Sherry Vine Is Launching Her Own Queer TV Network – Huffington Post Gay Voices

Here’s why gaySVTVworld could be Vine’s most ambitious project yet.
02/04/2016 10:40 am ET
Curtis M. Wong
Queer Voices Senior Editor, The Huffington Post

Sherry Vine is back in a very, very big way — and just in time for Valentine’s Day. On Feb. 14, the drag legend will launch gaySVTVworld, a brand new, online television network dedicated to original programming from “top queer talent.”

The network, which is being produced in collaboration with former Here-TV executive Josh Rosenzweig, will kick off with a slate of eight programs, as well as music videos and short films, available for free on Vine’s official YouTube page. Among them will be “Sherry and the Greek,” an original talk series starring Vine and YouTube personality Chris Semers, as well as the pop culture-centric “EduGAYtion” and “Fashion Puhleez,” which being billed as “The Rachel Zoe Show-meets-Project Runway” in press materials.

While Rosenzweig acknowledged that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lives have been increasingly portrayed on mainstream television, he would like gaySVTVworld to be “a destination where we can go to find like-minded artists and feel the power of the collective.”

“Nobody is going to tell our stories like we will,” he said in a press release. “It is essential that the community have an online space to call our own.”

In the interest of keeping all programming in an easily sharable and digestible format, all gaySVTVworld shows will be under seven minutes in length.

“We’re offering short content so people can view several episodes in the same amount of time as one traditional TV show,” explains Vine. “Maybe you only have five free minutes on your way to work or during a lunch break. That’s enough time to catch a hilarious episode of ‘Fashion Puhleez’ on your smart phone.”

We can’t wait to see what Sherry’s got up her sleeve!

No, Donald Trump Has Never Supported Same-Sex Marriage – Advocate

JANUARY 17 2016 7:20 PM EST

The Ted Cruz effort to paint Donald Trump as a gay-rights loving faux conservative from Manhattan is playing a little too loose with the facts in one important place.

During the Republican debate this week, the Texas senator attacked Trump for his “New York values,” which he defined as “socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro-gay-marriage, focused around money and the media.” But Trump has never supported same-sex marriage.

Trump has consistently said he supports marriage “between a man and a woman” whenever asked over the years, including by The Advocate in 2000. Even in the Meet the Press interview from 1999 that Cruz is using to make his attack about New York values, Trump never endorses marriage equality, instead saying it’s “too premature for me to comment on.”

That hasn’t stopped the Cruz rhetoric from echoing through several media outlets, including the Washington Post, which mentions Trump’s “previous support on social issues such as same-sex marriage.”

Such statements are imprecise. As the Human Rights Campaign notes, Trump may have a mixed message about LGBT rights, but he’s never outright endorsed same-sex marriage. He has historically supported benefits for domestic partnerships, and he’s withdrawn support for civil unions.

And yes, Trump did say he was “evolving” on LGBT rights and marriage equality in 2013, after the Miss Universe pageant caused a media firestorm when it chose Russia as its host country. At the time, the country had just passed its ban on so-called gay propaganda, leading Trump to conclude that “the United States is ahead of Russia when it comes to this stuff.”

But the evolution stopped there.

Trump has still never publicly gotten behind same-sex marriage. And while Cruz and others compete for evangelical support in Iowa, Trump continues to avoid making marriage equality or its repeal a central issue of his campaign. In an August 2015 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he agreed same-sex marriage was a “dead issue” after the Supreme Court declared it a constitutional right in June.

“Some people have hopes of passing amendments, but it’s not going to happen,” Trump said. “Congress can’t pass simple things, let alone that. So anybody that’s making that an issue is doing it for political reasons. The Supreme Court ruled on it.”

Recently, Trump called Ted Cruz “a total hypocrite” for, among other reasons, his fundraising alongside same-sex marriage supporters. In contrast to Trump, Cruz has actively sought endorsements from antigay figures from the religious right, pledged to undo marriage equality, and stood behind Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

In a 2000 interview with The Advocate, Trump reaffirmed his belief that “the institution of marriage should be between a man and a woman.” He expressed support for “a very strong domestic-partnership law that guarantees gay people the same legal protections and rights as married people.”

More important to legislation today, Trump supported “amending the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include a ban of discrimination based on sexual orientation.” That’s the basis for the Equality Act being lobbied for in Congress now by LGBT activists and supported by everyone from President Obama to Hillary Clinton to Bernie Sanders.

While Trump’s views of same-sex marriage haven’t changed, it could be argued his tone has changed. He has been historically more forthcoming about his support of gays and lesbians and the protections he supports under the law. To wit, when asked in 2000 why the gay community should support him in a presidential election, Trump responded:

“I grew up in New York City, a town with different races, religions, and peoples. It breeds tolerance. In all truth, I don’t care whether or not a person is gay. I judge people based on their capability, honesty, and merit. Being in the entertainment business — that is, owning casinos and … several large beauty pageants — I’ve worked with many gay people. I have met some tough, talented, capable, terrific people. Their lifestyle is of no interest to me.”

Canada will take in gay refugees from Syria – Pink News

Nick Duffy 24th November 2015, 4:52 PM
Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau has pledged to open Canada’s doors to refugees in need.  Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau has pledged to open Canada’s doors to refugees in need.
Canada’s new government has made specific provisions to take in gay refugees – but single straight men won’t be allowed.
The news comes as the country’s new Liberal government sets out its commitments to resettlement amid the Syria crisis.

The party has pledged to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees – and confirmed today the majority of refugees will be women, children and families.
Amid security concerns, the country does not plan to accept unaccompanied males – but it will make an exception for gay people, who face persecution in Syria from both the government and the terrorist group known as Islamic State.
ISIS has staged hundreds of public executions for men accused of homosexuality, though they provide little proof the men are actually gay.
The Ottowa Citizen reports: “The government is aware that gays could be persecuted, and therefore plans to include them in the selection process aimed at rescuing some of the region’s most vulnerable refugees.”
The pledge to accept refugees was a cornerstone of the commitments by new PM Justin Trudeau. The keen LGBT ally also demonstrated his commitment to equality by naming a diverse, gender-balanced cabinet.
In the UK, Labour MP Mary Creagh has previously called for the government’s focus on resettling refugees from Syria to include LGBT people.
Writing for PinkNews, she said: “Countries like the UK should be doing more to assist LGBTI refugees in particular.
“In this country we pride ourselves on the progress we have made on sexual equality. We should be reaching out to assist those being persecuted for their sexuality or gender orientation abroad.