Podcast: Bad Gay Reality TV Shows, Gays And Eating Disorders, Biden’s First 100 Days In Office

In this episode of The Randy Report - France bans conversion therapy, Florida Republicans push "Don't Say Gay" bill, bad news for Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Rippon has good news, and the award-winning Western short film STEAM! premieres on Revry.

The Randy Report podcast delivers the week's top stories in a quick, convenient podcast - 'the 60 Minutes of gay news - only shorter'

In this week’s headlines:

• Scoring Joe Biden’s LGBTQ wins and losses during his first 100 days in office

• The American Medical Association begs governors to let transgender kids be themselves

• There’s backlash for Colton Underwood’s Netflix ‘coming out’ reality series and I look back on truly terrible gay TV reality shows

• Funny man Michael Henry artfully addresses body image and eating disorders among gay men in his latest short film.

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

News Round-Up: April 30, 2021

NIKO releases his latest single, "Dance Again"
NIKO releases his latest single, "Dance Again"
NIKO releases his latest single “Dance Again” (photo: Billie Black)

Some news items you might have missed:

LA Magazine: Former N’SYNC member Lance Bass is about to open “the biggest gay nightclub in the USA” in West Hollywood. The new club will land at the same location of the long-running, but now-defunct, RAGE.

NBC News: Amid a slew of anti-transgender bills working their way through state legislatures, the American Medical Association has written an open letter asking governors to veto legislation that would prohibit physicians from providing transition-related care.

BosGuy: It’s Furry Friday over at the longtime Boston-based gay blog. Click here for previous installments of furry goodness at BosGuy.

(image via BosGuy)

Washington Post: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is an apparent ‘no’ vote on statehood for the District of Columbia. Manchin says there should be a constitutional amendment to move DC up to statehood, but there were no such amendments in making Alaska or Hawaii states.

Fox5 Atlanta: The family of Ashli Babbitt, the insurrectionist who was shot by Capitol Police while illegally climbing through a window in the Capitol building, is apparently planning on suing the officer and police department for $10 million.

New Music: Dance into the weekend with the latest from Randy Report favorite, NIKO (top photo) who wants us all to “Dance Again.

Inspired by classic 90s trance tracks, the LA-based Euro Pop artist takes us on an uplifting sonic journey featuring effortless shimmering vocals, switching with equal ease between Italian and English, as that groovy bass line bops like a boss.

NIKO says the track was written during the pandemic when he was “missing my loved ones who were thousands of miles away.”

“The track can be interpreted very literally (wishing we could go out dancing like we used to), however, for me, the song’s message goes beyond that,” explains NIKO. “It’s about leaving your home to pursue your dreams, feeling homesick, and looking back on a time when life seemed a little more carefree. “

AMA Slams Trump’s Transgender Military Ban: “There Is No Medically Valid Reason To Exclude Trans Individuals”

In a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis, the largest medical organization in the United States declared “there is no medically valid reason — including a diagnosis of gender dysphoria — to exclude transgender individuals from military service.”

The American Medical Association went on to say that the recent report by the Penatgon evaluating accommodations for transgender soldiers “mischaracterized and rejected the wide body of peer-reviewed research on the effectiveness of transgender medical care.”

AMA CEO James Madara also slammed the idea that medical costs for trans military service members would be prohibitive.

“The financial cost is negligible and a rounding error in the defense budget,” Madara wrote. “It should not be used as a reason to deny patriotic Americans an opportunity to serve their country. We should be honoring their service.”

A government-funded study by the RAND Corporation estimated paying for the transition-related healthcare of transgender troops would cost between $2.4 million and $8.4 million each year, a less-than-1 percent increase in active-duty healthcare costs.

The Trump administration announced plans last month to carryout Donald Trump’s proposed ban on transgender service members.

According to a memo from Mattis delivered to the White House, most trans people who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria — including those who required medical treatment or surgery — will be barred from serving in the military.

The ban is currently on hold thanks to four separate court-ordered injunctions.