New exhibition features trans models showcasing diversity in femininity

New exhibition features trans models showcasing diversity in femininity

Florida’s LGBTI tropical paradise Key West hosts steamy all-male festival Photo: Allie Crewe Photography / supplied A new exhibition is shining a spotlight on trans models and focussing on the limitless diversity in femininity.

UK-based photographer Allie Crewe opens her You Brought Your Own Light exhibition in Manchester tomorrow (27 July).

The nine-week exhibition at Manchester Central Library is entitled You Brought Your Own Light.

The name came from one of the trans models, Jude, asking Crewe how she made the light to look so good on the photos Crewe took of her.

Crewe simply replied: ‘You brought your own light’ and explained she didn’t manipulate the light or edit the photos at all.

‘I aim to shoot the light within,’ she told Gay Star News. ‘Do you know what the word photography means? To paint with light.’

Crewe added: ‘These portraits feel very intimate.’ ‘Show me your story using your body, hands, eyes’

Allie Crewe says she loves stories about transformations.

While she doesn’t personally identify as transgender, she says her interest in these narratives is personal because they ‘mirror’ her life.

She revealed: ‘My childhood was one of severe sexual and physical abuse.’

Crewe also had big dreams of an artistic career for her future, but gave into pressure and gave it up for a more ‘sensible’ path in life.

When she realized she wasn’t happy, she made a change in her life for the better and started attending film school at night. She also found a great teacher and mentor in Aj Wilkinson.

Crewe said: ‘The stories of these trans women were very different to mine but the parallels are striking. We all lived the wrong life and we were all transforming.

She added: ‘We knew the darkness within us.’

Crewe then explained: ‘I used my camera to explore each woman’s narrative.

‘I asked my models to sit for me – to come as themselves and to drop the mask we wear to carry us through life. Show me your story using your body, hands, eyes.

‘I wondered if they would be too frightened but they found it empowering to be seen and valued for their true selves.

‘I love the challenging gaze they gave to my lens. In January 2018 Sparkle got in touch to ask if I would collaborate with them,’ she said. Empowering trans people

Alongside each photo is a story from each trans model.

Crewe said she wanted to explore the stories of trans women through authenticity.

So she enlisted the help of Olivia Fisher, who identifies as transgender. Fisher compiled and edited the stories of the trans models.

One model said: ‘The only real choice in transitioning is between living as your true self or not living at all.’

Another commented: ‘The liberation of being true to myself is like getting my head above water after my lungs have been burning and screaming for air.’

At the start of this year, transgender charity Sparkle contacted Crewe to ask about a collaboration.

Sparkle is a national transgender charity that organizes the Sparkle Weekend celebration in Manchester in July each year. They also hold a series of events throughout the year to actively promote fundraising and trans awareness.

Crewe agreed to the collaboration and even became the official photographer for Sparkle Weekend this year.

The proceeds for the exhibition go to Sparkle to help them continue the work they do.

For more information on the exhibition, visit the Manchester Central Library website .

Demi Lovato is set to re-enter rehab after apparent overdose

Demi Lovato is set to re-enter rehab after apparent overdose

Berlin Pride: Christopher Street Day parade turns 40 this weekend Florida’s LGBTI tropical paradise Key West hosts steamy all-male festival Lovato’s fans are rallying behind her | Photo: Flickr/Ralph Arvesen Demi Lovato is planning to re-enter rehab after suffering an apparent overdose on Tuesday (24 July).

The singer was rushed to the hospital when she was found unconscious from the apparent overdose. Initial reports indicated it was a heroin overdose, but that was declared false by numerous sources.

By the early hours of Wednesday (25 July), Lovato was reported as awake and in stable conditions. Celebrities from all over sent their love to the Sorry Not Sorry singer. Some, like Kehlani, also spoke about addiction and criticized media outlets for reaching out to Lovato’s friends and family.

