Showing posts with label Gay Politics. Show all posts
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September 8, 2019

Buttigieg Thinks Kevin Hart Protests Too Much and He Is Not Running To be A Gay President



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Even Pete Buttigieg thinks Kevin Hart doth protest too much.
Hart, who is currently recovering after a car accident, was also in the headlines this week for basically forcing Lil Nas X to explain homophobia
The comedian and the record-breaking country-rap crossover sensation recently had a conversation for HBO’s The Shop: Uninterrupted. Lil Nas X opened up about his decision to come out while “Old Town Road,” his single featuring country legend Billy Ray Cyrus, was becoming the longest-running No. 1 single in Billboard Hot 100 history. 
“He came out as gay!” Hart interjected. “So what?! Who cares?”
“It’s like knowing, growing up, like, I’m growing up to hate this shit,” Lil Nas X said of his sexual orientation. “I’m not supposed to ever like this.”

Hart still tried to play dumb, baiting Lil Nas X with questions like, “Be like what? Hate what?”
“Come on!” Lil Nas X responded. “If you’re really from the hood, you know!”
Gay Twitter™ was quick to criticize Hart’s clueless line of questioning, especially in light of the comic’s fraught relationship with the LGBTQ community
Hart stepped down from hosting the 91st Academy Awards last December amid backlash surrounding his homophobic Twitter history. He repeatedly made anti-gay comments in a series of tweets between 2009 and 2011, threatening his son with violence if he caught him playing with dolls, and insulted various celebrities by calling them “gay” or “fag.”
“I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” Hart eventually wrote on social media. “I am evolving and want to continue to do so.” The entertainer initially failed to issue a public apology, telling people to “stop looking for reasons to be angry.” He later apologized again on his SiriusXM radio show but said it is “not his dream” to be an LGBTQ ally.

Hart’s interaction with Lil Nas X came up Friday morning when Buttigieg sat down with Charlamagne tha God on his syndicated radio show, The Breakfast Club.
“People think he was being dismissive of Lil Nas X,” Charlamagne told the gay 2020 hopeful. “If I say I don’t care about who a man is sleeping with, why is that a problem?”
“I think it was the fact that he found it necessary to interrupt Lil Nas X and jump in and let everybody know that he doesn’t care,” Buttigieg said. “It’s almost like… I will say a lot of gay people hear that and hear something that might not be that different than what some folks hear when they hear somebody say ’I don’t see color.’”
“This is a thing,” Buttigieg explained. “As much as we might want to believe that our marriages are gonna be treated the exact same, that we just move through society like everybody else and we’re just living our lives, no, this is actually a thing. Kids are putting bullets through their heads over this.”
“I think when somebody finds it necessary to wave their arms up and down and jump up and down telling you how much this isn’t a thing for them, it makes you wonder whether they’re being honest with themselves,” he continued. “In the same way that we can’t pretend that identities don’t exist, we can’t pretend that this isn’t a thing. It’s just to make sure we have a way of going through life that it’s not the only thing.”

wow man last year i was sleeping on my sisters floor, had no money, struggling to get plays on my music, suffering from daily headaches, now i’m gay.



After Buttigieg praised Lil Nas X’s “courage” to come out, suggesting he would probably prefer to talk more about his music than being gay, Charlemagne asked the politician if he would rather people not care about his sexuality.
“I’m not out to be the president of gay America,” Buttigieg replied. “I’m out to be the president of the United States of America. But it’s part of who I am. It’s part of my experience. It shapes me, I think it informs the way I come at the world. Part of it is the fact that I’m in a marriage. Not a gay marriage. Just a marriage, right? And like everybody else who is married, that’s part of how I come at the world. But also that I belong to a group that’s been impacted by hate. It does affect the way I understand the world.”
The Breakfast Club hosts then asked Buttigieg if it’s still acceptable for them to ask Lil Nas X about his sexuality.
“I think we have to talk about it,” Buttigieg said, “especially if we’re going to trip over something on the way… I think part of the good that that’s going to do in the world is the conversations it’s going to launch. So let’s have the conversations. We’re having trouble talking about things in this country.”
“Find out if somebody wants to talk about it,” he added. “I think where it’s a problem is if we define people around it.”

Lil Nas X came out publicly as gay this summer on Twitter. The 20-year-old Atlanta-born artist later said he felt he was “opening doors for more people,” because being gay is “not really accepted” in the hip-hop and country communities. He recently became the first out gay man nominated for a Country Music Association Award.
“As a fan, I’m thrilled and inspired to see him standing in his truth as a member of the LGBTQ community,” Buttigieg tweeted in July after Lil Nas X came out. “Welcome to the family!”
The rapper reportedly passed on a musical collaboration with the 37-year-old South Bend mayor because he didn’t want to appear as though he was endorsing any particular presidential candidate. 
Buttigieg, who opened 20 new field offices in Iowa this week, also launched a new campaign ad for television and digital.
“As a veteran, and as a mayor, I’ve seen what we can achieve when we have each other’s backs,” he says in the 30-second spot. “But in today’s divided America, we’re at each other’s throats. Our rivers and oceans are rising. Health care costs are soaring, and our kids are learning active shooter drills before they learn to read. To meet these challenges and to defeat this president, we need real solutions, not more polarization.”

