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Jonathan Bennett to star in Hallmark’s first ever gay Christmas film 

 

The film, which premieres 22 November on Hallmark, will follow Brandon (Bennett) and his husband Jake (Brad Harder) as they visit Brandon’s parents for the holidays, during which they are “anxiously awaiting a call about the adoption of their first child.”

Michelle Vicary, EVP, Programming, said in a statement: “Our holiday table is bigger and more welcoming than ever. This year’s movies reflect our most diverse representation of talent, narratives, and families, including The Christmas House featuring a storyline about a gay couple looking to adopt their first child, and starring Jonathan Bennett in an ensemble cast.

Jonathan Bennett to star in Hallmark’s first ever gay Christmas film

Tags: Celebration, Christmas, Entertainment, Gay, Holiday, Inclusion, LGBTQ, Representation, TV, TV Gay Swatch

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24-Sep-2020


Chicago Businesses Will Stop Using 'Boystown' Gayborhood Name 

 

According to a decision made by business leaders this week, Boystown is no more.

Since the 1990s, Chicago's largest LGBTQ+ neighborhood has taken on the name Boystown. It's been used in marketing materials, is posted on banners, and is a term known nationally. But Wednesday, in a decision sparked by a petition that began circulating June, the name will be abandoned in marketing for the area.

According to the petition, which was circulating via a Change.org link and has attracted 1,505 signatures at the time of publication, Boystown "is the only gendered nickname" of a queer neighborhood.

"Systemic transphobia, racism, and sexism have plagued our neighborhood for decades, and it begins at the top, with the all-male board of the Northalsted Business Alliance," the petition reads. "It begins with the BOYSTOWN signs down our street announcing that this neighborhood is 'for the boys,' though the signs hang above our diverse Legacy Walk of several LGBTQ icons in our history."

Chicago Businesses Will Stop Using 'Boystown' Gayborhood Name

Tags: Change, Choices, Environment, Etiquette, Inclusion, LGBTQ, Name

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24-Sep-2020


House passes bill banning race-based hairstyle discrimination 

 

The House on Monday passed a bill that would ban discrimination that stems from race-based hairstyles.

The legislation, called the CROWN Act, would apply in part to situations in employment, housing and federally funded programs.

Rep. Ilhan Omar celebrated the bill’s passage in a Monday tweet.

“For far too long, Black women have been penalized for simply existing as themselves—that ends today,” Omar wrote.

House passes bill banning race-based hairstyle discrimination

Tags: Cultural, Hair, Inclusion, Policy, Politics, Safety

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23-Sep-2020


For Some Black People, The Term 'Latinx' Is Another Form of Erasure 

 

A conversation-shifting hashtag #LatinidadIsCancelled, started by Afro-Indigenous (Zapotec) writer Alan Pelaez Lopez, outlines just how mestizx, white-centering, anti-Black, anti-Indigenous, and anti-queer the culture remains. (This was the first of a few examinations of anti-Blackness and Latinidad as they arose in popular culture, and the one which summed it up most cohesively.) This has prompted scholars, activists, and everyday Afro-Latinx individuals to reconsider their use of the word Latinx, as well as the "Afro-" or "Black" label placed before it, and whether ethnicity itself is enough to identify with Latinidad (a term used to describe the “shared culture” of Latinxs).

“For those who embrace Latinidad, it's a double-edged sword,” said Zaire Dinzey-Flores, a member of Black Latinas Know Collective and an associate professor of Latino and Caribbean Studies and Sociology at Rutgers University. “For those who don't fit the image that has been boosted by this term [Latinx] and this concept [of Latinidad], it almost works as a violent term… toward those of us—and I’ll say us because I’ll include myself in that—who cannot exist outside of the violence of even the production of Latin America.”

For Some Black People, The Term 'Latinx' Is Another Form of Erasure

What happened to Blatin, Blatino and Blatina for the majority and Blatinx for those whose sex identifies them? All children should be called blats or blatties until they are defined. 14-Sep-2020

Tags: Awareness, Community, Cultural, Family, History, Inclusion, Lifestyle, Misrepresentation, Opinion, Youth

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14-Sep-2020


United Airlines fills NFL, MLB flights with ‘young, white, blond’ female crew: suit 

 

Maybe they should change their slogan to “Fly the Friendly — and very white — Skies.”

United Airlines packs its planes with young, white, blond, blue-eyed female crew — all chosen for their “sexual allure” — whenever the National Football League and Major League Baseball take charter flights, a new lawsuit alleges.

Meanwhile, flight attendants who are too old and too dark are barred from the plum routes, according to Bloomberg News, which reported the suit on Saturday.

United Airlines fills NFL, MLB flights with ‘young, white, blond’ female crew: suit

Tags: Blonde Women In Charge, Court, Denied, Employment, Equality, Exclusivity, Inclusion, Men, Preference, Travel

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13-Sep-2020


Olivia Wilde Tapped To Direct Untitled Female-Centered Marvel Movie At Sony 

 

Sony Pictures is not only growing its slate of its Universe of Marvel Characters but is building on the female characters at the center of it, and looks to have landed one of the sought female directors in Hollywood. Sources tell Deadline that Olivia Wilde has closed a deal to direct and develop a secret Marvel film project revolving around a female character in the universe. While not confirmed, it is expected that the story will be centered on...

Sony had no comment.

