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‘The Favourite,’ ‘Pose’ rake in wins at Dorian Awards

‘Roma,’ Billy Porter also among winners



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Joe Alwyn in ‘The Favourite.’ (Photo by Atsushi Nishijima; courtesy 20th Century Fox)

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics unveiled the winners for its 10th annual Dorian Awards across 26 TV and film categories on Tuesday.

“The Favourite” lived up to its name by securing a win for Film of the Year. Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara won Screenplay of the Year for penning the film’s script. Olivia Colman also earned Best Film Performance of the Year for her role as Queen Anne.

Alfonso Cuarón won Director of the Year for “Roma,” and the film also won Foreign Language Film of the Year.

Other notable film wins include “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” for LGBTQ Film of the Year, Richard E. Grant for Film Performance of the Year — Supporting Actor for his role in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” Regina King for Film Performance of the Year — Supporting Actress for her role in the James Baldwin film adaptation “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “McQueen” for LGBTQ Documentary of the Year.

In the television categories, “Pose” led the pack with wins for TV Drama of the Year and LGBTQ TV Show of the Year. Billy Porter also won TV Performance of the Year — Actor for “Pose.” “Schitt’s Creek,” which stars out actor Dan Levy, also won TV Comedy of the Year.

GALECA consists of more than 200 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally entertainment journalists. Select winners and nominees will be honored at GALECA’s Winners Toast at the Paley restaurant in Hollywood on Saturday, Jan. 12 hosted by Frank DeCaro.

Check out the complete list of winners below.

Film of the Year
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
“The Favourite” (FOX SEARCHLIGHT)
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“A Star is Born”

Director of the Year
(Film or Television)
Alfonso Cuarón-“Roma” (NETFLIX)
Marielle Heller-“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Barry Jenkins-“If Beale Street Could Talk”
Yorgos Lanthimos-“The Favourite”
Spike Lee-“Blackkklansman”

Film Performance of the Year — Actress
Yalitza Aparicio-“Roma”
Toni Collette-“Hereditary”
Olivia Colman-“The Favourite” (FOX SEARCHLIGHT)
Lady Gaga-“A Star is Born”
Melissa McCarthy-“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Film Performance of the Year — Actor
Christian Bale-“Vice”
Bradley Cooper-“A Star is Born”
Ethan Hawke-“First Reformed” (A24)
Rami Malek-“Bohemian Rhapsody”
John David Washington-“Blackkklansman”

Film Performance of the Year — Supporting Actress
Elizabeth Debicki-“Widows”
Regina King- “If Beale Street Could Talk” (ANNAPURNA PICTURES)
Emma Stone-“The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz-“The Favourite”
Michelle Yeoh-“Crazy Rich Asians”

Film Performance of the Year — Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali-“Green Book”
Timothée Chalamet-“Beautiful Boy”
Sam Elliott-“A Star is Born”
Richard E. Grant- “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (FOX SEARCHLIGHT)
Michael B. Jordan-“Black Panther”

LGBTQ Film of the Year
“Boy Erased”
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (FOX SEARCHLIGHT)
“The Favourite”
“Love, Simon”

Foreign Language Film of the Year
“Cold War”
“Roma” (NETFLIX)

Screenplay of the Year
Bo Burnham-“Eighth Grade”
Alfonso Cuarón-“Roma”
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara- “The Favourite” (FOX SEARCHLIGHT)
Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty-“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Barry Jenkins-“If Beale Street Could Talk”

Documentary of the Year
“Free Solo”
“Three Identical Strangers”
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”(FOCUS FEATURES)

LGBTQ Documentary of the Year
“The Gospel According to Andre”
“Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood”
“Studio 54”

Visually Striking Film of the Year
“Annilhation” (PARAMOUNT)
“Black Panther”
“The Favourite”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”

Unsung Film of the Year
“The Happy Prince”
“We the Animals”
“Widows” (20TH CENTURY FOX)

Campy Flick of the Year
“Book Club”
“Mama Mia! Here We Go Again”
“A Simple Favor”(LIONSGATE)

TV Drama of the Year
” American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Killing Eve”
“Pose” (FX)

TV Comedy of the Year
“The Good Place”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“Schitt’s Creek”* (POP)

TV Performance of the Year — Actor
Darren Criss-“American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace”
Hugh Grant-“A Very English Scandal”
Billy Porter-“Pose” (FX)
Matthew Rhys-“The Americans”
Ben Whishaw-“A Very English Scandal”

TV Performance of the Year — Actress
Amy Adams-“Sharp Objects”
Rachel Brosnahan-“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Jodie Comer-“Killing Eve”
Sandra Oh-“Killing Eve” (BBC AMERICA)
Julia Roberts-“Homecoming”