June 15, 2019

Puerto Rico’s Gov Backs Down After Ricky Martin Publishes Open Letter on New Bill To Give 'Religion Liberty’ (What Liberty R They Lacking?)


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 Are you home on saturdays? On Sundays? when religion comes knocking on your door. If the Governor could tell us what liberty religion does not have with exception of what the constitution says, which they don't obey anyways (Separation of church and state).  Bills like that (religious liberty bill) have been proposed on the main land (and some passed) the proposals come from the worse anti gays, anti government, anti education and anti hispanics members of the senate and the house. Why? Because they were elected by those people at least that is what they believe. 
If you read the previous story about a Pastor Preaching what he want to do to gays. The law is not going to let him do it but someone listening to him would do it to an LGBTQ person or persons and that is where most gay bashing and killings come from.
On a smaller scale, very much smaller Puerto Rico has everything like any other country. The good, the bad and the ugly. Thank any god you serve the good people being so much more in volume and good heart that protects everyone in the island by watching the government to make sure a Governor Like Roselló doess not give the liberties of some Puerto Ricans away with the excuse of giving someone else liberties they already have. What they don't get is to have laws like in the Spanish inquisition that you could not say something negative about the church or they would burn you alive. They would not burn you alive now but they would burn your personality and the right to be what god created you to be.
Maybe the Governor Ricardo Roselló had been spending too much time talking with his compadres, the republicans in the mainland and let a very special group in Puerto Rico convince him Puerto Rico need to make religion free in the island (it sounds so ridicolous, funny if it wasn't so sad and because they will be back again) The island does not need that law and it would make it regressed from all the positive things the Island has done for the LGBTQ Community and some of them under the Governorship of Roselló. He is not anti gay but listens to his party which still has not dissolve all those old ideas of where gays comes from. 
I just wonder if we did not have a famous Puerto Rican singer to make Roselló see the light, then Puerto Rico would have seen the liberties of the oppressed being taken away by those that want to save eveyone even if they have to take their liberties away to be what god created them to be in order to follow their ideas of how the universe is and been millions of years before any part of the bible was written. We are still gratefull the Governor backed down.
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 Nicole Acevedo:
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló backed down from a "religious liberty bill” after international star Ricky Martin published an open letter Thursday slamming the legislation that would exempt government employees from serving constituents if they believe it clashes with their religious beliefs.
“As a defender of human rights and a member of the LGBTT community, I am vehemently opposed to the proposed measure imposed upon us under the guise of religious freedom,” the Puerto Rican artist wrote, that "projects us to the world as a backwards country.”
Hours after the letter was published, Rosselló asked legislators to shelve the bill, saying in a statement that "instead of reaching a consensus on a basis of mutual respect, it provokes the division of our people."
His petition came just minutes after island senator Zoe Laboy said she was "determined to submit a negative report to the project of religious freedom before the members of the commission that I preside over for its evaluation."
Martin's letter came a day after he took to social media to speak out against Rosselló and the island’s House of Representatives, who had voted in favor of the bill Tuesday.
“The House Bill 2069, filed at the request of Governor Ricardo Rosselló and promoted by Representative Charbonier, is nothing more than opening the door to hatred towards anyone who does not share the same ideology, who belongs to the LGBTT community, or that is not even the same skin color, among so many other discriminatory manifestations,” Martin wrote on Twitter in Spanish.
The bill had sparked fierce outcry in the island from civil rights and LGBTQ actvists, and at least three U.S. Democratic presidential candidates — Julián Castro, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders — have voiced their opposition to the legislation.
“We must defeat this bill — and work to end discrimination, rather than give it shelter,” Castro, the only Latino running for president, said.
New York Democratic congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, who is from Puerto Rico, has also decried the measure.
Supporters of the bill, including the governor, say that the government cannot discriminate and has “the obligation to always provide public services to all its citizens.” Still, the bill calls for government employees and employers to “seek reasonable accommodations” in the face of “foreseeable future conflict.”
Rosselló had said Wednesday that he would only sign the controversial bill if Puerto Rican lawmakers approve another bill that would ban conversion therapies in Puerto Rico. 
  But this legislation has also been slammed by civil rights groups since it only bans conversion therapies conducted by mental health professionals while allowing the practice to continue in churches and by parents of a minor.
In the wake of the controversy, Rosselló asked legislators Thursday to also withdraw this bill.
The governor had already issued the controversial conversion therapy ban under an executive order March 27, and that will still stand even though it doesn't become law.
Martin’s social media posts, which he published just three days after leading the 62nd National Puerto Rican Day Parade, motivated more artists and politicians to publicly condemn the bill.
Grammy-winning Puerto Rican musician René Pérez Joglar, also known as Residente Calle 13, said on Instagram that the law makes Puerto Rico “look bad on an international level, like a retrograde country.”
“This does no good to tourism, on the contrary. This is a shame,” the artist added.
"This movement is not representative of the Puerto Rico that we all love, defend and hold so dear. We call on the Senate, the House and Governor Ricardo Rosselló to reject this effort, which is an open door to hatred and discrimination," Martin said in his letter. 

