about civil rights, she said, “It’s odd that we have to even have this conversation.”

Transgender People in 2019, A Conflicted Reality of Breakthroughs, Barriers



Meet the Activist Debunking Asexuality Stereotypes


When we talk about the LGBTQIA+ community, there still isn't a lot of talk about the "A" portion, and that's something UK-based model and activist Yasmin Benoit is actively trying to change.

As an asexual and aromantic person, Benoit does not experience sexual or romantic attraction. And while she's spent the majority of her life comfortable with this knowledge, it's also something she knows isn't the case for many others — and a lot of this can be chalked up to a dearth of asexual and aromantic representation.

So, using the platform and visibility she built as a model, Benoit has spent the past two years making videos, writing posts, and giving talks about the topic, which is still rife with misinformation and harmful stereotypes. According to her, "when you say you don't experience romance and sexuality and that those things are, innately, not a part of you, people think you're less human," which she says is a result of the importance society places sexuality.

"[They say] you're robotic. You're psychopathic. I often get narcissistic," as Benoit explains, before launching into the misconceptions she has to deal with on a daily basis. The biggest one? Her occupation, especially when it comes to her work with lingerie, almost always elicits a confused public reaction. Even though the rationale behind modeling lingerie is simple: she likes the garments and enjoys mixing up her portfolio.

Meet the Activist Debunking Asexuality Stereotypes




Robin Givens talks OWN’s ‘Ambitions’ and Allyship


In media where diversity and strong, empowered female characters are on the rise, it’s great to see strong female leads, like Robin Givens playing dynamic characters like Stephanie Carlisle in OWN’s new series, Ambitions.

Robin Givens has had a successful career as an American model, stage, film, and television actress. She is best known for her role as Darlene Merriman in the ABC hit sitcom Head of the Class.

Ambitions, a family saga created by Jamey Giddens and produced by Will Packer, Givens character, Stephanie, is powerhouse Atlanta-based attorney and the current wife of Atlanta Mayor Evan Lancaster, played by Brian White.

Robin sat down to talk about what allyship means to her and how the creators of the show chose to tackle current social issues such as women in leadership, gentrification and embracing the lgbt community.

CRobin Givens talks OWN’s ‘Ambitions’ and Allyship




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James Schamus’ New Short Film


If you’re going to listen to anyone wax poetic on the history of cinema and the relationship between photographic imagery and moving pictures, then it might as well be James Schamus. The 60-year-old film producer (“Sense and Sensibility,” “Brokeback Mountain”), writer (“The Ice Storm,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), and director (“Indignation”) has been a staple of the independent film world since 1990. As the former CEO of Focus Features, Schamus played an essential role in defining the American indie film scene. Now Schamus is back with a new short film in which he philosophically tackles the cinematic bond between photography and moving images.

Schamus’ short film, exclusively debuting on IndieWire, is one of 30 new shorts being released to celebrate the 30th anniversary of indie distributor Strand Releasing. Each short runs around one minute. In addition to Schamus, contributors include auteurs such as John Waters, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and Catherine Breillat, in addition to emerging filmmakers like Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Andrew Ahn (“Driveways”), and Brady Corbet (“Vox Lux”). IndieWire previously debuted two shorts from  project directed by “Futuro Beach” filmmaker Karim Ainouz and “In the Fade” helmer Fatih Akin. The selection of shorts, entitled “30/30 Vision: 3 Decades of Strand Releasing,” was produced by filmmaker Connor Jessup (“Simon’s Forest”).

Schamus has been nominated for three Oscars: Best Picture as the producer of “Brokeback Mountain,” Best Adapted Screenplay for writing “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” and Best Original Song for writing the lyrics to “A Love Before Time” from “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” Schamus is a Best Film BAFTA winner for producing “Brokeback Mountain.”

James Schamus’ New Short Film



Award For NZ Defence Force


The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has been awarded the Rainbow Tick, for its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) inclusion.

