http://southfloridagaynews.com has a lot of great stories, the owner is an attorney who runs or is very involved with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws - NORML (there's a lot of pushing in Florida for the tax revenue... smokable medical is apparently now allowed but the voters want more).
Anyway, just thought it was great another young actor felt comfortable enough to come out, it's still heartwarming to watch. So many years it took to get here but when it started, it's maybe the fastest social change America's had. And I really think it's because people changed hearts and minds. But to more important things -- how cute is Tyler!!
http://southfloridagaynews.com/Celebrit ... queer.html‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Tyler Blackburn Comes Out as Queer
CELEBRITY Washington Blade | Mariah Cooper 04/21/2019 11:00 am
(WB) “Pretty Little Liars” and “Roswell” star Tyler Blackburn has come out as queer.
The 32-year-old actor opened up about his sexuality in an interview with The Advocate.
“I’m queer,” Blackburn says. “I’ve identified as bisexual since a teenager. I just want to feel powerful in my own skin, and my own mind, and in my own heart.”
Blackburn explains while he had relationships with women in his life he always had an “underlying curiosity” about men. However, the stigma about bisexuality in both the straight and gay communities prevented him from fully being himself.
“I heard so many things from within the queer community about bisexuality being a cop-out or bullshit or the easy way out or something, and that always stuck with me because I felt the pressure from all sides to have [my sexuality] figured out. And I think for the longest time, I suppressed more of my attraction to men. It wasn’t until my late 20s, towards the end of ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ that I really allowed myself to go there and not just wonder about it or lust over it, but experience that vulnerability and experience the emotional aspect of what it is to be bisexual,” Blackburn, who portrayed bad boy Caleb Rivers on “Pretty Little Liars,” says.
He credits his role as openly gay Sgt. Alex Manes on “Roswell” for helping him become more open.
“I knew this guy in and out,” Blackburn describes his character. “I understood feeling oppressed. I understood having issues with my father [wanting to feel] accepted by him. I understood wanting something but being afraid to have it. I understood self-doubt.”
Now Blackburn just wants to feel comfortable being who he is to the public.
“I’m so tired of caring so much. I just want to live my truth and feel OK with experiencing love and experiencing self-love. Yes, there is an element of, I want to feel like it’s OK to hold my boyfriend’s hand as I’m walking down the street, and not worry. Is someone going to look and be like, ‘Whoa, is that guy from that show? I didn’t know that [he was queer.]’ I want to own my space now,” Blackburn says. “Now we’re at a place where fluidity is spoken about in such a beautiful way that it doesn’t make me feel as pressured to have it figured out. My goal above everything is to feel as happy as possible. As free as possible. I don’t just mean happy, like, ‘I’m laughing all day, every day.’ That’s actually insane. That’s impossible. What I mean is, I want to feel free.”
Here's another good one -- Breitbart begins to sharpen its teeth but check out the poll below, this dog may not hunt...
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019 ... -gay-i-am/Mayor Pete Buttigieg: ‘Think of Something Really Gay — That’s How Gay I Am’
CHARLIE SPIERING 19 Apr 2019
Mayor Pete Buttigieg acknowledged that he would face challenges as an openly gay presidential candidate if he ultimately faced President Donald Trump in the general election. "I’m from Indiana, I’m gay as a — I don’t know, think of something really gay — that’s how gay I am,” he said in an interview with TMZ’s Harvey Levin.
Levin warned Buttigieg that Trump campaign would most certainly turn homophobic. “I’m used to bullying,” Buttigieg replied. “I think you confront it, initially, and move on.” He said that as a presidential candidate he would focus on calling out Trump’s behavior but remain intent on changing the subject to his own agenda.
Buttigieg quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. saying that “darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that.” Levin, who is also gay, asked Buttigieg if he was worried that his homosexuality would be a “dealbreaker” for many Americans. “You know, there are some people that I’m never going to get, and that just is what it is, that’s how it always is in some way shape or form in politics,” he replied.
Buttigieg said that he was encouraged after Indiana citizens rose up to condemn the religious freedom law signed by then-governor Mike Pence. “I don’t care how conservative you are, how religious you are, if you realize that someone is coming to harm because of something you believe, something you used to believe was right, it’s going to open up your heart at least a little bit to change,” he said.
He said that it was important to “call” Americans to the “right side of history” and encourage them towards more progressive policies, rather than be accusatory or demanding about what they should think or say. Buttigieg said that Americans became more tolerant of gay lifestyles as they grew to know them personally. He said that he considered himself pretty physically fit, but admitted that he was tempted a lot by unhealthy campaign food on the trail. He acknowledged that his Instagram was full of unhealthy food. “The things that you can deep fry…” he said, pointing to food found at local fairs.
Buttigieg told TMZ he was not worried by his husband Chasten’s prolific use of social media despite his presidential run. He admitted that sometimes they drafted angry tweets together to get it off their chests, but would never send them. “He’s pretty good at running stuff by me, and I’ll run stuff by him for a gut check too,” he said.
The pride people feel at just having a gay candidate is amazing. One of my ex-es is now a top exec at Versace (works for Donatella) and we've been talking about Mayor Pete a lot, there's a lot of money waiting to see how Biden does but if Pete can keep it up, wow.
So much progress! Always gotta remember that because Mary, check this out: 70%!
Happy Happy Joy Joy!Almost 70 percent of Americans OK with gay presidential candidate, poll finds
This marks a big shift since 2006, when 53 percent said they'd be “very uncomfortable” or have “reservations” about a gay or lesbian candidate.
April 2, 2019, 4:18 PM EDT By Carrie Dann
WASHINGTON — With Pete Buttigieg's campaign saying he raised an impressive $7 million in the first fundraising quarter, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is looking more and more like a significant factor in the 2020 Democratic primary.
The main knock on his candidacy may be his lack of statewide or federal elected experience (South Bend’s population is only about 102,000). But it’s also worth noting that one fact about him is rarely treated as a liability: Buttigieg is openly gay and has been married to his husband, Chasten, since last June.
Carrie Dann @CarrieNBCNews
On a day when @PeteButtigieg is getting lots of buzz, a look back at how Americans' views of gay candidates have changed in less than 15 years. https://nbcnews.to/2V9C271
As recently as 2006, when Buttigieg was 24, more than half of Americans said they would be “very uncomfortable” (34 percent) or have “reservations” (19 percent) about a gay or lesbian person running for president. That year, just five percent said they’d be enthusiastic about an LGBT candidate, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. An additional 38 percent said they’d be “comfortable.”
These days? A majority of Americans say they’re just fine with a gay candidate. A combined 68 percent are either enthusiastic (14 percent) or comfortable (54 percent) with a candidate who is gay or lesbian. What’s more, that jump isn’t just due to increasing tolerance among the younger voters whom Buttigieg, a millennial, can claim to represent.
The share of those younger than 35 who say they’re enthusiastic or comfortable with a gay candidate increased by 28 percentage points between 2006 and now, jumping from 47 percent to 75 percent. And, while seniors are more likely to voice reservations about gay candidates, a majority (56 percent) now say they have no objections. That’s up from just 31 percent in 2006.
The original "Queer Eye" theme song, All Things Just Keep Getting Better!