Canadian province suggests glory holes to lessen COVID risk

British Columbia, Canada -Health officials in the Canadian state of British Columbia have suggested people use “glory holes” to make sex safer during COVID-19. “Glory holes” are holes cut in a wall that’s only large enough for a penis to get through. For years they’ve been primarily the domain of illicit sex in public bathrooms and darkroom mazes in gay saunas and sex clubs. But now the British Columbia Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests trying them at home. On its site the CDC says: “Use barriers, like walls (eg, glory holes), that allow for sexual contact but prevent close […]

Lambda Legal mourns the death of John Lewis

New York, NY – Kevin Jennings, Lambda Legal CEO said in a statement upon learning of the death of rep. John Lewis, “Lambda Legal joins others around the country in mourning the loss of John Lewis, a civil rights icon who dedicated his life to the struggle for justice and human dignity. We stand in awe and admiration of Mr. Lewis’ enormous contributions not only to the LGBT community but to the unending struggle to uproot inequality wherever it exists. Every one of us who continues the fight for equality and civil rights in our own communities owes a great […]

Lambda Legal mourns the death of John Lewis

New York, NY – Kevin Jennings, Lambda Legal CEO said in a statement upon learning of the death of rep. John Lewis, “Lambda Legal joins others around the country in mourning the loss of John Lewis, a civil rights icon who dedicated his life to the struggle for justice and human dignity. We stand in awe and admiration of Mr. Lewis’ enormous contributions not only to the LGBT community but to the unending struggle to uproot inequality wherever it exists. Every one of us who continues the fight for equality and civil rights in our own communities owes a great […]

Gay Trumpster & COVID denier learns the hard way

Dallas, TX – For Tony Green, the coronavirus pandemic was just a ‘scamdemic’ — until truth hit home hard. He writes in Dallas Voice, “Imagine the sound and vibration of an old-fashioned electric heater going through your whole body. Imagine gasping for air with every step you take. Imagine rubbing Icy Hot all over your head to soothe a painful headache. Imagine your eyes in a bowl of water while you’re still seeing through them. Imagine collapsing and waking up in the ER only to find out COVID-19 attacked your central nervous system, and the doctor had just saved you […]

Sudan lifts death penalty and flogging for gay sex

Khartoum, Sudan – The Independent reports that Sudan has lifted the death penalty and flogging for gay sex in a move hailed as a “great first step” by activists. Under the old sodomy law, gay men faced 100 lashes for a first offence, five years in prison for the second and the death sentence for the third. The punishments have been changed to jail sentences, from a maximum of five years to life.             The decision to drop the death penalty and flogging was welcomed by activists, although they noted that gay people still face prison in the northeast African […]

Canadian province suggests glory holes to lessen COVID risk

British Columbia, Canada -Health officials in the Canadian state of British Columbia have suggested people use “glory holes” to make sex safer during COVID-19. “Glory holes” are holes cut in a wall that’s only large enough for a penis to get through. For years they’ve been primarily the domain of illicit sex in public bathrooms and darkroom mazes in gay saunas and sex clubs. But now the British Columbia Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests trying them at home. On its site the CDC says: “Use barriers, like walls (eg, glory holes), that allow for sexual contact but prevent close […]

Velma Dinkley of ‘Scooby-Doo’ is lesbian

Los Angeles, CA – Queerty reports that fan-favorite character and cultural icon Velma Dinkley, the animated sleuth seen alongside Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and the rest of the Scooby-Doo detective gang, is officially a lesbian. Filmmaker James Gunn, who helmed the 2001 live-action Scooby-Doo movie as well as producer Tony Cervone, who oversees the new animated series Scooby-Doo Incorporated have both confirmed that they tried to out the character in their work.             “I’ve said this before, but Velma in Mystery Incorporated is not bi. She’s gay,” Cervone said via Instagram. “We always planned on Velma acting a little off and […]

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus video supports Black Lives Matter

Boston, MA – The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus (BGMC) has released “The Power of Protest,” a montage of interviews with members of the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus describing their participation in Black Lives Matter protests to advance racial equity and justice. “From the very beginning, the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus has sung out against injustice. Every concert of ours is an act of protest, and our strength comes from the bonds we have with each other,” said BGMC Music Director Reuben M. Reynolds III. “We are survivors. We survived governmental indifference to AIDS. We’re going to survive COVID-19 and the […]

‘Pose’ creator announces series about Kameny & Gittings

Los Angeles, CA – Queerty reports that fresh off the success of Pose, series creator Steven Canals has announced his next endeavor: a TV series focusing on queer activists Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings. In the 1950s and 60s, Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings witnessed the so-called “Lavender Scare,” a targeting and purging of queer employees within the United States government. The two began work together to defend the standing of patriotic LGBTQ Americans and have homosexuality declassified as a mental illness. The new show, titled 81 Words, will focus on their efforts.             “In the 1950s & 60s LGBT […]

Report highlights unique LGBTQ advocacy in the South

Asheville, NC – The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) and Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE) have released “Telling a New Southern Story: LGBTQ Resilience, Resistance, and Leadership,” a new report examining the experiences and advocacy strategies of LGBTQ people in the U.S. South. The report was released in partnership with the Equality Federation. One in three LGBTQ people in the U.S. call the South home — more than any other region of the country. Yet the South has the most hostile policy landscape in the country for LGBTQ issues. Despite the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirming employment discrimination protections nationwide […]