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LGBTQ+ Asian Artists Share Stories of Pride And Strength in Lockdown

Asian American Pride series

Hosted by activist Amazin LeThi, The Advocate‘s Instagram Live series celebrated Asian artists and entertainers.

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Commissioner came out as his state’s first openly gay elected Republican last year. He said it’s ‘absolutely’ the reason why he was just booted from office

An American gay commissioner who lost a local government election feels the reason he failed to win was “absolutely” because he is gay. Utah County Commissioner Nathan Ivie, 40, who came out as the state’s first openly gay elected Republican last year, was one of a volley of locality incumbents to be…

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After Massachusetts City Recognizes Polyamorous Relationships, Right-Wingers Blame the Gays

Somerville, Massachusetts, became the first city in the U.S. to recognize polyamorous relationships this week.

CNN reports: The domestic partnership ordinance was brought to the city council recently as a means to help residents who are not married to visit their partners who are sick with coronavirus at the hospital, according to [Councilor Lance] Davis. Right before the meeting last Thursday where the ordinance was going to be voted on, Councilor JT Scott suggested to Davis it should include partnerships of more than two people. The domestic partnership ordinance was brought to the council by Davis to encompass this change in a virtual meeting Thursday evening. Davis recommended tweaking the ordinance so that partners weren’t required to live together or inform the city of change of address. Mayor Joseph Curtatone signed the ordinance into law Monday, according to Davis.

Not surprisingly, right-wing commentators are resurrecting their “slippery slope” arguments — blaming the Somerville ordinance on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell decision in favor of nationwide marriage equality.

At the Christian site LifeSite News, Jonathan Van Maren compared Somerville’s ordinance to Utah’s recent decision to decriminalize polygamy, which he also blamed on Obergefell. Van Maren’s article is titled, “Massachusetts city approves polyamory, the inevitable consequence of gay ‘marriage.’”

“Once marriage was redefined and placed in a panoply of morally acceptable romantic arrangements, it was only a matter of time before the number of partners would mean as much as the sex of the partners. Which is to say, nothing. Even promiscuous multi-taskers can demand that the government endorse and financially support their sexual arrangements,” Van Maren wrote. “The word ‘family’ now has no readily available meaning, and as such, the goalposts are shifting accordingly. … Once again, a government body is throwing its weight behind a new definition of family—and making a moral statement in the process. By claiming that we do not know what a ‘family’ is, they are claiming we cannot know what a family is—and that, by definition, means it is whatever you want it to be. After all, if gender is fluid, why not marriage?

Ryan T. Anderson, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Institute, told the Catholic News Agency: “Of course it was never going to stop with same-sex couples. Once you redefine marriage to eliminate the male-female component, what principle requires monogamy? … Once the law and culture says the male-female aspect of marriage violates justice and equality, we haven’t ‘expanded’ marriage, we’ve fundamentally redefined what it is. And those redefinitions have no principled stopping point.”

On Twitter, Anderson claimed that he predicted the recognition of polyamory in 2013. Texas Republican Congressman Chip Roy retweeted Anderson, adding: “Really not gratifying being correct, is it?”

A few more examples from Twitter below.

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Join Jack Daniel's for a New Episode of 'Drag Queen Mukbang'

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This week’s new episode features Eugene Lee Yang—also known as drag sensation Cheyenne Pepper—for Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire.

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Walk the Moon frontman Nicholas Petricca proudly reveals he is bisexual in emotional video about living your truth

Walk the Moon lead singer Nicholas Petricca has proudly come out as bisexual in an emotional video about the importance of living your truth. The singer-songwriter came out to his 100,000 Instagram followers in a powerful video recorded on the last day of Pride Month. “Hi, my name is Nicholas, I’m the lead…

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Mt. Rushmore, Redskins, Dr. Fauci, Peter Thiel, Tucker Carlson, Ellen DeGeneres, Godzilla, Yvie Oddly, RuPaul, Alanis Morissette, Kelly Clarkson: HOT LINKS

FREEDUMB: Trump visits Mount Rushmore amid controversy, coronavirus concerns. It will be the Republican president’s latest event with large crowds, defying health experts’ recommendations to avoid big gatherings amid recent spikes of COVID-19 cases across the country.

