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Ellen DeGeneres Fires Back At Eric Trump For ‘Deep State’ Tweet

Ellen DeGeneres made a rare foray into politics this week to take the president’s son down a notch.

During her show, DeGeneres took time out to responded to comments made by Eric Trump on Twitter.

“If you know me at all, you know I don’t pay attention to politics. But unfortunately, politics pay attention to me.”

The host was referring to her unexpected appearance in a recent tweet from Trump Jnr.

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Trump used the fact that Twitter suggested he follow her, along with former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, as evidence of the so-called “Deep State.”

Addressing Trump through her monologue, DeGeneres explained to her audience that the “Deep State” is supposed to be a secret group trying to “undermine” the president, she added, “which is ridiculous, because no one has undermined Donald Trump more than Donald Trump.”

“Eric, I just want to say I’m honored that you think I’m powerful enough to be part of a government conspiracy.”

However, she added that even if she wanted to be part of the mission, she is just too busy.

“I’ve got my gay agenda meetings on Mondays, on Wednesday Beyoncé and I host an Illuminati brunch, and then Portia and I on the weekends are desperately trying to have a baby.”

DeGeneres also had some more logical explanations for why Twitter suggested Eric Trump follow her, namely that both of his sisters, Ivanka and Tiffany Trump, already follow her on the platform.

 

Ann Coulter Says She’d Rather Blame Hurricane Harvey On Lesbian Mayor Than Climate Change

Right-wing media pundit, Ann Coulter took to Twitter this week to insinuate that “Houston electing a lesbian mayor” is a more likely explanation for Hurricane Harvey than climate change.

Yep, you read that right.

The mayor in question is Houston’s Annise Parker, one of the first openly gay mayors of a major U.S. city, who served from 2010-2016.

Coulter’s tweet came in response to an article by meteorologist and journalist Eric Holthaus, who argued that the powerful storm lashing Houston was evidence of the type of powerful that scientists believe could result from climate change. Mr Holthaus has extensively covered climate change.

Coulter has a long history of inflammatory statements that appear designed to stir outrage, and no stranger to making anti-gay claims.

She’s previously said that “gay marriage is not a civil right” and stated that sexually active gay men should “feel guilty about it.”

#DressLikeAWoman: Trump Causes Twitter Storm With Sexist Dress Code

News website Axios were informed by an anonymous source that women who work for the Trump campaign feel pressured to wear dresses. Mike Allen cited this claim in Axios newsletter.

According to the report, male employees “need to have a certain look”, but Trump didn’t really like the suit his press secretary, Sean Spicer, wore for his first briefing, and expects his male employees, according to the same source, to wear a tie, either a Trump one, or try to get away with Brooks Brothers and Armani.

Well, you can also get away if you’re Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon.

As we read in Allen’s citation, women who work for Trump are supposed to “look neat and orderly” even if they’re in jeans, even if they’re not in positions that are going to get much coverage or have to attend “glitzy events”.

Michael Allen refused to give further details when he was asked to this Friday.

But whether “dress like a woman” were Trump’s actual words to refer to him expecting more feminine attire by his female employees or not, it’s quite safe to assume that it very clearly characterizes his overall view when it comes to women and their reduction to their appearance.

After all, he does have a history of rating them on a scale from 1 to 10, of insulting women who criticized him based on their appearance, and of hurrying to get back to people who used arguments against his own appearance, like his hair or the size of his hands.

Everybody knows that he also happens to be an openly sexist bigot, working actively to ruin the lives of whoever is not a cis straight white Christian man, so yeah.

It makes much sense that uproar was caused on Twitter after the news for the White House dress code instructions became known, especially after 8 years of Barack and Michelle Obama establishing a more relaxed attitude towards the dress code that people in the White House were supposed to follow.

Twitter Users used the hashtag #dresslikeawoman to go a step further from the problematic character of narcissistic Trump directing extremely important real life issues based on appearance as if he’s still part of a glamorous reality show. Women on Twitter tried to question what it means to dress like a woman.

