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The Daily Sheet July - September 2020
« on: July 06, 2020, 09:50:31 AM »


Tuesday, July 7th, 2020



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Will "Brokeback Mountain" Lose Its Crown?


"Brokeback Mountain" was released 15 years ago. That's a pretty long time in cinema — from "War of the Worlds" to "Avengers: Endgame." The sweeping romance follows Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Ennis (Heath Ledger) as they engage in a complex, passionate, and forbidden love affair over two decades.

Since the release of Ang Lee's movie, queer representation onscreen and behind the camera has increased substantially (although there is still a very long way to go). We've had the first-ever mainstream LGBT rom-com in "Love, Simon," cultural juggernauts like "Call Me By Your Name" and "Carol," about three Disney movies featuring Disney's "first-ever" LGBTQ character ("Beauty and the Beast," "Onward," and "Zootopia"), and "Moonlight," which did what "Brokeback Mountain" couldn't and became the first-ever queer movie to win best picture at the Academy Awards.

Yet "Brokeback Mountain" is still viewed as the go-to gay movie. In Insider's recent chats with various queer and ally filmmakers about their favourite LGBTQ movies, Lee's seminal film was mentioned by every single person. The effect that "Brokeback" has had on the film industry, its filmmakers, and the queer community, is still rippling today — even 15 years later. We spoke to several queer filmmakers about what makes "Brokeback Mountain" the quintessential queer movie.

It's probably wise to start off with the film's actual quality — which, by almost all accounts, is pretty high. It has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 87%, and most critics were enamoured with the movie the moment it first hit screens.

Will "Brokeback Mountain" Lose Its Crown?




Coming Out at 90


I was born in western Kansas in a small town called Dodge City on May 20, 1930. It was the time of The Dust Bowl—dust storms that caused great drought, and just before the Great Depression.

I recognized that I was gay around the age of 12. We moved around a lot because my father worked for the railroads and I was living in New Mexico. One of my friends invited me over for a sleepover. There was no central heating, so as we went to bed we ended up hugging close together. I just knew right then that I wanted to be with other guys. But it was the 1940s, so I had to keep that hidden.

I never had girlfriends over or talked to girls. I took a girl to the senior prom, but only because she asked me. After high school and junior college, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1950 during the Korean War, and was sent to California before spending four years on a minesweeper warship on the Korean Peninsular.

Eventually after I returned and studied, I went to work at a retail credit company in Long Beach, California in 1957 and a man named Phillip Allen Jones helped me learn how to do reports. We were immediately attracted to one other and we started dating soon after, though not openly and I was not out as a gay man.

But it wasn't long before I was spending nights at his house and then I moved in with him. It just seemed very natural—we blended so well together, so quickly. There was never a question in my mind.  Neither of us drank or smoked, we liked the same things and we never had arguments. We spent every weekend together exploring the surrounding mountains, old mines or visiting the seashore. It was wonderful. The love gradually grew, we just knew it was there without having to verbalize it.

Coming Out at 90



Where Are L.A's Lesbian Bars?


When Adriana Gordon first came out as a lesbian, she was 21 years old and living in West Hollywood. It was the ’90s, and lesbian life in Los Angeles was at its peak: women proudly marched through the streets for Lesbian Visibility Week, celebrities were coming out, and lesbian bars thrived as places for women to meet up, hook up, and find community.

“It was the first time I remember thinking, ‘Wow, we can be out, and we might be OK,’” Gordon says. “Here we are in numbers, starting to recognize each other quite visibly in a way that I don’t think had been done before.”

Today, L.A. is a much different place—especially when it comes to nightlife. While there are 20 bars for gay men in West Hollywood alone, the last lesbian bar in WeHo, the Palms, ended its historic 56-year run in 2013. The Oxwood Inn, a Van Nuys lesbian joint, followed not long after. When it shuttered in 2017, Los Angeles County was left without a single lesbian bar.  The decline of hangouts for gay women is not an L.A.-specific phenomenon. From San Francisco to New Orleans, lesbian bars across the country have closed their doors in recent years. But in L.A., the absence of these spaces is disheartening, especially for young women making a home in the city.

When 23-year-old Isabelle Bertges moved here from New York last summer, she was disappointed by the dearth of spaces where she could meet and socialize with other women. “People always told me, ‘Yeah, the L.A. scene is a little bit different,’” Bertges says. “Two months in, I felt a severe lack in my life, especially of lesbians.”

Where Are L.A's Lesbian Bars?




Bisexual Challenges


Being bisexual is not always the best of both worlds like some might assume. You’re not gay enough for the LGBTQ+ community, but you’re not straight enough for the heterosexuals. If you’re a bisexual woman, you run the risk of your sexuality being fetishized, and you’re seen as “experimental” or “promiscuous.” If you’re a bisexual man, your sexuality can simply be seen as a stop along the way to “destination gay.”

You get told you’re lucky because you have “double the options,” but landing a date as a bisexual person can be hard work. The stigma against those who are attracted to both genders lends itself to assumptions from the gay community that bisexual people are more likely to cheat, specifically in same-sex relationships. Alternatively, many straight people are simply turned off by the idea of dating someone who may have been with someone of the same gender.

Bisexual individuals are no strangers to the array of issues that all work harmoniously together to create a phenomenon known as bisexual erasure. Kenji Yoshino, the Director of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at New York University School of Law, describes bisexual erasure and bisexual invisibility in the Stanford Law Review as “the omission of bisexuality in discussions of sexual orientation.” This umbrella definition encompasses the many different ways this phenomenon manifests itself.

