Johnny Alcantar is one of five owners of the Old Plantation in El Paso, Texas.
He posted a photograph of himself and four friends holding up a ‘Trump: Keep American Great 2020’ sign.
The photo was taken at the El Paso County Coliseum, where the US president held a rally Monday.
Alcantar uploaded it to his personal Instagram account.
But local drag queen Puta Khalo picked-up the photo and posted a passionate response on Facebook.
‘I’m fucking disgusted by one of the owners of the OP,’ she said.
‘Straight people are the first to try to profit off of our community and our art but won’t hesitate to support a man who has called trans people burdens.
‘Don’t tarnish our sanctuaries with your bullshit political ideals. Trash.’
Khalo called for a boycott of the Old Plantation.
Hundreds of users commented to voice their support.
‘Well that’s a wrap on ever going there again,’ one wrote.
Another said: ‘This dude is disgusting.’
Though, not all agreed.
One user said: ‘Let them support trump if they want to, mind your own business & live your life.’
Alcantar told KTSM he attended the rally only to see a sitting president.
‘I don’t agree with everything Donald Trump says but I have to support our current president.
‘I don’t have any other choice.’
Mark Adkins, CEO of the Old Plantation, issued a statement on the club’s Facebook page.
It said: ‘The Old Plantation Nightclub does NOT support Trump’s views or opinions, especially towards our LGBTQ community.
‘We would like to reiterate that the individual who attended Trump’s rally is, just that, only one individual who is a minor shareholder that owns a small fraction of the company.
‘He does not represent The Old Plantation, its ownership or our community in any way.’
Old Plantation isn’t the first LGBTI club to go political.
A club in the UK threw a Brexit-themed party to rally for a People’s vote.
Written by: Josh Milton. 14 February 2019. gaystarnews.com
In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy a 570-page book is set to be released February 21. French journalist Frédéric Martel claims that 80 percent of Vatican priest is gay.
Martel reportedly interviewed “52 bishops, 45 papal ambassadors, 41 cardinals, 11 Swiss guards and 200 priest and seminarians.”
Sources familiar with the book state: “Some gay priests accept their sexual orientation and a number maintain discreet long-term relationships, others live more extreme double lives through casual encounters and the use of male prostitutes, while others are in denial about their sexuality.”
Critics of the book claim “It is not always easy to tell when Martel is trafficking in fact, rumor, eyewitness accounts or hearsay.” Others have criticized Martel for releasing the book at the start of the Pope’s summit on the church’s child sex abuse scandals, further conflating homosexuality and child sex abuse.
This isn’t the first time allegations of widespread homosexuality of Vatican priests. A former seminarian and Vatican expert Robert Mickens in 2017 claimed that “There are a large number … of self-loathing, homophobic homosexuals in the priesthood.”
While studying in Rome, Mickens reported that he ran into “all kinds of priests and even seminarians, people who worked at the Vatican” at local gay bars, beaches, and bathhouses.
I know a number of priests who have partners or who have ‘special friends’ from various stages of platonic to full-blown almost husband-and-husband relationships. The church and certainly the Vatican is certainly a homoerotic place. Take a look or walk through the Vatican museums. It’s all genitalia all over the place….
A poll conducted by The L.A. Times claimed that 15% of American priest said they were gay. However Canadian journalist Anna Maria Tremonti believes that number is much higher and more likely around 70%.
In January 2016, Catholic Cardinal Óscar Maradiaga said that the Vatican had a secret “gay lobby. ”The Vatican has also recently been plagued by reports of priests hiring male sex workers, having priest orgies and fooling around with members of the Vatican Swiss Guard.
Actor Chris Pratt appeared to defend his church, Hillsong, following criticism of it for being anti-LGBTI.
There have been rumors and criticisms of the church for some time. These sentiments gained steamed last week, however, when Ellen Page publicly called out Pratt for not addressing the church’s LGBTI stances while discussing it with Stephen Colbert.
Pratt posted a lengthy statement on his Instagram story addressing the church’s controversy.
Regarding the claims of him belonging to a church that is ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ,’ he wrote: ‘Nothing could be further from the truth.
‘I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.’
‘Despite what the Bible says about divorce, my church community was there for me every step of the way, never judging, just gracefully accompanying me on my walk. They helped me tremendously offering love and support.’
Recently, he divorced his wife of nine years, Anna Faris. He is now engaged to Katherine Schwarzenegger.
His statement continued: ‘It is what I have seen them do for others on countless occasions regardless of sexual orientation, race, or gender.
‘My faith is important to me, but no church defines me or my life, and I am not a spokesperson for any chuch or any group of people. My values define who I am. We need less hate in this world, not more. I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want, free from the judgment of their fellow man.
‘Jesus said, “I give you a new command, love one another.” This is what guides me in my life. He is a God of love, acceptance and forgiveness. Hate has no place in my or this world.’
