News Round-Up: October 14, 2019

Michael and I getting our Pride on at Las Vegas Pride this year

Some news items you might have missed:

Pride: We do LGBTQ Pride later in the year here in Las Vegas because June, the traditional month for Pride, is swelteringly hot. That’s Michael and I (above) briefly striking a pose. Check out more from Las Vegas Pride 2019 at the bottom of this post via Instagram.

Boy Culture: Scotty Bowers, the purported pimp and hustler to a slew of Golden Age of Hollywood stars, praised by some for his frankness and bashed by others as a fabulist, died Sunday at 96.

Politico: Sen. Elizabeth Warren is increasing pressure on Facebook to police false political ads on the social media platform. Her campaign made an ad with false claims and it was quickly approved.

Unilad: This gay couple from Argentina adopted a baby living with HIV that was rejected by ten other families.

Instagram: Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland (currently starring together in Spiderman: Far From Home) almost broke the internet when jokingly posting, “Forget the Biebers… We’re getting married.”

Deadline: Billy Porter on trying to break into Hollywood, “We must speak life into ourselves, even when everyone around us is doing the opposite. I never saw anything that looked like me, and visibility – when we see ourselves reflected back – is so important.”

And now, more shiny, happy people (including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Chasten Buttigieg) at this year’s Pride celebration here in Las Vegas:

Las Vegas – Come Get Your Pride On Today!

Hey Las Vegas! Time to get your Pride on!

Michael and I are heading down to take part in the Las Vegas Pride Festival today, so come on down and join in the festivities.

This year’s Pride weekend began with the Pride Night Parade on Friday in downtown Las Vegas. It was quite the event with Parade Grand Marshal Lisa Vanderpump, plus Governor Steve Sisolak marched in the parade. This was the first time a sitting Nevada governor has taken part in the Las Vegas Pride Parade.

Today’s celebration will feature a unique set of lively events crafted for attendees of all ages. The weekend’s events will include over 100 vendors, assorted food and beverage options, pop up drag shows, special appearances, and live entertainment including Bob the Drag Queen (RuPaul’s Drag Race) and rapper Cazwell.

The festival will take place at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. Click here for more info.

This year, Las Vegas PRIDE is PET-FRIENDLY and has combined with Las Vegas PRIDE Pets. For more information about Las Vegas PRIDE Pets, visit the event page.

The PRIDE Festival is open to the public today from noon to 1 am on Saturday, October 12th. Please note that the festival will become age-restricted (18+ ) at 8 pm. All youth will be required to exit the festival grounds at that time.

Podcast: Suicide In Tennessee, Swimmer Booted For Being Gay, Music Video Highlights Domestic Violence

In this week’s headlines:

• A Tennessee teen commits suicide after being outed by fellow students (If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255)

• The Trump administration tried to wipe out Pride crosswalks

• A suspect has been arrested in brutal crime where a gay man was tied to a minivan and dragged through the streets of Jacksonville

• Collegiate swimmer says he was kicked off Stanford’s swim team for being openly gay

• Tom Goss’s new music video ‘La Bufadora,’ dives into domestic violence among LGBTQ couples

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

Reminder – if you enjoy catching up on LGBTQ news in a quick podcast, I’d appreciate if you would share The Randy Report with your friends 🙂

Trump Administration Orders Rainbow Crosswalks Removed, City Says No

(image via Ames, Iowa)

When the Trump administration wrote to the city of Ames, Iowa, instructing the town to remove its rainbow-themed crosswalks, the Ames City Council said, “Thank you, but no.”

At the intersection of Fifth Street and Douglas Avenue, the city has installed rainbow crosswalks as a sign of LGBTQ inclusion for the city.

This year’s Ames PrideFest was held at the intersection on September 7.

Two of the crosswalks use the colors of the inclusive Pride flag which adds black and brown to the traditional rainbow flag designed by Gilbert Baker in the 1970s.

Another utilizes the colors of the transgender Pride flag (blue, pink, white) and the fourth features purple, yellow, black and white representing gender-nonbinary pride.

The Ames Tribune reports that on September 5, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sent the city a letter saying the crosswalks could “compromise pedestrian and motorist safety by interfering with, distracting from, or obscuring official traffic control devices.”

Mark O. Lambert, City Attorney for Ames, penned a memo to the mayor and city council saying the FHWA has no jurisdiction over the streets where the crosswalks are installed since they are not part of a federal highway and Ames receives no federal funds for their upkeep.

Lambert’s interpretation of the law was that the state of Iowa should decide whether the federal standards should apply to city streets.

“With the system of federalism in the United States, the federal government does not have jurisdiction over everything,” Lambert summed up in his memo.

