STUDY SHOWS DISNEY IS FAILING LGBT KIDS – DESPITE ‘CASHING IN’ ON PRIDE MERCH

A report has shown that Disney’s blockbuster releases are failing LGBT kids – despite the company cashing in on LGBT merchandise. Disney last month announced a ‘Pride’ merchandise range for the first time, featuring a range of rainbow-themed merchandise aimed at LGBTQ fans. But just weeks after the launch, GLAAD’s annual Studio Responsibility Index reporthas launched –…

MEET THE LESBIAN ASYLUM SEEKERS BATTLING THE UK’s ‘HOSTILE & HOMOPHOBIC’ IMMIGRATION SYSTEM

To mark Lesbian Visibility Day, PinkNews spoke to three lesbian asylum seekers about their harrowing experiences – from depression to attempted suicide – as they fight the UK immigration system. In November, PinkNews revealed that thousands of gay, lesbian and bisexual asylum seekers have been refused asylum from countries where they could face prison, violence or death. Figures quietly released…

ICONIC BLACK LESBIAN BLACK LIGHTNING STAR NAFESSA WILLIAMS SPEAKS OUT ABOUT ‘WAVE’ OF DIVERS REPRESENTATION IN FILM

Black Lightning star Nafessa Williams has said that the creation and support of black superheroes in Hollywood has resulted in an exciting “wave” of representation that is only just getting started. The star, who plays lesbian black superhero and daughter of Black Lightning Thunder, said that there has been a seismic shift towards black representation onscreen…

RuPaul WOULD ‘PROBABLY NOT’ LET A POST-TRANSITION CONTESTANT ON DRAG RACE

The man-behind-the-queen-behind RuPaul’s Drag Race, RuPaul Charles, has said “probably not” when asked whether a trans person who had transitioned should be allowed to compete on the show. The show’s host made the comments in a new interview with the Guardian. Discussing the topic of drag queens, and whether trans women, in particular, should do…

ORLANDO MASSACRE SURVIVOR TEARS INTO REPUBLICAN POLITICIANS @ PARKLAND PROTEST

A survivor of the Orlando massacre has emotionally slammed lawmakers for doing “not a damn thing” to stop further mass shootings. Brandon Wolf lost best friends Christopher Andrew “Drew” Leinonen and Juan Ramon Guerrero – Drew’s boyfriend – during the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in 2016, which left 49 dead. Former student Nikolas Cruz killed 17…

BOTSWANA AGREES TO RECOGNIZE TRANSGENDER MAN IN LANDMARK CASE

Botswana has agreed to recognise a transgender man’s identity after a historic court ruling earlier this year, the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) confirmed on Tuesday. The registrar of the southern African nation said it will supply the man – identified only as ND due to a court order – with a new official identity document declaring…

RAINBOW MEMORIAL COMPLETED BY PULSE NIGHTCLUB IN MEMORY OF 49 KILLED

A rainbow crossing has been completed connecting two streets next to the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. It comes after thousands of people signed a petition calling for a rainbow memorial to remember the victims of the shooting. The gay nightclub was the scene of horrific events in June 2016, when 49 people were murdered…