This week I’ve mainly been drinking with a different gay guy each night, only one of which I’m dating and one or two of which I want to be dating. But you’re not here to read about #findjoeyaboyfriend. Here’s some of the bigger LGBTQ news stories from the week.
Medals and musicals
Let’s start with the good that North America’s politicians have done. Canadian Prime Minister, and globally adored Justin Trudeau appointed gay MP Randy Boissonnault as his LGBTQ2 Special Advisor (LGBTQ2 is an acronym mainly used in Canada, with 2 standing for two-spirited). And south of the border President Obama announced Ellen DeGeneres will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s equivalent to a knighthood or damehood. They’re basically each other’s super proud best friend, as confirmed when Obama appeared on Ellen’s chat show back in February.
Meanwhile, President-Elect Trump’s nomination of homophobic Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General received a frosty reception, but of course not as frosty as the one received by the Vice President-Elect. Seeing the game-changing Broadway musical Hamilton on Friday night, Pence was booed as he took his seat. At the end of the show (one which celebrates America’s history and founding father Alexander Hamilton), its gay black star Brandon Victor Dixon directly addressed Pence to stand up for minorities and America’s great diversity. Watch or read the speech for yourself and see if, like President-Elect Trump, you can spot where the cast were being ‘very rude to a very good man’.
— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) November 19, 2016
Royally good allies
Back at home, both Prince William and Prince Harry’s support for Britain’s LGBTQ community were reaffirmed this week. Congratulations to Matthew Todd and Attitude Magazine who won Scoop of the Year at the British Society of Magazine Editors awards for June’s front cover feature with the future King William. Meanwhile, Prince Harry met people living with HIV at London’s Naz Project. The visit follows his HIV test being livestreamed on Facebook earlier this year and marks the start of National HIV Testing Week.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 15, 2016
There were everyday breakthroughs to celebrate during Transgender Awareness Week. Dating app Tinder broke down the binary with it’s latest update, allowing users to self-define their gender away from ‘male’ or ‘female’. Loose Women welcomed its first transgender panellist, TV reporter India Willoughby. And TfL flew the Transgender flag above their St James’ Park HQ.
— OUTbound (@TfLLGBT) November 14, 2016
Transender Day of Remembrance
#TransWeek ends today, Sunday 20th November, with #TDOR, Transgender Day of Remembrance. 295 people have been killed this year because they are transgender. Public and private acts of remembrance are taking place all over the world. I’m really grateful to some of my Christian friends across the country who are holding dedicated inclusive services in their churches.
— Whores of Yore (@WhoresofYore) November 20, 2016
Follow me on Twitter @JoeyKnock for #LGBTQProgress stories throughout the week.