According to Maddie Soper (@misformaddie), a handy guide on how to #dresslikeawoman includes: “1. Identify as a woman” and “2. Get dressed”.

People posted pictures of accomplished women, such as astronauts, politicians in the parliament, pastors, judges, and Olympic champions, in the attire of their work.

Feminists from the navy or the army in camo suits, firefighters, surgeons and racecar drivers, all in their according suits, flooded the internet, accompanied by sarcastic comments directing Trump’s sexist, demeaning behaviour towards women.

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As Erin Coulehan writes, even the mainstream, high fashion the rules of which Trump believes he leads his life by, considers such notions about women and their appearance outmoded.

I could gush about how it’s men’s fashion week in New York right now, and designers like Alejandro Gomez Palomo are challenging masculinity in sartorial form through androgynous genius to showcase the myriad facets of menswear to include looks distinctly feminine. I could discuss how forward-thinking it is the 24-year-old designer doesn’t really see the point in going along with gender binaries because that would be boring and it’s way more fulfilling to shake things up.”

Unfortunately, it is up to a man of priorities much more ridiculous and problematic than those that of my horny, paw-licking cat has at the moment, to govern the country that influences the entire planet more than any other. And I wish I could finish this article with a note of optimism, but I have no more left.

So the only thing I can remind myself and everyone reading this, is that we need to stand in absolute solidarity with all our sisters (and not just cisters) in the US, and take in mind not only their gender, but all different intersecting oppressions they might be facing through dark times.

Bella Thorne Says She Feels “Free” Since Coming Out As Bisexual

In August, the former Disney star, Bella Thorne shared a Snapchat video showing her playfully kissing another woman on the lips.

Almost immediately, fans started asking her about her sexuality on Twitter, and Thorne confirmed she was bisexual.

Since then, she has done her part to increase bisexual visibility by living open and honestly, and this past Bisexual Visibility Day shared a touching message of love and encouragement to her fans as about embracing your true self.

Happy Bisexual Visibility Day! My best friend Bella and I went camping and made life time memories. Not only today but all days we should celebrate acceptance of others. Be who you want to be and it will take you to being your happiest self! #bivisibilityday.”

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The actress shared many posts throughout the week to dispel myths about the bisexual experience ― like the idea those who identify as bi are “indecisive” or “confused.” She also encouraged her followers to “go kiss someone.”

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Thorne also took over Galore magazine’s Snapchat feed for the day, where she was seen sharing a couple quick pecks with her female friends and urging her fans to embrace their sexuality.

 

Bella Thorne Addresses The Misconception About Bisexuality

When fans questioned Bella Thorne’s sexuality after she posted Snapchats kissing her best friend Bella Pendergast back in August, she took the opportunity to bravely come out as bisexual (even though the two were just being friendly.)

Though the response to her coming out was overwhelmingly positive, she has continued to receive some comments from fans who are sceptical.

A Twitter user who goes by The Hornet tweeted at Thorne, asking how she really knows she’s bisexual if she hasn’t been sexually active with a female.

Thorne was quick to shut down the questioning by responding, “I didn’t say I hadn’t?”.

Thorne’s answer is a big reminder that we don’t have access to everyone’s personal lives, nor do we need it.

If someone identifies as bisexual, it’s no one’s place to ask if they’ve experienced same-sex sexual contact.

Also, having same-sex experience, or not having it, does not really say anything about someone’s identity.

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YouTube Star, Eva Gutowski Comes Out As Bisexual On Twitter

Eva Gutowski has come out to her fans on social media as bisexual.

The 22-year-old YouTube star, who ended her relationship with Alex Hayes just days ago, wrote the message on Twitter for her fans.

She admitted that she has felt open to loving anyone, no matter what, since she was 12 years old.

She also pleaded with her fans to be more open-minded and boundless when it comes to love, and to not be limited by society and what it deems to be “normal.”

It is great to see her be so open and honest with her viewers and followers about her sexuality. It is never easy to be so vulnerable in front of millions of people.

According To Science We’ve Got Too Many Facebook Friends

We’ve all got that one friend who always has more Twitter followers or Facebook friends than you, and always seem to get a zillion likes a day.