A statement from the NZDF explains how Chief of Defence Force Air Marshal Kevin Short announced the receipt of the accreditation at an event hosted by the NZDF in Wellington tonight.

According to the NZDF, the accreditation follows an intensive 13-month assessment period by the Rainbow Tick organisation to understand whether the NZDF is a place where LGBT+ people can feel welcome, safe and included.

“The improved processes and practices made to increase inclusion for LGBT+ people actually benefit all our Defence people because they are about the NZDF becoming a more modern, flexible, people-focussed organisation,” Air Marshal Short said.

“Whether in peacetime or on operations, our strength is team work, and that means living our values and treating each other with decency and respect.”

In 2014, the NZDF was recognised as being the world’s most LGBT+ inclusive military by the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies.

Award For NZ Defence Force



Denmark's "Strictly Dancing" Won by Male Couple


The first ever male couple on Denmark's version of Strictly Come Dancing have won the final after performing a show-stopping paso doble.  Gay actor Jakob Fauerby, 42, and dancer Silas Holst, 36, have continually blown audiences away with their passionate dance routines over the past few weeks.

The pair, the first all-male ensemble in the show's 16-year history, received the highest scores in four of the show's eight episodes.

Mr Fauerby told Danish news outlet BT: 'It's a whole new experience. It is quite overwhelming. So many who write to me on social media with their own stories. I feel pretty privileged.'  He also praised his dance partner Holst, noting: “He makes sure you look good.”

Judge Marianne Eihilt cheered at the result and said, 'I am so proud to live in a country where two men can make a final,' according to Politiken.

Mr Fauerby decided before going on the programme that he would ask to be paired with a man if he was selected.   Once he made the request the judges said that it was something they could probably talk about.  Mr Holst came back from a five-year break from the show in order to join Mr Fauerby in representing the LGBTQ+ community.

Denmark's "Strictly Dancing" Won by Male Couple





The Very (Very) Slow Rise of Lesbianism on TV


Picture it: American living rooms, 1986. A TV juggernaut with a devoted weekly audience of 15-20 million viewers introduces a lesbian story line, and it is both hilarious and eye-opening — and not so much a “very special episode” as just a great episode.  In Season 2 of “Golden Girls,” Dorothy (Bea Arthur) and the girls receive a visit from her childhood friend Jean (Lois Nettleton) at their Miami abode. Jean quickly catches feelings for the kindhearted, albeit naïve, Rose (Betty White). “I didn’t even know if you’d know what a lesbian was,” Dorothy says to Rose at one point. “I could have looked it up!” Rose replies.

In a tender moment — well, mostly tender — Dorothy asks her mother, Sophia (Estelle Getty), how she would react if one of her kids were gay.   “I wouldn’t love him one bit less; I would wish him every happiness,” Sophia replies. “Now keep your fat mouth shut so I can get some sleep.”

The word “lesbian” is used about 12 times in that episode. The word “gay,” around eight. But while the show was one of the first to portray a lesbian character in a positive light on mainstream television, it wasn’t the only one — not even that year: “Hill Street Blues” wrote in the first lesbian recurring character on a major network, Kate McBride, a police officer played by Lindsay Crouse.

The Very (Very) Slow Rise of Lesbianism on TV




Short Film ‘Bicycle’ Swings Both Ways


YouTube filmmaker Sammy Paul released his short film “Bicycle” Nov. 14, starring Chris Kendall as the main character, Felix.

The film follows Felix’s stand-up performance about his bisexual awakening and the bisexual experience in general. In the words of the creator himself, he wanted “a fun LGBTQ+ story that wasn’t speaking down to its audience.” Paul calls it “self-deprecating without being downtrodden.”

The short film hilariously portrays the bisexual experience in a way most of the bisexual community can relate to. The stand-up format came about from Paul’s admiration of how “direct and disarming it can be.”

