Queer News Tonight - Mon. Jul. 27, 2020 - Daily LIVE LGBT News Broadcast
(Watch) Watch as our hosts offer fun quick commentary on the headline "North Korean generals pose like gangsters with Kim Jong Un and pistols" in 'The Big Finish'.
(Watch) Watch as our hosts offer fun quick commentary on the headline "Drag Race's Season 5 All Stars Winner Shea Couleé Just Launched an OnlyFans" in 'The Big Finish'.
(Watch) Watch as our anchors offer fun, quick commentary on the headline "Kylie Minogue confirms new album and the gays just peed a little" in 'The Big Finish'.
(Watch) In 'The Big Finish' our anchors give fun, fast commentary on top headlines for the LGBTQ community. Watch their responses to these headlines: Grimes slams ‘hate’ from billionaire partner Elon Musk after pronouns tweet, Kylie Minogue confirms new album and the gays just peed a little, Bugs Bunny Serves High Drag in 80th Anniversary USPS Stamps, Drag Race's Season 5 All Stars Winner Shea Couleé Just Launched an OnlyFans, 'Gone With the Wind' star Olivia de Havilland dies at 104, and North Korean generals pose like gangsters with Kim Jong Un and pistols.
(Watch) In an unsurprising but still disheartening story it appears now that one of the biggest spreaders of the COVID-19 Virus is parties among the youth of America, with many not following any of the guidelines suggested by the CDC in order to ensure proper safety. Even professional sports teams are not immune to the Miami night life scene, as 12 players from the Miami Marlins were discovered today to be infected causing the cancellation of their game tonight. If these actions do not cease it may be a whole year before we begin to get back to normal in the LGBTQ Community.
(Watch) The far-right evangelical Christian group One Million Moms is targeting Cascade laundry detergent for their latest breathless boycott, because their latest ad said 'do it every night' which according to them was vile and sexually suggestive. Fear not, gay people, the group hasn't forgotten about you quite yet - They also announced a boycott of all things hallmark because the network dared to acknowledge gay people in their movies. Critics of the group note that their boycotts have lost a lot of steam in recent years and that their member list is nowhere near the million mark, limiting their impact to a few ruffled feathers.
(Watch) The Republican governor of North Dakota, Doug Burgum, has slammed his state’s GOP platform for using incredibly homophobic language in regard to the LGBTQ community. The platform claims that LGBTQ people are 'recruiting children for their lifestyles' and that trans women are 'voyeurs who wish to prey on members of the opposite sex.' The language used in the resolutions, which is also common on far-right websites, was condemned by Democrats and even some Republicans, like the state’s governor, Doug Burgum. On Facebook, he wrote: 'As I’ve long said, all North Dakotans deserve to be treated equally and live free of discrimination.'
(Watch)Despite being popular with queer fans, Disney has done virtually nothing to include LGBTQ characters in its movies, according to a new analysis released by GLAAD. In 2019, the studio released 19 films, but only four included any LGBTQ characters at all, and zero passed a test that requires queer characters to be tied to the plot. Disney released Frozen 2 in 2019, and although many fans have determined that the character of Elsa is queer, the film contains no confirmation of that fact. They did include a few queer characters in very minor roles, which is better than some, but some are now saying it is time for the LGBTQ to shine in the spotlight it so richly deserves.
(Watch) In a comprehensive study of LGTBQ Americans, which sampled almost 2000 participants, it was found that nearly 60% of respondents who had felt possible symptoms of COVID-19 had hid those symptoms from their partners, family, and friends for varying degrees of time. It does not come as a surprise as many in our community are all too used to hiding things they feel are shameful, and COVID-19 is just the latest in a long list of stigmas that have affected the LGBTQ community. It is, of course, strongly against guidelines to hide your symptoms with people who you are in close contact with as it severely increases the risk of spreading the virus undetected and can lead to numerous others being infected, according to the CDC.
(Watch) In a follow up to a story Queer News Tonight has previously covered, Ketchikan, population 8,289, a seaside city on Alaska’s southeastern coast popular with passing cruise ships, has unanimously voted for a new law protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination, and it is all thanks to a florist for highlighting the issue for them. The Florist, Heather Dalin, denies that she has made bouquets for LGBTQ people in the past but says that gay weddings violate scripture. Museum curator Ryan McHale, who spoke at the hearing for the law's passing, said in response, quote, 'Much like their pro-slavery predecessors, segregationists during the Jim Crow era cited scripture as justification for maintaining racial segregation and inequality.' Queer News Tonight agrees with Mr. McHale, well said.
