Beaten up for being gay

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I’m always debating if I should post videos like the one below. Many of us have so much to deal with in life as it is that it feels like a terrible idea to add to that anxiety by making gloomy posts about the discrimination and violence queer people still face today.

I’m always wondering at what point this onslaught of misery and bad news might hurt our mental health and outlook on life more than keeping up with it benefits us. But what would be the alternative? Ignoring the problems we have, pretending the pain of others in our community isn’t any of our business? That can’t be it either, right?

As long as some folks go around trying to convince us that the queer community achieved everything it possibly could, that the world right now is the best we could hope for it seems necessary to remind ourselves that there’s still a lot to do, that we’re not done here.

I’ll keep trying to find a balance between the bad news and the cute and fun stuff. Let’s hope that some day we’ll actually get to a point where we can all just sit down and enjoy the nice things in life and posts like this one won’t be needed anymore.

You should, actually, fuck a peach

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We all know the scene in Call me by your Name. Elio — who is raging with the inimitable fervor of adolescence — lays down and gets to work relieving his boredom and sexual frustration in an, erm, interesting way.

He jabs his fingers into a ripe peach and plucks out the pit, sunset-gold juice splattering across his chest and abdomen. Then Elio rolls the peach around in his hands while looking up at the ceiling. Is he really going to…? you think. Elio unbuttons his bermuda shorts and moves the peach down to his crotch. Every sound is heightened.

We hear smushing, gushing, ripping, and gasping without ever seeing what exactly Elio is doing with the peach. But then again, we don’t need to. We know. The camera stays locked on Elio’s face, obliging us to watch the series of strange face contortions Elio  performs.

It feels like we’ve stumbled into a teenager’s bedroom at the worst possible time and haven’t closed the door behind us and mumbled our apologies. The scene of eccentric self-pleasure quickly crescendos into Elio heaving out a trite “fuck” and the moment is over. Elio places the soiled peach onto the nightstand beside him. A character has just fucked a peach on screen for the first time in cinema.

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Some accidental truth

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You might have heard that some dickheads are planning a “Straight Pride” in Modesto City, California later this month. It’s the second attempt at such a thing this year after Boston.

Don Grundmann, the co-organiser of the event (and founder of several anti-queer hate groups including the National Straight Pride Coalition and Citizens Against Perversion) attended a council meeting in Modesto City and had a bit of a Freudian slip during his remarks to the chamber…

 

 

Rammstein defy homophobic Russian laws

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Many queer activists are working to expose and push back against the state-backed homophobia in Russia. This work is vital, and earlier this week, members of the German industrial metal band Rammstein, did their part in being allies with a smooch on the lips.

Rammstein has been on a bit of a bender with their queer allyship in their current performance tour. They’ve waved Pride flags in Poland as a response to the anti-queer efforts there, and they’ve been kissing a little bit. So much so, that fans have conjoined the names of the two guitarists who have been doing the kissing (Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe) into the mononym “Paulchard.”

At a stop in Russia, Paulchard kissed again. And while that seems par the course, in Russia there’s a “gay propaganda” law that’s been in effect since 2013. That law makes the distribution of “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relationships” among minors illegal and an offence punishable by imprisonment and fines. Two men kissing on a major stage and taking photos of that to post on Instagram would definitely fall in that category.

While it seems the pair have made it through without any trouble, according to the law, “foreigners may be arrested and detained for up to 15 days, then deported or fined up to 5,000 rubies and deported.” What’s more, is the band posted the photo to Instagram with the caption “Russia we love you,” in Russian.

Andi Mack delivers gay teen romance in show’s finale

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Disney’s Andi Mack concluded its three-season run with a series finale that included the first gay romance on Disney Channel. Spoilers ahead.

The show already made history with its character Cyrus, who earlier in the show admitted to his friend Buffy that he had a crush on Andi’s boyfriend, Jonah. Later, Cyrus became the first character on Disney Channel to say the words “I’m gay” when he came out to Jonah.

Andi Mack pushed that storyline even further during its series finale episode where Cyrus and his friend TJ appear to embark on a romantic relationship. TJ shares with Cyrus his real name and the conversation progresses from there…

The series finale concluded with the gang singing along to Born This Way by Lady Gaga.