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Queer up Covid and Health

Lady Gaga Calls Out Packed Maskless Gay Dance Club. And That’s A Very Good Thing.

Lady Gaga this week voiced support of Gay Men dancing maskless in a packed dance club. With what we have seen with the approaching 450,000 American deaths, and more than 30,000 LGBTQ American deaths, her tweet was, at first, shocking. But only at first. No, this isn’t one of those #GaysOverCovid ordeals. But how is this possible? Gays are being secretive in their gatherings, in their dance parties, at the pool events, as we learned over New Years in Puerto Vallarta. So a video of a packed gay club dancing to Lady Gaga‘s Chromatica album has gone viral, eliciting sighs of FOMO across gay Twitter. We learned about the event as it was shared by none other than Gaga herself, who captioned it “GOODBYE COVID HELLO DANCING … happy for Australia! Praying for the rest of the world that we all can be dancing together soon”. Following a COVID surge that peaked in August 2020, Australia, like it’s neighbor New Zealand has largely stamped out the virus and returned to something resembling normal, pre-pandemic life. The breathtaking moment was the envy of America’s LGBTQ events, bars, restaurants and gayborhoods. But the South Pacific is doing something that apparently we would not do here in America for the last year. Create a non political, Trump-crazy, LGBTQ selfish and self entitled response to Covid-19. Australia and New Zealand acted differently. Australia, according to google reported just 6 new cases in the country yesterday. The video and Lady Gaga’s hopeful wish is signs of things to come in our own LGBTQ community here in Amerca.

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Queer Up Gay Culture

San Francisco Lifts Gay Bathhouse Ban

San Francisco has lifted its 35 year old, long-standing ban on bathhouses. The Golden City’s health department removed lingering rules from the early years of the AIDS epidemic that forbade private locked rooms and mandated surveillance of patrons in said establishments. These guidelines, established in the mid-1980s to curtail queer sex in response to the crisis, essentially amounted to a ban. At present, there is only one operating bathhouse in the Bay Area — Steamworks in Berkeley, Calif., which is currently nonoperational due to pandemic restrictions. There is also a sex club, Eros, in the Castro gayborhood, which had complied with the aforementioned rules. However, the rescinded guidelines now make it possible for operators to submit permits requesting the establishment of traditional bathhouses, which includes locked private rooms. Rafael Mandelman, the supervisor of District 8, which encompasses the Castro, began lobbying to remove the bathhouse ban last year. He was informed of his campaign’s success by city officials last week. The rule change comes at a time when many LGBTQ+ neighborhoods — and gay bars and bathhouses — are being decimated by the economic consequences of the pandemic. While San Francisco is currently in lockdown, California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s easing of restrictions this week has allowed the city to plan to reopen some businesses, including outdoor dining.

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Queer Up The Big Finish

January 28 The Big Finish

Trump Trolled With ‘Pathetic Loser’ Sky Banner Near Mar-A-Lago
1st private space crew paying $55M each to fly to station
Where Were You When CHALLENGER Exploded. Fresh At 35 Years.

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Queer Up Entertainment

The Twitter account for The Walking Dead just ended homophobic viewers

The Walking Dead have just responded to homophobic viewers in the best possible way. On the official Twitter account for the franchise’s most recent spin-off, World Beyond, a representative condemned intolerant bigots who took issue with the relationship between Nico Tortorella and Jellani Alladin’s characters. Walking Dead wrote “Hi, hello. If LGBTQ+ characters on television (or anywhere) make you uncomfortable or angry, please unfollow us. While we also encourage you to look within and be more accepting, know that there is no place in our fandom for hateful discrimination or willful ignorance. Thank you.” Zombies everywhere heard the battle cry. Sadly, anti-gay viewers still felt the need to object to the romance, with one ridiculous commentator stating: “It doesn’t bother me, but the amount of them that are on the show (s) is unrealistic.” Another wrote: “I don’t really care one way or other because it’s not my life so idc but don’t ask me to march or support it either because I won’t. I’m pretty neutral on it.” However, the positive comments far outweighed the negative. In the words of one fan, “Sad that we are still living in a society where producers ‘need to warn viewers’ that LGBTQ+ characters are going to be featured in a TV show. If you stop watching for that reason, then you are neither a true fan of the show or a decent human being.” Humans everywhere hear the battle cry.

