Phoenix: Ninth LGBT film fest

Phoenix – This year, Desperado LGBT Film Festival presents its ninth annual event February 9th to 11th at Paradise Valley Community College. The weekend-long event showcased titles that range from international and animated films to documentaries and shorts – all with an LGBT element – before equally diverse audiences. “Our goal is to create a balance of LGBT content,” said Alan East, the festival’s programmer, adding that the films are decided by the festival’s six-member film selection committee. “Once the films have been narrowed down, I program those which were most highly recommended by the team.” According to East, coming […]

Mormon couple who married knowing the man is gay, divorce

Salt Lake City – reports that Josh and Laurel “Lolly” Weed, the married Mormon couple who rose to fame in 2012 for their unorthodox marital status, announced they were divorcing after 15 years of marriage. The Utah couple and their four children became an Internet sensation five years ago, after they revealed in a co-written blog post that Josh identified as gay, and that Lolly had known and accepted the fact long before they married. The declaration drew gasps across the Internet and incited controversial discussion within Mormon communities and outside about the role of sexuality and attraction in […]

Marlon Brando and Richard Pryor were lovers

New York – The Guardian reports that the widow of Richard Pryor has confirmed a claim by music producer Quincy Jones that the late comedian and Marlon Brando were lovers in the 1970s. Jones first made the allegation in a wide-ranging interview with New York magazine while talking about Brando’s sexual habits. “He’d fuck anything. Anything! He’d fuck a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye,” the producer said. Pryor’s widow Jennifer Lee Pryor later corroborated Jones’s comments, telling TMZ that the comedian, who was openly bisexual, would be “cracking up” about his relationship with Brando being made public. “It […]

February is National Hockey League inclusion month

Dallas – The National Hockey League has, for the second year in a row, designated February as “Hockey is for Everyone” Month, in an ongoing effort to “reaffirm that the official policy of the game is one of inclusion on the ice, in our locker rooms and in the stands.” And this year, the Dallas Stars are participating in the initiative with “Hockey is for Everyone Night” on Friday, February 16th during their game against the St. Louis Blues. According to a statement posted on the Dallas Stars’ website, “The NHL and Dallas Stars support any teammate, coach or fan […]

US declines to sign OAS statement for same-sex marriage

Washington, DC – The Trump administration has declined to join seven other Organization of American States (OAS) countries in signing a declaration supporting marriage equality. The declaration is a spin-off of the recent ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that signatory countries must provide marriage equality and legal protections for transgender residents. The court had found Costa Rica is in violation of its treaty obligations under the American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR) by not providing for same-sex marriages, or legal options for transgender people to change gender markers on their identity documents. After the ruling, seven of […]

Study finds nearly 3% of US teens gender-nonconforming

Cincinnati, Ohio – Some 2.7% of US teens may be gender-nonconforming, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. The term “gender-nonconforming” includes teens that identified as transgender, genderfluid, and nonbinary. The study was based on a 2016 survey of nearly 81,000 teens in Minnesota. Of those included in the survey, some 2,200 reported that they were gender-nonconforming, about four times the figure reported in a similar study conducted by UCLA last year. Nic Rider, a University of Minnesota postdoctoral fellow who is the new study’s lead author, said that the results can be used to estimate numbers […]

Two out US Olympic athletes show pride in Pyeongchang

Pyeongchang, South Korea – . Gay Star News reports that Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy shared the cutest photo together at the Pyeongchang Olympic opening ceremony. The openly gay winter Olympic athletes posed in a total of four cute photos together. Kenworthy posted three photos with the caption: “We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it.” And Rippon also posted one with his new pal. He captioned his photo: “Representing the USA is one of the greatest honors of my life and being able to do it as my authentic self makes it all so much sweeter.” Rippon came out […]

Seattle flag football team wins title

Las Vegas – The Seattle Boom brought home the 2018 Sin City Classic Flag Football Championship after a record of 5-1 in the Roulette division of the tournament, which was held January 12-13, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. The Seattle Boom is the Cascade Flag Football Association’s travel team. This was the Boom’s second tournament; they are currently planning on attending the Pride Bowl in Chicago, IL in June and Gay Bowl 2018 in Denver, CO in October. The Cascade Flag Football Association has been bringing LGBTA inclusive flag football to the Puget Sound area since 2016, and they are […]

Married to soulmate; no sex required

Las Vegas – When New York socialites Quentin Esme Brown and Peter Cary Peterson got hitched in Las Vegas over the weekend of January 13th in front of a small group of friends – including Tiffany Trump, who acted as the flower girl – they knew that people would make some assumptions. Either they were madly in love or drunk, right? In reality, the best friends said they were neither. They’re planning to make theirs a sexless, open marriage, they explained, and this actually sounds like a pretty wise idea to relationship experts. “He has always been my soulmate in […]

Crypto-gay dance video of Russian students causes stir

Ulyanovsk, Russia – The broadcast by first year Russian aviation students of their crypto-gay YouTube video to the song Satisfaction by Benny Benassi has been met with displeasure by the schools leaders. However, the students have received the support of their comrades from other universities, who have decided to imitate them! This small video posted on YouTube is more powerful than it looks. Initially broadcast in the fall by the students of the Institute of Civil Aviation of Ulyanovsk, it went so viral that in the month of January it landed on the school director’s screen. By calling for an […]