Judging from the online outrage last month over the inclusion of gay characters in "Beauty and the Beast" and "Power Rangers", you'd have thought that those two films would have fared terribly at the box office. However, both are still screening in cinemas today, more than a month later.
The new ‘Power Rangers’ movie is getting a lot of buzz. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this makes ‘Power Rangers’ a truly ground-breaking movie – featuring the first ever open gay superhero on the big screen. “Power Rangers is breaking down a barrier no superhero movie has before,” they explain.
The largest beauty pageant for transgender women has a winner: Thailand’s Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin was crowned Miss International Queen on Friday.
Even though it often feels like we’re sliding backward as far as social progressivism goes, there are still so many moments that…
“Let’s Get Back Together” is a testimonial theatre piece that explores the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people (LGBT) in Singapore. It features Ezzat Alkaff, Ann Lek, Ruzaini Mazani, Eleanor Tan, Jo Tan, and Zachary Ibrahim.
Lindsey Creel and Brie Grimes, seniors at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Fla. who have been dating for three years, were recently voted prom king and queen.
Such was the lesson learned by teenager Aniya Wolf when she attended her prom last week at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Penn. Since she was a little kid, Wolf has preferred to dress in a more typically masculine way, favoring pants and sneakers over skirts and heels. “I’ve just always been like this, ever since I was little,” she told her local ABC news affiliate. As Wolf’s mother, Carolyn, explains, they sent out a last-minute email in an attempt to dissuade her daughter from wearing a suit, explaining that only male students were permitted to wear suits to prom, and female students were required to wear dresses. “I told them that I had read the dress code that was given to the students and I didn’t think that it precluded her from wearing a suit,” said Wolf’s mother.
GLAAD, an organisation which calls for greater representation of LGBT people in the media, has challenged Disney to introduce gay characters to the ‘Star Wars’ universe. The comments come as part of GLAAD’s annual Studio Responsibility Index report, which overall found that LGBT characters are often reduced to being token characters.
The ‘Captain America: Civil War’ directors also spoke about taking risks - even percieved Hollywood risks, like introducing a gay character - and how the MCU’s continued success makes taking those risks easier. Marvel Studios has been slow to diversify its cinematic offering in terms of leading characters and which of them get their own films - but it is still making progress quicker than other major studios. In February 2018 'Black Panther’ will become the first film in the MCU led by a person of colour, then in 2018 Evangeline Lilly’s character becomes the first woman to become a title character in 'Ant-Man and the Wasp’ before 'Captain Marvel’ becomes the first woman to star in her own solo movie in 2019.
Hovi Star, Israel’s Eurovision Song Contest entrant, has spoken out about suffering a homophobic attack in Moscow airport, Russia, when he visited the controversial country as part of his Eurovision promo tour. Hovi was in Russia to plug his Eurovision entry ‘Made Of Stars’ but passport control officers and Russian police allegedly ripped up his passport in a suspected homophobic incident. "But when I wanted to get into Moscow, I had problems with passport control.
Pearl Jam are the latest rockers to make a stand against America’s anti-LGBT laws, with the band cancelling their North Carolina shows in protest of their Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which decides which toilets a transgender person can use. The band were due to perform at the PNC Arena in Raleigh tomorrow but have now taken to their Facebook page to explain their reasons for cancelling the show. A handwritten note reads: “It is with deep consideration and much regret that we must cancel the Raleigh show in North Carolina on April 20th.
This is something which has been on my mind a little bit lately; in part, because of the comments on this article, but also because it’s an issue that I just find quite interesting. It is, of course, something that’s rather controversial on the internet (but then, what isn’t) so I imagine people will have some fairly strong reactions to this.
Massive congratulations are in order for Steps’ star Ian ‘H’ Watkins, who has revealed that he and his partner Craig Ryder are now fathers. The couple welcomed twin boys, born via surrogate, in the early hours of Sunday morning, and Ian took to Twitter to share the news. Ian also shared a photo of the twins’ hospital wristbands, which shows that their times of birth were 02.14am and 02.17am, with their temporary names being 'Baby 'A’ Boy’ and 'Baby 'B’ Boy’.
The second season of ‘I Am Cait’ launched in the US last night and in the premiere episode Caitlyn Jenner opened up about her fears for the future. Caitlyn, who has three ex-wives prior to transitioning last year, joked that she was now looking for “an ex-husband” to join her collection when asked whether or not she wanted to date women, with the Olympic athlete quipping: “I’ve been there, done that. This is the first time that Caitlyn has truly opened up about whether or not she wants to date men, and the 66-year-old admitting that speaking about her sexuality wasn’t easy.
Caitlyn Jenner has expressed her joy for finally being given a women’s locker at her country club. The reality star has been a member of Sherwood Country Club in Lake Sherwood, California, for many years and took to social media to share her gratitude for being given the locker. Writing alongside the photo of her swanky locker, complete with an inscribed name tag, Caitlyn wrote: “Grateful for my new locker at Sherwood.
Ever since Caitlyn Jenner confirmed that she is transgender and undergoing a gender reassignment earlier this year, she has been praised and criticised in equal measures. Whilst some fans have welcomed the amount of awareness and support that Caitlyn has brought to the trans* community thanks to her high profile and famous family, others have accused her of not truly understand the plight of LGBT+ people due to her privileged lifestyle. In the interview, Caitlyn attempts to justify her focus on her physical appearance, stating that “people are still uncomfortable if a trans person looks like a man in a dress”, and the former Olympian has now written an open letter to apologise for the upset her interview caused.
I want to wait until I’ve transitioned more.” The 23-year-old runs Nail Transphobia, a campaign that tackles transphobia through pop-up nail salons where strangers can get their nails done for free by a trans person. The project, conceived by Craggs while she was a 21-year-old undergraduate studying Creative Direction at the London College of Fashion, was actually never intended to come to fruition.