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The Daily Sheet April - June 2021
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Tuesday, April 6th, 2021




Annie Proulx Interviewed by Margaret Throsby


Edna Annie Proulx is an American journalist and author.

Writing mostly as Annie Proulx, she has written non-fiction, published a number of short story collections and is the author of five novels. Her second novel, The Shipping News (1993), won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction in 1994 and was made into a film in 2001. Her short story Brokeback Mountain was adapted as an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award-winning major motion picture released in 2005. She won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her first novel, Postcards.

Of her writing career, Proulx told London Observer contributor Nicci Gerrard: "I came to writing late, and I'm racing against the clock to get everything down. My head is jammed with stories; they are pushing to get out."

Annie Proulx was Margaret Throsby’s guest in March 2011 when she was in Australia talking about her latest book Bird Cloud: A Memoir.

Annie Proulx Interviewed by Margaret Throsby



Student Watches Brokeback Mountain, and Decides to Come Out


Rowing is a painful and grueling sport and I’ve been through countless injuries and setbacks. However, it was nothing compared to my mental struggle during the process of figuring out my sexuality.

Most athletes find themselves getting lost in the love of their sport, becoming consumed with trying to be the best they can possibly be and using athletics as an outlet to cope with the stress of everyday life. That is exactly what got me addicted to sports and eventually rowing.

I figured out I was gay when I was about 11 or 12 years old growing up in Albany, N.Y. The thought of not being like the rest of my friends and teammates terrified me. As an athlete, I’m extremely competitive and will do whatever it takes to get faster and be better, on and off the water. This was the first time that I couldn’t change the outcome of the something I didn’t like about myself, and I had no idea how to cope with that.

When I started rowing in seventh grade, I was looking for a new outlet to try and distract myself and not think about the possibility of being gay. A coach recruited me saying I had potential to be a promising lightweight rower. I tried it out, fell in love with it and quit the other sports I was playing to focus all of my energy on rowing.

Fast-forward to freshman year of high school. I was still closeted, but my boat was performing extremely well. We were undefeated in the fall season, trained extremely hard during winter and were ready to take on the spring season with the New York State Rowing Championship in our sights. That day turned out to be one of the hardest days of my life.

Student Watches Brokeback Mountain, and Decides to Come Out




“Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians”


Where there was absence, Joan E. Biren saw potential.

As a lesbian and photographer in the early 1970s, Biren, who goes by JEB, said she was dismayed at the dearth of images that truly reflected her life and the lives of so many in the lesbian community.

So, around 1970, she borrowed a camera from a friend and simply held it out at arm’s length as she and her lover at the time kissed. While the image wouldn’t look out of place today, it was a radical act at the time. JEB, who is 76 years old, declared it her “first lesbian photograph.”  It was that self-portrait that would launch her on a photographic odyssey to visually document the lesbian community. The yearslong endeavor culminated in her self-publishing a book of photographs, “Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians,” in 1979.

Now, the book has been reissued by Anthology Editions for the first time since its initial release.

“Eye to Eye” had a profound impact for its time.

“Seeing the photos was a revelation, each one,” said Mary Farmer, who ran the feminist bookstore Lammas Women’s Shop in Washington, D.C. “Seeing them all together, it was a beautiful thing. It was a revolutionary step for her to put herself out there like that.”

“Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians”





Outed As Bisexual on TV


Married at First Sight Australia fans have expressed their alarm and “disgust” at star Liam Cooper being outed as bisexual during Monday night’s (15 March) episode.

The show sees total strangers get hitched after relationships experts pair them together.

And on the 29-year-old’s wedding day, where he was set to marry Georgia Fairweather, Cooper was outed by fellow show participant Rebecca Zemek, the Daily Mail Australia reported.

The prison case officer, based in Brisbane, Queensland, was robbed of the chance to come out to his bride-to-be as the season eight newlyweds introduced themselves to the original cast.

Viewers of the Nine Network reality show responded with anger over the show’s handling of its first openly bisexual groom, with some fans wondering why the cast  “laughed” at Cooper’s sexuality.

Rebecca Zemek grilled the pair about what their “non-negotiables” would be, with Georgia Fairweather explaining: “I would really struggle if you were super judgmental and close-minded, that would be hard for me cause I’m totally the opposite.”

Outed As Bisexual on TV




Pentagon Reversing Trump's Transgender Policies


The Pentagon on Wednesday swept away Trump-era policies that largely banned transgender people from serving in the military, issuing new rules that offer them wider access to medical care and assistance with gender transition.  The new department regulations allow transgender people who meet military standards to enlist and serve openly in their self-identified gender, and they will be able to get medically necessary transition-related care authorized by law, chief Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters during a briefing.

The changes come after a two-month Pentagon review aimed at developing guidelines for the new policy, which was announced by President Joe Biden just days after he took office in January.

Biden's executive order overturned the Trump policy and immediately prohibited any service member from being forced out of the military on the basis of gender identity. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin then gave the Pentagon two months to finalize the more detailed regulations that the military services will follow.

The new rules also prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. Their release Wednesday coincides with International Transgender Day of Visibility, and they will take effect in 30 days. Kirby said that will give the military services the time they need to update their policies and provide guidance to commanders.

