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    A note to bisexual men in the closet

    Lewis Oakley is a bisexual activist. To mark Bi Visibility Day, Oakley writes for PinkNews about standing in the face of biphobia in 2017.
    Hey lads,

    Today is an important day and I wanted to send you a message.
    As Twitter and some decent news sites erupt in a blue, pink and purple celebration of Bi Visibility, I know you can’t show your support for fear someone may find out. Mates that would never accept bisexuality and insist you must be a gay man now. A girlfriend that will be embarrassed and worried your relationship will be seen as a joke by everyone. Family who will think you’re ‘just getting carried away’ with this whole equality thing.
    Sadly you are in very good company, in America The Pew Research Centre found that only 12% of Bisexual men are out of the closet compared to 77% of gay men. Which tells us two things, first – not enough has been done to make bisexual men as accepted as gay men. Second, UK LGBT groups need to pull their fingers out and look in to the issue here.

    With almost 90% of bisexual men in the closet I know there isn’t much I can say to convince you it’s better on the outside but I will say that that I’m happy and owning my bisexuality has been one of the best things I’ve ever done.
    My girlfriend couldn’t care less about my sexuality, if anything she likes that I was man enough to own something that is so often seen as a negative. My dad being cool about my bisexuality actually helped bring us closer than we’ve ever been. The truth is bisexuality means you’re attracted to men and women, it doesn’t mean you have to have purple hair, go to gay bars, have sex with men or even vote labour. Bisexuality is on you to own and trademark your way.
    I’m not going to lie to you, being an out and proud bisexual man can be tough, your straight partners can be targeted by association, there aren’t many places you can go to meet other bisexual men and people will constantly undermine you and believe they are such an expert in penis that they know more about what gets you excited than you do.

    The bottom line is, we need more bisexual men out, more bisexual men to own their sexuality, more bisexual men to grab society by the balls and a tell them what being bisexual is about – not the other way around.
    You might think it’s safer, ignoring your sexuality or meeting guys on the down low, but the truth is living a double life isn’t as glamorous as Superman made it look. It’s stressful, tiring and one day you’ll wake up and ask if people like you for you or just the person you pretend to be.
    Related: Everything you’ve always wanted to ask a bisexual person but were always too scared
    Sexuality is unique, it’s invisible, but it’s as much of a part of you as your skin colour or your gender. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy but if even ten people reading this decide they are going to come out that’s ten more men out there changing people’s perception of bisexuality.
    When people come to challenge us on it we have to be better than them.
    We have to be funnier than they are,

    Be more sarcastic than they are,
    Be more sassy than they are,
    Be more knowledgeable than they are,
    We can change the way people see bisexuality, one-day people might even envy us, but we can only do that If we stand together.

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    Matilda star Mara Wilson wishes she hadn’t come out when she did

    Matilda star Mara Wilson has spoken about her experience with coming out last year and revealed that she wishes she had done it at a different time.
    Wilson came out as bisexual following the Pulse Nightclub shooting which left 49 people dead in one of the worst terror incidents in the US since 9/11.

    Speaking to Lambda Legal, Wilson explained that at the time she had hoped coming out would enable her to be a platform which would champion LGBTQ+ voices in light of a horrific attack against the community.
    Related: Mara Wilson is fighting for more ‘boring’ bi representation
    However, when reflecting on the decision Wilson explained that she hasn’t done it at that time.

    She said: “I often wish that I hadn’t done it then because I got accused of taking advantage of a tragedy for personal attention.
    “Now clearly I like attention, but I am not so callous as to make a tragedy about myself, my life and my story. That isn’t what I was going for.”
    The star explained that she believes it’s important for people with privilege to come out.

    “I think that if you’re in a place of security and privilege  —  which I can admit that I am  —  it’s important for you to [come out].
    “I don’t see myself as anybody’s savior, but I’d rather it were me  —  who can afford therapy and afford this platform  —  getting harassed for being who I am than a young LGBTQ kid. I think it’s important.”
    Related: Mara Wilson opens up about her sexuality

    Wilson went on to address the biphobia she has faced since coming out.
    “There’s definitely a stigma.
    “One of the reasons I didn’t come out for a very long time was because I grew up hearing that bisexual girls were ‘crazy.’ I heard that all the time.
    “I heard that bisexual girls were ‘crazy,’ they were greedy, they were selfish and they caused drama. They were the worst. They wanted attention.”

