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10 bi+ YouTubers to binge watch during #BiWeek

GLAADFrom viral coming out videos to relationship advice, YouTube has been an online space for LGBTQ expression, identity, and community since its launch in 2005. This #BiWeek, GLAAD is highlighting ten of our favorite bisexual+ YouTubers.R.J. Aguiar (TheNotAdam)Bisexual and Latino vlogger R.J. Aguiar first amassed internet fame through his former blog, NotAdamAndSteve, co-hosted with now-husband Will Shepard. Today, R.J. runs a successful YouTube channel, TheNotAdam, where he gives sex advice, talks about his identity as a bisexual man, and rants about political issues. R.J. is also a prolific advocate who has attended White House events for the bisexual+ community and helped organize the Los Angeles-based Resist March in June 2017. Ash Hardell (Ash Hardell)Ash Hardell identifies as bisexual and genderqueer/questioning...

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The Progressive Left Continues to Normalize Political Violence

Nearly one in five college students says that violence is acceptable in order to prevent opinions they don’t agree with from being expressed. You can say, “Well, come on, 81% don’t agree,” but the actual number of people who agree that violence is an acceptable alternative to free speech should be 0%. By the way, the other day Nancy Pelosi got shouted down by a mob of illegal immigrants and their supporters; and one dingbat Democrat senator blames the Russians.

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Studio Responsibility Index | End of Summer Update: LGBTQ people are practically invisible at the box office

Courtesy of LionsgateLGBTQ people are still nearly invisible in the films released by the seven major studios over this summer. Of the 25 major studio films released between June 1 and September 1, only two films (Sony’s Rough Night and Lionsgate’s Hazlo Como Hombre) actually included queer characters. A handful of other films came close to including a character or set up the opening for an out character to be featured in future installments, but overall, the picture looks grim. The LA Times reports this summer to be the worst attended summer movie season in 25 years. Studios who are hoping to get audiences in to the theater should take a lesson from their competitors on the TV side - viewers are flocking to series which are inclusive of the...

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Out country singer Brandon Stansell talks resisting ‘heartless’ administration through music

Out gay singer Brandon Stansell burst onto the country music scene in 2016 with his latest EP. Now, the California country crooner has written his first full-length album, Slow Down.Over the past year, Brandon has quickly made his mark using his platform to speak his mind. The recently released music video, for the single “Spare Change,” is his latest to feature powerful messages of acceptance and inclusion for all marginalized communities. In addition, the emerging artist recently performed at St. Louis Pride and Sacramento’s Rainbow Festival. Brandon is currently raising money to produce and release his first full-length album. For more information, visit: http://tinyurl.com/BrandonKICKS.Brandon took some time to speak with GLAAD about his music career and resisting the ...

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GLAAD announces San Francisco Rising Stars Grant recipients

GLAADGLAAD is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2017 Rising Stars Grants at the GLAAD Gala San Francisco.The GLAAD Rising Stars program empowers and invests in the next generation of LGBTQ change makers, whose advocacy is changing their local communities and the culture at large. Grants are awarded annually to LGBTQ youth and support initiatives that champion intersectional LGBTQ issues, including racial justice, immigration rights, trans equality, and more.The Rising Stars Grant recipients at the GLAAD Gala San Francisco, presented by Target, Turner, and Barilla, will be honored for their work that uses social media, digital media, or technology to enhance LGBTQ experiences online and in their communities.Recipients will be recognized at the Rising Stars Luncheon taking place at the InterContinental in San Francisco...

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LGBTQ youth fall in love with LOVELOUD Festival

Salt Lake TribuneOn a beautiful day - and into the evening - in Orem, Utah, more than 17,000 fans, friends, and members of the LGBTQ and Mormon communities crowded into Brent Brown Ballpark to attend the first-ever LOVELOUD Festival.LOVELOUD, the creation of Imagine Dragons front man, Dan Reynolds, served as a benefit concert and evening of celebration for LGBTQ youth. The event featured stellar performances from Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, Krewella, Nicholas Petricca of Walk the Moon, Joshua James, and Aja Volkman, as well as inspirational speeches from a number of notable advocates and celebrities including Julianne Hough, Steve Young, Mindy Glendhill, and more. Photo credit: Phoebe MelikidseDesigned to ignite the relevant and vital conversation of what it means to unconditionally love, understand, accept, and support LGBTQ youth...

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Pelosi disavows Antifa

Via Cernovich Media: Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi issued a statement [Tuesday] disavowing alt-left terrorist organization ANTIFA… “Our democracy has no room for inciting violence or endangering the public, no matter the ideology of those who commit such acts. The violent actions of people calling themselves antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted.” Full Pelosi statement here. Kudos to Pelosi for denouncing Antifa by name. As The Daily Caller says, “This marks the first-time Pelosi has condemned Antifa and is quite possibly the first time she has acknowledged the group’s existence.” Now, if only we can get Mitt Romney, John McCain, Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan to do the same. Remember how their heads ...