“The United States military is the greatest fighting force on the planet because we are composed of an all-volunteer team willing to step up and defend the rights and freedoms of all Americans,” Austin said in a statement Wednesday. “We will remain the best and most capable team because we avail ourselves of the best possible talent that America has to offer, regardless of gender identity.”

Pentagon Reversing Trump's Transgender Policies



Demi Lovato Comes Out As Pansexual


Demi Lovato appeared on Joe Rogan's podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, and pledged her allegiance to the "alphabet mafia."

The two discussed Lovato's childhood as a singer and performer and her future plans to raise children of her own. Lovato told him at the moment she thinks she might adopt, but clarified, "I was engaged to a man last year. I totally thought I'd be married, maybe pregnant by now. And that's not the case."   "I also don't know if I'm gonna end up with a guy, so I can't see myself maybe even getting pregnant," she went on. "I'm so fluid now, and a part of the reason why I am so fluid is because I was super closeted off."

Rogan clarified by asking if she identified as pansexual, and she responded in the affirmative, after previously coming out as bisexual in 2017.

The terminology LGBTQ people use varies from person to person and is typically objective and based on what the individual is most comfortable with, although some say the terms are indicative of gender distinctions that apply when it comes to attraction, with some believing pansexuality holding more "space for gender presentation and identities to be more fluid."

Fluid, as mentioned above, is exactly what Lovato says she feels right now.

"I heard someone call the LGBTQIA+ community the alphabet mafia," she told the comedian. "That's it! That's what I'm going with. I'm part of the alphabet mafia and proud."  The two joked about the many letters of the LGBTQIA+ alphabet, with Lovato laughing, "Why can't we just say 'queer,' y'all?" (Fortunately, we can!)

Demi Lovato Comes Out As Pansexual



LGBTQ Ally Uses Anti-Gay Insults


I have no interest in exploring the genesis of Kevin Durant’s juvenile Twitter feud with annoying actor and comedian Michael Rapaport. Apparently, Rapaport ripped Durant after a TV interview, leading to a months-long insult fest between the two over direct message, which Rapaport leaked this week.

It’s all exhausting, and tempting to just ignore as another fleeting pseudo-controversy — like most celebrity Twitter battles.  But this one is hard to sidestep, because of the vile language Durant used. It was misogynist, threatening and homophobic. He can say he was joking, but that’s the problem. As a supposed ally, he should know that.

“Me and mike talk CRAZIER than this on the regular and today he’s pissed,” Durant tweeted. “My bad mike, damn!!”

He offered another apology Thursday: “I’m sorry that people have seen the language I used,” Durant told reporters. “That’s not what I want people to see or hear from me.”

In other words, he’s sorry he got caught.

Durant has been publicly waving the rainbow flag for years: congratulating Jason Collins; expressing support for the NBA marching in New York City’s LGBTQ Pride parade. But what does he say in private when he’s trying to put somebody down?

“All u do is suck cock.”

LGBTQ Ally Uses Anti-Gay Insults




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Tuesday, April 13th, 2021




Ang Lee on Good Actors


Ang Lee believes that "good actors" should be prioritised for film roles.

The 66-year-old director helmed the 2005 romantic drama 'Brokeback Mountain', which explored the relationship between male cowboys Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist (Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal), and admits that he would not feel duty bound to cast gay actors as the leads if he was making the movie now, despite the clamour for that trend now among the LGBTQ+ community.

Ang said: "I think good actors have to come first."

"Acting is not about who you are. I've cast broadcasters to play broadcasters and when the camera rolls, they don't know what to do."


Ang cites Ledger's performance in the film as a case in point for the importance of acting ability.

He said of the late star: "His character was gay, but also a macho homophobe, and he portrayed that brilliantly."

Lee has embraced futuristic technology with his movies – the Will Smith-led action thriller 'Gemini Man' was shot at 120 frames per second – although it hasn't convinced critics despite the director describing it as "a way of observing differently".

Ang Lee on Good Actors



Use of Gay Slur Investigated by MLS


Major League Soccer said it will investigate the use of an anti-gay slur by LA Galaxy and United States men's national team player Sebastian Lletget.

Lletget posted a video on his Instagram account of him using the slur in Spanish while walking with Galaxy teammate Julian Araujo at a practice session. Lletget appeared to jokingly slap Araujo on the neck from behind before using the slur.

Lletget deleted the video shortly afterward. In a statement to OutSports, Lletget said he "messed up" for using the slur.

"I have taken down a video from my Instagram story but want to address its impact and not hide from this. I take full responsibility and ownership on what was an extremely poor and ill-thought phrase and have no excuse for my actions. I am sorry and know the pain that this term has caused for so many.

I want to be part of the solution -- not part of the problem -- and continue to be an advocate and an ally for the LGBTQ+ community. Those who know me know my character and heart. I will remain outspoken in my support and advocacy. My error doesn't change that.  Thanks for your accountability. I need to do and be better."


The Galaxy stated: "The L.A. Galaxy do not condone homophobic or derogatory language of any kind. The club stands with the LGBTQ+ community and will address this matter internally."

