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Drag Race UK just crowned Britain’s first drag superstar and fans are gagging

The results are in: The Vivienne has been named as the first winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, and fans are going wild. The Vivienne fought off competition from Divina De Campo and Baga Chipz to snatch the crown. Speaking at the beginning of tonight’s finale, The Vivienne said: “If you think I’ve gone through ……

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Fiona Hill, David Holmes, Town 2.0, Zuckerberg and Thiel, Bon Iver, Kacey Musgraves, Dolly Parton: HOT LINKS

IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS. Some of the biggest moments from today’s impeachment hearings with Fiona Hill and David Holmes. “President Trump’s former adviser testified that the pressure campaign on Ukraine was a purely political one that diverged from U.S. foreign policy. She denounced the “false narrative” embraced by Mr. Trump and Republicans that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election, calling it a dangerous story planted by Russia.”

INTIMIDATION. Trump launched another real-time attack on an impeachment inquiry witness, shortly before David Holmes testified.

EVERYDAY LIFE. One of the world’s biggest musical acts won’t be touring until they can make it environmentally sustainable and beneficial.

STEPHEN MILLER. 100+ Democrats sign letter calling on Trump adviser Stephen Miller to resign: “Given Mr. Miller’s role in shaping immigration policy for your administration, his documented dedication to extremist, anti-immigrant ideology and conspiracy-mongering is disqualifying,” the lawmakers wrote.

THE BANKER. Apple cancels premiere of its first feature film amid sexual abuse claims against the real-life subject’s son.

BOSTON. First LGBTQ housing development for the elderly under development: “Within the next few years, the city hopes to complete a transformation of the William Barton Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park into a $33 million development with 74 apartments.”

PRINCE ANDREW. He’s finished.

AUSTIN. Trump touts opening of Apple plant that has been running since 2013: “The moment was part of a bizarre afternoon in Texas, where the president played up a six-year-old factory as evidence of his three-year-old presidency’s success in bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States.”

UNDISCLOSED. Trump held White House dinner for Mark Zuckerberg and Peter Thiel in October: “The meeting took place during Zuckerberg’s most recent visit to Washington, where he testified before Congress about Facebook’s new cryptocurrency Libra. Zuckerberg also gave a speech at Georgetown University the week before, detailing his company’s commitment to free speech, and its resistance to calls for the company to crack down on misinformation in political ads….A source familiar with the dinner told NBC News that Thiel was also present. It is unclear why the meeting was not made public or what Trump, Zuckerberg and Thiel discussed.”

TOWN 2.0 Resurrection of Washington D.C. gay nightclub in church facing protests from neighbors: “A total of at least six groups submitted protest complaints to D.C.’s Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA). Protest letters came from two groups at an apartment building beside the proposed location called the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence. Additionally, letters were sent to the ABRA board from the ANC 6C Chair Kevin Wirt, Gonzaga High School, and two groups from Mount Airy Baptist Church.”

DESIGN INNOVATION OF THE DAY. The coffee cup has been redesigned: “Now a full-fledged company, Unocup aims to cut down the amount of plastic waste that enters the ocean (8 million tons annually) by replacing conventional cup and lid designs with a single, origami-like cup that folds to create a lid.”

HER GUY. Ariana Grande shares backstage photo with Bernie Sanders.

TRAILER OF THE DAY. Harrison Ford in The Call of the Wild.

ORIGIN STORY OF THE DAY. Dolly Parton’s breasts.

NEW TUNE OF THE DAY. Kacey Musgraves “Glittery”.


MUSIC VIDEO 2 OF THE DAY. Big Freedia feat. Icona Pop “Louder”.

THIRSTY THURSDAY. Bryce Willard Smithe and Laith Ashley.

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New Trump Advisor Believes Homosexuality is an ‘Abomination’, Won’t Appear on a Show with a Gay Host ‘and Pretend Like That’s Normal’ — WATCH

Media Matters reports that Donald Trump has a new surrogate named Clarence Mason Weaver who believes that homosexuality is “evil” and “an abomination.” Weaver believes that there is nothing wrong with being homophobic, and has warned people to “worry about homosexual training” in schools. He has said he would not appear on a program with a gay host, and would have a problem with gay co-workers.

