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"Stranger Things" star Noah Schnapp (right) says his character Will Byers is gay and in love with Mike Wheeler (played by 19-year-old Finn Wolfhard).

In the past, when rumors circulated that Schnapp's character was gay, the 17-year-old actor said Will's sexuality was up to the audience's interpretation.

However, in an interview with Variety, Schnapp said it's "100% clear" that Will is gay and in love with Mike, who is heterosexual and dating a girl.

Over the last 2 seasons, Stranger Things has hinted at Will's sexuality. In the last season, the script strongly hinted at Will's struggle with his sexuality and his feelings for best friend Mike Wheeler.

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Via Insider: "In episode eight, Will gives a pep talk to Mike (Finn Wolfhard) about Mike's girlfriend Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) during a car ride. Will then cries silently while staring out of the window, making it clear that he's talking about his own feelings for Mike while disguising them as Eleven's feelings.

In a recent interview with Variety, Schnapp said that the car scene "solidified" the fact that Will is in love with Mike and doesn't know how to express that feeling."

LGBT+ groups praise Netflix's efforts to increase visibility of LGBT+ characters in its programming. It is part of an overall Hollywood effort to increase LGBT+ visibility to 40%.

In other news, Schnapp has apologized to singer Doja Cat for publishing her private TikTok DMs asking him to hook her up with his 29-year-old co-star Joseph Quinn.

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Just when Kevin Samuels' followers thought they found his successor, their hopes have been shattered.

Jesse Lee Peterson, a Los Angeles-based pastor, was a shining star in the growing "manosphere" movement.

The manosphere is a testosterone-fueled community of masculine, conservative men who value the nearly forgotten traditional male and female gender roles.

The men of the manosphere were crushed when their leader, Kevin Samuels, died of a cardiac arrest in his Atlanta apartment on May 5.

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Samuels' distraught followers turned to the Internet in search of another fearless leader.

They turned to Pastor Peterson, the president of the manosphere, and soon crowned him as Kevin's replacement. Pastor Peterson shared some of the same traditional gender norms as Samuels and his followers.

Peterson believes women should stay in their place and that men should be the head of the household.

According to The Daily Beast, Peterson once claimed that a woman who orgasms during sex is "becoming a man".

Peterson is also a vocal anti-gay activist. He once called gay people "Satan," and said that "radical homosexuals are evil."

So it came as a surprise when the pastor's homosexual hookups came forward and accused him of being a gay groomer.

In June, Milo Yiannopoulos, who now interns for Marjorie Taylor Greene, released a nearly 30-minute investigation into Peterson called "Amazing Disgrace."

In the video, a Church Militant reporter interviewed two men who alleged they had sexual contact with Peterson.

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Church Militant also spoke with a man named Patrick Rooney (right), a past lover who knew the pastor for 30 years.

Rooney said that, soon after they met, Peterson asked him if he was gay. Rooney described Peterson doing "horseplay" to get closer to him. "He would grab me and we would wrestle around a little bit, and I would feel his private parts against me," Rooney said.

"I'm very sorry to have Jesse's situation damage the conservative movement," said Rooney.

Peterson, who claims he is celibate, has avoided the scandal by not returning reporters' phone calls or emails.

In June, a caller to his online show managed to get a question in about the controversy. "I'm just kind of confused. Why haven't you addressed the issue of the gay documentary?" she asked.

"Uh, it's not concerning to me," Peterson told his audience before hanging up on her.

"What a wicked woman!" he declared.

Watch the video below.

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Phoenix Suns' VP Ryan Resch made NBA history by becoming the first openly gay executive in the team's basketball operations.

Resch, the Suns' vice president of basketball strategy and evaluation, came out to Suns General Manager James Jones.

Now Resch has set his sights on a new goal: to normalize homosexuality in the National Basketball Association.

"I finally looked at my personal life and I realized just how deeply unhappy I was," he told ESPN. The hardest part then was saying, 'What are you afraid of? Why are you actually afraid to admit who you are and tell the world who you are?'"

"I finally told myself, 'You need to stop running away from the obvious, and the obvious is that you're gay.'"

The 29-year-old wants to pave the way for other closeted executives and NBA players to come out.