(Watch) Austria is set to issue its first intersex birth certificate following a four-year legal battle. 42-year-old Alex Juergen became the first person in Austria’s history to be issued intersex identity documents in 2018. Following a historic ruling from the Austrian Constitutional Court, Juergen was issued a passport marked with a gender-neutral “X.” The court ruled that forcing intersex people to carry identity documents which force them into a binary gender violates their right to privacy under Article Eight of the European Convention on Human Rights. The certificate said 'other' then, but now the case has concluded and the document will say 'inter', for intersex, an important distinction for Juergen. The United States does not recognize intersex identities federally, 12 states allow individuals to apply for an “X” marker on their birth documents. Austria is the first country in the world to do this.
(Watch) Watch as our hosts offer fun quick commentary on the headline "'Gone With the Wind' star Olivia de Havilland dies at 104" in 'The Big Finish'.
(Watch) Watch as our hosts offer fun quick commentary on the headline "Bugs Bunny Serves High Drag in 80th Anniversary USPS Stamps" in 'The Big Finish'.
(Watch) Watch as our hosts offer fun quick commentary on the headline "Grimes slams ‘hate’ from billionaire partner Elon Musk after pronouns tweet" in 'The Big Finish'.
(Watch) Donald Trump actually did something great, for once - He told his followers in no uncertain terms to cut it out and put on their masks. That's big news, and frankly, when Trump does something right, the media should encourage him. Instead, the majority of mainstream coverage of Tuesday's "News Conference" involved carefully assessing a possible 'shift in tone'. Is Queer News Tonight part of the problem here? Instead of focusing on all of the things he does wrong, and his tone when he does something right, should there just be a red carpet for when he finally lands the plane? Hard to know when there is so much dirtying the waters.
(Watch) We have followed this story for some time, about the man who fought and fought to cling onto life and now... after over four months he has been released from the hospital! Here's to you, Larry, and your recovery is good news!
(Watch) President Trump faces a steep climb to a second term with 100 days to go before the presidential election. The president in recent days has changed his strategy in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic as polls show presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden leading in the battleground states that will determine who win the White House. Trump and the GOP are facing a potential Election Day disaster on November 3rd if they do not quickly change the trajectory of the race. So far it seems that both the Senate and White House are confused on how best to do that, with contradicting messages about COVID-19 relief over the weekend as the latest example.
(Watch) Jessica Hanks was very happy when she won a local contest in Wetaskiwin, Canada for decorating her yard. Her jubilation quickly turned to dismay, however, when she received an anonymous letter saying that she was supporting the 'sick portion of society' and bemoaning all of the taxes they had to pay. Then something amazing happened. Not only did the mayor offer to find a realtor to help this person out of their city, since they didn't like it so much, but many members of the LGBTQ community showed up to help her paint her fence a beautiful rainbow. On Facebook Ms. Hanks wrote that 'Today evolved past fight hate with love. It turned into something absolutely beautiful' .and also she noted 'There was laughter, smiles (under masks!), there was this amazing hum of positive energy. Today was a beautiful, glorious day.' We hope the letter sender finds a nice city to move to, and soon, as it looks like Wetaskiwin has made its stance known.
(Watch) Jackie Speier (Democrat from California) has proposed a pair of amendments to major defense spending legislation that would undo the Trump administration’s ban on transgender service members and LGBTQ Pride flags at U.S. military installations. Speier proposes her amendment on nearly three-year anniversary of President Trump announcing on Twitter he’d ban transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany dodged questions earlier this month on the policy, but insisted Trump has a pro-LGBTQ record. The House Rules Committee is set to meet Monday to consider which amendments to include.
(Watch) On Saturday, Lady Red Couture, a staple of the Los Angeles drag community, died. Jonny McGovern, who co-hosted the long-running show Hey Qween alongside Lady Red Couture, announced the news on social media. "It doesn't feel real but the beautiful light that was Lady Red is gone," he wrote. "I love you baby. I will miss you every day." On social media, many in the drag and nightlife communities as well as entertainment in general have posted tributes. On Hey Qween, McGovern and Lady Red interviewed many RuPaul's Drag Race alum and other talented people.
(Watch) A city in the Netherlands is officially ending its sister city relationship with a Polish town that had recently declared itself an LGBT-free zone. The town council in Nieuwegein decided it could no longer partner with Pulawy and announced it was severing its friendship relations with the homophobic town. For its part, the city of Pulawy in southeastern Poland seems little concerned about the international equivalent of being unfriended. In fact, town officials care little what anyone thinks of their LGBT-free declaration. 'Poland is Poland, with its own identity, its own history and its own ideas,' Bozena Krygier, president of the Pulawy town council, said.