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Trans girl has simple message for lawmakers over athletic bans

Trans girl who just wants to play sports has simple message for lawmakers

Rebekah in the ACLU video “Meet the girl who lawmakers want to ban from playing sports”. (YouTube/Human Rights Campaign)

A 14-year-old girl who plays field hockey at school has told lawmakers considering anti-trans bills that she just wants to play sports with her friends.

In a three-minute Human Rights Campaign video, Rebekah says sports are simply “something that I really like doing”.

“I’m so much more than trans. That doesn’t make me less of a girl, doesn’t make me less of a human, either. I’m just me!” she says.

The video has been published in response to a Republican-led “legislative boom” that has seen at least 25 states introduce over 60 bills targeting transgender children, the most common being bans on trans girls and women competing in sports. More than 50 anti-trans bills across 30 states are attempting to ban trans girls and women from playing on female sports teams.

More anti-trans bills have been introduced in the first three months of 2021 than in any other year so far – and it’s no accident, legal advocates have warned. Many of them target trans girls just like Rebekah.

In the video, Rebekah plays hockey with three of her team mates.

She has been “playing field hockey for four years now,” she smiles, explaining: “The concept is so fun because like, you get to have a stick and you get to hit a ball with it.”

“I also really love the people I’m always surrounded with and the community that I create,” she says. “It’s such a tight-knit group.”

The video shows her arm in arm and hugging her friends. “When we’re on the field, my teammates, they just see me as me,” Rebekah says. “They see me as a teammate who they’re going to play with, who they’re going to win with, who they’re going to lose with, and just someone who they will work with together.”

Rebekah is a bright student who finds school easy, according to her mum, Jamie.

“Rebekah’s really good at a lot of things,” Jamie says in the video. “She aces her schoolwork with very little effort. She’s great in music and theater. She doesn’t have to try really hard. And so sports are this place where she does have to work hard. She learns a lot from not being the best, and from really having to commit to get better at something.”

But if trans girls are banned from girls sports teams – as is being proposed in dozens of US states – Rebekah will simply stop playing.

Lil Nas X has defiant message after topping US charts with Montero

Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X has scored his second No. 1 with “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” (YouTube/Lil Nas X)

Lil Nas X proved that blasphemy really does pay after riding his bottoming banger “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” into hell and straight to number one in the charts.

The song about gay sex reached its rightful spot at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts on Monday (5 April), less than two weeks after its debut.

In its first week alone it drew 46.9 million US streams and sold 21,000 downloads, according to MRC Data, and attracted 1.1 million radio airplay audience impressions in the week ending 4 April.

It’s his second US number one after his megahit “Old Town Road” led for a record 19 weeks in 2019 – and to say the star is celebrating would be an understatement.

“CALL ME BY YOUR NAME NUMBER 1 SONG IN THE WORLD AHHHHHH,” Lil Nas X tweeted ecstatically after the news broke. “LET’S GO GAY AGENDA!!!!”

“I hope my haters are sad. I hope they are crying. I want your tears to fill my Grammy cup,” he continued as he kept the celebration going in a string of tweets.

“Y’all told a 19 year old who had just escaped the lowest point of his life that he would never have a hit again.

“You told him to stop while he’s ahead. He could’ve gave up. But four multi platinum songs and two number ones later, he’s still here. Thank you to my team and my fans! ily.”

Even more adorably, the star released a motivational video he filmed in June 2020 to congratulate his future self.

“Hello, Lil Nas X in the future,” he told himself. “I wanna say I’m proud of you. I’m proud of you n***a! Yeah! Congratulations, you deserve all the good s**t that’s happening to you right now.

“You pushed through, ‘cuz [breaks into unintelligible excitable noises]. It’s been a lot of s**t.”

JoJo Siwa shares adorable Valentine’s Day message to girlfriend Kylie

JoJo Siwa shares adorable Valentine's Day message to girlfriend Kylie

JoJo Siwa showed some love for girlfriend Kylie in a heartwarming Valentine’s Day post. (Instagram/@itsjojosiwa)

JoJo Siwa proved that romance isn’t dead after all as she celebrated her first Valentine’s Day with her girlfriend Kylie on Sunday (14 February).

Sharing adorable snaps of the pair in an Instagram post, the 17-year-old told the world she is “so thankful to have fallen in love with the most perfect person ever.”

Siwa uploaded a cute video of them at a restaurant, where Kylie coyly blew a straw wrapper at her.

