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Bloomberg issues apology to trans people, gets blasted over marriage equality remarks

Democratic Presidential candidate and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has issued an apology for a 2016 incident in which he referred to transgender people as “men in dresses” and “it.” The candidate has also come under fire for allegedly misleading voters about his support of marriage equality. In a statement to NewNowNext, Bloomberg lamented his past remarks, offering up his mea culpa. “It was a poor attempt to describe how some who oppose transgender equality think about this issue—an...
Tags: Feature, Politics, New York, New York City, Lifestyle, Bloomberg, Cnn, Gop, Andrew Cuomo, Michael Bloomberg, Albany, Cuomo, Ad Friendly, Trump, Election 2020, Mike Bloomberg

Senator who accused governor of “defiling” capitol by posing with “evil” drag queens won’t resign

Republican State Sen. Phillip Wheeler of Kentucky is ignoring calls for his resignation after he made homophobic remarks against Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear for posing with a gaggle of drag queens during an LGBTQ rally at the state Capitol. At a campaign rally for GOP Rep.-elect Richard White last weekend, Wheeler held up a photo on his cell phone of Beshear and a group of Derby City Sisters, the local chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. “This is what our Democratic governor is abo...
Tags: Politics, Kentucky, Lifestyle, America, Gop, Wheeler, Kfc, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Homophobic, Drag Queens, Democratic Party, Lexington Herald, Capitol, Republican State, Kentucky Democrats

Department of Justice backs wedding photographer who refuses same-sex couples

The US Department of Justice this week filed a ‘statement of interest’, supporting a photographer in Kentucky who doesn’t want to shoot same-sex weddings. Under Louisville legislation, local businesses are not allowed to turn away customers because of their sexual orientation. Photographer Chelsey Nelson is challenging this 20-year-old ‘Fairness Ordinance’, saying she doesn’t want to appear to support same-sex marriages. She filed legal action last November claiming the legislation violates her...
Tags: Supreme Court, Stephen Colbert, Kentucky, Life, Lifestyle, Department Of Justice, Doj, Nelson, Photographer, Louisville, Ad Friendly, Queerty, U S Department of Justice, US Department of Justice, Alliance Defending Freedom, Civil Rights Division

PHOTOS: Maluma’s wet Calvins break the internet

Wahlberg, Dornan, Lutz, Jonas, Bieber, Rhodes, Centineo, and now, Maluma and Nas X The Colombian singer and American rapper have joined the fraternity of guys who do things, remarkable things, in their Calvins. Namely, they get paid. View this post on Instagram @lilnasx is the boss. DEAL WITH IT. #MYCALVINS ? by @mario_sorrenti A post shared by CALVIN KLEIN (@calvinklein) on Feb 27, 2020 at 8:00am PST...
Tags: Lifestyle, Nas, Justin Bieber, Calvin Klein, Michael, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Maluma, Goods, Indya Moore, Wahlberg Dornan Lutz Jonas Bieber Rhodes Centineo, Troye Sivan AdBridg

Whatever happened to Nick Sauer, the GOP lawmaker caught catfishing with his ex-girlfriend’s nudes?

Once upon a time, Nick Sauer was thought to be a rising star in the Republican Party. In 2016, at the age of 34, he was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives. After being sworn in, he joined the House Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Task Force, where he developed a reputation for his charming personality and for wearing well-tailored Tom Ford suits. His colleagues liked him. His constituents liked him. And he planned to run for re-election. Then it all came crashing down. In Aug...
Tags: Facebook, Sex Scandal, Politics, Instagram, Lifestyle, Gop, Republican Party, Republican, Illinois, Tom Ford, NICK, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Kelly, Allen, Chicago Police Department

Washington state bans gay and trans “panic” defense for homicide

The legislation is named teenager Nikki Kuhnhausen, who was killed last year (Photo: Facebook) Lawmakers in Washington state have overwhelmingly passed legislation banning the so-called “gay panic” defense. This is when someone accused of a murder could claim the sexuality or gender identity of their victim was partly to blame for their actions. Although commonly called “gay panic defense”, it has been used across the LGBTQ spectrum. Washington’s legislation is named the Nikki Kuhnhausen Act....
Tags: Washington, Life, Senate, US, Lifestyle, New Jersey, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Jay Inslee, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Nikki, Trans Panic, Facebook Lawmakers, Gay Panic, Nikki Kuhnhausen, Kuhnhausen

