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Queerty: Dan Levy isn’t happy about this kiss being censored out of ‘Schitt’s Creek’

Schitt’s Creek co-creator and star Dan Levy has made his displeasure known over Comedy Central India omitting a gay kiss from its promotion of the Emmy Award-winning series.

In a tweet, Levy accuses the network — a joint venture between Viacom and India’s TV18 — of censorship, evidenced by the fact that female/female and male/female kisses were shown, just not the male/male one.

“You showed the kiss between two women, you showed the kiss between a woman and a man, then removed the kiss between two men?” he wrote, adding: “This is a show about the power of inclusivity. The censorship of gay intimacy is making a harmful statement against that message.” Levy finished with the hashtag: “#loveislove”.

Related: Dan Levy praises billboard campaign for final season of Schitt’s Creek

Levy included the video, which was shared by Comedy Central India. It’s a scene from season 5 that features a game of spin the bottle. Dustin Mulligan, who plays Alexis’ (Annie Murphy) boyfriend, goes to kiss Levy’s character, but it is edited out.

Commenters were quick to chime in with the missing content:

It’s unclear whether the kiss was also cut from the episode’s full broadcast or just the promo material.

Related: 5 photos that mark the historic moment India legalized gay sex


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Queerty: Oh, great. Trump military aide tests positive for COVID-19.

The fallout of the GOP “Super Spreader” event–the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, which ignored mask-wearing and social distancing–continues. MSNBC reports that at least one top military aide to Donald Trump has tested positive for COVID-19.

Trump returned to the White House Monday evening, and while he tried to put on a veneer of heath, observers noted his labored breathing and difficulty standing during a photo op. As he did so, the roster of people in close contact with him to test positive for the coronavirus continued to grow.

Related: Broadway diva Patti LuPone epically smacks down Trump over White House return

Now that list has expanded to include military personnel. According to MSNBC, a military valet tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend. The news marks the 15th person close to Trump to test positive for the virus. The growing litany includes Melania Trump, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Senators Mike Lee of Utah, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Trump’s personal assistant Nick Luna, campaign manager Bill Stepien, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, Trump advisors Kellyanne Conway & Hope Hicks, as well as White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. Additionally, at least three White House reporters are confirmed to have the virus.

The White House has yet to comment officially on the report regarding the military valet.


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LGBTQ Nation: Donald Trump’s COVID “recovery” tells Americans to work themselves to death

OCT 15, 2016: Donald Trump speaks at Hindu Indian-American rally for "Humanity United Against Terror"Shutterstock The message of his triumphant return is clear: if you need time off to recover from illness, then you’re just weak.

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Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: 3:35 PM 10/6/2020 – Saved Stories and Video News Review…

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Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: 3:35 PM 10/6/2020 – Saved Stories and Video News Review…

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Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites)

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LGBTQ Nation: Anti-LGBTQ group will ask Supreme Court to overturn marriage equality decision

OCT. 8, 2019: Rally for LGBTQ rights outside Supreme Court.Shutterstock“Justices Thomas and Alito are inviting future challenges regarding Obergefell and to fix the mess the Court created,” said Liberty Counsel’s leader.

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Queerty: Transwoman brutally stabbed in Los Angeles; demonstrators take to the streets

Daniela Hernandez

Demonstrators converged on the Los Angeles neighborhood of Westlake late Monday to rally for justice following the brutal stabbing of a transgender woman Sunday night.

CBS News reports that unknown assailants attacked Daniela Hernandez, a transgender woman, as she walked through MacArthur Park just off Wilshire Boulevard. According to Hernandez, a group of men started calling out anti-gay slurs at her before proceeding to stab her multiple times. Los Angeles police are treating the attack as a hate crime.

Related: Transgender woman found brutally murdered in Missouri. Are police mishandling the case?

“It is unbelievable that there is no compassion for members of our community in the midst of this global pandemic,” Bamby Salcedo, president and chief executive of the TransLatin@ Coalition said. “I do not get why people continue to have this kind of hate towards our community, being that our community is one of the hardest hit from this pandemic. Transphobia is (rampant) towards our sisters and we need to stop it now!”

At the time of this writing, Hernandez remains hospitalized in stable condition.

The attack on Daniela Hernandez is just the latest in a series of brutal attacks on transgender women nationwide. According to the Translatin@ Coalition, 2020 has already seen the murder of 27 transwomen, most of them women of color.


