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The Daily Sheet October - December 2020
« on: October 05, 2020, 04:07:07 PM »


Tuesday, October 6th, 2020



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Dave Cullen's Article for Vanity Fair


The Ultimate Brokeback Forum (formerly known as the Dave Cullen Forum) is here because of Dave Cullen.  In 2005 he wanted to give fans of Brokeback Mountain a place where they could discuss the movie, and support each other.  With the help of a tech team and admin/mod team, the forum was created and put online, and became a meeting place for "Brokies".

Dave Cullen then went on to become a successful author.  His first book, "Columbine" was published in 2009 and is about the Columbine school shooting massacre.  "Columbine" became a New York Times best selling book.  It went on to win numerous awards, and this led to Dave being asked to be a guest on multiple news and talk shows, when the subject was a mass shooting event.  He followed this up with his book "Parkland - Birth of a Movement", which was published in 2019.  His second book is about the Parkland school shooting, and how the surviving students organized themselves to become a strong political movement, seeking stronger gun laws. 

Dave is currently working on his third book, and writes articles that have appeared in other publications.  His most recent article is about Gabby Giffords.  Giffords is an American politician and gun control advocate who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Arizona's 8th congressional district.  She served from January 2007 until January 2012, when she resigned due to a severe brain injury suffered during an assassination attempt. A member of the Democratic Party, Giffords was the third woman in Arizona's history to be elected to the U.S. Congress.

Dave's article has been published in Vanity Fair, and you can read it at the link below.

Dave Cullen's Article for Vanity Fair




Isaac, Gyllenhaal to star in ‘Francis and The Godfather’


There’s much more of “The Godfather” underway.  A film chronicling the behind-the-scenes of the making of the landmark 1972 movie has found its leading men.

Oscar Isaac and Jake Gyllenhaal have signed on to play director Francis Ford Coppola and former Paramount Pictures executive Robert Evans in the upcoming indie drama “Francis and The Godfather,” Deadline reports.

Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”) has been tapped to helm the project, originally written by television producer Andrew Farotte.   “Out of the madness of production, and against all odds, a classic film happened,” Levinson said.

According to Hollywood lore, the making of “The Godfather” was chaotic, mostly due to the epic behind-the-scenes battles between Coppola and the studio on everything from shooting locations to casting.

Production of a period movie in New York City was expensive to film, and Marlon Brando portraying patriarch Don Corleone was a major gamble as he hadn’t been in a hit project for years.  Adding to the tension was the fact that Paramount Pictures was in desperate need for a hit film and real members of the organized crime underworld wasn’t thrilled to see Mario Puzo’s bestselling novel brought to life on the big screen.

Isaac, Gyllenhaal to star in ‘Francis and The Godfather’[/i]




Cornea Donations From Gay Men


The cornea, the clear outer layer at the front of the eye, enables the eye to focus light and helps people to see more clearly.

In the United States, a discriminatory policy implemented during the AIDS epidemic means that gay and bisexual men cannot donate their corneas if they had sex with another man in the last five years. In Canada, they must not have had sexual contact with a man in the preceding 12 months.  These policies mean that thousands of people are losing the opportunity to improve their eyesight every year, according to a new study.

The study, published in JAMA Ophthalmology, found that as many as 3,217 corneal donations from gay and bisexual men were rejected in 2018 alone because of the policy.

“With millions of people across the world in need of corneal transplants, these discarded corneas from gay and bisexual men could be used address the shortage and safely restore vision to thousands of patients with corneal blindness or visual impairment,” said the study’s lead author Michael A Puente, an assistant professor or ophthalmology at the University of Colorado.

The ban was first introduced in the United States in May 1994 due to the belief that HIV could be transmitted through cornea transplants.   The policy was introduced without any scientific evidence. In fact, there has never been a reported case of HIV transmission through cornea transplant.  During the 1980s and 1990s, there were 10 reported cornea transplants where the donor had HIV prior to his death. None of the transplant recipients contracted the virus.

