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People are discovering Mr. Rogers was bisexual and it’s amazing

Thanks to a viral tweet, people across the world are learning that Mr. Rogers was bisexual. The reactions have been a sight to behold and incredibly heartwarming. It all started on Sunday (3 March) when Cece Ewing posted about her grandmother dropping the bombshell information on her. Since then, users have been replying with reactions of shock, glee, and excitement. ‘Wildest thing that’s happened to me lately is when I went to talk to my grandmother and she was like “did you know Mr. Rogers was bisexual?”‘ she first tweeted. ‘And my gay ass, gay of the family, Miss Family Homosexual had to be like “he was WHAT?”‘ The original viral tweets | Photo: Twitter @CeceEwing_ Ewing goes on to explain her grandmother came across this knowledge when she read Maxwell King’s 2018 biography of Rogers, The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers. While Rogers never used the label ‘bisexual’, he did express his sexual attraction as fluid. This being the internet, other users came to the rescue with screenshots of the biography and exact quote. One user, @GabrielLunesce, posted a screencap of the passage from Google Books. Screenshot of the Mr. Rogers biography | Photo: Twitter @GabrielLunesce Reportedly, Mr. Rogers discussed his attraction to people with his friend and openly gay doctor, William Hirsch. Rogers allegedly said if sexuality was on a one to ten scale, he would be ‘right smack in the middle’. He also said he has found both men and women attractive. Translated ...

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This movie on how India ended its gay sex ban looks epic

A new web film charting how India decriminalized gay sex will air later this month. And, from the trailer, it looks like it is going to be epic. 377: Abnormal follows five petitioners in the case of India’s landmark dismantling of Section 377 of the Penal Code last year. Introduced by the British in 1861, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code outlawed ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal’. It effectively punished gay sex with up to 10 years in prison. But, on 6 September last year, India’s Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional and violated the right to privacy. ‘In 1947, we freed ourselves. In 2018, we freed our minds’ the trailer says, referring to India’s independence from Britain. The dramatic trailer has so far been viewed nearly 100,000 times on Twitter. 1947, we freed ourselves. 2018, we freed our minds! Here’s the teaser of #377अबNormal, premiering 19th March, only on ZEE5 @faruk_kabir @Mdzeeshanayyub #KumudMishra @maanvigagroo @tanviazmi @ShashankSArora #SidMakkar #ZEE5Originals #377AbNormal pic.twitter.com/zfLGMJid8R — ZEE5 (@ZEE5India) February 28, 2019 377 The Zee5 series is produced and directed by Faruk Kabir. It will chart the long journey of five petitioners who fought against Section 377. Actress Maanvi Gagroo will play one of the petitioners. ‘I didn’t even read the script before saying yes’ she told IWM Buzz. ‘I knew this was something I had to be a part of. I remember the joy I felt after the Supreme Court’s verdict that decriminalized Section 377 ...

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11.3 million U.S. adults identify as LGBTI, study finds

Around 11.3 million or 4.5 per cent U.S. adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, the Williams Institute said. America’s LGBTI community of around 11.3 million people is also younger and poorer than the rest of the population. 11.3m beautiful people: Most LGBTIs live on east side of US The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law examined already available results from the Gallup Daily Tracking survey. However, they went much deeper into the numbers, Reuters reported. Capital has highest number of LGBTIs The institute found Washington, D.C., had the highest percentage of LGBTI people at 9.8 per cent. North Dakota had the lowest at 2.7 per cent. There is a clear line in earnings, too. The Williams Institute reported that LGBTIs had a less nutritional diet and had incomes of below $24,000. Only 23 per cent are age 50 or older, compared with 47 percent of non-LGBTI adults, and 56 percent of LGBTI adults are under age 35 compared with 28 percent for the non-LGBT population. The Williams Institute also confirmed its previous estimate of the transgender population at 0.6 per cent, or roughly 1.4 million U.S. adults. In 2011, the Williams Institute estimated the U.S. LGBTI population at 3.5 per cent based on other survey data. See also: Hate groups in the US reach all-time high, with drastic rise in white supremacists Read the original article Author: Mark Johnson

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Battle for same-sex marriage in Taiwan enters final phase

