Love, Simon star Keiynan Lonsdale talks coming out on set

Love, Simon star Keiynan Lonsdale talks coming out on set

Taken in Nanakuli, Hawaii | Photo: keiynanlonsdale Instagram Actor Keiynan Lonsdale has spoken about coming out to his Love, Simon co-stars and crew.

Lonsdale stars in the romcom as school jock Abraham Greenfeld, otherwise known as Bram.

The 27-year-old came out as LGBTI in May 2017, a few weeks after filming for Love, Simon finished.

He explained to HuffPost : ‘Timing is a very funny thing. I never imagined, especially as I was going through my own issues, that I would get to play this character in a queer love story.’

He added that the film ‘gave me a kick to reflect and think about how I wanted to deal with my internalized shame.’

Lonsdale came out to his Love, Simon co-stars and crew at the wrap party.Starring in Love, Simon also helped actor Joey Pollari come out . He came out as gay on 15 March.Nick Robinson, star of Love Simon, also explained his brother came out to him as gay at the start of filming. ‘Couldn’t be in a better environment’ He spoke about his role with Teen Vogue .Lonsdale explained: ‘I wasn’t out during filming. I’ve been out to my friends for a couple years, but I was still […]

Sara Ramirez’s Madam Secretary character comes out as bisexual

Sara Ramirez's Madam Secretary character comes out as bisexual

‘Girls Just Want To Have FUN-damental rights!’ | Photo: Sara Ramirez Instagram Sara Ramirez’s Madam Secretary character will comes out as bisexual in the this week’s episode.

Madam Secretary is an American political drama show on CBS.

Sara plays Kat Sandoval, Policy Advisor to the United States Secretary of State.

Tomorrow’s episode see’s Kat and colleague Jay try to ‘ devise a way to help persecuted foreign LGBTQ citizens escape their country while their U.S. homeland security applications are processed.’

A new clip shows Kat sitting down for food with Jay.

She opens up about co-parenting her child and reveals she is bisexual.Kat says: ‘I’m bisexual. You can also say pansexual or fluid or non-monosexual but uh – Yeah I’m queer.’Sebastian Arcelus plays Kat’s colleague, Jay Whiteman. He is the Secretary of State’s current chief of staff. ‘More confident about my purpose’ Sara came out as a ‘ queer, bisexual ‘ woman in 2016.In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she spoke about the ‘full-circle moment’ when she was awarded with the Trailblazer Award from the New York LGBT Center.She explained: ‘It was almost a year to the date, actually, from when I publicly came out as bisexual queer at the True Colors Fund […]

Bill Aims to Serve LGBT Community and LGBT Opponents

Bill Aims to Serve LGBT Community and LGBT Opponents

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– As it is currently written, Senator Bob Dixon’s Senate Bill 1022 would prevent the state from imposing penalties on those acting in accordance with “sincere religious belief that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman”.

We asked the Senator if this bill would protect, for example, bakers who don’t want to bake cakes for gay couples.

"Well what we’re trying to do with Senate Bill 1022 is bridge a divide,” he said.

Senator Dixon maintains this is simply the first draft of what he hopes this bill can soon be. He says eventually he’d like to see it become a true compromise between the LGBT community of Missouri and those who disagree with their lifestyle based on their religious beliefs.

1022 would also aim to serve the LGBT community by prohibiting discrimination based on “sexual orientation or gender identity”. Currently, those factors are not protected by the state’s discrimination policy.

Steph Perkins, Executive Director of PROMO, an LGBT advocacy group based in Jefferson City, says those five words have been sought after for years.Now those words are within reach because PROMO has been asked to participate in negotiating the final draft of this bill […]

LGBT club balks at endorsement of gay-marriage trailblazer Gavin Newsom

LGBT club balks at endorsement of gay-marriage trailblazer Gavin Newsom

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom failed to earn the endorsement of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club in his bid for the California governorship. (Courtesy photo) Gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom’s first campaign ad touts his “courage” for marrying same-sex couples 14 years ago in The City, a move that bucked state law and catapulted the former San Francisco mayor into national headlines. But closer to home, the nation’s historic first LGBT Democratic club has voted “no endorsement” for the June gubernatorial primary, leaving the slick-haired trailblazer out in the cold.

The Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, which announced its endorsements Tuesday, offered little explanation for the decision. “We don’t ask members why they vote one way or the other,” club co-presidents Gina Simi and Eric Lukoff wrote to me in a statement. “While many continue to support Lt. Governor Newsom, the majority supported Supt. Delaine Eastin … she ultimately wasn’t officially endorsed, but we believe it demonstrates that our Club members consider candidates on their own merits.”

Rumors swirled that Newsom failed to submit a questionnaire, which would make the no-endorsement a simple technicality. The co-presidents said that was not the case.

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Protests shake Brazil after beloved black LGBT women’s activist killed

Protests shake Brazil after beloved black LGBT women's activist killed

Marielle Franco’s death is believed to have been an assassination

Thousands have taken to the streets all over Brazil to protest the death of activist and politician Marielle Franco, who was shot to death on Wednesday in what appears to have been a cold-blooded assassination.

The 38-year-old, who was a city councillor in Rio de Janeiro, has been immediately martyred as a symbol of the voiceless in a country which has long been suffering from the effects of structural racism and poverty.

The Associated Press reports that two men in a car fired nine shots into the car carrying Franco and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, on Wednesday evening and that a press officer in the back seat of the vehicle was injured but survived the attack. The officials they spoke to said they believed that Franco was targeted.

Franco was killed hours after holding an empowerment event for “Young Black Women Who Are Changing Power Structures”. In a speech at the event, she spoke out about police brutality and the lack of black councilwomen elected in Rio.

“I’ll be there for 10 years,” she said of her post which she had held since 2016. “Or think that I’ll be there for 10 […]

Travel operators eye pink dollars as rich LGBT tourists are more willing to go off the beaten track

Travel operators eye pink dollars as rich LGBT tourists are more willing to go off the beaten track

A placard advertising LGBT travel at the ITB travel trade fair in Berlin. Photo: John MacDougall From gay-friendly honeymoon destinations to party escapes, tourism has long catered to LGBT travellers. As acceptance grows, so do calls for the industry to broaden its offers, and avoid clichés.

All too often travel professionals stuck to stereotypical views of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual guests as hedonistic holidaymakers, says Thomas Boemkes of the consulting agency Diversity Tourism at Berlin’s ITB fair, the world’s largest travel trade show.

“Hotel owners still ask me how to be gay friendly, and if, for example, they should be offering condoms,” says Boemkes.

“I tell them all they have to do is be tolerant and welcoming, as you would be with any other client, without being intrusive,” he says, adding that “it is appreciated” when reception staff ask two male guests whether they would like twin rooms or a shared bed.

The World Tourism Organisation estimated in a 2016 report that LGBT travellers account for five to 10 per cent of global tourists.

It describes a group “that travels with greater frequency and shows higher-than-average patterns of spending”, making them and their so-called “pink dollars” welcome visitors in many countries. John Tanzella, […]

LGBT boat party to start Worcester’s Pride celebrations

LGBT boat party to start Worcester's Pride celebrations

Tomas Easterlow (left) and Vince Monte (right) onboard the Pride of the West Midlands which will set sail along the River Severn to start Worcester’s Pride celebrations. Photo: Jonathan Barry A BOAT party along the River Severn will begin the countdown towards Worcestershire Pride.

For the third year running, the city will be celebrating its LGBT community and an 80-strong party will again take to the water to kick things off.

Organised by Vince Monte and Tomas Easterlow, the boat party will depart from North Quay and then cruise along the River Severn to Diglis before returning.

