This week read about the possibility of Lewis Freese becoming the first male model on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, JoJo Siwa embracing her sexuality after handling the backlash of coming out, and Lady Gaga's third album re-entering the charts.

Gender-fluid Model Becomes Finalist for Swimsuit Issue

Lewis Freese opened up to People Magazine recently about the possibility of becoming the first male on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Freese identifies as a male, but considers himself genderfluid. 

“I really don’t view myself as the first but as the next,” he said. “The next model to break a barrier, the next model to have these uncomfortable conversations, the next model to be unapologetically myself. I am so grateful to be a part of a group of finalists who all represent completely different messages, yet have the same goal: to further inclusivity.”

He was hesitant at first to apply for the casting call, but ultimately threw his name into the mix.

“My message is so much more about gender variety and how every person’s gender presents itself differently,” Freese said. “With those differences comes a need for acceptance so we can all inspire, encourage, and love each other regardless of how we identify.”

JoJo Siwa Speaks Out on Handling Backlash After Coming Out

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JoJo Siwa. Photo via Facebook.

When young pop sensation JoJo Siwa came out earlier this year, she received a plethora of different reactions from fans, parents, and even celebrities.

The mix of reactions didn’t stop Siwa from expressing her love for her girlfriend Kylie Prew on social media and now the star is opening up on the struggles she faced after coming out.

Siwa says that she googled herself after announcing her sexuality — and it was a big mistake.

"I never should have done that. I was thinking that all the comments were going to be nice and supportive, and they weren't," she said. "A lot of them were, 'I'm never buying your merch again. My daughter's never watching you again.' I couldn't sleep for three days."

Now, Siwa has embraced her sexuality fully and doesn’t let the hate affect her as much.

"My thing is, I don't want people to watch my videos or buy my merchandise if they aren't going to support not only me, but the LGBTQ community,” she said to People Magazine.

Lady Gaga’s Third Studio Album Re-Enters the Charts

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Lady Gaga. Photo via Facebook.

It’s not every day that an album released in 2013 resurfaces on the iTunes charts, let alone reach #1.

Lady Gaga fans recently petitioned to have Gaga release the B-side tracks from the album “ARTPOP.” In order to bring attention to the request, fans have brought the album back onto the charts seven and a half years after its initial release by tweeting under the hashtag #buyARTPOPoniTunes.

After watching her album skyrocket to #1 on the pop charts, Gaga tweeted to her fans expressing gratitude.

“The petition to #buyARTPOPoniTunes for a volume II has inspired such a tremendous warmth in my heart. Making this album was like heart surgery, I was desperate, in pain, and poured my heart into electronic music that slammed harder than any drug I could find,” she tweeted.

While Gaga did not say whether or not she plans on releasing an addition to the album, fans still hold onto hope that one day they will be able to listen to an extension of “ARTPOP.”


Each week ‘Beyond the G’ looks at news featuring the many letters of our LGBTQIA+ spectrum.


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