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LGBTQ Elders Made Our Lives Possible—Now We Must Care for Them
The LGBTQ movement stands on the shoulders of giants. Fifty years ago, our LGBTQ elders shattered barriers at Stonewall. A decade later, they spoke truth to power as AIDS ravaged their chosen families. In the years before and since, they marched on Washington and are still fighting for justice today.
Now it is our time to fight for them — because all too often, LGBTQ elders are not receiving the care and support they deserve. With experts predicting that as many as 4.7 million LGBTQ older adults will be seeking care and services by the year 2030, we must act now.
That’s why the Human Rights Campaign is joining SAGE, the premier advocacy organization for LGBTQ elders, in stepping up to address this injustice by helping to ensure LGBTQ older adults will be treated with respect and dignity when choosing and receiving aging and long-term care.
Stars Help L.A. LGBT Center Open Campus for Youth and Seniors
The Los Angeles LGBT Center Sunday opened the first phase of its Anita May Rosenstein Campus, a two-acre complex in Hollywood designed to serve LGBTQ youth and seniors, making it the world’s first intergenerational LGBTQ facility.
The opening was celebrated with a six-hour block party featuring celebrities including Lily Tomlin, Kathy Griffin, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, along with guided tours and musical performances by Betty Who, VINCINT, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, and Alexandra Billings.
The campus includes 100 beds for homeless youth, a new Senior Community Center, a Youth Drop-In Center, and the Ariadne Getty Foundation Youth Academy. It will also house the organization’s headquarters, being relocated from the McDonald/Wright Building, which will be transformed entirely into a health center. The second phase of the campus, scheduled to open in mid-2020, will have 99 units of affordable housing for seniors and 25 supportive housing apartments for youth.
Taylor Swift made a major donation to an LGBTQ group to fight Tennessee’s ‘slate of hate’ laws
Attorney General will investigate hostile work environment & issues LGBTQ nondiscrimination order
A Bunch of Lesbians Won Their Elections Last Night
Lori Lightfoot won her election on Tuesday, but not everyone is celebrating.
The former federal prosecutor beat Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in Chicago’s mayoral runoff election, securing nearly 75 percent of the vote, The Washington Blade reports. Lightfoot’s win makes her the first Black woman and the first openly gay person of any gender to serve as Chicago’s mayor. Chicago is now the largest city in the United States to have had an openly gay executive leading its government.
North Carolina legislators introduce slew of pro-LGBTQ bills
Lawmakers in North Carolina have introduced a trio of bills designed to protect LGBTQ North Carolinians, including legislation to halt the use of conversion therapy throughout the state.
The Mental Health Prevention Act, HB 516 and SB 426, would protect LGBTQ youth and disabled adults from attempts to change their sexual orientation or gender identity using psychological or spiritual means. In many cases, the practice of conversion therapy can be extreme, causing profound harm to those who are treated by such – including dramatic increases in suicide attempts.
Gay Couple Told: Take Down Your LGBTQ Pride Flag or Be Evicted — WATCH
Amid Pressure, Google Finally Drops Conversion Therapy App
Arizona is being sued for banning teachers from speaking positively about LGBTQ people
Gay Sex Will Be Now Be Punishable by Stoning in Brunei
A Renewed Call for Beverly Hills Hotel Boycott Amid Brunei Anti-Gay Policies
A Dallas Man Used Grindr To Target, Assault, And Rob Gay Men
Sean Hayes Is the Last of the Will & Grace Cast to Get a GLAAD Award
UK, George Clooney lead calls for Brunei to drop LGBT+ death penalty
Michigan bans discrimination against gay couples by adoption agencies
Michigan will no longer allow faith-based adoption agencies to turn away same-sex couples.
As part of a settlement in a lawsuit brought forth by the American Civil Liberties Union, Attorney General Dana Nessel nixed a four-law old allowing adoption and foster care centers to discriminate in the name of their “religious beliefs.” Her office announced the decision on Friday in a statement calling anti-LGBTQ bias on the part of child placing agencies “illegal.”
“Limiting the opportunity for a child to be adopted or fostered by a loving home not only goes against the state’s goal of finding a home for every child, it is a direct violation of the contract every child-placing agency enters into with the state,” Nessel said.
Mister Rogers Was Allegedly Bisexual, and Twitter Is Thrilled
In conversation with one of his friends, the openly gay Dr. William Hirsch, Fred Rogers himself concluded that if sexuality was measured on a scale of one to ten: “Well, you know, I must be right smack in the middle. Because I have found women attractive and I have found men attractive.”
