LGBT Films: Les amours imaginaires

LGBT Films: Les amours imaginaires

Join the Beijing LGBT Centre for part two of their screening series of LGBT filmmakers. The follow up brings another film by Quebecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan to the screen with Les amours imaginaires. The film follows two friends who fall in love with the same man.

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Philly halts foster placements with 2 faith-based agencies shutting out LGBT couples

Philly halts foster placements with 2 faith-based agencies shutting out LGBT couples

The city of Philadelphia is taking action against two foster care agencies with policies against placing kids with same-sex couples.

Mayor Jim Kenney said he finds it unbelievable that the two faith-based agencies that had been contracted with the city discriminate against qualified same-sex couples.

“I think that two women or two men that happen to love each other or are married to each other who pass all the background checks and the financial circumstances and have a nice home should be able to welcome a foster child into their home,” Kenney said.

The city has stopped placing children with Catholic Social Services and Bethany Christian Services. And Kenney promised an investigation into whether they have violated city contracting laws.

“We should first have a conversation with them to see what the extent of their discrimination is, but we cannot use taxpayer dollars to fund organizations that discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation or because of their same-sex marriage status,” he said. “It’s just not right.”

Catholic Archdiocese spokesman Ken Gavin said the Catholic Social Services policy, rooted in church teaching, should not surprise anyone.He added that the city does not refer couples to Catholic Social Services and stressed that the agency […]

Police investigate hate crime after death threats made to Sacramento LGBT center | The Sacramento Bee

Police investigate hate crime after death threats made to Sacramento LGBT center | The Sacramento Bee

The Sacramento LGBT Community Center is on high alert after receiving two letters containing death threats and homophobic language Wednesday.

Both letters had a “faith-based bent” to them, said David Heitstuman, center executive director, and were more specific in nature than past hate mail the center had received.

“They talked about various ways they felt homosexuals have plagued society, then went on to talk about the various ways they would harm our community, including destroying and murdering every queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual (person) in Sacramento,” Heitstuman said.

Heitstuman called the Sacramento Police Department, who took the letters as evidence and began investigating the situation as a possible hate crime. The letters included a similar language and tone, said Officer Linda Matthew, police spokeswoman. Never miss a local story.

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SUBSCRIBE NOW No arrests had been made as of Friday morning.The LGBT Community Center, at 1927 L St., occasionally receives hateful calls or emails, Heitstuman said, and has had rainbow flags stolen from outside the Lavender District building in the seven years since he joined the board.“It’s an unfortunate reality that this sort of hate exists in our community, and […]

Kansas voters should give Gov. Colyer a pass on LGBT issue — for now | The Kansas City Star

Kansas voters should give Gov. Colyer a pass on LGBT issue — for now | The Kansas City Star

The headline of a recent editorial in The Star asked a fair question: “Why won’t Gov. Jeff Colyer commit to protecting LGBT workers from discrimination?”

The answer seems very clear, but it may not be popular with some. If the governor made such a commitment today — to issue an executive order to protect LGBT state workers from discrimination — he might as well withdraw from the Republican primary race for Kansas governor. That’s because with a promise like that, he would virtually be handing over the nomination to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, whose overall appeal to conservatives makes him the frontrunner. Kobach has stated unequivocally he will do nothing to protect the rights of LGBT workers and said it is up to the Legislature to pass laws if needed.

Kobach’s answer is wildly popular with the Republican right, but also with those not so far right.

Although the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that federal law does prohibit discrimination against same-sex partners and does not allow for sexual harassment, the current administration’s Justice Department says federal civil rights law doesn’t apply to discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity . That void becomes a state issue. Never miss […]

Prison officers allegedly demand trans woman be strip-searched as she entered prison — as a visitor

Prison officers allegedly demand trans woman be strip-searched as she entered prison — as a visitor

A trans woman is suing a prison after officers allegedly demanded to see her genitals before letting her visit her brother.

