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Sports Illustrated Model Valentina Sampaio Calls Attention to Violence Against Trans Women
Valentina Sampaio made headlines on Friday when Sports Illustrated announced that she would be featured in this year’s Swimsuit Issue, making her the first trans model to appear in the publication’s iconic annual installment—at least the first one that we know of! In case you’re not aware, trans women have been building successful modeling careers without publicly disclosing their transness since before Sports Illustrated published its first Swimsuit Issue in 1964, though many of those models—like April Ashley, Tracey Norman (a.k.a., Tracey Africa), and Caroline Cossey—had their careers totally derailed after they were outed by the press.
Seattle Schools to Include LGBTQ+ In Curriculum
The Seattle Public School District has taken a big step to creating an inclusive and affirming environment for all students. The district recently passed a resolution calling for LGBTQ+ affirming curriculum and gender neutral restroom facilities.
"We are the first in Washington to mandate this for our curriculum," Zachary DeWolf, Seattle School Board President, tells Out. "Young people, LGBTQIA+ or not, deserve to see how broad and dynamic American history—which is inclusive of LGBTQIA+ history—truly is. Requiring LGBTQIA+ inclusive curriculum in Seattle Public Schools will positively impact our region today and seven generations into the future."
Black Exotic Dancers Demand Better Treatment With ‘Stripper Strike’
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, when strip clubs across the country were shuttering and dancers found themselves abruptly out of work, the Portland, Oregon strip club the Lucky Devil Lounge started a food-delivery service called Boober Eats in order to provide some of its employees work. The concept went viral (and was, in fact, covered by this publication), but local black dancers noticed something odd: its Instagram featured relatively few black dancers.
This wasn’t surprising to some black dancers in Portland, like Cat Hollis and Brianna Cistrunk, who say the club has a reputation for almost exclusively hiring white dancers. “They say they’re a ‘rock ‘n roll club’ [which means] they only hire a certain aesthetic,” Cistrunk says. “It’s an unspoken thing but it’s very well-known among most girls.” This perception was magnified a few weeks later, following the death of George Floyd, when the club posted a (now-deleted) photo on Instagram of #BlackLivesMatter flags festooning the stage. “There was a huge argument that happened in the comments,” says Hollis. She commented: “There are more #BlackLivesMatter signs than there have ever been black butts on that stage.” (Shon Boulden, owner of the Lucky Devil Lounge, tells Rolling Stone the controversy stemmed from “a lot of misconceptions of how our club operates,” though he acknowledged that only two or three of the club’s 30 dancers are black.”If there ever was the idea that we weren’t open to hiring all ethnicities, I guess I’d just want say, yes of course we do,” he says. “In our hiring, maybe it didn’t look like we were.”)
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(l-r) Dennis Weaver, Flip Wilson as Geraldine, O.J. Simpson 25-Jun-2020
How Did Four Young Black Boys Become Hollywood Stars During the Height of Jim Crow?
As it turns out, Sunshine Sammy was a race man. Farina and Stymie too, and even Buckwheat for a minute or so.
This may be hard to fathom, considering the designation was generally applied, back around the '20s, to men who exemplified the most righteous and upstanding attributes of black people, and advocated for fair and dignified treatment. It’s also hard to fathom because, at the time, they were just young black boys.
But they were young black boys with starring roles in Hollywood, and among the most popular performers of their time. There weren’t very many blacks of any age getting any sort of featured screen time back then, at least not in roles that didn’t demean the race. Thus, these young people were heralded in the black press, and even by the NAACP, as some of the leading exemplars of blackness, well before any of them were old enough to drive.
Sunshine Sammy, Farina, Stymie and Buckwheat were the principal black characters throughout the 20-year run of the Our Gang film series. The black community treated them (respectively, Ernie Morrison, Allen Hoskins, Matthew Beard and Billie Thomas) like rock stars. But their lives were much more complicated than the movie roles ever let on. Their regard within the black community would be transformed decades later, as the Our Gang franchise lived on years after its heyday.
Anti-LGBT+ evangelist Franklin Graham says the right to fire people for being LGBT+ is a ‘freedom our nation was founded on’
In a landmark six-to-three ruling on Monday (June 15), the court affirmed that LGBT+ people are entitled to protection from employment discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity under Title VII, an existing sex-based civil rights law.
Naturally, the decision has not gone down well with the anti-LGBT+ evangelical lobby, who have spent much of the past four years plotting to stack the court with conservatives in order to roll back the tide on queer rights.
To add insult to injury, the court’s opinion was penned by justice Neil Gorsuch, a Trump appointee who sided with the liberal justices.
Franklin Graham is fuming that businesses can’t fire people for being gay anymore.
Without empathy the term ‘community’ is redundant
This idea of belonging and imagined private utopias were characterised in the subvertive explorations of the mid-twentieth century works of David Hockney’s pictorial escapes in Domestic Scene (1963), retreats in his Cavafey poetry inspired The Beginning (1966), or differently in a more sexually liberating yet overtly violent esoteric excess William Borough’s novel Wild Boys (1971). However courageous in their time for avocation for same sex relations, in retrospect collectively they portray queer visibility as lacking in outward empathy and visibility for others. This has become confounded.
