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Pastor wants kids taken to Drag Queen Story Hour removed from their parents / Queerty

Pastor wants kids taken to Drag Queen Story Hour removed

Pastor E.W. Jackson
Pastor E.W. Jackson (Photo: Vimeo)

A high-profile, right-wing pastor with a history of anti-LGBTQ statements has done it again.

Virginia’s E.W. Jackson runs his own radio show and streams via Facebook to his followers. On his Facebook show, “The Wisdom Meditation” last week, he discussed the Bible, but then went off on a tangent about Drag Queen Story Hour, which occurs in libraries around the country.

“This is child abuse to take these children to be entertained by these perverse individuals whose lives are a moral sewer,” Jackson, 68, said.

Related: Gay people can’t be judges as they can’t be ‘fair and objective’ says pastor

“You want to live that way, it’s a free country, live that way. If adults want to be a part of such gross, disgusting entertainment, you have a right to do that. But child abuse is what I would call taking children to see one of these freaks go through a whole lot of sexual garbage trying to instill this mess in the minds of toddlers and kindergartners.

“I have no patience with this mess,” the Protestant Minister continued. “That person needs God, that person needs to be saved, that person needs to be delivered. God wants that person to be a normal human being. A drag queen is not a normal human being.”

“And the stupid parents who take their children into this mess need to be dope slapped. They need to have their children taken away from them.

“Do you think toddlers and kindergartners are [asking] to go to Drag Queen Story Hour?,” Jackson asked.

“Taking your children to church is not abuse. It’s what God commands us to do. But taking your children to Drag Queen Story Hour is abuse of a magnitude that is hard to overstate. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the equivalent of pedophilia, and it should be treated the same way.”

Jackson has previously asserted that homosexuality is “unnatural” and “gross”. Earlier this year, he said that besides concerns over the coronavirus, families should worry about the spread of the “homovirus”: Or what he regards as the militant LGBTQ movement to destroy the traditional family unit.

Related: Beware the “homovirus” warns right-wing pastor in unhinged coronavirus rant 

In 2019, Jackson claimed that the United States would become a “homocracy” if Mayor Pete Buttigieg won the Presidency.

Jackson was the Republican Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in the 2013 election and a Republican primary candidate for the United States Senate in Virginia in the 2012 and 2018 elections. Although he commands a sizeable, grassroots following within the state, he failed in each of these election bids.

Filming for Ryan Murphy’s newest show halted over Covid-19 / Queerty

Filming for Ryan Murphy’s newest show halted over Covid-19 /

Tom Cruise confirmed an obvious fact this week: COVID is no joke on film sets, or any workplace that requires people to be in close physical proximity.

Now just a month after shooting started, production for the upcoming Ryan Murphy series Impeachment: American Crime Story has been halted after members of the cast and crew tested positive for the virus.

Though names were not disclosed, or an exact number, TMZ reports it’s “multiple” people. No date has been scheduled to resume filming.

Last month, series lead Sarah Paulson showed off the first look at her character transformation in the third installment of the ACS anthology.

As with the first two seasons of the show, American Crime Story will retell a lurid scandal from American history. This new season recalls the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal from the late 1990s. Paulson plays Linda Tripp, a friend and coworker of Monica Lewinsky who leaked word to the press that Lewinsky was engaged in an affair with then-President Clinton.

The series uses Jeffrey Toobin’s book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President as its basis. Toobin suffered his own sex scandal this fall when he was seen pleasuring himself during a Zoom chat between New Yorker magazine staff and WNYC radio.

Along with Paulson, Impeachment will feature queer actress Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky, Clive Owen as Bill Clinton, Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones, Anthony Green as Al Gore and Betty Gilpin as Ann Coulter.

We wish everyone a safe and speedy recovery.

Mike Pence plans to flee country after Biden certifying vote, insiders say / Queerty

Mike Pence plans to flee country after Biden certifying vote,

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

That’s exactly what Mike Pence plans to do after Congress certifies President-elect Joe Biden’s win on January 6.

According to multiple sources, the one-term vice president will immediately depart on an extended “foreign trip” after he fulfills his constitutional duty of confirming the election’s winner.

Three U.S. officials tell Politico that Pence is planning to be gone for at least a week, possibly longer.

Pence’s aides are keeping tight-lipped about the whole thing, but Politico managed to get a copy of at least a partial itinerary that shows the outgoing veep traveling to Israel, followed by Poland, with the possibility of more stops being added in the coming weeks.

Considering that Donald Trump still refuses to concede the race and, according to CNN, has told advisors he might refuse to leave the White House on January 20, Pence having to officially acknowledge Biden as the winner is most definitely going to cause some hard feelings inside the Oval Office.

“I suspect the timing is anything but coincidental,” an insider tells Politico. “By no means is this going to be an easy moment for the vice president or president to stomach.

The trip will mark the second time since Trump’s historic loss that Pence hightailed it outta Washington, D.C. to avoid his boss’ ire and/or cash in his PTO before he’s out of a job next month.

