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Andrew Gillum comes out as bisexual months after he was found passed out in a hotel room with a gay male escort and meth

Former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum came out as bisexual during his first national media appearance since being found by police intoxicated and passed out in a room with a reported gay male escort and crystal meth.

Gillum and his wife, R. Jai Gillum, sat down with Tamron Hall for an interview to discuss that incident and the impact it had on his career and their marriage. The Gillums have three children. During the interview, Andrew Gillum disclosed his sexuality for the first time.

“To be very honest with you, when you didn’t ask the question, you put it out there is whether or not I identify as gay,” Gillum said. “And the answer is I don’t identify as gay, but I do identify as bisexual, and that is something that I have never shared publicly before.”

Gillum did not specify his intent for going to that hotel room in Miami Beach in March. After the incident became public, Gillum said he had been in town for a wedding and ended up having too much to drink. Politico reported that friends said Gillum was supposed to officiate the wedding, but didn’t show up. Travis Dyson, the escort, said he he was unaware of any wedding.

Gillum withdrew from public life and entered rehab after the situation.

“I understand very well what people assume about that,” Gillum said during the interview.

GIllum rejected the idea that his sexuality was a cause of his unfaithfulness.

“Bisexuality in and of itself doesn’t lead to unfaithfulness,” Gillum said. “There are men who are in marriages with women who just because they’re married to a woman doesn’t mean they’re not attracted to other women, and at any point can slip up, make a mistake, do something, and that is what it is. The same thing in bisexual relationships.You can be attracted to both, you got a bigger terrain out there that you have to contend with, but you can still choose to be physically with one person.”

R. Jai Gillum told Hall that she knew Gillum was bisexual when they got married.

“So many people just don’t understand bisexuality,” she said. “Bisexuality is just something different. I just believe that love and sexuality exist on a spectrum. All I care about is what’s between us and what agreement we make.”

Gillum, the former mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, narrowly lost the governor’s race to Republican Ron DeSantis in 2018.

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Disney ‘makes history’ with first bisexual lead character for children’s animated TV show

“The Owl House,” a Disney Channel animated show for kids, has reportedly “made history” by pushing a bisexual character as the show’s lead, Variety reported.

From Variety:

Luz Noceda, the show’s 14-year-old protagonist, is a normal teen who goes on a journey to another world to become a witch. Luz has shown she’s attracted to male characters in the show, and in the two most recent episodes, “Enchanting Grom Fright” and “Wing It Like Witches,” a relationship between Luz and the recurring female character Amity is explored. It is revealed that Amity had intentions to ask Luz to Grom, their world’s version of Prom, and the two share a dance together.

Dana Terrace, the show’s creator who is bisexual herself, confirmed last week that Luz Noceda is, in fact, bisexual.

“In [show development] I was very open about my intention to put queer kids in the main cast. I’m a horrible liar so sneaking it in would’ve been hard haha,” she explained.

However, according to Terrace, certain Disney executives refused to approve a queer lead character — but they eventually “greenlit” her idea.

“When we were greenlit I was told by certain Disney leadership that I could NOT represent any form of bi or gay relationship on the Channel,” she explained. “I’m bi! I want to write a bi character, dammit! Luckily my stubbornness paid off and now I am VERY supported by current Disney leadership.”

In response, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation praised the development, calling the lead bisexual character “an inclusive, fair, accurate, and age-appropriate world through the representation of its characters.”

“The Owl House” is not the first Disney-owned program to include an LGBT character.

The Disney-Pixar feature film “Onward,” released earlier this year, includes a character who briefly indicates that she is gay. The movie was subsequently banned from several Muslim-majority countries that outlaw homosexuality. The Disney show “Andi Mack” was the first to have a character discover they are gay, while “Out,” a Pixar short film that released earlier this year, also included a gay character.

However, what distinguishes “The Owl House” is that it is the first Disney show or movie to feature an LGBT character as the lead character.

