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Films key in campaign to end gay conversion therapy in the US

Recent movies Boy Erased and The Miseducation of Cameron Post are helping to end gay conversion therapy in US states. The buzz from these films, together with midterm election results, are creating a groundswell among voters, the Associated Press reported. Nicole Kidman and Lucas Hedges in Boy Erased | Photo: Focus Features Leaders of a national campaign to ban gay conversion therapy have seen a raft of successes this year. They’re now looking to convince more states to ban the practice in 2019, the newswire said. Campaigners want more states to ban youth gay conversion therapy in 2019 They’re hoping Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts and New York will also ban therapists from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation. ‘We’d be disappointed if we don’t get those this year – they’re overdue,’ Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, told the newswire. Miseducation and Boy Erased, which stars Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, will be key to ensuring even more wins. Thousands of people have signed up to assist the effort since ‘Boy Erased’ was released in November, said Sam Brinton of the Trevor Project, another of the groups leading the ban campaign. Conversion survivor: Sam Brinton experienced agonizing gay conversion therapy as a minor. Photo: Sam Brinton Instagram ‘They’re recognizing this is still a problem and joining our campaigns in droves,’ Brinton told AP. Brinton himself has written about agonizing conversion therapy sessions he experienced as an adolescent in Florida. Movies key to changing public perceptions Boy ...

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Same-sex couples to sue Japan’s government over marriage equality

Ten same-sex couples in Japan are planning to file a lawsuit against the government for not recognizing marriage equality. The couples’ lawsuit states that the government’s position on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, The Japan Times reports. The suit refers to a passage in Article 24 of the constitution, which says: ‘Marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes.’ Lawyers representing the couples say that the wording means that marriage equality should be officially recognized under the constitution. However, the government claims that this, and that the term ‘husband and wife’ which is used in the civil law and the family registration law, only applies to heterosexual couples. ‘We want our call to be widespread so that the freedom to marry will be recognized for everyone,’ said Shinya Maezono, one of the lawyers involved in the lawsuit. The couples involved are seeking compensation from the government. They will file the suits in various courts throughout Japan, including in Tokyo and Nagoya. Far from full equality Japan is considered as generally LGBTI-friendly while compared to other nations in Asia. A growing number of cites throughout Japan have allowed same-sex couples to officially register with their local municipal governments under the partnership oath system. The scheme is designed to make it easier for same-sex couples navigate legal and bureaucratic issues, such as registering their accommodation or visiting their partners at a hospital. However, same-sex couples are still far from achieving full equality in Japan. There have also been recent disputes over the attitudes towards the LGBTI community by ...

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Dolly Parton says drag queens inspired her music for Netflix film ‘Dumplin’

Dolly Parton said her gay fans and drag queens inspired the music she composed for Netflix film Dumplin. The country music star co-wrote six new tunes for the movie, including theme tune, ‘Girl in the Movies’. Dumplin is a musical comedy based on Julie Murphy’s book of the same name. It tells the story of a former beauty queen, played by Jennifer Aniston and her plus-sized teenage daughter (Danielle Macdonald). Inspired by the music of Dolly Parton, the daughter enters a beauty pageant herself. Drag scenes were among Dolly Parton’s faves Parton told celebrity news site Deadline.com that the drag scenes were among her favourites from the film. ‘I have a huge gay following and the drag queens have always loved me because they’re flamboyant and so am I, and it kind of gives them a little freedom, and they’ve always loved to dress like me because they can kind of over-exaggerate it.’ Parton also said she was humbled by the storyline tribute to her iconic reputation. Drag queens’ favourite: Parton’s ageless glamour. Photo: Dolly Parton Twitter ‘When the book first came out, I was really touched by it, and I was surprised. And then when they made it into a movie, I thought, ‘I’d be careful. I’ll get in it and it’ll look like I’m on some ego trip or something. ‘But they asked me to write their music, so I was happy to do that…to let them use it, because that is very touching to me to feel ...

