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Hear Renée Zellweger sing Somewhere Over the Rainbow in Judy biopic trailer

Pathé and BBC Films released the first trailer for the upcoming Judy Garland biopic — simply titled Judy — on Friday (10 May). American actor Renée Zellweger is playing the legendary Hollywood star in the film, which takes place in 1968, a year before her untimely death. During this winter, she performed a series of concerts in London at the Talk of the Town nightclub. It’s set 30 years after her revelatory turn in The Wizard of Oz, as Garland grapples with inner demons. Audiences first saw Zellweger as Garland in a photo last March and people were shocked at how good she looked. In this first trailer, audiences now get their first listen as Zellweger sings Somewhere Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz over a montage of shots from the film. Zellweger revealed to People that she spent over two hours every day in the makeup chair, fitted with prosthetics, contact lenses, and wigs to become Garland. ‘When there’s a better understanding of what it takes for a person to continue under certain circumstances there is a level of empathy and respect that you can’t help but feel,’ she said of playing the role and getting to know Garland better. She hopes audiences as well will come to love the icon more. ‘What she had to overcome in a time when women didn’t necessarily feel that they had power over their own lives in the way that we do today,’ she continued. ‘That stayed with me and ...

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Gay comedian Paula Pell on getting her first on-screen love interest at 56

Paula Pell recently turned 56. Despite her years in the entertainment business, as comedian, actor, and writer, she’s never played a character with a love interest — until now. Pell is one of several very funny women in the new movie Wine Country, directed by fellow Saturday Night Live alum Amy Poehler, and arriving on Netflix today. The movie sees a group of friends head up to northern California, the wine country of the state, to celebrate one of their friend’s (Rachel Dratch) 50th birthday. While tasting a variety of wines, tensions arise, truths are revealed, and the women realize how strong their friendship really is, all while delivering big laughs, of course. Pell recently sat down with Gay Star News to discuss the film, how it felt working with her real-life friends, and Poehler as a first-time feature director. It’s not a ‘gay thing’ ‘I’ve done more writing than performing. I’ve acted, I did theater and went to school for theater, but I’ve never played any part that had a love interest,’ Pell reveals at the start of the interview. In the movie, Pell’s character, Val, strikes up a flirtation with a young waitress, Jade, (Maya Erskine), at a restaurant. Numbers are exchanged, Jade invites Val to her art gallery show, and it all happens naturally within the plot of the movie, which is something Pell loved about the role. ‘I’m the oldest person in the movie, and I’m gay, and I’m the only one with a romantic thing ...

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Hong Kong’s flagship airline launches same-sex couple ad

Hong Kong’s largest airline, Cathay Pacific, this week launched an inclusive advertisement as part of its rebrand. A poster at the airline’s headquarters shows two men holding hands on a beach. ‘Move beyond labels’ reads the caption. Same #movebeyond pic.twitter.com/ps6zAeXj63 — Danny Lee (@JournoDannyAero) May 8, 2019 Cathay Pacific this week revealed ‘Move Beyond’ as its new slogan to replace ‘Life Well Travelled’. The advertising campaign was also tentatively welcomed by Hong Kong’s only openly-gay lawmaker, Ray Chan. ‘Bold and timely for Hong Kong, Taiwan, and beyond’ he wrote on Twitter. Is this true? Bold and timely for Hong Kong, Taiwan, and beyond. #CX #CathayPacific https://t.co/YARmsxl3Ce — Ray Chan (@ray_slowbeat) May 8, 2019 LGBTI rights in Hong Kong Chinese society puts a lot of emphasis on heterosexual families and there are no legal anti-discrimination protections. Hong Kong does not recognize same-sex marriages. And, the city only decriminalized gay sex in 1991. What’s more, many LGBTI citizens do not come out to their family and colleagues. In July last year, however, Hong Kong’s LGBTI had a reason to celebrate. The Court of Final Appeal ruled the immigration department must recognize overseas same-sex marriages when issuing spousal visas. Also, earlier this year, two gay men won the right to challenge laws banning same-sex marriage. Read the original article Author: Rik Glauert

