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It’s one thing to have a romantic moment interrupted, but it’s quite another to have it interrupted by a triple murder.

That’s exactly what happens in the first episode of the new series Eyewitness. The show follows teen boys Lukas and Philip (played by James Paxton and Tyler Young) as they deal with not only having witnessed a murder and survived, but also being unable to go to the police because one of them doesn’t want to come out as gay.

“[Lukas] doesn’t even acknowledge that being gay is a possibility. It’s his first time kissing and being intimate with a boy at all. It scares him a lot,” Paxton says. “He doesn’t realize that secrets of this magnitude can have some dangerous repercussions that affect everybody else in town.”

When a teenage Adam Rippon dreamed of the Olympics

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Adam Rippon, the first openly gay U.S. winter Olympian, has become something of a hero for American fans, queer or not. Even before he won a bronze medal for Team USA Monday Rippon established that he would stand up for gay rights. After his performance, he tweeted a message to his detractors:

Even before competing in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Rippon made headlines for denouncing Vice President Mike Pence’s record of opposition to LGBT rights. Friday, the 28-year-old Olympian will compete in the men’s single skating event. But what did teenage Rippon think about the Olympics?

In an unearthed 2003 interview with Pennsylvania TV station WNEP-TV, Rippon, then 13 and already having won international figure skating competitions, told reporter Jim Coles exactly where he aimed to be.

Feed the Gays

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Jimmy Kimmel broke down last week’s headline-making ruling allowing a California bakery to refuse to make cakes for same-sex weddings in a way that should make it easy to understand for everyone why this ruling is a problem.

Shoma in Pyeongchang

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The Winter Olympics are on and our beloved winter prince Shoma Uno cleansed the ice with an outstanding performance full of clean quad jumps and fluid step sequences in the team competition, claiming first place for Team Japan and being the only skater getting a score above 100!


Many other skaters, among them American talent Nathan Chen, had less luck and stumbled on what many already call “cursed ice”. Sadly there are also barely any people to see the skating competitions thanks to NBC making sure that they are scheduled for the very early morning in Korea so they can be shown at prime time in the US.

The Wound

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Protests erupted over the The Wound, a queer film that premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and its director John Trengove for appropriating African culture and publicising a secret tribal circumcision ritual depicted the film.

The traditional Xhola circumcision ritual  that is a  major topic in the film marks a boy’s passage into manhood. Considering that the ritual has resulted in over 800 deaths, it makes sense why young Kwanda, the youthful initiate in the film, wouldn’t want to go through it. His resistance forces his mentor Xolani to reconsider the traditions and the tribal notions of manhood altogether.

The actual ritual has gotten public exposure before. Former South African president and civil rights leader Nelson Mandela wrote about the experience in his autobiography.

The ritual involves a traditional surgeon (called an ingcibi) who severs the initiate’s foreskin using a spear, which is then tied to the initiate’s blanket. The penile wound is covered with a healing plant and for the next eight days, the initiate is confined to a hut (called a bhoma) and forbidden from eating certain foods. After eight days, an ukosiswa rite removes the food restrictions and marks the start of the second phase, which lasts two to three more weeks. The initiates’ seclusion ends when they race to the river to bathe themselves. Finally, the initiates’ hut and possessions are burnt, each initiate gets a new blanket and is called an amakwala (new man) henceforth.

Quartz Africa reports that protestors, like South African journalist Lwando Xaso and the current Xhosa king, say Trengrove (a white South African) appropriated Xhosa culture, particularly “jealously guarded secrets of a tradition that has managed to endure oppression and modernization.”

Xaso said, “It is not okay to subjectively delve into traditions and practices you are not a part of under the guise of sparking debate and engagement. It is not your place because you are not speaking as a member of that society.”

Two South African cinemas stopped showing The Wound over security threats, but it remains available elsewhere internationally.

Hidden Kisses

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Sixteen-year-old Nathan (Bérenger Anceaux) is the new kid in high school. One night, while attending a party, he falls in love with Louis (Jules Houplain), a boy in his class.

Able to sneak away from the crowd, they find themselves out of sight, and eventually work up the courage to kiss each other, but someone has seen them, someone took a photo of the kiss. As soon as the photo has been posted to social media, a storm of bullying and rejection overtakes their lives.

Boy Ballet Dancer

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Not many boys dance ballet, but 11-year-old Gabriel Romero, who trains at Thom McIntyre’s Philadelphia Dance Center, is the ultimate boy ballerina (or ballerino). Even if he’s the only boy ballet dancer among dozens of girls, Gabe doesn’t let it get to him. He’s in the studio and at the barre for one key reason: dance is his passion, and he’s not afraid to express it.

Submitted by Paul