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“Couple to Throuple” Continues With Relationship Musical Chairs and More Queer Make Outs

One couple wants to be open while their partner wants to be throuple-monogamous. One third wants the freedom to date others, while their couple would feel betrayed. And one couple’s third wants to be with multiple couples.

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West Virginia Republicans want to prosecute 'pedophile librarians' over 'obscene' material

Gay Lesbian History Kids Book school library displayRepublicans in the West Virginia House of Delegates have overwhelmingly voted in favor of a bill that would remove protections for librarians and other educators, opening the door for them to be prosecuted for showing “obscene matter” to minors.

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Samuel Alito is afraid of being called a bigot? Jim Obergefell has heard far worse (exclusive)

Westboro Baptist Church Protesters are obsessed with FAGS Washington DC USAPity the poor Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. Sticks and stones may break his bones, and being called names clearly does too.

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First reviews for Drive-Away Dolls heap praise on ‘hella lesbian’ road trip comedy

The reviews for lesbian road trip crime comedy Drive-Away Dolls are in, and apparently there is a lot to love about this “unabashedly queer romp” of a film. 

Drive-Away Dolls stars Poor Things actress Margaret Qualley as Jamie, a whacky, wild spirit and extremely horny lesbian, and Bad Education’s Geraldine Viswanathan as the bookish and straight-laced Marian, as they embark on an impromptu road trip from Philadelphia to Tallahassee.

Fresh from a break up with her cop girlfriend Sukie (Booksmart’s Beanie Feldstein), Jamie decides to join the unlucky-in-love Marian on a trip to do some birding with her aunt. On the way, though, the pair get caught up in some dodgy dealings involving a mysterious briefcase in the back of the car they’re delivering, which was intended for a group of inept criminals.

Alongside Qualley and Viswanathan, gay Rustin star Colman Domingo appears as the criminal gang’s leader, while The Last of Us hunk Pedro Pascal and Oppenheimer’s Matt Damon also feature. There’s even a psychedelic appearance by none other than “Flowers” singer Miley Cyrus.

Directed by Ethan Coen, one half of the Coen brothers duo, and written by his queer partner Tricia Cooke, “bawdy sapphic joyride” comedy Drive-Away Dolls is apparently the “goofiest, loosest” entry in the Coen cannon, according to a four-star review in The Guardian

That’s no mean feat, considering the Coen brothers’ filmography also includes Burn After Reading, Barton Fink, and Fargo.

With dick jokes aplenty and Jamie’s unquenchable thirst for sapphic sex, the film is reportedly a raunchy and explicitly queer barrel of laughs. 

According to Empire critic John Nugent, Drive-Away Dolls is “hella lesbian” – which is enough to get us watching – as it includes “comedy-cunnilingus found in the opening five minutes” and Jamie’s attempt at having a lesbian orgy with an all-female football team.

As such, the film “wears its sapphic colours loud and proud”

Writing for IGN, Katie Rife shared that the movie evokes “a post-riot grrrl milieu that will be Doc Martens-clad catnip to queer women of a certain age,” as it manages to combine “Cooke’s tongue-in-cheek lesbian humour with a signature Coen bumbling-criminals plot”.

We are so, so seated.

Pedro Pascal and Miley Cyrus in stills from Drive Away Dolls.
Pedro Pascal and Miley Cyrus guest star in Drive-Away Dolls. (Focus Features/Universal Pictures)

In addition to Coen’s direction and Cooke’s writing, Drive-Away Dolls is largely being praised thanks to its “extremely charming” leads, Qualley and Viswanathan.

Variety writer Owen Gleiberman determines that Qualley’s Jamie “is like Kristen Stewart crossed with Katharine Hepburn. She’s like someone on a bender – of lust, and of movie-star hunger. She’s got a saucy new in-it-to-win-it hellfire”.

Nugent and USA Today writer Brian Truitt also praised Qualley’s “kooky, charismatic Jamie”, and raved over the connection between the two lead stars.

While Truitt explained that the film – which comes in at less than an hour and a half long – “meanders at the start with multiple plotlines”, it’s the “core actresses’ chemistry keeps you invested,” and overall, it’s an “absolute delight to watch”.