Almost immediately after the election was called for Biden in November, Pence and his wife, Mother, jetted off to Florida for a five-day, post-election vacation getaway on Sanibel Island.

Related: Mike Pence flees D.C. as Trump fumes and coronavirus ravages the West Wing

“Many people” believe Don Jr. was high out of his mind in cellphone video taken inside budget motel / Queerty

“Many people” believe Don Jr. was high out of his

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

A truly, truly bizarre cellphone video of Donald Trump Jr. went viral over the weekend and when you see the tape you’ll understand why.

The video looks as though it was shot inside a budget motel room. In it, Don Jr. appears glossy-eyed as he slurs his words in a barely coherent tirade against Hunter Biden.

Many people believe the video was filmed at a Motel 6 and that Don Jr. was coked out his mind. Queerty cannot independently verify whether these rumors are true.

Others claim the video is fake.

Junior, who tested positive for coronavirus last month, hasn’t commented on it, but after it went viral, Motel 6, bless its heart, was trending on Twitter under the “Politics” category.

Here’s what people have been saying about the whole thing…

Related: Don Jr., infected with coronavirus, posts totally unnecessary fart video from quarantine

His son died of a GHB overdose. Can a cop survive the drug & sex-fueled world of circuit parties? / Queerty

His son died of a GHB overdose. Can a cop

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

The Elusive: 7 Minutes

This French thriller took us off guard earlier this year with its mix of drama, eroticism and intrigue. 7 Minutes follows Jean (Antoine Herbez), a  cop mourning the death of his party-boy gay son and his son’s boyfriend after a GHB overdose. A grieving Jean seeks out Fabien (Clement Naline), another circuit boy who knew the pair in hopes of finding some closure. Instead, Jean—who is straight—finds himself drawn into the circuit world of drugs, dance and wild sex. As Jean begins to experiment with GHB himself, his “investigation” becomes something far more sinister.

7 Minutes doesn’t pull punches when it comes to scandalous content. The film features extended scenes of graphic nudity, drug use and intense sex. Some viewers may find Jean’s actions inexplicable at a certain point–then again, that might be the whole point. The film doesn’t shy away from ambiguity. When Jean becomes addicted to gay sex himself, we’re meant to ask if he’s secretly gay, obsessed with his son, or just addicted to GHB. The movie lets audience members decide, right up until its non-ending. The finale doesn’t offer resolution or catharsis of any kind; rather, it just stops, leaving viewers with some very big questions they are meant to debate within themselves. Captivating, erotic and elusive, we recommend the film to viewers who need a bit of a palate cleanse from holiday sweetness, and to anyone mystified or repulsed by the world of circuit parties.

Streams on Amazon, iTunes & VUDU.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i28pk5ynuhk

If all financial traders were this naked, we’d have a booming economy / Queerty

If all financial traders were this naked, we’d have a

Industry

Welcome to the Weekend Binge. Every Friday, we’ll suggest a binge-able title designed to keep you from getting too stir crazy. Check back throughout the weekend for even more gloriously queer entertainment.

The High-Strung: Industry

HBO just announced a second season of this new drama coming down the pipeline next year. As such, we recommend giving the first season–which debuted in November–a look. Industry follows a group of young upstarts in the world of London finance. Call it a 21st-century Bonfire of the Vanities or Wall Street. The show makes the wise choice to focus on several women and gay men as its primary characters, which gives it a refreshing feel. Let’s face it; this story has been done with hetero male leads over and over ad-nauseam.

The show’s gay storylines, including that of Gus (David Jonsson), one of the young investors, his married (to a woman) sometime boyfriend Theo (Will Tudor), and Gus’ roommate Kenny (Connor MacNeil), are all handled as well as any other. Industry distinguishes itself with a hard-boiled look at the world of finance: does everyone in the industry have some kind of sociopathic personality disorder? The characters manipulate one another with money, drugs, sex (yes, including gay-for-pay set-ups), blackmail and just about anything else, postulating that maybe sociopathy is a prerequisite to success in the biz.

Loaded with beautiful people, chic settings and enough full-frontal male nudity to make Tom of Finland blush, Industry has no shortage of drama or queer themes to keep it compelling. Scandalous, stylish and downright brutal at times, we offer up Industry as a way to spend a weekend…and as an incentive to stay out of the financial world.

Streams on HBO Max.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbM84z4XYgc

I’m hornier than ever in quarantine. What do I do? / Queerty

I’m hornier than ever in quarantine. What do I do?

Dear Jake,

Quarantine has me feeling hornier than ever, but I feel super conflicted about hooking up since we’re supposed to be socially distancing and I don’t want to get myself or anyone else sick. Still, I spend all this time on Grindr, but then bail at the last minute because of the guilt. If don’t hook up, I become sexually frustrated, but if I do, I’m risking my physical health. What do I do?

