Two years ago, I watched the first episode of Sense8. That was the first time I ever saw a love that looks like mine onscreen. One of the eight psychically-linked strangers in the Wachowski-led Netflix science fiction series is a young transgender woman named Nomi (Jamie Clayton) whose cisgender partner Amanita (Freema Agyeman) is smart, playful, and fiercely protective. For me and my own cisgender partner, watching Nomi and Amanita holding hands as they walked through the park was like looking in a very flattering mirror. I felt not just represented but seen by a television show in a way I had never experienced before. I told actress Jamie Clayton as much last week during a conversation about Sense8’s second season, which will be available Friday, May 5. Clayton didn’t know back in 2015 just how moving “Nomanita”—as the fans call them—would be for viewers like me. “I had never seen a couple like this [on TV] before so I knew that we were … [Read more...] about What Makes ‘Sense8’ The Best LGBT TV Show
Two gay refugees from Syria and Iraq testified Monday about the constant fear of violence and death they experienced living under authoritarian governments, militant groups and the Islamic State (ISIS) in the first-ever meeting on LGBT rights at the United Nations Security Council. Their testimony was part of a closed session co-sponsored by U.S. and Chile, held to highlight the risk of violence faced by LGBT people in ISIS-held areas. Homosexuality is generally not accepted in the cultures of many Middle Eastern and African countries which has led to the persecution of many in the LGBT communities. Protecting the rights of these groups is further complicated in areas where armed conflict is raging. In Syria and Iraq, the presence of ISIS "has increased the vulnerability of millions…and further entrenched structural and cultural violence against women and [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] persons," Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human … [Read more...] about Gay Refugees Addresses U.N. Security Council in Historic Meeting on LGBT Rights
As everyone knows, June is African-American Music Appreciation Month. It’s also National Safety Month and National Smile Month. And we can’t forget that it is ALS Awareness Month, Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, Cataract Awareness Month, Hernia Awareness Month, Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month, National Aphasia Awareness Month, National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month, National Scleroderma Awareness Month, and Scoliosis Awareness Month. But all of these holy observances must take a backseat to the most hallowed of them all: LGBT Pride Month. Indeed, we have heard nary a word about congenital cytomegalovirus, despite this being a month of awareness about that illness, because every company, corporation, celebrity, and television channel has been tripping over itself to exclusively celebrate LGBT pride. Or, more specifically, LGBTTQQIAAP pride. That last part of the acronym must not be neglected, even as it rapidly grows, adding new letters by the day … [Read more...] about WALSH: LGBT People Are Not Oppressed Or Persecuted In This Country. Here’s How We Know.
An LGBTQ rights activist from Nagpur in Maharashtra on Saturday said he was assaulted late last month by "7-8 men" for not giving in to their sexual advances, and alleged police had arrested just four of them, all of whom got bail later. The Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Trans-Queer activist said the incident happened late night on November 28 when he was returning from a gymnasium. "Three motorcycle-borne men approached me that night and demanded sexual favours which I refused. Then another two people came with the same request, which too I turned down. A little later, some 7-8 men came to my house and assaulted me, including a hit on the head with a bat," he said. However, Inspector Kishore Nagrare of Pachpaoli police station denied there was any let-up in the probe on their part. "A case under sections 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 334 (whoever voluntarily causes hurt on grave and sudden provocation) of the IPC was registered after the victim … [Read more...] about LGBT activist from Nagpur claims 7-8 people assaulted him for not giving in to their sexual advances
On Tuesday, English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding warned that she will cancel her scheduled performance on Thanksgiving at halftime of the Dallas Cowboys football game unless the Salvation Army makes a “solid, committed pledge or donation to the LGBTQ community.” Earlier this week Goulding excitedly wrote on Instagram, “Ok this is going to be LIT (can I say that when I’m 32) I’m excited to announce I’ll be kicking off the @salvationarmyus Red Kettle Campaign at the @dallascowboys halftime show this Thanksgiving! I can also confirm that @the_kearnal_86 will hereby be launching his acting career. Tune in to CBS for the game and join us this holiday season in the #FightForGood.” View this post on Instagram Ok this is going to be LIT (can I say that when I’m 32) I’m excited to announce I’ll be kicking off the @salvationarmyus Red Kettle Campaign at the @dallascowboys halftime show … [Read more...] about English Singer Threatens Canceling Halftime Thanksgiving NFL Show Unless Salvation Army Makes ‘Pledge Or Donation’ To LGBT Community