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Steven Universe returns with powerful message for kids about racism

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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.

 

 

 

 

Cher pays powerful musical tribute to Joe Biden / Queerty

Cher pays powerful musical tribute to Joe Biden / Queerty

Continuing to lead the legion of stars and celebrities hoping to unseat Donald Trump next Tuesday, Cher performed a special tribute to Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Biden.

Cher dusted off the Oscar-nominated tune Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe from the 1943 film Cabin in the Sky, part of a concert aimed at increasing turnout. The I Will Vote Concert also featured performances by John Legend, P!nk, Ben Platt, Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Porter, and Darren Criss. Comedian George Lopez and Ana Navarro hosted the event.

Related: Joe Biden unveils latest secret weapon: Cher

The Fab Five of the Netflix show Queer Eye (really, who better?) introduced Cher, who performed the song with retooled lyrics aimed at Biden’s experience and ability to confront the ongoing crisis facing the nation.

Have a listen, and remember to vote on November 3.

For more information about voting–including registration deadlines and polling locations–refer to the voting center on our sister website LGBTQ Nation.

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