"Ultimately my goal is to normalize for people in and out of the league the existence of gay men and women on the basketball side," Resch said.

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Resch, who admitted to previously dating women, explained why down-low NBA players are afraid to come out of the closet.

"For a player who's concerned about risking sponsorship, or extremely high-dollar contracts, or dealing with media questions or podium questions when they're in the middle of a playoff run, that's difficult. We don't necessarily provide people in this industry with the privacy, time or space to become comfortable with who they are."

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Saucy Santana was checked by an Instagram user for saying women need gay men to show them how to rock makeup, fashions and hairstyles.

In a viral video at a Gay Pride event in Dallas on Saturday, Santana said women get their sense of style and fashion from gay men. He added that gay men are the "blueprint" for women.
RELATED: Saucy Santana Says Women Need Gay Men (Video)

However, in a post on Instagram, King Push wrote:

"Saucy Santana, the girls may call the gays for makeup, hair, stylist, etc, but gay men are not the BLUEPRINT.. the gay men imitate the WOMEN most of all. Without the women being the ACTUAL blue print the gay men would have nothing to go off of."

King Push got a lot of pushback from gay men for his personal opinions. In a follow-up post, he wrote:

"Y'all really MAD about my opinion like I GAF! I said what I said and ain't changing on it.. so stay out my DM! Just keep that shit cute cause I'm REALLY on whatever you on!"

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Da Brat praised Ray J for saying straight men should support their LGBT+ brothers during Pride Month.

The "One Wish" singer/actor said straight men should show more love for their gay brothers.
RELATED: Ray J: ‘Straight dudes need to show more love to gay dudes’
Homophobia in the Black community has been linked to psychological fear of sexuality in response to a history of exploitation by slave masters.

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In a video on his Instagram Stories, Ray J said, "It's Gay Pride Month. Shout out to all my gay ni**as. Shout out to everybody in the LGBT community. I told my ni**as that it need to be more straight ni**as giving love to the gay ni**as... I got a lot of gay friends and I got a lot of real ni**as that's gay and we make a lot of money together, but it ain't just about the money."

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TMZ caught up with Da Brat and her wife Judy Dupart and asked them to comment on Ray J's statements.

"I think when Ray J's passionate about something he speaks on it and I'm not mad at him," said Da Brat. "I kinda appreciate him for speaking out and saying how he feels. Shout out everybody, you shouldn't discriminate. If somebody you know and love is gay and they're doing something great, shout 'em out and give 'em their flowers, too."

Da Brat said Ray J may not be the right messenger to affect change in the Black community.

"Maybe if Snoop said it," she said of Ray J's blood cousin. "Snoop has more people of different genres and people all over the world know Snoop, but it may affect some change in people that respect Ray J. But, you know, I think a lot of the OG's out here would respect somebody else saying it, too, but I think it definitely helps."

Da Brat, 48, denied her lesbian preference for decades before finally coming out a few years ago.

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Five Tampa Rays baseball players are catching heat for refusing to wear LGBT+ logos on their uniforms to celebrate Gay Pride Month.

The Tampa Bay Rays wore rainbow logos on their uniform sleeves and ball caps during the MLB's annual "Pride Night" celebration at Tropicana Field for Pride Month.

However, five Rays players chose to remove the rainbow logos from their uniforms before taking the field on Sunday.

The five baseball players are Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs and Ryan Thompson.

Jason Adam was chosen to speak for the five players. He told the Tampa BayTimes that the decision to remove the logos was "faith-based".

"A lot of it comes down to faith, to like a faith-based decision," he said.

Adam said the Pride logo represented a "lifestyle" that conflicted with their religion, but gays are always welcome at Tropicana Field.

"So it's a hard decision. Because ultimately we all said what we want is them to know that all are welcome and loved here," Adam said.

"I think a lot of guys decided that it's just a lifestyle that maybe — not that they look down on anybody or think differently — it's just that maybe we don't want to encourage it if we believe in Jesus," he said.

But Tampa Pride president Carrie West blasted the five players who removed the Pride logo from their uniforms. West said they were "hiding behind their religion" and had "shamed" the club's efforts to support the LGBT+ community.