“It’s my first valentines dayyyy!” she wrote in the caption.

“No one in the world makes me as happy as this girl does.

“I’m so thankful to have fallen in love with the most perfect person ever who makes me smile 24/7.

“I love you more thank you’ll ever know.”

JoJo Siwa’s girlfriend Kylie gushes over the ‘best human on earth’

Kylie also gushed over JoJo Siwa in an Instagram Story. Head over heels for the Nickelodeon star, Kylie wrote: “Getting to spend Valentine’s Day [with] the BEST human on earth.

“I love you, I love you, I love you, JoJo Siwa.”

JoJo later revealed the Valentine’s Day gift Kylie gave her – a grey hoodie which reads: “Warning: I am taken. Don’t flirt with me. It’s for your own safety.”


It comes after the loving couple celebrated their one-month anniversary earlier this month.

“After being my best friend for over a year, 8 January 2021 I got to start calling this exceptional human my girlfriend,” Siwa wrote.

“And since then I’ve been the happiest I have ever been! She seriously is the most loving, supportive, happiest, protective, and just the most beautiful perfect person in the world.

“And I get to call her mine! Happy one month to my girl! I love you more and more every day!”

Gay Biden official sends powerful message of LGBT+ inclusion

US State Department spokesman Ned Price

The US state department’s official spokesperson Ned Price has spoken about the importance of LGBT+ representation.

The Biden administration official, who is the first ever openly gay man to be named spokesperson for the US department of state, led his first televised press briefing on Tuesday (2 February).

LGBT+ activists say the appointment of the 38-year-old gay former CIA official to serve as the country’s voice on international issues sends a clear message to the 70 countries where homosexuality remains criminalized.

Innanoshe Richard Akuson, a Nigerian LGBT rights activist, told ABC: “It’s incredibly important for queer people in countries where homosexuality and queerness is a death sentence.”

State department spokesperson Ned Price says inclusiveness and representation matter

Speaking to ABC ahead of his first briefing, Price said: “The point that… President Biden himself has made is that we need a national security workforce that looks like the country we represent, and that’s especially important for the Department of State that’s speaking to rest of world.

“Both in our word and our deed, our values of inclusiveness and strength in diversity will be on full display. Representation matters.”

US State Department spokesman Ned Price
US State Department spokesman Ned Price (Getty/NICHOLAS KAMM)

Biden administration has vowed to appoint a new LGBT+ envoy

Biden’s secretary of state Antony Blinken has also vowed to set about restoring the role of international envoy on LGBT+ human rights, which was introduced under Barack Obama but quietly gutted – alongside much of the department’s work on international LGBT+ rights – under the Trump administration.

Blinken said last month that filling the role was “a matter, I think, of some real urgency”.

He added: “We’ve seen violence directed against LGBTQI people around the world increase. We’ve seen, I believe, the highest number of murders of transgender people, particularly women of colour, that we’ve seen ever.

“And so I think the United States playing the role that it should be playing in standing up for and defending the rights of LGBTQI people is something that the department is going to take on and take on immediately.”

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon slams transphobia in ‘message from the heart’

Nicola Sturgeon

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has condemned transphobia, saying it should be treated with “zero tolerance”. (Getty/ Andrew Milligan – WPA Pool)

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has strongly condemned transphobia in a “message from the heart”, insisting it is “vital to speak up for what is right and against injustice”.

Sturgeon posted a video to social media on Wednesday evening (27 January), amid accusations that the SNP has become a “hub of transphobia”.

In the video, the Scottish first minister said: “This is a message from me as SNP leader on the issue of transphobia. I don’t have much time for anything other than the fight against COVID right now, but on some days silence is not an option.”

Sturgeon said her message had not been scripted, and was instead a “message from the heart”.

On reports of “significant numbers” of young SNP members leaving the party over the transphobia accusations, she said: “I know many of you personally, I consider you friends, I’ve campaigned alongside you. You are a credit to our party and our country.

“It grieves me deeply that you’ve reached this conclusion after much soul-searching because you consider, at this stage, the SNP not to be a safe, tolerant or welcoming place for trans people.

“That’s not acceptable to me, as SNP leader I will do everything I can to change that impression and persuade all of you that the SNP is your party, and that you should come home where you belong.”

Sturgeon admitted that members of her party had “differences of opinion on Gender Recognition [Act] reform“, but insisted: “No debate can be a cover for transphobia.”

She continued: “Trans people have as much right as any of us to be safe, secure and valued for who they are. Transphobia is wrong, and we must treat it with the zero tolerance we treat racism or homophobia.”

Sturgeon finished: “Some will criticise this message, say it doesn’t go far enough, or that the words are hollow unless we prove we meant them. I’m determined we will.

“No doubt others will accuse me of being ‘woke’. I don’t care. Sometimes, particularly as a leader, it’s vital to speak up for what is right and against injustice.”

Steven Universe returns with powerful message for kids about racism

Steven Universe

Cartoon Network enlisted the Steven Universe character to teach children about anti-racism (Cartoon Network/YouTube)

Steven Universe may have left our screens but Garnet’s still on hand to remind kids about flexibility, love and trust.

Cartoon Network enlisted Rebecca Sugar’s most authoritative Crystal Gem for a series of children’s anti-racism PSAs broadcast online and on TV.

The first short, titled “Don’t Deny It, Defy It,” debuted Tuesday on the new website Crystal Gems Speak Up, which also offers links to social justice organisations and additional resources.

The video shows two boys playing happily in a playground. In a casual nod to LGBT+ representation, one says to the other: “Hey, when we’re older let’s get married!”

A third child then appears between them and laughs at the boys. “You can’t get married,” she says mockingly. “Black people can’t marry white people!”

This is where Garnet steps in with a very important message: “Kids! Don’t be racist.”

The lesson doesn’t stop there, though: the PSA continues by exploring racism and explaining its impact in terms that are simple enough for even very young children to understand.

When one of the characters expresses skepticism that racist incidents actually happen “in real life”, the others explain that just because some people don’t experience racism doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

“Everyone messes up sometimes, but you gotta realise it hurts to deal with racism, and when people act like it’s not real, it makes it even worse,” one boy tells another.

“You have to acknowledge racism to work against it,” reminds Garnet, voiced by Estelle. “You kids better work on this before the wedding,” she then adds with a wink, another subtle touch normalising LGBT+ relationships.

The characters of Steven Universe are no strangers to the world of PSAs – the show had previously partnered with Dove to promote body positivity and anti-bullying.

The heartwarming cartoon concluded its run earlier this year, having been hailed by fans and critics for its sensitive LGBT-inclusive storytelling and positive role modelling for children.





Actor Francois Arnaud comes out as bisexual with powerful message / Queerty

Actor Francois Arnaud comes out as bisexual with powerful message

Francois Arnaud has come out as bisexual
Francois Arnaud at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017 (Photo: Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock.com)

Canadian actor Francois Arnaud revealed his bisexuality in Instagram postings yesterday.

The actor, 35, took to social media during Bisexual Visibility Week.

He shared the messages in postings to his Instagram stories on Sunday.

“Last week, I was chatting with work friends, and as I brought up a trip I’d taken with an ex-girlfriend, I asked myself —for the ten-thousandth time— how to tell such a story without making it seem like that was the whole story of me,” Arnaud posted.

Related: Pro rugby player and boy bander Levi Davis comes out as bi

“I’m sure many bisexual guys feel the same and end up doing as I did: letting other people’s assumptions of straightness stand uncorrected,” he continued.

“Perhaps out of fear of oversharing. Under the guise of privacy, maybe. Probably because ‘masculinity’ is a most fragile currency, ready to nose-dive at the first sign of vulnerability or difference. And because it’s really f**king scary to give up your privilege. Without a doubt because stigmas of indecisiveness, infidelity, deception and trendiness are still clinging to bisexuality.

“But here’s the thing. Silence has the perverse effect of perpetuating those stereotypes, making bi guys invisible, and leading people to doubt that we even exist. No wonder it’s still a chore to acknowledge bisexuality without getting into lengthy explanations.

“So yes, labels are frustrating and words imperfect. But I’ve always considered myself bisexual. Not confused or trying to look edgy. Not disloyal. Not ashamed. Not invisible.”

He ended by wishing everyone ‘Happy #bivisibilityday this Wednesday’.

Arnaud was born in Quebec. He’s best known for his performances in The Borgias, Blindspot, and Midnight, Texas. Many might also remember a notable cameo he made in Schitt’s Creek, playing an ex-boyfriend of David Rose called Sebastien who arrives in town to do a photoshoot with Moira.

Related: Andrew Gillum comes out as bisexual