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How Drag Race’s Ginny Lemon shattered huge LGBTQ+ boundaries in Commonwealth opening ceremony: ‘This is a huge deal for queer people everywhere‘
Drag Race legend Ginny Lemon has spoken out about the ‘honour’ of representing their community at this year’s Commonwealth Games.The drag queen thrilled crowds at Birmingham as they opened the ceremony in a lemon-shaped hot air balloon, kicking off the global event in their unique, brilliant way.It was an absolutely massive moment for Ginny’s career – but more than that, the star felt the ‘momentous’ honour of representing both their homeland of the West Midlands and the LGBTQ+ community.The opening of the Games was broadcast to an audience of up to one billion people, across Commonwealth countries – the vast majority of which criminalises being gay.Ginny, who is non-binary, spoke to Metro.co.uk about the importance of representation, describing it as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for them.‘I’m feeling on top of the world, I feel absolutely amazing,’ they said.‘I cannot believe how momentous it was… It was once-in-a-lifetime for me and to be part of that, to be representing the west Midlands, I feel so honoured.They said it was ‘amazing to be watched by over 1 billion people, 30,000 people in the stadium, from all around the world. ‘For me, the most humbling experience is that in a lot of these countries it’s illegal to be part of the LGBTQ+ community.
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EastEnders' Michelle Collins, 60, ties the knot with toy-boy, 38, as soap ex attends
EastEnders star Michelle Collins, 60, has married her toy-boy other half Mike Davidson, 38, as her former co-star Adam Woodyatt watched.The actress, who played Cindy Beale in the BBC soap, tied the knot with Mike, who is 22 years her junior, at Islington Town Hall on Wednesday (August 10).Among attendees was her soap ex Adam Woodyatt, who played the iconic role of Ian Beale in the soap.READ MORE: EastEnders' Maisie Smith parades curves in barely-there cut-out dress in sizzling picMichelle and her new husband both wore white for their special day, with the blonde beauty opting for a jumpsuit with an elegant train, and a flower crown instead of a veil.She also had a matching white jacket with pearls running from the cuffs up to the shoulders.Meanwhile, Mike wore a white jacket over a black V-neck t-shirt and smart black trousers.The happy couple was pictured exiting the London building as well-wishers showered them in confetti and filmed on their phones.Michelle and Mike could be seen enjoying a glass of fizz after making things official, before they shared a kiss in front of photographers.In classic wedding style, they left the venue in a white convertible which had its soft-top roof down.While Michelle and Mike were dressed the part, her former co-star Adam Woodyatt opted for a more casual approach in a striped shirt and blue trousers.Lord Michael Cashman, who played Colin Russell on EastEnders more than 35 years ago, was also there – although he is better known nowadays for his political career.The former Labour MEP was on the BBC soap for three years in the 1980s and his character was known for sharing the first gay kiss in a British soap.Meanwhile, Michelle and Adam's characters were married on EastEnders, although
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I Would Be Illegal in Half Of Commonwealth Countries: Tom Daley’s Film On Gay Athletes
Out gay British Olympic gold medalist Tom Daley is receiving praise for his new documentary film ‘Illegal To Be Me‘ that explores the lives of gay athletes, many living in countries where homosexuality is illegal. Daley said the shooting the film exposed him to the fact that the laws against homosexuality in Commonwealth countries were a legacy of British colonialism. Tom DaleyIn a social media post, Daley revealed that he had been travelling around the world meeting other gay athletes for the film. “This year I have been travelling around the Commonwealth, visiting countries where same sex relationships are a crime,” said Daley. “I have spoken to athletes, advocates and activists to try and find out how they think sporting federations can better support and protect LGBTQIA+ athletes. The people in the documentary highlight the importance of visibility for queer people and it taught me an incredible amount about how we can continue the fight for equality,” said Daley. Ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, Daley had in October 2021 said that he was on a “mission” to get the Olympics to ban countries where homosexuality is punishable by death.Tom Daley (centre) with LGBTQI advocates and athletes at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.Last month, at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Daley along with six other LGBTQI athletes carried the Queen’s baton into the stadium. “In over half of the Commonwealth countries, homosexuality is still a crime and in three of those countries the maximum penalty is the death sentence.
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U.K. Far-Right Takes Lesson from U.S. Protests Against Drag Queens
The Reading Chronicle, that he was protesting the tour as it was "sexualizing children."As protesters unfurled a banner reading: "Welcome groomers" outside the library, two women who had pretended to be attendees disrupted the reading inside the building, calling Samuel an "adult entertainer" as they terrified parents and children in the process, according to Samuel. At least one mother was seen crying after the incident, Samuel said.The term "groomer" is a homophobic stereotype used to falsely smear queer people and their supporters as child sex abusers.At the end of the session, Samuel left the library with police protection as demonstrators hurled abuse.​Recent angry confrontations around events involving drag queens in the United Kingdom follow a disturbing precedent from the United States, where right-wing extremist groups ambush similar events and conservative politicians have pledged to criminalize adults taking children to drag shows.It has coincided with a wider movement to curtail rights ​related to bodily autonomy, ranging from abortion access to gender-affirming care​, punctuated by a wave of anti-LGBTQ bills and Justice Clarence Thomas questioning marriage equality as the US Supreme Court overturned the ​federal right to abortion ​in the United States."This is the same hate (as seen in the US) but just in a different context ...
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