Felix tells the story of his sexual awakening, which involved the movie “The Amazing Spiderman 2” and his ability to be with both Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield “in any order.” Many bisexual folks joke about how their sexual awakenings came from pieces of pop culture from their childhoods. He also takes a jab at the stereotypes surrounding bisexuality, specifically that they aren’t even “‘good’ bad stereotypes.”

Short Film ‘Bicycle’ Swings Both Ways




A Bill Leaves India’s Transgender Community Angry and Aggrieved


Last week, as the Indian Parliament passed a new bill for the protection of transgender people, thousands of LGBTQ community members came out to protest in the latest battle for gay and transgender rights in the country.   The bill prohibits discrimination and criminalizes physical abuse against the transgender community but has been summarily rejected by the very people it seeks to protect. After receiving the president’s assent, the bill will become law.

“It is not just problematic but regressive,” said Grace Banu, founder of the Trans Rights Now collective. “The community has opposed it from the beginning.”

The activists’ demand was for comprehensive anti-atrocities and anti-discrimination legislation that would be able to uphold equal access to civil rights. But they say the new bill’s discrimination clause is not clearly defined, which means the measure will have no teeth. It also does not explicitly state common forms of discrimination in employment, education and housing.

The penalty for sexual violence mentioned in the bill is lower than for such crimes against women and does not define specific physical sexual offenses that transgender people face, activists said.

A Bill Leaves India’s Transgender Community Angry and Aggrieved



‘Atypical’ Star Comes Out As Non-Binary


Another celebrity has joined the growing number of media personalities who have come out as non-binary.  Brigette Lundy-Paine, known for their role on the Netflix series “Atypical", came out as queer last year – but in a heartfelt admission on Instagram earlier this month, she has now officially come out as nonbinary.

Lundy-Paine’s announcement, which accompanied a picture of (presumably) their cat, read:  “I’m nonbinary, always felt a lil bit boy, lil bit girl, lil bit neither,” they said. “Using they/them as of late n it feels right. scary af to come out n been rly putting this off. But I feel I owe it to myself and to all of us who struggle w gender.”

The “Atypical” performer has dropped this news as their career is starting to expand. They appear in the soon-to-be-released drama, “Bombshell,” a film which is already generating awards buzz. In 2020, they’ll be appearing in the heavily-anticipated comedy “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” the long-awaited third film in the “Bill & Ted” series.

Among the other famous individuals who have come out as nonbinary are Jonathan Van Ness, Theo Germaine, Sam Smith and Jacob Tobia

‘Atypical’ Star Comes Out As Non-Binary




Jamie Lee Curtis Talks LGBTQ Compassion


Thirteen minutes with Jamie Lee Curtis was not quite enough time to find out why, even though it was “very important to me” to investigate the sexuality of one of her characters, she’s never considered the sexuality of her most enduring, Laurie Strode. I’m still curious. I still want to know. Jamie, if you’re out there, if you’re reading this, call me.

The day we spoke, Curtis, in signature no-nonsense mode, was fully immersed in a whirl of action at the media junket for her new whodunit film “Knives Out,” which left precious time for contemplative states, Laurie Strode gay talk and cheeseburgers.

The esteemed “Scream Queen” is completing her order as she calls me, though “the last thing I’m thinking about is what I’m gonna eat.” Eventually, however, I’ve got Jamie Lee Curtis thinking about that time she decided to make a character gay and no one ever really knew. Minutes into our twisty chat, Curtis, best known for roles in “A Fish Called Wanda,” “Trading Places” and some movie called “Halloween,” is reflecting on a role she seems very proud of: her portrayal of the school principal in a film she says “no one saw” called “Spare Parts.”

Based on a true story, the 2015 film centers on a group of Latino students who win first place over the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 2004 MATE ROV robotics competition. Those who didn’t see it, and perhaps even those who did, missed what Curtis calls a “subtle reference” to her character’s late wife, who she says is pictured in a photograph in her character’s office. “I very specifically wanted the backstory – that you will never know – that she moved to that place because of her wife and her wife died,” Curtis says. 

