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Portuguese officers convicted of kidnapping black youths
A Portuguese court has found eight police officers guilty of kidnapping and beating up six youths from a predominantly black neighborhood in the outskirts of Lisbon.
Only one of the eight officers was sentenced to jail, while the others were given suspended sentences for various crimes, including kidnapping, assault and falsification of documents. Nine other police officers were acquitted.
Anthony Joshua on combating racism: 'Our parents' generation has been sleeping'
Racist 'promposal' sign will lead to 'severe consequences' for Southern California students
Gay pop star from Singapore, where gay sex is illegal, shares coming out story
How old were you when you realized you were gay?
At 13! I’ve been a singer for seven years being in the closet. When I hit 30, I told myself I can’t live my life being someone else anymore. It was just taking away all the joy from me when I was with my friends because I was just busy thinking about hiding my sexuality. All the time.
I couldn’t write another word for a song. I couldn’t sing without feeling like I was being truthful. It’s just painful that my life was basically a lie. And I didn’t want to be lying all the time. It was tiring and tearing me down.
I love my friends and family a lot. And I knew if I were to live a lie, I’d never be able to share the authentic part of my life to the ones I love. So I decided that this was it, accepted who I was, what I loved and told my old self ‘bye bish!’
Gay Star News
Kicked out, spat on and abused, new UK shelter helps LGBT+ homeless
LONDON, May 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Apart from being spat on and urinated on when he slept rough in London for over a year, 52-year-old Chabahn had to contend with another daily threat: being abused and attacked for his sexuality.
Chabahn, who is gay but kept it hidden on the streets, said living with HIV was an additional burden that some mainstream shelters did not have the capacity to support him with.
"When it comes to being LGBT, the amount of discrimination on the street is rather high. There is no safety, you have to fend for yourself," said Chabahn, who declined to give his full name.
"You have to become a very good actor and you have to be someone that you are not."
YouTube star Riyadh Khalaf calls out LGBT bullying
The stunning toll of Boy Scout sex abuse: More than 12,200 reported victims
Sexual abuse survivors sue the Vatican over predatory U.S. priests
Catholic school music director sought sex with undercover cop posing as teen: affidavit
The Latest: Bishop says church was not trying to hide files
Howard Stern says Robin Williams interview was ‘possibly my biggest regret’
If you have the chance to listen to one of Howard Stern’s old interviews, don’t, the radio icon advises. If you have one of his previous best-selling memoirs, “Private Parts” or “Miss America,” Stern advises, “Burn them.”
Famous for asking celebrities about their sex lives, Stern regrets the shock jock he was.
“I was an absolute maniac,” he recalls of his career’s first couple decades. “My narcissism was so strong that I was incapable of appreciating what somebody else might be feeling.”
He adds: “I have so many regrets about guests from that time. I asked Gilda Radner if Gene Wilder had a big penis.”
Of course, he hasn’t changed that much. His new collection of interviews and reminiscences is titled “Howard Stern Comes Again,” after all.
Gay comedian thinks there’s a difference between being gay and being homosexual
The comedian and actor faced criticisms of internalised homophobia.
The French comedian and actor Pierre Palmade, who identifies as gay, has attracted criticism after saying that he believes there is a difference between people who are gay and people who are homosexual.
Appearing on the French talk show On N’est Pas Couché, he explained how gay men are more outward in their mannerisms, while homosexuals are essentially ‘straight-acting’ men.
“This is my little theory. There are gays and homosexuals, it’s two different groups,” he explained.
“Gays are those who eat gay, who laugh gay, who live gay, who talk gay, who make gay movies. Homosexuals are gay but they don’t wear it on their sleeves, you can’t tell when they talk, you can’t tell when they live, you only find out when they go to bed.”
Special’s Ryan O’Connell: Stop using disabled people as ‘inspiration porn’ / Amplify by Gay Times
“It’s been really, really surreal to be honest! I feel like I always believed in what we were doing and what we made, but to have people as bowled over as they are is incredibly emotional and surreal,” he says. “The messages I’ve been getting from people who are disabled, and gay, or gay and disabled, or just even not is overwhelming and I can’t wait to unpack it with my therapist!”
Written and led on screen by Ryan, the eight excellent 15-minute episodes take inspiration from his 2015 memoir, I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves and features a partly-fictional version of himself. Produced by Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory, Special has gone global with fans from across the world going crazy for Ryan O’Connell. And while he’s game for it all, there’s a serious message as well: Giving young queer and disabled people the role model Ryan looked for, but never found.
Zac Efron Says 'Friends Come and Go' While Admitting He 'Learned This the Hard Way'
Zac Efron has an important — though cryptic — piece of advice to share.
“In a world where we swipe left and swipe right and you meet people, friends come and go, you really should pay attention to who you’re with,” Efron, 31, told Entertainment Tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival screening of his new film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Thursday night.
Greg Berlanti Says Gay Execs Stopped Him From Casting Gay Actors
GREG BERLANTI OPENED UP ABOUT HOLLYWOOD’S INTERNALIZED HOMOPHOBIA.
LGBTQ representation on television is at an all-time high. Sadly, many queer actors are only cast as characters that match their identities. For that reason, many out creatives advocate for reserving those roles for queer talent. Without saving those roles for LGBTQ actors, many gifted queer actors would never get cast at all.
