In the United Kingdom, Wednesday nights can mean only one thing: The Great British Bake Off. For a few blissful hours, social media comes alive with kitchen-related sexual innuendos and Mary Berry adoration as millions tune in to watch and discuss the amateur baking show. The fandom is intense, and every year there are a few contestants that manage to steal the hearts of the nation. In its current season six, Tamal Ray, with his easy smile and mouth-watering flavor combinations, has been one such person. And now, with the reveal that not only is he gay, but also single, he's liable to fan the flames of same-sex adoration to a white heat.
When asked in an interview with Radio Times about his love life, the 28-year old responded:
"I wouldn't have a girlfriend, I would have a boyfriend. But I am single at the moment."
While a more sedate reveal than that of season four runner-up Ruby Tandoh, who came out via Twitter, the announcement welcomes Ray into an ever expanding family of LGBT Great British Bake Off personas, including host Sue Perkins and season three winner John Whaite.
The Great British Bake Off season six airs Wednesdays at 8pm in the United Kingdom. For American fans, however, PBS is making its way through the show and is currently on season two.
As the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has grown in size and power, harrowing accounts and evidence of the persecution of gay people have flooded the public sphere. Last month, openly gay Syrian refugee Subhi Nahas joined Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and an advocate for LGBT rights, to speak before the United Nations Security Council about the targeting of sexual minorities, which has reached unprecedented levels of brutality. Most recently, members of the self-professed caliphate executed nine men and a 15-year-old boy on charges of sodomy. People living under ISIS terrorism are in desperate need of support, but it's hardly an environment that allows for such mechanisms to develop, which makes the groundbreaking work being undertaken by IraQueer all the more incredible.
Founded by Amir Ashour, an Iraqi-Kurd living in Malmö, Sweden, IraQueer is likely the country's first organization dedicated solely to its beleaguered LGBT community. Aimed at improving the lives of queer Iraqis, it's an online forum for news and support, with the vast majority of volunteers and members residing in Iraq, with Ashour telling Haaretz:
“Our vision is to create a country where the LGBT community is recognized and enjoys its rights and responsibilities, a country where one’s sexual orientation and the person they fall in love with will not affect their lives.”
While the public nature of ISIS' persecution has attracted international attention over the past year, as in Syria, the situation was bad long before they took control. Things began to rapidly deteriorate for Iraq's LGBT community after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, according to Ashour. Islamist groups rose out of the political chaos and began targeting gay people, killing an estimated 200 LGBT people in 2012 alone. Today, these same groups have partnered with the Iraqi government in the fight against ISIS, giving them the freedom to continue persecuting sexual minorities.
Read the full article on Haaretz.
Yesterday, a profile story on Matt Damon in The Guardian seemed to imply that the actor thought it was best if actors didn't come out publicly so there was mystery, and they could be better at their jobs of pretending to be straight or gay or astronauts or whatever the sript calls for. Damon was quoted as saying:
“I think it must be really hard for actors to be out publicly. But in terms of actors, I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you period. And sexuality is a huge part of that. Whether you’re straight or gay, people shouldn’t know anything about your sexuality because that’s one of the mysteries that you should be able to play.”
The story broke in time for Ellen Degeneres to query Damon about it during the taping of her segment with him for The Ellen DeGeneres Show. It seems Damon was taken out of context and this pro-gay ally's statements were misconstrued. Here's what he told DeGeneres about The Guardian interview:
Ellen: I just heard about this, this morning, if you want to address. Somehow it’s like when you do interviews you say something and then people write it and it depends on it’s out of context and it gets twisted around and something you said is getting twisted around and I want you to address it.
