In-N-Out, Lady Gaga, Colin Kaepernick, Kevin McHale, Hugh Jackman, Ryan Gosling, New iPhone, Michael Cohen, Trump Disapproval: HOT LINKS

‘HE’S AN IDIOT’. FOX & Friends rages at Ryan Gosling because Damien Chazelle’s First Man movie has no American flag.

POLLS. Trump disapproval at new high: “Disapproval of Donald Trump is at a new high, support for the Mueller investigation is broad and half of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll favor Congress initiating impeachment proceedings against the president. Sixty percent in the national survey disapprove of Trump’s performance in office, numerically the highest of his presidency, albeit by a single point; that includes 53 percent who disapprove strongly, more than half for the first time. Thirty-six percent approve, matching his low.”

BOYCOTT IN-N-OUT? They recently donated to the California Republican Party.

MICHAEL COHEN. Former Trump lawyer sells stake in NYC real estate: “Cohen sold his stakes in 330 East 63rd St. and 133 Ave. D earlier this month, according to documents filed with New York City. The records show a combined sale price of almost $13 million, but that also accounts for Cohen’s share of the debt, a person familiar with the sales said. Cohen cleared about $7 million, according to the person. Cohen purchased his stakes in the properties in 2015.”

COLIN KAEPERNICK. Collusion case against NFL can advance: “Kaepernick, once one of the league’s best quarterbacks, has been out of work since March 2017, when he became a free agent before the San Francisco 49ers could release him. As a parade of lesser quarterbacks, at least statistically, found work, he filed a grievance asserting that the league’s owners had conspired to keep him out because of his protests.”

ON THE RAG. This week on the gay magazines

INDIANA. Residents repair mural on side of state’s oldest gay bar.

GLEE GUY. Kevin McHale shows off body transformation: “Simply put, I had become ‘skinny fat.’ I had been working through an intestinal/digestion issue that was eluding diagnosis and that really took a toll on me. I was constantly in pain, I had tried so many different elimination diets – nothing was working. It got to the point where I was already feeling miserable because the intestinal issues and plus the self-added guilt of not getting myself to the gym or eating as healthily as possible, it was a recipe for disaster. I knew enough was enough for a while, but luckily my friend Scott Mills texted me out of the blue about Ultimate Performance coming to LA and I jumped at the chance to work with them.”

FIRST LOOK. The Conners shows off first production photo.

APPLE. Leak reveals new iPhones, Apple Watch Series 4.

ARRIVAL OF THE DAY. Lady Gaga at Venice Film Festival. “When I was first starting out, I was not the most beautiful girl in the room and there were lots of women that were singers but did not write their own music, so many record producers wanted to take my songs and give them to other women to sing. I was holding on to my music with my cold, dead fingers saying, ‘You’re not going to take my songs from me.’ And also, they make suggestions about how you should look… but no matter what they asked me to do, I always had to make sure that it was done my way. I never wanted to be sexy like other women, I never wanted to be like other women. I wanted to be my own artist, and have my own vision.”

TRAILER OF THE DAY. Hugh Jackman in The Front Runner.


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Guatemala’s new law will make LGBTI people and women ‘second-class citizens’

a woman standing outside an official looking building holding two pieces of paper in the air

The central American country of Guatemala is about to pass a law that would discriminate against women and LGBTI people.

Human rights groups have called on Guatemalan legislators to reject ‘extraordinarily dangerous’ “Life and Family Protection” bill. The bill would expand the criminalization of abortion. It could subject women who have miscarriages to prosecution – or at least to questioning by law enforcement authorities.

But the bill also includes definitions of ‘family’ and ‘sexual diversity’ that are openly discriminatory to the basic right of  LGBTI people. Congress has twice approved the proposed legislation and needs a third approval. Finally each individual article needs approval, before the president signs into law.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the bill was dangerous and would seriously undermine the rights of women and LGBT people in the country.

‘If Congress passes this bill, it will send the message that women and LGBT people are second-class citizens in Guatemala,’ said José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch.

‘The proposal lacks basic common sense and humanity and could even turn women and girls who miscarry into criminals.

LGBTI laws

The bill contains provisions that discriminate against LGBT people.

The proposed changes ‘expressly prohibits’ same-sex marriage and defines ‘family’ as limited to a ‘father, mother, and children’.

But those changes also single out trans people. It defines marriage as a union between people who were a man and a woman ‘by birth’ which excludes trans people.

HRW said even though same-sex marriage is not recognized in Guatemala, the bill would entrench and reinforce that unacceptable reality.

The new law also establishes that ‘freedom of conscience and expression’ protect people from being ‘obliged to accept non-heterosexual conduct or practices as normal’. HRW said this seems intended to expressly permit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
‘Freedom of conscience and expression are not a blank check to discriminate against LGBT people,’ Vivanco said.

‘The ‘family protection’ provisions in this bill amount to nothing more than the promotion of homophobia.’

Australians ‘Wear it Purple’ to empower LGBTI youth

Wear it Purple ambassador Kerryn Phelps (left) attends a New South Wales police force event in Australia

Politicians, celebrities, police officers and others in Australia donned purple on Friday (August 31) in support of LGBTI youth.

‘I’m wearing purple today to let young LGBTIQ people know that they are not alone’ senator Janet Rice told Gay Star News.

Wear it Purple was founded in 2010. It supports young people at risk due to bullying or harassment because of their sexuality or gender identity.

‘Wear It Purple is a really important day for LGBTIQ people to come together to celebrate who we are,’ said the senator for the Australian Greens.

Importantly, it is an opportunity to recognise the impact that bullying and harassment has on LGBTI young people, she said.

‘We will persevere until the world is safe for rainbow young people to be proud of who they are,’ the organization’s website says.

With more than 1,000 tweets, #WearItPurple became the number one trend on Twitter in Australia on Friday morning.

Celebrities and law enforcers

Queensland Police Service was one of many forces across the country to wear special purple bootlaces to mark the day.

Australia’s education department tweeted their support.

Australian actor and writer Harry Cook, uploaded a photo of him wearing a purple t-shirt to his Twitter account.

‘To the millions of queer youth out there figuring yourselves out, know that you are valued, you are worthy and you are amazing,’ he wrote.

‘Everything will make sense the more you embrace who you are. Love yourselves because you are ALL perfect’

‘A long way to go’

Australia has had some big gains in LGBTI equality recently, including legalizing same sex marriage.

But, ‘we still have a long way to go,’ said Rice.

She urged more resources for health and support services for LGBTI people. Additionally, the government should roll out safe schools and other anti-bullying initiatives, she said.

Wear it Purple Ambassador Prof Kerryn Phelps told Sky News Australia: ‘We still know there are people in our society who do not embrace equality.’

‘We want to make sure LGBTIQ people have support,’ she said.