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Queer Up The USA

Half of U.S. states get failing grade on LGBTQ protections

Half of U.S. states lack basic protections for LGBTQ people, according to a report released Wednesday by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group, The campaign’s State Equality Index, an annual ranking of laws and policies, found that 25 states lack inclusive anti-discrimination statutes and are considered at a “high priority to achieve basic equality,” the lowest of the report’s four categories. This failure included two of the three largest states in America including Texas and the home of Queer News Tonight, Florida. The report said “These states are most likely to have religious refusal or other anti-LGBTQ laws. Advocates often further LGBTQ equality by focusing on municipal protections for LGBTQ people or opposing negative legislation that targets the LGBTQ community.” In addition to nondiscrimination policies, the index also graded states on hate crime laws, transgender health care, anti-bullying policies, parenting and adoption laws and bans on conversion therapy, among other criteria. The HRC report is especially notable in the reporting of Queer News Tonight and that 83% of Americans approve of the equality actions by President Biden this week. You can draw conclusions that the conservative political will in these 25 states is not matching what the population of each of their states really desire as it relates to LGBTQ equality.

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Full News Episode

Thu Jan 28, 2020 Daily LIVE LGBTQ News Broadcast | Queer News Tonight

In this episode:
0:00:00 – Intro
The Twitter account for The Walking Dead just ended homophobic viewers
San Francisco Lifts Gay Bathhouse Ban
15 LGBT+ art prints you need in your life, including Queer Eye and Schitt’s Creek
83% Of Americans Support Biden’s Executive Order Enforcing LGBTQ Equality
Half of U.S. states get failing grade on LGBTQ protections, advocacy group says
Puerto Rico declares state of emergency as trans murders spiral out of control
Lady Gaga Calls Out Packed Maskless Gay Dance Club. And That’s A Very Good Thing.

NetWerQ Interview With Julio Capo, Jr., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of History at Florida International University

The Big Finish
Trump Trolled With ‘Pathetic Loser’ Sky Banner Near Mar-A-Lago
1st private space crew paying $55M each to fly to station
Where Were You When CHALLENGER Exploded. Fresh At 35 Years.

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Queer Up The USA

Puerto Rico declares state of emergency as trans murders spiral out of control

Puerto Rico governor Pedro Pierluisi declared a statement of emergency in the US territory this week amid a spate of targeted killings against trans people as well as cis women. Pierluisi, a member of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party sworn in earlier this month, announced the executive order that will provide sweeping protections against gender-based violence. According to a news release from the governor’s office, the state of emergency will be in effect until 30 June, 2022. The Governor said “Gender violence is a social evil, based on ignorance and attitudes that cannot have space or tolerance in the Puerto Rico that we aspire to. For too long vulnerable victims have suffered the consequences of systematic machismo, inequity, discrimination, lack of education, lack of guidance and above all lack of action.” What does the order mean for Puerto Rico? The order is, in part, the upshot of a years-long campaign from grassroots LGBTQ activists. Decision-makers have been pressured to take action against the rocketing rates of transphobic killings that seemingly show no signs of abating. The various programs, they hope, will become a standard-bearer in a US grappling with dizzyingly high levels of violence against trans and gender non-conforming individuals.

