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Madonna Donates $1 Million to Gates Philanthropy Partners’ Coronavirus-Relief Efforts
Madonna has donated $1 million to the Gates Philanthropy Partners’ COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, a rep for the organization confirmed to Variety.
“Her contribution is alongside the commitments by the Gates Foundation, Wellcome, Mastercard, U.K. Government and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – all partners in the initiative,” the rep said, clarifying that “The money will go through the COVID-19 Response Fund operated by Gates Philanthropy Partners, so not directly to the Gates Foundation.”
In a statement on her website, Madonna — seen above accepting Advocate for Change honor at last year’s GLAAD Awards — wrote:
“I’m joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation effort to find a drug that will prevent or treat COVID-19. We need this to protect our health workers, the most vulnerable, and all of our friends and families.
'Go the fuck home!': Woman repeatedly screams bloody murder, drops f-bombs on anti-abortion street preacher in Seattle 'Gayborhood'
It used to be that abortion-hungry types were intimidated by sign-carrying anti-abortion activists — but those days are long gone. In fact, the opposite now appears to be true.
As we've seen repeatedly over recent years, those who go public on a pro-life stance have opened themselves to far more vitriol and indeed physical harm than those espousing sociopolitically popular pro-choice beliefs.
Anti-abortion activist Matthew Wiersema was on a street corner in Seattle recently preaching the gospel and reminding passersby that abortion is murder, Pulpit & Pen reported.
Well, a woman suddenly appeared with Wiersema on the corner and began cursing at him and repeatedly screaming at him — and he recorded most of the jaw-dropping interaction and posted it to YouTube Wednesday.
"I could hear you from where I live, and I'm fucking tired of it," the woman told Wiersema, adding that "you're fucking too loud."
When Wiersema said he was trying to save people from hell and babies from being aborted, the woman unleashed a loud, lengthy, high-pitched scream at him.
"Did that feel good?" she asked him afterward. "Because that's what I hear every time I hear you talking."
When Wiersema tried to answer, she screamed again, adding that "there's a stay-at-home order that you are literally not following" and "go the fuck home, you asshole!"
Judges block 3 states from enforcing abortion bans pegged to pandemic
Gay dancer trapped at home with homophobic Christian parents who think he has an ‘evil disease’
Sam, 23, told the BBC that the coronavirus pandemic meant the tour he was performing on was suddenly cancelled and he was forced to return to his family home.
The gay dancer from Birmingham said: “I saw the career I love disappear overnight, and now I’m stuck in isolation with homophobes.”
He continued: “My mum says that homosexuality is an evil disease and that the devil is making me gay. She loudly prays every day that I’ll be delivered from sin and find a wife.
“I genuinely have nowhere else to go during this mad time, so I’m just putting up with the abuse.”
Ed Asner Urges Trump Not to Kill Betty White
Ed Asner would very much like Betty White to live. Also Carl Reiner, William Shatner, Mel Brooks, and Cloris Leachman. Oh, and himself.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Emmy-winning TV legend (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant) directed a tweet at Donald Trump in response to the president’s comments which insinuated that he plans to reopen the country in weeks. Doing so would defy the pleas of public health experts and put vulnerable populations of the country, including the elderly, at higher risk of deadly battles with the novel coronavirus.
The Daily Beast
Cannes Jury President Spike Lee Responds to Festival Postponement (EXCLUSIVE)
Over the last 73 years, the Cannes Film Festival has often been billed as the world’s biggest and most glamorous celebration of the movies. But this year, it was poised to make history.
Director and activist Spike Lee had been selected as the first black president of the festival’s jury. Several of Lee’s films — including 1986’s “She’s Gotta Have It,” 1989’s “Do the Right Thing” and 2018’s “BlacKkKlansman” — had premiered in the South of France. It was long overdue for him to lead the charge on who would take home the next Palme D’Or, the festival’s highest honor.