Cornea Donations From Gay Men



A Study of Lesbian Clergy


Coming out to friends and family as a lesbian can be difficult, but rejection from the Church you once called home can hurt just as much.

“Out in the Pulpit: The Lived Experiences of Lesbian Clergy in Four Protestant Mainline Denominations” by Pamela Pater-Ennis, PhD, is an expository nonfiction book that explores the stories of 13 lesbian clergies and their struggles to embrace their mutual identities as both Christian and lesbian. Readers discover the seven-step developmental process these women unknowingly endured to accept their dual identities, and their psychological resiliencies and spiritual strengths as they pursued their dreams and became powerful leaders of social justice. Pater-Ennis highlights how behavioral science literature presents new understandings of sexual orientation and argues that many theological and denominational pieces lag behind secular reading’s understanding of LGBTQ issues.

The book began as research for her social work dissertation but grew out of Pater-Ennis’ angst as a straight ally. Witnessing the trauma endured by those excluded from the fullness of the Church, Pater-Ennis developed “Out in the Pulpit” to serve as a refreshing take on the argument that lesbian clergy are underrepresented and underpaid in the leadership roles they are seldom offered within the church.

“I hope Christian churches continue to gracefully engage in dialogue about the controversial LGBTQ issue that continues to threaten denominational unity. I sincerely hope and pray that this book will be an instrument to further the inclusion of the LGBTQ population in the full life of the church, even as clergy. For LGBTQ individuals not to be fully a part of their church communities, means that they are subject to becoming victims of religious trauma,” Pater-Ennis said.

A Study of Lesbian Clergy




The Spectrum of Bisexuality


September 23 was Bisexuality Awareness Day. It seems timely, then, to address some of the misconceptions and stereotypes bisexual individuals have to endure.

For those who might not know, bisexuality involves romantic or sexual attraction to individuals of more than one sex and/or more than one gender. This attraction to individuals of different sex and gender identities is not always to the same degree, can fluctuate over time and can involve differing degrees of interest. Not so unlike how attraction works for heterosexuals as well (crazy, right?).   Sometimes confused with pansexuality, which involves attraction to individuals regardless of their gender, bisexuals often see an individual’s sex and/or gender as integral to their attraction towards them.

By definition, this seems pretty straightforward; and yet, bisexuals face an incredible amount of cynicism and doubt, both from straight and cisgender individuals, but also from members of the LGBTQ+ community as well. So much so, there’s a term for it, biphobia.

Biphobia highlights the prejudice, hatred, or discrimination targeted at bisexuals. More commonly though, biphobia is seen in the way that bisexuality is might light of, joked about, discredited and stereotyped in ways that attempt to invalidate it as an identity.   People often struggle to understand bisexuality because it defies our understanding of what sexuality should be, an either/or dichotomy: you are attracted to men or women, you are straight or gay, you feel attraction or you don’t.

The Spectrum of Bisexuality




Illegal to be Transgender


Transgender people in thirteen countries live under specific laws that criminalise them, punishing them with prison, corporal punishment and, where anti-gay laws are also used against trans people, even death.

However, a new report has also found defacto criminalisation of trans people under laws in 37 countries.

The latest Trans Legal Mapping Report, released by IGLA World today, also finds only 96 countries have processes to allow trans people to change gender legally. But crucially, only 25 are described as not having “prohibitive requirements.”   That means it’s not possible to legally change your gender in at least 47 UN member states.

The 13 countries who specifically criminalise transgender people, mostly using “cross-dressing” laws, are Brunei, the Gambia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malawi, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, South Sudan, Tonga, and the United Arab Emirates. Iran’s Islamic Penal Code also has severe punishments for bending gender norms in your expression.

The punishments for these ‘cross-dressing’ laws range from fines to extensive prison sentences and in Malawi can even include corporal punishments.

The Trans Legal Mapping Report, now in its third edition has for the first time, sought to find out the difference between laws and the lived experience of trans people too. They’ve done this by analysing laws alongside reliable documentation to find out, and class what they actually means for trans people.

