Netflix’s Riverdale is giving its newest bisexual character gay ‘cure’ therapy, and fans are horrified

Netflix’s Riverdale is giving its newest bisexual character gay ‘cure’ therapy, and fans are horrified

(Netflix) Riverdale has sent Cheryl Blossom, who came out as bisexual just last week , to get gay ‘conversion’ therapy.

The head cheerleader and all-round badass delighted fans by telling Toni Topaz, who came out as bi earlier this season, that was once in love with Heather, her best friend in junior high.

The revelation was foreshadowed by Madelaine Petsch, who plays Cheryl on the dark CW and Netflix show about Archie Comics characters, who revealed the week before that Cheryl was “definitely interested in both women and men”. (Netflix) And in an emotional scene with prominent bisexual lighting , Cheryl opened up about her sexuality to Toni.

Toni and Cheryl are among several Netflix characters to reveal their bisexuality in the past year, including Darryl Whitefeather on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Adam on Jane The Virgin.

The tear-jerking clip also excited viewers who have long believed in the popular fan theory that Cheryl and Toni would end up together – and this ship received an extra boost this week, as the two shared a bed and went in for a kiss, only to have their moment stolen by Cheryl’s Nana Rose falling down the stairs. (YouTube/Denko) But the possibility of the two […]

An anti-LGBT group used a store in its hateful ad – until the store stepped in

An anti-LGBT group used a store in its hateful ad – until the store stepped in

(YouTube) An anti-trans group has been forced to change its hateful advert after receiving a complaint – from the supermarket they filmed it in.

Keep MA Safe, an organisation built around campaigning in favour of a Massachusetts ballot initiative to purge gender identity from the state’s anti-discrimination law, released a scaremongering video this week to spread their views.

Like many anti-trans groups in the US , Keep MA Safe is focusing on bathrooms when the important issue at hand is discrimination. (Getty) The US government has contributed to this furore around bathrooms, having revoked guidance protecting transgender students in public schools , before the Department of Education announced it would no longer act on or investigate into complaints made by trans students about bathroom access.

Keep MA Safe’s advert showed a girl walking through a supermarket with a man, before she enters a bathroom. (YouTube) While on the toilet, the girl is shocked and distressed when she peers under the stall divider and sees a stereotypical man, who is meant to represent a trans woman.

It is not clear why the girl felt it appropriate to look under the divider.

The trans woman then goes to the sink to wash her hands […]

Australian government to subsidise PrEP, making it much more affordable

Australian government to subsidise PrEP, making it much more affordable

Provided PrEP is about to get a lot cheaper for Australians.

The country’s health minister, Greg Hunt, has announced that the HIV prevention drug will be added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, which subsidises the cost of prescription drugs, from 1 April.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, commonly referred to as PrEP, is an anti-retroviral drug taken by HIV-negative people which, if used consistently, can help to reduce the risk of contracting the virus by more that 90%.

“This is about saving lives and protecting lives but it’s also about saying to the rest of the world, if we can do this in Australia, we cannot just beat HIV here, but beat it right around the world,” said Hunt.

“This moment was impossible, impossible, a generation ago. At least 32,000 patients a year we expect to benefit. It comes with the very strong message that… PrEP and safe sex together are the pathway to beating HIV in Australia.

“This is a great moment in Australian medical history.”The drug is recommended for groups considered high-risk, including men who have sex with men (MSM).Under the new plan, general patients will be able to access branded versions of PrEP for a greatly reduced price of $39.50 a month, while […]

Cynthia Nixon had the best response to being called an “unqualified lesbian”

Cynthia Nixon had the best response to being called an “unqualified lesbian”

Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin Cynthia Nixon has responded to a politician who called her an “unqualified lesbian”.

The American actress, who identifies as bisexual, announced earlier this week that she would be running for Governor of New York as a Democrat, where she will compete against reigning Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has filled the position since 2011.

If elected, Nixon would make history by becoming the first woman and openly LGBTQ Governor of New York.

But it seems some took issue with her decision to run, as former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn branded her an “unqualified lesbian” in an interview with the New York Post , and questioned her credentials.

Quinn, who herself identifies as gay, later apologised for her comments on Twitter, writing: “To be clear, Cynthia Nixon’s identity has no bearing on her candidacy and it was not my intention to suggest it did.”

During an appearance at New York City’s iconic LGBTQ venue Stonewall Inn, Nixon addressed Quinn’s comments.“Good evening sisters, brothers, and those who reject the gender binary,” she began her speech.“Welcome unqualified lesbians, and the qualified ones too. Welcome to the trans community. Welcome to queer people of every strife, and our beautiful […]

Exclusive: Betty Who on Britney Spears, her LGBTQ fanbase, and her upcoming EP

Exclusive: Betty Who on Britney Spears, her LGBTQ fanbase, and her upcoming EP

“Closed-mindedness has everything to do with exposure, and I just want to be someone who can expose everybody to love, acceptance, and tolerance.”

Aussie popstar Betty Who has been secretly slaying the pop music industry since 2012, when she released her debut single, the synthpop/dance number, Somebody Loves You. Since then, she’s released pop anthem after pop anthem, with jams such as Heartbreak Dream, Human Touch, Ignore Me and I Love You Always Forever, the latter of which became a massive top ten hit in her native country.

Despite her ability to craft utterly fan-fucking-tastic pop music, Betty’s flown under the radar. She has, however, become a household name in the LGBTQ community, which is why it’s highly important for her to celebrate them through her art. “They’ve been my biggest supporters throughout my entire career,” she said. “If I can put gay couples in my video, then maybe some 12-year-old in a closed-minded household, who doesn’t know how to be themselves, will watch the music video and think, ‘Oh, that normalizes that for me. This makes it okay.’”

