Donald Trump mocks the ‘Me Too’ movement at rally

Donald Trump mocks the 'Me Too' movement at rally

Get your Sparkle on to celebrate gender identity this weekend This is the lineup at UK Black Pride 2018 Trump made disparaging comments about Senator Warren | Photo: Flickr/Gage Skidmore At a rally in Montana on Thursday (5 July), Donald Trump mocked the ‘Me Too’ generation and movement.

He made the comments while making fun of Senator Elizabeth Warren and her claim that she is of Native American descent .

Prior to these comments, he frequently called Warren ‘Pocahontas’, which she called out as a slur. Trump says he’ll confront Elizabeth Warren at a Presidential debate but "gently" because "we’re in the me too generation." — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) July 6, 2018 It started when he talked about confronting Warren in a possible Presidential debate.

He talked about using a DNA kit to prove Warren wrong.

‘We will take that little kit — but we have to do it gently, because we’re in the Me Too generation, so we have to be very gentle,’ he said. Then the audience laughed.

He continued: ‘And we will very gently take that kit and slowly toss it, hoping it doesn’t hit her and injure her arm. Even though it only weighs probably two ounces. And we will say: “I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it says you’re an Indian.”‘ Dismantling abuses of power

Activist Tarana Burke created the Me Too movement years ago while working with sexual assault survivors.

The hastag went viral when Alyssa Milano tweeted it out. She asked people to share their own stories of sexual harassment and assault.

Since then, both men and women have accused numerous men in positions of power of sexual abuse. Some have also faced consequences for the accusations.

Harvey Weinstein recently turned himself in to the New York Police Department while Kevin Spacey is under investigation in multiple places. Jeffrey Tambor was accused of sexually harassing a transgender actress on the set of Transparent.

Further, Trump has bragged about ‘grabbing women by the pussy’ and has been accused by at least 21 women of sexual harassment, assault, and rape.

94% of women in Hollywood say they’ve been sexually harasshed or assault. Banding together, they created Time’s Up , a new organization to combat this epidemic.

Armie Hammer shares adorably unrecognizable throwback photo

Armie Hammer shares adorably unrecognizable throwback photo

Get your Sparkle on to celebrate gender identity this weekend This is the lineup at UK Black Pride 2018 Armie Hammer. | Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr Armie Hammer just shared the most adorable throwback photo – and he’s got blue hair!

Posting to Instagram yesterday (7 July), the Call Me By Your Name actor wrote in the caption: ‘When I thought it would be cool to dye my hair blue…’

He added: ‘Good Lord, why didn’t anyone tell me this was a bad idea?! And by the way, the early 2000s, fashion wise, were rough.’

Judging by that caption, that places Hammer probably around 13-15 years old.

Hammer starred in the movie version of André Aciman’s novel Call Me By Your Name, alongside Timothée Chalamet.

The movie featured a gay sex scene between the two lead characters , as well as a now infamous steamy solo session with a peach .

It missed out on a Golden Globe this year but won Best Adapted Screenplay at the BAFTAs .

The film’s directorLuca Guadagnino confirmed a sequel earlier this year and revealed AIDS will be ‘relevant’ . Straight White Men

Armie Hammer identifies as straight and married TV personality Elizabeth Chambers in 2010.

He is also currently in the Broadway production of Straight White Men .

It’s a play that follows a family Christmas gathering, where a man and his three adult sons come face to face with issues of identity and privilege. Hammer plays one of the sons.

Last week, Hammer took to Twitter to thank everyone who came to the debut of the play.

He tweeted: ‘Thank you to everyone who came out tonight to Straight White Men! It was an amazing experience to have my broadway stage debut with Josh Charles and Paul Schneider.

‘Thank you to the amazing audience and I hope that you enjoyed the show! Hopefully tomorrow’s audience is as fun!’

Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette Is a Sea Change for LGBT Comedy

Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette Is a Sea Change for LGBT Comedy

I first watched Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette right after it first appeared on Netflix, under my radar and without much buzz. All I knew was the image in the tile: It was a new-to-me lesbian comedian in a fetching suit with a comedy special that Netflix thought was good enough to put at the top of my algorithm. Something similar must have happened with a few other viewers, because before I knew it, Hannah Gadsby became the single most important comedian in the world, the one everyone is talking about. “Have you seen ‘Nanette’ yet?” How refreshing it is that quality can still carry the day when sometimes it seems hype is the only currency in streaming.

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It’s been a few weeks and I haven’t stopped thinking about Nanette ever since. For the uninitiated: Nanette is not about someone named Nanette. That’s the first joke that Hannah Gadsby gets out of the way: She met a peculiar barista named Nanette who she thought was interesting enough to write a show about – gave the name of the show to the first festival to book it – and sat down and something very different came out. The show was a hit, toured the world, and was taped before thousands in the Sydney Opera House.

The end result – a word-of-mouth smash Netflix special – is a one-woman sea change for LGBT comedy, and a necessary moment in the conversation about identity and the arts. Gadsby begins with twenty-or-so minutes of comfortable, familiar lesbian humor. She lands some clever jokes about pride parades, feedback from lesbian audiences, and living in the world with a butch appearance. Once, she says, when mistaken for a gay man, she faced a street confrontation with a homophobe who, upon closer inspection, read her as a lesbian and then decided on principle not to beat her up because he doesn’t hit women: “What a guy!”

Then something very strange indeed happens. With a decade of work in this vein behind her, Gadsby says she must quit comedy. Silence from the audience. And then, without a moment of pretension or pedantry, and without boring us for a moment, Gadsby spends nearly an hour explaining how a joke works, and why it just doesn’t work for her anymore. Jokes, she says, are created when tension is exploded by a punch line, and the marginalized comic creates that tension by stating the trauma and then – “What a guy!” – letting the audience off the hook, popping the balloon. Gadsby remarks eloquently of this practice: “It’s not humility. It’s humiliation.”

The implicit question: What is the responsibility of the audience – presumably straight – when the queer comic puts forward the trauma. Gadsby has the answer, but she’s going to make you work to get there. She’s going to sit you down and give you an art history lesson, connecting the history of cubism to the #metoo movement, and then bring it home with a bravura rant linking Van Gogh’s sunflowers and harmful myths to the glorious suffering of artists. She is herself a lesbian artist who suffered to cultivate her identity against long odds in conservative Tasmania, and she’s going to tell you her story of self-discovery – including what really happened with that homophobe on the street – and you’ll get up from the futon unable to watch another stand-up special. At least, not for a while, and never again quite the same way.

This is all because for the first time we see what happens when a comedian states the trauma and leaves it there. What happens when you forgo the punchline? It doesn’t go down easily. But it is a necessary experiment. Material this combustible must be handled with care, and Gadsby is a master of her medium. She gives the impression of someone who has learned from every hour of her stage time over a successful career. She handles the audience beautifully, generously walking us through a turbulent introspection at great length without once losing control of the room. So precise is the writing and so honed is the delivery that I don’t believe Gadsby even once takes the microphone off the stand to work the stage with her formidable charisma.

I’m excited to see what happens next for Hannah Gadsby, and for comedy writ large. Not unlike Joyce and Woolf in the novel or Pirandello in the theater, she has pulled back the curtain to show us how the gears of the apparatus are turning, and Nanette makes clear that comedy’s marginalized practitioners are still obligated to fuel the machinery with their pain. By quitting comedy and telling us why, Hannah Gadsby has discovered uncharted waters where all of her peers will have to sink or swim. Must-Watch New Series

I don’t care about Pride ‘pinkwashing’ – when big corporations back LGBT rights, that’s progress

I don't care about Pride 'pinkwashing' – when big corporations back LGBT rights, that's progress

Revellers take part in the Gay Pride Parade in Medellin, Colombia on July 1, 2018 Credit: Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP We must push back against the common belief that LGBT people need to be anti-capitalist

It’s 2006. I am 15, insecure, and in crisis over my sexuality. Same-sex marriage isn’t legal, gay people rarely feature in popular culture, and since I know no LGBT adults who are out in the workplace, I’m convinced I will have to hide this side of my identity for the rest of my life. I am sneaking off in secret to London Pride to encounter for the first time other people who feel like me.

Over a decade later, as a journalist as a business newspaper, I have lost count of the big brands that have pitched me articles about how LGBT-friendly they are. Barclays, Accenture, Lloyds, KPMG – all the big City brands…

House prices: The areas where homes never cost £1m or more

House prices: The areas where homes never cost £1m or more

Even the grandest of properties – like this one in Pendle – can be listed for less than £1m Tens of thousands of £1m-plus homes have been sold in the last 10 years – but in 16 areas of England and Wales no property topped the £1m mark.

