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The First Gay Film: 'Different From the Others' From 1919

Different from the Others

The gay love story was co-written by early LGBTQ+ rights activist Magnus Hirschfeld.

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Twitter Adds Link for Accurate Info on Monkeypox

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Twitter added the feature after outreach by GLAAD, which is calling on other social media platforms to do the same.

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“A League of Their Own” Episode 105 Recap: Finding a Little Piece of Home

Max finds family that she never knew she could ask for, Greta learns to be vulnerable, and the Peaches get to say arguably the most iconic five words in sports cinematic history.

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Viola Davis joins ‘Hunger Games’ prequel in ‘cruel,’ ‘fearsome’ role

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We’re always hungering for more Viola Davis. The Oscar winner, 57, is joining the “Hunger Games” prequel as the villainous head game-maker Dr. Volumnia Gaul in “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” based on the novel by the original trilogy’s scribe, Suzanne Collins, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “The ‘Hunger Games’ films have always been elevated by their exceptional casting, and we are thrilled to be continuing that tradition with Viola Davis as Volumnia Gaul. Her formidable and powerful presence will add layers of complexity and menace to this story,” said Nathan Kahane, Lionsgate mo…

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Monkeypox Can Be Asymptomatic, Two Studies Suggest

Monkeypox is not just a gay thing sign.

Researchers believe they have found evidence that MPV can be asymptomatic in some people, indicating that current containment measures may be insufficient. 

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You Need Help: Is Substance Use a Dealbreaker?

As someone who’s dealt with substance issues, my friends and my therapist told me to cut and run, so I did. And now I regret it.

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You Need Help: Is Substance Use a Dealbreaker?

As someone who’s dealt with substance issues, my friends and my therapist told me to cut and run, so I did. And now I regret it.

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Omicron seen as a milder coronavirus, but scientists aren’t so sure

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Scientists have been trying to figure out how dangerous the Omicron variant really is, but the true picture is still "not clear," some say. Hannah A Bullock/Azaibi Tamin/CDC/dpa

For more than two years, Cathy Baron and Sara Alicia Costa managed to duck the coronavirus. But despite their being fully vaccinated and boosted, the omicron variant finally caught them.

Baron is an actress and dance instructor who lives in Santa Monica, California. Costa is an architect in Austin, Texas. Both are 40 and healthy. But the two friends saw two very different sides of the variant they expected to be gentler on its victims than earlier strains.

For Costa, the omicron variant lived up to its reputation for mildness, causing headaches and “something like a crummy cold” for a couple of days. She was visiting Baron and surfing in Santa Monica a week after testing positive.

Baron’s illness was deeply chastening. She was flattened for several days with a high fever and debilitating muscle aches and was too exhausted to teach her pole dancing class for three weeks. Two months later, she’s still coping with fatigue, brain fog and episodic coughing fits. She hopes never to repeat the experience.

Baron and Costa are what scientists would dismiss as an “n of 2.” If their experience were a study, the sample size would be far too small to draw any conclusions, especially one as important as whether the omicron variant really is less virulent than the SARS-CoV-2 variants that came before it.

And yet, their contrasting experiences are as telling as many of the research studies conducted to date that have tried to determine how dangerous omicron really is.

“It’s an excellent question,” said Dr. Stanley Perlman, a University of Iowa virologist and a leading expert on coronaviruses. Many researchers think they know the answer, and “I think it’s true” that the omicron variant is causing milder illnesses, he said. But the true picture is “not clear,” he cautioned.

Omicron arrived in the United States at a time when 60% of Americans had the protection of Covid-19 vaccines and roughly a third of Americans (including some who’d been vaccinated) had a past infection. Not only was there a high level of population immunity, those who did become ill had access to treatments that weren’t available to people sickened by the initial strain from Wuhan, China, or the alpha and delta variants that followed.

Perhaps these are the reasons why those infected with omicron have tended to experience milder illnesses.

“It’s widely said that omicron is inherently less pathogenic, but there is no real evidence for that,” said Dr. Christopher Chiu, a Covid-19 researcher at Imperial College London.