The Guardian’s Charles Bramesco also praised the “brilliant” lesbian road trip caper, writing: “Contrary to its easygoing casual gait, this is an essential work in the Coen corpus, an evolution more than a regression or sacrifice. It’s the rare case in which a preponderance of dick jokes heralds a newfound advance in maturity.”

Basically, Drive-Away Dolls is a film that “just wants to have a good time”. Or, as Nugent puts it: “Suffice to say that this entire movie is essentially one big dick joke.”

Drive-Away Dolls arrives in US cinemas this Friday, 23 February, and in UK cinemas on 15 March.

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Nex Benedict Loved Cats and Video Games and Reading

I hope we remember this little Minecraft loving nerd for more than how they died. I hope we remember that they loved friendship bracelets first.

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Best dating apps for lesbians, queer women and non-binary people

Dating in 2024 as a lesbian, queer woman or non-binary person is, without doubt, different than it was for our parents and grandparents’ generations with the dawn of apps.

The most obvious difference is that people now initially meet face-to-face less and less, instead using dating apps from the comfort of their homes to see who out there might be a compatible partner.

According to a recent Statista study, 20 per cent of the UK population use dating apps that cater for a variety of interests and people. But many of them are designed by, and for, straight people rather than for queer people.

As a queer or non-binary person, it might be difficult to know where to start – but thankfully there are an increasing number of apps that have been designed with queer and non-binary people in mind. 

Of course, apps can also be a place filled with people you’d never want to encounter, but for LGBTQ+ folk, they can be, and are, a great place to meet someone you might not have the chance to click with otherwise. 

Here are some of the best for lesbians, queer woman and non-binary people looking for love, sex, friendship, or all of the above.

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Taimi

Taimi is considered a “truly LGBTQ+-centred” app that boasts a community of more than 18 million people.

According to the app, it “was recently recognised as one of the best products for non-binary, gender-fluid, and transgender people” and is known for its inclusivity. It offers options for pronouns, sexuality and gender when creating a profile, in addition to basic information such name, age, current location and what kind of relationship you’re looking for. 

It also has “cards” that allow users to let others know more about you, hopefully creating a more-genuine interaction and matching those who have similar interests. In addition, it allows you to connect the app to your Instagram and Spotify profiles. 

The app is also a social networking platform so if you find that there are no romantic connections right away, it can still be a good way to make new friends.

Features are free but there are premium options, starting at £12.

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Her

Her is one of the most-popular dating apps for queer people. It was created by, and for, queer women and is, by its very name, known to be quite gendered.

It claims to be the “world’s most-loved sapphic dating app”, heavily implying that it is designed solely for women, but there are also a number of trans and non-binary people on its books. 

Users create a profile including pronouns, sexual identity, gender identity, relationship status and what they are looking for. Then, it will present you with potential matches and you can start messaging with a person you like if they have swiped right too. 

There is also a section that allows users to explore communities and events so that you can connect with like-minded people online and in real life.

The majority of features are free, but there is a premium subscription, which starts at £13.99 per month.

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Feeld

Feeld is an app designed for those interested in alternative relationship models and sexual preferences, such as ethical non-monogamy, polyamory, casual sex, kink and swinging.

Given that some members of the LGBTQ+ community do engage with, and prefer, alternative relationship models, Feeld might be the place to find like-minded people.

There is also the option for paired couple accounts, kink-positive profiles and a range of gender and sexuality choices.

It’s likely that Feeld had a smaller user base than other apps but it still reports more than two million connections per month and half of its users identify as other than heterosexual.

Feeld costs £19.99 per month for a premium subscription, which allows you to see everyone who liked your profile, but its free service is adequate.

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Lex

Queer-owned and operated, Lex is an app for meeting “lesbian, bisexual, asexual and queer people for womxn and trans, gender-queer, intersex, two spirit and non-binary people”.

It is considered a “welcoming space for conversation and expression, where LGBTQ+ people can build relationships, have fun and belong”.

Lex is a bit different from almost any other dating app out there. It is more about conversation and connection than what people look like, and makes photos optional, with the hope that users focus on writing about themselves rather than endlessly swiping through gym selfies.

