Queer News Tonight - Thu. Jul. 23, 2020 - Daily LIVE LGBT News Broadcast
(Watch) Owen Bondono, who teaches ninth grade at Detroit’s Oak Park High School and serves as faculty adviser for the school’s Queer-Straight Alliance, has been recognized for his passion for helping students. In his application to the contest, the teacher wrote: “Every teacher has their own purpose, and once you find it, let it be a guiding light for every decision you make in your classroom." In a release, governor Gretchen Whitmer praised Bondono for the extra work he has put in during the COVID-19 pandemic. She said: “Owen is a shining example of the teachers who have stepped up and found creative ways to reach and educate our students."
(Watch) In The Big Finish our hosts have fun with quick takes on headlines for the week. Watch as they react to the headline "North Korea's President Kim visits chicken farm, calls for improvements".
(Watch) In The Big Finish our hosts have fun with quick takes on headlines for the week. Watch as they react to the headline "Facebook tests a new Page design with a cleaner layout and no more 'Like' button"
(Watch) In The Big Finish our hosts have fun with quick takes on headlines for the week. Watch as they react to the headline "COVID-19 Endorses Governor Kemp in Georgia".
(Watch) The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers and health care providers about the growing number of hand sanitizers that contain methanol, which can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and deadly if swallowed. Young children who accidentally ingest these products, as well as adolescents and adults who drink them as an alcohol substitute, are most at risk of methanol poisoning, according to the agency. The lengthy list of potentially dangerous sanitizers include brands sold at Walmart-owned Sam’s Club and BJ’s Wholesale Club. The FDA initially warned consumers last month of nine hand sanitizers to avoid, and has since added more brands that tested positive for methanol.
(Watch) Next Let’s catch up on all the news surrounding COVID-19 with our Quarantine Quickies! The first story tonight is our daily reporting of the Coronavirus Facts. Especially important to the LGBTQ Community
(Watch) A Memphis man has confessed to the murder of an off-duty firefighter after claiming the man propositioned him and his girlfriend for sex. Carlton Wells, 25, told arresting police officers he shot and killed Mack Bond, 58, at Kennedy Park in Memphis last week because the firefighter’s flirtations made him feel uncomfortable. Wells faces charges of second-degree murder and a convicted felon in possession of a handgun. Also arrested was his girlfriend, Danielle Mack, 39, for tampering with evidence. There are no laws in effect in Tennessee that would prevent the use of the 'gay panic defense.'
(Watch) It should not be surprising at this point, but Trump has spent much of the last few years in office contradicting statements he made before he was President, from what to do during pandemics to how much golf a president should play. Now, the joke of teleprompters. Before he was President he would endlessly talk badly about those who read off of them and saying how he would never do such a thing... cue yesterday, when he could be seen reading badly from one. Perhaps Trump should have walked a mile in someone's shoes before insulting them over a practice he himself appears quite bad at.
(Watch) President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr announced on Wednesday that the Justice Department will "immediately surge" federal law enforcement officers to Chicago and Albuquerque in an effort to combat violent crime. This move comes when on the same day such officers used tear gas on the mayor of Portland, Oregon during a protest. In 1968 Nixon used similar tactics, claiming to be about law and order. He went so far as to interrupt the democratic national convention in 1968 and successfully provoked riots, using that narrative to capture the Presidency that year. Trump isn't as subtle as Nixon was, what with him tweeting 'Law and Order' dozens of times a day, but his aim is clear: he will do anything, hurt anyone, to retain his power.
(Watch) Andrew Gillum, who was the Democratic candidate for governor of Florida in 2018, sought treatment in March after being found in a Miami Beach hotel room with the man, who was suspected to have overdosed on crystal meth. The former Tallahassee mayor, who has three children with wife R. Jai Gillum, avoided specifics of the incident in an 11-minute video posted to Instagram on Monday, July 20. Throughout the video Gillum talked about therapy, the hard times he had gone through, and how he is very grateful for the continued patience of his wife. He did not directly address the rumors about his sexuality. His defeat brought us Ron DeSantis.