In the college environment, bisexual erasure seems to be especially prevalent. For many, college is a time of exploring one’s identity. Many college-aged students are figuring out their sexuality and may be especially sensitive to the effects of bisexual erasure.

Bisexual Challenges




Transgender Protections & Homeless Shelters


The Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to move forward with a measure that would permit federally funded homeless shelters to house transgender clients according to their sex assigned at birth.

The HUD proposal would reverse a 2016 measure implemented under the Obama administration that built on provisions enacted four years earlier. The 2012 Equal Access Rule mandated that shelters are "open to all eligible individuals and families regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status," and the administration issued further guidance clarifying that the rule barred shelters from denying access to trans people in accordance with their gender identity.

HUD announced Wednesday that it intends to effectively strike the 2016 trans-inclusive guidelines. When it comes to housing transgender people in single-sex or sex-segregated shelters, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a statement that the Obama administration's guidelines "mandate a single approach that overrides local law and concerns."

"This important update will empower shelter providers to set policies that align with their missions, like safeguarding victims of domestic violence or human trafficking," Carson said. "Mission-focused shelter operators play a vital and compassionate role in communities across America. The Federal Government should empower them."

A 28-page document released to members of Congress in May spells out some of the changes, as the Washington Blade previously reported. Should the guidelines be implemented, women's shelters would be permitted to "decline to accommodate a person who identifies as female but who is a biological male."

Transgender Protections & Homeless Shelters



Author Comes Out as Demisexual


The spectrum of sexuality is vast — truly. Some people try to put things in a binary of heterosexuality and homosexuality but to anyone who pays attention, there are clearly way more than that. Janelle Monae recently brought the conversation about pansexuality to the fore, distinguishing it from bisexuality. Now, author Alex Kazemi has come out as demisexual in an interview and caught backlash as a result.

"I'm a demisexual demigod," Kazemi reportedly said in an interview with King Kong Garcon according to the Pop Crave Twitter account. Kazemi wrote Pop Magick — A Simple Guide to Bending Your Reality which had a foreword by Rose McGowan and has contributed as a journalist and cultural commenter to various publications. "Demisexuality is the future. The idea of demisexuality is only having sex with people that you feel emotions, love or energy for. It's so much about the souls connecting."

The tweet brought out a ton of trolls, joking that the sexuality revolved around Demi Lovato. Others said that the sexuality does not exist or conflated it saying that everyone should only have sex with people they feel emotions for. But the nuance surrounding demisexuality is not centered around whether or not you have casual sex but who you are sexually attracted to — it's a small difference but it's there. This is less about liking someone and holding out until you get to know them, and more centered on not having feelings at all unless you know a person. Some consider it to be a part of the asexual spectrum of sexualities.

As he doesn't have social media, Kazemi told Out his experience of sexuality and coming to identify as a demisexual.

Author Comes Out as Demisexual



Catriona Gray On Being an LGBTQ Ally


Growing up, I didn’t know what it meant to be an ally to the LBGTQ community, nor did I know much about the community itself. My eyes were finally opened when I moved to the Philippines as a teenager and began working as a model. Most of my first friends, from stylists to photographers, were LGBTQ. I’m grateful that I formed these relationships before I was given the opportunity to have the platform that I have now. Because of these relationships, becoming an ally became a personal passion.

One of my most defining moments as an ally happened in 2018, the year I was crowned Miss Universe. That year, the pageant took a big leap towards diversity. For the first time in over 60 years, a trans woman competed for the title, when Angela Ponce represented her country Spain. This decision garnered a lot of varying opinions and, honestly, at first, I did not know how to feel about it.

The pageant world was suddenly required to take part in the discussion and ask what is the definition of a woman? I too asked myself the question, but I knew there was more I needed to understand. So I reached out to my trans friends and asked them about their personal experiences. It really broke my heart to hear their personal stories of discrimination, misunderstanding, and conflict. I also asked them, what did it mean to you to have a trans woman representing your country in Miss Universe? It spoke volumes, they said, that it allowed them to feel seen, represented, and valid.

I knew then that it was not only right to have Angela raise her country’s flag on the Miss Universe stage, it was also powerful.  For me, it was to champion education and equal opportunities for all. For Angela, it was to represent the trans community and to call for inclusion.

Catriona Gray On Being an LGBTQ Ally




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Re: The Daily Sheet July - September 2020
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Tuesday, July 14th, 2020



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Michelle Williams to Star in ‘Scenes From a Marriage’


Oscar Isaac and Michelle Williams are attached to star in an HBO limited series adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s “Scenes From a Marriage,” Variety has learned.

Bergman’s version aired on Swedish television in 1973, consisting of six episodes. Bergman directed the series with Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson starring. The new version is said to re-examine the show’s depiction of love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple.

Williams and Isaac will also executive produce in addition to starring. Hagai Levi will write, direct, and executive produce. Michael Ellenberg will executive produce via Media Res. Amy Herzog, Lars Blomgren, Daniel Bergman, and Blair Breard will also executive produce. Media Res and Endeavor content will produce.

Ellenberg, the former head of drama for HBO, has been working on adapting “Scenes From a Marriage” for years. It was one of the first projects announced when he launched Media Res three years ago. The show is also a reunion of sorts for Ellenberg and Levi, with Levi having projects at HBO during Ellenberg’s tenure as an executive.

Williams recently picked up an Emmy and Golden Globe for her leading role in the FX limited series “Fosse/Verdon.” She also previously starred in the hit drama series “Dawson’s Creek” early in her career. Williams is a celebrated film actress, having been nominated for four Academy Awards for her roles in “Brokeback Mountain,” “Blue Valentine,” “My Week with Marilyn,” and “Manchester by the Sea.” She also received Golden Globe nominations for those same roles, winning for “My Week with Marilyn.” Her other film credits include “The Greatest Showman,” “Venom,” “Shutter Island,” and “The Station Agent.”

