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LGBTQ+ Equality 'Not Within Reach' in U.S., Says U.N. Official

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“Despite five decades of progress, equality is not within reach, and often not even within sight,’’ said Victor Madrigal-Borloz.

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School Must Reinstate Anti-LGBTQ+ Religious Club, Court Rules

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The San Jose, Calif., school district had withdrawn recognition of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes over the group’s anti-LGBTQ+ stance.

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‘A Completely Different Ballroom’: Tyra Banks & Alfonso Ribeiro Tease New Season Of ‘DWTS’

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Tyra Banksand Alfonso Ribeiro seem ready to liven things up for the upcoming 31st season of Dancing With the Stars. The new episodes of the dance reality show, which moved from ABC to Disney+, dropped a new promo on August 29, which showed the duo finding some chemistry as they stood waiting and vibing, anticipating what lay ahead. In the clip, Banks, 48, agrees when Ribeiro, 50, remarks that they are not in Los Angeles anymore. “No, this is a completely different ballroom,” the Coyote Ugly star responds. JENNIFER GREY ADMITS WORKING ON THE ‘DIRTY DANCING’ SEQUEL WITHOUT PATRICK SWAYZE IS ‘VER…

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Queer Nonbinary WNBA Star AD Durr’s Long Covid Documentary Is a Must-Watch

“Identity is so much bigger than just basketball. If I can get through Long Covid, I can get through anything in life.”

The post Queer Nonbinary WNBA Star AD Durr’s Long Covid Documentary Is a Must-Watch appeared first on Autostraddle.

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Also.Also.Also: In News Surprising Zero Asexuals, Many Asexuals Do In Fact Masturbate

Living in messy clutter is what’s in for fall, reflecting on Serena Williams’ last tournament and the legacy of a GOAT, and for the love of God, please stop asking asexuals if they masturbate.

The post Also.Also.Also: In News Surprising Zero Asexuals, Many Asexuals Do In Fact Masturbate appeared first on Autostraddle.

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How Tobacco Companies Harm the LGBTQ+ Community

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Tobacco companies have long profited off LGBTQ+ and Black communities, and it’s time for stricter regulation.

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WATCH: This trans girl’s little brother goes from confused to accepting in one heartwarming talk

20-year-old creative @bigsnoww_ went viral on TikTok this week with the feel-good video that we all need right now.

The stylist/personality/graphic designer has had her share of views in the past, but this recent video has racked up an incredible 1.3 million and counting.

In the clip, she comes out to her 9-year-old brother as trans and explains how she feels in terms she knows he can understand.

What starts as confusion ends with nothing but love:

@bigsnoww_Yeah this almost made me cry♬ original sound – Therealsnowsister 🎀

She starts with asking if he knows what “transgender” means, before asking how he would feel if she were trans.

“What?! I would be confused as heck!” he replies. “You’re a boy who wanted to transgender into a girl? That would make me confused.”

She patiently poses, “What if I don’t feel right in this gender? What if I’m sad in this gender and would be happy another gender?”

“That would be good for you,” he says, already starting to get it.

Related: Hiker Veronica Ashcroft is taking the trans community to new heights — literally

After about a minute more back and forth of him coming around, she asks, “Would you still love me the same?” In a response quicker than any in the video so far, he immediately says yes.

“Would you still be confused?” she asks.

“No,” he says, “because you already told me what you feel like.”

And that’s that. One simple discussion, and he went from being confused by his “brother” to accepting his sister in about 90 seconds.

The video has garnered an outpouring of love and support, with many people praising her patience and communication in a conversation that many assume is almost too difficult to have.

“I LOVE that you let him process that!” one commenter writes. “You didn’t demand that he be okay with it. Letting him admit his confusion was beautiful.”

“Both of y’all did so good,” writes another. “You didn’t minimize his confusion and he actually thought about how you feel and wasn’t confused in the end. I love this.”

Related: This CBS Morning correspondent’s new unlikely friendship is the smile we all need today

Conversations like this are especially important to see in today’s climate, as politicians and right-wing mouthpieces attempt to distance the queer community from young people entirely.

We currently face laws targeting the discussion of queerness in schools, protests getting LGBTQ+ materials taken off library shelves, and even attempts to criminalize drag around kids.

Meanwhile, real human moments like this video show that kids can be as understanding as their loved ones teach them to be.

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Mikhail Gorbachev, Former Soviet President, Is Dead at 91

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(CNN) The man credited with introducing key political and economic reforms to the USSR and helping to end the Cold War had been in failing health for some time.