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Zoe 

Zoe is similar to Tinder, in that you can swipe right to match with other lesbian, bisexual and queer women, making it easy to use. It offers verified profiles so users feel safer in the knowledge that they’re less likely to swipe on someone who isn’t who they say they are.

It claims to be “the best-rated lesbian dating app worldwide” and has more than 3.9 million registered users.

The paid version offers larger searches, to reach those millions of people, as well as compatibility questionnaires to match with other users who are extremely similar, or you can turn on Opposite Match to test the “opposites attract” theory, and you can undo a left-swipe if you make a mistake.

A subscription costs £13 per month.

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Lesly 

Lesly is aimed at lesbians, bisexual and queer women who want to “chat, date, and hook up” with other LGBTQ+ singletons.

It also works like Tinder but was created by a group of lesbian dating experts who say it’s a “trusted and secure place for gay women to connect, get to know [others], and even fall in love”.

It claims to have very strict verification processes, so there is less risk of catfish, or of people who identify as straight or as a cisgender male slipping through the cracks.

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Scissr

Scissr is “designed by queer womxn for queer womxn” but is not strictly for romance – it aims to build connections in friendship and careers too.

It has been described as the “Tinder for lesbians” or an equivalent to Grindr but “classier”.

Users can add their dating preferences and uses GPS data to find matches nearby if preferred, but it is not restricted to where you are, and you can expand the dating pool worldwide.

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Fem Dating

Fem Dating states it is “designed specifically for gay women, bisexual women and [with] WLW (Women Loving Women) in mind”.

Even though the language and the name, suggests that only lesbians, bisexual women and femmes should use it, the app welcomes queer people of all sexual orientations and gender presentations.

Instead of uploading photos, Fem suggests creating video profiles, but this is not mandatory so it can be used just like other dating apps.

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Hinge

Hinge pegs itself as an app “designed to be deleted”, implying that users will want to delete it after finding the right person. It aims to involve people in real conversations rather than based on superficial traits. 

Profiles include questions and answers that can serve as conversation starters to which potential matches can respond.

The app has added more options for gender and sexual orientation in recent years and released conversation starters specifically for LGBTQ+ users.

There are already a number of LGBTQ+ users on the app who hopefully can be found with the free features, but there is also an option to upgrade to a premium subscription at a cost of £19.99 per month.

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Bumble

Bumble is a well-known app, but not designed exclusively with queer people in mind.

However, it spun out of Whitney Wolfe Herd’s desire to put the power into women’s hands instead of sitting around waiting for men to start the conversation. 

This translates into women having to start the conversation within 24 hours when they match with someone. Of course, this is rather heteronormative as it assumes there are not two women, or non-binary people, trying to converse.

But when there are two same-sex or non-binary people, either of them can choose to start the conversation.

While it’s not specifically for LGBTQ+ people, some have had success using the app to find partners.

Bumble is free to use but some premium features will cost upwards of £7.99.

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Hashtag Open

Similar to Feeld, #Open is an app for ethically non-monogamous people to find other like-minded users.

You can sign up as a couple or individually and the app says it is focused on respectful and inclusive engagement with the lifestyle.

#Open is slightly different to other dating apps, given that it offers virtual and real-life community events, so you can combine online dating with meeting someone the “old-fashioned way” if you so choose.

The paid version will let you see numerous likes at a time and discover who likes your before you decide whether you want to match with them.

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Tinder

Tinder was one of the first dating apps to gain widespread popularity and boasts more than 75 million active users every month.

While it’s popular with heterosexuals, it does have filters to allow people only to see women, or what it calls “beyond binary”, which allows the app to “hold space for all genders. including gender fluid, gender non-conforming, Intersex and others beyond the binary”. 

A study in 2019 suggested that Tinder has a massive gender imbalance, skewed towards men, so it may not be the best place for queer women and non-binary folk to find love and romance. But there is always a chance that the future the love of your life is in there somewhere.

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MLB players are outraged about their new see-through pants

The Los Angeles Dodgers can afford to pay baseball great Shohei Ohtani $700 million.

But apparently, they can’t find him a decent pair of pants.

The biggest story at the start of MLB Spring Training isn’t about the players; but rather, what they’re wearing. Nike, the league’s official uniform supplier, decided to change the jersey model this year.