"The fact that Tampa Bay Rays have a Pride Night is because they have a very high LGBTAQ fan base," West said in a statement to The Independent on Monday. "The Tropicana Field is right in the heart of the St Petersburg Gay Community with gay bars, businesses, restaurants, and retail all around the stadium."

"It just so happens that the LGBTAQ community is a very large fan base in following your franchise and we are honored and celebrate this one night during PRIDE Month," West said.

"To not say Thank You and get snubbed from the five players for Your Support and getting the $$$ for top salary dollars is truly a SHAME to be reckoned with! DO NOT HIDE BEHIND RELIGION! YOU HAVE ALREADY SHOWN YOUR COLORS."

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Ray J is showing his full support to the gay community during Gay Pride Month.

The "One Wish" singer/actor says straight men should show more love for their gay brothers, particularly during Gay Pride Month.

In a video on his Instagram Stories, Ray J said, "It's Gay Pride Month. Shout out to all my gay ni**as. Shout out to everybody in the LGBT community. I told my ni**as that it need to be more straight ni**as giving love to the gay ni**as... I got a lot of gay friends and I got a lot of real ni**as that's gay and we make a lot of money together, but it ain't just about the money."

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Ray J's message was well received on Twitter.

Ray J is best known for his adult video with Kim Kardashian that launched both of their careers.

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Omari Hardwick apparently comes out of the closet in a sit-down interview on The Pivot podcast.

The former football player compared his camaraderie with football players to his relationship with men. He hinted that his character "Ghost" in the TV drama "Power" was secretly in love with his best friend Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora).

Hardwick explained how he finally embraced his sexuality.

"I'm a guy's guy, I cannot erase it," he said.

"Every dude who comes up to me and goes, 'Yo, my girl loves you homie, can I get a picture?' I always say, 'You don't love me? You don't love me? You gotta love me first. You the king of your household. She can fanfare me... But the man's gotta rock with the man."

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Hardwick went on to explain that women have useful feminine attributes, but men connect with other men on an emotional level that women don't share with other women.

"They just don't," he said. "And all the smart strong women would go 'It's true.' So I had to first insert that. I gotta get the guys..."

He added: "What I am very good at is embracing how much I'm not afraid to love on men, particularly Black men."

Watch the video below.

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Sha'Carri Richardson's ex-girlfriend, Janeek Brown admits abusing the Olympic track star.

Sha'Carri shared her abusive relationship with the Jamaican hurdler in an Instagram post.

The 22-year-old Olympic sprinter said she's healing emotionally from the emotional trauma, including homophobia, that she experienced in her relationship with Janeek.

Sha'Carri wrote about her emotional pain in a social media post.

"I was in a relationship with a Jamaican athlete that never cared about me from jump," she wrote.

"I was abused and stole from yet protected her from the judgment of her country & family while they dragged me. I had to deal with homophobic [sic] and so much more that I'm still healing from."

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Sha'Carri and Janeek dated for at least a year before their bitter breakup. Janeek (left) is pictured comforting teammate Megan Tapper in October 2019.

The Kingston, Jamaica native took to Instagram to deny the allegations as "complete lies."

Janeek directed a message to Sha'Carri in her native patois, warning her not to take her kindness for weakness.

"Don't take mi bomboclaath kindness fi weakness," she wrote. "Pay mi fi mi bomboclaath ting if yuh ago tek it, give mi a likkle portion." Translation: "Pay me for my [expletive] thing if you're going to take it, give me a small portion."

But in an interview, Janeek confirmed she abused Sha'Carri.

"I was abusive once that there's physical evidence of," she said. "And we moved on, and even after then I was trying to move on from that, we still got nowhere."

"Yeah, I was going through something - I was finding myself, that's why I am coming to social media, you feel me?" she said. "So yeah, it's a transformation; I'm going to find myself now. I may look different now."

Janeek, who is working through her mommy issues, said her mother pushed her into being a track & field star. She said she is done with track & field.

As for her love life, Janeek said she is working on finding herself, and if God sends her another woman, she won't make the same mistakes she made with Sha'Carri.

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Supermodel Cara Delevingne was rapper Megan Thee Stallion's +1 at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday in Las Vegas.

