*Los Angeles, CA – On Sunday, June 2, Reverend’s Russell Thornhill and Leslie Butke cut the ribbon officially opening the doors of the new home of the Unity Fellowship Church of Christ (UFC) in South Los Angeles.
Founded in 1982 by Archbishop Carl Bean during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the UFC Movement through the years has grown into a national ministry with the distinction of being known as a spiritual home for the Black same-gender loving and transgender community.
While all are welcome, the UFC has made a point of being the Black church where Black gays can find solace andworship as all of who they are regardless of what they look like or who they love.
Services will be held every Sunday at 11 a.m. at 9608 South Figueroa Street in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit unityfellowshipchurch.org or call (323) 938-8322.
*New WNBA star Brittney Griner sat down with ESPN The Magazine for an in-depth interview – both in print and on video (click here to watch) – about her sexuality, being teased throughout her childhood, and her current hate tweets.
The Baylor University grad used to keep her Twitter and Instagram accounts private, approving each individual request. But eventually she realized there was no point in policing her own digital space when so many people could say whatever they wanted about her on social media. Now, if someone wants to insult her, so be it. “My followers are the best,” she says. “Usually they’re on somebody right away, and I’m like, ‘No, no, guys, stop — that’s exactly what the troll wants you to do.’”
As for coming out fully earlier this year, ”I am 100-percent happy,” she told the magazine’s Kate Fagan. “When I was at Baylor, I wasn’t fully happy because I couldn’t be all the way out. It feels so good saying it: I am a strong, black lesbian woman. Every single time I say it, I feel so much better.”
She picks up her phone, scrolling through Twitter and Instagram, as she does routinely, to see what people are saying about her.
The hits come quickly: “You’re disgusting.” [Scroll.] “Ur a man.” [Scroll.] “What are you? #man? #ape?”
“Here’s one,” she says, rolling her eyes. “‘You have a penis.’” Satisfied that her troll chorus still cares, Griner puts away the phone. “Reading what people say makes me want to be me even more.”
The cyber-bullying is just an extension of the face-to-face taunts she dealt with growing up in Houston, the youngest of four kids raised by Ray and Sandra Griner. At home, Brittney was into everything: riding her go-kart; watching military shows with her dad, a Vietnam vet; sewing with her mom; chasing squirrels in the woods surrounding her home. But at school, nothing felt right. By sixth grade, she was gangly and long and feisty, and although she was too big to be backed into a corner or stuffed into a locker, her classmates found other ways to torment her. Every incident was a variation on a theme. A girl would come up and grope at her flat chest, calling to the other kids: “See? Nothing!” Then the instigator would turn to Brittney and say those familiar words: “What are you?” Humiliation would morph into anger, and Griner would push the girl.
When her teachers and parents asked what had happened, she mumbled answers that meant nothing. How could she verbalize what they were calling her? A lesbian, a dude, a freak, a thing? It was easier to accept the blame and the reputation for fighting that came with it. She was trying desperately to fit in, dressing like the other girls, dating boys, but she was a collage of mismatched pieces, built from images she thought others wanted to see.
Her parents, brother and two sisters had no idea of her pain. Her father worked in the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and over the years he had brought home stuffed animals he won while patrolling carnivals; Brittney’s room was filled with fluffy bunnies and bears that absorbed her tears. What is wrong with me? Why am I here? Her mind wandered to dark places where she didn’t exist at all. She would hold the thought just long enough to consider the consequences: What point is suicide if I hurt my family, too?
She decided instead to find her place in the world. One day in middle school, she sat at the family computer, her fingers hovering over the keyboard as she glanced around to make sure she was alone. Then she typed the words “gay and lesbian” and watched as thousands of links flooded the screen. She clicked through the pages. “This is me,” she realized. “This is who I am.”
*The world of television is nothing new for Holly Robinson Peete.
With appearances on “21 Jump Street,” “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper” and “Mike & Molly,” the mother of four is an established presence on the small screen.
Nowadays, Robinson Peete is venturing into new territory with her work on the second season of “Blue,” the hit WIGS YouTube channel web series starring Julia Stiles.
