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This season Saturday Night Live provided a weekly outlet for the madness that occurred up through the election and in its aftermath. And now that it’s on hiatus for the summer, its absence isn’t only tough on the viewing public. Kate McKinnon, who had a stellar year portraying Hillary Clinton, Kellyanne Conway, and most recently, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is having an especially difficult time without the outlet to weigh in on politics, she told Seth Meyers on his show just hours after Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding Russia’s interference with the 2016 election. 

Of course, Meyers seized the opportunity to ask McKinnon to interpret the testimony as Sessions, whose actual testimony relied heavily on the “I can not recall” trope. 

Happy for the opportunity to channel the events, McKinnon screwed up her mouth into Sessions’ weird tiny v-shaped mouth or “turtle mouth” as she explained it to Meyers, and began to deliver a series of one-liners based on Sessions’ testimony. 

Skewering the AG’s inability to remember how many times he’d met the Russian ambassador McKinnon said, “…And Sergey Kislyak, I only met him two times. Okay, three times… But the third, the third time was in a men’s restroom and we was just talking about what a trial it is to get soap out of those electric soap dispensers.” 

When questioned about why he failed to take any action when former FBI Director James Comey expressed concern about one-on-one conversations with Donald Trump, Sessions essentially told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Comey could handle himself. But McKinnon’s version of events was much more entertaining. 

“As for Jim Comey, he asked me to keep Trump out of his way, and said I didn’t respond,” McKinnon said. “But the truth is, I didn’t hear him. Now, this guy’s about 6’8” and I had heard a sound above my head. I thought it was a cicada.” 

Watch McKinnon take on Sessions below. 

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2017/6/14/kate-mckinnons-jeff-sessions-testimony-better-one-he-gave

A woman who survived the attack at Pulse almost a year ago died Monday in a head-on collision in the Orlando area.

The death of Jahqui Sevilla is less than two weeks before the Orlando community comes together for a day of remembrance on June 12 honoring victims and survivors of the attack. Sevilla is the second survivor of the massacre to die for unrelated reasons afterward.

Sevilla, 20, died in a crash after losing control of her Mitsubishi Lancer, crossing the median of State Road 417, and crashing head-on into a Dodge Durango, according to Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes. Soroya Matias-Roth, a 53-year-old woman driving the Durango, also died in the crash. Three other people in Matias-Roth’s vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

Montes says alcohol was found in Sevilla’s vehicle, despite the fact the driver was too young to legally drink. Police await toxicology reports but suspect the crash was alcohol-related. Officials determined Sevilla was at fault in the crash.

Many of those in the Orlando community connected to the Pulse shooting mourned Sevilla on social media. “My heart is so broken with the loss of such a beautiful, pure soul,” Pulse owner Barbara Poma wrote on Facebook. “You are so loved, and I was blessed to have gotten the chance to be in your life.”

Pulse Orlando also posted about Sevilla: “Our hearts are heavier today but we will never forget that beautiful soul and how it lifted us in times of need. We are thinking of all of her loved ones during this difficult time.”

Sevilla had been at Pulse along with several other teammates with the Orlando Anarchy Women’s Football Team. Cory Connell, boyfriend to one of the members of the team, was killed in the attack. The Anarchy posted remembrances of Sevilla on Facebook following her death.

Sevilla’s online profile indicated she was a student at Orlando Medical Institute and worked at Universal Studios’ Cabana Bay Beach Resort. She originally hailed from Memphis, Tennessee.

Sevilla’s passing comes as Orlando and the Pulse community in particular prepare for a Day of Remembrance. Three vigils are scheduled at Pulse on June 12, a year after gunman Omar Mateen opened fire in a mass shooting before being killed by police. Besides the gunman, 49 others were killed and 68 were injured. A vigil was scheduled scheduled at 2:02 a.m. on June 12 this year to mark the moment the shooting began a year prior. It will be open only to survivors and family members of those killed in the attack. Two other vigils will be held later in the day.

Sevilla became the second person to survive the shooting only to die later for unrelated reasons. Chris Brodman, a 34-year man who was able to flee the club after the shooting began, died three months later at a party in Tampa. Brodman had a Pulse logo tattooed on his chest to remember victims of the attack. An autopsy later showed Brodman died of a rare brain aneurism, according to The Orlando Sentinel. Brodman’s death frequently gets acknowledged in Orlando references to the fallen as “49+1.” 

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/world/2017/5/31/woman-who-survived-pulse-dies-car-accident

Dozens of gay and bi men have been imprisoned, tortured, and even killed in the Russian province of Chechnya. While our own president has yet to speak out about the atrocities, people all over the world have called for action; specifically for Chechnya to end the terror and for other countries to provide refuge to the gay community there.

Human Rights First has compiled a video of international response to Chechnya, which features music from Melissa Etheridge. “Activists are underscoring the importance of international efforts to relocate the victims of these abuses, who continue to be persecuted throughout Russia,” Human Rights First’s Shawn Gaylord said in a statement. “As a country founded as a refuge to the persecuted, the United States must be part of efforts to provide safe haven to the victims of these horrific attacks.”

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/world/2017/5/24/how-world-responded-chechnya

As the White House hunkers down in the midst of the expanding Russia scandal, press briefings are becoming less frequent and the once-daily sightings of press secretary Sean Spicer a thing of the past. When Rosie Gray, a reporter for The Atlantic, asked Trump adviser/despised Breitbart cofounder Steve Bannon why Spicer is no longer hosting daily briefings, she received this response:

“Sean got fatter.”

Well, isn’t that rich. Whether Bannon is speaking for himself or the president wasn’t clear, but many weren’t amused.

While Donald Trump himself is known to regularly denigrate the appearance of women (e.g., Rosie O’Donnell, former Miss Venezuela Alicia Machado), he’s also highly critical of how his male staffers present themselves. Trump reportedly did not approve of Spicer’s appearance during his first press briefing, and his look was sharpened after the president’s critiques.

Spicer did appear for Tuesday’s press briefing, and while he wasn’t asked about Bannon’s remark, he was questioned about his future with the communications department:

“It’s no secret we have had a couple vacancies, including our communications director who has been gone for a while. We have been seeking input from individuals as far as ideas they have. We have been meeting with potential people who may be of service to this administration. I don’t think that should come as a surprise. But we are always looking for ways to do a better job of articulating the president’s message and his agenda.”

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2017/6/20/steve-bannon-fat-shames-sean-spicer

A new gay bar in Vermont has changed its name after the old one caused a community wide conversation about transphobia.

The bar, announced earlier this year in Winooski, was called “Mister Sister.” Although the bar’s owner said his business is trans-inclusive, the name became the topic of a town hall meeting at the local LGBT center. 

The bar’s owner announced a name change this week when he said it became clear that the name “Mister Sister” was bringing out transphobia from others. 

“A trans woman wrote me a kind letter and explained that the problem here is much bigger than myself or the name of the bar,” wrote Craig McGaughan on the bar’s Facebook page. “She sent me link to many messages from folks claiming to support MS using public forums to create hate toward the trans community. I am a trans ally and when faced with the fact that this issue has created a platform for trans people to be blatantly abused, I had to act.”

The Pride Center also reported that it had observed a “resurgence of violently transphobic sentiments.” 

“I’m outraged that anyone has attacked the trans community under the guise of supporting me or the bar,” wrote McGaughan.

The bar is now renamed as The Bridge Club as a nod to the historic Winooski Bridge, to building bridges between communities, and because of the irony of going to The Bridge Club to party.

Two board members resigned from The Pride Center when it did not immediately condemn the bar’s original name, instead calling for the town hall and further discussion. The former board members called the name “hate speech,” reports the Burlington Free Press. The newspaper said some supporters of the bar saw the name as an inclusive term from the history of the LGBT movement. 

Instead of getting further locked into two warring sides, McGaughan said a change was needed.

“I realize now that I mistakenly listened to the fight rather than the pain,” he wrote on Facebook. “I apologize to anyone that feels personally affected by the actions of myself or the bar. I’m choosing to forgive and would ask for forgiveness in return.”

The Pride Center’s executive director, Susan Hartman, told WFFF the community welcomes the name change. She said some considered the old name “an innocent funny little phrase” but “many people have been harmed deeply by it, and that was a message we needed to hear.”

