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Moving gay film becomes rare hit in China

A photo of a man holding a book to his face which reads: 'Wish LGBT public welfare no longer difficult'

The poster for Forbidden Love in Heaven. (Ran Yinxiao_

A simple film about a gay couple who adopt a homeless child, Forbidden Love in Heaven has become something almost unthinkable for LGBT+ filmmakers and moviegoers in China: a hit.

In a nation where acceptance of same-sex couples is progressing at a less-than-glacial rate, Chinese filmmakers have long been censored and nettled by authorities’ inability to acknowledge that LGBT+ people even exist.

But 19-year-old filmmaker Ran Yinxiao sought to challenge the industry with his film, Forbidden Love in Heaven, released on local streaming platforms in July 2020.

It was a “bold attempt to explore the difficulties that sexual minorities face in starting a family”, Yinxiao told South China Morning Post.

“My thinking was that if three different people without any blood ties could start a family, then this must be the world’s strongest family,” he said.

Indeed, the film presented a fresh test for media regulators, where the broadcasting of “vulgar, immoral and unhealthy content” is banned by the National Radio and Television Administration.

The agency’s regulations have forced many moviemakers to veil queer stories in subtext or cut and censor their films to get them aired – Yinxiao managed to drop the trailer for his film only after making it more “ambiguous”, he said.

“I think to myself, why do moviemakers exist?” Yinxiao added.

“Our camera lens is our weapon. We enlarge the aperture to allow more light to shine on the places of the world that aren’t easily seen.

Yinxiao, a Communication University of China film student, based his film on a real-life family. He said it had one simple aim: “I wanted to emphasise that an LGBT couple can raise and nurture a child too.”

Forbidden Love in Heaven received positive reviews on social media platform Weibo, the Post reported, and netted neutral coverage in state-run media. It was a small victory, Yinxiao acknowledged, but one that has buoyed him to continue making content that centres LGBT+ families.

“I hope our film is the start of this acceptance,” reflected Zhang Xin, an actor who played one of the film’s fathers.

“And I hope that in the future there’ll be more movies of this kind; maybe our movie can be a pioneer, a small pioneer.”

A study jointly conducted by the United Nations Development Programme, Peking University and the Beijing LGBT Center in 2016 found that only five per cent of “sexual and gender minority people” in China are “willing to live their diversity openly”.

In 2020 LGBT+ activists fought – and failed – to be counted in the country’s decennial census and demand marriage equality be finally legalised.

Gay adult film performer blasts studio for paying bottoms less than tops / Queerty

Gay adult film performer blasts studio for paying bottoms less

Adult entertainer Armond Rizzo claims that a studio called Blacks on Boys — the self-proclaimed “home to the best interracial” gay content — pays bottoms “way less” than tops under the rationale that the site is “more top dominant.”

“This has never happened to me but there’s a studio who is interested in me and what I found out about them is mind blowing,” Rizzo tweeted on January 25. “They pay bottoms way less than tops [and their] excuse [is] the site is more top dominant. I don’t give a f*ck, who are you to say that a bottom is worth less?”

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Rizzo, who just won the 2020 GayVN Award for Social Media Star, went on: “If [you’re] wondering what site I am talking about, it’s @BlacksOnBoys. Such a shame… lost my respect.”

And in another tweet, he added, “It’s going to be a big NO THANKS! I don’t care that you even raised my fee up. It’s just unjust you pay bottoms less and for that I decline working for you!”

Rizzo’s Twitter rant got a ton of support: “If anything, bottoms should be [paid] more,” one user replied. “If it not for a bottom, what the top gonna do?” added another. Wrote a third: “Bottoms low-key are worth more in reality.”

Related: Gay adult studio Noir Male responds to allegations of “not catering” to the black community

FYI, CNBC reported in 2016 that male porn performers “average $500-$600 per scene or day” with better-known stars earning up to $900 and “superstars” up to $1,500.

As of the time of this writing, the @BlacksOnBoys Twitter account has not replied to Rizzo’s claims.

Gay guys describe what they wear to feel confident and sexy / Queerty

Gay guys describe what they wear to feel confident and

In one of the more popular Reddit threads of the r/askgaybros subreddit in recent days, guys commented in droves after one user asked what they “wear to feel sexy, confident, and attractive.”

