Queer Eye is Back!

I loved watching this show. ‘The L Word,’ not so much. Go figure. Anyway, Netflix is rebooting the show with a new Fab Five.

“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” is back!

The reality TV series, which ran from 2003 from 2007, returns in a hotly anticipated “reimagining” early next year. Netflix released the first photo of the new Fab Five last week ahead of the show’s February 2018 premiere.

The men leading the makeovers are: Antoni Porowski (food & wine), Bobby Berk (interior design), Karamo Brown (culture), Jonathan Van Ness (grooming) and Tan France (fashion).

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This is Me

I know there are plenty of people out there in the world who just love musicals – as I do. I love old and new. Every now and then one comes along with a message that seems to speak to one particular group of individuals and I strongly feel that the movie musical The Greatest Showman (Dec. 20th) does just that. It takes inspiration from the life of P. T. Barnum, one of the early pioneers of circuses in the 1800s. In reality, Barnum began his journey as a circus owner, late in life, probably fifties or sixties, but he did reach out to people who looked different from “normal” society: the midget, the bearded lady, the Siamese twins, and gave them a real place in the world. Today, I have found most of the soundtrack released on YouTube by Atlantic Records. If you’re a musical buff, the songs were written by Paul & Pasek of La La Land fame and, in fact, were working on the songs for this film before La La Land.

One of the songs that’s stuck out to me is one that is typically played during the first trailer that was released, This is Me. It is performed by Keala Settle who plays the Bearded Lady. These are some of the lyrics to that beautiful song that speak to me:

When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am proof
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me

The Not-So-Secret Plan to End Gay Marriage

I’m sorry. The original story called it a secret plan, but if they wrote about it for millions to read, it’s secret no more.

Two notorious TV hosts have a secret plan to end equal marriage, and apparently it’s hiding inside their closet.

Twin brothers David and Jason Benham became famous among evangelicals in 2014 when their house-flipping TV reality show was cancelled over their anti-gay activism.

The pair, hosts of HGTV series Flip It Forward, were axed after TV execs were made aware that they had long records of religious anti-LGBT activism.

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A Netflix Doc Has Ignited Debate Over LGBT History

On Friday, David France’s award-winning film, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, began streaming on Netflix. It is a stirring piece of art that explores the controversial death of Johnson, a black woman who was an icon of transgender rights in the United States. Her attitude toward the cultural conservatism of the time was captured by her self-chosen middle initial, P, which she said stood for “pay it no mind.” She is rumored to have been among the first to confront police during the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969, she co-founded one of the first grassroots groups to provide do-it-yourself social services to transgender women in New York City’s West Village, and she remained a staple of the LGBT-rights movement until her body was discovered floating in the Hudson River on July 6, 1992. France’s film tells the story of those left to grapple with her death and carry on her legacy.

Cartoons

Full disclosure: I love cartoons and animated movies.

One of my favorite cartoons is on Nickelodeon. It’s called The Loud House. It’s about a family of eleven children: one boy and ten sisters. All of the characters have L first names with their surname being Loud. It seems to have slipped under the radar of homophobes, though. The little boy who is the focus of the show – Lincoln Loud – has a best friend called Clyde. Clyde has two fathers. Not only that, they are a bi-racial couple. How awesome is that? What has prompted this post, though, is that on an episode I just watched, wherein all the kids think that they have a secret admirer who has been leaving notes, based on the clues, they narrow it down to Lincoln’s older sister Luna Loud. Throughout the episode she insists that Sam couldn’t be the one leaving the notes, but they all conclude that Luna is the recipient of the notes from Sam. By the end of the episode, however, the kids learn that it was their mother leaving secret admirer notes for their father, which makes them each become proactive in sending secret admirer messages to their crushes. Luna is the final Loud to leave her note and she slips her note into Sam’s locker before splitting. A trio of kids walks down the school hall, one of who is Sam. Turns out that Sam is a girl and the last image we see is Luna smiling as she watched Sam read her note. I thought that was soooo sweet. Seeing that made me love this cartoon even more! ❤

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The Loud Family children (Luna is the rockstar on the left in purple)

Follow up: Actor’s Missing Daughter Found

In a follow-up post to one from last week regarding actor Donal Logue’s missing trans daughter, I can now share this story:

Jade has been found.

The transgender daughter of Gotham star Donal Logue is “is now safely back home with her family,” a representative told Us Weekly. “Donal is incredibly thankful for everyone’s support, and especially to the NYPD, FBI and Team Adam NCMEC for her safe return.”

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Actor Pleas for the Safe Return of His Trans Daughter

I hope she is found safe and that no harm has come to her. 😦 However, this Open Season environment we now live in thanks to the current man who claims to be president, I doubt this will have a happy ending.

Actor Donal Logue, star of the Fox series Gotham, has sent out several heartfelt pleas for the safe return of his 16-year-old daughter Jade Logue, who is transgender, and who’s been missing since Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

On Tuesday, Logue reportedly tweeted that Jade was last seen at 2 p.m. in the Barclays Center/Fort Greene area of Brooklyn. The tweet, which for some reason has since been deleted, also included a description of her and of what she was wearing at the time of her disappearance, according to THR. But the actor, who’s also starred in Law and Order: SVU, ER, and Sons of Anarchy, has reached out to his daughter and/or whoever may have her several times on Twitter and on Facebook since.

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