How Should We Feel About The Selfie The "Queer Eye" Guys Took With Alleged Homophobe Candace Cameron Bure?

It’s safe to say the Queer Eye guys have mostly had a great week. First of all, the show won trophies for Outstanding Structured Reality Program and Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program. Then on Monday night, The Fab Five were a hit at the Emmys ceremony, presenting the award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series. Their bit, in which they offered to give characters of very heavy dramas lifestyle tips and makeovers, was an upbeat highlight in an overall disappointing telecast.

Star and designer extraordinaire Bobby Berk caused some controversy, however, by posting a selfie to Instagram with co-star Jonathan Van Ness and Fuller House stars Candance Cameron Bure and Andrea Barber.

The caption read: “When your childhood TV friends become your adult REAL friends.”

In 2015, Cameron Bure expressed support for a bakery that refused to make a cake for a gay couple, clashing with Raven-Symoné onThe View.

Later that year, Raven-Symoné and Cameron Bure both outraged the LGBTQ+ community and allies with a clueless-bordering-on-sinister The View interview with HIV-positive former child star Danny Pintauro. The hosts were widely seen as insensitive and unprofessional, with one question of Cameron Bure’s standing out in particular:

"I want to know, do you...do you take responsibility for your actions, for being promiscuous, going into a lifestyle of having heightened sex because of the meth that you were using?"

Last year, Bianca Del Rio picked a fight with Cameron Bure when the actress posted an Instagram pic of herself in a shirt stamped with Del Rio’s catchphrase, “Not Today Satan.” Del Rio called her a "homophobic Republican."

Cameron Bure denied the accusation--the homophobia part anyway: “Why do you have to be nasty to me? You don’t know what’s in my heart. I’m not homophobic and always sad when people think otherwise. Loving Jesus doesn’t mean I hate gay people or anyone.”

Flash-forward to now, and people aren't sure how to feel about the new selfie. Many dog-piled with criticism. 

As for Berk, (who's brought up facing religion-based homophobia as a child on his Emmy-winning show), this is what he had to say about the avalanche of harsh Instagram comments in a video response:

“Pretty sure that kind of attitude is what we’re trying to stop on Queer Eye. She’s a human and an artist just as I am, and the whole basis of Queer Eye is to learn to be able to coexist and to learn from people who think differently from you,” he said.

“I do know her views. I am against her views, but as a person I love her just as we should all love each other.”

Where do you stand in the debate? Feel free to let us know in the comments.

h/t: Pink News

Homophobic Man Avoids Jail Time After Biting Another Man’s Ear Off

According to the Northumbria Police Department, Martin Gallagher attacked a man in the bathroom of a Newcastle nightclub saying that the other man looked at his genitals while they peed at the urinals. Gallagher was intoxicated at the time and reacted by biting the other man’s ear off.

The attacker pleaded guilty to “assault occasioning grievous bodily harm” earlier this year. He was sentenced to two years on probation and a three month curfew. He is also forced to perform 200 hours of community service and pay the victim approximately $6,500 in compensation. It is important to note that the attacker was not given any jail time.

Detective Constable Lisa Common from the Northumbria Police department did not seem pleased with the verdict and said:

“This was an unprovoked attack on a complete stranger who had gone out that night to socialize with friends. Instead, he was confronted by a drunken male who was so out of control he bit the victim’s ear off. The victim has been left suffering not just permanent physical injury, but emotional trauma as a result of the incident. I hope he can take some comfort in the sentence that has been given today.”

When asked about motive, the attacker cited a “gay panic.”

On the attack, the victim said:

“[These have been] some of the most testing and strenuous times in my life. I’m still coming to terms with my new reflection and hope for a future to bring better days.”

h/t: lgbtqnation.com

Jonathan Van Ness Slams Eminem's Homophobic Lyrics in One Tweet

Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness is the latest celebrity to put his two cents in regarding Eminem's homophobic lyrics on his album Kamikaze.

The rap star released the surprise effort on Friday, and was immediately criticized by the LGBTQ community and its supporters for his usage of the word f***ot on the song "Fall." This is far from the first time that Eminem has used this word in his past material.

Dan Reynolds, who fronts the band Imagine Dragons, let his disgust be heard loudly about this situation on his Twitter back on Friday, and now its Jonathan's turn to do so.