Use of Gay Slur Investigated by MLS




The Cubbyhole Reopens


At this time last year, Lisa Menichino was in bed sipping a constant cycle of bourbon and frozen push pops — often mixed for the sulkiest, sweetest drink she could imagine — while fretting over the future of her bar. Today, the phone at Cubbyhole on a picturesque West Village intersection, 281 West 12th Street, won’t stop ringing as regulars are eager to reserve a seat outdoors at the city’s only open lesbian space to reopen.

After Menichino’s month or so of brooding during 2020’s first shutdown in March, messages from guests reminded her of Cubbyhole’s unique status: It’s one of Manhattan’s last two lesbian bars. A place where the queer community could meet partners, grieve, and gather safely. Like many lesbian bar owners struggling to sustain their businesses, she started a GoFundMe to help cover expenses at the shuttered space. Cubbyhole reopened last summer, and closed when the weather cooled down mid-December. Customer-designed T-shirts helped raise additional funds, and even as the taps were closed and the gate was locked, Menichino felt the community’s excitement for Cubbyhole’s imminent return. In fact, a couple got engaged in front of the closed bar on a frigid February day. Those moments keep Menichino going, despite all the restrictions, including patrons not being allowed to order at the bar, at a lesbian bar. The table-only rules didn’t squelch the enthusiasm of more than 300 people who visited for Cubbyhole’s first night in 2021.

“Lesbians need a place to go,” Menichino says, chugging coffee while ensuring all seats, reservations, and hand sanitizers were ready to go for Cubbyhole’s grand reopening after a months-long hibernation. On Thursday, April 8, regulars, newbies, and tourists eagerly snatched up reservations, selling out the bar on a sunny day ideal for outdoor drinking. The bar is back with minor tweaks and improvements: A new frozen machine offers daiquiris, margaritas, and frose. A wooden outdoor dining setup built by volunteer lesbian carpenters safely seats a dozen socially distant guests, and people can order hot dogs or packaged sandwiches with cocktails, as food orders are required with alcohol sales these days.

The Cubbyhole Reopens





Ronen Rubinstein Comes Out As Bisexual


Ronen Rubinstein was anxious for his family and friends back in his native Staten Island to watch the second episode of “9-1-1: Lone Star.” He told them he was playing Rob Lowe’s gay son on the Fox procedural, but he wasn’t sure what they’d think of the very steamy encounter between his character, T.K. Strand, and his future police officer boyfriend Carlos Reyes, played by openly gay actor Rafael L. Silva.

“Carlos and I have a huge make-out scene where we, like, burst through the door, and we’re ripping our clothes off,” Rubinstein says. “It’s super hot and it just goes on. It just doesn’t stop. We’re, like, crashing against the walls, and then we end up on the couch. I warned my parents and my friends for months. I said, ‘Listen, I understand if you guys don’t want to watch it, I understand you probably might say some really ignorant, close-minded stuff or you just might not want to watch it and I get that too.’”

In the end, it didn’t matter what they thought because T.K. and Carlos were a hit. As soon as clips of the scene were released, fans of the drama series, produced by Ryan Murphy, crowned the couple “Tarlos.”

As much as the series is fiction, there was something very real happening for Rubinstein. The 27-year-old actor found himself coming to terms with and accepting feelings that he had suppressed for as long as he can remember.

“I fully identify as bisexual,” Rubinstein says in an exclusive interview over Zoom from his Los Angeles area home. “I literally just got goosebumps saying that. It feels so good to talk about it; it feels so good to finally be comfortable with it.”

Ronen Rubinstein Comes Out As Bisexual




Transgender Students As Political Pawns


Heather Hughes, a music and math teacher at a private school in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, said a 16-year-old student pulled out her phone Monday afternoon and announced that Gov. Asa Hutchinson had vetoed a bill that would have banned transgender minors from accessing gender-affirming medical care.

Hughes said it shows that young people understand the national conversation about trans youth, who are the focus of a wave of state bills that seek to restrict their access to transition-related medical care and sports.

“They get that something’s up, and they understand enough to be like, ‘This is a bad idea,’” Hughes said of her students. “They think it's asinine. They don't understand why it's a big deal in the first place, like why bother making these bills, and so then anytime it's brought up, they're mostly infuriated.”

Another student, who is 15, talked to Hughes last week about how they wanted to start testosterone soon. But on Tuesday, the Arkansas Legislature overrode Hutchinson’s veto, and the state is now poised to become the first to ban gender-affirming care for trans minors.

The law bans insurance plans from covering or reimbursing the cost of transition-related care for minors, including puberty blockers and hormones. After it takes effect this summer, Hughes' student won't be able to use testosterone unless they pay out of pocket, which Hughes said is "not that likely given their situation."

Transgender Students As Political Pawns



JoJo Siwa Opens Up Even More


JoJo Siwa went public with being a member of the LGBTQ+ community in January and now she's opening up even more.

In a cover story with People, the 17-year-old social media star who sells out arenas said she initially didn't want to "label" herself but was happily in a relationship with girlfriend Kylie Prew, 18, and was out to family and friends.

"I still don't know what I am. It's like, I want to figure it out. And I have this joke. Her name is Kylie. And so I say that I'm Ky-sexual," Siwa said. "But like, I don't know, bisexual, pansexual, queer, lesbian, gay, straight."