According to a new report from E! News , the overdose ‘came after a night out at a bar with friends following months of partying’ and the next step is rehab. ‘Grateful to be alive’

Multiple sources told E! that Lovato and friends had been partying for last several months.

‘This is obviously a huge wake-up call. Demi doesn’t want to die and she’s very grateful to be alive,’ one source said.

‘She will be leaving the hospital and heading straight to rehab. Her family has been by her side supporting her and is getting her the help she needs.’

Lovato, who has long been open about her struggles with mental illness and substance abuse, released a song last month titled Sober . It implied she’d broken her six years of sobriety. More from Gay Star News

Meet the US Navy’s own premier drag queen and see her in action

Meet the US Navy's own premier drag queen and see her in action

Florida’s LGBTI tropical paradise Key West hosts steamy all-male festival Joshua Kelley in his uniform | Photo: Provided Yeoman 3rd Class Joshua Kelley is challenging what it means to be a service member in the United States military. By day, he serves in the Navy as Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115’s administrative supervisor. As night falls, he assumes his drag queen persona — Harpy Daniels, Miss Gay Harrisburg America 2015.

Tyler John first shared Kelley’s story for the Navy, before sharing it with GSN. John is a journalist for the US Navy and the USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs Officer for our Gay, Lesbian and Supporting Sailors (GLASS) association.

Kelley was doing drag before the military became a new reality for him.

‘Drag was too costly of a road to go down at the time because I had college loans and living expenses to overcome,’ he originally told John.

He knew, however, of what the military could offer. His father served in the Navy for 24 years as a counselor.

‘Knowing the benefits of enlisting, I would be able to gain a more comfortable lifestyle to support myself and my future in drag.’ Exploring his drag persona

As John describes: ‘Kelley’s hard work, determination and attention to detail is rivaled only by the dedication he has to his drag life.’

Kelley first began doing drag when he was 16, inspired by RuPaul’s Drag Race.

‘I never knew a man could embrace his femininity in a creative and entertaining way like that and I knew it’s what I wanted to do,’ he explained.

‘When I put on a face, it’s a face of art and creativity, not just a face of make-up. To hear people cheer, laugh or cry, or even join in with you during a performance is an absolute thrill. The best thing about it is that it allows me to inspire others by just being who I am today.’

A drag family took Kelley in as he began exploring his lifestyle and identity.

Tequila Daniels, who has more than 19 years of drag experience, became Kelley’s drag mother.

‘Harpy had a spark within her,’ she told John of Kelley’s drag identity. ‘She was able to grab an audience’s attention and hold it, which is not as easy as some may think.’ Balancing different lifestyles

Kelley is now based in Japan and has less time to pursue his drag life, along with his military commitment.

And he is committed.

Cmdr. Samuel Gray, former commanding officer of VFA 115, wrote of him: ‘Kelley has performed his demanding duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner and demonstrated tremendous initiative and attention to detail.’

Previously, he also won the Navy’s Blue Jacket award for excellence as a sailor.

Still, on the weekends, he finds time to keep his passion alive.

‘I practice different make-up techniques by experimenting with different styles of drag make-up. I plan different looks through costuming and hairstyling for future performances, as well as rehearse choreography to new songs.’

With this current administration’s attacks on service members, both transgender people and those who are HIV positive , Kelley is a shining light of inspiration and defiance.

Trump government meets with anti-LGBT ‘hate groups’ – and offers help to access US aid money

Trump government meets with anti-LGBT ‘hate groups’ – and offers help to access US aid money

Anti-abortion and anti-LGBT ‘extremists’ attended a high-level summit on religious freedom this week, where government officials explained how to access US funding. The ministerial conference on advancing religious freedom. Photo: Claire Provost. Prominent Christian conservatives and opponents of abortion and same-sex marriage – including several designated by the Southern Law Poverty Center as anti-LGBT “hate groups” – were among the participants at a high-level US government meeting on ‘religious freedom’ in Washington DC this week. The three-day event , hosted by secretary of state Mike Pompeo, has the stated aim to identify “concrete ways to combat religious persecution and discrimination.”

