Jude Law addresses Dumbledore’s sexuality: ‘We’re not going to reveal everything all at once’

Jude Law addresses Dumbledore's sexuality: 'We're not going to reveal everything all at once'

Germany’s far-right youth – who are against same-sex marriage – feel ‘unwelcome’ at Pride Jude Law as a young Dumbledore. | Photo: YouTube/Warner Bros. Pictures Jude Law breaks the silence on playing a young Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the British actor opens up about taking on the role of one of the most powerful, beloved fictional wizards of all times in the prequel to the 2016 movie.

Set to hit the screens later this year, the second film of the franchise had the fans hoping for the chance to see Dumbledore portrayed as an openly gay character. Furthermore, Harry Potter and to find out more about his rumored relationship with the evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald.

Harry Potter’s creator J.K. Rowling has, in fact, confirmed the Hogwarts headmaster’s homosexuality in several interviews throughout the years. Despite the fandom’s excitement, however, the character’s sexual orientation won’t be ‘explicit’ in the movie directed by David Yates. ‘Sexuality doesn’t necessarily define you’

When asked about Dumbledore’s past, Jude Law explains he had asked J.K. Rowling whether the character was gay.

‘Jo Rowling revealed some years back that Dumbledore was gay. That was a question I actually asked Jo and she said, yes, he’s gay,’ Jude Law told Entertainment Weekly.

‘But as with humans, your sexuality doesn’t necessarily define you; he’s multifaceted.’ Three other Fantastic Beasts film will complete the saga

‘What you got to remember this is only the second Fantastic Beasts film in a series and what’s brilliant about Jo’s writing is how she reveals her characters, peels them to the heart over time,’ he also said.

‘You’re just getting to know Albus in this film, and there’s obviously a lot more to come. We learn a little about his past in the beginning of this film, and characters and their relationships will unfold naturally which I’m excited to reveal. But we’re not going to reveal everything all at once.’

Part of the original cast will reprise their roles in this new film, such as protagonists Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander and Katherine Waterston as Porpentina Goldstein. Zoe Kravitz will also join the cast as Leta Lestrange. Dumbledore and Grindelwald

Leaving Dumbledore’s sexuality out of the script wasn’t the only aspect of the film which faced a backlash.

Johnny Depp, who allegedly physically abused ex-wife Amber Heard, will return as Grindelwald in this second film and fans weren’t happy with the recast. Despite the criticism, J.K. Rowling defended the decision .

On working with Depp, Law said he didn’t shoot any scene with him.

‘As I said before, this is only Part 2 of a longer story. I’ve always admired him from afar, but we don’t know each other, and I’ve not yet met him on this. In many ways that suits the relationship as it’s been many years since they’ve seen each other. So there’s complexity in that that’s fun to mine. Again, the past will reveal itself.’

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald hits US and UK theaters on 16 November.

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Germany’s far-right youth – who are against same-sex marriage – feel ‘unwelcome’ at Pride

Germany's far-right youth - who are against same-sex marriage - feel 'unwelcome' at Pride

A group of Pride-goers at a past Christopher Street Day | Photo: Flickr/Jörg Kanngießer Youth members of Germany’s far-right political party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), are saying they don’t feel welcome at Berlin Pride.

According to a report from the German newspaper Berliner Zeitung , Christopher Street Day (CSD), organizers at Berlin Pride, denied AfD a stall.

David Eckert, the head of the Berlin chapter of Junge Alternative (the party’s youth wing), made a Facebook post and video blasting the decision to deny them space.

Eckert claimed CSD sent them an email about the denial. CSD reportedly said ‘people and organizations who try to create a climate of fear and exclusion such as the AfD … are not welcome’.

Founded in 2012, the AfD advertises itself as a center-right conservative party for the middle class. It boasts stances on numerous topics like climate change and European integration.

The party is against same-sex marriage, but allows civil unions. They also oppose same-sex couples adopting. Furthermore, the party advocates for traditional gender roles and ‘family values’.

AfD’s leader, Alice Weidel, is an out lesbian and tries to position the party as one that protects LGBTI people from immigrants. As Eckert says in his post, they are against illegal immigrants, the ‘majority’ of which come from anti-LGBTI countries.

Neither Weidel nor Eckert acknowledged LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers.

