JANELLE MONAE SAY SEXUALITY IS A ‘JOURNEY’

In a THEM cover story, singer-songwriter-actress Janelle Monáe talked with Lizzo. The 33-year-old Monáe came out as queer last year in a Rolling Stone cover story. “For me, sexuality and sexual identity and fluidity is a journey,” Monáe told Lizzo. “It’s not a destination.” “That’s the exciting thing – always finding out new things about who you are….

JUSSIE SMOLLETT ‘DEVASTATED’ BY REPORTS HE STAGED HIS OWN ATTACK

Out actor Jussie Smollett’s lawyers have denied reports that he might have staged his own attack. Smollett, who is black and came out gay in 2015, has said that he was attacked last month by two men in downtown Chicago. The men hurled racial and homophobic slurs and told Smollett that he was in “MAGA…

NEW YORK APPROVES TRANSGENDER RIGHTS BILL, BANS ‘EX GAY’ THERAPY

Lawmakers in New York on Tuesday approved a pair of LGBT rights bills.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign both bills. One bill extends the state’s non-discrimination law to include gender identity, while the other bans “ex-gay” therapy to minors. Lawmakers in the Democratic-led House have approved the Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA)…

GUS KENWORTHY, ADMA RIPPON TO MIKE PENCE: ‘EAT YOUR HEART OUT’

Skier Gus Kenworthy and figure skater Adam Rippon took a shot at Vice President Mike Pence as the Winter Olympics opened in South Korea. Kenworthy, 26, and Rippon, 28, are the two openly gay athletes on Team USA. Both have criticized the White House’s selection of Pence to lead the 2018 U.S. Olympic delegation. Kenworthy…

NETFLIX REVEALS ‘QUEER EYE’ REBOOT CAST

Netflix has revealed the cast for its upcoming reboot of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. The streaming service announced in January that it would produce a “reimagined” Queer Eye. The reality series featuring five openly gay stylists will premiere in February. According to PEOPLE, the new cast includes Antoni Porowski (Food & Wine), Bobby Berk (Interior Design),…

LEE DANIELS SAYS ‘EMPIRE’ HAS MAD ‘GAYS OK’ IN HIP HOP

Appearing on Larry King Now, Lee Daniels said that Empire has made gays okay in hip hop. Daniels’ Empire centers on a fictional hip hop music and entertainment company run by Lucious Lyon (played by Terrence Howard), a former drug dealer, and his family. Lyon is looking to groom one of his three sons to take over the family business,…

HALLMARK HOLIDAY AD FEATURES GAY COUPLE

An early Christmas ad from greeting card giant Hallmark features a gay couple. Hallmark posted the 15-second ad, titled Keepsake Ornaments, on Facebook. “Just can’t let go of … anything?” Hallmark wrote in unveiling the ad. “Unwrap, unpack and commemorate the moments that matter.” In the ad, two men are busy moving into a new home….

SADE ADUs CHILD MICKAILIA ADU COMES OUT TRANSGENDER ON INSTAGRAM

Singer Sade Adu’s only child Mickailia “Ila” Adu came out as a transgender man last week on Instagram. Speculation that Adu, 20, was transitioning first surfaced in the spring. “Today is the first day of the rest of my life,” Adu captioned a black and white selfie along with a sun and needle emoji, the…