Cara, who is openly lesbian, has been linked to other female celebrities such as Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Michelle Rodriguez, and Paris Jackson. And she once molested singer Azealia Banks onstage, according to Rhymeswithsnitch.

Cara and Megan trended on Twitter, as fans begged the model to leave Megan alone.

Fans were upset that Cara was Megan's +1 at the BBMAs. The two women were inseparable all night. Photos showed them together on the red carpet, in the audience, and at an after party.

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In one photo, Cara is seen flinging part of Megan's dress in the air. But fans were not impressed. They called Cara's devotion to Megan "embarrassing" and "cringe worthy."

One Twitter user wrote: "Can she leave Megan alone yo."

Another fan tweeted:

"I think we need to enforce a law that bans Cara Delevingne from being in the 10ft radius of any Black woman."

While another tweeted:

"Why in every piece of media I see of Megan at this awards I see Cara Delevingne 5 inches away from her."

One person wrote:

"Cara Delevingne's behavior so greatly outweighs anything embarrassing I've ever done that I think she cured my anxiety."

One angry fan wrote:

"Cara Delevingne is simply desperate to f^ck a straight Black woman. First Azealia now Megan. She's in for a rude awakening when she finds out acting like the gross version of a cool girl only works on straight white women not Black women."


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Sha'Carri Richardson is "healing" after breaking up with a female hurdler from Jamaica.

The 22-year-old Olympic sprinter says she's healing emotionally from trauma, including homophobia, that she experienced in her relationship with the unnamed Jamaican athlete.

Sha'Carri wrote about her emotional pain in a social media post.

"I was in a relationship with a Jamaican athlete that never cared about me from jump," she wrote.

"I was abused and stole from yet protected her from the judgment of her country & family while they dragged me. I had to deal with homophobic [sic] and so much more that I'm still healing from."

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After her victory in the U.S. Olympic trials last year, Sha'Carri credited her then-girlfriend with helping pick her hair color.

"She said it just spoke to her, the fact that it was just so loud and vibrant," Richardson told USA Today.

"She felt like [orange] was loud and encouraging and, honestly, dangerous... That's who I am. She just wanted me to be able to make a statement — let's continue to show the world I'm a force to be reckoned with."

Richardson also posted a rainbow emoji on her Twitter feed, which prompted a plethora of rainbow tweets in her Twitter timeline.

Sha'Carri, who was raised by her grandmother, was estranged from her biological mother, who died in June of last year.

Jamaicans are notoriously anti-homosexual and LGBT+ individuals are routinely beaten or jailed if caught in the act.

For that reason, won't reveal the name of Sha'Carri's abusive ex lover.

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Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union were among the well-heeled stars at the 2022 Met Gala in NYC on Monday.

Two years ago, Dwyane's child, Zion Wade, came out as a transgender named Zaya.

Since then, Dwyane, 40, and Gabrielle, 49, have become vocal advocates for the transgender community.

A reporter from Variety and asked them to share encouraging words for other dads of trans children.

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The former NBA star offered fatherly advice to other dads of transgender children.

Dwyane said parents should remember the moment they saw their newborn in the hospital - and the love they felt for their child. "Don't let that ever leave you," he said.

"The moment when you were in the hospital and you grabbed your daughter and you looked at your daughter, all the emotions that went through your mind and how much love filled your heart at that moment. Don't let that ever leave you — no matter what. The one thing we do as parents is we find our 'mini-mes' and we try to make them just like us, but our kids are going to be who they are, and it's our job to help mold them and try to push them in the places that they want to go."

Gabby added: "And we believe them when they tell us who they are."

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Dwyane Wade confessed he used to play dress up in his sister's clothes and heels when he was a kid.

Wade revealed his childhood explorations in a discussion about parenting on the "I Am Athlete" podcast. Wade, a father of four, said he wanted to be that parent who loves his children "unconditionally" and "selflessly".

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Wade, 40, said he and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, realized his son Zion, 49, was different early on.

"At three years old, me and my wife looked at each other and said, 'What if? What if Zaya comes home - at the time, the name was Zion - if Zion comes home and says 'Dad I'm gay...' What are you gonna do, sir?"