‘Not every gay person wears vinyl and leather, struts around with a handbag and paints their nails,’ Eckert further says in the video, claiming AfD represents conservative LGBTI people. A rise in fringe voices

There have always been differing political voices.

Lately, however, the rise in alt-right and right-wing voices have been gaining more and more traction.

Numerous groups have crashed various cities’ Pride events, or tried to, including Istanbul and Sofia .

Last year, a convicted white supremacist planned an attack on a gay pride event at a pub in England. He ultimately avoided prison with an order for an indefinite psychiatric hospital stay.

The United States also faced their own right-wing rally in Charlottesville, Virgini a in August last year. White supremacists marched with tiki torches and chanted various slurs and hate messages. The subsequent protest against them and conflict resulted in the death of protester Heather Heyer.

Earlier this year, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released a report revealing white supremacist propaganda increased on US college campuses by 258% between 2016 and 2017.

Britney Spears is down for a Mickey Mouse Club reunion so now it needs to happen

Britney Spears is down for a Mickey Mouse Club reunion so now it needs to happen

Germany’s far-right youth – who are against same-sex marriage – feel ‘unwelcome’ at Pride The mega-star got her start with Disney | Photo: Wikimedia/Glenn Francis In a recent interview, pop star Britney Spears revealed she would ‘definitely show up’ to a Mickey Mouse Club reunion.

She told Entertainment Tonight about her time on the Disney variety show: ‘It was a really good time. It was a great time. It was probably one of the most special times in my life, The Mickey Mouse Club.’

When asked about a possible reunion, she gave no objections. She just doesn’t want to be the one to plan it.

‘They would have to plan it. I would definitely show up. I would go, definitely,’ she said.

The original Mickey Mouse Club ran from 1955 to 1996. A rotating series of teen performers, along with Mickey himself, performed a wide array of talents during the show.

Disney cast Spears in 1992, putting her on their 1989 revival, The All-New Mickey Mouse Club.

Other notable members alongside Spears included Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Keri Russell, and Ryan Gosling. This new revived version included sketch comedy, live performances, and music videos. Back to the good ol’ days

Now that Spears has mentioned it, a reunion needs to happen. Until that day, however, we’ll satisfy ourselves with binging YouTube videos from the prime 90s time.

Just look at little Britney and Justin rocking it! Not sure about Justin’s weird Jamaican-accented rapping, though. Here they are in a skit about passing notes in class. It’s just as cheesy as you think it is. Finally, here’s a compilation of Britney, Justin, and Christina talking about themselves and their hometowns as an intro package for the show. Nowadays, Spears is continuing to rock her solo music career. She’s also branching out more, teasing her first gender-neutral fragrance in a steamy new video. More from Gay Star News

Police in Minnesota are considering adopting a new policy for transgender people

Police in Minnesota are considering adopting a new policy for transgender people

Germany’s far-right youth – who are against same-sex marriage – feel ‘unwelcome’ at Pride Police at Twin Cities Pride in 2017 | Photo: Facebook/Minneapolis Police Department Police in St. Paul, Minnesota are drafting a new policy in regards to transgender and gender nonconforming people.

They released a draft of the policy on Tuesday (17 July). The department hopes it will be finalized and adopted later this year.

Some of the included guidelines are: using people’s preferred pronouns, people can request an officer of a specific gender, the department will provide gender-neutral restrooms, and more.

Police offers are still required to use a person’s name and gender on their government-issued IDs for reports, but elsewhere they must respect preferences.

‘We’re seeing these around the country,’ said Dru Levasseur, senior attorney and director of the Transgender Rights Project for Lambda Legal, about the policy.

Police departments in other cities are writing up and adopting similar practices.

‘It’s good for transgender and gender nonconforming people to see that they have protections in their interactions with police.’

The city also created a feedback form where residents can comment on and make suggestions for the policy. An attempt to ease tensions

‘People of color and trans folks do not feel safe around police,’ said Dot Belstler, executive director of Twin Cities Pride. ‘We really need to work on those relations.’

In recent years, there have been numerous examples of police and LGBTI communities not seeing eye-to-eye, especially at Pride events.

Police stormed and canceled Pride events in both Istanbul and Beirut earlier this year.

