NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY LOOKS @ DEATH OF 8-YEAR-OLD GABRIEL FERNANDEZ SUSPECTED OF BEING GAY

Streaming giant Netflix on Thursday released a trailer for its upcoming documentary on Gabriel Fernandez. Gabriel’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, were found guilty of torturing the 8-year-old boy to death. Fernandez, 34, was sentenced to life in prison, while Aguirre, 37, received the death penalty. Authorities in Southern California responding to…

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….

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)…

STEVE GRAND COVERS ‘ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU’; RELEASES SEXY VIDEO

Out singer-songwriter Steve Grand on Monday released a sexy video for a cover of Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You. The 25-year-old Grand burst on the scene in 2013 with his self-produced All-American Boy, which tells the story of a man’s unrequited love for another man. The video immediately went viral on YouTube. Grand…

RUPAUL RELEASES VIDEO FOR ‘NOTING FOR CHRISTMAS’

RuPaul on Thursday released the video for his single Nothing for Christmas from his holiday album Slay Belles. The video uses footage from the Nelson Sullivan Archives, part of New York University’s Fales Library & Special Collections. In one interview, RuPaul doles out Hollywood advice: “There’s three things to never forget in Hollywood. One: Never…

MATT BOMER CALLS ADS TO REPEAL HOUSTON’S LGBT PROTECTIONS ‘HORRIFYING’

Out actor Matt Bomer has criticized the campaign to repeal Houston’s LGBT protections. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on more than a dozen characteristics including race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity. Opponents of the law forced it onto Tuesday’s ballot. Early voting ended Friday….

MICHAEL SAM CUTS HRC AD TO SUPPORT HOUSTON LGBT PROTECTIONS

Michael Sam has filmed a video for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in support of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HRC). HERO prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on several characteristics including race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity. Opponents of the law forced it onto Tuesday’s ballot. “As a Texas native,…