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Jacqueline Toboni Talks Rosie, Role Models, and Going Full Magic Mike in Gen Q

“I did dress up Jughead Jones for Halloween as an homage to the Autostraddle article.”

The post Jacqueline Toboni Talks Rosie, Role Models, and Going Full Magic Mike in Gen Q appeared first on Autostraddle.

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How I Went Broke and Then Broke Even in TikTok’s Dabloon Economy

Last week, I found myself, once again, in debt to a creature of the night.

The post How I Went Broke and Then Broke Even in TikTok’s Dabloon Economy appeared first on Autostraddle.

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LISTEN: This ’60s soul songstress rocked the Toronto soul scene-and strict gender norms

Soul-singing Jackie Shane started her career in her native Nashville, Tennessee, donning makeup and long hair even as a teen in the 1950s Jim Crow South.

She took to performing as part of the traveling Cetlin & Wilson carnival to make her name and live her truth on stage. In 1959, the carnival found its way to Ontario, and she knew she’d found where she was supposed to be.

“I never felt that good before. I felt so free,” she later recounted to Toronto musicologist Rob Bowman. “I just loved it.”

Moving to Quebec for a short time,  she came to collaborate with Frank Motley and his Motley Crew as their lead vocalist. Her new gig led her back to Ontario, with Toronto becoming her home base as she traveled around recording and performing.

Shane started cutting singles, like her 1962 cover of William Bell’s “Any Other Way”, along with Motley. That song in particular caught fire in her new Toronto scene, making its way up the local charts and earning her a top two hit in the area.

Despite her foundational impact on the Toronto Sound in the ’60s, Shane came to shun away from the spotlight in the ’70s. She wouldn’t be seen much by the public eye until 2017, when reissue label Numero Group worked with her on a double-LP compilation of her work. Her star shone once again, earning her a well-deserved “Historical Album” Grammy nomination.

For decades, Shane was identified as a gay man or drag queen in the press. She herself identified a number of different ways before publicly settling on “trans woman” in an interview that same year, just a couple of years before her passing in early 2019. Such is the nature of queer identity and terminology over decades, of course. What matters most is that she was Jackie, and she was ferocious.

To quote a bit from a live performance of her song “Money“: “When I’m walkin’ down Yonge Street — you won’t believe this — but you know, some of them funny people have the nerve to point the finger at me and grin and smile and whisper. But you know, that don’t worry Jackie, because I know I look good. And every Monday morning, I laugh and grin on my way to the bank because I’ve got mine.”

Check out Jackie Shane’s scene-stealing cover of “Any Other Way”:

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Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp welcomes first child: ‘We’re eternally grateful’

Rent and Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp revealed he’s finally become a dad as he welcomed his first child with long-time partner Ken Ithiphol. 

Rapp took to social media to share the news that his family expanded with the arrival of a son – named Rai as Rapp explained is pronounced like “rye” or “chai” – on Friday (2 December) via surrogacy. He also shared a picture of the proud parents with their little bundle of joy lovingly embraced in Ithipol’s arms. 

“Ken and I are thrilled to share that our family has grown!” Rapp wrote. “Our son, Rai Larson Ithiphol, was brought into the world on Friday, December 2, 2022, by an incredibly generous surrogate, to whom we are eternally grateful. (Rai is pronounced like ‘rye’ or ‘chai.’)”

“We love him very much,” Rapp added. 

The parents were met with an outpouring of love in the comments section from friends and fans who were over the moon at the news. 

Broadway icon Kristin Chenoweth and Rapp’s Star Trek costar Ethan Peck both sent their “congrats”. Even the official Star Trek Instagram account sent the pair support.

“HALLELUJAH!!” wrote Daphne Rubin-Vega, who originated Mimi in Rent on Broadway. “Welcome home, Rai!”

Anthony Rapp found fame as the originator of the role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway production of Rent. He reprised the character in the film version of the hit musical and played Mark once more in the show’s US tour in 2009.

Rapp and Ithiphol began dating in 2016 and got engaged in November 2019 after the actor popped the question. He shared with fans that he was “so very happy” and “thrilled” to share his love for Ithiphol with the world. 

Ken Ithiphol and Anthony Rapp stand side-by-side while wearing blue suits
Ken Ithiphol and Anthony Rapp began dating in 2016 before getting engaged in November 2019 and again in 2020. (Getty)

The pair got engaged again in 2020 when Ithiphol, who is a leadership coach, social researcher and advocate, got down on one knee while the couple were hiking at Boynton Canyon in Arizona. 