Betty’s last album – the very underrated The Valley – was released just last year, and is still receiving regular spins […]

Rare win for LGBTQ rights in Kenya as forced anal examinations are ruled illegal

Rare win for LGBTQ rights in Kenya as forced anal examinations are ruled illegal

The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission have won a landmark case that will improve LGBTQ rights in Kenya.

In a rare win for the LGBTQ community, the country’s Court of Appeal ruled that it is illegal to force people to undergo anal examination in order to determine if they are homosexual.

The case was brought forward after two men were subjected to the barbaric practice back in 2015, after being suspected of having gay sex with each other.

Same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Kenya and is punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

As part of the investigation, the two men said they were forced to have an anal examination by security personnel and a public hospital to determine if either of them had engaged in homosexual sexual activity.

They were also forced to take an HIV test.“The NGLHRC has long argued that the tests are a violation of rights to privacy and dignity and amount to torture,” reads a statement from the charity. © Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr “The violating examinations, which include being made to lie with legs up in a humiliating position and having instruments forced into your rectum, are widely accepted to have no medical […]

San Francisco airport terminal could be named after LGBTQ rights leader Harvey Milk

San Francisco airport terminal could be named after LGBTQ rights leader Harvey Milk

US NAVAL INSTITUTE Considering its status as the gay capital of the United States, it’s only right that the first point of contact tourists have with the city would be named after one of the most famous LGBTQ activists.

San Francisco International Airport are considering renaming their Terminal 1 in honour of Harvey Milk, who became the first openly gay elected official in America back in 1977.

However, within a year he and Mayor George Moscone were shot and killed by ex-Supervisor Dan White in City Hall.

Former City Supervisor David Campos introduced the idea of renaming the whole airport after Milk back in 2013, but the proposal was met with opposition.

Now a committee has recommended that the airport’s Terminal 1 be named after the activist.

Current Supervisor Hillary Ronen has asked the airport to submit plans for signage and artwork dedicated to Milk. Tumblr Its aim would be “to honour one of the nation’s great gay leaders, raise awareness of the history of the LGBT movement, and give hope to young LGBT people in cities everywhere.”The bill needs to be approved by a committee before the full board will vote on 3 April.Terminal 1 welcomes more than 32,000 travellers each day, […]

Sweden to pay compensation to trans victims of forced sterilisation

Sweden to pay compensation to trans victims of forced sterilisation

The government will pay $25,000 to every trans person who was affected.

The Swedish government has voted to pay compensation to every trans person who was affected when it was mandatory to undergo forced sterilisation before gender reassignment surgery.

The law was in place from between 1972 and 2013, with the law stating that people who wanted gender reassignment needed to be “lacking the ability to procreate.”

In 2013, a court ruled that the law violated European Human Rights, and stopped it. Speaking in 2017, the Health Minister, Gabriel Wilkström said: “The demand for sterilisation that existed previously laid out a vision from which today’s society wishes to distance itself and the government believes it was wrong to demand it.”

Since the law’s repeal, activists have been campaigning for compensation for the roughly 700 people that it affected. In 2017, Wilkström stated that the Swedish government would implement a bill giving compensation to those affected, with the amount now agreed to be $25,000 per person.

Emelie Mire Åsell, the trans and intersex spokesperson for the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights welcomed the agreement.In a statement, she said: “We have strived for this since 2013 when the requirement of […]

T-shirts with “unqualified lesbian” printed on them have been launched in support of Cynthia Nixon

T-shirts with “unqualified lesbian” printed on them have been launched in support of Cynthia Nixon

Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin Earlier this week, Cynthia Nixon announced her candidacy for Governor of New York .

In her announcement video she said: “New York is my home. I’ve never lived anywhere else. When I grew up here, it was just my mom and me in a one-bedroom fifth floor walk-up. Our leaders are letting us down. We are now the most unequal state in the country, with both incredible wealth and extreme poverty.

“Together, we could show the entire country and the world that in the era of Donald Trump, New Yorkers will come together and lead our nation forward. I’m running for Governor because we want our state back.”

However, her candidacy announcement was met with some criticism, including from the speaker of the New York City Council who called Nixon an “unqualified lesbian.” The speaker, Christine Quinn, later apologised for the remarks on Twitter.

But in response to Quinn’s comments, Nixon hilariously retorted with : “Now yesterday, when I announced my candidacy, one of Governor Cuomo’s top surrogates dismissed me as an ‘unqualified lesbian’.

“And I just want to say tonight that she was technically right. I don’t have my certificate from the Department of Lesbian Affairs. […]

Donald Trump has just banned most transgender people from serving in the military

Donald Trump has just banned most transgender people from serving in the military

via Flickr In an announcement, President Trump said that all “transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria… are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances.”

The statement, which was released through the White House, also claimed that this new policy was “developed through extensive study by senior uniformed and civilian leaders.”

Alongside the announcement, a memo from the Defence Secretary, James Mattis, was released. In the memo, Mattis told Trump that there were “substantial risks” in allowing trans people to serve. The memo said that they would have to be exempted from a series of mental, physical and sex-based standards.

The memo also warned that allowing trans people to serve “could undermine readiness, disrupt unit cohesion, and impose an unreasonable burden on the military that is not conducive to military effectiveness and lethality.”

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Mattis concluded that transgender people could serve “if they have been stable for 36 consecutive months in their biological sex prior to our accession.” He also added that: “Service members diagnosed with gender dysphoria after entering into service may be retained if they do not require a change of gender […]