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Just 55% of Americans believe LGBTQ people “face a lot of discrimination”

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Just 55% of Americans believe LGBTQ people face a lot of discrimination

With rising support for marriage equality and the LGBTQ community comes a bit of a distorted view on the issues of discrimination those within the community still face.

According to a new report from FiveThirtyEight, “only 55 percent of Americans believe that gay and lesbian people face a lot of discrimination in the U.S., down from 68 percent in 2013.”

But those numbers may be skewed, depending on how the person responding is surveyed. According to the same article, a 2014 report “found that Americans were 14 points less likely to say gays and lesbians experience a lot of discrimination when responding to an online survey than when a pollster called them.”

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What’s more, an increasing number of Americans seem to be believing the idea that fighting for LGBTQ rights is largely unnecessary. A 2017 Gallup survey found that 46 percent of people do not think “news (sic) civil rights laws are needed to reduce discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people.” A 2018 survey from PRRI revealed that 49 percent believe the U.S. “has made the changes needed to give gay and lesbian people equal fights with other Americans.”

It’s nice that people believe LGBT citizens have been given the rights to make them equal with other Americans, but it’s simply not the case, especially when you consider that new rights don’t always mean increased acceptance. In fact, anti-LGBTQ hate crimes rose 3 percent in 2017, according to the FBI. Of the 1,470 victims who “were involved in 1,249 separate bias incidents,” close to 60 percent were against gay men and 25 percent were against “a mix of LGBTQ people.”

The number of hate crimes in the U.S. against those in the LGBTQ community has increased every year since 2014.

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‘Game of Thrones’ star Sophie Turner: “I love a soul, not a gender”

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'Game of Thrones' star Sophie Turner: "I love a soul, not a gender"
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Sophie Turner, known for her roles as Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones and Jean Grey in the X-Men movies (including this year’s Dark Phoenix), spoke about love in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.

More specifically, in the article, which focuses on her and GoT co-star Maisie WilliamsGrowing Up Game of Thrones,” Turner spoke about the way she loves. She revealed that she “never thought she’d get engaged so young, or at all,” adding, “I was fully preparing myself to be single for the rest of my life.” She is currently engaged to singer Joe Jonas.

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She goes on to say that she believes her soul to be much older than her age (22, in case you’re wondering) and that she’s “lived enough life to know” when she’s found the person she wants to be with.

“I’ve met enough guys to know — I’ve met enough girls to know. I don’t feel 22. I feel like 27, 28.” When pushed to elaborate on the “girls” part, Turner continued. “Everyone experiments. It’s part of growing up. I love a soul, not a gender.”

Turner didn’t label her sexuality one way or another.

'Game of Thrones' star Sophie Turner: "I love a soul, not a gender"

The final season of Game of Thrones premieres April 14 and Dark Phoenix hits theatres June 7, 2019.

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Bill Tamlyn is the gay Instagram daddy you need to follow

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Bill Tamlyn is the gay Instagram daddy you need to follow

Bill Tamlyn is many things: a father, a model, and a certifiable Instagram daaaaaddy. In terms of shirtless men, he ranks up there with the best of them.

The 52-year-old single-dad from Minneapolis, Minnesota, who boasts over 29,000 followers on his Instagram account, told Gay Star News in an interview last year that “he juggles fatherhood with a demanding modeling career” and hits the gym almost every day.

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With regards to his sons, he said, “For all I’ve taught them, I feel like they’ve taught me even more.”

Excuse me while I soothe my non-existent ovaries.

Here are a bunch of his best and most thirst-trap-worthy Instagram photos:

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I think I can speak for everyone.

Bill Tamlyn is the gay Instagram daddy you need to follow

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Tumblr’s traffic takes a dive after its ban on adult content

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Looks like Tumblr’s ban on adult content has hit them right where it hurts — their traffic.

Their new rules, prohibiting “photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples,” took effect December 2018.

After the new rules were announced, many Tumblr users threatened to leave the platform. In December, Tumblr received 521 million monthly page views. That number dropped to 437 million in January 2019 and then again to 370 million in February.

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Many “felt the move would disproportionately affect queer people,” including artist Courtney Trouble, who said, “the Tumblr ban on adult content will affect queer and trans users by taking away a vital social component to a community that is bound together by their sexual orientation and sexual desire. Without social media that allows this kind of exploration, we are losing a lot.”

Seems as if those who promised to leave have done so and Tumblr is now seeing what happens when you make a decision that doesn’t represent the interests and feelings of the majority of your audience.

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