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French Official's 'Those People' Remark Doesn't Land Well

LGBTQ community and supporters say Caroline Cayeux should not be in government

(Newser) - Pressure is mounting on a French government minister to quit over comments stigmatizing homosexuality and LGBTQ people, in the latest challenge to President Emmanuel Macron’s leadership. The remarks by Caroline Cayeux have hurt and angered many—including her colleagues—and prompted broader discussion around persistent discriminatory attitudes by people...

A Kiss Gets Pixar Movie Banned Overseas

UAE does not look kindly on lesbian show of affection

(Newser) - The United Arab Emirates on Monday banned the upcoming Pixar animated feature Lightyear from showing in movie theaters after its inclusion of a kiss between two lesbian characters, per the AP . The decision by the UAE comes as Malaysia also reportedly will ban the film, raising the possibility other Muslim-majority...

FBI: Man Blamed His Homophobia for Attack on Flight Attendant

He allegedly assaulted attendant in first class on Delta flight

(Newser) - A Delta Air Lines passenger accused of attacking a flight attendant in first class gave FBI investigators an "excuse" that isn't going to help his case. According to a criminal complaint, Christopher Alexander Morgan told investigators that "he is homophobic and that it is possible he could...

Parents, Son Charged in Attack That Blinded Gay Man

All 3 are facing hate crime charges in Florida

(Newser) - Three family members in Florida—and possibly a fourth—are facing potential life sentences over an attack that left a gay man permanently blind. Broward County prosecutors say parents Inna Makarenko, 44, and Yevhen Makarenko, 43, are facing hate crime charges over the Aug. 6, 2021, attack, as is son...

Gruden's Target: His Comment 'Makes Your Head Explode'

DeMaurice Smith says coach's resignation presents an 'opportunity'

(Newser) - As an investigation of the Washington Football Team wrapped up over the summer—with a $10 million fine for workplace abuse —another was just beginning. During that initial probe, prompted by sexual harassment complaints, the NFL had received 650,000 emails from the work account of former Washington executive...

Matt Damon's Daughter Schooled Him on Gay Slur 'Months Ago'

50-year-old Harvard alum just recently realized he shouldn't use the word after an ill-received 'joke'

(Newser) - Matt Damon is making the promotional rounds for his new film, Stillwater, but an anecdote he relayed in a recent interview is making its own headlines. Talking with the Sunday Times , the 50-year-old Harvard alum touched on the state of the movie industry before moving onto the topics of the...

DaBaby's Homophobic Speech Gets Him Booted From Lollapalooza

Rapper made the remarks at a Miami-area music festival

(Newser) - Rapper DaBaby was cut Sunday from Lollapalooza's closing lineup following crude and homophobic remarks he made last week at a Miami-area music festival, the AP reports. The Grammy-nominated artist, whose name is Jonathan Kirk, had been scheduled as a closing act on the final night of the four-day music...

Bar's Anti-Gay T-Shirt Could Help Hate Crime Law Pass

Wyoming bar's shirt called for shooting homosexuals

(Newser) - With the sale of a violent, homophobic T-shirt, a biker bar in Cheyenne may have inadvertently moved the state closer to bringing in hate crime legislation. The Wyoming Equality group shared a photo of the shirt—which shows an armed man, with the words "In Wyoming, we have a...

Teen Vogue Editor Sees Renewed Backlash on Racist Tweets
Old Controversy Reemerges
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Old Controversy Reemerges for New Teen Vogue Editor

Alexi McCammond is once again apologizing for racist, homophobic tweets posted in 2011

(Newser) - Teen Vogue has a new top editor, but just days into the job, Alexi McCammond finds herself at the center of controversy. CNN Business reports that 20 or so members of the magazine have sent a letter to management about McCammond, a former Axios reporter whose face had become a...

Reds Suspend Broadcaster for 'Horrific' Anti-Gay Slur

'I don’t know if I’m going to be putting on this headset again,' Thom Brennaman says

(Newser) - Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman has been suspended from working Cincinnati's games after using an anti-gay slur on air Wednesday night, prompting the team to apologize for the "horrific, homophobic remark." Brennaman used the slur moments after the Fox Sports Ohio feed returned from a commercial break before...

