The Republican who called Emma Gonzalez a ‘skinhead lesbian’ could now lose his seat

The Republican who called Emma Gonzalez a ‘skinhead lesbian’ could now lose his seat

(Twitter/gibson_house and Getty) A Democrat has risen up to challenge the Republican who called school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez “a skinhead lesbian”.

Leslie Gibson was the only person in the District 57 race for a place in Maine’s House of Representatives when he lashed out at the bisexual head of Stoneman Douglas High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance.

Together with fellow students like David Hogg and Cameron Kasky , the 18-year-old activist has prompted a tidal wave of public sentiment in favour of better gun regulations following the shooting in Florida, which killed 17. (Getty) Gibson, reportedly in his 60s, targeted the teenager as all brave people do: through his Twitter account with 74 followers.

“There is nothing about this skinhead lesbian that impresses me and there is nothing that she has to say unless you’re a frothing at the mouth moonbat,” he wrote. Emma Gonzalez hugs her father (Getty) In another tweet, he said that Gonzalez should not be called a survivor because she “was in a completely different part of the school” when her fellow students were shot dead.

The tweets prompted outrage and a call from local organisers – as well as Hogg, who Gibson called a “bald-faced liar” – for […]

Man launches petition to put an end to gay ‘cure’ therapy: ‘praying the gay away nearly killed me’

Man launches petition to put an end to gay ‘cure’ therapy: ‘praying the gay away nearly killed me’

(Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images) A man in Australia has launched a petition to put an end to gay “cure” therapy.

The man, known only as Chris, has gained over 12,000 signatures at the time of writing on a petition that calls for the Australian Minister for Health (Ken Wyatt) and Prime Minister (Malcolm Turnbull) to “condemn conversion therapy and outlaw the practice for minors”.

Chris was subjected to the ex-gay course Living Waters, which boasts that it can “cure” homosexuality.

“Trying to “Pray the Gay Away” nearly killed me.

“I’m not the only one. So-called conversion therapy can cause depression, self-loathing and even suicide.

“I prayed to God asking him to either heal me, or kill me. I was so depressed, I wanted to die,” he explained.At the sessions Chris attended from the age of 17, members of the groups were told to speak about their “sins”. Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull The shame this involved in him meant that he stayed celibate until 24 because he didn’t want to embrace his sexuality.Although he only started the gay “cure” programme at 17, he explained that he felt shame around his sexuality since the age of 10.He said: “I believed that something was innately wrong […]

The nominations are now open for the PinkNews Awards 2018

The nominations are now open for the PinkNews Awards 2018

(Chris Jepson) PinkNews has opened nominations in the first four categories for the upcoming PinkNews Awards for 2018.

Find below nomination forms in the Business Equality. Public Sector, Third Sector and Corporate Role Model awards, which will be given at the PinkNews Awards on October 17.

The PinkNews Awards celebrates the contributions of politicians, businesses and community groups towards what has been another historic year for LGBT+ equality around the world. The Corporate Role Model Award is a new award for 2018 that seeks to highlight the individuals working to improve LGBT+ equality in their workplace.

This can include work in internal LGBT+ networks, as well as work with LGBT+ organisations and initiatives outside the workplace that are making a difference in their industry or community. Individuals may nominate themselves, or be nominated by others. The Business Equality Award is open to all businesses, small or large. The Public Sector Equality Award is also open to all public sector bodies.

The Third Sector Award celebrates the contribution of third sector organisations towards achieving equality, and was launched in 2017.

Please get in touch for more details about these awards if they apply to your organisation.Anyone can nominate their organisation using one of the forms […]

Twitter’s finest are sharing stunning glo-ups that will blow your socks off

Twitter’s finest are sharing stunning glo-ups that will blow your socks off

(Getty) Oh, the growing pains of youth.

We all remember the backne, the bad spectacles, the awkwardly positioned teeth, and the blistering romantic rejection that haunted our adolescent days.

But then, we emerged, like butterflies from the chrysalis, ready to take on whatever terrible problems the world threw at us with a significantly more attractive face.