Toronto asked police not to participate in their parade this year, following tensions between the community and police after the arrest of an alleged serial killer.

In Minneapolis this year, police are allowed to participate, but they cannot wear their uniforms .

Based on all these instances, Belstler concluded: ‘I think that by having St. Paul issue this policy, it’s a step in the right direction.’

H/t: Star Tribune

‘Homophobic’ jokes about Trump and Putin criticised by LGBT campaigners

'Homophobic' jokes about Trump and Putin criticised by LGBT campaigners

Trump and Putin met at the G20 summit in Hamburg in 2017 Mocking Trump and Putin by suggesting they are gay is a "damaging trend" which needs to stop, LGBT campaigners have said.

The New York Times was criticised this week after it tweeted a cartoon depicting the US and Russian presidents on a date with one another.

It was posted ahead of their meeting in Helsinki on Monday.

Commentators said they were tired of homosexuality being used to mock Trump.

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It was immediately met with criticism after it was tweeted.

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Among those criticising the New York Times was Brian Sims, a US politician in Philadelphia. He’s also an LGBT activist.

He told Newsbeat: "Ultimately, the punch line here is that they’re gay and that would infuriate each man because they’re homophobic.

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"Each of them is responsible for anti-LGBT rhetoric and policies, and so the New York Times felt like they’d be madder at the insinuation than the LGBT people whose love and relationships being mocked are." ‘This isn’t political satire, it’s just old-fashioned homophobia’

Kim Sanders, head of media engagement at LGBT charity Stonewall called these jokes "a damaging trend".

"Depicting public figures as gay or bi in an attempt to mock them is a damaging trend that needs to stop," she said.

"These images reinforce a harmful narrative that being LGBT is inferior or something to be ridiculed.

"This isn’t political satire, it’s just old-fashioned homophobia." Not just Trump and Putin

Jokes about Trump and other male world leaders have also been met with criticism.

In the run up to Trump’s meeting with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, comedian Kathy Griffin tweeted a mock up of Kim and Kanye’s wedding Vogue cover – but with Trump and Kim in their place.

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Surrogacy bill excluding LGBT couples passes into law

Surrogacy bill excluding LGBT couples passes into law

The Knesset passed into law the surrogacy bill on Wednesday, prompting the ire of the LGBT community after same-sex couples were excluded from it.

The surrogacy law allows single mothers and heterosexual couples who cannot have children use the services of a surrogate mother to become parents.

However, it excludes homosexual couples, preventing them from becoming parents through the surrogacy process. Netanyahu votes in favor surrogacy bill (Photo: Amit Shabi) Likud MK Amir Ohana, a representative of the LGBT community, raised a reservation to the bill over the fact it excludes gay couples. Ohana is himself gay, the father of two children from a surrogate mother.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who leads the Likud Party, said Monday he supported surrogacy for single mothers as well as for same-sex couples. The prime minister expressed his support for Ohana’s reservation and his proposal to amend the legislation so it includes gay couples as well.

Furthermore, Netanyahu indicated that if the bill cannot be amended before the end of the Knesset’s summer session, the vote on the legislation will be postpone to the next Knesset session.

Despite that, Netanyahu voted in favor of the bill in its current version and against MK Ohana’s reservations. Knesset votes on surrogacy bill (Photo: Amit Shabi) The prime minister had to vote in favor of the bill after the Kulanu party announced it too would support the same-sex couples’ objection to it.

Coalition head David Amsalem promised he would ensure Netanyahu voted in favor of the legislation, leading the Kulanu Party to toe the coalition’s line and also vote in favor, with the exception of MK Meirav Ben-Ari.

According to the Likud Party, the prime minister "voted in favor the surrogacy bill for single mothers, which received the support of the coalition, and constitutes an important step to support single mothers."

"At a later stage, as the prime minister said during the Likud faction meeting, he will support the amendment proposed by MK Amir Ohana, which will enable same-sex couples to use the services of a surrogate mother," the Likud faction statement said.

"The prime minister’s vote does not ‘contradict his statements,’" the Likud Party concluded.

Netanyahu’s vote caused uproar in the Knesset, leading to the removal of Zionist Union MKs Stav Shaffir and Yoel Hasson from the plenum.