Illegal to be Transgender



Icelandic Church Makes Jesus Genderqueer


The national church of Iceland has apologised for circulating a children’s Sunday school advertisement that depicted Jesus Christ as genderqueer.

The cartoon poster from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland shows a rosy-cheeked Christ with breasts, beard and make-up jumping in front of a rainbow.  It first appeared on the church’s Facebook page on 11 September and was displayed on public buses in the capital city of Reykjavík, but will soon be removed after it was met with considerable backlash.

The Church said in a statement: “The 2020 Assembly of the National Church regrets that the picture of Jesus in a Sunday school advertisement has hurt people. The goal was to emphasise diversity, not to hurt people or shock them.”

The Church depicted Jesus as genderqueer with breasts, a beard and make-up so ‘everyone sees themselves in Christ.’

Petur Georg Markan, a media representative for the Church of Iceland, explained the need for the church to share various forms of Jesus to endorse diversity.


Icelandic Church Makes Jesus Genderqueer



Is Katharine McPhee Really a LGBTQ Ally?


Los Angeles native, American Idol alum, Smash actress, Broadway star, and supposed LGBTQ ally Katharine McPhee allegedly donated $500 in 2020 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, a group that is working to maintain the GOP’s majority in the Senate.

Federal Election Commission public records appear to show that she’s been giving thousands and thousands of dollars to Republican causes, including Donald Trump‘s reelection campaign, for well over a decade.  Public records show McPhee also donated $1200 to the McCain/Palin campaign in 2008, plus an additional $1200 to the Republican National Committee that year and in 2018, she gave another $1000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Ironically McPhee has allegedly been bankrolling anti-gay causes while pandering to queer audiences.

Throughout her career, McPhee has professed her love for the LGBTQ community, who she has acknowledged have played a pivotal role in her success as a singer and musical theater actress.

In 2018, she went so far as to publish a “love letter” to her queer fans in Billboard, in which she wrote: “I’d like to express my unwavering support to the LGBTQ community and appreciation for how much love you’ve shown me throughout the years.”

McPhee has also participated in numerous charity events for organizations that benefit LGBTQ people, like Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.   All of this in contradiction with where she chooses to donate her money.

Is Katharine McPhee Really a LGBTQ Ally?




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Re: The Daily Sheet October - December 2020
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Tuesday, October 13th, 2020



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Maxwell and Walken in "Percy"


The director of a new film about a Saskatchewan grain farmer's legal fight with biotech giant Monsanto says the drama has some fictionalized characters.   But Clark Johnson adds that the team behind "Percy," which hit theatres in several cities on Friday (October 9th), is telling what they see as the truth of Percy Schmeiser's story.

Christopher Walken stars as the farmer from Bruno, Sask., who was sued and taken to court by Monsanto starting in the late 1990s for using its genetically modified canola seeds without a licence.

Schmeiser denied intentionally using the U.S. company's herbicide-resistant Roundup Ready seeds, saying they could have blown over from a neighbour's farm or passing trucks.  The Supreme Court of Canada eventually ruled that Schmeiser infringed on Monsanto's patent, although he did not have to pay the damages.

Roberta Maxwell (Ma Twist in "Brokeback Mountain")co-stars as Schmeiser's wife, and Luke Kirby plays their son. Other cast members include Zach Braff as Schmeiser's lawyer, Adam Beach as his field hand, and Christina Ricci as a fictitious anti-GMO activist.

Maxwell and Walken in "Percy"




Gay Nightclub Death and Packed Atlanta Pride Parties


Social media lit up with outrage over the weekend after a man died from a reported drug overdose and videos circulated of crowded gay nightclubs for Atlanta Pride weekend amid the ongoing COVID pandemic. The official Atlanta Pride organization distanced itself from the privately held circuit parties, making it clear that all their events were virtual.

Atlanta police said a man lost consciousness at BJ Roosters nightclub early Sunday morning and was pronounced dead 40 minutes later after EMTs attempted to revive him.

