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Heartstopper’s Yasmin Finney calls out transphobia following ignorant remarks at restaurant
Heartstopper star Yasmin Finney has called out transphobic comments after strangers made ignorant, unsolicited remarks towards her at a restaurant.Netflix fans have taken the actress to their hearts over recent weeks after her portrayal of Elle Argent in the new coming-of-age series.Heartstopper tells the story of Charlie Spring (Joe Locke) and Nick Nelson (Kit Connor) who start off as form buddies in an all-boys grammar school, but quickly fall for one another and embark on a secret relationship.The series has been highly praised for its revolutionary LGBTQ+ storytelling, with countless fans even feeling inspired to come out to their own families as a result of the show’s hopeful queer representation.Elle plays one of Charlie’s best friends in the series, based on the graphic novels by Alice Oseman.She is trans and, at the start of the eight episodes, we see she’s moved from Truham Grammar School to Higgs School for Girls.âAre you a boy or a girlâ Today some women shouted this in front of all of her peers while I was about to leave a restaurantâ¦Erm Idk what do I look like to you? Yasmin has spoken openly about the importance of trans representation on-screen, expressing her disbelief at the streaming giant wanting to cast a Black trans girl to play the 17-year-old student in the first place.However, like much of the trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming communities, Yasmin has experienced transphobic comments while simply going about her life.Taking to Twitter to share a recent incident, she posted a stunning mirror selfie in which she wears a black cut-out dress, with her hair styled in a sleek bob and make-up looking extra glam.She wrote alongside the pic that a woman shouted
Heartstopper’s Joe Locke wants to play first gay Disney prince: ‘That would be a dream’
Heartstopper star Joe Locke dreams of playing the first gay Disney prince following the success of the coming-of-age Netflix series.The 18-year-old actor rose to worldwide fame, almost overnight, after Heartstopper landed on the streaming service two weeks ago.Joe plays Charlie Spring, a year 10 student at an all-boys grammar school who develops a crush on rugby lad Nick Nelson (Kit Connor), whom he sits next to during form.However, the crush quickly develops into something much more, with year 11 Nick also falling for Charlie while grappling with his own sexuality.The two boys embark on a secret romance, as Nick comes to terms with his own identity and battles confusion, and Charlie faces bullying from Nick’s friends.Heartstopper has been widely praised by viewers for its authentic LGBTQ+ storytelling, with countless fans feeling inspired to come out to their own families as a result.Older queer viewers have also praised Heartstopper for offering positive representation for LGBTQ+ youth, which they didn’t have growing up.The show rocketed up the Netflix charts following its release, and now it seems the sky is truly the limit for the cast, who are amassing millions of social media followers.Setting his sights high and keen to be a beacon of hope for other LGBTQ+ people, Joe (who is, amazingly, studying for his A-levels amid the Heartstopper chaos) wants to star in a Disney project, telling the Independent: ‘I would love to play the first gay Disney prince.’‘That would be a dream,’ he added.??? @Disney also hopes Heartstopper will be renewed for a second season (we’re waiting for the announcement too) and wants to pursue more projects that ‘mean something.’The actor – who scored his Heartstopper
Rylan Clark and Nick Grimshaw to help Channel 4 celebrate 50 years of UK Pride with TV specials and documentaries
