More than 40 people were arrested in Moscow on June 27 for protesting against the arrest of an LGBTQ activist who is accused of spreading “gay propaganda” on her social media page and distributing pornography. Yulia Tsvetkova, 27, is currently facing a six-year prison sentence for running a social media page called “Vagina Monologues.” The page encouraged people to share artistic depictions of vaginas and bodies as a whole, as well as drawings of same-sex couples with children. Authorities on Thursday formally charged her under the “gay propaganda” law for her drawings of same-sex families and couples. She is under travel restrictions and is not allowed to leave her home city unless police give her permission.
A new report from the United Nation’s Human Rights Council has told countries to oppose athletic policies that pressure intersex athletes into undergoing “unnecessary” medical interventions such as drugs and surgeries meant to reduce hormone levels into a range matching competitors of a certain gender. The report says that athletic governing bodies should “review, revise, and revoke eligibility rules and regulations that have negative effects on athletes’ rights, including those addressing athletes with intersex variations
Russian voters supported a national referendum defining marriage exclusively as a union between one man and one woman. The referendum, which included more than 200 constitutional amendments, also paves the way for Russian President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036 if he so chooses. The proposals, voted on by the public over the past seven days, were supported by more than two-thirds of voters, though the opposition maintains that the referendum was rigged from the start.
Patti LaBelle delivered a powerful rendition of "Over the Rainbow" during PBS' A Capitol Fourth special on Saturday, July 4. Standing next to the Liberty Bell at Philadelphia's Independence National Historical Park, the 76-year-old "Godmother of Soul" gave an awe-inspiring performance of the Wizard of the Oz classic ballad, originally performed in the film by Judy Garland. "God bless America," LaBelle proudly proclaimed after the performance. LGBTQ America cheered over this incredible performance. At Queer News Tonight we thought we would tribute July 4th with the story of “Over The Rainbow”
Tightly packed crowds were seen in Michigan’s Diamond Lake rocking out to music to celebrate July 4th — despite fears of COVID-19 spreading over the holiday weekend. Video posted to social media showed dozens of swimsuit-clad partiers without masks Saturday on the shores of the boating and recreational site in Cassopolis. Michigan has recorded 65,533 cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday afternoon, including 5,972 deaths.
Our anchors take a brief examination of some headlines of the day in our segment The Big Finish. Today 1957, Lesbian Althea Gibson Is First African American To Win Wimbledon, Join LPGA, And Tour with Harlem Globetrotters
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'Pay It Forward" is often one of our most enjoyable moments in the LGBTQ Community. Ft Lauderdale's Aaron James Workman decided he was hungry over the July 4th holiday... but wanted delivery. So naturally he turned to our Queer News Tonight sponsor JET'S PIZZA.... But with a 'Pay It Forward' twist. He asked Facebook friends to donate via cash app for a special drivers tip as a thank you in Covid-19 from our LGBTQ community. Aaron was surprised when $140 in mostly small denominations was donated. The plan was so good others have now started to repeat it and all of us at Happening Out Television Network encourage you to pay it forward big or small. You see... When the driver arrived the shocked reaction was... emotional for all of us. And best of all the driver immediately "Paid It Forward' to another Jetts Pizza driver. And this is exactly why even ... in Pandemic... there is good news.
Launching conspiracy theories and wild speculation aplenty across LGBTQ social media, RuPaul has deleted the entire Instagram account, deactivated Twitter and removed their Facebook presence. RuPaul had initially announced a three-month hiatus from social media, but last night, fans spotted that not only were the accounts not being refreshed, they were disappearing. It wasn’t long before fans (and foes apparently) jumped on social media to offer their own explanations. High on the list was that RuPaul had received a lot of flack online for admitting they allow fracking on their 60,000 acre ranch. Separately Drag Race alumni Kameron Michaels also wiped some of their social media accounts. Word on that one however, is that Kameron was being bombarded with negative posts and comments and wanted to take a break from online toxicity.
Far-right Christians and hate groups have made a movie to say the world will end if President Donald Trump isn’t reelected. It’s called Trump 2024: The World After Trump and it’s basically a long political ad to convince gullible religious voters to re-elect the most anti-LGBTQ president of all time. The film is a legendary Who’s Who of anti-LGBTQ pastors, politicians, and pundits, each talking about why Trump is the only way to stop the New World Order, globalists and socialism, common dog whistles for immigration, Jews and taxes. The film’s trailer also shows an image of the White House when former President Barack Obama lit it up in rainbow colors for Pride month — it’s supposed to be horrifying… or something.