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    Australian PM supports church that discriminated against pro-gay straight couple

    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has spoken out in defence of a church that cancelled a straight couple’s wedding because they support equal marriage.
    It was reported last week that Ebenezer St John’s Church in Ballarat, Victoria had cancelled a couple’s long-standing wedding booking with just two months to go.

    Church minister Steve North reportedly made the decision after seeing the bride had posted a message on Facebook in support of same-sex marriage ahead of a public vote on the issue in Australia.
    Even though the couple is heterosexual North told the bride, who has many gay friends, that he would not officiate her ceremony or permit the marriage to go ahead in his church.

    Incredibly, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has waded into the row – to defend the church.
    He insisted: “Churches are entitled to marry or not marry whom they please. That is part of religious freedom.
    “I mean there are many churches, including my own church, the Catholic Church, who will not marry someone who has been married before.”

    He added: “Churches are free to marry whoever they like. You know, it’s not for me to… this gives me an opportunity to say something about the issue of religious freedom.”
    He added: “I just want to reassure Australians that as strongly as I believe in the right of same-sex couples to marry, as strongly as I believe in that, even more strongly, if you like, do I believe in religious freedom.
    “Religious freedom is fundamental and it will be protected in any bill that emerges from this Parliament.”
    Mr Turnbull continued: “If there is a ‘yes’ majority in the postal survey when it comes back, the bill will include strong protections for religious freedoms, Australians should not be concerned about that.”
    In letter to the couple, the church’s pastor had written: “By continuing to officiate it would appear either that I support your views on same-sex marriage or that I am uncaring about this matter. As you know, neither statement is correct.
    “Also, if the wedding proceeded in the Ebenezer St John’s church buildings, the same inferences could be drawn about the Presbyterian denomination. Such inferences would be wrong.”

    In a response to the pastor, the couple wrote: “We feel this decision is absolutely disgraceful and is a disgrace to you and all the church, especially when we have been loyal and valued members of this congregation for 10 years.
    “You were made aware from the beginning of our proceedings that we had gay friends and also that people in our wedding party were gay. How could you assume that we would abandon them or degrade them with regards to same-sex marriage?
    “We understand we did agree with the teachings of the church in our marriage counselling but just because we agree with that for our own lives, doesn’t mean that we have to push those beliefs onto others.”
    Elsewhere, a school in Perth infuriated parents by inviting an anti-gay marriage group to ‘teach’ kids about why gay unions are wrong.

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    TV hosts have a ‘secret plan’ to end same-sex marriage in the USA

    Two notorious TV hosts have a secret plan to end equal marriage, and apparently it’s hiding inside their closet.
    Twin brothers David and Jason Benham became famous among evangelicals in 2014 when their house-flipping TV reality show was cancelled over their anti-gay activism.

    The pair, hosts of HGTV series Flip It Forward, were axed after TV execs were made aware that they had long records of religious anti-LGBT activism.
    The pair this week took to the stage during the 20th anniversary gala for right-wing webpage LifeSiteNews.
    LifeSiteNews billed their talk as revealing “the secret to ending abortion and gay ‘marriage’ in America”, but after watching the pair gabble for five minutes about what they do with their ‘candles’ inside their massive closet, frankly we’re more confused than ever.

    One of the brothers explained: “The problem is not the darkness, the problem is the absence of light… I don’t open a closet door and all the darkness from the closet come and fill the room. It’s the light from the room fills the closet.”
    The brothers continued: “We, as people of faith, have to look inward first and say ‘okay, we’ve got gay marriage, okay we’ve got abortion on demand, we’ve got rampant perversion. We’re deconstructing the image of God at every level of society. It’s gotten begin here first. We’ve gotta look in first!
    “Light does two things – first, it exposes your good deeds, so people can actually see your light. But it also exposes the world’s evil deeds.”

    They then went on to compare ‘God’s light’ to that of a candle, while connecting Satan to “the wind blowing to extinguish your light.”
    They asked the audience: “Do you know how God gets the light that’s inside of you out into the world? He puts you in situations where the Devil is trying to extinguish your light.”

