On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, the American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC), in partnership with Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Chicago, hosted a town hall discussion with leaders from the Chicago LGBT community. The meeting was the second in a series of town halls to be convened by the AMDC with LGBT community leaders from major cities across the nation.
As John Rieger, Executive Director for the American Mortgage Diversity Council, explained, “The American Mortgage Diversity Council is a membership-driven organization of companies in the financial services industry working collaboratively to advance the conversations around diversity and inclusion by focusing on challenges faced by minority- and women-owned businesses, creating solutions through advocacy, education, and training. This latest town hall, the second in a series, provided information to be used in the creation of a white paper on the subject for the financial services industry.”
“The AMDC is leading the industry in extending an olive branch to the LGBT communities across the country,” said Michelle Matteson, Senior Operations Manager at Bank of America. “I had the opportunity to attend the AMDC LGBT town hall in Dallas, Texas, and was amazed at the perspectives and stories that were brought to the table. I […]
A belly dancing activist is challenging LGBT rights in Egypt in a spellbinding way – by wearing a beard when she performs.
Shrouk El-Attar, who is a lesbian, studies at Cardiff University and is an LGBT refugee from Egypt in the UK.
Performing as the “Dancing Queer” in France, the Netherlands and Japan, the activist is raising money to ensure that asylum seekers in the UK can afford to pursue their education, while protesting the treatment of LGBT people in Egypt – which she abruptly learned the harsh reality of at the age of nine.
“I just thought that everyone likes girls; boys like girls, girls like girls, everyone likes girls – why wouldn’t you? They smell nice, they look great!” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview.
It was when her teacher at the age of 9 proclaimed that homosexuality was a sin that El-Attar embarked upon a life of worry.
“I didn’t want to be that horrible person who was going to burn in hell,” she said to Reuters.Asylum seekers in Britain are treated as international students in the UK, which means that they can pay triple the fees of other UK students.When she was accepted as an LGBT refugee, […]
Russia could refuse to broadcast Ireland’s Eurovision entry if it features same-sex dancers.
Ireland this month unveiled its entry for the 2018 Eurovison Song Contest , with former Britain’s Got Talent finalist Ryan O’Shaughnessy set to represent Ireland with the song ‘Together’.
The ballad is about a former lover – and while the lyrics do not explicitly reference their gender of the lover, the official music video reveals that the song is about a same-sex couple.
But the entry could lead to a showdown with Russia, which has a famous law banning ‘gay propaganda’.
It is unclear if the live performance itself will feature same-sex dancers – but Russia has threatened to block the broadcast of the performance if it does.
Eurovision rules state that each country’s broadcaster must air all the entries in full, and cannot censor any of the performances. Singer Ryan O’Shaughnessy himself hit out at the news. He tweeted: “The Russians are now threatening a broadcasting ban because of my video for ‘Together’. Anti-gay propaganda regime at its finest! Hilarious if you ask me.. #IDareYou”The row comes amid heightened tensions between Russia and much of Europe.It did not participate in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine, after picking a […]
(Creative Commons) Buffy the Vampire Slayer may be about to become the next fan favourite to get the reboot treatment.
A Fox official hinted that the company is in talks about the future of cult 90’s series that spanned over six years before ending in 2003.
Speaking at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem, Fox TV group chair Gary Newman, said that Buffy “is probably the most ripe show we have for bringing back”.
“It’s something we talk about frequently and Joss Whedon is really one of the greatest creators we ever worked with,” Newman said. Tara and Willow were the first lesbian couple to share a kiss on TV in Buffy the Vampire Slayer However, he insisted that he was not announcing a definite come back because he “wouldn’t get out of the building alive” if he did.
He added that when “Joss decides it’s time, we’ll do it.
“And until Joss decides it’s time, it won’t happen.”The network recently revived The X-Files, 24 and Prison Break.Newman explained that the decision to bring back the shows was largely made if the creator came back to the network and said they had another story to tell. Tara and Willow were the first lesbian couple to […]
(Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Bottega Veneta) Kendall Jenner has responded to rumours surrounding her sexuality.
The 22-year-old star has long been a person of interest when it comes to her sexuality.
Unlike her siblings, she is rarely seen with an other half on her arm.
Because of her lack of a spouse, or showing off a spouse, it made everyone jump to conclusions that perhaps the oldest child of Caitlyn Jenner was, in fact, bisexual or lesbian and had a female partner.
Speaking to Vogue , Kendall denied the rumours.
She explained that she thinks the rumours were sparked by the fact that she is not like her sisters “who are like ‘here’s me and my boyfriend!’”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images) Related: Caitlyn Jenner thinks it’d be ‘tough’ if daughter Kendall wanted to transition “It was a thing for a minute because no one ever saw me with a guy.“I would always go that extra mile to be low-key with guys, sneaking around all the time.“You don’t want to, like, look crazy,” she said.The model went on to explain that she thinks her “male energy” probably contributed to the rumour mill. “Also, I know I have kind of a … […]
(Getty) Harry Styles has provoked an outpouring of enthusiasm from fans after lyrics in his new song seemed to reveal his bisexuality.