“The ability to live according to the dictates of your own soul, is under attack,” said Sam Brownback, US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom and a conservative Catholic former governor of Kansas who is also known for his opposition to LGBT marriage equality . “We must commit to using all the might, the machinery, and the moral authority we have to stop those nations and actors who trample on free souls,” he declared.

Hundreds of people are attending the summit and side events, which began on Tuesday, including dozens of foreign ministers and delegates from religious groups of different faiths. They are being encouraged to work together – and learn how “ to access US financial support for their efforts ” from the state department and the US agency for international development (USAID). Speakers include Vice President Mike Pence , director of the government’s budget office Mick Mulvaney, and head of USAID Mark Green .

“We must commit to using all the might, the machinery, and the moral authority we have to stop those who trample on free souls.”

The summit’s opening day featured testimonies from survivors of religious persecution including the brother of a murdered Pakistani Christian; a Rohingya lawyer, and the wife of a Christian pastor imprisoned in China. But it began with a breakfast side-event with ambassador Brownback, co-organised by the Christian conservative anti-LGBT ‘ hate group ’ Liberty Counsel.

Liberty Counsel says it “embraces a worldview that is historically Christian and biblical.” It opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and has often used freedom of religion, conscience, and speech arguments in its cases. Its lawyers represented a small town Kentucky clerk who was briefly jailed in 2015 after refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

The group has also supported legal advocacy in Romania to define marriage in the constitution as exclusively between a man and a woman. This month, it celebrated a court’s refusal to grant an injunction against anti-abortion activists it represents, who “persuade women” outside a New York clinic “to change their minds about seeking an abortion by communicating the gospel.” US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom Sam Brownback, in 2017. Photo: CQ-Roll Call/SIPA USA/PA Images. All rights reserved. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is also at the summit. Since 1994 , it’s “grown from the prayers of… godly leaders to become a major force in the legal battle for religious freedom.” It’s also a ‘ hate group ’ according to the Southern Poverty Law Center which includes it in its ‘ extremist files .’ "Since the election of President Donald Trump," it says, "ADF has become one of the most influential groups informing the administration’s attack on LGBT rights."

Recently, ADF lawyers supported the case of a Christian baker in Colorado who refused to make a same-sex wedding cake, saying it would go against his beliefs. (The supreme court ruled in his favour earlier this year).

This week, ADF’s international wing is co-organising a side event with the James Dobson Family Institute – which guides families “on how to apply biblical principles to their lives” – on a current cause celebre for religious conservatives: ‘parent’s rights.’ “Religious liberty cannot be left at the threshold when one enters the home,” said ADF’s president Michael Farris .

The summit “will send a very strong message that America is once again concerned about religious freedom,” said Tony Perkins , president of the ‘ hate group ’ Family Research Council which says its “mission is to advance faith, family, and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview.”

Perkins, who once claimed that “true religious freedom” applies to “orthodox religious viewpoints,” was also appointed earlier this year to the federal government’s US Commission on International Religious Freedom . Tony Perkins at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0. Some rights reserved. On Tuesday, ambassador Brownback said the summit’s attendees came from 80 countries and different faiths. “Religious freedom really, truly is for everyone. It’s a right given by God,” he said. Multi-faith coalitions for religious freedom were encouraged by some speakers. But “few religious groups are as excited about the gathering as evangelical Christians,” Politico noted .

Groups like Liberty Counsel, ADF, and FRC have been campaigning on religious freedom platforms for years. Other attendees at the summit included a leader of the National Association of Evangelicals and Paula White-Cain , a Florida megachurch pastor who led a prayer at Trump’s inauguration, and TV producer Mark Burnett, creator of Survivor and a series called The Bible.

