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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.

Yes, what you’re feeling right now is called serotonin. You have just been reunited with it. It has been a while.

“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.

Rainbow gay cake : actuallesbians

Rainbow gay cake : actuallesbians

A place for discussions for and by cis and trans lesbians, bisexual girls, chicks who like chicks, bi-curious folks, dykes, butches, femmes, girls who kiss girls, birls, bois, aces, LGBT allies, and anyone else interested! Our subreddit is named r/actuallesbians because r/lesbians is not really for or by lesbians–it was meant to be a joke. We’re not a militant or exclusive group, so feel free to join up!

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.”

Gay Aspen, Colorado Travel & Hotels – wolfyy

gay aspen

gay aspen

One of the most luxurious ski towns in the United States, Aspen draws a loyal crowd that’s eager to have a good time. Most LGBT travelers also have this unique Colorado destination on their radars for the yearly Aspen Gay Ski Week events.

Aspen isn’t just a winter destination. Tourists visit all year round! While more people come once it’s cold enough for snow, many travelers enjoy the mountainous terrain all year. Seeing the yellow Aspen trees in Autumn is priceless.

Similar to nearby Vail, Aspen has a largely transient community, which means the number of gay travelers there can fluctuate. You’ll of course find yourself amongst a sea of other gay guys during Aspen Gay Ski Week, as well as a decent bunch over the winter season.

LGBT Aspen: Hotels & Vacation Rentals

When people think of staying in Aspen, luxury typically comes to mind. There are so many options for luxury resorts and vacation rentals. I’ll fill you in on which hotels are perfect for you, whether you like to be in the center of it all or prefer a secluded mountain chalet.

Full Aspen Gay Travel Guide on wolfyy – by Louis Lafata

Gay Colorado Resources

Queer elf replies to boy’s letter to Santa asking if God loves gay people

Queer Latino volunteer elf Michael Muñoz poses with Santa.

Queer Latino volunteer elf Michael Muñoz poses with Santa. (TheKitchenGaily/ Twitter)

A queer elf has revealed that he responded to a boy’s heartbreaking letter to Santa, asking if he supports the LGBT+ community and if God “loves me for being gay”.

Last month, the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) Operation Santa, which coordinates responses to letters addressed to Father Christmas, shared a heartbreaking message from a boy named Will.

His letter reads: “Dear Santa, do you support the LGBTQ community and if you can speak to God, can you tell him I love him, and if he loves me for being gay? Thank you. Love, Will.”

The letter broke the hearts of many after it was shared on Twitter, but luckily it has been revealed that Will received an incredible response.

Michael Muñoz is a queer Latino volunteer elf who works with Operation Santa, and who appeared in a new documentary titled Dear Santa focused on the USPS project.

Last Christmas, Muñoz felt that he “needed a break” from his volunteer elf duties – until he saw Will’s letter.

He told The Advocate: “I was heartbroken point-blank. Every year I read dozens of letters from children; some ask for toys, but most ask for clothes or presents for their moms as they can’t afford anything.

“What made this different and really difficult for me to read was that he didn’t ask for anything physical.

“All he wanted was to know that he was loved and accepted. So how could I not answer his letter, being a queer Latino male who growing up had those same feelings?

“Within minutes I had texted a dozen or so of my family, chosen and blood, and we were off to the races to make it the biggest, gayest, love-filled Christmas he hopefully will remember forever!”

Muñoz quickly “mobilised” his network of queer friends and family to send the young boy a collection of LGBT-inclusive children’s books and a rainbow Santa hat.

Although he didn’t hear back from Will, Muñoz said over the last year he has often “meditated and prayed that he is safe, healthy, well, and most importantly, surrounded by love”.

In a message to LGBT+ children who may be having a difficult time during the festive season, the queer elf added: “Love and joy come in many forms, and sometimes it finds you and other times you have to find it for yourself.

“There, unfortunately, will always be a bully or someone with something negative to say, but if you love yourself, give love, and spread love they can’t affect you.

“Remember, Rudolph was different, bullied, and dare I say, unloved. But in the end, it was his differences that made him beautiful and a hero. Your differences are what make you unique and beautiful and no one can take that away from you.”

This weekend, may we suggest you ‘Make the Yuletide Gay?’ / Queerty

This weekend, may we suggest you ‘Make the Yuletide Gay?’

Make the Yuletide Gay

Welcome to Screen Gems, our weekend dive into queer and queer-adjacent titles of the past that deserve a watch or a rewatch.

The Christmas Surprise: Make the Yuletide Gay

Give mad props to Rob Williams, the writer-director who, long before the current flurry of queer-themed holiday films, began to infuse the Christmas season with a hearty dose of gayness. Last week we recommended his ode to Christmas love, Shared Rooms. This week we offer up his earlier holiday outing, Make the Yuletide Gay.

The film follows Olaf (Keith Jordan), a college boy out and proud at school, but still in the closet at home. As Olaf tries to survive the holidays with his kooky family, his pining boyfriend Nathan (Adamo Ruggerio) decides to crash the party. Hijinks ensue, of course, as Olaf tries to keep their relationship a secret amid nosy friends, prying relatives and the general holiday hoopla.

A fine supporting cast helps buoy Make the Yuletide Gay, with actors Alison Arngrim (of Little House on the Prarie), Ian Buchanan (Twin Peaks) and Gates McFadden (Star Trek: The Next Generation) all showing up game for the show. Jordan and Ruggerio also have a natural everyman quality to them, that make them relatable in the leads. Far from groundbreaking, but very sincere, Make the Yuletide Gay is a warm & fuzzy way to celebrate the magic of the holiday season, and remember that all of us deserve a fairytale holiday romance.

Streams on Dekkoo, Amazon & iTunes.

Dragonfly Guest House – Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Ogunquit, Maine

Dragonfly Guest House - Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Ogunquit, Maine

Dragonfly Guest House - Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Ogunquit, Maine

The Dragonfly Guest House is in the middle of everything that Ogunquit, Maine has to offer. Walk down the Shore Road and you’ll find boutiques, great local restaurants, art galleries, fascinating museums and the lovely Perkins Cove.

Headi the other direction on Shore Road, and you’ll find even more restaurants and the village’s shopping district.

Ogunquit’s famous Marginal Way is also just a few blocks away, on the other side of a lovely residential area. And Ogunquit’s beautiful beach is a quick ten minute walk from the Dragonfly Guest House.

And the Ogunquit Playhouse, “America’s Foremost Summer Theatre”, is just around the corner.

Ogunquit’s Dragonfly Guest House offers five guest rooms and one guest suite, each with a private bathroom. We even have a dog friendly room, so bring your pup with you!

See the Dragonfly Guest House Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Ogunquit Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals