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Pole Dancers Condemn Buttigieg For Canceling Event at Gay Club Over Stripper Pole

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg may want to get his supporters to the polls, but his refusal to bring them to a pole is drawing the ire of some in the LGBT community.

The former South Bend, Ind., mayor’s campaign canceled a fundraiser at Dark Lady, a gay Rhode Island nightclub, following a dispute over the presence of a stripper pole, according to the venue.

Dark Lady’s manager told WPRI that campaign staffers asked the club to remove the pole before the event. When the club refused, staffers canceled the fundraiser. “We guess this is what the gay candidate does to the gay community! #downonthepoles #dancersforanyoneelse,” the owners complained on Facebook. “We’re open, we’re here, we’re queer, get over it!”

The Buttigieg campaign’s cancellation angered pole dancers including Steven Retchless, an America’s Got Talent semi-finalist and the 2010 American Pole Fitness Champion.

“The pole stigma is associated with sex work, but sex workers whether they’re on a pole or not are humans, too, and shouldn’t be discriminated against for providing a service as old as time,” Retchless told the Washington Blade. “Get over it and support the whole gay community.”

Philip Deal, founder of Mr. Pole Dance America, told the LGBT publication that Buttigieg’s decision was “shameful.”

“This points to a bigger issue in the LGBT community which is young gay people don’t know our history and that’s a serious problem. LGBTQ people died for the right to walk into a bar, dance, and hold hands with their lovers without having to fear police brutality,” Deal said. “If Pete Buttigieg does not want to embrace our glorious gay culture, he doesn’t need the gay vote.”

The Rhode Island fundraiser was supposed to feature an appearance from Buttigieg’s husband, Chasten. The openly gay candidate disputed the idea that he was insensitive to “inclusive spaces.”

“Our commitment to LGBTQ+ spaces is strong and we always strive to hold events in inclusive spaces,” the Buttigieg campaign said in a statement. “Pete and Chasten know first-hand how important it is for members of the LGBTQ+ community to have a safe space to gather and our campaign would never do anything to intentionally disrespect such a space.”

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Miss USA Gets First Openly Bisexual Contestant In 60 Years — Meet Miss Utah Rachel Slawson!

Big LGBTQ congrats are in order for Rachel Slawson, as the recent Miss Utah winner is now the first openly bisexual contestant to compete for the title of Miss USA in over 60 years!

The Park City native was crowned Miss Utah earlier this week, at the end of a competition that took place at the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City. She will now represent Utah while competing for the crown of Miss USA later this year — and the organization couldn’t be happier to welcome her!

Insiders told The Blast the org is “extremely proud” to have someone in their ranks who represents the LGBTQ+ community, and who is a strong advocate for mental health.

After being crowned as Miss Utah, Rachel got candid about her own mental health battles in a gut-wrenching Instagram post. In it, she explained she attempted suicide after losing the same competition years ago, before being hospitalized several times and ultimately being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.

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She wrote:

“Let’s just get straight to the point: The last time I tried to end my life I was 19 years old, and it was the night I lost Miss Utah USA. ‘Why wasn’t I enough?’ This is my 7th pageant, my 5th time competing at Miss Utah USA, and tonight I finally experienced hands down the biggest dream of my life… After a few trips to the psych ward, being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (the reason I had such an extreme reaction to losing a pageant) and finally coming to terms with who I am as a queer woman. And the only difference between tonight and the night I left broken-hearted wishing I wasn’t alive, is that I knew I was enough before I arrived. I am so grateful for this crown. And I promise to do right by Utah and spend this year sharing my truth.”

Yas, Miss!!

By sharing her truth, Rachel plans on shedding more light on still-taboo subjects like sexuality and mental illness and hopefully making a difference in someone’s life.

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She continued:

“But if I’m being honest with you, this crown is a new job, not an answer to the question I spent the last 9 years asking. ‘Why am I even here?’ I am why. If you are in crisis, please text TALK to 741741, and remember you are always worthy of help, and you are worthy of your biggest dream.”

AH-Mazing! We’re sure many wonderful things are in store for this brave, bisexual beauty!

[Image via Instagram]

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WA Dems Pushing Mandatory Sexual & Trans Curriculum for Kindergartners

Progressives have a habit of wanting to tell people how to live, and that includes telling them how to raise their children. Citizens of Washington state have told their government that they do not want their children, starting in kindergarten, to participate in “comprehensive sexual health education” but the state’s Democrats believe they know better,…

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Federal Bill Introduced to Preserve and Protect Female Sports

Florida Republican Rep. Greg Steube has introduced a bill which aims to ensure that women and girls sports remain a fair playing field by prohibiting the use of federal funds to support any athletic event where a biological male identifying as a woman attempts to compete against biological female athletes.

