Life comes to us in a series of glorious and tragic moments, ones that are for the most part overlooked in our overextended lives. Even when we think we are at our most centered we miss things. We are, more often than not, living in a truth we have created for ourselves but life has a way of snapping us back to reality. That is certainly how the 2016 election cycle has gone for me.
“There cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard. There cannot be true democracy unless women are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own lives. There cannot be true democracy unless all citizens are able to participate fully in the lives of their country. We all owe so much to those who came before and tonight belongs to all of you.”
Let me start off by saying that I respect what Caitlyn Jenner has done, in that she has taken to many social media platforms in order to answer questions from young, impressionable men and women. Good for her. She’s got a strong voice and she should use it. My concern is that, while she is stunning on paper, when she opens her mouth everything cringe worthy surges out.
Focus Features just announced a brand new fellowship to continue the building of their legacy in Hollywood as a diverse company that celebrates all walks of life- and tries to represent them. In a partnership with Film Independent’s Project Involve, Focus Features is launching at $10,000 fellowship for a trans filmmaker. The Lili Elbe Fellowship, named after the real life inspiration behind The Danish Girl, will provide winning participates with a $10,000 grant and opportunities for mentorship under the industry’s top talent, including Nina Yang Bongiovi (Fruitville Station) and Christine Vachon (Boys Don’t Cry, Carol).
Madeline Stuart, a young model who has made quite a name for herself, will be walking in New York Fashion Week for the second year in a row. She will be walking on February 15, 2016 at the Angel Orsensaz Foundation. If you are interested in going, the doors will be open at 5:30pm and Maddie would love to see you all there supporting her! As the only model who has walked in New York Fashion Week twice, Madeline Stuart is changing what it means to be a model. She has been a positive role model for women all around the world and an advocate for individuals with disabilities. Madeline is quite the hero when it comes to little girls looking up to models for inspiration.
At the beautiful age of seventy-two, actress Holland Taylor just “came out.” Or as she phrased it “no, I haven’t come out because I am out. I live out.” Regardless, it's news to us, and possibly to some of her fans. And while lesbians everywhere are thrilled and tickled to death to have such an amazing woman in the club, some can’t help but wonder--when won't this be news?
We are hoping the rumors are true. The all too well known family from TLC’s now canceled hit reality show 19 Kids and Counting are… you guessed it… back in the news. Like hypnotized moths to a flame we watched in horror and some bemusement as eldest son Josh admitted to a porn addiction and cheating on his wife, Anna, among other things, while his conservative family supported him, like any good family would, right?
Earlier this week, The Laughing Lesbian received an email from Madeline Stuart, the featured model who is making strides in the industry, all while having Down Syndrome, relaying some very exciting news! Shes just been awarded Australia's Person of the Year! She's been a busy girl, but this coming month Madeline will be celebrating with many of her fans and friends. Miss Stuart is the ambassador for two charities, ICANIWILL and Inside Outside Dance Ensemble. Their continued mission for inclusion, independence, and health is something Madeline strives to help others with, all around the world.
Today SCOTUS voted 5-4 majority on the right for gay couples to marry freely in The United States. Every family will have equal rights to benefits, hippa, insurance and more, just like every other family in this country. Today is a huge day for our nation as we celebrate freedom and the right to love without objection from our government. Today is not about the religious beliefs, this is not about what you believe is right and wrong, it is not about anything other than love. So when you see two men or two women holding hands just be happy. Accept that love is moving forward in this country and it is a beautiful thing. Congratulations America!