"Interesting how artists that go low using homophobic language seem to have their record sales go lower," he wrote. Ouch. There's receipts to this as well.

Eminem's expected to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 next week with first-week figures of 370,000 according to Billboard. An impressive number, especially in a time where people aren't buying records like they use to, but pales in comparison to other people in the industry like Drake and Travis Scott who scored much higher numbers than him.

It's also a very small number compared to what Eminem used to sell in his first-week sales. For instance, 2013's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 sold 792,000 copies in week one. 2010's Relapse had a similar number.

So it looks like Jonathan has a point in all of this. 


Dan Reynolds Openly Calls Out Eminem and His Homophobic Lyrics

Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds slammed Eminem over his homophobic lyrics off his latest album in a series of emotional tweets. 

The "Stan" emcee released a surprise album called Kamikaze on Friday, much to his fan's delight. It became problematic for several members of the LGBTQ community and our supporters, however, when they found out he once again used a homophobic slur on the new record (he's done this before in his very long career).

One of the songs off the album is called "Fall" where Em refers to fellow rapper Tyler the Creator as a f****t. This has prompted a major backlash for the Grammy winner since the album's release, where several members of the entertainment industry like Dan and Bon Iver have spoken out about why saying that word is horrifically wrong.

Dan went off on social media about it in several different tweets on the same day Kamikaze was released.


"it’s never ok to say a word that is filled with hate," he wrote. "I don’t care what year you were born in or what meaning it has to you. if it contributes to hate and bigotry then it is hateful. period. there is never an ok time to say the word fa**ot I don’t care who you are."

"it’s disgusting to be told this is being “overly sensitive” or “millennial”," he continued. "LGBTQ kids are TAKING THEIR LIVES after being bullied with homophobic slurs. it’s not “sensitive” to take a stand against a word that has been used to spread hate for years."

"I’ve lived enough of my life remaining silent on these issues because of fear or lack of education. I don’t live in fear anymore. I still have lots to learn. but no. I will not be a silent voice with this platform I have been given."

Dan has become one of the LGBTQ community's biggest advocates this past year, so it should come as no surprise that he has spoken up about Eminem's words. 

He starred in a documentary called Believer, which shares the same name as his band's number one hit song. The film follows Dan, who was raised Mormon, on a new mission to explore how the church treats its LGBTQ members.

The movie centers on the rising suicide rate among teens in the state of Utah, where the Mormon religion is very prevalent. It showcases his concern with the Church's policies that sends him on an unexpected for acceptance and change. 



Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Expresses Homophobic Views

This week, the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismai,l warned LGBTQ+ citizens to keep their identities a secret in order to be accepted by society. This announcement comes only a couple of weeks after the country's religious affairs minister ordered two portraits of LGBTQ+ Malaysian activists be removed from an exhibition. Speaking about the controversy, the religious affairs minister said: 

"Society cannot accept LGBT being promoted because that is against the norms, culture, and religion."

In the wake of the controversy, other Malaysian officials have voiced homophobic perspectives and shown their lack of acceptance. The Deputy Prime Minister added:

"As a Muslim, I have my preferences as to their rights. Homosexuality, there are laws [against it]."

Malaysia his known for it's lack of support for the LGBTQ+ community in terms of public acceptance and nation-wide laws. It is currently illegal to have gay sex in Malaysia, there are no anti-discrimination laws, same sex marriage is banned, and gay and transgender people are not recognized by the law. The streak of homophobia continued on August 18th when police raided a gay bar in the late hours of the night to "mitigate the LGBT culture from spreading into [their] society."

Malaysia does not run short of examples to demonstrate the nation-wide homophobia of its officials. Earlier this month, Malaysia's Deputy Health Minister said LGBT people suffer from an "organic disorder."In April, a Malaysian university held a contest to convert gay students advertising the competition as:

"A campaign to invite friends who have [a] disorder in [their] sexual orientation to return to their natural nature in a worthwhile way."

Earlier this year, a newspaper published a checklist which assisted people with "[spotting] a gay" and the country goes as far as listing gay sex in the same category as bestiality under offences which are "against the order of nature."

