Gay porn star Max Konnor accuses leather shop of racism | Photo: Instagram A gay porn star has accused a New York City leather shop for kicking him out because of his race .
Max Konnor, of Lucas Entertainment, has claimed he was racially profiled at the west village shop The Leather Man.
Owners of The Leather Man have refuted his claims. Gay porn star accuses leather shop of racism
Max Konnor is a 2019 GVN Performer of the Year nominee | Photo: Instagram
‘Guys, I just experienced racism full force,’ Konnor said on Twitter.
‘The owner of Leather Man just kicked me out after coming in trying to get an outfit made for the GayVN Awards.
‘Please let them know that this behavior will not stand. Do not support this company. Send them a message.’
He also claimed to AVN he was in a consultation with the leather-maker who was advising him that the store would not be able to order the specific items he wanted.
The store owner then told him and a friend they had to leave because he didn’t have ‘time to watch’ them.
‘I went back upstairs because the leather shop is downstairs and the owner comes up to us and says, “Guys, we don’t have time to watch customers who aren’t buying anything”,’ he said. ‘I’ve never felt like this in my life. I’m literally still shaking.’
‘Then he stood there looking at us for like a minute and basically went in for the kill. He didn’t care what we had to say.
‘We were the only African Americans in the store. He told us he didn’t have time to watch us—well no one asked you to watch us.
‘We came in for a specific reason. It was the way that he approached us. After we left, the other patrons left, too.
‘It’s horrible. I’ve never felt like this in my life. I’m literally still shaking.’
Konnor says another employee followed them out of the Christopher Street store and apologized for the owner.
The Leather Man has also now issued a statement. Leather Man refutes porn star’s claims
Max Konnor said he was left ‘shaking’ after treatment of leather shop owner | Photo: Instagram
It said: ‘A number of rumors and misinformation about a supposedly racist incident taking place in our shop have been making the rounds on social media. They are, of course, untrue.
They continued: ‘The Leather Man has a long history of employing women, people of color, and transgendered individuals in both sales and management positions.
‘Throughout the worst of the AIDS epidemic, many HIV positive individuals found both employment and a safe home at The Leather Man when confronted by fear and discrimination elsewhere.
The statement continued: ‘As an institution, we take our role in the wider community very seriously.
‘We are deeply saddened that the specific interaction in question was, in any fashion, construed to have any racial overtones.
‘This was a matter of implementing a shop policy with regard to custom work and alterations, and the disagreement was in no way based on the individuals being men of color.
‘We do utilize a buzzer system during busy times to allow our sales staff to adequately serve our customers individual needs. It was not the case that any specific customers were ever locked out of the premises.
‘We regret that any customer would leave the store with such feelings. But we hope that our five decades of commitment to progressive social values represents The Leather Man’s commitment to being a welcoming place for all.’
Comedian Leah Forster. | Photo: Leah Forster/Facebook A Jewish lesbian comic has claimed kosher-certification rabbis bullied Brooklyn restaurants into canceling her comedy shows due to her sexuality.
Leah Forster is a well-known comedian in the Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community.
Twice in the past month, kosher food venues canceled Forster’s sold-out shows . The reason? Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox community and the rabbis who approve kosher food certifications pressured them into doing so, according to Forster.
She further alleged the owners of Garden of Eat In and Orchidea both explicitly told her they were asked to cancel because Forster is a lesbian. ‘I’ve never spoken about my sexuality’
The comedian then took to Facebook to explain the situation in a video. ‘Let me be very clear. I know the owners of both venues PERSONALLY. Both of them were sincere. BOTH offered me free food when they were Forced to cancel..both offered to find me a new place… both tried their best to accommodate me…,’ she wrote.
‘THE OWNERS, in a way, are VICTIMS TOO. ITS ALMOST LIKE THEY WERE FORCED TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ME. BOTH are kind good GENUINE humans and Jews – It’s NOT them. It’s the system. And there are parts of the system that have deeply hurt me. Simply for being me. DISCRIMINATION.’
She also said in the video: ‘What just boggles my mind is that I’ve never spoken about my sexuality publicly.’ Forster began to perform for secular audiences
Forster, in fact, was a really popular comedian until she was outed as a lesbian four years ago, which led to her being shunned by her family.
‘My parents disowned me and told me not to sit shiva when they die,’ she said, referring to the traditional week of Jewish mourning after a death.
‘I rebuilt myself a beautiful new life, I have a flourishing new career, I refuse to be a victim. I’m a happy positive person,’ Forster added.
Forster then began to perform for secular audiences, but also began to attract Orthodox followers on social media. She got requests to perform in Brooklyn and planned two shows in an Orthodox neighborhood, including one on New Year’s Day.
Forster also shared a screengrab of a WhatsApp message in the original story by New York’s Daily News . She said it was being shared among the Orthodox Jewish community in order to kill her comedy routine.
