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Karamo Brown teases Queer Eye: We’re in Japan special

Karamo Brown teases Queer Eye: We’re in Japan special

For Queer Eye‘s culture expert Karamo Brown, language differences represented no barriers while filming the upcoming mini-series set in Japan. Fans of the show will be familiar with Brown and his one-on-one sessions helping heroes heal and find their confidence. While shooting the four episodes in Japan earlier this year, he found he could achieve the same level of intimacy with heroes in Japan, despite the language barrier. “You realise very quickly that if you give people the space and permission to express what they’re feeling, sometimes you don’t have to say the words,” he tells PinkNews. “I didn’t have any issue with the language barrier at all because the language that I was speaking with was love and empathy.” — Karamo Brown “There were some times where I would literally just sit and look at someone, and they would tell me they had never had anyone looking at them in the eyes at all. It opened up a slew of great emotion that kept pouring out,” he continues. “I didn’t have any issue with the language barrier at all because the language that I was speaking with was love and empathy.” Having overcome the challenge of inter-cultural communication, Brown is now looking to score a new first in his career—speaking at a commencement ceremony. Karamo Brown is set to deliver his first-ever commencement speech Brown will deliver his first-ever commencement speech to the graduating class of 2019 at Chaffey College, one of the oldest public community colleges in California. The opportunity to address the students at the event scheduled for May 23 was made possible via a partnership between the Queer Eye star, the college and the chewing gum brand Extra, which is also donating $50,000 to Chaffey College to support ongoing efforts by the students and school making…

Tales of the City trailer showcases LGBT characters

Tales of the City trailer showcases LGBT characters

Netflix has released the trailer for its upcoming Tales of the City revival, and the trailer shows off an array of LGBT+ characters. The revival comes 26-years after the original Tales of the City miniseries first aired on Channel 4 in the UK. Netflix’s Tales of the City will follow a new chapter in the famous story, and is even set to bring some of the original cast back, including Olympia Dukakis as Anna Madrigal and Laura Linney as Mary Ann Singleton. The new series will follow Mary Ann as she becomes drawn into Anna Madrigal’s world Netflix’s Tales of the City will follow Mary Ann as she returns to San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter Shawna (Ellen Page) and ex-husband Brian (Paul Gross). She returns 20 years after leaving them behind to focus on her career. After fleeing a mid-life crisis in her picture-perfect Connecticut life, Mary Ann finds herself drawn back into Anna Madrigal’s world, who has a whole chosen family of young LGBT+ people living at 28 Barbary Lane. Those queer characters feature prominently in the series’ trailer. At one point in the trailer, Mary Ann’s daughter Shawna tells another woman: “Whenever I look at my mom, all I see is I wasn’t enough to keep her here.” “Whenever I look at my mom, all I see is I wasn’t enough to keep her here.” – Shawna, played by Ellen Page, in the Tales of the City trailer The woman replies: “It’s obvious to me that you’re the centre of this social universe,” before the pair share a kiss. Also featured in the trailer is Dukakis as her iconic character, Anna Madrigal. At the beginning of the trailer, she speaks of 28 Barbary Lane, and says: “I moved here in 1966, and I suppose it was a different place then, but in some ways…