Michelle Williams to Star in ‘Scenes From a Marriage’




Homophobic Rant During Operation


An Italian surgeon has been suspended after he was accused of going on a vile homophobic rant about an anaesthetised patient he was operating on.  The surgeon works at a Cittiglio hospital in the Italian province of Varese, and he allegedly made the comments on March 25, when Italy had been plunged into crisis by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Varese News, while the patient was undergoing an operation, the surgeon allegedly said: “It is not fair that during this period of emergency I should have to waste time operating on these faggots.”

A hospital employee who was also in the operating theatre asked the homophobic surgeon if he had something against gay people, at which point the surgeon ordered him to leave the room.

Giovanni Boschini, the president of Arcigay Varese, a charity which ensures the wellbeing and visibility of LGBT+ people in the Italian provinces of Varese and Como, said: “We want to thank those who submitted the complaint and did not remain indifferent to this intolerable act of homophobia.   All our solidarity goes to the patient involved.  In addition to the penalties, it would also be useful to start a training course and for this reason we are available to collaborate with the hospital for diversity education courses , so that no other patient can experience a similar mishap again.”


Homophobic Rant During Operation



Martha McCabe Comes Out as a Lesbian


Retired Canadian Olympian swimmer Martha McCabe revealed she is a lesbian in an interview with CBC Sports. She says she hopes that by coming out she can provide the type of strong and proud LGBTQ+ role model she never had growing up.

"Young people need to be able to see themselves in the people they look up to," McCabe told CBC. "We need minority voices from different races, sexualities, gender identities, etc. — people bold enough to speak out, to share and to be themselves publicly so that younger generations can see they are not alone, and that you can be successful despite your differences.”

McCabe, 30, spoke frankly about the struggles of coming to terms with her sexuality within the environment of competitive swimming. "Sure, I probably knew a couple of lesbians outside of swimming,” she told CBC. “But I was barely paying attention to my life outside of swimming.”

McCabe specialized in the 200-meter breaststroke. She won a bronze medal in that event at the 2011 World Championships and placed fifth at the 2012 Summer Olympics.  In her interview, McCabe describes an early life that existed almost entirely within the world of competitive swimming. The one thing missing at that time was a role model.

"The people I looked up to were in swimming,” McCabe explained. “The people I was constantly surrounded by and giving my full attention to were in swimming. I think if there was an out lesbian within that circle, someone I could have potentially looked up to, it would have been normalized a little bit more."

Martha McCabe Comes Out as a Lesbian




Bisexual Actress of Color to be New Batwoman


There's a new hero in town.  On Wednesday, Warner Bros. TV announced on Twitter that they've found the new lead for "Batwoman" in Javicia Leslie.

"Say hello to the new Batwoman!" the tweet said, which also featured a picture of the star.  The superhero drama previously starred Ruby Rose in its first season, but in May, the 34-year-old actress confirmed via a statement obtained by Fox News that she had exited the show.

“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to ‘Batwoman’ next season.  This was not a decision I made lightly as I have the utmost respect for the cast, crew and everyone involved with the show in both Vancouver and in Los Angeles,” the statement from Rose read.   “I am beyond appreciative to Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Caroline Dries for not only giving me this incredible opportunity, but for welcoming me into the DC universe they have so beautifully created. Thank you Peter Roth and Mark Pedowitz and the teams at Warner Bros. and The CW who put so much into the show and always believed in me. Thank you to everyone who made season one a success - I am truly grateful.”

A Reddit casting notice last month had encouraged actors within the LGBTQ community to audition.

In a statement obtained by Entertainment Tonight, Leslie said, "I am extremely proud to be the first Black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television, and as a bisexual woman, I am honored to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community."

Bisexual Actress of Color to be New Batwoman




Halle Berry Leaves Transgender Role


Over the past few weeks, the entertainment industry has seen actors step down from voice acting roles because they don’t align with their character’s race — the point being that there are nuances and complexities that are being overlooked. Is the same true for cis, straight actors who portray queer roles? Halle Berry may have to answer that question soon, apparently, because she appears set to portray a trans character in her next film.

“I’m thinking of [playing] a character where the woman is a trans character, so she’s a woman that transitioned into a man,” Berry revealed during an Instagram Live Story with hairstylist Christian Brown. “She’s a character in a project I love that I might be doing,” added Berry. “I want to experience that world, understand that world… Who this woman was is so interesting to me, and that will probably be my next project, and that will require me cutting all of my hair off.”

Berry hasn’t revealed the name of the film, when it’s coming out, or even what the plot is about. Based on her Instagram Live video, though, it sounds like she really wants to move forward with it if only to “study” what it’s like to be trans — a sentiment that may have good intentions but is horribly insensitive. Adding insult to injury, the Oscar-winning actress repeatedly misgenders the trans man character throughout her IG video.

6 days later, Berry now says she is passing on the role. In a statement posted to Twitter, she wrote, “As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories.  I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake,” she added. “I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera."

Halle Berry Leaves Transgender Role



Intersex Activist Discusses Medical Mistreatment


Intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis has shared their heartbreaking story of how they learned about their medical history.  In a Twitter thread shared earlier this week, Pagonis – who has reclaimed the word “hermaphrodite” – said that they had recently discovered new information about their body that they hadn’t previously known.

When they were 18-years-old, Pagonis discovered that their medical records identified them as “male pseudo-hermaphrodite 46 XY”“I discovered then that I had been diagnosed with partial androgen insensitivity syndrome (PAIS),” Pagonis said.  They went on to have three “unnecessary cosmetic surgeries” performed on them in an effort to make them look more typically female.