LA council candidate under fire for teaching at school that banned gays

College professor & LA City Council candidate Loraine Lundquist has come under fire by her campaign rival for teaching at a college that did not allow queer students, the Los Angeles Times reports. The charges come from Lundquist’s campaign rival, City Councilman John Lee, who has accused her of enforcing discriminatory practices. “Lundquist made a conscious decision as an adult to teach at and cash a paycheck from a school with a discriminatory policy,” the Lee campaign alleged in a statement....
Tags: Feature, Politics, La, Lifestyle, Los Angeles Times, Ad Friendly, Lee, John Lee, LA City Council, Lundquist, Loraine Lundquist, Lorraine Lundquist, Ludquist, Alma Matter Principa College, Principa, Principa College Last

Man apologizes for being homophobic after finally meeting his bro’s partner

The world is down one homophobe, it seems. After forging new ties with his gay brother and meeting the brother’s partner, a man apologized on Reddit for being homophobic. Related: Straight dude pens essay about coworker turning him from homophobe to ally “My gay brother [has been] dating one guy for three years,” the man explained in his February 24 post. “I told him that I don’t want to meet him, because I thought that’s sin. Today, it was my son’s baptism, and he was [the] godfather. He came ...
Tags: Life, Lifestyle, Reddit, Apologies, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Brothers, Homophobes, Gay Brother

Christy Hall on bringing a queer teen lead to life in ‘I Am Not OK With This’

Sofia Bryant (left) and Sophia Lillis with Christy Hall on set. Photo by Nicola Goode Sometimes overnight success doesn’t just happen overnight. Just ask Christy Hall, the co-creator/producer/writer of Netflix’s newest foray into sci-fi, I Am Not Ok With This, debuting February 26 on the streaming service. Having toiled for years as a playwright, her first attempts at writing screenplays gained the attention of Jonathan Entswhile, her collaborator on the show. The two paired to adapt Charles ...
Tags: Chuck, Feature, New York, Hollywood, Entertainment, Stephen King, Lifestyle, Netflix, Sydney, Broadway, Hamlet, Ad Friendly, Midwest, Jonathan, Syndey, Carrie

No, the CDC is not telling guys to shave off their facial hair to avoid catching coronavirus

There’s a lot of nonsense circulating on the internet right now about coronavirus disease COVID-19 and the possibility of a global pandemic wiping out humanity. A workplace safety infographic put out by the Center for Disease Control began making the rounds on social media this week that has many men falsely thinking they need to shave off their beards and mustaches to avoid catching the virus. The infographic claims facial hair might interfere with respirator devices. CDC warns men about fa...
Tags: New York Post, Cdc, Life, Lifestyle, Facial Hair, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Misinformation, Science Alert, Prepared, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Gay Twitter has a lot to say about this deleted tweet from Mayor Pete

During the Democratic debate in South Carolina this week, Bernie Sanders became a popular target among the remaining field of candidates. Pete Buttigieg prepared a zinger to go after Sanders’ reverence for the “revolutionary politics of the 1960s”, and it’s not sitting well with many queer voters. “I am not looking forward to a scenario where it comes down to Donald Trump with his nostalgia for the social order of the 1950s, and Bernie Sanders with a nostalgia for the revolutionary politics of ...
Tags: Politics, Lifestyle, Donald Trump, South Carolina, Salvation Army, Bernie Sanders, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Trump, Sanders, Clark, Pete, Buttigieg, Zack Ford, Pete Buttigieg, George M Johnson

What to Watch: Gays afraid of gay sex, a true-crime investigation and a Hollywood tell-all

Mark Patton get some glove love in “Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge” Stepping out on a movie date this weekend? Netflix and chillin? Whatever your entertainment needs, we got your back (and hopefully your mind) with Queerty’s weekly “Culture Club” column with some of the highlights of new releases, streaming shows, classics worth revisiting, and what to drink while you watch. The Stream: The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez The case of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez, a child murdere...
Tags: Feature, New York, Hollywood, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Netflix, Elton John, John, Pedro Almodóvar, Antonio Banderas, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Katya, Salvador, Gabriel

Michigan high school student wanted to write about her gay moms. Her teacher said no.

