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10 Things To Help Survive The Holidays
Disney star Joshua Rush (below, The Lion Guard, Andi Mack) came out as bisexual on Twitter and encouraged his followers to donate to GLAAD and the Trevor Project, tweeting, "Bi erasure and issues like it are important, but trans women of color still have a life expectancy of THIRTY FIVE YEARS and that is absolutely unacceptable."
Breakfast of Champions
In honor of GLAAD's Spirit Day 2019, Kellogg's released a $20 special edition "All Together," containing six mini cereal boxes "to celebrate the belief that we all belong together." Spirit Day is the largest, most visible antibullying campaign in the world where millions wear purple to "support a more accepting world for LGBTQ youth." Kellogg's is donating $50,000 to GLAAD.
Gay high school student Brandon Allen (below), 17, was named homecoming royalty in Memphis, Tenn.; nonbinary student Trevor Meyer, 16, was named homecoming queen in Clovis, Calif.; and gay hockey player Anthony Arnoni, 17, was named homecoming king in Franklin Park, Ill.
A New Hope
Hope in a Box, a New York-based nonprofit, is working with teachers across the country to make hundreds of rural schools more LGBTQ-inclusive through coaching, curriculums, and book donations. According to a Human Rights Campaign survey, only 13 percent of LGBTQ students report hearing positive messaging around LGBTQ identity in schools and a startling 73 percent report receiving threats because of their identity. (HopeInABox.org)
Brave and Beautiful
Endearingly flamboyant Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness's new memoir, Over the Top, discloses details of childhood sexual abuse and drug addiction. Van Ness also revealed he is HIV-positive, telling The New York Times he shared because, "I want people to realize that you're never too broken to be fixed."
Angels in America
Kristen Stewart isn't the only queer person shaking up the Charlie's Angels franchise. Gay actor, author, and pop culture expert Mike Pingel (right, author of Betty White Rules the World and Angelic Heaven: The Fan's Guide to Charlie's Angels) recently displayed his extensive Charlie's Angels doll collection for charity, benefiting Childhelp's work with abused, neglected, and at-risk children. Former Angel Cheryl Ladd has been an ambassador for Childhelp for over 30 years.
PrEP Without Prescription
In 2020, California will become the first state in the nation to allow pharmacists to dispense HIV prevention drugs (PrEP and PEP) without a prescription.
HBO's Mrs. Fletcher, about empty-nester single mom Eve (left, Kathryn Hahn) and her college-bound son Brendan (Jackson White) is a politically astute, funny, steamy, and super queer exploration of the nebulous borders of sexuality, love, and identity as cultural norms shift rapidly. The cast, including trans actress Jen Richards, Owen Teague, Katie Kershaw, Casey Wilson (Happy Endings), and the late Cameron Boyce, is stellar.
Unicorns in Tech is the first app for LGBTQ innovators interested in the latest advances in AI, machine learning, and big data. (UnicornsInTech.com)
The California retro-soul band Midtown Social, who has opened for Janelle Monae, releases its first album, Fantastic Colors, on Valentine's Day, but four singles from the love letter to San Francisco are available now, including standout, "Candlelit." (MidtownSocialBand.com)