Taron Egerton: ‘I Had a Period of Feeling I Might Be Gay’
“I felt Richard’s penis … on my leg,” he told Attitude. “We shot a scene where we are both naked on a bed, and we are rolling around. I don’t really know how much further we could have gone.”
“In the script, this is the scene of Elton losing his virginity, and we wanted to try to do that justice, and also at that point, their relationship hasn’t broken down yet,” Egerton explained. “They were falling in love, and it’s beautiful because it should be. We didn’t want to play like they were a couple who were eventually going to fall apart, we wanted to play it like two guys in their early twenties who are falling in love and who are incredibly sexually attracted to each other.”
In the same interview, Egerton also opened up about discovering his sexuality saying, “When I was 14 or 15, I had a period of thinking I might be gay and I spoke to my mother about it.”
Madonna's next video 'tribute to Stonewall, drag queens and LGBTI rights'
Judith Light to receive honorary Tony Award for LGBTI and HIV activism
Pretty Little Liars' star Tyler Blackburn comes out as bisexual
Actor and musician Tyler Blackburn has publically come out as bisexual.
The star of Pretty Little Liars opened up about his sexuality in an interview with the Advocate.
‘I’m queer,’ Blackburn said in the interview. ‘I’ve identified as bisexual since a teenager.’
‘I just want to feel powerful in my own skin, and my own mind, and in my own heart,’ he adds.
Blackburn said that fully coming to terms with his sexuality has taken years, and something he struggled with when he was younger.
Gay Star News
Actor Robert Sheehan: 'I had a couple of experiences... with dudes'
Actor Robert Sheehan has opened up about previous same-sex sexual experiences.
The 31-year-old Irish actor is best known for playing Nathan Young in Misfits and more recently Klaus Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy.
Klaus is openly gay in the series.
Now, in a recent interview with Hot Press, straight actor Sheehan revealed he’s got more in common with Klaus than fans first thought.
He revealed: ‘I think it would be irresponsible not to question my sexuality.
‘I had a couple of experiences when I was younger with dudes where I tried it, experimented, to see if it did anything for me.
Gay Star News
“American Horror Story” is harming this actor’s mental health, so they’re sitting one out
Peters — who has acted in all eight seasons of the FX series (and also plays in Murphy’s ’80s era NYC ballroom drama, Pose) — recently told an interviewer that he has decided to “sit a season out” because the show is taking a negative toll on his mental health.
Peters has said:
“[Being in the show] has been all a massive stretch for me and really difficult to do. It’s hurting my soul and Evan as a person. There’s this massive amount of rage that’s been called upon from me, and the emotional stuff that’s been called on me for Pose has been heartbreaking, and I’m sick. I don’t feel good.”
Pride: La oportunidad de curar, empoderar y respetar a la comunidad LGBT
Entrevista con Fernando López, director ejecutivo de San Diego LGBT Pride, una organización sin fines de lucro que trabaja para fomentar respeto e igualdad para la comunidad LGBT a nivel local y global.
Tener un lugar en la mesa no significa mucho si la mesa es demasiado pequeña para ser inclusiva de alguna manera significativa, y eso es algo que Fernando López Jr. no ha perdido de vista desde que se unió a San Diego LGBT Pride como director ejecutivo el año pasado.
“En la comunidad LGBT no sólo ves necesidades no compensadas, sino que te encuentras con un gran potencial que no se ha explotado. Mi objetivo ha sido construir una mesa más grande, venir de una mentalidad de abundancia y generosidad”, dijo López, quien se identifica como no binario y usa el pronombre elle (they, en inglés).
“La gente quiere sentirse escuchada, vista y valorada. Todos buscamos algún tipo de conexión y una forma de sentir que nuestras vidas están al servicio de algo más que de nosotros mismos”.
The San Diego Union Tribune
Ben Whishaw Said Therapy Helped Overcome How He 'Hated' Being Gay
Ben Whishaw (Paddington, A Very English Scandal) has spoken out about struggling in the closet and how therapy helped the actor accept himself.
Although Whishaw is now open and comfortable with his queer identity, the gay actor revealed to The Sunday Times Magazine, a British outlet, that he once "hated" himself for who he was.
''There was a moment in my early twenties when I did not feel very good about myself," the 38-year-old actor stated in the March 24 interview. "It was to do with my sexuality and not knowing how to be myself and hating myself. I did know [my sexuality], I just couldn't tell anyone."
Whishaw entered a civil partnership with composer Mark Bradshaw in 2012 and said therapy "really helped him." After the actor came out officially in 2013, Whishaw was able to put his anxieties to rest.
How the politics of racial resentment is killing white people
Why do many working-class white Americans support politicians whose policies are literally killing them?
This is the question sociologist and psychiatrist Jonathan Metzl tries to answer in his new book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland. The book is a serious look at how cultural attitudes associated with “whiteness” encourage white people to adopt political views — like opposition to gun laws or the Affordable Care Act — that undercut their own health.
The book is not about racism at the individual level, though you can certainly read that into it. For Metzl, the key question is how did a politics of racial resentment become so powerful that it overwhelmed even the basic instinct for self-preservation? To get answers, he spent years talking to voters in Southern and Midwestern states, asking them to explain their political choices. The answers aren’t terribly satisfying, but they are instructive.
I spoke to Metzl about what he learned and what he thinks we can do to solve this problem. A lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows.