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JK Rowling platforms anti-trans shop selling ‘lesbians don’t have penises’ and ‘f**k your pronouns’ merch

JK Rowling broke her Twitter silence following the release of her heavily-criticised new book by sharing a new purchase: a “This with doesn’t burn” t-shirt from a store which also sells anti-trans merchandise. The author has refrained from commenting on the firestorm surrounding her book, Troubled Blood,…

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'Borgias,' Schitt's Creek' Actor François Arnaud Comes Out as Bisexual

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“I’m sure many bisexual guys feel the same and end up doing as I did: letting other people’s assumptions of straightness stand uncorrected.”

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“Kissing Jessica Stein” Is a Classic of Queer Jewish Anxiety

I hope those of you who celebrate had a relatively joyous Rosh Hashanah. And now please join me in the High Holy Day of revisiting a Jewish queer woman classic.

The post “Kissing Jessica Stein” Is a Classic of Queer Jewish Anxiety appeared first on Autostraddle.

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School worker claims ‘extremist’ rants against LGBT-inclusive education were ‘morally necessary’ to defend the Bible

An anti-LGBT+ school worker who lost her job after attacking inclusive education “brainwashing” told an employment tribunal she was defending the “Bible truth” and was discriminated against for being a Christian. Kristie Higgs, 44, had been employed at Farmor’s School in Fairford, Gloucestershire,…

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Actress says she’s the “biggest cheerleader” for “homosexuals” and using antigay slurs isn’t antigay

Kangana Ranaut is an award-winning Bollywood actress with over 2 million followers on Twitter. She’s also a self-proclaimed “cheerleader” for the “homosexual community” who sometimes uses antigay slurs, even after her gay fans have asked her not to.

This week, the 33-year-old actress got into a heated conversation with a journalist on Twitter. After she called the man a “sissy” and a “eunuch,” a fan responded by saying, “We really admire you – if we may say, please do not use homophobic language. It negates and weakens your argument.”

The fan added, “The lgbt community have enough oppression. Using these derogatory terms in a normalised way is equally offensive and it takes away from your shine.”

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To which Ranaut responded by claiming to be the “biggest cheerleader for the homosexual community.”

“I am the biggest cheerleader of homosexual community,” she wrote. “Please see the dictionary meaning of what I have written. I have not made any derogatory remarks for LGBT community never in my dreams, recognise your well wishers and support them.”

Except that Ranaut really isn’t much of a cheerleader. Or, if she is, she’s not a very good one.

Aside from praising India’s Supreme Court for striking down the country’s law against homosexuality in 2018, calling it “great news,” Ranaut doesn’t appear to have much of a history in “cheerleading” for LGBTQ causes or supporting any LGBTQ organizations.

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She does, however, have a history of engaging in causal homophobia during interviews.

In January 2019, she was criticized for using a homophobic pejorative when she told an interviewer, “Sissy men don’t like women to be fierce.”

After fans informed her that the term “sissy” was offensive to gay people, she used it again in December 2019 when she accused some of her male colleagues of being “spineless” and “sissies” for not agreeing with her on a political issue.

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“Bollywood is full of cowards who are full of themselves,” she said. “All they do is just look into the mirror 20 times a day. … Pumping their muscles in the gym the whole day. That’s who they are.”

After Ranaut proclaimed to be a “cheerleader for the homosexual community” this week, fans once again informed her that her casual homophobia is a problem.

After initially engaging with fans on Twitter, Ranaut went radio silent when the tried explaining why her repeated use of the word “sissy” is offensive. She has not issued any further comment on the matter. Here’s hoping she got the memo this time.

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Pablo Alborán reflects on coming out and becoming an overnight international gay heartthrob

Pablo Alborán made international headlines in June when he announced he was gay in a video shared with his 5.7 million followers on Instagram. Now, he’s preparing to release his first album since coming out and he has some interesting things to say about the experience.

Speaking to GQ Spain, the 31-year-old Spanish pop star says he still feels like the same person he was before coming out to the world, but the burden of hiding his true identity has been lifted.

“I’m a normal guy, who laughs at everything, who wants to have fun,” he explains. “And now, in addition, I can look at people and say: this is me.”

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When asked about his coming out video, Alborán says he never expected it garner international attention. In fact, the whole thing was kinda sorta an afterthought.

“I didn’t plan it and it wasn’t a very thoughtful decision either,” he says. “It was a weekend that I had to go to Madrid for work. I saw how the city was. I saw my empty house.”

Alborán, who was already out to his family, says he became overcome with an “apocalyptic feeling.” That’s when he decided he didn’t want to live with the constant fear of being “caught.” So he took out his phone and turned on his camera.

24 hours later, he was making headlines around the world.

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“I have heard people call it a marketing strategy,” Alborán says. “I have also heard that I had a coach who helped prepare me. They have said everything.”

None of this is true, however. The whole thing really was spontaneous.

Mostly, however, Alborán says he’s received well wishes and an outpouring of support from fans.