In an open letter to Pompeo, Faith McDonnell from the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) said it was “refreshing” to see “this level of concern for and determination to defend those who suffer for their faith.” Though she also called for greater focus on Christians around the world, who she claimed are “being persecuted for their faith [more] than any other religious believers.” US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and UN ambassador Nikki Haley ahead of this week’s event. Photo: Li Muzi/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images. All rights reserved. On Twitter, some questioned whose voices and perspectives were being left out. Naomi Washington-Leapheart at the National LGBTQ Task Force tweeted: “Can we get some testimony from folks in the US who have experienced trauma visited upon them by the exercise of religion? Can I get a queer witness? Hear from survivors of discrimination cloaked as piety on *this* soil?”

Peter Henne, a University of Vermont political science professor, warned civil society delegates “ excitedly participating ” in the summit to “ be careful they don’t buy into a definition of religious freedom that excludes Muslims.” The Trump administration has actually “acted contrary to religious freedom,” he said, including with its travel bans affecting people in Muslim-majority countries.

Meanwhile, the president of ADF took to social media to criticise the emphasis of some summit delegates on diversity and inclusion. “It is not that traditional religious people do not believe in religious freedom for all. We do,” Farris said in a Facebook post . “The problem is that the left has defined ‘diversity and inclusion’ to be the enemy of religious freedom.”

“The problem is that the left has defined ‘diversity and inclusion’ to be the enemy of religious freedom.”

The conference comes as sexual and reproductive rights advocates warn that religious freedom arguments are increasingly being used to challenge anti-discrimination policies and access to services. “We’re concerned,” said Catholics for Choice, that it “is being redefined to mean religious privilege.”

The NGO noted efforts “to expand religious refusals” to provide reproductive health care. Maya Rupert at the Center for Reproductive Rights has also said that Trump’s administration has used such arguments to “deny essential reproductive health services and embolden those who want to discriminate,”

This year, a new conscience and religious freedom division opened within the US department of health to enable workers to opt out of procedures (such as abortion or contraception) on religious or moral grounds.

The Trump administration has also “taken a stand on behalf of religious liberty in the courts,” said the White House in a statement, by supporting the Christian baker in the recent ADF-backed supreme court case.

This week’s gathering has included presentations from state department officials on how groups working on religious freedom can access its funding. On the schedule of side events there is also a “ US government grant workshop ” with “speakers from the US state department and USAID [who] will provide training on how to apply for US government funding.”

The summit at the state department “will set the stage for new frontiers and expansion of religious liberty for the family for decades and generations to come,” said Tim Clinton, at the James Dobson Family Institute.

Pompeo has also promised follow-up. Internationally, US teams will be “in the field talking about religious freedom on a continued basis,” he said. “This will be a mission of the state department everyday.” Women’s and LGBT rights defenders, in the US and beyond, will be on high alert. Gender and social justice, in your inbox: sign up to receive openDemocracy 50.50’s monthly e-mail newsletter. Had enough of ‘alternative facts’ and immigrant-bashing? openDemocracy is different – join us and hear from Elif Shafak, Brian Eno, Peter Oborne, Sultan al-Qassemi, Birgitta Jonsdottir & many more on what we can do together in 2017.

Women’s All-Star basketball game scores a slam dunk for LGBT rights

Women's All-Star basketball game scores a slam dunk for LGBT rights

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Almost one in three of the women playing in the WNBA’s annual All-Star Game in Minnesota on Saturday come from the gay community, scoring a slam dunk for diversity in U.S. sport.

With seven openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) players, the exhibition match is likely to inspire young people and encourage tolerance among fans, experts said.

“Sport shows us what’s possible,” Claire Harvey, a Paralympian and chief executive of Diversity Role Models, which seeks to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying in British schools, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“If every sports star talked about the importance of inclusion and being kind to each other, I think the dial would move,” she said in emailed comments.

The women’s professional basketball league rarely misses a shot as a pioneer of LGBT rights, regularly celebrating LGBT Pride Month by taking part in the New York parade and hosting Pride-themed games and events to encourage inclusivity.