“Comparisons with delta are like apples and oranges,” he said. “Delta was circulating at a time when many were still not vaccinated or previously infected. In contrast, omicron is largely causing breakthrough infections in people who already have partial protection from immunity conferred by vaccines or infection.”

Since its earliest appearance in November, researchers have seen that compared with previous variants, omicron was less likely to send infected people to the hospital or to their graves.

First in South Africa and later in communities across America, the new variant bucked expectations spawned by earlier surges. In the two to three weeks after omicron cases spiked, hospitalizations and deaths rose as well — but more slowly, and they’d topped out at lower levels.

Still, as Americans have learned from hard experience, the omicron variant is a highly capable killer. Just over 200,000 of the country’s Covid-19 deaths are likely attributable to some version of the omicron variant, which arrived there around Thanksgiving and became dominant in January.

And don’t forget, Perlman added: It’s still killing some 400 people a day in the United States.

How much of omicron’s supposed mildness should be credited to the protective effect of vaccines is not really known.

During June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that Covid-associated hospitalizations among unvaccinated adults were 4.6 times higher than they were among vaccinated people. But the picture is muddier than such data would suggest.

Americans’ immune profiles run the gamut, making it hard to slot people into neat categories and compare how they fared when infected by different variants. Those who’ve been vaccinated are experiencing various degrees of waning immunity, even if they’ve been boosted. The same goes for people who’ve recovered from infections. The readiness of their immune systems depends on how long ago they had the infection, what variant infected them, their vaccination status, and factors like age and the medications they take.

With so many variables to consider, it’s hard for researchers to draw a clean comparison between omicron and its predecessors. But they’ve tried.

In one study published in Nature, scientists showed that omicron was drawn to a wide range of human tissues. When observed in petri dishes, the variant established itself in cells that mimicked the upper airways of the respiratory system, though with less gusto than the delta variant. In addition, omicron was far less adept at infecting lower airway cells, including lung tissue, than either delta or the original SARS-CoV-2 strain that left Wuhan.

And in studies that infected animals such as hamsters and genetically engineered mice, the omicron variant caused less weight loss (a proxy of severe disease) and touched off less inflammation in the lungs than either delta or the original strain.

Adding to the uncertainty is the fact that coronavirus testing was undergoing sweeping changes just as the omicron variant took hold. As at-home testing ramped up and fewer new infections were reported to public health agencies, the relationship between cases on the one hand and hospitalizations and deaths on the other – a previously dependable measure of a variant’s ability to sicken – became less reliable.

The omicron variant’s astonishing infectiousness and propensity to spin off new subvariants complicate the picture even more. In a recent meeting convened by the Food and Drug Administration, even experts from the agency shrugged when asked to compare the subvariants.

Collectively, those omicron subvariants muscled delta aside so quickly that doctors and researchers didn’t have time to collect groups of similar patients, genetically sequence the viruses that infected them, and compare how their illnesses proceeded.

That’s the kind of study that might shed light on the divergent experiences of Cathy Baron and Sara Alicia Costa. They’re a seemingly well-matched pair of healthy 40-year-old women, yet omicron attacked one of them like a lion and treated the other like a lamb. With the experiences of hundreds or thousands of people thrown in, such research might reveal factors that nudge an omicron infection in one direction or the other.

There is a more direct way to learn how omicron compares to earlier variants in its ability to sicken and kill. Researchers could deliberately infect volunteers with different versions of the coronavirus and track their physiological responses to infection over the course of an illness.

Chiu and his colleagues at Imperial College London have just such an undertaking in mind. They are planning “human challenge” studies involving the delta and omicron variants to mirror one already conducted with the original version of the virus.

The resulting data could yield a clearer picture of exactly how omicron behaves in healthy humans, and how a prior infection or different levels of vaccination affect an individual’s illness.

Chiu said a new study would seek to enroll people who gained immunity through vaccination, a past infection, or a combination of both. That would give them more insight into whether so-called hybrid immunity is an important bulwark against becoming sick in the omicron era.

If research confirms that the omicron variant is indeed milder than its predecessors, and that getting it confers some protection from future illness, some may conclude it’s time to let the virus spread.

Baron would take some convincing of that.