In a lawsuit filed earlier this week, 48-year-old China Nelson began her case against a Louisiana state prison after she claims she was barred from entering the prison for refusing to be strip-searched.

According to NBC News , Nelson was prevented from entering the maximum security prison after a full body scanner detected an “unknown object” in her trousers.

Nelson claims that she had been approved as a visitor in Louisiana State Penitentiary for over 14 years prior to the visit in 2017, and had never been asked to strip before. “I think this was a new machine or a new screening process,” said Galen Hair, the attorney representing Nelson in the case.

The lawsuit states that after a full body scan, a prison officer asked identified something in Nelson’s underwear. Nelson then said she was trans, using her driving licence to help explain her situation to the officer.

“When an unknown guard stated that she saw ‘something’ in Ms. Nelson’s pants, Ms. Nelson acknowledged that she was born a male as indicated on her driver’s license in an effort to explain the […]

Is the single life more expensive?

Is the single life more expensive?

At a speed dating night in Hove, many said life as a singleton was more expensive. Are you single, and suspect that life is more expensive for you than it is for your coupled-up friends?

Well you could be right. There are 7.7 million people living alone in the UK, and according to the Office for National Statistics, last year they each spent on average £21 a week more than individuals living as a couple.

There are all sorts of factors at play here, but a quick survey of single people looking for love at a speed-dating night in Hove, East Sussex, shows what bugs people the most.

"I live on my own and I have to pay a mortgage and all my bills by myself, I don’t have anyone to split that with," says Emma, 29.

She says being single also affects her spending habits. "It’s easier to stay in when you’re part of a couple. When you’re single you don’t always want to stay in and be on your own, which means you go out more, which means more money." ‘Kind of penalised’

Jeremy, 32, agrees that the burden of not sharing his rent and energy bills with anybody takes its […]

Newspaper headlines: Russian exile killed and high-rise attack fear

Newspaper headlines: Russian exile killed and high-rise attack fear

The announcement police are treating the death of an exiled Russian tycoon in London as murder appears on several front pages. The investigation into the killing of of Nikolai Glushkov has prompted fears of a new Moscow-sponsored attack, reports the Daily Telegraph. The i describes Nikolai Glushkov as a "former right-hand man" to a leading critic of President Putin but says there is no evidence to suggest the case is linked to the nerve agent attack on a former spy and his daughter in Salisbury. The killing is likely to stoke tensions in the ongoing UK-Russia diplomatic dispute, says the Guardian. In another story, it reports public officials fear terrorists and arsonists could target high-rises that are covered in combustible cladding still to be removed after the Grenfell Tower fire. The Daily Star says England could be asked to host a delayed World Cup in the aftermath of the diplomatic row with Moscow sparked by the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal. The tournament would be moved from Russia this year and take place in 2019, it suggests. The Times says Oxfam has been hit by a second scandal over the conduct of its staff in Haiti after the […]

The Chase star made transphobic jibe at Paris Lees on TV: ‘You used to be a boy’

Anne stunned The Wright Stuff viewers with her quip towards trans activist and journalist Pars Lees (Picture: Channel 5)

Anne stunned The Wright Stuff viewers with her quip towards trans activist and journalist Pars Lees (Picture: Channel 5) The Chase star Anne Hegerty raised eyebrows when she made a flippant comment to trans activist Paris Lee live on television.

Appearing on The Wright Stuff on Thursday 15 March, Paris and Anne were heatedly discussing the gender pay gap.

The Chase’s Anne Hegerty stunned the studio audience following her comment to Paris Lees (Picture: Channel 5)







Anne, who plays the role of The Governess in the hugely popular ITV show – said she was ‘not terribly bothered’ about the gender pay gap, insisting that leadership roles and high power positions do exist for women.

