Podcast: A Cowboy Christmas Movie + News From UK, Norway, Poland & Hungary

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 podcast:

• HIV diagnoses in the UK drop to their lowest levels in 20 years

Norway expands hate speech laws to protect all LGBTQ citizens

• Lawmakers in Hungary have drafted a constitutional change that effectively prohibits same-sex couples from adopting

• A citizens’ petition in Poland proposes banning Pride parades

Sarah McBride is set to become the highest-ranking transgender legislator in the country

• Out political journalist Steve Kornacki shines on Election Night on social media as ‘Korsnacki’ and ‘Map Daddy’

• Don’t miss the upcoming gay holiday romance movie Dashing in December on Paramount TV

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

News Round-Up: January 16, 2018

Austin Wolff shirtless selfie gym pic

Some news items you might have missed:

• Just found out I’m going to be on the same Atlantis cruise later this month with this guy (above). #WoofForWolff

• George Michael made secret donations to Project Angel Food in Los Angeles totaling more than $650,000 after the death of his partner to HIV-related causes in 1993.

• The state of Florida will offer HIV prevention treatment PrEP for free statewide by the end of 2018.

• The ABC hit TV sitcom Modern Family will probably come to a close after it’s 10th season next year. The LGBT-inclusive series has won 22 Primetime Emmy Awards to date.

• Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen apparently doesn’t know if Norway is a predominantly white country. #SRSLY

• Jax Jones recently dropped his latest dance bop, “Breathe,” featuring vocals by Ina Wroldsen.

With a catchy chorus, the melodic house track jumped to #6 in just a few weeks on the UK Singles chart. Listen below – bet you bounce.

Norway’s Richest Man Comes Out At The Age Of 59

Even though he is one of Norway’s richest men, Stein Erik Hagen has just come out of the closet at the age of 59.

His career began as a supermarket owner, but now is chairman of Orkla, a Norwegian conglomerate with 30,000 employees in more than 40 countries.

He has four children from two former marriages.

Via Instinct

Coming out to NRK, he said: ‘I realized that I was gay in adulthood. When I was in my 20s we did not know what it was. We had heard about it, but it was not something we associated ourselves with.’

He was born in July 1956 and the law decriminalizing homosexuality in Norway didn’t come in until he was 16-years-old, he said.

But while he has never been open about his sexuality, Hagen has been a gay rights campaigner for years.

He campaigned for acceptance in the church, investing hundreds of thousands of krone into the fight.

Gay Star News speculates that Hagen, said to worth between $2.4-$3.6 billion dollars, could be the richest single gay man in the world.

I’ll admit I’m a bit surprised that a country that I consider fairly “liberal” socially led Hagen to be so uncomfortable with being open about sexuality until his late 50s.