But on Thursday, after weeks of speculation as the coronavirus spreads around the world, the festival announced that this year’s Cannes had been postponed from its scheduled dates of May 12 to 23. Thierry Fremaux, the festival’s director, is now scrambling to see if he can reschedule Cannes for a later window, possibly in June or July.
Lee, who lives in Brooklyn, said he’s spent the last few days with his family. “We’re doing whatever everybody else is trying to do – come together, love each other and just try to ride it out,” he said, as he lamented the lack of testing available to the public. “People are being laid off. People are being fired. People don’t know where their next check is going to come from, how they are going to see their children. When the schools close, who is going to take care of their children? This shit is crazy. This shit is bananas.”
Campuses shutter for coronavirus, leaving some LGBTQ students with nowhere to go
When she heard that her university campus would be shutting down after spring break due to the coronavirus pandemic, Alexis feared her life could fall apart.
She wasn’t able to afford campus housing this semester and is living instead in a nearby homeless shelter. But she depended on her school’s health and fitness center for daily showers and her school’s library for quiet study time.
“My whole life revolves around the university, and the university is closed,” said Alexis, a 34-year-old trans woman and student at the University of Eastern Michigan. (A university spokesperson told Vox that campus dining halls are still open for “grab and go” meals in accordance with a Monday order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer; however, other services like the rec center are closed.)
When her school decided to shift to online classes, which meant finding a public space to study and attend classes, she knew that wouldn’t be possible in the shelter. She also knew that other public spaces would likely soon close to promote social distancing. She worried she may have to move back home with her father, who doesn’t support her transition and doesn’t use her name or correct pronouns.
“My relationship with my parents is not good, particularly my dad,” Alexis said. “My parents in general are just not very accepting of me, but [being] trans is kinda like the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
Idris Elba dispels ‘weird myth’ that black people are immune to coronavirus
Actor Idris Elba went live on Twitter to offer updates on his well-being and dispel a “weird myth” he’s noticed since revealing he tested positive for the coronavirus.
“Something that’s sort of scaring me when I read the comments and see some of the reactions is: My people — black people, black people — please, please understand that coronavirus ... you can get it, all right?” he said in the first of two lengthy video chats conducted Tuesday afternoon. “There are so many stupid, ridiculous conspiracy theories about black people not being able to get it. That’s dumb, stupid.
“That is the quickest way to get more black people killed. And I’m talking about the whole world. Wherever we are, please understand that you can get it. ... Just know you have to be as vigilant as every other race. This disease does not discriminate. ... As a black person who has contracted the virus, it needs to be said.”
Kevin Durant says he's one of the Nets players who tested positive for coronavirus
Cops And Corporations Don’t Care About Queer People, So Why Do They Pretend To?
If you’re LGBTIQ, chances are someone has hurled a slur at you at some point. It’s a regular occurrence for some of us and often involves violence, so these incidents can be super confronting.
Last week, ANZ released an ad to coincide with Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras where people stare into the camera and say gay slurs for around a minute. They also produced a browser extension which replaces gay slurs with rainbow emojis (yes, really).
In a surprise twist, many queer people thought this was a bad move.
When the world is so homophobic and transphobic, it seems backwards to criticise an institution which throws a bone our way.
But how much does rainbow capitalism ACTUALLY help queer people? The budget for the ad could have gone to an LGBTI legal service or a mental health service or a housing project. It could have gone towards a community-controlled advocacy or health organisation or funded research into hate speech.
If corporations truly care about homophobia, then why not take a stand against the government’s Religious Discrimination Bill? The new law will legalise discrimination against LGBTIQ people across employment, education, healthcare and day to day life.
An 11-year-old gave birth, Missouri police said. Three of her relatives are facing charges
Three family members are facing charges after an 11-year-old girl gave birth in her suburban St. Louis home, authorities said.
Police charged a 17-year-old with incest, statutory rape and statutory sodomy of a child, documents say, after he told investigators he did not know the girl was pregnant.
A man and a woman are each accused of child endangerment, and the woman faces an additional allegation of failing to provide medical care for the birth. The adult male triggered the investigation when he brought an infant, who had a temperature of 90 degrees and was still attached to the umbilical cord, to a hospital for treatment on Feb. 11.