While one-bedroom flats can sell for millions in London, the most luxurious properties in areas from Gateshead to Gloucester cost less than £1m.

A delve into Land Registry data by the BBC in May revealed that sales of £1m-plus homes hit a new high last year .

Fresh research shows where property has not collected a seven-figure sum. ‘We have people retiring to here’

Stoke-on-Trent is famously a capital of ceramics but it is not the pottery, but the property, that is attracting some people here.

In the window of estate agent Reeds Rains are a series of homes listed at between £80,000 and £120,000.

Inside manager Martin Critchlow says that the relatively low prices attract investors, first-time buyers, and pensioners. Stoke-on-Trent – a home to pottery and low house prices "We have people retiring to here from places like Kent, because they can get more for their money," he says.

Buy-to-let investors, who typically make up about half of his clientele, are attracted by the relatively lack of boom and bust in the local market, alongside steady demand from tenants, he says.

"They are not going to find a goldmine, but they know the bottom is not going to fall out of the market," he says. Some properties in the area are let to students First-time buyers can also buy properties that their counterparts in some other parts of the country can only dream about.

He tells of one recent example, when a buyer bought his first home – a three-bedroom detached with a garage – for £160,000. Other £1m-free zones

The 16 areas where transactions have never exceeded £1m since the start of 2007 are clustered primarily in the North West of England (seven), with three in Wales. These areas are not seeing top-end house prices, yet there is no absence of luxury among the properties currently for sale at less than £1m. For example, there is a five-bedroom detached home complete with games room, sauna, gym and wine cellar on the market for £950,000 in Worcester. This Worcester home is listed for less than £1m In Pendle, a gated five-bedroom home built in 1890 is for sale at an asking price of £875,000. Some of the original features remain, such as the servants’ bells and oak panelling.

While in Hyndburn, the owners are asking for slightly less for a 19th century four-bedroom farmhouse with 15 acres of land which houses 10 stables for horses. Record rise

Previous research showed that, during the past decade, most £1m-plus properties were sold in London, but sales have doubled in the East of England – the biggest increase of any region in England and Wales. University cities such as Cambridge and Bristol saw £1m-plus sales surge.

A total of 125,898 property sales have been completed in England and Wales for £1m or more since the start of 2007, the latest available transaction data from the Land Registry shows.

The local authority with the most sales during that period was Westminster in London, with 12,917.

You can see how many were sold in your area with this calculator.

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In there were homes over £1m sold since 2007, with the most expensive sold for .

If the postcode search does not load, click to launch the interactive content . How is the number for your area calculated?

The BBC data team analysed all residential transactions in England and Wales from the Land Registry price-paid dataset for the period from January 2007 to the latest data release at the end of June 2018. Property type classified as "other" in the Land Registry data was excluded, as the category could potentially contain properties that are not residential.

All transactions over £1m (including those at exactly £1m) were mapped to local authorities using the latest Ordinance Survey’s Codepoint Open mapping file from February 2018 that contains data for each postcode unit in England and Wales. Postcodes not found in the OS Codepoint Open mapping file were not counted as part of the analysis, as they could not be matched to a local authority.

HM Land Registry does not cover addresses in Scotland or Northern Ireland. Registers of Scotland data is not free to download and the NIdirect land Registry for Northern Ireland does not make comparable data available.

How Libya holds the key to solving Europe’s migration crisis

How Libya holds the key to solving Europe's migration crisis

The European Union wants to set up migrant "reception centres" in North Africa to process the thousands of Africans trying to reach Europe. This has been rejected by Libya, where people-smuggling networks once controlled by former strongman Muammar Gaddafi, are now able to operate freely, writes the BBC’s Farouk Chothia.

As he appealed to Nato not to launch air strikes to overthrow his regime, then-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said: "Now listen, you people of Nato. You’re bombing a wall which stood in the way of African migration to Europe and in the way of al-Qaeda terrorists. This wall was Libya. You’re breaking it."

Gaddafi was trying to exploit European fears about migration in the hope of clinging to power, but it did not work. He was killed by Nato-backed militias in October 2011 following a popular uprising against his 42-year rule.