-Horned Up But Locked Down

Dear Horned Up But Locked Down,

Somehow, I don’t think you’re the only horny guy going bonkers in quarantine. It’s perfectly normal to feel this way during this time, especially because many of us have lost our jobs or are working alternate schedules from home, so boredom can be a big factor in our lives. What’s a better time killer than perusing page after page of shirtless torsos?

Many of us are also feeling anxiety, which can be an uncomfortable emotion. We don’t know when this crisis is going to end, we are uncertain about our finances and health, and we’re left alone with nothing but the sound of our own voice in our heads. It’s easy to want to reach for something to make you feel good when you’re feeling “squirrely.” Normally, hooking up can be a harmless escape, as long as it’s not negatively affecting your life in some way.

That said, in this case, acting upon your feelings could quite literally be deadly. That “guilt” you are feeling could actually be a lifesaver. We must prioritize the social distancing guidelines to the fullest extent, despite the emotional consequences (especially for LGBTQ people).

Unfortunately, there’s no PrEP for coronavirus, so there’s no way to have a responsible hookup that doesn’t put you or your partner at risk. Even if the guy you’re chatting with swears he has no symptoms, you can’t know for sure. Many people who carry the virus are asymptomatic.

Part of looking for a hookup online, however, is the fantasy. It’s the idea that if you just look a little bit longer, eventually you’ll reach “the one.” It’s the anticipation of that Ricky Martin look-alike that keeps us going sometimes, and there’s nothing wrong with fantasy during this time. Grindr can be harmless for some virtual foreplay, or maybe to line up something in the future when all the restrictions end.

If you’re still feeling frustrated, there are still things you can do. Go on a cam site and have all the virtual sex you want. Or stick to some of those good, old-fashioned adult videos. I know it’s not the same thing, but just think of how good your first hookup is going to be after all these months of pent up sexual energy.

You aren’t alone, and we’re all feeling frustrated in these bizarre circumstances. Stay safe first and foremost. You’ll thank yourself later.

Jake Myers is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Los Angeles. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in LGBT Affirmative Psychotherapy.

Meet the 21-year-old con artist who scammed ‘Gays For Trump’ donors out of cash / Queerty

Meet the 21-year-old con artist who scammed ‘Gays For Trump’

Twitter screenshot

Supporters of the GoFundMe account “Gays For Trump,” a group that purported to raise money from LGBTQ donors for the Trump campaign, must feel a bit scammed. The New York Times reports that the group was actually just a front for a 21-year-old delivery driver collecting donations from gullible supporters.

Josh Hall of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania created the Gays for Trump GoFundMe as well as an accompanying Twitter account as a means of raking in cash for the Trump campaign. Beginning in February, Hall began mixing QAnon conspiracy theories and off-color remarks in his Tweets to attract support. He also began dummy accounts for Trump’s family and political appointees, including Robert Trump, the president’s brother; Barron Trump, the president’s teen son; and Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus coordinator.

Related: Crazies Tries To Bash Gays With Fake Twitter Feed But Get Pwned By Cool Folks

Hall even impersonated Trump’s sister, Elizabeth Trump Grau. One of his tweets even drew the attention of Trump himself, who replied to a tweet with a “Thank you Elizabeth, LOVE.” Even Trump himself didn’t realize the account was fake.

“I’m a big Trump supporter, but I’m thinking, ‘He’s got to know that that’s a parody,’” Hall said of his fake accounts. “How does he not know?”

Hall amassed 160,000 followers between the fake accounts.

“There was no nefarious intention behind it,” Mr. Hall told The Times. “I was just trying to rally up MAGA supporters and have fun.”

Hall, who identifies as bisexual, admits he began the accounts after struggling to hold down a job. The more incendiary his remarks, the greater his followers and donations. In all, Hall raised $7,384 in a GoFundMe account for Gays for Trump. He claims to have never withdrawn the money from the account, though GoFundMe says otherwise.

At the time of this writing, all of Hall’s dummy accounts, as well as his own personal account, have been suspended. The exposure of Hall and his GoFundMe scheme is just the latest scandal in the ongoing debate over the spread of online misinformation. Critics continue to claim social media giants Twitter and Facebook don’t do enough to weed out fake accounts designed to sew chaos and confusion online. Earlier this year, both sites began tagging or blocking dubious posts–a move which itself drew criticism.

Ryan Russell, Jackie Cox & more on holiday traditions and redefining the festive season / Queerty

Ryan Russell, Jackie Cox & more on holiday traditions and

There’s no wrong way to celebrate the holidays, and in this year where travel is limited, the LGBTQ community is redefining what the festive season looks like. In this installment of the OUT FOR GOOD series, we’re talking to RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Jackie Cox; NFL player Ryan K. Russell; Big Brother’s Natalie Negrotti, and Sirius XM radio co-host, Doug Budin, about all things holiday.

We discussed everything from what “chosen family” means, to how they come together and celebrate.

Find out how these folks are gearing up to get in the holiday spirit:

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.