Weaver, a right-wing commentator was recently named to an advisory board position in Trump’s campaign.

Here’s a video Weaver posted about a Best Buy ad he saw which featured a lesbian which made him tell his daughter “homosexuality is a abomination. Not just a sin. It’s abomination.”

Added Weaver: “How can you find common ground with evil and sin? … I can work with homosexuals. I’ve worked with a lot of homosexuals. Worked with a lot of them. Political and social things. But I’m not going to stand there and pretend like that’s not a sin. Like you would not — I would not pretend like I don’t sin. I would not pretend, I’m not going to try to fool God to make you feel comfortable. I appear on programs all the time with homosexuals. I will not appear on a program with a homosexual host and pretend like that’s normal.”

Weaver continued: “It can be very difficult for you to tell me as a woman, ‘Hey, this is Betty, my wife.’ You’re not going to get a ‘congratulations.” No. I may say, ‘How you doing?” If you ask me what I think about you being married to that woman, you’re going to get your feelings hurt. You’re going to get your feelings hurt. Christians stand up for God, and when you stand up for God, you’re going to upset the ungodly.”

Media Matters adds: “Weaver has frequently pushed misogynistic rhetoric, including saying that women aren’t equal to men and that they damaged society when they won the ”right’ to leave the home and go to work’; claiming that women who report sexual misconduct at work are the reason ‘why we don’t want to be around you in a business’; and stating that women should carry themselves as ‘handmaidens’ and ‘be submissive.’”

Media Matters wrote earlier this week: “The Trump campaign recently launched its ‘Black Voices for Trump’ coalition, with President Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Atlanta, GA. The campaign also announced the members of its advisory board, which includes numerous right-wing media personalities such as radio host Herman Cain, Fox Nation hosts Diamond and Silk, and Fox News contributors Deneen Borelli and Alveda King. The campaign lists the involvement of Clarence Mason Weaver (who usually goes by Mason Weaver in media appearances and also lists his name as Clarence A. Mason on his website), a right-wing author and purported motivational speaker.”

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Pete Davidson Talks About Jerking Off to Leonardo DiCaprio, Being a Straight Dude with Gay Friends

Pete Davidson shows off all his doll parts in PAPER magazine’s Break the Internet issue. In a wide-ranging interview, the Saturday Night Live player talks about what it means to be an LGBT ally, and his sexual awakening with the star of Titanic.

Said Davidson on being an ally: “Well, nothing’s cooler to me than seeing my friends crush it. I also have the most talented friends ever. And I think my friends are a good reflection of me…anybody that I f**k with is sweet and morally sound, you know? I find it super weird that it’s weird that a straight dude has gay friends…like, some straight dudes do have gay friends, but like they make like a big show of it as opposed to them genuinely being a friend…I really feel like I have to be careful when I’m saying this, but I do feel like a lot of women in entertainment use gay men as props. If you really listen to any of the songs that they’re doing, or any of the things that they’re doing, it’s to promote them[selves]. It’s rarely for the LGBT community. It’s to make them look good. Like, how cool they are that they’re hanging out with gay people.”

On his sexual awakening, Davidson added: “Well, I used to jerk off to Leonardo DiCaprio… Uhh, like his acting. Yeah. I used to have a HUGE crush on Leonardo DiCaprio. I had this huge poster of him from The Beach in my room, and there used to be, like, ‘Leo love books’… Do you remember? Like, right when Titanic came out [when I was] in like third or fourth grade, he was just like, ‘teen milk.’ There were love books and I had all of them. He was the coolest. I’ve met him twice and I’ve just shaken hands and run away fast, like…”

Read the full interview at PAPER

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Woman sues city over decades-old fairness ordinance because she says it’s unfair to homophobes

Photographer/blogger Chelsey Nelson is the owner of Chelsey Nelson Photography in Louisville, Kentucky. She’s currently suing her city for the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people.

Nelson, who identifies as Christian, just filed a more than 50-page lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Government and the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission Enforcement claiming the town’s Fairness Ordinance could potentially require her “to create photographs for, blog about, and participate in solemn ceremonies she disagrees with–same-sex wedding ceremonies.”

But here’s the kicker.

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The Fairness Ordinance, which was designed to prevent discrimination based on things like race, religion, and sexual orientation, has been on the books for 20 years. Not only that, but Nelson hasn’t been approached by any same-sex couples about photographing or blogging about their weddings.