This can be annoying and always makes me feel socially inadequate. However, the latest studies show these amazing social butterflies probably don’t have more “real” friends than you do.

Researchers at the University of Oxford have determined how many Facebook friends you should have, and sadly most of us have to many.

According to Professor Robin Dunbar, an anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist at the University of Oxford, the mental capacity of human beings allows them to maintain social relationships with about 150 people.

He and a team of researchers surveyed over 3,300 people in a study questioning whether or not the Internet made it possible for humans to have functional relationships with more than 150 people.

They found the average male Facebook user had 145 friends compared to 166 for the average female user. This puts the average amount of friends for all users at 155, close to the same number of real friends Dunbar believes one can maintain.

He reportedly said,

This suggests that the constraints that limit the number of friends we can have in the everyday offline world also limit the number we have online. I suggest that this is because friendships ultimately require occasional face-to-face interaction if they are to be maintained over time.

Survey participants considered just 28% of their Facebook friends to be true friends and also claimed they would turn to only four in an emergency.

Those participants with significantly more than 155 Facebook friends confessed they too have only a small amount of truly close and dependable friends.

The findings imply real friendships cannot be maintained exclusively online.

Dunbar reportedly explained,

Social media certainly help to slow down the natural rate of decay in relationship quality that would set in once we cannot readily meet friends face-to-face. But no amount of social media will prevent a friend eventually becoming ‘just another acquaintance’ if you don’t meet face-to-face from time to time. There is something paramount about face-to-face interactions that is crucial for maintaining friendships.

This study was originally published in Royal Society Open Science.


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Ruby Rose Silences Twitter Hater

As Ruby Rose fame continues to grow, her critics are starting follow.

But the model-now-actress was able to quash one who questioned why she was famous.

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Rose responding sarcastically, joking that a ‘sex tape’ and ‘her parents’ were behind her ascent to stardom, adding for good measure that she had ‘invented the post-it’ too.

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Not too impressed, the Twitter user who posed the question replied to her comment: ‘Shut up.’

Ruby began her career as a model and DJ in Australia, but bust out big-time with her role as Stella Carlin in the Netflix hit Orange Is The New Black.

She has since cemented her place in the Hollywood, and can count supermodels, pop stars and a-listers as her pals.

Anna Paquin Shuts Down Body Shamers On Twitter Wonderfully

Everyone’s favourite bisexual actress, Anna Paquin, known for playing Rogue and Sookie, took to the red carpet and tweeted this picture of herself wearing a flowing black dress with a floral pattern for the premiere of her new Pixar movie, The Good Dinosaur.

Then, the haters emerged.

Apparently, wearing a flowing dress, means people can start calling you fat and asking if you’re pregnant – you know, because she wasn’t wearing a skin-tight dress to the premiere of a children’s movie.

People also didn’t like that Paquin stopped dyeing her hair blonde and tanning for True Blood.

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and her typo…

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But the haters were soon quashed, as Paquin fans assembled in loving support…

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Out Writer Jack Monroe Finally Puts Katie Hopkins in her Place

Hurrah to LGBT poverty campaigner Jack Monroe, for finally putting ‘professional provocateur’ Katie Hopkins in her place.

For those of you who may not know Jack Monroe – her blog about living in poverty won her legions of fans, who devoured both her cheap recipes and her candid online diary. In the past year she has won a cookbook deal with Penguin and now writes a column in the Guardian.

Yesterday on Twitter, Hopkins confused Monroe with fellow Guardian columnist Laurie Penny.

Penny made the headlines this month after appearing to defend the vandalism of a Second World War memorial, which was daubed with the words “Fuck tory scum”.

Hopkins tweeted: “Scrawled on any memorials lately? Vandalised the memory of those who fought for your freedom? Grandma got any more medals?”

However, instead of directing her taunt at Penny, she mistakenly sent it to out columnist Monroe.

Monroe took deep offence to comments, and quickly tweeted back: “I have NEVER ‘scrawled on a memorial’. Brother in the RAF. Dad was a Para in the Falklands. You’re a piece of shit.”

