Day: July 22, 2021

Provincetown COVID cluster balloons to over 250 infected since July 1Provincetown COVID cluster balloons to over 250 infected since July 1

Officials confirm that hundreds of people, many of whom have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, have been infected. Read More LGBTQ Nation

These are the 6 out LGBTQ flag bearers in the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony

Yulimar Rojas will be the flag bearer for Venezuela in the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. | Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP via Getty Images

These are the countries marching in the Olympics Opening Ceremony that have selected out LGBTQ flag bearers. Flag bearers at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics are a staple of celebration every two years. Who is selected to carry their country’s flag in Tokyo at the July 23 Opening Ceremony will be a who’s who of respected athletes from each country.
In the past, each country has had one flag bearer. However, this year the International Olympic Committee has encouraged two flag bearers for each country, one man and one women. We’re not sure how a nonbinary athlete like Quinn from Canada would fit into that equation, as Quinn is nonbinary. But this year the Canadian flag will be carried by someone else. So we won’t find out.
A number of the flag bearers this year will be out LGBTQ athletes at the Olympics. So far these are the out athletes we know will be carrying their country’s flag:
Argentina: Cecilia Caranza, sailingCyprus: Andri Eleftheriou, shootingFinland: Ari-Pekka Liukkonen, swimmingIreland: Kellie Harrington, boxingUnited States: Sue Bird, basketballVenezuela: Yulimar Rojas, track and field
The Opening Ceremony is always a point of celebration, particularly for the host nation. It will be interesting to see how it plays out without fans in the stands.
Still, ultimately it’s about welcoming the athletes to the pinnacle of their careers, and they’ll be the stars of this Opening Ceremony like maybe never before.
Thanks to LGBTQ Olympics historian Tony Scupham-Bilton for helping put together this list and stay on top of the Tokyo flag bearers. Outsports – All Posts Read More

Hollywood Skin Doc–and Home Flipper–Alex Khadavi Threatens to Kill Gay Couple In Homophobic Screed Caught on A Lobby Cam; Acquired by TMZ: WATCH

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Dr. Alex Khadavi

Dr. Alex Khadavi, dermatologist to the stars, gave his history of homophobia a glow up threatening to kill a gay couple living in his condo complex during a homophobic rant caught on video.

According to TMZ, Khadavi unleashed a stream of homophobic slurs directed at his gay married neighbors while verbally assaulting the front desk concierge of his West Hollywood condo complex on July 7. His comments turned violent when he threatened to shoot and kill the couple, who were not present during the incident, saying he would “blow their fucking heads off.” The verbal bashing continued after he returned from taking his dog outside.

An incident two months earlier made Khadavi’s threats much more serious. The concierge reported Khadavi brandished a handgun while taking his dog for a walk in May, showing it off to the concierge.

The whole ordeal was captured on the lobby’s security system and the video is now public after being acquired by TMZ.

The couple filed for a restraining order against Khadavi after being made aware of his threats by the concierge, saying they were in fear for their lives. Khadavi hasn’t commented publicly on the incident.

This isn’t the first time Khadavi has used homophobic and xenophobic language while making death threats against members of underrepresented communities. “Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles” stars Matt and Josh Altman were granted a restraining order against Khadavi in 2016 after reportedly harassing the brothers with racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic tirades.

No stranger to the media, It was just a few months ago, May of this year, that Dr. Khadavi was featured in a huge Wall Street Journal story that started out,

“It could only happen in Los Angeles: Celebrity cosmetic doctors are getting into the megamansion-building business.

The latest entrant to the market is Alex Khadavi, a 48-year-old dermatologist known for everything from Botox to buttock-enhancement procedures as well as for a clientele that has included singer Lance Bass and actor David Hasselhoff. Dr. Khadavi is listing his recently completed Bel-Air megamansion for $87.777 million, making it one of the highest-priced properties to have gone on the market in recent months.”

Cosmetic Surgeons Are Building L.A. Megamansions, and the Results Are Over-the-Top
Celebrity dermatologist Dr. Alex Khadavi is listing his 21,000-square-foot Bel-Air property, which includes space to show off your NFT artwork, as well as a DJ booth, an outdoor tequila bar and a car museum,
By Katherine Clarke, Wall Street Journal

The Altman brothers, who are Jewish, also claimed that Khadavi told Matt Altman that he wanted to kill him and that he “hated all Jews” to his face at a party.

Along with having a number of celebrity clients, including out singer Lance Bass, Khadavi himself has become a celebrity of sorts in the way that only Los Angeles-based cosmetic dermatologists can. He has made multiple TV appearances endorsing various products and cosmetic procedures and has a YouTube Channel called “Keeping. Up With Khadavi”

Alex Khadavi Homophobia: Previously on Towleroad

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Menthol cigarettes will be a thing of the past soon. Will that get queer women to stop smoking?Menthol cigarettes will be a thing of the past soon. Will that get queer women to stop smoking?

ShutterstockIncreased risk for tobacco use among LGBT people is in part due to targeted marketing by tobacco companies. Read More LGBTQ Nation

Trans Model Leyna Bloom Makes History With Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover; ‘I’m Proudly Choosing To Live Forever’

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Leyna Bloom

History makes it way to the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue this year as model and actress Leyna Bloom will become the first out trans model to appear on the popular annual’s cover. Bloom was already set to be included in the issue, becoming the first trans woman of color and second trans woman ever to do so, but news came Monday that she will be one of three solo cover models for 2021’s installment. She joins rapper Meg Thee Stallion and tennis star Naomi Osaka.

