As a cautious world continues to reopen and a sense of normalcy begins to return to its art museums, a lively summer lineup of no-holds-barred exhibitions by and about queer artists is helping ensure that the imbalances exposed by the pandemic remain center stage, and that the urgency surrounding them isn’t lost. Highlighting themes such as activism, racism, ageism, ableism, innovation and intimacy, these shows help envision a future informed by past progress, but still mindful of present challenges and unafraid to keep evolving.
An Arizona youth tried and failed to rip a Pride flag off a woman’s garage. After a video of the teen’s sub-par vandalism was posted on TikTok, he’s become the laughingstock of the internet with his bumbling attempt at a hate crime. Shared by user @leftovergains, the video shows the young man trying to rip the large rainbow flag off the garage, but he wasn’t strong enough to accomplish his dastardly deed. After jumping and yanking and pulling on the flag, he eventually gives up in frustration and runs off. The teen, who was wearing a pink bandana around his head, has not been identified. The user included the hashtag #ohnowyouwannawearamask with the video.
British billionaire Sir Richard Branson took a Pride flag into space after being asked to do so by someone who lost a loved one at the 2016 Pulse massacre. His Virgin Galactic sent its space plane into sub-orbital flight Sunday. Branson revealed he had chosen to take a few select items with him into space – family photos and a rainbow flag. Queer News Tonight reports he said that the LGBTQ+ flag was meant to remember the victims of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting. Branson said yesterday “Somebody who lost a loved one at the Orlando massacre asked if I would do that. We also have many, many friends who are gay and I know people who lost friends there.
A grateful son has shared the letter his mom received through her door after she hung a rainbow flag up outside her house. The son, Levi, 30, said that he gave his mom, Stephanie Robertson, and some friends the flag last year. He said, “She was excited to hang it up for the first time this year and kept it hanging up outside her home all throughout June.” His mom was so excited when someone left a letter on the mailbox that she couldn’t wait to share it. The letter Stephanie received said: “Hello, this is probably kinda weird but I walk past your house every day and I’ve noticed your flag and I’m glad to know there is at least one ally in this little town.” It was signed ‘A Young LGBTQ Person’.
There’s a fun book available for kids written by one of the founding members of Drag Queen Story Hour and playing off “The Wheels on the Bus,” and you’re gonna want to buy it for your kiddos as soon as possible. According to the book’s description, “The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish,” is a “fun, freewheeling celebration of being your most fabulous self,” which “encourages readers to boldly be exactly who they are. This playful picture book offers a quirky twist on a classic nursery rhyme by illustrating all of the ways to “work it.” The story follows a drag queen who performs her routine “in front of an awestruck audience. A fun frenzy of fierceness, this book will appeal to readers of all ages.”⠀The author has been sharing some seriously adorable posts of her word baby out in the world being enjoyed by families. “In honor of my book’s first birthday, I’m posting photos of kids and families enjoying it in all their fabulousity! Truly nothing makes me happier than to see these out in the world!!!”
The Old Gays — yes, that’s what they’re called — never knew this latest chapter in their lives would be so rewarding or that they could become famous for just being themselves. They recently learned what the word “viral” means, and they’re very surprised their humor and heart has been circulated widely across the internet, winning fans and followers along the way. Based in Cathedral City, California, right outside the LGBTQ enclave of Palm Springs, the foursome of gay men, who range in age from the mid-60s to late 70s, were already friends when the dating app Grindr began using them as subjects in videos back in 2018. From there, people of all ages, especially younger social media users, fell in love with them and started following their conversations. They have even been frequently chosen as the “Best Thing of the Week” on our talk show “It’s Happening Out”.
Tonight We Have A Unique Opportunity To Talk About The Amazing Race. Did You Know It’s Gay. Well, Kind Of. This Year Celebrates The 20th Year And The Amazing Race Is The Most Awarded Reality Show In History. A Gay Married Couple Won The Race On Season 4 But Something Historic Happened On This Seasons, Season 32. After North America, Caribbean, South America, Europe And Asia, Partners Will Jardell And James Wallington Won Amazing Race Season 32. But The Drama Was Not To Be The First To Cross The Finish Line… The Real Drama Was When Crossing The Finish Line, Will Proposed To Matt While The Entire World Watched. Their Lives Literally Changed At That Moment And Now They Travel The World As Experts, Currently Doing Destination Reporting For One Of The World’s Top LGBTQ+ Content Providers Out Traveller. We Again Welcome Will Jardell And James Wallington To Queer News Tonight.
When Lil Nas X kissed a dancer during the BET awards, he received a lot of homophobic backlash. In a tweet he taunted, “Since y’all still doing all this over a kiss imma just f**k the n***a on stage next time.” In the ensuing conversation, gay rapper Kevin Abstract asked the question we’ve all wanted to ask, “Are you a top or a bottom.” Lil Nas simply replied: “Power bottom,” before expanding on exactly what that means. He wrote: “We teach our bottoms to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to bottoms, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the top.” This backs up a comment he made to fans in April when asked the same question, saying that, “top and bottom s**t” in the gay community has become “a huge form of misogyny”.
IKEA presented 10 Pride-themed loveseats designed by LGBT and LGBT ally artists that are receiving mixed reviews from people online. From a pink, purple, and blue loveseat covered in handprints inspired by the bisexual flag to one covered in clouds with a blue, pink, and white rainbow for the transgender flag, the loveseats were designed to celebrate LGBT identities and stories of love. Users seem conflicted over the designs. Some are expressing how they want to purchase the loveseats, while others are bashing the designs. People are especially conflicted over the bisexual loveseat, which features the words, “When you change or to and, nobody believes you.” The loveseats are on display in IKEA stores across Canada, and some people were disappointed to hear that IKEA was not actually selling the couches.
It was a brick. It was a shoe. It was a shot glass. It was Marsha P Johnson, it was Sylvia Rivera, it was Stormé DeLarverie. 52 years later, even the people who were there can’t agree on exactly what happened. All we know for sure is that the events at the grungy Stonewall Inn galvanized our community like no other event in the gay rights movement had. Out of the smashed glasses and discarded eyelashes of that night rose the Gay Liberation Movement, a combined effort by members of all aspects of the LGBTQ+ community to bring visibility to our issues, and the first Pride Parades in 1970 in New York, San Francisco, and LA.