Rapp tweeted his appreciation for the flood of support and “loving kindness” his growing family has had since the heart-warming announcement. 

“There have been far too many messages from folks offering congratulations and loving kindness in the wake of yesterday’s announcement for me to be able to respond to everyone,” Rapp wrote. “But thank you!!! It’s already been an incredible journey, and it’s only the very beginning…”

The post Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp welcomes first child: ‘We’re eternally grateful’ appeared first on PinkNews | Latest lesbian, gay, bi and trans news | LGBTQ+ news.

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Herschel Walker's Anti-Trans Hate: A Roundup for Georgia Election Day

Herschel Walker

The Republican U.S. Senate candidate has railed against trans people throughout his campaign.

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Did these two tennis hotties come out together, or are they just bromancing too close to the sun?

It’s no news that male sports stars get faux-flirty every now and again. European athletes are especially known to get into it, from kissing each other in celebration to uploading teasing Insta stories from the locker room.

So why is a recent Instagram post from a pair of French tennis players convincing folks on social media that it’s an actual factual coming out?

In a no-longer-up IG story, Slade Toulousain Tennis Club member Fabien Reboul posted a picture of him  kissing fellow player Max Brovillé. Not the first player-to-player kiss ever, but the caption lays it on pretty thick!

“I did not fall in love with you,” Fabien wrote. “Your love pushed me to it.”

Diversity win?:

Brovillé reposted it to his own story, adding a hand-heart emoji. He also posted a photo dump of his team with the second picture being from the same moment, with the pair pulled in close and gazing into each other’s eyes.

Swipe over for the “two best friends in a room, they might kiss”-esque pic:

 

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Fingers are crossed for the copious well-intentioned “love is love” commenters.

Related: Why are there no openly gay pros in elite men’s tennis? Out, former player Brian Vahaley has an idea.

If the posts are genuinely, this is a great step forward for LGBTQ+ representation in athletics. They would both be the first active out Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) players in history, as trailblazing players Brian Vahaley and Francisco Rodriguez both came out in retirement.

And how cute would it be to have a couple on the same team as doubles players? Icon status isn’t out of reach.

Lord knows they’re both pretty cute on their own:

 

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Related: Russia’s top tennis star Daria Kasatkina came out with an Olympic gf reveal, consequences be damned

 

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Are they hot? Absolutely. Are the actually in love? The jury is out. Is the habit of playful gay banter between straight guys kind of making fun of homosexuality? Open to interpretation, but it can be fun to watch sometimes.

Even if it’s all a bant, one can always root for the playful-homoeroticism-to-genuine-homoeroticism pipeline to work its magic.

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Did these two tennis hotties come out together, or are they just bromancing too close to the sun?

It’s no news that male sports stars get faux-flirty every now and again. European athletes are especially known to get into it, from kissing each other in celebration to uploading teasing Insta stories from the locker room.

So why is a recent Instagram post from a pair of French tennis players convincing folks on social media that it’s an actual factual coming out?

In a no-longer-up IG story, Slade Toulousain Tennis Club member Fabien Reboul posted a picture of him  kissing fellow player Max Brovillé. Not the first player-to-player kiss ever, but the caption lays it on pretty thick!

“I did not fall in love with you,” Fabien wrote. “Your love pushed me to it.”

Diversity win?:

Brovillé reposted it to his own story, adding a hand-heart emoji. He also posted a photo dump of his team with the second picture being from the same moment, with the pair pulled in close and gazing into each other’s eyes.

Swipe over for the “two best friends in a room, they might kiss”-esque pic:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Max Brovillé (@maxence_broville)

Fingers are crossed for the copious well-intentioned “love is love” commenters.

Related: Why are there no openly gay pros in elite men’s tennis? Out, former player Brian Vahaley has an idea.

If the posts are genuinely, this is a great step forward for LGBTQ+ representation in athletics. They would both be the first active out Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) players in history, as trailblazing players Brian Vahaley and Francisco Rodriguez both came out in retirement.

And how cute would it be to have a couple on the same team as doubles players? Icon status isn’t out of reach.

Lord knows they’re both pretty cute on their own:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Fabien Reboul (@fabienreboul)

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Fabien Reboul (@fabienreboul)

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Fabien Reboul (@fabienreboul)

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Fabien Reboul (@fabienreboul)

Related: Russia’s top tennis star Daria Kasatkina came out with an Olympic gf reveal, consequences be damned

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Max Brovillé (@maxence_broville)

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Max Brovillé (@maxence_broville)

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Max Brovillé (@maxence_broville)

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Fabien Reboul (@fabienreboul)

Are they hot? Absolutely. Are the actually in love? The jury is out. Is the habit of playful gay banter between straight guys kind of making fun of homosexuality? Open to interpretation, but it can be fun to watch sometimes.

Even if it’s all a bant, one can always root for the playful-homoeroticism-to-genuine-homoeroticism pipeline to work its magic.

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Putin Signs Extreme Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill Into Law

Pride demonstration in Russia

The law extends the current ban to prohibit sharing LGBTQ-related information with adults as well.

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Gay Twitter™ has thoughts on Kirstie Alley, whose anti-LGBTQ tweets will live on even after her death

OK, before you say “That’s not Kirstie Alley! That’s Kristen Johnston!”, WE KNOW. The joke will make sense in a minute…

It was American lawyer Clarence Darrow (not Mark Twain) who famously said, “I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” And that seems to be the sentiment many are sharing after learning the news of Kirstie Alley’s passing yesterday.

The pro-Trump, anti-vax Masked Singer contestant died this week after a brief battle with cancer, her family announced yesterday. She was 71 years old.

Alley was a staunch MAGA supporter who frequently used her social media platform, where she had 1.5 million followers, to peddle homophobic right-wing talking points and disparage people who disagreed with her, often calling them names, telling them they were going to hell, and blocking them. (She even blocked Queerty at one point.)

Related: Former actress Kirstie Alley says teaching kids to be more open-minded will turn them into pedophiles

She opposed diversity in Hollywood and believed teaching kids about LGBTQ+ issues and sex ed in schools would turn them into pedophiles. Oh, and she loathed Billy Eichner.

In short, she wasn’t the kindest person. Although, in her heyday, she did give a few solid performances that still hold up. Drop Dead Gorgeous will always be a camp classic. And who can deny the greatness of the Look Who’s Talking trilogy?

That said, those movies came out decades ago, and Alley changed significantly since they were released, particularly after Trump entered the political arena.

Related: Former actress Kirstie Alley rages about “a**hats” and anal sex during chaotic Twitter rampage

Which leads us to the tweets, since it was always about the tweets with Alley. While a number of her former co-stars and colleagues, including John Travolta and Valerie Bertinelli, have paid tribute to her on social media, many others have been less quick to gloss over the last seven or so years and the legacy of hate and intolerance she leaves behind.

Here’s what they’re saying…

Joking, politics, and, yes, even her homophobia aside, we do hope Alley has finally found some peace.

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Gay Twitter™ has thoughts on Kirstie Alley, whose anti-LGBTQ tweets will live on even after her death

OK, before you say “That’s not Kirstie Alley! That’s Kristen Johnston!”, WE KNOW. The joke will make sense in a minute…

It was American lawyer Clarence Darrow (not Mark Twain) who famously said, “I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” And that seems to be the sentiment many are sharing after learning the news of Kirstie Alley’s passing yesterday.

The pro-Trump, anti-vax Masked Singer contestant died this week after a brief battle with cancer, her family announced yesterday. She was 71 years old.

Alley was a staunch MAGA supporter who frequently used her social media platform, where she had 1.5 million followers, to peddle homophobic right-wing talking points and disparage people who disagreed with her, often calling them names, telling them they were going to hell, and blocking them. (She even blocked Queerty at one point.)

Related: Former actress Kirstie Alley says teaching kids to be more open-minded will turn them into pedophiles

She opposed diversity in Hollywood and believed teaching kids about LGBTQ+ issues and sex ed in schools would turn them into pedophiles. Oh, and she loathed Billy Eichner.

In short, she wasn’t the kindest person. Although, in her heyday, she did give a few solid performances that still hold up. Drop Dead Gorgeous will always be a camp classic. And who can deny the greatness of the Look Who’s Talking trilogy?

That said, those movies came out decades ago, and Alley changed significantly since they were released, particularly after Trump entered the political arena.

Related: Former actress Kirstie Alley rages about “a**hats” and anal sex during chaotic Twitter rampage

Which leads us to the tweets, since it was always about the tweets with Alley. While a number of her former co-stars and colleagues, including John Travolta and Valerie Bertinelli, have paid tribute to her on social media, many others have been less quick to gloss over the last seven or so years and the legacy of hate and intolerance she leaves behind.

Here’s what they’re saying…

Joking, politics, and, yes, even her homophobia aside, we do hope Alley has finally found some peace.

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