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Macy Gray’s ‘insensitive and transphobic’ comments condemned by LGBT+ friendly festival a month after performance

Macy Gray’s ‘insensitive and transphobic’ comments’, saying the event ‘will always stand with our trans family’.On Monday evening, Gray appeared on Piers Morgan Uncensored, where she made highly contentious remarks about transgender women.The I Try singer faced backlash after saying: ‘I will say this and everyone’s gonna hate me but as a woman, just because you go change your [body] parts, doesn’t make you a woman, sorry’ – while also receiving support from JK Rowling.Having performed at Mighty Hoopla in June this year, the festival has released a statement condemning her remarks and expressing support for the trans community.‘We are extremely disappointed by the comments made by Macy Gray on Piers Morgan’s Uncensored TalkTV,’ the statement read.‘As an artist at our 2022 event, we would like to make it clear that we do not agree with the insensitive and transphobic statement she made.To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 videoMighty Hoopla emphasised that ‘trans people and their bodies are not up for debate, and cis TV personalities and the channels that hire them need to stop discussing them on air’.The message concluded with the emphatic statement: ‘Mighty Hoopla will always stand with our trans family.’One person responded to Mighty Hoopla’s statement with a couple of clapping emojis and a row of trans pride flags, while another commented: ‘Extremely disappointed, as a Macy fan, to hear these comments.’ her appearance on Piers Morgan Uncensored, Gray was told by the host that she may be deemed transphobic for her remarks.‘But it’s the truth,’ the musician responded.

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Soho absolutely buzzing with Pride well into the early hours
London’s Soho was well and truly filled with people celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pride last night, as it returned to the capital for the first time in two years.The West End neighbourhood, an epicentre for the LGBTQ+ community, was decorated with an abundance of rainbow flags lighting up the streets with colour.Iconic venues in the area hosted their own after-parties while many revellers gathered in the streets to mingle.Couples shared kisses, friends drank and danced, and the police officers were seen smiling amid the fun, despite being banned from joining the parade.Earlier in the day, over a million people paraded through the capital to mark the big Pride milestone.The celebration, which had been halted due to the Covid pandemic, returned to the capital for what organisers called the ‘biggest and most inclusive event in history’.Crowds had been led by the Gay Liberation Front whose activists took part in the original 1972 parade, where 2,000 marched in protest of police treatment towards the LGBTQ+ community.This year saw some 600 groups and organisations join the parade from Hyde Park Corner to Whitehall.In Trafalgar Square, famous faces such as Dame Kelly Holmes and Peter Schofield – both of whom have come out in recent years – addressed the crowds, while an array of artists performed.Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at more stories like this, check our news page.
‘Happy Pride!’: Adele drapes herself in rainbow flag for emotional performance at BST Hyde Park gig hours after London parade
Adele made sure to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pride in style, as she draped herself in a rainbow flag for her second epic performance at BST Hyde Park.The singer shared her love for the LGBT community during the spectacular gig, donning the Progress Pride Flag as she belted out her song When We Were Young.Adele, 34, could also be seen waving the flag, with plenty of supporters in the crowd waving their rainbow flags right back at her, just hours after London’s Pride Parade.She told the audience: ‘Happy Pride. I wore my hair out today to try and be a bit draggy.’The star has long been a supporter of the LGBT community, previously performing for free at Pride in 2011, and describing the community as her ‘soulmates’ during an emotional speech following the shooting in Pulse nightclub, Florida, in 2016.Of course, she also got ordained to marry her close friend Alan Carr to his husband Paul Drayton in 2018.Happy Pride from @Adele ð³ï¸âð lit up London’s Hyde Park on Friday and Saturday with her epic performances, which were her first headline gigs in the UK since 2017.It was a glorious homecoming for the singer, who released her album 30 earlier this year.Stars including Tom Cruise, Ant and Dec, and James Corden were out in force to support the star, but she likely only had eyes for one person in the crowd – her nine-year-old son Angelo, who was also there supporting her.
