YouTube celebrates the LGBT+ community with powerful Pride video

YouTube has released a powerful video in support of Pride.

The clip highlights the diversity of the LGBT+ community, and features videos of Pride marches, same-sex families, popular LGBT+ YouTubers like Tyler Oakley, and even Drag Race’s RuPaul and Shea Coulee.

“I was told to wipe off my makeup and be a boy,” says male makeup artist Patrick Starrr in the video. “What they should have told me was to be myself.”

 

The video has received over 3.5 million views in just one day, but has also had 150,000 ‘downvotes’ and attracted homophobic backlash in the comments section, proving there’s still a long way to go to achieve equality.

“By not changing who you are, you are changing the world,” says YouTube of the video.

Watch the inspiring clip here.

Original story from Gay Times Magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Remembering The UpStairs Lounge Fire That Killed 32 LGBTQ People

Firemen walk through the charred ruins of the Upstairs Bar 6/24 in the French Quarter where 29 persons trapped by a fire, died.

The 1973 arson is one of the deadliest attacks on LGBTQ people in American history.

Saturday marks the 44th anniversary of the UpStairs Lounge arson, a flash fire that killed 32 people in the New Orleans gay bar on June 24, 1973.

Until the Pulse nightclub massacre in 2016, it was the deadliest attack on a queer venue in U.S. history. But the event is still relatively unknown, even within the LGBTQ community.

A secondfloor bar in New Orleans’ French Quarter, the UpStairs Lounge featured a pianist and drag shows, and was enjoyed by a diverse crowd.

Ronnie Rosenthal was 21 years old when he survived the fire.

“Everybody knew everybody,” Rosenthal told HuffPost via Skype. “The crowd that was at the UpStairs Lounge, they were all friends. Everyone was there to have a beer, some dancing, a good time.”

But the UpStairs wasn’t just a space for the New Orleans gay community to come together and socialize. It was also a place of worship. The Metropolitan Community Church was the first church in the U.S. to cater to LGBTQ congregations. Earlier that day, an MCC pastor, the Rev. Bill Larson, led a Sunday service at the lounge, followed by the weekly beer bust.

As the evening was drawing to a close, survivors later reported smelling gasoline, though they didn’t think much of it at the time. Just before 8 p.m., the doorbell rang, usually a sign a taxi had arrived on the street below. The bell kept ringing, though no one had called for a cab. When the door was opened to investigate, a fireball burst into the room and the inferno quickly spread.

 

Read more at HuffPostQueer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ian McKellen: Trump’s refusal to protect LGBTQ people is “un-American”

Ian McKellen: Trump’s refusal to protect LGBTQ people is “un-American”

“I can’t follow Mr. Trump. I don’t always understand what he says and when I do, I have to admit later that I got it wrong because he changed his mind or changed his mind about what he said…. He’s a very bad communicator, at least to me. Get more straightforward, Donald. And then we can take you seriously.

If what you’re saying is true, it’s appalling and quite unnecessary and very un-American. The gay rights movement began in America. It began in San Francisco, it began in Stonewall, the city where Donald Trump was born and thrived. If he’s not aware of this, I’d be amazed. So… it’s very sad if what you’re saying is true.”
Ian McKellan, asked by Variety what he thinks about Trump failing to follow through on his promise to protect the rights of the LGBTQ community.

 

Original Story from Queerty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oregon just became the first state to legally recognise non-binary people

Oregon has become the first state to legally recognise non-binary people.

The state will now allow people to choose a third gender on official documents like driving licenses and identification cards.

In addition to ‘F’ and ‘M’, people will be able to choose ‘X’.

The move, which is set to go into effect on July 1, is confirmation of a massive civil rights win for anyone who does not identify as simply male or female.

This includes non-binary, gender-fluid and genderqueer people, as well as some trans people.

Citizens will be able to request a change to the gender on their documents without the need for a doctor’s note.

“This change in ID is a huge piece of validation for me,” J Gibbons, a non-binary, transgender Portland resident told The Guardian.

Gibbons, 26, uses gender-neutral and they/them pronouns.

They said: “The state of Oregon sees me for who I am.

“I don’t even think ‘excitement’ can capture all of my emotions about this change.”

Governor Kate Brown, who is out as bi and who signed the bill into law, made history last year when she became the first out LGB person to win election as governor of a US state.

Earlier this month, California took a huge step towards legally recognising non-binary people.

The state Senate passed a bill which, similarly to the Oregon legislation, would allow people to choose a third gender on official forms.

Read more at PinkNews.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Homophobic People are More Likely to Be Gay, Apparently

In news that will surprise not one living person, a study has shown that homophobic people are more likely to be gay.

A recently unearthed study from a 2012 edition of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology showed higher homophobic instances in those who identified as straight but showed attraction to members of the same sex, as reported in Indy100.

The study examined the differences between how male college students self-identified their orientation and how they responded to quick timed tasks. These tests uncovered the respondents’ implicit attractions.

The results showed that the men who were more likely to display hostility towards gay people were more likely to be ‘implicitly homosexual’.

Netta Weinstein, the author of the study, wrote: “Individuals who identify as straight but in psychological tests show a strong attraction to the same sex may be threatened by gays and lesbians because homosexuals remind them of similar tendencies within themselves.”