The battle for same-sex marriage in Taiwan moved to the country’s parliament on Tuesday (5 March). The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cabinet handed a draft same-sex marriage law to parliament. It is the last leg of a long journey for same-sex marriage in Taiwan. But, at this crucial juncture, the rights of same-sex couples are still at risk. Powerful anti-LGBTI groups continue to lobby lawmakers to instead enact a ‘partnership’ law. The Constitutional Court in 2017 ruled Taiwan must legislate for same-sex marriage before 24 May this year. The country’s premier, who announced the law last month, urged parliamentarians to pass the law quickly on Tuesday. Twenty-nine lawmakers from the main opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT), over the weekend reportedly expressed support for a rival bill. The bill would limit the rights of same-sex couples. It would not include terms such as ‘marriage’ or ’spouse’. KMT lawmakers on Tuesday held up signs in parliament objecting the bill’s quick passage. How did we get here? Taiwan last month became the first country in Asia to draft a same-sex marriage bill. But as the details emerged, the government, lawmakers, and activists admitted it fell short of true marriage equality. The compromise bill comes after a devastating referendum loss in November 2018. Taiwan voters opted for a separate law to legalize same-sex unions rather than to change the Civil Code. In May 2017, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled it was unconstitutional to deny marriage rights to same-sex couples. It gave a two-year deadline to ...

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Iowa sees bill to ban unnecessary operations for intersex minors

US Republican senator Liz Bennett has introduced a bill that would ban medically unnecessary surgeries for intersex minors. Bennett introduced the HF 576 bill on Monday. It’s the first such bill to be tabled in the Iowa Legislature. It’s also one of only a small handful of such bills introduced nationwide. Iowa intersex bill: Republican Liz Bennett introduced bill. Support for intersex bill from One Iowa Action Iowa state LGBTI rights group, One Iowa Action, praised Bennett for introducing the bill, which it called ‘groundbreaking’. ‘Thank you, Rep. Liz Bennett, for working with One Iowa Action staff to draft and introduce this groundbreaking piece of legislation’, said OIA Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel. ‘Doctors in the United States, including in Iowa, continue to perform medically unnecessary surgeries that can inflict permanent physical and psychological harm on intersex children,’ he said, citing a 2017 report from Human Rights Watch and interACT. ‘The Iowa Legislature has the power to stop this practice in our state,’ he added. ‘[W]e urge Iowans to encourage their legislators to support HF 576. ‘Iowa has a legacy of leading the nation on equality,’ Hoffman-Zinnel said. ‘[W]e could continue that legacy by becoming the first state to ban these unnecessary and harmful surgeries.” Last month the state of California introduced a similar bill. If passed doctors would be barred from treating or performing surgery on children born with genitals that don’t fit a single gender or are otherwise atypical unless it’s medically necessary or the child consents. See also: A ‘milestone’ as ...

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Powerful story of 85-year-old transgender woman wins award

A documentary exploring the life of an 85-year-old transgender woman won the Audience Award at the Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival this weekend. Becoming Colleen: Finding the Shoe that Fits, produced and directed by Ian Thomson, follows Colleen as she settles in to a retirement village. She is worried that the Christian-run home will force her to live her life as a man. Colleen tells the story of her romance with her late wife, Heather. She explains how, with Heather’s support, she went transitioned from Colin to Colleen. At night, Heather would dress Colleen in her shoes and skirts and they would take to the deserted streets of Coffs Harbour in New South Wales. It also explores Colleen’s long-held fascination with shoes and shows Colleen contemplating traveling to Thailand for full gender affirmation surgery. Thomson thanked the Queerscreen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival for the support. ‘I personally deeply appreciate the support that Queerscreen gives to filmmakers telling stories about marginalised people that often do not make the mainstream media’ he said, according to Out in Perth. ‘As a culture it is important that we tell and share a broad range of our experiences, lives, loves and struggles with the broader community in order to create awareness and celebrate the diversity that is inherent in our society’. Ian Thomson took home the same award in 2014. His documentary Out in the Lineup explored homosexuality in surf culture. Read the original article Author: Rik Glauert

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LGBTI people struggle to get help for eating disorders because of stereotyping

Rian began developing anorexia at the age of 16. They believed it stemmed from their anxiety to want to perform well at school. It got worse during their A Levels but things spiralled very quickly once they started university. ‘I was determined to be self-catered to have full control over my food. I’m not sure how I got through university first year achieving what I did, as I was so limited in what I’d eat,’ Rian said. ‘I restricted more and more, purged more frequently, weighed everything, visited friends just to use their bathroom scales, hoarded recipes I’d never allow myself to cook, timed my cooking to avoid my flatmates so they wouldn’t see my very particular ways of having to prepare meals.’ Anorexia (or anorexia nervosa) is a serious mental illness where people are of low weight due to limiting their energy intake. It can affect anyone of any age, gender, or background. As well as restricting the amount of food eaten, some do lots of exercise to get rid of food eaten. Rian is now an advocate for people with eating disorders | Photo: Supplied Rian’s road to recovery The situation then got even more serious. The doctors told Rian if they lost any more weight, they’d end up in hospital for six months. Motivated to avoid that and get back to university, Rian engaged in therapy for two year and began to restructure their thoughts around food and their body. During therapy Rian began to realize they ...