Jamie Lee Curtis Talks LGBTQ Compassion




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Tuesday, December 10th, 2019



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Julia Stiles on Heath Ledger


Julia Stiles has opened up about working with late 10 Things I Hate About You co-star Heath Ledger.  The star was discussing the teen rom-com on talk show Watch What Happens Live, and she revealed which was her favourite day on set.

The movie saw Stiles’ character Kat be slowly won over by Ledger’s roguish bad-boy Patrick, with a key scene seeing the Aussie star serenading her with Frankie Valli’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.

She told show host Andy Cohen: "My favourite memory of that day—the whole day, he was just phenomenal.  "I mean, like, running up and down those stadium steps and nobody knew that he had this amazing voice. He just went full out and I got to watch it."

The movie was a was Ledger’s first in Hollywood, and would be the first of a short but stellar career which saw him nominated for a Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role playing Enis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain in 2006.  He went on to win an Oscar in 2009, being awarded a Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight.

Julia Stiles on Heath Ledger



Gay Romance on "High School Musical"


After three hit movies, a concert tour and countless stage productions, the “High School Musical” franchise introduces its first gay love story with Friday’s episode of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.”

It’s a major moment for the canon and for Disney. Except, by design, it isn’t. Unlike other young-adult series, whose approach to LGBTQ representation often features pivotal coming-out scenes or bigoted bullies, the focus is on the relationship between the two characters at the center, Carlos and Seb. Like any relationship on the Disney+ show, theirs simply exists.  “This is a story that would have changed my life if I had seen it when I was a kid,” showrunner Tim Federle told The Times. “And the reason it would have changed my life is because it’s no big deal. It’s actually just real life.”

A mockumentary spinoff of the beloved trilogy, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” centers on a group of theater kids at the “real” East High — where the TV movies were made — as they stage their own version of the teen play.

According to Federle, actor Frankie A. Rodriguez (Carlos) inspired the idea for Friday’s “Homecoming” episode with his audition for student choreographer by singing an a cappella version of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”

Gay Romance on "High School Musical"



Miss Universe's First Openly Gay Contestant


When Swe Zin Htet takes the stage as the reigning Miss Myanmar in the Miss Universe competition on Sunday, she will be thinking of the LGBTQ community back in her country, also known as Burma, where homosexuality remains a crime.

Days ago, Htet came out as a lesbian and became the first openly gay Miss Universe pageant contestant. It’s a revelation the 21-year-old tells PEOPLE she timed to coincide with stepping into spotlight of the international pageant.  “I have that platform that, if I say that I’m a lesbian, it will have a big impact on the LGBTQ community back in Burma,” she says through a translator from Atlanta, where Miss Universe will be held Sunday in the Tyler Perry Studios.

“The difficult thing is that in Burma, LGBTQ people are not accepted,” Htet says, “they are looked down on by other people and are being discriminated against.”

Nicknamed “Superman” by her fans, Htet hopes to help change anti-LGBTQ attitudes both through her very public coming out and future advocacy, made stronger with her Miss Universe fame.

Miss Universe's First Openly Gay Contestant




Liam Payne's New Song Angers Bisexuals


People are upset by Liam Payne's new bisexual-themed song, and I can't  blame them.

Let's get right to it. Liam Payne just released a new song called "Both Ways," which — you guessed it — is about bisexuality. 

When I first heard the former One Direction singer had a bisexual-themed song on his new album, I was all for it...until I heard the cringe-worthy lyrics.  On the track, Liam sings about dating a woman who is bisexual. "My girl, she like it both ways. She like the way it all taste," he croons.  But wait. There's more. "Couple more, we’ll call it foreplay. No, no, I don’t discriminate. Bring it back to my place," he sings.