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Texas reports first U.S. death in person with monkeypox

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By Julie Steenhuysen

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Texas on Tuesday reported the first death in a severely immunocompromised person who was diagnosed with monkeypox, according to state health department officials.

The case is still under investigation to see what role monkeypox played in the death. Although painful, monkeypox is rarely fatal.

Scott Pauley, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an email the agency is aware of the reported death in an adult in Harris County, Texas.

“CDC continues to closely monitor the monkeypox outbreak and we are actively working with Texas officials to investigate this situation,” he said.

“Until the investigation is complete, it is premature to assign a specific cause of death.”

More than 90 countries where monkeypox is not endemic have reported more than 478,600 cases of the viral disease, which the World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency. Deaths outside of Africa, where the virus is endemic, are rare. Non-endemic countries reporting monkeypox deaths include in Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, India and Spain, according to a Reuters tally.

Cases caused by the form of the virus now circulating in the United States – Clade IIb – are rarely fatal, although people with weakened immune systems may be more likely to get seriously ill or die, Pauley said.

Anyone can become infected with monkeypox, which spreads through close contact with an infected person. However, nearly all of the more than 18,101 monkeypox cases in the United States have occurred among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, according to the CDC.

(Reporting by Julie Steenhuysen; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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A movie about the prom date that made Lance Bass gay? Count us in!

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Holy Y2k! Remember when NSYNC’s Lance Bass and Boy Meets World‘s Danielle Fishel were an item?

The one-time boy bander recently joined Fishel on her Pod Meets World podcast to talk about their former fling. Though the series is typically dedicated to revisiting the beloved ABC sitcom (with stars Will Friedle and Rider Strong joining the actress in conversation), the most recent episode opened up a whole other nostalgic can of worms when Bass guested.

The two spoke openly and warmly about their past relationship—years before Bass came out publicly as gay. They met when NSYNC stopped by the network for a live “TGIF” special the Boy Meets World cast hosted in 1999, during which time Bass says he developed an instant crush on Fishel.

Apparently, she had no idea about this until months later when the musician had to have Justin Timberlake ask her her number for him. Ah, young love!

In any event, the pair dated for some time even though Bass was on tour with NSYNC and Fishel was preoccupied with Boy Meets World‘s busy filming schedule. They even went to Fishel’s prom together… and then broke up two weeks later.

Interestingly, that story is one they’re hoping to tell in a brand new movie they’re working on—one that they announced exclusively on Pod Meets World.

“Lance and I are actually working on a movie about our love story and about our prom experience,” Fishel announced at the top of the episode.

Related: Lance Bass shares devastating impact of being closeted: “I don’t know exactly what damage was caused”

As the two recounted their year of dating, it became clear they had very different ideas about what this relationship was—and what it could be. For Fishel, she was living out every teen girl’s dream: She was dating a pop star! And she was madly in love.

“I thought I was going to marry Lance. I had envisioned our future,” she shared. “I held on for hope for way too long that we were going to get back together and get married and have a family. … It turns out I’m not Lance’s type.”

But what was otherwise a “very wonderful, very warm, loving relationship” was also a point of anxiety for Bass, and it all came to a head with the prom. Fishel recalled their “lack of intimacy” up until that point, and seemed to pick up on the pressure associated with the big night:

“Lance and I had a hotel room booked and I had a vision for what that night was going to be and Lance was very nervous about what my vision for that night was going to be,” she said.

“That is the night Lance talks about, where he felt like he was hurting me by not being honest with himself or anyone else about what was going on in his life so it was kind of the impetus for him to say, ‘I’m going to end our relationship.’”

Related: A proud pink playlist for the gay flamingo breakup, may they fly free

In Bass’s view, that night was an important one in the journey of coming to terms with his own sexuality, only underscoring why the former couple’s story is one that deserves to be told:

“The reason we wanted to make this prom story into a film [is because] I think so many people can relate to that story; so many people in the LGBT community, their prom night was the night they were like, ‘Oh, wait a minute. This can’t happen anymore,’” he said.

“This was the catalyst for me that made me start to accept myself, which took a long time after that, but that was definitely the first little straw that broke.”

So, no, Fishel didn’t “make” Bass gay, but his experience is a familiar one to many of us. And one hopes that the movie (being written by actor/comedians Lauren Lapkus and Mary Holland) will also double as a love letter to all the former girlfriends, boyfriends, and partners who were patient and understanding with us as we learned to accept out authentic selves. We couldn’t have done it without them.

And we’re glad to hear that Bass and Fishel’s relationship has a happy ending—they may not have had the fairytale romance she initially imagined, but they’ve remained close friends ever since.

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