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/business/2017/6/25/name-bar-had-community-talking-about-transphobia

Abounding Prosperity, a Dallas LGBT center that primarily serves black gay and bi men and transgender women, was damaged Friday morning in a fire that investigators say was the work of an arsonist.

A back office at Abounding Prosperity’s building was gutted, and there was heavy smoke damage to rest of the structure, Dallas TV station WFAA reports.

Dallas-Fire Rescue officials said the fire appears to have been intentionally set. The arsonist apparently broke through the center’s back gates and used an accelerant to start the fire. Witnesses said they saw a man driving erratically away from the site about 6 a.m. Friday. Police and fire authorities are still searching for suspects.

The center, which operates out of a renovated home, provides counseling, medical, and STD prevention services to an estimated 2,000 people each year and seeks to address health, social, and economic disparities affecting queer black men. Its services are on hold while the staff deals with the fire damage

One of its clients, Marcus Simpson, has been relying on Abounding Prosperity since he was a teenager. Whoever committed the arson is “a monster,” he told WFAA. “I mean, to see them do something like this in a small community that’s trying to help build the community, it’s sad.”  

Although authorities are unsure of the arsonist’s motives, Abounding Prosperity CEO Kirk Myers told the station he believes the perpetrator wanted to intimidate the people the center serves. “You know where my mind immediately goes is that the political climate in the world we’re living in today is creating an atmosphere where this sort of activity could be acceptable in someone’s mind,” Myers said. Before the incident, the center had not received any specific threats, he said. 

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/crime/2017/7/07/dallas-lgbt-center-damaged-arson-attack

Kevin Carnell is more than just an Instagram star (with nearly 80,000 followers). The 25-year old is also an activist — seen biking at the 2015 and 2016 AIDS/LifeCycle wearing only a small, tight Speedo and a smile. Carnell ended up raising $10,000 for people with HIV while on the ride. Expect him again next year too. But don’t let his sexy snaps fool you. Carnell wasn’t always so confident.

After dealing with low self-esteem and poor body image all his life, Carnell finally came out five years ago, explaining to The Advocate that he wanted to find a way to love himself and embrace who he was without the sexual attention of others.

“I would sleep with [guys], using my body with the hopes of being desired and kept — only to be tossed aside for the next best thing. It wasn’t the best decision, but it was something that I needed to learn.”

[ Related: 23 Photos of Kevin Carnell’s Life, Friends, and Remarkable Physique ]

He goes on to say that his fitness journey came about by making a promise to himself that he’s worth more.

“If I wanted to be happy with how I viewed myself, I needed to set a goal and start from within,” he admits. “[Fitness] shaped how I saw myself, without the input or advice from others. When I see myself every morning, I only have one person to answer to, one person to compare myself to, and one person to impress. It was never about having the perfect body. It was about having the perfect mind-set for how I viewed my body.”

He says he looks back at “old photos of myself and I’m so happy to see my journey … I’m happiest knowing I was able to chisel the way I viewed myself and value the importance of my self-worth, aside from sexual attention. I don’t have a goal weight, goal bench press max, etc. I push myself to the limits I am comfortable with and go off of how I feel. Our bodies and our time on this earth are temporary, so I’m looking to make the most of it.”

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/current-issue/2017/7/06/how-fitness-changed-his-life

You’re not alone in needing a break from the news. That’s the message in the latest Orbitz ad, released today and starring one of the most adored news breaks on the internet: Randy Rainbow.

The Advocate has been a fan of Mr. Rainbow at least since 2016, when we wrote that “Political Provocateur Randy Rainbow Is the Best Thing About the Election.” In his new ad, the out comedian sings an original song, joined by the likes of Bianca Del Rio and Margaret Cho. Watch the very LGBT-inclusive travel ad, “Come See the Great Big World,” in the video below. 

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/media/2017/5/09/need-news-break-randy-rainbow-made-orbitz-ad-video

The head of the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, who is also the woman who organized the meeting between campus sexual assault survivors and advocates and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Candice Jackson, apologized Thursday to survivors for borderline rape denial comments she previously made, according to Politico. But she fell short of apologizing for also inviting men’s rights groups that include rape denialists to speak with DeVos regarding Title IX guidance for students, families, and institutions on the topic of sexual assault.

Jackson, an attorney and a sexual assault survivor who, during the election, helped organize meetings between women who had accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault and Donald Trump, an accused rapist and a man who admitted to grabbing women without consent, deeply offended survivors when she told The New York Times, “The accusations [of campus sexual assault] — 90 percent of them — fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk,’ ‘we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.'”

Jackson issued a written apology that said her statement “poorly characterized the conversations I’ve had with countless groups of advocates. What I said was flippant, and I am sorry.” 

But her apology was not enough for survivors and advocates. “There’s no way to take it back, unfortunately,” Fatima Goss Graves, president of the National Women’s Law Center, told Politico. “It’s been put out there. The only thing they can do now is exercise the leadership and spending a lot of time rejecting the rape myths they propagated this week.”

While the meeting between survivors and DeVos reportedly last 15 minutes longer than scheduled, and each woman was afforded an opportunity to share her story, the fact remains that the Education secretary also carved out time to hear the stories of former students who’d been accused of rape who were accompanied by the men’s rights groups the National Coalition for Men and the Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE), an unrepentant group of rape denialists that espouses the belief that rape is a hoax. 

“It’s hard to share your story in any environment, but when you hear the sort of rape myths put out there from a department official, they still came and shared their stories,” Graves told Politico regarding the meeting. “The reason they’re willing to come here today is because they’re deeply worried we are going to roll back all the progress we’ve made.”

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2017/7/13/betsy-devoss-colleague-apologizes-borderline-rape-denial-comments

Orlando officials rallied this morning around the rainbow flag and remembered the 49 victims of the Pulse shooting that occurred this day last year. 

As the Orlando Gay Chorus prepared to sing at a midday vigil at Pulse, which has been closed since the attack, a ceremony was held Monday morning in front of the Orange County Administration Center in downtown Orlando and marked the first Orlando United Day. There, a segment of the Sea-to-Sea Rainbow Flag, sewn by late flag maker Gilbert Baker and once draped across the entirety of Key West, Fla., was unfurled on the outside of the building.

“I can tell you candidly 10 years ago we would never be able to fly this flag or we would not be able to do it without a flood of outrage,” Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said.

The decision to fly the flag Monday incited one phone call of complaint in a community of 1.3 million, Jacobs said, and two protestors showed up to protest the government’s “complicity” in “scandal” by flying the flag, but the move widely was applauded in the Orlando area. Mark Ebonhoch, executive director of LoveIsLove Key West and the steward of the flag in recent years, lost his friend Eddie Sotomayor Jr. in the attack last year. He believed Baker would be honored to see the flag fly in Orlando, and noted Baker’s satisfaction last year when the flag flew days after the attack.

At a vigil midday, Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said that while terrorists aim to damage American society, the attack last year, which ISIS claimed credit for, only served to make it stronger. “Isn’t it interesting that it had the opposite effect?” he said at the vigil. “It brought us together in unity and love.”

Those comments were echoed by U.S. Rep. Val Demings, a Democrat representing the Orlando area. “We will always be Orlando Strong,” she said. “Hate is not welcome and will never be.” 

 

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/crime/2017/6/12/how-orlando-commemorated-pulse-massacre

Since taking office in January, Donald Trump has proven time and time again with his Tweets that he’s a wiz at dissembling, deflecting, and projection. One of his frequent, seemingly favorite targets is Hillary Clinton, considering how much blame he’s laid at her feet in during his 140-character tantrums. But early Monday he trained his obsession with the Clinton family on daughter Chelsea Clinton, and she clapped right back with a cheerful yet searing response on Twitter. 

News outlets and Twitter users began to call out the rather unusual precedent he set by allowing his daughter, Ivanka Trump, a woman who was not elected president and who lacks the experience and background, to sit in for him with world leaders during the G20 Summit, the BBC reports. Trump doubled down and not only refused to acknowledge that seating Ivanka between the British prime minister and the Chinese president while he left the room was problematic around issues of diplomacy, but he lashed out on Twitter and dragged Hillary and Chelsea Clinton into something that had nothing to do with them.

 

To back up his assertion that he’d done nothing wrong asking Ivanka to be privy to the conversations of world leaders while he purportedly met one-on-one with the Indonesian president, he pulled German Chancellor Angela Merkel into the conversation. 