As a result, Europe – especially Italy – lost a key partner in efforts to reduce migration from Africa.

"Not enough attention was paid to Libya after Gaddafi’s overthrow," Tarek Megersi, a Libyan analyst with the UK-based European Council on Foreign Relations think-tank, told the BBC.

"There is a lack of governance structures and smuggling groups have exploited this to the maximum," Mr Megersi added. Many Africans risk their lives to cross the Mediterranean Unlike Turkey which has stemmed the flow of migrants by agreeing to take back Syrians who reach the Greek islands in exchange for a huge financial package, Libya’s weak internationally recognised government has rejected a European Union proposal to set up "reception centres" for African migrants while European states consider their asylum applications.

‘We categorically reject camps for migrants,” Libya’s Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq said, following talks with Italy’s far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini in Tripoli last week.

”It is not allowed by Libyan law," he added.

A further complication is the breakdown in law and order in Libya, where a host of rival militias are largely able to operate as they please, with some making huge amounts of money from the migrant trade. ‘Friendship agreement’

Mr Megersi said migrants have rapidly changed the demographics of parts of Libya. The coastal city of Zawiya, which used to have a population of about 200,000, now has more than one million migrants living in it, and the surrounding area.

"They [Libyans] have the same fear as European states," he added. Speaking after an African Union (AU) summit in Mauritania on Monday, Morocco’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita also rejected the EU proposal, describing it as "an easy, counter-productive solution", although some poor states along the migration route – Niger is rumoured to be one of them – might eventually agree to host the "reception centres".

Gaddafi signed a "friendship" agreement with then-Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in August 2008, in a deal which saw his regime tightening border controls – including joint maritime patrols – in exchange for Italy pledging $5bn (£3.75bn) in compensation for colonial-era crimes. Muammar Gaddafi helped Silvio Berlusconi curb migration to Italy The deal led to a sharp decline in the number of people trying to reach Europe by boat – from nearly 40,000 in 2008 to 3,200 in the first seven months after joint patrols started in 2009, according to EU-funded research .

In total, 206,880 people left Libyan shores between 2003 and 2012, an average of about 23,000 a year. Almost all of them – 190,425 – went to the Italian island of Lampedusa and the remaining 16,445 to Malta, other research shows . ‘Petrol and people-smugglers’

Mr Megersi said Gaddafi used migration "to hold Europe hostage", allowing smuggling networks – made up of people from the two main ethnic groups in the south-west, the Tuareg and Tebu – to thrive when it suited him.

"The tribes of southern Libya have historically been smugglers because of a lack of economic opportunities and development," Mr Megersi told the BBC.

"Gaddafi made a deal with them – smuggle goods to Niger, Chad and Algeria, rather than people to Europe. He will give them petrol or flour at subsidised prices, which they will then sell at market prices.

"The vacuum left by Gaddafi was never filled by any entity capable of exerting control or pressure over them," Mr Megersi said. What did EU leaders agree at their summit last week?

Exploring the possibility of "regional disembarkation platforms", designed to thwart people-smuggling gangs by processing migrants outside the EU

Setting up secure migrant processing centres in EU countries, although no country has yet volunteered to host one. Mr Macron said France would not host one as it was not a country where migrants landed but Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the centres could be anywhere in the EU

Strengthening external border controls, with more funding for Turkey and countries in North Africa

Boosting investment in Africa to help the continent achieve a "socio-economic transformation" so people no longer want to leave in pursuit of a better life in Europe

According to UN figures, about 15,151 people left North Africa – mainly Libya – by boat in 2012, which many Libyans described as the "golden year" after Gaddafi’s overthrow.

In 2014, the number rose to a staggering 170,110. This was because conflict escalated between rival governments and militias jostling for power following disputed elections. The fighting was so intense that the US shut its embassy and evacuated its diplomats to neighbouring Tunisia. How I smuggle people from Nigeria to Europe In a report published last year following a study on migration trends , the UN High Commission for Refugees said: "Libya has for decades drawn people from neighbouring countries, as it offered the best employment opportunities and highest salaries in the region – although it has been increasingly roiled by instability and insecurity since the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

"The study found that around half of those travelling to Libya do so believing they can find jobs there, but end up fleeing onwards to Europe to escape life-threatening dangers and difficult economic conditions plus widespread exploitation and abuse." Smugglers take people vast distances across the Sahara Smuggling networks operating across East and West Africa bring the migrants by road to Libya, from countries as diverse as Eritrea – a small state which young people flee to avoid military conscription – and Nigeria, Africa’s most populous state which is battling high levels of unemployment, an Islamist-led insurgency and clashes between herders and farmers.

