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May 19 2021
Billy Porter Comes Out As HIV Positive + Demi Lovato Is Non-Binary + Trump Org Criminal Investigation + Who Was Ric Weiland? + 62 House Republicans Are Okay With Anti-Asian Hate + Susan Collins Scam Probed + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: It's Grace Fucking Jones's birthday!

BELOW: Keep reading for the Ric Weiland story, Susan Collins in trouble and more ...

Billy-Porter-HIV-positive-gay-Pose-Ryan-Murphy-THR-boyculturePorter tells his story with Ryan Murphy at his side. (Image by Lia Clay Miller for THR)

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Billy Porter reveals he has been HIV positive for 14 years:

I was the generation that was supposed to know better, and it happened anyway. It was 2007, the worst year of my life. I was on the precipice of obscurity for about a decade or so, but 2007 was the worst of it. By February, I had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. By March, I signed bankruptcy papers. And by June, I was diagnosed HIV-positive. The shame of that time compounded with the shame that had already [accumulated] in my life silenced me, and I have lived with that shame in silence for 14 years. HIV-positive, where I come from, growing up in the Pentecostal church with a very religious family, is God’s punishment.

Letitia-james-boycultureI knew Letitia James would not disappoint. (Image via official portrait)

WAPO: New York A.G. Letitia James has confirmed the city's investigation into the Trump Organization is now not only civil, but criminal.

THE HILL: President Biden tells Netanyahu the U.S. expects “significant de-escalation” in hostilities.

INSTAGRAM: Demi Lovato has come out as non-binary. That's great, but having nothing to do with gender expression, the accompanying video sounds cult-y:

Living in the fourth dimension means existing consciously in both time and space ... 

... and I'm out.

Ric-weiland-bill-gates-boycultureYes, that's Bill Gates, but we're concerned with Ric Weiland! (Image via World of Wonder)

BAY AREA REPORTER: Meet Ric Weiland, the man who did more for gay rights than any other almost total unknown — and the subject of the doc Yes I Am: The Ric Weiland Story, which aims to erase his erasure.

THE HILL: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) opposes investigating the events of January 6. Because he knows many in his party were participants.

Anti-asian-hate-crimes-boycultureAll 217 Democratic votes were to tackle anti-Asian hate crimes. (Image via NBC News)

JOE.MY.GOD.: So, 62 House Republicans are proudly pro-anti-Asian hate crimes. Phew.

WAPO: The feds are probing a massive scheme to illegally fund Sen. Susan Collins' (R-Maine) re-election. There is no indication she was in on the alleged wrongdoing, even if she benefited from it.

K5ZgdfThe Pope deserved this, to be sure. (Image via

NYT: Sinéad O'Connor says Prince was physically abusive toward her in a way that would probably get him serious heat if he weren't slobbered all over as a GENIUS and, you know, dead already. Plus, she sounds happy that her Pope-ripping episode (later echoed by Kathy Griffin's Trump-beheading episode, both of which shared not actually being what they're usually described as) ended her popularity, and says it was a beginning of sorts.

Josh-lawson-nude-boycultureIt's ... Showtime! (Image via Showtime)

MR. MAN BLOG: Josh Lawson's butt gets the post it deserves.

GR8ERDAYS: The Wonder Years is rebooted with a Black family, and it's narrated by Don Cheadle.

INSTAGRAM (FOLLOWS WOULD BE TERRIFIC): Liza Minnelli, 75, stepped out for some eats with the man she dubs her best friend of all, Ben Vereen, 74.