Meet Courtney, the social media maven of the United Kingdom’s post office. Fed up with postal customers attacking the office for celebrating Pride Month, she issued a very public smackdown to homophobes on Twitter.
It started on June 28, when Twitter user @jamesmc13123269 referred to a postal employee as a “degenerate.” The employee, named Emma, appeared in a short video posted to the social media platform talking about her coming out and the importance of the LGBTQ community.
As I always say, your sexual orientation doesn’t define the person you are. Either you’re a good human being, or you’re not.
And all those hating on people who loves each other (regardless of the genre) are just insecure and unhappy with their own existence.
This is the type of Post Office every country needs!
🌈 – what’s your orientation and gender? Whore.
🌹- what would be your ideal date? A version of Thor (or Sebastien) with very loose morals, and cash.
💘 – what personality traits are attractive to you? Sense of humour and common sense.
💋 – what do you find physically attractive? Lips, hands, legs, ass.
🐻 – what is your favourite animal? Dogs.
💭 – when did you realise you were lgbt? When I was a teen.
💌 – what makes your heart melt? Baby animals.
🎤 – do you have a favourite lgbt song? So many. Two of them below:
🍀 – what’s your fav thing abt being lgbt? Sex.
🌠 – advice for young lgbt people? Well, I’ve never felt the need to belong to any group and that includes LGBT. I’ve always been myself regardless of my sexual orientation. So, just be yourself and do what makes YOU happy because life is too short to not enjoy it.
☁️ – where do you see yourself in 5 years? On Earth still. I’m eternal!
Throwing a Pride event in Ukraine can be challenging at the best of times. The East European country is not known for embracing LGBTQ rights, and the annual Pride march in the capital city, Kyiv (or Kiev,) is often met with far-right counter protests.
This year, because of COVID-19, the annual Pride parade was canceled. Instead, in addition to running an online festival, the Pride organizers decided to mark Pride in an alternative way. They used a large drone to fly a 6-meter by 4-meter rainbow flag above the city.
The flag, which was carried on a weighted line, was then flown to one of the city’s most famous landmarks: the gigantic ‘Motherland’ sculpture that looks down upon the city.
The flag was positioned in such a way as to look like the sculpture was holding it up above the city.
Great maneuver, and awesome sight.
Because is Pride Month, when it comes to gay icons there are many, in all areas.
However when it comes to pop ladies, adored by gays, ruling the charts over the years, there are few. And even fewer are those that have kept their essence for over the decades.
They are legends, not only because they are incredible entertainers but because they have fought for our human rights. From the HIV crisis, to the international LGBTQ issues. They were the voices (still are) we didn’t have in the most vulnerable and darker times.
Below some of the most recognised allies.
MADONNA (Since the 80s)
I may not like Madonna’s trying-hard ways, and often vulgarity, but there’s no doubt she was the biggest and most powerful advocate we had. As an entertainer she set the bar high for all the rest.
CHER (Since the 60s)
Cher became notable in the gay community not only for her music, but also her drag, and her leather outfits of the 80s made her popular with the leather crowd. In later years, her son Chaz Bono came out as gay at the age of 17 (and many years later as a transgender man). Cher emerged not only as an icon among LGBT people, but also as a role model for straight parents who have gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender children.
GAGA (Since the 2000s)
Gaga is pretty much the Madonna of this generation when it comes to advocacy. She uses her popularity and platforms to bring awareness and help as much as she can. As an entertainer she’s fantastic! And although I also hate her attention-whoring game (as much as Madonna’s) she’s incredibly talented.
GODDESS MYLENE FARMER (Since the 80s)
Myelene Farmer not only is a French gay icon, she’s also a cult to all genres.
Like the rest, Mylene has done a lot for the LBGTQ community just by existing.
Her enigmatic personality, unique voice, and dark, sexual, and liberating songs were magnetic to all misfits because she didn’t need anyone’s approval. Mylene has always done whatever she wanted without the need to explain herself, and made us part of her in the process.
Her shows are glorious and usually monumental.
GODDESS KYLIE MINOGUE (Since the 80s)
Let me put it this way, none has the charisma and charm of Kylie Minogue.
What makes Kylie beyond special is that unlike the rest, she doesn’t get political, polemic, or vulgar. Kylie’s advocacy comes in a form of non-discrimination rather than segregation.
Unlike the others, Kylie concerts are vastly packed with LGBTQ people. And you may think they all are, but Kylie’s shows are REAL gay parades (and I can tell you that because I’ve seen all in concerts). A solid 95% are gay, and the other 5% turn gay that night under Kylie’s spell.
A Kylie’s show is simple a night of exuberant FUN!
Not to mention she’s a stunningly gorgeous woman, impossibly feminine, and commands the stage with absolute grace.
Britney Instagram is the perfect pandemic-era account.