Some of these dudes’ power outfits are buttoned-up, some are dressed-down, some are sporty, some are skin-baring. Here’s a selection of selections — with some illustrative Instagrams, of course!

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“I have a nice butt and legs. So, one way I feel sexy for myself is to wear nice underwear. Like, men’s thongs, jockstraps, and men’s bikini underwear.”

“Boots. There’s always extra swing and swagger in my walk if I’m stepping out in boots!”

“A nice jockstrap under my work clothes if I am feeling daring and going to the gym afterwards.”

“I feel sexier the nakeder I am.”

“Slim-fit shirts. Bonus if they are on the longer side, as shirts tend to be too short at the bottom. I just feel like it accentuates my chest more and makes me look better.”

“Tighty whities.”

“I like my shoulders and upper chest a lot, so tank tops always make me feel sexy ‘cause I can show ‘em off.”

“A tailored suit from a reputable line. It’s like armor. Or nothing — either way.”

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“I love a good jacket and a pair of 501 Levi’s.”

“Leather harness and/or tight latex clothing.”

“Crop top, flannel, skinny jeans, Vans or Converse. Painted nails (in dark colors) and maybe a tad of blush and highlight in key places to look more alive, and some very light black eyeliner.”

“A fitted polyester polo — that gets a lot of people’s attention.”

“I put on my cape and wizard hat.”

“A good fitting suit. A pair of nice briefs. Nice dark jeans with a well-fitting sweater. My aviation style jacket. (I don’t know how to describe it — leather with fur lining around the collar.) I have a few different pieces I wear when I want to feel good.”

“I got a pretty nice body, but I love my ass. So, naturally, my Calvins.”

“Swim shorts with [less than a] 5” inseam. That mid-thigh hit is the ultimate confidence boost.”

“A butt plug.”

“A good-looking suit, immaculate Oxfords, and an impressive greatcoat. Add a Russian fur hat, and I’m positively regal. I once had royal guardsmen stand at attention when I passed… If I can combine it with a nice pair of tight-fitting jockstraps, then all the better — the best of all worlds!”

“Baggy clothes make me feel confident, boots make me feel hot, being touched makes me feel sexy.”

“My smile is my favorite thing to wear. It makes me feel all the things you listed.”

Gay Black man stabbed and left in coma but his attackers are still free

Anthony Crumbley, a gay Black man who was stabbed, alongside a CCTV photo of suspects

Police have released a CCTV photo of people they would like to speak to in connection with the attack on Anthony Crumbley. (GoFundMe and Boston Police Department)

A gay Black man in Boston, Massachusetts, who was stabbed and left in a coma for four days, is living in fear knowing his attackers are still “out there”.

Anthony Crumbley was walking home from a bar in South Boston at about 10.45 pm on 18 December when he was attacked, according to CBS Boston.

The 25-year-old said: “The two males and a female approached me and two males attacked me and stabbed me in my neck and in my stomach, and pretty much ran and left me there.”

Suffering life-threatening injuries and left the bleed out on the ground, Crumbley was taken to Boston Medical Center where he spent four days in a coma in the hospital’s ICU.

Police have released a CCTV photo of people they would like to speak to in connection with the attack, but reportedly said they have no reason to believe the stabbing was a hate crime.

Crumbley insisted: “I believe it was an attack that had to do with gay hate because, you know, I dress very femme and I’m a very outspoken person.”

Still recovering in hospital, the young gay man said he is living in fear and struggling to make ends meet after being stabbed.

He wrote on a GoFundMe page: “No one has been arrested for doing this to me and I’m scared, truthfully, knowing they are still out there on the streets and could do this to me again at anytime.

“This traumatising situation has left me hopeless, after waking up from being in a coma for four days in the ICU at Boston Medical and I’m STILL here in the ICU now writing this on my birthday, December 26th.”

Crumbley’s mother passed away one year ago, and he is the legal guardian of his 12-year-old sister.

He continued: “Before all this happened I was very energetic and outgoing, always doing what was needed to make ends meet for me and my younger sister.  I just don’t know how I’m going to make ends meet now with this gained disability from my attackers.”

He said that after the attack, his left arm is now not functional because of “the severed nerves in my C6 section of my shoulder”.

