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1. Gay News BIPOC, LGBTQ+ Seniors Cannot Wait Any Longer for COVID Vaccine


The Biden administration must protect the most vulnerable.

1. Gay News Joe Biden to End Trump’s Dangerous, Bigoted Trans Military Ban


Biden is kicking off his first full week as president by keeping a campaign promise to repeal Trump’s discriminatory ban on transgender soldiers.

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“gay” – Google News: Eternals Star Shares New Details About The MCU’s First Gay Romance – Screen Rant

Eternals Star Shares New Details About The MCU’s First Gay Romance  Screen Rant

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Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights: Biden to sign EO Monday reversing trans military service ban

Active-duty Trans service members Technical Sergeant Logan Ireland, USAF & Lieutenant Commander Blake M. Dremann, USN
(Photo Credit: TSGT Logan Ireland used by permission)

President Joe Biden is expected to sign an executive order reversing the ban on Transgender military service Monday, January 25, the Los Angeles Blade learned Sunday.

Reversing President Trump’s decision to ban Trans Americans from open military service was a campaign commitment to the LGBTQ community by the president early on.

“The Modern Military Association of America is delighted and relieved that both President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense, General Lloyd Austin, are committed to repealing the discriminatory transgender service ban. This action speaks volumes to the LGBTQ military and veteran community. We look forward to continuing to work with the Biden Administration to ensure that all who are capable and qualified are able to serve.” Jennifer Dane, Air Force Veteran & Executive Director, told the Blade in an emailed statement.

LGBTQ activists had pushed the Biden-Harris Transition Team immediately after the election for a ‘Day One’ commitment to reverse the ban. White House sources told the Blade Sunday afternoon that the president and his senior advisors had opted to wait to take action until the incoming Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin had been fully confirmed by the Senate.

Austin, a retired four-star Army general, had been confirmed by the Senate, in a near-unanimous 93-2 vote Friday, making him the first Black defense secretary in U.S. history.

“SPART*A is incredibly excited for the opportunity being granted by the Biden administration. Thousands of troops currently serving in silence will now be able to reach their full potential in the military,” Lt. Colonel Bree Fram, USAF, Communications Director for SPART*A told the Blade in an emailed statement.  “Countless others who have waited for a chance to serve their country will now be able to bring their talents to the military.  We proudly look forward to serving alongside them.”

Austin, said for the first time publicly this past week, during his Senate confirmation hearing, that he supports efforts to overturn the transgender military ban.

Austin made the comments under questioning from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who has taken the lead on the issue in the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“I support the plan to overturn the ban,” Austin said. “I truly believe that if you’re a fit and you’re qualified to serve and you can maintain the standards, you should be allowed to serve.”

The president is expected to announce his action during the formal ceremonial swearing-in of the newly-confirmed defense secretary Monday at the White House.

Secretary Austin is expected to order the Pentagon to return to the policy implemented in 2016 by former Obama administration Defense Secretary Ash Carter, that allowed transgender Americans to serve openly in all five of the military service branches.

The White House has not responded to a request for comment.

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1. Gay News Queer Journalist Fired by New York Times After Pro-Biden Tweet

Lauren Wolfe

The Times disputes, however, that the tweet is the reason freelancer Lauren Wolfe is no longer working for the paper.

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LGBTQ Nation: John Waters got the opportunity to learn about his ancestry. He’s shocked at what he found.

Director John WatersScreenshot“I should go spit on his grave,” the filmmaker said about one slave-owning ancestor.

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“gay tv” – Google News: Heather Gay says marriage troubles with Meredith Marks and her husband was ‘not for a storyline’ – Monsters and Critics

Heather Gay says marriage troubles with Meredith Marks and her husband was ‘not for a storyline’  Monsters and Critics

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LGBTQ Nation: Anti-LGBTQ politician who proudly opposed conversion therapy ban is kicked out of his party

Ottawa, Canada. September 9th, 2020. Defeated leadership candidate Derek Sloan , Conservative MPs (CPC) for Hastings-Lennox and Addington meeting media after National Caucus MeetingShutterstockThe party removed the representative due to “a pattern of destructive behaviour,” including anti-LGBTQ remarks and accepting support from an avowed neo-Nazi.

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Queerty: Before ‘Love, Simon’ another pair of high school boys fell in love…

Welcome to Screen Gems, our weekend dive into queer and queer-adjacent titles of the past that deserve a watch or a rewatch.