Gay Men’s Group Claims Facebook Shut Down Page After Dispute with Transgender ‘Dogmatists’

A gay men’s group is claiming that Facebook shut down its page after transgender activists repeatedly reported the group for its stance on gender and sexual orientation.

Dems Trying To Block Bill That Would Ban Sex-Change Operations for Children

Democrats are some in the media are bitterly protesting a bill that would ban several controversial therapies for children with gender dysphoria, including sex-change operations. According to TheBlaze, Florida state Rep. Anthony Sabatini, a Republican, introduced the Vulnerable Child Protection Act just before the deadline for new bills to be considered. The bill would ban…

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Multiple Media Outlets Smear TN Religious Liberty Bill as ‘Anti-LGBT’

When does the act of refusing to compromise the tenets of your religion become “anti-LGBT”? And when does passing a law that protects organizations that refuse to compromise those tenets become homophobic? Those, to Washington Examiner opinion columnist T. Becket Adams, are the questions we ought to be asking when considering how Tennessee’s religious freedom…

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Judge Smacks Down Transgender Pronouns, Says They’re a Courtesy, Not a Right for People Before the Court

You can get yourself into an awful lot of trouble these days for the mere act of living in reality. Such is the case of Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Duncan is a Trump appointee, one who was savaged by the left during his…

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Broadcaster Apologises for ‘Jesus is a F****t’ Song – to LGBT Community

French radio broadcaster France Inter has apologised to the country’s LGBT community following the airing of a song with the title “Jesus is a F****t” which was broadcast last Friday.

Berlin: Transwoman Gets Into Brawl After Assaulting Hijab-Wearing Woman

A video showing a transwoman attacking a woman wearing a hijab in Berlin has gone viral with claims that the attacker also comes from a migrant background.

Christian School Allegedly Expels Teen Over A ‘Gay’ Rainbow Shirt & Birthday Cake

Homophobes’ war on cake is getting more ludicrous by the day.

According to The Courier Journal, a Christian school in Louisville, Kentucky expelled a student last week after school officials allegedly discovered the teen had celebrated her birthday with a rainbow-themed cake. Yes, seriously.

Kimberly Alford told the news outlet that her 15-year-old daughter (above) was a freshman at Whitefield Academy, a private school serving students in preschool through 12th grade, until January 6, when she received an email explaining her daughter was being kicked out “immediately due to a post on social media.”

The post in question apparently featured a photo that Alford posted to her Facebook page in late December showing her daughter celebrating her birthday at a Texas Roadhouse restaurant.  In the pic, the teen was wearing a sweater featuring a (gasp!) rainbow design and, even more blasphemously, sitting in front of a colorful, rainbow-themed cake.

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Alford said a concerned school affiliate shared the Facebook photo with Whitefield Academy officials. In response, Head of School Bruce Jacobson told the mother that the image of her daughter celebrating her birthday “demonstrates a posture of morality and cultural acceptance contrary to that of Whitefield Academy’s beliefs,” and follows two years of “lifestyle violations.”

As many of our readers will know, the rainbow flag is used as a symbol of LGBTQ+ pride. But Alford said her daughter isn’t even gay: the cake, according to her, was literally just a fun dessert designed with “assorted colors.”

She added:

“I just feel like it’s a label (school officials) have put on her. Just because I’m wearing a rainbow doesn’t mean I’m gay.”

The mother said her daughter wears “tomboy-type clothing” occasionally and has always been athletic, but said the photo of her with the rainbow cake and shirt “meant nothing,” insisting:

“She did nothing wrong.”

Whitefield’s Head of School begs to differ, however. Jacobson told The Courier Journal the expulsion came after “two years of continuous violations of our student code of conduct.” While he wouldn’t say whether the rainbow cake photo played a role in their decision, he noted the girl had faced “a progression of discipline,” adding:

“All the families of students know that they have expectations they need to (follow). We always try to work with families over a period of time.”

Alford admitted she and her daughter met with officials last October after a school disciplinary officer found Juul pods in the teen’s backpack. After the meeting, everyone agreed that the girl “would be on probation,” she said, continuing:

“Any other behavior issues could cause her to be expelled. Since October, there have been no disciplinary issues. There have been no academic issues. There has been nothing.”

Except for that sinful cake photo, of course.