Two Texas-based LGBTQ Facebook groups — LGBT San Antonio and LGBT Houston — have been sharing Islamophobic posts and posts accusing the Black Lives Matter movement of trying to destroy churches and American society in general. The LGBT Houston Facebook group asks prospective members looking to join, “We do NOT support BLM do you?” A post on its page, shared from LGBT San Antonio, reads, “BLM planning to burn our church down & end Christianity.” It links to a professor running a series on “Teaching Black Lives Matter through Islam and Muslims.” A separate comment posted by the LGBT San Antonio page moderator reads: "Martin Luther King would be rolling in his grave over how you're pushing civil rights movement back into the stone ages. We achieved marriage equality, interracial marriage and even a black president by NOT ACTING CRIMINAL OR RIOTING. Don’t bring up stonewall that was over 50 years ago. BLM even has the LGBT community ACTING like toddlers throwing a tantrum instead of registering to vote or peacefully PROTESTING."
Corey Hannon has created a "fire storm" on Fire Island as he implied that he was positive for Covid-19 and would, allegedly try to infect people at parties at the LGBTQ destination. When there was significant backlash to his pronouncement yesterday he posted an apology video saying he was in day 12 of quarantine and did not yet have test results. But the issue had already exploded in New York and then viral spread across the country. In first hours this video was shared more than 380 times and the post on Facebook had received more than 1500 comments. The video has been viewed more than 53,000 times in the first 24 hours. The comments were mostly hate filled anger about him and his comments. The story is unique for the LGBTQ community on our attitudes to Covid-19 prevention vs our need for social interaction, perhaps cavalier attitudes to infecting others, and expressing feelings, even to bullying in social media. Queer News Tonight will continue to monitor this story.
US President Donald Trump has railed against the "cancel culture" of those who toppled monuments during recent anti-racism protests, in a speech to mark July 4 at Mount Rushmore.He condemned those who targeted statues as "angry mobs" trying to deface "our most sacred memorials". Mr Trump accused protesters of "a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children". "We will not be silenced," he said. Masks and social distancing were not mandatory at the Mount Rushmore event, despite warnings by health officials
A new study by the dating app Tinder shows that Generation Z are more likely than other age demographics to use its orientation feature, and were most likely to choose more than one sexual orientation and gender identity when setting up their profile. A survey of 3,453 Gen Z users (those between the ages of 18 and 25) found that one third had become open to dating different genders over the last three years, and one fifth stated interest in exploring polyamory. 86% of respondents said they believe they are more tolerant than their parents’ generation — yet just 13% said they had come out to family and friends. Members of the generation also recognize that there is still much to learn, with 44% expressing the need for better education and guidance on LGBTQ+ issues. More than 25% said they use TV and movies to educate themselves about queer issue, and almost a third said they use social media and influencers.
Intimacy, relationships, parenting, sexual health and social justice: these are just some of the topics covered in “Noah’s Arc,” the hit 2005-2006 series covering the daily life of a group of gay, Black men in Los Angeles. Often described as being ahead of its time, this show was the first series to feature an all-Black, LGBTQ cast, making history in the industry. Dubbed a gay version of “Golden Girls” or “Sex and the City,” the show developed an active fan base that still loves it and its cast. The cast and creator Patrik-Ian Polk are reunited for a new episode “Noah’s Arc: The ’Rona Chronicles.” The group finds themselves navigating the global health crisis and mass protests for social justice and equal rights after a 12-year hiatus. It aired Sunday, July 5 on YouTube and Facebook Live. GLAAD and Impulse D.C. were supporting sponsors. Several LGBT charitable groups such as the Birmingham AIDS outreach, GLITS (Gays & Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society), In the Meantime Men’s Group and D.C.’s own CASA Ruby were beneficiaries.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday mocked a rainbow LGBTQ pride flag hung from the US embassy in Moscow, suggesting it reflected on the orientation of the diplomats. During a televised video conference, a lawmaker told Putin that the US embassy had hung a rainbow flag on its facade for the first time to celebrate Pride month in June. “Let them celebrate. They’ve shown a certain something about the people who work there,” he added with a smile. Putin on Friday signed amendments to the constitution backed by a national vote that include a clause on marriage being between a man and a woman, aimed at preventing legalization of gay unions
The Leaky Cauldron and MuggleNet announced on Thursday that they would no longer provide links to Rowling’s website, use photos of her, or write about her outside of her role in creating the world of Harry Potter. The sites, which have more than one million combined fans, denounced Rowling’s anti-trans views in a joint statement. Emerson Spartz, founder of MuggleNet, later posted that he did not think JK was transphobic. She replied "Thank you, Emerson, for being who I always thought you were"
The famed statue of Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid, one of Copenhagen’s biggest tourist draws, has been vandalized with the text “racist fish.” The statue was created in tribute to the Danish storyteller Andersen. It has long been a popular target for vandals, who have blown her off her perch, beheaded her and painted her. The bronze is based on a mythical sea king’s mermaid daughter who, according to the Hans Christian Andersen tale, falls in love with a prince and longs to become human. Rights activists on Thursday accused Danish officials of being unable to recognize racism after authorities said the killing of a biracial man by two white men was not racially motivated.