Matt: Yeah it was just in an interview with The Guardian that I literally just found out too, but it was that I was talking about actors are more effective when you know less about their personal lives. And was talking about it in the context of when Ben and I first started and people wrote all these articles, when Good Will Hunting came out, that we were gay because it was two guys who wrote the script. And feeling like, Oh, well we can’t even like then you have to address it and then it’s like well I’m not gonna throw my friends under the bus, who are gay, and act like it’s some kind of a disease. Ya know how do you even address it, so you’re always in these kind of weird things. But in this day and age, I said this thing to The Guardian and it got turned into and I was just trying to say actors are more effective when they’re a mystery. Right? And somebody picked it up and said I said gay actors should get back in the closet. Which is like I mean it’s stupid, but it is painful when things get said that you don’t believe. You know what I mean? And then it gets represented that that’s what you believe. Because in the blogosphere there’s no real penalty for just taking the ball and running with it. Ya know what I mean? You’re just trying to click on your thing. So.
Ellen: Sure. And it gets a lot of attention. Because someone mentioned it to me this morning. And I know you and I know you’re not that guy. And so I just wanted you to be able to
Matt: Thank you for that.
Ellen: Yeah. And it shocks me that you and Ben are not gay, but I think that I mean if you want to deny it and keep your mystery and your marriage…
Matt: Yeah. We’re trying we’re trying.
So, is it a case of just misquoting or misunderstanding?
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The adorable web series GaysWithKids is back with a new video taking us inside the lives of Rocco, Corey, and their son, Forge. The three can be seen cooking, laughing, and enjoying the great outdoors in this touching new clip. The family was found online through social media, and was brought onto the show as part of GWK’s “Day in the Life” series.
Watch the clip below:
Although Michael Sam claims that he has no regrets, he believes he came out of the closet too soon.
Sam appeared on The Dan Patrick Show Friday to talk about what’s next for him. He discussed going back to school to prepare for a post-football career in broadcast journalism. He also talked about the mistakes that he’s made going into his professional football career and his hopes to get back into the NFL.
As The Blaze reports, when Patrick asked if Sam had been given one ‘mulligan’ post-grad, what he’d do differently, Sam replied:
“Maybe that was the wrong time for us to announce that. I will say that. Also, I had a game plan of when I graduated, when I came out on February 9, I wanted to kind of push back that. We came out a little too early for my taste. I wanted to come out after I made an NFL roster. It really wasn’t supposed to be published. It was just supposed to be to the team as I did at University of Missouri… Certain things happened. A lot of media people already knew, and I think we had to push it back earlier than expected.”
Sam had suspicions that someone was about to break his story. Fearing that he’d be outed, he wanted to tell his own story.
“It probably would have been better for me if I didn’t come out. I would be on a roster. That said, I have no regrets whatsoever.”
For the full interview, watch below:
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Queerty is growing up. Or rather, our three-year growth spurt has caught up with us, and now that we’ve found a snazzy new pair of shoes that fit just right, we’re ready to embark on a new adventure.
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Q.Digital announced today that it will consolidate five outstanding media properties — Queerty, LGBTQNation, GayCities, Dragaholic and Bilerico Project — to create the largest global LGBTQ online media publisher.
Last month, these sites’ combined traffic surpassed Here Media as well as that of Gay Ad Network. So, it’s like kind of a big deal. In the process, we’ve caused a stir, called out our heroes and had thoughtful conversations about important issues.
With more than five million uniques each month, Queerty is the most popular LGBTQ editorial site in the world.
So, thanks! As cliché as it sounds, we couldn’t have done it without you.
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Apparently Bisexual Visibility Week came and went again without so much as a threeway. Just what are we to make of those people?
It’s a common enough story that we’re all familiar with the beats: You hook up with a guy who tells you he’s bi and after a few weeks of “dating,” when you try to take things to the next level, he breaks it to you that he doesn’t see a relationship with another man for himself. The immediate assumption is that you’ve been led on and that this self-proclaimed bisexual is probably just a gay guy too chicken s–t to own up to being gay. That incorrect assumption, I argued, is where a lot of the hostility from within the gay and lesbian community toward bisexual people actually comes from. While same-sex sexual encounters may come naturally for some men, romantic interactions between those same men and other guys may not be nearly as instinctive.Read HERE.
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