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Queer Up The World

Vladimir Putin Just Officially Banned Same-Sex Marriage In Russia

With the stroke of a pen, Russian President Vladimir Putin formally enacted a series of anti-LGBTQ+ amendments banning marriage equality and transgender adoptions, and centering “a belief in God” as a core value of the country. The homophobic and transphobic amendments were passed last July in a national referendum, with over 77 percent of voters casting their ballots in support of the measures. The new rules also reset Putin’s term limits as president, meaning he can serve an additional two six-year terms in office. Religious themes play an important role in society in the nation and often drive anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments. The campaign in support of the constitutional amendments against LGBTQ was particularly offensive. One notorious television commercial featured a gay couple adopting a young boy from an orphanage. When the boy asks the man adopting him about his new mother, the man points to his car where a second man emerges wearing makeup and clothing that is meant to appear feminine. The ad, entitled “Why amendments to the Constitution are important,” ended by asking viewers if “this is the Russia you choose.” Video of the ad was later pulled from YouTube. Life for the LGBTQ+ community has grown even worse since then. As a modern Western country, Russia is the most anti-LGBTQ of any nation in this category.

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Queer Up Gay Culture

NetWERQ with actor, country music singer, and life coach Brian Falduto

Queer News Tonight Is Proud To Host Our Thursday Night Business Professional Segment We Call “Netwerq”… With A Q, Where We Will Highlight & Network Live With Lgbtq Business Leaders, Individuals, & Organizations! Tonight’S Segment Features Brian Falduto, Professional Actor, Country Music Singer-Songwriter, & I.C.F. Certified Life Coach. He Is A Singer/Songwriter & Icf Certified Professional Life Coach Best Known For His Child Actor Days As “That Gay Kid From School Of Rock.” Since Re Emerging As An Out & Proud Advocate & Artist, He Has Been Privileged To Share His Story, Including His Now Viral Interview With “Now This News” (Receiving Over 5 Million Views). Pridelife Magazine Subsequently Named Brian One Of “The 20 Most Influential, Outspoken, & Optimistic Individuals On The Planet.” In 2020, Brian Launched The Gay Life Coach Podcast, The Gay Men’S Self-Help Book Club, & The Gay Men’S Mindfulness Collective As Part Of His Continual Efforts To Create Mindful Conversation & Content Surrounding The Effects Of Internalized & Externalized Homophobia & How One Might Heal From Those Experiences Through Expanded Awareness & A Deeper Connection To Oneself. Here To Tell Us More, Let’S Please Welcome Professional Actor, Country Music Singer-Songwriter, & I.C.F. Certified Life Coach, Brian Falduto, To Netwerq… Here On Queer News Tonight!

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Queer Up Gay Culture

Night Moves in Style From InkedKenny

At Queer News Tonight We Bring The LGBTQ Community The Best Of Queer Culture From Writers, Photographers, Books, Painters And More.  So Tonight We Bring The Latest From Famed Photographer InkedKenny. This Artist Is Celebrated In The Leather Community And Is Featuring A New Digital Exhibit Called “36 Risky, Sweaty, Sort Of Scary Photos By InkedKenny.” Out Of His Studio And On To The Streets As Night Time Models On The Streets Of Vancouver Make The Visuals Stunning. Inkedkenny Exhibits At The Leather Archives And Museum In Chicago And Is A Match Made In Hell… Umm… We Mean Heaven.  We Encourage You To Visit InkedKenny’s Social Media For More Images Or To His Website InkedKenny.Com For Complete Retrospective.

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Queer Up Entertainment

Here’s where and when you can watch RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under

It’s time to go Down Under! The premiere date for the Australian version of RuPaul’s Drag Race has been announced, and it’s arriving so much sooner than we thought. According to World of Wonder, Down Under will sashay onto our screens on – drum roll please, May 1. It will be available in the United States and select territories on WOW Presents Plus, TVNZ on New Zealand and Stan in Australia. Down Under will be the third iteration in the franchise with RuPaul and Michelle Visage, after the US original and Drag Race UK. They will be joined on the panel by Australian comedian Rhys Nicholson. Like the original, the contestants will take part in weekly challenges and the bottom two queens will lip-sync for their lives to remain in the competition. Like Drag Race UK season one, Down Under will run for eight episodes.

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Queer Up The World

PRINCESS CRUISES P&O Australia to launch first ever LGBT+ Pride cruise, and it sounds fabulous

The three-night cruise, which will depart from Sydney on November 4, 2022, will be a “celebratory weekend” for the LGBT+ community and their friends, families and allies, and will “honour pride in self, the diversity of the community and the endless variety of talented artists, entertainers and educators in it”. Australian LGBT+ organisations will be onboard, including the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, Australia’s longest-running HIV charity, and Queer Screen, which will be putting on its first Queer Screen @ Sea Film Festival. The Princess P&O cruise will also feature a queer entertainment line-up “with plenty of feathers, sequins and flamboyance”, featuring America’s Got Talent star and self-described “international superstar, sex symbol, accordionist and Berlin boy-wonder” Hans the German. The cruise will also be welcoming LGBT+ sports stars and “diversity trailblazers” like Simon Dunn, the world’s first openly gay bobsledder, and queer Australian rugby league player Meg Ward. It seems this is a perfect opportunity to travel to Australia.

