New Laws Protecting LGBTQ Community In California 2019

Four California laws went into effect January 1 that give legal protections to LGBTQ people, reports Phillip Zonkel at Q Voice News.  The new laws would ensure California law enforcement receive LGBTQ training; LGBTQ seniors get equal access to services; Unmarried, same-sex receive parental protections and non-binary driver’s licenses, IDs within the state. READ MORE…

Leave ELLEN Alone! Brother Defends Talk Show Host

In the latest chapter of the Kevin Hart/Ellen DeGeneres/Oscar hosting saga, the daytime talk show host’s brother, Vance DeGeneres has come to the defense of his sister’s support of Hart despite the controversy surrounding him regarding resurfaced homophobic tweets that caused him to lose the Oscar hosting gig, reports Deadline Hollywood. “Regarding my sister – no good deed…

KARMA: Pastor Who Said Gay Orlando Nightclub Victims “Deserved To Die” Resigns Over his “Sins” Of Gambling, Smoking Weed And Hiring Sex Workers

This week, Donnie Romero — an anti-LGBTQ pastor at the Stedfast Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas — resigned over his “sins” of gambling, smoking weed and hiring sex workers. His church was labelled as an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, reports LGBTQ Nation. Romero considers gay people “f*ggots” and “pedophiles” who should all be “put…

BRITNEY Cancels Las Vegas Residency!

Noted pop diva Britney Spears has rocked the entertainment industry with an shocking announcement via Instagram: she will cancel her Las Vegas residency, reports Queerty. Citing issues with her father’s health, Spears said ticket holders can apply for refunds via her website. “I’ve been looking forward to this show and seeing all of you this year, so…

BIG TECH’S WAR ON SEX

The deplatforming of sexuality and how to resist it. BY STEPHEN MOLLDREM On December 17th, Tumblr—a social network notorious and celebrated for the many varieties of niche pornography and kinky communities that it once hosted on its servers and allowed to flourish on its playful interface – made its first major move to effectively purge…

A LIFE WORTH LIVING

Setting intentions for a new year. Be careful about allowing insecurity, fear, or apprehension to discourage you from working towards your aspirations. BY BRENT HEINZE At this time of year, many of us start thinking about those pesky new resolutions that we will thoughtfully plan out and then often leave twitching by the side of…

Fight For LOVE

Courtney Act’s new dance-pop single competes to be Australia’s entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. BY VICTOR MELAMED RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist and 2018 UK Celebrity Big Brother champion Courtney Act released her brand new single Fight For Love on iTunes and Spotify last month. Courtney is bidding for this instantly memorable dance-pop smash to…

Justice For Jonathan

Unarmed man killed by Walgreens security guard in Hollywood. Attorney: “He was harassed because he was gay and he was shot because he was black.” BY VICTOR MELAMED A 21-year-old man who was fatally shot by a security guard at a Hollywood Walgreens store was not shoplifting, but was targeted because he was black and gay,…

HOW VERY DARE YOU!

Conservatives in a tizzy over kiss between a gay sailor and his husband.  BY VICTOR MELAMED A kiss between a gay sailor and his husband had some conservatives’ blood boiling, reports LGBTQ Nation. Last month, when the U.S.S. The Sullivans returned to the Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida, after a seven-month deployment, News 4 Jax…

MAPPLETHORPE: THE MOVIE

A nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft. BY VICTOR MELAMED The story of legendary gay photographer Robert Mapplethorpe will be the subject of the upcoming biopic Mapplethorpe, reports Rolling Stone. Dr. Who and The Crown actor Matt Smith portrays the photographer in the Ondi Timoner directed biopic that chronicles his sexual…

STRIKING A POSE

RuPaul’s Drag Race Naomi Smalls releases her new single Pose.  BY VICTOR MELAMED  |  PHOTO BY ADAM OUAHMANE Naomi Smalls, currently competing on the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars, premiered her fierce new ballroom house anthem on the show last month. “Naomi Smalls is a fashion model and ‘Pose’ is her dream…

THE FATHERS PROJECT: 2

Leo Herrera’s docuseries imagines sex without consequence. Viral filmmaker Leo Herrera has released Episode 2 in his a sci-fi docuseries Fathers Project to bring awareness and a ray of optimism to World AIDS Day on December 1. This latest installment also shines a light on the importance of making Truvada/PrEP available to everyone. PrEP reduces the…

THE KILLING FIELDS

New report documents horrific anti-LGBTQ crimes against humanity in the Russian republic of Chechnya. BY ORLY LYONNE The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) responded last month to a new report released by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) documenting horrific anti-LGBTQ crimes against humanity in the Russian republic of Chechnya that first made headlines…