"I always just say gay because it just kind of covers it or queer because I think the keyword is cool," she added.

Siwa further explained how she identifies.

"I like queer," she said. "Technically I would say that I am pansexual because that's how I have always been my whole life is just like, my human is my human."

JoJo Siwa Opens Up Even More



LGBTQ Ally Uses Anti-Gay Insults


I have no interest in exploring the genesis of Kevin Durant’s juvenile Twitter feud with annoying actor and comedian Michael Rapaport. Apparently, Rapaport ripped Durant after a TV interview, leading to a months-long insult fest between the two over direct message, which Rapaport leaked this week.

It’s all exhausting, and tempting to just ignore as another fleeting pseudo-controversy — like most celebrity Twitter battles.  But this one is hard to sidestep, because of the vile language Durant used. It was misogynist, threatening and homophobic. He can say he was joking, but that’s the problem. As a supposed ally, he should know that.

“Me and mike talk CRAZIER than this on the regular and today he’s pissed,” Durant tweeted. “My bad mike, damn!!”

He offered another apology Thursday: “I’m sorry that people have seen the language I used,” Durant told reporters. “That’s not what I want people to see or hear from me.”

In other words, he’s sorry he got caught.

Durant has been publicly waving the rainbow flag for years: congratulating Jason Collins; expressing support for the NBA marching in New York City’s LGBTQ Pride parade. But what does he say in private when he’s trying to put somebody down?

“All u do is suck cock.”

LGBTQ Ally Uses Anti-Gay Insults




Your Laugh For The Day!








Contributors: CellarDweller115





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Tuesday, April 20th, 2021




Ang Lee on Good Actors


Ang Lee believes that "good actors" should be prioritised for film roles.

The 66-year-old director helmed the 2005 romantic drama 'Brokeback Mountain', which explored the relationship between male cowboys Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist (Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal), and admits that he would not feel duty bound to cast gay actors as the leads if he was making the movie now, despite the clamour for that trend now among the LGBTQ+ community.

Ang said: "I think good actors have to come first."

"Acting is not about who you are. I've cast broadcasters to play broadcasters and when the camera rolls, they don't know what to do."


Ang cites Ledger's performance in the film as a case in point for the importance of acting ability.

He said of the late star: "His character was gay, but also a macho homophobe, and he portrayed that brilliantly."

Lee has embraced futuristic technology with his movies – the Will Smith-led action thriller 'Gemini Man' was shot at 120 frames per second – although it hasn't convinced critics despite the director describing it as "a way of observing differently".

Ang Lee on Good Actors



The Blood Ban


“Interested in donating blood?” This startling question presented itself as a storm of Red Cross pamphlets filled my high school’s library. I took one of the many leaflets and suddenly came to the realization that I had never donated blood before—I didn’t even know my own blood type! As a young and healthy teenager, I decided it was finally time to get my blood drawn; I had friends who donated every year, yet it never occurred to me that I could and should donate. So, I convinced a few of my friends to donate with me; we were to make an outing out of our donation. However, after some quick screening and routine paperwork at the in-school clinic, I was told I was ineligible to donate blood.

Terrified, my mind immediately concluded I had some blood illness I was not previously aware of. Nope. A Red Cross volunteer swiftly squashed my fear and informed me that I had been deferred due to my recent sexual relation with another man.

I was incredulous. Immensely confused, I promptly Googled, “Why can’t gay men donate blood?” while my heterosexual friends proceeded through the blood donation clinic without me. What I found shocked my 17-year-old self.

The FDA restrictions surrounding blood donations by men who have sex with men (MSM) originated in 1983. The ban was enacted in an effort to prevent blood bank contamination from undetectable HIV-infected blood. Although the measure was rather strident, the hysteria and lack of scientific knowledge in the early 1980s rationalized this exclusivist emergency measure. But despite the approval of new methods for screening blood in the late ’80s—namely the ELISA assay and its subsequent and substantial improvements—which ensure a near-perfect HIV detection rate, the FDA’s stance on MSM blood donations has not significantly wavered. 

The Blood Ban




Netflix Thriller "Ride Or Die"


How far would you go to protect your one true love? That is the question at the heart of Japanese director Ryuichi Hiroki’s new psychological thriller, “Ride or Die,” which premiered on Netflix on Thursday.

Based on Ching Nakamura’s popular graphic novel series, or manga, “Gunjō,” the film tells the stirring story of Rei Nagasawa (Kiko Mizuhara) and Nanae Shinoda (Honami Sato), two Japanese women who struggle with their conflicting feelings for each other.

When Rei, a lesbian in her 20s, receives an unexpected call from Nanae, the girl she was in love with during high school, she drops everything to go see her for the first time in a decade. But when she discovers that Nanae is trapped in a physically abusive marriage, Rei decides to take matters into her own hands. Without giving her actions a second thought, Rei seduces and kills Nanae’s husband in an attempt to protect her and to prove her love, which sets off a meandering series of events that bring the two women closer than ever before.

