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Authors at JK Rowling’s agency are quitting in support of trans community

Four authors have resigned from JK Rowling’s literary agency after they reportedly declined to issue a public statement in support of transgender rights. Drew Davies, Fox Fisher and Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir quit their roles at Blair Partnership, which is based in London, because they believed the company couldn’t “support our rights at all avenues”. Another author has quit the agency but wishes to remain anonymous. Davies, Fisher and Jónsdóttir said they asked Blair Partnership to “reaffirm their commitment to transgender rights and equality” following the Harry Potter author’s transphobic…

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One of America’s largest gay ‘conversion therapy’ networks is disbanding

The Hope for Wholeness Ministry had a presence in 15 different states. The Hope for Wholeness Ministry, one of America’s largest gay ‘conversion therapy’ networks, is disbanding after it failed to find a director to lead their harmful efforts. So-called gay ‘conversion therapy’ – which has been discredited by the NHS and the World Psychiatric Association – refers to any attempt at changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity and often involves techniques like electroshock therapy or prayer. The South Carolina based group announced its disbandment in a memo…

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Fleabag star Ben Aldridge says he’s “incredibly proud and thankful” to be LGBTQ+

Ben Aldridge has come out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. The British actor paid tribute to LGBTQ+ history in a series of photos, including a shot of the Gay Liberation March at Leicester Square in 1972 and Stonewall pioneers Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera as they walked in NYC’s 1973 Pride. “The journey to pride was a long one for me,” the star reflected in the caption. “I love the LGBTQ+ community and am incredibly proud and thankful to be a part of it. So much won.…

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Crowdfunding campaign launches to save the Stonewall Inn from closure

LGBTQ+ venues have been hit hard during the coronavirus pandemic. The Stonewall Inn, the site of the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement in the United States, has launched a fundraiser as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could force it to permanently shut its doors. In a piece for GAY TIMES last year, Philip Baldwin wrote about its historical significance: “When police raided the Stonewall Inn, during the early hours of 28 June, in an exceptional act of bravery, the patrons fought back. Many of these people, our queer brothers…

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Here are all the celebrities who’ve come out as LGBTQ+ in 2020 (so far)

“I am gay, and I’m finally okay with it. It’s been a long journey to get here.” We’re halfway through 2020 and various celebrities have already bravely lived their truths by coming out as LGBTQ+. From YouTuber NikkieTutorials to Zach Sullivan, who became the first professional ice hockey player to come out as gay, we round up everyone who has proudly and publicly joined our community to inspire a whole new generation of LGBTQ+ youth. Aaron Schock Known for: Anti-LGBTQ+ congressmanIdentifies as: Gay “The fact that I am gay is…

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Orange Is the New Black star Taylor Schilling introduces world to girlfriend

Taylor Schilling has confirmed her relationship with visual artist Emily Ritz. The actress, who is best known for her iconic role as Piper Chapman on Orange Is the New Black, reposted an adorable photo of her and Ritz over the weekend, in which they can be seen embracing one another in fog. “I couldn’t be more proud to be by your side @tayjschilling, Happy Pride!” Ritz wrote on the photo with several pink love heart emojis. On Sunday (28 June), Schilling shared the same photo to her 2.6 million Instagram…

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Indian reality TV star Vikas Gupta comes out as bisexual

Vikas Gupta also spoke about the rejection he got from his family. Screenwriter and reality TV star Vikas Gupta has come out as bisexual on social media, and opened up about the negative reactions he has faced, including from his family. In an Instagram post, Vikas confidently wrote: “Here I am, how I am – Standing tall and I will not be shamed bullied or blackmailed for what God has made me. “It has been years of torture and humiliation and hiding my emotions but that has not stopped me…

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Spanish sensation Pablo Alborán comes out as gay in heartfelt video

Pablo Alborán has come out as gay. The Spanish singer, who boasts eight number one hits and four number one albums in his home country, shared the personal news with fans in a video captioned, “Tengo algo que deciros,” which translates to, “I have something to tell you.” “I think that we often forget about the love that unites us, that makes us stronger. Today, from that love, I have the need to share something very personal,” he told his 5.5 million followers on Instagram. Pablo said he’s spent his…

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Four in five LGBTQ+ people say their mental health has worsened during lockdown

Lockdown has caused a surge in depression and anxiety for the LGBTQ+ community. A survey of 2333 people, conducted by OutLife, discovered that four in five (79%) LGBTQ+ individuals have experienced a plummet in their mental health due to the restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Before lockdown, 24% of those interviewed said they felt depressed “very often” or “every day” while 34% admitted to experiencing anxiety. During lockdown, these numbers increased to 43% (depression) and 50% (anxiety). For young people, loneliness has become a whole other…

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Black Trans Lives Matter: Incredible charities you can donate to right now

Transgender people – particularly Black transgender women – face disproportionate levels of violence and discrimination around the world. Due to intolerance and bigotry, 14 trans individuals are believed to have been killed in the United States this year, with 10 of the victims being trans women of colour. Two of these murders occurred in the past week alone. 26 trans people were also killed in 2019, a majority of which were Black trans women. (Of course, these are only the murders that have been officially documented, and have taken place…

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