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It’s FRIDAYFRIDAYFRIDAY!!!! Of a TERRIBLETERRIBLETERRIBLE week! We made it, kittens! Let’s all sit out on the terrace, away from the flower people, and give thanks that for just one moment the worse thing in our world is creepy flower people. We want to go to there. Do your worst, flower people! It couldn’t top the shitstorm currently raging.
We’re thrilled to be facing a weekend where we might actually venture outside, get a little sun, and possibly not run screaming from any people who get too close to us. Restrictions are relaxing and all the best information claims that outside is good so long as you mask it up and don’t congregate, so we’re fixing to let the sun do something about our ghastly ghostly pallors. We have an ongoing discussion (argument) regarding when and how we plan on returning to whatever normal is. The gym is out until at least the fall. We can’t imagine we’ll be inside a theater again this year, even for the Wonder Woman movie. And shopping is negotiable. How are you navigating the Great Reopening of 2020?
And if that’s the LAST thing you want to talk or think about, we are pleased to show you today’s specials on the Menu of Distractions, which is rainbow and justice-themed today.
Gabrielle Union Is Reportedly Suing NBC and Simon Cowell For “Racist Actions” at America’s Got Talent
“NBC directed its ‘outrage’ at Ms. Union for whistleblowing about the racially offensive conduct she experiences while working for NBC on America’s Got Talent.”
Gabrielle Union has reportedly filed a legal complaint against NBC Universal, America’s Got Talent production company Fremantle, and Simon Cowell’s production company Syco. According to reporter Yashar Ali, she will be filing a separate lawsuit against Cowell himself.
The Trouble With Social Media Influencers and Non-Allyship
If your favorite influencers aren’t using their platform to speak out, unfollow them.
I watched for days after George Floyd’s death as the influencers I follow—of all colors and backgrounds—remained silent. They continued to share outfit posts, fitness routines, and inspirational quotes. They continued to invade my feed with their HD-quality content and a full face of makeup, still encouraging me and everyone else to “like, comment, share, and subscribe!”
How Pride Organizers Will Uplift the Black LGBTQ+ Community This Month
Throughout the month of June, Pride organizers are shifting their programming to virtual formats. Online streams and meet-ups will continue to celebrate and uplift the LGBTQ+ community while also keeping queer and transgender people safe amid the current coronavirus pandemic by encouraging them to stay home (though some are planning in-person events; more on that below). While there will be no flashy, celebratory parades this month—like New York City’s WorldPride festivities last year, which was one of the largest LGBTQ+ celebrations in the world to date—organizers this year are aiming a different kind of Pride. Across cities, organizations plan to address the current protests against racism and police brutality, as well as acknowledge the black activists who have shaped Pride’s history and led the fight against relentless injustice and bigotry.
We’re Here‘s Season Is Ending, But Bob The Drag Queen Isn’t Going Anywhere
“I was initially worried We’re Here was going to be all ‘let’s hug the deplorables,’ but thankfully, it’s nothing like that.
At all! There have been other shows that focus on queer people making straight cisgender white people’s lives better, and I was pretty adamant I didn’t want that. We’re going to do queer stories—Latinx, trans, Black, and Indigenous—and it would not be ‘gays save the world.’ And it wasn’t.”
How I Came Out in Hollywood: A Decade-by-Decade Oral History
LGBTQ icons including Wanda Sykes, Jim Parsons, Rosie O’Donnell, Anderson Cooper and more recall the fears, funny moments and ultimate triumphs of telling the industry (and the world) who they really are: “I was scared to death.”
For any LGBTQ person, there is no bigger game-changer than coming out. It’s a rite of passage equal parts terrifying and liberating — and all the more so when you do it in the public eye. For its first Pride issue, THR turns to some of the most famous faces to have ever emerged from the Hollywood closet to learn what they were thinking before, during and after the biggest decision of their lives. Some came charging; others did it more tentatively. They span generations — the youngest, Josie Totah, is 18; the oldest, Richard Chamberlain, is 86. Their stories are vastly different, shaped as much by their own lives as the eras in which they came out. (What once required a People cover declaration can now be slipped into a tweet.) But what’s common throughout is that each of these stories — some told here for the first time — made it that much easier for LGBTQ people keenly watching and listening to follow in their footsteps.
Billy Porter and LGBTQ Ally Anna Wintour on Fashion’s Inclusivity and Arriving at Met Gala as an “Egyptian Sun King”
The Vogue editor-in-chief and Conde Nast artistic director and global content adviser chats with Porter about what being an LGBTQ ally means to her.
When Billy Porter made his Met Gala debut last year — carried on a throne by six shirtless male attendants while dripping in gold, emboldened with wings and wearing a custom ensemble by The Blonds — Vogue proclaimed: “Billy Porter Just Made the Most Fashionable Entrance in Met Gala History.” The Emmy-winning Pose star credits Anna Wintour with helping him rewrite fashion’s history books at the iconic event as she oversees the Costume Institute benefit and organizes the coveted invite list. One year later, Wintour agreed to join Porter on a Zoom call to discuss what it means to be an ally, her personal history with the LGBTQ community, personal favorites from queer media, and why she said yes to Porter’s idea.
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