A Denver drag queen is doing her part to sweeten people’s mood during the pandemic. Pastry chef Martin Howard, aka 7-foot drag sensation Chocolatina, Queen of the Dessert, is delivering pies all over the Mile High City. In addition to freshly baked goods, customers get served a live performance socially distanced, of course. Howard, who has been performing as Chocolatina for over a decade, had also been hosting Sunday drag brunch at a Denver café, but Covid-19 put an end to that, too. Chocolatina said “With Covid, you can’t perform inside. It’s, like, 25 feet and a mask, and that’s impossible.” Outside, however, is a different story. For $100, customers get a “party package” two 6-inch pies, two quiches and a song at an outdoor area of their choice. Everyone at Queer News Tonight loves Chocolatina. Hey, also, can you do long distance delivery of pies and a song?. Call us.
If you thought a highly contagious, deadly respiratory virus would stop gay and bisexual men from hooking up, you thought wrong. At least, according to a new study by the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities at the University of Michigan. Researchers surveyed a large number of gay & bi-sexual men, aged 18 or over, who they recruited on Grindr, Facebook, and Instagram. They found that 64% of them didn’t think the COVID-19 virus was cause for scaling back in the bedroom, and 50% didn’t even know they could catch it from a sexual partner. To be clear: While there is currently no hard evidence to suggest coronavirus can be transmitted through semen (although that is being studied and some preliminary studies here at the University of Miami suggest it can be), it can be passed through kissing, analingus, or simply being in close contact with an infected person. The authors of the study believe the uptick in gay and bisexual men hooking up has to do with them simply trying not to go crazy during what has proven to be one hell of a stressful year. The study reported “Both increased sexual activity and substance use may be coping strategies for the stress of living in lockdown. Guys who reported an increase in substance use were also significantly more likely to report increases in number of sex partners, anal sex partners and unprotected sex partners.” With the dramatic increase in Covid-19 the new study reports could not come at a worse time for the LGBTQ community. Wear a condom and wear a mask.
In this episode:
00:00 – Intro
4:25 SAVE THE DATES! OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival | Fort Lauderdale Virtual Edition Starts This Week December 3rd – 6th
18:54 Denver pastry chef delivers pies with a side of drag
20:06 An LGBTQ marching band performs during the Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time in history
23:08 Gay and bi men are having more sex than ever despite the fact that we’re in the middle of a pandemic
26:21 Biden Announces Historic First LGBTQ Appointees In His New Administration
27:21 Nearly half of LGBTQ adults are religious, U.S. study finds
31:08 What does ambisextrous mean? These 12 queer terms are in the dictionary now.
32:49 People can’t get enough of straight “homiesexuals” making out with their dude friends on TikTok
34:10 Laverne Cox ‘in shock’ after recent transphobic attack: ‘It is not safe if you’re a trans person’
35:29 Stand United & Celebrate World AIDS Day Tomorrow at Rock The Ribbon, Presented by World AIDS Museum
42:29 Dr. Fauci Says U.S. May See ‘Surge Upon Surge’ of COVID-19 in Weeks Ahead
45:09 LGBTQ Money Talks:
45:47 Question 1: I hear that Gold/Silver are uniquely safe investments during COVID. Is this true?
48:22 Question 2: Should I care if my bank or credit union is FDIC insured?
40:34 Question 3: Should I pursue a 401K if my job doesn’t offer one?
55:46 The Big Finish
55:56 Joe Exotic reportedly spent $10,000 in Trump hotel hoping for presidential pardon
56:52 Trump falls short in Wisconsin recount he paid $3 million for
57:35 Cher sings to ‘the world’s loneliest elephant’
Karine Jean-Pierre is helping to move the nation forward and she’s making history in the process. The political activist and author played a key role as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris made their successful run for the White House. She joined the campaign initially as senior adviser and then became chief of staff to Harris, making Jean-Pierre the first Black person and first out lesbian to hold that position for a vice-presidential nominee. Now, Jean-Pierre has been named principal deputy press secretary for the Biden administration, joining Carlos Elizondo, another out staffer who has been named to the administration. The 2020 Out100 honoree said “As a Black gay immigrant who comes from a working-class family, I know that America hasn’t always worked for everyone. I believe that that America, one that is stronger and more inclusive, is within reach,”
Happening Out Television Network is proud to serve again as their Digital Television Sponsor this time for the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival | Fort Lauderdale Virtual Edition, presented by Gilead Sciences and Broward County. The Festival will showcase 21 world-class contemplative, comedic and creative films from 11 countries, with several making their US debuts during the streaming festival. All of the films will be made available to viewers throughout the state of Florida from December 3rd through the 6th. Happening Out Television Network will be hosting a series of Live Guest Interviews throughout the week. Tonight, we go live to Ireland and to Nigeria. We are pleased to have both the Director & Producer from the film “Walking With Shadows”, about a man who has been running his whole life, searching for love and acceptance from his family and driven to recreate himself as a respected father, husband and brother. But when his past starts to catch up with him, his fabricated life begins to unravel. Joining us from Ireland, Director (ee-fah Oh-Kelly) Aoife O’Kelly and all the way from Nigeria, Producer Olumide Makanjuola! Thank you for joining us and welcome to Q News Tonight!
The Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps, one of the first all-queer band groups ever in the country, became the first LGBTQ marching band to partake in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ever. And that is in 94 years. Although the event is held in the band’s hometown of New York City, they are only now getting the opportunity, in their 41st year of operations. Artistic Director Marita Begley called this performance “the mountaintop” for them. The band was not viewed by Macy’s as big enough or strong enough. With COVID-19 however, parade organizers opted to only select local bands that represented other NYC parades. How did NBC and Macy’s lead this celebration off? Well the NYC Stonewall Pride Parade and the LGBTQ band. Begley told NBC “There are families out there in middle America, throughout the country, that are going to see this and it’s going to give hope to young people who are questioning their sexuality, their gender.” Their inclusion gay the entire LGBTQ community pride.
More and more straight-identifying guys are declaring themselves “homiesexuals.” According to Urban Dictionary, “homiesexual” is “a sexuality where we homies but it ain’t gay cause we’re just homies.” It’s sort of like being a bromosexual, but somehow different. Bisexual singer Tayla Parx, best known for co-writing Ariana Grande’s smash hit Thank U Next, helped popularize the term when she released the single “Homisexual” last year, in which she talks about and she sings “only f*cks with my homies. I’m a homiesexual. But if I let you kick it, don’t go feeling special.” Now, a year later, the trend has made its way onto TikTok. The New York Times recently highlighted a few of the platform’s most popular homiesexuals, some of whom are racking up tens of millions of views with their gay baiting videos, which they’re actually using to attract female followers, not male ones. Well its interesting to note that both straight men and woman are use “gay sterotypes” to attrack interest. Good.
Dictionary.com recently added a slew of new LGBTQ-related terms to its lexicon. While the website worked with GLAAD to make English more queer-inclusive, the newly-added words may be unfamiliar to some. Here are the news words added or revised. Asexual ” A person who is free from sexual desires or sexuality. Ambisextrous ” A slang term that can alternately mean bisexual, the state of being attracted to two or more genders; Biromantic ” Relating to people who are romantically attracted to more than one gender. Deadname ” The previous name of someone who has changed that name, especially the pre-transition first name of a transgender person. Gender diversity ‘ Gender identities or expressions that don’t conform to socially defined male or female gender norms. Gender-inclusive ” Relating to or intended for any gender; gender-neutral. Gender reveal ” Public disclosure of the gender of an unborn baby by the soon-to-be parent or parents. And especially the addition of Pride ‘ A celebration of a specific minority group and affirmation of equal rights for members of that community, especially the LGBTQ community.
Laverne Cox is “in shock” and speaking out about a scary transphobic attack she and her friend experienced on Saturday. The Orange Is the New Black actress recounted the event on her Instagram. After Cox and her friend processed a verbal and physical attack, they both agreed the attacker was aggressive from the get-go and likely wanted her to answer his question in order to “spook whether I’m trans or not. I don’t know why it matters. At the end of the day, it’s like who cares?” Unfortunately, Cox said it’s nothing new for trans people to face discrimination and violence for existing in public. Cox said “It’s not safe in the world. And I don’t like to think about that a lot, but it is the truth. It’s the truth and it’s not safe if you’re a trans person. Obviously, I know this well. It’s just really sad.” According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, in just seven months of 2020, at least 28 trans people were murdered, surpassing the total for all of 2019. LGBTQ activists and allies recently honored those lives lost on Nov. 20, the Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Joe Exotic reportedly spent $10,000 in Trump hotel hoping for presidential pardon Trump falls short in Wisconsin recount he paid $3 million for Cher sings to ‘the world’s loneliest elephant’