However, contrary to the image the government would like to put up, they are not without their own faults and hypocrisy. The former Deputy Prime Minister, married to the current Deputy Prime Minister, has been charged twice for having gay sex and even served three years in prison before being released earlier this year.

h/t: PinkNews, Taiwan News

If You Spread Hate, You Reap What You Sow

When a gay couple in Sandy Springs, Georgia contacted landscaper Stuart DiNenno about getting some work done in their yard, they did not expect the drivel of intolerance that would come out of his mouth with regard to their relationship.

According to Towleroad, the owner of Botanica Atlanta Landscape Designs turned down doing the job for couple because he considered their relationship to be “very perverse and foolish” and a “delusion”.

One of the guys took to the company’s Yelp Page to call out DiNenno on his homophobia, but DiNenno responded by actually confirming the claims and restating his distaste for gay people.

Since then, the company’s Yelp page has been hit with tons of negative feedback from people who are showing their support for the Sandy Springs couple. Folks have also shared screenshots of DiNenno’s racist remarks and bigotry on Facebook, an account that seems to have disappeared since the onslaught of bad press.

But DiNenno seems to be fueled by all the comments.

Just a couple of weeks ago Yelp announced that they would be incorporating a new feature into the app that shows which businesses are Open to All, meaning they serve people of all walks of life. I think it's safe to say that Botanica Atlanta won't be joining in on the campaign to welcome "everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion or disability."

Maybe the Fab 5 should pay DiNenno a visit in Season 3 of Queer Eye?

h/t: Towleroad, Yelp


This Viral Russian Election Ad Has A Very Gay Twist

Oh Russia, sending us mixed signals again?

It’s nearing close to election time in the Country of Russia with votes set to start in September, and a new interesting video has popped up ahead of that time.

According to GayStarNews, no one knows where the now viral election video came from for sure, but several people have guessed that it’s the work of the local government.

The video itself, which you can watch below, shows two men discussing the upcoming election. The video shows them in deep conversation as they sit at a park bench, ride a public bus, and walk down the sidewalk.

While a translated version has not been found yet, the Moscow Times reports that the two men comment that elections are an “an illusion of democracy.” They then state that they won't vote.

The last scene then shows the two men entering an apartment bedroom and taking their clothes off.

As they do this, one man is overheard saying, “Let the others go and vote. We have more important things to do."

The video ends with one man lying face down on the bed, in just his underwear, and another man closing the door as he unzips his pants.

While this video seems VERY GAY at a first glance, it actually presents a pretty messed up message.

The message the advertisement is trying to present is that if citizens don’t vote, they’re gay. Basically, this is a homophobic scare tactic to get people voting and present this image of LGBT people being lazy/irresponsible citizens. And this isn’t the first time an ad like this has shown up.

When even teenagers are being charged for Russia’s Anti-Gay Propaganda law, it’s amazing that whoever’s behind this video, government or not, has gotten away with zero fines.

Just another day in Russia.

h/t: Gay Star News, The Moscow Times

Peaceful Counterprotestors Helped Make The Sequel to Charlottesville A Complete, Utter, Total, Absolute, Embarrassing, Pathetic Failure

Last year, the first Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville horrified us. The terrorizing display of racism resulted in the death of 32-year-old counterprotestor Heather Heyer, who was fatally struck by a car driven by a Neo-Nazi sympathizer. The aftermath of the rally was made worse by our president, who blamed both sides for the violence.

This year, far-right organizers publicly predicted a turnout of at least several hundred people in Washington, D.C. for “Unite the Right 2.”

About two dozen white nationalists showed up, reports CNN. And they were vastly outnumbered by peaceful counterprotestors.

The violence and hate in Charlottesville last year wasn’t just race-related. A viral video showed protestors chanting “F**k you faggots.”

LGBTQ+ activists took a stand at Unite the Right 2 today, and we’re kind of in love with a group called “ResisDance.”

From their Facebook page:

“While nazis and white supremacists spread an ideology of racism and genocide, we are here to fiercely and unapologetically celebrate our communities and our existence - and of course drown them out with bumpin’ beats and lots of rainbow biodegradable confetti!”

“As these individuals descend on our city, now is the time to show up and let them know that their legacy of violence is over. We're trans. We're queer. We're fabulous. We're sick of your Nazi sh*t. Don't f*ck with us.”

Thanks in part to ResisDance and other inspiring counterprotestors, Unite the Right 2 was, in no uncertain terms, a disaster. Pathetic. This thing bombed harder than Solo: A Star Wars Story or A Wrinkle in Time. (yikes!)