Rylan Clark at the helm.The radio DJ and TV presenter will star in a Pride anniversary episode of Celebrity Gogglebox alongside other British LGBTQ+ personalities.Two documentaries commissioned to reflect on the last 50 years for the LGBTQ+ community will also air around the anniversary of the first UK Pride rally in London on July 1, 1972.One film, with the working title of 50 Years Of Pride, will explore the history of the movement in the UK through first-person testimonies and archive footage.Made in collaboration with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry and playwright Joe Robertson, it will hear from those who faced hostility and discrimination in the early years of the movement.The documentary will also feature people from the younger generations who have always had Pride celebrations as part of their life and identity.Another programme, provisionally titled April Ashley, will focus on one of the UK’s most prominent transgender women.Ashley, who died last year at the age of 86, was a model and dancer who received an MBE for services to equality and was involved in the landmark divorce trial Corbett v Corbett.The film will ‘take the audience inside the intimate reality of the transgender experience’ and explore how Ashley ‘paved the way for future generations of transgender people’, Channel 4 said.Another two-part documentary scheduled for later in the year will explore how pop star George Michael risked his career by speaking openly about his sexuality after being outed as gay.The piece, with a working title of Outed: George Michael And The Fight For Freedom, will feature other public figures whose sexuality was revealed by the media.Nick and his niece Liv, Rylan and his mother Linda, and comedian Paul Sinha
The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie Sells wants to bring Everybody’s Talking About Jamie to schools: ‘We’d never seen a young gay, effeminate boy the hero’
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has successfully taken over the West End and beyond – and now one of its creators wants to see the production being retold in schools.The Feeling singer Dan Gillespie Sells wrote and composed the music for the hit show, which was created by Tom MacRae and is based upon the true-life story of 16-year-old schoolboy Jamie Campbell, as he overcomes prejudice and bullying to step out of the darkness and become a drag queen. It has even been turned into a movie, keeping Dan very busy amid The Feeling’s hiatus, which began in 2016 and came to an end recently with the release of their new album Loss Hope Love. Reflecting on Jamie’s popularity on the theatre boards, Dan told ‘We’ve just been trying to keep up with its success, it’s kept us all so busy and we’ve loved it and are trying to look after the story and trying to make sure it doesn’t get pulled out of shape by producers, especially when there’s big executives from movie companies getting involved, you’re like, we need to look after this story because I don’t want it to become something it isn’t. ‘That’s our main job with Jamie is to look after him.’ Dan revealed that he, and other members of The Feeling who also contributed music, were drawn to Jamie’s story because they could ‘see ourselves in it’. ‘We’re three guys who went to regular state schools, come from working class backgrounds and basically were big dreamers at school,’ he explained. ‘We recognise ourselves in this character and could make him into our hero, which we’d never seen on-screen or stage before. ‘We’d never seen a young gay, really effeminate boy who was actually the hero of the story, so that was what drew us to making it.
It’s still incredibly hard to be a lesbian
This was before Section 28, which would have been pointless anyway - there was no need to ban ‘promotion of homosexuality to children’ because literally nobody promoted it, or at least nobody round my way.  There were no role models.  No lesbians in public life.  No mention of lesbians in school, in books, on TV.   Not a single lesbian in the family, and certainly no talking about lesbians in the family.  Nothing.  The knowledge that lesbians even existed sneaked up on me slowly in middle school, made up of a patchwork of stereotypes – pitiable spinsters, tomboys, predatory dykes.   Although I didn’t come out until my mid 20s, people were calling me a ‘f***ing lezzer’ on the playground at 11.  So I grew up fighting, mostly with words, sometimes with fists, because I instinctively knew the word ‘lesbian’ was so dangerous you couldn’t let it get attached to you.     Things have changed since then, of course. When I was younger, Lesbian Visibility Week – a whole week that celebrates my community – would have been unthinkable.   And there is a way of telling this story that can make it feel and sound like everything has improved.   Section 28 has come and gone: right now in schools across the UK children are being taught about LGBTQ+ lives, families and relationships.  There are lesbians in books, in TV, in music – in popular culture, the media and politics. We have rights our lesbian elders never had.