Malta named best European holiday destination for LGBT travellers

Malta named best European holiday destination for LGBT travellers

Malta has topped the Rainbow Europe list, which lists 49 countries based on their LGBT+ equality laws and policies, for the fourth year in a row. The list ranks countries from 0 to 100 percent based on six categories: equality and non-discrimination, family, hate crime and hate speech, legal gender recognition and bodily integrity, civil society space and asylum. “Consider Rainbow Europe to be your roadmap! We know what is needed and the formula for success is obvious: Laws and explicit policies matter. Political leadership matters. Add to this mix meaningful engagement with communities and civil society and you can make a real difference in the lives of LGBTI people,” said Darienne Flemington, co-chair of ILGA-Europe, the organisation which produces the list. Malta scored 90 percent, with Belgium in second place with 73 percent. Having made recent progress in gender identity and LGBT+ parenting laws, Luxembourg climbed from 20th place in 2018 to third place this year. The UK made the top 10 in ninth place with 62 percent, and at the bottom of the list was Azerbaijan, which scored only 3 percent. Malta was the first EU country to ban conversion therapy Discrimination against LGBT+ people has been banned in Malta since 2004, and in 2016 it became the first EU country to ban conversion therapy. In 2014, Malta became the first European state to add gender identity to its constitution as a protected category, and same-sex marriage and adoption are legal. “The Maltese have a reputation for kindness and excellent hospitality, and this is absolutely reflected in how they welcome all travellers to the island, including the LGBT+ market,” said Peter Vella of the Malta Tourism Authority, according to The Independent. “Malta holds a unique combination of traditional and historical culture with a contemporary and welcoming mindset towards LGBT+…

Dustin Lance Black says buggy story at Tom Daley dive is ‘PR spin’

Dustin Lance Black says buggy story at Tom Daley dive is ‘PR spin’

Dustin Lance Black, husband of Tom Daley, has hit out at British Swimming and said a statement released by the organisation yesterday about their ongoing dispute is “PR spin.” Black revealed on Twitter over the weekend and yesterday details of a spat between himself and British Swimming. The row started at the weekend at the London Aquatic Centre where Black attended with his son Robbie to watch his husband, Tom Daley, diving. However, Black posted a series of tweets in which he called British Swimming organisers “cruel” and “thoughtless” and said they had created a situation that was “neither safe not welcoming” for them. British Swimming subsequently released a statement in which they claimed that the dispute had occurred when Black was told he was not allowed to bring Robbie’s buggy onto the spectator concourse. Dustin Lance Black said the dispute at Tom Daley dive had ‘nothing to do with a pram’ However, Black has since posted a number of additional tweets in which he said that the situation had “little to nothing to do with a pram.” “I never asked to bring one in,” Black wrote, “and we certainly had no interest in being poolside with one. “Anyone there plainly saw that our son was on my lap. This pram story is a lie British Swimming is telling.” He posted another tweet today (May 21) which said: “So, so silly. Again: *I NEVER ASKED TO BRING A PRAM INTO ANY EVENT* This is a whopper of a misrepresentation being peddled by a scared, lying @jackrbuckner & @britishswimming’s PR team to try to cover up far deeper trespasses. Please don’t fall for it.” Black also said that he had “withheld the ugliest details” of the disagreement because he had agreed to fix it in private with the organisation—but said they…

Sexuality is fluid until your late 20s, research finds

Sexuality is fluid until your late 20s, research finds

Sexual orientation is fluid and continues to develop between the late teens and late 20s, a new study in the Journal of Sex Research has found. Researchers asked more than 12,000 people between 1995 to 2009 about who they were attracted to, the gender of their partners and how they identified. Sexual orientation continues to develop because young people experiment and explore their identity well into early adulthood, the research said. The study found that most research on sexual orientation defines participants with just one label, for example straight or gay, but this study acknowledges that sexuality is on a spectrum with many shades and “in-between experiences.” Using one label can “oversimplify the situation” Researcher Christine Kaestle said in a statement: “Sexual orientation involves many aspects of life, such as who we feel attracted to, who we have sex with, and how we self-identify.” “Until recently, researchers have tended to focus on just one of these aspects, or dimensions, to measure and categorise people. However, that may oversimplify the situation. For example, someone may self-identify as heterosexual while also reporting relationships with same-sex partners,” continued Kaestle, a professor of developmental health at Virginia Tech. The research accepts that sexuality is on a spectrum. (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty) The study divided participants into nine categories: straight men, mostly straight or bi men, emerging gay men and men with minimal sexual expression, straight women, mostly straight discontinuous women, emerging bi women, emerging lesbian and women with minimal sexual expression. Straight people made up the largest group and showed the least change in sexual preference over time. Participants falling closer to the middle of the spectrum, as well as the “emerging gay men” and “emerging lesbian” categories, showed the most changes over time. Women were more likely to fall in the middle of the spectrum…