BACKFIRING BIGLY: Trump challenges Biden to take cognitive test that he boasts he ‘aced’. While Mr Trump and his campaign have relentlessly mocked Mr Biden for his supposed mental decline, sharing videos of him apparently slurring his words and smearing him with the nickname “Sleepy Joe”, there are reports that his attempts to focus voters’ attention on the subject are not working – and that they may even be hurting Mr Trump’s chances among older voters, some of whom find the attacks distasteful.

FOUR MONTHS LATER: Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report. The dissolved pandemic response unit, originally named NSC directorate for global health and security and bio-defense, was established by former President Obama during the latter end of his 8-year term. President Trump later shuttered the office in 2018. 

DEJA FLU: U.S. sets record for new coronavirus cases, surpassing 55,000. The United States reported 55,220 new coronavirus cases Thursday, surpassing Wednesday’s record of 52,789, previously the largest single-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to data collected by The Washington Post.

YIKES: Fauci warns new coronavirus mutation may spread more easily. “The data is showing there’s a single mutation that makes the virus be able to replicate better and maybe have high viral loads,” Fauci said in an interview with The Journal of the American Medical Association on Thursday. “We don’t have a connection to whether an individual does worse with this or not; it just seems that the virus replicates better and may be more transmissible.”

FINALLY: Under Pressure, D.C. Football Team Will ‘Undergo A Thorough Review’ Of ‘Redskins’ Name. The name, which Native American activists have said for years constitutes a slur, has come under increased fire lately in light of protests for racial justice around the country.

NO HOMO-CONFIDENCE: Tech Mogul Peter Thiel to Sit Out Trump’s Reelection Campaign Over Doubts He Will Win, WSJ  Reports. The tech mogul now projects that the U.S. economy will be in a deep recession come November, with double-digit unemployment rates, putting the president at a disadvantage to any challenger. Thiel, however, remains a supporter and reportedly plans to vote for Trump in the 2020 election.

EWW: Tucker Carlson 2024? The GOP is buzzing. Republican strategists, conservative commentators, and former Trump campaign and administration officials are buzzing about Carlson as the next-generation leader of Donald Trump’s movement — with many believing he would be an immediate frontrunner in a Republican primary. 

DAYTIME DRAMA: What ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Producers Have Said About Cancelation Rumors. DeGeneres’s character has suffered intense scrutiny in the last year with several allegations about her treatment of staff and guests on her show emerging.

KING OF THE MONSTERS: Godzilla Celebrates Pride With Hilarious & Heartwarming Video

DRAG MYSTERY: RuPaul Has Sashayed Away From Twitter And Instagram And Nobody Knows Why

SERIOUS SHADE: ‘Drag Race’ Winner Yvie Oddly Says RuPaul Never Made Eye Contact ‘Unless She Smelled an Emmy Moment’

NEW MUSIC VIDEO OF THE DAY: Alanis Morisette, “Smiling,” with Elizabeth Stanley from Jagged Little Pill: The Musical

HAMILTON COVER OF THE DAY: Kelly Clarkson, “It’s Quiet Uptown”

ON THE RAG: A weekly look at what’s making news in the gay magazines

FRIDAY FUR: Alex Moran

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A ‘ladies man’ thought he was straight all his life. After he had a stroke, he fell in love with his male nurse

This “ladies man” thought he was straight – until he had a stroke and ended up in the care of a handsome gay nurse, he revealed on First Dates. Adam, who appeared on First Dates in 2014, went down a storm with viewers at the time – and now the clip of his date has resurfaced, reminding viewers ……

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New Ad Hammers Trump Over Russian Bounties Scandal: ‘This July 4th, Benedict Donald is America’s No. 1 Traitor’ (WATCH)

Vote Vets is out with a new ad attacking President Donald Trump over the Russian bounties scandal.

“For the 244 years since we declared our independence, one name has stood as the very definition of the word traitor to the U.S. military,” the ad’s narrator begins. “Benedict Arnold sold out our troops during our fight for freedom. He tried to sell West Point to the enemy before defecting to the other side.

“Now, there’s a new traitor sullying those hallowed Army grounds, and no one has betrayed those in uniform like Donald Trump,” the narrator continues, as the ad shows footage from the president’s recent commencement speech at West Point. “He consorts with a foreign enemy that puts bounties on the heads of American troops.