“The victim’s partner said he had taken ecstasy pills at the club during an event,” 11Alive reported. “Police said they found no signs of foul play or trauma during their investigation. Further details are still limited as the investigation continues. A spokesperson said that what they know at this time is preliminary and could change as the investigation progresses and new information comes to light.”

Towleroad received an anonymous eyewitness account from the event, from a man who said he was standing near the partier who lost consciousness. The witness said the victim was a 40-50 year old black man, who remained unresponsive as onlookers did CPR for more than 10 minutes until paramedics arrived. The witness said the XION party, thrown by Keith Allen YOUNG’S GA BOY EVENTS, was oversold, packed, and not air conditioned.

Said the witness: “I’m not sure of the outcome, it didn’t look good. Party was at XION, Promotor was GA Boy Events. The group was sitting next to me on a set of couches, one of them crashed quickly. The venue was packed, to overcapacity at times. There were no protocols in place, clearly no EMTs on site, and staff there seemed unprepared to handle anything of the sort. It was a minimum of 30 minutes before an ambulance arrived, and Im being generous. It was tragic. I’ve been to parties all over the world, I have never been to one without EMTs.   In my opinion this could have been avoided.”

Gay Nightclub Death and Packed Atlanta Pride Parties



A Study of Lesbian Clergy


Coming out to friends and family as a lesbian can be difficult, but rejection from the Church you once called home can hurt just as much.

“Out in the Pulpit: The Lived Experiences of Lesbian Clergy in Four Protestant Mainline Denominations” by Pamela Pater-Ennis, PhD, is an expository nonfiction book that explores the stories of 13 lesbian clergies and their struggles to embrace their mutual identities as both Christian and lesbian. Readers discover the seven-step developmental process these women unknowingly endured to accept their dual identities, and their psychological resiliencies and spiritual strengths as they pursued their dreams and became powerful leaders of social justice. Pater-Ennis highlights how behavioral science literature presents new understandings of sexual orientation and argues that many theological and denominational pieces lag behind secular reading’s understanding of LGBTQ issues.

The book began as research for her social work dissertation but grew out of Pater-Ennis’ angst as a straight ally. Witnessing the trauma endured by those excluded from the fullness of the Church, Pater-Ennis developed “Out in the Pulpit” to serve as a refreshing take on the argument that lesbian clergy are underrepresented and underpaid in the leadership roles they are seldom offered within the church.

“I hope Christian churches continue to gracefully engage in dialogue about the controversial LGBTQ issue that continues to threaten denominational unity. I sincerely hope and pray that this book will be an instrument to further the inclusion of the LGBTQ population in the full life of the church, even as clergy. For LGBTQ individuals not to be fully a part of their church communities, means that they are subject to becoming victims of religious trauma,” Pater-Ennis said.

A Study of Lesbian Clergy




Bisexual Star Dove Cameron


Disney Channel star Dove Cameron is setting the record straight on some of her most iconic characters – they were queer.   The bisexual actor is best-known for playing played identical twins in the Disney Channel’s Liv and Maddie, which ran from 2013 to 2017, and more recently for playing Maleficent’s daughter Mal in Descendants 3.

Fans have speculated in the past that one or both characters in Liv and Maddie could be queer – and Cameron finally put that speculation to bed in a series of tweets posted on Wednesday (7 October).

The actor made the revelation after sharing a fan meme about the two Disney Channel characters.  When a fan replied: “Still not convinced Liv was straight,” Cameron replied: “Maddie was definitely gay.”

Another fan replied: “Okay but LIV was a LESBIAN,” to which Cameron simply stated: “Liv was bi.”

Cameron also went on to assign queer identities to other characters she has played, telling fans that Mal, Maleficent’s daughter in Descendants 3, was pansexual, and revealing that Ruby on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was asexual.

However, she does not see all of her characters as being queer. When asked about the sexuality of Bekah Cotter, her character in the Netflix film Dumplin’, Cameron said she was straight.

Bisexual Star Dove Cameron




Transgender Murders on The Rise


A 33-year-old Georgia woman has become at least the 31st transgender or gender-nonconforming person to die by violence in the U.S. this year, according to LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.