The endocrinologist read all of Pagonis’s medical records and consulted with other experts in his field and ultimately came to the conclusion that their diagnosis of PAIS was incorrect.

Pagonis was given a genetic test, and last month, their endocrinologist’s suspicions were confirmed.

“Turns out, I don’t have PAIS,” Pagonis wrote. “I actually have something else known as NR-5A1.”  Pagonis noted that intersex people with PAIS are thought to be unable to utilise androgens, which is why they are given oestrogen.

Intersex Activist Discusses Medical Mistreatment



Iowa Soldier and LGBT Ally


Over a decade ago, 1st Lt. Kevin Waldron and a group of his friends were preparing to protest at the Cerro Gordo County Courthouse in anticipation of the Iowa Supreme Court decision on whether or not to legally recognize same sex marriages. Waldron, then a college student at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, was expecting the motion to be struck down -- but on April 3, 2009, Iowa became the third state in the U.S. to legalize same sex marriage.

“We were expecting the Supreme Court to deny the right for same sex couples to marry,” Waldron said, “but instead, it was a moment I will never forget. I got to go to the courthouse with signs that said, ‘Thank You Supreme Court’ and ‘Love is Love.’ It was a very proud moment for not only that community, but for me as a supportive ally.”

Waldron is a maintenance control officer with the 3655th Classification and Inspection Company, 1034th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard. He also works full time for the Iowa National Guard public affairs office. Since that day of celebration, Waldron has continued to be an ally to the LGBT community both in the Guard and as a member of his community.

When he transitioned as a student to Grandview University in Des Moines, he helped establish a gay-straight alliance with the guidance of senior board leaders who wished to diversify the university. He also marched in Iowa’s Pride Parade in 2011.

Now, Waldron is taking on a new role: Special Emphasis Program Manager (SEPM) for the Iowa National Guard.  “An individual approached me and asked if I’d be willing to step up and help individuals in the Iowa National Guard who may need some leadership or guidance,” Waldron said. “I said, ‘yes, I would be happy to.’”

Iowa Soldier and LGBT Ally




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Re: The Daily Sheet July - September 2020
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Tuesday, July 21st, 2020



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Gustavo Santaolalla and The Last of Us 2


The dystopian Seattle of The Last of Us 2 is a vision of the Pacific-Northwest unlike anything witnessed in the pages of Lonely Planet. The cordyceps fungus has lain waste to a city flooded by busted waterways and overgrown with foliage, which only serves to camouflage its diseased population. Rusted campervans share blocked highways with abandoned tanks and the detritus of a guerrilla conflict that is dysfunctional, desperate and coming to get you.

But amid the chaos of this beautiful apocalypse there are scraps from the past and connections with a vanished life that help to build the humane core running through Naughty Dog’s universally lauded new blockbuster. Here, for example, you will find the Valiant Music Shop. Scavenge beyond the corroded synths and warped vinyl to discover an acoustic guitar, where Ellie can practice her newfound craft and, even, strum the chords of A-ha’s Take On Me.

Indeed, for all the accompanying headlines around character bloodlust, crunch culture and LGBTQ+ themes, music plays a decisive role. It’s there in the unblinking devotion of Joel’s Future Days Pearl Jam cover, Ellie’s reworking of New Order’s True Faith – with its bullseye refrain of "My morning sun is the drug that brings me near. To the childhood I lost, replaced by fear" – and also, of course, in the soundtrack of Gustavo Santaolalla.

Like The Last of Us, the overarching tone of this immersive experience is set by the Argentinian composer, who feels as integral as any component in realizing the bleak heart and wilderness soul of these debased environments. Santaolalla, who won Oscars for his Brokeback Mountain and Babel soundtracks, sees clear parallels in his methods across cinema and gaming. 

Gustavo Santaolalla and The Last of Us 2




Ice Hockey Incident


A gay hockey player has opened up about the horrific moment he was kicked out of practice for punching a teammate who called him a “faggot”.

The incident occurred when Stephen Finkel was playing hockey at St Thomas Aquinas College in Upstate New York – but the shocking moment ultimately helped him come out to his teammates.  Finkel explained that “everyone was tired and tempers were short” at the end of a “long, hard practice” in an article for Outsports.

“I took the puck, skated down the ice and fired a shot past our goalie. I celebrated a bit too hard and could tell he was p***ed,” Finkel wrote.  “On my second shot he didn’t even attempt to stop the puck and I celebrated yet again.  The third and final time he again didn’t make an attempt at a save. As I skated around the net, I decided to head off the ice to the locker room. As the door was opening, the goalie yelled something that stopped me in my skates."

“You are a f**king faggot and what faggots do is give up.”

Finkel turned around, approached the teammate and punched him, causing him to be kicked out of practice.

The incident was made all the more traumatic by the fact that Finkel was only out to a handful of people at the time, and had kept his sexuality from his teammates.


Ice Hockey Incident



Yes, God, Yes


In the delightful comedy Yes, God, Yes, a Catholic high school girl struggles with guilt, plus the fear of hell, over her sexual desires, including the desire for solo sex — forbidden by her religion. She tries to pray the urge away (and get in with her school’s cool kids) by attending a four-day religious retreat. She discovers a lot of hypocrisy there but finds relief from her guilt and fears with the help of a lesbian in a nearby bar.

Yes, God, Yes, starring Natalia Dyer (Stranger Things) as protagonist Alice, premiered last year at South by Southwest, where it won a Special Jury Award for its ensemble cast. It also won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2019 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. With the pandemic putting the kibosh on theatrical screenings, the film is going to be shown in virtual cinemas and drive-ins beginning July 24 and via video on demand starting July 28.

