Captain Janeway now lesbian pin up

Hi all!

Well, much beloved Captain Janeway from Voyager now has a great role in Orange is the New Black.
Caption Janeway and Seven of NineI know Kate Mulgrew from Start Trek Voyager. A whole lot of lesbians created a ‘different universe’. In Fanfic The Captain and a Borg, named Seven of Nine, had a very loving and not to forget hot relationship. I loved Voyager. The stories where good and the people living on Voyager where divers and interesting.

 
Now, Kate Mulgrew landed a role in Orange is the New Black.

Thanks to divamag.co.uk.
In the flesh Kate Mulgrew is everything you want her to be: poised, intense and fiercely intelligent. She leans in to draw you under her spell, her voice gravelly and full of gravitas. Her opinions are incisive and compelling. Oozing old school theatricality, she slips into Red’s Russian growl when she talks about the character. In short, she’s awesome. Here’s what she had to say.

DIVA: I love Orange Is The New Black because of the diversity of women it portrays. What’s that like for you as an actor?
Kate Mulgrew: It’s invigorating. See I’m a white, middle class girl so I’ve never had a problem with this. But most of these girls are of colour and have not had a shot. Constantly scrambling, lots of rejections, so the set has an energy that’s raw and it’s represented as soon as they open their mouths. I think what’s jumping across the screen is the truth.

OITNB is also incredible for its representation of the gay community. What do you think about the current situation in America for LGBT people?

Never forget that we’re primitive people. As animals, every herd will protect its own until the bitter end and this is an intrusion the likes of which the greater herd does not want to deal with at all. I mean just look at civil rights, come on. So transgenderism alone, that’s going to take a long time. It works in the metropolitan areas. We’re having the conversations. But in Middle America, we’ve still got a long, long way to go. That’s why this kind of a voice is very important.

JanewaySo who’s tougher – Red or Janeway?
You’d have to say Janeway. She broke the ultimate rule. She went to the Delta Quadrant. Janeway was an ardent and passionate scientist of the first order. She exercised the prime directive as none of the male captains had ever done before.

What was it like playing such an iconic and inspiring character?

When Paramount had the balls to put a female in the seat of a multi billion dollar franchise, they risked everything. I didn’t know that it would affect the scientific community, these young women coming out of the MIT going down to NASA, as directly as it did. I went to Washington and spoke to women in science because Mrs Clinton invited me. Nothing can be more gratifying in any career than to see this. Red is rich for me the actress but Janeway was really gratifying for me, the person.

And how do you feel about Janeway making you a lesbian pinup?

OITNB Kate MulgrewI feel very flattered. I really do because women are tougher than men. They’re more discerning. They’re more critical. Men are more simple. You just give them a little head rub. But the women, to get the women to like you, to admire you, means that you’re doing something right.

It’s true. We’re fussy and we chose you. I’ve been listening to the audiobook of your memoirs, Born With Teeth, because I wanted to hear them in your award-winning voice. You’re a beautiful and brutally honest writer. What was it like putting your life experience down on paper?

It was hard and it was good. Harrowing. Deeply rewarding. In the moment you’re in the process. You don’t realise how deep you’re going. But months later I saw there were repercussions to that process. I think that any writer worth her salt will pay the price. Honesty’s a big part of it. If you want to make a beautiful sentence, it must be rooted in something that is at risk. Otherwise, why would you bother to read my book? I could just write some bullshit thing in the National Enquirer.

Orange is the New BlackI’m glad you didn’t. And finally the question we all want to know – what can you tell us about Season 4?

It’s ruthless and it’s huge. I call it tsunamic because it is. We don’t know how big this wave is and then we’re under the wave and it’s too late and who will survive this? Stay tuned.

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and girlfriend

Hi!

Thanks to Buzzfeed.com

Amber Heard, the actress who obtained a restraining order against estranged husband Johnny Depp in May, was arrested in 2009 for allegedly assaulting her then-girlfriend Tasya van Ree in Seattle, court officials confirmed Tuesday.
Heard and Van ReeProsecutors in Washington state ultimately declined to file charges against the actress for the alleged altercation at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which was reported Tuesday by TMZ.

An official with the King County District Court told BuzzFeed News that Heard — who at the time had changed her last name to van Ree — appeared for a probable cause hearing on Sept. 15, 2009, adding that the case was “filed as an assault.”
Heard was accused of grabbing and hitting Van Ree in the arm the previous day at the airport, TMZ reported.
The King County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuting attorney did not respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment.

Attorneys or representatives for either Heard or Van Ree also did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment.

