Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Halsey accused Demi Lovato For Exploiting Bisexuality

In a new interview with Paper magazine, singer Halsey got brutally honest about her feelings about bisexuality being exploited in the music scene. 

And she’s seemingly even called people out by name… well, by their lyrics if you want to be exact.

“There’s bi-phobia from the straight community and from the LGBT community. There’s a lack of acceptance”, Halsey revealed.

Bisexual people Halsey has opened up about the problematic way bisexuality is often portrayed in pop music, suggesting that singers like Demi Lovato and Katy Perry exploit it to sell records.

“There’s bi-phobia from the straight community and from the LGBT community. There’s a lack of acceptance,” the 22-year-old singer explained to Paper. “It happens in TV all the time when people write bisexual characters as going through a phase or struggling with something. It’s part of some mental breakdown or rebellion storyline, and that just sucks.”

She continued that “it happens in TV all the time when people write bisexual characters as going through a phase or struggling with something. It’s part of some mental breakdown or rebellion storyline, and that just sucks”.

She went on to say that this problem isn’t just confined to TV, but also to pop music, which she described as “really ostracizing.”

“It’s just a shame that it’s so hard for marginalized or minority people to get the same pop music experience as people who are heterosexual or generally part of the majority,” she said. “They deserve the same pop music experience.”

To provide this experience for her LGBT fans, Halsey penned “Strangers,” an explicitly same-sex love song featuring fellow bi pop star Lauren Jauregui. The track, as the interviewer pointed out, differs from other “queer” pop songs, which are usually “sung by straight women… and [are] more about experimental hookups.”

“Oh, yeah. Bisexuality as a taboo. ‘Don’t tell your mom’ or ‘We shouldn’t do this’ or ‘This feels so wrong but it’s so right'", Halsey continued, appearing to get quite specific.

“That narrative is so fucking damaging to bisexuality and its place in society. That’s something I’ve had to fight my whole life and something I still fight.”

Fans immediately called Halsey out on the use of lyrics in her answers as she referenced two pretty big singers: Katy Perry and Demi Lovato.

Twitter users thought that ‘Don’t tell your mom” is probably a reference to Demi’s “Cool For The Summer” whilst “this feels so wrong but it’s so right” is more than likely a reference to Katy’s “I Kissed A Girl”.

However, Demi being Demi was keen to hit back and posted a bit of a fiery message on Twitter.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Supreme Court to take case on baker who refused to sell wedding cake to gay couple

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a challenge from a Colorado cake baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Jack Phillips, a born-again Christian and owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, cites religious beliefs as the reason he shouldn't be obligated to create the cake.

The couple, David Mullins and Charlie Craig, then filed a civil rights complaint in Colorado.

Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission pits a baker represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative law firm, against two, married gay men represented by the American Civil Liberties Union. The Supreme Court's ruling should help resolve tension that's been brewing since the high court legalized same-sex marriage two years ago.

The high-profile case originated in 2012, when David Mullins and Charlie Craig stopped in to Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver to ask about a cake for their wedding reception. When the store's owner, Jack Phillips, realized that they were the couple being wed, he said his religious beliefs wouldn't allow him to take part in the event.

The couple's social media post about the interaction went viral, and the ACLU helped them take legal action.

Southwest Florida lesbian, gay, bisexual people, trans and lgbt activist Stephanie Burns said she will be watching the Supreme Court case closely.

"It could extend to other types of discrimination as well, if we start using the standard that someone has a personal religious objection to providing services to a whole class of people," Burns said.

"If any harm remains in leaving these wedding professionals free, it is only the tension we all face in living with people who disagree with us on the most personal matters," wrote Ryan Anderson, a senior fellow with the Heritage Foundation, in his analysis of the case for The Daily Signal.

However, legal experts on the other side of this debate say that no Americans should have a right to discriminate, even if they can point to religious teachings that justify their behavior.

"The basic question is whether David and Charlie and others throughout the country will be protected from discrimination," said Louise Melling, deputy legal director of the ACLU, on a Monday press call. She offered examples of the high court protecting persecuted groups from religiously motivated discrimination in the past, such as when it rejected private, religious schools' efforts to stop black students from enrolling.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Turkish police stifle Istanbul LGBT Pride rally

ISTANBUL -- Turkish police stopped activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights from gathering in large numbers for LGBT pride in Istanbul on Sunday, but smaller groups made impromptu press statements defying a ban imposed by the governor. The Latest on the banned LGBT march in Istanbul (all times local): 6:45 p.m.

Turkish police have prevented people from gathering in large numbers for LGBT pride in Istanbul as small groups continue to make ad hoc demonstrations despite a ban issued by the governor.