Yes, God, Yes is written and directed by the talented Karen Maine (pictured left), the co-writer of 2014’s Obvious Child, about a young woman dealing with both an unwanted pregnancy and a new romance. Like Obvious Child, Yes, God, Yes grew out of a short film and tells a story of female empowerment.

Maine went to Catholic school in Iowa for 13 years, and this experience informs Yes, God, Yes. The sex education curriculum instructed students that sex was only to be had between a man and a woman, married in the church, and only for reproduction. Masturbation was considered a sin, as was sex with a person of the same gender. The topic of women’s pleasure was ignored entirely.

Yes, God, Yes,




Avery Wilson Comes Out as Bisexual


Avery Wilson is opening up about his sexuality. The singer came out as bisexual on Twitter on Saturday, his 25th birthday.

Wilson, who appeared on season three of The Voice in 2012, first tweeted, "I’m bisexual . Ok bye 👋🏾." Soon after, he shared more on Instagram, encouraging others to also "walk in your truth."

"In my eyes, life isn’t about being perfect. It’s about growth, evolving, setting & smashing goals and most importantly happiness and LOVE," he wrote. "Im all about perfecting my love of self while not being afraid to love whoever I want, however I want. That real ENTANGLEMENT type sh*t 😆!"

Wilson continued, sharing that he's "always personally faced" questions about his sexuality, but never addressed them publicly, "all because I wanted my privacy and I felt like my business, is just that -- MY business."

"Well, things just don’t work that way when your known on a big social scale 🤷🏾‍♂️😂! TODAY, all questions and speculations of the past, now have a present definitive answer! To finally answer the question....YES, I’m a bisexual man who’s in love with LOVE," he proudly stated. "I AM WHO I AM and I LOVE WHO I LOVE. Always have and always will! ❤️."


Avery Wilson Comes Out as Bisexual




Transgender Discrimination in Hong Kong


When Liam Mak Wai-hon began a part-time bartending job at a steakhouse in Hong Kong’s Tsuen Wan earlier this year, he did not sense anything amiss at work.

Mak, born a female, started his hormone treatment in around August last year to embark on his transition to becoming a man. Boasting a stylish comb-over, and a totem tattoo in his inner arm, the 19-year-old had fully adopted his male identity by the time he took up the job, but because he has not undergone the full sex-reassignment surgery required to have his gender status legally changed, he had to declare his gender as female when filling in his employment form with the restaurant.

A few days after he started work, Mak’s colleagues suddenly volunteered to take on back-breaking chores for him. He later found out why. “They told me that the manager had been going around, asking people to guess whether I am a man or a woman … He thought it was really funny,” said Mak, who eventually quit his job.

His experience illustrates challenges the transgender community in Hong Kong continue to face and treatment they often encounter at the workplace. Most behaviour from colleagues stem from a lack of understanding, despite some headway gained in recent years for the city’s LGBT community as a result of a series of high-profile legal victories over the government.



Transgender Discrimination in Hong Kong



What Asexual People Want You to Know


"I am not broken."

These four words, from British Columbia-based photographer Hayley Bouchard, concisely capture the sentiments expressed by many of the asexual (ace) and aromantic (aro) identifying folks featured in this article.  Ace and aro are umbrella terms that refer to a spectrum of sexual and romantic identities, including asexual, aromantic, demisexual and others.

If you're new to these terms, asexual is typically defined as someone who doesn't experience sexual attraction. Demisexual refers to someone who experiences sexual attraction after a level of connection, and aromantic is defined as someone who may experience sexual attraction but not romantic attraction.

It's good to remember that these terms are fluid and may mean different things to the people who use them as identifiers.  Listening to their stories and voices, it's clear that members of this community encompass a wide range of opinions, identities and struggles.

"I don't need you to understand asexual spectrum people — I need you to listen to us. I need you to believe us. I need you to trust that we are the experts of ourselves and our experiences," said poet Penelope Epple.

Though a relatively new area of scientific research, early studies have shown striking patterns of bias towards asexual individuals.

What Asexual People Want You to Know



Michigan Teen Shows Support With His Hockey Stick


“I just thought that it was something that didn’t get as much attention as it should’ve,” Lucas Jodoin told USA Hockey about the Pride Tape he saw NHL players apply to their hockey sticks.

So, at the end of last hockey season, right before the last hockey tournament of the year, Jodoin fastened the rainbow-colored tape to his own hockey stick, in honor of Pride month.

The 14-year-old from Michigan said he was inspired by players for his favorite team, the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Jodoin has played hockey for as long as he can remember, according to the report. The frozen lake at the house where Jodoin grew up included a rink he set up with help from his dad. He’s played as both a defenseman and a winger.

He told USA Hockey he is straight, but decided to apply Pride Tape as his way of showing support for the LGBTQ+ community, including those within his hockey community. Outside of hockey, he said he is friends with people who are openly gay, and throughout his life, he has attended family LGBTQ+ weddings.  His parents told USA Hockey they worried that he might get teased, and he did. But to Jodoin, that didn’t matter; He had his opinion, and decided to go ahead with his plan to display it on his hockey stick, even if others didn’t agree.

“It was a way for Lucas to show his support for all people, that everybody should have the opportunity to play if they wanted to,” Julia Jodoin said. “That somebody shouldn’t not play hockey out of fear, especially when, as Lucas experienced this during that tournament, that the teasing can come from anyone.”