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Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights: Iglesia Episcopal Anglicana de El Salvador busca dar refugio a personas LGBTQ

Comunidad Santa Marta en Santa Ana, El Salvador (Foto de Ernesto Valle por el Washington Blade)

SANTA ANA, El Salvador La Iglesia Episcopal Anglicana de El Salvador (IAES) siempre se ha caracterizado por ser una iglesia inclusiva y de puertas abiertas, desde la creación del Ministerio de Diversidad Sexual en el año 2009, el cual es una pastoral que reúne tanto a personas LGBTQ como también aliados de la misma comunidad, volviéndose un espacio en el que todas y todos pueden vivir su fe, libres de discriminación. Ahora la IAES comienza una nueva Pastoral de la Solidaridad en Santa Ana, llamada Comunidad Santa Marta, la cual tiene como objetivo brindar refugio, acompañamiento personal y pastoral, a personas LGBTQ que han sido expulsadas de sus hogares o se han visto forzadas a realizar migración interna.

En su experiencia pastoral, la
IAES ha conocido las realidades que enfrentan las personas LGBTQ, que por
motivo de su orientación sexual, identidad y expresión de género son
discriminadas en todos los ámbitos de su vida, dando inicio a una cadena de
exclusión desde sus hogares y afectando su desarrollo pleno. Es así como desde
la oficina diocesana Dignidad y Justicia, crean este proyecto; pues dicha
oficina tiene como objetivo principal, generar condiciones de prevención de la
exclusión social, para el acceso a los derechos humanos, disminuyendo la
violencia social y migración de las familias en la creación de comunidades de
fe con tejido social.

“Trabajar en un proyecto como ‘Santa Marta o Pastoral de solidaridad’, es responder a las necesidades humanas, especialmente cuando hay tanta injusticia, pobreza y desigualdad”, expresó al Washington Blade el obispo de la IAES, Rvdmo. Juan David Alvarado.

“Queremos dar una respuesta a las personas LGBT que han sido expulsadas de sus hogares o que se encuentran en peligro, ofreciéndoles un espacio temporal, mientras ellas buscan solución o desarrollan un plan de respuesta personal”, agrega el obispo. “El nombre de Comunidad Santa Marta es recordar en el Evangelio cuando Jesús va en camino y llega a la casa de Marta y María, hermanas y amigas de Jesús, quienes dan acogida y acompañamiento”.

La IAES tiene muchas expectativas de este proyecto,
pues siempre se han mostrado aliados de la sociedad civil y en sobre todo de
las poblaciones históricamente excluidas y vulnerables, el coordinador de la
oficina de Dignidad y Justicia dentro de la IAES, Edwin Guardado, expresa que
la “ilusión” con este proyecto es que la iglesia sea un modelo de atención y
acompañamiento pastoral en el tema de refugios a personas LGBTQ en condiciones
de vulneración de derechos humanos.

“El que la Iglesia cuente con la experiencia del
Ministerio de Diversidad Sexual, es clave para el impulso de la Comunidad de
acogida Santa Marta, que estará ubicada en el departamento de Santa Ana, en la
Iglesia San Rafael Arcángel, en donde el Rvdo. Germán López es su rector”,
menciona al Blade Guardado.  

“La IAES, al acoger en su misión pastoral, el trabajo
con población LGBTI, no solo cumple con el básico de nuestras sociedades
contemporáneas que es no discriminar, sino cumple con el mandato de nuestro
señor Jesucristo”, expresó Guardado.

Se pretende que en este refugio, las
personas se resguarden en las instalaciones hasta un máximo de 15 días, en los
cuales se establecerá una rutina de vida para ellas y ellos, se les proveerá de
alimentación y servicios básicos durante ese tiempo. Recibirán el apoyo
necesario para la búsqueda de reinstalación con sus redes de apoyo social o

“Se espera a mediano plazo, con
el seguimiento que se le pueda dar, poder apoyarles ya sea a terminar estudios con
alguna modalidad flexible del Ministerio de Educación, también a desarrollar
habilidad en términos de emprendimiento en alianzas con diferentes
instituciones u organizaciones LGBTI”, declaró al Blade Cruz Torres,
coordinador del Ministerio de Diversidad Sexual de la IAES.

Torres agrega que esperan que el
Ministerio de Diversidad Sexual abra un capítulo con las personas que reciban
en la Comunidad Santa Marta y ayudar también con el acompañamiento pastoral de
las mismas.  