Since “Gunjō” started to circulate in 2007, numerous filmmakers have attempted to adapt the manga for the big screen, but most of them have struggled to capture the intense visual language of Nakamura’s original work, which spans 35 chapters and includes some very graphic depictions of sex and violence. The new adaptation eventually came to fruition under the direction of Hiroki, who is known for his intense and painful romance films, and was written by Nami Kikkawa.

Netflix Thriller "Ride Or Die"





Coming Out To Her Class


Anna Dietrich, an Michigan State University student teacher at Carman-Ainsworth High School, took to Twitter to describe how some educators feel the need to hide who they are at work.

And there’s a reason for that, Dietrich decried. After she came out as bisexual on Tuesday (13 April), three parents called her to say they were “unhappy” about it.  “I envy the teachers who don’t have to hide their identity in class,” she wrote.

“When students asked me today if I had a husband, I answered that I, as a bisexual person, do not have a husband or a wife yet!  I got calls from three parents unhappy,” they said, before adding: “If anyone has any similar struggles/reactions to being out and proud to students I would love to hear."

“Really hurting today and feeling alone in this.”

Then Dietrich got an email.

“I really love your class,” a student wrote to her.  “In my other classes, I am not comfortable sharing my sexuality or pronouns and it really gets to me when people use my pronoun wrong and try to say my sexuality without even knowing it.  In your class, I already feel comfortable with who I am, which for me, isn’t normal, so thank you, so, so, so much.”

Coming Out To Her Class




Legislation Would Affect Minors


Thirty-three states have introduced more than 100 bills that aim to curb the rights of transgender people across the country, with advocacy groups calling 2021 a record-breaking year for such legislation.  Many of these bills are rapidly making their way through state legislatures. On April 6, Arkansas became the first state to outlaw providing gender-affirming treatment to minors, a move that the American Civil Liberties Union said would "send a terrible and heartbreaking message" to transgender youth across the country.

According to data from the Human Rights Campaign, one of the nation's largest LGBTQ advocacy groups, at least 117 bills have been introduced in the current legislative session that target the transgender community. It's the highest number the organization has recorded since it began tracking anti-LGBTQ legislation more than 15 years ago.

The majority of bills would affect transgender youth, a group that researchers and medical professionals warn is already susceptible to high rates of suicide and depression.  

In many states, lawmakers introducing these bills are supported by conservative legal groups, such as the Alliance Defending Freedom, which reportedly helped craft the Idaho law that was later struck down in court, according to the Idaho Press. The group released a statement praising Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. The Arkansas bill, named the "Fairness in Women's Sports Act," would prevent transgender girls and women from participating in school, intramural or club sports with their same-gender peers.

Lawmakers have said these bills are intended to be proactive, and to remove what they claim is an unfair advantage that transgender girls may have over their teammates. But such examples are extremely rare. In March, The Associated Press called two dozen state legislators who sponsored these bans, and found that few could name any cases where the participation of transgender athletes in youth sports had become a source of contention within the teams. 

Legislation Would Affect Minors



Upending Hemingway's Macho Image


Three things freed me from the ultra-masculine theatrics I learned from Ernest Hemingway as a young man. Ironically, all three were his own books: the short story collection "In Our Time," the sweeping war drama "A Farewell to Arms," and the gender-bending "The Garden of Eden." Each represented disparate periods of the author's life, and in their heterogeneous ways, each guided me out from the thorny thicket of machismo that Hemingway had helped lead me into.

A few days after my father's funeral I came across the copy of "In Our Time" that I'd given him for his birthday a mere two months before he killed himself. A veteran and lifelong outdoorsman, Hemingway had been dad's favorite writer.

I was flipping through the collection of stories when I came across an underlined passage in "Indian Camp":

"Why did he kill himself, Daddy?"  "I don't know, Nick. He couldn't stand things, I guess."   "Do many men kill themselves, Daddy?"   "Not very many, Nick."

Something heavy moved in me. Here was my own name cast in a discussion of suicide. Why had dad underlined these words in particular, so soon before taking the Hemingway exit himself? Was it some sort of message? Were they his terrible inspiration?

Two months later I went or fled to Paris where I claimed to be studying literature but where I primarily studied dark bars and back alleys and the rough characters who hung around the canals at night. At that point in time, I — like so many other young men — was very caught up in the business of being tough, and Ernest Hemingway stood as the grand archetype of that posture. At my father's suggestion I had devoured "The Sun Also Rises," "For Whom the Bell Tolls," and "A Moveable Feast," and now I was immersing myself in the hard drinking, dangerous life of the aspiring artist abroad, playing into the pantomime of Hemingway that enthralls so many students of interwar literature.

Upending Hemingway's Macho Image



Students Support LGBTQ Classmates


Students rallied for their LGBTQ classmates at Ridgeline High School in Cache County after video surfaced online of another teen cutting down a pride flag during a diversity week event.

Several who spoke with KSL-TV said they were calling for positive change to come out of the incident.

It shocked and frightened students who attended the after-school event for the Gay-Straight Alliance.

"Oh, I'm terrified. I wasn't allowed to go to school today," said freshman Spencer Wilkinson.

Wilkinson said what she found at school Wednesday afternoon, however, changed that terror to encouragement as she was met with quite the opposite – a rally for support outside her school.

