July 28, 2021

Visible First Time}} Gay Athletes Take Over in Waves on The Olympics





 


 
TOKYO -- When Olympic diver Tom Daley announced in 2013 that he was dating a man and “couldn't be happier,” his coming out was an act of courage that, with its rarity, also exposed how the top echelons of sport weren't seen as a safe space by the vast majority of LGBTQ athletes.

Back then, the number of gay Olympians who felt able and willing to speak openly about their private lives could be counted on a few hands. There'd been just two dozen openly gay Olympians among the more than 10,000 who competed at the 2012 London Games, a reflection of how unrepresentative and anachronistic top-tier sports were just a decade ago and, to a large extent, still are. 
A wave of rainbow-colored pride, openness and acceptance is sweeping through Olympic pools, skateparks, halls and fields, with a record number of openly gay competitors in Tokyo. Whereas LGBTQ invisibility used to make Olympic sports seem out of step with the times, Tokyo is shaping up as a watershed for the community and for the Games — now, finally, starting to better reflect human diversity.

“It's about time that everyone was able to be who they are and celebrated for it,” said U.S. skateboarder Alexis Sablone, one of at least five openly LGBTQ athletes in that sport making its Olympic debut in Tokyo.

“It's really cool,” Sablone said. “What I hope that means is that even outside of sports, kids are raised not just under the assumption that they are heterosexual."

The gay website Outsports.com has been tallying the number of publicly out gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and nonbinary athletes in Tokyo. After several updates, its count is now up to 168, including some who petitioned to get on the list. That's three times the number that Outsports tallied at the last Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. At the London Games, it counted just 23.

“The massive increase in the number of out athletes reflects the growing acceptance of LGBTQ people in sports and society,” Outsports says.

Daley is also broadcasting that message from Tokyo, his fourth Olympics overall and second since he came out.

After winning gold for Britain with Matty Lee in 10-meter synchronized diving, the 27-year-old reflected on his journey from young misfit who felt “alone and different" to Olympic champion who says he now feels less pressure to perform because he knows that his husband and their son love him regardless.

“I hope that any young LGBT person out there can see that no matter how alone you feel right now you are not alone," Daley said. "You can achieve anything, and there is a whole lot of your chosen family out here."

“I feel incredibly proud to say that I am a gay man and also an Olympic champion,” he added. “Because, you know, when I was younger I thought I was never going to be anything or achieve anything because of who I was.”

Still, there's progress yet to be made.

 
Among the more than 11,000 athletes competing in Tokyo, there will be others who still feel held back, unable to come out and be themselves. Outsports’ list has few men, reflecting their lack of representation that extends beyond Olympic sports. Finnish Olympian Ari-Pekka Liukkonen is one of the rare openly gay men in his sport, swimming.

“Swimming, it’s still much harder to come out (for) some reason," he said. "If you need to hide what you are, it’s very hard.”

Only this June did an active player in the NFL — Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib — come out as gay. And only last week did a first player signed to an NHL contract likewise make that milestone announcement. Luke Prokop, a 19-year-old Canadian with the Nashville Predators, now has 189,000 likes for his “I am proud to publicly tell everyone that I am gay" post on Twitter.

The feeling that “there's still a lot of fight to be done” and that she needed to stand up and be counted in Tokyo is why Elissa Alarie, competing in rugby, contacted Outsports to get herself named on its list. With their permission, she also added three of her Canadian teammates.

“It’s important to be on that list because we are in 2021 and there are still, like, firsts happening. We see them in the men’s professional sports, NFL, and a bunch of other sports," Alarie said. "Yes, we have come a long way. But the fact that we still have firsts happening means that we need to still work on this.”

Tokyo's out Olympians are also almost exclusively from Europe, North and South America, and Australia/New Zealand. The only Asians on the Outsports list are Indian sprinter Dutee Chand and skateboarder Margielyn Didal from the Philippines.

That loud silence resonates with Alarie. Growing up in a small town in Quebec, she had no gay role models and "just thought something was wrong with me.”

"To this day, who we are is still illegal in many countries," she said. “So until it's safe for people in those countries to come out, I think we need to keep those voices loud and clear."

Thousands March on Hungary Pride Protesting the LGBTQ Oppression on The Country

 



BUDAPEST, Hungary — Rising anger over the policies of Hungary's right-wing government filled the streets of the country's capital on Saturday as thousands of LGBT supporters marched in the annual Budapest Pride parade.

March organizers expected record crowds at the event, and called on participants to express their opposition to recent steps by populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government that critics say stigmatize sexual minorities in the Central European country.

Budapest Pride spokesperson Jojo Majercsik said this year's march is not just a celebration and remembrance of the historical struggles of the LGBT movement but a protest against Orban's current policies targeting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people.

“A lot of LGBTQ people are afraid and don’t feel like they have a place or a future in this country anymore,” Majercsik told The Associated Press.

The march came after a controversial law passed by Hungary's parliament in June prohibited the display of content to minors that depicts homosexuality or gender change. The measures were attached to a bill allowing tougher penalties for pedophiles.

Hungary's government says its policies seek to protect children. But critics of the legislation compare it to Russia's gay propaganda law of 2013, and say it conflates homosexuality with pedophilia as part of a campaign ploy to mobilize conservative voters ahead of elections next spring.

The legislation was met with fierce opposition by many politicians in the European Union, of which Hungary is a member. The Executive Commission of the 27-nation bloc launched two separate legal proceedings against Hungary's government last week over what it called infringements on LGBT rights.

