Making the yuletide gay: an interview with actress Mary Steenburgen

Happiest Season (Hulu), written and directed by out actor Clea Duvall, is one of the queer Christmas movies that are especially popular this holiday season. Lesbian couple Abby (out actor Kristen Stewart) and Harper (Mackenzie Davis) are on their way to spend Christmas with Harper’s family. But there’s a twist, not revealed to Abby until they are almost there; Harper’s not out to her parents, Tipper (Mary Steenburgen) and politician Ted (out actor Victor Garber), or her sisters Jane (Mary Holland) and Sloane, with whom she is extremely competitive. This closeted fact leads to all sorts of wacky shenanigans and a […]

Thousands to meet virtually at Creating Change Conference

Washington, D.C. – Thousands of LGBTQ advocates, activists, leaders, and allies will, for the first time ever, gather virtually for the 33rd Creating Change Conference from January 28 through January 31, 2020. The Creating Change Conference, run by the National LGBTQ Task Force, is the foremost political, leadership, and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ social justice movement. Since 1988, Creating Change has created opportunities for tens of thousands of committed people to develop and hone their activist skills, build community and inspire.             This will be the third Creating Change Conference managed by Andy Garcia, who has guided this year’s […]

Settlement for dead plaintiff in Supreme Court trans case

Detroit, MI – A federal judge formally approved a settlement in the case of Aimee Stephens, the Transgender funeral home employee whose lawsuit led to Supreme Court recognition of Trans rights in the workplace. Stephens died on May 12, 2020, but her estate won $130,000, including $63,724 in back pay with interest and $66,276 in damages. US District Judge Sean Cox approved the terms of the settlement between the estate and Stephens’ former employer, R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, on November 30. In addition to paying a cash award to Stephens’ estate, Harris Funeral Homes is prohibited from firing […]

Documentary Queer Japan shines light on LGBTQ life

Los Angeles, CA – Following a successful run on the global film festival circuit, Altered Innocence has announced the North American release of Graham Kolbeins’ feature debut Queer Japan. The colorful and vibrant documentary will be available in the US and Canada December 11th via Theatrical At Home and on Digital HD, including Apple TV, Prime Video and Google Play. The movies explores the lives of Japan’s contemporary LGBTQ culture, bursting at the seams with multi-faceted and uninhibited artists as well as audacious activists fighting for equality and understanding. The documentary profiles individuals from across the spectrum including drag queen […]

Trump’s niece says he should be tried for crimes

New York, NY – Edge Media Network writes that The Associated Press reports that President Donald Trump’s niece says her uncle is “criminal, cruel and traitorous” and belongs in prison after he leaves the White House. Mary Trump, a psychologist, author and outspoken critic of her estranged relative, rejects the notion that putting a former president on trial would deepen the nation’s political divisions. “It’s quite frankly insulting to be told time after time that the American people can handle it and that we just need to move on,” Mary Trump told The Associated Press in an interview this week. […]

Anti-LGBTQ lawmaker quits being caught fleeing gay orgy

Brussels, Belgium – Queerty reports that József Szájer, 59, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Hungary’s ruling, right-wing, Fidesz Party, was caught by police at what they described as a “gang bang”, or “legs in the air” party, above a bar in the city on a Friday evening. Police apprehended him allegedly fleeing through a window and trying to escape along guttering. Because of local COVID restrictions, gatherings of more than four people are prohibited. Around 20 men were caught at the party, and police also seized ecstasy pills. Local press report at least two other diplomats were […]

Priest viewing gay porn accused of sexual assault of women

New York City – Queerty reports that Father George Rutler, a well -known antigay Catholic priest in New York City, has been charged with sexual assault of a female security guard. According to reports, Rutler attacked the woman after she filmed him watching a gay adult film.             The incident happened November 4. The National Catholic Reporter reports that Ashley Gonzalez, a 22-year-old security guard at St. Michael the Archangel Church, walked in on Rutler, 75, watching a video of two men performing oral sex on one another. Gonzalez whipped out her cell phone and began filming the incident. At […]

Man arrested in murder of Fort Worth man

Fort Worth, TX – Mark Alan Elmore, 53, of Fort Worth was found murdered on November 30 and Orland Vaughn Gilbert has been arrested and charged with murder. Police reports indicate that officers were dispatched to a report of a deceased person at 2520 N. Edgewood Terrace in Fort Worth’s Central Meadowbrook neighborhood shortly after midnight on Monday, Nov. 30. After locating the suspect, 27-year-old Orlando Vaughn Gilbert of Ennis, at a gas station, officers decided to “make entry” into the home on North Edgewood. They found the Elmore, in a hallway inside the house.             The Tarrant County Medical […]

Antigay school board member accidently Zooms toilet break

Hackensack, NJ – LGBTQ Nation reports that a school board trustee accused of being an anti-LGBTQ bigot has resigned from the Hackensack Public Schools Board after she subjected board members, students, and families to her “bathroom break” during a virtual meeting. Frances Cogelja made headlines over the last two years for voicing her disdain of LGBTQ people, and opposing the inclusion of LGBTQ history in curriculum starting this year, as required throughout the state of New Jersey by law. “The Trustees have received a letter of resignation from Mrs. Frances Cogelja, effective November 24, 2020,” the greeting on the Hackensack […]

Life Insurance

I’ve always carried a large life insurance policy for the last 20+ years. I think it’s good that my family is taken care of if something happens to me. This morning I had to do an update because my original term was for twenty years. I was apprehensive about how the insurance company will perceive me as a risk. According to Quotacy, life insurance companies’ responses vary to transgender applicants. We recently worked with an applicant who had surgically transitioned from male to female. We completed an underwriting study—which is when we go to the different life insurance companies and […]