Efforts to break up the networks in Libya and other states have yielded results.

"Certain militias [in Libya] have been given incentives to stop human-trafficking and have been co-opted into law-enforcement activities, but what these incentives are remains unclear," Mark Micallef, a Malta-based researcher with the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime think-tank, told the BBC. Sudan – led by Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Courts for war crimes in Darfur – has also cooperated with the EU.

"Over the past two years, Sudan has been cracking down on its northern border with Chad, Libya and Egypt," Mr Micallef said.

"It has taken the opportunity to come out of isolation and engage with the international community." Italy’s interior minister Matteo Salvini (R) is fiercely opposed to migration from Africa Niger – which is second from bottom on the UN Human Development Index – has also "played more than its part", despite the "very big hit" this has had on the economy in its northern Agadez region, which was heavily dependent on migrants en route to Libya, Mr Micallef said.

In exchange, the EU offered 610m euros (£540m; $714m) to Niger in 2016 from a fund set up to address what it calls the root causes of "destabilisation, forced displacement and irregular migration" in 26 African states.

This included tackling population growth, "extreme poverty" and weak "economic infrastructure", the EU said on its website . ‘African narrative’

Significantly, the number of boat migrants has dropped in the first six months of this year. Less than 50,000 people arrived in Europe from North Africa, suggesting that if there is no major outbreak of violence in Libya ahead of elections scheduled for December, sea crossings in 2018 could be at their lowest since 2014. More on the migration crisis: ‘I was sold three times by Libya slave traders

First risky step in an Eritrean’s journey to Europe

Why is Libya so lawless

For its part, the AU decided at its summit to establish the African Observatory for Migration and Development in a bid to coordinate its response to the crisis.

"Africa should not just react to decisions taken outside. We should have our own narrative," Mr Bourita, Morocco’s foreign minister, told the BBC.

To curb migration, African states needed to invest in young people, who were "an energy", Mr Bourita said.

"Either you use it properly and it can be an element of development or you will not control it and it will be a problem for all the countries," he added. ‘Europe need migration’

In a report published last month after a survey in nine African states , Afrobarometer, a South African-based non-governmental organisation, said the continent needed "thriving" economies to stem migration.

The desire to migrate was strongest among the young and the educated, with 43% of respondents citing the need to find a job as the main reason and 33% saying they wanted to escape economic hardship and poverty, the report said. Most southern Africans preferred to settle in another African state, while those from West and east Africa preferred to go to Europe and North America, the report added.

Mr Megersi believes that the EU should place greater emphasis on creating legal avenues for migration in order to boost its workforce.

"Some do it for asylum. Others for economic reasons. They are young men eager and willing to work in different spheres. Europe needs migration, with its ageing population," he said.

But the current political climate in Europe mitigates against this, with many voters blaming migrants for their economic problems. This has led to the rise of right-wing parties – like Mr Salvini’s League party in Italy – and efforts to curb migration are likely to intensify.

"Populists are gaining ground by holding a firm line, and you have one ad hoc measure after another. Migration policy in Europe is a game of politics," Mr Megersi added.

Senior Met Police officer investigated over honours

Senior Met Police officer investigated over honours

A senior Scotland Yard officer is being investigated for allegedly breaking rules about honours nominations.

Temporary Chief Superintendent Parm Sandhu has been served with a "gross misconduct" investigation notice, meaning she could potentially face a serious disciplinary charge.

In some cases, such a charge can lead to dismissal.

The officer, who’s been placed on restricted duties, has declined to comment on the allegation.

Two other Metropolitan Police officers are also under investigation.

BBC News understands the inquiry is focusing on whether Ms Sandhu encouraged colleagues to support her nomination for a Queen’s Police Medal (QPM).

The QPM, which was introduced in 1954, is awarded twice a year in the Queen’s Birthday and New Year Lists.