Whitefield Academy’s parent/student handbook does state that high school students may face expulsion “when there is a serious departure from the school’s guidelines” for student conduct, which, according to a section on student behavior, is expected “to be Christ-like.”

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The handbook continues:

“On occasion, the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home may be counter or in opposition to the biblical lifestyle the school teaches. This includes, but is not limited to, sexual immorality, homosexual orientation or the inability to support Biblical standards of right and wrong… In such cases, the school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student.”

Alford said Jacobson told her the cake and sweater “just kind of represents gay pride” and that she “should have refused the cake.” So while officials didn’t say it outright, it really sounds like the rainbow cake was the reason the teen was expelled.

As for her daughter, Alford said the girl is now attending a public school and moving on from the academy she had attended since sixth grade. Thankfully, she revealed that support from her friends at Whitefield and some in the school community has been “overwhelming.” She shared:

“She’s adjusting really well, but she also seems stressed and overwhelmed at times. I felt like (Whitefield Academy) had a positive impact on her, but I just feel like those religious beliefs they are imposing now are very judgmental. That’s not what I wanted for her.”

We think getting expelled from that place was the healthiest thing that could’ve happened to her.

[Image via Louisville Courier Journal]

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Transgender Activist Caught on Camera Allegedly Assaulting Reporter Over a Simple Question

Male-to-female transgender and self-described “human rights advocate” Jessica Yaniv simply cannot seem to avoid hot water these days. Having earned no shortage of undue fame last year suing immigrant female estheticians for discrimination over their refusal to wax his very male genitals, Yaniv was back in the news this week, forced to appear at a…

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Transgenders Report ‘Psychological Pain’ Over Menstrual Products Only ‘Tailored to Girls’

It seemed no more than a minor drop in the bucket when Proctor & Gamble’s menstrual hygiene brand Always announced last October the traditional feminine Venus symbol was to be removed from its product packaging amid widespread criticism from LGBT activists. Apparently, however, it was not. Instead, menstrual products have now been chosen as the…

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Beauty Vlogger NikkieTutorials Comes Out As Transgender Woman In Emotional Video — Watch!

Color us inspired, because one of the biggest beauty vloggers on YouTube has revealed a big truth about herself: Nikkie de Jager (aka NikkieTutorials) has announced that she is a transgender woman!

The 25-year-old, who boasts 12.4 million subscribers, made the revelation in a coming-out video on Monday, aptly titled I’m Coming Out, in which she stated emotionally:

“When I was younger, I was born in the wrong body, which means that I am transgender… It’s so surreal saying this.”

Nikkie went on to reveal that while she doesn’t like labels, she felt the need to come out as trans because she was “blackmailed by people that wanted to ‘leak’” her story. Not one to negotiate with bullies, the YouTube star decided to take back her power and come out on her channel.

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During the 17-minute long video, the Dutch starlet confessed she has always identified as a woman and began socially transitioning at age 6. She recalled:

“Some kids got it, and other kids in my class did not, which is fine. But I will always be so thankful for all the teachers at that school who supported my journey and supported me.”

She said she “fully transitioned” by the age of 19, adding:

“I transitioned while on YouTube.”

That’s right. Nikkie said she started taking hormones and growth stoppers, which prevented her from becoming taller, at around 14 years old; about the same time she started posting videos to YouTube.

The makeup maven also revealed she shared her truth with her fiancé, Dylan, and that the couple — who have largely kept their relationship private and off of the socials — were working through it privately.

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As for her relationship with her fans, Nikkie insisted nothing about her nor her channel would be changing, noting:

“I am me. I am still Nikkie. Nothing changes about that. The last thing I want in my life is for you to not trust me anymore, or to look at me with different eyes, or look at me in a different manner, or think that I have changed.”

She added:

“At the end of the day, on my channel, my No. 1 passion is the power of makeup. My No. 1 passion is makeup, the power of transforming myself. And boy, I’ve had a transformation, huh?”

We’ll say!

You can watch Nikkie’s powerful video in full (below).

Congrats on sharing your truth, gurl — and looking beyond stunning while doing it!

[Image via YouTube]

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Lesbian Sues Seminary That Refused to Compromise Biblical Values on Gay Marriage

Every liberal needs to be told something: Whether you like it or not, there’s plenty of evidence that the God of the Bible does not sanction same-sex relationships. You may not interpret the Good Book that way. Perhaps you’ve got reasonable theological reasons for it. Perhaps you just want to go with the cultural flow.…

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Gay Soldier Credits Prince Harry For Saving Him From Homophobic Abuse In The Army: ‘He Told Them Off’

Prince Harry isn’t just a prince — he’s a real life hero!