‘One of the performers is openly lesbian, is married to another woman and flaunts this way of life,’ the message, whose source couldn’t be verified, states.
‘Every part of this event is against halacha [the Jewish religious law] and against every moral fiber of our community.’
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Lady Gaga and Darren Criss | Photo: Instagram / Twitter As nominations continue rolling in for the Hollywood award season, LGBTI figures, movies, and TV shows rack up more and more chances for wins.
The latest are the SAG Awards , highlighting and honoring the best in acting from 2018.
SAG is the Screen Actors Guild, a labor union representing performers worldwide. In 2012, they merged with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) to create SAG-AFTRA.
Every year, they host their annual award show for actors in both movies and television.
Lady Gaga and the cast of A Star Is Born, Darren Criss, and the movie The Favourite are among the nominees this year. Best acting in movies
Below are the nominees for movie awards. The LGBTI nominees include Gaga, Rami Malek for his performance as Freddie Mercury, Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and the queer period film The Favourite.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:
Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
Amy Adams, Vice
Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place
Margot Robbie, Mary Queen of Scots
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
A Star Is Born
Crazy Rich Asians Best acting in television
LGBTI nominations in television include various actors for American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Lily Tomlin for Grace and Frankie, and Hugh Grant in A Very English Scandal.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss, Assassination of Gianni Versace
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
Anthony Hopkins, King Lear
Bill Pullman, The Sinner
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Penelope Cruz, Assassination of Gianni Versace
Emma Stone, Maniac
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid’s Tale
John Krasinski, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
Julia Garner, Ozark
Laura Linney, Ozark
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Henry Winkler, Barry
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Alison Brie, GLOW
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: The Americans Better Call Saul The Handmaid’s Tale Ozark This Is Us Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Atlanta Barry GLOW The Kominsky Method The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series: Glow Marvel’s: Daredevil Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan The Walking Dead WestworldThe SAG Awards air simultaneously on TNT and TBS on 27 January. More from Gay Star News
Antoni Porowski | Photo: Instagram Queer Eye’s food expert Antoni Porowski is no longer single — and his new relationship is Instagram official.
In October, sources confirmed Porowski went through an ‘amicable split’ with his boyfriend of seven years , Joey Krietemeyer. According to the reports, the pair broke things off two months before it became headline news.
Now Porowski looks like he’s back on the dating scene.
On Tuesday (11 December), he posted a photo to Instagram with interior designer Trace Lehnhoff. Dressed in nice suits, the pic shows the pair holding hands.
Rumors had romantically linked the two since September. Lehnhoff, who appeared on the Bravo series Flipping Out, posted his own picture to Instagram, tagging Porowski in it. Back in October, before the pair said anything themselves, Us Magazine ran a piece on their relationship.
One source told the outlet: ‘Antoni brought Trace Lehnhoff from Flipping Outto Emmy parties [in September], and Trace was clearly there as his date. They weren’t trying to hide it. They met on Instagram.’
After his split with Krietemeyer, Porowski’s Queer Eye co-star Karamo Brown said Porowski ‘deserves all the happiness in the world’.
‘People don’t realize what a sweet, empathetic person he is,’ he added. More from Gay Star News
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(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) Local LGBT activist group WERK for Peace has scheduled a dance protest on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in support of migrant and refugees starting with a rally on the North Side of the White House and ending with a parade to White House advisor Stephen Miller’s house.
The protest is part of the group’s new campaign #WERKNotWalls which is “about celebrating queer and trans migrants’ and refugees’ existence and resilience.”
“From the egregious response to the migrant and refugee caravan to the Muslim ban, Stephen Miller is Donald Trump’s right hand when it comes to immigration policy. That’s why he is going to love it when a parade of hip-bumping, salsa-dancing, debke-stomping, booty-shaking queer and trans migrants and refugees [and allies] show up at his house to celebrate our existence and demand that the US #LetThemIn, #AbolishIce, and WERK for migrants and refugees, not against them,” reads the Facebook’s event page . “We are going to send a loud and clear message: when migrants and refugees arrive at our border, we should be throwing biodegradable rainbow confetti – not tear gas.”
Participants are encouraged to wear traditional attire from their heritage. The soundtrack for the protest will include music “from Palestine to Mexico.”
There will be water, hand-warmers, speakers, biodegradable confetti, glitter and rainbow paraphernalia, according to the Facebook event page.
Firas Nasr, founding organizer of WERK for Peace, said in a statement: “The US government is denying dignity and respect to queer and trans individuals fleeing violence in their country of origin, much of which is the direct result of US imperialism. We are here to send a counter message to our brothers, sisters, and non-binary/GNC siblings – we see you, we respect you, and we will WERK to insure you are able to live in a world free from violence.”