The former One Direction singer has spoken about his sexuality before, saying last year that he had “never felt the need” to label himself.
“It’s weird for me – everyone should just be who they want to be,” he said at the time. (Getty) “It’s tough to justify somebody having to answer to someone else about stuff like that.”
But the star now seems to have described his sexuality in clearer terms.
Styles’ lyrics for his new song, Medicine, have led his fans to explode with excitement and hail him as a bi icon. (Getty) Performing in Paris, the 24-year-old sang: “The boys and the girls are here, I mess around with them, and I’m okay with it.”
He followed up those sensational lines by singing: “I’m coming down, I figured out I kinda like it, and when I sleep I’m gonna dream of how you tasted”Styles even appeared to use bisexual lighting for parts of the song. He has also long been a supporter of LGBT rights, having performed with a rainbow flag draped over his microphone last year during […]
Elsa from Frozen A drag queen dressed as snow queen Elsa helped rescue a stuck police van during a blizzard.
An extraordinary clip has gone viral of the incident, which happened during a blizzard in Boston this week.
A Boston Police Department van managed to get stuck in the snow outside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the south of Boston, when they got help from an unlikely source. A drag queen dressed as Elsa from Disney film Frozen lent her helping hand, helping to push the van out of the snow drift that it was stuck in.
The performer – 37-year-old Jason Triplett – then proceeded to walk in the snow, looking like a badass and singing Let It Go.
A video of the incident has since racked up 3 million views.
Speaking to Buzzfeed , Triplett joked about his new-found fame, quipping that he “wouldn’t go on The Ellen DeGeneres Show unless Adam Rippon was there”. First of all…I would just to say that regardless of the obvious similarities, this is NOT me. #bostonsnowstorm #winterstormskylar #elsa #frozen #sorrynotfrozen A post shared by Jason Paul (@jptriplett1) on Mar 13, 2018 at 5:28pm PDT Frozen writer Jennifer Lee recently responded to fans who […]
A transgender woman is suing Tinder after she alleged that the dating app removed the profile because she is transgender.
Ariel Hawkins, who is from Portland, Oregon, said that her profile was deleted from the app when she listed that she is trans in her bio.
Hours after adding the phrase “camgirl on the side. preop trans woman” to her profile, Hawkins alleges that her profile was removed just hours after she listed the detail, leading her to believe that the app is targeting trans people.
“I wanted to just find love like everybody else,” said Hawkins.
“I’m just looking to date. I was trying to find a boyfriend.”
The Tinder user filed a case against the dating app this morning in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland asking for a court order “prohibiting Tinder to continue discriminating against non-cisgender Oregon users.“I don’t think the company understands trans people and they don’t appreciate how we may represent ourselves,” added Hawkins.“I’ve never had this happen with another dating app before.“Every dating app I’ve ever used or signed up for, I’ve always tried to disclose [my transgender identity] and be upfront with that because I don’t want to run into any harmful situations.”This is not the […]
Rev David Robertson A senior church leader has been slammed for suggesting that there is a ‘special place in hell’ for people who teach kids it’s OK to be transgender.
The claim comes from Rev David Robertson, the Minister of St. Peter’s Free Church in Dundee, Scotland and the former Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland.
Writing in the denomination’s official magazine, the conservative preacher used his platform to lash out at transgender inclusion, before making a link to child abuse. He wrote: “Jesus would be especially hard on those who bring harm to children. He warned that the lowest place in hell was reserved for them.
“That’s why child sexual abuse within the church is such a hellish abomination.
“Its also why the Christian Church must stand up against the current fanatical ideology of the trans theorists who deny that biology and gender are connected and who think that we can just tell little children that they can choose their own gender.
“Many people have pointed out already (including those who have been involved in this field for many years) that what is now happening is in danger of becoming state sponsored child abuse. I have so many examples of the harm […]
A petition to save Elsa from being attracted to women has been started up by anti-gay zealots.
After Frozen’s co-director Jennifer Lee said “we’ll see where we go” in regard to Elsa’s sexuality, a Life petition has been launched to prevent Disney from making the ice queen a lesbian in the film’s sequel.
“In recent years Disney has been steadily conforming its children’s programming to the LGBT agenda, and even the original Frozen was hailed by liberal commentators for its subtly pro-gay themes,” reads the petition.
“From every corner of society, young girls already face confusing and troubling messages about sexuality. “It’s time for all people who cherish traditional family values to unite and tell Disney not to cave in to a tiny pressure group of radical activists. Sign the petition,” bid the campaigners.
“Protect the innocence of little girls rather than introducing them to lesbianism and the over-sexed LGBT cause. Please either pair Elsa with a prince in Frozen 2, or don’t create a partner for her at all. Parents don’t want this forced on their kids.”
Chronic meninist and pronoun denier Jordan Peterson has recently spoken out to brandish Frozen an “appalling piece of rubbish”.“Well, you think, how sexist can you get? […]