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asked Hopkins to delete the tweet, alluding to legal action and then subsequent messages requesting a public apology and a £5,000 donation to a migrant rescue mission

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Hopkins finally complied with her first request – deleting the tweet, but unable to resist a further dig, asking: “Can someone explain to me – in 10 words or less – the difference between irritant @PennyRed (Laurie Penny) and social anthrax @MsJackMonroe?”

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A presumably smarting Hopkins then took the step of blocking Monroe entirely – prompting the chef to remark:

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Monroe then commented upon Hopkins’s reference to “social anthrax” by recalling her attendance at the BritLGBT Awards.

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Feminist Are Taking Back the Sexist Hashtag #HowToSpotAFeminist and it’s Glorious

#HowToSpotAFeminist might be trending on your Twitter feed right now, but not for the reason its most recent adopter intended.

On May 3, The Blaze talk-show host Doc Thompson called for tips on #HowtoSpotaFeminist on Twitter. Though the hashtag has been around for years, it took off when Thompson sent this tweet on Sunday:

Though plenty of users tweeted anti-feminist responses, the hashtag also inspired dozens of reactions from people defending feminism:

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Sue Perkins Quits Twitter After Death Threats Over Top Gear Rumours

Out TV presenter Sue Perkins has said she is taking a break from Twitter after she received threats over rumours that she would take over as host of Top Gear.

Tweeting this morning, Perkins said: “Guys, post the utterly fabricated story about me & Top Gear, my timeline has been full of blokes wishing me dead…” “This morning, someone suggested they’d like to see me burn to death,” she said in a separate message. She went on: “All of which goes to say that I am off Twitter for a bit. Love and peace x.”

Also read: Sue Perkins Responds to the Dinosaurs on Twitter Who Think a Gay Woman Shouldn’t Replace Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear

A number of fans tweeted their support for star including her girlfriend Anna Richardson also hit out at trolls, and asked people to tweet their support for Sue with a selfie:

Sue Perkins Responds to the Dinosaurs on Twitter Who Think a Gay Woman Shouldn’t Replace Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear

Out comic, Sue Perkins, is in the driving seat to take over presenting the driving show Top Gear – being made even odds among the bookmakers.

However, the fact she is lesbian, replacing the male presenter Jeremy Clarkson is causing some concern.

The BBC show is the most watched factual TV programme in the world, and it would be a huge step towards visual representation for LGBT people on television.

But there are those who don’t think Perkins, who also presents the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off – should take the driving seat.

Also read: Channel 4’s TV Presenter Anna Richardson Announces Her Relationship With Out Comedian Sue Perkins

Numerous tweets were sent to the TV star, accusing the BBC of ‘box-ticking’ and that she should ‘stay in the kitchen’.

Perkins, currently filming in Bengal, delivered the perfect response.

Just back from night shoot in Kolkata sewers to find my timeline busy with middle-aged man-trolls. General gist: Man do cars, woman do cake.

Anyway, whatever bullshit is blowing in the UK, I wish you all night night from steamy Bengal. Xx

In March this year, Jeremy Clarkson’s contract was not renewed following an internal BBC investigation. It was found he attacked Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon, splitting his lip and verbally abusing him.

The BBC has repeatedly had to defend Top Gear of accusations of homophobia, with in 2009 a gay couple claiming they had been denied tickets just because of their sexuality.

Clarkson has also referred to cars he doesn’t like as ‘ginger beer’, the rhyming slang for ‘queer’.

Food Writer & Great British Bake Off Favourite Ruby Tandoh Comes Out on Twitter

Runner-up to the BBC’s Great British Bake Off, and now food writer for The Guardian, Ruby Tandoh, has come out.

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She took to Twitter to tell her followers that she was out to her parents.

She linked to a video of Diana Ross’ ‘I’m Coming Out’, and said: ‘Me to my parents today. feeling lucky and joyful and f r e e. over and Out.’

‘& to all the bros who hate social media, who pit it against “real life”,’ she added. ‘i never would’ve had courage to be me w/out twitter’s queer queens.’

