Wednesday, January 10, 2018

News and Pop Culture Round-Up

Posted by Shane Smith, Editor, Stonewall Gazette

34 Public Displays of Affection That Straight People Take for Granted

How Does Your State Rate In Terms Of Statewide Laws For LGBTQ People?
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute released their annual State Equality Index (SEI), a comprehensive state-by-state report detailing statewide laws and policies that affect LGBTQ people and their families and placing states in one of four categories based on their pro- and anti-LGBTQ state laws. MORE

Pop Singer and Dance Artist Dario Talks About His Latest Album, Alpha, and His HIV Advocacy Work
When your last name is too long or too difficult to pronounce (think Madonna), you might just decide to skip it altogether and go only by your first name. It keeps things simple, and it really works, especially when you are a celebrity. Enter Dario, Billboard Top 40 pop singer and dance artist, and also a strong believer in doing one’s part and in the power of giving back to the community. MORE

Your Guide to the Three Billboards Backlash
Amid the hubbub over #TimesUp, Oprah’s speech, and James Franco elbowing Tommy Wiseau, you may not have noticed something else that happened at the Globes: With its four wins Sunday night, Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri not only became the Oscar front-runner, it was also officially inaugurated as this year’s La La Land, the movie whose awards success is seen as emblematic of America’s various ills. MORE

Straightsplaining and ‘No Homo’
“Oh, so because I’m straight I’m not allowed to have an opinion on [insert LGBT issue here]” Listen. MORE

Young Black Lesbian Found Murdered in Burning Car in D.C.
A lesbian found shot to death in the trunk of her car that someone set on fire in Southeast D.C. on Dec. 28 was friends with two other people shot to death on the same day, and detectives are looking into whether the three murders may be linked, according to D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham. Police said the body of a woman they later identified as Kerrice Lewis, 23, a resident of Hyattsville, Md., was found about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, in the trunk of her burning Lexus in an alley in the 800 block of Adrian Place, S.E., near Fort Dupont Park. MORE

Trump Touts "Great Reviews," Says He's "Unlikely" To Grant Interview With Special Counsel Robert Mueller
Donald Trump, who claims he has no time to watch cable TV, says he got rave reviews for his "performance" yesterday during the televised 54-minute meeting with Congressional leaders. During the first cabinet meeting of 2018, Trump told the press the "reviews" were so good, he says he got "letters" from news anchors congratulating him on his "performance." Later, when asked about "letters" of praise, the White House released a list of links to video clips showing positive feedback on the bipartisan meeting. MORE

Gay Short Film - The Favor

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