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Portrait of an artist without a home

Chuma Somdaka fled prejudice to live on a park bench. Now her art keeps her whole.For Chuma Somdaka, making art is not about drawing pretty pictures: it’s a way of finding peace, a way of talking with God. Every day, she sits on a shady bench on Government Avenue, right next to Parliament in Cape Town. Her portraits are spread around her for sale. She has her pastels ready. And she draws — draws passersby, draws the other people who live in the Company’s Gardens.For nearly two years, this has been her home. Born in Mthatha,…

Nike Launches New Clothing Line With Out Skateboarder Brian Anderson

by Cody Gohl 24h ago Nike has released a brand new clothing line with openly gay skateboarder Brian Anderson. Getty Images Anderson, who took the skating community by storm in the late 90s with his daredevil style, came out as gay this past September in an interview with Giovanni Reda for Vice Sports’ Reda for the World. “People ask, ’Why are you doing this now and not earlier?’ It would have been a lot more beneficial.’” he admitted. “Because I was pretty freaked out, you know what I mean? I was really scared, and people…

Lady Gaga ‘banned from anti-Trump protest’ during Super Bowl performance

Lady Gaga has reportedly been banned from talking about Donald Trump during her Super Bowl performance next month. The gay icon is set to perform the half-time show at the sporting event on February 5 in Houston, Texas. A passionate supporter of Hillary Clinton during the election, the singer has been outspoken in her criticism of President-elect Trump ahead of his inauguration tomorrow. However, according to a report from Entertainment Tonight, Gaga has been warned by organisers not to use her performance as a protest

The Gay '90s

(Images by Richard Renaldi) Yet another gay photo project, this one museum-worthy. Acclaimed photographer Richard Renaldi has released a photo book entitled Manhattan Sunday that chronicles life in the early '90s after the gay clubs closed. The images look phenomenal — so much so that there will be an Eastman Museum exhibit in NYC starting January 21: A compelling story Renaldi told The Guardian: In the summer of 1992, in the early hours of a Sunday morning, Richard Renaldi and his boyfriend Eric left The Sound…

Chance The Rapper’s Brother, Taylor Bennett, Comes Out As Bisexual

by Cody Gohl 2h ago On Wednesday, Chance the Rapper’s brother Taylor Bennett came out as bisexual. The Chicago rapper made the announcement in a series of tweets ahead of his 21st birthday. “My birthday is tomorrow and moving into next year I’d like to be more open about myself to help others that struggle with the same issues,” he wrote. “Growing up I’ve always felt indifferent about my sexuality and being attracted to one sex and today I would like to openly come out to my fans. I do recognize myself as a bisexual male…

Obamas to holiday with gay friends on leaving the White House

Barack and Michelle Obama’s post-presidency plans have been revealed, 24 hours ahead of their departure. The outgoing POTUS and FLOTUS will be leaving Washington DC for sunny Palm Springs, California. They’ll be holidaying with their longtime friends, the outgoing US ambassador to Spain, James Costos and his husband, Michael Smith, according to TMZ. Michael Smith has been interior designer for the White House since the Obamas moved in in 2008. And although they’ll be leaving the White House, they won’t be leaving their

THE VILLAGE VOICE Previews WHEN WE RISE

(Image via ABC) Dustin Lance Black speaks to The Village Voice on his upcoming When We Rise epic miniseries, which chronicles the entire gay rights movement. Choice quotes: He claims not to have been totally shocked Trump won:   Most of the family I love are still very religious and live in parts of the country where equality isn't welcomed — and wasn't welcomed historically.   He is aiming the series at general viewers:   When I was growing up, ABC was the station we trusted. I thought, wow, this might be an opportunity to…

Betsy DeVos Says Guns In Schools Are Necessary To Protect Students From Grizzly Bears, Internet Responds

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s Education Secretary nominee, told lawmakers at her confirmation hearing that guns might have a place in schools due to the threat posed by grizzly bears. Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy (D), who has been vocal on gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, asked DeVos, “Do you think guns have any place in or around schools?” “I think that’s best left to locales and states to decide,” she replied. When Murphy pressed her again, DeVos said, “I will refer back to Senator Enzi…

Anglican Leaders "Feel Silenced" By Church On Same-Sex Marriage

An Anglican laywoman who has served on the church’s national decision-making body for 30 years says most ordinary Anglicans have no problem with same-sex marriage. View this image › Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images ID: 10342718 Dr Muriel Porter, a Melbourne journalist and author, also said that progressive Anglican leaders “feel silenced” on the divisive issue.“It looks as if the whole Anglican church is unanimously opposed to same-sex marriage. I know for a fact that it isn’t,” she told BuzzFeed News.“I think most ordinary…

Big Gay Dance Party Held Outside Mike Pence’s House

by Dan Avery 23m ago As the nation’s capital prepares for the inauguration, a group of LGBT and ally demonstrators got the festivities started early with a queer dance party outside Mike Pence’s Chevy Chase home. WERK for Peace and Disrupt J20 joined forces on the event, with participants meeting at the Friendship Heights Metro station at about 6pm Wednesday evening and then marching several miles to the Pence home. Many wore wigs, boas, unicorn horns and other accoutrement. Though spirits were strong, the atmosphere…