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Blair Imani gets real about queer Muslim representation, shares exclusive "The Bold Type" clip

Photo Credit: Chris AlfonsoOn June 9, 2017, I came out very publicly on Fox News as a black queer Muslim woman.I've known that I was queer since I was in ninth grade, but my mom knew well before I did. One day I sat my mom on the living room couch and said to her: "Mom, I'm a lesbian." She smiled and said flatly, "Honey, no you aren't," and then went on to explain that I've always had crushes on boys, so maybe I just also like girls. But I didn’t know if it was ‘okay’ to feel like this.Lesbian rock stars Tegan & Sara helped me (and countless other LGBTQ youth) feel affirmed instead of ashamed...

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Bias? What Bias?

Update from Ace: “CNN doesn’t like PDT’s speech in Phoenix so they trot out Don Lemon to call it ‘unhinged.’ Don Lemon, the man who got sloshed on the air during New Year’s Eve. And who thought that that the missing Malaysian airliner got sucked into a black hole. The man is 100% certifiable. Listening to him complain about Trump’s mental state is like hearing a lecture on chastity from Bill Clinton.” I hope whatever George Soros paid this guy to protest was worth it. In footage captured by Phoenix, AZ CBS affiliate KPHO, an apparent Antifa protester in the vicinity of the Phoenix Convention Center, the site of a rally hosted by President Donald Trump, was hit by...

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"The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars" and the importance of all ages LGBTQ-inclusive programming

Image Credit: The Legend of KorraNickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra, sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender, ended its four-season run in 2014 with a spectacular finale that left longtime queer fans of both shows feeling satisfied. The series ended on a shot of the show’s two main heroines, Korra and Asami, facing each other in a spirit portal of golden light while a reworking of the love theme from Korra’s parent series, Avatar, played in the background.Fans were shocked by the ending and hesitant to truly hope that it was a confirmation that Korra and Asami – better known by the ship name Korrasami – were together. However, a week after the finale series creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Brian Konietzko each released...

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The Democrats’ New Besties

And John McCain’s, and Marco Rubio’s, and Mitt Romney’s… Since CNN says there’s no such thing as the ‘alt-left,’ these guys must be part of the Democrat Coalition, yes? Update: Three Antifa Democrats arrested outside Chicago Courthouse chanting “Cops and Klan go hand-in-hand.” Congratulations Democrats, you have happily accepted ownership of these people.

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"All Ages" Means ALL Ages: For Adults who Watch Kids’ Cartoons

Courtesy of AmazonMy family saw television as a shared activity: we watched CSI: Las Vegas at dinner, and House before bed. As large a unifying role as television played in my childhood, one type of programming never made the cut: animation. My parents, like many adults, didn’t consider animation a medium that held value.Despite the fact that adults in America have watched cartoons for a long time – The Simpsons first aired in 1989 and has secured renewal until 2019 – the association of cartoons as being only for children still prevails.And yet, older teenagers and millennial adults are watching more animated shows, despite the stigma of immaturity. Moreover, they are watching actual kid’s cartoons, not animated adult programming à la The Simpsons, and with...

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Apply now to become a GLAAD Campus Ambassador

GLAAD is seeking to train and work with current undergraduate students as our Campus Ambassadors for the 2017-2018 academic year. GLAAD Campus Ambassadors help build sustainable and inclusive programming for LGBTQ and ally university students and youth, all while learning GLAAD’s best practices on leveraging media to create change.GLAAD Campus Ambassadors contribute to GLAAD’s mission of accelerating acceptance for LGBTQ people by producing dynamic, educational media content relevant to the lived experiences of queer youth. Campus Ambassadors are crucial representatives for LGBTQ youth and, with support from GLAAD, can reach a national audience. In the last year, Campus Ambassadors have been featured in publications and outlets such as Billboard, CNN, Seventeen, Teen Vogue, The New York Times, Entertainment Tonight, Obsessee, Autostraddle, Mashable, and more.Additionally, ...

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How Disney is teaching valuable family lessons in an episode of ‘Doc McStuffins’ featuring Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi

CREDIT: The Walt Disney CompanyThis weekend, Disney Junior and The Disney Channel broke new ground on the successful animated children's television series Doc McStuffins, airing an episode featuring two moms as the heads of a household that learns the importance of putting a plan in place for unexpected emergencies. The episode entitled, "The Emergency Plan," finds the two doll moms, voiced by out actors Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi, caught unprepared when a toy dragon causes an "earthquake" by jumping up an down. The family becomes separated, and Doc reunites them and shows them how to make emergency kits. "Children like mine deserve the chance to see their families reflected on TV, and this episode does just that in a beautiful...

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So Much for Feminism

This story is a few months old, but it is so indicative of the feminist left, and kind of still relevant as the feminist left in the USA currently boasts an unapologetic terrorism supporter as one of it’s figureheads. Sweden brags about having the world’s most feminist Government. We’re talking, so left-wing feminist they would have to turn right and use binoculars to see Liz Warren. If you can imagine a country run by a Womyn’s Studies faculty, that’s what Sweden is. So, on the homefront, everything is all “smash the patriarchy” this and “womyn’s rights” that. But when they go to a country run by Islamic Supremacists, suddenly it’s… when in Teheran, dress in the manner ...