Michigan Teen Shows Support With His Hockey Stick




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Tuesday, July 28th, 2020



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2018 Interview With Jake Church


Since I took over the task of creating TDS each week, I always tried to make the lead story have a Brokeback Mountain connection, whether it was about the movie or short story, or a news story about someone connected to the short story or movie.

While searching Google for a new story to feature here, I came across an interview from 2018 that I had never heard before, and the person being interviewed is Jake Church.

Jake Church is a Canadian actor and stuntman.   He grew up in a ranching family, and his grandfather is a 'go to man' who filmmakers will contact when they need horses for the movies they are shooting.

Jake started acting at age 5, and his first movie role was of 11 year-old Bobby Twist.  He is in the Thanksgiving scene, complaining about having to eat this food for the next two weeks.

Not long after Brokeback Mountain, Jake moved on to TV and from 2007 to 2017 he was known as the character Jake Anderson on the show Heartland.  He continued his film work, with a role in 2014's Klondike and doing stunts for the 2017 film Tin Star.

Click the link below to be taken to a podcast that was posted to the site Modern Cowboy, that features an interview with Jake Church.
 
2018 Interview With Jake Church




Indian Prince Calls For Ban


The global LGBT community are becoming more vocal about the horrors of conversion therapy, as eradicating the discredited practice emerges as one of the highest priorities for global LGBT citizens.   And the gay Indian Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, is the latest voice to join calls to see laws that ban conversion therapy.

“I was myself a victim of conversion therapy,” he tells me from his royal establishment of Hanumanteshwar. “From my parents. When I came out, the first thing they tried to do was convert me. They wouldn’t accept me as a gay child.  They tried to ask the doctors to operate on me. They took me to religious leaders to ask them to cure me.”

The widely discredited practice sees vulnerable people subjected to shock treatments and other cruel tortures.  They promise and consistently fail, to “cure” people of being gay, bisexual, trans and all identities on the sexuality, romantic and gender spectrums.

Conversion therapy centres in India are legal; indeed, they have only been outlawed completely in five countries around the world.  But now the Prince is now calling for it to be banned in India, and across the world.

Mavendra, is the first openly gay prince in the world, spoke of numerous cases in India. The son of the Maharaja of Rajpipla in Gujarat says it is often worse for LGBT women:  “Lesbians are treated so badly, I’ve known cases where the family member with rape the child to prove she can have sex with a man. ‘That proves you are heterosexual.”

Indian Prince Calls For Ban



Lesbian Bed Death Syndrome


When I think back to my first same-sex relationship, there are a few stereotypes about lesbians which I realised early on are pretty much baseless.
 
Firstly, even if you own a vulva, everyone is pretty much inept when first faced with someone else’s. This is only cemented by the brutal lack of LGBTQ+ sex education – or even basic acknowledgement of the clitoris, let alone pleasure for cis women and trans women – in schools.

Secondly, those who pander to the stereotype of women being incredible communicators have clearly never endured a night of the silent treatment or a blazing row over who was supposed to take the bins out. And then there’s the notion that one woman somehow takes on the role of a 'man' in a lesbian relationship to take those bins out in the first place.

There is, however, one hackneyed cliche that I feared might be true: lesbian bed death. Just like jokes about the "urge to merge" aka moving in together after one date, lesbian bed death is a concept that many women and people who identify as women who date women and people who identify as women deal with day in, day out. "Oh," they say, giggling, "soon you won’t be getting any at all."

This tired, worn joke – that we don’t like sex, that we feign headaches to get out of it and have to be pressured into doing it at all – is so familiar to cis women, isn't it? I don’t know about you but that’s not my experience or the experience of any of the women I know. So where did the idea of lesbian bed death even come from?

Lesbian Bed Death Syndrome




Male Bisexuality


A new study makes clear what we already knew to be an absolute truth: Male bisexuality exists.

J. Michael Bailey and his team at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., came to the conclusion after reviewing all available previously published physiological arousal data from eight studies conducted between 2000 and 2019 at four universities: Northwestern, the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, the University of Essex in the United Kingdom, and Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

The eight prior studies, which researchers combined in a meta-analysis, reviewed over 600 male participants with an average age of 29.

Researchers gauged sexual arousal with instruments that measured penile erection in response to male and female erotic stimuli. They confirmed that male sexual attraction and orientation encompasses a range, from straight to bisexual to gay.

The study supports Alfred Kinsey’s 1948 theory that sexuality exists on a continuum. The Kinsey Scale observes sexual orientation on a seven-point scale — 0 being totally straight and 6 being completely gay.

Bailey’s team noted that although 100 participants weren’t aroused by any of the erotic content — male or female — nearly 500 of them were. Those who identified as bisexual registered as 2, 3, and 4 on the Kinsey Scale.

Male Bisexuality




Trump's Rule Against Transgender Homeless People


The U.S. government proposed a rule on Friday that would let homeless shelters deny access to transgender people based on their gender identity, a proposal that rights supporters said marks an “unconscionable” setback for trans acceptance.

The rule would apply to federally funded, single-sex shelters and is intended to better protect homeless women while respecting “the religious beliefs of shelters,” according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Announcing the rule earlier this month, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said it would “empower shelter providers to set policies that align with their missions, like safeguarding victims of domestic violence or human trafficking.”

It now will undergo a 60-day period of public comment.  The proposal by the administration of President Donald Trump rescinds protections for trans people enacted under former President Barack Obama and is the latest effort by the current administration to roll back LGBT+ rights, advocates said.

“Transgender people already suffer shockingly high rates of discrimination, poverty, and violence,” said Sasha Buchert, an attorney at advocacy group Lambda Legal in a statement.  “This administration seems not to care and in fact is all but inviting further violence by proposing to block access to critical emergency shelters for this most vulnerable population.”