Depp and HeardHeard was granted a restraining order against Depp on May 27 after claiming physical and verbal abuse.
Heard, who filed papers to end their 15-month marriage days earlier, also claims that Depp, 52, is abusing drugs and alcohol, and told a judge the actor has a “short fuse” that blew on May 21, when he hit in the face with a cell phone and struck her repeatedly.

Depp’s attorney, Laura Wasser, contended in court that Heard was “attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse” and to turn the tide of negative publicity surrounding her decision to file for divorce days after the actor’s mother died.

Civil rights are not for trans students!

I am not surprised. You??

Thanks to Buzzfeed.com

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday announced that it will not be reconsidering an earlier ruling in favor of the Obama administration’s policy that transgender students are protected under an existing civil rights law — a move that could send the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Transgender appealIn mid-April, a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a 2-1 decision that “the [Education] Department’s interpretation of its own regulation [interpreting Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972] as it relates to restroom access by transgender individuals, is entitled to … deference and is to be accorded controlling weight in this case.”

The case was brought by a transgender student, Gavin Grimm, against the Gloucester County School Board, which had passed a policy that restricts students to restrooms reflecting their “biological gender.” Grimm is represented by the ACLU, and the school board is represented by private lawyers.

The school board asked the full 4th Circuit — en banc — to reconsider the case, but the court announced on Tuesday that it had denied the request. The order stated that none of the judges requested a vote on whether to rehear the case en banc and, as such, the request was denied.

Judge Paul Niemeyer, who was the dissenting judge on the three-judge panel, wrote an opinion dissenting from the court’s decision not to rehear the case.

“While I could call for a poll of the court in an effort to require counsel to reargue their positions before an en banc court, the momentous nature of the issue deserves an open road to the Supreme Court to seek the Court’s controlling construction of Title IX for national application,” Niemeyer wrote.

The school district must now decide if it is going to ask the Supreme Court to do so and grant review of the 4th Circuit’s decision.

Grimm, however, said in a statement that he hopes the case will be over now.

“Now that the Fourth Circuit’s decision is final, I hope my school board will finally do the right thing and let me go back to using the boys’ restroom,” Grimm said in a statement. “Transgender kids should not have to sue their own school boards just for the ability to use the same restrooms as everyone else.”

The decision also comes just days after Texas and 10 other states sued the Obama administration over its policies and guidance providing for transgender protections under existing civil rights laws. In addition, several lawsuits are pending in federal courts in North Carolina over similar questions, consequences of that state’s anti-LGBT law passed earlier this year.

More: here

No lesbians are killed in new drama!!

Hi!!

Sick to death (literally) of TV’s dead lesbian syndrome (DLS)? We know we are. So we’re proud and excited to announce that we are 100% behind the upcoming web series Different For Girls, which promises, not quite tongue-in-cheek, that “no lesbian will be killed or harmed during it’s making.”

Different for girlsThe crowdfunded project is the work of BAFTA award-winning producer Jacquie Lawrence, who means to offer a much-needed corrective to DLS. “The numbers are horrific. Seriously,” she says.

“What started off as a mild irritation has become an epidemic. The reaction to Kate’s death in Last Tango In Halifax was amusing for the press, but the fallout over Lexa’s death in The 100 has managed to put the ‘syndrome’ in perspective: disposing of lesbian characters so regularly has an acute effect on young lesbians and their self-esteem.”

Different For Girls is an adaptation of Lawrence’s fiction novel of the same name – first published as an e-book in 2014, and then as a paperback in 2015. The drama series will feature a group of lesbian and bisexual women based in Chiswick – the ‘real lesbian housewives of West London’, if you will – women “whose lives and loves revolve around children, marriage, betrayal and divorce. That’s not to say that there isn’t room for drink, drugs, sex and dancing; there is. Just not in front of their wives and children”.

Author Jacquie Lawrence:
Jacquie Lawrence

DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS is a web drama series featuring a group of lesbian and bisexual women whose lives and loves revolve around children, marriage, betrayal and divorce. That is not to say that there isn’t room for drink, drugs, sex and dancing. There is. Just not in front of their wives and children. Set in Chiswick, these women are the real lesbian housewives of West London!

Heather PeaceWe have cast from the most talented lesbian, gay, bi and trans actresses and actors out there. There are many lesbians who have not been able to play on-screen lesbians. Usually lesbians have been played by straight women and whilst there have been some brilliant performances, we want to redress this imbalance and we want to cast and crew a more diverse range of talented people from the LBGQT and BAME communities.