“He takes the words of Putin over the best American military intelligence,” the narrator says, as the ad shows a clip from Trump’s infamous remarks at Helsinki.

“To Donald Trump, Russian bounties on American troops is just another hoax,” the narrator says. “Some hoax. This July 4th, Benedict Arnold can step aside, because Benedict Donald is America’s No. 1 traitor.”

Within two hours, the ad had racked up more than half a million views on Twitter, and “Benedict Donald” was trending.

Watch it below.

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‘The Color Purple,’ ‘Death Becomes Her’ and More Films Streaming in July on Netflix, HBO, Amazon, Hulu

Looking for something to stream while you Netflix and chill? Already binged Hamilton? Check out our picks for new films streaming this month below, including Death Becomes Her, Showgirls and more.

A Kid Like Jake (2018), available July 1 on Hulu

Claire Danes and out actor Jim Parsons play Brooklyn parents of the titular Jake, a pre-school kid with a penchant for “gender expansive” play. The ensuing debate over how to best support him becomes a snapshot of modern-day parenting.

The Color Purple (1985), available July 1 on Hulu

Adapted from Alice Walker’s novel, this classic paints a portrait of life for 1930 Black women. Woven into the sprawling narrative is the queer romance between Celie and Shug.

Eloise’s Lover (2009), available July 1 on Hulu

This Spanish-language romantic drama follows the romance between Eloise and Asia — and the tragedy that left Asia in a coma.

Death Becomes Her (1992), available July 1 on HBO

Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn hold nothing back in this treasured entry in the queer canon. Meryl, Goldie and Isabella Rossellini all have their diva-levels cranked up to 11, and Bruce Willis pulls a Charlize Theron as the nebbish man caught between them.

Showgirls (1995), available July 1 on HBO

Make it a campy double-feature with this deliciously terrible piece of pulp cinema. The plot is insane, the cast is unhinged and the dialogue is nigh unintelligible. Crack open some Alpo, don your Ver-sayce and get ready to be taken to “DIFFERENT PLACES!”

What are you streaming this month?

All films coming to Netflix
Available July 1

#AnneFrank: Parallel Stories
A Bridge Too Far
A Thousand Words
A Walk to Remember
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Charlotte’s Web
Clash of the Titans (1981)
Cloud Atlas
David Foster: Off the Record
Definitely, Maybe
Delta Farce
Donnie Brasco
Double Jeopardy
Fiddler on the Roof
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
Killing Hasselhoff
Mean Streets
Million Dollar Baby
Paranormal Activity
Red Riding Hood (2011)
Schindler’s List
Sleepless in Seattle
Sleepy Hollow
Stand and Deliver
Starsky & Hutch
Sucker Punch
The Art of War
The Devil’s Advocate
The F**k-It List
The Firm
The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid Part II
The Karate Kid Part III
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
The Town
The Witches
This Christmas
Total Recall (1990)
Under the Riccione Sun — Netflix Film

Available July 3
Desperados — Netflix Film

Available July 5

Available July 7
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Available July 8
The Long Dumb Road
Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado — Netflix Documentary

Available July 10
The Claudia Kishi Club —Netflix Documentary
The Old Guard — Netflix Film

Available July 14
The Business of Drugs — Netflix Documentary
On est ensemble (We Are One) — Netflix Documentary

Available July 15
Gli Infedeli (The Players) — Netflix Film

Available July 16
Fatal Affair — Netflix Film
MILF — Netflix Film
Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Available July 17

Available July 18
The Notebook

Available July 19
The Last Dance

Available July 20
Street Food: Latin America — Netflix Documentary

Available July 22
Fear City: New York vs The Mafia — Netflix Documentary
Love on the Spectrum — Netflix Documentary
The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion

Available July 24
Animal Crackers — Netflix Film
The Kissing Booth 2 — Netflix Film
Ofrenda a la tormenta — Netflix Film

Available July 26
Banana Split

Available July 29
The Hater — Netflix Film

Available July 30
Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie

Available July 31
Seriously Single — Netflix Film
The Speed Cubers — Netflix Documentary

All films coming to Hulu
Available July 1

12 and Holding
2001 Maniacs
52 Pick-Up
A Bridge Too Far
A Complete History of My Sexual Failures
A Kid Like Jake (2018)
A Mighty Wind
A Storks Journey
An Eye for a Eye
The Axe Murders of Villisca
The Bellboy
Best In Show
Between Us
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Boogie Woogie
The Bounty
Brokedown Palace
Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
California Dreamin’
Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter
Catcher Was A Spy
The Catechism Cataclysm
Change of Plans
Cheech & Chong’s Still Smokin’
Citizen Soldier
The Client
Cold War
The Color Purple
The Cured
Danger Close
Dark Touch
Day Night Day Night
The Devil’s Candy
The Devil’s Rejects
Die Hard 4 (Live Free or Die Hard)
Downhill Racer
The Edukators
Eloise’s Lover
The Eye
The Eye 2
Father of My Children
Filth & Wisdom
The Flat
Footloose (1984)
For Your Consideration
The Forbidden Kingdom
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
The Forgiveness of Blood
Freddy Vs Jason
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare
Girls! Girls! Girls!
Grizzly Man
Hateship, Loveship
Hornet’s Nest
Hot Rod
House of 1000 Corpses
The House That Jack Built
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete
Iron Eagle IV: On the Attack
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist
The Last Mistress
Len and Company
Liar, Liar
Love Songs
The Man from London
The Man Who Could Cheat Death
March of the Penguins
Mary Shelley
My Cousin Vinny
The Necessities of Life
Nick Nolte: No Exit
Nights and Weekends
The Ninth Gate
Norma Rae
The Patsy
Phase IV
Post Grad
Rabbit Hole
Rebel in the Rye
Right at Your Door
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Room of Death
Search for General Tso Chicken
The Shock Doctrine
The Shrine
Speed 2: Cruise Control
Spider-Man 3
Spring Forward
Starting Out in the Evening
Sugar Hill
Sunset Strip
Tales From the Golden Age
Tank 432
The Tenant
Tetsuo III: The Bullet Man
Things to Come
This Christmas
Three Blind Mice
Three Musketeers
Trapped Model
The Trip
The Trip to Italy
The Trip to Spain
The Truth About Cats & Dogs
Waiting for Guffman
Waiting Room
We Are What We Are
We Have Pope
The Weather Man
The Wedding Planner
West Side Story
When A Man Comes Home

Available July 2
The Whistlers

Available July 3
I Am Not Your Negro
To The Stars

Available July 10
Palm Springs (Hulu Original)

Available July 11
China: The Panda Adventure
The Secret of Life on Earth

Available July 13
My Scientology Movie
The Rest Of Us

Available July 15
The Weekend

Available July 19
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Available July 20
The Assistant

Available July 21
The Last Full Measure

Available July 22

Available July 26
2099: The Soldier Protocol

Available July 27
Good Deeds

Available July 30
The Flood

All films coming to Amazon:
Available July 1

52 Pick-Up
An Eye For An Eye
Big Fish
The Bounty
Cold War
The Devil’s Rejects
Edge Of Darkness
The Eye
The Eye 2
The Forbidden Kingdom
The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete
Iron Eagle IV – On The Attack
Midnight In Paris
Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Panic Room
Phase IV
Pineapple Express
Rabbit Hole
Starting Out In The Evening