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“I have received a flood of love and stories that I swear I did not imagine,” he says, adding that he’s heard from mothers who used his coming out video to teach their children about LGBTQ people, and fans were inspired by it to share their own truths.

As for his new music, Alborán says the songs, particularly the love songs, have “nothing to do with whether you like men or women.”

“They are a way to understand love,” he says. “For me it is important that everyone feels identified.”

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Alborán’s new album Vertigo hits stores and streaming platforms later this year. Its lead single “Si Habieras Querido” will be released this Thursday.

Related: Everyone’s salivating over Pablo Alborán’s armpits

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How Did We Get Here? 6 Bi People on Coming to Their Identity for Bi+ Week 2020

“So many people come to the table with preconceived notions about bisexuality — namely that it excludes trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming folks — and if I was out in the world, identifying solely as bisexual, was I coloring how people saw me? Did my definition of bisexuality matter outside my comfort zone?”

The post How Did We Get Here? 6 Bi People on Coming to Their Identity for Bi+ Week 2020 appeared first on Autostraddle.

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Well, the reviews are in and nobody seems to be buying Ellen’s on-air apology

Embattled daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres thought she could squash an entire summer of scandals with a heartfelt, six-minute on-air apology during the season 18 premiere of her show, but it appears she may have miscalculated how deeply hurt and upset people still are.

Season 18 of The Ellen Degeneres Show premiered yesterday and kicked off with the comic finally addressing her and the show’s turbulent hiatus.

“How was everybody’s summer — good? Mine was great,” Ellen said, before talking about all the things she’s “learned things that happened here that never should have happened.”

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“I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected,” DeGeneres said. “I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power and I realized that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”

Now, several current and former employees of The Ellen Degeneres Show are speaking to Buzzfeed, which first broke the story earlier this summer, about how they feel about Ellen’s remarks and–surprise!–they’re not buying any of it.

“Not only did Ellen turn my trauma, turn our traumas, into a joke, she somehow managed to make this about her,” one former employee says.

Another adds: “When she said, ‘Oh, my summer was great’ and that was supposed to be funny I thought, ‘It’s funny that you had a rough summer because everyone was calling out all of the allegations of your toxic work environment and now you’re the one suffering?’”

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And a third one notes, “The right thing would be to follow up with these people who are humans who were affected by this. They have a responsibility to kind of close this chapter of our lives and move on.”

“It just feels like there’s no ending to this for people who came forward and said things that happened to them and reopened these wounds and rehashed these memories.”

A current employee tells Buzzfeed that there’s still a lot of chaos behind-the-scenes, with higher-ups not being forthcoming about, frankly, anything. They also they don’t buy Ellen’s apology, suggesting the whole thing is calculated and insincere.

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“It’s always tactical,” the employee says. “The average person will listen to it and make their own choices, but what people don’t always take into account is that information is power, and she’s sharing it now because it’s for premiere week and it’s to get viewers back, and that just feels the opposite of what this message is about.”

They add they’re disappointed Ellen chose to make “inappropriate jokes” while discussing her employees’ genuine traumas.

“When you’re talking about people who have accused her leadership of the seriousness of sexual misconduct, I don’t think it’s appropriate to have jokes in the monologue.”

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Giving credit where credit is due, the current employee says it was “amazing” to hear her finally address the show’s toxic work culture after it had been swept under the rug for so many years.

“It’s kind of amazing that this is being discussed on her show,” the employee says. “To actually go from an environment where nothing is said and everyone keeps their head down to now when it’s the topic of her first show back is pretty amazing.”

“Whether or not I believe in this message that she is saying is another issue.”

Interestingly, at the end of Monday’s episode, Ellen didn’t close with her signature “be kind” message. Instead, she told viewers, “Feel this love and I’m giving it back to you, and spread that in the world. Spread that, not other things–just the good stuff is what we should spread. Alright, bye, everybody.”

So how did people on Twitter respond to Ellen’s apology? Well, it looks like those reviews are rather lukewarm as well…

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Mike Bloomberg Raises $16 Million to Pay Fines of 32,000 Florida Felons So They Can Vote

Mike Bloomberg has raised more than $16 million to help Black and Hispanic felons regain voting rights in Florida. Bloomberg’s fundraising has helped pay off the fines for at least 32,000 voters.

Axios reports: “A 2018 state constitutional amendment in Florida allows for felons who have completed their sentences to regain their right to vote — so long as they’ve also paid back any outstanding fines, fees or restitution.”

The Washington Post adds: “The money will go to fund a program organized by the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition to pay the fines, fees and restitution costs for former prisoners who are already registered to vote in Florida but barred by law from participating in the election because of those outstanding debts. Bloomberg, who has committed at least $100 million to electing Biden in the state, raised the money from individuals and foundations over the last week, his advisers said. He saw the donations as a more cost-effective way of adding votes to the Democratic column than investing money to persuade voters who already have the right to vote, a Bloomberg memo said.”

The post Mike Bloomberg Raises $16 Million to Pay Fines of 32,000 Florida Felons So They Can Vote appeared first on Towleroad Gay News.

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