Month: December 2020

Is America so broken now that we can’t turn back? Do we want to turn back?Is America so broken now that we can’t turn back? Do we want to turn back?

YES Market Media / Shutterstock.comThe daunting question as we approach 2021 is, invoking the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “where do we go from here?” Read More LGBTQ Nation

Here are the 12 stories you, the readers, clicked on the most in 2020Here are the 12 stories you, the readers, clicked on the most in 2020

YouTube screenshot/White HouseAnthony Fauci, Charmaine McGuffey, and Karine Jean-Pierre are loved… Donald Trump and Ben Carson, not so much. Read More LGBTQ Nation

Tender film about a gay couple who adopted a homeless child becomes rare LGBT+ success in China

A simple film about a gay couple who adopt a homeless child, Forbidden Love in Heaven has become something almost unthinkable for LGBT+ filmmakers and moviegoers in China: a hit. In a nation where acceptance of same-sex couples is progressing at a less-than-glacial rate, Chinese filmmakers have long been censored and nettled by authorities’ inability to acknowledge … Continued
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Two trans women win election in historic moment for LGBT+ visibility in India

Two transgender women have won local elections in their villages in India in an incredible history-making moment. Both women were elected to the gram panchayat – a form of local government operating in villages in India – on Wednesday (30 December), Devika Akka, a transgender woman, was elected in Ward 7 of the Saligrama panchayat, while … Continued
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New Batwoman Javicia Leslie hadn’t come out to her mother when she was cast as the caped crusader

New Batwoman actor Javicia Leslie revealed she hadn’t come out to her mother when she won her trailblazing new role. Leslie made history when she was named the first Black actor to play Batwoman, with headlines also picking up on her bisexuality – though when she was cast, she was yet to come out to … Continued
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Iratxe Otero, a 29-year-old trans woman, found stabbed to death near shopping mall on Boxing Day

Iratxe Otero, a 29-year-old trans woman, was found dead by Spanish authorities in a case that has quickly rippled fear and anger in the local LGBT+ community. The body of Otero, from Arona, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, was found at around 6am on 26 December, said officers from Spain’s law enforcement agency, the Civil Guard – though … Continued
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Gilligan’s Island, Elton John, ‘The Batman’, Secret Service, Ken Jennings, Ireland, Kylie and Dua Lipa: HOT LINKS

A Happy New Year to all and a healthy, Trump-free 2021!

SECRET SERVICE. Biden to get agents he’s familiar with as Trump-allied agents are transferred. “The Secret Service is making some staff changes in the presidential detail that will guard President-elect Joe Biden, amid concerns from Biden allies that some current members were politically aligned with President Trump, according to two people familiar with the changes.”

MINNEAPOLIS. Police fatally shoot man during traffic stop: “Minneapolis police shot and killed a man they say fired first during a traffic stop on the city’s south side Wednesday night. Hours afterward, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said he will release body camera footage of the shooting Thursday. It was the first police killing in Minneapolis since the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of four since-fired police officers.”

RIP. Gilligan’s Island‘s Mary Ann, Dawn Wells dies of COVID complications at 82.

NO DATA. Pfizer warns that there is “no data to demonstrate that a single dose of its coronavirus vaccine will provide protection from infection after 21 days.” after UK begins vaccination regimen.

LIFESAVER. Elton John reveals what has gotten him through the COVID pandemic.

SAMUEL LITTLE. The most prolific serial killer in US history is dead: [Little], with nearly 60 confirmed victims, died Wednesday in California. He was 80. … A skilled artist, he even provided Holland with dozens of paintings and drawings of his victims, sometimes scribbling their names when he could remember them, as well as details such as the year and location of the murder and where he’d dumped the body.”

THE BATMAN. There’s trouble on the set between Robert Pattinson and director Matt Reeves.

KEN JENNINGS. Jeopardy champ issues apology for past tweets.

IRELAND. COVID lockdown: “People must stop socializing in each other’s homes for several weeks under new pandemic restrictions announced Wednesday by the Irish government. … Ministers decided to delay the reopening of schools by a week to January 11 and extend a ban on air flights and passenger ferries from Britain until January 6 at least.”

CHINA. Government approves first state-owned COVID vaccine: “The Sinopharm vaccine had already been given to groups such as health care professionals and essential workers under emergency-use guidelines as part of China’s program to inoculate 50 million people before the Lunar New Year holiday in February. But the go-ahead should allow it to be supplied more broadly at home and moves Beijing closer to being able to ship it abroad.”

REMIX OF THE DAY. Kylie Minogue and Dua Lipa “Real Groove”.

THIRSTY THURSDAY. Zachary Quinto.

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Biden & Trump, Pete Buttigieg, Elliot Page…. Here’s the top 10 LGBTQ stories of 2020Biden & Trump, Pete Buttigieg, Elliot Page…. Here’s the top 10 LGBTQ stories of 2020

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Gay Black man brutally stabbed and left in a coma ‘because he dresses femme’. Police don’t think it’s a hate crime

Anthony Crumbley, a gay Black man, says he was was stabbed and left for dead because he “dresses very femme” – but the brutal attack isn’t being treated as a hate crime. Crumbley, 25, was attacked by two men and a woman on 18 December in the West Broadway area of Boston while he was walking … Continued
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‘Gender-critical’ academic accepts OBE with lengthy diatribe branding Stonewall a ‘threat to free speech’

A ‘gender-critical’ academic awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list has branded LGBT+ charity Stonewall “a threat to freedom of speech” in a diatribe about “gender identity ideology”. Dr Kathleen Stock, professor of philosophy at the University of Sussex, was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2021 … Continued
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