Andy Cohen Calls Out Chechen Leader Over Gay ‘Concentration Camps’

Andy Cohen joined a growing chorus of stars to speak out against claims that gay men are being detained, tortured and even killed in the Russian republic of Chechnya. 
A Russian opposition newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, made the allegations earlier this month, reporting that more than 100 gay men had been detained “in connection with their nontraditional sexual orientation.” A second Novaya Gazeta report doubled down on the claims, with a source telling the newspaper that the Muslim-majority region’s anti-LGBTQ purge includes Nazi-style concentration camps
In a video posted to his Facebook page late Wednesday, Cohen appeared in an uncharacteristically serious mood as he addressed the reports, which have since sparked a global media firestorm. The Bravo host, 48, addressed Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov directly in the clip, which can be viewed below. 

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Ellen Welcomes Incredible 12-Year-Old Singer Who Was Bullied For Wearing Makeup

A “Little Big Shots” star left his mark on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this week with a goosebump-inducing performance and candid interview. 
On Monday, 12-year-old Reuben de Maid wowed fans with his take on the “Dreamgirls” ballad, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” giving Jennifer Holliday, who originated the song on Broadway, a run for her money. But the Welsh native offered wisdom beyond his years in the accompanying interview, offering a frank take on the bullying he’s experienced for wearing makeup. 
“In my drama group, I used to get hit, punched and kicked,” de Maid, who said shares his own makeup tips with his mother and sister, explained. “I tried to brush it off, but brushing it off just doesn’t work. So I stood up to them.” 
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Newspaper Which Reported On Gay Abuse In Chechnya Fears For Staff

Russia’s most famous campaigning newspaper said on Friday it had appealed to the Kremlin to protect its staff after Chechen clerics said the paper faced “retribution” for alleging that gay men in Chechnya were being tortured and killed.
Novaya Gazeta published an article this month which said authorities in the majority Muslim southern Russian republic had rounded up over 100 gay men or men suspected of being gay and tortured them. It said at least three of them had been killed.
Kremlin critics saw the report as further evidence that Moscow allows authorities in Chechnya to run the region - which has been consumed by two wars since the Soviet collapse - as a feudal fiefdom in exchange for separatist and radical Islamist sentiment being brutally suppressed.
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Out Profiles 4 Queer Women To Examine Power Of Storytelling In Era Of Trump

Four queer women got candid about their personal experiences in a shifting America for Out magazine’s “Storytellers” edition.
Actress Ellen Page, author Janet Mock, “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway and Huffington Post editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen are featured on four unique covers of the May issue. Inside, each of the women speak at length about their coming out journeys, and the lingering challenges of identifying as queer in 2017.

“If you’re a woman, a person of color, or queer, you always have to step around white, hetero patriarchy to be accepted,” Soloway, 51, said. “What happens when you’re always attempting to get access to the culture makers and not actually giving birth to the culture? What does that do to our sense of self? That’s what it felt like for me as an 8-year-old girl in the classroom looking at all the presidents, being like, ‘Man, man, man.’ It’s Continue reading "Out Profiles 4 Queer Women To Examine Power Of Storytelling In Era Of Trump"

Caitlyn Jenner Will Get Candid With Diane Sawyer Once Again

Two years after their first history-making interview, Caitlyn Jenner will sit down with ABC’s Diane Sawyer once more. 
Jenner, 67, will chat with Sawyer on April 21 to mark the second anniversary of their 2015 interview, in which the Olympian spoke at length about identifying as transgender for the first time. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the hour-long “20/20” interview will coincide with the release of Jenner’s memoirThe Secrets of My Life.
Details on the specifics of the interview are minimal, but the two have a lot to catch up on. In the two years since the first “20/20” interview, Jenner has become a bona-fide icon for the trans community with her own E! reality series, “I Am Cait.” Her TV appearances include Amazon’s “Transparent” and “The Celebrity Apprentice.” 
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‘Billions’ Star Tells Ellen What It Means To Identify As Gender Non-Binary

Asia Kate Dillon is making history as the first gender non-binary character on a mainstream television show, Showtime’s “Billions.” The star, who also identifies as gender non-binary in real life, doesn’t mind answering questions about what that means. 
Dillon, who uses the singular pronoun “they” for identification, spoke candidly about their path to discovering their gender identity in an interview on “Ellen” Monday. “Sex and identity are different. ‘Female’ is a sex, and sex is between our legs, and gender identity is between our ears,” they told the host. 
The star, who hails from Ithaca, New York, said they “felt ambiguous” about their gender identity from a young age, shortly after seeing the 1968 movie musical, “Oliver!” 
“I can remember, actually, seeing the film ‘Oliver!’ and understanding so badly that I wanted to play that part,” Dillon said, “but that I would Continue reading "‘Billions’ Star Tells Ellen What It Means To Identify As Gender Non-Binary"

Dan Savage: ‘I F**king Hate Melania Trump’

Dan Savage wants to make one thing blatantly clear: he is no fan of Melania Trump

On the latest episode of “Savage Lovecast,” the outspoken LGBTQ rights activist and author criticized what he sees as the “undeservedly charitable view” many Democrats have of the new first lady. Make no mistake, he warned: “Melania Trump is as ugly on the inside as she is pretty on the outside.” 

“I f**king hate Melania Trump,” Savage said in the episode, a snippet of which can be heard above. Noting that some have come to view the first lady as a “pretty princess in the tower locked up by the orange ogre” since her husband’s inauguration, Savage called Melania Trump out for her apparent transgressions. 

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