The medals are given to serving police officers in the UK in recognition of distinguished service or outstanding courage in the line of duty. Early stage of inquiry

In this year’s New Year’s honours, 18 officers were awarded the QPM, the same number awarded to officers in the birthday list last month.

National Police Chief Council guidelines say that "any person can nominate any other person for an honour".

However, as with other honours, people are not expected to nominate themselves and are not meant to contribute to or know about the process.

The Inspectorate of Constabulary coordinates the process for those of superintendent rank and below, with applications considered by the Home Office before going to the honours committee, along with recommendations for knighthoods, MBEs and other awards.

The internal Met investigation is examining an allegation that Ms Sandhu may have contacted other officers with a summary of information to support her QPM nomination.

The inquiry is at an early stage and no disciplinary action has been taken so far.

However, the officer has been notified that the investigation is looking at alleged "gross misconduct", which, if proven could lead to dismissal. ‘First woman of colour’

Ms Sandhu, who joined the police in 1989, rose through the ranks to become borough commander in Richmond-upon-Thames.

She is one of the most senior ethnic minority officers in the Met and in 2006 received an Asian Women of Achievement award, largely for her work in reassuring the community in the aftermath of the 7 July terrorist attacks on London’s transport system.

Last month she tweeted that she "will be promoted to Ch Supt" in the Metropolitan Police, adding: "I will be the first woman of colour to hold this rank."

She is being supported through the investigation by representatives of the Police Superintendents’ Association.

In a statement, Scotland Yard said: "The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) is investigating the conduct of three officers following an allegation that they breached guidelines relating to the UK honours nomination process.

"A temporary chief superintendent currently attached to human resources was served with a gross misconduct notice on Wednesday 27 June and has been placed on restricted duties.

"Two other officers – a detective superintendent and an inspector, both from frontline policing – were served with misconduct notices on Wednesday 27 June. They remain on full duties. Enquiries continue."

Marks & Spencer accused of exploiting LGBT culture by selling a ‘rainbow’ sandwich to mark Pride

M&S has been accused of exploiting LGBT culture by selling a “rainbow” sandwich to mark Pride.

The limited-edition vegan snack was launched in stores this week. SWNS:South West News Service The food of love…along with its new sandwich, M&S is supporting Pride and the LGBT community with a £10,000 donation But some claim the chain is trying to cash in on the “Pink Pound”, while others questioned why there is no packaging to celebrate being heterosexual.

Pat Purdy posted on Marks & Spencer’s Facebook page: “Please leave the PC out of food, fashion and drink. There is a time and a place and this is not it.”

Twitter user Recreationally Offended said: “I don’t applaud it. ‘All the gays love rainbows. And vegetables! I know! Gay sandwich wrapper!’ Get stuffed.”

But Jade Lewis, who works for M&S, said: “It’s fantastic. I’m really happy to be part of a workforce that’s willing to support Pride and the LGBTQ+ community.” EPA The Pride in London parade is taking place in the capital today, with more events planned across the country and throughout the year PA:Press Association The underperforming chain has been accused of exploiting the LGBT community The Pride in London parade takes place today, with numerous events across the country throughout the year.

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Australian gay couple called ‘stupid faggots’ and brutally beaten by gang

Australian gay couple called ‘stupid faggots’ and brutally beaten by gang

Joshua and Alex were on their way home when they were attacked (joshua dickson) An Australian gay couple has been physically and verbally attacked by a gang of men after leaving a club.

Joshua Dickson and Alex Vlasits said they were repeatedly punched and told “you all need to die” after being confronted while walking to an Uber to take them to their home in Queensland on July 1.

Hundreds of homophobic attacks took place in Australia during the same-sex marriage postal vote, and the tensions inflamed in that period have lingered despite equal marriage becoming legalised. Vlasits’ injuries were severe (9 News) Writing on Facebook, Vlasits said: “Josh ordered the Uber and we began walking through the Bay village car park and started to hear things in the distance from a group of youth who would have been about 17-19 years old.”

He recalled that they said: “Stupid faggots,” “You all need to die” and “You’re all disgusting.”

Vlasits continued: “Growing up and being openly gay I honestly didn’t take much notice of it and just brushed it off and we kept walking. Vlasits said the attackers “knocked me out and I hit the concrete” (alexander__v/instagram) “At this stage Josh still had his arm around me, the next thing I remember is Josh being pulled away from me and hearing someone running.