As part of #WERKNotWalls , WERK for Peace has launched a video campaign asking dancers and activists to create videos to bring attention to the maltreatment of migrants and refugees.
WERK for Peace was founded in response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting. The group uses dance as a form of protest to speak out on issues such as climate change, immigration, LGBT issues and more.
A Kansas state senator has switched parties from Republican to Democrat, saying she cannot be complicit in supporting President Donald Trump.
Sen. Barbara Bollier’s switch was dramatic but not entirely surprising. The Mission Hills lawmaker has a long history of bucking Republican leadership, and had endorsed Democrat Laura Kelly for governor.
She cited Trump as a factor in her decision, as well as a state Republican party platform change on transgender identity.
“I cannot be complicit in supporting that,” Bollier said, referring to Trump’s presidency. “I can’t call it leadership. I don’t even know what to call him. He is our president, but he is not representing my value system remotely.” Premium content for only $0.99
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In February, the state party adopted a resolution opposing efforts to validate transgender identity. The resolution was controversial at the time, and in June the party inserted language into its platform that says: “We believe God created two genders, male and female.”
“That was my final, last straw. I support the people of Kansas. I do not condemn whoever they are,” Bollier said.
Democrats will now control 10 out of 40 state Senate seats.
Bollier said she had been a registered Republican for decades and had been a moderate for all of that time. But the party is “hell bent” on removing moderates, she said.
She served in the House from 2010-2016 and has been in the Senate since 2017. She will be up for reelection in 2020.
After Bollier’s public support of Democratic candidates earlier this year, Senate President Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican, stripped her of a vice chair position on a health committee. Bollier is a retired physician who often focuses on health legislation, including supporting Medicaid expansion.
“That is my expertise area and what the state needs from me … I need to be able to work in those areas,” Bollier said.
Wagle’s office didn’t immediately comment.
Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, welcomed Bollier to the caucus and called her a “longtime friend and respected colleage with the best interests of Kansas at heart.”
“Her expertise, pragmatism, and courage enrich the entire Kansas Legislature — regardless of whether she calls herself a Democrat or Republican,” Hensley said.
Cher attends the "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" world premiere (Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty) Legendary pop star Cher has confirmed that she is working on a memoir, slated for release in 2020, with a biopic to follow.
The “Believe” singer made the surprise announcement on Twitter, and fans rejoiced. The tweet has been liked or retweeted over 14,000 times in just 12 hours.
Cher has not yet announced any further details about the biopic, however, she confirmed that one is in the works. As of yet, the cast and release date of the biopic have not been announced.
Cher’s announcement comes after a busy year for the gay icon. Earlier this year, she had a starring role in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again She starred as Ruby Sheridan in the film, the mother of Meryl Streep’s character, Donna. Cher: Dancing Queen
Shortly afterwards, Cher announced that she was working on an album of ABBA covers . The album – called Dancing Queen – was released in September.
She will be touring the UK in 2019, performing in Britain for the first time in over a decade.
Cher has long been regarded as an LGBT+ icon, and revealed in July that she began “copying” gay men after meeting two when she was 12.
“I came home from school and there were these two guys in our living room,” she said.
“They were talking to my mom and her best friend, and they were so happy and excited about everything they were talking about, so animated.”
Cher said she began copying gay men from an early age, adding: “I thought, ‘These guys are much more fun than the regular men that come over to visit.’
“And I didn’t know that they were gay, but I just thought ‘These guys are great,’ and it all started from then.” Transgender son, Chaz Bono
Cher has also spoken about her relationship with her transgender son, Chaz Bono. The star said in October that she struggled when her son told her that he was trans, and that she also struggled when Chaz said he was a lesbian before he transitioned.
She told PrideSource it was not “easy” for her to deal with her child coming out.
She said: “I didn’t go through it that easily. Both times. When I found out Chaz was gay, I didn’t go through it that easily.
“When I found out Chaz was [transitioning]… we talked about it a lot, actually. But then Chaz didn’t mention it anymore, so I kind of forgot. And what I think is, there’s such a fear of losing the child you love, and what will replace that child.”
She added: “I think it’s about the fear, mostly. I felt, who will this new person be? Because I know who the person is now, but who will the new person be and how will it work and will I have lost somebody?”
Cher has reconciled with Chaz in recent years, saying: “Chaz is so happy now and we get along better than ever.” Cher’s biopic and her cinema history
The star – whose real name is Cherilyn Sarkisian – is now 72 years old and has been active in the music industry since the early 1960s.
In the 1980s, Cher started to develop a film career, and went on to star in Silkwood alongside Meryl Streep, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.
She went on to win the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Moonstruck .
The Synod considers and approves legislation affecting the whole of the Church of England, formulates new forms of worship, debates matters of national and international importance, and approves the annual budget for the work of the Church at national level. (Dan Kitwood/Getty) The Church of England has issued new guidelines on celebrating the baptism of transgender people.