In an interview with Forces News, gay soldier James Wharton remembered the time the Duke of Sussex protected him from homophobic abuse in 2008 after some soldiers were giving him a hard time for being who he is.

Wharton recalled feeling “quite uncomfortable” at the time, explaining:

“I’d got myself into a bit of a situation with some soldiers from another regiment and, essentially, they didn’t’ like the fact that I was gay. They were sort-of chest poking me and making me feel quite uncomfortable.”

Thankfully, Harry was his tank commander, and the royal wasn’t about to let such homophobic nonsense continue under his watch.

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He continued:

“I got into my tank where Prince Harry was doing something, and he could see that I was clearly affected by something and he asked me what the problem was. I told him that there were a couple of soldiers outside who weren’t very happy with the fact that I was gay.”

Wharton revealed that Meghan Markle’s husband — who he described as a “good” officer who was “well-liked” — was “quite offended” that he was being picked on because of his sexuality, so he stepped in. The soldier added:

“Prince Harry went out and saw these soldiers and spoke to them, and the problem went away. He told them off and they left me alone.”

Bravo! We mean, this shouldn’t have been happening in the first place. But, bravo, Harry!

Wharton previously opened up about Harry’s support in his 2013 book, Out in the Army, in which he painted the ordeal in a much more serious light.

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Claiming that a group of soldiers from another regiment threatened to “batter” him, Wharton wrote:

“I told him [Prince Harry], ‘I think I’m going to be murdered by the infantry.’ I climbed into the turret and talked Harry through exactly what had happened. He had a complete look of bewilderment on his face… I couldn’t stop the tears from welling up in my eyes. He said, ‘Right I’m going to sort this s**t out once and for all.’”

Wharton noted that Harry approached the group without hesitation, and that the situation was “sorted” immediately after. He continued:

“I will always be grateful to Harry. I will never forget what happened. Until he went over and dealt with everything I was on track for a battering.”

Say what you will about the prince, but Harry’s done good for many people over the years — and we’re sure he and Meg will continue to do so with their “progressive new role” away from the rest of the royals!

[Image via WENN]

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Brandi Glanville Responds To Denise Richards Lesbian Affair Rumors — Was She Trying To Tell Us Weeks Ago??

Well, someone isn’t denying the rumors…

For those who haven’t heard, the latest Real Housewives tea is Denise Richards has “walked away” from RHOBH after an extramarital affair blew up in her face. Even more shockingly, the alleged affair was with a fellow Housewife: Brandi Glanville!

Rumor has it Denise told Brandi she had an open relationship — that new hubby Aaron Phypers didn’t mind her having a little sapphic sidepiece. So Brandi thought she was in the clear to tell other cast members about the affair. But then that turned out NOT to be true — Denise was just (allegedly) full-on cheating on the hunky actor — and the whole thing exploded when the cast confronted her on their Rome vacay in November. After that Denise ditched the show for greener pastures (AKA some B-movie filming in Eastern Europe or something).

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Whew! That’s some dirty laundry alright!

Denise’s rep denied the story, and Bravo remained mum. Then there’s Brandi, who had first hinted at problems with Denise in a series of tweets back on December 29, writing:

I just got “Denised”

Seriously bitch???? You wanna play-

1-blackmail is illegal
2-I have no skeletons in my closet (they’re all on the internet)
3-slut shaming is soooooo last year

Yeah, you can bet she wasn’t going to stay completely quiet. She wrote cryptically on Instagram:

“When you want to respond but are not “allowed” to…”

Along with a pic of her looking like she’s about to pop while guesting on Watch What Happens Live.

Hmm. That isn’t a confirmation, but it certainly isn’t a denial either…

You’d think if this was so off-base, she could say so without spoiling what the fight was really about for all the RHOBH viewers. Right?

Innerestingly it turns out that might not have been the first subtweeting Brandi did about the situation. Over a month ago, right after the Rome implosion was supposed to have happened, Brandi tweeted:

“If you sign up for a reality show, any & all skeletons you have in the closet WILL come out eventually. You can’t have secrets & expect to keep them EVER!!! So it’s just best to be honest #OwnIt.”

And around that same time she appeared on E!‘s digital series Just The Sip, saying something dripping with even more implication…

“There’s somebody on the show and she’s not being herself. She’s faking it and she has some skeletons in the closet and guess what? They’re out. I brought them out. Don’t call me a liar because I will ruin your life.”

What do YOU think, Perezcious Housewives fans? Does that fit the affair story? Are YOU buying this was a hookup gone wrong??

Let us know in the comments (below)!

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