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Good Place Actress: This Is Not How I Wanted to Come Out

Jameela Jamil felt forced to reveal she's queer after backlash on her role in new ballroom show

(Newser) - "This is absolutely not how I wanted it to come out." Those are the words of The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil, recently announced as a judge on Legendary, HBO Max's new show on ballroom/ voguing . But it's not the news of her participation in the... More »

Hallmark Channel CEO Steps Down After a 'Black Eye'

Bill Abbott's move comes one month after Hallmark pulled then restored same-sex ads

(Newser) - For nearly a dozen years, Bill Abbott has served as president and CEO of Hallmark Channel, which expanded its programming and enjoyed increased ratings and ad revenue during his tenure. So an announcement Wednesday from the channel's parent company that Abbott is resigning was somewhat surprising, per the Los ... More »

Netflix Ordered to Pull Film About Gay Jesus

Brazilian judge says 'freedom of expression ... is not absolute'

(Newser) - A Brazilian judge has ordered Netflix to remove a film depicting Jesus Christ with a boyfriend. The First Temptation of Christ, released as a Christmas special, caused such fury among Brazil's conservative Christians that 2 million signed a petition calling for its removal, while a group lobbed firebombs at... More »

Man Gets 15-Plus Years for Burning Pride Flag

Adolfo Martinez said it was his 'honor' to set LGBT banner on fire in Ames, Iowa

(Newser) - An Iowa man will have a lot of time to reflect on how burning an LGBTQ flag in June wasn't the right move. The AP reports that Adolfo Martinez, 30, was convicted last month, and Wednesday he was sentenced to at least 15 years behind bars for an arson... More »

Hallmark Reinstates Ads With Same-Sex Couples

Company is 'truly sorry' for 'wrong decision'

(Newser) - The Hallmark Channel, reversing what it called a "wrong decision," said Sunday it will reinstate commercials featuring same-sex couples that it had pulled following a complaint from a conservative group . The earlier decision by Crown Media, the Hallmark Channel's parent company, to pull several ads for the... More »

You Won't See Gay Ads on Hallmark Anymore

The network bows to pressure from conservative group

(Newser) - Under pressure from a conservative advocacy group, The Hallmark Channel has pulled ads for a wedding-planning website that featured same-sex couples, including two brides kissing, the AP reports. The family-friendly network, which is in the midst of its heavily watched holiday programming, removed the ads because the controversy was a... More »

He's Getting Adopted. A Teacher Told Him He Shouldn't Be Thankful

Because he'll have two dads, and 'homosexuality is wrong,' she says

(Newser) - It's a heartwarming pre-holiday moment: As students are about to leave for Thanksgiving break, the teacher asks them what they're thankful for. Only this time, the teacher's response was not so heartwarming. When a substitute teacher asked fifth-graders at a Utah public school the gratitude question, one... More »

Always: Our Pads Aren't Just for Females

Company will remove Venus symbol from packaging

(Newser) - Always is scrubbing the female gender symbol from the packaging of its sanitary pads in an effort to be more inclusive of transgender and non-binary customers. The move comes after LGBTQ activist Ben Saunders—named Young Campaigner of the Year by LGBTQ rights charity Stonewall—asked the company to remove... More »

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... More »

Miley Cyrus' Comments on Homosexuality Don't Go Over Well

She tells women they 'don't have to be gay' because 'there are good men out there'

(Newser) - Miley Cyrus has a new boyfriend , and while doing a livestream with him on her Instagram feed Sunday, she had this to say to her female fans, per E! : "Guys, I was being a little too, like ... hardcore feminist vibes and, just like, I don't know, not allowing... More »

Chick-fil-A Just Opened First UK Restaurant. It's Already Closing

The Chick-fil-A in Reading is shutting down after protests related to LGBTQ+ issues

(Newser) - On Oct. 10, the first-ever Chick-fil-A in the UK opened its doors. On Oct. 18 , the announcement was made that it would not be staying there. After the US fast food chain opened a branch in the English town of Reading, the LGBTQ+ advocacy group Reading Pride started organizing protests... More »

Nation's Law Would Bring Death Penalty for Gay Sex

Critics say revived bill in Uganda will 'fire up more hatred'

(Newser) - Africa is known for having some of the most rigid laws against homosexuality in the world, with Uganda now vying for one of the top spots on that front. Reuters reports a bill is in the works there that would resurrect a long-dormant one, with a dire punishment for gay... More »

Teen's Messages With Other Boy Were Posted. Hours Later, He Was Dead

Channing Smith, 16, killed himself in his Tennessee home

(Newser) - On the night of Sunday, Sept. 22, Channing Smith, 16, saw that private, sexually explicit messages between himself and a male classmate had been posted to Instagram and Snapchat. Within hours, Channing was dead, having taken his own life. His family says the cyberbullying is to blame; the Tennessee high... More »

Dem Donor's Legal Troubles Just Got Worse

Complaint: Ed Buck, accused of luring gay men for sex and meth binges, had at least 10 victims

(Newser) - When you're known around town as "Doctor Kevorkian," the implication probably isn't a good one. That's the nickname court records say was bestowed on wealthy Democratic donor Ed Buck, 65, who's been accused of luring homeless, gay black men to his home, then plying... More »

'History-Making Proposal' on Bachelor Show Gets Mixed Reax

Franchise has its first same-sex proposal on 'Bachelor in Paradise'

(Newser) - Every summer for the past six years, former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants take to a Mexican beach to try to once more find love, with the end of each season usually ending in one or more marriage proposals. This time around, per NBC News , a "history-making proposal" made its... More »

Drew Brees Draws Fire After Controversial Video

New Orleans Saints QB pushes back after appearing in clip from anti-LGBT Christian group

(Newser) - "For we live by faith, not by sight" is one of Drew Brees' favorite biblical quotes, he tells fans in a 20-second video spot aimed at students for "Bring Your Bible to School Day" on Oct. 3. It was a short clip meant to inspire, but instead it'... More »

Kristen Stewart Reveals Attitude Shift on Her Sexuality

Actress says she was told not to hold GF's hand in public: 'I don't want to work with people like that'

(Newser) - Kristen Stewart is seven months away from 30, a long way from the teenager she was when her role as Bella Swan in the Twilight movies catapulted her to stardom. After years of shying away from the mainstream post-Twilight, she's now starring in a reboot of Charlie's Angels,... More »

'Straight Pride' Parade Draws Protesters

Police made over 30 arrests amid arguments and minor fights

(Newser) - A "straight pride" parade and counter-demonstration went off in Boston Saturday without any major conflicts reported between the two groups, the AP reports. An organization calling itself Super Happy Fun America announced the parade as Boston celebrated LGBTQ Pride Month earlier this summer, saying it believes straight people are... More »

NFL Veteran: I'm Bisexual, Tired of Hiding It

'I just want to play ball for a team that knows me off the field and values me on it'

(Newser) - Free agent defensive end Ryan Russell says he wants to live his dream of playing in NFL again and to live his life openly—and "those two objectives shouldn't be in conflict." The 27-year-old, who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2015 and played in 23... More »

Dad of Elizabeth Smart: I'm Gay, Getting Divorced

Ed Smart also says he's not finding 'solace' anymore in LDS church

(Newser) - Ed Smart, father of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart , posted a letter on Facebook Thursday that held some stunning revelations: He's gay, divorcing Elizabeth's mother, and "doesn't see a place for himself in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," per the Deseret News . Smart... More »

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