Olivia Wilde Tapped To Direct Untitled Female-Centered Marvel Movie At Sony

Tags: ?, Comics, Employment, Film, Film Trivia, Future, Inclusion, Marvel, Women In Charge

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20-Aug-2020


Martina Navratilova ‘signs letter’ by anti-trans group supporting Idaho’s sickening law banning trans girls from sports 

 

The letter rails against “bullying tactics” and praises Idaho for “preserving fair competition for women and girls”.

It goes on to call for “women’s sports [to] be protected for biological females”, suggesting trans women and girls could compete within a separate category.

Its more than 300 signatories were mostly redacted, however Navratilova’s name was reportedly first on the list, according to a copy of the letter obtained by OutSports.

Martina Navratilova ‘signs letter’ by anti-trans group supporting Idaho’s sickening law banning trans girls from sports

Tags: Activism, Celebrity, DNA, Inclusion, LGBTQ, Sports, Trans, Women In Charge

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03-Aug-2020


One Million Moms has launched a boycott against “all things Hallmark” after the network dared to acknowledge the existence of LGBT+ people in its holiday movies. 

 

On July 15 the Hallmark Channel announced 18 new movies for the festive season, and while none of them had LGBT+ main characters, the channel promised that more queer storylines, characters and actors would be on the way.

One Million Moms responded by declaring an oh-so-predictable boycott of literally everything produced by Hallmark, including the TV channel, wrapping paper, greetings cards and Christmas ornaments.

Pink News

Tags: Choices, Entertainment, Holiday, Inclusion, LGBTQ, Parental Burden, Politics, Protest, Sex, Sexual Harassment, Threat, Woman's Rights

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27-Jul-2020


Beware Those Who Would Reduce America's Multicolor Landscape to Black and White / Opinion 

 

It's easy to shrug off the story of the city of Seattle's efforts last month to address racism as just another quirky anomaly in these unsettled times.

But Americans do so at our peril.

The City's Office of Civil Rights gathered white employees for a mandatory session entitled "Interrupting Internalized Racial Superiority and Whiteness." A researcher who reviewed the curriculum noted that the instructor taught that all "white people have internalized a sense of racial superiority, which has made them unable to access their [own] 'humanity' and [has] caused 'harm and violence' to people of color."

"I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character," so said Rev. King.

That's so 20th century.

Being born white is the woke generation's original sin. The list of demands to get out of white, racist purgatory are quite daunting:

Forget truth. It doesn't count; feelings do.

A person's personal dreams must make way for groupthink.

History must be erased to be replaced by authentic socialists like Karl Marx.

Collective memory must take a knee to intersectionality—connecting dots by fiat not fact.

Traditional morality—a racist vestige best forgotten by the old and then unlearned by the young.

Police? Defund them.

Law and order— a vicious concept leveraged to enslave people of color

Newsweek

Petition demands Trader Joe's change its 'racist' food packaging that uses 'harmful stereotypes' such as 'Trader Ming's' and 'Trader José's'

Tags: Activism, All Rights, Americans, BLM, Business, Cancellation, Chaos, Demands, Etiquette, Extinction, Food, Gif, Inclusion, Life Sucks!, Parody, Politics, Poverty, Priorities, Representation, Reverse Racism, Revolt, Threat, Word Deletion

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18-Jul-2020


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.

Jezebel

Tags: Beauty, Career, Celebration, Celebrity, Employment, Entertainment, Environment, Inclusion, LGBTQ, Refreshing, Representation, Sex, Sex Identity, Sports, Women In Charge

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11-Jul-2020


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."

Out

Tags: Celebration, Children, Education, History, Inclusion, LGBTQ, Representation, Training, Youth

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09-Jul-2020


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.”)

Rolling Stone

Restaurant Dress Codes Have Long Been a Tool for Racist Discrimination

Black Survivor Contestants Say They Were Edited Into Stereotypes on the Show

A white man was arrested after pulling a gun on a Black homeowner in Miami-Dade County

Black Family Claims White Neighbor Falsely Accused Them of Assault After Patio Dispute

Woman Evicted After Hurling Racist Abuse at Black Soldier

Worker 'No Longer Employed' at Hotel After Calling Police on Black Family

31% of Asian Americans say they've been subject to racist slurs or jokes since the coronavirus pandemic began

Utah reinstates defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley after investigation into racist language

It's 'Our Fault': Nextdoor CEO Takes Blame For Deleting Of Black Lives Matter Posts

Tags: $, App, Children, Coronavirus, Cultural, Dance, Discrimination, Employment, Entertainment, Environment, Equality, Eviction, Fashion, Guns, Hate, Hostility, Inclusion, Neighbor, Police, Policy, Politics, Punishment, Racial Tension, Racism, Rampage, Rehire, Restaurant, Safety, Sports, Strike, Strippers, TV, Video, Woman's Rights, Women In Charge

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02-Jul-2020


 

The Flip Wilson Show

(l-r) Dennis Weaver, Flip Wilson as Geraldine, O.J. Simpson 25-Jun-2020

Tags: Career, Celebrity, Comedy, Comics, Drag, Entertainment, History, Inclusion, Music, Representation, Respect, Success, TV, TV Trivia

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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.

Pop Matters

Tags: Art, Awareness, Celebrity, Children, Cultural, Employment, Entertainment, History, Hollywood, Inclusion, Influencer, Modernization, Respect, Success

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18-Jun-2020


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.

Pink News

Tags: All Rights, Celebration, Hate, Inclusion, Judgment, Laws, LGBTQ, Nobody's Business, Politics, Religion

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16-Jun-2020




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