 

 

But Chelsea Clinton, who enjoys a strong Twitter presence and who actually earned a Ph.D. in international relations from Oxford, was not about to allow Trump’s speculation about how her mother would have seated her at the G20 summit to stand. Not only did she call him out for his gross assertions in the nicest way possible, she also fired off a zinger that called him out for possibly doing damage to the country while Ivanka was handed the keys to the kingdom. 

Trump has not repsonded to Chelsea Clinton’s Tweet, but it’s still only Monday. 

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2017/7/10/chelsea-clinton-clapped-back-trump-his-outlandish-tweet-about-her

Activist Desiree Fairooz was convicted in May of disorderly and disruptive conduct and for acting unlawfully on Capitol grounds for laughing during Jeff Sessions’s Senate confirmation hearing for attorney general, but a judge in Washington, D.C,. threw out the conviction Friday and ordered a new trial, according to Buzzfeed News.

Fairooz, 61, was arrested January 10 for bursting out in laughter when Republican Sen. Richard Shelby remarked on Sessions’s “clear and well-documented” record of “treating all Americans equally under the law.” 

Detailing the arrest that occurred during the Sessions hearing, Fairooz said she was with fellow activists Tighe Barry and Lenny Bianchi, who were also arrested and convicted. They had already been removed from the room by the time a rookie police officer attempted to force Fairooz from the premises, reports HuffPost. As officers hauled her out of the room she shouted, “Do not vote for Jeff Sessions,” which the foreperson of the jury that found her guilty said was the reason she was arrested. However, she would not have been forcibly removed from the room if she hadn’t been caught laughing. 

Before Chief Judge Robert Morin vacated the conviction and granted a motion for a new trial Friday, Fairooz faced a possible sentence of up to one year in prison and a $2,000 fine. 

Morin tossed out the conviction when prosecutors said in closing arguments that “laughter alone was enough to merit a conviction,” Fairooz’s attorney Samuel Bogash told Buzzfeed News. 

“What [Morin] said was that the laughter alone was legally insufficient to convict someone of disorderly or disruptive behavior on Capitol grounds, or disrupting Congress,” Bogash said. “He doesn’t know whether they convicted her for a legally sufficient reason or a legally insufficient reason.” 

An activist and mom from Arlington, Texas, Fairooz amped up her resistance with the women-led activist group Code Pink, formed in 2003 to oppose George W. Bush’s Iraq war, and has since protested with the group on countless occasions. She’s been arrested up to eight times for protesting previously (usually with the knowledge that her protest was actionable). 

A status hearing for Fairooz has been scheduled for September 1, according to Buzzfeed News. 

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2017/7/14/conviction-tossed-woman-convicted-laughing-during-sessions-confirmation

Two Democrats in Congress have introduced a bill that would allow same-sex couples married before the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down to file amended federal tax returns for additional years, possibly bringing many of them refunds.

After DOMA’s section 3, barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, was invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013, same-sex couples could file joint federal tax returns for the first time. President Obama directed his administration to let married same-sex couples file amended returns for previous years to the extent allowed by law, which meant those who believe they would have received a refund if filing jointly in 2010, 2011, or 2012 could submit an amended one.

The Refund Equality Act, introduced today by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Richard Neal, would let couples file amended returns back to the date of their marriage. That would bring them access to an estimated $67 million in refunds, said the lawmakers, both from Massachusetts, which in 2004 became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.

“For nearly a decade, legally married same-sex couples had to file their taxes as single persons, often paying more taxes than they would owe if they could file as married,” Warren said in a press release. “This bill is a simple fix to allow same-sex couples to claim the tax refunds they earned but were denied because of who they love.”

“All legally married couples in this country deserve to be treated equally,” added Neal. “This bill would codify into law an important correction that would enable same-sex married couples to go back and claim the tax refunds and credits for which they qualify. The Supreme Court has ruled as such, and now it’s time for Congress to act and make sure all Americans are treated with the fairness and equality they deserve under the law.”

Thirty senators and 39 House members, almost all Democrats, are cosponsoring the legislation. Not all married same-sex couples would benefit from its passage — those in which both spouses have similar incomes would likely not receive a greater refund by filing jointly rather than separately, the Washington Blade notes. But others would see larger ones.

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2017/7/13/new-tax-bill-could-bring-refunds-many-same-sex-couples

Nikki Haley took to Twitter on Sunday to express dismay at being booed when she encountered — either on purpose or accidentally — the Pride parade happening in New York City.

The former South Carolina governor and Donald Trump’s current ambassador to the United Nations posted a cryptic tweet that sparked thousands of responses. Haley wrote that she and her son “were booed by patrons saying hateful things as we left lunch” during the Pride parade. “Our country is better than this,” she said of being booed, adding hashtag #HateNeverWins. 

On Instagram, Haley posted a photo of herself and her son, plus 10 other friends who she said were there when Haley was booed (somewhere in the West Village, according to commenters). 

“Fun hanging out with this group today as we took on the Pride Parade in NYC,” she wrote, adding hashtags #SCTakesOnNYC, #TeamHaleyUN, and #BooedButSmiling.

Fun hanging out with this group today as we took on the Pride Parade in NYC. #SCTakesOnNYC #TeamHaleyUN #BooedButSmiling

A post shared by Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) on Jun 25, 2017 at 5:09pm PDT

Haley was the first member of the Trump administration to speak publicly against the torture and murder of LGBT people happening now in Chechnya. GLAAD exacted pressure for days until she issued a statement as U.N. ambassador. The president, meanwhile, has said nothing. 

Haley couldn’t seem to figure out why she would’ve been booed by LGBT people, but Twitter was there to help. 

First, there seems to be a dispute about the amount of booing that Haley experienced.

Many others were sympathetic to the booing. Thousands of responses to the tweet are posted. Here’s a sampling:

The Log Cabin Republicans also responded to the tweet. 

 

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2017/6/25/nikki-haley-was-booed-ny-pride-and-cant-fathom-why

Above: Owen and Blue on the verge of becoming parents. Their daughter, Finley, was born on May 24.

Since 2009, lesbian photographer B. Proud has documented over six dozen long-term LGBT couples for her First Comes Love project. The ensuing book featured a foreword by Edith Windsor (whose Supreme Court case largely ended the Defense of Marriage Act). A gallery exhibition is touring the country now and the project has inspired a song, music video, and documentary.

“I feel that it’s the transgender community that now needs the most attention,” says Proud, whose new project focuses on trans and genderqueer people in love. “I’m doing this with a purpose. For me, changing laws does not change people’s minds. It’s only through understanding that people learn to accept. The transgender community needs our understanding, protecting, and celebrating right now.”

She hopes her photos capture “the beauty of the many configurations of couples and families that blossom from love and that truly make our world a better place. There are trans children out there who need hope and protection. I hope that my work will help to give them that.”

“There are many versions of what makes a family,” says Proud, who has met LGBT families from around the country. “At one of my recent exhibitions in Yakima, Wash., two men came and brought their children — nine of them, all different ages and races. One of the fathers cried in my arms, thanking me for showing his children that there were other families like theirs.”

Jonah and Deejay (pictured with their biological daughter, Anuhea below) are engaged to be married next October. Jonah works for the post office and is a female illusionist. Deejay is a photographer and DJ who provides security at Piranha Night Club in Las Vegas.

Deejay says the couple is sometimes asked “vulgar” and “personal questions about our family and how our daughter came about… ‘Where’s the womb? Where’s the girl? Who’s the dad?’… If you don’t know us there’s no reason for you to judge the way that we live or the way that we made our family!”

“I have seen such deep love and commitment on my journey with these projects,” Proud says. “It was such an incredible experience to photograph Owen and Blue [above] while Owen was experiencing labor pains. I felt, firsthand, the anticipation and joy coming from these soon-to-be fathers. It is both a challenge and an honor to attempt to share that feeling with the world. I am blessed to be able to give these couples and families a voice.”

Above: Jonah and Deejay with their daughter Anuhea.

Browse, donate, participate, or learn at FirstComesLove.org.