High profile openly LGBT players taking part on Saturday include Brittney Griner, who has written a book about the bullying she endured growing up gay, and Seimone Augustus, who has spoken out in favor of same-sex marriage.

The WNBA contrasts starkly with men’s sport, where in 2013 the NBA’s Jason Collins became the first male athlete active in a major U.S. team sport to reveal he was gay. He is now retired.

LGBT rights have come under the spotlight in the United States under President Donald Trump. The Supreme Court has shifted to the right following the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy who wrote the 2015 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

The only openly gay male athlete currently competing in a major professional American sports league is Minnesota United midfielder Collin Martin, 23, who came out last month.

“Many men’s sports continue to struggle with issues of toxic masculinity … Anything outside of a very narrow definition of what it means to be a man is looked down upon,” said Taylor Carr of Athlete Ally, which promotes LGBT rights in U.S. sport.

“This often silences and isolates LGBTQ people in sport,” said Carr, Chief of Staff for the campaign group, which has created an index that ranks college athletic associations for their inclusiveness of LGBT students.

The NBA moved its 2017 All-Star Game out of North Carolina because of a law requiring transgender people to use restrooms in public buildings and schools that match the sex on their birth certificate rather than their gender identity.

Reporting by Madeleine Drury; Editing by Katy Migiro. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience. Visit to see more stories.

‘Profoundly upsetting’ report reveals elderly LGBT people in care homes are ‘a forgotten community’

'Profoundly upsetting' report reveals elderly LGBT people in care homes are 'a forgotten community'

Hart Gables has been researching how LGBT issues are dealt with in care homes Elderly LGBT people living in care homes have become “a forgotten community” a council panel has heard.

The majority of residents have never spoken about LGBT issues while many staff “think non-binary identity is a modern fad, being gay is a lifestyle choice and homophobia could not exist within their care home”.

Those are the findings of Stockton-based LGBT charity Hart Gables which has been researching how LGBT issues are dealt with in care homes.

Hart Gables was originally set up as a community group 17 years ago. In 2005, the group was given charity status.

The group’s research were presented to Middlesbrough Council’s Adult Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel on Wednesday.

Sarah Lewis, Hart Gables CEO, said that of 29 care homes contacted, just nine agreed to engage with Hart Gables.

“The remainder did not respond to our attempts to contact them, could not meet with us due to scheduling difficulties, said they were not interested, or said that such a project would not be relevant to them because they said they had no LGBT residents,” she said. Afraid of a negative reaction

The panel heard that, according to a 2011 Stonewall report, 41% of LGBT people live alone in old age compared to 28% of heterosexual people.

But despite being disproportionately represented in care homes, many had never even discussed anything to do with being LGBT.

Andrew Towers, LGBT development worker, said: “All residents who engaged with us in eight out of nine care homes had never spoken about LGBT issues previously.”

He added that many older people were afraid of a negative reaction especially as many residents had lived through a time when homosexuality remained illegal.

Meanwhile, the opinions of some heterosexual care home residents towards LGBT people were reported to be negative.

One was reported as saying that gay people should be segregated into separate care homes.

Another was reported as saying: “I knew someone like that when we were younger – we used to laugh at him.”

Erik Scollay, Middlesbrough Council’s director of adult social care and health integration, said he found the presentation “profoundly upsetting”.

He said: “Our services are probably not as slick as they should be about identifying these issues.

“These are issues that are fundamental to a person’s sense of self.” ‘A lot of things we can do’

He added: “If people are expressing homophobic attitudes, just because they’re 80 doesn’t mean it’s okay for them to do that.

“We need to say, that’s against the law – we mustn’t be too touchy feely about it.

“There’s a hard edge to this as well.”

Ms Lewis noted that homophobia, in and of itself, is not a crime unless it is an aggravating feature of a separate crime.

“The victim has to say, ‘I feel threatened’,” she said adding: “I’m trying to encourage more people to report incidents.”