Richard Ryan, who also worked on the study, said: “Those people who have such discrepancies, who have really a split between their unconscious attraction and what they consciously say about themselves, are more likely to come from authoritarian homes.

“If you are a parent who really believes your child should be straight, and when you use whatever means you can to convince them them that they’re only good and worthy if they are, that would be very controlling and it creates a lot of conflict in the child.”

 

Read more at: Attitude Magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WATCH: Love Conquers Hate! Anti-gay Protestor Arrested at Pulse Nightclub Vigil

An anti-gay protestor was arrested outside Pulse nightclub in Orlando yesterday during a vigil held to remember the 49 victims on the first anniversary of last year’s horrendous attack at the venue.

The protestor was holding up a banner that read “All homos will burn like faggots in hell.”

The crowd responded with a chant of “love conquers hate” as police approached the man and put him in handcuffs, before leading him away.

He was one of three anti-gay protestors who decided to show up the vigil.

Pulse nightclub held a remembrance ceremony for family, friends and the local community, which honoured both the victims and the first responders.

Elsewhere, organisers of LA Pride released 49 balloons in honour of those who lost their lives in Orlando.

Brian Pendleton, who organised Sunday’s Resist March during LA Pride, said: “As we remember those lost, we must not forget the fight for the living.”

Read more at: Gay Times Magazine.

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The FDA just approved generic Truvada, and the implications are immense

It’s a game-changing move that’s come as something of a shock to HIV advocates: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved a generic version of Gilead’s antiretroviral drug Truvada (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine).

What that means as far as what the drug will cost is still up in the air, but it’s bound to have significant implications for consumers as well as insurers.

 

Poz reports the approval allows Teva Pharmaceuticals to produce a generic version of the drug, which is used as a component of HIV treatment as well as pre-exposure prophlyaxis (PREP.) It would come in the same form as the current brand name version: a fixed-dosed combo tablet.

Talking to Poz, Jeffrey S. Murray, MD, MPH, deputy director of the Division of Anti-Viral Products at the FDA, says:

“Yes, the first generic for Truvada has been approved and will now be available in the U.S. Usually, it takes several generics before full cost-savings potential is reached though. Hopefully, this will help to expand PrEP availability for many.”

 

Read more at: Queerty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Germany grants rare humanitarian visa to gay man fleeing Chechnya

Germany has granted its first visa to a gay man from Chechnya.

 

The man arrived in the country on Tuesday (6 June), according to German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.

He was granted a special humanitarian visa. ‘We are happy we’re able to help in especially difficult cases,’ the German Foreign Ministry told the paper.

These residence permits are very rarely given out in Germany, as well as other EU states, but can be granted to people ‘on urgent humanitarian grounds’.

The man was initially interviewed at the German Embassy in Moscow. Following his interview, the foreigners’ registration office in Germany decided he fulfilled all requirements to be granted a visa. Several other applicants have also been invited to the embassy so they could make statements.

‘The Federal Government checks which meaningful protection can be granted in the interest of the affected person in every case,’ the embassy said.

Three further men have already been interviewed and might soon be able to leave for Germany.

Germany is the third reported country to take in Chechens fleeing the persecution of gay men.

First was Lithuania, who took in two gay men according to its Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevic. France has also taken in one refugee; more are expected to follow in his steps.

On 1 April Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta broke news of Chechnya operating a concentration camp for gay men.

 

Read more at: Gay Star News.

Where to Eat, Sleep & Play During D.C.’s Equality March

On June 11, 2017, the Equality March will mobilize LGBTQ+ communities and our allies to affirm and protect our rights, our safety and our full humanity.

 

Over the past few years, Washington, D.C., has become much more than a staid political town. In 2017, the city even received its first Michelin Red Guide, effectively anointing the destination as a culinary capital as well. This June, head there for the Pride March, dropping anchor in Dupont Circle, the city’s historic gay center, before fanning out east toward the 14th Street Corridor, Logan Circle, and Shaw, then north to discover Adams Morgan and Petworth. Here, we break down the essential stops.

 

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Tail Up Goat: The restaurant’s trio of owners spent years working at local favorites like Little Serow and Komi before opening this now-Michelin-starred neighborhood haunt. Shareable dishes like fatty grilled lamb ribs and house-made pici pasta in a short-rib ragu practically scream for bottles of Old World wine. (TailUpGoat.com)

 

Read more at: Out Magazine.

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Malta’s Prime Minister pledges to pass equal marriage

Malta’s Prime Minister has pledged his first law will bring in equal marriage.

Muscat’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has pioneered many of the country’s pioneering LGBT rights reforms, which have seen the traditionally-conservative island nation become one of the most progressive in Europe for LGBT people.

The Labour politician was sworn back in today, after winning a slightly increased majority in the country’s general election over the weekend. The leader vowed to follow through on his pledge to reform marriage laws to include same-sex couples, furthering reforms made in 2014 which opened civil unions to same-sex couples.

Mr Muscat said the equal marriage law would be the new government’s first piece of legislation, pledging progress on the issue before the summer recess.

 It would follow a string of reforms in recent years.

Under Muscat’s leadership, Malta has outlawed ‘gay cure’ therapy and passed progressive reforms for transgender and intersex people.

 

Read more at: PinkNews.

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