Here’s all of what happened: about 20 bigots showed up and were so overwhelmed by resisters that they “marched” early and were finished by 5:30 p.m.; that’s when the marching was originally scheduled to begin.

Back to Heather Heyer. Her last Facebook post before she was killed read: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”

Heyer was a waitress, bartender and paralegal known to her friends as an outspoken supporter of human rights and equality. At her funeral, her mother told hundreds of mourners to turn anger into righteous action.”

Spike Lee’s latest film, critically acclaimed BlacKkKlansman, is dedicated to Heather Heyer’s memory.


h/t: CNN, PinkNews

Check out ResisDance on Facebook here.

An Italian Gay Couple Were Told They Couldn't Join A Beach Party Because They're Not A Couple

Two gay couples were denied entry into a beach party because they were gay.

This past Saturday, 37-year-old Guiseppe Pitirollo and 28-year-old Daniele Bauilio were enjoying dinner with friends. While they dined in Bacoli, Italy, they could hear dance music from the nearby beach.

The two sets of couples decided to walk over and see if they could join the festivities but were soon outraged to find that they could not.

Once they’d reached the party at the Lido Turisitco Beach Park, they were told that only straight couples were allowed.

“The guy at the door told us we couldn’t as we were not with women and the event was couples-only," Giuseppe told Gay Star News.

“The bouncer replied a couple is only made of a woman and a man,” Giuseppe claimed.

Then, the owner of the venue joined the argument and denied the couples entry with the excuse that they were drunk.

Giuseppe and Daniele then tried to to prove that they were completely sober to no success. After being denied again, the men left and went to the central police station to report the incident.

“We felt humiliated. They diminished us in front of other people,” lamented Giuseppe. “Seeing our rights being denied in such a blatant way was just shameful.”

Same-sex marriage is not legal in Italy, but civil unions are. The law was passed in 2016, but there’s still some stigma towards gay romance.

News of the situation quickly spread as Italian Senator Monica Cirinnà, who also penned the same-sex union bill, told the Italian news source La Repubblica, ‘If true, this would be a very serious incident.”

The venue then later released a statement saying that the men were using their sexuality to exploit the party and those involved.

“Some exploit their sexual orientation to blame other people. We’re respectful of every choice, but we reserve the right to refuse anyone entry if they’re not in line with our policy of kindness and respect to others,” wrote owner Luciano Santini.

These Three Gay Mexican Men Were Found Dead After Being Taken From a Nightclub

This weekend three men who were well-known LGBTQ+ rights activists were murdered in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Rubén Estrada, Roberto Vega, and Carlos Uriel López were at a local nightclub when they were approached by a group of men who demanded money from them. When the three refused, the men returned and forced them to leave the club and threw them into a van.

The bodies of the men were found hours later on the dirt road Zacapalco-Rancho Viejo with signs that they had been shot in the head. There whereabouts was reported by Lo Real de Guerrero, but be warned GRAPHIC IMAGES are found in this write-up.

Estrada, who was 35, was an educator, the main organizer for Taxco’s annual Pride march and gay pageant in the state of Guerrero. Vega and Lopez were activists and a couple.

Lol Kin Castañeda, a lesbian activist who is a member of the Mexico City Constituent Assembly tweeted to Héctor Astudillo, Governor of Guerrero:

Taxco, Guerrero assassinated my fellow activists LGBTTTI Rubén Estrada, Roberto Vega and Carlos Uriel López. My condolences to your family and friends. The loss is for a society that demands equality, freedom and end to violence. We demand Justice @HectorAstudillo

There is no indication if this was a hate crime. Orlando Pastor, coordinator of the LGBT march in Guerrero, shared sentiments of the groups slaying with Desastre MX, a Spanish media outlet:

It was believed that this was a homophobic issue, but now it is said that it was because of organized crime. There have been so many cases incidents of organized crime.

In Guerrero there is a situation: Society is very involved in organized crime and sometimes people with certain sexual orientation are murdered so we cannot say if it is a death due to homophobia or not.

Here in Guerrero there is special prosecution for homophobic crimes since 2013. But the cases open and they go unpunished, many of them to date…that is why we demand from the authorities of Guerrero that these cases be escalated. Enough uncertainty, enough murders, and not just the LGBT community, but the entire population.

h/t: Desastre MX