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Demi Lovato and Sam Smith: the Olympic LGBT+ duo 
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Demi Lovato and Sam Smith: the Olympic LGBT+ duo 

Are Olympic Games postponed because of Covid-19 pandemic? No worries, Smith and Lovato duo will make us dream anyway. The cover of their new single - out this Friday 17th April 2020 - pictures the two artists as a sport team ready to represent the LGBT+ community at the next Olympic Games, and honestly, we can’t wait for this single to be released. 'I'm Ready' is the latest track to be released from Sam’s third album which originally had to be called “To Die For”. A choice that resulted not to be the best one given the actual situation of the number of deaths for Coronavirus.  The artist decided to postpone the effective release fo the album to a new date (t.b.c) and find a better name for it. This Monday, on his social media channels, Sam Smith wrote: “Incredibly happy to re...
Turkmenistan: young gay man brutally beaten because he was gay and HIV positive.
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Turkmenistan: young gay man brutally beaten because he was gay and HIV positive.

Turkmenistan is not a country for gay people, and we already knew it. Life in Turkmenistan is extremely hard and threatening for the LGBT+ community, as gay and bisexual men can face up to two years of prison and where society is still living with a strong anti-gay and anti-queer feeling. This, anyhow, does not justify the horrific experience lived by a 23-year-old gay man, beaten by police, simply because he was HIV positive.  Maskat - this is the name of this young boy - spoke anonymously to RadioFreeEurope and told his story to all listeners on line in that moment.  Last December, Maksat visited a local HIV centre trying to access antiretroviral therapy. Nurses at the centre asked him to take a blood test and  to return two days later, but when he went back to the centre, he foun...
Learn how to make a mask out of one of your jockstraps in 3 simple steps
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Learn how to make a mask out of one of your jockstraps in 3 simple steps

Do It Yourself I know the news might be a bit old, but hey, I could not resist this, I had to report it. Let’s be honest with ourselves: we all have one or two jockstraps in our underwear drawer and we do like them a lot. But did you know you could turn it into a safe mask to go out and protect yourself from Covid-19? Emerson Collins - an American TV personality and actor - posted a video on his TikTok channel teaching us hot to make a mask out of a jockstrap!  As reported from NYPost: “Don’t sew? Don’t worry: That DIY coronavirus face mask might be in your gym bag.” In his video, Emerson said: “I made a Jockstrap Mask Tutorial because I’m ridiculous”. It is a 1 minute video and in 3 easy steps you can get a fashionable, reusable and echo-friendly mask against Coronavirus. ...
Jade Thirlwall and Little Mix to possibly release a song dedicated to the Trans Community
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Jade Thirlwall and Little Mix to possibly release a song dedicated to the Trans Community

You need to practice what you preach. Little Mix just released “Break Up Song” as the lead single from their upcoming sixth studio album, and Jade together with longtime collaborator Camille Purcell wrote a song that they think it is perfect to represent Trans people around the world. Jade Thirlwall from Little Mix spoke to Glamour last week, and said it’s essential for people to be allies of the LGBT+ community, especially during this hard time we are all facing because of Covid-19. She also said: “We’re all in self isolation and some LGBT+ people might be in a home or a family environment where they’re not very supportive of being who they are. So, if you know anybody who is in that circumstance, reach out to them, message them, show them how much you support and love them – there...
A Filippino politician created very homophobic and shameful punishments for LGBT+ people not respecting isolation amid Covid-19 pandemic.
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A Filippino politician created very homophobic and shameful punishments for LGBT+ people not respecting isolation amid Covid-19 pandemic.

