Two LGBT scientists receive Nobel prizes, singer Hayley Kiyoko talks about the Respect for Marriage Act, and Kit Conner wins an Emmy award.
Lesbian, Bisexual Scientists Receive Nobel Prizes
The Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm included a lesbian and bisexual winner.
Svante Pääbo, a bisexual Swedish geneticist, received the prize in physiology or medicine for his discoveries concerning the genomes of extinct hominins and human evolution, according to the organization.
According to Science magazine, his work in sequencing the DNA of early beings “has offered insights into the genetic evolution of modern humans, including a better understanding of disease risks.”
In response to his win, he told the news magazine “Reporter,” “This can’t be true, I have not really digested it yet.”
Carolyn Bertozzi, a lesbian who’s a chemistry professor at Stanford University in California, won the Nobel Prize for chemistry alongside Morten Meldal, a professor at the University of Copenhagen, and Scripps Research professor.
Their prize was for the development of click chemistry and biorthogonal chemistry.
“Chemists are dreamers. We think up new molecules and bring them to life,” Bertozzi said at the ceremony.
According to the “Reporter,” there are fewer than a dozen known LGBT Nobel laureates.
Hayley Kiyoko Discusses Historic Signing of Respect for Marriage Act
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Singer Hayley Kiyoko attended the White House to celebrate the historic signing of the Respect for Marriage Act.
The bill was won by House Democrats 258-169 and was officially signed in by President Joe Biden.
“America takes a vital step toward equality, liberty and justice,” Biden declared as the bill was signed. “Not just for some, but for everyone.”
Kiyoko and her girlfriend Becca Tilley attended the event and later Kiyoko took to Instagram to share her feelings.
“I wish I could tell my younger self – a closeted biracial girl searching for acceptance – that one day I could live authentically and choose to legally marry whomever I love regardless of their race or sexual orientation,” she wrote in the caption.
The event featured other notable LGBT artists and public figures such as Sam Smith, Marti G Cummings and Cyndi Lauper.
‘Heartstopper’ Star Kit Connor Wins Emmy
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Recently out actor Kit Connor won his first Emmy for his role as Nick Nelson in Netflix’s romantic teen series “Heartstopper.”
Connor was not in attendance but co-stars Sebastian Croft and Will Gao accepted the Emmy on Connor’s behalf.
“Kit, wherever you are, um, hi!” said Croft.
“Kit has been so inspiring for us, and he really led the company of actors, and this is so well deserved, and I can’t wait to give this to him,” said Gao.
Connor, who is still on a break from Twitter, took to his Instagram story to acknowledge the win.
“Well, this is cool,” Connor wrote. “Thank you so much to everyone who watched the show.”
“Heartstopper” also won “Outstanding Young Teen Series,” “Outstanding Casting,” and “Outstanding Writing.”