LIL NAS X REVEALS COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS: ‘COVID REALLY SUCKS’

Out rapper and singer Lil Nas X revealed on social media that he tested positive for COVID-19. Last week, the 22-year-old entertainer withdrew from the Capital FM “Jingle Ball” concert tour after several close staffers tested positive for the virus. In a since-deleted tweet, Lil Nas X reacted with excitement to the inclusion of his…

AMANDLA STENBERG TO LEAD DISNEY+ ‘STAR WARS’ SERIES ‘THE ACOLYTE’

Out actor Amandla Stenberg has been cast in the lead role for Disney+’s upcoming Star Wars series The Acolyte. According to Variety, the series will begin production in 2022. In announcing the series last year, Disney+ described The Acolyte as “a mystery-thriller that will take viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of…

FLORIDA DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE BILLS TO BAN GAY, TRANSGENDER ‘PANIC DEFENSE’

Two Florida Democrats on Tuesday introduced bills that seek to ban the use of the co-called gay and transgender panic defense in criminal trials. Criminal defendants who use the controversial defense claim that a violent act was triggered by the revelation of a victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Representative Carlos Guillermo…

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID TERMINATED OVER CUOMO LINK

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBT rights advocate, on Monday terminated its president, Alphonso David, over the role he played in allegations against former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. While Cuomo has denied the charge that he sexually harassed 11 women employees, he stepped down after New York Attorney General Letitia James…

MATH TEACHER BEATS INCUMBENT TO BECOME FIRST GAY BLACK MAN ELECTED IN TEXAS

A high school math teacher won a runoff race for the San Antonio City Council, making him the first out gay black man elected in Texas. Jalen McKee-Rodriguez, also a graduate student, once worked for the councilwoman he will be replacing. He left City Councilwoman Jada Andrews-Sullivan’s office in 2019 amid allegations of anti-gay discrimination…