Gay couples from largest Native American tribe call for marriage equality
Tradition remains law here on the land of Navajo Nation, a Native American territory occupying parts of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.
And the words of elders are treated as gospel.
But ahead of the US midterm elections on 6 November, national debates over same-sex marriage within indigenous communities are prompting the country’s largest Native American tribe to have a rethink.
Cruising for Inclusion
Jay couldn’t wait to attend the Naked Unicorn Party, the BYOB play party capping off Butchfest, a 2013 Dallas festival celebrating “lesbians and queers who identify as tomboys, butches, studs, bois, transmen genderqueers, two-spirits, and all other identities masculine of center.” He had attended a few other queer sex events before, but as a 42-year-old trans man with a limp, his trans identity and physical disability made it difficult for him to sexually engage others.
Others often assume Jay’s disability puts him in chronic pain, but it doesn’t. And as someone who identifies as “70 percent femme/female-attracted and 30 percent butch/masculine-attracted,” he doesn’t feel welcome in queer sex spaces. At one sex party, the host pointed to him as proof of the event’s inclusivity. As a result, he often feels physically and sexually awkward at these events and usually ends up watching as a voyeur.
Warwick Rowers include gay World Cup champ Robbie Manson in new calendar
The Warwick Rowers are including openly gay World Cup champion Robbie Manson in their latest calendar.
The big news here is that Warwick Rowers are welcoming an openly gay world champion to their calendar promotion. The sexual orientation of the individual rowers has almost never been discussed. So the fact that they would welcome a naked gay dude to the photo shoots and calendar says a lot about the actual inclusion of the members of the club.
Homosexuality still criminalized in much of the world
Criminal statutes banning homosexuality are on the books in 74 countries, eight of which include the death penalty, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).
Former Writer Saw Bert And Ernie As 'Loving Couple,' Sesame Workshop Disagrees
New life was breathed into a perennial debate this week, when a former Sesame Street writer revealed that not only did he consider beloved characters Bert and Ernie to be a gay couple, but he used his own relationship as creative inspiration.
On Sunday, Queerty published an interview with Mark Saltzman, who worked on the show in the 1980s and 90s, asking him if he thought of Bert and Ernie as a gay couple.
"I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were," Saltzman said. "So I don't think I'd know how else to write them, but as a loving couple."
As MeToo storms the world, some techies are forming men's groups to talk about their emotions...sometimes, they cry
Andrew Horn couldn't remember the last time he released his anger.
The 32-year-old founder of Tribute.co, a video montage platform recently dubbed by the New Yorker as "Hallmark 2.0," recalled throwing things and slamming doors – but never actually expressing his anger. So, one of the attendees in his men's-only meeting group handed him a pillow while the others encouraged him to scream into it. He let out a guttural release of primal rage.
"I felt a lot better," he explained.
Horn says the key to unlocking his emotions has been discovering "modern masculinity," a movement of men exploring their emotions in small group settings.
Rapper Socalled made amateur gay porn to celebrate his 40th birthday
He filmed it in his parents' house
Canadian rapper Socalled said he celebrated his 40th birthday by making gay porn.
The openly gay star claimed that instead of a mid-life crisis, he wanted a ‘mid-life celebration’. And that celebration involved porn.
Filmed in his parents’ house.
The star realized his parents were out of town for a month, so he wrote a script with the house as the setting. They’ve now been told, and apparently it’s ‘still sinking in’ for his dad.
The 40-year-old recruited two porn stars for the dad-upsettingly-named film ‘The Housesitter’: Valentin Braun, to play the love interest, and River Wilson, as the main character.
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Scientologists Used to Sell Bogus Meat to Poor People to Fund Their Training
Scientology is a supposed religion whose methods and organizational hierarchy just so happen to resemble a pyramid scheme. In spite of that (or perhaps because of it), the church L. Ron Hubbard founded has lured a number of acolytes over the years with the promise of “going clear.” And while all the Hollywood celebrities affiliated with Scientology can afford the escalating payments needed to get deeper into the organization, new reporting shows that less-famous followers had to sell mysterious meat to Californians in order to up their Operating Thetan levels.
The Daily Beast recently took a deep dive into Scientology’s surprising connection to the world of California meat sales in the '70s and '80s. Though not officially an arm of the church, the workforce of Scientologist-owned businesses like Mr. Sirloin and Tully’s Premium Meats drew disproportionately from the ranks of believers, giving them a chance to sell meat on commission in order to pay their way up the ladder.
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.”