I adored Heartstopper, but it hurts to see the young queer love I could never have
Heartstopper launched just five days ago, following Nick Nelson and Charlie Spring, two school boys who fall in love, overcoming their shame, fear, and bullies, proudly coming to terms with their own sexualities and becoming able to hold hands in the school corridors like all their other classmates fortunate enough to find their first teenage romance.Already its impact on LGBTQ+ audiences has been extraordinary.Just hours after its release, one teenager said they’d used the moment Nick came out as bisexual to his mother (played by Olivia Colman) to come out to their own family.Others said the scene, which sees Nick’s proud mother reach out her hand and tell her shaking son that she loves him, was the inspiration they needed to follow Nick’s lead.And whoever you are, there will be something life-changing to take from Heartstopper.I know that I’ll likely be joined by most LGBTQ+ people old enough to remember queuing up to buy Baby One More Time in thinking; ‘If only I’d had Heartstopper when I was 15.’Adapted from the series of graphic novels by Alice Oseman, Heartstopper is a story that embraces queerness like no other; it’s hope that all of us will be loved, with a clear message that we shouldn’t have to wait until we’ve flown the nest and found wherever we feel safe until we find the person who will love us back.But it’s not just the story I wish I’d had growing up, it’s the story of a reality which, like so many others, was never going to be available to me as a queer kid who felt unable to come out. Before Nick, Charlie has a secret fling with a closeted bully who – despite lusting over Charlie – denies he’s queer.
Marvel fans reckon Thor could be gay in Thor: Love and Thunder after moment with Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord
supports HTML5 videoMarvel fans have been digging a particular moment in the newly released Thor: Love and Thunder trailer, wondering if it points to the God of Thunder exploring his sexuality.In the 90-second teaser trailer that dropped yesterday, offering audiences the first official look at the July blockbuster, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is shown giving Chris Pratt’s character of Star-Lord, aka Peter Quill, a lingering look that got many fans on Twitter hot under the collar about its meaning.In the light moment, set up by irreverent director Taika Waititi, back at the helm once more following 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is shown talking with Star-Lord as the rest of the Guardians of The Galaxy look on.Nebula (Karen Gillan), Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Groot (Vin Diesel) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) are all present and correct, following Thor’s decision to travel with them after giving up the throne of New Asgard in Avengers: Endgame.Giving him a pep talk as Thor looks to ‘choose his own path’, Star-Lord tells the hero: ‘Remember what I told you: If you ever feel lost, just look into the eyes of the people that you love.’It’s made clear that the Guardians’ leader is looking at his crew, slightly misty-eyed, as he delivers the line, but Thor moves his head to be in Star-Lord’s line of sight, as he smiles at him.‘Not me,’ the outlaw clarifies, as he clocks Thor’s expression.Thor then chuckles to himself and tries to brush it off, responding: ‘What? Just listening,’ before looking off into the distance. The awkwardly humorous exchange had fans delighting over the possibility of Thor being gay in the new movie, as they rushed to social media to share theories.Directly referencing Thor ‘gazing
Trailer for Netflix’s LGBT teen drama Heartstopper has fans in bits and ‘sobbing’ their eyes out
supports HTML5 videoNetflix has left fans in tears of joy after dropping the trailer for the hotly-anticipated new LGBT teen drama Heartstopper.The eight-episode series follows the blossoming love story between ‘gentle’ Charlie and ‘rugby-playing’ Nick in a British secondary school.The heartfelt drama will be a faithful adaptation of the series of graphic novels of the same name by Alice Osman, complete with Osman-style illustrations and animations.Included in these illustrations are little leaves, which Twitter users have now added to their names in support of the growing fandom.As their friendship blossoms into romance, Charlie and Nick, as well as their circle of friends, try and navigate the ‘ever-relatable journey of self-discovery and acceptance, supporting each other as they learn to find their most authentic selves,’ according to the show’s synopsis.Featuring Joe Locke as Charlie Spring and Kit Connor as Nick Nelson, the series is set to premiere on April 22.When Netflix dropped the teaser last month, fans were left in bits, sharing their overwhelming excitement ahead of the release, with one writing at the time: ‘I’m so excited I’m gonna sob’.Now, emotions have reached a new level as the trailer has dropped, with one fan writing: ‘My heart is literally over the moon with the Heartstopper trailer!!!’Another penned: ‘Glances, hand holding, the little things, everyone deserves to find love like that, especially young LGBTQ kids.