The McDermitt family. Via screenshot. Destiny McDermitt, a junior at Hill-McCloy High School in Montrose, Michigan, has become the center of a media firestorm after her teacher denied her the right to pen an essay about her two moms. The New York Post reports that McDermitt’s teacher, who remains unidentified, assigned her to write an essay about a subject for which she had passion. McDermitt’s mothers, Angela McDermitt-Jackson and Chris Jackson, married when marriage equality became legal in...
Tags: Feature, New York Post, Life, Lifestyle, Michigan, Ad Friendly, Chris Jackson, McDermitt, Angela McDermitt Jackson, Destiny Mcdermitt, Hill McCloy High School, Montrose Michigan, Montrose Community Schools, Linden Moore

Man pretended to be gay to befriend lesbian commuter, then raped her

Taurence Callagain (Photo: Fulton Country Jail) An Atlanta man has been found guilty of raping a woman he met on his daily train commute. The woman is a lesbian and in a longterm relationship. To befriend her, the man – Taurence Callagain, 36 – pretended he was gay. Callagain began talking to the woman in August 2015 after encountering her at a transit station in West Atlanta. After gaining her trust, they swapped phone numbers. He maintained that he was gay during this period and she believe...
Tags: Life, Lifestyle, Atlanta, Rape, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Fulton County, Atlanta Medical Center, Taurence Callagain, Fulton Country Jail An Atlanta, Callagain, Paul L Howard Jr

Texas GOP official compares gay group to murder advocates

Sue Evenwel (Photo: Twitter) As previously reported on Queerty, the Texas branch of the Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) have again been turned down for a booth at the Texas State Republican Convention. It takes place May 14-16 in Houston, TX. 2020 represents the twentieth year the LGBTQ conservative group have been denied a booth. Related: Log Cabin Republicans shunned by their own party, can’t even get a booth at upcoming convention AdBridg.cmd.push(function() { AdBridg.display("div-gpt-ad-inar...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Texas, Lifestyle, Gop, Houston, Republican Party, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Trump, Roberts, LCR, Evenwel, Texas GOP, Bob Hall, Log Cabin Republicans

PHOTOS: Highlights from the 2020 Queerties

Awards season has officially come to a close with an explosion of talent and queerness. With a record-setting number of votes cast–over 1 million in total–the 2020 Queerties celebrated the best of LGBTQ media and culture. Thanks to Visit Britain, The CW, NULO and SKYY Vodka for making it all possible. Congratulations all around! Head here for a full list of winners, and scroll down for highlights from the unforgettable evening (see even more photos over on our Facebook page)… ‘Race Chaser’ ho...
Tags: Feature, Lifestyle, Britain, Alaska, Head, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Kathy Griffin, Manila Luzon, Michael Henry, Constance Wu, Willam, Kit Williamson, Queerties, Ongina, Skyy Vodka

And the winners of the 2020 Queerties are…

Hollywood lit up Tuesday night as the winners, nominees and voters of the 2020 Queerties celebrated at Liason, honoring the queer community’s brightest stars. Celebrities, social media mavens and journalists converged on the Los Angeles venue to mingle, enjoy a SKYY Vodka cocktail, and honor the best in LGBTQ media and entertainment. The awards ceremony included a special appearance by Kathy Griffin and Muna brought the house down with a performance. With over 1 million votes cast by Queerty rea...
Tags: Feature, Hollywood, Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Kathy Griffin, Lizzo, Rupaul, Muna, Kate McKinnon, Billy Porter, Wanda Sykes, Jonathan Van Ness, Queerties 2020, Mark Kanemura Love

Parent asks Internet for help with closeted son: ‘He is my life’

A dedicated mother created a Reddit account just to ask for help saying the right things to her potentially-closeted teen and “support him in his journey.” “My sweet wonderful son is 14,” she wrote in a February 20 post that’s been 98% upvoted. “I have been 80% sure he is gay since he was very small. Although he hasn’t shown any sexual interests I found a Tumblr account on his phone that was following a very specific fetish. … He is a typical grumpy, private teen. We live in a closed-minded are...
Tags: Life, Lifestyle, Netflix, Reddit, Mother, Dad, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Gay Son, Closeted, Reddit Advice