Explaining possible solutions to encourage a more positive view of LGBT issues in care homes, Ms Lewis said: “If I see the rainbow flag somewhere, I know someone might be willing to listen to me.

“I would ask care homes if they ever play any LGBT films for residents- things like that.

“There are a lot of things we can do to become more LGBT inclusive.”

She added that homophobic comments and views should not go unchallenged and that further staff training would be beneficial.

“Most people aren’t homophobic – they just get it wrong,” she said.

Committee chair Cllr Julie McGee thanked Ms Lewis and Mr Towers for their help and said the committee would need time to reflect on what they had heard.

Gay porn star uses N-word, then claims he’s ‘not racist’ because he’s had sex with a ‘few black guys’

Gay porn star uses N-word, then claims he’s ‘not racist’ because he’s had sex with a ‘few black guys’

Bernal has defended his use of the N-word on Monday, and claimed he is "not racist" in a series of bizarre Instagram and Twitter posts. (bernal.freud/Facebook) Gay porn star Bruno Bernal has insisted he is “not racist” for using the N-word because his current boyfriend is black and he’s slept with a “few black guys.”

The 31-year old Brazilian used the N-word in his Instagram story on Monday (July 23 ), when he was getting a haircut, reports porn news site Str8UpGayPorn.

He wrote: “Worse thing in life! Barbers that don’t fuck shup [sic] up talking with this n**** accent.”

Bernal was soon criticised by his followers, with many saying his comments were racist.

However, Bernal fired back in a later Instagram story posting a bizarre note that defended his choice of word.

“My first boy friend was black, after I had another black ex boyfriend, then I had sex with [a’ few black guys and my current boyfriend is black. If I was racist I don’t think it would be happing [sic] so frequently,” it reads.

The porn star went on to hit-out at people who don’t use a “normal vocabulary,” despite his own post being littered with grammatical and spelling errors. Bernal’s Instagram story on Monday. (bernal.freud/Instagram via Str8UpGayPorn) “I like black culture and I don’t discriminate anyone by their race but you are fucking ghetto and don’t even use properly a normal vocabulary because you think is cool talk like a black ghetto person that just came out of prison what you want me to say? WHATEVER don’t like! Unfollow + block.”

Bernal then took to Twitter to post a message he said he had received from a black man, who defended the porn star.

The message reads: “Not sure if you actually read these but I heard about you today in an article saying how racist you were so I read the words you actually wrote. As a black man I can tell you, you’re not racist, at all, like not even a little. I only use n**** to describe ignorant black people and I don’t like them either. Bernal posted a screenshot of his messages with a fan, who defended him. (BrunoBernalXXX/Twitter) “I don’t like ignorance. Had it been any other race, I don’t think you would have gotten any backlash. Anyway, just thought I’d share my 2 cents. Have a good one.”

The porn star included his response in the post, with him replying: “Bro! You came with the perfect words to describe what I was saying. IM NOT RACIST AT ALL.

“If those stupid blogs and couple people want to say that I’m racist, fine I won’t five a fuck because I don’t care about them. Is this minority of weak people that are making a big deal about it, because actually my black friends are giving me support and they understand what I was saying.”

Bernal was supposed to star in a porn film on this week.

However, the video will no longer be used.

In a statement to Str8UpGayPorn, a spokesperson for said: “Due to recent events, the [Bruno Bernal] scene will not be promoted by us. We prefer that it also not be promoted by our affiliates. Moving forward, we will no longer be working with the actor involved in the recent events.”

Fans are calling for a bisexual Love Island – and all making the same joke

Fans are calling for a bisexual Love Island – and all making the same joke

Love Island has almost exclusively been for straight people only so far (ITV2) LGBT fans of Love Island who want to see a queer version of the show have had to put up with a rollercoaster of emotions.

