Cardi B explains ‘Girls’ collaboration, apologizes to LGBTQ community

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cardi B explained her collaboration on the controversial song “Girls” and apologized to the LGBTQ community in a series of tweets on Tuesday.

“Girls,” which also features Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX, has come under fire for exploiting the LGBTQ community. Lesbian pop singer Hayley Kiyoko released a statement calling the song “tone deaf” which “does more harm than good for the LGBTQ+ community.”

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Hayley Kiyoko calls Rita Ora’s song ‘Girls’ ‘tone-deaf,’ ‘harmful’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Hayley Kiyoko has called out Rita Ora’s new single “Girls” for exploiting the LGBTQ community.

“Girls,” which features Ora, Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX and Cardi B, is a song about women having an attraction to other women.

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Latinx diversity finds outlet on STARZ show ‘Vida’

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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On Sunday, STARZ breaks down some serious barriers with the premiere of “Vida.” Set on the Eastside of Los Angeles, the series was created by a queer Latinx woman who also serves as showrunner, features a non-binary actor in a lead role and has a writer’s room where the entire staff is Latinx and most of the team is LGBT and/or female-identified.

The series got started when executives at STARZ called Tanya Saracho in for a meeting. Saracho is a Chicago-based writer who has written for “Devious Minds,” “Girls,” “Looking” and “How to Get Away with Murder.” Her plays include “Mala Hierbe” and “Fade,” which was inspired by her experience as a “diversity hire” for a television studio.

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Lady Fingers: Life Lessons

By : Sabrina Ambra
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I have never been one to read self-help books. In my 26 years of living, I’ve bought two; one was for school and the other was a flat surface I used to construct marijuana cigarettes on. Nothing against these types of books, of course. I just have yet to find How-To: Life for the Awkward Gal Who Overanalyzes Everything. Until I do, I’ll leave what I can here and you’re welcome to use the help at your leisure. If the aforementioned book never makes it onto the shelves of Barnes and Noble, just remember I said it first. These are the life lessons I made-up out of things that have happened to me. Enjoy.

It was the summer of 2003: I was 13 years old, my mosquito bites were becoming bigger mosquito bites (I’m referring to my tits, though there were many mosquitoes that summer), and the world was in the palm of my pubescent hand. It was my second summer at the Catholic sleep-away camp I would call home for many summers after. This particular summer was important to the girls of Cabin 9. You see, we were the second oldest girls in the entire camp: We stayed-up later, danced longer, and at the end of the session, we got to go on the mystical off-property camping trip to the DLB (Dry Lake Bed). What was so important about this trip was not the campfire; it was not the ghost stories; it wasn’t even the fucking s’mores. No, this was bigger than that. The oldest boy cabin had a tradition of scaring the living shit out of any girls camping in the DLB. But not that night, no sir. The Cabin 9 girls were going to retaliate. That night we were going to rewrite history, as well as learn how to shave our pubes from the way-too-advanced-for-her-age girl, Lauren.

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Round-up of questions potential Supreme Court Justices have been asked

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(AP) – White House lawyers are scouring a life’s worth of information about President Barack Obama’s potential picks to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court – and not all of it is about the law.

Prospective justices are put through the nation’s most thorough background check, an invasive process in which nothing is off-limits. After all, a surprise dredged up later could scuttle confirmation. So candidates’ taxes, writings, childhood, business dealings, medical history and yes, love lives, are all scrutinized for potential red flags.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Mark Badley and Jason Newkirk

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“Mark is wonderful and will go along with all the crazy schemes and everything I come up with – and he’s always there beside me, loving me and supporting me no matter how crazy my little mind can go,” Jason says.

When Jason Newkirk, a writer and office manager for a production company, first met Mark Badley, a pharmacy buyer, he was at a loss for words, which isn’t like Jason, being a person who always has something to say.

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Orlando Derby Girls’ LGBT-inclusiveness puts them on track to compete internationally

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Orlando Psycho City Derby Girls are skating their way to high-stakes competition. On Jan. 22, the league was accepted alongside nine other teams – ranging in location from across the country in Hood River, Oregon to across the world in New Zealand –into an apprentice program for the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the international governing body of a sport considered by many to be the fastest-growing in the world.

Completion of the apprentice program typically takes from six months to a year. If the league is then accepted into WFTDA, it will play against the best teams in the country and even the world.

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Transgender student fights for school to use his preferred name

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Millersville, Md. (AP) – Matthew Nolte’s report card is stacked with A’s, but he scratched out the name on it – which is not Matthew – until the paper wore away, leaving a rectangular hole.

Matt, a junior at Old Mill High School, is a transgender student fighting for the school system to recognize his preferred, not legal, name.

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Rock legend Melissa Etheridge talks about the importance of legalizing marijuana and starting her own label

By : Jeremy Williams
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Melissa Etheridge has been a very public face to many groups who needed a voice. She showed young girls that a woman can rock as hard, if not harder, than the good ol’ boys of the music industry. She proved that being openly gay was not an instant death sentence to a career in music. She exclaimed, “I am more than a disease!” (she was so inspiring that India.Arie penned her hit song “I Am Not My Hair” about Etheridge after seeing her perform at the 2005 Grammy Awards bald from chemotherapy) after a cancer diagnosis, and her following treatment that brought her back stronger and healthier than ever.

Now, after nearly 25 years in the public eye, Etheridge has taken up another cause: legalizing cannabis.

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Sarasota County school adopts trans-inclusive bathroom policy after transgender student organizes call-in

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Pine View, a grades 2-12 magnet school in Osprey, Fla., is now the first school in Sarasota County to pass a transgender student inclusive bathroom policy.

The policy, adopted Jan. 14, allows transgender students in grades 6-12 to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with regardless of what gender they were assigned at birth. The bathrooms for elementary grade students will remain the same.

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Screened Out – The New Girlfriend

By : Stephen Miller
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Anais Demoustier, Romain Duris, Raphaël Personnaz

 

The New Girlfriend will be on DVD and for rent on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

This cross-dressing psychological flick is rather good, but it never quite hits the freaky sexual fission it shoots for – especially for a modern film.

French director/writer François Ozon (8 Women, Swimming Pool) usually peddles in a careful balance of understated wit and sexual tension. Girlfriend has bits and pieces of those. As enjoyable as this is, this film’s subjects just aren’t dangerous and titillating enough in 2016.

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Watermark’s 2016 Florida Legislative Tracker

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I’m just a bill, yes I’m only a bill, and I might just get poked with Rick Scott’s quill!

That’s right boys and girls, it’s that time of year again when Florida’s Congress will get together in Tallahassee to yell and scream and try to get some legislating done.

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