Saturday, February 27, 2021

Netflix Gays, Big Brother, Gareth Thomas, Equality Act, Tik Tok Transphobia, Cardi B, Hot Potato, Ivy Bottini & MORE!

Zero Democrats Lend Name To GOP Compromise on LGBTQ Rights The absence of any Democrats dashes hopes from supporters the legislation could be a starting point for negotiations across the aisle on the Equality Act in the Senate. Despite signals the "Fairness for All Act" counterproposal from Republicans on LGBTQ rights and religious freedom would have bipartisan support upon its reintroduction on Friday, the final list of original co-sponsors has no Democrats. Although the list of 21 co-sponsors is more than double the nine who support the first iteration of the Fairness for All in the previous Congress, they’re entirely made up of Republicans.

Ivy Bottini

LGBTQ Activist and Feminist Pioneer Ivy Bottini Dies at 94
  She is being remembered for her trailblazing efforts and as a champion for LGBTQ rights. Bottini co-founded the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women, and served as its president. In Los Angeles, she was a co-founder of Aids Project Los Angeles.

Ethan Quance

'Big Brother Canada 9' Contestant Ethan Quance Will Be Replaced
After Homophobic and Racist Slurs Surfaced Online.  Following his casting on Big Brother Canada 9 earlier this week, serious allegations began to surface around one contestant in Ethan Quance. These included claims of racism, assault, and also a video of him saying a homophobic slur online.

Tenant Breached Agreement By Using Apartment for LGBTQ Activities Says Landlord 
(Ghana, Africa) The landlord called the National Security, the Ghana Police Service (GPS) and other security agencies to help close down the place and investigate!

Amber Benson and Alyson Hannigan

On This Gay Day: Willow and Tara kissed on the TV show ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’
A lesbian or bisexual relationship on mainstream television may be fairly common place today, but it’s not that long ago that a same-sex relationship on screen was hard to find. Having female characters kiss had become somewhat of a ratings grabbing moment in the 1990s. In 1991 LA Law featured a kiss between characters CJ Lamb and Abbie Perkins, but in the next scene after the ad break one of the characters affirmed she was definitely heterosexual. Alyson Hannigan played Willow Rosenberg and Amber Benson played Tara Maclay on the TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The cult series ran from 1997 to 2003.

Transgender TikTok Creators Say The App's Mysterious 'For You' Page Is A Breeding Ground for Transphobia and Targeted Harassment.
Creators detailed the harassment and abuse they'd experienced on the app; they all said they had experienced it to a greater degree on TikTok than on other social media platforms, in part because of the app's central algorithm-driven feed.

Cardi B

Interview: Cardi B Gets a Pep Talk From Mariah Carey 
Cardi B's well-documented rise to superstardom is the product of grit, hustle, and the unapologetic nerve to just be herself. Her debut album, 2018’s Invasion of Privacy, was the result of talent that can’t be denied; an instant silencer of skeptics who believed her historic hit, “Bodak Yellow,” was a fluke. And her chart-topping single last summer, “WAP,” was proof that, at the age of 28, the Bronx native doesn’t just get the culture—she sets the culture.

Jason McKinnon

Gay Characters On Netflix Shows Tend To Have The Same Storyline
Queer characters are constantly fighting rejection from society or they can’t tell their peers or parents about their sexuality. Is this the only storyline for the LGBTQ+ community? Sean Mularkey’s character (played by Jason McKinnon) in the dramedy “Firefly Lane” resonated as depressing. He kept his sexuality a secret from everyone besides his sister’s best friend, Tully. She caught him kissing his male best friend, who later married a woman. This resulted in Mularkey going to the military and later on marrying a woman.

We Fell For The 'Conversion Therapy' Lie. No Other Family Should Be Given The Chance.
No parent wants to harm their child, but in trying to help our son, that’s exactly what my wife and I did. We took our 13-year-old to “reparative therapy,” also known as “conversion therapy,” with a promise that it could “cure” his same-sex attraction. This pseudoscience brought him to the brink of suicide and almost tore our family apart.

Jamie Spears, Britney Spears

Britney Spears’ Dad Shares Rare Videos Of Them Enjoying Family Time In 2020  
Britney Spears‘ father Jamie Spears is attempting to rehab his image after the FX documentary Framing Britney Spears put Brit’s high-profile conservatorship back in the spotlight. His lawyer claims he ‘saved Britney’s life’ and defends the conservatorship.

How a Gay-Owned Michigan Campground
Exposed Anti-Trans Bias in the Queer Camping Community.

Potato Head Goes Gender Neutral. What Is Gender Neutrality and How Can I Be More Inclusive?
  Hasbro, the company that makes Potato Head, made the brand gender neutral on Thursday by dropping the "Mr." from its name. While more symbolic than substantive, it speaks to the growing push for inclusivity across U.S. institutions.

Edna Palmer and  Elizabeth Richards

The Lesbian Armed Forces Couple From Plymouth Forgotten By History One thing is largely missing from our rich history: women; and even more so, lesbians. 
(United Kingdom) In 1938, Edna Palmer joined the Auxillary Territorial Service (ATS), and quickly rose through the ranks to sergeant major. In April 1941, she married Roy Samuel Blackmore - but according to family sources, the marriage lasted approximately one month. "It could've been a marriage of convenience, we just don't know". But the family researcher says during her time in the armed forces, Edna met Elizabeth Richards, affectionately known as Betty, who was born in Colyton, Devon, in 1920. Soon after their meeting, the pair fell in love right here in Plymouth - and would go on to be together for the rest of their lives.

KFC Employee Fired For Hurling Homophobic Slurs At Gay Illinois Couple
Joshua Garner and his partner Lee Walls were picking up an order for a DoorDash customer at a drive-thru of a KFC in Springfield when the angry employee began verbally attacking them. Garner recorded the incident, in which the man calls the couple “queers” and “f–s.”

Gareth Thomas

Gareth Thomas, One of Britain's Most High-Profile Gay Athletes, Says Coming Out In Men's Soccer Is Not Safe and the sport is doing nothing about it.
Now retired, the 46-year-old anti-homophobia campaigner suffered abuse in the past, including being assaulted in 2016. He believes it is now more dangerous than ever for athletes, especially soccer players, to come out. "Social media has allowed people to discriminate even more openly," he told The Guardian. "I don't see anything that's been done within football apart from token gestures. Nobody can say to me that if a footballer came out as gay tomorrow, they would be absolutely safe at every single ground they went to," said Thomas.

Gareth Thomas' Emotional Story Of Being HIV Positive On "The Graham Norton Show"

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