Month: May 2021

Take a moment to remember these lost LGBTQ veterans this Memorial DayTake a moment to remember these lost LGBTQ veterans this Memorial Day

ShutterstockWe recognize these seven veterans from the American Revolution to the present who, while not having lost their lives in military action, sacrificed themselves in other ways. Read More LGBTQ Nation

For Sir Ian McKellen Age Was Not a Barrier to Enjoying Pilates Instruction While in Covid Lockdowns

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Sir Ian McKellen has been doing Pilates classes online during lockdown.

The 82-year-old actor was encouraged to start the light exercise classes in order to stay active during lockdown, and said he’s trying to stick with his workout regime because he doesn’t want to become “decrepit”.

He said: “On and off I’ve been aware that exercise is a good idea and I’ve done various disciplines. I’ve been doing Pilates online through lockdown. It just keeps me active. The trouble with a lot of people my age is that they are decrepit not simply because they are getting older but because they are not doing enough of what they always did do – walk, run, exercise. It’s all too easy to think, ‘Well, I’ll have a little sleep now. It’s 11 o’clock in the morning.’ ”

And now that people are beginning to come out of lockdown, Ian is finding himself taking on new forms of exercise, especially as he prepares to step into the “athletic” role of Hamlet in the eponymous Shakespeare play.

He added: “Of course Hamlet is quite athletic, a fencer and rather good at it. So I am doing a few lunges.”

Ian is returning to the famous role after an initial outing in 1971, and has said he never thought he would take on the part again.

He said: “It had never crossed my mind to play Hamlet again. I hadn’t much enjoyed doing it before. Nor had many people who saw it enjoyed it, as far as I can make out. I got some sniffy reviews. I thought it was enough to look romantic and tousle my hair and rattle the speeches off and I’d get by. I don’t think I could believe what was going on. Which I’ve attended to this time.”

And following the COVID-19 pandemic, Ian is keen to see more theatres re-open for productions, as he believes there’s “nothing to match” the feel of taking part in a play, especially for “young actors”.

Speaking to The Sunday Times newspaper’s Culture magazine, he said: “Certainly as a training ground for young actors there’s nothing to match it. The young actors I talk to about it almost cry because that’s what they most want but their agent is telling them they’ve got to do TV because that’s where the money and fame is. Well, they want to learn how to act, and the best way to do that is by acting.”

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Trailblazing trans teacher artfully explains why trans athlete bans are harmful

Trailblazing transgender teacher Owen Bondono has expertly explained why degrading trans sports bans are harmful. A bill is currently making its way through the Michigan legislature that would require high school athletes to play on teams that match the sex they were assigned at birth. Similar bills are making their way through state legislatures across … Continued
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Billy Porter declares he’s a ‘free man’ after going public with HIV diagnosis

Billy Porter has declared he’s a “free man” after he told the world he’s been living with HIV for 14 years. The Pose star was first diagnosed with HIV in June 2007 but he chose to keep his status a secret from the public and from his mother due to pervasive stigma. During an appearance on The Tonight … Continued
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New Master of None season wins praise for portrayal of queer people struggling to conceive

The new season of Master of None is winning praise for its portrayal of the challenges queer people face when trying to start a family. The award-winning series debuted on Netflix in 2015 with Parks & Recreation star Aziz Ansari in the lead role – however, the show’s third season puts Lena Waithe’s queer character Denise front and centre. … Continued
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Golfer makes history as first trans woman to ever win a professional US tournament

Scottish golfer Hailey Davidson has become the first transgender woman ever to win gold in a professional US tournament. Davidson, 28, who moved to the US with her family in 1997, claimed victory in a mini-tour event at Providence Golf Club in Polk County, Florida. She is the first trans woman to scoop a title … Continued
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Pride in Pictures: Trans activist Jazz Jennings is the youngest Grand Marshal in NYC Pride historyPride in Pictures: Trans activist Jazz Jennings is the youngest Grand Marshal in NYC Pride history

Jeanette Jennings”I felt pure, positive energy, and there was so much love in the air.” Read More LGBTQ Nation

Trans weightlifter Laurel Hubbard competing at Tokyo Olympics is ‘like a bad joke’, whines bitter rival

The rival of weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, who is set to make history as one of the first out trans athletes to compete in the Olympics, is griping about her being allowed to compete. While Hubbard has not been officially announced for the New Zealand team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, she is likely to be given a … Continued
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‘Proud Black lesbian’ teen among three people dead after shocking ‘murder-suicide’

An 18-year-old lesbian is among three people shot dead in what police believe to be a tragic “domestic murder-suicide”. Lauren ‘Lela’ Leslie was shot dead along with her girlfriend’s parents as she visited the family home in Windsor Locks, Connecticut on Friday (28 May). Her girlfriend, who is also 18, was left with multiple gunshot … Continued
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Olympian-turned-doctor ‘made herself a target’ by offering gender-affirming healthcare to trans kids

Dr Michelle Telfer, who represented Australia in gymnastics at the 1992 Olympic Games, has described how she “made herself a big target” by becoming a global leader in caring for trans kids. In a short documentary for ABC News In-depth, Telfer explained that after the end of her gymnastics career at the age of 18, she … Continued
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