This, my friends, is what the friends in the bizz call a ‘glo-up’ – and the beautiful masses are sharing their physical rejuvenation on Twitter to celebrate this miraculous process.

Compiled in one artful Twitter moment , these glo-ups deserve one mighty round of applause.

“THE GLO UP WAS REAL! 2012 vs 2018 ” tweeted @sorryimangiiee when she shared this snap. “At 18 I looked 15 and now at 23 I look 18,” joked @cheyeperedo. “Y’all, I got hot,” said @petcatslonghair. And @codyxhighroller wrote nothing but the date next to their marvellous transformation. “2012 vs 2018 HAHAHHAHAHAHAH,” wrote @humanstrawberry. “2012 2018 Lmaoooooooooo,” tweeted @XLukaKillianX. “2012: DOG, 2018: ANOTHER DOG,” shared @sarryxpotter. And of course, the best thing about this whole process isn’t necessarily the aesthetic enhancement – it’s just how good everyone is feeling in their own skin.But hell, here’s a before and after from yours truly: PinkNews […]

RuPaul wells up as he receives message from his hero Judge Judy

RuPaul wells up as he receives message from his hero Judge Judy

RuPaul (Getty) RuPaul welled up as he received a personal message from his idol Judge Judy.

The Drag Race star admitted that he was blown over by the message from a woman he considers a role model.

He likened the message to being told he had done well at life by his own mother.

The interview was for CBS Sunday Morning program interview in which he spoke about his career, his family and the impact of Drag Race on young people. RuPaul (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) In the recorded message Judge Judy said: “When I think about RuPaul, I think about three words, ‘talented’, ‘brave’ and ‘always honest’,” the Judge said in the message.

“He knows who he is, he understands life, so I’m glad you’re celebrating him this morning.”

Overcome with emotion watching the video, RuPaul appeared to struggle to stay composed. RuPaul (Photo by JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images) “To hear someone I respect like this, say that to me is like hearing my mom say ‘you done good kid, you done real good’,” RuPaul said after he watched the message. The message will be a welcome positive after a tumultuous few weeks for the drag icon.He apologised for saying that he […]

Adam Rippon has responded to the drag queen Elsa who rescued a snowed-in police van

Adam Rippon has responded to the drag queen Elsa who rescued a snowed-in police van

(Entertainment Tonight) Olympic hero Adam Rippon has heard drag queen Elsa’s call, and responded.

Earlier this week, a drag queen dressed as the ice queen from Disney’s Frozen helped rescue a stuck police van during a blizzard.

The performer – 37-year-old attorney Jason Triplett – then proceeded to walk in the snow, looking like a badass and singing Let It Go.

An extraordinary clip of the incident – which happened in the middle of a snowstorm in Boston – went viral.

This led to Triplett talking to BuzzFeed about his newfound fame, joking that he “wouldn’t go on The Ellen DeGeneres Show unless Adam Rippon was there.” And now, thanks to the magic of the internet, Rippon has been asked by Entertainment Tonight whether he has a response for the ice queen.

Looking directly at the camera, the bronze medal-winning ice skater said: “They say not all heroes wear capes. (Entertainment Tonight) “But sometimes, they do.”According to reports, the Olympian is set to spearhead a new reality TV show with Ellen DeGeneres. (YouTube/theellenshow) When Rippon appeared on DeGeneres’ show, he revealed his celebrity crush and told her that being with her on TV was a dream come true. “I’ve been wanting to be […]

Mariam Moustafa death: Teenager and sister in ‘previous attack’

Mariam Moustafa death: Teenager and sister in 'previous attack'

Enable it in your browser or download Flash Player here .Sorry, you need Flash to play this. Watch: Attack on Egyptian teenager

Media captionFootage has emerged of the attack The sister of an Egyptian student who died after an attack said the pair were assaulted by the same people before.

Mariam Moustafa, 18, died on Wednesday after being attacked in Nottingham by a group of women three weeks earlier .

Her family says an incident in August involving the same attackers, which left Mariam hurt and her teenage sister with a broken leg, was not sufficiently acted upon by police.

