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Comedian Paula Pell says it’s lonely dating as an older LGBTI person

Comedy writer and actor Paula Pell, who co-stars in Amy Poehler’s upcoming feature film directorial debut Wine Country, opened up about dating as an older gay woman and how lonely it can be. ‘I was divorced from my first wife and went for about four years before I met Janine,’ Pell exclusively tells GSN about meeting her fiancée. ‘I tried to date and it was so miserable and so lonely.’ Things are looking up for Pell’s love life — she and Janine Brito got engaged in August — but it was not always that way. I asked the sky last year to lift my powerful and stubborn sadness and @janinebrito was hiding behind it. Last week I asked her to marry me because she is a tornado of love and I enjoy being in her path. pic.twitter.com/0FolaGGMBu — Paula Pell (@perlapell) August 21, 2018 Digital Pride is the only global Pride dedicated to enabling everyone to be part of a Pride, whoever they are and wherever they live in the world. This year, we are focusing on tackling loneliness and isolation. It takes place on Gay Star News from 29 April to 5 May 2019. Find out more. Being ‘Nana Homo’ ‘It was tough to be in LA and be an older gay woman,’ Pell says. ‘Everyone’s paired up and they all have families and homes. It’s a tough thing.’ She tells GSN that in neighborhoods like West Hollywood, she met great people but felt on the outs as an older ...

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Sports magazine debuts powerful issue against homophobia

One of the most popular French sports magazines has taken a stance against homophobia in new issue. The latest cover of L’Equipe (the French word for team) features two male water polo players kissing. Adrien Leongue and Cédric Le Gallo are the two players sharing the tender moment. Both men are part of the gay water polo team called Les Crevettes Pailletées, meaning glitter shrimps in French. Le Gallo is also the director of a movie of the same name about homophobia in sports. The slogan Embrassez Qui Vous Voudrez (kiss whoever you want) stands out against the beautiful image by photographer Roberto Frankenberg. When confrontation turns into a kiss L’histoire de la une du magazine L’Équipe qui s’attaque à l’homophobie dans le sport, avec un cliché mémorable du photographe Roberto Frankenberg https://t.co/Y3RX7aO1W1 pic.twitter.com/ZHFE3GL3z6 — le magazine L’ÉQUIPE (@lemaglequipe) May 3, 2019 Frankenberg has explained why this picture is so relevant. ‘To illustrate this delicate issue, I tried to frame them in several frames and several postures, especially underwater.’ He furthermore added: ‘But as soon as I took this picture, it just jumped at me. Beyond the same-sex kiss, the poetry of the image comes from the hijacking of a sporting duel, a gesture of confrontation, which brings another possible interpretation. I also had in mind one of Sportweek, where two rugby players kissed.’ ‘We need to fight homophobia but…’ While many readers are praising the initiative, some have expressed their concerns about putting two people sharing a kiss on the front ...

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Young gay guy finds out what it’s really like to have sex when you’re older

Glance at the showings in any cinema, and it seems the only people allowed to have fulfilling or authentic sex lives are the young, tanned, and chiselled. Hundreds of movies about twenty-somethings falling in love, while so called ‘grey love’ remains invisible and silent. Older people are often stereotyped as asexual and devoid of feelings or emotion as societal pressures take their toll. LGBTI older people are no exception. Instead, we should be open about sex no matter the age and not let age divide us, explains gay activist Peter Scott-Presland.  Digital Pride is the only global Pride and is dedicated to enabling everyone to be part of a Pride, whoever they are and wherever they live in the world. This year, we are focusing on tackling loneliness and isolation. It takes place on Gay Star News from 29 A to 5 May 2019. Find out more. Is ageing something to be fearful of? In a new video produced by Gay Star News in partnership with Age UK, Bradley Birkholz, a YouTuber, and Scott-Presland discuss their experiences of family and loneliness. A much-needed conversation, the pair hash out what being an LGBTI senior is like; what people expect from you, what people think of you. Despite the age gap between them both, the two spoke openly about sex. ‘Sex tends to focus more on physicality the tactile thing,’ Scott-Presland said, ‘and it has a lot more to do with the emotions that are involved in it as well. ‘You tend to take ...

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LGBTI Equality Act approved by the House Judiciary Committee

The Equality Act, a wide-ranging bill banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee in the US. LGBTI rights advocates have praised the ‘historic’ vote. It will now go to the full House for a vote at a later date. The bill seeks to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected traits. If passed, it would prohibit discrimination in various areas, including employment, housing, public accommodation, and more on a national level. According to Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, the 22-10 vote went along party lines. All Democrats voted in favor of the act, while all Republicans voted against it. And . . . The #EqualityAct has been voted favorably out of Judiciary Committee and on to the full House. Thank you @davidcicilline and Chairman @JerryNadler for leadership from all of us at @TransEquality. The vote was party line —all democrats for, all Republican against 22-10 — Mara Keisling (@MaraKeisling) May 1, 2019 ‘Discrimination in any form is wrong’ This is the third time Democrats have attempted to pass the Equality Act. On the two previous occasions the bill failed to advance past the committee. The proposals in the bill are widely supported in the US. However, many religious communities – particularly Evangelicals – are more skeptical of the laws protecting LGBTI rights. In his opening statement, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Representative Jerrold Nadler ...