Organizers of the 2017 Istanbul LGBTI Pride called for the march in central Taksim Square, using a Turkish hashtag for "we march." The Istanbul governor's office on Saturday banned the event — for the third year in a row — citing reasons of safety and public order.

Police established checkpoints in the area on Sunday, preventing groups from entering Istiklal Avenue and turning back people who they deemed were associated with the march.

At least a hundred protesters gathered in a nearby neighborhood, beating drums and chanting slogans such as, "Don't be quiet, shout out, gays exist!" and "Love, love, freedom, State, stay away!" They carried a banner that read, "Get used to, we are here."

Police used tear gas to disperse the crowds and activists said plastic bullets were also used. Riot-control vehicles and buses were dispatched to the area. Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said "an estimated 20 people" were detained after protesters did not heed warnings to disperse because the march did not have a permit.

Police barricades, riot-control vehicles and buses were dispatched to the area where activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual people, trans and intersex rights say they plan to launch a pride march that the governor banned.

The governor's ban cited safety concerns and "serious reactions by different segments of society" as several nationalist and religious groups called for the march's cancellation.

But Pride organizers said in a statement Sunday that the threats themselves should be dealt with rather than limiting demonstrations.

The statement said: "Our security will be provided by recognizing us in the constitution, by securing justice, by equality and freedom."

LGBT activists have long lobbied unsuccessfully to have sexual orientation and gender identity covered by Turkish laws protecting civil rights and prohibiting hate speech.

Homosexuality has been legal in Turkey since the republic's founding more than nine decades ago.

The Turkish government says there is no discrimination against LGBT individuals and that current laws already protect each citizen. It also insists that perpetrators of hate crimes are prosecuted.

Turkish authorities allowed pride marches to take place for more than a decade since the first one was held in 2003. Up to 100,000 people attended Istanbul Pride in 2014.

But in 2015, police dispersed crowds using tear gas and water cannons after a last-minute ban. In 2016, amid a spate of deadly attacks blamed on the  Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or on outlawed Kurdish militants, the event was banned again but participants still tried to gather.

Pride organizers think the celebrations have been banned since 2014 because they coincided with the holy month of Ramadan and a rise in conservatism.

Friday, June 23, 2017

California bans travel to other states over anti-LGBT laws

AUSTIN — California is now prohibiting any state-funded or state-sponsored travel to Texas, citing a new law that gives legal cover to religious adoption agencies that turn away prospective parents because they're gay.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Thursday. "While the California [Department of Justice] works to protect the rights of all our people, discriminatory laws in any part of our country send all of us several steps back.

Bacerra added Texas to the list because of a law signed recently by Texas Governor Greg Abbott that allows child welfare groups to deny services and adoptions to families because of “Sincerely held religious beliefs,” the Sacramento Bee reported. The AG’s office said he believes that allows these groups to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual people, trans, and othre lgbt family.

“There are consequences to discrimination,” Becerra stated. “Restricting state-sponsored travel is a consequence.”

It's unclear what practical effect California's travel ban will have. The state law contains exemptions for some trips, such as travel needed to enforce California law and to honor contracts made before 2017. Travel to conferences or out-of-state trainings are examples of trips that could be blocked. Becerra's office couldn't provide information about how often state employees have visited the newly banned states.

Texas was added to the list because of a law that lets child welfare organizations deny services and adoptions to families because of "sincerely held religious beliefs" that Becerra's office says would allow LGBT discrimination. Similar laws were enacted in Alabama and South Dakota. Kentucky's new law could allow LGBT discrimination in schools, according to Becerra's office.

Burrows reacted to the action by the California AG with a written statement obtained by Breitbart Texas. His response states:

Today, the California Legislature prohibited the expenditure of its state funds for state employee travel to Texas because of our morals and ethics. Months ago, I offered an amendment to the Texas state budget to counter this type of nonsense — my amendment would have reciprocated if another state did this very thing. Texans are the most inclusive, welcoming people in the world — what Texans will not do is allow another state to determine our policy and culture.

Fresno State, a public California university, is scheduled to play football against the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa this fall. A request for a legal opinion on whether public university sports' travel is exempt from the ban has been filed with Becerra's office, but no ruling has been issued.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A couple recreated LGBT March photo 24 years later and the internet is in love

In April 1993, hundreds of thousands of people took part in the March on Washington for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and other lgbt community. Among them were Nicholas Cardello and Kurt English, a young couple who traveled to the nation’s capital from Florida to participate.

The composite image of Nick Cardello and Kurt English captures their love together at Washington Pride in 1993, and then again at the same parade this year.