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Zeke Thomas opens up about sexual assault with new single, donates proceeds GLAAD

Zeke Thomas, the openly gay son of NBA legend Isiah Thomas, makes his debut as a solo artist exclusively on Billboard.com with his new single “Dealin’ With It”. The track, produced by Zeke and featuring his vocals for the first time ever, uses the accessibility of music as a platform to open up an important dialogue on sexual assault. Earlier this year, Zeke sat down with Good Morning America and New York Magazine to share his own experiences with sexual assault and to specifically bring awareness to the issue among men. "Dealin’ With It" explores how complicated and difficult it can be to come to terms with an experience of sexual assault, and the work towards recovery that follows. You can watch the video ...

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Must-See LGBTQ TV: ‘Memories of a Penitent Heart’ documentary and more!

Courtesy of FreeformGrab the remote, set your DVR or queue up your streaming service of choice! GLAAD is bringing you the highlights in LGBTQ on TV this week. Check back every Sunday for up-to-date coverage in LGBTQ-inclusive programming on TV.On Sunday, the final season of Teen Wolf premieres, giving the characters and fans one last time to say goodbye to Beacon Hills. This season will wrap up the series and continue the stories of Mason (Khylin Rhambo) and his boyfriend Corey (Michael Johnson). Also, fan favorite Danny (Keahu Kahuanui) will make an appearance for the first time in three seasons. Teen Wolf: Sunday, 8pm on MTV.This week's all new episode of Shadowhunters will see Magnus forced to make a tough decision...

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If UK/Europe are doomed, this is why

Cross The Line in the UK is a Twitter ad campaign to help people “spot the signs of right wing extremism”. Signs such as being young, doing political actions, and going to the gym: Here’s the thing: Young, politically-involved gym-goers may vote for Brexit (gasp!), but they commit no terrorist attacks, in the UK or elsewhere. Unless they’re Muslim. If they’re Muslim, they do it all the time, killing and maiming people. Does the UK have ad campaigns to help people spot the signs of Islamic extremism?

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GLAAD: Gov. Haslam must veto dangerous ‘LGBTQ Erasure Bill’

Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD – the world’s LGBTQ media advocacy organization, released the following statement after the Tennessee General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1085/House Bill 1111. If signed into law, SB 1085 could invalidate marriages of LGBTQ couples and legal documents that affirm a transgender person’s true identity by stating that any “undefined” words be given their “natural and ordinary meaning.” This bill, a part of Tennessee’s #SlateOfHate, now heads to Governor Bill Haslam’s desk for review. “With the entire nation watching, Gov. Haslam should veto this bill which is not only bad for business, but would set a dangerous precedent that could place the well-being of LGBTQ Tennesseans in jeopardy.” BACKGROUND INFORMATION: TENNESSEE’S ...

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Bullies Don’t Like It When Victims Punch Back

Ace notes that the Antifa Wing of the Democrat Coalition is having second thoughts about engaging in violent protest ever since Skanksquatch (a.k.a. “Moldylocks”) got punched at one of their recent Riots Against Free Speech and Basic Decency. Also because 4Chan Detectives identified the cowardly POS who was whacking free speech supporters with a bike lock. (“How dare they dox one of us. It’s so unf-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-i-r!“) Others in the Antifa Wing of the Democrat Coalition have suggested they should arm up and learn to fight better. But still others find this approach problematic because it would reaffirm manliness and other cis-normative social values.

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Tennessee State Senate Committee approves #SlateofHate’s dangerous "LGBTQ Erasure Bill"

Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD – the world’s LGBTQ media advocacy organization, released the following statement after the Tennessee State Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 1085, a measure that’s a part of Tennessee’s #SlateofHate. If signed into law, SB 1085 could invalidate marriages of LGBTQ couples and legal documents that affirm a transgender person’s true identity by stating that any “undefined” words be given their “natural and ordinary meaning.” “The Tennessee State Senate is trying to sneak through an anti-LGBTQ bill that uses carefully worded language to hide its attempt to discriminate against LGBTQ Tennesseans. This mean-spirited bill could undermine marriages of LGBTQ couples and nullify a transgender person’s true identity under law. Lawmakers should ...

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GUEST POST: Youth and LGBTQ communities disproportionately victimized by revenge porn and cyber crimes

(The following is a guest post by Leah Juliett, a GLAAD Campus Ambassador, who attends Western Connecticut State University. GLAAD's Campus Ambassadors are a volunteer network of LGBTQ and ally university and college students activating to create change in their communities.) In 2016, I founded the March Against Revenge Porn as a platform of advocacy for victims of cyber sexual assault. I was frustrated by underrepresentation in both law and society, after being victimized on a public website by a revenge porn perpetrator for over five years. Modern cyber America breeds anonymous imageboards and social media accounts dedicated to the exploitation of young people through nude photos and videos shared without consent. These acts of cyber sexual exploitation, nicknamed “revenge porn”, have become cultural phenomena...

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