The show, which centers around Blue (Stiles), a single mother who works as an accountant by day and escort by night to save enough money to send her son to a better school, features Robinson Peete as Holly, Blue’s “no nonsense” lesbian boss at her accounting firm.
“She is a very powerful young lady who really knows where she’s going and what she’s doing,” the actress told EUR’s Lee Bailey while confessing to being easily swayed into taking the part by “Blue’s” director and writer, Rodrigo Garcia. Although she welcomed the chance to work with Garcia, Robinson Peete didn’t know her character was a lesbian until her son pointed it out when reading the show’s lines with her.
“It was not part of the pitch. He said ‘I wrote a part for you.’ Rodrigo is an amazing writer and a great director so when he said he wrote a part for me I didn’t even think about ‘Oh. What is it?’I was excited just to go do it and work with him,” she recalled. “I didn’t even know’. It wasn’t part of the pitch, but it was certainly part of what I love about Rodrigo. It’s you never know what he’s gonna throw at you and so I welcomed it and look forward to whatever comes with that.”
With the show being online, Robinson Peete enters a new medium. One she has no problem settling into.
“This is the new way of the world, these webisodes. It’s such a different genre but I really loved it,” she said. “It felt very much like I was shooting a TV series except you can watch in on the web on demand at anytime.”
“What I love about this “Blue” series is that it’s deep. It’s about a woman who essentially has a secret life. She’s a single mom. She’s an accountant during the day and then she’s raising this boy and at night, she’s an escort,” Robinson Peete continued. “It really has some interesting twists and turns. I hope I get to come back and play her boss again because I think there are a lot of other elements that my character, other ways she could go.”
“Blue’s” second season comes at a great time. The show’s first season became WIGS’ biggest first season hit after garnering over 11 million views.
Robinson Peete’s appreciation of the webisode format extends beyond acting. The entertainer is utilizing the medium to produce webisodes for her nonprofit charity, the HollyRod Foundation. In addition, Robinson Peete encourages more people to take advantage of the chance to produce their own content in light of the resources that are available.
“You have to take ownership of your own content. That’s what so many people are doing with a lot of these web series…You may not be making a lot of money, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to find an outlet for your acting, whether you produce it yourself or whether you create your own YouTube channel. It’s just unlimited now the opportunity that you have with the Internet and social media and to get your product seen.”
*Since it came out that Clive Davis is bisexual, rumors resurfaced about Whitney Houston being experimental also started circulating. But he’s sort of clearing that up in his book, “The Soundtrack of My Life.”
In the early days of Whitney’s career, she hung tough with her assistant Robyn Crawford, which sparked the lesbian rumors.
“I really saw her in brief relationships with men. I do write that she did have an interim relationship with Jermaine Jackson when he was separated,” Davis said. “I know that she went out with Eddie Murphy for a while until she married Bobby Brown. I only knew of Robyn as her assistant, someone she grew up with, since she was a teenager. I just knew the heterosexual side of Whitney.”
The book, which he didn’t expect to do so well, includes a chapter about the late singer, discussing the ups and downs of her career and their relationship.
As far as her addiction to drugs, he told theGrio.com that Bobby Brown and Whitney contributed to each other’s demise.
“I don’t believe it was Bobby Brown,” Davis, 80, revealed. “I think they did have a co-dependent, unhealthy relationship with each other. But I would never point to him. I have no idea who her enabler was.”
Hong Kong Billionaire Cecil Chao Sze-tsung offers $65 million for a man to marry his lesbian daughter Gigi Chao.
*All of these shows like “The Bachelor,”” The Bachelorette” and “Donald Trump Presents The Ultimate Merger” would make someone think that anyone would take the ultimate indecent proposal.
But never would anyone think that someone would pay so much for the right person to marry.
Hong Kong billionaire property magnate Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, has announced a “HK$500million bounty” ($65 million) if a man that is “generous and kind hearted” would please, please, please! come and marry his lesbian daughter, according to the UK’s Telegraph.