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/current-issue/2017/7/12/b-proud-giving-trans-families-voice

After Showtime announced on Tuesday the return of its lesbian soapThe L Word, fans have continued to erupt in joy. The L.A.-set drama ended in 2009, and although in its absence a handful of series have explored the emotional and physical intimacy of queer female characters, from Orange Is The New Black to The Walking Dead, for many the void has yet to be filled. The reboot finally brings back a show where queer women are at the center of nearly all the storylines.

 

 

For other fans, the return of the series has highlighted the cultural divides between different generations of queer women, as well as hope for an even more progressive and empowering series for the LGBT community. 

 

 

 

 

Others see The L Word reboot as an opportunity to pass the torch of representation and acceptance onward, or just plain celebrate.

 

 

 

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/television/2017/7/12/fans-are-freaking-out-over-l-word-reboot

Terror attacks wreaked havoc in London this weekend. But that hasn’t stopped Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester Concert.

The event began as planned Sunday evening at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester, as a show of support for the victims of terror. Last month, an explosion killed 22 fans and injured over 100 at the end of Grande’s concert in Manchester, England.

One Love Manchester features performances Grande, Katy Perry, the Black Eyed Peas, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams, Coldplay, Little Mix, Robbie Williams and more. Proceeds support the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

Watch it live below.

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/music/2017/6/04/watch-ariana-grandes-one-love-manchester-concert-live

Hunky Jesus contests have become a Easter tradition around the country. (The most notable one is in, surprise, San Francisco.)

Contestants dress up as sexy versions of the Son of God, parade provocatively across the stage, and offer audiences temptation, redemption, and just a touch of good-humored blasphemy.

In preparation for this weekend’s festivities, we rounded up some of our favorites from years past. If you gave up thirst traps for Lent, welcome back.

Article source: http://www.newnownext.com/hunky-jesus-contest/04/2017/

Earlier this month, Savannah, a 12-year-old from Eagle Mountain, Utah, garnered national attention when a video of her coming out to her Mormon congregation went viral.

The young pre-teen spoke during a monthly section of Sunday services when congregants are encouraged to share their beliefs.

“I believe that I was made the way I am, all parts of me, by my heavenly parents,” Savannah said. “They did not mess up when they gave me freckles… or when they made me gay. I believe that we should just love. I believe that I am good…I know I’m not a horrible sinner for being who I am.”

 

 

Her words stunned the congregation—in fact, her mic was cut off as she spoke.

But her speech also shook LGBT advocates around the world. Last weekend, HRC Utah invited Savanah to its gala in Salt Lake City, where she received a standing ovation from more than 650 guests.

“We have a message for you,” event chair Dustin Williams told a tearful Savannah, who was joined by her parents. “That we love you, that we’re proud of you. We want you to keep being yourself and don’t let anyone stop you.”

Choking back tears, Savannah took the dais and said, “Even though I’m small, and I don’t really have a video to go with what I’m saying, I have a lot of love to share—I love you guys so much.”
 

 

And we love you.

Article source: http://www.newnownext.com/coming-out-mormon-teen-savannah/06/2017/

A yogurt has never made us thirsty before.

In a new commercial for the German yogurt company, Müller, a sculptor creating an Atlas-esque statue accidentally chisels off the hunky model’s member after a woman outside his studio screams in surprise over her fat free yogurt.

The model drops his giant earth and covers up his own set of globes as he chases the rolling earth through the courtyard past the woman who is too busy enjoying her snack to notice.

We have to give credit to a commercial that accomplishes to be both creamy and dreamy.

Article source: http://www.newnownext.com/nude-model-yogurt-commercial/05/2017/

A gay couple in Brazil received the surprise of a lifetime when they came home to a letter from Pope Francis congratulating them on baptizing their three children.

In June, Toni Reis, head of the Brazilian LGBT organization Grupo Dignidade, sent a note to the Vatican sharing the news that his kids Alyson, Jessica, and Felipe, had all been baptized. Even so, the response from Francis, written on official Vatican letterhead, was “unexpected,” Reis told The Washington Blade.

“We are extremely pleased to have received this unexpected message and what it means for families with same-sex parents.”

The letter congratulated Reis and his partner David Harrad, stating that “Pope Francis wishes you happiness, invoking for your family the abundance of divine graces in order to live steadfastly and faithfully as good children of God and of the church.” It was written in Portuguese by Monsignor Paolo Borgia of the Vatican Secretariat of State.

Later, officials from the papal office released a statement noting that the correspondence was a typical courtesy response and not indicative of the pontiff’s political leanings.

Pope Francis has a complex history with the LGBT community: Despite multiple statements condemning transgender people and gender-nonconformity, he welcomed Luxembourg’s gay prime minister and his husband to the Vatican earlier this year. Francis has also called on the Church to apologize for its historical persecution of LGBT people.

Article source: http://www.newnownext.com/pope-congratulates-gay-couple-baptism/08/2017/

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Aunt Charlie’s Lounge

133 Turk St., San Francisco

Aunt Charlie’s is hardly difficult to spot in the Tenderloin, with a rainbow mural hinting at the colorful delights within. Every Friday and Saturday, the Hot Boxxx Girls perform their cabaret. Reservations are suggested. 

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Aunt Charlie’s Lounge

133 Turk St., San Francisco

Aunt Charlie’s is hardly difficult to spot in the Tenderloin, with a rainbow mural hinting at the colorful delights within. Every Friday and

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Photo: Frederic Larson

The Starlight Room

Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell St., San Francisco

Before bottomless mimosa brunches, there was the “Sunday’s a Drag” breakfast and drag spectacle in Sir Francis Drake’s Starlight Room. 

“Starlight Room may be the best view bar in the city,” says the website, “Except on Sundays, when the windows are blacked out and the curtains drawn.” While diners eat a buffet of brunch classics, drag queens in sequins and feathers provide the entertainment. It’s not a cheap Sunday morning, at $76.82 a seat, but entertainment is ensured.

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The Starlight Room

Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell St., San Francisco

Before bottomless mimosa brunches, there was the “Sunday’s a Drag” breakfast and drag spectacle in Sir Francis Drake’s Starlight

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Photo: Mike Kepka, The Chronicle

Oasis

298 11th St., San Francisco

Not to be confused with the Mediterranean restaurant of the same name, Oasis offers a mixed bag of drag experiences. The weekly Saturday show, “Mother,” has become one of the hottest drag tickets in town since its opening in 2015, and frequently features guest performances.

On the same night, up-and-coming drag queens perform a more experimental show on a separate stage, called “Daughter.” Read The Chronicle’s profile on the show here

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Oasis

298 11th St., San Francisco

Not to be confused with the Mediterranean restaurant of the same name, Oasis offers a mixed bag of drag experiences. The weekly Saturday show, “Mother,” has become one of the

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Photo: Jason Henry, Special To The Chronicle


Eighty-three years ago, long before “Rupaul’s Drag Race” graced American cable television, Finocchio’s was the spot to see drag queens dazzle in sequins, feathers and falsies.

“Finocchio’s: Where the entertainment is different, and how,” reads an advertisement in a 1938 San Francisco Chronicle for the famed North Beach nightclub. 

The long-shuttered nightclub marked the beginning of San Francisco’s rich history of drag culture and experimentation.

In the 1960s and ’70s, the city’s hippies dressed in gender-bending ensembles to perform avant-garde improvisations under the moniker the Cockettes. The late-1970s gave us the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, while Castro hangouts, like the Stud and Castro Theatre, began hosting drag extravaganzas uniquely their own. 

Although Finocchio’s closed almost 20 years ago, the legacy of doing drag differently remains in the city it left behind.

Related video: “Rupaul’s Drag Race” renewed for tenth season

“RuPaul’s Drag Race,” a competition showcasing the talents and personalities of a group of drag queens, has been renewed for Season 10 on VH1.


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“Experimentation is the epitome of the San Francisco scene,” Magnus Hastings, author of “Why Drag?”, told the Chronicle’s Tony Bravo last summer. 

With everything from drag brunch buffets to suburban queen revues, there’s a local drag show to suit most tastes. 

Click through the above gallery for a roundup of Bay Area drag performances and venues.

Article source: http://www.sfgate.com/music/article/Where-to-see-drag-shows-in-the-Bay-Area-11092140.php

SAO PAULO — Netflix has let out some of the prisoners in its signature series “Orange is the New Black” to party and dance in Brazil at one of the world’s largest gay pride parades.