Felycya Harris was shot and killed Saturday in Meadowbrook Park in Augusta, Georgia. On Monday, the Richmond County coroner classified her death as a homicide.

Human Rights Campaign, which has been tracking transgender deaths since2013, said it has never seen such a high number of deaths at this point in the year, with more additional deaths likely unreported or misreported.

“More accurate reporting may be a factor in the high number of deaths that we have tracked,” Tori Cooper, director of community engagement for HRC’s Transgender Justice Initiative, told NBC News. “But we are also at an extremely vitriolic period, where hate is fueled even from our nation’s highest office.”

The figure is all the more disturbing given the global lockdowns during the pandemic. Trans and gender-nonconforming people experience higher levels of violence from people they know, Cooper added, and may not be able to find refuge.

“These are especially dangerous times and resources for help are limited at best,” she said. “We need to ensure that transgender and gender non-conforming people have equal and safe access to any resources they may need to thrive -- at all times, but especially during this pandemic.”

Transgender Murders on The Rise



Girl In Red


Young LGBT people are deprived of role models because there are not enough gay artists in pop, said Norwegian indie pop singer-songwriter Marie Ulven – known as pop star Girl in Red, who at 21 has become a cult figure among young lesbians and bisexual women worldwide.

Asking “Do you listen to Girl in Red?” has become a way for young LGBT women to connect, particularly on social media app TikTok, where the artist has more than a million followers.

“Pop culture lacks queer representation … When I grew up I missed seeing other queer artists,” Ulven told said from her home in Oslo.  She said she had not expected her emotional, guitar-driven songs to become anthems among young LGBT people.

One of her biggest hits, I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend, which was recorded in Ulven’s bedroom, has had more than 120 million streams on Spotify since 2018.

While acknowledging that her music’s impact among LGBT people was “really cool”, Ulven said she also wished her sexual orientation was not an issue among listeners.

Girl In Red



Oreo and PFLAG


Oreo is one of Gen-Z’s favorite brands and has made headlines with its previous rainbow-themed social media posts and gender-neutral pronoun packs. As the most diverse and liberated generation in history (only two-thirds of Gen-Z identify as exclusively heterosexual) the brand understands that recognizing and celebrating identity is important.

In celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month this October, OREO is building on the #ProudParent platform and its partnership with PFLAG National by debuting a new film, titled Proud Parent, and releasing first-of-their-kind Limited Edition #ProudParent OREO Rainbow Cookies to reward acts of allyship for the LGBTQ+ community.

(Full disclosure: my brand purpose consultancy Conspiracy of Love worked with Oreo earlier this year on an unrelated social purpose project).

I caught up with Justin Parnell, Senior Director, Oreo Brand at Mondelēz to learn more about this partnership.

Forbes: Justin, welcome. Please tell us a little bit about how this partnership with Oreo and PFLAG came about?

Justin Parnell: What makes this partnership special is that it so perfectly encompasses our shared mission to create a more accepting world and that starts with the love and support of your closest family and friends. OREO has been celebrating families and encouraging moments of connection for decades, so a collaboration with PFLAG National, an organization dedicated to connecting LGBTQ individuals and their families, was a natural partnership for us. We also have a proud history of valuing diversity, fostering inclusion and publicly supporting the LGBTQ+ community, dating back to our, controversial, Pride-themed social post back in June 2012. OREO is proud to help drive PFLAG National’s mission to help make the world a more accepting, affirming, and compassionate place, where all families belong.

Oreo and PFLAG




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Tuesday, October 20th, 2020



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“Solitude” By Gustavo Santaolalla


Monsterland is written, executive produced and created by Mary Laws and will stream on Hulu beginning October 2.

Today, Dread Central is thrilled to exclusively debut the track “Solitude” from the Monsterland soundtrack by Gustavo Santaolalla; give it a spin and read more about the soundtrack below.