The document, titled “Pastoral Guidance for use in conjunction with the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith in the context of gender transition,” was approved by the House of Bishops and published on December 11 on the Church of England’s website and will be incorporated into Common Worship.
The need for guidelines on the matter of gender transition was raised during the General Synod of the Church of England in July 2017 , which passed a motion calling for “the preparation of liturgical materials to mark a person’s gender transition.” “It is important that the occasion should have a celebratory character.”
The new guidelines state the Church of England’s “unconditional affirmation of trans people” and advise ministers to “respond sensitively and creatively to the person’s circumstances,” reminding the clergy to respect believers’ individual wishes on the matter of their gender identity.
“ Trans people are as diverse as any other social group and ministers should avoid stereotyping. It is appropriate, however, to identify the preference of a transgender person in respect of their name and gendered (or other) pronouns. It should be noted that the term ‘ transgender ’ is typically preferred to transgendered,” the guidelines read. A demonstrator holds a placard as they protest outside Church House, the venue of the Church of England’s General Synod, in London on February 15, 2017. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty) Another point reinforces the need for the ceremony to have a “celebratory” character, respecting the person’s preferences with regards to mentions of their past.
“It is important that the occasion should have a celebratory character, and in preparation for the service, the minister will wish to meet with the candidate to understand better their personal journey. The minister should be guided by the wishes of the candidate regarding the way in which past experiences may be mentioned or reflected upon, either in the introduction to the service or if the candidate is to share their testimony,” the guidelines read. Church of England guidelines written by trans clergy members
Among the recommended Gospel readings for the rite, one of the most important ceremonies in Christianity, stands out one passage that reinforces the idea that a person’s gender—or ethnicity, or social status—does not matter when it come to baptism.
“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus,” states the Gospel reading, Galatians 3:27-4:7 .
The trans clergy, Reverend Dr Tina Beardsley, Reverend Sarah Jones and Reverend Canon Dr Rachel Mann, produced the guidelines following consultation with those directly affected and their clergy.
“For me the most important thing was actually having this certificate to say that I had renewed my baptism vows and it had my chosen name on it,” Reverend Beardsley told the BBC .
The Bishop of Blackburn, Julian Henderson, Chair of the House of Bishops Delegation Committee, that oversaw work to produce the guidance, said in a statement: “This new guidance provides an opportunity, rooted in scripture, to enable trans people who have ‘come to Christ as the way, the truth and the life,’ to mark their transition in the presence of their Church family which is the body of Christ.
“We commend it for wider use.”
Tim P. Whitby/Getty BBC news anchor Huw Edwards has opened up about being considered a sex symbol, and said that he is popular with the LGBT+ community.
Edwards said: “I found out that I am even quite popular with the LGBT fans which is astounding,” according to the Daily Mail.
Fans of the broadcaster have been making their feelings clear on Twitter.
One Twitter user wrote on December 8 that he was seeing a lot of love for Edwards on his timeline, and added:
“By that I mean #thirst.”
Another gay fan remarked that he was “easy on the eye.”
Another Twitter user said that he was an “absolute babe,” and finished the post with a series of heart eye emojis.
Edwards also spoke about his recent weight loss, with the Daily Mail reporting that he said he can “move a bit more now.”
He also said he believes he now has the right physique to compete on Strictly Come Dancing , but also said he has not been asked to participate on the show.
Edwards explained that he lost three stone by taking up boxing. Huw Edwards: BBC presenter
Huw Edwards is a 57 year old Welsh journalist and broadcaster, and presents BBC’s Ten O’Clock News.
He is married to Vicky Flind, a BBC producer, and he has five children.
He has been working in the media since 1984, and has built up a name for himself as a broadcasting icon.
Edwards left fans swooning last weekend when he appeared on Strictly Come Dancing to read the terms and conditions to contestants.
However, Edwards doesn’t appear to mind the positive attention from LGBT+ fans.
This is not the first time that Edwards has been the source of adoration from the gay community. His Instagram, on which he regularly posts photos, has had fans going wild for some time. Huw Edwards’ LGBT+ fanbase
Most of his posts show him at work, however he has taken to showing photos of himself training and wearing his gym gear.
He also had fans talking about his new haircut, which he exhibited on Strictly Come Dancing.
Some wondered if the news presenter had gone for a mohawk, however one fan said that they believed it was just a very close crop.
Last summer, it was revealed that Huw Edwards was one of the BBC’s highest paid stars , and that he was earning between £520,000-£529,999.
When the BBC announced who its highest paid stars were, it caused a stir as all of them were men.
The announcement came after the government ordered them to reveal their highest paid on-air talent earning over £150,000 per year.