World Rallies Around Bullied 9-Year-Old Boy With Messages Of Support
Ex-Ohio State football players charged with rape, kidnapping
Student: My mom is the only one in our Trump-loving family who supports me as gay
LGBT+ people are increasingly celebrating their allies but some may only have one ally in their family.
That’s the story one gay student has shared on Reddit earlier today and it’s generating a lot of love for his mom.
‘Anxiouscharlie’ posted this message along with the cute photo of him and his mom:
‘My mom and I. I come from a Trump-loving conservative “Christian” family.
‘She is the only who supports me as gay. She’s as big of a Bernie fan as I am, followed me to CA, encourages me to date boys, and is moving to Mexico City with me after college.
Charles Barkley: I’m Never Going To Let Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination Happen On My Watch
Charles Barkley reflected on his passion for LGBTQ advocacy this week, vowing never “to sit back and let discrimination happen on my watch.”
Appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Wednesday, the basketball legend recalled the time he convinced the NBA to move its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte in response to North Carolina’s passage of House Bill 2.
“I think anytime you’re Black, you’ve got to stand up for other people,” he said. “Black people know what discrimination is like. If you’re in a position of power, you’ve got to always stand up against discrimination. I’ve been blessed.”
Sony is planning to make Spider-Man bisexual and give him a boyfriend
A bisexual Spider-Man could be coming to a cinema near you if producers at Sony get their way.
Movies, games and TV site We Got This Covered say reliable sources confirm Sony is developing a live action Spider-Verse movie.
The movie will unite current Spider-Man actor Tom Holland with his predecessors, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.
The sources also say that Sony particularly wants to get Garfield back as they want him to portray a bisexual version of the hero. And they plan to give him a boyfriend.
Gay Star News
Backlash against LGBT+ rights sees hate and neo-Nazis rise across Europe
Anti-LGBT+ hate speech and physical attacks are rising across Europe – including in Spain, Finland and the UK.
That’s according to international LGBT+ rights organisation ILGA-Europe as they publish their annual report today.
In particular they highlight a rise in the number of neo-Nazis on the fringe of Pride events. And they point to Chechnya where LGBT+ people were again detained without trial in concentration camps. They also say hate attacks against LGBT+ people have risen in Britain since Brexit.
Evelyne Paradis, executive director of ILGA-Europe, said the report dispelled the myth that the community was only making progress.
She said: ‘It is not all bad news. The issue of bodily integrity for intersex people continues to gain more prominence on the political agenda of governments and institutions.
‘2019 was a year of positive developments for rainbow families in the region, with an expansion of family rights in a few countries. And important advancements continue to be made on reforming or establishing legal gender recognition procedures, even if in many countries progress is slowing down.
‘However, the lived reality of LGBTI people in many parts of Europe and Central Asia is increasingly difficult and for a large part remains invisible, even to organisations like ILGA-Europe. Action is needed.’
Gay Star News
Texas Politician Blasts Log Cabin Repubs: Gays Promote 'Unnatural' Sex
Dad who refuses to send son to school over LGBT lessons is facing jail
The gay men risking their health for the perfect body
Jeff Ingold, from LGBT charity Stonewall says it is "crucial" that we see more diverse representations of gay and bisexual men with different body types in the media.
"Not only would this help gay and bi men see themselves reflected in what they watch, it would also help break down harmful stereotypes that affect gay and bi men's body image and self-esteem."
But as it is, Jakeb says he still gets people online telling him they "wouldn't leave the house if they looked like me".
"I didn't go on pride marches and have bricks thrown at me to have the community we've got now," he says.
"We have equality, but we're horrible to each other."
Bank stops voucher program donations over anti-gay schools
A bank says it will stop donating millions of dollars to Florida's private school voucher program after reports that some schools in the program discriminate against LGBTQ students.
In a tweet to a Florida lawmaker on Tuesday, Fifth Third Bank said it has told officials with the state voucher program it will stop participating.