Lakeshore Records is set to release Monsterland—Original Series Soundtrack digitally on October 2nd.  The original music composed by Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries), evokes elements of horror, science fiction, and gore in creatively unnerving fashion—subtly twisted orchestration, unsettling electronics and echoing instrumentation all come together to striking effect.  ­­­ Monsterland is written, executive produced and created by Mary Laws.  The series is executive produced by Babak Anvari, Lucan Toh, Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle. Ali Krug will serve as co-executive producer and the series is produced by Annapurna Television.

Monsterland is an 8-episode anthology series based on the collection of stories from Nathan Ballingrud’s North American Lake Monsters.  Encounters with mermaids, fallen angels, and other strange beasts drive broken people to desperate acts in an attempt to repair their lives, ultimately showing there is a thin line between man and monster.

The series stars Kaitlyn Dever, Jonathan Tucker, Charlie Tahan, Nicole Beharie, Hamish Linklater, Marquis Rodriguez, Bill Camp, Michael Hsu Rosen, Taylor Schilling, Roberta Colindrez, Adria Arjona, Trieu Tran, Kelly Marie Tran, Mike Colter and Adepero Oduye.

“Solitude” By Gustavo Santaolalla




Were Gay Men Targeted in Sting?


Some LGBTQ advocates in the Tampa Bay region are alleging that the Hillsborough County sheriff has been targeting gay and bisexual men in a sex sting.  In September, Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister announced the arrests of 11 men with a series of sound bites posted in a YouTube video.

The men were arrested in two local parks — Sun City Heritage Park in Ruskin and Sydney Dover Conservation Park in Dover — after being approached by undercover deputies who would engage them in a conversation about sex. When the men agreed to sexual relations, they would be arrested.

“These vile acts by these men took place in a park, the same place where our children play,” Chronister says in the video. “These men made these parks their personal playground for their deviant behavior. It will not be tolerated.”

On Sept. 18, Chronister’s office released the names and mugshots of all 11 men, ranging in age from 37 to 76 years old, who were collared in the sting operation to local media outlets and on social media. The men were then exposed to ridicule, harassment, and even threats, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

The sting, referred to as “Operation Park Cleanup” did not charge any of the men for attempting to pay for sex, human trafficking, or forcing themselves on anyone, or crimes involving children. But Chronister has touted the operation as an example of the type of “tough on crime” approach he embraces as he runs for re-election.

Those arrested in the sting face charges of “entering or remaining in a place for the purpose of prostitution, lewdness or assignation,” or, in other words, going to a place with the intent of having public sex or patronizing sex workers. A first offense is a second-degree misdemeanor, for which the maximum sentence is up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Were Gay Men Targeted in Sting?



Anchorage's First Lesbian Mayor


Austin Quinn-Davidson will serve as acting mayor of Anchorage starting next Friday after Mayor Ethan Berkowitz's resignation.

Quinn-Davidson, 40, is an attorney who was first elected to the Assembly in 2018. She will be the first woman and openly gay person to serve as mayor or acting mayor of Anchorage, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The city's charter states that the chair of its Assembly will serve as acting mayor during a vacancy. The Assembly voted Friday to appoint Quinn-Davidson as the new chair, replacing Felix Rivera.

Berkowitz resigned after admitting to having an inappropriate relationship with a female reporter three days after she made online allegations against the married official.

Municipal attorney Kate Vogel said at the meeting Friday that the city's charter is ambiguous as to how a permanent mayor should be selected. She said the Assembly has a few legally defensible choices on how to proceed. One would be to hold a special election in January, 90 days after Berkowitz's resignation takes effect. The second option would be to skip a special election and have Quinn-Davidson serve as acting mayor until the regular election scheduled for April.

Anchorage's First Lesbian Mayor




Demi Lovato and Bisexuality


Friends, today we are gathered to examine the vast Vapid Fluff history of legendary queer songstress Demi Lovato. For many years, fans wondered, “Is Demi Lovato bisexual?” Her bisexual anthem “Cool for the Summer” established her as a queer legend long before she was comfortable answering questions about her sexual orientation in the media. Eventually, Demi Lovato did come around and become a proudly outspoken advocate who is open about being attracted to women as well as men. She’s yet to publicly discuss any specific girlfriends, however, which gives us lots of room to speculate every time she is seen in the remote proximity of a queer woman. She has also been very visible as someone who’s struggled with substance abuse, eating disorders and mental health, and I for one appreciate her candor every single chance I get.