Downing Street protesters demand ban on conversion therapy for trans people
Boris Johnson of breaking promises following the controversial announcement, which came amid a series of U-turns on the issue and sparked widespread criticism.Now the PM’s own LGBT adviser has expressed his ‘dismay’ at the plan, which has led to the Government cancelling a landmark equality festival after various organisations pulled out.At the demonstration in Westminster this afternoon, protesters chanted ‘Shame on them (the government)’, ‘keep trans in the ban’ and ‘LGB with the T’, in reference to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans movement.There was also a similar protest in Belfast.Campaigner Peter Tatchell told the crowd that the only ban worth having is one that includes everyone.Standing outside Downing Street, Mr Tatchell said: ‘We were promised a total ban.To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video‘(Mr Johnson) has given us a half-baked ban, which we will never ever accept.‘The only ban worth having is a ban for everyone, including trans people.’He added that those who attended had sent a signal to the PM and the rest of the country.Pink, white and blue trans pride flags were out in force as demonstrators held signs saying ‘Pride is a protest’ and ‘Queerness doesn’t need a cure’.It comes after the Government has faced fierce criticism last week over promised legislation to outlaw conversion therapy, and its backtracking on commitments to include transgender people in the ban.At least 100 LGBT+ and HIV organisations pulled out of the UK’s first international conference on LGBT rights, Safe To Be Me, leading to its cancellation.Conversion therapy is a discredited practice attempting to change someone’s sexual orientation through physical,
Gentleman Jack’s Suranne Jones reveals playing ‘first modern lesbian’ has ‘changed people’s lives’: ‘There’s no other period drama like this’
Gentleman Jack star Suranne Jones revealed she was amazed to learn that her character in the BBC period drama was hailed as an LGBT icon.The 43-year-old actress stars as the intriguing landowner Anne Lister in the popular programme – which is based on the true story of real-life diarist Anne – who in the first series began a romance with another woman.Season one of the series ended with her and Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle) declaring their love for each other and running off to get married, but what trouble awaits them in the second chapter?Well, fans won’t have long to wait as series two makes its debut on the small screen tomorrow (April 10).Speaking about the show’s highly-anticipated return at the London launch, Suranne was overwhelmed that her starring role has made a powerful impact.‘The fact that it’s changed people’s lives is extraordinary,’ she said.‘I think when we first talked about what Sally’s Gentleman Jack was going to be, it was almost like a steampunk period drama.‘There’s no other period drama like this,’ she added.The upcoming eight-parter will pick up in Yorkshire in 1834, as all eyes turn to the happily married Anne and Ann, as they’re determined to combine their estates and make their mark as a power couple.Fans were treated to the official promo pictures in February this year, and the snaps show the Vigil star, actress Gemma Whelan (Marian Lister), and Lydia Leonard (Mariana Lawton) rocking the historical attire.57 new EastEnders spoiler pictures reveal Sam's major secret and attack outcomeEastEnders star Tanya Franks 'thrilled' by Rainie and Stuart pairing HIGNFY: Ian Hislop rips into Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak and calls for them to resignGemma Jones, Timothy West, Katherine Kelly, Derek Riddell,
Willow star Talisa Garcia becomes first openly trans actress cast by Disney in Lucasfilm project: ‘A dream come true’
Disney in a Lucasfilm production by joining Willow.The upcoming series will see Warwick Davis reprise his role as the titular character from the 1980s fantasy hit, becoming Lucafilm’s first non-Star Wars-related production in five years.The Falcon And The Winter Soldier star Erin Kellyman joined the cast as Jade, with The Serpent actor Ellie Bamber and Spider-Man: No Way Home’s Tony Revolori also in the line-up.Talisa, who previously starred in crime drama Baptiste with Tchéky Karyo, is said to have been cast as a Queen and mother to Tony’s character, who joins in the quest to help the princess rescue her twin brother.She celebrated becoming the first openly trans actor to join a Lucasfilm project with a statement on Instagram, saying that she would spend ‘hours living in a fantasy world’ when she was ‘in so much pain from growing up in the wrong body’.‘I feel so blessed and honored to be part of the Willow family; this is quite literally the definition of “a dream come true”,’ she wrote.‘When I was at school I used to drive my teachers crazy, they were always trying to get me to concentrate in class and stop looking out the window daydreaming. It must have been so frustrating for them but there was a reason I was unfocussed.’Talisa recalled how she would imagine being a princess or a queen ‘in a magical Disney production’, but she ‘would never had dared to tell anyone of these ideas back then as they seemed so impossible’.‘Here I am, all these years later, an actual queen in a magical Lucasfilm & Disney production.