Tandoh made headlines back in 2013 when she competed on the BBC show, finishing runner-up.

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While she was loved for her cooking and dry wit, there was also gossip that she ‘made eyes’ at male judge Paul Hollywood.

In her coming out, she made a point to put those rumours firmly to rest.

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She did see the funny side though, retweeting this

New Advert For Domestic Abuse Puts ‘The Dress’ Debate To Good Use

Last week the world went crazy over the picture of a dress which some saw as white and gold, while others saw it in blue and black. Picture was shared millions of times online – opening a catalog of debates including gender, race and prejudices.

However, the South African branch of the Salvation Army has but the picture to good use; using #Dressgate to launch a powerful awareness campaign around domestic violence.

The organisation has produced a poster showing an image of a young woman, covered in cuts and bruises.

She’s also wearing ‘that dress’ – albeit the mythical white and gold version.

The message on the advert reads: ‘Why is it so hard to see black and blue?’

A caption adds: ‘The only illusion is if you think it was her choice. One in six women are victims of abuse. Stop abuse against women.’

Using the hashtag #StopAbuseAgainstWomen, the campaign hopes to piggyback off of the enormous virality of the white and gold/ blue and black argument.

Lady Gaga To Star In The Next Season Of American Horror Story

Great news – its been announced that Lady Gaga will star in the next season of American Horror Story.

The singer made the announcement in a black-and-white video on her Twitter page.

Gaga previously acting roles include the film Machete Kills, and 2014’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – but her stint on American Horror Story will be her first major TV acting role.

The series will be titled American horror Story: Hotel, and is set to air in October.

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Bisexual People Tell Their Stories at the iconic Stonewall Inn for #BiWeek

A video has been released  by GLAAD,  of bisexual people speaking outside the Stonewall Inn, to celebrate Bisexual Awareness Week.

The clip, features several people discussing their experiences of being bisexual and the challenges they face as a result.

One woman observes “[tweet_dis]A myth that I hear on a regular basis? No, this is not a transition. This is not a phase. I will never come out as ‘full lesbian’[/tweet_dis]”

Another says “Since I’m a woman, being with lesbians, often [the myth] is that I’m going to leave them for a man. That’s something I’ve dealy with my entire life, and that is not true.”

Ruth Hunt of UK charity Stonewall said on Tuesday:

“Our ground-breaking health research reveals that few bisexual people are open about their sexual orientation to healthcare professionals and many have had negative experiences of the NHS or healthcare providers.

At work we see that stereotypical assumptions and beliefs about bisexual people and their lives, from both straight and gay people, mean that they feel unable to access the very initiatives that are meant to support them.

In our 2014 Workplace Equality Index Staff Survey only 65% of bisexual people said they could bring their whole self to work, compared to 84% and 82% respectively for their gay and lesbian colleagues.”

Ruth Hunt, Stonewall UK

Organisations and individuals around the world celebrated Bi Visibility Day on Tuesday – an initiative created to celebrate bisexuality and diversity within the LGBT community.

Twitter Users’ Hilarious #BisexualFacts to Mark Bisexuality Visibility Week

For the second year in a row, Twitter has come up with a truely funny way to mark Bisexuality Visibility Week.

For this week, twitter users make up with hilarious (and fake) #BisexualFacts

Here are some of the best #BisexualFacts so far


 



 



 

JK Rowling Gives Advice to Antigay Harry Potter Twitter Follower Angry Over Dumbledore’s Sexuality

Twitter homophobes beware, never share your negative thoughts with JK Rowling.

When a former fan of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series vented disgust over revelation that Albus Dumbledore is gay, the writer took to Twitter to offer some alternate reading suggestions Saturday.

‘Once u revealed Dumbledore was homosexual I stopped being a fan. Nice how u blindsided us with that one. Enjoy your billion $,’

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The British author went for the gentle slice:

Brian Souter is a supporter of Scotland for Marriage, an anti-equality campaign group.

Her suggestion got retweeted multiple times, and the man who hated on a fictional character’s love life put his social media account on private.