Saturday's march wound through the center of Budapest and crossed the Danube River on one of the iconic structures connecting the city’s two halves: Liberty Bridge.

Mira Nagy, a 16-year-old Pride attendee and member of Hungary's LGBT community, said this year's Pride march has special meaning.

“This year is much more significant, because now there are real stakes,” she said. “Our situation is pretty bad … My plan is that if things get even worse, I will leave Hungary.”

The law also requires that only civic organizations approved by the government can provide sexual education in schools, and limits the availability of media content and literature to minors that discusses sexual orientation.

Pride marcher Anasztazia Orosz said that would inhibit young people from accessing important information and validation of their own sexual orientation.

“It was really difficult for me to come out, and the only thing that made it easier was that I found a book of stories on LGBT topics," Orosz said. "That’s how I learned that what I’m feeling is something real, that I’m not different.”

On Wednesday, Orban announced the government would hold a national referendum to demonstrate public support for the law. The poll will ask Hungarians whether children should be introduced to topics of sexual orientation in schools, and whether gender reassignment should be promoted or depicted to children.

Yet Majercsik, the Pride spokesperson, said the questions are “openly transphobic and homophobic," and part of a “propaganda campaign” by the government to incite resentment against the LGBT community.

“I've heard from a lot of LGBT people that are planning to leave the country, and won't even wait for next year's elections,” Majercsik said. “There will be many others for whom the results of the elections will determine whether they stay or leave.”

Several members of opposition parties attended the march, including liberal Budapest mayor Gergely Karacsony, a challenger to Orban in the election next year that is expected to be the closest since Orban's party took power in 2010.

Several small counter demonstrations were held across central Budapest.

Terry Reintke, an EU lawmaker kicked off the march with a speech, saying that the eyes of Europe were on Budapest.

“We are many, many more than the thousands here today,” Reintke said.

July 27, 2021

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While it is known that men tend to live shorter than women, a new research conducted on sheep showed that hormones may be to blame.

The study, led by researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand, showed that removal of androgen hormone in sheep delays ageing of DNA, and that it also drives feminine characteristics of DNA and the chemical tags it holds, known as DNA methylation.

Androgens are a group of hormones that play a role in male traits and reproductive activity. It is usually thought of as a male hormone, but the female body also produces a small amount of androgens naturally.

"Both farmers and scientists have known for some time that removing male hormones by castration improves longevity compared to their intact counterparts; however, this is the first time anyone has looked at DNA to see if it also ages slower," said first-author Victoria Sugrue, a doctoral student at the varsity.

For the study, published in the journal eLife, the team first generated an 'epigenetic clock' from large numbers of sheep to measure DNA ageing. They then looked at the epigenetic clock of castrated and intact males and found their 'ticking rate' is different; meaning that the longer lives of castrated sheep, or 'wethers' as they are referred to by farmers, is reflected in their DNA.

The findings provide new avenues to understand the mechanism of male-accelerated ageing. The team found that males and females have very different patterns of DNA ageing in sheep. Despite being male, the castrates (wethers) had very feminine characteristics at specific DNA sites.

"Interestingly, those sites most affected by castration also bind to receptors of male hormones in humans at a much greater rate than we would expect by chance. This provides a clear link between castration, male hormones and sex-specific differences in DNA ageing," said Tim Hore, senior lecturer at Otago's Department of Anatomy.

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Gym, eat, repeat: the shocking rise of muscle dysmorphia | Body image | The  Guardian
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Elliot Page, The Stud and Mae Martin The Hearthrob A Get Together After Going Out



         Elliot Page (left) and Mae Martin (right)



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Elliot Page and Mae Martin had a reuniting of sorts this weekend, with both posting the same selfie with each other to their respective Instagrams.

“Chilling with this heartthrob,” Page captioned his post. Martin said on their post, “reunion with true stud @elliotpage.” 

““PS I just finished season two of Feel Good on Netflix,” Page added about the show that Martin co-created and stars in, “and if you haven’t watched yet it what are you doing?”

Both entertainers have a lot in common — both are now 34, Canadian, and have come out publicly in the last year. Page came out in December 2020 as transgender, while Martin came out as non-binary and bisexual in April.

Martin, born in Toronto, is known as a stand up comedian and writer. Martin has previously written for the Baroness von Sketch Show on CBC and the comedy special Dope on Netflix. Their current show, Feel Good, which is also on Netflix, has earned them a BAFTA Award nomination and two Canadian Comedy Awards.

Page, born in Halifax, is known for his Academy Award-nominated acting who currently stars in Netflix’s Umbrella Academy. He shot to stardom with the hit 2007 film Juno, for which he got an Oscar nomination. He also appeared in two X-Men films, co-hosted the docuseries Gaycation, and directed the film There’s Something in the Water.   
Still, this isn’t the first meeting between the two. They’ve actually known each other for 15 years.

Martin previous described to the New York Times how they “weirdly met” Page “in a bar when we were 19.”

“I was like a weird sort-of homeless stoner – I had an apartment, but there were no locks on the door… [and] Elliot was filming X-Men [The Last Stand] at the time, I think, and we had a mutual friend,” Martin said.

The two reconnected years later and have been friends ever since. Page confided in Martin prior to coming out publicly, which Martin said “was very inspiring, and reassuring.” It helped Martin with their own understanding of their gender identity, which came “in the midst of it all” when they were “feeling quite stressed about it.”

“It’s nice to have someone you can bounce off of who’s going through something similar,” they said.


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