Three actresses who play lesbian inmates in the show and at least two other actors of the new series “Sense8″ celebrated the LGBT community on Sunday atop a giant red-carpeted Netflix float surrounded by exuberant fans in Sao Paulo.

Actress Samira Wiley wore a hat sideways with the words “I love girls,” while she waved to the crowds alongside Natasha Lyonne and Uzo Aduba, other stars in the show.

Organizers say the parade is mostly a day of celebration but also serves as a reminder of the discrimination lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people still face.

Article source: http://www.cp24.com/entertainment-news/orange-is-the-new-black-stars-make-appearance-at-brazilian-gay-pride-parade-1.2411181

Gay and straight travelers alike flock to Brazil in droves to enjoy the pristine beaches, beautiful people, exciting nightlife, diverse culture and lavish annual celebrations, such as Carnival. As one of the most welcoming and accepting gay vacation destinations in South America, Brazil is a popular choice for both gay men and lesbians looking for fun in the sun or a relaxing respite in a tropical paradise. From luxury gay vacations in exclusive beachfront resorts, to exotic excursions into remote Brazilian jungles, Brazil has much to offer to every type of traveler and is an ideal setting for international gay travel.

Among the most well-known Brazilian gay travel destinations is Rio de Janeiro, which offers circuit parties, gay beaches, bathhouses, lesbian and gay clubs, drag shows and a wide variety of shopping, cultural activities, recreation and dining options that lure travelers from around the globe. While Rio de Janeiros gay establishments and culture are weighted more toward gay men, most gay events and establishments welcome lesbians and ladies can enjoy their own lesbian club, as well as womens nights at local gay establishments. Of course, Rio de Janeiro is perhaps most famous for its annual New Years celebrations and the world-renowned Carnival, each of which includes an abundance of parades, parties and activities for gay men and lesbians.

Although Rio de Janeiro may be the most popular gay vacation destination in Brazil, there are many other options throughout the country. Many cities in Brazil, such as Sao Paolo and Belo Horizonte, host annual gay pride festivals and parades and the majority of urban areas have a thriving gay community. For those who may be looking for gay vacations outside of the pride and party scene, gay travel opportunities in Brazil also include organized tours of cultural and historical landmarks and luxury all-inclusive Amazon cruises provided by tour companies dedicated to providing exceptional gay vacations to gay and lesbian travelers.

Planning a gay vacation to Brazil is an exciting endeavor that is sure to lead to many memorable once in a lifetime experiences. Partaking in gay travel in Brazil is much like traveling throughout the United States when it comes to safety and necessary precautions. Just as in the U.S., some areas of Brazil will be more welcoming and accepting than others and using your best judgment in determining the safety of a given area is always a good idea. Also, for travelers interested in visiting Brazils bathhouses, keep in mind that Brazil, like the U.S., is combating the spread of HIV and appropriate precautions should be taken to ensure that you play safely.

Planning your gay vacation to Brazil is most easily accomplished when working with a travel agency that is well-versed in local attractions, vacation package options, the best times to travel throughout the year and information of particular interest to the gay travel community. Whether you are looking for a jungle adventure, a wild week in Rio or a restful vacation on the beach, enlisting the assistance of a travel agency serving the gay community will ensure that your gay vacation to Brazil is everything you hoped for.

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Article source: http://goodherald.com/gay-travel-to-brazil/

The Wachowski sisters’ remarkable Netflix series, Sense8, is now in its second season. It is an elaborate envisioning of another race of humanoids, homo sensorium, who communicate telepathically and live among us.

These come in “clusters” that are scattered around the world, and from its opening credits, Sense8 is careful to present the viewer with the enormously diverse quilt that is humanity itself. The opening credits roll over a stunning montage of multicolored crowds, couples, celebrations, and rituals from around the globe (yes, the show has a break-the-piggybank travel budget).

The cluster of eight we follow is diversity itself — a Kenyan, a German, an Indian, an Icelander, people of color, a Brazilian gay man, and a Bay Area transgender woman. In nearly every episode, a cluster character denounces humanity’s unfortunate propensity to fear and oppress those we see as different, as the “Other.”

And yet…

Not a single genderqueer person anywhere. Not in this cluster. Not in the others. Not in any character they interact with. Even the crazy underground computer hacker named Bug is, like everyone else, quite gender-normative.

Apparently gender difference is the Other that must not speak its name. And this is from a team where not one but both siblings have bravely and publicly transitioned to be trans women. Et tu, Lana and Lilly?

Moreover, all of this occurs in science fiction, a genre invented to let creative imaginations run wild with possibility. Apparently veering from the gender binary is not among the possible. And in this, Sense8 is hardly alone.

In the latest installment in the (now interminable) X-Men series (Logan), everyone is comfortingly gender-normative. In the latest installment in the (now interminable) Alien series (Covenant), everyone is comfortably gender-normative — some have pointed out that even the mysterious “engineers” feature male and female versions. And in the latest installment of the (now interminable) Star Wars series (The Force Awakens), everyone is comfortingly gender- normative (even Jabba the Hutt was not only male but totally hetero — across species!).

Let this sink in — because it shows exactly what genderqueers are up against.

Mutants cannot be us. Even droids like C-3PO cannot be us. Even dark, scaly alien creatures that are perfect killing machines, that drip acid for blood, come with nasty double mouths, that burst from the human chest during birth, and drip gobs of gooey saliva before puncturing our skulls are nicely, neatly divided up into boys and the girls (the girls lay the eggs, of course).

In short, even our best creative minds are simply unable to imagine, under any circumstances, on any world, in any galaxy, in any alien form, a character who is nonbinary and/or profoundly gender-nonconforming (no, please do not feed me Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation).

This implicitly promotes binary male/female as some sort of unavoidable, universal, and implacable natural law, from which there is no escape. As with the Borg (yes, they were binary too), “resistance is futile.”

One of the few exceptions was Jaye Davidson’s role in the ’90s sci-fi flick Stargate. Alas, Jaye’s genderqueerness was introduced as evidence of otherworldly evil — all the “normal” people were binary. Even in the totally different universe, at the other end of the stargate, all the aliens turned out to be boys and girls just like us (the girls did the cooking and offered themselves up to the boys, of course).

Perhaps for a truly genderqueer sci-fi character we must wait for Taylor on Showtime’s series Billions to don a space suit and launch a hedge fund on Tatooine.

It is sadly to be expected that cisgender people cannot imagine us. But it is beyond sad that even when we are behind the camera and behind the typewriter, as with Sense8, we cannot imagine us either. And this blind spot is especially disheartening in a show that so pointedly wears its inclusive politics on its sleeve.

One has to wonder if there’s a coming split one day in the trans community between those of us who are trans and gender-conforming, and those who of us who are trans and gender-nonconforming. Right now we’re all at sea together politically, and so we’re more or less rowing in the same boat.

But that was once true of the gay community too. Then they started mainstreaming, and the genderqueers and trans people were pushed toward the back so that gender-normative gays and lesbians could be out front.

Will the trans movement go the same way? Will we split into those who are normatively binary and those who are genderqueer? How can we stay together when some of them can’t even imagine that some of us exist?

RIKI WILCHINS is an author and advocate.

Article source: http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2017/5/26/todays-sci-fi-oddly-adheres-strict-gender-norms

Desde a última quarta-feira, dia 3 de maio, o e-mail, o inbox do Facebook e a caixa de mensagens do celular de James Green, professor de história latino-americana da Brown University, estão abarrotados. Em suas postagens nas redes sociais também passaram a transbordar comentários do tipo: “Aeeee Dilminha!” “Cuide bem dela…” “Mais amor, menos golpe.” “Que lindo! Ela merece”. “James, so now you’re Dilma’s new affair?”

Por telefone, ele parecia bem-humorado quando perguntei sobre o assunto. “Não ouviu a boa notícia? Eu e Dilma vamos nos casar!”, disse-me em tom de troça. E emendou: “Sabe que a gente realmente se deu muito bem? Ela é tão inteligente, a gente teve conversas maravilhosas. Ela conhece melhor os impressionistas franceses do que eu, e olha que eu conheço bem”, disse.