As if that weren't enough, Liam goes on to sing about how the woman says they're both "young and stupid" and therefore should indulge in sexual activities "you won't believe."

Well, I wasn't the only one who found the song reductive. Many in the bisexual community took to Twitter to call out Liam over the song, and, to be honest, valid points were made.



Liam Payne's New Song Angers Bisexuals




Conservative War on Transgender Rights


Rachel Gonzales has spent the last two years battling Texas lawmakers to protect her kid. She first stepped foot in the statehouse in 2017, to testify against a bill that would bar her 7-year-old, transgender daughter from using the girl’s bathroom. Next came an effort to stop a bill to prohibit family courts from using a parent’s affirmation (or lack thereof) of a child’s transgender identity as a consideration in custody hearings.

Both bills eventually died, but Gonzales is now gearing up for yet another fight. This fall, two Republican lawmakers in the state vowed to introduce legislation barring trans kids from receiving certain gender-affirming health care and criminalizing parents who allow their children to transition.

And Texas isn’t the only place where conservatives are trying to make it harder for trans kids to live in accordance with their gender identity. In November, a Republican representative in South Carolina introduced legislation that would prohibit “gender reassignment medical treatment” for people under the age of 18. Doctors who provide such care would be professionally sanctioned and could potentially lose their medical license. A bill that is being drafted in Georgia would make it a felony for medical professionals to aid in a minor’s gender transition. A lawmaker in Kentucky said in a public Facebook post that she is also at work on a similar bill.

“I really wish that our politicians would stop using young children for their political gain,” Gonzales says. “It’s so frightening to have the people that are supposed to be protecting all kids across the state to be instead picking and choosing who they want to protect and targeting the ones that they don’t.”

Conservative War on Transgender Rights



Intersex Ex-Athlete Granted Asylum


An intersex ex-athlete who claims to have been coerced into harmful surgery that ruined her running career has been granted asylum amid fears for her life – raising major questions about World Athletics regulations governing such conditions.

Almost a month after warning in an exclusive interview with the Daily Telegraph that she could be killed if she returned to her native Uganda, Annet Negesa confirmed she had been told she could make a new start in Germany.

Negesa applied for asylum after publicly outing herself as intersex in a German documentary in September in which she and another former elite female athlete claimed they had been coerced into gonadectomies around the time of the 2012 Olympics and were denied proper aftercare.

LGBTIQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual, Intersex and Queer/Questioning) people regularly face persecution in Uganda that is actively encouraged by political and religious leaders, with a gender non-conforming LGBTIQ+ activist there brutally murdered in his own home as recently as October.

Following the approval of her application, Negesa told the Telegraph: “I feel relieved and happy. I am thankful to the German state for granting me asylum. I have been through very difficult times since 2012 and I have suffered a lot since I was stopped from competing at the London Olympics. I spoke about my hardship in recent times so that no other woman athlete has to go through what I had gone through. Today, I can dream of a fresh beginning.”

Intersex Ex-Athlete Granted Asylum




Charlie XCX Shouts Out Her Queer Russian Fans


It’s not all autographing poppers bottles and screaming “gay rights!” on cameraOpens in New Window for vocal LGBTQ ally Charli XCX.

At a recent concert in Moscow, the British-born pop singer took a moment to thank her queer fans from the stage. Leading up to her performance of “Shake It,” she told the audience she was “very grateful” to her Russian fans for “showing love, showing support, and coming down to the show” in their “magical,” colorful getups.

“To feel included in the LGBTQ community as an ally is really powerful,” she continued. “I love the LGBTQ community so much because they fucking keep my career alive.”

Charli XCX also noted her string of recent collabs with out-and-proud artists, including Aussie actor and singer Troye Sivan ("2099",  "1999"), queer French singer Christine of Christine and the Queens (“Gone”), and Brazilian singer and drag performer Pabllo Vittar (“Flash Pose”).

“The support of the LGBTQ community means a lot to me,” Charli XCX added onstage. “Let me just tell you that.”