LGBTQ TV Show of the Year
“A Very English Scandal”
“American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace”
” Killing Eve”
“Pose” (FX)
“Queer Eye”

Unsung TV Show of the Year
“The Bisexual”
“Dear White People”
“The Good Fight”
“One Day at a Time”
“Schitt’s Creek” (POP)

TV Current Affairs Show of the Year
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS)
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”
“The Rachel Maddow Show”

TV Musical Performance of the Year
Adam Lambert, “Believe”-41st Kennedy Center Honors
Billy Porter, MJ Rodriguez and Our Lady J, “Home”-“Pose” (FX)
Noah Reid, “Simply the Best”-“Schitt’s Creek”
Keala Settle, “This is Me”- 90th Academy Awards
Sufjan Stevens, “Mystery of Love” -90th Academy Awards

Campy TV Show of the Year
“American Horror Story: Apocalypse”
“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”
“Queer Eye”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1, LOGO)

The “We’re Wilde About You!” Rising Star Award
Elsie Fisher
Henry Golding
Indya Moore
MJ Rodriguez

Wilde Wit of the Year
(Honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)
Samantha Bee
Hannah Gadsby
Kate McKinnon
John Oliver
Michelle Wolf

Wilde Artist of the Year
(Honoring a truly groundbreaking force in film, stage and/or television)
Bradley Cooper
Hannah Gadsby
Lady Gaga
Nicole Kidman
Ryan Murphy

Timeless Star
(Given to an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit)
Harvey Fierstein

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Out Olympian Kenworthy & Paralympian Dunkin on Tokyo & LGBTQ Sports

“The fact that LGBTQ youth drop out of sports at twice the rate of their heterosexual & gender counterparts, it doesn’t have to be that way.”



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TOKYO – Gus Kenworthy is in Tokyo for the Summer Games, but not to compete. The  Olympic Gold Medalist recently joined Paralympian Gold Medalist Abby Dunkin in a Zoom conversation with Athlete Ally founder and executive director Hudson Taylor and the head of LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion for Procter & Gamble, Brent Miller. 

“I felt like I knew that if I came out, there must be someone else,” Kenworthy said. “I was like, there’s someone else in skiing or an action sports or another kid who is going to resonate with my story. And if I can even help one person, then it will be worth it.”

This group of athletes and allies tackled the difficult issues of coming out in sports, fears of rejection, suicide attempts and competing authentically as well as the controversy over transgender inclusion in sports, both at the Olympics and in high schools and colleges across the U.S. 

“Only 24% of LGBTQ youth participate in sports,” noted Taylor. “The fact that LGBTQ youth drop out of sports at twice the rate of their heterosexual and gender counterparts, it doesn’t have to be that way.”

Dunkin credited Paralympian gold medalist Stephanie Wheeler as an inspiration both on the court and in everyday life as an out lesbian. 

“Stephanie really creates such a great environment for me and other athletes and also our staff, too, that were out at the time,” said Dunkin. “And that really impacted me to come out and be myself.“ Wheeler is also head coach of the Univ. of Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team. 

As the Los Angeles Blade has reported, there are more than 142 out LGBTQ athletes competing in Tokyo, a record for any Olympic Games. And with trans nonbinary soccer player Quinn on their way to a potential gold medal, making history with out trans woman Laurel Hubbard and out trans BMX competitor Chelsea Wolfe in Tokyo, Miller says their first steps are inspiring to people all around the world, no matter what their gender identity or sexual orientation is. 

“It’s about bringing people together, supporting people, creating mutual understanding, and really celebrating all of humanity,” Miller said. “And now for us, bringing those LGBTQ+ stories forward is critically important because we see the value of what sport can bring.”

Watch their conversation with sports editor Dawn Ennis by clicking here.

Equal Representation in Sports: Why LGBTQ+ Visibility Matters

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Rapper DaBaby pulled by Lollapalooza over homophobic comments

“Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing.”



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CHICAGO – In an announcement Sunday morning, the organizers of Chicago’s Lollapalooza Music Festival said they had pulled artist DaBaby from tonight’s closing show after a series of public homophobic remarks by the rapper last weekend in Miami at the Rolling Loud music festival.

On Twitter Lollapalooza officials wrote; “Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight.  Young Thug will now perform at 9:00pm on the Bud Light Seltzer Stage, and G Herbo will perform at 4:00pm on the T-Mobile Stage.”

The Grammy-nominated rapper’s comments onstage at the Miami festival last weekend brought swift condemnation from other artists in the music industry including British Rockstar Elton John and Madonna among many others.

In the middle of his set last weekend in Miami the rapper told the crowd, “If you didn’t show up today with HIV/AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases, that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up! Ladies, if your pussy smell like water, put your cellphone lighter up! Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up!”

