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Art and Africa and the stories they tell
Three of the contemporary art world's leading light talk about Africa and art.
The backlash against Ariana Grande headlining a Pride event is ridiculous
I have yet to attend a drag show or a gay party (that is, a party heavily attended by gays) in the year 2019, where I haven’t heard a Grande song, which I always assume (probably because I am an old millennial) is a new Mariah Carey song.
Grande is a diva, one whose stature doesn’t even begin to rival those that came before her: Britney, Cher, Madonna, Donna, Whitney, and so on.
But she is a diva nonetheless.
And divas, sexual orientation be damned, belong at Gay Pride.
That’s my opinion anyway.
School forced to shut down after inviting lesbian politician to speak for Black History Month
Students at Immaculata Catholic School in Durham, North Carolina, won’t be attending classes today after extremist right wing groups threatened protests over the school’s planned Black History Month celebration.
The event would have focused on African-American women and one of the planned speakers was lesbian city councilor Vernetta Alston.
“As a pastor, I cannot place our Imaculata students into this contentious environment,” school administrator Christopher VanHaight wrote in a letter to parents.
Federal judge rules Christian student group has constitutional right to exclude LGBTQ people
New push for public school Bible studies classes is an excuse to spread Christian gospel
Arizona state government is secretly funding an anti-LGBTQ hate group
Spain questions Catholic Church over sex abuse cases
I was groped by a man called “Mary”: The world changes but not the Catholic Church
Girl, 5, abducted, raped and murdered in Mumbai
SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH SEXUAL ABUSE DATABASE REVEALS HUNDREDS OF CONVICTED PREDATORS AMONG LEADERS
We hold everyone accountable except religion. We kiss their asses and then expect them to eat ours. All we do is enable and empower a hate that is built-in. I'm tired of waiting for respect. Fight the fuck back! 08-Feb-2019
Gay man films landlady demanding he move because of visiting ‘homosexuals’
A gay man in Florida recorded his landlady demanding he move out of her apartment. He says she turned unwelcoming after learning about his sexuality. The relationship broke down just days after he moved in.
Randal Coffman, 22, moved into the home of Jackie Cooper in Middleburg, Clay County, Florida. Cooper rents out a small apartment on the back of her property which has a separate entrance.
Coffman moved in 1 December. He says two weeks later Cooper demanded he move out. He believes his landlady had a change of heart when she discovered he’s gay.
His landlady told him he wasn’t allowed to bring girls back to the property late at night. That’s when he informed her that wouldn’t be happening as he’s gay.
Gay Star News
Dua Lipa On the Importance of LGBTQ Activism: 'You Have a Duty to Speak Up'
During Dua Lipa’s visit to Billboard's Pop Shop Podcast earlier this week, she spoke at length about why supporting the LGBTQ community is so important for her.
Taylor Swift calls out a Republican for opposing LGBTQ rights
Michelle Visage, Kim Petras, Ross Mathews and More Speak Out Against LGBTQ Bullying For GLAAD Spirit Day
How a 'heartbroken twink' became Malaysia's new queer pop icon
"Orange Is the New Black" Actor Samira Wiley Said She Was Outed as Gay by a Costar
Switzerland made transphobia and homophobia as illegal as racism
Switzerland has voted to change its penal code to make homophobia and transphobia as illegal as racism.
The National Council voted 118 to 60 to make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on sexual or gender identity.
Anyone found guilty of transphobia or homophobia could be thrown in jail for up to three years.
Gay Star News
DAVID HARBOUR OFFICIATES FAN'S WEDDING DRESSED AS 'STRANGER THINGS' CHARACTER JIM HOPPER
Stranger Things’ David Harbour followed through with a promise he made in January to officiate a fan’s wedding Saturday.
“Hey internet. I know it’s been a while. I retreated. Needed some space. You probably get it,” the actor wrote on Twitter. “But I’ve been thinking about ya in the interim. And all your retweets. And, so, me and some fun folks in Springfield, Illinois, made good on our promise we made all those months ago.”
He attached a photo to the post showing he dressed as his character from Stranger Things, Chief of Police Jim Hopper, for the ceremony.
“@DavidKHarbour was so awesome yesterday,” the fan wrote Sunday. “We had such a great time!!! Thank you so, so much!!”
HERO SHIELDED WOMAN FROM MACHETE-WIELDING MAN AT CALIFORNIA STARBUCKS: 'I COULDN'T JUST LET HER DIE'
When he saw a woman fearing for her life while being chased and slashed by a machete-wielding man -- he didn’t flinch.
Blaine Hodge, 27, a private security guard and musician, endured several machete gashes when he leaped into action to shield the woman while she was being stabbed by the woman’s alleged ex-boyfriend.
The machete-wielding suspect was identified as 31-year-old Robert Rivas, 31, who reportedly stalked his victim into the Starbucks located at the Stockdale Fashion Center in Bakersfield, California at around Noon on Sunday and tried to assault his ex-girlfriend by ambushing her.
Hodge threw himself between the man and the woman and managed to spare her of what may have been certain death.
India just abolished a 157-year-old law banning gay sex
Gay sex is legal in India. That was the judgement of the the Supreme Court in New Delhi Thursday, which struck down a colonial-era law that banned homosexual acts with the threat of prison. The ruling sparked jubilant scenes across the country, the culmination of a decades-long struggle for India’s LGBTQ movement.