Charlie XCX Shouts Out Her Queer Russian Fans




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Jake Gyllenhaal on His London Theatre Debut


Jake Gyllenhaal’s West End debut was “formative” in shaping his approach to acting, the star revealed.

The Oscar nominee’s first theatrical role was in Kenneth Lonergan’s revival of This Is Our Youth at the Garrick Theatre in 2002, and earned him the Evening Standard Theatre Award for outstanding newcomer.

Gyllenhaal, 38, will return to the London stage next year to star in Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday In The Park With George, which follows post-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat as he completes his most famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.

He and co-star Annaleigh Ashford originally appeared in a concert version of the show in New York in 2016, which they followed with a sell-out Broadway run in 2017.  Speaking to Standard Online ahead of the musical’s West End transfer, Gyllenhaal said that his previous stint in London “changed the whole process of [his] work” and praised the capital’s “supportive” theatre community.

Jake Gyllenhaal on His London Theatre Debut



Hallmark Channel Faces Duelling Boycott Calls


The Hallmark Channel is facing two waves of boycott calls in the middle of its high-ratings Christmas movie season after the network pulled ads from wedding-planning company Zola Inc. that featured a same-sex couple.   The network, owned by Crown Media Holdings Inc., pulled TV commercials featuring brides kissing each other on Thursday, after conservative group One Million Moms complained and called for a boycott of the network.

Zola began airing six commercials on the Hallmark Channel on Dec. 2. Four of the ads featured a same-sex couple, while the two that weren’t pulled portrayed heterosexual couples, who were also shown kissing in one of the spots. On Thursday, Hallmark sent an email to Zola’s ad-buying firm saying it would no longer air the four ads portraying the gay couple because the network “deemed the spots ‘controversial.’”

Zola has been a frequent advertiser on Hallmark since 2017 and has aired ads featuring same-sex couples in the past without issue, a Zola spokeswoman said.  “Crown Media Family Networks made the decision to pull the commercials,” the company said Sunday. “The debate surrounding these commercials on all sides was distracting from the purpose of our network, which is to provide entertainment value.”

Hallmark Channel Faces Duelling Boycott Calls



What It Means To Be A “Rural Lesbian”


Wmn Zine, the love letter to lesbians created by Jeanette Spicer, Florencia Alvarado, and Sarah Duell , is the exploring the radical nature of the term “lesbian.” With the current chiseling away of gender detritus, “lesbian” has been in a strange space. Clung to by trans-exclusionists (aka bigots), lesbian is in constant peril of being absorbed into history as “old fashioned.” But Wmn Zine’s team seeks to explore its possible ability to be adapted and repossessed. Gender might be a spectrum, but it can also be a word cloud. “When thinking of our own identifications, we realized that the term lesbian was in ways a signifier of the past, and could even be considered radical.”

Wmn Zine’s first issue, Season of the Dyke , explores the collision of lesbian with rural landscape, and that’s very personal for the editorial team. “I don’t see myself as a city person forever,” laughs Spicer over the phone. Along with the rest of the editorial staff of Wmn Zine, she’s living in Brooklyn, but as a formal rural lesbian (formerly rural, the lesbian paperwork is still up to date), she hasn’t forgotten her roots. “We wanted to put together a project where artists could share insight for their environment and their location, and how their lesbian experience informs that.”

What It Means To Be A “Rural Lesbian”




Discharged Vet Gets Medal Back


A British Falklands war veteran has been given his medals back and received an apology from the Ministry of Defence after being forced out of the navy over his sexuality.

Joe Ousalice, 68, had served in the navy for nearly 18 years when he was discharged in 1993 because of a ban on LGBT people serving in the armed forces.  The former radio operator, who lives in Southampton, served in the Falklands war, did six tours of duty in Northern Ireland, was posted to the Middle East and was seconded for two and a half years to a Nato taskforce.