First openly trans MP accuses government of ‘breaking promise’ to LGBT people
ban on conversion therapy.Jamie Wallis, Conservative MP for Bridgend, came out in defence of trans rights this week, accusing Boris Johnson of ‘breaking his promise’ to LGBT+ people.The Welsh Backbencher was praised for his bravery last week after he revealed he is trans in a highly personal statement on Twitter. Following theTory U-turn on the conversion therapy ban, he said it is ‘wrong to exclude protections for a whole group of people’ from an ‘abhorrent’ practice.‘I hope the announcement that a separate piece of work will now be done on this issue will be done at speed,’ Mr Wallis added.‘If the CT (conversion therapy) ban passes through Parliament without any protections for the transgender community, it cannot be described as anything other than a broken promise.’His comments come as more than 100 charities, including Stonewall, plan to boycott the government’s first global LGBT+ conference over its stance on conversion therapy.It is now unclear if the ‘Safe To Be Me: Global Equality Conference’ in London will go ahead after the LGBT+ and HIV charities, along with major sponsors, pulled out just three months before the event.A government spokesperson said it was ‘disappointing’ to see partners quit the conference, which was set to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first ever London Pride march.They added officials are still ‘considering how to proceed’.In a statement on Twitter yesterday, Stonewall said it will only participate if the prime minister reverts to his promise for a trans-inclusive ban on conversion therapy.‘This is a decision we take with a heavy heart,’ it said.
ICYMI: Energy bills, the Queen and Ukraine – the week’s five biggest stories
that Oscars moment, how can anything else have possibly happened? Maybe you decided to take a break from the news, or perhaps there was just too much to keep up with.Well, fear not, it’s the team here again to ease you into the weekend and give you a rundown of all you need to know about this week’s news.Life just got a lot harder for thousands of people.The cost of living crisis is a phrase you’ve probably noticed being mentioned a lot in the news over the past couple of months.Hear it enough and it starts to become one of those abstract terms which politicians and media outlets seem to use a lot.But in real terms, it means the average person is paying a lot more for basic everyday products and services – all while the taxman takes a bigger slice of their wages.Yesterday, a hike in energy prices, an increase in National Insurance, council tax and other bills such as subscription services all came into force.The jump in household bills is the biggest in living memory and has seen costs rocket by 54% to just under £2,000 a year.The energy price cap for those on default tariffs who pay by direct debit rose by £693 from £1,277 to £1,971 yesterday.While prepayment customers saw an even bigger jump, with their price cap going up by £708, from £1,309 to £2,017.Ahead of the rise, a number of energy suppliers’ websites crashed as people tried to submit metre readings to show exactly how much energy they had used ahead of the hike.To add insult to injury the hikes have coincided with a drop in temperatures which means many will be forced to make tough decisions over whether or not to heat their homes.TLDR: Yesterday the long-feared hike in energy prices, National Insurance and Council Tax all came into force.