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INSTAGRAM: Never Have I Ever actor Darren Barnet really let it all hang out on his safari.
THE ECONOMIST: Reclaiming a gay Muslim heritage:
History is complicated, and prejudice has ancient roots. Nonetheless, activists can point to periods of the Islamic past when Arab rulers were more liberal about sex. They relate how the Caliph Amin in ninth-century Baghdad had a male lover and feted gay poets. They read poems from a classical genre called mujun, or hedonistic smut. And they recall that the Ottoman Turks, who ruled most of the Middle East in the 19th century, decriminalised homosexuality a century before America and Britain. Back then, “you could be with a man or a woman,” says the transgender founder of north Africa’s first gay movement, the Abu Nawas Association, named after a great Arab poet, who was gay. “There were men dressed as women and living as women — and it was normal.”
GAYNRD: Jeffrey Sanker, the man who brought us the modern circuit party via his Palm Springs White Party and scores of other celebratory spaces for gay men, has died of liver cancer at 65. Sanker was widely known for his charitable efforts as well as his elaborate parties, though his last media hit in January surrounded his decision to skirt COVID-19 rules by hosting New Year's Eve parties in hard-hit Mexico, earning him the ire of many.
AZ CENTRAL: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona), the second worst Democratic senator, urged Republican colleagues to vote in favor of the January 6 commission (that was shot down due to the existence of the filibuster — which she resolutely favors keeping), and then ... didn't show up to vote. Her presence would not have mattered, but it sends a strong message of her weakness.
McCrea asserts his character is officially gay — the movie does not. (Image via Disney)
THE AV CLUB: Another botched gay character in a Disney movie, this time John McCrea's glam-rock — not flat-out gay — villain in the big hit Cruella.
INSTAGRAM: Polyester, John Waters' 40-year-old studio debut — starring Divine and a very down-to-clown Tab Hunter — is getting the Criterion Collection treatment!
WAPO: In Oklahoma, a new ban on critical race theory classes has led a community college to put the kibosh on a class about race, the likes of which its professor says have been “taught forever.” Real thought police stuff, from the party (the GOP) that likes to say the Democrats are the thought police. Hopefully complaints will lead to justice — as they may have here.
SOCIALITE LIFE: Channing Tatum goes nearly nude on Instagram.
EXTRATV: Matthew McConaughey really MIGHT run for governor of Texas. He won't say as a Republican, Independent, Democrat, what have you, but there is literally no way he could not be 10x better than Gov. Jim Abbott (R-Ukiddingme).
HUFF POST: Extremely anti-gay (among many other negatives) President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil may be on the verge of imploding, and is at this point poised to be defeated in next year's election. Frighteningly, as he loses his grip, he is becoming more abusive toward his foes, the friends of liberty.
TWITTER: HatWRKS of Nashville proudly trumpeted their anti-vaccine merch — a star meant to echo those worn by Jews in concentration camps during WWII. Yeah, no, really. They removed the image from Instagram following universal disdain, but doubled down on the message, chirping that all the criticism should be used against tyranny. (See, in their minds, it is tyrannical to take a vaccine that saves your life and many others' lives. So, science is the tyrant.)
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