He continued: “I have to figure out how I’m going to ever finish raising my sister the way she deserves and give her everything I never had… Working won’t be an option for me at the moment until I can fully recover, so even though this hurts me and is so embarrassing to say I’m asking for help from anyone and everyone who knows me personally or who this even touches the slightest.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Boston Police at 617-343-4742.

Parents buy closeted teen Ellen merch to let her know it’s ‘OK to be gay’

Ellen DeGeneres smile while wearing a grey suit jacket

Ellen DeGeneres. (Steve Granitz/WireImage)

In what might be the purest and most wholesome thing to occur during this well and truly cursed year, a closeted teen was gifted Ellen DeGeneres merchandise by her parents to let her know “it’s OK to be lesbian.”

Sophie opened up her presents Friday (25 December) to find her parents had bought her The Ellen DeGeneres Show wares, which included a festive-themed t-shirt and a pair of socks threaded with the words “be kind” on them.

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“What the f**k?” the 19-year-old tweeted. “My parents got me Ellen merch because I’m a lesbian?”

As the tweet immediately went viral – drawing more than 676,000 likes and 42,600 retweets at the time of writing – she added: “I’m not out of the closet and they got me this because they know I haven’t said anything.”

‘Ellen DeGeneres is probably the only lesbian they know’, says gay teen whose parents bought her Ellen Show merch 

“I was really shocked when I opened the Ellen merch because I’m not an Ellen fan,” Sophie told PinkNews.

“So it was very unexpected. I laughed really hard to myself because I realised it was almost like a bridge to be like ‘it’s okay to be a lesbian’.

“It’s just funny to me because I also realised Ellen is probably the only lesbian they know.”

Thousands of LGBT+ Twitter users shared their own stories of supportive parents and guardians buying them stereotypically queer presents that have the same energy as the mum from Mean Girls, while others joked that buying a lesbian Ellen merch is both aggressively gay and relentlessly homophobic all at the same time.

Sophie added that her tweet has received a laundry bag of reactions and didn’t even expect her tweet to get blasted across peoples’ timelines. “I’ve received a lot of support, but also a lot of hate in my DMs from random trolls,” she said.

“I assume that’s what happens if anything goes viral so I just try to ignore the negative messages and appreciate those who are being nice and supporting me.”

Zachary Quinto joins podcast drama exploring Harvard ‘gay purge’

Boys in the Band star Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto is to produce and star in a new audio drama podcast shedding light on Harvard University’s attempts to purge gay students.

The Boys in the Band star is set to delve back into queer culture with upcoming scripted podcast series Secret Court, which tells the true story of a purge of gay students from the Harvard class of 1920.

After gay Harvard sophomore Cyril Wilcox took his own life, the university had instigated a secret court led by the university’s president and deans, which dedicated itself to eradicating rumoured “homosexual activity” among the student population.

The investigation, which was only exposed in 2002, saw the university move to purge eight students, a graduate and an assistant professor, erasing all record of their links with Harvard and severing all association with them.

The purge came 30 years before the 1950 ‘Lavender Scare,’ which saw the US government attempt to uncover gay people working in government and dismiss them from the service.

Zachary Quinto pays tribute to ‘contributions and sacrifices’ of persecuted gay students.

Penned by The Artist’s Wife scribe Abdi Nazemian and based on research from writer Rafael Moraes, Secret Court will draw on newly-uncovered documents 100 years on, including personal correspondence found in the Harvard Archives.

Quinto said in a press release: “I’m honoured to lend my voice and help amplify the story of these promising young members of the LGBTQ+ community, who were marginalized and sidelined due to the social intolerance of their day.

“A hundred years later, I am grateful to their contributions and sacrifices, and recognize that I stand on their shoulders today.”

Zachary Quinto attends the 2019 Tony Awards
Zachary Quinto attends the 2019 Tony Awards (Getty/Taylor Hill)

Secret Court will ‘let the voices of silenced men finally be heard’.

Daniel Turcan and Johnny Galvin of podcast incubator Vespucci Group said: “We are honoured to bring this true story to a contemporary audience and let the voices of young men, silenced for 100 years, be finally heard.

“At the centennial anniversary of the events at Harvard 1920, this project also provides an important opportunity to explore the ways in we’ve progressed as a society, but also the places where we’ve fallen short in terms of queer expression and freedom.”

Alia Tavakolian of production company Spoke Media added: “This is an important story that needs to be told.