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Buttigieg is the only top 2020 candidate not offering staffers healthcare

Gay presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is not providing health care for his staffers, NBC reports. He is the only major candidate not to provide health care coverage to any of his own campaign workers, the news site found. His campaign told NBC Buttigieg is providing a monthly stipend to workers to buy insurance and plans to offer health care in the future. There has been a surge in support for Buttigieg, who is currently mayor of South Bend, Indiana, since he announced his candidacy in January. He has succeeded fundraising expectations and quickly scaled up his team. But, NBC reports that other Democrats, including Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders are all providing healthcare or claim they are. Warren’s campaign, for example, paid $87,000 to United Healthcare. On the campaign trail, Buttigieg has voiced support for affordable health care insurance. Some crtics have accused him of hypocrisy in not offering health coverage. But, people have praised Buttigieg for employing disabled people and paying interns US$15 an hour. Surge in popularity  Buttigieg announced that he would be running for president in January, and officially began his campaign in March. Since then he has experienced a surge in popularly and has begun to regularly feature in the media. Last month, he and his husband were on the cover of TIME magazine. He has consistently polled at third place among the field of Democratic presidential candidates. He is still trailing Democratic frontrunner, former Vice President Biden, and Vermont Senator Sanders. Fellow presidential ...

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Lord Mayor to lead 11th Exeter Pride march

THE Lord Mayor of Exeter will lead the march and give a speech to mark Devon’s biggest free celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning communities in the region. Councillor Rob Hanford will start the largest rainbow flag parade the city has seen as part of Exeter Pride at noon on Saturday, May 11… Read the original article Author:

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Cuba cancels annual Conga Against Homophobia

Cuba canceled its 12th annual march against homophobia and transphobia on Monday (6 May). The state-run National Centre for Sex Education (CENESEX) said in a Facebook post ‘new tensions in the international and regional context’ forced the cancellation. Mariela Castro, the daughter of Communist Party leader Raul Castro and one of Cuba’s most vocal proponents for LGBTI rights, runs the center. Other LGBTI events to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) will go ahead, according to the BBC. Late last year, the Caribbean nation backed down on marriage equality after pressure from religious groups. Activist Norge Espinosa Mendoza labeled this week’s cancellation ‘a new step backwards’. ‘Not allowing [the parade] is a signal that we are not welcome’ he wrote on Facebook. ‘The enemies of a more diverse and progressive Cuba will be happier now’. ‘March for our rights’ Activists have organized an alternative march for Saturday when the conga was scheduled to take place. Event creator Yadiel Cepero wrote ‘Let us march for our rights’. British LGBTI campaigner Peter Tatchell labeled the cancellation ‘very suspicious’. According to Reuters, activists suspect the government banned the event because it did not want to risk a public forum for criticism amid rising tensions with the Trump administration in the US. Equal marriage Activists consider Cuba a leader in LGBTI rights in Latin America. A handful of countries in the Carribean still criminalize gay sex. Cuba, meanwhile, offers rights such as free gender-affirmative surgery. But, in December last year, Cuban ...

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Meghan McCain’s husband goes on homophobic rant against Seth Meyers