Wade said:

"The reason we looked at each other is because... as kids, I used to put on heels, I used to put on, I used to do all those things. I'd try to put on, whatever my sisters wear, whatever my sisters did, I'd try to do those things. So at first, I said to myself, 'Ah no, I did that. Zion is just doing the things I did. And then it went further and further and me and my wife had to look at each other and say 'What if?'"

Wade said he looked in a mirror and prepared himself for the day that came when Zaya was 8 years old. Wade said he changed the way he spoke in the locker room and challenged his teammates to change their views on LGBT+ people.

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Wade is also father to son Zaire, 20, daughter Kaavia, 3, and son Xavier,8.

Wade revealed the name his children calls his wife behind closed doors.

"They have a mother. She's not their mother. Right? We call her bonus mom. They don't call her Gab - they call her a totally different name that her family calls her... Nicky. Everyone calls her Nicky. My wife name is Nicky..."

Wade also discussed the relationship Zaya has with his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches.

"One day they're gonna be able to read what the hell is going on, and that's unfortunate. But, we're never putting shade on their mother. Right? We're not doing any of that. Right? We're the adults. We're the imperfect ones that have made these decisions. The only thing we're gonna do is lift them up. We're gonna lift their mother up and we're gonna lift everyone up. And that's what we all did. We all made sure at all times. No matter the situation - how ugly my divorce was... All we did is pump positive juice into the relationship that they mother would have with Zion and Zaya."

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Janelle Monáe came out as nonbinary during the season premiere of Jada Pinkett Smith's "Red Table Talk" web series on Facebook Watch.

Janelle, 36, previously came out as pansexual - a catchall phase for people who are sexually fluid and attracted to everyone.

Then, in 2020 Janelle flipped the script again and identified as nonbinary - another catchall term that is loosely defined as a person who does not identify as male, female, heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual.

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On Wednesday, Janelle told Jada, her daughter Willow Smith and mom Adrienne Banfield Norris that she decided to come to terms with being nonbinary.

"I'm nonbinary, so I just don't see myself as a woman," she explained.

"I feel all of my energy. I feel like God is so much bigger than the 'he' or the 'she.' And if I am from God, I am everything. I am everything. But I will always, always stand with women. I will always stand with Black women. But I just see everything that I am. Beyond the binary. I feel like that opens you up to fall in love ... with any beautiful spirit."

Janelle, 36, coped with homosexual rumors by choosing not to come out as either lesbian or bisexual because of the impact that revelation might have on her deeply religious family.

"Somebody said, 'If you don't work out the things that you need to work out first before you share with the world, then you'll be working it out with the world.' That's what I didn't want to do," she said.

"So I thought I needed to have all my answers correct, I don't want to say the wrong thing. And also I hadn't had the necessary conversations with my family. I wasn't ready to have my family question my personal life or get calls from people who still look at me as Little Pumpkin — that's what they call me back home.

"My whole family is church, church, church and I'm just like, 'Well what does it meant to go against your whole family on this thing?' But I was ready. I needed to have those conversations. I didn't want to work that out with the world."

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Janelle, who briefly dated actress Lupita Nyong'o, said it "took me some time" to have the nonbinary conversation with her mother and father.

"I needed to talk to my dad who was just great. My sister knew already because I've been in monogamous relationships, I've been in polyamorous relationships. But I knew that I couldn't be Little Pumpkin. I couldn't be little Janelle."


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and Gabrielle Union's Easter photo went viral on Easter Sunday.

The photo shows the former NBA star and his wife posing with their children, daughter Kaavia James, 3, son Zaire Wade, 20, and his girlfriend, Lola.

Also in the photo are Dwyane's transgender child Zaya Wade, 14, formerly Zion, and Zaya's FtM significant other who identifies as a boy named Hudson (see photos below).

It was all too confusing for Dwyane's IG followers who tried to be open minded.

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According to a new poll, 62% of adults say they would be comfortable if their child came out to them as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.

Additionally, 24% of adolescents and teenagers now identify as transgender since 2020.

In response to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signing a transgender treatment ban into law, Dr. Nola Ernest said "86% of transgender youth contemplate suicide, and almost half attempt it."