The landmark ruling from the five judge bench overturned the 157-year-old law known as Section 377, which banned sex “against the order of nature.”
Decriminalization of gay sex sets up cultural battle in conservative India
Catholic Church bombshell: Lay board that probed sex abuse seeks to be reappointed
A lay board appointed 15 years ago by the U.S. Conference of Bishops to investigate the priest sex abuse scandal is seeking to be reappointed and given the power to probe high-ranking members of the Catholic Church in the United States, according to a bombshell letter obtained by Sneed.
The nine-member panel — which included Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke; President Barack Obama’s former CIA chief and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta; powerful Washington, D.C., attorney Robert Bennett; and New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Petra Jimenez Maes — worked together last week by phone to hammer out its request, a copy of which is included below.
Burke, on behalf of the group, sent the letter to U.S. Conference of Bishops president Cardinal Daniel DiNardo on Friday.
The letter cites recent claims by a retired top Vatican official that Pope Francis himself knew about sexual misconduct allegations against the former archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, but that Francis restored him to public ministry anyway. McCarrick resigned in July after an abuse allegation lodged against him was deemed “credible.”
Chicago Sun Times
This militant Christian group to 'rally for reparation' against Malta Pride
In wake of sex abuse crisis, archbishop asks Pope to cancel youth conference
Pope Francis’ Accuser Turns Up the Pressure With More Accusations
Twitter Explodes After Pope Declares 'Emergency' Not Related To Pedophile Scandal
Chilean prosecutors say Church abuse investigations triple
An 'Uck Party' Is Child Sexual Exploitation Under a New Name
Minister who railed against same-sex marriages resigns after disrespecting his wife
Luke Skywalker praises bullied Desert Hot Springs boy who didn't fall to the Dark Side
The most powerful Jedi knight in the galaxy praised a Desert Hot Springs boy who said he wouldn't fight back against bullies because "it's not the Jedi way."
In a tweet, Mark Hamill — also known as Luke Skywalker from the "Star Wars" films — gave a shout out to Aiden Vazquez, the Two Bunch Palms Elementary School student at the center of a bullying controversy.
"I'm so proud of you for showing that you can be a Jedi in real life," Hamill tweeted Wednesday.
Aiden, 10, suffered a swollen eye and a gash on his brow during an altercation Monday. He didn't hit back because it's not what a Jedi would have done, his mother, Lizette Casanova, said in a Facebook post. “Aiden wants me to let everyone know he’s doing fine all stitched up and numb. ... He said he felt it in his soul not to hit the kid back. ... ITS NOT THE JEDI WAY!!”
Second Fox News reporter leaves amid objections to network
Another on-air reporter is leaving Fox News over frustrations with the direction and tone of the network, the second in the last three weeks to defect for those reasons.
Adam Housley, a Los Angeles-based reporter who joined Fox in 2001, felt there was diminished opportunity at the network for reporters and disapproved of tenor of its on-air discussion, according to two former Fox News employees with knowledge of his situation.
Housley believed that as the network’s focus on Trump has grown — and the number of talking-head panels during news shows proliferated — it had become difficult to get hard reporting on air, according to one of those former employees.
Alyssa Milano Rails Against Trump's SCOTUS Pick: "We Are in Crazy Times"
Alyssa Milano on Saturday spoke out sharply against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh and suggested tactics for winning what she admitted was a "tough" battle against his appointment when she stopped by Los Angeles' "Rise Up for Roe" event.
The Insatiable and Charmed actress argued that Kavanaugh puts the landmark 1973 decision Roe v. Wade in jeopardy, and said that it is "fucking absurd" that women need to fight to save it in 2018.
Kavanaugh was nominated by President Trump to fill the vacancy left by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy when he retires in the fall. Though analysts have widely reported that it's unclear how Kavanaugh would rule on issues of abortion if appointed to office, activists including Milano point to a 2017 speech in which the judge praised late Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Kavanaugh's decision-making on a case involving a pregnant teen immigrant as proof that he will erode Roe v. Wade rights.
"We can't normalize this. This is crazy. We are in crazy times," Milano said.
Ken Jeong Calls Out Hollywood’s ‘Cultural Insensitivity’
Ken Jeong delighted audiences in “Crazy Rich Asians” as Papa Goh, the high-haired, nouveau riche father of the Goh family. But behind the laughter, a range of emotions welled behind the comedian, for the road to “Crazy Rich Asians” was a deeply emotional one. Even now, while doing press for the film, Jeong can’t help but get emotional talking about the impact of this feature film.
“It’s bigger than us,” Jeong said. “This movie is bigger. I have a very modest, small role in this movie, yet, I’ve never felt so culturally emotional about it.”
Bringing a Community Together Through Tacos
Keith Garrett went from selling drugs to selling tacos, burritos and quesadillas at his food truck, All Flavor, No Grease. Living on one of the most dangerous blocks in South L.A., Garrett began to bring together all flavors of people over his mother’s famous tacos. Now, he’s helped broker a ceasefire between rival gangs in the neighborhood, all through his signature Americanized-Mexican food. Sometimes, the best way to peace is through the stomach.
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