Have you ever been out for weekend brunch and someone brings up a recent news story you know nothing about? You could frantically head to the restroom to google the topic, or you could read up on these five news stories that will keep you looking informed and engaged when the moment arises. With our help — and these stories on the gayest anti-gay flag routine ever and the latest GOP closet-case uncovered — you won’t be dumb at brunch.
Here are the 5 news stories that’ll keep you looking well-informed at brunch this weekend.
1. #WTF? (“What The Flag?”)
The LGBTQ community is no stranger to seeing anti-gay groups, with patriotic or pro-family-sounding names (Alliance Defending Freedom or Family Research Council among them). They meet to plot how they’re going to continue to lobby against our rights. But it’s rare we get to see some of the entertainment they provide their attendees.
Well, MassResistance — the anti-LGBTQ hate group that published a 600-page book on the “Hazards of Homosexuality” — had the guy above open their latest event. Without a doubt it’s the gayest anti-gay flag routine we’ve ever watched. With those colorful flags — coupled with those fancy dance moves — we think he should be leading a Pride parade somewhere!
Jeffrey Tambor, the award-winning actor who has played the groundbreaking role of Maura Pfefferman on Amazon’s Transparent, has confirmed he’s leaving the show after multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
The actor has denied the accusations and says playing Maura has been one of the greatest privileges of his life. Transparent has not yet been picked up for a Season 5, but we’re curious how the show now plans to proceed. It has cast trans actors in many roles throughout its four seasons, and has hired trans men and women as crew, so we’re hopeful it can continue to do so by expanding other storylines and creating new ones. This show is too important to go away.
Demi Lovato is sorry, not sorry (see what we did there?) about her support of the LGBTQ community. She recently brought Danica Roem, the first openly transgender person seated in a state legislature, to the American Music Awards as her plus-one.
The two of them came together as part of GLAAD’s “Together” initiative, which calls for all marginalized communities to stand together. Instead of walking the carpet and talking about who they’re wearing, the pair spoke about the importance of diversity and inclusion. Both Demi and Danica are inspirations!
4. Call Me!
The Oscar buzz continues to grow around Call Me By Your Name, as it just garnered six Independent Spirit Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. This coming-of-age drama directed by Luca Guadagnino and starring Armie Hammer is a gay love story involving a 17-year-old who falls for his father’s research assistant (Hammer).
We love that we have another LGBT movie in the spotlight. The Spirit Awards are our first real glimpse into what awards season will look like. Last year the film Moonlight won the Spirit Award for Best Feature and went on to win (regardless of what Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway said), the Oscar for Best Picture. That’s a good omen for Call Me By Your Name, which is playing in select theaters now. Go see and support this film!
5. Our Whackjob of the Week: Isn’t It Always The Closet-Case?
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Another “family values” Republican has been caught up in a gay scandal! Ohio state Rep. Wes Goodman, 33, was caught having sex with another man in his office. He has since resigned.
Around 30 men have since come forward, all between the ages of 18-24, to accuse him of soliciting them for sex and sending them nude photos and giving lewd messages. Of course, Mr. Christian Conservative denies these were his messages.
It’s sad that he felt he was not able to live his truth, but to be an outspoken LGBT rights opponent while secretly hooking up with men is the definition of hypocrisy. And, unfortunately, something we have seen all too often.
Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo were one of two plaintiff couples in California’s 2013 challenge of Proposition 8, which brought marriage equality back to the state after being ruled on by the U.S. Supreme Court. These activists also host the weekly podcast The Husbands. Catch them there or follow them on Instagram @JeffZandPaulK.