Hosted by Annie Rexic, DJs and a host of drag queens, many of whom are from the local area, will perform including Alicia Lashes, Isabel End, Miss Pandy La’Roux and Marla B.Zarre.

Misty Monique, Paul Aleksandr, Rachael Starla and Eva Fliction will also perform.

Mr Monte, said: "We’ve got lots of drag queens and DJs appearing on the night."We wanted to keep the acts as local as possible so it really feels like a Worcestershire Pride and focuses on what is going on around Worcester."We’re trying to push as much local talent as possible."It’s going to be bigger and better than ever before."We’ve got about 80 places […]

Irish PM Leo Varadkar: I talked about LGBT rights with Mike Pence

Irish PM Leo Varadkar: I talked about LGBT rights with Mike Pence

Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar speaks before presenting a bowl of Shamrock to US President Donald Trump as Vice President Mike Pence (L) looks on in the East Room of the White House on March 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed he raised LGBT rights at a behind-closed-doors meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence.

In a break from political convention, media were banned from Vice President’s meeting with Mr Varadkar, who is one of just a few openly gay world leaders.

LGBT rights groups suspect that the reporting ban was put in place by the VP to avoid him being called out publicly on his anti-LGBT record.

Mr Varadkar has now spoken about how the meeting went down – though, naturally, his account of affairs is diplomatic.

He confirmed: “I did privately manage to speak to them about equality and my support for equal rights for women and the LGBT community here in America and also in Ireland.”

The leader did not recount Mr Pence’s response. United States Vice President Mike Pence looks on as Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of Ireland speaks during the Shamrock Bowl Presentation at the White House on March […]

Republican aborts election bid after calling teen shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez a ‘skinhead lesbian’

Republican aborts election bid after calling teen shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez a ‘skinhead lesbian’

Leslie Gibson (left) quit after making disparaging remarks about Emma Gonzalez A Republican candidate has aborted his election campaign, after facing fury for comments about Parkland shooting survivor Emma González.

Emma González was a senior at the school in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people died and 14 were injured in a mass shooting by an extremist with a legally-bought assault rifle last month.

The teenager was the target of a shocking slur earlier this month from Leslie Gibson, a GOP candidate who had been running for a place in Maine’s House of Representatives.

The politician wrote: “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 went on to question her status as a survivor of the shooting, claiming she was in “a different part of the school” while her classmates were being murdered. (Getty) Mr Gibson today dropped out of the race – after a young Democrat running to block his election raised thousands through a crowdfunding campaign off the back of his row.

The candidate said dropping out would be “the best thing for everybody.”The Republican added: “I am not walking away with my […]

Brutal blow for Cynthia Nixon’s political ambitions as Sir Elton John backs her opponent

Brutal blow for Cynthia Nixon’s political ambitions as Sir Elton John backs her opponent

Cynthia Nixon and Sir Elton John (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images) Sir Elton John has backed Cynthia Nixon’s opponent, as the actress prepares a bid to become the first openly gay Governor of New York.

The Sex and the City actress is expected to shortly announce a campaign as a Democratic challenger to New York’s incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Nixon, who starred on iconic New York-based TV show Sex and the City as Miranda Hobbes, has been a frequent critic from the left of Governor Cuomo, who is seeking a third term in office.

Her governorship would shatter two ceilings at once – New York has never had a female governor, nor an openly gay governor. Cynthia Nixon at the Tony Awards (Getty Images) But Nixon’s ambitions were struck a blow today – when seasoned LGBT rights campaigner Sir Elton John backed her rival.

Sr Elton threw his full support behind Cuomo’s re-election campaign, releasing a statement on Friday alongside his his husband David Furnish that endorsed Governor Cuomo for a third term.

The letter repeatedly cited Governor Cuomo’s leadership on LGBT issues – somewhat of a low blow to the actress, given Nixon is herself part of the LGBT community.Sir Elton and David […]