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Lesbian couple: Gym teacher forced our son to attend anti-gay sermons

Syndicated Content A lesbian couple in Tennessee USA are suing a gym teacher who they say made their son attend anti-gay sermons. The couple claim their son was required to listen to the fitness instructor preach in order to take part in his basketball program. Now the women, identified as KK and KK, are suing Chuck Comer, the physical education and wellness teacher at West Valley Middle School, Knox County. The school’s website proudly boasts of the boys’ basketball team’s success in coming third in the state of Tennessee’s championship. The lawsuit says he used the basketball program to promote meetings for Teens for Christ. The non-profit organization targets teenagers who don’t attend church to make them ‘disciples for Jesus’. The lawsuit says the couple’s son, ‘AK’, initially believed he was just attending a basketball program. But it claims once Comer ‘lured’ students in, they learned they had to participate in Teens for Christ. The suit argues that Comer’s meetings violate the free exercise clause of the First Amendment.  Moreover, the married, interracial couple allege Comer insisted his students arrived early before school starts to listen to him read from the Bible and interpret it for around half an hour twice a week. The lawsuit states: ‘Even more disturbingly, during his preaching sessions, Comer singled out LGBT “issues” and its relations to “sin”.’ They suit says this is ‘clearly unconstitutional’ and amounts to ‘harassment on the basis of his parents’ sexual orientation’. Meanwhile, they say the school knew about Comer’s ...

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Check out Star Trek’s Anthony Rapp’s dramatic new haircut

Syndicated Content Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp has revealed a dramatic new look – he’s shaved his head as a ‘quarantine haircut’. The bisexual actor is best known for playing Lieutenant Commander Paul Stamets on the television series Star Trek: Discovery. Lt Cmdr Stamets has made entertainment history as the first openly gay character in the Star Trek universe. However, Rapp is also a singer and a well-known face on Broadway. He originated the role of Mark Cohen in Rent. Moreover, he’s had leading roles in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and If/Then. Rapp is usually instantly recognizable for his strawberry blond hair. And the gay star has previously said it’s his natural color – blond with some ginger in it. Meanwhile, it was died redder when he played Lucas in If/Then. ‘Taking the opportunity’ But now Rapp has taken the cutters to it and got himself a buzz-cut. Sharing the result on Twitter he said: ‘On a lighter note… quarantine haircut!’ Anthony Rapp shows off his shaved head. Anthony Rapp One follower responded by asking: ‘How bored are you?’ However, Rapp replied: ‘I’m not! I don’t have the chance to experiment like this often because of work/needing to look consistent. So just taking the opportunity.’ Meanwhile, others have joked it looks like he’s in Cosplay for legendary Star Trek captain Jean-Luc Picard. Thespian Patrick Stewart has played the role since the late 80s and is famous for his shaved, bald head. Patrick Stewart as Star Trek’s Jean-Luc Picard. ...

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Elton John to host ‘living room’ gig with Billie Eilish and Mariah Carey

Syndicated Content Sir Elton John is to host a ‘living room’ fund-raising gig to provide entertainment during the coronavirus lockdown. And some of the world’s hottest stars are joining in, including Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys. The Backstreet Boys, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Tim McGraw will also take part. They will film themselves performing at home on their own mobile phone or camera. That way they will avoid the risk of exposing themselves or any crew to COVID-19. Moreover, the stars will use the hour-long concert to pay tribute to health workers on the frontline of fighting coronavirus. Meanwhile fans will be able to donate to help victims and key workers. The money will go to two charities – Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation. Elton’s kids sing happy birthday US network Fox had originally planned to host the iHeart Radio Music Awards on Sunday. But now the lockdown has made that impossible, Elton’s event will fill the slot. Meanwhile Elton has shared an Instagram video of him enjoying his 73rd birthday on Wednesday. The star is famous for his lavish parties and rock and roll lifestyle. Stars including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder attended his 70th birthday in Los Angeles. But he enjoyed this birthday at a very different pace. Like the rest of the UK, he and his family are currently self-isolating at home to help fight the pandemic. Earlier in the month he revealed they have been playing Snakes and ...