    David Benham previously claimed that same-sex marriage is a Satanic plot.
    He claimed: “We’ve deconstructed gender – it’s an ultimate attack on the Creator… you deny truth, then you have a darkened heart, then you displace God. God no longer matters. From there it goes to degrading passion and then a depraved mind.
    So this is where we find ourselves as a culture, is with a depraved mind where we’re celebrating and even forcing others to participate in immorality.

    He continues: “The Lord wants us to have life, and this whole deconstruction of gender, this whole redefinition of marriage, all of these things is a mask for Satan who is robbing and killing and destroying these people who desperately want life.
    “They want to seek the love of a father, trying to find it in the arms of another man and they’ll never find it there.”
    David Benham has also previously claimed he convinced a man to renounce his homosexuality – by offering him baseball tickets.
    The Benhams have compared their experience of being sacked for hate speech to that of people murdered by ISIS.

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    Everyone in Canada is now officially allowed to say ‘drag queen’

    The phrase ‘drag queen’ has been officially permitted by authorities in Québec.
    The predominantly French-speaking Canadian province, which is home to more than eight million people, had previously excluded the phrase from its list of authorised foreign words.

    But notoriously strict local officials have decided that drag queen is now an acceptable French term, along with other English words like grilled cheese, cocktail and softball.
    The Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF), which defends the use of French and protects it from pervasive English words, made the changes earlier this year without much fanfare.
    Its official online dictionary now includes the phrase, defined as “a male person constructing a female identity, usually dressing in a colorful and extravagant manner, often as part of a show.”

    It is, the 56-year-old organisation says, now “within the sociolinguistic norm of French in Quebec.”
    OQFL spokesman Jean-Pierre Le Blanc told BBC News that the policy was loosened “to keep in the mind the social and linguistic reality of Quebecers”.
    “We’re legitimising what is already commonly being used,” he added.

    Le Blanc said the agency would continue to create and promote French equivalents to new English words like hashtag – a word which has prompted the rival suggestion of ‘mot-clic.’
    But he said the OQFL was “not closed to other languages.
    “That’s what we want to show with this new policy.”
    The news will be welcomed by eight-year-old drag queen Lactatia, who leapt into the public’s hearts when he stole a Montreal show from RuPaul’s Drag Race queen Bianca Del Rio.
    He was pulled onstage during the Quebec leg of the Werq the World Tour, and the precocious star, whose real name is Nemis Quinn Mélançon Golden, won over the audience with his sass.
    Bianca told him: “I absolutely adore you.
    “I love the fact that you’re here, and what I love most about this is that your mum is here supporting you.”
    And Lactatia carried on taking the world by storm in an interview with YouTube channel LGBT in the city.
    Speaking with poise and certainty, he told the audience: “I think that anyone can do what they want in life.
    “It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks,” he continued.
    “If you wanna be a drag queen and your parents don’t let you, you need new parents.
    “If you wanna be a drag queen and your friends don’t you, you need new friends.”

    Last month, Toronto-based kindergarten teacher John Paul Kane hit the headlines for combining his drag performances with his work in education.
    Kane explained that he draws inspiration for his drag persona, Fay, from the children he teaches.
    “Ultimately my kids have influenced my style.
    “The music I choose and the colours of my costume. The kids have inspired her more than anything else.”

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    Ellen DeGeneres admits she wants a baby after heartwarming Ellen Show story

    Ellen DeGeneres has declared she now wants a baby after a heartwarming segment on her daily talkshow.
    The 59-year-old looked besotted as she sat with 10-month-old baby Emmit, the baby of one of her guests.

    Ellen welcomed Ashton Robinson, a single mother from Texas, and her professor Henry Musoma Thursday.

    Ashton had feared she would have to quit her education after becoming a mother as she could not attend classes and bring up her new son.

    But her teacher went out of his way to help – insisting she bring along her new baby.
    Professor Musoma could see the new mother had a commitment to learning and didn’t want her to miss out on the opportunity to further her education.
    He told Ashton: “Bring him – bring your son to class!”

    Ellen soon became enamoured with the baby boy.
    Cuddling and kissing the baby she admitted: “Great, now I want a baby.”
    Watch the video in full:

    While babies are welcome on Ellen, the president is not.
    The out TV host regularly hosted President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on her show during their time in office.