It’s sad, hilarious, scary, confusing, thought-provoking, political, and pretty much all the adjectives. But unlike Madonna, whose social media antics give me cringe emoji face, Britney’s Instagram makes me go “awww”.
Racism and discrimination, are two of the most unintelligent traits of a person. And yet our society is full of it.
If you’re gay, black, or an immigrant, chances are you had experienced it at least once. And if you’re old as I am, for sure you had experienced it because the society of before was a lot less evolved.
I am gay, and I’m a non-white immigrant, so I can only have empathy and be vocal for a change.
Now, the transgender community doesn’t have it easy. Trans people unlike any other discriminated group have it the worst because they often get killed; because ignorance and unjustified hate rule in the head of those miserable in their own skin.
The new Netflix documentary Disclosure is touching this subject.
This is something everybody should remember: YOUR SEXUALITY DOESN’T DEFINE THE PERSON YOU ARE! Either you’re a good person, or you’re shit.
The genre you identify with is secondary. And whoever you sleep with is nobody’s business.
I’m a free-spirited and happy with my life because I chose it that way! Nobody pays my bills, nobody pays my food, I pay taxes like everybody else, so why should I care about what people think of me?
Don’t hate what you don’t understand, but educate yourself.
And if you’re too lazy for that, the least you can do is focus on your life and simply admire the good side of things.
Below some of the most popular trans in pop-culture:
KIM PETRAS: German singer and songwriter.
LAITH ASHLEY DE LA CRUZ : American model, actor, activist, and entertainer of Dominican descent.
JENNA TALACKOVA: Canadian model, Miss Canada 2012, and TV personality.
CARMEN CARRERA: American reality television personality, model, burlesque performer, and actress.
Live and let people live!!
June (and pretty much all summer) is International Pride Month for the LGBTQ Community, so it’s important highlight the stuff that have moved or inspired us, made us laugh, opened our hearts and minds, or that simply make us proud.
So, during the 2016 Olympics, divers Jack Laugher (my husband) and Chris Mears shared a sweet embrace after scoring the gold medal for Team Great Britain with their flawless 3-meter synchronized dive. It was a major moment for the two athletes, who hugged it out afterwards in their speedos.
However, the UK’s Daily Mail called the celebratory hug “unmanly.”
This ignited a social media firestorm, with people from all over the globe chastising the newspaper for being homophobic and trying to suggest two guys, regardless of their sexuality, embracing was somehow wrong or inappropriate.
I for one would love that do A LOT more than hug it out with both of them
Toxic concepts of masculinity are the reason why MANY heterosexuals had to explore in secret what the brainless side of society criticise.
In the hot news department…
The cast of Noah’s Arc will reunite for a special 15th Anniversary reunion episode set to stream on Facebook and YouTube this July 5.
For the uninitiated, the series followed the lives of a group of black gay men living in Los Angeles.
The show originally ran two seasons on Logo, followed by a wrap-up movie in 2008. The reunion episode will reunite original series stars panty creamers Darryl Stephens, Jensen Atwood, Rodney Chester, and all the rest.
Polk penned the episode titled Noah’s Arc: The ‘Rona Chronicles, which catches up with the characters 12 years after the events of the film, and finds them smack in the middle of the current protests against police brutality and racial injustice.
To be honest I knew about the series and the hot cast, but never had the chance to watch it. However, in my opinion it was a very important show considering the huge amount of black guys in the closet.
They not only face racism but also homophobia, so I understand most of them don’t need more shit from society.
I personally had few black fuckfriends, all hot chocolate guys like the dudes from this series, and yeah all of them had double lives. One was bisexual, one had a girlfriend (straight-curious,) and the other one had actually a child very young, but he was mostly into guys… None identify as “gay” which I didn’t care anyway because labels are the most STUPID thing.
Sexuality is very complex, and everything is normal.
What’s not normal is the hate some mentally incapable profess to those who explore, and live their life freely the way they want.
That been said, welcome back Noah’s Arc!
The Hill reports:
Former President Obama took to Twitter on late Monday to wish the country a “Happy Pride month” after the Supreme Court ruled that gay and transgender people are protected against employment discrimination under exiting civil rights laws.
Congratulations, full sentences, no jabs, no caps. Is this what an American president is supposed to be like? I had forgotten.
The world misses Mr. OBAMA. A REAL President!
Living in Canada this sounds like WTF news, but apparently laws didn’t protect LGBTQ workers in the United States, until now.
Their Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that declares “An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII.”
To the surprise of almost, well, everyone, the 6-3 opinion was penned by Neil Gorsuch, the conservative justice appointed by Donald Trump. Gorsuch was joined by Justices Kagan, Sotomayor, Ginsburg, and Roberts.
“An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids,” Gorsuch wrote.
Basic HUMAN RIGHTS seems a challenge over there.
Regardless, Congratulations American friends. You deserve this day!