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Lesbian - Lesbian Recording Artist's Upcoming Music Video Challenges Religious Right
(EDGE) Lesbian recording artist Danielle LoPresti released her new music video, "Holy," which features herself, with real-life wife Alicia Champion and actress Anna Khaja, who is best known for her roles on "Quantico" and "Silicon Valley."
In the video, Champion, whom viewers might remember from this summer's pop/rock song and music video, "Bi," asks Khaja "If God came to you tomorrow and asked you to become a lesbian, would you? An insinuation to demonstrate that who you love is not a choice."
Previous teasers have unveiled real life families and couples, one of which is actor John Barrowman ("Arrow," "Torchwood") and husband Scott Gill, who are all seemingly debating equal acknowledgment of their sexuality and relationships with a palpable undertone of religion. Between the teasers and the song title it would seem LoPresti, who was raised Catholic, is challenging the theory that religion and being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender cannot co-exist.
The debate between LGBT equality and Religious Freedoms has been a forefront issue during the heated Presidential race. The stakes for the LGBT community couldn't be higher.
All of the teasers can be found on the official website HolyMusicVideo.com and on LoPresti's official YouTube channel. The song "Holy" is the leading favorite single on LoPresti's new, "House of D," available now on iTunes.
For more information, follow Danielle LoPresti on Twitter at @DLPandTheMasses and @OfficialDanielleLopresti on Instagram.
Transgender - GOP Sweep Heightens Anxiety for Many Transgender Americans
(AP) Anxiety is high among many transgender Americans after the sweeping Republican election victory. They fear stronger resistance to their push for civil-rights protections, including broader access to public restrooms, and wonder if their newly won right to serve openly in the military is in jeopardy.
Transgender people "are concerned for their safety, survival and legal rights in the coming years," said Chase Strangio, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union who often works on transgender issues.
Among the specific concerns:
- Many transgender people expect that Republican President-elect Donald Trump's administration will abandon or weaken the efforts by President Barack Obama's administration to enable transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice at public schools. Republican officials in numerous states have opposed that campaign, saying schools should not be required to let such students use bathrooms or locker rooms based on their gender identity.
- There are fears that more GOP-governed states will approve legislation limiting transgender rights and will reject proposals to expand such rights.
- There's uncertainty about the Pentagon's recently adopted policy of allowing transgender people to serve openly in the military. Some conservative groups, including the Family Research Council and the Center for Military Readiness, have suggested a reversal of the policy. So has GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee.
Queer - Anti-LGBT Protesters Picket Queer Punk Band in Miss.
(EDGE) A group of Christian anti-LGBT protesters, holding signs with Bible verses and gay slurs, picketed outside a concert in Jackson, Miss. for the queer punk band PWR BTTM, Pitchfork reports.
The duo, from New York, documented the protest on social media. The musicians, Ben Hopkins and Liv Bruce, said they were eating dinner before their show at Big Sleepy's when they noticed the disgruntled protesters.
In a statement to Spin magazine, the band said they, "saw four men with giant signs walking up to [their] show. They posted up outside and proceeded to yell homophobic stuff at the crowd the entire night." PWR BTTM then decided it was best if they "moved the entrance to the show to the back of the venue and blocked off the windows at the front. It was a freaky ass night, but the local police helped us keep things safe."
"They were like baiting us to hit them, they wanted to be able to sue us," Hopkins told Spin. "We haven't ever received threats, but I have a feeling this isn't the last time this will happen. It won't deter us, nothing will."
PWR BTTM also posted pictures and video from the picket.