The church has this reputation because of a statement Hillsong’s global pastor Brian Houston released in 2015.
He said he ‘holds to traditional Christian thought on gay lifestyles and gay marriage’ and that ‘God’s word is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman’.
The statement continued, about the church: ‘Hillsong Church welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles. Put clearly, we do not affirm a gay lifestyle and because of this we do not knowingly have actively gay people in positions of leadership, either paid or unpaid.
‘I recognize this one statement alone is upsetting to people on both sides of this discussion, which points to the complexity of the issue for churches all over the world.’
Several other celebrities have also attended this church, including Justin Bieber, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Nick Jonas, Vanessa Hudgens, and more.
Written by: Anya Crittenton. 12 February 2019. gaystarnews.com
Michael Sanchez, a gay Trump supporter, is being fingered as the source of Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos’ leaked photos and texts with his mistress, Lauren Sanchez. He is her brother.
Multiple sources inside AMI, the parent company of the National Enquirer, are telling reporters that Sanchez was the source. A lawyer for the company also hinted that Sanchez was the source.
“The story was given to the National Enquirer by a reliable source that had given information to the National Enquirer for seven years prior to this story. It was a source that was well known to both Mr. Bezos and Ms. Sanchez,” attorney Elkan Abramowitz told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
Bezos managed to get in front of the Enquirer story, but started an investigation into how the tabloid, which has a close relationship with President Trump, happened to get its hands on what it called “raunchy messages and erotic selfies.”
Bezos published emails sent to him by an AMI executive demanding he call off his private investigation in exchange for not publishing more photos and texts between Bezos and his lover. Bezos believes he was targeted because he also owns the Washington Post, one of President Donald Trump’s most hated newspapers.
Gavin de Becker, Bezos’s personal security consultant and a former Justice Department official, said that “strong leads point to political motives” for whoever turned the messages over to the Enquirer.
Sanchez’s Twitter account is an ode to MAGA-hood, decrying the Mueller investigation as a witch hunt and attacking the mainstream media for fake news.
Sanchez has ties to Trump’s circle of oddballs, including recently indicted dirty trickster Roger Stone. Carter Page, a former Trump advisor who is being investigated by Mueller for his ties to Russia during the presidential campaign, also describes Sanchez as a friend.
A talent manager and publicist, Sanchez has been married to his husband, Casey Ashby, since 2011. Ashby is a Gucci store director. They live in West Hollywood.
In response to the news he’d been questioned, Sanchez accused de Becker of spreading “fake, unhinged conservative conspiracy theories [and] ‘dog whistle” smears.”
Written by: Bil Browning. 11 February 2019. lgbtqnation.com
Democrats in Texas have filed a total of eight bill supporting and protecting LGBTQ rights. But it appears that the leader of a hate group that opposes those bills has an ex-wife that left him for another woman.
Jonathan Saenz is the president of Texas Values, a vocal and the states leading anti-gay group. Texas Values has been falsely claiming that the bills will “ban the Bible” and threaten Christians with fines and possible jail time.
The only problem with that theory is that the bills don’t mention Christianity or the Bible and laws that exist in several states don’t ‘ban’ the Bible or throw Christians in jail.
However, Saenz’s anti-gay hate group continues to push its conservative Christian hatred against gay people, and this might have to do with his ex-wife.
Saenz’s wife Corrine in 2011 divorced him to be with another woman, Ercilia Pardes, a former co-worker.
Saenz accused Corrine of having an extra-marital affair and during the divorce proceedings, he tried to ban Paredes from being in the courtroom. Saenz also went a step further by unsuccessfully trying to have Corrine placed in jail when she refused to undergo a psychological evaluation.
In court documents, Corrine said her marriage was “insupportable due to discord or conflict of personalities,” adding that their conflict “destroys the legitimate ends of marriage and prevents reasonable expectations of reconciliation.”
Corrine and Saenz eventually settled their divorce through mediation.
Saenz has continued to state that same-sex marriage is similar to incest and that he supports “ex-gay” therapy for kids. It is also dangerous to allow trans people to use public bathrooms and being gay is a “dangerous and risky sexual activity that can fiercely jeopardize a person’s well-being.” He also helped overturn Houston’s pro-LGBTQ city ordinance protection in 2015.
We can only hope that his ex-wife is happy and maybe she has found someone that isn’t a “nut job.”
The new Brazilian government will begin the revision of school textbooks for all public schools.
President Jair Bolsonaro has announced (via Twitter) that all information pertaining to LGBTQ and the feminist movement will be taken out of the South American nations’ curriculum and official plan to have more school run by the military.
Like President Trump, Bolsonaro announced his plans via a tweet prior to his inauguration on January 1. The erasure is being touted as a necessary move to improve education. “One of the goals to get Brazil out of the worst positions in international education rankings is to combat the Marxist rubbish that has spread in educational institutions,” Bolsonaro stated.