Rachel ShelleyThe cast is slated to feature the likes of Rachel Shelley (The L Word), Sophie Ward (Land Girls, Doctors), Heather Peace (Lip Service), Janet Ellis (Doctor Who), Amy Lamé (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Loose Women) and Nimmy March (Wallander, Thin Ice) among others, should it reach its crowdfunded target of £50,000.

And you, dear reader, can help make this happen – while earning some exciting perks in the process. Incentives for donors – who can gift anything from £5 to £1000 – include everything from signed photos and t-shirts to a walk-on part (ooh!) and an invitation to the wrap party.

“It’s easy to be glib about DLS but in reality the constant ‘disposal’ of lesbian characters has an acute impact on younger viewers who are struggling with their sexuality,” Jacquie says. “There have been 12 lesbians killed off in 2016 so far. That may seem like a small number but given that in 2015, there were only 35 lesbian characters on primetime television in the US and the UK you can understand the fallout.

“The Trevor Project, which saves the lives of literally thousands of LBGQT teens every year, said that the deaths of popular characters like Lexa in The 100 and Dr. Denise Cloyd in The Walking Dead put their work back years. We are desperate to see lesbian and bi characters that manage to live their dramatic and complicated lives, on screen, without fear of death by car, helicopter crash, house fire or stray bullet.”

Lawrence is also invested in bringing a truly queer cast and crew on board – another corrective given TV and film’s woeful on-going record of employing straight (and cis) actors to play queer (and trans) roles.

Sophie Ward“So many great lesbian parts on television and in films have been played by straight women and it must be really frustrating for lesbian and bi actresses to see this. Even in lesbian specific series like The L Word and Lip Service with ensemble casts, only one or two actresses were lesbian or bi whilst the rest were straight.

“DFG turns this on it’s head. The caveat for casting non-lesbian or non-bisexual actors is that they have played gay with pride, like Rachel Shelley, who played Helena Peabody in The L Word with such panache and has written/spoken about it ever since, rather than erasing it from her CV like some actresses.”

Why the decision to crow-funded this project? Jacquie explains: “As the web has opened up opportunities for queer dramas to thrive, so it has for writers, producers and directors to collate financial support for projects that are outside the mainstream. There’s an amazing community of people who support queer projects because they want to see themselves and their life-styles represented.

“We wanted to make the web series this summer and so a crowd funding campaign seemed the most immediate and inclusive. People can invest financially at the level they are comfortable with, receive a perk and feel like they are part something special. We couldn’t do it without people’s support.”

The dedicated team have raised a mighty one-third of the required funds to bring Different For Girls to life, but need another £50,000 to reach their target. Head over to their Indiegogo page and give what you can to this promising, potentially game-changing series.

Want to know more or contribute? Click here

Thanks to Divamag.co.uk and other sources.

Loretta Lynch over anti-LGBTI law

Finally!!!

Thanks to GayStar newws.

The US Department of Justice is suing North Carolina and its governor, Pat McCrory, for enacting the anti-LGBTI House Bill 2.
lorettalynch1The state had been given a deadline of Monday (9 May) to abandon implementation of the controversial law which removes local legal protections for LGBTI people and prohibits transgender people from using public facilities that correspond to their gender identity.

Instead of backing away from the law, McCrory filed a suit against the US government earlier in the day accusing it of bypassing Congress and attempting to rewrite laws.

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch called HB2 ‘state-sponsored discrimination’ and had a message for transgender people in the Tar Heel state.

‘We see you. We stand with you … And please know that history is on your side,’ she said at a press conference announcing the legal action.

The federal lawsuit claims the law is in violation of Title VII of the US Civil Rights Act, Title IX, and the Violence Against Women Act and seeks a statewide bar on it being enforced.

‘We retain the option of curtailing federal funding to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the University of North Carolina as this case proceeds,’ Lynch also said.

North Carolina and anti-LGBTI lawThen she added: ‘This action is about a great deal more than bathrooms. This is about the dignity and the respect that we accord our fellow citizens and the laws that we as a people and as a country have enacted to protect them. Indeed, to protect all of us.’

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal – who are challenging House Bill 2 in federal court on behalf of six LGBT North Carolinians and members of the ACLU of North Carolina – applaud the Justice Department for filing suit.

‘This law is a targeted and unprecedented attack on the LGBT community, particularly against transgender people,’ they said in a joint statement

Absolutely Fabulous komt naar Nederland

For the Dutch.