The two images, placed side-by-side, were reposted by multiple accounts until one Twitter user framed it with the remark: “it's just a phase”.

“Someone else copied it to Twitter, Instagram & Reddit. That’s when it really took off. A reporter from Brazil said it had over a million likes there.”

“We could never have imagined the incredible response to this that we received," Cardello told NBC Out on Facebook Messenger. "We were deeply touched by people's personal stories and comments from around the world about the challenges that they experience in their personal lives and in their particular cultures. Many times we have been moved to tears by reading the comments.”

Nick explained that the original idea behind the post was to show that they were still together 24 years later, and still marching for bisexual people.

Cardello said the couple's viral Facebook post is unique in that photos of lasting same-sex relationships are rare to see in the media.

“People need to see same-sex couples just being couples. We need to get more images like this out there so the youth today can have positive role models,” he said.

Cardello, now 54, and English, 52, had their first commitment ceremony back in 1993, before same-sex marriage was legally recognized anywhere in the U.S. The couple was then legally married in Massachusetts in 2008, and when same-sex marriage was recognized federally in 2015, they tied the knot that year in their home state of Florida.

“The youth needs to see that it is possible to find a loving partner, and that the relationship can last.

“A loving partner can be a difficult thing to find, once you do you must protect it and nurture it,” he said.

“We feel it’s important to represent,” Cardello said. “We also participate to show gratitude to all those who came before us and paved the way for the rights we have today.”

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Seattle professional sports teams to support LGBT equality

Seattle Sounders FC held, in conjunction with its fellow Seattle professional sports teams and national nonprofit Athlete Ally, a coordinated commitment to supporting and celebrating LGBT equality ahead of team Pride Month activities. The efforts mark an unprecedented partnership between a city's professional sports teams as they join in a cooperative endeavor to stand in solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and other lgbt community.

The Seattle Sounders joined fellow local professional sports teams — the NWSL's Reign, MLB's Mariners, NFL's Seahawks and WNBA's Storm — on Tuesday for a joint press conference to support LGBT equality.

The five franchises partnered with Athlete Ally, a national nonprofit committed to supporting LGBT equality in sports. Representatives from each team composed a panel that consisted of Athlete Ally founder Hudson Taylor and pro ambassador Mary Harvey, Mariners owner and CEO John Stanton, Storm owner Ginny Gilder, Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer, Seahawks General Counsel and Vice President of Government Affairs Ed Goines, Sounders defender Brad Evans and Reign forward Megan Rapinoe.

One of the largest obstacles facing closeted athletes around the world is the fear, and often potential danger, of coming out. For Evans, he takes it upon himself to make sure the Sounders locker room is as safe a space it can be and to also be an advocate for lesbian girls, gay boys, bisexual people in every capacity he can.

“I do feel obligated [to act] in all the right ways,” Evans said. “I feel like I have a duty to do what I think is right…I grew up in a household that was extremely inclusive. Everybody was always at our house, it was part of why I love being part of a team.”

Monday, June 19, 2017


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month is celebrated every June in honor of the raid on the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village on June 28, 1969. The first gay pride march was held in 1970 in Chicago, and since, pride celebrations have cropped up across the world. But this year, in light of the Trump administration’s attacks on not only the LGBTQ community, but minority groups across the country, pride parades have taken on a theme of resistance.

Recently, London Pride came under fire for not including bisexual groups in their parade this year. They later retracted their decision, but including bisexual people at Pride has been a long-time struggle.

“I was in charge of a bi stall at Pride once when someone came up and told me she didn't believe in bisexuality,” says Libby Baxter-Williams, editor of the UK bisexual magazine Biscuit, to Curve. “She was wearing a t-shirt that said 'Don't tell me who I can love'.”

Last weekend's pride parade in Los Angeles was renamed the “Resist March,” and in Washington, D.C., supporters of gay rights in the nation’s capital had an Equality March. During Trump's campaign for president, he promised to be a “friend” of the LGBTQ community, but after taking office things have changed. His administration revoked protections for transgender students and he is considering a “religious liberty” executive order that would legalize LGBTQ discrimination.

“Bi people stand out in the history of the LGBT movement for our bravery, and for stubbornly going out on a limb to save lives, no matter the consequence,” prominent bisexual activist Faith Cheltenham writes in the South Florida Gay News. “Whether its bisexual politico Emily Dievendorf launching a petition to boycott Mitchfest's transgender exclusionary practices in 2014 or bi icon Dr. David Lourea creating safe sex workshops for gay and bisexual men facing an AIDS epidemic in 1984, bisexuals don't hide from the work.”