“Brigham Mosley, the creative lead, has done a brilliant job of drawing out a beautiful narrative. Yes, there is tragedy and pain here, but there is also joy, happiness, and inspiration.

“And we’re thrilled to create a piece that showcases all the bravery and vitality of these tremendous young men who chose to pursue community and understanding despite living in a world that attempted to wipe out their existence.”

Man punches bus passenger and says “I hate gay people” / Queerty

Man punches bus passenger and says “I hate gay people”

Law enforcement officials in New York City have made an appeal to the public in hopes of identifying a suspect in a hate crime.

The attack in question occurred November 22 on the M23 bus in Chelsea just before 5 PM. Video footage of the encounter taken from security cameras shows the suspect–a middle-aged white man–punching a teenager.

According to the victim–whose name has not been made public–the suspect approached him saying “You have long hair. I don’t like people like you.”

The suspect then added “I hate gay people,” reports The New York Post

Related: His attackers yelled “f*ggot” as they beat him. Cops say it’s not a hate crime.

The man then followed the victim as he exited the bus, where he then punched the teenager in the face. The man then escaped back aboard the bus which drove off into the night.

The victim refused medical attention at the scene, though he did suffer moderate bruising.

Anyone with any information regarding the suspect or the crime should contact the New York City Police Department Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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200,000 back gay teen suspended over nail polish

Trevor Wilkinson, 17, a senior at Clyde High School in Clyde, Texas

Trevor Wilkinson, 17, a senior at Clyde High School in Clyde, Texas (Twitter/GMA)

Nearly 200,000 people signed a petition supporting gay teenager Trevor Wilkinson, who was suspended by his Texas school for wearing nail polish.

Trevor Wilkinson, 17, a senior at Clyde High School in Clyde, Texas, ignited a row after he returned from Thanksgiving break with his nails painted.

Even though girls at the school are permitted to have their nails painted, Wilkinson was told that it was a breach of the dress code for boys to do so, and the teen was served an indefinite in-school suspension when he refused to back down.

A Change.org petition in support of Wilkinson has now attracted nearly 200,000 signatures, while the teen was even invited to appear on Good Morning America to address the issue.

After the story attracted nationwide attention and a tidal wave of solidarity, the school now appears to be looking to make amends.

Trevor Wilkinson asked to compromise by taking off his nail polish.

The Clyde Independent School District has called a “special meeting” scheduled at Thursday (10 December) to discuss a potential change to the dress code, local media reports.

According to local outlet KTAB, Trevor Wilkinson said that he has had discussions with the superintendent and principal where they pressed him to agree a “compromise” where he would remove the nail polish in order to return to his classes.

Nail polish: 17-year-old Trevor Wilkinson is challenging his school's 'homophobic' policy on nail polish
17-year-old Trevor Wilkinson is challenging his school’s ‘homophobic’ policy (Instagram/trevormichae1)

He said: “My superintendent and principal tried to respectfully find a middle ground for us to meet on to kind of put this away, but unfortunately I could not do that middle ground, I could not meet them there.

“The middle ground that they wanted was: I take off my nails and in return, they’ll let me speak at the board meeting. But I could not do that because I’ve been to a board meeting before and I spoke about a lot of these things and nothing happened, so I decided to not take the middle ground and to actually stand my ground on this.”

Despite his lack of agreement, the teen said the school has now lifted his suspension – though he will continue to press for the policy to officially change.

Teen vows to ensure school ends ‘double standard’ policy.

Trevor Wilkinson added: “This isn’t just about the dress code. This is about more than that. It’s about discrimination and sexism and homophobia and racism and how not OK it is.”

In a social media post, he added: “Thank you everyone for your support. I cannot express that enough and I could not have gotten this far without you guys! I know a lot of you have called and emailed my school board – flooding their voicemails and inboxes.

“Thank you for standing alongside me to create change so that students like me can express ourselves in authentic ways in school and focus on our studies rather.

“As well as ending the gender norms that society has oppressed on us. Please continue to call and email but for those of you who want to challenge dangerous gender stereotypes you can join me in painting your nails and rocking them all over Texas and the country. Again, thank you all for your support and our voices will not go unheard.”

The school board said previously: “Questions or concerns with the dress code are reviewed individually, and the district cannot share any information regarding specific student.

“The district appreciates the feedback and input on this issue received from members of the community, and will take this into consideration when it conducts its annual review later this school year.”