EXCLUSIVE: The Naked And Famous drop their newest track, “Come As You Are”

Electropop darlings The Naked And Famous have just released their newest track “Come As You Are,” and in an exciting twist, Queerty readers get to hear it first. “Come As You Are” marks the latest single off the musical duo’s forthcoming album, Recover, set to hit the web May 8. “Come As You Are” deals with themes of insecurity, loneliness, and feeling like an outcast. “It started out as a song about how everyone comes into a new relationship with history and baggage, and how you shouldn’t let ...
Tags: Feature, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Recovery, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Naked And Famous, Thom Powers, Come as You Are, Billy Porter RuPaul, Alisa Xayalith, Xayalith

Wilton Manors mayor dies of heart attack at 41

Justin Flippen (Photo: @justinflippen | Twitter) The Mayor of Wilton Manors, Justin Flippen, died suddenly yesterday after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 41. Flippen was driving to Tuesday evening’s City Commission meeting when he became ill. He was rushed to hospital, where he passed away, according to officials. “We are very sad. Our hearts go out to Justin’s family and friends,” the Wilton Manors city officials said in a statement. “This is a horrible loss for our community.” Ad...
Tags: Florida, Politics, US, Lifestyle, House Of Representatives, Lgbtq, Stephen, Palm Springs, Ad Friendly, Queerty, South Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Justin, FAU, City Commission

Wilton Manors mayor dies suddenly aged 41

Justin Flippen (Photo: @justinflippen | Twitter) The Mayor of Wilton Manors, Justin Flippen, died suddenly yesterday. He was 41. Flippen was driving to Tuesday evening’s City Commission meeting when he became ill. He was rushed to hospital, where he passed away, according to officials. Early reports suggested he’d suffered a massive heart attack. Today, Police Chief Paul O’Connell, after consultation with the Chief Medical Examiner, said the cause of death was a brain aneurysm. “We are very s...
Tags: Florida, Politics, US, Lifestyle, House Of Representatives, Lgbtq, Stephen, Paul O'connell, Palm Springs, Ad Friendly, Queerty, South Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Justin, FAU

Piers Morgan is feuding with out actress Jameela Jamil and it’s officially ugly

Piers Morgan is no stranger to bad taste, but publishing private messages from deceased TV presenter Caroline Flack as ammunition for a feud with out actress Jameela Jamil may be a new low. Jamil has been open about her tumultuous few weeks, saying the backlash she received after coming out as queer and speaking about her health pushed her “to a point near death.” In a message shared via Twitter, she called out Morgan for turning people’s adversity into punchlines. A final word on all the li...
Tags: Life, Lifestyle, Piers Morgan, Caroline Flack, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Morgan, Caroline, Flack, Jameela, Jamil, Jameela Jamil, Love Island

Ben Affleck reveals he’s not on Grindr, in case you were wondering

Let it be known: Ben Affleck is not a Grindr user. The ubiquitous gay dating app would like to change that, however. In an interview with Diane Sawyer last week, the Oscar-winning director and actor opened up to ABC News about his dating life, or lack thereof. AdBridg.cmd.push(function() { AdBridg.display("div-gpt-ad-inarticle1"); }); Specifically, he said he isn’t on any of the apps and went on to list a series of real and made-up applications. Related: Ben Affleck in ’97: “A man kissing an...
Tags: Entertainment, Ben Affleck, Lifestyle, Abc News, Grindr, Diane Sawyer, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Affleck

Sanders staffer ran secret Twitter account, called Pete product of ‘botched conversion therapy’

Ben Mora. Via Twitter The Bernie Sanders campaign has gone into damage control mode following the revelation of a staffer who ran a private Twitter account to troll Sanders’ fellow Democratic primary contenders. Ben Mora worked as a regional field director for the Sanders campaign in Michigan. The Daily Beast now reports that Mora had used the Twitter handle @perma_ben to attack Sanders’ fellow candidates and their families. Mora referred to Sen. Amy Klobuchar as “pained, chunky, [and] confus...
Tags: Feature, Politics, Lifestyle, Warren, Bernie Sanders, Ad Friendly, Sanders, Election 2020, Pete, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Sen Sanders, Mora, Twitter Trolls, Scott Bixby, Sen Amy Klobuchar, Ben Mora

