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Homophobic US pastor banned from Ireland

Ireland has banned US homophobic pastor Steven Anderson from entering the country. Anderson, the founder of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona, is known for his anti-LGBTI comments. Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan told the Irish Independent: ‘I have signed the exclusion order under my executive powers in the interests of public policy.’ More than 14,000 people had signed a Change.org petition to prevent Anderson from coming to Ireland. He had already been banned from the 26 EU countries in the Schengen Area. Anderson planned to travel to Dublin on 26 May. According to the Irish Independent, he had planned to meet supporters at a McDonald’s near the airport. Some 31 countries have banned Anderson, according to his Facebook page. History of hate Pastor Steven Anderson has also previously been barred entry from the UK for his extremist views. He has called for the murder of gay people from his pulpit. What’s more, after the murder of 49 people at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, he posted a Anderson previously posted a video in which he expressed no sympathy for those killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting. He also posted a hateful video after gay pop icon George Michael died. On 26 December, a posting appeared on Faith Word Baptist Church’s official Facebook page about the singer’s death. ‘George Michael, an open Sodomite, just died at age 53. That makes sense because being a Sodomite shaves about 20 years off your life expectancy, and the life expectancy in the ...

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LGBTI kids share heartwarming stories of coming out to their mom

It’s Mother’s Day for 96 countries around the world today (12 May) so, as Oprah Winfrey once famously said: ‘Well hello! Let’s celebrate that!’ And what better way to celebrate than by sharing sweet stories from LGBTI kids about when they came out to their mom? Of course, it’s not always the case that everyone’s coming out experience with their mom is a positive one. For this reason, it’s important to celebrate in how far we’ve come, but how much we still have yet to do. Grace Morgan, 28, lesbian, Manchester, UK I was 17 and got home from the pub. I went up to her bedroom (a little tipsy) and she was reading in bed. So I sat down next to her and started crying. She asked me what was up (whilst still reading) and I said I had something to tell her. So she was like ‘Go on then, love’ (book still in hand) and I told her I was gay. She put her book down and her response was ‘Do you think there’s a problem with that?’ to which I defensively said no, and she said ‘Well then what are you crying for? I don’t understand why you’re sad’. I said I didn’t know. She then said ‘Ok then love, well you don’t need to cry. I’m gonna keep reading now so I’ll see you in the morning. Off to bed’. Grace Morgan (right) and her mother Claire (left). | Photo: supplied That was it. No questions ...

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Nonbinary activist Jamie Windust petitions Parliament for gender-neutral passports

Nonbinary activist Jamie Windust is petitioning UK’s Parliament for gender-neutral passport options. While some countries offer a third gender option on passports, the United Kingdom currently does not. Last year, Christie Elan-Cane went up against the High Court seeking permission to use a third gender marker on their passport. Now, actor and activist Jamie Windust is pressuring the UK government to follow suit with Canada, Australia, Denmark and more in issuing gender-neutral passports. The petition Windust’s petition to Parliament has over 10,000 signatures, which means the petition will warrant an official response from lawmakers. Windust spoke with OUT Magazine about the petition and their activism more generally. ‘The petition started because I was in a position where I had to renew my passport. I hadn’t traveled for a while and realized that my passport was expired,’ Windust explains. ‘My first thought wasn’t necessarily about the gender marker. I was concerned I might not be able to visibly present in my picture in the way I present every day. I was concerned the guidelines and some wording would say that [my presentation] was not necessarily truthful, which I found quite stressful because this is how I express myself, I shouldn’t have to not be able to do that on a legal document. And then the second issue was, if I do renew my passport, I will have a passport for the next few years that will have the wrong gender identity on it.’ ‘I spoke to a number of trans non ...

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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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