"My anger regarding the surrogacy law is not directed at the ultra-Orthodox, but rather at the prime minister," said MK Tzipi Livni (Zionist Union). "Why are you lending a hand to this? Why did you post a video, which is all deception, saying you will support the amandment to the bill (to include same-sex couples-ed) in the future?" MK Tzipi Livni (Photo: Yoav Dudkevich) Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid also expressed his anger, saying, "Netanyahu promised two days ago to support the amendment to the bill allowing the LGBT community to also become parents. On the same day, he posted a video reiterating his promise to support the amendment as well as declaring this promise in writing."

"The bill has just gone up to a vote in the plenum and Netanyahu voted against (the amendment)," Lapid added. "I’ve never said that about a prime minister in Israel, but this time I have no choice: He is a liar." MK Yair Lapid (Photo: Amit Shabi) In a joint statement, MKs Amir Ohana and Merav Ben-Ari said that "In light of the expected approval of the surrogacy bill on behalf of the Health Ministry and in light of the prime minister’s positive comments on the topic, we’ve formulated and submitted an amendment. Gay couples will be able to turn to the surrogacy, among others. The amendment, which reflects the values of the Likud and Kulanu, will be sponsored by the two parties."

"Our amendment is a big step forward to those who seek to bring life into this world, to establish and raise families in Israel," the two MKs continued. MKs Merav Ben-Ari and Amir Ohana "The amendment will go up to vote in the Ministerial Committee immediately upon the opening of the Knesset’s winter session. We will have many MKs from the coalition and opposition sign the amendment, and we will act to promote it," Ohana and Ben-Ari’s statement concluded.

Elements of the LGBT community announced a general strike immediately after Netanyahu had voted in favor of the surrogacy bill and called upon the LGBT community’s members to miss work, close their businesses and take part in protest activities in the public space on Sunday.

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Is There a Religious Right to Discriminate Against LGBT Foster and Adoptive Parents? A Federal Court Says No.

Is There a Religious Right to Discriminate Against LGBT Foster and Adoptive Parents? A Federal Court Says No.

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Nearly 118,000 children are awaiting adoption in the United States, and yet some religious conservatives are insisting that they have a right to put their own religious beliefs ahead of the best interests of children in the state’s care. This issue is being debated from the halls of Congress to state legislatures to courtrooms across the country. But last Friday, a federal court in Philadelphia said there is no such right.

In a first-of-its-kind ruling, U.S. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker ruled that Catholic Social Services does not have the right to take taxpayer funds and still override the accepted child welfare placement standards because of its religious objections. As the court said , “[Department of Human Services] and Philadelphia have a legitimate interest in ensuring that when they employ contractors to provide governmental services, the services are accessible to all Philadelphians who are qualified for the services.”

When the government removes children from their families because of abuse or neglect, it often hires private agencies to find foster or adoptive homes for the children. Increasingly, some religiously affiliated child placement agencies, like Catholic Social Services, are asserting a right to put the agencies’ own religious beliefs ahead of the best interests of the children when deciding where to place the kids. What’s behind this controversy is simple: The agencies don’t want to place children with married same-sex couples, people with different faiths, or others who fail a religious litmus test, even when that placement is clearly in the best interest of the children.

The disputes are the latest battleground in the ongoing effort by some religious conservatives to license discrimination in the name of religion. These religious exemptions are a core strategy for undermining LGBT equality in many contexts , which have grave consequences for LGBT people and others when accessing health care, obtaining government services, going to stores and businesses, and more. In the child welfare arena, discrimination towards LGBT people also has serious consequences for children who need placement in a loving home.

When the city of Philadelphia found out that the Catholic Social Services agency was refusing to comply with the city’s nondiscrimination requirement, it stopped giving that agency responsibility for placing children. Catholic Social Services sued, arguing that it has a constitutional right to deny children good families based on religious objections to those families.

Judge Tucker disagreed, ruling that Philadelphia has an interest in licensing all qualified parents. Additionally, the court remarked that : “DHS and Philadelphia have an interest in avoiding likely Equal Protection Clause and Establishment Clause claims that would result if it allowed its government contractors to avoid compliance with the all-comers, nondiscrimination provisions of the Fair Practices Ordinance by discriminating against same-sex married couples.” The decision cited a 1964 Supreme Court decision in which the court recognized that “discrimination is not simply dollars and cents, hamburgers and movies; it is the humiliation, frustration, and embarrassment that a person must surely feel when he is told that he is unacceptable as a member of the public because of his race or color.”