After last year’s successful season, ITV2 bosses moved to quash speculation that there could be LGBT contestants on the show’s next edition, or even a lesbian spin-off. Straight couples are fine and all, but where’s the LGBT representation? (ITV2) Nevertheless, rumours abounded earlier this year that gay and bisexual participants would be invited on the programme this summer. Our faces if a queer Love Island was ever actually announced (ITV2) In May, an ITV spokesperson gave fresh hope to queer fans when they said that “everyone is welcome to apply – the only stipulations are that people are over 18 and single/looking for love.”

And producer Richard Cowles said at the BAFTA Awards that he would consider a queer version of the show , “for a gay audience with a gay villa.” So, so much straight representation (ITV2) After all this back-and-forth, perhaps you can’t blame viewers for all rushing – seemingly independently of each other – to make the same pun in their campaign to get a queer Love Island off the ground.

Cowles’ fears that the crucial coupling-up aspect of the show would be wrecked by having gay or lesbian people on would, as many people have pointed out, be solved if all the participants were bisexual.

One fan of the idea tweeted: “For 2019, @ITV should create @LoveIsland where everyone on the island is bisexual! #nooneisafe.

“You could call it ‘Love Bi-sland.’”

Safe to say, they were not the only one to come up with this name.

“A love island knock off where everyone on it is bisexual and it’s called love bisland,” wrote one person. a love island knock off where everyone on it is bisexual and it’s called love bisland Another viewer said: “Pitch for next year: every contestant is bisexual. Love Biland.

“Infinite coupling possibilities. Infinite drama. No heteronormativity. #LoveIsland.”

And another one quoted their friend, writing: ‘I want to make a version of Love Island where everyone’s bisexual and call it Love Biland’ – Amber, who needs a TV deal immediately.” "I want to make a version of Love Island where everyone’s bisexual and call it Love Biland" – Amber, who needs a TV deal immediately — tristan (@agayraccoon) July 22, 2018 Amber and many, many other people, it seems.

“I think the next Love Island should be all bisexual people. That would def spice it up! #LoveIsland #LoveBiisland,” wrote one person, demonstrating yet another spelling of the pun. I think the next Love Island should be all bisexual people. That would def spice it up! #LoveIsland #LoveBiisland — HealthQuest (@OhMyFibralgia) July 19, 2018 And another fan said: “concept: love island , except everyone is bisexual and it’s called Love Bisland #amirite.” concept: love island, except everyone is bisexual and it’s called Love Bisland #amirite Amazingly, there are some people who support the idea but somehow didn’t make the pun on almost everyone’s lips.

They did say that the concept would make the show “more interesting,” “carnage” and “chaos,” though, which is hard to argue with. We need an all bisexual villa to make things more interesting. #Loveisland Seriously though when are they gonna do a love island where everyone’s bisexual, that would be carnage Imagine the chaos of a bisexual Love Island. I would genuinely sign up @itv2 make it happen — georg (@georgia_dxvies) July 19, 2018 Here’s hoping that producers of the show are taking note of the enthusiasm for Love Bisland.

Gay ‘cure’ activists forgot to renew their web domain, so I bought it to point out it’s bulls**t

Gay ‘cure’ activists forgot to renew their web domain, so I bought it to point out it’s bulls**t

Jim Deferio The idea that gay people can be ‘cured’ is nonsense, but boy is it persistent nonsense.

Despite the best efforts of experts, campaigners and lawmakers, faith-based groups that believe it’s possible to ‘convert’ gay people into heterosexuals continue to operate on the fringes of society.

The majority of the groups known to operate today are faith-based and firmly rooted in Christian evangelism. Jim Deferio Arguing with a gay ‘cure’ proponent is much akin to arguing with a flat earther or climate change denier.

Pretty much every independent expert has concluded that it’s not just bunk, but dangerous bunk, as repressing sexuality has been linked to depression, self-harm and even suicide.

But proponents fuelled by blind faith continue to not only carry out the practice, but actively target vulnerable and insecure LGBT people to promote it.

Whether it’s a swish targeted Facebook ad or a protester waving a banner at a Pride parade, attempts to promote the practice to LGBT people are as vulturistic as they are delusional.

