This week read about Sister Sister receiving hateful messages online, rumors of a member of Spice Girls being a lesbian, and a gay male finding his true self by managing a women's basketball team.
Sister Sister’s Online Hate
“Drag Race UK” star Sister Sister, whose real name is Philip Doran, faces a flood of hateful online comments, due to her effort on the show.
Pink News said Sister Sister has addressed the comments on her Twitter saying, “I won’t lie, the last few days have been very tough. Some of the hate I have had to read about myself has been shocking and incredibly painful. I want to thank everyone who has sent love and support, it means the world to me right now.”
In response to help a fellow member, other “Drag Race UK” stars came to the rescue to help a friend in need. Such as season one star Cheryl Hole and even the legendary Baga Chipz chimed in to offer her support.
Fans of the show seem to show no mercy towards the contestants. Fellow member of the show A’Whora received death threats on social media weeks before Sister Sister’s hateful messages, according to Pink News.
A’Whora said, “My message is simple: if you have something to say then you should be able to own it and say it to their face, if not then shut up and put up, learn from your words and be open to making mistakes.”
Mel C Was a Wannabe Lesbian?
Mel C. Photo via Facebook.
During Mel C’s early years, many fans thought that she was a lesbian. Sporty Spice, who everyone came to know and love, is even an avid ally of the LGBT community, giving her support and doing a lot of work with the community.
“I have friends who have only got to know me later on and they’re like, ‘There was no question in my mind that you were a lesbian,’” Mel C said to Pink News.
Mel C has been in a relationship with “Joe Marshall for six years,” according to Pink News.
“I work a lot with the LGBTQ+ community and I very much feel a part of that community, even though I don’t fit into any of those labels. But, I really don’t mind being called a lesbian. There have been times in my life where I’ve thought, ‘I wish I was a lesbian,’” she said to Pink News.
Mel C says that her work with the LGBT community has taught her to expand her mind and look beyond someone's gender.
“The great thing I learned working with non-binary people is to see people as people and not as a gender, which is really hard because we’re conditioned. When you first look at someone, you think, ‘There’s a tall white guy or short Black girl,’ or whatever. Take away the gender, and we all want the same things, don’t we?” Mel C told Pink News.
A Home for Everyone
Kevin DeMille. Photo via @kdemillionaire, Twitter.
When Kevin DeMille became the team manager for the UConn women's basketball team, he was able to find his true self, and be welcomed with open arms.
Stefanie Dolson was figuring out who she was sexually and needed the help of her team, according to OutSports.
In comes DeMille, Out Sports said, “He was hesitant about overshadowing the players, but those anxieties dissipated when they welcomed him with open arms.”
Fast forward 10 years later, DeMille is now a staff member at George Washington University and is an inspiring face and figure in the basketball community.
“Women’s basketball is more communal than the men’s game at the college level, and certainly more accepting and more open, but it’s pioneered by the athletes that were always the hesitation for me. The players are the ones who drive all of this, and asking if there’s space for me in the women’s game. I just was fortunate to be around all of the right people, who made me realize it was OK to be who I was. In fact, to not be who I was would be a detriment to not just my own personal growth, but to my players,” DeMille told OutSports.
DeMille uses his stardom to help the LGBT community strengthen their voice.
His love for the game came from his mom, who happened to be an elite high school basketball coach Out Sports notes. DeMille's love for the game took off, and he never looked back.
DeMille told OutSports, “Me being authentically who I am — sharing about our boyfriend and life together — makes it clear to them that it’s OK to be vulnerable. Their vulnerability is accepted, celebrated and appreciated here. It’s only when we’re vulnerable that we can play better and get closer.”