Trump Says He Could Support a Gay President

'I think there would be some that wouldn't'

(Newser) - President Trump isn't above mocking Pete Buttigieg's name or appearance—but he doesn't have a problem with his sexuality. In an interview with Geraldo Rivera Thursday, Trump said he could support a gay president, though some Americans might not. "I think so," Trump told the...

Prof With 'Stunningly Ignorant' Views Gets to Keep Job

First Amendment protects Eric Rasmusen, says Indiana University

(Newser) - The dean of the business school Eric Rasmusen teaches at calls his views "reprehensible"; Indiana University Provost Lauren Robel says they're "stunningly ignorant." But despite posts on his private social media accounts Robel deems "racist, sexist, and homophobic," Rasmusen won't lose his job...

County Lawmaker Rants About 'Queer' Running for President

Apparent reference to Pete Buttigieg has earned Tennessee's Warren Hurst condemnation

(Newser) - A commissioners' meeting in Sevier County, Tenn., went off the rails Monday during a discussion on a resolution to make the county a "Second Amendment sanctuary," per the Washington Post . While a couple of people showed up to push back on the resolution, things remained generally coolheaded—until...

US Soccer Star Calls Out 'Homophobic' Fellow Player

'Your religion was never the problem,' Ashlyn Harris tells Jaelene Hinkle

(Newser) - Jaelene Hinkle missed out on World Cup glory after dropping out of the US women's team—a decision the left back later admitted was because she didn't want to wear a jersey designed to honor the LGBT community. Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris slammed Hinkle as homophobic and intolerant Monday...

Detective-Pastor: We Must Arrest, Kill All Gay People
Detective-Pastor: We Must
Arrest, Kill All Gay People
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Detective-Pastor: We Must Arrest, Kill All Gay People

DA in Tennessee is now reviewing all pending cases involving Grayson Fritts

(Newser) - The pastor of a small Baptist church in Tennessee delivered a sermon earlier this month that likely would have made headlines under any circumstances. Grayson Fritts told his congregation that police should arrest gay people ("freaks" and "animals") so they can be tried and executed, reports the...

Zuckerberg Has New Problem on His Hands: His Security Chief

Liam Booth accused of sexual misconduct, as well as racist, sexist, homophobic remarks

(Newser) - Two former employees of the household staff of Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are lobbing some serious allegations against the power couple's security chief. First reported by Business Insider and confirmed by NBC News , Liam Booth, a former Secret Service agent, has been accused of making homophobic,...

WV Lawmaker Likens Gays to the KKK, to Outrage

Republican Delegate Eric Porterfield's remarks have been denounced by both sides

(Newser) - Virginia isn't the only state where a lawmaker is being called upon to resign. There's a brouhaha within West Virginia's House of Delegates over anti-LGBT comments Republican Eric Porterfield has repeatedly made over the last week. CNN reports things started last Wednesday during a hearing about an...

A New Twist in the Oscars Hosting Drama?

Ellen DeGeneres told Kevin Hart the Academy wants him

(Newser) - He got a gig "nobody was trying to score," and then he just as swiftly lost it . Now, nearly a month after Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars after past homophobic tweets surfaced, the 39-year-old comedian may be reconsidering his decision. Variety reports Hart revealed this...

After Ultimatum, Kevin Hart Is Out as Oscar Host

He apologizes for homophobic tweets

(Newser) - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ended up looking for a new host for the 91st Academy Awards less than 36 hours after naming Kevin Hart for the slot. The comedian, who had faced a major backlash over homophobic tweets from 2011 and earlier, announced Thursday night that...

Mo. GOP Denounces 'Vile' Remarks of Primary Winner

Steve West, known for bigotry and conspiracy theories, won nomination for state House seat

(Newser) - He calls himself Jack Justice, has a YouTube channel in which he puts on a wig and fake beard and spouts conspiracy theories, and said last year on a radio show: "Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany. And who was behind it." Steve West...

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