Bloom commented on the accomplishment on Instagram, saying, “This moment heals a lot of pain in the world. We deserve this moment; we have waited millions of years to show up as survivors and be seen as full humans filled with wonder.”

“I’m am so happy, honored, and humbled to share that I’m the 1st trans woman to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated,” Bloom added. “I have dreamt a million beautiful dreams, but for girls like me, most dreams are just fanciful hopes in a world that often erases and omits our history and even existence. This moment is so powerful because it allows me to live forever even after my physical form is gone. Not a lot of people get to live in the future, so at this moment, I’m proudly choosing to live forever.”

Bloom joins fellow non-cis models Valentina Sampaio, the first trans model to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, and Lewis Freese, the first assigned male at birth nonbinary model to reach the finals of Sports Illustrated’s Swim Search.

Gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated’s most popular issue is just the latest in a long line of accomplishments for Bloom. She translated her prowess walking ‘Face’ in the historically trans BIPOC world of ballroom into a successful modeling career, working with companies like Dior, Levi’s, Tommy Hilfiger and H&M. Bloom also entered the acting world with the film “Port Authority,” the first film to debut at the Cannes Film Festival to feature a trans woman of color in a leading role.

“Many girls like us don’t have the chance to live our dreams, or to live long at all. I hope my cover empowers those, who are struggling to be seen, feel valued,” she added.

“Let me be a messenger guiding us to a future of respect and appreciation for all women in all forms and from all walks of life.”

Leyna Bloom on her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover

Bloom also got the chance to honor her roots by appearing in a recurring role during the third and final season of Ryan Murphy’s powerful depiction of ballroom culture “Pose” as Pretentia Khan. Bloom invoked her time in ballroom again when announcing the cover. “I dedicate this cover to all ballroom femme queens past, present and future. This historical moment is important to #girlslikeus because it allows us to live and be seen,” Bloom said.

“Many girls like us don’t have the chance to live our dreams, or to live long at all. I hope my cover empowers those, who are struggling to be seen, feel valued,” she added. “Let me be a messenger guiding us to a future of respect and appreciation for all women in all forms and from all walks of life.”

Trans Model: Previously on Towleroad

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Hulu Has Another Queer Love Story for Us to Obsess Over

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The upcoming film will be the feature debut of queer filmmaker Sammi Cohen.

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White HouseWe are officially halfway through the first year of the Biden-Harris administration. Here’s what they’ve done for LGBTQ rights. Read More LGBTQ Nation

Team Canada’s Quinn makes Olympic history

Quinn opened the Olympics with a gritty effort in a tie against Japan | Photo by ASANO IKKO/AFP via Getty Images

The veteran midfielder became the first out non-binary transgender athlete to compete in the Olympic Games. As North America was either sleeping or slowly yawning itself into the throes of a new work day on Wednesday, soccer teams representing Canada and Japan played an early evening tilt on a sunny midsummer night in Sapporo, Japan.
Team Canada tied Team Japan 1-1, but the player wearing No. 5 for Canada made Olympic history. Quinn became first out non-binary transgender athlete to compete in the Olympic Games.
Quinn, who plays for the NWSL’s OL Reign, was already known to soccer fans. They are a seasoned, scrappy and world-class midfielder.
And last August, they revealed something greater than their position on the pitch or their stats.

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Two months later, during an interview on The Trans Sporter Room podcast, they made it known their play is a platform, and they intend to use it.
“It’s a place for me to trailblaze as a trans athlete,” Quinn said. “I want to use my platform. One of the reasons I came out was to use my platform and I’m hoping with my voice can help uplift other trans voices in our community.”
On Wednesday, Quinn’s play at midfield did all the talking. Quinn was sprinting with speedy attackers, winning possession in the air, and in the game’s 43rd minute, stopped a potential scoring threat with a well-timed tackle to defend Canada’s 1-0 lead.

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Determine defensive plays like this one on Japan’s Yuzuho Shiokoshi was Quinn’s calling card Wednesday

The second half was more of the same. Twice, they disrupted Japan’s attempts to send deep passes towards the goal, and scrambled to intercept and contain Japan’s second-half push.
The only thing that slowed them down was seeing their No. 5 on the substitution board. Canada head coach Bev Priestman subbed the midfielder-defender out in the 69th minute.
You could see the twinge of dismay on their face as they jogged off the pitch. Quinn is a competitor, and competitors never want to leave the fight with the game in the balance.
Japan’s Manu Iwabuchi, who recently signed to play for Arsenal, scored a breakaway goal in the 82nd-minute to tie the match. Both teams tried furious attacks and counter attacks for the rest of the match but couldn’t break the deadlock.

Photo by ASANO IKKO/AFP via Getty Images
Quinn along with midfielder Desiree Scott (11, left) patrolled the midfield for and kept Japan’s offense contained for most of the match

Despite the tie, inclusion in sports netted another win in a summer that has been full of them.
This was another big one, though it was understated. Fans are barred from stadiums due to Tokyo’s state of emergency over Covid-19. As a result, Quinn was saluted by their teammates for a well-played match, instead of Team Canada’s roaring fans.
But you can be sure that extra cheers came from a distance across the world, including smiles and claps from this reporter watching on a computer thousands of miles away.
Quinn came to these Olympics to play and set a new tone for sports. They’ve already accomplished that, and they’re just getting started. Outsports – All Posts Read More

Keke Palmer & Barbie Ferreira Are Starring in Jordan Peele's New Film

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The queer actresses are joined by Daniel Kaluuya and Steven Yeun in Nope.

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Lil Nas X's Emotional Letter to His Younger Self Gives Us All the Hope

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“I need you to keep going. I need you to realize that you have the opportunity to be the person that you needed growing up.”

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