La IAES en una alianza con
Cristosal, organización para la defensa de los derechos humanos, buscará la
transferencia de conocimientos y experiencia en el tema de protocolos de
atención psicosocial, jurídica, protocolos sobre estudio de casos, esto con el
fin de capacitar al grupo diocesano que estará a cargo de las gestiones y
planificaciones para la ejecución de la pastoral.

Con este proyecto la IAES deja de
manifiesto el cumplimiento de su misión.

“No comprendo a las iglesias que se llaman cristianas, con una posición muy cerrada sobre el tema de la población LGBTI, porque el Evangelio de Jesús nos invita a anunciar la buena nueva, que es la instauración del Reino de Jesús y ese Reino es justicia, paz, amor y verdad”, expresó Alvarado. “En otras palabras el Evangelio es construir una humanidad más justa, con equidad, donde los valores nos lleven a una paz integral”.

Finalmente, Alvarado externa que las iglesias que condenan a las personas LGBTQ no están construyendo el Reino de Dios, “posiblemente están construyendo su propio reino”. Por lo que hace un llamado a que todas y todos deben formarse o educarse en el tema, para comenzar a fomentar el amor en lugar del odio.

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Queerty: New Mexico House candidate addresses gay adult film past

Roger Montoya, a Northern New Mexico Democrat running for the state House of Representatives, has publicly addressed his gay adult film past after a conservative news organization attacked him for it.

Montoya confirmed that he appeared in the scenes as a struggling college student nearly forty years ago.

In a statement posted to his campaign’s Facebook page, he wrote:

Thirty-eight years ago, as a 22-year-old struggling college student, I was a modern dancer and performer living in Los Angeles. I worked hard to earn my own way, never relying on anyone else, including my parents. I was auditioning for commercials and doing my best to succeed. Among those choices were two adult films I acted in as an adult, with other adults, in a very different environment and time. I am not proud of that choice, as I was young and naïve, but those experiences helped me to understand the exploitation young people face. Those experiences do not reflect who I am, and they are insignificant in the scope of my life’s work, yet they helped inspire my dedication to my community and the work I do to make sure that youth have opportunities, support and confidence.

He continued by reminding voters of the work he’s done since:

Over the past three decades, I have brought people together from all walks of life to tackle some of our state’s most pressing issues. I’m proud of helping people in rural New Mexico deal with life-threatening illnesses during the AIDS and COVID pandemics. I am proud of bringing arts to the schools in a new and creative way that included an entire community. I am proud of the non-profits I’ve founded and the work they are doing today to inspire our community, to provide food and shelter to our homeless, to feed and nourish, and address chronic substance abuse. I am proud to have worked alongside so many in this community to bring change for the better, and nothing will change that.

And aimed to focus on the work left to do:

If the Republican Party chooses to focus on something I did nearly four decades ago rather than how hard I will work to bring back our devastated economy, provide healthcare, create new jobs and industries, to improve our public schools, to fix our crumbling infrastructure, and to protect our land, acequias and our way of life, that is their choice. I trust the voters to make a better choice because we have so much at stake this November.

As the Santa Fe New Mexican notes, Montoya has long been a force for good in his community.

Among other accomplishments, Montoya helped start the first HIV education programs in his district’s schools. Montoya himself is HIV-positive, and has been open about the fact that he contracted the virus in 1986.

His opponent, Republican Justin Salazar-Torrez, had this to say about Montoya’s acknowledgment:

“We’re here to offer any support [to the Montoya campaign] that we can, whatever that may be. We live in a society that tends to bully, that tends to nitpick at everybody, and that’s not what we’re about.”

Torrez would do well to deliver that message to his own party, however, which called on Montoya to drop out of the race late Monday.

“This irresponsible and reckless behavior of starring in gay [adult] films, whether it takes place now or years ago, is unbecoming of any candidate or elected official,” party Chairman Steve Pearce said in a statement. “If you’re a public servant, you must be held to the highest standards.”

Montoya’s supporters offered messages of support to the candidate, celebrating his commitment to public service.

“Who people have sex with is none of our business,” one commenter wrote. “Keep representing the community.”

“These are challenging times,” Montoya concluded in his statement, “and I will be a truth-teller first and foremost, especially when it is relevant to the problems we are facing as a nation, a state and a community of Norteños.

Winning was never guaranteed, but I will continue to fight with respect and dignity for the very soul of this beautiful community.”