“When people say, ‘let’s just let it rip’ and allow ourselves to get infected over and over again — that’s scary to me,” she said. “I don’t want to just let it rip. I don’t want to get it again.”

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Beyoncé fans think a Renaissance Tour announcement is coming soon after a Ticketmaster update

Beyoncé fans think that a Renaissance Tour announcement is coming soon and they’re ready to get their bank accounts in formation.

This is because a Ticketmaster page has been discovered which has the title ‘Beyoncé 2022-2023’.

A fan page on Twitter, named @B7Album posted the screenshot from Ticketmaster, leading to fans getting very excited about possible tour dates.

They said, “Ticketmaster UK has created a page for “Beyonce 2022-2023″ with no dates announced yet” to their 17,000 followers.

Although no tour dates have been announced, the Ticketmaster page entitled ‘Beyonce Tickets | 2022-23 Tour & Concert Dates’ is live on the UK edition of the ticket website.

It’s official link is www.ticketmaster.co.uk/beyonce-tickets/artist/894191, and now fans think a tour announcement is imminent.

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The replies from the Beyhive included, “welp let me get my coins ready” and “oh I’m going to be poor”.

Another said: “i’m not ready for the hard currency that is required to be exchanged in order to get here… ”

One excited fan replied “GET UP GET UP”, with another, more pessimistic response said, “get down nothing has been announced”.

Other fans are hoping it’s a world tour and not just the UK and North America, with one commenting: “MISS MA’AM PLEASE INCLUDE PORTUGAL IN THE TOUR. DONT MAKE ME FLY OUT TO ENGLAND!!!!!!”

Some other replies included, “LETS GO”, “THE FEAR THAT THIS BRINGS” and “audibly screaming”.

Another referenced the track “PURE/HONEY” from the album, saying: “she warned us – ‘get your money, money, cunty, hunty’”.

Below you can find out everything we know so far, which we’ll update as more news comes of a Beyoncé tour.

When will Beyoncé announce a Renaissance tour?

Fans are desperate for a tour announcement following the release of Renaissance.

There’s already been a number of rumours on social media about tour dates dropping soon, but the singer is yet to reveal any official news.

You can sign up to alerts on the likes of Ticketmaster and Live Nation, while Beyoncé’s Instagram and official website will also be the first to update fans.

Her last tour was On the Run Tour II alongside Jay-Z, which saw them both perform in stadiums across Europe and North America.

Due to demand and the singer’s huge popularity it’s likely that she’ll headline stadiums once again for the Renaissance Tour.

Where will be Beyoncé tickets be on sale?

Once the tour is announced tickets will be available from official sellers including Ticketmaster.

The UK website already has a Beyoncé page at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/beyonce-tickets/artist/894191, that will be updated following any tour news.

Tickets for the tour will also likely be available from ticketmaster.com for US fans.

Beyoncé’s Renaissance honours queer and trans trailblazers

Beyoncé’s latest album is a love letter to the Black LGBTQ+ community, with the singer dedicating the album to her late uncle Johnny, “the most fabulous gay man” she knew, who served as inspiration for the project.

The album’s dedication section reads: “Thank you to all of the pioneers who originate culture, to all of the fallen angels whose contributions have gone unrecognised for far too long.”

In the album booklet for Renaissance, she also emulates the iconic fashion of the ballroom.

As pointed out by fans, her glitzy gold outfit is a clear reference to the legendary Pepper LeBejia, while her demure leather black corset look has drawn parallels to Octavia St. Laurent, both stars of the film Paris Is Burning.

Queer fans have praised Beyoncé’s attention to the rich history and structure of ballroom culture evident in songs such as “Heated”, “Pure/Honey”, “Summer Renaissance” and “THIQUE”.

“This is how you do a ballroom-inspired song!!! See what happens when you actually involve the people that know what they’re doing? The placement of the crashes, the synergy between the samples and Beyoncé’s singing, the understanding of the structure of ballroom music,” one person wrote.

Renaissance sees the pop icon collaborate with and sample Black artists across genres and time, including Black trans DJ pioneer, Honey Dijon and ’90s drag artist Moi Renee.

 

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