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Miss Staten Island comes out as bisexual — then gets banned from St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Madison L’Insalata, Miss Staten Island, decided to take action after learning that the local Pride Center was denied participation in the borough’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, WABC-TV reported.

“I thought this might be a good time to really make a statement and take a stand,” she told the station, “and I wanted to announce that I would be marching in the parade with rainbow colors and showing that and coming out and saying that I was bi because I wanted people to see the colors, and I wanted there to be discussion, and I wanted people to talk. I wanted there to be change.”

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What happened next?

A few hours after she came out publicly as bisexual, L’Insalata told WCBS-TV that parade organizers banned her from marching.

Jim Smith, director of Miss Staten Island Scholarship Pageants, called her with the news late Saturday night after parade organizer Larry Cummings told him that L’Insalata and another pageant queen who supported her were banned from Sunday’s festivities, WCBS added.

“I was like stunned by the whole thing,” Smith told the station. “I wasn’t prepared. He just said we’re worried about her safety, like he’s doing us a favor.”


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How did L’Insalata react?

While watching the parade from the sidewalk decked out with her “Miss Staten Island” sash and sparkling tiara, L’Insalata told WABC she doesn’t buy the safety concerns.

“It seems like it might have more to do with me coming out as bi and saying that I’d be wearing my rainbow scarf that I have here, and them not being OK with that,” she told the station.

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L’Insalata was Miss Richmond County two years ago and has marched in the parade before. She said she tried to march with pride flags but was told not to.

What did Cummings have to say?

Cummings couldn’t be reached for comment on the L’Insalata controversy, but he told the Staten Island Advance last month in regard to the borough’s Pride Center ban that “it’s a non-sexual identification parade, and that’s that. No, they are not marching.”

When asked if the Pride Center would ever be allowed to march in the parade, Cummings told the paper, “Don’t try to keep asking a million friggin’ questions, OK? The fact of the matter is that’s what it is, OK? And that’s that.”

How did others react?

Far-left New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and a handful of borough elected officials indicated they would skip the parade in protest, the Advance reported, among them state Rep. Max Rose (D), state Sen. Diane Savino (D), Councilwoman Debi Rose (D), and Republican Borough President James Oddo.



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BuzzFeed posts list of LGBTQ children’s books ‘every kid deserves in their life’: ‘It’s never too early to teach kids that being queer is totally normal’

Popular digital media company BuzzFeed is known for pushing a left-wing agenda, and it exemplified such a reputation once again over the weekend by publishing a listicle with the social media headline “17 LGBTQ Children’s Books That Every Kid Deserves In Their Life.”

“It’s never too early to teach kids that being queer is totally normal,” the subhead for the article states.

And in case the article’s intentions were not obvious already, an alternate headline for the listicle posted on Facebook made it clear that “every kid” should read the books.

Among the titles, which were submitted by members of the BuzzFeed Community as well as by the article’s author, are “Julián is a Mermaid,” “Prince & Knight, “Santa’s Husband,” and “It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity.”

According to Google Books, “Julián is a Mermaid” tells the story of a young boy who is captivated after spotting three magical women dressed up as mermaids on his way home one day. When he gets home, all he can think about is dressing up just like the women in his own mermaid costume, but he worries about what his grandma will think. In the end, he finds that he “is ultimately supported in being his true mermaid self,” BuzzFeed said.

In “Prince & Knight,” a prince in line to take the throne travels the world to find a princess to be his bride, but he never quite finds what he is looking for. Then, a dragon attacks the kingdom and the prince rushes back fight the beast. There he meets “a brave knight in a suit of brightly shining armor … together they fight the dragon and discover that special something the prince was looking for all along.”

Many commenters on BuzzFeed’s Facebook post applauded the list, with some saying they planned to add the books to their local libraries or intended to pick up the books for their kids to read.

One commenter, who apparently works at an elementary school, noted that they read one of the books in class.

“I work at elementary school. We read Julian is a Mermaid to our 3rd graders, beautiful book,” she said.

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