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Netflix makes $60 million show of support for LGBTQ rights

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Netflix is making a massive show of support for the LGBTQ community — a $60 million show of support to be exact — and it’s all aimed at North Carolina and a particular part of their House Bill 2.

The law went into effect in 2016 and made it so that trans people had to use the bathroom that corresponded to “the gender printed on their birth certificates.” And even though a part of it was repealed in 2017, it was replaced with HB142 which is “a clause forbidding municipalities from passing an ordinance” that could protect LGBTQ citizens until 2020.

Because of the anti-LGBTQ legislation, Netflix has passed on North Carolina as a filming location for their upcoming series, OBX — a series that actually takes place in the state itself.

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The creator of the series, Jonas Pate, spoke with Star News Online. “This tiny law is costing this town 70 good, clean, pension-paying jobs and also sending a message to those people who can bring these jobs and more that North Carolina still doesn’t get it,” he said.

The streaming giant will spend $60 million in whichever state it decides to film in, and right now, it looks as if South Carolina is the frontrunner.

“We have a tiny window where this could be pulled out of the fire,” Pate added. “If I get any sense that there is any effort to move the sunset date up, I think I could convince Netflix to change course.”

“That is a decision the legislature has to make and realize that it is one more opportunity we are losing if we don’t,” said incoming Sen. Harper Peterson, D-New Hanover. “There is no rational reason to delay if it is already going to sunset.”

According to Pate, who previously created NBC’s Surface, OBX is “a coming of age story” and “follows a summer of change for four teenagers in a fictional Outer Banks town when a hurricane cuts all power and communication to the island.”

Netflix refuses to film new series in North Carolina because of anti-LGBTQ law
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Ryan O’Connell says ‘Special’ season 2 will have “a lot more gay sex”

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Fans of Netflix’s Special are in for a treat because the show has been renewed for a second season and the show’s creator and star, Ryan O’Connell, has promised “a lot more gay sex.”

The groundbreaking series, based on O’Connell’s 2015 memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, follows character Ryan Hayes, a gay man with cerebral palsy who decides to reinvent himself and live the life he wants.

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, O’Connell revealed his frustration that more shows don’t depict the reality of “sexual experiences for gay people, many of whom grew up with little to no education.”

Ryan O'Connell says 'Special' season 2 will have "a lot more gay sex"
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In the new season, he plans to change that. “I think anything that still has a stigma attached to it just naturally excites me,” he told EW. “I think there shouldn’t be any of that, especially with gay sex. I’ve had to suffer through so many straight sex scenes and now everyone else has to pay.”

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Referencing his own sexual experiences as a young gay man, he added “I remember when I started having sex when I was 17 — not to brag — I didn’t know anything about anal sex at all.”

Ryan O'Connell says 'Special' season 2 will have "a lot more gay sex"
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“I went to Barnes & Noble and got this book called Anal Pleasure and Health that was for straight people. L-O-actual-L… For like three months, I thought you could only have sex on your stomach.”

Special season 2 currently doesn’t have a release date, but season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix.

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These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

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Sakimi Chan

We’re all very familiar with the classic Disney characters and what they look like. We also understand that most of Disney’s highly-famous characters are women – as they should be!

But have you ever wondered what Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Elsa from Frozen might look like as men? What about Belle from Beauty and the Beast or Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty?

Wonder no more thanks to a Canadian digital artist by the name of Sakimi Chan, who gender-bent your favourite Disney characters in these gorgeous illustrations.

Wonder no more thanks to a Canadian digital artist by the name of Sakimi Chan who gender-bent your favourite Disney characters in these gorgeous illustrations. 

Belle and Beast from Beauty and the Beast

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

Elsa from Frozen

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

Ursula from The Little Mermaid

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

Pocahontas from Pocahontas

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

Ariel from The Little Mermaid

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmations

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty

These gender-bent Disney characters are going to make your heart race

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This article was originally published on January 21, 2019.

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Quiz: Can you guess these celebrity abs?

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Quiz: Can you guess these celebrity abs?

Hollywood is filled with some of the most drool-worthy abs around, right? From Marvel stars Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt to athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham, it’s a veritable thirst-trap.

Use your keen eyes to take our quiz below and see if you’re able to identify these famous celebrity abs!

What was your score?

Quiz: Can you guess these celebrity abs?

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