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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

She’s Famous, From Barbados, and an LGBT Ally

Expand Rihanna Drive, Barbados. © Boris Dittrich/Human Rights Watch “Why are we homophobic in Barbados and other countries in the Eastern Caribbean?” a popular host of a morning television show in Barbados asked me. I was on the island – and his show – to talk about a new Human Rights Watch report about discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Barbados and six other Eastern Caribbean countries.

I pointed out that in Barbados, same-sex activity between consenting adults is a crime – punishable by life imprisonment. The mere existence of the law emboldens people to harass and discriminate against LGBT people, while the police respond inadequately to LGBT people’s complaints.

After the show the taxi-driver, who had been waiting for me in the studio, took me back into Bridgetown. “I watched the show,” he said without further comment.

“Do you agree that LGBT people should not be discriminated against?” I asked, a risky question because I was not really in the mood for a discussion at seven in the morning.

He shrugged his shoulders. “We are Christians,” was his cryptic answer.

“You know what?” I said. “Last year the Anglican bishop of Barbados said that LGBT people are also children […]

Anna Wintour Will Be Honored at Annual LGBT Center Gala

Anna Wintour Anna Wintour will be honored for her contributions to the LGBT community next month at the annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center gala dinner at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

The center will recognize the publishing doyenne at their April 19 event with the Trailblazer Award for her “unwavering support and encouragement of the LGBTQ community within both the fashion and media industries,” according to the organization.

Last year, The Center honored Hillary Clinton at the fund-raiser, which brought in more than $1.75 million to support its various programs. Marc Jacobs was also honored with the organization’s Visionary Award, explaining how Wintour’s Met Gala gives him a certain level of social anxiety each year.

“It feels a little weird to be recognized when I just see myself as being true to myself,” Jacobs said. “The night [of the Met Gala] itself gives me a little bit of anxiety, but every social situation does. I’m really awkward socially.”

The center was founded in 1983 and from its West Village headquarters provides critical health and welfare services to the LGBT community.

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Bars investor snaps up Victoria Embankment site for LGBT-friendly venue

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan poses for a selfie with onlookers as revellers take part in London Pride, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) parade in London The team behind popular Soho nightspot Circa on Wednesday inked a deal to invest in opening another LGBT-friendly venue in London.

Circa’s owner Baby Bull has signed a long lease to take over more than 7000 square feet at Hungerford House on Victoria Embankment. No price was revealed.

It plans to transform the property to include a nightclub in the basement, where LGBT-friendly club nights will be hosted, and all-day dining and drinking space on the ground floor.

Emma Cousins at property firm CDG Leisure, which brokered the deal, said: “The popularity of Circa has illustrated a demand for more LGBT-friendly venues in the capital.”

She added that she expects the new site “to become a much-needed addition to London’s nightlife scene”, boosted by its central location and high footfall in the area.

A report last year warned that more than half the capital’s LGBT+ venues have closed in the past decade.

In Eastern Caribbean LGBT People Face Bias, Violence Under Colonial-Era Laws

( Bridgetown, Barbados, March 21, 2018 ) — Discriminatory laws in Eastern Caribbean countries make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) people targets for discrimination, violence and abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

The 107-page report "’I Have to Leave to Be Me’: Discriminatory Laws against LGBT People in the Eastern Caribbean" covers seven countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. All seven countries have versions of buggery and gross indecency laws, relics of British colonialism, that prohibit same-sex conduct between consenting persons. The laws have broad latitude, are vaguely worded, and serve to legitimize discrimination and hostility toward LGBT people.

"While people are rarely prosecuted for these crimes, the laws single out a vulnerable social group," said Boris Dittrich, LGBT advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. "The laws give social and legal sanction for discrimination, violence, stigma, and prejudice against LGBT people."

The report is based on interviews with people from all seven countries during February 2017 with a total of 41 self-identifying LGBT people between the ages of 17 to 53 by Human Rights Watch researchers, working closely with the Eastern Caribbean […]

LGBT communities brace for criminalization

The Indonesian parliament is expected to vote in favor of proposed Criminal Code amendments that will criminalize consensual same-sex behavior and sex outside of marriage (extramarital and premarital). This vote will disproportionately impact lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people along with thousands of heterosexual adults in intimate non-marital relationships.

For the LGBT community, this is blatant betrayal; betrayal by fellow Indonesians, betrayal by moderates in parliament, and betrayal by President Joko Widodo, who campaigned on a platform for human rights in 2014 – the first president in nearly 70 years who is not from the political elite or the military, often celebrated as the “people’s president.”

From the outside, what I see in Indonesia is an unfettered rise of Islamist power, shredding the reputation that Indonesia has long held: a country with the largest Muslim population in the world that practices a tolerant, moderate Islam. For the last 26 months, there has been an erosion of pluralist, moderate Islam fueled by Islamist hardliners. Moving away from moderate Islam

The majority religion of Indonesia has been moderate Islam. In 2017, Widodo declared that Indonesia is still a nation of moderate Islam despite indications that the country is moving backwards on […]

Israel has elected its first ever openly gay mayor

YouTube “Another glass ceiling was shattered, showing the progress in Israeli society.”

In an historic and revolutionary turn for LGBTQ rights, Israel has elected its first ever gay mayor.

After serving as deputy mayor for six years – and a city council member for 15 – Eitan Ginzburg was appointed into the position by the Ra’anana city council on 16 March.

He replaces former mayor Ze’ev Bielski, who held the position between 1989–2005 and 2013-2018.

Ginzburg also became Israel’s youngest mayor ever, at 41-years-old.

“I feel there is significance that another glass ceiling was shattered, showing the progress in Israeli society,” Ginzburg told The Jerusalem Post. He added: “I was chosen because of my work. I am happy the fact that I am gay did not stop me from getting elected with the support of the Bayit Yehudi. I was chosen not because I am gay and not in spite of it, but because of the work I have done.”Ginzburg is only serving as interim mayor, but will have a shot at a permanent position in October’s national municipal elections.“My only aspiration is to win the election for mayor of Ra’anana and serve the residents. But I do see the need to move […]

Tool created that allows you to see who blocked you on Grindr

Grindr press images – posed by models (Grindr) A tech professional created an online tool that allows Grindr users to see who has blocked them.

Trever Faden told Queerty on Saturday that he created the online site C*ckblocked mainly for his own entertainment after spotting loopholes in the app’s coding.

‘About two weeks ago I discovered that Grindr actually gives each user the profile IDs of all the users who blocked you on the app. They don’t display it anywhere on the actual app itself, but the data is there.’

Washington DC-based Faden says discovering who had blocked had been surprising.

‘I’ve been surprised. Some guys were completely random–why’d they block me!? Others were people I had spoken to in the past. I even saw a friend of mine on there! That was an odd conversation to have.’

He does not expect the loopholes that allow C*ckblocked to work to operate for long.‘I assume Grindr will shut it down within a week or patch the API [ Application programming interface ] I’m using so that it no longer displays the data, but I figure in the meantime, it’s interesting data that could spark some silly conversations.’And Faden’s advice for online security? Basically, any data […]