"I was so surprised," she said. "I think it's important that, not only here – we recognize the homophobia that's happened – but everywhere, because it's so active and it's happening."

Susie Augenstein, an ally for the LGBTQ community, said she was hoping for the same thing.

Students Support LGBTQ Classmates




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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2021, 05:12:28 PM »


Tuesday, April 27th, 2021




A Teacher Season 2


Last year, FX released many series that are available on its sister streaming service Hulu. FX's last year releases include 'A Teacher' created by Hannah Fidell. The series 'A Teacher' is based on the creator's 2013 film of the same name starring Lindsay Burdge and Will Brittain. The series 'A Teacher' was dropped on November 10, 2020.

While some viewers think Claire and Eric's story has reached its natural conclusion, some fans are still wondering if there will be A Teacher Season 2. To their disappointment, Kate Mara who played the character of the high school English teacher Claire Wilson in Season 1 recently told The Wrap that there won't be a A Teacher Season 2.

"I have heard a lot of people who love the show ask that question, 'When is [A Teacher]Season 2?' It makes me laugh just because, no, to be honest, there hasn't been and there was never really any discussion about more seasons," said Kate Mara.

She also said, "I wish we were doing three more seasons of it, but I don't know how we would continue unless there was no time passing at all, because we're both playing sort of older than we are [at the end]."

A Teacher is all about the 37-year-old Claire Wilson, a married English teacher at Westerbrook high school in Austin, Texas. She grooms and manipulates one of her high school students, a 17-year-old Eric Walker (played as Nick Robinson), and engages in an illicit sexual relationship with him. The miniseries explores the complexities of the relationship and the consequences for both of them and those around them.  While the show has concluded, Kate Mara wished there were A Teacher Season 2 and more seasons.

A Teacher Season 2



Doctor Comments on Gay Blood Ban


There is no reason for the ban on gay men donating blood to exist anymore, given that all blood is tested, emphasized Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH, dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health and director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies.

The video at the link below is a part of our third entry in a series on individuals and international organizations working to bring local and global awareness to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic, which is marking its 40th anniversary this year.   

Here is a partial transcript of the video.  To see the rest, click the link below.

We need to stop discriminating. I mean, there's no reason whatsoever this ban needs to exist at all. Blood is tested, right? It's tested all the time. So I don't understand why we think that a gay man who has sex is going to be… The probability that he will be infected, I understand from an epidemiological perspective, is higher given the prevalence of the disease in the population—but we test the blood anyway.

I think the damage we're doing by stigmatizing gay men is much worse than the “protections” we're putting in place. So the FDA ban, in my mind, needs to go away. We have the technology to test blood, and quite frankly, I don't know what's in the blood of other people that we're not testing for, right? So why continue to ostracize gay men?


Doctor Comments on Gay Blood Ban




Biden Nominates Fulton to Pentagon Staff


President Joe Biden today announced his intent to nominate New Jersey’s Chief Administrator at the Motor Vehicle Commission to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs at the Department of Defense.

Brenda “Sue” Fulton, a former Army officer who in 1980 was commissioned in the first U.S. Military Academy class to admit women, was nominated to serve in the top Pentagon post.

Brenda “Sue” Fulton was a guest speaker for the Aug. 19, 2013, Women’s Equality Day observance at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.  In her new job, Fulton will be a principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense with responsibility for total force manpower, personnel and reserve affairs, including the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve.

She will report directly to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and exercises authority, direction, and control over the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. This position was mandated by the Department of Defense Authorization Act of 1984.

She became the first openly gay member of the academy’s Board of Visitors after her appointment by President Barack Obama in 2011.

Biden Nominates Fulton to Pentagon Staff





Racial Profiling of Bisexual Comic


This week, Eric André said he was racially profiled at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, tweeting that plainclothes police targeted him for a supposedly random drug search. The next day (Thursday, April 22), André appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! for a scheduled interview about his new film Bad Trip. In an 11-minute segment, André went into detail about the profiling incident, describing the conduct of Clayton County Police Department as “old-school, Giuliani stop-and-frisk racial profiling.”

André unpacked the racial dynamic of the search, pointing out that he was flying business class on a domestic flight, and was the only Black person on the jet bridge. The white police officers who interrogated him were from the Clayton County Police Department, André said. Both Kimmel and André noted that it was unusual for a search to be carried out on the jet bridge, when André had already passed security.

André declined to have his luggage searched and was allowed to board his plane, at which point, he joked, he “got really woke” and started tweeting various authorities (up to and including Joe Biden) using the plane Wi-Fi. “And then the mayor of Atlanta starts tweeting back at me,” he added, laughing. “I’m like, Oh, I didn’t know that was gonna work.” The mayor apologized to André and said she was investigating.

Racial Profiling of Bisexual Comic




Another Transgender Woman Murdered


Many were in mourning Saturday upon hearing the news that a beloved drag artist and entertainer in the South Bay was killed in Milpitas a day earlier.  Natalia Smüt, 24, an Afro-Rican trans woman from San José, was known for her “motivating and creative spirit, captivating performances, and her love for advocacy within the community,” according to LGBTQ support and advocacy organization Project More, which hosted a vigil Saturday.