Rocketman review: Elton John movie isn’t your average biopic

Rocketman review: Elton John movie isn’t your average biopic

When the signature number in Rocketman, “I’m Still Standing,” kicks in at the end of the new Elton John biopic starring Taron Egerton, there is genuine euphoria to be felt. Not just at John’s rags-to-riches-to-ruin-to-redemption story, but because Rocketman is a musical that brings new energy to a worn genre. Director Dexter Fletcher’s biopic contains all the elements of the traditional musical biopic—the tragic childhood, the rise to fame, the greedy manager—but blends it together with madcap fantasy elements that befit the flamboyance of John’s own stage shows. The result is that the film doesn’t feel a paint-by-numbers chronological affair, instead weaving between the past, present and fantastical. John’s songs punctuate the action—some performed by Egerton’s John, some performed by other characters, and some performed in fantasy sequences—with musical theatre-like vibrancy. Rocketman begins with young Reg Dwight, a piano-playing wunderkind, who lives with his self-absorbed mother (Bryce Dallas Howard) and is pained by the lack of affection shown by his father (Steven Mackintosh). Reg rechristens himself Elton John and a chance encounter with songwriter Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell) changes both of their fortunes. The plot charts John’s early success and his meeting future manager and lover John Reid (Richard Madden), which is followed by astronomical success and with it the excess of drugs, alcohol and sex. Fletcher’s film centres largely on John’s addictions—opening and concluding at a 12-step meeting—in an unvarnished way that Bohemian Rhapsody failed to. Authorised biographical films risk the danger of white-washing history, but Rocketman, which counts John as an executive producer and his husband David Furnish as a producer, isn’t afraid to play it ugly and make Egerton’s John almost egregiously insolent. In fact, screenwriter Lee Hall’s script owns John’s hedonistic transgressions as Egerton declares he loved every minute of the sex and drugs. Leading man Egerton is…

Birmingham head teacher receives threats over LGBT lessons

Birmingham head teacher receives threats over LGBT lessons

The head teacher of Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham has said she is receiving threats by phone and email over LGBT+ lessons taking place in the school. The threatening messages directed to head teacher Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson are being investigated by police, according to BBC News. Anderton Park Primary School has been plagued with protests in recent weeks over lessons about LGBT+ equality, which some parents have objected to. Birmingham head teacher feels ’embarrassment’ and ‘frustration’ over protests Hewitt-Clarkson told the BBC that she feels “a whole variety of emotions” over the protests. She said she feels “embarrassment for lots of our community and our parents who think this is just awful what’s happening; frustration that it’s going on so long; frustration that great British laws like ‘you can protest peacefully’ actually are causing us a problem.” Hewitt-Clarkson said the protests are “very loud” and said they are “aggressive.” The leader of the protests, Shakeel Afsar, has no children at the school, but told the BBC that the school was promoting LGBT+ lifestyles to children. Pexels A counter-protest was also organised, with protesters holding heart-shaped messages with the words “Love is the answer.” Police are investigating after eggs were allegedly thrown at counter-protesters. Meanwhile, Labour MP Jess Phillips has called for an exclusion zone to be implemented around the school to prevent the protests from continuing. “There’s a whole variety of emotions.” – Birmingham head teacher Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson The post Birmingham head teacher receives threats over LGBT lessons appeared first on PinkNews.

