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Bette Midler apologizes for transphobic Caitlyn Jenner tweet

star backtracks after people take offense to comment

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Bette Midler is backtracking after her joke about Caitlyn Jenner was called out for being transphobic.

“Now that @IAmCait has been cancelled, will she go back to being Bruce? Will Kris take him back? Do I smell a re-wedding?!” Midler tweeted.

Twitter erupted as users accused Midler of making a transphobic joke towards Jenner.

“Just shows, you can be as gay-friendly all you want, but to some, transphobia comes so easy. How tired and pathetic,” reads one tweet. 

“Yes, because being transgender is just a phase? What a vile tweet. Will you go back to being irrelevant?” reads another tweet. 

After the backlash, Midler deleted the tweet and apologized for the joke.

“DEAR FRIENDS @HRC, WHOM I HAVE ALWAYS SUPPORTED. SORRY LAST TWEET OFFENDED. AN IDLE MUSING. I SEEM TO HAVE MISREAD THE TEMPER OF THE TIMES,” Midler tweeted her apology.

However, not everyone was willing to accept the wording of her apology and seemed to think Midler still didn’t get the problem with the joke.

“Transphobia was never a ‘temper of the times.’ It’s always been wrong,” one user tweeted in response.

“So Bette, thanks for the edit. But it’s not about ‘temper.’ Trans lives are hard. We’re not soreheads. We deserve love,” Jenny Boylan, Jenner’s friend and cast member on “I Am Cait,” tweeted.

Jenner announced last week that her reality show “I Am Cait” would be ending after two seasons.

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PHOTOS: Frederick Pride

Annual celebration held at Carroll Creek Linear Park on Saturday

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Chasity Vain is among the performers at the main stage of Frederick Pride 2022. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The 10th annual Frederick Pride was held at Carroll Creek Linear Park in Frederick, Md. on Saturday, June 25.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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Rayceen Pendarvis hosts District of Pride Showcase

Mayor’s Office celebrates resilience of D.C.’s LGBTQ community with night of entertainment

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Rayceen Pendarvis hosts District of Pride Showcase on June 30. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host “The District of Pride Showcase” on Thursday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Theatre.

This event is to celebrate the resilience of D.C.’s LGBTQ community with a night of entertainment and performances that will feature the diverse queer talent.

This event will be hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis, with announcer Krylios, featuring DJ Honey. There will also be a performance by “Real Housewives of Potomac” star Candiace. 

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

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Mayor’s office to celebrate older LGBTQ individuals

District of Pride: Seniors Brunch on Monday

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The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host “District of Pride: Seniors Brunch” on Monday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Arts. 

This event is a celebration of Pride and a “thank you” to the District’s senior community members for their contributions to the LGBTQ+ community.

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

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