 

 

 

15 Female LGBT Filmmakers You Should Follow On Twitter

15 Female LGBT Filmmakers You Should Follow On Twitter – Feel free to add your favourite LGBT filmmakers on Twitter in the comments below, we’ll consider adding them to updated editions of this article.


@DesiMakesMovies@DesiMakesMovies – The tall, attractive, very funny Desiree Akhavan hit Sundance and OutFest this year with her first feature film, the comedy “Appropriate Behavior,” and has joined Lena Dunham on the hit series “Girls”

 


@babbitjamie@babbitjamie – Jamie Babbit is a film director, producer and screenwriter. She directed the lesbian films ‘But I’m a Cheerleader’, ‘The Quiet’ and ‘Itty Bitty Titty Committee’.

 


@cdunye@cdunye – Cheryl Dunye is a film director, producer, screenwriter, editor and actress. She is a lesbian and her work often concerns themes of race, sexuality and gender, particularly issues relating to black lesbians.

 


@cathydebuono –  Cathy DeBuono is an American actress, who has started in lesbian feature films such as ‘Crazy Bitches’, ‘She4Me’, and web series ‘We Have to Stop Now’

 


@Soniasebastia@Soniasebastia –  Sonia Sebastián is a director and writer, known for De chica en chica (2015), Elisa Guzmán (2004) and Ladrido, and new lesbian feature film Girl Gets Girl the movie. 

 


@lisagornick@lisagornick – Lisa Gornick works with film, tv, drawing and performance. She is the writer/director of two award-winning art house comedy features ‘Do I Love You?’ and ‘Tick Tock Lullaby’. She also directs for TV including the award winning pickpocketing suspense drama Dip for Channel 4.


@francescagreg@francescagreg – Raised in Rome, Los Angeles and the English countryside, Francesca Gregorini brings a worldly, passionate and unique sensibility to her filmmaking. Her character-driven films – ‘The Truth About Emanuel’ and ‘Tanner Hall’ – are visceral and darkly humorous, stylistically bold, with undertones of the magical and surreal.


@alexkondracke@alexkondracke – Formerly a writer/producer on The L Word and Hung, Alex Kondracke has gone on to director of the movie ‘Girltrash: All Night Long’ and is currently working on a project with Annapurna Pictures.

 


@RobinsonAngela@RobinsonAngelaAngela Robinson is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer who is work includes making movie D.E.B.S., directoring episodes of the L word and True Blood.

 


@JennieLivingsto

@JennieLivingsto – Jennie Livingston is a film director best known for the 1990 documentary ‘Paris is Burning’. She is currently working on a new project ‘Earth Camp One’.

 


@StaciePasson@StaciePasson – Stacie Passon is a director and writer, known for lesbian movies ‘Concussion’.  She was award the Film Independent Spirit Awards in 2014.

 


@redrubes14@redrubes14 – Yoruba Richen is famed for documentary filmmaker, professor, ‘pontificator’ and ‘passionate adventurer’, who has directed and produced films in the U.S. and abroad including Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. Her latest film The ‘New Black’ premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June and went on to win Audience Awards at AFI Docs, Philly Q Fest and Frameline LGBT Film Festival as well as a special jury mention at Frameline.


@turnerguinevere

@turnerguinevere – Guinevere Turner is an actress and writer, known for American Psycho, Chasing Amy and Go Fish.

 


@kvpi

@kvpi – Christine Vachon – Christine Vachon was born in New York and is a producer, known for Boys Don’t Cry, One Hour Photo and Far from Heaven. She now runs New York-based production company Killer Films and is a champion of the indie film movement..


@laurenwolkstein@laurenwolkstein – Lauren Wolkstein was named one of the top twenty-five emerging filmmakers through The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Independent Filmmaker Project’s inaugural Emerging Visions program at the 2011 New York Film Festival. She famed for creating ‘Social Butterfly’, ‘The Strange Ones’, and ‘Cigarette Candy’.

 

Portia de Rossi to Join Scandal

Ellen DeGeneres, proudly announce to 29.8 million twitter followers that her wife Portia de Rossi, will feature in multiple episodes of the upcoming fourth season of ABC’s Scandal, which is on TV (in the US) September 25.