Zo geweldig nieuws! De Absolutely Fabulous movie kunnen we binnenkort bekijken in Nederland!
Ben grote fan van de twee drinkende en snuivende dames: Patsy en Edwina. 🙂
absolutely-Fabulous

Voor degene die er nog nooit van hebben gehoord:
Absolutely Fabulous is een Britse sitcom die vijf seizoenen lang liep op de BBC. In Nederland werd de reeks uitgezonden door de VPRO en in 2015 herhaald door de tv-zender ONS. in Vlaanderen op de zender Canvas. Jennifer Saunders en Joanna Lumley zijn de twee vrouwen waar het allemaal om gaat.

In de trailer is te zien welk incident Patsy en Edina doet besluiten het land te verlaten. Nou ja, incident, het is behoorlijk heftig wat er is gebeurd. Ze vertrekken naar de Franse Rivièra, waar Patsy een opmerkelijke transformatie ondergaat.
Hieronder een trailer zodat je kunt zien waar het over gaat deze keer. :).

Er spelen een hoop andere bekende mensen in mee. Meer dan zestig (!) sterren hebben een cameo in de film en dan zijn er ook nog eens gastrollen van andere sterren! Zoals Dame Edna en Joan Collins, Graham Norton en Kate Moss: Ze zijn allemaal te zien in Absolutely Fabulous, The Movie. En de lijst is dus nog véél langer.

Houd je bioscoop in de gaten wanneer deze film daar gaat draaien.

Jodie Foster on “Women In Hollywood”

Thanks to buzzfeed.com

“I think [film studios] still see women as a risk, and I’m not really sure why,” she said at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Gender inequality in Hollywood — along with racial discrimination — has become one of the most stirring issues in the entertainment industry over the last few months.
However, at a Tribeca Film Festival event in which film and theater director Julie Taymor interviewed Jodie Foster on Wednesday evening, Foster said she’s “sick of the women thing” when it comes to conversations about directing. Though Taymor seemed to agree with Foster’s sentiment, she added, “We don’t want to ignore it either.”

“It’s real,” Foster assented. “It’s been a very long time that there are very few female filmmakers. It’s not just today, it’s not just this week. I mean, that’s always been true. Things changed a lot in Europe, for example — lots of female directors; in television, quite a few female directors.”

When asked why she thinks that’s been the case, Foster continued: “I think the more financial risk … the less risky studios can be. … I think they still see women as a risk, and I’m not really sure why.”

Jody Foster
Foster, who began her acting career in the ’60s and made her feature directorial debut in the early ’90s, said she’s noticed “differences between men and women directors.” “Sometimes it’s hard for people to understand how to treat me as a leader,” Foster said of her time in the director’s chair. “They are sometimes waiting for me to punch them in the face, which I’m not going to do. Or sometimes they are waiting for me to say, ‘Oh, your idea’s so smart. Let’s just do it your way.’ … Sometimes it’s confusing for people. … Do they treat [women] the way they treat men? And maybe you don’t because women have different leadership styles.”

“I wasn’t sure about that, but I see that it’s true now,” she added.
Foster noted she’s “worked with a lot of men directors,” but only one fellow female director in her acting career: Mary Lambert, who directed her in the 1987 film Siesta.
>But Foster did say she has a “favorite female director”: The Silence of the Lambs’ Jonathan Demme. “He was the one guy who really understood,” she explained. “He was able to say, ‘OK, this is about a woman who is our hero.’ The film was informed by that. It’s why the film is not filled with gratuitous violence. It’s why, yes, it was horrifying and difficult to watch in some ways, but … he’s the brave heart of that woman’s voice.”

Read the whole story here

Ellen on homophobic Mississippi law

I posted this before but now this stupid law is getting more and more attention in the media.
We all know Ellen so I think it is a good idea to let her speak on what she thinks about this homofobic Mississippi law.

Ellen DeGeneres destroyed Mississippi’s homophobic religious freedom law in a new video.
‘I’m not a political person, I’m really not. But this is not politics, this is human rights,’ she said.
Mixing humor with seriousness, DeGeneres used her opening monologue, video of which was released Wednesday, to pick apart Mississippi state legislation that will not punish individuals, businesses or organizations that refuse to provide services, fire or refuse to employ LGBT people on the basis of religious belief.
Ellen DeGeneres

‘It is the definition of discrimination…It is also something the Supreme Court ruled on when they made marriage a right for everyone. Everyone.
The Supreme Court said something that Diana Ross and The Supremes said a long time ago – “stop, in the name of love”. Now Mississippi is saying, “I don’t second that emotion”.’

‘Don’t lose hope,’ she said. “‘ was fired for being gay and I know what it feels like. I lost everything. But look at me now.
‘I think we need to remember that we are more similar than we are different, and we all want the same things – love, acceptance, kindness… and I want one of those new Teslas!’

sources: lgbtfeed.com and www.hollywoodreporter.com