Trump's Rule Against Transgender Homeless People



Austria Issues First Intersex Birth Certificate


Austria issued its first intersex birth certificate on Thursday, after a four-year battle, as a growing number of countries offer identity documents with options other than male and female.

Alex Juergen, who is intersex, a term for people who are born with atypical chromosomes or sex characteristics, is waiting to receive the new birth certificate - with the sex listed as "inter" - or intersex in German - in the post.

"I am very happy that the law and the government have finally recognised this," Juergen, 43, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation from Steyr, some 160km west of the capital Vienna.  "Many people don't accept that there can be something else," said Juergen, who does not identify as either male or female.

A growing number of U.S. states, as well as countries including Germany, Pakistan and Nepal, now allow people to choose a third sex option on official documents, with most opting for the letter "X". India has "T" for transgender.

Juergen's quest for a new birth certificate began in 2016, leading to a constitutional court ruling in 2018 that Austria's laws allowed for the inclusion of more than two sex options on identity documents.

In 2019, Juergen was given a passport with "X" on instead of "M" or "F", and a birth certificate with "divers", roughly meaning "other", but continued to demand "inter" as a category for the latter.

Regulations issued by Austria's interior ministry after the 2018 court ruling state that a child whose sex cannot be determined should have "open" on their birth certificate until a decision can be made by them or their legal representative.

Austria Issues First Intersex Birth Certificate



Michigan Teen Shows Support With His Hockey Stick


“I just thought that it was something that didn’t get as much attention as it should’ve,” Lucas Jodoin told USA Hockey about the Pride Tape he saw NHL players apply to their hockey sticks.

So, at the end of last hockey season, right before the last hockey tournament of the year, Jodoin fastened the rainbow-colored tape to his own hockey stick, in honor of Pride month.

The 14-year-old from Michigan said he was inspired by players for his favorite team, the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Jodoin has played hockey for as long as he can remember, according to the report. The frozen lake at the house where Jodoin grew up included a rink he set up with help from his dad. He’s played as both a defenseman and a winger.

He told USA Hockey he is straight, but decided to apply Pride Tape as his way of showing support for the LGBTQ+ community, including those within his hockey community. Outside of hockey, he said he is friends with people who are openly gay, and throughout his life, he has attended family LGBTQ+ weddings.  His parents told USA Hockey they worried that he might get teased, and he did. But to Jodoin, that didn’t matter; He had his opinion, and decided to go ahead with his plan to display it on his hockey stick, even if others didn’t agree.

“It was a way for Lucas to show his support for all people, that everybody should have the opportunity to play if they wanted to,” Julia Jodoin said. “That somebody shouldn’t not play hockey out of fear, especially when, as Lucas experienced this during that tournament, that the teasing can come from anyone.”

Michigan Teen Shows Support With His Hockey Stick




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Tuesday, August 4th, 2020



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Heath Ledger's Joker Worried Warner Bros.


A large part of what made Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker in 2008's The Dark Knight so alluring was his enigmatic origins. But, according to screenwriter David S. Goyer, this was an element of the character that received a lot of push-back from studio heads, with Warner Bros. preferring that the character be given a more definitive story, and specifically, a clear-cut origin.

According to Goyer, there was a lot of worry surrounding the idea of making the Joker's beginnings a mystery, with the studio unsure how well this would play with audiences. At the time, the most popular depiction of the Batman villain, namely Jack Nicholson's performance in 1989, was given an origin story that tied into that of Bruce Wayne and trying something different with the character gave Warner Bros. cold feet.

The origin of Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight is never made clear, with the villain offering several different versions of how he got his infamous scars, with the various stories becoming one of the highlights of the movie. His haunting tales include an abusive father and a wife who is disfigured by loan sharks which leads the Joker to scar himself in solidarity. Both stories would be fitting origins for the character, but the fact that it could be one of them, partly both, or even neither of them, adds to the Joker's chaotic charm and mysterious allure.

Thankfully, the studio allowed Goyer and director Christopher Nolan to do what they wanted to with the Batman character, leading to the movie's resounding success and Ledger's posthumous Academy award victory.

Heath Ledger's Joker Worried Warner Bros.




Gay Officer Resigns From Diversity Unit


A gay St. Louis County police lieutenant who settled a discrimination lawsuit against the police department for $10.25 million said Friday he is resigning from his job as commander of the department’s new diversity and inclusion unit.

Keith Wildhaber, who is white, said he was the victim of racism in a Facebook post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. He alleged in his suit that he was passed over for promotion 23 times and was told to “tone down” his “gayness.” Jurors awarded him nearly $20 million in October, but he and the county settled for the lower amount in February.

“The dog whispers of a gay, white guy being unable to lead Diversity and Inclusion were loud and clear,” he wrote. “Systemic racism is alive and well. I tried to ignore the background noise, but I’m not battling ESOP and the activists for another 3 years. This afternoon, I notified the department of my decision to transfer back to Patrol.”

Wildhaber couldn’t immediately be reached for comment by the Post-Dispatch on Friday.

Wildhaber had been appointed as commander of the newly created unit in late 2019 by then-Chief Jon Belmar, weeks after a St. Louis County jury found the department had discriminated and retaliated against him because of his sexuality.  But Wildhaber’s appointment had been criticized by the Ethical Society of Police, a group that represents minority officers to address racial discrimination, whose leaders called for a more diverse group of employees to be included in the unit.

The group said in mid-July that it wanted proof that Wildhaber was capable of making “transformative change in racial diversity, inclusion and equity.

