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The New 50 Shades Trailer is Wholesome?

The New 50 Shades Trailer is Wholesome?


... and five other things you need to know today

1. While the latest 50 Shades of Grey trailer won't disappoint on the blind-folds, hand-cuffs, or breathy-Beyonce-song fronts, things take a more wholesome turn when Anastasia meets Christian's adoptive mother, played by Marcia Gay Harden. [Entertainment Weekly]

2. Ahead of Pope Francis's visit to the Catholic-majority island nation of the Philippines, Archbishop Socrates Villegas took a remarkable stance on homosexuality. In response to a question concerning the Pope's attitude, Villegas responded that "Being a homosexual is not a sin. It is a state of a person." [Gay Star News]

3. The day after the Golden Globes were a game-changer for LGBT characters on TV -- including big wins for Amazon's Transparent -- GALECA announced their list of nominees for the Dorian Awards. It is an eclectic assemblage that includes many indie titles and talented actors. [The Wrap]

4. LGBT rights is a hot-button issue in Ireland right now, with the people set to vote in a referendum on marriage-equality in May. During a daily sermon last week, Father Martin Dolan came out as gay before going on to appeal for support for the upcoming ballot initiative. In response, he received a standing ovation from his congregation. [The Advocate]

5. In more troubling news form India, officials in Goa, a major vacation destination, have announced their intention to make gay youths "normal." When asked for more information, Ramesh Tawadkar, the state minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, said: "We will make them normal. We will have a centre for them. Like Alcoholic Anonymous centers, we will have centers..." He then went on to imply that "train[ing]" and medicine would be utilized in their efforts. [Pink News]

6. British YouTuber Lewis Parker came out in a heartfelt and honest new video. He also posted the link to the video on his Twitter page, writing, "I'm finally ready to share who I am with everyone. Thanks to my supportive family and friends."

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