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Queer Up Health

HIV Vaccine Closer Than Ever After New Trials Show Promising Results

This evening, Queer News Tonight reports that after a new HIV vaccine showed promising results in initial clinical trials, researchers today announced plans to partner with Moderna, manufacturers of one of the COVID-19 vaccines, to continue developing the innovative treatment. The experimental vaccine, developed by the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and Scripps Research, displayed a 97% response rate among participants in an early stage Phase I trial. Researchers are now partnering with biotechnology company Moderna to explore the development of an mRNA based vaccine. Rather than introducing a weakened or inactivated virus into the human body to trigger an immune response like many vaccines, mRNA vaccines teach the body how to make a protein that triggers an immune response in the body. Researchers say that using this technique to combat the HIV virus, which mutates rapidly and is notoriously hard to target with vaccines, could potentially accelerate the process of HIV vaccine development. According to IAVI, The new vaccine represents a step towards a process that’s been called a “holy grail”.

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Queer Up Gay Culture

That Last Lesbian Bar in America. Please Turn Off The Lights

The pandemic has exacerbated an already troubling trend for lesbian bars. Just two months into the coronavirus pandemic, in early May of 2020, NBC News reported there were only 16 lesbian bars left across the U.S., compared to about 1,000 bars that cater to gay men and mixed-gender LGBTQ crowds. Now, that number has dropped with many others barely surviving.  In 2021, the home of the Gayest Place on Planet Earth, Wilton Manors, the lesbian bar has closed. In many cities, bars are the only spaces where LGBTQ people can come together, but for queer women, these spaces are now almost nonexistent, leaving an already isolated community even more alone. A number of the roughly 15 surviving lesbian bars have already reopened at limited capacity, though it is unclear whether some that closed amid the pandemic will ever reopen. Reporting is limited but many of the Lesbian bars that are open are saying revenue is only 20% of what it used to be. At least nine lesbian bars around the country launched fundraisers to stay afloat during the crisis. Even New Yorks landmark lesbian bars Henrietta Hudson and Cubbyhole has needed to raise more than $120,000 just to stay open. At Queer News Tonight we bring attention even to our own news division.  The L of LGBTQ community is not being represented in the way that is healthy for our entire community.  The loss of America’s lesbian bars is just a symptom of the problem we are watching.

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Queer Up South Florida

The Young Professional Network (YPN) Presents “Elevating Your Career in 2021”

The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber Of Commerce Brings Their Young Professional Network Program Back On April 15 From 6 – 7 pm.  A Social Happy Hour Follows The Workshop. The In Person Event Will Take Place At SKN Elements And Will Follow Covid-19 Safety Protocols. The Event Focuses On “Elevating Your Career In 2021” And Is Co Sponsored By PNC Bank.  Featured Presentation Is From Mike Lasley, Director Of Recruitment & Career Coach At NorthWestern Mutual. The Program Will Offer Tactical Advice That Will Help You, Make A Stand Out Impression, Teach Resume Dos And Don’ts, Optimize Your Social Media, Interview Tips And Recommendations On Networking. There Will Be Beverages And Light Bites And A Raffle Of Prizes. Registration Is Required And You Can Go To MDGLCC’S Website To Be One Of The Limited 50 Participants.

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Queer Up Entertainment

Watch the powerful trailer for Pose’s third and final season

The countdown to the end of one of television’s most iconic LGBTQ themes, the ballroom scene of the LGBTQ community has begun. The first trailer for the third (and final) season of Pose has arrived. Set in 1994, three years after the events of season two, the new season will focus on the characters as they reflect on their legacy in the ballroom scene, particularly Pray Tell (Billy Porter), who is struggling with HIV-related health issues. The trailer confirms that Angel (Indya Moore) and Lil Papi (Angel B. Curiel) are still going strong, while Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) attempts to balance life as a house mother – and nurse – in the middle of the AIDS epidemic. We also see the return of other beloved characters such as Elektra (Dominique Jackson), Lulu (Hailee Sahar), Ricky (Dyllon Burnside) and Judy (Sandra Bernhard). Earlier this year, series creator Ryan Murphy confirmed that the critically-acclaimed drama will end with its third season. Murphy said “Pose has been one of the creative highlights of my entire career. From the very beginning when Steven Canals and I sat down to hear his vision and ideas for the show, it has been a passion project. To go from the beginning of my career in the 90s when it was nearly impossible for an LGBTQ+ character on television to Pose, which will go down in history for having the largest LGBTQ cast of all time, is a truly full circle moment for me.” Although Pose’s story comes to an end in 1996, Murphy said “its impact will go on forever”. Canals also expressed his love for the series and described it as a “love letter to the underground NY ballroom community”. Since its 2018 premiere, Pose has received widespread critical acclaim, with nominations at the Golden Globes, Emmys and Critics Choice Awards.
In 2019, Porter made history when he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, becoming the first openly gay Black man to be nominated and win in a leading acting category. The third and final season of Pose will air 2 May on FX. So we show the first trailer of the last season of our beloved House of… POSE.

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Queer Up South Florida

Join Gay8 Festival for a Safe and Long-Awaited Happy Hour! This Thursday @ Cubaocho

South Florida’s Gay8 Festival Comes Back This Week.  And That Means Signs Of Life For Our Entire LGBTQ Community.  A Long Awaited In Person Happy Hour Gathering Happens This Week To Celebrate The Festivals Return…. Being Held April 8 From 7 To 10:30 pm Called The Despojo Social Featuring DJ Zehno.  The Drink & Tapas Menu Will Be Held At The Cubaocho Museum And Performing Arts Center In Miami.  The Event Has So Much Symbolism For The South Florida Community As Vaccines Are Speeding The LGBTQ Community’s Ability To Come Out Of Pandemic And Some Forms Of Our New Covid-19 Normalcy.