News Round-Up: April 14, 2020

Former Rep. Aaron Schock (3rd from right – screen capture)

Some news items you might have missed:

Instagram: The rules are clearly different for folks like former Rep. Aaron Schock (above) who doesn’t seem to be keeping any ‘social distance’ down in Cabo.

OUT: Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is making headlines again as thousands of petitioners are asking that she be replaced on her show by Ellen Page in a campaign that seems partially comedic and partially serious.

Twitter: A group of housemates in the UK decided to recreate their favorite nightclub G-A-Y, since they couldn’t visit it in person. Check out the results complete with promo street team, doorman/bouncer, bartender, a couple making out, disco lighting, and Rihanna’s gay anthem, “We Found Love.”

48 Hills: San Francisco Pride announced today that it is canceling (not postponing) this year’s June Parade and Celebration—the largest in the Western United States—as COVID continues to take its toll.

Wonkette: Someone should tell Fox News‘ Tucker Carlson that breast cancer and opioid addiction aren’t contagious like COVID-19.

Out Music: LGBTQ singer and TV personality, Trent Crews, drops his new single, “Papi,” which also features transgender rapper, ballroom scene personality and actress Precious (“Viceland’). The new track – a bouncy, urban pop bop – is an undeniably groovy listen.

Crews is perhaps best known for his previous role in season 8 of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York. Let me know what you think in the comments 🙂

New Gillette Spot Features Trans Man Shaving For First Time

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Gillette’s latest  ad spot features a dad coaching his transgender son on his first shave as part of its #MyBestSelf campaign.

Titled,“First Shave,” the spot features Samson Bonkeabantu Brown, a young trans man, shaving his face for the first time as his father offers tips and encouragement.

The ad’s tagline reads, “Whenever, wherever, however it happens—your first shave is special.”

“Growing up I was always trying to figure out what kind of man I wanted to become, and I’m still trying to figure out what kind of man that I want to become,” says Brown.

“I went into my transition just wanting to be happy,” he adds. “I’m glad I am at the point where I’m able to shave… I’m at the point in my manhood where I’m actually happy.”

“Don’t be scared,” Brown’s father tells him as he handles the razor. “Shaving is about being confident.”

“I shot this ad for Gillette and wanted to include my father, who has been one of my greatest supporters throughout my transition, encouraging me to be confident and live authentically as my best self,” Brown shared on Gillette’s Facebook page.

“I am confident that this ad will encourage many of my trans siblings and fill them with the knowledge that our existence in this world can be filled with the love and support we deserve.”

Gillette also released an ad recently that addressed the issue of toxic masculinity.

Check out the new spot below.

News Round-Up: May 16, 2018

Some news stories you might have missed:

• InstaCouple Justin and Nick (above) seem about as excited about Hump Day as I am. But they be cuuuuuuute!

• This NFL star got a $3 million judgement in court for NOT being openly gay.

• 21-year-old Bobby Rodriguez was told by security guards that he couldn’t enter Whiskey River, a nightlife hotspot in the Texas city of Corpus Christi, unless he removed his makeup.

• In only one week, two transgender women have been found dead in Dallas, Texas.

• This queen loves his Louis Vuitton bag so much he dodged bullets and fought off an armed robber to keep his cherished accessory.

• Disney has launched new merchandise inspired by the Pride rainbow. And a portion of the proceeds go to GLSEN, a non-profit that helps make schools more LGBTQ inclusive.

• Comic guy Michael Henry got to thinking about his drinking habits, which made him think about his friends’ drinking habits, which led him to making this light-hearted (but thought-provoking) short video about substances we may or may not imbibe.

Coming Out At 85, This Senior Attends His First Pride


Martin waited 85 years to come out and live his authentic life.

In the short video “Live True To Yourself,” Martin teams up with 5 Gum for their #NoRegrets campaign.

“It’s not the things we do we regret. It’s the things we didn’t do.”

Speaking to the camera, Martin shares, “It’s tough to be an outsider.”

“I regret being such a sissy. So nervous. So bloody shy.

“I’ve left it until 85 years old to really, basically, come out. I’ve missed the boat in regards to finding a lovely partner. A soul mate that I could love, live with.

“If you want to set up, date a young guy – go ahead. Do it. You’ve got it. You owe it to yourself. And to him.”

Martin’s message touched teenagers and young adults who shared with him how his story inspired them to be who they truly are. They made a short film capturing important, authentic moments in their lives, like marriage proposals and coming out, for the 85-year-young Martin.

And, they took Martin to his first Pride Festival. Check out his face – pure joy.

Martin’s final piece of wisdom?

“Go to it. Be together. It’s wonderful.”


Democrats Celebrate Progress Of LGBT Americans

From TJ Helmstetter, DNC spokesperson:

“LGBT Americans have seen tremendous progress under President Obama, and we can’t afford to go backwards. There is more work to be done to achieve full equality.

“We need to enact the Equality Act to prevent discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

“We need to prevent and reverse anti-gay and anti-trans legislative efforts like HB2 and so-called religious freedom legislation that would allow businesses and government officials to discriminate against our community.

“That’s why it’s so important to defeat Donald Trump and elect a Democrat as the next President of the United States to continue to build on President Obama’s remarkable pro-LGBT record.”

(h/t JMG)