DaBaby later issued an apology via Twitter that read, “Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y’all got the right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody. So my apologies” However, the addendum in the same tweet of; “But the LGBT community… I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. y’all business is y’all business.” was immediately decried as further proof of the rapper’s intolerance of the LGBTQ community.

Michael J. Stern, a Los Angeles attorney and a former federal prosecutor who is now a noted featured columnist for USA Today blasted DaBaby’s ‘apology;’

In his response to Dababy’s remarks Elton John, who founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992, a nonprofit organization which funds frontline partners to prevent infections, fight stigma and provide care for the most vulnerable groups affected by HIV, responded in a lengthy series of tweets:

Madonna took to her Instagram telling the rapper to “know your facts,” before spreading misinformation. 

“AIDs is not transmitted by standing next to someone in a crowd,” she wrote on Instagram. “I want to put my cellphone lighter up and pray for your ignorance, No one dies of AIDS in 2 or 3 weeks anymore. Thank God.”

This year’s Lollapalooza festival, which is one of the first major festivals to return in full force since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, concludes Sunday with headlining performances by musical acts Brockhampton, the Foo Fighters, and Modest Mouse.

Dua Lipa ‘Horrified’ at DaBaby’s Homophobic Remarks at Rolling Loud | RS News 7/28/21

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IOC: ‘Trans Women Are Women’ Laurel Hubbard set to make sports history

Laurel Hubbard is set to make sports history on Monday and the International Olympic Committee clearly has her back



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TOKYO – The director of medicine and science for the International Olympic Committee praised weightlifter Laurel Hubbard’s “courage and tenacity” as she prepares for her upcoming competition as the world’s first out transgender woman Olympian. 

In speaking to reporters in Tokyo Thursday, Dr. Richard Budgett directly addressed those who have attacked and mocked the 43-year-old New Zealander and claimed she shouldn’t be competing with cisgender women, saying  “everyone agrees that trans women are women.”

“To put it in a nutshell,” he said, “the IOC had a scientific consensus back in 2015. There are no IOC rules or regulations around transgender participation. That depends on each international federation. So Laurel Hubbard is a woman, is competing under the rules of her federation and we have to pay tribute to her courage and tenacity in actually competing and qualifying for the Games.”

Hubbard herself has not made any public comments except for a statement following her qualifying for the Summer Games, saying she was “humbled” by the support which had helped her “through the darkness” following a near career-ending injury in Australia in 2018.

Reports around the world have claimed Hubbard is the first trans Olympic athlete, which is actually not the case. As the Los Angeles Blade has reported, Quinn, a trans nonbinary soccer midfielder for Team Canada, last Wednesday became the first out trans athlete ever to complete in the Olympic Games. They posted about it on Instagram, saying, “I feel proud seeing ‘Quinn’ up on the lineup and on my accreditation. I feel sad knowing there were Olympians before me unable to live their truth because of the world.”

The IOC is expected to review and likely revise its policies on transgender participation following Tokyo. Trans athlete and researcher Joanna Harper, who has advised the organization and other sports policy groups, told the Los Angeles Blade her recommendation will be for the IOC to continue to regulate trans athletes sport-by-sport. “There shouldn’t be a one-size fits all policy,” said Harper. 

She also noted how the mainstream cisgender media is consumed with coverage of Hubbard and missing out on the bigger picture, and what it will mean for the next generation watching on TV and online. 
“The lack of attention paid to Quinn and to Chelsea Wolfe has been interesting,” said Harper.

“A few news outlets have commented on their presence in Tokyo and in Quinn’s case the comments have been mostly favorable. On the other hand, the storm of mostly negative press heaped on Laurel Hubbard has been disappointing, although predictable. I hope that the negative press that Laurel has gotten won’t dissuade young trans athletes from following their dreams. I think that the next trans woman to compete in the games will get less negative press, and eventually (although probably not in my life) there will come a time when trans women in sport generate little or no controversy.”

Hubbard issued a statement Friday via the New Zealand Olympic Committee in which she said: “The Olympic Games are a global celebration of our hopes, our ideals and our values. I commend the IOC for its commitment to making sport inclusive and accessible.”

According to a French news outlet, NZOC spokesperson Ashley Abbott told reporters the committee had seen a “particularly high level of interest” in Hubbard’s Olympic debut, and much of it has been negative.

“Certainly we have seen a groundswell of comment about it and a lot of it is inappropriate,” Abbott said. “Our view is that we’ve got a culture of manaaki (inclusion) and it’s our role to support all eligible athletes on our team. In terms of social media, we won’t be engaging in any kind of negative debate.”

Abbott reminded the media that the NZOC’s job was to support its athletes, including Hubbard. “We all need to remember that there’s a person behind all these technical questions,” she said. “As an organization we would look to shield our athlete, or any athlete, from anything negative in the social media space. We don’t condone cyberbullying in any way.”

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