Hayley Kiyoko confirms her relationship with “Bachelor” star Becca Tilley, Max Zero came out on Pansexual Visibility Day, and Barbie creates a doll in honor of trans actress Laverne Cox.
Disney Star Confirms Relationship with ‘Bachelor’ Star
In Hayley Kiyoko’s latest music video, the former Disney star and singer confirmed her relationship with “Bachelor” star Becca Tilley.
Tilley was the runner-up on “The Bachelor” in 2015 and when she came back the next year came in 5th place. To honor this, the music video mocks the show with Kiyoko being the “bachelorette” and Tilley being the winning contestant.
While the primary purpose of the video was to make their relationship official, it also called for wider representation in the “Bachelor” franchise.
"Not to get too deep, but with so many anti-LGBTQ+ bills being passed right now, it's very challenging to feel hopeful for our community," Kiyoko said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "And so I wanted to create this for my fans, being able to watch this video, seeing people that look like them, thriving, being their true, authentic selves. And knowing that legislation trying to take that away from us is not going to take away our existence, our worth, our truth and the ability to find love."
Pro Wrestler Comes Out on Pansexual Visibility Day
Max Zero. Photo via Twitter.
May 24 was Pansexual Visibility Day and to celebrate, independent pro wrestler Max Zero came out as pansexual.
Zero took to Twitter saying, “I’ve done a lot in my life, this is the scariest. I was gonna make like a fun himbo thing out of this but I just can’t emotionally bring myself to do it … I’m pan. Love y’all.”
Zero made his wrestling debut in 2019 and has quickly become a fan favorite. Zero appears regularly for Wrestler’s Laboratory, Industrial World Wrestling, Paradigm Pro Wrestling and Invictus Pro Wrestling. Most recently, he challenged MV Young for the Wrestlers Laboratory championship.
His coming out tweet was met with support and congratulations from his fans.
Laverne Cox Honored as First Trans Barbie
Photo courtesy of Mattel.
Trans actress and activist Laverne Cox broke barriers as she was added to Mattel’s Tribute Collection of Barbie Dolls.
“I can’t wait for fans to find my doll on shelves and have the opportunity to add a Barbie doll modeled after a transgender person to their collection,” she said in a statement.
Cox has been on the frontlines of protest against the recent anti-trans legislation and said that she hopes this Barbie doll can show kids that “there’s hope and possibility for them to be themselves.”
Along with honoring the “Orange is the New Black” actress in Barbie form, the toy company is donating to charity TransFamilySOS in Cox’s name.
The doll is now available at Mattel’s website, Walmart, and Target.