Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Tiresome Arizona, Gay Visibility, Jacob Elordi, Queer Modeling Agency, Homoerotic Fight Club, Anne Lister & MORE!

This Queer Modeling Agency Is Serving Looks and Creating Opportunity Founded by Fish Fiorucci, Lady Gaga’s former muse, the f10 modeling agency is focused on building a fashion community in the Rio Grande Valley Based in Brownsville, Texas, the agency represents primarily Latino and non-white faces. Run by queer folks, for queer folks—though being queer is not a requirement—the agency allocates a good chunk of its roster to nonbinary, gender-nonconforming, and transgender people. Its models have walked in fashion shows for brands like Hardeman, Bode, and DYNE, as well as for local RGV designers like Data-Mosh and Max Tijerina. Some of them, like Anissa Garza and Isaac Garcia, have even gone on to sign with international modeling agencies such as Wilhelmina and Major Models.

Arizona Bill Limits Sex Ed, Discussion of Sexual Orientation The measure follows the repeal two years ago of a 1991 law that had barred HIV and AIDS instruction that "promotes a homosexual lifestyle" Critics said the current bill would have far reaching consequences, muzzle teachers and isolate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. "It is a repressive bill that threatens to take us back before the 1950s," said Sen. Victoria Steele, a Democrat from Tucson.

Brad Pitt in cult film "Fight Club"

Interpreting 'Fight Club': Masculinity and Homoeroticism The cult film "Fight Club" is known for its hypermasculinity, exemplified by Brad Pitt’s iconic portrayal of Tyler Durden. However, it is not difficult to see the numerous homoerotic references and images within the film; it begins with the evident phallic symbol of Tyler’s gun in the Narrator’s mouth. Viewing the film through a queer lens provides an opportunity to explore these elements, and evaluate whether we should consider Fight Club a problematic film. Interpreting the film this way complicates critiques which focus on its portrayal of toxic masculinity, but also introduce new issues in how homosexuality is presented.

Stephanie Burbage and Caroline Godfrey

Lesbian Couple Uses Instagram to Create Queer Visibility Stephanie Burbage and Caroline Godfrey's go online to make representation for LGBTQ couples  "I wanted to start a community for us, but also normalize queer relationships for others and do for others what accounts like ours did for me,” Godfrey explains. “I don’t have a very accepting extended family, but my immediate family and friends know. Posting on my own page about my relationship felt very loaded, and I was worried about the feedback I would receive. I wasn’t really ready for that. Our page was a way for me to be happy and [to show our relationship as] totally authentic. We get a lot of positive feedback!”

Queer Perspectives On Research Capturing the experiences of LGBTQ+ researchers and their communities can benefit the scientific enterprise Tom Welton and Blair Hamilton describe how queer perspectives drive scientific research. What role, for example, did gay scientists have in developing the direction of research into HIV and AIDS in the early 1980s, when the condition was erroneously seen as something that only affected homosexual men? Podcast here.

A First For a South Asian Head of State Sri Lankan President Acknowledged the Rights of LGBTQI Sri Lankans Human rights activists said the President’s message was significant as Sri Lanka is one of the 69 countries in the world that has laws that criminalise consensual same-sex acts. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa posted the message on Twitter on March 1, a day that is celebrated by the United Nations as ‘Zero Discrimination Day’.

Out Actress Niecy Nash to Host Virtual 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards Ceremony to stream April 8th on GLAAD’s YouTube and Hulu The nominees for the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced in late January, with Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Halsey, Brandy Clark, Adam Lambert, Sam Smith, and Ricky Martin among the nominees for Outstanding Music Artists. The Craft: Legacy, Happiest Season, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Old Guard, and The Prom are up for Outstanding Film – Wide Release.

Homosexuality Can Be Called a Mental Disorder, Rules Chinese court Citing controversial academic literature, a court in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu ruled that a textbook defining queerness as a disorder is not “factual error,” but a divergent “academic view,” the South China Morning Post reported. The ruling, from the Suqian Intermediate People’s Court, upholds a lower court’s ruling. China’s LGBTQ community has criticized the decision. Ou Jiayong, 24, who filed the lawsuit as a college student in 2017 to get the textbook’s publisher to pull its “poor-quality work” from circulation, called the ruling “random and baseless.”

RELATED Chinese Court Faces Backlash For Ruling Homosexuality ‘A Mental Disorder’

Anne Lister: The Woman Behind 'Gentleman Jack' Her diaries are an excellent example of how LGBTQ+ figures were just as prevalent in the 19th century as they are today  Anne Lister was a 19th century lesbian who has become famous for her diaries that detailed her romantic relationships with other women. In a time when it was illegal to be homosexual, Anne was unafraid to show her sexuality and openly courted women. One of her lovers Mariana Lawton admitted she was ashamed to be seen with Anne in public, as she was too masculine and often called ‘Gentleman Jack’ – this nickname inspiring the title of the recent BBC drama. The abuse she received makes the exposure of Anne’s diaries even more significant as they highlight how wrong the stereotypes of women in this time period were. Anne was, before anything else, a landowner and a businesswoman, holding shares in canals, railways and the ‘typically masculine’ collieries.

Jacob Elordi

Actor Jacob Elordi For The Calvin Klein Spring 2021 Campaign
Calvin Klein recruited photographer Mario Sorrenti and director Terence Nance for the campaign which features: actor/musician Anthony Ramos, futurist/activist Janaya Future Khan, actor Jacob Elordi, musician Koffee, skate collective Queer Skate LA, singer/songwriter Rina Sawayama, musician/skateboarder Sage Elsesser, dancer Vinson Fraley and Megan Thee Stallion.

Actor Jacob Elordi For The Calvin Klein Spring 2021 Campaign

The career of Australian hunk actor Jacob Elordi, 23, took off after he was cast in Netflix teen films The Kissing Booth (2018) and The Kissing Booth 2 (2020). He's now part of the HBO series Euphoria. For fans of The Kissing Booth movies there will a third film.

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