Naquele dia, uma reportagem no portal RD1 dera o tom da balbúrdia: “Saiba detalhes sobre o novo affair

de Dilma Rousseff”. A matéria tinha uma galeria de fotos da dupla – em frente ao Lincoln Center em Nova Iorque, juntos no sebo The Strand, abraçados num restaurante. O texto, citando “duas fontes […] que preferem não ser identificadas”, dizia que o professor estava “encantado” pela ex-presidente e que os dois ficaram “inseparáveis” durante a turnê dela por várias faculdades norte-americanas. “Mas é claro que estávamos inseparáveis, eu estava ajudando a organizar as palestras, passei vários dias como o intérprete dela”, disse James – conhecido como Jim pelos amigos norte-americanos e Jimmy pelos brasileiros. A única resposta que ele deu para os veículos e curiosos querendo saber do romance: “Bobagem.”

Os dois haviam se conhecido no dia 7 de junho do ano passado. Foi num evento em que um grupo de historiadores foi até o Palácio da Alvorada, residência oficial, para manifestar sua solidariedade com a presidente, afastada da função desde a votação do dia 12 de maio. Green, autor do livro Apesar de Vocês, sobre a resistência à ditadura brasileira que partiu dos Estados Unidos, e de Além do Carnaval, uma história da homossexualidade masculina no Brasil, foi o último a falar, sentado ao lado esquerdo de Dilma. “Foi uma mesa lotada de acadêmicos e ativistas incríveis. Estava bem ansioso, como sempre quando falo em português. Tem que acertar o gênero, se é ‘o’ ou ‘a’, se tem que usar o subjuntivo… E eu falei da solidariedade internacional, e de como, enquanto ela estava sendo submetida à tortura no Brasil, pessoas nos Estados Unidos estavam se mobilizando em solidariedade. Eu estava tão tenso que nem olhava para ela, mas as pessoas comentaram comigo depois que ela estava prestando muita atenção.”

Depois das palestras, Green comentou com a ex-presidente que estava escrevendo um livro sobre Herbert Daniel, companheiro de luta com quem ela morou na clandestinidade no Rio de Janeiro em 1969. O livro, Brazilian Gay Revolutionary: The Life and Times of Herbert Daniel, sairá em breve pela Duke University Press. Dilma ficou encantada ao saber do tema do livro e topou ser entrevistada sobre o amigo e o período da clandestinidade. Duas semanas mais tarde, James voltou ao Alvorada, desta vez para um encontro particular. Dilma parabenizou-o pelo manuscrito, disse ter passado três noites seguidas lendo. O que era para ser uma entrevista de 45 minutos acabou sendo uma conversa de duas horas e meia.

“Já que eu estou pesquisando esse livro há oito anos, conheço até detalhes que Dilma nem lembrava mais”, relembrou Green. “Ela falava: ‘Você conhece melhor minha vida em 1969 do que eu!’” Por meio de depoimentos de presos políticos e relatórios policiais, o professor havia reconstruído uma sequência de eventos e encontros sigilosos do grupo revolucionário do qual Dilma e Herbert Daniel participaram. De forma tangencial, a pesquisa dele abriu uma porta para o passado da ex-presidente, para um ano em que ela vivia as suas convicções da forma mais intensa possível. “Ela me contou lá em Brasília que 1969 foi um dos melhores anos da vida dela.”  Green ficou incrédulo. No ano seguinte, ela seria presa e torturada no Departamento de Ordem Política e Social, o DOPS. “Mas estávamos vivendo o que acreditávamos”, Dilma explicou.

O que ajudou a aproximar os dois foi o fato de o próprio Green ter militado contra a ditadura dentro do Brasil no final dos anos 70 e ter ajudado a organizar uma campanha internacional reunindo acadêmicos contrários ao processo de impeachment. “Acho que ganhei um amigo novo”, Green lembra dela comentar no final da conversa.

O reencontro dos dois se deu no mês passado. Dilma deu palestras em nove universidades na Costa Leste norte-americana, entre elas a Brown, onde James dá aula. Depois do evento na Brown, em Providence, Rhode Island, ela discursou na City University of New York. No dia de folga da ex-presidente em Nova Iorque, o estudioso a levou para passear no Central Park (“já que sei que ela gosta de exercício físico”), ao Metropolitan Museum of Art, e Ópera, onde assistiram a uma produção de Eugene Onegin (“Ela adora ópera e eu também”). Os dois se viram novamente quando a ex-presidente deu uma palestra em Harvard, no final da viagem. Green fez as vezes de intérprete quando Dilma se encontrou com Jane Sanders, mulher de Bernie Sanders, e com o ator Danny Glover. “E foi só isso. Foi uma temporada muito agradável.”

Em conversas com amigos e em textos do Facebook, o professor americano frisa o quanto Dilma não se parece em nada com a imagem que pintam dela, de ser uma mulher severa e inarticulada. “Ela é brilhante”, disse enfaticamente. Relatou que Dilma quis comprar um livro sobre Lord Palmerston, primeiro ministro da Inglaterra durante os anos 50 e 60, para entender melhor a política dele em relação à Guerra Civil norte-americana. Foram para The Strand – daí a foto dos dois folheando livros – e fuçaram nas prateleiras até achar um tomo dedicado ao tema. “Daí ela falou: ‘Preciso de mais contexto’, e fomos atrás de mais três ou quatro livros sobre a história da Grã-Bretanha no século XIX para que ela pudesse entender melhor a conjuntura política.” Green também rejeita a imagem da ex-presidente como durona, descrevendo-a como divertida e engraçada. Foi com o intuito de desfazer essas percepções negativas que ele escreveu uma postagem no dia 23 de abril sobre a visita de Dilma e o tempo que passaram juntos:

[…] eu sempre tive dúvidas e críticas em relação aos governos de Lula e Dilma. Porém, o que mais me impressionou durante esta semana intensa de eventos, reuniões e interações foi a crença firme de Dilma na democracia. As pessoas que viveram o choque elétrico do regime militar, a censura da imprensa, os decretos arbitrários e os silêncios impostos sobre a nação compreendem que sem democracia não há justiça e sem justiça real e igualdade socioeconômica não há democracia.

A pessoa que eu tive a honra de conhecer um pouquinho nesta última semana é profundamente honesta e uma pessoa íntegra. Estou muito grato pela oportunidade de compartilhar este tempo com ela. […]”

Ao terminar de relatar o tempo que passaram juntos, o tom de Green mudou. “O curioso sobre esse boato [do namoro] é que reflete toda a misoginia que ronda a Dilma. Tem a percepção de que uma mulher não pode ser livre e independente, que ela tem que ter sempre algum homem para apoiá-la. Daí quando ela aparece com qualquer pessoa, surge essa especulação imediata sobre um relacionamento romântico, se ela vai casar.”

James disse não saber quem poderia estar por trás das informações passadas à RD1. “Não tenho ideia. Ah, vai, é ridículo.” Quanto à foto em que os dois aparecem abraçados no restaurante: “Eu tinha passado o dia inteiro fazendo crowd control de todas as pessoas que queriam tirar foto com ela. À noite eu me dei conta de que não tinha nenhuma foto com ela, aí pedi para tirarem.” E na foto em que ele aparece do lado dela numa das palestras, contemplando-a com evidente admiração: “Claro que admiro ela! Ela foi presidente do Brasil e lutou contra a ditadura. Admiro todos os que lutaram.”

Antes de desligar, perguntei de outra pessoa que talvez se interessasse com a notícia dessa nova amizade: Moshe Sluhovsky, o companheiro de Green, com quem tem um relacionamento há 24 anos. “Ele está super ciumento”, brincou, “e a Dilma disse que ele tem toda a razão para estar.”

Article source: http://www.midiamax.com.br/midiamais/ouviu-boa-noticia-eu-dilma-vamos-casar-340342

Desde a última quarta-feira, dia 3 de maio, o e-mail, o inbox do Facebook e a caixa de mensagens do celular de James Green, professor de história latino-americana da Brown University, estão abarrotados. Em suas postagens nas redes sociais também passaram a transbordar comentários do tipo: “Aeeee Dilminha!” “Cuide bem dela…” “Mais amor, menos golpe.” “Que lindo! Ela merece”. “James, so now you’re Dilma’s new affair?”

Por telefone, ele parecia bem-humorado quando perguntei sobre o assunto. “Não ouviu a boa notícia? Eu e Dilma vamos nos casar!”, disse-me em tom de troça. E emendou: “Sabe que a gente realmente se deu muito bem? Ela é tão inteligente, a gente teve conversas maravilhosas. Ela conhece melhor os impressionistas franceses do que eu, e olha que eu conheço bem”, disse.