Heartstopper cast playfully torment anti-LGBTQ+ protestors by dancing and blowing kisses at London Pride
Heartstopper cast were already our fave people, but watching them dance in front of anti-LGBTQ+ protestors at London Pride will make you love them even more.Thousands of LGBTQ+ people and allies have taken to the streets of the capital today to mark the 50th Pride in London, donning their brightest colours and expressing themselves in the boldest ways.Sadly, a group of protestors also decided to show up, waving signs with anti-gay messages on, trying to prevent the community from celebrating.But, the people of London were not prepared for the protestors to dull their sparkle, as one youngster approached the elderly men at the railings and tried to grab his sign.As he did this, I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston blasted over the speakers, with the cast of Netflix’s Heartstopper enjoying a joyous boogie and flipping off the protestors.It truly was a sight to behold, as Joe Locke (who plays Charlie Spring) and Sebastian ‘Bash’ Croft (Ben Hope) jumped around wearing rainbow flags, waving middle fingers and blowing sarcastic kisses to the group.The stars of Heartstopper absolutely loving it as anti-LGBT protesters are challenged by a young Pride supporter #Pride on was Kit Connor (who plays Nick Nelson), who was seen clapping and filming what can only be described as iconic behaviour.Those weren’t the only three cast members at Pride today, as it seemed to be a Heartstopper fest with Tobie Donovan (Isaac Henderson), Kizzy Edgell (Darcy Olsson), Corinna Brown (Tara Jones), Rhea Norwood (Imogen Heaney), and Jenny Walser (Tori Spring) also marching through the streets with colourful face paint and vibrant outfits.After trolling the protestors, the cast rejoined the march, where they
Harry Styles empowers fans with heartfelt speech on stage in Oslo following shooting at gay bar: ‘You are the future’
supports HTML5 videoHarry Styles has become known and loved by fans for supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and he delivered a heartfelt speech while on stage in Oslo following a shooting during Pride celebrations.Two people were killed in a mass shooting outside a gay bar in the early hours of Saturday morning after a gunman opened fire in Oslo’s nightlife district. More than 20 people were wounded in what was described as an ‘Islamist terror act’, leading to thousands of protestors coming together for a rally, defying requests from Norwegian police to cancel a Pride event amid fears for a reprise attack.Pride flags have come as synonymous with Harry Styles concerts as flared trousers and feather boas, and the Watermelon Sugar hitmaker raised one on stage last night to show solidarity with the community.The 28-year-old took to the stage at the Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway as part of his Love On Tour shows, telling the crowd that he is ‘very sorry’ following the awful incident.‘I am well aware that, right now, this means more to you than it ever has before,’ he began, holding the rainbow flag above his head.Harry continued: ‘I just wanna tell you that I’m very sorry and I hope you all feel safe in here with each other.‘The thing that I am most proud of in my life is getting to play in front of such an incredible, loving group of people every night.
Same-sex couples legally get married in Switzerland after wedding law change
Joyful pictures show gay and lesbian couples tying the knot in Switzerland, where same-sex marriage officially became legal from today.The weddings took place nine months after the country voted in favour of same-sex unions on September 26 last year.More than 64% of Swiss voters backed the ‘Marriage for All’ law during a nationwide referendum.  Same-sex couples will also be able to convert their registered partnership into marriage from today.They can also apply for joint adoption of children and to inherit a partner’s pension when they die.One of the first couples to tie the knot on Friday morning, Laure and Aline, revealed how they had spent 21 years waiting for this day to arrive.Laure told Euronews: ‘We sent out the invitations at the last minute.‘Our family will be there, and some friends too.‘It’s very exciting and we are happy to be able to represent marriage for all.’The couple, both native to Geneva, became registered partners in 2014.They later had a son, now four, carried by Laure during a medically-assisted pregnancy.But Aline faced a long wait to be recognised as the boy’s other parent.‘I’m the biological mother so Aline had no rights in relation to him,’ Laure said.‘So then you have to wait until the child has lived together with you as the couple for a year.‘And then you have to go through the adoption process, and that takes about two years.’Now they finally are both legally recognised as the boy’s mothers, she said.Luca Morreale and Stefano Perfetti were also among the couples who attended a registry office in Zurich today to convert their registered partnership into marriage.