She says the lawsuit is “pre-emptive,” just in case any gay couples ever do try to contact her.

Nelson’s attorneys include lawyers from Alliance Defending Freedom, the ultra conservative Christian nonprofit dedicated to defending “religious freedom.”

The suit requests both a temporary and a permanent injunction to prevent city officials from enforcing the Fairness Ordinance on the grounds that violates the First Amendment, which protects religion, speech, assembly, and the press, and the 14th Amendment, which dictates that the government cannot “deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law.”

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“This is a fishing expedition,” Chris Hartman of the Fairness Campaign tells local media. “It’s tantamount to a frivolous lawsuit.”

“They are throwing spaghetti at the wall, the Alliance Defending Freedom, to do whatever they can to try to attack LGBTQ rights anywhere they can in the nation.”

Hartman added that the ordinance doesn’t just protect LGBTQ people, it also protects people from being discriminated against on the basis of race and religion.

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“What they are challenging in this law(suit) is a provision that has been well accepted in civil rights statutes across the entire nation for more than 50 years,” he says.

“To challenge it today, nearly 60 years after the Civil Rights Act passed, and 20 years after the Fairness Ordinance passed, is ludicrous and speaks to how low the Alliance Defending Freedom is willing to go to undermine LGBTQ civil rights and in fact, civil rights for all people.”

Related: Antigay Bride Fires Pro-Gay Wedding Photographer Only To Have Her $1,500 Deposit Donated To GLAAD

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“Riverdale” Episode 407 Recap: Ice Ice Baby

Extreme highs and lows come with the first-love territory, and the softer moment that Toni and Cheryl spend on the couch is quite sweet. I’m often questioning why these two are together, and I think the real answer is less romantic and more troubling. Toni is a caretaker to Cheryl, and Cheryl is desperate to be loved by just about anyone.

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Israel Folau inadvertently donates to queer youth organization

Israel Folau (Photo: YouTube)

A lesbian-owned vegan restaurant in Auckland, New Zealand, says it has donated the money Israel Folau and his wife Maria paid for a meal to a local queer youth charity.

Rugby player Folau has been making headlines for several months for asserting his Christian-based beliefs that gay people go to hell. His social media postings led to his contract with Rugby Australia being terminated.

He is currently attempting to sue his employer for unlawful termination but has not kept quiet on his anti-gay views. Earlier this week, during a church sermon, he suggested recent wildfires in Australia were the result of people ignoring the word of God: specifically that marriage should be between one man and one woman only.

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Related: Homophobic rugby player says there wouldn’t be wildfires if gay people just stopped existing

Folau and his wife dined at Gorilla Kitchen on Symonds Street in Auckland earlier this month, but unbeknown to them, the lesbian-owned restaurant decided to put his money to good use.

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Posting earlier today on their Facebook page, a spokesperson said: “Rainbow Youth donation from Israel Folau… Seems strange doesn’t it?

“Well we are proud to say that Israel Folau and his wife Maria Folau have inadvertently shown their support to Rainbow Youth.

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“We don’t turn anyone away at Gorilla Kitchen, because we love everyone, not just animals. So when Israel and Maria came in again a couple of weeks ago we happily served them, hydrated them and fed them. What they didn’t realize was their money spent at Gorilla Kitchen was going to be donated to Rainbow Youth, an organization that embraces diversity and offers support for our young and vulnerable rainbow community.

“Glad to see they are not #notashamed for supporting such a great cause.

If you’d like to support a great charity then head over to @rainbowyouth”

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Unsurprisingly, a few people have criticized the restaurant and said they will avoid it for taking such a stance. However, the vast majority of comments praised it.

“Absolutely Brilliant!! I hope to visit your restaurant one day,” commented Emma Duffy.

“On behalf of all sane Australians & fellow Humans. THANK YOU,” added Adam Maggot.

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Does 'The L Word' Appeal to Queer Audiences Today?

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The iconic show is back. But does a new generation of queer youth need it like those in the past? Well, the answer is complicated. 

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At Least 22 Transgender People Were Killed In 2019. Here Are Their Stories.

On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor the 22 transgender and gender non-conforming people killed so far this year.

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