Such manifestos for a vision for a supposed utopia doesn’t widen for the inclusion for lesbians, transgender and BAME individuals. Also how does their context fit within the queer landscape of today given the lack of presence for others, especially where historically queer spaces and our representation are largely tailored and dominated by cis white gay men. This hasn’t largely been questioned to the extent till now in which Rosie Hastings and Hannah Quinlan’s practice observes and rightly exposes.
Next season of Harley Quinn will explore her romance with Poison Ivy
Supervillain / anti-hero Harley Quinn is a fan favourite in the LGBTQ community, and not least for her relationship with fellow villain Poison Ivy. And although the cartoon series on the DC Universe streaming service has hinted at their relationship, it hasn’t been explicit with it.
But in the second season, which began airing on Friday (3 April), this is set to change, with a small moment in the trailer showing Harley and Ivy briefly holding hands.
And speaking to Metro, the show’s showrunner, Patrick Schumacker has confirmed that this relationship will be explored. “It will develop more, and it’s definitely going to evolve into, I think, what a lot of people are hoping it will,” he explained.
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.”
IS THERE A PLACE IN PORN FOR TRANS GUYS WITH PENISES?
When Buck Angel burst onto the porn scene in the early 2000s, he quickly rose to fame as the self-proclaimed “Man With a Pussy.” At the time, it wasn’t rare to find trans women in porn — although representation was often fetishistic and categorized by slurs — but trans men were few and far between. Things have improved gradually over the years; specifically, independent studio Pink & White has revolutionized sexy, trans-inclusive porn, and other independent productions like Bonus Hole Boys and Jockpussy have made it their mission to improve the representation of trans men.
But the men we’ve been increasingly seeing on-screen have rarely undergone bottom surgery, which begs the question: Where are all the trans guys with penises in porn?
The first, most obvious reason is that porn is tied to consumer demand. Representation is driven by what sells, and if viewers aren’t beating down the doors of studios demanding to see post-op trans male cock, they’re probably not going to break a sweat trying to cast that type of performer. Jiz Lee, Pink & White’s marketing director, points to a lack of demographic stats when it comes to identifying porn consumers, but explains that studies still show straight, cis guys as the main market. “Therefore,” Lee says, “any content that doesn’t suit their interest remains ‘niche.’”
Jamaica’s ban on same-sex activity ruled “incompatible with basic human rights standards”
Jamaica’s colonial-era ban on same-sex relations has been ruled “incompatible” with human rights standards.
This week, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights – an organisation that aims to protect human rights in the American hemisphere – recommended the law be repealed and for the country to reparations to the plaintiffs in the case.
Same-sex activity has been criminalised in Jamaica since colonial times under the Offences Against the Person Act. Although the law has rarely been enforced in recent times, its existence perpetuates negative stereotypes of queer people.
LBGTQ groups: South Carolina law is putting students at risk
A new federal lawsuit says that South Carolina is fueling a climate of discrimination in schools and putting students at risk. At issue is a law requiring teachers in sex education classes to avoid mention of relationships other than heterosexual ones unless discussing sexually transmitted diseases. The lawsuit now aims to change that. The lawsuit filed by several groups including The National Center for Lesbian Rights and Lambda Legal says the state's Comprehensive Health Education Act violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. The state Attorney General has issued an opinion stating that a court would likely conclude the law is unconstitutional.
The Public's Radio
A judge refused to recognize pro-trans law in a hate crime case. That’s judicial misconduct.
GOP Lawmaker Whines About Being Labeled a ‘Homophobe’ After Filing Horrific Anti-Gay Bill: VIDEO
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.
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‘Change Has Come’: Virginia Will Be 1st Southern State to Ban LGBT Discrimination
Virginia is set to become the first Southern state to ban LGBT discrimination, after both the House and Senate approved the Virginia Values Act on Thursday.
The Washington Post reports: A sweeping LGBT-rights bill banning discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations sailed out of the Virginia Senate on a bipartisan vote Thursday. … The bill also would for the first time apply Virginia’s civil rights protections to public accommodations like restaurants and stores — not just for the LGBT community but also for racial minorities, women and religious groups. The House of Delegates was poised to approve an identical bill later Thursday. The Senate and House bills have to cross over to the opposite chamber and win passage again before Gov. Ralph Northam (D), who requested the legislation, can sign them into law. But those steps were regarded as mere technicalities by advocates cheering what they regard as landmark human rights legislation.
Boston — which has raised LGBT flag at City Hall — doesn't have to raise Christian flag, judge rules
A judge ruled that the city of Boston — which has raised an LGBT flag at City Hall Plaza — isn't required to raise a Christian flag as requested by a religious group, the Boston Herald reported.
What are the details?
U.S. District Court Judge Denise Casper on Tuesday denied a summary judgment for Harold Shurtleff and his Camp Constitution organization that claimed discrimination in a lawsuit after the city rejected their request to fly a Christian flag on a City Hall flagpole, the paper said.
While the city has maintained that flying a Christian flag would be akin to favoring a particular religion, Camp Constitution's 2019 federal complaint stated that Boston several times has flown the Turkish flag — which has Islamic symbolism — as well as the Vatican flag.