EastEnders to get new gay bar as Kathy Beale buys The Albert

EastEnders to get new gay bar as Kathy Beale buys The Albert

Residents on much-loved UK soap EastEnders are set to get a new LGBT+ drinking hole, character Kathy Beale will reveal next week. Alongside the new gay bar, Albert Square is set to have its first Pride march this June. The move is meant to help the BBC show reflect London’s diversity more accurately. The news comes as part of a move towards diversity and inclusion being made by Kate Oates, the new senior executive producer of the BBC show. Of her move towards greater diversity on the show, Oates has previously said, “I’m really interested in bringing some more LGBTQ characters in. We’re looking at opening a gay bar on the Square which will be a cool precinct where gay and straight characters can all just hang out. ‘It should be something really exciting, really fun, really visual and feel really true to multi- cultural London.” Next week’s plot details revealed Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) will announce that she’s taken over the lease of derelict bar The Albert and is planning on turning it into a gay bar. Her move will come as a shock to Kim Fox (Tameka Empson), the previous owner of the bar, who finds out about the plan on her birthday. Kim will be appeased though when Kathy asks her advice on running the bar, and will apparently be “ecstatic” when she learns that Kathy plans on making it into a gay venue. Later in the show, Kathy will also tell her son Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) that she was able to afford the bar because she sold a necklace he had given her. EastEnders showed first gay kiss 30 years ago EastEnders first introduced a gay character – Colin Russell, played by Michael Cashman, in 1986. It was Colin who was first involved in the…

Republican says Pete Buttigieg will die young due to ‘perversion’

Republican says Pete Buttigieg will die young due to ‘perversion’

Republican and former member of the Indiana House Don Boys has written a bizarre rant in which he calls Pete Buttigieg’s sexuality a “perversion” and says he will die young. The article is titled “Pete, Since You Brought it Up, How ‘Gay’ Are You?”. In the article, Boys writes in graphic detail about gay sex and asks if Buttigieg engages in any of the listed sexual practices. Most shockingly, he suggests that gay men live 20 years less than straight men, and suggests that—if Buttigieg is elected—he might not be able to serve his entire term. “All homosexuals are aware that their lifespan is about 20 years less than for normal people so voters should know that a homosexual president may not live to finish his term,” Boys writes. He then calls on Buttigieg to release his complete medical records so voters can determine whether or not he is HIV positive. Don Boys describes gay sexual practices in graphic detail in bizarre Pete Buttigieg rant Later in his bizarre article, Boys writes about gay sexual practices, often in graphic detail, and asks that Buttigieg disavow the “revolting” practices. “Pete brought this up so I, as a voter, have a right to know just how ‘gay’ Pete is,” Boys writes. “After all, he wants to be President of the United States and I want to know where he stands on important issues.” The “important issues” Boys speaks of are not to do with policy, but are instead to do with sexual practices and same-sex relationships. “All homosexuals are aware that their lifespan is about 20 years less than for normal people so voters should know that a homosexual president may not live to finish his term.” – Republican Don Boys in bizarre rant about Pete Buttigieg In the anti-gay diatribe, Boys…

Lori Lightfoot sworn in as Chicago’s first black lesbian mayor

Lori Lightfoot sworn in as Chicago’s first black lesbian mayor

Former US assistant attorney Lori Lightfoot has been sworn in as mayor of Chicago, making her the first African-American woman and the first openly gay person in the role. Lightfoot, 56, was inaugurated on Monday (May 20). She won in all 50 wards across Chicago, which is America’s third-largest city. Promising “reform” under her mayorship, Lightfoot said, “We are a proud city with a proud history. In this moment, I can’t help but look at all of you and think about what lies ahead and what we can be together.” “Putting Chicago government and integrity in the same sentence sometimes may seem a little strange,” Lightfoot said. “But friends, that’s going to change, because it’s got to change. For years, they’ve said, ‘Chicago ain’t ready for reform.’ Well, get ready because reform is here.” As well as fighting Chicago’s gun violence problem, Lightfoot also pledged to increase the number of jobs and to govern with “integrity.” Lori Lightfoot thanks mother in victory speech Immediately after her win, Lightfoot made a 40-minute speech setting out her plans for Chicago based around four points: safety, education, stability and integrity. “I’m looking ahead to a city of safe streets and strong schools for every child, regardless of neighbourhood or ZIP code,” Lightfoot said. Lori Lightfoot addresses guests after being sworn in as Mayor of Chicago during a ceremony at the Wintrust Arena on May 20, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Lightfoot become the first black female and openly gay Mayor in the city’s history. (Scott Olson/Getty) “A city where people want to grow old and not flee. A city of sanctuary against fear where no one must hide in the shadows. A city that is affordable for families and seniors, and where every job pays a living wage. A city of fairness and hope…

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