News Round-Up: December 16, 2021

Some news items you might have missed:

Instinct Magazine: Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend (above), better known as MAL Weekend, an event that attracts thousands from all over the world, returns to Washington, D.C in 2022.

The Advocate: a 64-year-old grandmother is going to jail for harassing her gay neighbors. She would reportedly play music featuring lyrics about killing gay men, put up posters that read the couple would burn in hell, and even seem to film them.

Pink News: Out NFL player Carl Nassib proudly puts rainbow flag on cleats to help young LGBT+ lives. Nassib’s cleats, featuring rainbow-colored eyelets alongside the orange logo and the slogan “Protect LGBTQ+ Lives” will support The Trevor Project.

Outsports: Nascar driver Zach Herrin quit racing when he came out. Now he’s returning to the track as his true self.

Gayety: Variety awarded Lil Nas X the Innovator of the Year award over the weekend. “By being exactly who he is and commanding attention, by creating a universe that is both undeniable and exceptionally entertaining, he’s kicked in the door.”

Instagram: Promoting his new Hallmark holiday movie, The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls, Jonathan Bennett (top photo) shared some truths many LGBTQ people can relate to about feeling the need to be ‘perfect.’