Egypt’s embassy said those responsible should be "brought to justice swiftly".

Live updates and more from the East Midlands Mariam Moustafa, 18, was an engineering student at Nottingham College Talking about the alleged attack in August, Miss Moustafa’s sister Mallak, 16, told The Times: "No-one did anything. Something could’ve been done, and if the police did then she would still be here."I do think vital warnings were missed. The police should’ve done something after the first attack, but they did nothing. A complaint was filed and that was it."Ms Moustafa’s father, Muhammad, 49, told The Times: "I don’t know why they attacked […]

Spy poisoning: Russia ‘underestimates UK allies’ – Nato

Spy poisoning: Russia 'underestimates UK allies' - Nato

Jens Stoltenberg said Nato has a "dual track approach" to Russia Russia has underestimated the "resolve and unity" of the UK’s allies, the head of Nato has said after the nerve agent attack on an ex-spy and his daughter.

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Nato was undergoing its biggest strengthening of collective defence since the end of the Cold War.

The UK believes Russia is behind the poisoning , although Moscow denies this.

Meanwhile, investigators say 131 people may have been exposed to the chemical used in the attack in Salisbury. ‘UK is not alone’

Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and daughter Yulia Skripal, 33, remain critically ill in hospital, after they were found unconscious on a bench in the Wiltshire city on 4 March. Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, are in a critical condition in hospital The UK government says they were poisoned with a nerve agent of a type developed by Russia called Novichok and PM Theresa May said she believed Moscow was "culpable".

Mrs May has said the UK will expel 23 Russian diplomats as part of a "full an robust" response – prompting Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to say it will "certainly" expel British diplomats […]

The Waugh Zone Friday March 16, 2018

The Waugh Zone Friday March 16, 2018

1 RESPONSIBLE OPPOSITION?

In case you missed it, Jeremy Corbyn launched his general election campaign last year with these words: “I don’t play by the rules”. So no one should be surprised that in his response to the Salisbury poisoning , the Labour leader has defied the usual convention of cross-party solidarity on such occasions.

Some MPs, Labour included, still adhere to the idea of “Her Majesty’s Most Loyal Opposition”. That ‘loyalty’ of the Opposition is not of course to the Government of the day, but to Queen and country. And despite the obvious worries of many of his backbenchers, Corbyn clearly thinks he’s doing his duty in being loyal to what he sees as ‘due process’ and public scepticism about politicians’ use of intelligence. It won’t convince his critics, but he actually believes he’s very much playing by the rules – international rules on chemical weapons verification – in insisting on evidence to prove links to Russia and the nerve agent.

Corbyn’s Guardian article at least proved that his spokesman Seumas Milne was not misrepresenting his views in that infamous huddle with us hacks on Wednesday in the Commons. He really does believe that the Iraqi WMD blunders are […]

The Chase’s Anne Hegerty Leaves Paris Lees Shocked With ‘You Used To Be A Boy’ Comment

The Chase’s Anne Hegerty Leaves Paris Lees Shocked With ‘You Used To Be A Boy’ Comment

‘The Chase’ star Anne Hegerty caused a stir during an appearance on ‘The Wright Stuff’ yesterday (15 March), when she commented that journalist and transgender activist Paris Lees “used to be a boy”.

Anne and Paris were both appearing on the show to discuss the big headlines of the day, which included the ongoing debate around the gender pay gap.

During the panel discussion, Anne noted that she was already “on record” as saying she was not “terribly bothered” about the disparity between men and women’s pay, insisting that leadership roles existed for women, should they want to go after them. Paris Lees and Anne Hegerty Paris commented on what she felt was an “old boys’ club at the top” in the corporate world, to which Anne insisted she was “not really” convinced that such a thing existed.

When Paris then said she’d “have to disagree”, Anne left the studio stunned when she responded: “Okie doke. Well, you used to be a boy, you’d know that.”

The remark left a brief moment of uncomfortable silence hanging in the studio, at which point presenter Matthew Wright , without commenting on it, attempted to move the conversation along.

Paris has since said she was “shocked” by […]