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Latest advice on gay sex, hook-ups and stopping PrEP during coronavirus

Syndicated Content Sex is becoming a new frontline in the fight against coronavirus as it is high risk for passing on COVID-19. Now sexual health organizations are giving fresh advice to gay and bi men about sex, including alternatives. They are also advising people how to safely take a break from PrEP as they may not need it. And they are advising how to access sexual health services if you need them. Meanwhile, there is also fresh advice for people living with HIV. GSN has already published this advice to gay and bi men about sex during the pandemic. However, a survey released this week indicated that 28% of UK LGBT+ people would still go on dates during the pandemic. Moreover, 16% said they would have sex or hook-ups. What are the risks? Dr Michael Brady, medical director of leading UK sexual health organization Terrence Higgins Trust, offers the updated advice. He warns: ‘The virus can be passed on through direct contact with saliva or mucus, so this would include kissing. The COVID-19 virus has also been found in the faeces of people who are infected so rimming may also be a risk for infection. ‘Unfortunately washing your hands and not kissing someone during sex isn’t enough to stop the virus.’ Some people are still asking for hook-ups, saying they are ‘healthy’ so it’s safe. But Brady warns: ‘Even if someone doesn’t have symptoms, they may still have the virus. It’s estimated perhaps as many as one in three people ...

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Exeter Pride proposing to hold 2020 event in September

Syndicated Content DUE to the daily changing national landscape caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, and upon Government and Public Health England advice, Exeter Pride trustees are postponing the May event “to ensure the continued health and well-being of everyone in the community”. Originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 2, trustees are now exploring the new date of Saturday, September 26, subject to approval from authorities. Simon Bowkett, chair of Exeter Pride said: “We have been following government and health advice closely, but now that the government has moved to the ‘delay phase’ of the outbreak, and signalled that there should be no mass gatherings, we cannot justify risking any compromise to the health of our community. “Even if the government and health authorities were content for Exeter Pride to go ahead as planned, we are first and foremost about inclusion – and the fact that many of our disabled, older and immuno-compromised people may feel safest to stay away would mean the event would have been poorer. “We hope to be back in September or October as a healthy, inclusive, proud and unashamed community ready to celebrate coming through this adversity.” Exeter Pride committee met on Wednesday, March 18, where alternative dates were discussed and how activities can be transferred online in the interim. Trustees said they were aware that other local prides such as Exmouth, Totnes and Cornwall already have their events confirmed in the Pride Calendar, so wanted to ensure there is no clash with them ...

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Stonewall Housing’s Crisis Food and Supplies Fund (COVID-19 Appeal)

Syndicated Content If you can support us, we need you more than ever! Many of the young people living in our supported accommodation struggle to buy food on extremely low incomes without the added worry of accessing it. 63% of our service users suffer from mental health issues, who now have reduced access to their support networks and services. We have launched an urgent appeal to provide everyone living in our supported accommodation with essential items. Take a look at our Just Giving Campaign and please donate if you can and share amongst your networks: justgiving.com/fundraising/stonewall-housing Read the original article Author: Philip

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Glee creator Ryan Murphy donates medical props from Pose to fight coronavirus

Syndicated Content Ryan Murphy has donated medical supplies from his hit LGBT+ series Pose to a New York hospital to help fight COVID-19. Murphy is the screenwriter, director, and producer behind hit shows including Glee, American Horror Story, Nip/Tuck, Scream Queens, Pose and 9-1-1. He shared a picture on Instagram of some of the supplies, including elastic bandages. They were props in the upcoming season of Pose. The TV series is about New York’s underground LGBT+ ballroom culture in the 1980s. Warning – his explanation of how the props appeared in the series contains a small spoiler. ‘Let’s all keep giving how we can’ Murphy said: ‘On my FX series Pose, one of our regular sets and locations is a hospital where in season three (spoiler) Blanca works as an AIDS/HIV counselor. ‘Today we donated all our prop supplies to Mount Sinai hospital to help nurses and doctors battling the COVID outbreak. ‘Let’s all keep giving when and where and how we can. More to come…’ His donation came as a surprise New York Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that local hospitals were on the verge of running out of supplies. The city is currently the center of the virus in the US and desperately needs masks and ventilators. Pose has won awards and critical acclaim since it premiered on American TV channel FX in 2018. FX is due to broadcast the third series this year and the first series is now available on Netflix. Last week, Murphy, television producer ...

