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Recalling LGBTQ+ Stories in Hispanic Heritage Month

The saddest chapter and the most empowering our community experienced was in the wake of the California ballot initiative, Proposition 8, that took away marriage rights same-sex couples had gained only months previously.  It was Prop 22, which we’d lost years earlier and that made its way through the courts and resulted in a court ruling that codified our right to marriage yielding the “Summer of Love.”  However, with a very hurtful and divisive campaign led in Los Angeles mostly by the Catholic church, voters approved the removal of our rights at the ballot box. Among these voters were Latinos who heard from the local Cardinal to vote against us.  In L.A., representing the majority vote in California, the Latino vote matters – as the mainstream LGBTQ+ community learned the hard way.When HONOR PAC opened the first openly gay campaign office in East L.A.

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Dominique Jackson slays as Bloody Mary, and the future of trans women in horror looks bright
Pose alum and general trans superstar Dominique Jackson just absolutely smashed it in her portrayal of Bloody Mary, and things are truly looking up for transness in horror.In what’s already one of the highest-rated episodes of Ryan Murphy‘s American Horror Stories, the actress gives a complex, twist-filled turn as the titular urban legend.Related: The cast of ‘They/Them’ sounds off on why queer people love horror so muchMost times this anthology series can fall more Goosebumps than Twilight Zone. The talents of Quvenzhané Wallis and a new writer/director pair made for a compelling watch, all brought home by Jackson’s commanding, nuanced presence.This isn’t a Ryan Murphy production’s first time at trans women in horror; Angelica Ross was a psych doctor (and, spoiler, crafty killer collaborator) in American Horror Story: 1984.As much as Ryan Murphy has put his weight behind growing queerness in horror in the past decade or so, he’s absolutely not the only one out here.Quei Tann recently starred in Peacock’s queer conversion camp slasher They/Them as Alexandra, a brave girl who gets forced into the boys’ cabin (one of the first villainous acts of the antagonists that helps make their demise that much more deserved).Sense8‘s Jamie Clayton is currently set to play the iconic Pinhead in the upcoming revamp of Hellraiser, and if her past performances are anything to go by, this will be one Pinhead we can be proud of.Basically, it seems like the days of Silence of the Lambs‘ Buffalo Bill being a prominent trans woman character in horror are behind us — and thank god.Here’s what the girls have to say about Ms. Jackson’s very scary Mary:Is anyone else as effortlessly iconic as Dominique Jackson onscreen? Living for her new role in
Gemma Collins evacuated from hotel at 5.30 in the morning after Big Night Out in Cardiff
supports HTML5 videoGemma Collins had a very early start after a big night out as she was evacuated from her hotel at 5.30am.The reality star and actress is currently on a tour of the UK with her stage show, The GC’s Big Night Out, and on Wednesday performed at St David’s Hall in Cardiff.After the show – which can go on until late at night – Gemma grabbed dinner with her crew before settling into bed to prepare for the following day’s show, which involved a long trip to Newcastle and an early start.Unfortunately for Gemma, she got an even earlier start than anticipated as a fire alarm in the hotel went off at the break of dawn and forced Gemma to evacuate.Former The Only Way Is Essex favourite Gemma took to Instagram stories in the early hours of Thursday morning where she shared a video of herself and security guard Sid Arora walking down the stairwell of the hotel, with a timestamp of 05.31.‘Guys, you couldn’t write it,’ Gemma sighs in the video. ‘It’s half five in the morning.‘After my performance last night, went out for a bit of dinner, come home, got woken up this morning by a fire alarm.’She assured fans that they had ‘the all-clear’ and weren’t in any danger, joking: ‘it’s just a day in the life’.The TV favourite added: ‘I’m really pleased that everyone is okay and it is a false alarm.’Minutes later, Gemma then shared a snap of security guard and pal Sid in what looked to be the lobby of the hotel, as she enjoyed a pot of tea that had been set in front of her.A second video sees a tired Gemma drinking from her cup of tea, looking wrecked, as she explains the situation further.‘It was a false alarm, thank goodness,’ she clarifies.