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Trans prisoner moved to female prison after year-long court battle

A trans woman prisoner has been transferred to a female prison in Illinois after a year-long court battle. Deon ‘Strawberry’ Hampton described being treated like a ‘sex slave’ while housed in multiple in male penitentiaries over several years. Hampton, 27, has now been moved to the Logan Correctional Center, a female penitentiary located around 160 miles southwest of Chicago. ‘We are thrilled,’ said Vanessa del Valle, one of the lawyers representing Hampton, the Chicago Tribue reports. ‘Strawberry has waited a long time for this transfer. She has been battling for a year in court to have (the Illinois Department of Corrections) recognize her as a woman and protect her from the constant abuse and discrimination in men’s prisons,’ del Valle added. Years for sexual and physical abuse Over the past four years, Hampton has been incarcerated at four different facilities for men while serving a 10-year sentence for a burglary charge. She alleged having suffered from years for sexual and physical abuse from both prisoners and staff. In one instance, she said prison officers threatened she would ‘disappear’ if she discussed the details of the abuse. She also reportedly suffered death threats from other inmates. Hampton had filed multiple lawsuits against the state in order to transfer to a female prison. In response to her recent lawsuit, a judge ruled that all prison staff in Illinois would have to undergo additional training on trans issues in November. Hampton also has several other lawsuits pending against prison officers who she claims either abused her or failed to protect her ...

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8 films in 2019 to get excited about

2018 was a great year for LGBTI audiences at the movies. From Love, Simon to Colette, there was an abundance of diversity and representation on the big screen. Some of those films, like Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite, is also posing as a strong contender for awards season. Hoping to keep that momentum going, here are eight films you should be excited about in 2019. Captain Marvel Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel may only be queer in Marvel fans’ hearts, but that isn’t stopping everyone from declaring themselves gay for Brie Larson in the upcoming superhero flick. Captain Marvel is Marvel Studios’ first solo female superhero film and it’s been a long time coming. Fans’ first hint at her character, a hybrid human-alien hero, was in the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War. Following her own solo film, Larson will appear as Captain Marvel in April’s Avengers: Endgame. Captain Marvel comes out 8 March. Rocketman Bohemian Rhapsody became the highest grossing music biopic of all time this year. Will next year’s biopic about the legendary Elton John try to attempt to break that record once more? Taron Egerton stars as the openly gay singer in the upcoming film. John released his debut album, Empty Sky, in 1969 and this movie recounts his rise to fame. Egerton also recently detailed a sex scene he shares with former Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden in the film. Rocketman comes out 31 May. Men in Black: International Queer actor Tessa Thompson. In a suit. ...

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Alleged sexual assault victim may have video of Kevin Spacey incident

One of the men who claimed to have been sexually assaulted by Kevin Spacey in 2016 may have video footage of the incident. The young man, identified as William Little, told police he had sent messages, including a video, to his girlfriend via the Snapchat app, MailOnline.com reported. He claimed he sent them from the ‘Club Car’ restaurant in Nantucket, where he was working as a bus boy for the summer, according to the court filing. Real life drama: Spacey was axed from hit series when allegations emerged. Kevin Spacey due to be formally charged in January 2019 Spacey, 59, is due to be formally charged on 7 January on the island of Nantucket with ‘indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 years of age.’ If found guilty, Spacey could face up to five years in jail. The new court documents give a detailed account of the night he is reported to have assaulted Boston news anchor, Heather Unruh’s, son. After meeting the actor and telling him he was 23 years old – the legal drinking age is 21 in Massachusetts – the bus boy started drinking first beer and then whiskey with Spacey. ‘The drinks continued constantly through the whole night. Things started to get a little fuzzy when [Unruh’s son] and Spacey went over to the piano,’ Trooper Gerald F. Donovan wrote in his report in the court filing, the MailOnline.com reported. ‘[Unruh’s son] said he had at least four or five beers before Spacey said ...

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Caribbean Reggae artist urged to denounce shocking homophobic lyrics

A Caribbean LGBTI group has called for singer Buju Banton to publicly denounce his classic homophobic song, Boom Bye Bye. Banton is about to embark on a major tour next year, following his release from prison in the US. He serving a seven year term for drug trafficking. Boom Bye Bye was released in 1992. The song was heavily criticised for its lyrics which openly support the murder of gay men. Shocking lyrics call for killing of ‘batty bwoys’ The chorus of the song contains the following shocking lyrics: It’s like boom bye bye inna batty bwoy head Rude bwoy nah promote no nasty man, dem haffi dead Boom bye bye inna batty bwoy head Rude bwoy nah promote no nasty man, dem haffi dead Banton will perform a major show at the Kensington Oval in Barbados next April. LGBT community spokesperson, Ro-Ann Mohammed, told Jamaican site, McKoys News, the song should also not be played anymore. Under pressure: Event promoters need to help promote equality as well as music. Photo: official advertising poster. ‘I think the onus is on party promoters, deejays and radio announcers, not to play that song and to take a stand against the messages of violence against LGBT people. ‘There is some merit to how some people feel with regard to the rhetoric surrounding some of his (Banton’s) early music,’ said Mohammed, ‘particularly the Boom Bye Bye song.’ Banton still welcome to perform at shows However, the site reported that Mohammed would still welcome Banton to ...

