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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ director Bryan Singer faces new allegations of sexual misconduct in shocking report

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'Bohemian Rhapsody' director Bryan Singer faces new allegations of sexual misconduct in shocking report

It was just yesterday that his latest film, Bohemian Rhapsody, was nominated for 5 Academy Awards. Today, Bryan Singer faces new allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Atlantic has published a shocking report regarding those allegations. They spoke with over 50 sources, including four men who had yet to speak with media about their encounters and who say Singer sexually assaulted and molested them when they were underage.

“Some of the alleged victims say they were seduced by the director while underage; others say they were raped,” The Atlantic writes. “The victims we interviewed told us these experiences left them psychologically damaged, with substance-abuse problems, depression, and PTSD.”

The article describes Singer as “a troubled man who surrounded himself with vulnerable teenage boys, many of them estranged from their families.” Reports from alleged victims “suggest that Singer didn’t act alone” and was often helped in one way or another by those close to him, like friends and colleagues “who brought him young men.”

Two of the alleged victims spoke of sexual encounters with Singer in the 1990s. Both were underage at the time.

“A man we’ll call Eric told us that he was 17 in 1997 when he and Singer had sex at a party at the director’s house; another we’ll call Andy says he was only 15 that same year, when he and Singer had sex in a Beverly Hills mansion,” The Atlantic reports. “Both men say Singer, who was then in his early 30s, knew they were under 18, the age of consent in California. (They asked The Atlantic to conceal their identity for fear of retaliation, and because they didn’t want certain details about their past made public.)”

In October 2018, Singer released a statement against an article he said was to be published in the near future. He called it “fictional and irresponsible” and claimed the article was to be published around the time of Bohemian Rhapsody‘s release by Esquire.

“I have known for some time that [there may be] a negative article about me,” Singer wrote. “They have contacted my friends, colleagues and people I don’t even know. In today’s climate where people’s careers are being harmed by mere accusations, what [these reporters are] attempting to do is a reckless disregard for the truth, making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsible.”

Singer was fired as the director of Bohemian Rhapsody due to “repeated absences from the set” and quickly replaced with Dexter Fletcher. However, Singer remains credited as the only director of the film.

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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.

This article was originally published March 21, 2019.

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Alex Landi, our new TV crush, is presenting at the GLAAD Media Awards

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Alex Landi, our new TV crush, is presenting at the GLAAD Media Awards
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My new obsession, Grey’s Anatomy‘s Alex Landi, who plays Dr. Nico Kim on the hit ABC series and who also plays the perfect shirtless husband in my dreams, is set to present at this year’s 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards.

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The 26-year-old actor shared the new via his personal Instagram Stories:

Alex Landi, our new TV crush, is presenting at the GLAAD Media Awards
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Alex Landi will present and Lizzo will perform at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards

Landi will be in good company during the March 28th ceremony, with stars like Hayley Kiyoko, Lena Waithe, Janet Mock, Barbara Corcoran, Olivia Munn, Meghan Trainor, Adam Rippon, and even Landi’s Grey’s co-star, Jake Borelli (Schmico!). Hip-hop artist Lizzo is set to perform.

Grey’s Anatomy ship Schmico at the GLAAD Media Awards together?

Alex Landi will present and Lizzo will perform at this year's GLAAD Media Awards

Will & Grace star Sean Hayes will be presented with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award “for his work in promoting and forwarding LGBTQ culture.” Power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z will receive the Vanguard Award “for their continued work as allies for the LGBTQ community.”

The GLAAD Media Awards “recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and the issues that affect their lives.” This year’s ceremony will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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Disney is holding its first official LGBTQ Pride event

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Disney is holding its first official LGBTQ Pride event

Even Disneyland is getting a bit more colourful because they’re holding their first official LGBTQ Pride event in Paris on June 1, 2019.

The iconic company is calling it “Magical Pride” and the event date will coincide, of course, with the start of Pride Month.

The event will feature a “Magical March of Diversity Parade,” as well as live-music and themed photo locations.

“Magical Pride” has been an unofficial event at Disneyland Paris since 2014, organized by independent groups. The 2019 event will be the park’s first time hosting officially.

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In 1991, Disney World theme park in Florida hosted an official LGBTQ Pride event, attended by 3,000 gays and lesbians.

Though Disney received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for businesses with pro-LGBTQ employee policies for 12 years in a row, the company has made a slow (though worth mentioning) start to including LGBTQ characters and storylines in their media.

The upcoming Disney film, Jungle Cruise, will feature the company’s first openly gay character to appear in a live-action feature. And despite this positive step forward, the announcement drew criticism because the actor cast in the role, Jack Whitehall, is a straight man, and the character itself will perpetuate certain gay stereotypes.

Good Luck Charlie was their first live-action sitcom series to feature a lesbian couple, back in 2014, while Andi Mack was the first live-action series to feature an openly LGBTQ recurring character.

You can book “Magical Pride” tickets now with Greatdays Holidays.

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