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Queer Up Gay Culture

LGBT art prints you need in your life

Valentine’s Day is coming up and you might be stuck on what you get your partner, LGBTQ friend or yourself as a gift. Well an affordable and thoughtful gift could be a print or poster for them to hang in their house and what better than an LGBTQ themed one? Whether you want rainbow infused, pop culture icon or historical figure prints to hang up on your wall there’s loads of different ones to choose from. We’ve rounded up some of the best LGBT+ prints from independent sellers. Queer valentines days is coming. All of these recommendations can be secured at ETSY. An inclusive Pride Flag print. Alternatively you can get this Pantone Pride logo print also from Etsy for the artsy or minimalist person in your life. How about A print of The Stonewall Inn featuring Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. If you want some art that also highlights and celebrates figures from LGBTQ history then you can get this print. There’s also a print featuring portraits of Marsha and Sylvia with the quote, “pay it no mind”. A favorite of Queer News Tonight is Mind The Gay print inspired by the London Tube logos. How about a unique Trans Bodies Are Beautiful Print in a tarot card style. This print is from a collection by the same artist that celebrates trans bodies. They’re inspired by tarot cards and feature statements including ‘trans bodies are beautiful’ as well as ‘trans men don’t owe you masculinity’, ‘protect your energy’ and ‘blood of man’. The World Has Bigger Problems art print poster. This aesthetically pleasing print says ‘the world has bigger problems than boys who kiss boys and girls who kiss girls’. If you want to get this print that celebrates being loud and proud about your sexuality and hang it up on your wall for all to see then go to Etsy. This Queer Magic print could look stunning on your wall and show any guests that queer people are magical, plus if you or your partner is queer and into witchcraft then its an ideal Valentine’s Day gift! A quote from Queer Eye by Jonathan Van Ness. Are you or do you know someone who is a fan of Kelly Clarkson? How about Queer Eye? And in particular Jonathan Van Ness? Then this is the perfect poster for you or them. It’s features JVN’s famous quote, “you’re strong, you’re a Kelly Clarkson song, you’ve got this”. What else do you need to see in the morning hanging up on your wall for some daily inspiration…we’re gay. Valentines day is important regardless of another person in your life.

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Queer Up Politics

83% Of Americans Support Biden’s Executive Order Enforcing LGBTQ Equality

The overwhelming majority of Americans support the historic pro-LGBTQ+ executive order signed by President Joe Biden in the first days of his administration. According to a survey conducted by the national polling firm Ipsos, respondents favored the sweeping order to enforce the Supreme Court’s 2020 ruling on LGBTQ+ workplace discrimination by a massive 67-point margin. An estimated 83% percent supported the Presidents first actions on LGBTQ equality and just 16% disapproved. Meanwhile, 2% of respondents had no response. After Biden signed the order on his second day in office, it was met with some backlash from TERF groups on the internet. As them. previously reported, the declaration instructed the federal government to extend the Bostock vs. Clayton County decision to civil rights issues in areas like housing, health care, and education. The order would prevent, for instance, a transgender homeless person from being admitted to a federally funded women’s shelter or a person living with HIV from being denied care at a hospital that recieves taxpayer dollars. But soon after the order was signed, transphobic trolls came out of the woodwork to claim that “Biden erased women,” as a hashtag of the same name alleged. In a tweet, the TERF organization Women’s Liberation Front called the decision a “disaster for women and girls in the U.S.” and seemingly threatened to challenge the action in court. Abigail Shrier, author of the transphobic-billboard-generating Irreversible Damage, said the order “unilaterally eviscerates women’s sports and that a new glass ceiling was just placed over girls.” These arguments were also propelled by Fox News including Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingram. Early indications are those claims have been overwhelmingly rejected by the American people. A very good sign for LGBTQ America.

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Queer Up South Florida

Special Interview with Dr. Julio Capo, an Associate Professor for the Department of History at Florida International University

Q News Tonight is proud to launch our Thursday Night Business Professional Segment we are calling “Net…WerQ”… where we will highlight & network LIVE with Local LGBTQ Business Leaders, Individuals, & Organizations from around South Florida! And make sure to start following all of our Happening Out Television Network shows on the Business Professional & Employment-Oriented Online Service Platform: LinkedIn! Tonight’s segment features the Dr. Julio Capo, an Associate Professor for the Department of History at Florida International University as well as the Deputy Director of the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab at FIU. Julio researches inter-American histories, with a focus on queer, Latinx, race, immigration, and empire studies. His book, Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami Before 1940, has received six honors, including being name as the best book written on the U.S. South, plus led to his curated award-winning exhibition at History Miami Museum titled Queer Miami: A History of LGBTQ Communities. His work has appeared in countless media across America. Julio now currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of American History, is Co-Chair of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender History, and now serves on the Board of SunServe – Social Services and is Co-Captain in their fundraising efforts to the Florida AIDS Walk. To tell us more about his amazing work and about his upcoming Lecture Series happening this Friday at 4:00PM called “Undesirables: A Queer History of Latinx Challenges to U.S. Immigration Policy”, let’s please welcome Julio Capo, Jr. Ph.D. to NetWerQ on Q News Tonight!