ABOVE: Britney Spears, probably the quietest gay-icon diva on LGBTQ issues, piped up with some Pride love. Listening to and watching this, yes, I appreciate that she said something, but no, I will never understand the appeal, other than: She was the most popular female singer when you were 12.
SOCIALITE LIFE: Nicholas Hoult is sick of Nicholas Hoult nudity, even if you aren't.
FORBES: Mondaire Jones is in — his race in New York has been called, meaning Congress will get its first two gay, Black members.
ESPN: Thomas Beattie, a pro soccer player in England from 2008-2015, has come out as gay. He says, in his as-told-to story:
Statistically, it's impossible to say there aren't perhaps many other footballers like me — living in silence, just like I did. If they are reading this, know I am here and can be a source of support. To be fair, I also understand why they haven't come out. During my 10 years playing professionally, that was me. Professional sport can be quite volatile, quite ruthless. Various factors influence conformity. As a young lad, you look up at people above you: veteran players, coaches and management. If you don't see people above you who are similar, you don't have the confidence those two worlds can coexist.
CNN: Trump is pulling funding for coronavirus testing, just as cases spike.
OMG.BLOG! (WORK UNFRIENDLY): A Dutch runner shows every square inch of his body.
TOWLEROAD: Will the Stonewall Inn survive COVID-19? Crowdsourcing launched.
ADVOCATE: Brutally beaten, tortured and left to die, Holden White is showing signs of recovering from his attack, which began as a harmless-seeming Grindr date.
NBC: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have announced travel restrictions for those arriving from COVID-19 hot spots. We've done the work, we don't want red-state spoilers.
YOUTUBE: Marlo Thomas, Sara Bareilles, Harry Belafonte, Audra McDonald, Drew Barrymore and many more will participate in Free to Be ... You and Me, a virtual special on June 26. Don't miss it! Proceeds from the project will go to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
BLOOMBERG: Michael Flynn gets off scot-free, a rare legal win for the Trump Crime Syndicate.
TWITTER: Dumbest young girl in America = one of the Trumpers at his Arizona event, who is butt-hurt about the re-branding of Aunt Jemima that she's used her whole (checks calendar) 18 or whatever years. In her comments about Nancy Green, the face of Aunt Jemima, she ignores the obvious minstrelry and focuses on how Green was livin' the American Dream. Except Green, a freed slave, didn't get rich and died broke. But hey, she had the honor of grinning on this bitch's pancake bottle.
“Aunt Jemima was canceled… She was the picture of the American dream. She was a freed slave who went on to be the face of the pancake syrup." -- A student at Trump’s event on Tuesday pic.twitter.com/jgONhiXiza— Peter Wade 🤦♂️ (@brooklynmutt) June 24, 2020