Naquele dia, uma reportagem no portal RD1 dera o tom da balbúrdia: “Saiba detalhes sobre o novo affair

de Dilma Rousseff”. A matéria tinha uma galeria de fotos da dupla – em frente ao Lincoln Center em Nova Iorque, juntos no sebo The Strand, abraçados num restaurante. O texto, citando “duas fontes […] que preferem não ser identificadas”, dizia que o professor estava “encantado” pela ex-presidente e que os dois ficaram “inseparáveis” durante a turnê dela por várias faculdades norte-americanas. “Mas é claro que estávamos inseparáveis, eu estava ajudando a organizar as palestras, passei vários dias como o intérprete dela”, disse James – conhecido como Jim pelos amigos norte-americanos e Jimmy pelos brasileiros. A única resposta que ele deu para os veículos e curiosos querendo saber do romance: “Bobagem.”

Os dois haviam se conhecido no dia 7 de junho do ano passado. Foi num evento em que um grupo de historiadores foi até o Palácio da Alvorada, residência oficial, para manifestar sua solidariedade com a presidente, afastada da função desde a votação do dia 12 de maio. Green, autor do livro Apesar de Vocês, sobre a resistência à ditadura brasileira que partiu dos Estados Unidos, e de Além do Carnaval, uma história da homossexualidade masculina no Brasil, foi o último a falar, sentado ao lado esquerdo de Dilma. “Foi uma mesa lotada de acadêmicos e ativistas incríveis. Estava bem ansioso, como sempre quando falo em português. Tem que acertar o gênero, se é ‘o’ ou ‘a’, se tem que usar o subjuntivo… E eu falei da solidariedade internacional, e de como, enquanto ela estava sendo submetida à tortura no Brasil, pessoas nos Estados Unidos estavam se mobilizando em solidariedade. Eu estava tão tenso que nem olhava para ela, mas as pessoas comentaram comigo depois que ela estava prestando muita atenção.”

Depois das palestras, Green comentou com a ex-presidente que estava escrevendo um livro sobre Herbert Daniel, companheiro de luta com quem ela morou na clandestinidade no Rio de Janeiro em 1969. O livro, Brazilian Gay Revolutionary: The Life and Times of Herbert Daniel, sairá em breve pela Duke University Press. Dilma ficou encantada ao saber do tema do livro e topou ser entrevistada sobre o amigo e o período da clandestinidade. Duas semanas mais tarde, James voltou ao Alvorada, desta vez para um encontro particular. Dilma parabenizou-o pelo manuscrito, disse ter passado três noites seguidas lendo. O que era para ser uma entrevista de 45 minutos acabou sendo uma conversa de duas horas e meia.

“Já que eu estou pesquisando esse livro há oito anos, conheço até detalhes que Dilma nem lembrava mais”, relembrou Green. “Ela falava: ‘Você conhece melhor minha vida em 1969 do que eu!’” Por meio de depoimentos de presos políticos e relatórios policiais, o professor havia reconstruído uma sequência de eventos e encontros sigilosos do grupo revolucionário do qual Dilma e Herbert Daniel participaram. De forma tangencial, a pesquisa dele abriu uma porta para o passado da ex-presidente, para um ano em que ela vivia as suas convicções da forma mais intensa possível. “Ela me contou lá em Brasília que 1969 foi um dos melhores anos da vida dela.”  Green ficou incrédulo. No ano seguinte, ela seria presa e torturada no Departamento de Ordem Política e Social, o DOPS. “Mas estávamos vivendo o que acreditávamos”, Dilma explicou.

O que ajudou a aproximar os dois foi o fato de o próprio Green ter militado contra a ditadura dentro do Brasil no final dos anos 70 e ter ajudado a organizar uma campanha internacional reunindo acadêmicos contrários ao processo de impeachment. “Acho que ganhei um amigo novo”, Green lembra dela comentar no final da conversa.

O reencontro dos dois se deu no mês passado. Dilma deu palestras em nove universidades na Costa Leste norte-americana, entre elas a Brown, onde James dá aula. Depois do evento na Brown, em Providence, Rhode Island, ela discursou na City University of New York. No dia de folga da ex-presidente em Nova Iorque, o estudioso a levou para passear no Central Park (“já que sei que ela gosta de exercício físico”), ao Metropolitan Museum of Art, e Ópera, onde assistiram a uma produção de Eugene Onegin (“Ela adora ópera e eu também”). Os dois se viram novamente quando a ex-presidente deu uma palestra em Harvard, no final da viagem. Green fez as vezes de intérprete quando Dilma se encontrou com Jane Sanders, mulher de Bernie Sanders, e com o ator Danny Glover. “E foi só isso. Foi uma temporada muito agradável.”

Em conversas com amigos e em textos do Facebook, o professor americano frisa o quanto Dilma não se parece em nada com a imagem que pintam dela, de ser uma mulher severa e inarticulada. “Ela é brilhante”, disse enfaticamente. Relatou que Dilma quis comprar um livro sobre Lord Palmerston, primeiro ministro da Inglaterra durante os anos 50 e 60, para entender melhor a política dele em relação à Guerra Civil norte-americana. Foram para The Strand – daí a foto dos dois folheando livros – e fuçaram nas prateleiras até achar um tomo dedicado ao tema. “Daí ela falou: ‘Preciso de mais contexto’, e fomos atrás de mais três ou quatro livros sobre a história da Grã-Bretanha no século XIX para que ela pudesse entender melhor a conjuntura política.” Green também rejeita a imagem da ex-presidente como durona, descrevendo-a como divertida e engraçada. Foi com o intuito de desfazer essas percepções negativas que ele escreveu uma postagem no dia 23 de abril sobre a visita de Dilma e o tempo que passaram juntos:

[…] eu sempre tive dúvidas e críticas em relação aos governos de Lula e Dilma. Porém, o que mais me impressionou durante esta semana intensa de eventos, reuniões e interações foi a crença firme de Dilma na democracia. As pessoas que viveram o choque elétrico do regime militar, a censura da imprensa, os decretos arbitrários e os silêncios impostos sobre a nação compreendem que sem democracia não há justiça e sem justiça real e igualdade socioeconômica não há democracia.

A pessoa que eu tive a honra de conhecer um pouquinho nesta última semana é profundamente honesta e uma pessoa íntegra. Estou muito grato pela oportunidade de compartilhar este tempo com ela. […]”

Ao terminar de relatar o tempo que passaram juntos, o tom de Green mudou. “O curioso sobre esse boato [do namoro] é que reflete toda a misoginia que ronda a Dilma. Tem a percepção de que uma mulher não pode ser livre e independente, que ela tem que ter sempre algum homem para apoiá-la. Daí quando ela aparece com qualquer pessoa, surge essa especulação imediata sobre um relacionamento romântico, se ela vai casar.”

James disse não saber quem poderia estar por trás das informações passadas à RD1. “Não tenho ideia. Ah, vai, é ridículo.” Quanto à foto em que os dois aparecem abraçados no restaurante: “Eu tinha passado o dia inteiro fazendo crowd control de todas as pessoas que queriam tirar foto com ela. À noite eu me dei conta de que não tinha nenhuma foto com ela, aí pedi para tirarem.” E na foto em que ele aparece do lado dela numa das palestras, contemplando-a com evidente admiração: “Claro que admiro ela! Ela foi presidente do Brasil e lutou contra a ditadura. Admiro todos os que lutaram.”

Antes de desligar, perguntei de outra pessoa que talvez se interessasse com a notícia dessa nova amizade: Moshe Sluhovsky, o companheiro de Green, com quem tem um relacionamento há 24 anos. “Ele está super ciumento”, brincou, “e a Dilma disse que ele tem toda a razão para estar.”

Article source: http://www.midiamax.com.br/midiamais/ouviu-boa-noticia-eu-dilma-vamos-casar-340342

Desde a última quarta-feira, dia 3 de maio, o e-mail, o inbox do Facebook e a caixa de mensagens do celular de James Green, professor de história latino-americana da Brown University, estão abarrotados. Em suas postagens nas redes sociais também passaram a transbordar comentários do tipo: “Aeeee Dilminha!” “Cuide bem dela…” “Mais amor, menos golpe.” “Que lindo! Ela merece”. “James, so now you’re Dilma’s new affair?”