“That someone who was running came up from behind me and king hit me in the left side of my head, knocked me out and I hit the concrete,” continued Vlasits.

“After they hit me they went after Josh hitting him in the left side of this face and then came back for me with another two punches to the head while I was still in the ground. Dickson said the attack was “the most degrading and disgusting thing I have ever experienced” (joshua m dickson/facebook) “After this my memory of the rest of the night is pretty hazy and not clear. “I’m very lucky that I only left this with a bloody ear and head from the punches, because it definitely could have been a lot worse as one punch can kill someone!”

Dickson told local outlet the Sunshine Coast Daily : “They got [Alex] from behind. I watched him fall to the ground. They coward punched (king hit) him.

He said that the attackers “called Alex a faggot” and “kept saying we shouldn’t be together ’cause we are men.

“That in itself is not okay.” Dickson called the attackers “cowards” (joshua m dickson/facebook) On Facebook, he added: “To be targeted for being the individual you are, is the most degrading and disgusting thing I have ever experienced in my life!”

Both men suffered concussions, and Vlasits was left with bruising and a cut on his head and ear.

In April, a gay man in Victoria, Australia was left unable to open one of his eyes following a vicious homophobic attack.

Brendan, 36, was called a “f**king faggot” before being punched in the left eye.

Though he doesn’t remember the rest of the attack because he lost consciousness, Brendan was left with damage to his ribs, skull and the other eye.

Queer Eye’s first trans participant defends the Fab Five following criticism of episode

Queer Eye’s first trans participant defends the Fab Five following criticism of episode

Skyler Jay, who appeared in the fifth episode of Queer Eye Season 2, has opened up about meeting the Fab Five and watching his episode.

The episode, titled “Sky’s the Limit,” premiered on Netflix in June and was both acclaimed and criticised for its treatment of the show’s first transgender participant’s makeover.

In the episode, the Fab Five mentor Skyler, who just underwent top surgery as part of his transition. The episode opened the conversation around issues experienced by trans people in their daily lives, like obtaining an ID that shows their true gender rather than the gender they were born with.

Some trans viewers felt the episode was reductive of the trans experience, focused too much on Skyler’s surgery and catered to cis people.

In an interview with Them , Skyler opened up about the episode and defended the Fab Five. No compatible source was found for this media.

He said: “The questions I keep getting asked are, ‘Are these guys really that nice? Are they really that awesome?’ My response is always, ‘No. They’re even better than what you get to see on TV.’

“We spent a week and then some filming, they crush it into less than an hour, and there’s so much that’s left out.” Skyler’s Queer Eye episode begins with a recording of his mastectomy. (Netflix) In the episode, style expert Tan France tells Skyler he’s the first transgender person he’s ever met. This comment drew criticism from viewers. Looking back on the episode, Skyler said he regretted that the edit of the episode cut out his answer.

“I always come back with, ‘That you know of.’ And then I always explain that I may be the first openly trans person they’ve met, but we’re everywhere,” he explained.

Skyler pointed out the full conversation with France lasted for more than two hours but was extremely edited. The pair touched on pronouns, differences faced by trans men and women, as well as non-binary people. Skyler also said that France had a very sheltered upbringing.

“I don’t blame him for his lack of knowledge. Instead, I very much thank him for his willingness to seek out that knowledge through me,” he said.

Some trans viewers complained it seemed like Skyler had to educate France and food and wine expert Antoni Porowski on trans issues. However, Skyler told Them he was the one pushing for that angle. Trans viewers thought Skyler had had to educate the Fab Five on trans issues. (Netflix) “I took full power knowing that the show was going to be targeted at middle-America housewives, because that’s what the first season was geared toward.”

“I was like — ‘Cool, I’m going to teach some middle-America housewife moms how to care for their transgender kids when they come out by being open and understanding their kids better,’” he said.

Skyler revealed he willingly educated the Fab Five in order to make them “megaphones” for the trans cause. “That’s what we need — not just trans folks standing up, we need other people to have some bit of knowledge on even a basic level of what kind of issues we face.”

He also shared that he had kept in touch with members of the Fab Five, especially design expert Bobby Berk . LowerMyBills Homeowners: Did You Hear About The Mistake That Could Cost YOU Thousands?!