Uniformed police told they’re ‘not welcome’ at London Pride
London parade, organisers have said.The move comes after LGBTQ+ campaigners called for them to be barred due to Scotland Yard’s ‘homophobic’ handling of the investigation into the serial killer Stephen Port.Human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell has said the investigation, which the independent police watchdog is investigating, showed ‘institutional homophobia is alive and kicking in the Metropolitan police’.Speaking to The Guardian, he said the case, as well as other recent revelations of homophobia, racism and misogyny within the force, meant Pride in London needed to take a stand on police officers’ participation in the event.‘While there are many good officers, and they are welcome to march in civilian clothes, Pride needs to challenge the police as an institution, otherwise they will never reform,’ Peter said.In a statement to the newspaper, Pride in London said: ‘We work hard to strike a balance between the very real and legitimate concerns from members of our community, and being as welcoming as we can.‘We agree that the police uniform undermines that balance, and as such we are aligned that it should not feature in our parade.’The move does not prevent individual officers from marching out of uniform.The Gay Liberation Front, which organised the first Pride march in 1972, has also signed an open letter calling for an end to not only police taking part in the parade but also patrolling the event.The letter, organised by Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants, states: ‘Due to our deep-rooted concerns with policing – and the history of Pride itself as resistance against police violence – it is time to end the practice of police participation in Pride each year.‘It is time to end the presence of police banners.‘The
Theresa May urges Boris Johnson to ban trans conversion therapy
Theresa May has called on Boris Johnson to ban transgender conversion, four years after she vowed to make the practice illegal.Conversion therapy refers to any form of treatment or psychotherapy which aims to change a person’s sexual orientation or to suppress a person’s gender identity.It is based on an assumption that being lesbian, gay, bi or trans is a mental illness that can be ‘cured’.In 2018, Ms May announced plans to ban conversion therapy, adding ‘No one should ever have to hide who they are or who they love’.But plans never came to fruition and conversion therapy remains legal in the UK.In late March, Boris Johnson dropped plans to ban any conversion therapy, but U-turned within hours following backlash.The Government later outlined legislation – the Conversion Therapy Bill – in the Queen’s Speech which would ban conversion therapy intended to change someone’s sexual orientation in certain scenarios.But it said that, due to the ‘complexity of issues and need for further careful thought’, the legislation would not ban transgender conversion therapy.Huge protests were held outside Downing Street following the news.Writing in the i for the 50th anniversary of the UK’s first Pride, Mrs May has now urged her successor to end conversion therapy once and for all.She wrote: ‘Few people, reading of accounts from trans people, would disagree that they still face indignities and prejudice, when they deserve understanding and respect.‘We need to strive for greater understanding on both sides of the debate.
‘Layered, nuanced stories are missing in TV representation’: Why we need more LGBT variation on-screen
Russell T Davies’ Queer as Folk, another series that focused solely on the lives of LGBTQ+ people – many continue to be amazed at how far we’ve progressed.In 2021, everyone was talking about Davies’ Channel 4 masterpiece It’s A Sin, which stars Olly Alexander and Neil Patrick Harris and follows the lives of a group of young men who together endure the horror of the HIV/Aids epidemic of the 80s, as well as the pain of rejection and the prejudices that their peers faced throughout the decade. However, while LGBTQ+ representation has reached all-time highs in some facets of the media with shows like Modern Family and Orange Is The New Black, filmmaker and director Kevin Morosky believes there is more to be done, and has called for future TV shows to create space for ‘truly intersectional’ characters.‘With It’s A Sin, don’t get me wrong, it’s about a particular moment in time, but I think it’s a little dangerous when the narrative comes from a negative place,’ he told – who retold his experience of heartbreak through short, poetic vignettes in his self-published novel Notes – expressed there were ‘other ways’ of telling stories like this ‘that give more power to the character.’‘I know a lot of people are going to disagree with me on this,’ he added.‘I didn’t think that show was super progressive, of course; it was a story that needed to be told.
‘David and Keith were the role models I didn’t otherwise have’: The impact of the Six Feet Under Heartstopper couple
In 2022, Heartstopper arrived on Netflix, and everything changed.It was an absolute gift for the LGBTQ+ community, as two teenage boys figured out their feelings for each other without any death, disaster or gratuitous cruelty, which are still all too prevalent in same-sex storylines.For LGBTQ+ people who had grown up before Heartstopper, positive representations of same-sex couples in the media were few and far between – but they did exist, and they were just as important.As Pride month comes to a close, are catching up with LGBTQ+ people about the on-screen romances that impacted them growing up.We’ve had Emily and Naomi from Skins, Tara and Willow from Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and now we’re diving into another trailblazing couple: David and Keith, from Six Feet Under.Their journey was far from the wholesome, hope-filled relationship enjoyed by Charlie and Nick in Heartstopper, but for LGBTQ+ people growing up in the early 2000’s, it was everything.Adam found Keith and David at a ‘pivotal time’ in his life, and was drawn to their ‘rich and complicated‘ relationshipFor Adam, seeing a gay relationship on a mainstream TV show, where each character dealt with their own personal strife but still found a way to make a relationship work, meant everything.While he ‘always knew’ he was gay, as a teenager Adam had ‘a lot of questions that needed answers.