Evangelical activist Jim Deferio was in the news this week after a long-running legal battle over a protest at a Pride event. Jim Deferio Deferio, who frequently protests LGBT events, often carries a sign claiming that “Thousands of ex-homosexuals have experienced the life-changing love of Jesus Christ. Check out testimonies at “.

The linked website was once packed with propaganda to promote the practice.

The erstwhile owner of , however, apparently neglected to pay their hosting bill – because the domain name was back up for sale this week.

So, I did what any other good citizen would do – and paid £1 to buy the unattended domain. The website now redirects to a list of all the medical organisations who think gay cure therapy is bullshit , which is aptly the longest article ever published on PinkNews.

The list includes the World Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the American Medical Association.

The new direction hopefully provides a more accurate list of testimonies to the effectiveness of gay ‘cure’ therapy, compared to the handful of sad gay people who have been coaxed into hating and repressing their actual selves.

Gay cure therapy is now banned for minors in fourteen US states and counting: New Jersey, California, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Nevada, Washington, Maryland, Hawaii, New Hampshire and Delaware, plus the District of Columbia.

The UK government has also vowed to eliminate it in the UK, adding to a growing list of countries taking the issue on.

Nick Duffy is the Current Affairs Editor of PinkNews, and the owner of .

Ian McKellen shares throwback photo from the 60s – and fans can’t contain themselves

Ian McKellen shares throwback photo from the 60s – and fans can’t contain themselves

Ian McKellen has posted a photo of himself in his twenties. (Getty) Actor and gay activist Ian McKellen has shared a shot of himself in the 1960s – and fans are going wild.

McKellen took to Twitter to post the snap of himself wearing a suave jacket and polo neck shirt when he was in his twenties.

The Lord of the Rings actor included the simple caption: “#TBT 1960s The Black.”

Fans were soon to respond to the tweet, posting memes to represent how flustered McKellen’s shot had made them.

One wrote: “Wow. You were(are) a beautiful man.”

Another said: “Now that’s some #smoulder right there!”

And one person replied: “Oh woah, is that you Sir Ian?’re as handsome now as you were back then! Have a great day!”

Ian McKellen recently remarked on the “pity” that Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will not be an explicitly gay character .

Dumbledore, who will be played by Jude Law, will not make any allusions to his sexuality in the film instalment.

Although the actor and LGBT+ rights advocate remarked that the decision is frustrating, he said he was unsurprised.

“Isn’t he?” McKellen responded to the news in an interview with Time Out .

“That’s a pity. Well, nobody looks to Hollywood for social commentary, do they? They only recently discovered that there were black people in the world,” McKellen told the publication .

“Hollywood has mistreated women in every possible way throughout its history. Gay men don’t exist. “Gods and Monsters” [1998], I think, was the beginning of Hollywood admitting that there were gay people knocking around, even though half of Hollywood is gay,’” he added. (Getty) In spite of the film’s disappointing decision – after all, J.K. Rowling announced the professor’s sexuality back in 2007 – McKellen said the industry is looking up for young openly LGBT+ actors. “Young actors in London now have all been out for years. That’s the future,” he told the publication.

“When I go to schools to talk about gay rights, the kids can’t believe it. It’s not an issue for them,” he added. Jude Law as Dumbledore (Warner Bros) Director David Yates attempted to justify the decision to straightwash Dumbledore back in January.

He said that fans are already “aware” of Dumbledore’s relationship with Grindelwald.

“But I think all the fans are aware of that,” Yates continued, speaking to Entertainment Weekly .

“He had a very intense relationship with Grindelwald when they were young men. They fell in love with each other’s ideas, and ideology, and each other.” (Getty/Warner Brothers) According to the research, in 2017 only 14 major studio releases had LGBTQ characters, making up only 12.8 percent of films.

This is a 5.6 percent decrease within one year, as LGBT characters were included in 18.4 percent of major films released in 2016.