Por telefone, ele parecia bem-humorado quando perguntei sobre o assunto. “Não ouviu a boa notícia? Eu e Dilma vamos nos casar!”, disse-me em tom de troça. E emendou: “Sabe que a gente realmente se deu muito bem? Ela é tão inteligente, a gente teve conversas maravilhosas. Ela conhece melhor os impressionistas franceses do que eu, e olha que eu conheço bem”, disse.

Naquele dia, uma reportagem no portal RD1 dera o tom da balbúrdia: “Saiba detalhes sobre o novo affair

de Dilma Rousseff”. A matéria tinha uma galeria de fotos da dupla – em frente ao Lincoln Center em Nova Iorque, juntos no sebo The Strand, abraçados num restaurante. O texto, citando “duas fontes […] que preferem não ser identificadas”, dizia que o professor estava “encantado” pela ex-presidente e que os dois ficaram “inseparáveis” durante a turnê dela por várias faculdades norte-americanas. “Mas é claro que estávamos inseparáveis, eu estava ajudando a organizar as palestras, passei vários dias como o intérprete dela”, disse James – conhecido como Jim pelos amigos norte-americanos e Jimmy pelos brasileiros. A única resposta que ele deu para os veículos e curiosos querendo saber do romance: “Bobagem.”

Os dois haviam se conhecido no dia 7 de junho do ano passado. Foi num evento em que um grupo de historiadores foi até o Palácio da Alvorada, residência oficial, para manifestar sua solidariedade com a presidente, afastada da função desde a votação do dia 12 de maio. Green, autor do livro Apesar de Vocês, sobre a resistência à ditadura brasileira que partiu dos Estados Unidos, e de Além do Carnaval, uma história da homossexualidade masculina no Brasil, foi o último a falar, sentado ao lado esquerdo de Dilma. “Foi uma mesa lotada de acadêmicos e ativistas incríveis. Estava bem ansioso, como sempre quando falo em português. Tem que acertar o gênero, se é ‘o’ ou ‘a’, se tem que usar o subjuntivo… E eu falei da solidariedade internacional, e de como, enquanto ela estava sendo submetida à tortura no Brasil, pessoas nos Estados Unidos estavam se mobilizando em solidariedade. Eu estava tão tenso que nem olhava para ela, mas as pessoas comentaram comigo depois que ela estava prestando muita atenção.”

Depois das palestras, Green comentou com a ex-presidente que estava escrevendo um livro sobre Herbert Daniel, companheiro de luta com quem ela morou na clandestinidade no Rio de Janeiro em 1969. O livro, Brazilian Gay Revolutionary: The Life and Times of Herbert Daniel, sairá em breve pela Duke University Press. Dilma ficou encantada ao saber do tema do livro e topou ser entrevistada sobre o amigo e o período da clandestinidade. Duas semanas mais tarde, James voltou ao Alvorada, desta vez para um encontro particular. Dilma parabenizou-o pelo manuscrito, disse ter passado três noites seguidas lendo. O que era para ser uma entrevista de 45 minutos acabou sendo uma conversa de duas horas e meia.

“Já que eu estou pesquisando esse livro há oito anos, conheço até detalhes que Dilma nem lembrava mais”, relembrou Green. “Ela falava: ‘Você conhece melhor minha vida em 1969 do que eu!’” Por meio de depoimentos de presos políticos e relatórios policiais, o professor havia reconstruído uma sequência de eventos e encontros sigilosos do grupo revolucionário do qual Dilma e Herbert Daniel participaram. De forma tangencial, a pesquisa dele abriu uma porta para o passado da ex-presidente, para um ano em que ela vivia as suas convicções da forma mais intensa possível. “Ela me contou lá em Brasília que 1969 foi um dos melhores anos da vida dela.”  Green ficou incrédulo. No ano seguinte, ela seria presa e torturada no Departamento de Ordem Política e Social, o DOPS. “Mas estávamos vivendo o que acreditávamos”, Dilma explicou.

O que ajudou a aproximar os dois foi o fato de o próprio Green ter militado contra a ditadura dentro do Brasil no final dos anos 70 e ter ajudado a organizar uma campanha internacional reunindo acadêmicos contrários ao processo de impeachment. “Acho que ganhei um amigo novo”, Green lembra dela comentar no final da conversa.

O reencontro dos dois se deu no mês passado. Dilma deu palestras em nove universidades na Costa Leste norte-americana, entre elas a Brown, onde James dá aula. Depois do evento na Brown, em Providence, Rhode Island, ela discursou na City University of New York. No dia de folga da ex-presidente em Nova Iorque, o estudioso a levou para passear no Central Park (“já que sei que ela gosta de exercício físico”), ao Metropolitan Museum of Art, e Ópera, onde assistiram a uma produção de Eugene Onegin (“Ela adora ópera e eu também”). Os dois se viram novamente quando a ex-presidente deu uma palestra em Harvard, no final da viagem. Green fez as vezes de intérprete quando Dilma se encontrou com Jane Sanders, mulher de Bernie Sanders, e com o ator Danny Glover. “E foi só isso. Foi uma temporada muito agradável.”

Em conversas com amigos e em textos do Facebook, o professor americano frisa o quanto Dilma não se parece em nada com a imagem que pintam dela, de ser uma mulher severa e inarticulada. “Ela é brilhante”, disse enfaticamente. Relatou que Dilma quis comprar um livro sobre Lord Palmerston, primeiro ministro da Inglaterra durante os anos 50 e 60, para entender melhor a política dele em relação à Guerra Civil norte-americana. Foram para The Strand – daí a foto dos dois folheando livros – e fuçaram nas prateleiras até achar um tomo dedicado ao tema. “Daí ela falou: ‘Preciso de mais contexto’, e fomos atrás de mais três ou quatro livros sobre a história da Grã-Bretanha no século XIX para que ela pudesse entender melhor a conjuntura política.” Green também rejeita a imagem da ex-presidente como durona, descrevendo-a como divertida e engraçada. Foi com o intuito de desfazer essas percepções negativas que ele escreveu uma postagem no dia 23 de abril sobre a visita de Dilma e o tempo que passaram juntos:

[…] eu sempre tive dúvidas e críticas em relação aos governos de Lula e Dilma. Porém, o que mais me impressionou durante esta semana intensa de eventos, reuniões e interações foi a crença firme de Dilma na democracia. As pessoas que viveram o choque elétrico do regime militar, a censura da imprensa, os decretos arbitrários e os silêncios impostos sobre a nação compreendem que sem democracia não há justiça e sem justiça real e igualdade socioeconômica não há democracia.

A pessoa que eu tive a honra de conhecer um pouquinho nesta última semana é profundamente honesta e uma pessoa íntegra. Estou muito grato pela oportunidade de compartilhar este tempo com ela. […]”

Ao terminar de relatar o tempo que passaram juntos, o tom de Green mudou. “O curioso sobre esse boato [do namoro] é que reflete toda a misoginia que ronda a Dilma. Tem a percepção de que uma mulher não pode ser livre e independente, que ela tem que ter sempre algum homem para apoiá-la. Daí quando ela aparece com qualquer pessoa, surge essa especulação imediata sobre um relacionamento romântico, se ela vai casar.”

James disse não saber quem poderia estar por trás das informações passadas à RD1. “Não tenho ideia. Ah, vai, é ridículo.” Quanto à foto em que os dois aparecem abraçados no restaurante: “Eu tinha passado o dia inteiro fazendo crowd control de todas as pessoas que queriam tirar foto com ela. À noite eu me dei conta de que não tinha nenhuma foto com ela, aí pedi para tirarem.” E na foto em que ele aparece do lado dela numa das palestras, contemplando-a com evidente admiração: “Claro que admiro ela! Ela foi presidente do Brasil e lutou contra a ditadura. Admiro todos os que lutaram.”

Antes de desligar, perguntei de outra pessoa que talvez se interessasse com a notícia dessa nova amizade: Moshe Sluhovsky, o companheiro de Green, com quem tem um relacionamento há 24 anos. “Ele está super ciumento”, brincou, “e a Dilma disse que ele tem toda a razão para estar.”

Article source: http://www.midiamax.com.br/midiamais/ouviu-boa-noticia-eu-dilma-vamos-casar-340342

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