At the start of this year, we named drag performer Trixie Mattel as one of 12 stars to keep an eye out for in 2018.
We’re a quarter of the way through, now, and her irreverent comedy series ‘The Trixie And Katya Show’ is still winning over Viceland viewers, her second album of folk music, ‘One Stone’, is out now and she’s one of just four queens left in the running on the third series of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ .
Not bad going for a queen who finished in sixth place three years ago, right?
Here’s what happened when we caught up with Trixie, talking about overzealous ‘Drag Race’ fans, how it felt to be in the room when BenDeLaCreme made the shock elimination of the series and her response to any ‘All Stars’ viewers who are “underwhelmed” by her performance… Rodin Eckenroth via Getty Images First off, let’s talk about ‘One Stone’. You’ve spoken in the past about how music got you through hard times when you were a teenager. Did you have musical aspirations when you were growing up?
Yeah, I guess I grew up and I always wanted to play music […]
Children with autism can now shop for toys in ‘The Entertainer’ without the worry of loud noises or busy crowds. The high-street store has rolled out a nationwide weekly ‘Quiet Hour’ to create a calming shopping experience for autistic children after a successful pilot during February half term.
The hour will take place every Saturday for the first hour of opening, starting today in all its UK stores to create a more welcoming environment. During this hour, the music will be switched off.
The National Autistic Society ( NAS ) welcomed the news. Daniel Cadey, autism access development manager said he was “delighted” the toy shop was taking a positive step to make shopping a better experience for children with autism. theentertainer “Small changes such as removing in-store music can make a huge difference to autistic people, who can struggle to filter out background noise which can cause them enormous distress,” Cadey said. “We hope to see other stores follow The Entertainer’s lead and make whatever changes they can to support the needs of all their customers.” theentertainer In October 2017, the NAS launched a week of “autism hours” throughout the UK. This was in response to the charity finding out […]
Ellen DeGeneres [YouTube] Ellen DeGeneres opened up on her battle with depression, telling how Elton John ‘hurt her feelings’ after she publicly came out in the nineties.
The talk show host and comedian revealed that she struggled with mental health after she publicly announced her sexuality during ABC sitcom, Ellen, in 1997.
But she also revealed that pop music icon and LGBT figure Elton John made ‘mean’ and ‘hurtful’ comments to the star, allegedly telling her to ‘get over it’. Ellen speaks out on her battle with depression
Speaking on the American Expert podcast , she told host Dax Shepard:
‘Even Elton John said, “Shut up already. We know you’re gay. Be funny.’”
‘I had never met him and I thought, “What kind of support is that from a gay person?”‘But everybody assumed I was just nonstop talking about. It hurt my feelings,’ she said. Ellen faced backlash after her historic announcement in 1997 The episode went down in history and pulled in huge viewing figures.However, despite its success, the network cancelled the show as advertisers and sponsors began to distance themselves from the brand.‘People were making fun of me. I was really depressed‘And because of that and because the show was canceled, […]
Prince William has been nominated for a British LGBT Award Prince William has pledged his support for LGBTI equality in the Commonwealth.
Royals attended an event, hosted by Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland, to meet with LGBTI representatives.
The Duke of Cambridge and third in line to the throne said he is a supporter for LGBTI rights.
Prince WIlliam said he raises LGBTI rights when he is traveling. He also vowed to do more so in the future.
37 of 53 countries in the Commonwealth criminalize homosexuality or gay sex. These derive from laws imposed by them by the British during the colonial era.
Countries which criminalize gay sex include Uganda, Nigeria, Barbados and Kenya. Young royal pledges support of Commonwealth reform A group of 80 LGBTI defenders, coordinated by The Peter Tatchell Foundation, protested at Westminster Abbey as the Queen, Prime Minister Theresa May and more officials celebrated Commonwealth Day. JOIN US today. 53 countries in the Commonwealth. 37 criminalise homosexuality. #Commonwealth leaders refuse to end this persecution. LGBTs & allies are holding a vigil for equality outside Westminster Abbey today, Commonwealth Day, from 1.30 to 4.30pm. #commonequality pic.twitter.com/zumH4RtrpC — Peter Tatchell (@PeterTatchell) March 12, 2018 Royal endorsement could help put LGBT rights […]
Belfast Pride takes place every year in early August A church pastor received violent threats from LGBTI activists after his church screened a so-called ‘gay cure’ film.
Rodney Stout spoke out after Christian group Core Issues Trust screened film Voices Of The Silenced at Ballynahinch Baptist Church, County Down on Tuesday (14 March).
An estimated 100 people attended the screening, which Core Issues Trust argues is ‘a critique of the sexual politics in the Western world’.
The film’s message says that gay people can choose ‘not to live out their homosexuality’ Belfast church ‘targeted by violent threats’ on social media
Ballynahinch Baptist Church, Co Down, Northern Ireland (Picture: Google Maps) Around 30 people demonstrated outside the church including Sinn Fein’s Member of The Legislative Assembly (MLA) Emma Rogan, reported the Belfast Telegraph .