Paris responded that she felt that ‘the top’ was an ‘old boys club’ – but Anne said she felt convinced that it didn’t exist. The Chase host makes transphobic jibe on live TV

But things took a turn for the worst. Paris said she would ‘have to disagree’, Hegerty stunned the audience when she quipped: ‘Okie doke. Well, you used to be a boy, you’d know that.’ Host Matthew Wright was forced to quickly change the subject after a stunned silence fell on the studio.

Following the incident, Lees reportedly told the Sun:

‘The whole studio – the audience fell silent. I don’t think anyone knew what to say. You could have cut the atmosphere with a knife.

‘I didn’t make a big deal out of it. I love the show and Matthew, and I’m sure she didn’t mean to be malicious.

‘[I] hope she didn’t mean it to come across the way it did.

‘I’m not easily shaken, I’ve had worse in my time, but when you’re on TV, you don’t expect it,’ she revealed.

Representatives for Hegerty told Gay Star News: ‘Anne is now out of the country and not available for comment.’

The following day, Anne Diamond, who was standing in for Matthew, made a formal apology live on the show.

‘Just a quick word about yesterday’s program,’ she said briefly.

‘Yesterday during a discussion about gender pay with Anne Hegerty and Paris Lees, Anne made a remark to Paris about her gender.

‘Now, we apologise to Paris and anyone at home who was offended by what was said.’


Newspaper removed a grieving gay man’s husband from his mother’s obituary

Gambill and Giles have been together for 31 years (Picture: Facebook/john.gambill2)

A man’s husband was removed from his mother’s obituary by newspaper publisher, because he wouldn’t publish something that isn’t true in the eyes of the Bible (Picture: Olton Enterprise) A newspaper has defended censoring a grieving man’s husband from his mother’s obituary.

Barry Gilles and John Gambill have been married for 31 years.

Gilles’ mother, Brenda Light, had an obituary published in The Olton Enterprise, Texas, following her passing in February aged 77.

Gambill, a funeral director in Dallas, was omitted altogether from his husband”s obituary, reported FOX 10.

But the newspaper’s publisher defended its actions, citing that ‘God says man can’t have a husband.’ Newspaper claims it is not ‘possible’ for a man to marry a man

A man\'s husband was removed from his mother\'s obituary by newspaper publisher, because he wouldn\'t publish something that isn\'t true in the eyes of the Bible (Picture: Olton Enterprise)

Gambill said Brenda was his ‘second mother’ and was devastated when he found he had been erased from the tribute.Other local newspapers published the obituary in full apart from the Olton Enterprise.According to Mail Online, Gambill spoke to the publisher, Phillip Hamilton, who confirmed that he had purposefully cut his name from the piece.He said that going against the bible’s wishes was, in essence, publishing false information. Gambill and Giles have been together for 31 years (Picture: Facebook/john.gambill2) ‘It is my religious conviction that […]

Meet the gay composer of Netta’s Toy, the song tipped to win Eurovision

Meet the gay composer of Netta's Toy, the song tipped to win Eurovision

Netta’s Toy is the hot favorite to win Eurovision Song Contest If you’re obsessed with Eurovision, it’s already very likely you’ve heard Toy – the favorite to win this year.

Toy by Netta Barzilai from Israel is a quirky, addictive smash hit with over 3.5 million views on YouTube. Behind the track is Eurovision star Doron Medalie, a gay composer who co-wrote the track with his producer partner Stav Beger. Netta’s Toy

Medalie was obsessed with Barzilai during season 5 of HaKokhav HaBa (Hebrew for The Next Star) and her quirky performances.

The winner of the show is given the opportunity to be Israel’s choice for Eurovision.

‘From her first audition I wanted her to win,’ Medalie tells Gay Star News.

A week before the final, they worked on the beat and started to construct the base of Toy.And when she won, they had five days to submit the song to the national committee. ‘We love Eurovision drama! We’re gays!’ Medalie knew he wanted to take advantage of Barzilai’s talent with looping. A loop station records a few bars of sound and then repeats them, allowing you to add to the sonic sphere.It wouldn’t be Eurovision without a little bit of […]