Lambert also noted that the FHWA’s letter didn’t threaten any penalties regarding the crosswalks, and had only ‘requested’ the removal of the crosswalks.

During a meeting of the Ames City Council, members discussed the issue and decided no action would be taken.

City Council member Chris Nelson said during the discussion, “Can we just accept the letter and say thank you?”

One resident even pointed out that the FHWA had gotten its own rules wrong.

“The crosswalk lines are white pavement markings that identify the crosswalks,” said resident Bill Diesslin reports the Ames Tribune.  “The rainbow crossing in Ames has white lines demarcating, so it’s consistent with federal recommendations.”

Rainbow crosswalks have been a fixture in the United States for years.

From West Hollywood, which installed colorful walkways in 2012, to San Francisco’s The Castro which celebrated Pride with the rainbow crosswalks in 2014.

Philadelphia, Seattle, Key West and more have all embraced the rainbow.

(Source: Ames Tribune)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Visits Gay Bar In Advance Of Vancouver Pride

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (image via Twitter/JustinTrudeau)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made headlines yesterday when he stopped in at the Fountainhead Pub in Vancouver’s West End in advance of the city’s Pride celebration this weekend.

Many believe this may have been the first time a sitting Prime Minister dropped by a gay bar.

According to Taran Parmar, reporter for City News 1130, Trudeau walked around the pub shaking hands and posing for photos for about fifteen minutes.

Parmar described the scene as, “Lots of cheering, lots of excitement, a lot of people that tried to rush him and take a picture as well as take his hand.”

“Vancouver is gearing up for #Pride weekend right now, but the spirit of pride and inclusivity is strong here all year long!” wrote Trudeau from his own Twitter account. “Thanks to the folks at @fountainheadVAN for the warm welcome today.”

The prime minister has a strong history of supporting the LGBTQ community.

In 2016, Trudeau became the first sitting prime minister to take part in Toronto’s Pride Parade, the largest LGBTQ pride celebration in Canada.

In 2017, he issued a public apology to gay Canadians who were fired from jobs and dismissed from the military from the 1950s through the 1990s. “It is our collective shame that you were so mistreated,” said Trudeau speaking at the House of Commons.

Additionally, he introduced the Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act, which erased the records of Canadians who were previously convicted of “consensual homosexual activity.” That legislation was passed last June.

Social media celebrated the visit by Trudeau posting selfies with the Prime Minister.

One Instagrammer wrote, “When the Canadian Prime Minister comes into a gay bar in Vancouver and asks your name,” adding the hashtag #LivingMyBestLife.

How To Drive Away The Haters In One Sexy Kiss

Two Pride attendees found they could get rid of a hater by simply kissing

When attending Pride events, eventually we come across the protesters – you know, the haters with their icky signs telling us all how we’re going to Hell.

Although now that Gay Hell exists in Michigan, who knows? Maybe we’ll take a road trip.

Anyway, most of the time I think we all just ignore them. Who knows what kind of crackpot they might turnout to be?

But other times, they can make you want to break out in a robust chorus of Taylor Swift’s, “You Need To Calm Down.”

In a video posted to Twitter, one proud gay decided he’d fight fire with lust.

There the hater stood with his “God Hates Pride” sign, complete with sayings like “When PRIDE cometh, then cometh SHAME;” “A man’s PRIDE shall bring him low;” and “The PRIDE of thine heart DECEIVED thee

Bible in hand while wearing a t-shirt with sleeves covered with large letters spelling, “REPENTANCE, the protester stood there, making his sad contribution to the day.

And then, up walks a hottie in tank top and gym shorts who begins making out with a furry, shirtless, gay wearing a rainbow bandana.

The passionate kiss works its magic quickly as the protester can’t get out of there fast enough.

Our heroes are left there to enjoy Pride (and the kiss) in peace.


Watch the quick clip below via Twitter.

(h/t Queerty)

Cuba Cancels Pride Events Due To ‘Uncertainty The Country Is Experiencing’

The Washington Blade is reporting that Cuba’s annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia marches – scheduled for May 11 in Havana and May 17 in Camagüey – have been cancelled.

Posted on the Facebook page of the National Center for Sexual Education, which is directed by Mariela Castro, is a statement saying the events were cancelled due to “current uncertainty the country is experiencing.”

The Facebook post goes on to say the Cuban Ministry of Public Health made the decision to cancel the events.

The first Pride parade held in Cuban occurred in 2009.

LGBTQ Cubans were disappointed when marriage equality was removed from a draft of Cuba’s new constitution.

From last year’s Pride event: