The LGBT world knows that British diver Tom Daley and Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black are about to be parents. But there’s more. Plus Andy Cohen and a blast from the past!
Making Waves Down Under
The screenwriter behind Milk and his husband are causing quite a stir down in the land of Foster’s. sunshine and sharks. Hollywood Heavyweight Dustin Lance Black — not a man scrambling for rent — was accused of shoplifting a protein drink at a local Woolworth’s on Australia’s Gold Coast. No charges were filed, and Black angrily denounced the store on social media.
But his better half was having a better time of it there — and made great use of the limelight.
Taking a page from the Adam Rippon/Gus Kenworthy playbook, Olympic diver Tom Daley used a gold medal finish — his fourth at the Commonwealth Games — to make a public plea for more Commonwealth countries to join in decriminalizing homosexuality. Daley’s medal came in synchronized 10m platform on Australia’s Gold Coast, where the country legalized same-sex marriage late last year.
But in some 70 per cent of those countries that make up the 53 counties of the Commonwealth, homosexuality remains illegal. After his victory, the 23-year old Daley spoke to BBC Breakfast: “Coming to the Gold Coast and being able to live as an openly gay man is really important,” he told them. “I feel extremely lucky to compete openly as who I am, not worry about ramifications. But for lots of people living in those countries it is not the case.”
Daley went on to say that “we have to talk about these things and shine a light on them in order to get change. By Birmingham and the next Commonwealth Games (which won’t take place until 2022), I really hope we see a decrease in that number of countries that criminalize LGBT issues.”
Of course there’s one fewer among those countries today, in that just this week the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago struck down a “buggery law” that dates back to colonial times. The government says it will appeal.Find LGBTQ-Friendly Resources
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While Grindr didn’t appear to have much trouble taking advantage of its users’ trust when it came to sharing delicate information, it seems slow to return the favor. Just ask Andy Cohen — or Bob the Drag Queen.
This week, Watch What’s Happening Live host Andy Cohen confided to Ellen DeGeneres that he is indeed on “a gay dating app.” But, he tells Ellen, “I keep getting kicked off of because they think I’m impersonating Andy Cohen.”
So… if you’re stealing Andy’s pics to post them as your own on Grindr, knock it off. He’s not done using them himself.
And don’t even get Bob the Drag Queen started.
Speaking of Aussies, Kylie Minogue’s country-tinged effort, an album called Golden, has brought her a number one record — her sixth.
To date, the Aussie legend’s latest has sold 48,000 combined sales to debut at the top, according to Official Charts Company. The record is her 14th, and toppled The Greatest Showman soundtrack to get to the peak position. It’s her first chart-topper in eight years. and a terrific way to head into the weekend.
Give this a listen.
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Last modified: February 14, 2019