Liliana Bakhtiari has come out as non-monogamous, Nikki Blonsky announces engagement, and Gigi Goode updates their gender marker on their ID.
Queer Lawmaker Comes Out as Non-monogamous
Atlanta City Council member Liliana Bakhtiari, the first queer Muslim to hold elected office in Georgia, has come out as non-monogamous.
This makes Bakhtiari the second Iranian-American on the council and just one of a few nonbinary elected officials nationwide.
They spoke openly about their 10-year relationship with partner Kris Brown and said they wanted to come out because they plan on starting a family.
Brown said, “This is the sort of thing that a political opponent or someone who has some ax to grind might pick up on and twist around and turn into something negative. We want to claim it upfront, and say this is the best thing about our life.”
NBC News reports that Bakhtiari may be the first elected person in the U.S. to come out as part of a non-monogamous relationship, according to the Victory Institute.
Nikki Blonsky Announces Engagement
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Nikki Blonsky, best known for her role in “Hairspray,” took to Instagram to announce that she is engaged.
“I’ve played plenty of characters in love in my life and it has been a blessing, but the greatest blessing in life is real love, true love and I am honored to finally feel unconditional love, and a love that is pure,” said Blonsky. “I have the honor, privilege and greatest joy of calling this incredible person my fiancé!”
Blonsky announced her relationship with Hailey Jo Jensen during pride month this year.
Jensen also shared the engagement photos writing, “Love is a state of Being. This is the moment, the reality and lifetime that I want to exist in. The one where I can experience life, while loving you.”
Gigi Goode Shares New ID With Updated Gender Marker
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 12 finalist Gigi Goode publicly opened up about being trans and nonbinary in August 2021. Now, they have taken another step in their journey and received a brand-new driver’s license with an updated legal name and gender marker.
According to the picture, they are now legally named Gigi Goode and have updated their gender marker to female. Goode shared the picture of the new driver’s license alongside a smiling face with tear emoji on Instagram.
Many former Drag Race contestants congratulated Goode including Kylie Sonique Love, Kerri Colby, Laganja Estranja, Bosco, Gottmik, Jinkx Monsoon, Daya Betty, Aquaria, Detox, Trinity The Tuck, Eureka O’Hara, Raja, Denali, Rosé, and Nina West.
Other celebrities who congratulated Goode were Karamo Brown, Arisce Wanzer, Miss Benny, Leland, King Princess, Quinn Whitney Wilson, and Todrick Hall.