Filippino’s craziness.  A Filipino politician reportedly forced some LGBT+ people - which did not respect isolation during this Coronavirus pandemic - to kiss each other and perform “sexy dance” in front of minors and other people as a punishment. Christopher Bombing Punzalan - this is the name of this captain (elected chairman) of the Pandacaqui barangay (district) - he particularly targeted LGBT+ people (according to Rappler) and if he found them out of their houses “breaking the rules” of Covid-19 curfew, he started punishing them in very humiliating ways. He also posted a series of Facebook live videos of him confronting a group breaking the 8pm lockdown curfew, those videos have now been deleted. (Who know why?) He accused a group of gay people he found out in the streets to be o...
Halle Berry shutting down homophobic followers shaming her son walking on heels
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Halle Berry shutting down homophobic followers shaming her son walking on heels

“Well it’s a he and he is having a ball.” Halle Berry recently posted a video of her son Maceo walking in their house wearing a pair of fantastic, fabulous, glamourous white high-heeled boots and the capture said: “Quarantine day 12” https://www.instagram.com/p/B-IG1bYDutd/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link The actress received loads of friendly, lovely and encouraging comments like the one below But idiocy is always around the corner and homophobic, hatred comments were posted too:  “Stop acting like this is normal,”  “Nothing fun about this,”  “Please don’t let this kid think this is alright,”  “My son never played in heels” “His mother is making him gay?” Gurlz, c’mon! Do you really think that people “become” gay? Still in 2020? We are born this way! Get ov...
Disney’s DuckTales introduce two gay duck dads.
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Disney’s DuckTales introduce two gay duck dads.

Show’s Executive Producer says he wants “better representation, not cookies”. DisneyXD’s third season premiere show dropped a new and amazing reveal about Violet’s family. The scene shows Huey and Violet facing off at their scouting group for the title of Senior Woodchuck after Violet saves Huey’s life.  Rapidly after the premiere, all DuckTales Fans started showing their appreciation on Twitter  for the representation of this LGBT+ moment in a historical Disney Show.  Violet is pictured between her two dads waring “I’m with dad” t-shirts and to be sure the audience clearly understands it all, Lena - Violet’s friend - says “That’s my sister from a couple misters!” One of the fans wrote: “A step in the right direction for LGBT representation… Thank you so much, DuckTales. Se...
Arrested after planting a rainbow flag at NYC Coronavirus Field Hospital.
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Arrested after planting a rainbow flag at NYC Coronavirus Field Hospital.

The hospital is run by anti-LGBT preacher Franklin Graham. Last Tuesday the opening, but nothing mattered to public opinion, not even if this hospital is run by Graham’s anti-gay evangelist group Samaritan’s Purse, not even if all volunteers at the hospital must sign an anti-gay pledge agreeing that “gay people will go to hell” and that those healthcare givers will not cure any gay patient. https://twitter.com/revbillytalen/status/1247060933370757120 So Reverend Billy Talen tried to plant a rainbow LGBT+ flag in front of the hospital: “Today I tried to deliver a rainbow flag to the Samaritan’s Purse field hospital in Central Park. Franklin Graham and his Lord’s Army are here with their homophobic racist hustle. Help not hate,” he wrote in his post on twitter, after being arrest...
Lady Gaga announced One World: Together at Home Concert.
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Lady Gaga announced One World: Together at Home Concert.

This big event will see the participation of Lizzo and Elton John - among the others - and all money raised will be used to fund protective equipment for health-care professionals fighting against Covid-19 around the world. After having to postpone her Chromatica Ball European Tour due to Covid-19 Pandemic, Lady Gaga  spoke at the World Health Organisation revealing details of the One World: Together at Home special concert: “We are all so very grateful to all of the health-care professionals across the country and the world who are on the front lines during COVID-19.” The Line-Up of this concert is giving us huge expectations. Mother Monster - or our Sailor Chromatica - will be joined by many other stars including Elton John, Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney and the sexy Mal...
Covid-19 restrictions in Panama are getting worse especially for Trans people.
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Covid-19 restrictions in Panama are getting worse especially for Trans people.

Crazy rules and where to find them. On 1st April Panama implemented new rules for the self-isolations due to Covid-19 pandemic: men and women are allowed to go out of their houses for a max of 2 continuous hours per day on specific and alternate days. To be sure all citizens respect these restrictions, police are checking the gender on the ID cards, this is seriously effecting trans people (pre-surgery) around the country. In Panama, trans people can only change their gender on their ID Documents if they can prove they have had gender-confirmation surgery. According to Human Rights Watch, on the first day of these new gendered-social-distancing and isolation rules, Bárbara Delgado a trans woman who still hasn’t completed her surgeries for gender-confirmation, was stopped by police o...
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