Recently we have begun archiving the Vapid Fluff content that’s existed at Autostraddle since this department’s birth in 2013, and this is the first celebrity-specific roundup we’ve put together. It is truly wild to examine how far we’ve come. Today, we’ll celebrate every single time Demi hinted that she was considering possibly toying with the idea of saying she might want to kiss a girl.

Before Vapid Fluff was born, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato were just a pair of freewheeling Disney kids who maybe possibly dated at some point? Very unclear, but the rumors have always been there and we would be remiss to exclude them from this roundup. She also dated Miley Cyrus’ weird older brother and Joe Jonas.

Demi Lovato and Bisexuality




Trans Man Told to Identify as Female on Forms


A transgender man says his sex at birth was required on his intake form when he was trying to donate blood in Virginia.

The man, who asked not to be identified because he’s still working through the demoralizing experience, said he went to an Inova Health System in Sterling facility Sept. 22 for his scheduled appointment.

He said a front desk staffer wrote down "gender at birth is female" and underlined it after repeatedly telling him, out loud in the busy clinic, that he must be listed by his birth gender on the paperwork.

"When you try to fight back, sometimes it just doesn’t work," he said. "They’re too big or too powerful, and in this case it happened, and I said, ‘I’m tired, I’m tired.'"

He stayed and donated blood because he says it’s important.

"I was angry," he said. "I kept thinking about the next trans person walking in there that does not deserve that."

"Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which contains its nondiscrimination provisions, protects people from this kind of treatment when they receive medical care," said Benjamin Brooks, a policy director with the Whitman Walker Institute.

Trans Man Told to Identify as Female on Forms



15 Notable Intersex People


Some people wait to find out what the gender of their unborn baby is, and others wish to find out right away. After all, that can be a very exciting time for expecting moms and dads.

However, there are some very important things that people should keep in mind when it comes to things like this. For example, gender is not always as basic of a thing as people think it is.

Celebrities like Jamie Lee Curtis and Nicole Kidman have had to face rumors about their gender, whether it be their own or that of someone they are close to. Furthermore, there are some famous people who are actually hermaphrodites.

Also, some babies might be born with something called Swyer Syndrome, which would put them in the intersex category. According to isna.org, someone with this condition would have an outwardly female appearance, but she would not have functional sex glands. They'll need hormone replacement medication in order to develop secondary sex characteristics.

A child's gender can be a very complicated thing. That is one reason why parents should not force gender stereotypes on their children.

15 Notable Intersex People



Biden Discusses Transgender Rights


Former Vice President Joe Biden’s response on transgender rights during a town hall on Thursday highlighted his empathy on these issues — as well as some of his struggles with the language around them.

Biden, in his answer to a mother who asked how he’d guarantee protections for her trans child, emphasized that he’d roll back President Trump’s executive actions including a measure that bars transgender people from openly serving in the military; he then went on to condemn the murders of transgender women of color.

“Eliminate those executive orders, number one,” he said. “There is no reason to suggest that there should be any right denied your daughter.”

Biden’s positions on trans issue were — as they long have been — a stark contrast to Trump’s approach, which has included outright attacks against the rights of transgender people, including rolling back an Obama-era memo directing schools to protect trans students from discrimination and reducing protections when it comes to health care discrimination. (Trump was not asked about transgender rights during his town hall on Thursday.)

Biden’s response covered some of his policy proposals as well: He committed to changing the law to guarantee protections for transgender people, and to use his executive power to reverse actions taken by the Trump administration. Biden has said he’d sign the Equality Act, legislation that changes civil rights law so sexual orientation and gender identity are explicitly protected characteristics.

Biden Discusses Transgender Rights




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