    Speaking to former Fox News pundit Megyn Kelly, who Trump singled out for abuse during the 2016 election, Ellen admitted she would never allow him on air.
    She said: “I would not have him on the show.

    “He is who he is and he has enough attention. He has his Twitter account and he has ways to get his message across.
    “There is nothing I’m going to say to him that’s going to change him, and I don’t want to give him a platform, because it validates him.
    “For me to have someone on the show, I have to at least admire them in some way, and I can’t have someone that I feel is dangerous – not only for the country, and for me personally as a gay woman – but to the world.
    “He’s dividing all of us… I don’t want him on the show.”

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    James Corden admits he is ‘disappointed’ in himself for kissing Sean Spicer at Emmys

    James Corden has apologised after he was photographed kissing former Trump press secretary at last weekend’s Emmys.
    The Late Late Show host has now revealed he is “disappointed” in himself for the stunt, blaming too much drink.

    The comedian and presenter faced a backlash for cosying up to Spicer and mentioned the “harsh comments” he received as he presented Monday night’s show.

    He has now told fans he heard their complaints “loud and clear and does not want to stand by while “normalising fascism”.

    “The big winners last night were Donald Glover, Hulu and former White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Spicer won best actor in a comedy for his role in Donald Trump’s administration,” Corden said.
    “I’m kidding, of course. But Sean Spicer actually did make a cameo at last night’s ceremony.
    “According to some reports, at the after-party, Spicer was the most popular guy in the room.

    “And I just want to say, I think people are forgetting that this man lied to the American people, and should not be embraced.”
    He continued: “These Hollywood phonies kissing up to Sean Spicer are disgusting. I mean, who did this? Who are we talking about here?”
    “Yeah. I know you think that is a picture of me kissing Sean Spicer. But in the spirit of Sean Spicer — no, it isn’t.
    “Anyone ever have that feeling when you get a little drunk and then wake up the next morning and think ‘Oh God, who did I kiss last night?’ It’s a bit like that.”
    He then appeared to apologise to disappointed viewers for kissing Mr Spicer on the cheek.
    “Understandably, some people have been disappointed by this photo. In truth, I’m disappointed by it as well.

    “I am, have been reading a lot of harsh comments on Twitter today, and I hear you loud and clear, truly, I do,” he said.
    Stephen Colbert introduced Spicer as Melissa McCarthy, who is well known for her impressions of Spicer on SNL.
    Spicer mimicked himself and President Trump as he told those at the ceremony that it would be “the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period. Both in person and around the world.”
    The awards camera panned at the audience, including McCarthy, as they all looked shocked at Spicer’s appearance.

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    Piers Morgan calls trans model Munroe Bergdorf a ‘creature’ in ongoing racism row

    Piers Morgan has continued a fiery row with transgender model Munroe Bergdorf about racism calling her an “insufferable creature” on Twitter.
    Munroe, who was sacked earlier this month by L’Oréal because she said all white people should take responsibility for fighting racism after the white supremacist march in Charlottesville, has received enormous support online for speaking out.

    Morgan and Bergdorf continued to lock horns this evening on Twitter, after the trans model retweeted a tweet from singer Lily Allen which just said “#blockpiersmorgan”.

    Responding to Bergdorf, the Good Morning Britain host wrote: “Please do, you insufferable creature.”

    To which the model and activist responded: “You are in literally no position to be calling ANYONE a creature Piers…”
    Earlier in the evening, Bergdorf wrote on Twitter: “This will have ZERO ramifications on @piersmorgan’s career. But somehow a black trans woman calling out this behavior is a sackable offense.”
    To which he responded: “You were – rightly – fired for calling all white people violent racists.Had nothing to do with your sexual orientation.”