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Brighton Pride still planning to go ahead despite calls to cancel due to coronavirus

Syndicated Content Organizers of Brighton Pride, one of the UK’s biggest LGBT+ events, are still hoping to go ahead. So far, over 160 Pride events around the world have cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the UK has entered a period of shutdown. Everyone has been asked to stay at home, except essential workers. People are only allowed out to buy food, care for others, for medical emergencies or to exercise once a day. Moreover, the UK government has banned gatherings of more than two people. And vulnerable people in the UK are having to isolate themselves until mid June. However, the organizers of Brighton Pride, on the south coast of England, hope the summer may bring ‘brighter news’. The event is due to take place on 1 and 2 August. ‘We don’t have a crystal ball’ The organizers issued a statement saying: ‘With the current situation regarding COVID-19 changing at a rapid pace, we will continue contingency planning and working with our partner agencies to deliver a safe and successful event. ‘With August being several months away, we are following government advice and will continue to review our position on a regular basis and implement plans accordingly. ‘We would like to take this opportunity to thank and support the incredibly hard-working NHS and emergency service staff who are always a big and important part of Pride. ‘Brighton and Hove Pride is an essential charity fundraising event for our city and whilst we don’t have a crystal ball, we ...

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Tom Daley strips his shirt off to give you a home workout

Syndicated Content Looking for a home workout while the gyms are closed? Bisexual Olympic diver Tom Daley has got you covered. The Team GB star has filmed a workout in his living room. And he promises more are to come. The first workout will target your glutes, hamstrings, quads, abs, arms, shoulders and chest. However, he’s even taking requests if people want particular tips. As he jokes: ‘We’re going to have a lot more time on our hands.’ ‘You’ll feel so much better’ Daley films the workout in his home. And in the background you can hear Robert (Robbie), his son with husband Oscar-winning writer and director Dustin Lance Black. Like everyone in the UK, the family is now on lockdown. People are only supposed to leave their homes if they are key workers, to collect food, manage medical emergencies, provide care or for one exercise session like a walk, run or cycle a day. Daley says: ‘I know what’s going on in the world right now can seem a little bit daunting, a little bit scary. Lots of people are self-isolating at home or social distancing. And sometimes you can run out of things to do and feel a little bit down on yourself. ‘Well I’m hoping to do a series of home workouts that I’ve been doing to boost a little bit of morale, a little bit of spirit.’ And he’s encouraging people to ‘move a little bit’ even when stuck inside. He adds: ‘If you can manage ...

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This lesbian artist faces six years jail for creating innocent pictures

Syndicated Content A lesbian artist has spent months under house arrest and is facing fines and six years jail, just for publishing innocent images in Russia. Yulja Tsvetkova faces three separate trials. Under the first, Russia has charged her with ‘pornography’, with a penalty of up to six years in prison. Moreover, she also faces two trials for LGBT+ ‘propaganda’ – with a fine of 50 million rubles (€600 $625) for each one. But despite all this, Tsvetkova told GSN that she would continue her artistic work and fight for LGBT+ people. ‘I never thought about quitting’ In the pornography case, Tsvetkova posted a drawing of a vagina in a social media page about body positivity. The page features many figurative and artistic images of vaginas. They wouldn’t look out of place in an art gallery and certainly aren’t pornographic. In addition, the 26-year-old published articles on queer culture, supporting LGBT+ youth and discrimination for LGBT+ people in Russia on a social media group. That earned her one charge of distributing LGBT+ ‘propaganda’. The other ‘propaganda’ charge came after Tsvetkova drew an illustration of a lesbian and gay couple with kids. She created the image in August after hearing about a male couple with adopted children. While they weren’t activists or out, child protection services found the children had two dads and police wanted to take them away. Luckily, the family was able to flee and now lives safely abroad. Yulja Tsvetkova’s drawing of LGBT+ families. Yulja Tsvetkova But in ...

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