Cardi B, Matthew McConaughey, Tony Soprano Returns, and More: HOT LINKS

ALL RIGHT ALL RIGHT Matthew McConaughey stars in The Beach Bum Red Band trailer.

KEEP IT SIMPLE PEOPLE  Gender, like lasagna, is often multi-layered and complex. That doesn’t mean they go together.   New Jersey pizzeria Villa Italian Kitchen, in an act inspired surely by Beelzebub himself, has unleashed gender reveal lasagna onto the world, the New York Post reports. For only $140, you can feed your family facefuls of femininity or offer them mouthfuls of masculinity. (Don’t worry, the price of the lasagna also comes with salad, which we’re sure is non-binary.)

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS Maer Roshan has been named Editor-In-Chief of Los Angeles magazine. “Maer’s robust media experience, creative spirit, and enthusiasm for Los Angeles makes him the perfect editor to lead our storied brand into the future,” Los Angeles publisher Josef Vann said. “We’re thrilled to have him here.”

Roshan, a longtime industry hand is most known for launching Radar in 2002 and before that serving as editorial director of Tina Brown’s Talk. He is also the founder of websites Punch! and Roshan’s Twitter was already updated with the new gig as of Tuesday morning.

NOT OKAY “The Supreme Court just ended my military career, ” says transgender activist and former military member Brynn Tannehill in a moving New York Times essay. “On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that the Trump administration could reinstate its policy barring most transgender people from serving in the military while several cases challenging the policy are being decided. The decision was both a devastating blow to me personally, and a disturbing sign of what is to come for transgender people in the United States.”

She continues: “I graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1997, and was on active duty for over a decade. When I began transitioning in 2010, I transferred from the Naval Reserves, which I had joined in 2008, to the Individual Ready Reserves, an administrative status that allows service members to deal with medical issues before returning to full duty. By spring 2012, I had resolved the “issues” at my own expense, and was ready to return to full duty — in my case, as a Navy helicopter pilot.

The problem was that at the time, the military’s medical regulations prohibited transgender people from serving. I then set off on years of volunteer work on my own time researching transgender military issues. This included educational outreach, research, policy development and coordinating with the Pentagon to build an evidence-based standard for transgender service, based on the lessons learned from the other 18 countries that allow transgender people to serve.”

SHE MAKES MONEY MOVES  Cardi B will reportedly start a Vegas residency starting this spring. D-Listed said, “Today it was announced that Cardi B will have her very own residency at the Palms Casino Resort based club KAOS. Those days of sliding up and down on the pole like a jackhammer are just distant memories in a rear view mirror now because Cardi has finally arrived!

This truly is going to be a great year for Cardi, all of her drama with estranged husband Offset aside. She’s been nominated for five Grammys, including Album of the Year for Invasion of Privacy, and now she has this residency to look forward to. I believe this makes her the most successful rapper from the Love & Hip Hop franchise, which really isn’t saying too much since most of the rappers on there are just people with big asses that know how to rhyme words sometimes. But I’ve always admired her determination to have a better life so this residency is a very good look for her.”

JUSTICE IS A DISH BEST SERVED HOT AS THESE TWO DC’S Young Justice has us swooning over Robin (aka Tim Drake) and Superboy’s (Conner Kent) quiet moments.

FULL MOON RISING Gay Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis talks about what he’s got planned next.

I SWEAR IT’S THE TRUTH MA! Covington Catholic’s Nick Sandemnn says that’s just his RBF.

WHAT’S RBF? *Ahem.*

NO MEANS NO Nancy Pelosi doubles down on no State of the Union for the prez while the government shutdown continues.

ONE LOVE  These 11 queer & trans artists are making reggaeton and dembow more inclusive. Remzecla says: “Fans and artists regularly challenge the myth that reggaeton and dembow are inherently homophobic and misogynistic, though these symptoms are undeniably ingrained in our society through normalized slurs and glaring double standards. Bad Bunny, J Balvin, and others are routinely praised for defying gender norms by embracing off-the-wall fashion and colored hair and nails – a low bar to clear on the scale of gender transgression. Queer artists are seldom afforded such freedom of self-expression without being immediately pegged as campy gimmicks or pelted with marketability concerns from industry brass.”

HEY ‘TONE James Gandolfini’s son Michael Gandolfini is cast as Tony Soprano in Sopranos’ Movie

THIRST TRAP Single Record and #NoHomo director Nelson Lassiter is a triple threat.