Degeneres tweets: “So annoying when people brag on twitter & that’s why I’m not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on ‘Scandal’. Oops.” 

The Portia will join the Scandal storyline after season 3 wrapped up on a cliffhanger, with Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) taking off with Jake (Scott Foley) and leaving behind a devastated Fitz (Tony Goldwyn).

 

Raven Symone Questioned about her Sexuality (again!)

Raven Symone is know for her many acting roles – playing the cute grand-child of Bill Cosby in the Cosby Show, ruling the Disney Channel airwaves with That’s so Raven and The Cheetah Girls. Then making her Broadway debut playing Deloris van Cartier in the musical Sister Act. She has also featured in films such as College Road Trip, The Princess Diaries 2, Dr. Dolittle and its sequel Dr. Dolittle 2 alongside Eddie Murphey.

But last August she made a stir, when she sent pro-gay marriage tweet from her twitter account.

Many thought the actress was coming out about her sexuality, when she tweeted, “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you.” The message was in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marrriage Act that prevented same-sex couples form tying the knot.

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Appearing last week on the daily talk show Just Keke, Symone was asked a long question by host Keke about the tweet, what it meant and what the feedback was. Keke wanted to know once and for all whether Raven was digitally waving her pride flag because she’s a lesbian or whether it was just a sign of solidarity.

“I’ll just say I love my LGBT community and I’m part of them for always… Girl, I sent it because people are raising stupid laws. Period.”

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More recently Raven made waves when she debuted a colorful new look on Instagram after she dyed her hair purple with highlights from all over the rainbow. She explained that her new look was met with a little coroporate opposition, but she wasn’t going to let business determine her self-expression.

‘You have to be confident in who you are no matter what your team, background noise or front-ground noise makes. You have to stay strong. … It’s hard because people want to continue the brand, continue the look that they created to, I’m being honest, they want continue that look that made them money for so long but sometimes it doesn’t always coincide with who you are as a person.’

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#AskMRod – Michelle Rodriguez is Answering Questions From Her Fans On YouTube

Yes you heard it right, Michelle Rodriguez is answering questions from her fans via Social Media. So if you want to get in touch using #AskMRod on Facebook or Twitter and she may respond to you via YouTube.


 

#AskMRod – Where would you like to be in five years?

Jessie J Renounces Bisexuality on Twitter

If you follow Jessie J on Twitter, then you probably caught her ranting in multiple tweets about the struggles of being a role model and how much she’s changed and grown up in recent years. Although it was hard to tell just what Jessie’s actual point was in the endless paragraphs she tweeted, the 26-year-old was actually referring to her sexuality and the criticism she’s received from some of her fans for not being a loud and proud bisexual any longer.

Maybe try not speaking in riddles and get straight to the point,” a fan wrote in response to Jessie’s ranting. “You may not need to justify yourself so much.

Jessie then replied: “I fancy/date/love men and only men. Is that “straight to the point” enough?

In other tweets, Jessie implied that her bisexuality was just a phase and she has grown out of, and that people shouldn’t hold it against her.

Jessie J first came out as bisexual back in 2011 back when anti-bullying, self-empowerment, and individuality was a huge trending theme in pop music.

“I’ve been with guys and I’ve been with girls. And I kind of think it’s about the person not the genitals.” – She told The Telegraph

“I’m not afraid to say I’m very comfortable with who I am and I love who I love.” – And More magazine

My mum and dad have known for years and were super cool.”- And Glamour

And during a gig at London’s G.A.Y. nightclub – “Jessie J is bisexual!” 

In recent months, Jessie J has drastically changed her image since her ‘bisexual’ days, from an array of wigs and catsuits, for more glamour attire. The new look hasn’t really caught on, and neither has her new album – Alive, which has only sold a fraction of what her debut did.

Coming out the closet as straight will probably put her back in the headlines for a minute or two, but when it comes to actually selling records and being a relevant pop diva, it looks like Jessie J is pretty much over.