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How 12 celebrities are living their best lives on Christmas

It’s Christmas Day and people around the world are celebrating the holidays in many magical ways. Whether it’s staying at home in pajamas, traveling, or getting caught under mistletoe, it’s a special day. LGBTI celebrities and icons are taking to social media to share what they’re doing, and it’s fabulous. Below are 12 celebrities’ celebrations. Sam Smith The singer looked cozy in pajamas with a warm mug in his hands. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sam Smith (@samsmith) on Dec 25, 2018 at 7:31am PST There was also dancing. Karamo Brown Queer Eye’s life and culture expert posted a group photo wearing matching Santa onesies. Brown is in the red baseball cap on the right. Happy Holidays Everyone! pic.twitter.com/69CpodU1ic — Karamo Brown (@Karamo) December 25, 2018 For him and his loved ones, there was even more dancing. View this post on Instagram Happy Holidays! #DadDance A post shared by Karamo (@karamo) on Dec 25, 2018 at 4:38am PST Cheyenne Jackson Actor Cheyenne Jackson posted an adorable family photo. The photo features Jackson, husband Jason Landau, their twins, and their pet dog. View this post on Instagram That’s a wrap for Christmas 2018. Big love from the Jackson-Landaus. Fun to share and see everyone else’s holiday pics. Here’s to a beautiful 2019 A post shared by CHEYENNE JACKSON (@mrcheyennejackson) on Dec 25, 2018 at 10:13am PST Plus, his kids’ reactions to their presents were so adorable. Adam Rippon Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon shared a romantic photo ...

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Grandmother gives the sweetest surprise to trans grandkid on Christmas

A Twitter user shared one of the sweetest and most thoughtful gifts they received on Christmas this year. @snepblep, who identifies as transgender and uses the pronouns he or they, explained in the tweet about their Raggedy Ann doll given to them by their grandmother. The doll had their birth name embroidered in a heart on its chest. This year, grandma decided to borrow Raggedy Ann. When she gave it back, Raggedy Ann had shorter hair, pants, and @snepblep’s new name, Gabe, sewn in place. ‘He’s trans, like me,’ Gabe wrote. Tweet showing off the new Raggedy Ann | Photo: Twitter @Snepblep As seen in the photo, the embroidered heart reads: ‘I love Gabe.’ In a follow-up tweet, Gabe revealed their grandmother gave them other name engraved gifts. One is a pocketknife and the other is a t-shirt. Other gifts Gabe has received | Photo: Twitter @Snepblep The t-shirt reads: ‘I’m Gabe doing Gabe things.’ Hundreds of other users on the platform replied, describing the gift and gesture as ‘sweet’ and ‘good’. Plenty also praised Gabe’s grandmother for being so accepting and embracing her grandkid’s true self. One user pointed out this grandmother is proof people from other generations can be open-minded too. Earlier this year, a study at the University of Texas at Austin revealed using trans youth’s chosen and true names can help improve their mental health. GSN reached out to Gabe for further comment. More from Gay Star News Gay parent family’s amazing Disney-inspired photos will melt your ...

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Here’s how Adam Rippon ranks Christmas entertainment from best to worst

Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon recently appeared in a video for Cosmopolitan ranking various Christmas entertainment. From music to movies, Rippon uses a small Christmas tree to hang the best of the best at the top… and lesser forms of entertainment at the bottom. Starting with John Legend’s new Christmas album, Rippon hangs it near the top. Then it’s time for Netflix’s so-bad-it’s-good Christmas romance, The Christmas Prince. ‘I’m gonna be real with you, I haven’t watched this,’ the skater admits. Then he says he won’t in the future unless his mind is changed, and hangs it low on the tree. What about other classics? Next up is Die Hard — you know, the Bruce Willis movie everyone loves debating about whether or not it’s actually a Christmas movie. Rippon doesn’t seem totally convinced it’s a Christmas movie, and hangs it around the middle, but off to the side because ‘it’s scary’. Other pieces of entertainment he ranks include How the Gring Stole Christmas, Home Alone, The Nutcracker, and more. About Justin Bieber’s Christmas collaboration with Boyz II Men, Rippon’s admitted first reaction was ‘scared, confused, tired’. To find out which ornament he hangs at the very top, check out the video! Although honestly, it’s not the most surprising decision. Rippon recently announced his retirement from professional skater. More from Gay Star News Adam Rippon named Outsports Person of the Year Troye Sivan posts cute photo with boyfriend, Adam Rippon responds thirstily 15+ adorable photos of gay parent families getting ...

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