At least 100 people gathered for the vigil at San Jose City Hall, laying candles, flowers and other art or mementos on the steps in honor of Smüt.

Nathan Svoboda, president of the Project More Foundation, who knew Smüt in her various capacities as performer, activist and member of the community, described Smüt as a “captivating” artist and a person who seemed to have a “positive, really bright star.”

Police have not shared many details about Smüt’s death. A report about the homicide published by the Milpitas Police Department said Union City resident Elijah Segura had called police at almost 2:30 a.m. Friday, stating that he was responsible for injuring a 24 year-old San Jose woman.

Police took Segura, 22, into custody, while officers found Smüt laying on the ground with “significant injuries.” Rescuers took her to a hospital, but she was later pronounced dead.

According to police, Segura and Smüt were dating; authorities described the case as a “domestic violence homicide investigation.”   The circumstances have left the community in shock and mourning.

Another Transgender Woman Murdered



Intersex Bill Passes at City Council


The parents of babies with intersex traits are often persuaded by the medical establishment to have their newborns undergo unnecessary genital surgeries, according to Council Member Daniel Dromm.

A bill passed the city council earlier this week, sponsored by Dromm, that aims to bring attention to these “unnecessary treatments” and requires the Department of Health to conduct public outreach campaigns to inform parents and the medical establishment about the implications of such surgeries.

Often children who undergo these treatments grow up identifying with a different gender. The long-term results can be psychologically damaging. The bill passed last week aims to help New Yorkers understand the adverse effects of such treatments.

“Parents of infants with intersex traits are often forced to rely on quackery masquerading as medical science, leading them to make decisions that inflict life-long physical and psychological trauma on their children,” Dromm posted to twitter last year reported Gay City News.

The surgeries are not reversible, and raise questions about medical consent and stigmatization.


Intersex Bill Passes at City Council



Students Support LGBTQ Classmates


Students rallied for their LGBTQ classmates at Ridgeline High School in Cache County after video surfaced online of another teen cutting down a pride flag during a diversity week event.

Several who spoke with KSL-TV said they were calling for positive change to come out of the incident.

It shocked and frightened students who attended the after-school event for the Gay-Straight Alliance.

"Oh, I'm terrified. I wasn't allowed to go to school today," said freshman Spencer Wilkinson.

Wilkinson said what she found at school Wednesday afternoon, however, changed that terror to encouragement as she was met with quite the opposite – a rally for support outside her school.

"I was so surprised," she said. "I think it's important that, not only here – we recognize the homophobia that's happened – but everywhere, because it's so active and it's happening."

Susie Augenstein, an ally for the LGBTQ community, said she was hoping for the same thing.

Students Support LGBTQ Classmates




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Tuesday, May 4th, 2021




‘Percy vs Goliath’


When you call your film “Percy Vs Goliath,” we think we know the ending. But the film, a small Canadian production shot in Winnipeg and Manitoba, has a fine cast and location and and tells a compelling story of one real-life farmer, played by Christopher Walken, standing against a giant multinational corporation with buckets of lawyers and money.

Percy Schmeiser (Walken) is a canola farmer and a “seed-saver” from Humbolt, Saskatchewan, where he has been saving the hardiest seeds from his crops for decades, just like his father and grandfather before him. When his people lived in early 20th century Europe, they were serfs. But in Canada, Percy’s family has amassed land, modern equipment and a hard-won and satisfying living. Percy is a justly proud man of the land.

One day Percy finds strangers on his property taking samples. He is then informed that all his crop and all his seeds belong to the corporation that developed a GMO that migrated to his land, probably from a neighbor’s fields and maybe even a passing truck carrying the genetically engineered seed in open bags. Percy’s neighbor is afraid to testify and anger the corporation. Percy takes the company to court and loses. Should he try again and risk losing everything and alienating his beloved wife, Louise (Roberta Maxwell - "Ma Twist" in Brokeback Mountain), who finds herself blackballed and ostracized by her hypocritical fellow church members?

“Percy Vs Goliath” does not have much in the way of surprises, unless you count how unsympathetic Christina Ricci’s Washington Post reporter Rebecca is half the time. Rebecca convinces Percy to attend farm meetings, speak out against genetically modified seed and collect donations.

‘Percy vs Goliath’



Alabama Deals With Anti-Gay Language


Alabama will remove anti-gay language from the state’s sex education law that for decades said students should be taught that homosexuality is both socially unacceptable and illegal.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the measure Tuesday into law after it was approved by the Alabama Legislature.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Laura Hall, D-Huntsville, removes a section of the 1992 sex education law that directed that sex education programs should include “an emphasis, in a factual manner and from a public health perspective, that homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the laws of this state.”

The Alabama law will maintain the emphasis on abstinence in sex education. There will be a new requirement for parents to get notification when sexual education or human reproduction will be taught and to request materials.

The measure had been introduced for several years, but did not win final passage until this year.

The Southern Poverty Law Center applauded Ivey for signing the bill.

Alabama Deals With Anti-Gay Language




Activist Passes Away


They called Madeline Davis a lesbian legend.

A longtime activist for gay rights, she blazed a trail for the understanding and acceptance of the LGBTQ community as a teacher, stage performer, author and historian.