Stout said he supported the protesters right to freedom of speech, but criticised those who ‘used the threat of extreme violence’ on social media.‘I went out and welcomed the protesters – I was totally behind their right to be there. Pastor is ‘more afraid for the disservice it has done to the gay community’ ‘[I] asked them if any minority group should have its right to be heard suppressed, and […]
Jamie Lambert from Collabro | Photo: Via Floating Festivals Firstly, where have you been touring recently?
Asia. We’ve always done really well out there, especially Japan. That’s the sixth time we’ve been!
How many countries have you been to?
In my lifetime, a lot… Professionally, about 15. We’ve done a lot of America and Canada. I’d love to go to South America – my degree was in Spanish.
Where’s the most random place you’ve been?
Probably Monaco. It was for Jonny Wilkinson’s testimonial. It was surreal. The Prince of Monaco was there. It was a strange but amazing experience. He basically flew us out there to sing two songs! It was a pinch yourself moment; he’s such a massive character. Were there loads of footballers? Rugby players! Oh – embarrassing! I wouldn’t worry…I’m the least sport-orientated person in the world! Jamie [second right] with bandmates Matt, Michael and Tom ‘I don’t want to get married in a church’ Would you consider a destination wedding? My favorite place in the world is Northumberland, where Bamburgh Castle is. I’ve had a dream of being married there for a very long time. I can’t get it out of my head.Personally, I […]
Lena Waithe joined "The View" Wednesday to discuss how she’s challenging the status quo of Hollywood by celebrating the LGBT community and providing an alternative narrative for her native city of Chicago.
In September, Waithe made history as the first African-American woman to win an Emmy award for comedy writing. In her acceptance speech, she made waves for highlighting her "LGBTQIA family."
She explained to the hosts on "The View" that her inspiration for the speech came from Halle Berry ‘s acceptance speech at the 2002 Oscars — another historic win. To this day, Berry is the only black woman to win an Academy Award for best actress.
"I remember watching that speech and her making it about everyone," Waithe explained.
The "Master of None" star says she wanted to share the moment of victory to all who came before her, including writer Yvette Lee Bowser: "They’ve been beating these doors for so long — so when I came up, I just had to kinda push it with a finger and walk through."
Waithe added, "I know I’m not the first black woman to write a funny half-hour script… the stars had to align and I ended up being the vessel, so I wanted […]
The belly dancer calls herself "Dancing Queer" (Credit: Facebook) A belly dancer is protesting against the treatment of LGBT people in Egypt by wearing a beard during her performances.
Shrouk El-Attara is a refugee from Egypt and is currently living in the UK and studying at Cardiff University, according to Pink News .
El-Attara is a lesbian herself and LGBT individuals are often tried under debauchery laws in her home country.
As well as protesting against the treatment of LGBT people in Egypt when performing under her stage name "Dancing Queer," she is also calling for it to be made easier for asylum seekers to study at university in the UK and raising money for the cause.
They are usually treated as international students which means their fees can be three times as much as those for people from the UK.
When El-Attara first came to the UK she was unable to attend university straight away due to the costs of the course, but she is hoping that this will change for other asylum seekers.She told the the Thomson Reuters Foundation: “When I was applying for universities there were no universities accepting asylum seekers.“Now there’s around 60 across the country, and it’s beautiful to […]
A transgender teenager who killed herself penned a heartbreaking letter to her family before doing so.
Hope Verbeeck, 17, took her life earlier this month on March 6.
She came out as transgender nearly 15 months ago, but for a long time, she struggled with her gender identity.
She was also coming to grips with being a pansexual person.
Speaking to the Miami Herald , her mother Patricia explained that her daughter felt like she was trapped “in a box” by her identity.
However, her parents insist that they always tried to provide the utmost support, with Patricia once telling her daughter: “I don’t want to tell you what to do or think you should do. You tell me the journey you want to take.”After coming out, she began hormone replacement therapy and having therapy sessions. Related: Time To Talk 2018: What it’s like to deal with mental health issues when you’re LGBT, and how to find the help you need However, Hope made the decision to take her life.She wrote in a heartbreaking letter: “Dear Mommy and Papa, I am so sorry to do this to you but I have killed myself by jumping off the top floor.“I could no longer live my […]
The woman, not pictured, says she was taken off the shop floor (Photo: Getty) A transgender supermarket worker has revealed how she was banned from working in front of customers after she began presenting as female.
The woman, in her 50s, wrote that management told her “the shop floor was not ‘for women like me’” if she continued to wear women’s clothes.
The ruling came despite another boss in the supermarket trying to support her transition.
In a letter to Daily Mirror agony aunt Coleen Nolan, the woman wrote: “I’m a transgender woman who has just come out. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images) RELATED: Event in parliament labels transgender people ‘parasitic’
“Although I’m in my 50s, I intend going through the process of fully becoming a woman and, as you probably know, part of this process involves living full time as a woman.
“With this in mind, I had to speak to my boss (I work as a checkout operator) and she said that she’d support me and would inform the other staff.“Fine, I thought, and made arrangements to go into work as a woman.”However things changed when her department manager saw her working on the checkout. (Photo by PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images) […]