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People slam Pete Buttigieg for saying he ‘supports’ vaccine exemptions

People aren’t happy with Pete Buttigieg after one of his spokespeople said he supports ‘personal/religious exemptions’ for vaccines. BuzzFeed News published the statement after they asked the 2020 presidential candidates their stance on vaccines. According to Buttigieg’s spokesperson, the South Bend, Indiana Mayor supports these exemptions with the qualification that ‘states can maintain local herd immunity and there is no public health crisis’. The statement further read: ‘The law of the land for more than a century has been that states may enforce mandatory vaccination for public safety to prevent the spread of a dangerous disease. Pete does support some exceptions, except during a public health emergency to prevent an outbreak.’ Following the publication of BuzzFeed’s article, Buttigieg’s team released a new, ‘clarifying’ statement. ‘Pete believes vaccines are safe and effective and are necessary to maintaining public health,’ the second statement said. ‘There is no evidence that vaccines are unsafe, and he believes children should be immunized to protect their health. He is aware that in most states the law provides for some kinds of exemptions.’ It also stated that Buttigieg ‘believes only medical exemptions should be allowed’, contradicting the earlier statement. Other candidates, such as Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, expressed explicit support for ending personal and religious exemptions. Loud criticism Twitter users publicized their criticism of Buttigieg’s stance. The only exemption should be if a person isn’t healthy enough to receive a vaccine. There is no herd immunity if people opt out just because they aren’t feeling it. ...

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“Leave or Remain” how GFEST 2019’s #QueerQueries are set to create hope for the future

Host Your Own GFEST! Calling groups to spread the GFEST experience! GFEST – Gaywise FESTival ® (known as GFEST) is an annual LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex +) cross-art celebration that will run from the 11thto 23rdof November this year.  GFEST works with diverse LGBTQI+ artists… Read the original article Author:

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Tunisian authorities cite Sharia law to clamp down on LGBTI rights activists

Association Shams, a  notable LGBTI rights group in Tunisia, is facing closure after a legal challenge by the government. Shams have condemned the move, describing it as discriminatory and ‘judicial harassment’ by the government. The group has been operating in Tunisia since 2013 and is one of the most prolific LGBTI rights organizations in the Arabic world. Shams say this is the seventh time the government has been tried to shut them down. Though the authorities failed to do so in a 2016 lawsuit, they are currently appealing the decision. A hearing is set for Friday (3 May), which could determine the future of the group. The group says that in this occasion is more serious as the authorities are invoking Shira law in their appeal. Tunisia maintains laws prohibiting male homosexual sex. Despite this, the country also has a thriving LGBTI community. ‘The judicial harassment against our association has no legal basis’ The government claims that Shams’ operations violates the Law on Associations. They argue that the Shams’ objective to protect sexual minorities goes against ‘Tunisian society’s Islamic values, which reject homosexuality and prohibit such alien behavior’. The authorities also say that since there is a law banning homosexuality, allowing LGBTI rights group such as Shams to operate freely goes against the law. Mounir Baatour, the president of Association Shams, hit out at the government’s latest legal challenge. ‘The judicial harassment against our association has no legal basis and reflects the homophobia of the Tunisian state and its will to discriminate ...

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Tyler Oakley teams with Trevor Project for 24/7 lifeline

With the help of a $1 million contribution from AT&T, The Trevor Project has expanded their text and chat services to be 24/7. YouTube star Tyler Oakley shared his own experiences of loneliness and having no one to reach out to in honor of the expansion. ‘There were times and places in my life growing up when I longed to talk to somebody about my feelings and identity,’ Oakley says in the announcement video. ‘Moments at school or at church or even at the dinner table surrounded by my family, I was lonely and didn’t know how to start to open up.’ The Trevor Project is a non-profit focused on helping LGBTI youth. Their phone and chat lines have existed for years as a way for youth who are depressed, isolated, or suicidal to reach out and talk to someone. Anytime, Anywhere The new 24/7 expansion is known as Anytime, Anywhere. ‘Moments of crisis are different for everyone, and I hope that by sharing mine, LGBTQ youth know there’s no reason too big or small to reach out to The Trevor Project,’ Oakley added. ‘Asking for support isn’t always easy — it’s important to meet LGBTQ young people where they are, with counselors who are trained to meet their unique needs, and on platforms, they’re comfortable using.’ The contribution from AT&T helped make the expansion possible. Valerie Vargas, SVP of advertising and creative services at the company, said this work is ‘especially meaningful’. ‘We’re proud to make millions of connections ...

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Friends of the Joiners Arms launches biggest survey yet to boost campaign for London’s first community-run LGBTQI+ pub

Friends of the Joiners Arms (FOTJA), the award winning campaign [1] to open the UK’s first community-run LGBTQI+ pub, has launched its third and biggest survey [2] yet to discover what the LGBTQI+ community wants from a new queer venue. FOTJA aims to mark almost five years since the closure of the iconic venue by reaching as many members… Read the original article Author:

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