(Watch) RuPaul's Drag Race sashays into Sin City with some of our favorite queens in their new docuseries Vegas Revue. Cameras follow Drag Race icons Yvie Oddly, Asia O’Hara, Derrick Barry, Kameron Michaels, Naomi Smalls, and Vanessa "Vanjie" Mateo on their professional and personal journeys as they take on Las Vegas for the brand new RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! residency. According to a press release, the "series gives fans a deeper look into the lives of their favorite queens as they showcase the charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent it takes to pull off groundbreaking performances in front of a live audience."
(Watch) In The Big Finish our hosts have fun with quick takes on headlines for the week. Watch as they react to the headline "Person, Woman, Man, Camera, TV." Congratulations Mr. President".
(Watch) In The Big Finish our hosts have fun with quick takes on headlines for the week. Watch as they react to the headline "Lizzo Is a Green-Haired Goddess in Starry New Photo".
(Watch) Our anchors offer fun commentary on other headlines in "The Big Finish". This week they respond to: COVID-19 Endorses Governor Kemp in Georgia, Lizzo Is a Green-Haired Goddess in Starry New Photo, Facebook tests a new Page design with a cleaner layout and no more 'Like' button, "Person, Woman, Man, Camera, TV." Congratulations Mr. President", North Korea's President Kim visits chicken farm, calls for improvements, China launches space rocket in ambitious Mars landing mission.
(Watch) Oh, Canada! In a pseudo follow up to a story we did about Glory Holes being touted for their social distancing nature in New York, Now the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control has recommended the time-honored glory hole as a safe sex barrier to COVID-19. Although British Columbia goes one step further to suggest that above all else, masturbation is what will safely see you through these troubling times rather than the touch of another. If you are going to indulge in the Glory Hole though, they insist that you wash up both before and after the experience... which probably shouldn't just be a guideline during a pandemic.
(Watch) In a uniquely fitting story out of the land down under, today's good news comes as the last 747 is retired by way of Kangaroo. In total, the plane traveled 1000 miles in the air in order to pull off the impressive trick of its route looking like a pretty good impression of a line-drawn Kangaroo, which is the logo for Qantas Airlines who was retiring the plane. I've got to say looking at it now it is pretty impressive, but I bet they only did this because fuel prices are pretty low right now.
(Watch) Senate Republicans announced Wednesday evening that they have "reached a fundamental agreement" with White House negotiators on how to move forward with a coronavirus relief bill. The tentative framework comes amid tension in the Republican Party over how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, which is forcing states to re-evaluate their plans to reopen and to address the growing numbers of cases and deaths. The new proposal will serve as a starting point for negotiations with Democrats, who have passed a $3.4 trillion bill in the House.
(Watch) As a result of the backlash that came from his rude comments about the LGBTQ community, James Hawley took to Instagram to give what he considered to be his side of the story. He explained that what he said did not reflect his views on LGBTQ people, but were said out of “anger” after he was inundated with inappropriate messages from “members of the gay public”. It remains unclear, however, what members of the trans public did to also receive the brunt of Hawley’s verbal hamstring.
(Watch) A county fair is facing criticism for mocking the state’s top doctor, Physician General Rachel Levine, with an image of a man in a dress. Levine is a transgender woman. The people behind the Bloomsburg Fair in eastern Pennsylvania posted a picture to Facebook this past weekend of a man who was in a blond wig and glasses who was working IN the dunk tank. The Bloomsburg Fair Association’s Photo Caption Read: “Dr Levine? Thank you, you were a hit and raised a lot of money for the local fire companies. Wonder why so many were trying to dunk you.” The post was quickly criticized for being transphobic on Facebook and state elected officials even condemned it, and the fair association took it down.
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