The ACLU has asked the court to allow the Support Center for Child Advocates, a nonprofit that represents and advocates for children in the foster care system, and Philadelphia Family Pride, a nonprofit LGBTQ organization whose members include same-sex foster parents and prospective foster parents, to be heard should the case move forward. This decision surely won’t be the last from a court on the subject.

A similar dispute is pending in Michigan. There, some child placement agencies assert that state law authorizes them to discriminate against any prospective foster or adoptive parent to whom the agency has an objection. Two placement agencies turned away Kristy and Dana Dumont , who were seeking to adopt a child in foster care, asserting a religious objection to placing children with same-sex couples. The Dumonts sued , and last week, a federal trial court in Detroit heard oral arguments on the state’s motion to dismiss this case. A decision is expected soon.

Meanwhile, Congress has also taken up the issue, adding a provision to a Health and Human Services appropriations bill that would license discrimination by child placement agencies and override state laws that bar discrimination and protect children’s welfare.

Some will say that not much is at stake here and that we should allow a little room for religious freedom. This fight, however, isn’t about religious freedom — it’s about finding the best placements for kids in need. When the state removes children from their families, the placement decision should be focused entirely on what’s in the best interests of the children. Agencies hired by the state have should not be able to override what’s best for the kids.

We have already balanced religious freedom and civil rights in America. Overbroad religious exemptions harm kids, LGBT people, women, people of minority faiths, and many others in our society. Friday’s ruling gives us one more court decision recognizing those harms and standing against discrimination.

Now it is time for states and Congress to do the same.

Don’t be influenced by LGBT western culture: PAS veep

Don't be influenced by LGBT western culture: PAS veep

KOTA BARU : PAS has reminded Muslims not to be influenced by the culture of a few groups of Westerners who adopt the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lifestyle.

Its vice-president Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah, who is also Kelantan deputy Mentri Besar, said Muslims should stick to the religious teachings as the LGBT lifestyle is queer and out of the norm.

"That is why Allah destroyed these people especially the worst of them during the time of Prophet Lut where Allah had capsized or turned the city upside down so that their bodies could not be found. This shows committing sodomy is a horrible sin and this has also been mentioned in the Bible.

"We do not hate this group of people but we do sympathise with them and we want to guide them to the right path," he told reporters after the State Executive Council meeting at the Kota Darul Naim Complex here, today.

Yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusuf Rawa was reported as saying Malaysians, including LGBT groups, should not be discriminated against at the workplace.

This was following the resignation of Numan Afifi as special officer to Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman earlier this month, after receiving criticisms from several quarters who claimed as a LGBT activist he should not be appointed as a staff of the ministry.

Elaborating Mohd Amar said Islam does not discriminate against anyone but moral qualities and virtues have been prescribed in Islamic religious teachings.

"Indeed, we do not discriminate in terms of rights but there are certain practices which have been forbidden in Islam and adopting the LGBT culture is not permissible.

"We cannot allow the situation to continue and as Muslims, we should try to encourage these people to repent and correct themselves," he said. — Bernama

Hundreds of members of LGBT community protest surrogacy law in Tel Aviv

Hundreds of members of LGBT community protest surrogacy law in Tel Aviv

Hundreds of members of LGBT community protest surrogacy law in Tel Aviv. (photo credit: Courtesy) Hundreds of members of the LGBT community took to the streets of Tel Aviv Wednesday evening to protest the surrogacy law, which passed in its third reading in the Knesset earlier that day, The Jerusalem Post ‘s sister publication Maariv reported.

In an unprecedented move, the LGBT Association called employees of LGBT organizations throughout the country to take part in a general strike on Sunday. On their "march of rage," LGBT activists walked towards the Kirya government compound, continued down Kaplan Street and gathered at Habima Square. Hundreds of members of LGBT community protest surrogacy law in Tel Aviv (Courtesy) In addition to the strike, the LGBT Association called on its members and members of the community not to attend work on Sunday, close their businesses and to take part in different protest activities.

Wednesday’s demonstrations are part of a series of protest taking place in the past week.