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13,000 LGBTI Americans struggle without pay in Trump shutdown

Donald Trump

President Trump’s so-called ‘humanitarian crisis’ at the border is creating a real-life American crisis across the country. This is the longest government shutdown ever for the United States, and it was entirely preventable.

As the manufactured stunt by the President continues, my mind reflects on the last time our government was shut down.

The 2013 shutdown was the outcome of petty, partisan fighting – much like this one. Hundreds of thousands of government workers were furloughed from their jobs.

I was one of those people.

And you can take it from me: Trump’s current Government shutdown could be a disaster for LGBTI people.

Being an LGBTI Government worker during a shutdown

Six years ago, I was working in Washington, D.C. for a U.S. Senator. I was in my early twenties and had a job that barely covered the basics. Whether covering my overpriced rent or my groceries, I also had to chip away at my student and credit card debt.

My budget was extremely tight, and let’s just say there were many times I was counting down to payday.

When the government shutdown happened, I didn’t really know what to expect or what to do. As furloughed staffers, we were not allowed to do any work or use our government hardware to communicate with our teams.

We could find supplementary employment – but it had to be preapproved by the Senate Ethics Committee. Which was closed because of the shutdown.

Needless to say, there was little way to make up for the pay we were missing.

The White House lit up in rainbow lights in 2015

The White House lit up in rainbow lights in 2015 | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Getting by on the generosity of people and business

Small businesses within the community, like restaurants, gave federal workers discounted prices for meals. But because my budget was already razor-thin, it was hard to enjoy those gestures of generosity.

Indeed, by the time the first week of the shut down passed, my accounts were near the red.

By the middle of the second week, my credit cards were maxed out. Just as that shut down was wrapping up, I was forced to apply for yet another credit card. And it was only so I could to buy more groceries until my next paycheck.

That’s not all, though. My financial dilemma led me to float some critical bills.

I skipped out on paying my cell, electric, and student loan bills. All so I could survive a mess beyond my control.

‘It was New Year when the debt collectors stopped calling’

Fortunately, federal workers got pay back after the 2013 government shutdown. And it looks like that will happen this time too.

But for the people like me who had to float bills or max out their resources to live during that time, that money will only pay off the additional debt they accumulated.

I think it was the New Year when the debt collectors stopped calling. I was finally all caught up on just paying the minimum amount on my bills.

But the damage was done, and it is happening yet again to all those federal workers who can’t afford a missed paycheck.

By the time this publishes 800,000 federal workers will have missed their paychecks. And many other contractors, local businesses, and family members will be feeling the impact too.

13,000 of the federal workers identify as LGBTQ, with another 10% choosing to not identify. The shutdown is hurting them.

The Trump shutdown is the 90th attack on LGBTI Americans from his presidency

Marginalized communities, like LGBTI Americans, could see lasting consequences from this Trump shutdown because statistically, they are already working hard from paycheck to paycheck just to make ends meet.

This preventable shut down marks the 90th attack from the Trump Administration on the LGBTI community explicitly through it policy and rhetoric since the beginning of 2017.

And while Washington, D.C.’s political elite dominate the headlines, remember the people who will suffer because of these foolish, political games.

Drew Anderson is the Director of Campaigns and Rapid Response for GLAAD.

See also:

Man scammed by fake sugar daddy on Grindr, can’t report identity theft due to US government shutdown

Everything LGBTI people need to know about Trump’s border wall

Trump administration considering rollback of anti-discrimination rules

Author: Jamie Wareham

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At 22 Days Government Shutdown Is The Longest On Record

AFGE – #StoptheShutdown Rally – Washington, DC

The partial government shutdown became the longest funding lapse in U.S. history today, as it dragged into its 22nd day.


The New York Times says:

At midnight on Saturday, the shutdown entered its 22nd day, which makes it the longest gap in American government funding ever.

That beats the previous record, under President Bill Clinton in 1995, of 21 days.

In total, there have been 21 gaps in government funding since 1976, though the level of shutdown has varied. The current federal shutdown is a partial one, as many agencies were already funded through this fiscal year, which ends in September.

GLAAD tweeted earlier this week: As we’ve hit now three weeks of the Donald Trump government shutdown, GLAAD wanted to point out what this shut down could mean for the LGBTQ community, specifically – the federal workers who are currently furloughed and going without a paycheck.

Hang in there folks.

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