Gay Officer Resigns From Diversity Unit



Julianne Moore On Playing A Lesbian


Julianne Moore has some thoughts on the queer character she played in the 2010 film “The Kids Are Alright.”   The movie was inspired by screenwriter and director Lisa Cholodenko’s own attempts to start a family with her partner, Wendy Melvoin.

Moore played a woman (Jules) in a relationship with Annette Bening (Nic) in the film, which documents the pair’s journey to have children by using a sperm donor. Jules goes on to have an affair with the donor, a straight man named Paul, who was played by Mark Ruffalo.

Moore told Variety in an interview for the film’s 10th anniversary that she recognizes the problem with some aspects of her role and the movie’s storyline.

“I can see why people took issue with a lesbian character having an affair with her sperm donor,” she said. “On the other hand, I think that Jules’ character was someone described as being very fluid, sexually and personally. She was floating, in the sense of her entire identity — as a woman, as a person, in her career.”

Moore said that she also understands the outcry at the time over herself and Bening ― two straight women ― portraying lesbian characters.  “I’ve thought about that a lot. Here we were, in this movie about a queer family, and all of the principal actors were straight. I look back and go, ‘Ouch. Wow.’ I don’t know that we would do that today, I don’t know that we would be comfortable,” Moore said.

Julianne Moore On Playing A Lesbian




Male Bisexuality


A new study makes clear what we already knew to be an absolute truth: Male bisexuality exists.

J. Michael Bailey and his team at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., came to the conclusion after reviewing all available previously published physiological arousal data from eight studies conducted between 2000 and 2019 at four universities: Northwestern, the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, the University of Essex in the United Kingdom, and Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

The eight prior studies, which researchers combined in a meta-analysis, reviewed over 600 male participants with an average age of 29.

Researchers gauged sexual arousal with instruments that measured penile erection in response to male and female erotic stimuli. They confirmed that male sexual attraction and orientation encompasses a range, from straight to bisexual to gay.

The study supports Alfred Kinsey’s 1948 theory that sexuality exists on a continuum. The Kinsey Scale observes sexual orientation on a seven-point scale — 0 being totally straight and 6 being completely gay.

Bailey’s team noted that although 100 participants weren’t aroused by any of the erotic content — male or female — nearly 500 of them were. Those who identified as bisexual registered as 2, 3, and 4 on the Kinsey Scale.

Male Bisexuality




House Votes To End Trump’s Transgender Military Ban


The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to approve an amendment to the 2021 Defense appropriations bill to effectively end the Trump administration’s ban on transgender people who want to serve openly in the U.S. military.

The amendment to the $695 billion Defense spending bill, which was introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier, the Democrat from California who is chairwoman of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, was adopted by a voice vote. Politico reported that although House Republicans opposed the measure, they opted to not demand a roll call vote.

If it were to become law, Speier’s bill would block the Pentagon from using Congressionally-approved funds to implement the severe restrictions on trans military service implemented in April 2019. Those restrictions bar trans Americans from joining any branch of the armed forces and also keeps some who are already serving openly from remaining enlisted. Waivers are rare.

“The military has granted only one waiver to a transgender servicemember, exposing the President’s discriminatory policy for what it is — a virtual ban on military service by brave transgender Americans,” Rep. Speier told Roll Call prior to the vote.

According to Politico, Speier’s measure is one of three dozen Democratic amendments to the six-bill, $1.3 trillion spending measure the House is expected to pass on Friday.

House Votes To End Trump’s Transgender Military Ban



Genderqueer and Non Binary Explained


Before birth, society often places humans into one of two gender identities based on their assumed biological anatomy: boy or girl. Are you going to have a blue smoke bomb or pink?

Like anything with only two options, a binary outlook on gender can be limiting. Imagine a world with only two clothing sizes. Or only two ice cream flavors. Or only two political parties! (Wait…) It would be a sad and boring world, indeed.

Non-binary is a gender identity that makes room for people who don’t experience their gender as exclusively male or female.

While the term “non-binary” is relatively new to our culture, people who have rejected gender conformity have existed as part of humanity since, well, the beginning.

So what does it actually mean to be non-binary? And how can folks who are not non-binary better support the genderqueer community? Let’s start with the basics.  If you’re looking for a simple definition of what it means to identify as non-binary, don’t expect an answer as clear-cut as the cake at a gender reveal party. Identifying as non-binary is individualistic and expansive in all the ways that the gender binary is not.

For some, non-binary, also referred to as ENBY, means a mix of what is traditionally known as male and female while others reject the concept of the male and female gender identities completely.

Genderqueer and Non Binary Explained



Motorcade Stops At Rainbow Crosswalks


As the hearse carrying John Lewis' body drove through Atlanta's Midtown neighborhood on Wednesday, it made a lengthy and symbolic stop at a rainbow crosswalk as dozens of people gathered on the sidewalk to watch the procession pass.

“It feels very appropriate that that stop was prolonged for John Lewis’ legacy," Victoria Kirby York of the National LGBTQ Task Force told NBC News. "I believe his vocal leadership and support in championing LGBTQ equality — even prior to it becoming a cool thing for people to hop on the bandwagon for — was critical in being able to shift public opinion across the country.”

York added: “He was about civil rights, equality and liberation for everybody. Period. Full stop.”

The stop by Lewis’ motorcade — lasting nearly a minute — was an acknowledgement of his vocal advocacy over the years for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans.

Lewis, who represented Georgia’s 5th Congressional District from 1987 until his death on July 17, did not wait until it was politically safe to stand up for LGBTQ rights.  In 1996, when 65 percent of Americans opposed same-sex marriage, Lewis delivered an impassioned speech on the House floor decrying the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA — federal legislation that sought to define marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman — as a “mean” and “cruel” bill.

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