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Here are the LGBTQ+ senators and legislators who made history in the 2020 US election

Meet the diverse LGBTQ+ political pioneers changing the face of American history in the 2020 election. This year’s US election may have been more anxiety-inducing than any in recent memory, but among all the nail-biting drama we’re some history-making moments for LGBTQ+ candidates. The 2020 US Election provided a number of first across numerous states, increasing representation for LGBTQ+ people in positions of power. Here’s a breakdown of what we know so far: Michele Rayner-Goolsby Michele Rayner-Goolsby has become the first obama queer state legislator elected to Florida’s House of…

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Joe Biden becomes the first President to highlight transgender voters in victory speech

We stan Mr. Biden! Joe Biden has done what no president has done before… acknowledged and supported transgender people in his victory speech. “I’m proud of the campaign we built and ran, I’m proud of the coalition we put together — the broadest and most diverse coalition in history […] gay, straight, transgender, white Latino, Asian, Native American,” said the future President. This election has proven to be an exceptional time for LGBTQ+ politicians. Sarah McBride, Stephanie Byers, Brianna Titone, and Taylor Small are four trans candidates that won their…

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Legendary transgender activist and journalist Monica Roberts dies at 58

Monica Roberts, best known for the creation of the TransGriot blog, tragically passed away on 9 October. The pioneering journalist and activist continuously pushed the boundaries of news and reporting on transgender issues. Roberts launched the online blog TransGriot in 2006 which spotlighted Black trans women and pushed for the coverage of LGBTQ+ issues. Roberts’ influential impact as a journalist and activist was felt far and wide. She was also a co-founder of the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition in 1999. The organisation described Roberts as a “leader” and “elder” who…

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Taylor Swift says the LGBTQ+ community “deserves to be acknowledged and included”

Pop icon Taylor Swift has proven she is not ready to be excluded from LGBTQ+ politics anymore. It was revealed this Wednesday (October 7) that Swift would be one of the few stars gracing the cover of V Magazine. In an excerpt of the new interview, which has been branded ‘The Thought Leaders’, Swift speaks candidly about the visibility of the LGBTQ+ community. “The change we need most is to elect a president who recognizes that people of color deserve to feel safe and represented, that women deserve the right…

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Kristen Stewart opens up about the “pressure” to publicly come out

Kristen Stewart has spoken out about navigating her identity in Hollywood and seeking queer representation in the industry.  In an interview with InStyle magazine, the Charlie’s Angels actress was paired with Happiest Season director Clea Duvall, and the duo talked about their upcoming Christmas romcom and how their own experiences shaped their roles. Duvall was eager to see a movie that resonated with herself, but also reflected a cinematic experience she was yet to see. “I wanted something that represented an experience I haven’t seen, which was something close to…

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Stephen King, Margaret Atwood and Roxane Gay advocate for trans rights in open letter

With over 1,200 signatories, Stephen King, Margaret Atwood and Roxane Gay are a few names showing their support to trans and non-binary communities of the US and Canada. Following a string of controversial remarks being made by a prominent UK author, the conversation over trans rights in the literary world has become centre of attention. This isn’t the first time for authors and creatives to publicly denounce discriminatory comments. Last week, author Malorie Blackman, broadcaster Clara Amfo and writer Jeanette Winterson joined more than 200 members of the publishing industry…

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Demi Lovato, Tan Fance, Neil Patrick Harris share messages of support for National Coming Out Day

In honour of National Coming Out Day, celebrities and activists have come forward delivering compassionate messages of solidarity and understanding.  Model and high-profile activist, Munroe Bergdorf took to Twitter to share an inspiring thread that encouraged recognising your own worth and coming to terms with your identity at your own pace. Closing off the thread, Bergdorf offered a final line of comfort for her online followers: “Take your time, be on your own side and remember that you are not alone. Happy #NationalComingOutDay“.  What’s on the other side of coming…

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Drag Race stars Trixie Mattel and Katya are launching a new podcast

Our favourite duo are back to give us even more chaotic content and we are here for it! If the endless episodes of UNHhhh available on WOW Presents aren’t enough, well there’s more to keep you going. If you’re not too familiar with the pair, Trixie Mattel is an artsy queen that won season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars and was a competitor on season seven of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Katya Zamolodchikova (aka Katya for those of us who can’t pronounce complicated Russian), is renowned for her sharp…

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Zachary Quinto publicly came out as gay due to “huge spate of teen suicides”

“I just felt like I had an obligation at this point.” Zachary Quinto has explained his decision to publicly come out as gay. The actor, who currently stars in the second film adaptation of Mart Crowley’s play The Boys in the Band, spoke about his sexuality for the first time on his website in 2011. In a recent interview with Variety, Quinto said his decision came during a time “when a lot of young kids were killing themselves around the country because of bullying.” “There was a huge spate of…

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South Asian queer platform Gaysians launches new crowdfunding campaign

Gaysians has put together a fundraising campaign to continue to support the LGBTQ+ South Asian community and take their organisation to the next level. Having launched a new website, Gaysians is networking with 24 organisations spanning the UK. This revolutionary platform was the creation of our very own GAY TIMES Contributing Editor, Reeta Loi. Reeta is an award-winning activist, writer, music artist, and one of Forbes 100 Women Founders. After struggling to be embraced by her own family due to her sexuality, the activist decided to create a community of…

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