Ben Domenech, the husband of Meghan McCain (daughter of the late John McCain), went on a sudden and homophobic Twitter rant against NBC writer-comedian Seth Meyers. McCain appeared on the former SNL writer and performer’s Late Night talk show on Tuesday (7 May) night. Their sit-down together became tense, with McCain accusing the liberal Meyers of treating her unfairly. One of the tenser moments of the interview, in which Meyers questioned McCain’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) supposed ‘anti-Semitism’. On Wednesday (8 May), Domenech, founder of the conservative website The Federalist, published his since-deleted Twitter rant. What did he say? Screencaps of Domenech’s tweets show him using inflammatory and homophobic language. ‘I see that @sethmeyers, the untalented piece of shit who only has his job because he regularly gargled Lorne Michaels’ balls, went after my wife tonight with his idiotic anti-Semitic bullshit,’ he wrote in the first tweet. Domenech’s first tweet about Meyers | Photo: Twitter @bdomenech He then went on to call Meyers an ‘awful person’ and ‘monumental asshole’. Domenech added Meyers ‘deserves the mockery he receives’. Domenech’s tweets continued | Photo: Twitter @bdomenech As the tweets continued, Domenech said Meyers is ‘proof that white men get ahead despite their obvious lack of talent’. He also wrote that ‘all the people around @sethmeyers talk about what a shitty person he is’. Tweets continued | Photo: Twitter @bdomenech Last of the Twitter rant | Photo: Twitter @bdomenech Later Wednesday morning, Domenech apologized in a new tweet, justifying his words ...

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City For LGBT+ Live crowdfunding event

Consortium is looking forward to celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) at a special event on 21st May. We’re partnering with Give Out and The Funding Network for City For LGBT… Read the original article Author:

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San Francisco swears in first LGBTI fire chief

The mayor of San Francisco swore in the city’s first LGBTI fire chief on Monday (6 May). Jeanine Nicholson, a 25-year veteran of the fire department, said it was an ‘honor’ to be the first gay chief. ‘Because of my position and job in general, I have been a role model for much LGBTQ youth, and I will continue that’ she said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Congratulations to newly pinned Chief of Department Jeanine Nicholson. We look forward to working with you and @LondonBreed to keeping #SF safe. #yoursffd pic.twitter.com/MvKL8ATrSi — SF Firefighters 798 (@SFFFLocal798) May 6, 2019 ‘I look forward to ensuring that our department remains prepared to respond to any emergencies facing the city’ she also said. In her decades-long career, Nicholson has suffered second-degree burns in the line of duty. She also fought a battle with cancer and has since campaigned for efforts to prevent cancer among firefighters. Today we swore in our new Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson, who is the first LGBT Fire Chief in San Francisco’s history. Chief Nicholson is a dedicated public servant and a 25-year veteran of the Department who has worked her way up from being a Firefighter and a Paramedic… pic.twitter.com/kn1MajB0BH — London Breed (@LondonBreed) May 6, 2019 ‘This woman is tough, this woman is resilient, this woman is a leader’ Mayor London Breed reportedly said. ‘I am confident she will be ready to lead the department on day one’. Breed also said: ‘Yes, she has made history, and ...

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Gay US politician Brian Sims explains ‘aggressive’ confrontation with pro-life protesters

Pennsylvania and openly gay politician Brian Sims posted a video of himself on Twitter on Tuesday (7 May) explaining an interaction he recently had with pro-life protesters outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic. The original interaction, which he filmed and posted online, received plenty of criticism. Sims posted the video of himself approaching the protesters last week on Periscope. Lila Rose, the president and founder of Live Action, an anti-abortion organization known for publishing biased undercover sting operation videos against Planned Parenthood, posted another portion of the video on her own Twitter. In this video, State Rep @BrianSimsPA says he’ll pay his followers $100 if they are able to dox three teen girls he films who are quietly praying outside a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. How is this guy still allowed to be on Twitter? pic.twitter.com/yfNCHhRSqY — Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) May 6, 2019 In the videos, Sims repeatedly says ‘shame on you’ and ‘shame’ to the various people outside the clinic. At one point, as seen in the video posted by Rose, he offers his followers $100 (€89.35) to identify the protesters. He adds he’ll donate that money to Planned Parenthood. Sims also rhetorically asks the protesters why they think they should get to police women’s bodies. Many people online criticized Sims for the videos. Texas Senator Ted Cruz described Sims as an ‘angry, hateful Dem’ and asked in a tweet if the Democratic party would ‘condemn this abuse’. Cruz’s tweet about Sims | Photo: Twitter @tedcruz Sims responds in ...

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