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Below: Keep reading for a male model's power thighs, the gay secret of Blockers, a heart-rending obit for a trans kid, Molly Ringwald's outstanding critique of John Hughes, John Barrowman's revenge against target, why Miss Vanjie did that and said that, and much more ...
F*CKING YOUNG!: Filip Hrivnak gets the soft-focus treatment.
VANITY FAIR: Had no idea Blockers was a raved-about, progressive step forward on women's rights and gay representation, but one of the girls in the film who is trying to lose her virginity is a lesbian who's trying to lose it to a girl:
And it’s the second studio comedy in the last month to feature what was once considered extraordinary: a climactic kiss between two gay teenagers. Adlon’s Sam, while aiming to lose her virginity just like her straight friends, is harboring a crush on a girl named Angelica (Ramona Young). The way that story plays out, and never once flinches during their triumphant end-of-movie kiss, means Blockers,along with Fox’s Love, Simon, may have finally broken through a taboo big-budget studio filmmakers have been trying hard to crack for the past few years.
LGBTQ NATION: Cherish “Chance” Houle, a 12-year-old trans girl, committed suicide on March 31 in Bismarck, North Dakota, following what has been called relentless bullying at school. A sobering excerpt from her obit, which shows that even with familial support, bullying is insidious:
The word bullying doesn’t begin to encompass ugliness and pain it causes. The ugly truth of bullying is someone who loved Cherish had to open the bedroom door and see what they saw on Saturday. The ugly truth of bullying is those who loved Cherish can’t close their eyes at night because they can’t get the image out of their head. The ugly truth of bullying is doing CPR for 4 minutes and 26 seconds. It’s listening to 911 operator tell you to go faster and push harder. It’s knowing that you didn’t open the door early enough for it to matter anyway. It’s that Cherish isn’t here anymore.
NEW YORKER: Molly Ringwald wrote the most amazingly nuanced, thoughtful piece on her work with John Hughes, his legacy, and the changing ways in which we view favorite works of art over time. The troubling things she points out from some of Hughes' beloved movies (let's not even talk about his Rolling Stone writing — eek!) are balanced to an acknowledgment that art shouldn't be tossed out just because it has some demonstrably icky aspects to it. Don't miss it.
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EXTRATV: One of the Property Brothers is newly single!
TOWLEROAD: Thank God someone finally asked Vanessa Vanjie Mateo why she left RuPaul's Drag Race with her instantly memorable, “Miss Vanjie ... Miss Vanjie ... Miss Vanjie.” Was there a meaning behind it? She says: “
Hell no, there was no f**king meaning. When I tell you I was at the end of the runway and I was thinking … well first of all, I didn’t anticipate getting kicked off first, so I didn’t plan my exit, I didn’t plan what to say, I didn’t plan what to write on the mirror with the lipstick message. I didn’t plan any of that. So literally when I got there, I turned around and saw RuPaul and saw Christina [Aguilera] and saw everyone was looking just at the judges, I decided to give them my name, and I said, “F**k it. Might as well have these bitches remember me.” So I just started screaming at the top of my lungs “Miss Vanjie,” over and over.
PEOPLE: Russell Crowe's used jockstrap grossd $7K in his big divorce sale.
KENNETH IN THE (212): Sure, his stache is hot, but his shorts are a little short on modesty. Meanwhile, this guy is just as sexy and shows way less skin — he's just bursting with potential. Or, if you love biceps and killer faces, go for 2-for-the-price-of-1!
TWITTER: John Barrowman bought a $40 gift certificate, a jacket and a shirt for a homeless man — and Target told him he wasn't allowed to do that! WTF? How can a store tell someone what they can and can't buy and for whom?
. @target @targetstyle @targetdoesitagain I am disgusted by what I was told. Arrest me for trying to help someone. The stupidity behind that rule. I want an explanation. My fans and followers please message #Target regarding this. JB pic.twitter.com/pNZ3Sfy3qZ— John Barrowman MBE (@JohnBarrowman) April 6, 2018
Shouldn't have happeend in the first place, but Target did issue an apology:
We’re very sorry for the experience you had at the LA Target store. We absolutely do not have a policy against this type of purchase, and are addressing it immediately with the team members involved. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
HUFF POST: Dems, don't be so nervous — a blue wave is building, building, building.
THE HILL: Even Nevada's GOP governor acknowledges that Trump's use of National Guardsmen to help cover the U.S/Mexico border is ill-advised. It's really nominal — though a huge pain in the ass for those poor people pulled from their regular jobs and tasked with doing this.