Available July 7
The Tourist

Available July 11

Available July 15
Shakuntala Devi: The Human Computer
The Weekend

Available July 24

Available July 27
Good Deeds

All films coming to HBO and HBO Max:
Available July 1

Absolute Power
The Adventures of Pinocchio
The Amazing Panda Adventure
American Graffiti
American History X
Angels in the Outfield
August Rush
The Bachelor
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero
Batman and Harley Quinn
Batman vs. Two-Face
The Batman vs. Dracula
Batman: Assault on Arkham
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders
Batman: Under the Red Hood
Batman: Year One
Beautiful Creatures
The Big Year (Extended Version)
The Bishop’s Wife
Blade 2
Blade: Trinity
Blazing Saddles
Blood Work
Born to Be Wild
The Boy Who Could Fly
Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason
Catch Me If You Can
Clara’s Heart
The Conjuring
Cop Out
Death Becomes Her
The Departed
The Dirty Dozen
Dirty Harry
Doc Hollywood
Dolphin Tale
Dumb & Dumber
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Enemy of the State
The English Patient
The Enforcer
The Exorcist
Fantastic Four
Flags of Our Fathers
Flushed Away
Four Christmases
Fred Claus
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
Free Willy 3: The Rescue
Free Willy
Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove
Freedom Fighters: The Ray
The Gauntlet
Get Smart
Good Girls Get High
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
Green Lantern: First Flight
The Green Pastures
Grumpier Old Men
Grumpy Old Men
A Guy Named Joe
Heartbreak Ridge
The Horn Blows at Midnight
Horrible Bosses
In Secret
In Time
J. Edgar
Jack Fros
Jane Eyre
Jeepers Creepers 2
Jeepers Creepers
JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time
John Q
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Justice League vs. Teen Titans
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
Justice League: Doom
Justice League: Gods and Monsters
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
Justice League: The New Frontier
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
Justice League: War
Kill Bill: Volume 1
Kill Bill: Volume 2
Kiss of the Dragon
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
The Last Emperor
Last Knights
The Last Samurai
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, 2015
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash
Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Super-Villain High
Lego Justice League: Cosmic Clash
Lego Justice League: Gotham City Breakout
The Letter
Life Is Beautiful
Little Big League
Little Manhattan
Little Nicky
The Longest Yard
Loser Leaves Town
Love Don’t Cost a Thing
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Malibu’s Most Wanted
Mars Attacks
Message In A Bottle
Mickey Blue Eyes
Money Talks
Monkey Trouble
Moonwalk With Me
Mr. Nanny
Music and Lyrics
Nancy Drew
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
National Lampoon’s European Vacation
National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon
National Lampoon’s Vacation
Necessary Evil: The Super-Villains of DC Comics
New Looney Tunes
Now and Then
Osmosis Jones
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
The Polar Express
Pop Star
The Resurrection Of Gavin Stone
Rich and Famous
The Right Stuff
Rumor Has It
Saving Private Ryan
Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird
Something to Talk About
Space Jam
Spies Like Us
Star Trek
Sudden Impact
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay
Superman II
Superman III
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Superman Returns
Superman: Brainiac Attacks
Superman: The Movie
Superman: Unbound
Sweet November
Take the Lead
Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny
Tequila Sunrise
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Thirteen Ghosts
Tom & Jerry: The Movie
The Towering Inferno
True Crime
Twelve Monkeys
Vegas Vacation
Watchmen (movie)
What’s Your Number?
The Women
Wyatt Earp
Yogi Bear (Movie)
Yours, Mine, and Ours

Available July 3
Los Futbolismos (Aka The Footballest)

Available July 4

Available July 11
Last Christmas

Available July 14
Showbiz Kids

Available July 17
Abuelos (Aka Grandpas)

Available July 18

Available July 24
La Gallina Turuleca (Aka Turu, The Wacky Hen)

Available July 25
Motherless Brooklyn

Available July 31
Los Lobos

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Donald Trump Jr’s Girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle Tests Positive for COVID-19

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Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, a fundraising official for the Trump campaign, tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of last night’s Trump event at Mount Rushmore.

The NYT reports: “Ms. Guilfoyle traveled to South Dakota with Mr. Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., in anticipation of attending a huge fireworks display where the president was set to speak. They did not travel aboard Air Force One, according to the person familiar with her condition, and she was the only person in the group who tested positive. … Ms. Guilfoyle was not experiencing symptoms, the person familiar with her condition said. She and the younger Mr. Trump never met up with the president’s entourage, the person said. Out of caution, the couple plans to drive back from South Dakota to the East Coast, the person said.”

Don Jr. and Guilfoyle also attended a packed Hamptons party on Saturday, June 27.

The NY Post reported: “Our spy estimated there were about 100 partiers, who our source says were maskless, at the bash at the 51 Sandpiper Lane mansion, hosted by famed Hamptons builder Joe Farrell, who owns the pricey pile and is selling one down the road for $15 million. The event — which comes days after Long Island entered Phase Three of reopening and while COVID cases surge in some parts of the country — had a caterer and uniformed bartenders. A source close to Don Jr. told us that the pair only stayed for about an hour, and that it was an outdoor event on the building’s roof (though our original source said the party was both inside and outside).”

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