WATCH: Lil Nas X crashes a wedding to dance with the bride

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Lil Nas X (@lilnasx) on Feb 2, 2020 at 6:10pm PST Lil Nas X surprised wedding goers on the weekend when he crashed a wedding at Disney World. The gay singer and rapper posted a short video clip of the incident to his Twitter on Sunday. In it, he can be seen dancing into the reception room holding hands with the bride. just crashed a wedding at disney worl...
Tags: Instagram, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Ellen, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Disney World, Bert, Old Town Road, Lil Nas X

Same-sex couple’s wedding judged to be ‘Wedding of the Year’

Daniel and Michael Montgomery-Morgan (Photo: Corey White Photographer) A same-sex couple’s beautiful nuptials have won a coveted ‘Wedding of the Year’ prize in Australia. The country passed legislation allowing same-sex marriage in 2017. This is the first time a same-sex couple has won the coveted competition, which is run by wedding planners Easy Weddings. Related: Garrett Clayton and Blake Knight post sweet ninth anniversary messages AdBridg.cmd.push(function() { AdBridg.display("div-gpt-a...
Tags: Australia, Lifestyle, Melbourne, Maldives, Michael, Ad Friendly, Daniel, Corey, Southbank, Queerty Ever After, Garrett Clayton, Queerty Ever After Photos, Blake Knight, Real Housewives of Melbourne, Wedding Of The Year, Michael Montgomery Morgan

Conservatives are gunning for gay Trumpster Richard Grenell. Cue the eye rolls.

Just days after the appointment of openly-gay former ambassador Richard Grenell to the role of acting head of national intelligence, conservative critics have gone on the attack. Though openly gay, Grenell has a long history of defending Trump and conversion therapy proponent Mike Pence. That record had done little to assuage far-right homophobes who see Grenell as a “gay activist.” Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, a group which once said Washington was under the control of ga...
Tags: Feature, Politics, Supreme Court, Obama, Washington, Lifestyle, United States, Truth, Donald Trump, Family Research Council, Ad Friendly, Trump, Mike Pence, Peter Labarbera, Perkins, National Intelligence

Of course Trump has invited homophobic boxer Tyson Fury to the White House

Homophobic boxer Tyson Fury keeps on winning. On Saturday, the 31-year-old entered the sold-out MGM Arena in Las Vegas for WBC’s world heavyweight championship being carried on a golden throne. He went on to secure the crown, along with a $20 million prize, over Deontay Wilder in a seven round match. And then he was invited to the White House! AdBridg.cmd.push(function() { AdBridg.display("div-gpt-ad-inarticle1"); }); Isn't Tyson Fury that extremely homophobic and antisemitic guy — Desper...
Tags: Politics, White House, Lifestyle, Boxing, Las Vegas, Donald Trump, Tyson Fury, Boxer, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Homophobic, Trump, WBC, Deontay Wilder, MGM Arena

Lena Waithe to voice Pixar’s first out-gay character

Writer/actress Lena Waithe has scored a history-making role: that of the first out-gay character in a Pixar film. Waithe, known for her role in the series Master of None, and for creating the popular drama The Chi, will lend her voice to the character Officer Spector, a purple unicorn police officer in the new film Onward. Slate reports that, at one point in the film, Spector tells another character “My girlfriend’s daughter got me pulling my hair out.” The reference may seem subtle, but it sti...
Tags: Feature, Entertainment, Disney, Lifestyle, Pixar, Ad Friendly, Merida, Skywalker, Spector, Josh Gad, Gad, Lena Waithe, Waithe, LeFou, ONward

WATCH: ‘Mostly top’ guy woke up wanting to bottom — this is his story

You can’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his jockstrap. One guy has gone viral after doing just that, in a manner of speaking. Andy is a marketing consultant from Philadelphia and self-described top who woke up on a recent business trip feeling… different. He took to Twitter to share his story: AdBridg.cmd.push(function() { AdBridg.display("div-gpt-ad-inarticle1"); }); “When I woke up this morning, something just hit different, or rather I wanted to be hit different. “So I made a ...
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