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These are the photos of Sydney Mardi Gras you need to see

More than 500,000 people gathered for the 41st Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. A whopping 197 floats paraded through the city on Saturday (2 March). Some 12,500 participants danced through the streets. This year, the march took the theme ’fearless’. Rainbow dresses at Mardi Gras! pic.twitter.com/AIFQtzZVPa — seth darby (@sethdarby) March 2, 2019 ‘People from all around Australia came together on this glittering night to witness a colorful spectacle of protest and celebration’ Mardi Gras chief executive Terese Casu told AFP. For the first time, Mardi Gras kicked off with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony to recognize the event takes place on Aboriginal land. This smoking ceremony is a first in the 41 year history of Mardi Gras. The First Nations float is the first float you’ll see, leading the Parade every year. #SydneyMardiGras pic.twitter.com/J93WINsmHZ — Sydney Mardi Gras (@sydneymardigras) March 2, 2019 LGBTI motorcyclists, including Dykes on Bikes, first toured the route. Hear the roar! Dykes on bikes are here! #SydneyMardiGras pic.twitter.com/PWTRo0pZCn — Sydney Mardi Gras (@sydneymardigras) March 2, 2019 A First Nations float kicked off the official pride parade. Mardi Gras 2019 begins with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony. We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, who are the traditional owners of the land on which our celebrations are held on. Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land. pic.twitter.com/8HV44iPXqL — Sydney Mardi Gras (@sydneymardigras) March 2, 2019 78ers They were followed by the 78ers, who gathered at Taylor Square for LGBTI ...

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WATCH: Kacey Musgraves and Hayley Williams cover Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Kacey Musgraves, the country singer who broke boundaries with her inclusive song about kissing, recently performed with Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams. On stage, the two women covered Cyndi Lauper’s iconic song Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. The Performance Musgraves performed in Nashville, Tennessee on 27 February. It was the first night of a four show residency at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The country star surprised fans by bringing Tennessee-based Williams on stage for a special duet of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. The act combined the best of Musgrave’s country style with Williams’ iconic and playful pop-punk dance moves. After the first chorus of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Musgraves announces Hayley Williams. Williams joined Musgraves on the stage, wearing a pink blazer, white boots, and not much else. This look was similar to the one Williams donned throughout last summer’s After Laughter tour. Hayley took the second verse, and the two harmonized the next chorus. Though Williams is on a social media hiatus, the Paramore Twitter account gave a shout-out to Musgraves and shared a fan-recorded video of the two performers. Paramore’s post referenced Williams’ lack of pants while on stage. Big yeehaw to our friend @KaceyMusgraves for a killer show in Nashville last night. And a special (pantsless) guest @yelyahwilliams https://t.co/BlvQANnGRo — paramore (@paramore) February 28, 2019 The duo also shared some cute pictures of themselves on their Instagram stories, which were obviously saved by fans.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Jake (@rosecoloredpool) ...

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Cynthia Nixon calls out Joe Biden for describing Mike Pence as ‘decent’

Cynthia Nixon didn’t appreciate former Vice President Joe Biden’s comments about the current Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence. Biden made the remarks about Pence at a foreign policy conference at the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Thursday (28 February). He was discussing Pence’s remarks at the Munich Security Conference in January. Reportedly, when Pence offered greetings from Donald Trump during his speech, he was met with silence. Biden described this moment in his own speech. ‘It was followed on by a guy who’s a decent guy, our vice-president, who stood before this group of allies and leaders and said, “I’m here on behalf of President Trump,” and there was dead silence. Dead silence,’ he said. Not everyone was pleased with Biden calling Pence, who has been described as a ‘great threat’ to equality, ‘decent’. Nixon, who formerly ran as a gubernatorial candidate in New York last year, was one such person. The pair had an exchange about Biden’s words on Twitter. Nixon and Biden discuss Pence’ anti-LGBTI record | Photo: Twitter @CynthiaNixon Biden responded directly to Nixon’s criticisms and how his words ‘falls on the ears of our community’. ‘You’re right, Cynthia,’ he said in response. ‘I was making a point in a foreign policy context, that under normal circumstance a Vice President wouldn’t be given a silent reaction on the world stage. ‘But there is nothing decent about being anti-LGBTQ rights, and that includes the Vice President.’ Nixon thanked Biden for his reply, but asked him still to consider ...

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