    Bergdorf also tweeted: “The fact that he places a white woman’s ‘right’ to sing the n-word, b4 the feelings of people of colour, shows @piersmorgan’s racial bias,” to which he responded: “You haven’t answered my question: can white girls sing Kanye West songs, yes or no?”
    Earlier this month, Bergdorf called Morgan sexist in a fiery interview during which he continually interrupted her and wouldn’t let her speak.
    Since being sacked from L’Oreal, Bergdorf landed a campaign modelling for cosmetics company Illamasqua.
    She also hit out at a Doctor Who writer for making a string of anti-trans jokes.
    Morgan has repeatedly caused outrage by discriminating against non-binary and genderfluid people, and did so again this morning on GMB with a cruel mock apology.
    And he marked his return to TV by whining about feeling offended by Munroe’s comments on race.
    The anti-racism activist explained: “I don’t think that all white people are by nature racist.
    “From conception to birth I think that we are all the same, but we need to speak how we are socialised as people, and my post was based on socialisation and racism as a structure.”
    She told Piers that “it takes actively dismantling racism to be an ally as if you’re not doing anything then you are helping racism.”
    Violence against trans women of colour is typically higher than against other people, with 17 having been killed in the US in this year alone.
    But the GMB host, who broke three ribs last week, ignored this call to help tackle racism, instead choosing to moan about his snowflake-like feelings.
    He told Munroe that she had written: “White people are racist due to socialising in the same way that men are socialised to be sexist and heterosexual people are socialised to be homophobic.”
    He continued: “I am a white, straight male guy, so I’m enemy number one, so I’m a racist, sexist homophobic by your logic.”
    In a drop-the-mic moment, Munroe told him: “You are sexist, yes.
    “Some of the things you say are sexist.”
    He snapped back: “Who are you to make these comments?
    “You are calling all straight, white men like me these awful things, and it’s very offensive.”
    Munroe patiently explained to him: “This is why there is a problem, because you are taking it personally.
    “Please let me speak – instead of taking it personally, please…be part of the solution rather than the problem.
    “Sexism doesn’t come from women, it’s caused by men.”
    The 29-year-old British model continued: “Talking about racism isn’t causing a divide. Society has placed all white people with a certain privilege.
    “That means if you are not dismantling racism or helping, then you are part of the problem because that makes you complicit.
    “You need to actually actively work with people of colour to put diversity into place.”
    She hit out again at L’Oréal for sacking her, saying that their decision “goes completely against what diversity is.
    “And we need diversity, because we have racism.
    “Did you know white people have a better chance of getting out of poverty than black people in this country?”
    Munroe said she regretted nothing, and vowed to continue standing up against racism.
    “I don’t regret my words, because I am an activist. I’m not going to say a bunch of things people will like,” she said.
    “Yes, I said all white people are racist, but that’s because they all have access to white privileges.
    And, as if explaining to a toddler that dragons aren’t real, she added: “I’m not talking about literally every single white person.”
    Piers responded: “You said all white people, so why are you playing the victim.”

    She denied this, replying: “I’m not playing the victim, I’m saying what’s right – all white people have access to white privilege.
    “It’s basic socialisation and racial theory, Piers, look it up.”
    In his usual petty way, he told the audience: “Well, if you’re still prepared to listen to me, a white, straight man, then there’s more coming up.
    “Munroe won’t be listening to me, that’s for sure.”

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    Christian filmmakers lose ‘freedom to discriminate’ lawsuit against imaginary gay clients

    A Christian couple who sued for the right to discriminate against non-existent gay clients have had their lawsuit rejected.
    Carl and Angel Larsen run Minnesota video production company Telescope Media Group, and claim that their production company carries out commercial filming work to bring “glory to God”.

    The couple teamed up with anti-LGBT evangelical group Alliance Defending Freedom to sue the state in a bid to overturn its anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people, insisting that one day they might be forced to film a gay wedding against their beliefs – though they have never actually had a gay client.
    Their lawsuit was dismissed this week by Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim, who rejected their bid to undermine LGBT protections in the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
    The judge compared their wish to post a message excluding hypothetical gay clients to a business owner putting up a ‘Whites Only’ sign.

    He wrote: “[It is] conduct akin to a ‘White Applicants Only’ sign that may be outlawed without infringing on First Amendment rights.
    “Posting language on a website telling potential customers that a business will discriminate based on sexual orientation is part of the act of sexual orientation discrimination itself.
    “As conduct carried out through language, this act is not protected by the First Amendment.”

    As PinkNews reported previously, the couple do not actually appear to have ever filmed a wedding commercially.
    Their showreel included no footage from any weddings whatsoever, gay or straight; and there is no suggestion in the lawsuit that they have ever actually been approached by a gay couple with any request.
    Their website does not advertise specific wedding filming services, and PinkNews found no listings for their company on any Minnesota wedding services platforms.