On Monday, LGBT activists blocked traffic on King George Street , one of Tel Aviv’s main thoroughfares, and demonstrated in front of the city’s Likud party headquarters.

On Saturday night, several thousand people also demonstrated in Tel Aviv. Hundreds of members of LGBT community protest surrogacy law in Tel Aviv (Courtesy) The government’s surrogacy bill, which updates current legislation to grant state support for pregnancy via surrogacy for married heterosexual couples only , passed after a long debate in its third reading in the Knesset on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was one of the politicians who voted against an amendment to the bill that would allow homosexual men to have a child via surrogacy.

Shortly before the vote, the two members of Knesset who spearheaded the bill, MK Amir Ohana from the Likud party and MK Meirav Ben Ari from the Kulanu party, officially noted that they would suggest an amendment to the law in the next session of the Knesset to include homosexual fathers. Hundreds of members of LGBT community protest surrogacy law in Tel Aviv (Courtesy) Ohana and Ben Ari were given permission to vote against their party lines and ultimately voted against it.

In response to the bill, Yesh Atid Leader Yair Lapid called the prime minister a coward and said that he "promised at a meeting for the Likud Party that he would support a law that would allow LGBT fathers to be parents, but yet he voted against it."

"According to the prime minister’s fluent English, we are in an LGBTQ paradise, but in reality they do not allow us to marry and we are not allowed to have children," Chairman of the LGBTQ Association Hen Azrieli said during Saturday’s protests.

"There is a limit to how much ‘no’ we can hear and we will not remain silent until the discrimination ends.”

Jeremy Sharon, Jonathan Weber Rosen and Tamara Zieve contributed to this report. benjamin netanyahu

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Mike Pence’s Nightmare: The All-LGBT Palm Springs City Council

Mike Pence's Nightmare: The All-LGBT Palm Springs City Council

Mike Pence's Nightmare: The All-LGBT Palm Springs City Council Last November, Palm Springs, Calif., made history with the elections of Lisa Middleton and Christy Holstege to the City Council, becoming the first city government in America led entirely by out LGBT officials . For a city known as an LGBT mecca, it’s a feat years in the making.

Middleton, a transgender lesbian, was one of eight out trans candidates elected to public office last November across the U.S. Holstege, a cisgender bisexual woman, also made history as the first millennial elected to the Palm Springs City Council and the youngest woman to be elected since the 1950s. The pair complete a five-person body, which also includes three out gay men.

For Middleton, a retired author who previously worked for the State Compensation Insurance Fund, her victory was more than historic. It was a testament to the incredible diversity of Palm Springs.

“We are a city of neighborhoods that attracts people from all over the world.” She jokingly adds, “I took some personal enjoyment in doing double duty by holding down the L and the T for the city council.”

Holstege, an alumna of Stanford Law School, shares the love, adding, “It makes sense to me that this milestone … would first happen in Palm Springs, which has long stood for equality and civil rights for all. I am incredibly proud of our voters, our city, and our values.”

Growing up, those in public service were heroes to Middleton, who’s worked in government her entire adult life. It’s on their shoulders she proudly stands.

“The future belongs to those communities that invest in their people and that invest in being fully inclusive,” she explains. “When you look at where entrepreneurs want to live … [or] invest, they want to invest in communities with high-quality social services and [an] absolute commitment to equality for all.”

In order for cities to embrace inclusivity, Middleton advises community leaders, “First, get the laws in the books that protect individuals so that you have the law behind you as the foundation. Second is walking the walk, demonstrating in words and deeds that your commitment to equality, your full commitment to inclusion, does in fact extend to all.”

Before she got into politics, Holstege was an attorney dedicated to representing clients who had been discriminated against or marginalized. It wasn’t until last year she felt inspired to get into politics.

“I saw that the best way I could create change was to run for my office myself right now,” Holstege says. “I truly believe all politics is local and we need good, ethical, qualified people representing us.”

Middleton says the council knows the responsibility in being a visible force for LGBT people across the country. And, as Holstege says, their work is only beginning.

“I join only 10 bisexual female elected officials in the entire United States, and only three others serving at the local level,” Holstege says, according to Victory Institute’s Out for America report on LGBT people in public office. “My favorite response has been to hear from people that my election has given them hope or made them feel like they could also run for office and win.” Must-Watch New Series