Bridgerton Star Jonathan Bailey + More News You Might Have Missed

Bridgerton star Jonathan Bailey admits in a new interview that he once thought he had to be straight to be happy
Jonathan Bailey (image via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

Instinct Magazine: Bridgerton star Jonathan Bailey shared in a recent interview that at one point in his life, “I thought I had to be straight to be happy.” Bailey recently opened in the hit play COCK with Taron Egerton in the West End. Continue reading “Bridgerton Star Jonathan Bailey + More News You Might Have Missed”

Chile’s Senate Approves Bill For Same-Sex Marriage

A gay man places a wedding ring on the finger of his husband

A gay man places a wedding ring on the finger of his husband

The Washington Blade: reports a bill has passed in Chile’s Senate that would make same-sex marriage legal in the South American country.

On June 1, President Sebastián Piñera publicly announced his support for marriage equality and asked lawmakers to expedite legislation on the issue. The bill now heads to the Chilean House of Representatives.

Although same-sex couples have been able to enter into civil unions in Chile since 2015, the country’s conservative ruling party has been slow to pass marriage rights for LGBTQ couples.

Currently, the only South American countries to legally recognize same-sex marriage are Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Uruguay.

Podcast: Chile Begins Debate On Marriage Equality; Pink & Channing Tatum Challenge Gender-Norms In “Beautiful Trauma;” LGBT Hate Crimes Double In Russia

In this week’s podcast:

• Chile begins debate on same-sex marriage

• Hate crimes against LGBTs have doubled in five years in Russia

• Democratic senators introduce the LGBT Elder Americans Act

• A growing number of millennial men are more prone to identify as the more fluid “mostly straight” than use the term “bisexual”

• The highly anticipated gay-themed film, “Call Me By Your Name,” leads the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards with six nominations and does great box office in its first week in domestic release.

• Pink and Channing Tatum challenge gender-norms in her new music video, “Beautiful Trauma.”

All that and more on this episode of The Randy Report.

Listen below.

Chile To Begin Debate On Marriage Equality

Chile’s government will begin debate today on whether to change existing marriage laws to include same-sex couples.

On August 28 President Michelle Bachelet introduced legislation that would define marriage as ‘a solemn contract by which two people, of the same or different sex, unite themselves, and for life, in order to live together, to procreate and to help each other.’

Chile’s Senate Constitution Committee has called on LGBT advocacy groups to step up and make their case for marriage equality.

Since 2015, Chile has extended limited legal recognition of same-sex couples via civil unions.

Bachelet also supports efforts to strengthen hate crime and anti-discrimination law against the LGBTQ community as well as legislation that would allow transgender Chileans to legally change their names without requiring sex reassignment surgery – although the bill on transgender protections has stalled due to a lack of political will.

But time is of the essence as Bachelet will step down in March 2018, and one of the two leading candidates to replace Bachelet does not support marriage rights for same-sex couples.

Currently, only Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay have legalized same-sex marriage in South America.

On Saturday, over 100,000 marched in support of marriage equality in Santiago, Chile.

Watch below.


Podcast: Marriage Equality In Chile & Australia; National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month; “Where The Bears Are” Premieres 6th Season

In this week’s episode of The Randy Report podcast:

• Progress for marriage equality in Australia and Chile

• Gay and bisexual men are escaping persecution in Chechnya

• Acclaimed web series, “Where The Bears Are,” debuts its 6th season

• Facts, figures and more about National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255
The Trevor Project’s 24-hour crisis hotline for youth – 1-866-488-7386
The Trans Lifeline – 1-877-565-8860

All that and more on this episode of The Randy Report

News Round-Up: June 2, 2017

Tyson Beckford and the Chippendales (click to enlarge)

Some news items you may have missed:

• That time you’re at the Planet Hollywood pool in Las Vegas and notice Tyson Beckford and the Chippendales just hanging… #HappyFriday

• In this sneak peek from MTV’s The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros, Olympian Gus Kenworthy gets emotional recalling lying about his sexuality while being a professional skier.

• President Trump has no time to honor Pride Month, what with being so busy proclaiming June “National Ocean Month” and “National Homeowner Month.” As such, Ivanka Trump got a whole lotta backlash when she tweeted a bubbly message about how she “celebrates” and “honors” the LGBTQ community.

• Chilean President Michelle Bachelet plans to send a bill to Congress later this year that will legalize same-sex marriage in her country. South America currently celebrates marriage equality in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Uruguay.

• MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough says his sources point to White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon as the “leaker” inside the Trump administration.

• A North Carolina minister is accused of kidnapping and assaulting a gay parishioner. The 23 year-old victim says he was slapped, punched, choked and screamed at for two hours in an effort to exorcise his “homosexual demons.”

• The film adaptation of Wonder Woman opens nationwide today boasting a rating of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes as of this writing, putting it ahead of popular super hero movies “The Avengers” (92 percent), “Guardians of the Galaxy” (91 percent), and tying “Iron Man” (94 percent). Watch the trailer below.

Chile: President Bachelet Signs Civil Unions Bill Into Law

After receiving final approval in January, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed into law today a bill that legalizes civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.

Bachelet — who publicly supports marriage rights for same-sex couples — signed the measure less than two weeks after the Chilean Constitutional Court upheld it. Her government earlier this year announced it would no longer oppose nuptials for gays and lesbians in a lawsuit before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that three same-sex couples filed in 2012.

Chile joins Colombia and Ecuador in legalizing civil unions in South America, while same-sex marriage is legal in Argentina, Brazil, French Guiana, and Uruguay.