Ousalice was stripped of his long service and good conduct medals and three good conduct badges when he was discharged because of his sexuality.  After a historic court settlement in a case brought by Liberty, the human rights organisation, the MoD has apologised and returned Ousalice’s medals.  The ministry is establishing a scheme so that others in Ousalice’s situation can get their medals back.

Ousalice said: “I should have always been judged on the basis of my exceptional service and not my sexuality. History has shown us that a person’s sexuality has no bearing on how they perform in times of conflict. So many LGBT people were forced out of their wonderful careers and the consequences were devastating.”

Discharged Vet Gets Medal Back




A Kentucky Bill and Bathroom Use


A bill has resurfaced in Kentucky seeking to allow students to sue their school if it allows transgender peers to use school bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity, instead of their sex assigned at birth, despite the bill’s previous failures in the state Legislature.  Republican state Rep. David Hale revived the Kentucky Student Privacy Act last Thursday. The bill would require that K-12 public school facilities, like restrooms and locker rooms, separate students “based on their biological sex.”

“School personnel have a duty to protect the dignity, health, welfare and privacy rights of students in their care,” the bill states, “Children and young adults have natural and normal concerns about privacy while in various states of undress, and most wish for members of the opposite biological sex not to be present in those circumstances.”

The bill goes on to say that allowing students of “different biological sex” to use the same restrooms and locker rooms could cause “potential embarrassment, shame and psychological injury to students.”

And should a student see “a person of the opposite biological sex” in a sex-segregated facility, the student could have “a private cause of action against the school,” such as a lawsuit.

A Kentucky Bill and Bathroom Use



Word of The Year - They


Many nonbinary people, who don’t identify as male or female, have been using the pronouns “they” and “them” for years. Being able to use a pronoun that’s not “he” or “she” “is really affirming and really welcoming and freeing for many people,” Addison Rose Vincent, acting executive director of the nonprofit Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project, told Vox.

And when people use “they” and “them” pronouns, they’re tapping into a long history — “they” has been used as a singular pronoun in English since the late 1300s, if not before.

Despite this background, the pronoun has received pushback, with grammar sticklers arguing that it’s incorrect English and right-wing commentators dismissing its use as mere political correctness. University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson, for example, proclaimed in 2016, “I don’t recognize another person’s right to determine what pronouns I use to address them.”

But recently, “they” has been getting a new level of mainstream recognition. In September, Merriam-Webster added the singular pronoun “they,” used to refer to “a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary,” or to a person whose gender is unknown or is intentionally not revealed. And earlier this month, the publication went a step further and chose the pronoun as its Word of the Year. Meanwhile, this October, the American Psychological Association (APA) endorsed the use of the singular “they” in scholarly writing.

Word of The Year - They




LGBTQ Ally Dua Lipa


LGBTQ ally Dua Lipa has released a new single from her current hit album, “Future Nostalgia.”

The UK songstress has been a queer fan-favorite since the early days of her career, when she released the singles “Be the One” and “Last Dance,” as explained in a recent article from the website, Means Happy.

Speaking to the site, an 18-year old London fan named Tom, who identifies as gay, said, “The gays definitely caught onto her first. Going to her concerts before and after “New Rules” was funny because before it was like 90% gays. After it was like a 50-50 gay-straight mix. I don’t think there’s been a British pop girl like her in a while. It was something that we wanted."

“I also think that because she’s young, she’s very relatable to us, especially on social media,” said Tom, who has seen Dua live six times. “That’s something that definitely appealed to me.”

The singer made headlines last year after she spoke up in support of fans ejected from her concert in Shanghai for holding up banners in support of LGBTQ rights, saying in a tweet, “I will stand by you all for your love and beliefs and I am proud and grateful that you felt safe enough to show your pride at my show. What you did takes a lot of bravery. I always want my music to bring strength, hope and unity. I was horrified by what happened and I send love to all my fans involved.”

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