May 31, 2019

“Papi Chulo” Matt Bomer Playing More Gay Roles and Helping A Gay Presidential Candidate, Pete





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Matt Bomer plays a weatherman in his new movie “Papi Chulo,” but he didn’t shadow TV meteorologists to prepare for the role. 
What he was most concerned about was making sure the nervous breakdown his character has on live television was believable. To capture those emotions, he did a deep dive on the internet.
“I don’t want to say it’s there for your viewing pleasure because I’m not about laughing at the expense of others, but there are some documented breakdowns on camera that people have had,” Bomer explains. “There’s one, and he’s very open about this on so I feel okay sharing about this, [ABC News’] Dan Harris specifically had a nervous breakdown on camera. So I watched a lot of that.” (Harris chronicled the experience in his 2014 memoir “10% Happier.”)

Bomer sat down for this week’s episode of “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast, to talk about his new movie. Bomer also explains why he’s been playing more gay roles in recent years and why he’s “thoroughly impressed” with Pete Buttigieg

Writer-director John Butler’s “Papi Chulo” is the story of an unlikely friendship that develops between the Sean (a gay weatherman who is struggling with what appears to be a breakup with his longtime boyfriend) and his Mexican handyman Ernesto (Alejandro Patiño).
Sean first tries to cure his loneliness by hooking up through gay apps. In the original script, he was supposed to be seen using multiple apps, but “the app companies were so particular about who’s doing what and you can’t have Scruff if you have Grindr and you can’t have Grindr if you have the bear one or whatever,” Bomer said, laughing. “So it was so funny the politics of it all.”

In all seriousness, Bomer says the movie has a message, one that resonates more today than anyone would have ever expected when they first began the project.
“In a time where people are building up walls and separating off and cordoning themselves off from each other and different cultures and different ideologies, more than ever this was about a friendship that forms in the most unlikely of ways — that it’s our shared humanity that is really the only thing that can really save you from loneliness,” Bomer said.
Since publicly coming out in 2012 when he thanked his husband, Hollywood publicist Simon Halls, and their three sons while accepting an award from an AIDS organization in Palm Springs, Bomer has played a slew of gay characters. In the DC Universe series “Doom Patrol,” he stars as gay superhero Larry Trainor (a.k.a. Negative Man). There’s Emmy buzz surrounding his work as Will’s fiancé on “Will & Grace,” and he’s about to start shooting “The Boys in the Band,” the Netflix movie adaptation of the Tony-nominated Broadway play revival of the same name about a group of gay men in New York City in the late 1960s. Bomer will reprise the role he played in the stage production as will the rest of the cast of all openly gay actors. 

“I think we’re in this great boon time now where people are actually writing gay characters with three dimensions,” Bomer said. “They’re not just the sassy stylist or the friend with a lot of attitude or the guys who’s going to help the straight guy pull it together. There’s really nothing wrong with those things but they did become tropes over the years and often times were the only dimension that the character had to bring to the table so I did always pass on those opportunities.”
Matt Bomer photographed exclusively for Variety’s “The Big Ticket” podcast.DAN DOPERALSKI FOR VARIETY 

Growing up in Spring, Texas, Bomer had dreams of being an actor.
 However, dreams of having a husband and kids
“was never in the realm of possibilities,” he said.
“I don’t think I really even knew that having kids
as a gay man was a viable option until I got to
New York at 22. None of that ever seemed like a possibility to me.”
In fact, he believes if he came out in high school, “I wouldn’t be here now. My life would have taken some pretty harsh turns.”
On June 19, Bomer and Halls will co-host a fundraiser in Los Angeles for Buttigieg, a presidential hopeful for the Democratic party. While the couple isn’t making an official endorsement just yet, Bomer says, “I’m so thoroughly impressed with him on every level and he is obviously so much more than capable of the mantle of the office of President. It is kind of a getting-to-know-you and throwing in our hat to support him as best we can. I think it’s amazing that we have him as a candidate and it is legendary and historic and it’s just kind of the icing on the cake that he is also I think at this point the most qualified candidate to lead us.”
“Papi Chulo” opens in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles on June 7 and will expand nationwide on June 14.

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