The differences are…not aesthetically pleasing. Enlarged, stitched player names are out, and small letters are in.

One of MLB’s biggest problems is the league’s lack of star power. So Nike decided to make the players even more anonymous, and MLB went along with the design.

Now, the league is facing a torrent of backlash.

The new offerings just don’t look good. Authentic jerseys retail for hundreds of dollars.

But these ones look like they were found in the bargain bin, or taken out of a video game.

Nike isn’t the only culprit. The company Fanatics manufactured the unpopular look.

In addition to small lettering, the uniforms don’t appear to be made from strong material. The pants are see-through.

Maybe the execs at Fanatics were confused, and thought they were creating baseball pants for a gay Halloween party, or something.

As Ohtani demonstrates, the pants reveal nearly everything.

That’s not to say we’re complaining. We’d love to get an enhanced view of our favorite players’ assets.

It was memorable when former Oakland A’s catcher Sean Murphy popped out his derrière to bump the ball and take first base. But the moment would’ve been even better if we could really see his gluteus maximus at work.

Perhaps for that reason, players aren’t thrilled with the thin material. Angels reliever Carlos Estévez was one of many players who told The Athletic he can’t stand the new threads.

“When I wear my pants, I feel like I’m wearing someone else’s pants,” he said.

Teammate Tyler Ward said he could see the pants ripping if Estévez started flexing (tell us the bad part, again)?

Ward has plenty of complaints himself.

“It looks like a replica,” he said. “It feels kind of like papery. It could be great when you’re out there sweating, it may be breathable. But I haven’t had that opportunity yet to try that out. But from the looks of it, it doesn’t look like a $450 jersey.”

The Angels outfielder is far from the only player to complain about the jerseys’ discounted feel. The grievances were flowing at Cardinals camp.

Even Nike athletes are voicing their displeasure. Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson (great ballplayer name) is unhappy with how the franchise’s iconic logo is depicted.

“With some of those things, it’s like this makes a Cubs uniform a Cubs uniform. It doesn’t need to change,” he said. “I think that they will probably have to end up figuring out a way to kind of go back to what it used to be.”

Perhaps that’s already happening. The Fanatics’ customer service team is already making amends with displeased players and customers.

Seattle Mariners infielder Michael Chavis, who posted an unflattering Instagram story, elicited the crisis team response.

With regular season games nearly six weeks away, Nike and Fanatics have plenty of time to correct their error. But before they do that, maybe Derek Jeter ought to wear a pair for good luck.

The Yankees great made our imaginations run wild when he admitted to slipping on a teammate’s gold thong to break out of a slump.

With these new see-through pants, onlookers would able to see how much heat their favorite players are truly packing.

That’s a home run for us, but a swing and miss for the players themselves.

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The Kid Laroi speaks about ‘pressure’ of being thrust into fame as a teen in documentary first look

The Kid Laroi has spoken out about the “pressure” of being thrust into the limelight as a teenager in a first look for his upcoming documentary, Kids Are Growing Up.

The feature documentary on the Grammy-nominated Aussie star is directed and produced by Michael D. Ratner and details his meteoric rise to fame when he was just 17 years old. 

The singer-come-rapper originally gained recognition through his since-passed mentor Juice Wrld, whom he supported on his Australian tours in 2018 and 2019. He was then noticed by the likes of Justin Bieber and Post Malone. 

The alt artist, who was born Charlton Howard, is part of a cohort of Hollywood child stars who came to fame in the late 2010s, including Billie Eilish (who was just 15 when she rose to fame) and Olivia Rodrigo (who was 17), and Shawn Mendes (who was also 15). 

Howard’s upcoming documentary shows the star navigating some heavy topics, including mental health issues, his first love, and the tragic death of his mentor, the late rapper. Filming began before the success of his 2021 hit single “Stay” — which Bieber later appeared on in a remix — and continued as the musician prepared for his first world tour and studio album. 

The documentary also features interview clips from others in the industry, including the “Yummy” hitmaker, and Post Malone. 

In a statement, Laroi noted “the incredible teams at OBB Pictures and Amazon MGM Studios for their support in sharing my story”.

He continued: “I can’t wait for audiences to see this behind-the-scenes portrayal of my journey, which perfectly encapsulates some of the most rewarding and challenging years of my life and career so far.”