    But the ADF is determined to support the Larsens’ right to discriminate against imaginary clients of their imaginary wedding business.
    ADF Senior Counsel Jeremy Tedesco said: “Tolerance is a two-way street. Creative professionals who engage in the expression of ideas shouldn’t be threatened with fines and jail simply for having a particular point of view about marriage that the government may not favor.
    “Public officials can’t censor filmmakers or demand that they tell stories in film that violate their deepest convictions.
    “People should have the freedom to disagree on critical matters of conscience, which is why everyone, regardless of their view of marriage, can support the Larsens.
    “The same government that can force them to violate their faith and conscience can force any one of us to do the same. That’s why we plan to appeal this ruling to the 8th Circuit.”

    It is not the first time a lawsuit associated with the ADF appears to have been based on a premise that does not stack up, with a similarly spurious case revolving around a graphic designer.
    Lorie Smith, a self-identified “graphic designer”, filed a lawsuit alongside ADF in a bid to demolish LGBT rights protections in Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act, claiming she creates custom wedding websites.
    Although the lawsuit claimed that Ms Smith specialises in ‘custom wedding websites’, her public design portfolio did not contain a single example of such a work.
    However, her portfolio did include a number of works created for the Colorado Republicans and other strong political opponents of anti-discrimination laws.

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    Ellen DeGeneres: Donald Trump is not welcome on my show because he’s dangerous to gay people

    Ellen DeGeneres has said that Donald Trump will not be welcome on her chat show.
    The out TV host regularly hosted President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on her show during their time in office.

    Figures from across party lines – including John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders – have all appeared in Ellen in the past as well.
    But the world’s most famous lesbian TV host has admitted there is one guest who will never be welcome on her show – the current President of the United States, Donald Trump.

    Speaking to former Fox News pundit Megyn Kelly, who Trump singled out for abuse during the 2016 election, Ellen admitted she would never allow him on air.
    She said: “I would not have him on the show.
    “He is who he is and he has enough attention. He has his Twitter account and he has ways to get his message across.

    “There is nothing I’m going to say to him that’s going to change him, and I don’t want to give him a platform, because it validates him.“For me to have someone on the show, I have to at least admire them in some way, and I can’t have someone that I feel is dangerous – not only for the country, and for me personally as a gay woman – but to the world.
    “He’s dividing all of us… I don’t want him on the show.”
    The TV host has made no secret of her dislike for the Republican leader, condemning many of his actions in office despite her usually apolitical stance.
    When he banned transgender troops from the military, she said: “We should be grateful to the people who wish to serve, not turn our backs on them. Banning transgender people is hurtful, baseless and wrong.”
    When Trump attempted to ban people from Muslim-majority countries from visiting the US, she said: “I don’t get political, but I will say that I am against [the ban].
    “I am not going to talk about the travel ban. I am just going to talk about the very non-political, People’s Choice Award-winning film ‘Finding Dory.’

    “Dory arrives in America with her friends, Marlon and Nemo, and she arrives at the Marine Life Institute behind a large wall. And they all have to get over the wall. And you won’t believe it, but that wall has almost no effect in keeping them out,.
    “The other animals help Dory. Animals that don’t even need her. Animals that have nothing in common with her.
    “They help her even though they are completely different colours, because that’s what you do when you see someone in need. You help them.”
    Related: Ellen DeGeneres shares powerful message as Australia votes on same-sex marriage

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    Reality TV star Austin Armacost posts ‘brave’ selfie and are not impressed

    Former Celebrity Big Brother contestant Austin Armacost has been dragged for posting a supposedly “brave selfie”.
    The ex-boyfriend of Marc Jacobs shared a snap of himself on the edge of a boat, writing that he was proud of his body, despite it not being perfect.

    However followers were quick to point out his body was hardly unattractive – slamming claims he had been brave.
    Posting the pic, he wrote: “This is my body. No 6 pack, no bulging biceps, & a little chubby BUT I LOVE my body. Don’t like it, unfollow”
    He added the hashtags “#FuckTheHaters 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼 #Happy”.

    This is my body. No 6 pack, no bulging biceps, & a little chubby BUT I LOVE my body. Don’t like it, unfollow #FuckTheHaters 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼 #Happy pic.twitter.com/x4wZ1Hgbvg
    — Austin Armacost (@austinarmacost) September 20, 2017

    One user replied: “This is chubby? Get real.”
    Many accused the reality performer of being an attention seeker.

    This is my body. No 6 pack, no bulging biceps, & a little chubby BUT I LOVE my body. Don’t like it, unfollow #FuckTheHaters 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼 #Happy pic.twitter.com/KY2v2pJA9b
    — Chris (@chrisdclegg) September 20, 2017

    — 🐻 Matthew 🐻 (@cub_poplad) September 20, 2017

    👀 pic.twitter.com/V07ejWm76g
    — Tom Griffin (@tgriffin91) September 20, 2017

    — Samuel (@xsamuelking) September 21, 2017

    Austin previously claimed he is “asexual”.
    The TV personality said: “I am probably in all honesty the least sexual people you will ever meet,” he said.
    “As much as I love getting my kit off and showing my bum everywhere, I am like a nun in bed.”

    Asexual is defined as “without sexual feelings or associations.”
    Many people aren’t interested in having sex or don’t feel sexual attraction to other people, loosely termed as asexuality.
    The PinkNews guide to asexuality explains more.
    Armacost added that he does have sex, but rarely, however.

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    Lesbian mum homophobically abused by midwife after 17-hour labour

    A midwife has homophobically abused a mother after she spent 17 hours in labour.
    Kirsty Laverty had just finished giving birth to a daughter, and left the newborn baby with Roslyn, her partner of 17 years, while she went to clean up.

    The mother, who lives in Western Australia, was looking for some well-deserved downtime, but instead faced an unexpected homophobic backlash while “literally at my most vulnerable.”
    Writing on Facebook, she said: “A midwife made derogatory remarks to me because I am gay.
    “She waited until I was alone and naked in the shower after a 17-hour labour before she attacked.”

    Kirsty shared her story as part of the #TheyGetToVote campaign, which is encouraging Australians to vote in favour of same-sex marriage by highlighting the hateful people who also get to cast their ballots.
    Speaking to Kidspot, she recalled how the midwife “told me off because I’d left my baby with ‘a friend’ while I went to have a shower.
    “But when I explained that the friend was actually my partner Roz, and she was having skin-on-skin time with our baby, she said: ‘You’re disgusting for wanting to carry on this farce of two mums.’

    “I was so shocked I said nothing. I was silent.
    “I was literally at my most vulnerable,” she added.
    Kirsty filed a formal complaint about her abuser and requested a new midwife.
    The hospital’s response to her complaint was dismissive.
    “I was told they would give more ethics training,” Kirsty said.
    The mother-of-three explained on Facebook that this was not the only time she had been attacked because of her sexuality, using the #TheyGetToVote hashtag after every story.
    “I was sexually harassed and physically assaulted at work because I am gay.
    “So respectful,” she added sarcastically.
    “A doctor refused to see my toddler because her parents are gay. What about the kids?
    “My home has been vandalised because I am gay.
    “Already equal. Homophobia doesn’t exist,” she said, sarcastically repeating common phrases used by the No campaign.
    Kirsty explained that Australia’s postal vote on same-sex marriage had taken a huge toll on her.
    Ahead of the vote there has been a surge in homophobic hate speech in the country, with leaflets distributed in Sydney bearing the slogan ‘stop the fags’ and linking gay people to ‘child predators’.
    The ‘Coalition for Marriage’ has recently put out materials suggesting that letting gay couples marry will deprive children of a normal childhood and make them transgender.
    And Kirsty wrote that “anyone who knows me well, knows just how much I am struggling at the moment. Mentally. Emotionally. I’m. Really. Struggling.
    “I can’t even describe how humiliating and dehumanising it feels to know that my personal, intimate relationship is up for judgement by every adult I come across.

    “I struggle to come terms with the fact that people would actually vote to stop Roz and I from being each other’s next of kin, from accessing our joint assets in the event that one of us dies.
    “That people would prevent me from planning the funeral of my wife or that they would put either of us in the position where we might have to fight to keep our children together in the only home they’ve ever known if one of us is dead,” she added.
    “I don’t want pity. I don’t want platitudes.
    “I just want people to think clearly about what they’re doing to actual people when they engage with this.”

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