The Fantasy: Get Real

Once upon a time in the annals of queer cinema, the “coming out and falling in love with the hot boy” trope dominated screen stories. With the AIDS epidemic at last on the wane, a new generation of young LGBTQ people had begun to come out and explore sex for the first time.

Get Real falls squarely in that category. The film follows Steven (Ben Silverstone), a handsome, lonesome 16-year-old living in blue-collar Britain. Steven realizes he’s gay, and begins to seek out other men the only way he knows how: by cruising a public toilet. One day he has an encounter with John (Brad Gorton), the popular high school jock. John denies he’s gay, though he soon changes his tune, and expresses his feelings for Steven. The two begin a covert relationship, even as rumors begin to fly about Steven’s sexuality.

We’ll not reveal more than that here, other than to say Get Real has some moving moments (including an excruciating climax), and represents an important historical artifact in terms of queer cinema history. The movie realizes a fantasy of the time: that young LGBTQ kids could undergo sexual awakening, come out and find love at school and win the heart of the popular classmate a-la countless other teen comedies. For a generation of people that came out in their 20s or later, seeing the fantasy come to life must have felt empowering and comforting.

Today, Get Real makes an episode of Glee look like a documentary, musical numbers and all. That doesn’t mean the movie doesn’t have merit. Silverstone gives a winning performance in the lead, and Charlotte Brittain, as Steven’s straight bestie Linda, has some hilarious moments as she tries to protect Steven from bullies. Dated but sweet, ridiculous but sincere, we recommend giving Get Real a watch, if for no other reason but to see how far movies–and the community–have come.

Streams on Amazon, YouTube, iTunes & VUDU.


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Queerty: Eliad Cohen’s alluring shuffle & the history of Africa’s trans Queen

In case the White House’s new resident hadn’t already put a permanent smile on your face this week, a healthy helping of gay TikTok should do the trick:

Eliad Cohen started shuffling.

@eliadcohenKeep practicing my running man.. getting there ???#eliadcohen #shuffledance #gay #hairy #shuffle

♬ Rave de Favela (feat. BEAM) – Major Lazer & MC Lan & Anitta

Jake Zora told his story.

@jakezoraThis made my mom cry ?️‍?❤ #gay #gayteacher #gaytiktok #teachersoftiktok #bullies #school #schoollife #teacherlife #lgbt #lgbtq #thenandnow

♬ Without Me – rapidsongs

Marcus & Ian shared their best pick-up lines.

@longdistancelovingthe ✨high quality dripping faces✨ at the end ? #gaycouple #couplegoals #couple #boyfriends @theandrewchristian

♬ Hide and Seek – Shane Ivers

Megan Mitchell let her queer flag fly at work.

@megan.mitchelllltv consultants: wear a bright dress and heels me: no ❤ ##lgbt ##newsanchor ##queerfashion @weathermancam

♬ I’m So Pretty – chunkymonkeeyy

We gained a new reason to binge watch The Mick.

@authorjayholbrookIt still pisses me off this was cancelled ?? #TheMick #lgbt #fyp #EasyDIY #genz #parentingdoneright #xyzbca

♬ original sound – Princess Jimmy

Josh Helfgott recapped how Joe Biden moved to protect LGBTQ people.

@joshhelfgottBiden’s First Day: Part 2 ?️‍?

♬ Funky Town – 70s Hits

Joey B showed off his shirt.

@joe_sharkkPart 2 #omeglevids #surprise #lgbt #comingout #gay #lgbtq #?️‍? #?️‍⚧️ #lesbian #bi #trump2020 #maga

♬ Mission Impossible (Main Theme) – TV Series Music

Deputy Brew let it slide.

@deputy.brew#gay #lgbtq #copsoftiktok #comedy #fyp

♬ Perfect – cloutxfinest

Jkab Ethan Dale played the world’s longest game of gay chicken.

@jkabobsGay Chicken. I will win. #gaychicken #gay #funny #gaytiktok

♬ original sound – Orangecountyrocker

And Uzo gave us a queer history lesson on Queen Nzinga Mbande.

@itgetsbetterA little queer African history lesson from @uzodoesit ? #itgetsbetter #blackqueertiktok #blackgaytiktok #queerhistory #lgbtqhistory

♬ Timber Lane – Clutch