Top tips for anyone going to their first ever London Pride this weekend
London Pride is officially back this weekend, and we can’t wait.After three years away amid the Covid pandemic, the annual LGBTQ+ celebration will return with a bang on Saturday.It all kicks off with a huge parade through the centre – accompanied by singing, comedy and poetry performances, drag brunches, film showings, and much more.More than 1.5 million LGBTQ+ travellers are expected to flock to the capital for the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in the UKWhile some regulars will be gearing up to return, other people will be preparing to attend their first-ever Pride.With this in mind, Pride in London has released some essential tips for first-timers.Everyone is welcomeQueer or not, you shouldn’t be worried that you don’t fit in at Pride; put that thought out of your head right away, says Haven Thorn, spokesperson for Pride in London.He said: ‘Pride is for everyone, and is a chance for you to celebrate not just your gender and sexuality, but always as yourself – and you’re perfect! ‘With that said, Pride attracts people from all walks of life, including sexualities and gender, so it’s crucial to keep an open-mind and be respectful when meeting new people or seeing new things.‘Pride is a judgement free-zone, spanning five decades of queer history, and kindness, acceptance, and mutual respect are of the utmost importance.’Remember what it’s all aboutPride is a great day for everyone involved – but it’s about much more than just having fun.‘While an aspect of Pride is about having loads of fun and coming together as a community, Pride also has a rich history behind it, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City and the first-ever protest here in the UK’, Haven says.He adds: ‘With a multitude of
More than 1,500,000 to attend ‘unity and Equality’ march at London Pride
London will return to the capital this weekend with more than 1.5m people expected to attend the event which is taking place again after a two-year hiatus.Saturday’s parade will pay homage to the UK’s first Pride March, which was organised by members of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) and took place on July 1 1972. The parade, which will kick-off at Hyde Park Corner at midday promises a focus on ‘visibility, unity, and equality for LGBTQ+ people’.More than 30,000 people and nearly 600 community groups will march in the parade with far more expected to line the streets and attend events.In light of the anniversary and ongoing fight for equality, Pride in London has released a short film, tracing the history of the UK movement, its successes and continuing challenges.Called ’50 Seconds of All Our Pride’ the film is a ‘powerful manifesto’ that celebrates the community’s ‘diversity, inclusivity, resilience, and strength’.Created exclusively by people from the LGBTQ+ community, the short film aims to convey the diversity of the community’s experience.To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 videoAt its heart, Pride is a protest and as well as being a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community Pride in London is also using this year’s event to call for action.The volunteer-run organisation is urging the UK government to ban conversion therapy for all LGBTQ+ people, reform the Gender Recognition Act, provide equal protection for LGBTQ+ communities against hate crime and end its hostile environment towards migrants.The organisation is also pushing for a national AIDS memorial to be established that acknowledges the impact of HIV and AIDs on the LGBTQ+ community.
‘Willow and Tara gave me hope in a confusing time’: Queer women pay tribute to Buffy Heartstopper moment
In 2022, Heartstopper arrived on Netflix, and everything changed.It was an absolute gift for LGBTQ+ teens and young people, centering around two teenage boys who figure out their feelings for each other, without any death, disaster or gratuitous cruelty.For LGBTQ+ people who had grown up before, positive representation of same-sex couples were few and far between – but they did exist, and they were just as important.As Pride month comes to a close, are catching up with LGBTQ+ people about the on-screen romances that meant everything to them growing up.We’ve heard how Emily and Naomi from Skins helped young queer women to accept their own sexuality, as up-and-down as their relationship was.Now we’re diving into another iconic, trailblazing couple: Willow and Tara, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.While their story was far from a happy-ever-after, their feelings for each other, eventual relationship and Willow’s emotional coming out to Buffy in a major show in the 1990’s had a huge impact at the time- and still does today.Tara and Willow is still the most relatable queer couple for Emma, even 20 years after she show endedEmma is 17 years old and growing up in an era where LGBTQ+ relationships on Tare far more common than it used to be – but Willow and Tara’s is the one she resonates with the most.‘I have seen countless other shows with [woman-loving-woman] relationships,’ she says, listing out the likes of Orange Is The New Black, The L Word and The 100.‘But none of them resonated with me as much as Tara and Willow did.’Having just recently finished watching Buffy for the first time, Emma says she responded to how ‘normal the characters are,’ and the fact they are her own age.Even 20 years on from when Buffy first
Powerful act of defiance as thousands join LGBT march after attack in Oslo
two people were killed in a mass shooting outside a gay bar.The demonstrators defied requests from Norwegian police to cancel the event amid fears for a reprise attack.They held up signs saying ‘you can’t cancel us’ and ‘sexual freedom’ to remind the capital city that Pride is not a party but a protest.More than 20 people were wounded in the early hours of Saturday morning after a gunman opened fire in Oslo’s nightlife district, in what was described as an ‘Islamist terror act’.Witnesses said the attacker took out a gun from his bag and started firing at three venues.‘First I thought it was an air gun,’ journalist Olav Roenneberg said.To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video‘Then the glass of the bar next door was shattered and I understood I had to run for cover.’Zaniar Matapour was arrested minutes after the shooting and held on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and terrorism.The 43-year-old Norwegian citizen, who is originally from Iran, has not offered any explanation to detectives. Prosecutor Ingvild Myrold said they had ‘many hypotheses’ regarding a motive although police have unsuccessfully tried to question the suspect for three days.‘We take a closer look at his mental health, his political motives and background and possibly who else he may have had contact with before this happened,’ she told the Associated Press.