Currently, the singer is preparing for a headline tour and has confirmed UK and European dates on his tour, with North American shows expected to be announced soon.

The European leg of The First Time tour will begin on 5 April in Oslo and head to the likes of Warsaw, Amsterdam, London, Manchester, Dublin and Berlin.

It’s scheduled to finish up with a headline show in Milan on 27 April.

The singer was scheduled to perform the tour in Australia this month, but this has been postponed to October 2024 for “logistical” reasons. 

“We tried to make February work but it’s proving to be logistically impossible. I’m sorry to make you wait a bit longer but we will need to move the tour to October. We’re working on the details including some new additions to the line up and will let you know ASAP,” read a statement on Ticketek

Kids Are Growing Up will be available to stream from 29 February on Prime Video.

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Meet Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu, the beefy boxer bringing the body to ‘Borderlands’–and your next thirst follow

Image Credits: Instagram, @bignasty (left) | ‘Borderlands,’ Lionsgate (right)

In this post-The Last Of Us world, it seems like Hollywood is finally making video game adaptations with the gays in mind (after all, as GLAAD reports, nearly 1 in 5 gamers identify as LGBTQ+).

Otherwise, we don’t know how else you explain the bananas cast of the upcoming sci-fi flick Borderlands, which features iconic actresses like Cate Blanchett and Jamie Lee Curtis, hunky gay daddy Cheyenne Jackson, and young Barbie breakout Ariana Greenblatt, among others.

From director Eli Roth, Borderlands adapts the popular multi-platform video game series for the big screen, following the adventures of mysterious outlaw Lilith (Blanchett) teaming with a rag-tag group of mercenaries (also featuring Kevin Hart and Jack Black) to track down the missing daughter of a greedy capitalist on a hostile planet filled with aliens and bandits.

Seriously, Cate Blanchett as a blaster-toting, fire-haired alien bounty hunter who kicks *ss and takes names in a massive CGI-heavy action movie? We’re convinced a gay man was behind this casting!

And we haven’t even gotten to the most blatantly gay-baiting (in a good way) facet of this whole thing: Hunky German boxer-turned-actor Florian Munteanu is in it—and it looks like he’s going to be shirtless for most of the movie.

Munteanu stars as Krieg who, in the Borderlands games, is said to be one of many roving, psychotic bandits but nevertheless develops on conscience and winds out helping out the heroes. In the film, Krieg is the sworn protector of feisty young demolitions expert Tiny Tina (Greenblatt). Not one for words, the masked Krieg appears to be the de facto muscle of our band of misfit marauders.

Emphasis on the muscle because, well… just look at the guy! It’s just a shame that Krieg wears a mask the whole movie, because Munteanu’s got quite the face, too. In fact, he’s kind of the whole package.

Born in Germany, the 33-year-old Munteanu followed in his father’s footsteps to become a boxer, competing under the ring name “Big Nasty” (yes, really). Thanks to his hulking frame and athletic background, he was cast in 2018’s Creed II to play Viktor Drago—the son of iconic Rocky Balboa nemesis Ivan Drago (famously played by Dolph Lundgren)—which became his international acting breakthrough.

Following the success of Creed II, the performer also scored roles in its sequel Creed III, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings, the 2022 military thriller The Contractor, and the upcoming final season of Netflix‘s historical epic Vikings: Valhalla.

Notably, Munteanu’s hasn’t really spoken publicly about any romantic partners or made any comments about his sexuality, so a lot of gays out there are holding out hope that he’s one of us. At the very least, Gay Twitter™ seems to be very excited about the prospect of seeing him on the big screen once again:

By the time Borderlands hits theaters and the next season of Vikings: Valhalla drops on Netflix later this year, everybody’s going to want a piece of Florian Monteanu, so you might as well hop on this Thirst Train early.

Scroll down below for more pics from Monteanu’s Instagram that’ll have you shouting, “All aboard!”:

And, by the way: Borderlands is among the nominees for “Next Big Thing” at this year’s Queerties Awards. Polls close at midnight on Thursday, February 22, so don’t miss you chance to vote for it and all of your LGBTQ+ favorites in pop culture and entertainment!

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