She was a founding member and president of the first gay liberation organization in Western New York, the Mattachine Society of the Niagara Frontier.

She delivered a speech at the first gay march on Albany in 1971.  The following year, when Democrats met in Miami Beach, Fla., to nominate George McGovern, she became the first openly gay delegate to a major political party convention and advocated for a gay rights plank in the platform.

She taught the first course on lesbianism in the nation at the University at Buffalo.  A founding member of Hag Theater, the first all-lesbian theater company in the United States, she acted in several of its productions.

She and UB professor Dr. Elizabeth L. Kennedy researched and authored a landmark account of the lives of gay working women in Buffalo, “Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community.”

Her research became the foundation for what has become the Dr. Madeline Davis LGBTQ Archive of Western New York at SUNY Buffalo State and she served as its director.

Activist Passes Away





Star Wants Deadpool to Be Bisexual


Ryan Reynolds is reportedly begging Marvel executives to make the maverick superhero Deadpool openly bisexual.

While the superhero character is portrayed as pansexual in the Deadpool comics, he has only ever had romantic liaisons with female characters in the two feature films, released in 2016 and 2018.

But Ryan Reynolds is hoping to change that for the third Deadpool film, according to tipster Daniel Richtman.

Richtman said Reynolds “very much wants” to explore the superhero’s sexuality in the third film and he has reportedly asked Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to “make Deadpool openly bi,” We Got This Covered reports.

This is not the first time the 44-year-old actor has expressed an interest in exploring Deadpool’s sexuality.  Speaking at a Q&A at Comic-Con San Diego in 2018, Reynolds said: “I certainly think that this universe needs to represent and reflect the world in very real ways.”

He added: “The great thing about Deadpool is that we’re allowed to do things that other superhero movies don’t necessarily do.  It’s something that I’d love to see more of, certainly through Wade [Deadpool’s real name], certainly through this universe because its’ something that we’re building out more.”


Star Wants Deadpool to Be Bisexual




Ohio Joins Other States


Ohio will soon join nearly every other state in the country in allowing transgender people born in the state to change the gender markers on their birth certificates. Tennessee will soon be the lone holdout.

The Ohio Department of Health will not appeal a federal court ruling issued in December that found the state’s ban on birth certificate gender changes is unconstitutional. The department is instead working on a process for people to request the change and expects to have it in place by June 1, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Monday, citing a court filing made Thursday.

The December ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio came in response to a lawsuit brought by four transgender people born in Ohio. The plaintiffs, according to court documents, were subjected to professional humiliation, verbal harassment and threats to their safety as a result of not having a birth certificate that aligned with their gender identity.

The ruling cited a 2015 survey by the National Center for Transgender Equality that found 36 percent of respondents in Ohio who showed an ID with a name or gender that did not match their gender presentation were “verbally harassed, denied benefits or service, asked to leave, or assaulted.”

Judge Michael Watson called the state’s argument that permitting changes to birth certificate gender markers would “undermine the accuracy of vital statistics or fraud prevention” a “red herring.”

Ohio Joins Other States



Demisexuality


Demisexuality is when you’re only sexually attracted to people you have a strong emotional bond with. But TBH, this definition is a bit bare bones.

Here’s a deep dive into what it really means to be demisexual.

According to the Demisexuality Resource Center, the type or level of emotional bond demisexual folks need to be sexually attracted to someone varies.  An emotional bond doesn’t always mean you’re straight up *in love* with someone. Sometimes it can be a close friend or a person you know on a deep level.

Did we really need a demisexual label?  Demisexuality is a valid sexual orientation. That means it def deserves a label.  Owning the label can make peeps feel more supported, understood, and accepted.

Also, you might be thinking, “Don’t lots of people wait to form a connection before they have sex?”

While this is true, it might have nothing to do with demisexuality or any other sexual orientation. Some peeps prefer to abstain for other reasons like marriage.


Demisexuality



LGBTQ Ally Biden Has Transgender Citizens' Backs


In  his first joint address to Congress, President Joe Biden on Wednesday sent an unequivocal message to the transgender community: "To all transgender Americans watching at home, especially the young people. You’re so brave. I want you to know your president has your back."

His remarks come amid a wave of state bills targeting transgender people, particularly trans youth. As of this week, at least six states have signed bills into law that restrict gender-affirming care for minors or ban trans student athletes from competing on school sports teams that align with their gender identity. On Wednesday, hours before Biden's speech, West Virginia’s governor signed a bill into law that prevents transgender students from competing on girls sports teams from middle school through college.

There are currently over 200 anti-LGBTQ bills under consideration across at least 30 states, with more than half of these bills targeting transgender people, according to the Human Rights Campaign, the country’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group.

During his speech, Biden also reiterated his support for the Equality Act, federal legislation that would modify existing civil rights laws to add protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Equality Act passed the House in 2019 but has yet not received a vote in the Senate. With Democrats now in control of the Senate, the bill’s supporters are more optimistic than ever about its chances of becoming law.

Following Biden’s speech, Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said the administration has “made it clear through their actions that they are allies in the fight for equality and justice for LGBTQ people.”

LGBTQ Ally Biden Has Transgender Citizens' Backs




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