According to the Program for International Student Assessment – Brazil’s placed 63 out of 72 countries and regions in 2015, which places Brazil as one of the highest percentages of adults who lack a high school education.
Critics of the governments plan state that more resources and a raising educator’s wages instead of revising textbook are necessary to improve the international rankings. Most public schools in Brazil lack running water, sewage, and electricity.
Bolsonaro cites the education crisis as a reason to crack down on LGBTQ history and violence women topics. He has a long history of racism, misogyny, and homophobia. For example, one of his first acts as president was to remove LGBTQ concerns from the list of issues handled by the human rights ministry.
Bolsonaro has criticized “gender-based ideology,” stating that it threatens Brazil’s Christian values. He has also said that he would rather have a dead son than a gay one. He has also compared indigenous people to animals and if that wasn’t enough stated that a female legislator was too ugly to be raped.
During his inauguration speech, he said that he was freeing his country from socialism and would protect children from “gender ideology”. Bolsonaro’s appointee all appear to share his far-right stances.
It appears that Brazil is moving backward and on the path towards a fascist country!
Christian columnist Peter Hitchens’ talk at a university has been cancelled as it clashed with LGBTI History Month.
Hitchens, a columnist for the Mail on Sunday, planned to speak at the University of Portsmouth on 12 February. However, after pressure from students and the Students’ Union, the university withdrew the invitation.
The university announced the decision on the Students’ Union website, saying Hitchesn’ views ‘are not necessarily aligned with the Students’ Union’s vibrant celebration of the LGBT+ community this month’.
There has been wide-spread condemnation from right wing figures. Hitchens complained on BBC Radio 4: ‘What does it matter whether there’s an LGBT+ week? If somebody has been invited to speak there is no excuse – especially in an institution devoted to freedom of thought and speech and education – for telling them not to come and for stopping a meeting from taking place.
‘That is thought policing and it is undoubtedly censorship. There is no way out of it.’
However, the talk has not been cancelled forever. It’s been postponed to a later date.
Peter Hitchens is a vocal opponent to same-sex marriage in Britain. In 2009 he wrote a column with the headline ‘We show tolerance to ‘gays’ and get tyranny in return‘. Throughout the column, he refuses to call gay people gay without inverted commas and implies same-sex parents are unfit to raise children.
Written by: Tom Capon. 08 February 2019. Gaystarnews.com
Apparently, there is a possible new development in the investigation of the attack on actor Jussie Smollett.
Investigators are looking at a possible link between threatening mail sent to Smollett, and his assault on January 29th. In one letter Smollett was referred to as a “black fag.”
The out-gay actor and Empire star had to hospitalized following the attack in Chicago.
Assailants assaulted Smollett, using racist and homophobic slurs, and then pouring corrosive chemical, beating him and then tying a noose around his neck. Smollett has since been released and has returned to the Empire set.
The FBI is now coordinating with a private security firm to screen all mail sent to the cast of the show, which according to insiders has been receiving threatening letters for a while now. Chicago police are analyzing camera footage taken in the area of the attach searching for the suspect(s).
Law enforcement has confirmed that they are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.
Amateur male model Malik Joseph has claimed that he engaged in a romantic relation with Oakland Raiders P.J. Hall.
Joseph shared text messages on his Instagram account which are reportedly from P.J. Hall which is states “prove” the NFL player likes men. He also encouraged his followers to harass Hall’s girlfriend over DM.
Furthermore, he has suggested there might be other closeted men, including an individual running for Atlanta City Council, who he’s hooked up with and about to expose.
A rep for Hall tells Black Sports Online the story is totally false and accuses Joseph of making “defamatory and slanderous accusations” against the NFLer, adding that Joseph has a “history of extorting men.”
The rep did not say whether Hall plans to pursue any legal action against the Only Fans model.
Meanwhile, Hall himself took to Twitter to deny the accusations and to say he and his girlfriend are “all good.”
Lmao, me and my girl are all good over here and have been. Y’all can try whatever y’all want!!
— PJ Hall (@Pjjwatt) February 6, 2019
A gay elementary school teacher in Puebla, Mexico was found murdered in his home. Activists have already declared the killing a hate crime.
Police received phone calls from Hugo Mendez’s neighbors after they heard what they described as a “struggle” coming from Mendez’s home. When paramedics arrived, they found him dead at the scene, stabbed. According to people close to Mendez, who also worked as a dance instructor, he had received numerous threats to his life over his sexuality.
“They did not kill him for being a teacher, or for selling costumes, or for having a dance group,” said one activist. “They killed him because of his sexual orientation. We are outraged. Police must find out who killed him and punish them with the full measure of the law.”
Police have already begun investigating the murder as a hate crime. Despite legal protections like marriage equality in Mexico, LGBTQ people still face a good deal of discrimination and violence. Statistics show that around six queer people are murdered in the country each month.
Written by: David Reddish. 05 February 2019